The only RCA album from Enchantment – and a great little set that has the group stretching out from their earlier records on United Artists! The groove here is still awash in the great harmonies we've always loved from the group – and production is by Don Davis, who always has a great ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing document of one of the grooviest groups to emerge from the UK at the start of the 80s – not just their three full albums, but almost as much rare bonus material as well! The English Beat came a bit later than the initial wave of Two Tone ska revival groups – and they came ... (Rock) read moreCD
A totally great little record – every bit the gem you might expect from the title and the cover! The music is less electronic than infused with all the best electric instrumental styles of the 60s on keyboards and guitar – used on these short, jaunty instrumentals that are somewhere ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
One of the last great soul albums on the Westbound label! Eramus Hall have a vague P-Funk connection – and according to legend, the band were given their name by George Clinton, who had seen a building in Chicago named Eramus Hall – but the sound is a lot smoother than any of the P-Funk ... (Soul) read moreCD
Searing reed work from Christoph Erb and Keefe Jackson – one player in each channel of the record, with cellist Tomeka Reid in the middle – coming together here in a deep sound that's full of tones and textures! Both artists play tenor and bass clarinet, and the stereo separation ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Extremely heady work from the French scene of the early 70s – and hardly the Latin Rock album you might guess from the title! Ergo Sum have a sound that's as contemplative as their name – a slow-building, almost brooding blend of jamming, jazzy work on flute, Fender Rhodes, organ, ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the last records that Booker Ervin ever recorded, and one of the best! There's a depth of tone and conception here that goes far beyond even Ervin's already-great albums for Prestige – a mix of modernism and soulful expression that really points the way towards jazz expression in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A spooky little cover, and a spooky sort of sound to match – a great variation on synth-heavy rock modes – with strong echoes both of the early 80s post-punk generation, and of some of the best horror soundtracks of the time! Alex Cuervo plays all the instrumentation himself – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Tremendous work from The Equires – a Milwaukee soul quartet from the 60s, but one who worked heavily on the Chicago scene of the time – often at a level that matched the best of their Windy City peers! Like The Artistics or Chi-Lites, these guys have a tremendous sense of harmony ... (Soul) read moreCD
Esso Trinidad Steel Band —
Esso ... CD Warner/Minky, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
A classic album of steel band grooving – a sound that made a surprising crossover in the American soul market in the early 70s! This album's one of the most famous of the genre – a session that was originally produced by Van Dyke Parks for Warner Brothers, and which has a nice blend of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A damn great album from trumpeter Duane Eubanks – soaring, soulful, and tremendously powerful right from the very first note! The album's got Eubanks working with an excellent lineup that includes Abraham Burton on tenor, Marc Cary on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Nelson on vibes, Dezron ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Singer Kellylee Evans works here with the great Eric Legnini – the European keyboardist whose own records are always a delight, and who brings a sharp sense of funky soul to this vocal outing! Kellylee has a style that's rooted in jazz, but expressed in more contemporary soulful modes – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A wonderful session from pianist Orrin Evans – one of the most richly talented players of his generation – always great, no matter what the setting! We've recently dug Evans in trio and larger group formats – but this set's got him cooking strongly with a quintet – a tight ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We've really grown to love pianist Orrin Evans in a trio setting, but he's a surprisingly strong talent at the helm of this large group too – an ensemble with a rich sound and a sense of feeling that really matches Evans' own piano! There's a boldness to the music that really brings out a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete recordings of Every Mothers' Son – two full albums, and a bonus single too! First up is the self-titled Every Mothers' Son album – filled with cool, catchy numbers that have a wonderfully sunny feel overall – and a spare approach that's a bit different than most of ... (Rock) read moreCD
A sweet mix of soul, funk, and Jamaican styles – all put together by Shane "Sureshot" Hunt, who we've trusted for grooves for many years! The package draws on Shane's deep knowledge of old school roots – but it also reflects the cultural melting pot of San Francisco's ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Exciters ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
Although we don't normally dig some of the sweeter 60s girl groups, we love The Exciters! Lead singer Brenda Reid has one of the most amazing voices in soul music – filled with rough sexy tones that always grab our attention, even when the lyrics shouldn't – and this album's one of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The one and only album by Exit 9 – an obscure funk combo who recorded this rare set for Brunswick in 1975! The group is extremely tight instrumentally – working at a very fast funky clip that's kind of similar to work by Bohannon or Sound Experience – both of whom shared Exit 9's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A huge bit of pop soul from the 80s – the first album from Expose, a group who really helped rewrite the girl group sound for the time! Expose are unabashedly in search for a hook throughout – and inflect their vocals with a catchy style that hits all the right elements in all the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Shelly Fabares —
Shelly ... CD Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The lovely Shelly Fabares was first a star on the TV screen, but she turned out to be a hell of a pop talent as well – really just the right sort of personality for dreamy little tunes in the style of Joanie Summers at the time! Production is full and rich – handled by the great Stu ... (Rock) read moreCD
We love the idea of spending the summer with Shelly Fabares – especially if it would sound as groovy as this rare gem from the 60s! Shelly's not the best singer you'll ever find, and the tunes here are hardly personal tunes from her heart – but the album's production and presentation ... (Rock) read moreCD
A full house, and a strong change for Fairport Convention – working here without founder Ashley Hutchings or vocalist Sandy Denny – but finding their way forward through the new strengths of Richard Thompson! Thompson contributed more songs to this album than before, and also joins the ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The legendary Fame Gang finally gets their due – in this CD that's overflowing with tight funky instrumentals, most of which have never been issued at all! The "best" in the title is certainly well-put – given the quality of the music – but don't think "hits", ... (Soul) read moreCD
Keyboard flavored funky, jazzy sweetness from The Fantastics – who've had a pretty terrific run of funky 45s and a tight full length – delivering their best work yet and one of our favorite albums on Freestyle of the past couple years with All The People! There's a real love of ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the greatest Art Farmer recordings of the 70s – an especially sharp-edged performance, thanks to the presence of Clifford Jordan in the group! The album was recorded live at Boomer's nightclub in New York – and all tracks have a long-flowing, open ended quality – a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Art Farmer recordings of the 70s – an especially sharp-edged performance, thanks to the presence of Clifford Jordan in the group! The album was recorded live at Boomer's nightclub in New York – and all tracks have a long-flowing, open ended quality – a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really great work from Art Farmer – one of a handful of records from the mid 60s that have the trumpeter picking up a slightly sharper edge than before – a nice contrast to some of his more spacious albums on labels like Argo or Atlantic! The vibe here is almost a small group take on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gently graceful work from Art Farmer – and a wonderful example of the way he was expanding his talents in the 70s! The set's got a slow burning sensuality that seems to bring even more soul out of Farmer's work on flugelhorn than before – especially on the mellower cuts, which seem ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty sweet 70s set from Art Farmer – ostensibly a tribute to Duke Ellington, but really more of a gently soulful session in the mode of Art's best work of the decade! The group is the Cedar Walton trio with Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe Farrell & Louis Hayes Quartet —
Vim & Vigor ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
An album with a terrible cover – but a wonderful sound! Underneath this ridiculous bikini-clad cover lies some of the best work that Louis Hayes and Joe Farrell cut during the 80s – a freewheeling and open session that's steep on soul, and filled with the best energy both players could ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rok ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2015. New Copy ...
Lots of dark sounds here – a record that's not entirely jazz, and which travels in some of the same genre-breaking territory as other groundbreaking work on Norway's Jazzland label! There's definitely key jazz elements in the music – especially from the trumpet of Kim Asknes and tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Alma Faye —
Doin' It ... CD Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Sweet Canadian club from Alma Faye – a record that shows that the scene up north was just as great for disco as the one down in New York! The record's got these flowing arrangements from Lee Gagnon – an artist who was working in jazz a few years before, but manages to find just the ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the greatest British funk albums of the 70s – if not all time! FBI may have an American reference in their name, but back in the day, they were the leading lights of the London soul scene – and one of the few groups who could blend together jazz, soul, and funk influences with ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Fela's greatest albums – augmented here by 2 bonus tracks! "Zombie" shows Fela at the height of his powers – grooving away in incredibly fast, incredibly tight Afro Funk lines, weaving guitar, sax, and keyboards together with a speed that still leaves us breathless. ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bryan Ferry, still going strong after all these years – and finding a new sort of sweet space that really seems to make the most of his aging vocal approach! Ferry's still very much in the best modes of his excellent solo records – especially the gems of the late 70s and early 80s ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredible batch of Brazilian fusion – cut by keyboardist Manfredo Fest, and one of the few records he ever waxed in the US during the 70s! The record mixes Fest's soaring Brazilian groove with a tight soulful set of arrangements by Jerry Peters – a bit club-oriented, with a similar ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a lead act by Sandra Feva – a wonderful singer who worked behind Aretha Franklin for years, but who's a hell of a standout talent on her own! The set was arranged and produced by Tony Camillo, but it's got a much more laidback feel than some of Tony's other ... (Soul) read moreCD
The Wild Bunch just got even wilder – with three full CDs of music – including the whole film score, plus alternate music, demo tracks, additional recordings, and the full 1969 soundtrack album too! The music is wonderful – a surprisingly poignant score – especially when ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Early early work from Lee Fields – a set originally issued at the end of the 70s, but with a raw funky power that's much more like music from a decade before! The set was a real anomaly at the time, and was passed over for years – but through the decades, it's earned Lee legendary ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Richard Dimples Fields —
Dimples ... CD Boardwalk/Solaris, 1981. New Copy ...
A surprise hit for Richard Dimples Fields – and one of those albums that seems to turn up in just about every collection of records from the 80s! Although Fields first got his start turning out self-produced soul albums, and you'd expect him to sound a lot slicker here, recording for MCA's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really unusual chapter in the career of the 5th Dimension – a mid 70s set recorded for ABC Records, but one that also has the group reunited with producer/arranger Jimmy Webb – who'd done so much for them in the 60s! The mode here is very different than before – bolder, more ... (Soul) read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the duo of drummer Milo Fine and guitarist Steve Gnitka – both players we've liked before, but who really win us over here – with material from two early albums on the Hat Hut label, plus a never-issued session for Horo Records as well! Gnitka's maybe the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Norwegian pianist Svein Finnerud – one of his earliest albums, and one of his most striking, too! The set was recorded in the late 60s – and it's got that beautiful balance of new freedoms and Bill Evans-inspired colors that some of Svein's American and British ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Enter ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
One of the coolest, wildest performances we've ever heard from the Fire Orchestra – an expanded version of a core jazz combo that includes Mats Gustafsson on tenor – but which here has grown to a very bold lineup of musicians with a trio of voices as well! The album features one long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really great work from Patrick Fitzgerald – one of the more surprising talents of the late 70s UK punk scene – and one of the most charming as well! Fitzgerald was raised in East London, and has a heavily accented style – one that really adds a lot to the sense of feeling and ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really wonderful group – and way more than just another sax section album! Instead, think of this one more as a combo that has some key sax players stepping out for solos – as the record has a vibe that's almost more like a Prestige or Blue Note record of the day, with incredibly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of killer albums from The Five Stairsteps – 1967's self-titled set for Windy C – plus '68's Love's Happening by The Five Stairsteps & Cubie – together with bonus track on this great set from Outta Sight UK! The Five Stairsteps album is a landmark batch of sweet soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of killers from The Five Stairsteps – back to back on a single CD, with bonus tracks too! First up is Our Family Portrait – a true family portrait of the Five Stairsteps – a group who first came to light on a host of wonderful indie singles in Chicago, stepping forth here ... (Soul) read moreCD
Very groovy work from 5000 Volts – one of the first pop disco groups to come onto the 70s scene in the UK – and a quartet with the lovely Tina Charles in the lead! The style here is a bit like Charles' solo work – but more funky overall, and more electrified too – with ... (Soul) read moreCD
A unique Japanese-only session from pianist Tommy Flanagan – hardly a one-off, though – as the whole thing's put together with a real sense of care by legendary Columbia jazz producer Teo Macero! Although unissued in the US, the set gives Flanagan one of his greatest showcases of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked later set from Stax Records giant Eddie Floyd – a Malaco records album that has Eddie transforming his sound nicely for the time – picking up a slightly clubby groove while he still keeps his vocals right on the money! Arrangements are by Wardell Quezerque, who keeps ... (Soul) read moreCD
Flying Lotus is not only very much alive on You're Dead! – he's as lively as ever – delivering his best, most diverse record to date! The Flying Lotus sound is in peak form here – glitchy beats and spacey keyboards, deftly layered samples, and carrying boundless influences from ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This is a fantastic album! French pianist Raymond Fol leads a group that includes American and European players of the Clarke-Boland Big Band mode, like Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Woode, and Fats Sadi, plus American Art Taylor on drums – and he's come up with a swinging take on Vivaldi's Four ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The roots of Brigitte Fontaine – and a really wonderful record that we love every bit as her later work – but in a completely different way! The style here is more strikingly jazzy in the territory of early 60s Serge Gainsbourg or Jacques Brel – and the lyrics are mostly all by ... (French) read moreCD
There's definitely a sense of rising in the music of Frank Fontaine – a bold, fresh, powerful voice in jazz – not just a strong tenorist, but also a hell of a writer too! The album's one of those excellent overlooked treats we love so much from the Life Force Jazz label – an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful early work from Brigitte Fontaine and Jacques Higelin – a rare album for the Jacques Canetti label, and done in the years before both artists recorded for Saravah! The style here is nicely jazzy – a bit similar to Fontaine's later Est session – with arrangements by ... (French) read moreCD
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever album from organist Chris Foreman as a leader – a Hammond hero who's been making great music for a number of years, and really steps out strongly here on his debut! The album's got a fresh approach from the usual organ jazz outing – in that Foreman plays solo on a number ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible album that's as evocative as its title – one that blends together strings and electronics into a sublime suite of sound library grooves! The album was masterminded by the lesser-known Barry Forgie – and also features work by other sound library talents Nino Nardini and ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A great overlooked band from the Cali scene at the turn of the century – a quartet with a great female singer, and a tight jangly sound that almost takes us back to the C86 generation in the UK! The songs are well-written, and filled with sweet little hooks that bring out the best in the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Joik ... CD Distort-D-Sound, 1999. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the few albums ever cut by this under-discovered California quartet – a cool little group who mix post punk elements with some warmer ideas too – sometimes using jazzy inflections on the guitar and keyboards, at a level that reminds us a bit of some of the more subtle groups from ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the greatest albums of Hammond jazz ever recorded – and a darn funky one at that! Bobby Forrester may not look like a hipster on the cover, but this set grooves like some of the best early 70s work by Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Groove Holmes – hitting hard with some really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A definite delight from Ronnie Foster – a post-Blue Note set that actually has the keyboardist sounding better than ever! Ronnie's always been one of those guys who seems to work best when moving against a bit of structure – and here, that force is provided by the excellent Jerry ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Massive keyboard work from Ronnie Foster – one of his sweet funky 70s sets for Blue Note – and a killer all the way through! Ronnie plays a host of cool keys – Hammond, clavinet, and moog – and he's working here with tight production from George Benson, who really helps ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ronnie Foster —
Racer ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Ronnie Foster cut plenty of sweet fusion sides for Columbia Records at the start of the 80s – but this set's from the second half of the decade, and was initially an album that was only issued for the Japanese market! Foster arranged the whole record himself, and works with a nice lean ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy work from the Four King Cousins – a sweet quartet of lovely voices peeled off of the larger King Family ensemble, singing here in a spare and syncopated groove with lots of late 60s Capitol touches! Maestro Lex De Azevedo produced, arranged, and conducted – and the album's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the hardest, rawest Four Tops album on 60s Motown – a unique live session, recorded at the Roostertail Nightclub in Detroit – with a sound that shows that the Tops could maybe shine even more away from the studio! Levi Stubbs' leads are especially incredible – not just a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bold clusters of sound from pianist Philip Thomas – working here on a series of very inventive compositions by Christopher Fox! Fox has a groundbreaking style that's really striking, right from the first few minutes of the CD – a way of creating almost little stories in sound, driven ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
The only full album we've ever seen from Tony Fox – a singer we know best for much earlier singles, including a few classics in a real deep soul vein! This album, though, has more of a club-oriented sound – an early 80s indie vibe, with lots of modern soul arrangements which work very ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fox Capture Plan —
Wall ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
We really love these guys – and are continually amazed at what they can do with just bass, drums, and piano – all very conventional instruments, but used by Fox Capture Plan in this soaringly soulful style! The music's not entirely jazz – because all three instruments are very ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Redd Foxx doing is thing live in '75 at the Apollo – his return to recording after 12 years without a comedy album! You Gotta Wash Your Ass was cut while Sanford & Son was still in its run – making this blue performance a gritty return to form for Foxx! It isn't as flamboyantly ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
The first album from Foxy – and maybe the best from the group, too – given that the whole thing's put together with some wonderfully funky and jazzy touches! The enigmatic Ish Ledesma is at the helm of the group, but he gets some great help from Ray Martinez on the production and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty catchy bit of Miami club from the late 70s – and an album that sounds a heck of a lot better than you might think from its silly pink cover! The group's actually got a strong acoustic sound underpinning their grooves – with some excellent percussion underneath the best tracks, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really wonderful set of bossa nova vocals – one that features singer Neyde Fraga working with the keyboard talents of the great Walter Wanderley! Walter later cut a famous record for Verve with Astrud Gilberto – but this sweet little set is a real prequel to that album, and features ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Claudine Francois/Hubert Dupont/Hamid Drake —
Flying Eagle ... CD Marge (France), 2014. New Copy ...
Claudine Francois is a beautiful pianist, and we love her work on other records – but she sounds especially great here in the company of bassist Hubert Dupont and drummer Hamid Drake – both players who bring a heck of a lot of texture to the session! Dupont's bass is wonderful – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful lost gem from the legendary Vanguard Records – a set issued in the 70s, but with the best independent spirit of the label from the decade before! Bob Frank is a very unique songwriter – and has this amazing ability to paint these personal little pictures in song – ... (Rock) read moreCD
A big one from Aretha Franklin's 80s comeback years on Arista Records – a set that features a surprising guest appearance from Keith Richards, but mostly concentrates on Franklin's successful run with producer/arranger Narada Michael Walden – who continues to do a great job of updating ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aretha Franklin has a really classic sort of look on the cover – which is quite fitting, as the album's maybe one of her most classic records in years! The album has Franklin taking on songs by other famous female singers, but reworking nearly all of them in a style that's all her own – ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Aretha's undisputed classics – a seminal session that furthered her deep soul agenda with key backings from Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd! The Sweet Inspirations provide sublime backing vocals behind Franklin's maturing delivery of the lyrics – and the music is by an all-star group ... (Soul) read moreCD
A legendary legacy of soul – served up by a singer who definitely earns the title of "Queen" stated on the cover! The music here comes from a period that just about everyone deems as Aretha Franklin's best – her seminal years at Atlantic Records, where she made an important ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aretha Franklin at the end of the 80s – capping off a big run of records for Arista with another successful collaboration with Narada Michael Walden! There's a bit more of a groove here than before – a nice bounce on many cuts that almost brings in a slight new jack flavor – but ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent work by Carolyn Franklin – a heavy album of female soul with a sound that should have made it huge! Carolyn is the less-famous sister of Aretha Franklin – but she's got a voice that keeps the family proud, and she's a lot hipper than Aretha on this album – with a very ... (Soul) read moreCD
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... CD Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ...
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the great late 70s Columbia sets from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the universe – the one and only album by this obscure west coast group, who get some strong help in the studio from Phillip Bailey! Bailey co-produced, and wrote some great songs for the record – and the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic funky combo from the mid 70s African scene – one who worked previously with Geraldo Pino, and who definitely show some traces of his own great work too – but who also have a madly great groove that's all their own! Freedom Family are definitely on the funkier side of the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the earliest work we've ever heard from German tenorist Joki Freund – a player who'd trip out a bit more in later years, but who blows here with a sound that's sharp, modern, and very swinging throughout! The group features trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff, who's also on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two incredibly groovy records that will completely redefine your expectations for religious music – both put together by the Rev Nick Freund! Montgomery Chapel is an incredibly dark album that's way more acid folk than anything else – recorded by a group named The Search Party, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from vibist Dave Friedman – a set that really lives up to the promise we sometimes expect from other records of his, but never find this clearly! Friedman plays both marimba and vibes – the latter with this bold, chromatic quality ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous little album from pianist Don Friedman – a trio session, but one that's cut with a mixture of Fender Rhodes and electric bass, which gives the album a majestically soulful groove! Friedman's never sounded better, and the record is easily one of his best – with a sound that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The group name here is a reference to a project from Ornette Coleman – and Friends & Neighbors definitely share a similar sense of cohesive spirit and individual expression – which makes for very striking sound throughout! The quintet has some tremendous horn work from Thomas ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gerardo Frisina —
Movement ... CD Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ...
Plenty of movement from the great Gerardo Frisina – a set that's awash in all the Latin and modal elements we've always loved in his music – and a record that filled with jazzy touches throughout! Rhythms are both live and programmed – but even the latter have a very spontaneous ... (New Grooves) read moreCD