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Monty AlexanderHarlem-Kingston Express Vol 2 – The River Rolls On ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
A really great second chapter in the Harlem/Kingston series from Monty Alexander – and material that may well be some of his most exciting in years! Monty's always been very upfront about his Jamaican roots – and has expressed them in a number of ways on a number of different sessions – but there's a quality to this record that gets that blend better than most – and which almost returns things to some of the more soul-based styles of Alexander's records from the late 60s on Verve, or early 70s on MPS! Most numbers mix his piano with keyboards, bass, guitar, and drums – in a style that's rhythmic, but never overdone – soulful, but never too smooth – just a perfect fit for Monty's well-shaped lines on his solos. A few cuts have vocals – and one number features guest work from George Benson, Ramsey Lewis, and Joe Sample – but the bulk of the record centers on Alexander's wonderfully grooving piano lines. Titles include "Skamento", "The River Rolls On", "People Make The World Go Round", "Slealky", "Trust", "The Harder They Come", and "Linstead Market". CD

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Geri AllenGrand River Crossings – Motown & Motor City Inspirations ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Way way more than you might guess from an album with Motown in the title – and instead, a set that may well be one of the best we've heard from Geri Allen in years! Yes, the tracks are mostly numbers from the classic years of the famous soul label – but the presentation is quite different – mostly solo piano, with Geri stretching out in these fluid, spiritual ways that go far past any familiar melodies, and which really make the songs deeply her own. Plus, the set also features some tremendous guest work from Marcus Belgrave on trumpet on three tracks – stretching out with the kind of righteous, expressive tones that have made us love him from the days of Tribe Records onwards. David McMurray also guests on alto on one track – but the bulk of album is solo piano from Allen, on titles that include "The Smart Set", "Space Odyssey", "Inner City Blues", "Stoned Love", "Itching In My Heart", "Tears Of A Clown", "That Girl", and "Grand River Crossings". CD

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Will CalhounLife In This World ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.99
Drummer Will Calhoun's got a rich array of styles on this well-crafted set – differing modes and differing phrasing for each different track – thanks to an array of top-shelf guest players on the date! Will's work on drums is at the core of each selection – often bold, but never overstated – and always sensitive to the different contributions of musicians who include Marc Cary on piano and keyboards, Wallace Roney on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Chieck Tidiane Seck on piano, and Charnett Moffett and Ron Carter on bass. Calhoun's musical vision keeps things united throughout, so that the voice of the leader still comes forth strongly on the album – and titles include "Brother Will", "King Tut Strut", "Naima", "Evidence", "Spectrum", and "Etcetera". CD

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New Marc CaryFocus ... CD
Motema, 2006. Used .... $6.99
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CookersBelieve ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
A great one from this all-star group – an incredibly righteous combo that's given Billy Harper one of his best chances to play in years! As with the previous album by The Cookers, the Harper influence really runs strong – not just in the use of some of his great tracks in the performance, but also in the way the tunes build and work together – that bold, powerful energy that Billy first unleashed on the world in the 70s – driven to new heights here by a lineup that also includes Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Craig Handy on alto sax, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums! But key thanks should also go to trumpeter David Weiss – also in the group, and producer for the record – a great talent for getting these guys to work together so well. Titles include tunes by McBee, Cables, and Hart as well – with tracks that include "Ebony Moonbeams", "Believe For It Is True", "Free For All", "Quest", "But He Knows", "Tight Squeeze", and "Naaj". CD

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Babatunde Lea with Dwight TribleUmbo Weti – A Tribute To Leon Thomas ... CD
Motema, 2008. New Copy 2CD .... $11.99 14.98
A beautiful tribute to the greatness of Leon Thomas – put together by one of the few cats who could get it right! Given that Babatunde Lea's other music already takes us back to the days when Thomas sang with Pharoah Sanders – his leadership on a date like this is a natural – as Lea has a way of hitting just the right sort of righteous vibe to open things up for Leon's message of peace, love, and spiritual fulfillment! The great Dwight Trible handles vocals on the date – a singer you probably already love for his work with Build An Ark – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor sax, Patrice Rushen on piano, and Gary Brown on bass. The performance is a live one – recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland – and the double-length set features a heck of a lot of music, plus some video content on the second disc! Titles include "Prince Of Peace", "Reaching Up", "Umbo Weti", "Colors", "Sun Song", "African Fantasy", "Song For My Father", "African Tapestry", "Creator Has A Master Plan", "Boom Boom", and "Cousin Mary". CD

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Joe Locke with OrchestraWish Upon A Star ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 14.99
A great setting for the vibes of Joe Locke – set amidst the larger sounds of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra – whose soft flourishes prove to be a perfect backdrop for Joe's rich colors and tones! The format is wonderful – an approach that's hardly done this well with other vibist, save for maybe a rare few Bobby Hutcherson dates in the 70s – and Locke's working with a core quartet amidst the larger orchestra, which ensures that there's some forward motion in the rhythms, even amidst the lofty strings. Titles include "Available In Blue", "Sword Of Whispers", "Where Is Love", "Moon River", and "The Moon For Her". CD

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M1, Brian Jackson, & The New Midnight BandEvolutionary Minded – Furthering The Legacy Of Gil Scott-Heron ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Brian Jackson re-ignites the righteous magic he forged back in the 70s with Gil Scott-Heron on a set of legendary albums that we'll treasure forever – but he does so here in a richly collaborative spirit that takes the message and the music even farther than ever! Jackson's keyboards and sense of composition really holds the whole thing together – but the sound also includes contributions from a whole host of others – including MC M1, vocalists Martin Luther and Gregory Porter, percussionists Bill Summers and Airto, speakers Bobby Seale and Abiodun Oyewole, drummer Stanton Moore, and guest MCs Chuck D and Dead Prez. Some tracks are remakes of older Gil Scott-Heron numbers, but most are new grooves that really offer up a 21st Century take on the combination of knowledge and rhythm that Brian and Gil forged back in the 70s. Titles include "Go Ahead On Bobby", "Winter In America", "Opponent", "Liberation Psychology", "All We Got", "Tradition", and "Song Of The Wind". CD

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Bob MoverMy Heart Tells Me ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs .... $11.99 16.99
A really special double-disc package from saxophonist Bob Mover – one that doesn't just offer up a DVD presentation of the music on the CD – but a whole other batch of tunes itself! The set's almost like getting two different albums in one – and on the CD, Mover blows in a mellow, laidback style with just the piano of Kenny Barron, plus bass from Bob Cranshaw, and drums from Steve Williams – a special late nite sort of approach that also has Mover vocalizing on a few standards too. When the DVD hits, things get really cooking – on a whole batch of different tunes that are mostly originals by Bob, and which add in the trumpet of Josh Evans and tenor of Steve Hall – both of whom up the boppish quality of the work. CD one features versions of "So Near & Yet So Far", "Get Out Of Town", "My Heart Tells Me", "You've Changed", and "You Must Believe In Spring" – and CD two features "Fair Weather", "Chet's Chum", "Sweet Basil", "Carmen's Calypso", "Muggawump", and "Survival Of The Sickest". CD

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David Murray with Gregory Porter & Macy GrayBe My Monster Love ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
David Murray sounds plenty great here on his own – working in a core quartet that features organ and piano from Marc Cary – but a number of tracks also feature vocals from the wonderful Gregory Porter – an excellent singer who really matches the depth and spirit of Murray's music! David wrote all the songs himself – and the vocal numbers feature lyrics by Ishmael Reed and Abiodun Oyewole, sung by Gregory on three tracks with all the rich soul of his own albums for the Motema label – and matched by a surprisingly great jazz performance by Macy Gray on one other number too! In addition to Cary, Murray's quartet also features Nasheet Waits on drums and Jaribu Shahid on bass – and the set also features guest work from Bobby Bradford on cornet on one track too. Titles include "About The Children", "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers", "The Graduate", "Army Of The Faithful", "Sorrow Song", and "Be My Monster Love". CD

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New Jazz Composers OctetTurning Gate ... CD
Motema, 2005. Used .... $5.99
An excellent group that features David Weiss on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mryon Waldon on alto and flute, Jimmy Greene on tenor and soprano sax, Steve Davis on trombone, and Xavier Davis on piano! CD
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Gregory PorterBe Good ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, Gregory's a singer who really moves past simple styles and generic conventions – into a mode that's vivid and rich right from the start, and defiitely his own territory – a world of sound that's a delight to experience! Most backings are straight jazzy, but inflected with some soul modes – and the album's even better and more incredible than Porter's debut for Motema. Titles include "On My Way To Harlem", "When Did You Learn", "Mother's Song", "Imitation Of Life", "Our Love", "Be Good", and "Painted On Canvas". CD
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Gregory PorterBe Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Motema, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... $26.99 29.99
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, Gregory's a singer who really moves past simple styles and generic conventions – into a mode that's vivid and rich right from the start, and defiitely his own territory – a world of sound that's a delight to experience! Most backings are straight jazzy, but inflected with some soul modes – and the album's even better and more incredible than Porter's debut for Motema. Titles include "On My Way To Harlem", "When Did You Learn", "Mother's Song", "Imitation Of Life", "Our Love", "Be Good", and "Painted On Canvas". LP, Vinyl record album
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Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Herlin Riley on drums – mixed with much larger orchestrations that features Tim Hagens and Tanya Darby on trumpets, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Scott Robinson on tenor and clarinet, and Vincent Chancey on French Horn. Charenee Wade adds in some very cool wordless vocals at times – and most of the tracks are quite long, with lots of room for individual solos. Titles include "Singing Head", "Tapestry In The Sky", "Mother & Child", "Recognition", and "Glory". CD

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Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio11th Gate ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used .... $6.99
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Jacques Schwarz-BartJazz Racine Haiti ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
A compelling combination of Haitian Racine music with jazz instrumentation – served up here in an album with a richly expressive feel all the way through! Jacques Schwarz-Bart takes melodies first forged in the hills of Haiti, often with roots in voodoo – and blends them with shimmering arrangements that feature his own soulful work on tenor sax, plus trumpet from Etienne Charles, flugelhorn from Alex Tassel, and piano from either Milan Milanovic or Gregory Privat. About half the tracks feature some vocal component – from a shifting lineup of singers that includes Erol Josue, Stephanie McKay, or Rosna Zila – who each bring their own flavor to the music, and expand things out with a range of soulful elements that really helps send the message home. McKay is especially great – scatting strongly on the tune "Kontredans" – and other tunes include "Je Vous Aime Kongo", "Legba Non Baye", "Kouzin", "Banda", "Blues Jonjon", "Bade Zile", and "Night". CD

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David WeissEndangered Species – The Music Of Wayne Shorter Live ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
A beautiful tribute to the compositional genius of Wayne Shorter – but served up at a level that goes way beyond Shorter's original vision for his music! Trumpeter David Weiss always does a great job of re-exploring the best modern sounds of the 60s – and here, he arranges some key Shorter tunes for a largeish ensemble – a great group that features his own horn in the lead, plus alto from Tim Green, tenor and soprano from Marcus Strickland, tenor from Ravi Coltrane, trumpet from Jeremy Pelt, trombone from Steve Davis, and piano from Geri Allen! Other players in the lineup are great, too – and the set's got this really rich feel – unlocking all the colors and emotions of the compositions with the ensemble, yet still allowing plenty of room for a solo voice too. Titles include "Eva", "Mr Jin", "Fall", "Nellie Bly", and "Prometheus Unbound" – plus David's own "The Turning Gate". CD

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New Jaimeo BrownTranscendence ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A compelling conception from drummer Jaimeo Brown – a set that mixes the jazz performance of his trio with inspiration from older gospel music – in particular the famous work of the Gee's Bend Singers, who are sampled here on a number of tracks! About half the record draws vocals from vintage Gee's Bend recordings – and the other half shifts between instrumental passages, and other new vocal performances with singer Selah Brown, Marisha Brown, and Falu. At the core, Brown's trio keeps things on edge, and pushes the project far from hoke with their nicely dark tones – subtle work on drums from Jaimeo, plus tenor from JD Allen and guitar from Chris Sholar. Titles include "Mean World", "You Can't Hide", "Patience", "Power Of God", "Be Free", "You Needn't Mind Me Dying", and "Baby Miesh". CD
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New Marc CaryFour Directions ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Marc Cary's working here with his Focus Trio – a mighty cool group that has Sameer Gupta handling tablas as well as drums – an instrument that really helps bring a new sort of groove to the record! Cary's always had a way with richly visionary soundscapes – even in a more standard setting – but here, he slides out with a wide sort of sound that's expressed by a spare group of players – almost a mode that hearkens back to the best 70s moments of ECM, but with some straighter jazz passages as well. In addition to Gupta's drums and tablas, and Cary's acoustic piano, the set also features Burniss Earl Travis on acoustic and electric bass – plus some guest acoustic bass from Rashaan Carter on a few of the numbers that have Travis on electric. Titles include "Open Baby", "Todi Blues", "He Who Hops Around", "Tanktified", "Ready Or Not", and "Spectrum". CD
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New Marc Cary Focus TrioMarc Cary Focus Trio Live 2009 ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A damn great little trio – one led by the energies of Marc Cary, but really working together tightly as a unit from the very first note! There's a pulsating energy to the performance we really love – even on some of the mellower cuts – kind of a flow, or a wave of sound that ripples through and carries the music onward in really wonderful ways – far more dynamic than usual for a piano trio set, yet without any gimmicks or tricks, either! Sameer Gupta is on drums, David Ewell is on bass, and titles include "Attachment", "Twilight", "Runnin Out Of Time", "Minor March", "Just In Time", "KC Bismallah Khan", and "Slow Blues For MLK". CD

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New Oran EtkinGathering Light ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Marc CaryFor The Love Of Abbey ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the late, great Abbey Lincoln – served up on a host of solo piano performances by Marc Cary – mostly of tunes penned by Lincoln herself, but also featuring a few originals as well! There's a rich, vibrant feel to the record – a quality that strikes us stronger than any other Cary recording we've heard in recent years, even though Marc's on his own here – really reaching out on the keys of the piano, with a command we never would have expected – stretching over space and tone with a sort of majesty to rival Mal Waldron or McCoy Tyner – yet also keeping things deeply personal as well. Titles include "Melancholia", "Down Here Below", "Music Is The Magic", "Love Evolves", "Down Here Below The Horizon", "Transmute", "Throw It Away", and "Who Used To Dance". CD

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New Marc CaryFour Directions ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Marc Cary's working here with his Focus Trio – a mighty cool group that has Sameer Gupta handling tablas as well as drums – an instrument that really helps bring a new sort of groove to the record! Cary's always had a way with richly visionary soundscapes – even in a more standard setting – but here, he slides out with a wide sort of sound that's expressed by a spare group of players – almost a mode that hearkens back to the best 70s moments of ECM, but with some straighter jazz passages as well. In addition to Gupta's drums and tablas, and Cary's acoustic piano, the set also features Burniss Earl Travis on acoustic and electric bass – plus some guest acoustic bass from Rashaan Carter on a few of the numbers that have Travis on electric. Titles include "Open Baby", "Todi Blues", "He Who Hops Around", "Tanktified", "Ready Or Not", and "Spectrum". CD

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New Charnett MoffettSpirit Of Soun ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Gregory PorterWater (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Motema, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
Gregory Porter's a hip little singer – just the sort we love to discover in jazz, and the type that only comes around once in a blue moon! Like Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, or Kurt Elling – all perfect references for Porter's style – Greg has a wonderful way of coming up with his own lyrics for a tune – making him way more than just a singer of standards, and instead a richly expressive voice that has every bit to offer as you might get from a jazz instrumentalist! The arrangements are great, too – handled by Porter with help from pianist Chip Crawford and producer Kamau Kenyatta – bold, soulful, and soaring on the best tracks – all in beautiful declaration of Gregory's rich power and presence. Titles include a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile", and the original tracks "1960 What", "Lonely One", "Water", "Pretty", "Illusion", and "Magic Cup". Also features the bonus track "1960 What (Opolopo rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Pedrito MartinezPedrito Martinez Group ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Pedrito Martinez has a mighty cooking combo on this set – only a quartet, but a group that's more than strong enough to serve up some plenty powerful Latin jazz rhythms – which are then augmented by help from a host of famous guest stars! Pedrito's percussion is at the core of every track – supported with more percussion, piano, and electric bass – a tight unit that also has Martinez handling a fair bit of the vocals too! Yet each new track seems to introduce a new guest – including Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, John Scofield on guitar, and Steve Gadd on drums – who also co-produced the record with Martinez too. Titles include "Conciencia", "Lengua De Obbara", "Despues De Todo", "Musica", "Memorias", and "La Luna". CD
 
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VariousSoul Lounge Vol 10 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2013. New Copy 3 CDs .... $19.99
Stunning sounds from the soul lounge – a magical place filled with the hippest contemporary cuts from the underground – all served up at an astoundingly low price! The work here comes partly from the great Dome Records label, who put the whole thing together – and partly from other indie imprints that have helped keep soul music strong over the past decade or two – imprints like Expansion, Motema, Mack Avenue, and Reel People – all of whom have turned us on to a lot of great music! This set's your chance to dig the best of the best at a mighty nice price – on 3CDs of music that feature cuts that include "Be Good" by Gregory Porter, "Hold On" by Don E, "Together" by Hil St Soul, "Break It Down" by Eric Roberson, "Girl I'm Running Back 2 U" by Makoto with Christian Urich, "Definition Of Luv (Sean McCabe rmx)" by Sunburst Band, "Freedom To Love (Atjazz mix)" by Incognito, "How Can We Go Wrong" by Khari Simmons, "Machine Gun" by James Taylor Quartet, "In Spirit" by Rosie Gaines, "Miss You" by Rahsaan Patterson, and "Better Off Without You" by Frank McComb. CD
 
 
 



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