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Muhal Richard AbramsBlu Blu Blu ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1990. Used ... $11.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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BluWest (main, Jansport J rmx) ... 7-inch
Nature Sounds, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)... $8.99
Niceness from Blu – and a standout cut from the Good To Be Home LP – with production by Bombay. Also includes a remix by Jansport J. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Peggi BluBlu Blowin' ... LP
Capitol, 1987. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Cover has light wear. Vinyl has some marker on the deadwax.)

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Blu & NottzGods In The Spirit (blue vinyl) ... LP
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
A strong quartet of cuts by Blu & Nottz – plus guests that include Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Sene & Johaz and more – plus some bonus remixes, instros and acapellas! Includes "Boyz II Men" feat Nitty Scott (plus instrumental version and a remix by Diamond D), MC, "Crème Of The Crop" feat Versis & Scienze, "Crooks In Castles" feat Anthm, Homeboy Sandman, Sene & Johaz, "End Of The World" feat Rashad (plus remix and instrumental), and "God S**t" feat Aloe Blacc Co$$ & Definite Mass (plus acapella version). LP, Vinyl record album

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Blu WartaThis Is Luv (clean, dirty, inst)/I Can Make It (clean, dirty, inst) ... 12-inch
Game, 2002. Sealed (pic cover)... $0.49
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Gary Clark JrBlak & Blu ... CD
Warner, 2012. Used ... $4.99
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Nathan Lincoln DeCusatis/Joseph Hallman/Justin BoySprung Rhythm – Richard Scerbo/Inscape (CD & Blu-Ray audio) ... CD
Sono Luminus, 2013. Used CD & Blu-Ray audio ... $4.99
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Bob MarleyLegend (30th Anniversary CD/Blu Ray Audio Edition) ... CD
Island, 1970s. New Copy CD & Blu Ray Audio ... $29.99 34.98
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order that opens them up even more – and the package also features a live track, and a production with Lee Perry too. Titles include "Get Up Stand Up", "Exodus", "Stir It Up", "Easy Skanking", "No Woman No Cry (live)", "Punky Reggae Party", "Satisfy My Soul", and "Redemption Song". Nice book-style package – with 16 tracks on a CD, and the same tracks on a blu-ray audio DVD, but with alternates of "Punky Reggae Party" and "Easy Skanking". CD
(All Region disc.)
Also available Legend (30th Anniversary Tri Color Edition) ... LP 31.99

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

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New Blu & NottzGods In The Spirit EP ... CD
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strong quartet of cuts by Blu & Nottz – plus guests that include Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Sene & Johaz and more – plus some bonus remixes, instros and acapellas! Includes "Boyz II Men" feat Nitty Scott (plus instrumental version and a remix by Diamond D), MC, "Crème Of The Crop" feat Versis & Scienze, "Crooks In Castles" feat Anthm, Homeboy Sandman, Sene & Johaz, "End Of The World" feat Rashad (plus remix and instrumental), and "God S**t" feat Aloe Blacc Co$$ & Definite Mass (plus acapella version). CD
Also available Gods In The Spirit (blue vinyl) ... LP 12.99
 
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Fabrizio Bosso & Marco MoreggiaMagic Susi ... CD
Verve (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the more electronic projects we've heard from trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso – a set of work done with electronic musician Marco Moreggia, who creates a very different sound for Fabrizio's horn! The music is a blend of sound sources, keyboards, and other elements – sometimes augmented by warmer touches on guest strings and jazz instrumentation, but often laid out just by Marco as a soundscape for Bosso's well-crafted trumpet lines – with some abstracted vocals drifting through the music as well. The mix of acoustic lead and electric elements takes us back to classic work by Jon Hassel, or maybe more recent efforts by Nils Petter Molvaer – and titles include "Blu", "Pour Un Ami", "Little Children", "Stone Mountain", "Fabri Space", and the four part "Seasons". CD

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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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Ned DohenyHard Candy ... CD
Asylum/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
A seminal set from Ned Doheny – a lasting bit of California cool from the 70s, and a record that's every bit as refreshing as its image on the cover! The sound is tight, but never too slick – well-crafted songwriting with equally well-crafted production and studio execution – but somehow in a space that's far from the charts, too – which makes the whole thing a really great discovery in music! Ned Doheny's got a way of hitting an AOR vibe, but holding onto more personal elements too – and the vocals glide along with the music with the same charming vibe we'd find in a vintage Chris Rainbow record. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "Each Time You Pray", "When Love Hangs In The Balance", "A Love Of Your Own", "On The Swingshift", "Sing To Me", and "If You Should Fall". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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George DukeDream On (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $18.99
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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George DukeGuardian Of The Light (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1983. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that when it's done in his masterful R&B-fusion-funk approach! George sings on all cuts, but he also gets some stellar vocal assistance from Jeffrey Osborne, Portia Griffin, and Patti Austin. The record also has some surprisingly sweet mellow moments that bring a deeper level of spacey soul to the out-there concept – those laidback lines that George could always do better than anyone else! Titles include "Born To Love You", "You Are The Light", "Reach Out", "Give Me Your Love", "Stand", "Soon", and "Fly Away". Also includes a bonus track – "Reach Out (12" single)". CD
(Blu Spec CD2.)

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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
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.)
Also available Big Blues ... CD 19.99

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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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Masaru ImadaNow (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $28.99
Subtle brilliance from Japanese pianist Masaru Imada – a record that bubbles beautifully with some spare and personal touches – sometimes slightly free, sometimes wonderfully melodic – always with a strong sense of vision and energy! The group here features Imada on acoustic piano, alongside bass, drums, and some especially great tenor and soprano sax from Ichiro Mimori – often played with some slightly sharp edges, but also a surprising degree of soul – a heartfelt, personal quality that slides alongside Imada's piano in a soaring dance of colors and tones. Titles are all originals, and include "Nostalgia", "Alter", "Gehi Dorian", and "The Shadow Of The Castle". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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

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L'OrangeOrchid Days (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!)

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Bingo Miki & Tatsuya TakahashiScandinavian Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
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 Mine2nd Album (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $28.99
A great album from one of the greatest Japanese reedmen of the 70s – a player who's not that well known on our shores, but who served up a run of great little records like this at the time! Kosuke Mine has this sound that's sharp, but extremely fluid too – a way of running fast with lots of notes, each of which feels individually shaped with a nice sort of edge – but at a level that all works together beautifully, and which retains a very soulful, spiritual approach! The tracks here are all nice and long – a perfect showcase for his inventive, imaginative approach on alto and soprano sax – with nice solo elements from Takashi Imoi on trombone, held together by some great guitar lines from Yoshiaki Masuo, who plays with this style that's a lot more like a keyboard overall. Titles include "YM", "Brother In Law", "Striped Slacks", and "Chin San". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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Takashi MizuhashiWho Cares (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $28.99
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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Kenji Mori QuartetFire Bird (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
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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Oh NoDisrupted Ads (2LPs with etched D-Side and bonus flexidisc) ... LP
Kash Roc, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $13.99 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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Yoshio Otomo/Hidefumi Toki Alto MadnessLover Man (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $28.99
Twin alto sax work from the leaders – blowing here together with a really rich sound that almost feels like some of Phil Woods alto-heavy dates from years back, but with a vibe that's more 70s Japanese as well! The pair are both great soloists on their own – and step out in the lead on boppish tracks, but with phrasing that's far beyond just hokey Charlie Parker cliches – given an even more modern sense of expression through the quintet's use of guitarist Kazumi Watanabe, alongside bass and drums. The set features 11 minute takes on both "Lover Man" and "Scrapple From The Apple" – plus the side-long original "Blues For T&O", which runs for 19 minutes! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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George OtsukaGo On (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $28.99
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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PagesFuture Street ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $21.99
Richard Page and his Pages group come on with a bit more force here on this second sweet set from the 70s – but they're still working strongly in the soulful blend of AOR rock and fusion they delivered on their debut! Pages have a vibe that's a bit like Loggins & Messina or Boz Scaggs at their best – catchy, but never too commercial – a way of using all the best elements of the 70s studio scene to craft a sound that's professional and tight, but definitely deeper than usual. The set's a great counterpart to albums by folks like Bobby Caldwell or Gino Vannelli – and titles include "I Do Believe In You", "Future Street", "Who's Right Who's Wrong", "Keep On Movin", "Two People", and "The Sailor's Song". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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New PagesPages ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $21.99
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend that only a handful of artists could hit at the time – kind of an "almost to the charts" quality, but one that holds back to make their music more of an underdiscovered secret, too. The album's got lots of fusion touches from musicians who include Victor Feldman, Claudio Slon, Franciso Aguabella, and Randy Brecker – and titles include "Clearly Kim", "I Get It From You", "If I Saw You Again", "Let It Go", and "Love Dance". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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RootsHow I Got Over ... LP
Def Jam, 2010. New Copy ... $9.99 12.98
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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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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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

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

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Isao SuzukiAll Right (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $28.99
Groovy electric work – in a style that's both funky and swinging, with many different strands and styles running through at once! Isao Suzuki plays electric piano, Hammond organ, vibes, and cello – a great mix of instruments that come off surprisingly well in his hands – alongside instrumentation from his group on both acoustic and electric bass, drums, and some guitar from a young Kazumi Watanabe! As with most of the Suzuki sides from the time, the album's got a few really strong cuts with an electric funky feel – plus a few more that are a bit warmer and mellower – which really creates a sense of depth that's very different from other Japanese records of the time. Titles include the 13 minute "All Right", which has some great vibes that really pop out of your speakers – and the tighter "Mami's Blues", which is a strong soul jazz groover – plus the tracks "Nemuro" and "Time After Time". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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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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Masayuki TakayanagiLonely Woman (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $28.99
A pretty darn beautiful album of solo guitar tracks – recorded in 1982 by Japanese musician Masayuki Takayanagi, and featuring only electric guitar, played with a spare raspy edge – recorded in a rough style that's quite unusual for a Japanese jazz session of the time! However, it's this style of recording that really brings out the best of the album – as the complicated stylings of Takayanagi ring out with a much more honest sound than you'd expect on an album of this nature – reminding us more of earlier work by Lee Konitz collaborator Billy Bauer than most of the late 70s guitar heroes from Japan! The sound is beautiful throughout – and titles include a version of Charlie Haden's "Song For Che", a reading of Lennie Tristano's "Lennie's Pennies", and a great version of Ornette's "Lonely Woman". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Tee & CompanyDragon Garden (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
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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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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Gino VannelliNightwalker ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $21.99
Gino Vannelli still going strong well into the 80s – hitting this sweet blend of soul, rock, and crossover vibes – all in a style he virtually invented for himself in the 70s! The long perm look may have kept Gino out of crates in later years, but there's a top-quality feel to the record that's quite different than most of his contemporaries – a subtle sense of drama that's often undercut with a sense of soul, in ways that made Gino an undeniable influence on blue-eyed singers in years to come – as well as on a whole generation of R&B ballad singers too. Titles include "Santa Rosa", "Put The Weight On My Shoulders", "Stay With Me", "Sally", "Seek & You Shall Find", and "Living Inside Myself". CD
(Blu-spec CD2)

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

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

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Tsuyoshi YamamotoSummertime (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Great work from one of the most dynamic Japanese pianists of the 70s – a player who's straighter than some of his contemporaries, but also has a very soulful swing as well! Tsuyoshi Yamamoto really opens up in a live setting – and concert dates like this represent some of his best work ever – a really open, flowing format that has Yamamoto moving in territory that's a bit like Oscar Peterson at his live best – but which also allows for a bit more of the free play that Japanese trios of the time were hitting. The group features excellent work on bass from Akira Daiyoshi and drums from Shinji Mori – and titles include "Like Someone In Love", "Cookin The Blues", "Summertime", and "The Way You Look Tonight". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Ennio MorriconeIl Gatto A Nove Code (colored vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
AMS/Cinevox (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... Early August, 2014 (delayed)
A very spooky score for this film that's also known in America as "The Cat With Nine Tails" – the second collaboration between Ennio Morricone and noted horror director Dario Argento! The album's a bit different than some of Morricone's other work on horror films – and at times, it almost has qualities that sound more like a western – a spacious mix of light strings and more sparely focused instrumentation – sometimes a bassline, sometimes a bit of flute. Other numbers get a bit more dark and jagged – slightly atonal, with shimmering, shifting styles that create a tremendous amount of tension! Titles include "Paranoia Prima", "1970", "Sottintesi", "Ninna Nanna In Blu", "Placcaggio", and "Metafora Finale". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

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New George Kawaguchi's Big 4Big 4 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 Norio MaedaAlpha Ray (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best albums we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Norio Maeda – a trio date that really lets him open up – and cook with a lot more fire than on some of his larger-concept albums! The album's got an explosive feel on many numbers – a limber quality that isn't showy at all, but a bright exclamation of energy between all three members of the group – almost carried off with the mix of tightness and swing that you'd find in the best 60s bossa combos from Brazil – even though the style isn't bossa at all! The group features wonderful work on bass from Tatsuro Takimoto, and tight drums from Takeshi Inomata – on titles that icnlude "Alpha Ray", "Fifth Column", "Slobber", "Star Eyes", and "Infinite". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New 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 ... Temporarily 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 Teruo NakamuraUnicorn (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 ... Temporarily 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
(Blu-spec CD.)

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New Slum VillageEvolution ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Evolution is the title of the album – and it's also the name of the game for Slum Village – whose peak material remains some of the best hip hop to ever come out of the Detroit scene! SV has evolved into a showcase for group co-founder and sole remaining original member T3 – along with rapper producer Illa J, younger brother of the original Slum Villager J Dilla. Features production by Young RJ and appearances by Havoc, Vice, Focus, Rapper Big Pooh, DJ Jazzy Jeff and others. Includes "Braveheart" with Havoc of Mobb Deep, "Rock Rock" feat Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Jazzy Jeff, "Let It Go" feat Blu, "Forever", "Summer Breeze", "The Line" and "Bout Dat'" feat Focus, "1 Nite" feat Vice, "Greatness" and "Riot" wfeat Rapper Big Pooh and Joe Scudda. CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)
Also available Evolution ... LP 13.99

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New Kunihiko Sugano TrioFinger Popping (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real finger-popper from Japanese pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a sweet 60s album that has him playing like the best American players of the soul jazz generation! There's a boldness to the left hand that echoes bits of Ray Bryant or Junior Mance – yet Sugano can also tipple the keys with a lyrical sensitivity that's got a bit of Barry Harris or maybe even Ahmad Jamal – often complex, yet still swinging beautifully – always aware of the groove, yet never totally subsumed by it! The trio features Yoshio Ikeda on bass and Hiroshi Yamazaki on drums – and the album feels like some lost treasure on Argo or Prestige Records. Titles include "For Karl", "Finger Popping", "I Can't Get Started", "Barbados", and "Blues For Jiro". CD
(Blu-spec CD!)

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

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

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

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

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sun (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is maturing strongly here – and he's got this commanding spectrum of sound from the piano – gentle right hand passages and deep left hand lines – all nicely balanced with work from Tsutomo Okada on bass and Keiji Kishida on drums. Titles include "Billy Boy", "A Shade Of Love", "Midnight Sun", "Autumn Leaves", "Wave", "Blue Manhattan", and "Kid". CD
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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoStar Dust (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto pays tribute to the late Erroll Garner, by working in an expanded format that brings a bit of strings into support the core work of his trio! The setting is quite different than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time, and makes for a surprisingly nice change – as the backdrops from Shoji Yokouchi are quite spare and sensitive – and really allow the lead piano to still step out strongly, in the way that Erroll Garner always did with any of his more expansive sessions. Tsuyoshi also has a different style here than on other records – one that's more evocative of Garner, with lots of rhythmic impulses bubbling through the melody – on titles that include "There Is No Greater Love", "Blues For Erroll", "Time After Time", "La Vie En Rose", and of course "Mistly". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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

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

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

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New AirAir (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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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 J DillaJay Stay Paid ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2009. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
An excellent full length set of beats & genius from J Dilla – put together by fellow beatmaker extraordinaire Pete Rock, with all Dilla beats – a surprising triumph! Call us jaded, but honestly, we weren't sure how deep the well could go of ready-to-go beats from Dilla, but this stuff is truly top shelf – nearly as strong as the instant classic Donuts from a few years back! Pete Rock crafts the set as if it's a radio show or mixtape, but his skill in so doing is well above and beyond the norm – neither Pete's interjections nor the guest rappers ever get in the way of the flow, it's as smooth as can be. Vocal guests include Ma Dukes (the album was made under Ma's auspices), plus Lil Fame & MOP, Black Thought, Frank Nitty of Frank N Dank, Doom, Illa J & Cue D, Blu, and others. Titles include "King", "I Told Yall", "Smoke" feat Blu, "CaDILLAc". "Fire Wood Drumstix" feat Doom, "Big Day", "24K Rap" feat Havoc of Mobb Deep & Raekwon, "Coming Back", "Mythsysizer" and more. 27 tracks in all, about an hour of unreleased Dilla! LP, Vinyl record album

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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
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New L'OrangeOrchid Days ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... 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
Also available Orchid Days (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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New George OtsukaPhysical Structure (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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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 Isao Suzuki TrioBlack Orpheus (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Masayuki TakayanagiGinparis Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Masayuki Takayanagi & New Direction For The ArtsFree Form Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Hiroshi FukumuraMorning Flight (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Motohiko Hino Quartet + 1Ryuhyo – Sailing Ice (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke MineYellow Carcass In The Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Klaus LayerAdventures Of Captain Crook ... LP
Redefinition, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
German beatmaker/abstract hip hop production wiz Klaus Layer follows up a promising EP with an excellent full length for Redefinition! It's a largely instrumental effort, but features a couple of choice guest spots by Blu – one of those with Scienze and cuts by DK V Reater – and the titles include "All Of The Time", "Company", "Into A Sky", "Illest In Charge" feat Blu, "In My Mind", "Truly, "Touch", "Slow Down" feat Blu & Scieze (and DJ V Raeter) and "llest In Charge". MPC crafted niceness, inspired by hard grooving 60s & 70s jazz prog and Krautrock, and bedrock 90s hip hop production. Good stuff! LP, Vinyl record album

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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 Naosuke MiyamotoStep! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Esther PhillipsFrom A Whisper To A Scream ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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.)
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From A Whisper To A Scream ... LP 8.99
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New Isao SuzukiAko's Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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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 Tee & CompanySpanish Flower (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Richly layered sounds from this wonderfully sensitive group – an ensemble from 70s Japan who really seem to find the best sort of way to allow each individual a special role in the music, while still also moving forward strongly as a group! As with other albums by the combo, the instrumentation here is really compelling – a mix of flute and clarinet from Kenji Mori, tenor and bass clarinet from Takao Uematsu, piano from Masaru Imada, 12 string guitar from Masayuki Takayanagi, tabla and percussion from Yuji Imamura, and cello and bass from Nobuyoshi Ino. The cello, tablas, and flute sound especially wonderful – working out some beautifully sensitive sounds amidst a bolder lineup in the lead – and the album features two long tracks, "A Tree Frog" and "Spanish Flower". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Ray BarrettoLa Cuna ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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.)
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New Terumasa HinoLive (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Masaru ImadaPoppy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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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New Koji Moriyama with the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto TrioNight & Day (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Mari NakamotoMari Nakamoto with Suzuki & Watanabe Duo ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Seiichi NakamuraAdventure In My Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 New Direction UnitLive At Moers Festival (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Nina SimoneBaltimore (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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.)
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New Isao SuzukiBlue City (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Tsuyoshi Yamamoto TrioMisty ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP
Kimsha, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... $7.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
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New Jason AjemianFolklords ... LP
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Material Girls" and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ambrose AkinmusireImagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to push his voice even father than before – sometimes in smaller acoustic settings, sometimes with a bit of vocals, and sometimes a bit of strings – performed by a shifting lineup that includes guests Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks on vocals – plus a core group that includes Walter Smith on tenor and Sam Harris on piano. Titles include "Marie Christie", "Memo", "Ceasless Inexhaustible Child", "Rollcall For Those Absent", "Vartha", and "Our Basement". CD
Also available Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... LP 24.99

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Ambrose AkinmusireImagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... LP
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ambrose AkinmusireWhen The Heart Emerges Glistening ... CD
Blue Note, 2011. Used ... $5.99
A lovely title, and a lovely little record too – every bit as poetic as its promise – with haunting trumpet lines by Ambrose Akimusire, nestled nicely in an acoustic quintet that also features Gerald Clayton on piano and Walter Smith III on tenor! There's an understated quality to the record that's really nice – none of the too-modern modes you might guess from the cover image (we'll admit that sometimes we're suspicious of contemporary Blue Note mixing it up too much) – and instead a style that's mighty fresh, yet still pretty earthy – modern, yet never too outside – and a sense of soul that informs proceedings and really helps keep things on track. Titles include "Jaya", "Henya", "Far But Few Between", "Confessions To My Unborn Daughter", "The Walls Of Lechuguilla", and "My Name Is Oscar". CD
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