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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.
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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. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Maria Chiara Argirò
Hidden Seas

An Italian-born pianist whose skills have been highly in demand on the London scene for a few years, Maria Chiara Argirò delivers her second album Hidden Seas. It’s set to be a very different beast from her 2016 debut, introducing vocals for the first time and seeing Argirò turn to synthesisers. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Led Bib
It’s Morning

It’s Morning is the ninth studio album from British ensemble Led Bib, former Mercury Prize nominees and basically uncategorisable for the entirety of their 15-year career. The most obvious change this time around is that the music now boasts two vocalists - Wang Chung’s Jack Hues being one of them! - but the core ethos of the group remains. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Binker Golding
Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers

Look at the man on the record sleeve. Look at that mouth and be assured that that is the mouth of a saxophone wizard. Binker Golding was one half of Binker and Moses but here strikes out alone (with crack band in tow) for an album which blends vintage jazz fusion with the lo-fi hip-hop beats Binker hears on the mean streets of his hometown London. Another name to add to the current richly diverse output of the London jazz scene. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lloyd McNeill
Elegia

Soul Jazz Records’ run of Lloyd McNeill reissues bears more fruit with a remastered edition of 1980’s Elegia. A private-press LP that has been out of print for close to four decades, Elegia is another elegant set of spiritual jazz from the underrated McNeill. Some tracks show off Brazilian and Latin influences, while album centrepiece ‘Elegiac Suite For Elizabeth’ is a gorgeous blend of Claude Debussy, John Coltrane and Nina Simone.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Build Bridges

Tim Felten’s The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble have been a huge part of the West Coast soul / jazz / funk scene for a number of years now, and their third album Build Bridges will maintain that position. The new effort consists of ten tracks of exceptional musicianship and sophisticated arrangements. 
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Matthew Halsall
Oneness

Matthew Halsall is a multi-talented jazz musician, composer, producer and founder of the independent jazz label Gondwana Records. The Manchester-based pioneer here releases ''Oneness' - a collection of beautifully composed pieces designed to, as he explains, "document the coming together of lots of different musicians in a wonderfully organic soulful way to make egoless music".
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joe Armon-Jones
Turn To Clear View

Joe Armon-Jones has featured in the bands Ezra Collective and Mr. Jukes. He is known for his keyboard skills and adding a distinctly jazz flavour to club sounds along with R&B, hip-hop and p-funk. His latest solo outing, 'Turn To Clear View', sees him nodding in the direction of Herbie Hancock and Mad Scientist. Regular collaborators Oscar Jerome, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia contribute.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Family Daptone / The 100 Knights Orchestra
Hey Brother (Do Unto Others) / Soul Fugue

Who can resist the sheer soul power of the Daptone label and it’s potent roster of acts? This here is their one hundredth 45’ release, and they’ve gone for a big special blow-out to celebrate. The top musicians from across the label’s many bands all pile in together, for a big vocal tune on the A-side and an orchestral instrumental on the B. Major one-off stuff.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Peter Brötzmann / Juhani Aaltonen / Peter Kowald / Edward Vesala
Hot Lotta

Reissue of Hot Lotta, a one off meeting between some of the greatest minds in German and Finish free jazz. Recorded in 1973, this is a truly savage example of what my jazz hating colleagues would call 'difficult sax music'. You can get a good idea of what this sounds like by looking at pictures of headliner Peter Brötzmann playing his instrument.
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PYJÆN
PYJÆN

London-based jazz-fusion quintet PYJÆN present their self-titled debut album, having toured hard thusfar in 2019 at festivals and prestigious spots in the capital. Rooting their sound in classic funk and jazz sounds going back as far as the ‘20s, PYJÆN also embraces contemporary hip-hop aesthetics. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Buddy Collette Septet
Polynesia

Good old Trunk records, always finding the unusual and the bizarre. It's almost impossible to describe this latest discovery which seems to have been born by a need to connect the jazz of Buddy Collette with the oriental studies of A. I. Groeg which form the basis of the narratives that accompany the music. The result is unusual one part jazz album, one part tone poem. The album has been impossible to find, only turning up on rare bootlegs over the years. Now is your chance to own it on vinyl. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Bradley
Black Velvet

Despite the sad passing of both Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, the music of Daptone lingers on and here we get a posthumous collection of recordings by soul man Charles Bradley. It is a celebration of his entire career but is now shallow 'best of' delving into unknown corners of his back catalogue and containing unheard recordings made at sessions for all three of his studio albums. Lovingly compiled, there's a big box set too with bonus 12" and assorted ephemera. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Neal Francis
Changes

Stunning contemporary funk and soul from this recently sober Chicago musician. The first record he was given as a child was a Dr John LP so it's easy to see what his influences are. It's no surprise then that Changes has elements of New Orleans blues, gospel ish soul and 70's lowdown rock and roll within its grooves. Add this in to a storied history of alcohol and drug addiction and long recovery Neal Francis obviously has a point to prove and has created a passionate, soulful album steeped in the past but looking forward to what might be ahead.   

Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
Kozmik Bazaar

Kozmik Bazaar sees Turkish free jazz group Konstrukt collaborate with Chicago jazz musician Ken Vandermark for a third time. Vandermark has played with pretty much everyone in the jazz world including Peter Brotzmann, Alex Dorner and Mats Gustafsson, to name but a few. Kozmik Bazaar starts from a familiar enough place by referencing Ornette Coleman before taking itself to a psychedelic place way beyond what most people would consider to be jazz.

Prince
Emancipation

Emancipation was the Prince album that saw him wriggle free of his contract with Warner Bros and he subsequently declared it to be his most important album yet. The freedom let Prince experiment freely with an assortment of genres including house music and blues and even toying with a cover of Joan Osbourne's 'One of Us'. This is its first time on vinyl and it comes in a six LP set on purple (natch) vinyl or easier to handle 3CD set.  

The Souljazz Orchestra
Chaos Theories

Canadian musical collective The Souljazz Orchestra present their ninth studio album Chaos Theories. Steeped in their regular blend of soul, jazz and funk, the band’s latest effort takes time to address the political upheaval in the western world, masterminded by their leader Pierre Chrètien. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Nat Birchall Quartet
The Storyteller - A Musical Tribute to Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef is a jazz legend who pioneered the fusion of jazz and Eastern music. His influence is still being felt today, as evidenced by this new tribute album by Nat Birchall entitled 'The Storyteller'. The album is made up of interpretations of Lateef songs and originals written by Birchall that share his approach to making music. This is a hugely varied album containing a variety of lesser-known instruments and strange time signatures. Big sounds, big scope, big story telling. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sudan Archives
Sudan Archives

Experimental violinist Sudan Archives offers succinct examples of her work here, drawing on Sudanese fiddlers, R&B and the electronic leftfield; the record is both emotive and surreal, serving not only as a deconstruction of her instrument but an opening up of new possibilities. Already one of Stone Throws' most intriguing releases.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

BJ The Chicago Kid
1123

BJ The Chicago Kid drops his latest LP of widescreen hip-hop. 1123 is very much a post-To Pimp A Butterfly album, but it’s also a post-Stankonia album, a post-Channel Orange album and a post-Acid Rap album. That is to say there’s a lot going on here, with neo-soul and trap beats sitting side by side. 1123 boasts a pretty varied guestlist too - Rick Ross and Offset rub shoulders with J.I.D., Afrojack and Anderson .Paak.

Various
The Time For Peace Is Now

'The Time for Peace is Now' is a collection of gospel songs, but instead of being overtly religious, are more concerned with our wellbeing and friendships. These songs are more than forty years old, but have a powerful message that needs to be heard today. The album is released on David Byrne’s Luka Bop label and was compiled by Greg Belson, a man who knows more about gospel music than pretty much anyone else. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Chaos and Disorder

Chaos and Disorder was the last album Prince made for Warner Brothers before the big falling out. Despite it featuring some of his most addictive pop tunes yet, he refused to promote it and so it kind of slipped away and has been long out of print. Now he's dead and so there's no-one to for them to argue with, Sony have re-pressed it onto purple (he'd like that bit) vinyl.  

Sequoyah Murray
Before You Begin

Sequoyah Murray steps out with an LP on Thrill Jockey. Before You Begin is a set of synth-heavy and somewhat experimental indie-pop tunes, one that draws on the queer-pop stylings of Perfume Genius, Active Child and How To Dress Well while maintaining the questing soul of Calling Out Of Context-era Arthur Russell. This is a really strong debut record.

Makoto Terashita meets Harold Land
Topology

As well as dub and reggae music enjoying the odd meet, jazz is pretty social too and this release tracks one of the most fascinating get togethers. It soundtracks the get together in 1983 of young Japanese pianist Makoto Terashita with elder statesman sax man Harold Land. The result is a fascinating document with the nuanced piano playing of the former against the classic, experienced tones of the latter. Nice heavyweight vinyl re-issue.  
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  • BBE
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leon Ware
Rainbow Deux

Soulman Leon Ware passed away from cancer back in 2017. Before his health declined Ware taped the songs that would become Rainbow Deux. Working with musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington, Ware turned in a set of widescreen, smooth and slightly psychedelic tunes that take in soul, disco, hip-hop, closing-time jazz and more. Gregory Porter would be the related artist that you’re looking for. As final statements go, Rainbow Deux is pretty darn fantastic.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lord Echo
Curiosities

Lord Echo is the alter ego of brilliantly named New Zealand producer Mike Fabs, a multi-instrumentalist known for blending 60's inspired songwriting with modern day dancefloor production. Curiosities was his second album from 2013 and combines myriad influences such as dub, funk and afro beat in a soulful, eclectic collection that aimed Fabs music purely towards the clubs in contrast to his earlier more laid back work. First time on 2LP vinyl for all you audiophiles out there. 

Peter Zummo
Deep Drive

The incomparable Peter Zummo releases the latest LP of his long and distinguished career. Zummo assembled an ensemble of serious clout to play on Deep Drive - alongside his longtime pal Ernie Brooks we also have Oliver Coates, Keith McIvor (aka JD Twitch) and Ralph Cumbers (aka Bass Clef) at the party. The record is another masterful compositions set of compositions that hovers at the edge of fourth-world free music and the post-minimal avant-garde.

AAMM
“A”Trio & AMM

Eddie Prevost (percussion) and John Tilbury (piano), wizened masters of radical London improv outfit AMM, mingle with the free jazz of Lebanon’s “A” Trio - that’s Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Sharif Sehnaoui (acoustic guitar) and Raed Yassin (double bass). You’d think that lot would make quite a racket, but the overall calm and restraint going on much of the time is mesmerising.

Patterson Twins
Let Me Be Your Lover

Eagle-eyed rare-groovers among you will likely have spotted Miles Away’s reissue of Patterson Twins’ 1978 7” Gonna Find A True Love when it came out a couple of months back. Hot on the heels of that re-release we now get a new pressing of Let Me Be Your Lover, the Mississippi pair’s LP that came out in the same year. The brothers deliver muscular, righteous funk all through this record’s eight tracks. Original copies of Let Me Be Your Lover go for megabucks these days so it’s a good thing that Acid Jazz have put together this far more affordable edition.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lou Donaldson
Alligator Bogaloo

Fusing hard bop and soul jazz and creating a seriously funky concoction, saxophonist Lou Donaldson scored a minor crossover success with the title track of his 1967 album Alligator Bogaloo, with the help of a young George Benson on guitar and a band that included Idris Muhammad on drums. This vinyl re-issue comes with new photos and liner notes. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Garrett
Private Life II

A lot of people are guesstimating that Garrett is the secretive alias of boogietronica legend Dam-Funk. While this has been neither confirmed nor denied at the time of writing (17:00, 29th October, Year Of Our Lord 2018) people are, like, 99.9% sure - D-F’s real name is Damon GARRETT Riddick, after all. What’s more, the smooth-ass synth tracks that make up the Private Life II LP bear more than a passing resemblance to the D-F sound. This one’s out via Music From Memory.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

K15 & Patrick Gibin
Devotion

To help mark the tenth anniversary of Eglo Records, the imprint is releasing a second vinyl compilation in October 2019. Taken from it is this 12” single ‘Devotion’, an eight-minute epic of house and broken beat from K15. It also features as a vinyl exclusive B-side a cover of Patrick Gibin and Javonttee’s ‘Cloud 9’. 
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Oscar Jerome
Live In Amsterdam

It's already been quite the couple of years for jazz soul fusion guy Oscar Jerome. He's played with Kamasi Washington, collaborated with Ezra Collective and Sons of Kemet and been playlisted by 6 Music all while sounding unnervingly like Jamiroquai. Music college-friendly jazz often sounds at its best when performed live and so some wise bod has taped a performance by Jerome in Amsterdam and slung it out on vinyl for us all to enjoy. Six tracks of smooth coming your way.    
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Donald Byrd
Chant

Chant was the second studio album by legendary trumpet parper Donald Byrd. Recorded in 1961 it features a young Herbie Hancock on piano and as well as several originals there are takes on tunes by Duke Ellington and Duke Pearson. Strangely, the album wasn't released officially until 1979 but as if making up for lost time Blue Note have spared no expense with this 180g edition re-mastered from the original tapes and in luxury gatefold sleeve. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stirling March
Under Cover Lover

A long-overdue reissue on Kalita records of Stirling March’s cult favourite single Under Cover Lover, originally released back in 1985. Given a makeover with a welter of liner notes, interviews and exclusive photos, this Bahamian boogie fell by the wayside upon original release due to improper promotion, but has since become one of the rarest records of its genre. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Stanley Turrentine
Hustlin'

Blue Note Records have cut so many classic LPs down the years that you can pretty much just select at random from their back catalogue and be guaranteed some great listening. Case in point - Stanley Turrentine’s Hustlin’, a superb 1964 hard-bop record that also featured the talents of Bob Cranshaw, Otis Finch and Kenny Burrell. Now reissued, this new edition of Hustlin’ comes with remastered audio.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Breakwater
Release The Beast

Philly funk band, Breakwater, were around in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. They only released two albums. Their second, Spalshdown, from 1980, contained the song, Release The Beast. A powerful piece of funk if ever there was one. It has been sampled a few times, but most notably, and of most interest to you lot, it formed a huge part of the Daft Punk track, Robot Rock. Here it is in 7" format with the smooth funk of Let Love In on the flip.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
J Jazz Volume 2 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 – 1983

After getting in on the Japanese jazz reissues act back in 2018 with J-Jazz - Deep Modern Jazz From Japan, BBE Records return with the second instalment. The time-frame of Volume 2 is similar to the first time around (both start in 1969 and this one goes to 1983 rather than 1984) and once again the span of styles on display here is broad. Spiritual explorations, hard-bop stompers and fusion-funk all get a look in across the compilation.
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  • BBE
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Paul & The Tall Trees
So Long

The Tall Trees (nice name) are led by a lad called Paul (more precisely known as Paul Schalda) - a Staten Island based singer songwriter with a soulful and romantic style. This is his second album and has drawn comparisons as wildly varied as Otis Redding, The Band and Fugazi's Ian Mackaye leading to a concoction of timelessly emotional pieces with a gravel in the voice and a tear in the eye.   
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Joseph Shabason
Anne

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ that is extremely moving. Musically Shabason's second LP is pitched somewhere between Freetown Sound-era Blood Orange and Loke Rahbek/Frederik Valentin’s Buy Corals Online.

Miriam Makeba
Pata Pata

The definitive version of a scandalously overlooked gem of the late Sixties. Meaning “touch touch” in the Xhosa language, Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata was spearheaded by the Billboard success of its title track as a single in late 1967, and came about through the patronage of legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jack White
Lazaretto / Power Of My Love

'Lazaretto' is the first single from Jack White's second album, cunningly also called 'Lazaretto', being released on his very own Third Man Records. Why Jack White is writing songs about maritime quarantine stations, only he knows. The track is backed on the flip by exclusive tune 'Power Of My Love'. 
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Various
Bad Education - Vol. 1:

Datptone step outside of their own super-soul roster to look overseas for a moment, with this highlights / introductory compilation of soul goodness from Timmion Records, based in Helsinki. Bad Education - Vol. 1: Soul Hits features ten  tracks selected by Daptone, showcasing the best soul artists that Finland has to offer!
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Marion Brown
Three For Shepp

Alto-saxophonist, Marion Brown, made sure he was ready before releasing his debut album, Three For Shepp, in 1966. He’d been seen around with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra and played on albums by John Coltrane and Archie Shepp. The album offers three original pieces and three of Archie Shepp’s tunes, meandering from quiet and soulful to manic and avant-garde.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tenesha The Wordsmith
Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts

An LP of potent music from spoken word artist Tenesha The Wordsmith here. Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts is comfortable alongside both Tenesha’s contemporaries like Noname and the ancestral sounds of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron. Tenesha’s evocative, impassioned writing dovetails well with the hallucinatory Afrofuturist jazz soup behind her here.

Jungle
Happy Man

More competent modern funk/soul from XL darlings Jungle here. ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House In L.A.’ are the first new material from the group since all that fuss about them and their Millennial take on blue-eyed soul in the mid-2010s. Both of these tunes would have slotted neatly into their self-titled debut album.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Kjetil Mulelid Trio
What You Thought Was Home

When you’re 28 and you’re being compared to jazz piano greats like Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, you must be doing something right. Kjetil Mulelid Trio have been earning all sorts of impressive compliments from publications such as All That Jazz and The Wire following their 2017 debut, 'Not Nearly Enough To Buy a House'. Second album, 'What You Thought Was Home', sees the Norwegian backed by his reliable rhythm section, beguile once again with a set of complex and rich new compositions 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink
Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018

Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018 by Brötzmann/ Schlippenbach / Bennink is a live celebration of Peter Brötzmann’s 1968 album, Machine Gun. The free jazz saxophonist assembled a trio of  Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano and Han Bennink (who played on the original album) on drums to play the album live. It went so well they decided to release it, and here it is.

Ghost Funk Orchestra
A Song For Paul

A collection of cinematic psychedelia that’s as likely to appeal to fans of classic rock and soul as it is to soundtrack buffs, 'A Song For Paul' is the third album proper from the mysterious Ghost Funk Orchestra, in large part the product of producer and musician Seth Applebaum. Who knew the 'G' in 'G-funk' stood for Ghost?
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Necks
Mindset

Releasing sixteen albums is an achievement in itself. What’s impressive about Mindset, the latest soiree into improvised musical from those wonderful Australians The Necks, is that it shows that the band are still looking to expand their sound more than 25 years after they kicked things off. The two lengthy piano-bass-drum swells that each make up a side of Mindset draw from Sun Ra, Chick Corea, Alice Coltrane and so much more without ever sounding much like any of them.

Ikebe Shakedown
Kings Left Behind

Consisting in part of several members of the late Charles Bradley’s backing band The Extraordinaires, the incredibly talented Ikebe Shakedown present another collection of uplifting, enervating instrumental soul with new album Kings Left Behind. Their first in half a decade, the ensemble evoke mystical elements with their hard-hitting sound. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

DJ Yoda
Home Cooking

DJ Yoda, an artist much beloved of the summer festival circuit, here develops his craft beyond funky beatmaking, bringing in live instrumental artists to complement his samples and tasty turntablism. Songs are the key here, with musicians like Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Eva Lazarus helping Yoda craft a real jazz and soul mood. Home Cooking is released by Lewis Recordings.

Phrydderichs Phaelda
Bruchstuecke

Since 2015 the Notes On A Journey imprint have set up shop as a discerning reissues label who specialise in free jazz rarities. Their latest find, Phrydderichs Phaelda’s LP Bruchstücke, is also one of their most intriguing. Recorded in the mid-70’s by a group of teachers and students from a West German secondary school, the album comes across like a sort of proto-acid jazz with a dollop of avant strangeness thrown in for good measure. We wonder if The Lounge Lizards ever got a load of Bruchstücke first time around. The audio has been remastered for this new edition.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gil Evans
New Bottle Old Wine

The cast list for Gil Evans’ 1958 LP New Bottle Old Wine reads like a ‘who’s who’ of first-wave jazz greats. Cannonball Adderley is the main soloist, and in support of him we find people such as Art Blakey and Johnny Coles. Then there’s Evans himself, one of the finest arrangers of his age, turning out orchestral reinterpretations of Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton and the like. We needn’t tell you that New Bottle Old Wine is a fabulous record - and we also needn’t tell you that this new Blue Note edition, mastered from the original tapes, is as fine a way to hear it as any.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Ann Arbor - Blues Festival 1969

The Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 was America’s first blues festival. And boy did they get a cast of characters together! B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Son House, Big Mamma Thornton, Mississippi Fred McDowell are among the legendary acts performing. It’s all previously unheard stuff, unless of course, you were there. But you weren’t, were you?
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Seratones
POWER

Seratones, fronted by Louisiana-based singer AJ Haynes, returns with a suitably titled sophomore album POWER. Her backing band now bolstered by the addition of two new players, and shows Haynes’ voice to be flexible to the demands of rock, soul and dance music, and sees her lyrics reflect the personal and political. 

Barbara Howard
I Don't Want Your Love

Barbara Howard’s 1969 single ‘I Don’t Want Your Love’/‘The Man Above’ is one of those rare soul 7”s that is highly prized within the community (which means that original copies cost an absolute bomb these days). It’s easy to see why - even a half-century later the funky A-side and sensuous B-side still pack a real punch. Remined Records are the ones behind this reissue - check their new edition of Howard’s On The Rise LP as well.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Tommy Guerrero
From The Soil To The Soul

Although released in 2006 on CD by Quannum Records, skateboarder-turned-musician Tommy Guerrero’s seminal fourth album is released on vinyl for the first time. From The Soil To The Soul may turn its hand to various genres throughout, but it remains precise and well-executed. Original artwork by graffiti artist Twist revamped by Guerrero, now on bright red.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alessandro Alessandroni
Spontaneous

Four Flies re-issues one of the holy grails of the library music scene, after five years of careful research and exhumation. Spontaneous, recorded in the mid-Seventies by Italian composer Alessandro Alessandroni, returns to vinyl, with its mixture of soft rock, jazz and downtempo breaks ageing remarkably well in the subsequent four decades. 

Alice Coltrane
Transcendence

Significant changes in Alice Coltrane’s life happened in 1977, the year Transcendence was released. She became a Swamini, teaching Hindu and began performing and recording devotional chants. It does mean she more-or-less left jazz behind, but there's some bluesy organ on here! This was one of two LPs she released that year. Reissue LP on Antactica Starts Here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Don Blackman
Just Can’t Stay Away

A re-issue of a little-known early Noughties soul banger by Don Blackman, this special 7” vinyl version of the singer’s ‘Just Can’t Stay Away’ gets a loving re-packaging courtesy of Melodies International, the re-issues label set up by Floating Points’ Sam Shepherd. Comes with a special 14”x14” poster. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bushman's Revenge
Et Hån Mot Overklassen

Making their debut on Hubro, Et Hån Mot Overklassen - translating as ‘A Mockey of the Upper Class’ - sees Norwegian outfit Bushman’s Revenge significantly alter their normal modus operandi. Out go the heavy gothic histrionics of old, to be replaced by a much more subtle, acoustically based sound. 

Various
IF Music presents You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 3 – Compiled by Jean-Claude

Record collector and IF Music store owner Jean-Claude presents the third instalment of his compilation series You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz. As reliably diverse as ever, it features rare cuts from J-C’s personal collection ranging from Hungarian jazz guitarist Szabó Gábor István to Indian musician Yatra Sextett. 
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sun Ra
Media Dreams

Sun Ra captured in quartet mode during a 1978 stay in Italy. John Gilmore, Luqman Ali and Michael Ray were the sidemen, and the combination of a smaller-than-Arkestra ensemble and a ’string synthesizer’ keyboard called the Crumar Mainman (only used by Ra for this year) opens up some intriguing and unusual territory within the Sun Ra oeuvre. On Art Yard.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Do Not Pass Me By Vol. II

Following up the cult success of the much-beloved Like A Ship… Without A Sail in 1971, Do Not Pass Me By was the even more limited successor two years later. Chicago’s Pastor T.L. Barrett once again took the 40-piece Youth For Christ Choir and laid down ten more yearning, soaring spiritual tracks. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

Resavoir
Resavoir

Chicago-based jazz collective Resavoir look to deliver on the early hype, which garnered them patronage from Gilles Peterson among others, with their debut self-titled album. Led primarily by Will Miller of indie band Whitney, their take on jazz has been lo-fi, electronically enhanced with loops and samples. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Charles Bradley
No Time For Dreaming

No Time For Dreaming was the debut solo album from Charley Bradley the Screaming Eagle of Soul. Bradley was a plumber who spent his nights as a James Brown impersonator before being discovered by Daptone records. His music was perfect for aficionados of the classic soul sound and his voice was a pained and emotional thing which showcased his years of struggle. It was the first of three studio albums before Bradley passed away in 2017.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tubby Hayes Quartet
Grits, Beans And Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Session 1969

Grits, Beans and Greens is the first appearance of a legendary lost session from British saxophonist Tubby Hayes, recorded in 1969 and fabled as some of his finest ever material. The standard single CD and LP versions present the music as a ‘lost album’, while the 2xCD hardback book package includes guts and all - demos, alternate takes and between-song studio chatter. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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!

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

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.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Vinyl LP (BWOOD205LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (BWOOD205MAG)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

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

Roy Ayers
Silver Vibrations

Good ol' woozy Roy Ayers here on Silver Vibrations, one of Ayers's classic albums from 1983. Tracks such as "Good, Good Music", "Keep On Movin'" and the iconic "Chicago" are pure Ayers with blissful funk and soul grooves mingling with distinctive synth lines and vocals which can be both punchy and sleazy in equal manner.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Steve Reid featuring the Master Brotherhood
Nova

Steve Reid is a jazz drummer of some repute. Some would say he’s the BEST drummer full stop. After starting his career drumming on Motown records he went on to play with a stellar cast of Jazz, soul and world musicians. Miles Davis, Sun Ra, James Brown and Fela Kuti are just some of the names who have benefited from his beats. In the mid-2000s he collaborated with Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet. He died in 2010. Nova was his debut album. Reissue LP and CD on Soul Jazz.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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’.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel