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Strut (UK), 2020.
One of the most ambitious albums to date from the mighty Greg Foat – a set that's different than some of his more intimate affairs, in that it features key contributions from British jazz giants both young and old – all working with Greg's piano, Fender Rhodes, and vibes in a style that' ... CD (Jazz CD)

Eugene McDaniels

Outlaw (red vinyl pressing)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1970. (reissue)
An incredible step forward for 60s soul singer Gene McDaniels – so much so, that most folks hearing this album can't believe he's the same guy who recorded for Liberty Records a few years before! The album's incredibly righteous right from the start – and has a genre-busting quality ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Barney Wilen & Alan Jean-Marie

Montreal Duets
Elemental, 1993. 2CD
Sublime later work from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – working here with pianist Alan Jean-Marie, an artist that we totally love on his own! Some people know Jean-Marie best for his recordings of biguine jazz – mixing the rhythms of his native Martinique with more contemporary modes ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dawan Muhammad

Deep Stream
Evidence/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1979. (reissue)
A really amazing record from Dawan Muhammad – a west coast musician who never got the same sort of spiritual jazz credit as some of the giants of the 70s – but who kept on making really wonderful music as the years went on! Muhammad's recently known as the force behind the Life Force ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Pulsallama

Pulsallama
Modern Harmonic, 1983.
The only full-length set of work ever issued by Pulsallama – a totally wonderful all-girl group from the early 80s downtown scene in New York – best known for their one great single on Y Records! Pulsallama have a highly percussive approach, and a fair bit of bass as well – kind ... CD (Rock CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Sublime soul from the great Thom Bell – one of our favorite arranger, producer, songwriters of all time – and a talent who really helped push the Philly soul scene much farther than most during the 70s! Bell was trained as a classical pianist as a kid – which might explain part ... CD (Soul CD)
Flying Dutchman/Tidal Waves, 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic transformation of the Oliver Nelson sound of the 60s – a large ensemble record that takes all the soul of his earlier groove, and reworks it with a more electric vibe for the 70s! Nelson's at the height of his powers here – working brilliantly as a leader and arranger, to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Michael Thomas

Event Horizon
Giant Step Arts, 2020. 2CD
Not the first album we've heard from saxophonist Michael Thomas, but a record that definitely has us looking at his music all over again – thanks to a double-length collection of wonderfully extended tunes – on which Thomas really runs with bold, open energy on the alto sax! The group ... CD (Jazz CD)

Harold Johnson Sextet

House On Elm Street
HME/Survival Research (Italy), 1967. (reissue)
A fantastic soul jazz set from the 60s – one of the few ever cut by pianist Harold Johnson, and a record that brims over with youthful power and new ideas! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

JPQ (Jimmy Person Quintet)

Quintessence (180 gram clear pressing)
Jam A Ditty/Tidal Waves, 1983. (reissue)
A really cool combo from the Carolina scene – headed up by singer/guitarist Jimmy Person, and working here in a mode that's a lot tighter and groovier than most other soul acts of the period! The group played local bars and restaurants – indicated by a reproduction of one of their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Bushmen

Bushmen
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s.
Great garagey work from The Bushmen – a mid 60s combo from Fresno, CA – and one who reveled in the best gritty modes of the time! The vocals are stark, the rhythms are too, and there's some great swirling organ lines in there amidst all the guitar – a garage/psych blend at times, ... CD (Rock CD)
Warner/Omnivore, 1977.
The Staple Singers pick up a great Chicago soul groove – with production by Eugene Record and arrangements by Tom Tom Washington – all in a sound that's almost as if they'd left Stax Records and started to record for Brunswick! The groove's every bit as soaring and joyous as Record and ... CD (Soul CD)

Norman Weeks & Revelations

Miracles
Evergreen/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1975. (reissue)
A fantastic mix of 70s soul and gospel – served up here by keyboardist Norman Weeks, who heads up a really strong group of singers on the set as well! Weeks plays Fender Rhodes, piano organ, and a range of other keyboards – and different singers take the lead on each track, including ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers – Jazz Is Dead 2
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
An album with Roy Ayers in the title – but which also features the man himself in the music – really sounding wonderful here, and recreating some of the best sounds of his classic work from the 70s! For some reason, Adrian Younge always likes to put his name in the lead, even when ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Shirley Scott

One For Me
Strata East/ARC (UK), 1974.
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by female organist Shirley Scott – a very hip set that's got a very different flavor than her earlier work for Prestige and Impulse Records! As you might guess for a date issued on the Strata East label, the approach here is very soulful, and very far-r ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cinema Kan (Japan), 1963.
Think the French new wave had a lock on jazz soundtracks? Think again, because the Japanese scene of the 60s was full of them – including this sublime set from 1963! Most numbers here are jazz tracks played by a great small combo – one that's got tremendous energy all the way through! ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1962.
Fantastic material from an important early tour of Europe by the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Graz, Austria – and a perfect example of the group as they were really beginning to stretch out and explore! At some level, the vibe here is like the famous first run of Village ... CD (Jazz CD)

Steve Fidyk

Battle Lines
Blue Canteen, 2020.
Drummer Steve Fidyk does a great job here – driving on a group that bristles with energy, and which also showcases a large number of original tunes by Steve himself! We first heard Fidyk as a leader on some of his dates for the Posi-Tone label – and there's definitely a bit of that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Victo (Canada), 1989/2020. 2CD
A pair of different performances from this legendary bassist – each recorded thirty years apart! The set begins with Ahoy – a sublime solo set recorded at Victoriaville in 2019 – a performance done by a very aged Phillips, but a musician who's clearly very much in control of his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Darrow Fletcher

My Young Misery
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Righteous soul from late 60s Chicago – a killer collection of early singles from the great Darrow Fletcher – only a youngster at the time, but already working at a level that's as strong as most of his older contemporaries! Darrow's got this soaring voice that really sends us every ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
 



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