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Dee Dee Bridgewater - Afro Blue
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Afro Blue
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
24,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
If you collect vintage 70's soul-jazz vinyl, there is a good chance that you already own a record that features the amazing vocal talents of Dee Dee Bridgewater. Whether it be Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, Billy Parker or Carlos Garnett - Dee Dee is the glue that fuses these artists together. Although best known for her jazz work, Dee Dee has had a wonderfully rich and varied career encompassing soul, musicals, gospel, and underground disco from the 70's to the present day. She is still active as a vocalist, composer, and producer and remains one of our favourite vocalists at Mr Bongo HQ. We take things back to the early years of Dee Dee's career with her debut album 'Afro Blue'. Recorded in Tokyo in 1974, the album was released exclusively in Japan via two different Japanese labels (Trio Records in 1974 and All Art in 1985 respectively). Each release had unique cover art and we have opted to present the album in its original 1974 form.
'Afro Blue' features an exquisite collaboration of American and Japanese musicians, such as Cecil & Ron Bridgewater, Motohiko Hino and producer Takao Ishizuka. The result is a sublime deep soul-jazz masterpiece with timeless versions of 'People Make The World Go Round', 'Love From The Sun', and 'Afro Blue'. It is arguably one of the finest albums in its genre. This record has long been a sought-after item for DJs and collectors alike, so we are delighted to finally make this wonderful music from an understated great available to all.
Ebi Soda - Ugh
Ebi Soda
Ugh
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Sola Terra)
28,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 07.08.2020
Following the aptly-named 'Bedroom Tapes' EP comes 'Ugh', a collection of tunes from Ebi Soda's first ventures into professional recording. The band have made sure to carry their DIY-centric identity with them, creating a beautifully-produced record with the band's raw energy still at the forefront. Explosive drum grooves and a heavy-usage of electronic effects characterise the fluid jams we hear on 'Ugh', with the project's opener 'Ecchi' setting the tone straight away as the song moves from upbeat dancey rhythms to a nightmare-inducing dub soundscape.

The ten-track project was recorded over a year from numerous different sessions, leading it to carry an air of sporadicity to it, with its genre-switching nature leading the band to consider it more of a mixtape than an album. Ebi Soda seek to surprise and alarm listeners with this project.
Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu - Wu Hen Silver Vinyl Edition
Sharhabil Ahmed - The King Of Sudanese Jazz
Sharhabil Ahmed
The King Of Sudanese Jazz
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Habibi Funk)
20,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
We're super happy to announce our 13th release by Sharhabil Ahmed, the actual King of Sudanese Jazz (he actually won that title in a competition in the early 1970s). Sonically it sounds very different from what Jazz is understood to sound like outside of Sudan. It’s an incredible unique mix of rock’n’roll, funk, surf, traditional sudanese music and influences from Congolese sounds. Original copies of Sharhabil recordings are often hard to find, so we’re happy they will now be widely available. “Argos Farfish” which was featured on our last comp amassed close to 400.000 plays already.
Soul Jazz Records Presents - Kaleidoscope: New Spirits Known & Unknown Deluxe Edition
Soul Jazz Records Presents
Kaleidoscope: New Spirits Known & Unknown Deluxe Edition
3LP+7" | 2020 | UK | Original (Soul Jazz)
30,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years. Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release. As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices - and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists has up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond). ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more. Soul Jazz Records’ new release comes as a superb one-off pressing special deluxe triple album edition which comes with a bonus limited-edition single, a standard triple album, and a deluxe double CD pack. This album also comes with extensive sleevenotes, artist interviews and exclusive photography. Soul Jazz records are also releasing an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus released on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release.
V.A. - Black Fire
V.A.
Black Fire
5LP | 2020 | US | Original (Now-Again)
119,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
These are Now-Again’s definitive reissues. Five classic Spiritual Jazz and Funk albums from DC’s legendary Black Fire record label. Limited edition, One time pressing in a obi-wrapped “box set”.
Each album was lacquered, most directly from master tape, by legendary Los Angeles mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Packaged in a thick, tip-on sleeve and includes a unique, oversize booklet with extensive notes on each album, the Black Fire collective, and the musical and cultural revolution they created and rare photos.

The OBI-wrapped box set includes the following albums

JUJU: LIVE AT THE EAST (1973)
Live session recorded at the legendary Brooklyn venue in 1973.

EXPERIENCE UNLIMITED: FREE YOURSELF (1977)
The go-go band’s sought after debut album. Enriched funk.

JUJU – CHAPTER TWO: NIA (1974)
Essential Spiritual Jazz originally issued on the lauded Strata-East label.

ONENESS OF JUJU: SPACE JUNGLE LUV (1976).
Oneness of Juju’s cosmic second album, featuring Joe Bonner.

ONENESS OF JUJU – AFRICAN RHYTHMS (1975)
Oneness of Juju’s deep jazz/funk classic debut.
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