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
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all ... (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
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
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
The title here kind of leaves you hanging – but it's also a great invitation to dip into the sound of the album, and witness all the great artists who accompany John Russell on the performance! The tracks were all recorded as part of a birthday celebration for the British guitarist – ... (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 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
A brilliant collection of work from this seminal Brit avant trio of the 70s – a really striking collaboration between trombonist Paul Rutherford, guitarist Derek Bailey, and bassist Barry Guy! Both Bailey and Guy play their instruments with some amplification, which expands out their unusual ... (Jazz) 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
A hell of a record from Polish organist Krzsystof Sadowski – one that mixes his own Hammond with wordless vocals, reeds, and rhythms – all in a style that really fits the spacey image on the cover! Key to the record is singer Liliana Urbanska – a vocalist with that higher range ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from this Polish keyboardist – a set that has him stepping past the simple Hammond modes of his earlier years, and into a realm of much freer-flowing fusion! Sadowski still mostly plays Hammond on the set – but also a bit of Fender Rhodes and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wanda de Sah —
Softly ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A lost bossa classic from Wanda De Sah – aka Wanda Sa, the wife of Edu Lobo, and a singer who worked with Sergio Mendes in his pre-Brasil 66 days! The album's got a wonderfully laidback feel – languid, yet jazzy, with the feel of some of Astrud Gilberto's best work on Verve, yet with ... (Brazil) 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 massive collection of work from the legendary Bridget St John – a singer who just seems to get better and better the more we listen to her music! First up is the album Ask Me No Questions – a set with the same spare, chilling quality as Nico's first album on Verve! Like Nico, ... (Rock) read moreCD
An amazing little groover from Japan – a double-length, stretched-out set of soul jazz jamming – with killer Hammond, soulful tenor, and lots of trumpet, trombone, and guitar too! The tracks are all nice and long, and the album was recorded live – at a US Air Force base, from the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series!)
Ann Sally —
Voyage ... CD Columbia (Japan), 2001. New Copy ...
A great set by Korean jazz singer Ann Sally – recorded with a gentle mellow finish, and some sweet Brazilian touches! Ann sings in both Portuguese and English – running through a host of tracks that includes classics by Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Joni Mitchell, Henry Mancini, and Roberto ... (Neo 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
Hareton Salvanini —
SP 73 ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
Moody instrumental magic from Hareton Salvanini – an artist with an Italian sounding name, and an approach that reminds us of some of the hippest composers of the sound library and film score scene in Italy during the 70s! The album's all instrumental, and is almost a soundtrack for a film ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A killer by Sam & Dave – recorded in Memphis with crack work by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter, and unfortunately a record that was recorded by Stax, but stolen by Atlantic in their 1968 takeover of the label! Sam & Dave are at the height of their powers here – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Samba Trio —
Tristeza ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A jazzy little groover – a record with Dutch origins, but a firm commitment to Brazilian sounds – in that wonderful mix of Latin rhythms and jazz that was flowing out of some of the hipper corners of the European scene in the early 80s! The set was recorded in the Netherlands – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Classic bit of bossa jazz by this legendary trio – one of the best of the Brazilian 60s scene! This album is not to be confused with the group's other self-titled album (the one on Audio Fidelity), as it's got a different set of tracks, and a bossa groove that's even more hard hitting than ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Joe Sample —
Hunter ... CD MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A fusion classic from keyboardist Joe Sample – exactly the kind of record that really helped him carve a name for himself away from The Crusaders! There's a vibe here that's a bit deeper than some of Joe's work with that famous group – keyboard lines that are more introspective at some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe Sample's sitting at a grand piano on the cover, and that image is a nice tip-off to the sound within – an approach that has Joe hitting some more sophisticated acoustic passages at points, while still opening up into the soulful groove we'd expect from his legacy as a core member of The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
San Ul Lim —
3 ... CD World Psychedelia (Korea), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Super fuzzed out, trippy 70s psych rock from Korea's San Ul Lim – an album recorded by the Seoul rockers in the power trio format of guitar, bass and drums – but with such a fuzzy, dense tone that it's hard to fathom how on Earth they got the sound! The opening track starts in ... (Rock) 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
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
A wonderful second album from the Sansa Trio – one of the more obscure combos of the 60s bossa era! The group here is heavy on piano lines from Jose Briamonte – but also features bass from Jose Odonez and drums from a very young Airto! Briamonte's a great player on the keys – ... (Brazil) 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
That's not Santa, as in Santa Claus – but a nickname for Santiago Salas, who works here in a very cool, jazzy mode! The album's got plenty of Latin roots, mixed with hipper 70s touches that include some key electric elements as well – all served up in a sparkling groove that's mighty ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set from Mongo Santamaria – one of his first albums on Atlantic, and a record that really keeps up the groove of his Columbia sides! Mongo's moving into very funky territory here – working with arranger Marty Sheller, and getting some great help on keyboards from Neal Creque ... (Latin) read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh —
MSB ... CD Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
MSB stands for Medical Sugar Bank – maybe an odd name for a group, but one that you'll quickly forget about, once you slide into the sound of this stellar fusion set from keyboardist Masahiko Satoh! Satoh plays a lot of great Fender Rhodes on the album, and a bit of acoustic piano too – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh —
MSB 2 ... CD Sony (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Masahiko Satoh's back with his Medical Sugar Band combo – and as with their first album, this second set is a hell of a cooker! Satoh plays a lot of Fender Rhodes on the album – and a bit of Oberheim too – and the groove is in the best side of soulful fusion from the time – ... (Jazz) 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
Loads of cool sounds here – from mellow bossa, to moody jazz, to a few more dramatic numbers – all wrapped up together in a package that's definitely the epitome of what we love in Italian soundtracks from the time! Each tune has a slightly different flavor, but the music is linked ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A full, rich soundtrack in the classic Italian "blood and sandals" mode – scored to accompany the story of Achilles, who's at his heroic best during most of the narrative! Carlo Savina's music is rich in dramatic themes – often with brassy touches that evoke a more ancient ... (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
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
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 pair of CTI 70s classics from Lalo Schifrin – back to back on a single CD! First up is Black Widow – funky 70s work from Lalo – with a bit of a disco twist, and plenty of the electric jazz funk elements that were showing up in his soundtracks at the time! Lalo's on keyboards, ... (Jazz) 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
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
Gypsy swing is alive and well in the hands of Dorado and Amati Schmitt the first a violinist, the second a guitarist – working here in a mode that draws strong inspiration from the generation of Djano Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli – but at a level that really moves things forward, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The classic by Schoolly D – his second album, and the one where he really hits his stride – with profane humor and classic drum machine and oddball sample flavored production! It's almost hard-to-believe nowadays, but the un-PC rhymes were straight up scandalous back in the day – ... (Hip Hop) 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
John Scofield —
Bar Talk ... CD Arista/Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
Guitarist John Scofield works here in a wonderful setting – a loose trio with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum – both of whom provide just the right sort of open, spacious sound to work with Scofield's tone! John's got that very chromatic way of playing at this point in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from guitarist John Scofield – warmly soulful at times, but way hipper than conventional fusion too – thanks to that careful balance that John was bringing to his music at the time! The record features a few different lineups, designed to fit the moods of the ... (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
Obscure 70s work from southern soul vocalist Peggy Scott – recorded during some lesser-known years in her career! Peggy's probably best known for her work with Jo Jo Benson on SSS International in the late 60s – and for her recent fame as Peggy Scott-Adams – but here, she's heard ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful batch of instrumentals from the legendary Raymond Scott – and a set that features some of Scott's most wonderful compositions ever! These numbers all date from the 30s, and were originally released as 78s on the Master Records label – but this later Columbia package really ... (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
Saxophonist Tom Scott, caught live at one of the highest points in his career – a time when he'd already given the world some great albums, loads of session work, and even some soundtrack moments too! The group's Scott's classic LA Express – with a lineup that includes Robben Ford on ... (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
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... (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
A pair of gems from Sea Level – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sea Level album – a classic from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazzy as The Crusaders one minute, then show off ... (Soul) 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
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
Mod sounds from Senior Service – a sweet set of 60s-styled instrumentals that definitely live up to the retro look of the cover – in a space between spy soundtracks, London beat styles, and the production work of Joe Meek! The combo features stunning Hammond from Jonathan P Barker, who ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Reedman Mauro Senise has always been one of the few musicians able to equally mix jazz and Brazilian music styles with effortless ease – not just bossa or samba jazz, but a range of different modes that have made Senise one of the key interpreters of songs from the MPB generation over the ... (Brazil) 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
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 French combo, but one who really love the best styles of 70s Latin from the New York scene – particularly the funky current that was only handled by a few great acts at the time! These guys effortlessly mix electric bass, keyboards, and guitar with rootsier elements on percussion – ... (Deep Funk) 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
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
Beautiful! Trumpeter Gene Shaw is one of the most overlooked talents in jazz from this era – and this is one of his greatest albums! After running away from Charles Mingus during the Tijuana Moods sessions (Mingus threatened to kill him), Clarence Shaw moved to Chicago, started using his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous document of a legendary group – one that was even better in a live setting than they were on record – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the great records they left behind! The quintet here features trumpeter Woody Shaw at his most righteous – working alongside ... (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
Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan —
Swing Low ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1991. New Copy ...
A sublime set from this legendary pair – saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Horace Parlan – a duo who already made some great records before this one, but who really knock it out of the park in a relaxed, open live set that's dripping with soul! Most of the tunes here are older ... (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
An amazing meeting of two of the most revolutionary talents on the European jazz scene of the early 70s – American expat Sahib Shihab, blowing some of his most exotic reeds ever – and pianist Jef Gilson, working here on electric keys and ondioline! The album's got a sound that echoes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tak Shindo —
Mganga! ... CD Edison/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy ...
A fantastic bit of lost tribal soundtracky grooves from composer-arranger Tak Shindo – maybe his best ever! Filled with heavy percussion and rhythms throughout, often with great chant vocals, this is way up in the top tier of late 50s to early 60s exotica, with a bit of a Les Baxter feel, ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Matthew Shipp —
To Duke ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Some of the most beautiful music we've heard in years from pianist Matthew Shipp – a set of tracks dedicated to Duke Ellington, and played in a very creative style! The tracks are mostly by Duke (there's a few Shipp originals in the mix too), but the performance is Matthew at his best – ... (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