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Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke Duke Project 2 ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- .... $4.99
A second set from the Clarke Duke Project – and arguably even more soulful than the first! The tunes here are still rooted in jazz, but strongly move into crossover soul territory too – with vocals from both Stanley Clarke and George Duke – and grooves that really make the best of their respective talents on bass and keyboards! The overall style's perhaps a bit more like Clarke's Columbia work than Duke's – bottom-up funky at many points, but never in clunky or overdone ways – balanced with the nice sort of polish you'd expect from either leader. Titles include "Heroes", "Try Me Baby", "Every Reason To Smile", "Atlanta", "The Good Times", "You're Gonna Lose It", and "Put It On The Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke/Duke Project ... CD
Columbia, 1981. Used .... $4.99
A mighty collaboration between Stanley Clarke & George Duke – working here in a pairing that refueled both of their careers for the 80s! In previous years, both Clarke and Duke had a penchant for really stretching out in complex, experimental modes – but here, they're playing in a relatively stripped-down and focused way – hitting some of the more soul-inspired sides of fusion at the time, although still without the slick or commercial feel of the rising GRP generation. Guitars figure heavily on a number of tracks, and vocals do too – sometimes in ways that are slightly too sweet and almost cloying. Tracks include "Wild Dog", "Louie Louie", "Sweet Baby", "I Just Want To Love You", "Winners", "Let's Get Started", and "Touch & Go". CD
(Out of print.)

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Matthew Finck Jonathan Ball ProjectIt's Not That Far ... CD
Matthew Finck/Jonathan Ball, 2013. Used Gatefold .... $0.99
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General Music ProjectGeneral Music Project Vol 2 ... CD
Evidence, 1994. Used .... $6.99
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Herbie Nichols ProjectDr Cyclops' Dream ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1999. Used .... $6.99
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(Official pressing.)

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Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Herlin Riley on drums – mixed with much larger orchestrations that features Tim Hagens and Tanya Darby on trumpets, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Scott Robinson on tenor and clarinet, and Vincent Chancey on French Horn. Charenee Wade adds in some very cool wordless vocals at times – and most of the tracks are quite long, with lots of room for individual solos. Titles include "Singing Head", "Tapestry In The Sky", "Mother & Child", "Recognition", and "Glory". CD

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New Tatsu AokiMiyumi Project ... CD
Southport, 2000. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Anthony BraxtonAnthony Braxton's Charlie Parker Project 1993 ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1993. Used 2 CDs .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not necessarily the bebop fest that you might expect from the title, but a wonderful extrapolation of earlier jazz ideas shaped by the musical vision of Athony Braxton! The tunes here are all originals by Charlie Parker – plus a few more by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis – all older bop standards that are used as vehicles for freer expression by a group that includes Braxton on reeds, Ari Brown on tenor and soprano saxes, Paul Smoker on trumpet, Misha Mengelberg on piano, Joe Fonda on bass, and either Han Bennink or Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. Some of the numbers are taken in a relatively classic bebop mode, but others move into territory that's much freer and more concerned with sound and texture – as you might hear in some of Braxton's own compositions. The mix of modes is really wonderful – swinging between poles of jazz in a way that reminds us of some of Braxton's best 70s recordings. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Dewey Square", "Klactoveesedstene", "An Oscar For Treadwell", "Bebop", "Bongo Bop", "Yardbird Suite", and "Koko". CD

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New Peter Brotzmann Clarinet ProjectBerlin Djungle ... CD
FMP/Unheard Music Series, 1984. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unique album from Peter Brotzmann – as you've no doubt probably already guessed from the name of the group! The record has Brotzmann working together with a large group of improvising stars – including John Zorn, Louis Sclavis, JD Parran, and Tony Coe – all of whom play clarinet on the session, next to Brotzmann, who also plays a bit of tenor and tarogato as well. The album's a unique one-time live performance – and the group's expanded by Toshinori Kondon on trumpet, and Hannes Bauer and Alan Tomlinson on trombone – as well as William Parker on bass and Tony Oxley on drums. The sound is quite striking – initially in the introspective mode of some of the later FMP work, but also opening up tremendously as the album moves through its one long composition – an original by Brotzmann, entitled "What A Day". CD

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New Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke/Duke Project ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mighty collaboration between Stanley Clarke & George Duke – working here in a pairing that refueled both of their careers for the 80s! In previous years, both Clarke and Duke had a penchant for really stretching out in complex, experimental modes – but here, they're playing in a relatively stripped-down and focused way – hitting some of the more soul-inspired sides of fusion at the time, although still without the slick or commercial feel of the rising GRP generation. Guitars figure heavily on a number of tracks, and vocals do too – sometimes in ways that are slightly too sweet and almost cloying. Tracks include "Wild Dog", "Louie Louie", "Sweet Baby", "I Just Want To Love You", "Winners", "Let's Get Started", and "Touch & Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)
Also available Clarke/Duke Project ... CD 4.99

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New Clayton Hamilton Jazz OrchestraLA Treasures Project ... CD
Capri, 2014. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Bob Franceschini & Mark ShermanProject Them ... CD
Miles High, 2013. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New John Stein & The Mongotan ProjectEmotion ... CD
Whaling City Sound, 2014. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Joel Frahm & Bruce KatzProject A ... CD
Anzic, 2009. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Digipack has some wear. Barcode is blacked out.)

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New HE3 ProjectChapter One ... CD
Family Groove, Mid 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the SF scene of the 70s – previously unreleased work that really opens up a whole new chapter of jazz on the west coast! The HE3 Project is the brainchild of keyboardist Herman Ebertizsch – who plays lots of Fender Rhodes and moog on this sweet little record – really driving some amazing lines for a wickedly soulful group that also features Coke Escovedo on timbales and Linda Tillery and Johnny Lovett on vocals! Supposedly, these sessions were the genesis of the groove that Escovedo later laid down on Mercury Records – but the sound here is a lot more open-ended and funky – a beautiful combination of jazz and soul elements, put together in ways that are quite different than any other Bay Area acts of the time. Titles include "Rapture Of The Deep", "Funk Punk", "Appreciation", "Life Is A Tortured Love Affair", "Make It Sweet", "We All Have Our Own Lives", "In A Soft & Subtle Way", and "Easy Come Easy Go". CD

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New HE3 ProjectChapter One ... LP
Family Groove, Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the SF scene of the 70s – previously unreleased work that really opens up a whole new chapter of jazz on the west coast! The HE3 Project is the brainchild of keyboardist Herman Ebertizsch – who plays lots of Fender Rhodes and moog on this sweet little record – really driving some amazing lines for a wickedly soulful group that also features Coke Escovedo on timbales and Linda Tillery and Johnny Lovett on vocals! Supposedly, these sessions were the genesis of the groove that Escovedo later laid down on Mercury Records – but the sound here is a lot more open-ended and funky – a beautiful combination of jazz and soul elements, put together in ways that are quite different than any other Bay Area acts of the time. Titles include "Rapture Of The Deep", "Funk Punk", "Appreciation", "Life Is A Tortured Love Affair", "Make It Sweet", "We All Have Our Own Lives", "In A Soft & Subtle Way", and "Easy Come Easy Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited heavy vinyl pressing – beautiful cover stock, too!)

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New HE3 ProjectChapter Three ... CD
Family Groove, Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The coolest chapter so far in the long-lost story of the He3 Project – wonderfully spiritual jazz sounds from the San Francisco scene of the early 70s – recorded with a wicked blend of instrumentation and vocals, and a really cosmic sound overall! The music isn't just the usual spiritual jazz of the time – nor the familiar funky sound from the other side of the Bay – and instead, it's kind of a tripped-out hybrid that's really unique – and often served up with a rough edge that makes the instrumentation even more compelling! Players include Hadley Caliman on tenor and flute, Joe West and Terry Mederios on guitars, and Herman Eberitzsch (the HE in the group's name) on Fender Rhodes, Echoplex, piano, and screwdriver. Vocals are from two members of The Waters – Maxine and Julia – although the overall vibe is more instrumental in the end. Titles include "Civilization", "The Massage", "Dark Angels", "Artesian Wells", "Shake A Leg Woman", "To Be True", and "This Is The Struggle". CD

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New HE3 ProjectChapter Three ... LP
Family Groove, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP .... Out Of Stock
The coolest chapter so far in the long-lost story of the He3 Project – wonderfully spiritual jazz sounds from the San Francisco scene of the early 70s – recorded with a wicked blend of instrumentation and vocals, and a really cosmic sound overall! The music isn't just the usual spiritual jazz of the time – nor the familiar funky sound from the other side of the Bay – and instead, it's kind of a tripped-out hybrid that's really unique – and often served up with a rough edge that makes the instrumentation even more compelling! Players include Hadley Caliman on tenor and flute, Joe West and Terry Mederios on guitars, and Herman Eberitzsch (the HE in the group's name) on Fender Rhodes, Echoplex, piano, and screwdriver. Vocals are from two members of The Waters – Maxine and Julia – although the overall vibe is more instrumental in the end. Titles include "Civilization", "The Massage", "Dark Angels", "Artesian Wells", "Shake A Leg Woman", "To Be True", and "This Is The Struggle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy package – almost with the heft of a vintage tape box!)

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New Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke/Duke Project ... CD
Columbia, 1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A mighty collaboration between Stanley Clarke & George Duke – working here in a pairing that refueled both of their careers for the 80s! In previous years, both Clarke and Duke had a penchant for really stretching out in complex, experimental modes – but here, they're playing in a relatively stripped-down and focused way – hitting some of the more soul-inspired sides of fusion at the time, although still without the slick or commercial feel of the rising GRP generation. Guitars figure heavily on a number of tracks, and vocals do too – sometimes in ways that are slightly too sweet and almost cloying. Tracks include "Wild Dog", "Louie Louie", "Sweet Baby", "I Just Want To Love You", "Winners", "Let's Get Started", and "Touch & Go". CD
Also available Clarke/Duke Project ... CD 4.99
 
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New Enterout TrioPink Ivory ... CD
Multikulti Project (Poland), 2009. Used .... $8.99
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Peter Evans, Agusti Fernandez, Mats GustafssonKopros Lithos ... CD
Multikulti Project (Poland), 2011. Used .... $12.99
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Tip Of The IcebergTip Of The Iceberg ... LP
Project 3, 1975. Near Mint- .... $29.99
A sweet bit of 70s electric funky jazz – a bit cheesy, perhaps, but very much in keeping with the best funk on the Project 3 label! The group appears to be a studio collective – featuring players like Phil Kraus on percussion, Tony Mottola on guitar, Eddie Daniels and Phil Bodner on reeds, and John Faddis on trumpet. Jeff Hest did the arrangements and wrote most of the tracks – which groove on nicely in an easy going Kudu Records sort of style. Titles include "La Guija", "Squawk Talk", "Tip Of The Iceberg", and "Got A Hold On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has a small bit of tape in one spot.)
 
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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good .... $11.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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Donald Byrd & Barney WilenJazz In Camera ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1958. New Copy .... $24.99
An unreleased treasure from the European scene of the late 50s – material recorded for a soundtrack, and a rare meeting of American trumpeter Donald Byrd and French tenor giant Barney Wilen! Neither the film nor the music were ever issued at the time – and this archival project finally brings together the sublime sounds in the studio from Byrd and Wilen – music that's easily every bit as great as the best French jazz scores of the time, as well as most other European hardbop records too! The group features talents from both sides of the Atlantic – Jimmy Gourley on guitar, Walter Davis on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Al Levitt on drums – and the style is a bit tighter than usual for a jazz soundtrack – with long tracks that have a more conventional jazz tune shape, instead of shorter atmospheric numbers. Wilen gets plenty of room to stretch out in expressive tones – as on his soundtrack work with Miles Davis from the same time – and hearing Byrd's trumpet alongside makes for a really nice contrast! CD

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New Avishai Cohen & The International Vamp BandUnity ... CD
Stretch, 2001. Used .... $6.99
A fuller project than usual from Avishai Cohen – one that features a bit of vocals, and grooves that step out nicely in a range of genres! There's still mostly jazz at the core, but the rhythms change up in some really strong ways – and some of the best moments have a Latin undercurrent that's mighty nice – a flame that burns strongly, and gives the album more power than we might expect. Other players include Antonio Sanchez on drums, Avi Lebovich on trombone, Yosvany Terry on alto and tenor, and Diego Urcola on trumpet – and titles include "Short Story", "Float", "Vamp", "Etude", and "Yagla". CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Dave DouglasDD/50 – 50th Birthday Recordings (Be Still/Time Travel/Pathways/DVD/bonus download) ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy 3 CD & DVD .... $42.99 49.98
Dave Douglas is fifty – and he's celebrating with this very cool limited package of music and image! The set features three different albums, plus a bonus DVD – all in a sweet box, too! First up is Be Still – quite a compelling project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – a record that has him working strongly with singer/guitarist Aoife O'Donovan, whose presence really helps transform the sound of the set! Aoife's got a folksy touch on her vocals, and colors things in with some great earthy tones that are a surprisingly good fit for Douglas' lines on trumpet – sometimes jazzy, sometimes sparkling with a rich sense of American history – yet delivered in a subtle, linear way. Next is Time Travel – a really in the pocket session that's filled with rhythmic intensity, and some of the boldest music we've heard from Dave in years! There's plenty of edges to the set – especially the trumpet of Douglas and tenor of Jon Irabgon – but there's also a groove to many numbers too – a kind of forward-rolling energy that really takes the whole thing to great points throughout the set, and which makes a great progression from the somber tone of Dave's last album – almost a musical rebirth of sorts! The third album in the set is Pathways – beautiful tones and colors from a sextet that also features Greg Tardy on tenor and clarinet, Joshua Roseman on trombone, Uri Caine on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums – all players who are nicely sensitive to Douglas' ideas here, and bring together a fresh wave of ideas from previous records. DVD features both Quintet performances (with Jon Irabgon and Matt Mitchell) and Sextet material (with Greg Tardy, Joshua Roseman, and Uri Caine) – recorded in studio performances and music videos too! CD
(Also features a bonus download too!)

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Dave Douglas with Aoife O'DonovanBe Still ... CD
Greenleaf, 2012. New Copy .... $9.99 14.98
Quite a compelling project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – a record that has him working strongly with singer/guitarist Aoife O'Donovan, whose presence really helps transform the sound of the set! Aoife's got a folksy touch on her vocals, and colors things in with some great earthy tones that are a surprisingly good fit for Douglas' lines on trumpet – sometimes jazzy, sometimes sparkling with a rich sense of American history – yet delivered in a subtle, linear way. The blend works a lot better than it sounds on paper – thanks to help from other musicians who include Jon Irabagon on tenor, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums. Titles include "Barbara Allen", "Living Streams", "Be Still My Soul", "High On A Mountain", "God Be With You", and "This Is My Father's World". CD

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Exploding Star Orchestra (Rob Mazurek)We Are All From Somewhere Else (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Shortwave, 2007. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold .... $29.99
An amazing blend of astral jazz and atmospheric orchestral soundscapes – composed and directed by coronetist Rob Mazurek! Exploding Star Orchestra is an apt name, but it's more of a bright and glorious explosion than a calamitous one – a sweeping couple of soundtracky suites that's the culmination of a couple years of work by Mazurek and a major contribution from Nicole Mitchell on flute – plus Jeb Bishop on trombone, Corey Wilkes on flugelhorn, Jeff Parker on guitar, John McEntire on marimba and tubular bells, John Herndon on drums, Jim Baker on piano & ARP, Jazon Adasiewicz on vibes, Matthew Lux on bass, Mike Reed on drums, percussion & saw, and others. It's part informed improvisation, part boundary free composition, and pretty wonderful all the way through! We expected something special, but this one goes above and beyond. Following the Frequency project by about 6 months, this is the second near classic avant garde jazz album on Thrill Jockey in a relative short stretch! 2 multi-part titles: The 70s style soul jazz groover "Sting Ray And The Beginning Of Time" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 – Psycho-Tropic Electric Eel Drum and Part 4), "Cosmic Tomes For Sleep Walking Lovers" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 – Fifteen Wais Towards A Finite Universe, and Part 5) – and the mellow, piano led centerpiece "Black Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fuse OneFuse One ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
Tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on keyboards, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell on guitars, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White, Tony Williams, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – all top-shelf players, but artists who also really respect the vision of the whole project – and allow the grooves to develop without too much competition or overblown modes! The keyboards and guitar are a great match with Farrell's always-great lines on tenor – and titles include "Grand Prix", "Sunshine Lady", "To Whom All Things Concern", "Double Steal", "Waterside", and "Taxi Blues". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... $22.99 24.98
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Radio Vol 2 (deluxe edition) ... CD 17.99

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New Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 (deluxe edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy .... $17.99 18.98
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". Deluxe edition features some great bonus material – including "I Don't Even Care" with Macy Gray and Jean Grae, "You're My Everything" with Bilal and Jazmine Sullivan, "Big Girl Body" with Eric Roberson, and "Lovely Day" with a bit of vocals from Bill Withers. CD
Also available Black Radio Vol 2 ... LP 22.99

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Louis Hjulmand, Bent Axen, Alex RielJazz Og Poesi (10 inch vinyl – 200 gram pressing) ... LP
Louisiana Gyldendal/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue).... $49.99
A really unusual project – and one of the most compelling meetings of jazz and spoken word we've ever seen! The set features instrumental tracks penned by Danish vibes player Louis Hjulmand – each based around a different poem which is presented before the music – which is played by Louis on vibes, Bent Axen on piano, Benny Nielsen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums! Poems are written and delivered by Jorgen Leth, Jorgen Sonne, Klaus Rifbjerg, Robert Corydon, and Jorge Gustava Brandt – all in Danish, with a quality that's oddly dark in the recording technique – and seems to set a special stage for the instrumetal moments to follow. The original 10" recording is quite a rare gem – and titles include "Til Komeda", "Turistplakat", "Opbrud", "New Salesburg", "Tre Koncepter", and "Aldring". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies – in a special sleeve, with very faithful cover reproduction too!)

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Michel LegrandCastles In Spain ... CD
Columbia/El (UK), 1956. New Copy .... $6.99
One of the great early albums in Michel Legrand's "travelogue" period – a set done at the same time as his musical portraits of Paris and Rio, and served up with a similar flair for the dramatic! The style here is somewhat different than Legrand's better-known soundtrack work of the 60s – and like his other travelogue albums, the record is sort of an imagined version of Spain – a musical fantasy of the country, served up in a style that mixes fuller orchestrations with some lighter, more isolated instrumental moments. There's a fair bit of acoustic guitar alongside the strings, and also some Spanish-styled rhythms at times – never too dramatic, but enough to help the overall flavor of the project. Titles include "Andaluza", "Espana", "La Danse Du Feu", "Espana Cani", "El Choclo", "El Gato Montes", and "Sant Marti Del Canigo". CD

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Wynton MarsalisLevee Low Moan – Soul Gestures In Southern Blue Vol 3 ... CD
Columbia, 1991. Used .... $4.99
The last chapter in Wynton Marsalis' Soul Gestures trilogy of the early 90s – and like the others, it's a set with its own sort of sound and feeling – another illustration of the many talents of Marsalis at the time! Despite the "levee" reference in the title, the work's hardly the down-home effort you might expect – and instead, the tracks are long, freewheeling numbers played with a bit more soul than some of Wynton's earlier work, yet still a relatively modern sensibility overall. Nobody lets their hair down too much here, but the album's also nicely free of the sort of cliches you might expect from the project – none of the fake Crescent City modes that might hurt the date. Players include Marcus Roberts on piano, Wes Anderson on alto, Todd Williams on tenor and soprano, Reginald Veal on bas, and Herlin Riley on drums. Titles include "Jig's Jig", "Levee Low Moan", "In The House Of Williams", and "Superb Starling". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Roscoe MitchellRoscoe Mitchell Quartet – Live At A Space 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sackville, 1975. New Copy .... $11.99 16.99
One of Roscoe Mitchell's greatest albums from the 70s – a record that easily matches, if not beats, his classic recordings for Delmark and Nessa! Like those sets, there's a perfect sense of clarity here – the best essence of the AACM scene, taken to its most adventurous level by Roscoe – who's working way beyond music here, and is into a rich array of tones, textures, and sonic shapes – really amazing elements to come from a familiar alto, soprano, or tenor saxophone! He's got some great creative help on the project too – Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, George Lewis on trombone, and Spencer Barefield on guitar – the last of whom is darker here than on most of his later recordings. Obviously, the sensitivity that Lewis and Abrams bring to the record is a perfect match for Mitchell's direction – and the long tracks draw much from the spontaneous interplay between the three players. Titles include "Tnoona", "Music For Trombone & B Flat Soprano", "Cards", and "Olobo". Plus, this amazing new version features 4 great unissued tracks – including a beautiful version of "Naima", plus "Prelude To Naima", "Dastura", and "Nonaah". CD

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101 North101 North ... LP
Valley Vue, 1988. Very Good .... $2.99
One of THE smooth jazz albums of the 80s – a great little set put together by George Duke, who wrote most of the tracks on the set, produced the album, and even selected the group specially for the project! So in essence, at some level, the album steps off of Duke's own work of the time – but it's also got a cleaner, fresher, almost indie approach to the music – and the record circulated heavily in scenes that were a bit to the left of the mainstream. Guest players include Duke, Leon Ndugu Chancler, and other LA fusion luminaries – and titles include "Africa", "Night Voices", "So Easy", "Lady Of The Night", "Pillow Talk", and "Sashimi". LP, Vinyl record album

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New William Parker Double QuartetAlphaville Suite – Music Inspired By The Jean Luc Godard Film ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2007. New Copy .... $15.99
A really unusual project from bassist William Parker – a great tribute to the legendary Godard film Alphaville, done with music that's a surprisingly great fit! There's almost a jazz soundtrack feel to the record at points – a bit straighter than usual for Parker, but still with plenty of edge – although other tracks sometimes get a bit more outside and improvisational, making for a really nice balance in the record. The core group features Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Hamid Drake on drums – which is then augmented by two cellos, violin, and viola – shading in the sound nicely. Parker really does a great job of capturing the quick shifts, bold moments, and striking qualities that make Godard's film so great – and titles include "Alphaville Main Theme", "Interrogation", "Alph 60", "Doctor Badguy", "Oceanville Evening", and "Civilization Of Light" – plus two versions of the great track "Natasha's Theme", a spiritual soulful number with vocals by Leena Conquest! CD

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New PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Ben Riley's Monk Legacy SeptetMemories Of T ... CD
Concord, 2006. New Copy .... $4.99 18.98
One of the hippest projects we've heard from drummer Ben Riley in awhile – a big band project devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, and one that gets most of its angular changes from the saxophone section! There's a great post-Monk quality to this one that makes it way more than just a copycat of the old days – a re-interpolation of the music and inspirations of Monk for a slightly different jazz idiom, presented with 4 saxophones, 1 trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums – and no piano at all! Riley's on drums, and saxophones include Bruce Williams on alto and soprano, Wayne Escoffery and Jimmy Greene on tenor, and Jay Brandford on baritone – working alongside guitar from Freddie Bryant, bass from either Kiyashi Kitagawa or Peter Washington, and trumpet from Don Sickler, who sometimes blasts out in the lead. Titles include "Gallop's Gallop", "Green Chimneys", "Shuffle Boil", "Straight No Chaser", "Rhythm-A-Ning", and "Let's Call This". CD
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Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild ... CD
Constellation (Canada), 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $12.99 15.98
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces older spiritual modes and deeper African American tradition as well – with many songs that have their roots in older folk or spiritual numbers, but which get a very inventive reworking by Roberts and the group – even though there's still some vocals in the mix too! The vocals are sung mostly by Jeremiah Abiah – with contributions from Roberts and other group members – in ways that recall a richly expressive tapestry of styles – but which take on a very different flavor amidst the instrumentation. In addition to Matana's own work on alto, the group features Shoko Nagai on piano, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Thomas Fujiwara on drums. Titles include "Spares Of The World", "Secret Covens", "For This Is", "Confessor Haste", "Lesson", "Woman Red Racked", and "Invocation". CD

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Adam Rudolph & Go Organic OrchestraSonic Mandala ... CD
Meta, 2012. New Copy .... $13.99 15.98
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala to contemplate the wholeness of nature – and that spirit definitely comes through in the way the record layers rootsy percussion, searching reed passages, and subtle strings – all in a blend that might well be up there with some of the recent work from the Build An Ark side of the spectrum! There's a huge amount of players working on the project – and the set features contributions from Graham Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn, JD Barran on clarinet and flute, and Ned Rothenbern on bass clarinet and shakuhachi – amidst a large lineup that also includes lots of bamboo flutes, global percussion elements, Fender Rhodes, conch shells, zither, violin, and viola. The piece is divided up into twelve different movements – each with a different textural feel! CD
Also available Sonic Mandala ... LP 24.99

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Adam Rudolph & Go Organic OrchestraSonic Mandala ... LP
Meta, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... $24.99 26.99
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala to contemplate the wholeness of nature – and that spirit definitely comes through in the way the record layers rootsy percussion, searching reed passages, and subtle strings – all in a blend that might well be up there with some of the recent work from the Build An Ark side of the spectrum! There's a huge amount of players working on the project – and the set features contributions from Graham Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn, JD Barran on clarinet and flute, and Ned Rothenbern on bass clarinet and shakuhachi – amidst a large lineup that also includes lots of bamboo flutes, global percussion elements, Fender Rhodes, conch shells, zither, violin, and viola. The piece is divided up into twelve different movements – each with a different textural feel! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies!)
Also available Sonic Mandala ... CD 13.99

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Saxes IncSaxes Inc ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... $14.99
A concept album, but one with a really great approach – a heady group of top-shelf saxophonists from the end of the 50s – all coming together in surprisingly tight formation, yet also getting a bit of solo space as well! The project is headed by arranger Bob Prince – who's got a great ear for letting the ensemble step out at the start, then lay back just slightly to let some of the genius talents on the set get a few licks in – a mighty lineup that includes Coleman Hawkins, Herb Geller, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell, Hal McKusick, and Georgie Auld. Things are a lot less gimmicky than you'd expect – and the album's a great meeting of older large group modes and some of the best modern inflections of the time. Titles include "Four Brothers", "The Gypsy", "Night In Tunisia", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", and "Axmobile". CD

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Larry Stoneface StabbinsTranscendental ... CD
Noetic (UK), 2012. New Copy .... $22.99
Soaring spiritual jazz from Larry Stabbins – a reedman you might know from his recent Stonephace project for Tru Thoughts, or for his seminal work in the groups Weekend and Working Week! Yet the sound here is something else entirely – a righteous side of Larry's music we never would have expected back in the 80s – as his tenor and flute are mixed with bold, modal lines that recall some of the contemporary spiritual energy from Matthew Halsall and Nat Birchall on the Gondwana label – music that has a similar sort of early 70s approach! Tracks are long and flowing, and very open – with great solos from Larry and sublime piano from Zoe Rahman – whose tones and timing really give the record a lot of energy. Titles include "Noetic", "Immanence", "Transcendental Euphoria", "Soul Train", "White Queen Psychology", and "Africa". CD

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Thing with Neneh CherryCherry Thing – Remixed ... LP
Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2012. New Copy .... $16.99
A remixed version of the collaboration between Neneh Cherry and The Thing – but a set with a sound so different, it may as well be an additional record from project! The remixes here really take a lot of liberties with the original music – so that the resulting tracks aren't just jazzy numbers with a bit of flourish, and instead sparkle with this really new creative energy – core elements pulled from their roots and relayered in very different ways – with almost more of a focus on Cherry's wonderful vocals overall. Titles include "Accordion" remixed by Hortlax Cobra, "Dream Baby Dream" remixed by Four Tet, "What Reason Could I Give" remixed by Kim Hiorthoy, "Cashback" remixed by Lindstrom & Prins Thomas, "Sudden Moment" remixed by Merzbow and "Golden Heart" remixed by Nymph. 8 tracks on the vinyl version. LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny Wheeler/Norma WinstoneMirrors (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $28.99
A beautiful contemporary project from these two British jazz legends – one that definitely lives up to all their genius from earlier years – while finding a whole new level of expression! The album was done in collaboration with the London Vocal Project – a large group who are used here in a manner that's similar to some of the Donald Byrd "with voices" albums on Blue Note, or some of the Max Roach choral projects of the 60s. Winstone comes forth as the key soloist on some tracks – singing lyrics with this amazing quality that hasn't dimmed at all, with all the darkness we've always loved in her approach – and on other numbers the full chorus rises with the rhythms, propelling things forward alongside Wheeler's lines on flugelhorn – and the work of Mark Lockheart on saxes and Nikki Iles on piano. A stone classic, and a real surprise – with tracks that include "Black March", "The Hat", "The Broken Heart", "Breughel", and "The Lover Mourns". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barney WilenMoshi Too – Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969 to 1970 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy .... $19.99
Amazing music from the legendary Barney Wilen – previously unreleased African recordings, done around the same time as his classic Moshi album! Although Wilen was best known as a hardbop giant in both his later and early years, the late 60s also marked a period of really rich experimentation – when Barney, like some of his other contemporaries, was really trying to break out of any traditional formats for jazz – and really take chances with new musical hybrids! In this case, Wilen's blowing with a whole host of different musicians from various African scenes – especially Zanzibar – mixing his own incredible tenor and other reeds with regional percussion, unusual instrumentation, vocals, and even some trippier electric touches too – all served up in a blend of music and sounds that's as much an ethnographic project as it is a conventional jazz album. This special set features 80 minutes of previously-unreleased tracks that never made it onto the first Moshi album – which was issued by Saravah Records in the early 70s – rare tracks that have come from Wilen's private archives, and which are every bit as amazing as the music on the original album. Titles include "Black Locomotive", "Moshi Too","Fullys In The Bush", "Serenade For Africa", "Barka De Sala", "Fete A Tam II", "Leave Before The Gospel", "Zombizar Reloaded", "Bumba Ciagalo", and "Kira Burundi". CD

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Jan JohanssonJazz Pa Svenska – Swedish Folk Songs ... LP
Early 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Around February 1, 2014 (delayed)
A real classic from Swedish pianist Jan Johansson – and a key effort to link the modernism of his nation's postwar years with their rich centuries of cultural traditions! The tunes here are mostly from folk sources, but they're recast by Johansson in a moody modern jazz mode – often handled very sparely, with just bass accompaniment from Georg Riedel – who seems wonderfully suited to the project at hand! The melodies are incredibly evocative – and Johansson's playing is really set free amidst these familiar frameworks – never too outside, but deeply exploratory, and with a surprising depth of feeling. Titles include "Visa Fran Utanmyra", "Emigrantvisa", "Gammal Brollopsmarsch", "Brudmarsch Efter Larshoga Jonke", "Leksands Skanklat", and "Visa Fran Jarna". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes – plus, the CD also features bonus CD-rom material – including all the session recordings that were originally done! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used .... Just Sold Out!
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". CD
Also available
Black Radio Vol 2 (deluxe edition) ... CD 17.99
Black Radio Vol 2 ... LP 22.99

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Minoru Muraoka & Tadao SawaiMandom – Syakuhachi & Koto Otoko No Sekai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
Very groovy sounds from the 60s – a hip blend of jazz and traditional Japanese instrumentation – lightly grooving rhythms at the bottom, topped with some totally sweet koto and shakuhachi! The light reedwork is perfect for the bossa style of the tunes – and there's definitely a core influence from American and European groovy jazz of the time, but the end result is uniquely Japanese – given the use of the local instruments! Production is beautiful, too – pillowy sound that reminds us of the earliest years of CTI, when they were recording at A&M – and in a way, the album's just the sort of project they might have pursued back in those days. Titles include "Girl From Ipanema", "Mandom", "Manha De Carnaval", "Fool On The Hill", "Mediation", "Man & A Woman", and "Mr Monday". CD

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New Joshua AbramsNatural Information (limited edition 180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Eremite, 2010. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Josh Abrams is one of those never predictable, restlessly creative spirits in the avant, jazzy, minimalist, whatever you want to call it underground who manages to knock us out with each project – whether he's part of an ensemble or doing his own thing – and Natural Information is another win in the latter category! At the core of this set's instrumentation is the guimbri, a 3-stringed instrument used to hypnotic, engrossing effect. Some sample atmospheric keeps the overall vibe out of global folk territory, though. Wonderful stuff from an excellent musician and innovator. LP, Vinyl record album

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New George BensonErotic Moods ... LP
Paul Winley, Early 70s/1978. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wild and mysterious stuff! This album is sort of a repackaged version of the legendary Harlem Underground album – a great lost funk album from the mid-70s that listed George Benson as a player in the group, but one that Benson claims that he never played on! The time of this release coincided with Benson's big hit years in the 70s – so the package is a bit of a cash-in project – but the grooves here are a lot harder-hitting than anything George recorded for Warner or Columbia – really gritty funk that's totally great throughout! Other players include Dave Baby Cortez on organ, Reuben Wilson on keyboards, and Willis Jackson on tenor – and Ann Winley sings on one track, the great "Fed Up", which has a really bad-rapping feel! Other titles include the classic break track "Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba" – plus a few smokin' organ/guitar wailers, like "Loose Joints" and "Overture Erotic", both of which are nice enough to warrant this separate release! Other tracks include "Erotic Moods" and "Sweet Taste Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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New John BlumJohn Blum Astrogeny Quartet ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only performance ever from this really special group – the Astrogeny Quartet, formed as a new project from pianist John Blum, with key participation from bassist William Parker, reedman Antonio Grippi, and drummer Dennis Charles – but a group that never continued after this date, due to Charles untimely early demise. The energy here is quite powerful, though – with some incredibly free, fast lines from Blum on piano – driven strongly by Charles' drums, and offset with a deeper sense of contemplation from Grippi, especially at the mellower moments. As often on other dates, Parker really holds the whole thing together – and titles include "Astrogeny", "Simultanium", "Dieci", and "Encomia". CD

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New Fabrizio BossoPurple ... CD
Verve (Italy), 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unusual project for this great Italian trumpeter – a set that has Fabrizio Bosso working with his Spiritual Trio – a group that features lots of Hammond organ, and plenty of tight drums! The "spiritual" in their name is a reference to an American gospel and soul tradition – one that's given plenty of play here, as most numbers are old spiritual standards from the church, reworked by Bosso into jazz instrumentals! Given the heavy use of organ, the approach is a bit like some of the Lou Bennett albums on the European scene of the 60s – with maybe a nod to the Donald Byrd albums of a spiritual nature for Blue Note. But there's also some very personal elements here too – either unusual instrumental inflections or production techniques, or some other aspects that show a greatly evolved understanding of this mode in jazz. Titles include "This Little Light Of Mine", "Purple", "A Little 3/4 For God & Co", "Dreams Come True", "Wishy Washy", "Total Praise", "A Change Is Gonna Come", and "Wade In The Water". CD

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New Jaimeo BrownTranscendence ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A compelling conception from drummer Jaimeo Brown – a set that mixes the jazz performance of his trio with inspiration from older gospel music – in particular the famous work of the Gee's Bend Singers, who are sampled here on a number of tracks! About half the record draws vocals from vintage Gee's Bend recordings – and the other half shifts between instrumental passages, and other new vocal performances with singer Selah Brown, Marisha Brown, and Falu. At the core, Brown's trio keeps things on edge, and pushes the project far from hoke with their nicely dark tones – subtle work on drums from Jaimeo, plus tenor from JD Allen and guitar from Chris Sholar. Titles include "Mean World", "You Can't Hide", "Patience", "Power Of God", "Be Free", "You Needn't Mind Me Dying", and "Baby Miesh". CD
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New Ingebrigt Haker FlatenIngebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2006. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A riveting batch of tense, sly and stripped down string-laden jazz from the Norwegian scene – led by the thundering bass of Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – and one of the better releases in years from the ever-impressive Jazzland label! Flaten is familiar for collaborations with some of the brightest talents of both the Chicago and Norgwegian scenes – including work with Ken Vandermark's School Days, the incredible Thing project with Mats Gustafson and Paal Nilssen, and of course the mighty Atomic – but this great headlining set still caught us a little off guard. It shares a sensibility with Atomic in that it has roots planted firmly in the best free jazz of the past few decades. There's a sense of menace and a penchant for controlled cacophony – but it's still quite beautiful in spots and feels very much of the modern era. Players include Anders Hana on guitar, Ola Kvernberg on violin & mandolin, Klaus Ellerhusen Holm on baritone sax, alto sax and clarinet, and Fredrik Rundqvist on the kit. Another winner for Jazzland! Titles include "Maxwell's Silver Demon", "Playing", "Seemingly", Ceta", "Olja Og Gass", "Zardoz" and It's A Desperate Situation". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". CD
Also available
Black Radio Vol 2 (deluxe edition) ... CD 17.99
Black Radio Vol 2 ... LP 22.99

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New Didier Petit & Alexandre PierrepontPassages – A Road Record ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2012. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A book, a CD, and a richly collaborative project – one that brings together the writings of Alexandre Pierrepont and the improvisational work of Didier Petit – with help from a huge host of other musicians as well! The music's the main attraction to our ears – as the set documents collaborations that Petit made on the road during a tour of the US – beautiful improvisations with a huge range of players that includes Joe Morris, Hal Rammel, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Baker, Larry Ochs, Marilyn Crispell, Andrea Parkins, Kamau Daaood, Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake, and others – each of whom gets their time to shine in collaboration alongside Petit's cello – in ways that really show the amazing adaptability of his instrument. The book features a long evocative poem by Pierrepont, in both English and French – and features some nice photos too! CD

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New Sun RaCosmos ... LP
Inner City, 1977. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered Sun Ra albums from the 70s – a really cool little session that features Ra playing the unusual "rocksichord" all the way through! The instrument's a very weird one – kind of like a messed-up electric piano, with lots of cool broken notes and a weird fuzzed-out tone – one that almost feels like a guitar's being fitted into a keyboard, with almost psychedelic results! Ra's use of the rocksichord gives the album a really eerie, outer spacey sound – one that mixes strongly with more familiar jazz lines from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Danny Thompson on baritone, and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet. Titles include "The Mystery Of Two", "Interstellar Low Ways", "Cosmos", "Moonship Journey", "Neo-Project #2", and "Jazz From An Unknown Planet". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Constellation (Canada), 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces older spiritual modes and deeper African American tradition as well – with many songs that have their roots in older folk or spiritual numbers, but which get a very inventive reworking by Roberts and the group – even though there's still some vocals in the mix too! The vocals are sung mostly by Jeremiah Abiah – with contributions from Roberts and other group members – in ways that recall a richly expressive tapestry of styles – but which take on a very different flavor amidst the instrumentation. In addition to Matana's own work on alto, the group features Shoko Nagai on piano, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Thomas Fujiwara on drums. Titles include "Spares Of The World", "Secret Covens", "For This Is", "Confessor Haste", "Lesson", "Woman Red Racked", and "Invocation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes art print poster – and bonus download!)
Also available Coin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild ... CD 12.99

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New Don SebeskyGiant Box ... LP
CTI, 1973. Used 2LP .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most ambitious albums on CTI – a very large project in which Don Sebesky seems to work with just about everyone else who recorded for the label! The Giant Box title is apt – as the record originally came packaged in a cardboard box – room enough to hold the 2 records that comprised it, all the long tunes on the set, and the huge array of cast who helped out on the project. Players include Sebesky on organ, piano, and electric piano – plus Baws, Joe Farrell, Paul Desmond, and many others. There's some sweet vocal backgrounds on the set – by Jackie & Roy, Lani Groves, and Tasha Thomas – and titles include "Vocalise", "Semi Tough", "Firebird/Birds Of Fire", "Free As A Bird", and "Song To A Seagul". Great stuff – with bits of funk, jazz, and ambitious arrangements – all filtered into the cool CTI sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the book. Box has a cut corner with one edge half torn off.)

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New George AdamsAmerica ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1989. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A surprising project from tenorist George Adams – one that seems to take its cover and title quite seriously – yet also find a way to have some real fun with the concept too! The album's definitely an Americanist one – as the tunes are all older standards from our nation's songbook, of the sort you'd hardly expect a hipster like Adams to touch. Yet George also really works some great magic from the inside too – recasting these tunes with a very soulful finish on his solos – and even vocalizing bit on two numbers too. The setting is very basic – a quartet with Hugh Lawson on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Mark Johnson on drums – and the overall vibe is maybe in the same mode as some of the David Murray theme-based projects around the same time – carried off at a level that's much stronger than you might expect. Titles include "Tennessee Waltz", "Old Folks At Home", "You Are My Sunshine", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "America The Beautiful" – plus the originals "Have You Thanked America" and "Motivation". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Peter Brotzmann & Bill LaswellLow Life/Last Exit (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 1986/1987. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Two key 80s moments from Peter Brotzmann – split together here on a heavy LP! First up is material from the album Low Life – hard-handed work from the duo of Peter Brotzmann on reeds and Bill Laswell on bass – a set that's kind of a side project of the Last Exit quartet, and one that comes across with a similar sense of power! Laswell's handling a fair bit of basses here, often with a bit of processing – thanks partly to producer Martin Bisi – and there's a dark, electric undercurrent to the whole record – almost a Sonny Sharrock sound, even though Sharrock's not on deck! Titles include "Death Rattle", "Disengage", "Wheeling Vultures", "Abasement", and "The Last Detective". Side two features material from the Last Exit album from 1986 – a key link between avant jazz and the artier side of indie rock in the 80s – and a group who got Peter Brotzmann the sort of exposure he'd never had previously! The quartet features Brotzmann on reeds, Bill Laswell on 6 string bass, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums and a bit of voice – all key avant players of the period who really draw a lot from each other's company on the date. Sharrock's guitar is freakier and fuzzier than heard in years, and a great complement for Laswell's bass – and Jackson's drumming seems more powerful and focused than on some of his other 80s projects. We usually prefer Brotzmann away from settings like this, but can't deny that the group was a key formative moment in his career – and the album's power still holds up strongly all these many years later. Titles include "Hard School" and "Brain Damage". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Hamid Drake & BinduReggaeology ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2009. Used .... Out Of Stock
A much better project than you might guess from its title – not really a reggae album at all, but more a complex pastiche of a variety of different rhythms – all played by a hip combo headed by percussionist Hamid Drake, with work by Jeff Parker on guitar, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Josh Abrams on bass and guimbri, and Jeff Albert on Hammond. There's a nicely complicated groove to most of the numbers – and while some tracks definitely have a Jamaican tinge, they also come across a bit like some Chicago avant variation on older rocksteady modes – with the vintage elements coming from the trombones and Hammond. Titles include "Kali's Children No Cry", "Kali Dub", "Taste Of Radha's Love", "Togetherness", "Meeting & Parting",a nd "Take Us Home". CD

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New John La PortaTheme & Variations (Conceptions plus previously unreleased material) ... CD
Fantasy, Late 50s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Pretty amazing work from one of the greatest under-rated talents of 50s modern jazz! John LaPorta was a brilliant multi-instrumentalist who's probably best known for his work with Mingus in the mid 50s Jazz Workshop years, and for his earlier sides with Woody Herman – but it's on records under his own name that LaPorta really begins to shine. This great set features 14 tracks that were recorded in the 50s, but never issued before – and 9 more that were from the album Conceptions, issued briefly in the 50s by Fantasy Records. The first 14 tracks form a long suite of jazz-based compositions, handled with a modernist chamber-type approach – and based around some really great solo work on trumpet, baritone, tenor, and bass. The feel is almost like a 50s jazz soundtrack – with lots of moody moments paired with others that break out in a stronger swinging groove. The remaining tracks are equally nice – in a similar style, and showing LaPorta as a composer who could have handled just about any ambitious jazz project of the time. Titles include "Forward Motion", "Jazz Canon", "Images", "Lucidity", "Little Fantasy", "Ferme LaPorta", "En Rapport", and "Triplets You Say". CD

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New Roscoe MitchellRoscoe Mitchell Quartet – Live At A Space 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sackville, 1975. Used .... Out Of Stock
One of Roscoe Mitchell's greatest albums from the 70s – a record that easily matches, if not beats, his classic recordings for Delmark and Nessa! Like those sets, there's a perfect sense of clarity here – the best essence of the AACM scene, taken to its most adventurous level by Roscoe – who's working way beyond music here, and is into a rich array of tones, textures, and sonic shapes – really amazing elements to come from a familiar alto, soprano, or tenor saxophone! He's got some great creative help on the project too – Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, George Lewis on trombone, and Spencer Barefield on guitar – the last of whom is darker here than on most of his later recordings. Obviously, the sensitivity that Lewis and Abrams bring to the record is a perfect match for Mitchell's direction – and the long tracks draw much from the spontaneous interplay between the three players. Titles include "Tnoona", "Music For Trombone & B Flat Soprano", "Cards", and "Olobo". Plus, this amazing new version features 4 great unissued tracks – including a beautiful version of "Naima", plus "Prelude To Naima", "Dastura", and "Nonaah". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Roscoe Mitchell Quartet – Live At A Space 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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New David Weiss & Point Of DepartureSnuck In ... CD
Sunnyside, 2010. Used .... Out Of Stock
Trumpter David Weiss heads a really great project here – a session that aims to recreate the hipper sides of 60s jazz – a special space that's not really "new thing", never too avant, but definitely points the way towards the spiritual jazz years of the 70s! Weiss chooses work by Andrew Hill, Charles Moore, Tony Williams, and Herbie Hancock to realize this bold musical vision – and his bandmates really help get the spirit of the record right – tight tenor from JD Allen, guitar from Nir Felder, bass from Matt Clohesy, and drums from Jamire Williams. Titles include "Number 4", "Erato", "Snuck In", "Black Comedy", and "I Have A Dream". CD

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New Barney Wilen with Caroline De BendernMoshi Too – Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969 to 1970 ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from the legendary Barney Wilen – previously unreleased African recordings, done around the same time as his classic Moshi album! Although Wilen was best known as a hardbop giant in both his later and early years, the late 60s also marked a period of really rich experimentation – when Barney, like some of his other contemporaries, was really trying to break out of any traditional formats for jazz – and really take chances with new musical hybrids! In this case, Wilen's blowing with a whole host of different musicians from various African scenes – especially Zanzibar – mixing his own incredible tenor and other reeds with regional percussion, unusual instrumentation, vocals, and even some trippier electric touches too – all served up in a blend of music and sounds that's as much an ethnographic project as it is a conventional jazz album. This special set features 80 minutes of previously-unreleased tracks that never made it onto the first Moshi album – which was issued by Saravah Records in the early 70s – rare tracks that have come from Wilen's private archives, and which are every bit as amazing as the music on the original album. Titles include "Black Locomotive", "Moshi Too","Fullys In The Bush", "Serenade For Africa", "Barka De Sala", "Fete A Tam II", "Leave Before The Gospel", "Zombizar Reloaded", "Bumba Ciagalo", and "Kira Burundi". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Moshi Too – Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969 to 1970 ... CD 19.99
 
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Art BlakeyHoliday For Skins Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note/EMI (UK), 1958. New Copy .... $11.99
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant on piano, and a host of assorted percussion work by the likes of Ray Barretto, Sabu Martinez, Victor Gonzalez, Julio Martinez, and others. The resultant sound is incredible – very full, rich, and earthy – and done in a way that interweaves African and Latin percussion styles with straighter American jazz! A few cuts have chanting by Blakey and Sabu – and titles include "The Feast", "Mirage", "Lamento Africano", "O'Tinde", "Swingin Kilts", "Dinga", "Reflection", and "Aghano". CD
(Limited edition Connoisseur CD series.)

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New David BoykinLive At The Dorchester Projects (with download) ... LP
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows just how much Boykin's developed as a player over the past decade or so – a tenorist with a done that's right up there with Archie Shepp or David Murray at their creative best – really stretching out on some wonderful solos that never fail to dim in imagination or new ideas. The group's a trio – with Alex Wing on bass and James Woodley on drums – which gives the recording an almost ESP Records sort of vibe – and Boykin's the shining star throughout, really knocking us over with his solos on the well-recorded set! Titles include "Blast Off For Love", "Walk Turn Bat Shimmy", "Try Harder", "Blue Lotus", "Star Book", and "Late Night With The David Boykin Trio Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)

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Uschi Bruning/Ernst-Ludwig PetrowskyKontraste ... CD
Amiga (Germany), 1987. New Copy .... $11.99
Experimental vocals and offbeat reed sounds – a really great pairing of singer Uschi Bruning and reedman Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky! We know Ernst-Ludwig and Uschi from a range of other projects, but they really sound different here together – especially because Petrowsky's reeds are often trying to emulate the modes and timing of Bruning's vocals – which themselves are very free and horn-like in their expression – quite far from any sort of usual jazz vocals! The whole record's given us a great deal more respect for Uschi, and opens our ears even further to the genius of Ernst-Ludwig – thanks to tracks that include "Lonely Woman", "Sax Shop", "Kontraste", "Bandblatt", "Das Ding", "Skizzen", and "Duellarando". CD

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Buddy ColletteJazz Loves Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Specialty/OJC, 1958. New Copy .... $3.99 11.98
A hip little album from Buddy Collette – one that's ostensibly based around the then-popular idea of a set of Paris-inspired tunes – but which comes off with a sound that's a lot deeper than you might expect! David Axelrod produced the set – it was one of his early projects for Specialty Records – and Buddy Collette plays alto, tenor, and flute – in a group with Frank Rosolino on trombone, Howard Roberts on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Bill Richmond or Bill Douglass on drums. Red Callender joins in on some tracks, and his deep tones mixed with Rosolino's trombone, really help offset the lighter sounds of Collette's reeds in a nice way. Titles include "Domino", "Mam'Selle", "Pigalle", "I Love Paris", "La Vie En Rose", and "Under Paris Skies". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes, too! 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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Fab Trio (Joe Fonda/Barry Altschul/Billy Bang)Transforming The Space ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2003. Used .... $19.99
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(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy .... $13.99
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". CD

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Bill FrisellBig Sur ... CD
Okeh, 2013. Used .... $8.99
A really evocative little album from Bill Frisell – and that's saying a lot, given the rest of his work! The music was all written at a ranch in Big Sur – and has this spacious, airy sort of feel – one that draws on Bill's earlier style of guitar, but also inflects it with a slight Americanist tone – in ways that echo some of Charlie Haden or Pat Metheny's projects with a similar landscape ethos. The group retains a very ethereal feel – and features Eyvind Kang on viola, Hank Roberts on cello, Jenny Scheinman on violin, and Rudy Royston on drums – on titles that include "Hawks", "Cry Alone", "Animals", "Highway 1", "Gather Good Things", "The Big One", and "Going To California". CD

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Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. Very Good+ .... $84.99
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Vinyl is nice, but label has some marker, and cover has a bit of wear.)

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Vinny Golia & Ken FilianoArt Of Negotiation ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1996. Used .... $13.99
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(Out of print. Booklet has a sticker on the front.)

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Johnny HammondGambler's Life ... CD
Salvation/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy .... $16.99
An amazing bit of jazz funk from Johnny Hammond – and one of his greatest LPs! This is the first album that Johnny recorded with Larry Mizell, cut right before the pair of them went onto do the landmark Gears album. While this one never became as famous as Gears, it's got some fantastic moments that are every bit as great – a perfect blend of Mizell's spacey fusion and Hammond's fiercely soulful soloing, with lots of great jazzy changes to keep the pace fresh throughout. Includes the great spacey jazz cuts "Star Borne" and "Yesterday Was Cool", the latter of which is an excellent piece of work by Larry Mizell – plus the cuts "Back To The Projects", "Gambler's Life", "Rhodesian Thoroughfare", and "Virgo Lady". Plus, the CD features 4 bonus tracks that represent some of Johnny's best work for the Kudu label – including "Rock Steady", "Higher Ground", "Breakout", and "Who Is Sylvia". CD

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New Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan GarbarekArbour Zena ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1976. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – well, not excitement that you'd get in other jazz-based styles – but kind of a sense of hope, drama, and unfolding that really shades the record nicely – and gives it a different flavor from some of Jarrett's other larger form projects of the time – possibly creating the first really unified, extended musical vision he brought to a record like this in the 70s. Beautiful sounds throughout – with titles that include "Runes", "Solara March", and "Mirrors". CD
Also available Arbour Zena (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan GarbarekArbour Zena (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1976. New Copy .... $23.99 25.99
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – well, not excitement that you'd get in other jazz-based styles – but kind of a sense of hope, drama, and unfolding that really shades the record nicely – and gives it a different flavor from some of Jarrett's other larger form projects of the time – possibly creating the first really unified, extended musical vision he brought to a record like this in the 70s. Beautiful sounds throughout – with titles that include "Runes", "Solara March", and "Mirrors". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Arbour Zena ... CD 16.99

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Barney KesselBreakfast At Tiffany's ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $14.99
One of the grooviest albums ever recorded by guitarist Barney Kessel – a sweet reworking of Henry Mancini's fabulous music for Breakfast At Tiffanys! The set's got a warm feel and more than a bit of bossa nova inspiration – similar to some of the other Kessel and Shorty Rogers projects for Reprise at the time – and the group features some wicked reed work from Bud Shank and Paul Horn, both of whom add some great color to the set – and make it way more than just another trio date from Kessel! The whole thing's wonderful – filled with favorites from the Mancini songbook – titles that include "Something For Cat", "Sally's Tomato", "Mr Yunioshi", "The Big Blowout", "Hub Caps & Tail Lights", "Breakfast At Tiffany's", "Latin Golightly", "Loose Caboose", and "Moon River Cha Cha". CD

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Klima KalimaFinn Noir ... CD
Yellow Bird (Germany), 2012. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
A compelling set of work that draws heavily from the Finnish film noir for inspiration – the films of Aki Kaurismaki, Mikko Niskanen, and Matti Kassila – all of which serve as jumping-off points for the ideas in the music! The lineup features this raspy, wide-sounding electric guitar from Kalle Kalima – mixed with bass and drums – and the instrumentation itself is light years from what you might hear in the films, but has this very evocative quality that definitely paints some very vivid pictures in sound. The overall vibe reminds us of some similar projects that mixed film inspiration and jazz from the 80s – and titles include "La Vie De Boheme 1 – Saturday Night In St Petersburg", "Things Will Turn Out Right", "It Is Gas Inspecteur Palmu", "Calamari Union", and "Eight Deadly Shots". CD

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Krzysztof KomedaComplete Recordings Of Krzysztof Komeda Vol 7 – Film Music ... CD
Polonia Records (Poland), Early/Mid 60s. Used .... $18.99
Some of Komeda's earliest soundtrack work – and all excellent! In a way, it must have been projects like these that let him get the chance to break into jazz styles that were a bit more modern – and the work on the CD reminds us a lot of the advances in jazz that were being snuck in under the wire in other European soundtracks, particularly the French work of Barney Wilen, Art Blakey, and Duke Jordan. The first 8 tracks are from a 1962 Polanski film called "Noz W Wodzie" – aka Knife In Water – the next 6 are from "Jutro Premiera", a 1962 film directed by Janusz Morgenstern, and the last 10 are from 2 different documentaries, one from 1963 and one from 1964. The work is extremely evocative – with a moody jazz soundtrack style that's just great! One of the most essential of these Komeda reissues – although they're all pretty darn nice! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Frank LacyLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
One of the greatest albums we've ever heard from trombonist Frank Lacy – an artist who hardly ever takes the spotlight as a leader, but who really shines at the helm of this amazing set! The group has a depth of feeling that takes us back to some of Lacy's more spiritual projects of previous years – but they also swing with the solid, soulful groove of the best of the Smalls Live series – a perfect balance between Frank's arrangements and larger musical ideas, and all the spontaneous energy of the musicians in the venue! Players include Josh Evans on trumpet, Stacy Dilalrd on tenor, Theo Hill on piano, Rashaan Carter on bass, and Kush Abadey on drums – and tracks are all nice and long, in the best Smalls spirit. Titles include the Lacy originals "Stranded", "Carolyn's Dance", and "The Spirit Monitor" – plus versions of Freddie Hubbard's "Intrepid Fox", Joe Bonner's "Sunbath", and George Cables' "Think On Me". CD

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Manhattan ProjectsEchoes Of Our Heroes ... CD
Evidence, 1993. Used .... $3.99
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Herbie MannMuscle Shoals Nitty Gritty ... CD
Embryo (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $14.99
Herbie Man gets nitty and gritty at the Muscle Shoals Studios – bringing his funky flute to the southern powerhouse of sound, and hitting some of his most soulful grooves of the time! The approach here is really great – definitely cast in the southern soul mode that was associated with Muscle Shoals, but also done with the looseness of a jazz record – so that the sound's a fair bit different than similar projects coming out of the scene at the time. Most tracks are long and flowing – with lots of sweet electric elements that include vibes from Roy Ayers, guitar from Eddie Hinton, and keyboards from Barry Beckett. Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love slide in on horns – but Herbie's flute is still the main solo element, and it gets plenty of space to stretch out with some great trippy grooves! Titles include Edwin Birdsong's "Can You Dig It?", plus Sonny Sharrock's "Blind Willy", and Herbie's own "Panama Red's Panama Hat" and "Claudia Pie". CD

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Dave Mihaly & The Shimmering Leaves EnsembleRivers ... CD
Dave Mihaly, 2013. New Copy .... $5.99
Unusual sounds from drummer Dave Mihaly – a player who's well-schooled in jazz tradition, but also really opens himself up to more genre-crossing sounds on this set – a mode that partly echoes his participation in the group Mushroom, but which also shows a much more sensitive side too! Some tracks have a mixture of jazz and other guitar-based instrumentation – while others are more tune-based, and even feature Dave doing a bit of singing – in this folksy style that's really great, and very different than any too-arty jazz/rock or improv projects. Other instrumentation includes tenor and soprano sax from David Boyce and trumpet from Ara Anderson – and titles include "The Cat Tried To Catch A Hummingbird", "Mexican China", "Blue England", "Cherry Blossom Road", and "Chinese Mexico". CD

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Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker With Strings (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Clef (Japan), 1949. New Copy .... $26.99
The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with strings" projects, not a ballad-driven one, but a tensely strained one that brings out some of Parker's best soloing, almost in a moody soundtrack-type way. The tracks are a lot freer and less bop-driven than some of Bird's normal work, and it's incredible to hear him soloing with such complexity – even more proof of the genius he clearly exhibited in relation to his contemporaries. This CD reissues one of the first 10" LPs to feature Bird in such material – complete with a great David Stone Martin cover, and 6 tracks that include "Just Friends", "April In Paris", "Summertime", "If I Should Lose You", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
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Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker With Strings Vol 2 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Clef (Japan), 1950. New Copy .... $26.99
The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with strings" projects, not a ballad-driven one, but a tensely strained one that brings out some of Parker's best soloing, almost in a moody soundtrack-type way. The tracks are a lot freer and less bop-driven than some of Bird's normal work, and it's incredible to hear him soloing with such complexity – even more proof of the genius he clearly exhibited in relation to his contemporaries. This CD reissues one of the first 10" LPs to feature Bird in such material – complete with a great David Stone Martin cover, and 6 tracks that include "I'll Remember April", "Easy To Love", "East Of The Sun", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Dave Pike Set & Grupo BaiafroSalomao ... LP
MPS, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $36.99
One of the most unusual records ever made by vibist Dave Pike – a unique hybrid of Brazilian rhythms and jazz fusion – all carried off with sounds that are incredibly earthy overall! The record's quite different than any of Pike's previous projects for the MPS label – still done with a version of the Dave Pike Set that includes Volker Kriegel on guitar and Eberhard Weber on bass – but recorded in Bahia with help from Grupo Baiafro – a percussion heavy combo led by the great Djalma Correa! Tunes are long and laidback – building up with an energy level that's very organic, and almost improvisational. Pike's vibes still sparkle brightly, but with a nice change in tone – and titles include the extended suite "5 Ritmos Do Bahia", plus "Salomao", "Berimbass", and "An Evening With Vincent Van Ritz". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing in a gatefold cover. Spine has a small bit of tape and a small rip – and cover has a cutout hole.)

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Dudu Pukwana & SpearIn the Townships ... CD
Virgin (UK), 1973. Used .... $29.99
The great South African altoist Dudu Pukwana is joined by members of the Blue Notes (Mongezi Feza and Louis Moholo), plus Brit prog bassist Harry Miller, to form the pan-African, slightly funky, heavy jazz combo Spear. The record's a prime example of the skill that the early Virgin label had in charting these sorts of crossover jazz projects, and it's still one of the best that you can get by Pukwana under his own name. Titles include "Zakude", "Sonia", "Baloyi", and "Ezilalini". Pukawana plays alto, piano, congas, percussion, and sings a bit, too! CD
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Sao Paulo Underground (Rob Mazurek)Tres Cabacas Loucuras ... CD
Cuneiform, 2011. New Copy .... $15.99 17.98
The third and best album yet from Sao Paulo Underground – formed by Chicago scene veteran and sonic adventurer Rob Mazurek – with a sound that's informed by the rhythms and creatively boundless possibilities of Tropicalia era Brazil and well beyond, along with the cosmic spirit of other Mazurek projects such as the Exploding Star Orchestra. This is hypnotic, attention seizing work that pushes boundaries and challenges tradition while still respecting it – it's never less than fully engrossing and pulls you right in, but it also skirts convention on just about every level. Mazurek's on coronet and electronics that fracture and fuzz out the atmosphere, creating some really dynamic interplay with instrumentation. Mauricio Takara is on cavaquinho, drums and percussion, Guilherme Granado on keys, loops, samples and percussion and Richard Ribeiro on drums. A pair of excellent tracks feature fellow modern greats with roots in the Chicago underground – vibes player Jason Adasiewicz and drummer John Herndon on "Just Lovin'" and "Six Six Eight" – the latter also featuring bass player Matthew Lux. The entire album is no less impressive, though! Titles include "Jagoda's Dream", "Pigeon", "Carambola", "Colibri", "Lado Leste", and "Rio Negro". CD

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SOS (Surman/Osborne/Skidmore)Looking For The Next One ... CD
Cuneiform, 1974/1975. New Copy 2 CDs .... $22.99 24.99
Incredible sounds from this important Brit trio of the 70s – a wonderful combination of the reeds of Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, and John Surman! There's some wonderful use of electronics by Surman, who mixes sounds in sparingly, in a way that sounds beautiful with the saxes of Skidmore and Osborne – almost with the feel of some of the cool experimental albums on Virgin at the time, or some of the best Soft Machine-era side projects! Yet there's also a very strong improvisational core to the record, too – an illustration that all three players are definitely among the best of England's new wave of jazz talents – able to make a really special magic with their instruments, yet always come across with a sense of depth and soul as well. Beautiful throughout – with studio tracks that include "Country Dance", "Rashied", "News", "QE Hall", and "The Mountain Road" – and live material that includes "Legends", "Up There", and "Trio Trio". CD

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Donald Alexander Strachan & The Freedom EnsembleSoul Translation – A Spiritual Suite ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy .... $21.99
A beautiful little record – and one that definitely earns the "suite" distinction in the title – given the thoughtful longform approach of the set! The album's got a more composed feel than other spiritual jazz sessions of the time – not in a stiff way, but in a style that shows that leader Donald Alexander Strachan really has a strong vision in his music – not just in the compositions he spins forth on the record, but also in the way he directs the rich energy of the ensemble! The lineup features Strachan on guitar and piano – but also features Jay Hoggard on vibes, Carl Viggianni on flute, Lee Rozie on tenor, John Thompson on cornet, M Malik Jackson on piano, and Ray Newton and Archie Delerme on percussion. Tracks have this rhythmic pulse and subtle soul that's not unlike some of the more ambitious Horace Silver projects of the time – such as his "with percussion" or "with brass" records – but the feel here is also a bit looser and more intimate too – with a vibe that's very much in the Strata East mode. Titles include "Song Of Searching", "Spiritual Travelers", "Masters Of The Bourchakoun", "Silent Jubilation", "Tenth Door", "Aquarian Voices", and "Soul Release". CD

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Thing with Neneh CherryCherry Thing ... CD
Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2012. Used .... $8.99
A mindblowing collaboration – one that brings the soulful vocals of Nenah Cherry into play with the avant jazz sounds of The Thing – but all in a mode that's unlike anything either artist has recorded before! The mix of talents is no surprise – given that Nenah's dad is Don Cherry, whose own European work helped to set the tone for a generation – and also given that group members Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten all have ears for styles that go way beyond jazz – including a surprisingly great taste for offbeat funk, which really comes to the forefront on this unusual set! Make no mistake, there's still plenty of jazz-based instrumentation – sharp reeds from Mats, heavy drums from Paal, and those magical moody basslines that we love so much from Ingebrigt – but they often get a bit more directed, and are augmented with slight added instrumentation at points – to provide a perfect foil for Cherry's righteous vocals – all with results that easily make the album one of the most unusual soul projects we've heard in years – on a par with equally creative efforts from artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, or Georgia Anne Muldrow. Titles include "Cashback", "Dream Baby Dream", "Too Tough To Die", "What Reason Could I Give", "Dirt", "Accordion", and "Sudden Moment". CD

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Bugge WesseltoftOK World ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2014. New Copy .... $16.99
One of the most unusual albums we've heard in years from Bugge Wesseltoft – an artist who's been moving increasingly towards solo keyboard modes, but who works here with a whole host of globally-based musicians! The record was done in conjunction with the world music festival in Oslo, and really lives up to its name – as Bugge's beautiful work on piano is combined with flute, Spanish guitar, bits of vocals, and a range of other instrumentation from India and the mid-East – including djembe, mridangam, cangira, darabouka, and cahoun! There's some real magic in the record's mix of Wessltoft's spacious sounds and these richer global elements – with qualities that sometimes evoke the best culture-crossing projects of the older ECM generation, but which also share some of Bugge's fresher contemporary vision too. Titles include "Ntwananu", "130 Steps", "Josemi", "Moving Mountains", "Mawwal", "Sharangati", and "Always Hopeful". CD

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John ZornAlchemist ... CD
Tzadik, 2014. New Copy .... $16.99 18.98
A pair of pretty compelling compositions from John Zorn – each with a different flavor, but sharing a similar spirit to his recent larger-concept projects! "The Alchemist" is a string quartet based on hermetic Angelic actions – spun out over a long space in a single movement, with lots of deft work from Pauline Kim and Jesse Mills on violin, David Fulmer on viola, and Jay Campbell on cello. "Earthspirit" is a long piece for a vocal trio – singers Jane Sheldon, Melissa Hughes, and Kirsten Sollek – written as a response to the Newgrange sacred site in Ireland, and based on the Amergin – an older Celtic text. CD

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John Zorn/Bill Frisell/Kenny Wollesn/Carol EmanuelMysteries (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Tzadik, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
A really wonderful little record – one headed up by John Zorn, but actually featuring instrumentation from the trio of Bill Frisell on guitar, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, and Carol Emanuel on harp! The mix of instruments is wonderful – and rings out here with gentle progressions that almost remind us of some Terry Riley projects in the 70s, but a bit more intimate and less minimal too – lots of gentle colors from the vibes and guitar ringing next to some more subtle progressions from the harp – all at a level that's way beyond jazz or familiar compositional music! Zorn composed, arranged, and produced – and titles include "The Nymphs", "Sacred Oracle", "Dance Of Sappho", "The Bacchanalia", "Ode To The Cathars", and "Apollo". CD

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VariousCIMPhonia '98 – Part 2 ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1998. Used .... $6.99
With Joe McPhee, Mark Whitecage, Paul Smoker, David Prentice, Peter Kowald, Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen. CD
(Out of print. Front cover has a sticker.)
 
 
 



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