A tremendous moment for the great George Adams as a leader – a record that won the reedman widespread attention after some key work in the bigger groups of Gil Evans and Charles Mingus! Adams is a searing, soulful player right from the start – stepping out strongly on tenor at the ... read moreCD
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Life Line ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things ... read moreCD
A massive look at the lost years of southern soul singer Johnny Adams – 2CDs worth of music that bring together a wealth of tracks recorded between his initial years on SSS International Records, and his later revival in the 80s on Rounder! These cuts all appeared on much more obscure albums ... read moreCD
An incredible album from one of the grooviest Brazilian talents at the end of the 60s – a key force in moving small combo bossa sounds into much more complicated territory! The set's awash in all the best Brazilian elements of the time – filled with jazzy grooves, Fender Rhodes ... read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... read moreCD
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the ... read moreCD
An incredible package – and one that features three of the most important records ever cut by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! All three albums were recorded at the Saravah Studios in the summer of 1969 – during a time when the Art Ensemble of Chicago were making big waves on the Parisian ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell ... read moreCD
Patti Austin gets some key help here from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – who help kick up the groove a bit more than before, and push Patti strongly into the realm of mainstream 80s soul! The sound's still a cut above most commercial work of the time – that touch of class that always ... read moreCD
Milton Banana Trio —
Balancando ... CD EMI/Odeon (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
A fantastically hard bossa nova jam led by the legendary Milton Banana – a man not only known as Joao Gilberto's favorite drummer, but also as one of the architects of bossa nova drumming and percussion! The album is full of non-stop drums and piano grooves, and it's a mostly uptempo treat ... read moreCD
One of the most soulful gospel albums ever issued by Chess – the debut of singer Martha Bass, and a set that can almost stand up to other 60s label classics by artists like Mitty Collier or Fontella Bass! Gene Barge handles the arrangements, and things are nice and lean – just a bit of ... read moreCD
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and ... read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
A pair of percussionists, working here together wonderfully – in a set that has both musicians using the drum kit and other percussion – and Han Bennink picking up a bit of piano as well! We've always loved Bennink's highly melodic approach – a style that seems to get notes out ... read moreCD
Heavy duty fuzzy soul from Black Merda (aka Mer-Da) – the massive Black Merda and Long Burn The Fire LPs back-to-back on one CD! The Black Merda album has a distinct batch of influences that run from Funkadelic, to Hendrix, to Chicago electric blues – but since the recording (from ... read moreCD
A beautiful big band set from the great Art Blakey – but one that's got all the sharp focus of his small group sides by the Jazz Messengers! The lineup here is a great one – that very vibrant early 80s version of Blakey's group with Bobby Watson on alto sax, Bill Pierce on tenor, and ... read moreCD
A casual title, but a hell of a cooker from the legendary Art Blakey – one of those great albums from his overlooked run during the 80s – a time when he still had plenty of fire, and the same continuing dedication to the best young players around as he did during the Blue Note years of ... read moreCD
A great Art Blakey lineup here, as usual – filled with fire from younger musicians who are really finding their voice in the Jazz Messengers – a group that includes Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Jean Toussaint on tenor, and Mulgrew Miller on piano! Miller's ... read moreCD
One of Bobby Blue Bland's best albums ever – a stunning mix of blues and soul that's the kind of killer stuff that will make you a fan of his forever! There's no beating Bland at this point in his career – and the record is one of the finest illustrations of the power he brought to his ... read moreCD
One of a great run of 70s albums from the legendary Joao Bosco – and one of the best of his work with writing partner Aldir Blanc! The style here is jazzy samba, with maybe a slightly rootsier feel than some of Bosco's later work – a quality that keeps things really up-close and warm ... read moreCD
An amazing record – one that stands as one of Chico Buarque's greatest from the 70s! The set was recorded in Italy in 1970 – and features Chico singing lead vocals over backings handled by Ennio Morricone – all in a style that's a perfect blend of MPB with the best elements of ... read moreCD
A stunning little record – one that features spoken passages from William S Burroughs over instrumental backdrops by Daniel Humair – all in one of the spookiest albums we've ever heard! Burroughs talks about witchcraft and the supernatural – past and present – in that ... read moreCD
One of the great ones! No kidding, Jaki Byard was an amazing talent in the 60s – and records like this one are rare treasures to be sought-after by any serious jazz fan. Byard had an incredible range of talents and influences – and, like his frequent bandmate Roland Kirk, he could ... read moreCD
Two rare albums from one of the greatest modern pianists ever! Jaki Byard With Strings is a wonderful album – and nothing like any other "with strings" album you've ever heard! Sure, the set does have some stringed instruments in the group – but it's a small combo session ... read moreCD
(Please note that the CD omits one track from the Solo Piano album, due to space restrictions. European pressing.)
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of ... read moreCD
A post-Blue Note effort, and Donald's changing things up a bit with his 125th Street Orchestra and Uptown Singers – funking along in a way you'd expect from the longwinded title! Byrd loostens up the smoother backgrounds of his recent Larry Mizell helmed work, and in their place are grooves ... read moreCD
A beautiful live set from trumpeter Roy Campbell – a piece of music that's every bit as majestic as its title, and handled by Roy in a wonderfully spiritual way! The album's a real high point – not just in Campbell's career, but in that of the associated group members too – ... read moreCD
A pretty wonderful record by underrated UK reggae group Capital Letters – and a rare one, too – recorded after their classic Headline News, and largely overlooked for all these years, despite carrying the rootsy torch very strongly for the group! The soulful vocals and roosty rhythms ... read moreCD
Early and lovely work from Beth Carvalho – a set that's quite different than her later albums, with much more of a 60s bossa diva sound overall! Arrangements are by Lyrio Panicali and Gaya, and the album's got a warmly flowing groove that's right up there with more familiar sides from the ... read moreCD
Majestic Motown from the 70s – an almost-overlooked record, but a surprisingly sophisticated gem that's well worth discovering again! The album's definitely soul at the core, but embraces so many other rich styles too – and at points, almost feels like some of the most ambitious ... read moreCD
Cerrone's definitely got the Golden Touch here – grooving long and strong, with that mix of cosmic club and warmer disco that made his 70s music so great! The album's a masterpiece all the way through – driven by great percussion from the maestro, and swirled up into a heavenly mix at ... read moreCD
The Challengers cook it strongly here – adding in a bit more sax than before to their sweet guitar instrumental groove – almost using the instrument as a second sort of engine to give themselves even more power than before! There's a slightly deeper tone than on the group's previous ... read moreCD
The Challengers go surfing around the world – at least as proclaimed by the cover – but they still manage to keep their groove very focused on the sunny sounds of 60s southern California! The music here is surf instrumental, but with a smoother twist – really great guitar lines ... read moreCD
\A cooker of an album from The Challengers – one of the lesser-known surf combos on the LA scene of the 60s, but one of the best as well! These guys have a confidence that comes through right in the very first note – a perfectly-placed approach to electric guitar that features the bold ... read moreCD
The complete early Brunswick singles of one of our favorite vocal groups ever – the sublimely sophisticated Chi-Lites – a group who brought harmony soul to a whole new level with records like these! The Chi-Lites could be heartbreaking on their ballads and mellow cuts – then soar ... read moreCD
A great Motown album from Chris Clark – one of the few white singers ever signed to the label, and a great vocalist at that! Chris has a sound that's quite unique – halfway between Motown soul and some of the soul-inspired pop of the time – particularly that of UK singers like ... read moreCD
Three giants from the years of 70s fusion – coming together here in an all-acoustic set! The look and title of the record is similar to a mode that ECM used years ago – when bringing its more contemporary artists into an old school style – and that format fits perfectly here for ... read moreCD
Beautiful blowing from Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate – captured here in the relaxed, easy-going setting of the Swingville label! The album's got a lot more charm than some of Clayton's sides for Columbia – a bit more mellow, with the kind of after hours feel that lets players like these ... read moreCD
A seminal bit of crossover soul from the mid 80s – and the standout effort from California trio Club Nouveau! The album's best known for its hit remake of "Lean On Me" – one that pushes the tune along with some very heavy beats, and a version that helps us remember why Bill ... read moreCD
A great later record from Nat King Cole – kind of corny, but in a really great way – and in a style that ended up making the whole thing a real standout in Nat's last few years on the planet! The songs are mostly old-timey, but swung by Nat in this weird 60s version of nostalgia that ... read moreCD
One of Alice Coltrane's most ambitious albums of the early years – recorded with a full set of heavenly orchestrations! The core group features Alice on piano, organ, and harp – alongside Frank Lowe on saxes, Reggie Workman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, and Ben Riley on drums. ... read moreCD
Compost ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ...
Rare funky fusion from Compost! This excellent session by the short-lived group is also definitely up there on the list of stellar fusiony sets that have been too long overlooked. Many of the tracks have a nice hard angular sound to them, with a fusion break sound similar to some of the European ... read moreCD
A really groovy vocal treat – and excellent work from this fab late 60s Brazilian group! Conjunto Sambacana sing in a mixed male/female style that stands with the best of the late 60s Brazilian harmony acts – a strange blend of bossa roots, American pop, and some of the beautifully ... read moreCD
The Cookers Quintet definitely earn their name this time around – serving up an old school hardbop groove that would have been right at home on 60s Blue Note or Prestige – but which is maybe even more compelling here in a contemporary setting! As before, these guys have a very strong ... read moreCD
A rare live set from guitarist Larry Coryell – working here with his Eleventh House group, a combo that features Mike Lawrence on trumpet, Mike Mandel on keyboards, John Lee on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums! The set begins with a beautiful acoustic solo from Larry, then builds into a ... read moreCD
Gal Costa looks surpisingly youthful on the cover – and she's also sounding more youthful in her music than we've heard in many years – thanks to a key collaboration with Kassin and Moreno Veloso! Both of the younger musicians really find a fresh space for Gal to work with – a ... read moreCD
A damn great little record from Clifford Coulter – a set that's much tighter and more soul-based than his earlier funk albums for Impulse Records – but which comes together beautifully, too – thanks to help from Bill Withers in the studio! Bill produced, and the record has this ... read moreCD
Crackin definitely have a special touch on this 70s set – a way of mixing together funk, soul, and jazz influences – all in a groove that's every bit as tight as contemporaries like Rufus or Average White Band, even though Crackin never reached the heights that they did! The core ... read moreCD
One of the most creatively adventurous efforts in years from Paquito D'Rivera – which is saying something, as he's never lacking in ambition – and it finds the style-straddling clarinetist joined by the Cimarron string quintet! Quintetto Cimarron is a Cuban combo that leans more ... read moreCD
An amazing run of music from the great Paulinho Da Viola – one of the key forces in the reinvention of samba in Brazil during the 70s! Da Viola has a sound here that's rooted in classic modes, but which also pushes forward with lots of new innovation – initially an embrace of that ... read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by The Dells – and an album that has the group reinventing themselves wonderfully, by moving over to Philly and recording with Norman Harris! As he did with so many other artists at the time, Harris took the group firmly into the clubs with a soaring Sigma sort of groove ... read moreCD
Two mighty albums by the famous Dub Organiser – back to back on a single CD! CB 200 is a straight up classic – one of his first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so! Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam ... read moreCD
Really compelling work from the enigmatic Dino – a set recorded with slow, slinky backings from the Montevideo Blues combo! The album's a lot less blues than you might guess from the group's name – and in a way, the approach is almost more folksy, or singer/songwriter overall – ... read moreCD
DJ Cam pays tribute to the great moment of Miami Vice in the 80s – but with a sound that's definitely 21st Century all the way through! The music here is mostly composed by Cam – supposedly in Miami – and the whole thing does feel like some revised soundtrack for the famous show, ... read moreCD
A great samba artist from the Brazilian scene – represented here by three full albums from the 60s, plus a bonus disc of rare material well! Jackson Do Pandeiro takes his name from the percussion instrument used in his music – kind of a bigger, more drum-like tambourine – used to ... read moreCD
Funky funky Lou Donaldson – and one of the first albums to feature the tight drum work of Idris Muhammad behind Lou's horn – so early, in fact, that Muhammad's listed here on the label as Leo Morris, which was his original name! The group also features Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Jimmy ... read moreCD
A wonderful double-length set from this bossa piano legend – and a set that doesn't just feature the familiar standards promised in the title, but includes a number of bossa classics too! Joao's piano is right out front in the mix – working in a jazzy quartet that also includes really ... read moreCD
A perfect summation of the dearly Joao Donato at his best – a record that's awash in amazing tones, colors, and phrasing – and one that really demonstrates the subtle genius that Donato brought to his work! The album's only a trio outing – with Milton Banana on drums – but ... read moreCD
A landmark bit of bossa – one of the first albums ever recorded by Joao Donato, the Brazilian pianist whose styles would go onto influence many in the coming years – and the US issue of the the 1962 Polygram album Muito A Vontade! Joao's got an incredibly fluid touch on the keys – ... read moreCD
The box has "bossa nova" in the title, but Agostinho Dos Santos is the kind of singer who also offers up what came before the bossa as well – a wonderful male singer from Brazil, and one who really bridges the sound of different generations with these records! The approach is ... read moreCD
A dream of a set – at least to our Brazilian-loving ears – a special package that brings together all the best Brazilian-flavored cuts from George Duke's late 70s run on Epic Records! The package is filled with wonderfully sunny grooves throughout – tunes that sparkle and soar ... read moreCD
Great work by a Motown group who never really got their due – a quintet with some really wonderful vocal interplay, and a massive way of putting over a groove! The vocal range is really amazing – really living up to the "dynamic" in the group's name – especially on the ... read moreCD
Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we'd rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she'd hit a really hard-wailing sort of style – one that had the ... read moreCD
Georgie Fame —
Shorty ... CD CBS/Rev-Ola (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
An excellent little album from British vocalist Georgie Fame – one that has him moving way past the simple beat group sound of his roots, into a sophisticated style that mixes jazz vocalizing, hard grooving, and lots of rock/R&B influences! Georgie's still got his Mose Allison-inspired ... read moreCD
Really great work from Art Farmer – one of a handful of records from the mid 60s that have the trumpeter picking up a slightly sharper edge than before – a nice contrast to some of his more spacious albums on labels like Argo or Atlantic! The vibe here is almost a small group take on ... read moreCD
One of Joe Farrell's first LPs as a leader – and a stellar session that's easily one of the early high points for the legendary CTI label! Farrell had been making some great noise in the underground during the late 60s – but here, he bursts forth as one heck of a soulful cat – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest British funk albums of the 70s – if not all time! FBI may have an American reference in their name, but back in the day, they were the leading lights of the London soul scene – and one of the few groups who could blend together jazz, soul, and funk influences with ... read moreCD
Solo work from Michael Fennelly – not exactly a household name, but an artist who's well-remembered for his work in Curt Boettcher's Millennium and the later group – getting some strong post-Zombies production work from Chris White, and some extra help on the record from Rod Argent! ... read moreCD
Rochelle and the girls are in full force on this late 70s Salsoul groover – with production by Norman Harris and Tom Moulton! The opening trio of cuts have the continuously flowing vibe of an extended suite – and it's a really exhilarating 16 minutes of dancefloor soul – with ... read moreCD
Classic funky soul from Five Special – tightly crafted throughout, and clearly with an eye on the charts – but also the kind of work that plays nicely on the dancefloor too! The record's got a groove that fits in nicely with some of the lesser-remembered groovers on Elektra at the time ... read moreCD
An incredible album that's as evocative as its title – one that blends together strings and electronics into a sublime suite of sound library grooves! The album was masterminded by the lesser-known Barry Forgie – and also features work by other sound library talents Nino Nardini and ... read moreCD
Gutsy tenor work from Jimmy Forrest – a player who was poised to rival Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons at the start of the 60s, and who could have easily done so, given the strength of his work for Prestige! The record's one of a few that the St Louis player got to cut for the label – and ... read moreCD
A lesser-known fusion set recorded for the Japanese Electric Bird label – but one that features great contributions from a host of American players – including Lew Soloff on trumpet, Jerry Dodgion on alto, and Peter Gordon on French horn – as well as Michel Camilo on piano! ... read moreCD
One of the best non-Blue Note albums from the early years of trombone giant Curtis Fuller – a definite cooker that more than lives up to its title! At his best, Fully often played his instrument with a style that was more like a trumpet than trombone – isolated notes, sharp sense of ... read moreCD
Wasted ... CD Tuff City/Funky Delicacies, Early 70s. New Copy ...
An essential bit of funkiness from this obscure New Orleans funk combo! The Gaturs' frontman was keyboardist Willie Tee – who went on to greater fame as a jazz and session player – but we like him best at this early point, when he was wailing away on organ in a tight choppy small group ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, funkiest steel drum albums ever recorded – a really legendary set that played big on the New York club scene of the late 70s – and which has been the delight of collectors for years to come! Other steel pan bands in the Caribbean played funky styles in the 70s, but ... read moreCD
The rare 3rd album by Gilberto Gil, and a key piece of the Tropicalia puzzle – one of the most wildly experimental albums from those years, and Gil's last before going into exile! The sound is much more electric than his other albums from the late 60's – and the production, songwriting ... read moreCD
A rare British recording from Gilberto Gil – sung completely in English, and recorded while living in London, in political exile along with Caetano Veloso! The album's somewhat similar to Veloso's famous London album from 1971 – certainly in structure, as the backings are relatively ... read moreCD
A legendary meeting of two giant talents in Brazilian music – and a set that's maybe one of the best albums of the decade by both artists involved! The album has a raw, acoustic vibe – the kind of sound you'd expect from the cover photo of Jorge Ben and Gilberto Gil playing guitars ... read moreCD
Astrud Gilberto —
Windy ... CD Verve (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a ... read moreCD
Joe Gilman Trio with Joe Henderson —
Treasure Chest ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
Joe Gilman's a hell of a pianist, and one who already sets the album on fire working with his core trio – but things take off even more once the mighty tenor of Joe Henderson comes into the mix! Gilman's group features Robert Hurst and Jeff Tain Watts on drums – both as ably rhythmic ... read moreCD
Herbie Hancock —
Directstep ... CD CBS/Sony/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ...
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums ... read moreCD
Herbie Hancock and his mighty Headhunters group playing live in Omaha in 1975 – in a set that may well have been the hippest thing to happen in Nebraska that year! The performance follows strongly off of Herbie's famous albums with the combo – with that perfect mix of cosmic elements ... read moreCD
Louis Hayes/Junior Cook with Woody Shaw —
Ichi-Ban ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A real gem from Woody Shaw's greatest period – a very hip sextet session, recorded with Hayes, Cook, Shaw, and a rhythm section that includes Ronnie Matthews on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Guilhermo Franco on percussion. Tracks are long, and stretch out in that searching, modal style ... read moreCD
An 80s classic from Howard Hewett – just the kind of set that made the singer one of the freshest voices in soul at the time! Hewett's vocals are lean and right on the money – perfectly suited to fit the 80s groove mode of the backings – especially the bubbly, bouncy kind of cuts ... read moreCD
Sweet Japanese fusion from saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda – grooving with a tight, smooth, and soulful feel that matches the best of the genre from the time – a style that really makes the record a classic from this golden era of Japanese fusion! The album's got large R&B-inspired ... read moreCD
A great bit of jazzy fusion from late 70s Japan – a set that features saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda in a sweet set of Brazilian-tinged rhythms! The group features guitar, percussion, and cavaquinho by Oscar Castro-Neves – but the real stars are Honda, and the keyboardists Mikio Masuda ... read moreCD
Toshiyuki Honda & Burning Waves —
Boomerang ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Toshiyuki Honda here in his best fusion years – working with his Burning Waves group – a combo who definitely live up to their name! The style here is tighter, and maybe a bit more forward-driving than other Japanese fusion of the period – a sharp-edged groove that ... read moreCD
Paul Horn —
Visions ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Nice fusiony jazz done with soul and airy atmophere by Paul Horn – including some choice covers, and sounds that range from fusiony jazz with a little bit of funk and more lilting numbers lifted by flute and wordless vocals! Horn has a tendency to go head first into a more new agey vibe, but ... read moreCD
One of the best 70s showcases for the mighty vocals of Cissy Houston – that tremendous approach that was rooted in gospel, but burst out strongly in the secular world – thanks to records like this! Houston's working here with clubby maestro Michael Zager, but the set's not all disco ... read moreCD
A lasting classic from Miki Howard – maybe the singers best-remembered moment from the 80s – and a record that set a whole new standard for female soul at the time! Miki's got this all-adult approach right from the start – a move in the territory that was first forged by earlier ... read moreCD
Freddie Hubbard —
Gleam ... CD CBS/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy 2CD ...
Jazz funk genius from Freddie Hubbard in the mid 70s! Gleam was a Japanese-only double album from the jazz giant in its original release – mighty funky at times, too – right up there with some of the best Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock Japanese sets from the 70s! It's a live set ... read moreCD
Bobby Hutcherson —
Four Seasons ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A simple but effective session from vibist Bobby Hutcherson – one that comes across with a really subtle brilliance! The tracks are all standards – performed by Hutcherson on vibes, with a quartet that includes George Cables on acoustic piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Philly Joe Jones ... read moreCD
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi ... read moreCD
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging ... read moreCD
Masterful mid 70s dub from Jah Lion and Lee Scratch Perry – a legendary deejay side and probably the greatest ever roar from the mighty Jah Lion! The Lion, otherwise known (and more frequently billed) as Jah Lloyd really delivers a knockout on this early effort. The rhythms are prime, top ... read moreCD
Searing and melodic pop psychedelia from Tommy James – partly backed by the Shondells, and partly by the group Neon on this set from the start of the 70s – with reverby guitars that waver off into the heavens and hooks the sink to the bone! It's great stuff for us, which heady ... read moreCD
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a ... read moreCD
An incredible moment of genius from Jobim! The record features one of the best versions of "Aqua De Marco" ever recorded – done up in these haunting blue chords, backed by great baroque orchestrations, which descend and trail off, then come sweeping back in. The whole album's just ... read moreCD
A heavy heavy set from Gloria Jones – a record that features some killer Paul Riser arrangements that are right up there with the deepest Motown work of the early 70s! Jones' groove is always a bit different than most of her contemporaries – not the usual Motown bag, and really far-reac ... read moreCD