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Preservation Hall Jazz Band
So It Is

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

Airto
Samba De Flora

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

Gil Scott-Heron
Spirits

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

City of Women
City of Women II

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

Abdullah Ibrahim
The Balance

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

Shafiq Husayn
The Loop

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

Bushman's Revenge
Bushman's Fire

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

Kashmere Stage Band
Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974


  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5023LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Red Kite
Red Kite

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

Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey
Royal

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

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

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

Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

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

Coastal County
Coastal County

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

John Lee Hooker
Detroit and Beyond Vol. 1

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

William Hooker
... Is Eternal Life

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

Keith Jarrett
The Koln Concert

When Keith Jarrett turned up at the venue for this gig in April 1975 - the first ever gig being put on by a 17 year-old German wannabe promoter, it seemed that it was doomed before it started. He was late, he needed feeding, the piano was horribly out of tune, but due to Jarrett being such a great musician, The Köln Concert just happens to be one of the greatest live jazz albums ever recorded.
  • Label(s):
  • ECM
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

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

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

Collocutor
Instead

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

Brian Ellis
Deep Clues

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

Patterson Twins
Gonna Find A True Love / A Good Thing

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

Minoru Muraoka
Bamboo

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

Starcrost
Starcrost

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

Air
Air

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

Lou Donaldson
Mr. Shing-A-Ling 

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

Lee Morgan
Cornbread

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

Parliament
Chocolate City

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

Lucinda Williams
Happy Woman Blues

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

Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight
Cumulo Nimbus

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

Takeo Moriyama
East Plants

One of them there Japanese jazz reissues here. Takeo Moriyama’s 1983 LP East Plants isn’t a particularly famous record, but it’s held in high esteem by those who know their J-jazz onions. Moriyama is the drummer here, and his careful yet commanding kit work powers his group through a collection of slightly spiritual, slightly avant post-bop. Interestingly there’s no piano on this album - the melodic stuff is left to reeds, bass and tuned percussion.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sinkane
Dépaysé

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

Kyriakos Sfetsas
Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol​.​2

Teranga Beat had so much fun putting out the first Greek Fusion Orchestra compilation that they’ve decided to do it all again. The GFO were set up by Kyriakos Sfetsas with the intention of creating jazz fusion that drew on the nation’s traditional musics. As such, the tracks on Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 2 combine library-funk rhythms with all manner of Greek styles and instrumentation. These tracks are previously unreleased.

Gil Scott-Heron
Small Talk At 125th & Lenox

The late great Gil Scott Heron, here we have a reissue of his 1970s debut album Small Talk at 125th & Lenox. The album features the classic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and what more can I say? It’s a classic album by a true talent which went on to influence any artists across various genres. Reissue on 180g vinyl.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Leyla McCalla
The Capitalist Blues

The Capitalist Blues. Too right mate. The third LP from former Carolina Chocolate Drop member Leyla McCalla finds her delving deeper into the folk sounds of her ancestry. That means New Orleans jazz, Haitian rara, Zydeco and early blues all get a look in here. The resulting record is a damn good time for all concerned.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

JJ Whitefield
Brother All Alone

Having been a part of a bewildering number of projects over the last twenty years, German underground musician and bandleader JJ Whitefield strikes out under his own name for this first time with solo album Brother All Alone. Recorded between Germany and Kenya, this new collection immerses you in Whitefield’s passions - namely, weird funk, neo-jazz and krautrock. 

Kutiman
Sakla Beni (featuring Melike Sahin)

Kutiman’s new single ‘Sakla Beni’ is a collaboration with Turkish singer Melike Şahin. This track is a righteous bit of psychedelic neo-soul, one that mixes together a thick fuzz-funk bassline, slow stomp of a groove and Anatolian rock production. The end result is not unlike those Khruangbin fellows everyone gets so excited about. The ‘Sakla Beni’ 7” comes backed with the ‘karaoke’ version.

Laurence Pike
Holy Spring

Former Liars/Bill Callahan/DD Dumbo collaborator and Szun Waves member Laurence Pike drops his second solo LP via The Leaf Label (Snapped Ankles, The Comet Is Coming). Holy Spring bracingly combines free jazz, electronica, post-rock and the pagan classical composition of Igor Stravinsky. It’s no coincidence that Holy Spring shares a word with Stravinsky’s seminal Rite Of Spring. Tracks like ‘Drum Chant’ sound like something from Music From Memory if it had been plied with peyote. Really cool record.

Los Coast
Samsara

Austin, Texas band, Los Coast, make soul music with a modern twist. The vocals of Terry Privott give a sense of the coolest ‘70s soul. The band cook up an energetic groove that blends psychedelic rock and the soulful funk of Bobby Womack, sprinkled with the dust of the Texan desert. Samsara is their debut album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jordan Rakei
Origin

Following a couple of years of buzz, guest feature spots and 100 million Spotify streams clocked up, New Zealand-born singer Jordan Rakei will be hoping to make the final push into mainstream superstardom with third album Origin. If recent single ‘Mind’s Eye’ is anything to go by, there’s no stopping him. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Herbie Hancock
Dedication

Dedication by Herbie Hancock was recorded live in Tokyo in 1974. It is a spacious jazz/funk exploration of his exquisite keyboard skills. It was released in japan only at the time and we had to wait until 2013 to buy it on CD here. It has never been released on vinyl outside of Japan, so this special vinyl edition will be a real treat for fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw
Black Pearl

Re-issue of the much-loved Black Pearl album, released originally in 1973 by musician Alan Parker and composer Alan Hawkshaw and which utterly sums up kind of driving, orchestral funk that soundtracked so much of the early Seventies. It’s also long been a treasure trove for hip-hop artists seeking samples! 

Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Despite being named Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, a title that perhaps suggests a solo, Mingus-only effort, this 1964 record actually captures Charles Mingus’ experimentation with a large, 11 piece group, performing some of his finest tunes, including ‘Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul’. Vinyl reissue on the Jeanne Dielman label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Archie Shepp
Fire Music

Vintage free-jazz from Archie Shepp and group, landing in the middle of heady times when it was initially released in 1965. The aptly titled Fire Music was Shepp’s second album on Impulse! and notably includes a track dedicated to Malcom X and a version of a Duke Ellington number. Reissued by Impulse! themselves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Edson Frederico
Edson Frederico E A Transa

If you're one of the 585 people who want this on discogs but don't want to pay the £494 asking price, you're in luck. Music On Vinyl have reissued Edson Frederico's E A Transa, one of the few albums Frederico ever release. A great ambassador of the more easy listening side of Brazil's 70s scene, a fusion of jazz, funk, bossanova and more.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2441C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic on purple vinyl? It’s what the Prince formerly known as The Artist (and known at the time of this particular release as the unpronounceable ‘Love Symbol #2’) would’ve wanted. Originally released in 1999, this one enlists the collaborative talents of Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, Eve, Chuck D and Gwen Stefani.
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075913981)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Ryo Fukui
Scenery

Considered by many the jazz man's definitive moment, scenery sees pianist Ryo Fukui at a cross section of his genre's multitudes, considering what can be done between cool and modal. These tunes sound gorgeous and flowing, a testament to how Fukui's lovely, clean style could occasionally shine all verbose and boastful.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lloyd McNeill
Treasures

Soul Jazz Records reissue another LP from the notable Lloyd McNeill. After putting out new editions of Asha, Tanner Suite and Washington Suite the label now dusts off 1976’s private press album Treasures. This is ebullient, flowing music that incorporates elements of various jazzes - spiritual, Latin and soul being the most prominent. McNeill’s glorious flute playing ties the thing together. Treasures is one to file next to those recent Horace Tapscott reissue that we got so excited about a few weeks back.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Gloria Ann Taylor
Love Is A Hurtin' Thing

Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing is the highly anticipated anthology by Gloria Ann Taylor. Despite her obvious talent, a Grammy nomination, making Motown sit up and take notice and that she moved in the same circles as soul/funk legends James Brown and Bootsy Collins, Taylor quit the music business after the heartbreak of a failed relationship with record producer Walter Whisenhunt. Recorded between 1971-77 she left some golden soul behind though - music that was influenced by her gospel roots and came from deep inside her. Gloria Ann Taylor was the real deal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Avishai Cohen
Arvoles

Arvoles, the latest album from double bass player and composer Avishai Cohen is built around the sturdiest of trio. Cohen is joined by a drummer and pianist who are more than capable of keeping up with his frenetic and flowing compositions. They're occasionally joined by other musicians, including a flautist and a trombonist to add some more colour to the pieces.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Abstract Orchestra
Madvillain Vol. 2

Rob Mitchell’s Abstract Orchestra go back to the well for another edition of their Madvillain homage albums. As anyone who copped 2018’s Volume 1 will know, these records feature the beats from Madlib and MF Doom’s legendary collaboration reinterpreted by a contemporary big band. As such, Madvillain Volume 2 is sort of like Count Basie for a post-?uestlove world.

Teodross Avery
After The Rain : A Night for Coltrane

Teodross Avery here does a superb job of reckoning with the long shadow cast by John Coltrane over every subsequent tenor saxophonist, by recording After The Rain: A Night for Coltrane. This live performance spans various pieces from across Coltrane’s career, including 'Africa / Brass' and 'A Love Supreme'. Avery and his group are superb and spirited interpreters. On Tompkins Square.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

David Wertman & Sun Ensemble
Earthly Delights

Lesser-heard free-jazz from 1978, led by the double-bassist David Wertman Earthly Delights features four pieces over two LPs, with Wertman’s fantastically rich and fluid (and self-taught) bass playing surrounded by drums, saxophone, flute and synthesiser. Its remarkable that this album has been under the radar for so long as it is a truly glorious listen. Reissued by BBE.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fumio Itabashi Trio
Rise and Shine – Live at the Aketa's

Fumio Itabashi recorded this very fine live date at Tokyo jazz club Aketa’s in 1977, in fact prior to his first album release. His phenomenal piano lines lead his Trio  through three pieces here, with a classic and a cover culminating in the epic and ecstatic Rise And Shine. Reissued to vinyl by Studio Mule.
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE20)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Exile One
Exile One

In 1970 Gordon Henderson moved to Guadeloupe to pursue a career in music. By 1973 he'd started his own back, Exile One. This reissue on Tidal Wave Music, of their 1974 debut, shows off the band's ability to mix together funk, soul, reggae, calypso and Haitian music. The result is fun as hell and demands that you get up and dance.

Seba Kaapstad
Thina

Seba Kaapstad is not a person but a group, and a highly-international one at that. They’ve assembled a real wonder of a record, with positive grooves and good-vibes tunes spread over twelve tracks. I guess Thina is global future-pop, rich with colours and touching on all the loveliest genres. Out on Mello Music Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Piero Piccioni
3 Notti D'Amore (Original Soundtrack)

Not only do Italians know how to create lush film scores on the themes of love, lust and murder, they know how to live the art too! During the 1950s, Piero Piccioni was a prime suspect in the murder of a young girl, Wilma Montesi. It was the first court case to lift the lid and take a peek at the corruption, wealth and sex at the top of Italian society and the public lapped up the tabloid headlines and paparazzi pictures. Piccioni was cleared of all charges and the case remains unsolved. You can hear it all here in Piccioni's 1964 soundtrack, 3 Notti d'Amore. Moving from sensuous sax and relaxed rhythms to tense strings and jumpy horns. It goes through the emotions like only an Italian could. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Placebo (Belgian jazz fusion band)
Ball Of Eyes

Long before Brian Molko et al started kicking up a fuss there was a fusion act who were also called Placebo. The group - whose leader Marc Moulin was the first Belgian to own a Moog synthesiser - released three LPs in the 1970s, and it is 1971’s Ball Of Eyes which now gets a re-press. It’s a well-heeled collection of jazz-funk that tows the line between library pastiche and faithful homage. J Dilla and Madlib are among the artists who’ve sampled this record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Laneous
Monstera Deliciosa

Australian vocal jazz with an inevitably Giles Peterson co-sign from Brisbane's Laneous. The project belongs to Lachlan Mitchell who has been showing off his soulful falsetto for years. On Monstera Deliciosa he gets together with a number of incredibly talented musicians, including a couple from Hiatus Kaoiyote for an album as smooth as silk. On Soul Has No Tempo.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Collard
Unholy

Here’s rising star Collard with his debut Unholy. Raised in a Mormon household near South London, the 24-year-old deploys sultry falsetto over lithe songs of funky r’n’b-ish rock and pop. Tunes such as ‘Hell Song’ and ‘Warrior Cry’ are filled with tight instrumentation, pregnant pauses and personal lyrics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

Filles De Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis was originally released in 1968. It sits between Miles In The Sky and In A Silent way, making it the transitional album between his acoustic and electric periods. Accompanying Davis on the album was the stellar line up of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. A Classic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Moses
How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972

Lee Moses is an enigmatic Southern Soul kind of guy, noted for his rare but fantastic 1971 album Time and Place. But what if you wanted to go deeper than that album? Well then you’d need How Much Longer Must I Wait?, which compiles (mostly earlier) non-album material that is either vanishingly rare or actually never before released. Very soulful stuff, beautifully restored and presented.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Grant Green
Grant’s First Stand

Though Grant’s First Stand isn’t technically the first set Grant Green taped for Blue Note - that honour goes to the recordings collected as 2001’s First Session - it was definitely the first LP that the famed jazz guitarist released through the label. On this record Green’s unusual trio (drums, organ and guitar) front their own take on the contemporaneous sounds of hard bop and balladry. The result is an album that still surprises and thrills all these years later.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Johnny Griffin
Introducing

Blue Note reissue the classic debut LP from late saxophonist Johnny Griffin. 1956’s Introducing Johnny Griffin kick-started one of the longest and most distinguished careers in jazz, but even well over a half a century later this record still ranks among the ‘Little Giant’s finest. Introducing’s opening track ‘Mil Dew’ is one of the essential hard bop texts.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Freddie Hubbard
Open Sesame

This new edition of Freddie Hubbard’s famous 1960 debut LP fronts up the original in its full glory. Even all these years later Open Sesame remains a exercise in bespoke cool from the famous trumpeter/flugelhorn player. Along with a band that featured Tina Brooks (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Sam Jones (bass) and Clifford Jarvis (drums), Hubbard swings through a set of originals and covers here with effortless grace. Blue Note’s latest pressing of Open Sesame features liner notes penned by the late Ira Gitler.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Prince
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic

By posthumous appointment of His Royal Majesty the late Prince Rogers Nelson, the article contained within - to wit, the present item of recorded and remixed music, titled Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic - shall be herewith available for public purchase by way of mandated, if finite, general release, and thereby shall no longer retain exclusivity among those few members constitutive of the 2001 NPG Music Club organisation. Signed, the Estate of His Majesty. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075914001)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Adrian Lim-Klumpes
Yield (Preludes & Fugues for Piano)

Adrian Lim-Klumpes has plied his pianist’s trade at the helm of bands including Tangents and 3ofmillions, generally working in a jazz-informed milieu. But, as solo album Yield’s sub-heading Preludes & Fugues for Piano suggests, this is a more classically informed release, presenting crystal-clear ideas that stand and breath in the sound-space. On Off Records.

Tenderlonious
Hard Rain

This new album by Tenderlonious, 'Hard Rain', looks like a nice mix of urban jazz and vintage hip-hop, with elements of ambient, funk, and trip-hop. Tenderlonious is not only a solo artist but the head of an up-and-coming record label 22a, a DJ, a producer, and multi-instrumentalist. This is clearly a one to watch. 
  • Label(s):
  • 22a

Griot Galaxy
Kins

Griot Galaxy painted their faces silver, read poetry at their gigs and played oddball jazz. Kins, their 1982 masterpiece,  is one of those much sought-after, legendary rare albums, made more rare by the fact that 1800 copies of the original pressing were accidentally binned. The Detroit band had the spirit of John Coltrane and Sun Ra coursing through their veins.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Various
Chevance - Outremusique pour enfants 1974-1985

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

Alan Hawkshaw
The Road Forward

I wonder what Alan Hawkshaw envision these compositions of his would be used for. Once again Be With Records have gone to drink from the KPM well and have developed a case of The Road Forward. Mysterious and compelling scores wrought from synths, beats and grooves. Features one track called 'Strangelands' and one called 'Strangeways'.

John Cameron
Jazzrock

John Cameron has worked with artists as diverse as Donovan, Cilla Black and Hot Chocolate and was a member of CCS who famously covered Led Zeppelin’s 'Whole Lotta Love' way back when. He’s also responsible for the soundtracks to many films, most notably, Kes. Jazzrock is percussion-heavy, soundtrack-esque, full of funk breaks and has been enormously influential in its time. On Be With.
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Alan Hawkshaw / Keith Mansfield
Beat Incidental

Here's one for all of the people who want to get their scrobble numbers up. Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield worked together to create 32 tracks, some of which are under 10 seconds long. And you know what, a lovely 10 seconds they are too. Be With Records continue their raiding of the KPM archives, and if Beat Incidental is anything to go by, they probably shouldn't stop.

Golden Hands
Golden Hands

Moroccan 70s funk rock anyone? Good, I thought so. Despite their name sounding like an off-kilter US indie band, Golden Hands were a sibling duo formed in Morocco in 1969. It wasn’t until 1978 that their North African DIY take on funk and rock took off, though. They were successful enough in their homeland to make them try to crack Europe. This is their self-titled debut LP.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ruf Dug
Ruf Dug presents The Committee

On this genre-blending five-track EP of dub, soul and jazz, Manchester-based record store owner and producer Ruf Dug assembles a cast of friends and musical fellow-travellers to present The Committee. Recorded in less than a fortnight at the collective’s own studio in South London, this short but immensely fun collection is a testament to the powers of collaboration. 
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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Be Known Ancient/Future/Music

Kahil El’Zabar’s high-grade outfit Ethnic Heritage Ensemble present a new suite of spiritual afro-jazz. Be Known Ancient / Future / Music flowed forth from the combination of percussion, vocals, cello, trumpet and baritone sax, a non-standard ensemble combination with a fabulous intuitive group feel. Somehow earthy and cosmic all at once. Out on Spiritmuse.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Robert Glasper
Canvas

Robert Glasper is a well-respected and successful jazz et al musician, winning Grammys for the film Miles Ahead, for his Kendrick Lamar collaboration, and his solo albums. Damn. But now let's look back to his major label debut, on none other than Blue Note. Canvas was originally released in 2005, and features nine spritely groovy originals and a cover of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Riot’.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Brown
Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 08.26.68 (Expanded Edition)

Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 08.26.68 sees James Brown and his band in powerful form. It was recorded with the recent assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy fresh in people’s minds. His protest anthem Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud had just been released, and to rightly hammer his point home, he performs it twice. Classic stuff! Double LP on Polydor.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Herbie Hancock
Takin' Off

Takin’ Off is the highly regarded debut album by Herbie Hancock. It was originally released in 1962. Hancock is joined by an impressive cast of cats: Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins. It includes the track, 'Watermelon Man', which was so successful it made it into the pop charts and has since become a jazz standard. Reissue LP on Blue Note.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright

Dexter Gordon signed to Blue Note in 1961 for his debut album Doin’ Alright. It was somewhat of a renaissance for the tenor sax legend following a decade of heroin addiction and various legal issues. Freddie Hubbard, Horace Parlan,George Tucker and Al Harewood make up the quintet. Still on Blue Note.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

James Brown
Slaughters Big Rip-Off (Original Soundtrack)

The amount of huge artists from the funk/soul continuum who’ve soundtracked blaxploitation movies is just crazy. Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye are just three of the all-time greats that produced scores for films of the genre during its early-’70s heyday. Even the Godfather himself Mr. James Brown got in on the act, teaming up with on-off compositional partner Fred Wesley to produce a typically high-wire set of tunes for 1973 flick Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. Out of print for a minute, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (OST) has now been reissued by Polydor.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Lightnin' Hopkins
Strums The Blues

Any self-respecting blues fan will have some Lightnin’ Hopkins in their collection. Strums The Blues is going to be a great addition to that collection. It’s a rare compilation album of the Texas bluesman’s work, reissued for the first time. It features new artwork by Tim Kerr, known for his involvement in the US DIY hardcore punk scene.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Jamila Woods
LEGACY! LEGACY!

Titling your album LEGACY! LEGACY! is a hell of a strong statement to make, and we are pleased to report that Jamila Woods manages to deliver on that promise with the material on her second album, which is big and passionate and powerful, with stacks of soul in both the band’s playing and Jamila’s own lyrical / vocal performance. On Jagjaguwar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Peter Brötzmann Octet
Machine Gun Alternate Takes

Accompanying their new reissue of Peter Brötzmann’s legendary Machine Gun album, Cien Fuegos also provide some fascinating outtakes from those fiery 1968 sessions, never before pressed to vinyl. We get an alternate spin on Machine Gun itself, plus the first take of a composition that never made it to the finished album. A must for fans of the Brötz.

Various
Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present Soul On The Corner

Eddie Piller is the guy running the show at the Acid Jazz label, and Martin Freeman is, er, the actor who was in The Hobbit and The Office and so forth. Turns out Mr Freeman is also a real jazz and soul head, and for Soul On The Corner he and Piller lay out some of their rarest and finest favourites for our soulful pleasure.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Delfonics
The Delfonics

Released originally in 1970, The Delfonics is the personification of the famous Philly Soul sound - high-pitched male harmonies, smooth grooves and emotional intensity. Housing their Grammy-winning single ‘Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)’ as well as three other hits, The Delfonics’ self-titled third album sees a brand new vinyl re-issue. 
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Ezra Collective
You Can't Steal My Joy

I see saxophones, I see dreadlocks... I hear jazz. This is the debut album from this London five piece who also blend afrobeat, hip-hop and grime into their concoction of sound. They've been doing pretty well for themselves (even playing at Quincy Jones birthday) and there's always room for one jazz album in the Mercury Prize. This will probably have a good a shout as any.  
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Bobby Oroza
This Love

‘A soul-singer from Finland? Surely not!’ we hear you cry. But we reply - surely yes. Bobby Oroza may hail from Helsinki, but his debut LP This Love proves that he can kick it with the best of them. This is a superb set of Northern Soul homages with just the right amount of rose-tinted retro fetishism to them. Oroza’s tender voice is delightful. We expect some of these tunes will become sleeper hits - indeed, This Love’s title track already has, finding its way into films and TV shows and even an Earl Sweatshirt mixtape.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Sequoyah Murray
Penalties Of Love

Penalties of Love is the debut mini-album release from the frighteningly talented instrumentalist and singer Sequoyah Murray. Consisting of four tracks and largely self-produced (with the assistance of James Ginzburg and David Corney) it shows the 22 year old to be a purveyor of mature and modern R&B. 

Kelly Finnigan
The Tales People Tell

Extremely Daptone-y debut soul album from Kelly Finnigan. After half a life time of working in just about every position in the music industry, Finnigan is taking the lead on The Tales People Tell. His is an incredibly soulful voice, imbued with pain and passion, and makes for a very deep listen. The sort of songs you assume must be classics. On Colemine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

String Theory
Modularity

Brand new duo from Glasgow String Theory slam dunk the funk on their debut EP for Rhythm Section International. You might very well suspect that with a canny title such as Modularity, the music entails some sort of modular synthesis, the musical creation kit de jour. You would be right, of course. But there’s a lot more to this sound - they’ve got the funkiest lounge-jazz bass since Pest, for a start. Beautiful.
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Al Dobson Jr.
Rye Lane Versions

Yes, Rhythm Section. We get it. You’re from Peckham. No need to labour the point. This one actually came out in 2014, but such is the British clubsphere’s appetite for sprightly jazz-house from SE that Bradley Zero’s only gone and bloody pressed it again. What we have here are two takes of Al Dobson Jr.’s found-sound beat-smithery fleshed out into slinky 100-bpm jams by Polish duo Ptaki and Mancunian mainstay Ruf Dug.
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Prince
Ultimate Rave

The Legacy label live up to their name with this amazing package of 2 CDs and a DVD which hold the last two full lengths Prince released under his symbol moniker, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and the remix album Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic. In addition you get a live DVD of his live incredible concert at Paisley Park.

James Brown
Black Caesar (Original Soundtrack)

Black Caesar was the James Brown’s first stab at a film soundtrack. A 1973 blaxploitation gangster film and funk sound like a pretty cool match. The soundtrack also includes tracks by The J.B.’s and Lyn Collins. Songs from this soundtrack have been sampled by Ice-T, Nas and Trick Daddy. 180g vinyl reissue on Polydor.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel
  • Soundtracks

Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles
The Last Transmission

Hot on the heels of their joyous collaborative 2LP with Afrobeat trailblazer Orlando Julius, London's leftfield funk heroes Heliocentrics are at it again, this time on an LP with Melvin Van Peebles, a filmmaker, musician and author best known for his Brer Soul trilogy of albums in the '70s and for writing, producing, scoring, directing and starring in the 1971 film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'. The result is an interplanetary space/love odyssey which the band consider their defining work.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

The Parliaments
Baby I Owe You Something Good

Before George Clinton became the high priest of cosmic funk with Parliament and Funkadelic he led the doo-wop group The Parliaments. Baby I Owe You Something Good contains songs from 1967-68 and show the band transitioning from Doo-wop to funk via soul with some amazing basslines. It features instrumental and vocal versions of the title track and All Your Goodies Are Gone.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Hoodna Orchestra
Ofel

Much, if not most, modern music has its roots in Africa, but the twelve-piece ensemble Hoodna Orchestra aim to make that explicit by studying these traces back to their original source while simultaneously fusing these sounds together. They do so with tremendous precision and expertise, as demonstrated throughout the entirety of 2018s ‘OFEL’.

Melissa Aldana
Visions

Visions by saxophonist Melissa Aldana was inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Aldana explores similarities between the struggles Kahlo faced in a male-dominated art world with her own, as she makes her way in the world of jazz which is mostly populated by men. This is Aldana’s first recording heading up a jazz quartet. LP and CD on Motema.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Lee Fields & The Expressions
It Rains Love

Lee Fields and The Expressions latest album, It Rains Love, comes on the 50th anniversary year of Lee Fields career. The soul man has worked with all sorts of people over the years from Bobby Womack to BB King and Kool & The Gang. He has been recording albums with The Expressions since 1979 with this being his 7th. Productivity picked up in recent years following the popularity of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. LP and CD, with limited editions of each available while stocks last, on Big Crown.
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  • Funk / Jazz / Blues / Soul / Gospel

Fixity
The Things In The Room

Dan Walsh was busy in 2016. One of the four records released by the Irish musician under his Fixity name was The Things In The Room, an LP tracked in Sweden with three other musicians. These improvisations are highly potent doom/free-jazz numbers that touch on everything from Melt Yourself Down to Free Nelson Mandoomjazz. Released through Penske Recordings.