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Soul — All

XGreat music in many modes -- northern soul, deep soul, harmony soul, modern soul, and group soul -- plus disco, funk, club, electro, rare groove, and more!

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

First Flight To Tokyo – The Lost 1961 Recordings
Blue Note, 1961. 2CD
Hardbop godfather Art Blakey cut some fantastic work in the studio with his Jazz Messengers group – but in a live setting, the group sound sometimes sound even more amazing than on record – definitely the case with this unreleased live date from the early 60s! Art has a really seminal ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. (reissue)
A funky gem from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – one of the last great organ players to emerge from the 60s soul jazz scene – and a musician who seemed to have a great ear for funky currents right from the start! Part of the album's charm is the drums of Idris Muhammad (aka Leo Morris) ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harold Mabern

Mabern Plays Coltrane
Smoke Sessions, 2021.
One of the most soulful records we've heard in years from the late pianist Harold Mabern – and that's saying a hell of a lot, as Harold gave us plenty of soulful sets during his many years on the planet! The record is as fantastic as you might guess from the title – as Mabern takes on ... CD

Ill Considered

Liminal Space
Marathon, 2021.
CD...$9.99 10.99
There's nothing liminal about this record at all – as Ill Considered maybe state their presence even more than before – coming on strong with that fantastic mix of rhythmic improvisation that's been their calling card right from the start – fleshed out here by work from a few key ... CD
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s.
The full story of this really unique group – a soulful quartet who hail from San Antonio, but who have a rock-solid boogie sound that's like some of the best acts coming out of the east coast at the time! Horizon only issued a few indie label singles back in the day, but they've got a heck ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. (reissue)
An overlooked late 60s treasure on Blue Note – one of the few new groups to work on the label at the time, and an up-and-coming modern combo from Detroit! The album's quite unique for a number of reasons – not just because the group was a little-known new signing to the label, but also ... 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

New Direction Unit

Live At Moers Festival
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1980.
The group here definitely earns the "new direction" in their name – as they work at a level that's quite compelling – kind of their own variant of free jazz, but with a spaciousness that's definitely spiritual – and which also seems to reflect some elements of more ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2021. 2LP
A sublime live set from British trumpeter Matthew Halsall – a set that maybe sounds even more organic and spiritual than some of his already-amazing work in the studio! There's a great sense of majesty here – as Halsall leads a wonderfully cohesive lineup that stretches out on long ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1955. Gatefold (reissue)
Killer piano jazz, and some of the greatest modernist work ever recorded by Blue Note! Herbie Nichols deserves every bit of the rare fame he ever got – and it's only the paucity of his recordings that has kept him from achieving the status of Thelonious Monk or Cecil Taylor as an avant garde ... LP, Vinyl record album
Timeless/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1977. (reissue)
Drummer Eddie Marshall never cut many albums as a leader, but we'll always love him for this one – a sublime San Francisco 70s session that features tremendous vibes from the great Bobby Hutcherson! But actually, the whole group's great – and also includes George Cables on piano, James ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s.
They call it Lowrider Soul on the west coast – and back east, it's maybe known more as sweet soul, or harmony soul – especially given that there's so many groups who are important to the sound! But whatever you want to call it, think of the work here as the perfect sort of slow-stepping ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s.
Super-heady work from the global psychedelic underground – exactly the kind of work we've come to love from the Now Again reissue projects over the years! The label has its roots in the hip hop and funk world of parent company Stones Throw – and has used that legacy to open up an ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1985. (reissue)
Strong 80s work from the legendary Maki Asakawa – one of the most unique vocalists of her time, but a singer who often didn't get much exposure outside of the Japanese market in which she recorded! This set's got some surprising songwriting contributions from jazz talents Shigeharu Mukai and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Loma Vista, 2021.
A righteous continuation of the first revolution encouraged by Common in 2021 – and a set that takes all the message and spirit of the initial entry, and opens things up to an even more collaborative project – thanks to guest work from artists who include Seun Kuti, Black Thought, ... CD

Kenji Mori

Be Bop 82
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1982.
Saxophonist Keni Mori really lives up to the spirit of the title here – given that five of the album's six tracks are Charlie Parker compositions – all played by the group with a nicely updated version of bebop roots! The feel of the record is warmer than an older bop session from the ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
One of the key classics from the Jimmy Smith years at Blue Note Records – a really groundbreaking time for the Hammond organ in jazz, as Jimmy helped take it from backrooms in bars to center stage of jazz with a record like this! The album's about as iconic as you can get for Jimmy at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1969. (reissue)
A tripped-out batch of tracks from Brazil! These guys mix together a bit of funk, a bit of psych, and touches of Jorge Ben-like soul – into a blend that's really groovy all the way through, and which will be sure to please any fan of the Samba Soul groove! Jorge Ben's influence is all over ... LP, Vinyl record album

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
IDA/Elemental, 1987. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Pure magic from saxophonist Barney Wilen – captured here at a point when his powers were really back in full force, and when he seemed to be at his most soulful when handling a gentle, easygoing sort of tune! The ballads in the title are definitely out in full force – served up in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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