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XAn unusual mix of pre-war blues and jazz, string bands, R&B, hillbilly, and whatever sounds we can find in this fragile format!

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Grapefruit (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
What's Bubblerock you say? It's a moment in UK pop at the start of the 70s – work from a time when the Brit pop modes of the 60s were giving ways to new styles of production and presentation – including some of the cool, compressed studio elements that would also show up in glam in a ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. (reissue)
A pivotal album in the career of saxophonist Lou Donaldson – a set that really has him finding his own groove – a slow-stepping, soul-drenched mode that's a nice change from the bop of his roots! A key part of the record's charm is conga work by Ray Barretto – a player used often ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, 1972. (reissue)
Very righteous work from Esther Marrow – an overlooked soul singer who works with a hell of a lot of pride and power! The set's an overlooked gem in the Fantasy catalog of the 70s, and it's one of only two secular soul albums cut by Marrow – and quite possibly the best of the bunch, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Time Is The Enemy (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. Gatefold
It's no secret that the Italian scene of the 60s had a real love of bossa nova – but the work here is maybe a bit different than the more familiar jazz tracks of the time – as they were all recorded in northern Italy, in the Liguria dialect – which gives the lyrics a very cool ... LP, Vinyl record album

Asha Puthli

Essential Asha Puthli
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s.
The first ever career-spanning look at the music of legendary vocalist Asha Puthli – a singer who's maybe best known for her 70s club work on the European scene, but who also has a much wider range of expression – which you'll discover here! There's definitely some of the soul-based ... CD
We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. 2LP Gatefold
Brilliant live work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – a set of well-recorded, long and open tracks that really lets him stretch out on his solos – and direct a majestic group of musicians as a leader! We already love Freddie Hubbard in the studio, but on a live record like this he ... LP, Vinyl record album

Linda Hoover with Steely Dan

I Mean To Shine (2022 Record Store Day Drop)
Omnivore, 1970.
A tremendous early chapter in the legacy of Steely Dan – a set that was never issued at the time, and which represents some key work by the team of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker! First off, let us say that singer Linda Hoover is pretty great herself, and contributes some good original ... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A massive Fender Rhodes set from early 70s Belgium – the kind of set that never shows up on this side of the Atlantic, and which is pretty darn rare in its home territory too! Keyboardist Jack Van Poll has a wonderful sense of space on this set – a way of letting the tunes build simply ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1995. 2LP (reissue)
A great return to form for Prince – even though at the time, we all had to refer to him with an unpronounceable symbol! There's a lean, funky vibe to most of the record – almost a step back to the unified group approach of his mid 80s classics – and even though a few sonic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nat Birchall

Afro Trane
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2022.
One of the most beautiful, spiritual albums ever from saxophonist Nat Birchall – and that's really saying a lot, if you know his other records! As you can guess from the title, the spirit of John Coltrane looms large on the record – and the tracks are a mix of Coltrane classics and new ... LP, Vinyl record album
Joe Gibbs/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
A pair of classic roots reggae albums from the 70s – brought together here on a single set with a huge amount of bonus tracks – many on CD for the first time! The work of Joe Gibbs is massive here, and happens with plenty of help from Errol Thompson as well – at a level that ... CD
Verve, 1958.
Not the only time that Ella Fitzgerald recorded at the legendary Hollywood Bowl – but a fantastic unreleased set that has the singer serving up a stunning live version of her Irving Berlin Songbook material! The set features backings by Paul Weston, who'd handled the original record – ... CD

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake

From The River To The Ocean
Thrill Jockey, 2007. 2LP Gatefold
A sublime session that's co-led by two of the greatest figures on the Chicago jazz scene at the time of the recording – drummer Hamid Drake and tenorist Fred Anderson – both musicians that had been working in the city for years, but who really seemed to blossom in the new light that the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1981.
An early 80s gem from Booker T – and continuing proof that he made some mighty nice music after he split from the MGs! This set's got Book grooving in a sweet Cali mode all the way through – a vibe that's warm, yet never sleepy at all – and blended with just the right touches of ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 1992. (reissue)
A pivotal album from the early 90s – one that not only furthered the rebirth of live funk instrumentation at a time when ditigal elements dominated the scene – but also really opened up that mode to a whole new generation of hip hop as well! At a time when the music was all about the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965.
A beautiful early album from Sadao Watanabe – a Polydor session recorded before some of his better-known albums for Takt/Columbia, but done with a similar mix of soul jazz and bossa influences! Watanabe's horn has really sharpened up from his already-great earlier sides – and he's ... CD
We Want Sounds (UK), 1971. Gatefold
Beautifully slow-building work from Ennio Morricone – caught right at that near-perfect start of the 70s point when he was a master of understatement and spare musical elements! Many numbers begin with a sound that's often very spare – sliding out of the darkness sometimes with just a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Steve Reid/New Life Trio

Visions Of The Third Eye
Mustevic/Early Future/Finders Keepers (UK), 1979. (reissue)
A lesser-known set from groundbreaking drummer Steve Reid – issued on his Mustevic Sound label after the classic Rhythmatism and Nova sets! Reid's playing here with the New Life trio – a group that features his drum work next to the guitar of Brandon Ross and heavy bass of David ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1975.
Lovely work from this overlooked Japanese pianist – a really great player who hits some warmly soulful grooves in this mid 70s set! The album features Kunihiko Sugano's trio working with an extra percussionist – a player who doesn't step in much, but who manages to bring a special sort ... CD
Jamal/P-Vine (Japan), 1970.
A sweetly funky little set from Sonny Stitt – one of his hippest albums ever, and a rare date cut for Ahmad Jamal's short-lived record label! The sound here is a great combination of the late 60s tone that Sonny forged on other east coast indies – and some of the hipper, more open ... CD
 



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