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Sons Of Kemet

Black To The Future
Impulse, 2021.
Sons Of Kemet borrow a page from the AACM with the title of this excellent album – maybe no surprise, as the work of the London group is every bit as revolutionary as the experiments of the AACM back in the day! As with their previous records, the Sons are working very hard to find a new ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ian Carr with Nucleus

Belladonna
Vertigo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Impulse, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A stunning collection of work from the legendary Impulse Records catalog – a double-length set that focuses on the most spiritual side of the label! Red, green, and black are often used together as the colors of righteousness – but the orange and black of Impulse has stood strong as ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1964.
Seminal work from trumpeter Ted Curson – a set that's issued under his own name, but which continues a string of key early 60s performances with tenorist Bill Barron – who's work together here with Ted is fantastic! The group has no piano – just Herb Bushler on bass and Dick Berk ... CD (Jazz CD)

Chris Potter Circuits Trio

Sunrise Reprise
Edition, 2021.
Some of the most electric work we've ever heard from Chris Potter – a set that has him playing keyboards and sampler, in addition to his more familiar work on saxes and flute – in a group that also has James Francies on keyboards, and Eric Harland on drums! If you're a fan of Potter's ... CD (Jazz CD)
GAD (Poland), 1963.
Two very early soundtracks from legendary Polish modernist Krzystof Komeda – both very different than his 60s work for Roman Polanski, but equally striking overall! The work for Mam Tu Swoj Dom is performed on short tracks handled by different instrumental groupings – with piano, flute ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1966.
The first-ever album as a leader from tenorist Dewey Redman – a set that captures the rising musician at a level that's very full-formed, and which shows some of the roots of his years in Texas with a young Ornette Coleman! The vibe's different here than Coleman's music – at least in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Billy Bang

Lucky Man (3LP set)
BBE (UK), 2021. 3LP Gatefold
One of the most compelling albums in years from Billy Bang – and that's really saying a lot, given how much compelling music he's recorded! The set is put together in conjunction with a fascinating documentary on Bang's life, music, and time spent fighting in Vietnam – an experience ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1965.
Tremendous early work from South African pianist Dollar Brand (aka Abdullah Ibrahim) – exactly the kind of sounds that set him apart from so many other musicians at the time, and which brought him great attention on the European scene of the 60s! The tunes are long and open – strongly ... CD (Jazz CD)

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992.
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Steve Reid

Nova
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976.
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A set with "modernity" as the title, but a batch of tracks that sound plenty old all the way through – mostly the kind of upbeat soul tracks that played big with the 60s mod scene in London! Yet this isn't the usual collection of mod classics – as the work here is very ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), 1975.
A searing 70s classic from SBB – a Polish jazz rock powerhouse, and one of the strongest groups to mix fusion inspiration with rock expression on the continent during the decade! The group is a tight trio formation – with strong drums, sharp guitar, and a great mix of bass, piano, and ... CD (Rock CD)
Mute, Late 70s/Early 80s.
A great introduction to the work of Telex – the very groovy Euro pop group started by keyboardist Marc Moulin after his early work in Placebo! The sound here is very different than that group – very catchy, very poppy, and upbeat with a ear towards helping the continental scene live ... CD (Rock CD)
Impulse, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4LP
LP...$119.99 139.99
A stunning collection of work from the legendary Impulse Records catalog – a double-length set that focuses on the most spiritual side of the label! Red, green, and black are often used together as the colors of righteousness – but the orange and black of Impulse has stood strong as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Roger Fakhr

Fine Anyway
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 70s.
Beautiful sounds from Roger Fahkr – a Lebanese singer/songwriter who recorded most of this music in the late 70s – but with a sound and style that's every bit as compelling as western talents from the earlier part of the decade! The tunes often begin with voice and acoustic guitar, but ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1965.
Prime modern work from the great Paul Bley – a pianist who was really expanding his sound at this time – to a level that would soon make him a legend around the globe! The European date is a great chance to hear Bley really opening things up – playing freely, with an amazing ... CD (Jazz CD)

Amanda Whiting

After Dark
Jazzman (UK), 2021.
The harp in jazz is nothing new – Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane both gave us fantastic records on the instrument many years ago – but Amanda Whiting is out to use the instrument in ways that are very much her own, and which bring a whole new sort of role to the stringed sounds in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Frank Derrick Total Experience

You Betcha! – Live At Fiddlers
PS Records/Tidal Waves, 1974. (reissue)
A pretty hip batch of soul jazz tracks – recorded by drummer Frank Derrick live at Fiddler's nightclub in Chicago. Derrick's group plays a bit of everything – from Eddie Harris funky jazz to driving big band numbers to organ-heavy soul jazz numbers – all with a nicely heavy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Impulse, 1960. Gatefold (reissue)
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
 



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