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Miyasaka + 5
Animals Garden

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

Rim Kwaku Obeng
Rim Arrives

BBE release 'Rim Arrives' previously only available as a rare as hell private press. A collection of grooves from the disco era, this is going to go down a storm with the global disco hunters out there. Includes the 'Rim Arrives' album on one disc and the 'International Funk' 12" on the second disc. Includes download code.

Various
The Jazz Room compiled by Paul Murphy

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

Martin Dumas Jr
Attitude, Belief and Determination / Nonstop To The Top

If you already own Martin Dumas Jr’s Attitude, Belief and Determination / Nonstop To The Top on wax, then you could be rich, as original copies are deeply rare. The tune is great though, so it’s a good thing that the BBE’s Limited Private Wax 12” Series has repressed it, remastered and with the original artwork.

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.  

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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Various
J-Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984

BBE have done it again! This time the fruits of their labours -- digging in the crates with (long-term jazz record collectors) Tony Higgins and Mike Peden -- has seen the unearthing of these gems from the post-war period in modern Japanese jazz history. The tracks take in spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fusion for the dancefloors. Heaps of variety here in one exciting J package. CD or Triple LP (with 3 bonus tracks unavailable on CD).
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  • BBE

Nana Love
Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk

This is purportedly one of the most mysterious Afro-Disco records produced in the 1970's. Its been unearthed by the BBE folks and forms the third instalment of their “Masters We Love” series. When the original album master tapes were found, unreleased material was discovered at the same time making this a bumper extended package. The music is perfectly poised between disco, boogie, soul and funk and is jam-packed with funky bass and top notch drum breaks and Nana wails like a banshee!   

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. 
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  • BBE

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.

Charles Mingus
Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

A real bumper haul from the Charles Mingus vaults here. The widow of late drummer Roy Brooks had these concert tapes in her care for many years. Only now are they seeing the light of day. Recorded during a week-long residency at Detroit's Strata Concert Gallery in 1973, the five shows here are from a short period when Mingus had John Stubblefield in his band on sax duties. The resulting performances, broadcast at the time on WDET FM, see Mingus and his group bossing the joint night after night.

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.

Kabasa
African Sunset

African Sunset is a very rare release from 1982 by Kabasa, a very fine South African band. Popular global eighties sounds are brought into dialogue with South African styles and instrumentation, with plenty of funk and jazz to be found in there. It is very unlikely that you already own African Sunset, so take advantage of this remastered reissue!

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.

Various
IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves (Compiled by Jean-Claude & Victor Kiswell)

Jean-Claude is a name familiar to vinyl aficionados for having many fingers in even more pies. One of those pies is this release on BBE; IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves. It's a delectable selection of the finest jazz from around the world. Ranging from sultry jazz ballads to free improvs. Jean-Claude and Victor Kiswell get into the groove once again. 
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  • BBE

Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku
Earth Mother

In what seems to be a theme of Japanese Jazz Reissues, we’re proud to offer Earth Mother. If you’re not a collector of Far-Eastern jazz vinyl, you have no idea what we mean. Maybe you know the Koichi Matsukaze Trio & Toshiyuki Daitoku from the infamous J-Jazz 1969-1984 compilation. We're here to offer you the chance to become a true aficionado of Japanese jazz. And where better to start than with the legendary Earth Mother? 

Yan Tregger
Ducks & Drakes

1979 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, Ducks & Drakes has of course been rare as hen’s teeth on vinyl for countless years, so this readily available BBE reissue is a delightful development. Entirely created by Tregger himself, this is an incredibly groovy disco-funk set that you need to hear.

Yan Tregger
Catchy

1978 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, this album, the first of two originally recorded for Musical Touch Sound, is monstrously rare on vinyl, so its so good to be able to hear this material properly. Weird and wonderful disco music, heavy with spacey vibes and funk grooves. Reissue editions from BBE.

Ralph Thomas
Eastern Standard Time

What could be better than a happy mix of flute, baritone, alto and tenor saxophone and percussion? A large coke and a cheeseburger? Maybe. But still, baritone, alto AND tenor saxophones. Eastern Standard Time is the record from Ralph Thomas who is the mastermind behind this coming together of flute, a trio of saxophones and percussion. Available on a reissued vinyl LP (the original was *really* expensive or something) and CD. 

Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.

Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Tachibana

This isn’t just vintage Japanese jazz: its private-pressed, collector-baiting Japanese jazz that was once so rare, many doubted that it even really existed. The Tohru Aizawa Quartet were amateurs who only ever made this one album Tachibana, but by god its a remarkable set, bristling with energy and invention. A very welcome reissue here, on CD and double LP, from BBE.

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn

DJ pair Kon & Amir are far too wise about their music specialties: I can scarcely imagine the weight of their record collections. But don’t get jealous! Just sit back and let them spin an array of gorgeous rare cuts for you to enjoy. Volume III of their Off Track mixtape series focuses on Brooklyn NYC, the source of so much groovy musical wonder. Reissued double LP.

Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah collaboration ‘Afro Beat Blues’ are mighty and righteous funk jams. This repressing by BBE marks the first time in a decade that this compilation has been available on wax.

The Herbaliser
Bring Out The Sound

The Herbaliser are of course the live band who work in amongst an ocean of DJ’s and producers, on the Ninja Tune label and across countless gigs in their twenty-five year lifespan. New album Bring Out The Sound finds The Herbaliser doing their funky live hip-hop with total funky panache, with guests including Just Jack and Rodney P. Out on BBE.

Various
Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke features, obviously, but the show is stolen by the tracks indebted to funk, soul and Motown.

Ben & Sadar's
The Red, White & Blue’s

Ben & Sadar's are a great example of how opposites can attract. The Red, White & Blue’s is a four-track EP combining Dutch synth DJ Ben Spaander with Chicago’s disco and funk master Sadar Bahar. A strangely complementing affair that makes you want to get up and dance. The record is available on Vinyl 12”.

Various
Best of Disco Demands (A Special Collection Of Rare 1970s Dance Music) compiled by Al Kent

Compiled by super-knowledgable disco expert DJ Al Kent, from his notorious Disco Demands series of 5 volumes, it’s Best of Disco Demands. Featuring rare disco cuts with special re-edits unique to the series, this double vinyl LP collects a remastered collection of many of the big tunes from the previous albums. A very welcome alternative to the usual slew of over-familiar disco comps.

DJ Vadim & Blackstone
Double Sided

DJ Vadim’s seventh album on Barely Breaking Even is a collaboration with Californian songstress Katrina Blackstone. Double Sided is an LP that makes good on the pair’s link-up on Vadim’s 2014 record Dubcatcher. The fourteen tracks across Double Sided stand at the crossroads between reggae, funk, soul and hip-hop in a manner that recalls the early work of Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu.

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Keb Darge & Cut Chemist present The Dark Side – 30 Sixties Garage Punk and Psyche Monsters

One man funk funk library Keb Darge teams up with Cut Chemist again to follow up from their 2007 compilation and delve once more into the lost world of 60s garage music. Filled with rarities and the obscure from both players’ personal collections they aim to inspire their love for the genre and get you hooked, and who better to lead you.

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Gabriele Poso presents The Languages of Tambores

Gabriele Poso is a man who really knows his percussion, having released several albums of phenomenal percussive music himself. Here he operates as selector, picking out fourteen international examples of percussion-lead music that floats his boat. The Languages Of Tambores is a suite of spiritual rhythms, pressed to two LPs and released by BBE.

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Kev Beadle presents Private Collection - Independent Jazz Sounds From The Seventies & Eighties

It can be hard to figure out the inside story of a musical scene that ceased to exist several decades ago, so why not let an expert do it for you? Kev Beadle can help. Private Collection: Independent Jazz Sounds From The Seventies & Eighties gives an insight into Beadle’s favourites from his time exploring this music in and around London back in the day. Double LP reissue on BBE.
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Various
Kon & The Gang

One half of Kon & Amir, Kon himself has been active since 1986 and lent his hand to countless house and disco track edits and reworks. Kon & The Gang acts as a way to compile some of the tracks his has worked on in some way. This release features artists such as Doc Daneeka, Serge Gamesbourg, and Eli Escobar.

Various
DJ Format's Psych Out

DJ Format loves his psych music, apparently slightly more than the audiences at his funky DJ set shows. So this compilation scratches his fuzzy psychedelic itch, gathering up a stack of rare cuts from around the worlds, including The Tijuana Brats, Bana Pop Band and Aleksandr Sergeyevich Zatsepin. On BBE.
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  • BBE