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New Joe AlbanyPortrait Of An Artist ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A great portrait of an under-recorded artist – Joe Albany's last album ever, recorded for Elektra records during their early 80s run of straight jazz sides! The record's got a spare, personal quality that's similar to Albany's other late work – but it's a bit more professionally put together too – not slick or commercial, but recorded quite thoughtfully, with clearly a lot of care in getting all of Joe's charms through on the record. There's a tentativeness to his keyboard work that's great – a sort of hesitation, then quick move forward with surprising grace – balancing beautifully in ways that warm us to his music even more than before. Other players include Al Gafa on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums – but the record really has a main focus on Albany's piano lines. Titles include "Ruby My Dear", "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry", "Autumn In New York", "They Say It's Wonderful", "For The Little Guy", and "Too Late Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker on front and a promo stamp on back.)

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Roland AlexanderPleasure Bent ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few albums ever cut by this incredible tenor sax player – a wonderful talent that we only know from a handful of records – all of which we love! This date's got a bold sound that very much lives up to its cover, and Alexander's placement on Prestige's New Jazz label – a vibrant sound that's got elements of the 60s underground of Eric Dolphy or Ken McIntyre, but which also has a more flowing, soulful vibe as well – almost a precursor to later spiritual jazz elements of the 70s. No surprise, the great Marcus Belgrave is in the quintet on trumpet – as is Ronnie Mathews on piano, with rhythm support from Gene Taylor on bass and Clarence Stroman on drums. Almost all tracks are originals – and titles include "I'll Be Around", "Dorman Road", "Lil's Blues", and "Orders To Take Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie WhitewaterArchie Whitewater (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the Cadet/Concept side of Chess – the same slice of the musical universe that gave us Rotary Connection and important productions from Charles Stepney! The sound here has some surprisingly soulful elements at times – especially the instrumentation, which features some great break moments that get nice and funky, and strands of soulful jazz and blues that really make the music way different than most other groups we can think of – or maybe a bit like a rare elite who shared such visionary territory with Archie Whitewater, such as Shades Of Joy on their first Fontana record. The keyboards and sax lines are as great as the drums – and the vocals have a melancholy undercurrent that's a really refreshing change from some of the overly-postured modes you'd get from other groups in 1970. Titles include the sublime sample cut "Cross Country" – but there's loads of other nice ones with the same stripped-down "Dusty Fingers" sort of groove – and other titles include "Life Is A River", "Home Again", "Lament For The Walking Dead", "Seacoast", "Country To the City", "Friends & Neighbors", and "Mist Of The Early Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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India ArieTestimony Vol 1 – Life & Relationship ... LP
Motown, 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 29.98
India Arie continues her sensuous journey in sound – working here in the same earthy blend of acoustic and electric elements that made other records so great, and showing that she's still one of the strongest voices in contemporary soul! The record's got a personal, intimate quality that's head and shoulders above most of the harder-hitting divas on the charts these days – and although other indie singers have attempted India's sound on their own recent records, Arie shows that she's still one of the few who can get a sound like this right. Gentle guitar and warm vocals float together in perfect tandem throughout the record – and the whole thing has a very cohesive approach that never seems to ruin the groove, even on the few obvious attempts at a hit! Titles include "India Song", "I Am Not My Hair", "Summer", "Good Mourning", "Private Party", "There's Hope", "These Eyes", and "Wings Of Forgiveness". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... CD
Magic Disc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack's only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear in Ashford's surprisingly great vocals. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moogy sound that's very nice – and other tracks include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right On Top". CD

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New Ashford & SimpsonSolid ... LP
Capitol, 1984. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Darn solid work from Ashford & Simpson – one of the duo's biggest albums for Capitol Records, and a great set from their 80s run for the label! The groove here is a bit more heavy on keyboards and beats than before, but the pair still keep things plenty soulful with their positive, upbeat approach to the music – rich, full, and always steeped in soul! The title track, "Solid", is one of the most-remembered tunes from the duo – and other cuts include "Outta The World", "The Jungle", "Honey I Love You", "Babies", "Cherish Forever More", and "Tonight We Escape". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Georgie AuldDancing In The Land Of HI-FI ... LP
Mercury, 1956. Very Good- ... $4.99
Plenty of dancing here – romping rhythms that are a nice change for Georgie Auld, and which make for a perfect foil for his deeper sounds on the tenor! The record's got a bit of Mercury Records rock in the mix – almost a Red Prysock approach at points, mixed with some of the sweeter swing of Georgie's roots – and other players include Ray Linn and Maynard Ferguson on trumpets, and Frank Rosolino on trombone. Titles include "Blue Lou", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Rosetta", "Sweet Lorraine", "Prisoners Song", "Got A Date With An Angel", and "Too Marvelous For Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing. Cover has some white sploches due to oxidation under the plastic, some other aging, a bit of light wear, and some small stains and pencil on the back.)

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AurraSatisfaction ... LP
Family Groove, 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
A previously-unreleased album from Aurra – laid down in the studio after the group's famous run for Salsoul Records – and with a groove that's even leaner and meaner than before! Mainmain Steve Washington is still at the helm of the group – but vocals are handled by Mark Stevens and Sheila Horne (the latter of whom sung with Brides Of Funkenstein), wrapped together in that great male/female duo mode that always made the Aurra sound so great! Stevens and Horne handle both ends of the spectrum wonderfully together, and bring a wide soul sound to the lyrics – while Washington keeps things mighty tight in the background – using these bumping basslines that bounce between 80s groove and boogie effortlessly – no surprise, given that the set was recorded right at the heart of the Ohio funk scene of the time. There's nothing "lost" or half-baked about the sound here – as the album's easily one of the tightest ever from Aurra – and tracks include "Turn The Lights Down Low", "Satisfaction", "My Lovin Is For You", "Perfect Date", "Hide & Seek", and "Never Met No One Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Satisfaction (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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AurraSatisfaction (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Family Groove, 1984. New Copy ... $11.99
A previously-unreleased album from Aurra – laid down in the studio after the group's famous run for Salsoul Records – and with a groove that's even leaner and meaner than before! Mainmain Steve Washington is still at the helm of the group – but vocals are handled by Mark Stevens and Sheila Horne (the latter of whom sung with Brides Of Funkenstein), wrapped together in that great male/female duo mode that always made the Aurra sound so great! Stevens and Horne handle both ends of the spectrum wonderfully together, and bring a wide soul sound to the lyrics – while Washington keeps things mighty tight in the background – using these bumping basslines that bounce between 80s groove and boogie effortlessly – no surprise, given that the set was recorded right at the heart of the Ohio funk scene of the time. There's nothing "lost" or half-baked about the sound here – as the album's easily one of the tightest ever from Aurra – and tracks include "Turn The Lights Down Low", "Satisfaction", "My Lovin Is For You", "Perfect Date", "Hide & Seek", and "Never Met No One Like You". CD features two bonus tracks – "Turn The Lights Down Low (inst)" and "Perfect Date (7" single mix)". CD
Also available Satisfaction ... LP 14.99

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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A very cool quartet with a very unusual sound – one that mixes up reeds, piano, and vibes with a very fresh approach – one that's partly west coast cool, and partly east coast modern! Key players in the group include Bryce Rhode on piano and Errol Buddle on bassoon – both musicians who'd make bigger waves in the 60s back home in Australian – and the set also features excellent vibes by John (Jack) Brokensha, who'd stay on these shores and make some groovy records for the US, and Dick Healy on flute. The group's joined by Jimmy Gannon on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums – and titles include "Saxophone Pads", "Tune For Jaimey", "Spring Is Here", "Nostalgia", and "Thou Swell". CD

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Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Near Mint- ... $33.99
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". LP, Vinyl record album
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Derek Bailey & Agusti FernandezSilent Dance ... CD
Incus (UK), 2005. Used ... $16.99
A Silent Dance, and a heck of a moody improv jazz duo set – featuring Derek Bailey on electric guitar and Agusti Fernandez on piano – a concert recording captured in Barcelona in 2005! This is actually billed as Bailey's last public performance, as he was dealing with the effects of motor neurone disease at the time. We can easily say without falling into any triumph-over-all-obstacles clichés, the set works very well, and in a different mode than many records the Brit improv guitar players made. It features 2 pieces, one that runs the better part of an hour, and the other closer to 8 minutes, and subtly changes moods from a kind of spectral spareness to an odd, well directed action/reation interplay between the two. CD
(Out of print.)

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Gato BarbieriGato – Para Los Amigos ... CD
Signature, 1981. Used ... $0.99
Some of Gato Barbieri's best work of the 80s – an excellent live set from 1981 that's kind of a return to the drawn-out intensity of his years at Impulse! The group's got a good mixture of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – and the tracks on the set are mostly Latin-tinged numbers that offer a perfect foil for Gato's soulful and exploratory blowing – those haunting long lines we first fell in love with on his records for Impulse and Flying Dutchman! Titles include "Bolivia", "Carnavalito", "Brazil", "Viva Emiliano Zapata", and "Latino America". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Ray BarrettoCan You Feel It ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful territory for Atlantic Records – on an album that mixes his Latin roots with warmer soul backings that have the same sort of full, rich sound of the best Atlantic R&B of the time. Ray's conga is still part of the sound – especially on the funkier cuts – but the album's also got some strong soul vocals, too – sung by Prince Phillip Mitchell on one of the album's best cuts, and by Cissy Houston and Googie Coppola on a few others. Tracks include "Sting Ray", "Can You Feel It", "What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From", "Stargazer", and "Confrontation". CD

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Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy ... $4.99
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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New Beach BoysAll Summer Long ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Good+ ... $6.99
An earlier classic from The Beach Boys – and easily one of their best records from the prime sun and surf era for the group – with rave up rockers and some sweet ballads! So much as been written about the foreboding behind-the-scenes circumstances in Beach Boys lore, even during these early years, it can steal away from the more innocent charms if you allow it to – but don't! This is all about soaring, groovy harmonies and impeccable production – on tunes that include "I Get Around", "All Summer Long", "Hushabye", "Little Honda", "Wendy", "Carl's Big Chance", "Girls On The Beach", "Drive-In", "Don't Back Down" and more. Includes the complete album in both the mono and stereo mixes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear, light stains, a split spine and splitting on the bottom seam, and a small name in pen.)

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Beastie BoysTo The 5 Boroughs ... CD
Capitol, 2004. Used ... $3.99
Another strong set by the Beastie Boys – who would obviously rather put out a very good album every five or six years, than a sub par album every year or two! Arguably, the Beasties broke all the of the ground that they ever will prior to 2004, but that doesn't mean that they're done making solid records. If To The 5 Boroughs is any indication, there's still quite a bit of life left in the Boys as they approach 40. Prior to each infrequent LP, we're worried that the post Paul's Boutique world of difficult, expensive sample clearance will kill the layers of pop pastiche sound bites that made P's B such a brilliant statement, and with this one we're once again very pleasantly surprised at what they're able to pull off. The soul and funk samples are still piled on in abundance (albeit with a more electro studio built backdrop), as are the block rockin' party rhymes, even if the tone's serious in spots. There are no attempts at funky jazz or punk rock this time – this may be the Beasties' most classifiable hip hop album. Add it to that ever growing list of good-to-great albums by aging artists who were coaxed back into the game in part by their feelings about post 9/11 politics. Tracks include the great throwback single "Ch-Check It Out", "Right Right Now Now", "3 The Hard Way", "It Takes Time To Build", "Rhyme The Rhyme Well", "Hey F**k You", "Triple Trouble", "Oh Word?", "That's It That's All", "All Lifestyles", "Shazam!", "An Open Letter To NYC" and more. CD
(Digipack has a water stain.)

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

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Roger Bennett & Josh KunAnd You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl – The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We Have Loved & Lost (hardcover) ... Book
Crown, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A really cool look at Jewish album covers – with commentary by some great writers! It's got art decades old albums, many of which aren't in print or available commercially in any format – from the 40s to 80s. Features commentary by Aimee Bender, Etgar Keret, Shalom Auslander and others, performers including Sandra Bernhard and Lamont Dozier, plus critics Oliver Wang, Anne Powers and TV legend Norman Lear. Hardcover, 240 pages. Book

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Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy ... $26.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and the DVD features all the music from both volumes of the CD – with titles that include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", "Fera Ferida", "Festa", "Lua Branca", "Viola Meu Bem", "Carta De Amor", "Minha Senhora", "Mensagem", and "Quixabeira Reconvexo". DVD
(All Region.)
Also available
Carta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD 21.99

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Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy ... $21.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and titles on this first volume include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", and "Fera Ferida". CD
Also available
Carta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD 26.99

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

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Black UhuruSinsemilla (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Mango (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A great one from Black Uhuru! Sinsemilla had a lot to live up to as the follow up to the burning Showcase, but the harmony trio of Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson rise to the occasion under the heavy guidance of Sly & Robbie. While it didn't produce as many singular hits as some of other other prime records, this one's still solid from top to bottom, with mighty, might Taxi productions grooves throughout. 8 tracks in all: "Happiness", 'World Is Africa", "Push Push", "There Is Fire", "No Loafing (Sit & Wonder)", "Sinsemilla", "Endurance" and "Vampire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)

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New BlackbyrdsUnfinished Business ... LP
Fantasy, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
There's nothing unfinished about this business – as The Blackbyrds are at the top of their game here – working in a sweet blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all produced to perfection by their mentor Donald Byrd! The groove is quite similar to some of Byrd's best from the time – a bit fuller than the first few records by The Blackbyrds, thanks to the addition of larger horns – and put together in ways that really has them soaring towards the skies on waves or righteous soul! There's vocals on most tracks, but they really take equal place next to the group's wonderful instrumentation – especially the heady keyboards of the mighty Kevin Toney, still a key member of the combo at this point. Titles include "Party Land", "In Life", "Time Is Movin", "Lady", and "You've Got That Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Art BlakeyMidnight Session With The Jazz Messengers ... CD
Savoy, 1957. Used ... $8.99
One of the rarest Art Blakey sessions of the late 50s – recorded during that brief time when the Jazz Messengers featured Jackie McLean on alto sax! The set's recorded with an edge that's perhaps a bit rougher than some of the other Blakey records during this "many labels" stretch – but in a way that seems to also bring out some especially great qualities in McLean's horn! Other members here include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the differences here make for a nice change from the usual Blakey! Titles include "Casino", "Potpourri", "The Biddie Griddies", "Ugh", and "Reflections Of Buhania". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersJazz Messengers (Columbia) ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Good+ ... $19.99
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – recorded before Horace Silver left the group, and a rare non-Blue Note outing done for Columbia Records! The ensemble here features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – alongside Silver's piano and Blakey's thundering work on drums – and the album is virtually a blueprint for the sound of hardbop in years to come – focused and intense, but still with plenty of room for individual solo expression! Tracks include a classic reading of "Nica's Dream", plus Horace Silver's great "Ecaroh", and Mobley's own "Infra-Rae" and "Hank's Symphony". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has heavy discoloration around the edges, seam splitting, and some stains on back.)

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Gianni Boncompagni, Bruno Canfora, Italo GrecoColpo Di Sole/Spia Spione/Riuscira' Il Nostro Eroe A Ritrovare Il Piu' Grande Diamante Del Mondo ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1966/1967/1968. New Copy ... $16.99
A trio of mid-to-late 60s Italian spy soundtracks – Italo Greco and Gianni Boncompagni's work for Riuscira' Il Nostro Eroe A Ritrovare Il Piu' Grande Diamante Del Mondo, Boncompagni's score for Colo Di Sole, and Bruno Canfora's work for Spia Spione – on one great CD from Beat Records! We'll admit to knowing very little about the films, but we must say, this material is very nicely curated, which shouldn't come as surprise given Beat's always warmly presented film score sets. It covers the genre terrain beautiful, from big scale, action-y orchestras, to stripped down, loungey cocktail jazz and beyond. The material from each of the three soundtracks is comprised of sequences on the title themes. 31 tracks in all! CD

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Brady BunchMeet The Brady Bunch ... CD
Paramount/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Surprisingly great work from The Brady Bunch – a sextet of kids on early 70s TV, but who also got some very strong Sunshine Pop help for their records at the time! There's a sunny, sing-song feel to most of these tunes – but a vibe that goes past other kiddie pop of the period, like work by Donny Osmond or Bobby Sherman – who never got the same kind of handling as the Brady kids! The great Al Capp handled arrangements, and brings in a surprising amount of groovy touches – and the songs include a number of originals penned by the team of Danny Janssen and producer Jackie Mills – plus one number by Curt Boettcher as well. Titles include the classic "We Can Make The World A Whole Lot Brighter – plus "We'll Always Be Friends", "Day After Day", "Baby-I'm A Want You", "I Believe In You", "American Pie", "Me And You And A Dog Named Boo", and "Ain't It Crazy". CD

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Ruby BraffBall At Bethlehem With Braff ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Ruby Braff has a ball on this rare date for Bethlehem Records – a set that's got a live, loose feel that's quite different than some of Ruby's other records! The date was recorded on New Years Eve, at the end of 1954 – and it features Braff stepping out with these surprisingly human, almost fragile solos in the company of a small group that features Eddie Hubble on trombone, Dick Katz on piano, Sam Margolis on tenor, Gene Ramey on bass, and Izzy Sklar on drums. The liveness really makes for a different record than the usual Braff date – and titles include "Rosettana", "You Can Depend On Me", "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter", and "Sometimes I'm Happy". CD

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James BrownFive Classic Albums (Live At The Apollo/70s Funk Classics/Sex Machine/Revolution Of The Mind/In The Jungle Groove) (5CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Universal, 2014. New Copy 5CD ... $22.99 24.99
A treasure trove of classic James Brown – with the Live At The Apollo (1962), Sex Machine and Revolution Of The Mind albums, plus the benchmark In The Jungle Groove compilation and the appropriately-titled 70s Funk Classics – together in a 5CD box set! Live At The Apollo is a landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings – and the version included here is the remastered edition with bonus tracks. Sex Machine is another classic example of JB cooking it live – in a style that really paves the way for the James Brown/JBs sound of the 70s – with long tracks, and some killer fast versions of some of the best funky cuts from the late King Records years! Revolution Of The Mind ANOTHER monster live set has James and the JB's wailing away in a freewheeling live set of hard funky grooves. In The Jungle Groove ins one of the best JB compilations ever, with essential (one time) rare and unreleased tracks pulled the mighty early 70s. Finally, 70s Funk Classics is that indeed – with an all killer tracklist that includes "Sex Machine", "Super Bad Pt 1", "Make It Funky", "The Payback" and many more. CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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Odell BrownOdell Brown ... LP
Paula, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A wonderful album by Odell Brown – recorded years after he broke up with his Organizers group, with a sweet electric groove that's very different than his Chess LPs – and also quite a bit different from other records on Paula in the mid 70s! Odell's playing electric piano on the set – grooving in a mellow funky way that reminds us of some of the early 70s Young-Holt albums, no surprise, since Odell and the Young-Holt team came out of the same scene. The tracks are nice and long, and nearly all originals. It kicks off a killer cover, though: an 11 minute jazzy soul take on Stevie Wonder's "I Love Every Little Thing About You" – and it also includes "South of 63rd", "Simizzoke", "Song Theme" and "Tasha". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BryantAlone With The Blues ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $22.99
A very striking album – one of Ray Bryant's most noteworthy of the time! The album features Ray playing solo piano – quite unusual for the period, as most piano jazz records, especially his, were at least cut in a trio format – with additional bass and drums. Yet the approach works wonderfully for Bryant, and unlocks a surprisingly sensitive side of his music – quite different than some of his more soul jazz-styled work of the period. Ray's wonderfully unfettered here – hitting grooves with a level of expression and sophistication that far surpasses most of his other records. The intimate time on the keys never gets hokey or overindulgent – but it does let Ray open up and show a side that we've rarely heard on wax. Titles include "Stocking Feet", "Blues #3", "Joy", "Me & The Blues", and "My Blues". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Nick Butcher, Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, etcFree Jazz Bitmaps Vol 1 ... LP
Sonnenzimmer, 2013. New Copy ... $18.99
A pretty compelling record from the Chicago scene – one that brings together the city's historical music roots and some of the best improvisers working today! Side one features these cool little cuts from Nick Butcher – made up of "microsamples" of older Chicago jazz and house records, and really deconstructed so that you can hardly hear a trace of the original sounds at all – nicely obtuse, and sounding a lot like Nick was working from scratch! Side two features other musicians each given a track from side one, then encouraged to play their own live improvised take on the track – each with a very different flavor! So on the first half, you've got Nick serving up cuts like "Cozy Kitchen", "Great Lake", "Formats", and "Implements" – and side two features 6 solo numbers, each with a different artist – Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jason Roebke on bass, Tim Daisy on marimba, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed on drums! Very nice package, too – with a hand-printed die-cut cover and sleeve! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies!)

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Ray Camacho BandReach Out ... CD
Creole Stream (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier groove into even more soulful territory – handled with that unique fusion that was happening in just a few of the best Texas spots, like the scene in Austin at the time. The album's equal parts soul and funk, but still has a few Latin roots too – and had this gem come out on Fantasy Records at the time, it would have pushed Ray and group into much headier territory. But we're also happy the set's been undiscovered for so many years (consider it our little secret) – and titles include "Reach Out", "Diggin Deep", "Shake What You Got", "Nobody But You", "Nothing But A Party", and "What A Day". CD

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Allison CameronRaw Sangudo ... CD
XI Records, 1995. Used ... $3.99
CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Celly CampelloEstupido Cupido (6CD set) ... CD
EMI/Discobertas (Brazil), 1959/1960/1961/1968. New Copy 6 CDs ... $42.99
A wealth of early work from the lovely Celly Campello – one of the biggest girl pop icons in the Brazilian scene of the 60s! Celly's work is more inspired by American rock and roll than previous Brazilian styles – and as such, these records are a crucial part in the formation of the jovem guarda sound of the pre-Tropicalia years – the bright, bouncy approach to Brazilian music that's perfectly summed up in the sounds of Celly! The package features six full albums from Campello's years at EMI/Odeon – the classic Estupido Cupido (1959), plus Broto Certinho (1960), A Bonequinha Que Canta (1960), A Graca De Celly Campello E As Musicas De Paul Anka (1961), Brotinha Encantador (1961), and the compelling Celly album from 1968 – which shows a surprising maturation of her style. All packaged in a sweet slipcover – with bonus tracks too! CD

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Eddie CanoHere Is The Fabulous Eddie Cano ... LP
Reprise, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Not as all-out Latin as some of Eddie's other records – but a killer batch of tunes played in his firey style! Eddie's a monster on the piano – hitting the keys with intensely rhythmic lines, backed here by bass, drums, and percussion, and riffing in a style that's at once fast and frenetic, yet also deeply soulful. A very satisfying album – with tracks that include "Blues For Betty", "Sassy Little Girl", "Sakura", "Barsanova Brown", "Green Fields", and "Teach Me Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a factory sticker, some wear, some small stains, and a small cutout grommet.)

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Casino Vs JapanGo Hawaii ... CD
Wobblyhead, 1999. Used ... $1.99
Wobbly sounds from Casino Vs Japan – loads of great low fi electronics that really take us back to that key 90s moment when so many folks were rediscovering the sound of the analogue generation! The music here comes from a few years after that moment, but still shares the same love of shapes and textures that made the rediscovery so great – and if anything, the lack of immediacy allows these guys to just lay back and find their own space – often letting the tunes just take form slowly, without any overdone qualities – giving the whole thing a really personal feel that's still quite vibrant all these many years later! Almost like a post-rock version of the Sky Records sounds from the German scene of the late 70s/early 80s – with tracks that include "It's Very Sunny", "Metrobolt", "Dielectric Saints", "The Larp", "Medery", "Warm Windows", and "Theme". CD
(Out of print.)

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Serge ChaloffComplete Serge Chaloff Sessions (4CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $139.99
A great collection – featuring not just the two classic Capitol albums by Serge Chaloff, but also lots of tracks from Dial, Mercer, Savoy, Storyville, and Prestige Records too! CD
(Out of print. Box and book are in great shape!)

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Chambers BrothersLove Peace & Happiness ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A 2LP set of work by The Chambers Brothers – one studio disc, and one live one, recorded at the height of their fame before a very lively audience! Disc one features Love Peace & Happiness – a set that features a number of original tracks, played with a harder soul feel than some of their other records at the time. Includes the extended "Love Peace & Happiness" suite, plus the funky "If You Want Me To", and "Have A Little Faith", "Wake Up", and "Let's Do It". Disc two features a live set at the Fillmore East – with Chambers-y versions of tunes like "People Get Ready", "Everybody Needs Somebody", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Bang Bang", and "You're So Fine". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has wear, a split top seam, and a spot of price sticker residue.)

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Ray Charles & Betty CarterRay Charles & Betty Carter (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Dunhill, 1961. Used ... $6.99
A classic album of soul duets – and one of the deeper records cut by Betty during the 60s! The arrangements are by the great Marty Paich, and although there's some singers in the background, the overall sound is still pretty nice and soulful. Betty's high voice works well with Ray's raspy low one – especially on their classic duet version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Other tracks include "For All We Know", "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "Side By Side", and "You & I". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Chi-LitesBest Of The Chi-Lites ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
Stunning work from one of the greatest vocal groups ever – the mighty mighty Chi-Lites! The group had an amazing run at Brunswick records during the late 60s and early 70s – recording single after single that not only helped redefine the sound of group soul for a new generation, but which also broke down previously held conceptions of sweet soul! Their harmonies were always perfect, the tunes usually had a sweet little groove at the bottom, and the topics of the tracks had a deeper approach to the material than some of the groups that came before them – really hitting a heartbreaking level on the best of their best love tunes, and sounding equally heartfelt even on the lesser-known numbers! This excellent 19 track set pushes past the simple hits, and also includes some of our favorite album tracks – making for a brilliantly-selected collection that also comes with some great notes! Titles include "I Like Your Loving", "Twenty Four Hours Of Sadness", "Give It Away", "You Don't Have To Go", "Too Good To Be Forgotten", "Homely Girl", "Letter To Myself", "We Need Order", "The Coldest Days Of My Life", "Give More Power To The People", "Toby", "There Will Never Be Any Peace", and "Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chi-LitesHalf A Love (plus more!) ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), 1975. Used ... $11.99
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that the group and the label brought forth at the time – a complexity without showing off too much, a sense of humanity without too much weakness, and a way of sending home lyrics in group form that have a sense of individuality that's often greater than any single singer! Arrangements are wonderful – often headed by group member Eugene Record – and the set's full of classic cuts that include "Half A Love", "Here I Am", "Living In The Foosteps Of Another Man", "When Temptation Comes", "Go Away Dream", and "Ain't Too Much Of Nothin". Also features 9 more tracks that are rare singles and b-sides by the group! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Half A Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD 22.99

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Anne ClarkBest Of Anne Clark ... CD
Beehive (UK), Mid 80s. Used ... $7.99
Anne Clark's really an enigma – a post-punk poetess who mixed together overly-serious recitations with harder Factory Records-type backings that gave her a dark moody quality. She wasn't really a goth – although she could appeal to them – and she wasn't really a soul artist, but some of her tracks ended up working perfectly in the early Chicago house mixes in the 80s, blending together dark beats with a standout vocal, in a style that was similar to that used in early singles by Frankie Knuckles and Larry Heard. This set features some of Anne's best work from the time – including the house classic "Our Darkness", offered here in the 12" mix, plus the tracks "The Sitting Room", "An Ordinary Life", "Wallies", "All We Have To Be Thankful For", "Contact", "Sleeper In Metropolis", "Killing Time", and "All Night Party". CD
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ClashSoundsystem Box Set (11CDs & DVD) ... CD
Sony, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 11 CDs & DVD ... $169.99 249.98
The ultimate set for any true lover of The Clash – a set that features their first five albums, plus three more CDs' worth of bonus material – plus a DVD, and lots of amazing bonus bits too! The box is amazing in and of itself – styled like an early 80s boombox, and about as big as one too – and stuffed with bonus materials that include a set of metal dog tags, a vintage sticker set, a 15" poster, two bumper stickers, three reprints of the Armagideon Times zines, a Clash folder, a paperback book (The Future Is Unwritten), three DIY stickers, five badges, a service manual, and a special DVD too, with unreleased video and film footage. Also includes three CDs' worth of bonus material – lots of singles, rare tracks, and more – and then moves onto the first five (and five best) records by The Clash – their landmark self-titled debut, with the great UK track list; the brilliant follow-up Give Em Enough Rope; the blistering London Calling double set; the game-changing, genre-stepping Sandinista (originally a 3LP set); and the still-great Combat Rock – maybe the last album to still have all the best Clash elements still in place! See the photo for the full scope of material in the set – mindblowing! CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)

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Conjunto Quisqueya with Jose Miguel ClassSello De Calidad ... CD
Heaven Records, 1992. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Chris ConnorChris Connor ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good ... $7.99
The first album in a legendary run of vocal jazz classics on Atlantic Records – and a set that really helped Chris Connor move to a new level of expression in her music! The sound here is much richer than Connor's previous recordings for Bethlehem – and the small combo jazz backings have been replaced by fuller orchestrations by Ralph Burns – done in a cool, edgey sort of way that really pushes Chris into newly sophisticated territory! The sound's on a par with the best June Christy/Pete Rugolo collaborations on Capitol – and the group's filled with some great jazz players, including Zoot Sims, John Lewis, Milt Hinton, and Oscar Pettiford. Titles include "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "My April Heart", "He Was Good to Me", "Where Are You", and "Get Out Of Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a center split on the spine.)

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Norman ConnorsYou Are My Starship/Romantic Journey ... CD
Buddah/Expansion (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of mellow soul and jazzy groove masterpieces by Norman Connors! You Are My Starship is a masterpiece of mellow soul and jazzy grooves from the groundbreaking Norman Connors – an album that sails to the stars on a sweet blend of mellow moments and more upbeat tracks too! The record features some crucial vocal talents from Michael Henderson and Phyllis Hyman – both relative newcomers here, and making a great transition from jazz to soul with Connors help – hitting this amazing territory that would inform countless other artists in years to come – but never be done again this well! The instrumentation is wonderful, too – schooled in the jazz roots of Connors' music – and featuring Gary Bartz on alto, and both Hubert Eaves and Onaje Allen Gumbs on keyboards. Titles include the seminal title cut "You Are My Starship" – one of the best late night slowjams ever – plus remakes of "The Creator Has a Master Plan" and "Betcha By Golly Wow" – and the cuts "So Much Love", "Just Imagine", and "We Both Need Each Other". Romanic Journey is a warmly romantic journey from the stellar Norman Connors – but a set that's also got a fair bit of spiritual jazz undercurrents too! Norman's at that perfect Starship point in his career – giving equal space to the vocals and instrumental passages on the record – at a level that perfectly sums up his unique, sophisticated blend of jazz and soul! The sublime Eleanor Mills sings on some key cuts – a singer we love from her earlier New Jersey soul sides – and Prince Phillip Mitchell handles the male leads, with a level of class that even goes beyond his own records. Reeds are handled by Gary Bartz and Pharoah Sanders – both players who bring in a nice sort of depth to the record – and Sanders really sparkles on a remake of his classic "Thembi", taken in a mellow stepping tone, as well as a reading of Gato Barbieri's "Last Tango In Paris". The whole album's wonderful – and other titles include "Once I've Been There", "Romantic Journey", "Destination Moon", "For You Everything", and "You Are Everything". CD

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New Mike CooperTrout Steel ... CD
Dawn/Paradise Of Bachelors, 1970. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as Mike Cooper's vocals and acoustic guitar come into play with more guitar from Stefan Grossman – plus alto sax from Mike Osborne, tenor and soprano from Alan Skidmore, piano from John Taylor, and bass from the late Harry Miller – all key players on the UK avant jazz scene of the time! The mix of these players with Cooper's core inspiration is not unlike some of the most progressive material coming from Island Records – or, even better, the special jazzy moments on records by Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin – company that Cooper could very easily keep, given the strength of his songwriting. Titles include "Don't Talk Too Fast", "On My Way", "Hope You See", "Weeping Rose", "Trout Steel", "I've Got Mine", "That's How", and "Pharoah's March". CD
Also available Trout Steel (with download) ... LP 20.99

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New Mike CooperTrout Steel (with download) ... LP
Dawn/Paradise Of Bachelors, 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $20.99 21.99
A beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as Mike Cooper's vocals and acoustic guitar come into play with more guitar from Stefan Grossman – plus alto sax from Mike Osborne, tenor and soprano from Alan Skidmore, piano from John Taylor, and bass from the late Harry Miller – all key players on the UK avant jazz scene of the time! The mix of these players with Cooper's core inspiration is not unlike some of the most progressive material coming from Island Records – or, even better, the special jazzy moments on records by Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin – company that Cooper could very easily keep, given the strength of his songwriting. Titles include "Don't Talk Too Fast", "On My Way", "Hope You See", "Weeping Rose", "Trout Steel", "I've Got Mine", "That's How", and "Pharoah's March". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)
Also available Trout Steel ... CD 12.99

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil – served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Elvis Costello & The RootsWise Up Ghost ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
A damn surprise to our ears – a record that shouldn't work well, but which succeeds tremendously – bringing all the best part of Elvis Costello and The Roots into play perfectly – with a sound that's unlike anything either of them have ever done before! Costello has way more bite than on most records of the past few decades – set up perfectly here in these tightly snapping rhythms that echo all the best live bits of The Roots' records, but which work surprisingly well for Elvis' lyrics in the lead. And The Roots get some very cool keyboard work from Costello – including some especially nice Wurlitzer, played with a rootsy, respectful mode that brings in even more soul than their backings have on their own. And although we've loved The Roots since their earliest days in the hip hop underground, the album's also a strong statement of just how far they've come in the pop mainstream – a true testament to the growth of ?uestlove and crew, and their sense of versatility and vision. Titles include "Wise Up Ghost", "Walk Us Uptown", "Sugar Won't Work", "Refuse To Be Saved", "Tripwire", "Wake Me Up", and "Come The Meantimes". CD

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New Hank CrawfordWildflower/Don't You Worry Bout A Thing ... CD
Kudu/Robinsongs (UK), 1973/1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of CTI/Kudu classics from Hank Crawford – back to back on a single CD! Wildflower is a sweet bit of electric funk, and one of Hank Crawford's greatest records from the 70s – thanks in large part to the great Bob James – who arranged and produced the record with a mighty soulful vibe – leaving Hank lots of room to solo on his own over the top! The groove is really great – and the record gets surprisingly chunky in parts – with heavier rhythms than you might expect from a Crawford album from the time – not exactly the heavier funk of other CTI records, but with a definite taste of that style too. Arrangements are fairly large, and feature keyboards from Richard Tee – plus backing vocals at a few spots – and titles include great versions of "You've Got It Bad Girl" and "Corazon", plus the tracks "Good Morning Heartache" and "Wildflower". Don't You Worry Bout A Thing is sweet soulful jazz from reedman Hank Crawford – one of his killer Kudu sessions from the 70s – all of which really helped Hank redefine his sound! The setting here is large and full – put together beautifully by Bob James, with that sense of space for the soloist that makes his CTI/Kudu arrangements so crucial – and light years ahead of what other arrangers were doing at the time. The tracks are longish, but never overdone – and the record has all the soulful alto sounds of Crawford's 60s work at Atlantic, but with a definite 70s bent overall. James plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – and other players include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Idris Muhammad and Bernard Purdie on drums, and Richard Tee on additional keyboards. Titles include "Jana", "Sho Is Funky", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "Groove Junction", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD

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CressidaVertigo Years Anthology – 1969 to 1971 (Cressida/Asylum/bonus tracks) ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
A great 2CD package – featuring both Vertigo Records albums from Cressida – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! While decidedly more rock-oriented than some of their progressive contemporaries in the UK jazz rock scene, Cressida still had a great approach to rock that used a lot of jazz-based chords and rhythms, in the manner that was being explored by other bands at the time – like Colosseum or Nucleus. On the self-titled Cressida album, the general instrumental mix features hard drums, organ, and guitars – plus vocals that are very much in a Moody Blues tradition, but which seem to have more of an early King Crimson approach to lyrics, touched by some of the Nick Drake chord progressions on guitar. A hard one to pin down, but surprisingly enjoyable today – and the kind of record that lives way way past its noodly progressive roots! Titles include "Lights IN My Mind", "The Only Earthman In Town", "To Play Your Little Game", "Time For Bed", and "Down Down". Asylum has an even fuller, more ambitious feel than the first album – and the lineup is expanded slightly to make some great room for the legendary Harold McNair on flute! Tracks are bold and focused – with great lead vocals from Angus Cullen, who sometimes sings in a jazzy mode – but other times comes off with a raspy, heartfelt quality – and there's almost a Moody Blues-esque sense of mysticism going on with some of the best tracks. Titles include "Munich", "Asylum", "Goodbye Post Office Tower Goodbye", "Let Them Come When They Will", "Summer Weekend Of A Lifetime", and "Survivor". 2CD set also featuers unreleased demos for "Lights In My Mind" and "Mental State", the unreleased "Situation", and BBC Session versions of "Depression" and "Winter Is Coming Again". CD

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CybotronMotor City Machine Music – An Explanation Of Cybotron ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
A key moment in electronic music in the US – the early Detroit experiments of Cybotron! The group were the duo of Juan Atkins and Rick Davis – working in early 80s Detroit, in a sound that would later transform into the more familiar techno groove – but which here is a strange blend of styles that includes bits of Kraftwerk, hip hop, electro, and post-disco club! The overall vibe is pretty spacey – with sci-fi themes that run through most of the tracks, echoed by odd production techniques that repeat the best elements over and over, and maintain a dark, spare style that was clearly the blueprint for midwest house grooves in years to come. And if you've ever been wowed by the darker sounds of Chicago house in the mid 80s, you'll really be stunned by the level of work from these guys – as Cybotron seem to preface just about all the post-industrial themes that would show up later on Trax – but come at things from a very different perspective. And added into the whole uniqueness of the work is the fact that these recordings originally were issued by Fantasy Records – so had a west coast life of their own, on a label that hardly had any other relation to Detroit at the time! The set features a total of 13 tracks that includes a few remixes – and titles include "Clear", "Cosmic Cars (Detroit Style)", "Alleys Of Your Mind", "R-(", "Let's Go", "Techno City", "Industrial Lies", "El Salvador", "Cosmic Raindance", "Cosmic Cars (house mix)", and "R-9 (inst)". CD

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New Eddie Lockjaw DavisModern Jazz Expressions ... CD
King, Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
Great early work from tenor man Eddie Lockjaw Davis – recorded with a hard-grooving trio that features Doc Bagby on organ and Charlie Dice on drums. The work predates Davis' work with Shirley Scott in his combo, and (dare we say it?) actually seems a lot more soulful than his work with Scott – with a rough, R&B current that definitely belies the album's placement on King Records – even though the music is all jazz, all the way through! The tracks are all pretty darn great – whether Lock is blowing fast and free on a groover, or laidback and soulfully on a ballad – and Bagby's R&B-ish organ really opens up the set nicely. Titles include "Bean O", "Dizzy Atmosphere", "Johnny Come Lately", "Tenderly", and "Leaping On Lenox". CD
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Miles DavisOriginal Mono Recordings (9 CD set) ... CD
Columbia, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 9 CDs ... $79.99 109.98
Vintage Miles Davis – heard the way most folks first enjoyed these albums at the time – in glorious mono fidelity! The set brings together rare mono mixes of these gems from Miles – with a bold sound that really gets to the heart of the trumpeter's classic approach – and which has mostly been out of commercial circulation for decades! Every record in the package is a stunner – the kind of work that never gets old, and which is maybe even truer to its original spirit in this format than in stereo. The package features a cool slipcover, a nice booklet, and LP-sleeve versions of the CDs – just like having tiny little records – with nine full albums that include Round About Midnight, Jazz Track, Miles Ahead, Milestones, Porgy & Bess, Kind Of Blue, Sketches Of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, and Miles & Monk At Newport. CD
Also available Original Mono Recordings (9 CD set) ... CD 59.99

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Miles DavisOriginal Mono Recordings (9 CD set) ... CD
Columbia, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $59.99
Vintage Miles Davis – heard the way most folks first enjoyed these albums at the time – in glorious mono fidelity! The set brings together rare mono mixes of these gems from Miles – with a bold sound that really gets to the heart of the trumpeter's classic approach – and which has mostly been out of commercial circulation for decades! Every record in the package is a stunner – the kind of work that never gets old, and which is maybe even truer to its original spirit in this format than in stereo. The package features a cool slipcover, a nice booklet, and LP-sleeve versions of the CDs – just like having tiny little records – with nine full albums that include Round About Midnight, Jazz Track, Miles Ahead, Milestones, Porgy & Bess, Kind Of Blue, Sketches Of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, and Miles & Monk At Newport. CD
(Includes original slipcase and book. Slipcase has a split on the top edge of the spine.)
Also available Original Mono Recordings (9 CD set) ... CD 79.99

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Miles Davis & Jimmy ForrestLive At The Barrel (complete) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1952. New Copy ... $13.99
An amazing meeting of two very different players who might not normally record together – although maybe not as much of a surprise, given that the set was recorded in the St Louis home turf of both Miles Davis and Jimmy Forrest! At the time, Miles was already a star, but Jimmy was becoming a hell of a tenor player – one that seems to have more of a bop affinity here than on later records – blowing head to head with Davis, and really stretching out on long solos throughout. The rhythm section features Charles Fox on piano, Johnny Mixon on bass, and Oscar Oldham on drums – and this CD brings together volumes one and two – with titles that include "Ray's Idea", "Night In Tunisia", "Wee Dot", "What's New", "Perdido", "All The Things You Are", "Lady Bird", and "Our Delight". CD

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Miles Davis & Jimmy ForrestLive At The Barrel Vol 2 ... LP
Prestige, 1952. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An amazing meeting of two very different players who might not normally record together – although maybe not as much of a surprise, given that the set was recorded in the St Louis home turf of both Miles Davis and Jimmy Forrest! At the time, Miles was already a star, but Jimmy was becoming a hell of a tenor player – one that seems to have more of a bop affinity here than on later records – blowing head to head with Davis, and really stretching out on long solos throughout. The rhythm section features Charles Fox on piano, Johnny Mixon on bass, and Oscar Oldham on drums – and titles on this second volume include "Perdido", "All The Things You Are", "Lady Bird", and "Our Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
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Hazell DeanSound Of Bacharach & David ... CD
Carlin/Cherry Pop (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A very unusual chapter in the career of singer Hazell Dean – an artist who's best known for more outgoing pop work in the UK, but a vocalist who shines surprisingly strong on this batch of Burt Bacharach tunes! The album's quite obscure – as it was originally only released on the Carlin sound library label, with no commercial circulation at all – but it's a definite gem for fans of Burt's music, and features a set of spare and updated arrangements done by Paul Curtis, who also sings a bit of backup on the set. Hazell's nicely restrained – none of the overdone modes of her bigger records – and titles include "Trains & Boats & Planes", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", "To Wait For Love", "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", "Close To You", and "Anyone Who Had A Heart". CD

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Blossom DearieThat's Just The Way I Want To Be ... CD
Fontana (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
An amazing record – one that we'd never part with! The session is one of Blossom Dearie's greatest records ever – a sublime set of tunes recorded in London, at the end of the 60s, with larger arrangements than usual, and a feel that's almost psychedelic. Backings were arranged and conducted by Brian Gascoigne – with a host of Brit underground jazz players that include Harold McNair, Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler, and Ray Warleigh. More incredibly than that, though, is the set of tunes that Blossom wrote and chose for the record – tunes that have really dark edges, playful turns, and which go past the simplicity of some of her other work. The whole thing's truly amazing – really – and is a record that we've been coming back to again and again and again over the years! Titles include "I Know The Moon", "Long Daddy Green", "Hey John", "That's Just The Way I Want To Be", "Dusty Springfield", "Will There Really Be A Morning", and "I Like London In The Rain". CD

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Buddy DeFrancoCooking The Blues ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way – DeFranco always managed to keep things fresh and modern, drawing heavily on bop inspiration for a record like this, yet also remaining true to his roots too. Part of the strength of the record is the group, too – given that Sonny Clark is on piano, bringing in a mighty soulful undercurrent to the rhythm section, and even playing a bit of organ too! Tal Farlow brings in some nice guitar – and the group's completed by Gene Wright on bass and Bobby White on drums – on titles that include "Indian Summer", "Cooking The Blues", "Stardust", and "How About You". CD

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Robert DelgadoJamaica Disco/Dancing Queen/Tanz Unter Tropischer Sonne ... CD
Vocalion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A sweet trio of late 70s albums from Robert Delgado – all wrapped up together in a 2CD set! The music here all holds onto those Caribbean and Latin touches that made Delgado so great in the 60s – a unique pop instrumental approach to global genres that made Robert almost an A&M equivalent on the German easy scene! On these records, though, Delgado also brings in a bit of disco too – not a full-on New York groove, but lots of clubby touches alongside the easy instrumental modes – smoothing out the earlier styles a bit more for a mainstream dancefloor. The approach is surprisingly appealing at times – and the three albums together serve up a whopping 46 tracks that include "In Zaire", "Dance Little Lady Dance", "Verde", "Silver Bird", "Taboo", "Mambo Jambo", "Black River", "Guadalupe Limbo", and "Arawak". CD

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DeodatoDeodato 2 ... CD
CTI, 1973. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Funky keyboards galore – and one of the greatest records ever from this legendary Brazilian jazz talent! The album follows nicely off Deodato's Prelude classic for CTI – and like that one, this set's built on long-flowing tunes that rise and fall with a wonderful sense of rhythm – a sublime electric piano groove that's quite different than anything Deodato recorded before – and possibly never realized this perfectly again after his CTI years. Other players include Stanley Clarke on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, and Hubert Laws on flute – and titles include the massive Latin funk track "Super Strut", plus the tunes "Pavane For A Dead Princess", "Skyscrapers", and a great version of "Nights In White Satin". Plus, this CD reissue features 3 bonus tracks – "Venus", "Do It Again", and "Latin Flute"! CD

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New DeodatoVery Together ... CD
MCA (Japan), 1976. Used ... $19.99
Great keyboard funk from Deodato – one of his excellent mid 70s sessions for MCA, all of which are sometimes eclipsed by his CTI work, but still equally groovy! As with most of the other MCA records, the songs here are shorter than before – but in a way that allows for even more punch in the groove – especially on the bottom end of the tracks, which hit hard in a space that's somewhere between 70s soundtrack funk and more conventional fusion. The style's not nearly as slick as some of D's contemporaries were going at the time – and there's a nice range of material here that really makes for a complex vibe! Titles include "Theme From Star Trek", "Peter Gunn", "I Shot The Sherriff", "Black Widow", "Amani", "Juanita", and "Univac Loves You". CD
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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... LP
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul DesmondFrom The Hot Afternoon ... CD
A&M/CTI, 1969. Used ... $8.99
Incredible stuff – and a record that grows more and more important to us over the years! Desmond's best known as the icy alto behind Dave Brubeck's big records of the 50s, but by this point in his career, he'd developed a keen interest in Brazilian music – and was working at a level that was far more sophisticated than most other American jazzmen interested in Brazil. This incredible record features him working with the arrangements of Don Sebesky, and the Brazilian instrumentation of Edu Lobo, Airto, and Dorio Ferreira. The set's comprised almost entirely of tracks by Lobo and a young Milton Nasimento – and titles include "Faithful Brother", "From The Hot Afternoon", "Crystal Illusions", "October", "Catavento", and "Gira Girou" – all done in these amazing breezy versions that sound like nothing else we can think of! Plus, the CD features 6 bonus alternate takes – not on the original album! CD
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Bo Diddley20th Anniversary of Rock N Roll (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Made In Germany (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A mad bit of music from the great Bo Diddley – recorded after his early 70s funk records on Chess – but with a similar genre-tripping style! The album's got this full-on fuzzy feel right from the start – put together by producer Ron Terry, who matches Diddley's wilder side with some surprising guest appearances from Alvin Lee and Elvin Bishop on guitar, Billy Joel on keyboards, Carmine Appice on drums, and Joe Cocker on vocals! Despite the presence of these rock heavyweights, the set's all Bo Diddley's own – without any of the more watered-down crossover aspects you might expect. There's a nice sharp edge on all numbers – really preserving the funky undercurrents – and titles include "Ride The Water", "Drag On", "Kill My Body", and "Not Fade Away" – plus the super-extended "Bo Diddley Jam", which runs for over 15 minutes, and brings together a host of older Diddley tunes in a funky megamix! CD also features three bonus tracks – "Mona", "Emily", and "You Can't Judge A Book" – all from a 1984 live set in Germany. CD

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New Eric DolphyIron Man ... LP
Douglas/Celluloid, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A seminal set from Eric Dolphy – one of his most perfectly realized moments at the head of a larger ensemble – and a record that definitely set the tone for countless spiritual jazz sessions of the 70s! Dolphy recorded this session for Alan Douglas in 1962, and it features a larger array of players than you'll find on most of his records for other labels – the cream of the "new thing" players that were around New York at the time, including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto, and even Clifford Jordan on soprano sax – making a rare appearance on record on that instrument! Together, the players create a set of soundscapes that lies somewhere between Dolphy's Out To Lunch album, and some of the more modernist work by Mingus – a stunning batch of tracks that go out, but never too far. Titles include "Ode to CP", "Burning Spear", "Iron Man", and "Mandrake". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave DouglasDD/50 – 50th Birthday Recordings (Be Still/Time Travel/Pathways/DVD/bonus download) ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy 3 CD & DVD ... $32.99 49.98
Dave Douglas is fifty – and he's celebrating with this very cool limited package of music and image! The set features three different albums, plus a bonus DVD – all in a sweet box, too! First up is Be Still – quite a compelling project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – a record that has him working strongly with singer/guitarist Aoife O'Donovan, whose presence really helps transform the sound of the set! Aoife's got a folksy touch on her vocals, and colors things in with some great earthy tones that are a surprisingly good fit for Douglas' lines on trumpet – sometimes jazzy, sometimes sparkling with a rich sense of American history – yet delivered in a subtle, linear way. Next is Time Travel – a really in the pocket session that's filled with rhythmic intensity, and some of the boldest music we've heard from Dave in years! There's plenty of edges to the set – especially the trumpet of Douglas and tenor of Jon Irabgon – but there's also a groove to many numbers too – a kind of forward-rolling energy that really takes the whole thing to great points throughout the set, and which makes a great progression from the somber tone of Dave's last album – almost a musical rebirth of sorts! The third album in the set is Pathways – beautiful tones and colors from a sextet that also features Greg Tardy on tenor and clarinet, Joshua Roseman on trombone, Uri Caine on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums – all players who are nicely sensitive to Douglas' ideas here, and bring together a fresh wave of ideas from previous records. DVD features both Quintet performances (with Jon Irabgon and Matt Mitchell) and Sextet material (with Greg Tardy, Joshua Roseman, and Uri Caine) – recorded in studio performances and music videos too! CD
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Nick DrakeBryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $54.99
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing box set – features a replica of original textured sleeve record, a replica shop poster, live mini poster, reprint of handwritten set list, and download too!)
Also available Bryter Layter ... CD 8.99

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New DramaticsNew Dimension ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
The Dramatics definitely hit a new dimension here on Capitol Records – a new home for the group in the early 80s – and a label who really helped them find some new energy in their music! The placement's no surprise – given that singer LJ Reynolds was also working for Capitol during the early 80s too – and the sound here's a bit different than before, more in an 80s groove mode at points, but still plenty darn great on the vocals! Ron Banks produced, and did some of the arrangements with Ray Johnson, Tom Tom, and Leon Mitchell – and the best tracks here have wonderfully smooth harmonies – soaring over the top with a deftness that's pure Dramatics all the way through – and perhaps even better than the sound of the group's few previous albums. There's a few more electric moments at points, but these are more than warmed away by the great vocals on the other numbers – and tracks include "She's My Kind Of Girl", "Treat Me Right", "I Can't Stand It", "Night Life", "I Believe In You", "It's Dramatic Music", "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love", and "Live It Up". CD

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Durutti ColumnLC (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Factory/4 Men With Beards, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
Pure and lovely sounds from the early days of Durutti Column – music from a time when guitarist Vini Reilly's conception was quite fresh, and deeply personal – so much so, his music really stood out amidst the darker sounds of his post-punk generation! As with the first Durutti Column album on Factory Records, this one often features Reilly's electric guitar overdubbed in cool ways – spare, but flowing – almost as if he's a Pat Metheny for the UK underground – but serving up short songs that are never overindulgent. But unlike the first record, Reilly also sings a bit – with this light, haunting style that's surprisingly compelling – one of those rare cases where a thin voice can often carry a lot of power – especially with spare instrumentation like this. Titles include the sublime "Missing Boy" – plus "Sketch For Dawn", "Jacqueline", "Messidor", "The Act Committed", "Detail For Paul", and "Portrait For Frazer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Durutti ColumnReturn Of The Durutti Column (original sandpaper cover with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Factory (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
An amazing album from the early days of the Factory Records label – and a set that's quite different than the dark sounds of groups like Joy Division or Section 25 – but which is an equally essential part of that scene at the time! The set features mostly solo work from guitarist Vini Reilly – who plays these echoey lines alongside spare beats and wider washes of sound from producer Martin Hannett – these gentle instrumentals that are surprisingly tuneful, and completely haunting throughout – tracks that are lyrical but melancholy, and which aren't really jazz or rock, but a special space in between. The record fits perfectly in a small space of post-punk minimalism – alongside work by Young Marble Giants or Minny Pops – and titles include "Beginning", "Collette", "Sketch For Winter", "Conduct", and "Sketch For Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Incredible pressing – with original sandpaper-style cover in a slipcover, plus the rare test card 7" single – with "First Aspect Of The Same Thing" and "Second Aspect Of The Same Thing".)

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove/Vaya Messenger Record Bag ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear/Vaya, New Copy ... $129.99
A totally cool, totally amazing record bag – designed by Dusty Groove with a special eye towards bike-riding record diggers! We buy a lot of records here at Dusty Groove – and we also bike around Chicago a heck of a lot – but we've never found a shoulder bag that's right for records and biking together – until now! With help from the folks at Vaya Bags, we've designed this extra-deep record bag that should hold 40 to 50 LPs snugly in a waterproof bag – with an extra pouch for 7" singles – and even an inner pouch for other goodies too. The bag itself is super-strong – great stitching and very durable – and it's made from recycled bicycle tires, canvas sails, and other reclaimed materials – so you can feel extra-good about using it – and it's got all these other great features too. One of the coolest is the special Vaya adjustable shoulder strap – which is easy to slide up and down while you're wearing it – and a chest-cinching clip, so the bag rides tight. Plus, there's a big reflective strip on the back – for biking at night – and a large flap over the top with lots of velcro to hold it shut. All that, and it's even got the Dusty Groove logo – nice and big! And yes, it's a bit pricey – but this is the kind of bag that will last for years – and works well even if you're not a biker, too. Misc

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Billy EckstineSenior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD
Stax/Enterprise, 1972/1974. New Copy ... $4.99 18.98
2 early 70s sessions from Billy Eckstine – both recorded for Stax Records! First up is Senior Soul – a well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at the time! Artie Butler handled the backings, and he uses a groove that's pretty full, but never overwhelming – more ebullient soul than some of Eckstine's more familiar jazz – with backing vocals and bright horns, yet still plenty of space for Billy to do his thing. The best numbers have Eckstine coming across with the 70s cool of Grady Tate on his vocal sides – and titles include "Thank You For The Moment", "A Song For You", "A Man Who Sings", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "I Believe In Music", and "Living Like A Gypsy". If She Walked Into My Life is extremely compelling stuff – and you've really got to give Billy credit for reinventing himself like this! The album features Billy's deep deep voice amidst arrangements by Artie Butler, Jimmy Jones, Mike Melvoin, and Billy Byers – sort of a blend of Grady Tate sophisti-jazz, and Scott Walker baroque, with a moody mellow sound that would make either of them proud. Titles include "The Taste Of My Tears", "I Am Yours", "Maybe This Time", "The Very Thought Of You", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD
Also available Senior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD 3.99

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Billy EckstineSenior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD
Stax/Enterprise, 1972/1974. Used ... $3.99
2 early 70s sessions from Billy Eckstine – both recorded for Stax Records! First up is Senior Soul – a well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at the time! Artie Butler handled the backings, and he uses a groove that's pretty full, but never overwhelming – more ebullient soul than some of Eckstine's more familiar jazz – with backing vocals and bright horns, yet still plenty of space for Billy to do his thing. The best numbers have Eckstine coming across with the 70s cool of Grady Tate on his vocal sides – and titles include "Thank You For The Moment", "A Song For You", "A Man Who Sings", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "I Believe In Music", and "Living Like A Gypsy". If She Walked Into My Life is extremely compelling stuff – and you've really got to give Billy credit for reinventing himself like this! The album features Billy's deep deep voice amidst arrangements by Artie Butler, Jimmy Jones, Mike Melvoin, and Billy Byers – sort of a blend of Grady Tate sophisti-jazz, and Scott Walker baroque, with a moody mellow sound that would make either of them proud. Titles include "The Taste Of My Tears", "I Am Yours", "Maybe This Time", "The Very Thought Of You", and "All In Love Is Fair". CD
Also available Senior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life ... CD 4.99

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New Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $7.99
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
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New Duke Ellington's SpacemenCosmic Scene (plus bonus track) ... CD
CBS (Holland), 1958. Used ... $8.99
A lost Duke Ellington gem from the late 50s – a session that has a decidedly different look than some of his other records of the time! We don't know if the Duke was into Sun Ra – but it almost seems like he was copping his thunder with this title and band name – a fair bit more flashy than the usual presentation for the Ellington group! The record's not nearly as trippy as you'd expect – but it's still a prime set of Ellingtonia from those key late 50s years – material played by a smaller group of "Spacemen" than Duke's fuller orchestra – with a bit more room for small group interaction, almost in a Verve mode. Players include Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonzalves on tenor, Quentin Jackson on trombone, and Jimmy Woode on bass – and titles include "Avalon", "Midnight Sun", "Spacemen", "Bass-ment", "Early Autumn", and "Jones". CD also features a bonus alternate take of "Jones". CD
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John Ellison (Soul Brother Six)Up From Funk ... CD
Jamie, Late 60s/Early 70s/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99 27.98
A deep deep retrospective on soul singer John Ellison – best known for his work in the group Soul Brother Six – but a heck of a great talent on his own! The set's an unusual one – in that it features a fair bit of old recordings from the vaults of Jamie Records, mixed with new recordings and remixes of older classics – including some of John's best with his famous group! Modern instrumental styles dominate most of the record, but Ellison's vocals are definitely old school – and have this crackling quality that shows his continued commitment to soul. The one thing missing from the package is a full set of dates, which might help us understand the recording history a bit more – but in their place are some surprisingly great notes from Ellison, which certainly makes up for that loss. Titles include "Leave Me Alone", "Sex Is Sex", "Magic Touch", "Wild & Free", "She's Hot She's Some Kind Of Wonderful", "A Kiss In The Wind", "Let Your Hair Hang Down", and "Spend The Rest Of My Life Making Love To You" – plus remakes of "I Need You Yes I Do", "I Don't Want To Cry", and "You Better Check Yourself" – and remixes of "See You Later Baby", "Play With Fire", and "Keep On Making Love To Me". CD

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Booker ErvinIn Between ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good+ ... $29.99
One of the last records that Booker Ervin ever recorded, and one of the best! There's a depth of tone and conception here that goes far beyond even Ervin's already-great albums for Prestige – a mix of modernism and soulful expression that really points the way towards jazz expression in the 70s – although sadly, Booker was to leave the planet before getting a chance to stretch out in that era. All 6 tracks on the album are originals – and they sparkle with the imagination found on some of the most top-shelf Blue Notes of the time – work by Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, or Wayne Shorter – played by a group that includes the amazing Richard Williams on trumpet (almost worth the price of the record alone), Bobby Few on piano, Lenny McBrowne on drums, and the little-known Cevera Jefferies on bass. Loads of dark edges, searing solos, and plenty of free flights into the sky – on titles that include "The In Between", "Tyra", "The Muse", "Mour", "Sweet Pea", and "Largo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". CD
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Here & Now ... CD 9.99
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New Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ... $9.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". CD
(Out of print. Verve Elite pressing. Digipack has some light wear.)
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Here & Now ... LP 19.99
Here & Now ... CD 13.99
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New Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
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Here & Now ... CD 9.99
Here & Now ... CD 13.99
Here & Now/Another Git Together ... CD 13.99

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now/Another Git Together ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of records from the legendary Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet! Here & Now is one of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". Another Git Together is a rare later date, recorded after their more famous albums for Chess! The lineup here is a bit unusual – in that a young Grachan Moncur III is in the combo on trombone – really adding some deep, soulful tones to the music – in ways that are very different than his famous Blue Note performances – but which really shape the sound of the music here wonderfully! Harold Mabern's on piano – again bringing in a different feel to this record for the group, with some lyrical undercurrents that are beautiful – and the rest of the lineup features Roy McCurdy on drums and Herb Lewis on bass – in addition to the sublime trumpet of Art Farmer and tenor of Benny Golson. Titles include one of the best versions of "Along Came Betty" that we've ever heard – plus the tracks "Domino", "Another Git Together", "Reggie", and "Space Station. CD
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Here & Now ... LP 19.99
Here & Now ... CD 9.99
Here & Now ... CD 13.99

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Art Farmer/Jim HallBig Blues (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet and subtle genius from two of the most understated players in jazz – a really great little record that makes the best of the CTI sound without tricking up the players too much! Art Farmer and Jim Hall play in a quintet with vibes by Mike Mainieri – in a style that eschews the electric funk of other CTI records, but has a similar sense of space, sound, and rhythm overall – proof that the label's groundbreaking approach didn't always have to be electrified! Tracks are quite long, and the two leaders effortlessly craft notes that magically hang in space with an airily soulful feel. Titles include wonderfully reworked versions of "Whisper Not", "A Child Is Born", and "Pavane For A Dead Princess". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Maryann Farra & Satin SoulNever Gonna Leave You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
A 70s indie club classic – and the only album we've ever seen from Maryann Farra & Satin Soul! The group have a sound that's equal parts Brunswick Chicago soul and New York early disco groove – a combination that's brought out even more by the production talents of disco maestro Tony Valor and Chi-soul genius Eugene Record! The tunes groove along in a really rich style of arrangement – often using sweeping strings over tighter rhythms – sometimes hitting the loping midtempo groove you'd expect from Brunswick records at the time, yet also going for some of the faster, freer rhythms that were cropping up on the east coast indies of the time. Some tracks have a tight dancefloor feel – like "Never Gonna Leave You", "Do Those Little Things", and "Just A Little Timing" – while others have a beautiful soul groove – like "You Got To Be The One" and "Living In The Footsteps of Another Girl" – which both have a sound that feels like it was lifted from a lost Barbara Acklin or Chi-Lites album! The set also includes a female soul remake of "Stoned Out Of My Mind" that's almost worth the price of the record alone! CD also features a bonus cut – the single version of "Never Gonna Leave You". CD

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Fela & Africa 70He Miss Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Knitting Factory, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A gem of a set from the legendary Fela Kuti – a classic set of Nigerian grooves produced by Ginger Baker – who was already a frequent musical partner of Fela! The set's got a sharp groove right from the start, and possibly some slighty darker elements than some of Kuti's other records of the time – particularly in the way the guitars echo out next to the saxophones, which are often highlighted by the wonderful rhythms of the great Tony Allen! "Monday Morning In Lagos" is a really blue-tinged track that goes beyond the usual Afro Funk of the time – one of those moments when it seems as if there's a surprising link between Fela's Africa 70 group and Sun Ra's Arkestra. "He Miss Road" is a burning, building groove that has the keyboards layered up strongly with the saxes – and "It's No Possible" is a great side-long track with this really wonderful use of electric piano – again sometimes at a level that almost feels Sun Ra-like! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jose FelicianoAnd The Feeling's Good ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Oh, the feeling here is more than good – as the album's a stunner from the legendary Jose Feliciano, the kind of set that never fails to make us smile when we hear it! Jose's really evolved here from his earliest days – going even farther past the genius of his late 60s work for RCA, and picking up a host of more righteous soul influences in the process – really coming up with a great sound for the 70s! The record is filled with surprising gems – the kind of cuts that will make you go "damn!", and have you digging for other Feliciano records from the same time. Highlights include an excellent remake of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady", with loads of jazzy changes – plus the originals "Virgo", "Hard Times In El Barrio", and his classic theme to "Chico and the Man" – a cut that sounds especially great on this album, in ways we never appreciated when watching the show. Other numbers include "Essence Of Love", "Stay With Me", "You're No Good", and "I've Got To Convince Myself". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maynard FergusonPrimal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out of this world! Side one kicks off with two massive numbers – the Arp-heavy "Cheshire Cat Walk", and the Kool & The Gang-ish "Primal Scream" – and both cuts are quite long, with loads of cool instrumental effects. Side two is a bit softer, but it does include a long keyboard groover called "Swamp". On New Vintage, Maynard really grooves it – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". Carnival is a cool cooker from Maynard Ferguson – and a set that has all the upbeat tones you'd expect from the title, but lots of funky currents underneath! The set really sparkles right from the start – and has that sweet vibe that Maynard was really getting perfect on these late 70s records for Columbia – jazzy fusion that's tight, but never too uptight – with lots of room for sweet solos from the leader himself, plus Bill Hannon on moog, John Qdini on guitar, Eric Traub on tenor, and Mike Migliore on alto. Titles include a famous working of Earth Wind & Fier's "Fantasy" – plus "Battlestar Galactica", "MF Carnival", "Baker Street", "Birdland", "How Ya Doin Baby", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the hard-edge, downtempo mode of the east coast harmony scene of the late 60s and early 70s – like some of the best group soul work coming out of New Jersey or Philly, with some super-dope production and instrumentation that's really amazing! The grooves follow strongly in the same laidback style as recent El Michels work – no surprise, given the El Michels connection to the music – with beats that are hard, but slow – and instrumentation that's funky, but in a mellow sort of way. Lee's vocals are as deep as ever – very much trained in the James Brown tradition, but turned here towards a really unique groove that makes us completely reevaluate his talents – an amazing achievement not just for Fields, but also for the whole Truth & Soul/El Michels crew! An instant classic – with tracks that include "My World", "Ladies", "Expressions Theme", "Honey Dove", "Money I$ King", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", and "Last Ride". CD
Also available My World ... LP 17.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $17.99
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the hard-edge, downtempo mode of the east coast harmony scene of the late 60s and early 70s – like some of the best group soul work coming out of New Jersey or Philly, with some super-dope production and instrumentation that's really amazing! The grooves follow strongly in the same laidback style as recent El Michels work – no surprise, given the El Michels connection to the music – with beats that are hard, but slow – and instrumentation that's funky, but in a mellow sort of way. Lee's vocals are as deep as ever – very much trained in the James Brown tradition, but turned here towards a really unique groove that makes us completely reevaluate his talents – an amazing achievement not just for Fields, but also for the whole Truth & Soul/El Michels crew! An instant classic – with tracks that include "My World", "Ladies", "Expressions Theme", "Honey Dove", "Money I$ King", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", and "Last Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available My World ... CD 13.99

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Richard Dimples FieldsDimples ... CD
Boardwalk/Solaris, 1981. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A surprise hit for Richard Dimples Fields – and one of those albums that seems to turn up in just about every collection of records from the 80s! Although Fields first got his start turning out self-produced soul albums, and you'd expect him to sound a lot slicker here, recording for MCA's Boardwalk imprint, the record's still got a nice down-home feel that almost makes it feel like an indie soul record, despite the fact that Richard is going for a smooth modern sound on most cuts. Our standout favorite is the classic "She's Got Papers On Me", Richard's entry into the Barbara Mason/Shirley Brown song cycle ("you got my man", "he's your man, but he's my lover", etc) – one that takes the view of the man, but which has a sassy female monologue coming in at the end, telling him off! Other tracks include "I Like Your Lovin", "Let Me Take You In My Arms Tonight", "Let The Lady Dance", "In The Still Of the Night", "I've Got To Learn To Say No", and "Don't Ever Take Your Love". CD

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Frank FosterHere & Now ... LP
Catalyst, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Very different work than usual from Frank Foster – and pretty darn great! The album was put together by arranger Billy Mitchell – with a warm and sunny take on soul jazz that's every bit the best side of the Catalyst Records sound – kind of a sweeter, slightly electric take on the genre that's different from the styles going down at some of the other indies during the other part of the decade. Foster's tone is in full force here – but his overall playing is reigned in a bit from his more frenetic recordings with Elvin Jones – a good thing by us, as the record allows him to explore sound in much different ways. The rest of the group is equally great – with players that include Art Webb on flute, Harold Mabern on piano, Roland Prince on guitar, Freddie Waits on drums, and Richard Williams on trumpet. Tunes have an arranged feel that's got some slight sweetness to it – but they're also long, and with plenty of room for solos. Titles include "Shunga", "Sweet Mirage", "Square Knights Of The Round Table", and "Been Here & Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freedom UnitySomething (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $34.99
A great bit of fusion from the start of the 70s – kind of a bridge between the late 60s "groovy" Japanese jazz, and some of the freer-thinking work to come! The group features excellent tenor from Takeru Muraoka, who plays with kind of a sharp edge that almost echoes more of the alto and soprano work of the generation – mixed with keyboards from Hiromasa Suzuki – who's plenty great on electric piano! Hiroshi Suzuki plays trombone, and the set's got some nice funky drums from Akira Ishikawa – who's always a treat. Overall, the set often has some of the same funky characteristics as some of the best late 60s electric jazz sets on Liberty Records in the US – on titles that include "Capricorn", "Something", "On A Sunny Day", "Some Other Night", and "Peaceful Planet". CD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Giorgio GasliniComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings Of Giorgio Gaslini (Murales/New Orleans Suite/Free Actions/Graffiti/Sharing) (11CD set) ... CD
Dischi Della Quercia/Black Saint (Italy), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 11 CDs ... $64.99
A huge body of work from Italian pianist Giorgio Gaslini – material recorded for his own Dischi Della Quercia – a later imprint that really gave him the chance to express himself in a great number of ways! There's some really special albums on the set – records that include some key duet sessions – one with trombonist Roswell Rudd, one with altoist Anthony Braxton, and one with bassist Eddie Gomez – and some key group outings with some of the best younger Italian players, grouped together under Gaslini's mature direction, in pursuit of a range of sounds that run the gamut from traditional jazz modes to more avant sounds to some compelling Eastern experiments too. The package brings together 11 full albums, many of which we haven't seen on CD in a long long time – the records Murales, New Orleans Suite, Free Actions, Graffitti, Sharing, Live At The Public Theater, Ecstasy, Four Pieces, Indian Suite, Monodrama, and Skies Of China. CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye On Stage – Recorded Live ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the best of the 60s live sets from Motown – a sublime showcase for the talents of a young Marvin Gaye! There's a feel here that's a bit looser, and almost a bit rougher than some of Marvin's other records from the time – and there's almost a bit more force in his vocals than on the hits – a hard-wailing quality that takes over at times, and which is totally great. A backing chorus supports Marvin over the small combo backings, but the whole thing's recorded so that Gaye's very firmly in the lead – on cuts that include "Mojo Hanna", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "One Of These Days", "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", "Pride & Joy", "Hitch Hike", and "Get My Hands On Some Lovin". CD
 
 
 



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