• Alice Coltrane – Krishna Krishna
    • 1. Jagadishwar
    • 2. Jai Ramachandra
    • 3. Krishna Krishna
    • 4. Rama Katha
    • 5. Yamuna Tira Vihari
    • 6. Charanam
    • 7. Govindi Hara
    • 8. Hara Siva
    • 9. Pranadhana



    **Deep, spiritual material from 1982 by Alice Coltrane!!!! INCREDIBLE LOST ALBUM!!

    'Kirtan: Turiya Sings' features Alice Coltrane at peak spirituality and is presented in this arrangement for the first time in any format. Turyia Sings was originally released in 1982 on cassette as a collection of devotional songs including vocals, organ, strings, and synthesizers available only at Alice’s Sai Anantam Ashram. Kirtan: Turiya Sings features a sparser arrangement of organ and chanting, produced by Ravi Coltrane.

    This is intentional, devotional music created with the purpose of connecting to a higher power. The pared back arrangements on this new release are enchantingly haunting and encourage the listener to reach a "meditative headspace so as to channel connectiveness to a greater spirit."

    Other Releases by Alice Coltrane

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    Essential Alice Coltrane recordings issued for the first time on vinyl by Luaka Bop!

    Alice Coltrane was a legendary pianist, composer, spiritual leader, and the wife of John Coltrane, the most venerated and influential saxophonist in the history of jazz. In 1967, four years after meeting John, he died of liver cancer, leaving Alice a widow with four small children. Bereft of her soul mate, Alice suffered sleepless nights and severe weight loss. At her worst, she weighed only 95 pounds. She had hallucinations in which trees spoke, various beings existed on astral planes, and the sounds of “a planetary ether” spun through her brain, knocking her into a frightening unconsciousness.  

    The critical event of this period was not that Alice fell into the nadir of her existence, but rather that she experienced tapas, a vital period of trial. These tapas (a Sanskrit term she used to describe her suffering) helped prepare Alice for the spiritual ally she found in Swami Satchidananda, an Indian guru, with whom Alice made her first trip to India. On her second trip there, Alice had a revelation instructing her to abandon the secular life and become a spiritual teacher in the Hindu tradition – so she moved out West – eventually opening the Shanti Anantam Ashram on 47 acres she’d bought in Agoura Hills, California. 

    Music was the foundation of Alice’s spiritual practice. From the mid 1980’s to mid 1990’s, Alice Coltrane self-released four brilliant cassette albums. These cassettes contained a music she invented, inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice, and even finds Alice singing for the first time in her recorded catalog. Originally only made available through her ashram, they are her most obscure body of work and possibly the greatest reflection of her soul.

    World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda”, is the first-ever compilation of her recordings from this period, making these songs available to the wider public - well played Luaka Bop!

    This First Pressing includes two extra booklets of essays, photos, stories and a hand painted first pressing stamp - Don't sleep!

    *LP version only

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    Alice ColtraneTransfiguration (1978)Warner Bros.

    Double album from the high priestess of deep jazz recorded live in 1978.

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      Alice ColtraneHuntington Ashram Monastery / World GalaxyImpulse!

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        Alice ColtraneJourney In Satchidananda (1971)Impulse!

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        • – Journey in Satchidananda
        • – Stopover Bombay
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        Alice ColtranePtah The El Daoud (1970)Impulse!

        ESSENTIAL deep jazz featuring Pharoah Sanders and Joe Henderson! This is a true classic of spiritual jazz from one of our favourite artists! Recorded at the Coltrane home studio in 1970 this is as deep as it gets. Highly recommended!

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          • – Hustle feat. Kojey Radical
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          Impulse Records: Music, Message And The MomentImpulse!

          UNBELIEVABLE new compilation of deep spiritual music by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other groundbreaking Impulse Artists.

          "Orange and black. Fire and ebony. Fury and pride. Wearing its signature colors proudly and raising its exclamation point high, Impulse! Records was the go-to label for music that harnessed the searching and political stand-taking of the Sixties. Launched in 1961, Impulse grew to become an inherent part of the era’s velocity as well as its volume, pulling jazz into the age of Black Power, Afrocentricity, and Spiritual Expansion. In its balance of tradition and transition, it bridged the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late Fifties to the Seventies when players representing every jazz era were alive and active—from Louis Armstrong to Albert Ayler, from the legends of lore to a new generation of energy players. Impulse treated all its musicians as innovators, revolutionaries even—from swing and bebop, to free and Afrofuturist. The performances on Impulse Records: Music, Message and the Moment draw their staying power from a wide embrace of styles and sounds, as well as a tight focus on a historic moment when the promise of change was in the air and the message of racial harmony was in the music. Today that music has lost none of its relevance: the promise still deferred, the message still on time."

          • – The John Coltrane Quartet — Africa
          • – Max Roach — Garvey's Ghost
          • – John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane — Reverend King
          • – Alice Coltrane — Blue Nile
          • – Pharoah Sanders — Astral Traveling
          • – Archie Shepp — Blues for Brother George Jackson
          • 1. – The John Coltrane Quartet — Africa
          • 2. – Max Roach — Garvey's Ghost
          • 15. – John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane — Reverend King
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          • 4×LP Box Set (2kg)£160.00
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            • Impulse! vinyl slipmat.
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          John ColtraneA Love Supreme: Live in SeattleImpulse!

          A never-before-heard live recording from a private collection! Coltrane’s classic quartet inc. Pharoah Sanders. One of only three known concert performances of the most iconic suite in jazz.

          Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet—adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass—and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career.

            • 2×LP£32.00
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            • – Imminent (feat. Joshua Idehen)
            • – Super Zodiac (Noss DJ remix)
            Thelonious MonkPalo AltoImpulse!

            'Palo Alto' is a previously unknown and unreleased live Thelonious Monk recording from 1968!

            After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, racial tensions across
            the country rose. Palo Alto, a largely white college town in California, was not
            immune to the events of the day. Danny Scher, a rising junior at Palo Alto High
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            After somehow securing Monk’s services to perform on Sunday, October27, Scher initially had trouble selling tickets and convincing people that Monk was even going to show up.

            With many twists and turns along the way and several hundred people waiting inthe school’s parking lot to await Monk’s arrival before purchasing tickets, the concert eventually happened and was a triumph in more ways that Monk or Scher could have imagined. This is a recording of that historic concert.

            The band is Thelonious Monk on piano; Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone; Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums.

            • – Epistrophy
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            Shabaka and The AncestorsWe Are Sent Here By HistoryImpulse!

            It's the bomb!

            Just landing! Release date brought forward! WILL SELL OUT!! Don't miss out!

            Comet Is Coming band leader Shabaka is back with The Ancestors on 'We Are Sent Here By History', follow-up to their 2016 breakout, 'Wisdom of Elders'.

            "The more urgent, unrelenting and darker feel of the album reflects its social commentary set the context of ancient traditions, with a mixture of African and Afro-Caribbean musical history. It takes the concept of the griot, one of the storytellers who keep alive the tradition of oral history in parts of Africa, and transports it to the present day."

            • – Go My Heart, Go To Heaven
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            The Comet Is ComingThe AfterlifeImpulse!

            Limited edition last copies - from man like Shabaka - don't miss out!

            • – All That Mathers Is The Moments
            • – The Softness Of The Present
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            • 12" EP£20.00
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            John ColtraneBlue World (1964) [Previously Unreleased]Impulse!

            In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled 'Le Chat dans le Sac' ('The Cat in the Bag'). Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film.

            In June of that year, Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’ entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and recorded five previously- recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognised the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. Now, with the release of Blue World, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time!

            • – Blue World
            John HandyCarnival (1977)Impulse!
              • Original LP£6.00
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              John Coltrane1963: New DirectionsImpulse!


              John Coltrane 1963: New Directions collects all of John Coltrane’s 1963 Impulse recordings in the order in which they were recorded. 5-LP and 3-CD sets include artwork featuring original collages. The box shows us the growth in Coltrane’s musical journey in 1963 that ultimately resulted in 1964’s Crescent and, especially, A Love Supreme. Music comes from the original albums Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm (released after Coltrane’s death), Newport ‘63 and Live at Birdland.

                The Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep MysteryImpulse!

                Futurist jazz voyagers (lead by Shabaka Hutchings) The Comet Is Coming release their anticipated 2nd album via Impulse! A propulsive, kaleidoscopic trip deep into the cosmos - another essential release!

                • – Summon The Fire
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                John ColtraneBoth Directions At Once: The Lost AlbumImpulse!

                On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his classic quartet - McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones - recorded an entire studio album at the legendary Van Gelder Studios. This music, which features unheard originals, is finally released, 55 years later.

                This is, in short, the holy grail of jazz music!

                N.B. Tracklisting for single LP and single CD formats:

                1. Untitled Original 11383

                2. Nature Boy

                3. Untitled Original 11386

                4. Vilia

                5. Impressions

                6. Slow Blues

                7. One Up, One Down

                • – Untitled Original 11383 (Take 1)
                John ColtraneImpressionsImpulse!

                Classic modal jazz album from the master of deep jazz and one of the most important performer/composers ever! Modal fans will love the tranquil, melancholic ballad After the Rain while fans of the new thing will dig the hectic forward-thinking India and Impressions! Recommended!

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                  Sons of KemetYour Queen Is A ReptileImpulse!

                  Sons of Kemet’s third studio album, and first under the impulse! label! Shabaka Hutchings and his band incorporate sounds of spiritual jazz music, while keeping a consistent and hypnotic rhythm throughout. Essential release!

                  • – My Queen Is Ada Eastman
                  • – My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark
                  • – My Queen Is Harriet Tubman
                  • – My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper
                  • – My Queen Is Angela Davis
                  • – My Queen Is Nanny Of The Maroons
                  • – My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa
                  • – My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu
                  • – My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence
                  • 2xLP + Download Code£21.99
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                  Lambert, Hendricks & RossSing A Song Of Basie (1965)Impulse!

                  First Impulse original pressing (first came out on ABC in 1957)

                    John ColtraneKulu Se Mama (1966)Impulse!

                    Brilliant little-known album from the king of deep jazz, John Coltrane! Features sessions from before and after the landmark 'Meditations' recordings that marked his departure into more adventurous free form improvisation - features African percussion and chanting, stripped down saxophone/drum duos, and both expanded line-ups and classic quartet recordings! Alternately fiery and tranquil, this is some of the most advanced and beautiful modal jazz you will hear! Trance-inducing, meditative, deeply magical music! Very highly recommended!

                      John ColtraneAscension (1965)Impulse!

                      Landmark free jazz album! An essential classic for any fan of 'new thing' improvisation! John Coltrane was one of the greatest player/composers the world has ever known and this is one of his most adventurous recordings! Mammoth, large scale big band session featuring a host of key avant/deep jazz luminaries such as Alber Ayler, Marion Brown, John Tchicai, Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp! This CD features both editions! Intense, extreme, transcendant music unlike anything else! Highly recommended!

                      • – Part I
                      • – Part II
                      John ColtraneA Love Supreme (1964)Impulse!

                      100% essential deep jazz classic! Searching, yearning, BEAUTIFUL spiritual jazz of the highest order! This is considered by many to be his best album and consistently gets voted as one of the best albums of all time in any genre! It's that good! 

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                        Alice ColtraneHuntington Ashram Monastery / World GalaxyImpulse!

                        Two seminal, deep Alice Coltrane albums on one CD! 'Huntington Ashram Monastery' from 1969 is a trio outing with Ron Carter on bass and Rashied Ali on drums. 'World Galaxy', from 1972, is more orchestral with a string section, voice and Frank Lowe on sax.

                          Alice ColtraneJourney In Satchidananda (1971)Impulse!

                          100% essential, C-L-A-S-S-I-C spiritual jazz album featuring Pharoah Sanders! Deep-as-it-gets, hypnotic, trance-like, spiritually uplifting music featuring Alice playing her harp and weird eastern sounds! Very highly recommended! This is probably Alice Coltrane's best ever album! We love Alice Coltrane! You need this!!

                          • – Journey in Satchidananda
                          • – Stopover Bombay
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                          Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane (1963)Impulse!

                          Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on September 26, 1962 and released in February 1963 on Impulse! Records. For Ellington, it was one of many collaborations with fellow jazz-greats in the early 1960s, including Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach and Charles Mingus, and placed him in a jazz quartet setting (in this case, saxophone, piano, bass and drums), rather than his usual one in a big band.

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                            Archie SheppFour For Trane (1964)Impulse!

                            Archie Shepp's first major outing was recorded in August 1964 about a year before John Coltrane gathered some of these same players (Shepp and alto saxophonist John Tchicai) in the studio for the recording of Ascension.

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                                  Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ ChoirI Shall Wear A CrownNumero

                                  **N.B. CD format release date is now 12th November**

                                  A Civil Rights activist who marched alongside Jesse Jackson, preacher for Earth Wind & Fire, Stax recording artist, “Family Feud” contestant, Stephen Curry soundtracker, high school drop out, and Kanye samplee, Pastor T. L. Barrett stuffed a dozen lives into one. His signature 1971 spiritual soul jam “Like A Ship” has transcended its humble South Side Chicago beginnings, rediscovered by Leon Bridges and Beck and described by Radioheadʼs Colin Greenwood as “The most euphoric celebratory music that makes you want to jump around the house and explode with joy.” This release is the definitive statement on Barrettʼs two decades of recordings, 49 tracks spread across five albums, including 'Like A Ship, Do Not Pass Me By Volume 1 & 2', 'I Found The Answer', plus a bonus album of singles and sermons, a 10,000 word blow-by-blow, and illustrated discography.

                                  • – Like A Ship
                                  • – Wonderful
                                  • – It’s Me O Lord
                                  • – Ever Since
                                  • – Nobody Knows
                                  • – Joyful Noise
                                  • – Medley
                                  • – Blessed Quietness
                                  • – Jesus Is All The World To Me
                                  • – I Want To Be In Love With You
                                  • – Jesus, Lover Of My Soul
                                  • – O Sinner
                                  • – I Shall Wear A Crown
                                  • – Do Not Pass Me By
                                  • – Here I Am
                                  • – There Is Only One
                                  • – O What A Day
                                  • – No Not One
                                  • 5×LP Box Set (Coloured Vinyl)£95.00
                                    Limited 'joyful' white & gold coloured vinyl edition
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                                  • 5×LP Box Set £85.00
                                    Black vinyl edition
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                                  • 5×CD£48.00
                                    Expected 12 NovPreorder
                                  Minnie RipertonLiving Alone (1975)Janus Records

                                  Rare and cosmic deepness from Minnie Riperton from her only solo album and featuring Rotary Connection

                                  • – Living Alone
                                  • Original 7"£15.00
                                    Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VG+Unplayed Original USA 45
                                    Out of stock
                                  The UpsettersBuild The ArkTrojan Records

                                  This astounding collection bring together some incredibly rare tracks and artists that cannot be found on any other Reggae albums. Then there is of course Perry's fantastic house band The Upsetters and the great man himself with some legendary tracks.

                                  There is wealth of outstanding material across this box set, covering all sub-genres of Jamaican music with some particularly fine Dubs

                                    • 3×LP Box Set£38.00
                                      Expected 01 OctPreorder
                                    Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music In The USA In The 1970sFeaturing Airto, Deodato, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Sivuca, Donato & moreSoul Jazz Records

                                    All of the music featured here on this new Soul Jazz Records collection was created by Brazilian artists living and working in the USA in the 1970s.

                                    The album brings together some of these finest works and comes complete with extensive notes that explains the path these musicians took from Brazil to the USA and shows the political and musical links between Brazil and the USA that created the conditions for this unique fusion of these two distinct cultures, North American Jazz and Brazilian music, that occurred in the 1970s.

                                    In the early 1970s North American jazz musicians were eager to work with upcoming Brazilian musicians. Miles Davis invited Airto Moreira to join his new ‘electric’ band, Dom Um Romao (part of Sérgio Mendes’ legendary Brazil ‘66 in the 1960s) joined the fusion group Weather Report, Flora Purim and Airto both became a part of Chick Corea’s new project Light As A Feather, Wayne Shorter collaborated with Milton Nascimento, George Duke recorded Brazilian Love Affair, and so on.

                                    With all the attention placed on them from these important jazz artists, North America became the new musical playground for a large number of these Brazilian artists – Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Sérgio Mendes, Luiz Bonfá, Eumir Deodato, João Donato and many others.

                                    Most of these musicians had already experienced success through the earlier popularity of bossa nova in the 1960s, either at home in Brazil or in the USA. But by the end of the 1960s many Brazilian artists had left their own country, as the military dictatorship became progressively more authoritarian and repressive. In the USA, through their critically acclaimed work for Miles Davis, Weather Report, Light As A Feather etc., all of these artists were now given reign to explore new musical terrains away from the restrictions of both a musical genre and a state censor back in Brazil.

                                    The album comes as a deluxe gatefold double vinyl LP, complete with download code, full sleeve notes, exclusive photography, double inner sleeves. The CD contains CD plus a large 40-page outsize booklet all housed in Soul Jazz slipcase.

                                    • Airto – Samba De Flora
                                    • Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
                                    • Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
                                    • Deodato – Skyscrapers
                                    • Milton Nascimento – Catavento
                                    • Airto – Tombo in 7/4
                                    • Luiz Bonfá – Bahia Soul
                                    • Dom Um Romao – Braun-Blek-Blu
                                    • Moacir Santos – Kathy
                                    • João Donato – Almas Irmãs
                                    • Sivuca – Ain't No Sunshine
                                    • Milton Nascimento – Rio Vermelho
                                    • Tamba 4 – Consolation (Consolação)
                                    • Flora Purim – Moon Dreams
                                    • Dom Um Romao – Escravos de Jo
                                    • Airto – Andei (I Walked)
                                    • 1. Airto – Samba De Flora
                                    • 2. Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
                                    • 3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
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                                    Soul of a Nation 2Soul Jazz Records

                                    Soul Jazz Records’ new release ‘Soul of A Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher’ is a powerful new collection of radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap made in the era of Black Power (1969-75).

                                    This is the second ‘Soul of A Nation’ album released by Soul Jazz Records to coincide with the exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation – Art in the Age of Black Power’, critically acclaimed and enormously successful when it opened at the Tate Modern in London last year (as was Soul Jazz Records’ accompanying first album ‘Soul of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power 1968-79’). The blockbuster international exhibition is now at the Brooklyn Museum, New York and then travels to Los Angeles in 2019.

                                    This new album features a number of important and ground-breaking African-American artists – The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron and more – alongside a host of lesser-known artists all of whom in the early 1970s were exploring new Afrocentric poly-rhythmical styles of music – radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap – while at the same time exploring the Black Power and civil-rights inspired notions of self-definition, self-respect and self-empowerment in their own lives.

                                    During this era African-American jazz musicians ripped up traditional definitions – rejecting the term ‘entertainer’ to redefine themselves instead as ‘artists’. They worked outside of the mainstream music industry perceiving this artistic relationship to be fundamentally exploitative and politically flawed. Artists instead formed their own pan-arts community-centric collectives, set up their own record labels, ran concerts in alternative performance spaces – art galleries, parks, lofts, community centres – all as a way of taking control of their own creative destinies.

                                    At the start of 1960s jazz musicians had embarked on an intense period of musical experimentation as artists John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry sought to dismantle the traditional definitions of jazz by creating new music that broke free from its establishment shackles. By the end of the 1960s, forward-thinking African-American jazz musicians had absorbed the ideas of this radical and avant-garde path but also began to introduce many new elements – not just civil rights concepts of freedom but also black power ideas of self-respect, righteousness and anger.

                                    Their music developed into a radical and intense Afrocentric mix of jazz, funk, soul and street poetry, all in search of a new musical language that could better represent artistic African-American cultural expression.

                                    All of the featured artists here were involved in this search in different ways; A shared sense of Afrocentric collectivism joined the dots between the deep avant-garde experimentalism of The Art Ensemble of Chicago (here featuring soul singer Fontella Bass singing the powerful ‘Theme de Yoyo’) to the hyper funk psychedelia of George Clinton’s Funkadelic.

                                    The poetry of Gil Scott-Heron and Sarah Webster Fabio performed with a backdrop of street funk and heavyweight percussion laid down the template for the birth of rap. The Har-You Percussion Group, a group of young Harlem teenagers, showed how government-sponsored social initiatives helped create great art and music. Gary Bartz and The Oneness of Juju offer spirituality and cosmology. Collectives like The Pharaohs and Detroit’s Tribe add deep jazz and street funk in equal measures. And so on.

                                    Influenced and radicalised by Black Power and civil rights, all these artists were involved in creating – in the words of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – ‘Great Black Music: Ancient to Future.’

                                    This album is available as heavyweight triple vinyl (+free download), full and extensive text, exclusive photography, with house inners, and as deluxe CD with slipcase, 40-page outsize booklet and jewel case.

                                    • The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo
                                    • The Har-You Percussion Group – Welcome To The Party
                                    • The Pharaohs – Damballa
                                    • Baby Huey – Hard Times
                                    • James Mason – Sweet Power, Your Embrace
                                    • Byron Morris and Unity – Kitty Bey
                                    • Funkadelic – Nappy Dugout
                                    • Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe – Exchange Part 2 (II)
                                    • Gary Bartz NTU Troop – Celestial Blues
                                    • Oneness Of Juju – Space Jungle Funk
                                    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Work It Out
                                    • Tribe (Wendell Harrison and Phillip Ranelin) – Beneficent
                                    • Gil Scott-Heron – Whitey On The Moon
                                    • Don Cherry – Brown Rice
                                    • 1. The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo
                                    • 2. The Har-You Percussion Group – Welcome To The Party
                                    • 3. The Pharaohs – Damballa
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                                    Lorraine JohnsonLorraine Johnson The More I Get, The More I Want / Feed The Flame (Lime Coloured Edition)Unidisc

                                    Reissue of the rare, extended version of disco version of Lorraine Johnson's 'The More I Get, The More I Want' on cult NYC label, Prelude. Backed with the Francois Kevorkian mixed, Paradise Garage classic, 'Feed The Flame'!

                                    • – The More I Get, The More I Want (Rafael Charres Mix)
                                    • – Feed The Flame
                                    Soul of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black PowerSoul Jazz Records

                                    This album coincides with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London.

                                    Watch Channel 4 news piece here

                                    Read Guardian feature here

                                    The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

                                    Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

                                    The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

                                    Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

                                    Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show. You can book a ticket for this event here

                                    The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.

                                    Read More Reviews of the Soul of A Nation Exhibition:


                                    Time Out

                                    The Telegraph


                                    BBC News

                                    • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
                                    • Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
                                    • Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
                                    • Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
                                    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
                                    • Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
                                    • Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
                                    • David McKnight – Strong Men
                                    • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
                                    • Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms
                                    • Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
                                    • Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late ?
                                    • Carlos Garnett – Mother Of The Future
                                    • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
                                    • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
                                    • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
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                                    New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Soul Jazz Records

                                    Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk.

                                    Packed to the brim with serious break-heavy, heavyweight funk tunes from classic New Orleans artists including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, Dave Bartholomew, Johnny Adams and Eldridge Holmes (with the ever-present Allen Toussaint and The Meters as always behind the scenes). There is also a host of rare cuts from a number of lesser-known second line New Orleans artists, whose fame rarely reached past the walls of the city, including Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, James K-Nine, Norma Jean, Bob French, Chuck Colbert, Zilla Mayes and Joe Haywood.

                                    In the 1960s the syncopated beat of New Orleans Funk developed out of a gumbo mix of New Orleans local flavours – rhythm and blues, Mardi Gras Indians, the street percussion Second Line of the Jazz Funeral and Marching bands, Caribbean rhumba and mambo rhythms – all of which are in full effect. Even Zydeco, the rhythm and blues offspring of Louisiana Cajun music, had the funk as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, shows us here. 

                                    New Orleans music and Voodoo both have their roots in the African-American free black and slave gatherings held at Congo Square from the 18th century onwards. Here Voodoo king Doctor John (the original one!) and Voodoo queen Marie Levaux held court over their followers, and here also could be heard the first sounds of New Orleans jazz music. Soul Jazz Records’ latest album describes how these two cultural forms are inextricably inter-related. 

                                    The album traces the path of funk from the very first glimpses of the style – Dave Bartholomew’s super-tight ‘The Monkey’ (recorded in 1957) and James Waynes’ junkie jailbird anthem ‘Junco Partner’ (1951, later covered by Dr John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and The Clash) through to the 1970s heavyweight boogie funk of Chocolate Milk’s rare groove classic Action Speak Louder Than Words and The Baron’s ‘Making It Better’. 

                                    Also featured is a selection of hard-core classic funk productions from the legendary Eddie Bo (James K-Nine, David Robinson) and the genius of Allen Toussaint (Eldridge Holmes, Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, Lou Johnson). There also a number of super-rare independent New Orleans’ one-off 45 single funk productions from the likes of Chick Colbert and Bob French. And lastly, New Orleans Funk female vocalists are in full effect with tracks by Betty Harris (whose ‘Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul’ has just come out on Soul Jazz Records), Zilla Mayes and Norma Jean. 

                                    This album is released as a heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD pack and digital album, and comes with extensive long-form sleeve-notes and stunning photography from the Ralston Crawford New Orleans collection and Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University, New Orleans.

                                    Recent related Soul Jazz Records release: Betty Harris 'The Queen of New Orleans Soul' (SJR LP/CD/D345).

                                    Digital album includes all tracks. Tracks 4,7,11,12 not available individually (only as bundle).

                                    • Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
                                    • Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
                                    • Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
                                    • Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words
                                    • James K-Nine – Live It Up
                                    • Lou Johnson – Frisco Here I Come
                                    • Norma Jean – No Competition
                                    • James Waynes – Junco Partner
                                    • David Robinson – I'm A Carpenter (Part 1)
                                    • The Barons Ltd – Making It Better
                                    • Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me
                                    • Clifton Chenier – Party Down
                                    • Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It
                                    • Bob French's Storyville Jazz Band – Y'er Comes The Funky Man
                                    • Joe Haywood – Play Me A Cornbread Song
                                    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
                                    • Chuck Colbert & Viewpoint – Stay
                                    • Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You
                                    • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
                                    • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
                                    • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
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                                    Jellybean (aka Glenn Underground)What The FukDark Grooves Records

                                    Glenn Underground under his one-off Jellybean guise for Relief records back in the mid-90s! Features the classic, Manhattan Transfer-sampling, halloween party spin 'Twilight Dome Pt. 2'! ESSENTIAL!

                                    • – What The Fuk
                                    • – Toot Toot
                                    • – Twilight Dome Pt. 2
                                    • – Twi-Dub
                                    Moon Man (aka Boo Williams)Big Fat WomanGroovin Recordings

                                    Reissue of this classic '97 release from Boo Williams under the guise of Moon Man. Wicked disco-loop madness to ignite any floor that was originally released on Cajual records.

                                      Kerri 'Kaoz' Chandler & Arnold JarvisInspirationGroovin Recordings

                                      Classic Kerri Chandler production (arguably his greatest!) from 1994 featuring a heroic vocal from the great Arnold Jarvis. Big, big, big vocal house tune!

                                      • – Original Vocal Mix
                                      • – Bassappella
                                      • – Instrumental
                                      JaydeePlastic Dreams (Clear Vinyl Repress)R&S Records

                                      Reissue of the 1992 classic from Dutch producer, Jaydee! A complete curveball, WTF moment in the history of house music - a dark, twisted,10 minute workout on a Hammond organ!

                                      • – Plastic Dreams
                                      • 12" (Coloured Vinyl)£11.00
                                        Limited clear vinyl edition
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                                      MD X-Spress / Three KingsGod Made Me Phunky / Shake Dat Booty (feat. Pal Joey remix)4 To The Floor

                                      Absolute party-starting, mid-90s house music from Chicago legend Mike Dunn under his MD X-Spress guise! Backed with Pal Joey's killer remix of Three Kings' 'Shake Dat Booty'!

                                      • The MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Original Mix)
                                      • Three Kings – Shake Dat Booty (A Pal Joey Interpretation)
                                      • Three Kings – Shake Dat Booty (Wahoo Main Mix)
                                      • 1. The MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Original Mix)
                                      • 2. Three Kings – Shake Dat Booty (A Pal Joey Interpretation)
                                      • 3. Three Kings – Shake Dat Booty (Wahoo Main Mix)
                                      • View full info and tracklisting