Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 17| Johnny Hammond – Gears

Johnny Hammond classic 1975 album ‘Gears’ was produced by the Mizell Brothers at the top of their game and is one of the all time great Jazz-Funk albums. It includes the funky up tempo instrumental ‘Los Conquistadores Chocolates’, and the Rare grooves ‘Fantasy’ , ‘Tell Me what to do’, ‘shifting Gears’ and beautiful ‘Can’t we […]

Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 16| Gregory Porter – Water

Imagine a voice with the richness of Nat King Cole, the phrasing and lyricism of Bill Wither and the range, depth and soulfulness of Dwight Trible/ Leon Thomas (Minus the yodelling) – Gregory Porter’s voice is such an instrument and a beautiful one at that. From the spiritual Jazz of ‘Black Nile’, the Coltrane-esque ‘Wisdom’ […]

Soul Brother Selection – 22nd April 2018

Hear the show at this link   Willie Tee – Walking up a one way street (45) Pointer Sisters – Send him back (45) Lou Ragland – Since you said you’d be mine (45) Mary Clark – You got your hold on me (Rsd 45) Snoopy Dean – Walking on air (Wiggle that thing cd/lp) […]

Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 15 | Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out

Superb Disco Jazz Funk album, Idris Muhammad  recorded ‘Turn this Mutha Out’ for the Kudu label in 1977. ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’ – a long-term favourite is like being momentarily transported to Jazz Funk paradise, a magical track that has become a classic. ‘Camby Bolongo’ is a delightful percussion heavy rhythmic instrumental featuring […]

Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 14 | Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces

The Mizell brothers produced some great jazz funk albums in the early to mid 70’s and were most associated with Donald Byrd and this classic 1975 album in particular. Their joyful heavily orchestrated backing tracks framed the lead instrument to create a total sound. Trumpeter Donald had recorded many great albums for Blue Note in […]

Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 14 | John Coltrane – Blue Train

When John Coltrane recorded ‘Blue Train’ for Blue Note, his only date as leader for the label, ‘Giant Steps’ was still two years in the future and ‘A Love Supreme’ five more beyond that. ‘Blue Train’ sits chronologically between his early and at times tentative Prestige albums and his full-on ‘Sheets of Sound’ Atlantic sets, […]

New releases and pre-orders | RSD 18 from 8am tomorrow!

There’s quite a few good new albums and singles this week. The New Mastersounds have a strong Funky Jazz album , Far out Monster Disco orchestra a strong modern disco album, Dave Liebman and Martti Vesela have good jazz set. There are also some good albums on vinyl from WVR Bvby, Bunky Leo and classic […]

2 days to go ’til #RSD18!

As many of you are aware this Saturday is Record Store Day , the one day of the year that focuses on independent record shops like Soul Brother Records. This is the 10th year that we have celebrated Record store day. I look forward to welcoming as many of you to our store on Saturday to enjoy the great […]

Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 13 | James Mason – Rhythm Of Life

This 1977 album from Roy Ayers guitarist James is one of the best rare groove jazz funk album ever. Featuring an all star line up inc Narada Michael Walden, Gene Torres and Roy Ayers sidemen Justo Almerio and Phillip Woo with the distinctive vocals of Clarice Taylor. ‘Sweet Power Your Embrace’ is an anthem that […]

Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 – Day 12 | Hank Mobley – Soul Station

Jazz is full of unsung heroes, men and women whose talent did not receive full recognition that may be they should. Hank Mobley is one such figure. The tenor saxophonist had the (mis)fortune to be contemporary with arguably the three of the greatest Jazz exponents of this instrument – John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Stan […]