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Deep Funk — CDs

XHeavy funk from the contemporary scene -- from labels like Daptone, Truth & Soul, Now Again, Schema, Freestyle, and Legere!

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Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. (reissue)
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cannonball Adderley

Accent On Africa
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1968.
Wickedly hip work from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his real standout sessions for Capitol Records in the 60s! The set lives up to its "Africa" promise right from the very first note – and features a set of loud, proud tunes that really bring out the righteous sounds of ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
A massively tripped-out set of guitar-based funk – played to perfection by the legendary Eddie Hazel, best known for his work in the George Clinton P-Funk empire! The album offers a different side of Eddie's talents – one that's produced with a smoothly compressed California groove, in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tompkins Square, Late 60s. 3CD
Guitarist Bola Sete made some of his most important American recordings of the 60s on the San Francisco scene – but this huge set of unreleased tracks captures the Brazilian player farther up north, as he works in a sweet set of trio recordings captured at a small club in Seattle! The music ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s.
Searing grooves from 70s Ghana – a set of tracks from the glory days of the Essiebons record label, mixed with a number of killers that weren't issued at the time! The music burns with a fire right from the start – and the package includes a fair number of really funky nuggets that not ... CD
International Anthem, 2021.
The first time we heard Jamire Williams, he was serving up an album of solo work on drums – but here, he's a completely different artist entirely – working at the helm of a large ensemble, and with the sort of jazz futurist spin and righteous vibe that makes this album a perfect fit for ... CD

Makaya McCraven

Deciphering The Message
Blue Note, 2021.
A really special album from our hometown hero Makaya McCraven – a set that's the drummer's debut on Blue Note, and which also has him bringing that label some of the magic that he's been cooking up for International Anthem! If you know Makaya's other records, you'll know that he works in a ... CD

Ramsey Lewis

Piano Player
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1969.
One of Ramsey Lewis' best albums of the 60s – a killer Cadet record that stands right up there with classics like Maiden Voyage and Mother Nature's Son! As on those records, arrangements here are mostly by Charles Stepney, who comes up with that righteous blend of soul, strings, and jazz ... CD
Aerophonic, 2021.
We always love the work of saxophonist Dave Rempis in a relatively spare setting – and here, he sounds even more amazing than usual – working next to drummer Avreeayl Ra, in a mode that's got a wonderfully organic, spontaneous quality – one that maybe makes for some of the most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A wealth of vocal group work from the LA scene – not big pop hits of the period, but a great mix of doo wop, early soul, and rock harmonies all brought together with the kind of special presentation we've come to love from the folks at Ace Records! Some of these cuts come straight from the ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1970.
One of the first great soundtracks we ever heard from Piero Piccioni – and still one of the best! Colpo Rovente has this really special sort of sound – jazzy, but not really jazz – bassy, but not really funky – and often done with spare, stark sounds – but never in a ... CD

Wadada Leo Smith Great Lakes Quartet

Chicago Symphonies (4CD set)
Tum (Finland), 2021. 4CD
A fantastic package from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that's billed as "symphonies" in the title, but which instead features quartet jazz performances throughout – as you've maybe guessed by the name of the group! There's maybe a more compositional structure here than on ... CD

Johnathan Blake

Homeward Bound
Blue Note, 2021.
Fantastic sounds from drummer Johnathan Blake – exactly the kind of record that's a key part of the forward-thinking sound of the Blue Note label in recent years! Blake's a drummer, but that's just part of his talents here – as the songs have a fresh crackle that links together older ... CD
Sugar/Decca, 1960s/1970s/Early 80s.
CD...$16.99 18.99 (LP)
A career-spanning collection of work from one of our favorite Italian soundtrack composers of all time – the fantastic Piero Piccioni, presented here in a wealth of material pulled from the vaults of Cam! Piccioni was one of the most important Italian film music talents of the 60s – ... CD
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2021.
Oiro Pena is almost a one-man spiritual jazz ensemble – given that most of the record's work on saxes, drums, piano, and organ come from leader Pentti Oironen – mixed with a few other contributions on other keyboards, bass, percussion, and guitar – all in a fantastic blend that's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cannonball Adderley

74 Miles Away/Walk Tall
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1967.
A stone classic from Cannonball Adderley – and a pivotal set that has him continuing the live recording setting of some of his best 60s albums, while also stretching forward to some of the more inventive ideas of the latter part of the decade! David Axelrod produced, and the album's ... CD

Okyerema Asante

Drum Message
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977.
A legendary album on the Black Fire label from the 70s – a set that features Ghanaian percussionist Oykerama Asante working in the same American mix of funk and spiritual jazz as his labelmates Oneness Of Juju! The set was recorded in the same stretch as the best work from that legendary ... CD

Latin Jazz Quintet (with Eric Dolphy)

Latin Jazz Quintet
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1960.
A extremely rare album that Eric Dolphy recorded with the Latin Jazz Quintet – a rare Latin-based side of Dolphy's career, and a set that's a bit different than the Prestige album by the same pairing! This set features a slightly different lineup of the LJQ – one that includes Louie ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974.
A wonderful album from the great Cedar Walton trio that featured Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – a really beautiful group of musicians who completely transformed the sound of the piano trio in the 70s! The group played together often in the 70s, and they've never sounded ... CD

Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, & Jack DeJohnette

Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday
Tum (Finland), 2021.
Pianist Vijay Iyer has left his own very strong mark on the world of jazz in the past decade or so – but here, he's in a completely different setting, and a surprisingly strong fit for the sort of spirit we're used to hearing from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith! The set also features drummer ... CD
 



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