It is a massive week for releases with something for everybody. Carmichael Musiclover has yet another new Soul album ‘Lifeline’ and Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Mohammad link up with Roy Ayers for ‘Jazz is dead 2′ CD out now, Lp due mid August, and the Jazz is dead 1 cd and Lp are now in stock albeit in limited quantities. Emma Jean Thackray is the latest london jazz artist to have a Night dreamer Direct to disc album released, and the long awaited Free nationals album is finally available on CD as well as Lp. Charles Tolliver has a new album on Gearbox as have the Funk band The Allergies.
There are many great reissues. Reggie Andrews’ beautiful rare Jazz album and Robin Jones latin masterpiece both have limited vinyl represses. Manfredo Fest ‘Brazilian Dorian Dream’ is reissued on Far Out, and the rare soul/funk album Rivage is issued on Athens of the North with extra tracks. There are many others. High Frequnecy ‘Summertime’ gets a welcome 45 issue and Joey Negro presents 30 years iof Z records on a 12″ sampler.
Pre-order for next week Norman Brown and Citrus sun the week after, 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.
Please note, face coverings are mandatory unless you have a validated exemption.
Stunning vinyl collection just in
See all newly arrived vinyl here
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