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Clare Fischer Big BandThesaurus ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $4.99
An unusual session from the great Clare Fischer – although probably his best-known record as well! Clare cut many other jazz sides in a smaller, more intimate setting – but this album features his full talents as a larger arranger – working with a hip ensemble, and turning in some great charts that really keep things on edge! Fischer plays both Fender Rhodes and piano – and the group's got some great west coast help from Bill Perkins and Warne Marsh on tenors, Gary Foster on alto, and Conte Candoli on trumpet – all playing with a bit more sharpness here than usual. There's a nicely off-kilter edge – similar to that which you might hear in some of Clare's work with Cal Tjader – or some of his larger arranging projects for labels like MPS. Solos are out front on all tracks, and titles include "In Memoriam", "Bitter Leaf", "Calamus", and "Miles Behind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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Roberta FlackBlue Lights In The Basement (remastered edition) ... CD
Atlantic, 1977. Used ... $9.99
A sweet 70s classic from Roberta Flack – recorded with a mellow jazzy undercurrent that really fits the spirit of the title! The set's a bit more varied in moods than some of Flack's previous Atlantic efforts – showing a stretching of wings from Roberta, but still very much in some righteous territory overall – given that Eugene McDaniels is overseeing the record on production. Arrangements are by Harry Whittaker, Hugh McCrackin, Leon Pendarvis, and Roberta herself – and instrumentation is warmly electric, yet never too slick to wash away the deeper soul of Flack's vocals. Titles include "The Closer I Get To You", "Why Don't You Move In With Me", "Love Is The Healing", "Soul Deep", "Where I'll Find You", "25th Of Last December", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "Fine Fine Day". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roberta FlackChapter Two ... CD
Atlantic, 1970. Used ... $8.99
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz, which helps to transform some of the album's very surprising song choices – and a depth and sensitivity that goes way past the usual female soul modes of the time. Donny Hathaway handled half the arrangements for the record – a perfect choice for Flack – and Deodato handles the other, with some large arrangements that still have just the right sort of gentleness to go with her voice. Titles include a version of "Reverend Lee", penned by Eugene Daniels – and the great "Gone Away", written by Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, and Hathaway – plus the tracks "Just Like A Woman", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Business Goes On As Usual", and "Until It's Time For You To Go". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roberta FlackQuiet Fire ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Great small combo work by Roberta Flack, recorded early in her career, when she was still one of the hippest things around – and it's among her best records! Roberta's really come into her own as vocalist at this point and solidifying here personal style – with that clear tone and perfectly controlled style and phrasing – balancing a jazzy sensibility with the emotions of her gospel roots. A few tracks have some large arrangements by Arif Mardin, William Eaton, or Deodato – but most tracks feature a core group of studio jazz players that includes players like Joe Farrell, Richard Tee, Chuck Rainey, Hubert Laws, and Bernard Purdie. Includes a version of Eugene McDaniels' "Sunday & Sister Jones", plus "Go Up Moses", "To Love Somebody", "Let Them Talk", and "Sweet Bitter Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roberta Flack & Donny HathawayRoberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway ... CD
Atlantic, 1979. Used ... $14.99
Beautiful duo soul from the all-time great Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway – released right around the time of Donny's tragic passing! The set was co-produced by Eric Mercury and Flack – and it has a lot of great vocals from Roberta, with as masterfully paired with Donny as always – plus guest vocal appearances by Luther Vandross, Gwen Guthrie, and Eleanore Mills, and even Mercury, who sings a bit on one track! Titles include couple of nice Stevie Wonder tunes – "You Are My Heaven" and "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" – plus "Stay With Me", "God Don't Like Ugly", "Only Heaven Can Wait", and "Disguises". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roberta Flack & Peabo BrysonLive & More ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
A double album from Roberta & Peabo – with some nicely recorded tracks from a gig at The Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, IN (not too far south of Chicago) in the dawn of the 80s – and some tight studio material, too! It's got a some terrific live versions of some of the biggest hits from both singers – plus their great duets. Titles include "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long", a nice version of "Back Together Again" – which was originally done by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, "Killing Me Softly", "God Don't Like Ugly", "Feel The Fire", and "Only Heaven Can Wait/You Are My Heaven". 14 tracks on 2LPs. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live & More (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 31.99

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Roberta Flack & Peabo BrysonLive & More (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1980. Used 2CD Gatefold ... $31.99
A double album from Roberta & Peabo – with some nicely recorded tracks from a gig at The Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, IN (not too far south of Chicago) in the dawn of the 80s – and some tight studio material, too! It's got a some terrific live versions of some of the biggest hits from both singers – plus their great duets. Titles include "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long", a nice version of "Back Together Again" – which was originally done by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, "Killing Me Softly", "God Don't Like Ugly", "Feel The Fire", and "Only Heaven Can Wait/You Are My Heaven". 14 tracks on 2CDs! CD
(Out of print SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)
Also available Live & More ... LP 1.99

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ForeignerHead Games ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a few creases.)

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Sonny FortuneWith Sound Reason ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
We love Sonny Fortune – because he always plays so great! Sonny started as more of an acoustic soul jazz player – but by the time of this session, he's working with a lot of electric backing, in a fusiony mode that should dampen his enthusiasm, but which only seems to spur him onto new heights! The group's got some killer keyboards from Larry Willis, tight guitar from Ray Gomez, and lots of Latin percussion touches that really make the grooves dance – but the real highlight is Sonny, whose tone and placement are impeccable, almost in the vein of Gary Bartz during his years with Larry Mizell, but perhaps a bit more soaring and searching. Titles include "Afortunado", "Georgiana", "Igbob's Shuffle", "Francisco" and "Come In Out Of The Rain". CD

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Aretha FranklinAmazing Grace ... CD
Atlantic, 1972. Used 2CD ... $14.99
A great record from Aretha! She performs with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir for two LPs worth of some super gospel material. The tracks include "Mary, Don't You Weep", "How I Got Over", "Precious Memories", "Wholy Holy", "Never Grow Old", and Climbing Higher Mountains" CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Aretha FranklinLive At Fillmore West ... CD
Atlantic, 1971. Used ... $4.99
A completely cooking little live set from Aretha Franklin – and a crowning moment not just in her career, but for Atlantic Records soul in general! Aretha's working here before a very enthusiastic crossover crowd at the Fillmore West in San Francisco – getting tight backing from the combo of King Curtis (Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, and Pretty Purdie in tow!) – and hitting a groove that's often rawer, grittier, and more deep-soul tuned than some of her studio sides from the time! The recording quality is totally great – and goes out of its way to preserve the presence of the audience, and showcase Aretha's own interaction and strong sense of personality. Ray Charles makes a surprising guest appearance on one track, but the whole show is really Franklin's own – a majestic little live date that features the tunes "Spirit In The Dark", "Respect", "Make It With You", "Don't Play That Song", "Dr Feelgood", and "Love The One You're With". CD

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Donnie FrittsThree Hundred Pounds Of Hongry (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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(Promo.)

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Gloria GaynorGloria Gaynor (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
An overlooked later set from the great Gloria Gaynor – a record issued after her big disco fame, but one that still shows the singer very much at the top of her game! The groove here is mostly upbeat – and mostly in a post-disco blend of 80s club and more electric modes, with Gloria's vocals really soaring right out over the top – richly expressive, and with all that sense of pride and power that made her a standout in a world of disco divas a few years before. Production is by Ollie E Brown, Rick Stevens, and Amir Bayyan – each of whom bring in their own brand of 80s twist to the music – and titles include "Mack Side", "Stop In The Name Of Love", "For You My Love", "Tease Me", "America", and "Even A Fool Would Let It Go". CD features bonus tracks – "Stop In The Name Of Love (12" single)", plus single mixes of "Tease Me", "America", and "Stop In The Name Of Love". CD

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GenesisInvisible Touch (CD & DVD) ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1986. Used CD & DVD ... $4.99
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(DVD is Region 9.)

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Debbie GibsonElectric Youth ... LP
Atlantic, 1989. Sealed ... $2.99
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(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn, with small cracks on the edges.)

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Joao GilbertoBoss Of the Bossa Nova ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good ... $14.99
Great early stuff by this master of the bossa! The tracks were originally recorded for Odeon records in Brazil, then issued here in the US in a lovely package that has Joao's face emblazoned in the center of the Brazilian flag. The tracks feature arrangements by Walter Wanderley and Jobim – and titles include "Coisa Mais Linda", "Amor Em Paz", "Barquinho", "Bolinha De Papel", and "A Primeira Vez". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some light wear.)

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Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre 3 ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Groundbreaking trio work from the great Jimmy Giuffre – an album that cut loose both the piano and the drums – in a way that took Gerry Mulligan's earlier rhythm-less experiments with jazz, and pushed them one degree further! The group on the session features Giuffre on clarinet, tenor, and baritone sax – alongside the guitar of Jim Hall and bass of Ralph Pena – all working together with no other accompaniment, but in a way that's as swinging as it is airy – an amazing exercise in tone, color, and control! The sound is out of this world, and the notes just hang lightly in air – beautifully dancing around one another. Titles include "Voodoo", "Train & The River", "My All", "Crawdad Suite", and "Two Kinds Of Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Jimmy GiuffreWestern Suite ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... $29.99
One of the best-ever Jimmy Giuffre albums! Jimmy's playing here in his classic piano-less trio format, in a group with Jim Hall on guitar and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone. The group was perhaps his best, and they achieve a perfect blend of free-flowing improvised lines, while still managing to retain a jazz swing (something that didn't always happen on Giuffre's other records). The centerpiece of the set is the extended "Western Suite" (don't be fooled by the name, because there's no sort of "Country & Western" tinge to it), and the record also includes beautiful long versions of "Blue Monk" and "Topsy". The whole thing is one of the most amazing jazz records ever recorded, and has an insane array of tones, colors, and sound shapes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing. Cover has light wear, some light stains, and a small split on the spine.)

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Good GodGood God ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Danny GottliebAquamarine ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet set of solo fusion from drummer Danny Gottlieb – formerly with Pat Metheny's group – and feel that's definitely in character with some of Methany's work from the period. Gottlieb is working here in the company of guitarist John Abercrombie and a number of cuts, and Joe Satriani also plays on the record – which gives it a bit more crossover appeal – something that made it a surprising hit at the time – and other players include Bill Evans on a track, plus Doug Hall, Cafe, Mark Egan, Dave Samuels and others. Titles include "Alaska", "Waterfall", "Aquamarine", "Duet", "Once Upon A Time", and "Peace Of Mind". CD

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Lars GullinBaritone Sax/Lars Gullin Swings ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, 1956/1958. Used ... $6.99
One of Europe's greatest jazz musicians ever – captured here on two rare albums from the 50s! Although Lars Gullin was mostly a baritone player, his rich talent on the instrument won him many accolades during the postwar years – and he recorded a huge amount of albums, both here in the US, and home in his native Sweden. These two sessions were originally issued in Sweden on Metronome, but are offered here in the versions issued by Atlantic in the US during the late 50s. Both records are some of Gullin's best straight material from the time – and they feature him swinging hard and straight-ahead, in a perfect setting made up of some of Sweden's finest players. Titles include "Always", "After 8pm", "Half Nelson", "So What", "Fedja", and "Perntz". Great to have back out again – and what a deal! (Please note that the CD had to omit the track "Ma" because of space limitations.) CD

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John HammondI Can Tell (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1967. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Hard 2 ObtainHeels Without Souls (rmx clean, clean, rmx inst)/Hip Hop Lifestyle (unavailable on LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Atlantic, 1994. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Eddie HarrisBad Luck Is All I Have ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
Not a great jazz record, but a pretty nice funky soul album by Eddie – who by this point was really electrifying his sax, playing a bit of piano, and even singing in a range of different styles. The best moments are those that kind of push the envelope technique-wise – operating with a lot of different effects on the horn and keyboards – backed up by percussion by Willie Bobo, trumpet by Oscar Brashear, and "guitorgan" by Robert Muldrow! Not perfectly realized, but an interesting set of funk experiments. Titles include "Get On Up & Dance", "Why Must We Part", "It Feels So Good", and the spacey "Abstractions", a real stoner number in the Shuggie Otis mode! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, with some staining along part of the opening and along part of the top.)

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Eddie HarrisI Need Some Money ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A nice little funk album from Eddie – one that shouldn't work, but does nicely, thanks to a unique approach to the groove! Eddie's still playing plenty of electric sax on the set – and is going for a sound here that's equal parts soul jazz, modal groove, and down and dirty funk! The album kicks off with the catchy vocal number "I Need Some Money", which features a chugging Varitone groove in the background. Other cuts mix up funk and soul, and add in touches of the "electric rhythm machine", which was heard on a few earlier Harris albums for Atlantic. Very strange, but strangely nice – and with the cuts "Bumpin", "Get On Down", "Carnival", "That's It", and "Time To Do Your Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Eddie HarrisInstant Death ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Damn great work from the amazing Eddie Harris – a record that's got a perfect blend of jazz and funk, but still holds onto more righteous elements too! Eddie's using his electric sax in a really great way – not as a gimmick at all, but as a way of linking both the soulful and progressive sides of the Chicago jazz scene – much like the way his old bassist Melvin Jackson did on the classic Funky Skull record! The group here is a small one, but features some really surprising work from players who include Muhal Richard Abrams on electric piano, Rufus Reid on electric and acoustic bass, Billy James on drums and Kalimba, Ronald Muldrow on guitar, and Henry Gibson on some mighty nice percussion. Eddie himself is a stunner – working not just on electric tenor, but also trumpet with a reed mouthpiece, and some weird way of vocalizing through a horn as well. The whole thing's got a vibe that matches the hippest, coolest electric jazz of the Cadet/Concept years – and titles include the great groover "Zambezi Dance", plus "Nightcap", "Tampion", "Instant Death", and "Superfluous". CD

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Eddie HarrisIs It In ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... $5.99
One of Eddie's groovier Varitone albums, and a record that has a very electric sound to it! At times, Eddie's electric sax is so off-beat that you'd think he was playing a synthesizer instead of a sax, but in true Harris form, he always keeps it funky, and even the weird sounds have a great groove to them. Tracks include "Space Commerical", "Funkaroma", "Happy Gemini", "Look Ahere", and "It's War". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light creases on one corner.)

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Eddie HarrisTender Storm ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 60s. Used ... $7.99
A warm set of soulful 60s numbers from Eddie Harris – almost a ballad album at times, but with a groovier feel overall! The album features a great group that has Harris on acoustic tenor or Varitone sax – warmed up by the piano of Cedar Walton, bass of Ron Carter, and drums of Bobby Thomas. Walton's presence here is especially strong – a nice pairing with Eddie, given the inherently lyrical lines in both players. Titles are familiar, but come off with a very personal vibe – and tunes include "My Funny Valentine", "If Ever I Would Leave You", "The Tender Storm", and "On A Clear Day". Great stuff – with a very solid vibe! CD

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New Eddie Harris & Les McCannSecond Movement ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A massive batch of funky soul jazz – the Second Movement (to the first album Swiss Movement) of the collaboration of Eddie Harris and Les McCann! The vibe here is even freer, and hipper, than on the first set – with a host of long tracks that have Les really working the Fender Rhodes into some great grooves, as Eddie blows along some mean, mad Varitone with equal charm! Players include Bernard Purdie, Buck Clarke, and Cornell Dupree – and titles include "Saima", "Carry On Brother", "Universal Prisoner", and the brilliant sample cut "Shorty Rides Again"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Alex HarveySensational Alex Harvey Band Live ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
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(Cover has some wear, a couple of stains, and some splitting on the spine.)

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New Donny HathawayExtension Of A Man ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1973. Used ... $5.99
Perhaps Donny Hathaway's greatest album from the 70s, and certainly the one with the most amazing arrangements! The record was Donny's last studio session, and it's got him working at a level that's far advanced from even his groundbreaking earlier work – using complicated rhythms and sophisticated string passages – but also throwing in some killer jazzy bits that make for some of his funkiest work ever! The liner notes have Donny showing off his musical training in evaluations of the song structures, but the music alone should be enough to convince you this one is great! Includes "The Slums", a funky rollicking tune that is sort of a follow-up to "The Ghetto"; "Valdez In The Country", a totally catchy instrumental with loads of electric piano, and a very Bob James-esque sound; the jaunty "Flying Easy"; and the spiritual soul cuts "Someday We'll All be Free" and "I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Small piece of scotch tape on booklet cover.)
Also available Extension Of A Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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Al HibblerAfter The Lights Go Down Low ... LP
Atlantic, 1950/1951/1956. Very Good- ... $4.99
One of the greatest albums ever from the mighty Al Hibbler – a record that's filled with subtle power and deeper soul – and which really has Al working at the height of his vocal talents! Although Hibbler recorded often before this in the 50s, this session seems to have a specially magic feel – the kind of album in which all elements gel together perfectly – almost to Al's career what Two Steps From The Blues was to Bobby Bland. And like that other classic, there's a mix here of jazz and blues that's really unique – instantly timeless, and still quite powerful today. Titles include "Tell Me", "Travelin Light", "Dedicated To You", "You Will Be Mine", "Song Of The Wanderer", "If I Knew You Were There", and "The Blues Came Falling Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black Long Playing Unbreakable logo label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a click on side one, tracks 1-4.)

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Carl Holmes & The CommandersTwist Party At The Roundtable ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
Although he's best known by our ears for his 70s funk masterpiece Investigation No 1, back in the 60s Carl Holmes was working with a groovy combo called The Commanders – and cut this hard-wailing album of soul tracks for Atlantic! The set's got "twist" in the title, which might make you suspect some cheapo cash-in – but it's not that at all, and really cooks with a raw party soul energy that's quite unique for the time – even at Atlantic! Some of the tracks on the album run a bit longer than usual, really letting the combo stretch out on sax, guitar, and electric piano – and vocalist Marco King shouts his way through some of the tunes – calling in the band and really creating this raw energy that's totally great. We half suspect the album may have been recorded live, given the sound of the set – and the whole thing's a key link between 50s R&B Atlantic, and some of the label's harder soul of the 60s. Titles include "Ain't Got No Money", "Good Good Lovin", "I Can't Sit Down", "Lonely Winds", "Roundtable Twist", "Mashed Potatoes", and "Twist It Baby". CD

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Miki HowardCome Share My Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1986. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Tracks include "My Friend", "Come Share My Love", "Love Will Find A Way", "Imagination", "Come Back To Me Lover", and "Do You Want My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddie HubbardBacklash ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Freddie Hubbard's greatest records – a soaring bit of soulful modernism that's almost a precursor to 70s sounds on record labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Freddie's at his early best here – stepping aside from some of the more serious Blue Note modes, and definitely feeling himself more strongly – reaching out with this righteous vibe that's quite different than later electric work in the 60s – and which, quite honestly, almost comes through best on this record than anywhere else! The group are wonderful too – and James Spaulding turns in some killer flute and alto work for the date – perfect for Freddie's lines on trumpet. Titles include "Backlash", "The Return Of The Prodigal Son", "Little Sunflower", and "On The Que Tee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddie HubbardBacklash (Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good ... $5.99
One of Freddie Hubbard's greatest records – a soaring bit of soulful modernism that's almost a precursor to 70s sounds on record labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Freddie's at his early best here – stepping aside from some of the more serious Blue Note modes, and definitely feeling himself more strongly – reaching out with this righteous vibe that's quite different than later electric work in the 60s – and which, quite honestly, almost comes through best on this record than anywhere else! The group are wonderful too – and James Spaulding turns in some killer flute and alto work for the date – perfect for Freddie's lines on trumpet. Titles include "Backlash", "The Return Of The Prodigal Son", "Little Sunflower", and "On The Que Tee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Atlantic Jazzlore pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Freddie HubbardSing Me A Song Of Songmy (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $38.99
One of Freddie Hubbard's wildest records ever – a really unique experiment with electronics, and a set that sounds way different than his other albums for Atlantic, Blue Note, or CTI! The key factor here is experimentalist Ilhan Mimaroglu – who adds lots of electronics and processed sounds to the set – blended with Freddie's more soulful lines on trumpet – to create a style that's almost a jazz version of musique concrete! In fact, at times, you forget that Hubbard's playing at all, as the wash of noise overtakes the force of some of his solos – and titles include "Threnody For Sharon Tate", "The Crowd", and "What A Good Time For Kent State". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited audiophile pressing!)

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Steve Silk HurleyWork It Out Compilation ... LP
Atlantic, 1989. Near Mint- ... $3.99
8 tracks, including a couple of certified Chicago house classics, on this major compilation that took the Chicago club sound and delivered it to the masses: "Work It Out", "Cold World", "Love Baby", "I Can't Let Go", "Chain Of Fools", "Think!", "Drive Me" and "A Bit Of Jazz". Features Jackson & Moore, Jamie Principle and M Doc alongside Steve Silk Hurley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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J Geils BandLive – Full House ... CD
Atlantic, 1982. Used ... $4.99
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Deon JacksonLove Makes The World Go Round ... CD
Atlantic/Collectors Choice, 1966. New Copy ... $5.99 11.98
Great stuff from one of our favorite soul vocalists of the 60s! We love Deon Jackson – we love his sweetly honest vocal style, we love his songs, and we love the great production he gets from the legendary Ollie McLaughlin! This album is the only one he ever cut – and it's a masterpiece all the way through! Ollie's production mixes some wonderful lilting qualities with rollicking hard soul – it's a far-reaching approach that works incredibly well with Deon's unique approach to the vocals! Includes the super-hit "Love Makes The World Go Round" and a charming uptown soul take on "King Of The Road", plus "Come Back Home", "1-2-3", "You Said You Love Me", "SOS", "Love Is What You Make It" and "Hush Little Baby". CD

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New Milt JacksonBallads & Blues ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
The title says it all with this one – as Milt Jackson plays a set of ballads, and a set of blues – but both in ways that really make the best of his warmly chromatic approach to the vibes! The players here vary on different tracks, but apart from MJQ regular John Lewis, the album also presents Jackson with some less-familiar associates who include Barney Kessel on guitar, Lucky Thompson on tenor, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. A few tracks on the album also feature an augmented woodwind section – and titles include "Bright Blues", "Hello", "They Didn't Believe Me", "The Song Is Ended", "So In Love", and "Gerry's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, with some rips along the bottom of the back paste-on.)

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Illinois Jacquet & His Big BandJacquet's Got It! ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Sealed ... $9.99
Surprisingly nice later work from this legendary tenorist – with solos by Frank Lacy on trombone, Jon Faddis on trumpet, Marshall Royal on alto, and Richard Wyands on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Keith JarrettEl Juicio (The Judgement)/Life Between The Exit Signs ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1968/1975. Used ... $5.99
2 obscure early sessions by Keith Jarrett – back to back on one CD! El Juicio is wild and wonderful work by Keith – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but it's clearly Keith who's driving the bus here, taking lots of odd twists and turns for playful moments that come as an unexpected surprise. One of the best of these is the short percussion track "Pre Judgement Atmosphere", which almost sounds like a Moondog number – and another is the rollingly funky "Gypsy Moth", a tune that always seems to be careening out of control, but is never "outside", just percussively grooving. Side two features two longer jamming tracks that almost have a loft jazz feel – "El Juicio" and "Piece For Ornette" – and Keith plays alone on the track "Pardon My Rags". Life Between The Exit Signs is early trio work by Keith, a bit straighter than some of his 70s recordings – but in a good way, with kind of a New York modern groove that reminds us of early work by Paul Bley or Steve Kuhn! The trio's a very progressive group – with Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums, making for a really open-ended approach to the rhythms – and the album includes the original compositions "Church Dreams", "Margot", "Long Time Gone", and "Love No 1 & 2". CD

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Betty JohnsonSong You Heard When You Fell In Love ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Arrangements are by Charles Grean – Mr Betty Johnson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover is nice!)

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Elvin JonesMidnight Walk ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good ... $14.99
One of Elvin Jones' greatest records – a set that's quite different from both his work in the John Coltrane Quartet, and some of the powerhouse jazz sides he'd cut later as a solo act! The vibe here is a bit hard to describe, but it somehow comes together in the "midnight walk" of the title – as there's a pulsating rhythm to many of the numbers – one that comes partly from the record's great use of Dollar Brand on piano on some cuts. But other players are great, too – and there's some wicked electric piano work from Steve James – who really gives a few tracks a sinister edge – plus tenor from Hank Mobley, trumpet from Thad Jones, and added percussion from George Abend. Titles include "Midnight Walk", "HM On FM", "The Juggler", "All Of Us", and "Cross Purpose". A great album, and a real lost treasure from the Atlantic back catalog! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has wear, a sticker on the front and green tape along all seams.)

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Clifford JordanThese Are My Roots – Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1965. Used ... $6.99
An odd little album from tenorist Clifford Jordan – but a great one too, given the unique format! As the title implies, Cliff pays tribute to Leadbelly – handling a host of Huddie Ledbetter originals, but in a style that's kind of 60s soul jazz, with a bit of blues as well – one of those unusual criss-crossings of styles that you'd get on some of the Atlantic jazz sessions of the 60s. Jordan's tenor is firmly in the lead on all numbers – and other players include Roy Burrowes on trumpet, Cedar Walton on piano, Julian Priester on trombone, and Chuck Wayne on banjo instead of his usual guitar! Two tracks feature vocals by Sandra Douglass – and titles include "Dick's Holler", "Silver City Bound", "Black Girl", "De Gray Goose", "Yellow Gal", and "Black Betty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Julian JosephReality ... CD
Atlantic, 1994. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print, booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)

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Robin KenyattaGypsy Man ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and soprano sax – the last of which is the best fit for the record, as Kenyatta plays it with a nicely snakey sort of style! Most tracks have a strong mix of keyboards and guitar – the former played by either Larry Willis or Pat Rebillot, the latter by David Spinoza or Keith Loving. Stanley Clarke plays bass on most of the set, and there's definitely some of his influence going on here too – and one track features added vocals by Robin and Lalome Wahsburn. Deodato arranged a version of "Last Tango In Paris" – and other titles include "Gypsy Man", "Melodie Chinoise", "Werewolf", "Another Freight Train", "Seems So Long", and "Reflective Silence". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barney KesselHair Is Beautiful ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1968. Used ... $14.99
A sweet sweet groover from Barney Kessel – his own hip take on the soundtrack for Hair – all those wonderful songs originally penned by the great Galt MacDermot! Barney's got an extra-trippy feel on some of the best cuts – a wider sound on his guitar, which rings out nicely alongside some sweet Hammond lines and electric bass, plus a bit of added rhythm guitar from Ike Issacs – who helps underscore the groove on the set. Unlike other Hair re-works, the instrumentation here is pretty spare overall – mostly in a small combo mode – and titles include "Frank Mills", "Walking in Space", "Be-In", "Good Morning Sunshine", and "Easy to be Hard". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kid LocoPrelude To A Grand Love Story ... CD
Yellow/Atlantic, 1999. Used ... $2.99
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New Albert KingKing Of The Blues Guitar ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Classic Stax blues by the king of the Memphis blues scene of the late 60's. Production's handled by Stax, even though the LP was released on Atlantic, and the set includes "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Overall Junction", "Laundromat Blues", "Cold Feet", and "You're Gonna Need Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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Ben E KingStreet Tough ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked gem from the later years of Ben E King – a sweet little set that shows that the singer was every bit as well suited to 70s funk as he was to the uptown soul of his roots! Ben's sweet voice soars wonderfully over bass-heavy grooves that draw on club and funk, but which also have a deeper, more carefully-constructed approach – so that the album isn't just another disco effort by an older funk singer. Instead, King really rises to the challenge of the setting – and shines as strongly here as on his classic album with Average White Band, or his better-known Supernatural Thing record. Wonderful all the way through – and more proof that Ben E King is one of the great under-acknowledged geniuses of his generation – one of the few who really kept evolving into and past the 70s. Titles include "Staying Power", "Street Tough", "Made For Each Other", "Souvenirs Of Love", "Why Is The Question", and "Something To Be Loved". CD

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Ben E KingSupernatural ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A brilliant 70s comeback for Ben E King – a record that shows the world that his vocals are still some of the best in soul, long after his early hits – and a massively mature effort that also grooves like a mofo! King's style here is completely different than before – rich, full, and a bit clubby in parts – perfectly put together by maestro Bert DeCoteaux with a smooth-stepping groove that draws a lot from the best Philly work of the 70s – a surprisingly great fit for Ben's wonderful vocals. Gwen Guthrie co-wrote a number of the cuts on the record, too – and also sings a bit of backup – and titles include the seminal "Supernatural Thing", a perennial dancefloor fave that's offered up here in 2 parts – plus "Your Lovin Ain't Good Enough", "Do It In The Name Of Love", "Imagination", "Do You Wanna Do A Thing", and "What Do You Want Me To Do" – and a great version of Sam Dees' "Extra Extra". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rahsaan Roland KirkBlacknuss ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Roland plays moody jazz versions of some of the biggest soul hits of the early 70's – including tracks like "What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me", and "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus some other nice originals which sum up his take on "blacknuss". Titles include "Blacknuss", "Which Way Is It Going", and "One Nation". Billy Butler is on guitar, and the great Sonelius Smith is on piano on a number of tracks. Roland even sings a bit, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Rahsaan Roland KirkNatural Black Inventions – Root Strata ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A totally amazing album – and one of the clearest examples of Roland Kirk's genius approach to reeds! The set's essentially solo, and features Kirk playing without any tape tricks or overdubbing – but still at a level that has multiple saxophones layered on top of one another – thanks to his creative approach to playing more than one instrument at once, and groundbreaking use of circular breathing! The record has these fantastic throbbing pulsating reed lines –with one horn blowing rhythm, and one playing an adventurous solo – and both being blown live a the same time, in a style that's still very soulful and swinging overall – and amazingly done without any sense of overindulgence. Tracks include "Black Root", "Raped Voices", "Day Dream", and "Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said". CD

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Roland KirkHere Comes The Whistleman ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good ... $16.99
A stone classic from Roland Kirk – and a record that beautifully balances his modern ideas and playful energy – as you might guess from the title! While posing as the "whistleman", Roland's also pushing the boundaries of jazz a few steps forward too – not just in modern terms, but in spiritual ones too – showing that there's a way of letting loose that doesn't always have to be cold or artsy, but personal and soulful too. There's still echoes of the hardbop of the Mercury years, and plenty of inventive reed work from Kirk – on tenor, alto sax, manzello, stritch, and even nose flute too. The album was recorded live with a very hip cast that includes Lonnie Smith and Jaki Byard on piano, Charles Crosby on drums, and Major Holley on bass – and tracks include "Roots", "Here Comes The Whistleman", "Step Right Up", and "Aluminum Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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New Patti Labelle & The BluebellesDreamer ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
Probably the best early album that Patti Labelle ever recorded – and one that pushes way past the mix of girl group and pop material she'd been handling previously. The record begins with the killer cut "Dreamer", written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham – then it moves into a host of great lesser-known tracks and mature compositions, like Curtis Mayfield's "I'm Still Waiting", and the tunes "One Phone Call", "Take Me For A Little While", "Tender Words", "Don't Want To Go On Without You", and Burt Bacharach's great "Always Something There To Remind Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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Yusef LateefBlue Yusef Lateef (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99
One of our favorite Atlantic albums by the great Yusef Lateef – an incredible session that has him dipping back into his earlier exotic roots with those great reed styles of the early 60s – yet also hitting a mix of soul and funk like some of his other albums from the time! The sound is tremendous – wonderfully righteous, at a level that really set the tone for more ambitious soul jazz projects of the 70s by other artists – including the best of the soul jazz underground who were often as inspired by Lateef as they were by Coltrane! The group's great, too – and features Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Sonny Red on alto, Hugh Lawson on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums – next to Yusef's own work on tenor, flute, bamboo flute, tamboura, and percussion. Titles include "Sun Dog", "Moon Cup", "Othelia", "Like It Is", and the groovy "Juba Juba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited audiophile pressing!)

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Yusef LateefDoctor Is In & Out ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Yusef Lateef's funkier albums for Atlantic – and a record that features some great keyboard work from Kenny Barron! The liner notes indicate a current Lateef fascination with rhythm, and it tries to present this fascination in a way that implies a bigger intellectual approach to the music – but heck, this is just some pretty darn nice 70s jazz funk, and Lateef's angular reed work sounds very nice next to the smoother electric backdrops! In addition to Barron's keyboards, the record also features guitar from Billy Butler, drums from Al Foster, and percussion from Dom Um Romao – plus a bit of Arp from Dana McCurdy, which is mighty nice. Titles include "Hellbound", "The Improvisers", "Mystique", "Technological Homosapien", "Mushmouth", and "Mississippi Mud". CD

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Yusef LateefGentle Giant (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger-concept recordings to come, but which is still pretty lean and clean overall – and damn funky on most of the best tracks! Yusef plays a host of hip flutes here, plus tenor and oboe – and an almost equal star on the record is Kenny Barron, whose electric piano lines really make the album something special. The album begins with a long take on Barron's "Nubian Lady" which begins the record – and Kenny also contributed the tighter grooving "Jungle Plum". Other tracks include "African Song", "Queen Of The Night", "Poor Fishermen", "Below Yellow Bell", and a strange version of "Hey Jude" that goes on for a long time, and really messes with the volume – listed on the cover with the note "Do not adjust the playback level on your audio equipment – readjust your mind!" LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited audiophile pressing!)

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Yusef LateefMeditations ... CD
Atlantic, 1990. Used ... $5.99
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Yusef LateefSuite 16 ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A groundbreaking set from Yusef Lateef – one that mixes together a number of different soul jazz styles! In a way, Atlantic records tried to handle Yusef Lateef in the same way they did Roland Kirk – by creating recordings that either let him express himself strongly as an arch-modernist, or those that focused on his solo talents in material that was a bit more funky and soulful. This album's got a bit of both – as side one has Yusef playing with slightly electric groups on short tracks that feature vocal backings by the Sweet Inspirations, and side two features Yusef playing with the Cologne Radio Orchestra, conducted by William Fischer, on an extended work called "The Symphonic Blues Suite". We dig the shorter tracks better, and those titles include "Nocturne", "Buddy & Lou", and "Down In Atlanta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and a spot of residue from an old sticker in another corner.)

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Yusef LateefYusef Lateef's Detroit – Latitude 42 30 Longitude 83 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Yusef Lateef's Detroit is a mighty funky one – a great summation of all the soulful sounds he'd crafted on previous records, but with a full groove that really points the way towards the 70s! Lateef's reeds are still the main attraction – great solos on tenor and flute – but there's also some wonderful electric elements on the record, which offer Yusef a very different setting than usual, and one that has some wickedly offbeat funky touches too! The groove's exotic, and has this unusual feel that's very different than most other Atlantic jazz of the time – much more in the mode of some of the hippest electric sets from the underground. Bernard Purdie handles drums – which ensures the funky elements of the set – and titles include "Eastern Market", "Bishop School", "Belle Isle", "Livingston Playground", "Woodward Avenue", and "Raymond Winchester". CD

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Yusef LateefYusef Lateef's Encounters ... CD
Atlantic, 1991. Used ... $5.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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New Hubert LawsFlute By-Laws ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A great little set of Latin jazz – and one of the strongest albums ever from flute man Hubert Laws! At the time of this recording, Laws was playing with Mongo Santamaria's group – and for this second solo outing, he borrows a lot of grooves from Mongo's bag – and also hits a few tasty lines of his own – mixing in even more of those great soul jazz inflections that always made his solos on the Santamaria records for Columbia some of the real highlights of the time. The groove is wonderful throughout – and other players include Chick Corea on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Benny Powell on tenor, and Bobby Thomas on drums. There's some killer tight Latin numbers with a groovy 60s feel – like "Bloodshot", "Let Her Go", "Baila Cinderella", and "No You'd Better Not" – plus some other tasty jazz numbers like "Mean Lene" and "Strange Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo.)

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New Hubert LawsLaw's Cause ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. Used ... $16.99
A wicked mix of Latin influences, mod sounds, and 60s soul jazz – all set up beautifully to showcase the flute of a young Hubert Laws! The album's got a nice little bounce right from the start – with some traces of Atlantic soul elements – but it soon moves into some of the more sophisticated territory that you'd hear on Laws albums in the 70s – that wonderful tone, and great sense of space. Chick Corea handled the arrangements, and comes up with some really groovy sounds – and the album includes the tune "No More", with vocals by Melba Moore – plus "Windows", "Shades of Light", "If You Knew", and "Please Let Go". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Hubert LawsLaw's Cause ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $0.99
A wicked mix of Latin influences, mod sounds, and 60s soul jazz – all set up beautifully to showcase the flute of a young Hubert Laws! The album's got a nice little bounce right from the start – with some traces of Atlantic soul elements – but it soon moves into some of the more sophisticated territory that you'd hear on Laws albums in the 70s – that wonderful tone, and great sense of space. Chick Corea handled the arrangements, and comes up with some really groovy sounds – and the album includes the tune "No More", with vocals by Melba Moore – plus "Windows", "Shades of Light", "If You Knew", and "Please Let Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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New Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
Led Zeppelin at peak power – mixing hard rock bombast with deep, genuine love for blues and folk guitars! Houses Of The Holy is the essential the blueprint for countless imitators to come – but it's also got smarts, subtleties and creative ambitious that's just plain lost on the watered wannabes that floated up in Zeppelin's wake. Titles include "The Crunge", "Over The Hills & Far Away", "The Song Remains The Same", "The Rain Song", "Dancing Days", "Dyer Maker", "No Quarter", and "The Ocean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl, heavy cover, and with paper title band too!)

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New Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $34.99
One of the most monumental debuts in rock history – a record that hit the world like a led zeppelin, and left an impression for years to come! Led Zeppelin pretty much took over rock right from the beginning – which isn't too surprising, given that Jimmy Page had an in-demand guitar heavy for years already – but the power of this debut is still astonishing after all these years – a blistering blend of bluesy roots, psych fuzz, and razor-sharp instrumental dexterity! The whole thing's a gem – and titles include "Good Times Bad Times", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" "You Shook Me", "Dazed And Confused", "Your Time Is Gonna Come", "Black Mountain Side", and "I Can't Quit You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing, with an SD 8216 catalog number and a Warner Communications logo. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

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Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 (2CD box set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 60s/1970s. Used 2CDs ... $14.99
Two CD set containing digitally remastered versions of the remaining 30 tracks from Led Zeppelin's nine studio albums that were not included in the original four CD Led Zeppelin box plus one previously unreleased track, "Baby Come On Home". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
Hard rock perfected! It's around Led Zeppelin IV that you can easily say that the group moved up from being incredibly great to flat-out legendary – really in a class by themselves, although maybe they'd already reached that point with the sublime sounds of the previous three records! There's a darkness here – and a sense of magick too – an eerie new energy that still has all the balls-out rock power of before, but which has the group moving into this heady territory that's really all their own. Every song is a classic – and tracks include "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "When The Levee Breaks", "Going To California", "Four Sticks", and "Battle Of Evermore". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with SD 7208 catalog number, with a small initial mark on the label. Cover has some light wear & a partially unglued bottom seam.)
Also available Led Zeppelin IV (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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New Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Hard rock perfected! It's around Led Zeppelin IV that you can easily say that the group moved up from being incredibly great to flat-out legendary – really in a class by themselves, although maybe they'd already reached that point with the sublime sounds of the previous three records! There's a darkness here – and a sense of magick too – an eerie new energy that still has all the balls-out rock power of before, but which has the group moving into this heady territory that's really all their own. Every song is a classic – and tracks include "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "When The Levee Breaks", "Going To California", "Four Sticks", and "Battle Of Evermore". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl, heavy cover, and maybe even more solid than the original!)
Also available Led Zeppelin IV ... LP 14.99

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Peggy LeeLet's Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Sealed ... $6.99
An incredibly lovely later album from Peggy Lee – her first album for Atlantic, and proof that she was still growing tremendously as an artist, well into the 70s! The record's title track was a tune written for Peggy by Paul McCartney, who also produced the number for the record – and it's got a wonderful "adult" feel – one that steps off even more from Peggy's last Capitol recordings. But in some way, the real star of the album is Dave Grusin – who co-produced the rest of the record along with Peggy, and who gives the session a warmly laidback jazz-based approach – one that's miles away from Peggy's 60s work, and handled in a maturely mellow groove that's totally great. The sound is tight, but never too slick – and Peggy's aging vocals sparkle beautifully amidst a host of modern tunes that include "He Is The One", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", "Sweet Lov'liness", "Sweet Talk", "Always", and the funky classic "Easy Evil". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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John LewisEvolution II ... CD
Atlantic, 1999. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print.)

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John LewisEvolution II ... CD
Atlantic, 2001. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print.)

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John Lewis & Albert Mangelsdorff/Zagreb Jazz QuartAnimal Dance ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. Used ... $9.99
One of the hippest albums that John Lewis ever recorded – and a set that's noteworthy for the presence of two European modernists! Most of the record features Lewis in a wonderful group with trobmonist Albert Mangelsdorff – who gets plenty of space here to play in his stepping, stuttering style – one of the more angular approaches to trombone in the 60s, and a nice contrast to the piano of Lewis. The group shared by both features Karl Theodor Geier on bass and Silvije Glojarnic on drums – and titles include "Animal Dance", "Set Em Up", "Monday In Milan", and "Why Are You Blue". But possibly even better than these sides is the album's one track by the amazing Zagreb Jazz Quartet – a group that features Bosko Petrovic on vibes, in a style that's somewhat inspired by the MJQ, but a fair bit darker too! The group play the wonderful "Ornaments" – awash in blue tones and richly chromatic vibes. CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Charles LloydBest Of Charles Lloyd ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good ... $1.99
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(Cover has some wear, wrinkling, and light stains, with a small split on the bottom seam and a name in pen on the back.)

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New Charles LloydDream Weaver (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Used ... $16.99
A classic set from reedman Charles Lloyd – a set that really pushes forward all the experiments he'd begun in the Chico Hamilton group – and shows a bold move forward for rhythms in 60s jazz! The tracks are long, and spiral out wonderfully – but in ways that are different than those used by other creators of the time – like Eric Dolphy or John Coltrane. Even though leading the group on tenor and flute, Lloyd's got a real sense of rhythm to his playing – echoes of the Hamilton group – but set loose with a stellar quartet of younger players – including Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all perfect choices for inventive music like this! The standout cut is the amazing "Sombrero Sam", a tight little groover that we never tire of – and one that has Jarrett sounding much more in the pocket than you'd ever imagine – and other tracks include "Dream Weaver", "Autumn Sequence", and "Bird Flight". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Los Van VanLlego Van Van ... CD
Havana Caliente/Atlantic, 1999. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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Lupe FiascoLupe Fiasco's The Cool (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Atlantic, 2007. Used CD & DVD ... $5.99
Lupe Fiasco takes his style a kick & a push deeper than the perceived sunny positivity of his debut on second album The Cool – flashing some biting social criticism – and a sharp brilliance that shows he's too restless to simply coast! The clean, buzzing synth funk orchestra vibe that was a highlight of the Food & Liquor set encores here, especially on the tracks Soundtrakk produced – but the mood is a little heavier. Strong stuff in both overall quality and lyrical content, with some real standouts. F & L was no fluke – Lupe is the real thing! Titles include ""Free Chilly" feat Sarah Green & Gemstones, "Go Go Gadget Flow", "The Coolest", "Superstar" feat Matthew Santos, "Paris, Tokyo", "Hi-Definition" feat Snoop Dogg and Pooh Bear, "Gold Wathch", "Intruder Alert" feat Sarah Green, "Dumb It Down"feat Gemstones & Graham Burris, "Fighters" feat Mathew Santos and more. CD

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Junior ManceI Believe To My Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1966/1967. Very Good- ... $4.99
One of the richest albums that Junior Mance ever cut for Atlantic Records – a smoking soul jazz set that seems to have a bit of a gospel influence too – at least in the deep, soulful bottom that comes from the feel of the group! Junior's piano is right on the money – as sharp and hard-hitting as on other records from the time – and the set features great work from some additional reed players – including Hubert Laws and David Newman – plus some trumpet from Jimmy Owens, who helps give the album a sharp punch at just the right moments! Some of the tunes are plenty catchy, and should have put Mance in the company of Ray Bryant or Ramsey Lewis at the time – and titles include "Time & A Place", "I Believe To My Soul", "My Romance", "Don't Worry 'Bout It", and "Golden Spur". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Side 1 has marks that click on tracks three and four. Cover has a sticker, a cutout hole, and a bit of aging.)

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Manhattan TransferDown In Birdland – The Manhattan Transfer Anthology ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, Late 70s/1980s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
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Herbie MannBeat Goes On ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ... $1.99
The beat goes on, and Herbie Mann gets plenty darn groovy – serving up these short, soulful tunes that really pack a sweet little punch – thanks in part to some excellent work on vibes by the young Roy Ayers! Ayers' rings out next to Herbie's flute in a very cool way – almost Latin, but a bit groovier overall, with some echoes of bossa and 60s soundtrack jazz – all mixed with deeper soul currents that are very much in the best 60s jazz spirit of Atlantic Records! Jimmy Wisner handles the arrangements, and also plays some mean piano. Titles include Dave Pike's "Dream Garden", which was arranged by Pike himself – plus Herbie Mann's "West African High Life", and Herbie Hancock's "Hey Ho" – as well as the cuts "No Matter What Shape", "More Rice Than Peas, Please", "Soul Montuno", and "The Beat Goes On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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Herbie MannDiscotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the arrangements for the set – in a wicked blend of Mann's flute and his own keyboard lines – supported with some nicely funky rhythms from Steve Gadd on drums and Tony Levin on bass! Disco touches are added by a bit of congas from Ray Barretto, and some sweet female soul vocals that come in on the choruses – in a mode that's a bit like the work on Kudu Records at the time. Titles include "Pick Up The Pieces", "Guava Jelly", "High Above The Andes", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Mediterranean", "Lady Marmalade", and "Hi-Jack". CD also features two bonus tracks – "The Orient Express" and "Hi-Jack (special long version)". CD

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Herbie MannDo The Bossa Nova With Herbie Mann ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good ... $9.99
A great album of bossa groovers, recorded by Herbie in the early days of the US bossa boom – and with a sound that's right on the money! The backing's very lively, and the tracks have a tight bossa sound that's quite authentic. Herbie's flute is livelier than usual, and on a set like this, you can hear why it's no wonder that he's been so respected by Latin and Brazilian players over the years. Titles include "Voce E Eu", "Bossa Velha", "Blues Walk", "One Note Samba", "Amor Em Paz", and "Deve Ser Amor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a large X scored in the surface on back.)

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Herbie MannEvolution Of Mann – The Herbie Mann Anthology ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1950s/1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... $11.99
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(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and book.)

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann At The Village Gate ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $9.99
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served up by a totally cooking rhythm section that includes basses from Ben Tucker and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, percussion from Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla, and drums from Rudy Collins – plus some especially great work on vibes from Haygood Hardy, sounding beautifully chromatic underneath Herbie's sharp-edged work on flute! The set features a key reading of "Comin Home Baby" that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus great long versions of "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So". CD

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann Live At Newport ... LP
Atlantic, 1963. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the grooviest 60s live albums from Herbie Mann – done in a style that's a bit different from the rest! Herbie cut many successful live albums for Atlantic, most of them with a hard wailing soul jazz groove – but this one's a nice batch of mellower bossa tunes, played at the Newport festival in Herbie's early love affair with the music, by a group that includes Dave Pike on vibes and Atilla Zoller on guitar. All tracks are long, and the groove is much more open-handed than on Herbie's studio bossa albums. Titles include "Garota De Ipanema", "Desafinado", "Samba De Orfeu", and the more soul jazz oriented tune "Don't You Know", written by bassist Ben Tucker. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Herbie MannMann & A Woman/Herbie Mann & Joao Gilberto ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Mid 60s. Used ... $13.99
2 groovy 60s sides by Herbie – back to back on one CD! A Mann & A Woman is a surprisingly groovy groovy batch of tracks that has Herbie joined by soul singer Tamiko Jones, for a nice set of tracks that have flute and female vocals in the lead. The groove is somewhat pop-bossa, and the album has great versions of "A Man & A Woman", "O Barquinho", "Sunny", and "How Insensitive". Jones is perhaps a bit less soulful than on later recordings, but her mellow moody voice is a perfect accompaniment to Herbie's laidback flute solos. Nice stuff, with arrangements by Melba Liston, Joe Zawinul, and Jimmy Wisner. Herbie Mann & Joao Gilberto is a good record, but with a title that's a bit misleading. Although Herbie and Joao are listed together in the artist credits together for the record, they don't really play together on the record – as did Joao and Stan Getz on their album together. Instead, they trade off tracks of bossa nova material, recorded with Jobim in Rio – Joao's by EMI/Odeon, Herbie's by Atlantic. The set includes a host of great light breezy bossa stuff – like "Amor Em Paz", "O Barquinho", "Bim Bom", "Bolinha De Papel", and "Deve Ser Amor". Not totally over the top, but a very nice batch of breezy bossa tracks with lots of light flute and guitar lines floating around! CD
(Out of print.)

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Herbie MannMississippi Gambler ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $7.99
After dipping into the Memphis Underground, Herbie continues his tour of the funky south – recording here at American Studios in Memphis (only 5 miles from Mississippi, we guess!), with a small combo that includes Bobby Emmons on organ, Bobby Wood on electric piano, and Reggie Young on guitar! There's a relaxed easy groove to the album that makes it one of Mann's most consistently satisfying funky albums – a really cool, laidback style that's a great showcase for Herbie's funky flute – and David Newman turns out some great solos on tenor and flute, which really soup the record up! Tracks are long, and titles include "Dippermouth", "Mississippi Gambler", "Respect Yourself", and "Satisfaction". CD

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Herbie MannSuper Mann ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful 70s set from Herbie Mann – and one that features some heavy help from P&P maestro Patrick Adams! The album's more of an Adams-directed affair than the usual Herbie set – as Adams produced and arranged all the tracks, and really takes Mann in the direction of a hip late 70s dancefloor! Rhythms are upbeat and lively – the best side of 70s disco – and there's still plenty of room for Herbie's flute to solo over the top, even though the cuts also feature added keyboards from Adams and Leroy Burgess, plus some occasional vocal choruses as well. Titles include a remake of Celi Bee's "Superman", plus "Etagui", "Jisco Dazz", "Django", "Body Oil", "Rock Freak", and "Stomp Your Feet". CD

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Herbie MannTurtle Bay ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sweet 70s funk from the great Herbie Mann – a tight small combo set done with plenty of electric touches! Side one, the "up side", features a core combo that's really great – Pat Rebillot on organ and electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, Jerry Jemmott on bass, Reggie Ferguson on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – and the tunes themselves are a nice mix of covers that come off nicely in this instrumental mode. Side two is billed as the "down side", but is still pretty funky at points – arrangements are a bit fuller, but have a nice soundtrack kind of groove. Pat Rebillot's on keyboards again, and also did some of the arrangements. Titles include "Turtle Bay", "Do It Again", "Happier Than The Morning Sun", "Family Affair", "Reverend Lee", and "Never Ending Song Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Herbie MannWaterbed ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet electric set from the great Herbie Mann – one of his best of the time! Like a number of his contemporaries recording jazz for Atlantic, Herbie had moved pretty firmly into a funky soul mode by the mid 70s – adding in lots of electric instrumentation and vocals to keep up with the success of some of the bigger-selling jazz albums of the time. Oddly, this approach actually sounds pretty darn good to us – especially having the hindsight of over 25 years to get over the shock of any sort of perceived "sell out". The players are all pretty tight, and Herbie manages to keep things pretty hip on all tracks, sticking to his roots in Latin-influenced playing. The record features remakes of "Comin Home Baby" and Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang", plus a version of Astor Piazzolla's "Deux Xango", and the orignals "Paradise Music", "Body Oil", and "Waterbed". CD

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Herbie MannWindows Opened ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Herbie Mann's opening plenty of windows with this one – and plenty of doors too – really letting some new influences come to his music, thanks to the presence of Sonny Sharrock on guitar and Roy Ayers on vibes! The album's one of Herbie's wildest from the 60s – and the mix of vibes, flute, and guitar is very very nice – a great blend that really gives a strong showcase to both younger players. Ayers' vibes are especially wonderful – similar to his own soulful Atlantic albums of the period – and Sharrock's guitar isn't as crazy as in later years, but has this sharp edge that's really different than usual for most of his jazz contemporaries. The album features great covers of "There Is A Mountain" and "If I Were A Carpenter" – plus surprisingly bold tunes that include Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", Charles Tolliver's "Paper Man", and Ayers' own "Windows Opened". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the corners and some discoloration on back.)

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Herbie Mann & Joao GilbertoHerbie Mann & Joao Gilberto With Antonio Carlos Jobim ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Although Herbie and Joao are listed together in the artist credits together for the record, they don't really play together on the record – as did Joao and Stan Getz on their album together. Instead, they trade off tracks of bossa nova material, recorded with Jobim in Rio – Joao's by EMI/Odeon, Herbie's by Atlantic. The set includes a host of great light breezy bossa stuff – like "Amor Em Paz", "O Barquinho", "Bim Bom", "Bolinha De Papel", and "Deve Ser Amor". Not totally over the top, but a very nice batch of breezy bossa tracks with lots of light flute and guitar lines floating around! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Herbie Mann & The Afro-Jazz Sextet + Four TrumpetsCommon Ground ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great little record, filled with loads of cross-cultural influences that make for one of the most exotic Herbie Mann albums of the 60s! The group's billed as the Afro-Jazz Sextet– but has a strong Latin vibe as well – a bit of an echo of the experiments Herbie Mann did with Latin jazz previously on labels like Verve and United Artists – but given a bit more of the Atlantic-era punch here as well! The group features some wonderful vibes from John Rae – whose tones ring out beautifully on some of the best numbers – plus a mix of Latin and African-styled percussion from Ray Barretto, Olatunjii, and Ray Mantilla – who really make the record cook. A few tunes feature an added trumpet group, and the rest are mostly just flute and percussion – on titles that include "St Thomas", "Walkin", "Uhuru", "High Life", and "Sawa Sawa De". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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Arif Mardin & His OrchestraLullaby From Rosemary's Baby/Blue Bull ... 7-inch
Atlantic, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
2 very dreamy tracks by the man who went on to become one of Atlantic's best soul arrangers of the 70's. "Lullaby" has a sweet floating feel, and sounds like it could have been lifted from a hip Italian soundtrack. "Blue Bull" has a funky strings feel, sort of like some of Richard Evans best arrangements at Cadet. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Atlantic sleeve.)

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New Charlie MarianoMirror ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A seminal electric session from Charlie Mariano – one recorded after his shift from bop-based work into trippier, more psychedelic influences – and one of his few American dates from the time! The record has Charlie working on soprano and alto sax, with a group that includes Pat Rebillot on electric piano and organ, Tony Levine on bass, and David Spinozza on guitar – all grooving along with the reeds in a stretched-out, tripped-out kind of way – a mixture of jazz and some Eastern influences, but always held together nicely – without some of the overindulgence of some other Mariano records from the period. Charlie's solos are still icy as ever, but much freer than on his classic work, and with definite post-Coltrane influences – and titles include "Madras", "Himalaya", "Vasi Bindu", and "Mirror", which has vocals by Asha Pulthi! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a bit of peeling gloss in one corner.)

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New Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox ... CD
Atlantic, 2012. Used ... $6.99
We're always hard-pressed to define that certain something that makes Bruno Mars so great – that unusual quality that isn't quite soul, isn't quite pop, and which almost takes us back to some of our favorite crossover moments of the early 80s. Bruno's got this classic raspy voice, but instead of going for authentic old-school modes, he comes across even better with playful, tuneful melodies – just the sort of right grooves that balance out his integrity with his winking sense of wit – a blend that's really unique, and which other contemporary singers would do well to learn from! The album's a cracker all the way through – and titles include "Young Girls", "Locked Out Of Heaven", "Gorilla", "Show Me", "When I Was Your Man", "Moonshine", "Treasure", and "If I Knew". CD

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Warne MarshWarne Marsh (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – still modern, to be sure, but also done in a way that has some of the soulfulness of a Hank Mobley albums at times. Part of the reason for this is the group's rhythm section – which features Ronnie Ball on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Paul Motian on drums. And on the Motian numbers, Marsh is playing without piano – making for a coolly evocative style that really has the tenor dominating the sound. Titles include "My Melancholy Baby", "Excerpt", "Too Close For Comfort", "Yardbird Suite", and "Just Squeeze Me". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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