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Brand New HeaviesGet Used To It ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2006. Used .... $4.99
N'Dea Davenport returns to the Brand New Heavies – and the result is one of the greatest records from the group in many many years! The sound's here is totally wonderful – a real return to the classic funk of the Brand New Heavies' roots – and having N'Dea back in the vocal chair, it's almost as if 15 years have fallen off the calendar – taking us back to a time when we had complete and total faith in the group! Production is wonderful too – spare, stripped down, and with the grittier, more soulful edges of the first few records. Drums are heavy, basslines are tight, and we're plenty proud to say that after many years, the Brand New Heavies are very firmly back in the business of funky music! Great stuff all around – no hype, no gimmicks, and a real back to basics set that's probably a decade overdue! Titles include "Sex God", "Let's Do It Again", "We Won't Stop", "Get Used To It", "We've Got", "I Don't Know Why", "Right On", "Music", "All Fired Up", "Love Is", "I've Been Touched", and "I Just Realized". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy .... $13.99
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". CD

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Deep JazzMeeting ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy .... $12.99
The amazing second album from Deep Jazz – and every bit as spiritual and soulful as the first! These guys really blew us away with their debut, and we're loving them even more this time around – and can honestly say that they're one of the few contemporary combos to ever get our favorite sounds of the 70s just right – that magical music that came out on labels like Strata East and other small indies of the time – that post-Coltrane generation when musicians really stretched their skills to the heavens in search of new sounds! The arrangements, production, and execution here are wonderful – with no modern tricks or gimmicks to get in the way at all – and in addition to great warm acoustic bass from group leader Jerker Kluge, the set also features alto, tenor, flute, bass clarinet, and piano – plus some great Alice Coltrane-like harp, sweet percussion, and even female vocals on a few cuts. Titles include the great originals "No Doubt", "The Meeting", "Movement", "Mystic Sky", "Invisible", and "East & West" – plus great versions of "Little Sunflower" and "Spirits Up Above". CD

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New Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 ... LP
Liberty, 1959. Very Good- .... $6.99
Sublime late 50s work from Martin Denny – his third album under the Exotica banner, and almost a deeper and weirder album than the other two! The sound here is extremely haunting – even more freed from conventional melody than the rest, and very fixated on the tonal possibilities that could be produced from Denny's unique grouping of percussion, piano, bass, and vibes. There's few tricks or gimmicks on the set – just a spare and other-worldly approach to music that's totally great! Titles include "Manila", "Mama Iti E Papa E", "Bamboo Lullaby", "Ringo Oiwake", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Congo Train", and "Beautiful Kahana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label pressing. Cover has a bit of splitting on the top seam.)
Also available Exotica Vol 3 (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD 6.99

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Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), 1959. New Copy .... $6.99
Sublime late 50s work from Martin Denny – his third album under the Exotica banner, and almost a deeper and weirder album than the other two! The sound here is extremely haunting – even more freed from conventional melody than the rest, and very fixated on the tonal possibilities that could be produced from Denny's unique grouping of percussion, piano, bass, and vibes. There's few tricks or gimmicks on the set – just a spare and other-worldly approach to music that's totally great! Titles include "Manila", "Mama Iti E Papa E", "Bamboo Lullaby", "Ringo Oiwake", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Congo Train", and "Beautiful Kahana". CD
Also available Exotica Vol 3 ... LP 6.99

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Ethnic Heritage EnsembleMama's House Live ... CD
Katalyst, 2008. New Copy .... $9.99
It's hard to believe the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is 35 years old – especially when Kahil El'Zabar looks so young on the cover, and when the group's sound is fresher than ever! The album's got a really beautiful, timeless sort of feel – spiritual jazz that few groups can play this well – balanced between El'Zabar's percussion and kalimba, the trumpet of Corey Wilkes, and the saxes of Ernest Dawkins – all key players in the Chicago scene, carrying on a rich tradition of AACM expression and other spiritual sounds. The album's wonderfully free from gimmicks – some of the most back to basics work we've heard from Kahil in years, and a great reminder of why we first fell in love with his music a few decades back – and the balance of the two horn players over percussion really creates a strong sense of power in the record – a bold vision that comes through beautifully! Titles include "Barundi", "Kari", "Oof", "All Blues", and "Ornette". CD

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Jumping JacquesAvalon ... CD
Petra (Italy), 1968. New Copy .... $11.99
Stunning vocal work by this hip late 60s group – the ultra-groovy Jumping Jacques, a vocal ensemble who really knew how to swing! The group feature male/female voices blended in a style that's reminiscent of some of the best European 60s soundtracks – harmonizing in a mode that's jazzy, but also infused with some very mod touches, snapping along in grooves that dip and turn nicely, with some very swinging moments. Place these guys right next to the best work by Les Double Six, I Cantori Modern, The Gimmicks, or Brasil 66 – but give them a lot of credit for their unique and psychedelic approach to the style, making a record like this mad work that's uniquely their own! Titles include "Chili Peppers", "Haunted House", "Double Francoise", "La Terre Le Ciel Et L'Eau", "Lucinda", "Just A Little Midnight Swim", and "Whispering". CD

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Jumping JacquesSugar & Spice ... CD
Petra (Italy), 1968. New Copy .... $11.99
A very cool group that's as groovy as their name! The Jumping Jacques were a 60s French vocal group who took elements of other French groups – like The Swingle Singers or Les Double Six – and worked in a mode that was very mod, and very 60s! The tunes on the set sparkle with inventive vocal pyrotechnics – dipping bass parts, floating soprano lines, skipping scatting tenor and alto bits – all coming together in a lovely blend of male and female vocals, dancing lightly with all the charm of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66. Most tracks are non-verbal – in that the vocals are working in more of a scatting instrumental mode, jazzily grooving on a set of original tunes by leader Jacques Hendrix. Very cool, and very much in the mode of mid 60s Michel Legrand soundtracks, The Gimmicks, and other bits of European grooviness! Titles include "Let Them Eat Cake", "Gossip & Chatter", "Someday We'll Know", "Somehow I Feel I Must Be Dreaming", "Offbeat Fugue", and "Love Me Now". CD

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Barney KesselTo Swing Or Not To Swing – Barney Kessel Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Very Good- .... $2.99
Given Barney's touch on the guitar, you can bet that a record like this hardly could claim "not to swing" – and the session's a tight groover done in a way that clearly marks Kessel as one of the best guitar talents of his generation! The recording quality of the album is wonderful – and Kessel's right up front in the mix, often varying his tone slightly from track to track – in a way that makes for a wider voice on the session, but one that's also free from gimmicks. Other players include Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Georgie Auld, and Harry Edison – and titles include "Contemporary Blues", "Happy Feeling", "Begin The Blues", "Wail Street", "Don't Blame Me", and "Moten Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with some clicks on all sides.)

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Kool & The GangAs One (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $14.99
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great production for the album – helping them to focus their energy and soar soulfully, but without resorting to any stiff gimmicks or cliches! There's a great groove running through most of the numbers here – a confident quality that's never too commercial, and which bubbles along nicely throughout. Titles include "Street Kids", "Big Fun", "As One", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho", "Let's Go Dancin", and "Pretty Baby". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Big Fun (single)", "Let's Go Dancin (single)", "Street Kids (single)", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho (single)", "Let's Go Dancin (12" promo rmx)", and "Street Kids (12" dance rmx)". CD

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New Kool & The GangSomething Special (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy .... $14.99
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". CD features lots of bonus tracks – include "Steppin Out (12" mix)", "Get Down On It (12" mix)", "Take My Heart (12" mix)", "Stop", "Steppin Out (single)", "Get Down On It (single)", and "Take My Heart (single)". CD

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Linda Lovelace & OthersDeep Throat Anthology Parts 1 & 2 ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1972/1974. Used .... $9.99
A new issue of the classic porn funk soundtrack – now with the addition of music from Deep Throat II! Deep Throat is one of the most famous porn films from the early 70s – a runaway hit that made porn star Linda Lovelace a household name at the time. But over and above the nudie images and clit-in-the-throat gimmick that got the films so much press, both movies actually had some great music too – recorded anonymously for the films, but with a quality level that really makes them stand out. The instrumentals have a perfect porno groove to them – lots of slinky guitar, bass, and drums – topped with warm keyboards that snake around like some pleasure-driven blonde on the satin sheets of a shag-rugged motel room. And some of the tunes are vocal numbers – with a silly, sexy approach that's really great – and which only further serves to play up the gimmicks of the movies! If you've purchased the previous issue of some of the music from the first film – throw it out – because the audio quality for this edition is much improved – remastered from the original reels – and it comes in a great package with 24-page booklet and liner notes by Ron Jeremy! The music from the second film is presented first, then followed by the full score of the first film – presented with additional dialogue bits as well! 20 tracks in all, with titles that include "She's Got To Have It", "Deeper & Deeper", "La La La", "Latino", "Deep Throat", "Saxy", "Run Linda Run", "Driving With Linda", "Deep Throat To You All", "Love Is Strange", and "Money Is No Object". CD
(Out of print.)

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Otto Luening & Vladimir UssachevskyTape Recorder Music – At The Museum Of Modern Art ... LP
Innovation 2/Cacophonic (UK), 1952. New Copy (reissue).... $22.99
Amazing early tape experiments from the team of Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky – both early pioneers in postwar space age sounds! The work here was performed for the Museum of Modern Art in the early 50s – and as such, has a quality that's never too stark or dark – but which still pushes the boundaries of the medium! There's a sense of melody and tone that separates this music from some of the darker electronic work of the period – yet the whole thing is also free of any gimmicks or too-playful passages that would make the whole thing sound cheesy. The recording is very much on a par with Luening's other great work of the 50s – and titles include "Fantasy In Space", "Sonic Contours", "Incantation", "Poem In Cycles & Bells", and "Low Speed". LP, Vinyl record album

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MaxwellBlack Summer's Night (CD & DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 2009. Used CD & DVD .... $7.99
A massive return to form for Maxwell – his first album in many years, but definitely well worth the wait! The set's supposedly the start of a trilogy – but hell, we're more than happy to have it all on its own – a wonderful reminder of the deeply soulful sound that first made us fall in love with Maxwell's music many years back – at a time when few mainstream soul artists could hit such a classic vibe – equally amazing all these years later, as Maxwell's still doing it better than most! Tunes are beautifully-written – straightforward, without any gimmicks, and cascading in warm beats, laidback grooves, and those sweetly crackling vocals that make Maxwell a winner on both mellow and funky numbers. Titles include "Bad Habits", "Cold", "Pretty Wings", "Playing Possum", "Phoenix Rise", "Stop The World", and "Love You". DVD runs for 23 minutes – and includes "5 Days Of Black", "Intro", "Pretty Wings", "Help Somebody", "Cold", "Stop The World", "Love You", and "Pretty Wings". CD

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Jackie McLeanHat Trick – Jackie McLean Meets Junko Onishi ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1996. New Copy .... $22.99
No tricks, no gimmicks – just a set that's deeply respectful of all the sharp edges of Jackie McLean's years of work on alto sax, but which also has him nicely returning to the mainstream spotlight as well! By that, we don't mean that there's anything soft or commercial about the record – just that it brings Jackie into sharp focus in setting that shows all the brilliance he'd developed on his horn over the years – with strong production, and great backing from a group that features Junko Onishi on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums! McLean's tone is tremendous – still one of the most unique voices ever on his instrument – and tracks include "Jackie's Hat", "Will You Still Be Mine", "Sentimental Journey", "Left Alone", and "Little Melonae". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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MiilkboneDa' Miilkrate ... LP
Capitol, 1995. Sealed .... $29.99
Beats by Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature and Nick Wiz, amongst others, and guest spots by Biggie and AZ. 18 tracks counting the interludes, including "No Gimmicks", "Keep It Real", "How Ya Like It?", "Where'z Da Party At?", "Murder Verbs", "CheckMe Out" and "Kids On The Ave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shinkwrap has a hole in front.)

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MoonglowsBest Of Bobby Lester & The Moonglows ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy .... $13.99
Some of the greatest doo wop of the 50s – big hits, to be sure, but still incredible work that helped to redefine the sound of the vocal group at the time! Bobby Lester's time with the Moonglows was a really special moment for the group – a point when they started to focus their sound even more, and create that strong sense of juxtaposition and surprise that made even simple tunes sparkle with a humanity that was really wonderful. They never resorted to tricks or gimmicks in the way that some other groups did, but they managed to make each tune really come alive with their own special magic – in a sound that still explodes off a record like this years later! Titles include "Ten Commandments Of Love", "In My Diary", "Blue Velvet", "Sincerely", "Most Of All", and "Over & Over Again". CD

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MoonglowsBest Of Bobby Lester & The Moonglows ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Good+ .... $23.99
Some of the greatest doo wop of the 50s – big hits, to be sure, but still incredible work that helped to redefine the sound of the vocal group at the time! Bobby Lester's time with the Moonglows was a really special moment for the group – a point when they started to focus their sound even more, and create that strong sense of juxtaposition and surprise that made even simple tunes sparkle with a humanity that was really wonderful. They never resorted to tricks or gimmicks in the way that some other groups did, but they managed to make each tune really come alive with their own special magic – in a sound that still explodes off a record like this years later! Titles include "Ten Commandments Of Love", "In My Diary", "Blue Velvet", "Sincerely", "Most Of All", and "Over & Over Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing – clean, but with surface marks. Cover is nice!)

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New PrimerideanDa Mornin' Afta ... CD
All Natural, 2008. Used .... $2.99
The best work yet from Chicago's Primeridian – featuring funky all international production for homegrown All Natural, Inc – with beats by Nicolay, J-Rose, Willow and DJ Steady – with appearances by Naledge of Kidz In The Hall and Imani of Pharcyde! There's an underground of funk in the beats – and the roster of UK, Netherlands, Norway & France bred producers do a pretty tight job here of crafting the right beats for the MCs rather – no gimmicks, pure prime quality funky hip hop. Tracks include "Change The Meridian (Hard Rock)" feat No Mercy, "High Noon Stank, "Bucktown (City Of Wind)", feat Naledge, "Hang On" (Nicolay rmx)", "Takuthere" feat Yaw, Iomos Marad & Uncle Imani, "Whistle While You Work", "Let's Go" and more. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Raw SpittRaw Spitt ... CD
Canyon/Alive, 1970. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
A lost treasure from the Swamp Dogg universe of the early 60s – and one of the first albums to ever feature the vocals of Charlie Whitehead too! Charlie works here as a Swamp Dogg protege – and Swamp arranged, produced, and wrote most of the tracks on the record – with that great deep soul style of his own early gems! The vibe here is more straight ahead, with less of the gimmicks or jokes of Swamp's music – but we mean that in a good way, as Charlie really shines as a singer of southern soul – working here in the Capricorn studios down in Macon. At times, the set has a lot more overt politicism than your average southern soul album from the time – especially on tracks like "Call Me N_gger" and "The Freedom Under Certain Konditions Marching Band" – and oher tracks include "I Dig Black Girls", "Who Do They Think They Are?", and "Sweet Bird Of Success". CD

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

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Pharoah SandersTauhid ... CD
Impulse, 1967. Used .... $9.99
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, spiritual jazz that flows out with a timeless power, and a quality that almost out-Coltrane's Coltrane! All tracks are long, expressive, and freely flowing – building with a very organic sense of energy – totally free from any gimmicks or cliche. Players include Dave Burrell on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Sharrock on guitar – and Pharoah plays alto, tenor, and piccolo – and even vocalizes a bit. The album begins with the amazing "Upper & Lower Egypt" – which is a perfect illustration of the two sides of Pharoah's genius – free/out & spiritual/modal – and other titles include "Japan", and "Capricorn Rising". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mongo SantamariaEl Pussy Cat ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Very Good+ .... $19.99
A really pivotal album in the career of Mongo Santamaria – one that has Mongo stripping down the groove, kicking up some jazz, and mixing together soulful styles that brought him to the top of the Latin crowd of the 1960s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond any of Santamaria's previous albums – a no-nonsense approach that makes for some incredibly hard-hitting numbers – heavy on the conga, but also featuring strong piano lines from Rodger Grand, trumpet from Marty Sheller, flute and tenor from Hubert Laws, and alto sax and baritone from Bobby Capers! This small combo provides pretty much all of the instrumentation for the record – and there's no added tricks or gimmicks, just hard-grooving Latin jazz at its best! Titles include "El Pussy Cat", "Together", "Black Eyed Peas", "Ritmo Negro", "Sarai", "Hammer Head", and "Afro Lypso". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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Horace SilverHorace-Scope ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Poor .... $14.99
Early 60s magic from Horace Silver – working here at the height of his youthful powers! The album's a perfect example of the sound that Silver created while at Blue Note – a lyrically melodic approach to soul jazz, but one that was able to open up the rhythms past stock riffs and gimmicks – and grow into a magnificent sound that never failed to excite! The group on the set is perfect – with Junior Cook on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Gene Taylor on bass, and the incredible Roy Brooks on drums – and the tunes sparkle with wit, warmth, and imagination throughout! Titles include "Where You At", "Without You", "Horace-Scope", "Nica's Dream", "Strollin", and "Yeah!". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street deep groove pressing! Vinyl has marks, and plays with some crackles – but music comes through pretty well overall. Cover has some aging, but is intact and not bad overall.)

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Jack TeagardenJack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy .... $13.99
The album definitely lives up to the title, and features the mighty Jack Teagarden in a number of small group settings – all with a straight ahead punch that gets away from some of the gimmicks of his other 50s sessions! Teagarden's trombone is still one of the sharpest instruments of his generation of jazz – and Jack works here with a mix of players that includes Jimmy McPartland on trumpet, Edmond Hall on clarinet, Dick Cary on piano, Walter Page on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. Most arrangements are by Cary – and Jack sings just a bit, in that wonderfully raspy style of his. Titles include "Misery & The Blues", "Bad Acting Woman", "Meet Me Where They Play The Blues", "Music To Love By", and "High Society". CD

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Toots ThielemansSoul Of Toots Thielemans ... CD
Hanover/Signature (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... $15.99
One of the strongest jazz albums we've ever heard from Toots Thielemans – and one of the straightest, too! The session has a no-gimmicks, straight-ahead approach that features Toots grooving on guitar and harmonica in small combo format – working with the Ray Bryant trio, and coming up with a sound that's surprisingly soulful – that pure "Toots" sound we always look for on other records, but don't always find! The addition of Ray's piano is mighty nice – and gives the record a great undercurrent of soul – and bass is by Tommy Bryant, and drums are by Oliver Jackson. There's a bit of sweet whistling next to the guitar on a few tracks, and titles include "Soul", "Nuages", "Misty", "Brother John", and "Confirmation". CD

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Cedar WaltonAnimation/Soundscapes ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy .... $16.99
A long-overdue reissue – both of Cedar Walton's fusion albums for Columbia – back to back on a single CD! Animation is one of Cedar Walton's mid 70s funky jazz efforts – acoustic keys often traded for electric piano, grooving with a funky bigger band, almost in a Ramsey Lewis mode – a really great shift that makes the record a nice change from the usual Walton groove! Cedar's a lot busier on the keys than Ramsey was at the time, though – not as kicked-back Fender Rhodes as he is keeping up a tight and soulful fusion groove. The approach is quite different from Walton's other albums of earlier years, but actually works quite well – and the album's a tasty set of smoother soul and funk-infused numbers, with a hint of Brazilian touches as well! Tracks include "Another Star", "Charmed Circle", "Jacob's Ladder", "Precious Mountain", "If It Could Happen", and "Ala Eduardo". Soundscapes is brilliant work from Cedar Walton – a wonderful bit of soulful fusion from the crucially overlooked late 70s years of Columbia Jazz. The album's got a blend of soul and jazz that's similar to work at the time by Bobby Hutcherson or Freddie Hubbard – occasional vocals, larger lusher production, and a style that was really well suited to bringing together the best of fusion and soul, without resorting to tricks or gimmicks. The album's filled with really wonderful cuts that are completely unlike most of Walton's other work – and which show him to be an amazing talent in the soul end of the spectrum, not just in the soul jazz one that we're used to. Tunes are wonderful, arrangements are brilliant – and the album manages to be smooth without losing any depth. Titles include the great groover "Latin America", plus "Warm To The Touch", "NPS", "Sixth Avenue", and "Naturally". CD

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VariousDJ Mitsu The Beats – Solid Black ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1970s/2012. New Copy .... $13.99 18.99
DJ Mitsu takes on the legendary Black Jazz label from the 70s – and serves up a sublime mix of spiritual and funky jazz classics from some of the company's greatest records! Mitsu's one of the few cats we could trust with a project like this – and as with his Fender Rhodes mixes from a few years back, this one really respects the core essence of the tunes – yet also finds a way to make them flow beautifully into one another – a 28 track blend of magical music that stands as a great testament to the soulful, spiritual depth of the Black Jazz catalog! There's no tricks or gimmicks at all – just sweet sounds galore – and titles include "Listen Here" and "For Heaven's Sake" by Gene Russell, "Soft Spirit" and "Plastic Creek Stomp" by Henry Franklin, "Infant Eyes" and "Revelation" by Doug Carn, "Little Dance" and "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Aunt Lovely" and "Shaw Neeq" by Calvin Keys, "Magic Wand Of Love" and "Maiden Voyage" by Kellee Patterson, "Mode For DD" and "Slinky" by The Awakening, "Trip One" and "Power House" by Chester Thompson and "Funky Mama Moose" by Roland Haynes. CD

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VariousLoose Lips Might Sink Ships – Greasy Instrumental Magic From The Vault Of Lux & Ivy ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy .... $13.99
Mindblowing instrumentals from the early years of rock – hardly the conventional sounds of the time, and instead some really incredible tracks that seem to make as much use of early studio tricks as they do of the instrumentation! The blend of studio and music is completely cool on these cuts – as most numbers are done with these simple but effective gimmicks that make the spare sounds even more wonderful – bits of echo or fuzz, offbeat electronics, and some other great tricks done to give the tracks a real edge – way beyond any rock n roll cliches you might expect from the time! The whole thing's incredibly urgent – the kind of music we'd pay big money to see live if anyone was making sounds like this now – and titles include "Like Thunder" by The Rialtos, "The Snake" by Maximillian, "March Slave Boogie" by Homer Denison Jr, "Scorpion" by The Carnations, "Road Block" by Teen Rockers, "Buzzsaw Twist" by The Gee Cees, "Firewater" by The Premiers, and "Caterpillar Crawl" by The Strangers. CD

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New Marc Cary Focus TrioMarc Cary Focus Trio Live 2009 ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A damn great little trio – one led by the energies of Marc Cary, but really working together tightly as a unit from the very first note! There's a pulsating energy to the performance we really love – even on some of the mellower cuts – kind of a flow, or a wave of sound that ripples through and carries the music onward in really wonderful ways – far more dynamic than usual for a piano trio set, yet without any gimmicks or tricks, either! Sameer Gupta is on drums, David Ewell is on bass, and titles include "Attachment", "Twilight", "Runnin Out Of Time", "Minor March", "Just In Time", "KC Bismallah Khan", and "Slow Blues For MLK". CD

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New Terry GibbsEl Nutto ... LP
Limelight, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album by Terry Gibbs – one that's free from the gimmicks that could sometimes mar his other efforts, and which really lets the vibist get a chance to open up in a session of straight ahead tunes with a surprising degree of soul! The group on the set's a quartet – with Alice McCloud on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and John Dentz on drums – and all the tunes on the set are originals by Gibbs, with a level of imagination and melodic creation that we never would have expected from him! The whole thing's pretty darn great, and filled with interesting tracks that include "The Young Ones", "El Flippo", "The Nightie Night Waltz", "Little S", "Hey Pretty", and "Little C". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gatefold. Cover has some wear, sticker remnant and some wrinkling near the bottom. The inner booklet has been torn out but is included.)

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New Kool & The GangAs One ... LP
De-Lite, 1982. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great production for the album – helping them to focus their energy and soar soulfully, but without resorting to any stiff gimmicks or cliches! There's a great groove running through most of the numbers here – a confident quality that's never too commercial, and which bubbles along nicely throughout. Titles include "Street Kids", "Big Fun", "As One", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho", "Let's Go Dancin", and "Pretty Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New Otis ReddingPain In My Heart (mono version – 180 gram vinyl) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Volt/Atco, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Otis Redding's greatest LPs! Unlike some of his others – which either had some filler, some gimmicks, or were collections of material released after his death – this one is a totally solid batch of southern soul tracks that ranks with some of the best work to come out of Memphis during the 60s. The record features some real gems – originals by Redding like "Hey Hey Baby", "Security", "These Arms Of Mine", "Something Is Worrying Me", and "That's What My Heart Needs" – plus some great covers, like "The Dog", "Pain In My Heart", and "I Need Your Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 5000 copies.)

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New Irma ThomasWoman's Viewpoint – The Essential 1970s Recordings ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lesser-known side of Irma Thomas' career – especially when compared to her legendary soul recordings of the 60s – but a package that showcases a whole new range of her talents! The tracks on this set are pulled from a variety of 70s recordings done by Irma for labels that include Fungus, Canyon, RCS, and Roker – and most are in a deeper soul mode than before, with rootsy touches that move past the more polished backgrounds of Thomas' work in the 60s – really emphasizing the harder sound of her excellent vocals. Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams produced a good number of tunes in the collection, but all are taken straight, soulful, and southern – with none of the gimmicks of his own work, and a good earthy approach that's similar to Williams' contemporaneous productions for Doris Duke. 19 tracks in all, with full notes on this stretch of Irma's career – and a set list that includes "In Between Tears", "She'll Never Be Your Wife", "These Four Walls", "You're The Dog", "Turn My World Around", "I'm So In Love", "A Woman Left Lonely", "Zero Willpower", "Safe With Me", "Looking Back", and "We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore". CD

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New Cal TjaderShining Sea ... LP
Concord, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late date for Cal, but a great one too – the kind of a session that shows that his fire was never dampened after years of different albums in different settings – and that his sound was always wonderfully suited to a small group set! The album's got an easy-going grace that might be overlooked at first – no tricks, no gimmicks, and no electricity – but Cal's a hell of a leader with a wonderful vision, bringing in a nice mix of jazz and easy influences to a group that includes Hank Jones on piano and Scott Hamilton on tenor. The tunes are all Johnny Mandel compositions, and titles include "Quietly There", "Emily", "Unless It's You", "Time For Love", "The Shining Sea", and "Song From MASH". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some wear.)

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New Mel TormeIt's A Blue World ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful albums ever from the great Mel Torme – and a set that's a bit different than his other work for the Bethlehem label too! The set features Mel singing to lush backings from arranger Al Pellegrini – who brings in a mode that definitely lives up to the blue tones promised in the title – with enough melancholy moments in the mix to rival the sound of Frank Sinatra's classic Wee Small Hours album. The voice of the Velvet Fog is perfect in such a setting – and Torme's all serious, all classic, all the way through – no gimmicks or tricks or goofy moments at all. Titles include "How Long Has This Been Going On", "It's A Blue World", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good", "All This & Heaven Too", "Wonderful One", and "Stay As Sweet As You Are". CD

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New Phil Woods & Tom HarrellJazz Masters – Phil Woods & Tom Harrell ... CD
LRC, 1986. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Clean, simple, and beautiful blowing from the frontline team of Phil Woods on alto and Tom Harrell on trumpet – a great little date that's recorded with a beautifully understated quality! There's no tricks, gimmicks, or too-contemporary influences to bog the set down – and both players are very focused in their work here, moving in unison as if they'd been sharing the same bandstand for a number of years. The full group's a quintet – with Hal Galper on piano, Steve Gilmore on bass, and Bill Goodwin on drums – and the tunes are a wonderful mix of bold colors and sharper solo lines – on titles that include "Times Mirror", "Ya Know", "Tenor Of The Times", "Another Jones", "111-44", and "My Azure". CD

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New BeatnutsMusical Massacre ... CD
Loud, 1999. Used .... Out Of Stock
Another nice one from the Beatnuts. The production on just about every track is tight, as the Beatnuts continue to develop their style of straight-ahead hip hop steering clear of any of the current gimmicks. Stand out cuts include "Slam Pit" with Common and Cuban Link, the singles "Beatnuts Forever" and "Se Acabo", and some conscious verses from Dead Prez on "Look Around." Other guest MC's include Biz Markie, Greg Nice. CD
(Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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New Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), Mid 50s. Used .... Out Of Stock
Excellent small group work from vibist Terry Gibbs – just the kind of set that shows why he was one of the best known players on his instrument in the 50s! Gibbs has a clear, clean style here that's never too laidback, nor too prone to over-done flourishes – a style that was born in swing, informed by bop, and carried off beautifully by a quartet on the date that includes Terry Pollard on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Bert Dale (aka Nils Bertil Dahlander) on drums. The sound is nicely straight ahead – no gimmicks, no schtick, just nicely grooving work on vibes and piano – with tracks that include "Seven Come Eleven", "Lonely Dreams", "Dickie's Dream", "Imagination", "King City Stomp", "Pretty Face", "The Continental", "Bless My Soles", and "Nutty Notes". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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New Earl KlughWishful Thinking ... LP
Capitol, 1984. Used .... Out Of Stock
Smooth fusion from one of the greats – and although an 80s set, a record that still holds onto most of the best warmth of Earl Klugh's earlier years! The production is surprisingly laidback at points – never too many 80s gimmicks or easy attempts at a hit – and Earl plays with arrangements from Dave Matthews, Don Sebesky, and Johnny Mandel – all top-shelf talents who know best how to keep the sound in line. All tracks are Klugh originals – and tunes include "Tropical Legs", "Wishful Thinking", "A Natural Thing", "All The Time", and "The Only One For Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Karin Krog & Steve Kuhn TrioNew York Moments (aka Where You At) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enja/Muzak (Japan), 2003. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Beautiful recent work from Karin Krog – one of the few singers who's continued to hold our attention after decades of recording! Krog's lost none of her brilliance on this set – and is working here with pianist Steve Kuhn, who helps reintroduce some of the offbeat qualities that made Karin's 70s albums so great – yet manages to do so without any tricks or gimmicks, moving alongside the vocals as a beautiful exercise in understatement. Most importantly, Kuhn contributed a good number of compositions to the album – the well-written, enigmatic vocal tunes that Krog, Monica Zetterlund, and others recorded so well years back – and which are still some of our favorite lyrical numbers in jazz. The set also features some of the tunes recorded by Krog with John Surman – and titles include "Saharan", "Canto Mai", "It Could Be Hip", "Lazy Afternoon", "Where You At", "Meaning Of Love", "Kaleidoscopic Vision", "Missing Calada", and "Speak Of Love". CD

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New James MoodyComin' On Strong ... LP
Argo, 1963. Used .... Out Of Stock
A prime Argo gem from James Moody – and key proof that when he wanted to, he could be one of the hippest cats working in 60s jazz! The approach here is subtle, but amazing – a blend of hardbop with some of the more modern ideas that were coming up in the post-bop generation from the team of Moody and Dizzy Gillespie. The rhythms are quite complicated at times – very fresh and vibrant, but without any of the easy gimmicks that other 60s artists would fall into – like vamping soul jazz or borrowed bossa lines. Instead, working in a combo with a young Kenny Barron, Moody concentrates on fresh timings and complicated changes – modes that push his own work on alto, tenor, and flute far from expected territory – and which also features Barron on piano and organ, George Eskridge on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums. Tracks include "Zanzibar", "Dizzy", "Ole", "Sonnymoon For Two", and a nice version of "Fly Me To The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing.)

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New TomsToms ... LP
Black Sheep, 1979. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
A rare slice of power pop from the end of the 70s – just the kind of indie label gem that makes the genre so great! In a world where so many other groups were getting punky or quirky, The Toms keep things tight and right – really focusing on catchy melodies and well-penned rhythms – delivered with a simple, straightforward approach that's free from gimmicks, but plenty darn compelling. Lyrics are pretty fresh, but also have a sort of "instant classic" feel – making you wonder if you'd heard the songs before, given the way they grab you right away. Titles include "Let's Be Friends Again", "You Must Have Crossed My Mind", "Other Boys Do", "The Door", "It's Needless", "The Flame", "Think About Me", and "Better Than Anyone Else". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... CD
MRI, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – and there's a soulful sensibility here that may finally rank them right up there with the 70s legends who inspired their sound – especially in the case of Karl Denson's work on sax and flute, and Robert Walter's keyboards! There's also some occasional vocals on the record, but often pressed down into the grooves, in this cool electric way – and which also still leaves most of the focus on the instrumentation. Surprisingly great – with titles that include "Profundo Grosso", "Old Crow", "Bomb Pop", "Inland Emperor", "Diminishing Blackness", "Trashtruck", "Better Get A Jump On It", and "Bitch Inside Me". CD

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New Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... LP
MRI, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – and there's a soulful sensibility here that may finally rank them right up there with the 70s legends who inspired their sound – especially in the case of Karl Denson's work on sax and flute, and Robert Walter's keyboards! There's also some occasional vocals on the record, but often pressed down into the grooves, in this cool electric way – and which also still leaves most of the focus on the instrumentation. Surprisingly great – with titles that include "Profundo Grosso", "Old Crow", "Bomb Pop", "Inland Emperor", "Diminishing Blackness", "Trashtruck", "Better Get A Jump On It", and "Bitch Inside Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Kool & The GangSomething Special ... LP
De-Lite, 1981. Used .... Out Of Stock
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Something Special (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New Raw SpittRaw Spitt ... LP
Canyon/Alive, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
A lost treasure from the Swamp Dogg universe of the early 60s – and one of the first albums to ever feature the vocals of Charlie Whitehead too! Charlie works here as a Swamp Dogg protege – and Swamp arranged, produced, and wrote most of the tracks on the record – with that great deep soul style of his own early gems! The vibe here is more straight ahead, with less of the gimmicks or jokes of Swamp's music – but we mean that in a good way, as Charlie really shines as a singer of southern soul – working here in the Capricorn studios down in Macon. At times, the set has a lot more overt politicism than your average southern soul album from the time – especially on tracks like "Call Me N_gger" and "The Freedom Under Certain Konditions Marching Band" – and oher tracks include "I Dig Black Girls", "Who Do They Think They Are?", and "Sweet Bird Of Success". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Raw Spitt ... CD 13.99
 
 
 



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