One of the building blocks of the late 60s Tropicalia scene in Brazil – and a standout solo debut from the young Caetano Veloso! The album's got an approach that's as dynamic and trippy as its cover image might imply – the same amazing blend of sounds and styles you'd hear on ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Heldon – a set that's at once electronic and proggy, spare and noisy – really representing a shift in European styles in the mid 70s! Core instrumentation here comes from Richard Pinhas' guitar and electronics, but there's still a bit of a group feel too – ... (Rock) read moreCD
An excellent set of messed-up funky soul from Etta James – one of her killer early 70s sides for Chess! The album mixes together bluesy tracks and straight ahead soul – in a hip, bad-walking style that nicely updates Etta's older style for the 70s. The set includes a great funky cut ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that's a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that's a lot harder, and that has a deeper soul sound overall! At times, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wire's 3rd LP – and an amazing record that has aged very well! An excellent mix of of their earlier postpunk and the later more experimental stuff – and includes tracks like "I Should Have Known Better", "On Returning", "The 15th", and "Map Ref. 41N ... (Rock) read moreCD
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists —
African Dances ... CD Phonodisk/Mr Bongo (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
About June 22, 2018
A monster of an Afro Funk album – one with a hard-jamming quality that reminds us of some of the best Fela classics of the 70s! All of side one features the massive "Cunny Jam Wayo" – a cut that has layers of percussion that build up beautifully, with lots of space for strong ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Excellent work from The Daisy Chain – a very groovy all-girl combo from the Southern California scene of the late 60s – and one with a surprisingly dark sound as well! At some level, there's traces of regular post-folk psyche or sunshine pop in some of the group's work – but at ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wild Honey —
Untamed ... CD TK/Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy ...
About June 25, 2018
An obscure disco trio from the Miami soul scene of the 70s – working here in a way that's maybe like a deep soul take on some of the Philly female trios of the same time! The strings are soaring and the grooves are tight – but there's maybe a richer vocal approach from the group than ... (Soul) read moreCD
Peter Sellers stars as a "trouba-matador" – a singing matador – in this film with music by Francis Lai, and a few lyrics by Sammy Cahn. Lai's music is a bit more standard than on some of his French films, but still pretty nice. Sellers sings on two cuts – "Girl ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Jamie Saft —
Blue Dream ... CD Rare Noise (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
About June 28, 2018
A trio of guitars, augmented by bass, all swarming around each other in a way that might well make this group the Spacemen 3 of the Tuareg scene! There's not the obvious psychedelic influence here that group had back at the end of the 80s – but the mix of guitar fuzz is equally trippy – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A great little set from Leroy Hutson – proof that he was still going strong through all his years at Curtom! For years we passed this one by, wrongly thinking "it's late, it can't be that good" – but the album's a real winner, with a blend of clubby uptempo cuts and some ... (Soul) read moreCD
Leroy Hutson —
Love Oh Love ... CD Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
About June 29, 2018
Killer early soul by Leroy Hutson – and a record that really shows him opening up as a vocalist and songwriter! Leroy's style is not as smooth and polished as on later albums, and the record's got a bit of a rougher soul edge and a strong early 70s radio sound. Includes the wonderful soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best-ever albums by the Supremes – and filled with stone classics, to boot! As the title states, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard team up with Holland Dozier Holland – and they really to create the sound that would put them and Motown on the map. A couple of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Denmark Vessey —
Sun Go Nova ... CD Mello Music Group, 2018. New Copy ...
On June 29, 2018
Denmark Vessey blending jittery, unpredictable beats with sunny soul keyboards and abstract rap with pointed lyricism – as unpredictable and inspiring as ever! Guest include Ada, DrxQuinnx & Vic Spencer, and production by Earl Sweatshirt & Knxwledge. Includes "ZZZZZZ" feat ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Everything's more than fine on this record – it's one of the finest, most focused projects we've heard from Jean & Quelle – and it's as mesmerizing on the production side as it is dexterous in the rhyme department! The overriding theme is keeping things on an even keel in these ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Electronic space rock of the highest pedigree – a brilliant third effort from Richard Pinhas and Heldon, nestled nicely in territory between the Cluter/Eno axis and Metal Machine Music – with perhaps a slightly stronger dose of proggish psych as well! The double-length set is filled ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some of the greatest albums that Hammond organist Jimmy Smith issued at the start of the 60s – all records that completely cemented the role of the organ in jazz – and took the instrument out of the realm of back rooms and jukeboxes! That's not to say that the music here wouldn't play ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A five record collection that captures trumpeter Freddie Hubbard at a real turning point – taking off in the 60s with a range of fresh new ideas! Open Sesame is an early hardbop session that features some great work by Tina Brooks on tenor, piano by McCoy Tyner, and rhythm from the team of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Five full albums from keyboardist Dave Grusin – packaged together in a single set, with tiny LP-styled covers for each CD! First up is one of our favorites – the album One Of A Kind, which is a sweet funky fusion outing that really sums up some of the best Dave Grusin modes of the 70s! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Five very different albums from the great Wayne Shorter – all from a time when he was really taking off with his music! Night Dreamer is one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A quintet of wonderful records from the legendary Astrud Gilberto! First up is the Astrud Gilberto Album – pne of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums of the 60s – a classic session produced for Verve by Creed Taylor, and featuring sweet gentle arrangements from Marty Paich, co-arranged ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Music beyond description – a unique blend of disco, funk, avant garde, and dub – the wonderful world of the late Arthur Russell! Russell was a bass player by trade, but he was schooled in both classical and Eastern music forms – and brought an incredibly fresh vision to his work ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of classic early 80s soul albums from ex-Dramatics singer LJ Reynolds! The self-titled '81 set is killer material in a modern Detroit mode all the way through – with top-shelf production by Reynolds, Don Davis, and Ronnie McNeir/ Ronnie, who'd been lost to the industry for a few ... (Soul) read moreCD
Group soul titans The Manhattans – still going strong at the end of the 70s & beginning of the 80s – a pair of underappreciated albums together in a single set! First up is 1981's Black Tie – recorded in Chicago with producer Leo Graham – who brings a somewhat polished ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of post Philly International gems from Lou Rawls on Epic – Now Is The Time from '82 and Close Company from '84 – in a single set! Now Is The Time is a solid soul effort from Lou, still working wonders here in the early 80s on a record that stands the test of time surprisingly ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gil Scott-Heron —
Secrets ... CD Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
About July 1, 2018
A key crossover set from Gil Scott-Heron – still every bit as political as his earlier work, but with a stronger sense of soul as well! The great Brian Jackson is firmly in tow here – bringing warm keyboards and a nice little groove to most of the tracks – and the previous ... (Soul) read moreCD
Francis Hime —
Pau Brasil ... CD Som Livre (Brazil), 1982. New Copy ...
About July 4, 2018
Early genius from the great Francis Hime – including songs written with Vinicius De Moraes, Chico Buarque, and Olivia Hime! Titles include "Embarcacao", "Mente", "Rio Negro", "A Grande Ausente", "Luar Do Japao", "Caca Cancao", " ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great lineup – with Rouse on tenor, plus Hugh Lawson on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! (Jazz) CD
Hugh Lawson —
Prime Time ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
About July 4, 2018
A killer date as a leader for this Detroit pianist we first came to love through his recordings with Yusef Lateef – an artist who possibly never got his due as strongly as so many others to come up in the late 50s/early 60s scene – but who sparkles here with a maturity that really comes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great return to form for tenorist JR Monterose – a player who always sounds amazing on record, even though he only made a handful of albums over a 30 or 40 year period of performance! Most folks know JR's classic 50s album for Blue Note, but later dates like this are well worth seeking out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soulful genius from Kenny Barron – an excellent quintet outing from the late 80s, and one that really benefits from the presence of horns added to the trio! Kenny's work on piano is always great – and his sense of scope, soul, and timing are presented perfectly here – but what we ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Magical live material from Bill Evans in the early 70s – a double-length collection that showcases a time when Evans had an especially fluid, open touch on the keys of the piano! The group here features the great trio with Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums – and unlike some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pharoah Sanders —
Africa ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1987. New Copy ...
About July 4, 2018
A brilliant 80s set from Pharoah Sanders – a record that has him a much more understated setting than some of his other albums from the time – but one that's maybe even more soulful and searching overall! The great one plays blistering tenor right from the start – in a quartet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second trip into the studio for Cedar Walton's mighty Eastern Rebellion ensemble – and every bit as great as the first! This time around, the lineup's a bit different – with Bob Berg in on tenor, and Curtis Fuller expanding the group on trombone – but the groove is still the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal work in the development of the career of Cedar Walton – the formation of his excellent Eastern Rebellion ensemble, a group that became a platform for soul jazz expression for the next two decades! The group on this set features George Coleman on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool collection of classic work from the Bethlehem Records label – and one that's got a very different vibe than usual! The set's part of the excellent Cafe Apres Midi series from Japan – and like other volumes in the series, there's a special focus on groovier, more upbeat numbers ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A very groovy look at the legendary Bethlehem Records – put together by Japanese DJ Tatsuo Sunaga! Sunaga T has done plenty of great work of his own – lots of it informed by the older jazz modes of labels like Bethlehem, which makes him a great choice to dig through the 50s and 60s ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Some of our favorite tracks from the legendary Bethlehem Records – all hand-picked by the great Sunaga T! The music here is definitely on the hipper side of the label's 50s output – and includes some very unusual tracks that really push the boundaries, and move past the usual postwar ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD