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Ava CherryGood Intentions (two left shoes, dub mix)/Majic Castle ... 12-inch
Capitol, 1987. Near Mint- (pic cover).... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Elmer BernsteinAva Collection (Walk On The Wild Side/Carpetbaggers/Caretakers/Baby The Rain Must Fall/To Kill A Mockingbird/Movie & TV Themes) ... CD
AVA/Intrada, 1962/1963/1964/1965. New Copy 3 CDs .... Just Sold Out!
A great collection of 60s soundtracks from Elmer Bernstein – all originally issued by the indie Ava label, where Bernstein was one of the biggest stars! Elmer had already had a number of years experience working in Hollywood – including some classic late 50s scores that perfectly mixed jazz with larger orchestrations, in a style he explored even more fully on some of the best material here. Yet some of the other soundtracks show Bernstein's increasingly good ear for a dramatic moment – the kind of under-done passages that really had a way of doing a lot with just a little – lessons learned from jazz, then recast back onto larger arrangements, but without any of the Hollywood bombast of decades before. These moments really make the soundtracks sparkle – bits of illumination that resonate strongly throughout the 3CD passage, and draw some surprising links between all the different film scores presented within. The set features five full soundtrack albums – Walk On The Wild Side, The Carpetbaggers, The Caretakers, Baby The Rain Must Fall, and To Kill A Mockingbird – plus the additional Movie & TV Themes record by Bernstein. CD

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New Ava CherryStreetcar Named Desire (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Coast/Gold Legion, 1982. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of the more new wave-oriented moments from Ava Cherry – a singer we know best from her solo work in soul, but who also has a pretty strong pedigree on the rock side of the spectrum as well! The instrumentation is heavy on keyboards – played by Mark Isham, in a way that sometimes echoes his best soundtrack work of the decade, but more focused too – at a level that brings a deeper sound to the music than you might expect! Tunes are upbeat and catchy, yet trying for a bit of an edge at times – and Ava serves up the lyrics with a subtle sense of drama in her voice. Titles include "Fast Lover", "Love To Be Touched", "Techno Love", "Having Been Far", "I Guess It's Love", "Awkward Situation", and "Streetcar Named Desire". CD features two bonus tracks – 12" remixes of "Awkward Situation" and "Streetcar Named Desire". CD
 
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Elmer BernsteinCaretakers ... LP
AVA, Mid 60s. Very Good+ .... $4.99
A great Elmer Bernstein score for this creepy psycho drama! At the best times, the score has the jazzy overtones of Walk On The Wild Side or Man With The Golden Arm – serious and soundtracky to be sure, but with some great work in a drama jazz style that was always Bernstein's best calling card in the picture business. And despite the darkness of the plot, there's actually some nice groovy numbers that have a real 60s go go feel to them – with plenty of swinging horns, and some driving and lively rhythms! Titles include "Birdito", "Party In The Ward", "The Cage", "Seclusion", "Electrotherapy" and "Black Straight-Jacket". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the spine and a promo stamp on back.)

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New Pete JollyLittle Bird ... CD
AVA/VSOP, 1963. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records ever cut by pianist Pete Jolly! Little Bird is a sweet set of instrumentals featuring a trio of Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, plus Howard Roberts on guitar and Kenny Hume on added percussion. The centerpiece here is Jolly's groovy hit version of "Little Bird", a jaunty little soul jazz number – but the whole album swells in an easily swinging groove that holds up throughout. Titles include "My Favorite Things", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Never Never Land", and "Three Four Five". CD
 
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New Ralph PenaMaster Of The Bass ... CD
VSOP, 1961. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums we've ever seen from bassist Ralph Pena – a player we known mostly from his work in the Jimmy Giuffre trio of the late 50s, and who's working here in a very similar format! The CD features live Pena recordings from 1961 – most of which showcase a trio with Joe Albany on piano and Herb Geller on alto sax – blowing in a freely swinging mode that really recalls the drumless sound of the Giuffre group, but which is a bit more rhythmic, given Albany's approach to the keys. The remaining tunes on the set feature Pena in duets with pianist Pete Jolly – heard here in a style that's much more introspective than on his Ava albums of the time, and which is a perfect complement to the rounded and well-shaped work of Pena on bass. All work is very well recorded, so much so you'd hardly guess it was live – and titles include "Birdtown Birds", "Dewey Square", "Old Old Friends", "Whims Of Chambers", "Speak Low", and "While A Cigarette Was Burning". CD

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New Charlie BarnetCharlie Barnet ! ? ! ? ... LP
Choreo, 1962. Used .... Out Of Stock
Later work from Charlie Barnet, but a set that really cooks nicely overall – still with the strong sax tones of earlier years, but also with a groovier sort of sparkle that marks the 60s date of the session! The tunes are short, but Charlie gets plenty of space to do his thing – leading off boldly with a great sense of tone, and blowing with some surprisingly inventive lines as the set rolls on. There's a bit of organ in the mix – uncredited, like the rest of the players – and titles include "Coachella Blue", "Mood Indigo", "Leapin At The Lincoln", "East Side West Side", "The Great Gong Of Hong Kong", and "Tappin At The Tappa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Ava pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click. Cover's top left corner has a few staple holes.)

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New Wax PoeticsIssue #55 – Daft Punk/De La Soul – Summer 2013 ... Magazine
Wax Poetics, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Daft Punk get the placement they deserve – given the fame of their latest and greatest – and the mighty De La Soul take their place on the other side of the cover! The issue features articles on both acts – as well as bits in Nile Rodgers, Teddy Riley, Slum Village, Gino Soccio, Meshell Ndegeocello, Wajeed, Jack Bruce, Ava Luna, Lady, and Blkkathy. Phew! That's a heck of a lot in one super-tight publication – but as always, Wax Poetics pulls it off at a level that nobody else can touch. Magazine
 
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New JD AllenBloom ... CD
Savant, 2014. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
JD Allen just gets more and more deft with each new release – able to craft these sharp, angular lines on tenor sax that seem to spill effortlessly out of his horn – yet all with this wonderfully spontaneous quality too! Allen's lead is a great match for the album's piano work from Orrin Evans – which is blocky and bold, but in a way that's very different than JD's horn – both players rising together with a sense of pride and majesty, creating rich textures throughout! The quartet also features bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jonathan Barber – the latter of whom has this crashing energy that really drives things forward – almost this sense of surprise and excitement at the creations of Evans and Allen, which then explodes to set new fire to their leads. Titles include "The Rule Of Thirds", "The Dreamer", "The Secret Lives Of Guest Workers", "Jack's Glass", and "Bloom". CD

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JD AllenGrace ... CD
Savant, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
Sharp tenor from the great JD Allen – a very striking set that's filled with all original compositions – work that really shows the way that Allen's grown strongly as both a writer and player in recent years! There's a sense of darkness to the record right from the start – a brooding intensity that finds a way to both move forward and fold back on itself – this kind of elliptical mode that's very compelling, and brought into strong focus by a quartet that features Eldar Djangirov on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Jonathan Barber on drums. Titles include "Grace", "Chagall", "Load Star", "Cross Damon", "Detroit", "Mass", and "The Little Dipper". CD

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David AmramYoung Savages – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Columbia/Intrada, 1961. New Copy .... $19.99
An overlooked jazz soundtrack from early 60s Hollywood – and some amazing early work from composer David Amram! Amram's always had an ear for higher-concept versions of jazz – but his approach here is a wonderful blend of modernity and spontaneity – just right for the sort of energy of the film, and it's JD "young savages" theme – and played by a very hip group of musicians that include Harold Land or George Barrow on tenor, Teo Macero on alto, Toots Thielemans on harmonica, and Amram himself on piano – playing in this very cool Monk-like style. Some cuts are more jazz combo modes – like the long jazz numbers, including "Harold's Way Out", "True Blue", and "Las Muchacas Delicadas". Other cuts have more of a soundtrack approach, but still with great jazz elements – and these include "Rooftops", "Help", "Subway Sounds", and "Theme From The Young Savages". CD

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoJackson In Your House/Message To Our Folks/Reese & The Smooth Ones ... CD
BYG/Snapper (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD .... $17.99 19.98
An incredible package – and one that features three of the most important records ever cut by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! All three albums were recorded at the Saravah Studios in the summer of 1969 – during a time when the Art Ensemble of Chicago were making big waves on the Parisian scene (including their work in the film Les Stances A Sophie) – and finding a way to refine their new Chicago sound in the world away from the Windy City! These were the albums that really put the Art Ensemble on the map – letting them find new freedoms, and reach new heights in expression – in a mode that even surpassed previous recordings by individual members back home. The lineup is very heavy on reeds – with a variety played by Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman – and features bold trumpet from Lester Bowie, warm basslines from Malachi Favors, and a range of percussion and other instruments by all members of the group! The set comes in a nice book-like cover, with a booklet inside – and titles include "Reese & The Smooth Ones (parts 1 & 2)", "Rock Out", "Brain For The Seine", "Dexterity", "Jackson In Your House", "The Waltz", and "Song For Charles". CD

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AtmosphereSad Clown Bad Spring EP ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2008. Used .... $3.99
A EP of unreleased, underground material from Slug & Ant! Sad Clown Bad Spring is the 12th (!!!) in the seasonal EP series from Atmosphere – available on the crew's tours, and released to shops by popular demand. Get it while it lasts! Tracks include "Less One", "Good Daddy", "Carry Me Home", Happy Mess" and "Not Another Day". CD
(Back of digipack has an old price sticker.)

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AtomicThere's A Hole In The Mountain ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – but what's really amazing is the way they come together as one for the record – wrapping their strong identities together, and forging out with this focused sound that has a lot more power than ever before! All the musicians know the open space of freedom, but have found a territory that can hold them all – where they can respectfully create this wonderful new sound together – in a mix of modern jazz and avant expression that seems to echo some of the best recent work from Chicago. Titles include "There's A Hole In The Mountain", "Civilon", "Wolf Cage", "Accidentals", "Labyrinths", and "Available Exits". CD

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New Atomic/School DaysNuclear Assembly Hall ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. Used 2CD .... $13.99
They got the title right on this incendiary release, yet another transatlantic love affair between a nice patch of forward thinking Nordic improvisers and some of our own homegrown talent. The School Days quartet is a group that grew out of connections built up through the extended Vandermark/Gustafson relationship, with two of the leading lights of Chicago new school – Vandermark and Jeb Bishop – in the front line teaming up with a European rhyhtm section – Haker Flaten and Nilssen-Love – and taking inspiration from the landmark Lacy/Rudd recordings they derived their name from. As it happens, the rhythm section are from the group Atomic, with whom you may be familiar from their excellent Jazzland recordings, combining the best of the free avant scene with a strong rhythmic underpinning. This set of all original material bristles with energy, as the playing bounces between Ornette-ish phrasing, tightly arranged passages and textural improv. 9 numbers in all, spread out over 2 CDs, including "W Meets A", "Transparent taylor", "Ink Worm", "Kerosene", "Conjugations" and "Dog Days". CD

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Patti AustinEnd Of A Rainbow – The CTI Masters ... CD
CTI/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s. New Copy .... $13.99
CTI Masters, and then some – a collection that features one full album from Patti Austin, plus lots of bonus tracks too! The first 10 tracks on the album comprise the classic End Of The Rainbow debut for CTI – wonderfully warm soul from the great Patti Austin – a key artist in the late 70s, and one who really helped push the music forward with a new sense of sophistication! Patti's got a strongly jazzy vibe here – and works with David Matthews arrangements that are really well put-together – less funky than some of Dave's other work of the period, and filled with these mellow moments that really let Austin's energy flow! The overall feel is a bit like some of Jean Carn's work on Philly International – hip, sophisticated, and filled with plenty of jazz touches – although with an even stronger approach to ballads – and titles include the classic "This Side Of Heaven", plus "More Today Than Yesterday", "Say You Love Me", "In My Life", "Give It Time", and "What's At The End Of A Rainbow". CD then goes onto include 8 more tracks from other CTI albums from Patti – equally great numbers that include "Havana Candy", "I Just Want To Know", "We're In Love", "I Need Somebody", "Lost In The Stars", "Body Language", "Another Nail For My Heart", and "I Want You Tonight". CD

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Available JellyAvailable Jelly ... CD
Ramboy, 2000. Used .... $14.99
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(Out of print.)

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AvantEcstasy ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used .... $3.99
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(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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B-TribeSuave Suave ... CD
Atlantic/Lava, 1995. Used .... $1.99
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(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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New Bach/HandelHarp Concertos – Concertos BWV973, BWV976 & BWV 978/Concertos Op 4 No 5 & Op 7 No 4 – Nicanor Zabaleta/Carcia Navarro/English Chamber Orch ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1980. Very Good+ .... $3.99
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(Cover has a top seam that has come unglued.)

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New Burt BalesON The Waterfront With Burt Bales Vol 1 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Cavalier, Mid 50s. Near Mint- .... $18.99
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Ballister (Nilssen-Love/Rempis/Lonberg-Holm)Mechanisms (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2012. New Copy Gatefold .... $14.99
A heady trio performance from Chicago – recorded live at The Hideout with a really wonderful sound! Chi avant players Dave Rempis and Fred Lonberg-Holm are joined by the heavy drums of Paal Nilssen-Love – and together create a sense of energy that really goes beyond the expected – one of those rare meetings of musicians in a setting like this where they really seem to unlock the best in each other – and inspire themselves to push their sound, but in a really unified way. Rempis sounds great on tenor, alto, and baritone sax – Lonberg-Holm plays a bit of electronics alongside his cello – and Nilssen-Love plays mostly on the drum kit, with a bit of added percussion. Tracks are long, but never get lost in their depth – and titles include "Roller Nuts", "Release Leaves", and "Claplock". CD

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Gato BarbieriFenix ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $11.99
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on drums, and additional percussion on most tracks. The cuts have a Latin finish to them, but they've also got a strongly pronounced soul jazz vibe – something that's missing from lots of Gato's other work, and which feels a lot here like some of Pharoah Sander's best work for Impulse! Titles include "Tupac Amaru", "Bahia", "Falsa Bahiana", "El Dia Que Me Quieras", "El Arriero" and "Carnavalito". CD

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Gato BarbieriGato – Para Los Amigos ... CD
Signature, 1981. Used .... $5.99
Some of Gato Barbieri's best work of the 80s – an excellent live set from 1981 that's kind of a return to the drawn-out intensity of his years at Impulse! The group's got a good mixture of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – and the tracks on the set are mostly Latin-tinged numbers that offer a perfect foil for Gato's soulful and exploratory blowing – those haunting long lines we first fell in love with on his records for Impulse and Flying Dutchman! Titles include "Bolivia", "Carnavalito", "Brazil", "Viva Emiliano Zapata", and "Latino America". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gato BarbieriGato Para Los Amigos/Que Pasa/Che Corazon ... CD
BGO (UK), 1983/1997/1999. New Copy 3 CDs .... $19.99
Overlooked later genius from Gato Barbieri – a trio of albums served up in one nicely priced package! Gato Para Los Amigos is some of Barbieri's best work of the 80s – an excellent live set from 1981 that's kind of a return to the drawn-out intensity of his years at Impulse! The group's got a good mixture of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – and the tracks on the set are mostly Latin-tinged numbers that offer a perfect foil for Gato's soulful and exploratory blowing – those haunting long lines we first fell in love with on his records for Impulse and Flying Dutchman! Titles include "Bolivia", "Carnavalito", "Brazil", "Viva Emiliano Zapata", and "Latino America". Que Pasa is a surprisingly nice late 90s effort from Gato Barbieri – at the time, his first new album in over a decade – and a set put together with a nicely contemporary feel with help from keyboardist Philippe Saisse! Saisse produced the set, and he really gives the record some of the warmly soulful moments of his own great music – an approach that's somewhat deeper than smooth jazz, and which makes more than enough space for Gato's well-blown saxophone solos. There's a bit of backing vocals on the set, and the approach here is definitely soul-based – but it's got a solid bottom that hearkens back to some of Gato's best R&B-inspired work of the 70s. Titles include "Mystica", "Dancing With Dolphins", "Straight Into The Sunrise", "Indonesia", "The Woman I Remember", and "Cause We've Ended As Lovers". Che Corazon is one of Gato Barbieri's most ambitious albums – a record that mixes core jazzy grooving with some larger orchestral parts – but all at a level that still moves along nicely! Sweet keyboards glide alongside Gato's reed lines – which come out strongly in the lead, with that sharp-cutting sense of soul that we've always loved so much. The overall sound is smoother than the early days, but no less soulful – and titles include a great remake of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You", plus "Eclipse", "The Woman On The Lake", "1812", "Encounter", and "Sweet Glenda". CD

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Gato BarbieriThird World ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy .... $11.99
One of the hippest albums Gato Barbieri ever cut – and a key link between his late 60s avant work with Don Cherry, and his Latin-tinged albums of the 70s! The album features Barbieri working with a New York group of avant players – including Beaver Harris on drums, Roswell Rudd on trombone, and Charlie Haden on bass – but the sound is a bit more focused and forward-moving than you might expect, thanks to a strong sense of rhythm on the date. Lonnie Liston Smith plays piano and Richard Landrum handles conga and percussion to give the set a slightly Latin flavor – and the overall sound is not that dissimilar from some of Pharoah Sanders' albums at the same time on Impulse. Barbieri's tone is fantastic – and the spiralling piano work by Smith really gives the album a lofty spiritual tone – on titles that include "Zelao", "Cancion Del Llamero", "Haleo & The Wild Rose", and "Antonio Das Mortes". CD

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Bruce BarthDaybreak ... CD
Savant, 2014. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
Sparkling piano from Bruce Barth – set up nicely in a group that also features Steve Nelson on vibes and Terell Stafford on trumpet and flugelhorn! Both players bring in some darker edges that round out the sound nicely – mixing with Barth's lyrical lines on keys, which dance magically to rhythmic accompaniment from Vincente Archer on bass and Montez Coleman on drums. Nelson's especially expressive here – and although he drops out for three of the album's ten tracks, he still really helps shape the overall vibe of the record. Titles include "Vamonos", "Moon Shadows", "Brasilia", "Daybreak", "Triste", "Tuesday's Blues", and "In The Still Of The Night". CD

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Sidney BechetFabulous Sidney Bechet ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Very Good+ .... $39.99
Trad tracks from Sidney – recorded for Blue Note during the years 1951 and 1953, and originally issued on 10" LPs. Players include Sidney De Paris, Pops Foster, Don Kirkpatrick, and Jimmy Archey – and titles include "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me", "That's A Plenty", "Ballin The Jack", and "Avalon". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing – with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear.)

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New Jerry BergonziIntersecting Lines ... CD
Savant, 2014. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
The title's a great one for this album – not just because tenorist Jerry Bergonzi always seems to have this forward-thinking, linear quality about his work – but also because his talents here intersect strongly with the alto sax of Dick Oatts! The pair really create some magic here – a balance between Bergonzi's bold tone and that raspier, more personal sound of Oatts – wrapped up beautifully with bass from Dave Santoro and drums from Andrea Michelutti – no piano at all, which only seems to further the fluid quality of the saxophones! There's a loose, free swing to the record – a quality that's still quite rhythmic, but which opens up without the piano and lets the saxophonists get very expressive – sparking stunning lines on original Bergonzi tracks that include "Creature Feature", "Tanzania", "Dig Oatts", "Itchy", "Arbonius Unt", and "Horton's Lament". CD

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Jacques BerrocalParalleles ... CD
Alga Marghen (Italy), 1976. New Copy .... $19.99
A really compelling mixture of free jazz and other avant elements – a record beyond compare from trombonist and trumpeter Jacques Berrocal, put together with all the freedoms of the French scene of the 70s! Each track has a slightly different lineup, and a slightly different flavor – and Berrocal plays some very unusual variations on his instruments, sometimes with electronics used to process the acoustic origins of the sound! Other players shift throughout the record – and include Bernard Vitet on violin, Philippe Pochan on cello, and even the rocker Vince Taylor – who does a recitation on one very cool track. Titles include "Post-Card", "Galimatias", "Paralleles", and "Bric A Brac". CD

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New 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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Ed BickertEd Bickert (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Muzak (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $26.99
A sweet little set from Candian guitarist Ed Bickert – a record that's filled with amazing tones and colors, and which sparkles brightly from the very first note! The date's a trio outing – with Don Thompson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums – but Bickert's playing gives the whole thing a quality that's very different than any sort of traditional jazz guitar set like this – thanks to a style that shows a knowledge of 70s innovators like Pat Martino and John Abercrombie, but a sense of soul that keeps the whole thing nice and solid – in a very classic way. The set's got an airy feel, but is deeply grounded too – and at times, Bickert almost seems to echo the unique phrasing of his Canadian contemporary Sonny Greenwich. Titles include "Where Are You", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Manha De Carnaval". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Nat BirchallSixth Sense ... CD
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 1999. New Copy .... $13.99
The earliest work we've ever heard from tenorist Nat Birchall – a player who's really blown our minds with his recent albums from the UK! This set's from the late 90s, and already has Birchall really finding his voice – a freewheeling approach to tenor that's unlike most of his contemporaries, and definitely steeped in strong influences from the spiritual jazz generation! Yet while recent records have Nat in a more meditative mode, the sound here is almost more explosive – with echoes of 60s avant in the mix, amidst some bold rhythmic impulses from the group – almost with a quality that reminds us of some of those brilliant moments when an American soloist would combine with a European combo in the heady 60s scene. In addition to Birchall's tenor, the group also features John Hulme on trumpet and flugelhorn, Richard Wetherall on piano, Dave Tompkins on bass, and Danny Ward on drums – and titles include "Redemption", "Helix Nebula", "Unity Blues", "Passion Dance", and "Ism Schism". CD

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Jean Jacques Birge & Francis GorgeDefense De (180 gram pressing – with DVD) ... LP
GRRR Records/Fauni Gena (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $29.99
Some of the most incredible electric work we've heard from the 70s French scene – and a really unique little record that's somewhere between the avant compositional world of Varese and Stockhausen, and lots of the later industrial experiments in years to come! The duo play a range of cool keyboards – which seem heavily processed at some points, especially the noisy ones – most likely through primitive use of tape loops and feedback. Other moments are slightly tuneful, but still pretty abstract – and other instrumentation includes bits of alto sax, flute, guitar, and cello. Titles include "Le Reveil", "Pourrait Etre Brutal", "Crever", and "La Bulle Opprimante". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus DVD with nearly 6 hours of rare tracks – and the Jean Jacques Birge & Bernard Mollerat film La Nuit Du Phoque!)

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Art BlakeyCaravan ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used .... $5.99
A killer set from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – not a Blue Note album, but probably one of their best from the time that isn't! The group at this point are a sextet – a lineup that changed the way that Blakey grooved, with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Cedar Walton on piano. Tracks are long and open, with a bouncing lyrical groove that's more soaring than some of the heavy-hitting earlier albums, but no less pleasing – and possibly even a bit more soulful! Titles include "Sweet N Sour", "This Is For Albert", "Skylark", and "Thermo". CD

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Art Blakey/Georges Arvanitas/JATPJazz In Paris – Jazz Et Cinema Vol 2 – Des Femmes Disparaissent/Les Tricheurs/La Bride Sur Le Cou ... CD
Universal (France), 1958/1961. New Copy .... $9.99 11.99
Three great French jazz soundtracks on one CD! The bulk of the set is taken up with Art Blakey's wornderful score to the film Des Femmes Disparaissent – which features work by Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, and Benny Golson, recorded in Paris in 1958, with a hip swinging hardbop sound. These tracks make up 17 titles on the CD – with songs that include "Mambo Dans La Voiture", "Merlin", "Tom", "Nasol", and "Blues Pour Vava", plus a few solo drum tracks that are really great! 4 more tracks are from the rare ep-only soundtrack to Les Tricheurs – played by a Jazz At The Philharmonic group that includes Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge. Tracks on those numbers include "Les Tricheurs", "Phil's Tune", and "Mic's Jump". The last 2 tracks on the CD – "La Bride Sur Le Cou" and "Brigitte Strip Blues" – are by a quintet led by pianist Georges Arvanitas, and featuring trumpet by Bernard Vitet and tenor by Francois Jenneau. Very hip stuff all around – and a real treat for fans of jazz and film alike! CD

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Stefano Bollini & Hamilton De HolandaO Que Sera ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2013. New Copy .... $16.99 18.98
Beautiful sounds from the duo of Stefano Bollani on piano and Hamilton De Holanda on bandolim – a set that’s heavy on styles borrowed from the Brazilian tradition, but which also features some other elements as well – all wrapped up in a blend that’s warmly lyrical one moment, then quite bold and striking the next! Bollani's piano really seems to pull a lot of fresh energy out of Hamilton's instrument – pushing it to some darker corners than we've heard before, in ways that really work perfectly not just with Stefano's rich notes on the piano, but also with the spacious ECM approach to production. The set was recorded live – and titles include "Beatriz", "O Que Sera", "Rosa", "Canto De Ossanha", "Oblivion", "Apanhei Te Cavaquinho", and "Guarda Che Luna". CD

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Billy 'Soul' BondsGoing Public Again ... CD
Avanti, 1999. Used .... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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New David BoykinLive At The Dorchester Projects (with download) ... LP
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows just how much Boykin's developed as a player over the past decade or so – a tenorist with a done that's right up there with Archie Shepp or David Murray at their creative best – really stretching out on some wonderful solos that never fail to dim in imagination or new ideas. The group's a trio – with Alex Wing on bass and James Woodley on drums – which gives the recording an almost ESP Records sort of vibe – and Boykin's the shining star throughout, really knocking us over with his solos on the well-recorded set! Titles include "Blast Off For Love", "Walk Turn Bat Shimmy", "Try Harder", "Blue Lotus", "Star Book", and "Late Night With The David Boykin Trio Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
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Bobby BradfordLost In LA ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. New Copy .... $12.99 16.99
Nothing lost about this set, as Bobby Bradford's work is tight and focused throughout – and stands as a hip west coast contrast to early 80s avant jazz material from points east! There's a feel here that's a lot like some of the Nimbus Records albums of the time – material that's definitely towards the left side of the jazz spectrum, but which is usually never too far out – often tied together with a sense of spirit, or a bit of swing – and at the best moments, a nice little groove that really grabs our attention. Even back in the 60s, Bobby always brought a great sense of rhythm to his farther-out work – and that tradition definitely continues here, thanks to help from the Mark Dresser and Roberto Miguel Miranda on bass, and Sherman Ferguson on drums. Bradford plays cornet, James Kousakis plays alto sax, and titles include "You Known", "Dirty Rag", "Ashes", "Ornate", and "Sho Nuff Blues". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Brain SoundAttempt To Record Coincidence (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nero's Neptune, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
Strange, tripped out avant soundscapes from early 70s Austria! Billowy bits of ghostly vocals are the connective tissue of this bit of weirdness – some of it strangely playful, some crowded and conversation, others bursting from the quiet to jarring effect. 10 tracks on 2 sides, they have titles, but we're not going to try to type them.... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of ust 500 copies!)

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Brotherhood/Friend SoundComplete Recordings (Brotherhood 1968 /Brotherhood 1969/Joyride) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1968/1969. New Copy 2 CDs .... $19.99 21.98
A trio of great late 60s RCA albums on a single set – the first two from The Brotherhood, and one more from the related Friend Sound! First up is the first album ever from The Brotherhood – an offshoot of Paul Revere & The Raiders, filled with some of that group's greatest early players! The core of the group features Drake Levin on guitar, Phil Volk on bass, and Mike Smith on drums – romping with the kind of raw, party-styled energy they brought to their work with their previous group – but at a level here that's way more heady, and definitely shows a stronger influence from psych! Tunes are still plenty catchy, but have some weird undercurrents too – in a cool Sunshine Pop sort of style – and the range of instrumentation is nicely fresh, and even a bit richer than usual for this sort of record. Titles include "Somebody", "Pastel Blue", "Close The Door", "Seasons", "Love For Free", "Lady Faire", and "Ice Cream". 1969's The Brotherhood is an even tighter set than the first album from the group – and one that has the group really finding a way to tap into their older garagey roots, while still keeping plenty of fuzz and psych intact! The drums are great – that powerful punch that Mike Smitty Smith always brought to his earlier pop work – but the themes are moodier, and the guitar nicely trippy, while still staying tight – sometimes with a bit more strut than we ever would have expected from these guys. The album features a few surprising covers – like "California Dreamin" and "Rose Garden" – plus nice original tracks "Deep Blue Sea", "Love Sketch", "Destination Unknown", and "Don't Let Go". But most amazing here is the Friend Sound album – an offshoot project recorded between the two Brotherhood albums – a wild batch of instrumental psychedelia – with plenty of avant garde touches thrown in! This is the sort of record that always restores our faith in major labels – and it makes us realize that no matter how many Elvis Presley albums RCA was selling in the 60s, there was also room to put out odd little record like this one. The enigmatic Friend Sound sound like a loose collective of hippie jazz musicians – playing flute, organ, guitars, percussion, piano, recorder, shovel (shovel?), finger cymbals, and just about anything else that seemed to be handy – and they had a style that was kind of like free-jamming jam band work – almost like the band and the engineers took a bucketful of drugs – so many that they got really mellow and dark – then went into the studio to cut a tripped-out album of instrumentals. The whole thing comes across with the same "anything goes" spirit of the NY 60s underground film scene – but with none of the silliness of bands like The Fugs – and it's that kind of energy that makes us love this one. Titles include "Childhood's End", "Lost Angel Proper St", and "The Empire Of Light". CD

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetConcert For Fukushima – Wels 2011 (DVD) ... DVD
Trost (Austria), 2011. New Copy .... $21.99
A full performance from the 2011 Wels Festival curated by Peter Brotzmann – starring his crucial Chicago Tentet – a modern-day supergroup of giants of avant jazz! The lineup features saxes from Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, and Mats Gustafsson – plus trumpet from Joe McPhee, trombone from Johannes Bauer and Jeb Bishop, tuba from Per Ake Holmlander, cello and guitar from Fred Lonberg-Holm, bass from Kent Kessler, drums from Paal Nilssen-Love and Michael Zerang – and guest work on trumpet from Toshinori Kondo, koto from Michiyo Yagi, guitar from Yoshihide Otomo, and reeds from Akira Sakata! These added Japanese players really help expand the sound – and memorialize the tragedy at Fukushima, to which the show was dedicated – and part of the proceeds for the DVD will go. Performance is 105 minutes, in color, with special bonus interview material. DVD
(This DVD is NTSC format & region free.)

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Peter Brotzmann TrioFor Adolphe Sax ... LP
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue).... $29.99
A landmark album of free jazz – Peter Brotzmann's first record, and a hard-driving set of material that blows away most avant jazz work from the US at the time! The album takes the energy of the ESP generation, and turns it up more than a few notches – as Brotzmann blows his head off on tenor and baritone, accompanied by Sven Ake Johansson on drums and Peter Kowald on bass. The title is a reference to the inventor of the saxophone – an instrument that Brotzmann pushes way to its limits here – at a level that Adolphe never would have expected! Titles include "For Adolphe Sax", "Sanity", and "Morning Glory". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ted Brown Sextet with Art Pepper & Warne MarshFree Wheeling ... LP
Vanguard, 1956. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the few sessions ever cut by tenorist Ted Brown – working here with a group that features Warne Marsh and Art Pepper in the frontline, with rhythm by Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums. The session's got the outward appearance of a west coast session, but has much more soul overall – the kind of Back Bay Boston sound you'd hear in 50s sessions by Charlie Mariano or Dick Johnson – with plenty of rasp on Pepper's horn, and some nice edges on Brown's as well! Tracks are short, and often with ensemble heads – but the production is beautiful, and the interplay between the three saxophonists comes through with amazing quality! Titles include "Crazy She Calls Me", "Arrival", "Once We Were Young", "Avalon", "Foolin Myself", "Aretha", and "Long Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Budos BandProposition/Ghost Walk ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2006. New Copy .... $4.99
Love the drums on this one – all skittish and snapping at the beginning – really setting the scene perfectly for the Afro Funk-styled horns that top off the tune and really set the tone! The track's like some lost Nigerian 45 from the 70s – and given excellent production to really suit the mood! "Ghost Walk" isn't nearly as spooky as it sounds – and has this amazing bassline that dips down in ways you wouldn't expect – kind of like The Meters, but as if they're messing themselves up a bit on purpose – all to set up a groove that's equally savage as the a-side, but completely different in sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Charlie ByrdByrdland ... LP
Columbia, 1966/1967. Very Good .... $4.99
Byrdland features Charlie in small group settings – grooving with sax by Teo Macero, trumpet by Hal Posey, and bass by Joe Byrd. The tracks are a mix of bossa tunes and pop numbers – including "Meditation", "Samba De Orpheus", "Arabesque", "Work Song", "Mr Lucky", and "Manha De Carnaval". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 sound mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Guy CabayLi Tins Les-Otes Et On Po D'Mi (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $22.99
Really cool work from Guy Cabay – a singer who's a bit hard to describe accurately in words, but who definitely ranks right up there with some of the hippest French talents of the 70s! Cabay's got a breathy style of singing that's kind of post-Serge Gainsbourg, and a bit in the Saravah Records mode – especially as the small combo backings often feature some tenor or alto sax elements behind the vocals – a slight jazzy touches that helps underscore the hip singer/songwriter approach of Guy's music. There's a lyricality to his approach that comes through strongly – even if you don't understand French – and titlles include "Tot Reguede", "Julia L'Ote", "Julia Onk", "Li Harlake Et L'Djone Feye", "Li Nuleye E M'Payis", and "Camamele Et Cataplame". CD

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Guy CabayTot A Fet Rote Cou D'Zeur Cou D'Zos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $22.99
Beautiful vocal work from Guy Cabay – put together with a strong touch of jazz, and a swirling vibe that's mighty nice! Guy's got a breathy style of singing that works perfect with the backings – and its bits of guitar, alto, flute, and tenor – often used as gently as Cabay's vocals, but in a style that's warm and sophisticated – like some of the hippest material on Saravah Records in the 70s, particularly work by Pierre Barouh! Lyrics are all in French, and very well-penned – and titles include "Au Sommet", "Je Ne Sais", "Dji M Dimande", "Al Copete", "Le Monde Tournerait Il A L'Envers", and "Pax Pollinibus Bonae Voluntatis". CD

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Roberto CacciapagliaSonanze (180 gram pressing) ... LP
PDU/Wah Wah (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $29.99
A rich blend of Italian avant and prog sounds from the early 70s – and overall, a relatively serious piece of work from Roberto Cacciapaglia! The format somewhat echoes Cacciapaglia's earlier experiments with Franco Battiato – in that it's a rock-informed, compositionally-constructed piece of music that blends together Roberto's own guitar, vibes, organ, and moog with larger string and horn passages – often produced with some of the more cosmic elements you'd expect from the studios of Conny Plank! The result is a completely unique record – and one that's completely compelling, too – an album-length track, but divided up into shorter movements that each have a character of their own. Reissue also includes a bonus insert with notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe CainLatin Explosion (aka Latin Au Go Go) ... LP
Time, 1962. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on this set by Clark Terry on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, and Frank Anderson on piano and some especially nice organ lines! Percussion is super-heavy throughout – played by Jose Mangual, Chocolate, and Marcelino Valdes with a vibe that's just right for the rhythms – and additional support is from Cachao on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums. The grooves are incredible – quite different than anything else on Mainstream Records at the time, and even different than most of the New York scene – and titles include the amazing "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mambo (parts 1 & 2) (also known elsewhere as "Mambo Au Go Go") – a cut that sounds like some sort of crazy avant garde percussion banging, all made to keep in time to a mambo beat, with jazzy organ solos over the top. Other titles include "Mongo Mongo Baby", "Papa Bajo", "Que Paso", "Tanga Pa Katanga", and "Chunga A Go Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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New CalderaCaldera/Sky Islands ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy .... $14.99
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing approach to fusion that rivals the best fusion combos of both the California and Brazilian scenes at the time. There's a few nice moments that really belie their more southern roots – and recall the choppy fusion of Airto, or the vocal scatting of Flora – but the set's also got a sunny west coast finish, thanks to some wonderful production from Wayne Henderson – who kicks things up in a way that the group hardly matched on later albums! Guest stars include Raul De Souza and Roberto Da Silva – and titles include the funk classic "Coastin", plus "Guanacaste", "Out Of The Blue", "El Juguete", and "Synesthesia". Nest is Sky Islands – a set that's recorded with a smooth soulful style that's right up there with the best of the Capitol Rare generation! Caldera mixes together nice jazzy saxes with guitars, percussion, and some great keyboard work by Eduardo Del Barrio – all produced by the group with a sweet arching style that's very much in the Brazilian fusion style of the time – a wonderful blend that also gets a dose of California warmth, which is just the right element to send the whole thing home nicely! Tracks include the classic "Sky Islands", plus "Pegasus", "Carnavalito", "Triste", and "Ancient Source". CD

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John Cale & Terry RileyChurch of Anthrax (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... $16.99
An avant pop/offbeat classic from John Cale and Terry Riley! We'll be fast to admit that Cale's solo stuff don't always float our boat – but this collaboration with minimalist composer Terry Riley is nothing short of an amazing. It's an album of mostly long modal instrumental tracks (with one vocal one) that grooves along in a spacey funky way. Riley plays piano, organ, and soprano sax – and Cale joins in on bass, guitar, viola, and harpsichord. The two of them groove together in these totally cool tracks that build and build, with minimal lines repeating over and over in endlessly fascinating groove – in a way that touches on a weirdly funky mode! The cut "Ides Of March" has the potential to be dancefloor groover in the jazz dance scene, and there's lots of other great tracks like "Church of Anthrax", "The Protege", and "The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles". LP, Vinyl record album
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CalifoneStitches ... CD
Dead Oceans, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99
Chicago's great avant roots heroes Califone have been at it for well over a decade, and they have yet to put out record that isn't a quiet treasure! Stitches is, what, their eighth album? It's another gem! There's always been something of a southwestern mood to Califone's ouvre, and this one was actually recorded in TX, CA and AZ, so that's more befitting than ever. But it sounds like no one but Califone, with songs that are as accessible as anything they've done to date. Brilliant stuff! Includes "Movie Music Kills A Kiss", "Stitches", "Frosted Tips", "Magdalene", "Bells Break Arms", "Moonbath, Brainsalt, A, Holy, Fool", "Moses", "A Thin Skin Of Bullfight Dust", "Turtle Eggs/An Optimist". CD

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Sal CanzonieriElectric Frankenstein! – High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster Art ... Book
Dark Horse, 2004. New Copy .... $5.99 19.95
A rock and roll poster book – but one that features posters for only one band – Electric Frankenstein! Don't let that single-subject quality fool you, though – because the book's overflowing with variety – very vivid work from some of the leading lights in the indie/underground poster world – including Savage Pencil, Kaz, Frank Kozik, Dyland Forbes, and many many others – over 180 different artists, each chosen to do a different gig poster or flyer for the band! The book is full color, and even more vivid inside than its cover – with a great retro-horror vibe on most of the images too. 160 pages, full color, softcover. Book

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John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/International Phonograph, 1969. New Copy Gatefold .... $18.99 22.98
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". CD
(Great LP-styled gatefold cover – just like the rare original album!)

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Mark Charig, Keith Tippett, & Ann WinterPipedream (with bonus track) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy Gatefold .... $14.99
A really amazing little record – quite different than anything else we've ever heard from British trumpeter Mark Charig – and for good reason, too! This unique performance was improvised live in a country church – Charig exploring the space magically with his trumpet, while Keith Tippett plays away on the church's organ – making these really weird and wonderful sounds that create a similar vibe to some of the sparer improvisations you might hear from Sun Ra! The mix of organ and trumpet is amazing – and other cuts feature wordless vocal sounds from Ann Winter, which are equally haunting, but in a different way too. Titles include "Bellaphon", "Vega", "Ode To The Ghost Of An Improvised Past", "Pipedream", and "Pavanne". Also features the previously unissued "The Trio Gets Lost In The Magic Forest". CD

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ChihuahuaLatin Session (includes download) ... LP
Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99
Cuba descara – played American style! The set's a killer bit of Latin jazz from the New York scene of the 60s – a really brilliant effort headed up by Osvaldo Chihuahua Martinez – who plays both timbale and guiro – in a crack lineup that also features Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, Chombo Silva on tenor sax, Manfredo Lee on guiro, and Dick Meldonial on flute – all players that get plenty of space to show off their talents here – especially on the solo moments, which really take off from the straighter vocal passages. Percussion is tremendous too – thanks to congas from Enrique Navarro – and titles include "Oye Lo Pollo", "Chihuahua En Timbales", "Cosquilla", "El Cavallo", "Cuban Night", and "Coco De Agua". LP, Vinyl record album
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Gunter ChristmannWhite Earth Streak ... CD
Trans Museq/Atavistic, 1981. Used .... $4.99
An obscure quartet session from avant trombonist Gunter Christmann – featuring Torsten Muller on bass, LaDonna Smith on violin and voice, and Davey Williams on guitar and banjo. Recorded in West Germany – and originally issued on the small Trans Museq label out of Alabama, but now out on CD (for the first time ever!), and augmented with previously unissued tracks and rare material from a 7" single! Tracks include "Born For Water", "Rainbow Blizzard", "What Popeye Really Meant", "Song Of An Aeropteryx (parts 1 & 2)", "Giant Gator Play", and "Static Slide Kisses". CD

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Nat King ColeWelcome To The Club ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ .... $1.99
One of our favorite albums by Nat King Cole – done with a bit more depth and feeling than some of his other Capitol sets of the time – and some great jazzy backings, too! Arrangements are by Dave Cavanaugh, but there's almost a Basie-like quality to the group at times – never too hard-swinging, but definitely that slow-burning quality the Count could hit so well with a singer, especially on the horns! The group is awash with Basie-ites – and saxes are by Marshall Royal, Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, and Frank Wess; trumpets include Joe Newman and Thad Jones; trombones feature Al Grey, Henry Coker, and Benny Powell; and rhythm features guitar from Freddie Greene, piano from Gerald Wiggins, and drums from Sonny Payne – definitely a swinging lineup. Titles include the great "Welcome To The Club" – plus "Anytime Anyday Anywhere", "The Late Late Show", "Wee Baby Blues", "Avalon", "She's Funny That Way", and "The Blues Don't Care". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has splitting on the top seam & some wear.)

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Ornette ColemanFriends and Neighbors - Ornette Live At Prince Street ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1970. New Copy .... $11.99
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Ornette Coleman – and a set that's very different than some of his other work for different labels – particularly his better-known material for Blue Note and Atlantic! The album's got a righteous feel that's right up there in the best spirit of the Flying Dutchman label of the early 70s – a mode that's still on the far reaches of avant jazz that Ornette explored on earlier sessions – but which also has a warmer, almost more spiritual quality at times too. The core group features legendary partners Charlie Haden on bass, Dewey Redman on tenor, and Ed Blackwell on drums – but part of the record features an unnamed group of "Friends & Neighbors", who join in on the title cut with this collaborative spirit that really sets the tone for the whole record. Coleman plays trumpet and violin in addition to his usual alto sax – and titles include the mindblowing two part "Friends & Neighbors", plus "Let's Play", "Long Time No See", "Forgotten Songs", and "Tomorrow". CD

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Colson Unity TroupeNo Reservation ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
Genius work from Adegoke Steve Colson – a player who always has a great way of bridging many different worlds in jazz! The album's got a relatively spiritual feel, but a slightly avant bent too – very much in the spirit of some of the under-documented work going on in Chicago's AACM during the 1980s – when younger generations of players were bringing back some soul to the scene. Colson plays tenor and piano – and the lovely Iqua Colson sings on most numbers too, with this angular vocal style that reminds us a lot of the singing on some of the legendary Paris Smith albums – really adding a lot to the record with her unique sound. Other players include Wallace LaRoy McMillan on saxes, Reggie Willis on bass, and Dushun Mosley on percussion – and titles include "Teachers/World Heroes", "Family Members", "Patch No 2", "Clockwork", and "Thought From Duke". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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John Coltrane & Don CherryAvant-Garde ... CD
Atlantic, 1960. Used .... $3.99
A beautiful meeting of two major talents from the left end of jazz – recorded in the early 60's when both were working for Atlantic! Despite the "avant garde" title, this set is straighter than you'd expect – very much in the spirit of Coltrane's work for the label, but with perhaps some of the more angular styles that Cherry was laying down with Ornette Coleman at the time. The session has Coltrane joining Ornette's group of Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell – save for a few numbers that feature Percy Heath on bass instead of Haden. The set includes great readings of Ornette's "The Blessing", "The Invisible", and "Focus On Sanity", and Coltrane plays both soprano sax and tenor! CD

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

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CommonOne Day It'll All Make Sense ... CD
Relativity, 1997. Used .... $4.99
3rd album by the man who put Chicago on the map as a hip hop center. 2 albums strong, and with a lot of guest appearances by folks like De La Soul, Q-Tip, Chantay Savage, Erykah Badu, and Cee-Lo. No I.D. produced most of this, and a few tracks were done by Doug Infinite. Includes "1 '2 Many", "Reminding Me Of Sef", "My City", "Real Nigga Quotes" and "Retrospect For Life". CD
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Nicola ConteOther Directions ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2004. New Copy 2LP .... $24.99
Incredible work from Nicola Conte – Schema records maestro making his Blue Note debut with this set – and giving the label one of their best new albums of the 21st Century! The record's quite different than Nicola's programmed dancefloor work for Schema – and is much more of an organic jazz-based session – with instrumentation by a wide arrangement of hip European jazzers (including Till Bronner and Rosario Giuliani!), plus sweet vocals from a variety of different singers! The groove is still very much in the Conte/Schema spirit – often in a loping modal approach to jazz, with a strong inspiration from the best European scenes of the late 60s and early 70s. The sound is wonderful – with players from the larger lineup playing in differing groups from track to track – showcasing instrumentation that includes vibes, flute, trombone, tenor, alto, and even a bit of guitar from Nicola himself. Vocalists include Bembe Segue, Lucia Minetti, Cristina Zavalloni, and Till Bronner – and titles include "Sea & Sand", "Nefertiti", "Wanin Moon", "A Time For Spring", "Kind Of Sunshine", "Aphrodite's Dream", "The Dharma Bums", "All Gone", "Le Depart", and "Several Shades Of Dawn". Imagine the best work of Schema or Compost done in an all-organic, all-natural mode – and you've got the beautiful sound of this set! LP, Vinyl record album
(Very unique package, too – like getting 2 classic Blue Note albums together at once!)

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Correction with Mats GustafssonShift ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy .... $28.99
Nothing needs correction here – as the set's one of the most compelling settings we've heard for reedman Mats Gustafsson in a while – a record that really bubbles over with a wonderful sense of energy and musicality, and which shows a really fresh side of Gustafsson's talents! Mats plays baritone sax throughout – sometimes with a frenzy that drives bold sounds out of the instrument, as if it's an engine for generating fast tones – sometimes with a rich, soulful sense of tone that evokes an older jazz baritone scene, gone avant. But the Correction trio is very much part of the special nature of the record, too – a wonderful balance of piano from Sebstian Bergstrom, bass from Joacim Nyberg, and drums from Emil Astrand Melin – working in a way that's very different than some of the other trio modes you'd get on the sorts of power dates to usually feature a player like Mats. Titles include "Winters Within", "Personal Note 3", "Four Is A Sufficient Condition For Amendment", and "Correct This". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Jack CostanzoBack From Havana ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
A real treasure – and the best album in years from Latin percussion maestro Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo! Jack's moved past the bongo rhythms that he was famous for in the 50s and 60s, and is working here as the lead congolero in a tight group that features some bright young west coast Latin Jazz talents. The record's got all the fresh flavor of some of the best recent Cubop sessions – and the session was produced by Bobby Matos, with a real appreciation for the strongest points in Jack's playing. No-nonsense, hard-hitting Latin jazz all the way through – and tracks include "Descarga.com", "Jack's Back", "Going Home", "Trompeta y Bongo", "Airegin", "Milestones", "Nana Sere", and "Jive Samba". CD

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Jack CostanzoScorching The Skins ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2002. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
A slammer from percussionist Jack Costanzo – returning to the strength of his work from the 50s and 60s! Jack's playing here with a host of strong California Latin jazz musicians – in a freer style than his earlier work for Liberty, and filled with a fire that you'd hardly expect, given how long he's been in the music business. The record sparkles even more than Jack's previous Back From Havana album for Cubop – with a tighter jazz component that's more in keeping with Jack's hard snapping approach on the congas and bongos. A few tracks feature vocals by the lovely Marilu – and titles include "Bongo Jam", "Mambo Costanzo", "Green Onions", "Birk's Works", "Bop Mambo", and "La Connection". CD

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New Jacques Coursil & Alan SilvaFree Jazz Art – Sessions For Bill Dixon ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy .... $15.99
Two giants from the glory days of the BYG/Actuel avant scene in France – working perfectly here on a contemporary set of duets! We haven't heard from Jacques Coursil in a while, but his trumpet work here is really stunning – both in the inventive spirit of Bill Dixon, to whom the record is dedicated – but also flowing with this creative approach to tone and phrasing that goes way beyond Coursil's earlier work – played with a real sense of thoughtful maturity, which turns out to be a perfect match for the equally brilliant bass work of Alan Silva! The record is easily one of the most spiritual moments we've heard from either player – and the kind of record that makes us wish we'd been keeping better tabs on them in recent years – definitely a set to have us start loving both of them all over again. Titles include "An Evening & A Night At The Annex Bar", "Brooklyn Bridge The River The Metal & The Wind", and "Bennington New York Round Trip". CD

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New Eddie Lockjaw DavisEddie Lockjaw Davis Cookbook – Vol 1 (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Prestige, 1958. New Copy .... $5.99 11.98
A record that's virtually the blueprint for the sound of Hammond organ and tenor sax in soul jazz– the first of Eddie Lockjaw Davis' great run of cookbook albums for Prestige! The record features Lockjaw's gutsy tenor in a group alongside Jerome Richardson's lighter flute – both dancing wonderfully together over organ lines from a young Shirley Scott – playing here with a style that's a bit earthier and more bluesy than some of her later work. Rhythm is by George Duviver on bass and Arthur Edgehill on drums – and tracks include the classic 12 minute jammer "In The Kitchen", plus shorter tracks "Three Deuces", "The Chef", and "Have Horn, Will Blow". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – "But Beautiful (alternate take)" and "Avalon". CD
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Elton Dean's NinesenseHappy Daze/Oh For The Edge ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy .... $14.99
Seminal work from British reedman Elton Dean – two classic Ogun albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Happy Daze – a set that's got a lot more complicated class than you might expect from the title – really wonderful large ensemble arrangements penned by Dean, and definitely in the spirit that he claimed made the group the heir to Keith Tippett's previous group of the late 60s! The music here is all nicely inside, and pretty darn soulful – swinging and stepping with a bit more of a groove than some of the other Ogun Records work of the time – really back to that hip point at the end of the 60s, when British jazz groups stretched out in their spirit, but never got too avant in their style – a perfect blend that Dean really recreates here, with help from players who include Alan Skidmore on tenor, Harry Beckett on trumpet, Mark Charig on trumpet and tenor horn, Nick Evans and Radu Malfatti on trombones, Keith Tippett on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. Titles include "Nicrotto", "Seven For Lee", "Sweet FA", and "Three For All". On Oh For The Edge, there's definitely an edge to the music – but one that's a bit different than that of some of Elton Dean's contemporaries in the 70s British scene! Dean brings a lot more swing and soul to this record than you might expect – working with a large group, but never letting the players get totally outside – which is a real change from some of the more freely improvising UK ensembles of the period. Dean's own work on alto and saxello are totally great – as are the core rhythms of the group, which come from Keith Tippett on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. But we're also plenty happy to hear Alan Skidmore on tenor, Harry Beckett and Mark Charig on trumpets, and Nick Evans on trombone. The recording has a very good "roomy" sound to it that gives it a darker edge than some of the other Ogun recordings from the time – and tracks include "Fall In Free", "Dance", "Friday Night Blues", and "Prayer For Jesus". CD

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New Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 ... LP
75 Ark, 2000. Very Good+ 2LP .... $29.99
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. One of the benchmark albums in the leftfield underground hip hop canon – and a hugely influential set that burst the doors wide open for the more creative spirits in the hip hop and even experimental pop. Tracks include "State Of The Nation", "3030", "The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza", "Things You Can Do", "Positive Contact", "St Catherine St.", "Virus", "Mastermind", "National Movie Review", "Time Keeps On Slipping", "Turbulence (remix)", "Battlesong", "Memory Loss" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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DeodatoDeodato 2 ... CD
CTI, 1973. New Copy .... $5.99 6.99
Funky keyboards galore – and one of the greatest records ever from this legendary Brazilian jazz talent! The album follows nicely off Deodato's Prelude classic for CTI – and like that one, this set's built on long-flowing tunes that rise and fall with a wonderful sense of rhythm – a sublime electric piano groove that's quite different than anything Deodato recorded before – and possibly never realized this perfectly again after his CTI years. Other players include Stanley Clarke on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, and Hubert Laws on flute – and titles include the massive Latin funk track "Super Strut", plus the tunes "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Skyscrapers", and a great version of "Nights In White Satin". Plus, this CD reissue features 3 bonus tracks – "Venus", "Do It Again", and "Latin Flute"! CD

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New Die Like A Dog QuartetAoyama Crows (180 gram pressing) ... LP
FMP/Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2002. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $24.99 29.99
Heavy sounds from this mighty quartet – a lineup that features Peter Brotzmann on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – plus Toshinori Kondo on trumpet and electronics, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The album spins out in relatively free space – with Drake's drums and Parker's bass propelling the music for most of the moments – and lots of compressed notes from Kondo's trumpet, which also then seem to be processed by his electronics – creating a mix between electric Miles Davis and a Varitone! The set includes the three-part suite "Aoyama Crows" – composed by Brotzmann, but feeling like some moody Japanese mix of fusion and avant from the early 70s. LP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that there is a small split on the top seam under the shrinkwrap, nothing major.)

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Djavan, Ivan Lins, & Patti AustinBrazilian Knights & A Lady ... CD
Verve, 1988. Used .... $6.99
CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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DKV TrioSch8lhof ... CD
Trost (Austria), 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
The DKV in all its fierce, raw power – a blistering onslaught of sounds from Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Kent Kessler on bass, Massimo Pupillo on electric bass, and both Hamid Drake and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Although all players are capable of more sensitive sounds, the DKV is where they really like to let loose – especially Vandermark and Gustafsson, who prove again that they're still some of the most dynamic players of their generation – or, honestly, of any generation of avant jazz as well! Titles include "All In" and "All Out" – the latter of which spills over both sides of the record. CD also features the additional track "This Building Is On Fire". CD
Also available Sch8lhof ... LP 22.99

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New DKV TrioSch8lhof ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2013. New Copy .... $22.99
The DKV in all its fierce, raw power – a blistering onslaught of sounds from Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Kent Kessler on bass, Massimo Pupillo on electric bass, and both Hamid Drake and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Although all players are capable of more sensitive sounds, the DKV is where they really like to let loose – especially Vandermark and Gustafsson, who prove again that they're still some of the most dynamic players of their generation – or, honestly, of any generation of avant jazz as well! Titles include "All In" and "All Out" – the latter of which spills over both sides of the record. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sch8lhof ... CD 16.99

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Eric DolphyIllinois Concert ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used .... $6.99
Amazing avant garde material from Dolphy – and never issued before in any form! The concert was recorded in 1963 at the University of Illinois, and it features some of the most "out" playing we've ever heard from Dolphy. He's backed by a trio comprised of Herbie Hancock, Eddie Khan, and JC Moses – and the main solos are on flute, alto, and bass clarinet, which Dolphy plays to amazing effect! 6 tracks feature the core quartet playing alone with Dolphy, and a 7th features backing by a larger group comprised of University Of Illinois students, including a very young Cecil Bridgewater! This is definitely the kind of lost material we're happy to see unearthed – and it's packaged and notated with the usual high Blue Note level of quality. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "South Street Exit", "Iron Man", "Red Planet", and "GW". CD

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Eric DolphyLast Recordings ... CD
West Wind (Germany), 1964. New Copy .... $19.99 21.99
A gem of a record – Eric Dolphy's last studio session, recorded in Paris with some very surprising guest stars! The work is really tremendous – every bit as great as Dolphy's monumental studio albums for Prestige, and written and performed with a similar blend of the free, the lyrical, the avant, and the soulful – a groove that's often a bit more inside than some of Eric's other late recordings – and played with plenty of spirit throughout! The sessions make great use of American soloists Donald Byrd on trumpet and Nathan Davis on tenor – both players whose sound really balances Dolphy in a great way – holding down a groove while Eric takes off on alto sax or bass clarinet. The rhythm is by a French combo – with Jack Dieval on piano, Jacques Hess on bass, and Franco Monzecci on drums – plus a bit of congas on two tracks from Jacky Bambou. Titles are quite long, and really wonderful – and tunes include "245", "GW", "Serene", and "Springtime". CD

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

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Antoine DuhamelPierrot Le Fou/Weekend ... CD
Universal (France), 1965/1968. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
The soundtracks to 2 of Jean Luc-Godard's greatest films – back to back on one CD! The score to Pierrot Le Feu features 9 tracks in all – 3 of which are vocal numbers by Anna Karina, who starred in the film, and who delivers the vocals with a decadently deadpan style that fits perfectly with the songs. The score to Week-End offered here is a new recording – done by the Orchestre Sinfonietta Moldava, under the direction of Leonardo Gasparini. There's a total of 16 tracks in all, with images from the films and notes in English and French! Titles include "Jamais Je Ne T'Ai Dit Que Je T'Aimerai Toujours", "Ferdinand", "Pierrot", "Twist Pour Jean-Luc", "Lamento", "L'Internationale", and "Elle Et Lui". CD

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East Of UndergroundEast Of Underground ... CD
Wax Poetics, 1971. Used .... $9.99
Gritty funk from East Of Underground – an uber-obscure LP recorded in 1971 by a group of US Army serviceman at the Armed Forces Network studios in Frankfurt, Germany – originally used as a recruiting tool during the Vietnam war! Given the strength of the set, we wouldn't be surprised if plenty of folks signed up for a tour of duty after hearing it – as the set cooks like some of the best American funk from the indie 45 world at the time. The production is nice and dark – with an echoey quality that makes us guess the album was a live recording – done by American servicemen with the feel of some backroom funk show from the Indy or Ohio scene of the 70s. Some of the tracks are familiar numbers from American hits – but redone here with a nicely gritty feel – and titles include the awesome medley "Bet'Ya Never Lose My Love California Dreamer" – plus "Higher", "Smiling Faces", "Hell Below", "Getting Over", "Popcorn/Santana", "I Love You", "Java Girl", and "Walk On By". CD
Also available
Hell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD 18.99
East Of Underground/Soap (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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East Of UndergroundHell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1971/1972. New Copy 3CD .... $18.99 24.98
Proof that the US Army had plenty going on during the 70s – as you'll hear from this killer set of military-produced grooves from East Of Underground! The set goes way past the previous East Of Underground reissue – to feature work by the groups Soap, Black Seeds, and Sound Trek – all wrapped up in a beautiful package that's as visually pleasing as the music is funky! The cuts here were all recorded by US Army servicemen during the height of the Vietnam war – as Army-issued albums designed to encourage recruitment (as if a few funky grooves could help offset the bad press the war was getting on TV!) But despite that odd origin, the music here is all pretty great – mostly covers of familiar tunes from the time, but recorded with a nicely gritty quality that's mighty nice – and which makes the overall feel of the records like digging into some lost small studio tapes – ala Numero! Now Again have done a great job of putting together the whole package, too – contributing a wealth of notes and photos, and really digging deep into the scene in which these unique records were created. Not only that, but the packaging also replicates the style of the original odd releases too! The set features a CD each of music by East Of Underground and Soap – plus another CD that brings together an unusual double LP by the groups Black Seeds and Sound Trek. Titles include "I Just Want To Celebrate", "Kool & The Gang", "Walking In The Rain", "Backstabbers", "I Love Everything About You", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Go Outside In The Rain", "Black Magic Woman", "Hell Below", "Higher", "Popcorn/Santana", "Walk On By", "Java Girl", and "Get Together". CD
Also available
East Of Underground ... CD 9.99
East Of Underground/Soap (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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East Of Underground/SoapEast Of Underground/Soap (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Now Again, 1971. New Copy 2 CDs Gatefold .... $18.99 19.98
A pair of great albums – brought together in one super-heavy package! First up is the legendary East Of Underground record – an uber-obscure LP recorded in 1971 by a group of US Army servicemen at the Armed Forces Network studios in Frankfurt, Germany – originally used as a recruiting tool during the Vietnam war! Given the strength of the set, we wouldn't be surprised if plenty of folks signed up for a tour of duty after hearing it – as the set cooks like some of the best American funk from the indie 45 world at the time. The production is nice and dark – with an echoey quality that makes us guess the album was a live recording – done by American servicemen with the feel of some backroom funk show from the Indy or Ohio scene of the 70s. Some of the tracks are familiar numbers from American hits – but redone here with a nicely gritty feel – and titles include the awesome medley "Bet'Ya Never Lose My Love California Dreamer" – plus "Higher", "Smiling Faces", "Hell Below", "Getting Over", "Popcorn/Santana", "I Love You", "Java Girl", and "Walk On By". The set also includes the Soap album – a very similar record with a mix of rock and soul, done with the same sort of US Army-endorsed approach – and some great raw production that really makes the album sparkle! Many tunes are covers, but they're played here with a gritty live energy – so that even the rock tunes feel a bit funky at times – given a really odd edge. Titles include weird versions of "Uncle Albert", "Ticket To Ride", "Southern Man", "I Just Want To Celebrate", "Get Together", and "Walk Away". CD
Also available
East Of Underground ... CD 9.99
Hell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD 18.99

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Ensemble PearlEnsemble Pearl ... CD
Drag City, 2013. New Copy .... $8.99
Droning soundscapes with dreamy atmosphere and ominous twists and turns from Ensemble Pearl! The ensemble is an international one – featuring Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, plus Atsuo from Boris, Boris-affiliate Michio Kurihara, William Herzog and guests – and their eponymous record for Drag City is one of cooler avant instrumental projects on DC in recent memory. It apparently came together from material recorded for a theater project a couple years earlier – and it has a bit of tripped out, spooky soundtrack-y feel to show for it – but it stands really strongly as a headphones experience all its own! Includes "Ghost Parade", "Painting On A Corpse", "Wray", "Island Epiphany", "Giant" and "Sexy Angle". CD

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Christoph Erb/Keefe Jackson/Fred Lonberg-HolmDuope ... CD
Veto (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy .... $13.99
A completely cool blend of bass clarinet and cello – served up in a range of sounds that go way beyond the usual stuff from both instruments! Yet given the lineup of talent, the sounds are no surprise – as the record features both Keefe Jackson and Christoph Erb on bass clarinets, and Fred Lonberg Holm and Tomeka Reid on cello – all players who are already known well for their ability to push boundaries! Familiar tones mix wonderfully with bits that are more percussive, or more textural at times – and the doubling of instruments often lets one player handle a more conventional path (although still pretty improvised and avant), while the other shifts into some very abstract territory. Titles include "Junkon", "Tubo", "Pafarko", and "Snuro". CD

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Erica & Chiqhinho Et Les Show RioBrazil 77 ... CD
Vadim (France), 1977. New Copy .... $11.99
Breezy bossa from late 70s Paris – a rare European session from Rio ex-patriots Erica Norimar and Chiquinho Timoteo! The record's got a warmly jazzy glow that takes full advantage of the vocals of both artists – trading them back and forth on the more lively tunes, in a way that's clearly inspired by the older Brasil 66 style of the 60s, but reworked here into a slightly hipper 70s sound. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic, with a lot of percussion and guitar that give the tracks a samba-styled groove – but a few tracks also feature a bit of keyboards, plus some occasional sax, flute, and trumpet. Titles include "Forro", "Dodo", "Hein", "Nega De Obaluae", "Gota D'Agua", "A Filha Da Chiquita Bacana", "De Frente Pro Crime", "Kid Cavaquinho", "Ligia", and "Vatapa". CD

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Roky EricksonDon't Slander Me (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1986. New Copy Gatefold .... $13.99
Blazing early-to-mid 80s sounds from TX psych forebear and rock savant Roky Erickson – one of the cleanest produced records in his canon – and definitely one of the greatest of his later solo efforts! Similar to the The Evil One record, it's got some fairly straight forward and accessible rockers on it – with some amazing lead guitars and vocals from Roky at his most lucid and charismatic. But there's a bit of madness, too – both in the lyrical content and in some of the stranger instrumental accents – particularly, the electric autoharp and some oddball keyboards. That said, it's relegated to obscurity for unfortunate business reasons, not because it's too weird. Decades later, it still slays! Includes the killer title track, plus "Haunt", "Crazy Crazy Mama", "Nothing In Return", "Burn The Flames", "Bermuda", "You Drive Me Crazy", "Starry Eyes", "The Damn Thing", "Hasn't Anyone Told You", "Realize Your Mine" and more – plus an alternate take of "Haunt". CD
Also available Don't Slander Me (with download) ... LP 22.99

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Roky EricksonDon't Slander Me (with download) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1986. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold (reissue).... $22.99
Blazing early-to-mid 80s sounds from TX psych forebear and rock savant Roky Erickson – one of the cleanest produced records in his canon – and definitely one of the greatest of his later solo efforts! Similar to the The Evil One record, it's got some fairly straight forward and accessible rockers on it – with some amazing lead guitars and vocals from Roky at his most lucid and charismatic. But there's a bit of madness, too – both in the lyrical content and in some of the stranger instrumental accents – particularly, the electric autoharp and some oddball keyboards. That said, it's been relegated to obscurity for unfortunate business reasons, not because it's too weird. Decades later, it still slays! Includes the killer title track, plus "Haunt", "Crazy Crazy Mama", "Nothing In Return", "Burn The Flames", "Bermuda", "You Drive Me Crazy", "Starry Eyes", "The Damn Thing", "Hasn't Anyone Told You", "Realize Your Mine" and more – plus an alternate take of "Haunt". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gatefold sleeve with etched art by Travis Millard on side 4. Includes download.)
Also available Don't Slander Me (LP style sleeve) ... CD 13.99

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New Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... CD
Delmark, 2010. New Copy .... $11.99 16.99
The most amazing record to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the collaborative spirit of the latter reference – a largeish ensemble made up of some of the city's most important avant musicians in recent years – including Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass, Matt Bauder on clarinet and tenor, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed and John Herndon on drums – all players who know each others strengths through countless gigs together – coming together under the visionary leadership of Rob Mazurek on cornet. There's some slight electro-acoustic elements, which further complicate the sound of the record – but all without ever taking it off base – and the whole thing's got a righteous sort of energy that makes us mighty proud that sounds this great came from our hometown. Titles include "ChromoRocker", "Impression #1", "Ascenscion Ghost Impression #2", and "Three Blocks Of Light". CD
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Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... LP
Delmark, 2010. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
The most amazing records to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the collaborative spirit of the latter reference – a largeish ensemble made up of some of the city's most important avant musicians in recent years – including Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass, Matt Bauder on clarinet and tenor, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed and John Herndon on drums – all players who know each others strengths through countless gigs together – coming together under the visionary leadership of Rob Mazurek on cornet. There's some slight electro-acoustic elements, which further complicate the sound of the record – but all without ever taking it off base – and the whole thing's got a righteous sort of energy that makes us mighty proud that sounds this great came from our hometown. Titles include "ChromoRocker", "Impression #1", "Ascenscion Ghost Impression #2", and "Three Blocks Of Light". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stars Have Shapes ... CD 11.99

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

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New Donald FagenNightfly ... CD
Warner, 1982. Used .... $2.99
A bit of jazzy magic from Fagen – stepping out from the cover of Steely Dan after the Gaucho album, and sounding pretty darn great on his own! The record is almost nostalgic, going back to a 50s of Brubeck, abstract expressionism, and pre-Castro Havana – filled with images that are a bit less oblique than those of Fagen's work with Steely Dan, and a love for the subject matter that makes us like the record even more. Musically, the set follows strongly from Gaucho, but has perhaps a bit more straight jazz – and titles include "The Goodbye Look", "Walk Between Raindrops", "IGY", "Green Flower Street", and "New Frontier". CD
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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the electric funk of other CTI records, but has a similar sense of space, sound, and rhythm overall – proof that the label's groundbreaking approach didn't always have to be electrified! Tracks are quite long, and the two leaders effortlessly craft notes that magically hang in space with an airily soulful feel. Titles include wonderfully reworked versions of "Whisper Not", "A Child Is Born", and "Pavane For A Dead Princess". CD
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Festa Do ChorinhoFesta Do Chorinho Vol 1 ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $15.99
A great revival of older choro modes – played in a style that's quite faithful to the original, and which is recorded in a spare, simple style that's mighty nice! The set's oddly missing notes on the musicians, but instrumentation includes lots of percussion on tamborim, sweet lyrical lines on flute, and plenty of lively interplay between acoustic guitar and bandolim – ringing out beautifully here on most of the tunes! All tracks on this volume are two-song medley numbers – and titles include "Odeon/Lamento", "Carinhoso/Minhas Maos Meu Cavaquinho", "Diabinho Maluco/Noites Cariocas", "Baiao Cacula/Delicado", "Cortintiano/Flor Amorosa", and "Magoado/Sons De Carrilhoes". CD

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Milo Fine/Paul MetzgerConcerning The Other Condition/Spontaneous Composition Generator ... LP
Nero's Neptune, 2009. New Copy .... $14.99
A split LP – featuring a side apiece by each of the artists above! Milo Fine plays b flat clarinet on "Moosbrugger", but also steps over to a prepared piano too – or the "remains" of one – where he suddenly moves from the contemplative tones of the clarinet to some very wild musings with great ferocity on the keys! "Ulrich" then features Fine on some great free drum work on a conventional kit – a nice change. Paul Metzger sounds even more wonderful on "Spontaneous Composition Generator" on the flipside – named after the cool device used for the piece – a wooden box that contains parts of 37 music boxes, then added with other elements, and wired to a dozen pickups! The sound is amazing – very revolutionary and spontaneous – and in a compelling space between avant composition elements and free jazz. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – with some cool paper inserts that appear to be hand-pressed!)

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Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraRCO – Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live In Concert ... CD
Ninja Tune, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
Some of the coolest, most complex work we've ever heard from Fink – a set that takes the trio way past their usual Ninja Tune territory – thanks to the addition of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra! The core trio serve up spare instrumentation that's dramatically augmented by the RCO – not in ways that are the usual orchestral style, but sort of shaded in with fuller colors and tones – creating a moody feel that definitely makes the record the group's most expressive so far! The vocals are especially nice in this setting – especially when the orchestra is offering some strikingly avant counterpoint – and the whole thing comes packaged in an amazing book-like package, with lots of notes and photos on the project. Titles include "Berlin Sunrise", "The Infernal Machine", "Wheels", "This Is The Thing", and "Sort Of Revolution". CD
Also available RCO – Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live In Concert (with download) ... LP 46.99

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Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraRCO – Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live In Concert (with download) ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2013. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... $46.99 48.98
Some of the coolest, most complex work we've ever heard from Fink – a set that takes the trio way past their usual Ninja Tune territory – thanks to the addition of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra! The core trio serve up spare instrumentation that's dramatically augmented by the RCO – not in ways that are the usual orchestral style, but sort of shaded in with fuller colors and tones – creating a moody feel that definitely makes the record the group's most expressive so far! The vocals are especially nice in this setting – especially when the orchestra is offering some strikingly avant counterpoint – and the whole thing comes packaged in an amazing book-like package, with lots of notes and photos on the project. Titles include "Berlin Sunrise", "The Infernal Machine", "Wheels", "This Is The Thing", and "Sort Of Revolution". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available RCO – Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live In Concert ... CD 13.99

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Brigitte FontaineBrigitte Fontaine Est ... CD
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy .... $14.99
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau album on 60s Polydor. But at another level, there's already some of Fontaine's experimental spirit strongly at play – putting the songs together with a very creative, poetic approach. Pierre Barouh (of Francis Lai soundtrack & Saravah fame) handled the music, and the orchestrations have lots of cool little bits and weird twists and turns – and Brigitte's voice is strong and clear, more like other familiar female French singers than on her later work. Tracks include "L'Homme Objet", "Le Beau Cancer", "Il Pleut", "Je Suis Inadaptee", and "Comme Rimbaud". Totally worth having if you dig groovy French stuff! CD
 
 
 



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