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Warren Baker's Hollywood GuitarsWarren Baker's Hollywood Guitars ... LP
Mira, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Includes tenor from Plas Johnson and drums from Earl Palmer! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two slightly bumped corners.)

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Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Hodges, etcLeonard Feather's Encyclopedia Of Jazz In The 60s Vol 1 – The Blues ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $6.99
Looks like a compilation, but a set that features some great material! Side one features Oliver Nelson directing a special group with JJ Johnson on trombone, Nat Adderley and Clark Terry on trumpets, Phil Woods and Jerome Richardson on reeds, and Hank Jones on piano – on titles that include "St Louis Blues", "I Remember Bird", and "John Brown's Blues". Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery jam on "OGD", Johnny Hodges and Earl Hines play "C Jam Blues", and Count Basie swings "Blues For Eileen". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Muhal Richard AbramsBlues Forever ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1981. Used ... $9.99
Hardly the blues that you might expect from the title – although knowing Muhal Richard Abrams, there's no doubt some sort of blues influence lurking in the background of his complicated orchestrations for the date! The album's a suite of original compositions by Abrams – all numbers played by a largeish group with lots of wonderful horn patterns – complexly woven together with lots of shifting shapes and tones, then sometimes breaking out in bold, free moments of improvisation! It's records like these that show why Abrams was one of the leading lights of the AACM by the early 80s – as much an important composer as a musician – equally skilled at both levels, and very sensitive to the strengths of the players he chose to work with. Muhal plays piano here – and other group members include Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Wallace Laroy McMillan on baritone and flute, Jimmy Vass on alto and flute, Eugene Ghee on tenor and clarinet, Howard Johnson on tuba, Jean-Paul Bourelly on guitar, Michael Logan on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. Titles include "Cluster For Many Worlds", "Quartet To Quartet", "Ancient & Future Reflections", "Du King", "Chambea", and "Duet For One World". CD

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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good ... $4.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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Count Basie/Pete Johnson/Jay McShann/Mary Lou WillKansas City Piano – 1936 to 1941 ... LP
Decca, Late 30s/Early 40s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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(Black label stereo pressing.)

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New BloodstoneDon't Stop! ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1978. Used ... $11.99
A great later album from Bloodstone – recorded after their initial classics for London, but in a sweet and mellow soul mode that's totally outta site! Part of the strength of the set is the mighty Al Johnson – who provides arrangements here that push the group firmly into a more modern take on harmony soul, and which have a gentle groove that makes for plenty of sweet steppers and mellow midtempo groovers. The vocals are every bit as great as on the earlier albums – just given a brighter setting in which to shine. Titles include "Just Wanna Get The Feel Of It", "She Wants To Hear The Words", "It's Been A Long Time", "Throw A Little Loving My Way", "It's All Been Said Before", and "Don't Stop". CD

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Clifford BrownBrownie Speaks – The Blue Note Albums (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $39.99 54.98
Seminal work from one of the greatest trumpeters of the 20th Century – and a musician who helped his instrument find a whole new voice in jazz during his short time on this planet! The set brings together all of Clifford Brown's classic work for Blue Note, but in their original format – the selection of 10" albums that came out in the early 50s, and opened up countless ears to his style on the trumpet – a mode that could be incredibly hard biting at times, but also soulful and sweet as well – balanced beautifully amidst the different settings offered here. Each set of tracks recaptures the original 10" track selection, with alternates or rare tracks added only at the end – and the package features all the material from the 10" albums Jay Jay Johnson With Clifford Brown, New Faces New Sounds, New Star On The Horizon, and all volumes of A Night At Birdland With Art Blakey Quintet. Musicians include Gigi Gryce on alto and flute, Jimmy Heath on tenor, JJ Johnson on trombone, Lou Donaldson on alto, Charlie Rouse on tenor, Horace Silver or Elmo Hope on piano, and Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Kenny Clarke on drums. 42 tracks, in a hardcover book-style package with lots of images and notes! CD

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Ray BryantLittle Susie ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Hard-hitting trio work from Ray – one of his early albums for Columbia, and the record that gave him a surprisingly big hit! "Little Susie" is one of those early 60s soul jazz standards, the kind of catchy tune that got played all over the place on radio, and which forever put the artist at the top of the list for recording dates and live sets for a few years. Ray's riding high here – with a trio that features brother Tommy Bryant on bass, and either Eddie Locke or Gus Johnson on drums – and the album's got lots of other short tracks with a similar down-home soul jazz kind of approach. Titles include "Blues For Norrie", "Big Buddy", "Greensleeves", and "If I Can Just Make It". CD

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Ray BryantRay Bryant Trio (Epic) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
The first full album from the great Ray Bryant – recorded shortly after his famous Epic Records session with Betty Carter! The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with either Kenny Clarke or Osie Johnson on drums, and Wyatt Reuther on bass – at a level that still shows some influence from other pianists, but already with that unique hard-left style that would make Bryant a big favorite in short years to come. Candido joins in on congas on 2 of the album's best tracks – a hard grooving take on "Night In Tunisia", plus Ray's classic "Cubano Chant", a dancing Latin groover that went onto become an oft-recorded Latin Jazz standard – and other titles include "Pawn Ticket", "Philadelphia Bound", and "Off Shore". CD

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Norman ConnorsTake It To The Limit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Killer work from the mighty Norman Connors – a set that's heavy on grooves, but which has all the jazzy depth of his early work too! The set features arrangements by some killer modern soul talents – Al Johnson, McKinley Jackson, and Paul Riser – who beautifully blend their own sweet touches with Connors' rich ideas – carried out here with some sublime vocals by Al Johnson himself, plus work from Jean Carn, Glenn Johnson, Adaritha, and The Jones Girls too! The instrumental vibe is as strong as well – with great solos from Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto – and the combination of all these talents alone is testament to the continuing great vision of Norman Connors – one of the few cats who could make an album like this work so well! Titles include a great version of Steely Dan's "Black Cow", plus "Melancholy Fire", "Take It To The Limit", "Justify", "You've Been On My Mind", and an excellent remake of "I Don't Need Nobody Else". CD features three bonus tracks – "Melancholy Fire (7" mix)", "Take It To The Limit (12" mix)", and "Take It To The Limit (7" mix)". CD

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Miles DavisMiles Davis Vol 1 (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1952. Used ... $2.99
Excellent early hardbop work by Miles – recorded in 1952 and 1954, and some of his best early sides as a leader! The CD features remastered versions of the material, sparkling with the talents of Rudy Van Gelder – and the sessions feature JJ Johnson, Gil Coggins, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Jackie McLean, and Oscar Pettiford. Titles include "Weirdo", "Woody N You", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Chance It", "Donna", "Yesterdays", and "The Leap". CD

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Roky EricksonGremlins Have Pictures (with download and bonus 7" single) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
The excellent, underappreciated mid 80s compilation of rare and unreleased Roky Erickson live recordings and studio material – recorded from the mid 70s to early 80s – with his backing bands The Explosives, The Aliens and Blieb Alien, plus a couple of sparely haunting beauties backed by guitarist Jack Johnson. It's great stuff – with some eccentric lyrics and some raucous instrumentation, but still finely crafted – as were Roky's proper studio albums from the period. Way more than an odds-and-ends compilation – this is just as vital as any Roky Erickson albums during this amazing period! Includes "Night Of The Vampire", "The Interpreter", "Song To Abe Lincoln", "Sweet Honey Pie", "I Am", his amazing, oddly uplifting cover of the Velvets' "Heroin" (recorded live at the Hollywood Whisky-A-Go-Go), the astonishingly beautiful "I Have Always Been Here Before", "Anthem (I Promise)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a beautiful gatefold sleeve – with code for digital download. Also includes a bonus 4-track 7" with "Bermuda", "Burn The Flames", "I'm A Demon" and "The Beast".)

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Ronnie FosterLove Satellite (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Wicked late 70s work from Ronnie Foster – a rare Columbia outing that's arguably better than his earlier sides for Blue Note! There's more of a soul vibe than before in the music – but in a way that's really foregrounded, and without some of the back/forth wavering that Foster had in his groove during previous sets. Jerry Peters produced the record, and gives it a solid, confident style that's right up there with the best soul/fusion sides on Columbia at the time – and the lineup of players features great contributions from Roy Ayers on vibes, Ndugu Chancler on percussion, Harvey Mason on drums, and Alphonso Johnson on bass. Foster himself did all the arrangements – and both sings and plays a mix of keyboards that come off sounding pretty darn great. Titles include "Midnight Plane", "Happy Song", "Why Don't You Look Inside", "I Want To Bring My Love Home", "Nassau Bay", "Shooting Star", and "Easier Said Than Done". 3 bonus single mixes on this great CD: "Midnight Plane, Pt 1 (US 7" Single)", "Midnight Plane, Pt 2 (US 7" Single)" and "Midnight Plane 12"" Single). CD

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Dizzy GillespiePerceptions ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A swirling array of tones, colors, and sounds – written and arranged by JJ Johnson, conducted by Gunther Schuller, and with Dizzy at the helm, blowing some of his most complicated solos ever. The approach is firmly in the Verve jazz orchestra tradition – and recalls the earlier brilliance of such projects in the hands of Ralph Burns, done here with a great depth of expression, and none of the coldness that you might expect from Schuller's participation. Clearly, there's a Miles/Gil Evans influence here, but the crew retains their identity strongly – and Dizzy's hot tone on the trumpet provides a broder spectrum than Miles ever could. Titles include "Fantasia", "Ballade", "Jubelo", and "The Sword Of Orion". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy GillespieSchool Days ... CD
Savoy, 1951. Used ... $0.99
A bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie – a full album comprised of some famous 78s recorded for the Savoy label at the start of the 50s – the kind of hard-grooving material that made Diz a fan favorite right from the start! There's some nice use of vocals in the mix – not just from Dizzy, but also from Joe Carroll as well – an overlooked vocalese genius from the early days of bebop – not as well-known as Eddie Jefferson or King Pleasure, but working here in a very similar spirit! Diz sings with Joe a bit too, and other players include JJ Johnson on trombone, Milt Jackson on vibes, Bill Graham on alto and baritone sax, and Wynton Kelly on piano. Cuts include "Bopsie's Blues", "School Days", "We Love To Boogie", "Umbrella Man", "I Couldn't Beat The Rap", "Pop's Confessin", and "Lady Be Good". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Bennie GreenBennie Green Blows His Horn ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $22.99
Bennie Green blows his horn – and really blows us away in the process! Green emerges here as one of the most biting trombonists of the postwar years – a player who can handle his instrument with a deftness usually heard more on a trumpet – a sense of phrasing that's incredibly sharp and on the money, and which mixes here with some wicked lead lines from Charlie Rouse on tenor sax! Rouse has all his early gutbuckety tones firmly intact – and steps out here in a group that also features Cliff Smalls on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. Candido plays conga on half the record – and titles include the classic "Groovin the Blues", plus "Body & Soul", "Say Jack", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "One Track", "Hi Yo Silver", and "Laura". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Lenis Guess & OthersStory Of Lenis Guess ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
Funky soul from Virginia's great Lenis Guess – best known as the leader of the Raw Soul combo, but also a hell of a singer on his own – as well as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and label owner too! This massive package showcases all of Guess' mighty talents – and brings together a range of his own rare singles – both for his own label and others – plus productions that Lenis recorded with other artists at the time – including a number done for his own tiny DPG label. And although Guess was located in Norfolk – off near the coast of Virginia – he still managed to grab some top-shelf talent at the time – both male and female singers with a mighty deep range that's more than enough to make waves on the global scene all these many years later. The package features nice historical notes – and titles include "Funky Virginia" and "Let Home Cross Your Mind" by Sir Guy, "What Have You Heard" and "Clown Suit" by Terry Sinclair, "She Broke Down" by Little Richard III, "Stormy Weather" by Dorsey Brockington, "Thank Goodness Gotta Good Woman" by Page One, "Feels So Good" by Shirley Johnson, "Candy Man" by Josephine Jones, "Superman" by Barbara Stant, "Leave My Beat Alone" by Raw Soul, and the Lenis Guess tracks "Working For My Baby", "In My Room, "Thank You Baby", "For All You've Been", "Some Woman's Bedroom, "How You Gonna Do It", "That Beat's Got The Devil In It", and "Why Why Why'd She Leave Me". CD
Also available Story Of Lenis Guess (with download) ... LP 16.99

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New Lenis Guess & OthersStory Of Lenis Guess (with download) ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
Funky soul from Virginia's great Lenis Guess – best known as the leader of the Raw Soul combo, but also a hell of a singer on his own – as well as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and label owner too! This massive package showcases all of Guess' mighty talents – and brings together a range of his own rare singles – both for his own label and others – plus productions that Lenis recorded with other artists at the time – including a number done for his own tiny DPG label. And although Guess was located in Norfolk – off near the coast of Virginia – he still managed to grab some top-shelf talent at the time – both male and female singers with a mighty deep range that's more than enough to make waves on the global scene all these many years later. The package features nice historical notes – and titles include "Funky Virginia" and "Let Home Cross Your Mind" by Sir Guy, "What Have You Heard" and "Clown Suit" by Terry Sinclair, "She Broke Down" by Little Richard III, "Stormy Weather" by Dorsey Brockington, "Thank Goodness Gotta Good Woman" by Page One, "Feels So Good" by Shirley Johnson, "Candy Man" by Josephine Jones, "Superman" by Barbara Stant, "Leave My Beat Alone" by Raw Soul, and the Lenis Guess tracks "Working For My Baby", "In My Room, "Thank You Baby", "For All You've Been", "Some Woman's Bedroom, "How You Gonna Do It", "That Beat's Got The Devil In It", and "Why Why Why'd She Leave Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album download.)
Also available Story Of Lenis Guess ... CD 12.99

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Friedrich GuldaMusic For 4 Soloists & Band No 1 ... LP
Saba/MPS (Germany), 1965. Very Good+ ... $36.99
One of the most beautiful albums Friedrich Gulda ever recorded for MPS – a wonderful session that features key solo work from players who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, and Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone sax! The work has a somewhat serious feel, but isn't nearly as much so as some of Gulda's other work – and the presence of the soloists really keeps things soulful throughout – with a fluid sense of tone and color that's really wonderful. Gulda plays piano with a larger ensemble, but they really drop back nicely to give the soloists plenty of space! Titles include the 3 part title track – "Music For 4 Soloists & Band No 1" – plus "Minuet" and "Prelude & Fugue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Saba pressing – in great shape!)

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Coleman HawkinsHawk In Flight ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good Gatefold ... $28.99
A beautiful 50s "collector's issue" pressing of earlier work by Coleman Hawkins – material recorded between 1939 and 1947, and most of it in wonderful small group format that lets Hawkins' tenor really come to the forefront! There's a genuis here that would be immediately apparent, even if the gatefold package didn't look so great – but given that it does, the whole thing's an extra-nice way to get these key early sides! Other players on the sessions include Benny Carter, JC Higginbotham, Allen Eager, Peter Brown, and Budd Johnson – and titles include "Half Step Down Please", "Bouncing With Bean", "Meet Doctor Foo", "Spotlite", "Low Flame", and "Jumping For Jane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear on the spine, but is intact and quite nice overall – as is the vinyl!)

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Terry Huff & Special DeliveryLonely One (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Mainstream, 1976. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A great lost bit of east coast soul – arranged and conducted by Al Johnson, and featuring the raw falsetto vocals of Terry Huff. The track shows the east coast sound in a more well-produced era, with a tighter sound than on earlier group singles – but the cut's still a nice one, with a style that hints at Al's later modern soul work. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker.)

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Bobby HutchersonTotal Eclipse (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A brilliant collaboration between vibist Bobby Hutcherson and reedman Harold Land – the first Blue Note album to feature the talents of the pair together, and a stone classic from the very first note! Hutcherson had already been making big waves for the label with his earlier sides – some avant, some soulful, all great – but adding Land's magical tenor and flute to the mix really opens his sound up a lot, and unlocks a lyrical quality in Bobby's music that really points the way to his flourishing years in the 70s! Yet all is not totally sweet – as both Land and Hutcherson maintain an edginess on the record that makes it more of a progression from the "new thing" years than a break – and pianist Chick Corea is on hand, moving through a very similar path in his own music too. Other players include Reggie Johnson on bass and Joe Chambers on drums – and the tracks are nice and long, with that free-wheeling soulful sound that Land seemed to nicely bring to Hutcherson's playing. Titles include "Herzog", "Same Shame", "Maxtrix", "Total Eclipse", and "Pompeian". LP, Vinyl record album

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ImpressionsLoving Power/It's About Time ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1976. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
Overlooked 70s genius from The Impressions – 2 killer albums back to back on a single CD! Loving Power is later Curtom work from the group – but still plenty darn nice, with a super-dope vocal harmony approach on the best tracks! The title cut is worth the price of admission alone – as it's a slow-stepping harmony tune that really burns with a sweet mellow feel – sung to perfection by a quartet lineup that includes younger singers Ralph Johnson and Reggie Torian working with older Impressions Fred Cash and Sam Gooden. Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy had a good hand in much of the record – bringing it into the warm, sophisti-soul style they were using at the time – and arrangements include some great work by Richard Evans and Rich Tufo. Titles include "Loving Power", "If You Have To Ask", "Sunshine", and "I Can't Wait To See You". It's About Time is The Impressions first album for Cotillion, cut after a great 70s run on Curtom – but one that's done with a sound that still carries on the groove nicely! The more righteous tones of the earlier work are shaken loose a bit, to be replaced by a fuller approach to the music built from arrangements by HB Barnum, Gene Page, and Gil Askey – a bit more LA than Chicago, but with a soaringly soulful quality that almost recalls the sound of The Spinners during their best Philly years. As with that work, the harmonies here are all right on the money, and get plenty of space to sparkle amidst the full strings and tight rhythms – and new group member Nate Evans really brings a deep sense of soul to the group's work. Many tunes were written by the team of Mervin Seals and Melvin Steals – and titles include "I'm A Fool For Love", "Same Old Heartaches", "This Time", "Stardust", "I Need You", and "What Might Have Been". CD

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New Bob JamesHeads ... LP
Tappan Zee, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
Heads or tails, it's a winner every time – as the record's one of the last clear moments of genius from keyboardist Bob James in the 70s! The sound here is stepping out a bit more from Bob's earlier sides on CTI, but there's still plenty of great keyboard work to make the album worth seeking out – as well as that unusual James approach to rhythm, which often makes tunes come across with lots of angular moments and darker corners, no matter how smooth the overall production might sound. Other players here include Richard Tee, Ralph MacDonald, Randy Brecker, Alphonso Johnson, and Steve Gadd – and titles include the seminal break track "Night Crawler", plus "Heads", "We're All Alone", "I'm In You", and "One Loving Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has unglued seams.)

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicNorman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol 4 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Early 50s. Good ... $3.99
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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Bill Jennings & Jack McDuffGlide On (second cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Very Good+ ... $18.99
A groovy glide from the mighty Bill Jennings – making a key transition here from earlier R&B into hipper soul jazz – thanks to the help of organist Jack McDuff! Bill was Jack's guitarist on a few of his key early Prestige dates, but the roles are reversed here – with Jennings as the leader, and McDuff as the sideman – playing some incredible Hammond in a variety of tones and timings that really help keep things cool throughout! Bill's lean guitar lines are out front on all tunes, but Jack's organ follows strongly in second place – alongside other instrumentation that includes vibes from Al Jennings, bass from Wendell Marshall, and drums from Alvin Johnson. Titles include "Azur-Te", "Hey Mrs Jones", "Cole Slaw", "Glide On", "Billin & Burnin", and "Fiddlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Al JohnsonBack For More ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Wonderful work by Al Johnson – one of the unsung heroes of mellow 70s soul, finally getting his shot on a major label after many years as a songwriter and arranger for other aritsts. Norman Connors brought Al to Columbia – and as he did with other talents in earlier years, like Phyllis Hyman and Michael Henderson, this sort of sponsorship gave Al a chance to reach a much larger audience. Even though the record was never a huge hit, it is an enduring soul classic that still has a lot of resonance today. It features Al's classic duet with Jean Carn on "I'm Back For More" – a cut that was recorded by other artists, but which has its best-known version here. Also features "I've Got My Second Wind" – which Al did on an earlier album of his own – plus "You Are My Personal Angel", and "Peaceful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printing inner sleeve. Cover & labels have some marker. Cover has creasing near the top left corner.)

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Benny JohnsonVisions Of Paradise ... LP
Today, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
A sublime bit of indie soul from the early 70s – the one and only album by vocalist Benny Johnson, recorded with some totally great backings from funk legend Julius Brockington and his United Chair combo! For the session, Brockington chose a warm, organ-drenched sound that's a fair bit like some of the best work coming out of Hi Records at the same time – although without as much of a southern soul approach overall. Johnson's vocals have a beautifully crackling sort of quality – one that's honest and human, but still smooth enough to fit the mode of the music here – a bit like Al Green, but a little more east coast overall. The set's got some excellent mellow soul numbers that are worth the price of admission alone – tracks that slide out beautifully with a really gentle sound, and bubble up with a tremendous amount of soul. But there's also some fuller, more upbeat tunes too – groovers that have made the album a favorite overseas for years! Titles include "Visions Of Paradise", "Stop Me", "Give It Up", "Second To None", "Won't You Stay", "It's Yours Baby", "Please Come Back", and "I Just Got To Know". LP, Vinyl record album

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James P JohnsonRare Solos ... LP
Riverside, Early 20s. Very Good ... $19.99
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JJ JohnsonBlue Trombone ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
A great small group session from trombonist JJ Johnson – a record that sets him up with a crack rhythm section, then really lets him open up on his solos! The approach is a great change from some of the more tightly arranged Johnson albums for Columbia – and is a great reminder of the sharp, soulful hardbop style that first made folks take note of JJ during his early work for Blue Note and Prestige Records! The set cooks nicely – thanks to piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Max Roach – and titles include "Kev", "Blue Trombone (parts 1 & 2)", "100 Proof", and "What's New". CD
Also available Blue Trombone ... LP 3.99

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New JJ JohnsonBlue Trombone ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Good+ ... $3.99
A great small group session from trombonist JJ Johnson – a record that sets him up with a crack rhythm section, then really lets him open up on his solos! The approach is a great change from some of the more tightly arranged Johnson albums for Columbia – and is a great reminder of the sharp, soulful hardbop style that first made folks take note of JJ during his early work for Blue Note and Prestige Records! The set cooks nicely – thanks to piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Max Roach – and titles include "Kev", "Blue Trombone (parts 1 & 2)", "100 Proof", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in marker on back.)
Also available Blue Trombone ... CD 13.99

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JJ JohnsonTouch Of Satin ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $8.99
JJ Johnson at his best – playing in a very understated way, in a group with Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Don't worry too much about the "satin" in the title – as the record's not a boring amalgamation of string and trombone numbers, but just some tightly woven quartet tunes, with JJ sliding around with the smoothness of satin, but all the soul of his few truly great records from the time! Titles include "Bloozineff", "Flat Black", "Jackie-ing", and "Full Moon & Empty Arms". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, packing tape on the bottom seam, and some staining.)

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New JJ Johnson & Kai Winding/JJ JohnsonKai & Jay Plus 6/JJ In Person ... CD
Sony/Collectables, Early 50s. Used ... $4.99
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Laurie JohnsonYou're Needed! – Suave Sixties Themes (aka England's New Big Band Sound – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/El (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $4.99
A great collection of work from 60s UK maestro Laurie Johnson – best known for his theme to The Avengers, but represented here by an even wider-ranging batch of material! Half of the CD comes from the album England's New Big Band Sound – a rare American outing on Colpix Records! The style on those tracks is a bit like that of John Dankworth on some of his American records – jazzy at the core, but also with larger orchestral flourishes that put the work somewhere between jazz and popular instrumental. But given Johnson's penchant for hip timing and a nicely swinging groove, the album's pretty nice all the way through – never sleepy, and done with a good sense of presence on some of the instruments. Titles include "Jenny", "By Myself", "Pagan Love Song", "Nevada", "South Of The Border", "Bali Hai", "Twango", and "My Favorite Things". The remaining part of the CD features some of Johnson's famous themes – including "Theme From Dr Strangelove" and "The Avengers" – plus even better jazzy orchestral work pulled from sessions for Pye in the late 50s and early 60s – tracks that include "West End", "Limehouse", "Times Square", "Grand Central", "There's A Plot Afoot", "Lock Up Your Daughters", "Charmed Life", and "Minor Bossa Nova". CD

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Paul "Guitar Red" JohnsonPretty Eyed Baby/Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder ... 7-inch
Checker, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
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Plas JohnsonThis Must Be The Plas! ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
A gem of a session from tenorman Plas Johnson – recorded for Capitol with small group backing that includes organ, piano, vibes, and a bit of guitar – all grooving in a mode that's much more suited to Johnson's deeply riffing style than the easy arrangements of much of his other work. Plas responds to the freedom by playing tenor, baritone, and alto sax – and he really grooves nicely on the whole set! Titles include "Heart & Soul", "Too Close For Comfort", "If I Had You", "My Old Flame", and "S'Il Vous Plait". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label promo pressing. Cover has splitting and masking tape on the seams and a rip on the spine, with a tracklist sticker, some pen, and an ink stamp on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... $64.99 79.98
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continutiy that would unite the music – until now. The folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album

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Hank JonesTalented Touch ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Sealed ... $9.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at the time – with backing from Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both players who really match Hank's mixture of lyricism and soul! There's a really careful balance on the record that already hints at Jones' long years in jazz to come – and titles include "The Blue Room", "If I Love Again", "Let Me Know", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "It's Easy To Remember". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing.)

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New Meade Lux Lewis/Jimmy Yancey/Pete JohnsonBarrelhouse Boogie ... LP
Bluebird, Late 30s/Early 40s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Willie MabonI'm The Fixer – The Best Of The USA Sessions ... CD
USA/Fuel 2000, Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
Really great work from singer Willie Mabon – best known as a Chicago bluesman from the 50s, but an artist who's in even more soulful territory on these sublime sides from the 60s! Willie's got a quality here that really links together Chicago's blues and soul traditions – in a vibe that prefaces later work by singers like Tyrone Davis or Syl Johnson, but shares their similar sense of deep roots and modern swing. Mabon's a hell of a charismatic force on all these cuts – a singer really ripe for rediscovery, especially on this overlooked stretch of his career. The work was all done for the excellent USA label, and shares the genre-stepping quality of much of that imprint's best music – and titles include "Some More", "Something For Nothing", "Got To Have Some", "Just Got Some", "I'm The Fixer", "Too Hot To Handle", "Somebody Gotta Pay", and "Ruby's Monkey". CD

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Les McCannLes McCann Plays The Hits ... LP
Limelight, 1966. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Play the hits Les does – but in a very groovy way! He's got a nice little combo on the record that includes Plas Johnson and Seldon Powell on saxes, plus some Latin percussion by Johnny Pacheco and Ron Rich. The great Leroy Vinnegar rounds out the group on bass, providing the rich strong groove that he adds to Les' best recordings of the 60s. Includes an excellent 2-part version of "Sunny", an early version of "Compared To What", and the tracks "Summer Samba", "Sad Little Girl", "Les Skate", and "Pretty Flamingo". A great set of pop soul jazz from LA! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small promo sticker on the back.)

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Memphis Slim, Tampa Red, Lonnie JohnsonBawdy Blues ... CD
Bluesville/Original Blues Classics, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1973. Used ... $5.99
One of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's one of the few later albums we'd easily rank right up there with his late 50s and early 60s classics! Orchestrations were partially arranged and conducted with help from Sy Johnson – and soloists include James Moody and Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Snookie Young and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Roland Hanna on piano. Titles include "The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers", "Adagio Ma Non Troppo", "The Chill of Death", and "The I Of Hurricane Sue". CD features the bonus track "Taurus In The Arena Of Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music/Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 3CD ... $21.99
A pair of 70s giants from Charles Mingus – some of his best material of the decade! First up is Let My Children Hear Music – one of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's one of the few later albums we'd easily rank right up there with his late 50s and early 60s classics! Orchestrations were partially arranged and conducted with help from Sy Johnson – and soloists include James Moody and Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Snookie Young and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Roland Hanna on piano. Titles include "The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers", "Adagio Ma Non Troppo", "The Chill of Death", and "The I Of Hurricane Sue". Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert is a wonderful set – a double-length album that's great all the way through! Mingus live is always a treat – especially in these later years, when the fire seemed to go out of most of his studio recordings. Live, though, he always managed to kick it hard - with the sort of emotion that graced his strong early albums. And despite the fact that this one's conducted by Teo Macero, and features some remarks from Bill Cosby – the affair's still pretty hip, and the soloists go to town nicely – with those stretched-out performances that always made for the best individual moments in a Mingus record! The record features great work from Gene Ammons and Bobby Jones on tenor, Lee Konitz and Charles McPherson on alto, James Moody on flute, Randy Weston on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Eddie Bert on trombone – and Honey Gordon sings a lovely vocal on the track "Eclipse". Other titles include "Jump Monk", "Us Is Two", "ESP", and "Ecclusiastics". CD

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James MoodyWail Moody Wail ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Wail Moody, indeed – a killer set from the 50s that really shows the strong development of James Moody after the initial bebop years – already growing into one of the most forward-thinking jazzman of his generation! The group here is a bit larger than before – a septet, put together with both a mix of modern arrangements and some of the more freewheeling styles of a bop jam session – a great testament to Moody's growing ability as a leader. The lineup is a bit unusual, but in a good way – with work from Pee Wee Moore on baritone, Dave Burns on trumpet, Jimmy Boyd on piano, and William Shepherd on trombone – plus John Latham on bass and Clarence Johnson on drums – and the groove is open – informed by bop, but with a lot of early soul jazz in the mix, too – especially in the ensemble phrasing. Side one features the side-long jammer "Wail Moody Way" – and other titles include "The Golden Touch", "The Donkey Serenade", and "Moody's Blue Again". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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David MurrayInterboogieology ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1978. Used ... $9.99
No boogie here – at least not in the conventional sense – but a great little set from David Murray, recorded during the soulful prime of his early years on record! The album features a very hip quartet – one with Murray on tenor, Butch Morris on cornet, Johnny Dyani on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums – joined by vocalist Marta Contreras on two tracks, who sings in this haunting, other-worldly way that's really great – almost more of an instrument than a voice, and a nice match for Murray's reedwork. The sound is relatively open at points, almost loft jazz-ish – and tracks are all quite long too, with titles that include "Home", "Namthini's Shadow", "Blues For David", and "Interboogieology". CD
(Out of print. Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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100 Proof Aged In Soul100 Proof Aged In Soul (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99
A stone burner from 100 Proof Aged In Soul – a group who really take off with this tight second record! The album's a classic from the days when soul music ruled AM radio on both sides of the tracks – and the rest of the album is equally great – packing that tight post-Motown punch that made the Hot Wax label one of the best proponents of Detroit soul in the 70s! Arrangements are by a huge amount of early 70s heavyweights – McKinley Jackson, Paul Riser, and HB Barnum – and the set was produced by General Johnson and Greg Perry, in a style that soars along with the Chairmen Of The Board albums of the time. Titles include "Words", "I Don't Care If I Never Get Over You", "Everything Good Is Bad", "Ghetto Girl", "Nothing Sweeter Than Love", and "Don't You Wake Me". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "I'd Rather Fight Than Switch", "If I Could See The Light In The Window (version 2)", "My Piece Of The Rock (vocal)", "My Piece Of The Rock (inst)", and "I'm Mad As Hell (parts 1 & 2)". CD
Also available 100 Proof Aged In Soul (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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100 Proof Aged In Soul100 Proof Aged In Soul (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. Used ... $18.99
A stone burner from 100 Proof Aged In Soul – a group who really take off with this tight second record! The album's a classic from the days when soul music ruled AM radio on both sides of the tracks – and the rest of the album is equally great – packing that tight post-Motown punch that made the Hot Wax label one of the best proponents of Detroit soul in the 70s! Arrangements are by a huge amount of early 70s heavyweights – McKinley Jackson, Paul Riser, and HB Barnum – and the set was produced by General Johnson and Greg Perry, in a style that soars along with the Chairmen Of The Board albums of the time. Titles include "Words", "I Don't Care If I Never Get Over You", "Everything Good Is Bad", "Ghetto Girl", "Nothing Sweeter Than Love", and "Don't You Wake Me". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "I'd Rather Fight Than Switch", "If I Could See The Light In The Window (version 2)", "My Piece Of The Rock (vocal)", "My Piece Of The Rock (inst)", and "I'm Mad As Hell (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available 100 Proof Aged In Soul (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. But for Inspiration Information, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day" – plus unreleased bonus tracks "Miss Pretty", "Magic", "Things We Like To Do", and "Castle Top Jam". Then – as if that's not enough – the set features incredible rare material from Shuggie – 14 more tracks as the Wings Of Love album, mostly recorded in the late 70s post-Inspiration years, plus a few tracks from later vintage too! The sound is great – the kind of extra bits we've been wanting to hear from Otis for many many years – finally unleashed from the vaults, and showing a style that really echoes the groove that others had copied from him – like The Brothers Johnson and some later contemporaries. There's plenty of great lost nuggets on Wings – and titles include "Trying To Get Close To You", "Give Me Something Good", "Wings Of Love", "Give Me A Chance", "Fireball Of Love", "Fawn", "If You'd Be Mine", "Black Belt Sheriff", and "Destination You". CD
Also available Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. But for Inspiration Information, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day" – plus unreleased bonus tracks "Miss Pretty", "Magic", "Things We Like To Do", and "Castle Top Jam". Then – as if that's not enough – the set features incredible rare material from Shuggie – 14 more tracks as the Wings Of Love album, mostly recorded in the late 70s post-Inspiration years, plus a few tracks from later vintage too! The sound is great – the kind of extra bits we've been wanting to hear from Otis for many many years – finally unleashed from the vaults, and showing a style that really echoes the groove that others had copied from him – like The Brothers Johnson and some later contemporaries. There's plenty of great lost nuggets on Wings – and titles include "Trying To Get Close To You", "Give Me Something Good", "Wings Of Love", "Give Me A Chance", "Fireball Of Love", "Fawn", "If You'd Be Mine", "Black Belt Sheriff", and "Destination You". CD
Also available Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Shirley ScottSomething ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A groovy groovy electric set from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that really kicks things up in the rhythm department, in a way ties the album as much to Atlantic Records soul of the 60s as it does to some of Scott's earlier work for Prestige! There's a great pulse at the bottom of the tunes – thanks to guitar work from Billy Butler and Eric Gale, and some sweet electric bass from Chuck Rainey – working here in the rhythm section with Jimmy Johnson on drums and Ralph MacDonald on congas. The combination of all these great players on one date really makes things cook – and Shirley's organ sounds groovier than ever – so much so, she also seems free to try out a few sounds here on piano and ondoline as well. Things take on a nicely trippy feel at times, and a funky groove at others – and titles include "I Want You Back", "Because", "Someday We'll Be Together", and "Can I Change My Mind". CD
Also available Something ... LP 7.99

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New Shirley ScottSomething ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A groovy groovy electric set from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that really kicks things up in the rhythm department, in a way ties the album as much to Atlantic Records soul of the 60s as it does to some of Scott's earlier work for Prestige! There's a great pulse at the bottom of the tunes – thanks to guitar work from Billy Butler and Eric Gale, and some sweet electric bass from Chuck Rainey – working here in the rhythm section with Jimmy Johnson on drums and Ralph MacDonald on congas. The combination of all these great players on one date really makes things cook – and Shirley's organ sounds groovier than ever – so much so, she also seems free to try out a few sounds here on piano and ondoline as well. Things take on a nicely trippy feel at times, and a funky groove at others – and titles include "I Want You Back", "Because", "Someday We'll Be Together", and "Can I Change My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Also available Something ... CD 14.99

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Zoot SimsArt Of Jazz (aka The Modern Art Of Jazz) ... LP
Seeco, 1956. Very Good ... $11.99
One of THE classic Zoot Sims small group recordings of the 50s – recorded with a quintet lineup that includes some great valve trombone work from Bob Brookmeyer! The overall sound isn't nearly as modern as you'd expect from the title – but given that Brookmeyer's phrasing is fresh and inventive, and that Sims could easily be moved into some challenging territory with the right players, the set's certainly got a quality that ranks it up there with the best of its contemporaries – no matter how you define the term "modern"! Other players include John Williams, Milt Hinton, and Gus Johnson – and titles include "Down At The Loft", "Our Pad", "One To Blow On", and "Dark Clouds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy rainbow label pressing – nice and clean overall, with just a few light marks. Cover is nice.)

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Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford Vol 1 ... LP
ABC, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $14.99
Really standout material from Lucky – an excellent set of small group sessions that features Oscar Pettiford on bass! The format's a bit like the small combo mode that Americans from larger touring ensembles were recording in Europe – a bit more laidback, and with more solo focus for players who were sometimes eclipsed in larger groups. One side has Lucky playing with Hank Jones, Pettiford, and Osie Johnson in the rhythm section – plus "Jim Whatsmyname" on trombone, clearly another player working here against contractual rules. The flip is just trio material – spare and beautiful, with Lucky's tenor set against Pettiford's bass and the guitar of Skeeter Best. Titles include "Tricotism", "Bo Bi My Boy", "Op Meets LT", "Tom Kattin", and "Translation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and the remnants of a sticker. Label has a light stain.)

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Three SoundsColdwater Flat ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99
A brilliant pairing of the Three Sounds trio with the larger arrangements of reedman Oliver Nelson – easily one of the most soulful bandleaders of the 60s, and a talent who really helps open up the trio's groove! The piano of Gene Harris is nice and sharp – played with a soulful sock on both sides of the keyboard – and soaring out over these full charts from Nelson that really sparkle with great touches from players like Plas Johnson on tenor, Lou Blackburn on trombone, Bobby Bryant on trumpet, and both Anthony Ortega and Frank Strozier on alto. The record's really one of our favorites by this great Blue Note group – and is a perfect bridge between their early trio sides and their later funky records! Titles include "Last Train To Clarksville", "Do Do Do", "Star Trek", "Lonely Bottles", "Grass Is Greener", and the groovy "Coldwater Flat". CD
(SHMCD.)

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TwennynineJust Like Dreamin' ... CD
Atlantic/Robinsongs (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Sublime jazzy soul from Twennynine – a combo that's headed by drummer Lenny White, but which is a really solid group affair overall! Twennynine have a perfect sense of poise throughout – that great mix of jazzy elements and more straightforward soul that characterized some of the best groups of the early 80s – served up with a bit of polish, but still plenty of nice sharp edges on the grooves. Keyboards slide along nicely with the basslines and drums – and although lead vocals are by Barry Johnson, most of the group members manage to sing a bit throughout the set – fleshing out the grooves wonderfully with some really warm chorus parts. Titles include "Movin On", "Rhythm", "Twennynine (The Rap)", "Just Like Dreamin", "Don't Look Back", "Need You", "Find A Love", and "All I Want". CD

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New Eddie Cleanhead VinsonOriginal Cleanhead (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
A really sweet late effort from bluesy soul singer and sax player Eddie Cleanhead Vinson – his dawn of the 70s comeback – done for the the Flying Dutchman label's Bluestime imprint. Cleanhead covered a whole lot of stylistic range in earlier years, from big band vocalist, to R&B shouter, to bebop era alto sax player – and he comfortably displays that range here, albeit in a loose, easygoing bluesy soul mode – backed by a great group of session players that includes Joe Pass, Artie Butler, Arthur Wright and Plas Johnson. Bob Thiele produced, and the titles include "Cleanhead Blues", "Pass Out", "Alimony Blues", "Cleanhead Is Back", "Juice Head Baby", "Old Maid Boogie", "One O'Clock Humph" and "I Needs To Be Be'd Wid". This great Ace CD version includes 3 bonus tracks: live versions of "Cleanhead Blues", "I Had A Dream" and "Person To Person". CD

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Lem WinchesterAnother Opus ... LP
New Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the few records cut by vibist Lem Winchester before his untimely early death – and one of the best too! The album's got a heavy soul jazz sound that shows that Winchester was one of the few who could play the vibes in that manner – grooving here with a quintet that includes Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Eddie Jones, and Gus Johnson. Tracks have an open easy groove – and Winchester plays in a mode that would make Milt Jackson weak in the knees during a jam session! Titles include "Blues Prayer", "Another Opus", "The Meetin", and "Both Barrels". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Status pressing. Cover has splitting on the top seam, a split bottom seam, some markeron front, and pen on back.)

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Kai WindingSoul Surfin' ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A very groovy little record from the famous Kai Winding – hardly the trombone jazz outing you might have guessed from Kai's famous work with JJ Johnson – and instead, an electrified set that's got plenty of cool 60s touches! Winding does play trombone, but the group also features lots of guitar from Kenny Burrell, electric piano from Paul Griffin, and ondioline from Jean Jacques Perry – who really gives the whole thing a cool sort of watery sound – making the guitar and trombone sound wonderful together! Burrell's at his boldest too – almost surf-ish in parts – and titles include the album's hit version of "More", plus "Gravy Waltz", "China Nights", "Pipeline", "Sukiyaki", "Tube Wall", "Sinner", and "Hearse Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a staple in one corner.)

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VariousBoppin By The Bayou – More Dynamite ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Not boppin in the jazz sense – but instead a raw, rocking set of sounds from the Louisiana scene at the start of the 60s – some really unique numbers that show why the state was definitely home to some of the most striking music of the time! Louisiana's usually hailed as a hotbed of soul at the time, but the scene also had plenty of great rockers too – musicians caught in a cool crossfire of blues roots, rockabilly influence, East Texas twang, and maybe a bit of Crescent City rhythms and piano! The mix is plenty great, and makes for a really hard-burning batch of tracks that explode with even more power than previous volumes – especially considering that 18 of the collection's 28 cuts are pulled from the vaults, and have never been issued before. Titles include "Rock & Roll Beat" by Peto Marlow & The Rhythm Kings, "Crazy Dreams" by Ken Lindsey, "Clarabel" by Vince Anthony & The Blue Notes, "Teenagers" by Bobby Charles, "Louisiana Gambler" by Jim Oertling, "I'm Coming Home" by Dayward Penny, "Eenie Meenie Minie Mo" by Rick Johnson, and "Blues Stop Knockin" by Al Ferrier. CD

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VariousCan You Dig It? – The Music & Politics Of Black Action Films 1968 to 1975 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
Possibly the best-ever collection of blacksploitation grooves we've ever seen – a really comprehensive package that not only manages to cover the classics, but which also digs deep enough to come up with lots of fresh bits too! The set really sets a new level for the Soul Jazz label – and is carried off with enough authority towards Black Action films as the label's legendary efforts towards a host of less mainstream genres – truly an achievement for the label's crew, not to mention a heavier bonus for our funky listening pleasure! There's way more here than just a slapped-together batch of tunes from the early 70s – as the set's very carefully put together to showcase a wide range of sounds, along with notes that really get at the social and political power of both the music and the films. 2CD package features a massive color booklet inside the slipcase – and features 34 tracks that include "Shaft In Africa" by Johnny Pate, "Down & Out In New York City" by James Brown, "Wilford's Gone" by The Blackbyrds, "Run Fay Run" by Isaac Hayes, "Theme From Black Belt Jones" by Dennis Coffey, "Willie Chase" by JJ Johnson, "T Plays It Cool" by Marvin Gaye, "Charley" by Don Costa, "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" by Willie Hutch, "Blacula" by Gene Page, "Theme From Cleopatra Jones" by Joe Simon, "Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile" by Isaac Hayes, "Sweetback's Theme" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Aragon" by Roy Ayers, "Strung Out" by Gordon Staples, "Easin In" by Edwin Starr, "The Bus" by Solomon Burke & Gene Page, "Make A Resolution" by The Impressions, "Ed & Digger" by Cotton Comes To Harlem, "Las Vegas Strut" by Jack Ashford, "Lay It On Your Head" by Don Julian, and "Zombie March" by Nat Dove & The Devils. CD

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New VariousEccentric Soul – Twinight's Lunar Rotation ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 26.98
The best look at Chicago's legendary Twinight label that we've ever seen – a massive 2CD set that goes way past the obvious hits, and really digs into the heart and soul of this unique little record company! Twinight is best known as the home of Syl Johnson during his legendary run of funky soul singles at the end of the 60s – but the company was also home to a lot of other great talent during the same stretch – harmony vocal groups, sweet soul singers, funky combos, and more – all of which you'll hear in this incredible little set! (And in fact, the set does such a great job of presenting the other artists on Twinight, that it leaves out Syl Johnson entirely – so the package is a 100% non-Syl set – which is ok with us, because you can always get Johnson's work on other reissues.) The Numero Group have really outdone themselves this time around – using their careful ear to pull out the best lost bits from Twinight, remastered here with wonderful sound – and a brilliant 32 page booklet that tells the story of the label, and also includes loads of vintage photos. The set's a must-have for any fan of quality funk or soul – and the package includes a whopping 40 titles that include "Goin Man Huntin" by Jo Ann Garrett, "I've Made Up My Mind" by Josephine Taylor, "A New Day" by The Notations, "Nevermore" by Renaldo Domino, "Yesterday's Mistakes" by Jimmy Jones, "I'll Always Love You" by Velma Perkins, "Life Walked Out" by Mist, "Put Out The Fire by Mystiques, "You & Me Baby" by Kaldirons, "Rosemarie" by Dynamic Tints, "Remind Me" by Schiller Street Gang, "Is It Meant To Be" by Krystal Generation, "Pardon My Innocent Heart" by Nate Evans, "Package Of Love (part 1)" by Dynamic Tints, "The Devastator" by Stormy, "Mama" by Annette Poindexter, "Pass It On (part 1)" by Pipes Of Peace, "My Sunshine Girl" by Radiants, "Let Me Come Within" by Renaldo Domino, "Soul Strokes" by Sidney Pinchback, and "Can You Find Me Love" by Harrison & The Majestic Kind. CD
Also available Eccentric Soul – Twinight's Lunar Rotation (4LP box set – with 13 bonus tracks) ... LP 46.99

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VariousEccentric Soul – Twinight's Lunar Rotation (4LP box set – with 13 bonus tracks) ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4LPs ... $46.99 49.98
The best look at Chicago's legendary Twinight label that we've ever seen – a massive set that goes way past the obvious hits, and really digs into the heart and soul of this unique little record company! Twinight is best known as the home of Syl Johnson during his legendary run of funky soul singles at the end of the 60s – but the company was also home to a lot of other great talent during the same stretch – harmony vocal groups, sweet soul singers, funky combos, and more – all of which you'll hear in this incredible little set! (And in fact, the set does such a great job of presenting the other artists on Twinight, that it leaves out Syl Johnson entirely – so the package is a 100% non-Syl set – which is ok with us, because you can always get Johnson's work on other reissues.) The Numero Group have really outdone themselves this time around – using their careful ear to pull out the best lost bits from Twinight, remastered here with wonderful sound – and the heavy inner sleeves of the LPs have notes that tell the story of the label, and also includes loads of vintage photos. The set's a must-have for any fan of quality funk or soul – and the package includes a whopping 53 titles that include "Goin Man Huntin" by Jo Ann Garrett, "I've Made Up My Mind" by Josephine Taylor, "A New Day" by The Notations, "Nevermore" by Renaldo Domino, "Yesterday's Mistakes" by Jimmy Jones, "I'll Always Love You" by Velma Perkins, "Life Walked Out" by Mist, "Put Out The Fire by Mystiques, "You & Me Baby" by Kaldirons, "Rosemarie" by Dynamic Tints, "Remind Me" by Schiller Street Gang, "Is It Meant To Be" by Krystal Generation, "Pardon My Innocent Heart" by Nate Evans, "Package Of Love (part 1)" by Dynamic Tints, "The Devastator" by Stormy, "Mama" by Annette Poindexter, "Pass It On (part 1)" by Pipes Of Peace, "My Sunshine Girl" by Radiants, "Let Me Come Within" by Renaldo Domino, "Soul Strokes" by Sidney Pinchback, and "Can You Find Me Love" by Harrison & The Majestic Kind. 4LP set is beautiful – packaged in a special box, and with 13 bonus tracks not on the CD version – plus updated liner notes, more photos, and a full Twinight singles discography! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Eccentric Soul – Twinight's Lunar Rotation ... CD 23.99

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VariousFrom The Vaults Of Ric & Ron Records – Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1958 to 1962 (10 x 7" set) ... 7-inch
Rounder, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 10x45s ... $46.99 49.99
Stunning stuff – and one of the few reissues we've ever seen to really do justice to this legendary New Orleans soul label! The Ric and Ron imprints were a key indie force in the development of Crescent City soul music – home to some of the better artists who didn't get scooped up by the bigger companies – still working for the hometown label to really serve up the real New Orleans vibe! This special package is put together by the joint forces of Rounder, Ace, and Numero – three labels that have already turned us onto a wealth of great music over the years – and it's a limited edition of 1500 copies, with a host of previously unreleased tracks – all pressed up as 10 funky 45s, in a sweet box with a booklet! Essential stuff for any fan of New Orleans soul – or 60s soul in general – with previously unissued tracks that include "Lena Come What May (demo)" by Al Johnson, "Found My Good Thing" and "Question Of Love" by Barbara Lynn, "I Won't Cry (audition)" and "Walking The Floor Over You" by Johnny Adams, "Blues Cha Cha" by Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers, "Goofer" by Paul Marvin", and "Nothing Withotu You", "Satisfied With Your Love", and "Ain't You Ashamed" by Eddie Bo. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousGhost Woman Blues – Country Blues 1927 to 1952 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's a killer collection of rural blues, with a legacy that goes way beyond the glory days of the genre in the 20s and 30s! The collection's a great one from Mississippi – exactly the kind of pre-LP material that the label's been so great at over the years – with an ear for the really sort of special cuts that are normally only the province of collectors of rare 78rpm recordings! Titles include "Cool Drink Of Water Blues" by Tommy Johnson, "Future Blues" by Willie Brown, "Sic Em Dogs On Me" by Washington White, "Be True Be True" by Henry Simms, "Rambling Love" by Dick Reinhardt, and "Go Away From My Door" by Monroe Moe Jackson. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousModern Music – The First Year 1945 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1945. Used ... $11.99
The start of a legendary label – laid out here in chronological order! The Modern label was a key force in R&B, blues, and jazz in the postwar years – an important indie with an ear for the best underground styles, and an uncanny talent for not only picking some of the best artists of the time – but also finding a way to let their best music come through on record! This wonderful collection brings together all the early Modern Records 78rpm recordings from 1945 – all with brilliant remastering, and the usual Ace Records high level of notes that offers up way more information than you'd find on the original copies. There's strongly jazzy vibe running through the mix here – and titles include "Swinging The Boogie", "Rocking The Boogie", "The Man I Love", "Rehearsin The Boogie", and "Blue Mood" by Hadda Brooks; "Deep Meditation" and "11:45 Swing" by Howard McGhee, "Lovin Lover" and "Jesse Boogie" by Jesse Perry, "Daddy Somebody's Got To Go" by Pearl Taylor, "Air Mail Special" and "B Splat" by Happy Johnson Sextette, and "That's The Boogie" by Three Bits Of Rhythm. CD

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VariousMuro King Of Diggin – Diggin' Salsoul Breaks ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $28.99
Great grooves from Salsoul Records – but served up in a way that's quite different than usual, with a very strong emphasis on the more break-heavy side of the spectrum! The tracks here still come from the same club and disco sources you'll know from Salsoul – but in the hands of DJ Muro, the get a special focus towards the old school – honed in to the most funky, most snapping elements of the cuts – in ways that really unlock a whole new understanding of the label! Muro never messes with the tracks too much – but he does bring them together in ways that re-emphasize his skill as a master selector – in a mix of 22 tracks that includes "Slap Slap Lickey Lap" by Instant Funk, "Sadie" by Joe Bataan, "Psyched Up" by Dr Perri Johnson, "The Incredible Hump" by Sound On Sound Productions, "I Like It Like That" by Inner Life, "High" by Skyy", "Win Tonight" by Edwin Birdsong, "Sugar Frosted Lover" by Flakes, "Kongas Fun" by Kongas, "Sun God" by Tierra, "El Caravanero" by Chocolat, and "Girl From Ipanema/Brazilian Nights" by Gary Criss. CD

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VariousNigeria 70 – Lagos Jump – Original Heavyweight Afrobeat Highlife & Afro Funk ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
A killer follow-up to the earlier Nigeria 70 compilation on Strut Records – a second set that digs even deeper than before, and one that shows a huge range of Nigerian grooves from the 70s! The styles here go way beyond familiar Afro Funk – and the rhythms here are often quite complicated – rootsy at times, modern at others – and served up in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that dances together wonderfully! Most numbers have vocals, but those are often delivered as rhythmically as the instrumentation – and the package is filled with under-reissued gems that make the package an essential addition to any collection of global grooves. As with other sets on the newly-revived Strut label, there's full notes on the music and track-by-track details – all supporting a set list of 16 titles that includes "Everybody Likes Something Good" by Ify Jerry Krusade, "Yabis" by Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars, "Onyame" by Ashanti Afrika Jah, "Ezuku Buzo" by Bola Johnson & His Eazy Life Top Beats, "African Dialects" by Peter King, "You Are My Heart" by Rex Williams, "Hot Tears" by The Immortals, "Dododo (Ekassa No 1)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Happy Survival" by Ifeanyi Eddie Okwedy & His Maymores Dance Band, "Tug Of War" by The Faces, "Ire Africa" by Chief Checker, and "Eddie Quansa" by Peacocks Guitar Band. CD

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VariousNigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 19.98
Essential work from the African scene of the 70s – a collection of tracks that goes way beyond the more familiar grooves of Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango! The set may well be the deepest so far we've heard from the always-amazing Soundway Records – a package that digs into a wealth of under-heard music from early 70s Nigeria, all of it beyond simple stylistic definitions and overplayed world music cliches! Many of the grooves here are wonderfully unique – odd fusions of styles that include highlife, jazz, soul, Afrobeat, and other regional influences – sifted and shaken together, and spilled out in the studio with a really fresh sort of feel. Rhythms are at the core of most numbers here, but even those are often unfamiliar – skittish, soulful, and often somewhat playful – and the other instrumentation on the tracks is great too, and often resonates with some of the odd sounds and tunings we love in work on the Ethiopiques series. 2CD set features 26 tracks that include "Okwuke Na Nchekwube" by Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National, "Nekwaha Semi Colon" by The Semi Colon, "Osalobua Rekpama" by Sir Victor Owaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Onwu Ama Dike" by St Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band, "Feso Jaiye" by The Sahara All Stars Of Jos, "To Whom It May Concern" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Akula Owu Onyeara" by The Funkees, "Koma Mosi" by The Harbours Band, "Belema" by Opotopo, "Asiko Mi Ni" by Nigerian Police Force Band, "Alabeke" by Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band, "Blak Sound" by Leo Fadaka & The Heroes, "Arraino" by Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band, "Ugali" by Tony Benson Sextet, "Akpaisong" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Allstars, "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Torri Wowo" by Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors, "Buroda Mase" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "I Want A Break Thru" by The Hykkers, and "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7. CD
Also available Nigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD 11.99

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New VariousNigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $11.99
Essential work from the African scene of the 70s – a collection of tracks that goes way beyond the more familiar grooves of Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango! The set may well be the deepest so far we've heard from the always-amazing Soundway Records – a package that digs into a wealth of under-heard music from early 70s Nigeria, all of it beyond simple stylistic definitions and overplayed world music cliches! Many of the grooves here are wonderfully unique – odd fusions of styles that include highlife, jazz, soul, Afrobeat, and other regional influences – sifted and shaken together, and spilled out in the studio with a really fresh sort of feel. Rhythms are at the core of most numbers here, but even those are often unfamiliar – skittish, soulful, and often somewhat playful – and the other instrumentation on the tracks is great too, and often resonates with some of the odd sounds and tunings we love in work on the Ethiopiques series. 2CD set features 26 tracks that include "Okwuke Na Nchekwube" by Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National, "Nekwaha Semi Colon" by The Semi Colon, "Osalobua Rekpama" by Sir Victor Owaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Onwu Ama Dike" by St Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band, "Feso Jaiye" by The Sahara All Stars Of Jos, "To Whom It May Concern" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Akula Owu Onyeara" by The Funkees, "Koma Mosi" by The Harbours Band, "Belema" by Opotopo, "Asiko Mi Ni" by Nigerian Police Force Band, "Alabeke" by Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band, "Blak Sound" by Leo Fadaka & The Heroes, "Arraino" by Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band, "Ugali" by Tony Benson Sextet, "Akpaisong" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Allstars, "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Torri Wowo" by Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors, "Buroda Mase" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "I Want A Break Thru" by The Hykkers, and "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7. CD
Also available Nigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD 15.99

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VariousNigeria Special Vol 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
A second volume from one of our favorite compilation series of 70s African music ever – Nigeria Special Volume 2 from the rare Afrobeat treasure diggers at Soundway Records! This deeper delve into the well of hard-to-find early to mid 70s material sticks is just as wonderful – chronicling rare singles, A-sides and B-sides, as well as lesser known album tracks that wonderful fuse styles of African funk, soul & jazz, highlife and more. Heavy rhythms and passionate sounds galore, from the first half dozen years of the decade in this second, and purportedly final installment of the flagship Nigerian Special series! It's very exciting that researcher and compiler Miles Cleret puts together compilations of such top caliber material, on a level that it's mindboggling that so much has languished largely unheard for so many years! 19 tracks : "Psychedelic Baby" by Fubura Sekibo, "Shango Oba Onina" by Black's Zenith, "Omohupa" by The Otarus, "The Lord's Prayer"m by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Jeka Subu" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats", "Motako" by Fidel Sax Bateke & The Voices Of Darkness and more. CD

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VariousNighttime Lovers Vol 16 – A Fine Collection Of Disco Funk Classics Of The 80s ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
A solid compilation of dancefloor soul from the early 80s – one of the best yet in the long-running Nighttime Lovers series from Vinyl Masterpiece – with tracks by Luther Vandross, The Brothers Johnson, Cool Runners, Carl Carlton, Mtume, Freddie Jackson, The Chi-Lites, Stanley Clarke and more! The entire series has done a nice job of putting together bigger names and comparably forgotten ones – but even with the more legendary groups and singers, they go way past the obvious hits. It's a very well sequenced selection on Vol 16 – dancefloor ready soul and a nice set of songs! Includes "I Wanted Your Love" by Luther Vandross, "Kick It To The Curb" by Brothers Johnson, "Private Party" by Carl Carlton, "Nobody Else" by Karen Silver, "I Don't Understand It" by Scott White, "Stop What You're Doing" by The Chi-Lites, "Heaven Sent You" by Stanley Clarke, "Shout For Joy" by Dunn & Bruce Street and more. 13 tracks in all. CD

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VariousOverdose Of The Holy Ghost – The Sound Of Gospel Through The Disco & Boogie Eras ... LP
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Spiritual sounds for the dancefloor – a completely compelling mix of disco and gospel modes, served up here with some of the best-ever examples of the style! Given the decades of crossing between the secular and spiritual worlds of soul music before the disco years, the blend is hardly a surprise – especially since so many disco singers had their roots in the church. But what is a surprise is how great the music works together – how the soaring spirit of one genre works perfectly with the tight rhythms of another – giving these tunes a lofty, righteous quality that goes far beyond the usual emptiness of disco lyrics. There's a mighty message on most of these numbers, and the groove is pretty damn great too – as you'll hear on cuts that include "I Need You (Joey Negro edit)" by Ricky Womack & Christian Essence, "Awake O Zion" by Elbernita Clark, "Overdose Of The Holy Ghost" by The Clark Sisters, "He Lives" by The Young Delegation, "A Better Day" by Sharon Johnson, "He's My Friend" by Rahni Harris & Family Love, and "Love Is The Message (Joey Negro edit)" by Dan Greer. 10 tracks in all on the vinyl. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
A great document of the transformation of soul music in the 70s – a unique stretch when folks started experimenting with some of the new electronic elements that were surfacing on the market – using them to really change things up with a new groove! Key examples of this trend can be found in the music of Shuggie Otis (Inspiration Information) and Timmy Thomas (Why Can't We Live Together) – but there was lots more activity going on as well – and this wicked set from Chocolate Industries brings together the best from the late 70s/early 80s underground! Most tracks here were issued on small labels, and barely got any circulation – but they all show a Shuggie-like sense of experimentation with electronic sounds and rhythms – often used in key ways to create a slinky, percolating style of soul music that's mighty nice – not the upbeat electro disco of the 80s, but a mellower soul-based mode that's very unique! Titles include "Don't Challenge Me" by Makers, "It's All Over" by T Dyson & Company, "Master Ship" by Starship Commander Woo Woo, "Love Vibrator" by Johnny Walker, "One More Time" by Steve Elliott, "Are You Ready To Come With Me (part 2)" by USAires, "Time To Go Home" by Otis G Johnson, "A Man" by Key & Cleary, and "All About Money" by Spontaneous Overflow. CD
(Out of print – and we were able to get a hold of just a few!)

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VariousRaw Soul – Rare & Unreleased Funk From Norwolk, Virginia 1971-73 ... CD
Plut, Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer set of funky raw soul from the early 70s Norfolk, VA scene – literally Raw Soul – as the excellent group is at the heart and soul of all the material in the set! It features tracks credited to Raw Soul plus singers & groups Lanis Guess, Shirley Johnson, Sir Guy, Josephine Jones, Lee Fields, Page One and others – all heavy burners from the Virginia scene. The tunes are raw, soulful and tightly funky – with the guitar, bass and drums of Barry Saunders, Maurice Glass and Grover Elliot nicely raw and gritty throughout and the excellent sax work of Dorsey Brockington all over the set. It ranges from hard and heavy funk to less frenetic, stilly nicely gritty southern soul. Totally excellent – here's hoping more compilations are coming down the road! Titles include "How You Gonna Do It", "Leave My Beat Alone" and "The Gig" by Raw Soul, "That Beat's Got The Devil In It" by Lenis Guess, "Feels So Good" by Shirley Johnson, "Candy Man" by Josephine Jones, "Wrong Crowd" by Prince George", "Thank Goodness Gotta Good Woman" by Page One and more. CD has 4 bonus tracks: "Conflict" by The Symbolics, "Superman" (alternate vocal take) by Bargara Stant, "We're Gonna Make Love" by Lee Fields and "The Dance Of Love" by 35th Street Gang. CD

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VariousThat Ska Beat – Made In Jamaica 1962 to 1966 ... CD
Voice Of Jamaica (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Killer ska from the earliest days of the genre – not the remakes or revivals that have happened heavily since the late 70s onwards – but all the best bits from the early scene in Jamaica! The collection features some great gritty numbers that mix American R&B with the nascent Kingston groove that would later develop into reggae – often spurred along by some massively soulful instrumentation on tenor, trumpet, and trombone! The set list is great – the kind of gems that really get at the heart of ska at its best – and tracks include "Confucious" by Don Drummond, "Storm Warning" by Lyn Taitt & The Boys, "South China Sea" by John Dizzy Moore, "Ringo" by The Skatalites, "Love Me Or Leave Me" by Lloyd Clarke, "Hit You Let You Feel It" by The Tenor Twins, and "Come On My People" by Daniel Johnson. CD features two bonus tracks. CD
Also available That Ska Beat – Made In Jamaica 1962 to 1966 ... LP 13.99

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VariousThat Ska Beat – Made In Jamaica 1962 to 1966 ... LP
Voice Of Jamaica (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Killer ska from the earliest days of the genre – not the remakes or revivals that have happened heavily since the late 70s onwards – but all the best bits from the early scene in Jamaica! The collection features some great gritty numbers that mix American R&B with the nascent Kingston groove that would later develop into reggae – often spurred along by some massively soulful instrumentation on tenor, trumpet, and trombone! The set list is great – the kind of gems that really get at the heart of ska at its best – and tracks include "Confucious" by Don Drummond, "Storm Warning" by Lyn Taitt & The Boys, "South China Sea" by John Dizzy Moore, "Ringo" by The Skatalites, "Love Me Or Leave Me" by Lloyd Clarke, "Hit You Let You Feel It" by The Tenor Twins, and "Come On My People" by Daniel Johnson. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available That Ska Beat – Made In Jamaica 1962 to 1966 ... CD 13.99

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VariousTheo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature (unmixed) ... LP
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $24.99
Theo Parrish takes on the music of Black Jazz Records – yet somehow manages to make the whole thing come across with a cosmic groove that's all his own! By that, we don't mean that Theo's messing with the cuts – just that his selection here really highlights the more expansively electric and rhythmically angular elements of the label's classic catalog – sounds that are clearly an inspiration for a huge number of 21st Century musicians and producer – not just Parrish himself! There's a richly spiritual vibe to the whole set – and the collection is easily one of the best presentations of the Black Jazz label we've ever heard – stunning from start to finish. The LP features a dozen Black Jazz tracks, all unmixed – and titles include "My Favorite Things" by Gene Russell, "Those Who Chant" by Walter Bishop, "Jupiter" and "Convulsions" by The Awakening, "Trance Dance" by Doug Carn, "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Criss Cross" and "BE" by Calvin Keys, and "Blue Bossa" by Walter Bishop Jr. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWants List – 17 Soulful Rare Grooves ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
A great tribute to the concept of the "wants list" – that crumpled piece of paper that nearly every record collector carries around with them, a listing of hard to find recordings that they're always trying to track down! The set is a great mix of obscure 60s and 70s soul, with a real focus on the kinds of cuts that are all pretty darn important – but also equally hard to track down on their own. Mellow soul is the dominant groove here, making the package a winning set of some killer tunes that are equally appealing now as they were back in the day! Titles include "Touch Me Take Me" by Rita Wright, "Light My Fire" by Erma Franklin, "This Feeling's Rated X-Tra" by Carl Carlton, "One Girl Too Late" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "Let Me Be" by The Duncans, "Mon Belle Amour" by Ann Pebbles, "I Think I'm Falling In Love With You" by Natural High, "I Just Got To Know" by Bennie Johnson, "City Of Brotherly Love" by Soul Survivors, "I'm Always Dancing To The Music" by Benny Golson, "Making Love" by Lou Ragland & GLO, "Hearts & Flowers" by GC Cameron, and "Beware" by Lou Courtney. CD

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VariousWhite Series – White Classic ... CD
Universal (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $13.99
A weird little package – but a great compilation! The set is well-named as part of the "white series" – as it features 2 CDs in a big styrofoam package – but it's actually got some great soul and club tracks from the 70s and 80s, a much hipper set than you might guess from the look and the title! Tracks include "The Glow Of Love" by Change with Luther, "The Medicine Song" by Stephanie Mills, "Ya Mama" by Wuf Ticket, "Funkacise" by Funkacise Gang, "Get The Funk Out Ma Face" by Brothers Johnson, "What Do I Do" by Phil Fearon & Galaxy, "Reach Up" by Toney Lee, "Knock Me Out" by Gary's Gang, "Inner City Blues" by Working Week, "Hot" by Roy Ayers, "Shake Your Rump To The Funk" by The Bar-Kays, "Bad Habits" by Jenny Burton, "Music" by D-Train, and "Mama Used To Say" by Junior. 22 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousYou Talk To Much – The Ric & Ron Story Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $14.99
A key force in the development of New Orleans soul – the homegrown Ric & Ron Records label – home to some of the best early productions from the Crescent City! The roster of talent here is really amazing – a host of artists who'd go onto develop the New Orleans style even more strongly in the 60s, mixed with some lesser-knowns who really sparkle in this setting – sharp, tight, damn soulful singles that are all delivered without any overproduction, and nicely free of all those cliches that would later overwhelm music from the Big Easy. The rhythms alone are worth the price of the record – hard-romping piano, bass, and drums that really set an instrumental fire right from the start – then pave the way for searing lead performances from the singers and instrumental stars. The set's the best we've ever seen of these early days of the label – and features 24 tracks that include "Tell It Like It Is" by Eddie Bo, "Easy Rockin" by Eddie Lang, "I Love You Still" by Joe Jones, "Come On" by Johnny Adams, "Don't Lie To Me" by Mercy Adams, "Don't Mess With My Man" by Irma Thomas, "Carnival Time" by Al Johnson, "Nobody Knows" by Martha Carter, "All Nite Long (parts 1 & 2)" by Robert Parker, "Cuttin Out" by Professor Longhair, "Let's Get It" by Edgar Blanchard, and "Rocket To The Moon" by Chris Kenner. CD

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Roy HaynesRoy Haynes Hip Ensemble ... CD
Mainstream/Boplicity (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Around August 25, 2014
As the title says, it's a very hip ensemble! Roy plays with an introspective open-ended approach not always heard on his 60s sessions – and his group is a pretty soulful bunch of cats that includes George Adams, Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson, Elwood Johnson, and Taru Nakamura. The tracks have a running strident quality to them – especially the ones on which Carl Schroeder plays electric piano in a kind of Chick Corea-esque way. Titles include "Equipoise", "Tangiers", "You Name It", and "Satan's Mysterious Feeling". CD

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Roy Lee JohnsonWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy CD & Book ... Mid-August, 2014
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B years up to some deeper soul recorded at Fame Studios – a really rich journey in soul music, put together with the usual Bear Family love of historical details! Plenty of notes come with the package – tying Roy to other work with Piano Red (aka Dr Feelgood) – and titles include "Mister Moonlight", "Sea Breeze", "Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze", "I'm So Happy", "Busybody", "Love Birds", "When A Guitar Plays The Blues", "Plowing Playboy", "Cheer Up Daddy's Comin Home", "Boogaloo #3", "Can You Handle It", "It's All Over", "Stanback Headache Powder", and "She Put The Whammy On Me". CD

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VariousMercury Records – The New Orleans Sessions – 1950 &1953 ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950/1953. New Copy 2CD ... Mid-July, 2014 (delayed)
A great lost chapter in the history of New Orleans R&B – material recorded by Mercury Records down in Louisiana in the early 50s – all beautifully brought together here in a lavishly overstuffed package! Mercury was located in Chicago, and cut most of their famous early work in the Windy City – but in the years 1950 and 1953, they made some key trips down to New Orleans – and recorded some great work that's still relatively unknown all these years later! The Mercury work from New Orleans isn't nearly as strictly codified as that of labels like Imperial or Atlantic – and there's a nice variety of swing, jump, and bluesy rhythms going on here – served up by a relatively tight cadre of artists. The 2CD set is almost worth it for the booklet alone – a 70 page treasure trove of notes, photos, and other details on the music. But there's also plenty of great music too – a whopping 47 tracks that include "A Job For A Jockey", "Still My Angel Child", "Miss Lollypop's Confession", "Love Troubles", and "Baby Get Wise" by Alma Monday; "Byrd's Blues", "Hadacol Bounce", "Her Mind Is Gone", "Between The Night & Day", and "Been Foolin Around" by Roy Byrd; "Boogie's The Thing" and "Bat Lee Swing" by George Miller & His Mid-Driffs; "Something's Wrong" and "Five Long Letters" by Herbert Woo Woo More; "Mercury Boogie" and "New Way Of Loving" by Dwine Craven; "Keep Your Hands On Your Heart" by Pat Valdelar; "Bye & Bye" by Silvertone Singers; "I Walk In My Sleep" by Theard Johnson; and "She Won't Leave No More" by Little Joe Gaines. CD

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Miles DavisMiles Davis In Concert ... CD
Columbia, 1972. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Massive double-length Miles from the early 70s – some of his most inventive long form work of the time, and some of his funkiest too! The album stretches out with almost an improvised jamming sort of quality – tunes that begin sparely, then have the musicians stepping in as the groove builds up – an odd amalgam of electric sounds on sitar, keyboards, and guitar – mixed with earthier percussion and some great trumpet and sax – working at a level that has the edge of the Japanese recordings, but a lot less noise overall. Players include Carlos Garnett on tenor and soprano sax, Reggie Lucas on guitar, Khalil Balakrishna on electric sitar, Cedric Lawson on keyboards, Al Foster on drums, Badal Roy on tabla, and Mtume on percussion. Titles include the "Foot Fooler" tracks "Rated X", "Honky Tonk", "Theme From Jack Johnson", and "Black Satin/The Theme" – and the "Slickaphonics" tracks "Ife" and "Right Off/The Theme". CD

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Kanye WestCollege Dropout ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2004. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Kanye West finally dropped the full length in early '04 – and it's one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Kanye is probably the hottest beats producer of the year, too, having dug through the greatest soul hooks of the past few decades for his samples, and piled on the chunkiest, catchiest, thickest beats anywhere. And if he doesn't have the greatest vocal delivery in hop hop (if he did, he'd be Superman considering his production pedigree), he makes up for it with some masterful lines, like "I gotta apologize to Mos and Kweli/is it cool to rap about gold if I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali?" from "Breath In Breath Out". Hilariously, Kanye also found just about the sharpest theme for a record that we've scene in a while – the tangential connection between gang bangers and frat boys! He ain't granola, he ain't bling bling, he's just a guy from Chicago with a sometimes astoundingly strong production aesthetic, very smart rhymes and a lot of people who owe him great guest spots, and deliver. Were you looking for more than that? It's a triumph, one that Chicago couldn't be more proud of! "We Don't Care", "Graduation Day", "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson, "Spaceship" with GLC & Consequence, "Never Let Me Down" with Jay-Z, "Get 'Em High" with Talib Kweli & Common,"New Work Out Plan", the great single "Slow Jamz" with Twista & Jamie Foxx and more. CD

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New Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan 63 – The Concert Jazz Band ... LP
Verve, 1963. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments of the 50s, it's surprising to actually have him as the pianist on this session – hitting the keys with a nice light touch, so that the larger horn section can take over most of the tunes – a beautifully-arranged ensemble who have a feel that's lighter than some of the groups of the 50s – such as the Kenton ensemble – yet one that's equally modern at times! The lineup is wonderful – with Clark Terry and Nick Travis on trumpets, Willie Dennis and Bob Brookmeyer on trombones, and Gene Quill, Gene Allen, and Eddie Caine on saxes – plus guitar from Jim Hall, bass from Bill Crow, and drums from Gus Johnson. Titles include "Big City Life", "Bridgehampton South", "My Kind Of Love", "Pretty Gypsy", "Bridgehampton Strut", and "Big City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Brothers JohnsonBlam (with bonus track) ... CD
A&M/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Blam is right – an all-out batch of funky tracks from The Brothers Johnson – captured here right in the middle of their classic period with Quincy Jones! The Q's at the helm on production for the set, and the record's a great extension of their earlier efforts with the man – but a bit more Johnson-tuned (if we can say that in mixed company) – with the bass upfront on some of the best numbers, and a surprisingly strong male ballad approach on some of the gentler tunes. There's a slightly jazzy undercurrent at times, and tracks include "Rocket Countdown/Blastoff", "Ride-O-Rocket", "Streetwave", "Blam", "So You Won't Stay", "Ain't We Funkin Now", and "Mista Cool". CD also features the bonus single mix of "Ride-O-Rocket". CD

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New Nat King ColeNat Cole At JATP – Nat Cole At Jazz At The Philharmonic ... LP
Verve, 1944. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early all-jazz work from Nat King Cole – beautiful piano work, in a group with JJ Johnson on trombone, Jack McVea and Illinois Jacquet on tenor, Shorter Sherock on trumpet, and Les Paul on guitar! Tracks are long, and include "Tea For Two", "Bugle Call Rag", "Blues", and "Rosetta". LP, Vinyl record album
(VSP pressing. Cover has a few bumped corners.)

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis (United Artists 2LP set) ... LP
Blue Note/United Artists, Early 50s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strange 2LP set – put together in 1971, with a cover and a gatefold format that makes it look like current electric Miles on Columbia, but a track list that features Miles early 50s recordings for Blue Note! The tracks were all recorded by Rudy Van Gelder – and the sessions feature JJ Johnson, Gil Coggins, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Jackie McLean, and Oscar Pettiford. Titles include "Weirdo", "Woody N You", "Lazy Susan", "CTA", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Chance It", "Donna", "Yesterdays", and "The Leap". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Vol 2 (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant early work from Miles – recorded for Blue Note in 1953, featuring a sextet that includes JJ Johnson, Jimmy Heath, Gil Coggins, and Art Blakey. The tracks are short, but show Davis' increasing commitment to pushing the bop envelope – working modern and lyrical ideas into a space in which other players would have just been trying to keep up! The set features great remastering – and a total of 11 tracks in all, masters and alternates, with titles that include "Kelo", "Tempus Fugit", "Enigma", "Ray's Idea", and "CTA". CD

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New DramaticsNew Dimension ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Dramatics definitely hit a new dimension here on Capitol Records – a new home for the group in the early 80s – and a label who really helped them find some new energy in their music! The placement's no surprise – given that singer LJ Reynolds was also working for Capitol during the early 80s too – and the sound here's a bit different than before, more in an 80s groove mode at points, but still plenty darn great on the vocals! Ron Banks produced, and did some of the arrangements with Ray Johnson, Tom Tom, and Leon Mitchell – and the best tracks here have wonderfully smooth harmonies – soaring over the top with a deftness that's pure Dramatics all the way through – and perhaps even better than the sound of the group's few previous albums. There's a few more electric moments at points, but these are more than warmed away by the great vocals on the other numbers – and tracks include "She's My Kind Of Girl", "Treat Me Right", "I Can't Stand It", "Night Life", "I Believe In You", "It's Dramatic Music", "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love", and "Live It Up". CD

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New Ella FitzgeraldElla In Berlin – Mack The Knife ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite a popular live album from Ella – recorded in Berlin at the height of the cold war years – featuring a famous recording of "Mack The Knife" that almost blew away Bobby Darin's hit with the cut! The album's nicely free of some of the stodginess of some of Ella's Songbook albums from the same time – with light and jazzy backing by a group that includes Jim Hall, Paul Smith, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. Titles include "Mack The Knife", "How High The Moon", "Too Darn Hot", "Gone With The Wind", "Misty", and "Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover & labels have a name in marker. Back cover has some discoloration from age.)

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New Willis JacksonLegends Of Acid Jazz (Blue Gator/Cookin' Sherry) ... CD
Prestige, 1959/1960. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal early work from Willis Jackson – two classics back to back on a single CD! Blue Gator is a massive early Prestige set from tenorist Willis – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set, Jackson had already won plenty of fame for his R&B-tinged work – but here, he stretches out a bit more, and really gets creative on his solos – working with a very hip group that includes Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar – both players making a similar shift in their music at the time. The tracks are lively, recorded with a bold, loud tone, and have lots of those great open-mouthed tones from Jackson – quite possibly a good reason for his "Gator" nickname! Tracks include "Blue Gator", "East Breeze", "The Gator Jumps", and "Try A Little Tenderness". Cookin Sherry is solid-sending soul jazz from the great Willis Jackson! The album features Gator blowing in a group that includes Jack McDuff and Wild Bill Jennings on all cuts – plus bass by either Milt Hinton or Wendell Marshall, drums by Bill Elliott or Al Johnson, and some tasty added conga by Buck Clarke on a few cuts! The album's got a tight, yet laidback feel to – perfect kickback jam session material, in that classic Prestige soul jazz mode. Titles include "Contrasts", "Cookin Sherry", "Mellow Blues", and "Sportin". CD

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New JJ JohnsonFirst Place ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of JJ's hipper records from the time – featuring a quartet that includes Max Roach, Tommy Flanagan, and Paul Chambers. The strong rhythm section really drives JJ into some tight solos – and although the tracks are relatively short, he manages to get a heck of a lot into them. Titles include "Nickels & Dimes", "Be My Love", "Paul's Pal", and "Commutation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has completely split seams, some wear, aging, the remnants of a sticker, and some pen on the front back. Labels have some pen.)

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New JJ Johnson QuintetJJ! In Person ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard-grooving stuff from JJ – played with a lot more bite than usual, and recorded live with a group that features Nat Adderley, Tommy Flanagan, and Albert Heath. Tracks include "Now's The Time", "Misterioso", "Walkin", and "Tune Up" – jazz standards, mostly, but done very tightly by the group! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label stereo 6 eye pressing – in nice shape!)

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New JJ Johnson/Dominic FrontiereCleopatra Jones/Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold ... CD
Film Score Monthly, 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing double-header – and a set that really adds a lot more music than we might have expected! First up is a richly expanded version of Cleopatra Jones – one of the best of the blacksploitation scores of the early 70s – a masterpiece of music that we rate every bit as high as Shaft or Superfly – maybe even higher! The music here is incredible – a surprising funky turn for JJ Johnson, who most folks know for his straighter jazz work – and like Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and others who were surprising the world with their ability to score music for a full film during the early 70s, JJ really knocks it out of the park with this one – coming up with a batch of tunes that are a wonderful mix of sophisticated scoring, creative instrumentation, and some damn funky grooves! The title cut features Joe Simon on vocals, and Millie Jackson sings on the cuts "Love Doctor" and "It Hurts So Good". The rest of the set is instrumental, and other cuts include an instrumental take on "Cleopatra Jones", plus "Go Chase Cleo", "Goin To The Chase", "Wrap Up", and "Airport Fight". This new version features 17 bonus tracks from the original film score, not the record – amazing extra music by Carl Brandt, with titles that include "Emdee", "Elevator/Cleo & Captain", "Pot Burn/Mommy/Police Raid", "Ambush", "Doodle Apartment", "Before Crash", and "Snake Crib". CD 2 features some long-lost music from the film Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold – a well-known follow-up to the original movie, but one that was never properly represented on record – making this CD set a long-awaited premiere of the original music for the film! The set features music by Dominic Frontiere – penned in a mix of funky action modes, with some slight exotic touches too, due to the location of the story. Frontiere's in his best soul/funk mode – a side that few folks realize he can do this well – and the music has a slightly different feel than JJ Johnson's Cleo Jones work, but is equally nice. Titles include "Casino Source", "Chopped Meat", "Oymia", "Les Orgie", "Fatman Stomp", "Dead Dragon Lady", and "Pool Hall Rock" – plus the vocal number "Playing With Fire". CD also features 4 more bonus tracks from Cleopatra Jones – including extended versions of the theme, and Pattie Brooks singing "Swing Down Chariot" and "Am I Blue". Great notes too – very full, with lots of photos, in the best Film Score tradition! CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies.)

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New Lonnie JohnsonSteppin' On The Blues ... CD
Columbia, 1920s/Early 30s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
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New Marilyn MooreMoody Marilyn Moore ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare and exceptional vocal jazz LP – cut by the obscure Marilyn Moore, then the wife of Al Cohn – who's pictured in profile on the cover of the record! Marilyn's got a style that's somewhat raspy – clearly inspired by Billie Holiday at times, and not what you'd expect in comparison to some of the cooler, clearer female singers who worked on Bethlehem in the 50s. The backing is in a small group mode – with Cohn on tenor and bass clarinet, plus Don Abney on piano, Joe Wilder on trumpet, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums – all in a nicely relaxed mode to fit the mellow, moody sound of the record. There's a nice sense of darkness throughout – a bit more edge than you might expect – and titles include "Trouble Is A Man", "Ill Wind", "Born To Blow The Blues", "Lover Come Back To Me", and "You're Driving Me Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – with deep groove! Vinyl has light marks, but is relatively clean overall and plays well. Cover is very nice, save for a small split in one corner.)
 
 
 



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