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Volumes one through six of the Las Vegas Grind compilation series were assembled and issued many years ago, beginning in the late 80’s, but now at long last there is a seventh volume! Las Vegas Grind! Volume Seven is of course a low-down and dirty listening experience, straight out of the garage. Bob Moore & The Temps, Gay Papa, Louie & The Fat Men, and many more.
Deluxe edition of five LPs by the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet here. Jazzman wanted to get this one so much that it’s taken them two decades to sort the licensing issues. We’re glad that they did - The Complete Lansdown Recordings, 1965-1969 is full of sweet, swinging British jazz. To cop the original editions of 1965’s Shades Of Blues, Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (also ‘69) would set you back thousands, so this collection will also save you a pretty penny.
Three years on from Jazzman’s first A New Life compilation and the label comes back with the second entry. As with the first LP, A New Life, Volume II combs the archives of British jazz to present a selection of oddities, rarities and lost gems cut between 1968 and 1988. Regional heavyweights like Gerry McClelland and Billy Jenkins get a look in alongside the likes of The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Extensive liner notes provide useful context.
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The latest in Jazzman’s jazz-diaspora compilations takes the listener to Japan. Not a country known in the West for its interpretation of ‘America’s Classical Music’, Japan was in fact the biggest per-capita consumer of jazz LPs throughout the 1980s. The eight offerings here demonstrate how the mantle of spiritual jazz luminaries like John and Alice Coltrane was taken on by the nation’s musicians. As such, we get swinging versions of the standards (Tadao Hayashi’s ‘My Favourite Things’), unique syntheses of funk and koto (‘Positive and Negative’, Minoru Muraoka) and noisy explorations (‘Sun In The East’ by New Direction For the Arts).
The latest LP from drummer Nick Woodmansey’s emanative project is a global jazz love-in. Earth’s lengthy cast of guests includes members of The Pyramids, Ibibio Sound Machine, Fela Kuti’s Africa 80. Led by Woodmansey, the group create a potent mix that touches on spiritual explorations in the tradition of Alice Coltrane, dubby hip-hop, Sun Ra-style cosmicism and free experimentation. Out via Jazzman.
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Once upon a time jazz was the most popular form of music on earth. It would have been a nightmare time for people like me before rock and roll came along. This album presents some rare jazz recordings from across the globe. All kinds of under-exposed jazz from Argentina and South Africa is exposed varing from commercially released recordings to private press. Restored from the original master tapes, the album comes with comprehensive liner notes and rare photographs. On deluxe double vinyl with embossed gatefold sleeve.
New compilation from Jazzman records celebrating the underrated world of Japanese jazz. Though Japan has long been an enthusiastic consumer of jazz, their own musicians haven't always had their fandom reciprocated. Comes with detailed liner notes in Japanese and English, and, of course, an OBI strip.
For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1 + 2 comes with bilingual liner notes, for all the context you could want.
A surprise move here from jazzman Nat Birchall, who here integrates a harmonium into his music for the first time. Along with it comes a strong influence from traditional Indian music, which Nat and his band integrate into their own sound rather than try to slavishly imitate. Will likely suit fans of Alice Coltrane’s spiritual jazz. Cosmic Language is released on vinyl by Jazzman.
There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 single". I don't know what that means but thought you'd like to know.
Now here’s a special little curio: the cast album for a bold but failed musical theatre production by LaVice Hendrick, which ran for just two weeks back in the day. Two Sisters From Bagdad is a remarkably funky chunk of Detroit soul and gospel, with a huge amount of character. Original copies are practically non-existent, but Jazzman have at last furnished the listening public with a full reissue!
Here’s a reissue of a South African jazz classic that remains largely unknown elsewhere, though the original pressing attracts four-figure sums. Inspired by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi led his quartet through four pieces that expressed soulful defiance amid the oppression and turmoil of late 60s Johannesburg. An powerful piece of both anti-apartheid and jazz history. Official release with new liner notes, on LP and CD.
Jazzman’s series of Mambo compilations have done a great job making crucial tracks readily available on CD, but for those who really want to immerse themselves in the world of Mambo, you’ll be needing this version of their Jukebox Mambo Volume III. Six 10” records housed in a box alongside notes and rare photos: something you can really pore over.
Mambo baby! DJ Liam Large is behind the controls for the third installment of the Jukebox Mambo compilation series, presenting the fine-filtered results of hundreds of hours of crate-digging. Real obscure recordings here, all of them full of fire, love and life. CD and double LP editions, both liner notes and photos.
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The Jazzman label continue their noble series of brilliantly-researched Spiritual Jazz compilations with number seven, which examines the influence of Islamic music and faith on jazz from the 50’s to the 80’s. Two LPs worth of music, much of it obscure and unreissued, as well as highly informative liner notes.
Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam released this gem of a recording back in 1973, where its rarity and awesome high quality earned it a cult reputation. Dini Safarrar is a super-funky suite of afro-jazz, with Thiam’s djembe rhythms at the centre of a busily joyous mix. Extra fun fact: he’s Akon’s dad. Reissued by the Jazzman label.
Popcorn is the name given to the 60s / 70s Belgian R&B scene: sort of an equivalent to Britain’s Northern Soul. Follow Me To The Popcorn: The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene compiles 2 LPs-worth of the groovy fruits of this scene, not often circulated today. Out on the Jazzman label.
UK library music from 1976. From the sound of That’s What Friends Are For, it could have been a big chart hit: it’s catchy, funky, soulful. But Madeline Bell and Alan Parker’s fine work was destined for background use only… till now! This is the first time that this single (with both vocal and instrumental versions) has been released commercially, thanks to the Jazzman label.
A rare old treat here from James Tatum, who released his Contemporary Jazz Mass himself in 1974. It is exactly what the title promises, being a sincerely spiritual experience that also takes in the developments in jazz at the time. Performed in a church and little heard since initial release! This reissue on Jazzman is limited to 1000 numbered copies.
Vinyl LP and CD reissue of a crucial, but sadly now neglected piece of world-jazz. Recorded by Chris McGregor and the Castle Lager Big Band in 1963, African Sound is a wild and improvisatory piece of big band jazz from this highly-talented 17 person group. Out of print for decades, and never even released outside of South Africa, Jazzman have brought it back with remastered audio and new photographs and liner notes.
Vibraphone player Alan Lee is, all the experts agree, one of the foremost practitioners of Australian jazz: a powerful and questing player. Therefore it is fair enough that this compilation refers to itself as An Australian Jazz Anthology despite only containing recordings made by his band in the mid-70s. LP on the Jazzman label.
The A New Life compilation gathers up sadly-ignored and underappreciated fragments from the British jazz scene 1966-1990, and packs them up together to make a high-grade 2LP collection. A really great and varied selection, including lots of artists you’ll never have heard before (Spot The Zebra anyone?), on Jazzman.
Here are the Greg Foat Group, and they are in a church. For The Dancers At The Edge the jazz crew decided to adapt their sound for an entirely different environment, one that would offer different reactionary acoustics for their frenetic interplay. Organs and strings, oh my: this is the Group and then some.
Smooth and spiritual hippy-jazz from the early 1970’s, the one and only album of Umlah Sadauh Holt’s Sadaka group. Premonition started life as a very rare private press release, but thankfully now is restored to availability, and hopefully a bit of recognition, by Jazzman’s Holy Grail series.
The music industry harbors metric tons of untold tragedies. Dedication of Love is one of them. Released in 1976 and never making it big, the album faded into obscurity. Now a collector’s item, Bobby More & the Rhythm Aces’ debut is being reissued by Jazzman records, in a limited pressing of 1000 copies - including extensive liner notes based on interviews and never seen before pictures.
Including some of the most popular and well loved songs, as well as some of the more obscure tracks from deep inside the archives ‘Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals’ is part of a series that examines some of the finest of examples and rarest, most extraordinary documents of jazz recordings, focusing on the esoteric, spiritual medium of the human voice.
A strong follow up to 2011’s first volume, Jukebox Mambo Vol. 2 further showcases Liam Large’s curatorial skills and broad knowledge of early stateside R&B. A varied collection stretching from the ‘40s to the ‘60s, it’s twenty three tracks of jazz, blues and rock n’ roll. Out on CD and 2LP vinyl with extensive notes from Jazzman.
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Some spicy finger food from the Jazzman label. Jukebox Mambo Volume II is the second part in this funky journey. Based around mid 20th century mambo jams, this spans all sorts of African-american styles with some Latin-american tinges through out. It's raw, soulful, gritty and will induce a boogie whether you want to or not. Deluxe vinyl LP boxset from Jazzman records.
A reheated-leftover surprise from The Greg Foat Group. As I'm sure you've guessed, Live at the Playboy Club, London is a live recording to draw you into the frantic psyche of the group. Reminiscent of Miles Davies' second-great-quintet and the subsequent recordings from his alumni, such as Chick's work with Return To Forever and Herbie's Mwandishi. They've updated it a bit and added some effects but the vibe remains. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Jazzman.
‘At Last’ captures various pivotal moments in the career of the late Etta James. This box set is presented with three 7” 45rpm records, featuring 6 songs altogether, including early and long forgotten tracks: from the sassy teenage petulance of ‘That’s All’ to the snarling, classic rock and roll of ‘Tough Lover’, 'At Last' is a wonderful snapshot of some of the most imperative moments from the R&B singer’s life.
Contemporary Spiritual Jazz from South Africa.
When Tumi Mogorosi composed this suite for jazz musicians and opera vocalists he had never heard the previous successful attempts by Donald Byrd, Max Roach or Mary Lou Williams to combine these seemingly 'unfriendly'aesthetics. Tumi, born in 1987 and already an accomplished drummer on the Jo'Burg scene, was at the time studying music at the Tshwane University of Pretoria where he became close friends with opera singers working on the same campus. So unlike some of his US peers Tumi's beliefs are not 'religious'.
Tumi does not belong to any religious group. This album is neither a jazz mass like Mary Lou William's Black Christ of the Andes, nor a compilation of devotional pieces like Donald Byrd's Christo Redentor. Project Elo stands for Project Elohim, the angelic entities of the spiritual scriptures which are in the drummer's philosophy, a symbol for accomplished human beings. The spirituality the album conveys is attuned to a 21st century syncretic, non dogmatic vision infused with esotericism. Recorded live with no overdubs in two days by a group of friends, this album captures a moment of Eternity and will defy any idea you may have of what South African jazz is. Tumi's music transcends labels and styles. When composing or playing he is only concerned with being true to the primodial source of life, which cannot be confined to any genre.
Young Jessie is one of the unheralded greats of the R&B, Rock & Roll and Soul eras. Beginning his career as a young teenager in LA vocal group the Flairs (with schoolmate Richard Berry, later of 'Louie Louie' infamy), he then signed on with Modern records and cut several high quality R&B sides through the mid-1950s. Never quite achieving the level of fame and fortune of some of his immediate peers, the closest Young Jessie got to a hit was 1956's 'Mary Lou', which sold well regionally and was later on covered by the likes of Bob Seger and the Steve Miller band.
Wanted Live! By A Million Girls is funky instrumentation and soulful harmonies given a modern twist in a way that will appeal to soul and funk lovers of all eras. The Topics lost classic has been revitalised by Jazzman Records and is issued as an exact replica of the original vinyl LP. This reissue is also available on CD.
Capturing the feisty funk and classic showmanship of Ray Frazier & the Shades of Madness, this collection pays its respects to this high quality Los Angeles soul. Specialising in the finest rarities, Jazzman has once again succeeded in capturing the beating heart of a classic band, forgotten by many. Out on 3 x 7” vinyl from Jazzman.
Louis Xavier & Synchro Rythmic Ecclectic Language
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