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Funky 45's

XClassic sounds on 45rpm 7 inch singles -- Northern soul, deep soul, funk, breaks, rare groove, sample tracks, modern soul, and jazz!

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BBE (UK), 2022.
An incredible tribute to the legendary Strata Records in Detroit – performed by Jazzanova with a host of other guests – and at a level that's maybe the greatest thing the group has ever given us on record! The vibe here is a lot more Strata and spiritual than the style you'd expect ... CD

Daniel Villarreal

Panama 77
International Anthem, 2022.
A stunning solo project from drummer Daniel Villarreal – a musician you might know in the group Dos Santos, yet one who's in very unique territory here on his own! The album was recorded in both Chicago and Los Angeles – and it's got a vibe that really reflects that process – ... CD

Alhaji K Frimpong

Abrado
Hot Casa (France), 1984. (reissue)
Funky genius from the mighty K Frimpong – an album recorded in Germany in the mid 80s – but a set that cooks like some of the best West African funk from the decade before! The sound is lean and mean, and there's plenty of grit in the grooves – a lot more bass and funky drums ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the standouts in a great 70s run of albums from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – standard-setting records for the spiritual jazz scene of the time – and maybe one of his most far-reaching records for the Strata East label! Toilliver's in very strong company – as the group on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A career-spanning collection of work from the great Rose Royce – a group who first appeared on the scene with a crossover single from a big hit film – but who soon grew into a wonderfully cool, sophisticated soul act on their own! Motown producer Norman Whitfield was one of the more ... CD
Twin Quest/Frederiksberg, Mid 70s. (reissue)
A hell of a spiritual jazz session from trumpeter Milt Ward – a relatively obscure player who worked on the same 70s Boston underground scene as Stanton Davis – a friend of Milt's and a good comparison to the sound of this one rare album! The vibe is a bit like that of Davis' Ghetto ... LP, Vinyl record album
Death Is Not The End, Late 50s.
The British scene of the 50s was a hotbed of new musical activity in jazz – partly because of the energy that's always been associated with the city of London and music – but also because new waves of immigration were seeing all sorts of fresh styles coming to the British shores! Both ... CD

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood

Nancy & Lee (with bonus tracks)
Reprise/Light In The Attic, 1968.
One of the weirdest, wildest pop albums of the 60s – maybe the crowning achievement of both Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – two artists who'd worked together before, but never with an intensity this great! The record is overflowing with all the great touches you'd expect from Lee ... CD
Verve, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
Bill Evans' first famous appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival – a great 60s trio session, with Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tunes are mostly relatively familiar ones, but the ensemble on the set gives them a freer and more lyrical feel than you might expect ... LP, Vinyl record album

Neue Grafik

Foulden Road Part 2
Total Refreshment Centre (UK), 2022.
A set that's even more powerful than the first album we heard from Neue Grafik – and a great demonstration of the collaborative power the multi-instrumental musician has had on the London jazz scene of late! As with the previous set on the label, this one grew out of experiments and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A much-needed look at the farther reaches of the legendary 60s Jamaican imprint Beverley's – headed by important producer Leslie Kong, and a launching pad for some of the bigger names in Jamaican music in the years to come! Yet here, the focus is on a less-exposed side of Kong's imprint ... CD
WeJazz (Finland), 2022.
That's the great Joe Henderson on the cover, and this issue is titled after one of his greatest albums – a great indication of all the jazz-based goodness you'll find within! In addition to a long cover feature on Joe, the issue also has articles on the International Anthem label, jazz spots ... Magazine

Compass

Compass Rises
Schoolhouse/Frederiksberg, 1973. (reissue)
A record that manages to effortlessly tie together its horns and Fender Rhodes – wrapping them up in a seductive groove that makes the album a gem all the way through! The group are an obscure one, but they've got a very unique, individual vibe on this rare early 70s set – working with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Rhino, 1957. 2CD
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety ... CD
Tribe/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s.
The rare first version of Message From The Tribe – still done with all the Detroit underground qualities of the better-known versions – but with a completely different song list overall! As with the more-circulated versions, the record is the brainchild of saxophonist Wendell Harrison ... CD

Gathering (Jesse Sharps)

Healing Suite
Village LA, 2022.
CD...$8.99 13.99
A really powerful project from the LA underground – served up by a group led by Jesse Sharps, who you may remember from classic albums on the Nimbus label – and done at a level that unites the sound of his generation with some of the best currents of more contemporary years! The lineup ... CD

Ebirac All Stars & Others

Ebirac All Stars (blue vinyl pressing)
Ebirac/Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Fantastic salsa sounds from Chicago – a city that's never been as well-known for the music as others on the coast – but which was home to the tiny but great Ebirac label – whose work is collected on this set! The package is an imagined compilation of key cuts that were only ... LP, Vinyl record album
No Business (Lithuania), 2002.
A great late performance by Sam Rivers – one that has the musician working with all the free-thinking imagination he gave the world on his groundbreaking improvisation albums of the 70s! Sam blows tenor and soprano here, but is also pretty amazing on piano and flute – and the rest of ... CD

Courtial with Errol Knowles

Don't You Think It's Time (180 gram pressing)
Pipeline/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1976. (reissue)
A rare bit of Cali soul – and a lot groovier than you'd guess from the cover! The music is rich in jazzy inflections – funky fusion used behind the lead vocals of Errol Knowles, in a blend that's quite similar to the best Bay Area funk of the time – particularly some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm

Carry Me Home
Anti, 2011.
Levon Helm left this planet back in the previous decade – but before passing, he managed to record this full album of tracks with the legendary Mavis Staples – a set that was recorded live in his studio up in Woodstock, with all the best elements you might expect! And by that, we mean ... CD
 



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