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New El RegoEl Rego (plus bonus 45 & download) ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy LP & 7 Inch ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New El RegoVimado Wingnan/E Nan Mian Nuku ... 7-inch
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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VariousLegends Of Benin ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Brilliant work from Benin – an ear-opening compilation that's filled with wonderful grooves we've never heard before! The rhythms are unusual, instrumentation hypnotic, and vocals really offbeat – making the whole thing sound very different than more familiar African work we've stocked – especially some of the better-known grooves from the Nigerian scene! There's an occasional hint of the exotic tones of Ethiopian music, but the rhythms are more focused overall – making the tunes all pretty groove-heavy, even when dropping in odd elements – an approach that makes the music here very easy to get into – even without any sort of history or geography lesson. But the booklet also provides plenty of that – a great story of the scene, and some wonderfully personal notes from compiler Samy Ben Radjeb – who's very open about his slow process of discovering this music. The whole package is beautiful, and the set's every bit as crucial as Radjeb's earlier African Scream Contest collection. Titles include "La Musica En Verite" and "Dadje Von O Von Non" by Gnonnas Pedro et Ses Dadjes, "Feeling You Got" and "E Nan Mian Nuku" by El Rego Et Ses Commandos, "Ya Mi Ton Gbo" and "Honton Soukpo Gnon" by Antoine Dougbe, "Dou Dagbe We" by Honore Avolonto Et L'Orchestre Black Santiago, "Djobime" by El Rego Et Ses Commandos, and "Na Mi Do Gbe Hue Nu" by Honore Avolonto. CD

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New VariousLegends Of Benin ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from Benin – an ear-opening compilation that's filled with wonderful grooves we've never heard before! The rhythms are unusual, instrumentation hypnotic, and vocals really offbeat – making the whole thing sound very different than more familiar African work we've stocked – especially some of the better-known grooves from the Nigerian scene! There's an occasional hint of the exotic tones of Ethiopian music, but the rhythms are more focused overall – making the tunes all pretty groove-heavy, even when dropping in odd elements – an approach that makes the music here very easy to get into – even without any sort of history or geography lesson. But the notes in the inner sleeves & gatefold also provides plenty of that – a great story of the scene, and some wonderfully personal notes from compiler Samy Ben Radjeb – who's very open about his slow process of discovering this music. The whole package is beautiful, and the set's every bit as crucial as Radjeb's earlier African Scream Contest collection. Titles include "La Musica En Verite" and "Dadje Von O Von Non" by Gnonnas Pedro et Ses Dadjes, "Feeling You Got" and "E Nan Mian Nuku" by El Rego Et Ses Commandos, "Ya Mi Ton Gbo" and "Honton Soukpo Gnon" by Antoine Dougbe, "Dou Dagbe We" by Honore Avolonto Et L'Orchestre Black Santiago, "Djobime" by El Rego Et Ses Commandos, and "Na Mi Do Gbe Hue Nu" by Honore Avolonto. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Legends Of Benin ... CD 22.99
 
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BEF (British Electric Foundation)Music Of Quality & Distinction Vol 1 ... LP
Virgin (UK), 1982. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A strangely compelling project from the British Electric Foundation – the production alter ego of Heaven 17 from the early 80s! The core of the package features tracks from a BEF tribute to pop of the 60s and 70s – featuring a great assortment of (then) nearly-lost singers, working through an equally great assortment of tunes of older vintage – all produced with some slightly ironic new wave touches, but also still coming across in versions that clearly respect the originals. Titles include "It's Over" and "The Secret Life Of Arabia" by Billy Mackenzie, "Wichita Lineman" and "Perfect Day" by Glenn Gregory, "Suspicious Minds" by Gary Glitter, "These Boots Are Made For Walking" by Paula Yates, "There's A Ghost In My House" by Paul Jones "You Keep Me Hanging On" by Bernie Nolan, "Ball Of Confusion" by Tina Turner and "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Sandie Shaw. 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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Nicola ConteLove & Revolution (Japanese pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 2011. Used ... $21.99
A bold new chapter in the career of Nicola Conte – quite possibly his most collaborative record to date, and easily his most righteous as well! Although Conte looks cheesy on the cover, his style here is even deeper than before – still driven by the classic modal and bossa sounds of the 60s that you'll remember from earlier records, yet also infused with a sense of spiritual jazz too – a vibe that's perfect for the album's placement on Impulse Records, where Conte's got a way of linking together the best 60s and 70s aspects of the label's aesthetic! He gets plenty of help in the process – wonderful vocals from the likes of Gregory Porter, Jose James, Alice Ricciardi, and others – trumpet from Till Bronner, Fabrizio Bosso, and Flavio Boltro – tenor from Magnus Lindgren and Tim Warfield, flute and baritone from Timo Lassey, and loads of other groovy touches too! Nicola Conte's never let us down – and this record is a rich reward for all the faith we've had in him over the years – a bit like the way that Gilles Peterson's always changing and growing, yet still always keeps true to his roots. Titles include "Love From The Sun", "Here", "Black Spirits", "Quiet Dawn", "Shiva", "Ghana", "I'm The Air", "Ra In Egypt", and "All Praises To Allah". Japanese pressing also includes two bonus tracks "Freedom Day" and "The Black Apostles". CD

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Paco De Lucia & Ricardo Modrego12 Canciones De Garcia Lorca Para Guitarra ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
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 ... CD
Island, 1970. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
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". CD
(24 bit digitally remastered edition, with lyrics and rare photos.)
Also available Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 54.99

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Nick DrakeBryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $54.99
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!)
Also available Bryter Layter ... CD 8.99

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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

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Dick GregoryEast & West ... LP
Colpix, 1961. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Dick Gregory raps it proud and loud – in a set of recordings that features one side recorded on the east coast, and one on the west! Gregory's still very much a comedian at this point in his career, but already his work is peppered strongly with political elements – the kind of personal, earnest approach to his material that was years ahead of its time – and which went onto open the door for countless other comedians to come! Side one was recorded at The Blue Angel, and side two at The Hungry I. LP, Vinyl record album

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John Gregory OrchestraTV's Greatest Detective Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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
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Gregory James EditionProphets Of Soul (with bonus track) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Massively mellow funk – played by a cool Chicago trio that's heavy on the electric keys! The group's led by the team of keyboardist Gregory Bibb and guitarist James Norris – with the former working through a set of tasty keys that include Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and farfisa! Rhythms are lean, laidback, and nicely stripped-down – funky, but chilled out – in a kind of a groove that was years ahead of its time, and which is now only finally getting its due. There's some really heavy drums on the best cuts – hard, but with rhythms that are slightly off-kilter, in a way that makes for a really refreshing groove, even when the group's covering work by other artists. The whole thing's instrumental – with the original tracks "Brother Marcus" and "Changing Things" – plus great covers of "Love & Happiness", "Shaft", and a great version of "Ain't No Sunshine". Nice laidback funk, with a super-dope sound that's as a hip as the cover! CD features the bonus track "Sunday Lady". CD

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Joe HendersonLush Life – The Music Of Billy Strayhorn ... CD
Verve, 1991. Used ... $1.99
Amazing sounds from Joe Henderson's later years – a completely sublime take on the music of Billy Strayhorn, and a wonderful demonstration of Henderson's mature talents on the tenor! There's a fantastic balance here between darkness and light, grit and clarity, heard in Joe's very first notes on the set – and holding on strong through some of the bolder moments in the set – with work by a shifting lineup, from solo to quintet, that features Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, Stephen Scott on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Yet although Marsalis might be a draw for some folks, we really love it best when Henderson gets to do his own thing – stretching out in these marvelous laidback solos that are heavy on those rich tones he developed in his early years, yet turned towards Strayhorn's brilliant ear for space between the sounds. Titles include "Blood Count", "Isfahan", "Rain Check", "Lotus Blossom", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", and "Upper Manhattan Medical Group". CD

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Gregory HinesGregory Hines ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Gregory IsaacsReggae Legends Vol 2 (Private Beach Party/Red Rose For Gregory/IOU/Victim) (4CD set) ... CD
17 North Parade, 1980s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $22.99 25.98
4 solid 80s records by Gregory Issacs – in a nicely priced CD box set! Private Beach Party is one of nicer later effort from Isaacs, still cool and smooth lover's rock, produced by Gussie Clarke. Includes "Private Beach Party", "Wish You Were Mine", "Feeling Irie", "No Rushings", "Better Plant Some Loving", "Special To Me", "Got To Be In Tune" and "Promise Is A Comfort". Red Rose For Gregory is a later 80s gem, with a quartet of nice 12" mixes for "Teacher's Plight", "Rumours", "Rough Neck" feat Mighty Diamond s, and "Mind U Dis", plus the sweet title track and more. IOU features the great Jimmy Cliff on "Jealously" and Mutabaruka", plus the tracks "Report To Me", "What's The Matter", "IOU", "Fall For You Again" and more. Rounding out the set is Victim, in which The Cool Ruler croons a mellow batch of Jamaican soul over a set of easy Island grooves courtesy the Roots Radics: "Victim", "Surrender Yuh Love", "Rosie", "Mr Music Man", "Special Someone", "Loving You Ain't Easy", "Howdy Ho" and "Welcome To My Room". CD

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New JoyceJoyce (1968) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
The first album by Joyce – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! The album's a wonderfully lyrical batch of tracks – many written by Joyce herself, plus a few by Brazilian songwriters Jards Macale, Toninho Horta, and Marcos Valle – and the orchestrations are by Gaya, and played on a number of tracks by Dori Caymmi and his group. The style shows many elements of Joyce's later unique style, filtered through a more standard late bossa sound – light and breezy, but with a bit of a dark edge that's in a classic Jobim mode. Includes the track "Superego", which feels a lot like Joyce from the 70s – plus the lovely "Litoral", and the tracks "Me Disseram", "Nao Muda, Nao", "Cantiga De Procura", "Choro Chorado", "Bloco Do Eu Sozinho", and "Improvisado". CD

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Calvin KeysElectric Keys ... CD
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A great setting for guitarist Calvin Keys – one that has the famous Black Jazz funk artist of the 70s working with the younger energy of the Wide Hive Ensemble! The set's got a similar vibe to the recent Wide Hive album that featured Keys in the group – but this time around, Calvin's solos are much more prominent, and carved up with that hard-edged tone we've always loved so much in his music! The tunes are all pretty fresh – and include originals by Keys and others from Wide Hive members Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery – really perfect settings for Calvin's wonderful work on his instrument, heard here at a level that's tighter than on most recent recordings. Tracks include "Telegraph Blues", "Shaw-Neeq", "The Hernia", "Touch", "You Know The Game", "Electric Keys", and "Backyard". 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 ... $34.99
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
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New Carlos LyraE No Entanto E Preciso Cantar/Eu & Elas ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1971/1972. New Copy ... $13.99
2 later gems from Carlos Lyra – back to back on one CD! First up is E No Entanto E Preciso Cantar – a wonderful 70s session from bossa legend Lyra, and a set that's got a different sound than some of his earlier work – but one that's still plenty great overall! The mode is a bit more subdued than before – still with bossa at the roots, but also production and instrumentation that nod a bit more towards the singer/songwriter generation of the time – almost with a European feel at time. Roberto Menescal produced, and arrangements by Theo Barros have a slow-building, unassuming quality that's really great. Chico Buarque guests on the groover "Essa Passou", and other titles include "Identidade", "Rio Vermelho", "Primavera", "O Pregoeiro", "Ate Parece", and "I See Me Passing By". Eu & Elas is from a few years later, but equally great – never too full or overdone, with arrangements that still shadow a bit of older bossa orchestrations, but which are a bit more laidback and intimate overall. The sound is incredible, and Lyra's vocals are recorded in that flanged-out way that was used beautifully in Brazil at the time – spread speaker to speaker with a closeness that we really love. Titles include "Elas", "Isabel", "Despedida", "O Amor Mais Triste", and "Nothing Night". CD

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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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Chris McGregorPiano Song Vol 1 ... LP
Musica (France), 1977. Near Mint- ... $33.99
A rare solo session from pianist Chris McGregor – not often heard out in the open like on this! The work has a wonderful rolling rhythmic undercurrent – even when McGregor heads off on some of the freer tangents you might think of – given his work with the Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath. And like the larger style of both of those groups, McGregor weaves wonderful African-styled melodies through each piece! LP, Vinyl record album
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New Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of BreathBremen To Bridgewater ... CD
Cuneiform, 1971/1975. Used 2CDs ... $14.99
3 sets of recordings from Chris McGregor's legendary Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble of the 70s – live dates from Bremen, Germany and Bridgwater, UK – hence the title! The style here is a looser extrapolation of the Brotherhood Of Breath sound heard on the group's studio LPs – and a fair bit of these tunes are arguably more outside, and more experimental – especially in the horn work, which opens up with plenty of sharp edges! Players include Harry Beckett, Mongezi Feza, and Marc Charig on trumpets; Elton Dean, Dudu Pukwana, and Mike Osborne on alto saxes; Evan Parker, Alan Skidmore, and Gary Windo on tenors; Radu Malfatti and Malcolm Griffiths on trombones; Harry Miller on bass, Chris McGregor on piano, and either Louis Moholo or Keith Bailey on drums. 2CD set features 8 numbers from 1971 in Bremen, and 8 more from 1975 in Bridgwater. Titles include "Do It", "Kongi's Theme", "Now", "The Bride", "Funky Boots March", "Think Of Something", "Sonia", "Untitled Original", "Kwhalo", "Yes Please", and "Restless". CD

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New Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of BreathTravelling Somewhere ... CD
Cuneiform, 1973. Used ... $11.99
One of the few recordings available from the classic period of Chris McGregor's famous Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – the African-tinged jazz combo that grew out of the wreckage of the ex-patriation of South Africa's Blue Notes ensemble as it mixed with members of the London scene in the late 60s. The resultant group was one of the most compelling cross cultural moments in jazz history – a mix of players that included Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans, Harry Beckett, Harry Miller, Evan Parker, and Louis Moholo. This live set was recorded in Bremen, Germany in 1973 – and it easily ranks with the best of the group's studio work, and (dare way say it?) may be their most perfect realization of the idiom they always promise, yet sometimes didn't deliver. Titles include "Wood Fire", "The Bridge", "MRA", "Restless", and "Kongi's Theme". CD

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Harry MillerDifferent Times, Different Places ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1973/1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Sublime sounds from the late Harry Miller – material never issued during the course of his too-short life, but a great illustration of his really unique contribution to British jazz at the time! Miller's work on bass is wonderful throughout – very rich in feeling, and with a grounded organic quality that brings some especially spiritual sounds out of the players on the album's two different sessions – the first a 1973 date with Louis Moholo on drums, Chris McGregor on piano, Nick Evans on trombone, and Mike Osborne on alto sax. The style of the set is very much in the best post-South Africa spirit of McGregor's work of the time – rolling lines that Miller contributes to strongly, spinning out with a rhythmic pulse on long tracks with lots of open space for solos. Titles from this date include "Touch Hungry", "Quandry", and "Bloomfield". The second set of material is equally nice – a 1976 live date with Moholo on drums and Osborne on alto, plus Keith Tippett on piano, Mark Charig on trumpet, and Malcolm Griffiths on trombone. The long-flowing lines of the music are strongly in place again, but the performance also has some freer elements from the horns at various points – but always comes back to the energy of the core. Titles include "Eli's Song", "Mofolo", "Something Like This", and another version of "Touch Hungry". CD

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Giorgio MoroderSon Of My Father (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dunhill/Repertoire (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 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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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 (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 ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
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". 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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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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Gregor SchwellenbachSpielt 20 Jahre Kompakt ... LP
Kompakt (Germany), 2013. Near Mint- 2LP + CD ... $29.99
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(In the bound cover, including the booklet and CD. Cover has a very small indent on the top seam.)

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Cecile VernyFear & Faith ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A wonderfully strong set from singer Cecile Verny – thanks to a backing combo who's as proud and bold as her vocals! Often, a singer like this never gets the sort of groove she deserves – sometimes lost amidst some fuller R&B arrangements, or under-whelmed by trippier abstract sounds. But Cecile's in a great groove right from the start – one that comes from a trio with some mighty tight bass and drums – never funky, but forceful – at a level that kicks the whole thing up from the bottom, and resonates strongly with the mix of acoustic piano and keyboards. Cecile sings mostly in English, but does a bit of French as well – and the record's a contemporary gem that could sit proudly next to your best work from Gregory Porter or Gretchen Parlatto. Titles include "The Wild Heart Of The Earth", "Lord Have Mercy", "Humming", "Seule Toute Seule", "Time To Let You Go", and "They Ask How I'm Feeling". CD

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Wide Hive PlayersTurnstyle ... LP
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Maybe the best music so far from the Wide Hive Players – a group who draw keen inspiration from a 70s jazz generation, but make things fresh with their own sense of timing and rhythm – a kind of fluid yet laidback approach to soul jazz and funk! The legendary Calvin Keys is on guitar, to help give the younger players a sense of depth and history – but honestly, they're all pretty great on their own – with lead work from bassist/keyboardist Matt Montgomery and Hammond player Gregory Howe – who both wrote the tunes for the set – plus Doug Rowan on saxes, Mike Rinta on trombone, and both Thomas McCree and Josh Jones on drums. The horn parts are tight, but never too tight – just stepping and rolling over the core rhythms, which are played live in a way that's loose, but nicely funky too. Titles include "Left Coast Sangria", "All The Right Wrong Notes", "Turnstyle", "Winding Up", "Stained Glass Tribal Mask", "Where The Sidewalk Begins", and "Winding Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAtomic Cafe – Music From The Original Soundtrack, Plus Music Inspired By The Film ... CD
Stilton (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
An excellent compilation of rare funky jazz tunes – issued here supposedly as a lost soundtrack, but really just a collection of tunes from other sources, all with a nice soundtrack-y jazz feel! There's a few familiar names here, but most of the material is from rare European and American indie jazz LPs, and sound library sources of late 60s/early 70s vintage, with a nice mix of electric and acoustic playing. Titles include "Troublemaker" by John Cameron, "Voodoo Love Dance" by Melvyn Price, "Do Whatever Sets You Free" by Gus Giordano, "Chili Mac" by Preston Love, "La Folla" by Solar Plexus, "A New Generation" by Oscar Brown Jr & Jean Pace, "Dancer" by Gregory Charles Royal, "Zazueira" by Meta Roos, and "Jody's Freeze" by James Reese & The Progressors. CD

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VariousBeleza Tropical 2 – Brazil Classics ... CD
Luaka Bop, 1998. Used ... $5.99
Nearly 10 years after his first groundbreaking compilation of Brazilian music, David Byrne put together this second whopping set of MPB classics – with a scope of material that's expanded to include some excellent bits from more recent years. There's a total of 15 cuts in all – including "O Seu Olhar" by Arnaldo Antunes, "Coriosidade" by Tom Ze, "Tanacara" by Gonzaguinha, "Balanca Pema" by Marisa Monte, "Acho" by Carlos Carega, "Bog La Bog" by Carlinhos Brown, "Pregoes Do Rio" by Moleque De Rua, "Batuque" by Daniela Mercury, "Hoje Eu Quero Sair So" by Lenine, and "Rios, Pontes, & Overdrives" by Chico Science. A great way to sample some of the more adventurous music coming out of Brazil during the past 10 years! CD
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VariousBest Of Brunswick – For Groups – The Sound Of Chicago Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $13.99
A motherlode of great group soul – all of it pulled from the vaults of the legendary Brunswick Records! Brunswick really had an excellent way with group vocals – no surprise, given the strong connection that label had to the Chicago scene of the late 60s, a time and place where some mighty inventive, mighty wonderful work was going on! These tunes are way different than east coast material from the same time – more positive, upbeat, and righteous – often thanks to that loping groove provided by the Carl Davis production. The set also throws in a few tracks from later years and other scenes, and even a few instrumental groups too – and titles include "I'm Gonna Miss You" by The Artistics, "We Need Love" by The Directions, "You Got To Be The One" by The Chi-Lites, "I'm In Danger" by The Visitors, "Shaft" by Gregory James Edition, "Just A Melody" by Young Holt Unlimited, "I Love You Love You Completely" by Exit 9, "Someone Else's Arms" by Channel 3, and "Tired Of Being Alone" by The Lost Generation. CD

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VariousFeeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
It's easy to feel nice with grooves this great – a sweet array of really rare soul 45s from the late 60s and early 70s – each and every one a mighty funky nugget! Even in an era where we've been getting plenty of rare funk reissued round these parts, there's still plenty more to discover – and the diggers at Tramp Records have dug into the real depths of the late 60s underground – small labels, obscure artists, and the kind of really gritty 45-based funk that still always sets our ears on fire! There's a hell of a lot of personality in these cuts – a vibe that goes way way beyond the usual sounds of James Brown, The Meters, and other big names of the funk generation. Titles include "Get Away" by Little Gregory & Concepts, "Do Your Own Thing" by Filet Of Soul, "Jelly Fish" by Soul Dukes, "Why Why Why'd She Leave Me" by Lenis Guess, "H'way Of Love" by Carole Veal, "Soul Block" by Len & The Pas, "Getting Soul" by Aalon Butler & The New Breed Band, "Kickin" by Kickin Mustangs, "Allen's Party" by Allen Matthews, and "Barn Yard Pimp" by Soul Explosion. CD
Also available Feeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... LP 18.99

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New VariousFeeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $18.99
It's easy to feel nice with grooves this great – a sweet array of really rare soul 45s from the late 60s and early 70s – each and every one a mighty funky nugget! Even in an era where we've been getting plenty of rare funk reissued round these parts, there's still plenty more to discover – and the diggers at Tramp Records have dug into the real depths of the late 60s underground – small labels, obscure artists, and the kind of really gritty 45-based funk that still always sets our ears on fire! There's a hell of a lot of personality in these cuts – a vibe that goes way way beyond the usual sounds of James Brown, The Meters, and other big names of the funk generation. Titles include "Get Away" by Little Gregory & Concepts, "Do Your Own Thing" by Filet Of Soul, "Jelly Fish" by Soul Dukes, "Why Why Why'd She Leave Me" by Lenis Guess, "H'way Of Love" by Carole Veal, "Soul Block" by Len & The Pas, "Getting Soul" by Aalon Butler & The New Breed Band, "Kickin" by Kickin Mustangs, "Allen's Party" by Allen Matthews, and "Barn Yard Pimp" by Soul Explosion. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Feeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... CD 12.99

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VariousFree Soul – 2010s Urban Mellow Supreme ... CD
Universal (Japan), Early 2010s. New Copy ... $24.99
A contemporary take on the Free Soul genre – initially a way of digging back into vintage soul from the 70s, in order to find a whole new groove – but also a surprisingly great way of digging 21st century work as well! The collection brings together tracks from both the underground and mainstream – all in an massive collection that runs for over 80 minutes in length, hand-picked by Toru Hashimoto – the cat who's put together all the other Free Soul series over the years! The mix is quite surprising – and like other collections done by Toru, the music really sounds great together, in ways we never would have expected. Tracks include "Always Be" by PJ Morton, "Happiness" by Jonathan Jeremiah, "The Fall" by Rhye, "Let It Ride" by Robert Glasper Experiment, "Disappointment" by Jeb Loy Nichols, "Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean, "A Case Of You" by James Blake, "Dontcha" by Internet, "Dances With Ancestors" by Derrick Hodge, "Lonesome Lover" by Gregory Porter, "Make It Right" by Jose James, "Serenity" by Kendrick Scott Oracle, "I'll Get Along" by Michael Kiwanuka, and "When An Angel Sheds A Feather" by Gerald Clayton with Gretchen Parlato. CD

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VariousGood Times Skank – Compiled By Joey Jay ... CD
Trojan, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
Fat, sweet and tasty – like a plate of plantains washed down with a ginger beer! One of the best reggae/party compilations we've heard in a while, and no wonder, it's selected by Joey Jay of the Good Times Sound System. Twenty one smokin' numbers on one chubby little CD, for your listening – or rump shaking pleasure – mighty, mighty dubs and soulful vocal numbers. Take this CD to your next sound system jam or sound clash and pretend like you're the king selector. Includes Gregory Isaac's "Leggo Beast Dub", Pat Kelly "Talk About Love", Barrington Levy "I Can't Wait Too Long", Chosen Few "People Make The World Go Round", Derrick Morgan "Blazing Fire", John Holt "After All", the Roots Radics' "The Alien Aborts", Thompson All Stars "Rock Me In Dub", the Silvertones "African Dub", King Tubby "Serious Version", Alton Ellis "All We Need Is Love", Dennis Brown "Concentration", the Abyssinians "Yim Mas Gan", Delroy Wilson "Better Must Come" and the Velvet Shadows "Wailing Of Black People". CD

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VariousMukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99
Contemporary sounds from Kenya, but music with a very timeless feel – recorded live at different locations in Mukungi village, and often just featuring spare instrumentation and a bit of voice! The quality of the work goes way beyond other ethnographic recordings – as the sound quality is impeccable, and really brings out a lot of the unusual sounds in these styles – music that mixes elements from a range of percussion instruments, plus metal rings, hand claps, bells, oboe, rattles, and more – even some bottle tops, a metal tray, and the bung'o horn! The vocals are often relatively rootsy, and some tracks are all instrumental – and the package is as compelling a contemporary collection as some of the Honest Jons sets of work from much older years. Titles include "Bamba", "Bung'O", "Ndema", "Dena", "Mambodze", "Matatizo", "Pepo Mlume", "Chela", and "Gaserego". CD
Also available Mukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya (2 x 10" LPs with CD) ... LP 15.99

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VariousMukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya (2 x 10" LPs with CD) ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 2013. New Copy 2 x 10" LPs & CD Gat ... $15.99
Contemporary sounds from Kenya, but music with a very timeless feel – recorded live at different locations in Mukungi village, and often just featuring spare instrumentation and a bit of voice! The quality of the work goes way beyond other ethnographic recordings – as the sound quality is impeccable, and really brings out a lot of the unusual sounds in these styles – music that mixes elements from a range of percussion instruments, plus metal rings, hand claps, bells, oboe, rattles, and more – even some bottle tops, a metal tray, and the bung'o horn! The vocals are often relatively rootsy, and some tracks are all instrumental – and the package is as compelling a contemporary collection as some of the Honest Jons sets of work from much older years. Titles include "Bamba", "Bung'O", "Ndema", "Dena", "Mambodze", "Matatizo", "Pepo Mlume", "Chela", and "Gaserego". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya ... CD 9.99

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VariousRelay Project Audio Magazine 1 ... CD
Relay Project, Mid 90s. Used ... $2.99
Features work by Mark Greenberg, Gregory Whitehead, Jane Philbrick, Joshua Beckman, Joe Richman, and others – plus an interview with Alvin Lucier! CD
(Oversized edition – cardstock cover with CD.)

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VariousSoul Togetherness 2012 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $10.99
Soul sounds that work perfectly together – on a set that's maybe the most compelling of the Soul Togetherness series so far! There's loads of great contemporary numbers here – some nuggets from the underground, a few more mainstream tracks, and even a few mixes that really transform the tunes – making their key appearance here in CD format. The vibe is deeply soulful throughout – as the set's put together by folks who also have a strong ear for classic soul and funk – and titles include "Turn It Up" by Kenny Thomas, "Don't Give Up" by Aaries, "Taking It Too Far" by Big Brooklyn Red, "Don't Wanna Wait" by Lew Kirton, "Save Our Freedom" by Bah Samba, "Running Around" by Cool Million, "1960 What (Opolopo kick & bass rerub)" by Gregory Porter, "Woo" by Anthony Hamilton, "Let It Go" by Jazzanova, "Thinking About You" by Maurissa Rose, "Share My Love" by R Kelly, and "You Did It Again" by Soulpersona & Princess Freesia. CD

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VariousStudio One Soul 2 ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Another essential batch of Studio One Soul, every bit as great as the first! 18 more astoundingly great Jamaican renditions of soul and R&B numbers from the hands of Coxsone Dodd and his extraordinary stable of artists, some deeply soulful, and others with a more rootsy, raw grain to them. All flavors of reggae get represented here, but never departing from the soul theme, with dee jay numbers and dark dubs rubbing up against straight up renditions of numbers that are unafraid to pledge their allegiance to the great originals! Tracks include "Swing Easy" by the Soul Vendors, "Choice Of Colours" by the Heptones, "People Make The World Go Round" by Hortense Ellis, "Choice Of Music (Part 2)" by Jackie Mittoo and the Brentford Disco Set, "Thinking" by Ken Boothe, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Tony Gregory, "Fool For Love" by Prince Jazzbo, "Fancy Pants" by Jackie Mittoo, and "Darker Block" by the Dub Specialist. CD

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New Gregor Curten & Anselm RogmansPlanes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), New Copy (reissue)... Late October, 2014
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VariousFrom Alamo To El Dorado – Great Western TV & Movie Soundtracks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Mid-August, 2014
Beautiful, simply beautiful! The set features 23 tracks from a range of western-themed movies and TV shows – not really spaghetti westerns, but the sort of popular American work of the 50s and 60s, which often starred bigger names in show business, and which features popular vocal themes interpreted by chart stars of the time. The approach is quite different than most of our other soundtrack selections – a wealth of groovy pop vocal tunes united through western themes, and compiled together in a fantastic package with images from the films. Titles include "Fury" by The Prarie Chiefs, "The Man From Laramie" by Al Martino, "The Ballad Of Cat Ballou" by Nat King Cole & Stubby Kaye, "The Lonely Man" by Tennesse Ernie Ford, "Man With True Grit" by Glen Campbell, "Buttons & Bows" by Bob Hope, "The Wind The Wind" by Dean Martin, "Old Turkey Buzzard" by Jose Feliciano, "Marmalade Molasses & Honey" by Andy Williams, "The Legend Of Wyatt Earp" by Shorty Long, "Stagecoach To Cheyenne" by Wayne Newton, and "Bronco" by Johnny Gregory. CD

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VariousNiney The Observer Productions – Messages From Trenchtown ... LP
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Late April, 2014 (delayed)
Niney productions from the fertile early-to-mid 70s period – after so many great productions for singer Dennis Brown – and working with a number of top notch Jamaican artists – including Leroy Smart, Max Romeo, Delroy Wilson, Ken Booth and more! Stellar recordings made at Dynamic and Joe Gibbs and the legendary players working there at the time. Includes "Stages Of Life" by Dennis Brown, "Trust The Book" by Versatiles, "Give It Up" by Tamlins, "Namibia" by Ken Boothe, "Change My Life" by Alton Ellis, "My Heart Is Clean" by Cornell Campbell "Pretty Girl" by Delroy Wilson, "Don't Be Prejudice" by Max Romeo, "Two In One/Reach The Border" by Gregory Isaacs and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Burnt SugarIf You Can't Dazzle Them With Your Brilliance, Then Baffle Them With Your Blisluth (2 CD set) ... CD
Trugroid, 2005. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A 2CD compilation of live cuts from the ever-exploratory Burnt Sugar collective – captured in San Sebastian, Spain and Bordeaux, France, plus the Vision Festival and Tonic club in NYC! Burnt Sugar can sprawl like few other groups – from the celestial jazz style of the Sun Ra Arkestra (the favored vibe on this collection), to tribal world groove, to small arrangement avant jazz and well beyond! Players for these recordings under the conduction of Gregory Tate include Jason DiMatteo and Jared Nickerson on acoustic and electric bass, Chris Eddleton and others on drums, Rene Akan and Tazayarah on guitar, and Matana Roberts and Petre Radu-Scafaru on alto and tenor sax, Bruce Mack and Vijay Iyer on synth and keys, and others! The first disc includes 2 readings of "Night In Tunisia", one slow-building from lonely and mournful to percussive and strident, the other featuring the group's trademark heaving, funky riffing! Other tracks include "The Name Is Blount – Sonny Blount" and "Ostinato For Octavia Estelle Butler". Disc 2 includes an epic run-through of "Himatsuri" (divided into 5 tracks) from the Vision Festival in NYC and "Mack Jarrett" recorded in San Sebastian, Spain! CD

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New Josh BermanThere Now ... CD
Delmark, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal Chicago sounds from cornetist Josh Berman – and a record that's not just a key example of his talents, but of the whole energy of the Windy City scene as well! There's a nice gag in the "His Gang" on the cover of the record – but it's also somewhat well put, too – as Berman's definitely got ears for the old-time sounds such a name might imply – yet always has ways of making those older modes come out with freshly modern energy! The balance is amazing – and really shows Josh's ear for trad jazz, mixed with his contemporary avant expressions – a pan-historical jazz mode that's hardly ever been handled this well – except maybe by Jaki Byard at a few moments. At some level, the instrumentation reads like an old trad band – cornet, clarinet, trombone, bass clarinet – but the sounds here are definitely 21st Century – played by a great "gang" that includes Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums. Berman's arrangements are wonderful – very offbeat, but swinging too – and titles include "Sugar", "Mobile & Blues", "Liza", "Cloudy", "One Train May Hide Another", and "Jada". CD

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New Blue NotesBefore The Wind Changes ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly shows their strong roots in the South African jazz scene of the 60s, but which also really opens up with some of the freer modes of the following decade – hitting a mix of modes that's not unlike some of the AACM at their best, although often with a lot more intensity, too! The group at this point is a quartet – with Chris McGregor on piano, Johnny Dyani on bass, Louis Moholo on drums, and Dudu Pukwana on some especially amazing alto sax – blown with such righteous force, we might well say that his instrument is center stage on the record – were it not for the wonderfully complex rhythms from the other three group members too! Tracks are long, and filled with righteous soul – and titles inlcude "Ithi Gui", "Mange", "Lonta Uyagula", "Lakutshonga Ilanga", "The Bride", and "Funk Dem Dudu". CD

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New Blue NotesBefore The Wind Changes ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly shows their strong roots in the South African jazz scene of the 60s, but which also really opens up with some of the freer modes of the following decade – hitting a mix of modes that's not unlike some of the AACM at their best, although often with a lot more intensity, too! The group at this point is a quartet – with Chris McGregor on piano, Johnny Dyani on bass, Louis Moholo on drums, and Dudu Pukwana on some especially amazing alto sax – blown with such righteous force, we might well say that his instrument is center stage on the record – were it not for the wonderfully complex rhythms from the other three group members too! Tracks are long, and filled with righteous soul – and titles inlcude "Ithi Gui", "Mange", "Lonta Uyagula", "Lakutshonga Ilanga", "The Bride", and "Funk Dem Dudu". CD

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New Nick DrakeBryter Layter ... CD
Island/Ryko, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
Also available
Bryter Layter ... CD 8.99
Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 54.99

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New Nick DrakeBryter Layter (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Beautiful pressing – 180 gram vinyl, with textured cover like the original, and a bonus download in multiple formats!)
Also available
Bryter Layter ... CD 8.99
Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 54.99

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New Gregory IsaacsMr. Isaacs (yellow cover) ... LP
Micron (Canada), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
While he's much better known for his lover's rock and the huge chart hits he scored with it, back in 1977 Gregory Isaacs cut this roots side, at Channel One, under Ossie Hibbert, and he does more than a respectable job with the material. The rhythms are provided by the Revolutionaries, providing a nice driving backdrop for Isaacs' Kingston ghetto soul. Includes "Slave Master", "Story Book Children", "Get Ready", "Set The Captives Free" and "Smile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams held with pieces of clear tape.)

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New Chris McGregorSouth African Exiles' Thunderbolt ... CD
Popular African Music (Germany), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A joyous live set from South African jazzman Chris McGregor – a wonderful recording that we'd rank right up there with his best studio work! There's a clear vision here that makes the album one of McGregor's strongest African jazz-based outings – an aspect that's supported even more strongly by players that include frequent partners Johnny Dyani, Harry Beckett, and Dudu Pukwana. Tracks are all very long and filled with wonderfully snakey rhythms that let the solos explore freely while still holding nicely to the groove. A few tracks have vocals, and the performance also featured some dancers on stage – who you can clearly feel as part of the great rhythmic energy of the session! Titles include "Mra", "Chandeliers & Mirrors", "Bakwetha", "You & Me", "UDF", "Magwazakazo", and "Funk Them DP To Erico". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Freddie McGregorBig Ship ... LP
Greensleeves, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tight early 80s record from Freddie McGregor – backed by the Roots Radics and mixed by Scientist – and if you'll pardon the pun, all the above make sure that this here Greensleeves effort is in ship shape to say the least! A nice little gem, recorded at Harry J's and Channel One. Titles include Includes "Big Ship", "Sweet Lady", "Peaceful Man", "Stop Loving You", "Get Serious", "Don't Play The Fool", "Get United". "Let Me Be The One", "Roots Mak Skanking", "Holy Mount Zion" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rudy Ray Moore/Gregory TuttJody The Grinder The Great Spot Finder ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What more do you need to see, other than Rudy Ray Moore's name at the top of the sleeve to know this is a raw and raucous party album? Skits include "Jody The Grinder", "The Freak Party", "Felt Like A Wart", "Bucket OF Crabs"and more, and it's got a totally choice cover image. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)

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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available Liquid Spirit ... CD 13.99

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New Gregory PorterWater (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Motema, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gregory Porter's a hip little singer – just the sort we love to discover in jazz, and the type that only comes around once in a blue moon! Like Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, or Kurt Elling – all perfect references for Porter's style – Greg has a wonderful way of coming up with his own lyrics for a tune – making him way more than just a singer of standards, and instead a richly expressive voice that has every bit to offer as you might get from a jazz instrumentalist! The arrangements are great, too – handled by Porter with help from pianist Chip Crawford and producer Kamau Kenyatta – bold, soulful, and soaring on the best tracks – all in beautiful declaration of Gregory's rich power and presence. Titles include a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile", and the original tracks "1960 What", "Lonely One", "Water", "Pretty", "Illusion", and "Magic Cup". Also features the bonus track "1960 What (Opolopo rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life ... CD
Concord, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dianne Reeves has always stood right on the balance between jazz and soul music – and although some of her more recent efforts have tended towards more of a classic torchy mode, this time around she's right back in the soulful territory we love best! The album's got help from a great array of guest talents – including Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spaulding, Sean Jones, George Duke, Robert Glasper, and Lalah Hathaway – all of whom add in subtle bits, yet still let Dianne stay very strongly in the lead as she graces the tunes with her wonderful sense of timing and flow. Most titles are remakes of great older soul tunes – and tracks include "I Want You", "Feels So Good", "Dreams", "Cold", "Waiting IN Vain", "Wild Rose", "Tango", "Unconditional Love", and "Long Road Ahead". CD

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New Jacques Schwarz-BartJazz Racine Haiti ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Penmark through barcode.)
Also available Jazz Racine Haiti ... CD 11.99

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New Doris TroyDoris Troy Sings Just One Look & Other Memorable Selections ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark early moment from Doris Troy – a set that has her shining not just as a key 60s soul singer for Atlantic Records – but also as a heck of a great songwriter too! She's got a really fresh approach here – one that's right up front for the time – with a mix of raw vocals and classy production, in a style that's partly New York uptown – but which also has the kind of strongly individual vibe you'd get from singers like Maxine Brown or Barbara Lewis too! Arrangements on the record are by Gregory Carroll, who also wrote the bulk of the material with Doris – including tracks like "Lazy Days", "Bossa Nova Blues", "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "Time", and "Just One Look". Other tracks include "Stormy Weather", "School For Fools", and "Somewhere Along The Way". CD

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New Doris TroyDoris Troy Sings Just One Look & Other Memorable Songs ... LP
Atlantic, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark early moment from Doris Troy – a set that has her shining not just as a key 60s soul singer for Atlantic Records – but also as a heck of a great songwriter too! She's got a really fresh approach here – one that's right up front for the time – with a mix of raw vocals and classy production, in a style that's partly New York uptown – but which also has the kind of strongly individual vibe you'd get from singers like Maxine Brown or Barbara Lewis too! Arrangements on the record are by Gregory Carroll, who also wrote the bulk of the material with Doris – including tracks like "Lazy Days", "Bossa Nova Blues", "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "Time", and "Just One Look". Other tracks include "Stormy Weather", "School For Fools", and "Somewhere Along The Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam and a bit of light wear, with some light stains and a folded corner on the back paste-on)

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New Ben Wolfe QuintetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way more than just a live recording – and instead a host of original material from bassist Ben Wolfe –- really sparkling with the strength of a well-crafted studio session! The tunes are fresh, and handled by a dynamic group that really brings out some wonderful energy in the music – the soaring horn combination of Marcus Strickland on tenor and Ryan Kisor on trumpet – and the rhythm trio of Wolfe on bass, Luis Perdomo on piano, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums – leaping into the fray in a way that really gets things moving. The recording quality – like most of these Smalls Live sets – is excellent, and perfect for capturing the nuances of both Wolfe's writing, and the interplay of the members of the group. Titles include "For The Great Sonny Clark", "Telescope", "Contraption", "Coleman's Cab", and "Double Czech". CD

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New VariousLegendary Wild Rockers 4 – Compiled By Keb Darge & Little Edith – A Collection Of Rare Rockabilly & Surf From The Fifties & Sixties ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A storming mix of R&B, early soul, and rare rockers – all hand-picked by the famous team of Keb Darge and Little Edith! We first knew Keb as an expert in raw funk over 20 years ago – back at a time when few DJs cared about the style – and you can definitely hear Keb's funk-trained ears at work here – as the tunes are all plenty raw and filled with sharp edges – way way different than any mainstream assumptions you might have about rock or soul from this time! The vibe is similar to some of the best Cramps-fueled compilations, or some of the hipper Norton titles – and titles include "Get Whiz" by The Dazzlers, "Jam & Jelly" by The Col-Lee Jets, "Shis Kebab" by The Black Albinos, "Dance Franny Dance" by The Floyd Dakil Combo, "Nervous Breakdown" by Gregory Dee & The Avanties, "Steady With Betty" by Benny Joy, "Please Give Me Something" by Bill Allen & The Back Beats, and "The Shake" by George Fleming. CD

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New VariousLegendary Wild Rockers 4 – Compiled By Keb Darge & Little Edith – A Collection Of Rare Rockabilly & Surf From The Fifties & Sixties ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A storming mix of R&B, early soul, and rare rockers – all hand-picked by the famous team of Keb Darge and Little Edith! We first knew Keb as an expert in raw funk over 20 years ago – back at a time when few DJs cared about the style – and you can definitely hear Keb's funk-trained ears at work here – as the tunes are all plenty raw and filled with sharp edges – way way different than any mainstream assumptions you might have about rock or soul from this time! The vibe is similar to some of the best Cramps-fueled compilations, or some of the hipper Norton titles – and titles include "Get Whiz" by The Dazzlers, "Jam & Jelly" by The Col-Lee Jets, "Shis Kebab" by The Black Albinos, "Dance Franny Dance" by The Floyd Dakil Combo, "Nervous Breakdown" by Gregory Dee & The Avanties, "Steady With Betty" by Benny Joy, "Please Give Me Something" by Bill Allen & The Back Beats, and "The Shake" by George Fleming. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Calvin KeysElectric Keys ... LP
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great setting for guitarist Calvin Keys – one that has the famous Black Jazz funk artist of the 70s working with the younger energy of the Wide Hive Ensemble! The set's got a similar vibe to the recent Wide Hive album that featured Keys in the group – but this time around, Calvin's solos are much more prominent, and carved up with that hard-edged tone we've always loved so much in his music! The tunes are all pretty fresh – and include originals by Keys and others from Wide Hive members Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery – really perfect settings for Calvin's wonderful work on his instrument, heard here at a level that's tighter than on most recent recordings. Tracks include "Telegraph Blues", "Shaw-Neeq", "The Hernia", "Touch", "You Know The Game", "Electric Keys", and "Backyard". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Electric Keys ... CD 9.99

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New Gregory Porter, Donald Smith, & Mansur ScottGreat Voices Of Harlem ... CD
Pao, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant exploration of the use of the voice in jazz – not just an old-style set of standards, nor overdone vocalese – but a record that links together all the best spiritual and soulful traditions of the 60s and 70s! Gregory Porter's in the lead on this one, but the album also features wonderful work from Donald Smith – who you may know from his genius work on older Lonnie Liston Smith albums – plus other vocals from Mansur Scott, who proves to be perfect company for the pair! Paul Zaunder handles the music here – and moves between 60s soulbop, 70s spiritual, and some even more dynamic modes that echo some of Porter's most jazzy work on his own albums. Titles include "Moanin", "Pease", "Expansions", "Doing Hard Time", "Stellla By Starlight", "Watermelon Man", "My One & Only Love", and "Mona Lisa". CD

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New Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life ... CD
Concord, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
Dianne Reeves has always stood right on the balance between jazz and soul music – and although some of her more recent efforts have tended towards more of a classic torchy mode, this time around she's right back in the soulful territory we love best! The album's got help from a great array of guest talents – including Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spaulding, Sean Jones, George Duke, Robert Glasper, and Lalah Hathaway – all of whom add in subtle bits, yet still let Dianne stay very strongly in the lead as she graces the tunes with her wonderful sense of timing and flow. Most titles are remakes of great older soul tunes – and tracks include "I Want You", "Feels So Good", "Dreams", "Cold", "Waiting IN Vain", "Wild Rose", "Tango", "Unconditional Love", and "Long Road Ahead". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Arthur VerocaiArthur Verocai ... LP
Luv N' Haight, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet and jazzy pop from early 70s Brazil – a great little album that we'd rank with our favorites by Marcos Valle and Edu Lobo! Arthur Verocai isn't nearly as well-known as those two, but he works in a similar territory – taking jazz, large arrangements, and nice touches of electric funk – and working them into a groove that has the soaring and ambitious feel of the best post-Tropicalia work of 70s Brazil! This rare gem was self-produced, and fell of the map almost as soon as it was released – but it really deserves wider recognition, and shines with a depth that makes it an instant classic to our ears! Titles include "Presente Grego", "Caboclo", "Pelas Sombras", "O Mapa", "Sylvia", "Karina", "Velho Parente", and "Dedicada A Ela". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally repressed!)

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New Wide Hive PlayersTurnstyle ... CD
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best music so far from the Wide Hive Players – a group who draw keen inspiration from a 70s jazz generation, but make things fresh with their own sense of timing and rhythm – a kind of fluid yet laidback approach to soul jazz and funk! The legendary Calvin Keys is on guitar, to help give the younger players a sense of depth and history – but honestly, they're all pretty great on their own – with lead work from bassist/keyboardist Matt Montgomery and Hammond player Gregory Howe – who both wrote the tunes for the set – plus Doug Rowan on saxes, Mike Rinta on trombone, and both Thomas McCree and Josh Jones on drums. The horn parts are tight, but never too tight – just stepping and rolling over the core rhythms, which are played live in a way that's loose, but nicely funky too. Titles include "Left Coast Sangria", "All The Right Wrong Notes", "Turnstyle", "Winding Up", "Stained Glass Tribal Mask", "Where The Sidewalk Begins", and "Winding Dub". CD
Also available Turnstyle ... LP 9.99

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New VariousDancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture Vol 1 – Part 1 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Another astounding set of heavy vibrations from Soul Jazz in there ongoing series of collections focusing on great Jamaican music! This bouncing set takes a long, deep look at Dancehall culture, and accompanies a great book by Beth Lesser! While dance halls have existed in Jamaican music for years, the focus here is Dancehall with a capital D, from the early 80s on, when Jamaican music took a turn away from the heavier, sufferer's themes of the Roots era and became more interested in rocking good times! This set is filled with certified classics, guaranteed to ram the dance and capture the heavyweight title in any soundclash, all bouncing numbers from the pre-digital era through more stripped down Casio-driven treasures. 17 tracks in all, including "Bam Bam" by Yellowman, "Pumpkin Belly" by Tenor Saw, "Cu-Oonuh" by Reggie Stepper, "Agony" by Pinchers, "Diseases" by Michigan & Smiley, "Cool Out Son" by Junior Murvin, "Entertainment" by Triston Palma, "Arleen" by General Echo, "Here I Come" by Barrington Levy, "Chop Chop" by Cutty Ranks, "M16" by Lone Ranger, "Trash & Ready" by Super Cat, and "Soon Forward" by Gregory Isaacs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Check out the companion book by Beth Lesser Soul Jazz released in conjunction with this album on our book pages!)

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New VariousGussie Presenting The Right Tracks ... CD
17 North Parade, 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An sweet anthology of Augustus "Gussie" Clarke productions – with some of best of his early work, including some of the more richly soulful sounds in Jamaican music in the 70s – with essential cuts by Tommy McCook, Augustus Pablo, Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, O Roy, Gregory Isaacs, The Mighty Diamonds, Simplicity people and many more! This great package from VP & 17 North Parade includes all the tracks from the original mid 70s release, plus lot more material from this pivotal period – with some previously unreleased tracks, and more great Gussie productions from a bit later on in the decade. 40 tracks on 2CDs: "The Right Track" by Tommy McCook", "Guiding Star" by Leroy Sibbles, "Scorch Special" and "Gussie Special" by Simplicity People, "How Can I Love Someone" by Delroy Wilson, "Born To Dub You" by Augustus Pablo, "Try Me" by Roman Stewart, "Leggo Beast" by I Roy, "The Killer Version" by Society Squad, "Danger In Your Dub" by Tommy McCook, "Love The Daughter" by Trinity, "Peace Can Solve It" by I Roy and more. CD

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New VariousReal Sound Of Chicago – Underground Disco From The Windy City ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The kind of record that makes us mighty proud to live in the Windy City – and a long-overdue look at the wealth of rare club, disco, and soul cuts bubbling in the Chicago underground at the end of the 70s! During the early part of the decade, the city was widely known for some super-huge soul acts – and in the 80s, house would raise Chicago to international fame – but in the space between, the city kept on putting out some really wonderful music – wicked little cuts issued on small indie labels, most of which never got any circulation outside the midwest! The Mr Peabody crate-digging team's collected together the best of the best from these overlooked years – and also threw in a few of their own edits too – furthering the dancefloor potential of some of the best rare nuggets. Titles include "Your Love Is In The Pocket" by Premonition, "Love So New" by Loveship, "A Challenge" by Billy Hinton, "BT" by Yohon, "Attitude Believe & Determination" by Martin L Dumas, "School Days (Mr Peabody's edit)" by Ghalib Ghallab, "Look Let's Make Love" by Sidney Thomas, "Don't Touch It" by Maxx Traxx, "Hooked On Your Love" by On Stage, "Promise (inst)" by Larry Houston, "Runnin To A Disco (Mr Peabody's edit)" by Lonnie Givens, "Funky Preacher (Mr Peabody's edit)" by Cold T, "We Fall In Love" by Cheryl Berdell, "The Composer (Mr Peabody's edit)" by Fantasie, "Disco Ball" by Brighter Side Of Darkness, "Can You Feel It" by Synergy, "What Good Is Music" by The Esquires, "Open Soul" by Tomorrow's People, "Road To Sunshine" by Expo, and "Happy Baby" by Gregory James. CD

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New VariousSound Gallery Vol 1 – 24 Musical Masterpieces ... CD
EMI/Scamp, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Amazing! This is the legendary compilation that spawned a generation of loungecore fantatics during the mid-90s – and it's an incredible batch of rare tracks that still sounds great today. Most of the material was pulled from the EMI Studio 2 series – featuring groovy and funky Brit easy tracks recorded with stunning sound at the legendary Abbey Road studios. The tracks have a nice mix of mod scoring and funky rhythms – and titles include "Oh Calcutta" by Dave Pell Singers, "Blarney's Stoned" by Alan Hawkshaw, "Music To Drive By" by Joe Loss, "Penthouse Suite" by Syd Dale, "The Detectives" by Alan Tew, "Jet Stream" by John Gregory, "Life Of Leisure" by Keith Mansfield, "Funky Fever" by Alan Morehouse, and "I Feel The Earth Move" by John Keating. 24 tracks in all – and the kind of groundbreaking compilation that never gets old! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Robin McKelle & The Flytones with Gregory PorterFairytale Ending/Love's Work ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Gregory PorterBe Good ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Be Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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New Bobby QuesadaBoogaloo En El Barrio ... CD
Fania/Uniko (Canada), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Horace SilverSilver N Strings Play The Music Of The Spheres ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New VariousBlue Note Cookin' ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just another Blue Note compilation – as the set features a big number of cool under-exposed gems from the Blue Note scene overseas – including some excellent bits from the label in Japan and Italy! The set's a great sprinkling of gems from more recent years that illustrate the continuing influence of the classic years of the legendary label – all cuts that are remakes of older Blue Note songs from the 50s and 60s, but served up here in fresh versions with a great sense of variety. There's also a few numbers that show the recent EMI/Universal merger – which brought even more great artists into the Blue Note fold. Titles include "Summertime" by Soil & Pimp sessions with Jose James, "Ghana" by Nicola Conte with Gregory Porter, "Senor Blues" by David Sanborn, "Footprints" by Terence Blanchard, "Little B's Poem" by Akiko, "Maiden Voyage/Everything In Its Right Place" by Robert Glasper, "Night In Tunisia" by Toshio Matsura with Joes James, "Afrodisia" by Quasimode, "Adams Apple" by High Five, "Us Three" by Junko Onishi, "Un Poco Loco" by Jacky Terrasson with Bob Belden, "Blue Bossa" by Chick Corea, "Speak Like A Child" by Christian McBride with Nicholas Payton & Mark Whitfield, "Cleopatra's Dream" by Chihiro Yamanaka, and "Recado Bossa Nova" by Gonzalo Rubalcaba. CD

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New VariousFeeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s (deluxe version with bonus 7-inch) ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
It's easy to feel nice with grooves this great – a sweet array of really rare soul 45s from the late 60s and early 70s – each and every one a mighty funky nugget! Even in an era where we've been getting plenty of rare funk reissued round these parts, there's still plenty more to discover – and the diggers at Tramp Records have dug into the real depths of the late 60s underground – small labels, obscure artists, and the kind of really gritty 45-based funk that still always sets our ears on fire! There's a hell of a lot of personality in these cuts – a vibe that goes way way beyond the usual sounds of James Brown, The Meters, and other big names of the funk generation. Titles include "Get Away" by Little Gregory & Concepts, "Do Your Own Thing" by Filet Of Soul, "Jelly Fish" by Soul Dukes, "Why Why Why'd She Leave Me" by Lenis Guess, "H'way Of Love" by Carole Veal, "Soul Block" by Len & The Pas, "Getting Soul" by Aalon Butler & The New Breed Band, "Kickin" by Kickin Mustangs, "Allen's Party" by Allen Matthews, and "Barn Yard Pimp" by Soul Explosion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition deluxe version includes a 7" featuring "Highway Of Love" by Carole Veal.)
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Feeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... CD 12.99
Feeling Nice Vol 2 – A Collection Of Super Rare & Super Heavy Funk 45s From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... LP 18.99

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New VariousSoul Lounge Vol 10 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2013. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from the soul lounge – a magical place filled with the hippest contemporary cuts from the underground – all served up at an astoundingly low price! The work here comes partly from the great Dome Records label, who put the whole thing together – and partly from other indie imprints that have helped keep soul music strong over the past decade or two – imprints like Expansion, Motema, Mack Avenue, and Reel People – all of whom have turned us on to a lot of great music! This set's your chance to dig the best of the best at a mighty nice price – on 3CDs of music that feature cuts that include "Be Good" by Gregory Porter, "Hold On" by Don E, "Together" by Hil St Soul, "Break It Down" by Eric Roberson, "Girl I'm Running Back 2 U" by Makoto with Christian Urich, "Definition Of Luv (Sean McCabe rmx)" by Sunburst Band, "Freedom To Love (Atjazz mix)" by Incognito, "How Can We Go Wrong" by Khari Simmons, "Machine Gun" by James Taylor Quartet, "In Spirit" by Rosie Gaines, "Miss You" by Rahsaan Patterson, and "Better Off Without You" by Frank McComb. CD

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New Ginger Baker & SaltLive In Munich 1972 ... CD
Voiceprint (UK), 1972. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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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New Grateful DeadSunshine Daydream – Sunhshine Daydream Veneta, Oregon, August 27, 1972 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Rhino, 1972. New Copy 3 CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
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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New Louis Moholo & Alexander HawkinsKeep Your Heart Straight ... CD
Ogun (UK), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New OregonRoots In The Sky ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has light wear, with a peeled mark from sticker removal in one corner.)

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New Os CanibaisOs Canibais ... CD
Rozenblit/Mr Bongo (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New SubesContra Bossa ... CD
339 (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazzy bossa rhythms and club soul grooves from the Dutch production team Subes! Subes is the trio of Gregor Wilmot, Pieter Ubbels and Aram Wilmot – who color from a broad palatte of global influences and the producers lay the sounds down with accompanying players on sax, flute, melodica, drums, bass and keys. A nice mix of live and programmed grooves with real depth! Titles include "Samba One", "Sognare", "Jazz Azz", "Jazz For 2", "Airporto", "Lost", "Contra Bossa", "Lost", "See You There", "Fast Spinn" and more. CD

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New Tree PeopleHuman Voices ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tree People's second album – still growing strong, deeply rooted and flute flavored psychedelic folk well into to the 80s! This one has the feel of the first record from the late 70s, a really good thing given the tinny strange sound of folk and folkish records made in the 80s. The Oregon combo still brings with the earthy, sometimes spare and haunting, and at others nicely rollicking vibe. Titles include "Human Voices", "Grandfather", "Opus II", "Things Fall Apart", "Thomas", "Rain Rain", "Dance", "If That's Entertainment" and "Sketches". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a code for a free mp3 download.)
 
 
 



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