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Elephant Man/Computer PaulCoob Dem Up/Version Extreme ... 7-inch
In The Streetz (Jamaica), Early 2000s. Very Good ... $0.99
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Jim O'RourkeRemove The Need ... CD
Extreme/Cargo, 1993. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Otomo Yoshihide with Yamatsuka Eye & TenkoNight Before The Death Of The Sampling Virus ... CD
Extreme/Cargo, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Plastic Ono BandLive Peace In Toronto (Gold CD) ... CD
Capitol, 1969. Used ... $19.99
Live Peace in Toronto from John & Yoko – not the sprawling art rock proto noise collective that would record a little later, but a small group featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass and Alan White on drums – who surprised the audience at the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival festival! The album is most famous for the iconic "Give Peace A Chance" sing-a-long, but it includes some raucous covers, some then new Lennon originals, some wild Yoko vocals, and some and all around good natured vibes. Other titles include "Money", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Yer Blues", "Cold Turkey". Side two has the full on Yoko extreme art noise, with "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow)" and "John, John (Let's Hope For Peace)". CD
(Out of print Gold CD pressing, punch through barcode.)

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WipersYouth Of America ... LP
Jackpot, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
The incredible second album by The Wipers – a record that cements Greg Sage's status as not only a pioneering figure in Pacific Northwest punk/post punk songcraft, but also as one of the more innovative guitarists in that scene. Youth Of America carries on the surprisingly melodic, yet blazing intensity of the debut, but with richer guitar atmosphere. The 10+ minute title track is the biggest step forward in that regard, but the whole record is a underappreciated gem! Other titles include "Taking Too Long", "Can This Be", "Pushing The Extreme", "When Its Over" and "No Fair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered from the original tapes.)

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New Martin DennyExotica Vol 2 (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second album in Denny's legendary Exotica trilogy – a set of records that provided the extreme definition of the small sub-genre that today has become the stuff of legend! Denny's still working here in his classic format – a small group with heavy piano lines, playful percussion, and some birdcalls sung by the members of the group! The set's a mix of strange songs from strange sources, all given the sublime Denny twist – and titles include "Singing Bamboos", "Escales", "August Bells", "Ebb Tide", "Rush Hour In Hong Kong", and "Soshu Night Serenade". CD features full stereo and mono mixes of all tunes on the set! CD
 
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Eivind AarsetSonic Codex ... CD
Universal (Norway), 2007. Used ... $8.99
Extremely haunting work from Eivind Aarset – a record that continues the experiments of his previous albums on the Jazzland label, but which also comes across a bit more tunefully too! Eivind's still working with a range of guitars, electronics, percussion, and programming – but there's also a bit more of a unified group feel here too – a quartet of players who follow Aarset's inspiration, and fill in the spaces nicely with their own gentle touches on percussion and other electronics. There's a warmth to the music that we haven't always heard before in Eivind's records – and many of the tracks are quite tuneful, although still instrumental. Titles include "Cameo", "Sign Of Seven", "Sleeps With Fishes", "The Return Of Black Noise & Murky Lambada", "Still Changing", and "Quicksilver Dream". CD

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Alex BandEccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of color and life! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS big bands of the 70s – with some keyboards and electric guitar in the mix, driving the rhythms along – while the skilled lineup of trumpets, trombone, and tenor sax carve out these soulful lines over the top – all at a level that's extremely fresh, very thoughtful, and which almost beats most American jazz of this type from the time! The style is more mid 70s than you'd guess from the date – and the album's a great lost treasure from the overlooked Polish scene. Titles include "Wet Za Wet", "Sam Na Manhattanie", "Switaniec", "Hispanzkie Izy", and "Morskie Slonce". CD features three bonus tracks – "Gra Milosna", "Fikolek", and "Tanczaca Anaconda". CD
Also available Eccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Alex BandEccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. Used ... $11.99
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of color and life! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS big bands of the 70s – with some keyboards and electric guitar in the mix, driving the rhythms along – while the skilled lineup of trumpets, trombone, and tenor sax carve out these soulful lines over the top – all at a level that's extremely fresh, very thoughtful, and which almost beats most American jazz of this type from the time! The style is more mid 70s than you'd guess from the date – and the album's a great lost treasure from the overlooked Polish scene. Titles include "Wet Za Wet", "Sam Na Manhattanie", "Switaniec", "Hispanzkie Izy", and "Morskie Slonce". CD features three bonus tracks – "Gra Milosna", "Fikolek", and "Tanczaca Anaconda". CD
Also available Eccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Annisteen AllenFujiyama Mama ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $4.99
Seminal sides by one of the first great female singers of R&B – the mighty Annisteen Allen, a vocalist who was first known for her great work in the band of Lucky Millinder, but later stepped out on her own as an even bigger solo act! Annisteen's got a style that predates Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, and other key 50s R&B singers – a mode with roots in swing, but delivery that's much harder-hitting overall – perfect for the transitional R&B years in which she worked! The collection features key sides by Allen recorded for the King and Capitol labels – packaged together with great notes on her full career, and a huge set list that's extremely comprehensive. CD features 28 tracks in all – with titles that include "Mine All Mine", "Yes I Know", "Mr Trumpet Man", "Too Long", "Lies Lies Lies", "Down By The River", "My Brand Of Loving", "Wheels Of Love", "Fujiyama Mama", "Nothing Can Replace You", "I've Got Troubles", "Hard To Get Along", and "Slow But Sure". CD

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AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoNice Guys ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1979. Used ... $11.99
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – but no less strong, as if anything, the AEC has mastered their musical vision so well, they're coming across here with an extremely cohesive sound. Instrumentation includes a wide range of percussion, plus the usual bass of Malachi Favors and the saxes of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell – and tracks include "Ja", "Folkus 11", "597-59", and "Dreaming Of The Master". CD

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Svend Asmussen & Ulrick NewmannDanish Imports – Intimate Jazz By Two Of Europe's Greatest Instrumentalists ... LP
Warner, 1959. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A beautifully spare set of duets between violinist Sven Asmussen and guitarist Ulrik Neumann – recorded in a format that's quite unusual for the time! The record features just Sven's violin and Ulrik's guitar – no other backing at all – and the sound is extremely haunting, with plenty of moody passages that just hang there in space and slowly unfold like little musical flowers – sweet sometimes, blue at others – and wonderfully carried off without any overindulgence on the part of either player. Titles include "Summertime", "California Here I Come", "Blue Orchids", "Flamingo", "Yesterdays", "Tea For Two", and "The Blue Room". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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AxidentalsAxidentals With The Kai Winding Trombones ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
A groovy little vocal group with a swinging 50s sound – working here with some great jazzy arrangements from trombonist Kai Winding! The style of the set prefaces Winding's pop/jazz sides for Verve in the mid 60s – but has a sound that's somewhat similar – with lead vocals by the male/female Axidentals group, and some trombone-based jazzy backings that showcase Winding's horn amidst a larger brass section. There's a great poppy punch to these tunes – and the Axidentals themselves can be credited for some extremely inventive vocal arrangements at times – in styles that go way beyond those of conventional groups of the period, in a mode that reminds us of some of the work by the Kirby Stone Four or the John LaSalle Quartet. Titles include "Walkin", "Out Of This World", "You Gotta Wail", "No Moon At All", "Day In Day Out", and "Close To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Back cover has some aging.)

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Kevin AyersJoy Of A Toy (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Harvest/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
A wonderful departure for Kevin Ayers – an album that's a lot lighter and more whimsical than his original fame with Soft Machine! The tunes are extremely playful, and often quite catchy – almost a Donovan-esque blend of folksy roots and jazz inflections – but tuned a bit more towards trippier ends, thanks to instrumentation that includes celeste, electronics, flute, oboe, kazoo, cello, organ, and a wide range of different guitars! David Bedford handled arrangements, and other players on the session include some ex-Soft Machine comrades – like Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt! Ayers' vocals are produced with a nicely compressed quality that squeezes them in alongside the instrumentation – and titles include "Joy Of A Toy Continued", "The Lady Rachel", "All This Crazy Gift Of Time", "Eleanor's Cake", and "Girl On A Swing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersFever ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little album by Roy Ayers – one that features none of his hits, which means lots of fresh material – and which has great examples of both sides of Roy's talents at the time! The dancefloor side of Roy kicks in with "Love Will Bring Us Back Together", an extremely catchy groover that's very much in the mode of "Running Away", with plenty of choppy funky riffs, and a good soul base at the core. Even better, though, is the mellow spacey side of Roy – which shows up wonderfully in the cuts "Is It Too Late To Try" and "If You Love Me" – two overlooked gems that float along in a perfect blend of jazz and modern soul, with great breathy vocals and vibes, very much in the spirit of stuff on the You Send Me album. Other cuts include "I Wanna Feel It", "Leo", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "Simple & Sweet" – all nice too! CD

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Billy Bang & Dennis CharlesBangception ... CD
Hat (Switzerland), 1983. Used 2LP ... $12.99
Spare drum and violin duets, played by Billy Bang and Dennis Charles. We're normally not big of fans of jazz violin, even avant garde violin, but Bang's style of "sheets of sound" has always won us over – and he's in fine form here. The album includes an extremely haunting rendition of "Lonely Woman", plus "Closer To The Flower", "Air Traffic Control", and "Thelonious". CD
(Out of print.)

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Count BasieCount Basie Big Band – Live Montreux 77 ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
The 70s Count Basie Band in all their glory – recorded live in extremely tight formation at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival! Despite the live setting, the recording quality here is impeccable – easily on a par with most of the group's studio dates from the decade, especially in the way that Basie's piano thunders out in front of the rest of the group! Players include Sonny Cohn, Bobby Mitchell, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest, Eric Dixon, and Freddie Green – and although tracks are short, they're still filled with a good sense of surprise – that Basie dynamics that really started kicking in during the 50s, and which held on strong on records like this! Titles include "The More I See You", "Night In Tunisia", "The Heat's On", "Freckle Face", "Splanky", "I Needs To Be Bee'd With", "Lil Darlin", and "Bag Of Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Gary BiasEast 101 ... CD
Nimbus, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and a sense of spiritualism in the solos that often has Gary stretching out strongly on alto, soprano sax, or flute – yet always with an inherent focus, and strong sense of direction! Other players are equally great too – David Tillman on piano, Rickey Kelly on vibes, Roberto Miranda and John Heard on bass, and Fritz Wise on drums – and the tunes are wonderful original numbers that mark Bias as an extremely strong voice in jazz – one that should have gotten better exposure over the years. The album's got a great Strata East sort of vibe – and titles include "As Children Play", "East 101", "Asiki", "Arthur's Vamp", and "Dear Violet". CD

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New Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie & OthersGiants Of Jazz - Recorded Live At The Victoria Theatre In London ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
This session shouldn't work, but it does – and beautifully! By all means, an album that includes Diz, Art Blakey, Monk, and Sonny Stitt playing together should be a first-rate snoozer, with hackneyed performances of common-denominator material that they can all get their hooks around – but instead, it's an amazing bit of work that has all players hitting some of their best moments of the 70's! Diz has that great deep 70's funk sound in his trumpet, Stitt's solos are razor sharp, and Blakey's drums have a good snap to them, and were recorded extremely well, despite the fact that this was a live session. All tracks are long, and the record includes great versions of "Tin Tin Deo", "Night In Tunisia", "Allen's Alley", "Blue Monk", "Woody N You", and "Tour De Force". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Bob BrookmeyerBob Brookmeyer & Friends ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Sound, space, tone, and color – a tremendous effort from trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and a record with a really unique feel! The album features a wonderful group that includes Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Stan Getz on tenor, Gary Burton on vibes, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – all coming together in a way that's extremely equally-weighted – with less of Brookmeyer as the leader, than as a warm friend, gathering together a few key players in the studio. Given that Getz worked with Brookmeyer back in the early 50s, and had Burton in his group at the time, the album's always a link between both sides of a decade in Stan's career – but with the presence of the modernists on the rhythm team, there's a sound here that's much more unique – one that has a place for Stan's wonderful tone, and Brookmeyer's airy phrasing – but which also drives along in a rhythmically pulsing mode that almost puts Burton's vibes at the top of the set on some numbers. There's a change in mood from tune to tune that gives the record a remarkable depth, but without sounding schizophrenic – and titles include "Bracket", " Wrinkle Time", "Jive Hoot", "Skylark", "Sometime Ago", and "Who Cares". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and notes in pen on back.)
Also available Bob Brookmeyer & Friends (expanded edition) ... CD 18.99

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Bob BrookmeyerBob Brookmeyer & Friends (expanded edition) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy (Austria), 1965. Used ... $18.99
Sound, space, tone, and color – a tremendous effort from trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and a record with a really unique feel! The album features a wonderful group that includes Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Stan Getz on tenor, Gary Burton on vibes, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – all coming together in a way that's extremely equally-weighted – with less of Brookmeyer as the leader, than as a warm friend, gathering together a few key players in the studio. Given that Getz worked with Brookmeyer back in the early 50s, and had Burton in his group at the time, the album's always a link between both sides of a decade in Stan's career – but with the presence of the modernists on the rhythm team, there's a sound here that's much more unique – one that has a place for Stan's wonderful tone, and Brookmeyer's airy phrasing – but which also drives along in a rhythmically pulsing mode that almost puts Burton's vibes at the top of the set on some numbers. There's a change in mood from tune to tune that gives the record a remarkable depth, but without sounding schizophrenic – and titles include "Bracket", "The Wrinkle", "Jive Hoot", "Skylark", "Sometime Ago", and "Who Cares". CD also features 3 previously unissued bonus tunes from the sessions – "Time For Two", "Pretty Girl", and "Day Dream" – the last of which features vocals by Tony Bennett! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave BrubeckAnything Goes – The Dave Brubeck Quartet Plays Cole Porter ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Dave and the quartet pay tribute to the songwriting genius of Cole Porter – working with familiar older tunes, but nicely unlocking them with a strong sense of Brubeck modernism! Things start out slow, but get extremely playful as the set goes on – with fresh timings and phrasings that move the chestnuts past their usual territory – and allow some great space for crisp alto solos by Paul Desmond, always a treat in any Brubeck set! Dave himself sounds slightly heavier in his left hand on the keys – hitting things with a harder tone than one might expect for a Cole Porter session, and again making for an unusual twist for the material. Titles include "Night & Day", "Anything Goes", "Love For Sale", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "All Through The Night", and "You're The Top". CD

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Tim BuckleyGoodbye & Hello ... LP
Elektra, 1967. Very Good- Gatefold ... $9.99
Easily one of our favorite albums by Tim Buckley – and a record that really opens up with some key jazzy touches! Buckley's still got his roots in folk here, and his vocals are yet to hit the extremes of Starsailor or Lorca – but there's also a new sense of inflection to the way he puts over the lyrics, shaded in by use of vibes, kalimba, harmonium, and harpsichord – the latter two of which are played on the session by Don Randi! Tracks are relatively short, but high in concept – and include the protest song "No Man Can Find The War", plus "Hallucinations", "Phantasmagoria In Two", "Carnival Song", "Pleasant Street", "Morning Glory", and "Goodbye & Hello". LP, Vinyl record album
(Butterfly label pressing. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a click on side 1, tracks 1, & 2.)

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Donald ByrdPlaces & Spaces ... CD
Blue Note, 1975. Used ... $6.99
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the smooth jazz funk sound that the team were aiming at. Every track is a winner – and the album glides along with a slippery sinewy groove, never pausing for a weak moment or a misplaced note, shimmering with pride in its own genius. Byrd's trumpet soars over the top, banking gracefully over waves of funky drums, spacey keyboards, and extremely well-placed vocals – all brought together perfectly by Mizell, with a tightly fused style that few people have ever been able to match in the studio since! Tracks include "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)", "Dominoes", "Wind Parade", "Places & Spaces", and "Night Whistler". CD

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Betty CarterBetty Carter ... LP
Bet Car, Late 70s. Very Good- ... $3.99
A fantastic LP by Betty Carter – and one of the first she issued on her own Bet-Car label, which she formed after years of being screwed by the music industry! The groove is extremely soulful – and backing is by Norman Simmons on piano, Lisle Atkinson on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include Betty's own "Please Do Something", her great version of Randy Weston's "Ego", and her always-great rendition of "By The Bend In The River". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Chicago Underground TrioFlamethrower ... CD
Delmark, 2000. Used ... $8.99
Another wonderful album from this groundbreaking Chicago combo! The group's now a permanent quartet, with the extremely great addition of Jeff Parker on guitar and electronics – and the album continues to push the boundaries of Rob Mazurek's unique sound. The liner notes on the back refer to a NY Times article that described the group's sound as "painterly", and to us, that's a pretty fair estimation of their sound. The group work in wide washes of sound – structured around conventional jazz traditions, but touched with a more abstract approach derived from their connection to the Chicago rock and experimental scene. Titles include "Warm Marsh", "Elroy", "504", "The World Has Changed", "Woman In Motion", and "Antiquity". CD

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Sonny ClarkSonny Clark Quintets (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $18.99
This one will confuse the discographers out there – but it's great Blue Note material by this legendary hardbop pianist! The CD reissues a previous Japanese-only set of unreleased material – called Sonny Clark Quintets – but some of the tracks have since come out on other CDs. 2 tracks – "Royal Flush" and "Lover" – feature Clark with a group that includes Art Farmer and Jackie McLean, recorded in 1957. The other 3 tracks – "Minor Meeting", "Eastern Incident", and "Little Sonny" – are from a 1958 session that was cut with Clifford Jordan and Kenny Burrell. Both sets of tracks are great – and although Clark recorded some of these tunes in other versions, the quality on this CD's still extremely high, and is proof that Clark was one of Blue Note's greatest players, worthy of all the extra sessions that were cut in the old days! Includes the bonus track "Cool Struttin'". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... $25.99 27.98
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book
(Initial copies are signed by author Brian Coleman! Quantities extremely limited – get 'em while we got em!)

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Ornette ColemanShape Of Jazz To Come (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
An album that certainly lives up to the promise of its title – as it's filled with amazing instrumentation, groundbreaking compositions, and a sound in jazz that few ears could imagine at the time! The groove here is extremely modal – all instruments rolling along on the same rhythmic pulse, with drums, bass, trumpet, and alto sax incredibly intertwined! Ornette's really got an edge on his instrument – cutting even more deeply here than the clipped, punctuated cornet work of Don Cherry – and the rhythm team of Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins are simply amazing – not just keeping up with the energy of Ornette, but also really helping facilitate it as well! Titles include the haunting "Lonely Woman", plus "Peace", "Chronology", and "Focus on Sanity". LP, Vinyl record album
(Incredible reissue! This one's got a Japanese-style heavy cover, beautifully-cut vinyl, and a level of packaging that's amazing!)

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Lyn CollinsCheck Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
The mellower of Lyn Collins' two albums for the People label – but still pretty darn fantastic! At some level, it seems like Lyn's taking on the rest of the soul industry – showing them that she can kick some major booty on her interpretations of hits like "Backstabbers", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "Mr Big Stuff", which is one of her best funky tracks ever, and better than Jean Knight's original! She also shines extremely well on the original cuts, though – especially the funky classic "Rock Me Again & Again & Again", plus the often-overlooked mellow soul groovers "To Each His Own", "Put It On The Line", and "How Long Can I Keep It Up". Production by James Brown, of course! CD
Also available Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now ... LP 9.99

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Lyn CollinsCheck Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now ... LP
People, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The mellower of Lyn Collins' two albums for the People label – but still pretty darn fantastic! At some level, it seems like Lyn's taking on the rest of the soul industry – showing them that she can kick some major booty on her interpretations of hits like "Backstabbers", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "Mr Big Stuff", which is one of her best funky tracks ever, and better than Jean Knight's original! She also shines extremely well on the original cuts, though – especially the funky classic "Rock Me Again & Again & Again", plus the often-overlooked mellow soul groovers "To Each His Own", "Put It On The Line", and "How Long Can I Keep It Up". Production by James Brown, of course! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now ... CD 13.99

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Johnny ConquetRaisins & Almonds Cha Cha Cha & Merengues ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A great little record – and a prime example of the strong Jewish/Latin crossover that was going on in the late 50s and early 60s. The record features the kind of crack cha cha sound that was bringing couples into the Palladium from Long Island, but it's also touched with occasional yiddish bits, like snaking clarinet or choppy percussion. Far from being goofy, these elements actually add a rich shade of emotion to the work, and the result is an extremely complicated Latin session that sparkles with excitement. Titles include "Merengue Mania", "Serching", "Mambo A Bisel", "Sher Cha Cha", "Dates & Figs", and "Sirocco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Living Stereo pressing – very nice!)

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Count Basie OrchestraLong Live The Chief (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1986. Used ... $5.99
A post-Basie session from the Count Basie Orchestra – recorded after the Count had passed away, and Frank Foster returned from his wayward years to assume leadership of the group! The sound here is very much in the best Basie mode of the late 50s and early 60s – extremely fluid large group arrangements that sparkle with touches from Basie stalwarts Frank Foster, Eric Dixon, and Freddie Green – plus a number of younger players in the group. Dee Carson is sitting in Basie's chair on piano, and Carmen Bradford sings on the track "A Foggy Day". Other titles include "Hey I See You Over There", "You Got It", "April In Paris", "Bus Dust", and "Corner Pocket". CD

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D'AngeloLive At The Jazz Cafe, London – The Complete Show ... CD
EMI, 2000. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The first-ever full length presentation of a legendary live set from D'Angelo – recorded early in his career, and working through a host of classic tunes that really add in a nice layer to his own great music! D'Angelo's caught here in the legendary temple of groove – London's Jazz Cafe, home to some of the best funk and soul shows in Europe over the past few decades – and a perfect setting for the singer to really break past his more hitbound material, and relaxed in an old school format with a tight funky combo on the stage. The crowd is extremely enthusiastic, and the whole thing falls together beautifully – with a hard raw soul vibe that's similar to, but edgier than, D'Angelo's studio albums – much funkier overall, and more in a 70s soul mode. Instrumentation is very heavy on Fender Rhodes – and titles include "Sh*t, Damn, Motherf*cker", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine", "Brown Sugar", and "Cruisin" – plus great covers of 70s soul hits "Fencewalk", "Can't Hide Love" and "Sweet Sticky Thing". CD features titles never issued before – including a 9 minute long take on "Lady". CD

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Anthony DavisOf Blues & Dreams ... LP
Sackville, 1978. Very Good+ ... $12.99
One of the most deeply spiritual albums ever recorded by pianist Anthony Davis – a classic 70s set for Sackville, done with a quartet that includes Leroy Jenkins on violin, Abdul Wadud on cello, and Pheeroan Ak Laff on drums! The use of violin and cello next to Davis' piano is extremely evocative – and gives the record a feel that's unlike other improvised sets of the time – some darker, yet more sensitive sound textures – really rich in feeling, and building out strongly from a solo passage that begins the album. Titles include "Of Blues & Dreams", "Estraven", and the extended "Suite For Another World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a light water stain near the bottom.)

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Paco De LuciaEn Vivo Desde Teatro Real ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
A strong live set from the great Paco DeLucia – one that has his sublime acoustic guitar sounds really ringing out in the large space of a theater – which creates a slightly different vibe than some of his more close-up studio records of the 70s! DeLucia is extremely commanding in this space – and seems to reach out with even more majesty than ever – incredibly deft work on the strings of the guitar, full of fire and feeling – on a set of original numbers that reference tradition, then completely dismantle it as well. Ramon De Algeciras joins on a bit of second guitar, and titles include "Solea", "Fandangos", "Rumba", "Guajiras", "Alegrias", and "Tarantas". CD

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Eumir DeodatoInutil Paisagem (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Think (Japan), 1964. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
Beautiful airy bossa! This album's a 1964 session of straight piano bossa tracks by Deodato, with production by Roberto Quartin – and a sound that's a lot more mellow and fragile than his other records from the time! Deodato is amazingly restrained in his playing, and sticks to only piano – with backing that is extremely light and subtle. Roberto Quartin was the artistic director on the session, and the album includes a lot of the same whimsical touches he brought to his work on the Forma and Quartin labels. The set's filled with loads of great tracks like "Insensatez", "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", "Samba Do Aviao", and "Amor Em Paz". CD

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New Der PlanGeri Reig (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Medical, 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)... $16.99
Insanely wonderful electronics from the German post-punk underground! Der Plan were a crazy little group that played analogue electronics with a nutty edge and a great sense of humor. Their music is extremely difficult to describe – but it sort of fits in a trajectory that includes Mort Garson, Brian Eno, and Bruce Haack, but which also includes some other elements of the cold post-punk (and in that case, post-prog) German scene of inventive young bands of the early 80s (most of whom are sadly overlooked these days). Titles include "Adrenalin Lasst Dast Blut Kochen", "Hans Und Gabi", "Gefahrliche Clowns", "Nessie", "San Jose Car Muzak", and "Was Ich Von Mir Denke". 6 bonus tracks on this 180 gram vinyl pressing: "Es Piept", "Furstenwall", "Intermezzo", "Dark Porn", Heinz, Komm Zum Feuer" and "Money Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing, #462/550.)

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... CD
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". CD
Also available I'm Tryin' ... LP 12.99

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... LP
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I'm Tryin' ... CD 6.99

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New DionDion ... LP
Laurie, 1968. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A key later album from Dion – and a set that shows a newly maturing style in his music! The album was something of a follow-up to Dion's huge single "Abraham Martin & John" – the bittersweet track that was a surprise late 60s hit for the singer – and which allowed him to explore much more introspective space on this album. The style is extremely folksy throughout – with a lot of acoustic guitar next to Dion's vocals, which are themselves often recorded with a slightly echoey, almost watery quality. There's definitely echoes here of Tim Buckley and Tim Hardin, but the record's got its own soul as well – thanks to a newly fragile quality in Dion's voice. Titles include "Abraham Martin & John", "Sisters Of Mercy", "Both Sides Now", "Sun Fun Song", "He Looks A Lot Like Me", "The Dolphins", and "You Better Watch Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, ring & edge wear, and splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Nancy DupreeGhetto Reality ... LP
Folkways/Mississippi, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 21.99
Kind of silly – but also pretty darn hip! Nancy Dupree was one of the most righteous music teachers you could ever have – and here, she's working with some young kids from the rough side of Rochester, in an album of simple tunes that have a surprisingly soulful edge to them. Nancy plays piano, and the kids sing either solo or in ensemble format. The record's got a starkness that's extremely compelling, and it's a lot stronger than we expected, even if it's not like some of the funky stuff on the Folkways label. Includes a song called "James Brown" that has all the kids making grunts and groans ala 60s James, then singing about his shift from a process to an afro! Other titles include "I Want", "What Do I Have?", "Bag Snatchin", and "Docta King". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl and cover – feels a lot like the original!)

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Johnny Dyani & Mal WaldronSome Jive Ass Boer – Live At Jazz Unite ... CD
Jazz Unite (France), 1981. Used ... $12.99
A wonderful pairing of players – bassist Johnny Dyani and pianist Mal Waldron – coming together here in an early 80s date that's every bit as great as we might have hoped! Dyani's bass really gets a chance to step out here – lots of space that gives Johnny a chance to shine with some more sensitive, soulful tones on his instrument – not nearly as forceful as some of his more outside recordings of the period, and perfectly matched with Waldron's piano – which always seems to take on its own sort of richness in spare duo dates like this. Tracks are all extremely long – with a feel that's somewhat improvised, but never structure-less, and usually with a good sense of rhythm. Pablo Sauvage joins the duo on one track – "Makulu Kalahari", which also features a bit of vocals from Dyani – and other titles include "Blues For Mandela", "Safari", "African Cake Walk", "Time Will Tell", and "Strange Intrusions". CD
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Billy EckstineSenior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD
Stax/Enterprise, 1972/1974. New Copy ... $4.99 18.98
2 early 70s sessions from Billy Eckstine – both recorded for Stax Records! First up is Senior Soul – a well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at the time! Artie Butler handled the backings, and he uses a groove that's pretty full, but never overwhelming – more ebullient soul than some of Eckstine's more familiar jazz – with backing vocals and bright horns, yet still plenty of space for Billy to do his thing. The best numbers have Eckstine coming across with the 70s cool of Grady Tate on his vocal sides – and titles include "Thank You For The Moment", "A Song For You", "A Man Who Sings", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "I Believe In Music", and "Living Like A Gypsy". If She Walked Into My Life is extremely compelling stuff – and you've really got to give Billy credit for reinventing himself like this! The album features Billy's deep deep voice amidst arrangements by Artie Butler, Jimmy Jones, Mike Melvoin, and Billy Byers – sort of a blend of Grady Tate sophisti-jazz, and Scott Walker baroque, with a moody mellow sound that would make either of them proud. Titles include "The Taste Of My Tears", "I Am Yours", "Maybe This Time", "The Very Thought Of You", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD

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Peven EverettReflections Of Misconception – Reworks ... CD
Studio Confessions, 2007. Used ... $12.99
Peven Everett revisits themes from his Reflections Of Misconception album – but in a style that's way more than just simple remixing – and which makes for a very different record overall! The sound here is often extremely laidback and mellow – just spare beats, bits of bass, and Peven's wonderful vocals slinking over the top of sublime late night grooves. The approach is quite unique – often dubby at times, but a bit smooth too – although never in a too-slick, or too-cliched sort of style. The mellowness of the album really allows Everett's vocal skills to come center stage – bubbling up from the bottom and flowing over the tunes in a really wonderful way! Titles include "Soul For The Booty", "Convertible Car", "Kickin Up Dust", "Superstar (Rasta rework)", "Another Tender Moment", and "Undress" – plus a surprise bonus track! CD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)

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Exit 9Straight Up ... CD
BRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $21.99
The one and only album by Exit 9 – an obscure funk combo who recorded this rare set for Brunswick in 1975! The group is extremely tight instrumentally – working at a very fast funky clip that's kind of similar to work by Bohannon or Sound Experience – both of whom shared Exit 9's pre-disco approach to dancefloor grooves – more fast-funk than the tighter club sound of later years, and proof that a funky combo could hit the dancefloor if it had the right groove! Most numbers have vocals, and instrumentation includes lots of nice guitar work that keeps a rawer edge on the tracks – choppy and gritty in a really great way. Tracks include "MFB", "Miss Funky Fox", "Fly", "Julie I Love You", "Jive Man", and "Rhapsody in Funk". CD
Also available Straight Up ... CD 16.99

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Exit 9Straight Up ... CD
BRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. Used ... $16.99
The one and only album by Exit 9 – an obscure funk combo who recorded this rare set for Brunswick in 1975! The group is extremely tight instrumentally – working at a very fast funky clip that's kind of similar to work by Bohannon or Sound Experience – both of whom shared Exit 9's pre-disco approach to dancefloor grooves – more fast-funk than the tighter club sound of later years, and proof that a funky combo could hit the dancefloor if it had the right groove! Most numbers have vocals, and instrumentation includes lots of nice guitar work that keeps a rawer edge on the tracks – choppy and gritty in a really great way. Tracks include "MFB", "Miss Funky Fox", "Fly", "Julie I Love You", "Jive Man", and "Rhapsody in Funk". CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Straight Up ... CD 21.99

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First ChoiceArmed & Extremely Dangerous ... LP
Philly Groove, 1973. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A landmark LP by this famous Philly trio who forever went onto change the face of club music! The record is pre-disco, but has a great strident soul sound, augmented by tight Norman Harris arrangements. Features the famous title hit – "Armed & Extremely Dangerous" – a great one in the "crime" soul subgenre, plus "Smarty Pants", "Newsy Neighbors", and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, an address label, a center split on the bottom seam, and a very small stain on front. Label has a sticker.)

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Frank FosterManhattan Fever (Blue Note) (with previously unreleased album) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse – with a quality that's even darker, even deeper, even more advanced from his earlier years with Basie. There's a rolling, joyous groove to many numbers – that late 60s take on soul jazz that made for so many great tracks on albums by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan near the end of the decade. Foster keeps things tight, but he's also got an expansive vision too – an edge in the horns that points the way towards some of the chances he'd take in the 70s, but which is still wrapped around a leanly leaping soul jazz groove! Foster wrote 5 of the 6 tracks on the album, and he's working here with a sextet that includes Garnett Brown on trombone, Marvin Stamm on trumpet, and Richard Wyands on piano, who brings in some offbeat notes and colors throughout. Rhythm is by the excellent team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Seventh Avenue Bill", "Stammpede", "Little Miss No Nose", "Manhattan Fever", and "Loneliness". Added to the core album is a full bonus album – recorded by Foster nearly a year after the first, and even more far-reaching! There's a quality to the date that mixes together Frank's previous soulful vamping with some more introspective, more lyrical moments – almost modern at times, but not entirely so – and played by a septet that includes Ed Pazant on alto and flute, Burt Collins on trumpet, George Cables on piano, and Jimmy Cleveland on trombone. Foster himself plays a bit of alto clarinet alongside his usual tenor – and titles include "Fly By Night", "Slug's Bag", "What's New From The Monster Mill", and "Hip Shakin". CD
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New Marvin GayeHere, My Dear ... CD
Motown, 1978. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Wonderful stuff – and one of our favorite-ever Marvin Gaye albums! This is the legendary two-record set that Marvin wrote and recorded as an alimony payment to his ex-wife Anna Gordy (the story's pretty long, and we won't get into it here – suffice it to say that when stars get a divorce, watch out!) Although the album was thought of as a no-brainer quickie at the time – and predicted to fail so that Anna wouldn't get any cash from it – the record is an extremely well-crafted one, filled with extremely personal songs that also have a warm soulful finish, in the style of Marvin's work on the LP I Want You (which is kind of a nice bookend to this one – as it was an extended love poem to the young girlfriend that caused him to split up with Anna!) Hard and soulful, the record's a searing testimony to the relationship between Marvin and Anna, and a painful document of the troubles between them – set to some mellow grooves that are easily some of Marvin's greatest of the 70s! The set's filled with great "lost" Marvin Gay songs, too – like "Sparrow", "When Did You Stop Loving Me", "Anger", "You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You", and "Time to Get it Together". CD

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Jimmy GiuffreNew York Concerts – The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 ... CD
Elemental, 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99 22.99
Amazing music from Jimmy Giuffre – and a much-needed document of this under-recorded time in his career! The 2CD set brings together two different live performances – each done two years after his groundbreaking Free Fall album for Columbia, and with a sound that's even more far-reaching than that classic set! The Giuffre heard here is extremely free on his reeds – especially clarinet, which is blown at a level that prefaces countless European free jazz work to come – with an incredible range of sounds, colors, and tones. Giuffre also plays tenor – with more bite and soul than ever before – almost at an ESP sort of level – and the accompaniment on both sessions is very loose and free, too – with Joe Chambers on drums on both concerts – working with Richard Davis on bass on a trio set, and with a quartet that includes Don Friedman on piano and Barre Phillips on bass. The whole thing is mindblowing – a chapter of this amazing musician's career that demands to be heard – and stands as even more of a revelation than other Giuffre releases in recent years. Titles include "Cry Want", "Syncopate", "Drive", "Angles", "Quadrangle", "Crossroads", and "Three Bars In One". CD

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GoblinAwakening (Profondo Rosso/Roller/Suspiria/Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark/Zombi/Tenebre/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Cinevox/Bella Casa (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 6CD ... $49.99
An amazing run of Italian soundtracks from Goblin – six different albums, each packaged in tiny LP-styled sleeves, with lots of bonus tracks too! The work here is wonderful – really genre-defining grooves that moved horror soundtracks into the realm of rock in the 70s – using wicked guitar lines, sinister keyboards, and brooding bass to really set this spare and extremely effective groove – an approach that John Carpenter used to greater fame here in the US – but which was virtually invented by Goblin! Each album comes in a Cinevox label record sleeve – and the box features Profondo Rosso (with 27 bonus tracks!), Roller (with 2 bonus tracks), Suspiria (with 5 bonus tracks), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarosso Mark (with 1 bonus track), Zombi (with 7 bonus tracks), and Tenebre (with 11 bonus tracks). Box is nice and sturdy, and comes with a booklet of notes too! CD

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Grant GreenFeelin The Spirit (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Soulful, spiritual work from guitarist Grant Green – an exploration of older tunes with a hip Blue Note 60s soul jazz approach! The album features Grant working in a quartet with Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, and Butch Warren – plus some added tambourine on a number of tracks – and the overall approach is extremely laidback and open, with Green soloing in a personal style that's a bit less frenetic than some of his other work of the period. Tracks include "Go Down Moses", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". CD features the bonus track "Deep River". CD

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New GreyboyMastered The Art ... CD
Ubiquity, 2001. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Excellent work from Greyboy – his first album in years, and well worth the wait! The set shows considerable growth in his style – yet should still also be extremely pleasing to fans of his older work, as he's kept the commitment to mixing heavy hip hop beats with tight funky jazz, and only expanded the mood to incorporate a lot of new influences. The mood of the album is nice and dark – and although a few tracks feature hip hop lyrics from Main Flow, the real strength of the set is in the instrumental grooves – augmented here by guest appearances by Dave Pike and Elgin Park. Titles include "Ghetto Boogie", "Mastered The Art", "Hold It Down", "Marrakesh", "Dealin With The Archives", "Bath Music", "Logan's Run", "Smokescreen", and "Mastered The Art (Nicola Conte Jet Sounds rmx)". CD

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Group (Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza)Feed-Back ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some surprisingly funky rhythms at times – at a level that's even more compelling than some of the group's other projects – especially given that the album's three tracks are all quite long, with lots of room for instrumental experimentation! Yet as in some of the best prog work of the period – such as by Can or Faust – there's a sense of focus and groove that really holds the whole thing together. And given that these guys had already had years of experience in the studio – on both sides of the production booth – they really have a wonderful ear for extremely inventive sounds. Titles include "Kumalo", "The Feed-Back", and "Quasars". CD

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Bobby HackettCoast Concert/Jazz Ultimate ... CD
Capitol/Dormouse (UK), 1955/1957. Used ... $8.99
Two favorites of the trad jazz scene get together on this extremely well-selling Capitol album. Players include Peanuts Hucko, Billy Bauer, and Ernie Caceres – and titles include "Mama's Gone", "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans", "55th & Broadway", "It's Wonderful", and "Oh Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live/In Performance ... CD
Atco/Shout Factory, 1972/1980. Used 2CD ... $13.99
Both Donny Hathaway concert albums in a single set – both on US CD for the first time! CD 1 features Donny Hathaway Live – massively beautiful work from the legendary Donny! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. In Performance was issued after Donny's untimely death, and features rare live material from his classic years – most recorded during the same concerts on Donny Hathaway Live! As the fame of his first concert album will attest, Donny's an extremely wonderful live performer, with a wealth of talents that show that his studio work is only half the picture of his soulful creativity. Includes a great version of "Sack Full Of Dreams", plus "Nu-Po", "Song For You", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", and "To Be Youg, Gifted, & Black". 2CD set features new remastering too – better than ever! CD

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Leon HaywoodSoul Cargo ... LP
Fat Fish, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Excellent early work by Leon Haywood – recorded way back in the mid 60s, when he was knocking around the LA indie scene with a very soulful groove! Back in those years, Leon wasn't singing as much, just playing piano and organ in a mixture of soul and jazz instrumental modes – all hard-stepping with a very strong northern soul groove, and some of the heaviest production ever to come out of the west coast in the 60s! The whole album's a killer – extremely grooving, and with a blend of styles that keeps things fresh all the way through. Titles include "Ray's Theme", "Soul Cargo", "Fat Fish", "The Sidewinder", "Spice Of The Blues", "River's Invitation", and "The Preacher". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie HightowerWillie Hightower ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99
Seminal southern soul from the great Willie Hightower – a singer we'd rank right up there with Otis Redding, Al Green, and James Carr! Willie's got an incredible voice that grabs you right away – earthy and honest, yet also extremely well controlled – almost a down home take on the sound of some of the smoother soul singers of the 60s – in a manner that reminds us a bit of Garnett Mimms, and which really stands apart from other vocalists of the time. The 18 tracks on this set represent Willie at his best – and the collection features material recorded for producer Bobby Robinson (issued on both the Capitol and Enjoy labels), and Muscle Shoals maestro Rick Hall – brought together with beautiful fidelity, in a package that finally gives Willie his due, and which will hopefully get his name out there with the rest of his lendary contemporaries! Titles include "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "You Used Me", "Back Road Into Town", "Nobody But You", "I Love You", "Poor Man", "Let's Walk Together", "Somebody Have Mercy", "You Are Mine", "It's A Miracle", and "Ooh Baby How I Love You". CD

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New Freddie HubbardOutpost ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the best recordings from Freddie Hubbard's "back to basics" stretch in the early 80s – a time when Freddie returned to a strongly acoustic jazz mode after a mostly electric 70s! The record still has Freddie stretching out on the longer tracks he got used to during the CTI years – but he's working here in tight quartet formation with Kenny Barron on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and the always-great Al Foster on drums – carving out long lines on extended, but well-conceived numbers that echo with a tremendous amount of force. Freddie's lost none of his edge by this point, and the record shows a new sense of energy and focus that are extremely impressive – and also pretty darn soulful! Titles include "Santa Anna Winds", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "The Outpost Blues", "Dual Force", and "Loss". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Bobby HutchersonAmbos Mundos (with bonus track) ... CD
Landmark, 1989. Used ... $5.99
A tasty Latin-tinged set by Bobby Hutcherson – one that recalls his classic Montara album for Blue Note, but handled here with perhaps a bit less electricity overall! Hutcherson's got a wonderful way with colors and tones on the set – extremely evocative, and bursting out with a sunny, soulful energy that really stands out, even from his other records of the time. The group's a strong west coast Latin one – with Francisco Aguabella on congas and Roger Glenn on percussion and flute – and Bobby gets some strong help in the front line from James Spaulding, who plays flute exclusively on the session. Tracks are long, and done with a breezy and open groove – and titles include "Pomponio", "Yelapa", "Poema Para Ravel", "Tin Tin Deo", "Beep D Bop", and "Both Worlds". CD also features the bonus track "Street Song". CD
(Out of print.)

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Abdullah IbrahimMukashi – Once Upon A Time ... CD
Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 16.98
One of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the legendary Abdullah Ibrahim – a set that not only features beautiful work on piano, but some flute and voice as well! The style is quite different than some of Ibrahim's better-known records – as the music has this really gentle, organic quality – very different than the rhythmic pulsations of 70s or 80s classics, but equally sublime in its own sort of way! Cleave Guyton provides spare accompaniment on either flute, clarinet, or tenor – depending on the moment of his appearance – and the set also features two cellists as well, but not used until later in the record – which leaves most of the focus on the piano of the leader, often in this style that's contemplative, but extremely lyrical too. Titles include "Peace", "Root", "Cara Mia", "Dream Time", "The Stars Will Remember", "Devotion", "In The Evening", and "The Balance". CD

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Ethan Iverson, Albert Tootie Heath, & Ben StreetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
An amazing little record from a trio that features pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Albert Tootie Heath – way more than you'd expect from the outside, and proof again that these Live At Smalls albums are some incredible gems! Iverson's a player with a great sense of history, yet one who also really wants to move his references forward too – and his freely improvisational style of these tunes is just wonderful – beginning with a respect for his elders, yet really going past any obvious direction in its execution! Both Street and Heath are key elements too – but Iverson's playing is what really holds our attention here – and we'll admit that our entry to the record was also guided by his extremely thoughtful notes as well. Expect way more than you'd guess – on titles that include "Little Melonae", "Pound Cake", "Good Bait", "Dance Of The Infidels", "Laura", and "Chelsea Bridge". CD

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Chubby JacksonChubby Takes Over ... CD
Everest/Empire, 1958. Used ... $7.99
Don't hold Chubby's name against him – because this is a really great little set, leaner and meaner than you might expect! The album has Chubby taking over from Woody Herman – with whom he'd worked for many years, and from whom he got most of the players for this session. The album's got that tight ensemble feel of Woody's best 50s work – extremely powerful and hard-swinging, but with searing breakout room for the soloists – who include Al Cohn, Frank Rehack, Sam Most, and Sam Markowitz. Titles include "Tradition", "A Ballad For Jai", "Oh Look At Me Now", "Mt Everest", and "Yes Indeed". CD

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Deon JacksonLove Makes The World Go Round ... LP
Carla/Atco, 1966. Very Good ... $24.99
Great stuff! We love Deon Jackson – we love his voice, we love his songs, and we love the great production he gets from the legendary Ollie McLaughlin! This album is the only one he ever cut – and it's a masterpiece all the way through! Ollie's production gives the tracks a wonderful lilting quality that keeps the music fresh – and Deon's unique style works extremely well on all the tracks, from the super-hit "Love Makes The World Go Round", to other material like "Nursery Rhymes", "Come Back Home", "You Said You Love Me", "SOS", and "Hush Little Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold & blue label mono pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear, light stains, a center split in the bottom & top seams and a peeled spot on the back.)

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New Bob JamesOne ... LP
CTI, 1974. Very Good- Gatefold ... $8.99
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop keyboard sample line! The album's stuffed with great numbers – including a sublime reading of "Feel Like Making Love", and the classic "Nautilus" – a slow, dark, funky tune that's worth the price of the album alone! Other tracks include "Valley Of The Shadows", "Night On Bald Mountain", and "Soulero". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One (180 gram pressing) ... LP 36.99

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Bob JamesOne (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CTI/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99
A landmark record – not only for Bob James, but a seminal release for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop keyboard sample line! The album's stuffed with great numbers – including a sublime reading of "Feel Like Making Love", and the classic "Nautilus" – a slow, dark, funky tune that's worth the price of the album alone! Other tracks include "Valley Of The Shadows", "Night On Bald Mountain", and "Soulero". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited audiophile pressing!)
Also available One ... LP 8.99

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Bobby JasparModern Jazz au Club Saint Germain (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Universal/Sam Records (France), 1955. New Copy (reissue)... $33.99
Although Belgian in origin, tenorist Bobby Jaspar was a key part of the French jazz scene of the postwar years – and his playing on records like this also made him one of the standout jazz talents in Europe in the 50s! The set features extremely rare material by Jaspar – cut for Barclay Records in 1955, and featuring a quintet with Rene Utreger on piano and Sacha Distel on guitar. Distel is especially wonderful, and even though he later went on to become a teen heartthrob pop singer in France, he's an excellent guitarist with an edgey string-heavy tone that really makes the recording stand out from some of Jaspar's other sides. That, and the fact that Jaspar's playing tenor on all tracks but one (he often plays mostly flute on some albums), makes the record one of his best from the time – and titles include "Minor Drops", "Bag's Groove", "Memory Of Dick", "Night In Tunisia", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Antonio Carlos Jobim & Luiz BonfaBlack Orpheus – Original Soundtrack (Epic) ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $16.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – a record that set a whole new standard for audio representation of a film! The mad music for the set was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vincius De Moraes – and performed by Luiz Bonfa on guitar – but despite such prime bossa pedigree, the whole thing's got a sound that goes way beyond the familiar – a crazy mix of batucada percussion, samba rhythms, bossa guitar, and loads of sound effects from the film – so much so that the first half of the record is almost a sound-for-sound replication of the first 20 minutes of the movie! The sound collage is amazing – an extremely unique approach to soundtrack representation, and one that's never been done so beautifully since. A truly breathtaking record, filled with mindblowing sounds – and an early example of the genius that would explode in 60s music in Brazil. Some key bossa classics are represented here in early versions – including "Felicidade", "O Nosso Amor", and "Manha De Carnaval" – but they're wrapped up in odd sounds and rhythms that really make them sound different! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label Epic pressing. Cover has light wear, some pen, and a couple of small light stains.)

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Elvin JonesGenesis ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a compelling edge to the record that's light years from Elvin's work with Coltrane – a completely new sensibility that can be spacious one minute, extremely powerful the next – and quite possibly realized to its fullest potential here, thanks to the mindblowing contributions of Dave Liebman on tenor and soprano sax, Frank Foster on tenor and flute, and Joe Farrell on alto and soprano sax. All three players work together on each track – and all shift reeds throughout the session – opening up majestically with inspiration from Elvin's drums, and some wonderful work from Gene Perla on bass. The sound is beyond easy categorization or simple style – and the record's filled with wonderful titles that include "PP Phoenix", "For All The Other Times", "Three Card Monty", and "Cecilia Is Love". CD
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Sheila JordanPortrait Of Sheila (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label ever recorded – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an extremely talented young vocalist, with a unique approach that adds a sparkling modernist touch to familiar tunes – yet which still keeps things in a relatively more straightforward fashion. There's a great mixing of older and newer visions in the set – not just in Jordan's vocals, but also in the small combo backing by the trio of Barry Galbraith on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Denzil Best on drums. Titles include great versions of "Baltimore Oriole", "Dat Dere", and "Hum Drum Blues" – plus the tunes "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Am I Blue", "Laugh Clown Laugh", and "Who Can I Turn To?". LP, Vinyl record album

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Manolo JuarezTrio Juarez (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
A really lovely bit of jazz from Argentine pianist Manolo Juarez – and a set that's completely different both from the usual jazz piano trio album, and from other South American jazz of the time! There's a sense of lyricism that seems inherited from the bossa nova generation in Brazil – but the music isn't bossa at all, and instead has these deep folksy lines on acoustic guitar – used in a style that echoes some of the Spanish modes of the time, but much more laidback. The phrasing, timing, and overall conception is extremely fresh and very fluid – and although Juarez plays an acoustic piano throughout, some of the tones almost feel like they've got a bit of electricity in them as well. Some occasional flute adds in a further lyrical element – and titles include "La Nochera", "Zamba De Usted", "La Tristecita", "Reominos", "Zamba Del Carnaval", and "Nunca Te Olvidamos". CD

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Susan JustinForbidden World (180 gram vinyl with poster) ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99 28.98
A sweet electric score to an odd early 80s Roger Corman production – served up with lots of Jupiter 8 keyboards and clavinet! The sound is relatively spare overall – fitting for the movie's alien themes – and the electronics pulsate at a level that feels very organic – similar to the spare, stark, and extremely striking sounds on early John Carpenter soundtracks! Bits of piano, drums, and "blaster waterphone" figure into the music at points – but the Jupiter 8 is really in the lead, and directs most of the action on this compelling electronic soundscape. Titles include "The Hole", "Steam Room", "Mutation", "Titles", "Mourning", "Birth & Death", and "Laser Shower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Housed in a heavyweight casebound tip-on sleeve with poster & booklet!)

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New KalapanaKalapana III ... LP
Abattoir, 1977. Very Good ... $4.99
Another extremely strong batch of 70s AOR grooving from Kalapana – a tight ensemble who were kind of Hawaii's answer to the slicker sounds of the LA scene during the mid 70s. Kalapana appeal to our ears in the same way as America, later Doobie Brothers, and other smooth and mellow mainstream favorites – and this third album's as great a representation of their work as you'll ever hear. Lots of tight jazzy jamming, plus well-produced vocals with a nice flanged-out quality. Titles include "Songbird", "Seasons", "Alisa Lovely", "Girl", "Inarajan", "Dilemma", "Another Time", and "Up To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover, with some marker.)

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Stan KentonKenton's West Side Story ... CD
Capitol, 1961. Used ... $2.99
A classic jazz interpretation of the score to West Side Story – served up in ultra-hip fashion by the Stan Kenton Orchestra! Although the tunes are familiar, the readings are extremely creative – and use Leonard Bernstein's original music as the starting point for a rich tapestry of tones, colors, and sounds that really open things up! Arrangements are by Johnny Richards, and very swinging throughout – and soloists include Gabe Balthazar on alto, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Sam Donahue on tenor – plus some great standout piano from Stan himself. Titles include "Something's Coming", "Officer Krupke", "Tonight", "Cool", "I Feel Pretty", and "Taunting Scene". CD

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Jimmy KnepperSwinging Introduction To Jimmy Knepper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Bethlehem (Japan), 1957. Used ... $9.99
Great work from one of the most compelling trombonists of the 50s! Jimmy Knepper is probably best known for his excellent work on some of Charles Mingus' best records – but this set from 1957 shows that Knepper was also an extremely capable (if under-recorded) leader in his own right! The album is one of the rarest Bethlehem sides – and it features Knepper leading a crack group that includes Bill Evans, Gene Quill and drummer Dannie Richmond, making a rare non-Mingus appearance here! The tracks are shortish, and a number of them are standards, but the group swings nicely, and Knepper's tone is nice and edgey on most tracks. Titles include "Avid Admirer", "Close As Pages In A Book", "Ogling Ogre", and "Idol Of The Flies". CD
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Hans KollerHans Koller's New Jazz Stars (10 inch LP) ... LP
Vogue (France), 1953. Near Mint- ... $28.99
During the immediate postwar years, Hans Koller was one of the first European jazz artists to emerge with a talent rich enough to challenge his older American counterparts. He was extremely fortunate to have made a number of recordings during the 50s, but most of them have been out of print for quite some time. This great little 10" features one great session – featuring Koller next to other great German players like Jutta Hipp and Albert Manglesdorf, in a tight quintet session that has a nice hard simple groove. Koller's tenor has a sharp crisp quality that works well next to Hipp's warmer piano stylings – and the set features some nice tracks like "Unter Den Linden", "Four Roses In An Iceblock", and a great version of "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese reissue pressing – very limited!)

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Steve LacyAvignon & After Vol 2 (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Never-issued material from the great Steve Lacy – a set of tracks that includes some unheard moments from his classic 1972 Avignon performance, plus a host of other wonderful soprano sax numbers as well! The first three cuts are the Avignon recordings – and feature Lacy doing these incredible readings of three Billy Strayhorn numbers – "Johnny Come Lately", "Ummg", and "Lush Life" – all extremely tuneful, but handled on soprano sax with the edge that we also love in Lacy's other work, just far more inside. This spirit seems to continue on many of the other tracks – which showcase a sense of soul than you don't always hear from Lacy – blowing that's every bit as creative as some of his more avant solo soprano material, but quite lyrical at points too. There's definitely a few more outside moments, too – and titles include "Coastline", "Hooky", "The Wool", "Torments", "Moma Duck", "Moms", "Pops", and "The Dumps". CD

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Adam Lane/Darius Jones/Vijay AndersonAbsolute Horizon ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... $26.99
Adam Lane's bass is superb here – really shaping the sound in a sublime way right from the start – brooding and bold up from the bottom – never too heavy-handed, but a force that directs the recording beautifully, and really gives shape to the alto of Darius Jones and drums of Vijay Anderson! The approach is quite different from the usual free trio date – as there's these subtle song structures on most tracks – sometimes more sonic than tune-based, but always full of feeling at a level that's extremely evocative, and which makes the album a superb achievement for all players involved. Titles include "Run To Infinity", "Bioluminescence", "Absolute Horizon", and "The Great Glass Elevator". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies.)

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New Latin Jazz Quintet (with Eric Dolphy)Latin Jazz Quintet ... CD
Palladium (Spain), 1960. Used ... $16.99
A extremely rare album that Eric Dolphy recorded with the Latin Jazz Quintet – a rare Latin-based side of Dolphy's career, and a set that's a bit different than the Prestige album by the same pairing! This set features a slightly different lineup of the LJQ – one that includes Louie Ramirez on timbales, Felipe Diaz on vibes, and Art Jenkins on piano – all grooving very hard, and very tight next to Dolphy's work on alto, flute, and bass clarinet! His work here still has a bit of a modern edge, but not nearly as much so as on his work as a leader – mostly content to settle into the groove with the rest of the group, but then bursting out boldly with some really inventive solo moments! Titles include "Mangolina", "Cha Cha King", "Speak Low", "Night In Tunisia", and "I Got Rhythm". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ivan LinsNovo Tempo ... CD
EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A beautiful album by Ivan Lins – truly one of his greatest records, and a real gem that stands out as one of the best in his already-excellent catalog! The set has Ivan stepping out strongly from his sound of the 70s – working with Gilson Peranzzetta in a set of arrangements that have touches of jazz and a deeply expressive soul that matches Lins' growing vocal confidence wonderfully. Lins' voice is in top form, and the material is extremely strong (in fact, most of the songs are so good, and so catchy, that we've hardly noticed that they weren't in English!) Titles include "Vira", "Arlequim Desconhecido", "Barco Fantasma", "Novo Tempo", and "Coracao Vagabundo". CD

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Little Willie JohnFever – The Best Of Little Willie John ... CD
King/Rhino, 1950s. Used ... $11.99
James Brown's always cited Little Willie John as one of his biggest vocal influences – and on this CD, you'll definitely hear why! In a world of R&B shouters and screamers, Willie had a talent for subtle soul that was quite unique. He still had as much vocal power as some of his contemporaries, and could use it when he wanted to – but at the drop of a hat, he could also shift into a sadder, mellower mode that was extremely compelling, and which showed a sophistication in R&B that was normally the province of jazz singers. This nicely-done 20-track set pulls together loads of gems from Willie's classic years at King – including his famous version of "Fever", plus "All Around The World", "Spasms", "Leave My Kitten Alone", "Talk To Me, Talk To Me", "My Nerves", "Person To Person", "Sleep", "Home At Last", "My Baby's In Love With Another Guy", and "I Like To See My Baby", a nice duet with Hank Ballard. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Haki R Madhubuti/Afrikan Liberation Arts EnsembleRise Vision Comin ... LP
Rise, 1976. Very Good+ ... $59.99
A legendary album of spoken word and spiritual jazz – put together by The Institute of Positive Education in Chicago, and featuring wisdom and knowledge from the legendary Haki R Madhubuti! The album alternates shorter vocal/musical tracks with longer ones that are pure post-Coltrane jazz – played by a group that includes Wallace Roney on trumpet, Byron Harrison on guitar, and Rufus Wright on piano – all working with saxophonist Agyei Akoto, who's also the music director of the set. There's an incredibly positive feel to the set – one that tackles the issues of the time, but which does so with a sense of optimism that's extremely rare today – and which is part of the real charm of the album. Titles include "Talking Stick", "Rise Vision Coming", "Black Man", and "Walk The Way Of The New World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained and flaky on the bottom 3 inches, mostly on back.)

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MaloMalo ... LP
Warner, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo! This first record's a masterpiece in the California Latin Soul style – a sweet blend of Latin, jazz, funk, and rock that took up where the New York groups left off at the end of the 60s. The tracks are all pretty long – with some extremely tight instrumental playing, and plenty of room for long jamming solos. But the best part is the vocals – sung by Arcelio Garcia Jr, with a sweet style that's totally excellent. You probably already know that if you've heard the band's big hit "Suavecito", which is included here in a longer version than the original single – but you'll also hear that on the tracks "Cafe", "Pana", and "Peace". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ken McIntyre with Eric DolphyLooking Ahead ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... $5.99
A legendary meeting of these two modernists – and a record that's filled with sharp-edged new ideas! Both Ken McIntyre and Eric Dolphy play alto and flute on the album – and Dolphy contributes a bit of bass clarinet as well – and the pair receive a bit of straighter backing than usual from a trio that includes Walter Bishop on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The soulful undercurrent in the rhythm section is nicely offset by the free-thinking reed work of Dolphy and McIntyre – and the record's got a slyly sinister edge that still holds up extremely well over the years. Titles include "Lautir", "Curtsy", "Dianna", and "Head Shakin". CD

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Jackie McLeanOne Step Beyond (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $6.99
An amazing album – simply groundbreaking, and a key turn for Jackie McLean! The record features a group of hip young players – including a very young Tony Williams, plus Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, and Eddie Kahn – all playing in a spare contemplative modernist mode that would soon become known as "new thing" jazz. The four tracks on the album – "Frankenstein", "Ghost Town", "Blue Rondo", and "Saturday & Sunday" – are extremely stark, and even Hutcherson's often-warm vibes sound harsh and metallic, especially next to McLean's razor-sharp tone. The record's a real treasure – and never too out to be unenjoyable by fans of McLean's more inside work. Extremely compelling – and we sure wish they were making them like this again! Also includes a bonus alternate of "Saturday & Sunday". CD
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Clyde McPhatterDeep Sea Ball ... CD
Atlantic, 1950s. Used ... $4.99
Great soulful R&B from Clyde's solo years at Atlantic! Some folks think that the worst thing that Clyde McPhatter ever did was to leave The Drifters – but to our ears, the move was an excellent one! Cyde had an amazing voice that was both sweet and deep at the same time, and working here on his own, away from the structures of a vocal group, he hits an amazing range of emotions and styles that sort of foreshadows later trends in soul by singers like Jackie Wilson or Sam Cooke. There's a total of 19 tracks in all on the set – with loads of excellent ballads, plus some extremely catchy uptempo numbers. Titles include "Thirty Days", "Deep Sea Ball", "Come What May", "Seven Days", "Since You've Been Gone", "No Love Like Her Love", "You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl", "A Lover's Question", and "My Island Of Dreams". CD
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Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music/Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99
A pair of 70s giants from Charles Mingus – some of his best material of the decade! First up is Let My Children Hear Music – one of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's one of the few later albums we'd easily rank right up there with his late 50s and early 60s classics! Orchestrations were partially arranged and conducted with help from Sy Johnson – and soloists include James Moody and Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Snookie Young and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Roland Hanna on piano. Titles include "The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers", "Adagio Ma Non Troppo", "The Chill of Death", and "The I Of Hurricane Sue". Charles Mingus & Friends In Concert is a wonderful set – a double-length album that's great all the way through! Mingus live is always a treat – especially in these later years, when the fire seemed to go out of most of his studio recordings. Live, though, he always managed to kick it hard - with the sort of emotion that graced his strong early albums. And despite the fact that this one's conducted by Teo Macero, and features some remarks from Bill Cosby – the affair's still pretty hip, and the soloists go to town nicely – with those stretched-out performances that always made for the best individual moments in a Mingus record! The record features great work from Gene Ammons and Bobby Jones on tenor, Lee Konitz and Charles McPherson on alto, James Moody on flute, Randy Weston on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Eddie Bert on trombone – and Honey Gordon sings a lovely vocal on the track "Eclipse". Other titles include "Jump Monk", "Us Is Two", "ESP", and "Ecclusiastics". CD

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Roscoe Mitchell TrioNo Side Effects ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2006. Used 2CD ... $24.99
Really evocative work from Roscoe Mitchell – playing here in a spare trio setting that's totally great! Mitchell handles a wealth of reeds – soprano sax, alto, tenor, flute, and piccolo – plus a bit of percussion – and other players include Harrison Bankhead on bass and cello, and Vincent Davis on drums and more percussion – very well-suited musicians here to match Mitchell's extremely poetic approach to sound! Some numbers have a dark, deep-down sort of feel – really ruminating at the bottom of the reed tones – while others burst out freely with much stronger energy, showing that Mitchell can still let loose when he wants to, even this late in his career. The balance recalls all the genius of the AACM scene in the 70s – and the double-length set gives the players plenty of room to express themselves. Titles include "Ruddy", "Vermillion", "When The Wind Blows", "Poem", "Flash", "From Red To Rusk", "Parched Plain", "They Danced", "Ride", "Yellow Night", "Sway", and "Here We Go". CD
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New Hank MobleyHi Voltage ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
An extremely well-titled set from the legendary Hank Mobley – one of his key Blue Notes of the 60s, and an album that glides along with an undeniable sense of joy, life, and soul! Mobley's really opening up his groove at this point – moving way beyond standard hard bop and soul jazz riffs, into a field of complicated rhythms – and a flurry of sound that features his mighty tenor atop a crack sextet that includes Blue Mitchell and Jackie McLean. John Hicks handles piano on the session – and brings in a beautiful range of colors and tones – and rhythm's handled by the skipping drums of Billy Higgins and the always-solid bass of Bob Cranshaw. Titles include "Two & One", "High Voltage", "No More Goodbyes", "Advance Notion", and "Bossa De Luxe". CD
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New MonitorsSay You – The Motown Anthology 1963 to 1968 (Greetings! We're The Monitors plus previously unissued material and B-Sides) ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1960s. Used ... $13.99
A real lost gem from Motown – and a whole lot more! Greetings! We're The Monitors is the only full album ever cut by The Monitors – a 3-man, 1-woman vocal group who were in a popular Motown mixed harmonies mode. The quartet had a wonderfully strong vocal presence – blasting away at most tracks with a strength that groups like The Miracles or Gladys Knight & The Pips could never match – and like those groups, they bridge that key period between late doo wop-oriented harmonies, and tighter 60s group soul. The LP brings together singles the Monitors cut for Motown during the previous few years, but it also works extremely well as a unified album – and it's a refreshing change from some of the oft-heard Motown material. Titles include "Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam)", "Number One In Your Heart", "Bring Back The Love", "Step By Step (Hand In Hand)", and "Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music". This incredible anthologogy from Kent starts off with that album and includes 12 unissued tracks – a whole album's worth – plus 2 B-Sides. Unissued tracks include "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" , "The Letter", "Poor Side Of Town", "Anything", "Guilty" and more. 26 tracks in all! CD

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New Milton NascimentoMilton (1970) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Legendary work from Milton Nascimento – one of his first albums, and still one of his greatest! The record is amazing – a sublime blend of soulful vocals, baroque orchestrations, and just the right amount of jazzy touches – handled in a way that forever proclaimed Milton as one of Brazil's greatest artists, and which went onto shape the force of Brazilian pop for years to come. Every single track is a gem – and the album includes the classic "Para Lennon e McCartney", a solid solid groover – plus loads of other great ones like "Clube da Esquina", "Amigo, Amiga", "Durango Kid", and his excellent recording of "A Felicidade". Production is excellent, and the sound is extremely haunting! This Japanese CD version includes the bonus tracks: "Tema De Tostao", "Oh Homem Da Sucursal", "Aqui E O Pais Do Futebol" and "O Jogo". CD

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New Milton NascimentoMinas (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A mid 70s masterpiece from Milton Nascimento – a record that still has the soaringly ambitious touches of his other work from the time, but which also comes across with a slightly personal feel too! Nascimento's voice is near-perfect – even more spacious and heavenly than before – and the backings have a positive, triumphant quality that's extremely upbeat and bright, yet without sounding commercial at all. There's still plenty of jazzy undercurrents in the music – which was co-written with Fernando Brant, Toninho Horta, and Ronaldo Bastos – and players on the record include Wagner Tiso on keyboards, Toninho Horta on guitar, and Nivaldo Ornelas on flute. There's an additional chorus on some tracks – with vocals by Joyce, Horta, and others – and although the overall sound is impossible to describe adequately, it's a heavenly mix of complicated arrangements, unusual instrumentation, and Milton's fantastic voice. Titles include "Minas", "Idolatrada", "Paula e Bebeto", "Leila", "Ponta De Areia", "Gran Circo", and "Simples". This Japanese CD edition includes 2 bonus tracks: a nice cover of "Norwegian Wood" and "Caso Voce Quiera Saber". CD

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New O'JaysShip Ahoy ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
A pivotal album from The O'Jays – and an undeniable Philly classic! The record was the third the group cut for the Philadelphia International label – but it was really the first one that pushed their strong righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and heavy soul (ala The Temptations), fused with the warmer more sophisticated styles of the Philly sound! The blend is perfect – and has a way of getting the message from the underground right into the living room – and a bit onto the charts as well! From the image on the cover – which features the group in a slave ship setting – to politics of tracks like "Don't Call Me Brother", "For The Love Of Money", "Put Your Hands Together", and "This Air That I Breathe", the record's an extremely unified effort – kind of to the O'Jays what What's Going On was to Marvin Gaye. Other titles include "You Got Your Hooks In Me", "Now That We Found Love", and "People Keep Tellin Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. CD

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. CD

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover is nice, but has a split top seam.)

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Evan ParkerSaxophone Solos ... CD
Chronoscope (UK), 1975. Used ... $16.99
Completely unfettered solo saxophone work from Evan Parker – extremely intense, but not in an all-out blowing kind of way! Instead, Parker's got some incredible control on the valves here – playing with a frenetic sort of mode that's really incredible – freely improvising, but also really jamming too, with a dexterity that's simply amazing. Titles include "Aerobatics 1" through "Aerobatic 9", and "Aerobatic 11" through "Aerobatics 14". CD
(Out of print.)

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Evan ParkerSaxophone Solos ... CD
PSI (UK), 1975. Used ... $15.99
Completely unfettered solo saxophone work from Evan Parker – extremely intense, but not in an all-out blowing kind of way! Instead, Parker's got some incredible control on the valves here – playing with a frenetic sort of mode that's really incredible – freely improvising, but also really jamming too, with a dexterity that's simply amazing. Titles include "Aerobatics 1" through "Aerobatic 9", and "Aerobatic 11" through "Aerobatics 14". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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