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DVDOur Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Blu-Ray & CD set) ... DVD
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy Blu-Ray & CD ... $19.99 21.98
A deep look at one of the hippest, grooviest record labels ever – the mighty Stones Throw! The imprint first got its start in the realm of hip hop – particularly key early work from Peanut Butter Wolf – but then went onto a huge range of projects over the years – from funk and soul reissues, to killer compilations, to unique blends of beats, jazz, and psych – all of which is still going strong today! This special documentary looks at the label through archival footage, live performance, home videos, photos, and interviews with artists who include Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Questlove, Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Madlib, J Dilla, Common, and others – and the film features music by Madlib, also included here on a bonus CD! DVD features subtitles in English, French, German, and Japanese – plus a bonus – "The B-Side – Extra Special Loving For The People". DVD
Also available Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (DVD & CD set) ... DVD 19.99

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Nathan Lincoln DeCusatis/Joseph Hallman/Justin BoySprung Rhythm – Richard Scerbo/Inscape (CD & Blu-Ray audio) ... CD
Sono Luminus, 2013. Used CD & Blu-Ray audio ... $4.99
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New BluWest (main, Jansport J rmx) ... 7-inch
Nature Sounds, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Niceness from Blu – and a standout cut from the Good To Be Home LP – with production by Bombay. Also includes a remix by Jansport J. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Blu & NottzGods In The Spirit (blue vinyl) ... LP
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A strong quartet of cuts by Blu & Nottz – plus guests that include Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Sene & Johaz and more – plus some bonus remixes, instros and acapellas! Includes "Boyz II Men" feat Nitty Scott (plus instrumental version and a remix by Diamond D), MC, "Creme Of The Crop" feat Versis & Scienze, "Crooks In Castles" feat Anthm, Homeboy Sandman, Sene & Johaz, "End Of The World" feat Rashad (plus remix and instrumental), and "God S**t" feat Aloe Blacc Co$$ & Definite Mass (plus acapella version). LP, Vinyl record album

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New Blu & NottzGods In The Spirit EP ... CD
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A strong quartet of cuts by Blu & Nottz – plus guests that include Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Sene & Johaz and more – plus some bonus remixes, instros and acapellas! Includes "Boyz II Men" feat Nitty Scott (plus instrumental version and a remix by Diamond D), MC, "Creme Of The Crop" feat Versis & Scienze, "Crooks In Castles" feat Anthm, Homeboy Sandman, Sene & Johaz, "End Of The World" feat Rashad (plus remix and instrumental), and "God S**t" feat Aloe Blacc Co$$ & Definite Mass (plus acapella version). CD

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New Bob MarleyLegend (30th Anniversary CD/Blu Ray Audio Edition) ... CD
Island, 1970s. New Copy CD & Blu Ray Audio ... Out Of Stock
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order that opens them up even more – and the package also features a live track, and a production with Lee Perry too. Titles include "Get Up Stand Up", "Exodus", "Stir It Up", "Easy Skanking", "No Woman No Cry (live)", "Punky Reggae Party", "Satisfy My Soul", and "Redemption Song". Nice book-style package – with 16 tracks on a CD, and the same tracks on a blu-ray audio DVD, but with alternates of "Punky Reggae Party" and "Easy Skanking". CD
(All Region disc.)

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New Muhal Richard AbramsBlu Blu Blu ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Black MilkIf There's Hell Below ... CD
Computer Ugly, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 13.98
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk doing his thing as sharply as on anything he's done in the past few years! He's certainly at a near peak on the production tip here – which is saying something, given how high up on the top shelf of post millenium hip hop production he sits – and he frames his own and the guests rhymes strongly. It's not as deathly dark as you might think given the title, but If There's A Hell Below does indeed have a mood – and the title include "Everyday Was" feat Mel, "What's It Worth", "Quarter Water" featuring the legendary Pete Rock, "Hell Below" feat Gene Obey, "Leave The Bones Behind" feat Blu & Ab, "Scum" feat Random Axe, "Gold Piece" feat Bun B, "Grey For Summer", "Up & Out" and more. CD
Also available If There's Hell Below ... LP 20.99

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New Black MilkIf There's Hell Below ... LP
Computer Ugly, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk doing his thing as sharply as on anything he's done in the past few years! He's certainly at a near peak on the production tip here – which is saying something, given how high up on the top shelf of post millenium hip hop production he sits – and he frames his own and the guests rhymes strongly. It's not as deathly dark as you might think given the title, but If There's A Hell Below does indeed have a mood – and the title include "Everyday Was" feat Mel, "What's It Worth", "Quarter Water" featuring the legendary Pete Rock, "Hell Below" feat Gene Obey, "Leave The Bones Behind" feat Blu & Ab, "Scum" feat Random Axe, "Gold Piece" feat Bun B, "Grey For Summer", "Up & Out" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available If There's Hell Below ... CD 11.99

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Fabrizio Bosso & Marco MoreggiaMagic Susi ... CD
Verve (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the more electronic projects we've heard from trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso – a set of work done with electronic musician Marco Moreggia, who creates a very different sound for Fabrizio's horn! The music is a blend of sound sources, keyboards, and other elements – sometimes augmented by warmer touches on guest strings and jazz instrumentation, but often laid out just by Marco as a soundscape for Bosso's well-crafted trumpet lines – with some abstracted vocals drifting through the music as well. The mix of acoustic lead and electric elements takes us back to classic work by Jon Hassel, or maybe more recent efforts by Nils Petter Molvaer – and titles include "Blu", "Pour Un Ami", "Little Children", "Stone Mountain", "Fabri Space", and the four part "Seasons". CD

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New Tyrone DavisEverything In Place (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $23.99
Great work from Tyrone Davis' under-recognized years at Columbia Records – a wonderful set of mature modern soul numbers that really let the singer find a whole new groove! The whole thing's nicely free of any sort of commercial overtones – and instead, the album has Davis really spinning out this rich, warm groove – arranged throughout by James Mack, who brings in a perfect Chicago balance of soul and sophistication – elements that many of Tyrone's contemporaries cooked up in the past, but hardly did this well at the time! And Davis' vocals somehow seem better than ever – more expressive in more ways, but never overtone – really illustrating that path that deep soul took to the Windy City, while changing up its sound in the process. Titles include a remake of "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", plus "Just My Luck", "I Won't Let Go", "You're Heaven Sent", "You Made Me Beautiful", and "Let's Be Closer Together". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing.)

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New Tyrone DavisI Just Can't Keep On Going (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $23.99
Tyrone Davis the mellow master – still going strong into the 80s! The album's an overlooked gem from Tyrone's years at Columbia Records – a time when he was changing up his style a bit, and really finding a great new groove – a way of getting past some of the overdone modes of his Brunswick/Dakar recordings, and moving way way past his Chicago roots! The album's got these warm modern soul arrangements that still hold onto a bit of the blues from Tyrone's past – but often glide forward in this stepping sort of style that's offset nicely by that raspy, honest vocal approach that makes Davis such a unique singer. Titles include the excellent mellow stepper "Overdue", plus "I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight", "I Just Can't Keep On Going", "Wanna Make It Good", and "Comin Back Baby". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing.)

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Tyrone DavisIn The Mood (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $23.99
Our favorite album ever from Tyrone Davis – even if it's completely different than most of his other work too! The set's got a wonderfully smooth feel right from the start – a mellow-grooving, slow-stepping approach that works perfectly for Tyrone's wonderful vocals – pushing them out of their bluesy roots, into a more sophisticated modern soul style that's mighty nice! The change is a key illustration of the way that Chicago soul was really growing in the 70s – moving into some of the richer territories that you'd find in work from Philly, too – and Davis' growth on a record like this is a real testament to his maturity as a singer. James Mack handled the arrangements – and titles include the sublime "In The Mood" – plus "You Know What To Do", "Keep On Dancin", "All The Love I Need", "I Don't Think You Heard Me", "Ain't Nothing I Can Do", and "I Can't Wait". CD features two bonus tracks – single versions of "In The Mood" and "Ain't Nothing I Can Do". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing.)

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Def DeeDeja Vu ... LP
Redefinition, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
Sophmore album from producer/MC Def Dee – with an all star roster of guests that include Blu, Damu The Fudgemunk, Roc Marciano, El Da Sensei, Raw Poetic and more. Includes "The Host", "Place Your Bet (Instrumental)", "C'Mon Now (Instrumental)", "Church (Instrumental)", "Clan In Front" feat Kaimbr & Zar, "I'm Ghetto (Instrumental)", "New Burners" feat Blu/LA/Flex Matthews, "Toss N Turn" feat One Be Lo, "08 Beau" with Raw Poetic and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Fuse OneFuse One ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on keyboards, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell on guitars, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White, Tony Williams, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – all top-shelf players, but artists who also really respect the vision of the whole project – and allow the grooves to develop without too much competition or overblown modes! The keyboards and guitar are a great match with Farrell's always-great lines on tenor – and titles include "Grand Prix", "Sunshine Lady", "To Whom All Things Concern", "Double Steal", "Waterside", and "Taxi Blues". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Eric GaleForecast ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most successful albums ever from guitarist Eric Gale – a laidback understated player whose mellow sound had a tremendous influence on mainstream jazz funk in the 70s! The album takes off from the late 60s CTI and Verve sessions by Wes Montgomery – and features Gale riffing out chromatically over tightly woven arrangements by Bob James, who also plays keyboards on the set. There's no standout funky numbers on the record, but it's got a great conception overall – with lots of dreamy grooves that sound very nice! Titles include "Forecast", "Tonsue Corte", "White Moth", "Cleopatra", and "Dindi". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Leon HaywoodIntimate (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $23.99
An intimate record from Leon Haywood, but one that's still got his sense of groove nicely in place – at a level that has the singer really warming up to a new sort of modern soul style in the process! There's still some of the elements of Haywood's earlier records in place – but overall, Leon's pushing forward into more mature soul territory – a mode that's getting him out of the west coast underground, and which should have made this set a lasting 70s classic. Leon handled all the arrangements himself, but also gets some badass assistance on strings from Gene Page – whose sense of sophistication really sharpens up the focus of the record – and titles include "Let's Get It On", "Strokin", "Dream Dream", "Let Me Make It Good To You", and a remake of Leon's classic, "It's Got To Be Mellow". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing.)

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ZZ HillLet's Make A Deal (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $23.99
An overlooked gem from the great ZZ Hill – a set that has the singer making a brief appearance on Columbia Records, and working with the mighty Bert DeCoteaux in the process! Bert brings this full, rich style to bear alongside ZZ's vocals – an approach that's still quite respectful to Hill's deep soul roots, but which also creates this whole new setting for his voice – a bit like the shift that Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor were making at Columbia at the time – and with similar great results! The choice of material is great – as the record features songs penned by indie soul great Jimmy Lewis, Fredrick Knight, Harvey Scales, and ZZ himself – and titles include "Let's Make A Deal", "Message To The Ladies", "Universal Love", and "Near But Yet So Far". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing.)

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Homeboy SandmanHallways (with download and bonus tracks) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 21.98
The second proper full length effort for Stones Throw by Homeboy Sandman, who has also a delivered a series of strong shorter works in between albums, all of it exciting and unpredictable – and Hallways is another win on that front! The rhymes range from seemingly straight-forward introspection to more abstract rhyme schemes – backed by some serious talent on the production and guests tip – including Jonwayne, Blu, Oh No, J-Live, Kurious and others. Includes "123", "America The Beautiful", "Loads","Refugee", "Activity", "Heaven Too", "Problems", "Grand Pupa", "Personal Ad", "Stroll", "Unraveling" and "Enough". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 2 unlisted bonus tracks – plus download.)

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J DillaJay Stay Paid ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2009. New Copy 2LP ... $17.99
An excellent full length set of beats & genius from J Dilla – put together by fellow beatmaker extraordinaire Pete Rock, with all Dilla beats – a surprising triumph! Call us jaded, but honestly, we weren't sure how deep the well could go of ready-to-go beats from Dilla, but this stuff is truly top shelf – nearly as strong as the instant classic Donuts from a few years back! Pete Rock crafts the set as if it's a radio show or mixtape, but his skill in so doing is well above and beyond the norm – neither Pete's interjections nor the guest rappers ever get in the way of the flow, it's as smooth as can be. Vocal guests include Ma Dukes (the album was made under Ma's auspices), plus Lil Fame & MOP, Black Thought, Frank Nitty of Frank N Dank, Doom, Illa J & Cue D, Blu, and others. Titles include "King", "I Told Yall", "Smoke" feat Blu, "CaDILLAc". "Fire Wood Drumstix" feat Doom, "Big Day", "24K Rap" feat Havoc of Mobb Deep & Raekwon, "Coming Back", "Mythsysizer" and more. 27 tracks in all, about an hour of unreleased Dilla! LP, Vinyl record album

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Fumio KarashimaGathering (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
A great pianist in a really great trio – on a record that's wonderful not just for the piano lines of Fumio Karashima, but also for the bass of Isao Suzuki and drums of George Otsuka! All three players were really reinventing the sound of jazz on the Japanese scene of the 70s – and all musicians have strong knowledge of modern elements, but also have no trouble expressing themselves in warmer, more lyrical ways as well – which makes for a depth of emotion that really shows the Three Blind Mice label at its best. The tracks are long, open, and expressive in ways that are never indulgent – and titles include "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Gringo", "Gathering", and "Once We Loved". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really gets the whole thing going – that big, round approach to the drums that was somewhere in a space between Art Blakey and Buddy Rich – and which was definitely hitting some of its hipper tones by the time of this 70s set. The group also features Takashi Mizuhashi on bass – and titles include "Invader 7", "Albatross", "Monday Samba", and "Sleepy's Funk". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Klaus LayerSpiel Mir Eine Alte Melodie (Play Me An Old Melody/Come Back (inst) ... 7-inch
Redefinition, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)... $6.99 12.98
Creative abstract beatcraft from German producer Klaus Layer – with the exclusive "Spiel Mir Eine Alte Melodie" (Play Me An Old Melody) – plus an instrumental version of "Come Back" – which features rhymes by Blu & Scienze on the Adventures Of Captain Crook album version. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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L'OrangeOrchid Days ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Hypnotic hip hop from L'Orange – a freely creative producer/artist delivering nicely for the Mello Music Group – with the busiest and most ambitious indie hip hop labels of the new millenium teens! L'Orange's production has lots of moody touches, ranging from gritty beats and samples to soul jazzy melodic backdrops. The impressive guest list includes Blu, Homeboy Sandman, Erica Lane, Erik Todd Dellums, Jeremiah Jae and Billy Woods. Titles include "Unreliable Narrator" feat Erik Todd Dellums, "Second Person", "Man Of The Night" feat Erica Lane, "The Pull Of Warmth". "Mind Vs Matter" feat Homeboy Sandman, "Eventually", "A Spring Like You", "Haiku", "The Stars Were Made Of", "Love Letter" feat Jeremiah Jae, "Spilled Together", "The Orchard", ""Like Nothing And Nobody", "The End" feat Billy Woods and "What Was Left". CD
Also available Orchid Days (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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L'OrangeOrchid Days (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
Hypnotic hip hop from L'Orange – a freely creative producer/artist delivering nicely for the Mello Music Group – with the busiest and most ambitious indie hip hop labels of the new millenium teens! L'Orange's production has lots of moody touches, ranging from gritty beats and samples to soul jazzy melodic backdrops. The impressive guest list includes Blu, Homeboy Sandman, Erica Lane, Erik Todd Dellums, Jeremiah Jae and Billy Woods. Titles include "Unreliable Narrator" feat Erik Todd Dellums, "Second Person", "Man Of The Night" feat Erica Lane, "The Pull Of Warmth". "Mind Vs Matter" feat Homeboy Sandman, "Eventually", "A Spring Like You", "Haiku", "The Stars Were Made Of", "Love Letter" feat Jeremiah Jae, "Spilled Together", "The Orchard", ""Like Nothing And Nobody", "The End" feat Billy Woods and "What Was Left". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
Also available Orchid Days ... CD 11.99

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Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy OrchestraBack To The Sea (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $28.99
Classic work from one of the grooviest Japanese big bands of the 70s – a great combo who mix lots of great keyboard lines with soaring horn passages – all in a style that's as evocative as the title image and cover! There's a very special feel to the record – a mode that's different than the 70s electric big bands from Europe, like some of the MPS groups – as the approach is often very unified, with a bit less sense of solo voice – yet still filled with lots of personality and humanity along the way. Masaru Imada plays electric piano, Masayuki Nakatomi plays Arp and mini moog, and Himiko Kikuchi plays Fender Rhodes and clavinet – and while the horns solo more than the keyboards, those electric elements really help give the record a very cool sound – with kind of a fluid, watery feel at times. Two tracks feature wordless female vocals – and titles include "Back To The Sea", "Swingin On The Horizon", "When Waves Sing", "Natural Flow", and "Merman's Dance". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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Takashi MizuhashiLive In 5 Days In Jazz 1974 – When A Man Loves A Woman (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $28.99
A mighty soulful set from the group of bassist Takahashi Mizuhashi – served up in a really strong range of sounds that are spun out over the album's very long tracks! The set begins with a soulful rendition of "When A Man Loves A Woman", but then soars into freer jazz territory at the start of "So What" – which begins with one of the most outside readings of the Miles Davis classic we've ever heard! The album really sparkles – thanks to some strong work on alto from Yoshio Otomo, and piano from the great Fumio Karashima – and side two features guest trombone from Shigeharu Mukai and tenor from Seiichi Nakamura – who really help things stretch out on an 18 minute take on Stanley Turrentine's classic "Sugar". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Yoshio OtomoMoon Ray (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
Beautiful alto from Yoshio Otmo – a player who brings an old school style of soul to his horn, but who also works here in the leaner, more modern mode of the Three Blind Mice label! The title track starts the album off with a wonderful sense of bite – a brilliant take on "Moon Ray" that really illustrates the unique blend of modern and personal that Otmo brings to his horn – followed by a wonderful interpretation of "Emily" that's both sentimental and inventive at the same time. Other tracks follow in a similarly unique feel – very much the best mix of freedom without indulgence that the Three Blind Mice label at that the time. The group features strong piano work by Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – and titles include "Moon Ray", "If I Should Lose You", "Love Comes Quietly", "Emily", and "Shufflin". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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PagesFuture Street ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $21.99
Richard Page and his Pages group come on with a bit more force here on this second sweet set from the 70s – but they're still working strongly in the soulful blend of AOR rock and fusion they delivered on their debut! Pages have a vibe that's a bit like Loggins & Messina or Boz Scaggs at their best – catchy, but never too commercial – a way of using all the best elements of the 70s studio scene to craft a sound that's professional and tight, but definitely deeper than usual. The set's a great counterpart to albums by folks like Bobby Caldwell or Gino Vannelli – and titles include "I Do Believe In You", "Future Street", "Who's Right Who's Wrong", "Keep On Movin", "Two People", and "The Sailor's Song". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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New Roc MarcianoMarci Beaucoup (colored vinyl) ... LP
Man Bites Dog, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
The return of the Roc – with guests Action Bronson, Gangrene, Cormega, AG, Evidence, Cormega, Blu and more! Includes "Love Means" feat Evidence, "456" feat Action Bronson, "Drug Lords" feat Konwledge The Pirate, "Didn't Know" feat Freeway and Knowledge The Pirate, "Soul Music" feat AG, Cut The Check" with Blu & Quelle Chris, "Psych Ward" with Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No) and more. 15 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition red colored vinyl.)

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Slum VillageEvolution ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2013. Used ... $4.99
Evolution is the title of the album – and it's also the name of the game for Slum Village – whose peak material remains some of the best hip hop to ever come out of the Detroit scene! SV has evolved into a showcase for group co-founder and sole remaining original member T3 – along with rapper producer Illa J, younger brother of the original Slum Villager J Dilla. Features production by Young RJ and appearances by Havoc, Vice, Focus, Rapper Big Pooh, DJ Jazzy Jeff and others. Includes "Braveheart" with Havoc of Mobb Deep, "Rock Rock" feat Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Jazzy Jeff, "Let It Go" feat Blu, "Forever", "Summer Breeze", "The Line" and "Bout Dat'" feat Focus, "1 Nite" feat Vice, "Greatness" and "Riot" wfeat Rapper Big Pooh and Joe Scudda. CD

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Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence)Lord Steppington ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
West coast veterans Alchemist and Evidence team up as Step Brothers – and deliver a damn strong full length debut for Rhymesayers – with guests Action Bronson, Styles P, Oh No, Roc Marciano, Fashawn, Domo Genius, Blu, Rakaa and more! Alchemist and Evidence are both producer/MC double threats, and both of been making solid, timeless boom bap for years and years – and Lord Steppington is another creative win. Titles include "More Wins", "Dr. Kimble", "Mums In The Garage" with Action Bronson, "See The Rich Man Play" feat Roc Marciano, "Tomorrow" feat Rakaa & Blu, "Draw Something" feat Oh No, "Buzzing Away", "Just Step" and more. CD
(Includes download. Rhymesayers goes the extra mile, too, with a nice velvety outer sleeve and a foldout poster.)

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Billy TaylorTaylor Made Jazz ... LP
Argo, Late 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
Think what you want about Taylor, this session's a nice little cooker that was cut around the same time as Argo's famous hard swing sets by Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Woode, and Clark Terry – possibly the same time as those sessions, as they all seem to overlap personnel and mood quite a bit. This one's got more than a few Ellingtonians in tow – including Gonsalves, Terry, Earl May, Ed Thigpen, and Harry Carney – but the mode of swinging is shorter and harder, with all tracks written by Taylor. Titles include "Tune For Tex", "Cu Blu", "Biddy's Beat", "Theodora", and "Mood For Mendes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a vintage price sticker and some splitting on the top & bottom seams.)

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Johnnie TaylorEargasm (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $23.99
A landmark album from Johnnie Taylor – a set that not only gave his career a giant boost, but which also helped shift southern soul into hip new territory in the late 70s! The music's a great change from Taylor's previous work at Stax – and the set features warm production from Don Davis that brings a new level of smoothness to Johnnie's music – a quality that unlocks the soulful undercurrent always lurking in his bluesier work, and which pulls him out of the indie soul ghetto to the modern soul mainstream. The album features the massive "Disco Lady" – a record that's probably still paying Johnnie's bills today – and a cut that's much more groovy soul than you might guess from the title. Other tracks are great too – and include "Running Out Of Lies", "I'm Gonna Keep On Loving You", "Pick Up the Pieces", and "Somebody's Gettin It". CD includes bonus tracks "Disco Lady" (Extended Disco Version With Johnnie's Rap) & "Somebody's Getting' It" (JT's Instrumental Groove). CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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Johnnie TaylorRated Extraordinaire (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $23.99
Our favorite album ever from Johnnie Taylor – an incredible set from the late 70s that really has Taylor reinventing his sound – and coming across as a great talent for a mellow groove! The album has a wonderful smooth soul vibe all the way through – and starts with the classic "Your Love Is Rated X", a sweet little stepper with a hook that's totally great, and a groove that goes on and on and on – one of those cuts we can hear for years, and it still never gets old! Don Davis produced the whole thing – in a way that balances the raspy roots of Taylor's vocals with the tighter changes going on in late 70s soul – a balance that he was always good at, but possibly never served up this well again. In addition to "Your Love Is Rated X", other titles include "And I Panicked", "Did He Make Love To You", "Love Is Better In The AM", "It Ain't What You Do", "Here I Go", and "Stop Giving People Hard Luck Stories". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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Stanley TurrentineCherry ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some tight changes and more pronounced rhythms that really give the best cuts a great groove! The group's a sextet – with Bob James on electric piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums – and titles include a monster version of Weldon Irvine's "Sister Sanctified" – a great funk tune that's probably best known as the sample for "My Philosophy" by BDP! Other tracks include "Speedball", "Cherry", and "The Revs". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Sunao WadaCoco's Blues (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $28.99
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly exploratory approach to the music that's really trying to find its own space in jazz! Some numbers are straighter bop, but others have a more unusual approach to rhythm that really opens things up – using the guitar in different ways, and having the bass and drums work their lines with unusual phrasing and sounds that really keep things interesting. Other instrumentation includes alto sax from Kenji Mori, piano from Takehiro Honda, and flugelhorn from Kunji Shigi – and titles include "Sick Thomas", "Coco's Blues", "Guitar's Time", and "One's Blue". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Wax PoeticsIssue #59 – Aaliyah/Kelela – Summer 2014 ... Magazine
Wax Poetics, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The ladies take the cover this time around – with stunning cover images of both the late Aaliyah and spacey soul singer Kelela – a surprisingly modern pairing for the magazine we initially turned to for old school grooves! Yet Wax Poetics continues to evolve strongly in the 21st Century – as yesterdays' present becomes today's past – evidenced here by a strong lineup of features that also look at Edwin Birdsong, Chromeo, Badbadnotgood, Jimmy Jam, Rinder & Lewis, Terry Reid, Blu, Doug Shorts, and the legendary club scene at the Continental Baths! Full color, with loads of great images that are as striking as the heavy text. Magazine

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Bobby WomackHome Is Where The Heart Is (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia/CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $23.99
An exceptional album from Bobby Womack's years at Columbia Records – and a record that brings together smooth and roosty styles wonderfully! When Womack moved to Columbia, he was doing it at a time when a number of other older deep soul artists (Johnny Taylor, Betty Wright, Tyrone Davis) were making the shift – pulling their sound out of the indie ghetto, and going for a more sophisticated approach that expanded their style without dampening their spirit! In the case of Bobby, the shift was perhaps near perfect – as the raspy Womack vocals are still wonderfully in place, but the increasingly great choice of songs, warmer style of arrangements, and completely professional presentation of the material really helps push Bobby to the next level. Material was recorded in both Muscle Shoals and LA – and the set includes some great Womack originals, plus a few more great numbers by Prince Phillip Mitchell! Titles include "Home Is Where The Heart Is", "Something For My Head", "A Little Bit Salty", "How Long", "Standing In the Safety Zone", and "One More Chance On Love". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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Bobby WomackPieces (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $23.99
A great set from Bobby Womack's late 70s years at Columbia Records – one of our favorite records of this chapter in his career! Bobby's move to Columbia in the late 70s did a heck of a lot of good things to his music! At the label, he forged a strong mellow soul sound that still incorporated a lot of his roots and his strengths, but which was also a lot more forward-looking, and which helped Womack escape from some of the cliches of his later UA albums. In a way, his shift was similar to that of Johnnie Taylor at the label, and it's no surprise that the great Don Davis was at the helm – producing the record with a great blend of modern and deep soul modes. There's plenty of great guests, too, like Candi Staton, David Ruffin, and The Horny Horns – all of whom really help enrich the sound. Titles include "Trust Your Heart", "It's Party Time", "When Love Begins, Friendship Ends", "Caught Up In The Middle", "Never Let Nothing Get The Best Of You", and "Wind It Up". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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Bobby WomackRoads Of Life (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Arista/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $23.99
A great album from Bobby – different than his earlier albums for United Artists, but in a good way – one that revives his whole career, and takes his sound into a whole new direction! The album's got a smooth soul finish with some touches of synth funk – produced by Bobby and Patrick Moten, who would later work together on the masterful Poet LP – and the contrast between the more modern arrangements and Bobby's raspy soul vocals works wonderfully! The mellow tracks are really great – with a tight, lightly funky sound bubbling under Bobby's wonderful vocals – and the album's got loads of nice cuts like "The Roads Of Life", "Give It Up", "The Roots In Me", "Honey Dripper Boogie", "How Could You Break My Heart", and "What Are You Doing". CD
(Blu-spec CD2 pressing!)

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Tsuyoshi YamamotoIn Crowd (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $28.99
The title's a reference to a famous Ramsey Lewis live album of the 60s – one that's echoed nicely here by the trio of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Like Ramsey's group of the decade before, Tsuyoshi's has a very even balance between piano, bass, and drums – with strong, soulful work by the leader on his own instrument – and really creative bass passages from Akira Daiyoshi, and strong support from Toshio Osumi on drums. Tracks are all long and open, and really make the best of the live setting – and titles include "The In Crowd", "Blues In The Basement", "For Once In My Life", and "I Can't Get Started". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Tsuyoshi YamamotoStar Dust (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto pays tribute to the late Erroll Garner, by working in an expanded format that brings a bit of strings into support the core work of his trio! The setting is quite different than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time, and makes for a surprisingly nice change – as the backdrops from Shoji Yokouchi are quite spare and sensitive – and really allow the lead piano to still step out strongly, in the way that Erroll Garner always did with any of his more expansive sessions. Tsuyoshi also has a different style here than on other records – one that's more evocative of Garner, with lots of rhythmic impulses bubbling through the melody – on titles that include "There Is No Greater Love", "Blues For Erroll", "Time After Time", "La Vie En Rose", and of course "Mistly". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Ned DohenyHard Candy ... CD
Asylum/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal set from Ned Doheny – a lasting bit of California cool from the 70s, and a record that's every bit as refreshing as its image on the cover! The sound is tight, but never too slick – well-crafted songwriting with equally well-crafted production and studio execution – but somehow in a space that's far from the charts, too – which makes the whole thing a really great discovery in music! Ned Doheny's got a way of hitting an AOR vibe, but holding onto more personal elements too – and the vocals glide along with the music with the same charming vibe we'd find in a vintage Chris Rainbow record. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "Each Time You Pray", "When Love Hangs In The Balance", "A Love Of Your Own", "On The Swingshift", "Sing To Me", and "If You Should Fall". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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New Isoo FukuiSunrise Sunset (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing sounds from Japanese bassist Isoo Fukui – one of a handful of 70s players on that scene who really helped reinvent the sound of his instrument in jazz! Isoo really drives the group here up from the bottom – by playing both bass and cello with these well-inflected notes that are heavy on soul and rhythm, and which often enforce a modal sensibility that's carried out perfectly by the vibes of Kazuhiro Matsuishi and piano of Hideo Ichikawa! A few numbers feature guitar from Shoji Yokouchi, who plays with this chromatic style that really works well with the vibes – and titles include "Lady T", "Happy Walk", "7th Avenue Sunrise", "Early Summer", and "7th Avenue Sunset". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Masaru ImadaGreen Caterpillar (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very different than the usual Japanese fusion album of the time – a bit more relaxed and open-ended, and really free to play around with different rhythms and tonal changes – yet all while still moving forward, and avoiding some of the proggy, jamming modes of the European scene. Tracks all push past the ten minute mark – and in addition to both piano and electric piano from Masaru Imada, the set also features guitar from Kazumi Watanabi, bass from Osoo Fukui, drums from Tetsujiro Obara, and percussion from Yuji Imamura. Titles include "A Green Caterpillar", "Straight Flash", "Blue Impulse", and "Spanish Flower". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New KristylKristyl ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1975. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Melodic underground rock from the mid 70s Louisville, Kentucky scene – with some spaced out, slow building electric groove steeped in the psyche scene of years earlier, but also a nice way with melodies, harmonies that remind us a bit of things the Who were doing at that time (although rougher), and a pronounced spiritual bent to the lyricism! Guerssen has yet to lead us stray when it comes to really cool rock rarities, and the go above and beyond to present it with the reverence it deserves. Here's another winner! Titles include "Together", "Deceptions Of The Mind", "Like A Bird So Free", "Woman", "Blue Bird Blu's", "Morning Glory", "The Valley Of Life", "Woman" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram reissue.)

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New Takashi MizuhashiWho Cares (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Who cares? We care! And it's hard not to – given the strength of this sweet little set from Japanese bassist Takashi Mizuhashi – a hell of a player who really knows how to keep things exciting throughout! The group's got some tremendous talent in the front – both Fumio Karashima on piano and Yoshio Otomo on alto and soprano sax – each players who get plenty of time in the spotlight, driven onto heights by Mizuhashi's bass – but sometimes in a very subtle way, too. Karashima plays Fender Rhodes a bit – which we really love for his spacious handling of the keys – and Takashi sometimes bows the bass in a way that makes for these really magical sound next to the Rhodes. The set's definitely on the more soulful side of the Japanese jazz spectrum from the 70s – and titles include "Blues For Andrew", "Who Cares", "Sometime Ago", "Deep In My Thought", and "In A Little Spring Waltz". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Ennio MorriconeIl Gatto A Nove Code (colored vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
AMS/Cinevox (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very spooky score for this film that's also known in America as "The Cat With Nine Tails" – the second collaboration between Ennio Morricone and noted horror director Dario Argento! The album's a bit different than some of Morricone's other work on horror films – and at times, it almost has qualities that sound more like a western – a spacious mix of light strings and more sparely focused instrumentation – sometimes a bassline, sometimes a bit of flute. Other numbers get a bit more dark and jagged – slightly atonal, with shimmering, shifting styles that create a tremendous amount of tension! Titles include "Paranoia Prima", "1970", "Sottintesi", "Ninna Nanna In Blu", "Placcaggio", and "Metafora Finale". CD also fetaures three bonus tracks – "Passeggiata Notturna (single version)", "Placcaggio (alt)", and "Ninna Nanna In Blu (movie takes version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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New PagesPages ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend that only a handful of artists could hit at the time – kind of an "almost to the charts" quality, but one that holds back to make their music more of an underdiscovered secret, too. The album's got lots of fusion touches from musicians who include Victor Feldman, Claudio Slon, Franciso Aguabella, and Randy Brecker – and titles include "Clearly Kim", "I Get It From You", "If I Saw You Again", "Let It Go", and "Love Dance". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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New Gino VannelliNightwalker ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gino Vannelli still going strong well into the 80s – hitting this sweet blend of soul, rock, and crossover vibes – all in a style he virtually invented for himself in the 70s! The long perm look may have kept Gino out of crates in later years, but there's a top-quality feel to the record that's quite different than most of his contemporaries – a subtle sense of drama that's often undercut with a sense of soul, in ways that made Gino an undeniable influence on blue-eyed singers in years to come – as well as on a whole generation of R&B ballad singers too. Titles include "Santa Rosa", "Put The Weight On My Shoulders", "Stay With Me", "Sally", "Seek & You Shall Find", and "Living Inside Myself". CD
(Blu-spec CD2)

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New Tsuyoshi Yamamoto/George OtsukaNow's The Time ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of live performances – both of them great, and both done in the very open, creative style of the Three Blind Mice label at the time! Side one features core work by the trio of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, but with key guest work from Isao Suzuki on cello and Sunao Wada on guitar – both players who really open up the groove a lot! Suzuki solos in this great way on a long version of "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", and also makes an appearance on "Midnight Sugar" – which also has a long, soulful solo from Wada on guitar. Side two features a long take on "Now's The Time" – done in a freewheeling jam session mode – with Yoshio Otomo and Kenji Mori on alto sax, Takao Uematsu and Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenors, and Toshiyuki Daitoku on Fender Rhodes – all in a group led by drummer George Otsuka. CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Hank CrawfordI Hear A Symphony (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not really a symphony, but a great album that features the soulful alto sax of Hank Crawford blowing over some rich larger backings from David Matthews – all with a sweetly funky Kudu sound! The style's a bit more polished than some of the other Kudu sessions of the time – almost a bit disco or clubby at times – as Matthews brings in a fair bit of strings and horns to the backings, and also has some female backing singers sweetening up the sound. But as usual with Kudu, the record's no cheap cash-in sort of set – and Matthews ensures that it's got a tightly-crafted groove that's almost like mainstream 70s soundtrack funk at its best moments. Keyboards are by Richard Tee and Leon Pendarvis – and titles include "Sugar Free", "I Hear A Symphony", "The Stripper", "Hang It On The Ceiling", and "Love Won't Let Me Wait". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New DJ VadimUSSR – Life From The Other Side ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2000. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A heady batch of hip hop and turntablist techniques! Vadim handles the production and beats – and lyrics are by a host of guests, including Blu Rum 13, Skinnyman, Swollen Members, Blade, Killer Kela, Motion Man, Toastie Taylor, El-P, and BMS. Titles include "Viagra", "My Favorite Letter", "English Breakfast", "Are You Sure", "It's Obvious", "The Pact (Super Rimes)", "Friction", and "How To Exercise The Turntable Record Player". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing in a slightly different cover.)

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New Kosuke MineMine (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from this tremendous Japanese saxophonist – working here on both alto and soprano sax, in styles that are sharply angular, but also quite warm and soulful! Kosuke Mine's got a quality that's a bit like Joe Henderson at the same time – obviously informed by earlier hardbop, but let loose in some bolder lines that snake out with a rich, bold feel that's totally great. His group here features Fender Rhodes from Hideo Ichikawa – possibly further underscoring some of the Henderson electric styles of the set – and other players include Takashi Imai on trombone, Takashi Mizuhashi on bass, and Hiroshi Murakami on drums. The record's got a nice sense of freedom, but is never too far outside – and titles include a version of Joe Henderson's "Isotope", plus the originals "Morningtide", "Dream Eyes", and "Work I". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New George OtsukaGo On (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – a set that has him stepping away from his previous piano trio modes, and really making some greater magic with a larger group! The combo here is a quintet – filled with bright young players that include Shunzo Ono on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenor and soprano sax, Toshiyuki Daitoku on Fender Rhodes and piano, and Takashi Mizuhasi on bass – all working at this soulful, spiritual level under Otsuka's leadership – never driven too strongly by the drums, but given a sense of focus and purpose that comes through in all their individual moments on the record. The album's got a special vibe that's not really fusion, but not entirely spiritual jazz either – and title sinclude "Go On", "Castaly", "Space Drive", "Isotope", and "Here's That Rainy Day". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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New RootsHow I Got Over ... LP
Def Jam, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A less tense and caustic Roots than the crew that hit us on the majority of Rising Down a couple years earlier – and this one's as strong of an album as they've delivered since moving over to Def Jam. In truth, we were a little scared when we saw some of the guests credited – Monsters Of Folk, John Legend, Joanna Newsom and other headscratchers on top of more likely collaborators such as Phonte, Blu, Peedi Peedi and Dice Raw – it gets over very, very well here! How I Got Over is a Roots effort through and through, with contemplative and soulful tracks that simmer and stew in tried and true fashion. The tracks with those indie rock guests turn out to be among the Roots-iest tracks on the record. Believe that! So you can rest easy, the Roots are The Roots here, just what we wanted and just what we get! Includes "A Peace Of Light" feat Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle, "Walk Alone" feat Truck North, PORN & Dice Raw, "Now Or Never" with Phonte & Dice Raw, "Dear God 2.0" with Monsters Of Folk, "The Day" feat Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash, "Doin It Again", "Tunnel Vision" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Isao SuzukiAll Right (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Groovy electric work – in a style that's both funky and swinging, with many different strands and styles running through at once! Isao Suzuki plays electric piano, Hammond organ, vibes, and cello – a great mix of instruments that come off surprisingly well in his hands – alongside instrumentation from his group on both acoustic and electric bass, drums, and some guitar from a young Kazumi Watanabe! As with most of the Suzuki sides from the time, the album's got a few really strong cuts with an electric funky feel – plus a few more that are a bit warmer and mellower – which really creates a sense of depth that's very different from other Japanese records of the time. Titles include the 13 minute "All Right", which has some great vibes that really pop out of your speakers – and the tighter "Mami's Blues", which is a strong soul jazz groover – plus the tracks "Nemuro" and "Time After Time". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Isao SuzukiBlow Up (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – a rare player who goes way way past traditional modes of his chosen instrument, into richly creative territory that rivals the 70s experiments of Ron Carter! Like Carter, Suzuki's never content to just let the bass be a source in the background – and instead really foregrounds his wonderful work on both cello and acoustic bass – with a sprightly sound that's as groovy as it is rhythmic – a really great sense of flow that almost makes you feel the set's electric, even though Isao plays acoustic all the way through. The album also features great work by pianist Kunihiko Sugano – who hits some fuller notes that really crackle with energy, and which unleash a surprising amount of soul on the best numbers – and the quartet also features additional bass from Takashi Mizuhashi and drums from George Otsuka. Titles include the great title cut "Blow Up", plus "Aquamarine", "Like It Is", and "Low Flight". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Tee & CompanyDragon Garden (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sounds beyond compare – one of those really special 70s sessions from the Japanese Three Blind Mice label – put together in a way that almost seems to be a genre unto itself! The group here have a keen understanding of advances in free jazz and fusion, but work with a deeper spiritual undercurrent and a great sense of sound (shaped by producer Takashi "Tee" Fujii) – so that their individual instrumental elements flow together in rich new ways that are sometimes subtle, sometimes quite righteous! The lineup shifts a bit from track to track – and the set features xcellent work on flute and bass clarinet from Kenji Mori, electric piano from Masaru Imada, tenor from Takao Uematsu, and bass and cello from Nobuyoshi Ino. Titles include "End Of November", "Mort", "Our Foolish", and "Dragon Garden". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Tee & CompanySpanish Flower (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Richly layered sounds from this wonderfully sensitive group – an ensemble from 70s Japan who really seem to find the best sort of way to allow each individual a special role in the music, while still also moving forward strongly as a group! As with other albums by the combo, the instrumentation here is really compelling – a mix of flute and clarinet from Kenji Mori, tenor and bass clarinet from Takao Uematsu, piano from Masaru Imada, 12 string guitar from Masayuki Takayanagi, tabla and percussion from Yuji Imamura, and cello and bass from Nobuyoshi Ino. The cello, tablas, and flute sound especially wonderful – working out some beautifully sensitive sounds amidst a bolder lineup in the lead – and the album features two long tracks, "A Tree Frog" and "Spanish Flower". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoBlues For Tee (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A special live set, dedicated to the head of the unique Three Blind Mice label – and done in the best freewheeling style of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! The record's got even more bite than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time – a soulful groove that has lots of left hand action on the groovers, which sets things up differently for some of his more melodic moments on the solos. The trio features Akira Daiyoshi on bass and Toshio Osumi on drums – and all tracks are nice and long, especially the 16 minute title track! Tunes include "Blues For Tee", "Speed Ball Blues", "Broadway", and "I'm Glad There Is You". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoLive In Montreux (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A smoking live set from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – working here not in a small Tokyo club, but on the stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival – where he's clearly drawing inspiration from the global lineup to blow away most of the competition! Tracks are long, and really have Yamamoto hitting hard throughout – drawing strong inspiration from his influences on the American scene, but also showing some deeper, more sensitive styles too – that growing sense of feeling he brought to his music as the 70s wore on – really summed up perfectly here! The trio features Kunimitsu Inaba on bass and Tetsujiro Obara on drums – and titles include "Nanatsu No Ko", "It's All Right With Me", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Girl Of My Dreams", and "A Shade Of Love". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sun (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is maturing strongly here – and he's got this commanding spectrum of sound from the piano – gentle right hand passages and deep left hand lines – all nicely balanced with work from Tsutomo Okada on bass and Keiji Kishida on drums. Titles include "Billy Boy", "A Shade Of Love", "Midnight Sun", "Autumn Leaves", "Wave", "Blue Manhattan", and "Kid". CD
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New Masaru ImadaNow (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Subtle brilliance from Japanese pianist Masaru Imada – a record that bubbles beautifully with some spare and personal touches – sometimes slightly free, sometimes wonderfully melodic – always with a strong sense of vision and energy! The group here features Imada on acoustic piano, alongside bass, drums, and some especially great tenor and soprano sax from Ichiro Mimori – often played with some slightly sharp edges, but also a surprising degree of soul – a heartfelt, personal quality that slides alongside Imada's piano in a soaring dance of colors and tones. Titles are all originals, and include "Nostalgia", "Alter", "Gehi Dorian", and "The Shadow Of The Castle". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Norio MaedaAlpha Ray (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Norio Maeda – a trio date that really lets him open up – and cook with a lot more fire than on some of his larger-concept albums! The album's got an explosive feel on many numbers – a limber quality that isn't showy at all, but a bright exclamation of energy between all three members of the group – almost carried off with the mix of tightness and swing that you'd find in the best 60s bossa combos from Brazil – even though the style isn't bossa at all! The group features wonderful work on bass from Tatsuro Takimoto, and tight drums from Takeshi Inomata – on titles that icnlude "Alpha Ray", "Fifth Column", "Slobber", "Star Eyes", and "Infinite". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Kosuke Mine2nd Album (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great album from one of the greatest Japanese reedmen of the 70s – a player who's not that well known on our shores, but who served up a run of great little records like this at the time! Kosuke Mine has this sound that's sharp, but extremely fluid too – a way of running fast with lots of notes, each of which feels individually shaped with a nice sort of edge – but at a level that all works together beautifully, and which retains a very soulful, spiritual approach! The tracks here are all nice and long – a perfect showcase for his inventive, imaginative approach on alto and soprano sax – with nice solo elements from Takashi Imoi on trombone, held together by some great guitar lines from Yoshiaki Masuo, who plays with this style that's a lot more like a keyboard overall. Titles include "YM", "Brother In Law", "Striped Slacks", and "Chin San". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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New Kenji Mori QuartetFire Bird (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kenji Mori may be the firebird on tenor and flute for the date – but the album also features some mighty bold lines on guitar from the young Kazumi Watanabe! Kazumi's got a dynamic sense of energy that really shapes the record from the start – these long, twangy electric passages that find a way to be fierce one minute, gentle the next – almost phrased at points as if he was holding a reed instrument instead of a stringed one! Mori's lines on flute are an especially great counterpart to the guitar – shapes in sound that really have an organic quality as they spin out. The group also features Nobuyoshi Ino on bass and Steve Jackson on drums – and titles include the long tunes "Firebird (parts 1 & 2)", "K&J", and "A Time For Us". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Teruo NakamuraUnicorn (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album from the Japanese fusion scene of the 70s – a killer set of tracks recorded by bassist Teruo Nakamura, with help from a host of American soul jazz luminaries! The album's easily one of Nakamura's most sought-after sets – and for good reason too, as the cuts are long and jamming, but also have a soulful component too – a bit of the post-Coltrane spiritualism of some of Gary Bartz's early albums, and some of the open-ended styles you might hear on a label like Strata East! Nakamura's a bassist from the Japanese scene – but the record was cut in New York with a great lineup of American heavyweights – including Hubert Eaves and George Cables on keyboards, Charles Sullivan on trumpet, and Steve Grossman on tenor – plus Alphonse Mouzon and Lenny White on drums. Singer Sandy Hewitt sings on 2 tracks – including the funky "Umma Be Me", which almost feels like an Andy Bey groover from the same time – and the cut "Understanding". Other instrumental tracks include "Some Other Blues", "Derrick's Dance", "Unicorn Lady", and "New Moon". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Yoshio Otomo/Hidefumi Toki Alto MadnessLover Man (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Twin alto sax work from the leaders – blowing here together with a really rich sound that almost feels like some of Phil Woods alto-heavy dates from years back, but with a vibe that's more 70s Japanese as well! The pair are both great soloists on their own – and step out in the lead on boppish tracks, but with phrasing that's far beyond just hokey Charlie Parker cliches – given an even more modern sense of expression through the quintet's use of guitarist Kazumi Watanabe, alongside bass and drums. The set features 11 minute takes on both "Lover Man" and "Scrapple From The Apple" – plus the side-long original "Blues For T&O", which runs for 19 minutes! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Lalo SchifrinTowering Toccata ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Electric 70s work from Lalo Schifrin – with a tight uptempo funky sound that's similar to his strong "cop show" soundtrack themes of the time! This album's a pretty great testament to Lalo's durability as one of the great composer arrangers – sublime stuff from the late 70s, and a record that really works nicely alongside Schifrin's music for films. Lalo's got a great crew for the set, too – including Joe Farrell and Jeremy Steig on flute, Eric Gale on guitar, Anthony Jackson on bass, Steve Gadd and Andrew Smith on drums, accompaniment on keys by Chuck Spangler and a host of others! Titles include "Eagles In Love", "Macumba", "Theme From Most Wanted", "Theme From King Kong", and "Roller Coaster". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Lonnie SmithMama Wailer (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Lonnie Smith's rarest albums – and one of the most obscure records on the landmark Kudu label! The set is one of Smith's most far-reaching from the 70s – a bit in the mode of his earlier records for Blue Note, but with a slightly sweeter quality that shows the shift to Kudu – where Lonnie's Hammond had lost none of its grooving power! Tracks are all quite long – and build from the jamming approach that Lonnie first developed at Blue Note – a club-trained groove that has the mighty organ leading off each track, but still leaving plenty of other space for other players too – including Dave Hubbard on tenor, Danny More on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and Billy Cobham on drums – as well as Grover Washington on flute, who also helped a bit with arrangements on the record. The centerpiece of the album is a 17 minute long version of Sly Stone's "Stand" – and other tracks include "I Feel The Earth Move", "Hola Muneca", and "Mama Wailer". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Also available Mama Wailer ... LP 29.99

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New Kunihiko Sugano TrioFinger Popping (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real finger-popper from Japanese pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a sweet 60s album that has him playing like the best American players of the soul jazz generation! There's a boldness to the left hand that echoes bits of Ray Bryant or Junior Mance – yet Sugano can also tipple the keys with a lyrical sensitivity that's got a bit of Barry Harris or maybe even Ahmad Jamal – often complex, yet still swinging beautifully – always aware of the groove, yet never totally subsumed by it! The trio features Yoshio Ikeda on bass and Hiroshi Yamazaki on drums – and the album feels like some lost treasure on Argo or Prestige Records. Titles include "For Karl", "Finger Popping", "I Can't Get Started", "Barbados", and "Blues For Jiro". CD
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New Masayuki TakayanagiLonely Woman (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pretty darn beautiful album of solo guitar tracks – recorded in 1982 by Japanese musician Masayuki Takayanagi, and featuring only electric guitar, played with a spare raspy edge – recorded in a rough style that's quite unusual for a Japanese jazz session of the time! However, it's this style of recording that really brings out the best of the album – as the complicated stylings of Takayanagi ring out with a much more honest sound than you'd expect on an album of this nature – reminding us more of earlier work by Lee Konitz collaborator Billy Bauer than most of the late 70s guitar heroes from Japan! The sound is beautiful throughout – and titles include a version of Charlie Haden's "Song For Che", a reading of Lennie Tristano's "Lennie's Pennies", and a great version of Ornette's "Lonely Woman". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Phil Upchurch & Tennyson StephensUpchurch & Tennyson (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful albums ever recorded for the Kudu label – and one of the few full LP releases to feature vocal work by Chicago soul singer Tennyson Stephens! Tennyson's working here with Phil Upchurch, the legendary Chicago guitar player whose talents graced countless soul, jazz, and funk sessions over the years – and the pair are grooving nicely in a set of jazzy electric arrangements by Bob James, who also plays piano and Arp on the record. The mix of electric grooves and vocal soul is mighty nice – and titles include "You Got Style", "Tell Me Something Good", "In Common", "South Side Morning", "Evil", and "Black Gold". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoSummertime (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from one of the most dynamic Japanese pianists of the 70s – a player who's straighter than some of his contemporaries, but also has a very soulful swing as well! Tsuyoshi Yamamoto really opens up in a live setting – and concert dates like this represent some of his best work ever – a really open, flowing format that has Yamamoto moving in territory that's a bit like Oscar Peterson at his live best – but which also allows for a bit more of the free play that Japanese trios of the time were hitting. The group features excellent work on bass from Akira Daiyoshi and drums from Shinji Mori – and titles include "Like Someone In Love", "Cookin The Blues", "Summertime", and "The Way You Look Tonight". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Kazuo YashiroBlack Nag (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ramsey Lewis move over – because this cooking Japanese trio from the 60s has a mightily soulful groove – one that's more than enough to give Ramsey's classic combo a run for their money! Pianist Kazuo Yashiro hits the keys harder than ever here – working with a wickedly soulful punch, and getting sublime backing from Masanaga Harada on electric bass and Jimmy Takeuchi on drums – both rhythm players with more than a bit of funk in their bag – as you'll hear on some of the most explosive cuts on the record! The use of electric bass, and overall range of styles, is a bit like the second Lewis trio – with Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White – yet there's also some really unique elements to the record that make it way more than a copycat of American modes. Titles include "Black Nag", "Favela", "Love For Sale", "Marionette Blues", and "Lady Madonna". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Kazuo YashiroLove Is Here To Stay (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set of piano work from the Japanese scene of the 60s – as tight and soulful as anything that was coming out of the US at the time, and with perhaps some of that extra spark you'd find on the best late 60s piano sessions on MPS! Kazuo Yashiro is a hell of a player – rock-solid in the rhythm department, but also able to hit a really open flow on the keys – one that's greatly encouraged here by excellent work from Masanaga Harada on bass and Jimmy Takeuchi on drums. The overall feel is similar to some of Les McCann's acoustic trio sides of the mid 60s – short and lively, with a bit of gutbucket in the playing, but also a nice light touch on the keys. Titles include "How Insensitive", "Day Tripper", "Sunny", "Summer Samba", "Being A Good Magician", and "Emily". CD also contains a bonus live track! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New George DukeDream On (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Solid 80s grooving from George Duke – a really tightly-crafted set, done in the sweet mix of jazz and soul that he virtually helped to invent during the 70s! There's a gentle soulfulness to the record that we really like – a quality that's surprising, given the date, and the fact that so many artist like Duke were really pushing things over the top at the time – while George could still lay back, and keep things very nicely paced. Many of the tunes on the set are mellow groovers and ballads – stepping along at a sweet pace with lead vocals from Duke, and some larger backings conducted by Charles Veal. Titles include "Shine On", "You", "Dream On", "Framed", "Ride On Love", "Son Of Reach For It", and "Positive Energy". CD features two bonus tracks – "Shine On (single)" and "Ride On Love (single)". CD
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New George DukeGuardian Of The Light (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1983. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that when it's done in his masterful R&B-fusion-funk approach! George sings on all cuts, but he also gets some stellar vocal assistance from Jeffrey Osborne, Portia Griffin, and Patti Austin. The record also has some surprisingly sweet mellow moments that bring a deeper level of spacey soul to the out-there concept – those laidback lines that George could always do better than anyone else! Titles include "Born To Love You", "You Are The Light", "Reach Out", "Give Me Your Love", "Stand", "Soon", and "Fly Away". Also includes a bonus track – "Reach Out (12" single)". CD
(Blu Spec CD2.)

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New Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the electric funk of other CTI records, but has a similar sense of space, sound, and rhythm overall – proof that the label's groundbreaking approach didn't always have to be electrified! Tracks are quite long, and the two leaders effortlessly craft notes that magically hang in space with an airily soulful feel. Titles include wonderfully reworked versions of "Whisper Not", "A Child Is Born", and "Pavane For A Dead Princess". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Bingo Miki & Tatsuya TakahashiScandinavian Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cool blend of jazz and electronics – done up in some of the ambitious modes of composer Bingo Miki's other work, yet with a style that's a lot more straight ahead overall! The jazz component of the record is served up strongly by tenorist Tatsuya Takahashi – who leads a group that's mostly acoustic, but which features lots of cool keyboard work from Mickey Yoshino – who soars in with spacey lines and weird melodies, and really expands on the rich tones and colors of the horns – always in ways that are a lot different, and a lot more creative than the usual 70s big band record with keyboards. Tracks are all quite long, with a richly illustrative feel – and titles include "Sketches Of Munch", "The Legend Of Garbo", "Andersen Fantasia", "Sibelius Testament", and "Children At Play". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Oh NoDisrupted Ads (2LPs with etched D-Side and bonus flexidisc) ... LP
Kash Roc, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The latest audio dispensary system from Oh No – who's carved a pretty solid niche as an unpredictable, indefatigable hip hop conceptualist – this one a suite of tracks inspired by snake oil style newspaper, radio and television advertisements from decades past! Oh No is on the beats and production here on a mix of thematic instros and vocal tracks with guests Declaime & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Souls Of Mischief, Blu & Med, Gangrene partner Alchemist, Rapsody & Psalm One and others. Includes "Intro Doctor Visit", "Creepers", "Jones's" feat Blu & MED, "Wet 'Em Up", "The Difference", "Perfect Cylinders", "Animals" with Chali 2Na & Roc C, "Rollin' Up" with Alchemist, "Drifters", "Improvement" with Declaime & Georgia Anne Muldrow and the bonus track "Controlled Riots" with Souls Of Mischief. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP version includes an etched art D-side and bonus flexidisc single!)

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New Slum VillageEvolution ... LP
Ne'Astra, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Evolution is the title of the album – and it's also the name of the game for Slum Village – whose peak material remains some of the best hip hop to ever come out of the Detroit scene! SV has evolved into a showcase for group co-founder and sole remaining original member T3 – along with rapper producer Illa J, younger brother of the original Slum Villager J Dilla. Features production by Young RJ and appearances by Havoc, Vice, Focus, Rapper Big Pooh, DJ Jazzy Jeff and others. Includes "Braveheart" with Havoc of Mobb Deep, "Rock Rock" feat Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Jazzy Jeff, "Let It Go" feat Blu, "Forever", "Summer Breeze", "The Line" and "Bout Dat'" feat Focus, "1 Nite" feat Vice, "Greatness" and "Riot" wfeat Rapper Big Pooh and Joe Scudda. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Evolution ... CD 4.99
 
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Rob AgerbeekHome Run ... LP
Medium (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
A definite home run from Dutch pianist Rob Agerbeek – a hip set recorded in 1971, and one that's done with a very soulful groove! The group's a quintet, and Rob really sparkles in this setting – pushing the players with a subtle skill that recalls Horace Silver at his Blue Note best – especially in the way that Agerbeek mixes upbeat grooving with more sensitive sounds on the set! Other players include Dick Vennik on tenor and flute, Willem Reinen on flugelhorn, Rob Langereis on bass, and Eric Ineke on drums – a really great group of players who fit toghether wonderfully here – pushing the grooves of the tunes strongly forward with warm energy, but also breaking out with some sharp solos of their own. Titles include the funky classic "The Chair Dance" – plus "Little Miss Dee", "Just Robbish", "Minor Rush", and "The Blue Countess". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... CD
Kimsha/Boom Shot, 1976. Used ... $6.99
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". CD also features lots of bonus tracks too – "Jah Music", "Jah Music (dub)", "Doing Fine", "Doing Fine (dub)", "Skanking On The A Train", and "Holy Father". CD
Also available Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP 13.99

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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP
Kimsha, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 20.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Unity – Sing It Shout It ... CD 6.99

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Jason AjemianFolklords ... LP
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Material Girls" and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ambrose AkinmusireImagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to push his voice even father than before – sometimes in smaller acoustic settings, sometimes with a bit of vocals, and sometimes a bit of strings – performed by a shifting lineup that includes guests Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks on vocals – plus a core group that includes Walter Smith on tenor and Sam Harris on piano. Titles include "Marie Christie", "Memo", "Ceasless Inexhaustible Child", "Rollcall For Those Absent", "Vartha", and "Our Basement". CD

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Toshiko AkiyoshiKogun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband Lew Tabackin – a group that features strong work from American players who include Dick Spencer and Gary Foster on alto saxes, Tabackin and Tom Peterson on tenor, Bill Perkins on baritone, Bobby Shew and Don Rader on trumpets, and Charles Loper and Jim Sawyer on trombones. The horns are only part of the picture, though – as the inventive writing and arranging from Akiyoshi is what really makes the album great – a strong sense of painting with sound, while still keeping things swinging – really unlocking all the best elements that had been opened up for larger ensembles in the previous few years. The set features all original tracks that include "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Elegy", and "Memory". CD
(Blue Spec CD.)

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Alan BownStretching Out (with bonus track) ... CD
Island/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $8.99
A creepy cover, but a surprisingly charming little record – one that has The Alan Bown jamming nicely with lead vocals from Gordon Neville! Mel Collins handles production this time around, and he brings in some of the more lyrical touches that you'd hear on some of his better-known projects from the same time – almost a gentle sense of majesty amidst the more jazz and blues-influenced elements in the group's music. John Anthony Helliwell plays saxes, Bown is on guitar, and Jeff Bannister handles keyboards – on titles that include "The Messenger", "Find A Melody", "Up Above My Hobby Horse's Head", "Turning Point", and "Stretching Out". CD also features the bonus track "Thru The Night". CD

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New Dee AlexanderSongs My Mother Loves ... CD
Blujazz, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back to an older generation of jazz – reworking numbers in a hip sort of 60s way, especially the more sophisticated end of the soul jazz spectrum, ala Horn and Alexandria's albums for ABC/Impulse. Backing is by a wonderfully fluid small group – with the piano of Miguel Delacerna, bass of Harrison Bankhead, and drums of Ernie Adams – plus guest work from Ari Brown on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Corey Wilkes on trumpet. The album's a dedication to Alexander's mother – and the strong guidance she gave her growing up on the west side of Chicago – and tunes include "Soul Serenade", "As Long As You're Living", "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Nature Boy", "Lonesome Lover", "Letter From Home",a nd "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". CD

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Eric AlexanderChicago Fire ... CD
High Note, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Not the soundtrack to the popular TV drama of the same name – but a set that returns tenorist Eric Alexander to all the fire he brought to his early years on the Chicago scene! Alexander's set up here with a key range of players from this years – longtime associates Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all rhythmic giants who push Eric back into the kind of old school territory that made him an instant heir to the Chicago legacy of tenor giants like Johnny Griffin, Eddie Harris, and Von Freeman! Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt joins the group on a few tracks – adding in these soaring lines on trumpet that really sparkle – but we honestly like the quartet numbers the best, as they have Alexander opening up in some nicely unbridled territory. Titles include "Mr Stitt", "Bluesky For Vonski", "Just One Of Those Things", "Eddie Harris", "Bee Hive", and "You Talk That Talk". CD

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Linsey AlexanderCome Back Baby ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Sweet Chicago blues from Linsey Alexander – a relative newcomer to the Delmark label, but a musician who's been working the north side clubs for years – and has really honed his sound into a tight electric groove! The style here is tight, but never too slick – with some slight undercurrents of funk and that sharp style of playing that has graced the mainstream of Chicago blues for years – but which has still been kept pretty close to the roots overall. Alexander sings and handles guitar – and titles include "Call My Wife", "Come Back Baby", "I Got A Woman", "Little Bit Of Soap", "Booze & Blues", and "Funky Feeling". CD

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New Roland AlexanderPleasure Bent ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few albums ever cut by this incredible tenor sax player – a wonderful talent that we only know from a handful of records – all of which we love! This date's got a bold sound that very much lives up to its cover, and Alexander's placement on Prestige's New Jazz label – a vibrant sound that's got elements of the 60s underground of Eric Dolphy or Ken McIntyre, but which also has a more flowing, soulful vibe as well – almost a precursor to later spiritual jazz elements of the 70s. No surprise, the great Marcus Belgrave is in the quintet on trumpet – as is Ronnie Mathews on piano, with rhythm support from Gene Taylor on bass and Clarence Stroman on drums. Almost all tracks are originals – and titles include "I'll Be Around", "Dorman Road", "Lil's Blues", and "Orders To Take Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sandra AlexandraWarm & Wild ... LP
Uni, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Very nice pop soul session, with production by Calvin Carter, and a sound that's similar to some of the Capitol LA soul sessions from the late 60s. Sandra sings in an easy loungey voice, and covers tracks like "Wedding Bell Blues", "She Will Break Your Heart", and "Ooh Baby I Love You" – but with a hipper sound than you might expect. The set also includes a nice version of "Hold On, I'm Comin", with a good solid groove in the intro – and we should also mention that Sandra plays all the piano on the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two cutout holes and some wear.)

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New Lorez AlexandriaSing No Sad Songs For Me ... LP
Argo, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $14.99
An amazing album by Lorez Alexandria – probably our favorite-ever work by her! The record features arrangements by Riley Hampton, the Chicago soul genius who did work for a number of the city's best artists – most notably Walter Jackson – and his mixture of soul, strings, and jazz works perfectly for Lorez's amazing voice. The whole thing's incredibly dark – and even the joyous moments of the record seem tinged with a sadness that threatens to break through at any time. This sadness isn't cliched – as on the dozens of post-Billie Holiday albums that reached for a fake tearful sense of authenticity; it's a mature emotive expression by one of the 20th Century's greatest jazz singers. Titles include "A Loser's Lullaby", "Gloomy Sunday", "All My Love", "Who", and "Sing No Sad Songs For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with deep groove. Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on one track. Cover has some wear, some stains, a bit of seam splitting, and the remnants of a sticker.)

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All NaturalNo Additives, No Preservatives ... LP
All Natural, 1999. Very Good 2LP ... $9.99
Maybe we're biased, but this is a fantastic record in the great Chicago tradition that includes Common Sense and the Molemen! All Natural manage to combine conscious and abstract lyrics with music that's worth hearing, and doesn't fall into that you-gotta-be-blunted-to-appreciate-it drudge. Production by No I.D., the Molemen and Capital D. Includes "50 Years" and "Hip Hop History 101" from the first single, plus "Phantoms Of The Opera (remix)", "Thinkin Cap", "Underground & Independent", "MC Avenger", "It's OK", "Prime Suspect", "Niggas B Lyin", "Take It 2 Em", "Fresh Air" , "This Is How It Should B Done", "Start The Revolution", and more. – Plus be sure to check out Fresh Air, the All Natural book, now sold separately. It features nearly 100 pages of hilarious graphic art and serious political essays, as well as the lyrics to most of the tracks listed above. LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the booklet.)

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Geri AllenEyes In The Back Of Your Head ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... $2.99
CD
(Promotional stamp on booklet cover & CD.)

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Geri AllenGrand River Crossings – Motown & Motor City Inspirations ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $6.99
Way way more than you might guess from an album with Motown in the title – and instead, a set that may well be one of the best we've heard from Geri Allen in years! Yes, the tracks are mostly numbers from the classic years of the famous soul label – but the presentation is quite different – mostly solo piano, with Geri stretching out in these fluid, spiritual ways that go far past any familiar melodies, and which really make the songs deeply her own. Plus, the set also features some tremendous guest work from Marcus Belgrave on trumpet on three tracks – stretching out with the kind of righteous, expressive tones that have made us love him from the days of Tribe Records onwards. David McMurray also guests on alto on one track – but the bulk of album is solo piano from Allen, on titles that include "The Smart Set", "Space Odyssey", "Inner City Blues", "Stoned Love", "Itching In My Heart", "Tears Of A Clown", "That Girl", and "Grand River Crossings". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)
 
 
 



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