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Juno Recommends Jazz

Juno Recommends Jazz

Jazz Recommends Jazz Best of 2018
3 Dec 2018
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DOL
Cat: DOL 725H. Rel: 26 Mar 18
Jazz
  1. So What (9:22)
  2. Freddie Freeloader (9:46)
  3. Blue In Green (5:30)
  4. Flamenco Sketches (11:35)
  5. All Blues (9:23)
 in stock $10.64
2
  1. When The World Was One (7:35)
  2. A Far Away Place (7:40)
  3. Patterns (8:15)
  4. Falling Water (9:25)
  5. Sagano Bamboo Forest (10:24)
  6. Kiyomizu Dera (6:51)
  7. Tribute To Alice Coltrane (12:41)
 in stock $21.56
3
Cat: YT 176LP. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Fists Of Fury (Earth) (9:42)
  2. Can You Hear Him (8:54)
  3. Hub-Tones (9:11)
  4. Connections (8:23)
  5. Tiffakonkae (9:19)
  6. The Invincible Youth (9:51)
  7. Testify (5:44)
  8. One Of One (9:48)
  9. The Space Travelers Lullaby (Heaven) (10:29)
  10. Vi Lua VI Sol (11:06)
  11. Street Fighter Mas (5:57)
  12. Song For The Fallen (12:40)
  13. Journey (8:51)
  14. The Psalmnist (7:19)
  15. Show Us The Way (6:50)
  16. Will You Sing (10:07)
  17. The Secret Of Jinsinson
  18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  19. My Family
  20. Agents Of Multiverse
  21. Ooh Child
Review: There's a growing feeling both inside and outside jazz that Kamasi Washington could well turn out to be one of the style's all-time greats. He's certainly making all the right moves, delivering thought-provoking concept albums of eyebrow-raising length that simply refuse to settle on one sound, rhythm, style or sub-genre. Heaven & Earth, his first album for almost three years, continues this trend, comprising angry instrumental answers to America's growing issues with class division and racism, Rotary Connection style workouts, Sun Ra-esque spiritual workouts, funk and soul-influenced burners, spiraling choral and orchestral affairs, and electric fusions of rubbery synth-funk and mind-altering jazz-blues. Typically, the results are never less than sublime, with Washington's virtuoso saxophone playing taking centre stage throughout.
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 in stock $39.39
4
Cat: GONDLP 07. Rel: 23 Apr 18
Jazz
  1. Cherry Blossom (7:22)
  2. Fletcher Moss Park (5:47)
  3. Mary Emma Louise (6:36)
  4. Sailing Out To Sea (1:31)
  5. Wee Lan (Little Orchid) (2:32)
  6. The Sun In September (7:50)
  7. Finding My Way (8:15)
 in stock $17.76
5
  1. Untitled Original 11383 (take 1) (5:40)
  2. Nature Boy (3:15)
  3. Untitled Original 11386 (take 1) (8:38)
  4. Vilia (take 3) (5:33)
  5. Impressions (take 3) (4:31)
  6. Slow Blues (11:28)
  7. One Up, One Down (take 1) (8:00)
  8. Villa (take 5) (4:37)
  9. Impressions (take 1) (4:03)
  10. Impressions (take 2) (4:33)
  11. Impressions (take 4) (3:35)
  12. Untitled Original 11386 (take 2) (8:35)
  13. Untitled Original 11386 (take 5) (8:20)
  14. One Up, One Down (take 6) (7:15)
Review: Jazz fans take note: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album more than lives up to its name. It features previously unreleased recordings by the late, great John Coltrane and his regular accompanying players (pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and Drummer Elvin Jones). The reels of tape the tracks were salvaged from were dated 1963, around the time that the quartet laid down some of its most forward-thinking work for the legendary Impulse label. Much of the material consists of original Coltrane compilations, though there are a few notable covers (including a great version of jazz standard "Nature Boy") dotted throughout. As you'd expect, Coltrane's performance is incredible from start to finish.
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 in stock $30.92
6
Cat: DYNAM 7017. Rel: 01 Oct 18
Jazz
  1. Never Was Love (4:03)
  2. Fantasy (5:13)
 in stock $10.64
7
Cat: B 002797001. Rel: 18 Feb 19
Jazz
  1. My Queen Is Ada Eastman (6:41)
  2. My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark (5:29)
  3. My Queen Is Harriet Tubman (5:38)
  4. My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper (5:06)
  5. My Queen Is Angela Davis (6:36)
  6. My Queen Is Nanny Of The Maroons (6:43)
  7. My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa (7:05)
  8. My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu (5:19)
  9. My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence (6:48)
 in stock $21.47
8
Cat: XOLP 002. Rel: 15 Oct 18
Jazz
  1. Rush Hour/Elegua (feat Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua) (3:07)
  2. Frontline (feat Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua) (6:17)
  3. Rye Lane Shuffle (4:25)
  4. Drum Dance (5:13)
  5. Axis Blue (5:09)
  6. City Nocturne (feat Zara McFarlane) (4:39)
  7. Waiting On The Night Bus (feat Terri Walker & Louis V) (5:33)
  8. Marooned In SE6 (feat Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua) (4:50)
  9. Ancestors (feat Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua) (3:09)
Review: Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd has been labelled as "one to watch" since winning the "Best Jazz Act" gong at the 2015 MOBO Awards. Three years on, and with a handful of lauded EPs behind him, Boyd is finally ready to deliver his debut solo album. We say, "solo album", but "Displaced Diaspora" is undoubtedly a collaborative affair, with various invited guests joining in with Boyd's distinctively eclectic, anything-goes fusion fun. Afro-brass outfit Kevin Haynes Grupo Eleggua make a huge impression on a number of tracks, Zara McFarlane provides a sensual, sumptuous vocal on the classic late night jazz smokiness of "City Nocturne" and Terri Walker and Louis V rise above the organic, jazz-fuelled hip-hop soul brilliance of "Waiting On The Night Bus".
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out of stock $17.57
9
Cat: LMNK 60LP. Rel: 28 May 18
Jazz
  1. Shamal Wind (8:41)
  2. Snake Eyes (6:30)
  3. Soho Strut (4:14)
  4. The Mirage (feat Matthew Halsall) (8:26)
  5. Barrio 71 (6:24)
  6. Rebel No 23 (6:08)
Review: Chip Wickham, who usually goes by the first name of Roger, returns to Madrid's excellent Lovemonk label with a mini LP to inaugurare the start of summer, which means a start to some pretty killer shades of balearica! In fairness, however, this album and the man's sound are much more in line with the jazzy end of the spectrum, breaking beats and forming new, forward-thinking arrangements. For instance, the opening "Shamal Wind" is a wonderful excursion into dreamier realms of the flute, while "Snake Eyes" picks up the tempo and makes way for an album thy can be plaid on your headphones, out on the car speakers, and most certainly in the dance! A wonderfully composed piece of music from a rising talent of true broken beat.
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 in stock $14.11
10
Cat: ETJ 001LP. Rel: 14 May 18
Jazz
  1. Intro (0:36)
  2. Juan Pablo (5:00)
  3. The Philosopher (5:10)
  4. Dylan's Dilemma (1:07)
  5. People In Trouble (5:48)
  6. James Speaks To The Galaxy (0:27)
  7. Space Is The Place (5:34)
 in stock $16.64
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Butterfly (reissue) (1 per customer)
Cat: BEWITH 028LP. Rel: 28 May 18
Jazz
  1. I Thought It Was You (7:10)
  2. Tell Me A Bedtime Story (5:10)
  3. Head In The Clouds (3:39)
  4. Maiden Voyage (7:22)
  5. Harvest Time (4:48)
  6. Sunlight (6:16)
  7. Butterfly (6:15)
  8. As (6:11)
out of stock $26.09
12
Cat: DYNAM 7019. Rel: 01 Oct 18
Jazz
  1. Been To Canaan
  2. It Don't Mean A Thing
 in stock $10.64
13
Cat: BLKG 1. Rel: 12 Mar 18
Jazz
  1. Canto De Ossanha (3:35)
  2. Cause I Need IT (2:57)
out of stock $10.12
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BBE
Cat: BBE 434CLP. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Koichi Matsukaze Trio - "Earth Mother" (11:22)
  2. Takeo Moriyama - "North Wind" (5:11)
  3. Tohru Aizawa Quartet - "Dead Letter" (10:09)
  4. Eiji Nakayama - "Aya's Samba" (6:37)
  5. Takao Uematsu - "White Fire" (7:48)
  6. George Otsuka Quintet - "Sea Breeze" (9:00)
  7. Shintaro Quintet - "A Blind Man" (10:54)
  8. Mitsuaki Katayma - "Unknown Point" (6:25)
  9. Karashima Fumio - "Little Island" (9:03)
  10. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - "Long Neal" (8:22)
  11. Takeo Moriyama - "Kaze" (5:08)
  12. Terumasa Hino Meets Reggie Workman - "Ode To Workman" (15:20)
Review: BBE latest "deep dive" into a widely underappreciated style focuses on a particularly fertile period in the history of Japan's "contemporary jazz" scene. Curated by renowned Japanese jazz diggers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden, J-Jazz focuses on material recorded and released between 1969 and '84, a period the label says represents a "golden age" for jazz in Japan. The compilation is both a serious history lesson and hugely enjoyable to listen to, featuring a mixture of U.S-influenced jazz-funk, fusion, post-modal and deep, spiritual improvisations. Naturally, all of the material has never been released outside of Japan before, with the vast majority of tracks being either ludicrously rare or sought-after. Simply essential, all told.
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 in stock $31.45
15
Cat: EXPAND 115. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Jazz
  1. You've Got To Have Freedom (6:48)
  2. Got To Give It Up (6:03)
 in stock $12.51
16
Cat: EHAW 001. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Jazz
  1. Colours In My Head (4:09)
  2. Different World (4:03)
  3. A Little Bit Of Funk (4:44)
  4. Play The Game Of Life (4:22)
  5. Magic Words (3:48)
  6. Come On & Try (5:09)
  7. Departure 03 (6:24)
  8. Waitin' (5:37)
out of stock $27.67
17
Cat: JMANLP 099. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Dawn Child (Sunrise) (6:17)
  2. Heaven's Mirror (11:27)
  3. Iyaami (14:25)
  4. Spice Routes (7:48)
  5. Sandhyavandanam (5:49)
  6. Egosystem (Solar Noon) (5:13)
  7. Reflection (7:05)
  8. New Day (3:56)
  9. Heaven's Mirror (reprise) (4:19)
  10. Minute's To Midnight For This Planet (2:50)
  11. Raga Requiem (Dusk) (9:30)
Review: For one reason or another, this is Emanative's debut for London's Jazzman imprint, with the artist having touched most other like-minded labels thus far. Better late than never, we say! It also marks Nick Woodmansey's fourth studio album to date, having travelled through Space and Time, and now landing firmly on Earth. As you'd expect, mystique and experimentation are very much a core part of this LP, morphing at every turn, shifting unpredictably amid jazz flutes, deep cello bass, and a supremely sporadic drumming aesthetic that perfectly encapsulates the 'free' element of jazz. The electronics play a part too, however, adding a noticeable aura to an already atmospheric selection of sonic patterns. A beauty, from start to finish.
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out of stock $20.50
18
Cat: FSRLP 122. Rel: 12 Feb 18
Jazz
  1. Evolution (7:40)
  2. The Arrow Of Time (10:04)
  3. Escape Velocity (7:27)
  4. Spiral (5:13)
  5. Nova (5:44)
Review: Melbourne musician Lance Ferguson is one hell of a talent, seemingly able to turn his hand to almost any style with predictably impressive results. Although best known for his role in funk combos the Bamboos and Cookin' on 3 Burners, he's also delivered loose and languid broken beat as Lanu and jazz with Menagerie, an expansive outfit that first appeared on Tru Thoughts in 2012. Here he reconvenes the musical ensemble for a sophomore set heavily influenced by the "post-Coltrane" modal sounds of legendary labels Strata East, Tribe and Black Jazz. As you'd expect, the whole thing is impeccably played and produced, with occasional forays into jazz-funk and soul-jazz territory amongst the more traditional-sounding contemporary jazz compositions on show elsewhere on the album.
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 in stock $15.17
19
Cat: GBR 014. Rel: 28 May 18
Jazz
  1. Paul (6:33)
  2. My Way, Your Way (3:49)
  3. Easy Going (4:04)
  4. Pearl (3:44)
  5. Senora (3:22)
  6. In The Mood For A Walk (6:05)
  7. Sunday Dawn (9:30)
Review: Serious jazz-funk collectors have long known about the stargazing charms of Senora's self-titled 1981 debut album, with copies of the rare German album changing hands for serious sums of money online. Happily, Growing Bin has decided to reissue it, allowing a whole new generation to discover its eccentric but hugely entertaining charms. Across the album's ten tracks you'd find sparkling, synthesizer-heavy jazz-funk dancefloor workouts, samba-infused summer shufflers, heart-aching piano jazz pieces, slick and sensual laidback groovers and - in the case of the obscure band's signature tune, "Senora" - wild and thrilling jazz-rock heaviness. In other words, it's an overlooked classic that's well worth a place in your record collection.
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out of stock $18.63
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VARIOUS
Cat: JMANLP 097. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Four Units - "Scarborough Fair" (7:51)
  2. Tohru Aizawa - "Sacrament" (11:23)
  3. Keitaro Miho - "Kikazaru" (4:37)
  4. Tee & Company - "Spanish Flower" (18:59)
  5. Takeo Moriyama - "Watarase" (6:40)
  6. Kiyoshi Sugimoto - "Babylonia Wind" (9:56)
  7. Toshiko Akiyoshi - "Kisarazu Zinku" (5:48)
  8. Yoshio Ikeda - "Whispering Weeds" (11:34)
Review: For the latest instalment in their long-running series chronicling the story of "modal, progressive and esoteric" jazz, the experts at Jazzman Records have turned their attention to the under-appreciated Japanese spiritual jazz scene. While Japan has always had a thriving jazz scene, many of the greatest records have never been released outside of the country, making this double-album - the second of two parts - something of an essential purchase. There's certainly plenty to enjoy, from the riotous brilliance of Four Units' fine revolutionary cover of folk standard "Scarborough Fair" (complete with killer drum solos) and the high-octane, rock and Blaxploitation funk-influenced madness of Keitaro Miho's "Kikazaru", to the frenzied free-jazz brilliance of Kiyoshi Sugimoto's "Babalonyian Wind".
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out of stock $29.28
21
Cat: EARTH 007LP. Rel: 23 Nov 15
Jazz
  1. Boys & The Sea (part 1) (3:38)
  2. Boys & The Sea (part 2) (0:35)
  3. Dance At The Stadium (2:22)
  4. Waltz (3:27)
  5. My Younger Brother (1:41)
  6. The Last Romantic (5:39)
  7. Evening Cafe (1:38)
  8. Summer Blues (2:28)
  9. All This Jazz (4:28)
  10. A La Invenzia (2:45)
  11. Don't Be Sad (2:47)
  12. Waltz (3:06)
  13. Unfinished Recording (2:38)
  14. Russian Ragtime (2:24)
  15. Dolphins (2:51)
  16. You Have Such Eyes (4:10)
  17. Goodbye Boys (2:21)
  18. On Tsvetochnaya Street (3:03)
  19. A Moment (2:06)
  20. Prelude For Ket (3:24)
  21. Roads (2:59)
  22. Couple In A Cafe (4:18)
  23. Expectation Of The New Year (1:13)
  24. Snow Over Leningrad (2:45)
  25. No One's Home (2:11)
  26. Along My Street For Many Years (2:45)
  27. What Is Happening To Me? (2:19)
  28. I Like (1:34)
  29. Aria For A Moscow Guest (1:51)
  30. I Asked The Ash Street (3:35)
  31. I Asked The Mirror (1:35)
  32. The Third Stroitelnaya Street (1:53)
  33. Melody (3:10)
  34. The Last Waltz (1:45)
  35. I Love (2:58)
  36. Morning Clouds (0:53)
  37. Moscow Morning (2:03)
  38. Moscow Morning (variation) (2:46)
  39. Morning In The Mountains (4:09)
  40. Prelude For Cello & Piano (2:20)
  41. Nocturne (2:22)
  42. I Am Writing To You By Accident (2:34)
  43. On The Scout (2:16)
  44. Over The Fields The Twilight Is Indistinct (1:58)
  45. Your Voice (3:01)
  46. Accordion Waltz (2:49)
  47. It Happens (2:52)
  48. Until Tomorrow (2:42)
  49. Don't Be Sad (2:48)
  50. I Am A Tree (3:12)
  51. Goodbye Boys (variation) (2:09)
 in stock $53.23
22
Cat: SES 7412. Rel: 26 Feb 18
Jazz
  1. Meterologicly Tuned (11:17)
  2. Watch What Happens Now (5:39)
  3. Umoja Suite (7:22)
  4. First Impressions (10:26)
out of stock $30.87
23
Cat: JMANLP 098. Rel: 12 Mar 18
Jazz
  1. Man From Varanasi (10:49)
  2. Humility (8:50)
  3. A Prayer For (9:05)
  4. Dervish (6:21)
Review: On his latest full-length excursion, British jazzman Nat Birchall has taken the bold move of replacing a piano with a harmonium. The move is reflective of his growing interest in the drone-heavy sound of Indian classical music, with the Harmonium's wheezing, modulating, held-note sound adding an authentically meditative feel to the album's raga-inspired spiritual jazz movements. Naturally, there are harmonium solos, too, and these dizzying, accordion-esque interludes, combined with freestyle drum solos, Birchall's distinctive sax playing and adventurous double bass parts, help to create a genuinely psychedelic and spiritual mood. It's adventurous stuff, but also hugely engaging and entertaining.
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out of stock $19.70
24
Cat: 603497 862474. Rel: 07 May 18
Jazz
  1. Rubberband Of Life (feat Ledisi - radio edit) (4:22)
  2. Rubberband Of Life (feat Ledisi) (5:46)
  3. Rubberband Of Life (instrumental) (5:37)
  4. Rubberband (6:14)
Review: Amongst jazz aficionados, Miles Davis's Rubberband album is regarded as one of the genre's "lost classics". Although recorded in 1985, the set has never been released. We're promised it will finally appear later in the year. First, as a taster, we're treated to an EP that accompanies the legendary title track - a dexterous and squeezable chunk of '80s electrofunk blessed with some fine soloing from Davis - with three new "Rubberband of Life" versions. These feature vocalist Ledisi and re-cast the track as a dusty, Fugees style chunk of New York hip-hop soul. While radically different in the best possible way, all three versions (radio edit, extended and instrumental takes) prominently feature the legendary trumpet player's meandering lead lines.
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 in stock $13.58
25
Cat: 0212748MS 1. Rel: 04 Jun 18
Jazz
  1. Uhuru Na Umoja (4:43)
  2. Ogun (5:16)
  3. Cosmic Peace (4:48)
  4. Universal Rhythm (5:09)
  5. Mystic Revelation Of The Gods (6:09)
  6. Let Your Light Shine On (4:57)
  7. Space Dimensions (6:47)
  8. Tribes From The Unknown (2:04)
  9. Me Do Wo (7:21)
  10. Essence Of The Sun (4:43)
  11. Love Power (4:42)
  12. Afro Black (5:17)
 in stock $20.09
26
Cat: MOVLP 1139. Rel: 11 Aug 14
Jazz
  1. Juba Juba
  2. Like It Is
  3. Othelia
  4. Moon Cup
  5. Back Home
  6. Get Over, Get Off & Get On
  7. Six Miles Next Door
  8. Sun Dog
 in stock $26.61
27
  1. Ode To Africa (9:00)
  2. Heavenese (5:52)
  3. Out Of The Blues (5:54)
  4. In The Moog (2:18)
  5. Corner Stone (4:34)
  6. Freedom Jazz Dance (6:15)
  7. Dolphin Dance (7:19)
out of stock $30.87
28
BBE
Cat: BBE 469ALP. Rel: 30 Jul 18
Jazz
  1. Philosopher's Stone (10:08)
  2. Sacrament (11:22)
  3. La Fiesta (9:56)
  4. Dead Letter (10:10)
  5. Samba De Orfeu (6:08)
out of stock $25.29
29
Cat: AJX2LP 436. Rel: 26 Mar 18
Jazz
  1. Mose Allison - "If You're Going To The City" (3:49)
  2. Les McCann - "Sad Little Girl" (2:52)
  3. Lee Morgan - "Psychedelic" (6:27)
  4. Eddie Harris - "Listen Here" (7:38)
  5. Harold McNair - "The Hipster" (4:34)
  6. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - "Kozo's Waltz" (6:49)
  7. Joe Gordon - "Terra Firma Irma" (7:45)
  8. Blossom Dearie - "Now At Last" (3:22)
  9. Blue Mitchell - "Mi Hermano" (5:21)
  10. Jimmy Smith - "A Walk On The Wild Side" (5:56)
  11. David Axelrod - "Get Up Off Your Knees" (3:37)
  12. Brand New Heavies - "Sphynx" (6:13)
  13. Marlena Shaw - "Look At Me, Look At You" (4:00)
  14. Charles Williams - "Trees & Grass & Things" (4:35)
  15. Geoffrey Stoner - "Bend Your Head Down Low" (3:56)
  16. Blacks & Blues - "Chains" (3:24)
  17. Leon Thomas - "Just In Time To See The Sun" (2:59)
  18. Norman Connors - "Mother Of The Future" (6:52)
  19. Kamasi Washington - "The Rhythm Changes" (7:35)
 in stock $19.33
30
Cat: GONDLP 021. Rel: 12 Feb 18
Jazz
  1. Black Sails (4:42)
  2. Wringer (3:09)
  3. Boreal Forest (5:07)
  4. Solitary Bee (4:46)
  5. Three Good Things (5:46)
  6. Living Frost (6:22)
  7. Near/Far (1:37)
  8. Straight Up Raining (5:28)
  9. Transfixed (7:42)
  10. Being Here (1:19)
 in stock $20.09
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