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Ikebe Shakedown
Unqualified

A new 7” single from New York-based Afrobeat septet Ikebe Shakedown, available also in limited edition pink. Drawing on Seventies soul, Morricone-esque soundscapes and psychedelia, the band’s Vince Chiarito laid down ‘Unqualified’ and its B-side ‘Horses’ in their own Hive Mind studio. 
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Oscar Jerome
Breathe Deep

For years, Oscar Jerome has been a key figure in London’s burgeoning jazz scene alongside the likes of Shabaka Hutchings. However, it’s only now that a debut solo album is getting released. Breathe Deep includes guest spots from Ezra Collective and Lianne La Havas, and paints a broad picture of Jerome’s influences and passions. 

Steam Down feat. Afronaut Zu / Yazmin Lacey
Etcetera / I'll Never Stop Loving You

The ongoing Blue Note Re:Imagined series of 7” vinyl releases, seeing current artists interpreting canonical works from the legendary jazz label, features Steam Down and Yazmin Lacy. The former covers Wayne Shorter’s ‘Etcetera’, while Lacy and Afronaut Zu take on ‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You’ by Dodo Greene. 

Bill Frisell
Valentine

American guitarist and composer Bill Frisell unveils his latest trio, alongside bassist Thomas Morgan and percussionist Rudy Royston. For Valentine, their debut, the band cover some old and new Frisell compositions as well as jazz standards and traditionals, spearheaded by a wonderful take on ‘We Shall Overcome’. 

Various
Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993

The first ever compilation to bring together classics and deep cuts from the critically lauded Black Fire label over its 18-year history from 1975 to 1993, Soul Love Now tells the story of one of the most characterful black independent labels in American history, and features ten dazzling tracks from the likes of Oneness of Juju, Wayne Davis and Experience Unlimited. 
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Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Like a Ship... (Without a Sail)

An ingenious piece of crate-digging has exhumed this real treasure. Recorded in 1971 by a 27 year old pastor and a school-initiative choir, Like A Ship… (Without A Sail) was a haunting rumination on the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, and was sampled by the mighty Kanye West subsequently. 
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Despite being named Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, a title that perhaps suggests a solo, Mingus-only effort, this 1964 record actually captures Charles Mingus’ experimentation with a large, 11 piece group, performing some of his finest tunes, including ‘Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul’. Vinyl reissue on the Jeanne Dielman label.
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Kutiman ft. Melike Sahin
Elimi Tut (Hold My Hand)

Israeli producer and musician Ophir Kutiel - a.k.a. Kutiman - hooks up once again with Melike Şahin of Turkish psychedelic act BaBa ZuLa for a new 7” single. Following last year’s well-received ‘Sakla Beni’, they return with a dazzling anthem in ‘Elimi Tut (Hold My Hand)’, with an instrumental version on the B-side. 
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Fantastic Negrito
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz presents his fourth studio album as Fantastic Negrito. Following on from his Grammy win for 2018’s exceptional Please Don’t Be Dead, Xavier explores themes of maintaining mental health amid the insanities of modern society and politics on Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?. 

Pan Amsterdam
Ha Chu

The enigma that is Pan Amsterdam returns with a new studio album. Following the absorbing debut The Pocket Watch a couple of years ago, acclaimed for its chilled, jazzy soundscapes and cool flows, the rapper indulges guest spots from Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson and Doves’ Jimi Goodwin on the ambitious follow-up Ha Chu. 
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The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
Succubus

Half doom, half jazz: they're doomjazz. This reissue charts the rise of The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, such as they are known when they're making the free, more improvised alternative to their work as The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. This record is slower and more contemplative than their other works but no less crushing, a record of jazz transposed to pure atmosphere. Heartily recommended to fans of slowburning evil.
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Ellis/Munk Ensemble
San Diego Sessions

San Diego Sessions by the Ellis/Munk Ensemble sees Danish musician Jonas Munk (of Causa Sui) and the Californian city’s own Brian Ellis, whose work is steeped in jazz and psychedelia, recording together. Over seven loose-limbed tracks, the duo recall the high-points of psychedelic rock and jazz fusion from years gone by. 

François Tusques
La Chasse Au Snark (The Hunting Of The Snark)

Recorded in the late Sixties by French jazz pianist François Tusques but never released, La Chasse Au Snark (translated as ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, after Lewis Carroll’s 1876 nonsense poem of the same name) features an mouth-watering cast of experimental and jazz musicians operating in France at the time. It now gets liberated and released on double vinyl, complete with illustrations from Moomin creator Tove Jansson. 
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Various
The Exciting & Dynamic Sounds of the Hammond B3 Organ

The Exciting & Dynamic Sounds of the Hammond B3 Organ is, as it says on the tin, a compilation on PTR celebrating the instrument. First produced in 1935 and selling two million units covering later models over fifty years until the company went bust in 1985, it’s been routinely used in jazz, rock and blues bands over the decades. 
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Thelonious Monk
Mønk

Don’t confuse this one with Thelonious Monk’s 1964 studio LP of the same name. This version of Monk is a previously-unreleased live recording taped a year earlier, in Copenhagen, for Danish radio. Along with a stellar band made up of Frankie Dunlop, Charlie Rouse and John Orr, this recording is yet another casual masterpiece from the late, great pianist. Contains a super version of 'Nutty'.

The Colours That Rise
Grey Doubt

The Colours That Rise are Simeon Jones and Nathanael Williams, a pair of producers and multi-instrumentalists. They make a mix of jazz and retro funk with the zip of electronic music using various acoustic instruments and some nice analogue synths. Ge=rey Doubt is their debut album, coming hot on the heels of their brilliant EP, 2020.
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Roy Budd
The Internecine Project

Trunk might well have unearthed a gem in this previously unreleased score from Roy Budd. Budd, as you may know, was master of 1970s scores and The Internecine Project comes from his peak pre-Get Carter period. The film with its oddball title and James Coburn lead fell under the radar somewhat and therefore the soundtrack is one of Budd's lesser known works. Get it now on limited one time vinyl pressing.  
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Julian Curwin
Midnight Lullaby

Australian guitarist and composer Julian Curwin has harnessed projects by The Tango Saloon, Munkle and Cannibal Spiders over the last 20 years. His latest solo album, Midnight Lullaby, takes its inspiration from a number of musical sources, from jazz to film soundtracks, and distils them into something coherent and highly personal. 

Gil Scott-Heron
Pieces Of A Man

Pieces of a Man was Gil Scott-Heron’s debut album and was originally released in 1972. This reissue has been taken from the original master tapes. Pieces of a Man includes some of Gil Scott-Heron’s best and best known tracks such as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and Lady Day and John Coltrane. Pieces of a Man is available on vinyl LP.
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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Shaman!

69 year old jazz auteur Idris Ackamoor returns with his influential band The Pyramids on Shaman!, a stunning return to his strongest form since their 1970s heyday. While the current line-up features a number of the group’s founding members, it feels like a fresh, new formulation, the tracks taking on a poignant urgency in the context of the coronavirus crisis. 

Nicole Mitchell and Moor Mother
Offering - Live at Le Guess Who

Over three lengthy tracks taken from a performance at the 2018 Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht, flautist Nicole Mitchell and spoken-word performer Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) dovetail perfectly with each other’s skills: Offering - Live at Le Guess Who seems so planned for a spontaneous performance, and isn't easily categorisable.

The Ridiculous Trio
The Ridiculous Trio Plays The Stooges

Courtesy of a tuba player, a trombonist and a percussionist, prime cuts from proto-punk legends The Stooges get an absurdly fun brass makeover by The Ridiculous Trio. Bearing artwork aping Fun House, The Ridiculous Trio Plays The Stooges deconstructs the riffs and structures but retains the freewheeling fun and spontaneity. 
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Baldi / Gerycz
Blessed Repair

A splinter project from Cloud Nothings - of whom Dylan Baldi and Jayson Gerycz are both members - Blessed Repair is an expression of experimentalism freed from the pressure of expectations. With Baldi playing the saxophone and Gerycz on percussion, it’s the sound of two close friends and creators exploring different territory together. 
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John Coltrane
Blue World

First time release for five previously unissued recordings from famous jazz guy John Coltrane. The pieces were recorded for a Canadian animated film called The Cat In The Bag. Instead of using original recordings, Coltrane went into the studio and recorded new versions of older works for the project. Thing is, no-one thought to mention this and the film came out with original Coltrane work that had never been released. Until now that is.  

Rex Orange County
Bcos U Will Never B Free

Marking the fifth anniversary of its original low-key release on Bandcamp in 2015, Alexander O’Connor’s debut album as Rex Orange County gets its first-ever release on vinyl. Written and recorded in his bedroom as a teenager, the unassuming and lovely Bcos U Will Never B Free has since led to Top Five albums and collaborations with Tyler, The Creator. 
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Tony Allen
A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers

A legendary drummer plays due homage to a legendary drummer on this Blue Note-released album. A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers finds Fela Kuti’s long-running percussion maestro Tony Allen following one of the roots of his amazing afro-jazz style back to the source, with reinterpretations of four of Art Blakey’s pieces. Vinyl release on Blue Note.
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John Coltrane
Giant Steps (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Housing the title track that’s long since become a jazz standard, John Coltrane’s seminal 1960 album Giant Steps gets a deluxe edition re-release to mark its 60th anniversary. Containing a second disc (in both vinyl and CD editions) of alternate versions and rehearsal takes, a poster cover insert and a booklet, this is essential ownership for any jazz fan.
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Little Ann
Deep Shadows

Unreleased and unheard since it was committed to tape over back in the Sixties with producer Dave Hamilton, Deep Shadows was the solitary album by soul singer Little Ann (real name Ann Bridgforth). Finally released in 2009, six years after her death, it’s a lost artefact of the Detroit soul scene, and is re-issued with a Sixties-style tip-on sleeve. 

BADBADNOTGOOD / Majestics
Key To Love (Is Understanding)

With their velvety smooth back-catalogue, rich with diverse influences and top featuring guests, BADBADNOTGOOD quickly made a name for themselves since breaking onto the scene in 2010. On this 7" the Canadians collaborate with Majestics, resulting in a soul-splashed earworm hit named 'Key To Love (Is Understanding)'.
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Oliver Nelson
Skull Session

Recorded close to the end of his tragically cut-short life in 1975, during sessions for the Flying Dutchman label, Skull Session sees American jazz saxophonist Oliver Nelson in some of the finest form of his stellar career, building synthetic elements into his sound in league with a magnificent backing band including names such as Jerome Richardson and Bill Perkins. It now gets a deluxe re-issue on vinyl, featuring sleeve notes from musician Nat Hentoff. 
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Breakwater
No Limit / Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot

Two ultra-rare deep cuts from Philadelphia funk band Breakwater, which both haven’t been available since being released as 12”-only promo versions in 1978, are re-released by Be With Records. ‘No Limit’ is as smooth and radio-friendly as funk comes, while ‘Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot’ is much more of a party jam. 

The Heshoo Beshoo Group
Armitage Road

A highly prized collector’s item since it was originally released back in 1970, Armitage Road was the sole studio recording from The Heshoo Beshoo Group. A critique of the apartheid regime in their native South Africa set to an inventive fusion of American and African jazz traditions, it now gets hugely overdue re-issue on vinyl via We Are Busy Bodies. 

Antonio Adolfo
Viralata

Viralata is the big classic for explorers of Brazilian progressive jazz-funk, standing tall above the rest with its fabulous grooves. Antonio Adolfo and his band really nailed it here, earning the album a surprise afterlife as a favourite in seminal London dubstep club Plastic People… Needless to say original copies of this are supremely rare, but this first-time vinyl reissue is here to save the day! On Far Out Recordings.

Ben Tankard
All Keyed Up EP

When All Keyed Up by Ben Tankard was originally released in 1989, it was hailed as a fusion of jazz, gospel, soul, dance and funk that had never been heard before. He likes to call it gospel jazz. Whilst multi instrumentalist Tankard still makes music, his last release being 2018, he is now star of his own US TV reality show as well as being a pilot and motivational speaker. 
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Alice Coltrane
Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana

Alice Coltrane changed her life in 1977 and became a Swamini, teaching the Hindu religion. This also marked a change in her music. She released two albums in one year, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana was one of them. It saw her embracing devotional music and running with it. Reissue LP on Antarctica Starts Here.

Emma-Jean Thackray
UM YANG 음 양

Fronting a seven-piece band featuring Soweto Kinch and Steam Down’s Wonky Logic, British jazz star Emma-Jean Thackray cut her latest album UM YANG 음 양 straight to vinyl in the studio over a weekend in October 2019. Framed around the Taoist teachings of harmony and duality, it’s a record that’s she’s long hoped to fulfil. 

Steve Arrington
Down to the Lowest Terms

An American funk legend, sampled by dozens of first-wave hip-hop luminaries and former lead singer of Slave, Steve Arrington breaks off a seven-year hiatus to release new music. Down To The Lowest Terms includes production work from Mndsgn, Knxwledge and Jerry Paper and sees him dabble in soul, jazz and R&B.
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Don Cherry
Brown Rice

Imagine having a name as cool as Don Cherry! Anyway, Eagle Eye’s dad and Neneh's stepdad wasn’t just cool by name, he played a mean jazz trumpet too. Brown Rice is a 1975 album that fuses jazz, rock, indian, African and Arabic sounds. What’s more it features Charlie Haden on wah-wah bass! Reissue LP on Blue Note.
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Budgie
Sweet Sweet Spirit

Budgie is British producer Ben Schofield. He currently resides in LA and makes hip hop - so not to be confused with the ‘70s heavy rock act of the same name. You may know him from albums he has made with Eminem’s DJ, The Alchemist. Sweet Sweet Spirit is his second album - however, if you’d be so inclined you can pick up his third album Chuuch Preach Tabernacle at the same time as they’re being released on the same day. 
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FKJ
Ylang Ylang

Named after the place he recorded this latest EP, an isolated spot in the Philippines jungle, French producer Vincent Fenton presents his latest French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) release. An EP of intensely personal and sonically beautiful tracks released digitally last year, Ylang Ylang now appears on 12” vinyl. 
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Demon Fuzz
Afreaka!

A crucial fact stated about Demon Fuzz is that they all immigrated to Britain from old Commonwealth nations. This shows in their blend of funky/psych-rock/jazz fusion record, and only record, Afreka!. Originally released in 1970, this much bootlegged work showcases a unique mixture of psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and acid rock.
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Thelonious Monk
Monk's Music

This is a short and sweet collection of some of Thelonius Monk's most iconic and most well-known compositions, under forty minutes in length but bringing together tracks like "Abide With Me" and "Off Minor". 'Monk's Music' is part of Monk's time on Riverside Records and features a roster of excellent musicians making up his septet, including Ray Copeland on trumpet and John Coltrane himself playing tenor; listen closely on "Well, You Needn't" and you'll hear Monk handing over some instructions to Coltrane. A quick in-and-out jazz standard, this one.
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Free Nationals
Free Nationals

Free Nationals are the band you would usually see backing Anderson Paak, so you know they’re top notch musicians. They are now striking out on their own with an eponymous album influenced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, BB King, Al Green and Herbie Hancock. Guests include Anderson Paak, Khadja Bonet, Mac Miller and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more.
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Brother Theotis Taylor
Brother Theotis Taylor

Proving that it’s never too late to have your music discovered is Brother Theotis Taylor a 92 year old singer and piano player known locally in Atlanta for his Sam Cooke falsetto and spiritual delivery. A lot of these tracks were recorded on a 4 track plonked on top of his piano so there’s a raw and soulful energy to these performances which sometimes sound like they are being drawn from a higher power. 

Art Blakey
Indestructible

Legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey - a genre stalwart who worked with icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk - released one of his very finest records with his band the Jazz Messengers in 1966, also his final album for the Blue Note label. Indestructible now gets a vinyl re-issue, 53 years on. 
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Kit Sebastian
Rain / Kozmos

Last year, Kit Sebastian were one of the most well-received newcomers in the world music scene, their stunning debut album Mantra Moderne sourcing styles and traditions from across the globe. Mr Bongo now presents two hitherto unreleased tracks from the album’s sessions, ‘Rain’ and ‘Kozmos’, on 7” vinyl. 
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Jaga Jazzist
Pyramid

Norwegian eight-piece group Jaga Jazzist return with their first album in five years titled Pyramid, their ninth overall but their debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Recorded in just two weeks over intense recording sessions, the Lars Horntveth-led ensemble continue their cosmic excursions covering jazz, post-rock and psychedelia. 

Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

Originally released in late 1963, My Point Of View was the second studio album that legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock released for the famous Blue Note label. It also included an all-star band ensemble backing him, among them Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Hank Mobley on tenor sax. The label’s Tone Poet Audiophile reissue series makes this masterpiece available once again, remastered from the original tapes and pressed on heavyweight vinyl. 

Jimmy Smith with Stanley Turrentine
Prayer Meetin'

Teaming up with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, jazz organist Jimmy Smith released the classic Prayer Meetin’ in 1963 on the iconic Blue Note. The label’s Tone Poet Audiophile reissue series makes this masterpiece available once again, remastered from the original tapes and pressed on heavyweight vinyl. 
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Horace Silver Quintet
Further Explorations

Originally released in the summer of 1958 on the legendary Blue Note, Further Explorations by the Horace Silver Quintet saw the pianist leading stellar performances from Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan and more. The label’s Tone Poet Audiophile reissue series makes this masterpiece available once again, remastered from the original tapes and pressed on heavyweight vinyl. 

Ryo Fukui
Ryo Fukui in New York

Laid down in February 1999 and released later the same year, Ryo Fukui Live In New York sees the beloved jazz pianist Ryo Fukui tackling classics from Charlie Parker, George Gershwin and others - as well as some original material - alongside bassist Lisle Atkinson and drummer Leroy Williams. It now gets a half-speed re-mastered reissue on We Release Jazz. 

Ryo Fukui
A Letter From Slowboat

A deeply personal record that served as the final album from Japanese musician Ryo Fukui, A Letter From Slowboat refers to the Sapporo jazz club that he co-owned and performed in right up until his death in 2016. Poetic and heartfelt, it now gets a half-speed remastered re-issue via We Release Jazz. 

Reverend John Wilkins
Trouble

The son of preacher-turned-blues-singer Rev. Robert Wilkins, Reverend John Wilkins has followed in his footsteps and leads one of the most powerful blues and gospel acts around today. Recorded at the iconic Royal Studios in Memphis, Trouble takes on extra poignancy following Wilkins’ recent remarkable recovery from coronavirus. 

Keith Jarrett
The Koln Concert

When Keith Jarrett turned up at the venue for this gig in April 1975 - the first ever gig being put on by a 17 year-old German wannabe promoter, it seemed that it was doomed before it started. He was late, he needed feeding, the piano was horribly out of tune, but due to Jarrett being such a great musician, The Köln Concert just happens to be one of the greatest live jazz albums ever recorded.
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Marvin Gaye
What's Going On

Immediately recognisable from the cover alone, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye feels like an album that was never not there. The soothing and enthralling tracks like Mercy Mercy Me and What’s Happening Brother, feel like they have always existed somewhere, a testament to Gaye’s effortless craftsmanship and one of the myriad of reasons why this has become a classic LP and one that deserves to be in any respectable collection.  

Amy Winehouse
Back To Black

Back To Black was the second and final album by Amy Winehouse. It was regarded as a classic pretty much upon on its release. Here she found her ideal musical partner in Mark Ronson whose soulful production was the perfect backdrop to her incredible voice. Contains Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own.
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La'Verne Washington
The Promise / I Found What I’ve Been Searching For

Melodies International exhume a couple of rare Midwestern soul gems for their latest 7” re-issue. Originally recorded in 1984, ‘The Promise’ by La’Verne Washington is a sumptuous compound of soul and gospel and is restored from 24-track tapes, with ballad ‘I Found What I’ve Been Searching For’ on the B-side. 

Various
Eccentric Funk

The latest in the Numero Group’s wonderful ‘Eccentric’ series of archival compilations, Eccentric Funk gathers together a dozen cuts of dazzling guitar sounds and choppy rhythms. Features tracks from the likes of Human Race, The Young Senators and Village Crusaders, and even a lesser-known song from Hot Chocolate. 
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

It may seem ironic that the biggest-selling album in jazz history is such a subtle and understated beast - perhaps less so when you consider it as a sublime masterpiece of subtlety and understatement. Improvisation is an enigmatic and elusive thing, especially at the envelope-pushing level captured here, with Miles and sidemen forging ahead and abandoning the strictures of hard bop for the relative freedom of a modal approach. Even for musicians of the calibre of Coltrane and Bill Evans, there’s a special unplannable magic here, where every player is utterly in the zone and in synergy. They all unleash majestic lines like it’s the easiest thing in the world. Kind of Blue is no daunting, towering edifice - it doesn’t insist on itself, but is a gently seductive and laidback entity. It’s beautifully recorded record too, and one of the nicest vinyl experiences you can have.

Beyoncé
Lemonade

Steering away from the sheeny chart-leading bangers that made Queen Bey a hegemonic pop power, Lemonade is yet another pioneering reinvention from someone exploring new territory. Risk-taking has become alien from many modern powerhouse artists; but so long as the likes of Beyonce keep us on our toes, the world will be a better place.

Jan Garbarek
Places

Reissue of Nowegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s Places. Originally released in 1978. High regarded as one of his best, Places is stark and isolated with Garbarek’s sax floating in a distant drone of organ chords, and percussion you barely notice coming into the forefront. Features Bill Connors (guitar), John Taylor (organ, piano), and Jack DeJohnette (drums).
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The Mystery Kindaichi Band
The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke

Here we have some much coveted Japanese disco funk in the form of The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke by The Mystery Kindaichi Band. It’s an imaginary soundtrack from 1977 which features the best Tokyo Funk and City Pop musicians Japan has to offer: pianist Hideo Ichikawa, drummer Jun Moriya, percussionist Tadaomi Anai, Eri Ohno on vocals, Takeru Muraoka on sax, trumpeter Koji Hadori and Koji Yamaguchi on French horn.

Menahan Street Band
The Crossing


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Alice Coltrane
Eternity

Alice Coltrane mixed a whole load of influences into her music. She was inspired by the music of India, R&B, gospel and spiritual. On her 1976 album, Eternity, she throws classical into the mix with a spellbinding album closer Spring Rounds, is her version of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring. LP on Antarctica Starts Here.

Hampshire & Foat
Galaxies Like Grains of Sand

A diverse blend of sounds converge on Galaxies Like Grains of Sand, the new collaborative LP by Warren Hampshire of The Bees and British jazz pianist Greg Foat. Library music, Americana, minimalism, classical music, jazz, folk and retro Italian film soundtracks have all been used to influence the many directions of this record. Acclaimed UK jazz drummer Clark Tracy is one of the many fine musicians who comes along for the ride.

Black Pumas
Deluxe Edition

Since it was released 13 months ago, the self-titled debut album from Austin psychedelic soul duo Black Pumas has earned its authors a Best New Artist nomination at the 2020 Grammys. It now gets a deluxe re-issue on gold, black and red coloured vinyl, with a bonus disc including covers, alternative in-studio versions and unreleased tracks. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (ATO0534LP)
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Kamaal Williams
Wu Hen

Peckham’s Kamaal Williams returns with his second album, Wu Hen. Williams’ refers to his own music as Wu Funk - a mix of jazz, rap, R&B and funk underpinned by jungle, grime, garage and house beats. This time out he’s added an expansive widescreen feel with strings arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Ray Charles, Dr. Dre, Flying Lotus, Mary J. Blige etc) and some sax from virtuoso player Quinn Mason. 

Various
NuLeaf

Fantastically packaged like mentholated cigarettes, the Numero Group releases this esoteric compilation NuLeaf - Smooth Jazz Underground, part of an apparent planned series of ten records. Featuring eight tracks of eclectic jazz and avant-garde pop, it features cuts from Michael Hayes, Larry Bright and George Shaw. 
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Buhaina's Delight

Buhaina's Delight is Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers classic album from 1963. The album featured Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton and Jymie Merrit completing Blakey’s band - a stellar cast that has become known as the ultimate Jazz Messengers line up. The album focused on shorter songs and featured a version of Moon River.
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Michael Kiwanuka
Home Again

Home Again was the debut from London singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. His soulful sound has roots in the early '70s smooth-running song people like Bill Withers, Terry Callier or Gallagher and Lyle. The album was recorded by Paul Butler of the Bees and is notable for its vintage production and easy going nature. 
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Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus and company conjured magic on 20th January 1963. The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady is a composed piece spread over six parts, with occasional blasts of full-ensemble free improvisation. Still sounds mind-blowing all these years later - a true original at the intersection of jazz and folk.
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JPQ
Quintessence

Originally released in 1983 on a private pressing, and now a prized item among collectors, Quintessence was the solitary album from North Carolina’s short-lived funk and soul outfit JPQ (Jimmy Person Quintet). Full of delicious basslines, tight yet fluid grooves and strong vocals, it now gets a first ever re-issue on vinyl courtesy of Tidal Waves Music. 
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Tenderlonious
The Piccolo - Tender Plays Tubby

British producer and multi-instrumentalist Tenderlonius delivers this outstanding mini-collection of four tracks from jazz icon Tubby Hayes, in tribute to one of the 22a founder's formative influences. The Piccolo - Tender Plays Tubby EP features performances from a number of today’s finest jazz musicians. 

Bobbi Humphrey
Blacks and Blues

A classic jazz-funk wedge gets reissued by Blue Note. Bobbi Humphrey is the name on the front of 1973's Blacks And Blues, and her sprightly flute playing and confident leadership gives these soulful, strutting fusion pieces the chutzpah they need to shine. However, the success of Blacks And Blues owes much to both Humphrey’s band and producers The Mizell Brothers - one half of whom (Larry Mizell) composed these numbers.

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead

On Jazz Is Dead, hip-hop producer Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest star Ali Shaheed Muhammad create new music with legendary figures in jazz such as Roy Ayers and Gary Bartz, along with rising stars of the genre like Keyon Herrold. Established as a concept back in 2017, this is the first instalment in a planned series. 

Swarvy
Sunny Days Blue

Swarvy is a multi-instrumentalist and producer whose work has elements of jazz, funk and hip-hop influences creating lo-fi and melancholic loops for your ears to bed down in. He's already worked with the likes of Earl Sweatshirt and Tony Allen and now presents his solo debut on Kamaal Williams' Black Focus label. 
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Billy Brooks
Windows Of The Mind

Originally released in 1974 on Ray Charles’ Crossover Records label and co-produced by the man himself, Billy Brooks’ Windows of the Mind has become one of the most highly prized albums of its genre. Famous for housing a song that A Tribe Called Quest sampled for ‘Luck of Lucien’, it’s now available once again on WeWantSounds with its original artwork. 

Stanley Turrentine
That's Where It's At

A beautifully packaged re-issue of That’s Where It’s At, the 1962 classic from American jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Featuring pianist Les McCann in one of only two collaborations these ultra-talented musicians did together, the album is considered one of the progenitors of the soul jazz genre. 
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

Mingus Ah Um was Charles Mingus's first album for Columbia released in 1959. It is a personal work which sees the double bass player and bandleader look back upon his childhood assisted by an all star group including Jimmy Knepper and Brooker Ervin. It contains some of his most enduring tracks and is widely regarding as a masterpiece. 
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Talibam! with Silke Eberhard and Nikolaus Neuser
This Week is in Two Weeks

Recorded spontaneously and direct to lathe cut, This Week Is In Two Weeks places together two pairs of creative geniuses - New York duo Talibam!, consisting of keyboard and drum jazz musicians Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea, with Berlin-based saxophonist Silke Eberhard and I Am Three member Nikolaus Neuser. 
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Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title. The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra.
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Theon Cross / Pokus
Candace of Meroe / Pokus One

Kaleidoscope is an album on the Soul Jazz label, showcasing the wealth of talent in the burgeoning new UK jazz scene. Here we have a one-off pressing of a 12” released alongside the album featuring a track each by tuba player and composer, Theon Cross and Pokus who feature members of Ill Considered and Dave De Rose of Agile Experiment. .

Sharhabil Ahmed
The King Of Sudanese Jazz

The King of Sudanese Jazz is Habibi Funk’s 13th album release, showcasing the work of the inimitable Sharhabil Ahmed, who was actually bestowed with the same title in a competition in the Seventies. Happily, this album makes some Sharhabil’s very-hard-to-find recordings available more widely, and it’s a snapshot into a jazz scene that’s very different from our Western preconceptions of what it should sound like. 

Albert Ayler
New Grass

A re-issue on Third Man Records for New Grass, the 1968 album from American avant-garde jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. Misunderstood critically and popularly at the time of its release, it mixed jazz, regarded as a high art form in American pop, with soul, then in its comparative infancy and thought of as lowbrow. More than 50 years later, its solid grooves and innovative arrangements still seem relevant. 

Nina Simone
Nina Simone and Piano!

Some people will just know Nina Simone for the ‘80s reissue of My Baby Just Care For Me. What that doesn’t necessarily tell you about Nina Simone is her power as a performer, composer and arranger. Nina Simone herself said that she’d prefer people to remember her for Nina Simone and Piano! It is Nina Simone stripped to the bone and singing about life, death and everything in between.
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Aging
Sentenced To Love

David McLean’s Aging return with a fourth studio album, directly inspired by their leader’s experiences with acting/jazz outfit The Crime Scene Ensemble a few years back. Sentenced To Love is darkly cinematic and heavily atmospheric, revealing a new, more planned approach to composition than the improvised tactics of their previous albums. 
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Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas

After an absence of five years, Lianne La Havas soared back into our collective consciousness at the start of 2020 with a great comeback single and memorable live show at the Barbican. Events have obviously prevented her from more performances, but her third, self-titled studio album is due to arrive before the year is out, made entirely on her own terms and exploring soul, R&B and jazz territories. 

Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones

Released originally in 1983, Swordfishtrombones saw Tom Waits undergo a new lease of creative life. Now free from his record deal with Asylum, Waits produced the record himself, veering away from the piano / string orchestra arrangements that characterised the first decade or so of his career and towards more abstract, eclectic arrangements. It was instantly hailed as a masterpiece. 
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Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Marcos Valle
Marcos Valle

Written and produced alongside composer Adrian Younge and former ATCQ member Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Marcos Valle is a collaboration with the Brazilian legend of the same name, released on the Jazz Is Dead label. Working in many styles across his six-decade career, including bossa nova, samba, and fusions of all sorts, Marcos Valle is one of the most respected Brazilian artists of all time. 

Holy Hive
Hypnosis / Broom

The lead single from Float Back To You, the upcoming debut album from folk newcomers Holy Hive, presented by Big Crown Records. On the A-side, ‘Hypnosis’ is a paean to hedonism and balancing responsibility with leisure, while on the B-side, ‘Broom’ is powered by a rare ‘zim-gar’ drum machine and speaks of finding true love. 
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Shock
Electrophonic Funk

Shock was the project of Band leader/ keyboardist Roger Sause who is a well known name in the funk/ R&B scene. His band formed in the early '70s and in true DIY style self released and distributed their early records. The self-explanatory Electrophonic Funk appeared in 1980 and showcased a perfect blend of p-funk and soul inspired by Parliament and Funkadelic. 
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Caiphus Semenya
Listen To The Wind

Be With are really finding some lost gems of late. The latest is this 1982 album by Caiphus Semenya - a South African in self imposed exile in Southern California. He was already well known as a collaborator with the likes of Lou Rawls and Quincy Jones when he finally got round to making a solo LP. The album blends funk, soul, jazz and boogie with his South African roots for a modern soul album which blended '80s production with more traditional sounds and compositions. 
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Caiphus Semenya
Streams Today… Rivers Tomorrow

Caiphus Semenya is a South African musician who fled apartheid in order to live in exile on the west coast of America. His second solo album Streams Today… Rivers Tomorrow carried on where his classic debut Listen to the Wind left off  - blending boogie, soul and jazz with more traditional sounds from his South African musical birth. Indeed Matswale was a massive hit in his homeland. Re-issue on Be With. 
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JR Bailey
Just Me 'n You

More unearthed '70s soul shoulda been classics from the Be With imprint with J R Bailey's lush masterpiece Just Me 'n' You. The album is reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On  - a concept album - but rather than Gaye's political lyrical obsessions, Bailey explores the subject of romance. The album has a home-fi feel, recorded on basic tape machine which gives it an otherworldly feel. Then there's Bailey's voice, as sweetly longing as anything Gaye put his name to.  
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Junie
Suzie Super Groupie

Be With present a re-issue of this lost 1970s caper featuring Walter Morrison (also of Ohio Players) playing soulful funk, jazz and boogie. It's full of infectious grooves, funky horns and liquid bass lines. Comparable to Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone, the album has been a favourite of artists as well known as Prince and Solange. Time to take a listen. 
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Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Coming at us via jazz colossus Blue Note is this interesting thing: a 4-track 10" from Tony Allen & Jeff Mills which they've called "Tomorrow Comes The Harvest". So that's Allen the legendary jazz drummer and Afrobeatist making sweet rhythmic music with Mills the Detroit Techno Titan. Two futurists with some serious chops that accompany their intimidating CVs combine on this record to bring us a rhythmical conversation. Nice.
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Angel Bat Dawid
Transition East

Conceived in tribute to the recently revived Chicago community centre that served as a base for AACM and icons from the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, ‘Transition East’ heads up a 7” vinyl containing two new pieces from Angel Bat Dawid. The reverse, ‘No Space Fo Us’, was recorded during a collaborative trip to Brazil. 

Laurence Pike
Prophecy

Inspired by the appalling fires that recently ravaged his homeland of Australia, Prophecy is the third album in as many years from percussionist and composer Laurence Pike. Again utilising his one-take approach for maximum spontaneity, it’s a record that eerily reflects the world’s current predicaments. 
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Various
Kaleidoscope - New Spirits Known and Unknown

You can always trust a Soul Jazz compilation and Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown is no different. You may be forgiven for think that jazz was invented in London in about 2017 such is the excitement over a treasure trove of new artists in recent years. This compilation seeks to present to you the best bits from deep jazz cuts to wilful experimentation to deep soul. Comes with extensive liner notes and photos. A good as any a place to begin your discovery. 

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