A sweet little live set that brings together the talents of two great bossa duos of the 70s – the team of Antonio Carlos Jobim and female singer Miucha – and poet Vinicius De Moraes and guitarist Toquinho! The set is filled with very lively material that has a classic bossa feel, and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Candy Johnson is one of those hard-wailing tenorists who came up in the 40s – blowing strong enough to really stand out in the space of a bigger band, and really paving the way for R&B and soul jazz to come with his tight, powerful sound on the saxophone! This set brings Candy back into ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nicely rough-edged blend of spiritual sounds and funky jazz – and definitely one of the more offbeat Mainstream jazz recordings of the early 70s! Keyboardist LaMont Johnson plays a range of different keyboards on the set – but in a way that's always nicely integrated with the larger ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Johnson Brother, working alone – but in some bassy territory that's right up there with his more famous material! The best cuts here have that jazzy, jaunty undercurrent that made the Brothers Johnson sparkle right from the start – a sound that's hard to describe in words, but which ... (Soul) read moreCD
The complete recordings of a crucially overlooked deep soul singer – the amazing Rozetta Johnson, a voice that should have been as big as Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knight, if there were any justice in the world! And Johnson isn't just a great singer on her own – she gets incredible ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – ... (Soul) read moreCD
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tom Johnston works here in a great mix of soul and AOR – one that not only comes through in his own compositions, but also on the album's nice cover of a Joe Tex song too! The great Ted Templeman produced the record – and gives the whole thing all the best elements from his long roots ... (Rock) read moreCD
A trio of tremendous albums by The Johnstons – all recorded right around the start of the 70s, at a time when the group was moving into some even more heady territory than before! The Johnstons got their start as a more traditional Irish folk group, but like most of their British Isles ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Beautiful work from reedman Ed Jones – a key force on the London jazz scene for decades, but an artist who also seems to be completely reborn into a new setting with this album! Jones blows here in the company of younger musicians – including the great Riaan Vosloo on bass, whose work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
Genesis ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soulful intensity from Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine! Soul Train is of the many great originally import-only sessions that Jones cut with his Jazz Machine group during the late 70s – an ensemble who in this case featured Andrew White on alto, and Ari Brown on tenor and soprano. Like most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Sony Japan on-demand pressing – but with booklet and full artwork.)
Fantastic work from the young George Jones – working here at the height of his powers, and in a raw live setting that's a nice change from some of the polish of his studio recordings of the 60s! George's voice is great – already hitting that wider range that marked his Musicor material ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Previously-unreleased live work from pianist Hank Jones – from that magic moment when Jones was maybe flourishing even more than in his earlier years – thanks to new freedoms that were unlocked for piano trio modes in the 70s! Jones plays here with superb work on bass from the great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from a later chapter of the Great Jazz Trio of pianist Hank Jones – a time when the group had shifted to include Mads Vinding on bass and Billy Hart on drums – a rhythm duo who really make a difference in the sound! Hank is still wonderful on piano – able to mix round, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set of standards, but swung in a very inventive way by the Great Jazz Trio – a lineup here that features Hank Jones on piano, Mads Vinding on bass, and Billy Hart on drums! Both Vinding and Hart find a way to make the genius of Hank Jones sound even fresher than ever – not stale at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the coolest recordings ever made by the legendary Jo Jones – two albums that were initially presented almost as jazz instruction material, but which more than stand strongly on their own as solo drum session! Jones is already a well-known force in jazz – but hearing him like ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of Quincy Jones soundtracks – both quite different, but working well together here in a single package! First up is Mackenna's Gold – a western soundtrack – but one that's groovier than you might expect, given that the music was done by Quincy Jones with some vocals by ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful soundtrack from the great Quincy Jones – one that's maybe not as well-known as his albums for Mercury at the time, but which is maybe even groovier! There's loads of great elements going on in the music – a bit of whistling from Toots Thielemans at times, some wordless ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A stunner – the first full album by deep funk singer Sharon Jones, and an instant soul masterpiece! The album's right up there with the best work by James Brown divas like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Lyn Collins – and overall, we might dare say that the album's even better than ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
The fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A triple-pack of soulful sounds from Sharon Jones – three albums together at a very nice price! The header of the set is Soul Of A Woman – the fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Soul Time ... CD Daptone, 2011. New Copy ...
Damn damn damn – maybe the funkiest album ever from Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings! The group have always been great, but there's something here that goes even farther than usual – an especially funky snap on the drums at the bottom, even on more laidback tunes – and a stone ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also produced the set in a wonderful way that lets Jones retain the deeper qualities of her ... (Soul) read moreCD
The rare second album by the Jongo Trio – a fantastic bossa group who mixed together vocals and keyboards with stunning magic! The trio's approach is similar to that of the more famous Tamba Trio – in that the three members groove on keyboards, bass, and percussion – while also ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(These CDs are copy controlled.)
Clifford Jordan —
Firm Roots ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. New Copy ...
A great little album from Jordan – one of a number of very hip sessions he cut in the mid 70s, working with his Magic Triangle group that included Cedar Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The group come together with an energy that's extremely rare – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Warmly jazzy magic from Joyce – a set that's based around the songs of Dorival Caymmi – which she recorded at the insistence of Nana Caymmi – yet an album that's all completely Joyce's own as well! The setting here is perfect – Joyce on vocals and guitar, with Tutty Moreno ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The lovely Joyce – sounding lovelier here than we've heard in years – on a special Japanese album that really takes the singer back to her best classic territory! Backing is by a small group, and nicely jazzy – with piano from Helio Alves, and drums from Tutty Moreno – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Joyce, Sivuca, Tutty Moreno, Celia Vaz, & Others —
Brasil ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 1994. New Copy Gatefold ...
A really groundbreaking album of Brazilian sounds – a set recorded in the mid 90s by a London label – but one with a vibe that stretches back to the most important classics of the Brazilian scene in the 60s and 70s! In a way, the whole record's a bit out of time – nothing at all ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A trio of albums from Junie Morrison, plus bonus tracks too – all to document the genius of the guy who really helped the Ohio Players find their groove! First up is When We Do – the solo debut of Junie – a crazy little album recorded for Westbound in the time after he split ... (Soul) read moreCD
There was something wonderfully freaky going down in the Finnish jazz scene of the 70s – as you'll hear on these two rare performances by fusion combos of the time! First up are the Jupu Group – a sextet led by violinist Juhani Poutanen, who really opens up his instrument in ways that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the coolest vocal groups of the late 60s – Germany's Gunter Kallmann Choir, presented here in a batch of tracks that includes some of their hippest tracks from the Polydor years! The group's sound is quite similar to that of the Horst Jankowski singers – a large ensemble of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic work from Kimiko Kasai – a Japanese singer who started in jazz, but ended up recording in a much more soul-based style in the second half of the 70s! In some ways, Kimiko's a bit like Marlena Shaw or Jean Carn in the US – someone who could bring the class and careful phrasing ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A stunning batch of funky big band tracks from the Kashmere Stage Band – sounding a lot fuller than on their first LP – thanks to an expanded lineup that gives them a whole new sound! The group are grooving here in a mode that's a lot like classic 70s blacksploitation soundtrack work ... (Soul) read moreCD
Relax ... CD Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ...
We admire the hell out of Kassin, but it's hard to imagine that we'd relax when faced with a new record of his – as we always pay fervent attention to everything he ever does! And this time around, that attention is rewarded even more than usual – as the musician and studio genius ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ryo Kawasaki —
Juice ... CD RCA (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
One of the few American releases by this legendary Japanese fusion artist – and a pretty funky little record as well! Ryo Kawasaki plays lead guitar and the very cool "string synthesizer" on the set – making for a sweet mix of electric grooves that has some really great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ryo Kawasaki —
Ring Toss ... CD Chiaroscuro/Vivid (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
One of the best albums ever from Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – a set recorded with help from a hip array of American players who really help come up with a tight, soulful, electric groove! Kawasaki plays both electric and acoustic guitar – and as on other records, there's a strong ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Three full funky albums – and bonus tracks too! First up is Keep On Bumpin & Masterplan – the Kay-Gees' funkiest record ever – a set that's harder and sharper than anything else they'd ever record in years to come! Grabbing this one up is like finding a lost Kool & The ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the few solo albums by Eric Kaz – a singer-songwriter who'd worked with Blues Magoos and American Flyer, always staying on the fringes of the mainstream, which is certainly where this album ended up. The set's got an honest, earthy sort of feel – produced by later Blue Note ... (Rock) read moreCD
The stunning debut of Kelela – a singer who's been bubbling under for so long, she bursts out strongly right from the very first note! Kelela's ready to take on both the indie underground and the mainstream with this set – as the album's got a depth to rival some of the most compelling ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
We're not sure what's in this jungle juice, but it's clearly having a great effect on Joe Kemfa – allowing him to move and groove in a really great way – as he leads his group through a sweet later take on the sound of Lagos funk! The album's got a great blend of rhythms and some ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
DAMN!, indeed – Kendrick has yet to take even a small step down from the creative peak he's been riding for years – and takes another daring step forward with this strong, strident, no-mess-taking classic in the making! The surprise-announced DAMN! finds him taking on timely concerns ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Hand-numbered limited edition collectors edition – with the tracks in reverse order!)
A truly amazing album – unlike anything Eddie Kendricks ever did before, or since – and one of those records that really helped shape the sound of soul in the 70s! The music is as rich and powerful as the image on the cover – with some righteous undercurrents that really mark the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Eddie Kendricks —
Vintage 78 ... CD Arista/Intermusic (Spain), 1978. New Copy ...
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really cool album from saxophonist Bobby Keys – a record with no vocals at all, just Bobby's solos – but a set that's maybe better tagged as instrumental rock than jazz, given the heavyweight guest musicians in the lineup! Keys blows with an all-star array of talent from the rock ... (Rock) read moreCD
Chaka Khan —
CK ... CD Warner/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1988. New Copy ...
A sweet 80s groover fro Chaka Khan – one that features a fair bit of beats and bassline – thanks to tight production from Prince, Chris Jasper, and Russ Titelman! Russ is actually the man behind most of the set – and he really shows off his great talent for a hook-heavy soul tune ... (Soul) read moreCD
Steve Khan —
Arrows ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
The last in a classic trilogy of late 70s fusion albums that Steve Khan cut for Columbia records – and a set that really has him bringing his sound together in a wonderful way! Khan was working with Steely Dan on the Gaucho album at the time of the recordings – testified by Donald ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A trio of later albums from a guitarist who first rose to fame in the 70s! First up is Public Access – a record that's got a slightly goofy cover, but a sound that's much richer than you might expect – thanks in part to great work on the album from percussionist Manolo Badrena! Some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky combo, but one with a real difference – as they seem to find whole new corners of the globe in which to work their magic – almost an imagined space of cultural criss-crossing, all set to some mighty funky bass and drums! The core element here is the guitar – which echoes ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
An impressive blend of jazz and hazy hip hop beatcraft from Kiefer – his best yet! We dug Kiefer's earlier Kickinit Alone a lot, too, but Happysad feels like a next level effort. Jazz piano really stands out as the leading light in the sound here – it's the real thing, too – ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
David Kikoski —
Kayemode ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great first full length chapter of an ultra-hip ensemble – a contemporary group, but one with a great ear for the spiritual sounds of the 70s! The group's a bit like Build An Ark – no surprise, as they've shared a similar label, Kindred Spirits – and like that collective, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A set that does a great job of opening up the early years of this wonderful soul singer – a collection that not only features Ben E King's initial solo classics, but also his incredible lead work with The Drifters – plus a pair of rare duets with Atlantic Records' R&B powerhouse ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet electric soul from Evelyn King – and a set that features lots of contributions from a young Kashif! Kashif both wrote some of the songs, and plays keyboards on the record – helping to give King that tightly focused sound that would really be her strongest suit in the early 80s! ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautifully understated album from Morgana King – one that has her working with familiar arranger Torrie Zito, but in a style that's a bit more laidback than before! There's a bit of strings on the album, but they really just shade in the sound from the back – leaving plenty of space ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
New work from this legendary Ghanian singer – an artist who also plays the guitar-like kologo, but in the company of a fierce amount of percussion! The album's got an approach that really comes on strong – mixing older modes with a slightly contemporary crackle – a bit like the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
It's definitely winning time for Klique – as the trio grooves here with a lean, clean sound that's totally great! Despite the silly jumpsuits on the cover, the group actually have a pretty nice sound in the grooves – one that's kind of a poppy approach to the boogie, filled with plenty ... (Soul) read moreCD
Brilliant work from Jerry Knight – an artist who often lent his talents to others as an arranger or producer, but who could also really shine in the spotlight on his own! Knight spent time with Raydio, and that vibe definitely shows through here – on tunes that are the perfect ... (Soul) read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Diggin Universal Music – supervised by DJ Muro.)
Kirk Knuffke —
Cherryco ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
A beautifully unique take on the music of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman – served up here by a trio that features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums! The tunes are all classic Cherry or Coleman compositions – but the performance here is very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken —
Satie ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ...
A beautiful jazz-based take on the music of Erik Satie – one that really lives up to the spare spirit of the original compositions, but also opens the tunes up with a bit more soul as well! Jesse Stacken plays piano – with all the light touch and spacious presentation Satie intended ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen —
Illusion ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... (Jazz) read moreCD
No sonic labyrinth here – just a great set of hard-blown grooves from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen! The session's a well-focused effort that has Eero working in quartet formation with acoustic piano, bass, and drums – blowing beautiful tones and colors with a slightly angular approach ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen & Philip Catherine/Nordjazz Quin —
Jazz Liisa 13 & 14 ... CD Svart (Finland), 1974/1975. New Copy ...
Two fantastic 70s jazz performances from Finland – back to back on a single CD! Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen is at his most dynamic here – working alongside guitarist Philip Catherine, in a long-spun style that recalls some of the energy of his classic Wahoo album, but with a more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dark and spooky jazz from the godlike hands of Kryzstof Komeda! Komeda's best known in the US for his soundtrack work for the film Rosemary's Baby, but this set features music scored for 2 earlier Roman Polanski movies – Cul De Sac and Knife In The Water! The music for Cul De Sac is a ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Vampire hunting never sounded so groovy – thanks to a sublime soundtrack by the legendary Krzysztof Komeda! The feel here is a bit like Komeda's better-known score for Rosemary's Baby – a blend of darker themes and lighter 60s styles – handled in a way that brings together ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Really obscure soundtrack work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – the Polish jazz musician who was best known for his film scores with Roman Polanski, but heard here on early music for director Leonard Buczkowski! The set features short instrumental tracks from three different films ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – and a set that's quite different than some of his avant jazz classics of the 60s! This album's still got a lot of jazz in the mix, but there's also a lot of the "sweet" mentioned in the title – mostly in ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Cool keyboards from this underground figure in the Polish scene of the new freedom years – an artist who works here with a broad array of instruments, and in an all-electronic sound that seems to find a special place after late 70s and early 80s experiments from the German and UK scenes! The ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Wladyslaw Komendarek looks like a bit of a madman on the back cover of this release – sitting at a very dated keyboard, ironically wearing a surfing sweatshirt, and posed with mirrored sunglasses, a shaggy beard, and a military cap! None of those elements seem to match at all – and ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
One of the wildest electronic musicians in the Eastern European scene – working here on some very long, very stretched-out tracks that are completely cosmic overall! The music was recorded in the early 90s, but has a quality that rivals some of the more progressive European electronic ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful set of contemporary yoruba recordings – performed by the Konkere Beats group in Nigeria, and with a different vibe than some of the more familiar yoruba material from the Caribbean! The sacred sounds are full of percussion and vocal chants – and have a vibe that's maybe ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Kool & The Gang —
Celebrate ... CD De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A super-huge album for Kool & The Gang – and for good reason too! The set features their massive hit "Celebration" – a cut that firmly planted the group in the mainstream, and which keeps getting countless play over the decades – probably still earning them a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet 80s sounds from the legendary Kool & The Gang – one of the key classics from the second chapter of the group – when their lineup and sound were a lot leaner than before, and they managed to cross over big to a much wider audience than before! The upbeat cuts show that the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older ... (Soul) read moreCD
A rare set from a soundtrack artist who's finally getting his due – Poland's Andrzej Korzynski, whose work was mostly cut off from the rest of us during the years of Soviet dominance! Despite that remove, though, Korzynski works here in a keyboard mode that resonates with some of the coolest ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic tribute to the legendary Karin Krog – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time – and maybe one of the most creative talents to emerge from the European jazz scene in the past 50 years! Karin's not just a regular singer – she's a hell of a collaborator, and a great ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great solo set from the Krown Rulers – a New Jersey crew, but one who worked often with Philly's Tuff Crew – as evidenced by the album's production help from Dave of that group! The cover art might look a bit gimmicky, but the set's nice and raw – bursting with beats and stark ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record's maybe worth it alone for an excellent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record features two great tracks by a trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Mira Kubasinska & Breakout —
Ogien ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy ...
A sweet solo album from Polish singer Mira Kubasinska – but one that still features plenty of contributions from Breakout – the heavy, fuzzy group in which she spent most of the 70s! Mira's more strongly in the lead than on the other records by that group, though – really soaring ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very hip little session from a young Jan Hammer – recording here with a great lesser-known German saxophonist! The session's a live date from the late 60s – recorded at the legendary Domicile nightclub in Germany, in a rolling wave of soul jazz and hardbop modes – plus a few ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A special CD dedicated to previous vinyl – as the disc features both vinyl-only albums by saxophonist Martin Kuchen – issued in very limited amounts for Record Store Day events! First up is Four Lamentations & One Wicked Dream Of Innocence – beautifully blue-tinged work from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Scandinavian jazz, recorded in Bali – in a great shift from previous volumes in this series – as all musicians play a bit of gamelan as well! Make no mistake, the format is definitely freely improvised music with a strong jazz current – with the mighty Jonas Kullhammar on tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic early solo album from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – done before his bigger burst of fame in more recent years – and already very sharp and on the money! The record is definitely a jazz set, but has that Robert Glasper generation way of really opening things up to new soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Andrzej Kurylewicz Quintet —
Go Right ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1963. New Copy ...
A beautiful bit of jazz from early 60s Poland – by one of the country's freshest modern jazz groups at the time! The record has a bold sound that's right in keeping with its title – strongly stepping off with a style that blends the soulful and the modern – in a mode that's a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We're not sure we hear any failings at all here – as the music is completely compelling, right from the start – and one of the most sonically-intense records we've heard from reedman Mats Gustafsson in years! The album's a bit of an electro-acoustic outing – in that Mats plays ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All Stars —
Love In Africa ... CD Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The title of the first track here really gets the spirit of the album right – "Africa Will Be Great Again" – which stands at the start as one of the most declarative moments on record from Femi Kuti, and really sets the tone for the rest of the record! There's definitely some ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Some of the most righteous and furiously funky Afro Soul since Fela Kuti's prime – and it's beyond appropriate for such a committed, perfect personification of a classic sound via a modern player come from Fela's own son Seun! As strident as Seun's approach is, much like his father at his ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... (Jazz) read moreCD