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Jazz Band De FreeEgo ... LP
Whatmusic (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $10.99
A groundbreaking session from the Argentine scene of the early 70s – a record that blends together electric, free, and Latin jazz into some very extended groovers! The "free" in the group's name shouldn't be taken to mean that they've got the same free jazz sound as European avant players from the time – because the freeness here is more in spirit, and doesn't really mean that they leave behind the rhythmic pulse and essential swing that makes these tunes so great. There's certainly an intensity to the playing, but even when the group's going "out" for a moment, they swing right back inside – propelled along with some nice electric touches on keyboards and guitar. Titles include "Tema De Fatiga", "Shh Bea Duerme", "Ambientex", and "Ego Luego Existen". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan Skidmore/Leszek ZadloEgo Recordings (Thoughts/Morning Rise/SOH/European Jazz Quintet) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs .... $44.99
A treasure trove of rare work from the obscure German Ego label – four different albums, all of them great – packaged here in tiny LP-styled covers too! The set's especially noteworthy for the work of British saxophonist Alan Skidmore – working here on some of his best material of the late 70s – records that easily rival the best sides cut back home in the UK, but which also have a very different feel and flavor! On Morning Rise, Skidmore plays tenor and soprano sax, alongside Gerd Dudek, who also plays both horns too – in these long, textural lines that merge and diverge nicely with Skidmore's – creating these majestic shapes in sound, before then taking off towards much more powerful solos. Rhythm is from Adelhard Rodiginger on bass and Lala Kovacev on drums – and titles include "Morning Rise", "Macedonian Market", "Dr Les Mosses", and "Nakemiin". SOH is a trio outing from Alan Skidmore, drummer Tony Oxley, and bassist Ali Haurand – hence the title – and the set really allows Skidmore to expand on some of his most open, expressive lines on tenor and soprano sax! Tracks are quite long, and build with this almost late-Coltrane sort of energy – almost glowing with a sense of spirituality that's pushed along strongly by the reed lines. Titles include "One Two Free", "Das Ist Alice", "Lost In WG", and "Trio Nr 10". European Jazz Quintet features tremendous reeds from the trio of Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, and Leszek Zadlo – all of whom play both tenor and soprano sax – and work alongside the bass of Ali Haurand and drums of Pierr Courbois! The set features two long tracks – "Das Ist Alice" and "Miss B" – both of them balanced nicely on the cusp between European free jazz and some stronger spiritual jazz structures, in a very nice way. Last up is Thoughts, from Leszek Zadlo – a record that has Zadlo on both flute and tenor, working with the excellent Ego Records rhythm trio of Joe Haider on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Joe Nay on drums! The sound is quite different than other Ego sessions with the trio – as the tracks here build very slowly, often through the initial utterings of Zadlo on his reeds – kind of growing into a spiritually expressive style that gets increasingly focused as the set goes on – in ways that are a nice change from European free jazz. Titles include "Two Friends", "Some Body", "Struggle", and "Thoughts". CD

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New CameoUgly Ego ... LP
Chocolate City, 1978. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever from Cameo – the group's third release! The album's got a great approach that hints at more sophisticated soul styles, but which is still firmly in charge of the bass-driven grooves that made their early albums so great – a compressed approach to the music that was copied by countless other groups at the time, but rarely came off this well! The whole thing's great – filled with excellent cuts that include "I'll Be With You", "Give Love a Chance", "Ugly Ego", "Two of Us", "Friend to Me", "Insane", and "I Want You". Super-dope – with loads of great jams! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, and a promo stamp.)

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New Tony Williams LifetimeEgo ... LP
Polydor, 1970. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
One of the last completely intense albums from Tony Williams' Lifetime group – a slightly changed lineup from the original trio – one that includes guitarist Ted Dunbar, bassist Ron Carter, and percussionists Don Alias and Warren Smith. The group still features some searing organ work from Larry Young (recording here as Khalid Yasin), but the overall sound is also a bit spacier, and even more percussion-driven than before. Dunbar's tripped-out guitar is a nice change from the more rock-focused sound of John McLaughlin on earlier records – and he seems to free the players from their fuzzed out sound, and let them hit some nicely organic moments. Titles include "Clap City", "There Comes A Time", "Two Worlds", "Some Hip Drum Sh!t", "Lonesome Wells" and "The Urchin's Of Shermese". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker.)

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New Snoop DoggEgo Trippin ... LP
Geffen, 2008. Used 2LP .... Out Of Stock
Big Snoop is back for some Ego Trippin' – with the instant classic single "Sexual Eruption" – plus "Press Play", "SD Is Out", "Gangsta Like Me", Neva Have 2 Worry", "Cool", "Sets Up", "My Medicine", "Ridin' In My Chevy", "Those Gurlz", "One Chance", "Why Did You Leave Me" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Don FriedmanThemes & Variations ... LP
Ego (Germany), 1979. Sealed .... $6.99
Titles include "Later Circles", "Themes & Variations", "Flashback III", and "Closeness". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Christoph SpendelPark Street No 92 ... LP
Ego (Germany), 1978. Used .... Out Of Stock
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BlackaliciousNIA ... CD
Quannum, 2000. Used .... $2.99
The MC Gift of Gab serves your ears melodic, driving, challenging wordplay at it's best on this album from the Quannum Projects label out of the Bay Area, who brought you DJ Shadow and Latyrx. The jazzy, soulful, reflective, bouncing music is entirely produced by DJ Chief Xcel and features cameos by Lyrics Born and Lateef from Latyrx on two separate tracks ("Do This My Way" and "Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme", respectively.) It also includes the single "Deception" and the tracks "Searching", "The Fabulous Ones", "A To G", "Cliff Hanger", "Shallow Days", "Ego Trip By Nikki Giovanni", "You Didn't Know That Though", "Trouble (Eve Of Destruction)", "Reanimation", "Beyonder", "Making Progress", "Sleep", and more. CD

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New ClipseLord Willin' (plus bonus track) ... LP
Star Trak/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue).... $22.99
The first Clipse album to see release – and a neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop masterpiece produced by the Neptunes – the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T arrive as smooth, confident rhymers with plenty of standout moments, while the Neptunes reach an early production peak. The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD and their more pop-oriented productions. We thought from the first needle drop that this was a record we'd be able to come back to for years and years and years, and that indeed holds true! Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. 2014 Get On Down reissue includes the Selector remix of "Grindin'" feat Sean Paul, Bless, Kardinall Offishall, NORE, Baby & Lil' Wayne. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Damu The FudgemonkSpare Overtime Re-Inspired ... CD
Redefinition, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99
Newly recorded, re-sequenced and retitled versions of cuts from Damu's Spare Time and Overtime sets. Includes "Our Presentation", "Pulsating (Pulse Remix 2012 Update)", "Live On Because (LB 2012 Update), "Ego Trouble (Troopin' 2012 Update), "Leo The Gemini 1 (Leo Part 1 2012 Update)", "Picturesque Storm (Colorful Remix 2012 Update)", "Next In Line (Y Society Remix Instro 2012 Update)" and more. CD

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Joe Haider TrioMoment In Montreux (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sound Hills (Japan), 2013. New Copy .... $34.99
A great little record from a pianist we haven't heard in years – but who still really warms our ears with his music! Joe Haider is a name we know from key sessions for the Ego Records label at the end of the 70s – and he's working here with frequent partner from those albums, bassist Isla Eckinger – a really amazing player with a sense of sound and space that really leaves us breathless! Together, the pair find a perfect space amidst the gentle drums of Jimmy Wormworth – a setting that rings out with the deep tones and careful phrasing that Haider brought to those earlier records – at a level that's perhaps a bit more traditional than before, given the album's heavy reliance on standards – but which still shows a really individual sense of phrasing, and that goes even double for Eckinger. Titles include "Some Other Blues", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "All Of You", "Dear Old Stockholm", "A Moment In Montreux", and "You & The Night & The Music". CD

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Boobie Knight & The SoulcietySoul Ain't No New Thing ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Reissue of an amazingly hard to find funk album on RCA! The Soulciety group was the brainchild of Boobie Knight, and they were one of the many funky groups that fell under the supervision of Harvey Fuqua while he was working for RCA. Boobie's group has a totally different sound than the others on the label, though, and the album's a complicated mix of soul, funk, and heavy-duty jamming. The set includes the nice breakbeat cut "Power To The People", plus a heavy funk workout on "Ego Trippin". Other nice ones include "The Changing Game", "Soul Ain't No New Thing", and "King Of The Real Good Guys". LP, Vinyl record album

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LeadersUnforseen Blessings ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1989. New Copy .... $12.99 16.99
One of the strongest albums from the Leaders sextet – an ensemble that features 6 of America's best left-of-center players of the time – all of them leaders of their own groups, putting aside ego to come together beautifully here! The set features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe on alto, Chico Freeman on tenor and soprano, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Don Moye on percussion – all jamming to a set of original tunes that vary between longer numbers and shorter bits that are interspersed between the tracks – a balance that further underscores the creativity of the players. Titles include "Lucia", "Now A Moment", "Heaven Dance", "Peacemaker", "The Search", "Lightish", and "Sun Percussion Six". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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MadhouseServe 'Em Madhouse ... LP
Today, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Hard, raw, righeous group funk – one of the hardest-hitting early albums ever produced by Patrick Adams! The set's got a feel that's much more like the Detroit work on the Westbound label than other records on the Today label – no surprise, given that group leader Mudbone later worked with Bootsy Collins in The Rubber Band! The style here is a bit more freewheeling than P-Funk, though – really jamming at times, with raw guitar, wild horn parts, and long tracks that blend together bits of funk, rock, and electric jazz! Titles include the break-heavy suite "Last Apocalypse", plus "Nixon's Ego Trip", "Great Debate", "Get Some Of This", and "Serve 'Em". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gil MelleQuadrama ... CD
Prestige (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy .... $22.99
Sublime work from one of the true originals of 50s jazz! Gil Melle was a baritonist – but with a sound and approach that was completely unique – very different than bigger names on the instrument, like Jimmy Giuffre or Pepper Adams. He had an icy touch that was surprising for the instrument, crafted carefully in well-written compositions with longtime partner Joe Cinderella, an equally compelling guitarist who's working with Melle on this quartet session that also includes Shadow Wilson and George Duvivier. The tracks aren't as way-out as some of Melle's work, but they've got an edge that's undeniable – and which clearly set the tone for some of Jimmy Giuffre's work of the same period. Titles include "Walter Ego", "Full House", "Quadrama", and "Rush Hour In Hong Kong". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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OzoneWalk On/Send It ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy .... $16.99
The first two albums from Ozone – back to back on a single CD! Walk On is the great debut of Ozone – a group who'd worked previously as the backing band for Billy Preston – which should give you an idea of how great they are! The group have a razor-sharp way of putting things together – tight and funky, yet never over the top – and definitely a real cut above most of their contemporaries – even at this heady time for soul music! The balance of their sound is wonderful – with some occasional smooth moments amidst the jazzy funk – and the whole thing feels more like some of the best Capitol Records groovers of the time, instead of what you might expect from early 80s Motown. Titles include "Cosmic Egg", "Ego", "Walk On", "This Is Funkin Insane", "That J", and "You On My Mind". Send It is filled with killer grooves from Ozone – an overlooked early 80s group on Motown, and easily one of the label's strongest suits of the time! The group have the tighter sound of most of the Motown work of the time – but they also manage a looser, more organic sort of approach to their groove – a sound that's almost more in the ensemble funk and 80s groove best of the Capitol Rare scene of the time, and a lot less like some of the more chartbound acts on their label. There's plenty of bass in the backings, but it's never used in a way that's too over the top – and the group balance things out nicely with a careful approach to vocals and some more sensitive ballads. Titles include "Keep On Dancin", "Over & Over Again", "Gigolette", "Do What Cha Wanna", "Tune Up", and "Girl I Can't Wait". Also includes a 12" single mix of "Gigolette". CD

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Louie RamirezAli Baba ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in about a month!" – then rolls into a massively grooving tune entitled "Ungawa". This blend of Middle Eastern, African, and Latin themes in such short space – however goofball – really gets at the expansive feel of the set, as Louie's stepping way past the simple format of his earlier years, into the tripped-out styles that the Latin kids were digging in the late 60s. The album's even got a secret message hidden by backward masking – but even the forward bits are great, especially the tunes that cook with English lyrics by Bobby Marin! Titles include "I Dig Rhythm", "Ungawa", "Ali Baba", "Cookin' with Ali", "Yambu", "It's Not What You Say", and "Cachita". LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousStudio One Dub 2 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP .... $26.99
Soul Jazz keeps up the pressure, dipping deep into the never ending well of Studio One niceness for a second set of dub goodies rendered by Coxsone Dodd's alter dub ego, The Dub Specialist. Unlike some of the other dub vendors, Dodd doesn't go too nuts with the effects and so forth, keeping everything lean and close to the original rhythm, which is fine by us, since the core rhythms are tight and right from left to right! 18 extra heavy cuts in all, including "I'll Be Around Version" and "Run Run Version" by Sound Dimension, "Dubrock" by Soundstorm, "Watch OUt Version" by Albert & The Gladiators, "Moses Version" by the Brentford Reggae Band, "Peace Version" and "Natty Ting A Ling Pt 2" by the Brentford Disco Set, "Feel Like Jumping Pt 2" by Marcia Griffiths, "Reggae Version" by Drum Bago & the Rebel Group, "Soul Locks" by St Ct & The Gladiators Band, "How Could You Version" by Freddie & The Sound Dimension, "Any Where Version" by Holt & Sound Dimension, "Live 7 Dub" by Alton & The Soul Vendors, "Drunken Sailor Version" by Freddie McKay, 'Welding" by Ital Sound, and 'Dar Es Salaam", 'Always Dubbing" and "Mojo Papa" by Dub Specialist. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nikki GiovanniTruth Is On Its Way (alternate cover) ... LP
Right On, 1971. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nikki G in total righteousness, surrounded by a big choir, and dropping knowledge on cuts like "Great Pax Whitey", "Poem For Aretha", and "Ego Tripping". Very spiritual stuff, with backing vocals by the New York Community Choir, who also recorded a great soul album on RCA around the same time – and an overall approach that elevates Nikki's poetry into a very spiritual realm! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a cutout hole.)

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New Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 5 – History Of The Loop Digga 1990 to 2000 ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 1990s/Early 2000s/2010. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Formative Madlib beatcraft – music made by 'Lib from 1990-2000 – crafted into a tight full length album that feels as fresh as ever! History Of The Loop Digga features funky hip hop instrumentals made at a time when he was producing underground beat tapes for himself and the Crate Diggas Palace crew of MCs. Raw Madlib hip hop beats from the early days with spackled with bits of vocals from Madlib & his Quasimoto alter ego, Declaime and others, plus mad vocal samples. At the core, it's excellent leftfield hip hop productions that aptly predicts for the unbridled genius to come, mixed in 2010 and feeling very much of the here and now. 34 shortish tracks on the CD for more than an hour of modern vintage Madlib. Titles include "Static Invazion", "Stakeout", "Rapper X Radio", "Last Day's Music", "Nothing For Nothing", "Live From Outer Space", "Further Adventures Of Walkman Flavor", "Real Days" "CDP Assassins" (Pts 1-6) and a slew of untitled episodes. CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Steady BGoing Steady ... LP
Jive, 1989. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
11 cuts from the Hilltop Hustla, including "Stone Cold Hustler", "Ego Trippin", "Nasty Girls" & "New Breed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New White Mandingos (Murs, Darryl Jenifer)Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (white vinyl – with download) ... LP
Fat Beats, 2013. New Copy 2LP .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tripped out, heavy hip hop from the unlikely trio of west coast indie veteran Murs, Ego Trip's Sascha Jenkins and DC hardcore legend/Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer! A pretty cool mix of uncompromising lyrics, heavy bass and waves of dissonant guitar. It's unlike anything else out there, circa summer '13! Includes "The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me", "Black-N-White", "Warn A Brotha", "Wifey", "King Of New York", "My Weapon", "I Like You", "Wesley Snipes", "My First White Girl", "Mandingo Rally", "Too Late" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Above The LawBlack Mafia Life ... LP
Ruthless, 1992. Used .... Out Of Stock
With "Never Missin' A Beat", "Why Must I Feel Like Dat", "Game Wreck-Oniz-Iz Game", "Pimp Clinic", "VSOP", "Process Of Elimination", "G's & Macaronies" and "Mee Vs My Ego". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New BlackaliciousNIA (2LP) ... LP
Quannum, 2000. Used 2LP Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
The Gift of Gab serves your ears melodic, driving, challenging wordplay at it's best on this album from the Quannum Projects label out of the Bay Area, who brought you DJ Shadow and Latyrx. The jazzy, soulful, reflective, bouncing music is entirely produced by DJ Chief Xcel and features cameos by Lyrics Born and Lateef from Latyrx on two separate tracks ("Do This My Way" and "Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme", respectively.) It also includes the single "Deception" and the tracks "Searching", "The Fabulous Ones", "A To G", "Cliff Hanger", "Shallow Days", "Ego Trip By Nikki Giovanni", "You Didn't Know That Though", "Trouble (Eve Of Destruction)", "Reanimation", "Beyonder", "Making Progress", "Sleep", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available NIA ... CD 2.99

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New Damu The FudgemonkSpare Overtime Re-Inspired ... LP
Redefinition, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Newly recorded, re-sequenced and retitled versions of cuts from Damu's Spare Time and Overtime sets. Includes "Our Presentation", "Pulsating (Pulse Remix 2012 Update)", "Live On Because (LB 2012 Update), "Ego Trouble (Troopin' 2012 Update), "Leo The Gemini 1 (Leo Part 1 2012 Update)", "Picturesque Storm (Colorful Remix 2012 Update)", "Next In Line (Y Society Remix Instro 2012 Update)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spare Overtime Re-Inspired ... CD 11.99

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New Denmark Vessey & Scud OneCult Classic (splatter colored vinyl with download) ... LP
Dirty Science, 2014. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Detroit rapper Denmark Vessey teams up with Chicago-native producer Scud One – on a record that's got the goods, and could easily end up with a repuation akin to the album's title – with appearances by Guilty Simpson, Exile and Quelle Chris. Includes "Intro To Cult Classic", "Hoeinindagaddadavida", "Just Talking", "Half A Gram" feat Guilty Simpson, "They Schweepy", "Do You Believe", "Thank You Based God", "Let The God Eat" feat Scud One, "Ego Trip" and "Bonus Track". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Digable PlanetsBlowout Comb (plus poster) ... LP
Pendulum/Modern Classics, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue).... Out Of Stock
The laidback classic! The Digables certainly weren't the first hip hop group to rely upon cooled out jazzy grooves for the backbone of their sound, but they really brought it home with a hugely endearing and long enduring vibe – and this is their masterpiece! All these years later, Blowout Comb is still pure gold. Loads of tripped out arrangements on live instruments – which is a huge step for the group after their largely sampled debut – and layer upon layer of groovy vocals in addition to the easy rhymes of Butterfly, Ladybug and Doodlebug. Also includes an appearance by Jeru! Probably the catchiest jazz-rap fusion record of all time! Tracks include "The May 4th Movement Starring Doodlebug", "Black Ego", "Dog It", "Jettin", "Borough Check", "Highing Fly", "Dial 7", "The Art Of Easing", "K.B.'s Alley", "Graffiti", "Blowing Down", "9th Wonder", and "For Corners". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 18 X 24 poster – plus insert with notes by Larry Mizelle Jr.)

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New Ultramagnetic MCsCritical Beatdown ... LP
Next Plateau, 1988. Used (reissue).... Out Of Stock
The classic first LP. The roots of Kool Keith's abstract poetical style with amazing production by Ced Gee. Still one of our all-time favorites. With "Watch Me Now", "Ego Trippin", "Ease Back", "Funky", "Kool Keith Housing Things", "Feelin It", "Ced Gee (Delta Force One)", "Traveling At The Speed Of Thought" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousCold Heat – Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol 1 ... LP
Now Again/Stones Throw, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP .... Out Of Stock
Stones Throw does it again – with a massive batch of older funk rarities that tops most of the rest on the market! Cold Heat is a follow-up to the label's smoking Funky 16 Corners set – and like that one, it's overflowing with great bits that have barely (or never) been heard by the rest of the world at large. Compiler Egon has gone through a range of rare singles, masters, and demos – and has come up with tunes that burn with a brightness that's undeniable. The grooves are all on the harder end of the James Brown Funky People side of the spectrum – and some tracks are by names that are finally getting their due, thanks to the work of Ego, Wax Poetics, and some of the other funky forces doing the good work over the past few years. In a way, the collection's a summation of some of the singles and reissues coming out through the Now Again/Stones Throw imprint – but it also features some other bits and alternate versions that are totally great! Titles include "Don't Go" by Aristocrats Organization, "Loaded To The Gills (edit)" by Michael Liggins & The Supersouls, "Mr Chicken (alternate)" by The Soul Seven, "Slipping Into Darkness" by Dayton Sidewinders, "James Brown Medley" by The Apollo Commanders, "Scorpio" by Kashmere Stage Band, "Sad Chicken" by Leroy & The Drivers, "Street Scene" by Leon Mitchinson, "Free Your Mind" by Amnesty, "The Thing" by Carleen & The Groovers, "Go For Yourself (edit)" by Kenny Smith & The Loveliters, and "The Stretch (edit)" by Detroit Sex Machines. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Aesop RockBazooka Tooth ... LP
Def Jux/Block Block Chop, 2003. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue).... $19.99 21.98
Bazooka Tooth finds Mr Rock experimenting further with his voice while perfecting his production skills! On previous Aesop joints, Blockhead and Aesop have worked together to create a sound all their own: haunting, pounding and mesmerizing. It's easy to tell that Aesop wanted a little more control of the sound on this outing and he is not afraid to defiantly push his music beyond a typical hip hop loop. You'll hear tempo changes, odd drunk noises, interludes, whimsical circus sounds, fat synth bass lines, and quicker verbal antics. It sounds as if El-P and Aesop were playing Legos and swapping records a whole lot over the past 2 years. This is not the sequel to Labor, but Aesop's verbal assault is definitely in fine form! Blockhead does manage to show up for three tracks, although everything else is handled by Aesop, with one done by El-P. Guests include Mr Lif, PFAC, and El-P. Tracks include "Freeze", "Kill The Messenger", "Bazooka Tooth", "Easy", "No Jumper Cables", "NY Electric", "Greatest Pac-Man Victory In History", "11:35", "Super Fluke", "Mars Attacks" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New David Axelrod & OthersEdge – David Axelrod At Capitol Records 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Capitol, Late 60s. Used .... $8.99
A great look at the genius of David Axelrod – the groundbreaking producer who recorded some incredibly hip albums at Captiol during the late 60s, but who's now only finally getting his due! Axelrod brought a whole new sensibility to the studio in his day – an approach that really stripped down the overly-cluttered modes of the era of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson, and which went instead for a spacious approach to the music that seemed to use silence as heavily as it did sound! Axelrod's genius was heard most famously on key 60s recordings by Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls for Capitol, but while at the label, he also got the chance to cut some incredibly mind-blowing albums on his own – and to work with some other artists who really benefited from his amazing touch in the studio. This set's a masterpiece – and it features 17 Axelrod numbers from the Capitol years – all hand-picked by Egon of Stones Throw (himself an Axelrod expert), and supported by comments from David himself! Titles include "House Of Mirrors" and "The Edge" by David McCallum, "Theme From The Fox" by Don Randi, "Tensity" by Cannonball Adderley, "Pula Yetla" by Letta Mbulu, "Lifetime Monologue" and "You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Lou Rawls, and "The Signs (part 1)", "Warning Talk (parts 1 & 3)", "The Smile", "The Mental Traveller", "The Fly", and "London" by David Axelrod himself. CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Ginger Baker & SaltLive In Munich 1972 ... CD
Voiceprint (UK), 1972. New Copy 2CD .... $8.99
Amazing stuff from Ginger Baker's personal archives – live recordings with his Salt group – born of his relocation to Nigeria and a wonderful, dexterous fusion of jazz & rock percussion with African rhythms! The sound is pretty great on these 2 CDs, and the performances are truly great! Players include Ginger Baker and guest drummer Art Blakey (!!!), plus Steve Gregory on sax & flute, Bud Beadle on sax, Tunde Koboje on bass, Berkely Jones on guitar, vocalists Kehinde Lijada and Taiwo Lijada, and African drums by Laola Akins. CD1 has 7 unlisted tracks, mostly on the longer side – the shortest more the 5 minutes and longest nearly 20 minutes. Disc 2 has one short introductory bit and a 18+ minute track. CD

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Ray BarrettoLatino Con Soul ... LP
West Side Latino, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of Ray's career – and shows that he was an early player in the change of the Latin sound of the 60s – hitting hard with a tight, young jazzy group on this excellent set! Titles include "Trompeta y Trombon", "Boogaloo Con Soul", "Do You Dig It?", "Fuego y Pa'Lante", "Happy Birthday Everybody", "El Picor", and "Bilongo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanGypsy Woman ... LP
Fania, 1967. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Stunning soul from the great Joe Bataan – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that's right up there with the best of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! The album is Joe Bataan's debut for the Fania Records label – and the start of an incendiary run of Latin classics that forever changed the face of the New York scene – a mindblowing mix of Latin rhythms and soul-based inspiration, served up in a mix of English and Spanish language lyrics! The title track is a sublime cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman" – one that's even more heartbreaking than the original – and other titles include "Ordinary Guy", Sugar Guaguanco", "So Fine", "Fuego", and the groovy "Chickie's Trombone" – a tight little jammer that shows that Joe's group also drew plenty of inspiration from the descarga scene too. LP, Vinyl record album

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Blue NotesOgun Collection (5 CD set) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1964/1970s/1980s. New Copy 5CDs .... $55.99
A long-overdue look at one of the most important groups to grace the British jazz scene of the 60s and 70s – the legendary Blue Notes, a group of South African expatriates with an undeniably huge influence on the music of their new homeland! The ensemble featured key players who went onto do some amazing work on their own, but first came together in this group – trumpeter Mongezi Feza, saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, pianist Chris McGregor, bassist Johnny Dyani, and drummer Louis Moholo – all players as dynamic together and important on their own as the members of the Art Emsemble of Chicago from the US. The set finally brings out all of the group's key albums for the Ogun label, plus some great bonus material too – a rich tapestry of work that shows the combo's evolution from African-tinged jazz of the 60s to some much more farther-reaching sounds in the 70s – all beautifully packaged, with each album presented on its own inside a larger slipcase! The set features The Blue Notes Legacy, a live date in South Africa from 1964; Blue Notes For Mongezi, a double-length set recorded after the passing of group trumpeter Mongezi Feza; Blue Notes For Johnny, a date recorded after the passing of bassist Johnny Dyani; and Blue Notes In Concert, a great live date recorded in 1977. There's a wealth of wonderful music here – and along with the bonus tracks, the set also features a great booklet of remembrances and vintage photos! CD

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Peter Brotzmann TrioFor Adolphe Sax ... LP
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue).... $29.99
A landmark album of free jazz – Peter Brotzmann's first record, and a hard-driving set of material that blows away most avant jazz work from the US at the time! The album takes the energy of the ESP generation, and turns it up more than a few notches – as Brotzmann blows his head off on tenor and baritone, accompanied by Sven Ake Johansson on drums and Peter Kowald on bass. The title is a reference to the inventor of the saxophone – an instrument that Brotzmann pushes way to its limits here – at a level that Adolphe never would have expected! Titles include "For Adolphe Sax", "Sanity", and "Morning Glory". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dennis Brown & Superstar FriendsReggae Legends Vol 2 (Judge Not/No Contest/Legit/Hotter Flames) (4CD set) ... CD
17 North Parade, 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 4 CDs .... $22.99 25.98
A mighty nice little box set of 80s & 90s Dennis Brown collaborative efforts – featuring the mid to late 80s Dennis Brown/Gregory Issaacs collabos Judge Not and No Contest – plus the early 90s Legit with Dennis, Freeddie McGregor & Cocoa Tea, and Hotter Flames by Dennis and Frankie Paul! Judge Not features 4 tracks by Dennis Brown, 3 by Gregory Isaacs and one joint number – and the titles include "Crazy List", "Deceiving Girl", "Street Walker", "Let Off Supm" and more. No Contest actually has more joint numbers between the two, and titles include "Easy Life', "No Camoflage","Neon Lights Flashing" and more. Legit is a mix of numbers featuring Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor and Cocoa Tea together, plus a few solo numbers from each. Includes "Legit", "Last Lick", "Quashie", "Bone Lies" and more. Hotter Flames is split effort, half Dennis Brown and half Frankie Paul, and it includes "Natural Mystic", "Come With Me", "My Reasons", "Aal Wey A Gwane" and more. CD

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

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Avishai Cohen & The International Vamp BandUnity ... CD
Stretch, 2001. Used .... $6.99
A fuller project than usual from Avishai Cohen – one that features a bit of vocals, and grooves that step out nicely in a range of genres! There's still mostly jazz at the core, but the rhythms change up in some really strong ways – and some of the best moments have a Latin undercurrent that's mighty nice – a flame that burns strongly, and gives the album more power than we might expect. Other players include Antonio Sanchez on drums, Avi Lebovich on trombone, Yosvany Terry on alto and tenor, and Diego Urcola on trumpet – and titles include "Short Story", "Float", "Vamp", "Etude", and "Yagla". CD
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Colson Unity TroupeNo Reservation ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
Genius work from Adegoke Steve Colson – a player who always has a great way of bridging many different worlds in jazz! The album's got a relatively spiritual feel, but a slightly avant bent too – very much in the spirit of some of the under-documented work going on in Chicago's AACM during the 1980s – when younger generations of players were bringing back some soul to the scene. Colson plays tenor and piano – and the lovely Iqua Colson sings on most numbers too, with this angular vocal style that reminds us a lot of the singing on some of the legendary Paris Smith albums – really adding a lot to the record with her unique sound. Other players include Wallace LaRoy McMillan on saxes, Reggie Willis on bass, and Dushun Mosley on percussion – and titles include "Teachers/World Heroes", "Family Members", "Patch No 2", "Clockwork", and "Thought From Duke". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Paco De Lucia & Ricardo Modrego12 Canciones De Garcia Lorca Para Guitarra ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1965. New Copy .... $18.99
Sublime early work from guitarist Paco De Lucia – working here with Ricardo Modrego on second guitar, in a wonderful batch of new readings of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca! The tunes are all instrumental, but have a richness that goes beyond words – amazing guitar interplay pulled from flamenco roots, but turned towards new Spanish modes of the 60s – light years from earlier recordings by cats like Sabicas, yet performed with a similar sense of prowess. Titles include "Anda Jaleo", "Zorongo Gitano", "Los Peregrinitos", "Las Tres Hojas", "El Vito", "Cafe De Chinitas", and "Los Cuatro Muleros". CD

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Nick DrakeBryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... $68.99
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing box set – features a replica of original textured sleeve record, a replica shop poster, live mini poster, reprint of handwritten set list, and download too!)

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Gene DudleySaturday Shifting ... CD
Wah Wah 45s (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $15.99
Gene Dudley's a one-man operation here – but he handles a surprising range of instruments, and comes up with a groove that easily rivals some of the funkiest combos out there working today! In a way, Gene's a bit like Shawn Lee – one of the few folks able to get a real funk sound out of layering together their own instrumentation and rhythms – in a way that's more than tight enough to be funky, but loose enough to make you feel the live instrumentation that really helps bring a sense of soul to the whole record! Some cuts have a soundtrack funk sort of vibe, others echo more global styles of funk - -and titles include "The Fawcett Negotiation", "Minnie", "At The Advice Of Mister Weiss", "The Hilo Bay Halfway", and "When The Gorilla Get Grip". CD

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Nick EdwardsPlekzationz ... CD
Mego (Austria), 2012. Used .... $9.99
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El RegoEl Rego (plus bonus 45 & download) ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy LP & 7 Inch .... $16.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)

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El RegoVimado Wingnan/E Nan Mian Nuku ... 7-inch
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $4.99
Wow! Straight up incredible Afro Funk from Benin's El Rego Et Ses Commandos – the pummeling, yet soulful "Vimado Wingnan" and the slower, more hypnotic "E Nan Mian Nuku" – rare early 70s numbers on Daptone! "Vimado Wingnan" is one of those tracks that's so incredible that it should be an Afro Funk staple, yet we have to admit we were just recently hipped to it. The drums and percussion are amazing and it's got a wild organ in the mix that gives it something of a psych funk feel. Some flute lightens things up just a bit and the vocals are nice and funky, too. The flip isn't as intense, but it's got a rhythm that's just as insistent in it's less perspiring way. The material was brought to Daptone by Frank Gossner of Voodoo Funk and a full album is promised. We cannot wait! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Electric ConversationElectric Conversation ... CD
Futuristica (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $13.99
A nice one from Parisian electro soul combo Electric Conversation – with a hazy mood, compelling beats and warm, soul-steeped vocals! EC has a more atmospheric, moody vibe over all than a lot of what's happening contemporaneously that call fall into the broken beat category – and vocals are a big part of what puts them above many of their peers – really add to the intoxicating atmosphere. Includes "Complaint", "Fly Away", "La Neige", "Everyday", "Waves", "Nirvana", "My Source", "Avoir Des Ailes", "Soul", "Ziggyschtroumph" and more. CD

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FugsTenderness Junction ... LP
Reprise, 1967. Good+ .... $9.99
One of the most fully-formed albums from The Fugs – still quite hippy dippy, but with a focus that's sometimes missing in their other work! And despite the somewhat major label placement of the set, there's arguably even more power here than on the group's earlier indie sides – thanks to strong use of the best elements that make up the tunes. There's still a great mix of styles going on – from Buddist chanting, to sing-song poetry, to some countrified rock – and the album's got enough room for playful detours, but always snaps back into some stronger song-based modes. Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso both make guest appearances, and titles include "Exorcising The Evil Spirits From The Pentagon October 21, 1967", "War Song", "Dover Beach", "Turn On/Tune In/Drop Out", "Wet Dream", "Hare Krishna", and "Aphrodite Mass". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, a partially split top seam, and some sticker remnants on the front along the bottom. Label has a couple of small stains.)

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Vinny Golia & Ken FilianoArt Of Negotiation ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1996. Used .... $13.99
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(Out of print. Booklet has a sticker on the front.)

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Grateful DeadSunshine Daydream – Sunhshine Daydream Veneta, Oregon, August 27, 1972 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Rhino, 1972. New Copy 3 CD & DVD .... $35.99 39.98
A legendary live show from The Grateful Dead – arguably one of the greatest concerts they ever recorded, finally out here on a proper release! The package captures the Dead on August 27, 1972 – playing a very groovy set in Venta, Oregon – with loads of those long, open and flowing jams that have always made Grateful Dead live performances even more treasured than any studio sets! Everyone's in great formation – and highlights include a version of "Dark Star" that runs for over 30 minutes, a take on "Playing In The Band" that's almost 20 minutes, a 13 minute jam on "Bird Song", and the cuts "He's Gone", "Greatest Story Every Told", "Casey Jones", "Me & My Uncle", "Sugaree", and "I Know You Rider". Remastered from the original tapes – and presented here with the legendary concert film on DVD for the first time ever. CD

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Jimmy Greene QuartetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. New Copy .... $9.99 14.99
Jimmy Greene really knocks it out of the park with this cooking live set – showing us again that he's definitely a tenor talent to watch – one with a depth of soulfulness that stretches back to some of the more righteous players of the 60s, but with a contemporary vibe too – one that's very much at home in this Smalls Live setting! Tracks are all nice and long, and draw a lot of energy from the bold piano lines of Xavier Davis – who seems to be a great partner for Greene on the recording, really helping to shape and direct the flow of his tenor lines. There's almost a modal aspect to the record at times – although one led more by Davis' piano, instead of the bass of Ugonna Okegwo and drums of Gregory Hutchinson. Titles include "Sense Of Urgency", "Self Portrait 1", "Soul Music", "Home", and "Bloomfield". CD
Also available Live At Smalls ... CD 6.99

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Jimmy Greene QuartetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. Used .... $6.99
Jimmy Greene really knocks it out of the park with this cooking live set – showing us again that he's definitely a tenor talent to watch – one with a depth of soulfulness that stretches back to some of the more righteous players of the 60s, but with a contemporary vibe too – one that's very much at home in this Smalls Live setting! Tracks are all nice and long, and draw a lot of energy from the bold piano lines of Xavier Davis – who seems to be a great partner for Greene on the recording, really helping to shape and direct the flow of his tenor lines. There's almost a modal aspect to the record at times – although one led more by Davis' piano, instead of the bass of Ugonna Okegwo and drums of Gregory Hutchinson. Titles include "Sense Of Urgency", "Self Portrait 1", "Soul Music", "Home", and "Bloomfield". CD
Also available Live At Smalls ... CD 9.99

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Guillermo GregorioApproximately ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1996. Used .... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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Guillermo GregorioEllipsis ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1997. Used Gatefold .... $4.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Gianni Gregory FornetTroppo Tintu E Addivintatu Lu Munnu ... CD
Amor Fati (France), 2007. Used Gatefold .... $6.99
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John Gregory OrchestraTV's Greatest Detective Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Very Good .... $5.99
Excellent work from Brit easy bandleader John Gregory – an assortment of 70s police and crime themes, played by a big band with a nice soundtrack-y finish! Nearly all the tunes are uptempo, and the feel of the record is very much in the same vein as Henry Mancini's Cop Show Themes album – although perhaps with a bit less electronics. Titles include "Theme From SWAT", "Harry O", "Streets Of San Francisco", "Cannon", "Rockford Files", "Kojak", "McCloud", "Police Woman", and "Six-Million Dollar Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear, a spot of tape & a small rip on the spine, and a promo stamp.)

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Michael GregorySituation X ... LP
Island, 1983. Sealed .... $4.99
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George GuzmanIn Line/En Linia ... LP
Fania, 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A killer bit of Latin Soul – one of the few albums ever recorded by conga player George Guzman, working here with a very cool, very hip, late 60s ensemble! The group sport 3 trumpets, piano, bass, and some very strong percussion – plus vocals in both English and Spanish, which makes for a perfect back and forth mood to the set, handling both straight Latin and Latin Soul numbers with ease! Loads of great tracks – including "Diggin' Rice & Beans", "Manteca", "Really Bad Scene", La Banda Ya Llego", and "Winter Love". Nice, tight, and very very groovy. LP, Vinyl record album

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Handel/VivaldiDixit Dominus/Gloria – Swiss Radio Chorus Of Lugano/Diego Fasolis/I Barocchisti ... CD
BBC Music Magazine (UK), 1999. Used .... $2.99
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Har-You Percussion GroupHar-You Percussion Group – Sounds Of The Ghetto Youth (plus bonus track) ... CD
ESP, 1969. New Copy .... $10.99 15.99
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an effort to get kids involved in music uptown – spearheaded by Montego Joe, whose guidance in the set is greatly appreciated! There's a strong Latin Soul vibe running through the set – but one that's different than Joe's other work, a bit more rootsy at times, given all the percussion in the lineup – but warmed up nicely with bits of guitar, trumpet, and alto sax. The album's filled with great groovers – including the classic "Welcome To The Party Jam", and the amazing "Oua-Train" jazz cut, which has a slightly spiritual feel. Other tracks include "Feed Me Good", "Barrets Bag", "Tico", "Har-You Theme", "Ngoma", and "Santa Cruz". CD features a bonus track – "Montego Joe's Har-You Postscript 2008". CD

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Gregory HinesGregory Hines ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1988. New Copy .... $16.99
You may know Gregory Hines best as an actor and dancer – but he's also a surprisingly great soul singer, too – thanks to help here from Luther Vandross! Luther produced the set, wrote all the tunes, and also duets with Gregory on one track too – making the set a Vandross-stamped spectacular, and a record that's almost as great as his own 80s classics! Hines has a moderate vocal range, but a nice sense of expression in his lyrics – a way of delivering a line with the same sort of sophistication as his performances on screen – never overdone, and perfectly cast in some smooth grooves from Luther. Titles include "Love Doesn't Love You Anymore", "That Girl Wants To Dance With Me", "Gloria My Love", "This Is What I Believe", "There's Nothing Better Than Love", and "So Much Better Now". CD

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Gregori HunteSomebody Lied (short version, a kenix mix, dub)/Don't Be Sad Girl ... 12-inch
Acme, 1983. Near Mint- (pic cover).... $0.49
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stam and name in marker.)

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Michael Gregory JacksonGifts ... LP
Arista/Novus, 1979. Near Mint- .... $8.99
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(Cover has a cutout notch & some light wear.)

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Paul JohnsonBetter Than This (Soul Talk mix, Dego & Kaidi's 2000 Black mix) ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2014. New Copy .... $7.99
A sweet soulful stepper from Paul Johnson – a cut that feels like it was lifted right from lost 70s tapes from the LA scene – right down to its jazzy, Steely Dan-styled hook! The soul talk mix is great, but we especially love what Dego and Kaidi do to the tune – crackling the whole thing up with an even hipper 4 Hero sort of vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Elvin JonesGenesis ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $18.99
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a compelling edge to the record that's light years from Elvin's work with Coltrane – a completely new sensibility that can be spacious one minute, extremely powerful the next – and quite possibly realized to its fullest potential here, thanks to the mindblowing contributions of Dave Liebman on tenor and soprano sax, Frank Foster on tenor and flute, and Joe Farrell on alto and soprano sax. All three players work together on each track – and all shift reeds throughout the session – opening up majestically with inspiration from Elvin's drums, and some wonderful work from Gene Perla on bass. The sound is beyond easy categorization or simple style – and the record's filled with wonderful titles that include "PP Phoenix", "For All The Other Times", "Three Card Monty", and "Cecilia Is Love". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Deborah JordanLight ... CD
Futuristica (UK), 2009. New Copy .... $9.99
A fantastic full length set from Deborah Jordan – a singer we know mostly for her wonderful work with Silhouette Brown on an album that was one of our favorites from the London scene a few years back! This set has all the cosmic crackles of Jordan's previous work with Dego & Kaidi Tatham – no surprise, given that she gets help on the album from Atjazz, Don Ray, Jneiro Jarel, and Simbad – each of whom take a crack at production, and help ensure that Deborah's vocals get the right dose of snapping beats, spacey keys, and sweet electric touches! And despite the range of producers, there's a really unified feel to the record – a deep soul that emanates strongly from Jordan's lyrics, tying the whole thing together beautifully. Titles include "Home", "Future Calling", "Get Through", "Want It Back", "Brought To Life", "Slipping Away", "One", "Want It Back", and "Get Through". CD

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Enrique JorrinLa Muerte Llego ... CD
ARO/Uniko (Canada), 1960. New Copy .... $12.99
An early 60s killer from Enrique Jorrin – just the kind of Cuban-born grooves we really love from the time! The group's got a lively charanga feel, with violin in the lead sometimes as much as the vocals – stepping over lively rhythms with bold piano on most numbers, in this style that's nicely lean for the time! The percussion is great on the upbeat numbers – very full and driving, which moves along the flute and violin with the same sort of energy as an early record on Alegre. Titles include "Ritmo Para Ti", "Fruto Amargo", "Central Costancia", "No Me Pidas", "William Morgan", "El Madrugador", and "La Muerto Llego". CD

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Jose Ferez Kuri, edBrion Gysin – Tuning In To The Multimedia Age ... Book
Thames & Hudson (UK), 2003. New Copy .... $8.99 44.95
A beautiful collection of work from Brion Gysin – an artist best known for his famous collaborations with William S Burroughs, but a heck of a great creative talent in his own right too! The book features almost 200 illustrations in color – a range of great images that not only includes some of Gysin's famous paintings and collages, but also material that's almost more scientific – his concept-based creations designed to open new levels of consciousness! Alongside these images, the book also features essays by key contemporaries and critics – including William S Burroughs, Gregory Corso, John Giorno, Barry Miles, Guy Brett, Mohamed Choukri, Gladys C Fabre, and John Grisgsby Geiger. Book is 240 pages, full color, softcover, and oversized. Book

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Oliver LakeComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings Of Oliver Lake (Holding Together/Prophet/Clevont Fritzhubert/Expanding Language/Edgeing) (7CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 7 CDs .... $46.99
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by reedman Oliver Lake – all packaged together in one great set! The package shows Lake really maturing both as a player and as a group leader – working with a range of contemporaries to move his sound past the loft jazz modes of the 70s, but still with all the deep spirit of collaboration that always made his contributions to jazz so important. The first few albums are key standouts in the Black Saint catalog, and the later titles are great surprises from some years when folks might have taken Lake for granted, but he was still always able to pull out some new modes of expression. Players on the sessions include Michael Gregory Jackson, Fred Hopkins, Baikida Carroll, Donald Smith, Pheeroan Ak Laff, Russell Gunn, Charles Eubanks, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille – and the set features 7 full albums, all with original artwork – Holding Together, Orphet, Clevont Fitzhubert, Expandable Language, Edge-ing, Dedicated To Dolphy, and A New Organization. CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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Bunny Lee & FriendsGood News ... CD
King Spinna (UK), 1970s. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
Soulful vocal-centric reggae produced by the mighty Bunny Lee – a stellar set of mid 70s goodness by Ronnie Davis, Johnny Clarke, Derrick Morgan, Joy White, Leroy Smart, Derrick Morgan, Ronnie Davis, Cornell Campbell and more! It's a great little compilation, featuring nothing but solid roosty material from the fertile mid 70s period. Excellent stuff put together by the UK's King Spinna label – founded by Bob Harding and Dom Sotgiu of Blood & Fire. Includes "Good News" by Ronnie Davis, "Up Park Camp" by Johnny Clarke, "Gorgon A The Ginegog" by Cornell Campbell, "Rasta Don't Fear" by Derrick Morgan, "That's Life" by Ronnie Davis", "This Is Another Another Festival" by Jackie Edwards, "Have You Changed Your Mind" by Cornell Campbell, "My One And Only Loveer" by Cornell Campbell", "In The Springtime" by John Holt and more. CD

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M1, Brian Jackson, & The New Midnight BandEvolutionary Minded – Furthering The Legacy Of Gil Scott-Heron ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Brian Jackson re-ignites the righteous magic he forged back in the 70s with Gil Scott-Heron on a set of legendary albums that we'll treasure forever – but he does so here in a richly collaborative spirit that takes the message and the music even farther than ever! Jackson's keyboards and sense of composition really holds the whole thing together – but the sound also includes contributions from a whole host of others – including MC M1, vocalists Martin Luther and Gregory Porter, percussionists Bill Summers and Airto, speakers Bobby Seale and Abiodun Oyewole, drummer Stanton Moore, and guest MCs Chuck D and Dead Prez. Some tracks are remakes of older Gil Scott-Heron numbers, but most are new grooves that really offer up a 21st Century take on the combination of knowledge and rhythm that Brian and Gil forged back in the 70s. Titles include "Go Ahead On Bobby", "Winter In America", "Opponent", "Liberation Psychology", "All We Got", "Tradition", and "Song Of The Wind". CD

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Machito OrchestraFireworks ... LP
Coco, 1977. Very Good+ .... $11.99
70s work from Machito – still very much in the mode of his classics from earlier years, but with an undeniable punch on a few numbers, thanks to the smoking salsa groove of the Coco Records label! The album's got one really standout track entitled "Macho" – a 13 minute descarga number that spins out with lots of different changes, and which features some nice electric jazzy touches! Harvey Averne produced the entire session, with a nice undercurrent of Latin soul – and the album also features Charlie Palmieri on both organ and piano. Other tracks include "Mi Ritmo Llego", "Soy Salsero", "No Seras Para Mi", and "Desilusion". LP, Vinyl record album
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Makrokosmos QuartetRound Midnight ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 19.99
A set of performances dedicated to Thelonious Monk – yet music that's quite far from anything by Monk that we've ever heard before! Yet there's also a definite Monkish inspiration going on here – a sense of space and timing that resonates in different, often drawn-out ways – performed by the group's twin pianos, handled by Ufuk and Bahar Dorduncu – and percussion by Francois Volpe and Sebastien Cordier. The result is more avant compositional than jazz, yet the performance here is key too – on performances of compositions that include Oliver Schneller's "Resonant Space", Guillermo Gregorio's "Construction In Four Parts", Fabrizio Rat Ferrero's "L'Abito Non FaIl Monaco", and Stefan Wirth's "Standards". CD

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Chris McGregorIn His Good Time (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $14.99
Amazing sounds from the legendary Chris McGregor – a rare set of solo piano performances that shows a whole new side of his genius! The music here is still steeped in South African roots, yet has a style that's a bit more personal and intimate than some of Chris' better-known recordings with The Brotherhood Of Breath, or The Blue Notes – as McGregor here has to carry all the weight on his own – and does a tremendous job of spinning out these haunting melodies on piano – usually with a rhythmic pulse that's as compelling as the tune! The style's got echoes of previous Afro-inspired piano jazz from Randy Weston or Dollar Brand – but there's a deftness, and sense of feeling here that's completely McGregor's own – a really compelling quality that holds us rapt in ways that few other solo piano sets might do. This CD brings together lots more material than was on the original LP release – over 70s minutes of music, with track sthat include "Call", "Raincloud", "Umhome", "Mngqusho", "The Bride", "In His Good Time", "Ududu Nombambula", "Kwa Tebugo", and "Green Hymn". CD

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Robin McKelle & The Flytones with Gregory PorterFairytale Ending/Love's Work ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $7.99
Robin McKelle sounds mighty nice on "Fairytale Ending" – a tune with a great 60s soul finish, and almost a Dusty Springfield sort of vibe – but we're even more partial to "Love's Work", as it features some guest vocals from Gregory Porter – who slides in perfectly alongside Robin in the tune's Fender Rhodes groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Louis MoholoBra Louis Bra Tebs/Spirits Rejoice ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1978/1995. New Copy 2CDs .... $19.99
A beautiful double-length package of work from drummer Louis Moholo – a 2CD set that features one record from recent years, and a key classic from the 70s! Spirits Rejoice is one of the strongest 70s statements from ex-Blue Notes drummer Moholo – recorded in the company of fellow expatriots and UK avant jazzers that include Johnny Dyani, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti, and Harry Miller. The album shifts easily between strongly rhythmic passages that show Moholo's roots in the South African jazz scene, and other, freer sections that also illustrate his importance in the European avant scene of the 70s – and overall, the record's got a beautifully soulful quality that guides it well through all of these moments. Titles include "Wedding Hymn", "Khanya Apho Ukhona", "Ithi Gqi", "Amaxesha Osizi", and "You Ain't Gonna Know Me". That record is followed here by 1995's Bra Louis Bra Tebs – a session with a similar style, especially in its use of African-inspired rhythms – but one that also features a different lineup, and some great use of vocals! Francine Luce sings on a number of the album's best tracks – in a style that's almost an avant-tuned approach to vocalese, and which seems to carry echoes of Norma Winstone – a voice that's dreamy one minute, challenging the next – and often used as a key instrument in the combo's lineup of tenor, alto, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums. Titles include "Utshaka", "Maybe Of Cause", "Moegoe", "Sonke", and "Lakutshona Ilanga". CD

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Louis Moholo & Alexander HawkinsKeep Your Heart Straight ... CD
Ogun (UK), 2012. New Copy .... $14.99
A smashing set of work from drummer Louis Moholo – a set that shows that after all these years, he's still a richly creative talent on his instrument! The album has Louis duetting with pianist Alexander Hawkins – a younger player who'd caught his ear a few years before, and who turns out to be a perfect partner for the record – graced with just the right kind of free-thinking, yet spiritual elements as Moholo's own music – able to stretch out strongly with a lot of freedom, yet never lose sight of the overarching goal! The tracks are all long and open – and almost recall some of the interplay between Moholo and Chris McGregor in years back – especially some of the freer work on the 70s London scene. The album's a beautiful extension of the Ogun Records tradition – and titles include "Lakutshon Ilanga", "Hear Our Hearts", "Heavy Manners", "Amaxesha Osizi", "If I Should Lose You", "Pure Vision", and "Catch You On The Rebound". CD

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Giorgio MoroderSon Of My Father (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dunhill/Repertoire (Germany), 1972. New Copy .... $18.99 23.99
Excellent early work from Giorgio Moroder – recorded in the pre-disco years, with a trippy rock style that mixes electronics and some surprisingly soulful guitar work! The overall style is almost a prog take on the beat group sound with some poppy touches – a cool blend that was shared briefly by other European groups of the time, before they stretched out and got a bit more trippy. The album's got some nice moogy touches, tight drums by Keith Forsey, and even a bit of keyboards from Max Gregor Jr. Most tracks have vocals, but also kick off with a strong foot instrumentally – making for some great rock break moments that are worth the album alone, even though the full songs are pretty nice too! Titles include the epic "Tears", "Lord Release Me", "Watch Your Step", "Pauline", "Son Of My Father", "Automation", "London Traffic", "Spanish Disaster", and "Underdog". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Today's A Tomorrow", "Everybody Join Hands", "I'm Free Now", "Non Ci Sto", "Take It Shake It Break My Heart", and "Underdog (mono)". CD

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David Murray with Gregory Porter & Macy GrayBe My Monster Love ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
David Murray sounds plenty great here on his own – working in a core quartet that features organ and piano from Marc Cary – but a number of tracks also feature vocals from the wonderful Gregory Porter – an excellent singer who really matches the depth and spirit of Murray's music! David wrote all the songs himself – and the vocal numbers feature lyrics by Ishmael Reed and Abiodun Oyewole, sung by Gregory on three tracks with all the rich soul of his own albums for the Motema label – and matched by a surprisingly great jazz performance by Macy Gray on one other number too! In addition to Cary, Murray's quartet also features Nasheet Waits on drums and Jaribu Shahid on bass – and the set also features guest work from Bobby Bradford on cornet on one track too. Titles include "About The Children", "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers", "The Graduate", "Army Of The Faithful", "Sorrow Song", and "Be My Monster Love". CD

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OregonIn Concert ... LP
Vanguard, 1975. Very Good+ .... $4.99
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(Cover has some wear.)

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OregonRoots In The Sky ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Very Good .... $3.99
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(Cover has light wear, with a peeled mark from sticker removal in one corner.)

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Orquesta Tipica IdealYa Llego Orquesta Tipica Ideal ... LP
Artol, Mid 70s. Very Good+ .... $19.99
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Os CanibaisOs Canibais ... CD
Rozenblit/Mr Bongo (UK), 1967. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
A weird and wild little record from Os Canibais – at first glance, a familiar rockish set from late 60s Brazil – but upon deeper listening, a nicely tripped-out album in all the right places! Os Canibais have a touch of the Jovem Guarda groove – that Brazilian style of copping bits of Anglo rock from up north – but like some of the hippest South American acts at the time, they find ways of making the familiar sound very odd – weird little twists and turns on guitar, organ, and even production – already great on their covers of familiar tunes – but even wilder on their own numbers, which definitely have a psych quality right away – especially on the organ, which is really moody and dark! Titles include "Nosso Romance", "Se Voce Quer", "A Praca", "Ao Meu Amor", "Lindo Sonho", and "O Prego". CD

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Gregory PorterBe Good ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, Gregory's a singer who really moves past simple styles and generic conventions – into a mode that's vivid and rich right from the start, and defiitely his own territory – a world of sound that's a delight to experience! Most backings are straight jazzy, but inflected with some soul modes – and the album's even better and more incredible than Porter's debut for Motema. Titles include "On My Way To Harlem", "When Did You Learn", "Mother's Song", "Imitation Of Life", "Our Love", "Be Good", and "Painted On Canvas". CD
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Gregory PorterBe Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Motema, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... $26.99 29.99
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, Gregory's a singer who really moves past simple styles and generic conventions – into a mode that's vivid and rich right from the start, and defiitely his own territory – a world of sound that's a delight to experience! Most backings are straight jazzy, but inflected with some soul modes – and the album's even better and more incredible than Porter's debut for Motema. Titles include "On My Way To Harlem", "When Did You Learn", "Mother's Song", "Imitation Of Life", "Our Love", "Be Good", and "Painted On Canvas". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $22.99 24.98
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". LP also features two bonus tracks – "Time Is Ticking" and "Water Under Bridges (robato version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernard PurdiePurdie Good/Shaft ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy .... $14.99
2 funky classics from the legendary Pretty Purdie! Purdie Good is Bernard Purdie's first album as a leader for Prestige – cut right after he'd hipped up plenty of other sessions for the label with his famous funky drums! The groove here is very much in the best Prestige jazz funk mode of the early 70s – tightly vamping rhythms that draw heavily from Purdie's monstrous drums – and which also offer solo showcase space for Harold Wheeler on electric piano, Ted Dunbar on guitar, Tippy Larkin on trumpet, and Charlie Brown and Warren Daniels on tenor. Rhythm is augmented by Gordon Edwards on Fender bass and Norman Pride on congas – and the grooves hit a variety of modes that show that Purdie could sometimes be a more open-thinking rhythmatist than his funky contemporary Idris Muhammad. Titles include great instrumental versions of "Cold Sweat" and "Montego Bay", plus the originals "Wasteland", "You Turn Me On", and "Purdie Good". Shaft is a full funky session from master drummer Bernard Purdie – a set that expands out his previous Prestige vibe, and almost goes for a soundtrack scope to match the record's Shaft title! The set leads off with a great take on the Isaac Hayes hit – one that follows in the same fully-flowing, slow-building mode as Ike's – but which comes across here as an instrumental with some great solo work from Houston Person – playing here almost in a Stanley Turrentine sort of mode! Other tracks continue the hip mix of jazz and larger backings – and feature a lineup of players that includes Neal Creque on electric piano, Gerry Thomas and Danny Moore on trumpets, Willie Bridges and Houston Person on tenors, Billy Nichols and Lloyd Davis on guitars, Gordon Edwards on Fender bass, and Norman Pride on congas. The sound is warm without ever sounding too smooth – and Purdie's funky drums at the bottom ensure that most tunes are nicely lively. Titles include "Shaft", "Butterfingers", "Summer Melody", "Changes", "Way Back Home", and "Attica". CD

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Bobby QuesadaBoogaloo En El Barrio ... CD
Fania/Uniko (Canada), 1968. New Copy .... $12.99
Boogaloo in the barrio from trumpeter Bobby Quesada – a player we haven't heard much from over the years, but who we really love for this classic late 60s Fania album! The set's got a joyous groove that's very much in the feel of the image on the cover – a mixture of those darker rhythms that came forth in the Latin Soul generation with some older-styled inflections on the horns – a mode that may well not be pure boogaloo, but which definitely offers up a youthful mix of perspectives. Vocals are all in Spanish, sung by Luiz Rodriguez – and the group also features Ruben Rivera on piano and Ramon Quesada on tenor sax. Titles include the groovy boogaloo track "Bataola Boogaloo", plus straighter Latin tracks like "Ritmo Moderno", "Me Guta La Noche", "A Mi Barrio", and "El Pregon Del Pupilo". CD

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New Joshua Redman Elastic BandMomentum ... CD
Nonesuch, 2005. Used .... $3.99
Joshua Redman continues the wonderful groove he first began on his Elastic album – a well-named sound that's filled with lots of modal rhythms and a very soulful spirit! The style's a bit like that growing, more open-ended style of organ jazz at the end of the 60s – especially the sort that was showing up on some of John Patton's later albums, or the looser recordings of Groove Holmes and Lonnie Smith. Redman's working here on a variety of saxes, alongside great organ and keyboards from Sam Yahel, and exceptional work on drums from Brian Blade and Jeff Ballard. The album features guest work by Stefon Harris, Jeff Parker, Nicholas Payton, ?uestlove, and Meshell Ndegocello – and titles include "Soundcheck", "Sweet Nasty", "Just A Moment", "Shut Your Mouth", "The Crunge", "Riverwide", "Greasy G", "Lonely Woman", "Swunk", and "Put It In Your Pocket". CD
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Eric ReedAdventurous Monk ... CD
High Note/Savant, 2014. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
Pianist Eric Reed is no stranger to the music of Thelonious Monk, but this set seems to have a special crackle that really makes it live up to its "adventurous" title! The tunes are all Monk numbers, but all seem to have some even sharper edges than usual – thanks in part to drummer Gregory Hutchinson, who really bristles at the kit, and puts all these fierce moments in the background of the tunes – little punches and harder taps that really work nicely alongside Reed's piano. Seamus Blake blows some nice deep tones on tenor, too – a voice that furthers the bold spirit of the record – and the group also features Ben Williams on bass. Titles include "Work", "Reflections", "Evidence", "Balue Bolivar Blues Are", "Gallop's Gallop", and "Nutty" – plus a vocal version of "Ruby My Dear", which features singer "Charenee Wade". CD

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Ron Levy's Wild KingdomGreen Eyed Soul ... CD
Levtronic, 2003. New Copy .... $8.99
A tasty bit of organ jazz from Ron Levy – an unsung hero of the Hammond, and one of the leading lights of the Northeast scene! Ron's playing is steeped in the classic styles of the 60s – some nice Jack McDuff touches on the keys at times, but overall with a heavier approach to the funk that reminds us more of some of the heavy-hitters in the Prestige jazz funk early 70s years – like Leon Spencer or Groove Holmes. The album's got a surprisingly classic feel – no gimmicks, no "jam too much" playing – just tight, right, and outta site funky jazz – played in a style that really appreciates the classics, but which gives it the kind of energy that we first heard getting pumped back into the music from the Desco/Daptone crew! Titles include "Soulard Soul Stew", "Always Outnumbered", "The Soulside", "Like Like Doope", "Green Eyed Soul", and "El Fuego De Lowell". CD

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Biff RoseFill Your Heart With Biff Rose ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... $6.99
A wonderful overview of the career of singer/songwriter Biff Rose – a true American genius we'd place in a category that few others can match! Rose has a style that's folksy, yet far hipper than folk – a biting, laugh-at-itself sort of approach that's never silly, but relaxedly poetic – kind of "aw shucks" that hides the brilliant insight in Rose's lyrics, and effortless ease with which he delivers a complicated set of images in his tunes. At one level, there's a flowing, poetic sense that reminds us of Tim Buckley – but Rose is never nearly as strained or withdrawn as Buckley – kind of an "hey, I'd like to know this guy" sort of style that's a real change from some of the haughtier modes of others of his generation. CD features work not only from Rose's also-reissued albums on Tetragrammon, but also later work for United Artists (the albums Uncle Jesus Aunty Christ, Roast Beef, and Thee Messiah) – and even a few previously unreleased tunes! 18 tracks in all – including "When I Die", "Getting It Together", "Hello Dolphin", "Fill Your Heart", "Quandry On Route 5", "When We're Together", "He Had His Fling", "Ballad Of Cliches", and "Myrtle's Pies". CD

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Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs & Band ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good .... $3.99
Early blue eyed soul work from Boz Scaggs – an album that's got a lot more rootsy touches than some of his bigger crossover hits! At one level, the album seems to have a Bay Area-styled approach – genre-blending soul, R&B, and rock influences into a sound that proudly steps forth without any care for categorization. But at another, Boz already displays a keen ear for a sweeter soul track – and comes across nicely with a compressed AOR mellow groove on the album's best tracks. The set was put together with a lot of heavy production work and investment (despite a homey "hey we're just the band" sort of cover image) – illustrating the fact that CBS clearly already saw a lot of promise in Boz – and titles include "Monkey Time", "Flames Of Love", "You're So Good", "Here To Stay", and the nicely funky "Why Why". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jacques Schwarz-BartJazz Racine Haiti ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
A compelling combination of Haitian Racine music with jazz instrumentation – served up here in an album with a richly expressive feel all the way through! Jacques Schwarz-Bart takes melodies first forged in the hills of Haiti, often with roots in voodoo – and blends them with shimmering arrangements that feature his own soulful work on tenor sax, plus trumpet from Etienne Charles, flugelhorn from Alex Tassel, and piano from either Milan Milanovic or Gregory Privat. About half the tracks feature some vocal component – from a shifting lineup of singers that includes Erol Josue, Stephanie McKay, or Rosna Zila – who each bring their own flavor to the music, and expand things out with a range of soulful elements that really helps send the message home. McKay is especially great – scatting strongly on the tune "Kontredans" – and other tunes include "Je Vous Aime Kongo", "Legba Non Baye", "Kouzin", "Banda", "Blues Jonjon", "Bade Zile", and "Night". CD

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Labi SiffreSinger & The Song (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI (UK), New Copy .... $11.99
An incredible record from Labi Siffre – spare, simple, and totally beautiful – in a space beyond category! The album is the sort that should have been a real standout in the 70s – early work by one of the freshest songwriters to hit the British scene, sung in a style that's a bit jazzy, a bit soulful – with playful inflections that never get in the way of the beautiful lyrics at all. Labi's got a unique blend of modes here that ranks with a rare few in music – Terry Callier, Joni Mitchell, and a few other beyond-category artists from the same generation. The whole thing's extremely beautiful – and Labi's voice and guitar are backed by some subtle arrangements that shade in the bottom with electric keys, a bit of bass, spare strings – and sometimes nothing at all! Titles include "Thank You Lucky Star", "Bless The Telephone", "There's Nothing In The World Like Love", "You're Lovely", "A Number Of Words", "Who Do You See", "Not So Long Ago", "Relax", and "Interlude". CD also features 6 bonus tracks that include "Oh What A Day", "Seasons Come Seasons Go", "Get To The Country", and "Fallin For You". CD

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Horace SilverSilver N Strings Play The Music Of The Spheres ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1980. New Copy .... $14.99
Horace Silver's last record for Blue Note – and an amazing end to his decades of work for the legendary label! The set's a perfect summation of all the new directions that Horace took in the 70s – new territory that's deeply spiritual, and undeniably righteous – yet which also has a fully focused approach too – one that's showcased here wonderfully in an expansive suite of tracks with a really positive message! The "strings" in the title isn't really accurate – as the set's more of a large arrangement session that feels Strata East spiritual – done in collaboration with Wade Marcus, but with jazzier, more acoustic tones than most of Marcus' other music. In addition to Silver's piano, key core players include Tom Harrell on flugelhorn, Larry Schneider on tenor and soprano sax, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – who play beautifully together, with a very fluid vibe. The set also features some key vocal passages at points – sung by Brenda Alford, Chapman Roberts, Carol Lynn Maillard, and a young Gregory Hines – on titles that include "The Soul & Its Expression", "Self Portrait No 1", "The Conscious & Its Desire For Change", "Inner Feelings", "Expansion", and "The Creator Guides Us". CD

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Gregory SlavinInspiration ... CD
Generativity, 1997. Used .... $0.99
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Frank SocolowSounds By Socolow ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $13.99
A real lost gem on Bethlehem Records – and one of the few albums to feature this tremendous saxophonist in the lead! Frank Socolow was one of the great unsung reed players of the 50s – and although he lay hidden in some of the larger combos of the early part of the decade, he thankfully got to cut this excellent album as a leader for Bethlehem in the middle part of the decade! The record features a nicely stripped-down combo – with Eddie Bert on trombone, Sal Salvador on guitar, and Eddie Costa on piano – and the overall feel is icy and cool, with distinct touches of Lee Konitz, and a tightly arranged sound which then lets Frank break out strongly against on his solos. Titles include "Miss Finegold", "Little Joe", "Farfel", "Swing Low Sweet Socolow", and "I Love You". One we almost never see on vinyl, either! CD

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Soft BoysCan Of Bees ... CD
Two Crabs (France), 1979. Used .... $8.99
One of the truly great albums from The Soft Boys – a masterpiece that skirts easy categorization, strolling from the post psych blues stomp, to angular post punk and skronky guitar pop – held together brilliantly by Robyn Hitchcock's wry, brainy and on this record, cynically humorous lyricism. Titles include "Human Music", the should be classic, snarky riff on late era Beatles "The Pigworker", "The Rats Prayer", "Do The Chisel", "Skool Dinner Blues", "Wading Through A Ventilator", "Return Of The Sacred Crab" and more. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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