Is anyone into this guy? Had to get used to his ramshackle voice and the general sloppiness (the electric guitar is hilariously out of tune on one song) but once I did, I became captivated at his unique talent as a songwriter and performer. Hazy, darkly psychedelic UK folk with subtle experimental rock touches. Fans of people like Syd Barrett and Skip Spence would probably dig it. "Jerusalem" (his most famous song) is maybe the most emotionally powerful performance I've ever heard (sounds like a full-on nervous breakdown by the end). He disappeared after releasing this in the early 70's but was rediscovered and has been releasing albums since the early 00's and from what I've heard, the new stuff isn't as weird but still really good.
Fred Neil - Sessions
Tossed off as hell but pretty interesting. His best after the self titled album
Chico Hamilton - Truth
Chico had a cool sound on these early albums and Eric Dolphy obviously can only make the proceedings even cooler. "Gongs East" is really good too.
Jackie McLean - Destination Out
Kind of elusive but that's not too surprising considering Grachan Moncur's involvement (he wrote some of the material). Need to keep listening but it's already better and more accessible than Moncur's "Some Other Stuff" by a mile.
The Undisputed Truth - Smiling Faces (The Best of)
Only knew the hit song this comp is named after. These guys are pretty good. Basically Norman Whitfield's group, which he used to try out experiments that he'd then perfect with The Temptations. I dig the funkier stuff too.
Jeru The Damaja - The Sun Rises In The East
Premier is on point as #### here- as good as anything he did with Gang Starr. I have mixed feelings about Jeru as a rapper though. He's probably technically better than Guru (at least in terms of flow if not lyrics, though he does have some good lines here and there but less unique. Sometimes I sorta forget who I'm listening to. Solid album though.
David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
Better than I expected but there's so little in the way of actual *substance* here. Can't deny that it sounds good, though. Might be the ultimate "Hey as long as we're getting high you wanna play on my album?" album.
Max Roach - Featuring The Legendary Hasaan
Dunno if I'd call Hasaan "legendary" but he's pretty damn good and does the best Monk impression I've ever heard on one track. He also often brings Andrew Hill to mind, which is obviously a good thing.
Demon Fuzz - Afreaka!
Pretty cool sound (vaguely ethnic soul psych) and talented singer but the material itself isn't very strong.
Hugh Hopper - Volume 1: Memories
Hugh's odds & sods. Only solo album I know is "Hoppertunity Box" so I don't have much frame of reference but this is pretty consistent and endearingly all over the map.
Pete La Roca - Turkish Women at the Bath
La Roca has a knack for getting the best out of sax players featured on his albums. First he did it with Joe Henderson on "Basra" and here he does it with John Gilmore (making a rare appearance on an album not by Sun Ra). There's some experimental moments here that sound more like neoclassical minimalism rather than jazz that are actually pretty interesting.
Man - Live At The Padget Rooms Penarth
Maybe the best live Man I've heard (along with the live stuff on "Back Into The Future") and they were a great live group. Nun said.