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Hendrik Meurkens & Misha TsiganovJunity – Duo & Quartet ... CD
HMS, 2014. Used ... $6.99
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Afro Cuban BandBlack Widow Woman/Delicado ... 12-inch
Arista, 1978. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Latiny club grooves from the Afro-Cuban Band – produced with some nice electric touches on keyboards! "Black Widow Woman" has a hard-stepping sort of groove – one that's got a strutting sort of feel – and "Delicado" is a bit jazzier, with some nice Latin trumpet over the top of the rhythms. Both tracks presented in a special disco mix too. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in an Arista sleeve.)

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Afrobeat MakersAfrobeat Makers – Tony Allen Rhythms Revisited Vol 2 ... LP
Comet (France), 2014. New Copy ... $21.99
Tracks from the great Tony Allen – but completely remade here with a complicated set of rhythms and very tripped-out style of production! Doctor L features very heavily on the record (which also has contributions from Thiago Franca and Mps Pilot) – and the whole thing reminds us a lot of some of his fractured Afro Beat experiments on Comet Records from a decade ago – music that still has lots of live drums and percussion at the core (plus other great organic acoustic elements too) – but which also feels plenty free to experiment with a wide range of sounds and styles in the production – on titles that include "Sunny Sky", "Bahia Beatz", "Afro Mystic Beat", "Triffidz", "Afrobeat Block", "Running", and "Hot Soup". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mahmoud AhmedEre Mela Mela (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Buda/L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey rhythms, complicated guitar parts, and vocals that have a melancholy quality that's simply amazing. This set features tunes that recently appeared on volume 7 of the Ethiopiques CD series – but which are presented here in the format of the original 1975 LP! Titles include "Ere Mela Mela", "Ohoho Gedama", "Tezeta", "Abbay Mado", "Atawurulegn Lela", and "Endenesh Gedawo". LP, Vinyl record album

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AkaDo What You Like ... CD
Indra/Granadilla (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the coolest combos to hail from southeast Asia in the 70s – and a group who've gone onto become something of a legend in their homeland of Indonesia! AKA have a style that's plenty fuzzy, but also somewhat funky too – a hybrid of progressive modes of the period with the lead singer's own love of James Brown – which certainly comes through in the way the rhythms really drive most of the tunes! The guitar is often processed in really cool ways – sometimes almost with a trippy keyboard-like quality – and the music has a fuzzy, soulful qualty that's a bit like some of the Zamrock of later years, but a bit more soulful overall. Titles include "Do What You Like", "We've Gotta Work It Out", "Alam Tanah Air", "Panorama Pagi", "Glenmore", and "Diakhir Bulan Lima". CD

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Edip Akbayram & DostlarNedir Ne Degildir ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove nicely – a bit psychedelic, but almost more funk-inspired at times – jamming in a way that's progressive, but never too noodly. The blend is a great one, and makes this record one of the best for those searching out the funkier side of the Turkish scene – and titles include "Yaralarim", "Arabam Kaldi Yolda", "Adam Olmak Dile Kolay", "Birak Beni", "Dar Agaci", "Mehmet Emmi", and "Haberin Varmi". CD
Also available Nedir Ne Degildir ... LP 25.99

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Edip Akbayram & DostlarNedir Ne Degildir ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove nicely – a bit psychedelic, but almost more funk-inspired at times – jamming in a way that's progressive, but never too noodly. The blend is a great one, and makes this record one of the best for those searching out the funkier side of the Turkish scene – and titles include "Yaralarim", "Arabam Kaldi Yolda", "Adam Olmak Dile Kolay", "Birak Beni", "Dar Agaci", "Mehmet Emmi", and "Haberin Varmi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Features original pop-up gatefold cover design!)
Also available Nedir Ne Degildir ... CD 16.99

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Alex BandEccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of color and life! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS big bands of the 70s – with some keyboards and electric guitar in the mix, driving the rhythms along – while the skilled lineup of trumpets, trombone, and tenor sax carve out these soulful lines over the top – all at a level that's extremely fresh, very thoughtful, and which almost beats most American jazz of this type from the time! The style is more mid 70s than you'd guess from the date – and the album's a great lost treasure from the overlooked Polish scene. Titles include "Wet Za Wet", "Sam Na Manhattanie", "Switaniec", "Hispanzkie Izy", and "Morskie Slonce". CD features three bonus tracks – "Gra Milosna", "Fikolek", and "Tanczaca Anaconda". CD

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New Eric AlexanderRecado Bossa Nova ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $32.99
A whole new setting for tenorist Eric Alexander – and a great one too! The album's got Alexander in a bossa-styled mode – but less like the facile bossa jazz projects of the 60s than some of the harder-edged ones you'd get from players like Ike Quebec or Charlie Rouse! The sharpness of the rhythms have a good deal to do with the strength of the record – played by familiar Alexander associates Harold Mabern on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – but at a level that's very different than their usual accompaniment, which really shows their diversity. Titles include "Recado Bossa Nova", "Corcovado", "Manteca", "Journey", "So In Love", and "Mambo Inn". CD
Also available Recado Bossa Nova (180 gram pressing) ... LP 52.99

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New Eric AlexanderRecado Bossa Nova (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Venus (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $52.99
A whole new setting for tenorist Eric Alexander – and a great one too! The album's got Alexander in a bossa-styled mode – but less like the facile bossa jazz projects of the 60s than some of the harder-edged ones you'd get from players like Ike Quebec or Charlie Rouse! The sharpness of the rhythms have a good deal to do with the strength of the record – played by familiar Alexander associates Harold Mabern on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – but at a level that's very different than their usual accompaniment, which really shows their diversity. Titles include "Recado Bossa Nova", "Corcovado", "Manteca", "Journey", "So In Love", and "Mambo Inn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Expensive – but super-heavy vinyl and cover – very beautifully pressed!)
Also available Recado Bossa Nova ... CD 32.99

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Rance Allen GroupWay It Is (aka Say My Friend) ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good- ... $22.99
A fantastic bit of spacey soul – and an amazing collaboration between the Mizell Brothers and vocalist Rance Allen! The set's quite different than Rance's earlier, rootsier work for Stax – and instead has the soaring, joyous quality of some of the other great Mizell productions from the time on albums by Gary Bartz, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond! The best cuts here soar along with a really jazzy feel – that trademark Mizell groove, supported with excellent production that somehow manages to fuse a wide range of keyboards, rhythms, and string together with a really lean sound. Rance's spiritual vocals are wonderful throughout – and the whole album's essential for both Mizell fans, and any lover of righteous 70s soul! Titles include the sublime classics "Truth Is Marching On", "Reason To Survive", and "Peace of Mind" – plus "I'm Gonna Make It After All", "Got To Be Ready", and "You're My Everything". 2nd pressing of the album Say My Friend. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner.)

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New Tony AllenFilm Of Life ... CD
Jazz Village (France), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". CD

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AlquinMountain Queen ... LP
Polydor (UK), 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $13.99
A nice one from Dutch scene proggy & jazzy rockers Alquin! Mountain Queen, like their previous gem, has an eclectic vibe – from heat generating organ, bass & drum funk rock dynamics, to more moody and dramatic textures. The rhythms hit pretty hard, with lots organ, nice flute, guitars, sax and some electric violin. Titles include "The Dance", "Soft-Eyed Woman", "Convicts Of The Air", "Mountain Queen", "Don And Dewey" and "Mr Barnum Junior's Magnificent And Fabulous City (Part One)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear on the top seam.)

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Nancy AmesLatin Pulse ... LP
Epic, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $5.99
Nancy sings some sweet Latin groovers in Spanish – backed by groovy 60s arrangements from Joe Sherman! The feel here isn't quite as driving as on her classic "Mas Que Nada" album – but it does have a similar style – sort of blending easy 60s vocals with swinging pop Latin rhythms, all in a style that's pretty darn groovy, especially on the upbeat numbers! Tracks include Spanish versions of "Yesterday", "That Kiss", "A Taste Of Honey", "Call Me", and "Shadow Of Your Smile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Gene AmmonsJungle Soul (Ca'Purange) (aka Bad Bossa Nova) (tiger cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good- ... $5.99
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding in Bucky Pizzarelli for some nice acoustic embellishments – in a mode that's similar to the soul jazz-com-bossa style used on records like Ike Quebec's Soul Samba or Charlie Rouse's Bossa Nova Bacchanal. The overall rhythms are a bit more complicated, and a bit more soul jazz based than those sets – with Hank Jones on piano, Oliver Jackson on percussion, and Al Hayes adding in some sweet extra bongo! Titles include the classic "Ca'Purange" – plus "Anna", "Yellow Bird", "Cae Cae", and "Moito Mato Grosso". Also issued under the title Bad Bossa Nova. LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has some fading and a few stains.)

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Curtis AmyKatanga (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1963. New Copy ... $28.99
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy had previously cut with Paul Bryant – and instead, is put together with a nascent spiritualism that's really wonderful – a sound that definitely lives up to the bold title and cover image, with lots of modal moments in the rhythms! The group features some equally under-acknowledge geniuses – including trumpeter Dupree Bolton, pianist Jack Wilson, and guitarist Ray Crawford – all coming together perfectly with Amy's work on tenor and soprano sax. The best tunes here are originals by the group members – including "Lonely Woman" (not by Ornette), "Katanga", "Native Land", and "Amyable". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruby AndrewsYou Ole Boo Boo You/Gotta Break Away ... 7-inch
Zodiac, Early 70s. Very Good ... $9.99
Heavy funk from Ruby Andrews – one of our favorite singles by her! "Boo Boo" is a slow, hard, snapping monster – begins with a tight funky intro, then rolls into Ruby doing some totally hard hard hard soul vocals! "Gotta Break Away" is sweeter, but a great little tune too – with weird rhythms, and a bubbling approach to the groove that's really really nice! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Light blue label pressing.)

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New AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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AntoineElucubrations – Antoine On 45 1965 to 1966 ... CD
Vogue/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period – lots of jerky mod grooves, mixed with fuzzy guitars and sweet organ lines – all to support Antoine's upfront, to-the-point presentation of the lyrics. A few tunes throw in a bit more acoustic guitar – ala Francoise Hardy – and a bit of Dylan-esque harmonica too – and the collection brings together all the tracks from Antoine's highly collectible EP release of the time, plus a rare British single in English too. Titles include "Votez Pour Moi", "La Guerre", "Un Jour C'Est Longtemps Pour Nous Deux", "N T'En Fais Pas", "Pourquoi Ces Canons", "Nadine", "An Elephant's Looking At Me", and "Before The Good Thing". CD

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Aquarian DreamChance To Dance ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working here for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD

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Jack ArelChappell Recorded Music Library Works – Originals & Remixes ... CD
Chappell/Vadim (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
A long-overdue collection of work from the legendary Jack Arel – one of the lesser-known sound library composers of the late 60s and early 70s – but a true giant in his funky field, as you'll hear by the great music on this set! Arel is French, but he often wrote for British sources – including the Prisoner TV show – so his music has a great blend of Parisian pop modes and chunkier London beats – a style that almost mixes together some of the funkier jazz sensibilities of the sound library generation with the tighter, more romping rhythms that were usually penned for TV and commercial use. The first half of this set features 25 originals by Arel – some in collaboration with Pierre Dutor or Jean-Claude Petit – and often done with trippier touches that include fuzzy guitar or funky flute! The second half features remixes of the originals – tunes that are often a bit longer, and almost restructured as whole new songs. Originals include "Shore Of Sumatra", "Sideral Rhythmic", "De Paris A Liverpool", "Jungle Soul", "Game Trap", "Picture Of Summer", "Train Bleu", "Strange Galaxy", and "Sundown". Remixes include "Drugstore Party" remixed by Le Tone, "Jungle Soul" remixed by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "The Night Squad" by Danny Wild & Goldfinger, "Loco Robo" by Luke Vibert, "Chicago Girl" remixed by Barth, "Electric Railman" remixed Mowo, and "Crystal Abyss" by Telepopmusik. CD

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AuraSativa (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Cicadelic, 1976. New Copy ... $5.99
Mid 70s funk rock from Aura – the psych Sativa from the San Francisco group – a dense blend of funky horns & rhythms, chorus vocals, organ fuzz and heavily -layed piano, lumbering drums and blazing electric guitars! This is a group that cared not for stylistic boundaries and they bring some real heat on this one and only album! Titles include "You Got Something", "Clap Your Hands", "First Taste Of Love", "Gonna Make It", "Sativa", "Mess Up Your Mind", "Don't You Worry", "Trying To Hold It Down" and "Skyrocket". This CD includes 3 bonus tracks: "Catch A Falling Star", "Evil That Brings You Down" and "It's A Feeling". CD

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Australian All Stars (with Don Burrows)Jazz For Beach-Nicks (with bonus track) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the hippest early jazz to come from Australia – and an major indication that something great was going on in the scene down under! The album's got a bright modern edge right from the start – none of the hoke you'd guess from the title and cover image – and features surprisingly smoking rhythms, matched with some very deft reed work from both a young Don Burrows and Dave Rutledge – both of them trading lines on flute and clarinet, with Burrows on baritone and Rutledge on tenor. Other quintet members include Terry Wilkerson on piano, Ron Webber on drums, and Freddy Logan on bass – and the album's got a really inventive quality that keeps things interesting all the way through. Titles include "Doxy", "Golden Sands", "Strictly From Hunger", "Ka Link", "Where Or When", and "Love For Sale". CD also features the bonus track "Take The A Train". CD

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Roy AyersChange Up The Groove ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers' early years with Polygram – often overlooked amidst some of the bigger records in the catalog, but a very soulful set that's got some wonderful funky numbers! There's a really jazzy feel going on here – Roy's nod back to his older roots in music, touched with some of the sharper styles of the 70s generations – especially in the rhythms, which are starting to have that snapping sound that was the Ayers trademark in the 70s. Vibes ring out wonderfully throughout – often getting more space than vocals – and other instrumentation includes soprano sax from George Braith, keyboards from Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis, and drums from Bernard Purdie. Bits of strings slide in nicely, showing a deeper sound to Roy's arranging skills – and titles include the funky break classic "The Boogie Back", a sweet reading of "Feel Like Makin' Love", with all the right electric effects to get the best out of the song's mellow righteous vibe – and the great cuts "Fishika", "Sensitize", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "When is Real Real?", and "Change Up The Groove". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersVibrations ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". CD
Also available Vibrations ... LP 14.99

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Roy AyersVibrations ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
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Roy AyersVirgo Red ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers – a very funky record that's almost all instrumental all the way through! The sound is a bit in the vein of Roy's Live At Montreux set – but funkier overall, thanks to some very heavy rhythms on the bottom – and an approach to the tunes that's short, tight, and very much on the money! In addition to Roy's great vibes, the set also features Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Dennis Davis on drums and percussion – all very hip players who really help Roy find the mix of jazz and funk he was going for at the time. Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a bit of vocals on the record, joining Roy on the sublime spiritual track "Love From The Sun" – but most other tracks on the album have a more instrumental approach. The record includes a great remake of Leroy Hutson's track "Giving Love", sung more famously by Voices of East Harlem, and it's also got a nice funky cover of the hit "Brother Louie" – plus the tracks "The Morning After", "Des Nude Soul", "Virgo Red", "Love From The Sun", and "I Am Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nick AyoubSaxophone De Danse ... LP
RCA (Canada), Mid 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
Not as freewheeling as Nick's Montreal Scene album, but a record that has some nice solos over slinky rhythms – including a few that sound oddly exotic with Ayoub's phrasing! Some tracks have a jerk or soul instrumental vibe – but the set also features a sublime take on "Misirlou", done as a "bossa nova" – but with a vibe that's more Eastern and modal! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a name in pen, and a mark from an old sticker.)

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Luis BacalovBacalov In Lounge – Roma Bene/La Percora Nera/Rosamor/Soft & Smooth ... 7-inch
Black Cat (Italy), 1966/1968/1971. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
Four very cool groovers from Italian maestro Armando Trovajoli – pressed up here on a limited edition 7" EP, with two tracks that have never been issued before! "Roma Bene" is represented by a rare "shake" version that has some fuzzy guitar that trips out nicely over upbeat grooves – and "La Pecora Nera" gets a cool vocal take from Rocky Roberts, who sings soulfully over the mod rhythms! Side two features a new edit of "Rosamor", sung by Juca Chavez – and the sublime "Soft & Smooth" too. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Burt BacharachLiving Together ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment ever for Burt Bacharach – and that's saying a heck of a lot, considering the greatness of all of his work! The record's a slightly-overlooked gem from Burt's 70s years – a record that steps off the compressed sophistication of his best 60s work for A&M, but pushes things slightly into even more adult territory – a space that's beyond simple instrumental pop, and which features complicated rhythms, amazing songwriting, and a batch of tunes so great, you'll be coming back to this one for years to come! The record leads off with the sublime "Something Big", a building vocal number that always sends chills down our spine – then follows with the skittish rhythm of "Monterey Peninsula", almost drum and bass at times! Even the mellower tracks are great – somewhat soulful, and always touched with unusual phrasings, timings, or jazzy changes that are simply mindblowing. Other tracks include "The Balance of Nature", "Lost Horizon", "Walk The Way You Talk", "Reflections", "Long Ago Tomorrow", and "I Might Frighten Her Away". CD

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New Paulo BaguncaPaulo Bagunca E A Tropa Maldita ... CD
Continental/Discos Mariposa (Argentina), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
A Brazilian underground classic from the early 70s – mindblowing work that mixes heavy percussion with lots of guitar – in a style that's samba soul one minute, but heavier rock the next! There's a bit of a Jorge Ben influence going on at times – particularly in the way the record uses quickly-strummed acoustic guitar next to the earthy rhythms – but the overall sound is also a bit more fragile at times, and rougher around the edges, especially at its most expressive moments. But that quality only serves to make the album more striking – an instantly captivating set that needs no previous cultural knowledge at all! Really tremendous stuff – the kind of lost treasure that will have you scratching your head, but loving it at the same time! Titles include "Apelo", "Grinfa Louca", "A Mente", "Tramba", "Madalena", "Mensageiro", "Cristina", "Olhar Animal", and "Microfones Metalicos". CD

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Balkan Beat BoxBalkan Beat Box ... CD
Jdub, 2005. Used ... $6.99
A mad mix of styles pulled from Balkan, Mediterranean, Jewish, and American cultures – served up in a mode that more than delivers on the enigmatic promise of its title! There's a feel here that almost takes us back to the playful creativity of the New York scene of the early 80s – the criss-crossing of sounds that were showing up often in some of the most forward-thinking indies, and which reflected the rich mix of cultures bubbling together in the post-punk years. As you might guess from the "beat box" in the title, there's a bit of a hip hop influence here – but one that's pretty small, and mostly just used on the bottomest part of the rhythms – leaving the core components of the tunes to a range of exotic instrumentation and some occasional haunting vocals. Title sinclude "Cha Cha", "Bulgarian Chicks", "Sunday Arak", "Gross", "9/4 The Ladies", "Adir Adiram", "Meboli", and "Hassan's Mimuna". CD

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Bang Girl Group RevueHey Mr. Beatmaker/Drink In Hand (colored vinyl) ... 7-inch
Psychedelphonic, 2014. New Copy ... $5.99
One of the fiercest, fuzziest tracks we've heard from these guys – tight drums, some raw guitar up front, and an overall mod groove that makes the girls' vocals sound a bit more edgey than usual! Tambourine drives the rhythms throughout – and the flipside features a mono mix of "Drink In Hand" – a nice sort of 60s mod soul cut! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Ray BarrettoGiant Force ... LP
Fania, 1980. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Ray Barretto lost his shirt somewhere on the way to the photo session for the cover of this one – but the record's got more than enough grooves to cover his back – an all-great batch of 70s salsa tunes that show that Ray was still cooking strongly into the next decade! The group have a really full, rich sound here – a bold approach that features four trumpets and two trombones – all held together by really tight rhythms from Ray and the rest of the combo. Vocals are by Ray De La Paz and Eddie Temporal – and the sound is a lot more traditional than the late 70s sessions that Ray was doing for bigger labels – all acoustic, and pure salsa throughout. Titles include "Tu Propio Dolor", "Pura Novela", "Fuerza Gigante", "Guarapo Y Mecocha", and "Arallue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Munir BashirRhythms & Melodies ... CD
Le Chant Du Monde (France), 2006. Used ... $7.99
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(Mark through digipack barcode.)

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Basso Valdambrini QuintetFonit H602/603 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best Basso-Valdambrini work for bigger labels – including their early 60s gems on RCA! And like those records, there's a wonderful sense of rhythm here – kind of the soul jazz side of Blue Note, but handled with a fresh sound that's nicely free of any copycat cliches – and which instead really has the group finding their own voice through their writing and solos. The H602 album is billed as "pop jazz" – which is more a 60s soul jazz style – and H603 is called "Californiano", with a bit of a west coast vibe, but still very much the best grooves we've come to love from the combo. The lineup on both includes tremendous trumpet from Oscar Valdabrini and tenor from Gianni Basso – with rhythms from Ettore Righello on piano, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, and Lionella Bionda on drums. Titles include "Pick Up", "Glaucus", "Gold Mine", "From Me", "Maglione", "Muy", "Plinius", and "Transistor". CD

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Basso Valdambrini QuintetWalking In The Night ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the best modern jazz Italy had to offer in the postwar years – and a record that's gone onto be the blueprint for countless recent work from groups on labels like Schema and Deja Vu! Tracks are short, but very groove-centered – often mixing modal jazz rhythms with hardbop solo energy – served up beautifully through the tenor of Gianni Basso and the trumpet of Oscar Valdambrini! The pair are hardly a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but their interplay here matches the best on Blue Note from the same time – and gets some great rhythm support from the trio of Renato Sellani on piano, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, and Gianni Carzola on drums. Most tracks here are originals by members of the group, and titles include "Lotar", "Time Was", "Bashfully", "Tea Time", "Mitigati", "Renee", "Dialogo", and "Ricordando Lester". CD

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Joe BataanGypsy Woman ... LP
Fania, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Stunning soul from the great Joe Bataan – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that's right up there with the best of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! The album is Joe Bataan's debut for the Fania Records label – and the start of an incendiary run of Latin classics that forever changed the face of the New York scene – a mindblowing mix of Latin rhythms and soul-based inspiration, served up in a mix of English and Spanish language lyrics! The title track is a sublime cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman" – one that's even more heartbreaking than the original – and other titles include "Ordinary Guy", Sugar Guaguanco", "So Fine", "Fuego", and the groovy "Chickie's Trombone" – a tight little jammer that shows that Joe's group also drew plenty of inspiration from the descarga scene too. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Joe BataanLost Sessions – New York 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Joe Bataan working in a pronounced dancefloor soul mode! While the legendary Bataan was no stranger to the fusion of Latin, soul and funk, this some of the most club soul oriented sounds from Joe we've ever heard – and the sessions are seeing official release for the first time ever! The recording feature players who worked on Joe's stellar Afrofilipino and features a backdrop of wonderful Afro and Latin percussion and rhythms with the best sounds of the NYC dancefloor soul in the mix – with uptempo and midtempo vocal numbers flirting with disco and modern soul very nicely – with solid lead vocals and groovy female backup! Most tunes bring a bit of harp into the mix for a little more of a soar that plays off the percussion in really cool way. Titles include "Sadie", "When We Get Married", "My Cloud", "I Need Love", a take on the Isaac Hayes "Theme From The Men", "Let Me Kove You", "My Opera" and "I Do Love You". CD

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Joe BataanMestizo ... LP
Salsoul, 1980. Very Good ... $11.99
One of the best later albums from Joe Bataan – a really wonderful little set that takes off strongly from the salsoul experiments he first began on the Afrofilipino album! The album's got a great blend of clubby rhythms and Latin soul touches – all arranged by Marty Sheller, and carried off by Joe with soulful vocals that still retain a fair bit of the heartbreaking qualities of the older days. There's a punch and funky undercurrent here that was often missing from other Salsoul albums – and titles include the great "Rap O Clap O", which is kind of a remake of Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real" – plus "Sadie (She Smokes)", "Mestizo", "Rock Me All Night Long", and "Latin Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and appears to be signed.)

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Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". CD features bonus tracks – "Continental Square Dance", "Latin Strut (mono single)", "Peace Friendship Solidarity (mono single)", "Aftershower Funk (mono single)", and "Fin (mono single)". CD

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BeethovenBerlioz/Brahms/Bruchner/Mahler/StravinskyChicago Recordings – Symphonies Nos 7, 4, 9, & 1/Romeo & Juliet/Firebird Suite/Petrushka Suite – Carlo Maria Giulini/Chicago Symphony Orch ... CD
EMI (Holland), 1969/1971/1976. Used 4CD ... $15.99
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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End ... LP
Alston, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's every bit as funky as their first! The uniquely choppy rhythms of the group's first album are every bit as great here as on the first set – and if anything, the band's instrumentation is even better, especially on the guitar, which is wickedly tight, and played with a super-dope flanged-out approach on the solos. Vocals are great too, maybe even more soulful than before, especially on the album's few midtempo cuts – and the album's a must-have for any fan of the group's funky sound! Titles include "That's What I Get", "Super Woman", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Falling Apart At The Seams", and "Trip To Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beginning Of The End (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Alston/Creole Stream (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's every bit as funky as their first! The uniquely choppy rhythms of the group's first album are every bit as great here as on the first set – and if anything, the band's instrumentation is even better, especially on the guitar, which is wickedly tight, and played with a super-dope flanged-out approach on the solos. Vocals are great too, maybe even more soulful than before, especially on the album's few midtempo cuts – and the album's a must-have for any fan of the group's funky sound! Titles include "That's What I Get", "Super Woman", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Falling Apart At The Seams", and "Trip To Nowhere". CD
Also available Beginning Of The End ... LP 9.99

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Louis BellsonAround The World In Percussion ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
One of the coolest albums ever from drummer Louis Bellson – a set that has him exploring some different world rhythms – with a cool group that features Herb Geller, Joe Maini, Willie Green, and Buddy Colette on reeds! Bellson also plays some percussion – and the set features vibes and boo-bams from Gene Estes and Lou Singer. LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo pressing. Cover has a half split top seam, center split on the bottom seam, some wear, and a promo ink stamp on back.)

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BenBen Et Ses Tropical Rhythm Kings ... LP
Vogue (Canada), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Surprisingly wonderful – a hip French take on Latin rhythms – almost like pre-funk work by Chakachas from the early 60s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Jorge BenAfrica Brasil (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk track "Ponta De Lanca", plus loads of other goodies like "O Filosofo", "Xica Da Silva", "A Historia De Jorge", and a great remake of "Taj Mahal" – probably his greatest cut ever. Great all the way through – and is a perfect introduction to Jorge Ben if you don't know his work, and an essential addition to your collection if you do! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernstein/Goldings/StewartLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2011. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A trio of modern talents, working beautifully together on a set of extended live tracks! The group features guitar from Peter Bernstein, Hammond from Larry Goldings, and drums from Bill Stewart – coming together in ways that remind us of the hipper side of 60s organ combos – those moments when Grant Green and Larry Young really opened things up with a long-flowing groove! There's still a nice undercurrent of soul in the mix, but the rhythms are relatively free and unfettered too – moving forth with energy that might be called modal by some, but which is even less constricted by a simple tag like that – more just pure, beautiful waves of sound from both the organ and guitar. Titles include "The Danger Zone", "Milestones", "Just A Thought", "Molto Molto", and "Chant". CD

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Chuck BerryAfter School Session (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess, 1957. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Raucous, rumbling and hard-charging Chess rhythms, rock and roll by Chuck Berry – his legendary After School Session – and possibly his greatest album ever! It features not only some of Chuck Berry's most famous material, but some of the best early rock songs, period –particularly the revolutionary "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" – plus"Berry Pickin", "Deep Feeling"," School Day", "Too Much Monkey Business", "Roly Poly", and "No Money Down". 3 bonus tracks on the CD: The fierce"Thirty Days", "You Can't Catch Me" and the uber-legendary "Maybelline". CD

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Bebo Best & Super Lounge OrchestraSaronno On The Rocks ... CD
Chin Chin (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... $8.99 15.98
One of the tightest records to date from Bebo Best – a set that's still awash in cool 60s influences from lounge, bossa, and soundtracks – but which also comes across with an even more spontaneous spirit! There's still a fair bit of programs in the rhythms, and lots of cool sound samples too – but at points, you almost get the feel that the group's jamming live, especially on some of the more Latin-styled numbers. Titles give a good idea of the flavor of the set – and include "Havana Jazz Dance", "Chill Radio Bossa", "Dakiri Bossa Dance", "Jazz Carnival", "Saronno On The Rocks", and "Mambo & Cola". CD

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Andy BeyPages From An Imaginary Life ... CD
High Note, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Andy Bey on piano and vocals, with no other support – still sounding great after all these many years on the planet – and still one of the most unique singers in jazz! The album's based on a set of familiar standards, structured into "pages" – at a level that almost gives the record a sense of narrative structure – but although the tunes are well-known, Bey's performances certainly aren't – as he manages to break down the rhythms and melodies in really unusual ways with his piano lines, then match their energy with his singing, which still has all the old angular inflections you'd know from his work with Horace Silver or Gary Bartz. At some level, the spareness and deep roots take us back to his work with the Bey Sisters – without them in place, obviously – although there's a much richer sense of life and world presence holding the music together here. Titles include "Dog Eat Dog", "My Foolish Heart", "Jealousy", "All That Glitters Is Not Gold", "Everything I Have is Yours", "Humor Keeps Us Alive", "Good Morning Heartache", "Love For Sale", and "Lover Come Back To Me". CD

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New Asha Bhosle/Bappi LahiriJab Chaye (Brother Cleve re-edit)/Dance Music (Brother Cleve re-edit) ... 12-inch
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Sweet Bollywood funk – great edits of two tracks from the Bombay Disco 2 compilation – both of which really extend the groove! The legendary Asha Bhosle sings on "Jab Chaye" – a tune with soaring strings, heavy drums, and a killer sort of snap in the rhythms – which makes for a sharper edge than usual for Asha's tunes! "Dance Music" has a wicked kick right from the start – interplay between a snare and more rootsy rhythms – at a level that makes the cut feel like it's spanning both space and time – especially when the cool keyboards come into play! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Black HeatNo Time To Burn ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their razor-sharp rhythms! There's a slight hint of Afro Funk in some of the rhythms – and the keyboards cook with lots of sweet clavinet lines – mixed with a production style that features some bubbling electronic elements that remind us a lot of that crazy "magic bag" that was used by the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. That group might be a good point of comparison, but the band also shares a lot of Kool & The Gang's ensemble funk style – especially on their cover of "Love The Life You Live" – which they burn here beautifully! Other tracks include "Super Cool", "M&M's", "Rapid Fire", "You Should Have Listened", "Times Have Changed", and "Check It All Out". CD

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Black IvoryFeel It ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Sweet mellow soul meets the burgeoning east coast club soul sound – and the results are incredible! Leroy Burgess arranged the rhythms and Patrick Adams arranged the strings and horns – both masterfully – but it's this warm, emotionally resonant and supremely soulful Black Ivory vocal arrangements that shoot this one so high into the stratosphere. Feel It was the first album in a few years from the group, marking a bit of transition in styles from the earlier, more ballad-heavy approach, but it carries that genuinely emotional vibe really, really well. An album we've always dug, but love even more after revisiting it – we think you'll love it, too! Includes the vocal and instrumental versions of "Daily News", plus the cuts "Warm Inside", "Feel It", "Will We Ever Come Together", "You're What's Been Missing From My Life", "Love, Won't You Stay" and "All In A Day's Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large promo tracklist sticker, a cutout hole, and some light wear.)

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Black Market BrassBig Muffler/Snake Oil Man ... 7-inch
Secret Stash, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99
Killer contemporary Afrobeat from Black Market Brass! "Big Muffler" has deep sounds at the bottom that perfectly match the sharp guitar and horns on the top – a brooding bassy energy that really gives the whole thing a very classic feel – and a sound that's mighty funky too! "Snake Oil Man" is mighty great too – a bit more, well, snakey in approach – but in a way that makes for some mighty great keyboards between the horns and rhythms! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Black Nasty/ADC BandIt's Hard Times – Rare & Unreleased Detroit Funk 1975 to 1981 ... LP
Funky Delicacies, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare funk from the Detroit underground of the late 70s – a lost link between the legendary Stax group Black Nasty, and their later mainstream incarnation, the ADC Band! The work here is from the years between Black Nasty's 1973 debut and some of the bigger ADC records for Cotillion – ensemble funk most of the way through, with a sound that's a bit less polished than the ADC groove, but a lot tighter and less guitar-heavy than the original Black Nasty sound. There's a nice indie feel to a lot of these tunes – so that even though the group's quite professional by this point, they're never too slick, and have retained a good party funk feel to many of the tracks. Instrumentation is relatively full, mixing heavy bass and guitar with larger horn passages and more compressed rhythms. Titles include "I'm Looking For My Roots", "Let Me Do It To You", "Let's Groove", "You Wanna Dance", "Ride In My Brand New Car", "It's Hard Times", and "Let The Music Lead The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Black Truth Rhythm BandIfetayo (180 gram pressing with bonus 7" single & download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $25.99
Wow! The one-and-only album by Trinidadian combo Black Truth Rhythm Band – a completely incredible one at that – hypnotic Caribbean funky soul, jazz and wildly impressive musicianship all around by this group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Oluko Imo. The record was made in the mid 70s era in which the Afro Funk sound was hitting it's peak – when African rhythms and James Brown style funk were being fused so furiously – but Black Truth Rhythm Band take a different approach, working more with sounds from African spectrum and the West Indies. It's really amazing stuff that takes unpredictable twists from stripped down rhythms, to jazzy guitars and cosmic synths – always with straight up brilliant playing by the group. A fusion of African rhythms, strains of Calypso and boundary free jazzy grooves that balance and exploratory sensibility with tight, irresistible rhythms. Soundway raises the bar once again! Titles include "Ifetayo", "You People", "Saved Musician", "Kilimanjaro", "Aspire", and "Umbala" – plus a bonus 7" single with the track "Imo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ifetayo (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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Black Truth Rhythm BandIfetayo (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1976. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Wow! The one-and-only album by Trinidadian combo Black Truth Rhythm Band – a completely incredible one at that – hypnotic Caribbean funky soul, jazz and wildly impressive musicianship all around by this group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Oluko Imo. The record was made in the mid 70s era in which the Afro Funk sound was hitting it's peak – when African rhythms and James Brown style funk were being fused so furiously – but Black Truth Rhythm Band take a different approach, working more with sounds from African spectrum and the West Indies. It's really amazing stuff that takes unpredictable twists from stripped down rhythms, to jazzy guitars and cosmic synths – always with straight up brilliant playing by the group. A fusion of African rhythms, strains of Calypso and boundary free jazzy grooves that balance and exploratory sensibility with tight, irresistible rhythms. Soundway raises the bar once again! Titles include "Ifetayo", "You People", "Saved Musician", "Kilimanjaro", "Aspire", "Umbala" and the bonus track "Imo". CD
Also available Ifetayo (180 gram pressing with bonus 7" single & download) ... LP 25.99

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Black Voices (aka The Watts Prophets)On The Street In Watts ... LP
ALA, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A chilling statement from the west coast scene of the 70s – the first album from The Watts Prophets, the ultra-powerful group who emerged from the LA turmoil of the 60s. Like the Last Poets, the group blends together righteous spoken word passages and some spare rhythms and a touch of jazz – all stepping forth in the kind of message-driven recording that was too powerful for radio at the time, but which had an undeniable influence as it circulated amongst underground circles. The whole thing's summed up perfectly by the cover, which shows a fist held high in rebellion! Titles include "I'll Stop Calling You N*ggers", "Kill", "Black Pussy", and "The Meek Ain't Gonna". LP, Vinyl record album

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BlackbyrdsFlying Start ... CD
Fantasy (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". CD

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New BlackbyrdsFlying Start ... LP
BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Flying Start ... CD 13.99

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Brian Blade FellowshipPerceptual (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1999. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 24.99
Drummer Brian Blade can be a hell of a percussive force when he wants to, but over the years he's maybe made even more of a contribution with records like this – sets that have him acting as a key creative force with a number of other great musicians – all at a richly collaborative level that definitely earns the "Fellowship" name of the group! The album's got an especially great way of mixing together guitar lines and reed passages – in a style that almost evokes older ECM, but with more direction too – thanks to some of Blade's subtle but effectively rootsy rhythms. Musicians include Melvin Butler on tenor and soprano sax, Jon Cowherd on Fender Rhodes and piano, Dave Easley on pedal steel, Kurt Rosenwinkel on electric and acoustic guitar, and Myron Walden on alto sax and bass clarinet – and the record also features guest vocals from Joni Mitchell on the track "Steadfast", and contributions from Daniel Lanois as well. Titles include "Trembling", "Crooked Creek", "Patron Saint Of Girls", and "Evinrude Fifty". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art BlakeyOne For All ... CD
A&M, 1990. Used ... $9.99
Killer work by Art Blakey from the last years of his life – and proof that the drummer still had an amazing ear for the best young talent in jazz! The session's got Art working with (then) up-and-comers Steve Davis on trombone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Geoff Keezer on piano, and Javon Jackson on tenor sax – giving them all the same space to write, arrange, and solo freely with the same sort of limelight placement Blakey gave Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons in earlier years! Art's still more than holding his own on drums, but as with much of his excellent later work, the real strength of the set is the way in which the younger players hold the set together with a fluid sense of soul. Titles include "Bunyip", "Logarhythms", "I'll Wait & Pray", "Green Is Mean", "Accidentally Yours", "One For All", and "Theme For Penny". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyWitch Doctor ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. CD
(Out of print.)
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Art BlakeyWitch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $18.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. Features a bonus alternate take of "The Witch Doctor" too. CD
(SHM CD pressing!)
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Paul BleyPaul Bley With Gary Peacock ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1963/1968. Very Good ... $19.99
A 70s ECM album from Paul Bley, but one that features work from much earlier years – one session recorded in 1963, the other from 1968 – both done with Gary Peacock on bass, and either Billy Elgart or Paul Motian on drums! These early sides from Bley are quite interesting examples of his growth – because at times, they still echo some of the more conventional changes and rhythms of other jazz pianists – but also point the way towards a much more freely melodic use of the keyboard. Only one track here is a familiar standard – Jerome Kern's "Long Ago & Far Away" – and others are originals by Bley, Annette Peacock, and Ornette Coleman – with titles that include "Blues", "Getting Started", "When Will The Blues Leave", "Gary", "Moor", and "Big Foot". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has peeling of the gloss.)

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BloChapter One ... CD
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $10.99 19.99
Mindblowing sounds from Blo – easily one of the most compelling groups of the African scene of the 70s – summed up perfectly here in this really essential set! Blo began as an Afro-rock combo, but grew to have plenty of funky touches too – which means that the set's got amazing bass work blended with fuzzy guitars and tight rhythms – all in a blend that's as trippy as it is funky – all at the same time! There's a vibe here that's like Cymande at their best – a real criss-crossing of post-colonial elements in some very heady studio space – and the mix of well-crafted guitar solos, echoey vocals, and funky rhythms is completely sublime! The whole thing's wonderful – never a bit of filler or missed step at all – and titles include "Preacherman", "Beware", "Don't", "Chant To Mother Earth", "We Are Out Together", "Miss Sagitt", and "Time To Face The Sun". CD

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TK BlueLatinbird ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used ... $5.99
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead, taking the whole thing into the rich colors and joyous rhythms of the contemporary Latin jazz scene – far more involved and complicated than the old days! The album's got a lot more to offer than you might expect – a soulful acoustic vibe that's mighty nice – not just from TK's work on alto and flute, but from piano by Theo Hill, percussion by Willie Martinez and Roland Guerrero, guest trombone from Steve Turre, and even a bit of drums from Lewis Nash. Titles include "Chi Chi", "Si Si", "Blue Bird", "Visa", "Buzzy", "He Flew Away Too Soon", and "Moods Of Parker". CD
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Blue BeatsBeatle Beat ... CD
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Not The Beatles, but a group who are trying to cash in on their fame – by showing a monstrous Beatle wig on the cover of the album, covering a horde of dancers – and by playing a whole host of instrumentals with a nod to the Brit Invasion! We're guessing the Blue Beats were some American studio combo – as the overall project doesn't have a real UK sound – and they've definitely got their chops, especially on the guitar lines – which are recorded with a nice dose of echo and a good deal of twang, and mixed in with stomping rhythms and the occasional keyboard line. Titles include "The Chocolate Pudding Slop", "The Swingin Spiders' Bo Diddley", "The Fat Kings' Twist", "The Broken Egg Frug", "The Cold Mashed Potato", and "The Big Shoe Twist". CD
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Blue BeatsBeatle Beat ... LP
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
Not The Beatles, but a group who are trying to cash in on their fame – by showing a monstrous Beatle wig on the cover of the album, covering a horde of dancers – and by playing a whole host of instrumentals with a nod to the Brit Invasion! We're guessing the Blue Beats were some American studio combo – as the overall project doesn't have a real UK sound – and they've definitely got their chops, especially on the guitar lines – which are recorded with a nice dose of echo and a good deal of twang, and mixed in with stomping rhythms and the occasional keyboard line. Titles include "The Chocolate Pudding Slop", "The Swingin Spiders' Bo Diddley", "The Fat Kings' Twist", "The Broken Egg Frug", "The Cold Mashed Potato", and "The Big Shoe Twist". LP, Vinyl record album
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Willie BoboBobo! Do That Thing/Guajira ... LP
Tico, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early boogaloo approach to a number of the cuts, one that really makes them kick hard with some very catchy rhythms – and other numbers have a stripped down, rhythm-heavy small combo approach that's equally great, and which really helps expand the sound. Willie's vocals are kept to a minimum, and there's some really great instrumental touches on the best cuts – including some nice electric piano! Titles include "Bobo Do That Thing", "A La Bobita", "Azulito", "Chickadee", "Rigor Mortis", "Ritmo Tymbale", and "Grab Your Hat". LP, Vinyl record album

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BohannonKeep On Dancin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Massive grooves from the mighty Hamilton Bohannon – the kind of skittish, nervous rhythms that made his funk unlike any other artist of the 70s! There's a sense of rhythmic progression here that's super-tight, but often quite subtle in its inflections – a mode that went onto have a huge influence on many generations after the disco era – especially house from Chicago and Detroit! Yet heard here in its original form, the approach is almost even more mindblowing – played live, with a hypnotic feel that's completely compelling – as the grooves shift slowly with subtle phases that often move independently of the vocals – which themselves are often just added to the mix as an afterthought. Bohannon wrote, arranged, and produced – and the record's a sublime blend of guitar, bass, and drums used in mighty fresh ways! Tracks include "Have A Good Day", "Dance With Your Parno", "South African Man", "The Fat Man", "Red Bone", "Truck Stop", and "Rap On Mr. DJ". CD

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BohannonStop & Go (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
A killer bit of early funk from the great Hamilton Bohannon – and quite possibly his greatest album ever – a really unique approach to funky rhythms, with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album's got a slower funk sound than Bohannon's later disco groove a few years later – and the wonderful rhythms mix together scattershot drums with funky wah wah guitar, organ, and hard-plugging basslines – all in a blend that's pretty mindblowing not just for its instrumental dexterity, but also for the way it brings complex patterns together in a really hypnotic way! All cuts are instrumentals, save for a few chorus vocals – and players on the album include Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker, Travis Biggs, and Mose Davis. Bohannon's on drums and percussion – and titles include "The Pimp Walk", "Stop & Go", "Getting to the Other Side", "It's Time For Peace", "Save Their Souls", and "Singing a Song for My Mother". CD features two bonus tracks – "Run It On Down Mr DJ (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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BombersBombers 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $15.99
Funky rhythms, riffing guitar, and just the right touch of strings – all to make a smoking second set from The Bombers! The album's even tighter than the group's first effort for the West End label – and manages to mix all the right elements of funky Canadian club music with some of the sharper New York sounds of the time – including a few key spots where there's some great disco breaks that really get things moving! Most cuts have female vocals – either in the lead or as a chorus – but the instrumentation definitely shares plenty of time in the spotlight too. Titles include "Disco Galaxy", "Shake", "Get Dancin", "Pistolero", and "Let's Dance". Features bonus tracks – "Let's Dance (orig 12")", "Get Dancin (orig 12")", "Get Dancin (orig single)", and "Get Dancin (unreleased single)". CD

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Bossa TresBossa Tres ... LP
Audio Fidelity, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Amazing bossa jazz from one of Brazil's best combos! The Bossa Tres were led by dynamic pianist Luis Carlos Vinhas – an incredibly strong talent who was as great an arranger as he was a piano player – and on this early session, he's at his most firey, really flowing out with tremendous creative energy on the keys! This album is one of the group's rarest – as it was recorded in New York for the Audio Fidelity label, and only ever issued briefly in the early 60s. It's a killer batch of lively bossa piano tunes – with crackling drums, tight rhythms, and some firecracker work on the keys by Vinhas. 12 tracks in all – and titles include "Bossa 3 Theme", "So Saudade", "Green Dolphin Street", "Ceu E Mar", "Zelao", and "Nao Faz Assim". Great stuff all the way through – and a real bossa treasure! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Fabrizio Bosso/Guido DiLeone/Bassi/CampanaleFour Friends In Bari ... CD
Four (Italy), 2012. New Copy ... $11.99
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent years – that stone classic approach to jazz trumpet – played with a talent that we'd rank right up there with folks like Freddie Hubbard or Art Farmer at their best – set to some inventive arrangements that really make great use of guitar in the place you'd normally find piano in such a group. The change of instrument makes for a nicely gentle quality at times in the rhythms, which seems to make Fabrizio's horn sound even more upfront and soulful – and titles include "E La Chiamano Estate", "King Dorian", "Wide Green Eyes", "Bernie's Tune", "Mack The Knife", and "Nostalgia Di Cuba". CD

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Bounty KillerGhetto Dictionary – The Art Of War ... CD
VP, 2002. Used ... $4.99
An excellent compilation of Bounty Killer's guntalk and battle toasts, along with it's companion set The Mystery. Rhythms from R Price, Bobby konders, Steely & Clevie, Red Rat and a whole host of others, and a a gang of hard hitting tracks, 19 in all, including "Killa Is A Killa", "Man Ah Bad Man The Sequel", "Look Good", "Which One", "Likkle Dread Bwoy", "Top Ah Top", "Gun Mouth", "Sumfest", "All Out War" and "After All". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Bounty KillerGhetto Dictionary – The Mystery ... CD
VP, 2002. Used ... $2.99
A companion volume compilation to The Art Of War, filled with gun claps and boastful lyrics. 20 unrelentingly hard rhythms by Lenky, Sly & Robbie, Jam 2, Red Roze and Rodney Price among others, including "Ghetto Dictionary", "Sufferah", "Bacardi Slang Refix", "High Grade Forever", "Gunz In The Ghetto", 'Evils Of The Mind", "No Other Like Me" and "Supastarz". CD

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Boyz II MenCooleyhighharmony ... CD
Motown, 1991. Used ... $1.99
A landmark album from Boyz II Men – and a set that shows that the classic harmony style was alive and well into the 90s! Although the production and rhythms here are somewhat contemporary, the vocals have a classic approach all the way through – maturing masculine soul styles that are totally great, and which have aged beautifully over the years – way past the chart-reaching cliches of other groups of the time, and well deserving of attention as a great later Motown moment! Most production is by Dallas Austin – who structured the album beautifully into "adagio" and "allegro" sections – and titles include "Please Don't Go", "Lonely Heart", "Little Things", "Motownphilly", "Under Pressure", "Sympin", "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday", and "Uhh Ahh". CD
(CRC pressing.)

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New Charles Bradley & LaRose JacksonLuv Jones/Change Change Change ... 7-inch
Dunham, 2014. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
A sweet funky number from Charles Bradley – done in duet with Larose Jackson, and with almost a deeper feel than some of Bradley's other work! The vocals move with the rhythms in this great way – less harmonies than each singer at the same time, then breaking out into their own verses while the band keeps up the groove! "Change Change Change" is another duet, and equally funky – with some great vocal back/forth action that really mirrors the instrumental grooves! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Braen RaskovichAbnormal Sensations ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Italian soundtrack gurus Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis – working together under the pseudonyms Braen, Raskovich and Kema – and delivering a killer rare set of Abnormal Sensations! It tows the line tightly between seedy early 70s sound library/soundtrack grooves and raw psych and funk-steeped prog. It's fairly stripped-down, with buzzing strings, eerie keyboards, flute and intense rhythms – mostly instrumental, but with some occasional haunting vocals. Amazing stuff! Includes "Sensazioni Abnormi", "Cattura", "Bisca", "Evasioni Psichiche", "Rastrellamento", "Braccio Della Morte", "La Mala", "Premeditazione" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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BrahmsConcerto In D Major For Violin & Orchestra Op 77 – Szigeti/Menges/London Symphony ... LP
Mercury, 1959. Very Good+ ... $19.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Very nice mono pressing – FR1.)

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BrahmsPiano Concertos – Concerto For Piano & Orchestra 1/Concerto For Piano & Orchestra 2 – Pollini/Bohm/Abbado/Vienna Philharmonic ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1977. Very Good+ 2LP ... $7.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes book. Box has a cutout mark and some light wear.)

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Brahms/RachmaninoffViolin Sonatas No 1 Op 120 & No 3 Op 108/Cello Sonata Op 19 – William Kapell/Edmund Kurtz/William Primrose/Jascha Heifetz ... CD
RCA, 1946/1947/1950. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Brand New HeaviesSweet Freaks ... CD
Eagle Rock, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The Brand New Heavies never seem to lose their power at all – and while it might show our age a bit to say we've been digging these guys for 25 years, we're still very proud to be keeping tabs on their music! This time around, BNH work at a level that still has all the great funky touches of their roots, but which also expands things a bit too – adding in some fuller backings at points, to give the music more of a 70s funky soul vibe – instead of just a straight funk approach – and occasionally even hitting some early 80s elements in the rhythms, but still with that warm, live instrumentation that's always made these guys a crucial force in keeping real soul music alive and well. Singer Dawn Joseph handles most of the vocals – and titles include "Sweet Freeek", "95 Tonight", "Bring The Rain", "Get On", "We Live For The Summer", "Self Portrait", "Sledgehammer", and "You Are The Fire". CD

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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction ... CD
United Artists/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the bottom, but polished at the top, in a style that was equally appreciated by fans of disco and more classic funky soul! The "brass" in their title was certainly strongly supported – as the group used a brace of horns on the top of the mix, smoothly gliding over the choppier rhythms at the bottom. And while there's certainly some vocals on the set, they often take second stage to the tight instrumentation of the group! The set includes the classic "Movin" – virtually a blueprint for mainstream funk at the time – plus the tracks "Changin", "Love", "Talkin", "Dance", and "Peekin". CD

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Brazilian Love AffairVoce E Eu – Joao Gilberto Revisited By Brazilian Love Affair Project ... CD
Fonte (Italy), 2013. Used ... $9.99
A sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and the album's especially heavy on Fender Rhodes, which updates an older bossa sound nicely – amidst older-styled instrumentation on acoustic guitar, Hammond, trombone, and flute. The vocals are great – with the same raspy charm of Joao's early recordings – that very human, very honest quality that made his singing so different from other vocalists of his generation – and titles include "Rosa Morena", "Desafinado", "Voce E Eu", "O Barquinho", "Saudade Fez Um Samba", "Ho Ba La La", and "Chega De Saudade". CD
(Out of print.)

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Break ReformReformation ... CD
Abstract Blue (UK), 2005. Used ... $6.99
A stunner of a set from one of the few groups of their generation who seem to grow and grow more with each new record! Break Reform first caught our ears a few years ago, in the big rush of excellent work coming from London at the start of the 21st Century – but with this great little record, they've clearly emerged as a force of their own – a group who've got a depth and sense of soul that will take them way beyond any simple and easy references to their contemporaries! The lovely Nana Vorperian sings these beautiful lead vocals on the set – drifting, moody, and spacey – but never without focus, and always with a lightly tripping style that perfectly matches the album's deeply soulful rhythms by Simon Skolfield and JJ Webster. There's a laidback, lowdown quality to the set that's wonderfully relaxed and very organic – but it also never falls into any cliches of downtempo, or the kind of easy tricks that always make us shy away from that genre. Great stuff throughout, and a great burst of contemporary soul – with titles that include "Trust", "Neptune", "Waiting", "Nevermore", "Cascade", "The Gift", "They Are His", and "It's Love". CD

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BreakwaterSplashdown ... LP
Arista, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
No splashdown here – as Breakwater are every bit as soaringly soulful as they were on their debut set! The groove here is that perfect blend of jazz and soul that only a few groups in the 70s really got right – maybe Pleasure, or The Blackbyrds – and most certainly Breakwater, who were one of the reigning champions of the scene! Rhythms are often upbeat, but not in a disco or club-oriented way – and the instrumentation is tight, but never slick or smooth – always nicely funky with a nice little crackle, even on the mellow cuts – in a way that's opened up this album to new audiences for many years. This set's got a nice bit of moog that wasn't on the group's first – used almost in Mizell-like to further enhance the sound – and titles include the classics "Say You Love Me Girl", "Let Love In", "Time", and "The One In My Dreams". Great stuff, and with a really beautiful vibe! LP, Vinyl record album

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Pattie BrooksLove Shook/Our Ms Brooks ... CD
Casablanca/FTG, 1977/1978. Used ... $19.99
A disco double-header! First up is Love Shook – classic disco from Pattie Brooks, and a soaring 70s set that's right up there with the best Casablanca Records grooves of the time! The rhythms here are upbeat and lively – strings mixed in with quick-stepping rhythms, all set to the vocals of Pattie, which have just the right sort of flow to take off nicely in the setting! Titles include "Love Shook", "Let's Make Love To The Music", "Girl Don't Make Me Wait", and a totally cool "Pop Collage Medley", which features bits of "Popcorn" and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". Next is Our Ms Brooks – a record that has Pattie reunited with the Soul Galore production team – working with backdrops that are full, but never too overblown – right in that perfect Casablanca mode! Titles include "Heartbreak In Disguise", "After Dark", "This Is The House Where Love Died", and "The Back-up Singer". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Peter Brotzmann/Adasiewicz/Edwards/NobleMental Shake ... CD
OTOroku (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
A brilliant free improvisation from a really great lineup – a quartet that brings together the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the vibes of Jason Adasiewicz – already great enough on their own, but matched here with the bass of John Edwards and drums of Steve Noble – the latter of whom we know for his fantastic rhythms in Rip Rig & Panic! Noble's drums have these earthy tones that are quite different from the usual drummer on a free improv gig – and the vibes of Adasiewicz ring out strongly with this inspiration. Brotzmann's got a real fire, but also a focus too – blowing strongly and soulfully on alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato – and Edwards works in an understated by powerful way to keep the energy moving forward. One long improvisation – worthy of old school classic status – more ESP than FMP! CD
Also available Mental Shake (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Peter Brotzmann/Adasiewicz/Edwards/NobleMental Shake (180 gram pressing) ... LP
OTOroku (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $23.99
A brilliant free improvisation from a really great lineup – a quartet that brings together the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the vibes of Jason Adasiewicz – already great enough on their own, but matched here with the bass of John Edwards and drums of Steve Noble – the latter of whom we know for his fantastic rhythms in Rip Rig & Panic! Noble's drums have these earthy tones that are quite different from the usual drummer on a free improv gig – and the vibes of Adasiewicz ring out strongly with this inspiration. Brotzmann's got a real fire, but also a focus too – blowing strongly and soulfully on alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato – and Edwards works in an understated by powerful way to keep the energy moving forward. One long improvisation – worthy of old school classic status – more ESP than FMP! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mental Shake ... CD 14.99

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Barry BrownThompson Sound 1979 to 1982 ... CD
Hot Milk (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Rare work from Barry Brown – all material arranged and produced by Linval Thompson – including singles, dubs, and unreleased album tracks! There's a really unified feel to the work, despite the space of a few years – given that the Roots Radics handled backings at the Channel One studio, and Scientist mixed all the tracks at King Tubby's – with a nice dub undercurrent that really helps the rhythms float and dip along with Brown's vocals. Titles include "Please Officer (version)", "Ketch A Fire", "Can't Stop Natty Dread", "Free Dreadlocks", "Life Is So Funny", "Love Jah So", "Love Is Pure", and "You Don't Know Who To Trust (version)". CD

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James BrownBodyheat ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
An enduring classic from James Brown – quite possibly the strongest of his late 70s albums, and a record that nicely balances the harder funk of the early part of the decade with a more sophisticated style that almost gets slightly jazzy at times! The vocals are planted strongly at the top of most tunes – really calling out the shots and directing the rhythms – even though they seem tight enough to keep snapping along on their own – and also noteworthy are some of the mellower numbers on the set, which are almost more compelling than some of the groovers! Titles include "Bodyheat", "What The World Needs Now", "Don't Tell It", "Kiss In 77", "Woman", "Wake Up And Give", and "I'm Satisfied". CD

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New James BrownGet Up Offa That Thing ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
James Brown screams at the beginning of the record – "I'm Back! I'm Back!" – which is his proclamation that he was ready to take on a whole new generation of funk music – grooving with a new sound that was guaranteed to hit as big as it did in earlier years! The approach is a bit more uptempo than previous albums, but still never at all in a disco/club mode – and James really does strike a strong new chord with the groove here – stretching things out and cooking things up nicely. Rhythms are still quite sharp, although possibly not as dynamic as before – and titles include the great title medley of "Get Up Offa That Thing/Release The Pressure", plus "This Feeling", "Home Again", "I Refuse To Lose", and "Can't Take It With You". CD

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New Brown SugarBrown Sugar Featuring Clydie King ... LP
Chelsea, 1973. Very Good- ... $5.99
Rootsy soul from Brown Sugar – a group that features singer Clydie King, who also cut one pretty great album on her own during the 70s! The set's got a bit of a southern soul touch – lots of burning underneath the rhythms, and horns compressed over the top – in a style that's a bit Muscle Shoals, but more restrained overall, and with a few moments that go for more of an east coast feel. Titles include "Soul Asylum", "Love Can Bring You Down", "Weep For Me", "Don't Hold Back", "Real Love", and "Moonlight & Taming You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on tracks two and three. Cover has ring & edge wear, a tracklisting guide printed on the front, staining on the bottom half, a bit of seam splitting, and some bits of paper stuck on the back.)

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New Brownout Presents – Brown SabbathBrownout Presents – Brown Sabbath ... CD
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A funky riff on some of the mightiest slabs in the Black Sabbath oeuvre – done up masterfully by Adrian Quesada and the Brownout collective! Where the Sabbath originals are all lumbering menace and sludgy rhythms, Brownout brings in Latin funk percussion, tripped out keyboard textures and some really great horn arrangements. They move raw slabs like "Iron Man" into surprising, instrumental percussion realms we'd never imagine them, and it's pretty amazing! "The Wizard" and "NIB" feature vocals by Alex Marrero, "Hand Of Doom" features Alex Maas", and "Planet Caravan" has vocals by David Jimenez – and other tracks include "Iron Man", "Black Sabbath" and "Into The Void". CD

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Dave Brubeck QuartetDave Digs Disney ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Dave Digs Disney – and hence, so do we! The album's one of the first to ever pay tribute to the great compositions heard in Disney films – and it features the magical sound of the Brubeck Quartet, turned upon a host of familiar numbers, and transforming them into longer vehicles for jazz improvisation. Given Dave's great sense of play with rhythm and timings, the tunes really get changed up in these versions – in a way that takes best advantage of the modal rhythms and jazz waltz styles that many of them share. Paul Desmond's alto work is as impeccably-handled as ever, and Joe Morello's sprightly drums seem perfectly at home with the tunes – as does Dave's warmly lyrical work on piano. Titles include "Alice In Wonderland", "Give A Little Whistle", "One Song", and "Someday My Prince Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has yellowed tape residue on the corners and spine.)
 
 
 



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