• Gene Russell – Black Orchid
    • Gene Russell – Listen Here
    • 1. Black Orchid
    • 2. Hitting The Jug
    • 3. Willow Weep For Me
    • 4. Listen Here
    • 5. On Green Dolphin Street
    • 6. Silver's Serenade
    • 7. My Cherie Amour
    • 8. Making Bread

    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'

    Other Releases by Gene Russell

    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
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    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
    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
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    • CD£16.00
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    Calvin KeysShawn-NeeqBlack Jazz Records

    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.

    • – B. E.
    • – Criss Cross
    • – Shawn-Neeq
    • – Gee-Gee
    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
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    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 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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    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!

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    • – Blue Lights
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    T.P Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou – Rep Pop Du BeninUnite AfricaineAcid Jazz

    Two monumental full-side tracks from a pair of late 70s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo albums! Originally released in 1977, the title track is an infectious Afro-Latin workout that is interwoven with driving horn stabs by master trumpet player Tidiani Kone. 'Mede Ma Gnin Messe' is taken from the 1978 release 'Special 30 Novembre', and this time Poly-Rythmo wore their Afro-funk hat to deliver almost sixteen minutes of dancefloor fire.

    • – Unite Africaine
    • – Mede Ma Gnin Messe
    Calvin KeysShawn-NeeqBlack Jazz Records

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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.

    • – B. E.
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    • – Gee-Gee
    Doug CarnRevelationBlack Jazz

    Wicked funky jazz from the Black Jazz label's keyboard great, featuring strident vocals from Doug's wife Jean Carn, predating her Philly disco era! A timeless classic.

    • – Power And Glory
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    Doug CarnInfant EyesBlack Jazz

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

    • – Little Bs Poem
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    Henry FranklinThe SkipperBlack Jazz Records

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    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'!

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    HEAVY RARE DEEP FUNK/JAZZ BLACK JAZZ ALBUM!

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    NEW EDITION Freedom, Rhythm and Sound BOOKBy Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

    Large format (12" x 12") plexi-bound deluxe book, 180 page, 100s of killer sleeves!

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    Soul Jazz Records are proud to present this amazing collection of sleeves from the deepest, deepest jazz music ever - compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).

    This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.

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        • – Holly Mother
        • – Dans l'Oregon
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        • – Daya
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        • – Movement 1
        • – Movement 2
        • – Movement 3
        • – Movement 4
        • – Movement 5
        • – Movement 6
        • – Movement 7
        • – Movement 8
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          Expected 20 AugPreorder
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        ‘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
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        • – Conquering Lion
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        • – Carnal Mind
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        • – Love Thy Neighbour
        • – Love Of Jah
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        Steve ReidNova (1976)Soul Jazz Records

        New edition of this seminal album available as a 1000 copies edition only on new premium RED vinyl!

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        'A truly phenomenal artist.' GILLES PETERSON

        'Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers. He is a musical genius' KIERAN HEBDEN (Four Tet)

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        As a radical jazz artist, Steve Reid played with an extraordinary group of artists – including Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, , Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver!

        Reid was born in the South Bronx, and grew up in Queens, New York. He played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra's Arkestra. He lived next to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman, had a son who played drums with NWA. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960s as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" (aged 14).

        At the end of the 1960s Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974, he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label, Mustevic Sound, to release his debut LP Nova in 1976. This album is released in its entirety and with full original cover art here. Nova was the first in a series of stunning independent records he released in the 1970s.

        At the start of the 21st century, his career took a new twist when Steve Reid began a successful collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hebden referred to Reid as his ‘musical soul mate’, resulting in a number of joint albums.

        Steve Reid died in New York in 2010. Subsequently the Steve Reid Foundation was set up in his name, to help aspiring musicians and artists.

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        RAMZicoconFATi Records

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        • – Nos Enfants
        • – Babyboom 2020
        • – Sluggin
        • – Mutation
        • LP£21.00
          Out of stock
        Trees SpeakPostHumanSoul Jazz Records

        This is incredibly Trees Speak’s third album on Soul Jazz Records to be released in the space of one year – and it’s amazing!

        Trees Speak’s new album ‘Post-Human’ once again blends 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s & 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New York No Wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)!

        The new album ‘Post-Human’ draws further upon German krautrock high-concept albums from the likes of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from the 1970s, as Trees Speak create their own powerful new landscapes of sound that manage to be at once contemporary as well as both timeless and with a sense of science-fiction futurism.

        Trees Speak’ seamlessly segue together all these musical elements into ‘Post-Human,’ a conceptually expansive album which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP ‘Ohms,’ and the follow-up ‘Shadow Forms’ released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago.

        This powerful new album is a high-concept collage of retro-futurist science-fiction music, which is fantastically illustrated by a specially commissioned cover design by the artist Eric Lee, a dramatic vision of life after humanity.

        Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

        The album includes an INDIES ONLY exclusive bonus 45 single with two extra tracks ‘Machine Vision’ and ‘Seventh Mirror’ available with the vinyl edition of this amazing and ground-breaking new album.

        With ‘Post-Human,’ Trees Speak take the listener deep into their unique musical world of unknown visions of the past and the future.

        ABOUT Ohms: Album of the Month - Splintered Eye /50 Best albums 2020 - Pop Matters / Favourite albums 2020 -The Soap Company / Albums of the Year 2020 -Bear Tree Records / Independent Albums of the Year 2020-Love Records / Albums of the Year 2020-Concrete Islands

        ABOUT Shadow Forms: Records of the week-Drift / Album of the week-Resident / Album of the week-Norman / Records of the Year 2020 -South / Albums of the Year 2020 - Concrete Island / Albums of the month - Reveal / Albums of the Year 2020 -Piccadilly / Albums of the Year 2020-Buzzsaw / About Shadow forms / Records of the week-Drift / Album of the week-Resident / Album of the week-Norman / Records of the Year-South / Albums of the Year-Concrete Island / Albums of the month-Reveal / Albums of the Year-Piccadilly /Albums of the Year-Buzzsaw

        About Ohms:

        “This might well be the Dark Side of the Moon of the XXI century” Discogs


        • Trees Speak – Double Slit
        • Trees Speak – Glass
        • Trees Speak – Chamber of Frequencies
        • Trees Speak – Divided Light
        • Trees Speak – Elements of Matter
        • Trees Speak – Magic Transistor
        • Trees Speak – Scheinwelt
        • Trees Speak – PostHuman
        • Trees Speak – Synthesis
        • Trees Speak – X Zeit
        • Trees Speak – Incandescent Sun
        • Trees Speak – Healing Rods
        • Trees Speak – Steckdose
        • Trees Speak – Amnesia Transmitter
        • Trees Speak – Quantize Humanize
        • Trees Speak – Gläserner Mensch
        • Trees Speak – Machine Vision
        • Trees Speak – Hidden Machine
        TarotplaneHorizontology12th Isle

        New school kosmiche style guitar and synth studies by Baltimore native and underground music figure Tarotplane (PJ Dorsey). Across four cold, motorik movements Dorsey builds upon previous outings for Aguirre, Lullabies For Insomniacs. Ace!

        • – Shatner's Bassoon
        • – Panther Walk
        • – Ritual Believer
        • – Ceramic Heartbreak
        • – Light Under Water
        • – The Rescheduled Dream Delivery Service
        • – Malaysian Forest
        • – A Tiny Coven
        • LP£20.00
          Out of stock
        Jackie MittooThe Keyboard King At Studio OneUniversal Sound

        As Soul Jazz Records enter into the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most respected label in reggae history, we present you with this showcase of Jackie Mittoo, one of the defining figureheads of reggae music !

        From forming The Skatalites, at age 15, alongside Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook and others, to his work as writer, arranger, producer at Studio One records during the sixties, writing and playing for artists such as Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and The Heptones (to name a few), to his career as a solo artist as well as leader of bands such as The Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors and The Sound Dimension, Jackie Mittoo is at the heart of reggae music. He was one of the instigators of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. In the seventies, DJ music and Dancehall were based upon classic rhythms of the sixties, many using the instrumental tracks that Jackie Mittoo created at Studio One at this time.

        This compilation features the work of Jackie Mittoo at Studio One. It features music recorded as a solo artist (as opposed to the numerous singers that he accompanied). Most of these are taken from his recordings in the mid sixties where he was recording on an almost daily basis at Studio One's Brentford Road studios developing the funky reggae sound that was his trademark.

        Soul Jazz Records are releasing this CD as the first of a series of Reggae artists to be covered following the success of the 100% Dynamite releases. Jackie Mittoo is as much an icon of Reggae as he is to fans of Funk music. He is without doubt the funkiest keyboard player ever to come out of Jamaica !

        Reviews:

        "CD of the Week. The coolest man who ever lived" THE GUARDIAN***** "

        Named by MOJO as one of the 100 cult heroes of all time, this is a lovingly curated compilation" THE INDEPENDENT

        "After Soul Jazz Records' groundbreaking 100% Dynamite CD's comes Jackie Mittoo. If you've caught the funky reggae bug, you need this" MUZIK

        "Rocksteady, compulsively funky Ska and Soul. An excellent Soul Jazz compilation" MOJO

        • Jackie Mittoo – Get Up And Get It
        • Jackie Mittoo – Black Organ
        • Jackie Mittoo – Killer Diller
        • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
        • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Tamale
        • Jackie Mittoo – Reggae Rock
        • Jackie Mittoo – Oboe
        • Jackie Mittoo – Juice Box
        • Jackie Mittoo – Summer Breeze
        • Jackie Mittoo – Drum Song
        • Jackie Mittoo – P. Cafe
        • Jackie Mittoo – Henry The Great
        • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
        • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
        • Jackie Mittoo – Darker Shade Of Black
        BunnDebrettQuintetBunnDebrettQuintetBDQ Records

        **Limited to 300 vinyl copies with HUGE support from Gilles Peterson - don't miss!**

        Incredible, deep, spiritual album from drummer and percussionist Stephen 'Bunny' Bunn and guitarist and keys player Jon deBrett - the founding members of cult UK jazz troupe, Mother Earth. This beautiful, understated jazz album features a conscious message from Californian poet Tenesha the Wordsmith alongside a whole host of talented musicianship from the likes of Nathan Haines, Tamar Osborn (Collocutor) and more. Sublime and essential.

        • – 94 to Acton Green
        • – Praise Dance
        • – Isloation
        • – Webster
        • 2×LP (180g)£27.00
          Out of stock
        When Jah Shall ComePressure Sounds

        Bunny Lee recorded a massive volume of remarkably consistent music in the 70s. This compilation brings together rare and unreleased cuts that put the listener bang in the middle of a typical recording session, complete with false starts and studio banter.

        Linval Thompson is represented by two unreleased tunes, and is also heard in the runup to 'Tommy's Vibration'. Once the 'flying cymbal' sound had taken off, Bunny often recorded a 'flyers' and a straight version of the same rhythm: 'Tommy's Vibration' is a classic but little known Tommy McCook instrumental on the flyers cut of Linval's 'Jah Jah A The Conqueror'. 'Ethiopian Rock' is a total scorcher, the only recorded tune by the deejay Jah Smile, before Bunny persuaded him to turn to singing and changed his name to Barry Brown.

        In a healthy spirit of competition, Bunny often tried out different singers on tunes that he thought would hit, hence Ronnie Davis's soulful take on Johnny Clarke's 'Every Knee Shall Bow', Johnny's version of Horace Andy's 'Better Collie', and Johnny and Horace sharing vocals on 'No Man Is An Island', all unreleased until now. 'No Babylon Shall Escape In This Time' has Johnny Clarke and 'Bongo' Herman Davis recorded over the original version side of Johnny's 'None Shall Escape The Judgement'. 'Life Of My Own' is a beautifully constructed lament by a singer who neither Bunny nor various expert ears have managed to identify: at Bunny's suggestion he is credited as 'The Raver'. 'War Zone' and 'Keep On Running' are examples of Tubby's mixes that have had further effects dubbed on elsewhere; sound systems and foreign record labels occasionally did this to manufacture their own specials from existing mixes. 'Jamaican Fruit Of African Roots' has recently been the subject of the fascinating documentary 'Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery'; the Lennox Brown cut here has only just been discovered. Also included are two stinging dubplates by Cornell Campbell: the first is aimed straight to the head of Arrows sound system, while the second, recorded in the early 80s, sums up the vital partnership of two of Jamaica's musical giants:



        * previously unreleased ** CD bonus track

        • Tommy McCook – Tommy's Vibes
        • Johnny Clarke – No Babylon Shall Escape In This Time *
        • Jah Smile – Ethiopian Rock
        • Lennox Brown – Jamaican Fruit Of African Roots *
        • Ronnie Davis – Every Knee Shall Bow *
        • Cornell Campbell – King Tubby's vs Arrows Dubplate *
        • Al Campbell – One Room Shack
        • John Forbes – War Zone
        • Linval Thompson – Look How Long Nyabinghi Calling You *
        • The Raver – Life Of My Own *
        • The Aggrovators – Bell Road Rock *
        • Cornell Campbell – Keep On Running
        • U-Roy – The Right To Live
        • Al Campbell – Wicked A Go Feel It
        • Tommy McCook – Joe Frazier *
        • Johnny Clarke – No Man Is An Island *
        • Linval Thompson – Go Jah Jah Pickney *
        • Johnny Clarke – Better Collie *
        Studio One DubStudio One DubSoul Jazz Records

        Continuing the Studio 1 Series this album features classic and rare Dub tracks from Studio One, many available for the first time in over thirty years. Studio One Dub includes the dubs of many classic tracks such as Horace Andy’s “Skylarkin”, Johnny Osbourne’s “Truth and Rights”, John Holt’s “Hooligan”, Freddie McGregor’s “Bobby Bobylon” plus many more rare tracks. In short, this is an essential album!

        • Dub Specialist – Bionic Dub
        • Dub Specialist – Take A Ride Version
        • Dub Specialist – Sky Rhythm
        • Dub Specialist – Taurus Dub 2
        • Dub Specialist – Hooligan
        • Dub Specialist – Dub Rock
        • Dub Specialist – Rastaman Version
        • Dub Specialist – Jah Jah Version
        • Dub Specialist – Creator Version
        • Dub Specialist – Running Dub
        • Dub Specialist – Hi Fashion Dub
        • Dub Specialist – Pretty Version
        • Dub Specialist – Race Track Version
        • Dub Specialist – Spawning
        • Dub Specialist – In Cold Blood Version
        • Dub Specialist – Chase Them Version
        • Dub Specialist – Feel The Dub