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Tito PuenteTop Percussion ... CD
RCA, 1957. Used ... $5.99
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other additional sounds are some occasional vocals, and a pounding bassline. The set's extremely raw, with a very tight groove – and the sound is incredible – easily enough to make this one of Tito's best percussion dates ever! Titles include "Ti Mon Bo", "Elequana", "Bragada", "Alaumba Chemache", "Hot Timbales", and "Four By Two". CD
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RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx ... CD
Loud/RCA, 1995. Used ... $5.99
Chef Raekwon cooks up some marvelous dishes. Ghostface Killer is featured on most tracks. Guests include Nas, Method Man, Inspektah Deck and more from the Wu-Tang Family. As always, impecable production by the RZA. Titles include "Spot Rusherz", "Can It Be All So Simple (remix)", "Knuckleheadz", "Criminology", "Ice Water", "Wisdom Body", and "Wu-Gambinos". CD
Also available Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (2LP purple vinyl pressing) ... LP 26.99

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David RaksinLaura (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Kritzerland, 1944. New Copy ... $19.99
Without a doubt, one of the most famous scores to come out of Hollywood in the 40s – David Raksin's enduring soundtrack for Laura – and it's as beautiful now as ever! The theme was recorded time and time again over the next few decades – in vocal and instrumental versions, by hundreds of artists. The entire score is wonderful though – and mighty influential, too! It's lush and lovely, with noirish touches – seemingly serving as a template for so many dramatic scores to come! Includes the main title theme plus "The Phonograph", "The Café", "Waldo Walks Away", "Mark", "Apartment House", "The Party", "Laura Leaves", "Night" and more. This great CD version on Kritzerland includes full original score – plus the a bonus test demo fand also presents the full "Laura Suite – Theme And Variations" by Raksin, conducted by Alfred Newman, and runs over 27 minutes long! CD
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Sid RaminNew Thresholds In Sound/Big Band Sound Of Sid Ramin ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1963. New Copy ... $16.99
Maestro Sid Ramin cut few albums on his own – and two of the best are presented back to back here on a single CD! New Thresholds In Sound features Sid Ramin at his most dynamic – heard here on this sweet RCA session from the early 60s, in modes that really show the same kind of arrangements that Sid was doing for TV at the time! The feel of the record really lives up to the "new thresholds" title – as Ramin pushes the orchestra in all these colorful, vivid ways – yet still also while keeping things fluid, and a fair bit jazz at times – never letting the album just be one of those tricks for the hi-fi crowd, and still hanging on strongly to a musical mode! Tracks include "Strike Up The Band", "I Believe In You", "Bewitched", "Hernando's Hideaway", and "April In Paris". The Big Band Sound has Sid working with a large group, but getting a really tight sound out of them throughout – a mode that's more soundtrack-styled than any sort of jazz big band – but which still has lots of jazzy flourishes from the horns in the group! Arrangements are plenty playful throughout – like some of Ramin's great soundtrack scoring – and titles include "Nola", "In The Mood", "Never On Sunday", "Ruby", and "And The Angels Sing". CD

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Evan RogersLove Games (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1985. Used ... $8.99
A pretty sweet 80s synth/pop/funk/R&B set by Evan Rogers – a few years after his time in the funky soul group Dayton (which is what we know Evan best for around here) – a mid 80s album that's heavy with the synthy sounds of the era and highlighted by some catchy songs and Evan's genuinely great voice! There's a song here called "Don't Jump To Conclusions", and that could be the unofficial motto after you see Evan's uber 80s coif and style on the cover – but this is a really fun record worth checking out! His voice is warm and genuinely soulful and the songs are insistent as can be. Includes "Hold On", a cool cover of Prince's "Private Joy" with some searing guitar as a counterweight to the electro soundscapes, "Full-Time Lover", "Sweet 16", "1-Track Mind", "Be Mine Tonight" and more. This 2011 edition from FTG has 3 bonus tracks: "Secret Love (12" Version)", "Stay Here With Me (12" Version)" and "Hold On (Remix)". CD

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Shorty RogersAfro-Cuban Influence ... CD
RCA, 1958. Used ... $18.99
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an Afro Cuban sound. Players include Bud Shank, Bill Holman, Frank Rosolino, Herb Geller, and Bob Cooper – and the album is very similar to Perez Prado's Voodoo Suite album, which was also recorded for RCA around the same time. Includes the cuts "Un Poco Loco", "Manteca", "Viva Puente", and the extended suite "Wuayacanjanga". CD
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Sonny RollinsWhat's New? ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1962. Used ... $2.99
A very unique album from Sonny Rollins – one that features him blowing tenor over some Latin-based rhythms that have a tight uptempo feel. The core group on the album features Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – but they're augmented by larger arrangements that mix together bossa nova and calypso rhythms, which forge a surprisingly great background for Rollins' gutsy tenor. Although it's easy to dismiss the record as a throwaway cash-in affair on the Latin boom of the early 60s – Rollins actually handles himself wonderfully, and the longer-than-usual tracks on the album show a whole new side of his talents that were later reprised on Latin sessions during the 70s. Titles include "Bluesongo", "Jungoso", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", and "Brownskin Girl". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Also available What's New? ... LP 24.99

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Santa Y Su GenteUrgente ... CD
RCA/Lion, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99
That's not Santa, as in Santa Claus – but a nickname for Santiago Salas, who works here in a very cool, jazzy mode! The album's got plenty of Latin roots, mixed with hipper 70s touches that include some key electric elements as well – all served up in a sparkling groove that's mighty unique, and which makes the record a real standout on the South American scene of the time! Some tunes are quite funky, with great electric piano lines over the rhythms – while others have more of a warmly glowing groove, one that seems to borrow a bit from Brazilian jazz of the time – yet make things into a style that's all its own. Some of these numbers have a bit of vocals, but the instrumental interplay of the album is much stronger overall – especially the Fender Rhodes lines that make the album well worth owning for any fan of 70s electric funk! Titles include "El Salero", "Colores", "Murumba", "La Muneca", "Niebla", "Pajaros En El Jardin", and "Triangulo Espanol". CD

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New Gil Scott-HeronPieces Of A Man ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA, 1971. Used ... $8.99
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz – all at a level that's light years ahead of anything any singer would have attempted a few years before – and which went onto have a huge influence for years to come. If you only know Gil from his protest work, there's a lot more here to discover – the bittersweet blend of pain and power that's always made him so fantastic. And yes, the record does include the groundbreaking "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" – but what we treasure even more is all the more personal numbers – including "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "The Needle's Eye", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "Save The Children", and "Pieces Of A Man". Brilliant all the way through! CD
Also available Pieces Of A Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great keyboard accompaniment from frequent partner Brian Jackson on nearly every track – plus help from Hubert Laws on flute and sax, and Bernard Purdie on drums. CD features 17 tracks in all – much more than the album – and titles include "Pieces of a Man", "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Whitey on the Moon", "The Needle's Eye", "Home is Where the Hatred Is", "Did You Hear What They Said?", "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "No Knock", "Sex Education Ghetto Style", "A Sign Of The Ages", "The Prisoner", and "When You Are Who You Think You Are". CD
Also available Revolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD 5.99

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Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Early 70s. Used ... $5.99
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great keyboard accompaniment from frequent partner Brian Jackson on nearly every track – plus help from Hubert Laws on flute and sax, and Bernard Purdie on drums. CD features 17 tracks in all – much more than the album – and titles include "Pieces of a Man", "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Whitey on the Moon", "The Needle's Eye", "Home is Where the Hatred Is", "Did You Hear What They Said?", "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "No Knock", "Sex Education Ghetto Style", "A Sign Of The Ages", "The Prisoner", and "When You Are Who You Think You Are". CD
Also available Revolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD 7.99

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New Vera SienraNuestra Soledad/Vera ... CD
RCA/Lion, 1969/1972. Used ... $8.99
Two rare Argentine albums from Vera Sienra – back to back on a single CD, with great notes too! Nuestra Soledad is a tremendous debut, and unlike anything that we can easily put into words – fado in style, but carried off in a way that's more bossa nova overall – yet done with a fuller sense of feeling that almost echoes European singers of the decade before! Vera's vocals are incredibly deep – not baritone, but filled with a sense of melancholy that hardly matches the image on the front cover – and the arrangements and guitar are done by Eduardo Mateo, who you might know from other excellent work of this nature from the Buenos Aires scene. Titles include "La Flor", "Si Tiene Final", "Aquel", "El Caminante", "Calle Triste", and "Junto Al Cristal". Vera is a slightly different album from a few years later – a record with some fuller backings, and an even more emotive approach overall – yet still done with that amazing vocal approach, and nicely restrained in ways that really underscore the sense of sadness in the tunes. Titles include "Uno Mas", "No Me Dejes Ir", "Cancio Para El Tiempo", "La Gaviota", "Y Porque Nos Conocimos", and "La Inconformidad". CD

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Alfie SilasAlfie/Be Yourself (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1982/1983. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A pair of Alfie Silas albums for RCA – back to back on a single CD! First up is Alfie – filled with sweet crossover grooves from Alfie Silas – a singer with the same hook-heavy approach used by other 80s female singers like Denice Williams or Cheryl Lynn – set up here with some great grooves to match! The tunes are all pretty upbeat and catchy – playful tunes that never try too hard for the charts, yet have an instantly appealing sound that should have made this album way bigger than it was. Rhythms are straightforward, never too overdone – and Alfie surprises us with some deeper tones on a few of the album's hipper tracks. The album contains the singles "There I Go" and "A Puppet To You" – plus the tracks "Put The Freeze On", "Body Heat", and "Can't We Do It All Again". CD also features bonus tracks "A Puppet To You (12" mix)", and "A Puppet To You (inst)". Be Yourself is a shorter album than usual – part of the "mini LP" format that RCA was trying out in the early 80s – but a set that steps forward strongly with some great studio help from Larry Graham – who produced, wrote all tracks, and also plays drums, bass, and keyboards. Alfie's catchy vocals get just the right sort of focus from Graham's grooves – and titles include "Be Yourself", "Just A Little Bit", "You Put The L In Love", "Stay With Me", and "I'm Available". Also features the bonus track "You Put The L In Love (12" mix)". CD

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Shel SilversteinBoy Named Sue & His Other Country Songs ... CD
RCA/Water, 1969. Used ... $8.99
One of the weirdest records ever from Shel Silverstein – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given what a weirdo he is! The set was recorded hot on the heels of the big Johnny Cash recording of "Boy Named Sue" – and it features Shel singing that famous tune, plus a host of other original country material – all of which is quite different than the usual songs coming from Nashville in the 60s! Production was done by Chet Atkins – who must have flipped a wig recording this one – and Shel's raspy, nasally voice is surprisingly at home in the professional Nashville backings. The record's a great leftfield country relic from the 60s – and titles include "Boy Named Sue", "Dirty Ol Me", "Alimoney", "Someday's Here", "Time", "Comin After Jinny", and "Daylight Dreamer". CD

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Nina SimoneBest Of Nina Simone ... CD
BMG/RCA, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $5.99
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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". CD features bonus tracks "Whatever I Am (You Made Me)" and "Do I Move You (second version)". CD

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Gary StewartOut Of Hand ... CD
RCA/Hightone, 1975. Used ... $6.99
A booze-heavy 70s country classic – worth it alone for the hit track "She's Actin Single (I'm Drinkin Doubles)", but also featuring plenty of other great numbers that include "Back Slider's Wine", "Drinkin Thing", "Draggin Shackles", and "Out Of Hand". The style's got a bit of rock in the mix, but not enough to be redneck rock – and backing vocals on some tracks are by The Jordanaires. CD
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ToomorrowToomorrow ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
That's "Toomorrow", not "tomorrow" – a pretty wild sci-fi musical from the start of the 70s – and one that features this very groovy group! The quartet features some vocals by a young Olivia Newton John – but it's the instrumentation here that really sends us – kind of a pop soundtrack presentation of psych modes, which often comes off with a lot more mod easy touches than you might expect! Hugo Montenegro wrote one tune for the record, but the rest of the material still has instrumentation and a feel that's very much in that spirit – almost the kind of rock songs on the Barbarella or Get Carter soundtracks from the same generation. Larger charts inflect the core sounds with some wonderful soundtrack-y elements – and some of the best tunes here are the instrumentals, including one very nice moogy track! Titles include "Toomorrow", "Walkin On Air", "Spaceport", "Let's Move On", "If You Can't Be Hurt", "Goin Back", and "You're My Baby". CD

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TymesTymes Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A really great album from the revived 70s version of The Tymes – a group who draw on a long legacy of harmonies in Philly soul, and who work here in a setting that really brings out their best! The whole record was produced and directed by Billy Jackson – and it's got a Philly/New York studio feel that pushes the group way past the simplicity of their earlier hits – some great arrangements from Richie Rome that echo some of the best Sigma Sound styles of the time, and which let the quintet vocals really soar out in a mix of uptempo grooves and even better midtempo moments. Titles include "To The Max", "If I Can't Make You Smile", "It's Cool", "God's Gonna Punish You", "Only Your Love", "Goin Through The Motions", and the sweet stepper "Hypnotized". CD features two bonus tracks – single mixes of "Only Your Love" and "God's Gonna Punish You". CD

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Piero UmilianiSmog – Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), Early 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
An early jazzy soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – made even better by some key work from Chet Baker on trumpet and Helen Merrill on vocals! The set was done at a time when both artists were spending some time in Italy – shaping the scene with their presence, and really standing out on a handful of rare recordings like this one – quite different than their American material of a few years before! Baker is especially striking – with lead solos that have a great sense of compression, and a depth of soul that really move beyond the Pacific Jazz recordings. And Merrill is wonderful, too – with that special flavor she only ever seemed to open up when she went overseas – and got to move into more unusual settings. But the real star is Umiliani throughout – balancing modern impulses with late night jazz in a way that really points the way towards his later scores in the 60s – but which is already nearly perfect here! Titles include "Smog" (done in instrumental and vocal versions by Baker and Merrill), plus "Dawn", "Tensione", "Tops", "California In The Summer", "Hollywood Tonight", "Bowling", and "Twilight At Los Angeles". CD
Also available Smog – Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale (180 gram vinyl plus bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Sylvie VartanBienvenue Solitude (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1980. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Sylvie Vartan's still going strong here into the 80s – working with frequent studio partner Eddie Vartan, who does a great job of balancing out the subtle drama of Sylvie's vocals with his production! The work's got a style that's partly rock, but which still hangs onto the kinds of cooler modes that always make French pop compelling – even past the initial explosion of the 60s – and in a way, the set's got the same sort of transformation from Vartan's earlier work as France Gall or Jane Birkin experienced in later years. Titles include "Tape Tape" – a cool cover of "Pata Pata" – plus "Jerry", "Bienvenue Solitude", "Donner", "Quand Le Vent Se Leve", "Tu Risques De Me Plaire", and "La Chanson Au Brouillon". CD

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Sylvie VartanSylvie (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1963. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Sylvie Vartan – the French female singer of the 60s who had a distinct rock and roll sound! Sylvie's vocals are sweet, but the backings she gets here – either from Eddie Vartan or Mickey Baker – have a harder 60s rockin edge that make them rougher than some of the other female French pop you might be familiar with – a nice edge that makes Vartan more of a rocker than some others. Titles include many French translations of American pop hits – including "L'Amour C'Est Aimer La Vie", "Quand Le Film Est Triste", "Moi Je Pense Encore A Toi", "M'Amuser", "Gong Gong", and "Le Loco Motion". CD features an insane 18 bonus tracks – including "Je Suis Libre", "Aussi Loin Que J'Irai", "Madison Twist", "Sois Pas Cruel", "Nous Deux Ca Colle", and "Pourquoi Jamais Moi". CD

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New Barney WilenBarney (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most classic albums ever from tenorist Barney Wilen – recorded at a time when he was making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic! The tracks are longer than on some of Wilen's more tightly-arranged albums – which really gives Barney a chance to show off his tremendous solo talent at this early stage – a soulful depth that easily made him one of the best European jazz artists of the time! As with some of Wilen's other gems from the period, the set also features key work from American players who admired his strengths – including Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Duke Jordan on piano – with rhythm from French players Paul Rovere on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. Titles include a classic reading of "Besame Mucho", plus "Lady Bird", "Jordu", and "Stablemates". CD also features 4 previously unissued titles – "Lotus Blossom", "I'll Remember April", "Temoin Dans La Ville", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD

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New Barney WilenMore From Barney At The Club Saint-Germain ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, these tracks are fantastic – some of the most open-ended playing that Wilen ever did in the 50s, and proof that his tenor work was some of the best jazz coming out of Europe in the postwar years! All tracks are long – and titles include "Reets & I", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "All The Things You Are", "Round Midnight", and "Time On My Hands". CD

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Phil Woods & Gene QuillPhil & Quill ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1956/1995. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful twin-alto session from the mid 50s – and one of our favorites from the RCA jazz years! Gene Quill was always one of the crisper, tighter alto talents of the time, and he's ably paired here with a young Phil Woods – an equally crisp player at this point in his career, working alongside Quill in a wonderfully sharp sound! The group's a small combo, and seems to have a slightly looser, more relaxed feel than some other RCA assemblages of the time – a mode that really just lets the two lead saxophonists focus on sharing the heads, then breaking out solos – blowing with a bit less of the tightly arranged style that often showed up on the label. Players include Sol Schlinger on baritone, Dave McKenna on piano, Buddy Jones on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums – and tracks include "Rib Roast", "Pottsville USA", "Frank The Barber", "Twin Funkies", and "Una Momento". CD

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Wyclef JeanPreacher's Son ... CD
RCA, 2003. Used CD & DVD ... $0.99
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VariousBring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk – Original Broadway Cast ... CD
RCA, 1996. Used ... $3.99
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Cella DwellasRealms 'N Reality ... CD
Loud/RCA, 1996. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Produced by Nick Wiz, Megahurtz & Cella Dwellas. 15 tracks, including "Recognize N Realize", "Goood Dwellas", "Mystic Freestyle" & "Hold U Down". CD
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New Al Cohn & Zoot SimsFrom A to Z (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest albums that Al Cohn & Zoot Sims ever recorded – and as strong a display of their amazing twin tenor talents as you'll ever find! The album boasts 2 different groups – one with Hank Jones on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums; the other with Dick Sherman on trumpet, Dave McKenna on piano, and the rhythm team of Hinton and Johnson – but the overall sound is quite unified, thanks to some fluid blowing from Al and Zoot that never lets up! Titles include "My Blues", "More Bread", "Sherm's Terms", "From A To Z", "Crimea River", and "Mediolistic". CD
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New Freddie GreenMr. Rhythm ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A long overdue classic from Count Basie's excellent 50s guitarist! Freddie was one of the strongest single-line players of the 50s – coming to prominence in the years before Grant Green and Wes Montgomery completely transformed jazz guitar, but never getting as much chance as those greats to record under his own name. This rare 1956 set is one of the few that Freddie ever did on his own, and it's a nicely laidback small group romp, with players that include Al Cohn, Joe Newman, Nat Pierce, and Milt Hinton. Tracks are short, with a focus on Green's guitar on the solos. Titles include "Down For Double", "Free & Easy", "Date With Ray", "Swinging Back", and "Feed Bag". CD
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Henry ManciniHangin Out/Mancini Generation ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Overlooked genius from Henry Mancini – and two albums back to back as a single set! The Mancini Generation is one of the first great electric moments for Henry Mancini in the 70s – and a record that's got a way groovier sound than you might expect from the title! Things are still very much in the best soundtrack Mancini mode – and pretty jazzy, too – but there's also a bit of Arp on the record, played by Hank himself – which makes for some mighty cool electronic touches! The rest of the lineup is pretty wonderful too – and features key work from west coast jazz soloists – including Clare Fischer on organ, Jerome Richardson on flute and soprano sax, and Jimmy Rowles on Fender Rhodes – all of whom sound great alongside the Arp. Titles include "The Mancini Generation", "Memphis Underground", "Killer Joe", "A Blusih Bag", "Charade", and "The Masterpiece". Hangin Out is very cool work from Henry Mancini – and one of the key 70s albums to feature the maestro himself playing an Arp! The added electric presence of the instrument really brings a lot to the usual Mancini charts here – creating some cool spacey and soulful moments you wouldn't expect, and some of those surprising Mancini funky bits that show up on records from the time! The set features a great medley of Barry White's "Love Theme" and MFSB's "TSOP"; classic soundtrack material like "The Thief Who Came to Dinner", "Theme From White Dawn", and the great "Theme From The Girl From Petrovka" (which was sampled by Pete Rock) – plus the tracks "The Sex Symbol", "Hangin' Out", "Song For Anna", "The Stripper", "Dolce" and "The Entertainer". CD

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Elvis PresleyKing Of Rock & Roll – The Complete 50s Masters (5CD set) ... CD
RCA, Late 50s. Used 5 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
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Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George Shearing group – but from the very first note of the record, you know that the sound is something quite different indeed – a bold new musical vision, carried off perfectly! The rhythms here are especially unique – often chopped up and slightly skittish – so that the vibes and piano are often handling rhythmic duties as often as melodic ones – rolling along with the bass and drums in a set of beautiful changes and timings that explode with color and life. Players include Vito Tommaso on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, and Giampiero Giusti on drums – and titles include "Quartetto", "Soft Winds", "Estate 61", "Gabry", "Blues For Carole No 2", and "Like Someone In Love". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "West Blues","Estate 58", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD
Also available Quartetto (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Phil WoodsLive From The Showboat ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A double-length, ultra-cool set from saxophonist Phil Woods – yet another aspect of his great body of work from the 70s, and a live date that features Woods at the head of a sextet! The group here features acoustic piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – all used in ways that are often a bit more organically building and spacious than some of Phil's more intense Rhythm Machine albums – showing a new sensitivity in Woods' music, but one that still has plenty of room for searing, searching solo moments! Titles include "Django's Castle", "A Little Peace", "Brazilian Affair", "I'm Late", "Superwoman", "High Clouds", "How's Your Mama", and "Rain Danse". CD
 
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Arcade FireFuneral ... CD
Merge, 2005. Used ... $3.99
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Jesse BelvinBlues Balladeer ... CD
Specialty, Mid 50s. Used ... $5.99
Wonderful early work from the great Jesse Belvin – one of the key singers on the way to soul, heard here in some great recordings before his smoother sounds for RCA! CD
Also available Blues Balladeer ... LP 6.99


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Dave BrubeckBossa Nova USA ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
Way more than just a gimmicky bossa nova session – and a surprisingly great showcase for the inventive rhythms of the Brubeck group, and the sensitive alto work of Paul Desmond! The record's got a really different feel than some of Dave's other work for Columbia – in that the modernism is put slightly on the back burner – letting drummer Joe Morello snap out with some lightly gliding percussion that's a bit more straight ahead than usual, and which offers a unique take on the bossa groove. Paul Desmond's the real star of the set, though – and his alto steps out here with the best gentle presence of his later work for RCA and A&M – beautifully blown throughout, and with a tone that most other players would die for! Titles include "Bossa Nova USA", "Coracao Sensivel", "Theme For June", "Lamento", and "Cantiga Nova Swing". CD

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Elliott CaineHippie Chicks On Acid ... CD
Wondercap, 2010. Used ... $3.99
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Jimmy CastorE-Man Groovin ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Jimmy Castor's looking mighty butch on the cover of this one – what with the leather and motorcycle in the photo – and he's bringing all that energy to play strongly on the album's heavy heavy funk tracks! The record's a great extension of the funky style that Castor first started forging at RCA – touches with plenty of Jimmy's multi-instrumental touches on tenor, alto, and timbales – and given that great monster-inspired approach to lyrics – which ensures that the whole thing stays plenty vivid throughout! Vocals are nice and rough, and the instrumentation is heavy on basslines and clavinet – on titles that include the two part "Dracula", plus "Super Love", "I Love A Mellow Groove", "E Man Groovin", "I Don't Want To Lose You", and "Space Age". CD


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Sam CookeTribute To The Lady ... CD
Keen/Andex (Spain), 1959. Used ... $23.99
An early gem from the great Sam Cooke – a pre-RCA session, but one that already has Sam showing a stronger jazzy side of his talents – as you might guess from the title! The Lady, in this case, is the late Billie Holiday – recently passed at the time of this recording, and lovingly paid tribute to by a young Sam Cooke – with vocals that have a perfect blend of sweet and raspy to really unlock the tension in Holiday's music – yet also deliver the sound with a much different vibe overall. The set's a great example of how strongly Cooke could sing in a sophisticated jazzy style – and he does a great job with Holiday standards like "God Bless The Child", "Solitude", "Lover Girl", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". Rene Hall did the orchestrations – and the album's an interesting example of how Cooke, like Holiday, could work within conventional forms to work a subtly progressive agenda! CD
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Paco De Lucia & Ricardo Modrego12 Canciones De Garcia Lorca Para Guitarra ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
Sublime early work from guitarist Paco De Lucia – working here with Ricardo Modrego on second guitar, in a wonderful batch of new readings of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca! The tunes are all instrumental, but have a richness that goes beyond words – amazing guitar interplay pulled from flamenco roots, but turned towards new Spanish modes of the 60s – light years from earlier recordings by cats like Sabicas, yet performed with a similar sense of prowess. Titles include "Anda Jaleo", "Zorongo Gitano", "Los Peregrinitos", "Las Tres Hojas", "El Vito", "Cafe De Chinitas", and "Los Cuatro Muleros". CD

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Francesco De MasiQuella Sporca Storia Nel West ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... $10.99
A really beautiful little soundtrack from Francesco De Masi – scored with a depth of feeling that's really surprising, and which goes way past the obvious! There's some beautiful woodwind passages that arc and turn with a quality that's almost fragile – yet bold enough to paint a vivid picture of the western setting of the film – mixed with some more dramatic numbers that still have a relatively unusual feel – almost as if De Masi was working as hard as he could to create a soundtrack that was different from other westerns of the period – while still staying within a familiar instrumental structure. Maurizio Graf sings the driving title tune "Find A Man" – and the CD features a whopping 27 titles that include "Emily E Johnny", "La Medaglia", "Addio Orace", "Santana E Johnny", "L'Assalto Di Santana", "Paura Notturna", "Non C'E Scampo", "Passi Nel Tempo", and "Johnny Sulla Croce". CD
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Mercan Dede800 ... CD
Double Moon (Turkey), 2007. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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George Duning/Henry ManciniDear Brigitte/Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
20th Century/Kritzerland, 1962/1965. New Copy ... $19.99
Two different Jimmy Stewart comedy soundtracks from the 60s – both of them nice! First up is Dear Brigitte – an overlooked 1965 score by George Duning – done with a mix of the playful modes you'd expect from the story, and some of those great deeper dramatic touches that Duning used in more serious soundtracks – a really rich mixing of modes with a sound that's much stronger than we expected! Titles include "On To BBs", "The Captain", "Magical Moment", "Puzzled Cap'n", "Hey Dad", "Is It A Trick", and "She Sank". Next is an even groovier record – a rare non RCA Henry Mancini soundtrack from the early 60s – the score to Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation, done with all the best mix of jazz and groovy elements we love in classic Mancini! Instrumentation mixes a key electric guitar melody with some lighter touches on woodwinds – really getting the most out of the melody with some shifts in timing and tone, juxtaposed with a few numbers that are even more playful! Titles include "Barn Swallow", "Something For Lauri", "Cream Puff", "Up His Nose", "A Month Off", and "Rudders & Sails". CD features 39 tracks in all – including 7 bonus tracks from the Mancini score! CD
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.98
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of a blue-eyed soul style with echoes of Hall and Oates or some of the hipper AOR artists of the LA scene of the 70s – but captured with an honest, earnest innocence because of the more stripped-down recording style – which almost makes the whole thing feel like you've stumbled across a lost stash of demo tapes from ABC Records, circa 1976. Lots of polymoog keys mix with Donnie's lead vocals and guitar lines – never too slick, but always a bit dreamy. Titles include "Big Money", "Ooh Baby Yeah", "Stand By Love", "Don't Disguise The Way You Feel", "Everybody Knows It", "Ride The Tide", "Don't Fight", and "One True Love". CD
Also available Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP 18.99

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Serge GainsbourgGainsbourg – Vol 4 – Initials B.B. (1966-1968) ... CD
Polygram (France), Late 60s. Used ... $8.99
Great work from the stretch when Serge Gainsbourg was working with Brigitte Bardot – a compilation of material recorded before his more famous period with Jane Birkin, but eually groovy overall! The CD's got an early version of "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" recorded with Brigitte, instead of Jane, and it's also got some nice soundtrack stuff like "L'Herbe Tendre", "Chanson Du Forcat", "Requiem Pour Un C", and more. There's a number of tracks from the Serge/BB album, and a total of 21 songs in all. CD
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Randy HallI Belong To You ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy ... $18.99
A catchy slice of mid 80s soul from Randy Hall – an excellent musician who handles quite a bit of the instrumentation, on top of being a charismatic singer – and this one's produced by Ray Parker Jr, whose ear for catchy hooks is in top form! Hall spins a lot of plates on his own – most of the vocals, some guitar, bass, keys and programming – but there's a lot of other great players in the studio, including producer Parker – and that dedication to real musicianship puts I Belong To You on higher level than a lot of pop soul, circa '84! Great stuff! Includes "I've Been Watching You (Jamie's Girl)", "A Gentleman", "Feel My Eyes", "She's My Little Star", 'I Want To Touch You", "I Belong To You", "A Real Man" and more. CD

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Roland Hanna with George MrazSir Elf Plus 1 ... CD
Choice (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 11.98
A really great setting for pianist Roland Hanna – a player who always sparkles in a solo setting, but works here with just a bit of bass on the side! The record features duets between Hanna's piano and the bass of George Mraz – but most tracks feature Roland really leading things off, with those flowing lines that are filled with creative imagination – in a style that could only be dubbed Hanna-like, as so few players could ever handle it so well! The addition of bass makes for some nice subtle touches that shape the tunes in gentle ways – and titles include "Majorca", "Yesterdays", "Meeting Of The Minds", "What Does It Matter", and "How Long Has This Been Going On". CD

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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 JoyceEncontro Marcado ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Damn – what a great album! This is Joyce's second solo album – and it's a landmark in Brazilian music, stretching way past the bossa styles of her first release, into a groove that's free, jazzy, and open-ended, a real shift towards the genius of her work in the 70s and 80s. Arrangements are by Luiz Eca of the Tamba Trio – and they have a complicated jazzy approach that really lets Joyce open up as a singer, moving into the sort of territory that you'd expect from artists like Marcos Valle or Elis Regina. The album's a real gem, and it's so rare that it hardly got any global circulation at the time – despite Joyce's later fame at a worldwide level. Titles include "Adam Adam", "Encontro Marcado", "Bom Dia", "Longe Do Tempo", "Asa Branca", "Como Vai, Vai Bem", "Caminho Pro Sol", and "Preparando Um Luminoso". CD

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LAMPShades Of Green ... CD
Peng (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet collaboration from Lamp – a duo that features Andy Compton of The Rurals, and singer Ladybird – who's worked before with Soldiers Of Twilight and Llorca! Ladybird's got this sweetly slinky style of singing – and Compton's grooves here are a bit more laidback than with The Rurals – less house in the rhythms at times, and a bit more jazz funk – but of the smooth variety that really works perfectly with the lyrics! Some of The Rurals join in for backing, giving the record a solid groove that definitely holds up to the Compton legacy – and titles include "My People", "Love The Love", "Only You Know", "Fly Baby Fly", "Sun & The Moon", "Springtime", and "Your Fortune". CD

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Charles LloydDiscovery!/Nirvana ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
2 Columbia killers from Charles Lloyd – back to back in a single set! Discovery is a wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane experimentations in jazz that would crop up during the early 70s on smaller independent labels. The record's quite advanced for its time – and features Lloyd's tenor and flute next to piano by Don Friedman, bass by either Richard Davis or Eddie Khan, and drums by Roy Haynes or JC Moses. Includes Lloyd's classic "Forest Flower", plus "Little Peace", "Love Song to A Baby", "Sweet Georgia Bright", and "Bizarre". Nirvana is lovely work from Charles Lloyd – recorded at the point when he was just pushing off from Chico Hamilton's group, and before he got too noodly for his own good! Side one of the record features Lloyd with his own group – jazzing it up in a mix of flute, guitar, and percussion on a number of short tracks that have a light and breezy feel. There's a nice dose of bossa in the set, plus some of the other freer rhythmic styles that Lloyd and Hamilton experimented with together at the time – but all of the tracks have a strong rhythmic pulse, and never lose their groove for too much experimentation. Side two features two wonderful tracks with Hamilton's group at a point when Lloyd was still working with the ensemble – both long tracks with a modal pulse and a great deal of spirituality – again free, but never too much so! A nice little album – with tracks that include "Island Blues", "Carcara", "Long Time Baby", "One For Joan", and "Freedom Traveler". CD

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Jon LucienPremonition (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99
A beautiful album from Jon Lucien – one that's been far too neglected over the years! This was Lucien's second album for Columbia – and it's a wonderfully strong effort that fuses together jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles, in a manner that recalls some of his best work for RCA – but also moves the music into a slightly more modern soul vibe, too! The sound's a bit tighter than in earlier years – but the best cuts really benefit from this approach, and have sort of a Bill Withers-esque mix of smooth instrumentation and real soul vocals. Titles include the classic "Hello Like Before", plus "Child Of Love", "Mi Vida", "Spring's Arrival", "Gaku", and "If I Could". CD features a bonus early version of "Child Of Love". CD

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MoonglowsBlue Velvet – The Ultimate Collection ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
Fantastic double CD set that includes 44 tracks of the Moonglows amazing doo wop sides recorded for Chess in the 50's. This is some of the best doo wop ever recorded on the planet, and the track list includes such great cuts as "Secret Love", "Most of All", "In My Diary", "Penny Arcade", "Twelve Months Of The Year", "She's Alright With Me", "See Saw", "Over And Over Again", "Mr. Engineer", "Blue Velvet", "Lover, Love Me", "Sincerely", and lots of other cuts that you may be less familiar with. Super stuff, with a nice set of notes! CD
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Vinicius De MoraesA Bencao Vinicius – A Arca Do Poeta (20 CD set) ... CD
Universal (Brazil), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 20CDs ... $299.99
Vinicius De Moraes is an artist with the soul of a poet, but a hell of a recording career too – one that spans the earliest years of bossa nova, which he helped to create – and runs through some tremendous collaborations in the 60s and 70s as well! This wonderful set brings together all the important Vinicius De Moraes albums for Philips – including a number that have never been on CD before – recordings that take on a wonderful range of styles and different approaches, each very well suited to the nature of the specific projects, or the lyrical needs of the master! Some of the most important records here are the collaborations – including early Black Orpheus work with Jobim, Afro-Sambas with Baden Powell, and later duets with Toquinho – but there's also important soundtracks, music and poetry projects, and some very rare material too! The collection features two separate CDs of rare material, unusual cuts, and singles – Pela Luz Dols Olhos Teus 1 & 2 – plus the individual albums Orfeu Da Conceicao, Vinicius & Odette Lara, Vinicius Caymmi No Zum Zum, De Vinicius E Baden with Ciro Monteiro, Os Afro Sambas, Vinicius Poesia E Cancao Ao Vivo Vols 1 & 2, Garota De Ipanema soundtrack, Jesus Cristo Superstar, Vinicius Canta Nossa Vilha Gabriela, Vinicius & Toquinho (1974), Vinicius/Toquinho (1975), Deus Lhe Pague, Antologia Poetica, 10 Anos De Toquinho & Vinicius, Ump Pouco De Ilusao, and A Arca De Noe Vols 1 & 2. CD

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New Ennio MorriconePer Un Pugno Di Dollari (Fistful Of Dollars) ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
A landmark record – not only in the history of the western, but in that of Ennio Morricone! The soundtrack, written for this hit Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, is everything you'd want in a 60s western – driving orchestral passages, twanging guitar parts, and spooky little bits that isolate the mood of a scene nicely. The work's an instant classic, and is still one of Morricone's strongest western soundtracks – even if it is one of the most familiar. This expanded Italian version features 17 tracks in all – including some rare mono and stereo mixes – and titles include "Quasi Morto", "Musica Sospesa", "Senza Pieta", "Tortura", "Alla Ricerca Dell'Evaso", "Consuelo Baxter", and "Ramon". CD

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Dick MorrisseyHere & Now & Sounding Good/Storm Warning ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1965/1966. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A pair of albums from one of the greatest sax talents in 60s England – in a 2CD set! Here And Now And Sounding Good was recorded in '66 and it's one of his best albums! Tenorist Morrissey had a talent level that put him right up there with giants Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott – and like the former, he really grew as a musician during the 60s, picking up a lot of modern styles and influences that tremendously expanded his sound. This rare session is simply amazing – filled with original tracks that stretch out with an energy level that really grabs us right away – not really Coltrane-ish, but clearly Coltrane-inspired – with a warmth and sense of exploration that was Morrisey's own. Titles include "Sunday Lunch", "Don't Fall Over The Bridge", "El Schtuck", and "Off The Wagon". Storm Warning is another treasure – the kind of rare jazz album that keeps us digging over and over as years go on! There's a little bit of modern style in his blowing for this set, sneaking in through some more traditional solos – almost like Sonny Rollins in his best RCA years. And like Sonny in those years, Dick's playing here with a really great group that's the perfect model of creative understatement – Phil Seamen on drums, Harry South on piano, and Phil Bates on bass. Tracks include "March On", "Storm Warning", "What Is There To Say", and "Wind Of Change". CD

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Mozart/Piazzolla/Lindberg/Arban/Paganini/FallaCaprice – Trumpet Transcriptions – Alison Balsom/Edward Gardner/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra ... CD
EMI, 2006. Used ... $3.99
Trumpet transcriptions of "Rondo Alla Turca" and "Der Holle Rache" by Mozart, "Syrinx" by Debussy, "Libertango" and "Escualo" by Piazzolla, "Caprice No 24" by Paganini, and "Vocalise" by Rachmaninov. CD
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Mr ChopIlluminate ... CD
Now Again, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
A brilliant record from future groove beacon Mr Chop! Now billed simply as Chop, having chopped off the honorific title, the man otherwise known as Coz Littler delivers his tightest and most compelling work to date! His past few releases recast classic synth funk, Krautrock and spacey soundtrack grooves and electronic experimentalist influences into fresh soundscapes that are distinctly his own – which was plenty exhilarating, but a lot to take in all at the same time. The biggest difference on Illuminate is that he's now got all so finely-honed. Thick waves of Moog, modular atmospherics, vocoder and otherwise effected vocals – perfectly paired with live bass, guitar and positively killer drums, courtesy of frequent collaborator Malcolm Catto and others. Cosmic funk rock of the finest caliber! Includes "Building Blocks", "Illuminate All Voltages", "Picture Box", "Airhead", "Re-Program The man/Illuminist Garden", "Sleeper", "Feedback", "Rendevous", "Bow Down To The Mutant", "Arcane Future", "You Want More Life", "The Electronic Brain" and more. CD

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Shigeharu MukaiOrissa (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $24.99
A bit more electric than some of Shigeharu Mukai's previous records – but a set that also makes up for that with a host of exotic touches too! The album follows off the same fusion vibe as Mukai's work with the Morning Flight group, but also brings in some tropical touches to the mix – bits of acoustic guitar, marimbas, and percussion – plus the new use of baroque flute by the leader himself – an instrument he uses to explore some equally deep tones in his music. Titles include "Personal Call", "Orissa", "Pinapple Rain", "Sugarcane Dread", "News", and "Transportation". CD

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New NYCC (New York Community Choir)Make Every Day Count (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sunbar/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A really beautiful little album from NYCC – the name-shortened version of the New York Community Choir, stepping out here with a sound that's even better than their RCA debut! NYCC draw on a strong secular/spiritual tradition of work by The Art Reynolds Singers or Voices Of East Harlem – and like the latter, they've got a great way of infusing a soul tune with a deeper sense of self and spirit – especially in the way the lead vocals soar out of the larger group support. Arrangements here are by Leon Pendarvis, who gives the set a sound that's full and rich, but never overdone – really majestic stuff and completely without any sort of hoke at all. Titles include "We Can Make It", "The World Is Waiting For A Change", "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", "Make Every Day Count", and "A Song Can Reach Your Heart". CD features two bonus tracks – "I'll Keep A Light In My Window (12" version)" and "Make Every Day Count (12" version)". CD

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz OrchestraOffense Of The Drum ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A wonderful mix of rootsy elements and modern jazz – another great chapter in the rich musical legacy of Arturo O'Farrill! The set's heavy on Cuban elements, but really shows a stronger tie to Africa than some of his earlier work – as you'd guess by the name of the larger ensemble, which is as heavy on horns as it is on percussion! Tracks are from mix of sources, all reworked by Arturo and associates – and the album features lots of guests, too – including Vijay Iyer on piano and DJ Logic on turntables – each on a track apiece. Titles include "The Mad Hatter", "Iko Iko", "Cuarto De Colores", "They Came", "Mercado En Domingo", "On The Corner Of Malecon & Bourbon", and "Alma Vacia". CD

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Os CariocasArt & Voices ... CD
El (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $4.99
Not the mid 60s album Arte/Vozes by the great Brazilian vocals combo – a compilation of dreamy material recorded in the mid 50s – in a style that brings breezy Brazilian and American vocal group influences together in a sublime way! The group harmonies and the lead parts are sweet as can be, and the arrangements blend excellent arrangements that either soar or hold things together intimately, depending on needs of the numbers. Titles include "Marca Na Parede", "Afinal", "Disse O Que Eu Queria", "Era Bom", "Me Da Me Da", "Menina Feia", "Foi Ela", "Juazeiro", "Nova Ilusao", "Adeus America", "Vamos Dancar O Coco", "Criticando", "Manifesto" and more. 29 tracks in all! CD

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Pazant BrothersBrothers Funk – Rare New York City Funk 1969 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Mindblowing funk from one of the greatest combos on the New York scene of the early 70s – Pazant Brothers Eddie & Al, heard here on a host of their greatest recordings! The package goes way past any other Pazant reissues we've seen – and features not only work from the group's famous Vanguard album, but way way more work from a host of early singles for the RCA, GWP, and Vigor labels! The 22 track package is overstuffed with horn-heavy funky grooves that mark the Pazants as one of the hottest things going at the time – snapping on the beat with a tightness learned from their old boss Pucho, but also a willingness to explore brassier grooves in a style that seems to be influenced from the New Orleans and Texas scenes of the late 60s. Producer/arranger Edward Bland had a good hand in much of this work – giving the tracks a gritty, nitty, Perception/Today kind of groove – and a few of the very best numbers on the record even bring in some wicked scratchy guitar into the mix! Includes early and later (Vanguard) versions of "Skunky Juice", "New Orleans", "Toe Jam", "Work Song", and "A Gritty Nitty" – plus "Chick A Boom", "Greasy Greens", "Fever", "Juicy Lucy", "Chicken Scratch", "Fly Vines", and "Back To Beaufort". CD

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PleasureGlide – The Essential Selection 1975 to 1982 ... CD
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99 17.98
A jazzy combo with a heart of soul – and a group who may well be one of our favorite funk groups from the 70s! Pleasure has an amazing way of being tight, yet never slick or commercial – a sound that's right on the money, but far from the mainstream too – which has kept them at the top of the stacks for crate-diggers and rare groove collectors for years! This sweet double-length package is a very well-chosen set of their gems for Fantasy records, and a few later tracks for RCA – a really expansive look at all that's great about the group – with classics mixed with overlooked album cuts and some great funky numbers you might have missed otherwise. Nearly everything Pleasure ever cut is fantastic, but this set is even more fantastic than the rest – and features 25 titles that include "Bouncy Lady", "Dust Yourself Off", "Joyous", "Ghettos Of The Mind", "Only You", "Sassafras Girl", "Glide", "Farewell Goodbye", "Special Things", "Thoughts Of Old Flames", "Give It Up", "Sending My Love", "Stone Love", "Glide (special disco rmx)", "Space Is The Place", "Living Without You", "Let's Dance", and a previously unreleased "Foxy Lady (disco version)". CD
Also available Glide – The Essential Selection 1975 to 1982 ... LP 16.99

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Shorty RogersMartians Come Back!/Way Up There ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1955/1956. Used ... $7.99
These two records for Atlantic represent some of the best Shorty Rogers work of the 50s! Unlike his RCA sessions, which could get a bit too formulaic, both of these are a bit more open-ended, with slightly longer tracks than usual, and with different groupings of west coast players (Jimmy Giuffre, Bud Shank, Leroy Vinnegar, John Graas, Lou Levy, Shelly Manne, etc). Both albums are also darn hard to find on vinyl, so it's super-nice to have them on one CD at a nice low price. The tracks are nearly all originals by Rogers, written during a point at which he was really hitting his stride as a composer, and titles include "Pixieland", "Solarization", "Baklava Bridge", "March Of The Martians", "Chant of The Cosmos", and "Astral Alley". (The time limitations of the CD mean that they had to leave off Roger's version of "Moten Swing" – but who cares, since you've probably heard that too much anyway!) CD

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersHard Bop ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery on piano – and they come together here with a sense of fire and imagination that tops even some of their other work for labels like RCA or Argo during the same stretch. Blakey's sense of timing and poise is in full force here – giving the younger players plenty of room to do their thing, which also includes contributing a number of key tracks to the set! Titles include a stellar reading of Jackie McLean's great composition "Little Melonae", plus the tracks "Cranky Spanky", "Stella By Starlight", and "Stanley's Stiff Chickens". CD

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Gary BurtonGenuine Tong Funeral ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
Billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words", A Genuine Tong Funeral is an extended piece written by Carla Bley, and performed by the Burton quartet with help from a larger group that includes Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Michael Mantler, and Bley herself. As such, the album's probably the most ambitious one that Burton ever recorded during the 60s – never too far out, but with angular tones and strange time changes that mark the record as being quite different from his other sides for RCA. It also makes it one of his best, too – as the record has that wonderfully fresh sound that you get from early work by Bley, never too silly, and with a serious approach to composition that also never loses sight of its roots in jazz. Titles include "The New Funeral March", "Silent Spring", "Mother Of The Dead Man", "Death Rolls", and "The New National Anthem". CD

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Gary BurtonTennessee Firebird ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Around September 24, 2014
Quite an unusual session from Gary Burton – recorded in Nashville, with a mix of jazz and country session players – coming together in an open-ended sound that's got lots of complicated touches. Gary's jazz side is represented by Roy Haynes on drums, Steve Swallow on bass, and Steve Marcus on sax – and the Nashville side of things is handled by players that include Buddy Emmons, Ray Edenton, Charlie McCoy, and Chet Atkins, who duets with Burton on two spare tracks. The sound is hard to describe, but quite different from, and equally striking as, Burton's 60s albums for RCA. Titles in clude "Epilogue", "Alone & Forsaken", "Walter L", "I Want You", "Just Like A Woman", "Gone", "Tennessee Firebird", "Beauty Contest", and "Born To Lose". CD

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Gary BurtonTennessee Firebird ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1966. New Copy ... Mid-July, 2014 (delayed)
Quite an unusual session from Gary Burton – recorded in Nashville, with a mix of jazz and country session players – coming together in an open-ended sound that's got lots of complicated touches. Gary's jazz side is represented by Roy Haynes on drums, Steve Swallow on bass, and Steve Marcus on sax – and the Nashville side of things is handled by players that include Buddy Emmons, Ray Edenton, Charlie McCoy, and Chet Atkins, who duets with Burton on two spare tracks. The sound is hard to describe, but quite different from, and equally striking as, Burton's 60s albums for RCA. Titles in clude "Epilogue", "Alone & Forsaken", "Walter L", "Faded Love", "I Want You", "Just Like A Woman", "Gone", "Tennessee Firebird", "Beauty Contest", and "Born To Lose". CD

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MoonglowsLook! It's The Moonglows ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
A classic set of Chicago doowop produced by the Chess brothers. With loads of great stuff, like "Ten Commandments of Love", "When I'm With You", "Sweeter Than Words", "Blue Velvet", "Don't Say Goodbye", "Kiss Me Baby", "I'll Stop Wanting You", and "Penny Arcade". CD
Also available Look! It's The Moonglows ... LP 28.99

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Joe MorelloIt's About Time ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
Of course it's about time for Joe – because as Dave Brubeck's drummer, he was constantly caught in recording sessions that were all about unusual rhythms and timings in jazz! This set's actually a bit looser and freer than some of the Brubeck ones – more straight jazz, recorded with a larger group arranged by Phil Woods and Manny Albam – with standout solo work by Phil on alto sax and Gary Burton on vibes. The sound is a nice extension of the larger group RCA sessions of the 50s – and titles include "Time After Time", "Summertime", "Every Time", "It's About Time", and "Fatha Time". CD

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Ennio MorriconeNuovo Cinema Paradiso ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1988. New Copy ... Mid-June, 2014 (delayed)
One of the most beloved of all later Ennio Morricone soundtracks – his lovely work for Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, or Cinema Paradiso as it was billed in the US – a film that needed a timeless and romantic quality for the compositions, which Morricone delivers masterfully. From lush strings and soaring melodies to more intimate material with acoustic guitar and piano. Beautiful! Includes the classic title theme plus "Maturita", "Infanzia E Maturita", "Prima Gioventu", "Fuga, Ricerca E Ritorno", "DalSex Appeal Al Primo Fellini", "Toto E Alfredo", "Per Elena" and many more. CD
(Limited edition.)
 
 
 



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