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Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of Awareness

Key To Nowhere
Divine/Manufactured, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brother Ahh

Sound Awareness
Strata East/Manufactured, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A very trippy album from the enigmatic Brother Ah – aka Robert Northern, former member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and also a lecturer on the east coast. This album's his first, originally issued on the Strata East label – and a space mixture of other-worldly sounds. The first long track on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Juju (Oneness of Juju)

Live At 131 Prince Street
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Akira Ishikawa

Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo – one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s – work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michel Roques

Chorus
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock

Crossings
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Herbie Hancock further expands his cosmic vision in this groundbreaking album of free-flowing fusiony tracks – a record that really steps up his range of keyboards, mixing in both acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, and even a bit of spacey moog from the legendary Patrick Gleeson! The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
An excellent session that was one of Herbie Hancock's first free-flowing fusion records of the 70s! Herbie's playing Fender Rhodes with a sound that's at once cosmically beautiful, soulfully fragile, and spacily grooving – and he gets some excellent accompaniment from an all-hip group of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock

Fat Albert Rotunda
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
The start of funky funky Herbie Hancock! This album's the first to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's nice and funky, using electric piano along with acoustic, to forge the sound that he'd develop famously over the 70s. The album's ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M/Verve, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing music from the great Don Cherry – quite a statement, given how much fantastic sounds Cherry had already given us by this point in his career! In the years before this set, Don had worked in some very free, avant modes – and also explored a fair bit of global styles too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... LP, Vinyl record album

Medumo

Mixing It
Lauren (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A lost combo from the South African scene of the 70s – and one who play here with a wonderfully spiritual vibe! The tunes are longish, and open – with some rhythmic currents that fall in the Dollar Brand side of the spectrum, but which are also topped with really tremendous work on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shungo Sawada

Fool On The Hill
RCA/Victor (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Groovy instrumental work from late 60s Japan – a set that features guitar from Shungo Sawada, and a feel that's a bit like some of Wes Montgomery's best large group sets for A&M or Verve! The core combo features Sawada on guitar, plus piano and organ from Maeda Norio – brought ... CD

Gary McFarland

In Sound/Soft Samba
Verve/Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy
A pair of fantastic albums from vibes master and genius arranger Gary McFarland – back to back on a single CD! First up is The In Sound – one of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! ... CD

Paul Gonsalves

Boom Jackie Boom Chick
Vocalion/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1963. New Copy
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves – one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a fantastic sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving – work by a quartet that features ... CD

Monk Higgins

Extra Soul Perception
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! ... CD

Blue Mandala Project

Notes From The Outer Soul
Pietro Vincenti (Italy), 2018. New Copy
Beautiful work from Blue Mandala Project – an Italian group led by pianist Pietro Vincenti, an artist we really loved for his older Brazilian-styled sounds in the group Quintetto X! The vibe here has some of the sound of the older group, but there's also maybe more funk and soul elements at ... CD

Reggie Quinerly

Words To Love
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD

Mike Lebrun

Shades
Beakerbox, 2018. New Copy
Sweet reeds from Mike Lebrun – a musician who's way more than just another funky saxophone player! Mike's got a great ear for the overall sound of his music – so that he often layers together his instruments, in ways that make us feel like two horns are following the same path at once ... CD

Kamasi Washington

Epic (3LP set)
Brainfeeder, 2015. New Copy 3LP
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist ... LP, Vinyl record album
M Records/We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1974. New Copy
A masterpiece of funky jazz from the 70s – one that's led by Swiss drummer Stuff Combe, but which also features tremendous work from the great Benny Bailey on trumpet and Francy Boland on electric piano! The groove here is almost CTI, but a bit looser too – more in the MPS funky mode ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Now Again, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their ... LP, Vinyl record album

Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd

Jazz Samba
Verve, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
One of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hampshire & Foat

Honeybear
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy
The team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat have already given us some amazing music on record – but this strangely-titled set may well be their crowning achievement so far! The set's got kind of a creepy look and feel – and a layout that replicates some of the more sophisticated UK ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gunesh

Gunesh
Everland (Austria), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Gunesh might look a bit unusual on the cover – like some crazy mountain folk who've somehow gotten ahold of band instruments – but on the album, they've got this tight funky sound that's mighty nice – yet which is also still as unusual as their look! The instrumentation is jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sam Records/Saga, 1959. New Copy
A rare and unused soundtrack recording by Thelonious Monk – and a set of music that would be a standout in his catalog, even if it wasn't planned for a film! You probably know the Art Blakey soundtrack for the movie – which was the used and released version – and you might even ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pharoah Sanders

Izipho Zam (My Gifts)
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A rare non-Impulse Records album from the early days of Pharoah Sanders – but a set that ranks right up there with his classics for that legendary label! The album's one of the classics in Strata East's Dolphy Series – and it's a uniquely collaborative session from 1969, one that has ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Armon-Jones

Starting Today
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Riverside/OJC, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non- ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy
A record with a soaring spirit from the contemporary London scene – a fantastic full-length statement from Maisha, a group we'd heard about over the years – but are only now getting a chance to enjoy! The group's led by drummer Jake Long, but features this really tremendous work on ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 1968. New Copy
A very very cool live set from the great tenorist Tubby Hayes – one that has him working in an unusual quartet with Louis Stewart on guitar – a setting that makes a really nice change for Hayes! The track are all very long and open – three of the four are past the ten minute mark ... CD

Sonny Murray

Sonny's Time Now
Jihad/Skokiaan (Germany), 1965. New Copy (reissue)
An album that was years ahead of its time – and which still stands as one of the boldest statements from the New York jazz underground of the 60s! The revolutionary styles of the scene were documented by bigger labels like Impulse and Blue Note – but this obscure indie set goes even ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ralph Towner & Gary Burton

Matchbook
ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy
Two of the greatest things going for ECM in the 70s – brought together on one record! The vibes of Gary Burton are a wonderful match for the careful guitar work of Ralph Towner – particularly his 12-string guitar, which is used in a space that's somewhere between folk and jazz, and ... CD

George Adams

Sound Suggestions
ECM (Germany), 1979. New Copy
A beautifully soulful setting for the tenor saxophone of George Adams – a record that provides a nice balance to some of Adams' other European records of the same period, by unlocking a side of his talents that's almost more painterly and personal! Yet George's strong sense of a group is ... CD

Masahiko Togashi

We Now Create
Victor/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1969. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Some of the wildest sounds we've ever heard from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a set that really lives up to its title's promise of immediate creative activity, as the whole thing feels as if it was spontaneously improvised throughout! There's definitely a free jazz approach taking ... CD
Jihad/Skokiaan (Germany), 1965. New Copy
An album that was years ahead of its time – and which still stands as one of the boldest statements from the New York jazz underground of the 60s! The revolutionary styles of the scene were documented by bigger labels like Impulse and Blue Note – but this obscure indie set goes even ... CD

Anchors

Soul Upstairs
Dee (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic little instrumental combo – one who come across with a sound that makes the whole album feel like listening to a stack of funky 45s! The group have massively heavy drums and rock-solid bass – but its real charmer is the organ, which wails away with the unbridled frenzy of a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of Awareness

Key To Nowhere
Divine/Manufactured, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brother Ahh

Sound Awareness
Strata East/Manufactured, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A very trippy album from the enigmatic Brother Ah – aka Robert Northern, former member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and also a lecturer on the east coast. This album's his first, originally issued on the Strata East label – and a space mixture of other-worldly sounds. The first long track on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kuzu (Dave Rempis/Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon)

Hiljaisuus
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Matthew Lux's Communication Arts Quartet

Contra/Fact
Astral Spirits, 2018. New Copy
The fantastic first album as a leader from Chicago bassist Matthew Lux – long overdue after over two decades of wonderful work on the city's scene with a variety of other combos! Matt's fantastic here as a leader – completely inventive to the point where he can evoke Charles Mingus on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Doug Webb

Bright Side
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy
Doug Webb's a tenorist we're really growing to love and love more with each new record – a player who can come on with a bold, soulful punch at some moments – then carve these fluid lines at others, which he does wonderfully here alongside the organ of Brian Charette and guitar of Ed ... CD

Mostly Other People Do The Killing

Shamokin
Hot Cup, 2007. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
A killer second album from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – drawing from an even deeper well of both jazz traditions and ragged, anything goes charm than on their excellent debut – an enthralling blend of credible chops with unpredictable playfulness! Never shy about soloing, ... CD

Harry Case

In A Mood
Cool Cult (France), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure set from Harry Case – recorded on the Atlanta scene at the start of the 80s – and mostly jazz, but with a few soul touches in the mix as well! Harry's combo has some electro touches around the keyboards, but some straighter jazz elements on the guitar and piano – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cool Cult (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
We're not entirely sure, but we think this set may be the same as the one issued under the title Some Blues But Not The Kind That's Blue – a wonderful mid 70s session from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – done in the same slightly-straight style they were using on their rare recordings for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nat Birchall

Akhenaten
Gondwana/Nat Birchall (UK), 2008/2009. New Copy
Mindblowing work from a tenorist we only just discovered with this amazing debut album – a deeply spiritual player who comes off beautifully on this set of original compositions! Nat Birchall blows with a range of feeling that takes us back to the 70s best of Pharoah Sanders, Billy Harper, ... CD

Ryo Fukui

Scenery
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. New Copy
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the ... CD

Frank Lowe/Billy Bang Quartet

One For Jazz
No More Records, 2001. New Copy
A really great pairing of musical elements – the bold, raspy tenor of Frank Lowe – and the completely amazing violin work of Billy Bang – which is always almost impossible to describe in words! We love Bang here at a level that matches his work on Soul Note/Black Saint in the ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2018. New Copy
A mighty debut from Quin Kirchner – a drummer who's poised to become a key figure on the Chicago scene! Quin works here with help from some more familiar names – including Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Matt Ulery on bass, Nate Lepine on tenor and flute, and Nick Broste on trombone ... CD
 
Updated April 21, 2019


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