A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas ... read moreCD
Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Late Bar-Kays – when the group were getting the "rock" out of their grooves, hitting the bass a lot heavier than before, and opening up in that slicker funkier style of the late 70s. Given that the group had a big hand in defining the sound and style of mainstream funk in the years ... read moreCD
The first new record in years from the legendary Sonambient label – the musical home of sculptor Harry Bertoia, whose creations were always made with their sonic properties in mind! The two pieces here are from Bertoia's tape archives – and both feature his unusual sound sculptures in ... read moreCD
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from Segun Bucknor – one of the most soulful singers on the Nigerian scene of the 70s, and an artist who can mix funky grooves with some of the deeper currents and moodier themes that you'll hear in Zamrock recordings of the time! The album begins with some excellent upbeat ... read moreCD
An incredible record – a real standout in Solomon Burke's career! This set features him working with arrangements that are smooth, mellow, and sexy – very much in the Barry White and Isaac Hayes mode, a style that's a perfect fit for Solomon's voice, which was warm and deep back when ... read moreCD
An incredible set of funk from the legendary Dennis Coffey – an unissued live performance from the hip Detroit scene of the late 60s – featuring Coffey's amazing guitar with the Hammond of Lyman Woodard! Together, the two are a pair of funky terrors – steeped in all the best soul ... read moreCD
An absolute treasure of tripped-out, space age symphonic funk from 101 Strings! On this set the undocumented group of session players run through a whole bunch of spacey cuts, complete with fuzzed out electric guitar and sitar, weird period electronics, and more than a few funky drum breaks. It's ... read moreCD
A jazzy combo with plenty of soul – working here with plenty of fusion undercurrents, but in a way that's tied together with some really great vocals on the top! The style's a bit like that of James Mason on his legendary Rhythm Of Life LP – soaring, righteous, and with some slightly ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
An overstuffed collection of greatness from Con Funk Shun – key tracks from the group's mighty run on Mercury Records – where they took a homegrown funk style, and sharpened it to a razor-sharp point! The tunes here are a mix of bassy bottom groovers and some of the group's mellower ... read moreCD
A jaw-dropper of a record from Mark De Clive-Lowe – much more of a jazz album than anything he's ever done before – and a set that's recorded live, too – which is also more of a change! The style here is wonderful – with Mark handling piano, keyboards, and some live effects ... read moreCD
A stunning set from the mighty mighty Dells – a cool collaboration with the legendary arranger Charles Stepney and songwriter Terry Callier – and a record that shows just how far the group had come since their streetcorner harmony days! The vocals are incredible – that rich blend ... read moreCD
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right ... read moreCD
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... read moreCD
The genius of Fairport Convention knows no bounds – as the group were an ever-vibrant, ever-creative ensemble – often changing membership as much as they experimented with new styles – in a fantastic range that's very well captured on this 3CD set! Fairport are way more than the ... read moreCD
Marvin Marvin Marvin – just when we thought you couldn't impress us any more, you took it to the next level! Trouble Man is a heck of a wonderful surprise from an artist that most folks really only knew as a singer – a fantastically funky blacksploitation soundtrack, conceived and ... read moreCD
The back cover of this one says "This Album Should Be Titled MONSTER" – and for once, the back cover is right! The album's the only one we've ever seen by the super-dope LA guitarist Cal Green – a wonderful talent with a hard-edge approach to the strings, one that's a bit ... read moreCD
One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and P-Vine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... read moreCD
Heads Of State (Bartz/Willis/Williams/Foster) —
Four In One ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2017. New Copy ...
Here's a group we'd gladly vote for heads of state – a sharp quartet that features some wonderful alto work from the great Gary Bartz – who gets plenty of space to open us as a soloist in a more traditional setting – following that great path he's taken on the second half of his ... read moreCD
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for ... read moreCD
A killer funky group from early 70s Japan – a slightly large ensemble, but one with some really heavy drums at the bottom – plus some great use of organ and electric guitar! There's a tight brace of horns at the top – flute, tenor, trumpets, and trombone – but the rhythms ... read moreCD
One of the hippest French albums we've heard in years – a laidback blend of hip hop and jazz that really lives up to the cover's homage to the legendary Black Jazz label! The Jazz Liberatorz have a great way with a groove – a style that's openly flowing and instrumentally jazzy – ... read moreCD
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs ... read moreCD
Hard-jamming Cuban jazz from the group of trombonist Generoso Jimenez – two rare 60s albums back to back on one CD! First up is the 1965 session Trombon Majadero – a set that's got a nicely lean approach to Latin jazz, and one that reminds us a bit of some of the refinements to the ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from the Kasai All-Stars – a group we first discovered in the Congotronics series with Konono No 1 – and who still have the same wonderful blend of raw rhythms, fuzzy distortion, and very powerful vocals! Their music has this powerfully organic vibe – with acoustic ... read moreCD
(Also includes a bonus CD with 10 remix tracks by Afrikaine 808, Daedelus, High Wolf, Ramzi, and others.)
Rare Japanese live material from the legendary Kashmere Stage Band – a southern group made up from very young musicians – but one that comes across with a wickedly funky vibe! Despite their roots in Texas, Kashmere got the chance to play a live set in Okinkawa in 1975 – quite an ... 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 ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A great little jazz album from Patti Labelle – and that's right, we did say "jazz" and not soul – as the whole thing's got a wonderful old school style that really suits the singer's voice perfectly! There's a classic presentation to the record, but also one that's never ... read moreCD
Great music from jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe – a set that was originally written as the soundtrack for an early 60s sexploitation film, Satin In High Heels – but which works equally well as a jazz album on its own! Lowe's in a slightly different setting than on some of his earlier ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking mix of exotica, Afro Funk, and electric 70s production – the first album from Mandingo – a tight, thumpingly savage barrage of jungle rhythms and sterling electronics! The record's a landmark from the Brit easy scene, but it's also got an amazing funky sound that sets ... read moreCD
A great little album, put together to accompany one of Muhammad Ali's finest moments on the big screen – in a blend of music that's way deeper than the usual sounds you'd hear ringside! Michael Masser helmed the set – produced and wrote most of the material – but also with key ... read moreCD
Warmly flowing sounds from bassist Michael Manring – one of the lesser-known talents of the Windham Hill scene of the 80s, but a great one too! Manring's got a way of letting his instrument flow out in these round, warm lines – a mode that seems to be a bit of an heir to a Gary Peacock ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
One of the most unusual records of the 60s – sung by a "most unusual vocalist" who wasn't revealed until 50 years after the album was released! Gene Howard sings here on an album of love songs to men, by a man – a set of older standards, with the gender changed – so ... read moreCD
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... read moreCD
Otis Junior & Dr Dundiff —
Hemispheres ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A duo who really take the hemispheres in their title seriously – as lyrics and vocals are all by Otis Junior, and the album's spare rhythms and instrumentation are from Dr Dundee! Otis is a hell of a frontman – as he's got this laidback, raspy style that really fits the open, honest ... read moreCD
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... read moreCD
Omara Portuondo —
Singles ... CD Egrem/Malanga (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
Four decades' worth of singles recorded by Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo – plus an assortment of even rarer tunes from various artists compilations! The presentation here is really wonderful – and most tracks are beautifully remastered, and accompanied by great notes in both English ... read moreCD
Quantic & Nidia Gongora —
Curao ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... read moreCD
A vital third act in the thankfully ongoing RTJ saga! The first album was unsurprisingly excellent, but surprisingly popular. The second album not only turned out to be a bigger hit, it was also a creative peak for both El-P and Killer Mike – which is really saying something. So the stakes ... read moreCD
Daniel Santiago —
Metropole ... CD Adventure Music, 2009. New Copy ...
A jazz album at heart, but one with some distinct Brazilian touches too – a warm blend of the guitar lines of Daniel Santiago with reeds from Josue Lopez and piano from Vitor Goncalves – all wrapped up in a set of rich flowing rhythms! There's some of the sensitivity here that you ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich —
Cosmos ... CD Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ...
A set that not only offers up some great work from co-leaders Ricardo Silveira on guitar and John Leftwich on bass – but one that also includes some of the best small group work we've heard from Hubert Laws in years! The legendary flautist really opens up on the record – with these ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & Vinicius Cantuaria —
RSVC ... CD Adventure Music, 2013. New Copy ...
One of the warmest, most intimate records we've ever heard from Vinicius Cantuaria – and one of the most beautiful too! The set's got Vinicius on vocals and guitar, in the company of guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and no other instrumentation at all – which makes for a wonderfully airy ... read moreCD
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard ... read moreCD
The first we've heard from the Sounds Of A&R – and we're guessing the start of a great legacy in years to come! A is April May – whose lovely vocals are intertwined with the trumpet lines of R – Russell Haywood, whose musical component on the album is maybe even more center ... read moreCD
Steely Dan —
Aja ... CD MCA, 1977. New Copy ...
An undisputed masterpiece, and a record we never tire of hearing – unabashedly the inspiration for our years of jazzy exploration as adults, even though it was probably the closest thing we ever got to the genre as wee lads! Walter Becker & Donald Fagan raise their already-high bar to ... read moreCD
The reed talents of Marcus Strickland hit the sound of the new Blue Note – with wonderful results! The album was produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, and has a much more electric vibe than some of Marcus' other records – an angular, snakey sort of groove that really shows Meshell's ... read moreCD
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul tracks with the same production vibe that's ... read moreCD
Benjamim Taubkin/Sergio Reze/Zeca Assumpcao —
Trio + 1 ... CD Adventure Music, 2009. New Copy ...
A jazzy trio, augmented with some sweet trumpet lines – a beautiful little session that's got all the intimate qualities of Benjamim Taubkin's other work, but a bit more punch as well! Taubkin's piano is joined by the bass of Zeca Assumpcao and drums of Sergio Reze in the core trio – ... read moreCD
Five classic Motown albums from The Temptations – packaged together here in tiny record-style sleeves! First up is The Temptations Sing Smokey – a set on which the group sing the work of Smokey Robinson – and they've even got Smokey along to help them out on production! Given ... read moreCD
Wonderfully sweet work from trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – two albums issued under a "romantic" tag for the Cuban audience of the time, but which have a very wide-ranging set of styles! Mangle Instrumental is from the mid 70s, and has a sound that's a bit like an Italian soundtrack ... read moreCD
Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) —
Tuxedo II ... CD Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic second set from the team of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One – working here with some great help from Will Sessions on a number of tracks – an artist who really ups the funky ante of the record! The vibe is mostly in an early 80s funk mode – strong boogie grooves in the ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – served up here in his Voilaaa project, which might well be our favorite of all his many musical enterprises! The groove brings together funky club with some slight touches of 70s Afro Funk – maybe not as much as you'd guess ... read moreCD
The Winds of Brazil is a pretty heady little group – one that features work by Brazilian reed players Teco Cardoso, Vinicius Dorin, Lea Freire, Mauro Rodrigues, and Paulo Moura – all working here in a slightly-orchestral performance of Brazilian classics and original numbers! There's a ... read moreCD
A great collection of work from west coast soul singer Brenton Wood – longtime Northern Soul favorite, and one of the most unique singers of his time! Brenton has a great voice that's both sweet and raspy at the same time, cracking slightly on the hooks of his hits – in a way that ... read moreCD
Mad funky vibes from The Wooden Glass – a group led by vibist Billy Wooten – an obscure player in the history books, but one who has had a huge influence on 21st Century groove! Billy's got a hard style on the vibes that's like Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers at their soulful best ... read moreCD
Rare, raw tracks in the best sort of mode we've come to expect from the Stag-O-Lee label – the kind of sounds we've really been digging on their 10" vinyl compilations, but presented here in support of the Buzzsaw Joint club night in London! The tracks are all from the start of the 60s, ... read moreCD
A sublime mellow storm of funky jazz – all work from the indie underground back in the 70s – and spun out here by DL in an extended mix that makes all these great tracks sound even better in the company of each other! Few people can handled a mix of classic cuts this well – ... read moreCD
Fantastic funky gospel from the Jewel Records label – one of the few other companies besides Chess Records who could effortlessly mix spiritual and secular sounds! As with some of the best Chess/Checker gospel of this period, there's a groove here that feels more like mainstream soul of the ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of crucial dancehall cuts from the hands of King Jammy – put together by the folks at Dub Store Records with the same sort of care they brought to their collections of rocksteady work and 60s reissues! The tag "dancehall" on a reggae collection can sometimes ... read moreCD
The title more than gives this one away – and the album's a great exploration of that growing global underground who've turned back towards the 70s, to re-embrace and re-invent the smooth contemporary sound of the decade! You might know a few names on here from the Dusty Groove racks – ... read moreCD
Incredible sounds from Saigon – music that's often quite funky and surprisingly soulful – and which no doubt shows a strong influence on the scene from all the American GIs who were playing their music overseas! Other collections of this nature maybe localize the music a bit more than ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from the unique musical crossroads of Cape Verde – an island culture that's closest to Africa in geographical terms, but which also has a strong influence from European colonization, and some shared musical modes from the Caribbean scene! Later Cape Verdean global stars have ... read moreCD
A set that's mostly hip hop, with lots of jazzy instrumentation – but a package that also includes some great jazz tracks too – which allows it to effortlessly draw a line back and forth between older nuggets and the best of the contemporary underground! There's a crisp, hip vibe to ... read moreCD