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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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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet (10" pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good- ... $24.99
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual 10" pressing! Cover has a light mark in one corner, but is great overall.)

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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet/Quintet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes – with added work from John Fawcett or Jimmy Gannon on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums. Titles include "Loose Walk", "Like Someone In Love", "Music For Walkin", "Fascinating Rhythm", "A Foggy Day", and "Little Girl Blue". CD

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New David AxelrodSongs Of Experience ... LP
Capitol, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their already-successful sounds into super-hit material by adding some nice funky touches, and excellent baroque production. This album lets Axelrod fully explore his talents for larger studio arrangements and complex yet soulful instrumentation. The record is subtitled "an anthology of awareness after birth, based on the 18th century poems of William Blake" – and it features incredible arrangements conducted by Don Randi, played by a host of excellent LA jazz and studio players. The overall sound is spacey and dark, with nice touches of funk, and plenty of cool instrumental passages that have been sampled over the years by hip hoppers and other producers. Titles include "London", "The Fly", "The Human Abstract", "A Divine Image", and "The Sick Rose". Reissued with the original gatefold cover and everything! LP, Vinyl record album

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Pierre BacheletLe Dernier Amant Romantique/Capitaine X ... CD
Music Box (France), 1978/1983. New Copy ... $23.99
A pair of slinky soundtracks from Pierre Bachelet – back to back on a single CD! Le Dernier Amant Romantique features music penned for a film directed by Just Jaeckin – with whom Bachelet had worked famously on Emmanuel and other sexy films in the 70s. This one's got the same sort of slink and sleaze in all the right places – and a soundtrack from Pierre that's equal parts Euro disco and mellower keyboard moments – mixing upbeat rhythmic tunes with some excellent laidback numbers that pace the keyboards nicely. Vocal tunes include "Romantic Lover" sung by Cher Komisar and "Roman D'Amour" sung by Marie Laforet – and other tracks include "Conte De Fee", "Motel Show", "La Roulotte", "Paradis Samba", and "La Mort Du Lion". Captain X is a spy series from the 80s – scored by Pierre Bachelet with this spacious, airy approach that's almost in the territory of Francis Lai – with some strong acoustic piano melodies stepping out beautifully in the front. Titles include "Dans Les Yeux D'Une Valse", "Fin De Soiree", "Croisere", "Swing Boat Blues", and "Le Marteau Du Crime". CD
(Limited edition of 500.)

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LaVern BakerLaVern Baker – Rock & Roll ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $9.99
Rockin soul from the legendary LaVern Baker – a killer collection of classic 50s work for Atlantic Records – tunes that went on to have an undeniable influence on the sound of female soul in the 60s! Baker's vocals are amazing right from the start – raw, but with a vocal range that's really impressive – able to soar, dip, and turn on a dime – even when Atlantic's giving her some larger backings, the sorts of sounds that might hold back another singer – but hardly slow LaVerne at all! The package is the first full LP to bring together Baker's classic singles for Atlantic – with titles that include "Jim Dandy", "Tra La La", "Bop Ting A Ling", "Tweedle Dee", "Still", "Soul On Fire", "I Can't Love You Enough", and "Get Up Get Up". CD

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Lavern Baker/Chris Connor/Herbie Mann/Bobby ShortNo Strings – An After Theater Version ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
An "after theater" version of the Richard Rogers musical No Strings – done in a cool way that really changes the feel of the music! The "cast" for the set is an assortment of Atlantic Records artists from the early 60s – Herbie Mann, Chris Connor, Lavern Baker, and Bobby Short – all brought together to perform the tunes, which are recast nicely in arrangements by Mann, Al Cohn, and Bobby Scott. Chris Connor sings "The Sweetest Sounds", "No Strings", "Look No Further", and "Nobody Told Me"; Bobby Short sings "Be My Host", "An Orthodox Fool", and "The Man Who Has Everything"; Lavern Baker sings "Eager Beaver" and "Loads Of Love"; and Herbie Mann plays a cool Latinized version of "La La La". CD

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BalojiKinshasa Succursale ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2011. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
One of the most compelling combinations of global styles we've heard in awhile – a great second set from Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji! The set's got an unusual approach that's rooted in African instrumentation, run through European filters, and imbued with a bit of hip hop energy – particularly in Baloji's sharply-spoken lyrics – which are more bold messages than straight hip hop rhymes – especially set amidst some of the warmer, more flowing musical passages. The set features guest work from a wide range of talents – including Konono No.1, soukous stars Zaïko Langa Langa, American soul maverick Amp Fiddler, brass band Fanfare La Confiance, and the choir Choeur La Grace – all of whom leave their unique imprint on the set – creating a great sense of change as the music flows along. Titles include "Tshena Ndekela", "De L'Autre Cote De La Mere", "Genese 89", "Kesho", "Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo", "Nazongi Ndako", and "Karibu Ya Bintou". CD

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Gato BarbieriChapter Three – Viva Emiliano Zapata ... LP
ABC/Impulse, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Amazing work from Gato Barbieri's legendary exploration of Latin American sounds for Impulse Records – a set that's heavy on Cuban influences, thanks to arrangements from the mighty Chico O'Farrill! The sound is sublime – a bit fuller than some of Gato's other albums in the run, but never with any slick or commercial styles – just more of a richness from O'Farrill's backings, matched perfectly by Barbieri's amazing tones on the tenor! There's a lot of Latin percussion in the backings – courtesy of Ray Mantill, Luis Mangual, and Ray Armando – and Eddie Martinez mixes in some sweet electric piano with his acoustic lines, deepening the soul of the record in a really 70s way. Titles include "Milonga Triste", "Lluvia Azul", "La Padrida", "Viva Emiliano Zapata", and "El Sublime" – the last of which is a good description of the record! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder/Can You Feel It ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". Can You Feel It offers sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful territory for Atlantic Records – on an album that mixes his Latin roots with warmer soul backings that have the same sort of full, rich sound of the best Atlantic R&B of the time. Ray's conga is still part of the sound – especially on the funkier cuts – but the album's also got some strong soul vocals, too – sung by Prince Phillip Mitchell on one of the album's best cuts, and by Cissy Houston and Googie Coppola on a few others. Tracks include "Sting Ray", "Can You Feel It", "What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From", "Stargazer", and "Confrontation". CD

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Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder ... CD
Atlantic/Fania (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". CD

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Ray BarrettoHard Hands ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Joe BataanMr New York & The East Side Kids ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Amazing work from the Spanish Harlem underground of the late 60s! From the title, to the cover, to the beautiful blend of songs, this album perfectly sums up the rich energy and raw power bubbling in the NuYorican scene of the time – effortlessly blending together soul, Latin, jazz, and funk – making the whole thing work perfectly because that's the way it was! These cats didn't know anything about rules – at least not until the big bad older Latin mafia snapped them in place – and the result is a freewheeling album of hard grooving jammers and sweetly emotive soul tunes! Tracks include "Puerto Rico Me Llama", "Make Me Smile", "Es Tu Cosa", "The Prayer", "Aguanta La Lengua", and "Chili Beans". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BeckNature Boy ... LP
Verve/Forecast, Late 60s. Very Good ... $11.99
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast imprint. There's a few funk tunes on here, but the best numbers are stretched out trippy ones that bring together jazz and folk, in a floating "folk funk experience" sound that we totally love, perfect for the generation of Tim Hardin and Nick Drake. Beck sings on some cuts, and others are instrumental. Titles include "Ain't No Use Talkin", "Goodbye LA", "Please Believe Me", "Let Me Go", "Come Back: Visions Without You", and "Spoon's Caress". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a split bottom seam.)

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Jorge BenForca Bruta (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.99
A fantastically soulful album from Jorge Ben – one of his greatest records ever, and a key part of Brazilian music in the 70s! The album marks an earthier shift for Jorge – a sound that's still rooted in the samba influences of the 60s, but which also takes on a bit more soul at the bottom – thanks to rhythmic contributions from Trio Mocoto, who work here famously to help Ben shape the overall feel of the set! There's still a bit of larger orchestrations at moments, but these are used sparingly just to sweeten the sound – leaving the main force of the music to come from Jorge's guitar, and the cuica, percussion, and tamborim of the trio. The vocals are wonderful too – slightly raspy, and with a bit more feeling than we ever remember Jorge having on record – sometimes a bit intimate, yet always with an undeniable presence throughout. One of those records that still sends chills up our spines, year after year – with tracks that include "Oba La Vem Ela", "Ze Canjica", "Pulo Pulo", "Apareceu Aparecida", "Terezinha", "Mulher Brasileira", "Forca Bruta", "O Telefone Tocou Novamente", and "Charles Junior". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ben & The Platano GroupParis Soul ... CD
Barclay/Dare Dare (France), 1971. New Copy ... $12.99
A rare groove from 70s France – the legendary Paris Soul album from this totally cooking combo! Despite their European origins, the group have a strong American approach – a groove that's heavy on bass and congas at the bottom, with almost the same Latin funk touches you might find in some of the Chicano soul groups of the LA scene – but served up here with an even tighter sound overall! All tracks are instrumentals, and they're heavy on Hammond along with the percussion – peppered with just a bit of horns and some sweet fuzzy guitar – all wrapped together beautifully, in a sound that's tight but never slick! There's almost a funky soundtrack vibe to the set – and titles include "Paris Soul", "Hang Out", "Black Waders", "Platano Split", "Salute To Santa", and "Woluwe Strip". CD

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New Vicki BenetIntroducing Vicki Benet – Woman Of Paris ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Good+ ... $4.99
Vicki Benet sings in both French and English on this record and is joined by Charles Dant and His Orchestra. Some of the songs are just in English, some in French and the others alternate between the two. She is more of a cabaret type singer than a jazz singer and the tracks include "Autumn Leaves", "Pigalle", "La Seine", "Mademoiselle De Paris", "Mon Homme", and "Hymne A L'Amour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Chuck BerryOne Dozen Berrys (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
One dozen "berrys", all of them great – the fresh fruits of the labors of a young Chuck Berry – heard here at his raw, early best! The sound here is stunning – a version of Chuck that gets way past any oldies cliches – and which reminds us that at the start, his music was coming from the same Chess Records fount as Bo Diddley's riffing guitar and Muddy Waters' Chicago blues! The tunes all work together perfectly – and the familiar numbers fit in perfectly with overlooked gems that really make the album great – especially when Chuck's guitar is really given a chance to step out and solo. Titles include "La Juanda", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "It Don't Take But A Few Minutes", "Rock & Roll Music", and "Low Feeling". CD features an insane 14 bonus tracks – including "21", "Vacation Time", "Beautiful Delilah", "21 Blues", and lots of alternate and different takes of other tunes too! CD

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Philippe BesombesLibra – Un Film Du Groupe Pattern ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99
Tripped out electronics meet progressive rock jamming – all in a weird and wonderful film score from the early 70s! The record's one of the best by French experimentalist Philippe Besombes from the time – and it's got a style that sort of starts in the territory of Francois De Roubaix similar electronic work for film – but gets a lot darker and noisier right away! There's a textural depth here that's really great – almost a pre-industrial music exploration of sounds – but the work's also not that over-indulgent, either – and Besombes always has a great way of getting back to a tune, especially on the shorter tracks. Titles include "La Plage", "Rugby", "Ceremonie", "Hache 06", "La Ville", "Les Cosmonautes", "Tis A Song", "Boogimmick", and "PJF 261". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bio RitmoPuerta Del Sur ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the coolest contemporary combos in the Latin scene – a group who bristle with all the fire of a classic New York or Puerto Rican ensemble – and one who really keep the salsa dura flag flying high! Almost every cut here is a winner – just the kind of heavy-hitting gems that you'd only find here and there on a classic Fania album – packed together on this release to make this record one hell of a cooker all the way through! Instrumentation is relatively classic – in a trumpet/trombone 70s salsa style – but there's some unusual touches from time to time, the kind of compelling inflections the group's using to make the music their own – especially as they get more confident over the years. Titles include "Pajaro Pio Pio", "Codeina", "Se Les Olvido", "La Via", "Picaresca", and "Motocilengua". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mario BiondiSun ... CD
Sony, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old school jazz in the mix that we love from Mario's Schema work – but the album's also got a fuller production style at times, one that really expands the palette of Biondi's colors, and which has him working here with help from key guests who include Omar, Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Incognito, and Chaka Khan – and even a bit of organ from the James Taylor Quartet! Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick helped co-write a good number of tracks on the set – and titles include "Shine On", "Come To Me", "Woman Woman", "What Have You Done To Me", "Never Stop", "La Voglia La Pazzia L'Idea", "Girl Blue", "Light To The World", and "Catch The Sunrise". CD
Also available Sun ... CD 9.99

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Mario BiondiSun ... CD
Sony, 2013. Used ... $9.99
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old school jazz in the mix that we love from Mario's Schema work – but the album's also got a fuller production style at times, one that really expands the palette of Biondi's colors, and which has him working here with help from key guests who include Omar, Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Incognito, and Chaka Khan – and even a bit of organ from the James Taylor Quartet! Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick helped co-write a good number of tracks on the set – and titles include "Shine On", "Come To Me", "Woman Woman", "What Have You Done To Me", "Never Stop", "La Voglia La Pazzia L'Idea", "Girl Blue", "Light To The World", and "Catch The Sunrise". CD
Also available Sun ... CD 12.99

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Jean Jacques Birge & Francis GorgeDefense De (180 gram pressing – with DVD) ... LP
GRRR Records/Fauni Gena (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Some of the most incredible electric work we've heard from the 70s French scene – and a really unique little record that's somewhere between the avant compositional world of Varese and Stockhausen, and lots of the later industrial experiments in years to come! The duo play a range of cool keyboards – which seem heavily processed at some points, especially the noisy ones – most likely through primitive use of tape loops and feedback. Other moments are slightly tuneful, but still pretty abstract – and other instrumentation includes bits of alto sax, flute, guitar, and cello. Titles include "Le Reveil", "Pourrait Etre Brutal", "Crever", and "La Bulle Opprimante". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus DVD with nearly 6 hours of rare tracks – and the Jean Jacques Birge & Bernard Mollerat film La Nuit Du Phoque!)

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Jane BirkinLolita Go Home ... CD
Fontana (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin take Jane's ever-growing trash rock aesthetic into the Euro club world of the 70s – and the result is an insane batch of tracks that are among Birkin's craziest work of the decade! She sings with an incredibly deadpan style – as you'll hear especially on the English-language versions of "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Where Or When" – and the arrangements by J-P Sabar have a spare electric quality that work perfectly with Jane's flat voice. A real oddity, but the kind of oddity that kept Birkin a compelling artist throughout her career – and proof that style goes a lot farther than substance in the world of Euro pop! Tunes are almost all originals written by Serge Gainsbourg – and titles include "French Graffiti", "Just Me & You", "La Fille Aux Claquettes", and "Rien Pour Rien". CD

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Franco BixioValeria Dentro E Fuori (with bonus track) ... CD
Saimel (Spain), 1972. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet and sexy little soundtrack – penned by Franco Bixio, conducted by Vince Tempera – and filled with cool keyboards, gentle rhythms, and a few cool vocal bits from Edda Dell'Orso! The album's got the laidback, mellow vibe of some of Ennio Morricone's best love themes – mixed with the erotic undercurrents of Stelvio Cipriani, and touched with a few slightly moody, eerie moments as the soundtrack moves on – although even these have a slightly slinky, sexy feel. The set's got one great funky keyboard number – "Per Clavicembalo E Archi" – and other titles include "Fool Play", "Valeria", "La Mente Persa", "Electronic Sound", "Diamonds", and "Rituale". Also features a bonus track – "Valeria Dentro E Fuori". CD

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Black MagicWhere Love Is ... LP
Atco, 1970. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Obscure LA pop soul group that featured singer Jerry Peters (who later went onto record under his own name), and who were "presented" by Sonny & Cher! The feel of the tracks are a bit in the 5th Dimension/Friends Of Distinction LA sound, with a bit more soul. Peters did the arrangements for the vocals, and there's lots of sweet harmonies. Tracks include "Mama Says", "Tater Man", "Echoes of Love", "Kimu", "Miss Jessie", and "Black Bottom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with some splitting in the top seam.)

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Black Randy & The Metro SquadDown At The Laundromat/Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (pink colored vinyl) ... 12-inch
Luv N' Haight, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 10.98
Raw punky electro funk from the LA scene of the late 70s – a single that definitely lives up to the image on the label! "Down At The Laundromat" is a dubby funk cut that is nicely tripped out – almost like one of those nuggets you'd find buried on side four of Sandanista, but maybe even a bit rougher overall! "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose" seems to be a cover of the James Brown classic – but it's played at a much faster pace, with frenetic guitars and keyboards – and this offbeat sax line that makes us feel like James Chance has suddenly gotten totally funky! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition pink colored vinyl with digital download.)

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Black Voices (aka The Watts Prophets)On The Street In Watts ... LP
ALA, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A chilling statement from the west coast scene of the 70s – the first album from The Watts Prophets, the ultra-powerful group who emerged from the LA turmoil of the 60s. Like the Last Poets, the group blends together righteous spoken word passages and some spare rhythms and a touch of jazz – all stepping forth in the kind of message-driven recording that was too powerful for radio at the time, but which had an undeniable influence as it circulated amongst underground circles. The whole thing's summed up perfectly by the cover, which shows a fist held high in rebellion! Titles include "I'll Stop Calling You N*ggers", "Kill", "Black Pussy", and "The Meek Ain't Gonna". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rene BlochMucho Rock ... CD
Andex/VSOP, 1958. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Rene Bloch is probably best known for his work in a straighter Latin vein, but this excellent set from the late 50s has him "rocking" it up a bit with some really heavy sax! The approach is totally great – one that uses heavy Latin percussion on the bottom (played by Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo), but also brings in a full horn section led by Bloch, and working in a mode that's got plenty of great soundtrack touches. The feel here is almost like some of the best crime jazz that LA produced at the time – mixing together earthy, spontaneous percussion on congas, bongos, and timbales – then topping it off with some tighter horn charts, and letting one player break from the formation in a freely-crafted solo! We love this one to death, and the record's got a hell of a lot more to offer than you might guess from its gimmicky title – a great meeting of two different sides of the west coast scene, and a completely memorable session throughout. Titles include "Rene's Mambo", "Wa Pa Cha", "Frenesi", "Paul's Mambo", "Nature Boy", "Magitos", "Cha Cha Stroll", "Harry's At One", and "Sylvia". CD

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Willie BoboBobo Motion ... LP
Verve, 1967. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some nicely greasy numbers that slide around wonderfully in the groove – next to others that are cleaner, leaner, and plenty darn jazzy! Willie sings a bit on the record, but not much – and the real highlight is the heavy timbales on most of the rhythms, and the crack small combo Latin sound throughout. All tracks are great – and even familiar numbers sound fresh under the Bobo touch! Titles include "Ain't That Right", "Cute", "Evil Ways", "Show Me", "Black Coffee", "Night Walk", and "La Bamba". LP, Vinyl record album
(One corner of the cover is slightly bumped, but the rest is great.)

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Willie BoboBobo! Do That Thing/Guajira ... LP
Tico, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early boogaloo approach to a number of the cuts, one that really makes them kick hard with some very catchy rhythms – and other numbers have a stripped down, rhythm-heavy small combo approach that's equally great, and which really helps expand the sound. Willie's vocals are kept to a minimum, and there's some really great instrumental touches on the best cuts – including some nice electric piano! Titles include "Bobo Do That Thing", "A La Bobita", "Azulito", "Chickadee", "Rigor Mortis", "Ritmo Tymbale", and "Grab Your Hat". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie BoboJuicy ... LP
Verve, 1967. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Hard soulful Latin from the great Willie Bobo! The record's an extremely tasty blend of cuts that mix hard Latin grooving with a swinging 60s pop feel – all filtered through the crossover genius of late 60s Verve. There's lots of great boogaloo groovers, shing-a-ling rhythms, and a tight no-nonsense approach to percussion – and titles include "Shing-a-Ling Baby", "La Descarga Del Bobo", "Juicy", "Roots", and "Music To Watch Girls By". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bonniwell Music MachineBonniwell Music Machine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
An amazing second chapter for The Music Machine – working here with the last name of leader Sean Bonniwell in their name – in a groove that's even weirder and wilder than before! The group take on an odd new sound here – still the heady brew of fuzz and Hammond on their original garagey recordings from LA – but with a mode that also really lets Bonniwell's offbeat character come to the forefront – both in the odd lyrics, and his stark presentation in the lead – a Sunset Strip sense of personality that's almost up there with Kim Fowley at times! The record's definitely one of the weirder, more edgey sides cut for Warner Brothers in the mid 60s – and titles include "Astrologically Incompatible", "Double Yellow Line", "The Trap", "Soul Love", "Bottom Of The Soul", "Me Myself & I", and "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly". CD features an insane 49 tracks in all – the full 14 track album, other Warner singles, and demos and rare material that includes solo tracks by Sean Bonniwell too! CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... Cassette
B-Boy, 1987. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance, courtesy the lyricism and delivery of KRS-One. Importance aside, though, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". Cassette

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New Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance, courtesy the lyricism and delivery of KRS-One. Importance aside, though, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". CD
(2014 remastered edition.)

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New Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (2LP edition with bonus track and poster) ... LP
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
One of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One and Boogie Down Productions, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Other tracks include "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9MM Goes Bang". This 2011 2LP remastered edition includes the bonus track "P Is Free (Original 12" Version)", liner notes by Brian Coleman and KRS One and a 24" X 36" poster. LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered version on 2LPs with a 24" x 36" poster and liner notes by Brian Coleman with KRS-One.)
Also available Criminal Minded (5 x 7" single box set) ... 7-inch 49.99

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (5 x 7" single box set) ... 7-inch
B-Boy, 1987. New Copy 5 x 7" ... $49.99
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced – in 5 X 7" box set! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance, courtesy the lyricism and delivery of KRS-One. Importance aside, though, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang" – with the cuts paired up, 2 per single, in this sweet 7" box set edition. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Criminal Minded (2LP edition with bonus track and poster) ... LP 22.99

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (with CD bonus track) ... CD
B-Boy, 1986. Used ... $5.99
One of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Other tracks include "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". Also includes the CD bonus track "Scott La Rock Mega Mix". CD
(Out of print.)

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Boogie Down ProductionsMan & His Music ... LP
B-Boy, 1988. Sealed 2LP ... $14.99
The classic Scott La Rock tribute album – with BDP classics and remixes – originally issued as a 2LP set that was put together following the South Bronx-repping hip hop pioneer's shooting death. Alternate versions, remixes and BDP medley's from their most classic late 80s period. 15 tracks in all: "Advance", "D Nice Rocks The House", "Red Alert (Criminal Minded)", 'Doc Mix (Criminal Minded)", "Super Hoe #4", "Word From Our Sponsor #8", "BDP Medley #5", "Poetry" (#s 1, 2 & 3)" and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed early pressing!)

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Booker T & The MGsMelting Pot ... LP
Stax, 1971. Very Good ... $21.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly tight rhythm lines – more than enough to make this set a standout in the collection of any beat digger! Includes the massive "Melting Pot" – an oft-sampled jam that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus "LA Jazz Song", which features amazingly tight guitar work from Steve Cropper, and the nice cuts "Fuquawi" and "Chicken Pox". Other titles include "Back Home", "Sunny Monday", and "Hi Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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BossacucanovaOur Kind Of Bossa ... CD
Six Degrees, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Bossacucanova serve up the kind of bossa they do best – a sweet mix of classic instrumentation and contemporary touches – but they also work here with some great help from a rich array of guest artists, all of whom really help the trio to deepen their sound! The vocalists are especially important – a mix of older and modern singers that includes Wilson Simoninha, Marial Rita, Elza Soares, Emilio Santiago, Cris Delanno, Moska, and Teresa Cristina – working alongside guest instrumentation from Oscar Castro Neves on guitar, David Feldman on piano, and Roberto Menescal on guitar – all players who are really respected by the group, and given plenty of room to shape the tunes. It's been awhile since we've heard from the trio, and the time has really helped them sharpen their sound – and continue to find a way to persist, where so many of their contemporaries have fallen away. Titles include "Adeus America", "Segure Tudo", "Ficar", "Deixa Pra La", "Rio De Inspiracao", "To Voltando", and "Waldomiro Pena". CD

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Fabrizio Bosso/Guido DiLeone/Bassi/CampanaleFour Friends In Bari ... CD
Four (Italy), 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent years – that stone classic approach to jazz trumpet – played with a talent that we'd rank right up there with folks like Freddie Hubbard or Art Farmer at their best – set to some inventive arrangements that really make great use of guitar in the place you'd normally find piano in such a group. The change of instrument makes for a nicely gentle quality at times in the rhythms, which seems to make Fabrizio's horn sound even more upfront and soulful – and titles include "E La Chiamano Estate", "King Dorian", "Wide Green Eyes", "Bernie's Tune", "Mack The Knife", and "Nostalgia Di Cuba". CD

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Boyce & HartTest Patterns ... LP
A&M, 1967. Sealed ... $29.99
A standout set from the songwriting team who provided plenty of greatness for The Monkees – but who sound equally great on their own! The music here really soars nicely – tight LA pop from the late 60s, but never too overdone – and often set up with a jaunty groove that's a perfect A&M approach to the music! Vocals are often compressed nicely into the instrumentation – further enforcing the cooler sounds of these hook-heavy tunes – and titles include "Shadows", "Out & About", "I Should Be Going Home", "In The Night", "Abe's Tune", and the cool "Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original stereo pressing!)

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Brazilian Love AffairVoce E Eu – Joao Gilberto Revisited By Brazilian Love Affair Project ... CD
Fonte (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and the album's especially heavy on Fender Rhodes, which updates an older bossa sound nicely – amidst older-styled instrumentation on acoustic guitar, Hammond, trombone, and flute. The vocals are great – with the same raspy charm of Joao's early recordings – that very human, very honest quality that made his singing so different from other vocalists of his generation – and titles include "Rosa Morena", "Desafinado", "Voce E Eu", "O Barquinho", "Saudade Fez Um Samba", "Ho Ba La La", and "Chega De Saudade". CD

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BreakawayBreakaway (with bonus CD) ... LP
BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
A St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were essentially a local club act who got the chance to record a bit in a local studio! The feel is very much in the best LA mode of the time, but maybe a bit looser too – with emphasis on some funky riffing from the male members of the group, plus sweet lead vocals from singer Kathy Newbry-Taylor – an artist who might have been pop, had she worked on the coasts – but who stretches her style nicely here. The album's been made famous by both On Track and Americana comps on BBE – and titles include "There's A New Group In Town", "Who Was It This Time", "Love My Eyes", "Understudy DJ", "Everything's Been Said About You", and "My Symphony". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes album on CD.)
Also available Breakaway/Right On To The Top ... CD 19.99

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BreakawayBreakaway/Right On To The Top ... CD
Breakaway/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A pair of completely rare albums from Breakaway – a St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were essentially a local club act who got the chance to record a bit in a local studio! The feel is very much in the best LA mode of the time, but maybe a bit looser too – with emphasis on some funky riffing from the male members of the group, plus sweet lead vocals from singer Kathy Newbry-Taylor – an artist who might have been pop, had she worked on the coasts – but who stretches her style nicely here. The album's been made famous by both On Track and Americana comps on BBE – and titles include "There's A New Group In Town", "Who Was It This Time", "Love My Eyes", "Understudy DJ", "Everything's Been Said About You", and "My Symphony". Right On To The Top is the second set from Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. The set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". CD
Also available Breakaway (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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BreezeYoung Son Of No One ... LP
Atlantic, 1989. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Includes "TYSON", "Pull A Fast One", "Loungin", "LA Posse", "Scene Of The Homicide", and "Steadily Tryin' To Flow Like". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and a cutotu notch.)

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Albert BrooksStar Is Bought ... LP
Asylum, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A wonderfully hip comedy album from the early years of Albert Brooks – very much in the spirit of the LA Warner scene of which Brooks was a part! The album's got some really great bits that show Brooks' off-kilter sense of humor strongly, in the same manner as early classic films like Real Life and True Love, and works in a genre-spanning style that's pretty darn great. Routines include the great radio parody "Phone Calls From Americans", plus "The Albert Brooks Show 112", "The Beginning Of The End", "Near The Beginning", and "Party From Outer Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label promo! Cover has promo sticker – and package includes the photo too!)

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Sam Brothers 5Sam Brothers 5 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Arhoolie, 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)... $8.99
One of the youngest groups of the zydeco wave of the 70s – and one of the grooviest too! The group's got a solid swing and sense of soul that goes beyond most of their contemporaries – almost a deeper current of blues at most points, especially in the guitar – and even in some of the accordion, which can come across like a harmonica at points! Titles include "Mama", "La La Waltz", "Sugar Cane Patch", "Country Boy", "SB 5", and "SAM". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby BrownDon't Be Cruel ... LP
MCA/Get On Down, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – and actually not his first solo record – but it’s certainly the first one to really show the world he could stand so strongly on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily commercial groove that holds up surprisingly well – and arguably sounds a lot better these days, many years after these tunes were getting a bit too overplayed on the radio. Includes the hit singles "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative", plus "Every Little Step", "Rock Wit'cha", "Take It Slow", "All Day All Night" and "Roni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Don't Be Cruel ... LP 6.99

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New Bobby BrownDon't Be Cruel ... LP
MCA, 1988. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – the album that really showed the world he could stand on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily commercial groove that holds up surprisingly well – and arguably sounds a lot better these days, many years after these tunes were getting a bit too overplayed on the radio. Includes the hit singles "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative", plus "Every Little Step", "Rock Wit'cha", "Take It Slow", "All Day All Night" and "Roni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Don't Be Cruel ... LP 16.99

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Clifford BrownJazz Immortal ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Manhattan, 1954. Used ... $5.99
Seminal west coast recordings by Clifford Brown – recorded in LA in 1954, with a mixture of hard bop and lyricism, in that sparkling mode that Brownie left as his indelible imprint on the west coast scene of the 50s! Players include Bob Gordon on baritone, Stu Williamson on trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Russ Freeman on piano – and Jack Montrose arranged the set. Titles include "Tiny Capers", "Bones For Jones", "Joy Spring", "Finders Keepers", and "Daahoud". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Clifford Brown & Max RoachClifford Brown & Max Roach (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EmArcy/Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
Brilliant work by the team of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – a seminal hardbop album that was one of the few to bridge the east and west coast scenes! The set was recorded in LA under the joint leadership of Brown and Roach – and features the classic quintet lineup that included Harold Land on tenor, Richie Powell (Bud's brother!) on piano, and George Morrow on bass. The mix of Roach's heavy full-on drumming and Brown's lyrical beauty is beyond compare – and Land's angular and sensitive tenor lines provide a perfect link between the two. Titles include classics like "Parisian Thoroughfare", "The Blues Walk", "Daahoud", "Jordu", and "Joy Spring". CD
(Verve Master Edition pressing.)

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Severin BrowneNew Improved Severin Browne ... LP
Motown, 1974. Very Good ... $5.99
A lot more folksy than any other work on Motown from the 70s – and proof that the label was getting more and more influenced by their new LA setting – but a nice sampling of mellow tracks, with a definite Free Soul bent. In a way, Brown's style is similar to that of Jose Feliciano in the 70s – with warm electric production backing up mellow pop/rock lyrics and acoustic guitar. Titles include "Love Song", "Do Magnolia Do", "Love Notes From Denver", "Cooking School", and "More Dreams In The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Severin BrowneSeverin Browne ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A great easy groover from early 70s Motown! Severin Browne's the brother of Jackson Browne – and as such, is more of a mellow rock artist than a soul artist – but this album's got a sweet soul vibe in the mix, and is a surprisingly nice release from Motown's early LA years! In a way, you can hear a James Taylor-ish influence in Browne's vocalizing and guitar work, but the backing behind him is more in the smooth LA studio style – a bit like that used on the 70s work of Jose Feliciano or Nick DeCaro. The songs are surprisingly wonderfully crafted – and to discover Browne's work is to tap into the lost career of a under-recognized 70s singer/songwriter. Titles include "Darling Christina", "Snowflakes", "Sister", "Not Quite Time", "Skip Tune", and "Just A Matter Of Time". CD

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Dave BrubeckLegacy Of A Legend ... CD
Columbia, 1950s/1960s/1970. Used 2CD ... $6.99
A 2CD retrospective of beautiful Dave Brubeck jazz for Columbia Records – spanning his tenure at Columbia from the mid 50s to 1970 – selected by Brubeck himself in celebration of his 90th birthday! It's filled with great stuff that Brubeck recorded for the label, including classic quartet recordings with Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello, recordings with Louis Armstrong, Carmen McCrae, Gerry Mulligan and more. 21 tracks on 2CDs, including "Jeepers Creepers", "Taking A Chance On Love", "The Duke", "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Evenin'", "Take Five", "My One Bad Habit", "Something To Sing About", "Somewhere", "Summer Song", "Out Of Nowhere", "St. Louis Blues", the previously unreleased "Three To Get Ready" and more. CD

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Bobby BryantJazz Excursion Into Hair ... LP
World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Very groovy! This album's a great soul jazz take on the Hair score – led by trumpeter Bobby Bryant, who was turning out some very nice stuff in the sweet pop soul jazz style of the LA scene of the 60s. The group is great – and Paul Humphrey's on drums, Joe Sample's on electric piano, and Bud Shank plays flute – and the record has that cool groovy jazz-meets-something else sound that you'll find on some of the hipper Impulse and Flying Dutchman albums from the late 60s. Titles include "Be In", "Colored Spade", "Hair", and "Good Morning Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny BurrellTender Gender ... CD
Cadet/Passion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Straight, strong, and soulful sounds from guitarist Kenny Burrell – quite possibly one of his best albums of the 60s, thanks to a really well-focused sound throughout! The groove here is nice and tight – a cooking little rhythm section that features Richard Wyands on piano, Martin Rivera on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums – snapping away on the kit on some of the best tracks, and really helping Burrell to hit this groove that's mighty nice! Kenny seems to have a bit more bite than usual too – and even the laidback tunes have plenty going on to keep our ears happy. Titles include "La Petite Mambo", "Suzy", "The Tender Gender", "Girl Talk", "Isabella", "If Someone Had Told Me", and "Hot Bossa". CD

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Bush BabeesGravity (single vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1996. Very Good ... $11.99
While we did like the Bush Babees first LP, it veered a bit further into the commercial realm than we care for on some cuts, probably due to Jermaine Dupri's involvement. This second effort, available only as a promo on vinyl, is the one to check for. There's less of the ragga style here, and tight post-Native Tongues production by Mr. Man, Shawn J Period, the Ummah, Rahzel and Pos of De La. In fact we'd be tempted to call this second generation Native Tongues, if it didn't stand so well on it's own, and merit guest spots that seem more like full fledged participation by Q-tip and Mos Def. Includes "God Complex", "Melting Plastic", "The Love Song", "Gravity", "Wax", "3 MCs", "Rock roots", "SOS", "Maybe", "The Beatdown", "The Ruler", "In Meh Dreams" and "The Ninth Presentation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve, which has some wear.)

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BwanaBwana ... CD
Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ... $8.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice break! Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". CD
Also available Bwana ... LP 9.99

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BwanaBwana ... LP
Caytronics, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice breakbeat. Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bwana ... CD 8.99

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Donald ByrdRoyal Flush (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $6.99
One of the seminal sides cut by Donald Byrd in his partnership with Pepper Adams – a high-up, low-down set that's a smoker all the way through! Byrd's brightness on trumpet is nicely matched by Adams' fluid work on baritone sax – and the pair are wonderfully supported by a rhythm trio that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who can hit a sock-hard groove one minute, then let loose with a lyrical flourish the next. The approach of the record is tightly soulful, with loads of great changes – and some surprising dark edges that really add in a whole new dimension to the Donald Byrd sound of the time. Titles include "Shangri-La", "Jorgies", "Hush", "6 M's", and the moody "Requiem"! CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Red CallenderLowest – The Music Of Red Callender ... LP
Metro, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Given that Red was one of the few tuba players in jazz, this album certainly was "The Lowest" – at least in terms of tone, as Red spends a lot of time rumbling around in bottom notes! The style's less clunky than you might think, though, as the setting is late 50s LA – with chamber-type arrangements that match Red's tuba with more breezy players like Buddy Collette, Bill Pitman, Gerald Wilson, Gerald Wiggins, and Billy Bean – who work with Red in a mode that's almost like some of the Chico Hamilton albums on Pacific Jazz, a mixture of jazz and whimsical instrumention with a tightly arranged and haunting feel. Tracks include "Of Thee I Sing", "The Lowest", "Pickin Pluckin Whistlin & Walkin", "Another Blues", "Volume Too", and "Five Four Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light marks.)

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New Red CallenderSwingin' Suite (plus bonus tracks from Lowest) ... CD
Modern/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955/1958. Used ... $9.99
Beautiful bass work from 50s LA player Red Callender – heard here on his classic Swingin Suite album for Modern, plus tracks from the MGM album Lowest! Swingin Suite is easily one of Red's tightest sessions – a date that has Callender's basslines strongly leading a nonet of players that includes Harry Jones on trumpet, John Ewing on trombone, Willie Green on alto sax, and Buddy Collette on flute and tenor. Collette's lines have a nice sharp edge throughout, and soar out beautifully amidst the bigger backings – and although a "suite", the whole session's got a much more relaxed feel than that compositional title might make you think. Tracks include "On Again", "Greenery", "Pastel", "Dancers", "October Blue", "Bihari", "Skyline", and "Outlines". The remaining tracks on the set were recorded as part of Callender's Lowest album for MGM – a set of both bass and tuba work. Tracks included here feature Callender on bass only, with Gerald Wilson on trumpet and Collette again on flute and tenor. Titles include "Another Blues", "Volume Too", "Five Four Blues", "Pickin Pluckin Whistlin & Walkin", and "Tea For Two". CD

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Dario CarnovalePortraits ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Wonderfully cascading piano work from Dario Carnovale – a player who's working here in a grand piano, which gives the record a really rich sound that's perfect for Dario's command of the keys! Most of the record is solo, although two tracks feature a drummer – but Carnovale creates a sound that's often as full as a trio performance, given his deft handling of melody, and inherently rhythmic style – even at mellower moments. Titles include "Seven Steps", "Giant Steps", "Miriam & Sara", "Aforisma #2", and "La Flamme De Scriabin". CD

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Cesar's SaladFinest Of The Latin Beat Vol 1 & 2 ... LP
Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy ... $9.99
A special limited vinyl volume – one that brings together the best tracks from the previous Latin Beat records by Cesar's Salad! As with those gems, the vibe here is 60s Latin at its best – but served up in a style that's even more spare, more striking than any vintage recordings – usually just piano, bass, and drums – plus plenty of timbales and congas from quartet leader Cesar Granados! The style's never that cocktail or cha cha mode of most Latin piano trios – and instead, there's some very firey energy learned from the Cuban descarga generation. Titles include "La Serpiente", "Manteca", "Watermelon Man", "El Dynamico", "Yenyere", "The Man From Panama", and a great cover of Weldon Irvine's "Liberated Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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New ChakachasJungle Fever (with bonus track) ... CD
Polydor/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! The track was a worldwide hit, and continues to be a funky classic today – thanks to a heavy sample history, and a life in playlists worldwide – but the rest of the album's pretty darn great too, and even weirder. Some tracks mix easy Euro grooving with heavy conga, others have kind of an LA Chicano funk approach, and still others throw in some mad horns to complicate matters with nice jazzy riffing. Really great throughout – and maybe one of the best funky albums to ever come out on a major label! Titles include "Jungle Fever", "El Canyon Rojo", "Chica Chica Bau Bau", "Eso Es El Amor", "Ay Mulata", "Cha Ka Cha", "Latin Can Can", and "Yo Soy Cubano". Features a bonus track – "Jungle Fever (Greg Wilson re-edit)". CD

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Serge ChaloffBlue Serge ... LP
Capitol, 1956. Very Good ... $39.99
Classic Capitol jazz session, and one that pairs Boston baritone player Serge Chaloff with an LA rhythm section that has Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album's a perfect example of Chaloff's legendary (and short-lived) talents on the baritone – and listening to it, you'll hear how Chaloff was one of the few players ever to get such a rich tone and fluid style out of the instrument. Titles include "How About You?", "Handful Of Stars", "The Goof & I", "Susie's Blues", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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Chambers BrothersPeople Get Ready ... LP
Vault, 1965. Very Good ... $9.99
The first album ever from The Chambers Brother – a much rootsier set than the psychedelic soul that later earned them fame in the 60s! The set's heavy on influences from folk, blues, and gospel – and pitches the group more towards the crossover college scene than the mainstream soul crowd – thanks to an appreciatively rootsy style of production that really has the vocals and acoustic instrumentation presented without any other augmentation. Tracks were recorded live at The Unicorn in Boston and the Ash Grove in LA – and most numbers are covers, with versions of "Summertime", "Your Old Land", "It's All Over Now", "Reconsider Baby", "People Get Ready", "Tore Up", and "Money". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Paige ClairePaige Claire (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Vivid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $29.99
An obscure bit of LA pop from the early 70s – featuring the breathy Paige Claire, a heavenly vocalist with a sound like a porn star! The album's got arrangements by Al Capps and Harry Betts, and kind of an early 70s easy sound to it that works wonderfully with Paige's voice. She's a better singer than you'd think – although it's hard to figure out why, we just like her sound a lot. The songs on the record are kind of like mellow vocal gems from obscure 70s soundtracks – the sorts that are written very well, but which never made it as big hits. Titles include "Just A Little Lovin (Early In The Morning)", "I Will Love You", "You Say I Should Forget", "It Was Always You", "I'm Back Where I Started With You", and "Paint My World Blue". CD

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Nat King Cole10th Anniversary – A Collection Of Unreleased Masters ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Very Good- ... $2.99
Rare gems from the early years of Nat King Cole at Capitol Records – pulled from the vault by the label, and issued on the occasion of Nat's 10th Anniversary at Capitol! The work often represents the best early sound of the King Cole Trio – that sweet blend of jazz and slightly bluesy modes that made the group a huge standout on the LA scene of the mid 40s – echoes of styles used by other classy R&B singers, but put together with the undeniable class and poise that Nat had right from the start. Other recordings are from the late 40s and early 50s – and have Capitol adding in a bit more in the way of backings – yet still without any of the overly-commercial styles that would hold Cole back a bit in later years. Titles include "Dream Of Me", "Too Soon", "Lovelight", "The Story Of My Wife", "Peaches", "But All I've Got Is Me", and "I'm An Errand Boy For Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy first pressing! Cover has a split top seam and some light wear.)

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Buddy ColletteBuddy's Best (remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Dooto/Boplicity (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the best albums ever from reedman Buddy Collette – a great small group session with a harder edge than some of Buddy's later records for bigger labels! Collette was always one of the more interesting players from the LA scene of the 50s – and although he had his roots in harder jazz styles, he also played a lot of studio sessions – and had an amazing ability to shift through different modes and settings with effortless ease – and also shift his work on different reed instruments too! This album's a nice mix of both sides of his style – with some cuts that have Collette playing flute or clarinet with a lyrical groove, and some more hard-blowing tracks that feature alto and tenor – in a cool quintet that features Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Al Viola on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrook on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums The session's a darn tough one to find, despite its importance in Collette's career – and titles include "Walkin' Willie", "Changes", "The Cute Monster", and "Orlando Blues". CD features a bonus track – "Soft Touch (take 5)". CD

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Buddy ColletteJazz Loves Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Specialty/OJC, 1958. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A hip little album from Buddy Collette – one that's ostensibly based around the then-popular idea of a set of Paris-inspired tunes – but which comes off with a sound that's a lot deeper than you might expect! David Axelrod produced the set – it was one of his early projects for Specialty Records – and Buddy Collette plays alto, tenor, and flute – in a group with Frank Rosolino on trombone, Howard Roberts on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Bill Richmond or Bill Douglass on drums. Red Callender joins in on some tracks, and his deep tones mixed with Rosolino's trombone, really help offset the lighter sounds of Collette's reeds in a nice way. Titles include "Domino", "Mam'Selle", "Pigalle", "I Love Paris", "La Vie En Rose", and "Under Paris Skies". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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Michel ColombierUne Chambre En Ville ... CD
Universal (France), 1982. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
A rare score from French arranger Michel Colombier – penned for an equally-obscure film directed by the great Jacques Demy! The album follows the same musical style as some of Demy's better-known work from the 60s – like Umbrellas Of Cherbourg or Young Girls Of Rochefort – although the overall style is a bit darker, and Colombier's music definitely rises to the challenge. Vocals don't feature as heavily as on some of Demy's movies with Michel Legrand, but they still have a strong role in the music – and this beautiful 2CD package brings the complete score to light for the first time – quite an achievement considering that the film never even made it to video. Titles include "Edith Et Sa Mere", "Violette Amoureuse", "Visite D'Edmond", "La Chambre D'Hotel", "Chez La Baronne", "La Rupture", and "Mme Pelletier Et Sa Fille". CD

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (2LP deluxe edition) ... LP
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A classic slice of Jamaican roots! No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which has been hard to get in spite of being reissued in a number of different formats. This version features a slight twist on the original cover art, but is an expanded double LP set with a bonus disc of later self-produced material. On the original album, recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals, with Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. The second LP features material from 4 different sessions, all great, with tracks from the 1979 LPs Cvongo Ashanti and Image of Africa, the 1981 LP Face The Music and a couple of tracks from 1999. 22 tracks in all, including "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant", "Don't Blame On I", "Solid Foundation", "Days Chasing Days", "Youth Man", "Only Jah Know", "Music Maker", "Stay Alive (ext)", "Problems", "Face The Music", "Enemy & Spy (ext)" and "Aaron & Moses (ext)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Karol ConkaBatukfreak ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
Beat-heavy Brazilian work from Karol Conka – a set that's got some of the same urban vibe of the baile beat work of a few years back, but which also focuses the energy into a tighter, more compact R&B groove! Karol rhymes her way along the groove, but at a pace that's a bit more laidback than some of her contemporaries – and the rhythms bring in lots of earthy, organic elements alongside the electronic ones – creating this fusion of favela roots and contemporary urban – on tracks that include "Caxambu", "Gueto Ao Luxo", "Sandalia", "Boa Noite", "Gandala", "Bate A Poeira", and "Vo La". CD

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New Tino ContrerasEl Jazz Mexicano De Tino Contreras ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $11.99
Mindblowing music from Mexican drummer Tino Contreras – a cat who works in a very unique blend of jazz and Latin styles! The tunes here go way way past the obvious – and do start out with a bit of New York and Cuban energy, yet quickly take off into wonderfully unusual territory that's all Tino's own – hints of exotica in the instrumentation, unusual inflections in the arrangements, and complicated drum parts that go way past just Latin dancefloor modes! The blend is amazing – unlike any other localized Latin styles of the 60s, and very much in the jazz mode promised in the title – yet also so heavenly and haunting, it also goes way past standard jazz too. With a collection like this, Contreras may finally get the credit due him as a unique musical visionary – an artist we might well rank up there with Mulatu, Salah Ragab, or a rare few other cross-cultural creators! Titles include "Ravi Shankar", "Orbita", "Santo", "La Malaguena", "Orfeo En Los Tambores", "Kyrie", "Visnu", "Jazz En El Cairo", and "Credo". CD
(Scotch tape on booklet cover.)

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New Chick CoreaReturn To Forever (German pressing) ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1972. Used ... $6.99
One of Chick Corea's greatest moments on record – the self-titled album by the legendary Return To Forever group – a combo that included Joe Farrell on saxes, Flora Purim on vocals, Airto on percussion, and Stanley Clarke on bass! The sound is archetypal 70s fusion at its best – filled with soaring electric keyboard work from Chick, and plenty of great Brazilian touches by Airto and Flora. Farrell's reeds help the tunes get a really sharp edge, especially once they get going – and the whole album is an electric piano classic through and through, filled with great titles that include "Sometime Ago/La Fiesta", "Return To Forever", "Crystal Silence", and "What Game Shall We Play Today". CD

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CortexPourquoi ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
A lost later slice of work from Cortex – a bit tighter than some of the group's previous albums, but equally funky overall! There's a bit less jamming here than before, the Cortex have definitely developed an ear for the dancefloor – a jazzy funk style that would be perfect in the clubs, even though it's light years from conventional disco. Vocals are a bit more upfront in the mix at times, but there's still loads of heavy keyboards – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, micro moog, and more! Titles include "Runnin From You", "Le Visionaire", "Pourquoi", "Make Me Love You", "Matin Girls", "La Bulle", and "Pauvre Star". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bill CosbyBill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days – Rat Own, Rat Own, Rat Own ... LP
Capitol, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A bit silly at times, but still pretty great! Bill Cosby teams up with old LA cronie Stu Gardner to do a set of tracks that are parodies of other big soul artists of the early 70s – and thanks to Stu's good work with the music, most of the tracks work a lot better than you'd expect! The record leads off with some sly slinky Barry White parodies – including "Yes, Yes, Yes" and "Shift Down"; then goes into a great James Brown funk number, "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself". It's hard to figure out where some of the other tracks are going – but the album also features a great spacey jazz number with lots of keyboards, "You're Driving Me Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Curtis CounceExploring The Future (remastered edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dooto/Boplicity (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $11.99
A great little album that's every bit as wonderful as you might expect from its cover – one of the key late 50s sides as a leader from bassist Curtis Counce – cut with a killer lineup that includes Harold Land on tenor sax, Rolf Ericson on trumpet, and Elmo Hope on piano! The set's got the mix of modernism and soul bop leanings you might expect from the players – a really fresh approach that comes off especially well in the non-iconic production style of the Dootone label – a mode that really let the players do their own thing, and break out from some of the tighter restrictions of other LA labels on the scene. Frank Butler completes the quintet on drums – and titles include "The Countdown", "Into The Orbit", "Race For Space", "Move", "Angel Eyes", and "So Nice". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Foreplay", "Chasin The Bird", "Move (unedited version)", and "Head Gear (Countdown) (unedited version)". CD

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Randy CrawfordMiss Randy Crawford ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $19.99
One of the hippest, tightest albums ever from Randy Crawford – a set that's got a great blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all with the kind of poise and polish she brought to her famous work with The Crusaders! Crawford's wonderful vocals are wrapped up perfectly in some cool combo backings which are then augmented by larger strings – a blend that's got a great sort of richness right from the start, but also that special late 70s LA style that never has things getting too soppy or commercial, even when tight. Randy's the perfect sort of singer to make a record like this come out right – and titles include "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Over My Head", "Single Woman Married Man", "Half Steppin", "This Man", and "At Last". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny CrissGo Man! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Imperial/EMI (Japan), 1956. Used ... $18.99
A great little album that's as hip as its cover image – one of 3 seminal mid 50s recordings for Imperial by LA altoist Sonny Criss! At this point in his career, Criss had a sharp-edged sound that could easily rival the best work by Sonny Stitt or Charlie Parker on the alto sax – but he also had a groove that was a bit more spacious, and a tone that was slightly more raspy – a wonderful quality that we can only describe as Criss-esque, recorded perfectly in the Imperial studios! The group here is a tight quartet – with Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums – and Criss' solos are brilliant throughout! Titles include "Wailin With Joe", "The Man I Love", "Blues For Rose", "Blue Prelude", and "Summertime". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Sonny CrissI'll Catch The Sun ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Excellent material from Sonny Criss' late 60's comeback period! By this point, Criss had a sound, style, and maturity that was unmatched by any of his LA contemporaries – a way of blowing the alto that was neither boppish, nor cliched in R&B modes – and instead burst forth with a sense of soulful sophistication that was quite unique! Sonny's sound here is incredible throughout – a clear, clean approach to his instrument that is quite different than his style of a few years before – and he's set up in a great little combo that includes Hampton Hawes on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Shelly Mann on drums. Titles include the killer "California Screamin" – plus "I'll Catch The Sun", "Blue Sunset", "Cry Me A River", and "Don't Rain On My Parade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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Sonny CrissSonny's Dream (Birth Of The New Cool) ... LP
Prestige, 1968. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Fantastic! This is one of Sonny Criss' masterworks, and an amazing tribute to the LA jazz underground of the 60's. Horace Tapscott composed and arranged all of the tracks on here, and they form a beautiful, soulful, suite that gives Criss a perfect backdrop for his meaningful solos. The work is fantastic, and every moment falls perfectly in line. Haunting stuff that we never tire of listening to, and which we can't recommend highly enough! Tracks include "Sonny's Dream", "The Black Apostles", "The Golden Pearl", and three others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy blue label pressing.)

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)
Also available This Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD 3.99

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... $3.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD
Also available This Is Criss! ... LP 8.99

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CromagnonCave Rock ... CD
ESP, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 15.99
Crazy psyche era wierdness from Cromagnon – the band name and album title may reference prehistory, but this stuff is actually way ahead of it's time – if we didn't see the date on this thing, we'd have sworn it to be from the art damaged post punk early 80s! The group is credited to Austin Grasmere, Brian Elliot and "The Connecticut Tribe" – and the instrumentation is billed as vocals, music and sounds – you figure out the rest. The set opens with some soundbites of Hollywood fan fare that segues into a mix of bagpipes, thundering percussion and vocals that sound like screams and whispers at the same time. The following track "Ritual Fest Of The Libido" rivals "LA Blues" by the Stooges in gutteral grunted nightmare soundscapes, but later tracks mix in more laidback grooves that are just as freaky. A total mindfrack of a record, and a pretty amazing one, if not for everybody! Other titles include "Organic Sundown", "Fantasy", "Crow Of The Black Tree", "Genitalia", "Toth, Scribe I" and "First World Of Bronze". CD

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Xavier CugatRhumba With Cugat (10 inch LP) ... LP
Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Titles include "Cachita", "Acercate Mas", "Negra Leono", "La Cumparsa", and "Duerme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a small stain.)

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Paulinho Da CostaHappy People ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Jazzy Brazilian drummer Paulinho Da Costa lays down a set of tight fusion cuts recorded in the U.S., along with folks like Larry Carlton, James Gadson, and Philip Bailey. There's vocals on about half the tracks, and the sound is sort of LA studio fusion from the 70's, with a nice bit of Brazil thrown in. Tracks include "Happy People", "Deja Vu", and "Dream Flow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a few creases and light stains at the bottom.)

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Jorge DaltoUrban Oasis ... LP
Concord, 1985. Very Good ... $2.99
Great jazzy work from keyboardist Jorge Dalto – a set that's got a warmer, more acoustic feel than some of his other fusion-based material from the time! Jorge still plays both electric and acoustic keyboards for the date – but the overall format is a lot more stripped down, and strongly rooted in Latin jazz – with great work from Nicky Marrero on timbales, Carlos Patato Valdez on congas, and Art Webb on flute! Adela sings a bit on the record, but things are mostly instrumental – and other guests include Jose Mangual on bongos and Jose Neto on guitar – on titles that include "Killer Joe", "Samba All Day Long", "Ease My Pain", "Skydive", and "La Costa". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Damn Sam The Miracle ManDamn Sam The Miracle Man And The Soul Congregation (plus poster) ... LP
Tay-Ster, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Rare hard funky soul from early 70s titans Damn Sam The Miracle Man – and some of the rawest, fiercest funk we've ever heard! Damn Sam is actually a group – spearheaded by vocalist OC Tolbert – a man with a roaring voice and righteous delivery that could tear through brick – and producer Jack Taylor. If not for the amazing funky 45 tracks "Damn Sam The Miracle Man", "Smash" and "BJ" – all of which appear on this long lost LP – they may have been obscure to even the most diligent crate diggers, an argument in favor of that format if there ever was one. The group is a real killer, with absolutely pummeling funky drums and snapping electric congas & bongo work on just about every track – plus soaring trumpet and sax work that counterbalance the fury of Tolbert's vocals nicely. Tolbert's history with gospel lends a genuine spiritual aspect to the frenzy, too – one of the sweetest raw funk tornadoes you could every hope to get swept up by! Other tracks include "Give Me Another Joint", "Let Me Be Your Only Man", "LA 26000", "Poor Mary", Music Makes You Feel Alright", "Rainy Night In Georgia", and "Sonny B". LP, Vinyl record album
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Dandy's Dandy (Johnny Rodriguez Jr)Dandy's Dandy – A Latin Affair ... CD
Latin Percussion Ventures, 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – with instrumentation that ranges from pachanga-styled flute and violin, to some harder-jamming grooves with a lot more piano in the lead. Production has that raw, but clear sound that we love so much in the Latin Percussion albums of the time – a groove that's very different than that of Fania or Tico – and Sonny Bravo plays piano, Rene Lopez is on trumpet, Nicky Marrera is on timbales, Dick Meza plays flute, Eddie Montalvo plays conga, and Mario Rivera is on saxes. Includes great Latin Jazz versions of "Tune Up", "Manteca", and "April In Paris" – plus "Jo Ca Nic", "Son De La Loma", and "Konkoina". CD
Also available Dandy's Dandy – A Latin Affair ... CD 3.99

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Dandy's Dandy (Johnny Rodriguez Jr)Dandy's Dandy – A Latin Affair ... CD
Latin Percussion Ventures, 1979. Used ... $3.99
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – with instrumentation that ranges from pachanga-styled flute and violin, to some harder-jamming grooves with a lot more piano in the lead. Production has that raw, but clear sound that we love so much in the Latin Percussion albums of the time – a groove that's very different than that of Fania or Tico – and Sonny Bravo plays piano, Rene Lopez is on trumpet, Nicky Marrera is on timbales, Dick Meza plays flute, Eddie Montalvo plays conga, and Mario Rivera is on saxes. Includes great Latin Jazz versions of "Tune Up", "Manteca", and "April In Paris" – plus "Jo Ca Nic", "Son De La Loma", and "Konkoina". CD
Also available Dandy's Dandy – A Latin Affair ... CD 6.99

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Mary DavisSeparate Ways ... CD
Tabu, 1990. Used ... $9.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Mary Davis – a set that's almost got a new jack vibe at times, thanks to the dynamic energy of the production! Mary's voice has its own sense of power that really matches the groove – and the shift is a nice late Tabu extension of the label's previous modes with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bernard Terry handles about half the production of the set, and helps keep things balanced between catchy numbers and a few more serious cuts – and other producers include LA & Babyface, and Derock & Kayo. Titles include "Separate Ways", "Don't Wear It Out", "I Wanna Be Sure", "Have You Ever Been Loved", "Sweet Obsession", and "I'm Gonna Love You Better". CD
(Out of print.)
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Separate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99
Separate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Mary DavisSeparate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Mary Davis – a set that's almost got a new jack vibe at times, thanks to the dynamic energy of the production! Mary's voice has its own sense of power that really matches the groove – and the shift is a nice late Tabu extension of the label's previous modes with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bernard Terry handles about half the production of the set, and helps keep things balanced between catchy numbers and a few more serious cuts – and other producers include LA & Babyface, and Derock & Kayo. Titles include "Separate Ways", "Don't Wear It Out", "I Wanna Be Sure", "Have You Ever Been Loved", "Sweet Obsession", and "I'm Gonna Love You Better". CD features the bonus tracks "Steppin Out (club)", "Don't Wear It Out (7" mix)", "Don't Wear It Out (ext mix)", and "Have You Been Loved (ext)". CD
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Separate Ways ... CD 9.99
Separate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Mary DavisSeparate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Mary Davis – a set that's almost got a new jack vibe at times, thanks to the dynamic energy of the production! Mary's voice has its own sense of power that really matches the groove – and the shift is a nice late Tabu extension of the label's previous modes with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bernard Terry handles about half the production of the set, and helps keep things balanced between catchy numbers and a few more serious cuts – and other producers include LA & Babyface, and Derock & Kayo. Titles include "Separate Ways", "Don't Wear It Out", "I Wanna Be Sure", "Have You Ever Been Loved", "Sweet Obsession", and "I'm Gonna Love You Better". CD features a book-style cover, new liner notes, and bonus tracks that include "Steppin Out (club version)", "Don't Wear It Out (12" ext)", "Don't Wear It Out (7" version)", "Don't Wear It Out (inst)", "Don't Wear It Out (percussapella)", and "Have You Been Loved (ext mix)". CD
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Separate Ways ... CD 9.99
Separate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Marpessa DawnMarpessa Dawn EP Collection ... CD
Barclay (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A cool collection of work from the enigmatic Marpessa Dawn – an artist you might know best for her work in the film Black Orpheus – and a heck of a groovy singer as well! The style of the work is very much in the spirit of the film's famous soundtrack, but a bit more lyrical too – as Marpessa sings both French and Portuguese lyrics – on some tracks arranged by Sivuca, some from the film, and some that almost have a groovy French femme pop approach! Titles include "Carnaval Samba", "Samba D'Orphee", "Adieu Tristesse", "La Fille De La Montagne", "C'est Lui Ma Vie", and "Va-t En Vit Mon Amour". CD

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Paco De LuciaEl Duende Flamenco De Paco De Lucia ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1972. Used ... $14.99
The album may have "flamenco" in the title, but in the hands of Paco De Lucia, the style is something else entirely – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with any overdone sense of technique! Instead, De Lucia creates this really special sort of magic on the instrument – unlocking amazing tones and colors with effortless ease – all with the energy you might expect from a free jazz musician on the instrument, yet always directed in a tuneful, musical way. The album's a key early accomplishment from Paco – and although some tracks have light additional strings, these are used very gently to shade in the background, and still leave the set with the feeling of a solo album overall. Titles include "Percusion Flamenca", "Barrio La Vina", "De Madruga", "Cuando Canta El Gallo", "Canestera", "Punta Del Faro", and "Farolillo De Ferria". CD
 
 
 



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