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Earl Hines & Budd JohnsonLinger Awhile ... LP
Classic Jazz, 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Earl Hines & Budd JohnsonEarl Hines & Budd Johnson ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)
 
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Warren Baker's Hollywood GuitarsWarren Baker's Hollywood Guitars ... LP
Mira, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Includes tenor from Plas Johnson and drums from Earl Palmer! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two slightly bumped corners.)

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New Screamin' Jay HawkinsWhat That Is ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
Screamin Jay caught at the height of one of his first "revival" periods – the late 60s, when he was opening for the Rolling Stones, and popping out of the same sort of coffin pictured on the cover! The set is raw and raunchy, perhaps even more so than his classic 50s sides – recorded live in LA, with help from players that include Earl Palmer, Lyle Ritz, Plas Johnson, and Grahame Bond! Titles include "Ask Him", "Thing Called Woman", "Dig!", "I'm Lonely", "What That Is", "Constipation Blues", and "Feast Of The Mau Mau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, a cutout hole, and some pen on the front.)

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Earl HinesUp To Date With Earl Hines ... LP
RCA, 1965. Sealed ... $11.99
One of the many nice sides that Hines made during the 60s, when he was being rediscovered by the labels, and touted as a traditionalist who was still working to expand his style. The group's here are nice and small, and Hines trio is augmented by either Budd Johnson or Ray Nance on most tracks. With the tracks "Linger Awhile", "Hour Of Parting", "But Not For Me", and "Father's Freeway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing.)

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Budd JohnsonStanley Dance Sessions – Blues A La Mode (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Felsted/Lonehill (Spain), 1958/1967. Used ... $18.99
A nicely packaged version of Budd Johnson's album Blues Ala Mode – a fantastically hard-blowing album from the tenorist – and one of the few jazz sides recorded for the short-lived Felsted label in the 50s! Budd blows hard Texas tenor in a really gutbuckety way – evoking a variety of jazz traditions within a single solo, but always heading back to the swinging territory that was most comfortable space. The lineup on the set is great too – and features Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Ray Bryant or Bert Keys on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and a bit of added baritone from the great Al Sears! Tracks are all quite long, with lots of room for solos, and Budd plays in perfect form – and in a much more stable way than on his later Argo recordings! Titles include "Used Blues", "Blues By Five", "Foggy Nights", and "Destination Blues". The CD expands the original album with 4 bonus tracks that feature Budd in quartet led by Earl Hines, recorded in 1967 – blowing tenor and soprano on tunes that include "Changin The Blues", "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone", "Summertime", and "Louisiana". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 ... $2.99
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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VariousJazz Vol 9 – Piano ... LP
Folkways, 1930s/1940s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Includes work by Earl Hines, Lenny Tristano, Mary Lou Williams, Jack Dupree, James P Johnson, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl – and includes book!)

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New T Bone WalkerT Bone Blues ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Later work from T-Bone, but very much in the style of his best R&B work! The album features small group backings that do the best to bring out the jazzier side of T-Bone's style – one that was a direct influence on countless jazz funk guitarists in later years – and players include Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer, Lloyd Glenn, and Barney Kessell playing some second guitar. Titles include "T Bone Blues", "Papa Ain't Salty", "Two Bones & A Pick", "Mean Old World", "T Bone Shuffle", and "Blues For Marili". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some wear & aging.)

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New Buck Clayton – Earl Hines All-StarsJazz From A Swinging Era ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1967. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Live and studio material from the legendary Jazz From A Swinging Era tour of Europe in 1967 – played by an assortment of all-star jazzmen that includes Buck Clayton, Earl Hines, Roy Eldridge, Sir Charles Thompson, Vick Dickenson, Budd Johnson, and Bud Freeman! The format for these tunes is really great – much more open and loose than before, in a way that's a bit like some of the Swingville recordings done by Prestige at the start of the 60s. Players are group into smaller combos for the sessions – so that there's plenty of solo room, even on the shorter tunes – and great space and sound quality that lets the instrumentalists come alive with a tremendous amount of voice and character. We're normally not big fans of this sort of set, and aren't automatically lovers of more traditional jazz – but these tracks have a really great sound that makes us completely put aside preexisting prejudice! 2CD set brings together both albums worth of studio material cut in Paris on March 12, 1967 – plus additional live material recorded from the same tour just a few weeks later. 27 tracks in all – including "Swingville", "Into The Blues Bag", "Rosetta", "Swingin The Blues", "Tres Chaud", "3D's In 2B Time", "I'll Try", "Night Cap", "Lester Leaps In", and "If I Had You". CD

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New Earl Hines with Jimmy RushingBlues & Things – The Many Faces Of Jazz Vol 11 ... LP
Vogue (France), Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes Jimmy Rushing on vocal on half the tracks – plus a group with Budd Johnson on tenor and soprano sax! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Barbara DaneLivin' With the Blues ... CD
Dot/Dreadnaught, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
Icy vocals by this underrecorded singer, from a session in L.A. with Earl Fatha Hines leading a group that features Plas Johnson, Herbie Harper, Shelly Manne, and Benny Carter. Nice choice of obscure material, like "Hundred Years from Today", "Mecca Flat Blues", and the title cut. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
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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Johnny Beecher (aka Plas Johnson)On The Scene ... LP
CRC, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
From what we've been told, Johnny Beecher was actually a "nom du date" for Plas Johnson, who cut a few great records under that monikker to avoid contractual problems with Capitol. This record is one of those gems – and features a wonderful set of late night tenor solos, blown with a confidence and freedom that you'd hardly expect from the cover of the album. The record's great all the way through – and mixes Johnson's sax with vibes and organ in a very sweet little way that sounds sort of like Coleman Hawkins recording for King Records. Great stuff if you dig heavy soulful tenor – and with the cuts "Sorrows", "I Understand", "She's Gone Away", "The Mission March", and "Don't Be That Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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BloodstoneDon't Stop! ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Bill ColemanJazz In Paris – From Boogie To Funk ... CD
Universal (France), 1960. Used ... $4.99
Trumpeter Bill Coleman was one of many American players that made their home in Paris during the postwar years – and like many of his contemporaries on the scene, he cut some of his finest work in the city's rich sympathetic scene. This album's probably Coleman's finest – and it has a moody laidback sound that reminds us of the best albums on the Prestige Swingville label from the early 60s. No surprise that Coleman's got some strong backing by some of the Prestige crowd – including US jazz talents like Budd Johnson on tenor, Patti Brown on piano, Les Spann on guitar, and Quentin Jackson on trombone. The style of the set is a mixture of swing and hardbop – but the open-endedness of some of the tracks goes way past any easy marks that you might put on the music, pushing it into the full range of styles promised by the title. Titles include "Bill, Budd, & Butter", "Afromotive In Blue", "From Boogie To Funk (parts 1 & 2)", and "Colemanology". CD

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Miles DavisMiles Davis In Concert ... CD
Columbia, 1972. Used 2CD ... $11.99
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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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Vol 1 (Blue Note 1501) ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. Good ... $44.99
Brilliant early work by Miles Davis – some of his first truly important sessions to appear under his own name, recorded with players that include Jimmy Heath, JJ Johnson, Gil Coggins, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Jackie McLean, and Oscar Pettiford. Tunes are shorter, and perhaps more boppish, than you might expect from some of Miles' other 50s work – but in a way that still allows for many moments of lyrical beauty, and that brilliantly cool sound of his which forever changed the sound of jazz trumpet. Titles include "Tempus Fugit", "Kelo", "Enigma", "Ray's Ida", and "CTA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Lexington Ave pressing! Vinyl plays with clicks and noise. Cover has ring & edge wear, stains, a split bottom seam and some aging.)

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New Miles Davis All StarsWalkin' (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Prestige, 1954. Used ... $4.99
As classic an early album by Miles Davis as you can find – truly filled with the "all star" players billed in the title, and a session that has the sharpness of Davis' bop work for Blue Note, yet also lets him stretch out in a slightly more relaxed format! The album features Miles trumpet with 2 different groups – one a sextet with Horace Silver, JJ Johnson, and Lucky Thompson; the other a quintet with Silver and the obscure altoist Davey Schildkraut! Tracks are long, with lots of solo room – and titles include his classic takes on "Walkin", "Blue N Boogie", and "Solar" – plus versions of "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Love Me Or Leave Me". CD

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New Gil EvansAmerica's #1 Arranger – Gil Evans & His Orchestra (aka Great Jazz Standards) ... LP
World Pacific, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A fantastic lost set from Evans – one that features Mingus trumpeter Johnny Coles as the lead soloist in front of Evans-led modern groups that include players like Elvin Jones, Ray Crawford, Steve Lacy, Budd Johnson, Rod Levitt, and Chuck Wayne. Despite the "standards" in the original title, most of these numbers are modern tunes from the 50s – like "Joy Spring", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", "Django", "Straight No Chaser", and "Chant Of The Weed" – all given Evans' unique style of arrangement, tweaked up a few notches to give them a really edgey quality. Coles is clearly standing in for Miles here, but the format works well overall! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has half split seams, splitting on the spine, and some wear.)

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Gil EvansComplete Pacific Jazz Sessions (New Bottle Old Wine/Great Jazz Standards) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958/1959. Used ... $8.99
2 wonderful late 50s sessions from arranger Gil Evans – both of which we'd rank right up there with his best work with Miles Davis, or the albums under his own name for Impulse in the 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album New Bottle Old Wine – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – far more modern than you might expect from later funk and soul sides of the 60s – and perfectly poised next to Gil's larger back drops to reignite a host of older tunes with new energy! And while the titles are familiar, the readings certainly are not – as the Evans pen has really changed things up beautifully – as you'll hear on numbers that include "St Louis Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Willow Tree", "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", "Lester Leaps In", "Round About Midnight", "Manteca", and "Bird Feathers". Great Jazz Standards is equally great, a fantastic lost set from Evans – and one that features Mingus trumpeter Johnny Coles as the lead soloist in front of Evans-led modern groups that include players like Elvin Jones, Ray Crawford, Steve Lacy, Budd Johnson, Rod Levitt, and Chuck Wayne. Despite the "standards" in the title, most of these numbers are modern tunes from the 50s – like "Joy Spring", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", "Django", "Straight No Chaser", and "Chant Of The Weed" – all given Evans' unique style of arrangement, tweaked up a few notches to give them a really edgey quality. Coles is clearly standing in for Miles here, but the format works well overall! CD features 15 tracks in all, including some newly-improved versions of a few tracks, correcting mistakes in the original records! CD

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In Berlin – Mack The Knife ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
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
(Later Japanese Polydor pressing. Cover has discoloration due to age, with a bit of pen on the back.)

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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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Stan GetzStan Getz In Stockholm (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $11.99
Stan Getz makes a key musical trip to Sweden – to showcase his affection for a jazz scene that had been growing strongly in the postwar years – often in directions that were similar to Stan's own sound at the time! The session is one of the first to pair Stan's tenor with a Swedish group – in this case the bass of Gunnar Johnson, drums of Anders Burman, and piano of Bengt Hallberg – the last of which brings sharper, more angular style to the music than some of Stan's accompanists on earlier American dates – pointing the way towards new experiments to come in his music! Hallberg really helps break the mold from other Getz Verve sessions of the period – and the relaxed, open-ended recording style of the date is almost an equal showcase for his talents as it is for Stan's! Titles include "Indiana", "Get Happy", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Everything Happens To Me", "Without A Song", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD

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Dizzy GillespiePerceptions ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
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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Bennie GreenBennie Green Blows His Horn ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $15.99
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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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 19.99

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Lenis Guess & OthersStory Of Lenis Guess (with download) ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
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+ ... $24.99
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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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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Willis JacksonLegends Of Acid Jazz (Blue Gator/Cookin' Sherry) ... CD
Prestige, 1959/1960. New Copy ... $3.99 18.98
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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Bill Jennings & Jack McDuffGlide On (second cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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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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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Budd JohnsonFrench Cookin' ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good ... $24.99
Groovy little record that has this funky tenor giant playing a bunch of tracks with a Frenchy feel to them. Budd's joined by Hank Jones on piano, plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a nice Latin rhythm section that includes Joe Venuto on vibes and marimba and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. The groove's even a bit more Latin than French, but you'll recognize some of the tracks as old Parisian standards, like "La Petite Valse", "Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", and "Je T'Aime". Budd wrote two originals, too, and this is a nice tidy little set, and one of his lesser known sessions from the early 60's. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover & labels have a drillhole. Cover has some light wear.)

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New Grady JohnsonJazz At Bistro 110 ... CD
Bistro 110, 1999. Used ... $4.99
A very unusual slice of the Chicago jazz scene – and maybe the only album ever recorded by Grady Johnson – an altoist who's worked in the city for decades – an early disciple of Walter Dyett, and a student of his many years before Johnny Griffin and John Gilmore! The set's from 1999, and features a very unusual group led by Johnson – with George Freeman on guitar, Dickie Harris on trombone, and Roland Faulkner on "banjo guitar" – a very unusual instrument that's somewhere in between the two. The group played for over a decade at a regular jazz brunch – where they were supposed to deliver trad, but often gave more of a Chicago hardbop performance – and the CD's a really unusual blend of these genres, especially in Faulkner's unusual string work. The set's worth it alone for Grady's under-recorded work on alto – and for some very nice solos from George Freeman – and titles include "RBQ", "Just A Closer Walk", "The Preacher", "Miles Theme", "Lady Be Good", and a nice "Ballad Medley". CD

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James P JohnsonRare Solos ... LP
Riverside, Early 20s. Very Good ... $11.99
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JJ Johnson & Kai WindingJay & Kai (Savoy) ... CD
Savoy, Early 50s. Used ... $4.99
Excellent early recordings from the team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – the kind of sides that always remind us how great their twin trombone work could be! The album's lacking the cliches of later albums, and presents both players at their best – soulful and stripped down, grooving in a few different groups – with players who include Billy Bauer on guitar, Leo Parker on baritone, and Charles Mingus on bass. The album also features a solo track by each – and titles include "Coop", "The Major", "Lament", "Bernie's Tune", and "Blues For Trombones". CD
(Out of print.)

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New JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green, & Willie DenJazz Workshop Vol 1 – Trombone Report (10 inch LP) ... LP
Debut, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $59.99
One of the best early albums on the legendary Debut label – a unique 4 trombone session that features the talents of JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green, and Willie Dennis – all set to rhythm by the trio of John Lewis on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The players all get plenty of room to solo – stretching out nicely on the tracks, and resisting the popular multi-trombone style of ensemble work of the time. Much more hard-burning than you'd guess from other sessions of the time – with titles that include "Move", "Stardust", and "Yesterdays". LP, Vinyl record album
(In really great shape overall – with nice clean vinyl. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall too.)

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JJ Johnson/Dominic FrontiereCleopatra Jones/Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold ... CD
Film Score Monthly, 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
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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JJ Johnson/Kai Winding/Bennie GreenTrombone By Three ... LP
Prestige, 1949/1950/1951. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A classic early album on Prestige – and one that features some heavy bop sessions cut for early 78s, all nicely packaged in a great cover by the famous Mad Magazine cartoonist Don Martin! The record features 3 sets of different tracks led by three of bop's greatest trombonists – JJ Johson, Kai Winding, and Bennie Green – and titles include "Hilo", "Elysses", "Fox Hunt", "Waterworks", "Sid's Bounce", and "Whirl A Licks". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, with obi.)

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New JJ Johnson/Martha ReevesWillie Dynamite – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MCA, 1974. Very Good+ ... $59.99
One of the greatest soundtracks of the blacksploitation era – served up with some incredible grooves from maestro JJ Johnson! The album's got a non-stop, hard-hitting groove that ranks it with the best of its time – and which is arguably even better, because most of the record isn't nearly as well known as Shaft, Superfly, or other classics. Martha Reeves sings some of the deepest vocals of her career on the great title track "Willie D" – an old sample cut that you're sure to recognize – and the instrumental tunes are even better, filled with great percussion and jazzy flourishes from JJ – in a style that really keeps things interesting! There's plenty of "chase" riffing on the album – and titles include "Willie Chase", "Parade Strut", "Make It Right", "Gospel Family", "Keep On Movin", and "Willie Escapes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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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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Marv JohnsonMarvelous Marv Johnson/More Marv Johnson ... CD
United Artists/Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... $15.99
Early Detroit soul – by the great Marv Johnson, one of the first talents to be supervised by a young Berry Gordy! In fact, it could be said that everything Berry put into his work with Marv led to the formation of Motown – as Marv's mixture of smooth vocals and swinging soul really prefaces a lot of the work to come out of the motor city during the 60s, no surprise, since he's got some of the Motown crew writing songs for him! The first album on the set, Marvelous Marv Johnson, features a mix of standards, plus some better originals with a soulful groove – and the second album on the set, More Marvelous, features more originals, heading into a sound that really opens things up. The set's completed with a few bonus cuts, making for a total of 26 tunes in all that include "Easier Said", "What A Need", "Merry Go Round", "You've Got To Move Two Mountains", "Baby Baby", "River Of Tears", "You've Got What It Takes", "I'm Coming Home", and "Let Me Love You". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Otis G JohnsonEverything – God Is Love 78 ... LP
Numero, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 16.98
Otis Johnson may well be the Timmy Thomas of gospel music – as here, he's working with just spare organ lines and rhythm machine – in a way that gives most of these tracks the raw, personal feel of Timmy's classic "Why Can't We Live Together"! The overall sound is a bit more rough – given that Otis was working in a small Michigan studio, and not the TK scene in Miami – but the album's definitely got that slow-stepping feel we love in Timmy's early music – and the vocals echo out with this personal sense of yearning that's mighty great – and quite different than the bolder, confident sound you'd hear in more mainstream gospel recordings. The album's a damn enigma, and a great one too – and titles include "All Thing", "Come Back", "Your Day", "He's The Way", and "Time To Go Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great packaging too – with a heavy tip-on cover, and a sweet rice paper obi!)

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New Syl JohnsonUptown Shakedown ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. Used ... $6.99
A different sound than usual for Syl Johnson – but a record that still has loads of those amazing vocals we love from Syl! The style's mostly modern soul – with a tightness that's different from the grit of earlier Johnson albums – that mode in which other singers of the time were tightening up their bag too. The approach works especially well on the midtempo groovers – which have the bite of Johnson's vocals providing a great contrast tot he smoother grooves of the instrumentation – in ways that really deepen the feel of the tunes, but in ways that are very different than classic work from Syl. Titles include "Mystery Lady", "Blue Water", "Who's Gonna Love You", "You're The Star Of The Show", "Gimme Little Sign", and a 9 minute "Otis Redding Medley". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Les McCannLes McCann Plays The Hits ... LP
Limelight, 1966. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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

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Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music/Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99
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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New Modern Jazz Society/John LewisModern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music ... LP
Norgran, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $15.99
A mixture of Verve regulars and early third streamers join together in this one-off session designed as a focus on the writing talents of John Lewis. Most of the material takes off from Lewis' work with the MJQ, and the band includes two of his bandmates from that group, Connie Kay & Percy Heath – as well as soloists Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Aaron Sachs, and Lucky Thompson. Titles include "Little David's Fugue", "Sun Dance", "Django", and "Midsommer". In a great David Stone Martin cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing with a deep groove. Cover has split seams.)

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New Modern Jazz Society/John LewisModern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music (Verve pressing) ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
A mixture of Verve regulars and early third streamers join together in this one-off session designed as a focus on the writing talents of John Lewis. Most of the material takes off from Lewis' work with the MJQ, and the band includes two of his bandmates from that group, Connie Kay & Percy Heath – as well as soloists Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Aaron Sachs, and Lucky Thompson. Titles include "Little David's Fugue", "Sun Dance", "Django", and "Midsommer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, a split top seam with some tape residue, and a mostly split spine.)

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Marilyn MooreMoody Marilyn Moore ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan 63 – The Concert Jazz Band ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good ... $6.99
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

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet – Complete Studio Recordings (Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Spring Is Sprung) ... CD
Verve/Lonehill (Spain), 1962. Used ... $11.99
Genius Gerry Mulligan from the 60s – 2 albums back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features the Gerry Mulligan Quartet album for Verve from 1962 – an understated gem that's one of Gerry's first in a run of extremely charming sessions from the early 60s! The album has Mulligan blowing in a format that's similar to 50s sides – a quartet with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Bill Crow on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – but the overall sound is somehow a bit looser and more relaxed than the Mulligan of old – a more gently playful feel that seems to stem from some of Brookmeyer's own experiments of the time, and which has Gerry blowing with a tightness and punch we really like. Titles include "Piano Train", "Lost In The Stars", "I Know, Don't Know How", and "I Believe In You". Next up is material from the even-better Spring Is Sprung – a great little session hidden amidst Mulligan's 60s work, and a no-nonsense, gimmick-free album with some really great playing overall! The group on the set includes Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone as well as piano, which he even plays in duet with Gerry on one track – and the quartet's approach is nicely relaxed, but still firmly exploratory, as they make their way through a number of strong original tunes that include "Subterranean Blues", "Spring Is Sprung", "Open Country", and "Four For Three". Lastly, the CD adds in 2 tracks from a quartet with Mulligan and Chet Baker, recorded in 1957 – on "People Will Say We're In Love" and "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You". CD
(Out of print.)

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100 Proof Aged In SoulSomebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed ... LP
Hot Wax, 1970. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the best-remembered groups from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – thanks to the massive title track on this album, and a whole host of other wonderful cuts as well! The group features the great Steve Marcus on vocals – an artist who'd cut some key Northern soul singles for smaller labels in the 60s – but who really bursts out of the box here with great presentation from the Holland Dozier Holland empire! The record features some great songs by General Johnson and Greg Perry – and Perry also handled some of the production work for the record – really pushing the group with the sort of full, rich sound the Chairmen Of The Board brought to their own work. Titles include "Somebody's Been Sleeping", "Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)", "One Man's Leftovers", "Love is Sweeter", "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number", and "Back Track". LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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Billie PooleSermonette ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $5.99
Vocalist Billie Poole was an obscure one. She only cut one or two albums in the early 60s, but they're pretty nice ones that mix jazz vocalizing with lots of nice gospelly tinges, in a way that would show up later in the 60s in other singers' work. This hard to find album for Riverside features Poole fronting a set of arrangements by Budd Johnson, on tracks like "Drown In My Own Tears", "Rocks In My Bed", "Sermonette", "Young Woman's Blues", and "He's My Guy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has wear and a small peeled spot.)

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Biff RoseThorn In Mrs Rose's Side ... LP
Tetragrammaton, 1968. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Tremendous work from Biff Rose – a near-lost singer-songwriter from the late 60s, barely remembered as the author of "Fill Your Heart" from David Bowie's Hunky Dory album – but an incredible talent that we'd rank right up there with Van Dyke Parks or early Randy Newman for sheer American brilliance! As in the work of Parks, there's a quality here that's completely unique – informed by the freedoms of the folk generation, but tuned with older-styled arrangements that while full, still manage to convey a sense of person and presence – as in some of the best early recordings of Leonard Cohen. And like Cohen, Rose has a really poetically-styled approach to his lyrics – far beyond the sardonic eye of folkies, or the indulgence of hippies – and infused with a sense of hope that crackles out of the tunes along with his own crackly vocals. Vocally, we'd almost link Rose to Bob Dorough for a sheer "oh what the hell I'm just gonna sing this" approach – and like Dorough, there's no silliness at all – but real sincerity where we'd never expect it, in a way that leaves us breathless. The set features arrangements by Rose, Arthur Wright, Kirby Johnson, and Nick Woods – on titles that include "Mama's Boy", "Angel Tension", "Molly", "The Stars", "It's Happening", "Buzz The Fuzz", and "The Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Tetragrammaton pressing.)

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New Jimmy RushingIf This Ain't The Blues ... LP
Vanguard, Early 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
Killer rootsy blues from Jimmy Rushing – cut in a manner that's almost better than his original recordings! The session was done for Vanguard with a very trad sound, and with backing by great swing-era players like Buddy Tate, Clarence Johnson, Emmett Berry, and Vick Dickenson. Jimmy's voice is as great as ever – and tracks include "My Friend Mr. Blues", "Dinah", "Oh Love", "Sometimes I Think I Do", and "Take Me With You Baby". Great cover, too – with an image of Jimmy sitting outside of some old deli! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo presssing with deep groove. Cover has a clear tape on the top seam.)

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Zoot SimsArt Of Jazz (aka The Modern Art Of Jazz) ... CD
Seeco/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... $18.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Art Of Jazz (aka The Modern Art Of Jazz) ... LP 6.99

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Zoot SimsArt Of Jazz (aka The Modern Art Of Jazz) ... LP
Seeco, 1956. Very Good ... $6.99
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.)
Also available Art Of Jazz (aka The Modern Art Of Jazz) ... CD 18.99

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Zoot Sims QuintetModern Art Of Jazz ... LP
Dawn, 1956. Very Good ... $59.99
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 (and in fact the cover, which has Zoot sitting in front of an abstract statue, kind of grimacing, might even be taken to imply that the "modern" in the name is a bit of a joke!) 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 "September In The Rain", "Down At The Loft", "Our Pad", "One To Blow On", and "Dark Clouds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a click due to a press flaw on side 1, track 1. Cover has a split top seam, a spot of old tape, and a name in pen.)

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Sonny Stitt & Paul GonsalvesSalt & Pepper ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Very Good Gatefold ... $11.99
Head to head blowing from Sonny Sitt and Paul Gonsalves – just the kind of twin-horn performance that Stitt was famous for in his live battle days, and one that also reminds us that Gonsalves can be a very loose swinger when he wants to be! The tracks are all long, and played with the sort of feel you'd hear if you caught these guys live at some small southside club – and the solos also show the kind of inventiveness and imagination you'd catch in that sort of setting – backed by a swinging rhythm combo that features Hank Jones on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Titles include a version of "Perdido" that's nearly 13 minutes long – plus "Stardust", "Sposin", "Salt & Pepper", and "Theme From Lord Of The Flies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing in a mono gatefold cover, with worn corners and some seam splitting.)

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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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Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan (10 inch LP) ... LP
Columbia, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $14.99
One of Sarah's few albums for Columbia, and a rather early one at that. The set features excellent small group backing from George Treadwell and His All Stars, with Benny Green on trombone, Bud Johnson on tenor, Tony Scott on clarinet, Mundell Lowe on guitar, and JC Heard on drums – all of whom shine nicely, and make the record one of Sarah's best jazz outings of the 50s. Titles include "Mean To Me", "Goodnight My Love", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", "East Of The Sun", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Come Rain Or Come Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging and light wear, with small splits on the top and bottom seams.)

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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! 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 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 ... $11.99
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+ ... $4.99
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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Kai Winding/Brew Moore/Eddie Lockjaw DavisIn The Beginning – Bebop ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A nice selection of late 40s work by a few groups, collected by Savoy as a kind of introduction to the bebop movement, a look back at the early days of bop. Kai Winding and his quintet, featuring Allen Eager on tenor and Shelley Manne on drums, lead off the set with four tracks including "Mr. Dues" and "O-Go-Mo". From there tenor sax man Brew Moore's quartet, featuring Jimmy Johnson on bass and Stan Levey on drums, contribute four tracks including "Blew Brew" and "More Brew". Eddie Lockjaw Davis rounds out the set, with a group that features Fats Navarro on trumpet and Al Haig on piano. His four tracks include "Spinal" and "Red Pepper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has a cut corner with a piece of clear tape.)

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VariousBarrelhouse, Boogie Woogie, & Blues ... LP
Columbia, Late 30s/Early 40s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Includes work by Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Mary Lou Williams, Jimmy Yancey, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 50s pressing.)

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VariousBoppin By The Bayou – More Dynamite ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
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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VariousCotillion Records Soul 45s Box Set – 1968 to 1970 (10 X 7-inch box set) (2013 Record Store Day release) ... 7-inch
Cotillion, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 10x7inch (pic cover)... $73.99 74.98
A killer collection of singles from the legendary Cotillion arm of Atlantic Records – all presented as individual 7" records with original labels, served up in a hip limited edition package! The work here would already be great as a CD compilation – but it's extra special when served up in this stunning format – like finding a pile of rare soul singles in the back of a rack in an overlooked record store – still in great shape, and ready to explode anew on your turntable! The music is very well-chosen – and includes cuts by some key artists who only worked briefly for Cotillion, and never cut a full album for the label – such as Baby Washington, Otis Clay, or Walter Jackson. Other artists are ones who really hit their height at Cotillion, but still remain relatively obscure – and the singles here easily represent some of their best work ever. All cuts are right from the hippest tail end of the 60s – and titles include "Do Right Woman" and "That Kind Of Lovin" by Otis Clay, "Keep On Striving" and "Come On Let Me Love You" by Moses Smith, "Night After Night" and "The Love That I Needed" by The Blendells, "The Love Of My Woman" and "I Wanna Go Home" by Darrell Banks, "I've Fallen In Love" and "You Are The Circus" by C & The Shells, "Any Way That You Want Me" and "Life Has Its Ups & Downs" by Walter Jackson, "I Gotta Get Back To Lovin You" and "LA/USA" by Hollywood Spectrum, "I Don't Know" and "I Can't Afford To Lose Him" by Baby Washington, "Don't Play That Song" and "People In Love" by Lou Johnson, and "Ain't No Sun" and "Murder IN The First Degree" by The Dynamics. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition of 2500 copies. Includes download for all tracks – plus a 45 record adaptor, a booklet, and stickers too!)

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Capsoul Label ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
A treasure trove of funk and soul from one heck of a great little label – Columbus, Ohio's short-lived Capsoul imprint – only around for 5 years in the 70s, but home to a great flurry of indie singles! We first caught onto the label's brilliance with their funky classics "Hot Grits" by Elijah & The Ebonies and "Sock It To Em Soul Brother" by Bill Moss – but as this set wonderfully demonstrates, the label's got a heck of a lot more to offer – and all of it great! The label's brilliance has been masterfully unearthed by the crate-digging team at Numero Records – who've brought together 19 of the best Capsoul singles in a beautiful package that really tells the story of the tiny imprint, getting at the details and struggles that faced independent soul in the marketplace of the 70s. Way more than just a set of old singles, the set's a rich document of indie soul in one of the near-forgotten corners of the Midwest – filled with great tunes that may well have you booking the next flight you can find to Columbus! Titles include "Sock It To Em Soul Brother" by Bill Moss, "Pure Soul" by Elijah & The Ebonies, "Without Love" by Ronnie Taylor, "You're All I Need To Make It" by Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, & Durr, "Hot Grits" by Elijah & The Ebonies, "Too Far Gone" by Four Mints, "I Want To Be Ready" by Kook Blues, "Go On Fool" by Marion Black, and "Number One" by Bill Moss. Updated version features new mastering and additional notes – plus the bonus track "All I Need To Make It" by The Capsoul Group. CD
Also available Eccentric Soul – The Capsoul Label ... LP 18.99

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Capsoul Label ... LP
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
A treasure trove of funk and soul from one heck of a great little label – Columbus, Ohio's short-lived Capsoul imprint – only around for 5 years in the 70s, but home to a great flurry of indie singles! We first caught onto the label's brilliance with their funky classics "Hot Grits" by Elijah & The Ebonies and "Sock It To Em Soul Brother" by Bill Moss – but as this set wonderfully demonstrates, the label's got a heck of a lot more to offer – and all of it great! The label's brilliance has been masterfully unearthed by the crate-digging team at Numero Records – who've brought together 20 of the best Capsoul singles in a beautiful package that really tells the story of the tiny imprint, getting at the details and struggles that faced independent soul in the marketplace of the 70s. Way more than just a set of old singles, the set's a rich document of indie soul in one of the near-forgotten corners of the Midwest – filled with great tunes that may well have you booking the next flight you can find to Columbus! Titles include "Sock It To Em Soul Brother" by Bill Moss, "Pure Soul" by Elijah & The Ebonies, "Without Love" by Ronnie Taylor, "You're All I Need To Make It" by Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, & Durr, "Hot Grits" by Elijah & The Ebonies, "Too Far Gone" by Four Mints, "I Want To Be Ready" by Kook Blues, "Go On Fool" by Marion Black, and "Number One" by Bill Moss. Updated version features new mastering and additional notes – plus the bonus track "All I Need To Make It" by The Capsoul Group. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Eccentric Soul – The Capsoul Label ... CD 7.99

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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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VariousHarlem Shuffle – The Sound Of Blaxploitation – Original 70's Rare Gangsta Acid Funky Grooves ... LP
Plastic (Italy), Early 70s. Very Good ... $7.99
Fab import compilation featuring loads of classic Blacksploitation tracks that are tough to find on wax these days! Not the rarest stuff, but a good mix of cuts that still remain classics – most of which haven't been reissued elsewhere on vinyl. Tracks include "Truck Turner Main Title", "Give It To Me", and "You Are In My Arms Again", from Truck Turner, and by Isaac Hayes; "Getting It On" from The Jay Johnson Affair, by Leroy Hutson; "Son of Shaft" by The Bar Kays; "Short Eyes" by Curtis Mayfield; "Cleveland Now", from Uptight, by Booker T and the MGs; and "Pusher Man", from Superfly. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousModern Soul Connoisseurs ... CD
Universal (UK), 1970s. Used ... $14.99
Mod Soul Cons! This is a brilliant compilation of 70s groovers – smooth and uptempo tunes that define the essence of modern soul, 20 tracks that are mostly pretty darn hard to come by! The CD is one of our favorite compilations ever of modern soul, put together by UK DJ Richard Searling with a strong focus on underground cuts that have been lost for years on vinyl, but kept alive by the scene in England. We knew a few of these tracks already, but honestly, there's a heck of a lot more that we'd never heard before, and which make the set as essential in our soul collections as a solid pack of rare 45s! Titles include "No Limit" by Jean Terrell, "Top Of The Stairs" by Collins & Collins, "Get Into Your Life" by Beloyd, "Let Me Make Love To You" by Gene Chandler, "When I'm With You" by Brenda Lee Eager, "It's Love Baby" by Timothy Wilson, "Wanting You Needing You" by Bobby Hutton, "Gonna Find a True Love" by Bottom & Company, "I Was Blessed The Day I Found You" by Randy Brown, "Booking Up Baby" by The Topics, "Tell Me You Love Me" by Lawrence Payton, "Keeping Love New" by Howard Johnson, "Pity A Fool" by Barbara Brown, and "If You Want A Love Affair" by Jesse James. 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 ... $10.99 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 9.99

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VariousNigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
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 10.99

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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
Also available Nigeria Special Vol 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD 14.99

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VariousNigeria Special Vol 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. Used ... $14.99
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
Also available Nigeria Special Vol 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD 18.99

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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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VariousTheo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature – Black Jazz Records 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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 mix 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. Cuts 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. CD

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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 Lee JohnsonWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy CD & Book ... Mid-August, 2014 (delayed)
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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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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New VariousAin't It The Truth – The Ric & Ron Story Vol 2 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent overview of the second half of the short run of the Ric & Ron labels – tiny imprints from New Orleans in the early years of soul music, but a crucial force in the development of the Crescent City sound! The work here is mostly from the early 60s, and really shows New Orleans soul coming into its own – finding a way to fuse together all the rich array of sounds, styles, and cultural influences that made the sound of the city so unique – with lots of romping rhythms, deeply soulful vocals, and some mad piano lines that really add that signature New Orleans touch! Nearly every cut here is a winner, and this Ace Records presentation of the label's legacy is easily the best treatment of Ric & Ron we've ever seen. The set features 24 tracks – including some rare and unissued numbers – and titles include "Send Me Your Picture" by Bobby Mitchell, "A Losing Battle" by Johnny Adams, "Unemployed" by Warren Lee, "Check Mr Popeye" by Eddie Bo, "Honest I Do" by Tommy Ridgley, "I Guess I Always Will" by Jimmy Easterling, "I Don't Talk Too Much" by Martha Carter, "The Git Back (part 1)" by Guitar Joe Morris, "Question Of Love (demo)" by Barbara Lynn, and "Carnival Time (demo)" by Al Johnson. CD

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New VariousBoppin By The Bayou – Made In The Shade – Cool Tracks From Hot Wax – 28 Louisiana Dancefloor Fillers ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Early rock, rhythm & blues and boogie woogie-fueled numbers from the late 50s and early 60s southern Louisiana and southeast Texas scenes– a real treasure trove of tunes in the Boppin' In The Bayou series from Ace Records! This one's pretty heavy with sax and piano-backed proto rock – dynamite tunes from forgotten heroes and a few legendary cats alike – with numbers by Frankie Lowery, a great early tune by Mickey Gilley, Gene Dunlap, Pee Wee Trayhan, Shelby Martin and many more. 28 tracks in all – and the titles include "Made In The Shade" by Gene Dunlap & Jokers, "TC Show" by Gene King & His Mecaton Band, "Baby Hurry Home" by Pee Wee Trayhan, "My Baby's Cheating On Me" by Mickey Gilley, "Ha Ma Man" by Warren Storm, "Me And My Baby" by Rick Johnson, "Cinderella" by Paul Marvin, "Rock & Roll Baby" by Bobby Wheeler & His B-Bops, "Somebody Knocked At My Door" by Arnold Broussard, "Little Cajun Girl" by Gene Rodrigue and more. CD

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New VariousGolden Groups Volume 40 – Best Of Len Records ... LP
Len/Relic, Late 60s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
A great collection of early Philly group soul recordings – all issued on the short-lived Len subsidiary of the V-Tone label! Key work includes recordings by a young Herb Johnson with The Premiers and Cruisers – plus tracks by The Dreamlovers, Parliaments, 4 Bars, Marquees, Masters, and Jimmy Rivers & Tops! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ray Brown & Quincy JonesAdventurers ... LP
Symbolic, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare groover from the team of Ray Brown and Quincy Jones – a smoking little set that completely revises the music for The Adventurers! The original score for the film featured tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, played by Deodato – a great combination at the time, but completely different than the heavy funk laid out here by Ray and Quincy! The pair really cook things up strongly here – hitting some of the best funky vibes you'd hear on Quincy Jones scores from the late 60s and early 70s – or some of Ray Brown's funkiest jazz sessions of the time. Brown leads the band, and the set's produced by Quincy – who also arranged some tracks – with help from JJ Johnson, Tom Scott, and Jimmy Jones too. Titles include "Fat Cat Strut", "Polo Pony", "El Lobo's Marc", "Wishful Thinking", "Love Theme From The Adventurers", and "Go Down Dying". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 George DukeDukey Treats ... CD
Heads Up, 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dukey Treats are funky treats from the legendary George Duke – kind of a late return to funky sounds from the legendary keys & jazzy soul synth guru – with plenty of clean and lean grooves, too! George is on Rhodes, clavinet, synths and some spare vocal furnishings on this set – clearly setting out to have a laidback, funky good time, without betraying is reputation as an architect of fusiony soul jazz. The players are really great and they do a terrific job on both the intergalactic funk throwbacks and the smoothed out numbers – with percussion by Sheila E, Jef Lee Johnson on tightly funky bass, a sweet trio of female vocalists and a killer horn section – with guest appearances by Wah Wah Watson and others. There's a lot of playful interaction by the group in the mix, and if the record isn't milestone from Duke, it's an endearingly joyful one! Titles include loose, funky opener "Everyday Hero", the smooth soul jam "I Tried To Tell You", "A Fonk Tail", "Dukey Treats", "Listen Baby", "Mercy", "Right On Time", "Sudan", "Are You Ready", "Images Of Us" and more. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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New LV JohnsonWe Belong Together ... LP
Phono, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous little record from LV Johnson – an obscure indie soul effort from the early 80s, but one that's recorded with a really great sound overall! The production is quite professional – full backings done with help from Chicago arrangers Willie Henderson, Floyd Morris, and Sonny Saunders – all working in a style that's more like mid 70s modern soul than you'd guess from the date of the record – quite warm, and beautifully poised to capture the full range of LV's great vocals. At points, the set's got the depth of a southern soul record, but the poise and class of the best soul up north – a bit like the best blends going on with Detroit artists during the 70s. Titles include "Dancing Girl", "I Don't Really Care", "The Whole Town's Laughing", "I'm A Lucky Guy", "We Belong Together", and "I Love You I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with some clicks and surface noise.)

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New Marc JohnsonBass Desires ... LP
ECM, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the leading lights of the ECM Records scene in the early 80s – bassist Marc Johnson, working here with his successful Bass Desires group! The lineup features some wonderful interplay on stringed instruments – Johnson's bass, and guitars from both John Scofield and Bill Frisell, the later of whom also plays a bit of guitar synthesizer, in very ECM-shaped lines. Drums are from Peter Erskine, who's well-heard when the moment allows – and titles include "Samurai Hee Haw", "Mojo Highway", "Thanks Again", "Bass Desires", and "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Syl JohnsonIs it Because I'm Black ... LP
Twinight/Numero, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums ever! The set's the deepest that Syl Johnson ever recorded – and it takes all the hard, raw soul he forged on previous funky 45s – and spins it out in longer album format – with some wicked backings that more than keep up the funk from before, but which also help Johnson deepen the message of his tunes! The political vibe of the album comes through right away in the striking cover and title – and the title track is a 7 and a half minute gem – one of the boldest songs ever about disempowerment. Backings are by Jimmy Jones & The Pieces Of Peace – who really keep the sound deep throughout – and in addition to the classic title track "Is It Because I'm Black", other tunes include "Right On", "Together Forever", "Concrete Reservation", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Black Balloons", and "I'm Talkin About Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Excellent reissue – with heavy cover and vinyl that's better than the original!)

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New Syl JohnsonUptown Shakedown ... LP
Hi Records, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A different sound than usual for Syl Johnson – but a record that still has loads of those amazing vocals we love from Syl! The style's mostly modern soul – with a tightness that's different from the grit of earlier Johnson albums – that mode in which other singers of the time were tightening up their bag too. The approach works especially well on the midtempo groovers – which have the bite of Johnson's vocals providing a great contrast tot he smoother grooves of the instrumentation – in ways that really deepen the feel of the tunes, but in ways that are very different than classic work from Syl. Titles include "Mystery Lady", "Blue Water", "Who's Gonna Love You", "You're The Star Of The Show", "Gimme Little Sign", and a 9 minute "Otis Redding Medley". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has waviness, and staining due to moisture along the left half.)

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New Quincy JonesQuincy Jones Plays Hip Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Quincy Jones' best for Mercury Records in the 60s – a very groovy record that was done with a feel that's somewhere in between his Big Band Bossa album and his best 60s soundtrack work! The format is simple – Quincy picks a sweet batch of jazz semi-hits from the early 60s, plays them with a nice mix of soul jazz arrangements, and works with a great ensemble filled with wonderful players – including Roland Kirk, Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell, James Moody, and Jerome Richardson on reeds; Lalo Schifrin and Patti Brown on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Melba Liston on trombone – plus lots of great percussion at the bottom, helping bring some Latin energy to the grooves at points. Tunes are familiar, but all given a great Quincy Jones twist – and titles include "Gravy Waltz", "Jive Samba", "Walk On The Wild Side", "Bossa Nova USA", and "Watermelon Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Harold Land/Blue MitchellMapenzi ... LP
Concord, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real lost gem from the mid 70s – and one of the few albums ever recorded by the Harold Land/Blue Mitchell lineup! The group's got a warm fire that follows nicely off of Land's work with Bobby Hutcherson in the early 70s – but which also benefits from Mitchell's strongly flowing trumpet lines in the lead – and in a way, the set's almost got the feel of some of Mitchell's strong mid 60s sessions on Blue Note – soul jazz, but inflected with a lyrical sense of freedom that really leaps out on the solos. Other members of the group include Reggie Johnson on bass, Kirk Lightsey on piano, and Albert Heath on drums – and titles include "Mapenzi", "Blue Silver", "Everything's Changed" and "Inner Voice". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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