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Bruno Berle

No Reino Dos Afetos
Far Out (UK), 2022.
A really lovely little record – one that feels like an instant classic in the world of MPB – the sort of long-overdue new release by a Brazilian artist that we hope we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! As with the elite list of our Brazilian favorites of the past 20 years, ... CD (Brazil CD)
Union/Teichiku (Japan), 1977. (reissue)
Deep deep sounds from this hip Japanese drummer – a set that features a fusion-styled mix of keyboards and sax, but one that comes across with a gentle feel that's light years from conventional fusion! The balance is perfect throughout – kind of a spacey, soulful vibe – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. Gatefold
Rare and beautiful sounds from Orchestra Massako – a group originally formed by the military in 70s Gabon, but one who've got a sound that's powerful enough to make a whole battlefield lay down their arms and sue for peace! The group's led by Mack-Joss – a wonderful singer, but also a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Dark Tree (France), 1995.
Unreleased live work from spiritual jazz legend Horace Tapscott – a record that's every bit as soulful as some of his classics, but nicely different too – in a way that really demonstrates the overlooked legacy that has finally been getting his music the attention it deserves in recent ... CD (Jazz CD)

I Am (Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode)

Beyond (with poster)
Division 81, 2022. 2LP
This may well be the record that gets everyone to sit up and take notice of the genius of saxophonist Isaiah Collier – as the set's got a far-reaching quality that's right up there with some of the most righteous jazz albums of the 70s, not to mention some of the bigger names of today's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 90s/2000s. 2CD
A wonderfully wide-ranging collection of work brought together in support of a long-running music festival in France – done here as a double-length set that offers up a "Past" disc of material recorded at the festival in previous years – and a "Future" disc that ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Quartet (Spain), Mid 70s.
Two incredible soundtracks from this overlooked Italian maestro – a real master of sexy grooves in the 70s! First up is L'Amica Di Mia Madre (aka My Mother's Friend) – one of the greatest moments ever from Italian soundtrack composer Alberto Baldan Bembo – an artist with a great ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Nucleus

Alleycat
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1975. (reissue)
Slightly later work from the legendary jazz/rock combo Nucleus, and one of their most obscure records too – sweet mid 70s set that has the band really tightening up – going for a heavy funk approach that has all instruments grooving on the rhythm, stretching out on long tracks that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Piero Piccioni

Inghilterra Nuda
Quartet (Spain), 1969.
Totally groovy work from the legendary Piero Piccioni – a score for an obscure "mondo" documentary about the sad state of culture in late 60s England! The score is probably best known for its very funky "Black Flower" theme – but it's filled with loads of other ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Joe Gibbs/Doctor Bird (UK), 1976.
Mid 70s magic from the Mighty Two – the team of Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson, who together here craft a set of tracks that are very much at the top of the roots reggae generation! The work is a nice shift from the more polished styles at the bigger labels – lean energy that comes from ... CD (Reggae CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A fantastic entry in this excellent series – in part because more than half of the music here appears for the first time ever! Yet despite the unreleased status of the tracks, they definitely live up to the "masterpieces" promised by the title – great grooves from a time when ... CD (Soul CD)

Nucleus with Ian Carr

Under The Sun
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1974. (reissue)
Soaring sounds from Nucleus – one of the few UK jazz/rock combos from the start of the 70s who really found a way to keep growing and changing as the years moved on! Here, the lineup is nice and large – the mighty trumpet of Ian Carr in the lead, next to keyboards from both Gordon Beck ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dario & Alberto Baldan Bembo

Velluto Nero
Quartet (Spain), 1976.
A great combination of erotic sounds and more exotic elements – served up here for an obscure 70s film that starred Laura Gemser of Black Emanuelle fame! Alberto Baldan Bembo had already given the world some wonderfully slinky soundtrack work before this film score – and here, he works ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Hans Reichel

Bonobo Beach
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981.
Pure acoustic genius from Hans Reichel – an improvising musician who rose up in the same generation as Derek Bailey and Fred Frith, but who's got a sound that's maybe much more in the experimental style of American artists like John Fahey or Robbie Basho! We're not saying that Reichel sounds ... CD (Jazz CD)
Union/Teichiku (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
Spare sounds, but beautifully woven together – all in service of these lovely long tracks that really highlight the soulful side of reedman Mabumi Yamaguchi! Each number here takes up half the side of a record – there's only four tracks in all – and Yamaguchi plays these slow-buil ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Timeless/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1985. (reissue)
The title's a bit misleading – as Chet Baker never really stopped singing, and in fact had found a way to mix his vocals with really nicely stretched-out solos on some of his European recordings from this generation! But the set does feature maybe a bit more vocals upfront than some of Chet's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Noriko Miyamoto with Isao Suzuki

Push
Yupiteru/BBE (UK), 1978.
Warm jazz vocals, and some great instrumentation too – thanks to work from the sublime 70s bassist Isao Suzuki! Singer Noriko Miyamoto's on the cover, but the album's got the same great glow as Isao's other albums of the decade – a really refreshing approach to jazz arrangements, with ... CD (Vocalists CD)
MGM/Quartet (Spain), 1974.
A masterpiece of soundtrack scoring from Jerry Fielding – done for Sam Peckinpah's classic Mexico-set thriller with Warren Oates in the lead! Those other two names are more than enough to get us to needle drop the record – but it's Fielding's music that really captivates us – ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Whether you're heading to the beach or not, here's a whole host of tunes that will keep the spirit of sand and surf alive – even if you're listening to the set in the middle of winter! The package is way more than just a set of surfy guitar instrumentals – although there's a few of ... CD (Rock CD)
Mad About Records (Portugal), 2022.
A jazzy tribute to the mighty Madlib – one that serves up a swirling mix of vibes, Fender Rhodes, and drums that really remind us of some of his best early side projects in the early days of Stones Throw! The groove is nice and lean, and Fred's at the helm of the group on drums and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
 



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