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New GimmicksGimmicks In Acapulco ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1971. Used ... Just Sold Out!
No doubt about it – these guys are groovy! Groovy like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – with a sweet male/female harmony vocal style, applied here to a mixture of bossa nova tunes and 60s pop numbers, recorded in Mexico by this Swedish combo, with a sound that would make A&M weep! There's a great selection of tunes on the package that keep things nice and fresh – fresher than Sergio Mendes, even – as the tracks run from a cover of "California Soul", to obvious numbers like "Wave" and "Mas Que Nada", to lesser-known gems like "Good Old Brandy On The Rocks", "Coco Loco Samba", "Honeymoon In Las Brisas", and "Acapulco Sunset". CD
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Beach BoysSmiley Smile ... LP
Brother/Capitol, 1967. Very Good+ ... $29.99
The slimmed-down, single LP effort that Capitol issued after the collapse of the legendary Smile album – and a pretty sublime set nonetheless! Sure, some might argue that you can't enjoy Brian Wilson's genius until you've listened to 20 bootlegs of the sessions with dozens of takes on the tunes – but honestly, this slim little set is more than enough to prove to us that the man's a genius – and it's filled with really wonderful tunes that still stand as some of the most incredible moments in 60s pop! Production is amazing, vocals are wonderful, and the quick changes of theme and setting really keep things interesting – all without making us feel like we're getting hit over the head with some cheap gimmicks. Titles include "Vegetables", "Heroes & Villains", "Fall", "Little Pad", "With Me Tonight", and "Wind Chimes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing on Brother. Cover has some wear, a mostly split bottom seam, and some splitting on the spine.)

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Dave BrubeckStardust (Brubeck Desmond/Dave Brubeck Quartet) ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond double header – two vintage albums in a single package! Stardust is great stuff from the early days of the Brubeck/Desmond alliance – when Dave's piano had first met up with Paul's alto, with incredible results that would soon transform the face of popular jazz. The set's mostly standards – but it does include 2 strong originals, "Crazy Chris" and "Lyons Busy", as well as some Brubeck-ized versions of tunes like "Frenesi", "Mamselle", and "At A Perfume Counter". Dave Brubeck Quartet is sublime early work from pianist Dave Brubeck – already recording here with the amazing Paul Desmond on alto sax – in the kind of magical blend that would bring both players great fame by the end of the 50s! Even at this early point, the subtle modern touches are perfectly in place – that blend of space, sound, color, and tone that made the Brubeck/Desmond team so unique – recorded here without any other gimmicks or trappings to get in the way. The set mostly features shorter versions of standards – including "Stardust", "Just One Of Those Things", "Alice In Wonderland", and "All The Things You Are" – but it also features an amazing 14 minute take on "At A Perfume Counter", with really extended solo lines from Desmond! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Paco De Lucia with Larry Coryell & John McLaughlinCastro Marin ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
A real bridge-building album for the legendary Paco DeLucia – as the set begins in the same solo mode as his best records from the 70s, but expands near the end to bring in help from two other key guitarists of the time! The setting is quite similar to previous DeLucia albums – at least in the choice of material, and lack of any other backings – but for one track, Paco's famous acoustic guitar is joined by more acoustic from Larry Coryell – who returns on another number that also features more 12 string from John McLaughlin! The style of the record is still strongly Paco's own – as he handled arrangements throughout – and there's none of the weaker moments or gimmicks of some of the later 80s sessions of this nature. Instead, the whole thing is filled with incredible guitar interplay – on titles that include "Convite", "Palenque", "Huida", and "Castro Marin". CD

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Deep JazzMeeting ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Dining RoomsTre ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2003. Used ... $8.99
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. There's loads of really solid tunes in here – sly numbers that sneak up on you with a subtle approach to the craft, gently burrowing in and taking root – somehow making the album that much more compelling overall. A number of tracks have some wonderfully languid vocals, some male and some female – and these tunes fall nicely next to instrumental numbers with a very evocative approach. Titles include "Anima Per Amarti", "Tunnel", "La Citta Nuda", "Fluxus", "Flamenco Sketches", "Dreamy Smiles", "You", "African Loungesters", and a nice cover of Sun Ra's "Astro Black"! CD

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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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New Terry GibbsEl Nutto ... LP
Limelight, Mid 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $3.99
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
(Cover has light wear, some minor splitting on the top seam, a peeled mark from sticker removal, and a small indentation on the back.)

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New Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. Very Good- ... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration due to aging, with small splits on the top and bottom seams.)

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Tyree GlennLet's Have A Ball ... LP
Roulette, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A playfully swinging set from trombonist Tyree Glenn – working here in a nicely offbeat style that also includes a bit of vocals as well! Glenn's got a great way with the muted trombone – working the end with a wah wah approach that's certainly got its roots in trad jazz, but which also comes across here with a classy swinging 50s style – thanks to strong small combo backing from Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Potter, and Jo Jones. The album should sound hokey, but it doesn't – thanks to a richly expressive style by Glenn, one that's got more than enough soul to get past the gimmicks. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Love For Sale", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "If I Should Lose You", "I've Got The World On A String", "If Winter Comes", "Yesterdays", and "Stairway To The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original multicolor bar pressing with deep groove – in beautiful shape, save for a promo stamp on the back.)

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New Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... CD
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
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
Also available Inland Emperor ... LP 15.99

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Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... LP
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
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
Also available Inland Emperor ... CD 14.99

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New Ahmad JamalCrystal ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A new age title, but a great straight-ahead set from Ahmad Jamal – played with all the fluidity of his many years in jazz! The cover image might be a bit misleading, and make you think there's something space age or electric about the record – but Jamal's on an acoustic Steinway throughout – playing with rich tonal colors and a great sense of space and timing – one that expands warmly on ideas explored during earlier years, and offers a whole new take on the Jamal sound without resorting to tricks, gimmicks, or added electricity. The group features James Cammack on bass, David Bowler on drums, and Willie White on percussion – adding some earthier tones and more complicated rhythms to the album's best tracks. Titles include "For My Daughter", "Avo", "Arabesque", "Quest For Light", "Perugia", and "The Last Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a few creases.)

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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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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
Also available Something Special ... LP

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Karin Krog & Steve Kuhn TrioNew York Moments (aka Where You At) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enja/Muzak (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $24.99
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 Shawn Lee's Ping Pong OrchestraMusic & Rhythm – Ubiquity Studio Sessions Vol 1 ... CD
Ubiquity, 2004. Used ... $5.99
Heavy funk from Shawn Lee – known best in recent years for his stunning production work, but really stepping out here as a funky artist in his own right! Shawn's been sneaking out some killer singles over the past few years, but this set's his first really full funky outing – a blistering array of tracks that pays tribute to the Sound Library sound of DeWolfe, KPM, and other classic labels from the 60s and 70s. Most tracks are short and thematic, with sweet funky elements that include electric sitar, fuzzed-up guitar, echoey percussion, snapping drum breaks, and burning organ and keyboard bits! The whole thing comes across extremely well – very very classic-sounding, without any gimmicks or tricks – just a cold, stone, simple batch of funk tracks, served up with perfect production! Titles include "Sexy Beast", "Bollywood", "Italian Stallion", "King Conga", "Drum Monkey", "Spytown", "El Duce", "Organ Grinder", "Scorpion", "Sammy's Theme", and "Boss Bossa". CD

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MiilkboneDa' Miilkrate ... LP
Capitol, 1995. Sealed ... $19.99
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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James MoodyComin' On Strong ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good- ... $7.99
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
(Brown label Argo pressing. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam and some wear, with two promo stamps and some stains on the back.)

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OndatropicaOndatropica ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $9.99 11.98
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, Anibal Velasquez, Alfredito Linares, and Michi Sarmiento – alongside Quantic's Combo Babaro, and the Frente Combeiro group of Mario Galeano! The sound is all classic throughout – no tricks or gimmicks, or modern remix modes at all – just old school instrumentation, filtered through a new school approach to funk – one that's come from years of digging older Colombian numbers, and finding a way to make new music that packs an equal punch. Every bit as smoking as older Central American grooves compiled by Soundway – with tracks that include "Bomba Tropica", "Dos Lucecitas", "Libya", "Punkero Sonidero", "I Ron Man", "Suena", and "Swing De Gillian". 19 tracks in all! CD
Also available Ondatropica (deluxe version – with book) ... CD 28.99

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OndatropicaOndatropica (deluxe version – with book) ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy 2CD ... $28.99
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, Anibal Velasquez, Alfredito Linares, and Michi Sarmiento – alongside Quantic's Combo Babaro, and the Frente Combeiro group of Mario Galeano! The sound is all classic throughout – no tricks or gimmicks, or modern remix modes at all – just old school instrumentation, filtered through a new school approach to funk – one that's come from years of digging older Colombian numbers, and finding a way to make new music that packs an equal punch. Every bit as smoking as older Central American grooves compiled by Soundway – with tracks that include "Bomba Tropica", "La Tranca", "Cien Anos", "Papi Shingaling", "Mi Negra", "Dos Lucecitas", "Libya", "Punkero Sonidero", "I Ron Man", "Suena", and "Swing De Gillian". CD
(2CDs, in a cool hardcover book-like package!)
Also available Ondatropica ... CD 9.99

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RascoBirth ... CD
Copasetik, 1999. Used ... $5.99
Like his first LP, Rasco delivers something kinda rare – a hip hop LP that'll keep you listenening to every track from start to finish with no misses or gimmicks. Actually, this time the rhymes are a little more focused and the production is tighter. Production on half the tracks by His-Panik of the Molemen, with his classic underground-but-still-straight-hip-hop style and guest appearances by Planet Asia and Flii. CD
Also available Birth ... LP 8.99

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RascoBirth ... LP
Copasetik, 1999. Near Mint- 2LP ... $8.99
Like his first LP, Rasco delivers something kinda rare – a hip hop LP that'll keep you listenening to every track from start to finish with no misses or gimmicks. Actually, this time the rhymes are a little more focused and the production is tighter. The first LP includes 6 vocal tracks and the second LP has all the instrumentals. Production on half the tracks by His-Panik of the Molemen, with his classic underground-but-still-straight-hip-hop style and guest appearances by Planet Asia and Flii. Includes "Sophisticated Mic Pro's", "Return Of The MC", "Blood Brothaz", "Final Destination" and "Dues & Don'ts" LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Birth ... CD 5.99

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Real LiveTurnaround – The Long Awaited Drama ... LP
Big Beat, 1996. Sealed 2LP ... $29.99
Mostly produced by K-Def, with some help from Marley Marl. 15 tracks in all. Includes "Pop the Trunk", "Real Live Sh*t", "Iceberg Slick", "The Gimmicks", "Ain't No Love", "Crime Is Money", "Real Live Sh!t Remix" and "The Turnaround". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Singers UnlimitedA Capella 3 ... LP
MPS, 1979. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Three guys, one gal, and nothing else – just voices with no other instrumentation, and one of the best-ever realizations of the amazing Singers Unlimited sound! Although often associated with the superb studio sound of the MPS label, the group were often at their best when just working vocally – letting the voices fold over one another, grow in the warmth of their company, and issue forth in beautiful waves of sound that no other groups could ever hope to match. The production is impeccable – beautifully rich and deep, with a sonic quality that never even needs the missing instruments in the session – and there's also a surprising groove here too, but one that's never forged through hokey tricks or gimmicks. Titles include the sublime "One More Time Chick Corea", plus "Anything Goes", "The Way We Were", "All The Things You Are", "I Wish You Love", "Someone To Light Up My Life", and "Sweet Lorraine". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Pausa. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)

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Lisa StansfieldMoment ... CD
ZTT (Germany), 2004. Used ... $6.99
The surprising union of Brit soul diva Lisa Stansfield and legendary producer Trevor Horn – in a set of tracks that marks one of the first for the newly-revived ZTT label! Horn is nicely restrained in his presentation of Lisa – never resorting to too many tricks or studio gimmicks, and instead giving plenty of space to the soulful expression of her vocals – in a mode that's quite different from the classic ZTT sound of the 80s. Stansfield is unabashedly pop-centrist on the tunes – and the album features a nice cover of "When Love Breaks Down", plus "Treat Me Like A Woman", "Easier", "Say It To Me Now", "He Touches Me", "Lay Your Hands On Me", and "The Moment". CD
(Includes videos for "Treat Me Like A Woman" & "If I Hadn't Got You".)

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Sonny StittConstellation (Muse) ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A return to basics after Sonny Stitt's late 60s Varitone and funk experiments – all-bop and all soul all the way through, and recorded with a tight quartet that features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums! The style's a bit like Sonny's work of the late 50s, but there's also a fluidity to the rhythm section that makes it a bit different too – a sound that's warm, open, and soulful – creating a space into which Stitt settles nicely and blows like mad. There's no gimmicks at all, just solid classic jazz skills – and titles include "Casbah", "Constellation", "By Accident", "Webb City", and "Topsy". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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New Toots ThielemansFootprints ... CD
Verve, 1989. Used ... $12.99
A later session by Toots Thielemans – but also one of his greatest albums ever, thanks to a super-hip rhythm section that includes Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums! The format here is spare and simple – Toots on harmonica, guitar, and a bit of whistling – in front of the core trio, who really help set the tone for the album. There's a warm and fluid grace here that recalls Miller's own excellent recordings of the 80s – yet also a gentleness that allows the aging Toots more than enough space to do his thing. And honestly, given the tricks, gimmicks, and overly-sentimental qualities of so many other of Thielemans' recordings, this set may well be one of his best straight jazz outings on record. Titles include "Footprints", "Blues On Time", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "Laura", "The Windmills Of Your Mind", and "Sultry Serenade". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Mel TormeIt's A Blue World ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
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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ToscaJAC ... CD
K7/G Stone, 2005. Used ... $3.99
The downtempo legacy of Tosca continues – and is still really the strongest link to the Kruder & Dorfmeister sound that first got things going years back! Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber work here in a warmly soulful set of tunes that show them both mellowing with age – but in a really good way – one that's going for gentler grooves, deeper rhythms, and an overall more confident approach that relies less on gimmicks and posturing, and more on unified song structures that keep the K&D legacy strong. Titles include "The Big Sleep", "Pyjama", "Rondo Acapricio", "Heidi Bruehl", "Damentag", "Zuri", "Sala", and "Forte". CD
(Promotional copy. Initials in pen on 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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Joe Lee WilsonSecrets From The Sun ... LP
Inner City, 1978. Very Good+ ... $3.99
One of the hippest albums ever from singer Joe Lee Wilson – a righteous vocalist with a style we'd rank right up there with Leon Thomas or Andy Bey in the 70s! The album's got an easygoing vibe that's a nice change from some of Joe's other records – a quality that's never too forced, and which has Wilson sliding into the tunes wonderfully without any sort of gimmicks or tricks. His voice often has a nice crackle, which further underscores his instrument-inspired approach – and also makes the lyrics sound that much more wonderful too. The set was produced by Noah Howard, possibly in Paris – and it features a quartet with Bobby Few on piano, Steve Sax on saxes and flute, Jack Gregg on bass, and Al Levitt on drums. Includes the lovely originals "Dedicated To My Father", "Come & See", and "Secrets From The Sun" – plus a great take on Billy Gault's "Mode For Trane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has short mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has a cut corner, ring & edge wear, and some pen on the back.)

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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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VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 5 – Sunshine Of Your Love ... LP
Motor/Universal (Germany), 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99
The 5th genius compilation from the folks at Germany's Mojo Club folks – and there's no end to the wonderful grooves! The crew are really opening up their bag here – and the set's one of their first to really move past jazz and soul into a much wider range of grooves – including a number of Brazilian and European gems that really make the set sparkle! Tracks include "Sunshine of Your Love" sung by Ella Fitzgerald, "Season of the Witch" by Julie Driscoll, "Young Generation" by Dakota Staton, "Hold Me I've Got to Leave You" by Jonny Teupen, "Move Your Hand" by La Clave, "Bat Macumba" by Gilberto Gil, "Tema Rio 65" by Trio Rio 65, "Mano Caetano" by Maria Bethania, "Ponteio" by Edu Lobo, "California Soul" by The Gimmicks, "Revelation" by Charles Earland, "Troublemaker" by John Cameron, and "Cinnamon & Clove" by Lee Evans. Great stuff throughout, and like spending a very enjoyable evening at a great little club in Europe! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangSomething Special ... LP
De-Lite, 1981. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)
Also available Something Special (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New Tito PuenteMambo Diablo ... LP
Concord, 1985. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A stone cooker from Tito Puente's great back to basics years of the 80s – a time when he was really moving towards the Latin jazz of his roots – working without any singers, or any contemporary gimmicks, and letting loose with tight combos and top-line jazz players! This set features Puente on vibes, timbales, and percussion – grooving nicely with the great Sonny Bravo on piano, whose bold lines definitely help shape the grooves – giving them plenty of New York 60s pulse, alongside work by Jimmy Frisuara on trumpet and trombone, Mario Rivera on soprano and tenor, and Ray Gonzalez on trumpet. Bobby Rodriguez handles bass, and Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez brings in added percussion with congalero Jose Madara – and tracks include "Take Five", "Mambo Diablo", "Pick Yourself Up", "Eastern Joy Dance", "China", and "No Pienses Asi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New CandidoCandido's Comparsa ... LP
ABC, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Perhaps the rarest of Candidio's ABC albums, and one of the few that's just all-out Latin, with no other gimmicks, and a straight ahead hard groove! Players include Chocolate, Armando Pereza, and Patato Valdez backing up Candido's hard-hitting congas – and the record features some excellent bits of Latin jazz like "Night In Tunisia", "St. Thomas", "Now's the Time", and "Conga Jam". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 ... LP
Liberty, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), 1959. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Keyon HarroldIntroducing Keyon Harrold ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet little debut from trumpeter Keyon Harrold – a player who's had experience with artists who range from Common, to Billy Harper, to Erykah Badu, to Maxwell, and John Hicks! Harrold's got a sound that's as bold and confident as his resume – but it's also one that's strongly jazz-based too, without any gimmicks you might expect from a player who's spent time in the hip hop and soul worlds – just great, straight blowing, with a definite soulful undercurrent that makes the record one of the freshest dates in a long time from the Criss Cross label! Charles Tolliver joins Harrold on one of the album's tracks, and there's definitely a bit of a Tolliver vibe to the set – particularly that point when he was emerging as a 60s sideman – bringing a soaring, righteous style to work with other leaders. Other players here include Marcus Strickland on tenor and soprano sax, Danny Grissett on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and EJ Strickland on drums – and many tunes are Harrold originals – as freshly written as they are played! Titles include "Keyon Beyond", "TMF Nuttz", "Sudden Inspiration", "Shirley's Blues", "Hip Hop Joint", and "The Awakening". CD

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New Richard Groove HolmesLiving Soul ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tight trio material from the legendary Richard Groove Holmes – caught live at Count Basie's Nightclub in Harlem, working hard and heavy with a trio that features Gene Edwards on guitar and George Randall on drums! This live set is the kind of record that beautifully shows why Groove was so popular with live audiences in the 60s – because he can burn all night long, with no tricks, no gimmicks, just a straight-on soul jazz groove and some amazing work on the Hammond! Most cuts are pretty long – and there's some great groovers on here like Gerald Wilson's "Blues For Yna Yna", a cover of "Girl From Ipanema", Jimmy Heath's "Gemini", and Groove's own "Living Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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New Don PattersonWhy Not ... LP
Muse, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later work from Don Patterson – but a record that still shows him in fine fine form! The tunes are all long and spacious – no gimmicks, just straight ahead soul jazz, in that beautiful back-to-basics mode that Muse was using with Charles Earland around the same time. The group's a quintet – bigger than usual for Patterson – with Don on the Hammond, plus Bootsie Barnes on tenor, Eddie McFadden on guitar, Virgil Jones on trumpet, and Idris Muhammad on drums. Titles include "Aries", "Why Not", "Three Miles Out", and "Freddie Tooks Jr". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & light wear.)

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New Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Jumping JacquesAvalon ... CD
Petra (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New OndatropicaOndatropica (deluxe version – with book, 7 inch, & download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy 3LP Gatefold & 45 ... Out Of Stock
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, Anibal Velasquez, Alfredito Linares, and Michi Sarmiento – alongside Quantic's Combo Babaro, and the Frente Combeiro group of Mario Galeano! The sound is all classic throughout – no tricks or gimmicks, or modern remix modes at all – just old school instrumentation, filtered through a new school approach to funk – one that's come from years of digging older Colombian numbers, and finding a way to make new music that packs an equal punch. Every bit as smoking as older Central American grooves compiled by Soundway – with tracks that include "Bomba Tropica", "La Tranca", "Cien Anos", "Papi Shingaling", "Mi Negra", "Dos Lucecitas", "Libya", "Punkero Sonidero", "I Ron Man", "Suena", and "Swing De Gillian". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy version – with great bonus materials!)
Also available
Ondatropica ... CD 9.99
Ondatropica (deluxe version – with book) ... CD 28.99

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New Pharoah SandersTauhid (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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New 7L & EsotericDef Rhymes (version 1, version 1 inst, version 2, version 2 inst)/Headswell (voc, inst)/Learn From The Druid (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Direct, 1998. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Maybe it's an easy comparison, but this 12" sounds as good as anything put out at the same time by Rawkus. Not that they're biting anything, it's just quality hip hop that stands on it's own without any kind of gimmicks. It's also good to see the 'traditional' MC/DJ combination with 7L doing some nice cutting on all the tracks. Production by Vinyl Reanimators and guest vocals on "Headswell" from Virtuoso. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Sebastien TellierL'Aventura ... LP
Record Makers (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Sebastien Tellier goes Brazilian, but not just in an offhand way! Instead, he enlists the help of maestro Arthur Verocai – who helps with the arrangements, and creates the same sort of complicated sound palette you'd find in his own classic recordings – but in a style that's nicely fresh here too, and more fitted to the French language lyrics of Tellier's music! The album's a really wonderful blend of different sounds and different cultures, different ideas and different eras – and it all hangs together with its own organic sense of unity that goes way past any easy tricks or gimmicks, or some simplistic level of cultural pilfering. Sebastien's really won us over with this sweet set – and titles include "L'Amour Carnaval", "Aller Vers Le Soleil", "Love", "Ma Calypso", "Sous Le Rayons Du Soleil", "Ambiance Rio", and the extended "Comment Revoir Oursinet". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Otto Luening & Vladimir UssachevskyTape Recorder Music – At The Museum Of Modern Art ... LP
Innovation 2/Cacophonic (UK), 1952. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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New Jackie McLeanHat Trick – Jackie McLean Meets Junko Onishi ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Toots ThielemansSoul Of Toots Thielemans ... CD
Hanover/Signature (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Neal HeftiConcert Miniatures ... LP
RCA/Vik, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
An obscure early gem from Neal Hefti – an amazing set of jazzy tracks, arranged with a style that's similar to some of his better soundtrack work of the 60s! The group on the album's a tentet – with 2 trumpets, trombone, reeds, guitar, bass, and lots of percussion – and Neal's at the head, coming up with some very groovy arrangements that swing the tunes with lots of hi-fi tricks and gimmicks! Players include Urbie Green on trombone, Romeo Penque on reeds, Tony Mottola on guitar, and the team of Rosengarden and Krauss on drums and percussion. Titles include "On The Trail", "Love Theme", "The Girl With The Flaxen Hair", "Merry Go Round", "Dagger Dance", and "Song Of India". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has masking tape on the seams, a rip on the spine, light wear, and some pen, with some marker and promo stamp on the back. Labels have stickers.)

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New Jumping JacquesSugar & Spice ... CD
Petra (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New MoonglowsBest Of Bobby Lester & The Moonglows ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Raw SpittRaw Spitt ... CD
Canyon/Alive, 1970. New Copy ... 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". CD

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New Ron Levy's Wild KingdomGreen Eyed Soul ... CD
Levtronic, 2003. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Irma ThomasWoman's Viewpoint – The Essential 1970s Recordings ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... 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 VariousLoose Lips Might Sink Ships – Greasy Instrumental Magic From The Vault Of Lux & Ivy ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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