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New Kwest Tha Madd LadThis Is My First Album ... CD
American, 1996. Used ... 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.)
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AbyssiniansArise ... CD
Virgin, 1978. Used ... $8.99
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Arise ... CD 8.99

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AbyssiniansArise ... CD
Virgin (Austria), 1978. Used ... $8.99
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
Also available Arise ... CD 8.99

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AirtoFingers (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1973. Used ... $9.99
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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New Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... CD
Motown, 2008. Used ... $5.99
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. CD

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Johnny CashAmerican Recordings ... CD
American, 1994. Used ... $1.99
Johnny Cash's first record for Rick Rubin's American Recordings label – and a late career reviving masterpiece for the great, distinctly American legend. Rubin's genius idea for Johnny Cash was to strip the sound to it's barest essence, and let Cash's deep, bass-vibrating baritone voice bring genuine, authoritative soul to a great batch of handpicked songs. Recorded for the most part in Cash's own Tennessee cabin, and backed by just acoustic guitar, Cash brings a soulful depth to seeming oddball covers and his own great songs alike. Titles include "The Man Who Couldn't Cry", "The Beast In Me", "Oh, Bury Me Not", "Bird On A Wire", "Tennessee Stud", "Like A Soldier", "Redemption", and "Delia's Gone". CD

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... $3.99
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
Also available This Is Criss! ... LP 7.99

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Don EllisSoaring ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1973. Used ... $6.99
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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Art FarmerBrass Shout/Aztec Suite ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $6.99
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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Stan GetzStan Getz In Stockholm (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $11.99
Stan Getz makes a key musical trip to Sweden – to showcase his affection for a jazz scene that had been growing strongly in the postwar years – often in directions that were similar to Stan's own sound at the time! The session is one of the first to pair Stan's tenor with a Swedish group – in this case the bass of Gunnar Johnson, drums of Anders Burman, and piano of Bengt Hallberg – the last of which brings sharper, more angular style to the music than some of Stan's accompanists on earlier American dates – pointing the way towards new experiments to come in his music! Hallberg really helps break the mold from other Getz Verve sessions of the period – and the relaxed, open-ended recording style of the date is almost an equal showcase for his talents as it is for Stan's! Titles include "Indiana", "Get Happy", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Everything Happens To Me", "Without A Song", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD

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Dexter GordonOne Flight Up (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $8.99
An unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". CD

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New Mats GustafssonParrot Fish Eye ... CD
Okka Disk, 1995. Used ... $9.99
One of the best accomplishments of the brilliant young Okka Disk label has been to record and document the monsterous talents of the brilliant young Swedish reed player Mats Gustafsson. Gustafsson's poised to become one of the next century's most important reed players, and his style is a near-indescribable mix of hundreds of influences – from 30's "trick" sax players, to Ayler and other American 60's avant players, to Swedish free and bop players, to influences as disparate and haunting as scratchy old 78's or the wind howling through an empty dumpster. This, his first American recording, was done in 1994, with Chicago based musicians Jim O'Rourke, Gene Coleman, and Michael Zerang. Great stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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Kip HanrahanDesire Develops An Edge ... CD
American Clave, 1983. Used ... $8.99
A really unique blend of Jazz, Latin, and world music influences – and one of the first albums ever by Kip Hanrahan! Hanrahan's records are always better than we expect – and we really have to give him credit for mixing together so many diverse influences, especially in the early 80s, when not that many folks were doing things like this! The record features players that include like minded jazzers like Steve Swallow and Arto Lindsay, Latin percussionists like Jerry Gonzalez and Milton Cardona, and even the legendary Jack Bruce, who sings on a few tracks. The result is a captivating blend of all elements involved, served up with a nice warm production style that doesn't stifle, but which gels everything nicely. Titles include "Two", "Far From Freetown", "Trust Me Yet?", "Nancy", and "Sara Wade". CD

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Edu LoboSergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo ... CD
A&M/Verve, 1970. Used ... $16.99
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Sergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo ... CD 13.99

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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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Frank Sinatra with Count BasieSinatra At The Sands ... CD
Reprise, 1966. Used ... $6.99
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.)
Also available Sinatra At The Sands ... CD 4.99

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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.)
Also available Sinatra At The Sands ... CD 6.99

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Kazumi Watanabe & Jimmy HoppsMudari ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1977. Used ... $9.99
A really unique session for guitarist Kazumi Watanabe – one that's co-led with American vocalist Jimmy Hopps! Hopps' work on the record is really wonderful – poetic and soulful, with a deep-voiced quality that sets the mood of the album from the very first tune. Vocal and instrumental numbers alternate – and Watanabe's playing in an introspective style that's relatively airy, and has a really evocative tone. Tenor sax player Joe Jacson's also on the record, and sings a bit – as does guest vocalist Reiko Aoki. Titles include "Handle Me Gently", "Brothers & Sisters", "Blues Africaine", "Lonesome Cat", "Ann", "Poem", and "Salute To Papa". CD
(Includes obi.)

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VariousSamba Soul 70! ... CD
Six Degrees/Ziriguiboom, Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
The sound of funky 70s Brazil! This excellent compilation brings together 16 lost funk and soul tunes from 70s Brazil – tracks inspired by American groups of the time, but touched with uniquely Brazilian influences that make them well worth discovering today. A few of these groups have shown up over the years on other reissues we've got here at Dusty Groove – but the quality of the overall set is excellent, really one of the first full explorations of this scene that we've ever stocked! And even though the package is put out by the remix-heavy Six Degrees label, rest assured that the tracks you'll hear on here are the real thing – all original gems from the classic heavy 70s scene! Titles include "Cosa Nostra" by Erlon Chaves, "Homenagem A Mongo" by Som Tres, "Nego Dito" by Branca Di Neve, "A Vida Em Seus Metodos Diz Calma" by Di Melo, "Mane Joao" by Wanderlea, "Saltei De Banda" by Elza Soares, "Jogaram O Caxanga" by De Savoya Combo, "Que Nega E Essa" by Trio Mocoto, and "Nao Vem Que Nao Tem" by Wilson Simonal. CD

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New HeatwaveCentral Heating ... CD
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". CD

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New Jaco PastoriusModern American Music – Period – The Criteria Tapes ... CD
Omnivore, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the earliest work ever from Jaco Pastorius – rare demo recordings, issued in this format for the first time ever – filled to the brim with the kind of groundbreaking basswork that Jaco helped pioneer! Many tracks are relatively spare, and really give you a great chance to hear the special skills that Pastorius brought to his instrument – that level of soloing that was even more deft than most work on horns, and which pushed the instrument into really amazing territory. Other instrumentation includes Fender Rhodes, drums, steel drums, and some percussion from Don Alias – and titles include "Balloon Song", "Pans #1", "Kuru", "Havona/Continuum", "Time Lapse", and "Opus Pocus". CD
(Mark thnrough barcode.)
Also available Modern American Music – Period – The Criteria Tapes (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 16.99

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New Silver ConventionSave Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available Save Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New VariousEthiopiques Volume 24 – Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music 1969 to 1975 ... CD
Buda (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mad music from the golden years of Ethiopian Music – and a set that's going to grab you every bit as much as the first few famous volumes of the Ethiopiques series! Like those sets, the collection here is completely fresh – sounds that really blow us away in their unique mix of styles – bits of American soul and funk buried somewhere down in the rhythms, complicated by a host of regional touches that include offbeat reed passages, romping basslines, and incredibly heartfelt vocals – more than moving enough, even if you don't understand the language! Fortunately, the booklet also offers notes in English, too – along with some fascinating historical details too – and the set's filled with great numbers that include "I Wanna Do My Thing" by The Ashantis, "Teredjew Neber" by Ayalew Mesfin, "Metche Dershe" by Seyfou Yohannes, "Tchereqa" by Menelik Wesnatchew, "Yagere Djegna" by Seyoum Gebreyes, "Come On & Do It" by The Ashantis, and "Ene Yewededkwat" by Tamrat Molla. CD

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New Emitt RhodesEmitt Rhodes Recordings 1969 to 1973 (American Dream/Emitt Rhodes/Mirror/Farewell To Paradise) ... CD
Hip-O Select, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The four great albums Emitt Rhodes cut between 1969 and 1973 – Emitt Rhodes, Mirror and Farewell To Paradise for ABC-Dunill, and the belatedly released American Dream for A&M – in one incredible 2CD package from Hip-O Select! We've always been huge fans of Emitt's earlier work with the late 60s psyche pop group The Merry Go Round, but these solo LPs hold an even more special place for us, since it's the last of his stuff we'd ever hear! Emitt is a home recording genius from the days when crafting a pop record in a home studio – essentially writing, arranging and playing the instruments all by himself, was a nearly unbelievable accomplishment – and that's the case with 3 of the 4 albums in this set. The exception, American Dream, was recorded first, but released a couple years later by A&M, and features wonderful tunes originally intended as Merry Go Round material, with exceptional session players such as Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel & Don Randi. It was recorded 1969 and finally released by A&M in '71, and it includes "Mother Earth", "Pardon Me", "Let's All Sing", "Holly Park", "'The The Day After" and more. Disc one of this set also includes the near perfect self-titled set, which was recorded and released in 1970, with the tracks "With My Face On The Floor", "Somebody Made For Me", "Long Time No See", "Lullabye", "Fresh As A Daisy", "You Must Have" and more from the Emitt Rhodes LP. Disc two includes the Mirrors album from 1971, with "Birthday Lady", "Better Side Of Life", "Mirror", "My Love Is Strong", the "Bubblegum The Blues/I'm A Cruiser" medley and more, plus the Farewell To Paradise album with "Warm Self Sacrifice", "Drawn To You", "See No Evil", "Bad Men", "Farewell To Paradise" and more, plus the bonus non-album track "Tame The Lion". Amazing stuff – really some of our favorite easygoing post psyche pop of the era – and this set captures all of it! CD
(Out of print, sticker over digipack barcode.)

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New Watch OutGeneral Richardson ... CD
Monde Green (Spain), 2011. Used ... Out Of Stock
Heavy congas, hard-hitting horns, and tight soulful vocals – an excellent debut set from Watch Out – one of the funkiest European combos we've heard in years! The group have a natural, organic feel that's very nice – a way of serving up the kind of full funky sound that you'd hear from the 70s mainstream in the US, but with an energy that's much more fitting to a more obscure, funky 45 sort of outfit! This blend of modes comes from some especially thoughtful production – a way of recording the record that sets the group apart from both the frequent American and British funky albums of this nature – and even from some of their Spanish contemporaries as well. Instrumentation is always tight, and the rhythms are almost always at the head of the pack – kicking things off with a groove first, then letting the vocals and melodic moments follow along in the mix. Titles include "Black Cat", "Tap The Time", "Tasting", "K Cheese", "Check 5", "Everybody's Getting Down", and "Tea Pot". CD
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John BeltranAmericano ... CD
Exceptional (UK), 2002. Used ... $6.99
An overlooked gem from the amazing John Beltran – beautifully jazzy, and the first record that really had him breaking away from straighter dancefloor electronics! The set is filled with as many acoustic sounds as it is electronic ones – as John brings in flute, percussion, guitar, piano, and a host of Latin-influenced styles – all to open up a groove that's got an incredibly sunny vision. A few tracks have vocals, but the real charm of the set is in the instrumental work – and the overall sound is a real precursor to Beltran's later albums on Ubiquity – done here with a style that's almost got a bit more "roots"! Titles include "Respectall", "Siesta Key", "Caboclo", "Dreamin", "Soul Sketching", "Generations", "Expecting Rain", "Watercolored Dreams", and "Love Static". CD

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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoAmericans Swinging In Paris – The Pathe Sessions (Les Stances A Sophie/People In Sorrow) ... CD
EMI (France), 1969/1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great CD that features 2 of the Art Ensemble's best French recordings! The first part of the CD features the stunning album Les Stances A Sophie – probably the greatest album ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – and also one of their rarest! The group's never been finer – and plays with a creative tightness that you'll be hard pressed to find on other records. Some tracks are almost straight jazz – but there's all these wonderful little breakdowns and burst of creative energy that keep the AACM spirit alive and true. The centerpiece of the album is the massive "Theme De Yoyo", a righteous powerful groover that features vocals by Fontella Bass (wife of Lester Bowie of the group), and which has become an all-time jazz dance classic! Other tracks have a sparer soundtracky feel, and a few more are in the experimental vein of the Art Ensemble's other Paris work at the time. Wonderful overall though – and an incredibly righteous album filled with power and imagination! Titles include "Theme De Celine", "Proverbes", "Theme Libra", and "Variations Sur Un Theme De Monteverdi". People In Sorrow is quite a different record – and features one long track, the title cut, with very spare music, and lots of isolated bass work, horn solos, and percussion – played by the quartet of Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, and Malachi Favors. The track's a nice counterpart to the music on the first part of the disc – long, moody, and almost chillout in nature! CD
(Out of print.)