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XA wealth of jazz in many styles -- bop, hardbop, soul jazz, spiritual, rare groove, modal, improvised music, funk, free jazz, fusion, avant garde, and trad!

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Saturday Night Special (with bonus tracks)
Strata/BBE (UK), 1975. (reissue)
CD ... About November 17, 2017
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... CD
Land Of The Third Eye
GRP/Vocalion (UK), 1980.
CD ... About November 1, 2017
Great early work from Dave Valentin – a record of soulful fusion tracks done shortly after his time in Ricardo Marrero's group – gliding along with a warm production tone, and that great end-of-70s GRP sound! The tunes are nicely laidback, never as overly-slick as in later years – ... CD
Pure Dynamite
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Subtle dynamite from reedman Buddy Terry – easily one of the most righteous players to work for the Mainstream Records label during its early 70s jazz funk years – and an artist who really brings a wider-ranging, Strata East-like sensibility to this set! Buddy plays tenor, soprano sax, ... CD
Senyah
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
A real standout in the career of drummer Roy Haynes – and a sweet set of spiritual jazz from the 70s, unlike most other albums that Haynes ever cut! The lineup here is totally great – with George Adams on tenor, Marvin Peterson on trumpet, and Roland Prince on guitar – and the ... CD
Creeper
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Part funky jazz, part instrumental rock – this is one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by LA guitarist Dennis Budimir, and it features backing by hit squad studio players Hal Blaine, Lyle Ritz, and Chuck Britz. Budimir's guitar sound is nice and jagged – with harder edged notes ... CD
Mumbles
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
A surprisingly great little record from Clark Terry – filled with warmth, humor, and some really great grooves! The core of the album is the track "Mumbles", one that's based around Terry kind of slurring a scat vocal to a jazzy 60s groove. The track was a minor hit at the time, ... CD
Your Mama Don't Dance
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Funky organ and plenty of vamping – a really tight little set from the mighty Charles Kynard – who's working here with a really wide-ranging command of the keyboard! As with some of the other Mainstream Records sessions of the time, the backings here are somewhat full – arranged ... CD
Family
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
A nice bit of work from the lost soul jazz sax talent Paul Jeffrey! You may have seen some Paul Jeffrey records out there, and he did record a few with more than a nod towards the funky side of soul jazz, but this is a pretty straight ahead session, with a fairly large group under the supervision ... CD
Dance Of Allegra
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
A mixture of out and modal jazz tracks, played by one of the more unknown players of the early 70's. You'll recognize the rest of the group, though – because it includes Eddie Henderson, Kenny Barron, Dom Um Romao, Billy Hart, and Stanley Clarke. Titles are long, and include "Dance Of ... CD
Inner Journey
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Beautiful piano work by Hal Galper – played on acoustic piano, but with the kind of soulfulness that you'd expect from a Fender Rhodes session. The format is a trio – with Dave Holland on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums – and tracks include "Inner Journey", "Invitati ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
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Awakening
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Killer electric piano work from the mighty Mike Longo – recorded at a time when he was definitely at the height of his powers! The album sports a rare Mainstream Records appearance from James Moody – who was a frequent partner of Longos on sessions at the time – particularly on ... CD
Iapetus
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Nicely spiritual, freely blowing, and very post-Coltrane! Caliman leads a good group of west coast soul jazz players that includes Woody Theus, Luis Gasca, Victor Pantoja, and Todd Cochran – and the tracks all have an easy spiritual approach to jazz, with lots of spacey flowing solos, and ... CD
Gentle Eyes
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
Beautifully moody work from Art Farmer! The record's got some large group backing that appears to have been recorded in Austria – and the overall feel is similar to some of the "soloist with orchestra" sides on MPS. Most of the arrangements are by Hans Salomon, but Peter ... CD
Smokin
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About December 6, 2017
A surprisingly nice album for Mainstream – and one that features this legendary hard bop trombonist playing with a slightly-funky electric combo that includes Cedar Walton, Earl Dunbar, Mickey Bass, Jimmy Heath, and Billy Higgins. The tracks are long and open-ended, with a good rolling ... CD

 


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Hi Hat,
CD ... About October 20, 2017
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Paint
Hot Cup, 2017.
CD ... About October 20, 2017
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Columbia/BGO (UK),
CD ... About October 20, 2017
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My Point Is
WJ3,
CD ... About October 20, 2017
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Asphalt
Victor (Japan),
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Sunrise
Victor (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About October 20, 2017
Classic 70s fusion from Zerosen – a Japanese group who never made it big on these shores, but who will forever be remembered for this funky gem from back in the day! The group's led by Katsunori Ishida, who shapes their sound with the kind of funky edges you might find on some of the best ... CD
Dear Friends
Victor (Japan),
CD ... About October 23, 2017
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Hakon Kornstead & KORK – Live
Grappa (Norway),
CD ... About October 25, 2017
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Sound Of Africa
CD ... About October 25, 2017
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Toshiba/Victory, 1977. (reissue)
LP ... About October 25, 2017
A very cool take on the Beatles' classic – done as an album of solo keyboards, both acoustic and electric, by Jun Fukamachi! The set features an especially cool Fender Rhodes and Arp version of "She's Leaving Home". LP, Vinyl record album
Giant Is Awakened
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively ... CD
Dumpy Mama
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
A pretty wild album – one in which Sonny Stitt meets the funky electric sound of Flying Dutchman! The album's not the all-out funk affair you might expect from the date, the label, and the cartoony image of a lady on the front cover – but it does have some very nice moments, and good ... CD
Sunshine Man
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
A wicked bit of funky jazz from Harold Alexander – and one of the hardest to find albums on the legendary Flying Dutchman label! The set's got a great sound that's freer than your average jazz funk album of the time – with some nice traces of post-Coltrane spiritualism, mixed in ... CD
Six Million Dollar Man
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
One of Groove Holmes' best albums of the 70s – thanks to some electric blacksploitation arrangements from the great Oliver Nelson! The format's a bit tighter here than on some of Holmes' Groove Merchant albums from the earlier part of the decade – an approach that's almost like ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
One of our favorite versions ever of Galt MacDermot's music for Hair – served up by a young Tom Scott as a rare date for Flying Dutchman, done with a wickedly sharp groove all the way through! The combo here is a quartet with a great flair for unusual timings, arrangements, and ... CD
Fairyland
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
One of Coryell's trippest LPs from the time – a live set recorded in Montreux, with a trio that includes Pretty Purdie on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass. Coryell's the main focus of the set – stretching out on long tracks, singing a bit, but mostly jamming, sometimes with a darker and ... CD
Black, Brown & Beautiful
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
One of Oliver Nelson's hippest albums! The record is sort of an Ellington suite of tracks for the post-60s years – complete with some sound effects of rioting and urban strife at the beginning, and a mix of modern, modal, and compositional styles. Soloists include John Klemmer, Frank ... CD
Stand By Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get)
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
An excellent mix of soul and jazz funk from Bernard "Pretty" Purdie! By the time of this 1971 recording, Purdie had played on a host of classic soul and jazz sides from the 60s – and that long tradition of work is drawn on strongly in the set, which features guest appearances from ... CD
Bolivia
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About October 25, 2017
One of Gato Barbieri's better albums from the early 70s – and like his other Latin-themed sessions, a swirling mix of soulful soloing, modal grooves, and unbridled emotion! Lonnie Liston Smith is playing piano on most cuts, and he's a perfect blend for Barbieri's horn – giving it the ... CD
 



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