A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heavy, yet spacey Afro Funk from Rob "Roy" Raindorf – brilliant, propulsive and indeed, super funky Funky Rob Way – a blend of tried-and-true Afro Funk and cosmic dancefloor impulses! Rob was trained at the piano in Benin, and gigged with legendary combos such as the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Becoming Quintet (Marcus Howell/Zach Adleman/Eric —
One-Track ... CD Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ...
On February 22, 2019
Although this LP was originally recorded for Saturn in 1973, it was made almost immediately available to a larger audience on Impulse the next year. Ra plays space electronic keyboards, and the group goes far out on the three long tracks on the recording: "Pathways to Unknown Worlds", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums on a single CD package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful set of hipster jazz vocals! This legendary album by Pittsburgh pianist Frank Cunimondo has always been a favorite for the jazz-dance groover "Feelin Good" – a cut which has an incredible drum and bass riff, and which has been sampled more than a few times over the past ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost Ohio soul treasure – the initial effort by a singer with a hell of a voice, but one who languished in obscurity after the poor response to this debut LP! Barbara Howard really knocks it out of the park here – singing like a deep soul diva with a hell of a lot of power and focus ... (Soul) read moreCD
Incredible! This is one of Tom Ze's best albums ever – and it's monsterously hard to find. The record is a fantastic blend of post-Tropicalia styles – and it features some strange arrangements that perfectly illustrated Ze's insane approach to songwriting. As with much of Ze's music, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The cold waves of color keep on coming – reminding us again and again that there's still so much more to discover from the early 80s underground! As with previous volumes, the focus here is on electronic work that's way different than mainstream pop of the period – often forged out of ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal bit of jazz rock from the UK scene of the early 70s – and one of the key albums in the early years of the Virgin label! Hatfield & The North were a great combo in the post-Canterbury mode – and featured sublime guitars from Phil Miller, plus percussion from Pip Pyle, bass ... (Rock) read moreCD
Killer work from The Flirtations – originally an American group, but one who made a hip step to the UK in the mid 60s – where they began backing a lot of big artists, and also recorded this rare gem on their own! The sound is a wonderful blend of American soul and 60s UK girl pop ... (Soul) read moreCD
An eerie bit of soul from the 80s scene in Newark – one that's got a special vibe that's all its own – partly due to a real love of echo from the producers! The set uses a fair bit of the electro elements you might know from 80s soul, especially the east coast underground type – ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the few recordings ever from the amazing Larry Saunders – a 70s soul artist we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder, but one who's also got some of the deep soul touches of Al Green too! This album's a total gem all the way through – full of beautifully-writ ... (Soul) read moreCD
Matthew Shipp Trio with Nicole Mitchell —
All Things Are ... CD Rogue Art (France), New Copy ...
About March 8, 2019
One of the grooviest Brazilian albums you could ever hope to buy – and one that's not even from Brazil, either! This little gem was recorded in France in the early 70s – but it's got a swinging groove that's very similar to the work of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 during the 60s ... (Brazil) read moreCD
David Bowie, Marlene Dietrich, & Others —
Just A Gigocol ... CD Cherry Red (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
About March 10, 2019
A mix of sounds and styles for this film set in Weimar Berlin – with Marlene Dietrich as a madam with male gigolos – one of whom is played by David Bowie! The film also features Kim Novak and David Hemmings – who directed. Bowie scat sings on his own "Revolutionary ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A fantastic Deodato album from 1973! Although this was recorded at the same time as his American releases on on CTI, the album has much more of the flavor of his tighter, jazzier, earlier work – with loads of funky keyboards, and lots of shorter tracks that drive along nicely with interplay ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Dwight Trible —
Mothership ... CD Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
About March 15, 2019
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer electric piano jam from the great Mike Longo – stone funky, and one of his best albums ever! The whole thing's done in a really laidback style that's simply amazing – a lot like the best CTI work of the time, but somehow rougher, and with a darker edge. Longo riffs out on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD