Lianne La Havas returns with an album for summer illustrating her unique style of Soul and Jazz available on CD, LP and limited edition Peppermint Green LP. Lettuce deliver some Funky Jazz and keyboardist Christian Sands gives us some serious Jazz ft Marcus Strickland amongst other notable players. Euge groove keeps the flag flying for Smooth Jazz. There is a nice Blue Note re-imagined double A side 45 from Jorja Smith and Ezra Collective.
There are some good reissues and compilations with a Thom Bell retrospective, Vinyl albums from Kleeer, Darrow Fletcher and The Ohio Players.
Pre-order for next week for the new album from Kamaal Williams, see all the pre-order titles here.
Shop now open
The shop at 1 Keswick Road, SW15 2HL is now open from 11am – 6pm Monday – Saturday. We can only allow 2 people in the store at a time so please be prepared to wait if needs be.
Stunning vinyl collection just in
See all newly arrived vinyl here
Check out this short video highlighting some of the new Original Vinyl LPs that have just arrived, look out for a mailer early next week featuring these, but you can view them in the store today and tomorrow.
Record Store Day has now been postponed again and will now take place on three days , 29th August, 26th September and 24th October. The lists of which titles will be each day will be published on 1st June. Hopefully by that time we will be able to invite you to the shop , but keeping social distance and on-line from 6pm on each day for what titles are still available. See the list here
‘Fill the Gap’ – classic albums on vinyl…
In the meantime you can see our ‘fill the gap’ feature here
An introduction to Blue Note – 10 albums you must hear
Arguably Blue Note is the greatest Jazz label ever and was responsible for releasing so many classic albums over its 80+ year history. Its halcyon era was 1950’s/ 1960’s, when it pioneered Hard Bop. At various times, its roster included the likes of Art Blakey, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Horace Silver plus geniuses such as Miles Davis. The label recorded the first albums by a host of legends – for example, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard to name just a few. The label remained active in the Jazz Funk era and Donald Byrd’s 1973 album ‘Black Byrd’ was not only ground-breaking but was Blue Note’s biggest selling LP at that time.
Selecting 10 classic albums (100 would be hard enough) is a challenge, but this introductory selection is just a taster. See the list here
Recent original Vinyl Soul and Jazz LP arrivals can be seen here, there are some great collectors items still available.
Our current best selling albums and singles can be seen here.
Our usual spot on Solar will be suspended for the time being as we practise responsible social distancing by not putting ourselves or others at risk, both by travelling to the studio and also being in the studio. We think that the health of ourselves and others while also protecting the NHS is important at this time.
We are however going to continue to bring you the best weekly releases and collector’s pieces with a weekly two-hour mix that you can find on our Mixcloud. At present we don’t have the facility to record voiceovers, but hopefully you can still enjoy the music.
We timestamp the playlists and provide a download link so you can listen any time, anywhere.
Find the latest show here.
See all radio mix playlists here
Have a great weekend.
Laurence and Jason