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Conya Doss – Through Rose Coloured Glasses | Album Of The Day

One of the Queens of Neo -Soul , Conya Doss from Ohio returns with her ninth album 'Through Rose Colored Glasses'. It is a strong album which includes the typically Conya mid tempo head nodder's 'Take it Away', 'Wishful Thinking' and slightly off key 'Ain't Trading You' . 'Show Me' is more upbeat and features Lin Rountree on trumpet, whilst 'Long Haul' is more of a slow jam.'It Ain't Easy' ft Eric Roberson, which like most of the former titles is produced by Rodney A Jones. The album's highlights are the three songs written or co-written and produced by Myron...
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Wood Brass & Steel – Welcome To The Party (Soul Brother Records) – Album Of The Day Tuesday, 20th July 2021

Wood Brass and Steel were the last and the most famous house band of the All Platinum and Sugarhill Records groups of labels run by Sylvia and husband Joe Robinson. Although they recorded many tracks for themselves and on even more for other artists at the Englewood New Jersey studios in the 70's and early 80's, the band was formed in Hartford Connecticut and their roots go back to Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio in the late 60's. Drummer Harold Sargent had formed his first band in 1969 called The Pacemakers. The line up consisted of Bootsy Collins on bass, his...
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Southern Energy Ensemble – Southern Energy | Album Of The Day

Southern Energy—a long lost classic from the Black Fire vault—was the only album recorded by the group Southern Energy Ensemble, an R n’ B and Jazz collective of young, predominantly student musicians marshalled by James “Plunky” Branch of Oneness of Juju fame and Jimmy Gray of Black Fire Records. Originally recorded in 1977, it was only released physically on Black Fire Records some sixteen years later in 1993, copies of which tend to fetch fairly hefty price tags on Discogs.  The group features Marvin Daniels on Trumpet—who was one of the founding members of 100% Pure Poison—and a who’s who...
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Lamont Dozier – Love And Beauty | Album of the Day

Lamont Dozier, Eddie and Brian Holland formed Invictus the Creative Corporation when they left Motown in 1970. The Brilliant ‘Why Cant We be Lovers’ is an all time Soul classic and ‘New Breed Woman’ an in demand dancer. ‘Don’t leave Me’, ‘If you Don’t Want To be in my Life’ and ‘I’m So Glad’ are also good dancers. Also check the mid tempo ‘The Picture Will Never Change’. Classic early 70’s Soul. Buy the LP HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L5fRdcLwTM&ab_channel=Ra%C3%BAl.Nicol%C3%A1s
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Herbie Hancock – Manchild | Album Of The Day

Herbie’s 1975 album Manchild is a Jazz-Funk masterpiece, a great example of Herbie's forward thinking musical attitude that saw him take on a whole host of modern instrumentation and experimental electronic arrangements. His compositions from this period have a certain timelessness about them, music channelled and directed by a master of his craft who after having worked with Jazz giants such as Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis since the fifties, set about on his own musical path and totally redefined the contemporary landscape of Jazz insodoing.  His wholesale adoption of the Funk and it's swaggering, syncopated rhythms while incorporating heavily...
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Donny Hathaway – Live | Album Of The Day

Donny Hathaway had one of the strongest voices in Soul, both in mere vocal prowess and in his lyrical abilities. “The Ghetto”, one of his most beloved songs, is on par with Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (incidentally also a famous cover by Hathaway, as featured on this Live album) or Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up”. Live from 1972 cemented Hathaway’s reputation as one of the forerunners of Soul, giving wonderful Jazzed-up interpretations (two of them running over the 10-minute mark) of classics. Hathaway plays with the audiences of the Troubadour in Hollywood and the Bitter End in New York...
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Bunn Debrett Quintet – Album Of The Day

This eponymous album, Bunn Debrett Quintet, owes much to London Transport's 94 Night Bus. Drummer and percussionist Stephen Bunn (Bunny) and guitarist and keys player Jon deBrett first collaborated as founding members of 90's Acid Jazz Records signed act Mother Earth. With further partnerships as remixers, producers and DJs the pair called it quits on the music industry sometime around the turn of the millennium. Then in 2019 they bumped into each other at the world famous 100 Club in London's Oxford Street at a gig featuring a new incarnation of Mother Earth with Matt Deighton from the original line-up....
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Black Jazz | Label Feature

Check out some of our latest black Jazz Albums that have just come back in stock, and some of the newest releases on the Real Gone Re-issue series. Many of these titles have been reissued for the first time on vinyl and there are some great numbers to get stuck into here, available on both CD and LP. The latest Black Jazz release is Doug Carn & Jean Carn - Infant Eyes, his debut 1971 record for the Black Jazz label, while the much anticipated second drop of Calvin Keys' 1971 album Shawn Neeq has finally arrived. Scroll through the...
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New Tone Poets – Curtis Amy – Katanga & Art Blakey – Witch Doctor

ART BLAKEY - WITCH DOCTOR Recorded in 1961, but not released until 1967, The Witch Doctor features one of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ all-time great line-ups: Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Lee Morgan on trumpet, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. Shorter and Morgan each contribute two tunes, with Timmons penning one. Highlights include Morgan’s spectacular 6/8 modal piece “Afrique” and Shorter’s minor masterpiece “Those Who Sit And Wait.” Bobby Timmons brings the deep soul goods on his composition “A Little Busy,” and the album closes with a fleet-footed romp through Clifford Jordan’s tune “Lost and Found.”   CURTIS AMY - KATANGA Who are these guys? That’s the usual reaction of anyone fortunate enough to have come across this...
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Album Of The Day | Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today

From its cover art to its incisive original songs, few records better illustrate the gulf between the promise of America and its reality than Curtis Mayfield's THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE AMERICA TODAY. The self-produced 1975 set touches on gun violence, economic woes and the struggles of life in the city, but the litany of problems is balanced by resilience and beauty, particularly on singles “So In Love” and “Love to the People.” Mayfield's haunting voice and muscular guitar work are just as impressive as his lyrics, and the Curtom collection was named one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All...