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Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Art Pepper + Eleven ... LP 8.99

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New Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label 70s pressing.)
Also available Art Pepper + Eleven ... LP 15.99

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Art PepperEarly Art (2LP Set) ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A late 70's compilation of some of the best Art Pepper recordings from the 50s! This 2 LP set features everything Art recorded for the Intro and Jazz West labels, and is a totally necessary addition to any Art Pepper collection – as it's some of the finest work we can think of from the time. Titles include "Pepper Steak", "Tenor Blooz", "Mambo De La Pinta", "Blues In", "Cool Bunny", "Blues Out", and "Five More". 23 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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Art PepperLiving Legend ... LP
Contemporary, 1976. Very Good ... $6.99
An excellent 70s side from Art Pepper – recorded with a West Coast rhythm section that includes Hampton Hawes, Charlie Haden, and Shelly Manne! The trio all play here with a remarkable intensity, given the date of the session – and although the production's got that later, crisper Contemporary tone, it still lets Art's horn come through beautifully! Pepper's singular voice and beautiful phrasing are still intact, and the quartet cooks nicely on half a dozen numbers, mostly Pepper originals – "Ophelia", "Here's That Rainy Day", "What Laurie Likes", "Mr Yohe, "Lost Life", and "Samba Mom-Mom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art PepperNeon Art Vol 1 (red colored vinyl) ... LP
Omnivore/Widows Taste, 1981. Near Mint- ... $18.99
A very cool late live set from Art Pepper – working in a killer quartet setting! Neon Art Vol 1 features two side-long pieces, recorded in January of '81, at Parnell's in Seattle – both of which are released for the first time ever on this 2012 vinyl from Widow's Taste and Omnivore. Side one features a really great, elongated take on Pepper's "Red Car" – which was a stand out number on The Trip LP a few years earlier. This particular trip is stretched out to nearly 17 minutes long – with bassist David Williams and drummer Carl Burnett laying down a rhythm that's actually got a bit of funk in it – but pianist Milcho Leviev nearly steals the show! Pepper waits in the wings early on, but steps out brilliantly on alto as the performance builds up steam – and you can hear the audience really getting into it. Incredible! The other side features an 18 minute take on Pepper's "Blues For Blanche" – and Art commands this one from the start – by improvising pretty nicely on his sax, without straying too far out – and the players get some spotlight action, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card – but we're not sure if it's still valid.)

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Art PepperNo Limit ... LP
Contemporary, 1978. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A nice lost late number from Art Pepper – a freewheeling set of tracks that really show the influence of John Coltrane on Pepper's work – cut with a quartet that includes George Cables on piano, Tony Dumas on "blitz bass", and Carl Burnett on drums. The tracks are long, and two numbers have a really nice Latiny flair – with Art spinning out some aggressive solos on top of fast-running grooves, in a way you'd be surprised to hear on one of his albums from the time! Titles include "Rita San", "My Laurie", "Ballad of The Sad Young Men", and "Mambo De La Pinta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Art PepperRoadwaltz ... CD
Cool Note (Germany), 1981. Used ... $9.99
With George Cables on piano – and Pepper plays clarinet on one track too! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Art Pepper, John Klemmer, Johnny Griffin, Joe FarrBirds & Monks ... CD
Galaxy, 1978. Used ... $4.99
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Art Pepper/Kenny Drew/King Pleasure/Lester YoungJazz Festival Vol 2 ... LP
Imperial, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $3.99
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(Cover has some wear, a name in marker, and tape on the seams.)

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New Art PepperGettin' Together! ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The tracks open up a bit more from some of Pepper's 50s work in LA – arguably a bit tighter at times, and possibly a bit more "classic" – at least to longtime fans of the set. There's a bit less edge here than on some of Art's other 50s dates, but the album's still a great one – with titles that are a mixture of originals like "Getting Together", "Diane", and "Bijou The Poodle", plus a few other strong numbers, like Chambers' "Whims Of Chambers" and Dory & Andre Previn's "Why Are We Afraid?" LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has staining & a small rip on the bottom right corner.)

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New Art PepperLive In Toronto Vol 1 ... CD
Naked City (Mexico), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Art PepperNo Limit ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice lost late number from Art Pepper – a freewheeling set of tracks that really show the influence of John Coltrane on Pepper's work – cut with a quartet that includes George Cables on piano, Tony Dumas on "blitz bass", and Carl Burnett on drums. The tracks are long, and two numbers have a really nice Latiny flair – with Art spinning out some aggressive solos on top of fast-running grooves, in a way you'd be surprised to hear on one of his albums from the time! Titles include "Rita San", "My Laurie", "Ballad of The Sad Young Men", and "Mambo De La Pinta". CD also features one bonus track – "No Limit", which oddly wasn't on the original album – even though it's got the same title! CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)
Also available No Limit ... LP 4.99

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New Art PepperOmega Alpha ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff by Art Pepper – and like many albums of his 50s work released after the fact, this one almost blows away some of his best known records! The material was recorded in 1958, and was only ever issued on pre-recorded tape by the Omega Tape Company, so it's one of the rarest 50s sessions by Pepper. The set's got a harder groove than most of his record on Contemporary – which is great with us, because we can finally hear the emotion and tone that Pepper is always credited with, but which doesn't always show up on record. The group's a small one, with Ben Tucker on bass, Chuck Flores on drums, and the late LA bopper Carl Perkins on piano. Titles include "Surf Ride", "Begin The Beguine", "Webb City", "Fascinatin Rhythm", and "Too Close For Comfort". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art Pepper & Zoot SimsArt N Zoot – Their Only Concert Together ... CD
Pablo, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Art plays alto, Zoot tenor, and other players include Barney Kessel on guitar and Victor Feldman on piano. CD
(Promotional stamp on CD.)

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New Gerry Mulligan/Art PepperJazz Casual – The Gerry Mulligan Quartet/The Art Pepper Quartet ... CD
Koch/Jazz Casual, 1962/1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Art PepperSo In Love ... LP
Artists House, 1979. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the more obscure Art Pepper recordings of the 70s – and one of the rarest on the Artists House label too! The gorup's a quartet, with Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums –and titles include "Diane", "Stardust", "Blues For Blance", and "Straight No Chaser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes book!)

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New Art PepperArt Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential East meets West jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique setting for the first and only time (it's said that Art didn't even know of the date until the morning of the session). Pepper is one of the few alto players to really establish his own voice on the horn, without aping Bird, and his emotive playing really shines here. A definitive version of "Straight Life" is on this album, along with "Waltz Me Blues", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "Star Eyes". CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)
 
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Hoagy CarmichaelHoagy Sings Carmichael ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $5.99
Beautiful work from the legendary Hoagy Carmichael – and one of the few albums to feature him singing his own work! Hoagy's name is one that you're more likely to see in the songwriting credits than in the artist slot for a record – but he's actually got a wonderful voice, one that's filled with honest, personal charms – and which has a sometimes broken-down quality that's perfect for the gentle words of his tunes. This wonderful set features Carmichael working with sublime small combo backing – players who include Harry Edison, Jimmy Rowles, and Art Pepper – working with arrangements penned by Johnny Mandel. Titles include "Rocking Chair", "Georgia On My Mind", "Skylark", "Two Sleepy People", and "Baltimore Oriole". CD

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Richie ColeReturn To Alto Acres ... LP
PAJ, 1982. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Featuring Art Pepper, Roger Kellaway, Bob Magnusson, and Billy Higgins! LP, Vinyl record album

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John GraasCoup De Graas ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of the weird LPs that French Horn player John Graas made in the 50's, featuring that cumbersome instrument in a set of surprisingly light and loose jazz tracks. Graas' playing on the French Horn is a bit like Gerry Mulligan's on the baritone – that is, he takes these turns and twists that surprise you, given the nature of the horn. He's joined here by Art Pepper, Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, and Paul Moer, and the set's a nice batch of West Coast chamber type stuff. Tracks include "Van Nuys Indeed", "Land of Broken Toys", "Blocksounds", 'Development", "Swing Nicely" and "Rogeresque". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with a deep groove and the drummer logo. Cover has some light wear.)

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Freddie HubbardMistral (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
East Wind (Japan), 1981. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
An overlooked gem from Freddie Hubbard – a late fusion outing, done for the Japanese market at a time when most of his American work was returning to more acoustic modes! Freddie's trumpet sparkles brilliantly in the lead – hitting the same sort of soulful, stretching vibe as his best CTI recordings from the mid 70s – served up with an equally great mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the arrangements! The lineup of musicians is pretty unique, too – with Art Pepper on alto, George Cables on acoustic and electric piano, Phil Ranelin on trombone, and Roland Bautista on guitars – usually working in these gentle grooving rhythms that have a soulful stepping vibe – and which really let Freddie soar on his trumpet solos. Titles include "Eclipse", "Sunshine Lady", "I Love You", and "Bring It Back Home". CD

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Stan KentonEasy Go ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used ... $7.99
A cool collection of Capitol material from Stan Kenton – mostly sides from his classic years of the early 50s! The work here shows a lively, more upbeat side of Kenton's music – one that still has some modern moments, but which is more in a west coast big band style overall. All tracks are from the years 1950 to 1952 – recorded after the financial failure of Stan's Innovations orchestra, and before his New Concepts group – all sessions that were supposedly "commercial" in nature, to help Kenton recoup some losses – but which still represent the forefront of jazz on the west coast at the time! Arrangers include Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Gene Roland, Bill Russo, and Johnny Richards – and soloists include Art Pepper on alto, Bud Shank on reeds, Bob Cooper on tenor, and Conte Candoli on trumpet. 20 tracks in all – including "Riff Raff", "Dynaflow", "Easy Go", "Viva Prado", "Francesca", "Soliloquy", "Lazy Daisy", "Beehive", "Cool Eyes", "Bill's Blues", "Night Watch", and "Jump For Joe". CD
(Out of print.)

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Henry ManciniCombo! ... CD
RCA, 1960. Used ... $9.99
A combo session with more than enough excitement to warrant the exclamation point in the title – one of Henry Mancini's jazziest records ever, and a date that's filled with some great west coast players! The sound here is a hip extrapolation of the Mancini groove heard on crime jazz soundtracks like Peter Gunn and Mr Lucky – but it's taken to slightly leaner territory here, with a nice focus on the solo talents of the group members. There's still 11 players in the group – so the combo isn't exactly small – but the spacious Mancini arrangements allow each player to step out nicely with a voice of their own. The lineup includes Pete Candoli on trumpet, Dick Nash on trombone, Ted Nash on alto and flute, Art Pepper on clarinet, Ronny Lang on baritone, Bob Bain on guitar, and Larry Bunker on vibes – and Johnny Williams plays both piano and harpsichord, the latter of which sounds plenty darn groovy! Titles include Cy Coleman's wonderful "Playboy's Theme", plus "Castle Rock", "Everybody Blow", "Far East Blues", "Powdered Wig", and "Moanin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Vol 1 – The West Coast Sound ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... $5.99
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very much in the "west coast sound" noted in the title, with Shelly playing the kit in a creative and lyrical way, joined by horn work by players that include Joe Maini, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Enevoldsen, Art Pepper, and Bob Cooper. Titles include "Gazelle", "Sweets", "Mallets", "Fugue", "Grasshopper", and "Afrodesia". CD

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Hank MobleyPoppin ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare gem from Hank Mobley's initial late 50s run at Blue Note – a session recorded by the label in 1957, but unissued at the time! The quality of the set is right up there with Hank's best from the period – presented here in full album format, and the mix of searing hardbop and gentle soul that we've always loved in Mobley's work – all so great that the album's easily a cut above most other jazz sides of the time, and at a level that has us (as always) scratching our heads as to why Blue Note never put this one out. Players include Art Farmer on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and titles include "East Of Brooklyn", "Tune Up", "Poppin", "Darn That Dream", and "Getting Into Something". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $3.99
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... LP 11.99

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)
Also available Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD 3.99

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Marty PaichNew York Scene (aka Broadway Bit) ... LP
Warner/Discovery, 1959. Very Good ... $0.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Discovery pressing. Cover has some wear, staining along the spine, some other stains, some seam splitting, two torn-off corners, and some marker. Labels have some marker.)

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Marty Paich Big BandModern Touch (The Broadway Bit/I Get A Boot Out Of You) ... CD
Warner/Lonehill (Spain), 1959. Used ... $16.99
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! Marty's working here with a great lineup throughout – west coast players that include Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, and Victor Feldman – all of whom come together perfectly under the masterful hands of Paich! Marty's got a way with a group that few other arrangers can match – a style that has the instruments gliding together in a really fluid mode, yet which also lets individual soloists break out for solos that are dramatic and individual, but which never lose the flow of the tune! The work here is from 2 Warner Brothers albums from 1959 – both recorded in a very similar mode that features an array of tunes from different shows, plus standards, all transformed into soaring jazz vehicles given the Paich touch. Titles include "It's All Right With Me", "Too Close For Comfort", "If I Were A Bell", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Moanin", "Warm Valley", "Love For Sale", and "No More". CD
(Out of print.)

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Buddy RichMercy Mercy – Live At Caesars Palace ... LP
World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $0.99
Buddy at his soulful late 60s best – not content to keep in the same groove as older years, and working here with a great lineup that includes some excellent younger players! Charles Owens is in the group on alto, and the set also features work by Don Menza on tenor, Art Pepper on alto, Pat Labarbera on tenor, and Walter Namuth on guitar. Tracks are long, include some good originals, and have a rollicking sound that never lets up – and which avoids cliche a lot more than you'd think! Titles include "Ode To Billie Joe", "Acid Truth", "Goodbye Yesterday", "Preach & Teach", "Channel 1 Suite", and "Big Mama Cass". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 2 has marks that click on each track. Cover has some wear and a partially unglued bottom seam.)

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Shorty RogersCool & Crazy (10 inch LP) ... LP
RCA, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Classic West Coast session, long hailed by critics as one of the best to come out of the LA scene. Shorty Rogers leads a crack group of players (Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper) through a bunch of short swinging tracks that really have an edge to them. One of the best things Rogers ever did, released here on the original RCA 10" LP, in beautiful shape! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, splitting and tape on the seam, some light stains, and a sticker on the back. Lable has the remnants of a sticker.)

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Mel TormeMel Torme Swings Shubert Alley ... CD
Verve, 1960. Used ... $6.99
Mel Torme takes on the sound of Broadway at the start of the 60s – but he does so in a very groovy way, thanks to hip backings from the amazing Marty Paich! The style here is as swinging and jazzy as the work that Mel and Marty cut together on the Bethlehem label in the late 50s – and the tracks have a nice sort of groove, and an overall lean feel – a sound that takes the music far from its Broadway roots! Players include Art Pepper on alto, Stu Williamson on trumpet, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Frank Rosolino on trombone – all bringing a nice sense of themselves to the set. Titles include "Lonely Town", "Whatever Lola Wants", "Old Devil Moon", "Hello Young Lovers", "Too Close For Comfort", and "Just In Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Around December 9, 2014
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... LP 11.99
Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD 3.99

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John ColtraneDakar ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Darkly brooding work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader on Prestige – a very unique little record that features twin baritone sax support from Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne! Both players are wonderfully hip here – more than enough to match Trane's unique musical vision for the group's format – and the sound of the session is much edgier than some of his other Prestige work – which may be why the label chose not to issue it until 1963, even though it was recorded back in '57. There's a nice roughness here – the same inspirational early sound you'll get on Coltrane's early sides for Savoy or Imperial – and other players include Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Titles include "Cat Walk", "Dakar", "Route 4", "Velvet Scene", and "Witches Pit". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jerry FieldingGauntlet – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderfully jazzy soundtrack – one of our favorite Jerry Fielding film scores of the 70s, thanks to key solo work from Art Pepper on alto and Jon Faddis on trumpet! The music is far deeper than you might expect for the Clint Eastwood action film setting – funky enough in the best parts, but also with a sensitivity that gets past the usual cop/crime grooves – making for a really rich record that's almost as pleasing from a jazz perspective as it is from a funk soundtrack perspective too! The album sports a great Frank Frazetta cover – and titles include "The Pickup", "Bleak Bad Big City Dawn", "The Box Car Incident", "The Delivery", "The Black Sedan", and "Manipulation On The Center Divider". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, a partially unglued bottom seam, and a few creases.)

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New Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Vol 1 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly! The tracks are short and playful – very much in the "west coast sound" noted in the title, with Shelly playing the kit in a creative and lyrical way, joined by horn work from players that include Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bob Enevoldsen. Titles include "Gazelle", "Sweets", "Fugue", "Afrodesia", and "Mallets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some light stains, a small split on the bottom seam, and some pen on the back.)

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New Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk In Person (At Town Hall/Plus Two At The Blackhawk) ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of classic live albums! First up is Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall – a unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! Next is Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk – a stunning pre-Columbia session from Thelonious Monk – a really great live date that has Monk's familiar quartet augmented by west coast players Joe Gordon on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor! Given that Charlie Rouse is already in the group on tenor, the addition of Land's horn makes for a very soulful set – and Gordon's one of those players we love whenever we get a chance to hear him on record, which isn't that often, given how few sessions he cut! Other players include John Ore on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Four In One", "Let's Call This", and "Worry Later". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Andre PrevinSubterraneans ... CD
Signature/Sony, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beat-era film classic – Andre Previn's jazzy score to the film based on Jack Kerouac's novel The Subterraneans! Previn's working here in a mode that's sometimes lush and emotive, but often more upbeat and jazzy – and performed by a host of great jazz players that include Gerry Mulligan, Carmen McRae, Dave Bailey, Russ Freeman, Art Farmer, Art Pepper, and Jack Sheldon! There's loads of numbers that have a dark, moody finish – mixing together jazz soloing and strings, in a style that really gets at some of the sadness of the story. The features the full original soundtrack album – 12 tracks that include "Guido's Blackhawk", "Analyst", "Raising Caen", and "Like Blue". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Herb Alpert & OthersWhipped Cream & Other Delights – Re-Whipped ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1960s/2006. Used ... $6.99
A surprisingly great take on the Tijuana Brass sound of the 60s – one that offers up new remixes of classics, but which is nicely respectful of the original Herb Albert groove! Unlike other remix projects of this type, which sometimes clutter up the tracks with too many extra bits – or abstract the originals past the point of recognition – this one maintains the sense of space, time, and rhythm that Herb first brought to his work in the 60s, while also updating the tunes with a 21st Century aesthetic. Remixers include Medeski Martin & Wood, Mocean Worker, Thievery Corporation, John King (Dust Brothers), and Anthony Marinelli – and titles include "Whipped Cream", "Taste Of Honey", "Green Peppers", "Bittersweet Samba", "Peanuts", "Love Potion #9", and "Butterball". CD

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New BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 22.99
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beatles/George MartinYellow Submarine ... LP
Apple, 1968. Very Good ... $8.99
Sure it's a soundtrack, and sure it's got a number of songs that are just instrumentals from the film – but the record also features some excellent late Beatles tracks that can only be found here – including the killer tracks "Hey Bulldog" (almost a funky nugget), "Only A Northern Song", and "All Together Now". Also includes "Yellow Submarine" (natch) – plus "It's All Too Much" and "All You Need Is Love" – and side two features a number of groovy instrumentals from George Martin – including "Pepperland", "Sea Of Holes", "March Of The Meanies", and "Pepperland Laid Waste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Apple stereo pressing.)
Also available Yellow Submarine (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 8.99

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Beatles/George MartinYellow Submarine (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Apple/Sound Check (Russia), 1968. Used ... $8.99
Sure it's a soundtrack, and sure it's got a number of songs that are just instrumentals from the film – but the record also features some excellent late Beatles tracks that can only be found here – including the killer tracks "Hey Bulldog" (almost a funky nugget), "Only A Northern Song", and "All Together Now". Also includes "Yellow Submarine" (natch) – plus "It's All Too Much" and "All You Need Is Love" – and side two features a number of groovy instrumentals from George Martin – including "Pepperland", "Sea Of Holes", "March Of The Meanies", and "Pepperland Laid Waste". CD
(Out of print Russian paper sleeve pressing.)
Also available Yellow Submarine ... LP 8.99

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Charles BradleyStrictly Reserved For You/Let Love Stand A Chance ... 7-inch
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
Pure wonderfulness from Charles Bradley – two killer cuts that really sum up his contemporary genius! "Strictly Reserved" has this slow funk groove that's nice and sinister – a stepping guitar riff that really sets up the groove right from the start – topped with these incredibly soulful vocals from Charles, and peppered with just the right dose of horns! "Let Love Stand A Chance" is a killer too – mellower, and a bit more deep soul – with a burning feel that almost blows away the best James Brown ballads of the King Records years! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Donald ByrdCreeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1981. New Copy ... $15.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD

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New Donald Byrd & Pepper AdamsMotor City Scene (remastered edition) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1960. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". CD
Also available Motor City Scene (remastered edition) ... LP 17.99

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Donald Byrd & Pepper AdamsMotor City Scene (remastered edition) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Motor City Scene (remastered edition) ... CD 11.99

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New ChakachasJungle Fever (with bonus track) ... CD
Polydor/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! The track was a worldwide hit, and continues to be a funky classic today – thanks to a heavy sample history, and a life in playlists worldwide – but the rest of the album's pretty darn great too, and even weirder. Some tracks mix easy Euro grooving with heavy conga, others have kind of an LA Chicano funk approach, and still others throw in some mad horns to complicate matters with nice jazzy riffing. Really great throughout – and maybe one of the best funky albums to ever come out on a major label! Titles include "Jungle Fever", "El Canyon Rojo", "Chica Chica Bau Bau", "Eso Es El Amor", "Ay Mulata", "Cha Ka Cha", "Latin Can Can", and "Yo Soy Cubano". Features a bonus track – "Jungle Fever (Greg Wilson re-edit)". CD

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Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... $25.99 27.98
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book
(Initial copies are signed by author Brian Coleman! Quantities extremely limited – get 'em while we got em!)

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CommonElectric Circus ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used ... $3.99
NuHop? Common newcomers who buy Electric Circus for the single with Mary J Blige are going to be left with some head scratching – but if you like the spiritual/psychedelic Com that was hinted at on Like Water For Chocolate, this may be the follow up you were waiting for! This is still hip hop – with production by the Neptunes, Jay Dee, ?uestlove and others, but it's definitely a boundary stretcher. The mood runs from Roots style soul bumpers to Hendrix and Eugene McDaniels style feedback heavy freakouts. There's a guest on nearly every track, mostly from the Okayplayer camp and NuSoul titans, including Bilal, Omar, Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and others. We won't lie to you, we miss the Chicago hip hop Common that kicked insight over raw and soulful productions, but you can't fault the guy for being an artist, and he really has crafted something original here. A great cover – a kind of rainbow drenched cut and paste photo collage of the contributors and inspirations with Com out front, sort of reminding us of Tribe's Midnight Maurauders, and even Sgt. Pepper. Tracks include "Ferris Wheel", "Soul Power", "The Hustle", the first single "Come Close", "New Wave", "Star *69", "Jimi Was A Rock Star" and more. CD

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New Bill CosbyHooray For The Salvation Army Band! ... LP
Warner, 1968. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An early funk album by Bill Cosby – with backing by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Bill was pals with Charles Wright and crew in the hip LA of the late 60s, and he was also responsible for bringing the group to Warner Brothers – so the fit here is quite a natural one. The record was also produced by Fred Smith – who handled the Watts Band's albums – and it's got a very similar feel to their classics for Warner from the late 60s – but with Bill Cosby stepping out in front on vocals, in a similar style to Charles Wright. Cosby's singing is often a bit goofy, but works beautifully with the stoned to the bone feel of the group – a madder match than even Charles Wright, especially on the album's "parody soul" cuts. Titles include a classic break version of "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" – plus the titles "Ursalena", "Funky North Philadelphia", "Sunny", and a surprisingly great screaming version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Lou DonaldsonLush Life (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Vince GuaraldiOh Good Grief! ... CD
Warner, 1968. Used ... $5.99
Very groovy stuff! This is the music that was used in the 60s Peanuts cartoons – made famous during the same stretch through its use in goofy Dolly Madison commercials! The album's way better than any of the Peanuts stuff that was on Fantasy, as Vince plays electric harpsichord on a number of cuts, and gets some electric guitar backing by Eddie Duran – for a very groovy sound! Tracks include the classic "Linus & Lucy", plus "Red Baron", "Peppermint Patty", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", and "Rain Rain Go Away". CD

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John Johnson, Joel Selvin & Dick CamiPeppermint Twist – The Mob, The Music & The Most Famous Dance Club Of The 60s (hardcover) ... Book
Thomas Dunne, 2012. New Copy ... $5.99 25.99
You've no doubt read plenty about the way the mafia penetrated the music industry in the 50s and 60s – from record pressing to distribution to artist management and beyond – but you'll be hard-pressed to read a more lively account than this one – the story of the legendary Peppermint Lounge and its ties to the Genovese crime family! The club opened in the late 50s and closed by the mid 60s – but was a key part in rock and soul performance in New York City – and in addition to Joe Dee & The Starlighters, who recorded a famous album at the venue – the book also looks at a range of other artists too – but the main focus is on club runner Dick Cami and the way he built the business while also dealing with the mob. The authors worked closely with Cami – who provides plenty of lively stories – and the book is 289 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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John Spider MartinAbsolutely John Spider Martin ... LP
Improv, 1977. Good+ ... $7.99
A real sleeper – and a hip little set that's well worth the listen! Spider's a pretty soulful tenor player in his own right, but one of the things that makes the record really great is work by a set of guest players that include Joe Locke on vibes, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Pepper Adams on Baritone, and Billy Skinner on trumpet. The album shifts between smoother, soulfully oriented jazz and a few more traditionally hardbop numbers – swinging along a pace that's rough, but which marks them with a sense of honesty that's really appreciated, given the time and setting. The album includes one standout jazzy groover – the amazing "A Lil Different", a great track that starts off straight, then leaps into a blend of funky bass, keyboards, and vibes that really really grooves! Other tracks include the Jimmy Owens funk number "Uh Ah", plus "That's Nice", "Nica's Dream", and "Never Can Say Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a slightly bent corner and a half split top seam.)

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Blue MitchellHeads Up! ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has wear, thick colored tape on the seams, and some stains and pen scribbles on the back.)

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Hugo MontenegroMoog Power ... CD
RCA/Get On Down, 1969. Used ... $8.99
A groovy moogy classic! This was one of the first records to apply the moog sound in a pop idiom in a major way – and boy, is it a resounding success with us! Hugo Montenegro scores a number of pop tracks and originals in the same cool jazzy style that he used on his best 60's soundtracks, then, he builds in a lot of groovy moog parts, and peppers the tracks with some vocals by male members of his chorus. The tracks have a lot of nice sharp bits that might be used as samples, with good quirky moog moments, and occasional heavy drums. Tracks include "Moog Power", "Dizzy", "You Showed Me", "More Today Than Yesterday", "Hair", and a very cool cover of "MacArthur Park". CD

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New Wes MontgomeryCalifornia Dreaming ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
A stone classic on Verve! Back in the 60s, Wes Montgomery must have been California Dreamin – because by the time of this LP, he'd come a long way from his Indiana roots – and had used the best part of the hip west coast scene to add a lot to his style – fuller rhythms and tighter production that never dampened his sound, and instead really let him open up into a whole new range of sounds! As with some of his other albums on Verve, Montgomery plays warmly chromatic riffs over dark jazzy backings by Don Sebesky – and although tracks are short, Wes gets a lot into his solos on the set – a masterful approach that was almost better in a tighter setting than a looser one! Titles include "Sun Down", "Without You", "Sunny", "Green Peppers", "Mr Walker", and "Winds Of Barcelona". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Duke PearsonBaltimore 1969 ... CD
Uptown, 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A much-needed recording of the late 60s big band of pianist Duke Pearson – an amazing ensemble who only recorded just a bit for Blue Note – and who really shine here in this rare concert performance! The set was recorded as part of the legendary late 60s run of concerts for Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society – but it's got an approach that's a lot tighter and more focused than some of those mostly-freewheeling dates – thanks to some really sharp charts from Duke, who was by this time turning out to be one of the 60s most creative jazz arrangers! There's a sense of vibrancy to the music that's really tremendous – not the flashy flourishes of other big bands on the American scene, but a deep understanding of tone and color – mixed with a sense of rhythm that really brings plenty of soul to the set too. The lineup's filled with great players whose solos make the whole thing sparkle – including Donald Byrd and Burt Collins on trumpets, Julian Priester and Eddie Bert on trombone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Frank Foster and Lew Tabackin on tneor, and Pepper Adams on baritone sax. Pearson's piano is a key part of the sound – nestled wonderfully in the crack rhythm team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Ready When You Are CB", "Eldorado", "New Girl", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Straight Up & Down", and "Night Song". CD

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New Rasputin's StashRasputin's Stash ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
A killer debut from Rasputin Stash – a funky group who work with all the long-haired inspiration you'd expect from their name! The groove is a mix of guitars and tight horns – undercut by the kind of heavy basslines that later made the group a good fit for Curtom Records, and lots of cool percussion touches that pepper the bottom of the rhythms nicely – with a pretty spontaneous feel! At times, there's almost a Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band vibe to the record, but mixed with some of the trippier influences of the Westbound crew – especially on the guitar – and like those artists, these guys have no trouble at all dipping into a touch of rock here and there to trip out their groove. Titles include "Mr Cool", "You Are My Flower", "Dookey Shoe", "I Want To Say You're Welcome", "Take Me On Back", and "Freaks Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear, two promo stickers, the remnants of another sticker, a lightly stained corner, a partially unglued bottom seam, and some marker inside the gatefold.)

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Signs Of The TimeHurts So Bad/I Think Of You ... 7-inch
Pro 7/Numero, New Copy ... $5.99
A funky funky version of "Hurts So Bad" – one that still carries all the familiar lyric of the tune, but which begins with this totally great intro that sets up a mad groove peppered with hard piano lines and guitar! The mix of the harmony vocals and the sharp groove is mighty darn nice – especially when the production starts to make things sound trippy, too! "I Think Of You" has a trippy feel too – lots of echo on the group's vocals, and guitar tuned more like a sitar – complete with the twang! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ozzie TorrensBoogaloo In Apartment 41 ... LP
Decca/El Sonido, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Monster Latin jazz and boogaloo – all the way through! The album's a rare gem from the short-lived Latin Soul years on Decca – cut by Ozzie Torrens, and featuring a great Latin lineup that includes Louie Ramirez on vibes, Charlie Palmieri on piano, and Manny Duran on trumpet – all swinging in very soulful formation, and going for the stripped-down small combo sound that the Spanish Harlem kids were using on the indie labels at the time! The tracks are all instrumentals – with heavy duty playing all the way through, and loads of rhythmic tracks that are peppered with some sock-solid jazzy solo work! The whole thing's a swinger – and titles include "Ozzaboo", "Boogaloo In Apt 41", "Way Out Mambo", "Cool Jerk", "Mia's Boogaloo", and "Tijuana Grass". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kai Winding/Brew Moore/Eddie Lockjaw DavisIn The Beginning – Bebop ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A nice selection of late 40s work by a few groups, collected by Savoy as a kind of introduction to the bebop movement, a look back at the early days of bop. Kai Winding and his quintet, featuring Allen Eager on tenor and Shelley Manne on drums, lead off the set with four tracks including "Mr. Dues" and "O-Go-Mo". From there tenor sax man Brew Moore's quartet, featuring Jimmy Johnson on bass and Stan Levey on drums, contribute four tracks including "Blew Brew" and "More Brew". Eddie Lockjaw Davis rounds out the set, with a group that features Fats Navarro on trumpet and Al Haig on piano. His four tracks include "Spinal" and "Red Pepper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has a cut corner with a piece of clear tape.)

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VariousJewel/Paula/Ronn Blues Story ... CD
Jewel/Fuel 2000, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 17.98
A nice collection of the blusier groovers on Jewel and Paula – from the mid 60s and on through the 70s – with underappreciated gems from stars like Bobby Rush, Fontella Bass, Lightnin' Hopkins and Lowell Fulsom, plus equally strong singles by The Carter Brothers, Peppermint Harris, Brenda George, Wild Child Butler, Jimmy Preacher Ellis, Teddy Taylor and many more! Label founder Stan Lewis's roots are in Shreveport, LA, but the genesis of his Jewel label – and the later Paula and Ronn imprints – are inspired by Chicago's Chess Records empire. So there's more of an amplified Chicago sound on a good deal of the material – with touches of contemporary soul and R&B. Nice! 36 tracks on 2CDs: "Southern Country Boy" by The Carter Brothers, "You Love Me Pretty Baby" by Banny Price, "Homogenized Love" by Jerry McCain, "Move On" by Curtis Griffin, "My Back Scrather" by Frank Frost, "Count The Days I'm Gone" by Ray Agee, "Back Door Friend" by Lightnin Hopkins, "Put It All In There" by Wild Child Butler", "True Love" by Al Prince, "Sleeper" by Lowell Fulsom, "Go On And Help Yourself' by Albert Washington, "Food Stamp Blues Pt. 1" by Eddie Lang, "Stoop Down Baby" by Cash McCall, "Home Wrecker" by Fontella Bass and more. CD

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VariousLight On The Southside – Photographs Of Chicago Southside Nightlife 1975 to 1977 (hardcover book with 2LP set) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/2009. New Copy 2LP & Book ... $54.99 59.98
Quite possibly the most beautiful record we've ever seen from the folks at The Numero Group – and that's saying a lot, given the quality of all their top-shelf releases! This beautiful edition features a hardcover book of vintage black and white photographs taken on Chicago's south side in the mid 70s – images of patrons and proprietors from long-lost nite spots that include Perv's House, Pepper's Hideout, The High Chaparral, and The Showcase Lounge – all the kind of clubs that were likely to feature the sort of Chicago funk and soul that Numero's been reissuing for the past few years! The images are amazing – a really rare look into the community that supported this sort of music – caught far far from the mainstream, in placed that were almost even private, compared to more well-travelled entertainment outlets. Photographs come from the collection of Michael Abramson – and are beautifully reproduced on LP-sized pages, in a book that also features some vintage flyers, posters, and business cards from the clubs! And if that's not enough, Numero also throws in some great notes of their own, and a bonus 2LP set with music that includes "I'm A Streaker Baby" by Arelean Brown, "No Better Time Than Now" by Ricky Allen, "The Same One" by Malcolm Simmons, "You Made Me Suffer" by Andrew Brown, "This Is My Prayer" by Lady Margo, "It's A Dream" by Little Ed & The Soundmasters Band, "I Sayed That" by Slim Willis Band, "Bring It Down Front" by Hugh Hawkins, "Womans Lib" by Lucille Spann, "Gimmie Some Of Yours" by Artie White, "Baby" by Walter Butterball Davis, "Is It Because I'm Black (inst)" by Syl Johnson, "Goose Walk" by Little Mack, "Young Blood" by Detroit Jr, "California Lady" by James Kinds & Stack, and "I Learned My Lesson" by Willie Davis. The albums are packaged in their own Numero-like cover – then nestled in a slipcover with the book – a hell of a sweet set at this price, and it also comes with an introduction by Nick Hornby! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Light On The Southside – Photographs Of Chicago Southside Nightlife 1975 to 1977 (hardcover book with 2LP set) ... LP 38.99

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VariousLight On The Southside – Photographs Of Chicago Southside Nightlife 1975 to 1977 (hardcover book with 2LP set) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/2009. Near Mint- 2LP & Book ... $38.99
Quite possibly the most beautiful record we've ever seen from the folks at The Numero Group – and that's saying a lot, given the quality of all their top-shelf releases! This beautiful edition features a hardcover book of vintage black and white photographs taken on Chicago's south side in the mid 70s – images of patrons and proprietors from long-lost nite spots that include Perv's House, Pepper's Hideout, The High Chaparral, and The Showcase Lounge – all the kind of clubs that were likely to feature the sort of Chicago funk and soul that Numero's been reissuing for the past few years! The images are amazing – a really rare look into the community that supported this sort of music – caught far far from the mainstream, in placed that were almost even private, compared to more well-travelled entertainment outlets. Photographs come from the collection of Michael Abramson – and are beautifully reproduced on LP-sized pages, in a book that also features some vintage flyers, posters, and business cards from the clubs! And if that's not enough, Numero also throws in some great notes of their own, and a bonus 2LP set with music that includes "I'm A Streaker Baby" by Arelean Brown, "No Better Time Than Now" by Ricky Allen, "The Same One" by Malcolm Simmons, "You Made Me Suffer" by Andrew Brown, "This Is My Prayer" by Lady Margo, "It's A Dream" by Little Ed & The Soundmasters Band, "I Sayed That" by Slim Willis Band, "Bring It Down Front" by Hugh Hawkins, "Womans Lib" by Lucille Spann, "Gimmie Some Of Yours" by Artie White, "Baby" by Walter Butterball Davis, "Is It Because I'm Black (inst)" by Syl Johnson, "Goose Walk" by Little Mack, "Young Blood" by Detroit Jr, "California Lady" by James Kinds & Stack, and "I Learned My Lesson" by Willie Davis. The albums are packaged in their own Numero-like cover – then nestled in a slipcover with the book – a hell of a sweet set at this price, and it also comes with an introduction by Nick Hornby! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Light On The Southside – Photographs Of Chicago Southside Nightlife 1975 to 1977 (hardcover book with 2LP set) ... LP 54.99

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VariousPipperment Twist – Rockin Twist Instrumentals, Exotica, & Other Sounds From Spain 1958 to 1966 ... LP
Munster (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
That's "Pippermint Twist" – not the more familiar "Peppermint Twist" from the US scene of the early 60s – and that slight difference is a really great way to sum up the sounds on this mighty cool set! Lots of the tunes are familiar, but a bit offbeat too – raw raunch and rock from the early days of the Spanish scene at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – clearly influenced by sounds from America, but definitely taking things in their own direction too! Here's a very offbeat feel to many of these numbers – not just because the language is different, but also because the homegrown modes of production really break from the stock modes of American studios at the time – which helps make things mighty unusual, and pretty magical too. Some of the weirder numbers definitely live up to the exotica promised in the title – and the package is as playful as the image on the front, with lots of great notes on the music within. Tracks include "Hiedra Venenosa" by Duo Rubam, "El Vendedor De Melones" by Los Giovanes, "Shadrack" by Cuarteto Marantha, "Ali Baba Twist" by Latin Quartet, "Kana Kapila" by Jorge Miranda, "Minnesota Fats" by Los Relampagos, "Mi Andaluz" by Sylvia, "El Miner" by Els 4 Gats, and "Rock Night" by Marietta. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoul In Harmony – Vocal Groups 1965 to 1977 – Superb Vocal Harmony From The Classic Soul Era ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A treasure trove of harmony soul gems – and a package that's overflowing with great numbers from a time when small group soul really sparkled in the funky 45 underground! Most of the cuts here have never appeared on CD before, and a handful are previously unreleased – and together, the set really showcases the sublime style of singing that emerged in the second half of the 60s – a new approach to harmonizing that was different from jazz, gospel, or doo wop groups in previous years – with tremendous interplay between the lead and backup parts of the group, in charts that were continually inventive and richly expressive at a level that still sounds completely great all these many years later! If you only know Motown male groups, or bigger names like The Impressions or Stylistics, you'll find plenty here to discover – a really rich tapestry of tunes that includes "Strange Voice" by The Imaginations, "Baby" by The Joneses, "Boom A Rang" by Dynamic Soul Machine, "By Your Side" by Moon & Mars, "Can't Get You Off My Mind" by Brothers Of Soul, "Waiting For Your Love" by The Love Experience, "Linda" by Salt & Pepper, "Need Someone To Love" by The Symphonies, "Take Your Time" by The Festivals, "That Day When She Needed Me" by The Performers, "We Can Make It Baby" by The Reputations, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" by The Four Sonics, and "I'll Be Waiting" by The Lovettes. CD

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Lou DonaldsonLush Life ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Lush Life (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP 16.99

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New Rodrigo Amado with Peter EvansFreedom Principle ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title definitely lives up to the sound of the record – a really loose, free session from a quartet that includes strong work from both trumpeter Peter Evans and tenorist Rodrigo Amado – the latter of whom leads the group! All tracks are long, and build with a nice degree of energy – one that gets back to the "freedom principle" generation between the ESP and loft jazz years – when spontaneous creativity like this was really in action. All four members contribute equally to shape the sound of the performance – and the group also features Miguel Mira on cello and Garbirel Ferrandini on drums. Titles include "Pepper Packed", "Shadows", and "The Freedom Principle". CD

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New BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... CD
Capitol/Apple, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". CD
(Booklet has some dents.)
Also available Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP 21.99

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New BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Apple stereo pressing, with yellow band on the cover, including the cut-outs!)
Also available Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP 21.99

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New BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Wonderful reissue – with inner sleeve, original cutouts, and bonus notes too! 180 gram pressing, remastered from 2009 stereo remasters.)
Also available Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP 21.99

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New Duke EllingtonFar East Suite ... LP
RCA, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Ellington's greatest albums of the 60s – and a record tinged with Eastern themes and darkly angular modern arrangements. The group here features Ellington stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, and Rufus Jones – and the players work together tightly to craft the suite of tracks based on Ellington's impressions of recent travels through the Mid and Far East during the 60s. Titles include "Tourist Point Of View", "Isfahan", "Depk", "Mount Harissa", "Amad", "Agra", and "Blue Pepper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing.)

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New Merle HaggardBranded Man ... LP
Capitol, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
On Branded Man, Merle Haggard finally set his reputation as the mournful wandering outlaw of popular music in stone, and truly settled in as the incalculably influential artist that he is to this day. The pangs of despair of a still proud man that peppered his earlier output come out full-blown on "Branded Man" and "Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive", his ornery outlaw character rears his head on "I Made The Prison Band", and the sad balladeer is here for the great "I Threw Away The Rose". All the facets are covered, and Branded Man is another classic not to be missed. Other tracks include "Long Black Limousine", "Go Home", "My Hands Are Tied", "Gone Crazy", and "Don't Get Married". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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New Vera HamiltonBut I Ain't No More (GSTSKDTS) (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Epic, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from Johnny Otis! "But I Ain't No More" is a stoned-out groover from singer Vera Hamilton – echoey bass spinning out into space, as slow beats stomp into a stop-start pattern that's peppered with some nice vocal twists! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Epic sleeve.)

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New Meridian BrothersSalvadora Robot (with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin styles – all to create these weirdly offbeat rhythms which are then peppered with acoustic and electric instruments – never in ways that are gimmicky, and always with this organic, spontaneous quality that makes you feel like you've unearthed a crate of obscure Colombian singles in the back corner of an urban flea market! Only a few tracks have a relatively contemporary vibe, but even those echo with older sounds and styles – and titles include "Salvadora Robot", "Somos Los Residentes", "Jefe Indio Vengara", "Doctor Trompeta", and "Un Principe Miserable Y Malvado". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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New Peppermint Trolley CompanyPeppermint Trolley Company ... LP
Acta, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
These guys are best remembered for their theme to The Brady Bunch – but this earlier album is far far better than that – a tremendous Sunshine Pop gem from the late 60s, baroque one minute, sweet the next – and always filled with a fresh sense of musical surprise! The group get a bit of help on the record from Roger Nichols and Chad Stuart (of Chad & Jeremy) – and their work here definitely echoes with the greatness of both guests – far more complicated than regular California pop of the time, with hardly an ear for the charts – and a timeless quality that's possibly better discovered from the perspective of the 21st century than the era it was released! Vocals are way more than just sweet harmonies too – as they often have an undercurrent of darkness, and a bit more of an edge than you might guess – bringing real magic to tunes that include "Trust", "Beautiful Sun", "Reflections On A Universal Theme", "I've Got To Be Going", "I Remember Long Ago", "Put Your Burden Down", "Pat's Song", and "Fatal Fallacy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some edge wear.)

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New Paul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years ... LP
Columbia, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've gotta admit, this record sounds a lot better with the passing of time than we might have expected – thanks in part to some totally sweet Fender Rhodes, used often, and in all the best ways to pepper the tunes! Barry Beckett and Bob James handle the keys – and there's even some gospel touches at times, thanks to help from the Jessy Dixon Singers and Chicago Community Choir. And Paul Simon's songwriting is mostly mature – and even on the hit "50 Ways", the drums from Steve Gadd more than make up for any clunk! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with heavy inner sleeve.)

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New Stanley TurrentineSpoiler ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stanley Turrentine's no spoiler here – as his tenor sax soars out over the top of some sweet larger group arrangements from Duke Pearson – all awash in a great sense of soul, joy, and life! The album's got a much brighter feel than you might guess from the cover – a vibe that's a bit similar to Stan's classic Joyride album, but a bit more open and free – thanks to the lyrical touches of Pearson on the charts. Other players include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, James Spaulding on alto and flute, and Pepper Dadams on baritone sax – plus rhythm from McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on electric bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and Joseph Rivera on percussion. As on some of the other Pearson dates from the time – particularly those with Donald Byrd – the use of electric bass really opens things up, by creating a subtle rhythmic pulse that really drives most numbers along. And also in the Pearson mode, the added players aren't really a horn section in the conventional way – just a group of like-minded, top-shelf jazz players who egg on the main soloist with a great sense of enthusiasm for the music! Titles include "La Fiesta", "The Magilla", "Sunny", "Maybe September", "You're Gonna Hear From Me", and "When The Sun Comes Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Back cover has a bit of staining along the opening.)

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New Rodrigo Amado with Peter EvansFreedom Principle ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title definitely lives up to the sound of the record – a really loose, free session from a quartet that includes strong work from both trumpeter Peter Evans and tenorist Rodrigo Amado – the latter of whom leads the group! All tracks are long, and build with a nice degree of energy – one that gets back to the "freedom principle" generation between the ESP and loft jazz years – when spontaneous creativity like this was really in action. All four members contribute equally to shape the sound of the performance – and the group also features Miguel Mira on cello and Garbirel Ferrandini on drums. Titles include "Pepper Packed", "Shadows", and "The Freedom Principle". CD

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New Donald ByrdAt The Half Note Cafe Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Simply one of the greatest Donald Byrd albums ever! This crackling 2 part live set is perhaps one of the best realizations ever of the tight soul jazz sound put forth by the group that included Byrd, Pepper Adams, and Duke Pearson – and the whole thing's a hard-swinging live set that's marked with the group's fantastic mix of soulful playing and lyrical soloing. This first volume includes nice long versions of "Soulful Kiddy", "My Girl Shirl", and "Cecile". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing. Cover has a bent corner, with some stains and marker on the back.)

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New Duke EllingtonFar East Suite – Special Mix (Bluebird) ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Ellington's greatest albums of the 60s – and a record tinged with Eastern themes and darkly angular modern arrangements. The group here features Ellington stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, and Rufus Jones – and the players work together tightly to craft the suite of tracks based on Ellington's impressions of recent travels through the Mid and Far East during the 60s. Titles include "Tourist Point Of View", "Isfahan", "Depk", "Mount Harissa", "Amad", "Agra", and "Blue Pepper". Plus, the CD reissue features 4 alternate takes not on the LP! CD
(Out of print.)

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New ImpossiblesHot Pepper ... LP
Philips/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Funky funky Thailand – just about the only 70s funk group we've ever seen from that part of the globe, and a great one at that! The Impossibles work in a tightly-crafted ensemble funk style that's clearly influenced by Kool & The Gang – but which also has the group hitting some well-polished notes on a few of the album's vocal numbers – in a totally cool groove that's got plenty of hard funky riffs at the bottom, sweet horns in the middle, and some great compressed pop vocals on the top! The album's a real lost treasure – one that we've never seen on this side of the Atlantic – and was oddly recorded and issued in Sweden in the mid 70s! But this album is way more than just a musical oddity – as it's super-funky all the way through, with a level of quality that will have it at the top of your crates for a long, long time! Titles include "Hotpepper", "Give It Up", "California", "C'mon Baby", "Easy To Be Hard", "Pretty Thing", "Love Will Keep Us Together", and "Love The Life You Live". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Louisiana RedShouts The Blues (aka Lowdown Back Porch Blues) ... LP
Forum Circle, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
An early set from Louisiana Red – a singer who'd shine more brightly in the early 70s on Atlantic, but one who's already got a very definite style here on an early album for Roulette! The album's got a gritty electric blues vibe that's more Chess Records than you might expect – Red's vocals nicely inflected along with the guitar lines, and often peppered by some bold harmonica work filled with plenty of soul! Most other backing is pretty spare – save for some great use of a car sound effect on one track – and titles include "Red's Dream", "I'm Louisiana Red", "I'm A Roaming Stranger", "Ride On Red", and "Sad News". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, some aging, some wrinkling, and staining along the opening and part of the top seam, with some peeling on the front along the opening.)

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New Meridian BrothersSalvadora Robot ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin styles – all to create these weirdly offbeat rhythms which are then peppered with acoustic and electric instruments – never in ways that are gimmicky, and always with this organic, spontaneous quality that makes you feel like you've unearthed a crate of obscure Colombian singles in the back corner of an urban flea market! Only a few tracks have a relatively contemporary vibe, but even those echo with older sounds and styles – and titles include "Salvadora Robot", "Somos Los Residentes", "Jefe Indio Vengara", "Doctor Trompeta", and "Un Principe Miserable Y Malvado". CD

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New Hugo MontenegroMoog Power ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A groovy moogy classic! This was one of the first records to apply the moog sound in a pop idiom in a major way – and boy, is it a resounding success with us! Hugo Montenegro scores a number of pop tracks and originals in the same cool jazzy style that he used on his best 60's soundtracks, then, he builds in a lot of groovy moog parts, and peppers the tracks with some vocals by male members of his chorus. The tracks have a lot of nice sharp bits that might be used as samples, with good quirky moog moments, and occasional heavy drums. Tracks include "Moog Power", "Dizzy", "You Showed Me", "More Today Than Yesterday", "Hair", and a very cool cover of "MacArthur Park". CD
Also available Moog Power ... CD 8.99

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New Ennio MorriconeUn Genio, Due Campari, Un Pollo/Sonny & Jed ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully strange score by Morricone! Outwardly, the score seems to be a run of the mill spaghetti western one – but musically, it's filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and more than a few numbers that have a groovy sound that's not at all what you'd expect for a film set in the old west! The general style is orchestral, with some slight vocals, and the odd guitar or keyboard solo. As with most of Morricone's work, though, the real treat is in the execution – and it's difficult to sum this up adequately. Titles include "Questa Pazza Pazza Corsa", "Il Pollo", "Pepper Chewing Gum", "Cavalcata Per Elisa", and "Partita A Poker". CD also features 7 more tracks from the equally great soundtrack to Sonny & Jed – a score that has some wonderfully sweet, spacious Morricone elements in the mix – bits of whistles, weird string passages, glistening bright notes, and gently strummed guitar! Titles include "Sonny", "Sweet Susan", "J&S Love", "Wanted Dead Or Alive", and "The Saloon's Girls". CD
(Limited edition of 500.)

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New Rasputin's StashRasputin's Stash ... CD
Cotillion (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer debut from Rasputin Stash – a funky group who work with all the long-haired inspiration you'd expect from their name! The groove is a mix of guitars and tight horns – undercut by the kind of heavy basslines that later made the group a good fit for Curtom Records, and lots of cool percussion touches that pepper the bottom of the rhythms nicely – with a pretty spontaneous feel! At times, there's almost a Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band vibe to the record, but mixed with some of the trippier influences of the Westbound crew – especially on the guitar – and like those artists, these guys have no trouble at all dipping into a touch of rock here and there to trip out their groove. Titles include "Mr Cool", "You Are My Flower", "Dookey Shoe", "I Want To Say You're Welcome", "Take Me On Back", and "Freaks Prayer". CD
Also available Rasputin's Stash ... LP 24.99

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New VariousCine Jazz On MGM ... CD
Video Arts/Ryko (Japan), 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tasty Japanese collection of jazz from someof the greatest MGM and United Artists soundtracks of the 60s and 70s. The range of material is large – and the main point is to show the different jazzy styles used in the tradition of filmmaking. Titles include "Quietly With Feeling (Salt & Pepper)" by Johnny Dankworth, "Three Mile Limited (Farewell My Lovely" by David Shire, "Boston Wrangler (Thomas Crown Affair)" by Michel Legrand, "Scene Of The Crime (How To Murder Your Wife)" by Neal Hefti, "Bad Guys (Fortune Cookie)" by Andre Previn, "Salty Sophie (Two For The Seasaw)" by Andre Previn, "Honeycomb (Lenny)" by Ralph Burns, and "Roslyn (The Misfits)" by Ales North. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Donald ByrdElectric Byrd ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Donald Byrd in a sweet electric mode – as you'd guess from the title! The set was recorded right before Byrd's legendary run with Larry Mizell in the early 70s – and the electric approach is a bit different here – a style that blends Byrd's wonderful trumpet lines with the larger ensemble mode Blue Note sometimes used in the late 60s, but with a spacey, stretched-out feel that's mighty nice! The album's somewhat similar to Byrd's Kofi set – but possibly a bit more open overall – and players here include Duke Pearson on electric piano, Jerry Dodgion on alto and sopranos ax, Frank Foster on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Hermeto Pascoal on flute, Wally Richardson on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, Mickey Roker on drums, and Airto on percussion. Pearson produced, and probably arranged too – given a slight Brazilian undercurrent to the grooves – and titles include "Estavanico", "Essence", "The Dude", and "Xibaba". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Horace TapscottSongs Of The Unsung – The Musical & Social Journey Of Horace Tapscott (hardcover) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Horace Tapscott's autobiography, covering his life and times as a musician and activist, and community and band leader. Offering insight into his and the Los Angeles scene's musical development, and a unique outlook on the social upheaval, and civic and racial discourse in which Tapscott participated, the book is an essential portrait of one of the leading musical lights of our times. This hardcover edition is 252 pages peppered throughout with black and white photos and a complete discography of his recorded work. Book

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New Belle Farms EstatePuddin (Kenny Dope main mix, Kenny Dope inst) ... 12-inch
Kay Dee, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sweet disco cut from Maynard Parker – a cut that really takes on a whole new life here in Kenny Dope's mix! The track starts with some stark, pounding beats – almost pre-house in construction, and peppered with piano riffs and cowbell bits before giving way to some breathy, sexy vocals! Nice and warm, and plenty darn soulful – and an album's worth of masterpiece packed inside the space of a single! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New FoolFool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's hard to get any more tripped out than this at the end of the 60s – and this one and only album by Fool kind of out-Peppers Sgt Peppers! Fool were actually better known at the time for their work as designers – including more than a few famous covers for groups on the British scene of the 60s – but on this debut LP, they take a whole new turn by stepping into a musical vein – playing in an odd blend of folk, rock, and ethereal instrumentation that has all the baroque and filled-in spaces of their design work! The set was recorded in LA, with production by Graham Nash – and the musical accompaniment by The Magi features drifting piano, earthy percussion, and lots of other unusual instruments that are produced with weird touches that completely transform their sound. The lyrics are all very playful and sing-songy – loose and unstructured at times, but in a way that only gives the record a more personal feel overall. Titles include "Hello Little Sister", "No One Will Ever Know", "Cry For Me", "Rainbow Men", "Voice On The Wind", "Fly", "Lay It Down", and "Inside Your Mind". CD also features the bonus single tracks "We Are One" and "Shining Light". CD

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New Herbert HunterRockin' Spar Masters ... CD
Superbird (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early 60s recordings by Herbert Hunter, a number of which are recorded with pseudonyms – rollicking & rockin' number that preceded the Spar singles that still fire up the Northern Soul connoisseurs – his earliest recordings for Spar! Hunter never had a smash breakout hit, but he did find one heck of a solid soul groove with Nashville producer Ted Jarrett in later years. Here he's trying out dance craze numbers and other trendy styles from the period, and they're pretty much nailing each, track after track! It's a blueprint for better things to come, and still a worthy batch of tunes. Titles include "The Twist" & Twistin' USA" as Johnny Keaton & The Twisters, "Dr Feelgood", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "I Can't Help It" and more billed to Herbert Hunter, "Peppermint Twist", "Now Let's Popeye", "Slow Twisting" and more as Leroy Jones, "Big Split Twist" and more as Marty & The Merits, "Bring It Home To Me" as The Now Generation and more. 20 tracks in all. CD

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New Gil MelleQuadrama ... CD
Prestige (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime work from one of the true originals of 50s jazz! Gil Melle was a baritonist – but with a sound and approach that was completely unique – very different than bigger names on the instrument, like Jimmy Giuffre or Pepper Adams. He had an icy touch that was surprising for the instrument, crafted carefully in well-written compositions with longtime partner Joe Cinderella, an equally compelling guitarist who's working with Melle on this quartet session that also includes Shadow Wilson and George Duvivier. The tracks aren't as way-out as some of Melle's work, but they've got an edge that's undeniable – and which clearly set the tone for some of Jimmy Giuffre's work of the same period. Titles include "Walter Ego", "Full House", "Quadrama", and "Rush Hour In Hong Kong". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Blue MitchellHeads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". CD featuers bonus alternate takes of "Togetherness" and "Good Humor Man". CD
(SHMCD.)
Also available Heads Up! ... LP 9.99

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New Lord NelsonShango (orig, Daniel Haaksman & DJ Beware remix) ... 12-inch
Soundway (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the heaviest grooves ever recorded in Tobago – an earthy number that's heavy on bass and percussion underneath Nelson's vocals – and peppered with this weird horn that feels like it was pulled from Sun Ra's Arkestra! The tune's got a really timeless feel – hardly what you'd expect from its 1978 recording date – very tribal and rhythmic – taken into some more contemporary house/global modes on the remix! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes mp3 download.)

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New VariousPipperment Twist – Rockin Twist Instrumentals, Exotica, & Other Sounds From Spain 1958 to 1966 ... LP
Munster (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
That's "Pippermint Twist" – not the more familiar "Peppermint Twist" from the US scene of the early 60s – and that slight difference is a really great way to sum up the sounds on this mighty cool set! Lots of the tunes are familiar, but a bit offbeat too – raw raunch and rock from the early days of the Spanish scene at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – clearly influenced by sounds from America, but definitely taking things in their own direction too! Here's a very offbeat feel to many of these numbers – not just because the language is different, but also because the homegrown modes of production really break from the stock modes of American studios at the time – which helps make things mighty unusual, and pretty magical too. Some of the weirder numbers definitely live up to the exotica promised in the title – and the package is as playful as the image on the front, with lots of great notes on the music within. Tracks include "Hiedra Venenosa" by Duo Rubam, "El Vendedor De Melones" by Los Giovanes, "Shadrack" by Cuarteto Marantha, "Ali Baba Twist" by Latin Quartet, "Kana Kapila" by Jorge Miranda, "Minnesota Fats" by Los Relampagos, "Mi Andaluz" by Sylvia, "El Miner" by Els 4 Gats, and "Rock Night" by Marietta. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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