EM Records is a Japanese reissue label that many record diggers are checking right now. Rather jazz, often experimental, and often eccentric releases have been issued by the label. Sleeves are really beuatiful and the remastering is always classy. All releases are officially licensed from the artists.
Check the label website : emrecords.net
The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble - Drum Dance to The Motherland (LP/Em Records)
A special treat for the vinyl hounds! The long-awaited first vinyl reissue of The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble's almost-impossible-to-find, 300 copies only, 1972 Drum Dance To The Motherland. Newly remastered and sounding great, this is a unique, uncategorizable expression of Afrocentric America - freely-improvised (but not necessarily "free jazz"), pulsing, moving, restless, yet restful. Recorded live in the group's hometown of Philadelphia and originally released on the now-defunct Dogtown Records, the players masterfully combine all the currents of Afro-American music -jazz, R'n'B, blues, funk and more- in a manner not imitative of, but somehow informed by, the spiritually Afro-astral work of Sun Ra. Drums, percussion, bass, guitar, clarinets and the balaphon-influenced marimba and vibes of bandleader Khan Jamal are all wondrously-integrated and propelled into other dimensions by the heavy, dub-like use of live echo and reverb by "sixth member" sound engineer Mario Falana (dancer/actress Lola Falana's brother!). Trippy! There is an abundance of fine playing in these grooves: tasty guitar, propulsive bass lines, layers of percussion, wailing clarinets, Jamal's vibes and marimba, all periodically carried farther out on waves of echo, and farther in via cavernous reverb. "Thirty years after its release, the album's tapestry of sound, fearless abstractions, relentless grooves, cool swing, flashes of ecstasy, and pan cultural embrace remain powerful and beyond category. This long overdue reissue rescues from obscurity a really stunning document of musical exploration, a classic session that perhaps now will acquire the status it has always deserved." - From the liner notes by Ed Hazell.
Khan Jamal (vibraphone, marimba, clarinet); Alex Ellison (drums, percussion); Dwight James (drums, glockenspiel, clarinet); Billy Mills (Fender bass, double bass); Monnette Sudler (guitar, percussion).
Roland Young - Isophonic Boogie Woogie (LP/Em Records)
Long-awaited, newly repressed for vinyl LP edition of the legendary 5-track first LP from U.S. horn wizard & original underground FM radio DJ Roland P. Young, featuring soprano sax, clarinet, and electronically-processed bass clarinet. Young's mid-'70s work with jazz/chamber/electronic ensemble Infinite Sound (including members Glenn Howell and Aisha Kahlil) helped form the musical language of Isophonic Boogie Woogie, a solo, jazz/world music-flecked exploration of acoustic and electronic sounds. An enjoyable outing from a neglected musician. Cosmic Afro-minimal electronic winds recorded in late 1970s San Francisco. CD version re-released in 2005 on Em Records.
Ryo Kawasaki - Mirror Of My Mind (LP/Em Records)
The U.S. debut release of this definitive acid jazz classic is a testament ot the visionary talent of Kawasaki. Recorded in 1979, it is a timeless collection of jazz compositions that sometimes swings with a Latin flavor and at other times sway with the sultry vocals of indian vocalist Radha Shottam. Master guitarist Kawasaki is also joned by session stars Leon Pendarvis, Anthony Jackson, Harvey Mason, Rubens Bassini and Michael Brecker. English cultural magazine i-D called the cut Trinkets & Things one of the best jazz funk tracks of all time! Other standout tracks include the hipnotic In & Out Of Love and Little One a loving message to his daughter.
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