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Mose AllisonOl' Devil Mose (Autumn Song & Ramblin' With Mose) ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
Two later album's from Allison's stay at Prestige, Ramblin' With Mose and Autumn Song – before he moved over to Atlantic to go on to greater success – collected in one package. Unlike his later, more well-known sets, this is mostly instrumental, but there are a couple of nice vocal tracks, with the roots to his bluesy hipster approach in evidence: "I Got A Right To Cry", "Eyesight To The Blind", "That's All Right" and "Do Nothing Till You Here From Me". The remaining piano trio sides have a great rollicking almost boogie feel to them, with Addison Farmer and Ronnie Free rounding out the group, and include "Old Devil Moon", "Stranger In Paradise", "Kissin' Bug", "Ramble", "Old Man John", "Ingenue", "Promenade", "It's Crazy", "Strange", "Autumn Song" and "Groovin High". LP, Vinyl record album

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Harry ArnoldHarry Arnold + Big Band + Quincy Jones = Jazz! ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good ... $4.99
Hard swinging big band material from Sweden – featuring the big band of Harry Arnold arranged by Quincy Jones. Quincy had been spending a lot of time in Sweden during the mid 50s – bringing with him a host of great players that would soon become big names on the European scene. Biggest of these is Benny Bailey, who plays some good solos here with a mostly-Swedish group that includes Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberb, Ake Persson, and Bengt-Arne Wallin. The style of the work, and its trans-Atlantic jazz orientation, is a direct precursor of later work by the Clarke-Boland Big Band – of whom Bailey was a big part. Titles all swing nicely, and tracks include "Doodlin", "Room 608", "Quincy's Home Again", "Brief Encounter", and "Meet Benny Bailey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoKabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... CD
AECO, 1974. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, making for the group's first session ever with the instrument! Muhal's work nicely colors in the spare spaces on the set – giving a soaring, lyrical quality to a few of the numbers – and really standing in stark contrast to the freer solo work of the other players. At times, Abrams is playing these longer lines that almost have a McCoy Tyner sort of energy – directing the set with a tremendous searching vibe – and at other times, he joins the group in their sparer exploration of sound and space – in a mode that's similar to some of their Parisian recordings. Titles include "Sun Precondition One", "Kabalaba", "Kaba Song", "Mal's Delight", and "Improvization A2". CD
(Packaged in a cool record-style sleeve.)
Also available Kabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... LP 24.99

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoKabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... LP
AECO, 1974. Very Good ... $24.99
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, making for the group's first session ever with the instrument! Muhal's work nicely colors in the spare spaces on the set – giving a soaring, lyrical quality to a few of the numbers – and really standing in stark contrast to the freer solo work of the other players. At times, Abrams is playing these longer lines that almost have a McCoy Tyner sort of energy – directing the set with a tremendous searching vibe – and at other times, he joins the group in their sparer exploration of sound and space – in a mode that's similar to some of their Parisian recordings. Titles include "Sun Precondition One", "Kabalaba", "Kaba Song", "Mal's Delight", and "Improvization A2". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Also available Kabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... CD 9.99

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AzymuthLight As A Feather (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil – a pushing forward of the soulful sides of their style, but with just the right blend of quirkier elements as well – one that still keeps the edge of the early years, yet helps the group reach out with a wonderfully warm sound! Most tracks are quite spare, and without any too-smooth polishing in production – and titles include the classic "Jazz Carnival", a funky fusion classic if there ever was one – plus "Light As A Feather", "Avenida Das Manguerias", "This Exists", "Partido Alto", "Dona Olimpia", "Amazonia", and "Young Embrace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remixed and remastered version – with better sound than ever!)

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LaVern BakerLet Me Belong To You ... LP
Brunswick, 1970. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Brilliant later work from Lavern Baker – material recorded years after her bigger fame at Atlantic Records, but with vocals that are still equally sublime! The set's got a very different feel than the blusier styles of before – and features wonderful Chicago soul production by Carl Davis and Eugene Record, but mixed with more uptown New York-styled arrangements from Teacho Wiltshire and Bert DeCoteaux – who mix strings and a bit of backing vocals with the harder rhythmic punch you'd expect from Brunswick. Some of the best cuts have a groovy groovy sound that really points the way to a whole new direction for Lavern – and titles include "Born To Lose", "Play It Fair", "Love Is Ending", "Pledging My Love", "I'm The One To Do It", and "Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo ink stamp on back.)

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New Basso Valdambrini QuintetWalking In The Night ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the best modern jazz Italy had to offer in the postwar years – and a record that's gone onto be the blueprint for countless recent work from groups on labels like Schema and Deja Vu! Tracks are short, but very groove-centered – often mixing modal jazz rhythms with hardbop solo energy – served up beautifully through the tenor of Gianni Basso and the trumpet of Oscar Valdambrini! The pair are hardly a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but their interplay here matches the best on Blue Note from the same time – and gets some great rhythm support from the trio of Renato Sellani on piano, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, and Gianni Carzola on drums. Most tracks here are originals by members of the group, and titles include "Lotar", "Time Was", "Bashfully", "Tea Time", "Mitigati", "Renee", "Dialogo", and "Ricordando Lester". CD

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New Basso Valdambrini SextetSestetto Basso Valdambrini – The Best Modern Jazz In Italy 1962 ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early 60s – a fresh, modern group who could still play with plenty of soul – avoiding some of the cool jazz traps of other European combos, and really hitting hard with solo work that matched the best American work of the time. The sound here is really incredible – tunes that bristle with electricity from the very first note, played with a cohesiveness that makes the record far more than just a happy accident in the studio! Titles include the originals "Coltrane Style" and "Monotonia", plus versions of Jackie McLean's "Dr Jackle", Junior Mance's "Jubilation", and Benny Golson's "Are You Real". CD

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". CD

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Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". CD
Also available Hot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". Includes 4 bonus cuts too – "Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess disco rmx)", "Chains (Gregg Diamond spectacular rmx)", "Fess Up To The Boogie (Gregg Diamond disco rmx)", and "Chains (Jim Burgess disco rmx)". CD
Also available Hot Butterfly (Japanese pressing) ... CD 13.99

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David BowieRebel Rebel (UK single mix, US single mix) (picture disc) ... 7-inch
Parlophone, 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of David Bowie's most anthemic tunes of the 70s – served up here in two different original mixes! The limited picture disc offers up "Rebel Rebel" in all its glory from two different sides of the Atlantic – the original UK single mix, and the slightly different mix that was issued on 45 in America! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Hugh Brodie & The Real ThingHugh Brodie & The Real Thing ... LP
Kheba, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A little funky, a little jazzy, and a great little record from saxophonist Hugh Brodie – playing here with his excellent Real Thing combo! The record's got a looser feel than other soul jazz sessions of the time – and a style that's straighter jazz one minute, and a bit more soul the next – especially on the tunes that feature vocals from Donna Brodie and other members of the group. Hugh himself plays tenor and soprano sax on the record, and there's almost a vibe here borrowed from Eddie Harris' great early 70s albums on Atlantic – with the same sort of freewheeling approach, coupled with some trippy touches on guitars – which are occasionally processed in weird ways! Titles include "Utopian Chant", "Truthful One", "The Get Down Song", "Cornbread & Beans", "The Real Thing", and "Tippin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rob BrownRadiant Pools ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2004. Used ... $13.99
Great work from Rob Brown – one of the most promising saxophonists of his generation on this side of the Atlantic! The set features Brown in some really great company – working with Steve Swell on trombone, Joe Morris on bass, and Luther Gray on drums – all moving between frenetically rhythmic moments that almost show a love of early Ornette Coleman, and looser, freer moments that have the group improvising in some richly personal tones and textures. Brown plays both alto sax and flute on the date – and the interplay between his alto and Swell's trombone on the rhythmic numbers is especially great – deeply hypnotic, and filled with spirit. Titles include "King Cobra", "Radiant Pools", "Boxed Set", "Swarm Village", "Semantics 1", and "Out Of The Lurch". CD
(Out of print.)

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Budos BandBudos Band ... LP
Daptone, 2005. New Copy ... $12.99
A brilliant mix of Afro and deep funk styles – the kind of grooves you'd get if Fela Kuti hung out with The Meters in the late 60s! Budos Band recall the genius of 90s deep funk combo The Daktaris – and have a similar love of older African rhythms touched by a newer indie funk sound – a complexity in the group's well-arranged horn parts, but a simplicity to their rhythms that makes the album cook like some of our favorite classics from years back. Sax and trumpet lines are mixed nicely with heavy percussion and a fair bit of organ at the bottom – creating a murky groove that has a bit of New Orleans in the mix, but also has most of the instruments stepping along with the rhythm – in a very cool take on the Africa 70 sound. Tracks are all instrumental, and all incredible – and the record's one of the freshest we've heard from the deep funk underground in years – a second-generation set that gets way past simple copycat funk and into its own unique groove! Titles include "Budos Theme", "Ghost Walk", "King Charles", "Eastbound", "Across The Atlantic", "Up From The South", "TIBWF", and "Monkey See Monkey Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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CadillacsCrazy Cadillacs ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer from the legendary Cadillacs – maybe our favorite group on the east coast scene of the late 50s, and one of the few we can really depend on for a wonderful sense of range! The Cadillacs have a power that matches some of the bigger names of the time, especially The Drifters on Atlantic – and although the group were best known for their upbeat gimmicky tracks, they're also tremendous on ballads – of which there are a good number here! Production is nice and raw – with an especially noteworthy lack of instrumentation when things get mellow – and titles include "Gloria", "Don't Be Mad With My Heart", "Window Lady", "Carelessly", "Let Me Explain", "My Girl Friend", "Shock A Doo", "Zoom Boom Zing", and "Broken Heart". CD

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Cane & AbleCane & Able ... LP
AKT, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A fantastic bit of tripped out funk! Cane & Able were one of the many groups that came out of the collective surrounding the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band in the early 70s – and like that group, Cane & Able draw on a wide range of influences to create a heavy funky sound. The album mixes the African influences used by the LARB with more of a hard soul vocal approach, with some cuts sounding a bit like material from Atlantic albums of the late 60s, but handled with more of a fuzzy edge. Includes a great funky reading of Wilson Pickett's "Don't Knock My Love", a cover of "Who's Gonna Take The Weight", and the long tripped-out groover "Girl You Move Me"! LP, Vinyl record album

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New CapitolsDance The Cool Jerk ... LP
Atco, 1966. Very Good- ... $16.99
A landmark set of grooves by this excellent Detroit group – a trio who recorded for the local indie Karen, but got a much bigger boost towards fame when their record was picked up by Atlantic! The set's one of the killer 60s Motor Town sets produced by Ollie McLaughlin – and like the rest, it's got a really special edge – music that goes way past any simple 60s soul cliches, and which will make the set one of the real standouts in your collection. Arrangements are by Dale Warren, Riley Hampton, and Mike Terry – and titles include The Capitols' big hit "Cool Jerk", and also includes loads of other great tracks written by Donald Storball of the group – like "Dog & Cat", "Zig Zaggin", "The Kick", and others – plus versions of "Hello Stranger", "Love Makes The World Go Round", and "Good Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & gray label mono pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and a staple in one corner.)

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Clarence CarterFame Singles Vol 2 – 1970 to 1973 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Sublime sounds from Clarence Carter – wonderful work from his second wave of singles for Fame Records – a wealth of great music from a time when Carter was really coming into his own! Clarence was great right from the start, but here you can really hear him finding his own voice – that all-knowing, storytelling approach that could make even a simple lyric spin out in a way that was totally captivating – with a quality that set Carter apart from some of his more tear-jerked southern soul contemporaries, into a space of class and confidence that would serve him well for years to come! Every number here was recorded at the Fame Studios, with the kind of killer backings you'd expect from the Muscle Shoals team – and although the singles were initially issues over a few different labels (Fame, Atlantic, and United Artists) – they're brought together here in complete order, for a massive 22 track set. Tracks include "I'm The One", "I Hate To Love & Run", "Slipped Tripped & Fell In Love", "Say It One More Time", "It's All In Your Mind", "Sixty Minute Man", "Heartbreak Woman", "Love's Trying To Come To You", "I Found Somebody New", and "Put On Your Shoes & Walk" – plus "If You Can't Beat Em", which is a duet with Candi Staton! CD

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Charlene & The Soul Serenaders/Margie JosephCan You Win/One More Chance ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
A real stunner from Charlene & The Soul Serenaders – a cut that's more than wonderful enough with the lady's vocals in the lead, but which also gets a nicely deep background from the combo – with a cool chromatic guitar that brings a great vibe to the groove! "One More Chance" is an early one from Margie Joseph – a track that predates her music for Atlantic, and which has a 60s Northern Soul vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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CheckersCheckers ... LP
King/Sing, 1950s. Sealed ... $9.99
One of the greatest vocal groups of the 50s – an quartet with a sound to rival that of The Drifters or The Dominoes at their best! That comparison is no accident, as The Checkers featured members from both groups – although the overall strength of the vocal work on this set is more in line with the hard-wailing Clyde McPhatter Drifters years on Atlantic than it is some of the better-known Dominoes work for King. There's a vocal range and confidence here that's really amazing – a dipping, turning, soaring quality that shows up on nearly all the tunes – and which makes us wonder why the group wasn't at the top of the charts during the years. Songs include "House With No Windows", "Don't Stop Dan", "Night's Curtains", "Let Me Come Back", "Trying To Hold My Gal", "Mama's Daughter", "I Promise You", "You've Been Fooling Around", "White Cliffs Of Dover", and "Without A Song". There are a total of 16 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
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ChicBest Of Chic Volume 2 ... CD
Rhino, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $4.99
Yowsa! We hardly ever knew Chic had enough to fill 2 albums, much less 2 greatest hits compilations – but they did, and between this one and volume one, you'll get just about all the stuff they ever recorded for Atlantic. Plenty of choppy guitar, driving beats, and catchy pop-disco grooves – and a total of 17 tracks that includes "Rebels Are We", "What About Me", "You Are Beautiful", "Flash Back", "Tavern On The Green", "At Last I Am Free", "Just Out Of Reach", "Stage Fright", "Real People", and "Give Me The Lovin". CD

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Charles CohenRetrospective ... CD
Morphine (Netherlands), 1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
Cool 80s electronic work from Charles Cohen – an overlooked American artist from the mid-Atlantic scene, but one whose music rivals some of the early greats from the previous analogue years! At a time when so many others were either overly bombastic, or way too laid back, Cohen had a way of really keeping things interesting – pushing around the edges for unusual electric sounds and phrasings, but never pushing things into the territory of noise or industrial expressions. There's a tunefulness to most of these tracks that's really wonderful – even though most of them hardly have a tune at all – and the set features music from all three previous volumes of Cohen's material on the same label – including work for theater, and some longer pieces too. Titles include "Tubs", "Bell Jar", "Sonomama", "Group Motion Performance", "Dance Of The Spirit Catchers", "The Street", "Water", "The Middle Distance", "Camera Dance", and "Duos Solos". CD

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John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... CD
Pablo, Early 60s/1977. Used 2CD ... $13.99
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Afro Blue", "Cousin Mary", "Spiritual", and "My Favorite Things". CD

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New John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... LP
Pablo, Early 60s/1977. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99 29.98
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Afro Blue", "Cousin Mary", "Spiritual", "I Want To Talk About You", "Naima", "Chasin The Trane", and "My Favorite Things". LP, Vinyl record album

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New John ColtraneImpulse Story ... CD
Impulse, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
In many ways, the Impulse Story is also The Coltrane Story – as the label helped John Coltrane attain rich new freedoms in his music, and Coltrane helped pave the way for some key new talents to come to the label! Working here in his post-Prestige, post-Atlantic period, Coltrane's hitting incredible new heights – starting out in already-great modal jazz territory, then stretching out in Love Supreme spiritual jazz moments – the kind of visionary styles that helped inspire countless generations of musicians to come, and which unlocked a whole new level of soulfulness in jazz for many years. The collection has no rarities or surprises, but man, packing all this great music together in one place certainly helps it hit home! 9 tracks in all – including "Chasin The Trane", "Greensleeves", "Tunji", "After The Rain", "Love Supreme Part 1 – Acknowledgement", "The Father & The Son & The Holy Ghost", and "Ogunde". CD
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Arthur ConleySweet Soul Music ... CD
Atco (Germany), 1967. Used ... $6.99
One of the all-time soul classics from Atlantic – the fantastic debut of singer Arthur Conley, introduced as a protege of Otis Redding, who also produced the record! The sound is similar to Otis' own work, but often a fair bit rawer – and Redding works here with both Jim Stewart of Stax and Rick Hall of Fame Studios, ensuring that the album has equal doses of Memphis and Muscle Shoals in the mix! Otis also wrote some great tracks for the album, along with Conley and the legendary Dan Penn – and although the title track is Conley's huge single "Sweet Soul Music", the album is filled with loads of other great original tracks, including "Who's Foolin' Who", "There's A Place For Us", "Wholesale Love", "I'm Gonna Forget About You", and "Let Nothing Separate Us". CD
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Convergence Quartet (Bynum/Hawkins/Lash/EisenstadtSlow & Steady ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. Used ... $16.99
The sounds are definitely convergent here – very individual strands from all the musicians, but each finding space to come together in a really beautiful way! The album's got a great balance between improvised moments and more compositional impulses – a balance that's not unlike that moment when modern jazz was reaching for new freedoms in the 60s, yet still able to come back to the idea of unified group energy – perhaps a bit like Ornette Coleman in his post-Atlantic years, or the work of the west coast underground. The players really have a great feel for each other – and the quartet features Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Alexander Hawkins on piano, Dominic Lash on bass, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums – on titles that include "Assemble/Melancholy", "Remember Raoul", "The Taff End", "Slow & Steady", and "Oat Roe + Three By Three". CD

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Hank CrawfordWildflower/Don't You Worry Bout A Thing ... CD
Kudu/Robinsongs (UK), 1973/1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of CTI/Kudu classics from Hank Crawford – back to back on a single CD! Wildflower is a sweet bit of electric funk, and one of Hank Crawford's greatest records from the 70s – thanks in large part to the great Bob James – who arranged and produced the record with a mighty soulful vibe – leaving Hank lots of room to solo on his own over the top! The groove is really great – and the record gets surprisingly chunky in parts – with heavier rhythms than you might expect from a Crawford album from the time – not exactly the heavier funk of other CTI records, but with a definite taste of that style too. Arrangements are fairly large, and feature keyboards from Richard Tee – plus backing vocals at a few spots – and titles include great versions of "You've Got It Bad Girl" and "Corazon", plus the tracks "Good Morning Heartache" and "Wildflower". Don't You Worry Bout A Thing is sweet soulful jazz from reedman Hank Crawford – one of his killer Kudu sessions from the 70s – all of which really helped Hank redefine his sound! The setting here is large and full – put together beautifully by Bob James, with that sense of space for the soloist that makes his CTI/Kudu arrangements so crucial – and light years ahead of what other arrangers were doing at the time. The tracks are longish, but never overdone – and the record has all the soulful alto sounds of Crawford's 60s work at Atlantic, but with a definite 70s bent overall. James plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – and other players include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Idris Muhammad and Bernard Purdie on drums, and Richard Tee on additional keyboards. Titles include "Jana", "Sho Is Funky", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "Groove Junction", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD

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Marius CultierOuelele Souskai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sonodisc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the funkiest albums ever from Marius Cultier – and definitely one of the records that perfectly shows off his wonderful post-colonial blend of sounds! There's bits of funk from both sides of the Atlantic going on here – roots in both Africa and the Caribbean, but fused through that new sense of freedom that an artist like Cultier found on the Parisian scene – where he could also explore some jazzier inspirations, and move the grooves into so many great areas! The album's got a wonderful vibe – a sound that appeals both to lovers of global funk from the 70s, and sweet fusion as well – thanks to some great work on Fender Rhodes and vibes by Cultier. Titles include "Sousaki", "Ouelele", "Missie Sirop", "Laini", "Ni Tellement Longtemps", and "Mazouk Souvenir". CD
Also available Ouelele Souskai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Marius CultierOuelele Souskai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sonodisc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1975. Used ... $14.99
Maybe the funkiest albums ever from Marius Cultier – and definitely one of the records that perfectly shows off his wonderful post-colonial blend of sounds! There's bits of funk from both sides of the Atlantic going on here – roots in both Africa and the Caribbean, but fused through that new sense of freedom that an artist like Cultier found on the Parisian scene – where he could also explore some jazzier inspirations, and move the grooves into so many great areas! The album's got a wonderful vibe – a sound that appeals both to lovers of global funk from the 70s, and sweet fusion as well – thanks to some great work on Fender Rhodes and vibes by Cultier. Titles include "Sousaki", "Ouelele", "Missie Sirop", "Laini", "Ni Tellement Longtemps", and "Mazouk Souvenir". CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Ouelele Souskai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 22.99

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New DadaDada ... LP
Atco, 1970. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Not the avant experimental record you might expect from the group's name, but a nicely compelling set from start of the 70s Atlantic Records – much more creative than the usual chartbound rock act of the time, with a nice mix of rootsy elements and harder rocking moments! Part of the group's approach echoes the maturing San Francisco sound of the time – particularly the blend of roots elements that moved in as the music moved up to Marin County – and there's some especially great keyboards from Don Shinn, who plays very deep-toned organ and vibes, and really adds an eerie element to the record. The vocals are pretty cool too – often harmonized, but in a weirdly askew mode from the Sunshine Pop year – much more in the broken-down style of Shades Of Joy on their Fontana record, which might be a great comparison with this set, especially given the brash lead tones of Elkie Brooks. Titles include "Tonite Is", "Big Dipper", "She Walks Away", "Aspen Colorado", "Eyes Of The Warren", "Jasamin", and "This Is My Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Bobby DarinBobby Darin Born Walden Robert Cassotto ... LP
Direction, 1968. Sealed Gatefold ... $19.99
An incredible late album from Bobby Darin – and a real treasure! The record was cut after Darin's mid 60s fascination with the work of Tim Hardin, most of which he re-recorded for Atlantic during that time – but it's got a similar style to the Hardin years, yet features some stunning original compositions by Darin. After the confidence of his early show days, it's amazing to hear Bobby D singing songs like this – filled with sadness, insecurity, and kind of a mind-numbing inability to cope with the times. Of course, part of this has to do with Darin's increasingly poor health conditions (he was predicted to live a very short life at an early age) – and the raw honest experimental quality of the album's a real testament to Darin's perpetual struggle to combine a strong professional bent to be a crossover entertainer with an increasing (and surprising) desire to emerge as a creative force on his own. Includes the sublime "I Can See The Wind", plsu "Change", "Sunday", "Questions", and "The Proper Gander". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tyrone DavisIs It Something You've Got/Undying Love ... 7-inch
Dakar, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(In an Atlantic Group sleeve. Label has a drillhole.)

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Death Cab For CutieTransatlanticism ... CD
Barsuk, 2003. Used ... $4.99
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Sam DeesTake One – Origin Of Twelve 70s Soul Masterpieces (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Sam Dees was one of the greatest unsung talents in 70s soul music – an important writer, arranger, and general background talent who helped so many other singers hit the heights – but who hardly ever issued much work under his own name! Apart from key singles and an important album on Atlantic, the recorded legacy of Dees isn't what it should be – given his impact on music, especially deep soul – but fortunately, sets like this have come along to correct that lack! As part of Sam's creative process, he would often record songs first on his own – not as rough demo tracks, but as surprisingly well done studio versions to illustrate the material – tracks that were often better than later versions of his tunes, and most of the other commercial soul on the market. This sweet set brings together 12 of those tracks – private recordings from Sam, of songs he'd later give to singers like Loletta Holloway, Ben E King, and others – an essential record from the great Dees, pressed up on super-heavy vinyl! Titles include the previously unissued "Married But Not To Each Other" – plus "Good Guys Don't Always Win", "Who Are You Gonna Love", "Con Me", "Only Lonely People", "False Alarms", "Standing In The Wings Of A Heartache", "The World Don't Owe You Nothing", and "Black Tattler". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bill DoggettHonky Tonk A-La Mod! ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
The soulful Hammond of Bill Doggett gets a sweet shift for the 60s – hitting a mod jazz mode that Bill no doubt inspired by his groundbreaking work of the 50s! The groove here is nicely snapping – in a space between soul instrumental work and jazz, with lots of tight guitar from Billy Butler and Chuck Rainey alongside Doggett's organ lines – plus work from a young Jimmy Castor too! The set's got reprises of a few of Doggett's classics – like "Honky Tonk" and "Hold It" – but the sound has a lot more of a groovy 60s feel than his sessions for King – and the Hammond is nice and lean, with less of the stops-open, "roller skate" sound that made some of the older sessions sound a bit dated. Production is great – very much informed by the best of 60s soul on Atlantic or Stax – and titles include "Bueno", "C'Mon Git It", "Booga Man", "Ko Ko", "Mr. Man", and "Doctor Joy". CD
Also available Honky Tonk A-La Mod! ... LP 19.99

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Bill DoggettHonky Tonk A-La Mod! ... LP
Roulette, 1966. Very Good+ ... $19.99
The soulful Hammond of Bill Doggett gets a sweet shift for the 60s – hitting a mod jazz mode that Bill no doubt inspired by his groundbreaking work of the 50s! The groove here is nicely snapping – in a space between soul instrumental work and jazz, with lots of tight guitar from Billy Butler and Chuck Rainey alongside Doggett's organ lines – plus work from a young Jimmy Castor too! The set's got reprises of a few of Doggett's classics – like "Honky Tonk" and "Hold It" – but the sound has a lot more of a groovy 60s feel than his sessions for King – and the Hammond is nice and lean, with less of the stops-open, "roller skate" sound that made some of the older sessions sound a bit dated. Production is great – very much informed by the best of 60s soul on Atlantic or Stax – and titles include "Bueno", "C'Mon Git It", "Booga Man", "Ko Ko", "Mr. Man", and "Doctor Joy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Honky Tonk A-La Mod! ... CD 13.99

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Pierre Dorge & New Jungle OrchestraTjak Tjaka Tchicai ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Pierre Dorge pays tribute to the late reedman John Tchicai – a frequent musical partner over the years, and a player who's shaped the sound of countless others on both sides of the Atlantic! Tchicai got his start with Archie Shepp on the New York scene of the 60s, but moved over to Denmark by the end of that decade – and ended up having a good deal of interaction with guitarist Pierre Dorge in years to come, including performances on some of the best sessions by the New Jungle Orchestra! This album really recalls those great ones – as Dorge chooses tunes that seem to have an especially spiritual flavor, and evoke Tchicai in ways that most of the group's recent work might not have – using especially strong passages from reed players who include Jakob Mygind on tenor and soprano, Anders Banke on tenor and bass clarinet, and Morten Carlson on tenor and taragot. Titles include "Mozombo", "A Rufous Mot Mot", "Jungle Sketches", "Autobahn Tchicai Zwei", "Lucianus In Congo", and "Tjak Tjaka Tchicai". CD

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European All StarsEuropean All Stars 1961 ... CD
Metronome/Sonorama (Germany), 1961. New Copy ... $19.99
An incredible document of the growth of the European jazz scene in the postwar years – a set recorded in Berlin, but featuring a host of the best players from all over the continent! The mix of musicians here is wonderful – similar to some of the great boder-crossing experiments from Saba/MPS a few years later – but still wonderfully fresh in this setting – as modern jazz giants from the other side of the Atlantic come together with amazing clarity of sound – and a host of fresh ideas that really set them apart from their contemporaries in the US! The set features a driving take on "Haitian Fight Song" with Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Arne Domnerus on alto, Hans Koller on tenor, and both Martial Solal and Tete Montoliu on piano. Other numbers include a version of "Am I Blue" with vocals by Monica Zetterlund, "Blue Monk" by a Montoliu trio, "Hittin The Blues" with vibes by Fats Said and guitar from Franco Cerri, "Gone With The Wind" with Arne Domernus on alto and Ronnie Ross on baritone, "3 + 3" with Domerus and ross – plus Koller on tenor and Cerri on guitar, and "Avertissez-Moi" by a larger group with Martial Solal on piano, Koller on tenor, Domerus on alto, Goykovich on trumpet, and Sadi on vibes! CD

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Executive SuiteExecutive Suite 1 ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A gem of a full-length set from Executive Suite – a Philly quartet who are probably best known for their singles in the 70s, but who really find a great way to open up here in the course of an expanded album! Some of the tracks are nice and long – done in a two-part style that really brings up some of the excellent Sigma Sound backing the group get for their vocals arranged with a nice early approach to Philly club by Patrick Adams, Bobby Martin, and the team of Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Earl Young! The sound rivals some of the more famous Philly productions on Atlantic Records by bigger groups of the mid 70s – and titles include "You Got It (parts 1 & 2)", "When The Fuel Runs Out (parts 1 & 2)", "You Believed In Me (parts 1 & 2)", "I'm A Winner Now", and "Your Love Is Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Family AtlanticaFamily Atlantica (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A brilliant criss-crossing of group from this cool trans-global group – a set recorded in London, but with roots in Venezuela, LA, and Ghana – served up with a sound that's even greater than the sum of its parts! Malcolm Catto recorded the record – and really helps bring a funky energy to the record, by working alongside lead studio help from Jack Yglesias of The Heliocentrics – pushing here into a space that's even more offbeat than the grooves of that group! There's loads of rich acoustic instrumentation – especially percussion – and Mulatu joins the record at one spot, furthering the exotic appeal of the set. Some tracks have an almost ethnographic vibes, while others are a bit more contemporary – although the overall sound is more than worthy of placement on the Soundway label. Titles incude "Arena", "Cumbacutiri", "Fly Through The Lightning To Speak With The Sun", "El Negrero", "Escape To The Palenque", "Manicero", "La Familia", and "Speak To The Spirit Of The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus download of the album!)

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New Art FarmerArt Farmer Quintet Plays The Great Jazz Hits ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Really great work from Art Farmer – one of a handful of records from the mid 60s that have the trumpeter picking up a slightly sharper edge than before – a nice contrast to some of his more spacious albums on labels like Argo or Atlantic! The vibe here is almost a small group take on the Jazztet sound that Art created with Benny Golson – but a bit more organic overall, thanks to a tight rhythm trio that features Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Jimmy Roker on drums – who almost give the record a Prestige Records sort of vibe. The great Jimmy Heath plays sublime tenor in the lead – and turns out to be a perfect partner for Art, helping hit a different sound than his material with Golson – and although the tunes are mostly the jazz hits promised in the title, they get some really fresh readings here – as the pair make magic on tunes that include "Take Five", "I Remember Clifford", "Watermelon Man", "Song For My Father", "Sidewinder", "Moanin", and "Gemini". CD

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

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Lee FieldsFaithful Man ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2012. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a beautiful indication of Lee's rich legacy in soul music – which stretches back decades, with rare releases on small indie labels! Yet the sound here is much stronger than Fields ever got back in the day – thanks to help from The Expressions, and some sublime Truth & Soul production – a combination that really has the record feeling as if it were recorded for Atlantic at Muscle Shoals at the end of the 60s. Lee's vocals really rise to the setting, and may well be some of his best in years – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given how great he always is! A stone home run throughout – with titles that include "Faithful Man", "Wish You Were Here", "Moonlight Mile", "Walk On Thru That Door", "Still Hanging On", "You're The Kind Of Girl", and "I Still Got It". CD
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Faithful Man (with download) ... LP 13.99
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Lee FieldsFaithful Man ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2012. Used ... $9.99
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a beautiful indication of Lee's rich legacy in soul music – which stretches back decades, with rare releases on small indie labels! Yet the sound here is much stronger than Fields ever got back in the day – thanks to help from The Expressions, and some sublime Truth & Soul production – a combination that really has the record feeling as if it were recorded for Atlantic at Muscle Shoals at the end of the 60s. Lee's vocals really rise to the setting, and may well be some of his best in years – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given how great he always is! A stone home run throughout – with titles that include "Faithful Man", "Wish You Were Here", "Moonlight Mile", "Walk On Thru That Door", "Still Hanging On", "You're The Kind Of Girl", and "I Still Got It". CD
Also available
Faithful Man ... CD 13.99
Faithful Man (with download) ... LP 13.99

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Lee FieldsFaithful Man (with download) ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2012. New Copy ... $13.99
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a beautiful indication of Lee's rich legacy in soul music – which stretches back decades, with rare releases on small indie labels! Yet the sound here is much stronger than Fields ever got back in the day – thanks to help from The Expressions, and some sublime Truth & Soul production – a combination that really has the record feeling as if it were recorded for Atlantic at Muscle Shoals at the end of the 60s. Lee's vocals really rise to the setting, and may well be some of his best in years – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given how great he always is! A stone home run throughout – with titles that include "Faithful Man", "Wish You Were Here", "Moonlight Mile", "Walk On Thru That Door", "Still Hanging On", "You're The Kind Of Girl", and "I Still Got It". LP, Vinyl record album
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Foreign ExchangeLove In Flying Colors ... LP
HBD, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in the US! They're much more than duo, too – co-running their own label and serving as a linchpin of a soul scene that includes Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and others. As a project, FE is more community-based than ever! Their roots as a leftfield hip hop soul project are still healthy, with crisp, easygoing beats and occasional rhymes by Phonte – but Phonte has grown more confident as a singer over the years, and that continues stronger than ever. Nicolay's pedigree as a multi-instrumentalist and spacey soul producer has also grown nicely! Love In Flying Colors features the above mentioned guests, plus Carmen Rodgers, Carlitta Durand, Gwen Bunn, Eric Roberson and others. Includes "If I Knew Then" with Carmen Rodgers, "Right After Midnight" with Sy Smith, "Better" with Shana Tucker & Eric Roberson, "On A Day Like Today", "Listen To The Rain", "Call It Home", "The Moment", "Can't Turn Around" wih Gwen Bunn, "Dreams Are Made For Two" with Carlitta Durand and "When I Feel Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinAretha – The First 12 Sides (aka Aretha) ... LP
Columbia, 1961. Near Mint- ... $2.99
2nd pressing of Aretha's first album for Columbia! Aretha sings hard jazz tracks with Ray Bryant and his combo, and although the album doesn't have the deep southern feel of her early Atlantic sessions, it's got a beautiful jazzy tinge that you don't really hear in her other recordings. Tracks include "Won't Be Long", "Love is The Only Thing", "Sweet Lover", "All Night Long", "Who Needs You?", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in an alternate cover, with light wear.)

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Aretha FranklinWho's Zoomin Who? ... CD
Arista, 1985. Used ... $2.99
A huge hit for Aretha Franklin – and a record that brought her famous vocals to a whole new generation of listeners! The sound is definitely different than before – a change from both the deep soul of Atlantic years, and the initial classy approach of her time at Arista – and working with lots of help from Narada Michael Walden, Aretha gets an 80s groove that turns out to be a perfect platform for her sound – one that lets her vocals really take off, while still getting plenty of great hooks as well – all in a mode that somehow sounds far less commercial than we remember at the time. Includes the massive hits "Freeway Of Love" and "Who's Zoomin Who" – plus "Ain't Nobody Every Loved You", "Push", "Integrity", "Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves", and "Sweet Bitter Love". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Carolyn FranklinChain Reaction ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good ... $14.99
Proud and loud female soul from Carolyn Franklin – a singer who's every bit as great as her famous sisters Aretha and Erma – heard here on her second outing for RCA! The album's got a bit more sophistication than the first – a style that's still drenched in Franklin's deep soul roots, but which pushes some wider song styles into the mix – at a level that helps Carolyn keep from being a cliched copy of Aretha. Arrangements are by Sonny Sanders, Wade Marcus, and Bert DeCoteux – and Carolyn's vocals are backed by The Sounds of Soul on a number of cuts – a trio of female singers, but one that's a lot harder-hitting than the Sweet Inspirations over at Atlantic. Titles include "Not On The Outside", "Shattered Pride", "You Really Didn't Mean It", "Right On!", "I Ain't Gonna Love Nobody Else", and "Chain Reaction". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Serge GainsbourgHistoire De Melody Nelson (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's been sampled countless times over the years, and which has gotten the album continuous play on both sides of the Atlantic for many many years. The mighty Jean-Claude Vannier handles the arrangements, and Serge mutters the lyrics over the top, in a raspy loud whisper – while the funky rhythms dart in and out of odd washes of sound, and unusual eerie sounds. There's a very strong soundtrack feel to the album, as waves of music envelop the lyrics – tripped out in funky beats that have become legendary over the years, thanks to some very famous samples! Titles include "En Melody", "Cargo Culte", "Ballade De Melody Nelson", "Valse De Melody", "Ah! Melody", and "L'Hotel Particulier". Great new LP reissue package – with 180 gram vinyl, notes, an interview, and even lyrics in English & French! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Histoire De Melody Nelson (deluxe edition) ... CD 13.99

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Serge GainsbourgHistoire De Melody Nelson (deluxe edition) ... CD
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 17.98
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's been sampled countless times over the years, and which has gotten the album continuous play on both sides of the Atlantic for many many years. The mighty Jean-Claude Vannier handles the arrangements, and Serge mutters the lyrics over the top, in a raspy loud whisper – while the funky rhythms dart in and out of odd washes of sound, and unusual eerie sounds. There's a very strong soundtrack feel to the album, as waves of music envelop the lyrics – tripped out in funky beats that have become legendary over the years, thanks to some very famous samples! Titles include "En Melody", "Cargo Culte", "Ballade De Melody Nelson", "Valse De Melody", "Ah! Melody", and "L'Hotel Particulier". Wonderful US version too – with a 40 page deluxe booklet that features extensive notes on the album – and a 1971 interview with Gainsbourg! CD
Also available Histoire De Melody Nelson (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual ... CD
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". CD

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RB GreavesRB Greaves (Atco) ... LP
Atco, 1969. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The amazing debut of RB Greaves – a soul singer with a difference! RB struck big with this album on late 60s Atlantic Records – yet despite production at Muscle Shoals, and arrangements from Arif Mardin, the sound here is quite different than most of his contemporaries – and certainly not the southern soul you'd expect! Instead, Greaves goes for a crackling quality that really showcases his trans-American roots – a vibe that's almost like Johnny Nash at points, and has a similar way of embracing a whole host of different sounds at one time – not just late 60s soul, but some other undercurrents of pop, and even some occasional folksy or island flavors as well. The album's standout hit is the legendary "Take A Letter Maria" – a cut that broke big on both sides of the tracks, and which is one of the most compelling story songs of the time. Other tunes include "This is Soul", "Ballad Of Leroy", "Ain't That Good News", "Home To Stay", and "Birmingham Alabama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and a small cutout notch.)

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New Robert GreenfieldLast Sultan – The Life & Times Of Ahmet Ertegun (hardcover) ... Book
Simon & Schuster, 2011. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
The amazing story of Ahmet Ertegun – the driving force behind Atlantic Records, and a crucial figure in popular music in the 20th Century! Ahmet's story is the stuff of legend – and this book delivers the whole thing in stunning detail – from Ertegun's early years as the child of the Turkish ambassador, to his adolescent love of jazz and blues, to his launching Atlantic with his brother – initially to dominate the field of rhythm and blues, then jazz and soul, then even mainstream rock and roll! The hefty book is over 400 pages in length, and features a handful of black and white images too. Book
(There is a small remainder mark on the spine.)

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

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New Eddie HarrisReal Electrifying Eddie Harris ... CD
Ubiquity, 1982. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
One of the best Eddie Harris albums ever recorded – a later session, but one handled with a tight, lean approach – returning Eddie to all the majestic glory of his late 60s masterpieces for Atlantic! The album's got a sound that's nicely off kilter – Eddie blowing electric sax with a hip combo backing – never too funky, but always really soulful, with lots of open-ended notes on the solos that blow past the polish of some of his later sides in a really great way. The whole thing's a gem – with not a bad track on the whole set – and titles include "Essence Of Matter", "For Your Life", "Deacceleration", and "Let The Healing Begin". Also features great remakes of "Listen Here" and "Theme In Search Of A Movie". CD

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Major HarrisHow Do You Take Your Love ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few 70s albums from the wonderful Major Harris as a solo act – and a lesser-known set that's a great follow up to the Major's previous records for Atlantic! The vibe here is a bit less Philly, but still in that mellow grooving style that works so well for Harris' vocals – a mature modern soul mode, with some excellent production from Jerry Ragovoy, who co-arranged the set with David Matthews. A few of the numbers go for a clubby feel, the best tracks are the mellower ones – which have Harris hitting those mature and personal notes that always made him one of the best romantic male soul singers of his time. Titles include "Lucky Day", "Night Moods", "How Do You Take Your Love", "Pretty Red Lips", "You're So Good You're Bad", "Your Sweet Song", and "This Is Forever". CD

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Donny HathawayNever My Love – The Anthology (4CD set) ... CD
WEA, Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $45.99 49.98
Don't think "anthology" – think "new musical discovery" – as this amazing package features two full CDs' worth of unreleased music from Donny Hathaway – plus some bonus rare tracks from singles, mono mixes, and key Roberta Flack duets as well! To our ears, the most exciting music comes from the unreleased cuts – work that really goes a long way towards filling out the all-too-short catalog of this legendary soul singer – and a perfect complement to his classic Atlantic Records albums from the 70s. Unreleased studio tracks include "A Lot Of Soul", "Let's Groove", "Latin Time", "Tally Rand", "Sunshine Over Showers", "Don't Turn Away", "Always The Same", "Zyxygy Concerto", "Sands Of Time & Changes", and the instrumental "Brown Eyed Lady" – and the set also features 10 previously unreleased cuts from Donny's famous 1971 run at The Bitter End – live tracks that include "Jealous Guy", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", "Hey Girl", "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", "The Ghetto", "Voices Inside", "Sack Full Of Dreams", and "What's Going On". Another CD features great singles – including the rare early duets with June Conquest on "I Thank You Baby" and "Just Another Reason" – plus mono single versions of "This Christmas", "Magnificent Sanctuary Band", "Lord Help Me", and "A Song For You" – as well as a duet with Margie Joseph on "Come Back Charleston Blue", the studio version of "Little Ghetto Boy", and the cuts "Love Love Love", "You Were Meant For Me", "I Believe To My Soul", and "Young Gifted & Black". The final CD features duets with Roberta Flack on 13 tracks that include "Mood", "Back Together Again", "You Are My Heaven", "Be Real Black For Me", "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling", "For All We Know", and "When Love Has Grown". 58 tracks in all – and a sweet package too! CD

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John Lee Hooker/Sticks McGheeHighway Of The Blues ... LP
Audio Lab, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Rare King Records material from these two postwar blues greats – each of whom get a single side of the record! Sticks McGhee really shines on side one – with that playful, jazzy approach to blues that he used on his late 40s recordings for Atlantic – almost somewhere in the territory of Louis Jordan, especially given Sticks' sense of wit – but served up in more of an R&B mode, with similar styles to Roy Brown's King material of the early 50s. Titles include "Head Happy With Wine", "Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter", "Jungle Juice", "Whiskey Women & Loaded Dice", and "Sad Bad Glad". John Lee Hooker is in a much rootsier mode on side two – recorded in a rough-edged style that's almost back to the delta, save for the use of electricity on the guitar! The spare setting really unlocks Hooker's power – and titles include "Nightmare Blues", "Devil's Jump", "Thinking Blues", "Late Last Night", and "Moaning Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy HughesSteal Away (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Vee Jay/Kent (UK), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Stellar work by Jimmy Hughes – one of those southern soul talents whose name you've heard, but can't always find on record! Jimmy's best known for his classic Muscle Shoals tune "Steal Away" – and that great number, plus many other similar ones, are presented on this obscure Vee Jay release – issued at a time when both that label and Chess were licensing a number of titles from Rick Hall's Fame studios. The sound is great – a key link in the southern scene of the 60s, and one that's often lost because it wasn't recorded for a bigger label, like Atlantic. Titles include "Steal Away", "Try Me", "I Want Justice", "Shot Of Rhythm & Blues", "Neighbor Neighbor", "I'm Getting Better", and "I'm Gonna Rise Again". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Melvin JacksonFunky Skull ... LP
Limelight, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of our favorite albums of all times – and a legendary testament to the greatness of the Chicago music scene in the late 60s! Melvin Jackson was the bassist in Eddie Harris' very successful group of the time – and his playing on Eddie's trippy and funky records for Atlantic is one of the factors that made them so great. Here, he's working with an acoustic bass, amplified with electronics like a Varitone sax – and this strange-sounding instrument is set up in a hip group that mixes Cadet funky studio players (Phil Upchurch, Morris Jennings, Jody Christian) with some of the brighter young players of the AACM (Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, and Leo Smith.) Jackson's bass is looped through all sorts of crazy effects, and the result is this amazing blend of avant garde playing and groovy rhythms that is beyond compare! The album includes great reworkings of two Eddie Harris funk tracks – "Bold and Black" and "Cold Duck Time" – plus monster originals like "Funky Doo", "Say What", "Dance Of The Dervish", and "Funky Skull (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny JenkinsTon-Ton Macoute! ... CD
Capricorn, 1970. Used ... $4.99
An excellent bit of raw funky southern soul from Johnny Jenkins – recorded in Macon, GA, and one of the last relics of the relations that Atlantic Records had with all of the little local scenes in the south! Ton-Ton Macoute is one of those records that manages to blend funk, blues, southern rock and soul way, way better than so many pretenders from the time – just a damn near perfectly realized set! Johnny Jenkins sings, stomps, plays guitar and blows harp (with some extra help from Duane Allman on the guitars), and he runs through tracks like "Blind Bats & Swamp Rats", "Sick & Tired", "Voodoo In You", "Rollin' Stone", "Bad News", "Down Along The Cove", and the absolute classic, classic breakbeat track "I Walk On Guilded Splinters". CD comes with 2 previously unreleased tracks – "I Don't Want No Woman" and "My Love Will Never Die". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Jonzun CrewTime Is Running Out (voc, last minute mix, overtime mix) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1984. Very Good (pic cover)... $0.99
Not quite up to the standards of the Jonzun Crew classics, with production by Maurice Starr. Still a little of the electro sound, but it sounds more like something from Atlantic Star. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(NOTE: Cover has moisture staining and heavy ripping along the left side.)

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New Clifford JordanSoul Fountain ... LP
Vortex, 1966. Very Good ... $14.99
A very unusual album from Clifford Jordan – a session of shorter soul jazz numbers cut in the years between his earlier hardbop albums and his later, more righteous sounds of the 70s! The style here is straightforward and to the point – very much in the Atlantic soul jazz style of the late 60s, but with some looser, freer touches – especially on Jordan's solos, which are especially nice! There's organ on a fair bit of tracks on the record – played by either John Patton or Frank Owens – and other players include Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Most tracks also have added percussion at the bottom (some by Ray Barretto) – making for a slightly more complicated groove that comes across with some headier sounds than you might expect! Jordan not only plays his usual tenor, but also flute and a bit of piano – and titles include "TNT", "HNIC", "I've Got A Feeling For You", "I Got You", "Senor Blues", "Retribution", and "Eeh Bah Lickey Doo". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker, cutout hole, some flaking on the opening, and a name in marker on back.)

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Chaka KhanWhat Cha' Gonna Do For Me ... LP
Warner, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Wonderful stuff – and despite what you might think about her work with Rufus, we've always felt that Chaka Khan was equally good, if not better, during the early years of her solo career. This album's a totally solid soul effort, with production by Arif Mardin that's right up there with his best work for Atlantic – and a very catchy batch of cuts, including the hit "Any Old Sunday", plus "We Got Each Other", "We Can Work It Out", "Night Moods", and "Father He Said". Also features the cut "I Know You, I Live You", a big Chicago house cut from the old days. And hey, she went to school around the corner from our old office! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)

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Freddie KingFreddie King Is A Blues Master ... LP
Cotillion, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the sound is raw, rootsy, and has a nice down-homey feel – with none of the cliches that you might expect from a release on Cotillion. Freddie sings a bit, but the best cuts are the instrumental ones, which take his older blues guitar style into a funkier Atlantic groove. King Curtis produced, and the titles include "Play It Cool", "Blue Shadows", "Hot Tomato", "Wide Open", "Sweet Thing", "Hideaway", and the excellent groover "Funky " – a massive instrumental filled with great guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Freddie King Is A Blues Master (with bonus tracks) ... CD 10.99

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Freddie KingFreddie King Is A Blues Master (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cotillion/Friday Music, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 16.98
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the sound is raw, rootsy, and has a nice down-homey feel – with none of the cliches that you might expect from a release on Cotillion. Freddie sings a bit, but the best cuts are the instrumental ones, which take his older blues guitar style into a funkier Atlantic groove. King Curtis produced, and the titles include "Play It Cool", "Blue Shadows", "Hot Tomato", "Wide Open", "Sweet Thing", "Hideaway", and the excellent groover "Funky " – a massive instrumental filled with great guitar! CD features two bonus tracks – "Play It Cool (mono)" and "Funky (mono)". CD
Also available Freddie King Is A Blues Master ... LP 11.99

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New King CurtisEverybody's Talkin' ... LP
Atco, 1972. Very Good+ ... $5.99
King Curtis' last album of studio work for Atlantic – pulled from a number of sessions recorded in the year before his untimely early death! The sound here is tightened up a bit from King's grooves of the 60s – done with a style that still draws on the Atlantic soul sound that Curtis helped forge in earlier years, yet which also has a good deal of 70s electric funk touches creeping into the mix – a style that we would have loved to hear more of, had King stayed on this planet long enough. Players include Richard Tee, Paul Griffin, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and The Memphis Horns – and the titles include the usual Curtis-styled take on pop and soul tunes of the time, plus a few originals for the set. Includes a funky version of King Floyd's "Groove Me", plus the cuts "Ridin' Thumb", "Central Park", "Wet Funk", "Ridin' Thumb Jam", and "You're The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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King FloydKing Floyd ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the best-remembered moments from the mighty King Floyd – a southern soul singer who came into the game slightly later than some of his Atlantic Records contemporaries, but who still packs a punch that's right up there with the best of them! The album's best known for the huge hit "Groove Me" – a slinky, catchy tune that's gotten King plenty of play over the years – but the whole thing is pretty darn great, and shows a new sound and style of southern soul coming into play – as Floyd's working in Jackson, at the Malaco Studios, with Wardell Quezergue producing – in a sound that's a bit free of some of the more obvious Memphis and Muscle Shoals modes, yet without any of the cliches that would later hold some folks back too. King balances things perfectly throughout – and in addition to "Groove Me", the set also features "Let Us Be", "Messing Up My Mind", "What Our Love Needs", and "Don't Leave Me Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and label-maker sticker.)

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Roland KirkComplete Limelight/Verve Albums (Slightly Latin/Now Please Don't You Cry/Spirits/Rip Rig & Panic) (180 gram 4LP set) ... LP
Universal/Mosaic, Mid 60s. New Copy 4LP ... $99.99 100.00
Some of the coolest, hippest albums Roland Kirk ever recorded – Slightly Latin, Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith, I Talk With The Spirits, and Rip Rig & Panic – each very different in their own way, and a key part of his great leap forward in the 60s! The box features four heavy vinyl albums, with detailed booklet with rare photos and notes – and the whole package is very limited too! Slightly Latin is one of the maddest Roland Kirk albums of all time! The title says "Slightly Latin", but it's more of a mixed-up blend of orchestrations and voices, plus Exotica tinges – with Roland playing some very off-kilter reed solos on flute and various saxes. The sound is incredible, and the arrangements are incredibly strange – and the album sounds like nothing that Kirk (or anyone else) has ever done. Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith is Roland Kirk's only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic. The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie Boykins on bass and Grady Tate on drums – all free-thinking talents that are enough to match the whimsy of Kirk's own playing on tenor, flute, stritch, and manzello – but also strong enough jazz players to hold tight during the straighter jazz moments of the set. I Talk With The Spirits is one of Roland Kirk's moodiest albums – and a record that really helped him find a big new audience in the 60s. The approach here is a bit different than some of Kirk's more bombastic jazz albums from previous years – gentle, and almost spiritual at times – thanks to heavy use of flute, which Kirk explores with a deeply personal tone – easing out gentle lines that really foreshadow the use of the instrument in the post-Coltrane generation. The record has a dark somber tone at times, and a sweetly redemptive one at others. Rip Rig & Panic is a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lafayette Afro Rock BandVoodounon ... LP
Makossa, 1974. Very Good+ ... $39.99
Killer Afro funky grooves from this legendary transatlantic ensemble! This is the band's second rare album – and it includes "Hihache", a monster breakbeat cut, plus "Voodounon", "Azeta", and "Nicky". This is a 2nd pressing – with a plain cover that says "Movin & Groovin With African Music Today" – but it's still on nice heavy vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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Hubert LawsCrying Song ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The record is a sublime exploration of sound and space – very different than Laws' 60s Latin sides for Atlantic, and handled in a baroque mode that has his flute drifting over a mixture of organ, piano, and rhythms augmented with strings – easy and jazzy in the same moment, with a hip sophistication that points the way towards a new flute sound in the 70s! Titles include "Crying Song", "Listen To The Band", "Cymbaline", "Feelin Alright", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You", "La Jean", "Love Is Blue/Sing A Rainbow", and "How Long Will It Be". CD

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Hubert LawsCrying Song ... LP
CTI, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
A landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The record is a sublime exploration of sound and space – very different than Laws' 60s Latin sides for Atlantic, and handled in a baroque mode that has his flute drifting over a mixture of organ, piano, and rhythms augmented with strings – easy and jazzy in the same moment, with a hip sophistication that points the way towards a new flute sound in the 70s! Titles include "Crying Song", "Listen To The Band", "Cymbaline", "Feelin Alright", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You", "La Jean", "Love Is Blue/Sing A Rainbow", and "How Long Will It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and a few creases.)

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Hubert LawsCrying Song/Afro Classic/Rite Of Spring ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1969/1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Hubert Laws on CTI Records – a mighty great thing, as you'll hear on these three vintage albums for the label! First up is Crying Song, a landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The record is a sublime exploration of sound and space – very different than Laws' 60s Latin sides for Atlantic, and handled in a baroque mode that has his flute drifting over a mixture of organ, piano, and rhythms augmented with strings – easy and jazzy in the same moment, with a hip sophistication that points the way towards a new flute sound in the 70s! Titles include "Crying Song", "Listen To The Band", "Cymbaline", "Feelin Alright", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You", "La Jean", "Love Is Blue/Sing A Rainbow", and "How Long Will It Be". Afro Classic is an amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that's warm, soulful, and fuzzy. The record's incredibly hip – and even on material like "Theme From Love Story", "Fire & Rain", and "Passacaglia In C Minor", Laws and the group soar away into another plane of being! Jazz flute and CTI were never the same after this album! Rite Of Spring is a groundbreaking record from flautist Hubert Laws – a mixture of classical themes and jazz, handled with an airy CTI approach – and set to arrangements by Don Sebesky that are simply mindblowing! The album's a wonderful example of the way that CTI really pushed the boundaries of instrumental expression in the 70s – taking Laws wonderfully breathy work on flute, and mixing it with some well-crafted backings that also feature electric piano by Bob James, bass by Ron Carter, and percussion by Airto and Jack DeJohnette. The larger group is handled by Sebesky, who really brings some magic to the record – a sense of sound, space, and timing that's still a heck of a lot more mature and sophisticated than most instrumental recordings coming out today! Titles include "Syrinx", "Rite Of Spring", "Brandenburg Concerto No 3", and "Pavane". CD

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New Ada LeeAda Lee Comes On! ... LP
Atco, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Ada was a sweet voiced singer with a pretty strong jazz style – in a mode that's pretty similar to Ella Fitzgerald, although it's also clear that Atlantic was trying to peg her as a sophisticated R&B singer, in the mode of some of their other bigger female acts from the time. Unfortunately, arrangements by Dick Hyman kind of undercut any sort of R&B groove that Ada might reach – but man, oh man, are those vocals nice, and Ada proves herself to be a strong singer in just about any setting Hyman can cook up. Titles include "Gwan Train", "Night In Tunisia", "Heartaches", "Domino", "If You Go", and "Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing – nice and clean, with just light surface marks. Cover is great, save for a small cutout hole.)

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Little MiltonLittle Milton Sings Big Soul ... CD
Checker/Kent (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $14.99
Big soul from Little Milton – a bluesman at heart, but one who always had an equal heart for soul as well – so much so, that by the time of these records, he was almost more of a southern soul singer overall! The set brings together a wealth of overlooked gems that Milton recorded for Malaco Records after his initial years at Chess – and the tunes have this slow-burning vibe that really shows the way that Malaco carried the flame of southern soul in the 80s – at a time when other labels like Stax and Atlantic had really let it die! There's a very old school vibe to these tracks – way more so than you'd guess from the date – and Milton's completely charming all the way through, on titles that include "Can't Trust Your Neighbor", "What Our Love Needs", "Caught In The Act", "You Left A Goldmine For A Golddigger", "That's The Way I Feel Bout Cha", "Gonna Have Murder On Your Hands", "I'd Rather Go Blind", and "Mr & Mrs Untrue". CD

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Louisiana RedLowdown Back Porch Blues ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
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", "Sad News", and "Two Fifty Three". CD

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Galt MacDermot with Salome BeySalome Bey Sings Songs From Dude ... LP
Kilmarnock, 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
A set of tracks from Galt MacDermot's musical Dude – co-written with Hair lyricist Jerome Ragni, and featuring vocals by Salome Bey (of Andy & The Bey Sisters fame!) Galt did the music, and the group includes him, Bernard Purdie, Cornell Dupree, and has backup vocals by Cissy Houston and Joshie Armstead – all working nicely together in a style that's got some righteous touches that give the album a nice sort of Atlantic 70s soul sound. Salome sings deep and soulfully – in a mode that recalls her work with the Bey Sisters group, but in a mode that's more soul-based – and tracks include "Boo Boo", "Happy Song", "Jazz Bridge", "At Home", "No One", and "A Garden For Two". LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior ManceThat Lovin' Feelin'/Soul Of Hollywood ... CD
Jazzland/Milestone, 1968/1972. New Copy ... $5.99 18.98
Two very groovy albums by Junior Mance – recorded a decade apart, but both plenty darn great! First up is Soul Of Hollywood – One of the best Junior Mance albums from the early part of the decade – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on the set! As on most albums of this type, Junior's almost better when he doesn't have to lead a trio – because he can concentrate on bouncing around solo-wise, hitting some strident soulful grooves, while not having to worry about leading the bass and drums along. Tracks include "Invitation", "Spellbound", "Never On Sunday", "Tara's Theme", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "One Eyed Jacks". Next up is That Lovin Feelin – a groovier sounding date from 1972, and one that builds nicely off the funkier styles that Mance developed at Atlantic Records – a mean, lean approach to soul jazz that was a bit hipper and more contemporary than some of his previous albums. The session has Mance on acoustic piano, working with Bob Cranshaw and Aaron Bell on bass, and Harold White, Oliver Jackson, or Jimmy Lovelace on drums – plus a bit of added percussion from Ralph McDonald on most tracks. And although the tunes are essentially trio ones, they've got a flowing, open approach to rhythm – especially when McDonald comes in – with bits of Latin, funk, and more coming into the sound. Titles include "Cubano Chant", "Boss Blues", "Lee's Lament", "Mean Old Frisco Blues", "Out South", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". CD

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Herbie MannBrazil, Bossa Nova, & Blues ... LP
United Artists, 1962. Very Good ... $5.99
Bossa nova from Herbie Mann – one of our favorite albums ever from the famous flute player – cut for United Artists, and a one-off session that's arguably better than most of his Atlantic work of the time! There's a groove here that's undeniable – a sense of swing that grabs us right from the get-go, and makes us totally love each new track before Mann's flute even comes into the mix! These grooves come from some great interplay between Dave Pike on marimbas, Haygood Hardy on vibes, Billy Bean on guitar, and a host of hip percussionists who include Willie Bobo, Carmen Costa, and Carlos Patato Valdez! Tracks are long, with a Joao Donato-like sense of space – similar to Pike's excellent bossa work for Prestige around the same time – which makes a perfect settion for Herbie's soulful flute. The whole thing's wonderful, and titles include "Me Faz Recordar", "Minha Saudade", "Copacabana", "Brazil", and "BN Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the textured cover. Cover has some wear, discoloration due to age, a split top seam, and a small split on the bottom seam.)

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MarcelsBlue Moon ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic group harmony from The Marcels – a group who scored big with the title track of this solid set, but who also have plenty more to offer! The quintet have a style of vocal interplay that was one of the most dynamic of the time – not gimmicky, but really always in search of new combinations, new inventions, and new ways of getting a lyric across – as you'll know from the hit. But they've also got a soulful cohesiveness that's really underscored by the album's great Bert Keyes arrangements – not entirely an Atlantic Records mode, but not far off either. Titles include the classic "Blue Moon", plus "Most Of All", "Teeter Totter Love", "Crazy Bells", "A Fallen Tear", "Goodbye To Love", and "Sweet Was The Wine". CD

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Mass ProductionForever (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Cotillion, 1980. Near Mint- ... $0.49
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Atlantic sleeve.)

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Toussaint McCallNothing Takes The Place Of You – The Ronn Recordings ... CD
West Side (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $11.99
Toussaint McCall stands as one of the best southern soul singers of his time – and one that is painfully overshadowed by the better known singers on Atlantic and the larger labels. His hit "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" is well known as a soul classic – but Toussaint recorded a number of other tracks during the 60s, nearly all of them as sublime as that hit! This 25 track package is oddly one of the first times that this work has been properly collected together – and the compilation is a much-needed look at Toussaint's incredible soul talents. Trust us, you'll be playing this one again and again – right next to your Dave Godin Deep Soul volumes, or your James Carr reissues! Titles include "Nothing Takes The Place of You", "One Table Away", "What Part Do I Play", "That's Life", "Shimmy", "The Toussaint Shuffle", "I'm Gonna Make Me A Woman", "I'll Do It for You", "The Title Escapes Me", "Perhaps I Love You", and "All for a Love Like You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gwen McCraeMelody Of Life ... CD
Cat/Warner (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of the time – a warmly sophisticated approach that uses Gwen's vocals to best effect on a variety of adult themes, but which also kicks in some great midtempo and mellow grooves on the set. A perfect example of this is the album's sublime stepper "All This Love I'm Givin" – a track that works perfectly on the dancefloor, yet which also has a heck of a lot of deep soul too – and the rest of the album follows in a similarly sublime sort of groove. Other titles include "I Can Only Think Of You", "I Found A Love", "Maybe I'll Find Somebody New", "The Melody Of Life", and "The Joy". CD

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Carmen McRaeIt Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling ... LP
Groove Merchant, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A sweet and jazzy little session from Carmen – an overlooked batch of groovy tunes recorded with small combo backing! The sound's pretty soulful overall, and takes off nicely from Carmen's best moments on Atlantic a few years before – mixing in just a bit of electricity to keep things sounding a bit 70s-styled without losing any of Carmen's talent for interpreting a tune. Titles include Blossom Dearie numbers "Hey John" and "Inside A Silent Tear", plus "All The Things You Are", "The Right To Love", "Where Are The Words", "It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling", and "Imagination". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wrinkles in the front paste-on.)

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Carmen McRaeVelvet Soul (It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling/Ms Jazz) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973/1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
This double-length set brings together two albums' worth of work that Carmen McRae recorded for the Groove Merchant label in the early 70s! The style here is strongly jazzy, but with a firm dose of soul too – all in a mode that follows nicely from Carmen's late 60s sessions for Atlantic Records, but with a sound that's almost even more focused and in the pocket. The band is largeish, but the rhythms are tight – and even the mellower tunes seem to have a nice sort of lilt at the bottom, one that goes great with the way that Carmen spaces out her vocals on the set. Players include Joe Pass on guitar, Larry Bunker on vibes, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Dick Shreve on piano – and the CD features 19 tracks that include "Hey John", "Inside A Silent Tear", "The Right To Love", "You & I", "Sunshine Of My Life", "The Good Life", "It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling", "Livin", "Masquerade", "You're Mine You", and "There Will Come A Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light edge wear.)

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Sergio MendesMagic ... CD
Okeh, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Some of the freshest music we've heard from Sergio Mendes in years – a set that brings him back to the funky, soulful territory he explored in the late 70s, but with a very contemporary vibe! The album's still got plenty of Brazilian roots – thanks to appearances from Carlinhos Brown, Seu Jorge, Gracinha Leporace, Milton Nascimento, Ana Carolina, and others – but there's also a contemporary soul undercurrent too, with some sweet rhythm programming from Mika Mutti – who may well be the second star on the set. Things are never too smooth or commercial, yet hit with a sharp focus that's sure to have the record crossing over like some of Sergio's American classics for Elektra Records years back – and the record also features help from American artists who include Janelle Monae, John Legend, and Will I Am. Titles include "Simbora", "Samba De Roda", "Sou Eu", "Don't Say Goodbye", "Meu Rio", "Visions Of You", "Atlantica", "One Nation", and "Hidden Waters". CD

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Charles MingusMingus Ah Um ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $3.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". CD
(Columbia Jazz Masters pressing.)

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Charles MingusMingus Ah Um (2CD Legacy edition – with Mingus Dynasty album and bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used 2CD ... $14.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". 2CD set also features the full Mingus Dynasty album – plus bonus tracks from both records, and a few alternates from Ah Um! There's a whopping 25 tracks on the whole set – beautifully packaged, with great notes too. CD
Also available Mingus Ah Um (with bonus tracks) ... CD 2.99

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New Charles MingusMingus Ah Um (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $2.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". CD features 3 rare bonus tracks – "GG Train", "Girl Of My Dreams", and "Pedal Point Blues" – and also features 4 tracks presented here in their full versions, not the edited ones that appeared on the original LP. CD
Also available Mingus Ah Um (2CD Legacy edition – with Mingus Dynasty album and bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Prince Phillip MitchellDevastation ... LP
Ichiban, 1986. Sealed ... $9.99
An obscure later effort from Prince Phillip Mitchell – at least compared to his classic Atlantic albums of the 70s – but a set that also proves that even in these later years, Mitchell was still one of the best artists working in southern soul! Even on a label like Ichiban, and even with a slightly cheesy cover like this, Phillip really manages to deliver some great work that gets past the cliches and too-bluesy moments that were really holding most other southern soul singers back at the time. The keyboards and production are sometimes a bit tinny, but these aspects are nicely offset by Mitchell's great vocals, and by a set of all original compositions that include "In Her Own Way", "This Is Our Song", "I Taught Her Everything She Knows", "She Was My Lady", "The Show Must Go On", and "You're Gonna Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Prestige LP 170) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good ... $49.99
Ah, the genius of the early Modern Jazz Quartet – summed up perfectly in two words: Kenny Clarke! At this early point in the group's history, Kenny was in the quartet on drums – and his magic touch on the kit makes for a style that's a bit harder, and a bit more swinging than some of the later albums from the MJQ, especially those on Atlantic. Additionally, Milt Jackson was coming off of his bop years at Blue Note – another good influence on these sides, as most of the tracks swing with that mix of bop and modern that you'd find on the the best Jackson 10" recordings from the time. This tasty early album is some of our favorite work by the group – and features tracks that include "La Ronde", "Milano", "One Bass Hit", and "Django". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice clean copy! Cover has a bit of seam splitting, but is nice overall.)

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New Modern Jazz QuartetSpace ... LP
Apple, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Beautifully spacey work from the Modern Jazz Quartet – a record that more than earns its enigmatic title! The session's an odd one – in that the MJQ are recording for the Beatles' famous Apple label – but that fact is also one of the best aspects of the record, as it seems to push the group past the staid third stream sound of some of their 60s recordings for Atlantic, into territory that's a bit more experimental, and concerned with sound, colors, and texture. The album's got 2 incredible originals from John Lewis – "Visitor From Mars" and "Visitor From Venus" – plus the tracks "Dilemma" and "Adagio From Concierto De Aranjuez". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... CD
Apple (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' famous Apple label, and the album's one of their most interesting of the 60s! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more interesting than some of the Atlantic recordings. Milt Jackson's vibes have a bit more of a bell-like quality on some parts, and the rhythm team of Percy Heath and Connie Kay kick it with a soul jazz vibe on a few numbers – a nice change from the sleepier rhythms of earlier albums. Titles include "The Blue Necklace", "Exposure", "Jasmine Tree", and "Three Little Feelings". CD
Also available Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 8.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... CD
Apple (UK), 1968. Used ... $8.99
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' famous Apple label, and the album's one of their most interesting of the 60s! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more interesting than some of the Atlantic recordings. Milt Jackson's vibes have a bit more of a bell-like quality on some parts, and the rhythm team of Percy Heath and Connie Kay kick it with a soul jazz vibe on a few numbers – a nice change from the sleepier rhythms of earlier albums. Titles include "The Blue Necklace", "Exposure", "Jasmine Tree", and "Three Little Feelings". CD
Also available Under The Jasmine Tree ... CD 9.99

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Thelonious MonkComplete Black Lion & Vogue Recordings Of Thelonious Monk (3CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1954/1971. Used 3CDs ... $189.99
Seminal lost work by Monk! This great set brings together 11 rare French solo recordings from 1954, and a whopping batch of trio material from 1971, recordings that were some of the last great ones that Monk did in his all-too-short life. Record one of the set features material that was originally issued on Vogue records in Paris, and titles include "Jackie-ing", "Well, You Needn't", "Round Midnight", "Off Minor", "Eronel", "Manganese", and the previously unissued "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland". The other three albums feature late Black Lion recordings from 1971 – seminal stuff, as Monk was hardly being taken seriously by other labels at the time, and had walked away from his relationship with Columbia after they were pushing him to do more pop material. The sessions feature Monk solo on about half the tracks, then in a trio with Art Blakey on drums and Al McKibbon on bass (basically the core group of the legendary Giants Of Jazz recording on Atlantic, also done in London around the same time.) Way too many cuts to mention, but we can say that those sessions also include a number of unissued tracks. CD
(Includes book, and in nice shape!)

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Mystery Side By SideMystery Side By Side (highlighter yellow & translucent orange colored vinyl) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Warner, 2014. New Copy ... $3.99 6.98
A mystery split single in the Warner Side By Side Series – which pairs classic singles from the Warner/Atlantic/Rhino vaults with a more recent cover version – and we hope it's a cool one! Good luck! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Janko NilovicImpressions Vol 1 – Soul Pop Jazz Afro Latin & Vocal Gems ... CD
Dare Dare/Pulp Flavor (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the greatest studio talents of Europe in the 70s! Janko Nilovic may not be a household name, but he was a seminal force in the Parisian studio scene during the 60s and 70s – cutting jazz, funk, pop, and Latin sides with a nutty genius that we'd be hard pressed to beat on this side of the Atlantic! He had a mad talent for mixing unmixable elements – in the kind of way we might ascribe to some of the better MPS groovy sides, or some of the weirder European funk albums, like the classic work of Duke Of Burlington. This long-overdue 2 volume set takes a rich look at Nilovic's talent - and provides some of his best obscure work in a very handsome package. Titles on this first volume include "Gipsy Funk", "Shacking Pop", "Electric Days", "Cross Rolls", "Blow Down", "Centre Atomique", and "Scratching Machine". CD
 
 
 



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