Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band “Egyptian Jazz” (1968 – 1973, Art Yard Records)

via Art Yard: In 1968, while he was also the leader of the Military Music Departments in Heliopolis, Salah Ragab formed the first jazz big band in Egypt, The Cairo Jazz Band. Some of the best musicians in Egypt of that time were members – Zaki Osman (trumpet), Saied Salama …

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Soul & Funk

Weldon Irvine “Spirit Man” (1975, Nature Sounds)

There is a confluence of artistic expressions that Weldon Irvine’s 1975 classic “Spirit Man” somehow comfortably houses into a 39-minute blueprint on the virtues of range. As an exact document of the time, the melding of jazz, rock, funk, and fusion became the popular means to “punch-up” jazz, while expanding …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro Eclectic Electronic

Zazou Biyake “Noir et Blanc” (1983, Crammed Discs)

via CD: At last, the re-mastered vinyl reissue of one of the biggest cult albums in the history of Crammed Discs. This record is constantly being (re)discovered by generations of fans, musicians and DJs, who hail it as an unsurpassed Afro/electronic milestone. Noir et Blanc by Zazou Bikaye The album …

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Forgotten Treasures
Classical

Księżyc “Księżyc” (1996, Penultimate Press)

via PP: 2017 repress of the classic 1996 debut recording by Polish outfit Księżyc (Moon). Księżyc features Agata Harz (vocals), Katarzyna Smoluk (vocals, piano), Robert Niziński (wind instruments, keyboards), Lechosław Polak (accordion, keyboards, synthesizers) and Remigiusz Mazur-Hanaj (lyrics, tapes). The spirit of Księżyc engages ancient and contemporary musical forms to …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno Worldwide Sounds

Professor Rhythm “Bafana Bafana” (1995, Awesome Tapes From Africa)

via ATFA: Professor Rhythm is the production moniker of South African music man Thami Mdluli. Throughout the 1980’s, Mdluli was a member of chart-topping groups Taboo and CJB, playing bubblegum pop to stadiums. Mdluli became an in-demand producer for influential artists (like Sox and Sensations, among many others) and in-house …

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Eclectic Electronic

Geoffrey Landers “1 by 1” (1979 – 1987, Music From Memory)

via MFM: Music From Memory’s final compilation of 2017 sees the release of the double album “1 by 1”, which brings together the works of American experimental musician Geoffrey Landers. During a period spanning from 1979 to 1987, this Denver, Colorado based multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer and engineer, conceived several …

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Soul

O.T. Sykes “First Love” (1981, Everland)

via Everland: Mr. O.T. Sykes is often and fondly called ‘The Singing Dentist’, but it’s far from a joke. Dr. Sykes, who ’til this day never gave up his day job, chooses to do only top quality music. O.T. SYKES – First Love LP (1981) 2017 by O.T. Sykes He …

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Soul & Funk

James Mason “Sweet Power Collection” (Dynamite Cuts)

via JUNO: Released 40 years ago in 1977 “Rhythm Of Life” by James Mason was possibly one of the greatest vocal Jazz fusion releases of all time. New vinyl imprint Dynamite releases a quality limited edition double pack release showcasing the highlights from that album plus some additional rare versions …

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Soul & Funk

Maximum Joy “I Can’t Stand It Here On Quiet Nights” (1981 – 1982, Silent Street)

via Silent Street: “Maximum Joy is an aspiration, a claim to passion. To call a band ‘Maximum Joy’ is to ask a huge question – what is the very best you ever felt or hope to feel and more importantly how far can you take it?” Silent Street is a …

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