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Three (CD)
Cat: RERNECKS 14. Rel: 25 Mar 20
  1. Bloom
  2. Lovelock
  3. Further
Review: Since forming in 1987, experimental jazz trio The Necks has released an incredible number of albums, many of which take jazz in thrilling new directions. "Three", the Australian band's latest full-length excursion, is a terrific example of their off-kilter approach. You see, the music is not as wild or occasionally discordant as improvised free-jazz; instead, the trio utilizes odd, often densely layered percussion sounds, processed noises and creepy aural textures alongside the kind of piano motifs and double bass parts often found in more traditional jazz releases. There's a real post-rock sensibility to our ears, despite there being no evidence of rock present at all. The three tracks are all 20-minute plus epics that slowly unfurl as you listen, offering you a chance to immerse yourself in the music.
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We Are Sent Here By History
  1. They Who Must Die
  2. You've Been Called
  3. Go My Heart, Go To Heaven
  4. Behold, The Deceiver
  5. Run, The Darkness Will Pass
  6. The Coming Of The Strange Ones
  7. Beast Too Spoke Of Suffering
  8. We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood)
  9. 'Til The Freedom Comes Home
  10. Finally, The Man Cried
  11. Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable
Review: In 2016 saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings established the "Ancestors" collective of South African musicians to perform live and record debut album "Wisdom Of Elders", a journey into the spiritual and avant-garde side of jazz inspired in part by the struggles of previous generations of black musicians. Four years on, the Sons Of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming member has reassembled the collective for album number two, "We Are Sent Here By History". It treads similar musical territory to its similarly essential predecessor, with Hutchings and his South African collaborators presenting tracks that, in his words, "meditate on the fact of our coming extinction as a species". While the music is nowhere near as doom-laden and miserable as that may suggest - it's very entertaining, thoughtful and spiritually involved - as albums go "We Are Sent Here By History" is certainly hard hitting.
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Cat: CPT 5652. Rel: 31 Mar 20
  1. The Upper (part 1 & 2)
  2. Two Faces Lost
  3. Warlock
  4. Free AM (part 1)
  5. Paranormal Question
  6. What You Give
  7. Free AM (part 2)
  8. Inner Revolution
  9. Enchanted Realm
  10. Mystic Flowers
  11. The Nonconformist
  12. Unremarkableness
  13. Free AM (part 3)
Review: Back in 2017, Munich-based quartet Web Web delivered "Oracle", the first ever live-jazz album on Compost Records, a label long associated with nu-jazz and what they call 'future jazz'. Three years on, the four-piece is now an established part of the label's roster and here serves up their third album. Rooted in spiritual jazz and Afro-jazz, it's a breezy and ear-catching affair that combines good grooves with effervescent solos, lilting strings and occasional improvised, freestyle vocals from guest singer Joy Denalene. The results are hugely enjoyable and entertaining of course, but also brilliantly performed and produced. Do yourself a favour and give it a spin.
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Who Sent You?
  1. The Code Noir/Amina
  2. Who Sent You - Ritual
  3. No Mas
  4. Blues Ideology
  5. Bread Out Of Stone
Review: After the wild revelations of the first Irreversible Entanglements album back in 2017, this vital new force in jazz and beat poetry returns to International Anthem with a new set. Once again the interplay between the players and lyricist Camae Ayewa is electric, not least on the fraught title track. The subject matter weighs heavy but all too familiar - racial tension and inequality in America given an urgent voice by Ayewa, and perfectly accented by Keir Neuringer's saxophone, Aquiles Navarro's trumpet, Luke Stewart's double bass and Tcheser Holmes drums. This is essential stuff, both in message and in sound.
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Rubberband (CD + booklet)
Cat: 060349 7850785. Rel: 06 Sep 19
  1. Rubberband Of Life (feat Ledisi)
  2. This Is It
  3. Paradise (feat Medina Johnson)
  4. So Emotional (feat Lalah Hathaway)
  5. Give It Up
  6. Maze
  7. Carnival Time
  8. I Love What We Make Together (feat Randy Hall)
  9. See I See
  10. Echoes In Time/The Wrinkle
  11. Rubberband
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Stop Over
Stop Over (CD)
Cat: BBE 89ACD. Rel: 25 Mar 20
  1. Carole's Garden
  2. Soultrane
  3. Turquoise Twice
  4. Little B's Poem
  5. Stop Over
Review: It would be fair to say that the latest edition in BBE's 'J-Jazz Masterclass' series of reissues is exceedingly rare. In fact, when it first appeared on Smile Records in 1976, only 100 copies of Hideto Saski-Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet's "Stop Over" were ever produced. The album's rarity is impressive, but it's the quality of the all-acoustic set of hard-bop workouts that makes it an essential purchase. As you might expect, there's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the high-octane rush of opener "Carole's Garden", where dizzying piano solos catch the ear, to the similarly hectic and arguably even more rush-inducing "Stop Over" (a ten minute cut of epic proportions), via the sweet, sparse and contemplative "Soultrane".
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Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981
Cat: BB 535ACD. Rel: 29 Jan 20
  1. Boogie Down
  2. What's The T?
  3. I Really Love You
  4. Oh What A Lonely Feeling
  5. Sugar
  6. Mystery Of Love
  7. Green & Gold
  8. Brand New Feeling
  9. I Did It In Seattle
  10. Mystic Voyage (version)
  11. I Just Wanna Give It Up
  12. Together Forever
  13. I Am Your Mind
Review: Second time around for "Virgin Ubiquity", a killer collection of previously unreleased Roy Ayers recordings that first appeared in stores way back in 2003. Focusing on the period between 1976 and '81, much of the material joins the dots between jazz-funk, soul, disco and boogie. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the weighty, horn-heavy release of the Merry Clayton voiced "What's The T" and heady "Oh What A Lonely Feeling", to the languid vibraphone solos of mellow groover "Green and Gold", jazzy bliss of "Mystic Voyage (Version)" and the stomping, disco era street funk of "I Am Your Mind". In a word: essential.
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The Source
Cat: 578109 1. Rel: 08 Sep 17
  1. Moody Boy
  2. Bad Roads
  3. Cruising
  4. On Fire
  5. Woro Dance
  6. Tony's Blues
  7. Wolf Eats Wolf
  8. Cool Cats
  9. Push & Pull
  10. Ewajo
  11. Life Is Beautiful
Review: Tony Allen is on record as saying that The Source, his first album on iconic jazz label Blue Note, is the best recording he's made. Given his length of service and vast discography, that's a bold claim. Certainly, it's a fine album, with the legendary drummer and his selected musicians - mostly jazz players from Paris, plus a Cameroonian guitarist and previous Allen collaborator Damon Albarn on one cut - effortlessly blur the boundaries between Afrobeat and the kind of jazz pioneered by Allen's percussion heroes Art Blakey and Max Roach. It's a brilliant hybrid that fits Allen's unique style of drumming like a glove, and there's no doubt that the former Fela Kuti sticks-man is the real star of the show.
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Oracle (CD)
Cat: CPT 4992. Rel: 31 Aug 17
  1. Kings Of Forbidden Lands
  2. Journey To No End
  3. The Ring Of (part 1)
  4. Unreal Prediction
  5. New World Trinity
  6. The Ring Of (part 2)
  7. The Oracle
  8. Red Sunrise
  9. Dada
  10. The Ring Of (part 3)
  11. Nonviolent Constellations
  12. The Ring Of (part 4)
  13. Alternate Truth
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Oneness (CD)
Cat: GONDCD 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
  1. Life
  2. Oneness
  3. Stan's Harp
  4. Loving Kindness
  5. Distant Land
  6. Stories From India
  7. The Traveller
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Sending My Love (Special Edition)
Cat: GONDCD 001SE. Rel: 07 Nov 19
  1. On The Other Side Of The World
  2. Relections
  3. Freedom Song
  4. Sending My Love
  5. Sachi
  6. This Time (bonus track)
Review: These days, trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is among the most storied names in British jazz, but that wasn't the case when he released his debut album "Sending My Love" in 2008. It seems fitting, then, that he's decided to re-introduce us to the album via a first ever vinyl edition that also includes a previously unreleased piece from the period, the bittersweet, slowly unfurling melancholy that is "This Time" (a cut that sounds like it should be soundtracking messy big screen break-ups and montages of unhappy lovers walking slowly in the rain). The original set remains a fine collection of modal-influenced jazz, with Halsall's various emotion-rich solos playing a far more prominent role than they have on his more recent albums.
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Colour Yes (Special Edition)
Cat: GONDCD 003SE. Rel: 07 Nov 19
  1. Colour Yes
  2. Together
  3. I've Found Joy
  4. Mudita
  5. I've Been Here Before
  6. Me & You
  7. It's What We Do (bonus track)
  8. Ai (bonus track)
Review: As part of his Gondwana label's 10th anniversary, masterful Manchester trumpeter and contemporary jazz trendsetter Matthew Halsall has put together a special deluxe edition of his beautiful "Colour Yes" album with thick reverse board sleeves, silver block letter foiling and two printed inner sleeves. First released in 2009, the album showcases Halsall's deeply emotive style across the 8 achingly good, supremely spiritual tracks that glow with gorgeous piano playing, gently lilting drums and his own fantastic leads.
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Fodder On My Wings
Cat: 827381. Rel: 03 Apr 20
  1. I Sing Just To Know That I'm Alive
  2. Fodder In Her Wings
  3. Vous Etes Seuls, Mais Je Desire Etre Avec Vous
  4. Il Y A Un Baume A Gilead
  5. Liberian Calypso
  6. Alone Again Naturally
  7. I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them
  8. Color Is A Beautiful Thing
  9. Le Peuple En Suisse
  10. Heaven Belongs To You
  11. Thandewye
  12. Stop
  13. They Took My Hand
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To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol 1
  1. Visit Croatia
  2. What's Missing
  3. Song Of The Foundling
  4. Whisky Story Time
  5. Not Now, Jesus
  6. If You're Sure You Want To
  7. The Lucky Ones (with Danalogue)
  8. Why, Buzzardman, Why
  9. Not My Ask
  10. Turpentine
  11. I Hope
Review: Angus Fairbairn may split his time between London and Manchester, but his music as Alabaster dePlume speaks to a kind of old-world romanticism that takes him out of time and place. Affiliated with Total Refreshment Centre, this mightily talented artist unfurls the kind of strikingly fresh twist on jazz we've come to expect from the London-based studios. His saxophone flutters in a most unusual of ways, while around it the mood and mode varies from Americana wooze to African spiritual and on to Middle Eastern mysticism. This is music of the Earth undoubtedly, but it celebrates the ability of distinct cultures to transcend the trappings of terra firma through song.
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Across The Universe: The Beatles Vol 2
Cat: 214031 EMU. Rel: 13 Mar 20
  1. Here Comes The Sun
  2. Golden Slumbers (Suite)
  3. Dear Prudence
  4. Norwegian Wood
  5. Mother Nature's Son
  6. Strawberry Fields Forever
  7. Yesterday
  8. Your Mother Should Know
  9. Hey Jude
  10. I'll Follow The Sun
  11. Julia
  12. Till There Was You
  13. Here, There & Everywhere
  14. Octopus's Garden
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Dark Matter
Cat: XOCD 001. Rel: 13 Feb 20
  1. Stranger Than Fiction
  2. Hard Food (interlude)
  3. BTB
  4. YOYO
  5. Shades Of You
  6. Dancing In The Dark
  7. Only You
  8. 2 Far Gone
  9. Nommos Descent
  10. What Now?
Review: Since being touted as jazz's next big thing back in 2014, Moses Boyd has released very little music, though the few EPs he has put out have been uniformly superb. We'd expect plenty of hype around this debut album, but we can assure you it will be deserved. Boyd is a drummer by trade and it's the variety and quality of the rhythms - some framed by traditional jazz, others hip-hop, grime, dubstep, dancehall and Tony Allen style Afrobeat grooves - that really stand out, despite the presence of fuzzy, Fela Kuti style horn motifs, booming basslines, Juju guitar solos, liquid jazz-funk flourishes, dark trip-hop tropes and some suitably inspiring vocals. Boyd may have taken his time, but it was definitely worth the wait.
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Tower Of Touch
Tower Of Touch (CD with obi-strip)
Cat: AHS 15. Rel: 20 Dec 19
  1. The Kicker
  2. Heady Dayz
  3. Rhymes
  4. Early Bird
  5. Sonar
  6. Blue Sky
  7. Galaxy Highway
  8. Circle
 in stock $25.55
Ludi (CD)
Cat: TRICDFR 056. Rel: 12 Mar 20
  1. Ouverture
  2. Les Regles
  3. Sirine
  4. Concerto Pour Batterie Et Cour De Recreation
  5. Savana, Celine, Aya (part 1)
  6. Savana, Celine, Aya (part 2)
  7. Your Hands
  8. Koh & Sam
  9. Mikado Walking
  10. Poltergeist
  11. Esatabemakuru
  12. Tetris Synths
  13. Tetris Crystal
  14. I Think The Game (part 1)
  15. I Think The Game (part 2)
  16. I Think The Game (part 3)
  17. I Think The Game (part 4)
  18. Dribbles & Beats
  19. Camarades
  20. Rollercoaster (part 1)
  21. Rollercoaster (part 2)
  22. On Top
  23. I Love Vertigo
  24. Game Rule
  25. Le Jeu De La Phrase
  26. Wolf Music
  27. Les Anneaux De Saturne
  28. Wolf Music (Finale)
  29. Generique (Benjamin)
  30. Slowcoaster
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AC/CD (limited CD)
Cat: ROKU 023. Rel: 06 Mar 20
  1. AC
  2. DC
Review: The latest release on admirable London venue Cafe Oto's Otoruku label is welcome return to action from improvisational jazz trio Decoy and regular collaborator Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, alto sax, voice), whose previous collaborative album landed seven years ago. The two tracks on "AC/DC" were recorded live at Cafe Oto last May and take the form of two lengthy free-jazz improvisations. The first set ("AC") moved from challenging and frenetic free jazz to heavyweight weirdo soul - all thickset grooves and impromptu solos - while the second ("DC") sees the quartet move from creepy experimentalism to stoned funk over the course of 40 mesmerizing minutes.
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Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
  1. Only The Lonely (mono)
  2. Angel Eyes
  3. What's New
  4. It's A Lonesome Old Town
  5. Willow Weep For Me
  6. Good-Bye
  7. Blues In The Night
  8. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  9. Ebb Tide
  10. Spring Is Here
  11. Gone With The Wind
  12. One For My Baby
  13. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (alternate take - bonus track)
  14. Angel Eyes (alternate Session takes - bonus track)
  15. Only The Lonely (Stereo)
  16. Angel Eyes
  17. What's New
  18. It's A Lonesome Old Town
  19. Willow Weep For Me
  20. Good-Bye
  21. Blues In The Night
  22. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  23. Ebb Tide
  24. Spring Is Here
  25. Gone With The Wind
  26. One For My Baby
  27. Lush Life (Session takes - bonus track)
  28. One For My Baby (Test track - bonus track)
 in stock $13.37
My Way (50th Anniversary Edition)
Cat: 080678 0. Rel: 01 Nov 19
  1. Watch What Happens
  2. Didn't We
  3. Hallelujah, I Lover Her So
  4. Yesterday
  5. All My Tomorrows
  6. My Way
  7. A Day In The Life Of A Fool
  8. For Once In My Life
  9. If You Go Away
  10. Mrs Robinson
  11. My Way (with Willie Nelson)
  12. My Way (with Luciano Pavarotti)
  13. My Way (live At The Ahmanson Theatre, LA, CA, June 13, 1971)
  14. My Way (live At The Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX, October 24, 1987)
 in stock $9.80
Ancient Heart: 30th Anniversary Edition (reissue)
  1. Good Tradition
  2. Cathedral Song
  3. Sighing Innocents
  4. I Love You
  5. World Outside Your Window
  6. For All These Years
  7. Twist In My Sobriety
  8. Poor Cow
  9. He Likes The Sun
  10. Valentine Heart
  11. Preyed Upon
  12. Friends (bonus track)
  13. I Love The Heaven's Solo (bonus track)
 in stock $8.17
Fly Me To The Moon
Fly Me To The Moon (unmixed 4xCD)
Cat: 019029 5541644. Rel: 16 Nov 18
  1. Nina Simone - "My Baby Just Cares For Me"
  2. Bobby Darin - "Mack The Knife"
  3. Dean Martin - "That's Amore"
  4. Helen O'Connell & Dean Martin - "How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning"
  5. Shirley Bassey - "Goldfinger"
  6. Dinah Washington - "Mad About The Boy"
  7. Matt Monro - "From Russia With Love"
  8. Cilla Black - "Alfie"
  9. Alma Cogan - "Fly Me To The Moon"
  10. Ben E King - "Spanish Harlem"
  11. The Clovers - "Blue Velvet"
  12. Charlie Parker - "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)"
  13. The Drifters - "Save The Last Dance For Me"
  14. Sarah Vaughan - "'Round Midnight"
  15. Aretha Franklin - "Ramblin'"
  16. John Coltrane - "My Favorite Things"
  17. Lavern Baker - "Fly Me To The Moon"
  18. The Coasters - "Moonlight In Vermont"
  19. Mel Torme - "Autumn In New York"
  20. Lalo Schifrin - "Bullitt" (main Title)
  21. Julie London - "Cry Me A River"
  22. Billie Holiday - "Strange Fruit"
  23. Nina Simone - "Blackbird"
  24. Dinah Washington - "These Foolish Things"
  25. Ella Fitzgerald - "Black Coffee"
  26. Antonio Carlos Jobim - "The Girl From Ipanema"
  27. Sarah Vaughan - "Crazy He Calls Me"
  28. Matt Monro - "What A Wonderful World"
  29. John Coltrane - "Central Park West"
  30. Eddie Harris - "The Shadow Of Your Smile"
  31. Gerry Mulligan Quartet - "My Funny Valentine"
  32. Count Basie & His Orchestra - "Lullaby Of Birdland"
  33. Chet Baker - "Soultrane"
  34. Bobby Short - "Manhattan"
  35. Carmen McRae - "The Meaning Of The Blues"
  36. Charles Mingus - "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting"
  37. The Modern Jazz Quartet - "Bag's Groove"
  38. Betty Carter - "'Round Midnight"
  39. Rashsaan Roland Kirk - "The Inflated Tear"
  40. Duke Ellington - "In A Sentimental Mood"
  41. Tony Bennett/Ralph Sharon - "I Left My Heart In San Fransisco"
  42. Dionne Warwick - "The Look Of Love"
  43. Andy Williams - "My Funny Valentine"
  44. Bobby Darin - "Beyond The Sea"
  45. Shirley Bassey - "Big Spender"
  46. Frankie Valli - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
  47. Danny Williams - "Moon River"
  48. Esther Phillips - "Bye Bye Blackbird"
  49. Milt Jackson - "What A Difference A Day Made"
  50. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Summertime"
  51. Coleman Hawkins - "On The Sunny Side Of The Street"
  52. Ella Fitzgerald - "Open Your Window"
  53. James Moody - "Moody's For Love"
  54. Charles Mingus - "Moanin'"
  55. Dinah Washington - "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"
  56. Carmen McRae - "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good"
  57. Dizzy Gillespie - "Our Love Is Here To Stay"
  58. Yusef Lateef - "In The Evening"
  59. Jimmy Scott - "Our Day Will Come"
  60. Brook Benton - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
  61. Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters - "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" (with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra)
  62. Bing Crosby - "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
  63. Brenda Lee - "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"
  64. Aretha Franklin - "First Snow In Kokomo"
  65. Bobby Darin - "O Come All Ye Faithful"
  66. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - "Snata Claus Is Coming To Town"
  67. Otis Redding - "Merry Christmas Baby"
  68. Sarah Vaughan - "Snowbound"
  69. The Drifters - "White Christmas"
  70. Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas"
  71. Matt Monro - "Mary's Boy Child"
  72. Percy Sledge - "Christmas Wish (Aka My Christmas Wish For You)"
  73. Carla Thomas - "Gee Whiz, It's Christmas"
  74. Booker T & The MG's - "White Christmas"
  75. The Everly Brothers - "Silent Night"
  76. Alma Cogan - "Christmas Cards"
  77. Hank Crawford - "Merry Christmas Baby"
  78. Lalo Schifrin - "The First Snowfall"
  79. The Modern Jazz Quartet - "England's Carol"
  80. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Christmas Song"
 in stock $4.94
Kind Of Blue (reissue)
Kind Of Blue (reissue) (2xCD + DVD in hard-back book sleeve)
Cat: 190758 81992. Rel: 19 Oct 18
  1. So What
  2. Freddie Freeloader
  3. Blue In Green
  4. All Blues
  5. Flamenco Sketches
  6. Flamenco Sketches (alternate take)
  7. Freddie Freeloader (studio sequence 1)
  8. Freddie Freeloader (False Start)
  9. Freddie Freeloader (Studio Sequence 2)
  10. So What (Studio Sequence 1)
  11. So What (Studio Sequence 2)
  12. Blue In Green (Studio Sequence)
  13. Flamenco Sketches (studio sequence 1)
  14. Flamenco Sketches (Studio Sequence 2)
  15. All Blues (Studio Sequence)
  16. On Green Dolphin Street
  17. Fran-Dance
  18. Stella By Starlight
  19. Love For Sale
  20. Fran-Dance (alternate take)
  21. So What
  22. Celebrating A Masterpiece: Kind Of Blue The Soud Of Miles Davis (DVD)
 in stock $25.55
Photosynthesis: Library Music Volume 2
  1. Elementary Physiology (part 1)
  2. Elementary Physiology (part 2)
  3. Balloon Ride
  4. Circadian Rhythms
  5. Diametrically Opposed
  6. Grockle Box
  7. Living The Dream
  8. Platform Game
  9. Stacey's Theme
  10. Photosynthesis
  11. Chronobiology
Review: Jazz-man Greg Foat has always been more open-minded and eclectic than many give him credit for, delivering nods to pastoral folk, movie soundtracks and library music amongst his more jazz-focused output. Even so, "Photosynthesis" is still a curveball, featuring as it does drowsy and mostly leisurely soundscapes that move from Radiophonic Workshop influenced weird-outs and mutant lounge music, to stoned horizontal grooves and post trip-hop soundscapes. Interestingly, some of the album's standout moments come laden with woozy electric pianos and the kind of hazy, slow motion guitar motifs that evoke mental images of long, drawn-out sunsets.
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 in stock $9.97
The Dreaming Jewels
Cat: AOTNCD 033. Rel: 05 Dec 19
  1. Sapphire Dreams
  2. Eric's Breakdown
  3. The Door Into Summer
  4. Not That It Makes Any Difference
  5. Lake Kussharo
  6. Kushiro River
  7. This Is Not Necessarily My Answer, But
  8. The Dreaming Jewels
Review: After spending so much of their career to date releasing on Jazzman, it's interesting to see The Greg Foat Group make their way over to Athens Of The North for this cool and deadly new record. "The Dreaming Jewels" keeps the grooves simmering low down - all the sweeter to sink into. Just lock in on "Eric's Breakdown" and ask yourself if the track needs any more than that sweet conga flex. "The Door Into Summer" is a beautifully mellow jam too, all sultry Rhodes and sax to signal the start of lazy days. There are more tender moments and some breezier affairs, but the vibe remains chilled throughout this wonderful set from an accomplished band.
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 in stock $18.14
Begin Again
Cat: 774404 1. Rel: 12 Apr 19
  1. My Heart Is Full
  2. Begin Again
  3. It Was You
  4. A Song With No Name
  5. Uh Oh
  6. Wintertime
  7. Just A Little Bit
 in stock $9.80
Original Love
Cat: FAR 003. Rel: 29 Jun 18
  1. Gypsy
  2. Original Love
  3. Down To Earth
  4. Popoyo
  5. Songlines
  6. Raining In My Life
  7. Too Much
  8. Gaia
  9. Arpoador
 in stock $15.08
Timeless Classic Albums
Cat: DOLCD 0325. Rel: 03 May 18
  1. Ain't That Love
  2. Drown In My Own Tears
  3. Come Back Baby
  4. Sinner's Prayer
  5. Funny
  6. Losing Hand
  7. A Fool For You
  8. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  9. Mess Around
  10. This Little Girl Of Mine
  11. Mary Ann
  12. Greenbacks
  13. Don't You Know
  14. I Got A Woman
  15. What Would I Do Without You
  16. It's All Right
  17. I Want To Know
  18. Yes Indeed!
  19. Get On The Right Track Baby
  20. Talkin' 'Bout You
  21. Swanee River Rock
  22. Lonely Avenue
  23. Blackjack
  24. The Sun's Gonna Shine Again
  25. I Had A Dream
  26. I Want A Little Girl
  27. Heartbraker
  28. Leave My Woman Alone
  29. Soul Brothers
  30. How Long Blues
  31. Cosmic Ray
  32. Blue Funk
  33. Deed I Do
  34. Hellejujah I Love Her So
  35. Blue Genius
  36. X-Ray Blues
  37. Soul Meeting
  38. Love On My Mind
  39. Bags Of Blues
  40. What'd I Say
  41. Jumpin' In The Mornin'
  42. You Be My Baby
  43. Tell Me How Do You Feel
  44. What Kind Of Man Are You
  45. Rockhouse
  46. Roll With My Baby
  47. Tell All The World About You
  48. My Bonnie
  49. That's Enough
  50. From The Heart
  51. I've Got New For You
  52. Moann'
  53. Let's Go
  54. One Mint Julep
  55. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
  56. Stompin' Room Only
  57. Mister C
  58. Strike Up The Band
  59. Brith Of The Blues
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Timeless Classic Albums Vol 2
Cat: DOLCD 0315. Rel: 09 Mar 18
  1. Good Bait (Soultrane)
  2. I Want To Talk About You
  3. You Say You Care
  4. Theme For Ernie
  5. Russian Lullaby
  6. Giant Steps (Giant Steps)
  7. Cousin Mary
  8. Countdown
  9. Spiral
  10. Syeeda's Song Flute
  11. Naima
  12. Mr PC
  13. My Favorite Things (My Favorite Things)
  14. But Not For Me
  15. Summertime
  16. Everytime We Say Goodbye
  17. My Favorite Things
  18. Ole (Ole)
  19. Aisha
  20. Dahomey Dance
  21. To Her Ladyship
  22. Africa (Africa/Brass)
  23. The Damned Don't Ccry
  24. Greensleeves
  25. Blues Minor
  26. Song Of The Underground Railroad
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Timeless Classic Albums Vol 2
Cat: DOLCD 0295. Rel: 09 Mar 18
  1. Jeepers Creepers
  2. Taking A Chance On Love
  3. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  4. Lean Baby
  5. I Love You
  6. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter
  7. Get Happy
  8. All Of Me
  9. How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
  10. Why Should I Cry Over You
  11. Sunday
  12. Just One Of Those Things
  13. Only The Lonely
  14. Angels Eyes
  15. What's New
  16. It's Lonesome Old Town
  17. Willow Weep For Me
  18. Good-Bye
  19. Blues In The Night
  20. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
  21. Ebb Tide
  22. Spring Is Here
  23. Gone With The Wind
  24. One For My Baby
  25. Come Dance With Me
  26. Something's Gotta Give
  27. Just In Time
  28. Dancing In The Dark
  29. Too Close For Comfort
  30. I Could Have Danced All Night
  31. Saturday Night
  32. Day In, Day Out
  33. Cheek To Cheek
  34. Baubles, Bangles & Beads
  35. The Song Is You
  36. The Last Dance
  37. Day By Day
  38. Sentimental Journey
  39. Almost Like Being In Love
  40. Five Minutes More
  41. American Beauty Rose
  42. Yes Ideed!
  43. On Thee Sunny Side Of The Street
  44. Don't Take Your Love From Me
  45. That Old Black Magic
  46. Lover
  47. Paper Doll
  48. I've Heard That Song Before
  49. Falling In Love With Love
  50. The Curse Of An Aching Heart
  51. Don't Cry Joe
  52. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  53. Love Walked In
  54. Granada
  55. I Never Knew
  56. Don't Be That Way
  57. Moonlight On The Ganges
  58. It's A Wondeful World
  59. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  60. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
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Timeless Classic Albums Vol 2
Cat: DOLCD 0455. Rel: 26 Jun 19
  1. Monk, Duke & Mingus (CD1: Mingus)
  2. Re-incarnation Of A Love Bird
  3. Stormy Weather
  4. Lock 'em Up
  5. Vassar Lean
  6. Hog Callin' Blues (CD2: Oh Yeah)
  7. Devil Woman
  8. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am
  9. Ecclusiastics
  10. Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
  11. Eat That Chicken
  12. Passions Of A Man
  13. Dizzy Moods (CD3: Tijuana Moods)
  14. Ysabel's Table Dance
  15. Tijuana Gift Shop
  16. Los Mariachis (The Street Musicians)
  17. Flamingo
  18. A Colloquial Dream
  19. Dizzy Moods
  20. II BS (CD4: Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus)
  21. I X Love
  22. Celia
  23. Mood Indigo
  24. Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul
  25. Theme For Lester Young
  26. Hora Decubitus
  27. Freedom
  28. Solo Dancer (CD5: The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady)
  29. Duet Solo Dancers
  30. Group Dancers
  31. Trio & Group Dancers
  32. Single Solos & Group Dance
  33. Group & Solo Dance
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Timeless Classic Albums
Cat: DOLCD 0545. Rel: 12 Aug 19
  1. Honeysuckle Rose
  2. Night & Day
  3. Black & White
  4. Sweet Georgia Brown
  5. Belleville
  6. Souvenirs
  7. My Sweet
  8. Liza
  9. Stomping At Decca
  10. Love's Melody
  11. Daphne
  12. Lambeth Walk
  13. Nuages
  14. HCQ Strut
  15. Chasing Shadows
  16. The Man In Love
  17. Ultrafox
  18. Improvisation
  19. Undecided
  20. Please Be Kind
  21. Djangology
  22. Nocturne
  23. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  24. Louise
  25. Don't Worry About Me
  26. I've Had My Moments
  27. Mabel
  28. Swing 41
  29. Nuages
  30. Sweet Sue, Just You
  31. Dark Eyes
  32. Swing 42
  33. Limehouse Blues
  34. Daphne
  35. Djangology
  36. Place De Broukere
  37. Body & Soul
  38. Lover Come Back To Me
  39. I Got Rhythm
  40. My Melancholy Baby
  41. Lady Be Good
  42. Embraceable You
  43. Somebody Loves Me
  44. The Man I Love
  45. Liza
  46. I Got Rhythm
  47. In A Sentimental Mood
  48. Solitude
  49. C Jam Blues
  50. Sophisticated Lady
  51. Ride, Red, Ride
  52. A Blues Riff
  53. Honeysuckle Rose
  54. Improvisation No 7
  55. Duke & Duke
  56. Daphne
  57. You Took Advantage Of Me
  58. Sweet Georgia Brown
  59. My Serenade
  60. Naguine
  61. Stephen's Blues
  62. You Rascal You
  63. I'll See You In My Dreams
  64. Stockholm
  65. Echoes Of Spain
  66. Younger Generation
  67. Blues
  68. Vendredi 13
  69. Rythme Futur
  70. Lady Be Good
  71. Dinah
  72. Confession'
  73. I Saw Stars
  74. Tiger Rag
  75. The Continental
  76. Blue Drag
  77. Sweet Sue, Just You
  78. The Sunshine Of Your Smile
  79. Swanee River
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Timeless Classic Albums: Sketches Of Jazz
Cat: DOLCD 0615. Rel: 12 Aug 19
  1. Generique
  2. L'assassinat De Carala
  3. Sur L'autoroute
  4. Julien Dans L'ascenseur
  5. Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees
  6. Diner Au Motel
  7. Evasino De Julien
  8. Visite Du Vigile
  9. Au Bar Du Petit Bac
  10. Chez Le Photographe Du Motel
  11. The Buzzard Song
  12. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
  13. Gone
  14. Gone, Gone, Gone
  15. Summertime
  16. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
  17. Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
  18. Fishermen, Strawberry & Devil' Crab
  19. My Man's Gone Now
  20. It Ain't Necessarily So
  21. Here Come De Honey Man
  22. I Loves You, Porgy
  23. There's A Boat That 's Leaving Soon For New York
  24. Introduction By Willis Connover
  25. Ah-Leu-Cha
  26. Straight, No Chaser
  27. Fran-Fance
  28. Two Bass Hit
  29. Bye Bye Blackbird
  30. The Theme
  31. Concierto De Aranjuez
  32. Will O' The Wisp
  33. The Pan Piper
  34. Saeta
  35. Solea
  36. Someday My Prince Will Come
  37. Old Folks
  38. Drad-Dog
  39. I Thought About You
  40. Pfrancing
  41. Teo
  42. Blues Number Two
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Timeless Classic Albums: The Genius!
Cat: DOLCD 0635. Rel: 12 Aug 19
  1. 'Round About Midnight
  2. Off Minor
  3. Ruby My Dear
  4. I Mean You
  5. April In Paris
  6. In Walked Bud
  7. Thelonious
  8. Epistrophy
  9. Misterioso
  10. Well You Needn't
  11. Introspection
  12. Humph
  13. Carolina Moon
  14. Hornin' In
  15. Skippy
  16. Let's Cool One
  17. Suburban Eyes
  18. Evonce
  19. Straight No Chaser
  20. Four In One
  21. Nice Work
  22. Monk's Mood
  23. Who Knows
  24. Ask Me Now
  25. Abide With Me
  26. Well, You Needn't
  27. Blues For Tomorrow
  28. Off Minor
  29. Epistrophy
  30. Crepuscule With Nellie
  31. Ruby, My Dear
  32. Monk's Mood
  33. Evidence
  34. Nutty
  35. Blue Monk
  36. Epistrophy
  37. Bye-Ya
  38. Crepuscule With Nellie
  39. Sweet & Lovely
  40. Brilliant Corners
  41. Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are
  42. Pannonica
  43. I Surrender, Dear
  44. Bemsha Swing
  45. Blue Monk
  46. Ruby, My Dear
  47. Round Lights
  48. Everything Happens To Me
  49. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart
  50. Light Blue
  51. Bluehawk
  52. Pannonica
  53. Remember
  54. There's Danger In Your Eyes Cherie
  55. Reflection
  56. Coming On The Hudson
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Timeless Classic Albums: Impressions
Cat: DOLCD 0645. Rel: 12 Aug 19
  1. Say It
  2. You Don't Know What Love Is
  3. Too Young To Go Steady
  4. All Or Nothing At All
  5. They Say It's Wonderful
  6. I Wish I Knew
  7. What's New
  8. It's Easy To Remember
  9. Nancy
  10. Greensleeves
  11. I See Your Face Before Me
  12. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
  13. Little Melonae
  14. Rise 'N' Shine
  15. Out Of This World
  16. Soul Eyes
  17. Not Yet
  18. The Inch Worm
  19. Tunji
  20. Miles' Mode
  21. Big Nick
  22. Blues To Elvin
  23. Blues To Bechet
  24. Blues To You
  25. Mr Day
  26. Mr Syms
  27. Mr Knight
  28. Exotica
  29. Freight Trane
  30. I Never Knew
  31. Lyresto
  32. Why Was I Born?
  33. Big Paul
  34. India
  35. Up 'Gainst The Wall
  36. Impressions
  37. After The Rain
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Slavic Souls
Cat: BBE 371ACD. Rel: 21 Jun 16
  1. Avalanche (feat A-K Kaappola) (2:00)
  2. Johnny's Nightmare (2:00)
  3. Slavic Souls (2:00)
  4. Once Upon A Time In The North (2:00)
  5. Highway Lost (2:00)
  6. Tell Me (feat A-K Kaappola) (2:00)
  7. Leaving Lalibela (2:00)
  8. Hips & Curves (2:00)
  9. Tarantella Finlandese (2:00)
  10. Bolero For Miss B (2:00)
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Soul Of A Nation: Afro Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power
Cat: SJRCD 393. Rel: 28 Jul 17
  1. Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
  2. Mandingo Griot Society With Don Cherry - "Sounds From The Bush"
  3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - "Red, Black & Green"
  4. Philip Cochran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble - "Malcolm X"
  5. Sarah Webster Fabio - "Sweet Songs"
  6. Phil Ranelin - "Vibes From The Tribe"
  7. Horace Tapscott With The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - "Desert Fairy Princess"
  8. David McKnight - "Strong Men"
  9. Joe Henderson - "Black Narcissus"
  10. Oneness Of Juju - "African Rhythms"
  11. Doug Carn - "Suratal Ihklas"
  12. Duke Edwards & The Young Ones - "Is It Too Late?"
  13. Carlos Garnett - "Mother Of The Future"
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Sao Paulo Brasil (reissue)
Cat: MRBCD 183. Rel: 30 Nov 18
  1. Metropole
  2. Estacao Do Norte
  3. Fabrica
  4. Poluicao
  5. Imigrantes
  6. Metro
  7. Litoral
  8. Futebol De Bar
Review: Over the years, Cesar Mariano and Cia's 1977 set "Sao Paolo Brasil" has achieved cult status, with dusty-fingered diggers regularly proclaiming it one of the finest jazz-funk/fusion albums of the period (a fact confirmed by the high prices that original vinyl copies often change hands for online). Remarkably, this timely Mr Bongo reissue marks the first time the set has been released outside of its native South America. Rich in glistening jazz guitars, fizzing, Azymuth-style organ riffs, spacey synths, warm bass and skittish drums, the album's eight tracks bristle with breeziness, subtle samba motifs, sumptuous dancefloor grooves, sunny downtempo workouts and effervescent arrangements. In a word: essential.
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Earth Mother (reissue)
Cat: BBE 468ACD. Rel: 12 Oct 18
  1. Images In Alone
  2. Earth Mother
  3. Zekatsuma Selbst
  4. Round Midnight
  5. Don't Worry About Tenor Saxophone
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Soul Of A Nation: Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher: Afro Centric Jazz Street Funk & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969-75
  1. Art Ensemble Of Chicago - "Theme De Yoyo"
  2. The Har-You Percussion Group - "Welcome To The Party"
  3. The Pharaohs - "Damballa"
  4. Baby Huey - "Hard Times"
  5. James Mason - "Sweet Power, Your Embrace"
  6. Byron Morris & Unity - "Kitty Bey"
  7. Funkadelic - "Nappy Dugout"
  8. Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe - "Exchange" (part 2)
  9. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - "Celestial Blues"
  10. Oneness Of Juju - "Space Jungle Funk"
  11. Sarah Webster Fabio - "Work It Out"
  12. Tribe (Wendell Harrison & Phillip Ranelin) - "Beneficent"
  13. Gil Scott-Heron - "Whitey On The Moon"
  14. Don Cherry - "Brown Rice"
Review: Last year, Soul Jazz Records began to examine the relationship between protest, politics and music in the "black power era" via a fine compilation released in celebration of Tate Modern's "The Soul of a Nation" exhibition. This follow-up, released to mark the exhibition's move to Brooklyn, continues the story, gathering together another essential selection of jazz and street-funk cuts by African-American artists - both well-known and obscure - who were inspired by the politics of the black power movement and a growing interest in what the label describes as "Afro-centric, polyrhythmical styles of music". The included music is, in some cases, mind-blowing, with highlights including cuts from The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Byron Morris & Unity, Oneness of Juju, Tribe and Don Cherry.
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IF Music presents: You Need This (World Jazz Grooves)
Cat: BBE 448CCD. Rel: 23 Nov 18
  1. Billy Bang's Survival Ensemble - "Illustration"
  2. Michael Sardaby - "Martinica"
  3. Kafe - "Fonetik A Velo"
  4. The Theo Loevendie Consort - "Timbuktu"
  5. The Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs - "Ismaaa"
  6. Armand Lemal - "Souffle" (part 2)
  7. Masabumi Kikuchi - "Pumu #1"
  8. Joe Malinga & Southern African Force - "ITwenty Five"
Review: IF-Music record store chief Jean-Claude has quickly become one of BBE's go-to men when it comes to putting together compilations of obscure jazz gems. This eight-track selection of gems sourced from "the four corners of the globe" was curated in cahoots with fellow record dealer Victor Kiswell and follows hot on the heels of two volumes of the "A Journey Into Deep Jazz" series. There's much to admire, from the piano-powered springtime sweetness of Joe Malinga and Southern African Force's "ITwenty Five", the slowly building spiritual jazz-funk of Kafe's "Fonetik a Velo", to the bongo and organ-rich deepness of Armand Lemal's "Souffle".
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Tachibana Vol 1
Cat: BBE 469ACD. Rel: 27 Jul 18
  1. Philosopher's Stone
  2. Sacrament
  3. La Fiesta
  4. Dead Letter
  5. Samba De Orfeu
Review: A true Japanese jazz holy grail album; this 1975 album was made solely as a business card for an influential businessman and only a few hundred were known to be pressed. The quartet comprises a group of students who never shared a stage with each other and only formed for this one album yet the album sounds as if they've been playing together for decades. Deep modal jazz, frenetic, fizzy and energetic, these five tracks are some of the most coveted and sought after songs from the Japanese jazz golden age. This is an incredible piece of curatorial work from BBE.
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Celia (CD)
Cat: MRBCD 188. Rel: 16 Apr 19
  1. Blues
  2. No Clarao Da Lua
  3. Cheia Durango Kid
  4. David
  5. To Be
  6. Abrace Paul McCartney
  7. Pelo Teletipo
  8. Adeus Batucada
  9. Lennon - McCartney
  10. Zozoio - Como E Que E
  11. Fotograma
Review: In 1970, 23 year-old Brazilian vocalist Celia Cruz headed into the studio with legendary producer and arranger Arthur Verocai to record the first of four eponymous albums that would go on to become "MPB" classics. Here, Mr Bongo offers up a timely reissue of that highly regarded debut, a set that giddily flits between soaring, orchestrated samba-pop ("Cheia Durango Kid", "David"), sun-kissed ballads ("To Be"), tributes to the songwriting prowess of the Beatles (see "Abrace Paul McCartney", whose strings tip a wink to "Eleanor Rigby", and the brassy, up-tempo beat pop of "Lennon - McCartney") and carnival-ready workouts ("Fotograma").
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Nova (CD)
Cat: SJRCD 442. Rel: 15 Feb 19
  1. Nova
  2. Lions Of Juda
  3. Free Spirits-Unknown
  4. Long Time Black
  5. Sixth House
Review: Way back in 1976, now legendary U.S jazz drummer Steve Reid and his band, The Legendary Master Brotherhood, headed into Studio WE in NYC to record what would become "Nova" - a near-legendary debut album that has since become a cult classic. Featuring a mix of punchy free jazz and free funk, the set is still regarded by many jazz-heads as Reid's defining work. Here it gets a fresh reissue on limited orange vinyl, with Soul Jazz Records doing their usual bang-up job on the mastering and packaging. There's much to admire throughout, from the fizzing dueling trumpet and sax solos of breezy opener "Nova", to the spiraling spiritual jazz intensity of "Free Spirits - Unknown" and the free-jazz epic "Sixth House".
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Location (CD)
Cat: BBE 430ACD. Rel: 11 May 18
  1. Bang!
  2. Tao
  3. Noh Word
  4. Nguzo Saba (Struggle)
  5. Inner Beckoning
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Elegia (reissue)
Cat: SJRCD 429. Rel: 27 Sep 19
  1. Samba For The Animals
  2. Behind The Wind (Flute Solo)
  3. Asha II
  4. Elegiac Suite For Elizabeth: Time/The Mighty River/The Wind
  5. Striped Pants (with Cadenza)
  6. Memory Cycle
Review: Soul Jazz have carefully and considerably been focusing on resizing some of Lloyd McNeil's most majestic work and now they turn to Elegia. It was originally released in 1980, but was a private dress that has been out of print for 40 years. It is a gorgeous record of elegant flute, that takes in a tropical mix of Brazilian and Latin influences, humid and jungle-like percussive sounds and plenty of jazz spiritualism. Elements of Claude Debussy, John Coltrane and Nina Simone all feature and make this a vital addition to anyone's collection.
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J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1983 Volume 2
Cat: BBE 470CCD. Rel: 02 Sep 19
  1. Makoto Terashita meets Harold Land - "Dragon Dance"
  2. Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats - "Little Giant"
  3. Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet - "Distant Thunder"
  4. Hideto Sasaki - Toshiyuki Sekine Quartet +1 - "Stop Over"
  5. Miyasaka +5 - "Animal's Garden"
  6. Electro Keyboard Orchestra - "Mother Of The Future"
  7. Hiroshi Matsumoto/Hideo Ishikawa Quartet - "Serenade To A Dimly Lit Street"
  8. Koichi Matsukaze Trio - "The Original Bill" (bonus track)
  9. George Kawaguchi Big Four - "Vietnam"
  10. Kohsuke Mine Quintet - "Daguri"
  11. Makoto Terashita - "Dai Hosaku (Great Harvest)"
  12. Teru Sakamoto Trio - "Teru-Teru Bozu (Black Keys)"
  13. Takashi Miyasaka Quintet - "Straight Road"
  14. Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd With Masahiko Sato - "Fallout"
  15. Akira Miyazawa - "Brown Trout"
Review: BBE's second trawl through late 20th century deep Japanese jazz is every bit as eye opening and essential as its predecessor, which caused many hearts to flutter when it was released 18 months ago. From start to finish, we're treated to a righteous range of largely little-known tunes, from the spiraling, sun-kissed spirituality of Makoto Terashita Meets Harold Land's epic "Dragon Dance", and the funk-fuelled dancefloor jazz brilliance of Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet's "Distant Thunder", to the smooth, snaking seductiveness of George Kawaguchi Big Four's "Vietnam" and the synthesizer jazz-funk insanity of Electro Keyboard Orchestra's "Mother Of The Future". A superb selection of genuinely off-kilter and life affirming Japanese gems that should be an essential purchase for both serious and casual jazz fans.
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Treasures (reissue)
Treasures (reissue) (limited CD)
Cat: SJRCD 427. Rel: 07 Jun 19
  1. Griot
  2. As A Matter Of Fact
  3. Salvation Army
  4. You Don't Know What Love Is
Review: Soul Jazz has previously dug deep into the back catalogue of American flautist Lloyd McNeill, reissuing a number of albums including two made with his acclaimed jazz quintet. Their latest rummage through the vaults has resulted in the reissue of one of his most sought-after sets - 1976 private press LP "Treasures", original copies of which now change hands for significant sums online. It remains a fine album, all told, with McNeill's breezy, ear-catching flute solos rising over backing tracks that are variously sublimely sun-kissed (the bright pianos and cheery madrigal mood of "Salvation Army"), suave and swinging ("As A Matter Of Fact") and effortlessly soft and seductive (the unfurling beauty of "You Don't Know What Love Is").
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Beautiful Bamboo Flute
Cat: MRBCD 214. Rel: 08 Nov 19
  1. Kokiriku Bushi
  2. Sado Okesa
  3. Tairyo Utaikomi
  4. Soma Bon-Uta
  5. Komoro Mago-Uta
  6. Nanbu Ushio-Uta
  7. Itsuki No Komori-Uta
  8. Hietsuki-Bushi
  9. Yasuki-Bushi
  10. Yosakoi-Bushi
  11. Kuroda-Bushi
Review: In 2002, the Japanese government recognized bamboo flute maestro Hozan Yamamoto as a "living national treasure". It was in honor of his lengthy career in music, and in particular the way he championed a traditional Japanese instrument even when he was turning his hand to Western music. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute", an album first released in 1971 and almost impossible to find since, is a superb example of this. It sees him deliver haunting, emotional and life-affirming solos over funky jazz, big band and fusion backing tracks that tend towards the fresh and funky. It's an unusual blend, but also an invigorating and exciting one.
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