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Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Yabby You maybe wasn't one of the first to start experimenting in the studios of Kingston – but with work like this, he was certainly one of the best – especially in the classic period covered in the collection! The Yabby You approach often has a leaner, more stripped-down approach ... CD (Reggae CD)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Jean Carne

Jazz Is Dead 12 – Jean Carne
Jazz Is Dead, 2022.
An album that has the legendary Jean Carne in the most righteous setting we've heard in years – a mode that hearkens back to the vocals she provided for organist Doug Carn on their classic 70s albums together for the Black Jazz label! Jean's a singer that we love in just about any format ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Blue Note, 1972. (reissue)
One of the all-time keyboard classics of the 70s – a completely different album than any other set from pianist Ronnie Foster – done with this laidback, open-ended groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Maverick/Run Out Groove, 1999. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A record that really marks the sophisticated transformation of the Meshell Ndegeocello sound – a move from the more straightforward soul of her earlier releases, to the complicated mix of sounds that's almost made her a genre unto herself! Throughout the years, Meshell has been as much an ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s. 3CD
A deep dive into the sound of Los Angeles in the middle of the 60s – a really well-done box that somehow manages to mix together all the different strains of music that were going on in the city of angels at the time – sunshine pop, garage rock, psych, pop, and even more experimental ... CD (Rock CD)

Kyoto Jazz Sextet with Takeo Moriyama

Succession
Blue Note (Japan), 2022.
Legendary drummer Takeo Moriyama joins the Kyoto Jazz Sextet here – and helps find a sound that's even stronger than their previous album for Blue Note! It's been many years since Shuya Okino first started giving us grooves under the Kyoto Jazz banner – and this sextet project is maybe ... CD (Jazz CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977.
Incredible work by Oneness Of Juju – a lost third LP, recorded in the late 70s, but never issued until years later! The album has the group tightening it up a bit from the first two records – picking up some funky influences that are more than welcome to our ears – doses of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Fatback Band

People Music
Perception/Octave (Japan), 1973.
A seminal record in the transition from the funky 45 underground to the world of the full length LP – a record we'd put right up there with early classics by The JBs and Kool & The Gang! As with the latter, Fatback Band grew up first getting some great play on instrumental 45s – ... CD (Soul CD)
Westbound/Big Pink (South Korea), 1975.
Funky guitar and a bucket of fried chicken – two things that go perfectly together here on a record that's one of the last of Dennis Coffey's great run in the early 70s! The album marks some of the shift in Coffey's role on the Detroit soul scene as the decade moved on – as it features ... CD (Soul CD)
Polydor/Big Pink (South Korea), 1974.
A really cool 70s album from the great Link Wray – done at the time when he was reinventing himself, and changing from a damn great instrumental guitarist to a singer as well – one with a much bolder presence in the limelight than ever before! Wray serves up some fantastic electric ... CD (Rock CD)
Motown, 2016. (reissue)
A really great project from Erykah Badu – a set that's quite spare compared to the fuller sound and energy of her New Amerykah records – done in a bedroom studio in Dallas with producer Zach Witness! The music is lean and stripped-down – hip hop-influenced soul, but almost at a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Tyrone Washington

Roots
Perception/Octave (Japan), 1973.
A wonderful bit of spiritual soul jazz from a barely-recorded saxophonist – one known for a rare debut album on Blue Note! This sweet little record was recorded out of the same energy that produced Larry Young's Lawrence of Newark LP for Perception Records, and it's a strange session by ... CD (Jazz CD)
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
William Bell was one of the first great soul singers to record for the legendary Stax Records in Memphis – an artist who really helped set the tone for deep soul singles to come from the likes of Otis Redding and Johnnie Taylor – and one whose early work is still some of the best he ... CD (Soul CD)

Daniel Villarreal

Panama 77
International Anthem, 2022.
A stunning solo project from drummer Daniel Villarreal – a musician you might know in the group Dos Santos, yet one who's in very unique territory here on his own! The album was recorded in both Chicago and Los Angeles – and it's got a vibe that really reflects that process – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Criss Cross/Anagram, 1994. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really wonderful early album from tenorist Mark Turner – a set that's got all those dark moments and sharp edges of his later recordings, but in a setting that's nicely warm at times – and which has Turner coming across with a bit more soul! There's a special sort of mojo in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Julius Brockington

Sophisticated Funk
Today/Octave (Japan), 1972.
Organist Julius Brockington did plenty of work in the church – but he's really at his best in a secular setting like this – where his work on keyboards is able to really open up and groove! The album's got a cool and groovy style that's a bit like the Rueben Wilson albums of the early ... CD (Soul CD)

Dizzy Gillespie

Portrait Of Jenny
Perception/Octave (Japan), 1971.
Really fantastic work from Dizzy Gillespie – proof that of all the original boppers, he was maybe the one who really continued to experiment over the years – as he comes across here with a great blend of electric funk and jazz! The whole album has a sly sweet funky sound that's part ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tony Lavorgna & The St Thomas Jazz Quartet

Chameleon
Antelope Records/Jazz Room (UK), 1982. (reissue)
An obscure one – but with some great funky jazz moments! The album features the work of The St. Thomas Jazz Quartet – a group that might conjure up images of the Carribean, but who were really just a great soul jazz combo from Cleveland. David Thomas plays some excellent Hammond B-3 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Thrill Jockey, 1995. (reissue)
A legendary project from Tortoise – kind of the "part 1.5" to their tremendous debut – as it features material from that record, remixed by members of the group and other key figures on the Chicago scene – all as a real testament to the many criss-crossing styles and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
 



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