Atlantis Jazz Ensemble - Oceanic Suite (CD/LP, Marlow Records, 2016)

Two musicians from the Souljazz Orchestra escape from their main act, into a parallel project, a quintet called the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble — and it's a complete success. No afro-funk grooves and other dancing tunes here, but night-timed, melancholic instrumentals, in the finest tradition of modal...

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens (CD/LP, Paris DJs, 2016)

Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live...

Etienne de la Sayette "Maputo Queens" LP - Support Paris DJs' 4th crowdfunding campaign

Help Paris DJs press a limited edition vinyl LP and CD of Etienne de la Sayette's solo album 'Maputo Queens', along with some new t-shirts & sweatshirts, all illustrated by graphic artist Ben Hito. Support Paris DJs' Crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank Today Internet subscriptions and...

Grant Phabao presents RacecaR - Return Of The Dig-Fu (Akalé Wubé Remix) (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)

Following up on Paris DJs tradition of reworking songs using only their vocal part to build a brand new intrumental to back it, Parisian Ehio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé has decided to try their organic jazz chops on an a cappela from Chicago MC RacecaR. Originally produced by Grant Phabao as an...

STEPAK-TAKRAW - Socotra (LP, Soul Garden Records Japan, 2015)

Remember that killer 45 from Japanese Afrofunk band STEPAK-TAKRAW which we wrote about, something like a year ago? 'Phat Fat Jackson' was one of the highlights of the year singles-wise. with its blend of afrofunk, latin & surf music… In december 2013 the group had released their third album...

The Polyversal Souls - Invisible Joy (CD/2LP, Philophon, 2015)

We had the chance to have German drummer Max Weissenfeldt visiting us at Paris DJs recently. Max is one of those legendary musicians that aren't talked about a lot in the music history books yet. But he's been more than heavily featured in what should be your favorite of those history books: the...

The Soul Jazzmen - Inhlupeko (Distress) (LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

English reissue label Matsuli Music is back with a new treat of rare South African music: The Soul Jazzmen led by Port Elizabeth pianist Tete Mbambisa with Duku Makasi (Tenor Sax), Psch "Big T" Ntsele (Bass) and Mafufu Jama (Drums). Their 'Inhlupeko' studio album, recorded at the...

Derek Gripper - One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali (LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

Cape Town guitarist Derek Gripper is a solo performer playing with an experimental 8-string guitar. The album 'One Night On Earth' was recorded in a single all night session, and consists of guitar interpretations of Toumani Diabaté compositions on the Malian kora. Yes you read right. The kora is a...

The Cheebacabra - Retouched (CD/2LP, Mackrosoft Records, 2015)

For more than a decade now and the first albums from synth-voodoo masters The Mackrosoft (alias Aja West and his brother The Cheebacabra), we've been pointing out a unique amalgam of organic jazz playing, hip hop beats with the cherished 70s P-Funk of George Clinton and the jazzy synth-funk from...

Ndikho Xaba and The Natives (CD/LP, Matsuli Music, 2015)

Matsuli Music is all about very high standards with their reissues. If you follow our writings then you've discovered some killer South African Jazz albums by Dick Khoza, Batsumi or Sathima Bea Benjamin - check here to read the reviews and listen to the music if you haven't already. The label's...

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queen / Post Card (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)

Parisian multi-intrumentalist/producer Etienne de la Sayette regularly delivers a new loveable two-track single for Paris DJs to release on their groovy label. This one's opener 'Maputo Queen' got its title in memory of an epic night (with Etienne's collaborators in the Akalé Wubé band) at Maputo...

Etienne de la Sayette - Jungle Blue / Han Gang (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2015)

Following up on his first single, 'I'm So Cool In Seoul/Lord Bougainvilard', composer/arranger/producer/multi-instrumentalist Etienne de la Sayette is back with a new deep jazz two-tracker for thoughtful moods. Still blending afro and jazz vibes with Gugak - traditional Korean music - Etienne...

Mark Diomede & The Juggling Suns Project - Regulus (CD, self-released, 2015)

A veteran from the jam bands scene in the USA, Mark Diomede launched Solar Circus in the mid-80s in New York, covering the Grateful Dead among others along with a few originals. The band evolved in the early 90s into Juggling Suns, touring, playing and releasing records for nearly two decades. One...

Stanton Davis & The Ghetto Mysticism Band - Isis Voyage (CD/2LP, Cultures Of Soul, 2014)

After the 2011 reissue of the cult 1977 jazz-funk album 'Brighter Days', Boston-based label Cultures Of Soul keeps on digging into the vaults of American trumpeter Stanton Davis. The original album is a killer, mind-blowing LP, between Pharoah Sanders and James Mason, ranging from blistering...

Etienne de la Sayette - I'm So Cool In Seoul / Lord Bougainvillard (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2014)

Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang (reviewed here) groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live musician,...

Doctor L - Wisdom Of Life (2CD, Comet, 2014)

Having launched a label with Doctor L a few years back (Colored-Inc.), on which we released together 16 albums of in a bit more than a year, I'm not suprised by the quality and amount of music he's putting out these days. 'Wisdom Of Life' is the closing part of a trilogy that started with 'We Got...

Nik Weston presents Two Sides Of Club Jazz (7", Mukatsuku, 2014)

Nik Weston and his Mukatsuku label are becoming unstoppable. They're picking up tunes to release on vinyl singles at an amazing pace. Afrofunk, Disco, Boogie, Soul, Tropical… they've now launched a new series focusing on dancefloor jazz called 'Two Sides Of Club Jazz' and the first 45 in that...

Nostalgia 77 & The Monster - Measures (CD/LP, Tru Thoughts, 2014)

A new jazz album from Nostalgia 77 is always a delight. After a beautiful folk/psych/pop long player released early this year, 'A Journey Too Far', a Grant Phabao reggae remix of his 'Seven Nation Army' released on a limited 7-inch, another GP remix featuring the amazing talent of American keys...

The Janet Lawson Quintet (CD, BBE, 2014)

A delightful scat vocal jazz set from… 1981. Perfect for an early morning or late night session, and augmented with bonus tracks! The Janet Lawson Quintet - The Janet Lawson Quintet (CD) Barely Breaking Even BBE282, 2014-10-13 Tracklisting : 01. You Promised 02. Jitterbug Waltz 03. Sunday Afternoon...

Craig Peyton Group - Pyramid Love (CD/LP, BBE, 2014)

The follow-up to the Band X album from the previous year (see here). Self-pressed jazz funk from the Boston area with breaks and vocal work for fans of Steely Dan & Matthew Larkin Cassell. Check the mega drum break on the tune 'Snow'. A rarity for fans of cosmic jazz-funk, with disco, rock and...

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