• Calvin Keys – B. E.
    • Calvin Keys – Criss Cross
    • Calvin Keys – Shawn-Neeq
    • Calvin Keys – Gee-Gee
    • 1. B. E.
    • 2. Criss Cross
    • 3. Shawn-Neeq
    • 4. Gee-Gee
    • 5. B. K.

    RARE & HEAVY spiritual jazz from LA guitarist Calvin Keys - like a an early precursor to Horace Tapscott, and later Thundercat and the deep LA jazz scene! ESSENTIAL!

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    Calvin Keys’s 1971 debut album for the Black Jazz Records label announced the arrival of a new star in the jazz guitar firmament. Keys had spent the ‘60s backing up the crème de la crème of jazz organists—Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Richard “Groove” Holmes—but for his first record as a leader, he was eager to play with a piano player instead. So he recruited one of the best—Larry Nash, who, besides being a member of the L.A. Express, played with everybody from Eddie Harris to Bill Withers to Etta James. Bassist Lawrence Evans, drummer Bob Braye, and flautist-songwriter Owen Marshall rounded out the group on Shawn-Neeq, which might remind some of Pat Metheny’s early work (Metheny acknowledges Keys as an influence), or Grant Green. But what gives Shawn-Neeq extra depth is that it comes from the heart; as Keys says in Pat Thomas’ liner notes, which feature an interview with the artist: “My thing was, I write about some of the experiences that I’ve had in my life.” Keys has since become a fixture in the Bay Area jazz scene; this is the album that started his journey.

    Other Releases on Black Jazz Records

    The AwakeningMirage (Remastered Edition)Black Jazz Records

    **First time reissued on vinyl!**

    The only “group” on the Black Jazz roster, The Awakening today should be heralded as one of the great bands in early ‘70s jazz. That they’re not is the result of the Black Jazz label’s distribution woes; witness the fact that original copies of both of their records for the imprint command prices in the hundreds of dollars if you can find them at all. Mirage is their second (1973) album, the last one they made together; it boasts the same Chicago-based, AACM-centric line-up as the first, with the notable addition of bassist Rufus Reid on a couple of tracks. Spiritual jazz, free jazz, soul jazz, fusion jazz, you name it—The Awakening take all those threads common to early ‘70s African-American music and, like any great ensemble, weave them into a beautiful sonic garment that’s greater than the sum of its parts. The Mirage is a bit less political/pan-African than Hear, Sense and Feel, its predecessor, which definitely owed some of its feel to the band’s Art Ensemble of Chicago/AACM roots; this record is a little more abstract, a little more varied in its moods and textural coloring, yet no less powerful and transporting.

    • – Mode for D.D.
    • – Slinky
    • – Mirage
    • – March On
    Henry FranklinThe Skipper At Home (Remastered Edition)Black Jazz Records

    Bassist Henry Franklin’s 1972 release for Black Jazz, The Skipper, is one of the highlights in a label catalog full of many, and his 1974 follow-up, The Skipper at Home (“The Skipper” is Franklin’s nickname), lives up to its predecessor’s high standard and might even surpass it. Which is no surprise given that a lot of the same players are on it, including trumpeter/flugelhornist Oscar Brashear, tenor/soprano saxophonist Charles Owens, and pianist Bill Henderson (here billed as Kemang Sunduza). But The Skipper at Home also boasts ace talents like keyboardist Kirk Lightsey (memorably featured on the Roland Haynes Black Jazz release 2nd Wave), trombonist Al Hall, Jr. (who appeared on Black Jazz releases from Doug Carn, Chester Thompson, and Calvin Keys), and drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who’s played with everyone from Miles Davis to Joe Henderson. The result is an album that, like The Skipper, is rooted in bop but one that nods to some of the currents that were swirling in jazz at the time; it’s a little freer, a little more electric. And, as is true of just about every Black Jazz release, the ensemble work is remarkably intuitive and swinging, driven by Franklin’s melodic, inventive bass playing.

    • – Blue Lights
    • – The Magic Boy
    Gene RussellNew DirectionBlack Jazz Records

    The first album released from the most sought-after label, bar none, among jazz collectors! Black Jazz was started by keyboardist / producer Gene Russell for Dick Schory's Ovation Records. Active from only 1971 to 1975, and reputed to be the first jazz label started by an African-American since Sunshine Records in 1921, Black Jazz sought to expand minds as well as hearts, releasing spiritual, socially conscious music that explored such burgeoning genres of the era as funk, soul jazz, and free jazz. 'New Directions' set the tone for the entire label with its modal and soul jazz explorations. Real Gone's reissue includes new liner notes by Pat Thomas, the author of 'Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975'

    • – Black Orchid
    • – Listen Here
    Chester ThompsonPowerhouseBlack Jazz Records

    With long-standing stints in Tower of Power and Santana, Chester Thompson just might be the most decorated and distinguished keyboardist in all of rock and R&B, let alone of the Bay Area musical scene.

    It's little wonder that this 1971 album, then, is one of the rarest and most coveted albums on the highly collectible Black Jazz Records label—it's Thompson's debut record, cut a couple of years before he joined Tower of Power, with a smokin' band featuring fellow Black Jazz recording artist Rudolph Johnson on sax along with ace drummer Raymond Pounds (Pharoah Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Pointer Sisters) and trombonist Al Hall (Johnny Hammond, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris). And, yes, Powerhouse comes by its title honestly…it's jazz, all right, but injected with a jolt of electricity courtesy of Thompson's Hammond B-3, and with just four tunes spread out over two sides, it's pretty much a nonstop groove.

    Newly remastered, and with liner notes featuring quotes from fellow Tower of Power member Dave Garibaldi and Bay Area keyboardist Todd Cochran a.k.a. Bayete that testify as to Chester Thompson's greatness, this is another long-lost triumph from the Black Jazz label. First-ever vinyl reissue!

    • – Mr. T
    • – Weird Harold
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    Henry FranklinThe SkipperBlack Jazz Records

    SUPER- RARE deep jazz - First time in print for nearly 50 years! Heavy b-lines, tough horn lines, fender rhodes - essential Black Jazz rarity finally on vinyl!

    Classic 1972 Black Jazz album release from bassist Henry "The Skipper" Franklin! Featuring the incredible cuts 'Plastic Creek Stomp', 'Beauty And The Electric Tub' (check the break!) and 'The Skipper'!

    • – Plastic Creek Stomp
    • – Beauty And The Electric Tub
    • – The Skipper
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    Gene RussellTalk To My LadyBlack Jazz Records

    SUPER- RARE deep jazz - First time in print for nearly 50 years! This is super laid back fender rhodes deepness - another essential Black Jazz rarity finally on vinyl!

    Classic Black Jazz 1973 album release from keyboard player and producer, Gene Russell! Check the funky jazz cut 'Get Down' (what a bassline!) and an insane Fender Rhodes version of Coltrane's 'My Favorite Things'!

    • – Get Down
    • – My Favorite Things
    • LP£25.00
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    • CD£16.00
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    Rudolph JohnsonSpring RainBlack Jazz Records

    Wicked rare Black Jazz includes the MASSIVE 'Diswa' - big tune! + loads more deep stuff!

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    Columbus, Ohio’s Rudolph Johnson drew comparisons to John Coltrane during his career; like the jazz legend in his later years, Johnson eschewed drugs or alcohol and spent his time every day either meditating and rehearsing on his horn. You can definitely hear a little bit of Coltrane in Johnson’s playing on this, his 1971 debut release for the Black Jazz label, the first of two he recorded for the imprint and the first he recorded as a leader after some sideman work (most notably for organist Jimmy McGriff); his ability to explore the upper registers and overtones of his tenor sax while retaining control is quite striking. Of course, this being a Black Jazz release, along with the bebop sounds of “Sylvia Ann” and the mid-‘60s Blue Note stylings of “Sylvia Ann,” there’s the soul jazz of “Diswa” and the groove funk of “Devon Jean,” all played by, as is typical on Black Jazz releases, by top-notch sidemen including drummer Raymond Pounds, who’s played with everybody from Stevie Wonder to Pharoah Sanders to Bob Dylan, and pianist John Barnes, whose work is very familiar to Motown fans (Supremes, Temptations, Marvin Gaye). Bassist Reggie Jackson, who appeared on the Walter Bishop, Jr. Coral Keys record we previously released, rounds out the quartet.

    • – Diswa
    Cleveland EatonPlenty Good EatonBlack Jazz Records

    HEAVY RARE DEEP FUNK/JAZZ BLACK JAZZ ALBUM!

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    Super rare deep 1975 jazz/funk album from Cleveland Eaton! Some wild styles going on here ranging from the Blaxploitation soundtrack stylings of “Keena,” “All Your Lover All Day All Night,” and “Hamburg 302,” all of which incorporate disco-style strings into funky soul-jazz vamps, to the almost trad-jazz of “Kaiser 405,” to the Philly soul of “Are You Out There Somewhere Caring,” to the out-and-out party anthem “Moe Let’s Have a Party.” KILLER, KILLER ALBUM!

    • – Chi-Town Theme
    • – Keena
    • – Moe Let’s Have a Party
    • – Are You Out There Somewhere Caring
    • – Kaiser 405
    • – All Your Love All Day All Night
    • – Hamburg 302
    • LP£28.00
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    The AwakeningHear, Sense And FeelBlack Jazz Records

    The Awakening are the heaviest of all the groups to release on Black Jazz Records - this is simply a spiritual jazz classic album - every track is superb. This is also one of the RAREST of all Black Jazz albums - never reissued and super deep - 100% ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!

    A spiritual jazz classic from The Awakening that sees the group making sidesteps into the freer jazz zones - quite natural for band pianist Ken Chaney and saxophonist-flautist Ari Brown, given their involvement with the Afro-centric AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music) - essential!

    • – Awakening - Prologue Spring Thing
    • – Convulsions
    • – Kera's Dance
    • – Brand New Feeling
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    Roland Haynes2nd WaveBlack Jazz Records

    Incredible album! Powerful synth-led heavy experimental 70s Afro-futurist jazz on Black Jazz Records. Very rare album released for the first time in many, many years. Check the audio.

    One of the most powerful of Black Jazz Records releases (alongside The Awakening)

    • – Second Wave
    • – Kirstn's Play
    • – Descent
    • – Funky Mama Moose
    Kellee PattersonMaiden VoyageBlack Jazz Records

    Fantastic album on Black Jazz, originally released in 1974 and featuring the seminal vocal version of Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage' - powerful, uplifting gem on Black Jazz. AWESOME!

    Produced by Gene Russell, accompanied by George Harper's sprightly flute and a subdued rhythm section, Patterson's lovely, sure-pitched voice fits the love song "Magic Wand of Love" and the boogaloo 'Soul Daddy' well, as does her interpretation of lyrics specially fashioned for the Herbie Hancock instrumental 'Maiden Voyage'.

    • – Maiden Voyage
    Walter Bishop, Jr.Coral KeysBlack Jazz Records

    Superb spiritual deepness once more channelling Coltrane, Tyner et al with the great Idris Muhammed on drums - this is a super tight set, wicked super rare Black Jazz deepness!

    Walter Bishop, Jr. (piano), Idris Muhammed (drums), Reggie Johnson (bass), Harold Vick (flute & soprano), Alan Schwartz Benger (drums), Woody Shaw (trumpet).

    • – Coral Keys
    • – Waltz For Zweetie
    Doug Carn feat. The Voice of Jean CarnSpirit Of The New LandBlack Jazz Records

    Untouchable deep, spiritual jazz once more on Black Jazz from Doug Carn, with the soaring vocals of his then wife Jean Carn. Untouchable stuff!

    Of all the artists who recorded for the Black Jazz label, keyboardist and composer Doug Carn was the most prolific, releasing four albums for the label. 1972's 'Spirit of the New Land' was his second Black Jazz release, but the first one (of two) to co-feature his wife, vocalist Jean Carn. Features trumpeter Charles Tolliver, co-founder of the Strata-East label; saxophonist George Harper, who played with Herbie Hancock and Jimmy Smith among others; trombonist Garnett Brown and drummer Alphonse Mouzon (founding member of Weather Report). This is beautiful, uplifting, spiritual jazz classic!

    • – My Spirit
    • – Arise And Shine
    • – Trance Dance
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    Wicked rare Black Jazz includes the MASSIVE 'Diswa' - big tune! + loads more deep stuff!

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    Columbus, Ohio’s Rudolph Johnson drew comparisons to John Coltrane during his career; like the jazz legend in his later years, Johnson eschewed drugs or alcohol and spent his time every day either meditating and rehearsing on his horn. You can definitely hear a little bit of Coltrane in Johnson’s playing on this, his 1971 debut release for the Black Jazz label, the first of two he recorded for the imprint and the first he recorded as a leader after some sideman work (most notably for organist Jimmy McGriff); his ability to explore the upper registers and overtones of his tenor sax while retaining control is quite striking. Of course, this being a Black Jazz release, along with the bebop sounds of “Sylvia Ann” and the mid-‘60s Blue Note stylings of “Sylvia Ann,” there’s the soul jazz of “Diswa” and the groove funk of “Devon Jean,” all played by, as is typical on Black Jazz releases, by top-notch sidemen including drummer Raymond Pounds, who’s played with everybody from Stevie Wonder to Pharoah Sanders to Bob Dylan, and pianist John Barnes, whose work is very familiar to Motown fans (Supremes, Temptations, Marvin Gaye). Bassist Reggie Jackson, who appeared on the Walter Bishop, Jr. Coral Keys record we previously released, rounds out the quartet.

    • – Diswa
    Henry FranklinThe SkipperBlack Jazz Records

    SUPER- RARE deep jazz - First time in print for nearly 50 years! Heavy b-lines, tough horn lines, fender rhodes - essential Black Jazz rarity finally on vinyl!

    Classic 1972 Black Jazz album release from bassist Henry "The Skipper" Franklin! Featuring the incredible cuts 'Plastic Creek Stomp', 'Beauty And The Electric Tub' (check the break!) and 'The Skipper'!

    • – Plastic Creek Stomp
    • – Beauty And The Electric Tub
    • – The Skipper
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    • CD£16.00
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    Gene RussellTalk To My LadyBlack Jazz Records

    SUPER- RARE deep jazz - First time in print for nearly 50 years! This is super laid back fender rhodes deepness - another essential Black Jazz rarity finally on vinyl!

    Classic Black Jazz 1973 album release from keyboard player and producer, Gene Russell! Check the funky jazz cut 'Get Down' (what a bassline!) and an insane Fender Rhodes version of Coltrane's 'My Favorite Things'!

    • – Get Down
    • – My Favorite Things
    • LP£25.00
      Out of stock
    • CD£16.00
      In stockAdd to Bag
    Cleveland EatonPlenty Good EatonBlack Jazz Records

    HEAVY RARE DEEP FUNK/JAZZ BLACK JAZZ ALBUM!

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    Super rare deep 1975 jazz/funk album from Cleveland Eaton! Some wild styles going on here ranging from the Blaxploitation soundtrack stylings of “Keena,” “All Your Lover All Day All Night,” and “Hamburg 302,” all of which incorporate disco-style strings into funky soul-jazz vamps, to the almost trad-jazz of “Kaiser 405,” to the Philly soul of “Are You Out There Somewhere Caring,” to the out-and-out party anthem “Moe Let’s Have a Party.” KILLER, KILLER ALBUM!

    • – Chi-Town Theme
    • – Keena
    • – Moe Let’s Have a Party
    • – Are You Out There Somewhere Caring
    • – Kaiser 405
    • – All Your Love All Day All Night
    • – Hamburg 302
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    The AwakeningMirage (Remastered Edition)Black Jazz Records

    **First time reissued on vinyl!**

    The only “group” on the Black Jazz roster, The Awakening today should be heralded as one of the great bands in early ‘70s jazz. That they’re not is the result of the Black Jazz label’s distribution woes; witness the fact that original copies of both of their records for the imprint command prices in the hundreds of dollars if you can find them at all. Mirage is their second (1973) album, the last one they made together; it boasts the same Chicago-based, AACM-centric line-up as the first, with the notable addition of bassist Rufus Reid on a couple of tracks. Spiritual jazz, free jazz, soul jazz, fusion jazz, you name it—The Awakening take all those threads common to early ‘70s African-American music and, like any great ensemble, weave them into a beautiful sonic garment that’s greater than the sum of its parts. The Mirage is a bit less political/pan-African than Hear, Sense and Feel, its predecessor, which definitely owed some of its feel to the band’s Art Ensemble of Chicago/AACM roots; this record is a little more abstract, a little more varied in its moods and textural coloring, yet no less powerful and transporting.

    • – Mode for D.D.
    • – Slinky
    • – Mirage
    • – March On
    Gene RussellNew DirectionBlack Jazz Records

    The first album released from the most sought-after label, bar none, among jazz collectors! Black Jazz was started by keyboardist / producer Gene Russell for Dick Schory's Ovation Records. Active from only 1971 to 1975, and reputed to be the first jazz label started by an African-American since Sunshine Records in 1921, Black Jazz sought to expand minds as well as hearts, releasing spiritual, socially conscious music that explored such burgeoning genres of the era as funk, soul jazz, and free jazz. 'New Directions' set the tone for the entire label with its modal and soul jazz explorations. Real Gone's reissue includes new liner notes by Pat Thomas, the author of 'Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975'

    • – Black Orchid
    • – Listen Here
    Yabby You & The ProphetsConquering Lion (Expanded Edition)Pressure Sounds

    ‘Conquering Lion’ stands as one of the few truly essential albums of the roots era. As devotional as anything by Burning Spear, as polemical as Bob Marley, and as militant as the Mighty Diamonds, the album also communicates a haunting spiritual quality that is uniquely its own. Amazingly, for such a coherent work, the tracks were recorded over a period of at least four years, yet come together to present a single coherent vision. The album was first issued in Jamaica by Micron, and in the UK with a different tracklisting as ‘Ram-A-Dam’ on the Lucky label in 1976. Here the album is presented for the first time in expanded form, together with its dub counterpart. Vivian ‘Yabby You’ Jackson is often portrayed as a strange, otherworldly figure. Yet his life was filled with two opposing forces, the spiritual and the earthly. Even as Yabby was yearning for a higher plane of existence, he was scratching out a difficult living in the ghetto. Whilst warning of sinful secular behaviour, he was working at the race track taking bets. As well as creating some of the most powerful and heartfelt music to come out of Jamaica, Yabby was busy cutting deals with studios and musicians, and hustling round the record shops to sell his products. And these contradictions seem to have fuelled some of his best music, pushing him into places that other artists shied away from.

    * CD Bonus Tracks

    • – Run Come Rally
    • – Jah Vengence
    • – Conquering Lion
    • – Covetous Men
    • – Anti Christ
    • – Carnal Mind
    • – Jah Love
    • – Love Thy Neighbour
    • – Love Of Jah
    • – The Man Who Does The Work
    • Dubs – Rally Dub
    • – Hungering Dub *
    • – Tubby's Vengeance
    • – Version Dub *
    • – Conquering Dub
    • – Big Youth Fights Against Capitalist
    • – Anti Christ Rock
    • – Jah Love Dub
    • – Warning Version
    • – Love Thy Neighbour Version
    • – Love Of Jah Version Version
    • – Work Without Pay Dub
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    New Life TrioVisions Of The Third EyeEarly Future Records

    Official super limited-edition bespoke independent press release of this SEMINAL and iconic, 1979, spiritual jazz classic!

    Super-rare, spiritual jazz masterpeice from the legendary drummer Steve Reid with Brandon Ross on guitar and David Wertman on bass.

    This stunning release includes a 20 page fanzine featuring an in-depth testimonial and interview with Brandon Ross, and an essay by Finders Keepers' Andy Votel, as well as archival photos, scores and reviews. ESSENTIAL!

    This album was originally released on Steve Reid's own Mustevic Sound label in New York.

    The hypnotic 'Empty Streets' featured on Soul Jazz Records' early Universal Sounds of America release. You may also recognise the cover art as the basis for our book/album project Freedom, Rhythm and Sound made with Gilles Peterson back in 2009.

    This is a 100% essential purchase!

    • – Empty Streets
    • LP + Download Code£29.00
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    Alfa MistBring BacksANTI

    'Alfa Mist is one of the driving forces behind a young and vibrant scene of UK musicians, who've taken on jazz as their musical narrative. The producer, self-taught pianist and rapper takes us on a deep and meditative trip back to his beat-making past on the streets of East London, through the depth and musicality he discovered composing and playing jazz'.

    • – Teki
    • – People (feat. Kaya Thomas-Dyke)
    • – Mind The Gap (feat. Lex Amor)
    • – Run Outs
    • – Last Card (Bumper Cars)
    • – Coasting
    • – Attune
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    Doug CarnInfant EyesBlack Jazz

    MONSTER deep jazz with vocals from Jean Carn. Essential reissue!

    • – Little Bs Poem
    • – Acknowledgement
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    Lloyd McNeillToriSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ limited-edition black vinyl 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code), (as well as CD and digital) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz meets Brazilian and Latin album first released as a private-press album in 1978 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Baobob Record label in Washington, DC. The album has been out-of-print for 43 years and is lovingly remastered by Soul Jazz Records.

    Tori is a stunning album that blends Brazilian and Latin flavours with deep Spiritual Jazz, recorded in 1978. The album features an unbelievably strong line-up which includes legendary Brazilian figures like Dom Um Romao, Nana Vasconcelos and Dom Salvador alongside jazz heavyweights such as Buster Williams, Howard Johnson, John La Barbera and more. These A-team musicians were all regulars in McNeill’s long-running and highly successfull resident live group in New York all set up to blend deep jazz, Brazilian and Latin music together.

    Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. Lloyd McNeill’s hypnotic ‘Washington Suite’ was originally commissioned as a piece of music for the Capital Ballet Company, in Washington, DC.

    McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.

    • Lloyd McNeill – O Mercado (Brazilian Market)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment One)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tzigane
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment Two)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Sambinha
    • Lloyd McNeill – Time Still / Passaro - Pifaro (Flute Bird)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment Three)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tranquil
    Henry FranklinThe Skipper At Home (Remastered Edition)Black Jazz Records

    Bassist Henry Franklin’s 1972 release for Black Jazz, The Skipper, is one of the highlights in a label catalog full of many, and his 1974 follow-up, The Skipper at Home (“The Skipper” is Franklin’s nickname), lives up to its predecessor’s high standard and might even surpass it. Which is no surprise given that a lot of the same players are on it, including trumpeter/flugelhornist Oscar Brashear, tenor/soprano saxophonist Charles Owens, and pianist Bill Henderson (here billed as Kemang Sunduza). But The Skipper at Home also boasts ace talents like keyboardist Kirk Lightsey (memorably featured on the Roland Haynes Black Jazz release 2nd Wave), trombonist Al Hall, Jr. (who appeared on Black Jazz releases from Doug Carn, Chester Thompson, and Calvin Keys), and drummer Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who’s played with everyone from Miles Davis to Joe Henderson. The result is an album that, like The Skipper, is rooted in bop but one that nods to some of the currents that were swirling in jazz at the time; it’s a little freer, a little more electric. And, as is true of just about every Black Jazz release, the ensemble work is remarkably intuitive and swinging, driven by Franklin’s melodic, inventive bass playing.

    • – Blue Lights
    • – The Magic Boy
    MadlibSound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)Madlib Invazion

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    Musical innovations are often a streak of good luck. What would today’s sessions sound like without Dub versions? These instrumental versions were invented by King Tubby, it all started when the vinyl for “On the Beach” by the Paragons was unintentionally pressed without vocals. That one mistake paved the way to more than 50 years of musical experiments. At O.B.F – Dubquake Records we don’t forget our roots. Since you can’t get your scoops shaking, we decided to provide you with the tunes to rattle your socially distanced house parties. Get ready to hear dub versions of some of the best tunes on O.B.F’s second album “Signz”. It’s not one, not two but five 12” and one 7” that follow up to number #1 of the series, Akouphène. Whether you prefer roots or steppas, the Signz Series showcases all flavours in reggae music! “Rebel Daawtaz” is a Jamaican roots vibe, “Drip Dub” and “Fight The Power Dub” are full on steppas, “Bubble Riddim” is on the digital reggae tip. These releases will wake up your inner MC. Icing on the cake, brand new tracks! “No War” with Junior Roy and “Mr Government”, the legendary reggae artist Eek-A-Mouse features on two tracks recorded at the Dubquake studio.

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    • – No More War
    Lokkhi Terra & Dele SosimiCubafrobeatFunkiwala Records

    **Repressed!**

    Killer Afro-Cuban grooves, jazz funk and free flowing improvisation from this London based collective!

    • – Afro Sambroso
    • – Timbafro
    • – Cubafro
    • – Rumbafro
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    Florian Pellissier QuintetRioHot Casa Records

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    • – Rio
    • – The Wildcards
    • – Life At The Vanguard
    • – Between The Bars
    • – Baron Samedi
    • – Jungle De Guayanne
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    Winston ReedyThose DaysHorus Records

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    • – Those Days
    • – Ras Anthem Dubwise
    O.B.F. ft PupajimWater - Signz Series #3Dubquake Records

    Musical innovations are often a streak of good luck. What would today’s sessions sound like without Dub versions? These instrumental versions were invented by King Tubby, it all started when the vinyl for “On the Beach” by the Paragons was unintentionally pressed without vocals. That one mistake paved the way to more than 50 years of musical experiments. At O.B.F – Dubquake Records we don’t forget our roots. Since you can’t get your scoops shaking, we decided to provide you with the tunes to rattle your socially distanced house parties. Get ready to hear dub versions of some of the best tunes on O.B.F’s second album “Signz”. It’s not one, not two but five 12” and one 7” that follow up to number #1 of the series, Akouphène. Whether you prefer roots or steppas, the Signz Series showcases all flavours in reggae music! “Rebel Daawtaz” is a Jamaican roots vibe, “Drip Dub” and “Fight The Power Dub” are full on steppas, “Bubble Riddim” is on the digital reggae tip. These releases will wake up your inner MC. Icing on the cake, brand new tracks! “No War” with Junior Roy and “Mr Government”, the legendary reggae artist Eek-A-Mouse features on two tracks recorded at the Dubquake studio.

    Selectors, get your sirens and delays ready!

    • Pupajim – Water
    • Shanti D – Your Love
    Tamil RogeonSon of NyxSoul Bank Music

    Viola player Tamil Rogeon releases his killer jazz album 'Son of Nyx' featuring Allysha Joy from Rhythm Section Intl's 30/70. Jean-Luc Ponty fans check!

    • – House No Wheels
    • – Bad Sandals
    • – Banished
    • – Momus
    • – Mount Olympus
    • – Horns No Eyes
    • LP + Download Code£21.00
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    • CD£11.00
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    Vaudou GameNoussinHot Casa Records

    French Afro / Togolese funk band deliver their fourth album, 'Noussin' - jam packed full of unbeatable, party-ready Afrobeat voodoo rhythms, funk and soul!

    • – Zorromi
    • – Be My Wife
    • – Bella
    • – Tell Me
    • – Mon Canape
    • – Lady Bobo
    • – Camisole
    • – Tu Vas Regretter
    • – Tu As Deconne
    • – Yome
    • LP£22.00
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    Walter Bishop, Jr.Coral KeysBlack Jazz Records

    Superb spiritual deepness once more channelling Coltrane, Tyner et al with the great Idris Muhammed on drums - this is a super tight set, wicked super rare Black Jazz deepness!

    Walter Bishop, Jr. (piano), Idris Muhammed (drums), Reggie Johnson (bass), Harold Vick (flute & soprano), Alan Schwartz Benger (drums), Woody Shaw (trumpet).

    • – Coral Keys
    • – Waltz For Zweetie
    Roy BuddThe Marseille Contract (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Beatball Records

    **Limited blue vinyl edition and deluxe gatefold, tip-on sleeve!! Expensive but worth it!!**

    SUPER-RARE soundtrack to the 1974 crime thriller 'The Marseille Contract' scored by the great Roy Budd! First time EVER on vinyl!

    The score is a prime example of Roy Budd’s signature action thriller jazz / crime sound but only ever had a release in France on 7” for promotional use. Undoubtedly one of Budd's greatest; tough, dark, tense, biting, orchestrated jazz-funk (check the incredible 'Jazz It Up'!) with some absolutely monster BREAKS - don't miss!

    • – Jazz It Up (MC/M4)
    • – MC/M11
    • – End Theme (MC/M16)
    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl)£47.00
      Deluxe reissue - limited 180g blue vinyl in gatefold, tip-on sleeve
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    4 MarsSuper Somali Sounds from the Gulf of TadjouraOstinato Records

    Ostinato Records focus on the grand Archives of Radiodiffusion-Télévision de Djibouti (RTD), a vault of secrets and stories from East Africa. The first result in their 'Djibouti Archives' series is a seminal anthology of 4 Mars, a 40-member Somali supergroup behind one of the key tracks from their essential 'Sweet As Broken Dates' compilation.

    Turkish synths, Jamaican Reggae, American brass, Bollywood vocals, Egyptian and Yemeni rhythms, and Chinese and Mongolian flutes all rendezvous in a corner of East Africa that for centuries served as the world's most brisk trading hub, the midway point connecting Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean; this is Somali music at its most sassy, soulful and synthesized best!

    • – Natesha (Compassion)
    • – Hobalayeey Nabadu! (Hello Peace!)
    • – Dhulka Hooyo (Motherland)
    • – Tamarta (Power)
    • – Daroor (The Rain Didn't Come)
    • – Bulsha Yahay Haddadau
    • – Baxsanow Ismaacil
    • – Lama Rabeen Karo (It Cannot Be Desired)
    • – Tilman Baa Lagu Socdaa (Follow the Rules)
    • – Inkaar Waalid (The Elders' Curse)
    • – Abaal (Gratitude)
    • – Gabadha Soo Galbiya (Song to escort newlyweds)
    • – Maalkii Runta Ahaa Anigaa Ka Rooree (I Turned Away a True Treasure)
    • 2×LP£23.00
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    • CD£16.00
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    HaloLet Me Do It / LifeExpansion Records

    1,000 HAND NUMBERED RSD 2020 RELEASE Halo were a late 70s/early 80s West Coast soul and funk band. Key members include James King Jr (who later joined The Futures and release solo singles on Expansion), singer/songwriter Karvin Johnson (who sang with Gemini and recorded with Johnny Gil), and Greg Colema. “Let Me Do It” is a rare and extremely classy soul/boogie track from 1981, largely unknown at the time but becoming progressively sought after. A 12” Extended Version has been especially re-edited for this exclusive release. The group’s 1988 single “Life” has sold for hundreds of 12” and have now endorsed a rock guitar free ‘re-edit’ exclusive to Expansion.

      Kellee PattersonMaiden VoyageBlack Jazz Records

      Fantastic album on Black Jazz, originally released in 1974 and featuring the seminal vocal version of Herbie Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage' - powerful, uplifting gem on Black Jazz. AWESOME!

      Produced by Gene Russell, accompanied by George Harper's sprightly flute and a subdued rhythm section, Patterson's lovely, sure-pitched voice fits the love song "Magic Wand of Love" and the boogaloo 'Soul Daddy' well, as does her interpretation of lyrics specially fashioned for the Herbie Hancock instrumental 'Maiden Voyage'.

      • – Maiden Voyage