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New 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 ... $29.99
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 JusJacob Lindsay/Ava Mendoza/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter ... CD
Balance Point Acoustics, 2008. Used ... $7.99
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New Ava CherryStreetcar Named Desire (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Coast/Gold Legion, 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 BernsteinWalk On The Wild Side ... LP
Choreo/AVA, Early 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
One of Elmer Bernstein's best soundtracks of the 60s – written for this film set in the brothels of New Orleans in the 30s, with a mix of jazz and dramatic themes. The best cuts are the jazz-based ones – tunes that come across with more of a 60s groove than you'd expect, given the setting of the film, and which are played by a small combo. Other tracks are more serious – and titles include "Juke For Teresina", "Exit Kitty", "Hallie's Jazz", "Iron Rings", "Doll House", and "Walk On The Wild Side". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pete JollySweet September ... LP
AVA, 1963. Very Good ... $16.99
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with some slight additional help from Howard Roberts on a few tracks. But this time around, Roberts' work is only on a few of the titles – leaving Pete's core trio to take over most of the grooves themselves, building strongly from warmly rolling rhythms by Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, topped by Jolly's surprisingly soulful lines on piano – all in a blend that reminds us of the great balance between lyricism and groove we always find in the best work of Vince Guaraldi. Titles include "Sweet September", "Can't We Be Friends", "Any Number Can Win", "Soft Winds", "Oleo", "Yours Is My Heart Alone", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", and "Kiss Me Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small sticker on front.)

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Pete Jolly & His TrioHello, Jolly! ... LP
AVA, 1964. Sealed ... $6.99
Not the Hello Dolly album you might guess from the title, but instead a wonderfully groovy batch of tracks from pianist Pete Jolly – an album done with great larger arrangements from Dick Hazard and Dick Grove, and a tight vibe that makes the set one of Pete's grooviest albums ever! Pete's incredibly fluid on the keys of the piano – hitting with a hard punch on the left hand to really underscore the snapping rhythms of the tunes, but flying free on the right with these lyrical lines that are simply beautiful – really on a par with the best 60s work from Vince Guaraldi, and the kind of record that should have more folks talking about Jolly's genius. The core group features Howard Roberts on guitar, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Nick Martinez on drums – and Jolly's one hell of a pianist in this sort of setting – and it always seems that when he's got a big group behind him, he really lets loose with some great solos, freed from the rhythm of the tracks so that he can skate over the top of the songs in a magical way! Tracks include "Hard Day's Night", "People", "Moment Of Truth", "First Of May", "Blues Two Ways", and "The Grass Is Greener". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, but shrinkwrap has a small bit of marker.)

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New Herb StewardHerb Steward Plays So Pretty ... LP
AVA, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A sweet little date for the AVA label – one that features the tenor and clarinet of Herb Steward set amidst lush strings from Dick Hazard! The sound is very dreamy and laidback – a great sort of late nite romantic jazz set – and Steward's horn still comes through strongly, with a deep feeling that really keeps things compelling, even when relaxed. Titles include "Lovely Melody", "So Pretty", "With All My Love", "Indian Summer", "Remember", "Memphis In June", and "When Day Is Done". LP, Vinyl record album
(Choreo pressing.)

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New Mark Lawrence/Victor Feldman/Norman ParisDavid & Lisa ... LP
AVA, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
Side one of this LP isn't much to write home about – dramatic orchestral music, written by Mark Lawrence, and conducted by Norman Paris – dark stuff to accompany the film in the title. Side two is great, though – jazzy "impressions" of the main themes, played by a group that's led by Victor Feldman, with a free lyrical approach that's better than most of his other work from the time. Titles include "Theme From David & Lisa", "David & Lisa's Love Song", "Paree Paree Paree", and "Clock Smash". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
 
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New Tony Scott & The Rune Ofwerman TrioSwinging In Sweden ... CD
RCA/Gazell (Sweden), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing chapter in the career of reedman Tony Scott – some key late 50s recordings done on the Swedish scene, issued here together for the first time, with a rare bonus track as well! Scott made some huge waves on the European scene in the 60s – thanks to important collaborations with overseas players, on work that ran from exotic to modal to world-jazz combinations – and this early set of performances really shows the birth of those more creative modes, as Tony's really working hard to break from some of the more boppish styles of his previous American albums! The core group is the trio of pianist Rune Ofwerman – with Gunnar Johnson on bass and Egil Johansen on drums – a combo with a fluid, open style that really sets Scott free on clarinet – a lot like his late 50s recordings to come with Bill Evans. Titles include "Blues For Ava" in both vocal and instrumental modes – plus "Swingin In Sweden", "Night In Tunisia", "Walkin", "I Can't Get Started", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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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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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
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New Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... $7.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
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New Jason AjemianFolklords ... LP
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Material Girls" and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
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Johnny AlfEle E Johnny Alf ... CD
EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by Johnny Alf – a sweet and mellow set of tracks that retains all the charm of his earlier bossa work, yet which adds in some warmer electric touches to really expand the sound. The set's totally wonderful – warm and raspy vocals from Johnny, set in lightly dancing jazz arrangements that groove with a gentle edge. Titles include "Leme", "Garota Da Minha Dicade", "Pensando Em Voce", "Decisao", "Anabela", "Ama Me", and "Eh Mundo Bom Tai". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Sandalia De Prata", "Tema Carnaval", "Eu E A Brisa", and "Nao Deixa A Zorra Morrer". CD

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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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New 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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Fred Anderson & Hamid DrakeFrom The River To The Ocean ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2007. Used ... $8.99
A fresh album from one of the stronger partnerships in avant garde jazz – sax titan Fred Anderson and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake – joined by some of the finest Chicago based players for set of slowbuilding, generously spacious material that might be even better their previous album for Thrill Jockey! Anderson's sax and Drake's drumming are as intuitive to each other as ever, and some bits of the record have a dual bass sound that really pulls us in! Josh Abrams and Harrison Bankhead bring the bass, with a great cello part by Bankhead on one track, and Jeff Parker plays some nice guitar. A masterful record with more of an ensemble approach than its predecessor! 5 long (or longish), languorously gripping tracks: "Planet E", "Strut Time", "For Brother Thompson", "From The River To The Ocean" and "Sakti/Shiva". CD

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Laurie AndersonBig Science ... LP
Warner, 1982. Near Mint- ... $8.99
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences that would mire down performance art in years to come. Instead, she's got a clean, clear style that's simply amazing – spoken passages that are poetic and pointed, but which also have a slight undercurrent of wit – a charming quality that never takes itself too seriously, even when the sounds and styles are somewhat dark. Instrumentation includes some great rhythm passages from David Van Tieghem, plus surprising performances from Rufus Harley on bagpipes and George Lewis on trombone. Titles include "From The Air", "Big Science", "O Superman", "Born Never Asked", "Walking & Falling", "Example #22", "Let X = X", and "It Tango". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few light creases.)

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Charly Antolini Jazz PowerCaravan ... CD
Bell (Germany), 1985. Used ... $6.99
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Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & Marisa MonteTribalistas ... CD
EMI, 2002. Used ... $3.99
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches from Monte herself. Titles include "Carnavalia", "La De Longe", "O Amor E Feio", "Passe Em Casa", "Velha Infancia", and "Ja Sei Namorar". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Astro Can CaravanNagual Julian/Athatoolagooloo/Cosmos Jones ... 12-inch
Ricky Tick (Finland), 2009. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $1.99
A great debut from this up-and-coming Ricky Tick combo – a group we certainly hope we'll be hearing more from! Astro Can Caravan are a bit fuller than the usual ensemble on the label – a fuller jazz group with a strong horn section – one that blasts with a brassy power on "The Nagual Julian", a really great track that's kind of a cross between club jazz and Afro Funk! "Athatoolagooloo" is a bit moodier – nicely offbeat rhythms, but still with a modal sort of energy – peppered by horn parts that dip and turn with a great deal of complex colors – quite sophisticated, and almost with a nod back to older Scandinavian jazz. "Cosmo Jones" is a more straight ahead groover – one that builds with a righteous energy that's totally great! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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AtomicFeet Music ... CD
Jazzland/Universal (Japan), 2002. Used ... $12.99
The most truly jazz-based group on Norway's hip Jazzland label – a quintet of players that know how to push an avant garde solo into a groove, and vice versa! The album's free-thinking and quite striking – as some tracks crackle with the energy of an early Mingus record, filtered through the colder cooler approaches of the recent Norwegian scene. The lineup features lead tenor and soprano by Fredrik Ljungkvist, plus trumpet by Magnus Broo, piano by Havard Wiik, bass by Ingebrit Haker Flaten, and drums by Paal Nilssen Love. Titles include "Longing For Martin", "Do It", "Psalm", "Fifth Circle", "Krilons Resa", "Prayer", and "El Coto". CD

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New B-52sB-52s ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good ... $7.99
A damn great little record – one that's got plenty to offer, and way more than the kitsch you might expect! We're surprised at how many times we go back to this one over the years – but it always makes us happy! Titles include "Planet Claire", "52 Girls", "Dance This Mess Around", "Rock Lobster", "Lava", "There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)", "Hero Worship", "6060-842" and "Downtown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Stuart BakerBlack Fire New Spirits – Images Of A Revolution – Radical Jazz In The USA 1960 to 1975 (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $36.99 49.95
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled with pictures of Duke, Louis, and Miles! In true Soul Jazz fashion, the volume shines the spotlight on key avant and spiritual jazz figures – like Roland Kirk, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Elvin Jones, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Alice Coltrane, Lloyd McNeil, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Max Roach, Larry Young, and many others – each of whom get at least one very vivid photo (some black and white, some color), and a short bit of text that introduces their music and placement in jazz. To be fair, there's also some shots of Miles, too – but shown in a very different context in this great book! 189 pages, oversize, with a great hardcover package. Book

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Band Of BonesCaravan ... CD
Band Of Bones, 2013. Used ... $8.99
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Gato BarbieriFenix ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $8.99
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 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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Gato BarbieriThird World ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Sony (Argentina), 1969. Used ... $6.99
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
Also available Third World ... CD 11.99

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Robbie BashoZarthus ... CD
Vanguard (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the trippiest records ever from Robbie Basho – in case you couldn't guess from the striking cover image! The set's a blend of Basho's sublime work on guitar – very much in the John Fahey side of the spectrum – and more Eastern-styled elements from Ramnad V Raghavan, who plays mrdangam on all tracks – creating these captivating rhythmic pulses alongside Basho's guitar! Basho also sings and plays a bit of piano – both very eerie, and very unusual – especially on the last track on the record, which takes up almost all of side two, and has an almost Gurdjieff sort of vibe. Titles include "Zarthus", "Khalil Gibran", "Bride Divine", "Rhapsody In Druz", and "Mehera". CD

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New Bee Gees, Tavares, Yvonne Elliman, & OthersSaturday Night Fever ... LP
RSO, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
The record that defined a generation, and a set with some surprisingly nice soul tracks, too – including "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, "KJEE" by MFSB, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph MacDonald, "Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy, "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman, and "More Than A Woman" by Tavares. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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Bee Gees, Tavares, Yvonne Elliman, & OthersSaturday Night Fever – The Original Movie Soundtrack ... CD
Polydor, 1978. Used ... $4.99
The record that defined a generation, and a set with some surprisingly nice soul tracks, too – including "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, "KJEE" by MFSB, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph MacDonald, "Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy, "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman, and "More Than A Woman" by Tavares. CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Josh BermanThere Now ... CD
Delmark, 2012. Used ... $8.99
Seminal Chicago sounds from cornetist Josh Berman – and a record that's not just a key example of his talents, but of the whole energy of the Windy City scene as well! There's a nice gag in the "His Gang" on the cover of the record – but it's also somewhat well put, too – as Berman's definitely got ears for the old-time sounds such a name might imply – yet always has ways of making those older modes come out with freshly modern energy! The balance is amazing – and really shows Josh's ear for trad jazz, mixed with his contemporary avant expressions – a pan-historical jazz mode that's hardly ever been handled this well – except maybe by Jaki Byard at a few moments. At some level, the instrumentation reads like an old trad band – cornet, clarinet, trombone, bass clarinet – but the sounds here are definitely 21st Century – played by a great "gang" that includes Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums. Berman's arrangements are wonderful – very offbeat, but swinging too – and titles include "Sugar", "Mobile & Blues", "Liza", "Cloudy", "One Train May Hide Another", and "Jada". CD

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Bebo Best & Super Lounge OrchestraSaronno On The Rocks ... CD
Chin Chin (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... $8.99 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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Black SabbathParanoid ... CD
Warner, 1971. Used ... $4.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment of genius ever from Black Sabbath – and a genre-changing record that influenced generations! The group are at their lean, raw best here – free from any cliches at all, and working in an incredibly heady brew of fuzzy guitar, romping bass, and dark drums – all topped by the instantly recognizeable screech of the young Ozzy Osborne! Guitarist Tony Iommi virtually redefines rock use of the guitar with this record alone – and the Oz follows suit with some of the creepiest vocals set to record ever. Titles include the classics "Paranoid" and "Iron Man", plus "War Pigs", "Planet Caravan", "Electric Funeral", "Hand Of Doom", and "Rat Salad". CD

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New Black SabbathParanoid ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good- ... $14.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment of genius ever from Black Sabbath – and a genre-changing record that influenced generations! The group are at their lean, raw best here – free from any cliches at all, and working in an incredibly heady brew of fuzzy guitar, romping bass, and dark drums – all topped by the instantly recognizeable screech of the young Ozzy Osborne! Guitarist Tony Iommi virtually redefines rock use of the guitar with this record alone – and the Oz follows suit with some of the creepiest vocals set to record ever. Titles include the classics "Paranoid" and "Iron Man", plus "War Pigs", "Planet Caravan", "Electric Funeral", "Hand Of Doom", and "Rat Salad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
Also available Paranoid ... CD 4.99

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Art BlakeyCaravan ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
One of the best non-Blue Note sessions from Art Blakey in the 60s – a really searing set that features the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers – a group that's filled with legends who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Reggie Workman on bass, and Cedar Walton on piano! The sextet format really pushes the energy of the group – and allows for even more wonderful horn interplay than before – while still allowing for lots of solo space for individual voices. Tracks are long and open, with a bouncing lyrical groove that's more soaring than some of the heavy-hitting earlier albums from Blakey, but no less pleasing – and possibly even a bit more soulful! Titles include "Sweet N Sour", "This Is For Albert", "Skylark", and "Thermo". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art BlakeyThermo ... LP
Milestone, Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
A nice little 2LP set that brings together some great work from Art's non Blue Note years during the 60s, recorded for the Riverside label, and originally issued on the albums Ugetsu, Kyoto, and Caravan. The set features all the tracks from Ugetsu, plus selections from the other two – but the album's got a very unified sound, as the group's the same on all cuts, Blakey's sweetly soulful sextet that included Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Wayne Shorter. Titles include "One By One", "Time Off", "This Is For Albert", "Sweet N Sour", "Kyoto", "Nihon Bash", and "On The Ginza". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Blakey, Benny Barth, & OthersDrums On Fire ... LP
World Pacific, 1958. Very Good ... $7.99
Includes "Tabla Solo" by Chatur Lal, "Caravan" with Benny Barth and the Mastersounds, "Ritual" performed by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, and "Bark For Barksdale" featuring Chico Hamilton with Gerry Mulligan's Quartet. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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New BongolianBlueprint ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $17.99
Bongos and keyboards galore – and a stunning second full length set from London's Bongolian! We've always loved these guys, but they've definitely taken things to the next level on this album – and have honed their groove down to a key focus on the elements that make them best – the tightly breaking drums of their funky side, and the sweet keyboard riffs of their jazzier one! Most of the instrumentation on the set comes from stark acoustic percussion (not just bongos but congas, timbales, and more) – plus sweet keyboard lines from Hammond, Fender Rhodes, and Farfisa – all used sparingly, but with a really punched-up effect that goes great with the drums. And while the group have some of the mod touches of earlier work, the sound here is much more in the heavy funk mode – bunring beautifully through an all instrumental set that includes "Agent Hardigs", "Del Ray", "Sad Curtis", "House Of Voodoo", "The Hoodwink", "Victoria Park", "Soul Caravan", "Routemaster Ride", and "Freddie's Dreaming". CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. Used 2CD ... $8.99
Deluxe version of one of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One and Boogie Down Productions, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Other tracks include "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9MM Goes Bang". Includes a second CD featuring a number of tracks that are on CD for the first time ever – 12" versions of "Avance", "$ucce$$ Is The World", "P Is Free", "Stop The Violence", "Essays On BDP-ism" and much more. 26 tracks on 2CDs! CD
Also available Criminal Minded ... CD 13.99

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Rocky BoydEase It – Introducing The Rocky Boyd Quintet ... LP
Jazztime, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The only full album ever issued by tenor player Rocky Boyd – but a set so great, it's definitely made a name for him over the years! Boyd's got a wonderful tone on the set – sharp and soulful, with an approach to the tenor that almost reminds us of early 60s Jackie McLean – particularly in the way that Jackie could hit dark corners with raspy, personal tone. The rest of the group's no slouch either – and features Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – a lineup so great, they give the album a real Blue Note sort of polish – and the album's definitely one that would have been a better-known date, if it hadn't died quickly on the short-lived Jazztime label. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "West 42nd Street", "Avars", "Ease It", "Samba De Orfeu", and "Why Not". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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New Ronnie BoykinsWill Come Is Now (aka Ronnie Boykins) ... CD
ESP (Italy), 1975. Used ... $7.99
A rare non-Sun Ra session from bassist Ronnie Boykins! Boykins was one of Ra's most long-term players – a key part of the Arkestra for many years – but on this album, he hits a totally different sound –and one that's somewhat spiritual as well! The group's got a great sax-heavy sound that comes from a trio of reedmen – Monty Waters, Joe Ferguson, and James Vass – handling alto, tenor, soprano, and flute between them – often in a tight line at the head, then breaking out into some wonderfully personal solos – played with such feeling that almost makes us think that Boykins was a much more sensitive musician than he ever got the chance to be with Sun Ra. The tunes have a really beautiful sense of structure and soul – and the reedmen explode beautifully with their work, alongside a remaining lineup that features Daoud Haroom on trombone, Art Lewis on percussion, and George Avaloz on congas. Titles include "Tipping On Heels", "The Third I", "The Will Come, Is Now", "Starlight At The Wonder Inn", and "Demon's Dance". CD

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Anthony BraxtonFor Alto ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... $8.99
One of the first solo saxophone recordings of the 60s – recorded as one of the first few sessions by a young Anthony Braxton! As the title implies, the whole album features alto sax – played freely by Braxton with a depth of creativity and sense of humanity to rival any of the previous greatness of his generation from bigger names on labels like Impulse or ESP. There's a great sense of restraint here too – not one that has Braxton on the inside of the jazz spectrum, but which keeps him focused, and never to overly-indulgent in this new sort of setting. The sounds from his alto are clearly revolutionary – even from the perspective of many decades later – and we honestly think this record still beats most of the albums of this type that have come out in the years since it was first recorded! Tunes are all dedicated to Braxton's friends and heroes, in sort of a who's-who of the avant garde – and ttles include "To Composer John Cage", "To Leroy Jenkins", "To Murray De Pillars", and "To Pianist Cecil Taylor". CD

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Cecil Brooks IIIFor Those Who Love To Groove ... CD
Savant, 1999. Used ... $6.99
CD

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Clifford BrownClifford Brown All-Stars (Trip) ... LP
EmArcy/Trip, 1954. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A key slice of Clifford Brown from the 50s – two long tracks both recorded in an open-ended jam session format, showing a side of Brown's powers that's even bolder and more inventive than some of his previous studio work! The album soars along beautifully – with Brownie in the lead amongst an unusual, but well-chosen batch of players that includes Herb Geller and Joe Maini on alto saxes, Walter Benton on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Curtis Counce on bass, and Max Roach on drums – all grooving alongside Clifford on the album's nicely extended tracks. The album was released after Brown's death in 1956, features the side-long tracks "Caravan" and "Autumn In New York". LP, Vinyl record album
(Trip pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, worn corner, some ringwear, and remnants of a price sticker on front.)

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Pep BrownThink About The Children/Are You Leaving Me ... 7-inch
Lava, Mid 70s. Very Good ... $7.99
Produced by Jimmy Johnson at Muscle Shoals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bobby BryantBig Band Blues ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the earliest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Bobby Bryant – but a set that was also only issued after his bigger albums of the 60s! The set was cut for Vee Jay in 1959, when Bobby was living in Chicago – but wasn't issued at the time – and it's a fantastic document of the player's great early sensibilities, almost a precursor to some of the hipper big band work that would come out of the west coast scene in the 60s. Many titles are familiar, but they're redone with a tremendous sense of rhythm and groove – executed by Bobby and the band with some really great solos, and held down by a tight rhythm section that features John Young on piano. Other players include Louis Satterfield and John Avant on trombones, and James Spaulding and Willie Randall on saxes – and titles include "Sleepy", "Love For Sale", "Blues Excerpt", "Indiana", "Falling In Love", and "Harlem Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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Chico Buarque/Nara Leao/Maria BethaniaQuando O Carnaval Chegar ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A fantastic soundtrack recorded in the immediate post-Tropicalia years – featuring some of the best early 70s work by Chico Buarque, Nara Leao, Maria Bethania, and others! The cover has a mad image with Buarque, Leao, and Bethania in top hats and shiny uniforms – and the music follows up with a similarly lively spirit – samba-esque, with other touches of rock and jazz production that give the work an expansive and trippy feel. Roberto Menescal handled the arrangements – and titles include "Cacada" by Chico Buarque, "Mais Uma Estrela" by Nara Leao, "Soneto" by Orquesta De Cordas, "Soneto" by Nara Leao, "Partido Alto" by MPB-4, "Formosa" by Nara Leao & Maria Bethania, "Baioque" by Maria Bethania, and "Cantores De Radio" by Chico, Naria, and Maria together! CD

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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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Button Down Brass with Ray DaviesGirl Talk ... CD
Castle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
The group's got a silly name, and a stuffy-looking leader, but man, can they get nice and funky! Ray Davies here is not to be confused with the leader of The Kinks – as this Ray is about 10 years older (at least), and a British session trumpet player who was to the UK easy scene of the 60s and 70s what Herb Alpert was to the US! But even more than that, as the 70s approached, Ray picked up a lot more of a groove – adding in some heavy guitar, nice beats, and a bit of electricity to his tunes – creating a sound that's as funky as some of our favorite soundtrack work from the early 70s, wrapped around a number of popular tunes that get remade in excellent new ways through the genius of Ray's funky trumpet. This nicely-priced set is a perfect introduction to Ray's work – especially considering that the original vinyl copies of these tracks change hands for dozens of dollars – and the set's got a total of 18 tracks that include "Martinique", "Heavy Water", "Caravan", "Mach 1", "Truckin", "Hadrian's Wall", "Shaft", "On A Clear Day", "The Odd Couple", "Moon River", "Superstar", and "Girl Talk". CD

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Charlie ByrdByrdland/More Brazilian Byrd ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1966/1967. Used ... $7.99
Two 60s albums by Charlie Byrd, back to back on one CD! 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". More Brazilian Byrd features Charlie's guitar over some larger arrangements – in a smooth batch of pop bossa that includes "Jequibau", "Agua De Beber", "Berimbau", "O Barquinho", "How Insensitive", and "Pretty Butterfly". 22 tracks in all! CD

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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 ... $14.99
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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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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Truman Capote/Harold Arlen/Joe RaposoHouse Of Flowers ... LP
United Artists, 1968. Sealed ... $7.99
Music from the second production of the Truman Capote/Harold Arlen musical House Of Flowers – this one performed off-Broadway in the late 60s, with a lot more edge than the first version of the show! The great Joe Raposo is on deck to handle the music, and you can definitely hear some of the groovier touches of his more famous TV work of the time – which updates Arlen's music nicely – and singers include Yolande Bavan (of Lambert, Hendricks, & Bavan fame), Daniel Barrajanos, Charles Moore, Carla Pinza, Robert Jackson, Thelma Oliver, and Hope Clarke. Titles include "A Sleepin Bee", "House Of Flowers", "Smellin Of Vanilla", "Waitin", "Woman Never Understan", "I Never Has Seen Snow", and "Jump De Broom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pierre CavalliUna Vitamina Faz Favor ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... $23.99
Sweet bossa-tinged grooves from the 70s – but recorded in Switzerland, not Brazil! Guitarist Pierre Cavalli had plenty of experience with the scene in Brazil during the late 60s – and for these 70s sides, he really tries to recreate the best sounds of Rio from a few years back – but often mixes in some of his own offbeat twists and turns, including some of the hipper undercurrents he picked up while working on recordings for MPS! The tunes are less straight bossa than some great Germanic imagining of bossa nova – with slightly tripping turns from Pierre on his guitar, cool wordless vocals in a few spots, sweet Fender Rhodes, and arrangements from Bruno Spoerri and Angel Gatti that are mighty nice. The set's easily one of the best in Sonorama's reissue series – and titles include "Possarinhos", "Cachaca", "Violao Em Foco", "Pao De Acucar", "Transmissao Mutavel", "Tempo In Tempo", "Tecidos", and "Alegria". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nelson Cavaquinho, Candeia, Guilherme De BritoQuatro Grandes Do Samba ... CD
Sony (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99
A beautiful album of samba tracks – recorded with a warm intimacy that really gets at the talents of the group! Four samba giants – Nelson Cavaquinho, Cadeia, Guilherme De Brito, and Elto Medeiros – join forces in this 1977 session recorded for RCA Brazil. The vocal stylings of the artists are shifted from track to track – so that most numbers feature one of the quartet stepping out as a lead vocalist, with accompaniment by the others – which makes for a very collaborative, almost spontaneous sort of feel – just the right setting for these legends of the genre. Titles include "Sem Ilusao", "Noticia", "Amor Perfeito", "Nao E So Voce", "A Vida", "Sou Mais O Samba", and "Gotas De Luar". CD

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Nelson Cavaquinho, Candeia, Guilherme De BritoQuatro Grandes Do Samba ... CD
BMG (Brazil), 1977. Used ... $8.99
A beautiful album of samba tracks – recorded with a warm intimacy that really gets at the talents of the group! Four samba giants – Nelson Cavaquinho, Cadeia, Guilherme De Brito, and Elto Medeiros – join forces in this 1977 session recorded for RCA Brazil. The vocal stylings of the artists are shifted from track to track – so that most numbers feature one of the quartet stepping out as a lead vocalist, with accompaniment by the others – which makes for a very collaborative, almost spontaneous sort of feel – just the right setting for these legends of the genre. Titles include "Sem Ilusao", "Noticia", "Amor Perfeito", "Nao E So Voce", "A Vida", "Sou Mais O Samba", and "Gotas De Luar". CD
(Out of print.)

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Michael ChabonTelegraph Avenue (hardcover) ... Book
Harper, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 27.98
Michael Chabon takes a dip into our own little slice of the universe – by setting this book in a fictious record store in Oakland, California! Chabon's version of the record store isn't exactly like our own experience here at Dusty Groove – maybe more in the High Fidelity side of the spectrum – as the small indie Brokeland Records braces for impact from a larger megastore opening nearby. But the life of the store is only a small slice of the story – because, as usual with Chabon, the real strength of the book is its sense of character – from the owner of the store to the cast of characters in the Oakland scene. And while Chabon might be a bit stiff with some of his funk and soul references, our props still go out to him for giving that world the same sort of play he gave to comics in The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay. 465 pages, hardcover edition. Book
(Please note: These copies have a very small remainder mark on the spine.)

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Mark Charig, Keith Tippett, & Ann WinterPipedream (with bonus track) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
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
(Heavy vinyl – with bonus download too!)

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New Leonard CohenSongs Of Love & Hate (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1971. Used ... $4.99
One of the more heavily brooding albums ever cut by Leonard Cohen – and also one of the best – the iconic Songs Of Love And Hate from 1971! Cohen's aptly titled third LP, with the nice spare approach to production that most of his early work had, even more stripped down, with voice and acoustic guitar the focus, and some tasteful, more lush texture when the mood strikes – and oh so incredible wordplay and phrasing from the iconic maverick poet/songwriter. Classic bummers including "Avalanche", "Last Year's Man", "Dress Rehearsal Rag", "Diamonds In The Mine", "Love Calls You By Your Name", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Sing Another Song, Boys" and "Joan Of Arc". Also features a bonus early version of "Dress Rehearsal Rag". CD

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Phil Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass EnsembleKelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 2012. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99 19.99
An amazing bit of music – and an incredible document of generations of creative jazz energy as well! The legendary Phil Cohran teams up here with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – a collective made up of Cohran's sons, who follow strongly in the rich legacy of his own Artistic Heritage group – yet in a very different way! Hypnotic Brass have caught the ear of many during their bright rise to fame – with a fluid, horn-heavy groove that's really amazing – echoes of Sun Ra and other Chicago creative legends – yet played almost entirely on brass instruments, which gives them an even bolder vibe. Here, working with their progenitor brings the group even more depth than before – an excellent sound that really spins things out wonderfully – percussion layered underneath the horns, solos taking jazzy flight, and an overall righteous vibe that holds things together beautifully. The album's way more than the sum of its parts – and those parts are already rich indeed – and titles include "Stateville", "Cuernavaca", "Ancestral", "Spin", "Zincali", "Apsara", and "Frankincense & Myrrh". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat King ColeAfter Midnight – The Complete Session ... CD
Capitol, 1956. Used ... $6.99
A great album, and one in which Nat King Cole returns to his roots as a jazz singer! The session differs greatly from Nat's other schmaltzy ones from the time, and it features a very "after midnight" sound – with Nat playing and singing backed only by a small combo that includes jazz greats like Harry Edison, Willie Smith, Jual Tizol, and Jack Costanzo. Plus, if that's not enough, this fab CD adds a whopping batch of extra tracks to the original LP – for a total of 18 beauties that sound perfect on a warm summer night, long after the sun has gone down. Titles include "Caravan", "Candy", "What Is There To Say", "You're Looking At Me", and "Blame It On My Youth". Great stuff! CD

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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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Willie ColonHustler ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach that makes the whole thing come off like magic. A young Hector LaVoe is on lead vocals, but the real star here is the group – who have a lean, mean, stripped-down sound that's really great! Includes the jammer "The Hustler", plus "Eso Se Baila Asi", "Havana", "Guajiron", "Montero", and "Que Lio". LP, Vinyl record album

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Colson Unity TroupeNo Reservation ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980. New Copy ... $8.99 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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Comets On FireAvatar ... LP
Sub Pop, 2006. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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New Mike CooperTrout Steel (with download) ... LP
Dawn/Paradise Of Bachelors, 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $20.99 21.99
A beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as Mike Cooper's vocals and acoustic guitar come into play with more guitar from Stefan Grossman – plus alto sax from Mike Osborne, tenor and soprano from Alan Skidmore, piano from John Taylor, and bass from the late Harry Miller – all key players on the UK avant jazz scene of the time! The mix of these players with Cooper's core inspiration is not unlike some of the most progressive material coming from Island Records – or, even better, the special jazzy moments on records by Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin – company that Cooper could very easily keep, given the strength of his songwriting. Titles include "Don't Talk Too Fast", "On My Way", "Hope You See", "Weeping Rose", "Trout Steel", "I've Got Mine", "That's How", and "Pharoah's March". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)
Also available Trout Steel ... CD

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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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Valerio CosiCollected Works ... CD
Porter, Mid 2000s. Used ... $4.99
An earthy blend of jazz and improvisation from multi-instrumentalist Valerio Cosi – a collection of tracks from some recent self-released records, pulled together as a really great introduction to his music! Valerio plays a fair bit of alto sax on the record, often in looped fashion – and also handles flutes, sitar, guitars, and a variety of percussion instruments – often overdubbed on the same track, and occasionally processed with a bit of electronics too, but always with a sound that's pretty organic overall – as if the work was being done by a collective of spiritual avant players. Titles include "I Wanna Be Free", "Making Love In Lhasa", "Silver Stars & Golden Moon", "Harmonia Raag", "Mozambico", and "Interstellar Trane" – plus "Love Is Everywhere", which features some abstractions of the original by Pharoah Sanders! CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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New Wild Bill DavisMidnight To Dawn ... LP
RCA, 1967. Sealed ... $9.99
A nice live cooker from Wild Bill Davis! This album was recorded at Grace's Little Belmont, a club in Atlantic City in 1967, a place where organist Davis had played almost every summer for over twenty years. He is joined by Clayton Robert Brown on tenor sax, James "Dickie" Thompson on guitar and Robert Joseph Durham on drums. Some of the tracks are Davis or Davis and Bob Brown originals and they include "Let It Be", "Adoration", and "Up Top". Other songs are "Manha de Carnaval" from Black Orpheus, "Jive Samba", "Soft Winds", "Little Tracy", "Straight No Chaser", and "Cute" among others. LP, Vinyl record album

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Marpessa DawnMarpessa Dawn EP Collection ... CD
Barclay (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A cool collection of work from the enigmatic Marpessa Dawn – an artist you might know best for her work in the film Black Orpheus – and a heck of a groovy singer as well! The style of the work is very much in the spirit of the film's famous soundtrack, but a bit more lyrical too – as Marpessa sings both French and Portuguese lyrics – on some tracks arranged by Sivuca, some from the film, and some that almost have a groovy French femme pop approach! Titles include "Carnaval Samba", "Samba D'Orphee", "Adieu Tristesse", "La Fille De La Montagne", "C'est Lui Ma Vie", and "Va-t En Vit Mon Amour". CD

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Mark De Clive-LoweTake The Space Trane ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A whole new sound for Mark De Clive-Lowe – and a great one too – a completely different approach than any of his other previous records, and one that mixes his core cosmic grooves with a heavy dose of jazz! The set has Mark working with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – who provide bigger band backing to his sweet keyboards and rhythms, making for a wonderful blend of acoustic and electric that almost takes us back to some of the best MPS sessions of this nature in the 70s! Most tracks feature at least one horn solo out from the larger group – and there's no vocals at all on the record, which further gives the whole thing a fresh vibe compared to some of Mark's recent releases. Titles include "Relax Unwind", "Blues For Six", "Money", "El Dia Perfecto", "Heaven", "Take The Space Trane", "Caravan", and "Filthy Fingers". CD

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DeadlyTwo - I Got More Flavas Den U (main, radio, inst, acapella)/C'Mon Wit Ya Bad Self (main, radio, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
CMC, 1995. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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DecibelEl Poeta Del Ruido Plus ... CD
Mio (Israel), 1978/1979. Used ... $11.99
Very unusual instrumental music from late 70s Mexico – a bit like some of the more experimental jazz/classical blends that sprung up in the wake of Hermeto Pascoal's generation in Brazil! The groove here is a bit like Grupo Um or their mainman Lelo Nazario – music that's got some of the instrumentation of fusion, mixed with freer styles from avant classical – yet put together with a relatively lean feel overall, showing almost some art rock qualities too. There's a huge range of instrumentation on the record – including piano, keyboards, violins, reeds, and more – an in a wide variety of modes – and although there's also a bit of vocals on the set, they're really a second element, and almost used artfully or instrumentally. Titles include "Orgon Patafisico", "El Fin De Los Dodos", "Fakma", "Terapia De Faquirato", "Manati", and "El Titosco". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jack DeJohnette's Special EditionAlbum Album ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1984. Used ... $15.99
A record that really dives deep with a rich mix of creative rhythms and inventive horn lines! The album still has Jack DeJohnette staying true to his more avant roots – working with tenor from David Murray, alto and soprano sax from John Purcell, baritone and tuba from Howard Johnson, and bass from Rufus Reid – a lineup that's a bit bigger than on other Special Edition albums, and which is used to fill in even more colors and deeper elements than before. Some of the tunes are wonderfully vivid in approach – and titles include "Festival", "Third World Anthem", "Zoot Suite", "Ahmad The Terrible", and "New Orleans Strut". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Album Album ... LP 6.99

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Jack DeJohnette's Special EditionAlbum Album ... LP
ECM, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
A record that really dives deep with a rich mix of creative rhythms and inventive horn lines! The album still has Jack DeJohnette staying true to his more avant roots – working with tenor from David Murray, alto and soprano sax from John Purcell, baritone and tuba from Howard Johnson, and bass from Rufus Reid – a lineup that's a bit bigger than on other Special Edition albums, and which is used to fill in even more colors and deeper elements than before. Some of the tunes are wonderfully vivid in approach – and titles include "Festival", "Third World Anthem", "Zoot Suite", "Ahmad The Terrible", and "New Orleans Strut". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Also available Album Album ... CD 15.99

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Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 ... LP
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
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
Also available Deltron 3030 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Traffic, 2000. Used ... $6.99
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. This reissue edition adds 3 bonus tracks: "Positive Contact" (Charlie Clouser remix), "Terbulence" (Mark Bell rmx) and "Positive Contact" (Mario C rmx). CD
Also available Deltron 3030 ... LP 16.99

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DeodatoArtistry ... LP
MCA, 1974. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A live set from Deodato – but one that's very much in the mode of his best CTI studio sessions – with soaring, over the top keyboard work that's totally great – backed by some tightly compressed guitar, bass, and drums, with just enough funk in the mix to keep things interesting! As with other Deodato records from the time, there's a mix of moods here that comes together nicely – a range that goes past his easy hits, and shows Deodato to be one of the hippest, most soulful keyboard talents of his generation. Titles include a great version of "Super Strut" that grooves for over 8 minutes, and which has some firey guitar that really competes with Deodato's work on the keys – and other tracks include "Farewell To A Friend", "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Rio Sangre", and "Jivin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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DeodatoWhirlwinds/Artistry ... CD
MCA/BGO (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
Two post-CTI gems from Deodato – back to back on a single CD! Whirlwinds is sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded than before, but never in a way that buries the keyboards – and Deodato's right out front on a range of electric keys that get some great support from John Tropea's finely-honed work on guitar! Titles include "Havana Strut", "Whirlwinds", "West 42nd Street", and a nice cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". And heck, even the album's version of Glen Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" manages to come off like a funk tune! Artistry is a live set from Deodato – but one that's very much in the mode of his best CTI studio sessions – with soaring, over the top keyboard work that's totally great – backed by some tightly compressed guitar, bass, and drums, with just enough funk in the mix to keep things interesting! As with other Deodato records from the time, there's a mix of moods here that comes together nicely – a range that goes past his easy hits, and shows Deodato to be one of the hippest, most soulful keyboard talents of his generation. Titles include a great version of "Super Strut" that grooves for over 8 minutes, and which has some firey guitar that really competes with Deodato's work on the keys – and other tracks include "Farewell To A Friend", "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Rio Sangre", and "Jivin". CD

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New Paul DesmondPaul Desmond Quartet Live ... LP
A&M, 1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
One of our favorite Paul Desmond records of all time – a set of understated brilliance that really lets him display his genius! Desmond at this time had been lost in some other sets that respected his talents, but didn't offer the greatest proof that he'd been growing as an artist – and this live album presents his magical alto work in a totally unfettered setting, with just guitar, bass, and drums backing him up. The spare sound is simply sublime – as Desmond's alto floats in air, magically picking notes out of nowhere, and illuminating the empty space with notes that seem to fall from the heavens. Titles include "Manha De Carnaval", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Wave", "Wendy", and "Take Five" – all done in nice long takes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index card taped inside the gatefold.)

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New Dezurik SistersDezurik Sisters Sing & Yodel Their Greatest Hits ... LP
Mississippi, Late 30s/1940s. New Copy ... $11.99
You might take the "hits" in the title with a grain of salt – as these gals weren't entirely burning up the charts back in the 30s – but they did record some amazing music on vintage 78s, a good deal of which are in this overstuffed set! The De Zurik Sisters have an approach that isn't traditional folk or country – a style that certainly uses acoustic guitar and some then-"hillbilly" elements – but which is also inflected by a really weird way of vocalizing, at a level that sometimes includes sweet harmonies, but other times features even more compelling yodels, bird calls, and other mouth sounds! The album features 26 titles in all – and things just get weirder as it rolls on – and titles include "Crawdad Hole", "The Spanish Cavalier", "Down In Jungle Town", "The Arizona Yodeler", "Guitar Blues", and "Hillbilly Wedding In June". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a nice booklet of notes, too!)

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Bill DixonIntents & Purposes (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/International Phonograph, 1967. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 19.98
Amazing! One of the few rare records cut by Bill Dixon during the 60s, and a perfect example of "new thing" jazz in action. Trumpeter Dixon plays in 3 different ensembles – a nonet, a quintet, and a duet – with players like Byard Lancaster, Reggie Workman, Robert Pozar, and Jimmy Garrison. The tracks are long, with an approach that begins with compositional structures, but which also showcases the avant solo talents of the players – in a manner that's similar to some of the Blue Note work by Anthony Williams or Grachan Moncur III. A darn tough record to find – and with the tracks "Voices", "Nightfall Pieces I & II", and "Metamorphosis". CD
(Comes in a great gatefold sleeve, too!)

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DjavanAlumbramento ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A great album from Djavan – quite ambitious and sophisticated, but in a way that leans heavily on his amazing vocals and great songwriting skills! As on most of his best albums from the time, he's working with a small core group of jazz players – sensitive musicians who provide some incredible accompaniment to his songs – in ways that are almost a second generation take on the styles first laid out by Milton Nascimento a few years before, but at even deeper levels. The record features a guest appearance by Chico Buarque, and tracks include "A Rosa", "Tem Boi Na Linha", "Sim Ou Nao", "Aquele Um", "Meu Bem Querer", and "Sururu De Capote". CD

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DjavanDjavan ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Sublime early work from Djavan – a bit of jazz, a bit of samba, and a bit of soul – all wrapped together in wonderfully warm arrangements! The sound here is sophisticated without being sleepy, and there's still a lightness to Djavan's music at this point – a style that manages to plumb the depths of his vocals, yet without some of the too-emotive moments of later work – a very careful balance that makes for an album that's lovely and delightful all the way through! The set includes loads of nice tracks – like the jazzy "Serrado", plus "Minha Mae", "Numa Esquina De Hanoi", "Alagoas", "Samba Dobrado", and "Dupla Traico". CD

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DjavanSeduzir ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Spare, simple work from Djavan – the kind of soulful set that made him one of the most dramatic mainstream talents in Brazil at the start of the 80s – and one of the few of his generation to reach out to a larger global market! The album's got a very Milton Nascimento sort of vibe – Djavan's incredible vocals set over arrangements that are sophisticated, but relatively straightforward too – with bits of jazz and more baroque elements, and occasional touches of fusion as well. Most tracks are originals – beautifully penned by Djavan – and titles include "Faltando Um Pedaco", "A Ilha", "Pedro Brasil", "Seduzir", "Jogral", and "Nvula". CD

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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

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Eric DolphyLast Recordings ... LP
West Wind (Germany), 1964. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Joao DonatoNew Sound of Brazil – The Piano Of Joao Donato ... CD
RCA (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $8.99
Darkly brilliant – and one of Joao Donato's most fantastic records! The set was recorded during Joao's time in America in the mid 60s – cut in New York with lofty backings by Claus Ogerman, in a pillowy soft mode that fits perfectly with Joao's light bossa piano lines, and which has all the hints of sadness and moodiness that often creep into his playing. The complicated approach of the album far surpasses some of Joao's work from Brazil at the same time – and the album's one of the best of its generation, a sublime mix of all elements that still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1965! Titles include "Amazonas", "Glass Beads", "Sugarcane Breeze", "Vento Do Canavail", "It Didn't End", and "O Barquinho". CD

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Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandDr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the most creative club acts of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band! Before starting his Kid Creole & the Coconuts combo, August Darnell worked to great fame with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – kind of a campy, jazzy ensemble – one that worked with a 20s aesthetic over a disco groove! There's a fair bit of acoustic instrumentation in the rhythms, and lots of those choppy, scratchy lines that we love so much in the Kid Creole work – all of which makes for a very nice change from the usual, especially in the late 70s mainstream. Darnell and Cory Daye are the main vocalists, and Darnell wrote all the lyrics for the album – on titles that include "Cherchez La Femme", "I'll Play The Fool", "Sour And Sweet", "We Got It Made", "Hard Times", "Sunshower", and "Betcha The Love Bug Bitcha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some light wear & a name in pen. Labels have some marker.)

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DVDInside Out In The Open – An Expressionist Journey Into The Music Known As Free Jazz (DVD) ... DVD
ESP, 2007. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A well-done documentary on "the music known as free jazz" – one that features interviews and performances from some key avant jazz figures of the 60s and 70s! The ESP association with the movie is no coincidence – as the film features interviews with old ESP stalwarts such as Marion Brown, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Alan Silva, and Burton Greene – as well as Joseph Jarman, Baikida Carroll, William Parker, and Matthew Ship. Performers include Denis Charls, Joseph Jarman, Wilber Morris, Peter Brotzmann, John Tchicai, and the Sun Ra Arkestra – and the film also features some great incidental music too. Directed by Alan Roth, in color. DVD
(2 sided DVD – plays on both PAL & NTSC players, all zones!)

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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 ... $13.99 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/Soap (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99

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East Of Underground/SoapEast Of Underground/Soap (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Now Again, 1971. Used 2CD Gatefold ... $6.99
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 Hell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD 13.99

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Duke EllingtonSoul Call ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $4.99
An overlooked gem from the 60s – Duke Ellington work that was recorded as part of the famous Duke & Ella At The Cote D'Azur album, but issued separately, under the name Soul Call! The stunning thing about the record is that, working on a live date in front of a European audience, with Ella on the bill, you'd expect Duke to keep things really safe and really conservative – but instead, he breaks out with some incredible long tracks, done in a complicated yet soulful mode that ranks with his best 60s experimentalism. The album features a wonderful 14 minute number called "La Plus Belle Africaine" that's easily one of the best of Duke's tunes from the time – plus the cuts "Skin Deep", "West Indian Pancake", "Soul Call", and "Jam With Sam". Plus, the CD features 8 additional bonus tracks – all recorded at the time – titles that include "Main Stem", "Madness In Great Ones", "Such Sweet Thunder", "Caravan", "The Opener", and "Wings & Things". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Soul Call ... LP 9.99

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New Amir Elsaffar & Hafez ModirzadehRadif Suite ... CD
PI Recordings, 2010. Used ... $11.99
Avant jazz, but with a touch of the exotic – thanks to the complicated colors and tones that come from the horns of Hafez Modirzadeh and Amir Elsaffar! Hafez plays tenor and Amir plays trumpet – and the album's got these beautifully elliptical tracks – kind of slow-building numbers that already come out with a nice sense of structure, but also fold back upon themselves as each horn player stretches out in search of new energy. Rhythm is by a duo who really gets this groove – Mark Dresser on bass and Alex Cline on drums – and titles include the extended "Radif E Kayhan" and "Copper Suite". CD

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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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Art FarmerInteraction/Sing Me Softly Of The Blues ... CD
Collectables, 1963/1965. Used ... $14.99
Reissue of two of Art Farmer's beautiful albums for Atlantic from the mid 60s! Both records have Farmer playing with modernist-oriented backing – one group is Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, and Walter Perkins; the other is Swallow, Steve Kuhn, and Pete LaRoca. As could be expected, these players have a much more open-ended sound than some of Farmer's other rhythm sections, and they offer him a complicated set of rhythms in which to interweave fragile lyrical solos. The albums are both great, and have been unavailable for years and years – until this nicely priced reissue came out! Tracks include "Loads Of Love", "Sometime Ago", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Tears", "One For Majid", "Petite Belle", and "I Waited For You". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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