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Pete La Roca
Basra

Basra was one of only two albums drummer Pete La Roca recorded as a bandleader with Blue Note. It was recorded in 1965. Joe Henderson played tenor, Steve Kuhn played piano and Steve Swallow played bass. It features a mix of La Roca originals, Steve Swallow tunes and a couple of standards. Produced by Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jay Richford & Gary Stevan
Feelings

Generally held to be one of the best (and rarest) ever albums in the ‘library music’ genre, Jay Richford & Gary Stevan’s beloved Feelings makes a reappearance on vinyl, this time on a double 7” single package. Spanning four tracks, the record explores everything from loose-limbed funk to orchestral-based jazz. 

Peter Brötzmann
I Surrender Dear

I Surrender Dear is the result of the Trost label inviting the mercurial saxophonist Peter Brötzmann to Vienna to record cover versions of his favourite jazz tunes over the summer of 2018, something that had always been an artistic goal of his since the beginning of his long and illustrious career. 

Pulled By Magnets
Invite Them In

Pulled by Magnets is the recording moniker of Seb Roachford, formerly of jazz bands Sons Of Kemet and Polar Bear. Invite Them In shows the experimental Londoner produce two takes on a track that will definitely get you excited about the forthcoming album, although neither version of the track will appear on it. 
  • Vinyl 7" (GBEP084)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet
Change Is

Change Is… what, lads? Come on, don’t leave us hanging like that. Jazzman go the whole hog with the reissue of this 1969 LP from seminal British jazzers The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet. As well as full remasterings of Rendell/Carr/etc.'s post-bop expeditions, this edition of Change Is features fastidious reproductions of the original artwork and a link to an online treasure-trove of interviews with, and essays about, the group.
  • Vinyl LP (JMANLP111X)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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. 
  • Vinyl LP (LAUNCH158)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Made To Break
F4 Fake

Made To Break is a funky jazz ensemble with added electronic flourishes led by Chicago-based saxophonist, clarinet player and improviser, Ken Vandermark. F4 Fake is their latest album. This incarnation of the band features Christof Kurzmann making electronic noises, Jasper Stadhouders on bass and Tim Daisy on drums.

The Jay Vons
The Word

Channelling a love for vintage Sixties rock and soul music but not falling into the trap of simply regurgitating the past, New Jersey-New York band The Jay Vons ready their debut album The Word. Fuelled by the lead single and title track and featuring ‘Days Undone’, included on the soundtrack for Creed, it’s set to be one of the better retro-rock albums in recent times. 

Samuel Jonathan Johnson
My Music

Originally released back in 1978 by keyboardist and soul singer Samuel Jonathan Johnson, My Music passed very much under the radar. However, the subsequent four decades have seen the album gain a cult fanbase who love its mixture of spiritual and funky jazz, with original copies fetching insane amounts of money. To quell that appetite among collectors and fans, Be With Records now re-issues My Music. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Spiritczualic Enhancement Center
Me And My Students Have Reached Higher Levels

A collaboration between eight musicians from around the globe, from America and Germany to Israel and Iran and calling themselves Spiritczualic Enhancement Center, Me And My Students Have Reached Higher Levels is an ambient yet curiously spiritual work reminiscent of Miles Davis at his most abstract. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers
Music of Many Colours

The King of Afrobeat beats the Godfather of Neo-Soul. Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers met in Nigeria in 1979 when Kuti asked Ayers to support him on tour. They clicked musically and personally so decided to record together. Music of Many Colours is the the resulting album, reissued by Knitting Factory Records.

Prince
1999 (Remastered)

Containing a whopping 35 previously unreleased recordings, the career-defining '1999' album of pop-rock royalty Prince is here re-issued. This super deluxe version also includes a live album, along with various other goodies which celebrate Prince's enormous worldwide impact - quintessential stuff for fans of the Minnesota-born pioneer.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
A Tuba to Cuba

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band were formed by Allan Jaffe in New Orleans at the start of the ‘60s. Allan passed away in 1987 leaving his son, Ben in charge. A Tuba To Cuba is a film following Ben’s journey to trace the band’s musical roots - something his father always wanted to do. Of course, the soundtrack is by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jacky Giordano
Organ

Jacky Giordino was a session musician making library music. He also made music under the names Jacky Nodaro and Jacky Sherylee. He loved the organ so he thought he’d make a jazz / funk / soul album in tribute adding a bit of bass synth to the mix. Organ was released in 1977 and it could well have soundtracked a gritty cop B-movie of the time.
  • Vinyl LP (LTGC003)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jacky Giordano
Organ Plus

Enigmatic library music making session muso and apparent recidivist Jacky Giordino AKA Jacky Nodaro AKA Jacky Sherylee released his jazz / funk organ tribute album, Organ, in 1977. Organ Plus followed in 1978, this time he took a more laid back approach giving the album a smooth jazz / easy listening sheen.
  • Vinyl LP (LTGC004)
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Junius Paul
Ism

Junius Paul has his roots in the spiritual world playing bass in church. He has honed his craft playing alongside members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in Chicago. His sound takes in classic rock, psychedelic soul, jazz from the ‘60s and ‘70s with a heavy spiritual vibe.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Mingus
Pithecanthropus Erectus

Here we have a welcome reissue of Pithecanthropus Erectus by Charles Mingus - a bona fide jazz classic from 1956. The title track, which translates to 'upright ape man' tells the story of a man consumed by greed and power who suffers an inevitable downfall. The upright in the title also refers to Charles Mingus’ bass. Mingus taught the parts to the quartet he played with by ear rather than writing the music down.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
SPACE FUNK - Afro-Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84

Technology fuses with funk on this incredible compilation from Soul Jazz Records - SPACE FUNK - Afro-Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84 collects all manner of rare slices of rampaging future-funk from tiny independent labels. Indies-only 2xLP version comes with a bonus four-track 7” single. 

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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alan Parker & Madeline Bell
The Voice Of Soul

The Voice Of Soul is a library-soul LP by session singer Madeline Bell and composer Alan Parker. Originally released in 1976, the record is notable for two reasons - being issued simultaneously with its instrumental album The Sound Of Soul, and for ‘Love Is All’ and ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’ being used in infamous porno-comedy flick Pretty Peaches. Now it’s been given a remaster and reissue job by Be With Records, a label which is really going in hard on the library music at the moment.
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH048LP)
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Makoto Terashita
Great Harvest

Japanese jazz seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance recently. Adding to a slew of welcome reissues is Great Harvest by pianist Makoto Terashita. He is backed up by Bob Berg on tenor sax, bassist Errol Walter, Jo Jones Jr on drums and guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo. This is one of only three albums by Terashita. Originally released in 1978, it was followed in 1984 by Topology and Ihatov in 1997.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hiromasa Suzuki
Primrose

Primrose was a 1978 album buy Japanese pianist Hiromasa Suzuki. The artist had already released several records of jazz-fusion using traditional Japanese instruments when he moved towards a more classical jazz sound on Primrose  - a gorgeous record which has been almost impossible to find in the years since. Bravo Le Tres Jazz Club for finally giving it a vinyl rebirth. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Nick Waterhouse
I Feel An Urge Coming On / I'm Due (For A Heartache)

Leading up to the release of the fourth album by Nick Waterhouse, he is releasing a single. I Feel An Urge Coming On is a track from his new album, it is back with an exclusive track, I’m Due (For A Heartache). Producer Paul Butler, who has worked with Michael Kiwanuka and Devandra Banhart, was drafted in to shore up his soul-tinged surf rock sound. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Company
Epiphanies I-VI

The first of two unearthings of the racket made by Derek Bailey and pals at his Company Week festivities in 1982. This is waaay out there improv experimentation which sees musicians like Julie Tippets, Motoharu Yoshizawa and George Lewis go into battle to see who can come up with the most ludicrous squeak. Faint hearted step aside, this is prime freeform improvisation with an all important humorous streak. 

Company
Epiphanies VII-XIII

Prime improvisations from masters of the genre such as Fred Frith, Keith Tippett, Derek Bailey and Ursula Oppens on this unearthed treasure where violin, guitar, double bass, flute and sax (the latter compared to a flock of geese) all vying for attention. The music is both ear hurtingly spiky and humorously daft as the musicians seemingly go into battle with their various instruments.  

Company
Epiphany

This double-vinyl captures the improvisatory magic of long-running outfit Company during a short residency at London’s ICA back in 1982. On Epiphany, guitarist and founder Derek Bailey leads a nine-piece group through a kaleidoscopic, freeform landscape that takes in moments of wild hedonism and stretches of calm ambience. 

Arve Henriksen
The Timeless Nowhere

Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Heriksen has released some 27 albums in his career for labels such as Rune Grammofon, Supersilent and Food along with a whole bunch of collaborative work. In A Timeless Nowhere is a box set that serves as a career overview of sorts in that it shows the many roads he’s willing to go down on his musical exploration.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Brainstory
Buck

Brainstory are a band from Rialto, California. Their journey from there to their current home of LA saw them initially feeding on punk rock and skateboarding. An eagerness to expand their musical horizons led them to the local jazz scene before their move to LA and a hook up with Eduardo Arenas from Chicano Batman. Buck is a fusion of rock, funk and soul that shows the distance they’ve travelled creatively.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sokratis Votskos Quartet
Sketching the Unknown

Inspired by Greek and Balkan folk music as well as the modal jazz of legends like Davis and Coltrane, Sketching The Unknown is the latest record from the Sokratis Votskos Quartet. Intelligently, the group recognises how those jazz pioneers originally took inspiration from ancient forms of music, making this record a skilful interpretation of the history of a whole genre. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Naoito
dotA

Confusingly the label is called 180g and the record is on 180g vinyl. Or maybe that's not confusing at all. What we have here are some far out contemporary groove from the far east from this multi instrumentalist and member of Kingdom Afrocks. The original edition came out on Jazzy Sport and amongst its fans were the guys from Lights in the Attic who were impressed by its afrobeat - leaning take on modern production. Get on it.  
  • Vinyl LP (180GLP03)
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Steve Lacy
Apollo XXI

Here we have the long-awaited debut LP from The Internet’s Steve Lacy. Though Apollo XXI is Lacy’s first solo full-length, we doubt this precocious young chap was feeling the pressure too much - when you’ve made beats for Kendrick Lamar, given a TED Talk and walked the runway at Paris Fashion week before turning 20 you probably don’t even know what pressure is. Lacy’s carefree approach translates into this gorgeous neo-soul set. Dropping just as the weather heats up, Apollo XXI is a perfect summer jam collection.

Horace Silver Quintet
Doin' The Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At The Village Gate

Appearing as part of an apparent Blue Note live album reissue program we have Doin’ The Thing: The Horace Silver Quintet At The Village Gate. This funky, soulful classic, recorded in mid-1961, was the only live album the quintet made for Blue Note. The band featured Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor sax, bass player, Gene Taylor  and drummer Roy Cook. All tracks featured are Horace Silver originals. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - Volume 2

Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Volume 2 by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers was recorded and Birdland in September 1960. The band Blakey assembled was a bit special featuring Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merrit. It also featured some of Birdland MC, Peewee Marquette’s stage announcements. Top notch classic jazz stuff.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Grant Green
Alive!

Alive by American jazz guitarist Grant Green was recorded at the Cliche Lounge in Newark in 1970. Green assembled a crack team of players to get his sound across including jazz drummer Idris Muhammad. Among the tracks are the Kool & The Gang song Let The Music Take Your Mind, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Sookie Sookie, a track co-written by the legendary Steve Cropper and Down Here On The Ground which was co-written by king of 70s movie soundtrack, Lalo Schifrin. Features liner notes by the beautifully named Stanley Dance.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - Volume 1

Here we have part one of Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World - a two part live jazz album by esteemed jazz drummer Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. It was recorded on September 14th 1960 at New York’s famous Birdland jazz club. Volume one features versions of  tunes by Hank Mobley and Thelonius Monk. One for all you hard-bop fans out there. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis & John Coltrane
Trane's Blues

Reissue of a couple great early Miles Davis and John Coltrane cuts. Recorded originally in 1956, Trane’s Blues, confusingly different from the homonymous 1999 Blue Note release, showcases some of the earliest recordings by the First Great Quintet. Listen to Coltrane's high-intensity sax and Davis' contemplative trumpet dancing their first dance.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ryo Kawasaki and The Golden Dragon
Little Tree

Japanese and Brazilian influences met on Little Tree, a much admired and sought-after record made by legendary jazz fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki with his band The Golden Dragon back in 1980, not least after Chee named it as his favourite Japanese album on Resident Advisor a few years back. The record now gets a vinyl re-issue via Studio Mule. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Our Native Daughters
Songs Of Our Native Daughters

Our Native Daughters are a three-piece made up from Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla who both previously played with Carolina Chocolate Drops, along with Allison Russell, once of Po’ Girl and singer Amythyst Kiah. Their mission, of Songs Of Our Native Daughters, is to reclaim and revive songs of their ancestors that have shaped America.

John Coltrane Quartet
Africa / Brass

Africa / Brass was credited to The John Coltrane Quartet but there were more players involved in this 1961 masterpiece. It was Arranged by Eric Dolphy, whose exquisite touch recalled masters such as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and, in place, Charles Mingus. Backing Coltrane were McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little and Art Davis were among the substantial cast that made this album work.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

David Axelrod
Earth Rot Instrumentals

The plush compositional style that the late David Axelrod laid down in the 1960’s still exerts great influence on popular music. His way with orchestral arrangements - post-Library, proto-Lynchian - is instantly recognisable when it crops up in the work of everyone from Adrian Younge to Tyler, The Creator. It makes sense, then, that someone thought to strip out all the vocals and just focus on Axelrod’s instrumentals. 1970’s Earth Rot, a LP in which Axelrod started to explore jazz further than on his previous records, is the lucky album this time around.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Perception
Perception & Friends

Following their self-titled debut album, Perception embraced outside influences and guest musicians for their more ambitious album Perception & Friends. Now re-mastered from the original tapes, it’s re-issued on Souffle Continu Records, with a booklet containing unseen photos and essay from Association for the Development of Improvised Music label head Didier Levallet. 
  • Vinyl LP (FFL052)
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  • Last copy
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Company
1981

This double-vinyl compilation upends a lot of suppositions about improvisatory music - namely, that it’s incoherent and hard-going. Long-running outfit Company, founded by guitarist Derek Bailey in the late Sixties, have always counteracted that, and 1981, a seven-track collection of previously unreleased recordings by the group, proves that point. 

David Axelrod
Song Of Innocence

Long awaited reissue here from David Axelrod, who made a touching tribute to poet William Blake in Song of Innocence. Deceptive in its welcoming, cozy melodic furniture, it becomes an odd, illusory piece of work, infused with unexpected chords, jazzy timbres and baroque displacements. Axelrod's songs never end up the same ones you stepped into; this is a classic of both another time and place.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tribe
Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014

Hometown is the first ever compilation to focus on the latter-day recordings of acclaimed Detroit jazz collective Tribe. Released on single CD or double LP, the 10-track set takes rare and unreleased recordings from founder Wendell Harrison’s own studio and the SereNgeti Gallery & Cultural Center from 1990 through to 2014. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Espen Eriksen Trio
Never Ending January

Espen Eriksen Trio are a modern jazz group who are neither fire-spitting free jazz or dull nothing-new dinner party fare. Instead, this piano trio approach rich melodic themes with a tightly-poised minimalism. Never Ending January is their third record, released on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Matthew Halsall
Colour Yes (Special Edition)

A special expanded edition of Colour Yes, the 2009 sophomore album from Manchester-based trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall. Along with its predecessor Sending My Love the previous year, it put a modern twist on more traditional British jazz influences, winning support from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Here, it’s presented in remastered form with bonus tracks and new artwork. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Matthew Halsall
Sending My Love (Special Edition)

A special expanded edition of Sending My Love, the 2008 debut album from Manchester-based trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall. Along with its successor Colour Yes the following year, it put a modern twist on more traditional British jazz influences, winning support from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Here, it’s presented in remastered form with bonus tracks and new artwork. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sudan Archives
Athena

Sudan Archives is the songwriting persona of violinist, singer, songwriter, and producer Brittney Denise Parks, who’s won critical acclaim for her collision of western R&B sounds with West African rhythms. With Athena, whose front cover boasts a bronze representation of Parks herself, she presents her debut full-length album, which lays out her widest musical vision yet. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ceasar Frazier
75

Funky, groovy and tight as hell all describe Ceasar Frazier’s mix of funk, soul and jazz. 75 is his second LP and widely regarded as his best. The album features both originals and covers, including Stevie Wonder’s Living For The City and Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze. Tracks have also been sampled by Kanye West and Gang Starr. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miyasaka + 5
Animals Garden

Animals Garden by Miyasaka + 5 is a rare 1970s Japanese jazz album. It was originally released on ALM, a cult Japanese private press label, in 1979. The combination of its highly sought after status and the musical chops of the players involved makes it a mouth watering proposition for any jazz head. The high energy progressive jazz troupe were led by drummer, Takeshi ‘Bear’ Miyasaka and featured sax player Kōichi Matsukaze, known for his Earth Mother album. Double LP cut at 45rpm, reproduction sleeve, brand new liner notes, on BBE.
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  • BBE
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steve Reid
Rhythmatism

Soul Jazz do the decent thing and re-issue Rhythmatism, the second album from drummer extraordinaire Steve Reid. You may know him from his later work with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) but Steve Reid has worked with everyone from Sun Ra to Miles Davis to Fela Kuti *and* he's ben in jail? Have you? Actually don't answer that question. Also in a clever twist Soul Jazz just about describes the contents of this 1976 era album.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Josh Rouse
The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse

The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse by Nashville-based folk/pop singer/songwriter Josh Rouse is, what we’d call over here in Blighty, an album of Christmas songs. These songs have a ‘60s jazz flavour about them with its overriding influence seemingly being the 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio.  

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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Donald Byrd
Ethiopian Knights

Originally released in 1972 on the iconic Blue Note label, Ethiopian Knights saw celebrated American trumpeter Donald Byrd playing with other stellar musicians such as Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Sample. This vinyl re-issue comes with a raft of unseen photographs and brand new liner notes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons

'Negro Folklore From Texas Prisons' is a collection of worksongs, spirituals, blues and recited poems known as ‘toasts’ recorded by American folklorist Bruce Jackson. The songs were recorded in 1964 in prisons Jackson visited. The range of songs he collected make this collection a must for any music historians, whether it be your job or just your hobby.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Emma-Jean Thackray
Too Shy

When released last year on Makaya McCraven’s Where We Come From mixtape, Emma-Jean Thackray’s contribution ‘Too Shy’ was a clear stand-out. This 12” single on International Anthem gives it a proper stand-alone status, with another cut from the same compilation - ‘Run ‘Dem’ - remixed by one Gilles Peterson. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Michael Kiwanuka
KIWANUKA

Just to make absolutely sure that you know it’s him, Michael Kiwanuka has gone for his own (sur)name as the title of his third studio LP. KIWANUKA sees the singer tripping down a bit of a psychedelic soul route - tracks like ‘You Ain’t The Problem’ are shimmering What’s Going On-type things that coalesce around Kiwanuka’s poised, soulful singing. Dangermouse and Kiwanuka’s longtime ally Inflo are the producers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Patty Waters
Live

Known best for her incendiary deconstruction of ‘Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair’, avant-garde singer and composer Patty Waters is one of the most overlooked icons of her age - perhaps because of the 30-year career hiatus she took between the Sixties and the Nineties. In 2018, she performed a one-off concert in New York titled ‘Blank Forms’, and this release, Patty Waters Live, documents that show. The first side is populated with stark ballads, while the second is full of political yet dignified and moving covers harking back to Waters’ Sixties origins. 

François Tusques
Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingénieux

Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingénieux is constructed from tapes found in François Tusques’s basement, recorded around the time that the legendary French jazz pianist performed a number of similarly iconic concerts from early 1969 to late 1971. The results are released via Cacophonic Records. 

Upperground Orchestra
Euganea

A self-styled ‘cosmic jazz’ collective founded in Italy around the turn of the millennium by Lebanese artist Rabih Beaini, Upperground Orchestra have been silent for over a decade since the release of their last album in 2008. It’ll be fascinated to hear how Euganea, scheduled for the end of 2019, sounds given that protracted absence. 

The Comet Is Coming
Channel The Spirits

The Comet Is Coming aim to provide a soundtrack to the apocalypse with their debut album Channel The Spirits  They make a sound that is driven by sax, beats and live drums and evokes Sun Ra and Funkadelic with a backdrop of BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Three-piece are Danalogue The Conqueror, Betamax Killer and King Shabaka. They have previously plied their trade in bands such as Melt Yourself Down and Soccer96.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Mattson 2
Mattson 2 Play "A Love Supreme"

On the delightfully named label Spiritual Pajamas, this duo of identical twins Jared & Jonathan Mattson have decided to recreate and rework John Coltrane's classic album and rebadge it for the 21st century. The album pushed the music into bold and challenging new shapes, with analog synths, guitars and atmospheres giving it that 2018 sheen. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Harlem Gospel Travelers
He's On Time

The ‘Travelers’ bit of The Harlem Gospel Travelers’ name comes from the fact that the young members of this small choir travelled from all over NYC to the hallowed turf of Harlem to rehearse together. Good job they made the trips, too - He’s On Time is a potent collection of throwback gospel-soul tunes of the sort that Daptone Records have revived throughout the city in recent years. Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed produces.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Makaya McCraven
In The Moment (Deluxe Edition)

In The Moment by Makaya McCraven was more successful than anticipated upon its initial release in 2015 meaning the first pressing disappeared pretty quickly. Giles Peterson made it his album of the week and several US publications made it their album of the year. This is the first repressing of the Paris-born jazz drummer’s sophomore release since 2015, expanded to a 3LP set.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Rex Orange County
Pony

This is 'Pony' - the hotly anticipated follow up to candid singer-songwriter Rex Orange Country's critically-acclaimed 'Apricot Princess' album. Spearheaded by the synth-led '10/10', the 21 year-old Hampshire born creative hints at a swerve in direction - whilst still reflecting on his melancholic personal issues.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bobby Oroza
This Love Instrumentals

An instrumental version of Bobby Oroza’s already much-beloved debut album 'This Love', originally released earlier in 2019. Teaming up with production team Cold Diamond & Mink, the record built on Oroza’s 2016 underground hit ‘This Love’, yielding a collection of minimalist musical constructions spanning soft-rock balladry to skeletal soul and funk, with Oroza’s low-key croon sitting atop the mix. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jaimie Branch
FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise

Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise is the second album by American jazz trumpeter and composer Jaimie Branch. It is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2107 instrumental offering, Fly or Die. On her second album we hear her sing for the first time as she adds social commentary to her music. She counts Miles Davis, Don Cherry and Axel Dörner among her influences.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sounds Of Liberation
Unreleased (Columbia University 1973)

The first ever release for the results of a 1973 session from Philly-based jazz collective Sounds of Liberation that’s been lost for almost half a century. Recorded at Columbia University, around two years after their one and only album release New Horizons, this was a five-track session of spiritual, emotional and implicitly political jazz from a highly skilled septet. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Angel Bat Dawid
The Oracle

A CD and vinyl release for Angel Bat Dawid’s instant cult hit The Oracle, following its limited edition release via cassette only back in January this year. Her ascendancy to becoming one of the prime movers in Chicago’s thriving jazz scene has been rapid, and The Oracle, recorded and produced almost entirely by Dawid herself, showcases everything about why her fans adore her. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

Duke Ellington (named after Jack Skellington) and John Coltrane (named after Kurt Cobain) decided to bring their considerable talents together on 1962’s imaginatively-titled Duke Ellington & John Coltrane. This LP finds them in a quartet with a selection from bassists Jimmy Garrison/Aaron Bell and drummers Elvin Jones/Sam Woodyard. It’s not the most adventurous music either artist made in their lifetimes, but this actually works in the album’s favour - both show off their prodigious playing skills over the course of seven delightful post-bop tunes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On Live

What's Going On was Marvin Gaye's legendary politically aware 1971 opus but have you ever heard it performed live? This recording was made on Marvin Gaye Day in Washington DC in 1972 but was only released once as a bonus disc on the 2001 CD release of it's parent album. Now you can enjoy the soul superstar swooning through the album plus a medley of his 1960s hits on vinyl newly mixed and mastered for your ear entertainment.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hanna
I Needed / Intercession, On Behalf

Specialist re-issue label Melodies International delivers its 18th release, a 12” vinyl affair boasting two prime cuts from Hanna, a.k.a. Chicago house music veteran Warren Harris. Pairing ‘I Needed’, from 2004’s Exquisite Style, with the same album’s ‘Intercession, On Behalf’, it’s another great piece of crate-digging. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pharoah Sanders
Moon Child

It’s been 30 years since Pharaoh Sanders (no relation of Bernie) released Moon Child, and the record has been difficult to get hold of on vinyl for approximately 29 of those years. Fortunate, then, that Tidal Waves Music have got together a new pressing of this LP. Moon Child finds the saxophonist toning down the trailblazing spiritual jazz style that he’s best known for, instead opting for some more traditional but no less lovely improvisations. His versions of Horace Silver’s ‘Moon Rays’ and George & Ira Gershwin’s ‘Soon’ are particularly smooth.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Betty Davis
They Say I'm Different

She certainly was different. Her life alone is quite the story with relationships with musicians good (Miles Davis) indifferent (Robert Palmer) and bad (Eric Clapton) but it was her incredible funk and soul voice and mesmerising live shows which made her famous. They Say I'm Different was her second album from 1974 written and arranged by herself and has been declared a classic in the intervening years. Ahead of her time in many ways and with an excellent documentary about her life doing the rounds now is the chance to (re) discover her music.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Olympians
Midnight Movement / Stand Still

The Olympians are one of those revivalist soul acts in the vein of Charles Bradley and the Dap-Kings - indeed, the Olympians actually share members with the latter (and the Expressions, and the Menahan Street Band). It’s no surprise, then, that they’ve caught the attention of Daptone Records in recent years. After releasing the Olympians’ debut LP back in 2016, the Brooklyn imprint now reissue ‘Midnight Movement’ and ‘Stand Still’, a couple of early Stax-style jams that The Olympians put out on the now-defunct Truth & Soul imprint at the end of the 2000s.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Loleatta Holloway
Loleatta

You probably know what Loleatta Holloway sounds like even if her name is unfamiliar - she’s one of the most widely sampled voices of all time for a shining good reason, with huge disco hits like ‘Hit and Run’ and ‘Love Sensation’ featuring her swooping, siren-like vocals. Loleatta, originally released in 1973, was where the story began for Holloway, and it’s now being re-issued on vinyl, mastered from the original tapes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

GA-20
Lonely Soul

GA-20 love the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Their love for this music has seen them create authentic, raw sounding roots music that they felt was missing from the modern world. Lonely Soul is built on the solid foundations laid by Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells.

Prince
The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold

First time on vinyl for the album Prince made to be given to attendees of Versace's collection at Paris Fashion Week 1995. Back then it was a tape only release which over the years has changed hands for eye watering amounts but wait long enough and everything becomes available eventually and so now even us mere mortals can hear the rare and remixed tracks it touted. 

Sam Wilkes
Live on The Green

Los Angeles jazz bassist Sam Wilkes leads a band featuring, on keys, Jacob Mann, drummer, Christian Euman, and guitarists Adam Ratner and Brian Green for Live On The Green. It was recorded in Wilkes’ hometown of Los Angeles in 2018. It features an Alice Coltrane cover and the added bonus of two studio tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Rex Orange County
Apricot Princess

As you’d guess from the moniker, Rex Orange County is a bloke from Surrey - namely, multi-instrumentalist and Tyler, the Creator collaborator Alex O’Connor, not yet one-and-twenty but already singing about “flying back to LA” and needing “insurance on my emotions / I can’t get hurt again”. And this self-released LP is a jazzy collection of his crooning, potty-mouthed neo-soul and funky hooks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Dirty Mind

The recently-departed Prince was renowned for his Dirty Mind, and he was never concerned about showing it: the title his third album displays it proudly. So buy this LP reissue (you won’t be stream it online, Prince’s lawyers are too good) and get dirty… It’s what he would have wanted. On Warner Bros.

Prince
Controversy

The recently-departed Prince was always happy to pursue Controversy. This fourth album of his achieves that by combining Prince’s super-sexual obsessions with political comment (see ‘Ronnie, Talk to Russia’ for example). All to the funkiest imaginable synth-grooves, needless to say. Vinyl reissue on Warner Bros.

Kiefer
Superbloom

Jazz pianist and composer Kiefer Shackelford delivers his third studio album, just a year after his last effort Happysad. On top of intensive touring and working with Anderson .Paak, it’s been a remarkably fertile time for Kiefer - Superbloom gathers up the tracks from recent EP Bridges along with seven newbies. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Portico Quartet
Memory Streams

Former Mercury Prize nominees Portico Quartet deliver their fifth studio album. While the London band have always strived to differentiate their sound from record to record, 'Memory Streams' may represent the most dramatic sonic shift yet, embracing ambient and electronic influences into their minimalistic jazz approach. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Q

After three albums in as many years, Norwegian jazz-rock trio Krokofant felt it was time to move away from working solely as a trio, roping in musicians Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten to record with them. The result is the mysteriously titled Q, consisting of four long tracks with the same title ranging from tranquil beauty to frenzied freakouts. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Bradley feat. The Inversions
Whatcha Doing (To Me) / Strike Three

Victor ‘Tiklah’ Axelrod has taken two of Charles Bradley’s soulful masterpieces and given them a reggae recharge. Whatcha Doing (To Me) featured on Bradley’s Changes album as You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know). Axelrod and his crew turn it into something akin to a 1970s Bunny Lee production. On side B you’ll find Strike Three, a dub classic in waiting that will go down well with any DJs who’ve read this far. 7” single on Daptone.

Adrian Younge
Produced By: Adrian Younge

Adrian Younge’s fusion of library jazz, hip-hop, soul and a general sense of Lynchian unease makes him one of the more innovative composer-producers (producer-composers?) currently at work. His sound is kind of the sonic equivalent of Jordan Peele's hyper-real cinematography. New LP Produced By: Adrian Younge lines Younge up with some talented vocalists - Estelle, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Black Thought - for a set of uncannily gorgeous tunes. Released, intentionally, during Black History Month.

Sons Of Kemet
Lest We Forget

The British jazz resurgence continues apace in 2019, with the popularity of Sons Of Kemet’s sophomore album Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do necessitating a vinyl re-print. Receiving the nomination for Best Album of the Year in 2015 from Gilles Peterson just like its predecessor Burn, Shabaka Hutchings’ outfit carried on their blistering form. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Esbjörn Svensson Trio
e.s.t. Live In Gothenburg

e.s.t. Live In Gothenburg captures the magic of the demised Esbjörn Svensson Trio, a jazz piano act that formed in 1993 and whose influential career was cut short following the tragic death of its leader Esbjörn Svensson in a scuba diving accident in 2008. This triple-LP / double-CD live album, recorded at a Swedish show in 2001, spanned tracks from across their career, with one song, ‘Bowling’, never having been released on CD before. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jackie Shane
Any Other Way / Sticks and Stones

Soul legend William Bell wrote the song Any Other Way. It was taken up by Bostonian Jackie Shane - a transgender pioneer - who recorded the song, originally a mournful break-up song as the lyrics suited her need for a gay liberation anthem. It was originally released in 1962 - the same year William Bell cut his version in Memphis. B/w Sticks and Stones.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

King Hannibal
Truth

Cult American soul / R&B singer Jimmy Shaw - better known as King Hannibal - endured a turbulent career characterised by mercurial records and personal troubles, perhaps most famous for Sixties anti-Vietnam anthem ‘Hymn No.5’, banned from the airwaves. Truth, originally released in 1973, was the result of a period of stability in Hannibal’s life, and it’s now being re-issued on the Tidal Waves Music label on vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
The Jazz Room compiled by Paul Murphy

Jazz is everywhere right now but if you want a nice Giles Peterson-approved place to bed down for the afternoon with some new and old sounds try this new compilation of selections by veteran Paul Murphy. A long time jazz expert and DJ, Murphy selects a series of mostly upbeat danceable jazz mixing contemporary sounds with some classics from back in the day. 
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

John Ghost
Airships Are Organisms

Are they? Are they now. I thought they were flaming death traps. Anyway John Ghost is a collective not a man and come from the Belgian town of Ghent. They make exploratory jazz-influenced stuff that takes on board influences from minimal music and neo-classical. All the way through this description I've been thinking about the band Jaga Jazzist and there it is in the press release... they are comparable to Jaga Jazzist.  

David Axelrod
Seriously Deep

Seriously Deep was the only album David Axelrod recorded for Polydor in the 1970s. You may be less familiar with this than his other classics such as Songs Of Innocence, Songs of Experience and Earth Rot. However, this Jazz-rock fusion masterpiece has been plundered for samples just as often as the rest by the likes of Mobb Deep, Black Eyed Peas and Beanie Sigel. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bobby Hutcherson
Montara

Montara was a 1975 album by jazz marimba and vibraphone player Bobby Hutcherson. Although he recorded several sessions for Blue Note and other labels, Montara has become famous in recent years for being sampled by Madlib on his Shades of Blue LP. For the uninitiated this is laid back, feel-good new jazz development with a dextrous and emotive palette of sounds. Back out for a new hip audience on 180 gram wax.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Visible And Invisible Persons Distributed In Space

Numero Group presents Visible And Invisible Persons Distributed In Space, an exhumation exercise like no other. Taking the finest tracks from ten highly obscure, privately-issued masterpieces from the Eighties soul and jazz scene, it’s a beautifully packaged item, arriving in gold foil and metallic ink origami sleeve that becomes a magnetic pyramid structure. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hozan Yamamoto with Sharps & Flats
Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

Everyone’s getting in on the Japanese jazz reissues these days. Studio Mule, BBE and Mr. Bongo are just three of the labels who’ve delivered new editions of old LPs in recent years. The latter come through with the goods again in the form of Beautiful Bamboo-Flute, a 1971 rarity that saw the legendary shakuhachi (bamboo-flute) player Hozan Yamamoto team up with the Sharps And Flats - one of the country’s most celebrated big-bands. Together they create a bombastic and brilliant noise on Beautiful Bamboo-Flute, a large-ensemble fusion-funk style that really struts. Cracking stuff.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joe Henderson
In 'N Out

A re-issue of In ‘N Out, the third studio album by the immensely talented tenor jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. Originally released in late 1964 on the legendary Blue Note label, Henderson recorded the record with an all-star ensemble including some legendary names, not least McCoy Tyner on piano. The first three tracks are Henderson originals, while the final two numbers were written by trumpeter Kenny Dorham. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel