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
A great horror soundtrack from Carlo Savina – penned for this early 70s thriller that circulated the globe under a few different titles, and gained some big attention for its mix of sex and blood! Savina's soundtrack music is some of his darkest – often in the slightly atonal quality ... (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
Irene Schweizer & Han Bennink —
Welcome Back ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ...
Two amazing musicians who somehow sound even better here as a pair than on their own – and that's saying quite a lot, given the musical legacy of pianist Irene Schweizer and drummer Han Bennink! Schweizer's always been one of our favorite improvisers – as she's got an ability to freely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Landmark work from the Finnish scene of the 60s – one of those ultra-rare European jazz records that collectors have dug for decades! The set's got a stark, modern sort of feel – but also a nice soulful swing, too – a balance that few of the other Scandinavians hit so well at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great title for this Impulse debut from legendary guitarist John Scofield – as the set's got a way of bringing together all the best elements of his past and present modes of performance! Scofield's really wowed us with his leaner, single-line skills in recent years – especially when ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of great albums from Bobby Scott – both pretty darn sweet! First up is Joyful Noises – a really wonderful album from the great Bobby Scott – an artist you might know best as a singer, or as composer of a few big hits in the 60s – but also a hell of a jazz pianist and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty wonderful retrospective of Jill Scott's years at Hidden Beach – timeless, richly emotional neo classic soul from one of the leading lights of her generation! We've been fans of Jill's from the first album onward, and if you're a younger fan, this excellent collection is a great place ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Two nicely dramatic sound library sets from Johnny Scott – who you may know better from his jazzy work of the 60s! Scott really shows his evolution into a wider-ranging soundtrack artist with Theme Sets – a record that mixes exotic themes, military themes, thriller themes, and the kind ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Maybe the greatest record we've heard so far from drummer Kendrick Scott – and that's saying a lot, given that we really liked his other albums! The set's got Kendrick forging a new way forward on Blue Note – working with an inventive, soulful style that's angular one minute, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tom Scott gets his apple juiced in this sweet live set – a concert performance from the early 80s, and a record that's got a sharper edge than some of Scott's studio work of the time! The group's nice and tight, with funky energy that really brings out the most soulful tones of Tom's sax ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet sax from the great Tom Scott – two early 80s Columbia albums in a single package! Desire is proof that Scott could still make an electric jazz album sound more soulful than most of his mainstream contemporaries! There's a really great sense of balance here – production that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gil Scott Heron's first album for Arista – very much in the mellow soul jazz work of his legendary album on Strata East! The record features some wonderfully moody jazz backing that really marks a shift in Gil's style – never going too far over the top, but hitting a sweet groove that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A standout set from Gil Scott-Heron – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his other 70s work! This album's a double-length live set – one that has Gil taking on the familiar format of the 70s, and using it to really push the boundaries of his own music too! Most tracks are ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Soul Brother UK version. US version on TVT out of print!)
Gil Scott-Heron's first album – and his angriest! Unlike some of Gil's other albums – which have a sweet jazzy vibe and a mix of mellow soul styles – this one's a lot rawer, and features Gil rapping loud over very heavy percussion backing. All the work is his own, and the album's ... (Soul) read moreCD
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very unusual album from legendary bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs – a set that has him taking on a whole host of famous 60s rock tunes, and turning them into hip banjo-led instrumentals! By the time of the record, Earl had influenced a host of countless rockers – and it's quite a ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The legendary mid 80s record by Marvin Sease, later to be slightly altered and re-released as his self-titled major label debut – but the version on the Early label has always been incredibly rare! Sease has roots in southern soul and gospel, but he's better remembered in some circles for ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great early work from The Secrets – a UK group that features early contributions from later singer/songwriter Clifford T Ward – but in a style that's much more group-oriented overall! Ward's already a hell of a songwriter – and loads of the cuts here are under-discovered nuggets ... (Rock) read moreCD
A grimy gem from the indefatigable Ty Segall! Backed by here by The Muggers – with frequent co-horts including Mikal Cronin and new collaborators Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang), Dale Crover (Melvins) and others – it's got a tense, murky vibe quite unlike his earlier records! It's dense and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great music from that wonderful second chapter of the surf music soundtrack – not the familiar 60s kind that often featured guitar instrumentals or catchy beach party tunes, but the later style started in Australia in the 70s – when much trippier music came into play! The music here is ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful little record from Canadian pianist Bernie Senensky – his first as a leader, and an incredibly strong debut that's filled with life, love, and a keen sense of imagination! The tracks are all originals penned by Bernie, and the set's recorded in a spacious, open style that's very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Enough funk to stop a truck – and a rare collection of tracks made by Senor Soul, a heavy-hitting LA group from the 60s – and the precursor to War! The tunes on the set are pulled from the group's sessions for the Whiz and Double Shot labels, plus a few previously unissued tracks ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great instrumental work from The Sentinals – a group so confident in their sound, they let members of The Dimensions stand in for their image on the cover! Clearly, these guys don't need to worry about fame and fashion – and instead clearly spend plenty of time honing their groove ... (Rock) read moreCD
A weird and wild little record – kind of an enigmatic project from a Sepi Kuu, done at level that's quite different than you might expect from its date at the start of the 80s! The feel is much more underground acid folk – this moody blend of acoustic guitar and fuzz, with vocals that ... (Rock) read moreCD
A killer from Shadow – a modern soul trio who are perhaps best remembered for the work they did with Leon Ware, but who sound pretty darn wonderful here on their own! The record's got a nice sense of groove, but also goes for that perfect midtempo balance that we love in the great run of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fuzzy, freaked-out classic from one of the coolest groups to work on the Chicago scene of the 60s – the mighty Shadows Of Knight, easily one of the best garage acts of their time! The album's got a raw power that's undeniable – a gritty sound that almost beats the Boston, Texas, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
The ultimate version of one of the greatest moments ever from The Shadows Of Knight – a famous live set recorded in the Chicago suburbs in the mid 60s – originally presented by Sundazed in the 90s, now expanded here with more tracks and even better sound! You'll know the group from a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great groover from the tight 80s run of Shakatak – the British group who were equally well-tuned towards fusion, soul, and crossover modes! Al Jarreau guests on the album's title track – but the set's got some equally nice vocals from Jill Saward, who brings in a blue-eyed soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the biggest breakout albums for Shakatak – an album that brought them strongly to US audiences with a sweet British blend of jazzy instrumentation and sultry soul! The album really holds up well over the years, and has a lot more legs than some of the other smooth fusion sets of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The Shaolin Afronauts have definitely followed their own path in recent years – a musical journey that's taken them way past their Afro Funk roots, into rich, complicated territory that seems to span the globe with its sound! Core elements here echo classic Nigerian, Ethiopian, and West ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Two classic albums of Indian music – back to back on a single CD! The Music Of India features beautiful sounds from Sharan Rani – one of the few female sarod players on the Indian scene – stepping out here in a vintage session for the World Pacific label! The tracks are all ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Sonny Sharrock with Pharoah Sanders —
Ask The Ages ... CD Axiom/MOD Technologies, 1991. New Copy ...
A set recorded during that tremendous late 80s/early 90s point when guitarist Sonny Sharrock was really hitting on all creative burners – and one that also features the legendary Pharoah Sanders on tenor, who gives the record a slightly different vibe than some of Sharrock's other records ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Woody Shaw with Tone Jansa Quartet —
Dr Chi ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Late greatness from Woody Shaw – a beautiful little session recorded in Lubljana with the Tone Jansa Quartet! Jansa's group has a freely spiritual approach – a lot like that of the best ensembles Shaw was working with in the 70s, and with some surprisingly soulful work by Jansa on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Archie Shepp returns to some of the hippest, most righteous modes of his early 70s album for Impulse Records – especially those post-Paris sessions that often brought in singers and an expanded instrumental lineup! The performance here is a live one, and features beautiful vocals from Amina ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool contemporary project from the legendary Archie Shepp – and one that's got a lot more power than you'd expect from the title! Shepp works here with hip hop MC Napoleon Maddox – who brings in rhymes and a bit of beatbox to a performance from an excellent group that features Shepp ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of Impulse Records classics from Archie Shepp! Things Have Got To Change is wonderful post-Paris work from Archie Shepp – a record that has him bringing more focus back into his work after sessions overseas – and also making some great use of the legendary Joe Lee Wilson on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Archie Shepp & Joachim Kuhn —
Wo Man ... CD Archie Ball (France), 2010. New Copy ...
Beautiful material from the great Archie Shepp – a sublime set of duets with pianist Joachim Kuhn, done at a level that has Shepp playing in an extremely soulful way – long tenor lines that soar out beautifully over just the piano – with no other rhythm or accompaniment, but a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bold, raw live work from Archie Shepp – mostly inside, but played with a heck of a lot of soul and feeling throughout! The set features Archie's quartet with Siegfried Kessler on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – a really no-nonsense group that's perfect for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest Archie Shepp recordings we've heard in years – a set that has his quartet working alongside the Dar Gnawa group from Tanger – who bring in all these wonderful exotic qualities to the music! Shepp's own tenor is wonderful, and takes on some very spiritual qualities in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Reedman Sabir Mateen makes some wonderful contributions here – blowing tenor and clarinet with the sort of soulful, searching tone we love on his work for the Eremite label – which makes for a great contribution to the music of Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Gerald ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The birth of a genius! From the vantage point of the 21st century,Wayne Shorter hardly needs any introduction – but when he recorded this debut album in the late 50s, Shorter was just the new kid on the block – making a few important waves as the tenor star in Art Blakey's Jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful – simply beautiful – 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 – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spare genius from the legendary Labi Siffre – a record without categorization, and one that sits beautifully between soul, folk, and singer-songwriter styles of the early 70s! The record balances perfectly between simple tunes that just feature voice and guitar, and more complicated ones ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really wonderful album from singer/songwriter Labi Siffre – a set that has him exploring a few more righteous themes than before, but still mostly stepping along in that more compressed pop of his earliest albums! The tunes are catchy, compelling, and done in that great blend of acoustic ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful work from one of the most unique singers of the 70s! Labi Siffre is best known to listeners today for his famous funky break cuts – "I Got The" and "The Vulture" – both of which are on this CD, and have been sampled heavily over the past decade – so ... (Soul) read moreCD
Easily the best-remembered album by Labi Siffre – thanks to some well-used sample tracks over the years! But over and above the fame of the funky tunes "The Vulture" and "I Got The", the record's a key part of Siffre's 70s catalog – a record that's as great for its ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best of Bunny Sigler's disco albums – a classic pairing with a the group Instant Funk, and a record that helped define the second generation of the Philly groove! Bunny's still got some of the sweeter touches of earlier years, but he also comes across with a much fuller vocal ... (Soul) read moreCD
A rare 70s performance from Horace Silver – done during the stretch of his concept albums for Blue Note – but with a style that's much more open and free than any of those great records! The vibe here is a bit like Silver at the start of the 70s – great ideas in the songs, and an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tony Silvester & The New Ingredient —
Magic Touch ... CD Mercury/Solaris, 1976. New Copy ...
A standout solo album from Tony Silvester of the Main Ingredient – maybe the only record he ever did on his own, but a real classic from the 70s! The album features arrangements by Patrick Adams – of P&P Records fame – and although the production is full and rich, there's a ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible performance from the legendary reedman Sonny Simmons – one that we'd rank right up there with his classics for ESP Records, and his other work on Arhoolie! Like those sets, this one is done in close company with Barbara Donald on trumpet – a very like-minded player who ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer collection of classic work from the legendary Wilson Simonal – one of the most soulful singers to work in 60s Brazil! Wilson had a really magical way of blending samba rhythms, jazzy inflections, and this pointed vocal style that drew on both American jazz and soul – and which ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A stunner of a set from the lengedary Nina Simone – a really special live recording done in Paris in the late 60s – at a time when Nina was working at the height of her powers, and had a young Weldon Irvine in her group as music director! Weldon plays piano, keyboards, and Hammond on ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A soundtrack that's hardly a nightmare – given the mighty talents of Italian film giant Claudio Simonetti! Claudio's definitely got his 80s groove on here – keyboards that move quick, fast, and sharply – with lots of 80s action touches in the mix, including some fuzzy guitar ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A trio of sexy 70s soundtracks from Enrico Simonetti – all scored with the kind of sweetness you'd expect from the maestro! Amore Mio Non Farmi Male has an almost Barry White-like groove at the start – soulful strings, with a bit of piano – in a mode that gets even funkier as ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The long-overdue complete release of this excellent score from Enrico Simonetti – music done for a great Italian thriller in the early 70s, but only ever issued as two tracks on a 45 back in the day! The full soundtrack is wonderful – a blend of action modes and a bit of jazz – ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Two solo Valerie Simpson gems – back to back on a single CD! The Exposed album is a classic early bit of soul from the Ashford & Simpson team – even though the record is billed under the name of Valerie Simpson as a solo act! Valerie sang all the tracks on the album, but she and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A rare gem from Zoot Sims – a slightly obscure session issued in the early 60s by United Artists! Producer Alan Douglas put together the record – and as with most of the Douglas-produced albums of the period, the set's got that little "something extra" that makes it stand ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Zoot Sims is one of those players who always seems to open up more in a live date than a studio session – and this great little album is key testament to that fact! The set was recorded live at EJ's in Atlanta in the early 80s, but it's got a sense of imagination and fire that are totally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Frank Sinatra —
Voice ... CD Columbia (Japan), Mid 40s. New Copy ...
A classic full length collection of early Frank Sinatra recordings for Columbia Records – and maybe the definitive album of his mid 40s material originally issued on 78s! The quality of Sinatra's vocals here definitely live up to "The Voice" promised on the cover – as the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The other great Hal Singer album from his years on the French scene – and a record that we'd say is even better than his legendary Paris Soul Food set! Although Singer is often most associated with an older style of swing-based jazz, he's working here in a loose, free mode that's got plenty ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Singers Inc —
Bossa Nova ... CD Valiant/Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ...
Hardly a real bossa album, but a great example of the way the music played in the US during the 60s! The cover has an image of a hand extending from a window, dropping a record that says "Cha Cha Cha" into a garbage can that already contains records that say "twist" and "ma ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A sweet early album from Sister Sledge – a great transformation of an earlier girl soul sound into a fuller, more mature disco mode for the 70s – all served up with a freshness that's quite appealing if you only know their later hits! Production is by Tony Silvester and Bert De Coteaux ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever full length collection of work by The Sisters Love – an ultra-hip female soul group who cut some incredibly funky singles, but never issued a full album – finally given their due in this amazing batch of singles from the late 60s and early 70s! The Sisters Love sound is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Six Teens —
Casual Look ... CD Flip/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
The Six Teens were a pretty unique group in 50s R&B – a sextet of singers that was half gals, half guys – and who did a really great job of shifting back and forth between both genders! Unlike pop groups of this nature, who could often sound way too sweet in a blend of male and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Heavy heady funk from the 70s Nigerian scene – a wicked little record that's unlike anything else we've heard before! SJOB is a combo made from ex-members of the group of Sonny Okosuns – all top-shelf players who've clearly got their chops down in the groove department, but are also ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The complete recordings of Slaughter Joe Foster – an incredible guitarist whose sound had a huge influence on the mid 80s British pop scene – with a raspy jangle that showed up often in recordings by other bands on Creation Records, particularly Biff Bang Pow and Jesus & Mary Chain! ... (Rock) read moreCD
A mighty nice set from pianist Cees Slinger – a live performance from a very hip octet – a group who can come on with ensemble fury one minute, then play like a small combo the next! Slinger's choice of musicians is wonderful – and includes Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Fredinand ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very cool early album from jazz singer Carol Sloane – recorded in a hip "live in studio" style that replicates the vibe of some of Carol's New York nightclub dates from the time – a mode that seems to make the singer sound even groovier than ever! Backing is by a small, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A beautiful little record from singer Carol Sloane – a singer who's billed as a discovery from the Newport Jazz Festival – but who sings here with shimmeringly modern arrangements that recall some of June Christy's best 50s work with arranger Pete Rugolo! The force behind the backings ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Sly Stone's definitely back on the right track here – returning to the heights of his earlier powers in this late 70s comeback album for Warner Brothers! The record's got a lot of touches of the old Sly funky sound, but it's done in a slightly tighter style too – a bit more polish than ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stunning sounds from Sly & The Family Stone – a searing live performance from 1968, and one that appears here for the first time ever! The music is wonderful – harder, heavier, and even funkier than some of the group's famous records from the period – and that's saying a heck ... (Soul) read moreCD
Small Faces —
Playmates ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A late 70s gem from the revived version of the Small Faces – a group who seem to have gone through the same maturity and richer understanding of their roots as the Faces – but who come across here in an even more sophisticated way! Steve Marriott's at the helm – on guitar and ... (Rock) read moreCD
There's a heady brew of talent going on here – Phillip Smart at the mixing deck, The Aggrovators providing the rhythms, and Bunny Lee mixing the whole thing down at King Tubby's – all for a massive serving of echo-heavy Jamaican dub from the 70s! The tracks here are awash in cool ... (Reggae) read moreCD
An incredible record by Jimmy Smith – unlike anything we've ever heard from him! The session is a rare French soundtrack one – recorded in 1965, in a setting that was quite different than any of Jimmy's American sessions from the same time. According to the notes, Smith was just shown ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Leo Smith —
Rastafari ... CD Sackville/Boxholder, 1983. New Copy ...
Hardly the reggae album you might guess from the title – and instead a captivating set that follows strongly in the best sonic legacy of Wadada Leo Smith's other records from the time! The album has Smith fronting the quartet of reedman Bill Smith – who plays soprano, sopranino, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes —
Cosmic Funk ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really hard-edged set from trumpeter Louis Smith – one of his only two albums as a leader from the early years, and a heck of a great little album, thanks to tenor work by Charlie Rouse! Rouse is blowing beautifully here in one of his classic pre-Monk appearances – recorded at a time ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the more obscure rockers to record for Sun Records during the early years of the Memphis powerhouse – a singer who turned out this gem after the label had lost Johnny Cash and Elvis, but could still hit the right sort of groove when it came to raw-edged, twangy Tennessee rock! Ray ... (Rock) read moreCD
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith works here with a hell of a lineup – Henry Threadgill on alto and flutes, John Lindberg on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all soaring free on a double-length set of work dedicated to the great lakes! Despite the "suite" in the title, the work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unreleased set of solo performances from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that we'd rank right up there with his most adventurous work of the 70s! Smith comes across wonderfully on the record – full of soul and imagination, and easily as impressive on his solo instruments as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the most beautiful, personal work we've heard from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in many years – a wonderful set of duets with bassist John Lindberg – done at a level that recalls some of Smith's most organic, most spiritual sounds of the 70s! There's a real back to basics vibe ... (Jazz) read moreCD