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New Releases and Pre-Orders, Friday 3rd Feb 23

There are some great new releases this week, especially reissues. There is a new album, on Blue Note from veteran drummer Joe Chambers. Kent have put together a superb compilation of Loma Northern soul and revelations featuring many unreleased tracks on Cd and a limited edition 7 x 7" Box set. There is a high quality vinyl reissue of Gil Scott Heron's debut album 'A new Black Poet' and a new album from Bootsy Collins on Lp from Japan. There are also a few copies of some great Japanese reissues of rare soul albums from Smoke, The Topics, The Ultimates and more. The latest Blue Note Tone Poet album from...
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Milton Wright – Friends and Buddies | Album Of The Day

Milton Wright,  the brother of Betty Wright was a singer, songwriter and producer in the Miami Soul scene in the late 60s and 70s. He recorded his seminal album Friends and Buddies in 1975 for the Alston label. The Album includes his magical all time great rare groove cut 'Keep It Up' which has a very unique synth sound. 'The Silence That You Keep' is a percussive upper-mid tempo song that has more of a Miami sound to it. 'Po Man' has an a incessant beat and some nice guitar riffs from Milton. 'Get No Lovin Tonight' is another uptempo...
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Tom Grant – Mystified

Tom Grant’s 1978 Timeless release Mystified sees an uncharacteristic reissue from Music on Vinyl on white coloured vinyl, an album that was recorded on the same date, with the same players and during the same session as Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Rick Laird’s album Soft Focus. Both albums, produced by Joe Henderson and featuring covers of his songs, even share the same black and red album artwork. The album is a dyed in wool jazz fusion album, featuring pungent and abrasive musicality and serious chops. This reissue is a limited release on the 45th anniversary of the original release date, limited...
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James Brown – Soul On Top | Album Of The Day

Soul On Top is the 28th studio album by James Brown, released originally in April 1970 on King. Led by Brown and Maceo Parker, this album marks an unusually jazzy release for James Brown that delves into orchestral territories, projecting a bold and luscious big band jazz sound. The release exhibits a different side to James Brown, shunning his trademark repetitive funk for more detailed and larger arrangements, conducted and arranged by Oliver Nelson with Louie Belson’s 18-piece jazz orchestra. Brown’s piercing voice and deeply soulful register is accented by the ornate detail of the musical backing.   That’s My...
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New Releases and Pre-Orders, Friday 27th January 23′

Firstly, please accept our apologies for any difficulties or delays you have experienced with us this week. Due to two seperate faults we suffered a complete loss of Internet connectivity which also knocked out our phones until late yesterday. This has prevented us from processing orders, emails etc but all is now fixed and all Uk orders for the week will be shipped by today and overseas orders and queries replied to by monday. There are some great reissues and new albums this week, mainly on the jazz side.  There are two reissues of superb Spiritual and Jazz dance albums from Carter Jefferson and Tom...
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Carter Jefferson – The Rise of Atlantis | Album Of The Day

Carter Jefferson – The Rise of Atlantis (LP Only) Music On Vinyl Carter Jefferson’s 1979 album sees a very welcome reissue, limited to 1000 copies on green coloured vinyl. This original Timeless album was the only release from the American tenor saxophonist who first made a name for himself as a member of Woody Shaw’s working quintet. Shaw also produces the album, a magnificent example of late seventies jazz fusion performed by an extremely gifted group of musicians: Steve Thornton on percussion, Terumasa Hino and Shunzu Ono on trumpet and flugel, Victor Lewis on drums, both Harry Whitaker and John...
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Cymande – Cymande (Orange Crush LP)

Cymande were a London (Balham) based West Indian band who made it big in America with this debut album from 1972. They had their own unique sound ‘Nyah Rock’, a mixture of cultures and sounds from the Caribbean and US soul and funk music. ‘The Message’ and ‘Bra’ were amazing big Funky dancefloor hits which have been sampled many times since and still sound as fresh and dynamic today as they did on the dancefloor back in the day. The Instrumental ‘Dove ’is 11 mins of beauty, a mix of blues, funk, jazz and West Indian sounds that culminate in...
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David Janeway – Entry Point (Original, Mint US Copies, Still In Shrink!) | Album Of the Day

David Janeway's 1986 independent Detroit release Entry Point is a bold offering of fusion jazz, flitting between Latin, modal and spiritual themes. Featuring desirable cameos from the likes of Bob Berg, Steve Berrios and Marcus Belgrave, the album comprises 7 tracks, 6 of which are original Janeway compositions.   After having an initial view to reissue the record, we contacted David a few weeks ago to propose this to him. He responded fairly quickly and mentioned that he still had original sealed copies of the record in question, which currently goes for around 90-100 pounds in private jazz collectors circles,...
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David Janeway – Entry Point (Written by Will Fox)

David Janeway was born in Rochester New York in 1955 to a family of avid musicians, performers and music purveyors. After a few years in the New York, the Janeway family upped sticks and moved to Detroit in 1960, a boomtown that saw waves of economic migration in the pre-war and post-war years. Everyone in his family played the piano, bridging his grandparents’ generation to his siblings and all those in between. Keys ran deep in the family blood, his father a big George Shearing fan started giving David informal tuition at the age of four. After noticing an early...
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Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu of Ethiopia | Album Of The Day

Mulatu Astatke’s genre bending 1972 album Mulatu of Ethiopia on Worthy Records sees a worthy repress on the Strut label.   Mulatu Astatke comes to us from Ethiopia via the UK, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, after which he went to Berklee School of Music in Boston studying percussion and jazz. During his studies, Mulatu would regularly travel to New York and frequent jazz clubs in the big apple from the Cheetah, a famous Puerto-Rican and Dominican Latin-jazz club on Broadway, The Palladium and the Village Gate, immersing himself in the vanguard sounds of the day....