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John A ElkingtonBeale Street – Resurrecting The Home Of The Blues (hardcover) ... Book
History, 2008. New Copy .... $4.99 25.99
A fascinating look at the hard work and careful thought that went into saving Beale Street in Memphis – a musical hotspot that's every bit as important as Maxwell Street in Chicago or 125th Street in New York – and which has certainly fared better than both over the years! Think what you want about the current state of Beale Street, but the book definitely shows that a great deal of effort went into holding onto this important site for music – arguably a lynchpin in holding onto a fair bit of the rest of Memphis as well. Author John Elkington is a real estate developer himself, so he's got a particular focus on the topic – but he's also got a lot of inside information that tells the story of the street right from the start. 126 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Franz K TrioTerre De Blues ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 2011. Used .... $4.99
Great work from the trio of singer Francoise-Franca Cuomo – a singer with a great blend of experimental modes and European inflections – easily one of the freshest jazz vocalists we've heard in years! The instrumentation here is very spare – just bass and piano – both played with evocative shifts in tone and timing, to match Cuomo's inventive style of singing – a blend that, all together, reminds us somewhat of the more experimental spare Sheila Jordan sessions from years back – although there's also some spoken passages here in French, which definitely give the record a different feeling, and an influence from blues that's bubbling underneath. Music includes a fair bit of songs from rootsy sources, turned towards more offbeat phrasing – and titles include "Alabama Blues", "Le Blues", "Viens Baby", "No Images", "Dealer/Harlem", "Speech", "Vietnam Blues", and "Black Brown & White". CD

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Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy .... $8.99 29.95
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicNorman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol 4 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Early 50s. Good .... $7.99
2 hard-wailing jam session numbers from the JATP series – both featuring tremendous tenor work from Illinois Jacquet and Jack McVea, plus trombone from JJ Johnson and a bit of guitar from Les Paul! Each track runs a side of the record, and titles include "Lester Leaps In" and "Blues". Nice David Stone Martin cover too – ink on a light blue backing and one of his more obscure images. LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover is worn with blue duct tape along all seams.)

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Oscar PetersonCanadiana Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Limelight/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used .... $23.99
One of Oscar Peterson's most sophisticated albums of the 60s – an extended suite of tracks dedicated to the soul and spirit of Canada! The tunes are all originals, and have a really lush, vivid sort of feel – one that still has undercurrents of Peterson's usual soulful style, but which also has Oscar painting these very vivid images in sound! The material is performed by a trio with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – and although the tunes aren't familiar, we'd rank this one right up there with Peterson's most inventive material of the time. Titles include "Laurentide Waltz", "Ballad To The East", "Blues Of The Praries", and "Wheatland". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi. Great gatefold cover – done just like the original Limelight album, with a textured cover and special booklet inside!)

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Sun RaWake Up Angels – Live At The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972/1973/1974 ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CDs .... $19.99 21.99
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the festival – opening up with a force and intensity that really goes past some of their other recordings! It's almost as if the enthusiastic mix of ages and cultures present really ignited the best energies in the Arkestra – having them hit the kind of righteous crescendo of their best Space Is The Place identity – and even some of the more avant, outside moments have a focus that the group hardly seems to reach this well! The material is from the John Sinclair archives – originally issued on the CDs Life Is Splendid, Outer Space Employment Agency, and It Is Forbidden – but somehow sounding even more amazing in a tight package like this – with loads of amazing keyboards from Ra, soulful vocals from June Tyson, Cheryl Banks, and Judith Holton, and wonderful supporting reeds from the Arkestra. Titles include "Space Is The Place", "Enlightenment", "What Planet Is This", "Immeasurable", "Love In Outer Space", "Watusi", "Images", and some great untitled improvisations. CD

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Staff Of The Country Music Hall Of Fame & MuseumNight Train To Nashville – Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945 to 1970 (paperback) ... Book
Country Music Foundation, 2005. New Copy Book .... $4.99 9.99
Not the country music side of Nashville, but the city's rich heritage of soul and R&B – served up here in a beautiful book put together by the Country Music Hall Of Fame! That organization has always done great things for country – and here, they turn their special talents towards this lesser-known side of Music City – in a book that's very heavy on vintage images, including rare photos, ads, and other cool music bits as well! Smaller amounts of text follow the full-color insides – almost at a level that you'd read while viewing these materials in a museum exhibition, which is where they first appeared. Book is softcover, and 68 pages in all. Book

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VariousJazz In Paris Deluxe Edition Vol 1 – Champs-Elysees (3CD box set plus book) ... CD
Universal (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/1970s. Used .... $34.99
A lovely assortment of tunes from the Jazz In Paris CD series – packaged here as a lavish 3CD set, along with a beautiful booklet of images, vintage photographs, and writings in both French and English! The set's like a time machine back into the glory days of the early Paris jazz scene – and features recordings from the 30s through the 70s – many of which have been issued in the Jazz In Paris series, but a few of which seem to be showing up here for the first time. The booklet alone is worth the price of the package, as it's especially beautifully done – but the set also features 3CDs of music, a total of 48 tracks that include "Trombones A Tout Faire" by Michel Legrand, "The Man I Love" by Jack Dieval, "Cherokee" by Raymond Fol, "Margie" by Sidney Bechet, "Mad Monk" by Tyree Glenn, "Swamp Mist" by Rex Stewart, "Sad Walk" by Chet Baker, "Tire Tire L'Aiguille" by Mary Lou Williams, "Vega Blues" by Andre Ekyan, "Three Little Words" by Lester Young, "Meeting" by Rene Thomas, "Moment's Notice" by Slide Hampton, "Bag's Groove" by Eddie Louiss, "Florence Sur Champs Elysees" by Miles Davis, and "Blue Lester" by Maurice Vander. CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Peter GuralnickLost Highway – Journeys & Arrivals Of American Musicians (paperback) ... Book
Little Brown, 2012. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
A seminal look at the American roots music by one of our favorite writers ever – a book that was penned decades ago, yet still stands as crucially important all these many years later! Peter Guaralnick's Lost Highway is essential reading for any fan of older blues, country, and R&B – and the whole thing is done with his careful blend of historical detail and downright enthusiasm for the music involved! Rather than attempt a comprehensive history, Guaralnick focuses each chapter on a key figure – artists who include Howlin Wolf, Otis Spann, Big Joe Turner, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Scotty Moore, Sleepy Labeef, and others – all woven together into a careful tapestry that really tells the story of the lost corners that led to the American mainstream. 364 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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New Billie HolidayBillie Holiday – Ultimate Collection (2CD & DVD Set) ... CD
Verve, Late 30s/1940s/1950s. Used 2CD & DVD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way way more than a greatest hits collection from Billie Holiday – an overstuffed package that features lots and lots of extra bits too! The first 2 CDs in the set feature 42 tracks pulled from Billie's complete recording career – not just bits from Decca and Verve, but also Columbia, Commodore, and other labels. But let's be honest – you can usually track down Billie's hits in a variety of other, cheaper packages on the market. The real charm of this one is the bonus DVD, which features 10 classic performances by Billie taken from TV and film – of tunes that include "Saddest Tale", "The Blues Are Brewin", "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans", "St Louis Blues", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Fine & Mellow", and "Billie's Blues". Plus, that DVD also features bonus audio performances of 5 more tracks, a 1955 audio rehearsal, a 1956 interview with Mike Wallace on Night Beat, and audio interviews with a number of players who worked with Billie in the 50s. Added to that is a complete recording history of Billie on record, and a timeline with hundreds of images and interactive features! So think of this as a DVD with loads of bonus bits – and one that just happens to include a 42 track, 2CD set of Billie's work on CD! CD
(NTSC format, All Region DVD.)

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New VariousFeel The Harlem Beat – The Legendary Bobby Robinson Productions (3CD set) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 3CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive amount of music from the legendary Bobby Robinson – Harlem record store owner, music producer, and head of the famous Fire and Fury labels in the 50s and 60s! The set is one of the richest, and best-sounding collections of Bobby's productions we've ever heard – a 3CD package that's heavy on the rough-edged blues and R&B that first got the labels going, but which also includes some surprising soul gems from later on in the 60s! Notes are all in Japanese, but are very detailed – and the package is beautifully put-together, with great images too – and a set list of 71 tracks that include "I Never Turn You Back" by The Desires, "Cupid" by Ricky Lewis, "Foxy Devil" by Bobby Porter, "Let's Walk Together" by Willie Hightower, "Darling" by The Pips, "I'm Lonely" by Ike Nesbitt, "Best I Can" by Bobby Soul, "Drafted" by Wilbert Harrison, "Mush" by Little Bobby Roach, "Angel Child" by Sammy Myers & Elmore James, "Go Away Mr Blues" by Noble Watts, "The Things I Used To Do" by Larry Dale, "If It's You" by Bliss, "Bobby's Boogie" by Morris Lane, "Send My Soul To The Devil" by Frankie Lee Sims, and "Desire" by The Charts. CD

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New Ralph MooreImages (plus bonus track) ... CD
Landmark, 1989. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take chances too – a way of handling the tenor that few of his contemporaries could match, which is probably why Ralph's presence really upped the ante on so many dates at the time as a sideman. He's even better as a leader, though, and this standout set for Landmark is a real gem – a record filled with freely creative energy throughout, and a never-ending sense of soul – as Moore's tenor is set up nicely in a core group with Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – the latter of whom brings some of the same magic to this set that Billy Higgins did to Blue Note in the 60s. Terence Blanchard plays trumpet on 4 of the album's tracks – and titles include "Punjab", "Freeway", "Enigma", "Blues For John", "One Second Please", and "Episode From A Village Dance". Also includes the CD-only bonus track "Morning Star". CD