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New Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour/Diane Schuur/Dave ValentiGRP Live In Session ... LP
GRP, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New Lee RitenourOn The Line ... LP
Elektra, 1982/1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
On The Line has a style that's a bit keyboard-heavy – in a way that seems to borrow from some of the 80s soundtrack work of the time, and which is clearly a nod to the success of the Lyle Mays/Pat Metheny sound that was breaking big on ECM. The move is a nice one for Lee on the best cuts – those that underplay the cheesier aspects of the style – and other players on the album are a batch of likely suspects that include Harvey Mason, Dave Grusin, Ernie Watts, and Steve Forman. Titles include "The Rit Variations", "Dolphin Dreams", "California Roll", "On The Line", "Tush", and "Heavenly Bodies". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lee RitenourRit ... LP
Elektra, Used ... Out Of Stock
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! Harvey Mason provides some great heavy drums, and also helped Lee produce – which gives the record a sharp, soulful focus that's like some of Harvey's own great records of the time – an undercurrent of funk that more than helps keep the Ritenour vocals moving along! Titles include "Mr Briefcase", "Countdown", "Good Question", "Dreamwalk", "Is It You", and "Just Tell Me Pretty Lies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Including the printed inner sleeve.)

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New Lee RitenourRit/2 ... LP
Atlantic, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice mix of 80s groove and jazzy fusion – served up by one of the few players who could make such a set come off so well! Lee Ritenour's fusion work of the 70s always had a fair dose of R&B in the mix – but by the time of this set, he had moved even more strongly into a modern soul-based mode of jazz – one that he clearly helped to influence with his initial work, and which he still rode over strongly with the well-selling Rit series of albums for Elektra. Players on the set include Harvey Mason and Tom Scott – and about 2/3 of the album's tracks feature vocals by Eric Tagg. Titles include "Malibu", "Cross My Heart", "Promises Promises", "Dreamwalkin", "Keep It Alive", "A Fantasy", and "Tied Up". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Maynard FergusonHollywood ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Maynard's got some great help on this session – stripping things down and working with a group of west coast fusion players led by Stanley Clarke! The date's a bit later than some of Maynard's classic funk, but the groove's back on track – thanks to Stan's production and arrangements – and players that include Lee Ritenour, George Duke, Ndugu Chancler, and Tod Cochrane. The vibe is surprisingly soulful on most numbers – and titles include "Deja Vu", "Portuguese Love", "Here Today", "Touch & Go", "For Your Eyes Only", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", and "Hollywood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and sticker on front.)

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Lee GarrettHeat For The Feets ... LP
Chrysalis, 1976. Near Mint- ... $3.99
An unusual bit of club from Lee Garrett – a singer who's got a relatively rootsy sound overall, but who's working here with a set of smooth and and jazzy backings! Arrangements on the set are by Tom Sellers, who plays piano at the hed of a combo that includes Dave Grusin on synth, Tom Scott on saxes, Ernie Watts on flute and alto, George Bohannon on trombone, Lee Ritenour on guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums – all top-shelf fusion players who help bring a bit of polish to the set, in stark contrast to Lee's rougher vocals. The approach is almost a bit like some of Swamp Dogg's work for the clubs at the time – and titles include "How Can I Be A Man", "Heart Be Still", "You're My Everything", "Sad Sad Story", and "Stop That Wrong". LP, Vinyl record album

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Azar LawrencePeople Moving ... LP
Prestige, 1976. Very Good ... $9.99
A very nice bit of spacey funky jazz from sax player Azar Lawrence, and one of the great earlier productions by Skip Scarborough, with a feel that's very similar to Gary Bartz's work with Larry Mizell! Azar plays a mix of funk and spiritual soul jazz – and he's got some great electric backing by Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, Mtume, and Lee Ritenour. The whole thing's got a great Fantasy Records funk groove – and includes many nice titles like "Theme For A New Day", "Kickin Back", "Canticle For The Universe", "Gratitude" and a great take on Scarborough's "Can't Hide Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, a bit of seam splitting, and some marker on the front.)

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Jeff LorberIn The Heat Of The Night ... LP
Arista, 1984. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sweet fusion grooving from Jeff Lorber – going strong here in a tight early 80s mode that combines jazz and R&B with effortless ease! The leadoff title track is a catchy groover, done with lead vocals by Jeff and Maurice Starr – but most of the other tracks on the set are instrumental, in that tight mode that Lorber virtually invented at the end of the 70s – and coming off with a lot of soul, thanks to guest work from Lee Ritenour on guitar and Ronnie Laws on saxophone. The set also features vocals from Philip Ingram and Alex Ligertwood – each on a track apiece – and titles include "Sushi Monster", "In The Heat Of The Night", "Rock II", "Waterfall", "Blast Off", and "Don't Say Yes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Session IISession II ... LP
Yamaha (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
A classic set of 70s fusion – featuring Lee Ritenour on guitar and both Don Grusin and Pete Robinson on keyboards! There's a bit of vocals – courtesy of Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, and Carmen Twillie – and titles include "Puzzle People", "The Baron", "Fly By Night", "Single Again", and "All Night Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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New Brothers JohnsonLook Out For #1 ... LP
A&M, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An all-star soul affair produced by Quincy Jones, and featuring the talents of studio greats like Harvey Mason, Billy Cobham, Toots Thielmans, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, and many others – not to mention the Brothers themselves! We'll be honest, though, in saying that we really think it's the great jazzy backing and the tight arrangements by Quincy that make this record so great. The Brothers' bass and vocal work is fine – but it's the non-bass instrumental moments that really make this album great, as you'll hear on cuts like the moog-heavy "Tomorrow", or the timbales/keyboard/flute groover "Thunder Thumbs & Lightnin Licks". Great stuff if you dig mid 70s work by Q – and featuring the tracks "I'll Be Good To You", "Land Of Ladies", "Free & Single", "Get The Funk Out Ma Face", and "The Devil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, with some marker on the front. Label has some marker.)

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New John HandyCarnival ... LP
Impulse, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-blown set from alto saxophonist John Handy – recorded with larger arrangements at a time when Impulse Records was trying to match the sounds of CTI, but done in a way that still holds onto all the sharp soul of Handy's earlier years! The format's nice and full – with lots of keyboards from Sonny Burke, George Spencer, and even Lee Ritenour – but Handy's crisp alto lines cut through the record wonderfully, bringing in these soulful tones that remind us a lot of Gary Bartz in a similar setting – always filled with spirit, and searching out with a nice sense of personality. Titles include the groover "Watch Your Money Go" – plus "All The Things You Are", "Carnival", "Alvina", and "Love's Rejoicing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tiny corner cut.)

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New Henry ManciniCop Show Themes ... LP
RCA, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums ever from Henry Mancini – a brilliant reworking of hit 70s cop show themes, put together with a really jazzy groove! The group's a big one – filled with hip players who include Clare Fischer on organ, Artie Kane on electric piano and harpsichord, Don Menza on tenor, Lee Ritenour on guitar – all instruments that are used strongly to help kick things nicely on the set, with a vibe that's right up there with the best funky 70s soundtracks. Harvey Mason is on drums, bringing up the bottom a bit more than usual for Mancini – and the choice of material really makes the record cook – with tracks that include "Kojak", "SWAT", "Police Woman", "Rockford Files", "Hawaii Five O", "Streets Of San Francisco", "Bumper's Theme", and "Baretta's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Harvey MasonGroovin You ... LP
Arista, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best solo records from Harvey Mason – best known as the drummer on some really monster 70s funky fusion sessions (such as Johnny Hammond's Gears album) – but a surprisingly well-rounded R&B artist overall! As with Norman Connors, another fusion drummer gone soul star, Harvey's working here in a style that mixes jazz influences with modern soul – grooving things for a more mainstream audience, but still keeping things real underneath. The record's filled with guest appearances by fusion greats – like Bob James, David Spinozza, Richard Tee, Lee Ritenour, and others – and Jim Gilstrap sings vocals on a cut or two. Titles include "The Race", "Groovin You", "Wave", "We Can", and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner and some light wear.)

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New Alphonse MouzonMan Incognito ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice and heavy. Lee Ritenour's on guitar, and he gets a lot of play on the record – but the main groove is Alphonse's heavy funky snakefoot! Al's drums and percussion are furiously frenetic, and he also plays a lot of keyboards – and other players include Tom Scott on tenor, Dave Grusin on clavinet, Victor Feldman on bongos and congas, and Charles Meeks on bass. A few tracks have vocals – by Marty McCall, Jackie Ward, and Caroline Willis – as well as Alphonse himself and the album's also got two very nice break-oriented tracks – "Snake Walk" and "New York City" – both with nice hard drums! Titles include a number of other good fusion groovers, like "Without A Reason", "Just Like the Sun", "Before You Leave", "Just Like The Sun", and "Mouzon Moves On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Alphonse MouzonMorning Sun ... LP
PA USA, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky drummer Alphonse Mouzon makes the move from heavy fusion into smooth modern soul – and unlike later, weaker efforts, this one sparkles with a strong blend of smooth jazz, 80s groove, and some nice mellow production. Players include Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson Jr, Lee Ritenour, and Freddie Hubbard – plus the Seawind Horns, a good match, as the album's got a similar feel to some of the best work by Seawind. Titles include "Tell Me", "If Tomorrow Comes", "I'm Glad That You're Here", "Just Because of You", and "Morning Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Patrice RushenBefore The Dawn ... LP
Prestige, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Patrice Rushen's second album – and a very sweet batch of keyboard funk! The record has Patrice working in a groove that's almost like that of Herbie Hancock at the time – using lots of electric piano, clavinet, and synth to craft some mighty fine jazz funk grooves. The group's a monster assemblage of Fantasy jazz players like Hubert Laws, Lee Ritenour, Hadley Caliman, and Harvey Mason – and the session crackles with a tight edge that you'll never find in any of Patrice's later work. One of our favorite early Rushen sets, and probably one of our favorite overall! Tracks are long, with lots of great spacey grooves, and titles include "Razzia", "Before The Dawn", "Kickin Back", and "Jubilation". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Gilberto GilNightingale ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very nice album cut by Gilberto Gil in the US in the late 70s – one that features production by Sergio Mendes, and sound that's a strong mix of jazz, soul, and Brazilian grooves! The record kind of fits in with the Elektra modern soul work at the time – a smooth blend of jazz and soul, with distinct Latin touches – and has backing by American and Brazilian jazz players that include Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin, Roberto Da Silva, Alex Acuna, and Oscar Castro Neves. The record's one of Gilberto's nicest from the era, and includes lots of lovely cuts, like a remake of "Maracatu Atomico", plus "Alapala", "Here & Now", "Balafon", "Nightingale", and "Samba De Los Angeles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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