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Balkan Beat BoxGive ... CD
Nat Geo, 2012. Used ... $7.99
The most focused and stylistically linear set yet from Balkan Beat Box –who really focus and their box of beats without sacrificing the globally inspired eclecticism – with loads of propulsive beatcraft and synthy funk in the mix! This is a move that makes a whole lot of sense for BBB – wheras the global dance music community has been embracing digital danceable soundspaces – and it's move works well. There's still plenty of live instrumentation – guitars, horns, winds and percussion – blending with some political lyricism. Includes "Part Of The Glory", "Political F*ck", "Money", "Suki Muki", "Porno Clown", "Minimal", "Urge To Be Violent", "What A Night", "Enemy In Economy", "No Man's Land" and more. CD
(Out of print. Marker through barcode.)

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New Balkan Beat BoxBlue Eyed Black Boy ... CD
Nat Geo, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Diverse dancefloor gems with myriad influences and nearly as much far reaching appeal from Balkan Beat Box – blending global sounds together masterfully and with a gleamingly bright production! The sounds do trade well in Eastern European styles and influences but stretch well beyond – with Caribbean, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences of classic and post millennium origins, bursts of western and African funk and more working together cohesively. Tomer Yosef's singing is a big part of what holds the elements together, partnering wtih Tamir Muskat on drums & percussion, guitar and programming – with sax and wind instruments by Ori Kaplan and guest horns, percussion and more. Includes "Move It", "Blue Eyed Black Boy", "Marcha De la Vida", "Dancing With The Moon", "My Baby", "Smatron", "Why", "Kabulectro", "Buhala", "War Again" and more. CD
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Cannonball AdderleyBlack Messiah ... CD
Capitol/Dusty Groove, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $17.99 19.98
A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much more freewheeling, open-ended, fuzz, funky, and electric overall! Tracks are all nice and long, and really trip out in the best way – with keyboards from George Duke in the core group, plus some heavy basslines from Walter Booker, drums from Roy McCurdy, and guitar from Mike Deasy on a number of key tracks. Deasy plays with lots of great wah wah and fuzz – and the album also features guest work from Airto on percussion and Ernie Watts on tenor – plus Cannonball's great alto and the cornet of brother Nat Adderley too. There's a really collaborative feel to the whole thing – as the record steps easily between a lot of heady styles – and titles include "Zanek", "Eye Of The Cosmos", "The Scene", "The Chocolate Nuisance", "The Steam Drill", "Little Benny Hen", and "The Black Messiah". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Cannonball AdderleyLove, Sex, And The Zodiac ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $11.99
A classic from Cannoball and producer-partner David Axelrod – truly great stuff and maybe even better than the Zodiac set Cannonball did for Capitol! The formula is similar to that one – with David Axelrod producing, electric keyboards by Hal Galper and George Duke, spacey solos by Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and some very hip recitations by Rick Holmes on love, sex, and the zodiac! Holmes is best known as the chappie who cut "Remember To Remember" years later with Roy Ayers – but this album's got a similar "wisdom and knowledge" feel that's pretty wonderful. Titles include "Aquarius: Humanity Plus", "Cancer: All Sides", "Leo: Rosebud", "Aries: Damn Right", "Gemini: Ecstasy", and "Virgo: For Pam". CD

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Cannonball AdderleySoul Zodiac ... CD
Capitol (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the coolest, baddest, funkiest albums Cannonball Adderley ever recorded – a massive suite of tunes based on the signs of the Zodiac, produced to perfection by David Axelrod, and featuring some hip recitations from the mighty Rick Holmes! The double-length set is completely compelling all the way through – a darkly brooding batch of funky jazz that shows a strong Miles Davis electric influence at points, thanks to Nat Adderley's spacey trumpet lines, Mike Deasy's trippy guitar, and George Duke's excellent keyboards! Other tracks are a bit more laidback, fitting the mood of their respective signs – and overall, the whole thing slips and slides wonderfully from cut to cut – taking you through the star signs with a really righteous, soulful approach. Titles include "Cancer", "Sagittarius", "Pisces", "Aquarius", "Capricorn", "Virgo", "Taurus", "Aries", "Libra", and a special "Introduction". CD
Also available Soul Zodiac ... LP 24.99

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Cannonball AdderleySoul Zodiac ... LP
Capitol, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
One of the coolest, baddest, funkiest albums Cannonball Adderley ever recorded – a massive suite of tunes based on the signs of the Zodiac, produced to perfection by David Axelrod, and featuring some hip recitations from the mighty Rick Holmes! The double-length set is completely compelling all the way through – a darkly brooding batch of funky jazz that shows a strong Miles Davis electric influence at points, thanks to Nat Adderley's spacey trumpet lines, Mike Deasy's trippy guitar, and George Duke's excellent keyboards! Other tracks are a bit more laidback, fitting the mood of their respective signs – and overall, the whole thing slips and slides wonderfully from cut to cut – taking you through the star signs with a really righteous, soulful approach. Titles include "Cancer", "Sagittarius", "Pisces", "Aquarius", "Capricorn", "Virgo", "Taurus", "Aries", "Libra", and a special "Introduction". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Also available Soul Zodiac ... CD 14.99

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Nat AdderleyDouble Exposure ... LP
Prestige, 1975. Sealed ... $24.99
A lost chapter in the David Axelrod/Cannonball Adderley tradition – and one of Nat's best albums from the 70s! Nat's funky trumpet sits nicely in moody arrangements by David Axelrod and Jimmy Jones – and the group features electric piano by George Duke, plus guest playing by Cannonball Adderley, Hal Galper, and Johnny Watson. Includes a few cuts with vocals by Nat, done in a weird funky style that's vaguely similar to Eugene McDaniels. Titles include "Traffic", "Contant 19", "59 Go & Pass", "Quit It", "Watermelon Man", and "Song Of The Valez Diamond", which has some cool electronics! LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a large cut corner.)

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Jeff AlexanderDirty Dingus Magee ... LP
MGM, Early 70s. Sealed ... $1.99
What a crazy film! We barely remember this one, but the soundtrack's for a strange western written by Joseph Heller, and starring Frank Sinatra and George Kennedy. Overall, the songs have a mix of groovy and goofy styles – with a few tasty late 60s-sounding numbers that use organ or horns, and a few others that are more cartoony, with lots of "western" touches. Very humorous music overall, with titles that include "Strum", "The Rounders", "Little Big Horny", "Rip Snortin End Title", "Rauncy", and "Hokey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a few small holes and a Sound Purchase sticker.)

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New BakerlooBakerloo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
A bluesy British combo from the end of the 60s – but one with some farther-reaching touches, too – as befits their placement on the Harvest Records roster of the time! The core sound of the group comes from the guitar skills of Dave Clempson, who also does most of the vocals as well – and although Dave's clearly got the chops to take on the best American roots players, he also steps out with some fiercer moments too – mixing things up in a style that's not unlike the James Gang at their best, with some slight jazzy inflections at all the right points. The group's just a trio, but Clempson also plays harmonica, piano, and even harpsichord on one cool instrumental – and titles include "Gang Bang", "Last Blues", "Big Bear Folly", "Bring It On Home", and "Drivin Backwards". CD features bonus tracks – "Georgia", "Once Upon A Time", "Train", and alternate takes of "This Worried Feeling" and "Son Of Moonshine". CD

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Beatles/George MartinYellow Submarine (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Apple/Sound Check (Russia), 1968. Used ... $8.99
Sure it's a soundtrack, and sure it's got a number of songs that are just instrumentals from the film – but the record also features some excellent late Beatles tracks that can only be found here – including the killer tracks "Hey Bulldog" (almost a funky nugget), "Only A Northern Song", and "All Together Now". Also includes "Yellow Submarine" (natch) – plus "It's All Too Much" and "All You Need Is Love" – and side two features a number of groovy instrumentals from George Martin – including "Pepperland", "Sea Of Holes", "March Of The Meanies", and "Pepperland Laid Waste". CD
(Out of print Russian paper sleeve pressing.)


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Big BlackBulldozer (with bonus download) ... LP
Touch & Go, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 15.98
The second EP by Chicago's underground 80s rock gods Big Black! Lungs was a great and all, but Bulldozer is where the Big Black really starts hitting it's signature sound – caustic vocals, that incredible shrapnelly guitar, thick, scary bass and don't forget Roland – who needs a drum kit when you got Roland back there! Includes "Cables", "Pigeon Kill", "I'm A Mess", "Texas" (with some human drumming), "Seth" and "Jump The Climb". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 2013 version. Includes download.)

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Black OperaGreat Year ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Ambitious hip hop from Black Opera – with an all star roster – with a diverse sound and all star roster of producers – but it ultimately holds together tightly as a distinctive, consistent whole! Brilliant stuff that matches operatic samples with gritty boom bap – and guest producers yU, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Tall Black Guy, Arjun Singh, Waajeed and Jansport J. Titles include "Behold The Opera", "God Speed", "No Water", "Rich Like You", "Never Saw It Coming", "Character Assassination" feat Kashia Bleu, "Talking Revolution", "Up And Up" and more. CD

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Blues MagoosNever Goin Back To Georgia ... LP
ABC, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
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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George BraithMusart ... CD
Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different – very far-reaching, and almost spiritual at points – with the blend of jazz and other modes that you might find on the Cadet/Concept sessions in late 60s Chicago! Braith plays a wide assortment of saxes – c-melody, alto and soprano – but his playing here is a bit different than the Roland Kirk-like vibe of before – sometimes more stretched-out and exploratory, in a Nathan Davis sort of vibe – sometimes wrapped up in some larger explorations from the whole group. There's moments of raw percussion with echoey production, others with wordless vocals floating alongside the lead soloist, and still others that have that catchy blend of soul jazz and exoticism you'd find in the music of Eddie Harris or Yusef Lateef – even though Braith here is completely his own artist too! The set features Jane Getz on piano, Jay Carter and Eddie Diehl on guitar, and Ben Dixon on drums – but there's also a lot of percussion, both Latin and otherwise, from a shifting lineup of players. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Del's Theme", "Musart", "Evelyn Anita", "Our Blessing", "Laura", and "Splashes Of Love". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Don BurrowsJust The Beginning ... LP
Cherry Pie, Mid 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A strange bit of nationalism from Australia's most successful group ever! The record comes packaged in a complicated die-cut sleeve, with a booklet that has a lot of images of old and new Sydney, as well as photos of the band. The music is the usual Aussie Burrows bag from the time – with a mix of Brazilian tunes, west coasty stuff, and some classically-influenced tracks to class things up a bit. No louts here – and the reed work of Burrows is always a delight in the company of guitarist George Golla. Titles include "Morning", "The Set Up", "Come What May", "So Long Samba", and "Recuerdos". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear. Includes book.)

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Bus People Express (Poets Of Rhythm)Augusta Georgia (Here I Come)/South Carolina ... 7-inch
Hotpie & Candy/Daptone, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99 6.99
A rarity from the early 90s funky underground by Bus People Express – who were alternately working as Soul Saints during this period – and they would soon trailblaze the contemporary funk scene as Poets Of Rhythm! "Augusta Georgia (Here I Come)" starts out with stripped-down drums and some gritty call and response group vocals, before the guitar and bass come storming in. Reminiscent of James Brown at his rawest and grittiest, ala Motherlode! "South Carolina" has a slower cooking style with some southern funky soul swagger, as you might guess from the title. A prescient blast of modern funk to come! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New John Carter & Bobby BradfordSecrets ... LP
Revelation, 1972. Near Mint- ... $44.99
A treasure of modernist jazz from the west coast underground! John Carter and Bobby Bradford were part of a hip LA soul/avant scene that included Horace Tapscott and Nate Morgan – and this album is one of a rare few that the pair cut together during their golden days of the late 60s and early 70s. The overall sound is hard to describe – part soulful spiritualism, part Ornette-like riffing and comping, part free jazz in an Ayler mode, part AACM experimentation – and the creative vision is very clear, very fully developed, and a key part of the American underground that rarely gets a chance to be heard. In addition to Carter's work on alto and clarinet, and Bradford's on trumpet, the session features piano by Nate Morgan and Bill Henderson, bass by Louis Spears and Henry Franklin, and drums by Ndugu or Bruz Freeman, the lost brother of Von and George! Titles include "Circle", "In A Pretty Place", and "Resevita's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Johnny CashOut Among The Stars (180 gram vinyl with download) ... LP
Columbia, 1981/1984. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 24.98
A surprisingly strong set of previously unreleased Johnny Cash – recorded with producer Billy Sherrill, mostly in 1984, but with a couple sessions from '81 – and it's honestly as great, and a heck of a lot better than a bunch of Johnny's music that actually DID see commercial release during the 80s! Our favorite Billy Sherrill productions are ones like this, where he's providing a clean, polished backdrop for hardscrabble honky tonk heroes, without compromising their gritty nature. He worked that kind of magic for Johnny Paycheck and George Jones, and it works just as well for Johnny. Johnny's voice is as rich and booming as ever – and it includes a couple duets with June Carter, and one with fellow Highwayman Waylon Jennings. Includes the great title track, "Baby Ride Easy", "She Used To Love Me A Lot", "After All", "I'm Movin' On", "If I Told You Who It Was", "Call Your Mother", "I Drove Her Out Of My Mind", "Tennessee", "Rock And Roll Shoes", "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time", "I Came To Believe" and a bonus Elvis Costello mix of "She Used To Love Me A Lot". LP, Vinyl record album
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Stelvio CiprianiAnonimo Veneziano (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CAM/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of the all-time great soundtracks from Stelvio Cipriani – and one of his few film scores of the 70s to circulate at an international level too! Yet the fame of the record is very well-deserved, because the music is completely sublime – a mixture of light orchestrations and tinkling piano and harpsichord lines that often have the cool, compressed feel of the best Ennio Morricone music from the same time – particularly his more love-styled themes. The approach is wonderful – more acoustic than the electric sounds that Cipriani would use later on. The album features one longer classical-oriented track conducted by George Gaslini, but most of the titles are shorter ones – and include the cuts "Noi Un Tempo Fa", "Vento Caldo", "Anonimo Veneziano", "Un Tempo Bello", "Come Una Volta", and "Vincino A Te". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered pressing!)

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Del Tha Funkee HomosapienI Wish My Brother George Was Here ... LP
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $18.99
The loopy West Coast classic! Heavily steeped in the P-Funk party vibe, Del's first LP is still a hip hop holy grail. Ice Cube's production is a nice snapshot of west coast hip hop circa '89, and Del's style is inimitable. Standouts Mistadobolina" and "Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo" are unimpeachable leftfield classics – but the whole record's great! Other titles include "What Is A Booty", "The Wacky World Of Rapid Transit", "P*ssin On Your Steps", "Money For Sex", "Dr. Bombay", "Sunny Meadowz", "Sleepin On My Couch", "Hoodz Come In Dozens", "Same Ol Thing", "Ya Lil' Crumbsnatchers", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP version!)

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George DukePrimal George Duke ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1966. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Quite possibly the earliest record to ever feature pianist George Duke as a leader – and a set that's very different than his better-known work of the 70s! At first glance, the album appears to be a straight jazz outing, with Duke on acoustic piano – yet as we've come to expect from George, there's also a really unique twist – a sense of sound that's already reaching out way beyond the obvious, in soulful styles that really make the record a smoker! The quartet features some unique bass trumpet work from David Simmons – whose instrument has the depth of a trombone, but the pointedness of a trumpet – a great combination with the well-crafted basslines from John Heard, and the snappingly syncopated drumming of George Walker – who really makes the record cook with his rhythms – bringing in some great stepping styles that keep things swinging throughout! The arrangements are handled by Duke, who's clearly got a great ear for a groove even at this early age – bringing some 60s soul jazz magic to cuts that include a groovy cover of Duke Pearson's "Jeannine", plus "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Secret Love", "The Second Time Around", and "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Dutch pressing.)

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Joe DukesSoulful Drums Of Joe Dukes ... LP
Prestige, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Soulful and pounding! Joe Dukes is one of the greatest soul jazz drummers ever – the key to the unique sound that Jack McDuff had during his big rise to fame in the mid 60s, a combination of tightly funky rhythms underneath, with a freer approach to the top of the kit that worked perfectly with McDuff's hefty Hammond Organ work. The group on this album's McDuff's classic quartet that includes Red Holloway on tenor and alto, George Benson on guitar, and Dukes on drums. The album's got an incredible sound, with Dukes' unique approach to drums scattering all over the kit, creating these complicated dancing rhythms for the organ, sax, and guitar lineup. The album's filled with excellent groovers, like "Moohah the D.J.", "Soulful Drums", "Greasy Drums", and "My Three Sons" – and the whole thing's great! . Filled with excellent groovers, like "Moohah the D.J.", "Soulful Drums", "Greasy Drums", and "My Three Sons". Super-rare, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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George Duning/Gianfranco ReverberiZodiac Blues/Orgiastic Ritual ... 7-inch
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 50s/Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
A cool and unlikely pairing of 2 groovy tracks from 2 different movies that portray black magic in very different ways! First up is George Duning and the Brothers Candoli, with "Zodiac Blues" from Bell Book & Candle – the late 50s Kim Novak/James Stewart classic – in which enchantress Kim puts her seductive charms on Jimmy! The song has a fun little nightclub jazzy vibe, kicking off with a cat's meow to set the tone. The flipside is "Orgiastic Ritual" by Gianfranco Reverberi, an eerily percussive tune from the 70s erotic horror film The Reincarnation Of Isabel –- which uses some sultry moaning to good effect! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Jan Garbarek with Terje RypdalEsoteric Circle (aka George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle) ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ECM, too – very full and free – with vibrant work that really illuminates the younger years of these musicians – a sublime quartet that includes Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano sax, Terje Rypdal on guitar, Arild Anderson on bass, and Jon Cristensen on drums! Some tunes are quite free, while others have a spiritual sense of soul that's equally grat – and throughout the record, all players express themselves in an unfettered way – with visionary performances on tracks that include "Nefertiti", "Traneflight", "Esoteric Circle", "SAS 644", "Karin's Mode", and "Breeze Ending". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio ... CD
Blue Note, 2012. Used ... $9.99
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – matched here with guest vocals from a host of key talents – including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco! The blend is surprisingly wonderful – not a sell out at all, but a way for Glaspar's music to reach a rich new level of expression – as the vocals really help the instrumental elements come alive – and unlock this side of Robert's potential that was always lurking in the background. One of the best musical moments we've heard from Blue Note in years – with titles that include "Always Shine", "Move Love", "Ah Yeah", "Lift Off", "Afro Blue", "Cherish The Day", "Black Radio", and "Letter To Hermione". CD
Also available Black Radio ... LP 17.99

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio ... LP
Blue Note, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $17.99 19.98
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – matched here with guest vocals from a host of key talents – including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco! The blend is surprisingly wonderful – not a sell out at all, but a way for Glaspar's music to reach a rich new level of expression – as the vocals really help the instrumental elements come alive – and unlock this side of Robert's potential that was always lurking in the background. One of the best musical moments we've heard from Blue Note in years – with titles that include "Always Shine", "Move Love", "Ah Yeah", "Lift Off", "Afro Blue", "Cherish The Day", "Black Radio", and "Letter To Hermione". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Radio ... CD 9.99

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Freddie HubbardKeep Your Soul Together/Polar AC/Skagly ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1973/1975/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A trio of 70s Freddie Hubbard – all packaged together in one sweet set! First up is Keep Your Soul Together – Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay set – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very cosmic approach to the solos! The groove is funky, yet easy – featuring playing that's very open and very soulful, by a group that includes Freddie, Ron Carter, George Benson, and Hubert Laws. Titles include "Keep Your Soul Together", "Spirits Of Trane", "Destiny's Children", and "Brigitte". Polar AC is warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of a record recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album's got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and introspective, but no less open-minded and electrically charged. The assortment of players is all top-shelf – with Billy Cobham, Airto, Lennie White, George Cables, Hubert Laws, and George Benson all backing Freddie up on the set – and titles include a great take on "People Make the World Go Round", plus "Naturally", and "Son of Sky Dive", which grooves just like its papa! Skagly has a title that reads like a typo, but the album's a great set of smooth fusion from Freddie Hubbard – self-produced, and almost a summation of all the styles he'd mastered in the 70s! The session's never too over the top or too ambitious – just features Freddie working with a hip group in a laidback setting – blowing lean and mellow lines that almost take him back to his best CTI funk. The group features Billy Childs on keyboards, Hadley Caliman on tenor and flute, and some guest work by George Duke and Paulinho Da Costa – on titles that include "Skagly", "Rustic Celebration", "Happiness Is Now", and "Cascais". CD

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Freddie HubbardPolar AC ... LP
CTI, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
Warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of a record recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album's got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and introspective, but no less open-minded and electrically charged. The assortment of players is all top-shelf – with Billy Cobham, Airto, Lennie White, George Cables, Hubert Laws, and George Benson all backing Freddie up on the set – and titles include a great take on "People Make the World Go Round", plus "Naturally", and "Son of Sky Dive", which grooves just like its papa! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some corner wear.)

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New Ice CubeLethal Injection ... LP
Priority, 1993. Near Mint- 2LP (reissue)... $19.99
Cube was repeating himself at this point, but he's still close enough to his prime that this new issue is well worth your dollar! As you'd guess from the title, he's still pretty angry – the reasons for that permanent scowl he wore at the time are all over the place, as is the firm Lench Mob production. Nicely remastered with 4 bonus tracks/remixes, expanded notes, etc. Tracks include "Really Doe", "Ghetto Bird", "Bop Gun (One Nation)" featuring George Clinton, "What Can I Do?", "Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth" featuring K-Dee, "Down For Whatever", "Enemy", "When I Get To Heaven", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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George JonesWalk Through This World With Me – The Complete Musicor Recordings 1965 to 1971 Part 1 (5CD set) ... CD
Musicor/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $94.99 129.98
The great George Jones in all his glory – heard here on some seminal sides for the Musicor label – a place where Jones really started to come into his own! These are the cuts that made Jones a legend – music that helped the singer refine some of his east Texas rough edges, but still keep his raw emotion intact – while also finding a way to get lean and mean, in preparation for a huge wave of success to come! The Musicor label wasn't always great about the way it released or reissued Jones' material – and this set is the first time these tracks really get their due – a massive 142 songs presented in proper format, along with two complete session recordings – including false starts and alternate tracks. The production is great – the usual Bear Family high standards – with a nice book, lots of notes, and loads of images of original album art and 45s too! CD

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Jack Kelly TrioMost Beautiful Girl In The World ... LP
Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $59.99
A nice little album of saloony piano work from Jack Kelly – one that's got a spare, stripped-down sound that makes you feel like you're watching Jack work in the smokey backroom of some older nightspot! The trio features bass work by George Shaw and drums by Jack Saunders – but George's keys dominate the set – on titles that include "Three Little Words", "Montuna", "The Rose Room", "Just You Just Me", "Sweet Lorraine", and "April In Paris". 4 tracks are solo piano, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing, with full color logo and deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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Barney KesselMusic To Listen To Barney Kessel By – Barney Kessel Vol 4 ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good ... $14.99
A classic Kessel album for Contemporary – one that features Barney's guitar in a set of slightly larger backings, all arranged by Barney himself! The approach is a bit different from some of Kessel's more stripped-down albums of the time – as Barney works with instrumentation that includes a fair bit of flute and clarinet work by players who include Buddy Collette, Jules Jacob, George Smith, and Ted Nash – all supported by straighter piano, bass, and drum rhythms. The mix of guitar and reeds is quite nice, and makes for a warmly lyrical sound on the set – a sound that Kessel is perfectly suited for – nicely sophisticated without getting too coldly academic. Titles include "Blues For A Playboy", "Cheerful Little Earful", "My Reverie", "Carioca", "Indian Summer", "Fascinating Rhythm", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has a name stamp, a strip of tape on the spine, and a small mark from sticker removal.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsImagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A pivotal album for Gladys Knight and group – as the record features their super-huge hit "The Midnight Train To Georgia", a landmark track that not only had a catchy pop hook, but which spoke volumes about African-American migration in the postwar years. The track's one of those you've heard a million times, but it's got a strength that still holds up tremendously. Part of this is due to great production work by Tony Camillo – who handled arrangements and studio work on about half the tracks – and part is due to Jim Weatherly, who wrote the song, and about half the others on the album. The whole album's great – one of the best Buddah Records moments for the group – and titles include "I've Got To Use My Imagination", "Window Raising Granny", "Where Peaceful Waters Flow", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me", and "Storms Of Trouble Times". Includes four bonus tracks – "Midnight Train To Georgia (single)", "Midnight Train To Georgia (inst)", "Midnight Train To Georgia (short version)", and "Window Raisin Granny (single)". CD

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Michel LegrandYoung Girls of Rochefort – Orchestral Version ... LP
United Artists, 1968. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Great stuff! This is the "alternate" version of Michel Legrand's great score to Les Demoiselles De Rochefort – and it's totally great all the way through! The whole thing's nice and jazzy, totally swinging, and has a groove that you don't get in some of Legrand's other work. We've been listening to this for years, and it's never dulled on us. Very groovy, very Frenchy, and very tough to find. Titles include "Chanson De Simon", "Les Rencontres", "Toujours Jamais", "De Dephine A Lancien", "Nous Voyageons De Ville en Ville", and "Marins, Amis, Amants, Ou Maris". LP, Vinyl record album
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Booker LittleBooker Little & Friend (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the early 60s Blue Note generation – and which echoes some of the work that Little had done with Max Roach in the years before this date. The lineup's filled with great players to help Book realize his strongest musical vision – Julian Priester on trombone, George Coleman on tenor, Don Friedman on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – and although the set's issued on the sometimes-staid Bethlehem label, it's got all the sharper edges of an early 60s date on a label like Impulse or Candid! Titles include "Matilde", "Booker's Blues", "Forward Flight", and "Victory and Sorrow". CD features two bonus tracks – alternate versions of "Looking Ahead". CD

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Joe Locke with Kenny WashingtonFor The Love Of You ... CD
E1, 2010. Used ... $8.99
A great little vocal album – recorded under the leadership of vibist Joe Locke, but also featuring singer Kenny Washington on most tracks too! The album's somewhat mellow overall, and plenty darn soulful too – a beautiful showcase for Washington's raspy vocals, which hang nicely in a space between jazz and soul – augmented by Locke's always-excellent lines on vibes, plus piano by Geoffrey Keezer, bass from George Mraz, and drums from Clarence Penn. Titles include "Verrazano Moon", "Cinema Paradiso", "Pure Imagination", "Two For The Road", and "I Miss New York". CD

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Teo Macero & Bob PrinceWhat's New? – New Jazz From Teo Macero & Bob Prince ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Although Teo Macero is probably best known as Columbia's jazz producer during their successful early 60s run with Miles, he's also quite a composer in his own right, as you'll hear on this striking set of sides from the late 50s! Macero splits the album with Bob Prince – and each of these lesser-known modernists get a side apiece, and fairly free reign in coming up with some wild material. The sound has a little bit of that hip east coast chamber sound that you'd hear in Hal McKusick recordings – but there's also a bit more influences from 20th century modernism, as well as some of the larger Kenton-esque experiments of the early 50s. Macero's group includes John LaPorta, Eddie Bert, and George Barrow – and Prince is assisted by Jon Eardley, Phil Woods, and Frank Socolow. A great slice of lost avant playing, and one of the more striking jazz sides in the Columbia catalog! Titles include "Sounds Of May", "Ground Base", "Germination", "24+ 18+", and "Neally". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and a spot of tape on the back.)

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O'JaysBack On Top ... LP
Bell, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Although the O'Jays' Philly International recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that's very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also features a few songs that were covered by those groups, too). The band have heavenly harmonies that are more fragile than on their tightly-sewn Gamble/Huff work, with some elements of the deeper soul that was on some of their earlier recordings. Includes the single "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", plus "I'm So Glad I Found You", "Look Over Your Shoulder", "Going Going Gone", and "I Dig Your Act". Also issued later, under the title "The O'Jays". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tiny bit of seam splitting on one corner, and a small name stamp on the back.)

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O'JaysO'Jays (Bell pressing) ... LP
Bell, Early 70s. Very Good ... $0.99
This is the second version of an album that was first pressed under the title Back On Top – repackaged here with a slicker cover during the early 70s, to cash in on the fame that the O'Jays were having at Phily International. Although the group's Philly recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that's very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also features a few songs that were covered by those groups, too). The band have heavenly harmonies that are more fragile than on their tightly-sewn Gamble/Huff work, with some elements of the deeper soul that was on some of their earlier recordings. For some reason, the album links together the tracks with a fake "audience" sound, as if it's a live album – which it really isn't. We can forgive the producers at Bell for that, though – because the tracks are so great! Includes the single "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", plus "I'm So Glad I Found You", "Look Over Your Shoulder", "Going Going Gone", and "I Dig Your Act". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam & some wear.)

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ParliamentChocolate City (Remastered & Expanded) ... CD
Casablanca/Mercury, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An amazing album that's probably one of the most unified albums that George Clinton ever recorded! The band's rawer style has been firmed up and economized – but a lot of the best elements are still in place, including a strange approach to vocals that has male and female voices interacting and counterbalancing in a similar style to that heard on some of Roy Ayers' best work from the early 70s. Clinton's begun introducing a lot of elements of Funkadelic into the group – but the tracks are still short and very tight, with a focussed approach to both funk and lyrics that really makes the album stand up to repeated listenings over the years. The album begins with the sublime "Chocolate City", a surprisingly political number that has these incredible jagged piano lines that echo away madly – then it rolls into other great numbers like "Side Effects", "What Comes Funky", "If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It", and "I Misjudged You". CD includes 3 bonus tracks – "If It Don't Fit Don't Force It (alternate)", "I Misjudged You (alternate)", and "Common Law Wife (previously unreleased)". CD

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ParliamentClones Of Dr Funkenstein ... CD
Casablanca, 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An oft-overlooked gem from Parliament – released during the year 1976, and sometimes hidden between monster LPs like Funkentelechy and Mothership Connection – but every bit as great as those two classics! The album's got that tightened-up P-Funk sound that was working so perfectly at the time – still with all the fuzzy haired elements of earlier years, but presented with a bit more focus – and a powerhouse swing that really drives the tracks home with a funky groove on the bottom! There's a flowing sort of energy here that almost makes you think that the whole thing just emerged naturally from the brain of George Clinton – but all ensemble players have a strong hand in the action, and really get some great moments in on the set. Cuts include "Gamin' On Ya", "Do That Stuff", "Children Of Production", and "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)". CD

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Esther PhillipsAlone Again, Naturally ... LP
Kudu, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup – one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums – and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alone Again, Naturally (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Esther PhillipsAlone Again, Naturally (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kudu/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup – one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums – and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". CD features two bonus cuts – live versions of "Cherry Red" and "God Bless The Child". CD
Also available Alone Again, Naturally ... LP 11.99

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Bud PowellLonely One (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $29.99
Pure genius from Bud Powell's mid 50s run for Verve Records – some of his sharpest-edged recordings of the decade! Despite the "blue" feeling of the title, there's a very lively sound going on here – one that's often crackling with strong rhythmic impulses, and which displays a never-tiring sense of invention and creation. The material is culled from two different sessions – one with George Duvivier on bass and Art Taylor on drums, the other with Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums – both teams that do a good job of keeping up with Powell's imagination and inspiration. Titles include the classic "Dance Of The Infidels", plus "Lullaby In Rhythm", "Mediocre", "All The Things You Are", "Hey George", and "Star Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy ... $19.99
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George Shearing group – but from the very first note of the record, you know that the sound is something quite different indeed – a bold new musical vision, carried off perfectly! The rhythms here are especially unique – often chopped up and slightly skittish – so that the vibes and piano are often handling rhythmic duties as often as melodic ones – rolling along with the bass and drums in a set of beautiful changes and timings that explode with color and life. Players include Vito Tommaso on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, and Giampiero Giusti on drums – and titles include "Quartetto", "Soft Winds", "Estate 61", "Gabry", "Blues For Carole No 2", and "Like Someone In Love". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "West Blues","Estate 58", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD
Also available Quartetto (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George Shearing group – but from the very first note of the record, you know that the sound is something quite different indeed – a bold new musical vision, carried off perfectly! The rhythms here are especially unique – often chopped up and slightly skittish – so that the vibes and piano are often handling rhythmic duties as often as melodic ones – rolling along with the bass and drums in a set of beautiful changes and timings that explode with color and life. Players include Vito Tommaso on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, and Giampiero Giusti on drums – and titles include "Quartetto", "Soft Winds", "Estate 61", "Gabry", "Blues For Carole No 2", and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the CD, too!)
Also available Quartetto (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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Phil Ranelin & Tribe RenaissanceReminiscence – Live ... CD
Wide Hive, Early 2000s. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A great title for this one – given that the music here is right up there with the best Phil Ranelin recordings of the 70s! That likeness is no surprise, though – given that the group here is Phil's Tribe Renaissance ensemble – a lineup of players put together to recreate the groundbreaking music that Ranelin and others of the Tribe Records scene were doing on the Detroit scene of the 70s – wonderfully spiritual jazz, with a deeply soulful component too – clearly inspired by the work of creative scenes in Chicago and St Louis, but a lot more inside than both, and always with a righteous undercurrent as well. Players here include Ranelin on trombone, Nate Morgan and William Henderson on piano, Michael Session on alto and soprano sax, Carl Randall on tenor, Louis Van Taylor on flute and bass clarinet, George Harper Jr on tenor and baritone sax, Keith Fiddmont on soprano sax and flute, Danny Grissett on organ, and Taumbu on percussion. Titles include "A Tear In Elmina", "Shades Of Dolphy", "Solar", "Thrivin On A Groove", "Caravan", and "A Close Encounter Of The Very Best Kind". CD

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Red KrayolaHazel ... LP
Drag City, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 16.98
One of the most collaborative albums ever from The Red Krayola – recorded at a time when the long coattails of Mayo Thompson had pulled together a rich range of creative talents from both sides of the Atlantic! The presence of all the younger musicians and vocalists really opens up the vision that Thompson had explored from his UK years onwards, but which had stagnated a bit in Germany – moving away here from Mayo's own ego, and instead spreading the energy amidst a lineup that includes key musicians from Chicago – like David Grubbs, Jim O'Rourke, and John McIntire – plus others who include Stephen Prina, Tom Watson, George Hurley, and Albert Oehlen. The songs are as diverse as their titles, but each have a very poetic, almost painterly feel – and titles include "Dad", "Serenade", "Another Song Another Satan", "Larking", "Timmy Two Bad", and "5124881". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lawrence SchillerHomosexuality In The American Male ... LP
Probe, Late 60s. Sealed ... $28.99
An in-depth look at queerness in America – issued on the unfortunately-named Probe label! Features narration by George Kennedy, and interviews by the author. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, but the shrinkwrap is slightly open along one edge.)

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ShirellesHappy & In Love/The Shirelles (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Two albums and bonus tracks too – all rare material from an overlooked chapter of The Shirelles' career! First up is Happy & In Love, a great second chapter for The Shirelles – hardly the girl group pop they cut in the 60s, and instead a more righteous soul style for the 70s – in a mode that's like Honey Cone or Three Degrees! The backings are nice and soulful – almost funky at times – with arrangements from George Andrews and Joe Scott that mix fuller strings with tighter grooves at the core – in a way that really sets the vocals free amidst some very interesting material! Had the girls only cut this record, it might have been a 70s soul hit – but it's unfortunately gotten lost to the shifting sands of time because it's not as iconic as their hits. Don't make that mistake, though, because the album's a real charmer – and titles include "Boy You're Too Young", "There's Nothing In This World", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", "Take Me", "We Got A Lot Of Lovin To Do", and "Strange I Still Love You". The 1972 album The Shirelles is surprisingly great later work by The Shirelles – nice and soulful, thanks to arrangements from David Van De Pitte and Wade Marcus – both of whom push the trio way past their roots, into more sophisticated group soul for the 70s! The approach carries the best (then) contemporary styles from New York and Philly – particularly that strong way of mixing group vocals with focused grooves – as you'd hear from some of the more successful male groups of the time on RCA, like Main Ingredient or Choice Four. The Shirelles have a strong sense of harmony that really pushes the tunes forward – and the material is nice and creative – with titles that include "Walk On In", "Brother Brother", "Sunday Dreaming", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Let's Stay Together", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", and "Drowning In The Sea Of Love". CD also features bonus tracks – "Let's Give Each Other Love", "Do What You've A Mind To", and "Touch The Wind". CD

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New Nancy SinatraSugar ... LP
Reprise, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Though one of her groovy Hazlewood produced albums, she only does two Hazlewood-penned tunes on this one: "Coastin", and "Sugar Town". The rest of the songs are the old-timey standards like "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Vagabond Shoes", "Let's Fall In Love", "Oh! You Beautiful Doll" and "Hard Hearted Hannah", though you might not guess that from the hot front cover featuring Nancy posing in a mod pink bikini. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has wear.)

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New Carol SloaneBut Not For Me (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $22.99
Unusual later work from the great Carol Sloane – a session that was cut for a major label in Japan, but never issued here in the US – and a date that maybe even surpasses all the class and care of Sloane's indie sides from the 70s! The vocalist has a nicely maturing style, especially at the mellower moments, which have a depth of notes we don't remember this strongly before – and backings are wonderfully sensitive, with the great Tommy Flanagan as a well-chosen force on piano, plus George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums. Frank Wess makes some great appearances on flute and tenor – but the trio backings mostly dominate – and titles include "But Not For Me", "Lady Be Good", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "I Love You Porgy/Summertime", "I've Got a Crush On You", and "Isn't It A Pity". CD

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New U-Nam & OthersWeekend In LA – A Tribute To George Benson ... CD
Skytown, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A nice little tribute to soul, jazz and fusion legend George Benson – and a project that's a labor of love for Benson-devotee, soulful spirit and brilliant guitarist U-Nam – with an allstar lineup that features Ronnie Foster, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Andreas Oberg, Tim Owens, Marcus Millers and others! Benson is an artist who embraced diversity and creative evolution – and this tribute does that legacy proudly. It's rich with fusiony soul groovers that are laced with some truly impeccable guitar work. It's got some throwback swagger in spots, but it's also got some distinctly modern soul appeal – and an all around affectionate spirit. U-Nam plays guitars, keyboards and more here – on top of handling the recording and arrangements – and the guests bring their best! Includes "Weekend In LA" with Rhodes and clavinet by Ronnie Foster and vocals by Andreas Oberg, "Give Me That", "Shiver" and more with singer Tim Owens, "This Masquerade" with more great Fender Rhodes – this time by George Duke, "Hip Ship", "Before You Go/Breezin'" with Patrice Rushen, "Nature Boy" with Stokely Williams and more. CD

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Matt UleryWake An Echo ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 14.98
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene – but he's also got a wider vision, too – one that has the longer pieces stretching out with a compositional vision that goes way beyond just small combo jazz – a really wonderful sense of tones, timings, and layers – served up by a quintet that includes Geoff Bradfield on bass clarinet, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Rob Clearfield on piano and accordion, and Jon Dellemyer on drums. The mix of bass clarinet and trumpet is wonderful – all fluttery and shimmery over the blocky rhythms of the group – and the record has a bold sense of energy that never lets up. Titles include "In Every Lonely Chamber", "Coriander", "Over Under Other", "My Favorite Stranger", "Carefree", and "All The Riven". CD

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Louis Van DykePavane ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the mellowest pianists in the world – heard here on an album that may well be his best! Louis Van Dyke has a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a way of advancing notes on the piano with a subtle sound that's clearly part of the Bill Evans generation, but which has an even greater sense of space overall – this slow-moving sense of wonder that makes each note stand out quite strongly – with a sense of expectation that definitely holds us rapt, even given the mellow nature of the recording. Louis picks a great batch of work to reflect his ideals here – 60s soundtrack gems by Michel Legrand and Francis Lai, other tracks from Bacharach and Blossom Dearie, and even his great reworking of a theme from Faure. Titles include "Pavane", "Catherine's Theme", "I Will Wait For You", "Sweet Georgie Fame", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", and "The Windmills Of Your Mind". CD

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Warren GReturn Of The Regulator ... LP
Universal, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP ... $2.99
Tracks include "Lookin At You" with production by Dr Dre, "Here Comes Another Hit" featuring Nate Dogg & Mista Grimm, "Somethin To Bounce To" featuring Soopafly, "This Gangsta Sh*t Is Too Much" featuring Butch Cassidy, "It Ain't Nothin Wrong With You" featuring Mista Grimm, Boss Hogg & Damone, "Ghetto Village", "They Lovin Me Now" featuring Butch Cassidy & Boss Hogg, "Young Locs Slow Down" featuring W.C. & Butch Cassidy, "Speed Dreamin" featuring George Clinton & Mista Grimm, "Yo Sassy Ways" featuring Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg, "Streets Of LBC" featuring Lady Mo, "G-Funk Is Here 2 Stay" featuring Mista Grimm & Kokane, and "Keepin It Strong" featuring El Debarge. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered Universal sleeve.)

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Dee Dee WarwickComplete Atco Recordings ... CD
Atco/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $26.99
Beautiful soul vocals from Dee Dee Warwick – the entirety of her work for Atco – all of it recorded between 1970 and 1972! Dee Dee had a pretty successful run as a solo singer for Mercury before moving to Atco, to say nothing of her pedigree as a session singer over the years, hitting the charts a bunch of times, but she never really broke out as hugely as her sister Dionne. Dee might not have as many crossover-ready hits, but it's not for a lack of ability! She actually has the most natural affinity for deep soul of all her famous family – she's incredible, actually – and her work for Atco is some of her best ever! A dozen of these tracks have never been released before now, and the set includes 35 tracks on 2CDs: "What Manner Of Man", "You Tore My Wall Down", "More Today Than Yesterday", "I'm Only Human", "Searchin'", "Can't We Begin Again", "Cold Night In Georgia", "Suspicious Minds", "Pooky", " A Girl Who'll Satisfy Her Man", "I'm Glad I'm A Woman", "Everybody's Got To Believe In Somebody", "In The Land Of Make Believe", "Sweet Dreams (Alternate Take)", "Beauty, Duty, Charm And Sex" and more. CD

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Chris WoodsChris Meets Paris Meets Chris ... LP
Futura/Black Note (France), 1973. Very Good+ (reissue)... $24.99
Excellent work from Chris Woods – a genius reed player on alto sax and flute! Chris had a similar history to Nathan Davis, another richly talented American reed player from the same era – in that he was an American, but moved to Europe and achieved greater fame by becoming a seminal part of the scene during the early 60s. Woods recorded albums with Ted Curson, Marco Di Marco, and Georges Arvanitas – whose trio with Jacky Samson and Charles Saudrais is backing Chris up on this album. A few of the tunes are in a more standard jazz mode than Woods' other recordings, but there's also some great ones – like "My Lady", which is a soulful dancing waltz, and "Monsieur Lesbois In Paris", which has a nice stepping groove that's right up there with Woods' most soulful recordings! Other tracks include "Au Privae", "Love Theme For a Very Special Friend", and "Dreaming At The Woodside". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition reissue. Only 1000 copies worldwide!)

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VariousBest Of International City – Rare & Unreleased New Orleans, Baton Rouge & Muscle Shoals Recordings 1964 to 1970 ... CD
Soul Tay Shus, Mid 60s-Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
An essential look at the mid-to-late 60s soul and R&B music coming from the family of labels headed by Bob Robin – wonderful New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Muscle Shoals recordings released on the International City, River City and Rai imprints by George & Lee, Carolyn Porter, Senator Jones, Gerri Hall, Chick Carbo, Tommy Ridgley, Robert Parker, Wayman Dixon, Bobby Marchan, Lee Tillman and George Perkins! The set's remarkable for a few reasons. For one, it pulls together stellar period southern R&B that could have gotten over big anywhere in the country if the word got out of area – wonderful stuff with a homebase of New Orleans, but not so much in a precise Crescent City mold. It also features artists we don't see compiled very often, if at all, which is also exciting. Lastly, it's simply great stuff that deserves an audience, then and now! 40 tracks on 2CDs, a number of which were previously unreleased: "Nobody But You", by George & Lee, "Country Soul" by Senator Jones, "My Love Gets Stronger" by Tommy Ridgely, "I Cried A Tear" by Gerri Hall",, "When The Wind Blows In Chicago" by Chick Carbo, "The Man I'm Looking For" by Carolyn Porter, "My Broken Heart" by Wayman Dixon, "Better World" by Lee Tillman, "Wash Mama Wash" by Robert Parker, "Any Way You Want It" by Bobby Marchan and more. CD

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New VariousBlack Power And Liberation Struggles (6CD set) ... CD
Alternative Tentacles, 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 6CD ... $16.99
A 6CD set of oratory revolution – 175 Progress Drive by Mumia Abu-Jamal, Self-Defense, Self-Respect by Robert F Williams, Prisons On Fire by George Jackson, Attica, and Black Liberation, In A Pig's Eye by Ward Churchhill, Taking Liberties by Christian Parenti and the bonus Chile – Promise Of Freedom – in a single package! The Mumia disc features the voices of the man himself plus Hugh Masekela, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Rubin Hurricane Carter & others. Churchill takes on the struggles of Native America, Mabel Williams tells the Self-Defense, Self-Respect & Self-Determination of Robert F Williams, Black Liberation is covered on Prisons On Fire and Christian Parenti speaks of capitalist state opression on Taking Liberties. CD
(Hand numbered limited edition of 300.)

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VariousHot Day In Harlem – The Soul Of The City 1970 to 1979 ... CD
All Platinum/Outta Sight (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
Funk, soul, and plenty more too – a massive batch of work from the legendary All Platinum label – the pre-hip hop chapter of the Sugar Hill Records scene! The work here nicely runs the gamut – as the set features lots of the great funk you'd find on All Platinum 45s, mixed with some warmer soul tunes, and even a few ballads too! We love the label (and all it's related imprints) to death – and it's been years since anyone's brought out so many gems like this from the New Jersey powerhouse of soul. And even though the title is oddly misleading – this isn't really a Harlem collection at all – we love the results of the whole thing – a smashing array of 70s soul cuts that includes "Ton Of Dynamite" by Frankie Crocker, "Beautiful Summer Day" by Mother Freedom Band, "Stand In For Love" by Pandella Kelly, "Home" by Gloria Barnes, "3 Minutes 2 Hey Girl" by George Kerr, "Hot Day In Harlem" by Rimshots, "Chance With You" by Brother To Brother, "She Comes Up" by Storm, "Too Sweet To Be Lonely" by The Internationals, "Young Bird" by Soul Generation, and "The Prime Of Love" by BBP. CD

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VariousJazz On The Edge – Henkaku No Jazz ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $23.99
Jazz on the edge of a great leap forward – ultra-hip material from the Japanese scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a time when the grooves were really taking on a bold new formation! Just a few years before, Japanese jazz was great, but never had a voice of its own – often just working in modes that were inspired by the best American hardboppers of the 50s. Yet by the time of these tracks, the music was really something unique – unleashed, unbound, and able to bring together really rich strands from all sides of the spectrum – avant, soulful, funky, and electric – all bristling with new ideas and a very strong sense of imagination! This package collects some of the best tracks from the best albums in the legendary run of Japanese recordings on Columbia Nippon – and the album features work by Joro Inagaki, Takeshi Inomata, Hiroshi Suzuki, Terumasahino, Akira Ishikawa, George Otsuka, 5 Saxophones, and others – on titles that include "Let's Start", "Kuro To Shiro", "Breit Kopt", "Sea View", "Like Miles", "Guru", "Message To The Moon", "Dead Heat", "Rosetta Stone", and "Black Angel". CD

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VariousKankobela of the Batonga Vol 1 ... CD
SWP (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99
If you dig mbira, you'll find plenty to love here – as the kankobela is the regional thumb piano of the Batonga people of Zambezi Valley – captured beautifully here in a set of recent recordings! The sound is beautiful – haunting notes that come from the combination of metal and hollow wood, often mixed with some vocals, but still with a relatively intimate feel. CD features work by Aaron Nchenje, Benson Siamundyoli, Simuna Mugande, Edward Mun'gombe, Andrew George Munyumbwe, and Nyeleti Mukkuli. CD

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VariousMod Jazz Forever ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99
Crisply-tailored, yet soulful and groovy mod jazz from the 60s – a slew of great numbers by Byrdie Green, Johnny Lytle, Mark Murphy, Reuben Wilson, The Nightbeats, The Cals, Billy Larkin, Johnny Hammond Smith, Byrdie Smith and more! Lots of great stuff here, from names synonymous to moddish jazz and others that nicely fit that mold for a bit – cats like Buddy Guy, for instance. A sweet, sweet set from the passionate compilers at Kent UK! Includes "The Real Thing" by Troy Dodds, "Finders Keepers" by Floyd White, "Rod Run" by The Reuben Wilson Quartet, "Talkin' About Love" by Tobi Lark, "Screamin'" by Jack McDuff, "Double Love" by The Cals, "Tricky Too" by Gus Jenkins, "Fever" by Buddy Guy, "Work Song" by Clint Stacy, "My Beat" by George Stone, " It's Like Love" by Mark Murphy, "The Village Caller" by The Johnny Lytle Trio and more. CD

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New VariousNew Jersey's Greatest Hits ... LP
All Platinum, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Great collection of New Jersey seventies soul tracks from the All Platinum label, pulled together in this original compilation package that's about as rare as any of the originals. Includes "Give a Damn" by The Internationals, "Funky 8 Corners" by Willie & the Mighty Magnificents, "Message from a Black Man" by the Whatnauts, and "Hey Girl" by George Kerr. Heavenly stuff, and proof that New Jersey has always known how great they are, even if nobody else did! LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousRed Hot & Riot ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used ... $0.99
A really great compilation put out by the folks at Red Hot – an organization dedicated to "Fighting Aids Through Popular Culture". Previous sets by the group have focussed on jazz, bossa, and other music – and this time around, the focus is Africa, currently suffering from a rampant AIDS epidemic. As a response to the problem, Red Hot have brought together a host of different artists in a set of new Afro Funk tracks that would do Fela proud! In fact, over and above the politics, the set's actually one of the best new Afro Funk projects we've ever heard – with a list of artists that includes Archie Shepp, Lateef, Gift Of Gab, Talib Kweli, Jorge Ben, D'Angelo, Femi Kuti, Macy Gray, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cheikh Lo, Tony Allen, Positive Black Soul, Kelis, and others – all coming together in a really wonderful set of tracks that crackle with excitement! Unfortunately, one of Aids most famous African victims includes Afro Funk pioneer Fela. As a loving tribute, the set's made up of new versions of Fela tunes – with titles that include "No Agreement", "So Be It", "Gentleman", "Shakara/Lady", "Water No Get Enemy", "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake", "Colonial Mentality", and "Shuffering & Smiling". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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VariousSoul Classics All Night! – A Collection Of Rare & Hard To Find Soul Gems ... CD
Essential, 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
A really unusual collection of rare soul material – one that dips deep into the years of 50s R&B, but also includes some great gems from the 60s and 70s too! The package shows the ever-growing interest in the link between rare soul and pre-soul material – particularly the kind of cuts from the 78rpm era that set the scene for later funk and deeper styles. There's less of a geographic or label-based structure to the set than usual for this sort of compilation – but that also makes for a pretty exciting batch of tracks – almost as if your friend with a collection of rare singles made you a special mix tape! Titles include "When I'm With You" by Ida James, "Dining In Chinatown" by Jennifer Wells, "If I Had A Lover Like You" by Joe Bragg, "Baby Who's Been Foolin You" by LJ Waters, "You'll Miss Me" by Lester Young & The California Playboys, "I'm Sorry I Hurt You" by Nat Phillips, "Love Can Slip Away" by Chuck Bernard, and "I Need Your Love" by The Dynamic Beltones. CD

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New Joe FarnsworthMy Heroes ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Drummer Joe Farnsworth pays tribute to the greats of the 50s and 60s – Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and others – in a smoking set that features his longtime musical companions Eric Alexander on tenor, Harold Mabern on piano, and Nat Reeves on bass! There's a vibe here that's different than other recent dates from this well-matched team – as the players are definitely trying to skew their sounds differently with each number dedicated to a different drummer – especially Alexander and Mabern, who really match Farnsworth's energy as he changes things up. Titles include "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Two Bass Hit", "Reflection", "George's Dilemma", and "Cute". CD

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George RussellJazz Workshop (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art Farmer on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Barry Galbraith on guitar – all players with just the right sort of color in their tone, able to illustrate George's ideas but still bring a bit of personality to the mix as well. Titles are mostly originals, written with slight touches of whimsy, but less of the indulgence on that front as you'd hear on west coast material – and tracks include "Concerto For Billy The Kid", "Witch Hunt", "The Sad Sargeant", "Ballad Of Hix Blewitt", "Knights of The Steamtable", "Jack's Blues", and "Night Sound". CD bonus tracks include alternate takes of "Ballad Of Hix Blewitt" and "Concerto For Billy The Kid". CD

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New AttitudePump The Nation ... LP
RFC/Atlantic, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wicked bit of 80s groove from this cool little combo – a trio that features lead vocals from Cindy Mizelle and Stephen Miller, plus supporting vocals and keyboards from Khris Kellow! The groove here is nice and lean – lots of bass and keys riffing out in a snapping, funky 80s groove sort of mode – with vocals that are spare and simple enough to fit right in with the highly rhythmic grooves. There's almost a P-Funk influence at points, but one that's much more stripped-down than George Clinton's at the time – and titles include "Love Me Tonight", "I Wanna Get To Know You Better", "We Got The Juice", "We're Going Off", and "If You Could Read My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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New Beatles/George MartinYellow Submarine ... LP
Apple, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sure it's a soundtrack, and sure it's got a number of songs that are just instrumentals from the film – but the record also features some excellent late Beatles tracks that can only be found here – including the killer tracks "Hey Bulldog" (almost a funky nugget), "Only A Northern Song", and "All Together Now". Also includes "Yellow Submarine" (natch) – plus "It's All Too Much" and "All You Need Is Love" – and side two features a number of groovy instrumentals from George Martin – including "Pepperland", "Sea Of Holes", "March Of The Meanies", and "Pepperland Laid Waste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Apple stereo pressing.)
Also available Yellow Submarine (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 8.99

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New BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art BlakeyIn My Prime Vol 1 ... LP
Timeless/Muse, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
You gotta love the confidence in Blakey's title for this one – because even in the late 70s, over 20 years since starting the Jazz Messengers, he was still very much in his prime! The album has him working with a wonderful group that includes Bobby Watson, Curtis Fuller, David Schnitter, and James Williams – plus percussionist Ray Mantilla, added in on a few tracks to give the set a slightly fuller sound. Tracks are long, dynamic, and gorgeous – really stepping out with the warmth and imagination that Blakey never let die during his career – but which seemed to be buring as brightly during this stretch as it was during the few really noteworthy points of earlier years. The set features a wonderful early reading of Watson's "To See Her Face", plus "Kamal", "Not So Far At All", "Jody", and "1978". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Doug CarnSpirit Of The New Land ... CD
Black Jazz, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of spirit, and plenty of soul – a 70s classic from organist Doug Carn, and a record that took his instrument, and jazz in general, to a whole new level for the decade! Carn's got this burning, righteous quality on his keys – a vibe that certainly owes something to Larry Young, but also takes off even further – working in a spiritual ensemble that also features his wife Jean Carn on vocals – sounding way more like a righteous jazz singer than on her later soul sides for Philly International! Other players are great, too – and include Charles Tolliver on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, George Harper on tenor and soprano sax, Buster Williams on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks include "New Moon", "Trance Dance", "My Spirit", "Blue In Green", and "Arise & Shine". CD
(Out of print. Original Black Jazz pressing.)

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New John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/International Phonograph, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". CD
(Great LP-styled gatefold cover – just like the rare original album!)

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New John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/International Phonograph, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". CD
(Great LP-styled gatefold cover – just like the rare original album!)

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New George Cartwright & Davu SeruRag (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strong improvisational duo set by sax player George Cartwright and percussionist Davu Seru – captured over a trio of Minneapolis sessions in the spring and fall of '09! Reedsman Cartwright is probably best known as the leader of longtime experimental jazz combo curlew, and this sharp, 2 man set lives up to that incredible pedigree. Cartwright plays tenor, alto and soprano, and his interplay with drummer Seru is natural and intuitive, in both the melodic moments and the more oblique. Includes "Titus", "Saint Joe To Himself", "Push Shove", the nearly side-long "Troubles Like Old Dirt"and the short closer "I Think Eudora Knows". LP, Vinyl record album
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New CookersWarriors ... CD
JLP, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from a crack group of jazz legends, together billed as The Cookers – Billy Harper on tenor, Eddie Henderson and David Weiss on trumpet, Craig Handy on alto & flute, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – kind of a dream lineup, working here with the same sort of spiritual energy you'd expect from a 70s session of this nature! The music is filled with love and joy – and has just the right sort of groove to really make the soloists take off – and titles include Cables's "Spookarella" and "Sweet Rita Suite Part 2: Her Soul", Harper's "Priestess" and Capra Black", McBee's "Close To You Alone", "Ladybugg" and "U Phoria", and an great opening take on Freddie Hubbard's "The Core". CD

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New Esoteric CircleGeorge Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle ... CD
Freedom/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ECM, too – very full and free – with vibrant work that really illuminates the younger years of these musicians – a sublime quartet that includes Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano sax, Terje Rypdal on guitar, Arild Anderson on bass, and Jon Cristensen on drums! Some tunes are quite free, while others have a spiritual sense of soul that's equally grat – and throughout the record, all players express themselves in an unfettered way – with visionary performances on tracks that include "Nefertiti", "Traneflight", "Esoteric Circle", "SAS 644", "Karin's Mode", and "Breeze Ending". CD

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New Joe FarnsworthMy Heroes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Venus (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Drummer Joe Farnsworth pays tribute to the greats of the 50s and 60s – Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and others – in a smoking set that features his longtime musical companions Eric Alexander on tenor, Harold Mabern on piano, and Nat Reeves on bass! There's a vibe here that's different than other recent dates from this well-matched team – as the players are definitely trying to skew their sounds differently with each number dedicated to a different drummer – especially Alexander and Mabern, who really match Farnsworth's energy as he changes things up. Titles include "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Two Bass Hit", "Reflection", "George's Dilemma", and "Cute". LP, Vinyl record album
(Expensive – but super-heavy vinyl and cover – very beautifully pressed!)

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New Von FreemanDoin' It Right Now ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio that features fellow Chicagoan John Youn on piano, plus Sam Jones on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – all hanging back nicely to let Freeman dominate the set on tenor. The album's noteworthy for its inclusion of a few original tunes by Von – "White Sand", "Portrait Of John Young", "Doin It Right Now", "Brother George", and "Catnap" – all of which mark a nice contrast from some of the more traditional standards that show up on other Freeman albums of the 70s. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker, light wear, and a cutout notch.)

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New FunkadelicFree Your Mind . . . And Your Ass Will Follow (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insane classic from one of the wildest funk bands ever! According to reports, George Clinton and the band cut this set in a marathon 48-hour stretch in the studio – working like mad all night and day long, after dropping a motherlode of some mighty fine acid! We don't know if that story's entirely true, but the music on the album certainly backs it up – as it's some of the band's freest, most open-ended, most heavy-jamming work ever recorded! Guitars dominate over funky bass and drums – and the whole thing's an amazing blend of music, swirled together into a non-stop psychedelic party that includes P-Funk gems like "Funky Dollar Bill", "Free Your Mind", "Eulogy and Light", and "I Wanna Know If It's Good To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful vinyl reissue – super-heavy!)

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New Gladys Knight & The PipsImagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal album for Gladys Knight and group – as the record features their super-huge hit "The Midnight Train To Georgia", a landmark track that not only had a catchy pop hook, but which spoke volumes about African-American migration in the postwar years. The track's one of those you've heard a million times, but it's got a strength that still holds up tremendously. Part of this is due to great production work by Tony Camillo – who handled arrangements and studio work on about half the tracks – and part is due to Jim Weatherly, who wrote the song, and about half the others on the album. The whole album's great – one of the best Buddah Records moments for the group – and titles include "I've Got To Use My Imagination", "Window Raising Granny", "Where Peaceful Waters Flow", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me", and "Storms Of Trouble Times". Includes four bonus tracks – "Midnight Train To Georgia (single)", "Midnight Train To Georgia (inst)", "Midnight Train To Georgia (short version)", and "Window Raisin Granny (single)". CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)
Also available Imagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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New Gwen McCraeRockin' Chair ... LP
Cat, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from the Miami soul scene of the 70s – the record that put Gwen McCrae on the map, and showed to the world that the TK sound was about to dominate the charts! There's a really unique groove to the set – part older southern soul, part percolated electric modes – that funky groove that Little Beaver, Timmy Thomas, and some of Gwen's TK contemporaries had been cooking up at the time. Both Beaver and Thomas are working on the sessions – as are Willie Clark, Latimore, and George Perry – and even the backup vocals are hip – with help from George McCrae, Betty Wright, and KC of Sunshine Band fame. But throughout it all, Gwen's the real star – singing with an impeccable vocal approach that's full of soul, yet never overdone – heard to amazing effect on the classic track "90% Of Me" – and other gems that include "For Your Love", "He Keeps Something Groovy Going On", "It Keeps On Raining", "He Don't Ever Lose His Groove", "Move Me Baby", and "Let Them Talk". Also features the classic "Rockin Chair" – added to the self-titled Gwen McCrae album from 1974, and retitled here to get the hit on an album! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some light wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and a bit of rippling on the back.)

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New Horace ParlanUp & Down (RVG remaster edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer set from an amazing quintet made up of some of the best players to ever grace the Blue Note label! Horace Parlan leads a tight tight tight combo that includes Grant Green on guitar and Booker Ervin on tenor sax – and the three of them fit together beautifully, with a dark moody edge that's unlike anything we can think of – loads of sharp, downturning notes, deeply soulful solo moments, and this raw sound that's totally great! Ervin's tone is razor-sharp, Green's guitar is unbelievably precise, and Parlan keeps on laying out these beautiful blocky chords that have a deeply resonant bottom – supported wonderfully by rhythms from Al Harewood on drums and George Tucker on bass. Tracks include "The Book's Beat", "The Other Part Of Town", "Fugee", and "Up & Down". CD contains a bonus alternate of "Fugee". CD

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New ParletInvasion Of The Booty Snatchers ... CD
Casablanca/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet club classic from the soulful Parlet trio – one of the best George Clinton side projects during his legendary late 70s run – and a group who've continued to move plenty of dancefloors over the decades! There's a funky energy at the core that really sets Parlet apart from other female disco trios – wonderful arrangements that are filled with all the tight instrumentation and complicated approaches to rhythm that Clinton served up with Parliament and Funkadelic – played here by most of the players from those great groups too! The P-Funk drive really makes for some great music throughout – and the trio of Jeanette Washington, Shirley Hayden, and Janice Evans serve up the lyrics with plenty of bounce. Tracks are long, with an instantly compelling dancefloor groove – and titles include "Ridin High", "No Rump To Bump", "Booty Snatchers", and "Don't Ever Stop". CD

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New ParliamentClones Of Dr Funkenstein ... LP
Casablanca, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An oft-overlooked gem from Parliament – released during the year 1976, and sometimes hidden between monster LPs like Funkentelechy and Mothership Connection – but every bit as great as those two classics! The album's got that tightened-up P-Funk sound that was working so perfectly at the time – still with all the fuzzy haired elements of earlier years, but presented with a bit more focus – and a powerhouse swing that really drives the tracks home with a funky groove on the bottom! There's a flowing sort of energy here that almost makes you think that the whole thing just emerged naturally from the brain of George Clinton – but all ensemble players have a strong hand in the action, and really get some great moments in on the set. Cuts include "Gamin' On Ya", "Do That Stuff", "Children Of Production", and "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Clones Of Dr Funkenstein ... CD 4.99

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New Esther PhillipsAlone Again, Naturally ... LP
Kudu, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup – one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums – and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". LP, Vinyl record album
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Alone Again, Naturally ... LP 11.99
Alone Again, Naturally (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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New Flora PurimStories To Tell ... LP
Milestone, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent work from Flora Purim – one of the wonderful west coast bits of Braziliana recorded in the Fantasy Records studios during the mid 70s! The record's a perfect example of the greatness that arose when Brazil's best talents had the chance to work with some of America's best jazz and fusion players – a sublime fusion of talents that resulted in a groove that would dominate the west coast scene for most of the 70s. In this case, Flora's backed by a great group that includes Hadley Caliman, Oscar Castro-Neves, Carlos Santana, Ron Carter, George Duke, Earl Klugh, and Airto – and the set includes a great choice of breezy numbers, perfect for Flora's vocals, like "Vera Cruz", "Silver Sword", "Casa Forte", "Mountain Train", and "Search For Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Sonny RollinsWorktime! ... LP
Prestige, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If worktime was like this for us, you'd catch us showing up on the job early every day – but sadly, nothing at our office can match the brilliance of early Sonny Rollins here – a sharp-edged genius that perfectly illustrates why he was one of the greatest players on his horn for many decades running! There's a depth of tone on the record that rivals Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young – but a quickness of pace and imagination that shows a clear influence from Charlie Parker, and a deftness that few were bringing to the tenor at the time. The rhythm section here is super tight – and features Ray Bryant on piano, George Morrow on bass, and Max Roach on drums – all supporting Rollins' bold lead with lines that bristle with electricity, but still often fall back to let the sound of the tenor envelop the whole group. Tracks are longish, and titles include "Raincheck", "There Are Such Things", "Paradox", and "It's All Right With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original OJC pressing, with OJC obi.)

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New George RussellEzz-Thetics (Riverside) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Angular modernism from George Russell – a record that's still strongly preoccupied with his interest in modes and tones, but which also manages to swing nicely as well! The group here is a sextet – with Eric Dolphy making a great appearance on alto and bass clarinet – alongside Dave Baker on trombone, Don Ellis on trumpet, Steve Swallow on bass, and Joe Hunt on drums. Although the leader, Russell never lets his piano dominate, but instead mostly punctuates – pointing the way forward to the horn players, who group together in tremendous formation – the slide off into separate space for their solos! Titles include Russell standards "Ezz-Thetic" and "Lydiot", plus great readings of "Nardis" and "Round Midnight". CD

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New Lonnie Liston SmithAstral Traveling (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Lonnie Liston Smith's most spiritual sessions, and the record that most clearly shows his roots with Pharoah Sanders! The vibe here is much more jazz-based than on some of Lonnie's other records for Flying Dutchman – with Smith playing as much acoustic piano as he does electric, using the former in long-spiralling lines that have a beautifully meditative quality, and which give the album a real Strata East-like sound. Mtume and Sonny Morgan play percussion, Cecil McBee plays bass, and the real star of the album may well be George Barron – who turns in some beautiful Sonny Fortune-like work on tenor and soprano sax! Titles include "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord", "Rejuvenation", "Astral Traveling", "I Mani", "Aspirations", and "In Search Of Truth". The CD includes alternate takes of "Astral Traveling", "Rejuvenation", "Imani", and "In Search Of Truth". CD

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New VariousDisco Party Freaks – 12 Smokin Joints ... LP
Paul Winley, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Like the Super Disco Brakes series on Paul Winley, this collection brings together a nice set of block party rockin' numbers: George McRae "Rock Your Baby", Ben E King "Supernatural thing", BT Express "Expresss", the Mighty Tom Cats "Soul Makossa", Carl Douglas Kung Fu Fighting", Rufus Thomas "Breakdown Part One", Barry White "Can't Get Enough", the Ohio Players "Skin Tight", the Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing", Bill Withers "Harlem", the Staple Singers "Respect Yourself" and BB King "Philadelphia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has bumped corners.)

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New Cannonball AdderleySoul Zodiac ... LP
Capitol, 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, baddest, funkiest albums Cannonball Adderley ever recorded – a massive suite of tunes based on the signs of the Zodiac, produced to perfection by David Axelrod, and featuring some hip recitations from the mighty Rick Holmes! The double-length set is completely compelling all the way through – a darkly brooding batch of funky jazz that shows a strong Miles Davis electric influence at points, thanks to Nat Adderley's spacey trumpet lines, Mike Deasy's trippy guitar, and George Duke's excellent keyboards! Other tracks are a bit more laidback, fitting the mood of their respective signs – and overall, the whole thing slips and slides wonderfully from cut to cut – taking you through the star signs with a really righteous, soulful approach. Titles include "Cancer", "Sagittarius", "Pisces", "Aquarius", "Capricorn", "Virgo", "Taurus", "Aries", "Libra", and a special "Introduction". LP, Vinyl record album
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Soul Zodiac ... LP 24.99
Soul Zodiac ... CD 14.99

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New Cannonball Adderley QuintetHappy People ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unique little album from Cannonball's all-great late years at Capitol – a session that features some strong influences from Brazilian music – "The Happy People" – and production from the legendary David Axelrod! The mix makes for a really unique little record – a set that isn't really bossa, but isn't regular Cannonball funk either – kind of a special hybrid of the two! Airto plays on the set, and contributed the great groover "The Happy People" – a long bit of funky samba that features George Duke on electric piano, and percussion and vocals by Airto himself. The rest of the album's pretty darn great too – with some long tracks that have a more open-ended groove than the usual Cannon funk – featuring more piano by Duke, percussion by Airto and King Errison, cornet by Nat Adderley, and guitar by David T Walker. Other titles include "Ela", "Maria Tres Filhos", and "Savior" – and the album was recorded live, with a very lively feel! CD

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New Les BaxterTamboo! ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album of exotica! Tamboo was cut with Les' orchestra and chorus – and it's a swirling mass of tribal drums, singing strings, and moody voices that would forever change the face of easy listening. Les' compositions are astounding – filled with all the sophsitication of a great soundtrack, but simple enough to evoke the fake primitive charm of the album's cover. Every cut is great – and tracks include "Simba", "Oasis of Dakhla", "Mozambique", and "Zambezi". The cover's got a gorgeous blue painting of natives dancing in the background, while a drummer drums in front. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing. Side 2 has a mark that clicks on tracks two through four. Cover has light wear, a partially split bottom seam, and a couple of small rips on the back at the opening.)

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New George BensonIn Flight ... LP
Warner, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Benson plays his guitar and also sings on some of these tracks. He is joined by Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar, Ronnie Foster on electric piano & mini-moog, Jorge Dalto on clavinet & acoustic piano, Stanley Banks on bass, Harvey Mason on drums and Ralph MacDonald. Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted the orchestra. Tracks include "Nature Boy", Foster's "The Wind & I", "The World Is A Ghetto", "Gonna Love You More", Donny Hathaway's "Valdez In The Country", and "Everything Must Happen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New George BensonIt's Uptown (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1966/1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's hard wailing organ jazz of the same time. George is working with a group that features a young Lonnie Smith on organ, plus Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on sax, and Charlie Persip on drums – all tightly coming together, and jamming hard on the album's short cooking tracks. Tracks include "Clockwise", "Jaguar", "Hello Birdie", and "Bullfight". Plus, the CD adds five bonus tracks, including "Sideman", "Minor Chant", and the previously unreleased "J.H. Bossa Nova" and "Clockwise (Alternate Take)". CD
 
 
 



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