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Carolann BrevardGreatness ... CD
Epitome Of Soul, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
A well-titled set from this up-and-coming singer – as it definitely seems like we'll be hearing a lot more greatness from Carolann in years to come! The album's a very well-crafted individual soul statement – with a vibe that's very different than other records of its nature these days – as Breyard looks back, to the 70s styles of Ann Peebles and Aretha Franklin – instead of going for any too-modern modes in the production and instrumentation! Most of the backings are nice and warm – almost a Hi Records sort of vibe, but leaner and jazzier too – and Carolann really finds a way to make the approach all her own, without ever resorting to easy references, or the kind of gimmicks that some of her contemporaries might use. Titles include "Greatness", "It's Complicated", "Negativity", "Momma's Baby", "If You Don't Believe", "Dog With A Bone", and "May December". CD

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New Brooklyn RiderBrooklyn Rider Almanac ... CD
Mercury, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
One of the freshest string quartets we've heard in years – a group of young musicians with roots in many different styles, coming together in a really evocative way – and with a sound that's free from any gimmicks or tricks! In the years since Kronos, there's been lots of messing with the string quartet format – to the point where it's almost a joke at times – but these guys show that there's plenty of new life to be brought to the form, without resorting to kitschy cover versions or too oft-tread territory! The music is from a great range of talents – including jazz musicians like Bill Frisell, Ethan Iverson, and Vijay Iyer – but the group's presentation is very unique, and makes a diverse array of compositions come together with a distinctly Americanist take on the format – one that is quite far from the European roots of the string quartet, but still deeply respectful of the musicianship required. Titles include "Necessary Henry", "Simpson's Gap", "Five Legged Cat", "Exit", "Morris Dance", "John Steinbeck", "Ping Pong Fumble Thaw", "Dig The Say", and "Show Me". CD

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Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. Very Good- ... $9.99
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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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

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New 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

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MaxwellBlack Summer's Night ... CD
Columbia, 2009. Used ... $5.99
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". CD

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James MoodyComin' On Strong ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good- ... $3.99
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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Marty PaichNew York Scene (aka Broadway Bit) ... LP
Warner/Discovery, 1959. Very Good ... $0.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Discovery pressing. Cover has some wear, staining along the spine, some other stains, some seam splitting, two torn-off corners, and some marker. Labels have some marker.)

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RascoBirth ... LP
Copasetik, 1999. Near Mint- 2LP ... $6.99
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

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Otis ReddingPain In My Heart ... CD
Volt/Atco, Mid 60s. Used ... $8.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Wanda Sa & Bossa TresWanda Sa & Bossa Tres ... CD
Abril Cultural (Brazil), 2000. Used ... $13.99
A lovely little bossa session that brings together the great Wanda Sa with the classic 60s combo Bossa Tres! The set was originally recorded for a Japanese label, and it's got a great production style that's a nice change from some of the recent new bossa sides coming from Brazil – perhaps a bit warmer in the recording of the instruments, with more of a classic sound on the drums. Wanda's voice is still as great as ever – with that soulful rasp that we always loved back in the 60s – and with Luiz Carlos Vinhas at the head of Bossa Tres, the backing is impeccable! There's no tricks on here – no cheesy electric piano or studio gimmicks – just straight bossa jazz, done as great as it can be done. Titles include "Casa Forte", "Brisa Do Mar", "Errinho A Toa", "Pode Ir", "Zazueira", "Moonlight", "Zanga Zangada", and a surprisingly great reading of "Light My Fire", done in a slow mellow way that makes the track sound really dark! CD
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SlaveVisions Of The Lite ... LP
Cotillion, 1982. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Non-stop grooving from Slave – a record that has them losing the lead talents of Steve Arrington, but not missing a beat! As with Showtime, the sound here is a nicely smoothed-out approach to the bassy funk the group helped forge at the end of the 70s – a more soul-based sound that still keeps things funky, yet which also stays away from the tricks, gimmicks, and too over the top sort of styles that were hurting some groups at the time. There's plenty of great bass parts and snapping drums, all next to filtered harmonies on the vocals that sweeten the album in just the right way. Titles include "Do You Like It Girl", "I'll Be Gone", "Friday Nites", "Sweet Thang", and "Be My Babe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover & labels have some pen. Spine has some residue.)

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Jack TeagardenJack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $9.99
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
Also available Jack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... LP 18.99

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Jack TeagardenJack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... LP
Bethlehem, 1954. Very Good ... $18.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove red label pressing. Cover has a small rip in one corner, and some splitting on the spine – but is nice overall.)
Also available Jack Teagarden – Jazz Great ... CD 9.99

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Stevie WonderUp-Tight – Everything's Alright ... LP
Tamla, 1966. Very Good ... $3.99
Hard-swinging soul from mid 60s Stevie Wonder – and an album that really helped establish Stevie as a vocal star on his own! Gone are the "little blind boy" and Ray Charles cliches, gone are the "isn't it amazing that he can play the drums?" gimmicks – and in their place is a proud young Stevie, already showing a tremendous talent for putting over a vocal number that few other singers could match! Wonder's voice is tremendous on the record – really getting past the unformed, shaky styles of his first few Motown efforts – and getting that familiar warble that's always cut us to the quick, even in familiar tunes we've heard a million times. Titles include "Love A Go Go", "I Want My Baby Back", "Music Talk", "Contract On Love", "Up Tight", "Teach Me Tonight", and "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Motown reissue pressing. Cover has some staining on the bottom half and along the edges, light wear, and some pen.)

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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 ... $26.99
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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Beach BoysSmiley Smile (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Brother/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Around December 3, 2014
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". CD

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Steve Lacy FourMorning Joy ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1986. New Copy ... Around October 1, 2014 (delayed)
One of the best Steve Lacy albums from the 80s – a really strong live performance with a definite Monkish approach, served up in a really no-nonsense way! The group's just a quartet – with Lacy on soprano sax, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums – and the group's in perfect formation in a comfortable Paris setting – working with angular energy and a great sense of timing, and never falling into some of the tricks or gimmicks that could mar other Lacy records from the time. Steve's still razor-sharp at this point in his career, and Potts is, as always, a tremendous partner – and titles include "Morning Joy", "Prospectus", "Epistrophy", "As Usual", and "In Walked Bud". CD also features the bonus track "Work". CD

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Paco De Lucia with Larry Coryell & John McLaughlinCastro Marin ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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New Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 ... LP
Liberty, 1959. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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, with a bit of marker.)

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New Richard Groove HolmesLiving Soul ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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. Cover has a cutout hole, small splits on the top and bottom seams, and some discoloration on the back along the opening.)

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New Louis Armstrong & Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson ... LP
Verve, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a bit of pen, and small stains on the opening.)

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New Ethnic Heritage EnsembleMama's House Live ... CD
Katalyst, 2008. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... LP
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily 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
Also available Inland Emperor ... CD 14.99

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New Mongo SantamariaEl Pussy Cat ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with some light clicks.)

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New Adrian Younge with Venice DawnSomething About April ... CD
Wax Poetics, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A contemporary classic from Adrian Younge – and his first full soul album, after some previous soundtrack material! The record's got all the fragile, lovestruck qualities you'd expect from the image on the cover – a real throwback to the glory days of indie soul, particularly the East Coast indie variety of the early 70s – when beautiful ballads and falsetto vocals were the height of soul expression – often served up with surprisingly funky undercurrents in the backings! Younge gets all the right elements right for the set – and the whole thing feels like some lost All Platinum/Stang album from the New Jersey scene – really respectful, and delivered without any self-consciousness or gimmicks at all. Titles include "Turn Down The Sound", "Two Hearts Combine", "Reverie", "First Step On The Moon", "Sound Of A Man", "Dusts Of Gold", and "Sirens". CD

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New ZhiggeRakin In The Dough (uptown bounce mix, uptown bounce beats, headboppers mix, Church Ave mix, voc)/Riddles That Rap, Riddles That Rhyme ... 12-inch
Polygram, 1992. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Every once in a while we drop the needle on a single that reminds us of the days when gimmicks and personalities weren't the most important elements in hip hop. Tight production from Salaam Remi gives this track a nice bounce and Zhigge team up on the mic with a group rhyme style that was popular in the early 90s, kind of like early Leaders Of The New School. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New VariousI Like It Like That – (2CD edition with remixes & originals) ... CD
Fania, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Remixes and original versions of purely classic Fania! Disc one is cool collection of benchark Latin remixed – contemporary takes on the Fania Records grooves of the 60s and 70s – all done in a very groovy way! The tracks are quite respectful of the original tunes – no surprise, considering the Fania influence on many of these producers and mixers – and the new versions here really come off with a great deal of charm and soul – no silly gimmicks at all! Most numbers push older Latin grooves into surprisingly compelling territory, yet still keep the best original elements intact – and although we were initially suspicious of the concept, we're surprised at how much we love the results. Titles include "Take Five (Nicola Conte rmx)" by Roberto Roena, "O Elefante (Shh rmx)" by Ray Barretto, "Saona (Gilles Peterson & Simbad rmx)" by Noro Morales, "Plastico (Bugz In The Attic rmx)" by Willie Colon & Ruben Blades, "Morris Park (Bonde De Role rmx)" by Lenni Sesar, "I Didn't Want to Have To Do It (4 Hero rmx)" by Ralfi Pagan, "Boogaloo De Johnny (Quantic rmx)" by Johnny Pacheco, and "Mi Gente (Louie Vega EOL rmx)" by Hector Lavoe. This edition also includes a CD of the original songs!! CD

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New Christian ZyssetProfondeur 1000 ... LP
Mondiophone (France), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sound library-only album – but a great recording of jazz, with a hip sound that feels like it was lifted from a 60s soundtrack! The group's a modern-themed one – swinging in largeish formation, but with breakaway solos on tenor, piano, trumpet, and alto – and the record feels like a lost Saba session from the mid 60s. Titles include "Medium Jazz", "Medium Jazz in 5/4", "Lento Misteriose", and "Medium Jazz 1". And although it's a sound library album, all tracks are of normal length – with no gimmicks to get in the way of the jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small "hi fi" sticker in one corner.)

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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 Mongo SantamariaEl Pussy Cat (alternate cover) ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(70s pressing. Cover has some ring & edge, with some light stains on the back.)

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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 Cedar WaltonAnimation/Soundscapes ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Rosemary ClooneyCBS Radio Recordings 1955 to 1961 (5CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 50s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful setting for the great Rosemary Clooney – an excellent singer at all times, but maybe heard here in some of her best recordings ever! The tracks all appear here for the first time on record – pulled from the vaults of CBS, where Clooney recorded the material over the course of a few years with small combo backings from keyboardist Buddy Cole – in a style that was similar to some of the best Bing Crosby radio work of the time! Rosemary really sparkles in the setting – free from some of the hoke or gimmicks of some of her other 50s records – and able to both show off her jazz pipes in a swinging style, and hit these beautifully personal moments on the ballads. Cole himself plays piano, organ, harpsichord, and celeste – and the group features just guitar from Vince Terri, bass from Don Whitaker, and drums from Nick Fatool – quite a change from the bigger backings on Rosemary's other albums. The work is a real revelation – an exposure of this side of Clooney's talent to all of us who weren't fortunate to catch it the first time around – and the whole thing is put together in the best Mosaic style – with a whopping 104 tracks on 5CDs – all with excellent sound, and a full booklet of notes and photos! CD
(LImited to 5000 copies.)

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New Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), 1959. New Copy ... 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
Also available Exotica Vol 3 ... LP

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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!)

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New Mel TormeIt's A Blue World ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... 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 Dave BrubeckStardust (Brubeck Desmond/Dave Brubeck Quartet) ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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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New Deep JazzMeeting ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Terry GibbsEl Nutto ... LP
Limelight, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold ... 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
(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 Tyree GlennLet's Have A Ball ... LP
Roulette, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 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 OndatropicaOndatropica ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy ... 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", "Dos Lucecitas", "Libya", "Punkero Sonidero", "I Ron Man", "Suena", and "Swing De Gillian". 19 tracks in all! CD

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New OndatropicaOndatropica (deluxe version – with book) ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy 2CD ... 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". CD
(2CDs, in a cool hardcover book-like package!)

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New Singers UnlimitedA Capella 3 ... LP
MPS, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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