• Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Temptation
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – The Word
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Song of Searching
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Spiritual Travelers
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Masters of The Bourchakoun
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Silent Jubilation
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Tenth Door
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Aquarian Voices
    • Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom Ensemble – Soul Release
    • 1. Temptation
    • 2. The Word
    • 3. Song of Searching
    • 4. Spiritual Travelers
    • 5. Masters of The Bourchakoun
    • 6. Silent Jubilation
    • 7. Tenth Door
    • 8. Aquarian Voices
    • 9. Soul Release

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.

    This great soulful/spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a lost rarity -  a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz from the 1970s and features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records' Freedom, Rhythm and Sound book.

    Donald Alexander Strachan is composer, conductor, guitarist, vocalist and more leading a large 11-piece line-up that includes Jay Hoggard on vibes.

    Strachan studied in New York City in the 1970s with composer/saxophonist Sam Rivers and Ghanaian Drum-master Abraham Adzenyah as well as avant-garde guitarist/composer Bruce Johnson all of who helped shape his unique sound.

    In the 1980s Strachan entered into the collaborative world of cinema by composing musical scores and has been involved in cinema ever since both musically, as a scriptwriter and director. Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble’s “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" is a unique product of Strachan’s multicultural and African-American heritage and aesthetic - polyrhythmically complex and spiritually intense.

    This is a bespoke high quality hardback-cased Japanese thick card CD edition with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

    The 180-gram vinyl thick card exact-reproduction artwork is strictly limted to 1000 copies wordwide. 

    Other Releases on Universal Sound

    Lloyd McNeill and Marshall HawkinsTanner SuiteUniversal Sound

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing here the third album from deep jazz flautist and composer Lloyd McNeill (alongside the earlier ‘Asha’ and ‘Washington Suite’ - both now sold out).

    Tanner Suite is one of the most beautiful and by far the rarest of all of McNeill’s records, a unique piece of music especially commissioned by the Smithsonian National Gallery Of Art in the late 1960s to accompany an exhibition of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American painter ever to gain international success.

    Tanner Suite was originally released in 1969 as a private individually numbered pressing of 1000 copies on McNeill’s own Asha Record company and has never been issued since. Soul Jazz Records new pressing of this album is also limited to 1000 copies each on vinyl and CD. Both editions come in heavyweight exact-replica hard tip-on USA card sleeve original artwork.

    This beautiful and intense set of pieces based around improvisation was the soundscape to the significant exhibition of Tanner's work, created at an important point in post-civil rights African-American self-definition. The music is both profound and spiritual.

    Lloyd McNeill is flautist, composer and painter. As musician he studied with Eric Dolphy, played with Nina Simone, Mulatu Astatke, Nana Vasconceles, Ron Carter, Dom um Romao and Sabu Martinez. In the mid-1960s McNeill headed to Paris and became friends with Pablo Picasso. 

    • – Black Expatriate
    • – Tanner Blue
    • – Daniel In The Lion's Den
    • – The Banjo Lesson
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    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
    Gilberto GilLouvacaoUniversal Sound

    NOW ON CD as deluxe Jap-style hard-cased exact repro digitally remastered box edition with Obi-card.

    also:

    Superb collectors edition very limited deluxe (1000 copies worldwide ) VINYL ONLY  release on Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound. bespoke 180gsm remastered audiophile vinyl, w/jap obi strip and thick card sleeve.

    This is the extremely rare debut first album from Gilberto Gil, first released in Brazil in 1967, at a time when Gil was a man already at the height of his creative powers and yet barely a few years into his career. 

    In 1967 Gil was already established as a Bossa Nova star in Brazil and had helped launch Musica Popular Brasileira, introducing traditional northern folkloric styles into the urban bossa nova style to create a new hybrid that effectively defined Brazilian popular music for the next 25 years.

    Just around the corner the musical and cultural anarchy of the Tropicalia movement was about to be created by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Os Mutantes. 

    Gil had first met Caetano Veloso in Bahia in the early 1960s. Alongside Maria Bethania, Gal Costa and Tom Ze they had formed the Group from Bahia. In 1965 he moved to Sao Paulo to launch his solo career after Elis Regina had a hit with Gil's own composition Louvacao.

    This debut 1967 album showed how confident Gil was in his musical inventiveness. As well as the title track, the album includes seminal tracks that have become classics of Brazilian contemporary music. 

    Viramundo (later covered by Sergio Mendes) effortlessly blended the north-eastern accordion baiao and xaxado rhythms of Luiz Gonzaga. Procissao, in contrast, took its starting point as the religious processions found in the Afro-Brazilian centre of Salvador. Songs such as Roda, instantly became classics of Brazilian popular music.

    Add to this the lyricism of poets and artists Chico Buarque, Torquato Neto, Capinam, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Gil himself and we are presented with one of the most significant debut albums of Brazilian music from one of the most important artists in Brazil to this day.

    • – Louvacao
    • – Beira Mar
    • – Lunik 9
    • – Ensaio Geral
    • – Me Perdoe Maria
    • – A Rua
    • – Roda
    • – Rancho Da Rosa Encarnada
    • – Viramundo
    • – Mancada
    • – Água De Meninos
    • – Procissao
    • – Minha Senora
    • – A Moreninha
    Oliver LakeNtu: Point From Which Creation Begins (1971)Universal Sound

    VINYL COMES WITH FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VOUCHER FROM OUR WEBSITE ONLY!

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are reissuing jazz composer Oliver Lake's Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, his stunning rhythmical Afro-centric deep spiritual jazz debut album originally recorded in 1971. This classic spiritual deep jazz album digitally remastered and cased in bespoke original artwork exact reproduction on hardboard Jap-style box case CD and a very limited (1000 worldwide) heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition.

    This album features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records’ own Freedom, Rhythm and Sound large-format book of revolutionary jazz.

    Saxophonist Oliver Lake’s unique career path includes working with Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Bjork, composing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and as long time member of the avant-garde jazz group World Saxophone Quartet. This genre-defying, wide-ranging and cross-pollinating creativity is a consequence of Lake’s musical roots in the radical Black Arts Movement of 1960s Afro-America.

    Oliver Lake’s career began in a creatively charged time and place. In the late 1960s, Lake alongside Julius Hemphill and Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw, co-founded The Black Artists Group (BAG), the St Louis-based equivalent to Chicago’s Art Ensemble of Chicago/Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians collective.

    Out of this BAG collective came many other variant groups and arts projects which included The Human Arts Ensemble, Red Black & Green Solidarity Unit, Onawali Dancers, Malinque Rhythm Tribe, BAG Drama Dept., Great Black Music Orchestra of St. Louis, Fire-Earth-Air-Water, Me We & Them and the Julius Hemphill Quartet.

    The first recordings from Oliver Lake and the Black Artist Group collective, true to keeping with the era’s radicalism, self-definition and economical empowerment value system, kept a wide birth from the mainstream music industry and were released on the private pressing record label, Universal Justice, self-distributed at concerts and events.

    In 1971, after appearing on two collective projects by The Human Art Ensemble and Children of The Sun, Oliver Lake recorded his own debut album Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, self-financed for release on his own Passin Thru’ record company. However, shortly afterwards the tape of this album was put in storage, as Lake and the other BAG members headed off to Europe in the path of The Art Ensemble of Chicago and other free jazz African-American musicians, many of whom were finding a new open-minded audience across the Atlantic.

    Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins remained unreleased until 1976 when an association with major label Arista/Freedom issued a number of Lake and the Black Artists Group’s early releases and unreleased tapes. Long unavailable, this album has now itself become a rarity.

    Heavily progressive, rhythmical and intense, the album features Lake alongside an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest radical, avant-garde and deep jazz musicians which includes Joe Bowie (Lester’s brother, who also later formed Defunkt and worked with James White and The Blacks), Don Moye (on loan from the Art Ensemble of Chicago), and regulars such as Charles Bobo Shaw.

    Lake returned from Europe to live in New York in the second-half of the 1970s to firmly ensconce himself in the emerging Loft Jazz scene, which soon became the dominant avant-garde movement of this era, and Lake an intrinsic member. At this time Lake also formed the World Saxophone Quartet alongside Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray, which continues it’s own radical path to this day.

    • – Africa
    • – Tse'lane
    • – Electric Freedom Colors
    • – Eriee
    • – Zip
    Voodoo DrumsDrummers Of The Societe Absolument Guinin (Haiti)Universal Sound

    Unique collection containing authentic rhythms of Haitian Voodoo drumming. Recorded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by Soul Jazz Records, this album features The Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinen.

    Voodoo is the African religion at the heart of Haitian life. The complex rhythms of the drums are used to bring down African spirits in Voodoo ceremonies. These drums are the link between the music of Africa and the Caribbean. With links to Cuban Santeria, Jamaican and Trinidadian Afro-religions, Voodoo rhythms are the heaviest, most intense of all. Soul Jazz Records.

    REVIEWS

    "Soul Jazz yet again come correct with the roots and culture. This amazing set of ritual breakbeats Haitian style has to be the most phenomenal, left field battle breaks album you could imagine. The rhythms used cause spirits to manifest themselves in the physical world, all powerful, some benevolent, others less so. Enjoyable and really quite mind expanding, this is recommended to anyone who thinks traditional music is not for them. Really unparallelled, both in terms of quality and the competition." Boomkat

    "Haitian Voodoo is a religion of the new world that came about during the 16th century African slave trade. During their rituals they use drums to bring spirits down to the earth, faccilitating a possession of a worshipper by a specific spirit. Soul Jazz released these pristine recordings and I think it’s one of the best recordings of a drum ensemble I’ve ever heard. It documents the broad tonal range of these drums. I had to check the liner notes to make sure there wasn’t a bass guitar or synthesizer in the mix!" Type

    "This record, which consists entirely of recordings of voudou drumming made in Port-Au-Prince, is one of a series of Soul Jazz releases exploring Haitian music, all of which are worth your attention. Nonetheless there's something about the intensity and virtuosity of this particular drums-based album that's particularly transportive. Beautifully recorded so each strike of each drum punches with all the force of an electronic dance music kickdrum, it captures the extraordinary complexity and sophistication of these ceremonial rhythms, which shift, interlock and switch angle of attack with a logic that's near-indecipherable as a listener unable to see visually how they unfold. These drum rituals are central to Haitian voudou, whose roots lie in closely related religions on the West Coast of Africa, and which originated in the 18th century when Haiti was a French slave colony. Their roles in ceremonies seem as complex and detailed as the rhythms themselves, involved in drawing participants together through the shared pulse of the beat and inciting spiritual possession. Yet their power to awe and mesmerise isn't dimmed through being relatively unfamiliar with the traditions that underlie them; these recordings are dynamic and riveting in their intricacy and power." Quietus

    "I haven't heard anything quite like this; the rhythms are very deeply orchestrated yet it also sounds like improvisation. There are tonalities and textures coming from this album like I've never heard. A great album by Soul Jazz, it's very well recorded, the drums sound so warm and nuanced, a great representation of each drum in the mix. Some of the sounds I have no idea how they are getting them. I would love to see this group play! As a drummer, this album is bending my ear and setting off the dancing devils in my soul!! Unreal!" Guardian Guide

    • – Yanvalou
    • – Africanadou
    • – Rongol
    • – Zepol
    • – Dahome
    • – Congo
    • – Mai
    • – Parigol
    • – Contredance
    • – Afranchi
    • – Juba
    • – Petro
    • – Kita
    • – Boumba
    • – Koye
    • – Zepol
    • – Areyen
    • – Mas Karon
    • – Ibo
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    Elis ReginaSamba, Eu Canto Assim !Universal Sound

    Soul Jazz Original Brazil Classics:

    In 1965, Elis Regina dominated the world of Brazilian music. Riding high on her success, the powerfully-voiced singer was the star of her own television show (O Fino da Bossa), winner of the first national broadcast musical competition (for TV Excelsior) and a stunning live performer on stage.

    Having emerged out of the Bossa Nova wave of the early 1960s, Elis Regina's stunning theatrical mixture of boss nova, samba, jazz and other music styles placed her at the top of her profession and her unique style effectively launched MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), the new post-bossa nova modern musical movement in Brazil that would reign supreme for the next 20 years, as singers such as Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, Chico Buarque and others embraced this new style.

    Artistically Elis Regina surrounded herself with only the finest songwriters and musicians such as Edu Lobo, Carlos Lyra, Marcos Valle, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell.

    Whilst her music was apolitical, her criticism of the military dictatorship ( from a coup in 1964), led to persecution by the state, at one point the authorities forcing her to sing the Brazilian national anthem at a stadium concert, under threat of her family's safety.

    Elis was married twice, first to boss nova songwriter Ronaldo Boscoli and secondly to the musician Cesar Mariano. She tragically died in 1986, aged 36.

    Samba, Eu Canto Assim is one of Elis Regina's definitive albums recorded at the height of her career and long regarded as a classic release in Brazil. This is a bespoke high quality box-edition hardback-cased card CD edition of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album. 

    • Elis Regina – Reza
    • Elis Regina – Menino Das Laranjas
    • Elis Regina – Por Um Amor Maior
    • Elis Regina – Joao Valentao
    • Elis Regina – Maria Do Maranhao
    • Elis Regina – Resolucao
    • Elis Regina – Sou Sem Paz
    • Elis Regina – Pot - Pourri: Consolacao / Berimbau / Tem Do
    • Elis Regina – Aleluia
    • Elis Regina – Eternidade
    • Elis Regina – Preciso Aprender A Ser So
    • Elis Regina – Ultimo Canto
    Tamba TrioTempoUniversal Sound

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sounds Original Brazil Classics series.

    Following on from our earlier release ‘Avanco’ comes Tempo – an album blending bossa nova and jazz with an unparalleled experimentalism. Originally released in Brazil in 1964, The Tamba Trio’s third album Tempo is a deep bossa jazz masterpiece.

    The group were centred around the genius pianist/composer Luiz Eca, alongside Bebeto on flute and bass and Helcio Milito on drums. Emerging out of Brazil’s new Bossa Nova scene at the start of the 1960s, they became the key group of musicians associated with all the major singers of the period - Carlos Lyra, Edu Lobo, Nara Leão, Sylvia Telles and more - as well as a stunning body of work as a group in their own right.

    This is a bespoke high quality box-edition CD of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork of the original album.

    There is also a very collectable limited edition (1000 worldwide), exact-repro vinyl edition with hardback American-pressed sleeve and heavyweight 180 gm vinyl.

    • – Boranda
    • – Nuvens
    • – Se Eu Pudesse Voltar
    • – Barumba
    • – Pregao
    • – Danielle
    • – Berimbau
    • – O Amor Em Paz
    • – A Morte De Um Deus De Sal
    • – Yansa
    • – Consolacao
    • – Moto Continuo
    Steve Colson & The Unity TroupeTriumph!Universal Sound

    In the early 1970s pianist and composer Adegoke Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the radical home of jazz music in Chicago, and spiritual home of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

    In 1980, Colson released ‘Triumph!’, recorded in Chicago with a stellar line-up of Art Ensemble and AACM members in the group including Joseph Jarman and Doug Ewart. This album was released on the private-press Silver Sphinx label, and distributed mainly in the local Chicago area. Universal Sound/Soul Jazz Records are releasing this extremely rare deep spiritual jazz album for the first time ever as a hardback edition CD and a very limited edition of 1000 –copy exact reproduction vinyl.

    • – Lateen
    • – Cidigie - Dicesui
    • – For Paul
    • – Unknown
    • – Temple at Dendera
    • – Triumph of the Outcasts, Coming
    Pheeroan ak LaffHouse of Spirit : MirthUniversal Sound

    American composer and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff's celebrated ‘House of Spirit:Mirth’ features in our recent revolutionary jazz records book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker).

    This album was originally released in 1979 on the composer Oliver Lake's bespoke private-press label Passin Thru' Inc., a not for profit label 'dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts'.  Consequently 'House of Spirit' remains one of the most elusive deep jazz releases of its time to collectors.

    Aklaff was an original of the Detroit jazz scene of the early 70s alongside musicians of the Tribe (Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond) and Strata collective (Kenny Cox and Charles Moore) and local luminaries such as Travis Biggs before moving to New York in the mid-1970s to work at the centre of the vibrant Loft/radical jazz scene. Here he worked and recorded with original greats such as Oliver Lake,  Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis (with numerous releases on India Navigation and other radical NY avant-jazz labels). At this time Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali became mentor to AkLaff, with Aklaff practically living at Ali's legendary club/live space 'Ali's Alley'.

    In the 1980s Aklaff continued his solo career with releases such as 'Fits Like A Glove' (1985), and 'Sonogram' (1989) featuring the cream of the New York 80s avant-garde players (Sonny Sharrock, Geri Allen etc) as well his continued work alongside artists of the calibre of Don Byron, Anne Claudine Myers, Julius Hemphill, Henry Threadgill and Oliver Lake.

    ‘House of Spirit: Mirth’ is one of the most radical of deep jazz releases of its time. Avant-garde beyond a doubt but with an Afro-centric rhythmical intensity hard to find in the myriad of independent free/loft jazz recorded in New York at the time.

    Influenced by Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, AkLaff also studied African drumming travelling to and working in the Ivory Coast, Togo, Swaziland, Malawi, Liberia as well as Nigeria, where he performed with Fela Kuti.

    Pheeroan AkLaff currently performs as a solo artist in New York and as part of the Cecil Taylor group. In 2006 he also co-founded Seed Artists Inc. for Artists and Communities, a non-profit organisation promoting inter-generational activities, concerts and music lessons, based in Brooklyn.

    This bespoke perfect replica reissue comes in a limited edition hardback box-case CD edition and a very limited  heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeve edition of 1000 copies worldwide.

    • – Ayin of Love
    • – Tzaddi Vau
    • – Michelle Del
    • – Jarawa
    • – Freedom
    • – 3 in 1
    Travis BiggsChallengeUniversal Sound

    Following on from their recent New Thing album of Deep Jazz in USA (Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp), Soul Jazz Records are re-issuing this lost classic album.

    Travis Biggs' "Challenge" is a boogie/jazz-funk/jazz lp originally recorded in Detroit in 1975.

    This one off-album initially came out on his own tiny T & C label with a pressing of 500 copies and was used by Travis as a demo.

    This is the second of 3 lost albums that Soul Jazz Records are re-issuing following on from first appearing on New Thing. As well as the track "Tibetan Serenity" (as featured on "New Thing" album), the album also includes super-rare versions of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and a cover of the Loft/Paradise Garage classic track, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle".

    • Travis Biggs – I Wish
    • Travis Biggs – Autumn Jewel
    • Travis Biggs – Fly Like An Eagle
    • Travis Biggs – Ven A. Bailar Conmigo
    • Travis Biggs – Solar Funk
    • Travis Biggs – The Do-Do Walk
    • Travis Biggs – Stone Country
    • Travis Biggs – Tibetan Serenity
    OchoOcho 2Universal Sound

    The second of three albums by Ocho, one of the defining bands of the Latin New York Funk sound. Led by Chico Mendoza, Ocho have been featured heavily in Soul Jazz Records "Nu Yorica" series and these re-issues are the three definitive albums by the group. Along with other artists such as Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Tito Puente, Ocho mixed Latin, Funk and Jazz in equal measure. The music of Ocho has never been fully available in this country before and Soul Jazz Records are releasing them in their entirety for the first time. These releases come on CD and luxury vinyl. Ocho 1 includes "Coco May May" as featured on Nu Yorica. Ocho 2 includes "What are you Doing For The Rest Of Your Life" also featured on the "Nu Yorica" series. And Ocho 3 includes the Latin Funk classic "Hot Pants Road".

    • Ocho – Oye Mi Son Cha Cha Cha
    • Ocho – La Batanga

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    The first recordings from Oliver Lake and the Black Artist Group collective, true to keeping with the era’s radicalism, self-definition and economical empowerment value system, kept a wide birth from the mainstream music industry and were released on the private pressing record label, Universal Justice, self-distributed at concerts and events.

    In 1971, after appearing on two collective projects by The Human Art Ensemble and Children of The Sun, Oliver Lake recorded his own debut album Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, self-financed for release on his own Passin Thru’ record company. However, shortly afterwards the tape of this album was put in storage, as Lake and the other BAG members headed off to Europe in the path of The Art Ensemble of Chicago and other free jazz African-American musicians, many of whom were finding a new open-minded audience across the Atlantic.

    Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins remained unreleased until 1976 when an association with major label Arista/Freedom issued a number of Lake and the Black Artists Group’s early releases and unreleased tapes. Long unavailable, this album has now itself become a rarity.

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    Lake returned from Europe to live in New York in the second-half of the 1970s to firmly ensconce himself in the emerging Loft Jazz scene, which soon became the dominant avant-garde movement of this era, and Lake an intrinsic member. At this time Lake also formed the World Saxophone Quartet alongside Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray, which continues it’s own radical path to this day.

    • – Africa
    • – Tse'lane
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    • – Black Expatriate
    • – Tanner Blue
    • – Daniel In The Lion's Den
    • – The Banjo Lesson
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    Soul Jazz Records’ new ox-blood red coloured vinyl limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album first released as a private-press album in 1970 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Asha Record label in Washington, DC.

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    CLASSIC! DEEP Jazz includes the wicked 'Home Rule'

    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.


    • – Home Rule
    • – Just 71% Moor
    • – 2504 Cliffbourne Pl.
    • – Fountain In The Circle
    • – City Tryptych
    • – Fountain In The Circle
    Soul Jazz Records presents Eddie RussFresh Out (1974)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing keyboardist Eddie Russ’s seminal debut deep jazz LP Fresh Out (and the first album ever released on Soul Jazz Records!) in a new limited edition COLOURED vinyl 1000 copies worldwide (+ free download code) and new CD edition.

    Eddie Russ's Fresh Out was independently released in Detroit in 1974 and has remained a collector's item ever since. Russ was an important figure to emerge from the vibrant underground jazz scene that thrived in Detroit in the early 1970s, existing in the cultural and economic desolation of the city after the departure of Motown in the late 1960s.

    This scene included the musical collective Tribe (including members Wendell Harrison, Marcus Belgrave, Phil Ranelin, Harold McKinney and Doug Hammond) and Kenny Cox’s Strata Records. Eddie Russ’s Fresh Out was first released in 1974 on the independent Jazz Masters record label.

    As well as including the classic jazz dance cut The Lope Song, Eddie Russ’s Fresh Out featured the debut of the group The Mixed Bag who subsequently recorded for both Tribe and Strata Records. Eddie Russ released two further classic jazz funk albums in the late 1970s, See the Light and Take a Look at Yourself.

    • Eddie Russ – The Lope Song
    • Eddie Russ – All But Blind
    • Eddie Russ – Shamading
    • Eddie Russ – Hill Where The Lord Hides
    • Eddie Russ – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
    • Eddie Russ – Watergate Blues
    Pheeroan ak LaffHouse of Spirit : MirthUniversal Sound

    American composer and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff's celebrated ‘House of Spirit:Mirth’ features in our recent revolutionary jazz records book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker).

    This album was originally released in 1979 on the composer Oliver Lake's bespoke private-press label Passin Thru' Inc., a not for profit label 'dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts'.  Consequently 'House of Spirit' remains one of the most elusive deep jazz releases of its time to collectors.

    Aklaff was an original of the Detroit jazz scene of the early 70s alongside musicians of the Tribe (Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond) and Strata collective (Kenny Cox and Charles Moore) and local luminaries such as Travis Biggs before moving to New York in the mid-1970s to work at the centre of the vibrant Loft/radical jazz scene. Here he worked and recorded with original greats such as Oliver Lake,  Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis (with numerous releases on India Navigation and other radical NY avant-jazz labels). At this time Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali became mentor to AkLaff, with Aklaff practically living at Ali's legendary club/live space 'Ali's Alley'.

    In the 1980s Aklaff continued his solo career with releases such as 'Fits Like A Glove' (1985), and 'Sonogram' (1989) featuring the cream of the New York 80s avant-garde players (Sonny Sharrock, Geri Allen etc) as well his continued work alongside artists of the calibre of Don Byron, Anne Claudine Myers, Julius Hemphill, Henry Threadgill and Oliver Lake.

    ‘House of Spirit: Mirth’ is one of the most radical of deep jazz releases of its time. Avant-garde beyond a doubt but with an Afro-centric rhythmical intensity hard to find in the myriad of independent free/loft jazz recorded in New York at the time.

    Influenced by Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, AkLaff also studied African drumming travelling to and working in the Ivory Coast, Togo, Swaziland, Malawi, Liberia as well as Nigeria, where he performed with Fela Kuti.

    Pheeroan AkLaff currently performs as a solo artist in New York and as part of the Cecil Taylor group. In 2006 he also co-founded Seed Artists Inc. for Artists and Communities, a non-profit organisation promoting inter-generational activities, concerts and music lessons, based in Brooklyn.

    This bespoke perfect replica reissue comes in a limited edition hardback box-case CD edition and a very limited  heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeve edition of 1000 copies worldwide.

    • – Ayin of Love
    • – Tzaddi Vau
    • – Michelle Del
    • – Jarawa
    • – Freedom
    • – 3 in 1
    Steve Colson & The Unity TroupeTriumph!Universal Sound

    In the early 1970s pianist and composer Adegoke Steve Colson and vocalist Iqua Colson were both members of The Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the radical home of jazz music in Chicago, and spiritual home of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

    In 1980, Colson released ‘Triumph!’, recorded in Chicago with a stellar line-up of Art Ensemble and AACM members in the group including Joseph Jarman and Doug Ewart. This album was released on the private-press Silver Sphinx label, and distributed mainly in the local Chicago area. Universal Sound/Soul Jazz Records are releasing this extremely rare deep spiritual jazz album for the first time ever as a hardback edition CD and a very limited edition of 1000 –copy exact reproduction vinyl.

    • – Lateen
    • – Cidigie - Dicesui
    • – For Paul
    • – Unknown
    • – Temple at Dendera
    • – Triumph of the Outcasts, Coming
    BoomboxSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979-82, all released on small, independent, often family-concern record companies, at a time when hip-hop music still remained under the radar.


    This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat, party on the block rap records were the first to try and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were back-spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band’s Apache or Babe Ruth’s The Mexican, these first rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes, whilst MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique sound that later became known derisively as old school.


    And while hip-hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where long-time established rhythm and blues producer-owned record companies such as Joe Robinson’s Enjoy Records, Paul Winley’s Winley Records, Delmar Donnel’s Delmar International and Jack Fatman Taylor’s Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap music - releasing early ground-breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill Gang’s Rappers Delight, a million-selling worldwide hit.


    This collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.


    Deluxe double CD-pack comes with slipcase, 40-page outsize perfect-bound booklet, extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple-vinyl heavyweight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.


    REVIEWS:

    Soul Jazz has a reputation for top-notch compilations that offer crash courses in a variety of styles and genres both beloved and obscure; they are, in essence, the K-Tel of the millennial generation.

    This is one of the best Soul Jazz sets in ages, a legitimate party in a box, overflowing with underground deep cuts that have seldom — if ever — been spotted on other collections - FACT

     ROLLING STONE Best Rap Albums of 2016

    • Mr Sweety G – At The Place To Be
    • Love Bug Star-Ski and The Harlem World Crew – Positive Life
    • Neil B – Body Rock
    • Super 3 – Philosophy Rappin' Spree
    • Bramsam – Move Your Body
    • Black Bird & Kevski – On The Go
    • Count Coolout – Rhythm Rap Rock (CD only)
    • Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention
    • Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew – Willie Rap
    • Bon-Rock & The Rhythm Rebellion – Searching Rap
    • Sugar Daddy – One More Time
    • Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three – The New Rap Language
    • TJ Swan – And You Know That
    • Portable Patrol – Cop Bop
    • Master Jay – We Are People Too
    • Sweet G – Boogie Feelin' Rap
    • Mistafide – Equidity Funk
    Lloyd McNeill QuartetAsha (1969)Soul Jazz Records

    New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album, the debut release from flautist Lloyd McNeill released on his private-press Asha Record label and recorded in Washington, DC in 1969 (originally only 500 copies were ever made).  First reissued on Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound sub-label in 2011 (long deleted) and now available newly digitally remastered on Soul Jazz Records main label.

    Lloyd McNeill is a multidisciplinary artist – a painter who lived in Paris in 1965 and was a friend of Picasso, a musician who has worked with Nina Simone, Nana Vasconceles, Ron Carter, Cecil McBee and many more and a music anthropologist, poet and teacher.

    In the 1960s he was involved in the civil-rights movement and produced music for ballet, paintings and installations. His music mixes jazz with Latin, Brazilian and African rhythms that McNeill learnt was studying anthropology in his travels through much of Africa and Brazil (where he joined with Dom Salvador, Paulinho da Viola, Paulo Maura and Martinho da Vila).

    The album comes with extensive sleevenotes and interview with Lloyd McNeill as well as exclusive photos and text. Vinyl is heavyweight vinyl pressing + download code limited to 1000 worldwide.

    Lloyd McNeill features on two earlier Soul Jazz releases, 'New Thing' and 'Freedom, Rhythm and Sound". Soul Jazz Records have also recently reissued Lloyd McNeill's stunning 'Washington Suite' album recorded in 1970.

    • – Asha
    • – As A Matter Of Fact
    • – Two Thirds Pleasure
    • – Dig Where Dat's At
    • – St. Margaret's Church
    • – Effervescence
    • – Warmth Of A Sunny Day
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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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    Count Ossie & The Rasta FamilyMan From Higher HeightsSoul Jazz Records

    This album is a strictly 1000-copies only worldwide digitally remastered exact repro LP+ download code. Also available as a very limited Japanese card sleeve edition CD - first copies only! Also digital album.

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    Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Rasta Family’s long lost reggae album ‘Man From Higher Heights’ (originally released in 1983), digitally remastered and with full original artwork.

    This release follows on from the earlier release of Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari ‘Tales of Mozambique’ (1975) also by Soul Jazz Records.

    Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, somewhere between the last Mystic Revelation album and the 1983 official release of ‘Man From Higher Heights’ it remains unclear whether this album is a mixture of original recordings overlayed with additional players, or Ossie’s post-Mystic Revelation players remaining true to the spirit of Count Ossie (who had died in a car crash in 1976).

    Either way it is a fascinating and successful blend of heavyweight Rastafarian roots rhythms and drumming alongside deep jazz improvisation and tripped out psychedelic fuzz guitar.

    The album was first released in 1983 on the British label VIsta Sounds with no mention of the line-up of the group. It has been out of print for over 30 years and remains one of the most mysterious of all releases relating to Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

    Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s.

    Count Ossie’s drummers made the first ever song to integrate Rastafarian traditional music into popular music - The Folkes Brothers’ song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport. His Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, hosted jam sessions between his drummers and Jamaica’s finest musicians, Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore and others.

    Count Ossie and the Group’s Man From Higher Heights remains one of the most elusive of his highly progressive Rastafarian inspired recordings, the final release in Count Ossie’s career.

    Also available:

    Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique (SJR LP/CD235)

    Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 (SJR LP/CD312)

    • – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • – Cruisng Down The Line
    • – Misfits
    • – Crossing River Jordan
    • – Mystic Memories
    • – Drums For Wise Man
    • – Chanting Higher Heights
    Black Fire ! New Spirits !Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new release Black Fire! New Spirits! is a deluxe double CD (and limited triple LP) exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period 1957-1975.

    In the 1960s and into the 1970s jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening.

    For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others.

    This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and Yusef Lateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, Granchan Moncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.

    This album coincides with the recent ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75’ book, published by Soul Jazz Books, which as well as including pioneering artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Alice Coltrane also features many of the artists included in this album. 

    REVIEWS

    "This double-disc set is the companion soundtrack to Soul Jazz's book of the same name. It documents 14 wide-ranging tracks by well-known foundational artists and those who followed the New Thing path to other realms during a fertile period during and after the Civil Rights Era. Soul Jazz has always done an admirable job both in curation and presentation." All Music

    Read full All Music review here

    • Yusef Lateef – Chang, Chang, Chang
    • The Last Poets – It's A Trip
    • Don Cherry – Utopia and Visions
    • Richard Davis – Dealin'
    • Archie Shepp and Jeanne Lee – Blase
    • Harold McKinney and The Creative Profile – In The Moog
    • Grachan Moncur III and The Jazz Composers Orchestra – Angela's Angel
    • Creative Arts Ensemble – Flashback Of Time
    • David Lee Jr – Second Line March
    • Lloyd McNeill and Marshall Hawkins – The Banjo Lesson
    • Tyrone Washington – Universal Spiritual Revolt
    • Pheeroan Ak Laff – Tzaddi Vau (Part 1)
    • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
    • Doug Hammond – Spaces and Things
    Hieroglyphic BeingThe Acid DocumentsSoul Jazz Records

    Current Wire magazine front cover artist Hieroglyphic Being’s debut album for Soul Jazz - The Acid Documents - is an album made up of tracks first released last year only ever available in a bespoke edition of 100 copies (yes 100) – in the form of a homemade CD-R – made exclusively for the Sounds of the Universe record store.

    This album is now released officially as a one-off edition of 1000 copies on coloured double vinyl, CD and digital, fully remastered with artwork by Japanese artist 2Yang.

    Hieroglyphic Being, aka Jamal Moss - who features on the front cover of Wire magazine’s current issue – is a DJ/composer/sound artist who makes pioneering, experimental, boundary-pushing Afro-futurist electronic music.

    Born and based in Chicago, Moss’s music embodies two of the cultural foundation blocks of the city’s musical lineage; that of Chicago’s original Acid House sound (c. 1986), that of Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Marshall Jefferson et al, alongside a rigorous experimental sound searching that taps into the cosmic musical lineage of pioneering artist Sun Ra whose Arkestra landed and was based in the city from 1946-61.

    This association with Sun Ra is by no means hypothetical, having just been in the studio with the Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and a host of free jazz players for the album Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl’s ‘We Are Not The First.’

    Similarly his relationship to Chicago’s original acid house pioneers of the late 80s is no hyperbole. Originally menotored by artist/producers Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, Moss also now runs his own Mathematics label which has released music by foundation acid house pioneers Lil’ Louis, Adonis and many others. To quote Moss, ‘I am the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy (the pioneering acid house DJ) at the Music Box.’

    Moss grew up in the south side of Chicago. After being thrown out of the home of his adoptive parents, he then spent three years homeless living on the streets of Chicago, living a nocturnal existence as a gigolo in Chicago’s alternative clubs. He began his career as a DJ at the pioneering Liquid Love parties at Chi-town’s legendary Power House (home of Ron Hardy’s MusicBox) around 1989.

    What clearly defines Moss’s music is that while sometimes pushing the limits of sound to an ear-splitting dimension of experimentation and DIY-electronics – the music is always clearly a progression of the lineage of black music. In the words of fellow Chicagoans, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, it is simply ‘Great Black Music.’ And yet in this uniquely defined sound, Moss somehow manages to draw into this world elements of industrial music, German electronic music (Cluster, Harmonia etc), Detroit’s sci-fi techno artists (Atkins, Saunderson, Craig) and more.


    (The second Hieroglyphic Being album on the new label, under his moniker Africans with Mainframes, will be released on Soul Jazz Records in January 2016)

    • – Culdees
    • – Dualism
    • – Fabian Society
    • – Gematria
    • – Jacobites Order
    • – Aurum Solis
    • – E Clampus Vitus
    • – Hollow Earth
    • – Illuminates Of Thaneteros
    • – Burlesque Degrees
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    Venezuela 70 : Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American EarthSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Venezuela 70 is the first-ever album of its kind to take a look at the groundbreaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela and created in the 1970s – during a time when the country was both a modern cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America on account of wealth from its vast oil supplies. 

    Venezuela lies at the northern part of South America, with neighbouring Colombia to its west and Brazil to its south. The north coast borders the Caribbean.

    Whilst much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative artists such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

    These Venezuelan artists looked to the future while exploring their country’s own musical heritage to create a new cultural identity. Similarities can be drawn with then contemporary movements around the world such as the Trópicalia and post-Trópicalia 1970s scene in Brazil of Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Secos e Molhados (all of which feature on Soul Jazz Records’ earlier Brazil 70).

    A similar parallel can be made in Europe with the experimental German groups of the 1970s (Can, Amon Duul, Harmonia, Neu all featured on Soul Jazz Records’ Deutsche Electronische Musik) who deconstructed and reconstructed the links between rock music and electronics to define a new German cultural identity.

    Most of these artists featured on Venezuela 70 remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world – a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of underground rock, synthetic electronics, funk, jazz and Latin American rhythms all of which explored new sounds and broke down musical boundaries to create a distinct and unique Venezuelan music and cultural identity.

    • Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
    • Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Machu Picchu
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
    • Angel Rada – Basheeba
    • Fernando Yvosky – Barcos De Papel
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Son De Tambor y San Juan
    • Vytas Brenner – Bang-Going-Gone
    • Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva – Irene
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Dame De Comer
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor y Fuera
    • Ofrenda Vytas Brenner – Caracas Para Locos
    • Grupo C.I.M. – Joropo No. 1
    • Angel Rada – Panico a Las 5am
    • Apocalipsis – Ayudame a Encontrar Mi Camino
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – La Quema De Judas
    LaraajiCelestial VibrationSoul Jazz Records

    This is the stunning debut album from Laraaji. ‘Celestial Vibrations’ was originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, and then first issued by Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound in 2010.

    Soul Jazz Records are now issuing this hypnotic piece newly re-mastered album once again in a very limited vinyl edition of 1000 and new CD as a full Laraaji release.

    ‘Celestial Vibrations’ is a cosmic ambient journey sounding unlike anything else when it was first released in 1978 - and sounding utterly unique today.

    Laraaji’s album was first issued in New York as a private-pressing record with only very minimal distribution. His distinctive use of the harp-like open-stringed zither and kalimba creates a hypnotic trance like musical landscape.

    Laraaji first came to fame in the 1980s as a worldwide ambient artist working with Brian Eno on EG Records. At this time Laraaji worked with a wide range of experimental musicians - Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Michael Brook, Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Nana Vasconcelos and Bill Laswell.

    Since Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound first released ‘Celestial Vibrations’ seven years ago (now long deleted), Laraaji’s career has had a renaissance, releasing a string of new albums including a fascinating collaboration with Blues Control for the FRKYWS label, as well as reissues of earlier albums including a three-album cassette only release last year.

    Today Gordon continues his unique musical and spiritual path - performing his music mainly for meditation at yoga global retreats. He runs his own ‘Therapeutic Laughter Workshop’ where he coaches people in the mindful use of laughing for its health benefits.

    The album is issued as a limited-edition deluxe vinyl and CD edition. (previously released as Edward Larry Gordon ‘Celestial Vibration’)

    • – All Pervading
    • – Bethlehem
    MalaMirrorsBrownswood Recordings

    Mala, one half of pioneering bass duo Digital Mystikz, returns with his second album via Brownswood. This time Mala's in Peru, collaborating with locals; Colectivo Palenke, Danitse, Asociacion Juvenil Puno and Sylvia Falcón. A weighty balance between bass heavy pressure and traditional Peruvian percussion and rhythm. 

    N.B. Vinyl format is a limited edition, deluxe boxset with 3xLP (180g), CD version of the album and DL code. 

    • – Kotos feat. Asociacion Juvenil Puno
    • – Dedication 365
    • – Cusco Street Scene
    • – They’re Coming
    • – Shadows
    • – Cunumicita
    • – Take Flight
    • – The Calling
    • – Inga Gani
    • – Looney
    • – Markos Swagga
    • – Zapateo feat. Colectivo Palenke
    • – Sound of the River feat. Sylvia Falcón
    • – 4 Elements
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    Lloyd ParksSlavingChapter Two / Inna De Yard

    Wicked new acoustically recorded version of his most well know tune "Slaving". Deep roots music from the yard recorded by French label Chapter Two / Inna De Yard. Taken from a forthcoming album "The Soul Of Jamaica" Limited 12" release..

    • Lloyd Parks – Slaving
    • Var – Crime
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    PUNK 45 : Chaos In The City Of Angels and DevilsSoul Jazz Records

    Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series featuring an array of first generation Los Angeles punk bands including X, The Germs, The Zeros, The Urinals, The Weirdos through to second generation hardcore groups like The Circle Jerks, Adolescents and T.S.O.L.

    Unlike the other major cities of New York and London, Punk in Los Angeles was pretty much ignored by the major record industry. As bands sprang up, Los Angeles punk gave rise to a wide range of its own DIY independent records with labels like Dangerhouse, Bomp!, What? And Upsetter documenting the nascent emerging scene.

    Original Los Angeles punk came in two distinct phases. The first punk groups (c.77-79) all centred around The Masque club in Hollywood, and the birth of the first ever hardcore groups who emerged in the surrounding Los Angeles suburb and beach areas (c.1979-81), mixing punk, skate and surfer ideologies. This album includes music from both periods.

    Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ documents this in detail. The 64-page outsize CD booklet features extensive notes, exclusive photography from celebrated original photographers Jenny Lens, Melanie Nissen (Slash magazine) and Edward Colver, original cover art as well as interviews and features on bands and labels (including The Urinals, Flesh Eaters, Dangerhouse, Posh Boy, Frontier, Upsetter and more!).

    The deluxe double vinyl comes in gatefold sleeve, inner sleeves, insert + free download (+ full sleevenotes and photography). This is the sixth Punk 45 release on Soul Jazz Records and follows on from the earlier releases covering punk from Cleveland, Akron, UK, USA and proto-punk, as well as the book Punk 45 – Cover Art of Punk written in collaboration with Jon Savage.

    • The Middle Class – Out Of Vogue
    • X – We're Desperate
    • The Flesh Eaters – Disintegration Nation
    • The Weirdos – A Life Of Crime
    • The Urinals – I'm White and Middle Class
    • Iggy & The Stooges – I Got A Right
    • The Germs – Forming
    • Agent Orange – Bloodstains
    • Black Randy & The Metrosquad – Trouble At The Cup
    • The Urinals – Ack Ack Ack Ack
    • The Zeros – Don't Push Me Around
    • The Randoms – ABCD
    • Circle Jerks – What's Your Problem
    • The Bags – Survive
    • The Adolescents – Amoeba
    • The Dils – Class War
    • The Deadbeats – Brainless
    • The Simpletones – I Like Drugs
    • T.S.O.L. – World War 3
    • Eyes – TAQN
    • The Hollywood Squares – Hollywood Square
    • The Deadbeats – Final Ride
    Ras Elroy BaileySticks ManDownbeat Man

    Elroy Bailey re-licking his killer late 70s U.K. roots tune with Black Slate, this time with The Downbeat Players, nice Melodica version on the flip. Limited pressing on Clear/Gray Splatter vinyl.

    • – Stick Man
    • – Natina Man
    • 7"£8.49
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    TV Sound and ImageSoul Jazz Records

    The 36 track 2CD album comes with 50-page book featuring text, biographies and photography. It also comes in a limited run two volume double-vinyl super-loud super-heavy gatefold sleeve editions. Compiled by Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) and sleevenotes biographies by Jonny Trunk (Trunk Records).

    TV Sound and Image features British composers who worked in television, film and music libraries the second half of the 20th century. 

    Aside from John Barry, whose work on the James Bond films made him a household name, or Tony Hatch and Laurie Johnson, the majority of composers featured here - Simon Park, Keith Mansfield, Reg Tilsley, Syd Dale, Keith Papworth – remain relatively unknown. And yet ironically they have created some of the most recognisable songs in British popular culture, their music widely disseminated on television.

    A quick role call of these would include Neil Richardson (who composed the theme tune to Mastermind) and Barry Stoller (who wrote Match of the Day). The Simon Park Orchestra’s Eye Level, theme song to the BBC series Van der Valk, reached number one in 1973. CCS’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love was the theme tune to Top of the Pops. And so on.

    This album is not however a stroll through the TV memories of the mind, but an exploration of the serious contribution that these creative musicians have on the landscape of popular music in Britain.

    Here then is a guide to the amazing music of many of the composers (both well-known and obscure) responsible for some of the most widely known music ever to come out of Britain in the second-half of the 20th century.

    Reviews:

    Quietus

    Der Spiegel: "spannende Klänge ...  die oft funky und immer lässig klingen"

    "thrilling sounds.... often funky and always chilled"

    New Zealand Herald: ***** "Every track is a killer... This is more than just music to mooch too."

    Irish Times: **** "downright funky"

    Volkskrant: "Ze leverden spanning op maat, die onbekende makers van fenomenale Britse film en tv-muziek. Door de cd TV Sound and Image opnieuw in de aandacht"

    Evening Standard: "deeply funky"

    Uncut Magazine "excellent 36 track set ... welcome additions to your collection"

    Q Magazine: ****

    • Barry Stoller – Condition Red
    • Pentangle – Light Flight
    • Geoff Love – Three Days Of The Condor
    • The Tony Hatch Sound – Man Alive
    • Richard Denton and Martin Cook – Tomorrow's World
    • Brian Fahey – At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal
    • Bullet – The Contract Man
    • Syd Dale – Man Friday
    • The Laurie Johnson Orchestra – Echo Four Two
    • Keith Papworth – Hard Hitter
    • John Barry – The Persuaders
    • Roy Budd – Getting Nowhere In A Hurry
    • The Simon Park Orchestra – Dawn to Dusk
    • The Marylebone Orchestra – Fiesta Numero Uno
    • Birds 'n' Brass – Sort of Soul
    • Johnny Gregory and his Orchestra – The Avengers
    • Johnny Harris – Fragment of Fear
    • Roy Budd – Get Carter
    • Neil Richardson – Guide Path
    • Brian Bennett – Canvas
    • Wil Malone – Death Line
    • Syd Dale – Huckleberry Fine
    • The Harry Roche Constellation – Spiral
    • The Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band – Jungle Fire Dance
    • The Laurie Johnson Orchestra – The New Avengers Theme
    • James Clarke – Folk Song
    • The Reg Tilsley Orchestra – Strike Rich
    • The Barry Gray Orchestra – Joe 90
    • Keith Mansfield – Soul Thing
    • CCS – Whole Lotta Love
    • Syd Dale – Artful Dodger
    • John Gregory – Jaguar
    • Nick Ingman – Down Home
    • Barbara Moore – Steam Heat
    • Alan Parker – Angels
    • Alan Moorhouse – Face Up
    • Deluxe 2×CD£12.00
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    • 2×LP Vol.1£23.00
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    • 2×LP Vol.2£23.00
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    • MP3 Release£8.99
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    The Skatalites at Studio One Collectors 7" Box SetIndependence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

    LAST COPIES!!!!! - GOING,GOING ........

    Unique new Soul Jazz Records’ Collectors Limited-Edition  7-inch box set special edition release  from the greatest ska band of all time!

    Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles which bring together seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

    The Skatalites were the definitive Jamaican group, who first came together in Kingston in the late 1950s and featured the acknowledged finest musicians in the country - Tommy McCook Rolando Alphonso Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett Lloyd Knibb, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore and Jackie Opel. 

    In 1963 they became the house band at Clement 'Sir Cosxone' Dodd's newly opened Studio One at 13 Brentford Road. The group played on every song cut at the studio, backing the greatest singers of the day - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals - as well as recording some of the finest instrumental music ever made under their own name.

    Here is a selection of some of their finest and hardest-to-find cuts made at Studio One between 1963-65. 

    This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2016.

    • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
    • The Skatalites – Suavito
    • The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
    • The Skatalites – El Pussycat
    • The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
    • The Skatalites – Surplus
    • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
    • The Skatalites – Further East
    • The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska
    • The Skatalites – King Solomon
    • 5×7" Boxset£30.00
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    Little JohnDash The Riddim / Thank You Jah Jah / Run Around GirlTRS

    Killer 12" 4 track dancehall release produced by Lloyd ‘Pickout’ Dennis from 1988. Featuring vocals from Little John “Dash The Riddim” and singers Conrad Crystal “Thank You Jah Jah” and Courtney Melody “Run Around Girl”. Limited on vinyl..

    • Little John – Dash The Riddim
    • Conrad Crystal – Thank You Jah Jah
    • Courtney Melody – Run Around Girl
    • Pickout All Stars – Version
    • 12"£10.99
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