A pair of Jimmy Riley albums back to back – both of similar vintage, and both similarly great! First up is Showcase – a real solo high point for Jimmy Riley – the singer who first hit fame as a member of The Uniques, but also did some great records like this on his own! The set's ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Stephen Riley & Peter Zak —
Haunted Heart ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
The tenor of Stephen Riley wins us over right on the very first notes of this set – thanks to a soulful, seductive reading of Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan"! That track – and the rest of the album – features only the piano of Peter Zak alongside Riley's raspy tenor – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet dancefloor soul from an early 80s line-up of The Ritchie Family – this one featuring Linda James, Jacqui Smith-Lee and Vera Brown – going All Night All Right on a strong batch of synth flavored grooves! The bigger hits of the commercial disco boom were well behind them by this ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet electric fusion from Lee Ritenour – a key album from a time when he was still very much at the top of his game! Although tight overall, the album's never too commercial to be cloying – and Lee's approach here is a great example of the way that mainstream 70s fusion managed to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Plenty of friendship here – some really warm interplay between a well-chosen group of musicians – all of whom come together with the level of quality that always made Lee Ritenour's records stand out from the pack! This isn't easy commercial fusion, but a really soulful, cohesive set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lee Ritenour —
Rit/Rit 2 ... CD Elektra/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy ...
A super-fusion double header from Lee Ritenour – two classics back to back on a single CD! Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sam Rivers —
Lazuli ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from reedman Sam Rivers – and a set that's surprisingly soulful, given that most of his other work from this stretch is much more outside! The album's got a laidback groove on most numbers – with rhythm from Daryll Thompson on guitar, Rael Wesley Grant on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A totally wonderful jazz ensemble from Japan – one who definitely work in some of the older modes you'd guess from the "legacy" in their name, especially the hippest funky big band styles of the 70s – yet a group who also have a very fresh, individual vibe of their own! These ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really wonderful work from drummer Max Roach – a set of classic albums for the Black Saint/Soul Note labels – most of which mark an especially creative stretch in his career! The set's got some great avant moments – the brilliant Birth & Rebirth, which pairs the drums of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal work by drummer Max Roach – recorded in 1960, at the time when he was leading one of his best groups ever! The material was recorded live in Germany with a quintet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Julian Priester on trombone – and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Robert & Kenny Barron —
Good Life ... CD Somethin Cool (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Not the first pairing of alto saxophonist George Robert and pianist Kenny Barron – but a set that may well be their best together – as it's got this tonal, textural depth that really gets at the maturing talents of both artists involved! And that's not to say that the previous DIW date ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Roberto Y Su Nuevo Montuno —
Aqui Esta ... CD International, Mid 70s. New Copy ...
A deep groover from bassist Roberto Barrios and his sweet 70s combo – a set that moves with this sly, slinky style that's plenty soulful – almost a blend of Latin soul depth with some of the newer modes of the salsa generation! The best cuts have the bass really bumping along the ... (Latin) read moreCD
Maybe the most dense, most complex work we've heard from Matana Roberts to date – a unusual effort that blends together her own instrumental passages with sound samples recorded during a wintertime ramble through the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana! Roberts moves away from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
It's been way way too long since we last heard from Carmen Rodgers (her debut was over a decade ago) – but it's really great to have her back, and sounding better than ever! Carmen's really grown up a lot over the past few years – and she's got this tight, sophisticated groove that ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The trippiest project we've ever heard from JJ Whitefield – an artist you might know better for his funkier work in Poets Of Rhythm and Karl Hector & The Malcouns – but who here goes back to the best modes of early 70s krautrock – reviving his German heritage with some ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Spirit Within ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ...
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ...
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez was always one of the richest voices to sing on the New York Latin scene in the 70s – a talent with this way of going deep, and really stretching out his notes – but at a level that was quite different than so many other singers of his generation! ... (Latin) read moreCD
With a group named "duro", these guys have got to be pretty heavy right from the start – and fortunately, they definitely live up to their promise, thanks to great direction from congolero Ray Rodriguez, and tight arrangements from tenorist Bobby Rodriguez! The music has some ... (Latin) read moreCD
Beautiful work from bassist Jason Roebke – a player we grow to respect more and more over the years, and one who continually surprises us with music like this! The set features three long tracks, played by a trio with Matthew Schneider on guitar and Marcus Evans on drums – but always ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Roger Troutman's definitely trying to bridge a few different gaps in soul music with this later solo effort – some of his earlier funk, his mid-period electro, and even a bit more mature ballad work – which rounds out the album nicely! Given that Roger initiated so many modes that ... (Soul) read moreCD
There's many facets of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling future – either that, or he was busy cooking up west coast gangster funk drones ... (Soul) read moreCD
Plenty of beats here from Roger Troutman – going for a sound that's maybe even more electro than some of his earlier solo work, at a level that really seems to be pushing the Zapp sound further for the 80s! The style is funky, but touched with lots of elements that have wended their way from ... (Soul) read moreCD
The birth of the Troutman sound – an early example of Ohio funk at its best, recorded years before Roger and company started having such a bit influence on the west coast scene! The groove here is filled with plenty of the bass you'd expect from Troutman – but given that the date of ... (Soul) read moreCD
DJ Rogers —
DJ Rogers ... CD Shelter/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ...
Mindblowing music from the great DJ Rogers – his first record, and a rootsy album of spiritual soul, right up there with the best 70s work by artists like Donny Hathaway, Rance Allen, or Stevie Wonder! Like all of those giants, DJ's got a deeply soulful vocal style that's more than ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from Rey Roig – a leader who works here in a mode that recalls the bigger Latin ensembles of the 50s and early 60s, but with a lean vibe that really reflects the changes taking place on the New York scene! The album isn't as much of a hard salsa effort as other Salsoul Latin ... (Latin) read moreCD
Sante Maria Romitelli —
Seducers ... CD Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy ...
Pretty seductive sounds from Sante Maria Romitelli – scored for a late 60s film that was also known as Top Sensation – and which features a sensational blend of sounds to match! The music is in the best mod, jazzy style of the Italian scene of the time – and in fact, maybe has ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... CD Saravah/Core Port (France), 1972. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two generations of Brazilian singer/songwriters – coming together here in a special live performance! As you probably know, we're huge fans of the great Lo Borges – and have loved his music from his early collaborations with Milton Nascimento through his great run of solo records too ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The lovely vocals of Sonia Rosa mix with sweet 70s electric backings by Yuji Ohno, in a compelling set of tracks that have a really nice edge to them! Sonia's vocals have a bit of a rasp to them – not much, but in a way that cuts against the sweetness of the numbers, and which gives them a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Part of the Brisa Brasileira series of groovy bossa reissues from Japan!)
The title cut here is more than enough to make the whole album great – a brilliant pairing of the vocals of Red Rose and King Kong, over digital dubs from King Tubby – and the whole album follows suit strongly, with this bad-stepping vibe that crackles at the edges, and digs deep in the ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Rose Royce —
Fresh Cut ... CD Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1986. New Copy ...
An overlooked 80s moment from Rose Royce – a set recorded after the group had stepped away from their famous association with Norman Whitfield, but were still very much at the top of the modern soul game! The production here is maybe a bit more 80s than before, but the group continue to keep ... (Soul) read moreCD
A big one for Norman Whitfield – who found in Rose Royce what he'd been lacking for years – a hit group ready to handle a number of styles, all well, and all with an adventurous style that would break them past the legions of lackluster funky soul groups of the late 70s. The record ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked late 70s set from Rose Royce – not as hitmaking some of their other albums, but actually pretty darn great – thanks to some rock-solid production from Norman Whitfield! The album's a perfect illustration of the way that Whitfield expanded his earlier funky sound with the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The third album from the mighty Rose Royce – working here in perfect hit formation – with older styles of harmony soul wrapped around some of the best late 70s mainstream funk modes – all produced to perfection by the mighty Norman Whitfield! Whitfield's guidance of the group is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Michael Rosen —
Sweet 17 ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
Guitarist Lage Lund is consistently one of our favorite contemporary musicians on his instrument – and even though he's not the leader on this set from tenorist Michael Rosen, his performance really helps shape the overall sound of the album! Lund's got this way of arching into the groove ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from pianist Renee Rosnes in a long time – a set that features Rosnes working at the head of a very hip quintet with Steve Nelson on vibes and Steve Wilson on alto, flute, and soprano sax! Both of the Steves really open up the sound here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
British reedman Ronnie Ross really shines brightly on this set – a well-crafted batch of tunes that takes a great lead from his strong work on baritone sax! The sound is somewhat tightly arranged – a bit in a US west coast mode from the time – but the groove's also a bit looser ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare French soundtrack by Nino Rota, done for this 1960 film by Rene Clement – but filled with all the bold themes and whimsical moments of Rota's best work for Fellini! Clement's film has some beautifully spare moments that Rota scores perfectly here – letting the music drift along ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of gems from the legendary Rotary Connection – an early Chicago group that featured Minnie Riperton on vocals, and Charles Stepney on production! Songs is amazing soul from Rotary Connection – and one of their greatest albums! The "songs" concept has the group working ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great little album from trumpeter Jim Rotondi – a set that delivers on all the promise we've always heard in his music – and also brings forward a bit more too! The album has Jim blowing in a quintet with some excellent vibes from Joe Locke – a player who really helps give the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of late 70s albums from Demis Roussos – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Demis Roussos album on Mercury – one of the best-remembered albums from Greek singer Demis Roussous – a soulful 70s set that's quite a change from his early material in the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two late 70s albums from this enigmatic Greek singer! Universum is from 1979, and has Demis Roussos at the end of the 70s – a decade that began with his trippy work in Aphrodite's Child, then had the singer hitting the clubs with disco soul, and ended with Demis becoming a huge international ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Rova Sax Quartet channel the sound of John Coltrane's legendary Ascension album – then take it into a whole new territory of expression, thanks to help from an international assortment of improvisers who join in on the performance! The group famously reworked the piece in 1995, and have ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic harmony soul from Philly! This set features work by two lost Philadelphia groups – The Royal Five and The Informers – both 60s ensembles with a tight harmony approach that's in the best style of the city's rich soul heritage – staying strong on the uptempo cuts, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a ... (Rock) read moreCD
Royals featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard —
Federal Singles ... CD Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ...
The early roots of Hank Ballard – and the vocal group that eventually transformed into the Midnighters! Don't get these Royals confused with the 70s Jamaican group of the same name, or their 50s contemporaries on King Records, The 5 Royales – because this quintet was a sweeter-styled ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rudy Royston —
303 ... CD Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy ...
The first album as a leader from drummer Rudy Royston – a player we've enjoyed for years in the company of others, and one who emerges here with a really fresh voice of his own! Rudy's drums are bold, but also have this way of opening up and allowing magical interplay between all the other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set that starts out sounding like one of the most old school, straight ahead records we've ever heard from trombonist Roswell Rudd – but which soon opens up to all the creative, compelling modes we've always loved in Rudd's music! The record's the result of recent work with vocalist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing debut from Rufus – a group so great, they were virtually a genre unto themselves during the 70s! Rufus came from the same totally hip Chicago scene that gave the world Minnie Riperton and Earth Wind & Fire – and like both of those greats, these guys have a way of drawing ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great work by one of the archetypal funky soul bands of the 70s – and a group whose impact is still being felt today! Of course, one of the reasons for that is Chaka Khan's incredible vocals – caught here at a prime early point, and very nicely set against some warm electric keyboards ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of those records that everyone seemed to own, back in the day – and for good reason, too – as Rufus and Chaka have a way of opening ears of folks who dig so many different styles – from soul to rock to funk and jazz – but all with a groove that's totally their own! The ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the last albums that Rufus and Chaka Khan ever recorded together – and one of the best, as well! The set's a surprisingly great blend of live material and studio cuts – concert material taking up three sides of the 2LP set, and studio tracks on the last side – working ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from Rufus and Chaka Khan – a sublime 70s set in which the group's sound totally comes together, and finds a really special sound that's all its own! The blend of elements here is perfect – the group's funky jazz instrumentation, and Chaka Khan's warm ... (Soul) read moreCD
Funk, soul, jazz, and plenty more – all wrapped up into this 70s masterpiece from Rufus – the kind of record that not only never gets old, but which still has folks wondering how the group could have gotten things this perfect all these many years later! Chaka Khan and the group are in ... (Soul) read moreCD
A freewheeling live date from Hilton Ruiz – recorded in Paris at the start of the 80s, with an excellent rhythm section that features Art Davis on bass and Walter Perkins on drums! Perkins' drum work is especially nice – as sprightly and dynamic as Ruiz's piano – beautifully tied ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great set from Argentinean jazz bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz – funky, cinematic big band swing and choral arrangements! The set is a four piece suite based on the writings of Jose Tcherkaski, featuring arrangements that range from big band with heavy horns and strings and a very late 60s/early ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from the mighty Bobby Rush – a cat that most folks know as a blues artist these day, but a singer who also worked in a fair bit of funk and soul modes over the years! This set is filled with loads of rare singles from Bobby – including some great early work from the 60s, ... (Blues) read moreCD
Arthur Russell —
Corn ... CD Audika, Early 80s. New Copy ...
Never-heard work from the legendary Arthur Russell – a treasure trove of material from the vaults, finally issued all these many years after his untimely early passing! The work is a bit like some of the material on World Of Echo – spare tunes that often mix cello with keyboards and ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredible chapter in the Arthur Russell story – and one that's not nearly as well-known as his club singles and art rock work of the 80s! The 2CD package presents some long-lost longer form work by Russell – instrumental pieces composed and recorded in the 70s and early 80s, most ... (Rock) read moreCD
An avant dancefloor work of genius by Arthur Russell – the frantically beat-heavy, sunny and psychedelic single "Let's Go Swimming" that's from 1986, but it's really a unique piece of work that exists out of place and time – here in 3 distinctive versions along with a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful set of unreleased Arthur Russell songs – great tunes that he cut in more of an eclectic singer-songwriter approach than some of his other work – emotionally upfront, understated material that is simply beautiful! The songs range from very stripped down and folksy on the ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! ... (Rock) read moreCD
Slyly seductive work from Brenda Russell – a singer who's clearly in a class of her own here, and sounding wonderful on this classic album from the early 80s! Brenda's style is nicely diverse – part balladry, part sophisticated soul, part modern mellow groove – all wrapped up in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lightly whimsical score by Carlo Rustichelli – penned for an unusual 1972 Italian film that starred Dustin Hoffman! The tracks are all relatively short – most are between 1 and 2 minutes long – and offer variations on the main theme of the film, which is done in the Rota-esque ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A playful little comedy soundtrack from Carlo Rustichelli – as you might expect from the cover image of a doctor trying to put the moves on a patient! Rustichelli mixes together some of his older styles of light, comedic melodies – particularly those used on his early 60s soundtracks ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A bold little score from Carlo Rustichelli – much moodier and darker than some of his lighter comedic soundtracks from the 60s – and a set that shows us a rich new side of his talents! The story is a wartime narrative – and the music mixes dramatic action passages with brooding, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Wonderful work from the Chicago scene – a timeless effort with titles that are Chicago and Illinois prairie-centric in theme – and compositions musically rich enough to touch on some diverse strains of small combo jazz, from bluesy to bossa-steeped! Second Impression makes a heck of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the coolest, most compelling work we've heard in years from Wanda Sa – a very spare, stripped-down session that really gets back to the roots of her music from the 60s! Wanda Sa has been reviving her bossa sound for the past decade or more, but most of those recordings often have a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A beautiful set of Brazilian vocals – inflected with a bit of bossa inspiration, but coming off a lot more freely overall! Wanda Sa and Celia Vaz sing dual vocals on a haunting set of tracks that have a strangely spacey sound, thanks to the lilting loveliness of the ladies' voices. The ... (Brazil) read moreCD
This guy's neither the Sabu who played congas on Blue Note, nor the long-haired hard rocker from later years – but Selar Shaik Sabu, an early Indian film star heard here on a dramatic recording from the 40s! The core part of the CD features a young Sabu reading selections from Rudyard ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
Sylvia St James —
Magic ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A stunning solo set from Sylvia St James – previously known as a singer in the great group Side Effect – but an even better act on her own! Sylvia gets lots of great help here from the jazz fusion side of the spectrum – including drummer Lenny White, plus keyboardists Don ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great new chapter for the Salsoul Orchestra – a set that has them working with underground legend Patrick Adams, who gives them an even cooler sound than before! There's more keyboards in the mix than on previous albums – some of those cool and moogy touches that Adams brought to his ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the stranger moments in the Salsoul catalog, but a great groover too – an album of tunes from films, interpreted by the Salsoul Orchestra in a soaring disco mode! The style was one that was certainly aimed at the more mainstream club-goers at the time – a way to reach out to the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stunning large group session led by trumpeter Lasse Samuelson – one that explodes with colors and tone from the very first note – and which is a perfect blend of the tighter styles of the 60s with some of the newer freedoms of the time! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful little record by Pharoah Sanders – quite different than most of his other recordings of the 70s, and done in a smoothly jazzy mode that also features plenty of soul! Sanders did the set in collaboration with Norman Connors – and the style is in that same great mix of mellow ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two Pharoah Sanders classics – back to back on a single CD! Tauhid is one of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pharoah Sanders & Norman Connors —
Beyond A Dream ... CD Arista (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A dream of a record from this legendary spiritual jazz duo – drummer Norman Connors and reedman Pharoah Sanders – coming together in a freewheeling spiritual jazz style that's a lot more like Connors' earlier albums than the soulful fusion he was mostly recording in the late 70s! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Legendary Swedish tenorist Nisse Sandstrom really shines here – in a new recording that also features younger great Jonas Kullhammar – who blows alongside Sandstrom in this really classic way! The pairing of two great, and individual voices on the tenor is wonderful – and the duo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really beautiful work from Brazilian singer Paula Santoro – a voice we've never heard before, but which really grabs us right away! Paula's face in water on the cover almost takes us back to a classic Gal Costa album with a similar image on the front – and there's a spirit here that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterburg/Hampus Lin —
If Nothing Else ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful continuation of the spirit of the previous collaboration between trumpet and flugelhorn player Susana Santos Silva and bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – but a record that also adds in a cool extra element with the organ of Hampus Lindwall too! The music has this spacious, open ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Philippe Sarde at his best – turning out a wonderful score that's way better than the film for which it was written – sublime sounds that seem to hold up even more away from the movie! The story's a bit of a period piece, but most of the elements are 80s Sarde – with these subtle ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The mighty debut of Saun & Starr – a female soul duo who have been best known for their backing work behind Sharon Jones – stepping out here into the spotlight with some great support from the Dap-Kings! Although funky, the duo also have more of a deep soul approach than Sharon ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A nice Carlo Savina score for this Italian film also known as The Unnaturals – a title that's also reflected in some of the moodier, offbeat tunes used by Savina on the soundtrack! The music is an unusual blend – as there's some numbers that almost have a whimsical saxophone or ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The funky group of Jiro Inagaki gets a vocal treatment this time around – lead lyrics from Yasushi Sawada, whose a raspy-voiced singer with a surprisingly soulful edge! Much of the music follows in the same territory of Inagaki's instrumental records – with his group turning in a cool ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of 50s sci fi soundtracks – back to back in a single set! First up is Kronos – a score that makes some nice use of theremin alongside more conventional instrumentation – all with that extremely vivid feel that was often used to illuminate some of the less-than-special ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Alessandro Scala Groovology with Flavio Boltro —
Groove Island ... CD Schema (Italy), 2015. New Copy ...
An island of groove from reedman Alessandro Scala – a player who mostly leads a core trio on the set, but also gets help on half the record from trumpeter Flavio Boltro! We're well-known for our love of Boltro – so we'll just take that as a given – and instead focus on the tight ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not the usual vocal group you might guess from the cover – and instead a very cool postwar combo who both play and sing – in a mode that's a great bridge between earlier jazz styles and some of the doo wop modes to come! A few years earlier, and these guys might have sounded like the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic to end all classics – and the record that showed the world that the kung fu genre could be every bit as funky as American crime and action films! Lalo Schifrin's at the height of his powers on this set – working in a blend of raw guitars, rolling bass, and choppy rhythms that ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of rare soundtracks by the great Lalo Schifrin – back to back on a single CD! First up is Man On A Swing – an obscure mid-70s murder mystery, given a great deal of depth and class from Schifrin's music – which is often surprisingly jazzy, despite the setting of the film ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
An amazing package of music – not just the original two albums of Lalo Schifrin music that were issued from the Mission Impossible TV show – but a massive 6CD collection that brings together work from all seven seasons of the program – a huge amount of material that's never been ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Lalo Schifrin/Kenny Ascher —
Serial ... CD Quartet (Spain), 1980. New Copy 2CD ...
A double-length release of soundtrack music for early 80s film – with the original Lalo Schifrin score for the movie, and a completely unused additional score by Kenny Asher! Schifrin's in prime territory throughout – perfectly fitting the film's parody of Northern California culture ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the darkest records we've ever heard from Klaus Schulze – his second set as a solo act, and one that's filled with all these really deep tones and very sub-level sounds! Both Klaus' organ and his electronics are really intent on hitting the lower end of the sonic spectrum – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bernie Schwartz —
Wheel ... CD Coburt/Zeitgeist, 1970. New Copy ...
A trippy gem from Bernie Schwartz – a figure who'd spent a number of years in the LA musical underground before stepping out in this solo set – which has a depth that belies all Bernie's experience on the scene! There's a heady vibe to the record that almost feels more like some of the ... (Rock) read moreCD