A beautiful album of ballads from tenor saxophonist JD Allen – one that could easily fit alongside classic 60s sessions in a similar mode! Allen's always been a dynamic player, but here he's got this nicely understated approach – one that really stuns us with the richness of his tenor ... read moreCD
An unusual electronic project from mid 70s Finland – a collaboration between Ake Anderssonin and Antero Honkasen on music inspired by the paintings of Reidar Sarestoniemi – a relatively abstract artist, as you might guess from the sound of the proceedings! Most of the work here has a ... read moreCD
Angles 3 —
Parede ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
An album recorded in Portugal – as you might guess from the title – but featuring a group of real Swedish music heavyweights! The trio features fantastic interplay between the bass of Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, the drums of Kjell Nordeson, and the tenor and soprano sax of Martin Kuchen ... read moreCD
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house ... read moreCD
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)
A quadruple pack of albums from The Bar-Kays – four records on two CDs! First up is As One, a record that definitely has the Bar-Kays definitely grooving as one – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm ... read moreCD
A set that's bursting with every bit as much of the fantastic energy you might expect from the lineup – a bold sextet that features Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton III on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vicente Archer on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums ... read moreCD
That's the middle finger of David Boykin on the front cover – bidding a bold farewell to the year of 2016 – with a record that offers up some of the most soul-nourishing sounds we've ever heard from the reedman! The album's got a sharper, almost funkier sound than some of Boykin's ... read moreCD
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of ... read moreCD
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – ... read moreCD
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players ... read moreCD
David Boykin Expanse —
Solar Suite ... CD Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006. New Copy ...
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe ... read moreCD
Saxophonist David Boykin never fails to blow us away – but this time around, his music seems even deeper and more ambitious than ever – as he works with his Expanse group on three long tracks that have a very spiritual mix of ensemble moments and improvised individual actions! The ... read moreCD
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... read moreCD
A rare chapter in the career of Peter Brotzmann – and a very smoking set cut on the Finnish scene of the early 70s! The quartet features Brotzmann on tenor and alto – playing alongside the tenor and flute of Juhani Alaltonen – both of them completely all-out and unbridled, ... read moreCD
Michael Carvin —
Camel ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ...
A real gem of an album – the kind of spiritual 70s soul jazzer that we never tire of putting on the turntable! Drummer Michael Carvin heads a great group that features Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on alto and soprano, and Ron Burton on piano – and the ensemble grooves in ... read moreCD
Celia ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A beautifully groovy album from Celia Reis – maybe the hippest set ever from this Brazilian singer who was equally at home in samba and bossa modes! Production and arrangements are by Arthur Verocai – which will give you an idea of the creativity that went into the record – as ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff – one of a few key players who helped reinvent the role of his instrument in jazz during the postwar years – but one who only made a handful of records before his too-early death! This live performance really corrects the lack of ... read moreCD
Modern Hammond hero Brian Charette gets some great help here – tenor legend George Coleman, whose presence in the group makes an already-solid combo really sound great! Coleman was never a tenor player to work with an organ back in the 60s and 70s – but his work here is really ... read moreCD
Two really great soundtracks in the early run of the Italian Supermen comedies – both much nicer than some of the later scores in the series! I Fantastici has a 60s playful vibe right from the start – that occasional use of almost march-like drums that you'd find in some 60s comedies, ... read moreCD
A set that was originally created in the prime electric years of the great Stelvio Cipriani – but one that has him working on acoustic piano throughout – often using weird effects and production elements to change up the sound of the instrument! There's a great main theme to the ... read moreCD
Two Italian crime soundtracks – recorded almost 20 years apart, but sounding great here together as a double-length set! First up is Quelli Della Calibro 38 – a fantastic score by Stelvio Cipriani, and one that mixes a bit more action and groove with his usual sense of a dreamy melody ... read moreCD
Stanley Clarke is completely on fire here – recorded in a live performance at the end of the 70s, but with all the dense complexity of his music from the earlier part of the decade! The group is completely freewheeling from the start – driven on by Clarke's effortlessly mindblowing ... read moreCD
For years, singer Freddy Cole was known as the brother of Nat the king – but for decades, the brother has kept on giving us music much longer than the famous star – to a point where it's always such a pleasure to enjoy Freddy's sound as he keeps on evolving! The singer's developed a ... read moreCD
A fantastic live set from a crucial time in the career of Ornette Coleman – that mid 60s moment when he'd moved past the alto sax to play trumpet and violin as well – and was working with the groundbreaking trio that included Charles Moffett on drums and David Izenzon on bass! The ... read moreCD
Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari —
Grounation ... CD Dub Store (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2 CDs ...
An amazing record, and one of the most spiritual, righteous sets to ever come from Jamaica in the 70s – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that scene at the time! The vibe here is really rootsy, and almost more spiritual jazz than reggae – with lots of spare percussion from Count ... read moreCD
Three early albums from Crown Heights Affair – all brought together in a single set! First up is Dreaming A Dream – a dream of a record from Crown Heights Affair – the group's classic first set, and maybe as fine a batch of early club work you could ever hope to find! Like so ... read moreCD
Dark tones and textures from this well-matched quartet – a group led by pianist Benoit Delbecq – and featuring tenor from Mark Turner, bass from John Hebert, and drums from Gerald Cleaver – all musicians who really seem to have a strong sense of each others' role! If you know ... read moreCD
The Delfonics just kept on getting better and better! The longer the group recorded, the more they picked up this strange spacey quality that pushed them past some of their contemporaries of the early 70s. And on an album like this, they prove that they're way more than just Thom Bell puppets by ... read moreCD
A tribute to the late trumpeter Chet Baker, but one that's got a rock-solid swinging feel that's quite different than most of Baker's music on record! The group here is a fantastic lineup – with Alex Sipiagin handling the trumpet parts, but in a way that's often quite un-Chet-like – ... read moreCD
Fantastic vibes all around – a double set of work from the team of Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis! First up is the album Divine Gemini – a set that has some incredible interplay between the vibes of Walt Dickerson and bass of Richard Davis – both players who've already had a ... read moreCD
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum ... read moreCD
Dos Santos —
Logos ... CD International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from this groundbreaking Latin combo from Chicago – one who've got an inclusive spirit that grabs together so many different elements of music and unifies them as one! The style isn't quite salsa, isn't Latin rock or jazz – but instead has so many strands of sounds ... read moreCD
Unreleased work by one of the strongest tenor players to emerge from the German scene in the postwar years – and one of the few who could go head to head with American giants like Johnny Griffin or Eddie Lockjaw Davis – who were both his bandmates in the Clark Boland Big Band! The ... read moreCD
Saxophonist Marty Ehrlich is certainly exalted here – working in a superb trio setting that seems to make for one of his best records in years! The rhythm duo are fantastic – Nasheet Waits on drums and John Hebert on bass – both players who create this brooding sense of power ... read moreCD
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for ... read moreCD
Wayne Escoffery —
Vortex ... CD Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy ...
Tenorist Wayne Escoffery comes on here in a vortex of sound – thanks partly to the great drummer Ralph Peterson, who wrote a few great tunes for the album, and really drives on the core quartet that also includes David Kikoski on piano and Ugonna Okegwo on bass! There's a nicely dark sound ... read moreCD
The complete late 70s recordings of England's Fabulous Poodles – a strange little group that were maybe years ahead of their time, but never found the market they deserved on this side of the Atlantic! These guys are a bit hard to peg – not really new wave, but with the wit of some of ... read moreCD
Ryo Fukui —
Scenery ... CD We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1976. New Copy ...
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... read moreCD
A groundbreaking set of work from the team of Jef Gilson and Hal Singer – a uniquely cross-cultural session recorded in the Paris scene of the 70s, and easily some of the best work ever from both musicians! Singer's probably best remembered on these shores for his older R&B tenor work of ... read moreCD
Frode Gjerstad Trio with Steve Swell —
Bop Stop ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
The trombone of Steve Swell is a great presence here – balanced alongside the trio of Frode Gjerstad on alto, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Paal Nilssen Love on drums and percussion! Both Swell and Gjerstad have this way of creating flurries of notes that are mindblowing – fast-thinking, ... read moreCD
Jerry Goldsmith's score for one of the greatest movies of the 70s – done with this spacious mix of jazzy elements that's completely sublime – and a bit like some of Johnny Mandel's best scoring too! The film is set in the 30s, but Goldsmith uses a lot of mature 70s elements in his ... read moreCD
Victor Gould —
Earthlings ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ...
Darkly beautiful sounds from pianist Victor Gould – an up-and-coming player who's also turning into a hell of a leader too! Vic works here with a fantastic core trio – Dezron Douglas on bass and Eric McPherson on drums – both players who are perfectly suited to set up the right ... read moreCD
Fantastic unreleased work from one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene from the late 50s onward – and one of the few players who could match the depth and soul of American jazzmen on the instrument! Dusko Goykovich has given us so much great music over the years – in small ... read moreCD
Beautiful rare work from the late 60s years of Grant Green – a time when the guitarist was giving us some of his funk classics on Blue Note, and when he really seemed to be opening up his groove! That's definitely the case here – as the tracks aren't just funky, but also spin out at ... read moreCD
A treasure trove of rare live performances by Herbie Hancock – all originally done for radio in the 70s and early 80s – which means the recording quality is really great! The 8CD set pulls together material from a variety of different sources, with Herbie in a variety of different ... read moreCD
Elisabeth Harnik & Joelle Leandre —
Tender Music ... CD Trost (Austria), 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful setting for the bass of the wonderful Joelle Leandre – a set of duets with pianist Elisabeth Harnik, whose sharper tones are a great match for the warmth of Leandre! Joelle's always been a very unique improviser – always very conscious of the farther reaches and most ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Trojan Records albums of all time – a sweet set of Hammond-heavy instrumentals from the Harry J All-Stars – with a great groove that links the sound of Kingston with the soul styles of Booker T & The MGs! The organ is wonderful throughout – maybe like the ... read moreCD
Billy Higgins —
Soweto ... CD Red (Italy), 1979. New Copy ...
Wonderfully hip work from drummer Billy Higgins – a crucial session from the end of the 70s, and one that shows just how far he'd come since the decade before! Higgins has always been great, but here he works in the company of some key Eastern Rebellion musicians – Bob Berg on tenor ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from one of the hippest trumpeters of the 70s – captured here at a time when he was really stretching out with his music! Terumasa Hino had been on the Japanese scene for almost a decade by the time of this recording – working in modes that included soul jazz and some ... read moreCD
Shirley Horn may be working here with friends, but the lady herself is always strongly in the lead – a hell of a singer that never loses her cool – even in the company of musicians who include Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis, Gary Bartz, Joe Henderson, Ahmad Jamal, and Roy Hargrove! The ... read moreCD
A really old school trio setting – one that has a loose, open, freely exploratory vibe that really takes us back to the loft jazz generation – as the musicians work in very creative territory that really shows their individual spirits, yet still also come together strongly as a whole! ... 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, ... read moreCD
A trio of classic albums from Lakeside – representing the second slice of their work for the Solar Records label! First up is Your Wish Is My Command – great stuff from the glory days of the LA bass-pedal funk era! The tracks manage to mix an 80s groove and soul without sounding ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... read moreCD
Amazing music from Mali – quite different than most other albums we've heard from that scene in the 70s – with wonderful reed work that really lives up to the "jazz" in the group's name! The sound is bold and righteous, but with an other-worldly vibe too – a really ... read moreCD
An album with a bit of a gimmick – songs about the moon – but one that quickly transcends that mode, thanks to the vocal strengths of Allegra Levy! Levy's definitely a singer who's working in a jazz-based style, but she's also got this very pointed, personal approach to phrasing that ... read moreCD
One of the best-ever albums by this lovely soulful singer! Linda Lewis had an amazing style that was somewhere in between Minnie Riperton, Joni Mitchell, and Ellen McIlwaine – meaning that she mixes soul, folk, and a bit of jazz into her own unique vibe. This album's a gem, and is filled ... read moreCD
Johnny Mandel —
Harper ... CD Mainstream/Intrada, 1966. New Copy ...
A hell of a soundtrack from the great Johnny Mandel – maybe his jazziest work of the 60s, and perfectly scored for this groovy cop film that stars Paul Newman as the 45-wielding title character! The vibe here is almost more 60s Quincy Jones than anything else – with sublime ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from guitarist Pat Martino – a player who never seems to have lost his groove, and who might well be sounding even better in the past decade than a few years before! This album's got Pat in core trio formation – working with the organ of Pat Bianchi, whose sound ... read moreCD
A great setting for the legendary voice of Johnny Mathis – as the maturing singer takes on then-contemporary tracks by artists like Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, and The Bee Gees! These tunes really get a different treatment here in Johnny's hands – not just because the arrangements ... read moreCD
Jackie McLean & Gary Bartz —
Ode To Super ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ...
A great meeting of these two alto giants – and a wonderfully soulful session that matches Gary Bartz's own great work from the same time! The overall feel of the session is quite spiritual – as Bartz and McLean seem to egg each other on, into far-reaching lines and freespirited grooves ... read moreCD
The first-ever full length collection of work by the mighty Timothy McNealy – the Texas funk genius who only issued a few rare funky 45s back in the day – but has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! McNealy's music is completely unique right from the start – funky ... read moreCD
A trio of electro gems from Midnight Star – served up on 2CDs, with bonus tracks too! First up is the classic No Parking On The Dancefloor album – a popping party classic from the 1980s – filled with plenty of catchy electro numbers, all served up in a sublime blend of pop and ... read moreCD
Roscoe Mitchell & Montreal/Toronto Art Orchestra —
Ride The Wind ... CD Nessa, 2018. New Copy ...
The headier side of the great Roscoe Mitchell – a project that has some of the reedman's compositions transcribed for larger orchestra performance – but at a level that seems to be a natural evolution of the notion of "black classical music" that Mitchell first helped pioneer ... read moreCD
Mike Moreno —
3 For 3 ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2017. New Copy ...
Great tones from guitarist Mike Moreno – a player who sounds even more chromatic here than we remember from previous records – working in a nicely loose trio that features Doug Weiss on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums! The record's got a nicely individual vibe – and it's clear ... read moreCD
A beautiful tribute to pianist Jef Gilson – one of the hippest French jazz talents of the 60s and 70s – put together by a combo who take their name from his legendary Palm Records label! The group here are a quartet, and they work with wonderfully moody use of Hohner electric piano by ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative ... read moreCD
Music for a film about witches – but handled here with sounds that are a lot more dreamy than they are spooky – thanks to the fantastic 60s talents of maestro Piero Piccioni! There's lots of elements here that are kind of an extrapolation of bossa nova styles – both in terms of ... read moreCD
A pair of rare Mainstream Records soundtracks from the 60s – back to back on a single CD! First up is The Tenth Victim – also issued in Italy as La Deccima Vittima – one of our favorite soundtracks of all-time!! Piero Piccioni's score for this one is an insane mix of weird ... read moreCD
Alberto Pinton & Noi Siamo —
Opus Facere ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ...
Reedman Alberto Pinton works here in a very full-on setting – a strong quartet with Niklas Barno on trumpet, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Konrad Angnas on drums – all players who can come out of the gate in a very bold way, but then also create these much more introspective moments ... read moreCD
Noah Preminger —
Genuinity ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ...
Noah Preminger begins the album with this great solo run on his tenor – a wonderful reminder of the constant growth he's had in recent years, and a hell of a great introduction too – before then leaping into a bold group effort from a quartet that includes Jason Palmer on trumpet, Kim ... read moreCD
Procol Harum were one of those groups who continued to sound amazing, even way past their initial hits – as you'll discover here on this wonderful gem from 1974! The album's got everything we love in the group very firmly in place – that strange mix of blues roots and drama, fused with ... read moreCD
Procol Harum check into the Grand Hotel – and check out with one of their greatest albums ever! The set's got that majestic sound that was the group's strongest point – a strange mix of the very personal vocals of Gary Brooker and the expansive blend of piano, organ, and guitar that ... read moreCD
A beautiful album from drummer Reggie Quinerly – as much a jazz vocal album as an instrumental one – given that the record features a fair bit of guest work from Melanie Charles and Milton Suggs! Both singers are wonderful – richly soulful, with sophisticated textures and ... read moreCD
A stone classic – and one of the wilder, more electronic albums from Sun Ra – a set that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall ... read moreCD
Unreleased work from Terry Riley – recorded in the WDR studios of German Radio, and a tremendous addition to his catalog! The first half of the music here features Riley on piano and electronics, in duet with Krishna Bhatt on sitar and tabla – in a mode that further unlocks the ... read moreCD
George Robert & Kenny Barron —
Peace ... CD DIW (Japan), 2002. New Copy ...
Spare and beautiful duets between saxophonist George Robert and pianist Kenny Barron – done without any additional instrumentation, and in a way that brings out the most lyrical side of Kenny's playing! Robert plays both alto and soprano saxophone here – often with a focused, well-bitte ... read moreCD
The first three albums of Japanese noise legends Ruins, all presented in a single set – sounds that are as powerful and mindblowing as when they were first unleashed to the world back in the 80s! The style here is still completely revolutionary – even though so many others have tried ... read moreCD
A film that's heavy on vengeance – but one that also has a very powerful, positive feeling in its music! Carlo Savina is at the height of his 60s powers here – working with a rich palette of tonal colors that explode on the main vocal number, "Vengeance" – then get ... read moreCD
Robb Scott —
Siren ... CD Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful ... read moreCD
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... read moreCD
A groovy singer takes on the music of The Beatles – all with a sound that does a heck of a lot for both parties involved in the proceedings! Keely Smith was well into her solo career by the time of this set – having stepped away from Louis Prima, and soaring through some great albums ... read moreCD
An incredible live set by Dr. Lonnie Smith – recorded during his 75th birthday celebration at NYC's Jazz Standard! It's mostly in a trio setting with Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Johnathan Blake on drums, working through raucous and intimate moments with equal skill. We saw Lonnie play ... read moreCD
Wadada Leo Smith —
Najwa ... CD Tum (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
Wadada Leo Smith is really on fire here – on a record that feels a lot more like something from the early 80s underground than some of his earlier work – from the lineup of performers, right down to the overall sound of the set! The group's very heavy on guitars – and features ... read moreCD
Pianist Mark Soskin has always had some wonderfully bright tones in his work – notes that ring out beautifully, almost with the ease of an electric piano, even when acoustic – and that tradition definitely continues here, as Mark works through a set of well-chosen tracks with a nicely ... read moreCD
Dexter Story —
Seasons ... CD Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. New Copy ...
A beautiful project from the contemporary underground scene in LA – a record that shares lots of energy and musicians with recordings by Build An Ark and Life Force Trio! Dexter Story's the main force behind the record, but the set's a strongly collaborative effort – and features ... read moreCD
A wonderful set of work from one of the greatest vocal groups of the 70s – presented here in a package that features five full albums, all in little LP-styled sleeves! The first two albums might well be the blueprint for sweet soul in years to come – the legendary Stylistics and ... read moreCD
A late 60s Motown classic – with a deep heavy soul sound that mixed psychedelic elements into a rolling righteous groove – with a style that was perfect for the political tenor of the times! The formula worked extremely well for The Temps, and shifted them from being just a regular ... read moreCD
Thing (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love) —
Again ... CD Thing (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ...
It's hard to imagine using the word "again" when referring to an album by The Thing – as the group always seem to be ever-changing, ever-evolving – so restlessly creative in spirit, we can hardly imagine them doing the same thing ever again! This brilliant set – despite ... read moreCD
We love the Trespass Trio – a group that offers up a very fresh setting for some musicians we first discovered in the Moserobie side of the universe – bassist Per Zanussi, drummer Raymond Strid, and reedman Martin Kuchen – who plays baritone, alto, and sopranino saxes on the album! ... read moreCD
Two and a half album's worth of improvising genius from the UK scene – served up here in a package that includes the complete Dawn Records albums by this legendary group! First up is the self-titled Trio album – a groundbreaking bit of free jazz from the UK scene at the start of the ... read moreCD
Bad-stepping sounds from The Uniques – a really hip Jamaican vocal group, and one who sing with an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of their contemporaries! At first listen, the warmth of their harmonies is as sweet as you might expect – but as the music moves on, they open up ... read moreCD
A really fantastic live performance by the Mike Westbrook Concert Band – recorded right around the same time as his seminal albums for Deram – and with an equally amazing sound! The "old place" here is Ronnie Scott's old club – which was still leased for a few months as ... read moreCD
Buster Williams —
Audacity ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2018. New Copy ...
A legendary bassist in a really top-shelf group – a tight lineup that may well make the set one of the best records from Buster Williams in many years! Williams has that tight, tremendous groove that we've loved in his sound for decades – forged here with a killer quartet that includes ... read moreCD
A fantastic post-Faces project from guitarist Ron Wood and bassist Ronnie Lane – served up in a mode that's very similar to their previous group at its best, but with much more of an instrumental sound overall! Wood sings just a bit on the record, but most of the music is just a fast flurry ... read moreCD
A fantastic 70s session from Japanese piano legend Yosuke Yamashita – originally issued only on reel to reel tape, and making its first appearance here in any other format! The material is blistering – the kind of work that instantly made Yamashita as important to his scene as Cecil ... read moreCD
A fantastic sweet soul album – and one of our favorite records ever from the New Jersey soul empire of All-Platinum Records! The set's got a spacey soul sound that's really wonderful – quite different than some of the clubbier modes that other female singers were using at the time ... read moreCD
A really great little collection – one that looks at the deeper, darker strands in country music during the 60s – that moody space that lie behind the Rubber Room of Porter Wagoner, and which may not have gotten much chart play at the time, but which makes for one of the most ... read moreCD
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, ... read moreCD