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New Atmospheres with Clive StevensVoyage To Uranus ... LP
Capitol, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty set of funky fusion from reed player Clive Stevens and his Atmospheres combo – a group that features Michael Carvin on drums, David Earl Johnson on percussion, John Abercrombie on guitars, and Ralph Towner on keyboards. Stevens himself plays some great electric tenor, soprano sax, flute, and echoplex – and the album's got a style that's a lot like the rock-inspired fusion of the European scene of the time. Tracks include "Inner Spaces & Outer Space", "Un Jour Dans Le Monde", "Shifting Phases", "Voyage To Uranus", and "Electric Impulse From The Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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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 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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New Modern Jazz Orchestra Featuring Kenny DrewModern Jazz Orchestra ... LP
Criteria/World Record Club (UK), 1960. Very Good+ ... $13.99
An incredible record from a very unlikely source – the Miami scene of the early 60s, home to some vastly under-recognized players! The genius here is arranger Don Vincent – who put together this beautiful batch of larger group tunes with a flair that easily rivals the best LA work of the late 50s, and which has the depth, hues, and breakout solo moments of the best work of west coast talents like Johnny Mandel or Leith Stevens, especially on their soundtrack albums. In fact, there's a richly soundtrack-like quality here – one that uses the slightly longer tracks as a showcase for particularly expressive moments by the soloists – who include pianist Kenny Drew, making an unusual appearance here, as well as some lesser-known but equally great talents on horns that include Lon Norman on trombone, Gene Goe on trumpet, and Jerry Brockman, Gus Mas, Berry Polger, Jimmy Casals, Billy Miller, and Kirby Campbell as members of the album's incredible saxophone section. Titles include the Vincent originals "Black Pits Of Luna", "Off The Grate", "Don's Idea", "Euology", and "Waltz For Stephen". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s UK pressing.)

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Johnnie PateSubtle Sounds ... LP
Gig, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $48.99
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 ring & edge wear, stains on the back and a few spots of clear tape holding splitting seams.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin' ... LP
New Jazz, 1959. Very Good- ... $28.99
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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New Nancy WilsonAll In Love Is Fair ... LP
Capitol, 1974. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Hip stuff by Nancy – and 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 tracks, 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". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 Johnny Hammond SmithLook Out! ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A solid early 60s side by Johnny Hammond Smith and one that's unlike a lot of his other records from the time. This set was recorded with the great tenor player Seldon Powell, one of the few sessions where he actually gets a lot of room to solo, which we welcome whole-heartedly. Clement Wells is featured on vibes, and Wally Richardson and Leo Stevens round out the group on guitar and drums. The set rocks nicely with the classic East coast Jersey sound you'd look for in one of these hard to get Prestige sides, and includes numbers like "Let Everybody Say Amen", "Upset", "Que Sera Baby" and "Soul Grits". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label New Jazz pressing with Van Gelder stamp – very nice!)

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New VariousGolden Age Of American Rock & Roll – Special Novelty Edition ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Oh how we love novelty rock – a tremendous genre that really boomed in the 50s and 60s, and which has sadly almost faded from view these days! Novelty tunes were all based around a gimmick – a high-pitched alien voice, strange sound effect, offbeat interview, odd instrumentation, weird lyrics – and used this gimmick in surprisingly catchy ways to craft funny little tunes that ended up doing surprisingly well on the charts. This excellent little set features 30 gems from the glory years of the genre – packaged with a surprisingly great set of notes that tells you more than you'd ever need to know about the songs! Titles include "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells, "Yogi" by The Ivy Three, "Mr Bass Man" by Johnny Cymbal, "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley, "Beep Beep" by The Playmates, "Haunted House" by Gene Simmons, "Leader Of The Laundromat" by The Detergents, "They're Coming To Take Me Away" by Napoleon XIV, "Who Put The Bomp" by Barry Mann, "Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Ed Byrnes & Connie Stevens, and "More Money For You & Me" by The Four Preps. CD

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New Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin' ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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