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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassChristmas Album ... CD
Shout Factory/BMG, 1968. Used ... $4.99
A beautiful Holiday classic from Herb – recorded for A&M during his glory years, and done in the core Tijuana Brass style, but with some added arrangements on voices and strings by Shorty Rogers! The album's worth it alone for Herb's great take on the Bacharach groover "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" – but it also includes the tasty track "Las Mananitas", plus the holiday favorites "Winter Wonderland", "Jingle Bells", "The Christmas Song", "Sleigh Ride", "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and "Jingle Bell Rock". 10 tracks in all, the perfect backdrop for the holiday office party! CD
Also available Christmas Album ... LP 6.99

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Cool KidsBake Sale EP ... CD
Chocolate Industries, 2008. Used ... $2.99
Classic minded but truly fresh duo hip hop from the Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks, aka the Cool Kids – billed as an EP, but a pretty generous one at 10 tracks and more than a half hour in length – a strong hint that these Kids are going to make a huge splash! The Cool Kids produce themselves, thank you very much – and do so with love for the spare, minimalist synthy funk beats that most of the mainstream beatmakers deal in – but no one else is doing it quite this way. The rhymes are spun with an easygoing, finessed delivery and they fool around with some delirious tape speed deviations for the fun and funk of it. Pre-release hype be damned, the Cool Kids are the real thing! 10 tracks in all: "What Up Man", "One Two", "Mikey Rocks", "88", "What It Is", "Black Mags", "A Little Bit Cooler", "Gold And A Pager", "Bassment Party" and "Jingling". CD

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Alaide CostaAfinal (remastered edition) ... CD
RGE/Som Livre (Brazil), 1963. Used ... $4.99
Sad and dreamy early 60s work by Alaide Costa – one of the early divas of bossa nova! The album's one of Alaide's most solid from the time – and features backing either by a small combo led by Cesar Camargo, or by a larger group led by Maestro Lindolfo Gaya, the force behind more great Brazilian vocal sessions than we could ever hope to name! Alaide's voice is wonderful – kind of in a compressed emotional mode that's a striking contrast from some of her more overblown contemporaries – and it works well next to the lightly jazzy backings of the album. Titles include "Afinal", "E Agora?", "Igrejinha", "Ouvi Tua Voz", "Estorinha", "Como E Gosto De Voce", and "Manha Chegou". CD
(Out of print.)

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Benny GolsonNew Time, New 'Tet ... CD
Concord, 2009. Used ... $3.99
Benny Golson's one of those players who never lets us down – and here, into his 80th year in on the planet, the man's still burning strongly and soulfully! The set's got a very solid, put-together sort of sound – the quality that's always made us seek out Golson albums of any vintage, amazed at the depth of feeling and richness of creativity that Benny can bring to even a simple sort of date. This one's definitely a cut above, though – self-produced by Golson, and featuring a lineup with Eddie Henderson on trumpet and flugelhorn, Steve Davis on trombone, Mike LeDonne on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Carl Allen on drums – all rock-solid players who help Benny flesh out his sound beautifully here, reaching some nice sensitive points at times, then sliding back into warmly soulful grooves. Al Jarreau guests with vocals on a version of "Whisper Not" – and other titles include "Verdi's Voice", "Uptown Afterburn", "Gypsy Jingle Jangle", "From Dream To Dream", "Grove's Groove", "L'Adieu", and "Love Me In A Special Way". CD

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VariousChristmas Cocktails Part 2 – Another Round Of Cool Holiday Spirits ... CD
Ultra Lounge/Capitol, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $4.99
Groovy Christmas! This set's got 18 loungey and jazzy tunes plucked from the vaults of Capitol/EMI and related labels – plus a few even groovier "surprise bonus tracks"! The whole thing's very much in the hipster Ultra Lounge style – and tracks include "Jingle Bell Rock" by Wayne Newton, "Frosty The Snowman" by The Ventures, "Christmas Island" by Bob Atcher & The Dinning Sisters, "Exotic Night" by Martin Denny, "Happy Holidays" by Peggy Lee, "Sleigh Ride/Santa Claus' Party" by Ferrante & Teicher, "Warm December" by Julie London, "The Merriest" by June Christy, "The Christmas Waltz" by Nancy Wilson, "Snowfall" by George Shearing, and lots more! CD
(Promotional sticker on booklet cover & on CD.)
Also available Christmas Cocktails Part 2 – Another Round Of Cool Holiday Spirits ... LP 22.99

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VariousChristmas Remixed – Holiday Classics Regrooved ... CD
Six Degrees, 2003. Used ... $7.99
Christmas past meets Christmas future – in a very groovy set of holiday tunes that follow in the Verve Remixed tradition! The set takes older recordings of holiday favorites – mostly by singers of the 50s and 60s – and sets them to new beats, bass, and samples – pumping up the tracks considerably, but still keeping all the charm of the original vocals! Titles include "Jingle Bells (Dan The Automator rmx)" by Dean Martin, "Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington rmx)" by Bing Crosby, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (A Shift rmx)" by Andy Williams, "Baby It's Cold Outside (Mulato Beat rmx)" by Louis Armstrong, "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Stuhr rmx)" by Kay Starr, "Winter Wonderland (Rise Ashen's Brazilian beach mix)" by Johnny Mercer, "Merry Christmas Baby (Mno rmx)" by Charles Brown, and "The Christmas Song (Michael Kessler open fire mix)" by Mel Torme. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Stefon HarrisAfrican Tarantella – Dances With Duke ... CD
Blue Note, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bold new chapter in the career of vibraphonist Stephon Harris – and proof that he's one of the most amazing players of his generation, one who's always growing into new sounds and styles! Despite the "Duke" in the title here, the work isn't a simple homage to the classics of Ellington – and instead, it uses some lesser-known themes by Duke as vehicles for new waves of color, sound, and tone from Harris – scored in the same soulful way as his brilliant work on Grand Unification Theory from a few years back. The style here is hardly Ellington, and is more a shimmering mix of small combo jazz and strings – headed up mostly by Harris' vibes and marimba, but also featuring Steve Turre on trombone, Anne Drummond on flute, Greg Tardy on clarinet, and Xavier Davis on piano. 3 tracks here are from Harris' own The Gardner Meditations – "Memoirs Of A Frozen Summer", "African Tarantella", and "Dancing Enigma" – and Ellington titles include "Thanks For The Beautiful Land On The Delta", "Portrait Of Wellman Braud", "Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies", "Single Petal Of A Rose", and "Sunset & The Mocking Bird". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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New VariousBlue Yule – Christmas Blues and R&B Classics ... CD
Rhino, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bluesy set of Christmas tracks – featuring some great classics, and some other great numbers that we'd never heard before! The set features 18 tracks in all – with less of the schmaltzy blues that you'd get from recent efforts, and more of the classic bluesy tunes that always sound good when the snow's blowing around outside on a December night. Titles include "Jingle Bell Boogie" by Big Jack Johnson, "I Want My Baby For Christmas" by Jimmy Liggins, "Santa Claus" by Sonny Boy Williamson, "Happy New Year" by Lightning Hopkins, "Christmastime Blues" by Roy Milton, "Christmas Day" by Detroit Jr, "Christmas Time part 1" by Jimmy McCracklin, and "Santa Claus Santa Claus" by Louis Jordan. CD

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New VariousHipsters' Holiday – Vocal Jazz & R&B Classics ... CD
Rhino, Mid 40s/1950s/Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty cool Christmas compilation – with none of the sappy stuff that usually gets in the way! This one's all-cool, all-hip all the way through – and it's got a mix of jazzy tunes that's bound to liven up any holiday party that's had a dose of way too much Johnny Mathis or Bing Crosby! Tracks include "Five Pound Box Of Money" by Pearl Bailey, "Be Bop Santa Claus" by Babs Gonzalez, "Christmas Spirit" by Julia Lee, "Hello Mr New Year" by The Coolbreezers, "Zat You, Santa Claus" by Louis Armstrong, "Blue Xmas" by Miles Davis & Bob Dorough, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mabel Scott, "Jingle Bells" by Leo Watson, "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt, and "Santa Done Got Hip" by The Marquees. 18 tracks in all! CD

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New VariousMerry Christmas Baby ... CD
Gusto/Hollywood, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic collection of Holiday tunes pulled from the 50s LA R&B scene – some of the first great secular soul tracks recorded for the season, and proof of the growing power of west coast R&B at the time! Titles include Charles Brown's classic "Merry Christmas Baby", plus "Lonesome Christmas (parts 1 & 2)" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sleigh Ride" by Lloyd Glenn, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mable Scott, "Christmas Everyday" and "Christmas Dreams" by Johnny Moore's Blazers, "Love For Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Hop" by Jackson Trio, and "Christmas Blues" by Jimmy Witherspoon. CD

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New VariousYule Struttin – A Blue Note Christmas ... CD
Blue Note, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A relatively recent effort, as far as the Holiday history books go – but a surprisingly nice set that's turned out to be one of the few enduring modern Christmas albums! The strength of the set is its simplicity – a non-gimmicky presentation of Holiday standards, played by some of the bigger Blue Note artists of the late 80s. A few tracks sound a bit dated, but overall, there's a nice jazz component that keeps the set working nicely – supported by one or two older numbers amidst the new material. Titles include "Vauncing Chimes" by Bobby Watson, "The Christmas Song" by Lou Rawls, "A Merrier Christmas" by Benny Green, "Jingle Bells" by Count Basie, "I'll Be Home For Christmas/Sleigh Ride" by Eliane Elias, "Little Drummer Boy" by Rick Margitza, and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Dexter Gordon. CD

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New Ice CubePredator ... CD
Priority/Lench Mob, 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
Cube's last truly great full length, from 1992, when he was leaving the gangsta stuff behind and had grown into an incredibly sharp social commentator and ghetto portrait painter. The rhymes, and even the liner note acknowledgements ("Ice Cube wishes to acknowledge white America's continued commitment to the silence and oppression of black men. . .") are wickedly incisive to this day. This could be his finest hour. Includes the singles "It Was A Good Day", "Check Yo Self" and "Wicked", "Gangsta's Fairytale 2", "Dirty Mack" and "Now I Gotta Wet'cha". Production by DJ Pooh, Muggs, Sir Jinx, and others. CD
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New Dexter StorySeasons ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful project from the contemporary underground scene in LA – a record that shares lots of energy and musicians with recordings by Build An Ark and Life Force Trio! Dexter Story's the main force behind the record, but the set's a strongly collaborative effort – and features keyboards from Mark De Clive-Lowe, flute from Derf Reklaw, strings from Mighel Atwood-Ferguson, vocals from Dwight Trible, and key studio work from Carlos Nino! Story's vocals and overall conception are wonderful – soaring and soulful, with some slight cosmic touches that give the record a bit more crackle than related projects – a sound that's still steeped in spiritual jazz elements, yet which also really opens up as the set rolls on. There's a wonderful sense of variety to the tracks – due to the shifting lineup – but the overall feel is still very cohesive, and an amazing demonstration of Story's bold musical vision. Titles include "Seasons", "Into The Hour", "Love Force Trio (part 1)", "Underway", "Water Bearer", "Paddle Boat", "Bloop Drip", "Gyre Song", "As Is", "God Sun", and "Suijin". CD