A record so cool, it's practically a genre unto itself – and a set that's a key part of the On-U Sound approach of the 80s! The group draw initial influence from 70s Jamaican dub, but never hold to just the roots of that music – and instead explode into a huge range of odd sounds and ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard D James has lost none of his touch over the years – still as stark and ear-grabbing as he was when we heard the first Aphex Twin release – at a level that really lives up to all the faith we've had in his music over the years! This EP is bubbling over with blips, beats, and ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last performances of the mighty trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr – working here in the excellent Nu Band, which hosted some of the best moments of his late musical life! The group's got a spirited sense of energy that comes both from the drums of co-creator Lou Grassi, and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hip Australian jazz singer from the 70s – and one who isn't afraid of picking up a bit of soul, too – as she mixes songs from Stax Records, Motown, and Atlantic alongside more familiar standards in the set! Sue clearly got the chance to record in a scene that was less concerned with ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy electronics from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – the team who first pioneered the use of early synth in 60s soundtracks – still going strong here in the 70s! The record sparkles with the best energy of a moogy sound library session on KPM from the same time – lots of ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pressure Sounds does it again, with another fine collection of mighty, mighty dub! A much needed Blackbeard retrospective collecting 16 hard to get cuts from British dubmeister Dennis Bovell, rare dubs and instrumentals, plus a couple of outstanding vocal tracks from the man at the epicenter of ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ...
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the Bowman Trio – a group named not for any of the musicians who perform , but for the writer J Bowman – whose words inspired each of the songs on the set! The trio features Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Joonas Tuuri on bass, and Sami Nummela on drums – all Finnish ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – and a coupon for a free cup of coffee, if you can make it to a coffee shop in Helsinki!)
Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet —
Delaware River ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
The legendary Bobby Bradford at his freest – blowing well-crafted long lines on cornet, which often skirt a large sonic range in just a short space – and getting some really great company on the date from the trio of Frode Gjerdsted on alto and b flat clarinet, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – an enigmatic musician who worked briefly with Sun Ra, and continued an exploration of the sonic heavens on his own! This rare 1975 album features Ahh's Sound Awareness ensemble – a 25 piece group that features a host of voices set to percussion, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A single long, improvised piece – beautifully performed by Didier Lasserre on drums and Jean-Luc Cappozzo on both trumpet and flugelhorn – served up with all the sense of space we might have hoped for a track that takes up an entire record! Lasserre's using a lot of mallets on his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Note: this album is oddly mastered from CD, which becomes apparent at one or two points in the playback. Nothing major, but we thought we'd let you know!)
Arguably the best of Cherry's albums for Blue Note – and a real masterpiece of soulful avant playing! The group features Cherry on cornet, Gato Barbieri on tenor (and he's incredible, by the way!), Henry Grimes on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Grimes and Blackwell are more than just ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nicola Conte's working here with a great new singer – the lovely Stefania Dipierro, who brings in just the right sort of Brazilian vibe to fit the record's placement on the Far Out label! The style here is maybe a bit more Brazilian than some of Nicola's music on the Schema imprint – ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jack Costanzo —
Mr Bongo ... LP Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a very cool "How To Play Bongos" instructional booklet – replicating one that was included in one of Jack's classic albums!)
A new sort of a shift for Dalindeo – as you might guess from the title – as the group adds in a bit of slavic roots to their usual jazzy groove! The core instrumentation is still live jazz, but the group also touch on some older Finnish tango modes with the rhythms, and work with the ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Four sides of noisy, funky, stretched-out playing from Miles Davis – recorded at the Fillmore West, but with an intensity that matches some of Miles' crazy electric recordings from Japan during the early 70s! The music is a powerful blast of music that stretches out over the double-length ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Dikeman/Luis Vicente/Hugo Antunes/Gabriel Fer —
Salao Brasil ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
A quartet that really knows how to build their energy wonderfully, especially over the two side-long performances that make up the album – working together in these interlocking waves of sound than can come on strong, then pause for a moment, then keep on flowing forward! The approach is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking analogue electronics from the Dutch team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – two musicians who can be as playful as the tem of Perry & Kingsley, but also hit some of the darker modes of the academic circuit as well! The title is very well-put – as the record has a vibe ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eric Dolphy with Booker Little —
Far Cry ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1960. New Copy (reissue)...
Eric Dolphy's first meeting in the studio with trumpeter Booker Little – a brilliant batch of modernism that's easily one of the hippest records Little ever worked on! The Dolphy heard here is Eric at his most inventive – sharp-edged and angular one minute, then spiritually lyrical the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning bit of spiritual jazz from the Finnish scene – a record that's produced by Teddy Rok, who's also part of the trio as well! Rok (aka Teppo Makyen) plays drums – and his sound here is a huge evolution from the music that first grabbed us by the Teddy Rok Seven about 15 years ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare groover from drummer Bill English – Dionne Warwick's husband during part of the 60s, and a great little player in his own right! The set's one of the rare few hardbop sides cut for the Vanguard label – and it's got a crack quintet lineup that features horn work by Dave Burns on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a great little trio – one that features the fantastic Jukka Eskola in the lead on trumpet – who you'll know from a range of other funky jazz and hardbop albums over the past decade or so! But Jukka's not the core element here, as the trio's a very equally balanced one – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Further Out ... LP Kompass/Svart (Finland), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Farout are one of those groups that remind us that although Finland may be known for its long, long winters – its scene can often produce some really hard-burning sounds! Farout follow strongly in the vein of some of the razor-sharp fusion acts from Finland's Love Records scene – able ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-heard music from the legendary Erroll Garner – unissued studio recordings from the end of the 60s and the start of the 70s – brought together here to form one of the most striking albums in his catalog! Garner's perhaps a bit more intimate in these settings, and is certainly more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The 30th Anniversary of Incognito – and the group are still going wonderfully strong! In fact, it could easily be argued that the Incognito here is light years ahead of the way they sounded during their first decade – an instant classic ensemble that never fails to delight our ears ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a very plain cover, but a wonderfully colorful sound – as the set features a flurry of fantastic tones from a very hip large ensemble! The group's led by Mikko Innanen – who blows both alto and baritone – and features Jukka Eskola on trumpet, alongside a host of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from one of the maddest talents on the moog – the enigmatic Gershon Kingsley, frequent partner of Jean Jacques Perry! This album's got Kingsley working in his unique First Moog Quartet – a four-moog ensemble that makes some really incredible music! Unlike Kingsley's ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reedman Martin Kuchen is a player who's been grabbing our ears more and more in recent years – a very creative, deeply soulful musician who really gets his chance to do his thing on this album-length performance! Kuchen blows tenor, alto, and some especially nice flute – in the very ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
All the "extra time" tracks from the Scientist Wins The World Cup album – brought together here in a wonderfully dubby setting! The album's a classic – as Scientist makes magic with the Roots Radics band – which features some especially great saxophone work from Deadly ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool limited vinyl pressing – in a sleeve that has the artwork for the original album on the inside!)
Mindblowing sounds from the great Bunny Lee – and exactly the kind of collection that makes us love the Pressure Sounds label so much! The track selection is wonderful – and most numbers are balanced in a unique space between reggae and rocksteady, and often have some crucial ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A free jazz orchestra – on a par with some of the most ambitious recordings of this type from the US and UK scenes – but featuring some lesser-known players from the Italian scene of the time! The first half of the set features "Collective Suite" – a huge rising of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A weird mix of watery piano and organ lines from Norma Lyon – an obscure Northwest Pacific composer of the 60s, heard here in a self-produced album from the time! The record's divided up into two very poetic sides – "Sea Sketches" and "Dune Sketches" – each of ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Lytle —
Loop ... LP Tuba, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
The cover bills this one as "the in sound of vibes and organ" – and it's totally right, because you can't get more "in" than the grooves Johnny lays down on the set! The tunes are short, tight, and very soulful – a wonderful blend of vibes, Hammond organ, and conga ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner of an album from the legendary James Mason – unreleased tracks that were recorded after his legendary Rhythm Of Life album – finally issued to the world after so many years! There's a number of cuts here that would have been right at home on Mason's classic (and only) album ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's taken us a bit longer than expected to get this second installment in Maxwell's Black Summers' Night series – but it's been well worth the wait, given the greater depth in the music! All that we love about Maxwell's previous records is alive and well here – but there's also kind ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bit of modern soul – a smooth seductive album that fits perfectly with an older mellow groove, but which also sparkles with the best recent efforts of the past decade. Maxwell's got a wonderful vocal style – reminding us a bit of classic Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, or O'Jay ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet Atlantic soul groover from Brother Jack McDuff – and a set that has him tightening up his Hammond sound from his earlier years at Prestige Records! The tunes here are short and punched-up – almost instrumental soul numbers in their construction, but still filled with plenty of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A much-needed look at the work of New Zealand keyboardist/composer Murray McNabb – an artist who's hardly known within his own nation, much less the rest of the world – but one who comes across here with a wonderful array of sounds! The record mixes together vintage recordings from the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great vibes from Jerzy Milian – a player who was easily one of the hippest cats to handle a vibraphone on the European continent in the 70s – heard here in a host of rare recordings from Berlin! Jerzy's Polish, and most of his work was done for the Polskie Nagrania label – but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique little record – and one with a sublime blend of Latin, soul, and vocal styles! The record's a fair bit more sophisticated than most other efforts like this from the 60s – thanks to a strong batch of talents that includes Gil Fuller on arrangements, Phil Moore III on piano ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel – a set that opens up in so many tones and colors, thanks to help from a great group that features Ambrose Akimusire on trumpet and Brad Mehldau on piano! Both of these musicians really help underscore the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Janko Nilovic —
Pop Impressions ... LP Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Nothing pop about this groovy little record – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare bit of fusion from European reedman Ralf Nowy – a player who didn't cross over to the US as much as some of his other overseas contemporaries, but who's equally great! This album's got kind of a flowery cover, but a sound that's surprisingly soulful – a fusion groove that's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a tornado on the cover, and a tornado in the grooves as well – as the mighty Ocho step off their first three albums for UA Latino, and move into even headier territory here on the El Sonido label! The group are really at the top of their game – effortlessly blending jazzy ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the deepest, trippiest sounds from the Jamaican scene in the 70s – a classic collection of dubbed-up cuts from Agustus Pablo – who throws in loads of sweet melodica lines to the rhythms, at least in between hits of the pipe he's smoking on the cover! Pablo took the laidback ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the lasting classics from Harry Partch – a really Moondog-like record that's put together from a host of unique instruments designed by Partch himself! Although a somewhat serious piece in presentation, there's a really organic feel going on here – lots of spare, almost eerie ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully rich session from bassist Gary Peacock – one that draws equal energy from his three associates on the date – all of whom did some great ECM Records work on their own! Peacock composed the tunes, and his spacious notes on bass provide the core setting – but the album ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Pepper —
Surf Ride ... LP Savoy, 1952/1954. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group from Peru – one that's as far-reaching as it is funky, thanks to a huge amount of experience and talent from all of its individual members! The core force here might be the electric bass of Enrique Luna, which creates a pulse on all of the numbers, even when the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice reissue – heavy vinyl, with bonus insert of notes!)
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic late live material by Sun Ra and the Arkestra – presented here properly for the first time ever – with fantastic sound, and the full contents of two different sets – which really lets you get to hear the Arkestra at their best! Each concert is a wonderful progression of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra – pulled from four different sessions recorded at the group's Philadelphia home in 1969 – and every bit as impressive as the Saturn Records material from the time! The recording quality is great – these aren't random snippets ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet guitar instrumentals from the great Ernest Ranglin – heard here at an early point in his career, when he was very much a jazz player overall – but also picking up a few elements from the changing styles of Jamaican music at the time! Bobby plays with lots of warm, open chords ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy work – and one of the best-selling albums of the Latin Soul era! During the 70s, Ricardo Ray was best known for his salsa work – but back in the 60s, he was really swinging around in the early blend of boogaloo and shing-a-ling styles! The set's got a really frenetic feel ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of heavy Latin numbers from the great Hector Rivera – hiding under the guise of a simple dance record! Back in the late 50s and early 60s, Hector was always getting tagged for the big fads by labels – and made to produce albums that had him jumping on a dance fad bandwagon ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bjarne Rostvold Trio —
Tricotism ... LP RCA/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Not the usual album you might expect from a group with a trio in the name – as there's no piano in the mix, and instead the album features some sparkling trumpet from the great Allan Botschinsky – heard here at the height of his youthful, modern powers! The combo's led by drummer ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Sangster —
Ahead Of Hair ... LP Festival/Blank (Australia), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the grooviest takes on the music of Galt MacDermot you'll ever hope to hear – as Australian percussionist John Sangster turns in some wonderful rhythm-heavy versions of the tunes from Hair – and also adds in a few sweet numbers of his own! Sangster also wrote a few new tracks, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Sangster —
Trip ... LP Festival/Blank (Australia), 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
A sweet trip into groovy jazz from the great John Sangster – a man who plays some excellent vibes on this rare Australian album – plus a fair bit of other percussion instrumentation as well! The album also features soundtrack genius Sven Libaek – who not only handled arrangements ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smoove & Turrell might have kind of a hokey look on the cover, but they get right down to business on this funky little record – hitting a tight groove that's heavy on influence from both soul and AOR styles from the 70s and early 80s! The music's mostly upbeat and filled with riffing ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Soul Clap duo have a huge amount of help on this full length set – a range of guests that runs from Nona Hendryx, through Ebony Houston, Nick Monaco, Hazmat Talkbox, Dayonne Rollins, Billy Bass Nelson, and others – all of whom help shape the sound nicely over the electro funk ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz message from Poland, and one that's served up loud and proud, too – thanks to tremendous work from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and a very sharp-edged group! The music here has that open flow that some of the more fusion-based players were exploring in Poland at the time – but the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group who've got a pretty heavy sound for such a poetic name – hardly the lightness you'd expect from the stars – and instead a full-on wave of improvised sound from a mixed electric and acoustic lineup! The group features Kristoffer Berre Alberts on alto and tenor, Jamie Saft on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete Terrace —
PT ... LP Mio, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the most obscure albums ever cut by Latin vibes genius Pete Terrace – and one of the best, too! The album's got a great mix of jazzy and soulful influences – a sound that's a fair bit groovier than some of Pete's other, earlier records – with a hard swinging on most ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin jazz and a whole lot more – served up in this excellent soundtrack that takes us back to the glory days of the cubop sound of the late 40s, but also adds in a lot of contemporary styles too! The music is played by a few different groups, all recording for the film, but the whole thing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little soundtrack from that wonderful moment when the Italian cinema was heavy on sounds drawn from jazz and Latin music – served up here by the young Armando Trovajoli, who was in the process of moving from his modern jazz roots into the world of film scores! Much of the music here ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solid mix of dancefloor-ready sounds and somewhate heavier synth atmosphere from Windbreaker –a solo project by Nick Read of Chicago electronic experimentalists Lazer Crystal! Windbreaker's got a pretty unique vibe that part neon-tinted dancefloor, part moodier, hypnotic allure – ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic early album from UK arranger Mark Wirtz – better known for his famous Teenage Opera album, but already sounding great here in a sweet album of mod-styled grooves! The set's maybe more 60s London than you'd guess from the Latin in the title – although as with Soho sounds of ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mario Costa/ —
Purple Patio ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ...
Nate Wooley on trumpet, Hugo Antunes on bass, and a trio of drummers who really give the record a hell of a lot of punch! Wooley's really out front in the lead – blowing bold lines, and shaping sounds with a spontaneous quality that really blows us away – and the bass of Antunes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from the rocksteady years in Jamaica – tracks that are a fair bit more rare and obscure than some of the bigger singles that circulated at the time – even though they feature a fair bit of the same artists and musicians! The work here all came from the studios of ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely amazing collection of sounds from the 70s scene in Venezuela – a really un-tapped legacy of fantastically creative music – most of it pretty darn groovy, too! Despite the "rock" in the title, the music here is more in a mix of funky jazz and other creative ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album