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Le OrmeFelona/L'Equilibrio (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Philips/Universal (Italy), 1973. New Copy (pic cover)... $19.99
Quite a cool one from this hip prog band – a special single in a very cool cover – with great sound throughout! "Felona" begins with this cool bell-like chime – ringing out over strummed acoustic guitar with the tune's joyous lyric – before the whole thing then hits a heavier proggish keyboard and electric part in the middle! "L'Equilibrio" starts with a wicked keyboard line right at the start – as great as anything that Yes or Genesis might have produced at the time – especially the latter – and the solo near the end is worth the price of the whole single! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Ambrose AkinmusireImagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to push his voice even father than before – sometimes in smaller acoustic settings, sometimes with a bit of vocals, and sometimes a bit of strings – performed by a shifting lineup that includes guests Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks on vocals – plus a core group that includes Walter Smith on tenor and Sam Harris on piano. Titles include "Marie Christie", "Memo", "Ceasless Inexhaustible Child", "Rollcall For Those Absent", "Vartha", and "Our Basement". CD
Also available Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... LP 24.99

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Ambrose AkinmusireImagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... LP
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to push his voice even father than before – sometimes in smaller acoustic settings, sometimes with a bit of vocals, and sometimes a bit of strings – performed by a shifting lineup that includes guests Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks on vocals – plus a core group that includes Walter Smith on tenor and Sam Harris on piano. Titles include "Marie Christie", "Memo", "Ceasless Inexhaustible Child", "Rollcall For Those Absent", "Vartha", and "Our Basement". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Toshiko AkiyoshiSalted Gingko Nuts ... LP
Ascent, 1978. Very Good+ ... $5.99
An obscure album from the big band of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – all original tracks written by Toshiko, performed by the band with a mix of modern, lyrical, and swinging styles. Features some great work by Bobby Shew and Gary Foster – and titles include "Elusive Dream", "Lazy Day", "Chasing After Love", "Salted Ginko Nuts", and "Time Stream". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve AllenCool Quiet Bossa Nova ... LP
Dot, 1967. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Steve Allen's not a name we'd usually associate with bossa nova, but he does a surprisingly great job on this sweet little set – thanks to help from a small combo of west coast players! The album's still in the jazz mode of some of Allen's other albums for Dot, but the rhythms are bossa all the way through – and performed with cool instrumentation that includes organ by Mike Melvoin, alto and flute by Bud Shank and Bill Perkins, guitar by Jim Pisano and Laurindo Almeida, and both piano and melodica from Steve! It's hard to believe Allen playing the latter instrument, but he does a pretty great job with it – and creates some weirdly moody sounds that make for a very unique take on the bossa. All tunes are original compositions by Steve – and titles include "Go", "The Final Curtain", "Theme From A Man Called Dagger", "You May Have Been Loved Before", "The Morning Light", "You Don't Need Me", and "Smooth Bossa Nova". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has half split seams, some wear, a crease on one corner, and a piece of clear tape on the bottom seam.)

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Mose AllisonCreek Bank ... LP
Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $11.99
One of Mose's best early albums – even though he hardly gets a chance to sing on it! The album features some great work by Allison's trio of the time – Addison Farmer on bass and Ronnie Free on drums – simple piano-driven groovers, performed with a slight gutbuckety approach, and lots of sweet down home soul. Mose sings a bit on the classic "Seventh Son", a groover that's kept him going for years, and on the great tune "If You Live", which also has a similar feel. Other tracks include "Mule", "If I Didn't Care", "Moon & Cypress", and "Creek Bank". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing, with NJ address, RVG stamp, and deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting, peeling of the gloss finish, light wear, some tape residue, and marker and pen on the back.)

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

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Gene AmmonsGot My Own ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Very Good ... $2.99
A more laidback set than usual from Ammons' early 70s stretch on Prestige – but a record that nicely gets back to that big-toned tenor sound he used often on ballads from earlier years! The combo mixes both electric piano and organ – the former from Hank Jones, the latter from Ernie Hayes – and drums are mostly by Idris Muhammad, but in a style that's a bit more roundly open and soul-based than some of his funkier jams. But there's still a nice groove to many numbers – a gentler one, with a sly undercurrent of soul – even on a few that feature fuller strings arranged by Ed Bogas. Titles include "God Bless The Child", "Strange Fruit", "Fine & Mellow", "Lady Sings The Blues", "Play Me", "Tin Shack Out Back", and "Ben". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, staining, a sticker on the front and a promo ink stamp on the back.)

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Average White BandPerson To Person ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
Their classic double live set from the mid 70s, and as tight a batch of grooves as you'll find on their studio albums! In fact, this one might even be tighter, as it's got a good set of classic tracks performed live, with a sound that's a little bit more uptight and open than the studio versions– and which is especially freewheeling on the instrumental solos. Many tracks go for a lot longer than on the original versions – and there's a version of "Pick Up The Pieces" that runs for 18 minutes, a version of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" that grooves for 8 minutes, a version of "School Boy Crush" that jams for 7 minutes, plus nice takes on the cuts "Cut The Cake", "Love Your Life", and "Cloudy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a radio station tracklist sticker.)

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Buster BaileyAll About Memphis ... LP
Felsted, 1958. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Clarinet player Bailey performs with his quartet and septet on this record that contains songs he composed about his hometown of Memphis. Side one is performed by his quartet consisting of Red Richards on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Jimmie Crawford on drums. Tracks include "Bear Wallow", "Hatton Avenue & Gayoso Street", "Sunday Parade", and Handy's "Beale Street Blues". Side two is played by his septet – Herman Autrey on trumpet, Vic Dickenson on trombone, Hilton Jefferson on alto sax and again Richards, Ramey and Crawford. Tracks include Handy's "Memphis Blues", "Chickasaw Bluff", and "Hot Water Bayou". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing stereo pressing – in great shape! Cover has some light wear on the front, but is nice overall.)

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Count BasieBasie Picks The Winners ... LP
Verve, 1965. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Basie picks his own set of "winners" – tracks pulled from the pop charts, and re-arranged by Billy Byers to give them the true Basie touch! The set features a number of 60s standards, plus a few older tunes – all performed in a warm, buoyant tone that was every bit the best side of the Basie group in that decade. Players include Eric Dixon, Al Aarons, Al Grey, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis – all bursting out of the group with tight short solos that really get the point across! Titles include "I'll Get By", "Watermelon Man", "Exodus", "I'm Walkin", and "Volare". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 1 – Movie Scenes ... LP
Stones Throw, 2005. New Copy ... $12.99
A platter of Madlib beats – the first in a series of instrumental hip hop from 'Lib's Beat Konducta (formerly Beat Conductor) moniker! Madlib's production work has always had a filmic groove, and this set collects and assembles the most cinematic of said beats into an (unsurprisingly) incredible 2-sided piece. The soundscapes really kind of run the gamut of his hip hop styles – always soulful, and always funky, whether he's rocking a stone funk or an electro-modeled groove. Honestly, how much longer is it going to take for the mainstream to finally catch up with this genius!?! Tracks include "The Comeback (Madlib)", "The Payback (Gotta)", "Face The Sun (Africa)", "Stax (Strings)", "Left On Silverlake (Ride)", "Offbeat (Grooves)","Pyramids (Change)", "Eternal Broadcaster (Authentic)" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob Belden & OthersMiles From India – A Celebration Of The Music Of Miles Davis ... CD
Times Square, 2008. Used 2CD ... $11.99
A gimmicky record, but one that's pretty darn great – thanks to a very unusual approach that mixes the music of Miles Davis with Indian instrumentation! The players are a big part of the album's success – as they include Miles Davis alums like Gary Bartz on alto sax, Lenny White and Jimmy Cobb on drums, Michael Henderson on bass, Pete Cosey on guitar, Dave Liebman on flute, and Ron Carter on bass – and although a few tracks feature Wallace Roney on trumpet, that instrument is possibly one of the least-featured in the set! Instead, Miles' legacy is traced through very different territory – with a much stronger emphasis on the sitar, sarod, and percussion used on the record – often played with a spacious, exploratory feel that's quite unusual. Most numbers are completely transformed from their famous original versions – and titles include "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", "Blue In Green", "In A Silent Way", "All Blues", "Spanish Key", "So What", and "Miles From India". CD

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BilalLove Surreal ... CD
Purpose/E One, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Tremendous work from Bilal – and further proof that his life on the indie side of the soul spectrum has been a very good thing! There's a crispness to the record that crackles right from the start – slight cosmic touches in the beats, but never too over the top – just enough to electrify the vocals and push Bilal past any sort of mainstream soul – and help him deliver the rich promise we first heard in his music so many years ago – but never found this fully formed during his major label stretch! There's some nice electric bits that percolate forth – moogy keys or sparkling samples – yet the vocals still have all the core warmth that's kept us coming back. Titles include "Astray", "Lost For Now", "West Side Girl", "Back To Love", "Longing & Waiting", and "Butterfly", which features a guest appearance from Robert Glasper! CD

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Black IvoryThen & Now ... CD
Panoramic (France), 1984. Used ... $8.99
Later work from Black Ivory – but still plenty darn great – and a record that hits nicely on both upbeat groovers and mellow ballads! Given that Leroy Burgess had moved on well before the time of this record, we're not sure who's driving the train – but the album is a good update of the group's dancefloor sound of the mid 70s, taking their talent for midtempo harmony groovers, and turning it on some 80s groove material with a modern finish – work that's not unlike some of the best indie soul productions that Burgess was doing on his own at the time. The album's divided into two sides – "Now", which features these uptempo numbers pretty strongly, and "Then", which goes back into the early 70s harmony style, and features a few tasty ballad remakes. Titles include "You & I", "Hold On Tight", "You Are My Lover", "Don't Turn Around", "Words", "Find The One Who Loves You", and the great dancefloor stormer "Mainline". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Art Blakey, Benny Barth, & OthersDrums On Fire ... LP
World Pacific, 1958. Very Good ... $7.99
Includes "Tabla Solo" by Chatur Lal, "Caravan" with Benny Barth and the Mastersounds, "Ritual" performed by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, and "Bark For Barksdale" featuring Chico Hamilton with Gerry Mulligan's Quartet. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Blat BrutBlat Brut (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Heavy guitar, but with no vocals at all – which means that the psychedelic explorations here go out even more on a limb! The record's a stunning lost treasure – work that's clearly informed by the generations of Hendrix and early 70s prog – but it pushes the music into an exploratory space that's even more cosmic – with long lines on both electric guitar and electric flute – driven by soaring bass and drums, in a style that's almost more jazzy than anything else! There's none of the hoke of jazz rock groups here, though – maybe because of the lack of vocals – and while other groups of this nature might never give you the full instrumental spectrum you want, because they're always going for the hook – these guys really know how to stretch out and deliver. Titles include "Marxa Funebra", "Para Titania Y Oberon", and "Veralles Imperial" – plus some shorter "Jam" tracks too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 400 – with bonus insert!)

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Blues MagoosNever Goin Back To Georgia ... LP
ABC, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A great bit of work from the re-formed Blues Magoos – a new incarnation of the group that had a few early garage rock hits, and which on this set features some great work by Eric Kaz, who seems to add a hip singer-songwriter feel to the record. The group have clearly been listening to a lot of blues and blue eyed soul, but also seem to have picked up a jazzy edge too – one that shows up nicely on the album's use of vibes. These are heard to wonderful effect on the instrumental groover "Getting Off", the mellow swinging instrumental "Georgia Breakdown", and on the group's funky cover of Joe Cuba's great "El Pito – I'll Never Go Back To Georgia" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New John BlumJohn Blum Astrogeny Quartet ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
The only performance ever from this really special group – the Astrogeny Quartet, formed as a new project from pianist John Blum, with key participation from bassist William Parker, reedman Antonio Grippi, and drummer Dennis Charles – but a group that never continued after this date, due to Charles untimely early demise. The energy here is quite powerful, though – with some incredibly free, fast lines from Blum on piano – driven strongly by Charles' drums, and offset with a deeper sense of contemplation from Grippi, especially at the mellower moments. As often on other dates, Parker really holds the whole thing together – and titles include "Astrogeny", "Simultanium", "Dieci", and "Encomia". CD

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David BowieNext Day – Extra (2CDs/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs & DVD ... $18.99 24.98
A reworked version of David Bowie's Next Day album – presented here with a full bonus CD of extra material, and a DVD too! The style's darker and edgier than we've heard Bowie in years – kind of in "Joe The Lion" territory at times – given the fuzzy use of guitar, and raspy touches on the vocals and other instrumentation – almost as if the whole thing's got the same sort of back to basics approach that David found during his years in Berlin. Yet overall, there's more sweet moments too – some surprisingly warm tunes that, while not like contemporary pop hits, may well help remind the world that the Bowie star can still shine brightly in the right setting. Titles include "Dirty Boys", "The Next Day", "If You Can See Me", "Boss Of Me", "Dancing Out In Space", "Love Is Lost", and "Valentines Day". Bonus CD features the tracks "Plan", "Atomica", "I'd Rather Be High (Venetian mix)", "I'll Take You There", "Born In A UFO", "So She", and "The Informer". DVD features videos for "Where Are We Now", "The Stars Are Out Tonight", "The Next Day", and "Valentine's Day". CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)

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Andy BownPale Shadow (Of His Former Self) (double a-side single) ... 7-inch
Mercury, 1972. Near Mint- ... $1.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Mercury sleeve.)

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New BrainstormStormin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A set that definitely lives up to its title – a stone stormer from Brainstorm – one of the tightest funky ensembles of their generation, and one of the few who could go deep while still laying down a groove! The set's got a perfect balance of modes – enough of the appeal of bigger mainstream funk acts of the time, but also some righteous undercurrents that really show the group's roots – both in the approach of the lyrics, and in the jazzy instrumentation of the backings – which often show a righteous side of the group that's mighty surprising! The record's one that just grows and grows with each new listening, and is put together with some great sharp-edged production by Jerry Peters – who has a way of showcasing all the most interesting elements, while still keeping things focused too. Titles include the classic "Wake Up & Be Somebody" and "Loving You Is Really My Game" – plus "Waiting For Someone", "We Know A Place", "Hangin' On", "Easy Thangs", and "This Must Be Heaven". Great expanded version – in a cool book-like cover, with new notes, and bonus tracks that include "Lovin Is Really My Game (parts 1 & 2)", "Lovin Is Really My Game (single mix)", "Wake Up & Be Somebody (long)", and "Wake Up & Be Somebody (short)". CD

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Johnny BristolHang On In There Baby ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The first solo album from Johnny Bristol – a genius soul talent who did a bunch of great work for Motown as a writer and arranger, breaking out here on his own! Like so many other behind-the-scenes talents from the late 60s, Johnny turned out to be an excellent soul artist in his own right – even though he only got to cut a rare few albums during the 70s – and this debut album already has him emerging straight away as a fully-formed talent! The vibe is a great mix of Detroit and California Motown – arranged by HB Barnum, and produced with a style that's tight, but still open and fluid too. Backings mix soulful strings with sweet harmonies – and lots of the tunes have a great 70s mellow soul groove. Titles include "Woman Woman", "I Got Your Number", "You & I", "It Don't Hurt No More", and the anthemic "Hang On In There Baby". CD

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Oscar Brown Jr, Sivuca, & Jean PaceJoy ... LP
RCA, 1970. Sealed ... $4.99
Oscar Brown's score for a hip play that he wrote (one of his many plays!) – performed by him, Sivuca, and Jean Pace. Despite the "show" quality of the material, this actually stands simply as a great Oscar Brown Jr. LP, and the production is nice and intimate, and sounds just like an ordinary studio album. Sivuca's great, and his breathy voice and playing really open up Oscar Brown with some great Brazilian touches. And as usual, the writing's great, especially on tracks like "Brown Baby", "Mother Africa's Day", "Funky World", and the great version of "Afro Blue", featuring Oscar's classic lyrics. Also features a wonderful version of Johnny Alf's "Sky & Sea" – done by Sivuca with an incredible lilting groove! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kyle Bruckmann, Werner Dafeldecker & Boris HaufWane ... CD
Formed (Italy), 2006. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
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(Out of print)

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New Gary BurtonGenuine Tong Funeral ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good- ... $9.99
Billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words", A Genuine Tong Funeral is an extended piece written by Carla Bley, and performed by the Burton quartet with help from a larger group that includes Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Michael Mantler, and Bley herself. As such, the album's probably the most ambitious one that Burton ever recorded during the 60s – never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from his other sides for RCA. It also makes it one of his best, too – as the record has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley, never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a half split bottom seam.)

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Busta RhymesWhen Disaster Strikes ... CD
Elektra, 1997. Used ... $3.99
Tracks include "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See", "Dangerous", "The Whole World Lookin' At Me", "One" featuring Erykah Badu, "We Could Take It Outside" featuring Flipmode Squad, Rah Digga & others, "The Body Rock" featuring Rampage, Mase & the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy, and "Things We Be Doin' For Money parts 1 & 2". 18 tracks in all! CD

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Red CallenderRed Callender Speaks Low ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
One of the few albums ever recorded by Red Callender – a player who certainly speaks "low", given that his instrument here is the tuba! Red's got a rumbling, bassy sound that's surprisingly un-corny – an approach to the tuba that's also informed by Callender's many years playing bass on other jazz dates – and in a way, he uses the instrument almost like a bass on this set – working out lower rhythmic lines that almost remind us of a bowed bass at times! Other players on the date include Buddy Collette on flute and clarinet, Vince De Rosa and Irving Rosenthal on French horns, Bob Bain on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Bill Douglass on drums. The absence of a piano makes for a mighty nice sound – one that's lighter than you might think for a tuba-related date – and which steps along with almost a Chico Hamilton Quintet sort of feel. Titles include "Cris", "A Foggy Day", "Nice Day", "Speak Low", and "Darn That Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, a Factory Sealed sticker on the opening, and peeled spots from sticker removal.)

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CandidoLatin Fire – The Big Beat Of Candido ... LP
ABC, 1959. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the grooviest early albums recorded by Candido – done way before his later funky sides, and served up with plenty of unusual touches that set it apart from the usual 50s Latin set! Candi's very much in front of the arrangements on congas – hitting hard with a percussive fury that certainly marks his space – but he's also getting wonderful support from Manny Albam on arrangements, who brings in some searing solo work from players like Nick Travis, Phil Woods, and Ernie Royal – all of whom color the sound with some strong lines on their horns. And added to this too are some sparely-used vocal bits – scatting chorus passages that are never hokey, and expand out the tunes with a finger-snapping sound that's way better than you might expect! The record's one of the most subtle "with voices" efforts we've ever heard – and we love Albam's economical use of this element alongside the stronger jazz soloists. Titles are mostly traditional numbers, but they're transformed tremendously with this sound – as you'll hear on the album's versions of "Royal Garden Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Ja Da", "Swinging The Blues", "Sweet Sue", and "Exactly Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)

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Cannibal OxOxtrumentals ... CD
Def Jux, 2002. Used ... $5.99
The instrumental companion to the critically acclaimed album manifested musically by the former Company Flow ringleader, El-P. If you like head bangin electro singed burners, get this! Tracks include "Atom", "Iron Galaxy", "Raspberry Fields", "Straight Off The D.I.C.", "Vein", "The F Word", "Stress Rap", "Battle For Asgard", "Painkillers", "Ridiculoid", "Pigeon", "Ox Out The Cage", "A B-boy's Alpha", and "Real Earth". CD

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Truman Capote/Harold Arlen/Joe RaposoHouse Of Flowers ... LP
United Artists, 1968. Sealed ... $7.99
Music from the second production of the Truman Capote/Harold Arlen musical House Of Flowers – this one performed off-Broadway in the late 60s, with a lot more edge than the first version of the show! The great Joe Raposo is on deck to handle the music, and you can definitely hear some of the groovier touches of his more famous TV work of the time – which updates Arlen's music nicely – and singers include Yolande Bavan (of Lambert, Hendricks, & Bavan fame), Daniel Barrajanos, Charles Moore, Carla Pinza, Robert Jackson, Thelma Oliver, and Hope Clarke. Titles include "A Sleepin Bee", "House Of Flowers", "Smellin Of Vanilla", "Waitin", "Woman Never Understan", "I Never Has Seen Snow", and "Jump De Broom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vikki CarrFirst Time Ever I Saw Your Face (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A bit 70s album for Vikki Carr – and one that really shows a newer, sexier style for the singer! The backings are lush, but never sleepy – wrapped up with the kind of ornate sensuality of the cover image – which Vikki matches perfectly with notes that are well-formed, and understatedly mature – amidst a set of songs that really sum up the new "adult" modes of the time. Backings are mostly by All Capps – who's even more impressive here than usual – especially in his blend of acoustic and electric elements – and titles include "Without You", "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "The Summer Knows", "Speak Softly Love", "Song Sung Blue", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Brian's Song", and "The Way Of Love". CD features 9 bonus tracks – including "I Don't Want A Sometimes Man", "Reflections", "Let The Band Play On", "The Big Hurt", and "Call My Heart Your Home". CD

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Betty CarterBetty Carter ... LP
Bet Car, Late 70s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A fantastic LP by Betty Carter – and one of the first she issued on her own Bet-Car label, which she formed after years of being screwed by the music industry! The groove is extremely soulful – and backing is by Norman Simmons on piano, Lisle Atkinson on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include Betty's own "Please Do Something", her great version of Randy Weston's "Ego", and her always-great rendition of "By The Bend In The River". LP, Vinyl record album

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Betty CarterBetty Carter Album ... LP
Bet Car, Early 80s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The genius of Betty Carter knows no bounds – and this album's a perfect illustration of that fact! The record is one of the few that Betty released on her own label – working in near obscurity at a time when she really wanted to break from the BS of the bigger companies, and the staid approach they were using towards vocal jazz. This set is one of Betty's most freewheeling – performed with trio lineups that include players like Onaje Alan Gumbs, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes – really stretching things out past the simple "piano trio meets standards with singer" that you might hear on other records. The best illustration of the style is the amazing track "Sounds" – a 7 minute workout that has the trio and Betty cutting loose, taking jazz vocals a million miles past Ella or Billie or any other singer. Most other tracks are originals – and beautiful ones too – and titles include "What Is It", "I Can't Help It", "We Tried", "Happy", and "Tight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Carter FamilyLegendary Performers Volume 1 ... LP
RCA, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover, including the heavy inner sleeve and booklet.)

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ChansonChanson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ariola/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A sweet little set from Chanson – a duo formed by a funky bassist and guitarist – who both bring a really strong focus to the rhythms on this set! The pair also get lots of great studio help from top-shelf talents on the instrumentation – key jazzy session players, as well as a number of members of Earth Wind & Fire – who seem to support the same soulful balance between funk and club of that classic group, taken to slightly more of a disco space by Chanson! The instrumentation is key – very well-crafted, and clearly the first element of the tunes before the vocals – although those are great too, and really serve as icing on the cake! Titles include "Don't Hold Back", "Why", "Did You Ever", "All The Time You Need", "I Love You More", and "I Can Tell". CD features four bonus tracks – 7" single mixes of four tracks on the album! CD

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Stelvio CiprianiConcorde Affaire 79 ... CD
Polydor/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1979. New Copy ... $24.99
A really great little soundtrack – one that's got a sound that's as sexy and sophisticated as you might guess from the cover and title – served up by Italian 70s genius Stelvio Cipriani! Stelvio proves himself to be a giant both on the funky numbers and the mellower moments – the former done with these cool stepping basslines mixed with really sweet keyboards – the latter served up with slinky strings that echo some of the best Italian erotic styles of the time, complete with some great watery touches on the production! This masterful reissue really expands past the original 12 track album – to offer up an addition 15 bonus cuts, wrapped up in a lovely-looking package as well. Titles include "Affaire Theme", "Danger Call", "Martinica Feeling", "Soft Dream", "Safe Landing", "Concorde Combo", "Percussion Theme", "Life Alert", and "Suspense Drums". CD

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Jimmy Cliff & OthersHarder They Come (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Island (Japan), 1972. Used ... $16.99
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers by the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' "Pressure Drop" and Cliff's "You Can Get It If You Really Want It", "Rivers Of Babylon", "The Harder they Come", and "Sitting In Limbo". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Dennis CoffeyBlack Belt Jones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Finally – the long overdue release of one of the funkiest soundtracks ever! The music to Black Belt Jones has always been the stuff of legend – mostly only issued as a promo single back in the 70s, but funky enough that it's ranked among the best soundtracks of the decade! The score was composed and performed by Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus – the former a funk star in his own right, the latter the composer of the ultra-hip Friday Foster soundtrack – and together, the pair have crafted some killer grooves that mix guitars, congas, and blasting orchestrations that could plow Enter The Dragon into the dust! Plus, the soundtrack nicely mixes together bits of dialogue and sound effects from the film – making things sound a lot like some of those cool Japanese Bruce Lee soundtracks that were floating around from years back. Titles include "Love Theme", "At The Beach", "Main Theme", "Opening Theme", "Drama", "Mafia Theme", and "Sexy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles CohenMusic For Dance & Theater ... LP
Morphine (Netherlands), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $24.99
Hardly the regular sort of music you'd expect for dance or theater – as all the tracks here are the creation of Charles Cohen – an overlooked American electronic pioneer, and one with a great ear for unusual sounds and styles! The music is almost all performed on analogue synthesizers – and often balances perfectly between cosmic soundscapes and more creative passages – some of which really show Cohen's strong talent for creating unusual sounds. Yet unlike other musicians of this nature, Charles is never out to shock or overwhelm – and instead has this minimal, organic sense to his music – which often makes you feel like there's a lot more "heart" inside than usual. Titles include "The Street", "Velcro Dance", "Water", "Bell Jar", "Blue Krishna", "Tubs", and "Sunrise Women/Men". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ornette ColemanChange Of The Century ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
Essential stuff! This is one of Ornette Coleman's greatest albums – and it was recorded during a period when he just couldn't miss! The group features Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – working here with a lively dancing sound on the kit, one that works perfectly for Ornette's jaunty compositions. The chopped-up modal groove is in full effect here – making the record a treasure trove of angular, highly rhythmic numbers that are easily some of Coleman's best-remembered tunes! Titles include the classics "Ramblin" and "Una Muy Bonita" – performed in original early versions – plus "Free", "The Face Of The Bass", "Bird Food", and "Change Of The Century". CD
Also available Change Of The Century ... LP 9.99

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New Ornette ColemanChange Of The Century ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Essential stuff! This is one of Ornette Coleman's greatest albums – and it was recorded during a period when he just couldn't miss! The group features Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – working here with a lively dancing sound on the kit, one that works perfectly for Ornette's jaunty compositions. The chopped-up modal groove is in full effect here – making the record a treasure trove of angular, highly rhythmic numbers that are easily some of Coleman's best-remembered tunes! Titles include the classics "Ramblin" and "Una Muy Bonita" – performed in original early versions – plus "Free", "The Face Of The Bass", "Bird Food", and "Change Of The Century". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Change Of The Century ... CD 9.99

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New CommonBE ... CD
GOOD/Geffen, 2005. Used ... $3.99
"I rap with the Passion of Christ, Ni**a, cross me!" BE isn't exactly a back-to-basics LP in the vein of his classic work for Relativity – but it is indeed a return to a focused, genuinely soulful, no BS approach – and it's a very welcome one at that! It seems like Com was a bit affected by some of the criticism folks had for the spacious, astral Electric Circus LP – if you ask us Common had no reason to apologize, but we'd be lyin' if we said we weren't hoping for another batch of tracks that sound like they could have been written on a front porch on the southside of Chicago. This is indeed that record – 12 tracks, few guest appearances, and a warm, consistent sound all the way through. There's a 3 track span on this album, from "Chi-City" through "Real People", that's seriously close to perfection. Welcome home, Common! Ruggedly produced by Kanye West, with a couple of stellar production contributions from Jay Dee! Other tracks include "The Corner" feat Last Poets, "Go!", "Faithful", "Testify", "Love Is. . .", "The Food (live)" (this great track has been circulating for a while since it was performed on Chappelle's Show, and we're thrilled Common and Kanye had the good sense to include it on the album), "They Say" featuring John Legend and "It's Your World (Part 1 &2)". CD

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Nicola ConteJet Sounds (full LP) ... LP
Schema/Fez (Italy), 2000. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
Wonderful wonderful wonderful – and one of the best albums we've ever heard of modern bossa and soundtrack grooves! For years, Nicola Conte has been a seminal force in the new Italian scene – working as a DJ, promoter, producer, and sometimes recording artist under the odd 12" single. This album marks his first full effort – and after years of bubbling under in the Italian scene, Nicola emerges as one of the most perfect-formed artists we've heard in years. The whole album's a breathtaking mix of 60s bossa, soundtrack, and easy themes – put together with never a dull moment, and always a focus on the kind of mid and uptempo grooves that have been pushing the Italian and German scenes for the last 5 years. The record features great mixes from a few of Nicola's 12" singles, plus a wealth of excellent new material that really expands his groove wonderfully – with a totally real, totally honest sound that pushes past the gazillion retro remix throwaway albums that you'll find stuffing the listening stations at the megastores! Tracks include "Il Cerchio Rosso", "Dossier Omega", "Trappola Mortale", "Jazz Pour Dadine", and "Bossa Per Due". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sam CookeSam Cooke At The Copa ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A classic live album – one of the first in soul music, and a beautiful set of smooth soul tunes from Sam Cooke! Sam's singing at the high-end nitespot The Copacabana – and like many live sets performed there, this one's tailored a bit to the classy crowd at the show – but that doesn't stop him from using his voice to perfection, sweetly crafting beautiful lines on a batch of standards given the soul treatment, plus a few of Sam's own hits. And sure, it's easy to criticize this album after the release of the Live At The Harlem Square album in the mid 80s – which was recorded a year earlier, but rejected by RCA in favor of this album's crossover potential – but keep in mind that for most folks who didn't grow up with the hindsight of reissues, this album was all they had, and it still had quite an impact in the soul market. Titles include "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "Try A Little Tenderness", "If I Had A Hammer", "Twistin The Night Away", "You Send Me", and "This Little Light Of Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in pen & some light wear.)

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Ruth CopelandSelf Portrait (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Used ... $11.99
A surprisingly groovy little set – one of a few outings cut by singer Ruth Copeland – kind of an enigmatic figure in the early P-Funk years! The approach here is more rock than soul, but there's definitely some funky undercurrents too – of the sort that have always made Copeland a favorite with break freaks over the years – thanks to help on the album from Dennis Coffey, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell, and George Clinton! Ruth arranged, performed, and produced the core part of the album herself – but the production style is surprisingly strong – with a use of space and strings that almost shows a bit of Axelrod influence at times, although more skewed towards the Detroit soul scene that Copeland called home. Titles include the classic "Your Love Been So Good To Me", which starts with a very fuzzy electric break, and "I Got a Thing For You Daddy", which has some great spacey guitars on the intro – plus "Child of the North", "No Commitment", "A Gift of Me", and "The Music Box". CD features three bonus tracks too – single versions of "The Music Box", "A Gift Of Me", and "No Commitment". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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CormegaAngel Dust (clean, dirty, inst, acapella)/Killaz Theme II (clean, dirty, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Casino, 1999. Near Mint- ... $2.99
The verses here may be the familiar trife life themes, but both tracks are worth it since both the production and vocals are a lot more low-key than some of the overdone material from Mobb Deep. "Angel Dust" features Havoc. "Killaz Theme II" is the follow up to 1998's white-label "Killaz Theme", and features Mobb Deep. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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.)

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Mike CuozzoMike Cuozzo With The Costa Burke Trio ... CD
Jubilee (Japan), 1956. Used ... $11.99
One of the few albums as a leader from Mighty Mike Cuozzo – a tight tenor player with a great sort of 50s swing! The set's the kind of no-nonsense, well-blown effort you might expect from Sonny Stitt or Seldon Powell at the time – tunes that pack in plenty over a relatively short space – really transformed by Mike's deft talents on the tenor, with a surprising degree of soul in the mix as well! Rhythm is by Eddie Costa on piano, Vinnie Burke on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and the whole thing's got the solid feel of a lost Roost session. Titles include "Blue Jeans", "Bounce For Mike", "Ten AM", "Lover Man", and "That Old Feeling". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Wolfgang Dauner TrioDream Talk (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
CBS/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $24.99
An early session from German pianist Wolfgang Dauner – one with a sound that's every bit as great as you'd expect from the title! The "dream talk" component here is one that comes from Dauner's gentle, yet modern approach to the keys – one that's clearly learning lessons from 50s modernists like George Russell or Bill Evans, but which is stretching out here in some of the bolder freedoms of the European scene at the time – a precursor to later modes on MPS and Saba, but performed here with a bit more careful restraint. The record's nicely free from some of the overindulgences of some of Dauner's 70s sides, and is an acoustic effort throughout – extremely imaginative, with a "set free" quality that's also never too "out", nor too full of itself – a bit like the best early recordings by Steve Kuhn. Wolfgang's approach to the keys is nothing less than revelatory – and he receives well matched accompaniment from bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Fred Braceful. Titles include "Free Fall", "Dammerung", "Soul Eyes", "A Long Night", "Dream Talk", and "Bird Food". CD
(Cool tri-fold cover – like the original album!)

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N'Dea DavenportN'Dea Davenport ... CD
V2, 1998. Used ... $5.99
The former lead singer from the Brand New Heavies breaks out on her own for this debut LP. The tracks have a straighter, less jazzy approach than you might hope for, and the album was largely self produced, though Dallas Austin contributed a few tracks. Though there's some material that verges on being commercial, (maybe she was trying to get over on the radio) there's a lot of nice touches like the rich trumpet lines on the opening track "Whatever You Want", the dark neo-classic soul of "When The Night Falls" with it's light wah guitar and the crisp but spacious groove of "In Wonder". Also includes the jazzy number "Bulsh*ttin". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Miles DavisJazz Track ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
Although not actually a proper album – this is still one of the greatest Miles Davis albums of all time! Side one features 10 tracks from Miles' amazing soundtrack to the film Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud – with excellent work by French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, on haunting moody tracks like "Generique", "Lassassinat De Carala", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac", and "Dinner Au Motel". Great stuff – and with a wonderful sound that's like no other Miles album! Side 2 is equally great – as it features 3 classic sextet tunes – "On Green Dolphin Street", "Put Your Little Foot Right Out", and "Stella By Starlight" –peformed with Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans in that amazing Kind Of Blue mode of perfection. Truly one of our favorite albums of all time! LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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Miles DavisJazz Track (mono) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
Although not actually a proper album – this is still one of the greatest Miles Davis albums of all time! Side one features 10 tracks from Miles' amazing soundtrack to the film Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud – with excellent work by French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, on haunting moody tracks like "Generique", "Lassassinat De Carala", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac", and "Dinner Au Motel". Great stuff – and with a wonderful sound that's like no other Miles album! Side 2 is equally great – as it features 3 classic sextet tunes – "On Green Dolphin Street", "Put Your Little Foot Right Out", and "Stella By Starlight" –peformed with Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans in that amazing Kind Of Blue mode of perfection. Truly one of our favorite albums of all time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition.)

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Miles DavisMusings Of Miles ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
A beautiful little record by Miles Davis – oft overlooked next to some of the better-titled Prestige sessions of the 50s, but a great one nonetheless! The session features Miles working with trio backing from Red Garland on piano, Oscar Pettford on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – often in a mellow mode that fits the "musings" in the title, but which also provides a wonderful showcase for Davis to further intensify his vision on a set of longer tracks. Most tunes are familiar, but they're really transformed here – and titles include "I Did", 'Will You Still Be Mine?", "Green Haze", "I See You Face Before Me", "A Night In Tunisia" and "A Gal In Calico". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paco De LuciaFantasia Flamenca De Paco De Lucia ... CD
Philips (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A flamenco fantasy from the legendary Paco De Lucia – one served up with a sound that's a lot more revolutionary than you might guess from the title and cover! Sure, the style is rooted in older Spanish modes – but Paco's approach here is really freewheeling and personal – strongly informed by acoustic guitar changes in the US scene in the 60s, as well as a sense of jazz – then brought back to traditional sounds to really set the whole thing on fire! Paco's dexterity on the guitar is amazing – as is his sense of rhythm – which changes brilliantly throughout the course of each tune, to always keep things on edge amidst his cascades of acoustic notes. Titles include "Celosa", "Lamento Minera", "Aires De Linares", "Mi Inspiracion", "Guajiras De Lucia", and "El Tempul". CD

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Paco De Lucia & Ricardo Modrego12 Canciones De Garcia Lorca Para Guitarra ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
Sublime early work from guitarist Paco De Lucia – working here with Ricardo Modrego on second guitar, in a wonderful batch of new readings of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca! The tunes are all instrumental, but have a richness that goes beyond words – amazing guitar interplay pulled from flamenco roots, but turned towards new Spanish modes of the 60s – light years from earlier recordings by cats like Sabicas, yet performed with a similar sense of prowess. Titles include "Anda Jaleo", "Zorongo Gitano", "Los Peregrinitos", "Las Tres Hojas", "El Vito", "Cafe De Chinitas", and "Los Cuatro Muleros". CD

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Guida De Palma & JazzhinhoToca Piano Fala Frances ... CD
Proper, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Really wonderful work from singer Guida De Palma – an album with jazzy bossa backings from Jazzinho, and a groove that's even more sublime than any of their previous work! The album easily ranks right up there with our favorite 70s classics by Brazilian legends like Joyce or Tania Maria – with the flowing, breezy quality of the former, and the wickedly jazzy vocal modes of the latter! Guida really steps out in a brilliant way on the set – with a depth of expression, strength of songwriting, and instant classic status we never would have expected. Leon Ware guests on the album's great leadoff track – "A Seed In You" – and other titles include "Autumn Monsoon", "Abracao Da Bossa", "Papao", "Ready To Feel Again", and "Whispers In The Darkness". CD

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DeodatoFirst Cuckoo ... LP
MCA, 1975. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Key proof that Deodato kept on making great records after leaving CTI Records – and in a way, the kind of set that allowed him a bit more freedom to grow than some of his contemporaries! The vibe here is a bit tighter than before, but in a way that makes many numbers even funkier – played by small combos on all tunes, with players that include Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd, John Tropea, and other early 70s fusion heavyweights – all jamming with Deodato's great work on electric piano and clavinet! There's a great variety of material here, but as usual with D, even familiar tunes get really transformed – in this case into soulful fusion numbers with a sound that we never would have expected! Titles include "Caravan", "Funk Yourself", "Crabwalk", "First Cuckoo", and versions of Marcos Valle's "Adam's Hotel" and Led Zep's "Black Dog"! LP, Vinyl record album

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DinAuthenticity (includes bonus CD) ... LP
Din Jam, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99
The long-overdue return of Din – a group missing from this planet for a quarter of a century – recently reformed and revived from the ashes of their California roots! The record's got a relatively vintage feel – from the cloud-swirling production on the guitars, to the sense of static and crackle on the vocals, to the lavish Independent Projects packaging of the limited vinyl-only release – but it's also clear that these guys have a lot more to offer than "din", and have really honed their craft over the years. Tunes are well-penned, with a sense of the old mixed with optimism of their revival – on titles that include "Winning", "Never Again", "Going Down", "Words From Jack", "Voodoo Hotel", and "If". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing of 500 copies – done by Bruce Licher/Independent Projects.)

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New Eric DolphyEric Dolphy At The Five Spot Vol 2 ... LP
Prestige, 1961. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Searing live work from Eric Dolphy – part of a series of recordings that set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The record features Dolphy going even farther out than on his studio sides from the time – as the record features very long tracks performed by a crack group that includes Booker Little on trumpet, Mal Waldron on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Despite the length of the tracks, Dolphy isn't as far out as on later European live recordings – but the performance is a great example of his inventiveness within a mainstream structure, and the modernist tendencies of both Waldron and Little shine very brightly in the set. The concert was one of Little's last (and greatest) recordings – sometimes billed as a "memorial", even though he was still alive when it was done – and titles on this volume include "Aggression" and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a light stain at the bottom.)

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New Eric DolphyLast Recordings ... LP
West Wind (Germany), 1964. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
A gem of a record – Eric Dolphy's last studio session, recorded in Paris with some very surprising guest stars! The work is really tremendous – every bit as great as Dolphy's monumental studio albums for Prestige, and written and performed with a similar blend of the free, the lyrical, the avant, and the soulful – a groove that's often a bit more inside than some of Eric's other late recordings – and played with plenty of spirit throughout! The sessions make great use of American soloists Donald Byrd on trumpet and Nathan Davis on tenor – both players whose sound really balances Dolphy in a great way – holding down a groove while Eric takes off on alto sax or bass clarinet. The rhythm is by a French combo – with Jack Dieval on piano, Jacques Hess on bass, and Franco Monzecci on drums – plus a bit of congas on two tracks from Jacky Bambou. Titles are quite long, and really wonderful – and tunes include "245", "GW", "Serene", and "Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don-ELittle Star ... CD
Dome (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the leading lights of the UK underground soul scene – back again in very fine formation, and coming across with a style that's even deeper and more mature than before! Don-E wrote and performed most of the tracks on the set himself, and also produced – in an effort that's got him following strongly in the London legacy of Omar – another one word-named soul artist who might be a good comparison to Don-E here! The vibe is definitely different – maybe a bit smoother and warmer in the end – but Don-E's got this great sense of confidence and class that never pushes things too far – and which really avoids any of the pitfalls that might hold back some of his less careful contemporaries. Titles include "Spiritual" – which features guest work from an all-star UK lineup that includes Omar, Carl McIntosh, Noel McKoy, and Junior Giscombe – plus "BS", "Home", "Hold On", "Slave To The Rhythm", "Little Star", "It Just Don't Stop", and "Step In My Room". CD

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Nick DrakeTuck Box (Five Leaves Left/Bryter Later/Pink Moon/Made To Love Magic/Family Tree) (5CD set) ... CD
Island, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $69.99 99.99
A totally wonderful package – one that may well have you replacing all your previous copies of Nick Drake albums! The box features the complete recordings of Nick Drake – and each record is presented in very cool little LP sleeves – in "mint pack" versions – plus reproductions of five different promo shop posters for the records too – all wrapped up in a "tuck box" that replicates Nick Drake's own from his time in college! The set features the core three albums from Nick's too-short run – Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later, and Pink Moon – plus the posthumous collections of rare gems Made To Love Magic and Family Tree – the former with material designed for a fourth album plus rare gems, the latter with pre-Island material from Drake! 72 tracks in all – and a really beautiful package. CD

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Ebony Rhythm BandSoul Heart Transplant – The Lamp Sessions ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Heavy funk from the Indy scene of the late 60s – the lost album by one of the funkiest combos in the Midwest! Ebony Rhythm Band have an incredible sound that seems to take the heavy bottom of New Orleans Funk and merge it with the trippier elements of Detroit psychedelic soul – no surprise, considering they hailed from Indianapolis, a point about halfway between the two cities! The tracks on the set have a really great tripped-out groove – using lots of guitar and organ over heavy rhythms, in a style that's a bit like the Meters at times – but a lot freer flowing. The album features 2 tracks that formed the basis of one of the group's singles – plus a lot more that were never issued at the time, including a few by other incarnations of the combo! Titles include "Soul Heart Transplant", "Ode To Billie Joe", "Light My Fire", "Vanilla Fudge", "Get Yourself Together", "Drugs Ain't Cool", "Fool Am I", and "It's Too Late For Love". CD contains the bonus alternate version of "Light My Fire". CD

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Echoes Of The PastIssue No 108 ... Magazine
Echoes Of The Past, 2014. New Copy ... $4.99
Another great issue of this deep-digging publication – essential reading if you're into rare singles from the 60s! This time around, there's a big article on James Marshall and his Philly soul group The Informers – plus the New Jersey vocal group Satan & The Angels, Stephen Caldwell of The Orlons, and the short lived Double Dates! And as usual, there's some great label scans and discographical details too – another no-filler issue of this underground publication. Magazine

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Dennis EdwardsDon't Look Any Further (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gordy/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $10.99
The Temptations' former lead singer's first solo record with a huge 80s groove album, especially considering the mighty title track – the duet with Siedah Garrett and it's sly reggae influenced bassline and crisp popping beat. This is one of those records we appreciate a lot more with the passing of time and with a late appreciation for that bubbling 80s vibe. Era production notes aside, the songs here are quite solid and Dennis's voice brings the true soul! Also includes "(You're My) Aphrodesiac", "Another Place In Tie", "I Thought I Could Handle It", and "Just Like You". This Big Break UK remastered edtion has 4 bonus tracks: "Don't Look Any Further (12" Extended Mix)", "(You're My) Aphrodesiac (Single Version)", "Don't Look Any Further (12" Remix)" and a 12" instrumental version. CD

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New Bertha Egnos & Gail LakierIpi-Tombi (Satbel) ... LP
Satbel (South Africa), 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $7.99
Original cast production of this semi-popular musical from the early 70s – a collection of South African tunes performed by a large uncredited cast. The tunes have a nice groove that's sort of in the Miriam Makeba soul mode, mixed with others that get a bit more folksy and use a lot of percussion – and most titles on the set have vocals by a large ensemble. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bubbles in the gloss and small stickers.)

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New Herb Ellis & Freddie GreenRhythm Willie ... CD
Concord (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Twin guitar jazz from Herb Ellis and Freddie Green – the former on lead electric, the latter on acoustic rhythm – playing together here in a nicely sprightly session from the 70s! The approach is lean, and really makes the best of both players – and next to Green's acoustic, Ellis has this more biting sound than we remember – really sharp, soulful, and creative – given some nice rhythmic support from a trio that features Ray Brown on bass, Jake Hanna on drums, and Ross Tompkins on piano. The original cover image of the record is oddly quite offensive, but fortunately everything else is well-done – and titles include "Rhythm Willie", "A Smooth One", "Orange Brown & Green", and "Conversations". CD

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Coke EscovedoCoke ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – and instead is great grooving soul, infused both with the sophistication of fusion and some of the Latin elements of Escovedo's roots – all produced to perfection by Patrick Gleeson – who most folks know for his own spacey keyboard work with Bennie Maupin and others! The mix of elements going on is really complex, but comes across with effortless ease – one of those rare fusions that could happen at a bigger label when all the right talents were brought together. The record kind of "out-Fantasys" the best of Fantasy Records in the Bay Area at the time – and makes great use of singers Linda and Calvin Tillery, plus the great Harvey Mason on drums. Titles include wonderful covers of Lamont Dozier's "Why Can't We Be Lovers" and Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" – plus the tracks "What Are You Under", "No One To Depend On", "Easy Come Easy Go", and "Make It Sweet". CD
Also available Coke ... LP 14.99

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Coke EscovedoCoke ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – and instead is great grooving soul, infused both with the sophistication of fusion and some of the Latin elements of Escovedo's roots – all produced to perfection by Patrick Gleeson – who most folks know for his own spacey keyboard work with Bennie Maupin and others! The mix of elements going on is really complex, but comes across with effortless ease – one of those rare fusions that could happen at a bigger label when all the right talents were brought together. The record kind of "out-Fantasys" the best of Fantasy Records in the Bay Area at the time – and makes great use of singers Linda and Calvin Tillery, plus the great Harvey Mason on drums. Titles include wonderful covers of Lamont Dozier's "Why Can't We Be Lovers" and Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" – plus the tracks "What Are You Under", "No One To Depend On", "Easy Come Easy Go", and "Make It Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Also available Coke ... CD 13.99

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Sleepy John Estes with Hammie NixonLive In Japan 1974 ... CD
Delmark, 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Spare live material from the legendary Sleepy John Estes – a set that was recorded in Tokyo in the mid 70s, but wasn't issued in the US for many decades! Estes plays guitar and sings in a duo with harp player Hammie Nixon – who also sings a fair bit too, and creates this excellent back/forth energy with Sleepy John – a very conversational approach to blues that's also augmented by Nixon's very cool work on kazoo and jug! The core performance is the real highlight here – but the album also adds in an extra few tracks performed with a younger Japanese blues group who bring a bit of electricity to the mix. Titles include "Tin Pan Alley", "Divin Duck Blues", "When Your Mother Is Gone", "The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair", "Stop That Thing", and "Rats In My Kitchen". CD

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Oran EtkinGathering Light ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... $7.99
Oran Etkin's got a wonderfully angular style to his reeds here – a mix of clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor – all informed by an approach that's as bold as it is soulful! The style is steeped in tradition at one level, but mighty fresh at another – that mix that you'd find in the work of Don Byron, but warmer and more organic here – at a level that makes the whole thing feel much more personal. Other players include Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Ben Allison on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums – and titles include "Takeda", "Scattering Light", "Gambang Suling", "Taxi Dance", "Gratitude", and "Distant Sounds Of Change". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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New Bill EvansNew Jazz Conceptions ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.99
Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic – fluid, but never flowery – pure genius of economy and understatement, while also at the same time opening bold new worlds in sound. The trio features drummer Paul Motian and bassist Teddy Kotick, and titles include the classics "Five" and "Waltz For Debby", the latter of which is performed solo by Evans – plus tracks that include "Displacement", "I Love You", "My Romance", "No Cover, No Minimum", and "Our Delight". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill EvansPortrait In Jazz ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $2.99
A classic set to feature the Bill Evans Trio with the great Scott Lafaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Listening to the set we're reminded of what always brings us back to Evans' playing – a quality that's often described as moody, but which is really is quite spry and lively throughout this set, without ever giving up it's lyrical approach. Titles are mostly standards – but really transformed by the touch of the trio – and tunes include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Autumn Leaves", "Witchcraft", "When I Fall In Love", "Peri's Scope", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Spring Is Here", "Some Day My Prince Will Come", and "Blue In Green". CD features 1 bonus track! CD

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New Donald FagenKamakiriad ... CD
Reprise, 1993. Used ... $2.99
A surprisingly nice album from the better half of Steely Dan! This one kind of got cut out immediately when it was issued in 1993, but it's got a heck of a lot of charm – and given the success and style of the re-formed Steely Dan's Two Against Nature, this one sounds pretty great when we look back over our shoulder. And oddly, it's got some nice little modern soul arrangements that struck a strong note with the soul underground – and we can testify to the fact that the record was selling big with the stepper's scene in Chicago, even when it was stiffing in the pop racks elsewhere! Nothing fancy, but there's some nice moments, and with Walter Becker doing the production, it's kind of a Steely Dan album anyway. Titles include "Trans Island Skyway", "Countermoon", "Tomorrow's Girls", "On The Dunes", and "Snowbound". CD

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Force MDsChillin' ... LP
Tommy Boy, 1985. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An early crossover classic from Tommy Boy – and one of the first albums to mix together hip hop and mainstream R&B! As you can guess from the cover, there's more of the latter going on than the former – as Force MDs were really more of a sweeter soul group than a crew from the streets – but the overall look of the group and their presentation of the material makes a definite nod to the old school scene of their Tommy Boy contemporaries, and a few of the tracks in the set feature production that's a bit more hip hop than soul. Titles include "One Plus One", "Here I Go Again", "Uh Oh!", "Chillin'", "Force MD's Meet The Fat Boys", "Tender Love", "Will You Be My Girlfriend", and "Walking On Air". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few light creases.)

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Four FreshmenToday Is Tomorrow ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Sealed ... $6.99
A genius album from the Four Freshmen – one that reinvents their older harmony sound for the Sunshine generation! The album's surprisingly wonderful throughout – and has a liveliness and sense of joy that was missing from some of the group's later Capitol sides. The tunes are mostly contemporary ones – 60s pop numbers done by the group with a snapping, lively, mod kind of approach – in a format that works as well for the group as it did for Mel Torme on his similar sides at the time. But the harmonies are especially amazing here – and the album's almost as if the Freshmen were saying to all the post-Beach Boys groups: "Hey, look, we invented this goshdarn style of singing – and we still do it best, even on tunes you recorded first!" Titles include "Soul Coaxing", "Cherish/Windy", "Walk On By", "Come Fly With Me/Up Up & Away", "Here's To You", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", and "Daydream". LP, Vinyl record album

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FreshFresh Out Of Borstal ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good- ... $4.99
A pretty rough and rugged set of rock tracks – performed by a trio who were all prisoners at London's legendary Borstal! The title makes you think this might be some sort of Clash-type record, but the date belies the difference – and the overall approach is kind of in the Rolling Stones/Immediate Records mode of the late 60s – soulful at times, and with some added arrangements that include strings and larger orchestrations behind the core rock sound. Titles include "Long Long While", "Borstal", "See You Later", "You Made Me What I Am", "Life Is What You Make It", and "Take What We Want". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and a bumped corner.)

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Don FriedmanFlashback ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
There's nothing "flashback" about this one – because the record's about as in-the-moment as you could be for jazz piano in the early 60s! Don Friedman's a really tremendous player at this point in his career – a sometimes unsung hero in the space between Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett – and one who played with the sensitivity of the former and some of the pre-cliche sense of freedom of the latter. There's a fresh voice to nearly all the tunes on the set – even when they're not originals – and Don has a way of making the keys of the piano step forth in waves of sound that are subtle, but seductive – although not in any too-romantic or too-flowery ways. Rhythm is by Dick Kniss on bass and Dick Berk on drums – on titles that include "News Blues", "Flashback", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Ochre", and "Ballade In C Sharp Minor". CD

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FunkadelicLet's Take It To The Stage (remastered with bonus track) ... CD
Westbound, 1975. Used ... $7.99
A tasty little album from Funkadelic – one that has Bootsy Collins joining the group, and really hitting the unique approach that would become the definitive P-Funk groove! And although tracks are shorter and even more focused, there's still a fair bit of guitar in the set – keeping the trademark Funkadelic sound in place, to set them aside from from the growing horn-heavy Parliament groove. Yet in both groups' work at the time, there's a growing emphasis on the rhythms at the bottom – a pulling up of the basslines in a way that was no doubt influenced by Bootsy's presence, and which would have a key influence on the sound of funk for years to come! Includes the massively infectious funk track "Get Off Your Ass and Jam", plus "Let's Take It To The Stage", "Be My Beach", "Baby I Owe You Something Good", "The Song Is Familiar", "No Head No Backstage Pass", "Atmosphere", "Stuffs & Things", and "Better By the Pound". CD features the bonus track "Baby I Owe You Something Good" – performed by US Music with Funkadelic! CD

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Regional GarlandMixed Sugar – The Complete Works 1970 to 1987 ... CD
Now Again, 1970s/1980s. Used ... $6.99
A fantastic anthology of Flint, MI soul great Regional Garland – 70s soul empires were built on lesser talent than you'll find on this set put together by Egon & Now Again! Garland is a performer, producer, songwriter and arranger of whom we were most familiar with for his work with the group Hunt's Determination – a taste of which is included here, along with Regional's recordings with The Perfections, 21st Generations, Mixed Sugar, Brilliance and others. Even the few Hunts Determination records we were familiar with show a fairly staggering stylistic range, while holding together as a tight whole – and that's all the more impressive with a broader collection of work with varying personnel here. The heart of the collection is early-to-late 70s recordings, from dancefloor soul, funk and strains of disco later in the decade – revelatory stuff for us. We knew the man was good, but, damn! The set also features several mid 80s recordings with that era's synth textured sound with the 70s soul vocals surprisingly well. Includes "I Need Love" & "Hey James" with 21st Generations, "Get On Down" & "Girl You Better Hurry" with The Perfections, "I Need Love" and "Are We Through" with Hunts Determination, "15 Ain't Young No More", "It's A Bad Feeling" and "Disco Jam Bam Bam" with Mixed Sugar, the previously unreleased "Gangster Girl" and "I'm Sad We've Broke Up", "I'm Falling In Love" with Vann & Reggie, "Hit Girl" with Brilliance and more. Nice notes with personnel, and a couple bonus versions "I Need Love". CD

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Erroll GarnerComplete Savoy & Dial Master Takes ... CD
Savoy/Disconforme (Spain), Late 40s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Carlos GarnettBlack Love ... LP
Muse, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends spiritual jazz with funk and soul touches! The vibe here is incredible – far deeper than even on any of Garnett's other albums of the time – at a level that sounds as beautiful on the mellow cuts as it does on the soaring, spiritual soul jazz anthems that have made the record a classic for years. The record features vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ayodelle Jenkins – and instrumentation from Charles Sullivan on trumpet, Mauricio Smith on flute, Reggie Lucas on guitar, Norman Connors on drums, Mtume on congas, and Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano – plus Carlos himself on tenor, alto, and soprano sax. Titles include the perennial favorites "Mother of the Future" and "Taurus Woman", two cuts which transformed the global jazz dance scene years back – plus the tracks "Ebonesque", "Black Love", and "Banks of the Nile". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Carlos GarnettBlack Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends spiritual jazz with funk and soul touches! The vibe here is incredible – far deeper than even on any of Garnett's other albums of the time – at a level that sounds as beautiful on the mellow cuts as it does on the soaring, spiritual soul jazz anthems that have made the record a classic for years. The record features vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ayodelle Jenkins – and instrumentation from Charles Sullivan on trumpet, Mauricio Smith on flute, Reggie Lucas on guitar, Norman Connors on drums, Mtume on congas, and Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano – plus Carlos himself on tenor, alto, and soprano sax. Titles include the perennial favorites "Mother of the Future" and "Taurus Woman", two cuts which transformed the global jazz dance scene years back – plus the tracks "Ebonesque", "Black Love", and "Banks of the Nile". CD features 2 bonus alternate takes of "Banks Of The Nile" and "Taurus Woman". CD

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Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. Very Good- ... $11.99
Excellent small group work from vibist Terry Gibbs – just the kind of set that shows why he was one of the best known players on his instrument in the 50s! Gibbs has a clear, clean style here that's never too laidback, nor too prone to over-done flourishes – a style that was born in swing, informed by bop, and carried off beautifully by a quartet on the date that includes Terry Pollard on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Bert Dale (aka Nils Bertil Dahlander) on drums. The sound is nicely straight ahead – no gimmicks, no schtick, just nicely grooving work on vibes and piano – with tracks that include "Seven Come Eleven", "Lonely Dreams", "Dickie's Dream", "Imagination", "King City Stomp", "Pretty Face", "The Continental", "Bless My Soles", and "Nutty Notes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration due to aging, with small splits on the top and bottom seams.)

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Dizzy GillespieFree Ride ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A wicked bit of 70s funky fusion from Dizzy Gillespie – recorded with his old piano player from the 60s, Lalo Schifrin! Lalo arranged, conducted, and plays plenty of keyboards – giving the album a wicked groove that's a bit different than some of Dizzy's other 70s work – a bit fuller and more tightly arranged, but with all that heavy Schifrin funk firmly in place! The album's almost a blend of Dizzy's work for the Perception label and some of Lalo's soundtrack grooves – and titles include the dancefloor stormer "Unicorn", plus "Wrong Number", "Free Ride", and "Fire Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jef Gilson & OthersChansons De Jazz (10" LP pressing) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Some of the coolest, grooviest work we've ever heard from French jazz arranger Jef Gilson – a whole host of tunes he performed in collaboration with different singers – a few of which are previously unreleased, and appear here for the first time! The music is a great change from the pop of the "yeh yeh" generation in France – and shows that if you know where to look, you can find some really great vocal work in the Parisian scene – music that bristles with all the best modern touches of Gilson's instrumental inclinations, and which almost points the way towards the hip mix of styles to come from the Saravah Records generation. Instrumentation is mostly small combo, and very jazzy – and vocals are either in French, or wordless and scatting. Titles include "Yada Nouga" by Tshura, "Le Blanc Coton" by Celia, "J'En Ai Assez" by Beatrice Amy, "Modo Azul" by Anna Maria Bondi, "Dans La Niege Et Le Vent" by Grazilella, and a few more great tunes by unknown singers! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gnarls BarkleySt Elsewhere ... CD
Atlantic/Downtown, 2006. Used ... $0.99
A synthy soul funk project from the team of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo – a set that's just trippy enough – and it's possibly the best full length from either party, ever! You don't need us to tell you that DM has had a finger in a handful of the best fringe pop/leftfield hip hop projects of the mid 00s, and Cee-Lo has been threatening to deliver a strange soul classic for years – and he brings it with Gnarls Barkley. The sound runs from stuttering synth funk, to bubbling hip hop soul, to funky modern pop in a way that equals any other genre blending cats out there – and probably betters them! Tracks include "Go Go Gadget Gospel", "Crazy", "St. Elsewhere", "Gone Daddy Gone" (Yup, THAT "Gone Daddy Gone"), "Smiley Faces", "The Boogie Monster", "Feng Shui", "Just A Thought", "Transformer", "Who Cares?", "Online", "Necromancer", "Storm Coming" and "The Last Time". CD

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Lanny Gordin/Projeto AlfaProjeto Alfa Vol 2 ... CD
Baratos Afins (Brazil), 2006. Used ... $9.99
Progressive jazz with a bit of a post-rock instrumental twist – tunes that are almost in the mode of some of the recent work coming from our hometown of Chicago, but which are performed here by the Projeto Alfa quartet of guitarists Lanny Gordin and Guilherme Held, bassist Fabio Sa, and drummer Ze Aurelio! The sound is often contemplative and brooding, but always somewhat melodic – and the main focus is on the interplay between guitars – often in a spare, somewhat harmonics-heavy mode. Titles on this second volume include "Entao Toma", "Portal", "Outra Porta", "Trailer", "Bronha", "O Passaro", "De Manha Zezito", "Cuco", "Jaboticaba", and "Conversa Fiada". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eydie GormeEydie Gorme Vamps The Roaring 20s ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good ... $0.49
A surprisingly great album from Eydie Gorme – quite different than you might expect from the cover! Normally, we'd cringe at the idea of a "roaring 20s" set of tunes – but Eydie really does a great job with the material – taking tunes from a few decades before, and reworking them with a more modern, jazz-based approach – done with plenty of help on backings from Don Costa! Gorme's young vocals are great with the material – and the set features some surprisingly nice versions of "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Chicago", and "Singin In The Rain" – plus "Let's Do It", "My Buddy", and "My Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, with a sticker on the back.)

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Danny GottliebAquamarine ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet set of solo fusion from drummer Danny Gottlieb – formerly with Pat Metheny's group – and feel that's definitely in character with some of Methany's work from the period. Gottlieb is working here in the company of guitarist John Abercrombie and a number of cuts, and Joe Satriani also plays on the record – which gives it a bit more crossover appeal – something that made it a surprising hit at the time – and other players include Bill Evans on a track, plus Doug Hall, Cafe, Mark Egan, Dave Samuels and others. Titles include "Alaska", "Waterfall", "Aquamarine", "Duet", "Once Upon A Time", and "Peace Of Mind". CD

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New Dusko GoykovichBalkan Blue ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1992/1994. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A 2 CD set, featuring 2 different slices of Dusko Goykovich! The first disc on the set features Dusko in quintet formation – recorded in a mode that's similar to some of his best Eastern European sessions of the early 80s, kind of an introspective blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and some warmer European touches. Gianni Basso joins the group on tenor sax for the outing, and tracks include a number of strong Goykovich originals, including "Adriatica", "Simona", "Medium Rare", "Miss Bo", and "Snap Shot". The second disc in the set features an extended jazz suite, "Balkan Blues" – performed by a core quintet, plus larger orchestra directed by Palle Mikkelborg. The sound of these tunes is incredible – almost soundtrack-oriented in nature, with a rich array of tonal colors that shapes the music at each new turn. Dusko's horn is firmly in the lead, but gives way easily to the shifting rhythmic patterns and broad washes of sound from the woodwind section. The work's got an energy that we haven't heard in some of Dusko's work in years – extremely evocative, with some nice exotic undertones – and titles include "Ohrid", "Haze On The Danube", "Balkan Dance", "Bosnia Calling", and "East Of Montenegro". CD
(Slipcase has some edge wear.)

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Rene GrandRene Grand Y Su Combo New York ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A dozen hard early 60s Latin numbers – performed by Rene Grand and his combo, with some occasional vocals by Frankie Rodriguez – but also a number of great instrumentals with a sweet jazzy finish! The groove is very strong, with lots of mambo jazz in the mix, and a hard New York groove that really keeps the set lively – especially on the numbers that feature some smoking sax work! There's a bit of charanga moderna playing by the group, which creates some cool rhythms on the best cuts – and the album's a very unified session overall. Titles include "Cool", "Go Go Mambo", "Siga La Gente", "Sabroson", "Chacho", "Ahora No Pare", and "Going Cha Cha". LP, Vinyl record album

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Buddy GrecoBuddy Greco At Mister Kelly's ... LP
Coral, 1955. Good+ ... $0.49
Buddy Greco may have gone onto become a bit of a self-parody in his later years, but back in the mid 50s he was a heck of a great singer with a lot of jazz in his style – as you'll hear on this intimate set recorded at Mister Kelly's nightclub! The album's got a very laidback style, especially when compared to later Greco records – and instrumentation is only piano and bass – with Buddy himself on the former and Johnny Frigo on the latter. Given that Greco's playing piano with his vocals for the record, there's a bit of a Matt Dennis quality to the record – a slightly gentler sound than the later Greco "uh-huh" style of the 60s, and a mode that often brings in jazzier inflections to match his actions on the keys. Titles include "They Didn't Believe Me", "A Foggy Day", "Welcome To Mister Kelly's", "The Nearness Of You", "Give Me The Simple Life", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has masking tape on the top and bottom seams, and a small rip near tape on the spine.)

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Johnny GriffinMan I Love (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Black Lion/ORG, 1967. New Copy ... $19.99 29.98
An astounding live set from Johnny Griffin – recorded at the famous Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, where Griff had practically taken up residence in the late 60s! The record crackles with the kind of free energy of the best Montmartre sessions – long tracks and compelling solos, stretched-out versions of tunes you may recognize, but which are transformed nicely by Griff's great solo work – and by a rhythm section that features Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! Titles include "The Man I Love", "Blues For Harvey", "Sophisticated Lady", "Hush A Bye", and "Wee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Groove Presents45 RPM Cover Museum By Muro (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2011. New Copy ... $34.99
A totally great book for 7" collectors – especially if you dig unusual picture sleeves! The book was put together by DJ Muro – an artist we've come to love for his work on mixes and compilations, but who's also well-known for his massive record collection, too – one that's certainly informed his music, but which stands well enough on its own – as you'll see in the book! For the volume, Muro brought together rare 7" picture sleeve images – all in a full-color, 7" package that's just the size of a vintage 45 – so that flipping the pages is almost like sifting through a stack of singles. Most of the images are from rare Japanese and Asian pressings – which means that you'll see unusual covers for funk, soul, soundtrack, and other groovy music styles of the 70s and 80s. Some of the images are odd variations on the American LP covers, and others are completely unique – and together, they provide a fascinating visual document that's sure to please any collector of rare singles. Almost 250 pages, full color! Book

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New Groove TheoryGroove Theory ... CD
Epic, 1995. Used ... $3.99
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the sound is still plenty underground – and filled with the warmer tones and deeper soul styles that wouldn't be that common until years later when the Neo Soul scene rose to prominence. The overall package is the work of former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson – who plays some keys, and ensures that the rhythms are never too bombastic to overwhelm Amel's vocals. Titles include the massive stepper's cut "Tell Me" that hit huge here in Chicago – plus "Baby Luv", "Didja Know", "Come Home", "Hello It's Me", "Hey U", "Good 2 Me", "You're Not The 1", and "Boy At The Window". CD
(Small tear inside booklet.)

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New Mats GustafssonTorturing The Saxophone ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99 14.99
Mats Gustafsson tortures the saxophone – but tortures it beautifully, too – in this wonderful set of solo tracks that mix tenor and live electronics, baritone and music box, and some solo baritone moments too! The title's a reference to a hilarious letter sent to Mats by Robert Crumb – who also did the lettering on the front – reproduced inside, in which Crumb says that he just really doesn't get this kind of music, or understand why anyone would want to listen to it too! Yet there's a beauty and fragility to the record that honestly make it one of Gustafsson's most compelling albums ever – especially the leadoff mix of tenor and electronics, laid out over five famous Duke Ellington numbers – all completely transformed by the process. Ellington titles include "Come Sunday", "In A Sentimental Mood", "I Never Felt This Way Before", and "Blue Goose" – and the set also features versions of the Ayler classics "Angels/Spirits" and "Ghosts" – and a 22 minute take on Lars Gullin's "Danny's Dream". CD

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Nathan HainesPoet's Embrace ... CD
Haven/Warner (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $13.99
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways that are quite different than his more groove-oriented recordings – yet still equally soulful! Nathan's tenor is wonderful – as deep in tone and rich in feeling as some of the greats of the 60s generation – yet informed with a slight spiritual sense of phrasing as well, even though the overall production and setting is downright classic. The group's a quartet – with Kevin Field on piano, Alain Koetsier on drums, and Thomas Botting on bass – and titles include the Haines' originals "Realisation", "Universal Man", "Ancestral Dance", "The Poet's Embrace", and "Consequence" – plus a version of Roy Brooks' "Eboness". CD

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Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton Quintet In Hi Fi ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Very Good ... $4.99
One of Chico's earliest albums for Pacific Jazz – a set of tightly arranged tracks with a cool chamber feel to them – featuring a lineup that includes Buddy Collette on reeds, Fred Katz on cello, Jim Hall on guitar, and Carson Smith on bass. Collette, Katz, and Hall are at the height of their powers here – a bit restricted, perhaps, but in the way that Hamilton was using to craft some of the more creative sounds of the 50s LA jazz scene – perfectly shaped and formed throughout! Just about every band member contributed a song and an arrangement to the album – and titles include "The Ghost", "Chrissie", "Jonalah", "Sleepy Slept Here", "Drums West", "The Squimp", and "Sleep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
 
 
 



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