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Anthony BraxtonOpen Aspects '82 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Used ... $11.99
Braxton and Richard Teitlebaum team up again on this 2 LP release for Hat Art. Teitlebaum plays cool electronics next to Braxton's icy alto, and the sound is incredible. Wild stuff – and although not Braxton's usual bag, it's still a welcome part of his oeuvre. Titles include "3", "1.2", "2", and "1.1". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fritz HauserPieces For Percussion ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
Wonderful ensemble work from drummer Fritz Hauser – a player whose recent music has gone far beyond jazz, with a mixture of compositional ideals and creative improvisation! This set features Hauser working with a larger percussion ensemble – really exploring his sense of texture and tone far beyond rhythm, with these very evocative works that ring out in the open space of the studio, but with a very personal, spontaneous approach as well. The music is quite different than some of the early 20th Century avant percussion compositions – more poetic, and informed by discoveries of improvised music – yet presented in a more structured way overall, with a sense of spaciousness directed by the composer. Most of the pieces are quite long, and works include "60", "Nothing Will Ever Change", "Die Klippe", "Zeichung", "As We Are Speaking", and "Le Souvenir". CD

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Hans KennelMythahorns 2 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. Used ... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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Makrokosmos QuartetRound Midnight ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
A set of performances dedicated to Thelonious Monk – yet music that's quite far from anything by Monk that we've ever heard before! Yet there's also a definite Monkish inspiration going on here – a sense of space and timing that resonates in different, often drawn-out ways – performed by the group's twin pianos, handled by Ufuk and Bahar Dorduncu – and percussion by Francois Volpe and Sebastien Cordier. The result is more avant compositional than jazz, yet the performance here is key too – on performances of compositions that include Oliver Schneller's "Resonant Space", Guillermo Gregorio's "Construction In Four Parts", Fabrizio Rat Ferrero's "L'Abito Non FaIl Monaco", and Stefan Wirth's "Standards". CD

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New Vienna Art OrchestraConcerto Piccolo ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Vienna Art OrchestraNotion In Perpetual Motion ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New HabariganiTwo ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)
 
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Hank MobleyHank Mobley Quartet (Blue Note 5066) (45rpm – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Music Matters, 1955. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99
Great early material from Hank Mobley – a record that's practically a Jazz Messengers album, given the lineup – and which comes across with the fire and power of that classic group at their start! Mobley's tenor is set tightly in a combo that includes Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – just like an early Jazz Messengers group, but without trumpet – and really kicking strongly on the rhythm tip. Mobley's tenor gets some great focus out front – amazing linest hat already show the young Hank as one of the freshest tenor voices of his generation. Titles include "Hank's Prank", "Walkin The Fence", "Just Coolin", and "Avila & Tequila". Also features bonus alternate takes of "Hank's Prank" and "Walkin The Fence". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing reissue pressing – done as a 2LP set, with heavy vinyl and cover, and played at 45rpm speed for extra-high fidelity!)

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New Eddie Lockjaw DavisGoin To The Meeting ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great one – and one of the rarest Prestige dates from Eddie Lockjaw Davis! The album features a unique group that includes Horace Parlan on piano – in place of the organ that had graced many of Davis' earlier Prestige records – with added groovy energy from Buddy Catlett on bass, Art Taylor on drums, and Willie Bobo on congas – all players who seem to give Davis an even sharper edge than before – not entirely the modern tones of his pairings with Johnny Griffin, but a bit less sleepy than in the company of a Hammond. The congas really kick things up nicely – and there's an undercurrent of fire that almost recalls some of the best Blue Note dates of this nature from the time. Titles include "Little Cougar", "Yes Yes", "Pass The Hat", "Goin To Meetin", and "Oh Babee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing.)

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New Joe McPheeVariations On A Blue Line – Round Midnight ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal solo work from the great Joe McPhee – and a crucial album in linking the American and European undergrounds of the 70s! Joe's working alone here – on soprano sax and tenor – and getting some amazing sounds out of both horns – the kind of post-musical, highly-textural elements that are right at home in the European concert setting of the recording. The album was a legendary start to Hat Art – and to the international fame of McPhee – and side one features an extended tenor performance on the original composition "Beanstalk", and side two features tenor again on "Variations On A Blue Line", then soprano on "Motian Studies", as well as "Round Midnight" – played by Joe with just the right sort of soul to round out the record! CD
 
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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP
Kimsha, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album

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AirAir (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very organic way – so that the spare sounds build up into these parts rich in meaning, but still with plenty of sharp edges – based on work from Yasuo Shimura on flute, amplified soprano sax, Arp, and radio; Renkichi Hayashi on guitar, ring modulator, and other effects; Nobuyoshi Ino on electric and acoustic bass, Turkish guitar, and tape recorder; Hiroshi Murakami on drums and percussion; and Yuji Imamura on amplified and acoustic tabla, plus other percussion. The sound's as compelling as the instrumental lineup – and the album's comprised of one long jamming track "Air (parts 1 & 2)", with a groove that ranges from funky and break-oriented, to wild and free out-oriented soloing. CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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AirAir Time ... LP
Nessa, 1977. Very Good+ ... $29.99
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better – and have this intimate, soulful interplay that's sometimes missing from other efforts – that special kind of energy that makes the AACM so great when it's really clicking this well – as deeply spiritual as it is freely expressive! Threadgill plays alto, tenor, bass flute, and the compelling hubkaphone –a nd titles include "I'll Be Right Here Waiting", "No 2", "GvE", "Subtraction", and "Keep Right On Playing Thru The Mirror Over The Water". LP, Vinyl record album

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AirVirgin Suicides ... CD
Record Makers/Astralwerks, 2000. Used ... $5.99
Ok, ok – so it's from the Sofia Coppla movie (based on a pretty great book) – but in all fairness this is a really great album from this groovy French combo, and probably one of their straightest (we mean that in a good way). While some tracks channel Pink Floyd a bit, many of their usual atmospherics are dusted off with fairly jazzy instrumentation and post-Bacharach arrangements. Gordon Tracks sings guest vocals on "Playground Love" and the whole thing's got a beautiful airy 60s pop style to it – tracks include "Clouds Up", "Bathroom Girl", "Cemetary Party", "Dirty Trip", "Highschool Lover (Theme From The Virgin Suicides)", "Afternoon Sister", "Ghost Song", and "Dead Bodies". Pretty heady titles. CD

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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD

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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric guitar with offbeat Eastern phrasing, rootsy percussion, and very hip production that gives the whole record a sound that's as bold as it is brooding! Like Koray at his best, the music often has a bit of a groove – not entirely funky, but with these strong undercurrents that really move us – despite the barrier of language. Titles include "Bosu Bosuna", "Dumanu Dumanu Oy Bizim Eller", "Kukredi Cimenler", "Seve Beni Beni", "Deniz Ustu Kopurur", "Yakar Inceden Inceden", and "Daglar Dagladi Beni". CD
Also available Edip Akbayram ... LP 25.99

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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $25.99
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric guitar with offbeat Eastern phrasing, rootsy percussion, and very hip production that gives the whole record a sound that's as bold as it is brooding! Like Koray at his best, the music often has a bit of a groove – not entirely funky, but with these strong undercurrents that really move us – despite the barrier of language. Titles include "Bosu Bosuna", "Dumanu Dumanu Oy Bizim Eller", "Kukredi Cimenler", "Seve Beni Beni", "Deniz Ustu Kopurur", "Yakar Inceden Inceden", and "Daglar Dagladi Beni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Edip Akbayram ... CD 16.99

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Toshiko AkioshiLast Live In Blue Note Tokyo ... CD
Wounded Bird, 2004. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A sweet Japanese set from Toshiko Akioshi – recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo, with a group that really replicates the sound of her big band from the 70s! Key partner from those years – Lew Tabackin – is in the group playing loads of great tenor and flute solos – and other players include a range of younger Americans, including Jim Rotondi on trumpet and Jim Snidero on alto and flute – all working in that great Akioshi/Tabackin formation – tight head arrangements, but lots of room to soar out on solos on the longer tracks! Terumasa Hino also guests a bit on trumpet – and titles include "Hirohiko's Delight", "The Village", "Lady Liberty", "Unrequited Love", and "Hope". CD

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Toshiko AkiyoshiKogun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband Lew Tabackin – a group that features strong work from American players who include Dick Spencer and Gary Foster on alto saxes, Tabackin and Tom Peterson on tenor, Bill Perkins on baritone, Bobby Shew and Don Rader on trumpets, and Charles Loper and Jim Sawyer on trombones. The horns are only part of the picture, though – as the inventive writing and arranging from Akiyoshi is what really makes the album great – a strong sense of painting with sound, while still keeping things swinging – really unlocking all the best elements that had been opened up for larger ensembles in the previous few years. The set features all original tracks that include "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Elegy", and "Memory". CD
(Blue Spec CD.)

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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good ... $6.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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Alborosie, Shane Brown, & Prince JammyEvolution Of Dub Vol 8 – The Search For New Life (Computerised Dub/Voyage Into Dub/Juke Boxx Dub/Dub Clash) ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $22.99 25.98
A box set snapshot of the evolving art of dub – with Prince Jammy's Computerized Dub, Two Friends Crew's Voyage Into Dub, Shane Brown's Juke Box Dub and Alborose's Dub Crash – for complete dub albums, each in mini LP replica sleeves, in a 4CD box set! Prince Jammy's is the best known set of the bunch – and a nice little set of mid 80s digital dub that certainly helped pave the way for dubby sounds to come. Mikey Bennett & Patrick Lindsay's Two Friends Crew, the Shane Brown and Alborosie sets are more contempory spins on the style. More than 50 tracks on 4CDs! CD

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Ronnie Aldrich & His Two PianosTwo Pianos In Hollywood ... LP
Phase 4, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $1.99
The twin-piano style of Ronnie Aldrich takes on Hollywood! Ronnie offers up his versions of a number of 60s film themes – tunes that range from the groovy to the dramatic, and which features Ronnie's strong-handed piano work set amidst some larger backings that often use a fair bit of strings, plus some nice electric bass to round out the bottom. Tunes include "Chim Chim Cheree", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf", "The Apartment", and "More". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mats Aleklint QuartetMats Aleklint Quartet ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $24.99
A beautifully bold session from trombonist Mats Aleklint – a player we don't know well at all, but who really steps out on this set as a leader for Moserobie Records! The sound is a bit looser than most of the recent work on the label – not entirely free, but nicely without any strong structures – so that Mats can stretch out on these amazing lines on both slide and valve trombone, with a sense of voice and vision on the instrument that we haven't heard since Roswell Rudd! The rest of the lineup is great too – a quartet with mighty nice tenor and bass clarinet from Per Texas Johansson, bass from Joe Williamson, and drums and synth from Christopher Cantillo. Aleklint also plays a bit of thumb piano and pump organ too – and titles include "Nattbuss", "Hur Eller Dur", "Braxen", "Algskog", "Landet Runt", and "Snabbt In Snabb Tut". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Alex BandZderzenie Mysli (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tonpress/GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A fierce funky combo from 70s Poland – one who play with a fusion groove, but at a level that's a lot more soulful than most of the other groups on the Eastern European scene! Instead of jamming too much in a rockish mode, these guys really focus all the instruments around the rhythms – which are nice and tight right from the start, and crackle with the kind of energy of funky fusion records from the US in the 70s – particularly on labels like Kudo or Columbia! The drums are mighty nice, and really ground the grooves – snapping along with some Steve Gadd-like frenzy – and the tunes are filled with great work on Fender Rhodes, and a mix of bold lines on reeds or trumpets. Titles include "Hello Herbie", "Borel Fish", "Ajoka", "Czama Bestia", and "W Kluczu Basowym". CD also features bonus tracks – "Bayou Bottom", "Moje Igloo", and "Zbiegowisko". CD

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Eric AlexanderChicago Fire ... CD
High Note, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Not the soundtrack to the popular TV drama of the same name – but a set that returns tenorist Eric Alexander to all the fire he brought to his early years on the Chicago scene! Alexander's set up here with a key range of players from this years – longtime associates Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all rhythmic giants who push Eric back into the kind of old school territory that made him an instant heir to the Chicago legacy of tenor giants like Johnny Griffin, Eddie Harris, and Von Freeman! Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt joins the group on a few tracks – adding in these soaring lines on trumpet that really sparkle – but we honestly like the quartet numbers the best, as they have Alexander opening up in some nicely unbridled territory. Titles include "Mr Stitt", "Bluesky For Vonski", "Just One Of Those Things", "Eddie Harris", "Bee Hive", and "You Talk That Talk". CD

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Rance Allen GroupSay My Friend ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good+ ... $58.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Mose AllisonMose In Your Ear ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ... $1.99
It's the early 70s, and Mose is still going strong – grooving with a unique blend of New Orleans soul and Northern jazz influences, his own particular brand of music, timeless from the day it was born! The setting here is a live one, and Mose is playing with a trio that includes Clyde Flowers on bass and Eddie Charlton on drums. The album features a number of strong originals – including "Look What You Made Me Do", "Powerhouse", "I Don't Worry About A Thing", and "Don't Forget To Smile" – plus versions of "The Seventh Son" and "Fool's Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Mose Allison TrioBack Country Suite ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare early Mose Allison album – a mostly-instrumental outing that focuses on Allison's wonderful talents on the piano – already honed by this time through participation in a number of key sessions with other leaders! Side one of the album features the beautiful "Back Country Suite" – an extended piece of shorter numbers, composed by Allison with a wonderfully evocative feel. The depth of the work is wonderful, and shows that even at an early point, Allison was forging a unique voice in jazz that went far beyond simple work on piano as an accompanist. Other players on the set include bassist Taylor La Fargue and drummer Frank Isola – and side two features the tunes "Blueberry Hill", "I Thought About You", "In Salah", and "One Room Country Shack". CD
(SHMCD pressing)

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Allman BrothersBrothers & Sisters ... LP
Capricorn, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $12.99
The Allman Brothers at their best – and a key 70s set that may well have the group working at their peak! All their best southern roots are firmly tied together here – not just the country-touched approach to rock that was the group's calling card, but also their ties to some of the Georgia soul scene as well – an element that really surfaces in some of the album's piano lines and rhythms, which really help underscore the depth of the tunes – and give the group a solid footing that's stronger than some of their more cliched contemporaries. These tunes hold up wonderfully over the years – and have a visionary approach that almost sparkles even more strongly here in the 21st Century than when we first started digging their sounds on radio back in the 70s. Titles include "Southbound", "Jessica", "Pony Boy", "Wasted Words", "Ramblin Man", "Come & Go Blues", and "Jelly Jelly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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AllspiceAllspice ... CD
Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
The only album ever from Allspice – but a hell of an incredible soul record – and one that's kept the group's name strong with collectors and rare groove fanatics for years! The album's on of the best Fantasy Records productions by Wayne Henderson and his At Home team – and like some of the others, is handled with a groove that's tight, yet plenty sophisticated too – light years from mainstream disco or common club of the late 70s, and instead informed by plenty of jazz and deeper ideas as well! The vibe is perfect – as heavenly and righteous as some of the best Roy Ayers club tracks of the time – which proves to be a perfect foil for the Allspice style of mixing male and female vocals – which again is often done in an Ayers-like mode. The sound is sublime throughout – one of those real treasures that should have been a huge record in the 70s, but was barely pressed up at all – and quickly forgotten about by the record company. Yet even after all these years, the whole thing sounds amazing – one of those albums we'd never part with at all! Titles include the groovy "Slipped Away", the funky stepper "Hungry For Your Love" – and loads of other great tunes that include "Love Fire", "Destiny", "She's A Lady", "I Don't Know", and "Give It Time". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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New AlpayYekte ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
Unusual sounds from Alpay – an artist who perfectly shows the unique east/west crossroads that ran through the Turkish scene of the 70s! At one level, Alpay's as Western as you might guess from his look on the cover – and attempts here to serve up rockish tracks aimed at the mainstream – but his music is also heavy on plenty of older Eastern elements too – unusual inflections on the vocals, exotic instrumentation alongside electronic, and a really compelling style that sounds both ancient and futuristic at the same time! There's a budding spiritualism that seems to seep out around the corners of more conventional song structures – and the blend definitely echoes some of the best modes of the Turkish scene of the same time. The package features a very well-selected batch of Alpay recordings from the early 70s, complete with notes – and titles include "Bak Kalbim", "Akca Kizlar", "Can Karagozlum", "Ask Boyledir", "Suna", and "Denizciler". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassLonely Bull ... LP
A&M, 1962. Very Good- ... $0.49
Herb Alpert's first-ever album – a runaway hit that was the birthplace of so many groovy things – not just the start of the Tijuana Brass sound, also the birth of A&M Records! The album's the first to feature Herb's trademark take on the Mexican band style – done here with a bit more "jaunty" pop stylings than in later years, including a "rocking" electric bass that kicks along nicely at the bottom of some of the more chart-oriented tunes. The first full album on A&M – and the beginning of an empire – with titles that include "The Lonely Bull", "El Lobo", "Desafinado", "Mexico", "Never On Sunday", and "Struttin With Maria". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a bit of seam splitting.)

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassSounds Like Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass ... LP
A&M, 1967. Very Good ... $0.99
Sounds like Herb Alpert, but it grooves in ways that we hardly expected – playful, creative, and filled with so many more rhythms than just the Tijuana groove we might have thought! There's a real deepening sense of instrumental pop going on here – as Herb explores some of the darker strains brought into the market by younger groups and artists on the scene, and through some of the cross-cultural recordings that were opening up as the global music market expanded in the mid 60s. The Brass still get in plenty of their jaunty licks in the set, but there's also more of a sense of Herb as a standout man of his own – a mature, all-adult sound that's got some great brooding emotion from time to time. Titles include the great sample cut "Treasure Of San Miguel", "Casino Royale", "Wade In The Water", "Shades Of Blue", "Bo Bo", "Lady Godiva", "Town Without Pity", "Gotta Lot Of Livin To Do", and "The Charmer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barry AltschulFor Stu ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
An album dedicated to the late drummer Stu Martin – and a set that features some very dynamic drum work from longtime friend Barry Altschul! The album has Altschul really hitting some new notes in his music – stepping off with a bit more dynamic energy than some of his other 70s recordings, working with a group that has a nicely elastic feel – able to change sounds and shapes at the drop of a hat! Other quartet members include Anthony Davis on piano, Ray Anderson on trombone, and Rick Rozie on bass – and the trombone of Anderson is especially great here, adding in a sense of warmth, and almost playfulness at points. Titles include "Drum Role", "Sleepwalker", "For Stu", and a version of the Mingus classic "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Silk Blues". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Alzo & UdineC'mon & Join Us! (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. Used ... $9.99
Wild & beautiful! This album's impossible to describe accurately, and it's the only record we've ever seen by the enigmatic Latin-tinged duo Alzo & Udine! The groove has a tight jangly feel, with nice lows, very catchy hooks, and amazing vocals from Alzo & Udine that kind of feel like Mel & Tim mixed with Joe Bataan mixed with The Young Rascals mixed with Jose Feliciano – if you need a comparison! The vocals are laid over spare arrangements that feature bass, guitar, and conga – vamping away in sort of a folk/soul groove – and although the overall approach is quite spare, the quality of the music is heavenly. At some level, the album had to have been a mistake – as it's got a whimsy and honesty that would never have gotten it on the charts – but that's exactly why we love it so much. Titles include "Something's Going", "C'Mon & Join Us", "This Room", "Want Your Love", "Hey Hey Hey, She's OK", and "Define". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Hot Time In The City" and "All Of My Lovin". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available C'mon & Join Us! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Alzo & UdineC'mon & Join Us! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Wild & beautiful! This album's impossible to describe accurately, and it's the only record we've ever seen by the enigmatic Latin-tinged duo Alzo & Udine! The groove has a tight jangly feel, with nice lows, very catchy hooks, and amazing vocals from Alzo & Udine that kind of feel like Mel & Tim mixed with Joe Bataan mixed with The Young Rascals mixed with Jose Feliciano – if you need a comparison! The vocals are laid over spare arrangements that feature bass, guitar, and conga – vamping away in sort of a folk/soul groove – and although the overall approach is quite spare, the quality of the music is heavenly. At some level, the album had to have been a mistake – as it's got a whimsy and honesty that would never have gotten it on the charts – but that's exactly why we love it so much. Titles include "Something's Going", "C'Mon & Join Us", "This Room", "Want Your Love", "Hey Hey Hey, She's OK", and "Define". CD features two bonus tracks – "Hot Time In The City" and "All Of My Lovin". CD
Also available C'mon & Join Us! (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Rodrigo Amado with Peter EvansFreedom Principle ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
The title definitely lives up to the sound of the record – a really loose, free session from a quartet that includes strong work from both trumpeter Peter Evans and tenorist Rodrigo Amado – the latter of whom leads the group! All tracks are long, and build with a nice degree of energy – one that gets back to the "freedom principle" generation between the ESP and loft jazz years – when spontaneous creativity like this was really in action. All four members contribute equally to shape the sound of the performance – and the group also features Miguel Mira on cello and Garbirel Ferrandini on drums. Titles include "Pepper Packed", "Shadows", and "The Freedom Principle". CD

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AmaliaWelcome To Me/Bonafide ... 7-inch
Cherries, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99
Guess what? They DO make 'em like they used to – as Amalia steps out here on two tracks that easily rival the best female soul from the early 80s! "Welcome To Me" feels just like Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers from 1982 – complete with sweet keyboards that percolate wonderfully alongside the soaring lead vocals! "Bonafide" is even better – a funky funky number with a really partyful groove right from the start – romping in a wonderful 80s way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Amanda AmbroseLaughing ... LP
BeeGee, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Ok, we'll admit that most of this album is kind of weak – and Amanda's a sort of Nina Simone wanna-be – but there are a few nice songs on here with a pretty good groove! Both "Sad Songs" and "That's It" have some great arrangements that mix complicated guitar/bass/drum parts into a nice mix that feels a bit like late 60s Capitol funky soul. Amanda's vocals are still a bit off – but there's at least some nice moments to sample! LP, Vinyl record album

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New AmericaHideaway ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good ... $2.99
A well-titled album, given that the overall feel here is maybe a bit more stripped-down and almost rootsy at times – even though the trio's still working with producer George Martin! The set was recorded in just a week at Caribou Ranch – and it's almost a return to the core harmonies and acoustic elements of the group's roots – cast out here with perfect compressed sound, yet also hitting harder with a few more punched-up moments at times too. There's a nice "past the hits" quality to the set – and titles include "She's A Liar", "Letter", "Watership Down", "Amber Cascades", "Lovely Night", and "Who Loves You" – plus "Hideaway (parts 1 & 2)", which has this great mellow groove and piano from Martin that could easily be a hip hop sample! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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New Gene AmmonsBoss Tenor ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Very Good- ... $7.99
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" style of rhythm that was used strongly at the start of the 60s – with Ray Barretto on percussion, alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The style is nice and echoey – a mode that works well not only here, but on most of the 22 other albums that Ammons went onto record during the next 2 years! Titles include "Close Your Eyes", "Canadian Sunset", "Hittin' The Jug", "Confirmation", and "Blue Ammons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing in the orange cover. Cover has some wear, split top & bottom seams, and a partially split spine.)

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Gene AmmonsFunky ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Very Good- ... $7.99
One of Ammons' classic blowing sessions for Prestige, with an all-star lineup that includes Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron, and Kenny Burrell. The group plays together on 4 long tracks, and in a tight hardbop vein, with long soulful solos from every player. Titles include "Pint Size", "King Size", and "Funky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Ciover has some wear and minor splitting.)

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Gene AmmonsLegends Of Acid Jazz – Black Cat!/You Talk That Talk! (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige, 1970/1971. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of funky killers from tenorist Gene Ammons! Black Cat is one of the great funky albums that Gene Ammons cut for Prestige at the start of the 70s – quite different than his earlier work for the label, and a very different showcase for his tenor genius! The whole lineup here is amazing – a quintet that features heavy drums from Idris Muhammad, piano and Fender Rhodes from Harold Mabern, bass from Ron Carter, and some tremendously smoking guitar from the great George Freeman! Freeman goes nuts on the funky cut "The Black Cat" – and other tracks include "Jug Eyes", "Hi Ruth", "Something", and "Piece To Keep Away Evil Spirits". You Talk That Talk is a set done in collaboration with Sonny Stitt – and these two tenor giants meet in the period slightly before Ammons death, and they're grouped with some of the younger funky players on Prestige, like Leon Spencer, Idris Muhammad, and George Freeman. The sound is fairly traditional, but there's some nice funky moments. Tracks include "Out Of It", which was written by Harold Vick, "The People's Choice", written by Harold Ousley, and the title cut, which is a Leon Spencer original. The 14 track set includes the full titles from 2 LPs, plus 2 bonus cuts from a rare source! CD

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New Gene AmmonsSoulful Saxophone ... LP
Chess, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
10 tracks that perfectly illustrate all that was great about Gene Ammons in his early days – a set of singles and 78s recorded for Chess in the late 40s and early 50s, done in a laidback and soulful style that had a tremendous influence on the work of other tenor players at the time! The recording quality is nice and moody, and the tracks hold up surprisingly well over the years – with titles that include "My Foolish Heart", "Goodbye", "Once In A While", "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe", and "It's The Talk Of The Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label deep groove pressing. Cover has split seams and some pen on back.)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittJug & Sonny ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A nice little album – featuring some of the sides that Gene Ammons cut "off contract" for Chess/Argo during the early 60s, and ones that feature him paired with Sonny Stitt, his longtime partner in legendary tenor battles from the 50s. The two horns aren't really locked in combat here, but they do complement each other nicely on the album's mellow groovers and ballad tracks. Titles include "Cha Bootie", "Tenor Eleven", "The Last Mile", and "Full Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a bit of pen on back.)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittJug & Sonny (jug & corn cover – purple border) ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $3.99
A nice little album – featuring some of the sides that Gene Ammons cut "off contract" for Chess/Argo during the early 60s, and ones that feature him paired with Sonny Stitt, his longtime partner in legendary tenor battles from the 50s. The two horns aren't really locked in combat here, but they do complement each other nicely on the album's mellow groovers and ballad tracks. Titles include "Cha Bootie", "Tenor Eleven", "The Last Mile", and "Full Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a cutout hole, and some stains on the back.)

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Carl AndersonProtocol (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A great set in the short run of classics that Carl Anderson cut for Columbia Records in the 1980s – albums that never cracked the charts that strongly at the time, but which have gone on to be remembered well over the years! On this record, Anderson nicely balances a tight groove with some looser, more personal vocals – in the process avoiding some of the stiffer cliches of the Columbia hitmaking crowd of the time – and reminding us that the label could still come up with classy, well-rounded soul efforts like this! Titles include "Let's Talk", "Can't Stop This Feeling", "Love On Ice", "Girl I Won't Take No", "Saving My Love For You", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", and "What Will Happen Now". Bonus cuts include "Let's Talk (UK rmx)", "Light Me", and "Can't Stop This Feeling (12" ext version)". CD

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Fred Anderson & Hamid DrakeFrom The River To The Ocean ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2007. Used ... $8.99
A fresh album from one of the stronger partnerships in avant garde jazz – sax titan Fred Anderson and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake – joined by some of the finest Chicago based players for set of slowbuilding, generously spacious material that might be even better their previous album for Thrill Jockey! Anderson's sax and Drake's drumming are as intuitive to each other as ever, and some bits of the record have a dual bass sound that really pulls us in! Josh Abrams and Harrison Bankhead bring the bass, with a great cello part by Bankhead on one track, and Jeff Parker plays some nice guitar. A masterful record with more of an ensemble approach than its predecessor! 5 long (or longish), languorously gripping tracks: "Planet E", "Strut Time", "For Brother Thompson", "From The River To The Ocean" and "Sakti/Shiva". CD

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Leny AndradeA Arte Maior De Leny Andrade (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $32.99
Leny Andrade's a singer with a huge legacy of work in Brazilian music – but she sounds especially great on this rare early album with jazzy backing from Milton Banana on drums and Tenorio Jr on piano! The record's got all the depth of Andrade's mature work – and really shows her as a key link between the emotive modes of the previous generation and the jazzier styles of the bossa years – a balance that comes across here with a nicely personal feel, given the live setting and spontaneous energy of the record. The whole thing's great – maybe one of the best albums from Leny you'll ever find – and titles include "Embalo", "Vai De Vez", "Moca Flor", "O Mar E O Amor", "Vivo Sonhando", "Consolacao", and "Amor De Nada". CD

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Ross Andru & Mike EspositoRoss Andru & Mike Esposito's Get Lost ... Book
Hermes, 1950s. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
One of the greatest publications to ever rip off Mad Magazine – and an early effort from the team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito – later known for famous work at both Marvel and DC Comics! Get Lost follows from the early Mad comic book style – and features lots of well-done parodies of popular genres – film, fiction, and more! The writing is good, but the art is even better – very angular and edgey, at a level that's quite different than any other later work from the team – definitely influenced by the work of early Mad artists, but quite unique as well. The book brings together all three issues of the short-lived publication in glorious full color – and also features an interview with Mike Esposito on the fate of the comic as well. 96 pages, color, oversize. Book

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Horace AndyGet Wise ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". CD
Also available Get Wise ... LP 16.99

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New Horace AndyGet Wise ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 17.98
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Get Wise ... CD 14.99

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Horace AndyIn The Light/In The Light Dub ... CD
Blood & Fire (UK), 1977. Used ... $12.99
While many listeners were first introduced to Horace Andy's beautiful falsetto singing through his more modern collaborations with Massive Attack, it's his original work for Studio One and some of these great sides cut in the mid 70s that we keep returning to. After he parted with Coxsonne Dodd, Andy worked with a handful of different producers, including NY based Everton DaSilva, for whom he cut this classic set of tunes, a more clear statement of his own personal vision. The backing and includes both Leroy Sibbles & Augustus Pablo, 2 of the heaviest songwriters in their own right, and the second half of this CD is a bonus dub LPs worth of material, cut by Prince Jammy, at the height of his knob-twirling prowess. Includes the essential title track, "Do You Love My Music", "Collie Herb" and "Problems". CD
(Out of print.)

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Horace Andy/Ashley BeedleInspiration Information Vol 2 ... CD
Strut (UK), 2009. Used ... $5.99
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science Orchestra territory, but with a leaner feel overall – often a bit skittish on the bottom, with some nicely rough elements at points – which make for a really great fit for the vocals of Horace! The album's hardly a standard reggae set, though – and it's more like a cosmic take on the genre for the new millenium, similar to some of the best 21st Century Soul forged by Beedle and some of his London contemporaries. The third key player in the set is Mark Ralph, who engineered the set, and gives it a really wonderful sound – with a participation level so strong, he gets songwriting credits with Beedle and Andy on most of the tracks. Titles include "When The Rain Falls", "Watch We", "Seek It", "Rasta Don't ", "Hypocrites", "The Light", "Angie", "2 Way Traffic", and "Hot Hot Hot". CD

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Angles 9Injuries ... LP
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $38.99
Wonderful work from this Swedish collection – a group of players you might know from their excellent work on the Moserobie label, coming together here in one of their most ambitious projects ever! The lineup is relatively large, but the sound is nice and lean – as many musicians often work together in this rhythmic pulse that's quite strong – almost undercurrents of funk or 70s Afro modes, but with all the sharp edges you'd expect from soloists like Matthias Stahl on vibes, Johan Berthling on bass, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Martin Kuchen on alto and tenor sax, and Goran Kajfes on cornet. Kuchen wrote all the tracks on the record, and produced the set too – so we'll assume he's the leader – and titles include "European Boogie", "Eti", "Ubabba", "Injuries", "Compartmentalization", and "In Our Midst". LP, Vinyl record album

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AnnetteAnnette's Beach Party ... LP
Vista, 1963. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Annette sings songs from the film Beach Party – in which she starred – plus some other non-film numbers that round out the set, and make it a full album of vocal tracks, all done in a tight 60s girl pop mode. Titles include "Promise Him Anything", "Beach Party", "Treat Him Nicely", "Battle Of San Onofre", "Surfin Luau", "Pineapple Princess", "Swingin & Surfin", and "California Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some tape and peeling ont he spine, light wear, and a bit of pen on back.)

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AntenaCamino Del Sol ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the early 80s – and were a real breath of fresh air in the post-punk years with their light and jazzy approach to the groove. As you'll hear in this set, Antena's style borrows a lot from the bossa, but also throws in some wonderful poppish touches – including jangly guitars recorded in a similar mode to some of the other French/European indie groups of the time, and a slight darkness in production that almost gives a Martin Hannett-like undercurrent to the whole set. The group's album Camino Del Sol has been lovingly reissued with a great set of notes, as well as a series of bonus tracks from an additional ep – making for a beautiful 14 track package that will really help you rediscover this nearly-lost group! Titles include "Sissexa", "To Climb The Cliff", "Camino Del Sol", "Bye Bye Papaye", "Noelle A Hawaii", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Seaside Weekend", "Frantz", and "Ingenuous". CD

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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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New AortaAorta ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summer Of Love pop mode – and titles include "Magic Bed", "What's In My Mind's Eye", "Heart Attack", "Strange", "Thoughts & Feelings", and "Ode To Missy Mxyzosptlk". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and a crease across the front.)

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Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 (with download) ... LP
Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that there's more 60s rawness on the record than you'd get from bigger-label funk at the time – as Ed "Apple" Nelson still works here with a mostly underground vibe! Ed plays drums – which are mighty hard on most numbers – and his vocals have this offbeat, off-kilter, over the top quality that almost reminds us a bit of the Hank Ballard/James Brown recordings for late 60s King – particularly in the way that Nelson's completely unbridled with his energy. The whole thing's great – one of the best funky collections we've heard in years – and presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information too. Titles include "Free & Easy (parts 1 & 2)", "Moon Light", "Curse Upon The World", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Down Home Publicity", "True Love Will Never Die", "Gotta Stand For Something (parts 1 & 2)", and "I'll Give You A Ring". Features a great 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos! LP, Vinyl record album
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Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD

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AquarianaAquariana ... LP
Drag City, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 19.98
An incredible side chapter of the enigmatic Source Family – the ethereal singer Aquariana – an artist with a voice as lovely as her name! Some tunes are spare and simple – with just a bit of piano and this fragile little voice – while others are a bit more righteous, with Aquariana singing like some of the best underground folk artists of the time – but even more expressively, and with a range that's really mindblowing. Tunes are often quite narrative in structure, and some of the more pointed numbers have this personal appeal that almost feels like the best material from the big singer/songwriter generation – had it received fuller arrangements and production. Limited LP issue features all these lost gems, and some nice notes on the lady too – and titles include "One Love", "Forget About The Past", "Ancient One", "Rise Oh Mighty Soul", "Awaken Us", "Come Forth", "Walking Together", and "Oh My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Khaira ArbyTimbuktu Tarab ... CD
Clermont, 2010. New Copy ... $7.99
Incredible vocals from Khaira Arby – soaring out with this sense of power and pride that really blows away most of her contemporaries on the Saharan scene! There's a universal appeal to the music that goes way beyond the boundaries of language and culture – a quality that makes us feel like we really get the meaning of Arby's songs, even though we can't understand most of the lyrics – and a quality that might partially come from the vivid instrumental accompaniment for the tunes, and the backup chorus, which makes us feel like Khaira's pulling along a whole community with her words! Titles include "Djaba", "Dja Cheickna", "Goumou", "Salou", "Delya", and "Feriene". CD

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India ArieAcoustic Soul ... LP
Motown, 2000. Very Good+ 2LP ... $19.99
An incredible debut – and the birth of a genre! India Arie burst upon the Neo Soul scene with this sweet little set a few years back – and her career's been burning up ever since! The set's got all the best elements of some of the best indie soul of recent years – sweet beats, honest vocals, and warm instrumental touches – but the best aspect is the "acoustic soul" use of guitar to give some tracks a slightly folksy feel – one that sets India apart from some of her contemporaries with a really personal approach! The whole thing's great – overflowing with wonderful tracks that include "Video", "Brown Skin", "Back To The Middle", "Part Of My Life", "Always In My Head", and "Nature". CD also features a bonus Stevie Wonder dedication – "Wonderful"! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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India ArieTestimony Vol 1 – Life & Relationship ... LP
Motown, 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 29.98
India Arie continues her sensuous journey in sound – working here in the same earthy blend of acoustic and electric elements that made other records so great, and showing that she's still one of the strongest voices in contemporary soul! The record's got a personal, intimate quality that's head and shoulders above most of the harder-hitting divas on the charts these days – and although other indie singers have attempted India's sound on their own recent records, Arie shows that she's still one of the few who can get a sound like this right. Gentle guitar and warm vocals float together in perfect tandem throughout the record – and the whole thing has a very cohesive approach that never seems to ruin the groove, even on the few obvious attempts at a hit! Titles include "India Song", "I Am Not My Hair", "Summer", "Good Mourning", "Private Party", "There's Hope", "These Eyes", and "Wings Of Forgiveness". LP, Vinyl record album

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India ArieTestimony Vol 2 – Love & Politics ... LP
Soulbird/Universal, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 29.98
Chapter two, and an even deeper set than India Arie's first Testimony album – a record that shows a lot of growth in India's music, and a style that's even more mature and righteous than before! Arie's acoustic guitar is a key part of the instrumentation, and the album features a fair bit of mellower tracks too – so that there's a sense of intimacy in the music that's really great – the perfect setting for India's positive thinking and spiritual growth, which is documented somewhat in her copious notes inside the album's booklet! Most tunes have a warm glow, but one that's never smooth or commercial – and guests on the album include Musiq Soulchild, Gramps Morgan, Dobet Gnahore, and Terrell Carter. Titles include "Long Goodbye", "Chocolate High", "Ghetto", "Therapy", "River Rise", "Pearls", "Better Way", "Yellow", and "He Heals Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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India ArieVoyage To India ... LP
Motown, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 29.98
A great second album from India Arie – sweet, smooth, soulful, and one we like even better than the first! The style is wonderful – a mix of warm vocals, spare production, and acoustic guitar – which gives the set a folksy quality that really offsets the smooth backings nicely. Songs are very well written, and linked together with a sensuous musical approach that makes the whole album drift nicely along – beating with the heart of underground soul set, but handled with a high level of class! Titles include "Beautiful Surprise", "Little Things", "Talk To Her", "Right Direction", "Good Man", "Complicated Melody", and "The One". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Louis ArmstrongHello Dolly! ... LP
Kapp, 1964. Very Good- ... $5.99
A key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots in trad jazz, but at another kind of peps the whole thing up with a mod 60s/20s retro sort of swing – more syncopated than before, with a choppy little groove that pushed Louis right back onto the charts. Backing is by a small group that includes Billy Kyle on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Joe Darensbourg on clarinet – and the album's filled with other great numbers that include "A Kiss To Build A Dream On", "Moon River", "You Are Woman I Am Man", "Blueberry Hill", and "Be My Life's Companion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, small splits on the top and bottom seams, the remnants of a sticker, a few stains, some marker on the front, and some pencil on the back.)

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New Harry ArnoldHarry Arnold + Big Band + Quincy Jones = Jazz! ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good ... $8.99
Hard swinging big band material from Sweden – featuring the big band of Harry Arnold arranged by Quincy Jones. Quincy had been spending a lot of time in Sweden during the mid 50s – bringing with him a host of great players that would soon become big names on the European scene. Biggest of these is Benny Bailey, who plays some good solos here with a mostly-Swedish group that includes Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberb, Ake Persson, and Bengt-Arne Wallin. The style of the work, and its trans-Atlantic jazz orientation, is a direct precursor of later work by the Clarke-Boland Big Band – of whom Bailey was a big part. Titles all swing nicely, and tracks include "Doodlin", "Room 608", "Quincy's Home Again", "Brief Encounter", and "Meet Benny Bailey". LP, Vinyl record album
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Horacee ArnoldTribe ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual approach that goes quite out at times, but which also returns to a modal groove at others. Thanks to great playing by Harper and Farrell, the album's got a lot more soul than some others of the type at the time. Tracks include "The Actor", "Professor Moriarty", "Orchards of Engedi", "Tribe", and "Banyan Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on back.)

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoCertain Blacks (Inner City) ... LP
America/Inner City, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free group improvisation that come across with amazing power and clarity – making the piece one of the best translations of the Chicago AACM spirit to the European scene. Other tracks on the session include the soulfully spiritual number "One For Jarman", which captures the group at a uniquely laidback level – and the bluesy "Bye Bye Baby", which features one of the few pairings of the group with Chicago Beau and harmonica player Julio Finn. LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoJackson In Your House/Message To Our Folks/Reese & The Smooth Ones ... CD
BYG/Snapper (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $17.99 19.98
An incredible package – and one that features three of the most important records ever cut by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! All three albums were recorded at the Saravah Studios in the summer of 1969 – during a time when the Art Ensemble of Chicago were making big waves on the Parisian scene (including their work in the film Les Stances A Sophie) – and finding a way to refine their new Chicago sound in the world away from the Windy City! These were the albums that really put the Art Ensemble on the map – letting them find new freedoms, and reach new heights in expression – in a mode that even surpassed previous recordings by individual members back home. The lineup is very heavy on reeds – with a variety played by Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman – and features bold trumpet from Lester Bowie, warm basslines from Malachi Favors, and a range of percussion and other instruments by all members of the group! The set comes in a nice book-like cover, with a booklet inside – and titles include "Reese & The Smooth Ones (parts 1 & 2)", "Rock Out", "Brain For The Seine", "Dexterity", "Jackson In Your House", "The Waltz", and "Song For Charles". CD

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoKabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... CD
AECO, 1974. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, making for the group's first session ever with the instrument! Muhal's work nicely colors in the spare spaces on the set – giving a soaring, lyrical quality to a few of the numbers – and really standing in stark contrast to the freer solo work of the other players. At times, Abrams is playing these longer lines that almost have a McCoy Tyner sort of energy – directing the set with a tremendous searching vibe – and at other times, he joins the group in their sparer exploration of sound and space – in a mode that's similar to some of their Parisian recordings. Titles include "Sun Precondition One", "Kabalaba", "Kaba Song", "Mal's Delight", and "Improvization A2". CD
(Packaged in a cool record-style sleeve.)
Also available Kabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... LP 34.99

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoKabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... LP
AECO, 1974. Very Good ... $34.99
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, making for the group's first session ever with the instrument! Muhal's work nicely colors in the spare spaces on the set – giving a soaring, lyrical quality to a few of the numbers – and really standing in stark contrast to the freer solo work of the other players. At times, Abrams is playing these longer lines that almost have a McCoy Tyner sort of energy – directing the set with a tremendous searching vibe – and at other times, he joins the group in their sparer exploration of sound and space – in a mode that's similar to some of their Parisian recordings. Titles include "Sun Precondition One", "Kabalaba", "Kaba Song", "Mal's Delight", and "Improvization A2". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Also available Kabalaba – Live At Montreux Jazz Festival ... CD 9.99

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoNice Guys ... LP
ECM, 1979. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – but no less strong, as if anything, the AEC has mastered their musical vision so well, they're coming across here with an extremely cohesive sound. Instrumentation includes a wide range of percussion, plus the usual bass of Malachi Favors and the saxes of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell – and tracks include "Ja", "Folkus 11", "597-59", and "Dreaming Of The Master". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp.)

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Art GalleryNew Vocal Showing ... LP
RCA, 1969. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Groovy Now Sound vocal group with a mix of material – some easy, some very groovy! Includes a great remake of "In the Year 2525", plus a swingin' version of "Oh, Calcutta!" (but all versions of that track are pretty swingin', aren't they?). Other titles include "Laughing", "The Hard Road Back", and "Both Sides Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have some marker. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Edward ArtemievSolaris (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Mirumir (Russia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
An amazing electronic score – put together for an equally amazing film – Edward Artemiev's wonderful music for Andre Tarkovsky's Solaris – sounds that are as riveting as the images on the screen! Artemiev beautifully blends analogue keyboard lines with strings, sometimes creating waves of melodic joy, sometimes shifting into much darker, more abstract passages – but all always at a level that really goes past the usual electronics of the time! There's a visionary feel to the music that makes the album completely sublime – and titles include "Ocean", "Dream", "Station", "Disease", and "Return". LP, Vinyl record album

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ArtifactsThat's Them ... CD
Big Beat, 1997. Used ... $4.99
Last LP the Artifacts made before they split, with everything that was nice about hip hop in the 90s: solid beats (Shawn J Period, Mr Walt, Baby Paul, Showbiz and Lord Finesse) and intelligent rhymes with tight delivery. Sixteen tracks counting intros and so forth, including "Art Of Facts", "Where Yo Skillz At?", "The Ultimate", "Break It Down" and "Return To Da Wrongside". CD
(Out of print.)

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Artistics(I Want You To) Make My Life Over/Sugar Cane ... 7-inch
Brunswick, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Fantastic stuff from one of Chicago's best harmony groups! "Make My Life" is their greatest track of all time – with a killer hook that hits you right on the intro, and which works magic with the groups' great voices! "Sugar Cane" is a rare funky track by the combo – with a nice hard sound that's very nice. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Brunswick sleeve. Labels have ink stamps.)

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ArtisticsI Want You To Make My Life Over (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $21.99
One of The Artistics' most beautiful albums for Brunswick – and the one that includes the title song that was perhaps their greatest single! "I Want You To Make My Life Over" is a classic bit of Chicago soul – done at a level that really sums up all the sophisticated changes the city had brought to the music at the start of the 70s – and served up with cool vibes, great vocals, and a heavenly production style that wraps up the harmonies tightly together, and floats them over the top with nary a wrinkle! That cut kicks off the album, and things only just get better and better – on titles that include "Just Another Heartache", "Nothing But Heartaches", and "Trouble Heartache & Pain" (hey, these guys had a lot of heartache!) – plus "Out In The Country", "Sugar Cane", and "What The World Needs Now". Production's by Chi-soul geniuses Carl Davis, Willie Henderson, and Eugene Record. Also includes the bonus track – "Ain't It Strange (How People Change)". CD

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ArtisticsLook Out ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $21.99
Heavenly group soul from The Artistics – a quartet who already sounded great on the Chicago scene of the 60s – but who really opened up into something special with records like this! The group's harmonies were well forged on early upbeat groovers – which means that here, when they're kicking back a bit more they really take off – mixing voices and leads in this way that easily rivals the best east coast groups of the period – and which gets some massive kick at the bottom from the team of Sonny Sanders and Willie Henderson – both of whom bring in a gentle funk to some of the best numbers. Titles include their seminal "I Want You To Make My Life Over" – a cut that we never tire of hearing – plus "Being In Love", "If You Had A Change Of Mind", "Don't You Know That I Love You", "She's Heaven", "Look Out I'm Gonna Get You", and "This Love Is Mine". CD

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ArtisticsWhat Happened (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
A stunning early set from The Artistics – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were one of the best Chicago soul groups at the end of the 60s! The harmonies are wonderful – smooth, but with a rough undercurrent too – balanced at a level that few groups could touch at the time, save maybe The Four Tops! Yet the style's way different than Motown, too – very much in that loping Brunswick soul style of the time, which means there's all these great grooves that really keep things going – even at mellower moments. Eugene Record produced and wrote most of the tracks – and titles include "What Happened", "Walking Tall", "With These Hands", "Why Did She Have To Leave Me", "When I'm Not Around", "Yesterday's Girl", and "Price Of Love". CD

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Artvark Saxophone Quartet with Claron McFaddenSly Meets Callas ... CD
Zennez (Netherlands), 2012. Used ... $6.99
Soprano voice and four different saxophones – a really unusual combination, with sparkling musical results! The title's a bit hokey, but the record's got a wonderfully fresh feel – angular lines from this Dutch sax quartet – very much in the best spirit of 80s experiments in the style – but mixed with wonderful lead vocals from Claron McFadden – a singer with an amazing range, and one who sings both lyrics and wordless passages on the record! The voice is often used as a fifth instrument on the record – combining beautifully with the sounds of the reed players, in a mode that works especially well without any piano, bass, or drums. The record's unlike anything we've heard before – and titles include "Aux Anges", "Burns Blues", "Beyonzz", "Breathe In Breathe Out", "Ode To A Mouse", "Karpuz", and "Claron's Song". CD

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Dorothy AshbyIn A Minor Groove ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $22.99
A fantastic early album from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby! Ashby's a unique talent like no other – and despite the fact that she plays a rather sleepy instrument, the harp, she swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like Yusef Lateef or Les Jazz Modes, who were trying similar experiments in jazz. This session features Dorothy in a quartet with the flute of Frank Wess, the bass of Herman Wright, and the drums of Roy Haynes, whose warm lyrical touches provide the perfect melodicism for the group. Titles include "Rascallity", "Bohemia After Dark", "Taboo", "Autumn In Rome", and "It's A Minor Thing". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Chalachew Ashenafi & Ililta BandLegendary Gondar Azmari – 1966 to 2012 ... CD
Terp (Netherlands), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
The last recordings of Ethiopian musical legend Chalachew Ashenafi – recorded here with a small group that really preserves the timeless feel of his work! Chalachew sings and plays the masinko – a small one-stringed instrument which he manipulates in the same sonic range as his lyrics – moving up and down in these wonderful waves of sound, which further the hypnotic feel of the songs! The group also features vocals from the two other members – one of whom plays kobero, the other krar – which makes for an earthy, acoustic quality that's completely sublime – the core of the energy that's sometimes lost in larger Ethiopian groups. Titles include "Munit", "Tew Tew", "Hailoga", "Tezeta", "Tey Demam", and "Medina". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonGimme Something Real ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson's first album for Warner Brothers, and compared to the numbers moved by biggest hits, you could call this one a hidden gem – filled with near perfect mellow soul jams and more sweetly soaring groovers alike! There are moments that steer it into more of a rootsy style, kind of an intimate take on the LA soul sound with easy going, elegant backings and production that's nicely tailored to voices, particular Valerie's lovely vocals – but those lead to bigger emotional payoff that hit you deep! This is an underappreciated early effort from the duo as a headlining act, and finds them setting up to change the sound of R&B to come! Titles include "Can You Make It Brother", "Bend Me", "Gimme Something Real", "I'm Determined", "I Need Your Light", "Anywhere", and "Have You Ever Tried It". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco than most of the competing albums on major labels at the time – a perfect summation of the care and craft that Ashford & Simpson had always put into their music right from the start! The pair handle all production on the record, and also contributed all the songs too – and the whole thing's so wonderfully tight, right, and on the money, the album soars to the top even before the vocals come into the mix. Titles include more than a few club classics, like "Found A Cure", "Stay Free", and "Nobody Knows" – plus the cuts "Dance Forever", "Crazy", "Follow Your Heart", and "Finally Got To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Greg AshleyAnother Generation Of Slaves ... CD
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $6.99
A pretty amazing record from this Texas up-and-comer – an artist who's got this way of bridging past and present, folk and rock, all with a timeless sensibility that could make this album at home in just about any record collection! The tunes are simple and stark, but have this really compelling vibe – almost that quality of Nikki Sudden in the mid 80s, when he really started writing some of his best material – the kinds of tunes that might have been mainstream classics from the album generation of the previous decade, but which were lost among the less-sensitive ears of the post-punk and indie crowd. The instrumentation is less jazz than you'd expect from the clarinet pictured on the cover – but that instrument does fit in the small combo sounds, alongside trumpet, piano, vibes, and Ashley's own guitar and bass – in ways that do occasionally have some jazzy colors next to more rootsy phrasing. Titles include "Misery Again", "East Texas Plain", "Brother Raymond", "Awkward Affections", "Bruises", and "Medication #7". CD

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Svend Asmussen & Ulrick NewmannDanish Imports – Intimate Jazz By Two Of Europe's Greatest Instrumentalists ... LP
Warner, 1959. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A beautifully spare set of duets between violinist Sven Asmussen and guitarist Ulrik Neumann – recorded in a format that's quite unusual for the time! The record features just Sven's violin and Ulrik's guitar – no other backing at all – and the sound is extremely haunting, with plenty of moody passages that just hang there in space and slowly unfold like little musical flowers – sweet sometimes, blue at others – and wonderfully carried off without any overindulgence on the part of either player. Titles include "Summertime", "California Here I Come", "Blue Orchids", "Flamingo", "Yesterdays", "Tea For Two", and "The Blue Room". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Clarice AssadHome ... CD
Adventure Music, 2012. Used ... $6.99
Brazilian vocals, with plenty of jazz – a smoker of a set from singer Clarice Assad – with a feel that takes us back to rare indie albums of the 70s and 80s! The instrumentation is great – lots of hard-grooving piano from Clarice, played in these inventive ways that often infuse odd melodic touches with a key sense of rhythm – one that's augmented by lots of additional percussion, including djembe, pandeiro, tamborim, ocean drum, and more – used sparely, but with great effect to drive along the piano and vocals! And Assad has his great way of singing and scatting too – a style that's rooted a bit in 70s modes from Tania Maria or Flora Purim – but which takes off with its own sort of earthy experimentalism as well. Titles include "20 Anos Blues"," Dora", "The Last Song", "Cajuina", "Ad Lib", and "For Elis" – a great medley that's a tribute to Elis Regina! CD
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New AssagaiZimbabwe ... CD
Philips/Keyhole (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the hippest blends of African roots and psychedelic sounds ever – a tremendous record from the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The group is a unique blend of the jazz elements of the Blue Notes group from South Africa – Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto and vocals, and Louis Moholo on drums – with some rock touches from guitarist Fred Coker, and Ghanian elements on percussion and vocals from Terri Quays! Most of the other players have strong jazz backgrounds, and because of that the set's got a style that's different than the usual Afro rock outing of its type – more far-reaching and cosmic overall, with some especially great passages from Feza, Pukwana, and Coker. Jade Warrior make a guest appearance too – and titles include "Barazinbar", "Wanga", "La La", "Dalani", "Bayeza", "Sanga", "Come Along", and "Kinzambi". CD

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AssociationComplete Warner Bros & Valiant Singles Collection ... CD
Warner/Now Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Mindblowing music from The Association – a heady double-length package that features every single the group ever cut for the Valiant and Warner Brothers label – which together make for an amazing evolution in sound! Although best remembered for their few soft rock hits, The Association were a hell of a group who never stopped growing back in the 60s – from sublime folksy harmonies at the start, to more complicated baroque pop as years went on, to some psych elements, and even a return to rootsier sounds they never had in the first place – always delivered with qualities that were head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries – and perfectly put together in the best LA studio styles, with help from giants like Curt Boettcher, Gary Paxton, Bones Howe, and others. The group also became quite skilled in the studio themselves – as you'll hear in the book's copious notes and comments from members themselves – all a perfect package for a set that features 37 mighty tunes that include "Six Man Band", "Goodbye Columbus", "Like Always", "No Fair At All", "Standing Still", "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies", "Looking Glass", "Birthday Morning", "Makes Me Cry", "PF Sloan", "Just About The Same", "Traveler's Guide", "I Am Up For Europe", "Hear In Here",a nd "Forty Times" – not to mention some bigger hits! CD

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Astro Can CaravanNagual Julian/Athatoolagooloo/Cosmos Jones ... 12-inch
Ricky Tick (Finland), 2009. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $4.99
A great debut from this up-and-coming Ricky Tick combo – a group we certainly hope we'll be hearing more from! Astro Can Caravan are a bit fuller than the usual ensemble on the label – a fuller jazz group with a strong horn section – one that blasts with a brassy power on "The Nagual Julian", a really great track that's kind of a cross between club jazz and Afro Funk! "Athatoolagooloo" is a bit moodier – nicely offbeat rhythms, but still with a modal sort of energy – peppered by horn parts that dip and turn with a great deal of complex colors – quite sophisticated, and almost with a nod back to older Scandinavian jazz. "Cosmo Jones" is a more straight ahead groover – one that builds with a righteous energy that's totally great! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Atlantic StarrAtlantic Starr (with bonus track) ... CD
A&M/PTG (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
The first album by Atlantic Starr – a tight set of modern soul tunes with a very different feel than their later work! Part of the credit goes to Bobby Eli – who arranged and produced the set, giving it a feel that's almost late Philly – tight, sophisticated, and right on the money at all the best points! There's a number of sweet mellow ballads with lead vocals by Sharon Bryant, and other tracks that groove in an uptempo way that points towards more of the group's 80s work – a great mix of modes that makes for a really well-developed album right out of the gate. Titles include "Gimme Your Lovin", "The Love I Never Had", "Visions", "Keep It Comin", "Stand Up", "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", "We Got It Together", and "Being In Love With You Is So Much Fun". CD features a bonus track – "Stand Up (single version)". CD

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AtmosphereSouthsiders (silver colored vinyl pressing with download) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 26.98
The eighth album (!!!) from MN hip hop lifers Atmosphere – one of the most consistent, reliable duos in the game – and Southsiders is another honest, moody gem. Hip hop music in general doesn't get enough props as songwriter's genre, but Slug is hell of a good writer, with a compelling flow to suit, and a perfect production partner in Ant. It's as good as they've been in years. Includes "Camera Thief", "Arthur's Song", "The World Might Not Live Through The Night", "Star Shaped Heart", "Southsiders", "Bitter", "Fortunate", "Kanye West", "We Ain't Gonna Die Today", "Flicker", "Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Excellent Rhymesayers top quality package, too – with 8-page booklet, double metallic silver colored vinyl and code for digital download.)

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Eddie Atwood/Ken NordineHot Saki/Hot Sake ... 7-inch
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $9.99
Two cups of saki – both of them mighty nice! Eddie Atwood's "Hot Saki" is a fast-riffing guitar number with some cool exotic exclamations at the start and in the middle – plus a cool sax line, tripling piano, and this snapping cymbal line that makes the whole thing groove! Ken Nordine answers with a different spelling, and an even weirder sound – still as rhythmically intense as the first track, but with this odd keyboard line that's very faux-Eastern in style and phrasing, romping nicely all over the groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Audio TwoWhat More Can I Say? ... LP
First Priority/Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Nothing serious, righteous or hardcore here, just a straight ahead hit you'll still hear dj's cutting up and getting sampled – a true classic. Includes "Top Billin" (vocal and intrumental) with the first(?) use of the ubiquitous "Go Brooklyn" beat, and "What More Can I Say?", "I Like Cherries", "The Questions", "I Don't Care", and "Giz Starts Buggin'". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Brian Auger's Oblivion ExpressStraight Ahead (with bonus track) ... CD
Disconforme (Spain), 1974. Used ... $11.99
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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