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Blu feat Ra The Rugged Man & TristateThelonius King (vocal, remix) ... 7-inch
Nature Sounds, 2013. New Copy (pic cover).... $8.99
Blu is joined by mic veteran RA The Rugged Man and Tristate of Durag Dynasty on this nice single from Nature Sounds. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Blu WartaThis Is Luv (clean, dirty, inst)/I Can Make It (clean, dirty, inst) ... 12-inch
Game, 2002. Near Mint- .... $0.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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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 .... $11.99
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Van MorrisonMoondance (4CD deluxe edition w/blu-ray) ... CD
Warner, 1969. New Copy 4 CDs & Blu Ray .... $64.99 69.98
Maybe the greatest album ever from Van Morrison – and a set that broke into a whole new side of his talents! Van's producing himself on the record – not really in the conventional role as a producer, but in a way that has him really writing most of the album as he goes along in the studio – using core ideas for tunes, and fleshing them out in a relatively spontaneous way with the musicians involved – at a level that also shows some of the most jazzy elements of Morrison's music to date! That approach is heard to key effect in the sublime title cut "Moondance" – but it also echoes over the course of the whole album's stellar set list – tracks that include "Caravan", "Into The Mystic", "Come Running", "Glad Tidings", and "And It Stoned Me". Amazing package, too! The set features 4CDs' worth of music – the full album, plus 50 unreleased tracks that include studio outtakes, alternates, and even the previously unissued song "I Shall Sing" – all in a very hip book-style cover with lots of notes! Also features a blu-ray DVD with high-end audio of the album too! CD

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DVDOur Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Blu-Ray/CD set) ... DVD
New Copy .... Late May, 2014
DVD

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New MED/Blu/Madlib feat Mayer HawthorneBuzz EP ... 12-inch
Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2013. New Copy (pic cover).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
All star team 12-inch with Med & Blu on the mic and Madlib in the production booth – plus superstar guest appearances by Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk! Buzz is the intoxicating lead off track of three great ones – with a gritty beat and soul string sample in the backdrop, busy rhymes and Mayer's classic Detroit soul inspired vocals on the hook. Includes a main mix, radio version, instrumental and bonus beat. The flip "Peroxide" co-stars Dam-Funk and has a heady funk vibe in place of the soul-styled A-Side. It's another major win - with a main mix, clean radio version, instrumental and acapella. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Nice packaging, too – wrapped like a premium bottle of booze!)

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New Gerald McCauley, Benjamin BoveDown The Rhodes – The Fender Rhodes Story (hardcover book with Blu-Ray DVD) ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2013. New Copy Book & DVD .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful book on one of our favorite instruments ever – the irreplaceable Fender Rhodes keyboard – source of some of the most sublime sounds ever! The book's a counterpart to the wonderful documentary of the same name – and features a bonus blu-ray DVD of the film – plus loads of vintage images, shots from the movie, and dozens of chapters with some of the best artists to ever handle the Rhodes – including Deodato, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Grusin, Rodney Franklin, Joe Sample, Jerry Peters, Les McCann, Maurice White, Ronnie Foster, D'Angelo, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and dozens of other jazz and soul legends – an incredibly large roster for a project like this! Over 240 pages, oversized, full color, and mighty nice! Book

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New BluNo York ... CD
New World Color/Nature Sounds, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Tried-and-true underground hip hop mixed with more experimental beathead touches from Blu – with collaborations and production by Exile, Shafiq Husayn, Flying Lotus, Dibia$e, Daedalus and more – plus appearances by U-God, J*Davey, Co$$, Pac-Div and more. Titles include "Doin Nothing" with U-God, "Everything OK" feat Ms Jack Davey, "Everybody Nose" feat Sa-Ra & Nola Darling, "Hours", "Annie Hall" feat Chop, Cherry Pop & Tiombe Lockhart, "Tags" feat Exile, "Spring Summer Winter Fall" feat Jimetta Rose, "Down To Earth" feat Donel Smokes, Definite & Double Oh, "Keep Pushinn", "Doin Something" feat Pac Div, U-N-I, J*Davey, Tiron & Ayomari and more. CD
 
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AirAir (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $28.99
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very organic way – so that the spare sounds build up into these parts rich in meaning, but still with plenty of sharp edges – based on work from Yasuo Shimura on flute, amplified soprano sax, Arp, and radio; Renkichi Hayashi on guitar, ring modulator, and other effects; Nobuyoshi Ino on electric and acoustic bass, Turkish guitar, and tape recorder; Hiroshi Murakami on drums and percussion; and Yuji Imamura on amplified and acoustic tabla, plus other percussion. The sound's as compelling as the instrumental lineup – and the album's comprised of one long jamming track "Air (parts 1 & 2)", with a groove that ranges from funky and break-oriented, to wild and free out-oriented soloing. CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Ananda ProjectRe - Release ... CD
Nite Grooves, 2001. Used .... $4.99
A remixed version of the Ananda Project's Release album – featuring a dozen tracks from that set, all redone in some very ambitious versions! Titles include "Bahia (Kyoto Jazz Massive mix)", "Breaking Down (Blu Mar Ten's back to mine mix)", "Expand Your Mind (King Britt Scuba main mix)", "Cascades Of Color (Sugar Love mix)", "Breaking Down (Louie's Revival mix)", "Falling For You (G Pal's Child Of The Sun mix)", and "Falling For You (Blaze's Shelter falling voc mix)". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Ray BarrettoLa Cuna ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Steve Gadd, John Tropea, Carlos Franzetti, and Willie Torres. The melds the styles beautifully – with plenty of languid, rubbery jamming with percussion that thumps just hard enough! Really kind of a stunner from '79 – one that came at welcome time for both Barretto and CTI! Includes the great electric Latin groover "Mambotango", plus "The Old Castle", "La Cuna", and a sublime vocal remake of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise"! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Also available La Cuna ... LP 9.99

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Ron CarterSpanish Blue ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the massive Ron Carter albums from the mid 70s – and a set of 4 open-ended modal tracks that hit a similar Latin/but not Latin approach as the tracks on Coltrane's great Ole album. The group's a small one – featuring Carter on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Jay Berliner on guitar, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, Roland Hanna on piano, and Hubert Laws on flute. Laws' playing is some of the best on the record – and his solos carry most of the songs nicely, a lot more nicely, in fact, than those on his own albums at the time. Leon Pendarvis makes a guest appearance playing electric piano on the cut "Arkansas", which is a bit funky – and other tunes include "El Noche Sol", "Sabado Sombrero", and "El Noche Sol". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Hank CrawfordI Hear A Symphony (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $13.99
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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Paul DesmondSkylark ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $13.99
A stunning 70s set from the great Paul Desmond – one that has the tremendous alto player finding an even fresher groove than before – yet all without losing any of the class and control that made him so great in the 50s and 60s! Don Sebesky arranged the set, but most of the instrumentation is nice and lean – small group modes that allow Paul's alto to soar out in the lead, often alongside some excellent guitar work from Gabor Szabo and Gene Bertoncini – the latter of whom provides accompaniment that takes us back to some of Jim Hall's music with Desmond. Bob James plays a bit of piano on the record, and rhythm is by Ron Carter on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – plus a bit of cello from George Ricci, who shades tunes in with a mighty nice sound. But as you'd guess, the main focus is on Desmond's sublime alto sax – on titles that include "Was A Sunny Day", "Take Ten", "Music For A While", and of course, "Skylark". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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George DukeDream On (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... $26.99
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
(Blu Spec CD2.)

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Bill EvansMontreux II ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $13.99
A brilliant return to Montreux from Bill Evans – working here with a trio that includes some killer bass work by Eddie Gomez! The set's an acoustic one – despite its appearance on electric powerhouse CTI – but Evans' work on the piano has an electricity that's all its own, magically crafting waves and shapes of sound and tone. And despite the CTI setting, there's a nicely spacious sound to the way the album was recorded – one that's got a bit less of the "perfection" than on some of Bill's other 70s live dates – a sense of humanity that comes through wonderfully, and which makes this one a very special record! Titles include "Very Early", "34 Skidoo", "Israel", and "Peri's Scope". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
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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Hiroshi FukumuraMorning Flight (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $28.99
Genius work from Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura – working here at the helm of a twin-trombone group that also features the talents of Shigeharu Mukai – in a style that's filled with soul and free-thinking imagination! The two players work together beautifully here – avoiding any of the cliches of trombone-heavy groups from the past – and instead, using the open-ended Three Blind Mice label format to explore new ideas in jazz by hitting a spare, sensitive space that's really great. Sometimes tracks really take off and soar with the sort of inventiveness we'd expect from Slide Hampton at the time – at others, they work together more quietly to use the trombones as great shifters of sound and color. Tracks are all quite long, and other players include Hiroshi Tamura on piano, Tsutomu Okada on bass, and Shinji Mori on drums – on titles that include "Morning Flight", "Winter Song", "Cousin Mary", and "Soldier In The Rain". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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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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Motohiko Hino Quartet + 1Ryuhyo – Sailing Ice (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $28.99
A record with a really beautiful title – and a sound that definitely lives up to the "Sailing Ice" on the cover! The music is very much in the best post-Coltrane mode – played by a group led by the great Japanese drummer Motohiko Hino, and featuring Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenor and Yasuaki Shimizu on soprano and tenor – two reed players who really express themselves with a great sense of spirituality, and lots of searching energy throughout. The tracks are mostly originals (save for a version of "Soultrane") – served up in freewheeling modal grooves, and peppered with sharp, soulful solos that search out bold new territory, but which never get too free and sloppy. The set was recorded live, but the recording quality is excellent – and titles include "Rio Rome", "Sailing Ice", "Milky Shade", and "New Moon". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Terumasa HinoLive (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $28.99
One of the boldest and most powerful 70s albums we've heard from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – a live date that rivals the sharp edges and strong lines of his similar album for Enja at the time! The tracks here are all quite long, and mostly show a freely exploratory Hino – one who's far more experimental than the smoother artist that emerged later in his electric years – and a player with a tremendous range of sounds on the trumpet! Other players include Mikio Masuda on piano and Motohiko Hino on drums – and the album features 2 long tracks that go quite outside, "Stella By Starlight" and "Be & Know" – plus a more lyrical version of "Sweet Lullaby". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Masaru ImadaGreen Caterpillar (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
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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Masaru ImadaPoppy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold .... $28.99
Really lovely piano work from Masaru Imada – a player who's a bit gentler than some of his Japanese contemporaries of the early 70s, but who also works with this wonderfully lyrical tone! Imada does a great job of balancing a sense of flow with a punctuated approach to the keys – never overdone, and often with this spacious sensibility – but more pointed than a Bill Evans style as well. The first half of the album is solo material, and the second features a trio – bass is by Isoo Fukui and drums are by Mashiko Ozu – both players who step into Imada's world in a way that's subtle, but extremely effective. Titles include "Poppy", "Sea Weeds", "Ascent", "Left Alone", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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Jackie & RoyTime & Love ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $13.99
An excellent 70s set by Jackie & Roy – very different than their work of the 50s and 60s, with an approach that's much more far-reaching and complicated – a style that opens up their vocal talents majestically! Gone are the simpler ditties of earlier years, and in their place are warmly gliding numbers that open up to really unique vocal interplay – sometimes with Jackie in the lead, but other times trading back and forth with all the kind of complicated inflections you'd expect from early 70s CTI! Don Sebesky handled the arrangements with a great mix of spacey and breezy sounds – some slight electric touches at the bottom, but never in a way that makes the record too slick or smooth. Titles include a great version of "Bachinas Brasileiras #5", plus "Heading", "Summer Song", and "Lazy Afternoon". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Hideto KanaiQ (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $28.99
Boldly visionary work from bassist Hideto Kanai – a session of unusual numbers that often have a deeply poetic feel! Kanai's bass is clearly at the helm of the record – stepping out sparely at the start of some numbers – then punctuating the proceedings with a strong voice that urges on some of the more sensitive players. Instrumentation varies from track to track – but includes alto sax, trumpet, xylophone, guitar, flute, and baritone sax – all offered up without any piano, which creates even more of a sense of space for solo expression. Titles include "Kaleidoscope", "Meditation", "A", and "April Song For Kanai". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke MineYellow Carcass In The Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $28.99
A record that's far more beautiful than you'd guess from the "carcass" in the title – a strong set of vocal work from singer Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the hippest Japanese singers of the 70s! Although Kasai's sometimes straight on the album, she also stretches out in freer, more expressive modes – at a level that's quite similar to some of the more experimental modes used by Karin Krog during the same period – although with a slightly unique feel as well. Backings are from the quartet of reedman Kosuke Mine – whose lines on soprano and alto sax are almost worth the price of the album alone – and all tracks are long, with titles that include "Be Still My Soul", "Round Midnight", "Yellow Carcass In The Blue", "Alone Together", "River Dry", and "Blues In C Minor". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New 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 (splatter colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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New L'OrangeOrchid Days (splatter 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 (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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Bingo Miki & Tatsuya TakahashiScandinavian Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $28.99
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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Kosuke MineMine (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $28.99
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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Naosuke MiyamotoStep! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $28.99
A group led by bassist Naosuke Miyamoto, but one that features some especially great horn work in the lead! The ensemble's a sextet, and features a three-point frontline with trumpet from Kunji Shigi, alto from Takashi Furuya, and tenor and soprano from Takeshi Goto – really stretching out on a batch of tracks that build strongly from 60s soul jazz expression, but take the tunes to a hipper sort of 70s level. Key numbers include the Harold Land compositions "Step Right Up To The Bottom" and "A New Shade Of Blue" – both of which feature tremendous horn interplay – plus the originals "Where Do They Go", "Blues", and "One For Trane". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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Koji Moriyama with the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto TrioNight & Day (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
A real swinger of a record – one that features vocals and conga work by Koji Moriyama, with backing by the piano trio of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Given that Yamamoto's style is usually a bit more spare and laidback, it's nice to hear him grooving in a setting like this – as Moriyama's a hiply swinging vocalist, with a style that's clearly influenced by earlier work by Bobby Troup or Jackie Paris – never too over the top, but cool enough to swing in all the right spots! Vocals are in English, slightly accented, and titles include "For Once In My Life", "Night & Day", "The More I See You", "There'll Never Be Another You", and "Bye Bye Blackbird". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Mari NakamotoMari Nakamoto with Suzuki & Watanabe Duo ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
A very cool setting for Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto – a unique trio outing that features guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Isao Suzuki – both really creative players who push the album way past the usual! The mix of guitar and bass is wonderful – gentle, but still quite swinging even in the mellow moments – but in ways that leave plenty of space for Nakamoto to get really expressive on her vocals, at a level that definitely marks her as one of the best female jazz singers in Japan during the 70s. Tunes are mostly standards, but done in really fresh ways – and titles include "Sunflower", "Just Friends", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "You Came A Long Way From St Louis", and "What A Difference A Day Makes". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Seiichi NakamuraAdventure In My Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
A great tenor saxophonist from the Japanese scene of the 70s – heard here in one of his hippest settings ever! Seiichi Nakamura really knows how to stretch things out, yet still keep things interesting – working here with a strong sense of rhythm that's really augmented by the use of guitar in the group alongside piano, bass, and drums – and instrument handled by Kiyoshi Sugimoto with these wide flares that roll along beautifully and give the rhythm a strong sense of color – while Nakamura blows these brilliantly bold lines over the top! Most tracks push past the ten minute mark, and more are very creative originals by Nakamura too – with titles that include "Himalayas", "Adventure In My Dream", and "Too Beauty". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Direction UnitLive At Moers Festival (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1980. New Copy .... $28.99
The group here definitely earns the "new direction" in their name – as they work at a level that's quite compelling – kind of their own variant of free jazz, but with a spaciousness that's definitely spiritual – and which also seems to reflect some elements of more traditional Japanese music too! The tracks are all quite long – and have a really different flavor, even as they each progress – no surprise given that the instrumentation is quite varied, even amidst the quintet of musicians – with Masayuki Takayanagi on electric guitar and gut guitar; Kenji Mori on alto, floute, clarinet, and shinobue; Akira Iijima on electric guitar and gut guitar; Nobuyoshi Ino on cello, and Yasuhiro Yamazaki on drums and a variety of percussion. Titles include "Bohimei", "Resistance", "Mass Hysterism", and a compelling take on "Subconscious Lee". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Oh NoDisrupted Ads (2LPs with etched D-Side and bonus flexidisc) ... LP
Kash Roc, 2013. New Copy 2LP .... $18.99 20.98
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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George OtsukaPhysical Structure (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $28.99
Japanese drummer George Otsuka is always one hell of a hip cat – one of those players whose name on a record always means that we'll pick it up – and never fail to hear something wonderful! And while Otsuka first got his start working with a piano trio at the end of the 60s, this sweet set from the mid 70s really has him stretching out nicely – working with a freewheeling group that has plenty of spiritual elements – but in that gentler avant mode you'd find in the Japanese scene of the time. The set's got some especially great Fender Rhodes and piano from Fumio Karashima, plus tenor and soprano sax from Shozo Sasaki – and all tracks are nice and long, and really let the instrumentation build up in this flowing, organic sort of way. Mitsuaki Furuno plays bass, and Norio Ohno adds in a bit of extra percussion too – and titles include a nice reading of "Naima", with lots of fast-moving congas – plus "Physical Structure", "Mustard Pot", and "Little Island". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Esther PhillipsFrom A Whisper To A Scream ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
One of our favorite-ever albums from Esther Phillips – an album that really helped her transform her sound for the 70s! The approach here is a lot more jazzy than before – served up with a good dose of funk, thanks to arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – fresh from his work with James Brown, but even more electrically-oriented here! The groove is great – and the album's one of the best Kudu sides from the early 70s – a perfect blend of soul, jazz, and funk – all wrapped up with a new level of sophistication that benefits all parties involved. Other players include Richard Tee on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, Airto on percussion, and Hank Crawford on alto sax. Titles include an incredible cover of Gil Scott Heron's "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", plus "From A Whisper To A Scream", "Till My Back Ain't Got No Bone", "Your Love Is So Doggone Good", Scarred Knees", and "Baby, I'm For Real". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Also available From A Whisper To A Scream ... LP 11.99

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Pink FloydWish You Were Here – Immersion Set (2CD/3DVD) ... CD
Harvest/Immersion, 1979. Used .... $79.99
Features one CD with the 2011 remaster of the album, plus a CD of unreleased audio tracks – mostly rare live material, plus a version of the title theme with Stephane Grappelli! Also features a DVD of films and concert footage, a DVD with only audio, in different mixes – and a Blu-ray of both audio and visual material. CD
(Barcode has a mark – but the set is still sealed!)

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RootsHow I Got Over ... CD
Def Jam, 2010. Used .... $6.99
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 – unfounded worry, it turns out, as this set gets over very, very well! 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 songs 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. CD

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Lalo SchifrinTowering Toccata ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $13.99
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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SeneBrooklyn Knight ... CD
Plug Research, 2012. New Copy .... $9.99
Innovative hip hop for on Plug Research – spacey, tripped out textures unlike anything else, paired with classic early 90s influences circa Soundbombing – a nice pair of modes, if you ask us! Features appearances by Blu, Coss, Denitia Odigie and others. Includes "The Feel Reel", "Brooklyn Knight", "Footprints", "Backboards", "Time", "Holyday", "Cult Classic", "It's Been Said", "The Fortunate Passport", "Music Man" and more. CD

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Nina SimoneBaltimore (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $13.99
A real standout 70s set from Nina Simone – a one-off date for CTI Records, done with a sound that's different than her earlier work for RCA, Philips, and Colpix! The groove here is often as soul-based as it is vocal jazz – thanks to arrangements from David Matthews, who brings a similar sound here to his other work with Esther Phillips in the decade – another older singer who'd hit some very hip territory at the time. The groove here is very much like Phillips' best for Kudu – smooth and soulful, but in ways that still retain all the rasp and character of the lead vocals. Titles include a sublime reading of Randy Newman's excellent "Baltimore", plus "The Family", "My Father", "Music For Lovers", "Rich Girl", and "Balm In Gilead". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Also available Baltimore ... LP 19.99

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Slum VillageEvolution ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
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
Also available Evolution ... LP 13.99

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Slum VillageEvolution ... LP
Ne'Astra, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 19.98
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 14.99

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Lonnie SmithMama Wailer (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
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.)

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Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence)Lord Steppington (gold colored vinyl with download) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2014. New Copy 2LP .... $26.99 28.98
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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download. Rhymesayers goes the extra mile, too, with a nice velvety sleeve and gold colored vinyl!)

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Isao SuzukiAko's Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $28.99
One of the wonderfully creative 70s sets from Japanese stringman Isao Suzuki – an artist who also plays bass, but who works here on jazz cello – for a very unusual approach! The set has Suzuki's work on the light strings matched in a combo with lead guitar from Kazumi Watanabe – who's nicely restrained here, and falls in with Isao's strings at a level that's quite different than his own material of the time. Watanabe's lead is augmented by further rhythm guitar work by Kazumasa Akiyama, and the resulting mix of stringed instruments creates a sound that sounds pretty darn groovy in some parts – lightly leaping along with some Fender Rhodes from Tsuyoshi Yamamoto. The best track is the album's long funky remake of "Feel Like Making Love", which begins with a spacey intro, then leaps into an almost-breakbeat reading of the track that features some great electric piano work in a classic MPS mode. Other tracks include "Ako's Dream", "Isao Family", and "Seven Come Eleven". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Isao SuzukiBlow Up (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $28.99
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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Isao SuzukiBlue City (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $28.99
A wonderful little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that has him playing both acoustic bass and cello, mixing up the instrumentation in a really cool way! Suzuki was really one of the most inventive bassists of his generation of Japanese jazz – able to shift styles and sounds in a way that was a bit like Ron Carter on some of his groundbreaking records of the 70s – a mode that definitely comes into play here. The group's also noteworthy in that it features guest guitar work from Kazumi Watanabe – although Watanabe's playing here in a style that's much more restrained than on his later work – sliding in nicely next to Suzuki's warmly plucked notes on bass and cello, and ringing out with a great sense of lyrical interplay. Other instrumentation includes additional bass from Nobuyoshi Ino, drums from Tetsujiro Obara, and piano from Kunihiko Sugano – and titles include two great long originals – "Blue City" and "45th Street" – plus "Play Fiddle Play" and "Body & Soul". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Isao Suzuki Quartet + 2Orang-utan (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
A very compelling set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that draws on the electric traditions being forged at the time by artists like Miles and Joe Henderson – but which is also graced by the warm lyricism that was running through other Japanese jazz sessions of the 70s! Suzuki plays a surprising range of instruments – electric piano, cello, and bass – and his group displays an amazing ability to move into freely flowing numbers, then shift abruptly into sparer, subtler territory. The vibe of the record is quite unique – and group members include Kenji Mori on alto and flute, Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Samu Kawakami on bass, and Shinji Mori on drums – and one title features vocals from Mari Nakamoto. The tracks are on the longish side – and the titles include "Blue Road", "Where Are You Going?", "My One And Only Love" and "Orang-Utan". Great cover, too! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Isao Suzuki TrioBlack Orpheus (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $28.99
A beautifully spare session from the mid 70s – one that features bass and cello from Isao Suzuki – stretching out here in a sound that's totally unique! The trio's a great one – with Donald Bailey on drums and Tsuyoshi Yamamoto on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – the latter of which sounds amazing next to Suzuki mellow-stepping lines. If you've heard any of Suzuki's other albums from the period, the style is somewhat similar – quite soulful throughout, but with an easygoing, open feel that's quite different than many American sessions of this nature – and which makes it clear that the bassist is the leader, not the pianist! Titles include a great version of "Manha De Carnaval", plus "Angel Eyes", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Who Can I Turn To", and "Blues". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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Masayuki TakayanagiGinparis Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy .... $28.99
Rare early 60s recordings from the Japanese scene – issued here in a 70s album on Three Blind Mice, and with a depth and complexity that's a fair bit like some of the more modern work on that label! The tracks here are all quite long – and feature interplay between the bass and drums that recall the more openly creative Three Blind Mice mode – a style that shakes off more conventional combo rhythms, in exchange for a more equally-weighted approach. Players here vary from track to track, and include drummer Masahiko Togashi, trumpeter Terumasa Hino, guitarist Sadanori Nakamurei, and bassist Hideto Kanai – and tracks include "If I Were A Bell", "Obstruction", "Nardis", and "Greensleeves". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Masayuki Takayanagi & New Direction For The ArtsFree Form Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $28.99
A really compelling set from this important Japanese group of the 70s – a quartet headed up by guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi – but which features a very complex balance of work from all the individual members! The set initially begins with a traditional vibe, but then seems to step out with each new track – almost encompassing a history of modern jazz in the music, then moving past with its own sense of invention! Masayuki's guitar rings out on the spare "The Blues", which begins – but then moves aside for free flute work from Kenji Mori on a mindblowing take of "You Don't Know What Love Is" – almost handled with a late Dolphy vibe. "Sun In The East" has the ensemble moving boldly together – with double drums and percussion from Joe Mizuki and Hiroshi Yamazaki – and the set concludes with the extended "Free Form Suite" – a tune that definitely lives up to its name! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Tee & CompanySpanish Flower (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $28.99
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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Hidefumi TokiToki (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
Deeply personal work from Japanese saxophonist Hidefumi Toki – a player who manages accomplish a great deal in a fairly stripped down setting – filling spare space with gentle notes on alto and soprano sax, often delivered with a nicely raspy tone! The group here is a quartet – with Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Nobuyoshi Ino on bass, and Steve Jackson on drums – and the setting is laidback and mellow, often moving at a pace that's slow, but always flowing with a great gentle swing. Tracks are long, and titles include the great originals "Darkness", "Lullaby For The Girl" and "Old Song Blues" – plus nice takes "When Sunny Gets Blue" and Ornette Coleman's "Blues". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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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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Takao UematsuDebut ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $28.99
A great debut from Japanese tenorist Takao Uematsu – a player who blows here with a wonderful sense of tone right from the start – almost an inherent sense of spiritualism that he still manages bring to tunes with a straight ahead swing! The approach is a bit like Archie Shepp in that cool 70s stretch when he was stepping away from the outside – and Uematsu's clearly a player who knows the far reaches, but often just hints at them in his music – while moving through these long-blown lines spurred on by a really wonderful group! The combo features excellent Fender Rhodes from Sadayasu Fuji – who stretches out on the long tracks on the set – plus trombone from Takashi Imai, bass from Yoshio Suzuki, and drums from George Otsuka. Titles include "TI", "Sleep My Love", "Stella By Starlight", and "Inside Parts". CD
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Phil Upchurch & Tennyson StephensUpchurch & Tennyson (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $13.99
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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Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sugar (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $28.99
The midnight sugar here comes from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – who's playing with a soulful, bluesy sort of style – one that reminds us a bit of Ray Bryant back in the 60s, but which also comes across here with a fair bit of lighter, lyrical touches as well! As with other Three Blind Mice albums from the time, the tracks here are all longish and open-ended – recorded with a nice sort of brightness that breaks from other jazz traditions, and moving in surprising ways at each new twist and turn. The group also features the great Isao Fukui on bass and Tetsujiro Obara on drums – and titles include "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Midnight Sugar", "The Nearness Of You", and "Sweet Georgia Blues". CD
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Tsuyoshi Yamamoto TrioLive At The Misty (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $28.99
Long tracks and plenty of room to groove – a really great little session from Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, and one with some added conga to boot! Don't confuse this one with Yamamoto's other 70s date with Misty in the name, because this album's a live one – and it comes across with a good deal of energy, even when things are a bit mellow – a sense of freedom on the keys that rolls out from the very first note of the record, yet never takes things too far into the hinterland of sound. There's a nice pulse on most numbers, thanks in part to the congas – and titles include "Moanin", "Dark Eyes", "The Loving Touch", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Tsuyoshi Yamamoto TrioMisty ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $28.99
Not "Misty" in an Errol Garner sense – although Tsuyoshi Yamamoto serves up his own version of the tune here – and instead a hip set from the Three Blind Mice scene of the 70s, with a very open, freewheeling approach to piano trio work! Yamamoto's a bit straighter than some of his contemporaries on the label, but still finds a way to really open things up with a fresh approach – a style that's strongly helped by the round, warm bass tones of Isoo Fukui – who's a great counterpoint to the jaggedly brilliant solo work from Yamamoto himself. Tetsujiro Obara plays drums, and the album's a masterpiece of space and understatement – with titles that include "Yesterdays", "Misty", "Blues", and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". CD
(Blu Spec 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 .... Temporarily 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.)
Also available Guardian Of The Light ... LP 2.99

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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 L'OrangeOrchid Days ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
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Orchid Days (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99
Orchid Days (splatter colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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New Kosuke Mine2nd Album (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... Temporarily 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
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New RootsHow I Got Over ... LP
Def Jam, 2010. New Copy .... Temporarily 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 Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence)Lord Steppington ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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.)
Also available Lord Steppington (gold colored vinyl with download) ... LP 26.99

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New George BensonGood King Bad ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Sweet 70s funk from George Benson – an album that's a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still free from the commercial polish of his later hits! Maestro David Matthews is at the helm for this session – and most numbers have a full backing from players who include some of the best of the CTI/Kudi generation – including Ronnie Foster and Bobby Lyle on keyboards, Joe Farrell on flute, Fred Wesley on trombone, Eric Gale on rhythm guitar, Dave Friedman on vibes, and Steve Gadd on drums – who manages to kick in a nicely funky undercurrent, even on some of the mellower numbers. George's guitar is filled with warmly chromatic hues – gliding away nicely on titles that include the slow funky "Em", plus "Siberian Workout", "Shell Of A Man", "Hold On I'm Coming", "One Rock Don't Make No Boulder", and "Theme From Good King Bad". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Urbie GreenFox (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Smooth and silky jazz funk from trombonist Urbie Green – a record that's much more in a mainstream R&B fusion mode than his earlier work – yet also arranged by David Matthews in a soulful style that still keeps things pretty real on the best cuts! The group's a good one for the mellow groove of the material – and includes Mike Mainieri on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Jeremy Steig on flute, and Toots Thielemans laying down a bit of harmonica – all kicking back in classic 70s CTI styles. Titles include the nice modal groover "Mertensia", plus "Manteca", "Foxglove Suite", "Another Star", and "Goodbye". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Jimmy, Yoko, & ShinSei Shonagon (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Some of the coolest sounds we've ever heard from the Three Blind Mice label in the 70s – a trio outing, but one that has the players really changing up their instruments a lot over the course of the album's long tracks – never in a way that's too avant garde or improvisational, but which always has the group really reaching for new sounds! Yoko Sumiya plays Yamaha electric keys, mini moog, and a Steinway – and really comes up with this incredible blend of acoustic and electric elements – one that's sometimes offset by these moody vocalizations that are hardly song, but almost another instrument in the mix. Jimmy Shironga plays acoustic guitar and electric bass – and again also vocalizes a bit, but in this strangely offbeat way that's often far from lyrical – more personally expressive overall. All group members seem to shout with enthusiasm at points – especially when Shin Okabe urges them on with drums – as well as a host of other percussion instruments too. There's never any moments that get too out, and overall there's almost a performative feel to the whole thing – with the band changing moods and rhythms a number of times during a single song. Tracks include "Soul Soran", "Gion Shoja", and "Sei Shonagon". CD
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New MatchNew Light (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1969. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A Sunshine Pop treasure – and a record that perfectly straddles a few different strands of late 60s pop! The quintet have fabulous harmonies – of the sort rooted in The Four Freshmen, and given a sunny finish by The Beach Boys – but they also move here in a way that prefaces soft rock modes of the decade to come – working in arrangements from Jack Pleis that still have plenty of jazz and pop, but which also compress things in a cool way too – giving the whole album a sublime sound that's really unique! The album's not exactly like the Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends, but it's definitely got a similar vibe – and no surprise, the group start things off with a great version of "Don't Take Your Time". Other tracks include "Where Do I Go", "Mornin I'll Be Movin On", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "Love Years Coming", "A Time For Us", and "Free & Easy". Includes two bonus tracks – "Time" and "Mirror Maze Lady". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy OrchestraBack To The Sea (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
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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New 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 .... Out Of Stock
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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New Takashi MizuhashiWho Cares (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... 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 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 OtomoMoon Ray (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
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
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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 Kunihiko Sugano Trio + 1Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Love is a many splendored thing – and so is the mighty piano work of Kunihiko Sugano – a great Japanese player from the 70s, but one who never got much exposure on our shores at the time! This live album really shows Sugano at his best – balancing a talent for flowing, lyrical moments with a tighter sense of a groove – laid down perfectly by a combo that features conga added to the usual lineup of bass and drums! Most tunes are nice and long, and begin with a solo statement by Kunihiko – then snap into a groove that really takes off nicely. Titles include the original "Blues For Wynton Kelly", a side-long reading of "Perdido", and versions of "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Blu Spec 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
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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 & CompanySonnet (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The "Tee" here is Takashi Fujii – who doesn't play on the record, but instead arranged with the group – and produced the record with the really deep, complex sound we've come to love on 70s releases from the Three Blind Mice label! The group has a relatively spiritual approach right from the start – almost free, but more soulfully directed overall, and definitely with the sense of poetry you'd expect from the title! Takao Uematso serves up some great tenor sax, and Kenji Mori plays both soprano and tenor – in a group that also features Masaru Imada on electric and acoustic piano, Masayuki Takayanagi on guitar, and Hiroshi Murakomi on drums. Both tracks are long – and titles include "Combo 77" and "Sonnet". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Joe BeckBeck ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A great little Kudu set from guitarist Joe Beck – a player who's sounding a lot tighter here than some of his odd psychedelic experiments of the 60s – but still pretty darn great overall! The style is smooth, as you'd expect from Kudu, but Joe's still got plenty of edges in his guitar to stand out nicely – little riffs and rasps that crackle with a good sense of electricity amidst larger arrangements from Don Sebesky. The album also features some great alto from David Sanborn, and keyboards from Don Grolnick – on titles that include "Star Fire", "Cactus", "Texas Ann", "Brothers & Others", and "Red Eye". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Dag SavageE&J (red colored vinyl with download) ... LP
Dirty Science, 2014. New Copy 2LP .... Out Of Stock
The duo of underground producer extraordinaire Exile and MC Johaz deliver a tight full length as Dag Savage – with an impressive guest roster – including Aloe Blac, MED & Rass Kass, frequent Exile partner Blu, Gonjasufi, Fashawn, Co$$ and Tiombe Lockhart, Choosey and Jimetta Rose. 16 tracks on 2LPs: "The Beginning", "Twilight", "Bad Trip" feat Adad, Gonjasufi & Sahtyre, "DRUGS" feat CO$$ & Choosey, "Cali Dreamin'" feat Fashawn, Co$$ & Tiombe Lockhart, "FUPM" feat MED & Rass Kass, "When It Rains" fat Aloe Blacc, "Milk Box (Remix)", "The Hurt", "Wine & Cheese" feat Jimetta Rose and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Johnny HammondGambler's Life (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Salvation/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An amazing bit of jazz funk from Johnny Hammond – and one of his greatest LPs! This is the first album that Johnny recorded with Larry Mizell, cut right before the pair of them went onto do the landmark Gears album. While this one never became as famous as Gears, it's got some fantastic moments that are every bit as great – a perfect blend of Mizell's spacey fusion and Hammond's fiercely soulful soloing, with lots of great jazzy changes to keep the pace fresh throughout. Includes the great spacey jazz cuts "Star Borne" and "Yesterday Was Cool", the latter of which is an excellent piece of work by Larry Mizell – plus the cuts "Back To The Projects", "Gambler's Life", "Rhodesian Thoroughfare", and "Virgo Lady". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
Also available Gambler's Life ... CD 16.99

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New Nobuo Hara & Sharps & FlatsActive Volcano (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A definite active volcano of sound from Nobuo Hara and his excellent Sharps & Flats ensemble – a group who were to the Japanese scene of the 70s what the Clark Boland Big Band was to the European one! By that, we mean that the style here is way groovier than you might expect – definite third (if not fourth) generation big band work – full of color and life, but also with a great ear for contemporary rhythms too – thanks to some sweet guitar and keyboards in the mix. The horns are tremendous, but never overwhelming – and Takashi Shitaka provides some very thoughtful arrangements for the record – on tracks that include "White Heron", "Ondo", Sharp Curve", and "South Wind". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
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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New Giorgio GasliniLe Sorelle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A late 60s score by Giorgio Gaslini – his work for the 1969 erotic film Le Sorelle – one with some subtle piano and strings-led sweetness, and some groovier, kind of loungey numbers, too! We know little about the film, but we'd wager that subtlety isn't a strength – which makes Gaslini's compositions all the more impressive in the quieter movements, but there's some more dramatic and stripped down jazzy bits that are also quite impressive. Includes some vocalizations by the always great Edda Dell'Orso, too. Titles include "Memory", "Le Rose Blu", "Quicksilver", "Diana", "Alex", "Voce Di Strato Psicologico", "Bliss", "Una Distesa Di Desideri", "Qualcosa Di Incomprensible" and more. Lots of bonus tracks, too – alternate sequences of the original soundtrack titles and other assorted material. 24 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 500 units.)

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New Takeo MoriyamaSmile ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An album with a sweet title, but a very hard groove – a stone stormer from Japanese drummer Takeo Moriyama – put together with these soaring reed lines that almost make the whole thing feel like an early 70s album from Elvin Jones! There's a very spiritual feel to the music at times – a searching quality that comes through especially in the work on tenor from Yoshio Kuniyasu, and additional flute and alto from Kochi Matsukze – as well as in the piano from Fumio Itabashi, who works here with his best modal impulses – really building up the groove in a wonderful way, and helping to keep the whole thing as soulful as some of the best US work of this nature from the mid 70s. Tracks are all originals, in Japanese – save for the group's version of the famous title tune, which offers up one mellower moment. CD
(Blu-Spec CD.)
 
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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 .... $22.99
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
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Toshiko AkiyoshiToshiko's Piano (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1953. New Copy .... $26.99
Tremendous early work from Japanese pianist Toshiko Akioshi – recorded during her initial years in the US, and with a bop-heavy style that makes Toshiko one of the hardest-hitting female players of her generation! The Bud Powell influence is very strong here, but Akioshi's also showing a more lyrical side too – that richer sense of tone and color she's unfurl in later large group recordings – already pretty amazing here in a small combo set with Ray Brown on bass, JC Heard on drums, and Herb Ellis on guitar. The guitar rings out beautifully alongside the piano – and titles include "Shadrack", "Squatty Roo", "Solidado", "Laura", and "Toshiko's Blues". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Alabama State Troopers (Don Nix/Furry Lewis)Alabama State Troopers Road Show ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy 2 CDs .... $19.99 21.98
A legendary live set from a short-lived, but equally legendary group – a really unique assemblage of talents that features core musicians from Muscle Shoals, mixed with lead vocals from Don Nix, Jeanie Greene, and the aging bluesman Furry Lewis – all brought together as a unit that really bridges sounds, generations, and styles! The work has plenty of echoes of Nix's own music, but the presence of Lewis and some of the backing players – as well as a gospel choir for backup – all reflects the deeper roots that inform Don's recordings, given much bigger focus here – at a level that blows away most contemporaries who were trying their own approach to blending rock and roots modes. Titles include "Brownsville", "I'm Black", "Amos Burke", "Mighty Time", "Yes I Do Understand", "Furry's Rap", "Iuka", "Joabim", and "Living In The Country". CD

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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good .... $11.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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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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Johnny AlfJohnny Alf ... LP
Rozenblit/Mr Bongo (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue).... $16.99 31.99
A 60s bossa classic from Johnny Alf – a set that really showcases the bluer side of bossa at the time! The set's got a rich, sophisticated sort of sound – right up there with the best Elenco or Forma vocal sessions of the 60s, thanks to orchestrations by Jose Briamonte, which move along with this really dark undercurrent. Alf's vocals and piano contrast nicely, with these oddly-turning notes that are really unique – a distinct approach that made Johnny one of the most standout talents of this new generation. This album's easily one of his greatest efforts – and titles include "Gismi", "Kao Xango", "Cancao Pra Disfacar", "Ceu Alegre", "Eu So Sei", and "Bossa So". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Johnny Alf (with bonus track) ... CD 11.99

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Johnny AlfJohnny Alf (with bonus track) ... CD
Rozenblit/Mr Bongo (UK), 1966. New Copy .... $11.99 19.99
A 60s bossa classic from Johnny Alf – a set that really showcases the bluer side of bossa at the time! The set's got a rich, sophisticated sort of sound – right up there with the best Elenco or Forma vocal sessions of the 60s, thanks to orchestrations by Jose Briamonte, which move along with this really dark undercurrent. Alf's vocals and piano contrast nicely, with these oddly-turning notes that are really unique – a distinct approach that made Johnny one of the most standout talents of this new generation. This album's easily one of his greatest efforts – and titles include "Gismi", "Kao Xango", "Cancao Pra Disfacar", "Ceu Alegre", "Eu So Sei", and "Bossa So". CD features the bonus track "Eu E A Brisa". CD
Also available Johnny Alf ... LP 16.99

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Byron Allen TrioByron Allen Trio (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
ESP, 1965. New Copy .... $10.99 12.99
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move with a fluidity that's breathless, even amidst rhythms that are very loose and open – as the trio here works in a style that almost echoes some of the harmelodic modes of Coleman, but which eventually pushes farther towards the freedoms of other artists on ESP! The set has some wonderful bass from Maceo Gilchrist, whose round, rolling tones really make the album sparkle – as do the punctuated drums of Ted Robinson. Titles include "Today's Blues Tomorrow", "Time Is Past", "Three Steps In The Right Direction", and "Decision For The Cole-Man". CD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)
 
 
 



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