Chip Wickham made a splash in the UK scene with 2016's La Sombra and 2018's Shamal Wind, garnering attention from all the right people in the jazz scene. Chip's back for more, partnering with Lovemonk once again to enchant and heal with his cosmic, spiritual jazz.
RIYL: Alice Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Sons of Kemet
Genre: Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, Rare Groove, Soul
Back in stock! Essential Spiritual Jazz originally issued on the lauded Strata-East label.
Magical, mystical, Afrocentric, progressive – words that could be used to describe any number of
musical compositions by Sun Ra or his cosmic brothers and sisters, from John to Alice Coltrane,
early ‘70s projects on record labels like Detroit’s Tribe or Houston’s Lightin’ or the interests of one
Washington, DC native named Jimmy Gray that centered under one, perfect moniker: Black Fire. Gray
spent nearly three decades pushing boundaries as a Black American promoter, distributor and, finally,
record label owner. Together with Oneness of Juju’s leader James “Plunky Nkabinde “ Branch, Gray
oversaw sixteen releases on Black Fire Records between 1975 and 1996.
These are the definitive reissues of five of the label’s key titles; all were lacquered – most directly from
master tape - by legendary Los Angeles mastering engineer Bernie Grundman,
With this set, Oneness Of Juju and Black Fire’s story burns forth into its fifth decade, its message not
tempered, its sound pure. It’s cycle, once again, complete.
Each release is packaged in a thick, tip-on sleeve and includes a deluxe booklet with extensive notes
on the album, the Black Fire collective, and the musical and cultural revolution they created. Limited
edition, one time pressing.
A groundbreaking album, "El Maja" was released by The Robin Jones Seven in 1972.
With originals now going for a wallet busting $400 (and up!) Jazz Room Records are pleased to make this long lost classic available once more.
Uptempo, four hundred feet or more on the floor stompers like "El Maja", "Carica Papaya"and the track that Robin himself said is the first recorded Samba tune in the UK: "Batucada Da Vida" are complemented by the Afro-Boogaloo of "The Wailer", the soulful grooves of "Chant Afrique" and a particular highlight being the funk drenched "Atlas".
Roy Edwards: Trumpet and Flugel horn. Olaf Vas: Alto, Tenor and Soprano saxes. Flute, Alto Flute and Piccolo. John Porter: Keyboards, Vibes . Percy Borthwick: Bass. Tony Uter: Congas. Simon Morton: Bongo's.
Robin Jones: Drums, Timbales, Percussion.
Zusammen mit den Südlondoner Produzenten Kwake Bass und Wu-lu kreiert sie eine futuristische Soundpalette aus elektronischen Formen pulsierend-hypnotischer Afro-Rhythmen wie Kumina und Nyabinghi, Dinki Minki und Gerreh, und balanciert diese mit ihrer unverkennbaren Stimme und ihrem lebhaftem Songwriting perfekt aus. Dieser exzellente Tribut an das schwarze Kulturerbe ist eine neue musikalische Richtung für Zara McFarlane, eines der innovativsten Gründungsmitglieder der vibrierenden UK Jazzszene.
Greg Foat's 9th album 'The Mage' joins the dots between the past and future of British jazz. Enlisting the talenst of jazz/library/soundtrack legends Duncan Lamont, Art Themen, Ray Russell and Clark Tracey to collaborate with their modern contemporaries Greg Foat, Moses Boyd and Heliocentric's drummer Malcolm Catto to create something undeniably British but outward looking and global.
A long time personal ambition for Greg was to work with Trinidadian songstress Kathy Garcia, on 'The Mage', this wish is granted as she joins him to re-imagine the deep Xian masterpiece 'Of my Hands', 45 years after recording it as a young girl.
Greg's compositions and arrangements showcase the old and new, downtempo folkscapes, free jazz with notes of hip-hop and soul from the young team flavouring the mix. Featuring Simon Ljungman and Friends as a male choir, Greg's EMS Synthi AKS experiments (made famous by Dr Who) the album is a testament to the versatility and pure musicality of all those involved and Greg Foat's ability to bring artists together to record beautiful, timeless music.
#Greg Foat's 9th album joins the dots between the past and future of British jazz. Bringing Jazz/Library/soundtrack legends Duncan Lamont, Art Themen, Ray Russell and Clark Tracey to the table with modern contemporaries Moses Boyd and Heliocentric's drummer Malcolm Catto. A long time personal mission for greg was to work with Trinidadian singer Kathy Garcia, she joins him on The Mage to re-record the deep Xian masterpiece 'Of my Hands' 45 years after recording it as a young girl.
Greg's compositions and arrangements showcase the young and old, downtempo folkscapes, free jazz with Notes of Hip-Hop and Soul from the young team flavouring the mix. Featuring the Simon Ljungman male choir, Gregs EMS Synthi AKS experiments (made famous by Dr Who) the album is a testament to the versatility and pure musicality of all those involved and Greg Foat's ability to bring artists together and make beautiful timeless music that moves deeply.
In February 2018, Roy Ayers performed four sold out shows in Los Angeles as part of the Jazz Is Dead Black History Month series. It wasn’t until 2020 that fans of Ayers discovered that in addition to those shows, the legendary vibraphone player had also recorded an entire album of new material with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Over the course of its eight original compositions, written collaboratively by Younge, Shaheed Muhammad & Ayers and recorded at Younge’s Linear Labs in Los Angeles, the resulting album sounds both like an unearthed an unreleased album from Ayers’ classic period in the 1970s (which produced the oft-sampled “Red, Black & Green,” “We Live In Brooklyn, Baby,” “Everybody Loves The Sunshine,” and “Running Away), as well as something startling, new and unexpected.
Joining Ayers, Younge & Shaheed Muhammad on this musical journey are drummer Greg Paul, vocalists Loren Oden, Joy Gilliam, Saudia Yasmein, Elgin Clark & Anitra Castleberry, as well as Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison of the legendary Spiritual Jazz label Tribe Records.
The 8 tracks on this album testify to the love not only of a legendary musician’s legacy, but to the vitality & necessity of this music and these sounds in the present era, a thread that will likely run throughout all of the upcoming releases from Jazz Is Dead Records.
Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend of 1970s Ethiopia. Mesfin’s music is some of the funkiest to arise from this unconquerable East African nation. Mesfin’s recording career, captured in nearly two dozen 7” singles and numerous reel-to-reel tapes, shows the strata of the most fertile decade in Ethiopia’s 20th century recording industry, when records were pressed constantly by both independent upstarts and corporate behemoths, even if they were only distributed within the confines of this East African nation. Though Mesfin was forced underground by the Derg regime that took control of Ethiopia in 1974, he has returned almost 50 years later with this triumphant set albums – the first time that his music has been presented in this form. These albums give us a chance to discover a rare and beautiful moment in music history, in anthologies built from Mesfin’s uber-rare 7” single releases and from previously unreleased recordings taken from master tapes. Good Aderegechegn gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history, in an anthology built from his uber-rare 7” single releases. Contains an oversized 11” x 11” 16 page book that tells the story of modern Ethiopian music and Mesfin’s role within it.