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SolutionFully Interlocking ... LP
First American, 1981. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Kwest Tha Madd LadThis Is My First Album ... CD
American, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
14 songs and a handful of skits (18 tracks in all), including "101 Things To Do While I'm With Your girl", "Lubrication" and "What's The Reaction". CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
 
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AbyssiniansArise ... CD
Virgin (Austria), 1978. Used ... $6.99
A mighty roots harmony session! The Abyssinians were one of the first groups at the forefront of reggae to move away from the influence of the American soul scene and forge their own style. This album from the late 70s, a period when a lot of attention was being focused on the island from foreign musical markets, especially British labels like Virgin, is one of their finest efforts, a solid piece of laid back roots vibes, with an insistent, conscious message, and crisp, rolling grooves courtesy Boris Garner, Sly & Robbie, Fully Fullwood, Tommy McCook and many other greats. Includes "This Land Is For Everyone", "Meditation", "Wicked Men", "Dem A Come" and "Let My Days Be Long". CD

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AirtoFingers (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1973. Used ... $6.99
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! CD

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Toshiko AkiyoshiKogun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband Lew Tabackin – a group that features strong work from American players who include Dick Spencer and Gary Foster on alto saxes, Tabackin and Tom Peterson on tenor, Bill Perkins on baritone, Bobby Shew and Don Rader on trumpets, and Charles Loper and Jim Sawyer on trombones. The horns are only part of the picture, though – as the inventive writing and arranging from Akiyoshi is what really makes the album great – a strong sense of painting with sound, while still keeping things swinging – really unlocking all the best elements that had been opened up for larger ensembles in the previous few years. The set features all original tracks that include "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Elegy", and "Memory". CD
(Blue Spec CD.)

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Brian Auger & The TrinityBefour ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good+ ... $7.99
The third album from Brian Auger & The Trinity – and the first to feature the group recording without vocals from Julie Driscoll! The sound here is just as soulful as before – a tight take on American soul jazz and funky soul of the 60s – pushed along by Auger's mighty work on the Hammond organ, and featuring (this time around) some male lead vocals, which seem to give the album an even deeper feel than earlier work! Auger's included some great covers of American tunes like "I Want To Take You Higher", "Listen Here", and "Maiden Voyage" – all redone with some great Brit beat group touches – and the album also features a great take on Faure's "Pavane", and Auger's own "Just You Just Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has some faded marker on front.)

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New Bevis FrondMiasma (180 gram pressing with bonus tracks) ... LP
Woronzow/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $32.99
A psychedelic relic from a time where there was almost no psychedelia at all – at least not at a level this trippy! While the American scene was jangling about in the paisley revival, Bevis Frond was working secretly in the back bedroom of his British home – crafting this, one of his first true psych masterpieces – done at a level that may well go beyond the 60s giants that inspired him! The production is definitely more 80s than 60s – almost in a Creation Records space, but rawer overall – and with some headier solos and plenty of fuzz. Titles include "The Earl Of Walthamstowe", "The Newgate Wind", "Wild Mind", "Garden Gate", "Wild Afterthought", and "Splendid Isolation". 2LP version features bonus tracks – the extended "Death Trip", plus "Song From Room 13", "Time She Loves", "I Eat The Air", and "Big Hole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Jo BissoLove Somebody ... CD
Marlin/Henry Stone, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
Disco grooves, but with a definite difference – given that Jo Bisso had previously worked on the Parisian club scene, and brings a special flourish to this American album from the late 70s! Jo sings lead vocals on the side-long "Love Somebody" – a tune that builds strongly as Bisso gets answered by a trio of lovely ladies who really brighten up the sound – and who then seem to take over even more on the flipside working with singer Claudia Ferrari. This second side is even better than the first – as things get a bit more spare and stripped-down – snaking out on the smooth stepper "Your Love", getting some funky moogy touches on the P&P-like "Let's Keep It Together", and warming up on the mellow disco number "Thank You Baby". Special bonus – CD features a fifth track – not titled or credited at all! CD

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Blue MinkReal Mink ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the first albums from Blue Mink – a seminal rock/soul crossover act who really broke bigger in the 70s! The album's strongest asset is singer Madeline Bell, who works in duet form with group leader Roger Cook on most numbers – bringing the record a strongly soulful component that really helps sell some of its beat group leanings. And in the instrumentation department, the group here have plenty of touches from the late 60s Brit beat scene – including strong presence of organ and electric piano, lots of jamming guitar, and an overall approach to the groove that's strongly influenced by American soul and R&B, but which also has jazzy touches. Titles include "Good Morning Freedom", "Gimme Reggae", "Can You Feel It Baby", "Our World", "Sweet & Sour", "I Lose The Game", and "Silk What?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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George BrigmanJungle Rot ... LP
Solid/Obscure Oxide, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
An American psychedelic classic from mid 70s Baltimore – awash in heavy fuzz and lots of electric effects! Jungle Rot has a raw, earnest quality that few other records can match – perhaps the first albums by MC5 or The Stooges – or the very first EP by Pussy Galore – but it's also very much its own animal, as is most music that's come out of Baltimore over the years! Brigman's guitar is recorded here with lots of pedals, effects, and echo – all very spaced out and trippy, and sounding a lot more late 60s than you'd guess from the date of the record. The tunes are often simple and straightforward – and sometimes slightly bluesy underneath all the fuzz – and the vocals are wonderfully abstracted in all that echo, coming out almost like Alan Vega on the first Suicide album. Titles include "Jungle Rot", "DMT"," Don't Bother Me", "Schoolgirl", "I Feel Alright", "Worrying", and "It's Misery". LP, Vinyl record album

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New James BrownIt's A Mother ... LP
Polydor, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out grooves as the album rolls on will pull you even further into the fold. Most tracks roll on with that improvised studio jamming style that James was hitting at the time – a pre-JBs mode that's not as long as later years, but which still makes you feel that there probably was plenty more recorded on the dates that didn't make it into the two-part versions of the tracks! And although James is singing on most numbers, the real focus is more on the band – hitting hard, vamping sharp, and grooving massively under shouted calls and directions from Brown. Titles include two great instrumentals – "Popcorn With a Feeling" and "Top of the Stack" – plus "Little Groove Maker Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Mother Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Mashed Potato Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Any Day Now", "You're Still Out Of Sight", and "I'm Shook" – as well as the great mellower number "If I Ruled The World" – redone here as an African-American anthem of pride and power! LP, Vinyl record album

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CalderaCaldera/Sky Islands ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing approach to fusion that rivals the best fusion combos of both the California and Brazilian scenes at the time. There's a few nice moments that really belie their more southern roots – and recall the choppy fusion of Airto, or the vocal scatting of Flora – but the set's also got a sunny west coast finish, thanks to some wonderful production from Wayne Henderson – who kicks things up in a way that the group hardly matched on later albums! Guest stars include Raul De Souza and Roberto Da Silva – and titles include the funk classic "Coastin", plus "Guanacaste", "Out Of The Blue", "El Juguete", and "Synesthesia". Nest is Sky Islands – a set that's recorded with a smooth soulful style that's right up there with the best of the Capitol Rare generation! Caldera mixes together nice jazzy saxes with guitars, percussion, and some great keyboard work by Eduardo Del Barrio – all produced by the group with a sweet arching style that's very much in the Brazilian fusion style of the time – a wonderful blend that also gets a dose of California warmth, which is just the right element to send the whole thing home nicely! Tracks include the classic "Sky Islands", plus "Pegasus", "Carnavalito", "Triste", and "Ancient Source". CD

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Bruno CanforaLa Regina Dei Tartari ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1960. New Copy ... $19.99
The reign of the Tartars is carried off here in a beautifully dramatic score from Bruno Canforna – one that echoes the mix of exotic orchestrations you'd hear in the best gladiator films of the time – but with some darker rumblings as well! The scene is a bit more Eastern than most Italian films of this type – but Canforna seems to look west, and almost creates this Hollywood sense of drama throughout – but at a really tight, stripped-down feel that's way beyond the commercial soundtracks of the American scene. Woodwinds do a lot of wonderful work here – creating simple melodies or dark shadowy backdrops – and the set features 13 tracks from the film, on CD for the first time ever! CD

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Very Good ... $9.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and marker on both sides.)
Also available This Is Criss! (RVG remastered with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (RVG remastered with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. New Copy ... $5.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)
Also available This Is Criss! ... LP 9.99

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Joe CubaBreakin' Out – A Collection Of Their Very Best ... LP
Seeco, Mid 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $36.99
Joe Cuba breaks out with some great work from his classic sextet – a cool combo who really helped rewrite the rules for Latin music in the 60s! The group's got this focus that's quite different than the larger Latin bands of the previous years – yet they also kick a lot harder than the piano combos too – with a very strong focus on the rhythms that Joe could cook up in the lead, matched with vocals from Jimmy Sabater, Jose Feliciano, or Willy Torres. As with some of Joe's best work of the time, there's a strong nod to American soul music, with some English language lyrics from Sabater – a vibe that would be explored even more strongly on Tico Records a few years later. Titles include "To Be With You", "Mambo Of The Times", "Mercy", "Tremendo Coco", "This Is Love", "Como Rien", and "Salsa Y Bembe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful first pressing – in heavy die-cut gatefold sleeve!)
Also available Breakin' Out – A Collection Of Their Very Best ... LP 9.99

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East Of Underground/SoapEast Of Underground/Soap (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Now Again, 1971. Used 2CD Gatefold ... $6.99
A pair of great albums – brought together in one super-heavy package! First up is the legendary East Of Underground record – an uber-obscure LP recorded in 1971 by a group of US Army servicemen at the Armed Forces Network studios in Frankfurt, Germany – originally used as a recruiting tool during the Vietnam war! Given the strength of the set, we wouldn't be surprised if plenty of folks signed up for a tour of duty after hearing it – as the set cooks like some of the best American funk from the indie 45 world at the time. The production is nice and dark – with an echoey quality that makes us guess the album was a live recording – done by American servicemen with the feel of some backroom funk show from the Indy or Ohio scene of the 70s. Some of the tracks are familiar numbers from American hits – but redone here with a nicely gritty feel – and titles include the awesome medley "Bet'Ya Never Lose My Love California Dreamer" – plus "Higher", "Smiling Faces", "Hell Below", "Getting Over", "Popcorn/Santana", "I Love You", "Java Girl", and "Walk On By". The set also includes the Soap album – a very similar record with a mix of rock and soul, done with the same sort of US Army-endorsed approach – and some great raw production that really makes the album sparkle! Many tunes are covers, but they're played here with a gritty live energy – so that even the rock tunes feel a bit funky at times – given a really odd edge. Titles include weird versions of "Uncle Albert", "Ticket To Ride", "Southern Man", "I Just Want To Celebrate", "Get Together", and "Walk Away". CD
Also available Hell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD 13.99

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Gil Evans/Gary McFarlandDedication Series IX – The Great Arrangers (Out Of The Cool/Profiles) ... LP
Impulse, 1960/1966. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A great 2LP set – with two classic albums on Impulse! First is Gil Evans' Out Of The Cool – a pivotal session for Gil – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he handled for Miles, and the quality of the players in the group make the performance every bit as great. Gil's band includes trumpeter Johnny Coles, plus Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Ray Crawford on guitar. Titles include "Stratusphunk", "Sunken Treasure", "La Nevada", and a great reading of Kurt Weil's "Bilbao Song". Next is Gary McFarland's Profiles – a great little jazz record by Gary – very different than his groovy/easy albums on Verve, and with a dark sound that shows his strength as a composer and arranger. The group features McFarland in the lead on vibes, plus reed work by Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, and Richie Kamuca, and lots of rhythm backing by the likes of Richard Davis, Gabor Szabo, Sam Brown, and others. Willis Conover does a bit of narration, and tracks include "Sage Hands", "Milo's Other Samba", "Winter Colors", and "Bygones & Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark and a gold promo stamp in one corner.)

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Art FarmerBrass Shout/Aztec Suite ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $2.99
An amazing 2-in-1 CD – filled with sublime work from the mighty Art Farmer! First up is Brass Shout – a great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session – because it's a much more subtle record, and features some excellent lead solos by Farmer, set amidst a larger group arranged wonderfully by Benny Golson! Golson brings a great sense of balance to the album – mixing some larger horn passages with soulfully snapping rhythms, all at a level that still allows plenty of space for Farmer to solo sweetly on trumpet. Other players on the record include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone, Percy Heath on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include "Minor Vamp", "Nica's Dream", "Stella By Starlight", "Moanin", "April In Paris", and "Five Spot After Dark". Aztec Suite is a rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, and played by an all-star array of players conducted by Al Cohn! Side one of the record features the extended "Aztec Suite" – an ambitious number that begins with modern moments that are somewhere in a space between Stan Kenton and Ralph Burns' experiments of this nature, but which always has Farmer's trumpet as the center focus. Side two features tracks that are a bit more conventional Latin jazz – still played by the bigger group, but with an even stronger sense of swing! Titles include "Aztec Suite", "Heat Wave", "Drume Negrita", "Alone Together", "Woody N You", and "Delirio". CD

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Toby FichelscherBusting The Bongos ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1960. New Copy ... $16.99
Wonderful lost work from Toby Fichelscher – a German bongo player with a hell of a great ear for an unusual groove – strongly demonstrated here in a set of previously-unreleased recordings! Toby draws plenty from American percussionists of the 50s – and works here in a modern jazz setting that uses his percussion to bring sharp sounds to a lineup that includes vibes, alto sax, guitar, and tenor – often used in these cool, chromatic ways that work wonderfully alongside the rhythms! Fichelscher also sings and scats a bit at a few points – mixing vocals with his percussion in a way that reminds us of Fats Sadi, a European contemporary who had a similarly great ear for mixing modes. Most tracks here are instrumental, but even those have as much charm as the vocal numbers – and titles include "The Cool Scene", "My First Blues", "Fashion Trip", "Shadows", "With Cash Like This", and "On Chano's Track". LP, Vinyl record album

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First ClassFirst Class ... LP
UK/London, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
A brilliant extension of the sound of American harmony pop of the 60s – and one that blends it together with a good deal of 70s soft rock as well! First Class are the brainchild of Brit studio legend John Carter – and they're kind of a recast take on the sound of the Beach Boys in later years – filtered through a nicely compressed UK mid 70s pop approach that brings in some sweeter, softer modes, but which also has some of that "bump" of glam-era pop as well. The group's best known for their massive 70s hit "Beach Baby" – but they've got a great sound that's more than worth rediscovering all these years later. Titles include "Beach Baby", "Won't Somebody Help Me", "Bobby Dazzler", "The Disco Kid", "Long Time Gone", "Surfer Queen", and "What Became Of Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two factory stickers.)

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Michael FranksArt Of Tea ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A seminal classic from Michael Franks – one of those records that's almost a whole genre unto itself, and which set a whole new tone for the male voice in American music! The style here is light and jazzy – almost an evolution of modes first begun by Kenny Rankin, and served up here with a similarly compressed production style that really brings out the jazz in the instrumentation. Players include Michael Brecker, Joe Sample, Larry Carlton, and David Sanborn – all sounding great with a bit of added strings from Nick DeCaro. But the real star of the set is clearly Franks – whose light vocals and creative lyrics sound wonderful next to the electric piano on the set. Titles include "Eggplant", "Monkey See Monkey Do", "Jive", "Mr Blue", "Popsicle Toes", "St Elmos Fire", "I Don't Know Why I'm So Happy I'm Sad", and "Sometimes I Just Forget To Smile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Stan GetzStan Getz In Stockholm (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $9.99
Stan Getz makes a key musical trip to Sweden – to showcase his affection for a jazz scene that had been growing strongly in the postwar years – often in directions that were similar to Stan's own sound at the time! The session is one of the first to pair Stan's tenor with a Swedish group – in this case the bass of Gunnar Johnson, drums of Anders Burman, and piano of Bengt Hallberg – the last of which brings sharper, more angular style to the music than some of Stan's accompanists on earlier American dates – pointing the way towards new experiments to come in his music! Hallberg really helps break the mold from other Getz Verve sessions of the period – and the relaxed, open-ended recording style of the date is almost an equal showcase for his talents as it is for Stan's! Titles include "Indiana", "Get Happy", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Everything Happens To Me", "Without A Song", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD

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Dexter GordonOur Man In Paris (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon sessions for Blue Note – and a unique album that's one of the first to illustrate his growing role in the European jazz scene! The group's a quartet – which let's Dex stand out front with plenty of space for marvelous tenor work – and it features Parisian bassist Pierre Michelot, plus Americans Bud Powell on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums – two players who were already making a bit name for themselves overseas. The album's a perfect link between Gordon's earlier American work and his long string of European sessions to come – and titles include a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and "Night in Tunisia". The format is simple, but the sound is magic – classic Dexter Gordon in a tight Blue Note mode! LP, Vinyl record album

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Grand SlamLifetimers For The Funk – In The Studio 1985 to 2010 ... CD
TNT Productions (Germany), Late 80s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $6.99
A great collection of work from Grand Slam – a German funk combo who were serving up a classic take on American sounds long before the Daptone and Soul Fire generation! These guys are equally influenced by James Brown and George Clinton – especially the latter, given the bass-heavy riffs the group use in their music – and the number of times they get some help from P-Funk alumnus Gary Mudbone Cooper on some of these cuts! The vibe is more late 70s ensemble funk than gritty funky 45 modes – but Grand Slam definitely get their groove right – and have some mighty tight instrumentation to live up to their inspirations. 2CD set brings together a lot of work from the group's first 25 years in music – including some rare tracks, previously unreleased numbers, and a few cuts on CD for the first time ever. Titles include "Goin Out (orig demo)", "Da Rain", "Perfect Day", "Rock My World", "Get Your Own Thing (orig demo)", "Light My Fire", "If I Had", "U Blind", "Hunk/Fop", "Real XTC", and "Manik Botanik". CD

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New Greyboy15 Years Of West Coast Cool ... CD
Ubiquity, 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A massive look at the music of Greyboy – one that features classic cuts, previously unreleased tracks, and rare mixes as well! Back in the early 90s, when most of the few funky records coming out of the west coast were pretty darn weak, Greyboy really caught our ears with his raw, stripped-down approach to a groove – a sound that was influenced by 70s funky jazzy, but also done with some harder, heavier beats as well – really the first great American contribution to the sound that bubbled out from the London acid jazz scene – yet done with a much harder edge than most of its overseas progenitors! This package is a great reminder of why we first fell in love with Greyboy's music all those years back – and it's filled with loads of funky cuts from years back, plus some recent mixes and singles that really help expand the collection. Titles include "Unwind Your Mind", "Whirlwind", "Mastered The Art (Nicola Conte Jet Sounds rmx)", "Ruffneck Jazz", "Hold Your Weight", "Hold It Down (Greyboy rmx)", "Genevieve", "To Know You Is To Love You", "Love", "Color In Between The Lines"," Missin Something", "Got To Be A Love", "Grey's Groove", and "Panacea". CD
Also available 15 Years Of West Coast Cool ... LP 9.99

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New Greyboy15 Years Of West Coast Cool ... LP
Ubiquity, 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2LP ... $9.99 19.98
A massive look at the music of Greyboy – one that features classic cuts, previously unreleased tracks, and rare mixes as well! Back in the early 90s, when most of the few funky records coming out of the west coast were pretty darn weak, Greyboy really caught our ears with his raw, stripped-down approach to a groove – a sound that was influenced by 70s funky jazzy, but also done with some harder, heavier beats as well – really the first great American contribution to the sound that bubbled out from the London acid jazz scene – yet done with a much harder edge than most of its overseas progenitors! This package is a great reminder of why we first fell in love with Greyboy's music all those years back – and it's filled with loads of funky cuts from years back, plus some recent mixes and singles that really help expand the collection. Titles include "Unwind Your Mind", "Whirlwind", "Mastered The Art (Nicola Conte Jet Sounds rmx)", "Ruffneck Jazz", "Hold Your Weight", "Hold It Down (Greyboy rmx)", "Genevieve", "To Know You Is To Love You", "Love", "Color In Between The Lines"," Missin Something", "Got To Be A Love", "Grey's Groove", and "Panacea". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 15 Years Of West Coast Cool ... CD 5.99

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Woody GuthrieAmerican Radical Patriot (6CDs/DVD/78rpm vinyl) ... CD
Rounder, 1940s. New Copy 6 CDs/DVD/78rpm ... $79.99 139.98
Maybe the most amazing collection we've ever seen of the work of Woody Guthrie – not just for the music included, but for all the extra bits too! The core contents are already the stuff of legend – 6 CDs that feature the complete Library Of Congress recordings that Guthrie did with Alan Lomax – issued here together for the first time, and easily one of the greatest representations of Woody's genius and amazing spirit! The package also features some home demo recordings never heard before, including songs done for a VD health program – plus radio skits, and some other wartime radio performances too. The package also includes a DVD – Roll On Columbia/Woody Guthrie & The Bonneville Power Administration – plus book-length notes, pdf files of transcriptions of the songs and spoken materials, unpublished photos, unpublished drawings by Guthrie, and even a rare 78rpm single – with Bob Dylan singing "VD City" on one side, and Woody singing an unreleased version of "The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done" on the other! CD

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HeatwaveCentral Heating ... CD
Epic, 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together wonderfully! The album hits equally well on all burners – with some key mellow cuts, and a few funkier upbeat numbers. Titles include loads of classics – like "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Star Of A Story", "Groove Line", "Send Out For Sunshine", and "Leavin For A Dream". CD

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New Fletcher HendersonDeveloping An American Orchestra 1923 to 1937 ... LP
Smithsonian, 1920s/1930s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
A great collection of material from one of the first major bandleaders in jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original booklet inside the gatefold.)

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Paul HornPaul Horn In India ... LP
World Pacific, Mid 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $6.99
Paul Horn opens up in a really cool way – definitely moving past his early modern jazz years, to become one of the first American jazzmen to explore the sounds of India! The album features Horn blowing flute on some great long tracks – stretching out with this sense of sound that's really amazing – almost more tonal texture than his previous jazz sense of melody – often moving slowly, with slight phase shifts that are really compelling – and working alongside spare instrumentation from Indian musicians on tabla, tamboura, and violin! The tracks are all ragas that spin off with a free but rhythmic sound – and titles include "Raga Vibhas", "Raga Tilang", "Alap", "Manj Khamaj", and "Raga Desh". LP, Vinyl record album
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ImpressionsLoving Power/It's About Time ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1976. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
Overlooked 70s genius from The Impressions – 2 killer albums back to back on a single CD! Loving Power is later Curtom work from the group – but still plenty darn nice, with a super-dope vocal harmony approach on the best tracks! The title cut is worth the price of admission alone – as it's a slow-stepping harmony tune that really burns with a sweet mellow feel – sung to perfection by a quartet lineup that includes younger singers Ralph Johnson and Reggie Torian working with older Impressions Fred Cash and Sam Gooden. Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy had a good hand in much of the record – bringing it into the warm, sophisti-soul style they were using at the time – and arrangements include some great work by Richard Evans and Rich Tufo. Titles include "Loving Power", "If You Have To Ask", "Sunshine", and "I Can't Wait To See You". It's About Time is The Impressions first album for Cotillion, cut after a great 70s run on Curtom – but one that's done with a sound that still carries on the groove nicely! The more righteous tones of the earlier work are shaken loose a bit, to be replaced by a fuller approach to the music built from arrangements by HB Barnum, Gene Page, and Gil Askey – a bit more LA than Chicago, but with a soaringly soulful quality that almost recalls the sound of The Spinners during their best Philly years. As with that work, the harmonies here are all right on the money, and get plenty of space to sparkle amidst the full strings and tight rhythms – and new group member Nate Evans really brings a deep sense of soul to the group's work. Many tunes were written by the team of Mervin Seals and Melvin Steals – and titles include "I'm A Fool For Love", "Same Old Heartaches", "This Time", "Stardust", "I Need You", and "What Might Have Been". CD

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Jazz Jamaica All StarsMassive Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2001. New Copy ... $19.99
The 30-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band – featuring a sprawling lineup of younger and older British jazz musicians under led by double bassist Gary Crosby! Here they seek to creative a balance between Caribbean music and classic American jazz and big band – and they pull it off quite well! The group includes vocalist Juliet Roberts, guitarist Alan Weekes, pianist Alex Wilson, alto sax player Soweto Kinch, tenor Denys Baptiste and many more – an army of trumpets, trombones and sax, sweet vibes, percussion and rhythm. The 2001 recordings are released on vinyl here for the first time ever! Includes "Balls Of Fire", "My Boy Lollipop", "Again", "Footprints", "Liquidator" and "Medley: (Love Theme From) The Godfather/Al Capone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies. First time on vinyl!)

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New Antonio Carlos JobimComposer Of Desafinado Plays ... CD
Verve, 1963. Used ... $7.99
Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic Verve session from 1963 – a tremendous record, done with a wonderful airy sound that became the trademark for bossa production in America – and which also had a great inspiration on the sound of mid 60s bossa in Brazil! Claus Ogerman arranged and conducts the orchestra, and Jobim plays guitar and piano – with a core group that also features Jimmy Cleveland on trombone and Leo Wright on flute, both American jazz players who help add some further complexities to the sound. Tracks include "Jazz Samba", "Favela", "O Morro", "Aqua De Beber", "Girl From Ipanema", and "Chega De Saudade". CD
(First CD pressing, with a cover image variation.)

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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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Vic LewisVic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova At Home & Away (paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EMI/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1963. New Copy ... $24.99
A late date for Brit bandleader Vic Lewis – but a great one too, thanks to a strong focus on the bossa nova sounds of the 60s! The mode's a real change for Lewis, who could sometimes be a bit stiff – and the new groove definitely opens things up nicely – as does the album's work from a top-shelf of jazz soloists, both British and American! Side one has Lewis leading a combo that features a stellar lineup – tenor and flute from Tubby Hayes, more tenor from Ronnie Scott, trumpet from Jimmy Deuchar, flugelhorn from Shake Keane, and piano from Terry Shannon – all players who get plenty of chance to solo, and really make the music magical with just a few subtle touches. The flipside features Lewis leading a group of West Coast luminaries – Bud Shank on tenor and flute, Bob Cooper on tenor, Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Shorty Rogers on flugelhorn, and Victor Feldman both on piano and vibes. The groove is just as great as on the first side – and the whole thing's a real standout for Brit jazz at the time. Titles include "Bossa Nova Scotia", "Bossa Nova Blues", "Two Note Samba", "Last Minute Bossa Nova", "Danielle", and "Vic's Tune". CD

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Edu LoboSergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
The first (and maybe only) American release by one of the greatest Brazilian singer/songwriters of the sixties – and a record that's quite different than any Sergio Mendes work of the time, despite Sergio's name in the title! The vibe is like Lobo's best of Brazil from the late 60s – a post-bossa set that's quite complicated overall – rich in filling, and full of sweeping production, haunting compositions, and great jazzy arrangements. Players on the session include Hermeto Pascoal, Airto, Oscar Castro-Neves, Tiao Neto, and Claudio Slon – and Sergio Mendes was involved in the arrangements, but clearly the main focus was given to Lobo – as the overall quality is much deeper. The record includes great recordings of some of Edu's classic compositions – like "Zanzibar", "Ponteio", and "Casa Forte" – plus, it's got some other tracks that he never did before, like "Crystal Illusions", "Sharp Tongue", and "Hey Jude". CD

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Linda MartellColor Me Country ... CD
Plantation/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The one and only album from Linda Martell – one of the first African-American women to dip into the genre of country music! The album's got a pretty straight country feel overall – none of the country soul you might hear from deep soul singers of the time – or those later modes that artists like Millie Jackson picked up in the 70s. But the set was also recorded as part of the SSS International family of labels headed by Shelby Singleton – who also cut a fair bit of soul music at the time – often blending modes, musicians, and songs on the Nashville scene of the time. The best example of that approach here is Linda's excellent remake of "Color Him Father" – first made famous by The Winstons – done as a sweet-stepping number with a very different feel than the original. Other tracks include "The Wedding Cake", "Before The Next Teardrop Falls", "Old Letter Song", and "Tender Leaves Of Love". CD

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MoondogMoondog – The Viking Of Sixth Avenue ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A long-overdue tribute to the legendary Moondog – one of the true visionaries of American music in the 20th Century! Moondog got his starts as a blind musician working the streets of New York at the end of the 40s, but he did so (as you'll note on the cover photo) with a range of unusual instruments of his own invention, and in a minimal, rhythmic style that linked together primitivism with higher musical ideals. Moondog's often been called "the father of minimalism" – and while his experiments of the 50s prefaced the work of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and others, his work was also much more personal, and had an earthy intensity that's still tremendously powerful even decades later! This collection is one of the first to dip into the earliest of Moondog's recordings – his recordings for the Mars, SRC, Brunswick, and Moondog labels – which are presented here alongside selected tracks from his albums for Epic and Prestige, also of similar vintage. Nearly all the tracks here offer a very primitive blend of percussion that's sometimes mixed with unusual woodwind or stringed instruments – nearly all of Moondog's own invention – and the package also features some great notes on his long career, plus some photos that are as gripping as the music itself! Titles include "Down Is Up", "Big Cat", "Bumbo", "Rimshot", "Rabbit Hop", "Instrumental Round", "Be A Hobo", "Dog Trot", "Oasis", "2 W 46th Street", and "Why Spend The Dark Night With You". LP, Vinyl record album

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MoondogSnaketime Series By Moondog (aka Moondog) ... LP
Moondog, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the best early albums from the legendary Moondog – a set that got wider circulation than his first few releases, and really helped expand his reach beyond New York City! Moondog's still at his simple best here – working in a blend of rhythmic percussion, stringed instruments, flute, and other rootsy instrumentation – all with echoes of Eastern styles, but served in a way that definitely has more of a touch of American exotica! All numbers are played by small groups – or even solo by Moondog – and any vocalizations take on almost an instrumental feel – sliding in alongside sound effects, animal noises, and other obscure utterings. The album's almost the art world equivalent of Martin Denny – but has a lot more depth than easy kitsch – and is still tremendously powerful stuff all these years later! Titles include "Caribea", "Big Cat", "Frog Bog", "To A Sea Horse", "Surf Session" and "Trees Against The Sky". This reissue is the original version of the record that was also issued as Moondog on Prestige. LP, Vinyl record album

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Giorgio MoroderFrom Here To Eternity (with bonus track) ... CD
Oasis/Repertoire (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99
A classic from the electro maestro – arguably the greatest American album from Giorgio Moroder! The set's got a great mix of disco and electronics that was years ahead of its time – and is surprisingly fresh and edgey, despite Moroder's fame over the years. Electronics are really at the core of all the tunes – bubbling, dipping, crackling around the groove – with only slight additional disco touches – and an overall sound that leans much more closely towards Kraftwerk than it does other work on the Casablanca label at the time. And we're really not fooling about this one – because it's got a raw electro vibe that still holds up beautifully, and which is more and more of a delight the farther we get from the 70s. Titles include "From Here To Eternity", "Lost Angeles", "Faster Than The Speed Of Love", "First Hand Experience In Second Hand Love", "I'm Left You're Right She's Gone", and "Too Hot To Handle". CD features a bonus single version of "From Here To Eternity". CD

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New Yuji OhnoMy Little Angel ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A pivotal album in the development of the Japanese piano trio sound of the 70s – one that links together an older mode of expression with some of the newer freedoms on the scene! Yuji Ohno grabs us here from the very first note with a bold voice on the keys – one that's got some echoes of 60s American players, but which soon takes off in a more spacious, more fluid style that's every bit the best legacy that Japanese players grew from the influence of Bill Evans. The trio here is often nicely rhythmic – with pulsating bass from Yoshio Ikeda and drums that snap then stop when needed from Kazuyoshi Okayama. Titles include the beautiful original numbers "My Little Angel" and "Mr Happy-Gon" – both tunes that should have become standards – plus versions of "A Boy On A Dolphin", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Alone Togther", and "My Foolish Heart". CD

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms ... LP
Black Fire, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde – a reedman whose work here alone is worth the price of admission – laid out nicely alongside some great percussion, Fender Rhodes, and wonderfully worm vocals on a few tracks. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues" – plus "Kazi", "Funky Wood", "Don't Give Up", "Poo Too", and "Incognito". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available African Rhythms (UK pressing – expanded) ... CD 14.99

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms (UK pressing – expanded) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1975. Used ... $14.99
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues". Other titles include "Kazi", "Funky Wood", "Don't Give Up", "Poo Too", and "Incognito". Expanded UK version also includes 2 bonus tracks – "Liberation Dues", done as an 8 minute instrumental, and the 45 version of "African Rhythms", which is shorter, and a bit funkier! Also completely remastered – with new notes and rare photos! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available African Rhythms ... LP 9.99

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New Makoto OzoneOzone (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Makoto Ozone has a name that might make you think he's electric, but he's one of the best Japanese acoustic pianists of the 80s – a wonderfully fresh talent who was one of the first of his generation to really bridge the Pacific and reach out to the American scene! Makoto got key early support from vibist Gary Burton – who introduces Ozone on the record, produced, and also plays vibes too – in this really wonderful trio that also features Eddie Gomez on bass, who's working here with subtle styles he hadn't done this well since the 70s. The record's a treasure from so many perspectives – a key extension of the Japanese piano legacy of the 70s, a model of the sense of space and sound that Burton had developed on his own, and a statement of lyrical beauty at a time when so much other big label jazz was flashy or too electric. Titles include "Crystal Love", "Endless Season (parts 1 & 2)", "Improvisation", and "Flight". CD features the bonus track "Corea-Ography". CD

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Bo Anders PerssonLove Is Here To Stay (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
Really weird tones and sounds from Bo Anders Persson – all rare work recorded before his time in the group Parson Sound – and done in a style that's almost more like musique concrete overall! Many of these numbers use tape recorders to created compelling waves of sound – very minimal and cyclical, with slight shifts that really open up over the longer space of each track – at a level that echoes some of the hippest American and European composers of the time. Some numbers involve instruments working with the tones – including some excellent work from Bjorn Jason Lind on flute – and all tunes here appear for the first time ever, save one. Titles include "Invention 1", "Piece 1", "Piece 2", "Proteinimperialism", "Love Is Here To Stay", and "Sma Toner Mer Eller Mindre". LP, Vinyl record album

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Oscar PetersonRare Mood (aka Exclusively For My Friends Vol 1 – Action) ... LP
MPS, 1968. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The first of a series of great "private" recordings that Oscar Peterson did for the MPS label in the late 60s – sessions done at the home of label owner Hans Georg Brunner Schwer, in a laidback and easygoing style that's different than some of his American work of the time! The group on the set features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, and the tunes open up nicely on some of the album's longer takes. Titles include "Easy Walker", "Tin Tin Deo", "Like Someone In Love", and "A Foggy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Roberto Pregadio/Romano MussoliniKriminal ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $15.99
An amazing little soundtrack that's every bit as groovy as its cover – a great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz, all in support of the skeleton-costumed master thief Kriminal! This CD represents the first full length presentation of the film's soundtrack – a long-overdue masterpiece that steps off the jazzier modes used in Italian films of the early 60s, touched by some of the more dynamic production and arrangement styles that were creeping in later in the decade – all served up over short, sweet tracks that dance with delight and drama throughout! There's even a bit of the British and American spy modes of the time creeping into the mix – no doubt a way of highlighting the "international crime" reputation of lead character Kriminal. CD features a total of 29 tracks in all, with notes in both English and Italian! CD

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RascalsFreedom Suite ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A double-length set from The Rascals – possibly their most stretched-out exploration of ideas, at least during their initial run for Atlantic Records! The 2LP set features a fair bit of shorter, catchier tunes on the first record – many with some righteous soul overtones – but on the second record, the group really open up – hitting some longer jamming tunes on side three, and moving into a 15 minute instrumental on side four! Vocals are great from all three singers – Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati, and Felix Cavaliere – and the rhythms are rock-solid too, often augmented with a bit of Atlantic-styled backings by Arif Mardin, to further enforce the soulfulness of the set. Titles include the hit "People Got To Be Free", plus "American The Beautiful", "Any Dance'll Do", "A Ray Of Hope", "Look Around", "Boom", "Heaven", "Cute", "Baby I'm Blue", and "Adrian's Birthday". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the silver cover, with a cutout hole, some wear, and seam splitting.)

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Terry ReidRiver ... CD
Atlantic/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the greatest albums ever from the oft-overlooked Terry Reid – a man who turned down an initial offer to be the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, but went on to record some great albums on his own! The album was Terry's first away from producer Mickie Most – and it's got a much more American vibe than previous efforts – with some nice rootsy touches on guitars (including steel and slide) from the great David Lindley, which really work perfectly with Reid's compellingly raspy vocals – and some slightly funky elements on the bass and drums! Willie Bobo makes a surprising appearance on the title cut "River" – which almost has a Chicano rock groove at times – and other titles include "Dean", "Avenue", "Things To Try", "Live Life", "Dream" and "Milestone". CD

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Reign GhostReign Ghost (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Allied/Out-Sider (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A record as trippy as the cover – the first-ever record from this underground Canadian combo, and a set that stands head to head with the wildest work from the American underground at the time! The record's got a spooky feel right from the start – as the set begins with these electric freaky elements that set an eerie tone even before the straighter, more lyrical passages come in – such that even when things are tuneful, the feel a bit spooky – which means that the later spooky moments have even more power too. Vocals are by Lynda Squires and Bob Bryden – who often sing together, but not in a harmonic way – and titles include "Curio Shop", "Travels Of Blue Paradox", "Long Day Journey", "Standing Room Only Mr Mars", "Black Ode", and "Gum Wrapper Song". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter One – Gens De Couleur Libre (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Constellation (Canada), 2011. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99 15.98
Powerful, fiercely creative material from alto sax and clarinet player Matana Roberts and her excellent group – the first chapter of what's purportedly to be 12-part project – and given the strength of this first set, we have no doubt that such a long journey will be worth every step! Matana's work in Chicago with Sticks & Stones and with other area jazz scene players has been nothing but impressive, but we'll say flat out that this set, recorded live in Montreal, is the best of her work we've heard to date and is surely going the get better as the project goes on. She's exploring the history of African American music – from folk traditions to free jazz – we could write a couple thousand words about the layers that go into this work and not do it justice. From dense, intense free jazz to delicate beauty. Players include David Ryshpan on piano & organ, Nicolas Caloia on cell, Marie Davidson on violin, Lisa Gamble on saw, Ellwood Epps on trumpet, Brian Lipson on bass trumpet, Fred Bazil on tenor sax, David Payant on drums & vibes, he voice of Gitanjali Jain and others. Includes "Rise", "Pov Piti", "Song For Eulalie", "Kersaia", "Libation For Mr Brown: Bid Em In", "Lulla/Bye", "I Am" and "How Much Would You Cost?". CD

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Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Constellation (Canada), 2013. New Copy ... $18.99 25.98
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces older spiritual modes and deeper African American tradition as well – with many songs that have their roots in older folk or spiritual numbers, but which get a very inventive reworking by Roberts and the group – even though there's still some vocals in the mix too! The vocals are sung mostly by Jeremiah Abiah – with contributions from Roberts and other group members – in ways that recall a richly expressive tapestry of styles – but which take on a very different flavor amidst the instrumentation. In addition to Matana's own work on alto, the group features Shoko Nagai on piano, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Thomas Fujiwara on drums. Titles include "Spares Of The World", "Secret Covens", "For This Is", "Confessor Haste", "Lesson", "Woman Red Racked", and "Invocation". LP, Vinyl record album
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Sahib Shihab/Art Farmer/Clifford JordanSwiss Radio Days Vol 32 – Sahib Shihab, Art Farmer, & Clifford Jordan ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1970/1971/1977. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Vintage 70s Swiss radio recordings by American jazz legends Sahib Shihab, Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan – each performing a few numbers with the excellent, ever-adaptable Jazz Live Trio! The set kicks off with a 1970 performance featuring Sahib Shihab out front. First is a laidback, moody take on "You're Mine You", which is a really nice showcase for Sahib's baritone sax in a lighter mood. Next up, though is a playful, loose and energetic take on Monk's "Well You Needn't" – and the trio shines pretty brightly on this one – with a lot of heat coming from Klaus Koenig's piano, Peter Frei's bass and Alex Bally's drums. Next is a pair of pieces with Art Farmer in 1977 – Farmer's flugelhorn perfectly leading Duke Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood" and speeding things up nicely with Sonny Rollins's "Oleo". The CD closes with a trio of numbers featuring tenor great Clifford Jordan in 1970: "Japanese Dreams", "Inward Fire" and a brilliant reading of "Bags' Groove" to close – with some of the best soloing on the entire set. A real gem in the Swiss Radio Days Jazz Live Concert Series – among the very best of them, actually! CD

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Sid RumpoFirst Offense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
A tremendous first album from Sid Rumpo – proof that the Aussie scene of the 70s had some very well-developed work going on, even if it never got the global notice it deserved! Sid Rumpo are one of a few Aussie bands that were grounded in an appreciation of blues and roots, but really took their inspiration to a whole new level – and one that was quite different than any American or Anglo work of the time. The songs are sharp, and focused – but they've also got this personal sense of power that's really captivating – especially given the regional difference in production style, which never seems to want to just ape the modes of the Northern Hemisphere. The guitar work is wonderful – clear and bold, but never in a too-macho way – and these guys could overly-jam or even get fusiony, but are much more intent to just keep their heads low and keep improving the subtle sides of their craft. A number of cuts really sparkle with more of an instrumental focus – although Mick Elliott sings great vocals on others – and titles include "Spider Curry", "Sailing", "Spotlight", "Poor Man's Orange", "The Riddle", and "Song With No Trees". CD features three bonus tracks – "Jump Down Step Aside", and live versions of "Now I'm Free" and "Forty Days & Forty Nights". CD

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New Silver ConventionMadhouse (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Midland/Big Break, 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
The Silver Convention groove is nicely opening up on this set – with an approach that actually seems a bit jazzier than the group's first two albums, bringing more of a focus on the keyboards of Silvester Levay – who's really the brainchild behind the whole group anyway! At some level, Levay seems to be more influenced by the best American club work of the time – especially the Salsoul records that just kept on getting better and better, deeper and deeper with each year. The orchestrations have a bit more soul than before, and mix nicely with the group's trademark Euro-disco sound. Levay wrote all the music on the set, co-produced, and arranged – and his well crafted keyboard lines are the brightest spots in the whole set. Titles include "I'm Not A Slot Machine", "The World Is A Madhouse", "Plastic People", "Fancy Party", "Everybody's Talkin About Love", "Dancing In The Aisle", and "Land Of Make Believe". CD features two bonus tracks – "Fancy Party (single)" and "Dancing In The Aisle (single)". CD

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New Silver ConventionSave Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
A huge breakout moment for disco in the 70s – the first album from Silver Convention, a very early example of the European power on the club scene! The group's the brainchild of arranger Sylvester Levay and producer Michael Kunze – who come up with some great German disco rhythms for the record, mixed with soaring female trio vocals, by a group that includes two German gals and American soul singer Roberta Kelly! The vocal approach is similar to that 70s Philly group mode – popularized by First Choice, Three Degrees, and others – and pumped it up with the Munich sound of throbbing bass and heavy beats, which was arguably one of the first steps towards house music in the 80s. Titles include the huge hit "Fly Robin Fly", plus "Save Me", "I Like It", "Chains Of Love", "Tiger Baby", "Always Another Girl", and "Heart Of Stone". CD features bonus tracks – "Fly Robin Fly (12" disco version)" and "Tiger Baby (12" disco version)". CD

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Frank Sinatra with Count BasieSinatra At The Sands ... CD
Reprise, 1966. Used ... $5.99
A classic Vegas moment for Sinatra – with accompaniment by Count Basie, and arrangements from Quincy Jones, to boot! The set features some great spoken bits – really one of the first chances the American mainstream got to taste the Vegas vibe – and titles include "It Was A Very Good Year", "Fly Me To The Moon", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Come Fly With Me", "Street Of Dreams", "One For My Baby", and "My Kind Of Town". CD
(Out of print.)
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Frank Sinatra with Count BasieSinatra At The Sands ... CD
Reprise, 1966. Used ... $4.99
A classic Vegas moment for Sinatra – with accompaniment by Count Basie, and arrangements from Quincy Jones, to boot! The set features some great spoken bits – really one of the first chances the American mainstream got to taste the Vegas vibe – and titles include "It Was A Very Good Year", "Fly Me To The Moon", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Come Fly With Me", "Street Of Dreams", "One For My Baby", and "My Kind Of Town". CD
(Out of print.)
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New PF SloanMeasure Of Pleasure ... LP
Atco, 1968. Very Good+ ... $19.99
The brilliant first Atlantic album by PF Sloan – a tremendous blend of New York folk and rougher roots, all recorded at the Sun Studios in Memphis, with some great help from a backing group that includes Steve Cropper on guitar! Sloan's folkie tendencies are nicely undercut by the harder Memphis groove here – one that's got some slightly soulful undercurrents, and which works beautifully with the poetry of his original compositions. The blend is one that helps keep the record from sounding too much like any of Sloan's contemporaries – although at one level, it's also a conduit for so a huge amount of different musical ideas and options that were opening up to American singers at the end of the big folk boom of the 60s. Elements of Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Fred Neill certainly surface here – but there's a sense of self that's all Sloan's own, and which makes us wish he'd followed up with work as strong as this! Titles include "Star Gazin", "Miss Charlotte", "Champagne", "New Design", "One Of A Kind", "Good Luck", "And The Boundaries Inbetween", and "Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)

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Bob Thiele EmergencyHead Start ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1969. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $43.99
A wild little record – one that was issued under the name of Flying Dutchman label headman Bob Thiele – but which actually features work from some of the grooviest artists on the label at the time – including Tom Scott, Ornette Coleman, Jon Appleton, John Carter, Horace Tapscott, and Bobby Bradford! The package has a very different feel on each of the album's four sides – and side one is a tremendous showcase for the young reedman Tom Scott – working here in a cool mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation that's similar to his other records of the time – including organ, vibes, and some nice funky touches as well. Side two features an exploration of the history of jazz – but one that progresses quickly from early modes to hipper ones – showcasing the talents of John Carter on tenor, Bobby Bradford on trumpet, and Horace Tapscott on piano! Side three is a mighty dedication to the late John Coltrane – played at first by a trio with Joe Farrell on flute, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – then moving into a mix of Farrell's flute and narration by Rosko – then a performance by the Ornette Coleman quartet. And side four is especially mindblowing, as it's comprised of lone long piece by Jon Appleton's Syntonic Menagerie – a mix of sound samples, tape tricks, and jazz – as a commentary on The American Indian, JFK, and Martin Luther King. The whole thing's a great illustration of the Flying Dutchman label at its most revolutionary – and titles include "Head Start", "Freaky Zeke", "Lanoola Goes Limp", "Swing Era", "In The Vineyard/Avant Garde", "Love Supreme", "Lament For John Coltrane", and "A Few Thoughts For The Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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TimeTime ... CD
Warner, 1981. New Copy ... $3.99 4.98
One of the two 80s masterpieces by this amazing Minneapolis group, before Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis left to change the face of commercial R&B! This first album and it's follow-up remain as a couple of the more enduring moments of slick, stylish American pop soul, and represent just a huge part of what we still love about the 80s! Titles include "Get It Up", "Girl", After Hi School", "The Stick", "Oh Baby" and the 10 minute jam "Cool", one of our fave cuts of the early 80s. "I'm cooler than Santa Claus, baby. . ." CD

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Kevin Toney 3New American Suite ... CD
KT, 2012. Used ... $6.99
The first album from The Kevin Toney 3 – headed by the piano player and one-time leader of the legendary Blackbyrds – and it's a nicely melodic set of soulful trio jazz! There's a warm, affectionate vibe throughout, and it's played by skillful veterans with genuine passion. Toney composed, produced and arranged in collaboration with bassist Michael Bradford, and the trio is completed by the great drummer Chris Coleman. They're working with a range moods that roll from smoothly measured to charged and anthemic. Solid stuff! Includes "New American Suite", "Love Is All We Need", the slow-building standout "A Soulful Union", "Spacious Skies", "Cyberia", "The Entertainer", "E Pluribus Unum", "In God We Trust" and "Family Times – Getting Happy". CD

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VenturesVentures On Stage 73 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $32.99
The Ventures may have been flagging a bit in the American scene of the early 70s – but the group continued to play to great fame in Japan, where they recorded a series of excellent overseas live albums! This set's a stunner – a great lost chapter of the group that shows the aging musicians just getting better and better on their instruments – really reaching out for newer, deeper voices on the guitar – while still serving up all the sense of focus and sharpness that made The Ventures so great in the first place! Like some of the other Japanese live dates, this one's a double-length record – with 22 tracks that include "I'm A Man", "Oh My Love", "Kyoto Doll", "Runaway", "Jambalaya", "Honky Tonk", "Diamond Head", "Skylab", "Pipeline", and "Driving Guitars". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Wild MagnoliasThey Call Us Wild ... CD
Barclay/Polygram (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
The obscure 2nd album by The Wild Magnolias – much harder to find than the group's first American record! The sound here is similar to their debut – a Meters-driven approach to New Orleans funk, served up in a catchy blend of tight rhythms, raspy vocals, and some well-chosen keyboard bits that give the tunes a slightly electric funk sound – much more straight funk than the New Orleans cliches that were cropping up at the time! The Turbington Brothers are helping out the group a heck of a lot on sax and keyboards – and the album's got a sinister groove that's very much in the best New Orleans funk tradition, yet without falling into any of the traps of the tourist trade. Titles include "Injuns Here We Come", "Fire Water", "New Suit", "We're Gonna Party", "New Kinda Groove", "Ho Na Nae", "Jumalaka Boom Boom", and "Ah Anka Ting Tang Boo Shanka Boo". CD

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Mary Lou Williams/Barbara CarrollLadies Of Jazz ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. Used ... $9.99
An odd pairing of musicians – but a classic album of piano jazz from the 50s, and some of the more obscure sides by both players! Barbara Carroll works here in a really lovely way that retains the fluidity of her 50s work on RCA, but which also has a slightly rougher edge – a mode that's got some nicely boozy undercurrents, yet still the sort of poise and grace that made Carroll one of the best female pianists of the time. Joe Shulman is on bass and Herb Wasserman is on drums – and titles include "Taking A Chance On Love", "Love Of My Life", "Autumn In New York", "Tis Autumn", and "The Lady's In Love With You". Mary Lou Williams works here in a bit of a comeback mode – some of her first American recordings in a number of years, with Carl Pruitt on bass and Bill Clark on drums. Titles inlcude "Opus Z", "S' Wonderful", "In The Purple Grotto", "From This Moment On", and "You're The Cream In My Coffee". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Bobby WomackEverything's Gonna Be Alright – The American Singles 1967 to 1976 ... CD
United Artists/Charly (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $13.99 14.98
A massive package of music from the mighty Bobby Womack – a book-style 2CD set that features every single from Bobby's first decade in soul music – including both a and b-sides of the 45s! Bobby first got his start with a host of important singles for Minit Records – and these kick off the set with that unique blend of southern roots and soaring grooves that made Womack a legend right from the start – and which continues to mature in a really marvelous way as the music goes on. The package features a number of tracks we'd missed before – since we mostly just have Bobby's full length LPs – and the book features track by track details, with information on the singles' releases as well. 50 tracks in all – with titles that include "Somebody Special", "Broadway Walk", "Thank You", "Tried & Convicted", "Let It Hang Out", "Check It Out", "Interlude No 2", "Trust IN Me", "Git It", "Come L'Amore", "Harry Hippie", "Fire & Rain", "The Preacher (parts 1 & 2)", "More Than I Can Stand", "Arkansas State Prison", and "Love The Time Is Now". CD

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VariousChop Suey Rock Vol 1 – Songs About The Orient ... CD
Hot & Sour, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A pretty crazy little series – and a pretty offensive little one at that – a collection of lost rock, soul, and R&B nuggets that recall a time when the American scene was a little bit too freewheeling about its conception of Asian cultures – and was ready to sell out just about any nationality for the sake of a novelty tune! Yet despite that sense of racism – or possibly because of it – there's also a pretty compelling cultural clash going on here – especially on the more urban numbers that seem to have a mixed sense of its neighbors in the city – a mixture of misunderstanding and mysticism that really comes through in the lyrics. Other tracks are instrumental – and go more for a sense of exotica run through more electric guitars and tight drums – kind of a surf or rockabilly take on the world of Martin Denny! Titles on this first volume include "Chopsticks" by The Lasalles, "Zaki Sue" by Melvin Smith, "Fuji Yama Mama" by The Antennas, "Chop Suey Rock" by The Instrumentals, "Surfin In The China Sea" by The Hong Kongs, "Oriental Rock" by The Quarter Notes, "Nagasaki" by The Five Chances, "My China Doll" by The Glad Rags, and "Ching Ching Wong" by Bernie Turner & The Armorettes. CD
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VariousChop Suey Rock Vol 1 – Songs About The Orient ... LP
Hot & Sour, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
A pretty crazy little series – and a pretty offensive little one at that – a collection of lost rock, soul, and R&B nuggets that recall a time when the American scene was a little bit too freewheeling about its conception of Asian cultures – and was ready to sell out just about any nationality for the sake of a novelty tune! Yet despite that sense of racism – or possibly because of it – there's also a pretty compelling cultural clash going on here – especially on the more urban numbers that seem to have a mixed sense of its neighbors in the city – a mixture of misunderstanding and mysticism that really comes through in the lyrics. Other tracks are instrumental – and go more for a sense of exotica run through more electric guitars and tight drums – kind of a surf or rockabilly take on the world of Martin Denny! Titles on this first volume include "Chopsticks" by The Lasalles, "Zaki Sue" by Melvin Smith, "Fuji Yama Mama" by The Antennas, "Chop Suey Rock" by The Instrumentals, "Surfin In The China Sea" by The Hong Kongs, "Oriental Rock" by The Quarter Notes, "Nagasaki" by The Five Chances, "My China Doll" by The Glad Rags, and "Ching Ching Wong" by Bernie Turner & The Armorettes. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousDiablos Del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot Part 1 – 1975 to 1985 ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the deepest digs we've ever seen into the rich array of grooves from Colombia – a double-length page that covers a much wider range of sounds than you might expect! Colombia's unusual amongst Latin American nations, in that it's got kind of a "crossroads" sort of role – a place where other South American sounds come into contact with music from North America, the Caribbean, and even Africa as well – resulting in some mighty heavy styles that are perfectly summed up on this LP! The package is way more than just an armchair look at Colombia – and is heavy on the sorts of funk and offbeat grooves we've come to expect from the Analog Africa label – a key imprint in bringing the sounds of the globe to Anglo groove diggers like us. Rhythm is definitely at the core – as promised in the title – but the package also has plenty of great notes to help us understand the rich cultural history as well. Titles on this first volume of the vinyl include "Calambre" by Conjunto Barbacoa, "Lumbalu" by Calixto Ochoa & Los Papaupas, "Schallcarri" by Grupo Abharca, "El Caterete" by Wganda Kenya, "Enyere Kumbara" by Julian Y Su Combo, "Wasamaye" by Wasamaye Rock Group, "Bajo El Troupillo Guajiro" by Sexteto Manaure, "Pegale A La Nalga" by Fuentes All Stars, "Juipiti" by Grupo Folclorico, and "Shakalode" by Wganda Kenya. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Forte Label ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
Killer soul from the Forte label of Kansas City – a tiny imprint, but a really great one too – and a company with an especially strong ear for the funkier side of the spectrum! This Numero set really gets back to the greatness that first made us fall in love with their collections in the first place – and brings together a really wonderful batch of rare singles that work perfectly as a whole album – no filler, no trans-genre stepping, and just a rock-solid batch of soul cuts that you'd have to dig deep in the American underground to find this strongly! The package is wonderful – plenty of notes, photos, and the usual Numero sense of history – but even without all that, the music is more than enough – a smoking pile of singles that includes "Whtever You Do" by Gene Williams, "I'm Gonna Get Your Thing" by Lee Harris, "Baby Your Love Is Amazing" by The Four Darlings, "I'll Never Be Satisfied" by Tony Ashley & The Delicates, "Baby Be Good" by The Rayons, "With Fun In My Life" by James Whitney, "Reaching For Our Star" by Sharon Revoal, "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear" by Marva Whitney, and "Cry Night & Day" by The Fantasticks. CD
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New VariousEccentric Soul – The Forte Label ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $18.99 22.98
Killer soul from the Forte label of Kansas City – a tiny imprint, but a really great one too – and a company with an especially strong ear for the funkier side of the spectrum! This Numero set really gets back to the greatness that first made us fall in love with their collections in the first place – and brings together a really wonderful batch of rare singles that work perfectly as a whole album – no filler, no trans-genre stepping, and just a rock-solid batch of soul cuts that you'd have to dig deep in the American underground to find this strongly! The package is wonderful – plenty of notes, photos, and the usual Numero sense of history – but even without all that, the music is more than enough – a smoking pile of singles that includes "Whtever You Do" by Gene Williams, "I'm Gonna Get Your Thing" by Lee Harris, "Baby Your Love Is Amazing" by The Four Darlings, "I'll Never Be Satisfied" by Tony Ashley & The Delicates, "Baby Be Good" by The Rayons, "With Fun In My Life" by James Whitney, "Reaching For Our Star" by Sharon Revoal, "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear" by Marva Whitney, and "Cry Night & Day" by The Fantasticks. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousFrom The Vaults Volume 2 – Vine Street Divas ... CD
Capitol, 1940s. Used ... $9.99
During the 1940s, Capitol Records recorded some of the best female vocal records of the decade – blending swing with jazz and bits of emerging R&B, to cut sides that still sound pretty darn great today, and which are often used to define our sense of the classic American girl singer. This nicely-packaged set of 25 tracks features many of the label's biggest and best hits from their first decade – including "It Had To Be You" and "Doctor Lawyer Indian Chief" by Betty Hutton; "It's A Good Day", "Golden Earrings", "I Don't Know Enough About You", and "Everybody Loves Somebody" by Peggy Lee; "Long Ago And Far Away", "Day By Day", "Serenade Of The Bells", and "Some Enchanted Evening" by Jo Stafford; "Hurry On Down" by Nellie Lutcher; "I'll Walk Alone", "I Should Care", and "A Stranger In Town" by Martha Tilton; "Teardrops From My Eyes" by Helen O'Connell, "But Beautiful" by Margaret Whiting, "A Little Bird Told Me" by Blue Lu Barker, and "It's Been A Long, Long Time" by June Christy. CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousJazz Club – Bossa Nova USA ... CD
Universal (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $8.99
The American take on the sound of bossa nova – a mode that started almost as soon as the first sounds headed north from Rio, and which grew to become a very important contribution to the music in the 60s! We love the originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa, Joao Gilberto, and others – but we also totally dig these American reinterpretations by musicians on Verve, Fantasy, and other hip labels of the 60s – players who really got into the sound of Brazilian rhythms, and used the new groove to unlock some great power in their own solo playing as well! The package mostly features 60s recordings, with a few gems from later years – and titles include "Temanco No Samba" by Cal Tjader, "Samba De Orfeu" by Bob Brookmeyer, "O Morro" by Wes Montgemery, "Samba With Some Barbecue" by Paul Desmond, "Desafinado" by Charlie Byrd, "Um Abraco No Bonfa" by Coleman Hawkins, "Jazz Bossa Nova" by Milt Jackson, "Nana" by Kenny Burrell, "O Grande Amor" by Stan Getz, and "Mas Que Nada" by Hank Jones & Oliver Nelson. CD

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New VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 1 ... LP
Motor/Polydor (Germany), 1992. New Copy ... $28.99
The first collection in the legendary Mojo Club run – a groundbreaking series that brought together jazz, soul, funk, and vocal cuts – and really set the stage for global groove expansion in the 1990s! Although the club itself is German, most of the tracks here are American – gems pulled from the huge Universal music catalog of the 60s and 70s – and served up in a very fresh way that still sounds wonderful all these many years later! Loads of essential listening here – 12 tracks that include "Dujii" by Kool & The Gang, "In & Out" by Brian Auger, "Cantaloupe Island" by Hugh Masekela, "No Hay Problema" by Art Blakey, "Watermelon Man" by The JBs, "Selma March" by Grant Green, "Popcorn" by James Brown, "Burning Spear" by Kenny Burrell, "He's A Superstar" by Roy Ayers, and "No 9" by Jack Daugherty. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMorning Of The Earth ... LP
Warner/Anthology, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $17.99 18.98
The Americans may have invented the surfing film, but the Australians really took it to a new level – creating these amazing movies that were very trippy, and very spiritual – showing a real connection between their surf culture and the natural rhythms of the planet! Morning Of The Earth is possibly the greatest of these films – and sports a really amazing soundtrack that goes way way beyond any surf sounds you might expect – to include these really beautiful, really thoughtful tunes that lie somewhere in the more cosmic side of the singer-songwriter spectrum! The music is really great – so much so that the soundtrack has almost gone onto have more of a life than the film – and although few artists here are well-known outside of Australia, they represent an apex of creative material that rivals some of the best sounds coming from the American west coast at the end of the 60s. Most tracks have a really trippy undercurrent – and titles include "Morning Of The Earth" and "Getting Back" by G Wayne Thomas, "I'm Alive" and "Ullawatu" by Peter Howe, "Making It On Your Own" and "Come With Me" by Brian Cadd, "First Things First" and "Bali Waters" by Taman Shud, "Simple Ben" by John J Francis, "Awake" by Ticket, and "I'll Be Alright" by Terry Hannagan. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNuggets – Antipodean Interpolations Of The First Psychedelic Era ... CD
Warner (Australia), 2012. New Copy ... $13.99
A contemporary collection, but one that really lives up to the spirits of the legendary Nuggets collection – as the artists here each pick a favorite track from that garage and pysch powerhouse, then deliver their own very faithful versions! The set's got an extra special twist – given that it was released at the same time as the wonderful Australian version of Nuggets, which includes many lost Aussie gems from the 60s – and the artists here are all from the contemporary Australian underground, but every bit as awash in fuzz, freak, and echo as their American counterparts from the 60s! Both production styles and instrumentation are very faithful to the original 60s styles – and titles include "Don't Look Back" by Palms, "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" by Velociraptor, "Dirty Water" by Pearls, "Psychotic Reaction" by The Murlocs, "Baby Please Don't Go" by Baptism Of Uzi, "My World Fell Down" by Montero, "You're Gonna Miss Me" by The Laurels, "Farmer John" by Bloods, "Hey Joe" by Pond, and "A Public Execution" by Tiny Migrants. CD

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VariousPunk 45 Vol 2 – There Is No Such Thing As Society – Underground Punk & Post Punk In The UK 1977 to 1981 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
An amazing second foray into the world of punk rock 45s – and the British chapter to the previous American volume from Soul Jazz! Like the first set, the track selection here is superb – no overdone punk "oldies" or overplayed classics – and instead a great range of work from the lower levels of the late 70s British underground – including a fair bit of tracks from artists who never got to cut a full length album! There's also a great ear for music that goes past any simple punk cliches – songs that are smarter than the usual lot, have a good sense of perspective, and often offer up a sort of commentary on the quickly-evolving music in some way or another. The notes are great – super-thorough and filled with cover images for each single, plus other info too – and titles include "Wot's For Lunch Mum" by The Shapes, "I Wanna Be Free" by The Rings, "Neutron Bomb" by Art Attacks, "Sick Of You" by The Users, "Mucky Pup" by Puncture", "White Night" by The Lines, "You're Driving Me" by The Cravats, "Real Shocks" by Swell Maps, "Johnny Doesn't Want To Go To Heaven" by The Killjoys, "Power Cut" by The Jermz, and "East Sheen" by O Level. CD
Also available Punk 45 Vol 2 – There Is No Such Thing As Society – Underground Punk & Post Punk In The UK 1977 to 1981 ... LP 28.99

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VariousPunk 45 Vol 2 – There Is No Such Thing As Society – Underground Punk & Post Punk In The UK 1977 to 1981 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
An amazing second foray into the world of punk rock 45s – and the British chapter to the previous American volume from Soul Jazz! Like the first set, the track selection here is superb – no overdone punk "oldies" or overplayed classics – and instead a great range of work from the lower levels of the late 70s British underground – including a fair bit of tracks from artists who never got to cut a full length album! There's also a great ear for music that goes past any simple punk cliches – songs that are smarter than the usual lot, have a good sense of perspective, and often offer up a sort of commentary on the quickly-evolving music in some way or another. The notes are great – super-thorough and filled with cover images for each single, plus other info too – and titles include "Wot's For Lunch Mum" by The Shapes, "I Wanna Be Free" by The Rings, "Neutron Bomb" by Art Attacks, "Sick Of You" by The Users, "Mucky Pup" by Puncture", "White Night" by The Lines, "You're Driving Me" by The Cravats, "Real Shocks" by Swell Maps, "Johnny Doesn't Want To Go To Heaven" by The Killjoys, "Power Cut" by The Jermz, and "East Sheen" by O Level. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Punk 45 Vol 2 – There Is No Such Thing As Society – Underground Punk & Post Punk In The UK 1977 to 1981 ... CD 22.99

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VariousSugar & Spice – 14 Studio One Rocksteady Sure Shots ... CD
Studio One/Rockashacka (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Some of the first great sounds to come from the legendary Studio One Records – an assortment of early rocksteady singles, including a fair bit of rare gems we've never heard before! These rocksteady tracks are the precursor to later reggae work from Jamaica – and show a strong influence from American soul and R&B, especially on the vocals – mixed with more of the slow-loping grooves that would later explode to global prominence in the 70s. The production style is great – very spare and laidback – almost at the same level as American soul indie labels of the time, which makes for an especially great focus on the vocals, especially on the collection's good number of harmony tracks. Titles include "Soulful Music" by The Invadors, "Sugar & Spice" by The Viceroys, "Happy Organ" by Soul Vendors, "I Make A Woman" by The Kingstonians, "Mama Didn't Know" by The Termites, "You're Gonna Lose" by The Octaves, "Reel Up" by Bumps Orkley, and "Reel Up" by The Wigglers. CD

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New VariousThese Are The Breaks – 12 Sampled Selections From The Ubiquity Vaults ... LP
Ubiquity/Luv N' Haight, 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99 20.98
Some of the funkiest tracks on the mighty Luv N Haight and Ubiquity labels – no surprise, given that all of them have been sampled over the years! The bulk of the work here is 70s funk – of the gritty, obscure sort that Luv N Haight first started digging 20 years ago, and has continued to reissue at a rock-solid level – overlooked gems from the American underground, brought back to life not just through key hip hop samples, but also from the label's own series of excellent compilations and reissues! The package includes a number of out of print tracks – and titles include "Searching For Soul (part 1)" by Jack Wade & The Soul Searchers, "Spread The News" by Perfect Circle, "Boys With Toys" by Gap Mangione, "Sweetest Thing In The World" by Turner Brothers, "Africana" and "Do Whatever Turns You On (part 2)" by The Propositions, "Hang On In There" by Mike James Kirkland, "Getting Down" and "We Know We Have To Live Together" by Eugene Blacknell, and "Plenty Action" by Soft Touch. LP, Vinyl record album

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Lisa StansfieldAffection (2CD/DVD set) ... CD
Arista/Edsel (UK), 1990. New Copy ... Around November 10, 2014
Big bouncing soul from Lisa Stansfield – a record that almost rivaled the first effort from Soul II Soul for UK impact on the American mainstream! Despite a pasty-white cover, the record's got a hell of a lot of color – some rich rhythms that reintroduced a syncopated funky sound to the charts, and soaring vocals from Lisa she hardly ever sung this well again on record. Titles include the tremendous symphonic jam "All Around the World", the beautiful "Live Together", and other nice ones like "This Is The Right Time", "You Can't Deny It", and "Mighty Love". CD

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New VariousAmerican Hustle (colored vinyl) (2014 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Legacy, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs ... Around November 28, 2014
(Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Saturday, 11/29/14. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules, it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Black Friday. It will not be pre-sold, or reserved in any way. However, the day after Black Friday, we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP 150 gram colored vinyl.)

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New Rashied Ali QuartetNew Directions In Modern Music ... CD
Survival/Knit Classics, 1971. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Incredible work from drummer Rashied Ali – a set that really delivers on the promise of the music he first crafted with John Coltrane! The vision here is wide and expansive, yet still has a soulful, spiritual heart – a great balance of the free impulses of all players with the core unity of the group – a righteous energy that holds up strongly, even over the course of the album's two long tracks. The set's a great contrast to the work going on in the European scene at the time – and really shows how the American indie recording scene was able to capture performances in a more solid, focused sort of way. In addition to Ali's work on drums, the quartet also features excellent alto and flute from Carlos Ward, piano from Fred Simmons, and bass from Stafford James – the last of whom really ties the whole thing together with his sense of soul. Titles include "Akela" and "As Salaam Alikum". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Basso Valdambrini SextetSestetto Basso Valdambrini – The Best Modern Jazz In Italy 1962 ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early 60s – a fresh, modern group who could still play with plenty of soul – avoiding some of the cool jazz traps of other European combos, and really hitting hard with solo work that matched the best American work of the time. The sound here is really incredible – tunes that bristle with electricity from the very first note, played with a cohesiveness that makes the record far more than just a happy accident in the studio! Titles include the originals "Coltrane Style" and "Monotonia", plus versions of Jackie McLean's "Dr Jackle", Junior Mance's "Jubilation", and Benny Golson's "Are You Real". CD

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Ivana SantilliTony ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The most deeply soulful set so far from Ivana Santilli! The beats and bottom of the record are a lot heavier than before – and set perfectly to Ivana's well-voiced lyrics, which go far beyond simple soul cliches, and really show a nice push forward in her songwriting abilities over the years. It's hard to believe it's nearly a decade since Santilli's first record – but hearing the mature, focused sound of this set, that passage of time is no surprise! This could well be the record that breaks Santilli biggest with American listeners, and titles include "Been Thru This", "Leave It Alone", "Still Anymore", "All Afternoon", "Always Better", "Hollywood", "Keep It 2 Yourself", and "Depend On U". CD

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New Brian Auger & The TrinityBefour (with bonus tracks) ... CD
One Way, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The third album from Brian Auger & The Trinity – and the first to feature the group recording without vocals from Julie Driscoll! The sound here is just as soulful as before – a tight take on American soul jazz and funky soul of the 60s – pushed along by Auger's mighty work on the Hammond organ, and featuring (this time around) some male lead vocals, which seem to give the album an even deeper feel than earlier work! Auger's included some great covers of American tunes like "I Want To Take You Higher", "Listen Here", and "Maiden Voyage" – all redone with some great Brit beat group touches – and the album also features a great take on Faure's "Pavane", and Auger's own "Just You Just Me". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Rain Forest Talking", and a demo version of "Pavane". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Gato BarbieriChapter Two – Hasta Siempre ... CD
Impulse/Verve, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chapter Two of Gato's Latin American trilogy – and like the first, a incredible set of tracks that features Gato's firey sax work engaging a complex series of Latin rhythms – recorded in LA, Rio and Buenos Aires! Some of the tracks on the record feature Brazilian influences – from players like Helio Delmiro and Novelli – and one other track was recorded in Buenos Aires, like the tunes on the first LP – with Gato working to capture the atmospheres, and succeeding masterfully, thanks to local players and Gato's own passion! The sound is soulful and spiritual throughout – lots of native percussion and more organic elements under Barbieri's excitable sax – and the presence of the additional players really opens up Gato's style. Titles include "Para Nosotros", "Encontros" (Parts One and Three), "Latino America", "Marissea" and "Juana Azurduy". CD

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New Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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New Bee GeesFestival Albums Collection (Sing & Play 14 Barry Gibbs Songs/Spicks & Spocks/Turn Around Look At Us) ... CD
Warner (Australia), 1965/1966/1967. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think you know the Bee Gees? Then think again – because this wonderful package features three of their ultra-rare albums from Australia – reissued here for the first time, and quite different the later sides we love so much! The Bee Gees didn't just arise to the charts in the disco generation – nor were they the brainchild of late 60s Atlantic Records – and instead they were an incredibly hard-working trio who got a very young start in their own scene – where the young Barry Gibb was already a hell of a talented songsmith, and provided the group with great material from their very first record. These albums don't just illustrated a group in progress – or an act waiting to grow – because honestly, if the Bee Gees never cut anything else, these records might well be enough – as you could say if you chopped off The Beatles' output right before Rubber Soul. Production is wonderful – no beat group cliches, nor American pop psych ripoffs – and the trio have already found the perfect space for their really unique harmonies. The set features three full albums with all original album sleeves – Spicks & Specks, Turn Around Look At Us, and The Bee Gees Sing & Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs – a total of 38 delightful 60s tunes! CD

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New Chino XLHere To Save You All (clean version) ... LP
American, 1996. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first and only LP from quick-witted emcee Chino XL, who busts on everyone from Magic Johnson to your Moms and back. As Evidence of Dilated says, would we have Eminem without Chino XL? Though he was all over the Wake Up Show for a minute, we don't really know what's become of him. Guest spots by fellow lyrical assassin Ras Kass and Kool Keith. 15 tracks, plus the intro, all killer, no filler, includes "No Complex", "Freestyle Rhymes", "Waiting To Exhale", "Kreep", "The Shabba Doo Conspircy", "Ghetto Vampire" and "Rise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean edited promo.)

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New James Clarke, Steve Gray, & Keith MansfieldGirl On The Beach/Gentle Sounds ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gentle grooves from the KPM sound library – two great albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Girl On The Beach – soft, seductive grooves from James Clarke – delivered with a nicely mature feel, and one that really takes Easy up a few notches from conventional 60s forms! There's a subtle Brit feel here that's miles beyond American work of this nature – a way of giving things a gentle sort of funk, even when mellow – thanks to stepping electric bass in the background, really making magic behind some vibes, guitar, and jazzy horns. There's almost a Euro erotic feel to some numbers – and titles include "Little Racer", "Girl On The Beach", "Edge Of The World", "Running Away", "Feet In The Sea", and "Nocturne". Gentle Sounds is a set that definitely lives up to its title – and a record that features great KPM work from Johnny Pearson, Keith Mansfield, and Steve Gray! There's some subtle rhythms on most tracks – grooves, but gentle ones – often with some Latin or bossa percussion elements in the mix, blended with other instrumentation that includes acoustic guitar, flute, trumpet, and marimbas – all delivered with a beautifully mature style. This is grown-up late 60s Easy at its best – the kind that hit the best acoustics of the FM dial, for adults who really knew how to choose their sounds wisely. Titles include "The End Of The Day", "Please Mr Pearson", "Quiet Interlude", "Soft Sell", "Floating Bossa", and "Quiet Waltz". CD

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New Kevin CookFlip – The Inside Story Of TV's First Black Superstar ... Book
Viking, 2013. New Copy Hardcover ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
First superstar is right – as we remember Flip being one of the boldest, strongest, most powerful forces on TV back in the day – really bridging the gap between different worlds of American humor, while also sneaking in a subtle political agenda too! The Flip Wilson Show never seemed to get much circulation in reruns, which is a shame – but author Kevin Cook does a great job of telling its tale, as well as that of Wilson – who had a surprisingly checkered childhood, yet managed a strong rise to fame. The book is 227 pages, hardcover, with black and white images. Book
(Spine has a remainder mark.)

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New Marco Di MarcoMarco Di Marco Selection – Selected By Jazztronik ... CD
Modern Jazz/Village Again (Japan), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite pianists ever – presented here in a selection of classics that are hand-picked by Jazztronik! The mix of talents is no surprise – given the huge influence that Marco's had on global scenes over the years – first making big waves in Paris in the 70s, then reaching some big attention in London during the 90s, and even touching folks as far away as Japan with his work! Di Marco's got this wonderful mix of lyricism and rhythm that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a style that might be somewhere in the territory of American players like Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, or Jack Wilson – but which also has its own sort of European twist, thanks to superb rhythmic accompaniment on most numbers from Jacky Samson on bass and Charles Saudrais on drums. The range of tracks is wonderful – all of Marco's best groovers in one set, including some Fender Rhodes tracks as well – and titles include "Scufflin Along", "I Miei Ricordi", "Le Chat Qui Peche", "Dopo", "Par Avion", "You Caught Me", "Bossa With Regards", "Camparenda", and "Theme For Ginerva". CD

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New Don EllisSoaring ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger group jazz recordings! Like other MPS dates of the time, there's a nice mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the lineup – bass and guitar that kick the rhythms up strongly, plus keyboards and electrified strings that bring in their own unique sounds. Milcho Leviev handles the keys on the session – and titles are a fresh batch of numbers that include "Sidonie", "Image Of Maria", "Sladka Pitka", "Go Back Home", "Whiplash", "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece", and "Invincible". CD

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New Alain Goraguer/Andre Hodeir/Daniel Humair SoultetJazz In Paris – Jazz Et Cinema Vol 3 – Les Loups Dans La Bergerie/Les Tripes Au Soleil/The Connection ... CD
Universal (France), 1959/1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
3 rare French jazz soundtracks on one CD! First up is the music from the film Les Loups Dans La Bergerie, written by Serge Gainsbourg, and performed by Serge's arranger Alain Goraguer – in a hip modern mode that recalls some of the best soundtrack work by Barney Wilen, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey from the same period. Next up are 5 tracks from Les Tripes Au Soleil, written and performed by Andre Hodier – with a feel that's similar to that of Gourager's work, but perhaps a bit more modern. Hodier's tunes feature solos by Roger Guerin on trumpet and Pierre Gossez on alto, plus some performances by Christine Legrand. Last up are tracks from the Freddie Redd's score for The Connection – played by the Daniel Humair Soultet, a very cool group that features Humair on drums, Eddy Louiss on piano, Sonny Grey on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on tenor, and Rene Urtreger doing the arrangements. The work on the set's a wonderful variation on the American recording of the work – done by Redd and Jackie McLean – with a very different kind of energy that opens up the compositions nicely. Titles include "Wigglin", "Overdose", "Danse", "Le Desert", "Rhythm & Blues No 1", "Les Loups Dans La Bergerie", and "Cha Cha Cha Du Loup". CD

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New HeatwaveCentral Heating ... LP
Epic, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together wonderfully! The album hits equally well on all burners – with some key mellow cuts, and a few funkier upbeat numbers. Titles include loads of classics – like "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Star Of A Story", "Groove Line", "Send Out For Sunshine", and "Leavin For A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Labels have some pen.)
Also available Central Heating ... CD 5.99

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New IrakereIrakere ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial or slick, but free from some of the jarring shifts in styles that occurred before – and more in that sweet combination of rootsy percussion and Latin funk that made them great at their best previous moments! All players are great – and the lineup is almost a who's who of Cuban jazz at the time – with Chucho Valdes on piano and keyboards, Paquito D'Rivera on alto sax, and Arturo Sandoval on trumpet – plus guitar from Carlos Emilio Morales, percussion from Oscar Valdes, and tenor from Carlos Averhoff. The tracks were recorded live at the Montreux jazz festival – and titles include "Adagio", "Ilya", "Juana Mil Ciento", and the long "Misa Negra (The Black Mass)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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New Master Musicians Of JavaJasmine Isle – Javanese Gamelan Music ... LP
Nonesuch, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best recordings in the classic Nonesuch series of gamelan records, some of the first albums to ever bring gamelan music to the ears of American listeners! The sound here is an amazing blend of percussion and melody, rhythm and tone – with an otherworldly sound that first grabbed our ears years ago, and which we've loved ever since. If you're at all familiar with gamelan, you'll know the Javanese style is more mellow and atmospheric than the aggressive Balinese approach, with 10 tracks onthis album, including "Kebo Giro", "Liwung", "Pangkur", "Tijatrik II", and "Senggot". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nu ShoozI Can't Wait (vocal long Dutch mix, vocal American mix, vocal Dutch mix) ... 12-inch
Atlantic, 1986. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first few notes of this one are enough to send chills down our spine – slow stepping bass pedal lines that slide into some cool vocoded choruses – very electric and very downtempo, and surprisingly hip given the catchy crossover feel of the tune! The American mix has a bit more percussion and sparkly keys – fuller overall, which is why we're sticking with the Dutch one! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some light wear.)
 
 
 



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