Group – Live ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1986. New Copy ...
Vintage work from this overlooked group from the New York scene of the 80s – an all-star lineup that features Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Marion Brown on alto sax, Billy Bang on violin, Sirone and Fred Hopkins on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums! The tracks are long, and there's a loose, ... read moreCD
An excellent contemporary combo from Finland – but one who are right at home on the Jazzaggression label, which mostly issues rare gems from years past! The sound here is plenty classic – and recalls that great 70s moment on the European scene when the best groups were aware of 60s ... read moreCD
A stone groover from British multi-instrumentalist Johnny Almond – stepping out here on a range of instruments that includes tenor, alto, flute, organ, vibes, and mellotron! Like Almond's other session from the time, the set's got a tightly arranged groove that feels a lot like some of the ... read moreCD
Darn solid work from Ashford & Simpson – one of the duo's biggest albums for Capitol Records, and a great set from their 80s run for the label! The groove here is a bit more heavy on keyboards and beats than before, but the pair still keep things plenty soulful with their positive, ... read moreCD
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is ... read moreCD
Billy Bang & William Parker —
Medicine Buddha ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin ... read moreCD
Brigitte Bardot & Others —
Bardotmania ... CD El (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ...
More of a celebration of Brigitte Bardot in general than a straight collection of her own recordings – a really cool 2CD package that features music from famous Bardot films, some tracks sung by Bardot herself, and a few other numbers by different singers too! The orchestrations are lush at ... read moreCD
Keith Barrow's first album of secular soul – a soaring set of vocals that really shows off his gospel roots! The record's produced by Bobby Eli with a bit of a Philly soul touch, but in ways that go quite past the conventional modes of the time – kind of offbeat at points, with a ... read moreCD
A modern take on Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado – one that features instrumental grooves from the great John Barry, plus vocal performances by Frankie Howerd, Kevin Scott, Lissa Gray, and Stubby Kaye! The music often follows the spirit of the classic strongly – but Barry's touch makes ... read moreCD
One of John Barry's first true moments of genius – recorded back when he was the leader of a fab little instrumental combo called the John Barry 7, and was tagged to do some soundtrack work that would forever change the rest of his career! The album's got some incredible instrumental tunes ... read moreCD
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read moreCD
Karl Berger & Kirk Knuffke —
Moon ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Beautiful duets – wonderfully warm, open, and very personal – thanks to well-placed work from the great Karl Berger on vibes and piano, and these well-blown, openly-flowing lines from Kirk Knuffke on cornet! The duets are never too outside – and instead, Berger and Knuffke find ... read moreCD
A hard-burning Afro Funk combo from Brazil – a group who play in a style that's definitely got the best of both worlds in the mix – still going strong on this excellent third album! The set's got way more going on than usual in the rhythms – enough straight qualities to link the ... read moreCD
Two overlooked albums from this godlike ex-singer from The Zombies – back to back on a single CD! Planes has Colin Blunstone again working closely with former bandmate Rod Argent – who plays a fair bit of keyboards on the record, and even harmonizes with Colin on a number of tunes ... read moreCD
A great late 80s comeback for Angela Bofill – and the kind of record that shows that she was still head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries! There's a richness here that most of Angie's contemporaries couldn't muster at the time – a style that stretches back to her deeper ... read moreCD
One of the most righteous 70s sessions to come from the hands of Dollar Brand – a New York recording that's filled with work by a host of players from the spiritual jazz underground – all of whom soar strongly on the album's long tracks, and give the set a fire and righteous energy you'r ... read moreCD
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums ... read moreCD
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental ... read moreCD
James Brown —
Hell ... CD Polydor, 1974. New Copy ...
Reissue of JB's wildest album, with a crazy cover that shows him running away from the devil, and great gatefold inner photo with him standing amidst a bunch of declarations of "Hell". The record was originally a double album filled with lots of different styles from James' funky bag. ... read moreCD
Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever ... read moreCD
Subtitled "Live At the Apollo Vol 3", but waaay better than any of the earlier volumes, this monster 2LP live set has James and the JB's wailing away in a freewheeling live set of hard hard hard funky grooves. Excellent work by the band, and a great way to see how sharp they were out of ... read moreCD
Spacey raw funk from Lucky Brown – perfectly raw and gritty instrumental jams and vocal numbers and some jazz funk heaviness from the man behind The Funk Revolution, Crawdad Farmers and more – one of the more furiously creative figures in the international funk scene! This compilation ... read moreCD
Bruce & Vlady (Bruce Powell & Wladyslaw Jagiello) —
Reality ... CD Svensk American/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. New Copy ...
An American Hammond player and a Polish drummer – both recording together in Sweden at the start of the 70s, and without any other instrumentation at all! The blend of organ and drums is wonderful – very spacious, but still pretty groovy too – thanks to these cyclical currents ... read moreCD
An amazing little record from Joe Byrd – an artist with roots in serious music, but who's serving things up here with a wild hippie aesthetic that makes the whole thing come across more like a "happening" than the usual sort of studio album – but in ways that also echo an ... read moreCD
The worthy, perhaps even superior second set in jazzy percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project – appropriately titled Love & Soul – with one of the most impressive rosters of women in soul you'd ever expect to see in one place! Guests include Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, ... read moreCD
A surprisingly soulful album from this novelty singer from the 70s! Back in the day, Charo was everyone's idea of a joke on TV, but this album's actually a pretty great little session – thanks to help from Vince Montana and the Philly crew! The album has Charo breathily singing and talking ... read moreCD
Rare work from Patrick Cowley – an artist who most folks know for music with Sylvester in the 80s, but heard here on a selection of tracks he did for porno films at the same time! The music has lots of the sweet electro touches of Cowley's singles for the clubs – post-disco funk, and ... read moreCD
(Note: Package interior does contain some x-rated images from the films – so be warned!)
A pair of CTI/Kudu classics from Hank Crawford – back to back on a single CD! Wildflower is a sweet bit of electric funk, and one of Hank Crawford's greatest records from the 70s – thanks in large part to the great Bob James – who arranged and produced the record with a mighty ... read moreCD
Ted Daniels with Oliver Lake & Daniel Carter —
Innerconnection ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1975. New Copy 2CD ...
Just Sold Out!
Lost loft jazz work from trumpeter Ted Daniel – an important force on the east coast scene of the time, but one who was never as well-recorded as his contemporaries – which makes a set like this a real treasure! The group here is Ted's Energy Module ensemble – a group who really ... read moreCD
Mad homegrown soul from the enigmatic Darondo – a brief Bay Area star back in the 70s, and also host of TV comedy and children's shows! Darondo only ever saw release of 3 singles, but they're all pretty darn great – a weird mix of funk, soul, and sly slinky grooves – very unique ... read moreCD
Massive electric Miles from the same Japanese tour that gave the world the Panagaea and Agharta albums – tracks that were recorded ten days before the concert that appeared on those records, with different songs as well! The music is a dark brew of funk, fusion, and some surprisingly ... read moreCD
The complete Stiff Records work of Desmond Dekker – served up here on two albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is Black & Dekker – surprisingly great later work from the legendary Desmond Dekker – a set that should have been a sloppy cash-in during the ska revival, but ... read moreCD
Manu Dibango —
Home Made ... CD Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
A late 70s killer from Manu Dibango – recorded in Nigeria, and with a style that mixes his own sax-heavy funk with some of the leaner Lagos grooves of the time! The tracks are all nice and long – longer than most on any of Manu's other late 70s albums – and they stretch out in ... read moreCD
Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellaz —
Illegal Move ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
A modern funk melting pot from Hungary! Group leader Tamas "Dokkerman" Michelberger is on keyboards, leading a great 9 piece group strongly rooted in gritty 70s funk – heavy drums and fierce bass grooves, and horns that show some love to JBs style funky soul as well as strains of ... read moreCD
One of the coolest singers you'll ever hope to hear – and an artist who's still incredibly wonderful, always fresh, and completely charming – even after decades of recording! Bob Dorough works here in a trio with his own piano, the bass of Tony Marino, and alto of Michael Hornstein ... read moreCD
A very adventurous album from the great Bob Downes – one that features some tight Brit jazz riffing all the way through – played by a group that features Bob on sax and flute, Chris Spedding and Ray Russell on guitars, and Harry Miller on bass! Downes sings a bit, and Robert Cockburn ... read moreCD
One of Lamont Dozier's true 70s classics – an amazing album of baroque soul with an undeniable groove – kind of the best aspects of Detroit soul, wrapped up together! The arrangements here are fantastic – a mix of strings and soul that surpasses any of Lamont's previous albums, ... read moreCD
Dr Dre —
Compton ... CD Interscope/Aftermath, 2015. New Copy ...
Dr Dre's first proper album in 15+ years, and you just know he wouldn't even bother if didn't have something solid to put there, right? Sky high expectations aside, it's a damn strong effort. Dre is in ringmaster and super-producer mode here, bringing in a diverse roster of vocal players and doing ... read moreCD
A really great little record, and one that's far less gimmicky than you might expect! Yes, the tunes here are all from classic videogames – and yes, there's a bit of electricity in the instrumentation – but most of the sounds come from a core quartet with piano, bass, drums, and guitar ... read moreCD
We haven't heard from Shaun Escoffery in years – but damn, it's really been worth the wait! This album really knocks it out of the park from the very first note – and pushes Shaun way way farther than his previous work, which we really loved a lot – into some kind of sublime ... read moreCD
Hi-fi heaven from the legendary Esquivel – two albums back to back on a single CD! Latin-Esque is quite possibly our favorite Esquivel album ever – a tremendous little session that was recorded for RCA's Stereo Action series – with incredible sound that leaps back and forth ... read moreCD
Life goes on for Faith, Hope, & Charity – and goes on pretty darn strongly, too – thanks to some wonderful work from the great Van McCoy, served up at a level that really goes beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well ... read moreCD
A pretty catchy bit of Miami club from the late 70s – and an album that sounds a heck of a lot better than you might think from its silly pink cover! The group's actually got a strong acoustic sound underpinning their grooves – with some excellent percussion underneath the best tracks, ... read moreCD
Stunning work from Jackson C Frank – an artist who's mostly known for his one crucial 60s album on Columbia Records – but who gets a huge amount of exposure here in a full series devoted to his recordings! That legendary self-titled album was issued in 1965 – and has that ... read moreCD
Excellent work by Carolyn Franklin – a heavy album of female soul with a sound that should have made it huge! Carolyn is the less-famous sister of Aretha Franklin – but she's got a voice that keeps the family proud, and she's a lot hipper than Aretha on this album – with a very ... read moreCD
Henry Franklin pays tribute to the great Gene Harris – in particular, the tremendous albums that Harris made for Blue Note in the 60s with his Three Sounds combo – hence the name of the group! Franklin's bass is wonderfully full, rich, and soulful – just like that of Andy ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from the team of Henry Franklin and Azar Lawrence – proof that the two players' recent pairing has helped them both reach the heights of their recordings from the 70s! The album's got a deeply spiritual vibe that goes way past the slightly gimmicky cover image – a ... read moreCD
Henry Franklin —
Two Views ... CD Skipper Productions, 2015. New Copy ...
Bassist Henry Franklin is still very much at the top of his game here – grabbing our attention right away, as he has with his other excellent recent releases on his own label – playing with this strong, soulful quality that really steps off from his better-known work of the 70s! The ... read moreCD
A pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times ... read moreCD
Fantastic stuff – one of Galper's best non-electric sets of the 70s! Galper's working here with a quartet – playing piano in a group that includes Terumasa Hino on trumpet, Cecil McBee on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. With a rhythm section that hip, Hino lays out some of his best ... read moreCD
A beautiful version of one of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – in a special oversized package that features the full unedited concert on two CDs, plus a third CD with the original edited album and special interview material too! The album's a famous live date recorded in the mid ... read moreCD
An overlooked later set from the great Gloria Gaynor – a record issued after her big disco fame, but one that still shows the singer very much at the top of her game! The groove here is mostly upbeat – and mostly in a post-disco blend of 80s club and more electric modes, with Gloria's ... read moreCD
Righteously-arranged work from Ian Green – a British talent of the late 60s, but one with a keen ear for influences from American soul! The style here is somewhat unusual – a fuller, more ambitious blend of modes that were bubbling under in British rock during the soul-influenced years ... read moreCD
A hell of a great live set from pianist Hampton Hawes – thanks especially to the other members of the trio! Hawes is at his free, open, 70s best on the piano – but bassist Cecil McBee really takes the record to the next level – spinning out these amazing lines that are as ... read moreCD
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together ... read moreCD
One of Joe Henderson's first true moments of greatness – a landmark session recorded with a quintet that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums! LaRoca's very free on the drum kit, and gives the set a rhythmic looseness that's a ... read moreCD
Post-Labelle solo work from Nona Hendryx – and a set that very much shows that she's the one who brought all the raw funky power to the group! Unlike Patti Labelle's work from the same time, which was getting smoother and classier, Nona's work here is almost in the vein of rock music – ... read moreCD
A real turning point for the great Loleatta Holloway – and a record that really finds a great way to unleash her vocals for the dancefloor! Loleatta got her start as more of a traditional deep soul diva – but here, she really takes off with a sweet Philly groove – thanks to ... read moreCD
A really classic set of dancefloor tracks from Loleatta Holloway – and a set that's got her fully stepping into the disco diva role, after starting out as more of a deep soul singer! Holloway's rich, full voice is perfect for the setting – a proud, confident lead that really soars out ... read moreCD
Loleatta Holloway's emerging here as the queen of the disco – trading the southern soul of her early years for a more full-on club groove! Given the strength of her vocals, the approach works great – and if anything, the setting really helps Loleatta find an even better space than ... read moreCD
A really great second album from Ikebe Shakedown – easily the group's best work so far, and a real cut above the usual Afro-styled groove! These guys have a great way of laying back in their rhythms – still keeping things funky, but nicely paced too – so that there's a fresh feel ... read moreCD
A great debut from Imaani – the soulful singer who's made some great music with Incognito in recent years! The cover's got a shoutout from Bluey on the front – but the music has a nicely different vibe than Imaani's music with Incognito, as she works here with studio talent Kevin Leo, ... read moreCD
An album of tribal brilliance from Instant Funk – and a set that really has the group coming into their own! Instant Funk got their start as a backing combo for other acts on the Philly scene, but by the time of this classic album for Salsoul, they'd turned into a more fully-fledged group ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the cool ruler – one of the best collections of material we've ever seen from the legendary Gregory Issacs – easily one of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music during the 70s and 80s! The package features loads of excellent early cuts, plus a few key later hits ... read moreCD
A mid 70s funky classic from the Isleys – but also one that we love for number of excellent mellower tracks! Sure, the Isleys could wear flashy suits and play some heavy guitar with the best and and the funkiest combos of the era – but honestly, what might really love them more here ... read moreCD
A sublime take on the music of Billie Holiday – served up in the tremendous vocals of Jose James! In the notes, James recalls that the music of Holiday is one of his first memories of childhood – and goes onto explain how much her music has meant to him over the years – a ... read moreCD
A great little album of group soul – recorded by indie label favorites The Jive Five, and just about their only album for a big label. Horace Ott produced and arranged, and he nicely takes the group's earlier doo wop style into a 60s harmony groove – adding in some arrangements that ... read moreCD
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's ... read moreCD
A set of Holiday classics from the Nashville scene – back to back on a single CD! First up is Christmas With Chet Atkins – a sweet strummy Christmas album from the great Atkins – a set that's filled with guitar-based tunes that have a special Holiday feel – some of which ... read moreCD
Chaka Khan —
Chaka ... CD Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... read moreCD
A much-needed collection of work from singer Kiddus I – best known to global audiences for his performance at the start of the film Rockers – but an artist well worth discovering at a deeper level! Kiddus is a hell of a vocalist – one with a sharper tone than most reggae singers ... read moreCD
All the best work from Evelyn Champagne King's years at RCA Records – including some rare single mixes and album tracks – all wrapped up with a special 24 page booklet filled with notes, photos, and an exclusive interview too! Evelyn always had a special focus in her music at this time ... read moreCD
Standards live, but swung the Lee Konitz way – which means that the tunes are always filled with nice little twists and turns – and some of those plenty sharp edges we've always loved in Lee's alto! Konitz is really a rare breed – a player who's made amazing music for over 50 ... read moreCD
Kool & The Gang sounding super-tight, but mighty right as well – a groove that still has all the great jazz elements of their mid 70s records, but which also has them picking up the bassy bottom a bit more too! The sound is not nearly as slick as their 80s hits – and instead still ... read moreCD
Kool & The Gang's a little bit slicker and a little bit smoother on The Force than on earlier classic records – but thankfully, they're still getting on down to the funky sounds! The Force does indeed have more of a spacey boogie than a jungle boogie vibe, but they're still doing what we ... read moreCD
It's the mid 70s, and Kool & Co not only keep the funky groove up, but also expand their style into a moogy style that adds a nice dimension of spacey soul to their rich palette of funk. The funkier cuts – like "Street Corner Symphony" and "Rhyme Tyme People" – ... read moreCD
Martin Kuchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble —
Night In Europe ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A searing night in Europe – thanks to some tremendous work on tenor, alto, and sopranino sax from Martin Kuchen – who seems to burn harder here at points than we remember! But perhaps that intensity is from his company in the trio – especially drummer Steve Noble, whose power at ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the only full album ever recorded as a solo act by Dave Lambert, the vocalist that we know and love from the team of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but who's also a heck of a great singer on his own! As you may know from the group, Dave's got a slightly quirky vocal approach ... read moreCD
Pure genius from the legendary Latimore – and a record that's a perfect illustration of the way the man could effortlessly mix blues roots, southern soul, and a whole new Miami groove for the 70s! The record is easily one of Latimore's best – and has these vocals that grab us right ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the best of Stacy Lattisaw's early work for Cotillion – a great little record that shines equally on groovers and mellower cuts! Stacy's still got a keen ear for pop soul here, but she definitely takes things a bit deeper too – working through a great set of original ... read moreCD
Way more than just a collection of Jackie Lee's work for EMI in the mid 60s – as the set features almost as many unreleased tunes as it does actually-issued singles! The package offers a great look at the early years of this hip Brit female singer – a vocalist who ranks right up there ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from singer Mamie Lee – a vocalist who inhabits the same space between jazz and soul as Nancy Wilson! The album's got a very groovy feel overall – thanks to small combo backing from The Swingmen, a piano trio who backed up Mamie in live appearances, and who really fit ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Linda Lewis – an early 80s album recorded after her time in the 70s limelight – and a set that's every bit as strong, if not stronger than, most other soul records of the time! Lewis is working here with studio help from two different forces – a warm New ... read moreCD
A night in Jamaica, circa 1965 – but a record that's got more than enough Latin touches to be titled A Night In Havana, too! Pianist Cecil Lloyd steps away from more familiar Jamaican styles of the time, to work with small combo backing that's much more in the mode of the best Latin pianists ... read moreCD
Some great 70s moments from Johnny Mathis – his foray into Philly soul with producer Thom Bell – served up here on two full albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is I'm Coming Home – a record on which Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound – thanks to Philly production and ... read moreCD
The most cosmically expansive and exciting work yet from composer/coronet player Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – dedicated to Amiri Baraka, and infused with the righteous, poetic spirit of Baraka's work with Sun Ra! The Exploding Star players include some Chicago underground heroes ... read moreCD
The strongest album to date from Chicago saxophonist Nick Mazzarella – a trio set that has the leader's alto blazing out in brilliantly soulful spirit, alongside robust bass from Anton Hatwich and magical drums from Frank Rosaly! The group have a cohesion that we might not have expected from ... read moreCD
A totally unique record from drummer Makaya McCraven – and a great one too! The set's built around improvised performances recorded over the period of a year – with some of Chicago's best underground jazz talents, including Matt Ulery on bass, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Jeff Parker on ... read moreCD
A mighty tribute to bassist Eberhard Weber – done by a host of his ECM contemporaries from the 70s and 80s, in a mode that's similar to their great recordings too! The performance is a live one, which gives the spacious sounds a bit more edge than the usual ECM studio session – and the ... read moreCD
Killer stuff from this legendary Philly soul instrumental combo – with funky soul horns, unstoppable dancefloor ready rhythms and those soul-stirring strings – and right up there with their best ever! Bobby Martin arranged almost every track – and the record's a great example of ... read moreCD
One of the greatest singers of the postwar R&B era – the amazing Amos Milburn, arguably a huge influence on later rock and soul too! Like a few other key contemporaries – such as Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown – Milburn had a great way of hitting topics that were honest, open, ... read moreCD
Miracles ... CD Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
An overlooked groover from The Miracles – a late 70s set for Columbia Records, and one that's got a sparkling sound throughout! The album really has the group hitting some great modern soul modes for the set – arrangements by David Foster that push them forward even more, and which ... read moreCD
A really sweet set from bassist Monk Montgomery – the Indy jazz legend who first made big waves with his brothers Wes and Buddy in the 50s – still sounding great here on a funky album for Philly International! The album's mostly instrumental, but done in the same great groove as the ... read moreCD
A landmark album – and one that Milton cut with his "corner club", an elite group of musicians and songwriters from the early days of his career – including greats like Lo Borges and Wagner Tiso. Borges is particularly fantastic, and shines on the massively beautiful cut ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the first truly brilliant albums from Milton Nascimento – a set that builds on the excellent previous work by the singer/songwriter, but which also has him moving into much more soulful territory as well! Nascimento's work is one of the true treasures of Brazilian music of the ... read moreCD
A wonderful return to form for Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends – working here in the same sublime space they hit on their one and only album for A&M Records in the 60s! The style here is somewhat more modern – but still mostly 70s-styled, as opposed to contemporary ... read moreCD
A Hollywood Party, recorded in New Jersey – with a groove that's every bit as tight as any of Odyssey's best records, but with a slightly jazzier vibe as well! The set's a great example of the way the trio pushed the 70s soul game further – taking the early 70s RCA AM radio style, and ... read moreCD
Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, ... read moreCD
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the group's got a nicely explosive sound on Hammond – a groove that's rooted in old school soul jazz, but which takes on all these funky twists and turns as well! Yet Organ Explosion are definitely more jazz than funk – and really ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever from the great Mary Osborne – an early female star on the electric jazz guitar, and one who learned her talents direct from Charlie Christian! Mary plays a lean hollow-body here with a nice sort of rasp on the tone – almost a bit bluesy at times, but never ... read moreCD