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Early-eighties, group-harmony, West Coast, funky soul. Not to be confused with namesakes on the Heavy-Duty, Dream, TSG, Noodle, Carnival, Chadwick, Mercury, Castle and Brother III labels… Okay?

JG’s pioneering ethno-spiritual-jazz, spun out of several visits to the French colony, from 1969 on. Three super-rare LPs from back in the day; two previously unissued albums; download card; comprehensive notes.

Top-notch, keep-on-keepin-on, early-seventies soul and funk from the Bronx, originally released on the Tiger Lily label run as a tax scam, at last lovingly revived. Another Jazzman triumph.

All previously unreleased, from band-leader Fred Shorts’ personal archive: modern soul, seventies groovers, mid-tempo crossover dancers, and high energy funk from Chicago, 1973-84. No filler.

Sweet London Lovers Rock version produced by Dennis Forbes in 1981. (The same session as Sugar Minott’s Good Thing Going.)

Rare, top-notch dancefloor soul, boogie and disco, compiled by DJ Fryer.

‘Moods And Ideations In Contemporary Jazz’, performed by prisoners, recorded inside the jail in the early 1970s.

Norwegian Christian-folk-jazz drawn from the two early-seventies LPs of the Oslo-based group, led by Jan Simonsen and Per Arne Lovold, shepherded by Priest Olaf Hillestad.
No kidding!

Early seventies, private-press soul jazz from early-seventies Washington DC, in the fat-and-funky tradition of Grant Green, Lonnie Smith and Brother Jack McDuff.

A free, one-away blend of moody spiritual jazz, rhythmic black psychedelia and out exotica —  introducing the home-made hose-a-phone, tube-phone, ply-tar and boonet, in amongst the electric piano, drums and co.

Lovely, out-of-time spiritual jazz — blurring into religiosity — recorded in Atlanta in 1987, year of Criminal Minded and Paid In Full, but guided by Trane, early Norman Connors, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Liston Smith.

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