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New A Certain RatioLife's A Scream/There's Only This ... 12-inch
Factory (UK), Early 80s. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
ACR's tightening things up a bit by this point, but still sounding quite nice! "Life's A Scream" is actually a pretty catchy dancefloor number – not as scratchy/punky as earlier work, and with a clean and fluid groove that's quite soulful, yet still has the darker touches of earlier work. "There's Only This" is moodier and more atmospheric, with nice guitar bits and piano lines that ring out amidst the dark vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear.)
 
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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP
Kimsha, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leny AndradeA Arte Maior De Leny Andrade (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $32.99
Leny Andrade's a singer with a huge legacy of work in Brazilian music – but she sounds especially great on this rare early album with jazzy backing from Milton Banana on drums and Tenorio Jr on piano! The record's got all the depth of Andrade's mature work – and really shows her as a key link between the emotive modes of the previous generation and the jazzier styles of the bossa years – a balance that comes across here with a nicely personal feel, given the live setting and spontaneous energy of the record. The whole thing's great – maybe one of the best albums from Leny you'll ever find – and titles include "Embalo", "Vai De Vez", "Moca Flor", "O Mar E O Amor", "Vivo Sonhando", "Consolacao", and "Amor De Nada". CD

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New AortaAorta ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summer Of Love pop mode – and titles include "Magic Bed", "What's In My Mind's Eye", "Heart Attack", "Strange", "Thoughts & Feelings", and "Ode To Missy Mxyzosptlk". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and a crease across the front.)

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoCertain Blacks (Inner City) ... LP
America/Inner City, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free group improvisation that come across with amazing power and clarity – making the piece one of the best translations of the Chicago AACM spirit to the European scene. Other tracks on the session include the soulfully spiritual number "One For Jarman", which captures the group at a uniquely laidback level – and the bluesy "Bye Bye Baby", which features one of the few pairings of the group with Chicago Beau and harmonica player Julio Finn. LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoNice Guys ... LP
ECM, 1979. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – but no less strong, as if anything, the AEC has mastered their musical vision so well, they're coming across here with an extremely cohesive sound. Instrumentation includes a wide range of percussion, plus the usual bass of Malachi Favors and the saxes of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell – and tracks include "Ja", "Folkus 11", "597-59", and "Dreaming Of The Master". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp.)

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New Roy AyersRed Black & Green ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Seminal early funk work from Roy Ayers! The record catches him at that perfect point when he was turning from a straight jazz player into a sinister force in 70s funk – and the group on the session includes super-hip soul jazz giants like Charles Tolliver, Sonny Fortune, and Harry Whitaker, running through short hip soul tracks that were very different than the style of music they were laying out on albums of their own. Roy's on organ, piano, vibes, and vocals – and he also handles the arrangements, with extra help on strings by William S Fischer, whose usual dark touches come across very well here. The album features some great soul covers – like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Day Dreaming" – plus the original tracks "Cocoa Butter", "Rhythms of Your Mind", and "Red Black & Green". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Count BasieBasie Picks The Winners ... LP
Verve, 1965. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Basie picks his own set of "winners" – tracks pulled from the pop charts, and re-arranged by Billy Byers to give them the true Basie touch! The set features a number of 60s standards, plus a few older tunes – all performed in a warm, buoyant tone that was every bit the best side of the Basie group in that decade. Players include Eric Dixon, Al Aarons, Al Grey, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis – all bursting out of the group with tight short solos that really get the point across! Titles include "I'll Get By", "Watermelon Man", "Exodus", "I'm Walkin", and "Volare". LP, Vinyl record album

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BatidaBatida (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $18.99
The first-ever contemporary recording on Soundway – but a set that's still got firm roots in the 70s African scene that's usually represented by the label! Batida is the brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula – who brings together samples from older Angolan recordings with contemporary beats and rhythms – often in a blend that's got the quick-stepping sort of pace you'd hear in favela grooves from the Brazilian scene – yet which comes across completely differently, thanks to the rich array of acoustic elements in the original recordings! There's loads of sweet guitar lines that rifle through the music – and the set also features guest contributions from contemporary MCs and producers. Titles include "Alegria", "Pronta Pra Batida", "Puxa", "Bazuka", "Ka Heueh", "Saudade", "Cuka", and "Tirei O Chapeu". LP, Vinyl record album
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Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy ... $4.99
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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New BeatlesLet It Be ... LP
Apple, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group. Includes the genius cuts "I Dig A Pony", "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe", "I Me Mine", "One After 909", "For You Blue", and "Let It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Apple pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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BEF (British Electric Foundation)Music Of Quality & Distinction Vol 1 ... LP
Virgin (UK), 1982. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A strangely compelling project from the British Electric Foundation – the production alter ego of Heaven 17 from the early 80s! The core of the package features tracks from a BEF tribute to pop of the 60s and 70s – featuring a great assortment of (then) nearly-lost singers, working through an equally great assortment of tunes of older vintage – all produced with some slightly ironic new wave touches, but also still coming across in versions that clearly respect the originals. Titles include "It's Over" and "The Secret Life Of Arabia" by Billy Mackenzie, "Wichita Lineman" and "Perfect Day" by Glenn Gregory, "Suspicious Minds" by Gary Glitter, "These Boots Are Made For Walking" by Paula Yates, "There's A Ghost In My House" by Paul Jones "You Keep Me Hanging On" by Bernie Nolan, "Ball Of Confusion" by Tina Turner and "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Sandie Shaw. LP, Vinyl record album

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Bebo Best & Super Lounge OrchestraSaronno On The Rocks ... CD
Chin Chin (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
One of the tightest records to date from Bebo Best – a set that's still awash in cool 60s influences from lounge, bossa, and soundtracks – but which also comes across with an even more spontaneous spirit! There's still a fair bit of programs in the rhythms, and lots of cool sound samples too – but at points, you almost get the feel that the group's jamming live, especially on some of the more Latin-styled numbers. Titles give a good idea of the flavor of the set – and include "Havana Jazz Dance", "Chill Radio Bossa", "Dakiri Bossa Dance", "Jazz Carnival", "Saronno On The Rocks", and "Mambo & Cola". CD

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Big BoiVicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Def Jam, 2012. Used ... $8.99
Big Boi's got plenty of help this time around – a huge array of guest talents that includes Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, TI, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Killer Mike, Bosko, and many others – but there's still a nicely unified feel to the set – a strength of vision that holds on even in the more commercially-tuned numbers, of which there are definitely a few that should push this one over the top! Titles include "Shoes For Running", "Apple Of My Eye", "CPU", "In The A", "The Thickets", "Lines", "Tremendous Damage", and "Descending". Deluxe edition features 3 bonus songs! CD

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Nat BirchallLive In Larissa – Divine Harmony In Duende Jazz Bar (with download) ... LP
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99
Sublime live sounds from the great Nat Birchall – one of the most spiritual jazzmen currently working today! The set has Nat and his quintet really stretching out – playing his own great compositions, plus some Impulse and Strata East classics too – all at an open, searching, constantly creative level that really lives up to their inspiration from the Coltrane generation! Nat himself plays tenor and soprano sax – and the group features piano, vibes, bass, and drums – plus a bit of bells as well. The whole thing's very spiritual – like some lost Strata set from the 70s – and titles include remakes of Clifford Jordan's "John Coltrane" and Alice Coltrane's "Journey In Satchidananda" – plus the tracks "Sacred Dimension", "The Black Ark", "Return To Ithaca", and "Divine Harmony". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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New Braen's MachineUnderground (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $26.99
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros Alessandro Alessandroni and Oronzo De Filippi, working as the pseudonymous Braen and Gisteri – in a batch of heavy drums and basslines, topped with lots of fuzzed up guitar – but all with a tightness that's a lot more forward-moving than the usual set of this nature! Things never get to overdone, but still go plenty far out – and titles include "Flying", "Imphormal", "Murder", "Gap", "New Experiences", "Fall Out", "Description", and "Obstinacy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the album on CD!)

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Billy BraggLife's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Go! Discs/Cooking Vinyl, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 16.98
The record that first made us fall in love with the music of Billy Bragg – a really unique set of tunes, especially for its time – music that's both personal and political, and delivered with just a voice and electric guitar! Billy's spare style was a stark contrast to the bolder modes of the punk and post-punk years – but it carried its own special power, too – as unfettered, Bragg is able to come across clearly and powerfully – at a level that really hammers home the strength and sentiment of his tunes. Titles include "To Have & Have Not", " A New England", "The Man In The Iron Mask", "Lovers Town Revisited", "The Milkman Of Human Kindness", and "The Busy Girl Buys Beauty". This version also features a full bonus live recording of the whole original album – done on the 30th anniversary in 2013! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Brass ConstructionBrass Construction II ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The second album from Brass Construction – heavy horns, basslines, and stellar dancefloor grooves – a stone classic! The first one was totally great, but they cast a wider stylistic claim on II – their trademark funky sound is still very firmly in place, but they bring more to the plate. The rhythms and percussion have a more globally steeped flare at points on the album, and there's a more smoldering, slightly mellower vibe on some tracks, without sacrificing the funk. The whole thing's fused together wonderfully – with the larger group moving with the energy a much smaller combo – and titles include "Sambo", "Screwed", "Get To The Point", "What's On Your Mind", and "Now Is Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and a mark from sticker removal.)

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JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl (with download) ... LP
Bloodshot, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are definitely the real deal – and have definitely found their own unique voice in a world of copycat soul and funk – a groove that's completely contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the best bits of the past too – as fresh a change to funk and soul as some of the rootsier styles normally associated with Bloodshot Records! Brooks is a hell of a frontman in a live setting, but doesn't always come across this well on record – and the album may well be the first to really show the singer at his best. Titles include "Howl", "Married For A Week", "Rouse Yourself", "Security", "Ordinary", "Control", "Cold", and "River". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes mp3 download of album, plus bonus tracks!)

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Sam Brothers 5Sam Brothers 5 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Arhoolie, 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)... $8.99
One of the youngest groups of the zydeco wave of the 70s – and one of the grooviest too! The group's got a solid swing and sense of soul that goes beyond most of their contemporaries – almost a deeper current of blues at most points, especially in the guitar – and even in some of the accordion, which can come across like a harmonica at points! Titles include "Mama", "La La Waltz", "Sugar Cane Patch", "Country Boy", "SB 5", and "SAM". LP, Vinyl record album

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Burton IncLA Will Make You Pay $$$ ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
An obscure little set, but a great one too – a joint effort from Charles and Barbara Burton – served up with a really wonderful blend of upbeat club and modern soul modes! The album's got all the indie soul charm you'd expect from its title and cover – a simple, straightforward approach to the music that's often got lots of personal touches and genre-crossing moments – a great antidote to more mainstream soul of the time, but done with a fair bit of skill throughout! Instrumentation includes some great keyboards next to Barbara's vocals – and a few numbers feature chorus vocals that come across with an especially shimmering kind of sound. Titles include "LA Will Make You Pay", "Sincerely Yours", "Who You Gonna Get", "You Know I Love You", "Groovin At The Night Club", and "Nation Song". CD

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Captain SkyMoon Child/Fearless (In The Pocket) ... 7-inch
AVI, 1979. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great little groove from Captain Sky – a cut that steps along nicely with a sweet disco glide! There's some bubbling moogy bits underneath the vocals – and the Captain himself comes across like a smooth soul singer throughout – quite possibly the best side of his talents on wax! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker.)

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Carpet Patrol (Suff Daddy & Torky Tork)Carpet Patrol ... CD
Melting Pot (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
Hazy, largely instrumental hip hop from the team of Suff Daddy & Torky Tork – working together as Carpet Patrol – and it's another timeless set of sample crafted beatcraft from the Melting Pot team. MPM has always done a solid job of honoring classic hip hop production aesthetics, while delivering a distinctive vibe of their own – bearing the influences of some of our favorite producers of the early 90s to today, without ever coming across as derivative. Carpet Patrol has a dark and gritty with pretty tripped out vocal samples. Includes "Carpet Patrol Theme", "Game Of Tork", "Diaper Party", "Mooncircle Project", "Yoga", "Cokeface" feat Brenk Sinatra, "It's Yo Man (Get Off Man)", "Indian Slip", "Flat Booty Judy", "Happy Ending", "Carpet Patrol Reprise" feat Dexter, "Sandwich" and "Bob Molly (Pop Pillies)". CD
Also available Carpet Patrol (with download) ... LP 19.99

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Carpet Patrol (Suff Daddy & Torky Tork)Carpet Patrol (with download) ... LP
Melting Pot (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
Hazy, largely instrumental hip hop from the team of Suff Daddy & Torky Tork – working together as Carpet Patrol – and it's another timeless set of sample crafted beatcraft from the Melting Pot team. MPM has always done a solid job of honoring classic hip hop production aesthetics, while delivering a distinctive vibe of their own – bearing the influences of some of our favorite producers of the early 90s to today, without ever coming across as derivative. Carpet Patrol has a dark and gritty with pretty tripped out vocal samples. Includes "Carpet Patrol Theme", "Game Of Tork", "Diaper Party", "Mooncircle Project", "Yoga", "Cokeface" feat Brenk Sinatra, "It's Yo Man (Get Off Man)", "Indian Slip", "Flat Booty Judy", "Happy Ending", "Carpet Patrol Reprise" feat Dexter, "Sandwich" and "Bob Molly (Pop Pillies)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Also available Carpet Patrol ... CD 22.99

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Alvin Cash & The RegistersTwine Time ... LP
Mar V Lus, 1965. Sealed ... $11.99
The classic album of short funky Chicago soul dance tracks, recorded for Mar V Lus as the follow-up to Alvin's huge "Twine Time" single. Most of the cuts on here have the same sort of groove, and most of them were written by either Andre Williams or Monk Higgins, with the kind of hard soul approach they were taking at the time with Chicago soul. Tracks include "Burn Just A Hair", "Do It One More Time", "Barracuda", "Hawk Eye", and "Bump". A potentially great record that's marred only by the rough recording quality of the Mar V Lus studios – every copy we've come across has sounded somewhat distorted and dirty, regardless of how clean the vinyl is . LP, Vinyl record album

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Chi-LitesHalf A Love (plus more!) ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), 1975. Used ... $11.99
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that the group and the label brought forth at the time – a complexity without showing off too much, a sense of humanity without too much weakness, and a way of sending home lyrics in group form that have a sense of individuality that's often greater than any single singer! Arrangements are wonderful – often headed by group member Eugene Record – and the set's full of classic cuts that include "Half A Love", "Here I Am", "Living In The Foosteps Of Another Man", "When Temptation Comes", "Go Away Dream", and "Ain't Too Much Of Nothin". Also features 9 more tracks that are rare singles and b-sides by the group! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Half A Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD 22.99

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Chi-LitesHalf A Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that the group and the label brought forth at the time – a complexity without showing off too much, a sense of humanity without too much weakness, and a way of sending home lyrics in group form that have a sense of individuality that's often greater than any single singer! Arrangements are wonderful – often headed by group member Eugene Record – and the set's full of classic cuts that include "Half A Love", "Here I Am", "Living In The Foosteps Of Another Man", "When Temptation Comes", "Go Away Dream", and "Ain't Too Much Of Nothin". CD features three bonus tracks – "The Devil Is Doing His Work", "You Don't Have To Go", and "You Don't Have To Go (edit)". CD
Also available Half A Love (plus more!) ... CD 11.99

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New Chi-LitesSteppin' Out ... LP
Private I, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A sweet new groove from The Chi-Lites – working here as a trio, and stepping out with a lean groove to match! The album's got the 80s soul vibe you'd expect from the group's image on the cover – lots of keyboards and beats alongside the vocals – which themselves are slightly transformed by the approach, and come across with a bit more boldness than in the early days. Eugene Record is still at the helm – and wrote most of the tracks on the set, and was also the driving spirit of the project. Original members Marshall Thompson and Robert Lester complete the group – and titles include "Do What You Want", "Stop What You're Doin", "Gimme Whatcha Got", "Little Girl", "Runnin Around", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some wear.)
Also available Steppin' Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Chi-LitesSteppin' Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Private I/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A sweet new groove from The Chi-Lites – working here as a trio, and stepping out with a lean groove to match! The album's got the 80s soul vibe you'd expect from the group's image on the cover – lots of keyboards and beats alongside the vocals – which themselves are slightly transformed by the approach, and come across with a bit more boldness than in the early days. Eugene Record is still at the helm – and wrote most of the tracks on the set, and was also the driving spirit of the project. Original members Marshall Thompson and Robert Lester complete the group – and titles include "Do What You Want", "Stop What You're Doin", "Gimme Whatcha Got", "Little Girl", "Runnin Around", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow". CD features bonus tracks "Gimme Whatcha Got (7 inch mix)", "Gimme Whatcha Got (club)", "Gimme Whatcha Got (dub)", "Stop What You're Doin (club)", "Stop What You're Doin (inst)", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow (7" mix)". CD
Also available Steppin' Out ... LP 4.99

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Linda Clifford(It's Gonna Be) A Long Long Winter/March Across The Land ... 7-inch
Paramount, 1973. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Killer lost Chicago soul! This is a rare, early, non-LP single by Linda Clifford, with one side written and produced by Leroy Hutson, and the other side written and produced by Curtis Mayfield – both of them sounding like killer early 70s work on Curtom, with a righteous sound you'd hardly believe if you heard Linda's later work! The single is incredible – and the material is hard to find otherwise – and a must-have if you dig Leroy Hutson especially. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Paramount sleeve, with a split seam.)

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Wayne CochranGoin Back To Miami – The Soul Sides 1965 to 1970 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
Hey, don't hold Wayne Cochran's hair against him – because he's one massively soulful dude, despite a high white pompadour – and really knew how to rock the clubs back in the 60s! Cochran's a really unique figure – working with a look that was whiter-than-white, but coming across with a groove that was right up there in the best funky soul mode of the time! Wayne played for the same sort of crowds that went to see Baby Huey & The Babysitters – blending together soul and R&B influences with a really party-oriented groove laid down by his legendary CC Riders backup group – and crossing countless borders along the way, all in pursuit of a socking soul sound! This wonderful set is the best we've ever seen on his music – and features tracks pulled from his sessions for King, Chess, and Mercury – plus a full never-issued live album for King, titled The Wayne Cochran Show. There's more than a few covers here of other 60s soul tunes, but Wayne somehow manages to make most of them sound even better than the originals – bringing in funky arrangements that weren't even used on the hits, and making us wish we'd had a chance to catch his cooking show back in the day. 38 tracks in all – with titles that include "Dance To The Music", "Hold On I'm Coming", "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Hard To Handle", "Chopper 70", "Everybody", "Let Me Come With You", "My Machine", "Get Ready", "Which One Should I Choose", "I'm In Trouble", "The Peak Of Love", "Somebody Please", "I'm Leaving It Up To You", and "Big City Woman". CD

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Richie ColeReturn To Alto Acres ... LP
PAJ, 1982. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Featuring Art Pepper, Roger Kellaway, Bob Magnusson, and Billy Higgins! LP, Vinyl record album

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ColosseumGrass Is Greener ... LP
ABC/Dunhill, 1969. Very Good- Gatefold ... $14.99
Although Colosseum are probably best known as a hard rocking progressive band, they certainly had plenty of jazz touches – and this album spawned the great groover "Elegy", which has become something of a jazzy dancefloor classic over the years! Overall, the record's got some very tight drumming, plenty of hard-wailing organ work, and a basic groove that takes off where the beat groups of the 60s left off – pushing into more expansive, more progressive jazz territory. Chris Farlowe's vocals can be good or bad, depending on the moment – but on the funkier cuts, like "Elegy", "Ropeladder To The Moon", and "The Machine Demands a Sacrifice", they have a sort of madness that makes sense, and which really sounds great. Other tracks include "The Grass Is Greener", "Lost Angeles", "Jumping Off The Sun", and "Butty's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has some wear, with pencil doodles on the front.)

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New John ColtraneLive In Japan ... CD
Impulse, 1966. Used 4CD ... $29.99
4CDs – and some of the most far-reaching work that Coltrane ever recorded! The package expands the much shorter 2LP set that once was the seminal Live In Japan recording – a late concert performance showcasing 'Trane at his most out, featuring Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders as well as Rashied Ali's propulsive drumming. Lengthy takes of "Leo" and "Peace on Earth" are spread out across very long takes – often running for well over 30 minutes – as 'Trane's ideas spill forth, continuously building momentum. One of the definitive statements of "energy-jazz", and a recording that has gone onto become one of Trane's most-hailed albums ever! Other titles include "Afro Blue", "Crescent", and one of the most "out" versions of "My Favorite Things" you'll ever hear! CD

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Bill CosbyGrover Henson Feels Forgotten (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Uni, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
One of the weirder Bill Cosby singles from the time – a slow, almost sad number that has a bass kind of tripping under strings – while Bill talks in a somber voice before opening up a bit more in the funnier bit of the tune. The instrumental is almost weirder – coming across like some odd Sunshine pop sort of tune as it gently floats along! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Uni sleeve. Label has a drillhole.)

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CountsLove Sign ... LP
Aware, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Quite possibly the most righteous work ever from The Counts – a move away from the heavier funk of their Westbound years, and a shift into some great jazz-based material! The vibe here draws heavily on the electric keyboard scene of the early 70s – with echoes of Lonnie Liston Smith's spaciness that trip through some of the album's best longer numbers – mixed with the harder grooves that The Counts first cut on their legendary singles in Detroit. The blend of modes is really great – and gives the album a depth and quality that goes way beyond their other album for Aware, and which shows a side of the band that never would have emerged on Westbound! Titles include the massive 9 minute long "Counts Medley" – stone cold instrumental jam with heavy drums, cool organ, and a very soulful sound – plus the spacey "Love Sign", the ensemble jamming "Riding High", and the tracks "Too Bad", "Sacrifice", and "Just You Just Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". CD
Also available Funky Pack ... LP 18.99

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Funky Pack ... CD 14.99

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CunninlynguistsDirty Acres ... CD
Bad Taste, 2007. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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Francois De RoubaixLe Samourai/Les Adventuriers ... CD
Universal (France), 1967. New Copy ... $9.99
2 of the greatest soundtracks ever from Francois De Roubaix – both recorded in that magical year of 1967! First up on the set is Les Adventuriers – a mindblowingly wonderful score for a Robert Enrico film, and one that offers a unique blend of jazzy rhythms, western themes, and more – all tied together by an extremely haunting theme! Some tunes have spaghetti western-esque acoustic guitar and whistling, while others have a more Frenchy isolated piano, played with a slightly watery feel – and some others take on a much more driving, almost Francis Lai-like approach. De Roubaix score for Jean Pierre Melville's classic Le Samourai follows in a much darker mode – as moody and solitary as the film's main character, but graced with some warmer touches on piano, flute, and even a bit of organ – none of which are especially jazzy, but which color in the music with extremely evocative tones. Titles include "Laetitia Par Alain Delon", "Journal De Bord", "Enterrement Sous-Marin", "Acrobaties Aeriennes", "Hotel Sandwich", "Martey's", "Valerie", "Le Samourai", and "Le Destin De Costello". CD

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New Buddy DeFrancoI Hear Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw – The Complete Plays Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw Sessions Vol 2 ... CD
Verve/Lonehill (Spain), 1957. Used 2CD ... $28.99
Buddy DeFranco plays tunes associated with Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw – but in a completely different way than before – with a wider-open swing for the 50s! The work here is all small combo, not big band – and there's a free-flowing groove that's totally great – a sound that carries echoes of the earlier years, but which comes across with that modern inflection to swing that made Buddy's years at Verve so great. Few players could come up with a balance of modes as great as this – and on the 2 sessions in the set, DeFranco's clarinet is caught alongside trumpet from either Don Fagerquist or Ray Linn, tenor from Georgie Auld, vibes from Victor Feldman or Larry Bunker, piano from Jimmy Rowles or Carl Perkins, guitar from Barney Kessel, bass from Leroy Vinnegar or Joe Mondragon, and drums from Stan Levey or Milt Holland. Second volume is a 2CD set – with 22 titles that include "Don't Be That Way", "After You've Gone", "Flying Home", "Soft Winds", "Limehouse Blues", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "I Surrender Dear", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "All The Things You Are". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has some wear along the spine.)

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Deltron 3030Event II – Instrumentals (with download) ... LP
Bulk, 2013. New Copy 2LPs ... $18.99
Producer/programmer Dan The Automator, eccentric prose spitter Del The Funky Homosapien and turntablist extraordinaire Kid Koala reform as Deltron 3030 at long last! The original Deltron 3030 record sounded like the future, and 13 years later, this one's a back-to-the-future blast, too! Funky sci fi hip hop by it's progenitors. The future is funky! Includes "The Return", "Pay The Price", "Nobody Can", "The Agony", "Talent Supercedes", "My Only Love", "Look Across The Sky", "What Is This Lonliness", "City Rising From The Ashes", "Do You Remember" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul DesmondPure Gold Jazz (aka Desmond Blue) ... LP
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
70s repackaging of Desmond Blue – a cool jazz classic from altoist Paul Desmond and guitarist Jim Hall! The album was recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist throughout, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to the set, making the album a real team effort! Unlike other RCA sides by Hall and Desmond, this one features the pair with larger string backings by Bob Prince, which create a dreamy pillow for alto and guitar to solo across. Titles include the Desmond originals "Late Lament" and "Desmond Blue" – plus "Ill Wind", "My Funny Valentine", and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the spine.)

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Paul Desmond with Jim HallDesmond Blue (First Editions Series) ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1962. Used ... $4.99
A cool jazz classic from altoist Paul Desmond and guitarist Jim Hall! The album was recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist throughout, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to the set, making the album a real team effort! Unlike other RCA sides by Hall and Desmond, this one features the pair with larger string backings by Bob Prince, which create a dreamy pillow for alto and guitar to solo across. Titles include the Desmond originals "Late Lament" and "Desmond Blue" – plus "Ill Wind", "My Funny Valentine", and "Like Someone In Love". CD features 7 bonus tracks – masters and alternates, but tunes not on the album, including "Autumn Leaves", "Imagination", and "Advise & Consent". New notes, and extra photos too! CD

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Dianne & CaroleFeeling The Pain ... LP
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but that's also part of the charm of the set – as the record's got a really messed-up feel, of the sort that we really love from Latin Soul records like this! The great Louie Ramirez handled a good number of the arrangements, with help from Joe Simmons on the other tracks – and many of the numbers have that upbeat, catchy groove that was the Speed label trademark at the time – a sound that was quite different than the modes at Fania or Tico. Titles include excellent tracks "The Fuzz" and "Latin Rhythm" – plus "Feelin' The Pain", "I See the Lovelight", "The Boy Across The Street", "Water Brown", and a hip cover of "Do You Know The Way To San Jose". Very groovy stuff! LP, Vinyl record album

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Don-ELittle Star ... CD
Dome (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the leading lights of the UK underground soul scene – back again in very fine formation, and coming across with a style that's even deeper and more mature than before! Don-E wrote and performed most of the tracks on the set himself, and also produced – in an effort that's got him following strongly in the London legacy of Omar – another one word-named soul artist who might be a good comparison to Don-E here! The vibe is definitely different – maybe a bit smoother and warmer in the end – but Don-E's got this great sense of confidence and class that never pushes things too far – and which really avoids any of the pitfalls that might hold back some of his less careful contemporaries. Titles include "Spiritual" – which features guest work from an all-star UK lineup that includes Omar, Carl McIntosh, Noel McKoy, and Junior Giscombe – plus "BS", "Home", "Hold On", "Slave To The Rhythm", "Little Star", "It Just Don't Stop", and "Step In My Room". CD

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Double ImageDouble Image ... LP
Inner City, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Sweet sweet sweet! Double Image was a late 70s jazz combo that features the dual powers of David Friedman and David Samuels on vibes – as well as marimba and percussion – making for a really moody two-vibes feel that was years ahead of its time! The tracks spin out with an airy feel – as the malleted musicians chase one another back and forth across lively rhythms provided by bassist Harvie Swartz and drummer Michael DiPasqua. These two have quite a lively feel – and keep the album from being a sleepy affair by throwing in just the right kick where needed, providing a nice counterpoint to the airier vibes. Titles include "Rag Out", "Mist", "Aerobats", "Truce", and "Rodney's Dream Of Fantasy & Self-Fulfillment". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Billy EckstineSenior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD
Stax/Enterprise, 1972/1974. New Copy ... $4.99 18.98
2 early 70s sessions from Billy Eckstine – both recorded for Stax Records! First up is Senior Soul – a well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at the time! Artie Butler handled the backings, and he uses a groove that's pretty full, but never overwhelming – more ebullient soul than some of Eckstine's more familiar jazz – with backing vocals and bright horns, yet still plenty of space for Billy to do his thing. The best numbers have Eckstine coming across with the 70s cool of Grady Tate on his vocal sides – and titles include "Thank You For The Moment", "A Song For You", "A Man Who Sings", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "I Believe In Music", and "Living Like A Gypsy". If She Walked Into My Life is extremely compelling stuff – and you've really got to give Billy credit for reinventing himself like this! The album features Billy's deep deep voice amidst arrangements by Artie Butler, Jimmy Jones, Mike Melvoin, and Billy Byers – sort of a blend of Grady Tate sophisti-jazz, and Scott Walker baroque, with a moody mellow sound that would make either of them proud. Titles include "The Taste Of My Tears", "I Am Yours", "Maybe This Time", "The Very Thought Of You", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD
Also available Senior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD 3.99

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New Billy EckstineSenior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD
Stax/Enterprise, 1972/1974. Used ... $3.99
2 early 70s sessions from Billy Eckstine – both recorded for Stax Records! First up is Senior Soul – a well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at the time! Artie Butler handled the backings, and he uses a groove that's pretty full, but never overwhelming – more ebullient soul than some of Eckstine's more familiar jazz – with backing vocals and bright horns, yet still plenty of space for Billy to do his thing. The best numbers have Eckstine coming across with the 70s cool of Grady Tate on his vocal sides – and titles include "Thank You For The Moment", "A Song For You", "A Man Who Sings", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "I Believe In Music", and "Living Like A Gypsy". If She Walked Into My Life is extremely compelling stuff – and you've really got to give Billy credit for reinventing himself like this! The album features Billy's deep deep voice amidst arrangements by Artie Butler, Jimmy Jones, Mike Melvoin, and Billy Byers – sort of a blend of Grady Tate sophisti-jazz, and Scott Walker baroque, with a moody mellow sound that would make either of them proud. Titles include "The Taste Of My Tears", "I Am Yours", "Maybe This Time", "The Very Thought Of You", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD
Also available Senior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD 4.99

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Tommy EdwardsIt's All In The Game ... LP
MGM, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A wonderful bit of pop vocal work from Tommy Edwards – precursor to some of the smoother male soul singers of the 60s, and done in a round and warm style that we really love! The album's based around Tommy's super huge hit reading of "It's All In The Game" – and it includes that track, plus others with backings by LeRoy Holmes done in a similar feel. Titles include "My Sugar My Sweet", "You Win Again", "Love Is A Sacred Thing", "A Fool Such As I", "Love Is All We Need", and "I'll Always Be With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has sticker remnants.)

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Emerald WebStargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $22.99
A beautifully trippy duo who work here mostly with electronics – but who use the instruments in very organic ways that are almost acoustic! There's an earthy, almost hippieish quality to the sounds on the set – music that belies the pair's placement in the pre-New Age instrumental underground shared by Iasos, Laraaji, and others – but which also comes across here with a unique quality that's very much all their own! The music has a naive, optimistic feel that's very cool – and even when the keyboards step out front a bit more strongly on a few tracks, the energy of the record still has a lot more warmth than the Sky Records scene in Germany. After a smattering of various reissues, this full set finally does the duo justice – bringing together all the best track from their rare album and cassette-only releases – with the kind of notes and details we love from the Finders Keepers label. Titles include "Dawn", "The Dragon's Gate", "Flight Of The Raven", "Voices Of The Sage", "Chasing The Shadowbeast", "Nightsong", and "Valley Of The Birds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.98
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of a blue-eyed soul style with echoes of Hall and Oates or some of the hipper AOR artists of the LA scene of the 70s – but captured with an honest, earnest innocence because of the more stripped-down recording style – which almost makes the whole thing feel like you've stumbled across a lost stash of demo tapes from ABC Records, circa 1976. Lots of polymoog keys mix with Donnie's lead vocals and guitar lines – never too slick, but always a bit dreamy. Titles include "Big Money", "Ooh Baby Yeah", "Stand By Love", "Don't Disguise The Way You Feel", "Everybody Knows It", "Ride The Tide", "Don't Fight", and "One True Love". CD
Also available Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP 18.99

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of a blue-eyed soul style with echoes of Hall and Oates or some of the hipper AOR artists of the LA scene of the 70s – but captured with an honest, earnest innocence because of the more stripped-down recording style – which almost makes the whole thing feel like you've stumbled across a lost stash of demo tapes from ABC Records, circa 1976. Lots of polymoog keys mix with Donnie's lead vocals and guitar lines – never too slick, but always a bit dreamy. Titles include "Big Money", "Ooh Baby Yeah", "Stand By Love", "Don't Disguise The Way You Feel", "Everybody Knows It", "Ride The Tide", "Don't Fight", and "One True Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 11.99

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Art FarmerEvening In Casablanca (aka Art Farmer Quintet featuring Gigi Gryce) ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, 1955. Very Good ... $24.99
Nice second pressing of an album originally issued in the mid 50s, featuring seminal early work from Art Farmer – and one of the first full albums to capture his brilliance! The record has Farmer playing in a quintet, with able accompaniment from Gigi Gryce, a young newcomer at this point, with a post-bop complication to his style that was not to dissimilar from Farmer's. Gryce's mode is perhaps a bit more academic than Farmer's, but Art's lyricism offsets that tendency nicely, and the pair work together in a mode that's every bit as pleasing as Gigi's work with Donald Byrd. The set features some great tracks in sort of an exoticist hardbop mode – and titles include "Satellite", "Shabozz", "Sans Souci", and "Evening In Casablanca". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Prestige pressing. Cover has some wear, discoloration due to age, a split spine, a rip on the front, and two strips of wide tape across the front and top seam.)

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Mona FinnihI Love Myself/People Of The World ... 12-inch
Voodoo Funk (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $16.99
A very cool Afro-styled number from the 70s – but one that's got a slightly different vibe than usual! The feel here is kind of a skittish mix of funk and more offbeat elements – at a level that almost sounds like ESG recording in Lagos – especially in the blend of bass, percussion, and sing-song vocals! The horns give the whole thing a bit more of a straight Afro Funk punch at times – which balances things out nicely. The flipside is every bit as charming as the main track – with similarly bright lyrics, and cool guitar bits that almost come across with a steel pan sort of feel at times! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Very cool package – a pic sleeve with a poster too!)

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Clare FischerExtension ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s! The modern edges will come as a real surprise to those who only know Fischer's more easygoing work – and in addition to Clare's own work on piano and organ, the record also features Jerry Coker on tenor, Gary Foster on tenor and clarinet, Jack Nimitz on bass clarinet and baritone, Sam Most and John Lowe on flutes, and Don Shelton on alto – all working with reed interplay that's completely sublime. Titles include "Bittersweet", "Igor", "Canto Africano", "Extension", "Passacaglia", and "Ornithardy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Clare FischerExtension (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/International Phonograph, 1963. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.98
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s! The modern edges will come as a real surprise to those who only know Fischer's more easygoing work – and in addition to Clare's own work on piano and organ, the record also features Jerry Coker on tenor, Gary Foster on tenor and clarinet, Jack Nimitz on bass clarinet and baritone, Sam Most and John Lowe on flutes, and Don Shelton on alto – all working with reed interplay that's completely sublime. Titles include "Bittersweet", "Igor", "Canto Africano", "Extension", "Passacaglia", and "Ornithardy". CD

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FlaviolaFlaviola E O Bando Do Sol (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Rozenblit/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A gem of a record from the same Pernambuco early 70s scene that gave us Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, and Alceu Valenca! This obscure little set has lots of the earthier tones that showed up in work by the above artists – a style that mixes folksy touches with bits of psychedelia – kind of a north east answer to the growing sound from the Minas Geraes generation around Milton Nascimento. Many of the tunes here are fairly mellow – building slowly with an honest, earthy integrity – and mostly relying on acoustic instrumentation to carry the gentle poetry of the lyrics, but still coming across with enough of an edge to appeal to fans of stronger South American rock. Titles include "Canto Funebre", "O Tempo", "Noite", "Desespero", "Cancao De Outono", "Do Amigo", and "Romance Da Lua Lua". LP, Vinyl record album

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FreebornePeak Impressions ... LP
Monitor, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few straight rock records ever issued on the mostly-folk Monitor Records label – a great 60s outing from Freeborne, a group with a sound that's as tripped-out as you might expect from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on organ and guitars, both acoustic and electric, but there's also some cool percussion too – and interesting use of recorders, in a way that comes across with an ocarina-like charm! Vocals are somewhat soft, but have a dark undercurrent – and there's a really great folk-into-psyche sort of feel to the whole thing. Titles include "Images", "Land Of Diana", "But I Must Return To Frenzy", "Inside People", "Yellow Sky", "Peak Impressions & Thoughts", and "Visions Of My Own". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chico Freeman & Von FreemanFreeman & Freeman ... CD
India Navigation, 1989. New Copy ... $11.99
One of a few albums from the late 80s that features underground saxophonist Chico Freeman playing in the company of his father, Chicago tenor giant Von Freeman. This set was recorded live in New York, and it's a bit more straight ahead than the pair's earlier Lord Riff & Me set for the Why Not label – but it comes across nicely, in a mode that shows that Chico has absorbed more than a bit of his pop's strengths over the years. Rhythm is by Kenny Barron, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette – but Muhal Richard Abrams plays piano on one track, "Paying New York Dues". Other titles include "Undercurrents", "Lover Man", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD

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Lowell FulsonHung Down Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". CD features two bonus tracks – "Don't Drive Me Baby" and "Blue Shadows". CD

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Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel 3 – Melt ... CD
Real World, 1980. Used ... $4.99
Peter Gabriel at the top of his solo game – tight, focused, and coming across with a nice sort of edge – one that really sits nicely in the same late 70s generation that includes Bowie in Berlin, early Talking Heads, and some of the darker-minded work on the left side of the mainstream at the time! The guitars have a nice edge, but never dominate – and Gabriel's vocals are totally great – soaring with majesty, but never overblown, and deeply personal in all the right spots – but without any fake soul modes. Instrumentation is right on the money – processed nicely, but never overproduced – and hell, players on the album even include Brit jazz legend Dick Morrisey on a handful of tracks! Titles include "No Self Control", "I Don't Remember", "Biko", "Intruder", "And Through The Wire", and "Games Without Frontiers". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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GameLAX ... CD
Geffen, 2008. Used ... $2.99
The third album by The Game – still striving to both modernize and represent the old school of LA gangsta – diversifying the production and the rhymes with a freewheeling selection of guests – including Common, Bilal, Keyshia Cole, Nas, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and others. Production by JR Rotem, Cool & Dre, Nottz, Jellyroll and others. Titles include "LAX Files", "State Of Emergency" feat Ice Cube, "Bulletproof Diaries" feat Raekwon, "My Life" feat Lil Wayne, "Money", "Cali Sunshine" feat Bilal, "Ya Heard" feat Ludacris, "Angel" feat Common, "Letter To The King" feat Nas and more. CD

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Renee GeyerIt's A Man's Man's World ... CD
RCA/Mushroom (Australia), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the funkiest, most soulful albums to come from Australia in the 70s – and the crowning achievement of singer Renee Geyer! Renee's got a style that makes her a blue-eyed equivalent of Chaka Khan during her years with Rufus – and the band here shares a very similar style, with an ability to play hard and funky at all the right moments – then lay back into a sweeter soul vibe on the mellower cuts! And yes, Geyer draws plenty from the American scene of the time – but she's also a real original, and comes across here with a sense of presence that's undeniable. The album is easily one of Renee's best, and was the start in launching her on a huge career in 70s Australia. Titles include the classic original "Love the Way You Love" – plus "Do Your Thing", "The Tell Me Of An Uncloudy Day", "What Do I Do On Sunday Morning", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", "Feel Good", "Mama's Little Girl", "It's Been A Long Time", "Take Me Where You Took Me Last Night", and "Feel Good". CD

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Tyree GlennLet's Have A Ball ... LP
Roulette, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A playfully swinging set from trombonist Tyree Glenn – working here in a nicely offbeat style that also includes a bit of vocals as well! Glenn's got a great way with the muted trombone – working the end with a wah wah approach that's certainly got its roots in trad jazz, but which also comes across here with a classy swinging 50s style – thanks to strong small combo backing from Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Potter, and Jo Jones. The album should sound hokey, but it doesn't – thanks to a richly expressive style by Glenn, one that's got more than enough soul to get past the gimmicks. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Love For Sale", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "If I Should Lose You", "I've Got The World On A String", "If Winter Comes", "Yesterdays", and "Stairway To The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original multicolor bar pressing with deep groove – in beautiful shape, save for a promo stamp on the back.)

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New Justin GreavesDevil's Business ... CD
Death Waltz (UK), 2011. Used ... $5.99
One of the first contemporary soundtracks on the mostly-vintage Death Waltz label – and a great record that really lives up to the same style as horror scores of yore! The music is mostly spare, but plenty dark – a definite death waltz of subtle sounds brewed together carefully – so that the initial approach is somewhat subtle, but the whole thing comes across with a really eerie edge once it gets going! Justin Greaves is best known for his work in a variety of contemporary bands – but here, he's completely different – and a master of the subtle, simple statement – on tracks that include "The Hit", "The Telling", "The Whistler", "Business Is Good", "Losing (spooky version)", and "My Enemies I Fear Not But Protect Me From My Friends". CD

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Patrick GreenParty Tonite ... CD
Across The Board, 2003. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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Anders Lonne GronsethAnders Lonne Gronseth Mini Macro Ensemble ... CD
Pling (Norway), 2008. Used ... $4.99
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Kip HanrahanVertical's Currency ... LP
American Clave, 1984. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Wonderful stuff – one of Kip Hanrahan's unique albums recorded for American Clave during the mid 80s, a daring blend of jazz, vocals, and influences from various Latin sources. The players on the set are as diverse as the sounds – and incluce Jack Bruce, Milton Cardona, Steve Swallow, Arto Lindsay, David Murray, and Hanrahan on percussion – and although the album should just sound like a mess, it ends up coming across wonderfully, with some of the most daringly intimate vocal tracks recorded in the jazz field during the 80s. Titles include "Shadow Song", "Small Map Of Heaven", "Two Heartedly", "Chances Are Good", "Make Love 2", "What Do You Think", and "Describing It To Yourself As Convex". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a crease on one corner and a sticker spot.)

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Gene Harris3 Sounds/Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds ... CD
Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – the last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some killer arrangements from the mighty Monk Higgins! Monk's really at the top of his game here – going past even his great previous work for the group, and working with a tight, sharp edge that recalls his funky 45 brilliance of the 60s – yet tuned a bit more towards the electric Cali jazz of early 70s Blue Note! Gene Harris plays loads of funky piano lines – and in addition to the trio's core electric bass and drums, the set also features some added work on percussion from Paul Humphrey – who really brings in a kick – plus added guitar, congas, and even a bit of Hammond from Higgins too! Some cuts even have a bit of vocals too – sung in this offbeat way that's a wild approach to soul. There's some killer breaks on the set – including the massive "Put On Train" and "What's The Answer" – but the whole set smokes, and other cuts include "I'm Leaving", "You Got To Play The Game", "Your Love Is Just Too Much", "Did You Think", "Hey Girl", and a mad version of "Eleanor Rigby". On the second album – Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds – Gene really steps into the solo spotlight – moving away from his work with the Three Sounds trio, and headed into even more righteous territory – as you might guess from the trippy image on the cover! The set features Harris mostly on acoustic piano, but amidst larger arrangements from Wade Marcus that really round things out with a warm, soulful edge – mixing guitar from Sam Brown and Cornell Dupree with Gene's lines on piano – and giving things an extra kick at the bottom with drums from Freddie Waits, and percussion from Johnny Rodriguez and Omar Clay. The record echoes Harris' older roots at some points, yet comes across with a richer 70s vibe too – a hip 70s style that's strongly due to the contributions of Marcus' arrangements. Tracks include a great remake of "Listen Here", which begins with a great funky break; a sweet steppers version of "Killer Joe"; and the tracks "Lean On Me", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Django", "Emily", and "C Jam Blues". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Tony Hatch & OthersLook For A Star – 1959 to 1962 ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A cool collection that brings together the two different halves of Brit maestro Tony Hatch – his own instrumental work of the 60s, and his music with a rang eof different singers too! The back half of the record features very groovy early work from the Tony Hatch Orchestra – material that has Tony taking cues from the the early rock and roll generation and reworking them into larger pop instrumental styles – all at a level that prefaces the mod sound to come in the London scene of the 60s! Titles include "Chick", "Side Saddle", "Two Some", "Stetson", "What's That All About", "Sharon", and "In A Party Mood". The front half of the CD features Hatch writing and producing for a range of other artists, mostly singers – on cuts that include "Please Come Back To Me" by Mark Wynter, "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" by Danny Davis, "Look For A Star" by Gary Mills, "Messing About On The River" by Josh MacRae, and "Stork Talk" by The Mike Sammes Singers. CD

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Mayer HawthorneJaded Incorporated (10-inch triangle glow-in-the-dark vinyl) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Universal, 2014. New Copy ... $39.99
Mayer Hawthorne hits the Casablanca label – and he celebrates with this totally unique, triangular-shaped, glow-in-the-dark single! 10 inches across – but spins more like a 45. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Mayer HawthorneWhere Does This Door Go (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Universal Republic, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A sweet little record from Mayer Hawthorne – put together with the kind of care and straightforward sound that so few folks have been using in recent years! Back at his start, you might have been tempted to think of Hawthorne as slightly ironic – an underground talent who could work at a level that rivaled some of the best blue-eyed soul singers of decades past, but who might have been doing the whole thing with a nod and a wink. Yet with a record like this, Mayer really comes across as a top-shelf talent – an artist with strength and confidence that really come through in his performance and overall presentation – less care for any posturing or the ways in which anyone might perceive him – and instead just a great dedication to reviving the kinds of sounds that used to make the west coast scene sparkle so much in the 70s! Production is wonderful – crisp enough to be contemporary, but full of plenty of old school touches on the instrumentation too – which really helps the lyrics resonate in a space between the fresh and the classic. Loads of hook-heavy numbers, and even if our kid cousins are downloading this one in years to come, we'll still be proud we were with Mayer from the start. Titles include "Back Seat Lover", "Allie Jones", "Wine Glass Woman", "Reach Out Richard", "Crime", "Corsican Rose", "Robot Love", "The Stars Are Ours", and "All Better". Features bonus tracks "Fool", "Small Clone", "Designer Drug", and "Kaila". CD

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New Karl Hector & The MalcounsUnstraight Ahead ... CD
Now Again, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $15.99 17.98
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know from their work as The Whitefield Brothers, Poets Of Rhythms, and other famous combos – and here they take on a whole host of exotic rhythms and instrumental elements – but always in a way that mixes them up with the heavy funk we've come to expect! There's a bit more psych at play with The Malcouns than some of the other groups from the musicians – which seems to really set them free to explore the outer limits of sonic consciousness – all with the feel of some weird electric ethno experimental project on a late 60s label like Limelight or Verve. Afro Funk elements crop up from time to time, but always in a relatively abstract way – and titles include "El Gusto", "Girma's Lament", "Kaifa (parts 1 & 2)", "Bring It On Down", "Mission Control", "Who's Foolin Who", and "Sharpville Massacre". CD

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Hellhawk/Son Of Jor-ElDeathwrath/Doomsday Massacre ... 7-inch
Corley, 2003. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.49
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Cecil Holmes Soulful SoundBlack Motion Picture Experience ... LP
Buddah, 1973. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A cover record – but a great one! Unlike some of the Pickwick knock-off albums from the time, this blacksploitation effort by Cecil Holmes is top-shelf all the way – as Cecil's one of the best funky bandleaders of the early 70s. The large group on the album features funky keyboards by Pat Rebillot, plus plenty of wah wah guitar, and enough strings to make the album rank up there with the soundtrack feel of the day. Includes versions of "Superfly", "Slaughter", "Freddie's Dead", "Across 110th Street", "2001", and "Trouble Man". Some nice grooves, and a few nice samples, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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Hot 8 Brass BandTombstone ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
These guys just keep getting better and better with each new record – really transforming the older sound of New Orleans into a rich new groove – one that's not just jazz, street music, or conventional brass band – but a really unique hybrid of all those modes and more! The album begins with a great intro piece, spoken by Big Al over grooves from the group – who then really let loose on the album's instrumental tracks that follow – mixing melody and rhythm effortlessly with their work on horns and percussion, and coming across with a style that's even funkier than before – further proof that their placement on the Tru Thoughts album is a mighty good thing! Titles include "Shot Gun Joe", "Tombstone Intro", "We Goin Make It", "Big Girl", "Take It To The House", and "Milwaukee Fat". CD

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Robert HurstBob Ya Head ... CD
Bebob, 2010. New Copy ... $7.99 15.99
Robert Hurst is way more than just a bassist – and over the years, he's developed into a hell of a leader who's got an ear for really reworking sounds way past the obvious! This set takes off strongly even from Robert's previous albums – and has a compelling mix of modes that sometimes recalls the jagged pastiche of influences you'd hear in experimental work from the 80s/90s downtown scene, mixed with Neo Soul influences – and which sometimes comes across with a much more personal, acoustic feel! There's a slight dose of soul on the record – thanks to vocals from Sy Smith, whose approach is just right for the cosmic undercurrents of Hurst's music – and the set also features the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet. Titles include "Comes You Comes Love", "Da Da Da Dah", "Oral Roberto", "Alice & John", "Unintellectual Property", "Optimism", and "Munyungo In Da Jungle". CD
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Robert HurstBob Ya Head ... CD
Bebop, 2010. Used ... $7.99
Robert Hurst is way more than just a bassist – and over the years, he's developed into a hell of a leader who's got an ear for really reworking sounds way past the obvious! This set takes off strongly even from Robert's previous albums – and has a compelling mix of modes that sometimes recalls the jagged pastiche of influences you'd hear in experimental work from the 80s/90s downtown scene, mixed with Neo Soul influences – and which sometimes comes across with a much more personal, acoustic feel! There's a slight dose of soul on the record – thanks to vocals from Sy Smith, whose approach is just right for the cosmic undercurrents of Hurst's music – and the set also features the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet. Titles include "Comes You Comes Love", "Da Da Da Dah", "Oral Roberto", "Alice & John", "Unintellectual Property", "Optimism", and "Munyungo In Da Jungle". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
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Willie HutchFoxy Brown ... LP
Motown, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A monster! Foxy Brown is Willie Hutch's magnificent soundtrack for Foxy Brown – a Pam Grier blacksploitation film from the early 70s – and it's pure genius all the way through, a record filled with some of the best funky soundtrack cuts of the era! Willie's got a real Curtis Mayfield sound here – with a dope mixture of full orchestrations and heavy funk, guitar riffing away as drums snap tightly across the album's best rhythms! Includes the classic funky numbers "Ain't That Mellow Mellow" and "Give Me Some of that Good Old Love" – plus "Whatever You Do", "Foxy Lady", "You Sure Know How To Love Your Man", "Theme Of Foxy Brown", "Out There", and "Chase". LP, Vinyl record album

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HyetalBroadcast ... LP
Black Acre (UK), 2011. Near Mint- 2LP ... $6.99
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IceEach Man Makes His Destiny (aka Ice) ... LP
Kedzie, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some of the best American funk collectives of the time – a group that's heavy on wah wah guitar over Fender Rhodes riffs, but which also features lots of searing solos in the middle – an instrumental intensity that sometimes dominates more than the vocals! A few gentler groovers are mighty nice too – served up with warm vocals that bubble along with the rhythms – and at a few spots, you'll even hear the trademark "magic bag" sound of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Titles include "Too Little Room", "Suicide", "One Chance", "Love Can", "There's Time To Change", "Dgunji", and "Put An X On The Spot". Also issued in the US under the title Ice. LP, Vinyl record album

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Incredible String BandLiquid Acrobat As Regards The Air ... LP
Island, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Titles include "Talking Of The End", "Cosmic Boy", "Adam & Eve", and "Here Till Here Is There". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Elektra with butterfly label. Cover has some light wear, and some splitting on the seams.)

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Infinito 2017Music With Sound Right Reasoning ... CD
Nephew Of Frank, 2002. Used ... $2.99
Truth in both the album title and in the tracks herein from Infinito 2017! Production by Mixx Massacre, Memo and DJ PNS of the mighty Molemen, Jesus form Recordplayas and Yoda – plus scratch work by DJ Noble. 22 tracks in all: "Alpha The Beginning", "Music With Sound Right Reasoning", "Change Around" feat Verbal, "To Those That Hate", "Lost Energy", "Right At 26", "Black Chicago", "Escaping The Turmoil Of A Twisted Reality", "Ready For Anything", "Detrimental To Your Health" feat Cosmo Galactus and more. CD

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New Vijay IyerMutations ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Vijay Iyer on ECM – a great new setting for one of the most-discussed pianists in recent years – and a chance for him to offer up some even more creative sides of his talents! The record still features Vijay playing piano with some of those blocky tones and rhythmic pulses that we love from his other trio and solo recordings – but the album also features him on electronics, and working with a string quartet on one number too – all in ways that are looser and more abstract than some of his better-known records, and creates a bridge between his jazz work and some of the new music modes of ECM. Titles include "Vuln Part 2", "Spellbound & Sacrosanct Cowrie Shells & The Shimmering Sea", "Mutations I to X", and "When We're Gone". CD

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Milt JacksonAin't But A Few Of Us Left (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pablo (Japan), 1982. Used ... $13.99
The title's a bit self-pitying, but the music certainly isn't – and even at this late point in his career, the sound of Milt Jackson is coming across loud and clear – possibly more so, because Milt's firmly shaken off the mellower modes of his years with the MJQ! The record has Jackson working with the Oscar Peterson trio with Ray Brown on bass and Grady Tate on drums – and the overall structure of the tunes is definitely dictated by Peterson, but very strongly touched by Jackson once his vibes ring into the mix. Titles include "Stuffy", "Body & Soul", "What Am I Here For", "If I Should Lose You", "A Time For Love", and "Ain't But A Few Of Us Left". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jackson & His ComputerbandGlow (with download) ... LP
Warp, 2013. New Copy 2 LPs ... $15.99 25.99
Far-reaching, unpredictable electronic grooves from Parisian dancefloor soundscape expander Jackson Fourgeaud! This is just his second full length for Warp in about 8 years – and he remains creatively restless and broadly appealing – with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Big beats and other extroverted blasts of sound to keep us invigorated and dancefloor ready, but with some cool 80s synth pop and soundtrack-styled moments, too – given an original spin and never coming across as derivitive. Includes "Blow", "Seal", "Dead Living Things", "GI Jane (Fill Me Up)", "Orgysteria", "Blood Bust", "Memory", "Arp #1", "Pump", "More", "Vista" and "Billy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicNorman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol 8 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
A hard-wailing jam session from the original JATP series – a blistering recording of the 1947 Midnight Concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring players that include Howard McGhee, Illinois Jacquet, Bill Harris, Flip Philips, Hank Jones, and Ray Brown. The LP includes one long jam on "Perdido", edited and split across both sides of the 10". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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JigAargh! ... CD
B Crack (Netherlands), 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
Razor-sharp funk from The Jig – a group who come across with a really classic feel throughout – and a vibe that's a lot like The JBs at their early 70s best! Like that legendary group, these guys have a great way of fusing their horn parts with their rhythms – compressing trumpet, tenor, and baritone sax down with some mighty sweet Hammond, guitar, bass, and drums – and often with a mostly-instrumental focus that means that the instruments offer up most of the "voice" of the set! Joseph Bowie guests on a few tracks, and Benjamin Herman plays on another – but it's the core group that really gets the album going, and hardly ever lets up at all. Titles include "Move To The Groove", "Super", "Bike Ride", "Smith & Western", "The Gravy Pit", and "Up Or Out". CD

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New Elton JohnMadman Across The Water ... LP
Uni, 1971. Very Good ... $6.99
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(Original pressing, including the booklet.)

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Budd JohnsonLet's Swing ... LP
Prestige/Swingville, 1960. Very Good- ... $14.99
Let's Swing – and swing Budd does, in that wonderfully easy-going manner of his – a style that seems almost effortless at times, but which always comes across with plenty of soul! Johnson's tenor is a great fit for the style of Prestige's Swingville label – as he has plenty of room, and few constrictions – a great space to open up alongside players who include Keg Johnson on trombone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, George Duvivier on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. The tracks have that easy-grooving style of the Swingville series – a bit Verve-ish, but with some rougher edges, an important detail, given Budd's tenor style. Titles include "Blues By Budd", "Uptown Manhattan", "Falling In Love With Love", and "Downtown Manhattan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label Swingville pressing with deep groove. Cover has tape residue on the seams, light wear, some aging, and pen on the back. Labels have some marker.)

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New JJ JohnsonJJ! ... LP
RCA, 1965. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A beautiful example of the mid-60s power of JJ Johnson – a big band session that features arrangements by JJ, Gary McFarland, and Oliver Nelson – all a very cooking mix of modernism, soul, and swing! The groups are large on all numbers, but there's plenty of room for Johnson to solo out in the lead – in a tightly-blown approach to trombone that almost comes across like a trumpet, given JJ's focus on the instrument. Other horn parts back him up lightly, but never overwhelm – and titles include "So What", "Stratusphunk", "Winter's Waif", "El Camino Real", "Stolen Moments", "Train Samba", and "Bemsha Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing – in beautiful shape!)

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Syl JohnsonBack For A Taste Of Your Love ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 15.99
A great second-chapter effort from the legendary Syl Johnson – a sweet little record in which Johnson's raw vocals come into play with the tighter, warmer sound of Hi Records – with amazing results that have made the album a classic for years! The blend here is great – as Johnson's trademark crackle is still very much in place, but the production by Willie Mitchell really helps give him a lot of focus too – especially on some of the more heartfelt numbers, which come across here with a sensual force that Syl might never have hit on his own. Syl wrote a number of the tracks himself too – and titles include "I'm Yours", "Feelin' Frisky", "I Hate I Walked Away", "Wind Blow Her Back My Way", "I Let A Good Girl Go", and "The Love You Left Behind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Quincy Jones/Jose FelicianoMackenna's Gold ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $7.99
A western soundtrack – but one that's groovier than you might expect, given that the music was done by Quincy and Jose! The general style is strings and western themes, but Quincy manages to put a bit of bounce at the bottom – using an electric bass in a syncopated style that's quite different from your average western score, and which gives a couple of tracks a nice gliding easy feel that sounds like some of Mancini's best in the early 70s. Jose sings the tune "Ole Turkey Buzzard" in both English and Spanish – and the tune itself is a pretty nice little number! Other tracks include "Soul Full Of Gold", "Waterhole Trek", "Massacre Montage", and "Apache Camp". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)

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JonesesKeepin' Up With The Joneses ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A seminal set from The Joneses – and a record that really set a whole new style for soul vocal groups in the 70s! The group soar into new heights with some of the growing sophistication of the east coast scene – bits of strings, tighter charts, and some cool pre-disco grooves – but they also really hold onto all their humanity, too – and still come across with all the charm of an indie group from a few years before – something that only a rare few of their contemporaries, like Blue Magic, could do at the time! The ballad cuts have this really fragile quality that's wonderful – while the groovers come across with this sense of pride and confidence that rivals the best at Philly International. The whole record's great – and titles include the classic two-part groover "Sugar Pie Guy (parts1 & 2)", plus "I Promise You", "I Can't See What You See In Me", "Fire", "Hey Babe (parts 1 & 2)", and "Please Let Me Stay". CD

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Clifford JordanInward Fire ... LP
Muse, 1978. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Quite an unusual set for Clifford Jordan – a large group effort that stands in stark contrast to some of his smaller combo work of the time! The ensemble features an incredible array of respected avant and soul jazz players – including Pat Patrick, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dizzy Reese, Louis Hayes, and Jimmy Ponder – and a few tracks also feature vocals by singers Joe Lee Wilson, Donna Jewell Jordan, and Grover Everette. The tracks still have that wonderful Jordan deeply soulful sound forged on some of his work for Strata East – a vision that's complicated, but never cluttered – and which always comes across with swinging soul! Titles include "Inward Fire", "Abracadabra", "The Look", "Toy", "Buddy Bolden's Call", and "Eat At Joe's". LP, Vinyl record album
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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 really perfect balance of warmer emotions that comes through especially well on this album's all-original tracks. Each number has this fresh sort of sparkle that really fits the mood of Jost's piano – and the trio features well-matched work on bass from Thomas Stabenow and drums from Mario Gonzi. Titles include "Fantasy In Yellow White & Blue", "United In The Big Blue", "Tizi's Business", "Missing The Right Word", "Room 76", and "Fun In The Forest". CD

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Acre KariUnohtumaton Vokstrotti ... CD
Rocket (Finland), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
A very weird little record from Finnish singer Acre Kari – not really jazz, but not really not jazz either – almost a postmodern pastiche of a range of different styles, all wrapped up in a really playful sort of way! Kari really lives up to his swaggering, smirking image on the cover – and sings with a rough-edged voice in Finnish, often to rhythms that seem to mix gypsy swing with a bit of Brecht and Weill – jumpy and playful, and almost a bit tongue in cheek, especially given the 70s date of the record. Titles include "Kuti Kuti Jazz", "Brasiliaan", "Hymy", "Pernido", and "Huulihumppaa". CD features two bonus tracks – "Jambalaya" and "Casablanca". CD

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KashifLove Changes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1987. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Exactly the kind of record that shows why Kashif was one of the leading mainstream talents of the 80s – a set that not only has the artist really maturing as a singer, songwriter, and producer – but one that also has him reaching out to bring in a host of other talents from the time as well! The move is no surprise, given that Kashif had lent his talents to so many other artists' records in the past – and the favor seems to be returned by the album's work from Expose, Meli'sa Morgan, Doug E Fresh, Kenny G, Greg Phillinganes, and Whitney Houston – all of whom come across with a really organic feel that only seems to deepen the main sounds from Kashif. Titles include "Vacant Heart", "Fifty Ways", "Somebody", "Love Changes", "Loving You Only", "Love Me All Over", "Midnight Mood", "It All Begins Again", and "Who's Getting Serious". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Love Changes (full version)", "Loving You Only (ext rmx)", "Love Me All Over (ext version)", "Love Changes (acapella)", "Kathryn (inst)", and "Love Changes (inst)". CD

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Geoff Keezer TrioWorld Music ... CD
DIW/Columbia, 1992. Used ... $3.99
A really lovely set from Geoff Keezer – light and lyrical one minute, then ringing out with powerfully strong piano lines the next! There's a power here that really caught us by surprise – as Keezer takes off with majestic command of the keys on many of the set's numbers – one that comes across in waves of sound that almost recall Mulgrew Miller, but which also have the sonic ferocity of Stanley Cowell at his best. Yet at other times, there's a gentle, almost bell-like quality to the piano on the album – one that matches the forceful runs with introspective playing – creating a perfect balance that further deepens the overall sense of the set. Players include Tony Reedus on drums, James Genus on bass, and Rudy Bird on added percussion on a few tracks – and titles include "Consummation", "The Wild Line", "Accra", "Virgin Madris", and "Once Upon A Dream". CD
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