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Hank CrawfordTrue Blue ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1964. New Copy .... $13.99
A cool cooker from altoist Hank Crawford – cut in a tightly-grooving ensemble mode that really reflects his roots with Ray Charles! The tunes are mostly short, but have a great sense of personality – a vibrant approach that comes not just from Hank's lead solos, but also from the group backing by players who include James Clay and Wilbur Brown on tenor, Charlie Patterson on trumpet, and Sonny Forriest on guitar. Hank plays a bit of piano at times, and both John Hunt and Phil Guilbeau get in some trumpet solos too – and titles include "Mellow Down", "Shake-A-Plenty", "Shooby", "Blues In Bloom", and "Skunky Green". CD

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Bill DoggettHonky Tonk Popcorn ... LP
King, 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Funky funky Hammond – a rare late 60s album from organist Bill Doggett, done with some help from James Brown – and a set that's unlike anything Doggett ever recorded before – or since! There's a blasting groove to the record right from the start – thanks to help from The James Brown Band on the leadoff cut – but even when they drop out, and Doggett's combo goes out on their own, the sound is still amazing – tight, soulful, and very much in a funky 45 style all the way through! Drums are hard, the organ is nice and fluid, and the sound is prime late 60s instrumental funk – a groove that Doggett never managed to reach again, which makes this record a real standout treasure. The album includes the legendary funky break cuts "Honky Tonk" and "Honky Tonk Popcorn", plus lots of other nice groovers, like "A Doozy", "Mad", "Slippin In", and "Corner Pocket". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Honky Tonk Popcorn (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Bill DoggettHonky Tonk Popcorn (with bonus tracks) ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy .... $14.99
Funky funky Hammond – a rare late 60s album from organist Bill Doggett, done with some help from James Brown – and a set that's unlike anything Doggett ever recorded before – or since! There's a blasting groove to the record right from the start – thanks to help from The James Brown Band on the leadoff cut – but even when they drop out, and Doggett's combo goes out on their own, the sound is still amazing – tight, soulful, and very much in a funky 45 style all the way through! Drums are hard, the organ is nice and fluid, and the sound is prime late 60s instrumental funk – a groove that Doggett never managed to reach again, which makes this record a real standout treasure. The album includes the legendary funky break cuts "Honky Tonk" and "Honky Tonk Popcorn", plus lots of other nice groovers, like "A Doozy", "Mad", "Slippin In", and "Corner Pocket". CD features great notes, and more bonus tracks that include "Sassy B", "Before Lunch", "Short Stack", "Wet & Satisfied", "Some Kind Of Head", and "For Once In My Life". CD
Also available Honky Tonk Popcorn ... LP 9.99

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Lou DonaldsonSay It Loud! (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy .... $18.99
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic – not just in the snap-funk mode of some of his oft-sampled Blue Note classics, but also hitting these nicely changed-up rhythms that dance along with a free sense of joy, love, and life – one that seems to open Lou up even more than before! Other players on the set are great too – and include a young Charles Earland on organ, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – cooking up some incredible licks that fill in the spaces between the grooves with a wash of soulful colors! Titles include a great version of the James Brown Classic "Say It Loud", plus the originals "Snake Bone" and "Brother Soul" – and surprisingly great takes on "Summertime" and "Caravan"! Also includes a bonus alternate take of "Brother Soul". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Bob Downes Open MusicYou're Funkin' Good ... CD
Bob Downes Music, 2001. New Copy .... $4.99
A clunky title, a so-so cover, a later recording date – and yet, the record's wonderful overall – a surprisingly funky effort from British reedman Bob Downes! The album is Bob's tribute to funky sounds oif the 60s and 70s – and although it includes a few tracks penned by Downes back in the day, the music was recorded in the past decade or so – yet done with a surprisingly classic feel overall – one that really serves the funky style of the music very well! The group is very stripped-down – just a trio with electric bass and keyboards, plus Downes on tenor, alto, flute, soprano sax, and even a bit of vocals – the kind of shouted, James Brown-chorus type – which are processed here to give them a really offbeat sound. The whole thing's pretty great – and you can bet that if this was a small label pressing from the US scene of a few decades back, it would be changing hands for a pretty penny. Titles include "Afro Swing", "Happy Funk", "A Man Without A Woman", "Pow Wow", "Funky Groove", "Hottin Up", "C'Mon Baby", and "You're Funkin Good". CD

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Dee Felice TrioIn Heat ... LP
King/Bethlehem, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had James producing, and the group grooving nicely on some hard piano jammers! The sound's a lot more stripped-down than usual for James, but the groove is very nice! Includes an excellent funky version of "There Was A Time", a great cover of Marcos Valle's "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", and the tracks "Summer In The City", "In Heat", "Both Sides Now", and "Never". Darn hard to find, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ronnie FosterOn The Avenue ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $13.99
Massive keyboard work from Ronnie Foster – one of his sweet funky 70s sets for Blue Note – and a killer all the way through! Ronnie plays a host of cool keys – Hammond, clavinet, and moog – and he's working here with tight production from George Benson, who really helps find a new soulful edge for Foster's music – plus great horns from Alfred Ellis, who helps bring a bit of his James Brown influence into the mix! Some of the best cuts feel like blacksploitation funk – with Foster taking long solos over some great instrumental grooves – often with the same offbeat twists and turns, and cool colors he brought to his Two Headed Freap album. Titles include "On The Avenue", "To See A Smile", "First Light", "Serenade To A Rock", and a nice version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady". CD

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Story (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Savoy, Late 40s. New Copy .... $3.99 11.98
Classic Savoy bop work from Diz – featuring some sides cut with the orchestra of Johnny Richards, plus some cut with the "Bepop (sic) Boys", a group that includes Milt Jackson, James Moody, Hank Jones, Dave Burns, and John Brown. The Richards sides are great – a bit more swinging than the ones he and Diz cut on Verve, but no less well-conceived. Titles include "Interlude In C", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "The Things I Love", "Moody Speaks", "For Hecklers Only", and "Boppin The Blues". Includes the bonus tracks ; "March Of The Boyd's" & "Interlude". CD

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New Grant GreenBlue Breakbeats ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used .... $5.99
You know, we can remember a time when Michael Cuscuna used to say that Grant Green's late sessions for Blue Note were just a bunch of throwaway funk records. Now, though, the label seems to be doing everything it can to get behind Green's late 60s/early 70s jazz output – and this compilation of rare breakbeat tracks is total proof of that! The set's got 6 funky guitar groovers, including Grant's version of James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now", plus "The Final Comedown", "Ease Back", "Sookie Sookie", and "Cataloupe Woman". CD

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Grant GreenGreen Is Beautiful ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of Grant Green's best funky records for Blue Note! The group's cut from the same cloth as Lou Donaldson's great ones from this period – like Hot Dog or Say It Loud – with Idris Muhammad on drums, kicking up lots of those chunky funky breaks that we always love so much! Green's work on guitar is especially nice – stretched out, but never trippy, with a tight single note style that really gets the most out of the grooves. Neal Creque plays keyboards on the set, and contributed 2 tracks – "Windjammer" and "Dracula" – and the album also sports a great long version of James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now", and a sweet cover of "A Day In The Life"! LP, Vinyl record album

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David MatthewsDune ... LP
CTI, 1977. Near Mint- .... $19.99
Funky spaciness from one of the 70's best arrangers! The set's a largeish orchestral work dedicated to Dune and other sci-fi books and films. Sounds goofy, but it's pretty darn great – and Dave Matthews takes his work with James Brown and makes the whole thing come out pretty darn funky. Includes the massive "Sandworms", plus "Song Of The Bene Gesserit", "Silent Running", "Arrakis", and "Space Oddity". LP, Vinyl record album

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Blue MitchellMany Shades Of Blue ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $28.99
Sweet electric 70s funk from Blue Mitchell – blowing here in some of the hippest arrangements of his career! Blue's trumpet alone is always pretty darn great, but for this album he's working with arranger Dave Matthews – who gives the tunes fierce groove that mixes vamping guitars with snapping drums – sort of picking up the groove that Matthews forged with James Brown, but allowing for a lot freer jazz interplay! The guitars are often recorded in a cool way that has them sounding a bit "watery" alongside the rhythms – so much so, you'd swear they were keyboards at times – and this approach sounds really great underneath Blue's tighter, harder, more punctuated solos over the top of the tracks. Additional support comes from horn players Joe Farrell and Seldon Powell – and titles include "Funk Walk", "Blue Funk", "Funny Bone", "Golden Feathered Bird", "Harmony Of The Underworld", and "Hot Stuff". CD

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William ParkerWood Flute Songs Anthology – Live 2006 to 2012 (8CD set) ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 8 CDs .... $62.99
Some of the most amazing work we've ever heard from this legendary bassist – a set that's not based around music from a wooden flute, but which instead refers to the instrument in its title – as an illustration of the very organic approach of the work within! The 8CDs offer up eight different unreleased live recordings – all of which showcase the deeply spiritual side of Parker's recent years – an approach that's even more so than his already-deep sounds of previous recordings – carried out at a level that's completely sublime throughout! This is the side of Parker that we've always reached for over the years, but haven't always found this easily – a mature musical vision informed not just by jazz, but by a host of other cultural influences, including film – as well as the exterior world of being. All recordings feature the core quartet of Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto sax, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Hamid Drake on drums – and the CDs feature two discs of material from a May 2006 concert in Oakland; two CDs' of music from an April 2007 concert in Houston; a June 2009 performance in New York with the addition of Billy Bang on violin, Bobby Bradford on cornet, and James Spaulding on alto; an April 2011 performance in Geneva with the AMR Ensemble; a June 2012 show from Montreal with Leena Conquest on voice and Eri Yamamoto on piano; and a June 2012 show from New York with Cooper Moore on piano. CD
(Limited to 1500 copies!)

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Charles Bobo Shaw & The Human Arts EnsembleJunk Trap ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1978. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
A wonderfully focused record from drummer Charles Bobo Shaw – a set that shows the new fire his music had gained in the latter part of the 70s! The lineup still strongly shows Shaw's roots – a creative combo that features Joseph Bowie on trombone, Luther Thomas on alto sax, James Emery on guitar, and John Lindberg on bass – and there's a nice sense of swing amidst the freedom, a rhythmic pulse that comes especially strongly from the bass and drums, and which reminds us of some of Thomas' best moments in this mode. The set's a great example of the way that 70s groups like this could work with a great sense of freedom, but still keep things grooving too – and titles are mostly Shaw originals, with tracks that include "Beyond The New Horizon", "Night Dreamer", "Brown Rock City", "Skiwee", "Junk Trap", "Electric Two", and "Sequence". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Archie SheppAttica Blues Big Band Live At The Palais Des Glaces ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1979. New Copy 2CD .... $18.99 24.99
Attica Blues, and beyond – a great late 70s performance that has Archie Shepp turning the clock back towards that famous album – but also making some very new grooves with a richly expanded lineup! The double-length set was recorded in Paris, in front of a very lively crowd – and it's honestly one of Shepp's most dynamic records from the time – definitely inspired by all the freedom he'd had in the French scene for the previous decade – yet also brought together with a great sense of focus too. The lineup is excellent – with vocals from Joe Lee Wilson and Irene Datcher – trumpets from Malachi Thompson, Charles McGhee, and Roy Burrowes; trombones from Charles Greenlee, Dick Griffin, and Steve Turre; reeds from Marion Brown, James Ware, and Marvin Blackman; plus piano from Art Matthews, some added strings, great percussion, and piano, tenor, and soprano sax from Shepp himself! Ray Copeland directs the group – giving it the hip focus of his few key recordings like this – and titles include "Star Love", "Moon Bees", "Attica Blues" (in two parts), "Steam", "Quiet Dawn", "Hi Fly", "U-Jaama", "Ballad For A Child", "Simone", "Crucificado", :A Change Has Come Over Me", "Goodbye Sweet Pops", and "Skippin'". CD

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Cecil Taylor, Charles Tolliver, Grachan MoncurDedication Series Vol VIII – The New Breed ... LP
ABC/Impulse, Mid 60s/1978. Sealed 2LP Gatefold .... $9.99
A two LP set from the 70s collecting some excellent new thing moments from the Impulse vaults – including unreleased tracks from Charles Tolliver and Grachan Moncur! The first side features the Cecil Taylor Unit performing three numbers that were released on Gil Evans' Into The Hot LP, "Bulbs", "Pots" and "Mixed", featuring Archie Shepp, Jimmy Lyons, Henry Grimes, Sunny Murray,Ted Curson and Roswell Rudd. The remaining three sides were recorded live in 1965, and a couple of the tracks made it onto the Impulse LP The New Thing. There's two numbers from Charles Tolliver performing alongside James Spaulding, Bobby Hutcherson, Cecil McBee and Billy Higgins, "Brilliant Corners" and "Plight", Grachan Moncur performing "The Intellect" and "Blue Free" in a quartet that features Bobby Hutcherson, Cecil McBee and Beaver Harris and Archie Shepp's "Hambone" finding him alongside Marion Brown in a nice, large-ish group. LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry WillisNew Kind Of Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $22.99
A really killer set from pianist Larry Willis – way different than any of his later albums as a leader, and from his early work with Jackie McLean in the 60s! Larry's playing here with a sound that's as righteous as his image on the cover, but which is also pretty funky at points too – a small combo mode that's partly in a soul instrumental mode, partly with some of the soaring, more expressive qualities you'd find later on records for labels like Strata East or Black Jazz. The whole combo's wonderful – and includes the mighty Al Foster on drums and Vic Sproles on bass – two super-hip rhythm cats – alongside a tight flugelhorn frontline from the trio of Jimmy Owens, Marvin Stamm, and Joe Newman – and lots of sharp riffing guitar from Al Gava. The funky cuts are wonderful – and include a break version of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", and sweet covers of Andre Williams' "Funky Judge" and James Brown's "Lickin' Stick" – but original cuts are nice too, and include "Someday soon" and "Consola Coa". CD

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New Dee Felice TrioIn Heat ... CD
King/Bethlehem, Late 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had James producing, and the group grooving nicely on some hard piano jammers! The sound's a lot more stripped-down than usual for James, but the groove is very nice! Includes an excellent funky version of "There Was A Time", a great cover of Marcos Valle's "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", and the tracks "Summer In The City", "In Heat", "Both Sides Now", and "Never". Darn hard to find, too! CD
Also available In Heat ... LP 9.99

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New Grant GreenShades Of Green ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stellar album from Grant Green – very different than most of his other work for Blue Note, and a sly electric groover recorded with vibist Billy Wooten! The sound here is a bit more spacious than some of Grant's earlier albums, yet no less funky – thanks to a hip undercurrent of soul in the drums, and arrangements from Wade Marcus that keep things fluid throughout. Wooten's vibes are wonderful, a ringing counterpoint to Green's great lines on guitar – and even the more familiar tunes on the record turn out to be really unique readings here – thanks to the arrangements and overall conception. Mellow moments are dripping with plenty of soul, and the funky ones are pretty great too – and titles include a killer medley of James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing" and "Cold Sweat", a heavy version of his instrumental groover "In The Middle", and a great original called "California Green" – plus "Never My Love", "Sunrise Sunset", "Got To Be There", and "If You Really Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing.)

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New Idris MuhammadBoogie To The Top ... LP
Kudu, 1977. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite different than Idris' funky drumming on early 70s jazz records – but not a bad little album on its own terms. As you'd guess by the title, the album's more of a disco/club effort than before, but thanks to some good arrangements by Dave Matthews – who'd worked some good magic with other Kudu artists, as well as James Brown – the funk component's still pretty high. Most tracks have vocals, and the record's got long drawn-out funk tracks with a lot of electric keyboards and wah-wah guitar work. Titles include "One With A Star", "Boogie To The Top", "Bread", and "Stick It In Your Face". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Donald BrownCause & Effect ... CD
Muse, 1991. Used .... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful little album from pianist Donald Brown – deeply soulful, and in ways that go beyond just his work on piano! There's some great higher-concept ideas going on here – bits of culture and philosophy folded into the music, courtesy of recitations by Marlon Saunders on a handful of tracks – the oft-overlooked legacy of soul jazz that extended well past the 70s, at a time when this sort of music was often an expression for deeper thoughts in the years before hip hop dominated such territory too strongly. Brown's got some great help on the date too – tenor from Joe Henderson, flute from James Spaulding, and vibes from Steve Nelson – plus bass from Ron Carter and drums from either Kenny Washington or Carl Allen, both the kind of players who get the rhythmic pulse of the record right. Titles include "A Free Man","The Power Of The Drums", "Black Narcissus", "Man In A State Of Nature", "Daddy's Girl Cynthia", and "Cause & Effect". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Other Dimensions In MusicLive At The Sunset ... CD
Marge (France), 2006. New Copy 2CD .... Out Of Stock
A tremendous double-length set by this hip group of legendary players – a quartet lineup that features trumpeter Roy Campbell, reedman Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake – all working together in sounds that definitely reach some other dimensions in music! The format is very loose and open-ended – perfect for the loft jazz-styled improvisations from the combo – working here in a very friendly, supportive setting in front of a Parisian audience – who clearly inspire the musicians to new heights. Some tracks are quite long, but stand as bold statements throughout – and others are a bit shorter, and nicely compact. Titles include "Other Dimensional Space Travelers Hip Bop", "Blues Configuration", "Slam Me Down", "Blues For Baghdad", "Desert Dance", "Suite For Miles Davis", and "James Brown Ascension". CD

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New Brian Auger & The Trinity & Julie DriscollMod Years 1965 to 1969 – Complete Singles, B-Sides, & Rare Tracks ... CD
Fresh Fruit/Mig (Germany), Mid/Late 60s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The earliest side of Brian Auger's mighty talents – tracks he recorded in the mid and late 60s with vocalist Julie Driscoll and his hard-burning Trinity trio – all a beautiful blend of jazz, soul, and R&B! The work was really revolutionary for the time – a British reworking of American modes started by Ray Charles, James Brown, Jimmy McGriff and others – but not done with any attempt to hide their origins, and instead firmly brought into the mainstream of mod 60s English consciousness! The CD features a whopping 21 tracks in all – both hits and rarities from Auger's key late 60s years – and titles include "Back At The Chicken Shack", "I Am A Lonesome Hobo", "Road To Cairo", "Save Me (parts 1 & 2)", "The In Crowd", "Baby Take Me", "Can Get A Witness", "Holy Smoke", "Baby Baby", and "Oh Baby Don't You Do It". CD

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New Joe LovanoCross Culture ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A mighty great album from reedman Joe Lovano – one of his greatest records in years, and proof that he's still got plenty of fire – when given the chance to burn! The group here is wonderful – and half the tracks feature bass work from Esperanza Spaulding, reminding us that she's still quite rooted in jazz – working alongside James Weideman on piano, Otis Brown III on drums, and Francisco Mela on additional percussion and balafon. Peter Shaw plays bass on the other half of tracks on the set – but the real surprise is Lovano – who's not only mindblowing on tenor, but also plays other reed instruments and percussion as well helping push things towards the cross cultural elements promised in the title. These are served up especially well on the few cuts that feature Lionel Loueke on guitar – and titles include "Drum Chant", "Blessings In May", "Myths & Legends", "In A Spin", "Star Crossed Lovers", and "Journey Within". CD

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New Marion BrownGeechee Recollections ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly our favorite record ever from reedman Marion Brown – and very different than both his seminal 60s recordings, and his European sides from later years! There's a really earthy feel to this record – one that really lives up to the title, and which comes from the use of lots of percussion, played by just about every group member, ala AACM – but handled in a style that's warmly spiritual, and very organic too – right in line with the best Impulse Records vibe of the time, yet completely its own thing too! Brown plays alto and soprano sax, and is working with players who include Leo Smith on trumpet, William Malone on mbira and autoharp, James Jefferson on bass, and Steve McCall, Jumma Santos, Bill Hasson, and A Kobena Adzenyah on percussion – in addition to percussion plays by other group members too. Two tracks are spare, beautiful solos – almost a Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre vibe – and titles include "Buttermilk Bottom", "Once Upon A Time", "Tokalokaloka", and "Karintha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging, a promo sticker in one corner and initials in marker in another.)
 
 
 



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