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Nat AdderleyIn The Bag ... LP
Jazzland, 1962. Very Good ... $14.99
An excellent early Nat Adderley record that has the funky trumpet player groovin' in the company of a number of bright young players from New Orleans, including Nat Perrilliat on tenor, Ellis Marsalis (yes, that one) on piano, and James Black on drums. Sam Jones plays funky bass, and brother Cannonball joins on on alto for a nice set of groovers that includes "In The Bag", "Sister Wilson", "Low Brown", and "New Arrival". Nice stuff, and we don't really see this one that much these days. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and a small peeled spot.)

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James BrownFoundations Of Funk – A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 ... CD
Chronicles/Polydor, 1996. Used 2CD ... $14.99
Killer work from James' late 60s period – the time when he was working with the Pee Wee Ellis/Maceo James Brown Band, and developing some of his most crucial conceptions of funkiness. The 2 CD set is filled with nice extra bits – like extended versions of tracks you might already know, alternate takes, and even a few unreleased live performances. Titles include "I Got The Feelin", "There Was A Time", "Funky Drummer", "She's The One", "You Got To Have A Mother For Me", "Licking Stick", "Let A Man Come In & Do The Popcorn", "It's A New Day", "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)", and "Get It Together (parts 1 & 2)". Niceness! CD
(Includes origingla slipcase.)

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D KnowledgeAll That & A Bag Of Words ... CD
Qwest, 1995. Used ... $0.99
CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)

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Different BagTrack Down/Let's Put It Together ... 7-inch
Different Bag, 1976. Very Good- ... $9.99
Nice lost one! "Track Down" has a good choppy funk groove, with nice downbeats, weird spacey electronics, and an off-kilter horn finish. "Let's Put It Together" has more of an uptempo groove, with lots of choppy wah wah guitars – and a strong dancefloor groove! Both nice! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker.)

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove Shoulder Bag – Black ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear, 2013. New Copy ... $2.99
A special shoulder bag from Dusty Groove – big enough to carry 20 albums, a bunch of books, or even some groceries – with an adjustable strap that lets you carry the load on your shoulders! The bag's made of the same sort of material you'll find in other re-usable bags on the market – which makes it very light and easy to fold up when not in use – then ready at your side to carry the day's booty whenever you need it! And sure, it's not Jack Spade – but it's a pretty sharp bag at a mighty nice price! Misc

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove Tote Bag – Royal Blue ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear, New Copy ... $2.99
Here's a big bag for the folks who really like to do a lot of shopping – a sweet, wide tote that can handle plenty of goods, then fold up easily for carrying around! If you're digging for records, the bag can easily carry 30 or 40 LPs – or dozens of CDs and 7" singles – and if you're shopping for groceries, you'll find that the bag works even better than your usual reusable bags – because it's wider than it is deep, which makes everything easy to get at! Straps are big enough to get over your shoulder – which makes getting around town very easy – and if that's not enough, the whole thing's got the Dusty Groove logo on the side! Misc

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove/Vaya Messenger Record Bag ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear/Vaya, New Copy ... $129.99
A totally cool, totally amazing record bag – designed by Dusty Groove with a special eye towards bike-riding record diggers! We buy a lot of records here at Dusty Groove – and we also bike around Chicago a heck of a lot – but we've never found a shoulder bag that's right for records and biking together – until now! With help from the folks at Vaya Bags, we've designed this extra-deep record bag that should hold 40 to 50 LPs snugly in a waterproof bag – with an extra pouch for 7" singles – and even an inner pouch for other goodies too. The bag itself is super-strong – great stitching and very durable – and it's made from recycled bicycle tires, canvas sails, and other reclaimed materials – so you can feel extra-good about using it – and it's got all these other great features too. One of the coolest is the special Vaya adjustable shoulder strap – which is easy to slide up and down while you're wearing it – and a chest-cinching clip, so the bag rides tight. Plus, there's a big reflective strip on the back – for biking at night – and a large flap over the top with lots of velcro to hold it shut. All that, and it's even got the Dusty Groove logo – nice and big! And yes, it's a bit pricey – but this is the kind of bag that will last for years – and works well even if you're not a biker, too. Misc

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New Dusty Groove CoffeeNight Jazz – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Intelligentsia Coffee/Dusty Groove Gear, New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A favorite with the after-hours set – a gentle blend with some great deep tones, including smoky caramel and malted barley – and a mellow vibe that will take you long into the evening! This is a coffee for careful sipping – either kicking back with friends at the end of the day, or chilling out by yourself – a deep brew for deep moments. Bourbon, Caturra, Typica & Villalobos grown at 1,450 to 1,900 meters. Region: Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador. Direct Trade. Misc

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Dusty Groove CoffeeSoulful Sunshine – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Intelligentsia Coffee/Dusty Groove Gear, New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Brighten your world with Soulful Sunshine – a medium-bodied brew that balances fruity notes with echoes of toffee and cocoa – easy to sip all day long! The coffee's a perfect accompaniment to a light lunch, an afternoon snack, or a quick cup on its own – and also mixes well with others, too. Bourbon, Typica grown at 1,000 to 1,700 meters. Region: Mexico. Direct Trade. Misc

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Jose FelicianoBag Full Of Soul ... LP
RCA, 1966. Sealed ... $5.99
Great early work from Jose Feliciano – and definitely the "bag full of soul" promised in the title, as the album's got a wonderfully heartfelt feel all the way through! Jose's voice is warm and beautifully melodic, and the arrangements are a bit more straight ahead than on later releases – with occasional folksy touches that highlight Jose's acoustic guitar playing, but still let his beautifully sweet vocals come through wonderfully. The sound is sometimes spare, sometimes upbeat and rollicking – and tracks include "If I Really Bug You", "Help", "A Woman A Lover A Friend", "Masters Of War", "Where I'm Going", and "Go On Your Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Richie HavensMixed Bag ... LP
Verve, 1967. Sealed ... $9.99
The genius of Richie Havens at this point is beyond compare – a unique take on the dying folk sound of the 60s, one that infused it with a deeper sense of soul that helped it get new legs in the Woodstock generation – yet which is also heard here before any of the post-hippie cliches that would bog down some of Richie's later work. There's an earnestness to this music that's also touched with a good degree of worldly sense – a notion that the world was changing, but one person at a time, and mostly through the gentle efforts and honest efforts of souls like Richie. This LP features 11 tracks in all – with titles that include "High Flyin' Bird", "San Francisco Bay Blues", "Just Like A Woman", "Sandy", "Three Day Eternity", "Follow", and "Handsome Johny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing.)

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Bobbi HumphreySad Bag/Spanish Harlem ... 7-inch
Blue Note, 1971. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Two funky flute cuts from one of her early albums, with tight arrangements and nice solos. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Blue Note sleeve. Label has a sticker.)

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Quincy JonesQuincy's Got A Brand New Bag ... LP
Mercury, 1965. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A very groovy set of short jazzy numbers from Quincy – a consummate expression of all the work he'd forged in the 60s on soundtracks and other jazz sides for Mercury! The album features Quincy working through a lot of soul numbers – jamming on them instrumentally with players that include Jerome Richardson, Bobby Bryant, Plas Johnson, Ray Charles, Carol Kaye, and Ben Tucker – plus a nice brace of percussion from Ray Bryant and Gary Coleman. Titles include "Boss Bird", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Mohair Sam", and "Baby Cakes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Pigmeat MarkhamPigmeat's Bag ... LP
Chess, 1969. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Pigmeat's recorded here before a very lively crowd at the Apollo Theater, and even though it's 1969, they still seem to go crazy on his many variations of older styles of routines. Lots of audience interaction – and titles include "Two Dollar Spit", "The Judge & The Dressmaker", "Four Door Hotel", and "The Last Mile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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New Jackie McLeanJackie's Bag ... CD
Blue Note, 1959/1960. Used ... $7.99
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and another from 1960 that featured Blue Mitchell, Kenny Drew, and the great Tina Brooks on tenor. Brooks' appearance on the album is especially great, as the tracks which feature him and McLean together crackle with some of the first modernist energy to show up on one of Jackie's albums – really hitting hard on original compositions that include "A Ballad For Doll", "Appointment in Ghana", and "Isle of Java". One of McLean's best-ever – and filled with great original tracks! CD also features 3 bonus tracks from the Brooks session – "Medina", "Melonae's Dance", and "Street Singer". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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New Jackie McLeanJackie's Bag ... LP
Blue Note, 1959/1960. Very Good ... $14.99
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and another from 1960 that featured Blue Mitchell, Kenny Drew, and the great Tina Brooks on tenor. Brooks' appearance on the album is especially great, as the tracks which feature him and McLean together crackle with some of the first modernist energy to show up on one of Jackie's albums – really hitting hard on original compositions that include "A Ballad For Doll", "Appointment in Ghana", and "Isle of Java". One of McLean's best-ever – and filled with great original tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DDM pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear with a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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James MoodyAnother Bag ... LP
Argo, 1962. Very Good ... $4.99
Hip, angular, post-bop material from James Moody – the kind of album that made him one of the key soul jazz innovators of the 60s! The session's one of Moody's excellent outings with arranger Tom McIntosh – a young talent who helped re-shape Moody's musical vision with his deeply colorful arrangements – penned here for a smallish group, but still breaking out with deeper tones than Moody had ever expressed before on record! Tunes are a wonderful mix of modal, soul jazz, and more introspective tunes – played by James on both flute and tenor, alongside hip players that include Kenny Barron on piano, Paul Serrano on trumpet, Marshall Thompson on drums, Ernest Outlaw on bass, and John Avant on trombone. Titles include some excellent McIntosh originals – like "The Cup Bearers", "The Day After", "Minuet In G", and "Ally" – plus equally-fresh tunes "Spastic" and "Pleyel D'Jaime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, staining, aging, a cutout hole, and some pen on the back.)

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Erroll ParkerMy Own Bag – No 1 ... LP
Sahara, 1971/1972. Very Good+ ... $36.99
One of the strangest albums ever recorded by pianist/drummer Erroll Parker – mostly because it's got him singing on a number of tracks! Erroll's "bag" probably was more aptly named a "stash" on this set – as you'll find out when you hear the lyrics of songs like "When We Get Rich", "My Lady For Real", and "A Pair Of Orange Pants". But the record's also got some better numbers that really preserve the funky groove of other records – freely dancing, with a mix of drums, piano, organ, and some occasional guitar from Cornell Dupree. Strong titles include "Back To Sausalito", "Look At Me", and "A Flat Tire On My Ass" – all of which have some great grooves! LP, Vinyl record album

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Partridge FamilyPartridge Family Shopping Bag ... LP
Bell, 1972. Sealed Gatefold ... $9.99
Surprisingly sublime pop from The Partridge Family – served up with superb arrangements from Wes Farrell and Mike Melvoin, the latter of whom plays some really great keyboards on the set! In fact, all the instrumentation is pretty great – guitar from Dennis Budimir and Larry Carlton, drums from Hal Blaine, and bass from Max Bennett – all nice and tight, in a way that makes these tunes a lot groovier than you might otherwise think! Titles include "Girl You Make My Day", "Last Night", "Every Song Is You", "Something New Got Old", "Am I Losing You", "Hello Hello", and "There'll Come A Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has remnants of a price sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Mongo SantamariaSoul Bag/Stone Soul ... CD
Columbia/SPV (Germany), 1968/1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99
A pair of tremendous albums from Mongo Santamaria – back to back in one cool collection! Soul Bag is a stone 60s smoker from Mongo Santmaria – and a great little set that really lives up to its title! The "soul" reference points to the record's host of 60s soul tunes, which are given a hip Latin spin by Mongo – working here with killer boogaloo arrangements from the great Marty Sheller – with a combo that includes soulful reed lines from Hubert Laws, Sonny Fortune, and Mauricio Smith – plus trumpet from Luis Gasca, and some killer drums from the legendary Pretty Purdie! The mix of jazz and Latin players on the record is really wonderful – and although the tunes are familiar, the presentation is mighty fresh – especially given the way the horn players manage to pack so much into their solos. Titles include "Baby What You Want Me to Do", "Hot Dog", and "Chili Beans" – plus cool versions of "Cold Sweat", "In The Midnight Hour", "Respect", and "Green Onions". Stone Soul is a killer album from Mongo Santamaria's classic 60s run for Columbia – and a record that also features some wonderful alto work from a young Sonny Fortune! Sonny's the key soloist on the record – bringing some sharp jazz elements to an album that's equal part Latin and 60s soul instrumental – served up with key arrangements from Marty Sheller, and played by a cool mix of Latin and soul players that includes Mongo on congas and bongos, plus Pretty Purdie on drums, Haldey Caliman and Hubert Laws on tenor, Luis Gasca on trumpet, and Stephen Berrios, Julito Collazo, and Osualdo Martinez on percussion! Tunes are a mix of covers and cool originals – and titles include "Hitchcock Railway", "See Saw", "Cloud Nine", "Where We Are", "Love Child", "Who's Making Love", and "The Now Generation". CD

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SlickaphonicsWow Bag ... LP
Enja, 1982. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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(German pressing.)

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Stanley TurrentineBluish Bag (New Time Shuffle/Stanley Turrentine plus previously unreleased tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... $8.99
60s genius from the mighty Stanley Turrentine – an under-reissued album, coupled here with a huge amount of bonus tracks! The first part of the CD features material that was recorded in 1967, but not issued until the 70s – partly on the self-titled Stanley Turrentine album, and partly on New Time Shuffle! The album's got Stan working strongly in the Joyride style of his previous Blue Note hit – with larger arrangements from Duke Pearson, in a groove that sets Turrentine's tenor up with plenty of soulful rhythms! Pearson brings a nice sense of lyricism to the session, even a hint of bossa at times – and the sharp-edged Turrentine tone is a welcome one throughout – setting sparks and illuminating corners of the music with a deeply personal feel. Titles include "Blues For Del", "Manha De Carnaval", "Here's That Rainy Day", "She's A Carioca", "What Now My Love", and "Night Song". Added to these tracks are 5 more tunes from a similar Pearson-arranged date recorded a few months later – one that's got a slightly fuller horn section, and a bit less of a bossa groove, but still plenty darn great! Duke brings in a bit more drama at times – especially on some of the slower numbers – and Stan picks up the vibe with his tenor, playing with an almost soundtrack-like sensibility. Titles include "Silver Tears", "Come Back To Me", "A Bluish Bag", and "With This Ring". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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VariousAural Offal Waffle Ten Pints Of Bitter & A Bag Of Pork Scratchings ... CD
Offal (UK), 1999. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
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VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 3 ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A third great bag of boogaloo – and easily one of the hippest Latin series we've ever carried! As with other volumes, this batch of tracks is dug from the deepest underground of the late 60s east coast Latin scene – the smaller labels that lived in the shadows of Fania, Tico, and Alegre – imprints like Speed, Ghetto, and a few others – all serving up rougher-edged Latin than you might know from the hits! The sound here is often in the best Latin Soul or boogaloo mode – but there's often some rougher edges that make the tracks particularly interesting – ways of approaching the grooves that are quite unique, and a mix of vocal and production techniques that never fail to blow our minds! Titles include "Soul Mambo" by Bruce Cloud, "So Good" by Milton Zapata, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Rainy Night All Over" by Solid State, "Lay An OZ On Me Baby" by Latin Blues Band, "Morty's Harlem" by Moon People, "Wabble With Boogaloo" by Orquesta Olivieri, and "Riki Chi" by La Orquesta Boogaloo. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 4 (with download) ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
A massive batch of Latin soul from the late 60s – all pulled from the deeper corners of the New York underground – from a range of fresh, young musicians who go way beyond the bigger names on Fania and Tico! The tunes here really show the sharpest changes in Latin music at the time – the strong embrace of soul and jazz sounds from other stretches of the uptown scene – and the move to smaller, tighter groups after years of bigger bands – which makes for the kind of lively instrumental interplay you're more likely to hear from a funk combo! Some numbers here have swinging soulful vocals, others are really cooking on the instrumental tip – and titles include "The Aztec Theme" by The Aztecs, "Having Fun" by Pepe Fernandez, "Ain't That Right" by Arthur Sterling, "Mi Guajira" by Frankie Nieves, "El Gallo" by Al Gonzalez, "Damelo Baby" by The Aztecs, "C-Rations & Cornbread" by Pepe Fernandez, and "Do The Boogaloo" by New York All Stars & Orquesta Novel. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download for the whole album!)

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New George Baker SelectionLittle Green Bag/Pretty Little Dreamer ... 7-inch
Colossus, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Colossus sleeve.)

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New Art Blakey & Buddy DeFrancoBag Of Blues (aka Blues Bag) ... LP
Vee Jay, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real lost treasure – and an incredible session that offers a real meeting of minds that's far more than you'd expect from the simple cover and title! The set is a later one for Vee Jay, and it brings together half of the Jazz Messengers with a batch of west coast players – in a groove that wonderfully mixes together different traditions and rhythms in jazz – and which steps out with a sound that's far more than the sum of its parts! Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, and Curtis Fuller join a group headed by Buddy De Franco, and featuring Victor Feldman on piano and vibes, plus Victor Sproles on bass and Freddie Hill on trumpet. The sound of the group is quite unusual – and a lot lighter than you'd guess – giving Buddy plenty of room to solo in a breezy style that's grown tremendously since his 50s recordings – pushed along by some heavier soul from Art and the group. Titles include "Rain Dance", "Blues Bag", "Twelve Tone Blues", "Kush", and "Cousin Mary". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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New Dusty Groove CoffeeBossa Breakfast – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Intelligentsia Coffee/Dusty Groove Gear, New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ever wonder how we get so much work done, so early in the day – pulling your orders with such efficiency as soon as they arrive? Then start your day with this morning favorite of the Dusty Groove crew – a real eye-opener that features hints of roasted pecan and chocolate, served up with just a bit of bite! We can promise you'll spend the morning with a bounce in your step – and a pleasant breezy feeling that will keep you going way past lunch. Bourbon, Caturra, Typica grown at 1,250 to 2,000 meters. Region: Mexico, Nicaragua. Direct Trade Organic. Certified Organic. Misc

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New Grab BagAudio Directions Presents The Grab Bag ... LP
Direct Disk, 1976. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure little session of funky fusiony jazz – cut for the Direct Disk label by a bunch of Nashville studio players. The overall sound's pretty nice, with kind of a groovy sound library approach to jazz funk – and the band's got some good Fender Rhodes and Clavinet moments, plus tight reed work, and female vocals on a few cuts. Tracks include "Peace Piece", "We Can Fly", "Emergence", and "Itutu". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jake LefcoHeadphones (voc, inst)/Cat's Out Of The Bag/Get Pleasant (voc, inst)/Keep An Eye Out ... 12-inch
KRU, 2006. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Sergio Mendes TrioIn The Brazilian Bag (aka Brasil 65) ... LP
Tower, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice early stuff from Sergio – also issued as the album Brazil 65 on Capitol! That's Brasil 65, not Brasil 66 – a distinction that marks a key early stage for the great Sergio Mendes – heard here on one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the Verve bossa records too – as Sergio's core trio is at the heart of every tune, playing with a great jazzy approach – then augmented in different ways by alto and flute from Bud Shank, guitar from Rosinha De Valenca, and vocals from the lovely Wanda De Sah! Production is perfect – really in a classic Elenco Records mode – and titles include "Let Me", "Consolacao", "Tristeza Em Mim", "Muito A Vontade", "Reza", "Berimbau", and "Aquarius". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a small stain on one corner, and some pen on back.)

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New MetersOriginal Album Series – Cabbage Alley/Rejuvenation/Fire On The Bayou/Trick Bag/New Directions (5CD set) ... CD
Warner/Rhino (UK), 1972/1974/1975/1976/1977. Used 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 2 ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The hippest side of the late 60s Latin Soul years – work from a number of tiny little New York labels – all of which are a good deal rarer than some of the bigger indies of the time! The collection here is totally great, and totally fresh – filled with numbers that were not even hits back in the day, and which are almost the Latin counterpart to funky 45s! Most work is from the Speed and Ghetto labels, with a few more bits thrown into the mix as well – and tunes are both vocal and instrumental numbers, all put together with a heck of a lot of Spanish Harlem soul! Titles include "Heavy Together" by The Real Thing, "Hot Buns" by Willy Baby, "Spanish Maiden" by Tony Middleton with Chuito & The Latin Uniques, "Oye Tomasito" by Joe Pappy & His Combo, "Fishin With Sid" by Dave Cortez & The Moon People, "Shake It Don't Break It" by Pijuan, "Sweet Soul Music" by Milton Zapata, "The Four Corners" by Frankie Nieves, and "African Guajira" by Orquesta Olivieri. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nat AdderleyIn The Bag ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent early Nat Adderley record that has the funky trumpet player groovin' in the company of a number of bright young players from New Orleans, including Nat Perrilliat on tenor, Ellis Marsalis (yes, that one) on piano, and James Black on drums. Sam Jones plays funky bass, and brother Cannonball joins on on alto for a nice set of groovers that includes "In The Bag", "Sister Wilson", "Low Brown", and "New Arrival". Nice stuff, and we don't really see this one that much these days. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available In The Bag ... LP 14.99

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New Corbett Vs Dempsey CoffeeAstro Black Sun Ra Blend – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Dark Matter/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A heavenly brew named after the Great One himself – served up on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sonny Blount! We're not sure if Sun Ra ever drank much coffee himself, but this special blend is worthy of his rich legacy in sound – deep and complex, with some exotic touches too – and limited to just a very small roasting – like the pressing quantities of most of Ra's original records! Misc
(Limited run of 500 bags.)

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New Jimmy McGriffBag Full Of Blues ... LP
Solid State, Late 60s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Don't be put off by the "blues" in the title – as this is a great album from Jimmy, with a complicated jazzy feel! The set was arranged, composed, and conducted by Manny Albam – who sets Jimmy's organ in a suite of tracks that have a far-reaching sound that you won't find on Jimmy's other albums from the time. Jerome Richardson plays some incredible work on saxes, and the rest of the group includes Joe Newman, Richard Davis, and Mel Lewis. Titles include "Better Late Than Never", "Slim Jim", "Time Waltzes On", "The Deacon's Peekin", and "Friday Nite's Rite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New MetersTrick Bag (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sweet Cali set from The Meters – one that loses a bit of their rougher roots, yet still holds onto plenty of funk at the same time! By the mid 70s, the New Orleans soul sound had broken out of the underground, was residing happily in mainstream LA. Allen Toussaint already produced a bucketful of albums for Warner Brothers, and The Meters themselves are working in a crossover territory that has them touring with the Rolling Stones and hitting a whole new range of college-type audiences. The group's smoothed things out considerably, but still manages to funk nicely at the best moments – in a warmer way than during the Josie Records years, but still with a groove that's much deeper than most of their contemporaries. Titles are a much a "trick bag" as the title – with a cover of Earl King's "Trick Bag" that features guest vocals by Earl, a remake of "(Doodle Loop) The World is a Little Bit Under the Weather", one of their best from the Josie days, a cover of "Honky Tonk Woman", which we can only assume was played on tour with The Stones – plus the original cuts "Chug A Lug", "Mister Moon", and "Find Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Eddie RussFresh Out – With The Mixed Bag ... LP
Jazz Masters, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano sax by Larry Nozero – and a vibe that's a lot more laidback than standard funk, or even more mainstream jazz funk too – a sweet open groove that's mighty nice all the way through! The album's really a showcase for Nozero and Russ' solos – trading back and forth effortlessly over long tunes that roll along in a sweet electric-tinged groove – long vamping rhythms that really seem to drive both players onto new heights. Titles include Russ' classic "The Lope Song", a great version of "Hill Where The Lord Hides", and the tracks "Shamading", "Watergate Blues", and "All But Blind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover is great – and vinyl has light marks, but is clean overall.)

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New Lowell FulsomLowell Fulsom In A Heavy Bag ... CD
Jewel/Fuel 2000, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The heavy bag here is a bluesy one – as Lowell Fullsom's working in territory that's got a lot of rootsy, almost southern blues in the mix – but which still cracks out at times with his hipper, more funk-tuned groove! There's a few tracks on here that hearken towards the "Tramp" groove from his Kent years – like "Lady In The Rain" and "Sleeper" – both of which have a nicely funky undercurrent and vamping guitar that really snaps along with the rhythm. Other numbers have a straighter blues feel, but one that still has a sinister approach that goes way past cliches for the college crowd – showing Lowell to be firmly in charge, no matter what the setting. Tracks include "Sleeper", "Lady In The Rain", "Man Of Motion", "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", "Look At You Baby", "Trouble Everywhere", and "This Feeling". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Stoned To The Bone", "Every Second A Fool Is Born", and "Lonesome Christmas". CD

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New Peoples Potential UnlimitedPPU Sack – Peoples Potential Unlimited – Funky 45 Record Bag (Blue) ... Misc
Peoples Potential, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool little 45 bag – kind of a combination of canvas record bags and old-school handhelds! The bag is made out of heavy cotton, gusseted to form a box shape, so that the bag can hold about 50 45s when fully expanded – with a zipper on the edge, and a handle on the top – just right for compactly carting around your funky 45s! And not only that, but the handsome diamond PPU logo's on the front – in glorious yellow on the bag's blue canvas. Misc

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New Arthur Russell & OthersSleeping Bag Sessions ... CD
Sleeping Bag, 1980s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dancefloor jams, post disco soul, early NYC hip hop beats and straight up amazing 80s NYC progressive club genius from Arthur Russell – a compilation of great tracks he performed on, authored, remixed, edited or produced for Sleeping Bag in the early-to-mid 80s! Includes underground classics from Bonzo Goes To Washington, Dinosaur L, Felix, Indian Ocean and more – all touched in some way by Arthur Russell, with artists in the sessions from Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and Bootsy Collins in Bonzo, to a collaboration with producer Nicky Siano in the tracks by Felix, and players from the earlier Loose Joints disco sessions. Incredibly important stuff on one hand, and appealingly funky 80s grooves on a more superficial level – and great stuff either way you slice it. Titles include "5 Minutes (B-B-B mix)" by Bonzo Goes To Washington, "Tiger Stripes" and "You Can't Hold Me Down" (extended mixes) by Felix, "Chill Pill (Underwater mix)" by Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "Go Bang! (Walter Gibbons mix)" by Dinosaur L and more. CD
 
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Slim TwigContempt! ... LP
Paper Bag (Canada), 2009. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(#203/300.)

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New Class ActionWeekend (vocal, acapella, Larry Levan mix, dub) ... 12-inch
Sleeping Bag, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic club track from the early 80s! The cut was written by Leroy Burgess, and it's got a cool keyboard-driven sound that's almost electro, but which is infused with more elements of the New York club sound of the time. The hook is incredible, and Larry Levan mixed the extended version on side one! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New MantronixAlbum ... LP
Sleeping Bag, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic first Mantronix LP with all the hits: "Bassline", "Fresh Is The Word", "Needle To The Groove", "Get Stupid Fresh Pt I", "Hardcore Hip Hop." All tracks that'll have you dragging out the linoleum, plus some nice rhymes from MC Tee! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a crease on one corner.)

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New MantronixMusic Madness ... LP
Sleeping Bag, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance, but also as an aesthetic choice. Archeological chin-scratching aside, it's a straight up good time, with a shiny electronic bounce – one that holds up well! Tracks include "Music Madness", "Who Is It?", "Ladies" remix, "Scream", "Listen To The Bass Part II". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some marker on the deadwax.)
 
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Tony Allen & Afrika 70Jealousy ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
The first of the legendary Tony Allen albums – and it's got a killer groove that's very similar to some of the best Fela work of the early 70s! Fela and his group (Afrika 70) are still working with Tony here, and Fela lays down some tenor and piano solos – but make no mistake, it's Tony's show – and it's a great one. Allen's drums are right out front – and from the first note of the record, you know it's his own bag. Two long tracks – "Jealousy" and "Hustler" – make up the set, but that's plenty for us! LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! CD
Also available
Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP 9.99
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Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
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Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD 8.99
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New Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Very Good- ... $6.99
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some staining and wear.)
Also available
Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP 9.99
Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD 8.99

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Erykah BaduMama's Gun ... CD
Universal, 2000. Used ... $4.99
Great stuff from Eryka Badu – sweet, mellow, soulful, and with a very righteous vibe! The record's got some impeccable production – and the best cuts have a stripped-down groove that mixes keyboards and vocals in a way that's similar to recent work by D'Angelo and Jill Scott. Eryka's all her own woman, though – and she keeps things very real with her own unique vocal style and phrasing on the lyrics. Loads of great tracks – and titles include "Kiss Me On My Neck", "Didn't Cha Know", "My Life", "AD 2000", "Bag Lady", "In Love With You", and "Booty". CD

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Beach BoysSummer Days & Summer Nights ... LP
Capitol, 1965. Very Good- ... $8.99
A mixed bag record, but with some really wonderful moments – and essential listening as a lead-up to the Pet Sounds album to follow! There's a mix of styles here – some rough rocking numbers that are a bit stiff, mixed with some really amazing tunes that get at Brian Wilson's new sensitivities – tunes like "Girl Don't Tell Me", "You're So Good To Me", "Summer Means New Love", and "Let Him Run Wild" – all complicated in subtle ways, with a great sense of tension underneath. Other tracks include "Help Me Rhonda (45 single version)", "California Girls", "I'm Bugged At My Old Man", and "Amusement Parks USA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear and a split spine, with some splitting and tape on the other seams. Label has the remnants of a sticker.)

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Black HeatNo Time To Burn ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their razor-sharp rhythms! There's a slight hint of Afro Funk in some of the rhythms – and the keyboards cook with lots of sweet clavinet lines – mixed with a production style that features some bubbling electronic elements that remind us a lot of that crazy "magic bag" that was used by the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. That group might be a good point of comparison, but the band also shares a lot of Kool & The Gang's ensemble funk style – especially on their cover of "Love The Life You Live" – which they burn here beautifully! Other tracks include "Super Cool", "M&M's", "Rapid Fire", "You Should Have Listened", "Times Have Changed", and "Check It All Out". CD

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Booker T & The MGsUniversal Language ... LP
Elektra, 1977. Very Good- ... $6.99
A sweet sweet set of electric 70s funk – recorded by Booker T during a brief, but well-needed reunion with the MGs! The sound here is quite different than Stax-era MGs – as Booker plays a range of keyboards, not just organ – and the grooves have these great jazz funk touches at the bottom – almost a CTI vibe at times, but packed with the tighter energy you'd expect from the group! Steve Cropper's guitar is great – super-fine, and razor-sharp – really helping cut a nice edge on the cuts – over bass from Donald Duck Dunn and drums from Willie Hall, who's the only new member of the group. In a way, the album feels like mid 70s efforts from Johnny Hammond or Jimmy Smith – sweetly soaring on a let-loose 70s vibe. Titles include the funky break track "Grab Bag", plus "Sticky Stuff", "Moto Cross", "Tie Stick", and "Space Nuts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Billy Bragg & WilcoMermaid Avenue Vol 3 (180 gram pressing) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Elektra, 2000. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $24.99 39.98
The third volume in the Mermaid Avenue series – in which Billy Bragg and Wilco see unfinished Woody Guthrie songs to fruition – utilizing Guthrie lyrics, supplied by Woody's family. It's another stylistic mix of Billy Bragg's on point style, and Wilco's stylistic liberty – and both styles again reap strong results. Titles include "Bugeye Jim", "When The Roses Bloom Again", "Gotta Work", "My Thirty Thousand", "Go Down To The Water", "Union Prayer", "Tea Bag Blues", "I'm Out To Get" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Anthony BraxtonOpen Aspects '82 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Used ... $11.99
Braxton and Richard Teitlebaum team up again on this 2 LP release for Hat Art. Teitlebaum plays cool electronics next to Braxton's icy alto, and the sound is incredible. Wild stuff – and although not Braxton's usual bag, it's still a welcome part of his oeuvre. Titles include "3", "1.2", "2", and "1.1". CD
(Out of print.)

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Pat BrittStarrsong ... LP
Catalyst, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Pat Britt's one of our favorite overlooked players, and this record is one of the best (and few) that he ever made. He's got a free spiritual sound on the alto and soprano that sounds like other players from his era – like Gary Bartz and Andrew White. The great Dwight Dickerson is on piano, and the rest of the group is in a very hip soul jazz bag as well. This one's a nice one if you've always liked Gary Bartz's early albums, like Libra and Another World, and the set's a great batch of original material by Britt with very tight writing and playing. Titles include "There's Always Hope", "Starrsong", "Message From Morrocco", and "To Whom It May Concern". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, and index label on front.)

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New James Brown20 All Time Greatest Hits! ... CD
Polydor, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $1.99
Includes "I Got You", "Sex Machine (part 1)", "I Got The Feelin", "Mother Popcorn (part 1)", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1)", "Think", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "Hot Pats (part 1)", "Superbad (parts 1 & 2)", "Papa Don't Take No Mess (part 1)", "Payback", "Get On The Good Foot", and more! CD

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New James BrownSoul On Top ... CD
King/Verve, 1970. Used ... $7.99
A different James Brown album – but a nice one! James doesn't sing soul, so much as jazz – in front of large backings by Louis Bellson, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson that are in his best 60s soul mode – and which give the album a very very groovy feel overall! The record's not funky, but James' vocals are plenty darn soulful – and the album is proof that he could be a huge talent in just about any mode that he chose – shining with a brilliance that was irrepressible! James covers a few of his older tracks on the album, and sings a few other pop standards – and titles include nice versions of "It's Magic", "The Man In The Glass", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "That's My Desire", and "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)". CD features the previously unissued bonus track "There Was A Time" – plus the full, unedited versions of 4 other tracks – appearing here for the first time ever! CD

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James Brown & The Famous FlamesKansas City/Stone Fox ... 7-inch
King, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $1.99
"Stone Fox" is the real winner here – an instrumental tune with some all-out bluesy guitar, riffing and rasping over a fast vamp by the band, sounding more like a Chicago Chess number than James' usual mid 60s bag! "Kansas City" is, of course, a version of the famous Lieber/Stoller hit – done here by James in a nice deep soul style that makes us like the cut more than we might! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ray Bryant TrioGotta Travel On ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A stone groover from the great Ray Bryant – one of his brilliant albums for Cadet from the 60s! Ray's soul jazz trio (with Freddie Waits on drums) is augmented by the 2-horn trumpet section he used on some of his other Cadet recordings from the time – trumpet from Snookie Young and flugelhorn from Clark Terry, both of whom really help the album open up from the usual standard soul jazz trio side! The sound is really unique, and the "bottom" of the brass gives his piano a nice deep sound that you wouldn't necessarily expect from the arrangement – almost a bit of a bounce at the bottom, always helping the groove. The record includes a number of nice originals, like "Little Soul Sister", "All Things Are Possible", "Erewhon", and "Monkey Business" – plus versions of "Gotta Travel On" and "Bag's Groove". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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Gary BurtonAlone At Last ... CD
Atlantic/32 Jazz, 1971. Used ... $9.99
A mixed bag of tracks from Gary – but a really nice record overall, one that has him stretching out in the Atlantic years! 3 of the album's tracks were recorded live in Montreux, the others were recorded back in New York – and Gary plays a variety of instruments in addition to vibes, including electric piano, organ, and piano. Tracks are a mixture of modern and hippy, and titles include "Moonchild/In Your Quiet Place", "The Sunset Bell", "Hullo Bolinas", "General Mojo's Well Laid Plan", and "Chega De Saudade". CD
(Out of print.)

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Butterfield Blues BandSometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' ... LP
Elektra, 1971. Very Good+ ... $8.99
One of their better and funkier LPs from the old days, and with some nice cuts like "Night Child", "Song For Lee", and "Play On" – which have some nice grooves at the beginning. Not our usual bag, but some nice moments. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some wear.)

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CV[ev]Chart Runners ... LP
V/Vm (UK), 1998. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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(In a ziploc bag, including the booklet.)

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Miles DavisBags Groove ... LP
Prestige, 1954. Very Good- ... $59.99
Classic Miles Davis from that pivotal year of 1954 – featuring work from 2 different sessions, both of them great! The title track on the album is a key reading of "Bag's Groove", presented here in two versions, both recorded by a quintet that includes Milt "Bags" Jackson on vibes, Thelonious Monk on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – carving out the tune in a nicely modern idiom. The rest of the set features work by Miles in a quintet with Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver – again with support from Heath and Clarke – on tunes that include 2 versions of "But Not For Me", plus early recordings of Sonny Rollins' standards "Oleo", "Airegin", and "Doxy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing with NJ address, deep groove, and RVG stamp. Cover has light wear overall, a one-inch split on the spine, and some surface wear and stains on the back paste-on.)

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New Dr DooomFirst Come First Served ... CD
Funky Ass, 1999. Used ... $2.99
In the universe of Kool Keith projects, this one is maybe closest to the Sex Style LP lyrically – but the production is better than both Sex Style and Dr Octagon. We're guessing the reason is that Kool Keith had more to do with the production on this one. There's more variety in the beats, and they usually match the theme of the lyrics. The lyrics have the same bizarre Kool Keith-ness, but this time the humor is more targeted, and more mean. In addition to his beefs with the industry, other MC's, and the medical profession, this time bad housekeeping is high on his list of targets(?!) Produced by the Diesel Truckers (Kool Keith and KutMasta Kurt), with a nice picture cover by Pen & Pixel Graphics. 16 full-length tracks plus several skits. Tracks include "Call The Cops", "Brothers Feel Fly", "Body Bag", "Mental Case", "Leave Me Alone", "Welfare Love", "Dr Doom's In The Room", "Apartment 223", "Neighbors Next Door", and "I Run Rap". CD

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Nancy DupreeGhetto Reality ... LP
Folkways/Mississippi, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 21.99
Kind of silly – but also pretty darn hip! Nancy Dupree was one of the most righteous music teachers you could ever have – and here, she's working with some young kids from the rough side of Rochester, in an album of simple tunes that have a surprisingly soulful edge to them. Nancy plays piano, and the kids sing either solo or in ensemble format. The record's got a starkness that's extremely compelling, and it's a lot stronger than we expected, even if it's not like some of the funky stuff on the Folkways label. Includes a song called "James Brown" that has all the kids making grunts and groans ala 60s James, then singing about his shift from a process to an afro! Other titles include "I Want", "What Do I Have?", "Bag Snatchin", and "Docta King". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl and cover – feels a lot like the original!)

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Fania All-StarsLive At The Red Garter Vol 2 ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – played with effortless ease by a lineup that includes Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Bobby Quesada, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, and some of the other heavy-hitters of the Latin soul years. (Just imagine trying to get so many jazz or rock talents together on one stage – it would never happen!) The album's incredible – and even the spoken introductions and crowd noise really help set the feel of the era's mighty magic power! Titles on this second volume include "Kikapoo Joy Juice", "If This World Were Mine", "Richie's Bag", "Red Garter Strut", and "Son Cuero Y Boogaloo". Firey stuff, and one of their best records! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jose FelicianoJose Feliciano Sings ... LP
RCA, 1972. Sealed ... $9.99
Nice moody batch of soul tracks by this great LA Chicano soul singer. The tracks include a number of pop covers, but as with his classic "California Dreamin", Jose manages to turn the material into his own bag, and makes the cuts come alive with his soulful singing and guitar playing. Titles include "And I Love Her", "A Man & A Woman", "Sunny", "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", and "Quit While You're Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maynard FergusonMaynard '64 ... LP
Roulette, 1964. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Maynard swings it surprisingly nicely – in his standard big band mode, but with a lot more of an edge than in later years, thanks no doubt to some of the strong players he had in his group! Maynard's solos still have that blaring quality that marks him as a dominant showman, but he also gives ample room to some of the other soloists, especially on the longer tracks. Titles include "Rock Me To Sleep", "Animated Suspension", "He Can't Swing", "Vignette", "For The Cats", and "New Bag Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has tape on the spine and a bit of pen on back.)

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New 45 Paper Sleeves100 Paper 45 Sleeves ... Record Care
Misc, New Copy ... $9.99
A bag of 100 regular weight 7" paper sleeves, the same as we use around here! Square, white paper, hole in the middle – just right for rewrapping your funky 45s! Record Care

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Frank FosterManhattan Fever (Blue Note) (with previously unreleased album) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse – with a quality that's even darker, even deeper, even more advanced from his earlier years with Basie. There's a rolling, joyous groove to many numbers – that late 60s take on soul jazz that made for so many great tracks on albums by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan near the end of the decade. Foster keeps things tight, but he's also got an expansive vision too – an edge in the horns that points the way towards some of the chances he'd take in the 70s, but which is still wrapped around a leanly leaping soul jazz groove! Foster wrote 5 of the 6 tracks on the album, and he's working here with a sextet that includes Garnett Brown on trombone, Marvin Stamm on trumpet, and Richard Wyands on piano, who brings in some offbeat notes and colors throughout. Rhythm is by the excellent team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Seventh Avenue Bill", "Stammpede", "Little Miss No Nose", "Manhattan Fever", and "Loneliness". Added to the core album is a full bonus album – recorded by Foster nearly a year after the first, and even more far-reaching! There's a quality to the date that mixes together Frank's previous soulful vamping with some more introspective, more lyrical moments – almost modern at times, but not entirely so – and played by a septet that includes Ed Pazant on alto and flute, Burt Collins on trumpet, George Cables on piano, and Jimmy Cleveland on trombone. Foster himself plays a bit of alto clarinet alongside his usual tenor – and titles include "Fly By Night", "Slug's Bag", "What's New From The Monster Mill", and "Hip Shakin". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Goodie MobSoul Food ... CD
LaFace, 1995. Used ... $4.99
Their first LP, foretelling the shape of things to come out of Atlanta, alongside Southernplayalistic. . .with "Cell Therapy", "Blood", "The Coming", "Free", "Dirty South", "Thought Process", "Soul Food" and "Goodie Bag". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Dave GrusinMountain Dance ... LP
GRP, 1980. Very Good ... $2.99
One of Dave's funkier albums of the time – with cuts that include "Captain Caribe", "Rondo", "City Lights", "Rag Bag", and "Mountain Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and an unglued bottom seam.)

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Carl Sherlock HolmesInvestigation No 1 (with bonus track) ... CD
CRS/Tramp (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99
A funky holy grail – one of the rarest of the rare, and the only album ever cut by funky guitarist Carl "Sherlock" Holmes! Carl's work on the guitar is incredible – fast riffing and jazzy, with a style that's dirtier and messier than some of his 70s jazz funk contemporaries, but which also lays back on a few tracks so that Carl can deliver a sweetly soulful vocal. The album's a real blend of styles, all handled pretty darn well – from the hard funk of "Black Bag" and "Investigation", to the Latin jamming of "Modesa", the fast grooving of "Get Down Philly Town", and the mellow soul of "Think It Over" and "Your Game". Great stuff! This excellent 2012 CD version on Tramp includes one bonus track – "The Pot's Hot". CD

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Bobbi HumphreyFlute-In ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99
Early Blue Note work from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a session cut before she hooked up with producer Larry Mizell, but one that's still got a righteously soulful vibe! The arrangements here are by Wade Marcus, but he still has the great idea of giving Bobbi a bit more expanded sound in the background – a full mix of sounds that lets her flute step out in the lead and find its own soulful space on the solos – all with a wonderful style that definitely marks Humphrey as one of the freshest jazz flute talents in years! The other players are all pretty hip too – and include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Billy Harper on tenor – who'd both played with Bobbi on one of Lee's late Blue Note dates – and titles include a version of Eddie Harris' "Set Us Free", plus "Sad Bag", "Don't Knock My Funk", "Journey To Morocco", and "Ain't No Sunshine". CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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Bobbi HumphreyFlute-In ... LP
Blue Note, 1971. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Early Blue Note work from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a session cut before she hooked up with producer Larry Mizell, but one that's still got a righteously soulful vibe! The arrangements here are by Wade Marcus, but he still has the great idea of giving Bobbi a bit more expanded sound in the background – a full mix of sounds that lets her flute step out in the lead and find its own soulful space on the solos – all with a wonderful style that definitely marks Humphrey as one of the freshest jazz flute talents in years! The other players are all pretty hip too – and include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Billy Harper on tenor – who'd both played with Bobbi on one of Lee's late Blue Note dates – and titles include a version of Eddie Harris' "Set Us Free", plus "Sad Bag", "Don't Knock My Funk", "Journey To Morocco", and "Ain't No Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Milt JacksonArt Of Milt Jackson – The Atlantic Years ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A 2LP set that features 14 tracks from Milt's Atlantic years – recorded with players that include Kenny Burrell, Connie Kay, John Lewis, Frank Wess, and John Coltrane, lifted from a number of different records, and including the titles "Bag's New Groove", "Plenty Plenty Soul", "Cylinder", "Sandra's Blues", and "Ghana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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New Milt JacksonGoodbye (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1973. Used ... $9.99
Classic work from vibist Milt Jackson – opening up his bag a lot for the 70s, in a way that makes for some wonderfully casual grooves! The album's not as moodily funky as some of Jackson's other CTI records, but it is a nice batch of laidback tunes played with a distinctly soulful edge – handled by a group that features Cedar Walton on piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Ron Carter bass, Steve Gadd drums – and some guest trumpet from Freddie Hubbard on the track "SKJ". Other titles include "Opus De Funk", "Detour Ahead","Goodbye", and "Old Devil Moon". CD

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Jazz CrusadersChile Con Soul ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the best 60s albums by the Crusaders – and a swinging Latin session to boot! The core group of The Jazz Crusaders is expanded with some funky flute from Hubert Laws, sweet organ licks from Clare Fischer, and lots of congas from Carlos Vidal – all of whom push the group past their usual (and excellent) soul jazz bag, into a realm of hard-grooving Latin numbers! The playing on the set is tremendous – as "in the pocket" as the group could be, but also a lot more hiply swinging and open to rhythmic changes. A total gem – with titles that include "Agua Dulce", "Tacos", "Soul Bourgeoisie", and "Latin Bit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Liberty pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, a few stains, duct tape on the spine and top seam, and some splitting and clear tape on the bottom seam.)

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JJ Johnson & Kai Winding/Bennie GreenKai & Jay/Bennie Green With Strings ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1952/1954. Used ... $5.99
A great pairing of sides by two of the fifties greatest trombone acts! JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are on one side, with a boppish set of tunes, and Bennie Green's on the other, with a tight string ensemble. The music holds little surprises, but there's some nice takes on standards and of course, loads of great trombone. Includes Jay & Kai's take on "Bag's Groove" & "How Long Has This Been Going On", and Bennie's takes on "Stardust" and "Embraceable You". CD

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Anita KerrSlightly Baroque ... LP
Warner, 1966. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Anita Kerr and her singers take on the baroque pop sound of the late 60s – working here in a way that mixes their smoother vocals with more complicated arrangements and some nice use of electric harpsichord! The approach isn't as over the top baroque as other albums like this – thanks to a key core of Kerr vocals from the quartet – but the harpsichord's used on nearly every track, and it really helps to bring a nice new flavor to the record – a sound that's quite different than the bag Kerr was hitting a few years before! Plus, there's some great jazzy moments from conductor Dick Marx – never too over the top, but nicely sunny at all the best points. Tracks are pretty hip too – and include "Love At Last You Found Me", "Love Lies", "It's Not Unusual", "One Note Samba", "How Insensitive", "Cast Your Fate To the Wind", and "My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a small promo sticker.)

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George LewisOh, Didn't He Ramble ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Not our usual bag, but some nice later material from George Lewis, performed with a sextet that includes Jim Robinson, Alvin Acorn, Alcide Pavageau, Joe Robichaux, and Joe Watkins. Titles include "Riverside Blues", "Streets Of The City", "Weary Blues", and "Runnin Wild". David Stone Martin cover, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some strips of clear tape, light wear, some seam splitting, a couple of peeled marks from sticker removal, and a couple of small stains.)

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Henry ManciniHangin Out/Mancini Generation ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Overlooked genius from Henry Mancini – and two albums back to back as a single set! The Mancini Generation is one of the first great electric moments for Henry Mancini in the 70s – and a record that's got a way groovier sound than you might expect from the title! Things are still very much in the best soundtrack Mancini mode – and pretty jazzy, too – but there's also a bit of Arp on the record, played by Hank himself – which makes for some mighty cool electronic touches! The rest of the lineup is pretty wonderful too – and features key work from west coast jazz soloists – including Clare Fischer on organ, Jerome Richardson on flute and soprano sax, and Jimmy Rowles on Fender Rhodes – all of whom sound great alongside the Arp. Titles include "The Mancini Generation", "Memphis Underground", "Killer Joe", "A Blusih Bag", "Charade", and "The Masterpiece". Hangin Out is very cool work from Henry Mancini – and one of the key 70s albums to feature the maestro himself playing an Arp! The added electric presence of the instrument really brings a lot to the usual Mancini charts here – creating some cool spacey and soulful moments you wouldn't expect, and some of those surprising Mancini funky bits that show up on records from the time! The set features a great medley of Barry White's "Love Theme" and MFSB's "TSOP"; classic soundtrack material like "The Thief Who Came to Dinner", "Theme From White Dawn", and the great "Theme From The Girl From Petrovka" (which was sampled by Pete Rock) – plus the tracks "The Sex Symbol", "Hangin' Out", "Song For Anna", "The Stripper", "Dolce" and "The Entertainer". CD

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Henry ManciniMancini Generation – Music From The TV Series ... LP
RCA, 1972. Sealed ... $7.99
One of the first great electric moments for Henry Mancini in the 70s – and a record that's got a way groovier sound than you might expect from the title! Things are still very much in the best soundtrack Mancini mode – and pretty jazzy, too – but there's also a bit of Arp on the record, played by Hank himself – which makes for some mighty cool electronic touches! The rest of the lineup is pretty wonderful too – and features key work from west coast jazz soloists – including Clare Fischer on organ, Jerome Richardson on flute and soprano sax, and Jimmy Rowles on Fender Rhodes – all of whom sound great alongside the Arp. Titles include "The Mancini Generation", "Memphis Underground", "Killer Joe", "A Blusih Bag", "Charade", and "The Masterpiece". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Teena MarieNaked To The World ... LP
Epic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Nothing too naked here – at least not in the over-exposed way you'd think from the word – as Teena Marie puts it all upfront, lets it all hang out, but always in a bold way that keeps her firmly on top! The album follows strongly from Marie's previous Epic albums – a strong undercurrent of the funk learned during the Rick James/Motown years, but percolated in leaner 80s soul arrangements – some nice bass bits on the bottom, a few catchy crossover riffs, and the kind of badass vocals that always made Teena an empowering artist back in the day! Titles include "Trick Bag", "Ooo La La La", "Crocodile Tears", "Surrealistic Pillow", "Work It", and "The Once & Future Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Jack McDuffSophisticated Funk ... LP
Chess, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A lost electric groover from Brother Jack McDuff – sweet keyboards instead of his usual Hammond, but still plenty darn great! The record's got a slinky groove that's almost more CTI than Chess Records – with full arrangements by Billy Jones, who also plays guitar on the record – alongside plenty of great sax and flute from Joe Farrell. Sessions were done at the All Platinum Studios in New Jersey – no surprise, given that Chess was owned by that label by this point, and Jones himself was recording for them as part of the group Brother To Brother. The overall groove is somewhere between Bob James and Larry Mizell – although very much its own sort of bag as well – and titles include a great remake of "Theme From Electric Surfboard", plus "Dit Da Dit", "Ju Ju", "To Be Named Later", "Mini Pads", "Summer Dream", and "Mannix Theme". Gotta love the cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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New MetersCabbage Alley ... LP
Reprise, 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of The Meters' better post-Josie albums, with a groove that's a little New Orleans, and a little 70's funk. Not all cuts are great, but there's some nice funky tracks on here that make this one worth having, and which keep it from being a disappointment, like the Trick Bag LP. Cuts include "Soul Island", "Flower Song", "Gettin Funkier All the Time", "Do the Dirt", "Cabbage Alley", and "Stay Away" – plus a version of Neil Young's "Birds"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Ennio MorriconeRene La Canne/122 Rue De Provence ... CD
Music Box (France), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $24.99
A pair of great Ennio Morricone soundtracks from the late 70s – both done for French films, with that different quality he would often bring to his non-Italian work of the time! Rene La Canne has some great light moments that come as a real surprise – playful melodies that pop out here and there alongside some of the moodier, sparer sounds that we usually expect from Morricone. Part of the tracks are in a period mood, suiting the story – but others have a bouncing whimsical feel, one that's quite different from Morricone's usual bag. The best tracks have these weird sounds – made in a way that's partly electric, but in a way that's magically puzzling to our ears! Titles include "Rene La Canne", "La Poupee", "Les Paris Stupides", "Le Jour De Gloire", "Madame Krista", and "Passeport Pour Le Plaisir". 122 Rue De Provence is the real charmer here, though – a sublime score that shows off some of Morricone's classical elements, but in ways that really come through with a great deal of warmth – that personal, evocative approach to music that makes his soundtrack scoring way different than serious music – and which also makes this soundtrack a real standout in his late 70s work! The strings are incredible – spare, but hypnotic – and isolated instrumentation on woodwinds or piano rings out in rhythmic melodies that twist and turn, repeat and dissolve – really creating as magical feel as the music moves on. Titles include "One Two Two", "Encore Loin", "Premiere Experience", "Au Deauville", and "Melodie Populaire". CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Werner MuellerMystic Portrait Of The Moody Blues/The Strip Goes On ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1971/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of 70s albums from Werner Muller – both quite unique! Mystic Portrait Of The Moody Blues has maestro Muller turning his arranging talents to the hits of the famous rock band – pushing things even past the Moody's early blend of classical and rock elements, with lots of swirling strings and some occasional vocals to flesh out the tunes. Most of the sounds are instrumental, though – and Werner's got a nicely dynamic touch that really appreciates the Moody Blues sound – on cuts that include "Question", "Have You Heard", "Are You Sitting Comfortably", "The Story In Your Eyes", and "Nights In White Satin". The Strip Goes On is maybe the funkiest album that Werner Muller ever recorded – a very cool sexual revolution-era take on the strip record craze of the 60s – one that's dripping a lot more with sex and grooves than you might expect! The record's worth it alone for the sublime In-Kraut cut "Bodybuilding" – a funky number with these really weird exclamations – and other tunes mix jazzy bits, rockish bits, and lots more – on versions of "Sex Machine", "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus", "The Beat Goes On", "Engelchen", "Satisfaction", and "Strip Strap Stroll". Much more Brit sound library than Muller's usual bag! CD

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Dicky OliverDicky Oliver ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $19.99
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the best Euro jerk mode of the mod years – funky, but not all the way – which leaves the organ lines to carry a lot of the groove as well – all with a lean, clean sound that would make Booker T proud! Horns are tight, but nicely restrained – usually just used to punctuate the groove, until a tenor comes in and blows a mighty mean solo – and the set mixes original tunes with some great American covers – in a set list that includes "South West", "The Chicken", "Let Yourself Go", "The Funky Drummer", "Blues For Dicky", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", and "High & Low". CD
Also available Dicky Oliver (plus bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Dicky OliverDicky Oliver (plus bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the best Euro jerk mode of the mod years – funky, but not all the way – which leaves the organ lines to carry a lot of the groove as well – all with a lean, clean sound that would make Booker T proud! Horns are tight, but nicely restrained – usually just used to punctuate the groove, until a tenor comes in and blows a mighty mean solo – and the set mixes original tunes with some great American covers – in a set list that includes "South West", "The Chicken", "Let Yourself Go", "The Funky Drummer", "Blues For Dicky", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", and "High & Low". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dicky Oliver ... CD 19.99

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Horace ParlanMovin & Groovin (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. Used ... $19.99
A killer set of tracks by one of the best piano players that Blue Note ever recorded – and a great trio outing that sparkles with soulful intensity! Even in this more traditional format, Horace Parlan's still one of the most inventive players of his generation – working with a sense of bottom groove that makes even familiar tunes move nicely, and hitting an approach to his solo work that trades flowery touches for earthier tones that often dance around each other with a focused sound that's really unique! Dark and blue tones echo out wonderfully throughout the set, and Horace's piano is backed by the extremely thoughtful bass work of Sam Jones and drums of Al Harewood – on tunes that include "Up In Cynthia's Room", "C Jam Blues", "Bag's Groove", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "Lady Bird". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Esther PhillipsBaby I'm For Real – 4 Classic Albums 1971 to 1974 (From A Whisper To A Scream/Alone Again Naturally/Black Eyed Blues/Performance) ... CD
Kudu/Raven (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $23.99 25.98
A huge chapter in the career of Esther Phillips – four albums for the legendary Kudu label, plus bonus tracks too! First up is From A Whisper To A Scream – one of our favorite-ever albums from Esther Phillips – an album that really helped her transform her sound for the 70s! The approach 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! 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". Alone Again is one of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". Black Eyed Blues is next, and Pee Wee Ellis arranged the album, and gave Esther a nice little dose of funk that really helped her groove – getting out of the sad bag of her Atlantic recordings, and sounding hipper than anyone would have expected! The record features the great slow funk groover "Black Eyed Blues" – and other tracks include "I've Only Known A Stranger", "You Could Have Had Me, Baby", and "Too Many Roads". Performance has a nicely dark undercurrent at times – a sound that's not as smooth as some of Esther's other Kudu albums from the 70s, with bits of R&B bubbling underneath the more contemporary arrangements. Backings are penned by Pee Wee Ellis and Gary King – and titles include the classic funky number "Disposable Society" – one of those great little groovers that never did anything for Esther at the time of its release, but which has really gotten rediscovered in recent years! Other tracks include "Doing Our Thing", "Living Alone", "Can't Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby", and "I Feel The Same". CD features bonus tracks – "Brother Brother", "I Can Stand The Rain", and "What A Difference A Day Makes (single edit)". CD

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Esther PhillipsBlack-Eyed Blues ... CD
Kudu/CTI (UK), 1973. Used ... $14.99
One of Esther's strong winners for Kudu – a record that takes her soulful style of earlier years, and wraps it around some sly 70s funky arrangements! Ex-James Brown hornman Pee Wee Ellis arranged the album, and gave Esther a nice little dose of funk that really helped her groove – getting out of the sad bag of her Atlantic recordings, and sounding hipper than anyone would have expected! The record features the great slow funk groover "Black Eyed Blues" – and other tracks include "I've Only Known A Stranger", "You Could Have Had Me, Baby", and "Too Many Roads". CD also features the bonus track "Tangle In Your Lifeline", previously unissued! CD
(Out of print.)

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Baden PowellLe Monde Musical De Baden Powell Vol 1 ... CD
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
An early example of the genius of Baden Powell in Europe – a record that helped the bossa guitarist break out of his usual Brazilian bag, and expand his sound a bit with appreciative influences from the Parisian scene! The record still has Powell working in the style of his early work in Brazil – acoustic guitar dancing alongside jazzy bossa rhythms – but the sound is expanded a bit more with arrangements by Paul Mauriat, in a way that produces a slightly more forceful style – one that never overwhelms the bossa, but which emphasizes its best parts. There's almost a soundtrack approach here at times, and the record features a slight bit of vocals from singer Francoise Walch – and includes the tracks "Deve Ser Amor", "Adagio", "Chanson D'Hiver", "Samba Triste", "Garota De Ipanema", "Bahiana", and "Euridice". CD

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Red RippersOver There. . .And Over Here ... CD
Paradise Of Bachelors, 1983. Used ... $6.99
A cool combat-themed country rock record by The Red Rippers – largely the work of songwriter and Vietnam veteran Lt. Edwin Bankston – and a pretty riveting obscurity from the early 80s private press vaults! The sounds range from breezy, Creedence-styled backdrops and 70s outlaw country inspired grooves, to more of a fuzzed out, slightly harder-edged feel – but it's the lyricism that really pushes Red Rippers into a different realm. It's full of war-wizened songs about forgotten soldiers, bloody jungle battles and other prideful and mournful tales from this veteran's point of view! The difference between the catchy, if quite raw tunefulness and the frank lyricism gives it a really dichotomous, intriguing feel! Includes "I Roll", "Soldier Of Fortune", "Firefight", "Who Remembers", "Vietnam Blues", "The Dark And Bloody Road", "She's Been Down", "Body Bag". CD

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Rotary ConnectionPeace ... LP
Cadet, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the coolest Christmas albums ever – a tripped-out classic from Chicago's legendary Rotary Connection! The album's every bit as wonderful as any of the group's non-Holiday sets for Cadet Records – and maybe even has more to offer, given that the euphoria of the season is thrown into the usual spacey mix! Charles Stepney lays down some totally angelic production – and the record bubbles with heavenly instrumental passages – floating along like clouds, then suddenly exploding into sharp musical moments that provide the perfect backdrop for Minnie Riperton's excellent voice. Most of the tracks are originals, penned as spacey seasonal numbers that bring a whole new sense of spirituality to the end of December – a young, optimistic take on the holiday – which makes for a really unique sort of record! Titles include "Christmas Child", "Opening Round", "Silent Night", "Christmas Love", "Shopping Bag Menagerie", "Peace At Last", "Silent Night Chant", "Sidewalk Santa", and "Last Call For Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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Patrice RushenPrelusion ... LP
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great set from Patrice Rushen – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, and Oscar Brashear on trumpet), playing a range of keyboards, from acoustic and electric piano, to ARP, and clavinet. The tracks are long, and have a wonderfully composed soul jazz vibe – feeling a heck of a lot like work on labels like Strata East, deeply dipping into a soulful bag that's solid and real, with no fakery or tricks to make the mood happen. Includes the nice moogy groover "Puttered Bopcorn", plus "Shortie's Portion", "7/73", and "Haw Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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New John Schroeder OrchestraSpace Age Soul ... CD
Sequel (UK), 1966. Used ... $7.99
Very groovy compilation of John Schroeder's cool Now Sound stuff from the late 60's. Recorded in the UK, with a sound that's surprisingly funky (in the Sound Gallery sort of way) this is an excellent batch of 21 tracks that features some very groovy sounds throughout, including originals like "Soul Trek", "Sweet Soul Talk", and "Soul Destroyer", plus nice covers like "Sunny", "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", and "Black is Black". Another great European artist brought back from the dead, and someone whose older stuff you'll never find in the U.S. CD
(Out of print.)

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Roni Size/ReprazentNew Forms 2 ... CD
Talkin' Loud/Universal (UK), 1997/2008. Used ... $2.99
An updated and expanded reissue of this seminal album – one that to set the pace for a new generation of beatmakers and foretoldl the sound of music to come, from the late 90s heyday of drum and bass! Perhaps the larger mainstream musical community never followed through on the promise, but that doesn't lessen Size and his crew's achievement. One of the few full length drum & bass recordings we find ourselves returning to, with a sound that places it in its era without sounding dated, combining hard stepping rhythms – some moving beyond his then dominant jump up sound – with jazzy, soulful production that merits it's place among the forward looking Talking Loud scene of the day. 17 tracks in all, all 13 of the original CD tracks re-edited for the 21st century, plus 4 fully new numbers, including "Brown Paper Bag", "New Forms", "Heart To Heart", "Less Is More", "Don't Hold Back", "Railings", "Lets Get It On", "Share The Fall", "Matter Of Fact", "Beatbox" and "Destination". CD
 
 
 



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