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New Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy .... $13.99
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". CD

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New John ColtraneMy Favorite Things ... CD
Atlantic, 1961. Used .... $2.99
Wonderful wonderful wonderful work from the legendary John Coltrane – and even though it's probably one of his best-selling albums of all time, it's still a treasure – and has an essential place in just about any jazz collection! We've heard the original title version of "My Favorite Things" a million times – but it still blows our mind the way Coltrane hits this incredibly soulful modal groove, twisting and turning on soprano sax, always keeping things interesting, so that we're surprised that the cut's 13 minutes have gone by so quickly! The rest of the record's equally great – and the 3 other long cuts are "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "Summertime" and "But Not for Me". As great today as when it was cut, and still one of Coltrane's most revelatory albums! With McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. CD

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Elmer GillFew Of My Favorite Things ... LP
Rada (Canada), Mid 70s. Very Good+ 2LP .... $6.99
Beautifully lyrical piano from this overlooked Canadian player! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a slight mark on the bottom edge.)

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RovaFavorite Street – Rova Plays Lacy ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1983. New Copy .... $11.99
A fitting album for the Rova Sax Quartet – as the angular, modern explorations of Steve Lacy virtually set the stage for the experiments of Rova and other similar groups in later years! The music here is all composed by Lacy, but the Rova variations are quite different altogether – a cool combination of horns that includes baritone, alto, and clarinet from Jon Raskin; tenor and sopranino from Larry Ochs; alto, soprano, and flute from Andrew Voigt; and soprano and clarinet from Bruce Ackley. Titles include "The Dumps", "Sidelines", "Undone", "Moon", and "Snips". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Oscar PetersonExclusively For My Friends Vol 4 – My Favorite Instrument ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ .... Just Sold Out!
The fourth in the MPS reissue series of long unreleased late 60s recordings from the home of producer/engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer finds Oscar Peterson in a glorious solo piano mode! All of the recordings in the series were from very relaxed, loose sessions that were some of Peterson's favorite of the time – and they're done in a mode that has Oscar playing loosely and soulfully throughout. Titles include "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Perdido", "Body And Soul", "Bye, Bye Blackbird", "Lulu's Back In Town", "Little Girl Blue", "Who Can I Turn To", "Take The 'A' Train" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pausa pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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New Oscar PetersonSoul-O! (aka Exclusively For My Friends Vol 4 – My Favorite Instrument) ... LP
Prestige/MPS, 1968. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The fourth in the MPS reissue series of long unreleased late 60s recordings from the home of producer/engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer finds Oscar Peterson in a glorious solo piano mode! All of the recordings in the series were from very relaxed, loose sessions that were some of Peterson's favorite of the time – and they're done in a mode that has Oscar playing loosely and soulfully throughout. Titles include "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Perdido", "Body And Soul", "Bye, Bye Blackbird", "Lulu's Back In Town", Little Girl Blue", "Who Can I Turn To", "Take The 'A' Train" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
 
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Glerum OmnibusTwo ... CD
Favorite (Netherlands), 2004. Used .... $9.99
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New Glerum OmnibusMovie Music ... CD
Favorite (Netherlands), 2011. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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New Glerum OmnibusPaper Models ... CD
Favorite (Netherlands), 2012. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)
 
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Dave Bailey2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP
Epic, 1961. New Copy (reissue).... $7.99
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue Note during the early 60s – but Dave's also got a slightly looser groove too – a bit more sense of humanity, and one that allows for really organic interplay between the players. There's a slight soul jazz undercurrent – especially in the piano lines of Billy Gardner – and other players in the quintet include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Frank Haynes on tenor, and Ben Tucker on bass. The group wails on an early version of Tucker's classic "Comin' Home Baby", plus other great originals like "Coffee Walk", "Lady Iris B", and "Two Feet In the Gutter". A old favorite on the south side of Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art BlakeyWitch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy .... $18.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. Features a bonus alternate take of "The Witch Doctor" too. CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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New George BraithTwo Souls In One ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the most wonderful albums by one of our favorite jazz artists of all time! For this unique session, George Braith offers up "two souls in one" – by playing both soprano sax and "stritch" simultaneously – in a two-reed mode that recalls the work of Roland Kirk during the 60s! The sound is incredible – as soulful as it is exotic – and matched here by some excellent backing that includes Grant Green on guitar, Donald Bailey on drums, and Billy Gardner on organ! Gardner's work on the set is especially nice – with a Larry Young-ish free approach to the organ, one that makes for lots of modal grooves that really work perfectly with Braith's sound! Titles include "Braith-A-Way", "Mary Ann", and "Home Street". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BryantRay Bryant Trio (Epic) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $13.99
The first full album from the great Ray Bryant – recorded shortly after his famous Epic Records session with Betty Carter! The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with either Kenny Clarke or Osie Johnson on drums, and Wyatt Reuther on bass – at a level that still shows some influence from other pianists, but already with that unique hard-left style that would make Bryant a big favorite in short years to come. Candido joins in on congas on 2 of the album's best tracks – a hard grooving take on "Night In Tunisia", plus Ray's classic "Cubano Chant", a dancing Latin groover that went onto become an oft-recorded Latin Jazz standard – and other titles include "Pawn Ticket", "Philadelphia Bound", and "Off Shore". CD

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Dave BurnsWarming Up! ... LP
Vanguard, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A legendary set of firey jazz tracks recorded by trumpeter Dave Burns! This is one of Burns' few recordings as a leader, and it's a shame he didn't make more, because this one is stellar. The group features Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Harold Mabern on piano, and the great Billy Mitchell on tenor. They all swing high, wide, and mightily, especially on some of the set's standout tracks, like "Rigor Mortez", written by Burns, and "Warm Up", which is by Joe Farrell. Other highlights include "Now Ain't It", written and arranged by Melba Liston, and "Richie's Dillemma, an old favorite from the book of Harold Mabern. Excellent set, and a very tough one to find! LP, Vinyl record album

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Alice ColtraneWorld Galaxy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1972. Used Gatefold .... $28.99
One of Alice Coltrane's most ambitious albums of the early years – recorded with a full set of heavenly orchestrations! The core group features Alice on piano, organ, and harp – alongside Frank Lowe on saxes, Reggie Workman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, and Ben Riley on drums. Added to this combo is a much larger set of strings – swirling around in a rich musical backdrop that gives Alice's work a sense of majesty and power we could have never imagined. This is the album that really showed the world that she was far far more than just the wife of the late great one – a true mystical visionary with a sound that demanded to be heard! Side 2 features a recitation by Alice's spiritual mentor, Swami Satchdiananda – and the album features a wonderful version of "My Favorite Things", done with both organ and harp, plus the tracks "Love Supreme", "Galaxy In Turiya", and "Galaxy In Satchidandana". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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New John ColtraneBallads (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Impulse, 1961/1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $15.99
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more direct soulfulness than usual! The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album

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New John ColtraneColtrane (Impulse) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good- Gatefold .... $14.99
One of John Coltrane's best early albums for Impulse – a warm set of modally grooving tracks, and one that picks up where My Favorite Things left off! The group here features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a really magical rhythm section that pulsates with life throughout, and propels Coltrane with a lot more soaring energy than he was getting on records a few years before! Coltrane plays both tenor and soprano sax – the latter of which is especially great, again in ways that have a My Favorite Things sort of feel – edgey, almost exotic at times, with a snakey sublime quality. The album includes wonderful readings of "The Inch Worm" and "Out Of This World" – plus the tracks "Soul Eyes", "Tunji", and "Miles' Mode". Great stuff – and an essential album for any jazz collection! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, in a great glossy gatefold cover. Cover has a light address sticker on the back, but is otherwise really nice.)

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John ColtraneOlatunji Concert – Last Live Recording ... CD
Impulse, 1967. Used .... $6.99
Coltrane's last live show ever – in case you couldn't guess from the title – recorded in 1967, but never officially released! The set features a group with Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali, Alice Coltrane, Algie DeWitt, and possibly Jumma Santos on percussion. As you'd guess from the added percussion, there's a pronounced spiritual approach to the set, although the solo work by Trane, Alice, and Pharoah is also quite free. The set features a short introduction by Billy Taylor, and 2 long tracks: "Ogunde" and "My Favorite Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Coltrane/Archie SheppNew Thing At Newport ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used .... $4.99
An essential piece of 60s avant garde jazz that often gets overlooked because the album is split between two different leaders – but with John Coltrane and Archie Shepp at the helm, what leaders they be! Shepp leads a quartet that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the music is some of his best from the 60's. Hutcherson is haunting, and Shepp plays in a beautifully restrained style that brings out all of his best elements, without any of the indulgence that sometimes mars his playing. The group plays all original tracks, including "Rufus", "Le Matin Des Noire", and "Scag". Coltrane's quartet with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones adds two additional long tracks to the album, the lively "One Down One Up" and "My Favorite Things". A great set, and one not to pass up! CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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CortexCortex Volume 2 ... CD
Trad Vibe (France), 1977. New Copy .... $10.99
The second album by Cortex – the obscure French jazz group that's been a favorite of funky collectors for years! The group's got a strong fusion-driven groove on this set – with plenty of tight drumming, hard riffing, and spacey keyboards that give the tunes a nicely soulful finish. The best tracks are actually the mellower ones, which have a nice use of space and sound – creating strong little patterns of groove that stand out from the rest of the tracks. Lots of work on Fender Rhodes, mini korg, Hammond, and clavinette – and titles include "Poxa", "Datura", "Regina", "Mister J", "Efficace Swing", "Oh Lord", and "Devil's Dance". CD
Also available Cortex Volume 2 ... LP 21.99

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CortexCortex Volume 2 ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue).... $21.99
The second album by Cortex – the obscure French jazz group that's been a favorite of funky collectors for years! The group's got a strong fusion-driven groove on this set – with plenty of tight drumming, hard riffing, and spacey keyboards that give the tunes a nicely soulful finish. The best tracks are actually the mellower ones, which have a nice use of space and sound – creating strong little patterns of groove that stand out from the rest of the tracks. Lots of work on Fender Rhodes, mini korg, Hammond, and clavinette – and titles include "Poxa", "Datura", "Regina", "Mister J", "Efficace Swing", "Oh Lord", and "Devil's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cortex Volume 2 ... CD 10.99

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New Ted CursonQuicksand ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
A really rare album from trumpeter Ted Curson – a unique 70s session recorded for Atlantic Records, but only ever issued overseas at the time! The date has Ted's trumpet coming into play with some of the electric touches of the 70s – not a full-on fusion record, but a really great session that updates some of his modern ideas with some of the fresher, younger elements of the underground – particularly keyboards, which are played here by Kenny Barron strongly – as he shifts effortlessly between electric and acoustic piano on the set. Other players are quite strong too – with Robin Kenyatta on alto and soprano sax, Herb Bushler on acoustic and electric bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. Most of the tracks feature a fullish sound that's got lots of extra percussion added at the bottom, but still in a very organic way – almost like a Black Jazz label session – and a few other tracks feature a slightly smaller acoustic combo. The whole thing's great – a real lost moment of genius from one of our favorite trumpeters ever – and titles include "Typical Ted", "Greasy As A Porkchop", "Quicksand", "Spiderlegs", and a version of "Tears For Dolphy". CD

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New Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fontana (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus American ex-patriot Kenny Clarke. Wilen's playing is fantastic, and it's great to hear him and Miles together on the score's spooky meandering passages. Titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "Le Petit Bal", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac" and "Sur L'Autoroute". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisJazz Track (mono) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 1958. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99
Although not actually a proper album – this is still one of the greatest Miles Davis albums of all time! Side one features 10 tracks from Miles' amazing soundtrack to the film Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud – with excellent work by French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, on haunting moody tracks like "Generique", "Lassassinat De Carala", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac", and "Dinner Au Motel". Great stuff – and with a wonderful sound that's like no other Miles album! Side 2 is equally great – as it features 3 classic sextet tunes – "On Green Dolphin Street", "Put Your Little Foot Right Out", and "Stella By Starlight" –peformed with Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans in that amazing Kind Of Blue mode of perfection. Truly one of our favorite albums of all time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition.)

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Marco Di MarcoMarco Di Marco Trio At The Living Room ... CD
Modern Jazz/Arision (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $18.99
One of our favorite piano jazz albums of all times – a slyly funky set from the legendary Marco DiMarco – and one that features him on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The beauty of this record is hard to describe in words – as it's simple and subtle, but with a depth that has pleased our ears for years of listening. Marco's keys are backed by the incredibly round, warm bass tones of Jacky Sampson – and drumming is in a nicely snapping mode by Samson's longtime partner in rhythm, Charles Saudrais. The set was recorded live in Paris in the early 70s – and Marco tipples the Fender Rhodes incredibly on the slow funk classic "I Mei Ricordi" – then grooves into acoustic piano on tunes that include "Le Mors Aux Dents", "Au Boeuf Gros Sel", "Valse", and "Par Avion". The album's got some great funky acoustic basslines – and Marco's piano work is beautifully lyrical throughout! CD

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Carl Drewo & The Clarke Boland Big BandSwing Waltz Swing ... LP
Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy (reissue).... $18.99
One of the coolest projects ever to come from the Clarke Boland Big Band scene of the 60s – an album done under the leadership of Austrian tenor player Carl Drewo, but one that features all of his bandmates from the better-known big band! The set's wonderfully swinging throughout – done in a jazz waltz style with plenty of modal inflections – hardly the overdone Strauss modes you might expect from Drewo's roots, and more of the groovy 60s European rhythm modes that would show up often in sessions on Saba & MPS! Most tracks dance along beautifully – using instrumentation that includes Benny Bailey and Dusko Goykovich on trumpets, Sal Nistico on tenor, Sahib Shihab on baritone and flute, and Derek Humble on alto – all supported by the CBBB rhythm team of Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – plus the amazing Fats Sadi on percussion, really grooving along nicely at the bottom. Drewo's the lead soloist in most numbers, but he allows plenty of space for his bandmates too – and the session's got a sound we'd rank right up there with some of the best Clarke Boland projects of the 60s. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Fruhlingsstimmen", "My Favorite Things", "Claudia", "Schon Ist Die Welt", "Just Give Me Time", and "Keep On Keeping On". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeBrazilian Love Affair ... CD
Epic, 1979. Used .... $11.99
A wonderful album from George Duke – and one of our favorite records from his legendary years at Columbia! George Duke's always had plenty of Brazilian elements in his music – but this album really brings them all together – offering up a perfect blend of Duke's keyboards and Cali soul with some key additions from the Rio scene of the time – a mix of singers and musicians who really help round out the sound and authenticate George's ears for Brazilian music! The album was actually recorded down in Rio – and features great contributions from Simone, Milton Nascimento, Roberto Silva, Toninho Horta, and Airto – all working beautifully under Duke's leadership, on cuts that include "Brazilian Love Affair", "Cravo E Canela", "Brazilian Sugar", "Sugarloaf Mountain", "Ao Que Vai Nascer", and "I Need You Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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George DukeBrazilian Love Affair ... LP
Epic, 1979. Near Mint- .... $9.99
A wonderful album from George Duke – and one of our favorite records from his legendary years at Columbia! George Duke's always had plenty of Brazilian elements in his music – but this album really brings them all together – offering up a perfect blend of Duke's keyboards and Cali soul with some key additions from the Rio scene of the time – a mix of singers and musicians who really help round out the sound and authenticate George's ears for Brazilian music! The album was actually recorded down in Rio – and features great contributions from Simone, Milton Nascimento, Roberto Silva, Toninho Horta, and Airto – all working beautifully under Duke's leadership, on cuts that include "Brazilian Love Affair", "Cravo E Canela", "Brazilian Sugar", "Sugarloaf Mountain", "Ao Que Vai Nascer", and "I Need You Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Charles EarlandCharles Earland Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD .... $16.99
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ players, Earland managed to really get a heck of a lot out of the decade, twisting and turning his style with all the changes in arrangements and instrumentation, yet always keeping it real, laying down killer solos and funky grooves that rank with some of the best organ work of his generation! This 2CD set is the first to really pay tribute to Earland's genius – and it's a massive batch of tracks the spans his early years at Prestige Records, and moves into his work for labels like Mercury, Columbia, and Muse. Disc 1 features "funky organ grooves" – 10 tracks from Prestige and Muse with a straight heavy soul jazz funk groove, cut with monster players like Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Gary Chandler, and Virgil Jones. Tracks on the set include "Murilley", "Spinky", "Betty's Dilemma", "Sing A Simple Song", "Morgan", "My Favorite Things", and "Sing A Simple Song" – and the grooves are hard and funky all the way through! Disc 2 features "jazz funk and beyond" – beginning with Earland's spacier jam cuts on the Leaving This Planet session for Prestige, then moving into his jams on Arp and Electric Piano for Mercury, and some of his later R&B funk cuts for Columbia. Most of this work's never been on CD before – and the wealth of Earland's talent here will take you way past his early Black Talk years. Titles include "Phire", "Coming To You Live", "Red Clay", "Intergalactic Love Song", "Cosmic Fever", "Betty Boop", "Let The Music Play", and "Over & Over". CD

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New Charles EarlandFunk Fantastique (Charles III plus bonus material) ... CD
Prestige, 1973. New Copy .... $4.99 14.98
Charles Earland – really stretching things out, and sounding great in the process! The album's an important one, as it shows that Earland wasn't just a funky Hammond player leading a small group – but a visionary player who could put together a session with a larger, cosmic concept. The album features an expanded horn section on most cuts, with players that include Houston Person, Richard Williams, Billy Harper, and Lee Morgan. Other players are all funky favorites from the Prestige years too, and even the familiar numbers take on a whole new sound in this setting! Titles include "Charles III", "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind", "Auburn Delight", and "My Favorite Things". The CD brings together tracks from the album Charles III, plus other previously unissued tunes from the same period – for a 9 track session that includes the cuts "Funk Fantastique", "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", and "Grab Hole A Dis". CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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Shauli EinavGenerations ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 16.99
A really wonderful set from reedman Shauli Einav – a player who's been around for a few years, but who we're only discovering with this album – an artist who really grabs us right away with his soulful work on tenor and soprano sax! As with many albums on the excellent Posi-tone label, there's a depth there that isn't immediately evident from the cover – a timeless approach to the music, but one that's really personal, too – immensely soulful in ways that remind us of some of our favorite indie jazz sets of years back, but with a vibe that's definitely Einav's own. Shauli has a slightly raspy touch to his tenor that really stands out – and he's set up wonderfully here in a quintet with Itai Kriss on flute, Don Friedman on piano, Or Bareket on bass, and Eliot Zigmund on drums – on titles that include a lot of classics by folks like John Coltrane, Harold Land, and Andrew Hill – tunes that include "Compulsion", "Land Of Nod", "Waltz For Zweetie", "Thermo Blues", "As You Like It", "Crescent", and "Renewal". CD

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Tal FarlowTal Farlow Album (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1954/1955. New Copy .... $26.99
Tremendous guitar work from the great Tal Farlow – easily one of our favorite jazz guitarists ever, and a player with a wonderful sense of tone and timing! This early album has Tal declaring himself loudly and firmly – using a style that's got some slightly raspy edges, and which is a nice change from some of the too-clean modes of other 50s guitarists. The album features a core original 10" album session with a group that includes Oscar Pettiford on bass, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Gibson Boy", "My Old Flame", "Love Nest", "Blues In The Closet", "You & The Night & The Music", and "With The Wind & The Rain In Your Hair". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Art Farmer/Benny Golson JazztetAnother Git Together ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $13.99
One of our favorite records ever from the legendary Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – and a rare later date, recorded after their more famous albums for Chess! The lineup here is a bit unusual – in that a young Grachan Moncur III is in the combo on trombone – really adding some deep, soulful tones to the music – in ways that are very different than his famous Blue Note performances – but which really shape the sound of the music here wonderfully! Harold Mabern's on piano – again bringing in a different feel to this record for the group, with some lyrical undercurrents that are beautiful – and the rest of the lineup features Roy McCurdy on drums and Herb Lewis on bass – in addition to the sublime trumpet of Art Farmer and tenor of Benny Golson. Titles include one of the best versions of "Along Came Betty" that we've ever heard – plus the tracks "Domino", "Another Git Together", "Reggie", and "Space Station. CD

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New Joe FarrellUpon This Rock ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1974. Used .... $23.99
Massive music from funky reedman Joe Farrell – quite possibly our favorite of his legendary 70s run for CTI – and that's saying a lot, given how great those records are! There's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to these wonderfully angular lines from Joe on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – backed up with some wicked guitar work from Joe Beck, who really matches Farrell's energy – in a core quartet with Herb Bushler on bass and Jim Madison on drums. One cut features a guest group – with Herbie Hancock on piano, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – and the album includes the massively break-heavy title cut "Upon This Rock", plus "Seven Seas", "I Won't Be Back", and "Weathervane". CD
(Out of print.)

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Malachi Favors MaghostutNatural & The Spiritual Live ... CD
AECO, 1977. Used .... $14.99
Beautiful work from Malachi Favors – one of our favorite bassists ever! The album's a 1977 live session – and it features Malachi on solo bass, horns, and a bit of light percussion – opening up in a really personal style that was sometimes eclipsed by the rest of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. The album's a key look at the magic that is Favors – the unique talents and approaches he brought to the bass – experimental, yet with a sense of warmth and humor that forever changed the nature of the instrument in jazz. Titles include "Keep On Keepin On", "The Procession", "Natural & The Spiritual", "Peace Be Unto You", and "Black Man Tripover". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clare FischerManteca! ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1966. New Copy .... $15.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – which bristles with this cool, clear sound amidst larger backdrops that have a very driving feel! There's lots of percussive energy at the bottom of the bigger group tracks – thanks to work from Latin percussionists Carlos Vidal, Cuco Martinez, Chino Valdes, and Rudy Calzado – and some of the other cuts feature a smaller group, but still with lots of great percussion! Clare's organ has this feel that's very different than the usual Hammond jazz style – and really sounds great throughout – on a batch of tracks that includes a key reading of his classic "Morning" – plus the cuts "Manteca", "Favela", "Afro Blue", "Dulzura", and "Negrita". CD
Also available Manteca! ... LP 19.99

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Clare FischerManteca! ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good .... $19.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – which bristles with this cool, clear sound amidst larger backdrops that have a very driving feel! There's lots of percussive energy at the bottom of the bigger group tracks – thanks to work from Latin percussionists Carlos Vidal, Cuco Martinez, Chino Valdes, and Rudy Calzado – and some of the other cuts feature a smaller group, but still with lots of great percussion! Clare's organ has this feel that's very different than the usual Hammond jazz style – and really sounds great throughout – on a batch of tracks that includes a key reading of his classic "Morning" – plus the cuts "Manteca", "Favela", "Afro Blue", "Dulzura", and "Negrita". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light wear, but looks nice overall.)
Also available Manteca! ... CD 15.99

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Eddie FisherThird Cup ... LP
Cadet, 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
An amazing album by the great guitarist Eddie Fisher – and completely unlike his later funk records! Eddie plays stripped down jazz with a small combo that includes organ by Robert Selby, bass by Paul Jackson, and some rhythm guitar by Phil Westmoreland – and the twin-guitar approach creates this super-dope style that's light years ahead of its time, with a sophistication that points the way to later mid 70s work on labels like CTI and Kudu! Eddie's guitar work is an incredible exercise in spareness and soulfulness – best heard on the fantastic "Third Cup", a long drawn-out jazz stepper that's got to be heard to be believed. The cut's been a favorite on the Chicago jazz stepper's scene for years – and it alone is worth the price of the album. However, the record features some other wonderful stuff – like a sublime version of "Shadow Of Your Smile" that runs for a bubbling 12 minutes – plus the originals "Shut Up", "Scorched Earth", and "Two By Two". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Third Cup ... LP 16.99

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Eddie FisherThird Cup ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good+ .... $16.99
An amazing album by the great guitarist Eddie Fisher – and completely unlike his later funk records! Eddie plays stripped down jazz with a small combo that includes organ by Robert Selby, bass by Paul Jackson, and some rhythm guitar by Phil Westmoreland – and the twin-guitar approach creates this super-dope style that's light years ahead of its time, with a sophistication that points the way to later mid 70s work on labels like CTI and Kudu! Eddie's guitar work is an incredible exercise in spareness and soulfulness – best heard on the fantastic "Third Cup", a long drawn-out jazz stepper that's got to be heard to be believed. The cut's been a favorite on the Chicago jazz stepper's scene for years – and it alone is worth the price of the album. However, the record features some other wonderful stuff – like a sublime version of "Shadow Of Your Smile" that runs for a bubbling 12 minutes – plus the originals "Shut Up", "Scorched Earth", and "Two By Two". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Third Cup ... LP 9.99

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Eddie GaleGhetto Music ... CD
Blue Note/Water, 1968. New Copy .... $14.99 17.98
One of our favorite all-time records, and a real lost album on Blue Note! Eddie Gale leads this group of righteous singers and musicians through five fantastic tracks of soulful chanting and hard jazz playing that never goes too far out, but always threatens to break free of its own chains – soaring to the skies on wings of freedom and spirituality! Gale's trumpet rings hard and loud, and the vocal arrangements never verge on sentimentality, but manage to convey a ton of soul with an incredibly righteous approach that's never been duplicated again! Imagine Donald Byrd's vocal group albums recorded for Strata East – or a hipper version of Billy Harper's Capra Black – and you've only got part of the picture! Titles include "The Rain", "Fulton Street", "The Coming Of Gwilu", and "A Walk With Thee". CD
Also available Ghetto Music ... CD 18.99

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Eddie GaleGhetto Music ... CD
Blue Note/Water, 1968. Used .... $18.99
One of our favorite all-time records, and a real lost album on Blue Note! Eddie Gale leads this group of righteous singers and musicians through five fantastic tracks of soulful chanting and hard jazz playing that never goes too far out, but always threatens to break free of its own chains – soaring to the skies on wings of freedom and spirituality! Gale's trumpet rings hard and loud, and the vocal arrangements never verge on sentimentality, but manage to convey a ton of soul with an incredibly righteous approach that's never been duplicated again! Imagine Donald Byrd's vocal group albums recorded for Strata East – or a hipper version of Billy Harper's Capra Black – and you've only got part of the picture! Titles include "The Rain", "Fulton Street", "The Coming Of Gwilu", and "A Walk With Thee". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Ghetto Music ... CD 14.99

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Stan GetzSweet Rain ... CD
Verve, 1967. Used .... $4.99
One of Stan Getz's greatest records – no fooling! This gem often gets overlooked because it was issued in the years between Stan's bossa recordings and his later pop experiments – but trust us, it's a totally solid jazz album, with a quality level that was hardly ever matched by Getz again! The tracks are all long, sweeping, and very spiritual – and the group's a soulful batch of freer players (Chick Corea on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Grady Tate on drums) – all of whom really open Stan up, and drive him to give out some of the best solos of his careers, with a tone that's completely sublime. All tracks are long, and the album includes an amazing version of Corea's "Litha", plus the cuts "Windows", "Con Alma", and "O Grande Amor". One of our favorite jazz albums ever! CD
(Some edgewear on digipack, and sticker marks on front and back, as well as a few scuff marks on inside and out.)

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Elmer GibsonGeneration Dance ... CD
Life Force Jazz, 2002. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
An incredibly soulful set from pianist Elmer Gibson – best known to our ears as a member of the Norman Connors group during the late 70s, and a player who's clearly influenced by that legacy! For the album, Gibson calls upon some of his 70s contemporaries – including Gary Bartz and Eddie Henderson, both of whom make significant contributions to the record. But the real charm of the set clearly comes from Elmer's own musical vision – one that seems to start with the soulful jazz vibe of the Connors 70s groups, but which then has picked up all the best undercurrents of 80s indie soul jazz as well. A number of trcks feature vocals from Maiesha Rashad – a singer who reminds us a lot of Carmen Lundy at her best – and actually, there's a feeling here that's quite similar to our favorite Curtis Lundy albums as well! A real treasure – the kind of secret album that we'd almost passed up, but which we find ourselves loving more and more with each listen. Titles include "Multiplicity", "The Price Of Freedom", "Jamella", "Love & Innocence", and "Generation Dance". CD

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Dizzy GillespieSchool Days ... CD
Savoy, 1951. Used .... $2.99
A bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie – a full album comprised of some famous 78s recorded for the Savoy label at the start of the 50s – the kind of hard-grooving material that made Diz a fan favorite right from the start! There's some nice use of vocals in the mix – not just from Dizzy, but also from Joe Carroll as well – an overlooked vocalese genius from the early days of bebop – not as well-known as Eddie Jefferson or King Pleasure, but working here in a very similar spirit! Diz sings with Joe a bit too, and other players include JJ Johnson on trombone, Milt Jackson on vibes, Bill Graham on alto and baritone sax, and Wynton Kelly on piano. Cuts include "Bopsie's Blues", "School Days", "We Love To Boogie", "Umbrella Man", "I Couldn't Beat The Rap", "Pop's Confessin", and "Lady Be Good". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio ... LP
Blue Note, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $17.99 19.98
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – matched here with guest vocals from a host of key talents – including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco! The blend is surprisingly wonderful – not a sell out at all, but a way for Glaspar's music to reach a rich new level of expression – as the vocals really help the instrumental elements come alive – and unlock this side of Robert's potential that was always lurking in the background. One of the best musical moments we've heard from Blue Note in years – with titles that include "Always Shine", "Move Love", "Ah Yeah", "Lift Off", "Afro Blue", "Cherish The Day", "Black Radio", and "Letter To Hermione". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Robert GlasperIn My Element ... CD
Blue Note, 2007. Used .... $8.99
Amazing sounds from Robert Glasper – easily one of our favorite fresh jazz talents of the past decade or so! There's really nobody like Glasper, and you'll hear that from the very first notes of this CD – a flurry of marvelously blocky chords – wrapped together in these waves of sound that are completely seductive – complex at one point, but perfectly organic at another – almost to the piano what Coltrane was to the tenor – although Glasper's sound is nothing like Coltrane – if that won't confuse you enough! The rhythms leap along with Robert's piano in an equally joyous way – stretching out, finding new space, and taking the music into rich new territory – more than enough to make this record one of Blue Note's best so far of the 21st Century. Titles include "G & B", "Of Dreams To Come", "FTB", "One For Grew", "Tribute", and "Maiden Voyage/Everything Is In The Right Place". CD

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Grant GreenMatador (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1965. New Copy (reissue).... $26.99
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. LP, Vinyl record album

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Tubby HayesNight & Day ... CD
Candid (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy .... $9.99 12.99
Pretty great work from Tubby Hayes – even if the sound quality is sometimes a bit "live"! Tubby's one of our favorite tenor players ever, and he really shines in this set of live recordings from the years 1963 to 1965 – cut when Tubby was really opening up his sound a lot, past the Sonny Rollins-influenced bop mode of the late 50s, into a yearning searching tone that's hardly been matched on the instrument. The 5 tracks in the set all feature small groups of Brit players – including Terry Shannon, Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Seamen, and Allan Ganley, all frequent partners of Hayes – and although the fidelity isn't as great as you might get in the studio, Hayes' solos are excellent throughout, going on for a very long time, and at a quality level to match his classic Fontana recordings from the same era. Titles include "Night & Day", "The Simple Waltz", "Half A Sawbuck", and "I'm Old Fashioned". CD

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PE Hewitt Jazz EnsembleWinter Winds (with bonus download) ... LP
Now Again, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $18.99 19.98
A brilliantly soulful set from the PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – an early 70s group with a style that mixes the sunny and the spiritual! Hewitt's group works at a level that's definitely in line with some of our favorite indie jazz at the time – really pushing the boundaries with a great sense of spirit – stretching out towards new ideas, yet never getting too free or too outside to lose their sense of swing. But at another level, there's a slightly groovy undercurrent to the record too – one that comes from the wordless vocals of singer Nina Scheller, whose style reminds us a bit of the singing on the Sound Of Feeling record with Oliver Nelson – particularly given the modal grooves on the best numbers here. Rhythms are really in the lead at the album's strongest points – driven by Phil Hewitt's work on piano and vibes, and topped with alto sax and flugelhorn too. Titles include "I'm Wondering Why", "Oma Rakas", "The Winter Wind", "Tuija", "Baon Que Bash", "Ill Love Song", and "It's Got Two & That's Alright". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Linda HillLullaby For Linda ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy .... $9.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group, working here on vocal and flute, to give the album a richly righteous sound! The vocals are great, and often feature help from Jugeger Juan Grey – with more soul than usual for this sort of set, but still plenty of jazz elements too – with an offbeat quality that's almost like Oneness Of Juju – often used just to lead off a tune, before the solos come in strongly. Other musicians include Sabir Matteen on tenor, Roberto Miranda on bass, Everett Brown on drums, and Virjilio Figuera on percussion. Titles include "Lullaby For Linda", "Children", "Leland's Song", and "The Creator's Musician". CD

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Bobby HutchersonMontara ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Very Good .... $44.99
One of our favorite Bobby Hutcherson albums ever – and a magical session filled with electric Latin vibes! The album's quite a different one for Bobby at the time – as it has him working with some larger arrangements, in a soulful west coast groove that's almost got the feel of a hip 70s soundtrack. Bobby's vibes are nicely set up against Fender Rhodes on most tracks – and the group's got some added Latin percussion that really opens up the rhythms. The whole thing's totally wonderful – brimming over with sun and soul, the kind of magic record that will never be made again! Tracks include "Camel Rise", "Yuyo", "Montara", "La Malanga", "Little Angel", and "Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and clear tape along the bottom seam.)

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Weldon IrvineSinbad ... LP
RCA, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Weldon Irvine's last album for a major label – and a key set that marks the debut of the legendary Don Blackman! Irvine's still very much in charge of the session, but Blackman's emerging here with the strength that would show up on his later soul sessions – singing lead vocals on some of the best cuts on the record, and also playing acoustic piano next to Weldon's bank of electric keys. Tunes are nicely varied throughout – returning to the exploratory nature of some of Irvine's earlier records – and there's even some great mellower numbers that are some of our favorite tracks on the set – including the sublime stepper "I Love You", the gently spacey "Music Is The Key", and a sweet instrumental cover of "What's Going On". Other tracks include "Sinbad", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "Do Something For Yourself", and "Here's Where I Came In". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Willis JacksonAfter Hours (Loose/Soul Grabber) ... CD
Prestige, 1963/1967. New Copy .... $5.99 18.98
Don't be put off by the title of the set – because it's not some snoozy "after hours" album of ballads! Instead, it's a great pairing of two rare cookers from the great Willis Jackson – both of them hard-wailing sets that cook in a classic 60s organ/tenor mode! Loose is from 1963, and features Willis grooving in some wonderfully uptight soul jazz lines – working in a format that's a bit more gutbuckety than some of his later work – with Carl Wilson playing chunky Hammond grooves, Frank Robinson punching it up on trumpet, and Bill Jones twanging away on guitar. The set includes a very lively reading of "After Hours", plus the tracks "What Will I Tell My Heart" and "Secret Love". Even better is Soul Grabber, from 1967 – one of our favorite album ever by Willis Jackson – and in fact one of our favorite soul jazz sides of the 60s! There's a mad groove here that's quite different than any of Jackson's earlier work – freer, looser, and more experimental – handled with a sound that's almost fuller in the arrangements, but which also gives the soloists more room to groove around. Willis himself plays the amazing gatorhorn on a number of tracks – a long funny-looking variation on the tenor, and a horn that has an almost George Braith or Roland Kirk-like sound. The rest of the group features some great guitar by Wally Richardson and smoking organ by Carl Wilson – plus electric bass at the bottom from Bob Bushnell, a key component to the harder-hitting quality of the grooves. The set features a fantastic version of Baden Powell's "Song of Ossahana", plus great covers of "Sunny", "Girl Talk", and "Ode to Billy Joe" – and the tracks "Soul Grabber", "Alfie", "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", and "Rhode Island Red". For space reasons, the CD omits the track "Y'all" from the album Loose. CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Ahmad JamalPoinciana ... LP
Argo, Early 60s. Good .... $1.99
The tune "Poinciana" must have been written by Jamal – as the lyrical flowing style of the song is perfect for his deeply soulful piano style. It wasn't, though – although this recording of the tune has made it one of the biggest in Jamal's book from the time, a perpetual favorite that's a great example of his rich talents. The album also features a great version of "Autumn Leaves" that stretches for over 7 minutes – one of Jamal's first extended tunes on record – plus the cuts "Ivy", "Tater Pie", and "A Gal In Calico". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole. Labels have some light stains.)

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Laurie JohnsonEngland's New Big Band Sound ... LP
Colpix, 1964. Very Good .... $0.99
A rare American outing from British bandleader Laurie Johnson – an artist who's probably best known for his famous soundtrack work of the 60s, but who steps out here in a surprisingly nice instrumental mode! The style here is a bit like that of John Dankworth on some of his American records – jazzy at the core, but also with larger orchestral flourishes that put the work somewhere between jazz and popular instrumental. But given Johnson's penchant for hip timing and a nicely swinging groove, the album's pretty nice all the way through – never sleepy, and done with a good sense of presence on some of the instruments. Titles include "Jenny", "By Myself", "Pagan Love Song", "Nevada", "South Of The Border", "Bali Hai", "Twango", and "My Favorite Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear, a spot of tape with a small rip on the spine, and some pen on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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New Philly Joe JonesTrailways Express (aka Mo' Joe) ... LP
Black Lion, 1968. Very Good .... $6.99
A killer session that matches the talents of American drum genius Philly Joe Jones with some of the leading lights in British jazz! The set was recorded in London in 1968, at that perfect moment when the Brit jazz scene was turning towards new ideas of modernism, but hadn't yet strayed too far from the tight swing that characterized most of its playing since the postwar years. Philly leads a group that includes Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Chris Pyne on trombone, Pete King on alto, and Harold McNair on tenor and flute. King and McNair are some of our favorite players ever, rarely reissued on CD or LP – and the set gives them plenty of free reign to solo madly in a bop-heavy environment. Titles include "Gone Gone Gone", "Trailways Express", "Mo Joe", and "Ladybird". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner, some wear and staining.)

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Clifford Jordan & OthersComplete Strata East Sessions (In The World/Izipho Zam/Rhythm X/Glass Bead Games/Zodiac/Super Bass) (6CD set) ... CD
Strata East/Mosaic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6CD .... $101.99 102.00
A really amazing set of work from tenorist Clifford Jordan – a player who first rose to fame in the hardbop scene of the late 50s, but who moved into tremendous new territory with these Strata East recordings of the late 60s and early 70s! Jordan was a Chicago contemporary of players like Johnny Griffin and Von Freeman, but he was never content to rest on his laurels – and stretched out on these records with a spiritual vibe that he'd never expressed before – and which would go onto inspire countless other musicians in years to come! This set brings together all the Dolphy Series recordings that Jordan recorded – either as an artist or producer – two of which were never issued on record at the time. Jordan's own albums for the label are wonderful enough – the double-length Glass Bead Games, one of our favorite records ever – and the killer In The World, which is great too. But this set also adds in other Strata East albums that really help illustrate the scene in which Jordan was working – including the excellent Pharoah Sanders non-Impulse session, Izipho Zam; the modern music of Charles Brackeen on Rhythm X, with Don Cherry on trumpet and Brackeen on tenor; and the great Cecil Payne album Zodiac, which has some of the last trumpet work ever from Kenny Dorham. Plus, the set also features two extremely rare albums – the never-issued Shades Of Edward Blackwell – led by the drummer, with Don Cherry on trumpet and Luqman Lateef on tenor, plus a bit of log drum from Jordan – and the obscure Super Bass album from Wilbur Ware, which features Jordan on tenor, in a quartet with Ware on bass, Don Cherry on trumpet, and Ed Blackwell on drums! These two albums are worth the price of the package alone – even if you have other Strata East albums in your collection – and the whole thing features the usual sublime Mosaic package and booklet. CD
(Limited to 5000 copies.)

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John LaPortaSouth American Brothers ... LP
Fantasy, Mid 50s. Very Good+ .... $33.99
Obscure work from 50s reed genius John LaPorta! LaPorta's always been one of our favorite modern players from the 50s – and this rare Fantasy side captures him working live in Venezuela, working with a few different groups, from quintet size on up to small big band. LaPorta plays both clarinet and alto – and the styles run from swing to bop, but usually with a focus on LaPorta's solos in front of the group. Titles include "Jackie's Blues", "Triste Verdad", "The Count", "South American Brothers", and "Gus Is The Boss". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing.)

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Ramsey LewisMother Nature's Son ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good- .... $13.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the versions here definitely aren't – as Stepney really pulls them apart and puts them back together with a great range of new elements – sometimes a bit of electronics, sometimes funky drums, and often the kind of deep-bottomed, Chicago soul-styled grooves that Chess/Cadet was hooking up to its best players in the late 60s. Ramsey plays both acoustic and electric piano, and the album is easily one of his (and Stepney's) most brilliant moments in the studio! Titles include "Back In USSR", "Julia", "Sexy Sadie", "Dear Prudence", and "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey". Funky, spacey, and totally great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light edge wear, with a small center split on the bottom seam.)

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MargotsPescado (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Okka Disk, 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $12.99 15.99
A really unique blend of jazz and vocals – and a great start for this really unique group! The Margots is a collaboration between vocalist Adrienne Pierluissi and jazz musicians Ken Vandermark – who co-wrote the music on the set, and handles all the arrangements too! Pierluissi hails from Milwaukee, but has this amazing style that reminds us of some of our favorite Brazilian or European singers in recent years – an approach that's as artful as it is swinging, and graced with this sense of phrasing that really makes her lyrics stand out – quite a statement, given that the group also features reeds from Ken Vandermark, guitars from John Dereszynski, and drums from Tim Daisy! There's definitely an echo of the best recent Brazilian modes on some of the best tracks – and the record also features some cool string backing on a few numbers too. Titles include "Mr Altruistic", "Grey", "No La Sabia", "Husbands", "Echoes Of Memory", "Anda", and "Pescado". CD

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James MasonRhythm Of Life ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1977. Used .... $11.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! CD
Also available Rhythm Of Life ... LP 39.99

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New James MasonRhythm Of Life ... LP
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1977. Near Mint- (reissue).... $39.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! LP, Vinyl record album
(90s UK reissue on Sure Shot.)
Also available Rhythm Of Life ... CD 11.99

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Ronnie MathewsSong For Leslie ... CD
Red (Italy), 1980. New Copy .... $15.99 18.99
A great 80s showcase for the piano of Ronnie Mathews – captured here at a really under-recorded point in his career! The album's got Ronnie leaping into the fray right from the start – with some of those harder edges from his 60s years, mixed with lots more of those lyrical lines that have kept him a favorite of ours for years – a mix of hard edge and warmer, soulful elements that's right up there with some of Cedar Walton's best trio material – and matched by some great work from Ray Drummond on bass and Kenny Washington on drums! Tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Song For Leslie", "Once I Loved", "I Should Care", and "Susanita". CD

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Jack McDuff with Joe DukesSoulful Drums Of Joe Dukes/Hot Barbeque ... CD
Prestige, 1964/1965. New Copy .... $4.99 11.98
2 of the greatest albums ever by Jack McDuff – back to back on one CD! Soulful Drums of Joe Dukes was originally issued under the name of McDuff's famous mid-60s funky drummer, Joe Dukes – but it's actually a McDuff session, recorded with the classic quartet lineup that includes Red Holloway on tenor and alto, George Benson on guitar, and Dukes on drums. The album's got an incredible sound, with Dukes' unique approach to drums scattering all over the kit, creating these complicated dancing rhythms for the organ, sax, and guitar lineup. The album's filled with excellent groovers, like "Moohah the D.J.", "Soulful Drums", "Greasy Drums", and "My Three Sons" – and the whole thing's great! Equally sublime is the album Hot Barbeque – probably the strongest of all of McDuff's mid 60s albums, with a coherency and a solidness to the playing that you'd have to work hard to find on other organ group sides from the time. Jack's work on the Hammond is incredible, filled with sharp changes and turns that will leave you breathless, and which will soon make him your favorite organist ever. Benson's guitar is incredible, too – filled with energy and intensity, vamping away at a pace and accuracy that's simply inexplicable. Every single cut's a gem – and the album includes the vocal-driven groover "Hot Barbeque", plus "Hippy Dip", "601 1/2 North Poplar", "The Three Day Thang", and "Briar Patch". All That, and the CD also includes the rare bonus track "Redwood City"! CD

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Gary McFarlandAmerica The Beautiful ... LP
Skye, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold .... $4.99
An incredible document of late 60s America – composed and conducted by Gary McFarland, in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" – and features "movements" with very telling subtitles that include "On This Site Shall Be Erected", "80 Miles An Hour Through Beer Can Country", "Suburbia: Two Poodles And A Plastic Jesus", and our personal favorite, "Due To A Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled". Gary's really wearing his politics on his sleeve here – picturing a late 60s America that's without hope, without revolution, and clearly in danger of falling prey to its own plasticization. The whole thing's a wonderful antidote to the "revolution is coming" side of the 60s that is more popularly pushed – and Gary was one of the few musicians at the time with an eye that was clear enough to see that in the 60s, you could sing "The Times Are A-Changing" – but in reality, the corporations were a-growing! Musically, the album features a larger group of jazz players working in a full, rich style that has lots of soundtrack touches. There's a real Axelrod-like feel to the set – with string passages one minute, funky rhythms the next – and some breakout jazz soloing that really colors the tunes nicely! Players include Jerome Richardson, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, and Chuck Rainey – and Gary's mostly doing the conducting on the set. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some edge wear.)

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New Gary McFarlandAmerica the Beautiful/Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon? ... CD
Skye/El (UK), 1968. New Copy .... $6.99
2 Skye Records gems from Gary McFarland – one deep, one light – both groovy! America The Beautiful is an incredible document of late 60s America – composed and conducted by McFarland in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" – and features "movements" with very telling subtitles that include "On This Site Shall Be Erected", "80 Miles An Hour Through Beer Can Country", "Suburbia: Two Poodles And A Plastic Jesus", and our personal favorite, "Due To A Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled". Gary's really wearing his politics on his sleeve here – picturing a late 60s America that's without hope, without revolution, and clearly in danger of falling prey to its own plasticization. The whole thing's a wonderful antidote to the "revolution is coming" side of the 60s that is more popularly pushed – and Gary was one of the few musicians at the time with an eye that was clear enough to see that in the 60s, you could sing "The Times Are A-Changing" – but in reality, the corporations were a-growing! Musically, the album features a larger group of jazz players working in a full, rich style that has lots of soundtrack touches. There's a real Axelrod-like feel to the set – with string passages one minute, funky rhythms the next – and some breakout jazz soloing that really colors the tunes nicely! Players include Jerome Richardson, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, and Chuck Rainey – and Gary's mostly doing the conducting on the set. Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon is a completely different set entirely – part jazz, part easy, and all McFarland, with a cool compressed breezy vibe that's just about impossible to describe accurately! Gary's vibes are wonderfully set in a small combo with reeds by Jerome Richardson, bass by Richard Davis, organ by Warren Bernhardt, and guitar by Sam Brown. The group play haunting, almost-invisible versions of 60s pop tunes, like "God Only Knows", "Here, There & Everywhere", and "O Morro" – plus a jaunty McFarland original called "Flea Market". CD

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Grachan Moncur IIIAco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Woke Up Very Early) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $9.99
Essential stuff – and one of a few albums recorded for BYG/Actual by trombonist Grachan Moncur III – some of his best work after his initial classics for Blue Note! The album features Moncur fronting a European rhythm section – performing one side of interpretations of Brazilian folk tunes: "Aco Dei De Madrugada" and "Ponte Lo"; and another of two originals: "Osmosis" and "Tiny Temper". Anyone familiar with Moncur's style can't help but appreciate his coloristic slides and slurs, or his marvelous textural splashes of tone, or his individual phrasing, shaped more by his unique vision than any standard trombone slide or valve brass tradition. While his wonderful Blue Note sides were very modernist, these BYG sessions find Moncur at his most expansive – more groundbreaking work from one of our favorite "new thing" artists! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jason MoranTen ... CD
Blue Note, 2010. Used .... $3.99
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon – his stellar jazz trio featuring the top tier jazz pianist along with drummer Nasheet Waits & Tarus Mateen on bass – marking their 10th year with this thoroughly excellent album for Blue Note! Moran has stayed plenty busy in the aughties, but Ten is actually his first album since 2006 – and it's a great one, rivaling his first couple records for Blue Note – and that's saying something, because those are among our favorite modern albums for the venerable jazz label in many years. Includes several sharp Moran originals such like "Blue Blocks", "RFK In The Land Of Apartheid", "Pas De Deux-Lines Ballet", "Gangsterism Over 10 Years", "Old Babies" and "Playtolive" (the latter with the great Andrew Hill) – plus Mateen's "The Subtle One" and readings of Jaki Byard's "To Bob Vatel Of Paris" and Monk's "Crepuscule With Nellie". Brilliant stuff! CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Lee MorganTom Cat ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used .... $8.99
One of our top 5 favorite Blue Note records of all time – a bold and powerful session from trumpeter Lee Morgan, but one that sat in the vaults for 15 years before release! The session was recorded around the same time as Morgan's hit The Sidewinder (which eclipsed its release at the time) – but it's got the soaring, searching energy of later Morgan work on records like Sixth Sense or Charisma – a whole new groove at the time, and one that's explored perfectly by a group that includes Jackie McLean on alto sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. Modal lines come into play with older hardbop and soul jazz modes – and the result is an explosive batch of tunes that resonate with bold power throughout! Nearly all tunes are incredible originals by Lee Morgan – and titles include "Tom Cat", "Exotique", "Twice Around", and the completely captivating "Rigor Mortis". A treasure, and one not to pass up! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Lee MorganTom Cat ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of our top 5 favorite Blue Note records of all time – a bold and powerful session from trumpeter Lee Morgan, but one that sat in the vaults for 15 years before release! The session was recorded around the same time as Morgan's hit The Sidewinder (which eclipsed its release at the time) – but it's got the soaring, searching energy of later Morgan work on records like Sixth Sense or Charisma – a whole new groove at the time, and one that's explored perfectly by a group that includes Jackie McLean on alto sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. Modal lines come into play with older hardbop and soul jazz modes – and the result is an explosive batch of tunes that resonate with bold power throughout! Nearly all tunes are incredible originals by Lee Morgan – and titles include "Tom Cat", "Exotique", "Twice Around", and the completely captivating "Rigor Mortis". A treasure, and one not to pass up! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sunny MurrayHommage To Africa ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $38.99
One of the more spiritual sessions for BYG, and a large ensemble session that brings together players like Archie Shepp, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell, Grachan Moncur, and Clifford Thornton. "Suns Of Africa" takes up all of side one, and although it begins slow, and with spare soloing, it moves into a slow rhythmic pulse that pulls along all players in a moving ensemble passge that sparkles with feeling and spirituality. Side 2 has two shorter pieces entitled "R.I.P.", which is more intense, and "Unity", which again moves into a mellower ensemble space. Certainly one of our favorite albums on BYG, and one that we find ourselves returning to more than others on the label! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole, but is otherwise great.)

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Claus OgermanGate Of Dreams ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $13.99
A pretty ambitious album from easy arranger Claus Ogerman – a hell of a talent, and the man who provided backings for some of our favorite albums! The album's kind of a "jazz meets orchestra" affair – done in the mode of some of Ogerman's backdrops for artists with a soloist as the lead act – but flipped around this time, although with some definite help from famous guests along the way! Key solos come from Joe Sample on Fender Rhodes, George Benson on guitar, Michael Brecker on tenor sax, and David Sanborn on alto – all sliding in and out of the lush string backings arranged by Ogerman – some of his best of the decade, with sweeping finish on the top, but a surprising degree of soul that bubbles forth as things move on. Tracks include "Night Will Fall", "A Sketch Of Eden", and "Time Passed Autumn", in 3 parts. CD

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Horace ParlanOn The Spur Of The Moment (45rpm – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Music Matters, 1961. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $49.99
A darkly-grooving killer from pianist Horace Parlan – and one of our favorite Blue Note albums ever! Although Parlan's always a great player on other sides for the label, this album has him stepping out with an extra edge that's really amazing – working with brothers Tommy and Stanley Turrentine to craft some tunes that roll with the propulsive energy of the best Blue Note hardbop sides, but which also have some edgier moments, and almost point the way towards some of the new thing experiments that would transform the work of Jackie McLean! All players are still quite straight, but they've got a way of putting together tones and textures that's really wonderful – heard to famous effect on the album's early version of Booker Ervin's track "Skoochie" – but soaring all the way through on titles that include "On The Spur Of The Moment", "Ray C", "Al's Tune", and "Pyramid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing reissue pressing – done as a 2LP set, with heavy vinyl and cover, and played at 45rpm speed for extra-high fidelity!)

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Kim PatersonDuende ... CD
Sarang Bang (New Zealand), 2012. New Copy Gatefold .... $3.99
Spiritual sounds from New Zealand trumpeter Kim Paterson – a player best known for work in the Mike Nock group – stepping out here with a widely expansive vision as a leader! Paterson's got plenty of help here – a large, shifting lineup that really makes for a well-crafted batch of tracks – often handled in a mode that offers a core sense of soul with some freer, modern elements – a bit like some of our favorite work on the New York scene of late, with similar spiritual leanings at the root of the sound – even though the overall execution might be a bit more straight ahead. Paterson gets a lead trumpet solo on every track – and other instrumentation includes keyboard, soprano sax, tenor, guitar, piano, and even a bit of strings – on titles that include "Catharsis", "5th House", "Nick's Groove", "To You With Love", "Sheriar's Dream", "Daaman", and "Time". CD

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
ESP, 1965. Used .... $18.99
The 2 key Sun Ra albums for ESP records – back to back on one CD! The work here is a bit more intense than usual – almost cerebral at times, with very contemplative passages on percussion and reeds, offset by strong piano lines from Ra – all in a mode that marks a sharp break from earlier Saturn albums, and almost makes us wonder if Ra was pitching the sound of the Arkestra towards a more academic audience for his time on ESP. Heliocentric 2 is our favorite here – as it features a few more rhythmic numbers, some interesting percussion, and nice use of clavioline by Ra. Players include Marshall Allen, Pat Patrick, and John Gilmore – and CD features 10 tracks that include "Cosmic Chaos", "Nebulae", "Dancing In The Sun", "Heliocentric", "Outer Nothingness", "Of Heavenly Things", and "Other Worlds". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaOn Jupiter ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $15.99 16.99
Righteous Ra from the end of the 70s – one of the most soulful albums ever by the Sun Ra Arkestra, and a lost treasure that's got some nice funky moments! The vibe here is very much in the Lanquidity/Disco 3000 mode – an extrapolation of styles best known from the Space Is The Place era, tightened up into more of a groove at some points, but also relaxed and more reflective at others. Our favorite track on the set is "UFO", a snapping bit of funk that comes as a real surprise from Sun Ra – and a tune that's got some nicely noisy guitar jamming alongside straighter electric rhythms – all topped off by vocals from the group and some really strong horn work! The tune's a great party funk number that shows the Arkestra at its most joyous – and other tracks include "On Jupiter", which has a great blend of light vocals, spacey moog, and snakey sax – plus the side-long "Seductive Fantasy", a laidback number that unfolds with a really gentle grace. CD

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Nina Ramsby/Ludvig Berghe TrioVarsagoda Och Tack ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy .... $9.99
Really great vocals from Nina Ramsby – sung in Swedish, but in a cool way that really works wonderfully with the music! The trio of pianist Ludvig Berghe has always been a favorite of ours – and here, working with a singer, they find a sharp new space – soaring, soulful, and even more focused than before – as the lyrics from Nina help give their music a whole new direction, and pus things forward with lots of bold lines from Berghe's piano! Ludvig has a way of being soulful and sentimental at the same time – but never in a lachrymose way – and given that we can't actually understand Ramsby's words, her voice almost acts more like a fourth instrument in the group – at least to our English-restricted ears. The sound is wonderful – rich and warm, and very moving – and titles include "Har I Ljuset", "Tanker Att Jag Sager Dig", "Du Biter Ihop", "Det Jag Vet", "Upp Till Den Hojd", and "Vi Samlas Kring Hopp". CD

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Dave Rempis/Tim DaisyBack To The Circle ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. Used .... $9.99
An unassuming little album, but one of our favorite recent efforts from the Okka Disk label – a spare set of duets between saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy – recorded in a mostly-inside way that explores space and sound, yet never goes too far out. There's a really personal feel here – almost like some of our favorite European sessions of this nature from the 60s, of the kind that explored new freedoms but never overindulged in them. We love the spareness of the set, and Rempis has won new respect from us with his creative shifts in style throughout the album. Titles include "Fast Cars", "Welcome", "Alexandria", "Upwards Onwards", "Back To The Circle", and "Huff". CD
(Out of print. Limited to 800 hand-numbered copies.)

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Resolution 88Resolution 88 ... CD
Synthethesia (UK), 2014. New Copy .... $15.99
A really sweet set from the UK – recorded by a contemporary combo, but with a feel that's right up there with our favorite funky fusion from the 70s! The keyboards really dominate here, but they're nicely balanced against some excellent work on tenor sax – which rounds out the sound and deepens the soul, and keeps things from ever getting overindulgent, or losing the groove. The mix of cosmic and soulful takes us back to some of our favorite early work by Nathan Haines – although this outing is all instrumental, and at times the rhythmic conception of the group really belies their modern identity – even though all instrumentation is played live. The album's dedicated to Don Blackman, Matthew Larkin Cassell, and Paul Randolph – all very good points of reference – and titles include "UnRavelling", "Dya Make Her", "Collidoscope", "Pursuit Of The Jetmobile", "Cosmic Cascade", and "In ThRhodes Of Ecstasy". CD

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Max RoachLoadstar ... LP
Horo/Klimt (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $18.99
An amazing album – one of our favorite records ever from drummer Max Roach, and a set that also features some of the best 70s work by tenorist Billy Harper too! The session's a unique date done for the Horo label – and soars even farther than other Horo classics from the time – with a one-of-a-kind energy that makes it a really special record right from the start – even better than any other Roach/Harper pairings from the time. Max has a killer quartet here – no piano at all, just himself on drums, Billy on tenor, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Reggie Workman on bass – a group that's filled with soulful spirit – and manages to stretch out without ever getting overindulgent, nor too free – that special kind of balance we're used to hearing on Harper's Japanese 70s sessions – which is carried through strongly here. The album only features two long tracks – "The Matyr" and "Six Bits Blues" – each of which strech out for both sides of a record! LP, Vinyl record album

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Antoine RoneyWhirling ... CD
Muse, 1995. New Copy .... $4.99
A really well-crafted set from saxophonist Antoine Roney – quite possibly our favorite member of his jazzy family, thanks to wonderful work like this! Roney's got a great approach to the tenor here – a style that has some of the searching, searing tones of the post-Coltrane generation – but one that's also never too far out either, never trying to match the efforts of the late Great One, just use a bit of his inspiration for more subtle expression in jazz. The rhythm section helps a lot to this effect – given that Ronnie Matthews, another wonderfully balanced player, is also in the group on piano – alongside Santi Debriano on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. Titles include "Whirling", "Blues For Leslie", "Alterations"," Duo", "The Hymn", "Passageway", and "Where". CD

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Patrice RushenBefore The Dawn ... LP
Prestige, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Patrice Rushen's second album – and a very sweet batch of keyboard funk! The record has Patrice working in a groove that's almost like that of Herbie Hancock at the time – using lots of electric piano, clavinet, and synth to craft some mighty fine jazz funk grooves. The group's a monster assemblage of Fantasy jazz players like Hubert Laws, Lee Ritenour, Hadley Caliman, and Harvey Mason – and the session crackles with a tight edge that you'll never find in any of Patrice's later work. One of our favorite early Rushen sets, and probably one of our favorite overall! Tracks are long, with lots of great spacey grooves, and titles include "Razzia", "Before The Dawn", "Kickin Back", and "Jubilation". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Teru SakamotoTeru Sakamoto Trio Live At Rikuzen Johnny (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. Used .... $19.99
A tremendous live set from pianist Teru Sakamoto – a session that soars with all of the life, soul, and imagination of McCoy Tyner at his 70s best! The record's got a feel that's quite open – long tracks, with plenty of solo space for Sakamoto on the piano – but the sound is always inside, rhythmic, and focused – never too out or too experimental, just soaring up to the skies with a brilliant sense of expression. The trio features Takao Neichi on bass and Takeshi Watanabe on drums – and titles include a great modal take on "My Favorite Things", plus "Left Alone", "Yuyake Koyake", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Bud ShankBud Shank – With Maynard Ferguson, Stu Williamson, & Bob Enevoldsen (Crown) ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Very Good .... $8.99
Sublime early work from Bud Shank – one of our favorite west coast players ever – captured here away from some of his better-known work on Pacific Jazz! There's a nicely rough edge to some of the material – with Bud really blowing alto strongly on some of the leadoff tracks – which feature a trio of trombones from Bob Enevoldsen, Maynard Ferguson, and Stu Williamson! These players get in a few solo licks – and rhythm is by Claude Williamson on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all working with Bob Cooper arrangements, on titles that include "Valve In Head", "Cool Fool", and "Mobile". A few more tracks feature the more playful side of Shank's horns – both alto and flute – in a cool quartet with Williamson on both piano and celeste, Don Prell on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums – on the titles "Tertia", "Theme", and "Have Blues Will Travel". One last track is especially great – "Blues In The Surf", which features a group with Billy Bean on guitar and Gary Peacock on bass – really opening up into some of the most creative modes Shank would showcase in the early 60s, before hiding out in larger arrangements. LP, Vinyl record album
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George ShearingShearing Bossa Nova ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $15.99
A heavenly album, and easily one of our favorite George Shearing records of the 60s – thanks to some sweet bossa arrangements by a young Clare Fischer! Fischer's got a better ear for this groove than just about anyone else – and he beautifully mixes light woodwinds with bossa rhythms for the date – providing a perfect backdrop for that well-punctuated Shearing sound on the keys of the piano! The set's got a lightly soaring swing that's mighty nice – and thanks to deft playing by George, still retains a lot more jazz elements than you'd find on other records of this nature. Titles include "One Note Samba", "Blue Prelude", "Desafinado", "Pensativa", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Algo Novo", "Black Satin", "Manha De Carnival", and "Amazona's Legend". CD

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New Alan Skidmore/Mike Osborne/John SurmanSOS ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1975. New Copy .... $14.99
One of our favorite sides of the British avant scene in the 70s – a body of work that's out, but never too out – soaring on spiritual wings one moment, and working in playful blocks of sound the next! All three artists play saxes on the album, and Skidmore throws in a bit of drums and percussion, and Surman a bit of electronics – making for a multi-horn approach that's got some of the same compelling elements as the Lol Coxhill albums on Virgin, but performed here with a freer sort of soul as well! Surprisingly great stuff – with tracks that include "Goliath", "Ist", "Calypso", "Cycle Motion", "Chordary", and "Wherever I Am". CD

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New Grant StewartLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $11.99 14.99
A great tenorist, heard here in a wonderfully rich setting – a set of long, open tracks that really let Grant Stewart solo strongly – all with the special sort of energy that seems to take place in these Smalls Live recordings! Most numbers push up towards the 10 minute mark, leaving lots of room for Grant's deep, soulful lines on tenor – served up with perfectly matched rhythmic support from the trio of Tardo Hammer on piano, David Wong on bass, and Phil Stewart on drums. As on other label releases, the presentation is wonderful – very basic, in ways that really let the magic of the performance come through brilliantly – a quality that's made Smalls Live one of our favorite jazz labels of the 21st Century. Titles include "Reflections", "Make Someone Happy", "Mr Lucky", "Get Out Of Town", "Somewhere In The Night", and "Meaning Of The Blues". CD

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Horace TapscottLive At Lobero Vol 1 (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nimbus, 1981. New Copy .... $9.99
A surprisingly strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a group that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – even when he's getting a bit free on the keys, which he does on the album's longer tracks. The album features a great 21 minute reading of Tapscott's perennial favorite "The Dark Tree" – done with a great throbbing bassline – plus the tracks "Raisha's New Hip Dance" and "Sketches Of Drunken Mary". CD also features the bonus track "Inception" – a full 29 minutes worth of extra music! CD

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Cal TjaderAgua Dulce ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $11.99
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them up with a hipper west coast electric style in the end – a Fantasy Records vibe that meshes together a few different modes, and comes up with a rich new style in the process! There's a bit of vocals on the set – somewhat unusual for Cal Tjader, and often used to augment the soulfully snapping grooves of the best tunes – but even more amazing is the heavy use of Fender Rhodes, played here by the amazing Al Zulaica, who's work on the album really ranks right up there with the best early 70s keyboardists on the coast! Zulaica's piano is amazing next to Cal's warmly chromatic vibes – and other instrumentation includes saxes from Bill Perkins, flute from Mel Martin, trumpet from Luis Gasca, moog from Rita Dowling, and percussion from both Pete and Coke Escovedo. Titles include the killer "Aqua Dulce (Cool-Ade)", a fantastic version of "Gimme Shelter", a sublime of Clare Fischer's "Morning", and the cuts "Ran Kan Kan", "Descarga Cubana", "Curacao", and "Somewhere In The Night". CD

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New Matt UleryWake An Echo ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $9.99 14.98
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene – but he's also got a wider vision, too – one that has the longer pieces stretching out with a compositional vision that goes way beyond just small combo jazz – a really wonderful sense of tones, timings, and layers – served up by a quintet that includes Geoff Bradfield on bass clarinet, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Rob Clearfield on piano and accordion, and Jon Dellemyer on drums. The mix of bass clarinet and trumpet is wonderful – all fluttery and shimmery over the blocky rhythms of the group – and the record has a bold sense of energy that never lets up. Titles include "In Every Lonely Chamber", "Coriander", "Over Under Other", "My Favorite Stranger", "Carefree", and "All The Riven". CD

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Jack WalrathTo Hellas & Back ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2013. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
Some of the most compelling music we've heard in years from trumpeter Jack Walrath – and a stunning set of original compositions dedicated to the music and people of Greece! The style's not exactly the Hellenic outing you might guess from the title – as the music is definitely American jazz throughout – but there's a richness, an illustrative power that has Walrath working at his best depth – a strong storyteller, and vivid painter of sound – really unleashing that special quality that made him one of Charles Mingus' favorite trumpeters in later years. The group's a quintet, with excellent tenor from Abraham Burton – and fluid, yet complex rhythms from the trio of George Burton on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Donald Edwards on drums – on titles that include "Leaving Santorini Blues", "Grace", "Panopticon", "Enter Boris", "Via Ia", "Norris Junction", and "O'Mangas". CD

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Weather ReportColumbia Albums 1971 to 1975 (Weather Report/I Sing The Body Electric/Live In Tokyo/Sweetnighter/Mysterious Traveller/Tale Spinnin (7CD set) ... CD
Columbia, Early 70s. Used 7CDs .... $26.99
6 classics from Weather Report – presented in cool tiny LP-sleeve covers! First up is the original Weather Report album from 1971 – a massive session that took fusion to a whole new level for the 70s! Most of the players here had been associated with Miles Davis at some point in the year or two beforehand – and Miles' electric work is definitely a starting point for this group – but they quickly flow off in whole new directions, thanks to the mighty legacy of their own talents on previous records! Next is I Sing The Body Electric – one of the finest statements ever uttered by group, and a set that's got a bit more soul and warmth than their first album! The lineup's changed slightly at this point – still Wayne Shorter on reeds, Joe Zawinul on keyboards, and Miroslav Vitous on bass – but Eric Gravatt has replaced Alphonse Mouzon on drums, and Dom Um Romao's taken over for Airto on percussion – giving the record an even earthier feel at times! Then, you get the 2CD set Live In Tokyo – an album that was only ever issued in Japan at the time of recording, and which really shows a searing side of the Weather Report sound! Sweetnighter is one of our favorite albums ever from Weather Report – an album that has them picking up a bit more soul than before, and shaking off some of the experimental sounds of their roots – yet all in a way that still makes them one of the most revolutionary fusion combos of the time! There's an incredible sense of tightness between the reeds of Wayne Shorter, the keyboards of Joe Zawinul, and the bass of Miroslav Vitous – and even when things go a bit outside, there's always a sense of focus and groove that brings them back together – a style that's never entirely funky, but which has plenty of funky elements to please our ears! Mysterious Traveller brings a new sense of focus in the Weather Report sound – that building, soaring groove that would become the group's trademark in the mid 70s – offered up here in one of it's first and finest examples! The approach is one to describe accurately on paper – but which is instantly recognizable as the Weather Report sound of the time – a flowing, stretching, organic vibe that builds equally from the talents of all players, and turns it into a wonderfully righteous groove! And last up is Tale Spinnin – a beautiful title for a beautiful little record – one that really does have Weather Report spinning out musical tales in sound – with a free-flowing and soulful sense of energy! The groove's definitely tighter than the earlier years, but it's never slick – and Joe Zawinul handled the overall orchestrations for the record, with an approach that's often highly rhythmic, vamping, and building up nicely as the tunes roll on. CD

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Jack WilsonJack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1963. New Copy .... $13.99
A great album recorded in 1963 for Atlantic – one of our favorite ever! Jack Wilson's one of our favorite piano players, and we rave about him all the time on these pages – and one of the reasons why we love him so much is that he was often accompanied by Roy Ayers, who started out his career playing vibes in his group! The pair together are a dream, and this album is arguably their best effort – filled with moody modal cuts, and lots of lyrical interplay that hits these beautiful high points, then dives into pits of darkness. Titles include "Harbor Freeway", "De Critifeux", "Corcovado", "Jackleg", and "Nirvana & Dana". CD

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Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of LivingGot To Get Your Own ... LP
Cadet, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his "Cost Of Living" group – a combo who only recorded this one album, and which includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bad Bascomb on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and both Houston Person and Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax! Most cuts have some sort of vocals – sung by either Sammy Turner or Kenny Williams, both of whom really fit the badass spirit of the record, and bring in a nice range of deeper themes from the 70s. There's almost a blacksploitation funk feel to the record at times, although the set's also got more of a soul album focus too – a rare move for Reuben, but one that's made the album a favorite for years! Tracks include the rare groove classics "Got To Get Your Own" and "Tight Money" – plus "Together", "Stoned Out Of My Mind", "What The People Gon Say", "Back Rub", and "In The Booth In The Back In The Corner In The Dark". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Torbjorn ZetterbergOch Den Stora Fragan (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy .... $26.99
Bold, beautiful work from one of our favorite contemporary bassists – a player with a great ear for his own instrument, and for its larger place in music as well! Torbjorn Zetterburg really hits things hard with this great set – writing, arranging, and producing a set of material that effortlessly mixes jagged edges, warm tones, and modern phrasing – all handled very deftly by a group that includes the great Jonas Kullhammar on tenor, baritone, and flute – plus Alberto Pinton on baritone and flute, Mts Aleklint on trombone, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Jon Falt on drums. At times, the music swings hard with a Mingus-like blend of bassy bottom and freewheeling solos – but at other points, the mode shifts into more textural, tonal explorations – carefully planned to further the energy and feeling of the more swinging moments. The result is the most compelling album from Zetterburg to date – a set that includes the tracks "Hyllning Till Ovissheten", "Visa Fran Mitten Av Universum", "Ingen Tid Till Ingenting", "Do Dodo Do Do Do", and "En Bra Start Pa Dagen". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousListen To WA Jazz – Japanese Jazz 1950s to 1980s ... CD
Columbia/Think (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... $26.99
An amazing dip into the best years of Japanese jazz – that special time when the nation was really finding its own musical voice – and turning out some sounds that are still pretty darn incredible all these many years later! Despite the dates in the title, most of these tracks hail from the cusp of the 70s – the late 60s/early 70s stretch when things really took off in Japanese music, and players began to really experiment with new sounds and styles! All tracks here are groovers – and some have exotic elements that echo their Japanese origin, while others take on complex rhythmic modes, or use trippy electric touches – almost always with pretty darn soulful results. Titles include "Babylonia Wind" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Blue Soul" by Modern Jazz Sannin No Kai, "Tabaruzaka" by Nobuo Hara & Hozan Yamamoto, "Like Miles" by Teramasu Hino, "Favela" by Kazuo Yashiro, and "My Favorite Things" by Sadao Watanabe. CD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Dexter GordonOur Man In Paris ... LP
1963. New Copy (reissue).... Around April 22, 2014
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon Blue Notes – a beautiful quartet recording that unites Dex with two other Americans in exile – Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke! The group's completed by French bassist Pierre Michelot, and includes a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and "Night in Tunisia". The format is simple, but the sound is magic – classic Dexter Gordon in a tight Blue Note mode! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Our Man In Paris (RVG Edition) ... CD 4.99

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New Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of LivingGot To Get Your Own ... CD
1975. New Copy .... Around June 18, 2014
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his "Cost Of Living" group – a combo who only recorded this one album, and which includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bad Bascomb on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and both Houston Person and Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax! Most cuts have some sort of vocals – sung by either Sammy Turner or Kenny Williams, both of whom really fit the badass spirit of the record, and bring in a nice range of deeper themes from the 70s. There's almost a blacksploitation funk feel to the record at times, although the set's also got more of a soul album focus too – a rare move for Reuben, but one that's made the album a favorite for years! Tracks include the rare groove classics "Got To Get Your Own" and "Tight Money" – plus "Together", "Stoned Out Of My Mind", "What The People Gon Say", "Back Rub", and "In The Booth In The Back In The Corner In The Dark". CD

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New John ColtraneHeavyweight Champion – Complete Atlantic Recordings (12LP set) ... LP
Atlantic/Rhino, Early 60s/2000. Near Mint- 12LPs/Book .... Just Sold Out!
An amazing set of work by John Coltrane – some of his best recordings ever, tracks that form a pivotal point between his later 50s work with Miles Davis and his mid 60s spiritual searching years. The set's unbelievably exhaustive – and includes every track that was ever issued by Coltrane on an Atlantic album, plus some great alternate takes, plus a 32 page large format book of photos and writings, plus a double LP of rare material that was never issued before! (The folks at Atlantic say that they would have loved to make an even bigger set – but after a fire in their warehouse in the 70s, this is all that remained of unreleased tapes). The whole package is incredibly well put together – in a nice big box, that was a strictly limited pressing of 3000, hand numbered in the first edition. Titles include "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Ole", "My Favorite Things", "Cousin Mary", "Giant Steps", "Mr Day", "Blues To Elvin", "Satellite", "Liberia", "Dahomey Dance", and sooooo much more! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Steve Davis with Larry WillisLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite records ever from trombonist Steve Davis – a live date recorded at Smalls, and one that lets him stretch out a lot more than most of his studio albums! The setting is wonderful – an open-ended, easygoing quintet with great piano from Larry Willis – and a groove that is a nice change from some of the tighter modes that Davis often hits with his One For All compadres. As a result, Steve really takes some nice chances on the solos – and shows a range of his horn that impresses us even more than usual – and heck, we already think he's a great player! Altoist Mike DiRubbo brings a nice edge to the proceedings with some great solo work of his own – and the rest of the group features Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Titles include "Spirit Waltz", "Nature Boy/To Wisdom The Prize", and "Daydream/Outro". CD
 
 
 



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