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Funky Compilations

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Jeremy Cunningham

Weather Up There
Northern Spy, 2020.
The first full length set we've heard from drummer Jeremy Cunningham – and a set that's bound to set him on a fantastic legacy of recordings for years to come! The album is both very personal and politically powerful – put together by Cunningham in response to the loss of his brother ... CD

Alex Puddu

Discotheque
Schema (Italy), 2020.
A fantastic album of grooves from the mighty Alex Puddu – and a record that's worth it alone for its guest work from Gene Robinson Jr on a few tracks – a singer whose voice was part of the classic sound of Breakwater! Puddu's groove has really shifted into the jazzy funk of Robinson's ... CD

Contemporary Jazz Quintet

Black Hole (180 gram pressing)
Strata/180 Proof, 1973. 2LP Gatefold
A never-issued live set from Detroit's Contemporary Jazz Quintet – a group who were a key part of the Strata Records scene, and who are expanded here to a much larger lineup for this very freewheeling performance from 1973! The group's spiritual modernism is very strongly in place, but there' ... LP, Vinyl record album
International Anthem, 2020.
Beautifully meditative music from Alabaster DePlume – a set that brings together work from a variety of recorded projects from the past decade or so – finally getting full exposure in this Transatlantic collaboration between Chicago's International Anthem label and London's Total ... CD

Juju (Oneness Of Juju)

Chapter Two – Nia
Strata East/Now Again, 1974. (reissue)
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
Stunning sounds from the Disques Debs label in the 70s – a powerhouse imprint in the French Caribbean scene, and a company who were really coming into their own during the decade! The "cadence revolution" in the title is a reference both to the revolution in new musical sounds that ... CD

Kassa Overall

I Think I'm Good
Brownswood (UK), 2020.
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Gatefold (reissue)
One of our favorite-ever albums from the great Stanley Turrentine – a really hard-burning session from his earliest days as a leader – and one of the key dates he cut with his brother Tommy Turrentine on trumpet! Both players are wonderful – a sharply soulful team coming off of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Heliocentrics

Infinity Of Now
Madlib Invazion, 2020.
A fantastic mix of heady sounds and heavy funk from The Heliocentrics – and a record that continues the vibe of their previous set – in which the team of Malcolm Catto and Jake Ferguson were joined by the lovely vocals of Barbora Patkova! Patkova's presence is just what the group needs ... CD
Blue Note, 1962/1980. Gatefold (reissue)
Damn great work from guitarist Grant Green – one of his killer sessions with pianist Sonny Clark – recorded in the early 60s, but unissued until nearly 20 years later! The groove here is a bit different than some of Green's early dates with organ – a bit more soulful hardbop at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s.
The tenth edition in this really fantastic series – a collection of tunes that's moved way past the traditional funk compilations from years back – really showing the evolving taste for a groove in the global underground! The tunes here effortlessly mix together rare soul, groovy jazz, ... CD
Uzelli, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Amazing sounds from the Uzelli label – a collection of tunes that are heavy on the elektro saz, which is pictured on the cover – kind of a hybrid between an electric guitar and more traditional stringed instrument! The saz allowed a huge explosion of the kind of sounds that were first ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. 2CD
A pair of classic Clancy Eccles-produced compilations from the start of the 70s – issued here with plenty of bonus tracks too! Foolish Fool was initially billed to Cynthia Richards, the great singer who delivers the leadoff title tune – but the real start of the set is maybe Clancy ... CD

Black Market Brass

Undying Thirst
Colemine, 2020.
Beautifully heavy sounds from Black Market Brass – a group who started out with more of a global funk approach, but who emerge here with the intensity of some lost funky soundtrack – all with the sort of edge you might expect from the cover! The style here is really revolutionary ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Gatefold (reissue)
A rare gem from Hank Mobley's initial late 50s run at Blue Note – a session recorded by the label in 1957, but unissued at the time! The quality of the set is right up there with Hank's best from the period – presented here in full album format, and the mix of searing hardbop and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1982. (reissue)
A set recorded in Paris during the early 80s – but headed up by an American saxophonist, and done with a vibe that's like the best spiritual jazz modes of the 70s! Byron Pope has a compelling legacy that includes work with Burton Greene and Alan Silva – but he's definitely his own man ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polysom (Brazil), 2020.
One of our favorite Brazilian artists of all time – stepping out here with a record that really lives up to all the faith we've had in his music over the decades! Back at the start of the 90s, Valle had all but disappeared from the recording world – but since that time, he's continued ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sonor/Musica Per Immagini (Italy), 1974. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful grooves from the legendary Piero Piccioni – a set that's a great follow-up to some of his famous 60s work – touched with a few more sexy 70s touches than before, but in a way that's still extremely groovy! There's lots of electric piano lines on the set – almost a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Million Dollar Disco/BBE (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
Classic cuts, made even better by the magic hands of Al Kent – a mixing talent we've trusted for years, and one with an uncanny knack for making the same kind of special sounds you'd hear on a rare club edit from back in the day! These tracks aren't remixed, or bogged down with new musical ... CD

Idle Hands

Solid Moments
Posi tone, 2020.
There's nothing idle about these hands – as the group have a tightness that makes you think they've been together for years – which is maybe partly the case, as many of the artists are part of the great and ever-growing legacy of the Posi-Tone label! And while the company has given us ... CD
 



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