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Al JawalaAl Jawala Live ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
Very hip sounds from Al Jawala – a mix of Mid-East instrumentation and jazz, served up in a way that hearkens back to some of the earliest world jazz experiments of Ahmed Abdul-Malik, but definitely done with a contemporary twist as well! The reed work alone is wonderful – alto from Steffi Schimmer and tenor from Krischan Lukanow – set over bass, drums, and keyboards – sometimes used in dubby ways, sometimes a bit more straightforward and direct. Rhythms percolate in a wider range than the sounds you'd expect from straight jazz – showcasing some more contemporary modes from North Africa – and titles include "Cigani Salsa", "Talibanski Dub", "Backstabbers", "Taratata", "Fast & Furious", and "Blast Your Ghetto". CD

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Byron Allen TrioByron Allen Trio (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
ESP, 1965. New Copy .... $10.99 12.99
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move with a fluidity that's breathless, even amidst rhythms that are very loose and open – as the trio here works in a style that almost echoes some of the harmelodic modes of Coleman, but which eventually pushes farther towards the freedoms of other artists on ESP! The set has some wonderful bass from Maceo Gilchrist, whose round, rolling tones really make the album sparkle – as do the punctuated drums of Ted Robinson. Titles include "Today's Blues Tomorrow", "Time Is Past", "Three Steps In The Right Direction", and "Decision For The Cole-Man". CD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)

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Rance Allen GroupSay My Friend ... CD
Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $16.99
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". CD

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Laurindo AlmeidaViva Bossa Nova! ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $14.99
A sweet little album from Laurindo Almeida and his "Bossa Nova All Stars" – not a group of Brazilian musicians, and instead a hip set of LA players who really help make the set sparkle! There's a bit more jazz here than on some of Laurindo's other Capitol records of the time – a great 60s update to the groove he first forged in the 50s with Bud Shank – featuring even more swinging rhythms, inventive instrumentation, and a slightly larger group with players who include Jimmy Rowles on organ, Howard Roberts on guitar, Bob Cooper on tenor, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Justin Gordon on flute, and Shelly Manne, Chico Guerrero, and Milt Holland on percussion! The use of organ is especially nice – a warm wave of sound on top of some great bossa rhythms – and titles include "Naked City Theme", "Teach Me Tonight", "Desafinado", "Mr Lucky", "Theme From Route 66", and "One Note Samba". CD

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New Herb Alpert & Lani HallI Feel You ... CD
Concord, 2011. Used .... $9.99
A pairing of classic A&M talents Herb Albert & Lani Hall – covering well known numbers by Van Morrison, Peggy Lee, The Beatles and comparably lesser known gems with vibrant, genuine passion – clearly doing it for purely for the love of great music after all these years! The sunny, Latin rhythms and sunny, breezy jazzy grooves of records from the 60s & 70s is here in full force on titles that include "Moondance", "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" (which really soars), "There Will Never Be Another You", "Fever", "Here Comes The Sun", "Blackbird", "I Feel You", "'Til There Was You", "Club Esquina" and more. CD

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Gene AmmonsBad Bossa Nova (aka Jungle Soul) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good- .... $7.99
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 Jungle Soul! (Ca' Purange). LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click. Cover has light wear, a small split on the bottom seam, some staining along the opening, and some small stains on the back.)

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Gene AmmonsJungle Soul (Ca'Purange) (aka Bad Bossa Nova) (tiger cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good .... $9.99
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
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a bit of light wear.)

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Curtis Amy & Dupree BoltonKatanga (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Used .... $18.99
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". Plus, this CD reissue also includes some great bonus cuts that were not on the original album! CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a sticker.)

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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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AntibalasDirty Money/AWOL ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2012. New Copy .... $5.99
Two stormers from Antibalas! "Dirty Money" is one of their boldest cuts in years – a tune that leaps right out of the grooves, right from the start – thanks to plenty of searing Afro Funk rhythms, and even moreso to a wicked Hammond part that burns beautifully for the first minute or so – working out sounds that are incredibly fresh and powerful! "AWOL" has more horns in the lead, and a great funky bassline at the core – a bad-stepping little number that's equal parts Afro and Funk! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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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India ArieSongversation (deluxe version – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Motown, 2013. New Copy 2LP .... $24.99 29.98
Feels like forever since we've last heard from India Arie – and damn if we didn't miss her! And this time around, she sounds better than ever before – stepping out with this proud, righteous groove right from the start – the kind of music that, from the very first notes, show why India Arie's way more than most of the pretenders who've tried to cop her act in recent years – but can never touch the genius of the lady at her finest! Most tracks here were done in collaboration with Shannon Sanders, who electrifies the music without making it too commercial or beat-heavy at all – and, if anything, the whole record has this amazing quality in which the vocals seem to embody the rhythms on their own – working with a flow that's really tremendous, and still retaining some of the acoustic soul of the early years. Titles include "Flowers", "Nothing That I Love More", "Cocoa Butter", "Just Do You", "Break The Shell", "This Love", "Thy Will Be Done", and "Brother's Keeper" – plus some cool "Soulbird" interludes. Features four bonus tracks too – "Soulbird Reprise Ney", "Thank You", "6th Avenue", and "Strange Fruit". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Atlantic StarrBrilliance ... CD
A&M/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1982. Used .... $9.99
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is relatively lean – a very focused balance of basslines, keyboards, and some tightly snapping 80s groove rhythms – served up with vocals that warmly cascade over the tops of the tunes, but usually take a second seat to the extremely compelling instrumentation. The sound is polished, but never too slick – and the group are a great example of how well soul from this time could sound when done just the right way! Titles include "Love Me Down", "Sexy Dancer", "Circles", "Love Moves", "Your Love Finally Ran Out", and "You're The One". CD

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Atlantic StarrStraight To The Point ... LP
A&M, 1980. Near Mint- .... $8.99
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one, but they've got a lean focus here – a groove that has plenty of space for both male and female vocals, as well as a lot of instrumentation – yet never gets bogged down at all. Rhythms have a bit of boogie, and some older ensemble funk modes – and the vocals of Sharon Bryant are especially nice, cutting with a slight feminine edge against the more masculine leanings of the combo. Titles include "Kissin Power", "Straight To The Point", "Bullseye", "What'Cha Feel Inside", "Losin You", "Fallin In Love With You", and "Let The Spirit Move Ya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Brian Auger's Oblivion ExpressStraight Ahead (with bonus track) ... CD
Disconforme (Spain), 1974. Used .... $18.99
Long lean groovers from Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express group – recorded with a slightly freer feel than some of the group's earlier albums, and an approach that has them stretching out nicely! Brian still sings a bit on some tracks, but there seems to be more of a focus than before on the keyboards – that nicely compressed Auger use of Hammond and electric piano that actually went onto influence a fair bit of American players at the time, in the way that Auger himself had been influenced before by their own earlier work. Rhythms are great throughout – making all tracks funky, in a laidback sort of way – and titles include a remake of "Bumpin' On Sunset", one of the band's best tracks, plus "Change", "Beginning Again", "You'll Stay In My Heart", and "Straight Ahead". CD features a bonus live version of "Straight Ahead". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 AyersLet's Do It ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy .... $16.99
Pure magic from the height of Roy Ayers' classic 70s run on Polydor – a record that's filled with warm, jazzy grooves – all served up in that unique style that Roy was forging at the time! The album perfectly balances dancefloor tracks with mellower numbers – stepping out one minute with a funky groove on the bottom, then sliding into some slinkier laidback styles that are equally great. William Allen handles the arrangements with Roy, and does the strings himself – and also plays some monstrous bass on most numbers, which really brings up the rhythms from the bottom! Titles include the killer groovers "Sweet Tears", "When Is Real Real", "Let's Do It", and "Freaky Deaky" – and the warm mellow cuts "You Came Into My Life", "Kiss", and "Melody Maker". CD

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Roy AyersRed Black & Green ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Seminal early funk work from Roy Ayers! The record catches him at that perfect point when he was turning from a straight jazz player into a sinister force in 70s funk – and the group on the session includes super-hip soul jazz giants like Charles Tolliver, Sonny Fortune, and Harry Whitaker, running through short hip soul tracks that were very different than the style of music they were laying out on albums of their own. Roy's on organ, piano, vibes, and vocals – and he also handles the arrangements, with extra help on strings by William S Fischer, whose usual dark touches come across very well here. The album features some great soul covers – like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Day Dreaming" – plus the original tracks "Cocoa Butter", "Rhythms of Your Mind", and "Red Black & Green". 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 9.99

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Roy AyersVibrations ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
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
Also available Vibrations ... CD 10.99

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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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Albert AylerMy Name Is Albert Ayler ... CD
Debut/Muzak (Japan), 1963. New Copy .... $26.99
A key early album by Albert Ayler – a mindblowing record even all these many years later, and a key introduction of Ayler's music to the rest of the world! The set begins with a compelling spoken introduction from Albert – really taking the time to introduce himself and his new approach to jazz – then rolls into searing sounds on tenor and soprano sax, played with accompaniment from a European trio that has Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, Niels Bronsted on piano, and Ronnie Gardier on drums. A number of the tunes are standards – used by Ayler here in ways that are similar to some of Cecil Taylor's initial recordings – as a way of marking his own different in jazz, before setting out on his own compositions in years to come. Given the quartet setting, there's less of the locked horns and rhythms of some of Ayler's ESP recordings to come – but the difference in format also makes the album a real standout in his catalog, too. Titles include "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Summertime", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "CT". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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AztecsWorld Of Woe/Why Can't You Tell Me (colored vinyl) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch
Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (pic cover, reissue).... $9.99
Rare organ-laced late 60s garagey rock from the Aztecs! "World Of Woe" has woozy keyboards and raw rhythms that remind us of our favorite garage nuggets of the period, but works on a deeper level, thanks to some moody lyrics and surprisingly strong group harmonies. "Why Can't You Tell Me" is a more raucous, uptempo rager – but again, cuts deep thanks to some groovy harmonies. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Burt BacharachHit Maker! – Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits ... LP
Kapp, 1965. Very Good .... $4.99
A great batch of early work from Burt Bacharach – one of the first albums to be issued under his own name, and proof that Mr B was head and shoulders above most of the other arrangers and composers of his time! At some level, the style here is a bit more traditional than some of Burt's later work – with strings and vocal chorus used on many numbers – but the tight, focused, syncopated Bacharach groove is already very firmly on place – on a set of all original numbers, done as instrumentals with some really incredible production! Voices float next to tinkling piano, sweeping strings, and stepping rhythms that show that even when things are mellow, they can still be a bit funky – and the record easily takes 60s easy to a whole new level of maturity and sophistication. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Trains & Boats & Planes", "What's New Pussycat?", "The Last One To Be Loved", "Saturday Sunshine", "24 Hours From Tulsa", and "A House Is Not A Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label promo pressing. Cover has some edge wear, a spot of tape with a small rip on the spine, a small center split on the top seam, a bit of pen, and an ink stamp on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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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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BajkaEscape From Wonderland ... CD
Chin Chin, 2010. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
A full length set that offers up remixes and remakes from Bajka's Wonderland album – a set that's a bit more varied stylistically, yet which still offers up the singer in a mostly jazzy setting! Grooves are mostly nice and crisp, with plenty of acoustic elements that pop strongly – and some numbers put a bit more focus on the rhythms than the vocals – yet if you know Bajka at all, you'll know that even a bit of her singing is still plenty powerful! Titles include "True (Bahama Soul Club rmx)", "The Barrister's Dream (Renegades Of Jazz rmx)", "The Beaver's Lesson (Smoove rmx)", "The Hunting (Club Des Belugas rmx)", "The Hunting (Solo Moderna rmx)", and "The Banker's Fate (Minimatic rmx)". CD

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Ginger Baker & SaltLive In Munich 1972 ... CD
Voiceprint (UK), 1972. New Copy 2CD .... $8.99
Amazing stuff from Ginger Baker's personal archives – live recordings with his Salt group – born of his relocation to Nigeria and a wonderful, dexterous fusion of jazz & rock percussion with African rhythms! The sound is pretty great on these 2 CDs, and the performances are truly great! Players include Ginger Baker and guest drummer Art Blakey (!!!), plus Steve Gregory on sax & flute, Bud Beadle on sax, Tunde Koboje on bass, Berkely Jones on guitar, vocalists Kehinde Lijada and Taiwo Lijada, and African drums by Laola Akins. CD1 has 7 unlisted tracks, mostly on the longer side – the shortest more the 5 minutes and longest nearly 20 minutes. Disc 2 has one short introductory bit and a 18+ minute track. CD

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Amadou BalakeSenor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... CD
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy .... $14.99
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a wonderful look at the early work of singer Amadou Balake – and it features material from the years before his international fame, when he was rooting around in a variety of wonderful styles. There's a gritty quality to most of the work here – and the collection is one that sits nicely next to some of the rougher-edged Nigeria Special sets on Soundway – offering up a similarly refreshing look at a slice of the African scene of the 70s that too often gets obscured by familiar world music cliches. Balake's vocals are pretty great too – but we'll be honest in saying that it's the rhythms, instrumentation, and production of these tunes that we're really digging the most! CD features 13 tracks that include "Aminata Du The", "Fanta", "Dounia Mokolou", "Djeli Fama", "Kambele-ba", "Warba", "Wayisjelequeyele", "Ligda Remba", "Doro Magni", and "Super Bar Konon Mousso". CD
Also available Senor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... LP 22.99

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Amadou BalakeSenor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... LP
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy .... $22.99
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a wonderful look at the early work of singer Amadou Balake – and it features material from the years before his international fame, when he was rooting around in a variety of wonderful styles. There's a gritty quality to most of the work here – and the collection is one that sits nicely next to some of the rougher-edged Nigeria Special sets on Soundway – offering up a similarly refreshing look at a slice of the African scene of the 70s that too often gets obscured by familiar world music cliches. Balake's vocals are pretty great too – but we'll be honest in saying that it's the rhythms, instrumentation, and production of these tunes that we're really digging the most! LP features 8 tracks that include "Aminata Du The", "Fanta", "Dounia Mokolou", "Djeli Fama", "Kambele-ba", "Ligda Remba", "Doro Magni", and "Super Bar Konon Mousso". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Senor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... CD 14.99

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Gato BarbieriLast Tango In Paris ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Very Good+ .... $4.99
Listen, forget every cliche you've ever heard about this film, because this soundtrack is amazing! Gato Barbieri knocked himself out for this one, and came up with an insanely wonderful batch of "modern jazz tango" tracks that mix out soloing, pounding bandoneon rhythms, and lush romantic scoring – and the result is a score that still never fails to send chills down our spines. Includes many versions of the "Last Tango" theme, plus the tracks "Girl In Black", "Jeanne", "Why Did She Choose You?", "It's Over", and "Fake Ophelia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cloud label pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)

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New 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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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 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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New Joe BataanSalsoul ... LP
Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Salsoul (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New 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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Les BaxterCaribbean Moonlight ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Near Mint- .... $12.99
Not as all-out exotic as some of Les' earlier Capitol albums, but still pretty darn great! The theme here is Carribean exotic, and the rhythms have a little bit more of Cuba and Haiti than they do of primitive Borneo. Les handles them nicely, as always, and contributes some wonderful arrangements to the album. Titles include "Deep Night", "Green Eyes", "Sway", "Out Of This World", and "Adios". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some splitting on the spine & seams.)

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BB & Q BandBrooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band (aka BB & Q Band) ... LP
Capitol, 1981. Near Mint- .... $11.99
One of THE 80s groove classics – an excellent album that never gets old! The BB&Q Band had a tight outta site style that was the best small combo 80s version of 70s mainstream funk – sweetly jazzy, thanks to some really spacious production, and filled with lots of hard-stepping guitar, bass, and keyboard bits that propelled the tunes with snappingly catchy rhythms throughout. The group's classic cut "On The Beat" best sums up their appeal – as it's one of those post-disco tunes that gets back to basics, but still really moves the crowd out on the floor. It's got a very catchy hook, as do most of the cuts on the album – and titles include "Don't Say Goodbye", "Starlette", "Time For Love", and "I'll Cut You Loose"! LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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Gee Bello/Light Of The WorldGee Bello Presents His Unreleased Boogie Tracks ... CD
Boogie Times (France), 1980s. Used .... $8.99
Lost material from Gee Bello – including a number of rare tracks by Brit soul legends Light Of The World! The music's presented here for the first time ever, but it's all vintage UK soul from the 80s – penned and arranged by Bello, with lots of spare rhythms, keyboard-driven grooves, and a quality that's definitely on the best side of British soul of the time – none of those "fake" modes that could sometimes keep London acts from matching the quality of US ones. Titles include "Heart To Heart", "Hold Tight", "Give My Love A Try", and "Summer Girl" by Light Of The World; "Head Over Heels" and "Midnight Lover" by Gee Bello; and "He's My Guy" and "Call Me (ext version)" by Mighty 7. CD
(Out of print.)

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John BerberianOud Artistry (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mainstream, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
Groovy Eastern sounds from John Berberian – a musician we know from more rockish projects, but who steps out here on a relatively traditional set of tunes! As you'd guess from the title, Berberian's instrument is the oud – that weird stringed instrument we probably know best from Ahmed Abdul-Malik's jazz experiments of the early 60s, used here by John in styles that are much more in keeping with its Middle Eastern roots. The rhythms draw from Turkish, Armenian, and Arabic inspiration – and other instruments on the record include finger cymbals, clarinet, bongos, guitar, and assorted percussion. Most number features vocals sung in a haunting sort of tone – and tunes include "Rast Taksim", "Yarus", "Sevasda", "Savgulum", "Sevan 5/4", and "Azziza". LP, Vinyl record album

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New 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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Elmer BernsteinCaretakers ... LP
AVA, Mid 60s. Very Good+ .... $4.99
A great Elmer Bernstein score for this creepy psycho drama! At the best times, the score has the jazzy overtones of Walk On The Wild Side or Man With The Golden Arm – serious and soundtracky to be sure, but with some great work in a drama jazz style that was always Bernstein's best calling card in the picture business. And despite the darkness of the plot, there's actually some nice groovy numbers that have a real 60s go go feel to them – with plenty of swinging horns, and some driving and lively rhythms! Titles include "Birdito", "Party In The Ward", "The Cage", "Seclusion", "Electrotherapy" and "Black Straight-Jacket". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the spine and a promo stamp on back.)

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry Is On Top (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... $13.99
Chuck Berry is definitely on top with this classic Chess Records set – an album that shows that Berry always had a lot more to offer than some of his oldies rocker contemporaries! Sure, there's a few hits here, but the overall quality of the music is more in the mode of Chess blues of the time – lots of raw backings that are as heavy on piano lines and romping rhythms as they are Chuck's own searing lead guitar – a sound that definitely sets the tone for generations to come, and which is always heard best here in its early hoke-free setting. The whole album's wonderful, and even familiar hits sound newly brilliant in this context – a smoking lineup that includes "Jo Jo Gunne", "Around & Around", "Hey Pedro", "Anthony Boy", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Almost Grown", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Maybellene". CD features an insane 11 bonus tracks – with titles that include "Oh Yeah", "Time Was (fast version)", "House Of Blue Lights", "Long Fast Jam", "Long Slow Jam", "Do You Love Me", "Run Rudolph Run", and "That's My Desire". CD

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New Bebo Best & Super Lounge OrchestraSaronno On The Rocks ... CD
Chin Chin (Italy), 2011. New Copy .... $14.99 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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BHY (Baker Harris Young)BHY (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
That's Ron Baker, Norman Harris, and Earl Young – one of the greatest rhythm sections in Philly soul of the 70s – stepping out here on an amazing album of their own! The record's got a great pedigree right out of the gate – given that Norman Harris had already arranged some of the best Philly grooves for other singers – and that the trio had played on countless sessions at Sigma Sound – and the group really live up to the strength of their legend by serving up some of the funkiest club of the Salsoul generation – tracks that really bristle strongly with all the right instrumental touches. There's a bit of vocals on the records, but mostly in a chorus mode – and the main focus is on the way the rhythms and instrumentation step and soar strongly. Titles include "Come As You Are", "Handle Me With Love & Care", "Touch Me While I'm Touching You", and "Opus BHY". CD features a bonus track – "Come As You Are (12" disco mix)". CD

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BidduEastern Star In A Western Sky – The Very Best Of The Biddu Orchestra ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1970s. Used 2CD .... $6.99
A huge collection of work from Biddu – the man behind the Biddu Orchestra, producer of many disco hits in the 70s! The set's broken up into 2 CDs – one that features "Western" tunes, the disco work by Biddu that really earned him his fame – and which often featured familiar tunes taken into an overblown disco-fied mode, with lots of orchestrations, driving rhythms, and some occasional exotic instrumentation. The second disc features Biddu's "Eastern" work – mostly Indian soundtrack recordings, some of which are slow and dreamy, others of which have a nice Indian dance feel that's not unlike his disco work. 23 tracks in all, with great notes on the man behind the music – and titles that include "Summer Of 42", "Dance Of Shiva", "The Stud", "Journey To The Moon", "Aranjuez Mon Amour", "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon", "Exodus", "Rain Forest", "Blue Eyed Soul", "Goa", and "Taj Mahal". CD

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Mario Biondi & The High Five QuintetHandful Of Soul ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy 2LP .... $19.99
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club jazz mode of the contemporary European scene – with all-acoustic instrumentation, and rhythms that move along at a really great dancefloor pace! Mario's vocals are really unique too – with a little rasp that catches slightly, and really brings a timeless quality to his voice – mixing personal feeling into the lively numbers on the album, with an unexpected depth that really makes the album stand out from similar sessions of this type! There's echoes of hip vocal jazz work from years past by artists like The Peddlers, Bobby Cole, or Mark Murphy – and titles include "A Child Runs Free", "No Mercy For Me", "This Is What You Are", "I Can't Keep From Cryin Sometimes", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "Handful Of Soul", "On A Clear Day", "Never Die", "No Trouble On The Mountain", "Slow Hot Wind", and "Gig". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ali BirraAmmalele ... LP
Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy .... $11.99
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl – followed by snakey guitar lines, and these vocals that are richly expressive, but in a way that's quite different from the emotion of Anglo pop! The set's a great discovery of these rare sides from 1976 – and titles include "Siin Baarbaada", "Ishururuu", "Silaa Murtii Beeke", "Kophaa Koo", and "Ammalele". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a great insert of notes, too!)

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Black IceBlack Ice ... CD
HDM, Late 70s. New Copy .... $12.99 15.98
A heavy groover from Black Ice – an old school harmony act at the core, but working here in a sweet clubby mode for the 70s! The approach is quite similar to the best group soul coming from Philly at the time – with some wicked upbeat numbers that step along beautifully – not Sigma-bred, but with a similar blend of tight rhythms on the bottom, soaring strings on the top, and funky instrumentation in the middle – more than enough to really get the vocal interplay going between the group's five members! Arrangements are by Ray Jackson – and the set also features a few nice mellower numbers to round out the sound – including the great stepper "The Wine Is Bitter (But The Grapes Are Sweet)" – alongside other tracks that include "Shakedown", "Blind Over You", "Touch", "Girl That's What I Call Love", "I Want You Back", and "Making Love In The Rain". CD

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Black Market BrassBig Muffler/Snake Oil Man ... 7-inch
Secret Stash, 2013. New Copy .... $5.99
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 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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New BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds/Flying Start ... CD
Fantasy, 1974. Used .... $5.99
2 incredible albums from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Blackbyrds record – a funky jazz treasure, and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". Flying Start has 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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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

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Wil BladesSketchy ... CD
Doodlin, 2007. Used .... $8.99
Wil Blades may be a younger player on the Hammond – but he hits the organ here like a seasoned pro from the soul jazz years of the 60s! The album's got the same well-crafted, all-classic sound we've come to love in other releases by the Doodlin label – a Hammond-centric session that hearkens back to older jazz releases from many years past. Blades' sound is nicely warm and fluid – soaring with clean lines sometimes, hitting more skittish funky rhythms at others – and the players on the set include Idris Muhammad on drums, Dayna Stephens on tenor, Gabe Eaton on alto, and Will Bernard on guitar. Titles include "Why", "32nd Street", "Where Go", "Hopeful", "I'm Not Home", "Mr Lewis", "Hollowgram", and "Mae Mae". CD
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Art BlakeyOrgy In Rhythm Volume 2 ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Good+ .... $44.99
A true orgy in rhythm from Art Blakey – a set that not only features his drums next to the kit of Art Taylor, but which also adds in a bevy of other percussionists – including Sabu Martinez, Patato Valdez, and Jose Valentine! Joe Jones and Specs Wright also bring in additional jazz drums – making for more drummers than you might even find in a high school band – all working together with amazing qualities in sound, sometimes even melodic amidst all of the rhythms. Lighter lyrical touches are provided by Herbie Mann's flute, and Ray Bryant throws in some great lines on piano – underscoring the grooves in a nice way. Titles on this second volume include "Amuck", "Elephant Walk", and "Abdallah's Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove 63rd street pressing – with RVG stamp and ear. Vinyl has light marks, but is clean overall. Cover is intact and decent – but has some aging on back, and a bit of light tape on a few edges.)

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New 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
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Blk JksAfter Robots ... LP
Secretly Canadian, 2009. Near Mint- .... $9.99
Tight rhythms, anthemic melodies, and postpunk dynamics from South Africa's Blk Jks – delivering on the earlier EP and positioning themselves as one of most unique groups in the indie scene – on any continent! The group generally works with rock instrumentation of lead & rhythmic guitars, bass, drums and vocals, but they don't sound like anyone else. They have a way of working in some fuzzed out dissonance in spots, and some surprising, abrupt shifts within the songs – plus some additional brass punctuation by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Titles include "Molalatladi", "Banna Ba Modimo", "Standby", "Lakeside", "Taxidermy", "Kwa Nqingetje", "Skeleton", "Cursor" and "Tselane". LP, Vinyl record album

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BloChapter One ... CD
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $16.99 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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BloChapters & Phases – The Complete Albums 1973 to 1975 (Chapter One/Phase II) ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! There's definitely a rock influence in the set, but the music isn't rock at all – it's a very dark, almost dubby groove at points – and a bit more straightforwardly funk at others – almost a post-colonial style that clearly comes from a London influence, given to the group by a previous association with Ginger Baker. Rhythms are quite tight, and the bass is as strong as the drums – mixed up nicely with riffing guitar, and moody vocals that color the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Preacherman", "Time To Face The Sun", "We Are Out Together", "Chant To Mother Earth", "Miss Sagitt", "Beware", and "We Gonna Have A Party". Phase II is a critical next step for the group – music that's even deeper than before, but a bit funkier too! There's clearly some touches here of other African funk of the time – especially in the way the guitar parts groove with the rhythms – although those heavy Blo basslines from before are still nicely in place, as are some of the fuzzier production elements too. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Sh*t", "Atide", "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", and "Don't Take Her Away From Me". CD

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BloPhase II (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strawberry Rain, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
A 70s Afro Funk classic from Blo – really trippy grooves from this legendary Nigerian trio – and arguably their greatest album ever! Rhythms here are tremendous – not the usual sort of Afro style, and instead tightly focused at the roots, and coming off with this blistering blend that really drives the tunes strongly – jamming, but without ever jamming too much – kind of a steady fire that really sounds great underneath the vocals! The core elements of the trio are augmented by keyboards from Joni Haastrum and Segun Bucknor – each important Afro Funk players in their own right, who both really help add a nice sort of psych element alongside the skittish grooving of the guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", "Do It You'll Like It", "Atide", and "Whole Lot Of Sh*t". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with heavy vinyl and cover, and insert too!)

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Willie BoboBobo Motion ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good+ .... $11.99
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some nicely greasy numbers that slide around wonderfully in the groove – next to others that are cleaner, leaner, and plenty darn jazzy! Willie sings a bit on the record, but not much – and the real highlight is the heavy timbales on most of the rhythms, and the crack small combo Latin sound throughout. All tracks are great – and even familiar numbers sound fresh under the Bobo touch! Titles include "Ain't That Right", "Cute", "Evil Ways", "Show Me", "Black Coffee", "Night Walk", and "La Bamba". LP, Vinyl record album
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BohannonStop & Go ... LP
Dakar, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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BombersBombers 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $22.99
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
Also available Bombers 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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BombersBombers 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. Used .... $16.99
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
(Includes obi.)
Also available Bombers 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD 22.99

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New Taka BoomMiddle Of The Night (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mirage/FTG, 1983. Used .... $7.99
Taka Boom really sounds great in this set of 80s grooves – tunes recorded in the middle part of the decade, but with some of the leaner styles of a few years before – that near-perfect blend of beats and keyboards that sums up early 80s soul at its best! Taka's vocals have a strong sense of force here, but are never too over the top – just right in line with the punch in the rhythms, and a bit of a change from her disco years. Titles include "Rock Yo World", "Middle Of The Night", "Butter Me Up", "Climate For Love", "Love On The Side", "Wait & See", "Love Bank", and "Pleasure Unit". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Love Party (ext mix)", and dub and extended mixes of "Middle Of The Night". CD

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Chivo BorraroEl Nuevo Sonido Del Chivo Borraro ... LP
Whatmusic (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
A wonderfully edgey album – and a lost classic of South American jazz! The album's a rare 1966 set cut by Argentinian tenorist Chivo Borraro and his quartet – done in a style that uses some fantastic influences from American modal and soul jazz of the 60s, filtered through some of the freer rhythms of the European scene of the same time. There's a number of cuts on here that remind us of the best expatriot work of American player Nathan Davis – raw and emotive playing, yet always swinging as much as possible – as you'll hear on the album's killer cut "Half and Half", it's great take on "Summertime", and the standout "Charlie's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bossa RioBossa Rio (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1970. Used .... $23.99
A groovy bossa gem from the glory days of A&M Records – an ultra-hip group recorded with production by Sergio Mendes! The feel here is a lot like that of Brasil 66 – bossa rhythms, sunny CA instrumentation, and lovely female vocals – in this case sung singularly, by the lovely Gracinha Leporace – aka Mrs Mendes! Instrumentation is arguably even better than on Brasil 66 records – with wonderfully groovy organ lines from Manfredo Fest, who plays Lowrey organ instead of the usual Hammond. A really essential slice of bossa nova – and a record we'd never part with! Filled with wonderful tunes that include "Gentle Rain", "Up Up & Away", "Wave", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Cacao do Sal", "Veleiro", "Saiupa", and "Nana". CD
(Includes obi.)

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New 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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BrahmsPiano Concerto No 2 In B Flat Major Op 83 – Rudolf Serkin/Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Near Mint- .... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(6 Eye, Stereo pressing. Back cover has a promo stamp.)

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BrahmsPiano Quintet in F Minor Op 34 – Leon Fleisher/Julliard String Quartet ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Near Mint- .... $4.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Mono pressing.)

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BrahmsSymphony No 1 In C Minor Op 68 – Charles Munch/Boston Symphony Orchestra ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good .... $4.99
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(Stereo shaded dog pressing. Vinyl has light marks, but is clean overall.)

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BrahmsSymphony No 2 In D Op 73 – Pierre Monteux/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra ... LP
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good+ .... $4.99
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New BrahmsSymphony No 3 Op 90/Variations On A Theme By Haydn Op 56A – Bruno Walter/Columbia Symphony Orchestra ... CD
CBS, 1960. Used .... $2.99
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(Out of print.)

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New BrahmsSymphony No 4 In E Minor Op 98 – Carlos Kleiber/Weiner Philharmoniker ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon, 1981. Used .... $4.99
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(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Brahms/WagnerOvertures – Akademic Festival Op 80/Tragic Op 81/Flying Dutchman/Lohengrin – Malcom Sargent/Liverpool Philharmonic/Paul Kletzki/Philharmon ... LP
Columbia, 1940s. Near Mint- .... $6.99
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(Green label pressing.)

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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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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction II ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Near Mint- .... $5.99
The second album from Brass Construction – heavy horns, basslines, and stellar dancefloor grooves – a stone classic! The first one was totally great, but they cast a wider stylistic claim on II – their trademark funky sound is still very firmly in place, but they bring more to the plate. The rhythms and percussion have a more globally steeped flare at points on the album, and there's a more smoldering, slightly mellower vibe on some tracks, without sacrificing the funk. The whole thing's fused together wonderfully – with the larger group moving with the energy a much smaller combo – and titles include "Sambo", "Screwed", "Get To The Point", "What's On Your Mind", and "Now Is Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Brazilian Love AffairVoce E Eu – Joao Gilberto Revisited By Brazilian Love Affair Project ... CD
Fonte (Italy), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
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

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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
Also available Splashdown ... LP 11.99

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BreakwaterSplashdown ... LP
Arista, 1980. Near Mint- .... $11.99
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", "The One In My Dreams", and the monster sample cut "Release The Beast". Great stuff, and with a really beautiful vibe! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, a large name in marker, and some pen.)
Also available Splashdown ... LP 9.99

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Brooklyn SoundsBrooklyn Sounds ... CD
Salsa International, Early 70s. New Copy .... $12.99 13.98
Proof that hard Latin didn't always happen on the uptown scene – and a self-titled cooker from this legendary combo from Brooklyn! The record's a killer all the way through – done with some very deep, dark trombone that colors the session like the best of Johnny Colon's material from the late 60s – inflected with some brighter salsa moments in the rhythms, but all very focused and tightly held together by the rhythms! In addition to the trombone, the piano is especially nice – and other instrumentation includes a bit of organ and plenty of percussion. Most numbers have vocals – and titles include "Guaguanco De Puerto Rico", "Perdicion", "En Las Tumbas", "Rain", and "Sueltame Ya". CD

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Barry BrownPrince Jammy Presents Barry Brown – Showcase ... LP
17 North Parade, 1981. New Copy (reissue).... $10.99 11.98
A fine, FINE showcase for singer Barry Brown – working with Prince Jammy at the dawn of the 80s! Barry Brown is showcased here in nice, long 12-inch style numbers, with bass and drums heavy rhythms and plenty of room for Brown to demonstrate he was good and ready for a full length showcase. Includes "Best Things In Life", "Concious Dread", "Ain't Gonna Turn Back" with Errol Scorcher, "It Ago Dread" and "School Days". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dennis BrownVisions Of Dennis Brown ... LP
17 North Parade, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $12.99
The late night lover gets on the African Roots wagon and heads deep into Rasta territory with Joe Gibbs at the helm on this mid 70s gem! Dennis Brown was well established as a leading Lovers Rock and Jamaican soul singer by the time he cut this excellent roots effort for Joe Gibbs in the mid 70s, and the transformation is noteworthy. Brown's vocals pair wonderfully with Gibbs' heavy roots rhythms for a combination that's among either man's finest work! 10 excellent tracks in all, including "Deliverance Will Come", "Love Me Always", "Concrete Castle King", "Malcolm X", "Repatriation", "Milk & Honey" and "Stay At Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownSoul Syndrome ... LP
TK, 1980. Very Good+ .... $4.99
A rare TK Records effort from James Brown – very much in the best uptempo funk mode of the later Polydor years! The groove here is quite similar to those better-known efforts – grooves that are a bit quicker than a few years before, but still played in a core JB funky style – live and lively, with plenty of emphasis on the rhythms! Brown often referred to his style here as disco, but it's a lot more like some of the P-Funk progressions of the period – a mode that's more polished than a grittier funky generation, yet far from smooth club or disco overall. There's plenty of choppy little groovers that make the record great – and titles include the long cut "Rapp Payback", plus "Funky Men", "Smokin & Drinkin", "Stay With Me", and "Mashed Potatoes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lucky BrownPotato Cakes (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2008. New Copy .... $6.99
Very spacey funk from Lucky Brown – a mixture of slow-stepping bass, muddy drums, and some very cool keyboard bits – all sewn together with a surprisingly deep horn part on the top! There's a nicely percolating feel to the rhythms, but they sit back nicely in the mix and let the other elements take center stage – especially the horns, which add a nice sense of triumph and power to the tune, but in ways that are quite different than the usual "horn section" mode! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Marion BrownBack To Paris ... LP
Free Lance (France), 1980. Near Mint- .... $24.99
An overlooked gem from Marion Brown – easily one of his best albums from the time, and a set that matches all the soulful, spiritual energy of his classic Impulse and ESP sessions! The album's got a freewheeling, open tone – lots of loose rhythms that have a nice sense of swing, and which push Brown's alto sax nicely – blown sometimes with the grittiness you might hear from Archie Shepp in Paris, but also getting some of the warmer, deeper tones that mark Marion's "Sweet Earth" sound too. The group features Hilton Ruiz on piano, Jack Gregg on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and tracks are nice and long – with titles that include "November Cotton Flower", "Body & Soul", "Sweet Earth Flying", and "La Placita". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)

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New Dave BrubeckBossa Nova USA ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $13.99
Way more than just a gimmicky bossa nova session – and a surprisingly great showcase for the inventive rhythms of the Brubeck group, and the sensitive alto work of Paul Desmond! The record's got a really different feel than some of Dave's other work for Columbia – in that the modernism is put slightly on the back burner – letting drummer Joe Morello snap out with some lightly gliding percussion that's a bit more straight ahead than usual, and which offers a unique take on the bossa groove. Paul Desmond's the real star of the set, though – and his alto steps out here with the best gentle presence of his later work for RCA and A&M – beautifully blown throughout, and with a tone that most other players would die for! Titles include "Bossa Nova USA", "Coracao Sensivel", "Theme For June", "Lamento", and "Cantiga Nova Swing". CD

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Ray Bryant TrioCon Alma ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1960. New Copy .... $22.99
Pure genius from Ray Bryant – the kind of a record that few other players could ever hope to cut, and a fantastic demonstration of Ray's extremely soulful approach to the trio format! Bryant's working here with Bill Lee on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – in a triple-burning setting that has all players contributing equally to the groove – and often working strongly to create a great sense of counterpoint in the rhythms. Roker's drums are magically playful throughout – snapping and skipping along the top of the snare in a way that only furthers the rhythmic agenda of Bryant's piano. And Lee's bass has a laidback and mellow delight – one that rings out alongside the keys of the piano, and fleshes them out with some additional depth and color. The title track is a brilliant reading of "Con Alma", and the set also features Bryant's famous tune "Cubano Chant" – as well as the titles "Autumn Leaves", "Milestones", "Ill Wind", and "C Jam Blues". CD
(Blue Spec CD.)

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New Tim BuckleyBlue Afternoon ... LP
Straight, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $9.99
Incredible stuff – and one of Tim Buckley's greatest albums! The record's got a style that's a wonderful mix of folk and jazz – using acoustic guitar on most tracks, but also throwing in some vibes by a young David Friedman, which gives the record some warm chromatic hues. Buckley's vocals have never sounded better, blending together with the guitar in the light rhythms of the tunes – and although the song structure's a bit freer than before, it's never sloppy or self-indulgent – just wonderfully expressive! Titles include "The River", "Café", "So Lonely", "The Train", and "Happy Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Burnt SugarCrepescularium ... CD
Trugroid, 2001. Used .... $8.99
This second part of Burnt Sugar's 2001 trilogy really picks up some energy from the first – fiercely jamming guitars mixing with dark soundscapes and filtered rhythms, soaring out in a complicated mass of sound that's every bit as adventurous as it is soulful. Features rhymes by Mugabe, vocals by Justice X and Lisala Beatty, and poems by Latasha Natasha Diggs and Shariff Simmons – and tracks include "Lunching With Mister Akhan", "Kirk Bit My Hand", "Fubraction", and "Take My Hand". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jerry Butler/Jerry PetersMelinda – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Pride, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of Jerry Butler's funkiest moments of the 70s – served up in a fantastic soundtrack co-penned and arranged by the great Jerry Peters! Peters is best known for his hip work with a variety of soul acts in the studio, but he really steps out here for the score to Melinda – a lesser-known blacksploitation film from the early 70s, but one that boasts a heck of a great soundtrack! Peters approach here is a bit more baroque than some of his contemporaries – and he uses stepping strings equally alongside funky rhythms – creating a groove that's complicated, yet still plenty darn funky – and a sound that's as soulful on the mellower tunes as it is on the standout uptempo ones. Jerry Butler sings vocals on "Speak Truth To The People", "Tank's Theme", "Love is", and "Melinda Reprise" – but the instrumental tracks are even better, and inlcude the clavinet groover "Part III", the sitar-styled "Melinda Latino", and the cuts "Music For Tank's Boat", "The Blues (Dope Pusher's Theme)", and "I Can't Let You Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie ByrdBossa Nova Pelos Passaros (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), Early 60s. Used .... $6.99
Guitarist Charlie Byrd was one of the first American players to record bossa nova tunes – but although his work with Stan Getz has always been well-documented, some of the titles under his own name can be quite hard to come by. This is one of the best ones that Charlie cut on his own – and it features tight guitar work in a mode that's similar to that used by Baden Powell on his early bossa recordings, augmented by trio rhythms – plus some occasional larger backings by Walter Raim, and some extended group settings that feature Charlie Hampton on alto, Earl Swope on trombone, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. Tracks include "Ho Ba La La", "Samba Triste", "Yvone", "O Barquinho", "Un Abraco Do Bonfa", and "O Passaro". CD features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Donald ByrdBlackjack ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
An incredible album from Donald Byrd – hard, funky, and with more of an edge than most of his other Blue Note work! The sound on the album's incredibly sinister – really concerned with downward chord turns in moody rhythms – played with a real sense of soul by a frontline that features Byrd, Hank Mobley, and Sonny Red. Cedar Walton drives most of the tunes with hypnotic lines on piano – and the rest of the rhythm's cooked up by Walter Booker on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Includes the massively hard funky title cut, "Blackjack", plus "Beale Street", "Loki", and some other nice groovers. Red and Mobley are amazing, and Byrd's solos are some of his cleanest and leanest of the 60s! LP, Vinyl record album

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Donald ByrdCreeper ... LP
Blue Note, 1967/1981. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Creeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD 15.99

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Donald ByrdCreeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1981. New Copy .... $15.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD
Also available Creeper ... LP 9.99

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Donald ByrdKofi (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1969/1970. New Copy (reissue).... $26.99
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, and his tighter early 70s jazz funk work with Larry Mizell. The instrumentation's a bit different than usual, and includes a warm frontline of Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor, and William Campbell on trombone – all working with these charts that are full and flowing – really strong, soulful elements that get some further great touches from Duke Pearson on Fender Rhodes! Rhythms echo some of Pearson's own great music of the time, with lots of Brazilian undercurrents – no surprise, given that Duke produced the record – and titles include "Kofi", "Fufu", "Perpetual Love", and "Elmina". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Donald ByrdSlow Drag ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Beautiful stuff – and one of the best Donald Byrd albums of the 60s! The album is a killer all the way through – recorded with a group that Byrd maintained for 2 years, one that featured Sonny Red on alto sax, Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all of whom come together magnificently in a razor-sharp formation, mixing hardbop and soul jazz with an edge that you'll hardly find on any of Byrd's other albums from the time. A lot of the credit is due to Sonny Red – who plays with a raspy tone that's odd for the alto, and which really draws out Byrd's solo skills. Walton's got a heavy left-handed approach that really hits some great grooves – and the team of Booker and Higgins leap lyrically, yet also throw just the right amount of funk into the rhythms. Includes the Blue Break classic "Jelly Roll", the amazing jazz dancer "Book's Bossa", and the sublime "Slow Drag", one of the strangest groovers you'll ever hear! LP, Vinyl record album

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Donald ByrdStreet Lady ... CD
Blue Note, 1973. New Copy .... $8.99 9.98
A landmark album by Donald Byrd – the first one where he really started to click with jazz-funk producer Larry Mizell! Mizell and Byrd had worked together previously on the Black Byrd album – a soaring bit of futuristic jazz funk that took Byrd's career to a whole new level – but this album's the one where they really began to make the formula cook, blending together tight funky rhythms, spacey keyboards, soulful vocals, and some of Donald's best solo work of the 70s! The whole thing's a masterpiece, and all tracks sparkle – including "Lansana's Priestess", "Witch Hunt", and "Street Lady", one of the funkiest tracks ever on Blue Note. A haunting record with a beautiful spacey groove, and one of the best-ever albums on Blue Note! CD

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New Donald ByrdStreet Lady ... LP
Blue Note, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A landmark album by Donald Byrd – the first one where he really started to click with jazz-funk producer Larry Mizell! Mizell and Byrd had worked together previously on the Black Byrd album – a soaring bit of futuristic jazz funk that took Byrd's career to a whole new level – but this album's the one where they really began to make the formula cook, blending together tight funky rhythms, spacey keyboards, soulful vocals, and some of Donald's best solo work of the 70s! The whole thing's a masterpiece, and all tracks sparkle – including "Lansana's Priestess", "Witch Hunt", and "Street Lady", one of the funkiest tracks ever on Blue Note. A haunting record with a beautiful spacey groove, and one of the best-ever albums on Blue Note! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Street Lady ... CD 8.99

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Cabaret VoltaireMicro-Phonies ... CD
Mute, 1984. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
A key early moment for Cabaret Voltaire – a set that has the duo getting a bit more tuneful and song-based than before – yet still more than willing to experiment plenty with their sound! All the cool analogue electronics are still very firmly in place – and mixed with some mighty nice processed guitar riffs from Richard Kirk, and lots of dubby elements too – and the set also features some percussion and tablas that are used alongside electronic rhythms – often processed, but in ways that create an early undercurrent – almost like some of the Brian Eno rhythm experiments of the early 80s. Titles include "Do Right", "The Operative", "Digital Rasta", "Spies In The Wires", "Theme From Earthshaker", "James Brown", "Slammer", "Blue Heat", and "Sensoria". CD
 
 
 



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