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Stanley Turrentine

That's Where It's At
Blue Note, 1962.
Where it's at with Stanley Turrentine – circa 1962 – a time when the tenorist was really hitting on all burners, and turning out some tremendous work for Blue Note! The album's got Stan working with a special guest – a rare Blue Note appearance from pianist Les McCann, who's also ... CD
Blue Note, 2020.
A fantastic album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire – a set that really kicks his career up to the next level, and which is easily the most powerful record he's ever given us! The music finds Ambrose in many moods, all of them righteous – sometimes blowing hard and fierce in a small ... CD

Harvey Mandel

Baby Batter
Janus, Late 60s.
A classic bit of funky guitar by Harvey Mandel – similar to some of Dennis Coffey's early work in that it's got full on guitar power, very much inspired by heavy rock, filtered through an approach that's also got plenty of funk in it! The killer track here is the classic "Baby ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1964. Gatefold (reissue)
LP ... On August 28, 2020
It certainly was time – time for Jackie McLean to break out of his older bop mode, and hit a whole new level of playing with a tight group of "new thing" compatriots like Herbie Hancock on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Charles Tolliver on trumpet! The record isn't as totally ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brownswood/Rainbow Blonde, 2010. (reissue)
LP ... On August 28, 2020
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – never ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Hutcherson

Kicker (180 gram pressing)
Blue Note, 1963. Gatefold
LP ... On August 28, 2020
One of the greatest lost sessions ever! Legendary vibist Bobby Hutcherson recorded this set of tracks in his early days with Blue Note – but the set's never come out until now, and its release is cause for rejoicing! The material shows Hutcherson playing in a straight-ahead format, tinged ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1985. Gatefold (reissue)
LP ... On August 28, 2020
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section ... LP, Vinyl record album

PJ Harvey

4 Track Demos
Island, 1993. (reissue)
LP ... On August 21, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

PJ Harvey

Rid Of Me
Island, 1993. (reissue)
LP ... On August 21, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Flying Dutchman/Tidal Waves, 1971. (reissue)
LP ... About August 28, 2020
A wicked bit of funky jazz from reedman Harold Alexander – and a set that's much sharper and harder-edged than some of his later work! There's maybe a bit of freedom in the mix, here too – some post-Coltrane spiritualism that mixes with some of the more funk-based currents – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harvey Mandel

Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1972. (reissue)
LP ... About July 25, 2020
Messed-up funky guitar from Harvey Mandel – with lots of freewheeling fuzzed-out tracks, in the manner of his best classic work! In a way, Harvey's later albums are even better than his first few, as he's getting a lot tighter on the strings – which means that he can pick up the groove ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tomato/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. (reissue)
LP ... About July 31, 2020
Wonderful stuff! Despite the fact that Glass and his minimal compositions were overused ad nauseum in the decade that followed the release of this one, the total work is still a complete delight, and it's harder to find on vinyl than it should be. Voices, organ, reeds, and piano come together in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dread At The Controls/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. (reissue)
LP ... About July 31, 2020
Great lost dubs from Mikey Dread, whose radio show delivered the Jamaican roots message to both the initiated and those yet to be converted for years. Mighty dubs under Dread's direction, with an all star cast featuring Sly Dunbar, Horsemouth Wallace, Santa Davis, Ranchie McLean, Robbie ... LP, Vinyl record album
Justice League/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. (reissue)
LP ... About July 17, 2020
Sweet! One of the harder Scratch efforts to track down over the years, one we're always glad to come across! Recorded in the late 70s, when his wigged out follies at the Black Ark had reached their peak –though there's a bit of debate over whether these tracks were actually recorded at the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Warriors (Incognito)

Behind The Mask
Expansion (UK), 1982. (reissue)
LP ... About July 15, 2020
A great early 80s set from Bluey & the Incognito crew – conceived as the follow up to their benchmark Jazzfunk LP – but this tighter, more fusion inspired set ultimately moved into a sound that was just divergent enough of the established Incognito style that they issued it as The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Justo Almario

Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. (reissue)
LP ... About July 10, 2020
Very hard to find jazz album recorded for Roy Ayers' Uno Melodic label in the early 80s. Sax player Justo Almario plays tenor and soprano in a set that sounds a lot like some of Roy Ayers' best instrumental backings in most parts – which is no surprise, since Roy produced the whole thing, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harry Beckett

Joy Unlimited
Cadillac (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About August 23, 2020
Genius work from trumpeter Harry Beckett – the kind of easygoing electric work that he seemed to do better than anyone else on the British scene of the early 70s! The record's got a laidback approach that's really unique – one that pits Beckett's trumpet against guitar by Ray Russell, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Streetjazz/Diggers Factory (France), Mid 90s. (reissue)
LP ... About July 15, 2020
One of the first, and best, releases of abstract vibes/hip hop jazz beats – put together by the legendary French DJ Cam, and still one of the best albums he ever did. The album's more than a few years old, but take our word for it when we say that it still sparkles like some of the best new ... LP, Vinyl record album

Manu Dibango

Waka Juju
Disques D'Esperance/Soul Makossa (France), 1982. (reissue)
LP ... About July 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Chali 2na

Fish Outta Water
Decon/Manphibian, 2009. (reissue)
LP ... About August 20, 2020
The long promised solo debut from Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 – a pretty solid yet, featuring production by J5 co-hort DJ Numark, plus DJ Babu, Vitamin D, Jake One, Emile and more. Chali's instantly recognizable baritone delivery is as resonant as ever, and the beatcraft is appropriately ... LP, Vinyl record album

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