funk . soul . jazz . free jazz . broken beat

WEEK STARTING 24 Jun

Genre pick of the week Cover of Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde by A Tribe Called Quest  / The Pharcyde.

A Tribe Called Quest / The Pharcyde

Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde

From Amerigo Gazaway, the brainchild behind "Fela Soul". On his latest effort, ATCQ productions are re-orchestrated by using the original jazz, soul, and funk recordings sampled in their works paired with vocals from The Pharcyde. It's a beautiful pairing, offering lush, organic instrumentals for the streetwise raps to dance between. There's something quite effortless about the pairing, almost like they were always destined to go together. Definitely one of the strongest mash-up rap albums on the market at the moment...

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Can't get enough of these Gazaway projects. One of his most celebrated is this one, utilizing Pharcyde vox and crate dug instrumentals informed by ATCQ. It's a brilliant concept, executed with so much confidence and style you'll be convinced it's collaboration by all artists involved - but this was all conceived in the AG studio!

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Tour Guide
2. Runnin'
3. Ya Mama & Stuff
Side 2
1. Soul Flower (We've Got)
2. Bonita Keeps On Passin' Me By
3. Otha Otha Fish
Side 3
1. 4 Better Or 4 Worse
2. Award Tour Guide
3. Trust (part II)
4. It Ain't Nothing Like (feat Kriminul)
Side 4
1. Interlude
2. Lyrics To Let It Go
3. Doin' Time (feat The Pharcyde & Sublime)
4. Pharcyde Of The Moon (feat Black Moon - Bonus Track)

Chet Baker / Ennio Morricone

I Know I Will Lose You (RSD22 EDITION)

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    The meeting of Ennio and Chet in 1962 was a sublime encounter and couldn't have come at a better time for both artists. For years, many Chet Baker fans werenít even aware these four Italian sides existed, as the four RCA songs weren't released outside of Italy until the early 2000s. For another, when most listeners reach for the singing Baker, they usually turn to his work with pianist Russ Freeman, although these four Italian tracks are easily in the same league. In August, 1960, Chet Baker was arrested in Lucca, Italy. He was convicted of drug smuggling and forgery and sentenced to a year, seven months, and ten days in a Lucca prison. When he was released early, in December, 1961, RCA Italiana organized collaborative sessions with composer, arranger, and conductor Ennio Morricone. In 1962, they recorded these 4 compositions that Chet Baker wrote while incarceratedÖ Although rumored to be originally written for a film score, only Che Ti Perdero, finally made it on the soundtrack of Lets Get Lost released in 1988Ö these are beautiful and exotic works by Baker - If you're a Chet Baker fan, you're a romantic. And if you're a romantic, then what more could you ask for than for Baker at his seductive best singing ballads in Italian? Not to mention playing an open trumpet on top of Italian cinematic strings, conducted by the legendary Morricone

    Miles Davis

    Live In Montreal, July 7, 1983 (RSD22 EDITION)

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      This double LP release includes one of Miles Davis' final great bands including John Scofield on guitar, Bill 'The Other Bill Evans' Evans on saxophones, flute and electric piano, Darryl Jones on bass, Al Foster on drums and percussionist Mino Cinelu. Miles was back in amazing form (ìincandescent and iridescent as ever as Greg Tate noted), when he mounted the stage at the Theatre St-Denis during theFestival International De Jazz De Montreal in July 1983 and this release is the first time this revelatory performance will be released. It has been lovingly mixed and mastered and will be included on CD and digitally in the next edition of the Miles Davis Bootleg series that focuses on the 1981-1985 period, coming later in the year, but the Record Store Day release would be it's exclusive release on vinyl.What It Is includes tracks from that year's release Star People, the Marcus Miller tune Hopscotch and the song Jean-Pierre that appeared on 1982's We Want Miles. The recordings of What It Is and That's What Happened were so well thought of by Miles that he utilized them for his 1984 release Decoy, but in heavily edited form and this release would include the first release of them in complete form. Packaged in beautiful gatefold packaging, the album features liner notes penned by the incomparable music journalist Greg Tate and represent some of his final writing.

      Home Boy And The C.O.L.

      Home Boy And The C.O.L. (RSD22 EDITION)

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        Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the FIRST ever vinyl reissue of “Home Boy And The C.O.L.” for RSD 2022 ..originally released and privately pressed on Alwest Records in 1982.

        This rare record (original copies tend to go for LARGE amounts on the secondary market) now comes as a deluxe 180g vinyl edition, strictly limited to 1500 copies worldwide with obi strip and features the original artwork. (Non-Returnable)

        The album we are proudly presenting you today (Home Boy And The C.O.L.) is Cecil Lyde’s self-titled debut under the ‘Home Boy’ name and was released in 1982 on his own label Alwest Records. The whole album is backed by a fantastic cast of all-star players that includes John Stephens (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder), Fred Brown (Gwen McCrae), Rommel Sinclair (Fred Wesley), Gary Bell (Lionel Hampton), Carl Lockett (Pharoah Sanders, Chuck Mangione) and Terry Carter (Swamp Dogg).

        These recordings (ten songs in total) are particularly interesting to boogie-enthusiasts because of their high doses of funky twerks, solid grooves, crazy synth work, excellent drumbeats and Cecil’s soulful Doo-wap influenced vocals.

        This album just oozes Soul, Funk and Boogie…you’ll quickly find yourself shaking hips the moment the needle hits the first track! Also included are the tracks ‘I’ll Make It On My Own’ (which became a hit in the UK’s Norhern Soul scene) and ‘Home Boys Revenge’ which was later remixed by DâM-FunK (Stones Throw Records). All of the above makes this LP an essential purchase for any self-respecting fan and collector.

        "Cecil Johnson Lyde Holden aka “Home Boy” (born 1948) is an artist whose musical talent has been unmistakable since his days as a young boy. Growing up listening to his parents 78 RPM Doo-wop, Blues, Jazz and Gospel records, he started signing in church when he was 6 years old. At the age of 10, his mother took him to the famous Club DeLisa (Chicago’s celebrated night spot) and entered him in a talent contest where he won first price singing “Only You” by The Platters. This key-event had sparked a burning desire and a love for music in Cecil that would never leave him…it created an opportunity for him to become an entertainer and recording artist.

        Flash forward to the 1960’s when he met Mr. Otis Leavill who was one of the leading figures in the Chicago Soul scene. Leavill was already a well-established recording artist, producer, recording studio co-owner and talent scout (he discovered Yvette Stevens aka ‘Chaka Khan’). Guided by his now mentor, Cecil was exposed to professional studio recording work and productions. He began to work with Otis’ roster of artists, developing his own songwriting skills and musical style in the process. Later he started working with many of Chicago's great musical talents of the time: Curtis Mayfield, The Chi-Lites, Major Lance, Gene Chandler, Barbara Acklin…and countless others. Cecil Lyde helped recording songs for Chess, Brunswick and St. Lawrence Records. Sadly, by the early 1970’s Chicago’s famous “Record Row” (the area where all the independent record companies were located) started to close down and as a result many bands broke up.

        Not discouraged by the closing of “Record Row”, Cecil and some of his childhood singing buddies (under the name of Experience II) landed a production deal and found themselves signed to Capitol Records in 1973. The single ‘Bout Time I Told You Baby’ was well received and became a hit. Later on Cecil Lyde, Bruce Fisher and Rick Giles formed the group ‘Lyde, Fisher & Giles’ aka ‘Stone Free’ who released a privately pressed (and now very rare) promo 7inch titled ‘Serve Me Right To Suffer’…but before the band could fully materialize, Bruce Fisher left the group and went on to write songs for Quincy Jones and Bernard Purdie. Rick Giles also went his separate way to write hits for Earth, Wind & Fire.

        As a result of all these tumultuous Chicago events, Cecil was convinced he needed to take the next step and make the move to Los Angeles. It was here that he recorded/produced his first solo album ""Stone Free"" (1980) and put the genius of many of LA’s finest session players to good use on his two magnus-opus recordings “Home Boy And The C.O.L. (the cost of living)” & “Out Break” (both released in 1982 and 1984 respectively).

        Looking for a new direction in the mid 1980’s, Cecil moved on to radio and music promotion/marketing. The rise of the internet brought more exposure and much overdue appreciation for Cecil Lyde’s story. Audiences from Beijing to the UK have now discovered his unique style and his albums are now highly priced collectables, searched for by fans and collectors around the globe.


        Jimmy James & The Vagabonds / Sonya Spence

        This Heart Of Mine / Let Love Flow On (RSD22 EDITION)

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          A transparent blue vinyl version of our best selling Northern Soul release. With exclusive black and white label design.

          Calvin Keys

          Full Court Press (RSD22 EDITION)

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            Full Court Press is THE dictionary definition of smooth (yet funky) soul-jazz, with washes of warm, laid back grooves pinned under Keys’ endless dancing up and down the fretboard. The playing is ‘deep in the pocket’ and comes off elegant and effortless. Fluid rhythmic fingerpicking that makes you forget all about time and space. This essential release deserves a prominent place in your record collection!

            Jazz guitarist Calvin Keys is a legend among soul-jazz-funk fans for both his work as a session & touring musician and for the catalog of classic releases under his own name. Key’s playing style is lean & muscular and his unique phrasing balances sophisticated jazz harmonics with funky R&B & soul grooves. Since the 1960s Calvin Keys has performed/recorded with renowned artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Pharoah Sanders and Joe Henderson. He is also a mentor to young talent, offers private lessons, and is a frequent teacher at the yearly happening ‘Jazz Camp West’.

            Calvin Keys was born in 1943 in Omaha, Nebraska. His first musical influence was his father Otis, a well-known drummer in the city's music scene…he passed the music bug on to Calvin, who picked up the guitar early. Keys landed his first notable gig as a member of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's band when he was 17 and then went on to play with Preston Love (of the Count Basie Orchestra). Later on, he would also join The Jimmy Smith Trio and then worked through the rest of the 1960’s with legends such as Jimmy McGriff, Richard "Groove" Holmes and Brother Jack McDuff.

            After moving to Los Angeles in the 1970’s, he signed to Gene Russell's now-legendary Black Jazz label where he cut his first two albums: Shawn-Neeq (1971) & Proceed with Caution (1974). Next to his own output on Black Jazz Records, Calvin Keys also did session work for the label and played on several of its hit records. At this point in time Keys also auditioned for the Ray Charles Orchestra…his unique phrasing and his ability to balance sophisticated jazz harmonics with tough R&B and soul grooves were showcased nightly in Charles’ band. Before relocating to San Francisco in 1975, he also played on Billy Brooks' jazz-funk classic ‘Windows of the Mind’ (1974) and focused on more live and session work. Keys then joined Ahmad Jamal's group and spent close to a decade with the pianist, touring the globe and recording six albums with him.

            The 1980’s and 1990’s also proved similarly fruitful for Calvin Keys…he was a ‘first-call’ studio & live sideman and amassed massive credits for touring with all-stars from the likes of Tony Bennett, Pharoah Sanders and Sonny Stitt. He released two more fantastic solo albums: Full Court Press (1985) & Maria’s First (1985), this time on Olive Branch Records. In 1991 he was featured on the recordings for the original score of the film ‘Dying Young’ composed by James Newton Howard. Next to all of this, his session and live work with his own trio continued at a relentless pace. He settled down in the Bay area and played a multitude of gigs throughout the 1990’s.

            After being sidelined in 1997 by heart surgery, Calvin Keys entered the new millennium with a bang! He released five widely acclaimed Jazz-charting albums & worked with major players from the likes of Taj Mahal (Santana, Miles Davis), Chester Thompson (Tower Of Power), Big John Patton (Blue Note), Phil Ranelin (Tribe), Sonny Fortune (Roy Ayers, Strata East), Buell Neidlinger (Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones), Peter Erskine (Joni Mitchell, Weather Report) and Lonnie Smith. There’s no such thing as ‘slowing down’ for Mr. Keys!

            On the album we are proudly presenting you today (Full Court Press) you’ll find seven sublime tracks recorded in 1984 and released in 1985 on the Olive Branch label. This was Calvin Key’s first solo album since his recordings for Black Jazz Records back in the 1970’s. Full Court Press features an impressive arsenal of working road dogs that Keys had shared the stage with over the years. Included are: Maxayn Lewis (The Ikettes, Morris Day), Mike Thompson (Freddie Hubbard), James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock), Donny Beck (Buddy Miles, Bobby Lyle)…and many others.


            Prince

            The Gold Experience Deluxe (RSD22 EDITION)

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              The Gold Experience was the first full-length Prince album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol, (SYMBOL ICON), and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word SLAVE written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads The Most Beautiful Girl in the World and Gold and the defiant single Eye Hate U, and the album earned widespread critical acclaim. The Record Store Day re-release ofThe Gold Experienceis an homage to the rare US-only promo version of the album that was released in 1995. 

              The two-LP set is pressed onto translucent gold vinyl with a bonus suite of Eye Hate U remixes on Side D.

              Lester Tipton / Edward Hamilton

              This Won't Change / Baby Don't You Weep (RSD22 EDITION)

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                A transparent yellow vinyl version of our first ever release with an exclusive black and white label design.

                Arooj Aftab

                Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)

                  Deluxe offering of Grammy® Best New Artist nominee Arooj Aftab’s breakthrough album Vulture Prince, featuring Grammy® Best Global Music Performance-nominated track “Mohabbat”.

                  Aftab’s remarkable voice, backed by a team of renowned musicians, transports listeners to the composer’s world. Intimate piano and swelling orchestral strings unveil mystical passage into Aftab’s emotionally gripping symphonic world - vast with colorful sounds and transcendent of genre.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Baghon Main (feat. Darian Donovan Thomas)
                  2. Diya Hai (feat. Badi Assad)
                  3. Inayaat
                  4. Last Night
                  5. Mohabbat
                  6. Saans Lo
                  7. Suroor
                  8. Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)

                  J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts

                  Give Me Hope

                    Burundian soul singer JP Bimeni is set to release his first music since his BBC 6 Music award winning album Free, from 2018. Give Me Hope is a slice of horn heavy, Afro tinged, Stax inspired soul and is the first taster of a new album set for release in early 2022

                    Give me Hope is the title track from his new album, featuring his band The Black Belts, set to drop on February 4thon Lovemonk Records.

                    A supremely funky number it boasts bassline and powerful horn arrangements, and gives a taster to a new work that dots between classic '60s Motown, psychedelia and Afro-funk.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Four Walls
                    2. Not In My Name
                    3. Find That Love
                    4. Guilty & Blessed
                    5. Give Me Hope
                    6. Ghost City
                    7. James Stern
                    8. Precious Girl
                    9. When Everything Is Wrong
                    10. Mathematics
                    11. Found A Good Thang

                    Don Cherry

                    Om Shanti Om - 2022 Reissue

                      An amazing document of the life experiment that was the Organic Music Society. This super quality audio, recorded by RAI (the italian public broadcasting company) in 1976 for television, documents a quartet concert focused on vocals compositions and improvisations. Here, Don Cherry and his family-community’s musical belief emerges in its simplicity, with the desire to merge the knowledge and stimuli gained during numerous travels across the World in a single sound experience. Don's pocket-trumpet is melted with the beats of the great Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, the Italian guitar of Gian Piero Pramaggiore, and the tanpura drone of Moki. A pure hippie aesthetic, like in an intimate ceremony, filters a magical encounter between Eastern and Western civiliziations, offering different suggestions of sound mysticism: natural acoustics in which individual instruments and voices are part of a wider pan-tribal consciousness. A desert Western landscape marries Asian and Latin atmospheres. Indigenous contributions with berimbau explorations find fossil sounds of rattles and clap-hands invocations. Influences of Indian mantra singing are combined with eternal African voices or with folkish-Latin guitar rhythms , while flute and drums evoke distant dances. In the Organic Music everything becomes an act of devotion and love, an ecstatic dwell in the dimension of a sacred free-rejoice.

                      **MUCH NEEDED REPRESS OF THIS PHENOMINAL SOUL - REGGAE CROSSOVER ALBUM!!**

                      If you're a regular shopper at Piccadilly Records, you can't have missed the onslaught of Dynamics 45s over the past year. Their brief is a simple one; take some classic pop songs and remake them in a reggae style, but each cover is done so well that they've proved to be completely irresistible - their White Stripes "7 Nation Army" version was our biggest selling reggae tune for 2007. This album brings together all the best cuts from the 45s, and throws in a few newies too. Essential.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      The Dynamic Sound
                      Girls And Boys
                      7 Nation Army
                      Land Of 1000 Dances
                      Rockit
                      Green Onions
                      Miss You (Long Edit)
                      Brothers On The Slide
                      Lay Lady Lay
                      Whole Lotta Love
                      90 % Of Me Is You
                      Music
                      Feel Like Making Love
                      The Creator Has A Masterplan
                      Fever
                      Move On Up

                      El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey

                      Ekundayo Inversions (Instrumentals)

                        By popular demand, we are proud to present Ekundayo Inversions (Instrumentals).

                        Liam Bailey released his debut album Ekundayo on the label at the end of 2020, then in the Summer of 2021 El Michels Affair took the tapes from that and did a dub version of the album in his own style aptly titled Ekundayo Inversions. Both of these releases quickly became cult classics in their own right. The chemistry between Liam and producer Leon Michels is undeniable, each pushing the other to new places in their sounds. Here we take the vocals out of the mix and focus on the production and the players pulling instrumentals versions from both the Ekundayo album and the Ekundayo Inversions album.

                        This is a limited one time pressing of 1000 pieces.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        Conquer & Divide (Instrumental)
                        She Hates This Life (Instrumental)
                        Angel Dust (Instrumental)
                        Don’t Blame Ny (Instrumental)
                        Cold & Clear (Instrumental)
                        White Light (Instrumental)
                        Side B
                        Ugly Truth (Instrumental)
                        Angel Face (Instrumental)
                        Walk With Me (Instrumental)
                        King (Instrumental)
                        Where Do I Start? (Instrumental)
                        Faded (Instrumental)
                        Awkward (Take 2) (Instrumental)

                        Freeway

                        Abahambi | Umlazi

                        "Matasuna Records" journey goes to "South Africa" for the first time to reissue two superb Afro-/Jazzfunk songs by the band "Freeway". Released in 1975 on the South African label "Flame", the album "Abahambi – Balomhlaba" was rediscovered and re-released by the good folks of "Black Pearl Records" from Berlin in 2013. The LP immediately landed on Matasuna Records' album best list and was at the top of the reissue wish list. Now that goal has come true to officially release two songs on 45, making them available as 7inch vinyl singles for the first time. Transferred from the original master tapes and remastered to sound as good as never before. An essential release!

                        The title track of the album "Abahambi" composed by "Sipho Gumede" and also the album opener is also the A-side of the Matasuna release. The song immediately builds up an incredible groove with the first bar and offers an atmospherically dense, 5-minute funk firework. The musicians master their instruments to perfection: be it in the collective playing as well as in the polished solo passages, where they can fully demonstrate their skills. One of the tunes that could run endlessly without ever getting boring.

                        On the flip side, the song "Umlazi" composed by "Enoch Mthalane" is another testament to the sophistication of their arrangements & musicality. Although this song is much slower in tempo, it is in no way inferior to the A-side in intensity. Especially the piano generates a hypnotic groove, which is skillfully continued by the guitar. Another musical treat!

                        The fact that the composers of the songs and musicians of the band are (or were) well-known greats of South African jazz music, but the album respectively the band name "Freeway" does not appear in any bio/discography is more than curious. Apparently it is considered proven that the band was founded by bass player "Sipho Gumede".

                        Born in "Durban" (South Africa), "Sipho Gumede" learned to play the guitar autodidactically until he received his first introduction to jazz from jazz guitarist "Cyril Magubane" at the age of 16. He switched to bass and then got his first professional music job as a member of the "Jazz Revellers" band. In 1970 he went to "Johannesburg" where he met, worked with and toured with some great musicians of that time. He formed several bands with some of them such as "Roots", "Spirits Rejoice" or "Sakhile". Gumede also recorded collaborative pieces with other jazz legends before recording his first solo album in 1985. In the following years he was involved in tours of North America, Europe, as well as many African countries. In 2000, Sipho moved back to "KwaZulu-Natal", where he taught music and performed for township youth. His artistic productivity did not stop there, however, and he produced a number of other albums. In total, he produced, recorded and contributed to more than 20 albums. He died in July 2004 after a short illness.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Millie says: Full blast funky guitars on this fiery for the first time pressed on a 7"and boy does it pack a punch. Originally recorded in 1975 this remaster you wouldn't know it. Smooth & delicious.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Abahambi
                        2. Umlazi

                        G. Love & Special Sauce

                        Philadelphia Mississippi

                          Mixing old school blues and folk with new school hip-hop and funk, G. Love’s electrifying new album, Philadelphia Mississippi, brings together both sides of the genre-bending pioneer’s eclectic career in a wildly innovative and deeply reverent sonic pilgrimage to the heart of the South. Produced by North Mississippi All-Stars’ Luther Dickinson, the collection is loose and spontaneous, full of joyful, improvised performances and freewheeling collaborations with a slew of special guests including blues torchbearers like Alvin Youngblood Hart and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and rap icons like Schoolly D and Speech. It would have been easy for G. Love to play it safe coming off his GRAMMY-nominated 2020 release, The Juice, but Philadelphia Mississippi is perhaps his most adventurous collection to date, ditching all the rules as it experiments with form and function in an ecstatic celebration of music’s power to connect across genres and generations. Born Garrett Dutton in Philadelphia, PA, G. Love first broke out in the early ’90s with his band, Special Sauce, on their strength of their Gold-selling self-titled debut. Over the next three decades, he would go on to release seven more critically acclaimed albums with Special Sauce (plus five on his own), become a fixture on festival lineups from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, and collaborate on the road and in the studio with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams, Dave Matthews, The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, Keb’ Mo’, and DJ Logic.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Love From Philly (feat. Schoolly D & Chuck Treece)
                          2. Mississippi (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart, R.L. Boyce & Speech)
                          3. My Ball (feat. Freddie Foxxx & Jontavious Willis)
                          4. Guitar Man (feat. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram)
                          5. Kickin' (feat. Chuck Treece & Lady Alma)
                          6. HipHopHarpin' (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart)
                          7. Laughing In The Sunshine
                          8. I Ain't Living (feat. Tikyra Jackson)
                          9. Lemonades (feat. Cam Kimbrough, Luther Dickinson & Chuck Treece)
                          10. If My Mind Don't Change (feat. Sharde Thomas)
                          11. Sauce Up! (feat. Trenton Ayers)
                          12. The Philly Sound
                          13. Shouts Out (feat. Trenton Ayers & R.L. Boyce)

                          Ike Noble & The Uptights

                          Look A Little Higher

                          Perhaps the best Soul / Funk LP Athens of the North has ever released and you know we have high standards, not one filler and mostly unreleased tracks – Essential LP

                          The Up Tights were formed by Henry Bradley in Forrest City, Arkansas in March of 1967 while most of the band members were attending Lincoln High School.They took their name from the Stevie Wonder song "Uptight - Everything's Alright." Playing at school functions, they quickly branched out to playing bigger shows and headlined the 1968 St. Francis County Fair in Forrest City.

                          The Up Tights first recorded for Action Records in Memphis as Noble and the Up Tights. The 45 featured an original song by singer, Izear "Ike" Noble Jr. titled "Don't Worry About It."

                          Henry Bradley was drafted into Vietnam in 1968. He served in the 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. While he was away, the Up Tights continued with Henry's brother, Arthur, taking over all the guitar duties. The band also hired a manager named John Mitchell. In 1968, the band met Joe Lee, who owned Variety recording studio in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

                          For the band's first recordings at Variety, Lee chose two originals by Noble titled "Look a Little Higher" and an updated version of "Just a Dream" which Lee released on his Alley Records label in 1968. Lee continued to record the band over the next several months. He liked to experiment in the studio and produced many versions of the group's original songs, adjusting the mix and adding elements to each unique take.

                          For the group's second Alley release, they appeared simply as Ike Noble on the record label. Lee brought in a local songwriter named Charles "Jamie" Holmes, who had previously written for Alley records and Joe Keene's studio in Kennett, Missouri

                          The resulting 45 from this collaboration was "It's Bad" backed with "That's What I Get," two Holmes originals. Another Holmes original was unreleased at the time, but available here titled "There's Gonna Be a Better Day Coming." Stax Records was interested in signing the group and wanted to re-cut "It's Bad" at their studio, but ultimately the label passed since they generally had a policy of working with Memphis based groups.

                          As the band grew in popularity, they began appearing with and competing with Memphis legends, the Bar-Kays. The group's biggest show in Arkansas was an opening slot at Barton Coliseum, one of the largest venues in the state, in Little Rock in mid-1969. As a result, the band was offered a spot on George Klein's "Talent Party" television show on WHBQ in Memphis in July of 1969..... Further Sleeve notes on back of the LP

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Money Won't Change You
                          2. It's Bad
                          3. Good Thing
                          4. Best Of Luck To You
                          5. That's What I Get
                          6. That's The Sound Of My Heart
                          7. How Long Must I Wait For You
                          8. Foxy Mama
                          9. Look A Little Higher
                          10. I Take What I Want
                          11. She's Got To Be Loved
                          12. Just A Dream
                          13. To Love Me Like You Do
                          14. There's Gonna Be A Better Day Coming

                          Once in a blue moon a singer comes along that stops you in your tracks, Lady Blackbird is one such talent. Dubbed by Gilles Peterson “the Grace Jones of jazz”, her album Black Acid Soul dropped in September 2021 to glowing reviews across the board from the likes of The Guardian and New York Times.

                          One of the standout tracks ‘Lost and Looking’ - a cover of Sam Cooke’s sparsely arranged original, where Lady Blackbird builds the track with her haunting vocal and sparkling piano notes performed by Deron Johnson, gets the rework treatment from none other than Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.

                          Released via Ross Allen, and long-time collaborator Andy Thompson’s Foundation Music, the Classic Album Sunday’s originator, co-founder of the Lucky Cloud System parties and David Mancuso protégé, turns in her ‘Cosmodelica Remix’ muscling up the track for the dancefloor, with a demon bassline, funk fuelled bass guitar, and cosmic acid lines. There’s also a dub for those who prefer a more stripped down but equally pumping affair.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: So good me and Pasta Paul almost conspired not to publicize it. Don't sleep on this absolute dancefloor bomb! Vocal and dub are killer; basement buggin' red light shit. NEED.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Lost And Looking (Cosmodelica Remix)
                          B1. Lost And Looking (Cosmodelica Dub)

                          London Odense Ensemble

                          Jaiyede Sessions Vol. 1

                            In recent years London has become an epicenter for experimental, visionary jazz. On this unique session, two of the finest exponents of the London jazz scene, Tamar Osborn and Al MacSween, join forces with members of the celebrated Danish psychedelic underground - Jonas Munk, Jakob Skøtt and Martin Rude – to create a heady sonic brew. On this first volume of material there's everything one could hope for in such a collaboration: sonically it summons the free flowing euphoria of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders' work in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

                            But there's also a focus on rhythmic energy and vitality that calls to mind the grooviest krautrock or electric period Miles Davis, as well as a healthy dose of electronic experiments. Throughout these five tracks the quintet paints with a colourful palette. Tamar Osborn shifts between baritone sax and flutes. Keyboardist Al MacSween doesn't just stick with the tried and true electric piano - an instrument which he masters - but showers these tracks in analog synths and effects as well. Add to that the fact that Jonas Munk took a somewhat creative approach when editing and mixing these pieces – with effects boxes wired in, occasionally giving the mix a dubby, ambient atmosphere.

                            Similar to Munk and Skøtt's main project, Causa Sui, digging into the past becomes a vehicle to open up the future. What the quintet has created in these sessions is something quite unique.Bios: Tamar Osborn: Saxophonist, composer and multi-wind instrumentalist is the creative force behind modal jazz ensemble Collocutor (On The Corner Records). She is a member of the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, performs and collaborates regularly with Sarathy Korwar, Jessica Lauren, Emanative, Ill Considered and DJ Khalab. Al MacSween: Keyboard player & founding member of Kefaya.

                            Collaborations include American jazz legend Gary Bartz, Syrian qanun master Maya Youseff, London Community Gospel Choir, Palestinian jazz singer Reem Kelani & kora player Kadialy Kouyate.Martin Rude: Multi-string instrumentalist & lead singer in Sun River. Doubles as stand-in bass player in Causa Sui. Jakob Skøtt: Drummer in Causa Sui with a slew of side projects on El Paraiso, including Chicago Odense Ensemble, as well as being responsible for the label’s visuals.Jonas Munk: Guitarist in Causa Sui & studio wizard on most releases on El Paraiso. Also works with a wide palette of electronic music.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Jaiyede Suite Pt. 1
                            2. Jaiyede Suite Pt. 2
                            3. Sojourner
                            4. Enter Momentum
                            5. Celestial Navigation

                            Thelonious Monk

                            Essential Works 1952-1962

                              Thelonious Sphere Monk was unique as a composer and instrumentalist, a New York spirit formed and matured in the heart of the city where his family had lived since he was four years old. A cosmopolitan capital like New York, in the throes of becoming the centre of the world, did not form spirits in the same way as a midsized Midwestern city does.

                              From the beginning of his youngest days as a jazz musician, Monk was treading a unique personal path. At twenty he was already outside the norm, and by the Forties he’d been christened the “high priest of bebop.” But he’d already moved elsewhere, taking a road that nobody knew. No sooner had he played a part, with distinction, in the evolution of bebop (without earning the recognition he deserved) than he strayed from that path to find another that nobody could identify, for the obvious reason that he did not recycle the recipes developed by bebop musicians. To him, they belonged to the past, even if that bebop was still too obscure for a large majority of white jazz fans.

                              What Monk wanted was to explore the new lands of music. He wanted to play a unique jazz for the public, and offer people his music; not in the comfort of the tried and tested formula, but through discovery, creation and invention. Monk was on a permanent quest for a new aesthetic.

                              A great number of jazz musicians rightly consider him the foremost of their kind.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Little Rootie Tootie
                              A2. Monk’s Dream
                              A3. Sweet And Lovely
                              A4. Hornin’ In
                              A5. Bemsha Swing
                              A6. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
                              B1. Round About Midnight
                              B2. I Mean You
                              B3. Epistrophy
                              B4. Misterioso
                              B5. Well, You Needn’t
                              B6. April In Paris
                              B7. Straight No Chaser
                              C1. Caravan
                              C2. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
                              C3. It Don’t Mean A Thing
                              C4. Solitude
                              D1. Blue Monk
                              D2. Straight No Chaser

                              New Life Trio

                              Visions Of The Third Eye

                                The music world is most fortunate that the past two decades have witnessed the rediscovery of mindopening music that went under-recognized when originally released, and the wellspring of musical content produced by a generation of brilliant musicians. One such musician was the late great drummer Steve Reid, whose reissued eclectic recordings on his own Mustevic Sound label gave his career a second wind.

                                Though teased on a well-received compilation, one Mustevic release never saw reissue: New Life Trio’s ‘Visions Of The Third Eye’, a tremendous collaborative effort between Reid, guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist David Wertman.

                                Early Future Records and Finders Keepers Records are proud to announce the reissue of the classic, final Mustevic recording for the first time as a vinyl release. The release also includes a 20-page written zine featuring an in-depth testimonial and interview with Brandon Ross, and an explorative essay by Finders Keepers’ Andy Votel, as well as a wealth of archival photos, scores and reviews.

                                Reid’s long and varied career began in his native New York City, where he was involved early on as a member of the Apollo Theater House Band and the R&B scene of the 1960s, including recordings with Martha Reeves and James Brown. After a stint in prison for dodging the draft as a conscientious objector, the drummer came out swinging in the 1970s. He worked regularly as a session and Broadway musician even while immersing himself into the jazz world, from the straight-ahead styles of Freddie Hubbard and Horace Silver to the otherworldly sounds of Sun Ra and Charles Tyler.

                                The do-it-yourself ethos of the New York Loft Scene inspired Reid to create his own label, Mustevic Sound, on which he began releasing his own recordings and those of a couple of friends. One of these trusted friends was David Wertman, a young bassist from New York who released his own ‘Kara Suite’ on Mustevic in 1976.

                                New Life Trio’s story began when Wertman moved from New York to the more sedate but creatively vibrant town of Northampton, Massachusetts. Here Wertman met Brandon Ross, a young guitarist from New Jersey who had relocated there with his brother to join a coterie of New York expats who had found a comfortable, collaborative environment amidst the liberal college towns in the area, including avant-garde legends Archie Shepp and Marion Brown. Wertman and Ross became friends and began to perform together regularly, both formally and informally.

                                A string trio of Wertman, Ross and violinist Terry Jenoure was set to record, but Jenoure dropped out just prior to the date. This led Wertman to call his friend Steve Reid to come join the two at the Tin Pan Hollow Studios in Vermont to record what would become ‘Visions Of The Third Eye’ on December 6, 1978. Originally conceived as an all-acoustic date, the recording would morph slightly when Ross added electric guitar muscle on a number of pieces. Reid would then take the helm and release the recording in 1980, giving a very auspicious birth to what has now become a classic spiritual jazz recording.

                                Fast forward to 1995… New Life Trio get a belated second wind from Stuart Baker’s inclusion of the Ross-voiced ‘Empty Streets’ on his ‘Universal Sounds of America’ compilation. The brief, haunting lead track just hinted at what the full ‘Visions Of The Third Eye’ album had to offer. Audience awareness resulted in the pursuit of out-of-print original LPs, thus the rarity of ‘Visions Of The Third Eye’ led to it becoming a kind of ‘holy grail’ record for collectors of jazz and creative music. The album’s cover image was even incorporated into the cover of Soul Jazz’s ‘Freedom, Rhythm & Sound’, a wonderful coffee table book presenting album covers from those revolutionary decades in Black creative music. The recording’s legend was cemented.

                                New Life Trio’s legend continues to grow partly due to the brevity of its existence. The triumvirate of Reid, Ross and Wertman would never work together again. Each member would continue along his own path, finding success in numerous projects. Reid’s career was reinvigorated with the reissue of the bulk of his Mustevic Sound recordings in the early 2000s, which led him to a rewarding partnership with Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden until Reid’s untimely passing in 2010. Wertman balanced life between Florida and Massachusetts as a regular in the local jazz scene, recording numerous projects with his wife, Lynne Meryl, before passing away in 2013. The fantastically creative Ross has remained active in the New York creative music scene with a number of projects, most notably with Henry Threadgill, Cassandra Wilson

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Empty Streets
                                Egypt Rock
                                Sculpture
                                Chinese Rock
                                Prelude To Grace
                                Love Cipher

                                Noori & His Dorpa Band

                                Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass From Sudan's Red Sea Coast

                                A soundtrack of Sudan's revolution and the first ever international release of the Beja sound, performed by Noori and his Dorpa Band, an unheard outfit from Port Sudan, a city on the Red Sea coast in eastern Sudan and the heart of Beja culture.

                                Beja Power! is a living archive of the finest, most heartfelt Beja songs—a six-track portal to another time and place, of melodies long forgotten and never before interpreted by an electric and brass-driven ensemble. Few older Beja recordings were produced. Even fewer, if any, remain.

                                Electric soul, blues, jazz, rock, surf, even hints of country, speak fluently to styles and chords that could be Tuareg, Ethiopian, Peruvian or Thai—all grounded by hypnotic Sudanese grooves, Naji's impeccable, airy tenor sax, and of course, Noori's tambo-guitar, a self-made unique hybrid of an electric guitar and an electric tambour, a four-string instrument found across East Africa.

                                A truly ancient community, Beja trace their ancestry back millennia. Some say they are among the living descendants of Ancient Egypt and the Kingdom of Kush. They are even depicted in the hieroglyphics. Beja melodies—nostalgic, hopeful and sweet, ambiguous and honest—are thousands of years old. Yet their sounds are also reminiscent of Dick Dale's 1963 "Misirlou" and jazz great Charlie Rouse's 1968 "Meci Bon Dieu". This album could be 6,000 years, 60 years, or 6 months old.

                                Along with his Dorpa Band, formed in 2006, Noori's instrumental Beja music forms the latest link in an unbroken chain of an inherited, arresting sound that is local as it is global, a gift of a storied past and the exchanges of the well-traveled Red Sea.

                                Ostinato Records is honored to bring the nearly forgotten Beja sound in all its nostalgia, sweetness, honesty, and power, recorded and mastered to maintain the warmth of Sudan's signature aesthetic, to your sound system.

                                180g heavyweight vinyl with a 10" x 10" insert.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Saagama
                                2. Qwal
                                3. Al Amal
                                4. Jabana
                                5. Wondeeb
                                6. Daleb

                                Arthur Ponder, a life long Macon, Georgia resident, started his singing career in the 60s replacing Otis Redding in Johnny Jenkins & The Pinetoppersafter Otis went solo. Although he gigged extensively, he did not actually make it onto a record until around 1970. Presented here, we have mostly his 80s Modern Soul output Solo and with local group Side Show, some with was released on 45 others remain unreleased till now. Special thanks to Angelo Angione who went above and beyond to help with this project and Arthur Ponder - The Prince of Georgia Soul.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Lonely Girl (feat. Side Show)
                                2. Sexy Lady
                                3. If You Want My Love
                                4. My Love
                                5. Let's Get Together For The Wrong We Have Done
                                6. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
                                7. You Are The One For Me (feat. Side Show)
                                8. Oh Baby Why You Want To Make Me Cry
                                9. You Talk Too Much
                                10. It's You Girl

                                Reverend Baron

                                From Anywhere

                                  For Fans Of - Richard Swift, Michael Nau, Cut Worms. Danny Garcia is Reverend Baron, Danny was a pro skater for Habitat for many years. Bandmember in Drugdealer. Previous single ‘Let The Radio Play’ added to Spotify’s Folk Arc playlist. Debut LP on Karma Chief Records. Written, recorded, and produced by Danny Garcia. From the academy of deep soul and no ego, Reverend Baron delivers visions of liquor store East LA, the off-the-freeway dry mirage of slow motion graffiti and lonely seagulls. A nylon stringed zen fog with themes of woozy love, layered dimensions of nostalgia and glazed neighborhood tales that roll in with a natural ease.

                                  After notching a permanent status in the skateboarding orbit as Danny Garcia, he transferred his effortless style, dedication and authenticity into music. Practicing a philosophy of demystifying the process and doing it yourself, he has become a proficient multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer of his own and other artist's music. All streams of curiosity converge into the river. An enigma, Reverend Baron emerges from the proverbial gray overpass with no sense of urgency. He takes a sharp gaze at his surroundings and processes them through a factory of depth and gentle swag to yield a sound that sits as easy as fallen molasses on the bodega shelf. The songs are an unassuming invitation to either walk through the doorway or lean on the wall outside, either way something beautiful and rare

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Fool On The Ave
                                  2. It's My Turn (To Cry, Cry, Cry)
                                  3. Vicky's Town
                                  4. Advocate
                                  5. Mind Like A River
                                  6. I See You Runnin'
                                  7. Sleep Wakes Me Up
                                  8. On The Roundabout
                                  9. To Meet Myself
                                  10. In The Nowheres 

                                  Robocobra Quartet

                                  Living Isn't Easy

                                    Genre-defying new album from Northern Ireland collective fusing the edgy angst of Black Flag and the leftfield muse of jazz improvisation.

                                    Improvisation and experimentation is at the core of Robocobra Quartet's DNA almost intentionally at odds with their roots as a post-punk band. Including members with no musical training alongside European music conservatoire innovators, the resulting is a groove-driven but cerebral blast, invoking the likes of Fugazi, Talking Heads and contemporaries such as Squid and Black Country, New Road. The eclectic free nature of their live shows allows them to channel-hop from moments of joy and playfulness to periods of intense fury, creating a unique sound that has earned them invitations to Montreux Jazz Festival, Latitude and as far out as the Inversia Festival in the polar north of Russia.

                                     Toying with modern post-internet realism for a new generation, grasping at all that was cool in Beatnik jazz and throwing it against the post punk axiom.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1 - Flew Close (4:19)
                                    2 - Wellness (3:04)
                                    3 - Labyrinth (4:24)
                                    4 - Heaven (6:45)
                                    5 - Micro Person (4:55)
                                    6 - Chromo Sud (9:17)
                                    7 - Plant (The Succulent Blues) (4:20)
                                    8 - Kilmore Close (4:21)
                                    9 - Night (4:36)

                                    ATA Records is pleased to announce the release of Early Works Vol.2: Music From The Archives, a compilation of tracks recorded in the fledgling days of the label paired with some rediscovered treasures from more recent years. While the majority of the album is previously unreleased material several tracks have appeared on different formats.

                                    This is a rare chance for listeners to experience the birth of the ATA's enduring concept and recording techniques from the comfort of their own home.

                                    In 2020 label founder and musician Neil Innes decided to destroy the studio he had spent 14-years building, destroy it and rebuild it from the ground up.

                                    Once the studio began to take shape again and Innes was finally able to take a breath he began rooting through the label's archives, pulling out reels that had been propping up tables, holding open doors and generally lurking in nooks and crannies for years.

                                    His trip down memory uncovered a wealth of dusty musical treasures and also got him thinking about tracks from newer artists, nuggets to compliment the archive gold.

                                    Along with the first airings of tracks by The Harmony Society, The Disarrays this 11track comp includes appearances by studio favourites: The Magnificent Tape Band, The Sorcerers, The Mandatory Eight, Ivan Von Engleberger's Asteroid and long time collaborator Chris Dawkins (recording under Earl Dawkins).Also on the comp is Joe Tatton's Bang Bang Boogaloo, previously only released on 7 inch and greatly desired by record diggers everywhere.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. The Harmony Society - Bus Stop Boogie
                                    2. The Joe Tatton Trio - Bang Bang Boogaloo
                                    3. Ivan Von Engelberger's Asteroid - Lunartics
                                    4. The Lewis Express - Secret Universe (feat. Earl Dawkins)
                                    5. The Magnificent Tape Band - Heading Towards Catastrophe (Instrumental)
                                    6. The Disarrays - Help Me
                                    7. The Mandatory Eight - The Hardest Day
                                    8. The Sorcerers - In Pursuit Of Shai Hulud
                                    9. The Magnificent Tape Band - When I Saw You (Instrumental)
                                    10. The Disarrays - Anaesthise Me

                                    Various Artists

                                    Funk All Stars - Classics By The Funk Masters

                                      All the Funk masters reunited on vinyl, from the godfather James Brown or the great Isaac Hayes to Gwen McCrae and Shalamar. Whether you're just starting your funk collection or looking for a good summary of some of the greatest pieces to date, Wagram once again have you covered. Their compilations have proven to be a great hit in the shop thus far, and i'm sure they will continue to be. 

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. James Brown - Funky Men
                                      A2. Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
                                      A3. Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft
                                      A4. Bobby Byrd - Back From The Dead
                                      A5. The Fatback Band - (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop
                                      A6. Shalamar - A Night To Remember
                                      B1. Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa
                                      B2. T-Connection - Do What You Wanna Do
                                      B3. Aaron Neville - Hercules
                                      B4. George McCrae - I Get Lifted
                                      B5. Gwen McCrae - All This Love That I'm Givin'
                                      B6. Imagination - Just An Illusion

                                      Various Artists

                                      The Afrosound Of Colombia - 2022 Reissue

                                        An amazing journey to the exciting music of Colombia and its unique melting pot of indigenous, African, and European music. Over two and a half hours of funky, hot Afro-influenced tracks from the 60s and 70s golden period of the seminal Discos Fuentes label in Colombia. This release deals with the unique sounds produced as a result of the inventive mixing of pop and roots that took place in the urban confines of the Discos Fuentes studios in Bogota.


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