funk . soul . jazz . free jazz . broken beat

WEEK STARTING 12 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace by Shabaka.

Shabaka

Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

    After putting down the saxophone, the instrument he has become synonymous with, Shabaka returns with his first full length album under his own name. Expanding off the meditative 2022 EP Afrikan Culture, his new album Perceive its beauty, Acknowledge its Grace is a deeply moving suite of primarily instrumental music. The listening experience is reflective and contemplative, with passages flowering from one musical concept to the next, encouraging deep attention that rewards the listener with throughlines and motifs throughout the record. Shabaka is found playing the flute on this album, and has enlisted key artists such as Andre 3000, Lianne La Havas, Moses Sumney, Floating Points, and more to help build this all-encompassing aural landscape.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: I'm not typically a massive Jazz fan, I say this with some trepidation because the more I say it, the more I hear that I enjoy. While Hutchings has in the past, superbly done exactly the sort of Jazz I don't enjoy, 'Perceive It's Beauty, Acknowledge its Grace' is a beautiful collection of new-age leaning instrumentals and flute-heavy spiritual jazz. With a stellar lineup of guests too (Laraaji, Floating Points, and fellow flautist Andre 3000), you really need to give this masterwork time to develop in the ears.

    TRACK LISTING

    End Of Innocence
    As The Planets And The Stars Collapse
    Insecurities
    Managing My Breath, What Fear Had Become
    The Wounded Need To Be Replenished
    Body To Inhabit
    I’ll Do Whatever You Want
    Living
    Breathing
    Kiss Me Before I Forget
    Song Of The Motherland

    Beyonce

    Cowboy Carter

      Beyonce's eighth studio album is also Act ll of a trilogy which started with Renaissance in 2022.

      The album is presented as a radio broadcast by 'KNTRY Radio Texas', a fictitious station hosted by DJ's Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Linda Martell. And while the LP has a predominantly country feel, it alos takes in a whole host of other styles: Pop, rock, psychedelic soul, hip hop, folk and blues amongst others.

      There's an impressive guest list of musicians on the album: including Jon Batiste, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Paul McCartney, Gary Clark Jr. and Rhiannon Giddens, along with a whold host of lesser know black country artists such as Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, Tanner Adell, Reyna Roberts, Shaboozey, and Willie Jones.

      Once again Beyonce proves what a global pop phenomemon she is.

      TRACK LISTING

      Ameriican Requiem
      Blackbiird Ft Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, Reyna Roberts
      16 Carriages
      Protector Ft Rumi Carter
      My Rose
      Smoke Hour Ft Willie Nelson
      Texas Hold ’Em
      Bodyguard
      Dolly P
      Jolene
      Daughter
      Spaghettii Ft Linda Martell, Shaboozey
      Alliigator Tears
      Smoke Hour II Ft Willie Nelson
      Just For Fun Ft Willie Jones
      II Most Wanted Ft Miley Cyrus
      Levii’s Jeans Ft Post Malone
      Flamenco
      The Linda Martell Show Ft Linda Martell
      Ya Ya
      Oh Louisiana
      Desert Eagle
      Riiverdance
      II Hands II Heaven
      Tyrant
      Sweet ˜� Honey ˜� Buckiin’ Ft Shaboozey
      Amen

      Catching Flies - aka multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ George King – produces a bass heavy yet melodic mesh of broody electronics and intricate rhythms, containing shades of everything from hip-hop to house, from soul to jazz. Catching Flies has released on labels such as Cercle, AnjunaDeep and Ninja Tune.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Prelude
      2. GLY
      3. True Colours
      4. Halo
      5. Snow Day
      6. Diamonds
      7. Magnolia
      8. Friday Lake
      9. Orsay
      10. The Last Phone Call (feat. Imaginary Friend)
      11. Tides

      The Chosen Few

      Taking All The Love I Can - 2024 Reissue

      Reissued for the first time on vinyl is 'Taking All The Love I Can' by Newark, New Jersey outfit The Chosen Few. Initially released on Maple Records in 1971, their debut album boasts incredibly moody 'Northern Soul' and perfectly represents the golden age of soul.

      The Chosen Few are swaggering with confidence throughout the LP and draw comparisons to fellow Maple Records artists Lee Moses and Gloria Barnes. 'Taking All The Love I Can' is a highly sought after record with original issues fetching upwards of $500 when found in the wild.

      On High Records is thrilled to present this modern reissue which is remastered and pressed on audiophile virgin vinyl for music lovers worldwide.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Taking All The Love I Can
      2. Something's Bad
      3. Birth Of A Playboy
      4. I Caught You Cheating
      5. I Got To Hold You
      6. Trespassin'
      7. I Can't Take No Chance
      8. Nobody Can Save Me
      9. You Say You Love Me
      10. Love For My Girl
      11. Crying Shame

      Tyler Daley is the acclaimed and highly renowned Manchester artist now surging into his autonomy with his debut solo EP 'Son of Zeus'.

      With humble beginnings in Manchester's scene, Daley's influence merges a nostalgic love for pirate radio with a mix of musical inspirations journeying through roots reggae, street soul and R&B whilst modernising his sound through his love for hip hop and UK rave music.

      With an impressive roster of collaborations including notable features like Ghetts, Goldie, Shy FX and Bugzy Malone to name a few, his unique artistry plays on his pioneering stature and longevity in the game. Leaning on this wisdom to create a fresh, uncompromising sound, Daley has combined his knowledge with his cutting-edge aptitude for music in his new EP.

      Paying homage to the multitude of success he's seen through his eclectic journey as one half of the universally loved Children of Zeus, Tyler Daley's new EP fuses his signature sound with a clear personalisation that offers a raw and transparent depiction of his artistry and musical prowess.

      Having travelled the world touring and selling out shows everywhere from KOKO London to South Africa and Dubai, the EP is a self professed tale of balancing a crazy life and equally crazy career. Daley describes the EP as "that soulful Zeus sound, a blend of dusty low-fi soul, hip hop and R&B for the sophisticated blunt heads and vibe seekers".

      TRACK LISTING

      1. These Cards
      2. Been Trying
      3. All I Need
      4. Small Circles
      5. Never Look Down
      6. 4SoLong
      7. When You're Lonely

      Joao Donato

      Muito A Vontade - 2024 Reissue

        An iconic figure of the Bossa Nova, Brazilian pianist, composer, and arranger Joao Donato (1934-2023) created and introduced a new rhythm pattern to the genre. He was profoundly influential, having inspired generations of musicians in Brazil and beyond; guitarist Joao Gilberto, for instance, confessed to having taken the new rhythm pattern from Donato's piano playing.

        Presented here in its entirety is Donato's album Muito a Vontade, recorded in a quartet format in 1962 and featuring the great Milton Banana on drums, best known for his playing with Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Muito A Vontade
        2. Tim Dom Dom
        3. Pra Que Chorar
        4. Sambou... Sambou
        5. Jodel
        6. Vamos Nessa
        7. Rio
        8. Noa... Noa...
        9. Minha Saudade
        10. Naquele Base
        11. Olhou Pra Mim
        12. Tema Teimoso
        13. So Se For Agora
        14. Caminho De Casa
        15. So Danco Samba
        16. Manha De Carnaval

        Elephant9

        Mythical River

          Ståle Storløkken – Fender Rhodes, Hammond L100, Minimoog, Mellotron, grand piano, celeste, Continuum. Nikolai Hængsle – Electric bass. Torstein Lofthus – Drums, percussion. After a solid run of five studio albums and two double live albums, Psychedelic Backfire I and II, (both 2019), Elephant9 had taken their groovy mix of high energy rock and power jazz as far as they could. In this respect their previous album Arrival of The New Elders (2021) came as a welcome and most timely addition to their recorded output. More varied, mature and reflective, they were as groovy as ever, but more structured and less jam oriented, earning them a 9/10 review in Uncut and a spot in their albums of the year list, noting their telepathic communion and concluding with “this is an Elephant9 you´ll never forget”. Jazzwise, Shindig, Prog, Electronic Sound, The Quietus and several others followed in the same fashion. Mythical River is moulded much in the same way and a natural follow-up, with six stellar new compositions by keyboard maestro Ståle Storløkken, bookended by two short cosmic snippets. From the hypnotic and magical to the razor sharp and polyrhythmic, this is yet another strong group effort from a trio on top of their game. Comparisons have been made with bands dating as far back as the sixties, but with Arrival of The New Elders and Mythical River, Elephant9 appear as a thoroughly contemporary, timeless and even futuristic sounding band. Mythical River was recorded and mixed by previous Dungen producer Mattias Glavå. Ståle started his musical journey in Veslefrekk with Jarle Vespestad and Arve Henriksen in the 90s, soon morphing into Supersilent with Helge Sten on board. He´s also a member of Hedvig Mollestad Weejuns, Møster! and Humcrush, and have collaborated with a number of artists, most notably Motorpsycho. Nikolai is also a member of Bigbang, Needlepoint and Band of Gold and have appeared on a couple of hundred records. The same goes for Torstein, an associate member of numerous bands ranging from pop and soul to free jazz. But Elephant9 has always been their special baby.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: The brilliant Elephant9 return, this time bringing with them a suite of kosmische-flavoured experimental rock, rich with soaring organs, snapping percussion and airy progressive melodies.

          TRACK LISTING

          Solitude In Limbo #2
          Mythical River
          Party Among The Stars
          Chamber Of Silence
          Heading For Desolate Wastelands
          Star Cluster Detective
          Cavern Of The Red Lion
          Solitude In Limbo #1

          It's five years since we first released Yosi Horikawa's 'Vapor' album. To commemorate the occassion, we're releasing the album on vinyl for the very first time, also including a previously unreleased bonus track, 'Yoggo'.

          The devil is in the details. And Yosi Horikawa understands this perhaps better than most musicians from his generation; crafting compositions with broad appeal that also withstand the most intricate scrutiny. Originality has always been a rare currency in the creative arts, and having honed his voice over the years Yosi has plenty of it to give to those willing to listen.

          The RBMA graduate has collaborated with artists such as Jesse Boykins III, Dorian Concept & Daisuke Tanabe, performed at Glastonbury, Sónar, Mutek, Dimensions, Low End Theory, Ninja Tune's Solid Steel & Boiler Room, featured in Time Out Tokyo, XLR8R, Dummy & more, and received acclaim and support from the likes of Benji B, Tom Ravenscroft, Fulgeance, DJ Food and Gilles Peterson, with whom he has worked with on several projects since the release of 'Vapor', for Brownswood, Worldwide Festival & Worldwide FM respectively, producing a regular feature, 'Soundscape with Yosi Horikawa'.

          Besides writing and producing music, Yosi is a highly skilled sound engineer, working with prestigious architects, fashion brands, and technology firms as well as designing speakers for bars and clubs. He's also composed numerous jingles and theme songs for radio stations to science exhibitions. Such is his diversity and originality, he was the subject of an RBMA film documentary in 2014, 'Layered Memories'.

          Following his debut EP on Eklektik Records, two EPs were released on First Word prior to this, his debut album, 'Vapor'. 17 tracks from the Japanese sound designer and producer that weave together diverse field recordings and sample sources, with rhythms and melodies, creating something that defies stylistic boxing. Echoes of dance music, hip hop and musique concrete can all be found amid the sounds of nature and everyday life that underpin the grooves of the music. 'Vapor' is an album in the old-fashioned sense, a tightly-woven sonic journey that benefits from repeat listens.

          'Vapor' was named amongst 2013 Albums of the Year lists in Fact Magazine and The Japan Times.

          Sound Colour VIbration.com: "A sonic masterpiece and an entirely new pathway in to the matrix of emerging electronic creativity. Every piece on the album sounds boundless and full of texture & colour imaginable"

          Earmilk: "A serendipitous mishmash of electronic, hip hop beats, and a litany of genres that fall in that spectrum with a liberal dose of acoustic magic.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Intro
          2. Bump
          3. Maki
          4. Splash
          5. Beer
          6. Wandering
          7. Interlude
          8. Summer In 1987
          9. Kingdom Of Frogs
          10. Rainbow
          11. Cave
          12. Starlings
          13. Letter
          14. Stars
          15. Grandpa
          16. Outro
          17. YOGGO

          Fumio Itabashi

          Watarase - Reissue

          Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the reissue of Fumio Itabashi's highly sought-after album "Watarase" hailed as one of the great Japanese jazz albums and featuring Itabashi on solo piano playing an inspired mix of standards and originals. Recorded in 1981 for Denon and released in Japan the following year, the album has since reached cult status among international jazz connoisseurs, thanks to Itabashi's inventive piano playing and to its cult title track, a superb lyrical spiritual composition. Newly remastered by Nippon Columbia using their ORT mastering technology, the album reissue features original artwork including a 2 page insert with a new introduction by Paul bowler.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Someday My Prince Will Come
          2. Msundusa
          3. I Can't Get Started
          4. Tone
          5. Watarase
          6. Miss Cann
          7. Good Bye

          Quincy Jones

          Big Band Bossa Nova - 2024 Reissue

            Bossa nova was in vogue in 1962 and following the release of the Stan Getz/ Charlie Byrd LP Jazz Samba, jazz record producers were anxious to get their signed artists to jump on the "jazz bossa nova" craze.

            As Mercury Records' musical director at that time, Quincy Jones was his own producer and decided to take advantage of the opportunity with his Big Band Bossa Nova, which put together some Antonio Carlos Jobim classics, along with some original compositions, including the international hit single 'Soul Bossa Nova'. All wonderfully arranged by Jones and performed by his incredible all-star big band.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Soul Bossa Nova
            2. Boogie Bossa Nova
            3. Desafinado
            4. Manha De Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival)
            5. Se E Tarde, Me Perdoa (Forgive Me If I'm Late)
            6. On The Street Where You Live
            7. Samba De Uma Nota So (One Note Samba)
            8. Lalo Bossa Nova
            9. Serenata
            10. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
            11. A Taste Of Honey

            Konkolo Orchestra is a Zürich/Switzerland based project initiated by multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Alexis Malefakis. With strong jazzy afrobeat and highlife references, Konkolo Orchestra pays homage to musical innovators such as Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Tony Oladipo Allen, Ebo Taylor and many more.

            This first album continues the warm, vibrant, percussive motif of the hugely popular "Blue G." single of 2022. For those who like their music to inspire journey and movement, this album is the equivalent of gatecrashing a wedding party where even granny can get her groove on.

            Malefakis is hardly rewriting the afrobeat textbook here, but his production charms the listener with a confident mastery of the genre. His compositions have a distinct personality and a tight structure, and are peppered with a talented array of guest vocalists: Nongoma (South Africa), Sir Frank Karikari (Ghana) and Kitio Batola (Congo); alongside Eric Owusu (Ghana) on percussion. The uplifting lyrics and joyful melodies are held together by a powerhouse horn section bearing all the swinging hallmarks of a highlife fanfare.

            Deeply funky and syncopated, Malefakis has produced a motivational winter warmer for both feet and spirit.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Blue G. (feat. Nongoma)
            2. Future Pasts (feat. Nongoma)
            3. Yese Yese (feat. Sir Frank Karikari)
            4. That Good Thing
            5. Count Your Blessings (feat. Nongoma)
            6. Cover Up The Bruises (feat. Nongoma)
            7. Le Secret (feat. Kitio Batola)
            8. How We Got Here

            ‘Badly Written Songs’ is, of course, a tongue-in-cheek title. It comprises a carefully structured and well-produced array of songwriting, topped and tailed with live instrumentation, commanding vocal performances and high-end production: the result of years of sound engineering and music production experience. Since the last album, Ross Hillard has continually honed his skills whilst earnestly crafting this sophomore long player. As well as developing a range of audio plugins, Ross also manages recording sessions at his own Paddocks Recording Studios: huge live spaces boast cutting-edge technology, integrated with distinguished analogue kit. The studio is complemented by a collection of prized microphones, together with a fully-restored vintage Raindirk mixing desk.

            The opening track and first single from this album is the positively-anthemic gem entitled ‘Good Morning Sunshine’. It tells a forward-looking story promoting the merits of getting back into the driving seat of life. It’s propelled further by superb jazz-inspired drums and live horns that build up to an exhilarating crescendo. Featuring the vocal talents of Sophia Marshall, the story she paints is supported by a wonderful, darkly humorous cartoon video. An animated cadaver hilariously acts out her notions of positive living.
            Other tracks also destined for a single release include: ‘Loving You’. It’s a song written around love lost. A bouncing house composition lays the foundations for Sophia Marshall's beautiful vocal that narrates the many facets to be found in loving another person. ‘Better’ again echoes jazz-inspired drums behind Sophia's vocals, drawing attention to how so many people are lost on their devices, missing out on the awesome world around them. A catchy chorus chants the notion behind this song, i.e., that you ‘could be better!’ This single is also supported by another fantastic video featuring the same comical, deceased character introduced through the ‘Good Morning Sunshine’ video.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Good Morning Sunshine
            A2. Better
            A3. Coming Back
            A4. SFS
            A5. Loving You
            B1. Was This Love
            B2. All I Ever Wanted
            B3. Thinkin’ Bout
            B4. Exit

            Modern funk meets house on Moniquea's 'Red Light,' produced by XL Middleton. Bouncy synth bass and leads give this one a recognizably west coast feel, but the pulsating house beat and detuned chords give this one appeal for dance floors everywhere. The '97 Remix on the b-side nods to Moniquea's g-funk roots while the bonus Applejac remix of 'Hate To See It blends dance-oriented sensibilities with thick synth strings that hearken back to peak-era Neptunes productions from the 2000's.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Smooth-as-silk funky house from Moniquea here, with FM synth swells and snapping drum machines beneath a saturated vocal line. Perfect for the dancefloor, good tempo for a home disco too. Lovely.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Red Light (12 Inch Version)
            A2. Red Light (Instrumental)
            B1. Red Light ('97 Remix)
            B2. Hate To See It (Applejac's Unhooked Generation Remix)

            Meshell Ndegeocello

            Red Hot & Ra - The Magic City (Deluxe Edition)

              The Magic City is the third album in the Red Hot & Ra series - This entire album was imagined, produced & curated by Meshell Ndegeocello - The album a features Marshall Allen, Immanuel Wilkins, Deantoni Parks, Pink Siifu, Stuart Bogie and Justin Hicks.

              It is a dreamlike strange & soulful interpretation of Sun Ra's composition, This record follows Ndegeocello's 2023 album The Omnichord Real Book, named the #1 jazz album of the year by NPR and nominated for Best Alternative Jazz Grammy.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Solipsistic Panacea (Black Antiques)
              2. Departure Guide Of The 7 Sisters
              3. Bedlam Blues
              4. #9 Venus The Living Myth
              5. El- Soul The Companion, Traveler
              6. LQ1TY - 29 Years
              7. Yet Differently Not- Mars Hall All (in)
              8. Reproductive Manatee - Sunny Said Up!
              9. The World Of Shadow

              Originally recorded in the late 1970s and using many of the musicians employed by Diana Ross on her track 'The Boss', 'Can't Put No Price On Love' has long been regarded as North End's 'long lost' single - an inspired disco workout employing that pre-dates the Arthur Baker/Tony Carbone-helmed project's most famous song, Tee Scott/Larry Levan favourite 'Happy Days'. The original multitrack was unfortunately lost, but the track finally appears, 40-odd years after it was recorded. Whether what we're hearing was finished and mixed at the time is uncertain, but the 'Club Mix' is certainly authentic sounding - a genuinely energetic, joyous and effervescent New York disco number with full orchestration, addictive vocals (Jocelyn Brown & Dennis Collins on backing Vox) and a killer groove. Elsewhere across the EP, we get two versions of 'We Can't Live Like This Anymore' - the synth-laden, solo-heavy disco-boogie style original mix (B2) and a superb 'drum break' percussion tool (A2) - and a brilliantly low-slung instrumental dub-disco cover of The Temptations' 'Cloud 9'.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Mine says: A prime time/hands in the air/tops off disco tune (Can't Put No Price On Love), backed by two tracks that you can blissfully wig out and stomp your platform boots to... air harmonica anyone?

              TRACK LISTING

              Can't Put No Price On Love (Club Mix)
              We Can't Live Like This Anymore (Drum Break)
              Cloud 9
              We Can't Live Like This Anymore

              Arnau Obiols & KAYYAK

              Face / San Diago Remixes (Prins Thomas, Rahaan)

              The visionary electronic music producer team Arnau Obiols and KAYYAK, known for blending cultural influences into captivating soundscapes, present two new tracks seamlessly fusing afro-inspired rhythms with groovy organic beats. Splendid remix works by the masterminds Prins Thomas, Medlar & Dele Sosimi and Rahaan are the icing on the cake.

              Arnau Obiols and KAYYAK return to Compost Records with their third release for the esteemed German label. Following their debut EP, 'Chang'an', and the single 'Tunacheza', which was also featured in the compilation 'Future Sounds of Jazz Vol. 15', the duo presents their latest offerings: "Faith" and "San Diago". Recorded between Zurich and Barcelona, these tracks embody a fusion of disco, funk, and jazz infused with a strong West African influence drawn from genres such as highlife, afrobeat, and juju. Their passion for psychedelia and krautrock is evident in the recordings, characterized by raw tape echoes, primitive drum machines, heavily processed analog synthesizers and dream-like atmospheres. While the original tracks maintain an organic vibe, the remixes offer club-ready versions tailored for the dance floor. Featuring outstanding remixes by the Norwegian space disco pioneer Prins Thomas, the Chicago legend Rahaan, and the British house producer Medlar, along with Nigerian musician Dele Sosimi, renowned for his work as a keyboard player for Fela Kuti in the late 70s and early 80s. Don't miss your chance to experience these captivating tracks. Grab it while you can, as this release is expected to go fast!

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Faith
              2. San Diago
              3. San Diago (Prins Thomas Remix)
              4. Faith (Medlar & Dele Sosimi Remix)
              5. Faith (Rahaan Remix)

              Soul Supreme

              Dues And Don'ts / Fraud Fades

              By now, heads surely know that a new record by Soul Supremeis a guaranteed sure shot. Following his acclaimed tributes to A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Mos Def, and more, the new "Dues and Don'ts" b/w "Fraud Fades" 45 features two all-original jazz-funk groovers by the Amsterdam-based keyboardist and producer.

              "Adding Soul Supreme releases to the essential crates list has become mandatory and will surely be heavy spins for years to come,"Skeme Richards recently wrote on his Nostalgia King blog. It indeed looks like Soul Supreme's 45s rarely leave record bags, with the likes of DJ Koco,Jazzy Jeff,House Shoes,Skratch Bastid,Rich Medina, and DJ Green Lantern, among others, regularly playing his music in DJ sets around the globe.

              This new release takes two highlights from last year's album 'Poetic Justice,' with "Dues and Don'ts" and "Fraud Fades" for the first time available on 45.Jay 'J-Zone' Mumfordgraces both songs with drums, heavily on point as always. The A-side features slow burner "Dues and Don'ts" with its syrupy funk rhythms. The hard-hitting, body-moving "Fraud Fades" on the B-side is the real anthem here—drum breaks galore. Clearly inspired by 60s Blue Note, the brass-heavy 'money-grubbing bad guy theme' concludes with a killer solo byDotan 'Tane' Bergmanon guitar, responded to with a solo by Soul Supreme himself.

              With these two heavy hitters, this 45 is bound to never leave your record bag either.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Dues And Don'ts
              2. Fraud Fades

              Sarah Vaughan

              And Her Trio - Swingin' Easy - 2024 Reissue

                Swingin' Easy finds the great Sarah Vaughan backed only by a rhythm section of piano, bass & drums, a format in which she only recorded a few times during this initial period of her career.

                This is one of Sarah Vaughan's lesser- known albums for Emarcy, combining two separate trio sessions from 1954 and 1957. The earlier date includes pianist John Malachi, bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Roy Haynes. The second trio includes the same drummer, plus pianist Jimmy Jones and bassist Richard Davis. The CD is rounded off with four live performance recorded Mister Kelly's in Chicago during August 1957.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Shulie A Bop
                2. Lover Man
                3. I Cried For You
                4. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
                5. All Of Me
                6. Words Can't Describe
                7. Prelude To A Kiss
                8. You Hit The Spot
                9. Pennies From Heaven
                10. If I Knew Then
                11. Body And Soul
                12. They Can't Take That Away From Me
                13. Linger Awhile
                14. I Cover The Waterfront
                15. Embraceable You
                16. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
                17. Dancing In The Dark

                Ella Washington was born and raised in Miami, FL where she still makes her home as a pastor. Her family background wasn't a particularly musical one, although one of her sisters was Audrey Royal who recorded briefly for Spector International in the 70s. Like so many singers of her generation Ella started her career singing in local clubs and it was at one of those, the Birdland, that she encountered two of Miami's greatest soulmen, Clarence Reid and Paul Kelly. Under their helpful guidance Ella began her path as a recording artist.

                After several successful singles, Ella's only Sound Stage 7 release was recorded at Music City Recorders in Nashville, Tennessee. The self-titled LP is all classic, no filler and surely ranks among the deepest soul in her catalog. Full of strong ballads that showcase her raw and emotive style each song is perfectly arranged to showcase Ella's powerful vocals. Standout tracks include 'Sit Down and Cry', 'All The Time', and ' Stop Giving Your Man Away'. The LP also features Ella's 1969 hit 'He Called Me Baby' which entered the top 40 R&B charts and garnered a Grammy nomination.

                Newly remastered and pressed on audiophile virgin vinyl. Limited to only 500 copies.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Stop Giving Your Man Away
                2. Sit Down And Cry
                3. Sweeter And Sweeter (Ray, Ray, Ray)
                4. Starving For Love
                5. Fragile (Handle With Care)
                6. He Called Me Baby
                7. I Want To Walk Through This Life With You
                8. Doing The Best I Can
                9. The Affair
                10. All The Time
                11. This Bitter Earth

                The Wire

                Issue 483 - May 2024

                  Still House Plants: London’s post-post-punk trio use deconstructed songform to tap emotions others cannot reach. By Frances Morgan

                  FUJI|||||||||||TA: Pulling out the stops with homemade pipe organs. By Antonio Poscic

                  Cheer-Accident: Thymme Jones’s motley crew of Chicago outsiders flip the conventions of the rock band. By Peter Margasak

                  Lolina: One half of influential duo Hype Williams explores a comic book dystopia in new project Unrecognisable. By Claire Biddles

                  NikNak: The British musician turns the tables on sound art. By Tayyab Amin

                  Invisible Jukebox: Kristin Hersh: Will the songwriter and author find her muse in The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Emily Pothast

                  Unlimited Editions: Tripalium Corp

                  Unofficial Channels: Billdifferen

                  Ana Lua Caiano: Portuguese tradition made anew by the musician and audiovisual artist. By Shane Woolman

                  BBBBBBB: The Japanese trio present their scum manifesto. By James Hadfield

                  Fatboi Sharif: The Garden State Gargoyle raps a dance of the macabre. By Joseph Stannard

                  Angelica Sanchez: A set of monster jams from the East Coast pianist. By Stewart Smith

                  The Inner Sleeve: Lee Gamble on Various Artists’ Decay Product

                  Epiphanies: Jlin maximises her creative potential with Philip Glass

                  Soundcheck: [Ahmed], Ancine, Andrea & Mud, Maria Bertel Et Nina Garcia, Alan Braufman, Anthony Braxton, Kyle Bruckman, Natalia Cappa, John Carpenter/Cody Carpenter/Daniel Davies, Cheer-Accident, Clarissa Connelly, Anastasia Coope, Viv Corringham, Alison Cotton, Couch Slut, Richie Culver, Elkhorn & Mike Gangloff, Phil Geraldi, Carlos Giffoni, Allen Ginsberg, Allen Ginsberg & Youth, Grackles, groundsound, Liz Helman, Julia Holter, Jack O’The Clock, Goran Kajfeš Tropiques, Kowloon Spider Temples, Sean Ono Lennon, Magic Tuber String Band, DJ Marcelle, Melvins, Monopoly Child Nightlife, Monopoly Child, Star Searchers, NOUT, Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet, Organum Electronics, OU, Pye Corner Audio, Quiet Husband, Mikel Rouse, Bianca Scout, sinonó, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Ches Smith, Kavain Wayne Space & XT, Guido Spannochi, Malini Sridharan, Luke Stewart Silt Trio, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Thollem, Thollem & Ka, Thollem/Terry Riley/Nels Cline, tilt, Toadliquor, Alan Tomlinson & Lawrence Casserley, Alan Tomlinson Trio, Kamasi Washington, Larry Wish, Cody Yantis, Zombi, Various Resist Colonial Power By Any Means Necessary

                  The Boomerang: Amon Düül, As One, Cranes, Curve, Brian Eno, Brian Eno/Holger Czukay/J Peter Schwalm, NRG Ensemble, Pharoah Sanders, Linda Smith, Twelve Cubic Feet, Vile Cherubs, Mars Williams & Hamid Drake, Mars Williams/Darin Gray/Chris Corsano, Bernie Worrell, Bernie Worrell/Cindy Blackman Santana/John King, Various Aceh Punx Compilation, Various Groucho Marxist Record Co.Operative, Various Noise Of Cologne 3, Various Punk KS, Various Trouble Brews: A Belfast Punk Compilation

                  Print Run: Basta Now: Women, Trans & Non-binary In Experimental Music by Fanny Chiarello; Dream Machines: Electronic Music In Britain From Doctor Who To Acid House by Matthew Collin; Ears To The Ground: Adventures In Field Recording And Electronic Music by Ben Murphy; Ain’t It Fun: Peter Laughner & Proto-Punk In The Secret City by Aaron Lange; 20 000 Words: Interviews With Antoine Le Bousse by Sylvain Darrifourcq; Switched On: The Dawn Of Electronic Sound By Latin American Women edited by Luis Alvarado & Alejandra Cárdenas; The Future Of Songwriting by Kristin Hersh; Elizabethan Tape Loops by Drew Mulholland; The Notebooks Of Sonny Rollins by Sonny Rollins with Sam VH Reese (Editor)

                  On Screen: Neo Sora Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus

                  On Location: André 3000, San Francisco, US; Fred Frith & Susana Santos Silva, London, UK; FLEA Presents Random Gear Festival + Rashad Becker + Joanne Robertson + Callahan & Witscher + Nick Malkin, London, UK; Cassie Kinoshi with seed. + NikNak + London Contemporary Orchestra, London, UK; Fortuna 2024, Tokyo, Japan; Charlemagne Palestine, Amsterdam, Netherlands; On An Endless Road: Itō Noe And The Women Composers Of Her Time, London, UK; Ustad Noor Bakhsh, London, UK; Glamorous Pharmacy, Shenzhen, China; ML Buch + Astrid Sonne, London, UK; Life After Death, London, UK; Bríghde Chaimbeul, London, UK On Site: Pan Daijing Mute, Munich, Germany; Ginsberg In London, London, UK


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