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Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes

Heritage of the Invisible II
International Anthem, 2020.
One of the boldest albums so far on the International Anthem label – and that's really saying a lot, given the boldness of most of their records! The set features wonderfully dynamic energy from Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes – the former a trumpeter, the latter a drummer – ... CD

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
Maybe the most fantastic record to date from the hands of Adrian Younge – a project done in collaboration with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and one that features guest appearances from some of the musical giants who first inspired Dusty Groove many years Back! The core energy of the set comes from ... CD

Dick Hyman

Age Of Electronicus
Command, 1969. Gatefold
Nice one! This is one of Dick Hyman's most fantastic LPs, and the one that includes some of his best moogy playing. With the very funky club cut "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", plus "Both Sides Now", "Kolumbo", "Time Is Tight", and "Green Onions". LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists, Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... On November 27, 2020
A monster set of Chicano funky grooves from LA – most of which forever transformed the sound of funk! The album includes most of the band's best cuts – like "Slippin Into Darkness", "Cisco Kid", "World Is A Ghetto", "All Day Music", "Me & ... LP, Vinyl record album

Masaru Imada

One For Duke
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About January 20, 2021
The album's dedicated to Duke Ellington, and it features Duke Ellington tunes – but overall the set is a very personal moment from pianist Masaru Imada – maybe one of his strongest dates of the 70s! The music opens up with that beautifully creative Japanese piano trio approach of the ... CD

Shoji Yokouchi with Yuri Tashiro

Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1978.
CD ... About January 20, 2021
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Yoshio Otomo/Hidefumi Toki Alto Madness

Lover Man
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About January 20, 2021
Twin alto sax work from the leaders – blowing here together with a really rich sound that almost feels like some of Phil Woods alto-heavy dates from years back, but with a vibe that's more 70s Japanese as well! The pair are both great soloists on their own – and step out in the lead on ... CD

Hideto Kanai

Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About January 20, 2021
Boldly visionary work from bassist Hideto Kanai – a session of unusual numbers that often have a deeply poetic feel! Kanai's bass is clearly at the helm of the record – stepping out sparely at the start of some numbers – then punctuating the proceedings with a strong voice that ... CD

Raheem DeVaughn

What A Time To Be In Love
SoNo, 2020.
CD ... On November 20, 2020
... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
LP ... About November 5, 2020
Classic sounds from one of the coolest labels and studios in southern soul – the mighty Fame, which was to Muscle Shoals what Stax was to Memphis – especially at the time of these mid 60s recordings! Like Stax, Fame was an indie with a strong ear to the ground – and was able to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

What That Is
Philips/Third Man, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... About November 5, 2020
Screamin Jay Hawkins caught at the height of one of his first "revival" periods – the late 60s, when he was opening for the Rolling Stones, and popping out of the same sort of coffin pictured on the cover! The style of the record takes the older R&B mode of Hawkins' 50s singles ... LP, Vinyl record album
Captured Tracks, Mid 80s. 2LP
LP ... On November 13, 2020
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Epic/36 Chambers, 2000. (reissue)
LP ... On November 20, 2020
Soundtrack LP featuring mostly Wu or Wu produced tracks, and lots of nice spoken dialogue bits of Forrest Whitaker reading from the book of samurai wisdom. "Cakes" by Kool G Rap, "Samurai Showdown" by the RZA and "East NY Stamp" by Jeru & Afu Ra were the cuts to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Karen Dalton

Delmore, 1966. (reissue)
LP ... On December 11, 2020
A great unearthed archival release of by 60s folk singer, guitarist and banjo player Karen Dalton from Delmore Recordings! For years, Dalton was best known by her peers in the early 60s folk community, particularly the Greenwich Village scene, where she was beloved by Dylan and other soon-to-be ... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, 1981. 2LP
LP ... On December 18, 2020
Roky Erickson's fantastic early 80s material with The Aliens – tracks that were produced by Creedence Clearwater Revival's Stu Cook – with some of the most straight-forward and accessible rockers in Roky's canon, but still sporting his trademark eccentricity! Given his mythical ... LP, Vinyl record album

Karen Dalton

Delmore, 1966.
CD ... On December 11, 2020
The third in a series of unearthed archival release of treasures by 60s folk singer, guitarist and banjo player Karen Dalton from Delmore Recordings – and it's also the third completely beautiful and revelatory Karen Dalton release from Delmore Recordings! For years, Dalton was best known by ... CD

Terri Rae

It's Raining
Audio Fidelity/Pleasure For Music, 1968. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2021
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Linda Jones

Let It Be Me
Turbo/Pleasure For Music, Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2021
A rare Turbo set issued after the untimely early passing of Linda Jones – with tracks that include "I Do", "When Hurt Comes Back", "Fugitive From Love", "Things I've Been Through", and "I'm So Glad I Found You". LP, Vinyl record album
Mojo, 2020.
Magazine ... About December 1, 2020
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Smoke Sessions, 2020.
CD ... On November 27, 2020
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