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Mount Maxwell returns with another full-length journey into memory, melody, and geography - this time roaming beyond the BC environs of his previous records into a stranger, less knowable country. While still woozily nostalgic in the vein of Only Children and The People’s Forest, this outing feels more exploratory and...
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Hailing from Cape Town, tenor saxophonist Winston Mankunku Ngozi (1943-2009) is a venerated figure in the pantheon of South African jazz. Inspired by Coltrane while rooted in indigenous folklore, he released the classic album Yakhal’ Inkomo at the outset of his career with the Mankunku Quartet in 1969. Backed by...
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Hailing from Alexandra and nicknamed "Ratau" (meaning "lion"), saxophonist Mike Makhalemele (1938-2000) was a force of nature with a robust yet soulful tone and seemingly endless breath. He embraced the pop music scene as an enthusiastic collaborator and staked his territory at the intersection of township grooves with modern currents...
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Bringing together Johannesburg’s two saxophone titans for a supergroup recording project was a visionary move by Jo’Burg Records in 1976. Following the success of Makhalemele’s debut The Peacemaker and Mankunku’s long-awaited sophomore release Alex Express, which both appeared in 1975, the bar had been set very high. Enamoured...
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Oiro Pena is a Finnish jazz collective helmed by prolific composer Antti Vauhkonen. Their forthcoming album, Puna, recorded in bedrooms, studios and other salubrious locations around Helsinki during 2022, is a mix of lo-fi spiritual jazz, experimental, and avant-garde music forms. It includes four vocal tracks recorded with Merikukka Kiviharju,...
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Basil Kirchin, a forgotten genius of post-war British music, was an influential jazz drummer, creative free-spirit and pioneer of Musique Concrète. He spent most of his life living and working in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, which is honouring him as part of their celebrations. Kirchin wrote a...
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Peace Flag Ensemble are a free jazz collective from Saskatchewan. Their sophomore LP, Astral Plains, arrives July 18 via We Are Busy Bodies. The group’s 2021 debut Noteland was described as “akin to getting stuck in a sensory deprivation tank with Keith Jarrett.” By contrast Astral Plains opens up, offering spacious...
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Hotham Sound is pleased to announce the much-anticipated second volume of Kristen Roos’s 'Universal Synthesizer Interface' series; an ongoing audio exploration of early algorithmic MIDI sequencing programs for personal computers. Where Vol I showcased a wide variety of vintage programs, Vol II sees Roos narrowing his focus down to two...
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Latin music, with all its spirit, all its intensity, and all its magic, expresses itself in the decade of the seventies as a cultural revelation. Europe recognizes, listens, and dances to our music, the United States jumps to the sound of it. Latin America is letting its roots be felt. ELEGUA...
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A track about an African king recorded in the back of a car wash commands $1,600. At the makeshift Man-Ray Studios in Akron, Ohio, where barrels of soap were rolled away to make room for recording, guitarist Wilbur Niles and his then-girlfriend, Machelle McNeal, recorded "Ja Ja." Niles, a history major,...
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Thrust barely made a blip in the marketplace; it was mostly available around the Akron area. But Niles was undeterred. He returned the following year with the just-as-good Thrust Too, which is a touch more muscular, more precise — partly due to being recorded in a slightly upgraded studio meant...
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Vijana Wa Kazi is a Kenyan benga rarity by one of the country's leading 70's groups that compiles several of their singles into a standalone album. Led by the late John Otonde, the group issued nearly two dozen 7” singles between 1976 and the early 1980s. The album has been remastered by...
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Reissue of Hideo Shiraki Quintet's 'Play Horace Silver' album. Led by Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, Hideo Shiraki, known for his hard bop and jazz albums in the 1950s and 1960s. Horace usually had a quintet on albums, whereas Hideo's group is a sextet...
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Alongside the likes of As-Shams recording artists Pat Matshikiza and Tete Mbambisa, Lionel Pillay was one of the legendary pianists to emerge during the golden age of South Africa jazz in the 1960s. A sideman to and friend of Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Pillay appears on the most lauded historic recording...
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Following the April 2022 reissue of the album Shrimp Boats, We Are Busy Bodies presents companion titles Plum and Cherry and Deeper in Black to round out a Lionel Pillay and Basil Mannenberg Coetzee “trilogy” as part of the label’s As-Shams South African jazz archive series. The connection between these...
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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)...
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We Are Busy Bodies explores the works of Venezuelan pianist, Virgilio Armas with the reissues of De Repente and Espejismo. De Repente is a more traditional jazz album with Armas own interpretation and improvisations leading the trio, which included Rodolfo Buenaño and Guillermo Tariba.
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We Are Busy Bodies is proud to reissue two albums by Ian Carr's Nucleus, including 1974's Under The Sun. Originally released on Vertigo and not reissued since. The album has been remastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Recording.

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We Are Busy Bodies is proud to reissue two albums by Ian Carr's Nucleus, starting with 1975's Alleycat. Originally released on Vertigo as the group's final release for the label, the album has been remastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Recording. The album was released the same year as Snakehips...
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We Are Busy Bodies is back with two additional reissues by The Drive to follow up 2021's 'Can You Feel It' reissue. Drive Unlimited and Drive Live were two of four releases by the prolific group in 1975.
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We Are Busy Bodies is back with two additional reissues by The Drive to follow up 2021's 'Can You Feel It' reissue. Drive Unlimited and Drive Live were two of four releases by the prolific group in 1975....
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Remastered reissue from original tape transfers. Piero Umiliani's 1968 album Playtime was originally issued on the Omicron label. It has been remastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering. Licensed from Liuto Edizioni Musicali.

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We Are Busy Body presents the remastered reissue of Mario Molino's 1971 album, Beat Gregoriano. Remastered by Noah Mintz from Lacquer Channel Mastering....
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We Are Busy Bodies announces the officially licensed reissue of the 1966 cosmic, free jazz album Zodiac by French saxophonist and composer Barney Wilen. The album’s astrological theme and Robert Crumb-esque comic-book style cover art, illustrated by the renowned cartoonist Siné, marks it as a European parallel to the burgeoning...