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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoPhase One (limited numbered edition) ... CD
America/Verve, 1971. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the headiest albums ever recorded by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a brilliant mix of noise and silence that rivals some of the greatest genius of the 20th century avant composition! The album's lead track "Ohnedaruth" builds slowly with a variety of percussion – traveling in People In Sorrow territory that shows a remarkable sense of sound and space. All members of the group pick up some percussion to build the track as it goes along – then follow suit with a more reed-based approach on the other extended tune on the album, "Lebert Aaly" – the group's brilliant tribute to the late Albert Ayler! The sound is incredibly deep and textured – and draws a clear line between creative improvisation and technical composition that puts the group alongside Cage and Hindemuth! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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BloChapters & Phases – The Complete Albums 1973 to 1975 (Chapter One/Phase II) ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! There's definitely a rock influence in the set, but the music isn't rock at all – it's a very dark, almost dubby groove at points – and a bit more straightforwardly funk at others – almost a post-colonial style that clearly comes from a London influence, given to the group by a previous association with Ginger Baker. Rhythms are quite tight, and the bass is as strong as the drums – mixed up nicely with riffing guitar, and moody vocals that color the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Preacherman", "Time To Face The Sun", "We Are Out Together", "Chant To Mother Earth", "Miss Sagitt", "Beware", and "We Gonna Have A Party". Phase II is a critical next step for the group – music that's even deeper than before, but a bit funkier too! There's clearly some touches here of other African funk of the time – especially in the way the guitar parts groove with the rhythms – although those heavy Blo basslines from before are still nicely in place, as are some of the fuzzier production elements too. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Sh*t", "Atide", "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", and "Don't Take Her Away From Me". CD
 
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BohannonGittin Off (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $19.99
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – and has this way of really focusing in on one key rhythm, then rolling it out with incredible tightness – slowly changing things with some slight phase shifts in tone or timing, but always returning to the core of the tune. The approach is maybe even more striking here than on his previous records – and far grittier than on his later 70s work, too – and at some level, the vocals are almost thrown in as an afterthought, once Bo and the combo get things grooving! Titles include "Come Winter", "South Africa 76", "Feel Good At Midnight", "Gittin Off", and "I'm In Love". CD features two bonus tracks – single versions of "Gittin Off" and "Come Winter". CD

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Ted HeathBeatles Bach & Bacharach ... LP
Phase 4, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold .... $2.99
Beatles Back & Bacharach presents the Ted Heath group in some very groovy territory – playing a fair bit of the first and third "B" in the title, plus a little bit of the second! Heath's instrumentation is quite far from the brassier horns used on his earlier records – and Johnny Keating's sensitive arrangements for the date bring in a fair bit of groovier elements – electric bass, guitar, flute, and even some electric harpsichord! In a way, the record's much more of a Keating album than a Heath one – right down to the subtle dose of funk that Johnny was bringing to his music at this time – and titles include "This Guy's In Love With You", "Norwegian Wood", "B B & B", "Air On The G String", "Let It Be", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker and tape on the spine.)

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Paul HornPaul Horn In India ... LP
World Pacific, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $9.99
Paul Horn opens up in a really cool way – definitely moving past his early modern jazz years, to become one of the first American jazzmen to explore the sounds of India! The album features Horn blowing flute on some great long tracks – stretching out with this sense of sound that's really amazing – almost more tonal texture than his previous jazz sense of melody – often moving slowly, with slight phase shifts that are really compelling – and working alongside spare instrumentation from Indian musicians on tabla, tamboura, and violin! The tracks are all ragas that spin off with a free but rhythmic sound – and titles include "Raga Vibhas", "Raga Tilang", "Alap", "Manj Khamaj", and "Raga Desh". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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New Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... CD
Reflection/Numero, 1971. New Copy .... $11.99 15.98
A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20-year-old, Halifax reared Catherine Howe – produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity – and quite possibly the best unearthed singer-songwriter folk gem we've heard in years! The sound is warmly baroque, and Catherine's lovely vocals and evocative songwriting style is sheerly natural – recorded in a fairly stripped down setting and fleshed out with strings by the London Symphony Orchestra. The mix of intimacy and grandeur makes the record a bit of stylistic cousin to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter – we take our Drake seriously and we don't throw that comparison out lightly! Released by a doomed Reflection Records, which closed up shop the same year, it was pretty much automatically relegated to obscurity. Now, thankfully is a fertile time for the rediscovery post 60s folkish gems – and this one is at the very top of the line. Would you expect anything less from the Numero Group? Titles include "Up North", "On A Misty Morning", "Nothing More Than Strangers", "My Child", "The Innocence Of A Child", "It Comes With The Breezes" and more – plus the bonus demo "In The Hot Summer" – which led to the next phase of Catherine's career at RCA. CD
Also available What A Beautiful Place ... LP 15.99

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New Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... LP
Reflection/Numero, 1971. New Copy (reissue).... $15.99 18.98
A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20-year-old, Halifax reared Catherine Howe – produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity – and quite possibly the best unearthed singer-songwriter folk gem we've heard in years! The sound is warmly baroque, and Catherine's lovely vocals and evocative songwriting style is sheerly natural – recorded in a fairly stripped down setting and fleshed out with strings by the London Symphony Orchestra. The mix of intimacy and grandeur makes the record a bit of stylistic cousin to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter – we take our Drake seriously and we don't throw that comparison out lightly! Released by a doomed Reflection Records, which closed up shop the same year, it was pretty much automatically relegated to obscurity. Now, thankfully is a fertile time for the rediscovery post 60s folkish gems – and this one is at the very top of the line. Would you expect anything less from the Numero Group? Titles include "Up North", "On A Misty Morning", "Nothing More Than Strangers", "My Child", "The Innocence Of A Child", "It Comes With The Breezes" and more – plus the bonus demo "In The Hot Summer" – which led to the next phase of Catherine's career at RCA. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available What A Beautiful Place ... CD 11.99

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New Lifers GroupShort Life Of A Gangsta (radio, Organized Konfusion mix, inst)/One Life To Live ... 12-inch
Hollywood, 1991. Near Mint- .... $0.99
While most heads are checking for the "Real Deal" 12" with Shadow's Lesson 4 remix on the flip, this other single off the Lifer's Group album is still nice, with tight production by Organized Konfusion on the a-side, and nicer beats than we recall from Doctor Jam and Phase 5 on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Gene Page/Solomon BurkeCool Breeze – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, 1972. Sealed (reissue).... $13.99
Gene Page and Solomon Burke did the music for this obscure blacksploitation film starring Raymond St. Jacques – and although it's not the greatest funky soundtrack you can buy, it's got more than its share of nice moments! There's a bunch of nice instrumentals by Page that are kind of in a mode that's expanded from his work on Blacula, plus a few vocal cuts by Solomon in his "transitional" phase that feature him trying for a hipper sound than on his earlier Atlantic albums. Cuts include "Cool Breeze", "Icbyatht W.T.?", "The Bus", "Fight Back", and "Then I Want To Come Home" – and there's more than a few funky moments to make this one worth while! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cool Breeze – Original Soundtrack ... LP 28.99

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Gene Page/Solomon BurkeCool Breeze – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, 1972. Near Mint- .... $28.99
Gene Page and Solomon Burke did the music for this obscure blacksploitation film starring Raymond St. Jacques – and although it's not the greatest funky soundtrack you can buy, it's got more than its share of nice moments! There's a bunch of nice instrumentals by Page that are kind of in a mode that's expanded from his work on Blacula, plus a few vocal cuts by Solomon in his "transitional" phase that feature him trying for a hipper sound than on his earlier Atlantic albums. Cuts include "Cool Breeze", "Icbyatht W.T.?", "The Bus", "Fight Back", and "Then I Want To Come Home" – and there's more than a few funky moments to make this one worth while! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear.)
Also available Cool Breeze – Original Soundtrack ... LP 13.99

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VRevelation Is Now Televised ... CD
BBE (UK), 2005. Used .... $7.99
An instant classic – and one of the best new soul albums of the 21st Century so far – the debut of Valvin Roane II, aka V – a fresh talent from the wide side of the Philly scene! V's working here with production from Jazzy Jeff, Pete Smoovah, and Pete Kuzma, Jill Scott's bandleader – and the set has an amazing quality that more than lives up to it's classic-styled cover and title! V sings with a voice that would be great enough on its own – a church-schooled mode that's deeply soulful, and which hearkens back to 70s Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder – but with the added production from Jeff and the Petes, he really strides forward with a bold new sound – one that's spacey one minute, crispy the next – often laidback, yet never lazy in its approach to the music. And while it would be easy enough to label this one as "classic soul" and leave it at that, V's also got a vibe that's richly his own – one that really fits the unpretentious photo on the cover, and which is a refreshing change from overly-postured male soul (and that includes even the stuff that's pretending its not!) Titles include "Born Again", which features Jill Scott – plus "Confess", "Best Friend", "Picture This", "Still", "Who Would I Be", "Would U Be Mine", "Anotha Phase", "Melody", and "Hey Pretty Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousDelta Swamp Rock – Sounds From The South At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country, & Soul – Part 1 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $26.99
Soul Jazz takes an open-eyed and open-minded look at swampy, funky, freewheeling southern rock – southern-by-nature or southern-by-inspiration grooves from the end of the 60s and well into the 70s! What we love most about the set, besides that it features one great song after another, is the Soul Jazz perspective. They don't simply put together Delta Swamp Rock from a purist's standpoint regionally, or as a sound – it's loosely-defined, which you could complain about if you want, but we love all of this stuff so it works for us! There's early phase southern rock, blue-eyed soul, soulful country and homey, swaggering pop. Volume 1 of the vinyl has 13 tracks on 2LPs: "The Seasons" by Lynryd Skynryd, "Smokies" by Barefoot Jerry", "Papa, Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You" by Bobbie Gentrie, "Stone Fox Chase" by Area Code 615, "Be What You Want To" by Link Wray", "I'll Be Long Gone" by Boz Scaggs, "God Rest His Soul" by Duane And Gregg Allman and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPhase 6 Super Stereo – Introducing The Alternative Italian B-Movie Soundtrack ... LP
Plastic (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $22.99
Totally cool new 2LP set on Plastic, and in a very similar mode to some of the other great Italian comps of funky music – like Stroboscopia, Mo' Plen, and Easy Tempo. The set's a collection of funky grooves from the lost Phase 6 label, and features some totally wild tracks with electric harpsichord, electric sitar, and other cool electric instruments – all over funky grooves and tight beats! The sound is stunning, with razor sharp production, and a stereo sound that's bound to burst you out of your seat. There's 16 tracks in all, and every cut's a winner, with hot "Now Sound" vibes. Plus, we recognize none of the artists, so you don't have to worry about duplication from other sets you might have. The whole thing's great, and ranks as one of the best Italian funky comps we've had so far! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Terry CallierLife Lessons – The Best Of Terry Callier ... CD
Music Club (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really comprehensive look at the career of Chicago soul genius Terry Callier – and one that captures just about every phase of his career, and not just his famous albums for Chess! There's certainly a few tracks from the Chess/Cadet years here – but the record also features Terry singing 60s Northern Soul, spare traditional folk, upbeat 80s groove, and lots lots more. Titles are pulled from labels that include Prestige, Erect, Premonition, Chess, Verve, and Mr Bongo – and the 2CD set features a whopping 24 tracks that include "Look At Me Now", "I Don't Want To See Myself", "If I Could Make You Change Your Mind", "Big City (live)", "Ordinary Joe (demo)", "Be My Woman", "I'm A Drifter", "Spin Spin Spin", "You Goin Miss Your Candyman", "Midnight Mile", "Jazz My Rhythm & Blues", "Sierra Leone", "Darker Than A Shadow", "Step Into The Light (live)", "People Get Ready (live)", "Can't Catch The Trane (demo)", "Dancing Girl", "Alley Wind Song (demo)", and "Monuments Of Mars". CD

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New Pat MethenyTravels ... LP
ECM, 1982. Used 2LP Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A live album, but every bit as seminal as the studio sides that Pat Metheny cut for ECM at the time – and proof that the Metheny magic was clearly his own, and not just a product of studio tricks by Manfred Eicher! The set reprises tunes and themes from a variety of Metheny's earlier ECM albums – but the live presentation of the material somehow really transforms a number of them – pushing them into a soundspace that's similar to the one explored by Pat on the Offramp album, augmented especially by the presence of percussionist Nana Vasconcelos in the group. Titles include "Phase Dance", "Farmer's Trust", "Straight On Red", "The Fields The Sky", "Are You Going With Me", "Extradition", "Going Ahead", "As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls", and "Travels". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from the early solo years of Teddy Pendergrass! The record's a monstrous mix of mellow soul and sophisticated tunes – one that pushes Teddy way past his earlier role in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, into mature male soul territory that few others could match! The sound is sublime throughout – easily the next phase for the Gamble & Huff empire, and way past the easier Philly hit modes of a few years before. Titles include the wonderful "Close The Door", the kind of classy upscale modern soul that kept Philly going strong into the end of the 70s – plus "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "When Somebody Loves You Back", and "Cold, Cold World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Randy Weston/Ahmed Abdullah/Andrew CyrilleWildflowers 3 – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions ... LP
Douglas/Casablanca, 1977. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those excellent Wildflowers albums – featuring underground sessions recorded during the New York loft jazz scene of the 70s. Randy Weston plays "Portrait Of Frank Edward Weston" in a trio; Andrew Cyrille & Maono play "Short Short"; Ahmed Abdullah plays "Blue Phase" in a group with Charles Brackeen; and Dave Burrell's trio play "Black Robert". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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New Charlemagne Palestine & OthersStrumming Music – For Piano, Harpsichord, & Strings Ensemble (3CD set) ... CD
Sub Rosa (Belgium), 1974/1977. New Copy 3CD .... Out Of Stock
Amazing minimal sounds from Charlemagne Palestine – music that's right up there in the best tradition of Philip Glass or Terry Riley – but maybe even more minimal! The works here are billed as "strumming" – "Strumming For Bosendorfer Piano", "Strumming For Harpsichord", and "Strumming For Strings" – but there's no real strumming, just very cyclical progressions of notes that rely strongly on repetition, then some subtle phase shift! Each performance is really amazing from both a technical perspective, and from an aesthetic one – as the notes come in a fast flurry, even though the overall shifts in sound is very slow – like a Steve Reich notion of phase shift. The 3CD package is wonderful – a lost minimalist heritage, with a CD performance that encompasses each work – plus a large booklet of notes! CD

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New Tribe Called QuestCan I Kick It? (spirit mix, edit, Phase 5 mix, LP)/If The Papes Come (with Baby Bam, rmx)/Spirits ... 12-inch
Jive, 1990. Used (pic cover).... Out Of Stock
Massive. A couple of mixes of one of their biggest early cuts, plus the awesome "If The Papes Come", which only came out on 12", and stands as one of their best cuts ever. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a small mark from price sticker removal.)

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New Paul HornPaul Horn In India/Cosmic Consciousness – Paul Horn In Kashmir ... CD
World Pacific/BGO (UK), 1967. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A great collection of one of the most exciting points in the career of reedman Paul Horn – a set that brings together two albums recorded for the World Pacific label in the mid 60s! First up is Paul Horn In India – a record in which Horn opens up in a really cool way – definitely moving past his early modern jazz years, to become one of the first American jazzmen to explore the sounds of India! The album features Horn blowing flute on some great long tracks – stretching out with this sense of sound that's really amazing – almost more tonal texture than his previous jazz sense of melody – often moving slowly, with slight phase shifts that are really compelling – and working alongside spare instrumentation from Indian musicians on tabla, tamboura, and violin! The tracks are all ragas that spin off with a free but rhythmic sound – and titles include "Raga Vibhas", "Raga Tilang", "Alap", "Manj Khamaj", and "Raga Desh". Paul Horn In Kashmir is easily the trippiest of Paul Horn's 60s experiments – and even more far-reaching than his Paul Horn In India set! This one has a very similar feel to Paul's Indian session, but it's much more transcendental – with long tunes that spin out amidst sitar, tabla, and vocals – going for a meditative approach that's a great complement to Horn's work on the alto flute. The jazz component to the session is very subdued, but given the overall quality of the album, we're not ones to complain! Vocals are by Shri Chunilal Kaul, and titles include "Raga Ahir Bhairao", "Tabla Solo IN Teental", "Raga Kerwani", and "Alap In Raga Bhairav". CD

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New International Pop All StarsVibrations Around the World ... LP
Phase 4/London (UK), 1970. Used .... Out Of Stock
A groovy record from the International Pop All Stars for Decca's Phase 4 label of percussion & strings oriented LPs! Vibrations Around The World has a groovy, moddish, cheeky charm with an international focus, picking themes to represent countries as if this were some kind of easy listening Olympics! "Aquarius" reps the USA, "Greensleeves" is for the UK, "Tulips From Amsterdam" represents Holland, "One One Samba" stands for Brazil, and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker and masking tape along the top and bottom seams.)
 
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Gary BurtonSeven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
A really wonderful setting for the vibes of Gary Burton – a special ECM session that pairs his quartet with larger orchestral backdrops – all conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also wrote the music for the date! Gibbs had already risen to fame by the time of this record – thanks to some groundbreaking albums for large ensembles on the British jazz scene of the late 60s – where he demonstrated a tremendous ear for intimate tones and subtle sounds amidst a larger group. Here, that talent turns out to work perfectly for the rich tones of Burton's vibes – allowing them to develop slowly and spaciously, despite the larger orchestra. The core quartet also features Michael Goodrick on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Ted Seibs on drums – and titles include "The Rain Before It Falls", "Three", "Phases", "Throb", and "Nocturne Vulgaire/Arise Her Eyes". CD
Also available Seven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Gary BurtonSeven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue).... $23.99 25.99
A really wonderful setting for the vibes of Gary Burton – a special ECM session that pairs his quartet with larger orchestral backdrops – all conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also wrote the music for the date! Gibbs had already risen to fame by the time of this record – thanks to some groundbreaking albums for large ensembles on the British jazz scene of the late 60s – where he demonstrated a tremendous ear for intimate tones and subtle sounds amidst a larger group. Here, that talent turns out to work perfectly for the rich tones of Burton's vibes – allowing them to develop slowly and spaciously, despite the larger orchestra. The core quartet also features Michael Goodrick on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Ted Seibs on drums – and titles include "The Rain Before It Falls", "Three", "Phases", "Throb", and "Nocturne Vulgaire/Arise Her Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Seven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra ... CD 16.99

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O'JaysMessage In The Music/Travelin' At The Speed of Thought ... CD
Philadelphia International/Demon (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy .... $6.99
Classic work from the second great Philly phase of the O'Jays' career! In 1976, the O'Jays re-signed to the Philly International label – thus kicking off their second stretch with Gamble and Huff, and burning harder than ever with a really righteous groove! The 2 albums in this package show Eddie Levert and Co honing their craft – still keeping the vocals nice and soulful, but transforming their sound even further, taking it light years from the rawer early recordings of the 60s, into the ever changing face of modern soul at the end of the 60s. And despite the fact that these albums never yielded as many hits as the earlier ones, they're still pretty darn nice – and are proof that Philly kept on kicking out great albums year after year. Tracks include "Message In the Music", "Let Life Flow", "Make A Joyful Noise", "A Prayer", "Paradise", "Work On Me", "Let's Spend Some Time Together", "Those Lies", and "We're All In This Thing Together". 16 tracks in all. CD

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Paul Rutherford/Philipp Wachsmann/Barry GuyIskra 1903 – South On The Northern 1988/1989 ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1988/1989. New Copy 2CD .... $23.99
Two previously-unissued performance from this seminal trio of British improvisers – Paul Rutherford on trombone, Barry Guy on bass, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin – working here on sessions that also feature a bit of electronics from both Guy and Wachsmann as well! All material is live, from two different performances done during a surprisingly large recording gap by the trio – which makes the music not only great on its own, but an important slice from a lost phase of the group. The musicians have a wonderful sense of each other, and a strong concern with sound – especially heard in the ways that the electronics are used by the two string players – with real sonic sympathies for the trombone. There's a maturity here that takes the music even beyond "classic" Iskra 1903 albums – and the double-length nature of the set makes for a great bonus as well. CD

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James MoodyJames Moody (1959) ... LP
Argo, 1959. Very Good+ .... Just Sold Out!
Great work from Moody's "second phase" – the post-Overbrook time in which he picks up the flute, drops a bit of the bop style, and starts working in a much more complicated style that showed that he had a hell of a lot of room to grow as an artist! This album's Moody's second for Argo – recorded in 1959, with help from the brilliant arranger Tom McIntosh. Players include Johnny Coles, Musa Kaleem, Gene Kee, and McIntosh – and the album features the first reading of Moody's famous "Darben The Redd Foxx", plus "Cookie", "RBQ", "Daahoud", and McIntosh's perennial favorite, "With Malice Toward None". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Cadet pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some waviness along the bottom.)

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New BohannonKeep On Dancin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive grooves from the mighty Hamilton Bohannon – the kind of skittish, nervous rhythms that made his funk unlike any other artist of the 70s! There's a sense of rhythmic progression here that's super-tight, but often quite subtle in its inflections – a mode that went onto have a huge influence on many generations after the disco era – especially house from Chicago and Detroit! Yet heard here in its original form, the approach is almost even more mindblowing – played live, with a hypnotic feel that's completely compelling – as the grooves shift slowly with subtle phases that often move independently of the vocals – which themselves are often just added to the mix as an afterthought. Bohannon wrote, arranged, and produced – and the record's a sublime blend of guitar, bass, and drums used in mighty fresh ways! Tracks include "Have A Good Day", "Dance With Your Parno", "South African Man", "The Fat Man", "Red Bone", "Truck Stop", and "Rap On Mr. DJ". CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Sam Fonteyn/Kenny Clare & Ronnie StephensonBig Band Spectacular/Drum Spectacular ... CD
Phase 4/Vocalion (UK), 1966. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two big band swingers from the 60s UK scene – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Band Spectacular from pianist/arranger Sam Fonteyn – a set that's got a full brace of horns on most tracks, blasting hard with the swinging rhythms of the album! Fonteyn's on piano, but buried a bit in the mix, thanks to the horns – and there is some nice bongos, vibes, and guitar that comes into play at times – which helps keep things interesting. Titles include "My Hero", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", "You Do Something To Me", "So In Love", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", and "It's All Right With Me". Drum Spectacular is an album that definitely earns its name – thanks to heavy work on the kit from Kenny Clare and Ronnie Stephenson – not to mention a great lineup of horn players too! The ensemble is slightly large, but still has a lean feel – a bit like the Clarke Boland Big Band at times, a group that occasionally featured Clare. Players include Tony Coe and Tubby Hayes on tenor, Kenny Baker and Kenny Wheeler on trumpets, Don Lusher and Keith Christie on trombones, and Alan Branscombe on piano – and arrangements are by the great Stan Tracey, Kenny Napper, Ian Hamer, and Tubby Hayes. Titles include "The Hawk Talks", "Drumboogie", "Caravan", "Drum Spectacular", "Portrait Of Elvin", "Afro Charlie", and "Talkin About Drums". CD
(Out of print.)

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New RZA & OthersAfro Samurai ... LP
Ample Soul/Koch, 2006. New Copy 2LP .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The RZA's fine second phase career as a top notch soundtrack maestro continues with Afro Samurai – the music for the anime/blacksploitation hybrid starring Samuel L Jackson – and a varied batch of tracks that's really a lot more than the typical Ghost Dog/early Wu Tang style beats you might be expecting! Naturally, RZA does bring plenty of martial arts style and soul beat instrumentals, but there are also a lot of vocal cuts – which run the gamut from raw freestyle-like bits to atmospheric r&b. GZA drops in, as do pioneers Big Daddy Kane and Q-Tip! Titles include "Afro Theme" with rhymes by RZA, "Certified Samurai" feat Talib Kweli, Lil Free & Suga Bang, "Just A Little Dude" feat Q-Tip & Free Murder, "Oh" and "The Walk" feat Stone Mecca, "Cameo Afro" feat Big Daddy Kane, GZA & Suga Bang, "Take Sword Pt 1" with RZA & Berretta 9 and more vocal tracks, plus the instrumentals "Afro Intro", "Afro's Father Fight", "The Empty 7 Theme", "Afro Samurai Theme (First Part and Second Part)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New BohannonKeep On Dancin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Massive grooves from the mighty Hamilton Bohannon – the kind of skittish, nervous rhythms that made his funk unlike any other artist of the 70s! There's a sense of rhythmic progression here that's super-tight, but often quite subtle in its inflections – a mode that went onto have a huge influence on many generations after the disco era – especially house from Chicago and Detroit! Yet heard here in its original form, the approach is almost even more mindblowing – played live, with a hypnotic feel that's completely compelling – as the grooves shift slowly with subtle phases that often move independently of the vocals – which themselves are often just added to the mix as an afterthought. Bohannon wrote, arranged, and produced – and the record's a sublime blend of guitar, bass, and drums used in mighty fresh ways! Tracks include "Have A Good Day", "Dance With Your Parno", "South African Man", "The Fat Man", "Red Bone", "Truck Stop", and "Rap On Mr. DJ". CD
 
 
 



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