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Yellow Days
A Day In A Yellow Beat

British songwriter George van den Broek presents his second album as Yellow Days, and his first since signing to Columbia. Expanding his palette from his 2019 debut album, A Day In A Yellow Beat is inspired by classic funk and R&B from the likes of Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, but contains the same spark of self-taught creativity that made his early music so appealing.
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Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn, Balazs Pandi, Roswell Rudd
Ceremonial Healing


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Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Azymuth
Azymuth

Azymuth was recorded by a collaboration between American composer Adrian Younge, American hip-hop producer and member of A Tribe Called Quest, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Brazillian jazz / funk band Azymuth. It was composed by Younge and Muhammad with Azymuth providing the musicianship in their unique and innovative style. On Jazz is Dead.

Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

Fire! Orchestra are of course the mutated super-version of the mighty Fire! trio, adding up to 21 members on this record. The title Ritual is about right, with this many (mostly Swedish) major musicians grouped together to summon up energetic, elemental power. Heavy and ecstatic, there aren’t many other groups comparable to this one.
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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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Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit
Axis/Another Revolvable Thing

Available as two separate vinyls or a double-CD set, Axis​/​Another Revolvable Thing is the next archival music from the late Japanese improvisational musician Masayuki Takayanagi to be re-issued by Blank Forms. It’s taken from a recording of a September 1975 concert at Tokyo’s Yasuda Seimei Hall with his quartet New Direction Unit. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Dawan Muhammad
Deep Stream

Not much is known about Dawan Muhammed's Deep Stream  - a 1979 era private press album now re-issued on High Jazz. A Google search reveals very little but listening through the album it is immediately clear that this is a beautiful work of spiritual jazz that needs to reach a wider audience. It features seven glistening tracks of piano, sax and cool vocal harmonies. A beautiful ride. 
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Budgie
Chuuch Preach Tabernacle

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Thundercat
It Is What It Is

No McDonald and Loggins this time but Thundercat follows up the expansive, at times baffling 'Drunk' with another tour de force of his nimble-fingered funk, soul and hip-hop. Fifteen more tracks of blissful, laid back sunshine vibes topped off with his distinctive sweet vocals and virtuoso bass playing. He's roped in a tantalizing array of artists, here working with Childish Gambino, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil B, Zack Fox & Louis Cole. Four (count 'em) different vinyl versions to choose from at the time of launch. Released through Flying Lotus' esteemed Brainfeeder label (naturally). 

Rymden
Space Sailors

Quickly following up on their acclaimed debut Reflections and Odysseys last year, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Öström deliver their second record as Rymden. Bursting with creative energy, Space Sailors infuses their retro psychedelic aesthetic with more synthetic elements. 

Nevergrand
Things That We Should Fear

Nevergrand are a duo who hail from Belgium and describe themselves as an electro-soul band. Things That We Should Fear is their first album. They may resemble an art-school Pet Shop Boys, but their sound is closer to the fluid synth grooves of Herbie Hancock, married to the distinctive vocals of a Superstition-era Stevie Wonder. Released on Spun Out Sounds - a new sister imprint from Spun Out Of Control.
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Kamasi Washington
Becoming (Music from the Netflix Original Documentary)

Nominated for four Emmys after it was released over Netflix earlier in 2020, Becoming was based on Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir of the same name and directed by Nadia Hallgren. One of its most striking aspects was Kamasi Washington’s excellent original score, which is released on CD and vinyl. 
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Dusty Springfield
Dusty In Memphis

A few years ago (I say ‘a few’ I probably mean 20) I read an opinion, I think in the NME, that the 10-second intro to Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield is the greatest 10 seconds of music ever recorded. It’s hard to argue with as it is very good indeed. Dusty Springfield released Dusty In Memphis in 1969 and utilised the talents of the city’s finest session musicians. It was produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd and is thought of as her best work, and is arguably one of the best albums of all time.
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Mammal Hands
Captured Spirits

Mammal Hands are a Jordan Smart on Saxophone, his brother Nick on piano and Jesse Barrett on drum and tabla. Captured Spirits is a multi-genre blend of music encapsulating jazz, folk, classical, world and electronic sounds inspired by the likes of  Pharoah Sanders, Steve Reich, Gétachèw Mekurya, Terry Riley and Sirishkumar Manji. Giles Peterson is a fan and they have had favourable write-ups in The Guardian. On Gondwana Records.

Prince
One Nite Alone... (Solo Piano and Voice by Prince)

Accompanying the comprehensive 4xCD/DVD box set of Up All Nite... is a re-issued purple vinyl version of Prince’s 2002 release, One Nite Alone…. It was a stripped-down affair, consisting entirely of Prince singing and accompanying himself on piano and just a handful of other instruments, and makes for a real treat as it was never officially sold in stores, instead given to members of his NPG Music Club. 
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François Tusques
La Chasse Au Snark (The Hunting Of The Snark)

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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. 

Joe Henderson
The State Of The Tenor: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol.1

Captured for posterity over three nights in November 1985 at New York City’s legendary jazz club, The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard features some big beasts - Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on bass and Al Foster on drums. Blue Note now re-issues the first half of this live double album as a stand-alone. 
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Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones

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Joe Armon-Jones
Icy Roads (Stacked)

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Jordan Rakei / Alfa Mist
Wind Parade / Galaxy

Classic labels Decca and Blue Note are releasing a series of records under the umbrella of Blue Note Re:imagined. New and exciting artists will be recording some jazz classics in their own, innovative way. Here we have a split 7” featuring London-based antipodean musical polymath Jordan Rakei reworking of Donald Byrd’s Wind Parade and London urban jazz producer Alfa Mist taking on Galaxy, originally by US trumpeter Eddie Henderson.

Doug Carn Featuring The Voice Of Jean Carn
Spirit Of The New Land

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Roland Haynes
2nd Wave

Jazz keyboardist Roland Haynes made one album, 1975’s 2nd Wave. It featured drummer Carl Burnett and bassist Henry Franklin along with another keyboard player, Kirk Lightsey, whose wah-wah-fed Fender Rhodes faced-off with Haynes' playing. It’s high praise indeed to liken this album to Miles Davis’ ‘70s band that featured Keith Jarrett, Chick Correa, Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul - but high praise for 2nd Wave is necessary.
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Gianmarco Liguori
Duga-3+

Gianmarco Liguori is a New Zealand based everything merchant whose electronica and ambient sound is informed by 70's Miles Davis, 80s jazz funk, soundtracks and impressionistic drift. This album was originally released in 2011 in just 200 copies and has now been re-issued on Sarang Bang. Your chance to discover one of those records that could be defined as...um...indefinable. 
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DJ Maestro Presents Nina Simone
Little Girl Blue (Remixed)

Nina Simone’s debut album, Little Girl Blue, was originally released in 1958 on jazz label Bethlehem Records. DJ Maestro was given the opportunity to remix the album which he grabbed with both hands, even getting his friends involved. The result is a collaboration between DJ Maestro, Mop Mop, Renegades of Jazz, Gramophonedzie, Fab Samperi, The Reflex and Mees Dierdorp.
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Pharoah Sanders
Moon Child

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Kokoroko
Kokoroko

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Talibam! with Silke Eberhard and Nikolaus Neuser
This Week is in Two Weeks

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GoGo Penguin
Last Words / Fanfares (Alternate Versions)

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Various
Forever - 10 Years

To mark what would have been the 10th anniversary of Amsterdam’s increasingly popular festival Summer Dance Forever, the Super-Sonic Jazz and Dance Regular imprints team up to deliver Forever, a ten-track compilation showcasing some of the UK’s brightest emerging electronic music talent. 
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Sun Ra
The Antique Blacks

Unusually even for an out-there progressive jazz musician, Sun Ra came from Saturn which gave him a completely unique take on this round place we call Earth. The Antique Blacks was his 1974-era album which has been out of print since 1978. It's rather more sprightly than some of his more abstract work with free-form noise, poetry readings and sax solo-ing all competing for space. Truly an originator.  

OXP
Swing Convention

OXP is a collaboration between famed hip-hop producer Onra and Pomrad a multi instrumentalist out of Belgium. This collection sees the duo working with an assortment of singers and MCs with the intention of making contemporary hip-hop with nods to the golden age of R&B and G-Funk. The result is a highly listenable palette of new and old school hip-hop. 

Sons of Kemet
Burn

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Krononaut
Krononaut

Aside from some of the trumpet contributions from Arve Henriksen, the entirety of the sessions on which this self-titled effort from Krononaut is based were done completely live and without overdubs. The duo at the core of the elastically-numbered outfit, producer and musician Leo Abrahams and drummer Martin France, lay down some truly sparkling experimental music. 

The Ridiculous Trio
The Ridiculous Trio Plays The Stooges

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Thunderbolt
Love Is So Funny

Love is So Funny is an ultra-rare, highly sought after boogie-funk classic by Thunderbolt which was originally released at the beginning of the ‘80s. The man behind the song is Mr. Pete Warner who has worked with the likes of Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Herbie Mann and Patrick Adams to name a few. 12” on Omaggio.
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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. 
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Leron Thomas
More Elevator Music

Leron Thomas is a composer, jazz trumpeter and singer who has a tendency for blending genres in a particularly masterful way - BBC 6Music DJ Shaun Keaveny is among Thomas' admirers, y'know. The wryly-entitled 'More Elevator Music' is an LP of hip-hop where the edges are flecked with jazz. Iggy Pop, Malik Crumpler and Florian Pellissier are among those who make guest appearances on 'More Elevator Music'. 
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Roscoe Weathers
I'll Remember

Roscoe Weathers played all the same clubs as the well-known jazz greats, but history has tended to overlook him a little. Primarily a flautist, Weathers could turn his hand to many instruments and recorded a great deal of music in the 1950s and 1960s. New Jazzman collection 'I’ll Remember' contains a selection of his 60s output. Stylistically 'I'll Remember' ranges from beatnik vibes to Afro-Latin jams.

Exotic Sin
Customer's Copy

Exotic Skin are a duo made up of Naima Karlsson and Kenichi Iwasa. They fuse spacey jazz and weirdo minimal electronics. Naima Karlsson is the daughter of Neneh Cherry, and therefore the granddaughter of Don and Moki Cherry, whose take on jazz was the inspiration for their new LP Customer’s Copy.

The Heliocentrics
13 Degrees Of Reality

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Konstrukt & Otomo Yoshihide
Eastern Saga: Live At Tusk

Recorded live at the Tusk Festival in 2018 is the fourth of the collaborations from Turkish free jazz outfit Konstrukt with talented multi-instrumentalist Otomo Yoshihide to be released on Karlrecords. Eastern Saga: Live at Tusk is a fantastic document, featuring two drummers, guitars, turntables and a whole range of woodwind and brass. 
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Tigran Hamasyan
The Call Within

Armenian jazz pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan makes complex records that you could argue sound like two different records playing at once. The overall effect is challenging yet engrossing. The Call Within is an album inspired by the myths and history of Armenia. On lead track ‘Levitation 21’ The piano is both gentle and frenetic with bass and drums to match. 

Apifera
2Overstand

If it's on Stones Throw you know it's going to be something enjoyable in the hip-hop/jazz/electronics field and this debut from Apifera is no different. The four piece who feature fellow Stones Throw signee Rejoicer on keys create semi improvised music inspired by the natural world and spiritual experience and wrote and recorded this album in just three days. A rich and harmonic work.  
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Nubya Garcia
Source

British jazz band leader and composer Nubya Garcia (who is part of the wonderful Nérija) releases her debut studio album Source. The album showcases why she’s considered one of the leading lights in the UK’s recent jazz revival, featuring guest spots from regular collaborators such as Joe Armon-Jones, Cassie Kinoshi and Akenya. 

The Jerry Granelli Trio
The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi and Mose Alliso

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Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson

Landmark meeting between two legendary bandleaders. Oscar Peterson was Verve's 'house pianist' but takes a back seat along side the Oscar Peterson Trio (bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis) to let Armstrong take centre stage. The focus is certainly on Louis Armstrong's distinctive vocal style but he does find time for some of his trumpet solos as the gang blast through interpretations of the Great American Songbook.

Herbie Hancock
Flood

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Jackie McLean
It’s Time

It’s Time is a 1965 Blue Note album from US jazz saxophonist, Jackie McLean. The album blends post bop and free jazz sounds with McLean’s signature blues stamp. All pieces are McLean originals. The band included trumpet player Charles Tolliver and Herbie Hancock on keyboards along with Cecil McBee on bass and Roy Haynes on drums.

Minoru Fushimi
Hakodate Lady

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The Awakening
Hear, Sense and Feel

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Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave

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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. 

Tommy Mcgee
I'm A Stranger

Tommy McGee shot out of the same stable as Al Green and, despite ostensibly having just as much talent, had a career that didn’t go in quite the same direction. The highlight of his career was his 1976 album I’m A Stranger, which was produced by Palmer James. It’s soulful, smooth and funky.

Robert Johnson
King Of The Delta Blues Singers

Robert Johnson’s Faustian pact is probably the defining myth of rock ‘n’ roll. This compilation of his work is worth hearing for that reason alone. If you go in for that sort of thing, it was also ranked the 27th greatest album of all-time by Rolling Stone in 2003. Either way, the songs here all have an eerie power that transcends time.
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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.

Tenderlonious
Quarantena

Quarantena is the new album by South London producer Tenderlonious. The album, as you may be able to guess from its title, was recorded during lockdown. It gave him time to peruse the vast array of synths, drum machines and other sound-making objects he has gathered over his 20 year career. Inspired by sci-fi and fantasy films he has soundtracked his quarantine by creating a sonic landscape underpinned by lo-fi beats.

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.

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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Various
The Storm of Life

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Elysian Spring
Glass Flower

French jazz from the late sixties is an underappreciated niche. Mais pas ici at Norman Records. Imagine the heartfelt joy we felt when our kind amis at Le Très Jazz Club announced their repressing of Elysium Spring’s cult classic, Glass Windows. Finally, these soft and gentle jazz tones will be available to a wider audience. Best not sleep on this one, it might not be around for too long.

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

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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’. 

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. 

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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Alice Clark
Alice Clark

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The Colours That Rise
Grey Doubt

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Roy Budd
The Internecine Project

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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. 

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. 

Oliver Nelson
Skull Session

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Breakwater
No Limit / Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot

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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.

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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Budgie
Sweet Sweet Spirit

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Brother Theotis Taylor
Brother Theotis Taylor

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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. 

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.

Al Green
Let's Stay Together

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Portico Quartet
Endless / Undercurrent

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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

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GoGo Penguin
Garden Dog Barbecue / Hopopono

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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. 
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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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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. 
  • Vinyl LP (TWM51)
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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

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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. .

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