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New Bobby BradfordLove's Dream ... LP
Emanem, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums – all working in these long-flowing, very rhythmic numbers that lie somewhere between Bradford's work with John Carter, and the early 60s sound of Ornette Coleman. The alto/cornet interplay is especially nice – very mesmerizing over the course of the album's very long tracks – and Watts turns out to be a great musical partner for Bobby. Titles include "Love's Dream", "Coming On", and "Roswita's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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New Leith Stevens/Shorty RogersJazz Themes From Two Great Movies (Wild One/Private Hell 36) ... CD
Decca/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953/1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from one the the most overlooked soundtrack composers of his generation – and 2 very jazzy scores, reissued beautifully back to back on one CD! Although The Wild One was Marlon Brando's famous film of biker violence in rural California, Stevens gave the movie a wickedly jazzy score – one that might have been more at home in a crime or detective film at the time, but which also seems to pick up a real sense of "drive" from all the biking scenes as well! Music is both by a Shorty Rogers group with John Graas, Jimmy Knepper, Bob Shank, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, and Herb Geller – and by the Leith Stevens All Stars, which features many of the same players under Stevens' leadership. The CD features a total of 16 numbers from the film – way more than we've seen on any other issue of the material – with titles that include "Chino", "Windswept", "Hot Blood", "Scramble", "Hotshoe", and "Beetle". Added to this are 9 more numbers from the film Private Hell 36 – a mid 50s vehicle for Ida Lupino, directed by a young Don Siegel, and also featuring Lupino herself on piano and vocals on one track! The style and the group here is very similar – led by Stevens, and featuring Shorty Rogers, Pete Candoli, John Graas, Bob Enevoldsen, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Lennie Niehaus, and Bud Shank. Lupino sings on the moody "Didn't You Know" – and other tracks include "Daddy Long Legs", "Easy Mood", "Havana Interlude", and "Dance Of The Lilliputian". CD

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New Spontaneous Music EnsembleChallenge 1966 to 1967 ... CD
Eyemark/Emanem (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing free jazz from the British scene of the mid 60s – some of the earliest rumblings of genius from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – already working here at a level that matches the avant energy happening both in the US and on the larger European scene! Core interplay here comes from Paul Rutherford on trombone, John Stevens on drums, and Trevor Watts on alto sax – three well-matched and familiar players who are able to improvise at a level that's quite mature, especially for the time – let loose, but never without a sense of direction – and given great help on most tracks by Kenny Wheeler on flugelhorn, plus a bit of bass from either Jeff Clyne or Bruce Cale. The whole thing's amazing – really bridging a modern world of Ornette Coleman and Joe Harriott with some of the later FMP-styled sounds that would come from the continent – and titles include "ED's Message", "2B Ornette", "Day Of Reckoning", "Travelling Together", "Club 66", and "After Listening". CD features the unissued "End To A Beginning" – plus the bonus 15 minute "Distant Little Soil", by a group that has Evan Parker on soprano sax and Chris Cambridge on bass, working with Watts and Stevens. CD

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New Spontaneous Music EnsembleFace To Face (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic statement from the Spontaneous Music duo of John Stevens on percussion and cornet and Trevor Watts on soprano sax – music that definitely lives up to the "spontaneous" name, and which is clearly improvised throughout! The material was all recorded live, but with a sensitivity that really lets the more subtle moments come through – although given the sometime frenzy between the drums and soprano, the larger appeal here is almost the more intense moments! Tracks are all titled "Face To Face" – and the set features seven numbers in all – plus three bonus tracks not on the original album. CD

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New Stevens/Rutherford/Parker GuyOne Four & Two Twos (4444 plus bonus tracks) ... CD
View/Emanem (UK), 1979/1980/1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit confusing, but it'll make a bit more sense once we get through telling you about all the great music on this CD! The core of the disc features the album 4444 – a 1978 London performance from the quartet of John Stevens on drums, Paul Rutherford on tormbone, Evan Parker on soprano and tenor sax, and Barry Guy on bass and electronics – all really feeling their energy strongly together, and working at a level that's some of the fiercest we've heard from this time – clearly all confident enough to improvise at a very frenetic level on most of these numbers. Added to this material are three more tracks that feature the duet of Rutherford and Guy – although this time Rutherford's handling the electronics at points, which really sound great next to Guy's bass – and which, oddly, often have some of the same offbeat tones as his trombone! Last up are two more duet tracks that feature Stevens' drums and Parker's soprano sax – both recorded in London in 1992, and issued here for the first time ever! So essentially, you've got 5 improvised tracks from the original 4444 album, 3 more tracks with Rutherford and Guy, and 2 more with Stevens and Parker – a heck of a lot of music! CD

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New Spontaneous Music EnsembleNew Surfacing 1978 & 1992 ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1978/1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unique version of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – one that features a trio headed by John Stevens on percussion, cornet, and mini-trumpet – plus guitar from Roger Smith and violin from Nigel Coombes! This new issue of the material is from archival tapes that are far better than any previous release – and really captures the unique interplay between guitar and violin, with some sonic subtleties that were lost in the earlier CD issue. The first half of the record – "Newcastle 78A" and "Newcastle 78B" is from two live improvisations in 1978 – and the second half is from over a decade later – "Complete Surfaces", recorded in 1992 – but has a very similar vibe, especially among the lower sonic registers. CD

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New VariousI Am The Resurrection: A Tribute To John Fahey (tortoise shell colored vinyl) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Vanguard, 2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tribute to folk guitar genius John Fahey – featuring Fahey covers by Calexico, Sufjan Stevens, M. Ward, Howe Gelb, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart, Lee Renaldo and more! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Johnny Hammond SmithOpus De Funk ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Not funk, as the title might imply – but a set that's still plenty darn soulful overall – thanks to great Hammond from Johnny Smith, and some wicked vibes from the legendary Freddie McCoy! The set's one of the first Prestige sessions for McCoy – an artist who's never fully gotten his due – and his vibes work here is nicely hard, almost strikingly harsh at times – with a chromatic, metallic sound that's almost more present than the organ at points. Other players include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and titles include "Sad Eyes", "Opus De Funk", "Shirley's Theme", and "If Someone Had Told Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover is very nice, save for a few small cutout holes.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin' ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $16.99
Good feelings and plenty of soul – some very early work as a leader from Hammond hero Johnny Smith! The set's got Johnny using the organ with lots of stops out – that full, wide range of the instrument that initially knocked so many folks for a loop when it first came into jazz – then really took strong formation in the hands of a player like this! The groove's a bit like a Jimmy Smith record for Blue Note, but a lot grittier too – with some occasional elements of R&B mixed in with the more far-reaching jazz sensibilities. The group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar, who'd played famously with Jimmy Smith – plus George Tucker on bass and Leo Stevens on drums. Titles include the originals "Puddin" and "That Good Feelin" – plus "My Funny Valentine", "I'll Remember April", and "Billie's Bounce". CD
(SHMCD.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin' ... LP
New Jazz, 1959. Very Good- ... $39.99
Good feelings and plenty of soul – some very early work as a leader from Hammond hero Johnny Smith! The set's got Johnny using the organ with lots of stops out – that full, wide range of the instrument that initially knocked so many folks for a loop when it first came into jazz – then really took strong formation in the hands of a player like this! The groove's a bit like a Jimmy Smith record for Blue Note, but a lot grittier too – with some occasional elements of R&B mixed in with the more far-reaching jazz sensibilities. The group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar, who'd played famously with Jimmy Smith – plus George Tucker on bass and Leo Stevens on drums. Titles include the originals "Puddin" and "That Good Feelin" – plus "My Funny Valentine", "I'll Remember April", and "Billie's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original New Jazz pressing, with RVG stamp. Vinyl has some marks that click. Cover has some edge wear, initials in marker on the front, and some wear and light stains on the back.)

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VariousWarner Sound Of Burt Bacharach ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
One of the grooviest collections of Burt Bacharach songs we've ever heard – a sweet double-length set that dips deep into the Warner Brothers catalog of the 60s, then moves into later decades for a few choice moments too! Tracks here represent a great range of Warner pop from the time – a bit of jazz, mod instrumentals, soul, girl pop, and more – including some excellent cuts from overseas that fit perfectly in with the American tracks that dominate the set. CD2 moves into some later territory that includes some 70s and 80s takes on Burt's music – showing the ever-growing power of Bacharach, even after his initial burst of songwriting and production. Titles include "Made In Paris" by Trini Lopez, "The Look Of Love" by Anita Kerr Singers, "Cross Town Bus" by Gals & Pals, "And This Is Mine" by Connie Stevens, "You're Following Me" by Caterina Valente, "Promise Her Anything" by Marty Paich, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Ella Fitzgerald, "Baby It's You" by Jeff Phillips, "Me Japanese Boy" by Harpers Bizarre, "Non Mi Innamoro Piu" by Johnny Dorelli & Catherine Spaak, "I Wake Up Crying" by Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BAnd, "I Say A Little Prayer" by Siw Malmkvist, "In My Reality" by Natalie Cole, "Alfie" by Everything But The Girl, "Are You There With Another Girl" by Mari Wilson, "Tell It To Your Heart" by Randy Crawford, and "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Linda Ronstadt. CD

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New Johnnie PateSubtle Sounds ... LP
Gig, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best of Johnnie Pate's early albums – with a more complicated style than his other piano trio outings. This one features Johnnie's group with Ronnell Bright on piano and Charles Walton on drums, plus some vocals by Gwen Stevens on one track, and harmony vocalizing by the trio on another. Bright's piano is more complex than before, with an edgey sound that brings surprising emotion to tracks like "Danny Boy", "The Real McCoy", and "Mood For Milt". Other tracks include "I Was A Fool", written by Johnnie and sung by Stevens, plus "Nancy", "Jeff", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover some splitting on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)

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New Johnny Hammond Smith & Willis JacksonJohnny Hammond Smith Cooks With Gator Tail ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Cooks" is right – because with Johnny Hammond on organ, and Willis Jackson on tenor, the set's already got some mighty heavy power in the frontline! The sound here is more in that early 60s soul jazz style than the later one – with Johnny's organ open on all stops, flowing and fluttering nicely as Jackson blows with a mean, gritty, R&B-drenched kind of tone! The rest of the combo includes Eddie McFadden on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – and tracks are short, but filled with a nice degree of energy. Jackson drops out on a moody version of "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", but the rest of the material is quartet based – and other titles include "Besame Mucho", "Delicious", "Neckbones", "Y'All", and "Good Nuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing.)

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New Johnny Hammond SmithAll Soul ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first albums ever from jazz organist Johnny Hammond Smith – a set that's got a wonderfully moody, late nite feel – and a depth that definitely lives up to the title! Smith's playing in a trio that features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – in a style that's a bit more basic than on some of his later albums in the 60s – more the rhythm plus Hammond extrapolation mode that Jimmy Smith first unleashed at Blue Note, given a nicely personal focus here by Johnny! The Hammond sound is wide and deep – and titles include "Easy Like", "All Soul", "Secret Love", and "Sweet Cookies". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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New Nancy WilsonAll In Love Is Fair/Come Get To This ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1974/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of great Nancy Wilson albums from the mid 70s in a single set! All In Love Is Far is a sophisticated album of soul tracks arranged and produced by Gene Page, in a string-heavy, slightly-funky style that reminds us of Gene's work with Barry White at the time. The tracks are all pretty hip – and include titles written by Stevie Wonder, Johnny Guitar Watson, Thom Bell & Linda Creed, Billy Page, and Tennyson Stevens. No standout singles, but plenty of nice moments, and a good side of Nancy's career that isn't always given that much exposure. Titles include "Tell The Truth", "Try It, You'll Like It", "All In Love Is Fair", "There'll Always Be Forever", and "You're As Right As Rain". Come Get To This is a real sweet soul gem from '75. It also has arrangements and production by Gene and Billy Page – who give the record a great smooth 70s soul finish, and a feel that's a lot more unified than some of her other efforts from the decade. Nancy sings some great versions of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" and "Come Get To This", plus the original tracks "Houdini Of The Midnight Hour", "Like A Circle Never Stops", "Boogeyin All The Way", and "Happy Tears". CD
 
 
 



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