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Hip Hop

XOld school, true school, golden age, random rap, west coast, east coast, independent, southern, and midwestern hip hop -- as well as some commercial classics!

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Sam Records (France), 1975.
Never-issued live material from one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – the mighty Billy Harper, a tenor saxophonist who took the initial legacy of John Coltrane, then really ran with it in the 70s! The album is stunning right from the very first note – a perfect encapsulation ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2021.
Steve Arrington's got a long long legacy in soul music – one that goes back to his late 70s work on Slave – but he also sounds completely contemporary here, working in collaboration with a whole host of producers who were no doubt influenced by his creations of the past, and help ... CD

Coultrain

Phantasmagoria
Positive Elevation, 2021.
It's been over a decade since Coultrain first knocked us out with his debut – and during that time, he's really continued to grow as an artist – to a point where his talents are more fully-formed and individual than ever, and served up with an increasingly sophisticated sense of ... CD

Francisco Mora Catlett

Mora/Mora 2
AACE/Far Out (UK), Late 80s.
A pair of great albums back to back – both rare albums from a percussionist who worked with Sun Ra! First up is Mora volume 1 – a legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is ... CD
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Sam Records (France), Mid 60s. (reissue)
An amazing record that predates many ideas in soul jazz by a decade! Drummer Ron Jefferson was a lesser-known member of the LA bebop scene of the late 50s and early 60s, but by the time he cut this album for French Polygram in the mid 60s, he'd been to Africa, and had discovered a whole new set of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Lion/Muzak (Japan), Early 60s. 2CD Gatefold
A pair of rare late albums from Bud Powell – back to back in a single set! Strictly Confidential is a really unusual set of recordings from pianist Bud Powell – tracks recorded in his overseas home, solo – a setting that puts the keyboard magic of Powell in a similar sound to ... CD

Shamek Farrah & Sonelius Smith

World Of The Children (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An amazing session of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the rarest albums on Strata East! Shamek Farrah's soulful alto is matched with the free spiritual piano of Sonelius Smith, for a totally memorable session that virtually defines the essence of the Strata East sound! The music is free, ... LP, Vinyl record album
India Navigation/Valley Of Search, 1975.
One of the only albums ever issued by New York reedman Alan Braufman – a player who works here in a setting that really captures the best energy of the loft jazz scene in the 70s – at a time when Braufman was part of a musicians collective on Canal Street that also included David S Ware! ... CD
Cinevox (Italy), Mid 70s. 2CD
A trio of cool cop soundtracks from Stelvio Cipriani – all brought together in a beautiful package with a really unified feel! Cipriani's easily one of our favorite Italian composers for the cop/crime genre – as he's got a way of bringing sensitive sounds into play with driving action ... CD
Mississippi, Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
The mighty Alan Lomax has maybe done more to document rural American music in the 20th century than anyone else – most famously for a midcentury series of recordings for the Library Of Congress and Folkways Records, which established Lomax as having an incredible ear for lesser-heard sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. (reissue)
One of the hardest to find records on Strata East, and one of the best – a darkly-crafted session of pure beauty, one that lives up to all the best promise of the label! The tracks are long, the sound is bold, and the whole thing moves at a pace that none of the bigger jazz labels were ... LP, Vinyl record album
Red Hook, 2021.
The last recordings ever made by legendary Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – an artist we first came to love for his albums of the 60s and 70s – and who's still incredibly powerful here in his final years! The feel of the record is different than you might expect – Kikuchi is ... CD

Natural Information Society

Descension – Out Of Our Constrictions
Eremite, 2021. 2LP
Beautiful music from a group that features familiar players from the world of improvised music, but coming together here in a very different way! Joshua Abrams leads the group, and he's playing guimbri instead of his usual bass – a lighter stringed instrument used with global currents that ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists/Loneos Editions (Netherlands), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Early prog jazz genius from the mighty Embryo – and an album that perfectly fuses their love of world rhythms and electric jamming grooves – at a level that made them one of the coolest groups on the European scene at the time! Core work here is by a trio – and the percussion by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1963.
Fantastic work from a key year in the evolution of the John Coltrane sound – and live material that really shows just how much the group was opening up away from the studio! We love Coltrane's Impulse records from this year to death, but live performances also really illuminate the growing ... CD

Jupiter & Okwess

Na Kozonga
Everloving, 2021.
Fast funk and lots of sharp riffs from Okwess – a group with roots in the Congo, but who've risen to international fame – thanks in part to their updating of older Afro Funk modes, and the strong presence of lead singer Jupinter Bokondji! The group are clearly aware of more ... CD
Universal/Sam Records (France), 1958.
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Ronnell Bright – a player best known for his accompaniment behind famous vocalists, like Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson! This rare date was cut in Paris – at a time when Bright was visiting the city with Vaughan – and it's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/SAM (France), 1958. (reissue)
A fantastic early recording from the great French tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen – best known as an artist who recorded famously in the soundtrack world of the French new wave, and with Art Blakey – but who's even more striking here on a rare small combo date from the 50s! The session's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alessandro Alessandroni/Francesco DeMasi

Lesbo (180 gram limited edition pressing)
Beat/BTF (Italy), 1969. Gatefold
Sexy ladies on the cover, and some equally sexy sounds underneath – served up in a perfect 60s Italian blend of jazz and bossa-based styles! Sweeping strings bring a nice sense of depth to some numbers, while others have a more intimate feel – either via spare guitar, or some jazzy ... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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