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New Kidd Jordan/Peter Kowald/Alvin FielderTrio & Duo In New Orleans ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy 2 CDs .... $24.99
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's ... read more CD
Also available Live In New Orleans ... LP 36.99

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Tizian Jost TrioUnited In The Big Blue ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
We love the piano work of Tizian Jost – a player with a really special way of ringing out his tone on the keys, often with this sort of joyful flow that comes across right away! A few notches either way, and Jost might be too sentimental or too smooth – but instead, he's got this ... read more CD

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Kaleidoscopic Spatial OrchestraDreams Of The Future ... CD
Marge (France), 1998/2012. New Copy .... $4.99 16.99
Not an orchestra, but the work of a single individual – yet served up with a sound that's more blistering than most large ensemble! Michel Coffi conceives the record as a "new challenge for the music of the future" – an "interactive collaboration" that heavily mixes ... read more CD

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Hideto KanaiQ (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $28.99
Boldly visionary work from bassist Hideto Kanai – a session of unusual numbers that often have a deeply poetic feel! Kanai's bass is clearly at the helm of the record – stepping out sparely at the start of some numbers – then punctuating the proceedings with a strong voice that ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Fred KazEastern Exposure ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. New Copy .... $10.99
An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed ... read more CD

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Johnny KeatingBritish Jazz/Swinging Scots ... CD
Oriole/Vocalion (UK), 1956/1957. New Copy .... $12.99
Great early work from Johnny Keating – 2 albums back to back on a single CD! British Jazz is some of the earliest work as a leader from the swinging Keating – one of England's finest jazz arrangers of the 50s, working here in a looser style than on his classic Keating Sound albums from ... read more CD

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Stan KentonArtistry In Bossa Nova ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1963. New Copy .... $15.99
Proof that the Kenton sound could work in just about any format – as Stan transforms a host of older tunes from his book into a bossa nova groove! The approach is simple, but great – as the rich Kenton tones and colors are infused with some added rhythms laid down by Milt Holland, ... read more CD

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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 ... read more CD

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Barney KesselKessel/Jazz – Contemporary Latin Rhythms ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1961. New Copy .... $14.99
A wonderful wonderful set from Barney Kessel – bossa-inflected jazz, and a wonderful setting for Barney to hit some very groovy lines on electric guitar! The group on the date is part of the strength of the record – with Conte Candoli on trumpet, Emil Richards on vibes, Paul Horn on ... read more CD

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Siegfried Kessler with Archie SheppInvitation ... CD
Impro (France), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99 16.99
One of the coolest sets we've ever heard from pianist Siegfried Kessler – not just because it features Archie Shepp on two great tracks, but also because it's filled with some of his most dynamic energy on piano! Shepp begins the set by stepping out strongly on a sublime reading of "Invi ... read more CD

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Keyboard Circle (Rob Franken & Jan Huydts)Keyboard Circle ... CD
678 Records (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
A wicked collaboration between Dutch keyboardists Rob Franken and Jan Huydts – a set that has the pair of them really stretching out on Fender Rhodes, Arp, clavinet, and other keyboards – with only a bit of drums to back them up! Yet although the set's got a really freewheeling sort of ... read more CD

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New Calvin KeysProceed With Caution! ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $13.99 18.99
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date ... read more CD

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New Calvin KeysShawn-Neeq ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99 18.99
A stone classic on the Black Jazz label – and one of the most unique guitar albums ever! We're not sure what the title meant originally – but over the past few decades, it's come to stand for some heavy heavy guitar work from the legendary Calvin Keys – a record that's really ... read more CD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)

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New Rahsaan Roland KirkNatural Black Inventions – Root Strata ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
A totally amazing album – and one of the clearest examples of Roland Kirk's genius approach to reeds! The set's essentially solo, and features Kirk playing without any tape tricks or overdubbing – but still at a level that has multiple saxophones layered on top of one another – ... read more CD

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Roland KirkNow Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the most unusual Roland Kirk albums of the 60s – his only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic! The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie ... read more CD

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New Roland KirkPre-Rashaan (Kirk's Works/Jaki Byard Experience) ... CD
Prestige, 1961/1968. New Copy .... $5.99 11.98
Nice 2-in-1 set that reissues 2 hard to find albums by Roland Kirk! Kirk's Work is a strange and tasty album that Kirk made with organist Jack McDuff in the early 60s. The album's also been issued under the title Funk Underneath – but this is the original version. Kirk's tenor, manzello, ... read more CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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KirunaTarasarus ... CD
Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 2007. New Copy .... $16.99
Heady work from Kiruna – a contemporary combo, but one with a feel that's like some of the darkest fusion of the 70s! The group's a trio – with a lineup that includes Fender Rhodes and organ, bass, and drums – but all used in really weird, wonderful ways that often abstract the ... read more CD
Also available Tarasarus ... LP 19.99

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John KlemmerHush ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
Sly and subtle soul from saxophonist John Klemmer – a set that's somewhat smooth, but still filled with a great deal of feeling – and just the right blend of Klemmer's earlier searching style with some of the more soul-inspired modes of his later years. Klemmer plays tenor, soprano sax ... read more 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 ... read more CD

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New Eric KlossFirst Class (First Class Kloss/Grits & Gravy) ... CD
Prestige, 1966/1967. New Copy .... $5.99 18.98
2 excellent early albums from overlooked saxophone genius Eric Kloss! Grits & Gravy is a really incredible little set – with a varied approach that we love! About half the record has Kloss blowing with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson ... read more CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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Earl KlughLate Nite Guitar/Two Of A Kind/Nightsongs ... CD
BGO (UK), 1980/1982/1984. New Copy 2 CDs .... $18.99
A trio of albums from guitarist Earl Klugh – presented here in a single set! First up is Late Night Guitar – a beautiful set that really lives up to its title – a record that matches Earl's wonderful work on guitar with some sublime orchestral charts from Dave Matthews! The ... read more CD

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Hans KollerLegends Live – Stadtische Festhalle Pirmasens 1959/Liederhalle Stuttgart 1960 ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 1959/1960. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
Wonderful work from the always-great Hans Koller – the tenorist whose work made such a huge impact on the German scene in the postwar years! Hans is captured here in two different live settings, both of them great – radio broadcasts with excellent fidelity, and which serve as a much-nee ... read more CD

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Hans KollerMinor Meetings 1958 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1958. New Copy .... $18.99
Hardly a set of minor meetings at all – given that tenorist Hans Koller works here in the company of a host of great musicians from the late 50s German scene, in a set of tracks that ranks with the best of his long career as a leader! By the time of these sides, Koller was already one of the ... read more CD
Also available Minor Meetings 1958 ... LP 24.99

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New Dadisi KomolafeHassan's Walk ... CD
Nimbus, 1983. New Copy .... $9.99
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read more CD
(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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Volker KriegelLost Tapes – Mainz 1963 to 1969 ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $21.99 24.99
Incredible early work from German guitarist Volker Kriegel – rare recordings that easily stand strong alongside his classic work for the MPS label – including his trippy sides with the Dave Pike set! A number of tracks here preface his work with Pike – and feature vibes from ... read more CD

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Karin Krog/Enrico Rava/Miriam KleinSwiss Radio Days Vol 26 – Jazz Live Trio With Guests ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1972/1974/1978. New Copy .... $11.99 12.99
Three hip European jazz talents from the 70s – all working here in rare performances from the Jazz Live Trio! The first half of the set features wonderful vocals from Karin Krog – very open and free, at a level that's right up there with her hippest studio sides of the 70s – ... read more CD

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Uwe KropinskiSolo ... CD
Amiga (Germany), 1985. New Copy .... $11.99
Solo acoustic guitar from Uwe Kropinsky – played with incredible dexterity at times, and a great ear for a wide range of sounds that don't always come from the strings! At some level, Kropinsky has this quality that echoes earlier work by Paco DeLucia, or other players on the Spanish scene ... read more CD

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Peter Kuhn QuartetKill ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1982. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
Modernist clarinet at its best – handled deftly by Peter Kuhn, in a range of modes that moves between hard-swinging jazz and much more spacious, sonic textures! Kuhn plays both standard and bass clarinet – using the latter with an especially great sound that reminds us of some of the ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Rolf KuhnSolarius ... CD
Amiga (Germany), 1965. New Copy .... $16.99
Some of the hippest work we've ever heard from German clarinetist Rolf Kuhn – a beautiful set from the 60s, and one that's filled with modern touches, but never goes too far out! Rolf's clarinet is definitely sharper here than in the decade before – informed by much of the modern jazz ... read more CD

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Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Espen AalbergBasement Sessions Vol 2 ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
A searing second session from the trio of Jonas Kullhammar on reeds, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Espen Aalberg on drums – all working here at a level that's even more mindblowing than the first Basement Sessions album! The music has this tremendous feel of cohesive collaboration – ... read more CD

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Charles KynardYour Mama Don't Dance ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $28.99
Funky organ and plenty of vamping – a really tight little set from the mighty Charles Kynard – who's working here with a really wide-ranging command of the keyboard! As with some of the other Mainstream Records sessions of the time, the backings here are somewhat full – arranged ... read more CD

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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 ... read more CD

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Steve LacyCry ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1988. New Copy 2CD .... $13.99 16.99
One of Steve Lacy's more complicated albums of the 80s – material recorded as part of a stage performance in Geneva, complete with costumes, scenery, and lighting effects! The spoken parts of Irene Aebi figure strongly on some of the tracks – but others are more wrapped around reed ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Steve LacyEstilhacos – Live In Lisbon 1972 ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 1972. New Copy Gatefold .... $13.99
A really compelling performance by the Steve Lacy quintet of the early 70s – a live date recorded in Lisbon, and one that captures the group at their most creative! There's a quality here that seems to push past even other Lacy greatness of the time – and which also seems to have all ... read more CD

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Steve LacyTroubles ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1979. New Copy .... $12.99 16.99
Classic work from the Steve Lacy Quintet – the formative group that featured Lacy on soprano sax, alongside Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on violin and cello, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums! The record's got a very artful feel – and really has Lacy moving past some ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Guy LafitteJazz In Paris – Blue & Sentimental ... CD
Universal (France), 1954. New Copy .... $9.99 11.99
One of the greatest tenor stars in postwar Europe was Guy Lafitte – a magnificent player whose genius rivalled Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, but also one who's been sadly underrecognized outside the French scene of which he was a part. Most of Lafitte's best work from the old days is ... read more CD

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Oliver LakeComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings Of Oliver Lake (Holding Together/Prophet/Clevont Fritzhubert/Expanding Language/Edgeing) (7CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 7 CDs .... $46.99
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by reedman Oliver Lake – all packaged together in one great set! The package shows Lake really maturing both as a player and as a group leader – working with a range of contemporaries to move his sound past the loft jazz modes of the 70s, but ... read more CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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Oliver LakeEdge-Ing ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1994. New Copy .... $11.99 16.98
The cover looks a bit kitschy and electric, but the album's a real back to basics album for Oliver Lake – a standout set from the time, and a wonderfully soulful session throughout! The album has Lake playing alto sax throughout – working with a hip quartet that includes Charles ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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New Oliver LakeNTU – Point From Which Creation Begins ... CD
Passin' Thru/Universal Sound (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $22.99
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... read more CD
(Packaged in a nice hardcover case.)

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Ralph LaLama & Bop JuiceLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2012. New Copy Gatefold .... Just Sold Out!
Tenor, bass, and drums – a wicked combination here that really holds together beautifully over the course of the album's long live tracks! Tenorist Ralph LaLama's hardly sounded better – definitely blowing with the bop influences you might guess from the group's name, but also spinning ... read more CD

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Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo BRhapsody In Black ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2008. New Copy .... $8.99
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record ... read more CD

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Byard LancasterIt's Not Up To Us ... CD
Vortex (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $14.99
One of the first albums ever recorded by soulful avant legend Byard Lancaster! Lancaster hailed from Philadelphia, and played flute and alto in a style that was clearly informed by the freer spiritual players that dominated one branch of the avant garde tree at the time, like 'Trane and Pharoah. ... read more CD

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New Adam Lane/Darius Jones/Vijay AndersonAbsolute Horizon ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
Adam Lane's bass is superb here – really shaping the sound in a sublime way right from the start – brooding and bold up from the bottom – never too heavy-handed, but a force that directs the recording beautifully, and really gives shape to the alto of Darius Jones and drums of ... read more CD
Also available Absolute Horizon ... LP 26.99

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy .... $7.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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New Yusef LateefDoctor Is In & Out ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
One of Yusef Lateef's funkier albums for Atlantic – and a record that features some great keyboard work from Kenny Barron! The liner notes indicate a current Lateef fascination with rhythm, and it tries to present this fascination in a way that implies a bigger intellectual approach to the ... read more CD
Also available Doctor Is In & Out ... LP 9.99

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Jessica Lauren FourJessica Lauren Four ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2012. New Copy .... $19.99
A wonderful full album from keyboardist Jessica Lauren – a London talent we've loved for years, and have watched mature deeply over the past few decades! Jessica's keyboards have graced a number of key recordings from the past 20 years or so on the British scene – but she's issued ... read more CD

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Hubert LawsCarnegie Hall ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
Mabye some of the coolest music ever recorded at Carnegie Hall – a wonderful venue that's perfect for the blend of soul and space of the CTI Records years of Hubert Laws! Laws' lead lines on flute really stretch out beautifully in the setting – given ample room to roam amidst a lineup ... read more CD

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Hubert LawsChicago Theme ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
One of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who ... read more CD

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Hubert LawsMake It Last ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy .... $10.99
Hubert Laws hits an 80s groove here – but the shift doesn't seem to dampen his soul at all! At some points, the rhythms are a bit more pronounced than before – bouncy and funky at points, with a slight nod to the clubs – yet other points still have that soft, airy finish that ... read more CD

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Hubert Laws & Earl KlughHow To Beat The High Cost Of Living – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
A totally wonderful little record – not just a funky 70s soundtrack, but an excellent jazz outing as well – thanks to the talents of Hubert Laws on flute and Earl Klugh on guitar! Patrick Williams wrote and arranged the whole set – and he merges his jazzier roots with some of his ... read more CD

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New Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers/Flame ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz FM (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy .... $16.99
Two stone classics from Ronnie Laws – back to back on a single CD! Friends & Strangers is a stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – ... read more CD

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Daunik Lazro & Joelle LeandreHasparren ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
A beautiful pairing of talents – two players whose sensitive sonic qualities are perfectly matched in this live setting! Both Daunik Lazro's baritone and Joelle Leandre's bass seem to be instruments forged from the same fire – a slow-burning flame that's as powerful as it is patient ... read more CD

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Babatunde LeaMarch Of The Jazz Guerillas ... CD
Ubiquity, 2000. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
Percussionist Babatunde's been on the scene for years – laying down some great work on albums by other folks, including many jazz funk classics. This album's a mix of percussion heavy jazz tracks, many of which have a Latin flavor – and Babutunde's joined by some top players sensitive ... read more CD

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Babatunde Lea with Dwight TribleUmbo Weti – A Tribute To Leon Thomas ... CD
Motema, 2008. New Copy 2CD .... $11.99 14.98
A beautiful tribute to the greatness of Leon Thomas – put together by one of the few cats who could get it right! Given that Babatunde Lea's other music already takes us back to the days when Thomas sang with Pharoah Sanders – his leadership on a date like this is a natural – as ... read more CD

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LeadersUnforseen Blessings ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1989. New Copy .... $12.99 16.99
One of the strongest albums from the Leaders sextet – an ensemble that features 6 of America's best left-of-center players of the time – all of them leaders of their own groups, putting aside ego to come together beautifully here! The set features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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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 ... read more CD

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Peter Lemer QuintetLocal Colour ... CD
ESP, 1968. New Copy .... $7.99 12.99
One of the most far-reaching sets of UK jazz we've heard from the mid 60s – the recording debut of pianist Peter Lemer, working here in a quintet that also features a young John Surman! The leadoff track is a version of Carla Bley's great "Ictus" – and the style of the work ... read more CD

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Francois Lemonnier & Raphael LemonnierCome Again ... CD
Marge (France), 2013. New Copy .... $14.99
Piano and trombone duets, played together in a really amazing range of styles! The album features some wonderfully intimate work from Francois Lemonnier on trombone and Raphael Lemonnier on piano – expressed in modes that take inspiration from a diverse range of artists who include Charles ... read more CD

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John LetmanMany Angles Of John Letman ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the few dates as a leader from this overlooked trumpeter – a really great player with an ability to skirt styles of a few different jazz generations – brought into sharp focus here in the modern setting of a 50s session for Bethlehem Records! Letman's played trad on other dates, ... read more CD

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Stan LeveyGrand Stan ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the few sessions ever cut as a leader by LA drummer Stan Levey – as tight a set of west coast bop as you'll ever find on the Bethlehem label – recorded with a really cooking sextet that includes Conte Candoli on trumpet, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Leroy ... read more CD

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O'Donel LevyEverything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $26.99
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... read more CD
Also available Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky ... LP 9.99

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John LewisEssence – John Lewis Plays The Compositions & Arrangements Of Gary McFarland ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1964. New Copy .... $15.99
John Lewis takes on the music of Gary McFarland – working here in a very cool set of McFarland compositions and arrangements – often with a lot more tone, color, and feeling than usual for a Lewis album! John often punctuates his piano notes, almost as if he's using vibes – and ... read more CD

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John Lewis & Albert Mangelsdorff/Zagreb Jazz QuartAnimal Dance ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $10.99
One of the hippest albums that John Lewis ever recorded – and a set that's noteworthy for the presence of two European modernists! Most of the record features Lewis in a wonderful group with trobmonist Albert Mangelsdorff – who gets plenty of space here to play in his stepping, ... read more CD

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Salongo ... CD
Columbia/R2 (UK), 1973/1976. New Copy .... $15.99 16.99
Two electric killers from Ramsey Lewis – back to back in a single package! Funky Serenity is sweet electric funk from Ramsey – one of his best from the 70s, and a set with Lewis on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that ... read more CD

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Ramsey LewisLegacy ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy .... $6.99 11.98
An overlooked gem from Ramsey's 70s years at Columbia – a record that has him grooving over larger arrangements, sweeping along in a great blend of soul and class that makes for some really great numbers! Side one of the album features Ramsey playing keyboards on the extended "Legacy&quo ... read more CD

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Ramsey LewisRoutes/Three Piece Suite ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy .... $13.99
A pair of late Columbia gems from Ramsey Lewis – back to back on a single CD! Routes features Ramsey Lewis in two modes – both of them great! The set's got Ramsey working with two different producers, each on a different side of the record – and both of them bring a nice ... read more CD

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New Ramsey LewisSun Goddess – The Best Of Ramsey Lewis ... CD
Jazz FM (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD .... $16.99
A nicely done compilation of pivotal work from the great Ramsey Lewis – focusing on his work for Columbia/CBS Records from the 70s and early 80s – and very well chosen at that! Of course the title comes from Ramsey's iconic album of the same name, and this 2CD set features a few tracks ... read more CD

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Vic LewisVic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova At Home & Away (paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EMI/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1963. New Copy .... $29.99
A late date for Brit bandleader Vic Lewis – but a great one too, thanks to a strong focus on the bossa nova sounds of the 60s! The mode's a real change for Lewis, who could sometimes be a bit stiff – and the new groove definitely opens things up nicely – as does the album's work ... read more CD
Also available Vic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova At Home & Away (180 gram pressing) ... LP 49.99

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Lightmen Plus OneEnergy Control Center (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Lightin/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $28.99
Cosmic jazzy genius from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – the kind of a record that sounds like it should have come out of Detroit or Chicago in the early 70s – and not the Texas scene from which the group hailed! The Lightmen have a vibe that reminds us a lot of The Pharoahs or some ... read more CD

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Charles LloydDiscovery!/Nirvana ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy 2CD .... $14.99
2 Columbia killers from Charles Lloyd – back to back in a single set! Discovery is a wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane ... read more CD

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Charles LloydNirvana ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy .... $13.99
Lovely work from Charles Lloyd – recorded at the point when he was just pushing off from Chico Hamilton's group, and before he got too noodly for his own good! Side one of the record features Lloyd with his own group – jazzing it up in a mix of flute, guitar, and percussion on a number ... read more CD

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New Charles LloydOf Course Of Course ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy .... $13.99
Key work by one of the most unique voices in 60s mainstream jazz – reedman Charles Lloyd, heard here on a set that's filled with amazing sounds, tones, and timings! The group here features Gabor Szabo on guitar – Lloyd's previous partner from the Chico Hamilton combo – plus Ron ... read more CD

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Francisco Lo VuoloSegment ... CD
Rivo (Argentina), 2012. New Copy .... $16.99
We first fell in love with the piano of Francisco Lo Vuolo on his albums with reedman Carlos Lastra – especially his chunky yet flowing sensibility – one that's inherently modal, even before any contributions from the bass and drums! The bass here is especially great – handled by ... read more CD

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Joe Locke with OrchestraWish Upon A Star ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 14.99
A great setting for the vibes of Joe Locke – set amidst the larger sounds of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra – whose soft flourishes prove to be a perfect backdrop for Joe's rich colors and tones! The format is wonderful – an approach that's hardly done this well with other vibist ... read more CD

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Mariano Loiacono & Paula ShocronWarm Valley ... CD
Rivo (Argentina), 2012. New Copy .... $16.99
The title's a famous tune by Duke Ellington, but given the great flugelhorn work of Mariano Loiacono on the record, we're more tempted to think of Art Farmer – and his wonderful sound in small group settings in years past! Loiacono plays with a sound that's round, but has a nice sort of bite ... read more CD

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Mike LongoAwakening ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $28.99
Killer electric piano work from the mighty Mike Longo – recorded at a time when he was definitely at the height of his powers! The album sports a rare Mainstream Records appearance from James Moody – who was a frequent partner of Longos on sessions at the time – particularly on ... read more CD

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Jeff LorberIt's A Fact ... CD
BMG/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
Jeff Lorber shows his equal talents for jazz and soul on this one – working in a tight blend of keyboard and guitar electric funk – one that's perfect for the occasional vocal part! The core sound is fusion, but done in a way that works nicely off of the R&B-tinged experiments of ... read more CD

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Jeff LorberLift Off ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1985. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
A really wonderful collection of early work from Jeff Lorber – indie cuts from his years on the Inner City label, brought together here as a single LP! The material is really classic material from the Jeff Lorber group of the late 70s – a sweet fusion set with lots of soulful edges, ... read more CD

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Jeff Lorber FusionGalaxian ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
The Jeff Lorber group makes a move into R&B with a few tracks on this set – adding in vocals to their core sweet fusion approach, but in a style that totally makes sense! Lorber's always had a great way with a soulful tune – working with both electric and acoustic keys in a style ... read more CD

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Jeff Lorber FusionWizard Island ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
A real classic from Jeff Lorber – the kind of record that crossed-over immediately, and had a huge influence on so many different scenes! The style is smooth sweet fusion – of a sort that Lorber virtually helped invent, and so many others helped to ruin in later years – but here, ... read more CD

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Eddy LouissJazz In Paris – Bohemia After Dark ... CD
Universal (France), 1972. New Copy .... $9.99 11.99
An amazing organist – probably the best in Europe! Eddy Louiss is a genius – a massive player who should have been huge, but who's barely been recognized over on this side of the Atlantic, save for a bit of recording with Stan Getz. This 1972 session is a gem – one of his best ... read more CD

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Eddy LouissOrgue ... CD
America/Universal (France), 1972. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the few older albums cut by this great French organist – a player who's perhaps best known to the world from his sessions with Stan Getz, which were released over here by Verve – but who cut a great number of excellent work that was only issued on the French market – such ... read more CD

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Frank LoweDecision In Paradise ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1984. New Copy .... $12.99 16.99
Deeply soulful blowing from tenorist Frank Lowe – working here in a wonderfully hip group that includes Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Geri Allen on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The date really lives up to the promise you might ... read more CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Gene Ludwig & Pat MartinoYoung Guns ... CD
High Note, 1968/1969. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
Previously-unreleased material from the 60s – some searing live sets that feature a trio with Pat Martino on guitar and Gene Ludwig on Hammond! Martino was already a well-known player at the time of these dates – with key work from the east coast club scene in organ combos, and a great ... read more CD

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New Lage Lund FourLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2012. New Copy Gatefold .... $9.99 14.99
Great tones here from guitarist Lage Lund – a player who works in these rich, chromatic modes that are really beautiful – and strung together here with a nicely gentle swing! The rhythms of the tunes are quite fresh – not what you'd expect for a conventional jazz guitar record ... read more CD

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New Bobby LyleGenie ... CD
Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $16.99
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... read more CD

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Johnny LytleSoulful Rebel/People & Love ... CD
Milestone/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy .... $13.99 15.98
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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M1, Brian Jackson, & The New Midnight BandEvolutionary Minded – Furthering The Legacy Of Gil Scott-Heron ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Brian Jackson re-ignites the righteous magic he forged back in the 70s with Gil Scott-Heron on a set of legendary albums that we'll treasure forever – but he does so here in a richly collaborative spirit that takes the message and the music even farther than ever! Jackson's keyboards and ... read more CD

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Harold MabernLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $11.99 14.99
One of the best Harold Mabern albums we've heard in years – recorded with a trio of familiar partners, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – but in a freewheeling live setting that has the group really stretching out over some long, extended tracks! Mabern's sense of ... read more CD

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Galt MacDermotGalt MacDermot In Film 1969-1973 ... CD
Kilmarnock/Stones Throw, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Mad funk from the great Galt MacDermot – a wonderful selection of obscure tunes from some of his best funky soundtracks! Galt's work on Hair has been sampled heavily by a variety of hip hop producers over the years – but even better is his work for less famous soundtracks, a good ... read more CD

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Galt MacDermotShapes Of Rhythm/Woman Is Sweeter ... CD
Kilmarnock, Late 60s. New Copy .... $12.99 15.98
2 killers from the legendary Galt MacDermot – composer, jazz musician, and hero to beatheads and samplers everywhere! First up is Shapes Of Rhythm – a weird off-kilter batch of jazzy instrumentals, with Galt playing acoustic and electric piano – and with backing by a tight little ... read more CD

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New Joe MagnarelliLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2013. New Copy Gatefold .... $11.99 14.99
Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli's got a hell of a trio on this cooking live date – Mulgrew Miller on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Jason Brown on drums – all of whom craft the tunes with a rhythmic intensity that really seems to set Joe's horn on fire! Magnarelli's always had a great way ... read more CD

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Raphe Malik QuartetCompanions ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
Trumpeter Raphe Malik's got some great companions on this set – a quartet that features Glenn Spearman on tenor sax, William Parker on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums – all musicians who can really step out and soar along with Malik's bold improvisations! The performance hits that ... read more CD

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Chuck MangioneLove Notes/Disguise/Save Tonight For Me ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1982/1984/1986. New Copy 2 CDs .... $16.99
Three Chuck Mangione albums from the 80s – all packed here together in a single set! Love Notes is full of cool compressed flugelhorn from Mangione – and a set that also features the leader on some Fender Rhodes as well! Chuck's working here in a small combo setting that keeps up the ... read more CD

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Mangione Brothers SextetJazz Brothers ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. New Copy .... $3.99 11.98
Think what you want about Chuck and his 70s hits, this version of the Mangione Brothers is a cooker! Chuck is on trumpet, Gap is on piano, and the rest of the group features Larry Combs on alto, Sal Nistico on tenor, Bill Saunders on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums – all grooving in a nice ... read more CD
Also available Jazz Brothers ... LP 1.99

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Herbie MannBeat Goes On ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $13.99
The beat goes on, and Herbie Mann gets plenty darn groovy – serving up these short, soulful tunes that really pack a sweet little punch – thanks in part to some excellent work on vibes by the young Roy Ayers! Ayers' rings out next to Herbie's flute in a very cool way – almost ... read more CD

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Herbie MannDiscotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy .... $14.99
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the ... read more CD

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann Plays The Roar Of The Greasepaint, The Smell Of The Crowd ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1965. New Copy .... $14.99
A surprisingly great album from Herbie Mann – especially considering that it's based around a Broadway score! The set goes way beyond the source of the tunes, though – and Herbie's combo makes some great groovy magic out of the music – often with some sweet Latin touches, as you'd ... read more CD

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann Returns To The Village Gate ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. New Copy .... $14.99
A sweet early 60s set by Herbie Mann! After cutting a very successful side at the Gate in 1962, Herbie returns with an even broader approach to the groove – working here with players that include Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Dave Pike, Ray Mantilla, and Ray Barretto, on a set of long tracks that have ... read more CD

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann String Album ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $13.99
Don't be put off by the title – this is a great album! Sure, there's "string" in the title – and on the record – but they're arranged by Arif Mardin and Torrie Zito with a soulful, slightly funky, very hip sound that reminds us a lot of work by Richard Evans and the ... read more CD
 
 



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