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    "A year after the cassette-only release of Switched On Ra, another format has fallen from whatever kind of rare ether Bitchin Bajas occupy when they're at home The LP edition of Switched On Ra bears all the same riches (only richer of course) in its grooves, adding a lovely screen-printed rendering of the graphics to its...
  • Trumpeter Blue Mitchell had been a sideman on Blue Note sessions led by Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith, Jackie McLean, and appeared on numerous classics as a member of the Horace Silver Quintet before he began recording his own leader albums for the label Following The Thing to Do and Down With It, Mitchell headed back into Rudy Van...
  • Having teamed up on two prior Pacific Jazz recordings, trumpeter Chet Baker & alto saxophonist Art Pepper continued their fruitful collaboration with the supremely swinging 1956 album Picture of Heath (which was originally released as Playboys until Hugh Hefner objected) The sextet for the session was brimming with top talent...
  • In Andrew Hill, Alfred Lion believed he had found another pianist and composer who had as unique and important a voice as Thelonious Monk Hill debuted on Blue Note in 1963 with a staggering burst of creativity that produced four classic albums—Black Fire, Smoke Stack, Judgment!, and his masterpiece Point of Departure—over a...
  • This rare and underappreciated 1973 Impulse! title features a host of influential LA musicians and was an important element in the label’s ‘West Coast contingent' of the early 1970s The album's distinct LA sound and energy continue to resonate in modern music circles, from the West Coast Get Down to Carlos Gabriel Niño...
  • The story of Stark Reality… Discovers The Hoagy Carmichael Music Shop begins with Hoagy Carmichael’s son, Hoagy Bix Carmichael Nearing 30 and working on Wall Street, Bix wanted to do something more worthwhile He relocated to Boston and started working at WGBH, one of the country’s most innovative PBS stations There he met...
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    The title of Tom Skinner’s first release under his own name is a reference to cellist Abdul Wadud’s ultra-rare 1978 solo album ‘By Myself’, which Skinner listened to repeatedly during lockdown Wadud’s album was privately pressed on his own label, Bisharra, and whilst Skinner’s title uses the more conventional spelling...
  • Reissue, originally released in 1962 Bossa Nova Soul Samba came as Ike Quebec's best contribution to the fruitful marriage between jazz and Brazilian music Recorded in 1962 and released on Blue Note in the same year, this was Quebec's final recording before his death in January 1963 A beautiful studio session dominated by Quebec's...
  • Reissue, originally released in 1959 This was definitely a perfect title for Ornette Coleman's second and last album for Contemporary before switching on Ertegun's Atlantic label Tomorrow is the Question! was an early evident step towards the revolution to come An adventurous yet accessible, bluesy album with Coleman and Don...
  • Includes download Personnel: Anna Högberg - alto and baritone sax; Mats Gustafsson - baritone sax and conductions; Susana Santos Silva - trumpet; Per-Åke Holmlander - tuba; Hedvig Mollestad - guitar; Dieb13 - turntables; Christof Kurzmann - lloopp, voice; Massimo Pupillo - bass; Gert-Jan Prins - drums and electronics; Ivar Loe...
  • In the storied and woefully under-celebrated history of Los Angeles Jazz, community has remained the beating heart and driving force In the 1960s, Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra and Union of God Musicians Ascension Association connected local jazz musicians More recently, Los Angeles' new Jazz Renaissance has...
  • With Blacknuss, it’s as if Kirk is taking listeners on a trip – from the top forty world of Soul Train to the roots of soul in gospel music and back in Africa It is a remarkable musical-cultural shift in perspective and one that carries the listener with it Exploding with near chaotic energy, this album makes a great...
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    Reissue, originally released in 1977 Mythically rare British album from the late 1970s, only a handful of original copies have ever been found This is because a 1977 British jazz album that looked like a 1970 prog album that was issued on a brand-new label that didn't know what it was really doing, so it was never going to sell...
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    Double LP version Hedvig Mollestad says her new album, Maternity Beat, is her most ambitious work to date, and that's not a proclamation to be taken lightly Mollestad, after all, has been one of Norway's most adventurous and hardest-working musicians since the Molde International Jazz Festival named her the "Young Jazz Talent of...
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    Double LP version Spectacular live recording from 1986 of two seminal figures of the Japanese avantgarde -- Akira Sakata on saxophone and Takeo Moriyama on drums Mitochondria captures the reunion of the two free jazz masters, who started playing together in the Yosuke Yamashita Trio in 1972 until 1975 For both, the experience with...
  • Produced and recorded by Jost Gebers on August 1st and 2nd, and September 7th and 8th, 1975 in Berlin This album was originally released on FMP in 1976 Vinyl remastering by Martin Siewert in 2021 Cover design by Paul Lovens Personnel: Michel Pilz - bass clarinet; Peter Kowald - bass; Paul Lovens - percussion 180 gram...
  • Reissue, originally released in 1969 After collaborating with Gabor Szabo on such influential "rare groove" albums as More Sorcery (1967) and Dreams (1968), bassist Louis Kabok and drummer Hal Gordon further embraced jazz-rock fusion under The Advancement moniker Their self-titled album from 1969 opens with the moody...
  • Groovy, spiritual, and oh so, rare, this live album by drummer Roy Brooks is one of the best to ever come out of the spiritual jazz scene With a career spanning over 50 years and collaborations with artists like Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, Yusef Lateef, and Charles Mingus, Roy Brooks was a foundation and leading force of...
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    It was a musical cocktail born in a marketing meeting: Two parts easy listening, one part jazz, a healthy dollop of conga drums, a sprinkling of bird calls, and a pinch of textless choir Serve garnished with an alluring female on the album jacket for best results Exotica! The soundtrack for a mythical air conditioned Eden,...
  • Richmond-based five-piece collective Butcher Brown officially announces their forthcoming big band album Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, due September 16th via Concord Jazz The album was originally written and produced by the band's MC and multi-instrumentalist Tennishu as a hip hop...
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    Revival: Live at Pookie's Pub is a thrilling previously unissued live recording of Elvin Jones’ quartet that captures the legendary drummer’s emergence as a bandleader at a little-known club in New York City where he had a weekly residency after leaving John Coltrane's band in the late 1960s Featuring Joe Farrell on tenor...
  • ATALAYA is new work by bassist Dezron Douglas, and it is alive That is, ‘alive’ in all the ways that jazz is at its best – as a pure and personal expression of Black Music channeled through time-honored traditions by a group of musicians who practice sonic coherence through musical unity As Dezron puts it in the opening...
  • Artistry was Sirone's first album as a leader, recorded in 1978, just after the split of the Revolutionary Ensemble Artistry has an Atypical combination of instruments, bass, cello , flute and percussion and delivers aplenty Listen and you will know Sirone ( Norris Jones) had an enormously prolific career as a bassist, both as a...
  • Malik King was an important part of the St Louis jazz scene of the 70's & 80's He studied under Albert Ayler in NY in the early 70s before returning to the Midwest He was a member of the Shirley Le Flore's ensemble "Free N' Concert" He also served as musical director of The Creative Arts & Expression Lab, The African...
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    "Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy, x2 LPs of long-form, lyrical, groove-based free improv by acclaimed guitarist & composer Jeff Parker's ETA IVtet, is at last here Recorded live at ETA (referencing David Foster Wallace), a bar in LA's Highland Park neighborhood with just enough space in the back for Parker, drummer Jay...
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    Reissue, originally released on ESP Disk' in 1966 Frank "The Reverend" Wright was one of the most powerful saxophonists to pick up on Albert Ayler's freedom and ferocious playing Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, TN and then Cleveland, OH, he started in music as a bassist in blues bands but switched to tenor sax under the...
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    Reissue, originally released in 1967 Frank Wright returned to the studio in May 1967 to make his second album using a quintet of players little-known at the time but now legends to free-jazz cognoscenti Trumpeter Jacques Coursil, who almost made an album for ESP-Disk' himself, went on to the greatest fame of the players besides...
  • Akira Miyazawa, a tenor saxophonist, is one of the musicians who laid the foundation for the Japanese jazz scene “We are Japanese, so I think we have to make someone who can only be Japanese,” said Miyazawa, who said “For Units,” “Iwana,” and “Kiso” from 1969 to 1970 He will release works that pursue the...
  • Keitaro Miho, a pianist/composer/arranger who has influenced not only jazz but also the Japanese music world He also worked as a film director, actor, racing driver, writer, and commentator, and became popular as a versatile cultural figure Since the latter half of the 1960s, when jazz has diversified, many works have been...
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    Of pianist Bill Evans' many live albums, At Town Hall Vol 1 has always been among his most delicate and elegant, writes Marc Myers for JazzWax Evans' playing is taut and graceful, with lovely long improvisational lines and a snappy, fluid attack on the keyboard The mix of standards and two originals — one was a suite in...
  • Of all the things that can and should and will be said of Sam Wilkes’ & Jacob Mann’s Perform the Compositions of Sam Wilkes & Jacob Mann, let’s begin at the beginning and acknowledge that it is an aptly named record indeed An ideal collaborative effort (which is to say, greater than the sum of its parts), here we...
  • The subtitle to this 1968 album reads “a psychedelic excursion through the magical mysteries of the Koran,” and if that doesn’t set your multi-culti heart a-flutter, it should at least make you reach for a set of headphones The late Pat Martino’s Baiyina measures up to and perhaps even surpasses John McLaughlin’s more...
  • The music Coltrane, Tyner and others did back in their prime made a sizable ripple in jazz Many went on to emulate their style well after the originators either died or moved on For the most part I find these emulator (or keepers of the flame, to be more polite) to be either alright or great Kohsuke Mine Quintet is one of those...
  • The phenomenal debut album by an extraordinary keyboardist and composer Surya Botofasina Surya was taught in the tradition of Alice Coltrane, by Swamini Turiyasangitananda herself, at her Ashram in California where he grew up Produced by and co-performed with Carlos Ni o in Los Angeles, this is a unique, deep listening masterpiece...
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    10 years ago in 2012, Robert Glasper changed the game After several acclaimed Blue Note albums with his acoustic trio (Canvas, In My Element) that solidified his Jazz cred while hinting at his Hip-Hop leanings, the visionary pianist went all in with Black Radio, an album that laid out a new paradigm for creative music, reaching...
  • SSWAN presents their first outing Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster a raucous jaunt of free jazz on the premiere fire music label 577 Records The music is rooted in the Black American art form of jazz, stemming into the branches of free improvisation, noise and experimentalism while pushing to the edges of each idiom The...
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    Recorded in the basement studio of the Coltrane family home in Dix Hills in 1970, Alice Coltrane’s fourth album is a transcendent masterpiece of spiritual jazz The title track is an ode to the Egyptian God, Ptah (the El Daoud meaning “the beloved”) Many moments on the album reach what Coltrane herself defined the term Turiya...
  • 15 super rare and obscure library, soundtrack, jazz and soul tracks plundered by producers such as Alchemist, Daringer, Statik Selektah and Camouflage Monk for Westside Gunn's seminal "Fly God" album, giving crate diggers everywhere an insight to that gritty Griselda...
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    Recorded for Berry Gordy's short-lived Workshop Jazz imprint and recorded at the Hitsville USA studio, Roy Brooks (joined by fellow Detroit natives George Bohannon and Hugh Lawson, along with his Horace Silver Quintet bandmates Blue Mitchell, Junior Cook, and Eugene Taylor) injects a Motor City soul-jazz groove into the hard bop...
  • Drawn from private collections around the world, this is the first comprehensive collection of the Saturn label’s printed record covers, along with hundreds of the best hand-designed, one-of-a-kind sleeves and disc labels decorated by Sun Ra and members of his Arkestra Considered the foremost exponent of Afrofuturism, Sun Ra...
  • In Pakistan the interest in local traditional music is slowly dying As western music and sounds are increasingly favoured, fewer musicians reach for traditional Hindi instruments, like the Sarangi, Cajon or Tabla This a reflection of modern times, and the need for instant interaction and fast data exchange Learning and mastering...
  • Some records just stop you in your tracks They resonate with you and feel instantly familiar like an old friend, even on the first listen SOYUZ's third album ‘Force of the Wind’ is one of those records It holds all the trademarks, beauty, and eccentricities of classic Brazilian recordings, from the 60s and 70s, that we have...
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    A collection of songs, melodies, grooves and sounds that sit perfectly in the brand new music world it’s part of Gilles and Bluey are both men who emerged into the Brit funk world They were both part of this truly thrilling chapter in the story of homegrown music; which manifests itself here in a sumptuous mixture of twanging...
  • Glenn Fallows and Mark Treffel released their first album, ‘The Globeflower Master Vol 1’, on Mr Bongo in September 2021 With its lush, warm and timeless productions paying homage to classic 60s and 70s soundtrack composers, it was very well received and struck a chord with the scene’s connoisseurs Louder Than War...
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    Originally planned for release last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the album's creation, Gil Scott-Heron's most renowned full-length returns in stunning, audiophile quality sound This time round, the album has been stretched across two discs, both of which have been pressed at 45rpm for louder sound Created by Scott-Heron...
  • 2022 restock Otoroku present the first vinyl reissue of Louis Moholo Octet's Spirits Rejoice!, originally released in 1978 on Ogun Recordings One of the most legendary free jazz records ever produced, Spirits Rejoice! is a high achievement in the movement of the era as it soars beyond oppression with a raucous and spiritually...
  • Unearthed by Mike Peden for BBE Music, Per Husby Septett's ‘The Peacemaker’ is a beautiful, deep and under-the-radar small big band set recorded in 1976 by the elite of Norway's jazz cognoscenti, led by pianist and band leader Per HusbyOriginally issued for Husby on the Studentersamfundets Plateselskap label by the Student...
  • Johnny Hammond was a prolific organist, composer and multidisciplinary artist active throughout the USA for the majority of the 20th Century By the time the lesser-known LP and meditation on devilish excess 'Gambler's Life' was released in 1974, Hammond's sound had grown unusually cacophonous and was noisy to a kind of perfection...

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