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Art Ensemble Of Chicago
We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Five full decades of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago: hell yes. This commemorative anniversary album was recorded with the two surviving core members joined by potent musicians including Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Moor Mother. We Are On The Edge takes in a wide array of the Ensemble’s history, with both a studio and a live disc for the full range of possible vibes. On Erased Tapes.
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George Otsuka Quintet
Physical Structure

Le Très Jazz Club has been searching deep into the Japanese jazz archives once again to find jazz fusion classic Physical Structure by George Otsuka Quintet. Otsuka, a phenomenal jazz drummer, led the band that also featured keyboardist, Fumio Karashima and tenor saxophonist, Shozo Sasaki. Reissued for the first time since its original release in 1976, and for the first time outside of Otsuka’s native Japan.
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Prince
Originals

Prince’s archives must be one of the most lusted-after collections of presumed wonder in modern music, so plenty of people will be delighted to see this major new release. Originals features fifteen songs that Prince wrote for other artists (most of them hits), except that here we finally get to hear the great man’s original versions recorded himself, all but one of them previously unreleased. Damn.

Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins - On Impulse!

A re-issue of Sonny Rollins On Impulse! - a utilitarian title given to jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ first album for Impulse! Records. Teaming up with the likes of Ray Bryant, Walter Booker and Mickey Roker in 1965, the star took on five jazz standards of the time, and the results were some of his most dense and electrifying performances of his career. 
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McCoy Tyner Trio
Inception

A re-issue of legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner’s first album from 1962. Having spent years as part of John Coltrane’s classic quartet, Tyner teamed up with double-bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones, and Inception is six joyous explorations of instrumental jazz spread over just over half an hour. 
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Alfa Mist
Structuralism

Bloody hell just how many jazz musicians are there in London right now? Alfa Mist's is a more chilled out approach than some of his peers, letting incredibly smooth keys provide the bedroom for for some delightfully relaxed improvisations. Named for the methodology with which it shares a name, Structuralism is as cerebral as you need it to be. On Sekito.
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Nérija
Blume

Domino's turn to get a slice of the 2019 London jazz scene pie. Nérija feature the already legendary saxophonist Nubya Garcia along side an ensemble of six other musicians. Blume, their debut album, is an incredibly vibrant and lovely work, that gets close to capturing how captivating the band are in the flesh. 
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Makaya McCraven
Universal Beings

Get ready for some more Epic Jazz -- 2018 has been another good year for it, what with Kamasi and all -- it's hot jazz drummer and producer Makaya McCraven with his latest LP 'Universal Beings'. The record was cut at two intimate live sessions and two impromptu studio sessions, in four cities: New York, Chicago, London and L.A. A total of 15 musicians worked with McCraven -- stellar improvisers all -- with Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Jeff Parker being but three of them. Double LP or double CD, on International Anthem Recording Co.
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Damon Locks / Black Monument Ensemble
Where Future Unfolds

Major work from Damon Locks and a fifteen-piece group he has gradually built up called Black Monument Ensemble. Where Future Unfolds began as a solo work of sound collage, by the time his group performed it at Garfield Park Botanical Conservatory in Chicago, where this live recording was made, it had become an epic of African-American music, encompassing gospel, avant-jazz, and fierce drum machine groove. A richly compelling performance, on International Anthem.
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94 East
The Cookhouse 5

Certainly to be of interest to Prince fans! The Cookhouse 5 recordings, laid down at the Cookhouse Recording Studios in Minneapolis in 1975, provide a valuable snapshot of a then-16 year old future Purple One on guitar in ensemble with others. Each of the five tracks is rendered in instrumental version on the B-side of this valuable artefact. 
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SEED Ensemble
Driftglass

Having this week secured a nomination for the 2019 Mercury Prize, Driftglass is the debut studio album from London-based jazz collective SEED Ensemble. A ten-piece band of young musicians spearheaded by composer and saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, they combine European, African and Caribbean rhythms into spellbinding original creations. 
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Omar Apollo
Friends

Omar Apollo is a genre-straddling Mexican-American singer. He fuses elements of jazz, R&B, soul, alternative and pop to create his own, wide-ranging, unique sound, similar, in that way, to the likes of Solange. Friends EP follows on from his 2018 debut EP, Stereo. Apollo is definitely one to watch this year. On Omar Apollo Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kamasi Washington
Heaven and Earth

Oh my God he is walking on water whilst carrying a saxophone. To some Kamasi Washington is the sort of person who could walk on water with his blend of psychedelic cosmic jazz and horn workouts. His first album 'The Epic' was a hell of a thing and 'Heaven & Earth' which is split into two bits ('Heaven'/'Earth') is bound to be just as ambitious and will further crown him as the lord of modern psychedelic jazz. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Lewis Express
Clap Your Hands

A Leeds-based group formed of members of other local bands who also happen to be on the ATA label, The Lewis Express get even more unashamedly vintage in their sound on sophomore album Clap Your Hands. Tauter than their self-titled debut, they swing from boogaloo to Duke Ellington jazz in the blink of an eye. 
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The Quiet Temple
The Quiet Temple

Who do we find inside The Quiet Temple? Well, primarily Rich Machin and Duke Garwood, joined by a rotating selection of musicians with past experience with Stereolab, Spiritualized/Coil (Thighpaulsandra) (among others). Together, this gang have created this self-titled debut album, a groovy, jazzy, live-feeling album that covers lots of tasty sonic ground.

Sarathy Korwar
More Arriving

Sarathy Korwar now lives in the UK. He was born in the USA and grew up in India. His music has grown from a Jazz foundation to incorporate traditional and modern indian, electronic, rap and folk sounds over time. More Arriving is his second album and is fired up by a divided Britain and his own experiences of living here. Confrontational, at times abrasive, Korwar is sending his passionate message out there.

The Jimmy Castor Bunch
It's Just Begun


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Abdullah Sami
Peace of Time

Both otherworldly and deeply spiritual, Abdullah Mudon Sami’s incredibly rare 1978 album Peace Of Time has gone on to attain a mythical status among jazz fans and record collectors alike, with original pressings of the first run of 300 copies fetching upwards of $2,000. This milestone is now being re-issued by Spiritmuse Records.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tuxedo
III

You ever listen to that band Chromeo and think "yes, the world needs more of these hipster duos knowingly parodying the sounds of 80’s funk"? This Norman Records™ language-lackey does. Every day I sit there, gazing out my window, wishing that I didn’t have to deal with all the Merzbows and Ziurs and Shellacs of this world. Wishing that a group like Tuxedo would come along and turn in a set of tunes so meticulous in their parody that they could quite easily have been taped in 1983. Clearly I’m not alone in this - MF DOOM, DāM-FunK, Benny Sings and other notable guests all grab a piece of the action on the band’s third album III. Sometimes dreams do come true.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Broetzmann / Edwards / Noble
The Worse The Better

Document of the first (ever!) trio performance of German saxophone lord Peter Brötzmann with London’s finest free-improvising rhythm section, John Edwards and Steve Noble, recorded live at Cafe Oto back in 2010. The sweet free-jazz meat of The Worse The Better is so delicious that the first pressing sold-out a few years back, so Otoroku have issued 500 more. Killer stuff!

Nate Morgan
Journey Into Nigritia

Journey Into Nigritia, the 1983 debut LP from the late jazz pianist Nate Morgan, gets a reissue courtesy of Outernational Sounds. Morgan was a highly talented player, one who joined Horace Tapscott’s Union Of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension as a teenager, and his prodigious abilities as both an instrumentalists and bandleader shine through on Journey Into Nigritia. The influence of Tapscott’s spiritual style is keenly felt here.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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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Ruby Rushton
Trudi's Songbook: Volume One & Two

Ruby Rushton is, lets carefully note, a band, and not an solo female recording artist, let alone the woman craftily displayed on the cover. Just so we’re all on the same page. In fact Ruby Rushton are a four-piece jazz band, fond of the funkier end of things, and Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One & Two bundles up their two 2017 releases into one handy jazz package for 2019. On 22a.
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Emerson
If You Need Me, Call Me

A very, very long-awaited first release for If You Need Me, Call Me, a near-mythical album from 1988 from Emerson. The set includes unreleased demo versions of his similarly desirable single ‘Sending All My Love Out’, and the rest of the LP consists of other synth/drum-machine led boogie jewels. 
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Smuggler Brothers
Musione

This one's for the fans of the hot new things, 'library music'. Smuggler Brothers are from Sicily, and so are perfectly pitched to draw from Italy's rich history of library music, while incorporating influences from all the cultures who touch the mediterranean. Musione is progressive-funk that's not afraid to give itself over to other musical traditions. 

Shabason / Gunning
Muldrew

Joseph Shabason and Ben Gunning, known here as Shabason / Gunning left the hustle and bustle of the city for Lake Ontario. They holed up in a cabin with their equipment (synths, saxes, guitars, drum machines) to make Muldrew. The result is a cinematic musical escape to the rural idylls of Canada inspired by John Martyn and the fourth worldism of Jon Hassell.

DJINN
DJINN

A ‘supergroup’ project formed by members of the amazingly talented Swedish groups GOAT and Hills, DJINN releases its self-titled debut album on Rocket Recordings. Exploring jazz more thoroughly than either band has ever done before, DJINN promises to be a journey to the inner reaches of the psyche. 
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Ash Walker
Aquamarine

Ash Walker is a producer and multi-instrumentalist who has been rather prolific in his 5 year career so far. His latest slab of wax takes inspiration from jazz, trip-hop, funk, rap, dub, rock and blues and modern classical music. Every colour under the rainbow, every imaginable shape and texture, its all expertly assembled by walker and backed up by guest appearances from Jonathan Shorten, Laville, Marc Cyril and Yazz Ahmed.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Sunny Side Up

A new compilation arriving from Gilles Peterson’s current Brownswood Recordings label, Sunny Side Up focusses very specifically on the jazz, soul and funk underground scene in Melbourne, Australia. Engineer Nick Herrera hosted a week-long session in suburban studio The Grove to produce these nine tracks. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Patrice Rushen
Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984

Superb compilation from Strut here that focuses on disco pioneer Patrice Rushden. Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984 fronts the singles, 12” edits and fan favourites that Rushden cut for Elektra back in the day. Remastered from the original tapes, much of this is bespoke, classy disco straight from the source. Some cracking ballads are scattered across the album too. Remind Me is also a great one to play ‘spot the sample’ with. Contains 'Forget Me Nots'.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fat Freddys Drop
Based On A True Story

Debut album from modern reggae favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop, first released in 2005 and since then apparently the best-selling record by a New Zealand artist ever! Just pipped The Dead C to the post I guess… Based On A True Story is a real favourite of hippies and non-hippies alike, available again now on vinyl, on The Drop.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tony Newton
Mysticism & Romance

Don’t be one of those people who just wants to put this album sleeve, with that astonishing guitar, on your wall: get Tony Newton’s Mysticism & Romance onto your turntable and into your life. This 1978 album was Newton’s first solo, and it is as fabulous a set of P-Funk, jazz-rock and space-fusion. Fabulous funky material, reissued by Tidal Waves Music.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Real ShooBeeDoo
Reminiscing

The Real ShooBeeDoo has got to be one of the best every names taken on by a musician. Real name Reggie Fields, ShooBeeDoo was a fixture of Detroit's jazz scene through the 70s and 80s. Reminiscing, which was first released in 1981, is a brilliant jazz album, brought together by Fields strangely lyrical singing. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Khruangbin
Hasta El Cielo (Con Todo El Mundo in Dub)

After 2018's Con Todo El Mundo blew everyone's collective mind, Khruangbin have turned to legendary dub producer Scientist to freeze that album's tracks in time. Doing this has enabled the band to find the spaces in their music, and make them wide screen. Hasta El Cielo offers a different perspective on the band's psych sound.

Boca 45
Forty Five

Boca 45, AKA, Scott Hendy from Bristol, has been DJ-ing for the past 20-odd years using the concise 7” single to fill dancefloors. The format is limited in length, which generally means you get a lean pop hit, allowing Boca 45 to make punchy sets. His original offering got him to play opening night at Banksy’s 2015 Dismaland show. 

Laville
The Wanderer

One of London’s most promising soul acts and a recent signee to the Acid Jazz label, Laville finally releases his debut studio album. Produced by the experienced Tristan Longworth, The Wanderer is intelligent, passionate and sounds remarkably uncalculated, put together mainly on the basis of first takes. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Brand New Heavies
TBNH

Good to see The Brand New Heavies still going strong after all these years. TBNH - the first LP from the acid jazz pioneers for half a decade - recaptures the soulful, funky sound of the band’s golden years. This stuff is catnip for Craig Charles’ when he's in funk & soul mode, so if you like what he plays in his DJ sets then you’re probably going to get behind TBNH. The Brand New Heavies spread the love here too, with Mark Ronson coming in to produce their reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘These Walls’.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Reuben Wilson
Blue Mode

Three originals and three covers on this acclaimed jazz-funk LP from Reuben Wilson here. First cut for Blue Note back in 1969, Wilson’s third album Blue Mode goes hard on the soul-jazz and the fusion-funk. The strutting drums and stanky basslines are the sort of things that will never go out of fashion. Blue Mode's recording was engineered by Rudy Van Gelder dontcha know.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Thundercat
The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam

Mind-bending bassist, and frequent Flying Lotus collaborator, Thundercat releases the mini-album The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. Not only does FlyLo help out on these jazzy electro numbers, but the legendary Herbie Hancock lends his fingers to keyboards and pal Kamasi Washington is on hand as well. This bold digi-funk comes on 180 gram red vinyl.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Miles In The Sky

Miles In The Sky by Miles Davis was originally released in 1968. It was the first time Davis introduced rock to jazz thus creating fusion. His band at this point was pretty amazing with Wayne Shorter on sax, Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums, Herbie Hancock on keyboards and George Benson on guitar. Sheeesh! 180g vinyl reissue on Music On Vinyl.
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Various
Spiritual Jazz 9: Blue Notes, Part 2

Here haveth we the second volume of Jazzman’s Spiritual Jazz 9: Blue Note albums, and the one that will go down in history as Having A Nicer Colour Scheme Than The First. The music within is off similar calibre, mind. Of course it is - we’re talking Blue Note Records here, man. This selection of spiritual masterpieces from the Blue Note archives features (among others) Wayne Shorter and Solomon Ilori.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steamheat
Austin Funk

Originally released on tiny Texas-based indie Fable back in the seventies, Austin Funk is one of three albums released around that time by trombonist Michael Mordecai (who also features). Steamheat’s much sought-after rarity now gets a new life as part of the Jazzman re-issue series of hard-to-find jazz treasures. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alice Clark
Alice Clark

Soul, jazz, funk and raw emotion all play their part in making the one and only self-titled album by Alice Clark one of the most sought after pieces of wax known to man. It was originally recorded in 1972 over a two day session. Very little is known about Clark apart from what happened on that two day stint. No need to crate-dig in a blind panic anymore as Wewantsounds are reissuing this highly regarded album.
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Parliament
Up For The Down Stroke

Released a long four years after their debut album, 1974’s Up For The Down Stroke was where Parliament’s career really took off. Containing the title track, which was the group’s first significant hit, as well as ‘Testify’, the LP gets a 180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue this summer. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lonnie Smith
Think!

The second LP from ya boy Dr. Lonnie Smith gets a reissue via Blue Note. 1968's Think! is one of those oft-imitated, rarely-improved golden-age jazz tomes. Backed by a group that consisted of Lee Morgan, David ‘Fathead’ Newman and Melvin Sparks, Smith and his organ deliver a set that combines classic bop sounds with Hugh Masekela’s South African style, spiritual jazz, funk and early fusion. The result is a hot-fingered masterpiece.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Luie Luie
Touchy

Previously only a rare collector’s item after a very limited run was pressed back in 1974, leading to a flood of bootlegged versions, Touchy, a collection of diverse instrumentals influenced by jazz, Latin and funk music and recorded by an outsider instrumentalist known as Luie Luie, at last gets a wider re-issue. 
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Skyy
Here’s To You

Here's To You. A very simple sentiment, but one that is filled with generosity and kindness and selflessness. It's a marvel that Skyy was able to create a track that lives up to that name, but he did it. First released in 1980, this track has been inspiring dance floors from New York to everywhere else. Utterly transcendent disco. 

Tommy Guerrero
Soul Food Taqueria

Genre-hopping musician and skateboarding legend Tommy Guerrero’s 2003 release Soul Food Taqueria returns as a 2LP reissue from Be With Records. The music dabbles in groovy, guitar-led soul-funk, often with a touch of melancholy. It’s warmly produced and as effectively as relaxed as was Tommy’s skating.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Logg
Logg

Logg is Leroy Burgess, aka the Godfather of Boogie and member of '70s Harlem R&B group, Black Ivory. This eponymous album, originally released in 1981, is regarded as one of the greatest post-disco albums ever made. It’s a breezy masterclass in tight, funky bass and cosmic synth sounds. On Be With.
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Brussels Art Quintet
Vasy-Y Voir

Extremely in-demand private press European jazz rarity here, getting a very desirable 7” reissue by Cacophonic. Brussels Art Quintet involved members of both COS and Babs Robert Quartet, and Vasy-Y Voir and its B-side represent their entire recorded output, and what quality output it is. Vital for collectors and great for listeners too.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

KAINA
Next to The Sun

Kaina Castillo, born in Chicago but whose Guatemalan and Venezuelan heritage is evident in her pulsating music, has taken three years of strong EPs and singles to get to the release of her debut full-length album Next To The Sun. Exploring ideas of identity through Latin-influenced R&B joints, it could be one of the year’s finest debuts! 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
That's It!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band were formed in New Orleans the early ‘60s by Alan Jaffe and carried forward since the early 90s by his son, Ben Jaffe. Myriad influences feed into their life story from the different musicians who’ve passed through their ranks to the sounds passing through their home city and their willingness to embrace change. That’s It was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
So It Is

Preservation Hall Jazz Band were formed in New Orleans in the early ‘60s. Many musicians have been through their ranks through the years, as well as many different musical influences. So It Is takes its inspiration from the band’s trip to Cuba in 2016. Their sound is stretched further by the presence of TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek in the producer's chair.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Airto
Samba De Flora

Airto is one of the most revered Brazilian percussionists having worked with everyone up to and including Miles Davis. Samba De Flora is his 1988 album that fuses Brazilian samba and bossa nova with jazz. Despite being incredibly well regarded it had been out of print until Soul Jazz Records intervened.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gil Scott-Heron
Spirits

Spirits is a 1994 album by Gil Scott-Heron. It is being reissued for its 25th anniversary which means that we’re all getting old. The title track reinterprets the John Coltrane track of the same name. The Other Side, here in three parts, is a re-working of Heron’s 1971 track, Home Is Where The Hatred Is. This version was sampled by Jamie xx for the pair’s highly rated collaborative effort, We’re New Here, in 2011.
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  • TVT
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

City of Women
City of Women II

City of Women existed as a group for two sessions in Finland in 1998, with Jimi Tenor and Edward Vesala’s self-built instruments joined by Iro Haarla, Jimi Sumen and Matti Knaapi. The first part of those sessions was released in 2000, the second part is here before you now in 2019. Better late than never though for these intense and intriguing recordings. Vinyl release on Sähkö Recordings.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Abdullah Ibrahim
The Balance

Abdullah Ibrahim is South African musical royalty and can easily claim living legend status in the rest of the world too. He’s been likened to Thelonious Monk and played piano with with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach and Duke Ellington. Nelson Mandela regards him on a par with Mozart. Jabula is his brand new album, which he recorded in London. LP and CD on Gearbox.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Spiritual Jazz 9: Blue Notes, Part 1

Blue Note Records doesn’t need any introduction at this point. Jazzman probably doesn’t either. ‘But what are they doing in the same description?’, you ask. To put it succinctly, Spiritual Jazz 9: Blue Notes, Part 1 sees Jazzman combing the Blue Note archives for a selection of choice spiritual jazz morsels. We find established names like Wayne Shorter jostling for space with the more rarified talents of Bobby Hutcherson and Pete La Roca. Big fish or little fish, they still had a record out on Blue Note, so their music is still worth your time.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Shafiq Husayn
The Loop

Shafiq Husayn is one well-connected dude, with the cream of Los Angeles’ alternative bass music scene joining him for his new album The Loop. Thundercat plays some bass, Kamasi Washington brings his royal jazz, and Erykah Badu and Anderson .Paak feature on a track each. An essential scene-overview through the prism of one man’s creativity.

Bushman's Revenge
Bushman's Fire

Bushman’s Revenge are a jazz band who have often looked like a proggy rock band, and this live document is no exception. Bushman’s Fire is about right, as the group are on storming form during this Oslo gig. They even brought in extra sax and hammond players for extra firepower. Released by Rune Grammofon.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joe Armon-Jones
Icy Roads (Stacked)

Icy Roads, Armon-Jones, to the place, I belong. Yep, another of them there jazz records from London’s ever-growing community of hip young cats. This time we see star of the scene Joe Armon-Jones joining forces with KwAkE bAsS and Mutale Chashi (Kokoroko) for a two-tracker of vibe-drenched, dreamy fusion. ‘Icy Roads (Stacked)’ is out on Brownswood.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kashmere Stage Band
Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974


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Red Kite
Red Kite

Technically gifted Norwegian four-piece, Red Kite, ply their trade blending prog, psych, heavy rock and free-jazz. Somewhat of a supergroup, their members have served time in Norwegian prog bands such as Elephant9, Grand General, Bushman’s Revenge and Shining. Their self-titled debut album is a complex and challenging beast, ideal for those who like their music complicated and loud.

Eddie Prévost
Matching Mix

Solo album from the erstwhile free-improvising percussionist and AMM member Eddie Prevost. Matching Mix was recorded in Eddie’s home village of Matching Tye, and some of the performances were recorded outside, including a deliciously subtle piece for bowed cymbal and rural wind. Released by Earshots Recordings.

Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey
Royal

Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton, together on an Incus release from 1974! Amazing stuff eh free improvisation fans? But wait, there’s more (literally)! Braxton and Bailey originally planned two volumes of Royal, but only one was ever released… Until now! This newly remastered reissue contains both volumes, at last. From Honest Jon’s.

Mark A. Mitchell
How Can I? / All Your Love

Reissue of this very cool and very rare 7" single by Mark A. Mitchell. Mitchell took some of the same college classes as Juan Atkins who offered him the chance to record with Cybotron. Some of the results of that collaboration are How Can I? and All Your Love, a pair of futuristic sounding soul ballads with Mitchell's heartfelt vocals pairing wonderfully with Cybotron's productions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Everything Is Recorded
Close But Not Quite

Everything Is Recorded is the production project of Richard Russell, the head honcho of XL Recordings. Russell used his impressive contacts book to get a whole host of modern vocal talent (plus Warren Ellis!) into his studio to craft excellent and soulful music. The project’s debut features Sampha, Giggs, Green Gartside and more.
  • Vinyl 12" (XLT869)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

London's Portico Quartet, here with 'Untitled, Art in the Age of Automation #2', weave together jazz, electronica, ambient and minimalism in an addictive sound that journeys through textures, acoustic arrangements and grooving, widescreen minimalism. A hard-hitting record that's well worth the listen.

Nina Simone
A Very Rare Evening

You really shouldn’t need me to tell you who Nina Simone is. The important thing here is that this album has been out of press since 1979 and contains rare versions that just aren’t anywhere else, performances of songs by Aretha Franklin, Barry Gibb, Randy Newman and Pete Seeger and featuring performers Weldon Irvine and Gene Perla. Glorious.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Coastal County
Coastal County

Some extremely lush library sounds from Norwegian duo Coastal County here. The group’s eponymous record is full of meticulous re-renderings of noirish, Italo-style exploitation jazz. You’d imagine that Dummy-era Portishead would have had a field day sampling these tunes. The production on Coastal County is particularly juicy and makes the grooves really pop.

Mabuta
Welcome To This World

Neo-jazz ensemble Mabuta group drop an eight-track LP. Despite its creators hailing from South Africa, Welcome To This World is very much of the new global school that takes in NYC’s Onyx Collective and London artists like Moses Boyd and Joe Armon-Jones. One thing that distinguishes this record is a distinct Afrofuturist bent that aligns Mabuta with the likes of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As he has been decreed to do on every other record released in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings toots his horn a few times.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AFS041)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

John Lee Hooker
Detroit and Beyond Vol. 1

Jack White’s Third Man Records project reaches its logical conclusion with a set of John Lee Hooker reissues. Originally released in 1973, Detroit And Beyond Vol. 1 collects some of the famed bluesman’s earliest recordings. Many of these tracks were cut at a studio but a stone's throw away from where the Third Man store now resides.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TMR511)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

William Hooker
... Is Eternal Life

Drummer, band leader, poet and composer, William Hooker’s 70+ album career all began with ….Is Eternal Life in the mid-’70s. Like many artists of the day, he was inspired to make his art - be it free jazz or poetry - by the political climate, social injustices and cultural inequality. ….Is Life Eternal strains with tension and explodes with fury.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 2: 1962-1991)

The second volume of Strut’s compilation of Sun Ra’s many many singles gets a vinyl release. The Definitive 45s Collection includes a huge variety of Ra’s styles: he seemed to view singles (often pressed in very small runs) as opportunities to try things as strange as quasi-disco, spoken word, R&B and more. Three LPs of rare material, accompanied by detailed track-by-track liner notes. On Strut.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STRUT149LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fairuz
Wahdon

WEWANTSOUNDS with another brilliant reissue. Wahdon saw the legendary Lebanese musician Fairuz working with her son after the untimely passing of her husband. The result is an album that has one foot in the traditional, and one in the contemporary. Swooning arabic strings find themselves next to disco beats, all held together by the will and talent of Fairuz.

Collocutor
Instead

Collocutor’s 2014 LP Instead was the first thing to be released by On The Corner Records. It is the album that set the tone for a label whose impressive roster now includes artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue and DJ Khalab. Furthermore, you can make the case that Instead is one of the LPs which helped kick-start the London nu-jazz scene that has produced Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones et al. Led by saxophonist/flautist Tamar Osborn, Collocutor’s sound is a rhythm-heavy mix of various jazz colours - free, spiritual, bop, astral and soul all get a look-in here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marvin Gaye
You’re The Man

Ooooh, a ‘lost’ album by soul superman Marvin Gaye is now being made available! You’re The Man was meant to follow on from What’s Going On in 1972, so you can imagine how high the quality is here. This is the first time these tracks have been presented in their proper album context, and there is also a nice extended version of Gaye’s Christmas song. Double LP reissue on Island, celebrating what would have been his 80th birthday.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Brian Ellis
Deep Clues

A vinyl release for eclectic musician Brian Ellis’ latest album Deep Clues, which first appeared back in January. Although a comparatively short collection at just eight tracks, Ellis covers a hell of a lot of ground, from smooth radio-friendly soul and funk to jazz and some avant-garde aspects of electronica. 
  • Vinyl LP (HOBO013LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Brown
Get On The Good Foot

Get On The Good Foot by James Brown was originally released in 1972. As you might expect, it’s funky as hell. The title track was released as a single, split into two parts for some reason, and has been sampled numerous times. If you think you haven’t heard it before, you probably have.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

Frenzied super-group Melt Yourself Down (members of Polar Bear and Zun Zun Egui, plus Shabaka Hutchings) return with a second album! Last Evenings On Earth, which takes its name from a Roberto Bolano text, is a pre-apocalypse party record of immense energy and joy: vocals, saxophones and everything else all operating at peak level throughout. Released by The Leaf Label.

Patterson Twins
Gonna Find A True Love / A Good Thing

Miles Away Records with a reissue of ‘Gonna Find A True Love’, a rare disco gem by Mississippi pair the Patterson Twins. You’ve all heard disco before so there’s not really much more we need to tell you about this one - it’s just really good, funky, soulful music. Comes backed by the gospel-soul number ‘A Good Thing', a track that appeared alongside ‘Gonna Find A True Love’ on the duo’s 1978 debut LP Let Me Be Your Lover.
  • Vinyl 7" (MA003)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Untitled

Untitled by Various - about as vague as you can get, eh? Well I have more information for you. It’s an album of new and established UK artists who have made music inspired by the late New York-based artist Jean-Michel Basquiat including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Mala, Kwake Bass. The music within shows the musical diversity of the UK with a wide range of sounds from jazz to dub, post-punk to ambient on display. The project surrounding the album also aims to engage young people with art. On The Vinyl Factory.  

Minoru Muraoka
Bamboo

Re-issue on CD and vinyl of a formerly ultra-rare Japanese jazz / breakbeat record used as source material for the likes of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist among others. Bamboo by Minoru Muraoka is a perfect example of culture fusion, blending traditional Japanese instrumentation with Western-based jazz techniques. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Starcrost
Starcrost

Starcrost were a jazz/funk/ soul band who released their only album in the mid-’70s. Despite this possesing a sleeve like something you’d steer clear of in a charity shop, it is actually a highly sought after piece of wax - I mean, there is some serious bass and drum playing on here -  by collectors and DJs alike, as only 1000 of them were pressed. Jazzman are now reissuing the album to relieve all those crate-digging anxieties.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ofege
The Last Of The Origins

Nigerian rockers Ofege get another of their classic LPs reissued on Tidal Waves Music. 1976’s The Last Of The Origins built on the success of their debut album Try And Love, fusing psych-rock grooves with Lagos funk fire in a manner reminiscent of their heroes BLO and The Funkees. This one’s been pretty rare up until now - indeed, this is the first time the record has been put on wax since the ‘70s.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Air
Air

A jazz/soul/prog-rock classic from 1971, Air’s self-titled album is something of a rarity. Thankfully, Be With Records are highly skilled at their reissues, and Air is no exception. They’ve recreated the exact original release, including beautiful artwork - but with remastered tracks. All on 180 gram vinyl. Not to be confused with French electro duo Air!

Kamaal Williams
New Heights / Snitches Brew

New EP from our big broken-beat jazz talent Kamaal Williams. After his success with Yussef Kamaal, producer Henry Wu delivers a follow-up to this year’s the Return. Snitches Brew boasts some genre-defying shredding from virtuoso Mansur Brown, whereas New Heights promises to be more of a spaced-out hiphop affair. Limited supply: buy now or face eternal regret.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lou Donaldson
Mr. Shing-A-Ling 

Mr. Shing-A-Ling is a 1967 album by saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, one of three he released that year. It shows Donaldson transitioning from bop-tinged soul jazz to jazz funk, opening with a mid-tempo groove workout of Bobby Gentry’s Ode To Billy Joe. The band included Blue Mitchell, Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Ponder.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Morgan
Cornbread

Trumpeter, Lee Morgan, earned his jazz chops playing with John Coltrane and Art Blakey. He was prominent in the ‘60s with classic albums such as The Sidewinder (1963) and the equally superb Cornbread (1965). For this he got together an ace band featuring Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, Billy Higgins, Jackie McClean and Larry Ridley. Sadly, Morgan was shot and killed by his common-law wife in 1972.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Parliament
Chocolate City

180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue of Chocolate City, the third studio album by George Clinton’s legendary Parliament which was originally released in 1975. Boasting their classic line-up and conceived of as a positive reversal of the contemporaneous concern of ‘white flight’ from city centres, it included the singles ‘Chocolate City’ and ‘Ride On’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lucinda Williams
Happy Woman Blues

Happy Woman Blues, originally released in 1980, was the second album by Lucinda Williams. It was, however, the first comprised entirely of original material. Williams’ mixes traditional and alternative folk, blues and country seamlessly to create her own sound, reflecting her southern roots. It is regarded as a classic, influential record.

Black Pumas
Black Pumas

Black Pumas are a funk/soul/hip-hop duo comprising of Adrian Quesada of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma and the previously unheard of but undoubtedly talented Eric Burton. The band made an indelible impression on many that saw them at 2019’s SXSW festival. Their self-titled debut is available on LP and CD on ATO Records.

Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight
Cumulo Nimbus

47 Times Its Own Weight were a jazz/funk band from Austin, Texas. Cumulo Nimbus was originally released in 1975 on the Fable label, which was started by trombone player, Michael Mordecai. There were only 1000 of these pressed at the time so it has become a highly sought after record. Jazzman are reissuing the LP, so your search ends here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sinkane
Dépaysé

Sinkane has taken a more confrontational approach to his latest album, Dépaysé. The album tells of the difficulties immigrants have under the Trump administration. Sinkane describes it as being loud and raw. Judging by lead single Everybody, he’s mixed soul power and North-African rock to create an emotive and powerful sound. LP and CD on City Slang.

Various
Chevance - Outremusique pour enfants 1974-1985

Take an eye-opening spin through the catalogue of Chevance, Philippe Gavardin’s experimental sub-label, wherein all manner of experiments were published. Linguists, chansons, free-leaning jazz, poetics and unclassifiable abstractions are all featured in this survey of the most intriguing moments of those eleven years of activity. Really, the only way to get an impression is to dive into Outremusique pour enfants yourself! Compilation on Born Bad.

Moses Sumney
Aromanticism

If I had Moses Sumney’s voice I’d lose all my friends. That’s because I wouldn’t stop singing. If you had a voice this beautiful, this rich, this dynamic, why would you? Sumney’s debut LP, out on Jagjaguwar, is a record of lush contemporary soul akin to Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe and serpentwithfeet’s Blisters.

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