Dezron Douglas – ATALAYA

Like a rich, dark roast coffee, the music on Dezron Douglas’ latest LP blooms with a robust, full-bodied smoothness, and you’ll savor every drop. Released today on Chicago’s great International Anthem label, ATALAYA finds the world renowned bassist leading a crack team of jazz impresarios (George Burton on piano and Rhodes, Joe Dyson Jr. onContinue reading “Dezron Douglas – ATALAYA”

Ghost Funk Orchestra – A New Kind of Love

The NY-based 10-piece continues to remix the funk genre into a slick new beast with their third LP, A New Kind of Love. Ghost Funk Orchestra took the sensuality that could be felt occasionally on their 2020 psychedelic soul record, An Ode to Escapism, and based an entire album around it. This effort finds theContinue reading “Ghost Funk Orchestra – A New Kind of Love”

Surya Botofasina – Everyone’s Children

Surya Botofasina’s mentorship with Alice Coltrane and his upbringing at the famed Sai Anantam Ashram can be clearly felt on his Carlos Niño-produced debut record. Available today from Spiritmuse Records, Everyone’s Children is a transcendent combination of ambient, spiritual jazz and meditative new age music. The tracks are minimalist in nature, often featuring just relaxedContinue reading “Surya Botofasina – Everyone’s Children”

Mal Waldron – Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert

Tompkins Square has gifted the jazz world with a true gem: a smokin’ previously unreleased Mal Waldron solo piano concert from the height of his powers. Waldron, a New York City-born pianist and composer, was known for playing with the likes of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus, as well as being the lastContinue reading “Mal Waldron – Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert”

The Record Crates United Mixtape – Episode 75

This episode intermingles daring contemporary jazz with cosmic ambient dreamscapes and a bit of folk rock to give you a little taste of autumn. Check it out below: If you like what you’re reading, please help keep RCU thriving. You can show your support by becoming a patron at our Patreon account or you can make aContinue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape – Episode 75”

Aaron Dooley – Trapped in Purgatory

All kosmische and jazz fusion fans need to check out Aaron Dooley’s first official album on Island House Recordings, Trapped in Purgatory. Dooley, of whom RCU regulars may also know from being a member of Osmium House, gathered together a crack team of ace improvisers, armed with a disparate collection of instruments. Then he allowedContinue reading “Aaron Dooley – Trapped in Purgatory”

Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation – How Good It Is

Do you need some soul-to-soul resuscitation? Then you HAVE to hear the jazz-funk gospel of Jimetta Rose and The Voices of Creation’s How Good It Is. Available today through London’s Night Dreamer Records, this album is as cathartic as it gets. Rose, a former collaborator with the likes of Angel Bat Dawid and Georgia AnneContinue reading “Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation – How Good It Is”

Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t

Every free jazz head out there should get to know the stellar new self-titled album by Seventh Shadow of the Sun. Seventh Shadow of the Sun is a western Maryland-based astral jazz project that defies categorization at every turn. On this record, they combine the mystical presence of spiritual jazz with the cosmic freedom ofContinue reading “Seventh Shadow of the Sun – s/t”

May 2022 Roundup

This month’s Roundup post covers includes fine examples of garage rock to ambient music and Sudanese jazz, as well as many other cool sounds. Check ’em out! Jeff Gburek – Vigilance Suite I & II Available through the great Ramble Records, Vigilance Suite I & II is Jeff Gburek utilizing guitar, zither and an e-bowContinue reading “May 2022 Roundup”

Spring Roundup – Part 1

Hey folks, as some of you might have known, March and April have been fairly crazy months for me. Between major career changes with my survival job and some nasty (thankfully non-covid related) illnesses, I didn’t get a chance to cover nearly as much as I wanted to. So I have quite a few recordsContinue reading “Spring Roundup – Part 1”