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New Dizzy ReeceStar Bright ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The greatest of Dizzy Reece's 3 LPs for Blue Note – and it's also the hardest to find! The British trumpeter is playing here with a group that is totally classic hardbop Blue Note – and which includes Hank Mobley on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Mobley's playing is fantastic – as on all of his Blue Notes – and his presence alone takes the set into another level. His solos on the harder tracks are all great, and played with a razor-sharp edge that opens up Reece a lot more than usual. Tracks include "The Rebound", "Groovesville", "The Rake", and "A Variation On Monk". Great stuff, and a true classic lost Blue Note! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Cannonball AdderleyMusic, You All ... LP
Capitol, Early 70s/1976. Near Mint- .... $33.99
Excellent live set from the early 70's, featuring George Duke, Airto, Ernie Watts, and brother Nat. David Axelrod produced, and the LP's got that nice hard funky sound that he did so well during his stint with Cannonball. Includes the 12 minute groover "The Brakes", plus "Oh Babe", "Music, You All", and "Capricorn". Lots of funky drums and bass, and with a lot of space in the arrangements to let things break down! LP, Vinyl record album
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AsterisksSoca Fusion ... LP
Strakers, Early 80s. Very Good+ .... $9.99
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Brotherhood/Friend SoundComplete Recordings (Brotherhood 1968 /Brotherhood 1969/Joyride) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1968/1969. New Copy 2 CDs .... $19.99 21.98
A trio of great late 60s RCA albums on a single set – the first two from The Brotherhood, and one more from the related Friend Sound! First up is the first album ever from The Brotherhood – an offshoot of Paul Revere & The Raiders, filled with some of that group's greatest early players! The core of the group features Drake Levin on guitar, Phil Volk on bass, and Mike Smith on drums – romping with the kind of raw, party-styled energy they brought to their work with their previous group – but at a level here that's way more heady, and definitely shows a stronger influence from psych! Tunes are still plenty catchy, but have some weird undercurrents too – in a cool Sunshine Pop sort of style – and the range of instrumentation is nicely fresh, and even a bit richer than usual for this sort of record. Titles include "Somebody", "Pastel Blue", "Close The Door", "Seasons", "Love For Free", "Lady Faire", and "Ice Cream". 1969's The Brotherhood is an even tighter set than the first album from the group – and one that has the group really finding a way to tap into their older garagey roots, while still keeping plenty of fuzz and psych intact! The drums are great – that powerful punch that Mike Smitty Smith always brought to his earlier pop work – but the themes are moodier, and the guitar nicely trippy, while still staying tight – sometimes with a bit more strut than we ever would have expected from these guys. The album features a few surprising covers – like "California Dreamin" and "Rose Garden" – plus nice original tracks "Deep Blue Sea", "Love Sketch", "Destination Unknown", and "Don't Let Go". But most amazing here is the Friend Sound album – an offshoot project recorded between the two Brotherhood albums – a wild batch of instrumental psychedelia – with plenty of avant garde touches thrown in! This is the sort of record that always restores our faith in major labels – and it makes us realize that no matter how many Elvis Presley albums RCA was selling in the 60s, there was also room to put out odd little record like this one. The enigmatic Friend Sound sound like a loose collective of hippie jazz musicians – playing flute, organ, guitars, percussion, piano, recorder, shovel (shovel?), finger cymbals, and just about anything else that seemed to be handy – and they had a style that was kind of like free-jamming jam band work – almost like the band and the engineers took a bucketful of drugs – so many that they got really mellow and dark – then went into the studio to cut a tripped-out album of instrumentals. The whole thing comes across with the same "anything goes" spirit of the NY 60s underground film scene – but with none of the silliness of bands like The Fugs – and it's that kind of energy that makes us love this one. Titles include "Childhood's End", "Lost Angel Proper St", and "The Empire Of Light". CD

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Peter Brotzmann/William Parker/Hamid DrakeNever Too Late But Always Too Early ... CD
Eremite, 2001. New Copy 2 CDs .... $11.99 29.99
Peter Brotzmann blows beautifully here – in a set that's dedicated to bassist Peter Kowald, and which features some especially great work from William Parker in the group! Brotzmann's got some soulful tones right at the start – almost an exotic quality in his reeds that spins out strongly with Parker's bass and the creative drum work of Hamid Drake – often with that bold focus that can make an Eremite date like this so great! The performance is fierce, but never in an unfocused way – and Drake is really wonderfully balanced between straighter swing and some of his freer explorations on the drum kit. Titles include "Never Run But Go", "The Heart & The Bones", "Halfhearted Beant", and "Never Too Late But Always Too Early". CD

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

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Deep PurpleShades Of Deep Purple ... LP
Tetragrammaton, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
The birth of a legend, and easily one of the heaviest records to hit the mainstream in the late 60s! The album's got a sinister quality that you can hear on the first few notes – a low-end, rumbling approach that brings in a lot more fuzzy bass than other groups of the time had ever thought to use – all topped with some of the most wickedly edgey guitar put on record to date, and undercut by drums that are almost verging on funk at times! Basslines set the tone for most of the tunes in the set – creating a bottom-heavy groove that would be copped many times in years to come, but which still sounds tremendously fresh here in the original. Titles include "Mandrake Root", "I'm So Glad", "One More Rainy Day", "Help", "Love Help Me", "And The Address", and "Hey Joe". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Die Like A Dog QuartetAoyama Crows (180 gram pressing) ... LP
FMP/Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2002. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $24.99 29.99
Heavy sounds from this mighty quartet – a lineup that features Peter Brotzmann on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – plus Toshinori Kondo on trumpet and electronics, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The album spins out in relatively free space – with Drake's drums and Parker's bass propelling the music for most of the moments – and lots of compressed notes from Kondo's trumpet, which also then seem to be processed by his electronics – creating a mix between electric Miles Davis and a Varitone! The set includes the three-part suite "Aoyama Crows" – composed by Brotzmann, but feeling like some moody Japanese mix of fusion and avant from the early 70s. LP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that there is a small split on the top seam under the shrinkwrap, nothing major.)

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DKV TrioSch8lhof ... CD
Trost (Austria), 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
The DKV in all its fierce, raw power – a blistering onslaught of sounds from Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Kent Kessler on bass, Massimo Pupillo on electric bass, and both Hamid Drake and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Although all players are capable of more sensitive sounds, the DKV is where they really like to let loose – especially Vandermark and Gustafsson, who prove again that they're still some of the most dynamic players of their generation – or, honestly, of any generation of avant jazz as well! Titles include "All In" and "All Out" – the latter of which spills over both sides of the record. CD also features the additional track "This Building Is On Fire". CD
Also available Sch8lhof ... LP 22.99

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New DKV TrioSch8lhof ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2013. New Copy .... $22.99
The DKV in all its fierce, raw power – a blistering onslaught of sounds from Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Kent Kessler on bass, Massimo Pupillo on electric bass, and both Hamid Drake and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Although all players are capable of more sensitive sounds, the DKV is where they really like to let loose – especially Vandermark and Gustafsson, who prove again that they're still some of the most dynamic players of their generation – or, honestly, of any generation of avant jazz as well! Titles include "All In" and "All Out" – the latter of which spills over both sides of the record. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sch8lhof ... CD 16.99

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Sophia Domancich/William Parker/Hamid DrakeWashed Away ... CD
Marge (France), 2008. New Copy .... $14.99 16.99
Extremely beautiful work from this trans-Atlantic trio – a group that mixes the lyrical piano talents of Sophia Domancich with the rock-solid rhythms of Hamid Drake and William Parker! Sophia's touch on the keys is really beautiful – improvised at points, but with a lot of warmth – and her tone really seems to set Drake and Parker's talents in a whole new light – a sound that's quite a revelation, and which makes this CD a lot more than we were expecting! The performance features three long numbers, handled beautifully by the trio – often starting with Sophia's ruminations on the piano, soon filled in with bass from Parker and percussion from Drake. Titles include the wonderful "Washed Away" – plus "Lonely Woman" and "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund". CD

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Nick DrakeBryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... $68.99
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing box set – features a replica of original textured sleeve record, a replica shop poster, live mini poster, reprint of handwritten set list, and download too!)

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Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left (deluxe box set – with poster, download, and more) ... LP
Island, 1969. New Copy .... $53.99 59.98
Godlike work from the legendary Nick Drake – and exactly the kind of record that's made him a continuing legend over the years! The style is completely its own – not really folk or rock, but not really jazz either – yet served up with plenty of jazzy phrasing that's helped keep Drake's music fresher than most as the decades move on – and which makes each song here a really rich discovery – even if, like us, you've heard the album hundreds of times in the past! The production is wonderful – with slight underscorings of strings that help unlock dark corners of the songs – and tracks include the classic "River Man" – easily one of Nick's best songs ever – plus "Fruit Tree", "Day Is Done", "Three Hours", "Saturday Sun", and "Time Has Told Me". A record we'd never part with – ever! Incredible box set – limited edition – with an authentic reproduction of the original 1969 pressing of the record on audiophile vinyl, plus Nick's handwritten lyrics to two songs, a replica shop poster, and bonus voucher for downloads in different formats! LP, Vinyl record album

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Nick DrakeTuck Box (Five Leaves Left/Bryter Later/Pink Moon/Made To Love Magic/Family Tree) (5CD set) ... CD
Island, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5 CDs .... $89.99 99.99
A totally wonderful package – one that may well have you replacing all your previous copies of Nick Drake albums! The box features the complete recordings of Nick Drake – and each record is presented in very cool little LP sleeves – in "mint pack" versions – plus reproductions of five different promo shop posters for the records too – all wrapped up in a "tuck box" that replicates Nick Drake's own from his time in college! The set features the core three albums from Nick's too-short run – Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later, and Pink Moon – plus the posthumous collections of rare gems Made To Love Magic and Family Tree – the former with material designed for a fourth album plus rare gems, the latter with pre-Island material from Drake! 72 tracks in all – and a really beautiful package. CD

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FlashbackIssue 4 – Winter 2013 ... Magazine
Flashback (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
Over 200 pages, with a heavy cover, full color images, and the kind of in-depth presentation that almost makes Flashback more of a book than a magazine! The cover feature looks at the fuzzy folk rock combo Trees – and other big articles include Wilkinson Tri Cycle, Mandrake Memorial, July, producer Peter Eden, and the London scene memories of Beverly Martyn – plus a deep discussion on the virtues of mono versus stereo, 50 intriguing albums in the exploitation genre, and a stunning amount of CD, LP, and book reviews! Magazine

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New GeniusWords From The Genius ... CD
Cold Chillin/Reprise, 1991. Used .... $12.99
The pre Wu Tang LP from Genius – who would be officially rechristened as the GZA just a couple years after this Cold Chillin' effort from 1991! Words From The Genius is more in the vibe of Cold Chillin' labelmate Big Daddy Kane – more of a mack groove than the tough, turgid dawn of the Wu. RZA's on board for a track or two in his own pre-Wu Prince Rakeem guise – but the album is mostly produced by Easy Mo Bee. Tracks include the notorious single "Come Do Me", "Life Of A Drug Dealer", "The Genius Is Slammin", "Those Were The Days", "What Are Silly Girls Made Of", "Drama", "Words From A Genius", "Who's Your Rhymin' Hero", ""Phony As You Wanna Be", "Stop The Nonsense", "Superfreak", "Stay Out Of Bars", "True Fresh MCs" and "Feel The Pain". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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George Grawe QuartetMelodie Und Rhythmus (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Okka Disk, 1998. Used Gatefold .... $9.99
Excellent new CD recorded in Chicago, where this legendary German pianist is now making his home for part of the year. Grawe moved to Chicago to take advantage of the city's thriving jazz and free music scene, and this CD's the result of a meeting between him and German alto player Frank Gratkowski, and the Chicago rhythm section of Kent Kessler and Hamid Drake. Very different stuff from Grawe's other recent recordings – which are either more free, or more arranged. A wild mix of jazz harmonies, intricate polyrhythms, free blowing, and tight bits of straight jazz, all packaged in a nice gatefold sleeve with a cool cover! CD
(Out of print.)

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Tim HardinBird On A Wire ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $14.99
Brilliant work from Tim Hardin – an album recorded for Columbia after his years on Verve, showing him still growing as an artist, moving past the folksy style of early hits, into a broadly-expressed singer/songwriter mode, one that shows traces of Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, and other folk rock luminaries of the time. Featuring shorter tracks and a few covers, Bird On A Wire shows Hardin still capable of proudly expressed tunes in a more conventional mode. Titles include "First Love Song", "Everything Good Become More True", "Loneliness She Knows", "Magician", "Susan", "Love Hymn", "Andre Johray", "If I Knew", and "Soft Summer Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & an old price sticker.)

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IrakereBailando Asi ... CD
Areito/Egrem (Cuba), 1985. New Copy .... $13.99 15.98
Warm, wonderful work from Irakere – a combo who are working here in a style that's more straightforward than some of their material from the 70s – but equally nice, and played with a rock-solid blend of Latin and jazz that comes off perfectly throughout! Chucho Valdes is at the head of the group – and also does most of the arrangements on the record too – and the set's vocals intertwine nicely with the rhythmic inflections and jazzier work on piano and horns – with a vibe that almost echoes 80s NYC salsa modes too. Titles include "Bailando Asi", "Boliviana", "Rucu Rucu A Santa Clara", "Por Culpa Del Guao", and "Te Toco Perder". CD

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IrakereChekere Son ... CD
JVC/Uniko (Canada), 1981. New Copy .... $12.99
A great early 80s session from Irakere – and one that really upgrades the funkier side of their groove! The approach is still that great mix of Cuban roots and Latin jazz we've always loved from the group – but there's also a bit tighter production, and great use of keyboards from Chuco Valdes – who spins out these funky fusion grooves that almost feel like some of the great west coast hybrids you'd get over at Fantasy Records during the 70s. In addition to work by Valdes on piano, organ, and keyboards – the set also features Paquito D'Rivera on saxes and Arturo Sandoval on trumpet and valve trombone – on titles that include "Cha Cha Cha", "Camaguey", "La Semilla", and "Quince Minutos". CD

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IrakereIrakere (1974) ... CD
Areito/Uniko (Cuba), 1974. New Copy .... $12.99
A fantastic blend of funk, jazz, and Cuban rhythms – served up by the youthful Irakere, working here at the height of their powers! There's a sense of boundless energy throughout the entire record – an effort to try on so many things at once, and somehow get them all really right – from the complicated piano passages of Chucho Valdes, to the slight use of electricity on the fuzzy guitars or keyboards, to the soaring horns that really show some great sparkle from the young Paquito D'Rivera! Tunes are short, but almost have the full drive of much longer descarga numbers – and titles include "Valle Picadura", "Bacalao Con Pan", "Danza De Los Nanigos", "Quindiambo", and "Misaluba". CD

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IrakereIrakere 2 ... CD
Columbia/Uniko (Canada), 1980. New Copy .... $12.99
The second Columbia album for this amazing Cuban combo – and a record that really helped get the talents of Irakere a lot of overdue exposure here in the US! The record's surprisingly tight – especially for a major label effort of the time – really committed to the deepest sides of Irakere's style, particularly their great way with a jazzy solo – and actually put together with a lot more focus and drive than some of their earlier Havana recordings! The album packs plenty of punch, right from the start – and has a sense of power and majesty that's still very strong, all these many years later. Titles include "Baila Mi Ritmo", "Gira Gira", "Anung Anunga", and "Por Romper El Coco". CD

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IrakereQuince Minutos ... CD
Egrem (Cuba), 1986. New Copy .... $13.99 15.98
An unusual 80s session from Irakere – one that seems to have them taking on the new decade's funky modes to replace some of the styles they used in the 70s! There's still lots of Latin jazz at the core of the set, but a few tunes show some more modern elements too – a bit of drum machine on one attempt at a hit, and some electric bass as well – but still woven strongly into arrangements by Chucho Valdes and Jose Luis Cortes that hold onto plenty of tradition. Titles include "Ruta 42", "Quince Minutos", "Linda Tierra", "Santiaguera", and "Hay Mucho Que Contar". CD

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Fon KlementFon Klement (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BASF/Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $29.99
A Dutch dude, but one with a really universal appeal – and a quality that links his music to the hippest sounds of the UK scene on labels like Island or Harvest! Fon Klement is a singer-songwriter, but with none of the cheesier qualities that were coming into the American scene of self-indulgence of the early 70s – and instead has this great way of really holding back, and letting his English vocals slide in and out of well-crafted arrangements that beautifully blend bits of strings with folksier rock elements – all in a blend that's maybe not as hip as Nick Drake, but which definitely has a similar space in the universe. Titles include "It's You", "Wonder Why", "New Love", "Why", "Early Morning", "Song For A Blue Lady", and "Margaret". LP, Vinyl record album
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Mandrake MemorialPuzzle ... LP
Poppy, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $11.99
Way more than just the standard psych album of the time – and instead a richly-orchestrated album with sounds as complicated as the MC Escher cover image! Ron Frangipane and Brooks Arthur both helped out in the studio – and the set's got a clarity of vision that's way different than just another fuzzy-headed concept album – a heady brew of the group's core sounds augmented in really spaced-out, stretched-out ways – almost similar to the work that David Axlerod did with the Electric Prunes, but a bit trippier too. Titles include "Tadpole", "Earthfriend", "Volcano", "Whisper Play", and "Puzzle". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jemeel Moondoc, William Parker, Hamid DrakeNew World Pygmies Vol 2 ... CD
Eremite, 2000. New Copy 2 CDs .... $11.99 19.99
A wonderful follow-up to the incredible New World Pygmies set from saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc and bassist William Parker – one that not only features a double-length set of work, but also includes some guest drums from Hamid Drake on half the set! The core energy still really comes from the Moondoc/Parker pairing, though – a wonderful association that stands brilliantly here as some of the most soulful improvisation from the time – rich in spirit, strong in focus, and almost always swinging – with a balance between freedom and straightness that we really love. Tracks are all quite long – and CD one features a performance from Madison, while CD two features a Chicago set at the Velvet Lounge, with Drake on trap drums. Moondoc plays alto and soprano sax, and in addition to bass, Parker also plays bombard and gralle – on titles that include "Spirit House", "O'Neal's Porch", "New World Pygmies", "Blues For Katie", and "Three Clay Pots". CD

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Giorgio MoroderSchlagermoroder Vol 2 – 1966 to 1976 ... CD
Repertoire (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $19.99
A second smoking set of rare early work from Giorgio Moroder – really groovy pop numbers done before his famous forays into disco and soundtracks – served up here in a mix of English and German language lyrics, all backed by some mighty cool instrumentation! There's an undercurrent of funk on lots of the numbers – some tight drums here, a bit of Hammond there, and a jaunty groove throughout that really keeps things playful and interesting – with plenty of elements from Brit mod and psych, filtered through Moroder's own rich imagination! The set's got 2CDs worth of gems – 42 tracks recorded under a variety of names – including "Nostalgie", "Marrakesh", "How Much Longer Must I Wait", "Son Of My Father", "Tears", and "Mah Na Mah Na" by Giorgio; "Action Man (parts 1 & 2)", "America America", and "Rhythm Of Love" by Spinach; "Liebesarie" and "Einzelganger" by Einzelganger; "Mony Mony" and "Mighty Quinn" by The Banana Crew; "Mr Strauss" and "Alle Analphabeten" by Johnny Schilling; and "Lord" and "Watch Your Step" by Children Of The Mission. CD

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David MurrayDavid Murray Black Saint Quartet – Live In Berlin (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2007. New Copy Gatefold .... $24.99 29.99
Beautiful work from David Murray – a set that's perhaps a bit less polished than some of his other recent albums, but one that more than makes up for that with a richly soulful sound! The group has a loose, freewheeling feel at points – and Murray seems to ride their spirit strongly with some great tones on his tenor – those instantly-compelling sounds that first made his work grab us so many decades back, but which don't always show up in recent years. Murray plays bass clarinet too, but it's his tenor work that we really love here – and the quartet features Lafayette Gilchrist on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums. Most tracks are quite long, and filled with beautifully-spun solos – creative, rhythmic, and filled with life! Titles include "Dirty Laundry", "Banished", "Sacred Ground", and "Murray's Steps". LP, Vinyl record album

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NomoGhost Rock ... LP
Ubiquity, 2008. New Copy .... $9.99 16.98
Amazing work from Nomo – their greatest album so far, and an incredible step forward in styles! Nomo started out as an already-great Afro Funk combo – but over the past few records, they've picked up a really hip range of musical influences – spiritual jazz, electronica, Congotronics, and other cool sounds – all of which are filtered perfectly into this set! The grooves here are unlike anything else we can think of – as tight as Nigerian grooves from the 70s, but stretching out with really jazzy solos – all inflected with some cool electronic touches underneath, but in ways that jam along strongly with the acoustic instrumentation. Leader Elliot Bergman picked up some great added help for this set – including contributions from underground jazz players like Hamid Drake, Josh Abrams, and Adam Rudolph – all of whom help shape the sound wonderfully. Titles include "Nova", "Three Shades", "Last Beat", "Brainwave", "All The Stars", "Sound The Way", "Rings", "Ghost Rock", and "My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album

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William ParkerWood Flute Songs Anthology – Live 2006 to 2012 (8CD set) ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 8 CDs .... $62.99
Some of the most amazing work we've ever heard from this legendary bassist – a set that's not based around music from a wooden flute, but which instead refers to the instrument in its title – as an illustration of the very organic approach of the work within! The 8CDs offer up eight different unreleased live recordings – all of which showcase the deeply spiritual side of Parker's recent years – an approach that's even more so than his already-deep sounds of previous recordings – carried out at a level that's completely sublime throughout! This is the side of Parker that we've always reached for over the years, but haven't always found this easily – a mature musical vision informed not just by jazz, but by a host of other cultural influences, including film – as well as the exterior world of being. All recordings feature the core quartet of Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto sax, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Hamid Drake on drums – and the CDs feature two discs of material from a May 2006 concert in Oakland; two CDs' of music from an April 2007 concert in Houston; a June 2009 performance in New York with the addition of Billy Bang on violin, Bobby Bradford on cornet, and James Spaulding on alto; an April 2011 performance in Geneva with the AMR Ensemble; a June 2012 show from Montreal with Leena Conquest on voice and Eri Yamamoto on piano; and a June 2012 show from New York with Cooper Moore on piano. CD
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New William Parker Double QuartetAlphaville Suite – Music Inspired By The Jean Luc Godard Film ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2007. New Copy .... $15.99
A really unusual project from bassist William Parker – a great tribute to the legendary Godard film Alphaville, done with music that's a surprisingly great fit! There's almost a jazz soundtrack feel to the record at points – a bit straighter than usual for Parker, but still with plenty of edge – although other tracks sometimes get a bit more outside and improvisational, making for a really nice balance in the record. The core group features Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Hamid Drake on drums – which is then augmented by two cellos, violin, and viola – shading in the sound nicely. Parker really does a great job of capturing the quick shifts, bold moments, and striking qualities that make Godard's film so great – and titles include "Alphaville Main Theme", "Interrogation", "Alph 60", "Doctor Badguy", "Oceanville Evening", and "Civilization Of Light" – plus two versions of the great track "Natasha's Theme", a spiritual soulful number with vocals by Leena Conquest! CD

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Pearls Before SwineUse Of Ashes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99 18.98
An incredibly beautiful album from Pearls Before Swine – one that uses light orchestrations to create a baroquely folksy sort of feel – easily elevating the album past previous efforts, into classic territory we'd rank with the best from Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen! The whole album's great – with fragile and haunting songs from Tom Rapp, all supported by sparsely arranged instrumentation that includes harpsichord, flute, oboe, cello, and dobro. Genius throughout – and a clear inspiration for music still being made 30 years later – with classic tracks that include "The Jeweler", "Rocket Man", "Song About A Rose", "The Old Man", "When The War Began", and "From The Movie Of The Same Name". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Chuck & Mary PerrinLife Is A Stream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $6.99
Sublimely orchestrated pop from the duo of Chuck & Mary Perrin – a rich blend of strings and folk guitar, done in a way that carries echoes of contemporary work from Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen. The style's a bit sweeter here than either Cohen or Drake – given the harmonizing that Chuck and Mary do on the vocals – but there's a depth here that takes the record way past a simple folksy sound, and which fleshes out the tunes with a brilliance that we can't describe accurately with words! The record's got a subtle genius that grows on us with each new listen – and the original album is augmented here by a bonus of 11 extra tracks, including rare demos! Titles include "Life Is A Stream", "Eversince", "Horizons", "Pickin Up The Pieces", "Little Lady", "Mildred Metz", "As Long As I'm With You", "Corrine", and "On You Alone". CD

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Didier Petit & Alexandre PierrepontPassages – A Road Record ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2012. New Copy .... $16.99
A book, a CD, and a richly collaborative project – one that brings together the writings of Alexandre Pierrepont and the improvisational work of Didier Petit – with help from a huge host of other musicians as well! The music's the main attraction to our ears – as the set documents collaborations that Petit made on the road during a tour of the US – beautiful improvisations with a huge range of players that includes Joe Morris, Hal Rammel, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Baker, Larry Ochs, Marilyn Crispell, Andrea Parkins, Kamau Daaood, Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake, and others – each of whom gets their time to shine in collaboration alongside Petit's cello – in ways that really show the amazing adaptability of his instrument. The book features a long evocative poem by Pierrepont, in both English and French – and features some nice photos too! CD

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New Spaceways Incorporated (Vandermark/Drake/McBride)Spaceways Incorporated – 13 Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic ... CD
Atavistic, 2000. Used .... $9.99
A very nice little album – and one that moves way past the gimmicky nature that you might guess from the title! The Sun Ra influence is obvious – as it seems natural for the Chicago-based players to show a bit of respect to what's gone before them in the city. The Funkadelic twist might seem a bit more odd, though – but not if you consider the fact that Vandermark's played a heck of a lot with funky jazz combos over the past 10 years, and that Drake can really kick it on the set when he wants to! In fact, the two of them go so full-out on the Funkadelic tunes that you'll be hard-pressed to believe that there's actually only a trio of sax, drums, and bass playing the music! The Ra tunes seem a bit restrained next to the Funkadelic ones – but that also makes for a nice mix of styles on the CD. Titles include "Tapestry From An Asteroid", "Cosmic Slop", "Future", "Super Stupid", "You & Your Folks, Me & My Folks", "El Is A Sound Of Joy", and "Street Named Hell". CD

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New Peter StrakerPrivate Parts ... LP
RCA (UK), 1972. Near Mint- .... $7.99
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(Cover is slightly wavy from moisture.)

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Tunguska SoundNew Direct Cutting Servo Tracer/Sicherheits-Raketen Hit S**t ... 7-inch
Sci-Fi-Low-Fi (Germany), 2014. New Copy .... $4.99
"New Direct Cutting" has some mighty sharp beats – a weird blend of hip hop production and late 60s space-age electronica – almost as if Perry & Kingsley hung out with DJ premier! "Sicherheits-Raketen" has a sound that's almost steel drum funk, but much more messed up – and peppered with some sweet German keyboards too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Peter WalkerHas Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? ... CD
Delmore, 1970. New Copy .... $13.99
Sublime solo work from Peter Walker – a hell of a guitarist with a very edgy sound, and a vocalist with this dark tone that almost takes us back to some of the moodier moments from the early Velvet Underground! The combination is amazing – very deft, complicated lines on a Gibson Hummingbird steel string guitar – mixed with these moodily poetic lyrics sung starkly in a voice that's completely unique – often bursting out with the same energy as the movement of the guitar passages – ebbing and flowing with this subtle but amazing power! The approach is hardly folk, and has a darkness that goes way past most overstated records of its generation – a really essential record that maybe blows away our favorites from guys like Tim Hardin, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, and John Fahey. Titles include "Grey Morning Sun", "Wonder", "Fifty Miles", "Me & My Lady", and "Pretty Bird". CD
Also available Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? ... LP 18.99

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Peter WalkerHas Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? ... LP
Delmore, 1970. New Copy .... $18.99 19.98
Sublime solo work from Peter Walker – a hell of a guitarist with a very edgy sound, and a vocalist with this dark tone that almost takes us back to some of the moodier moments from the early Velvet Underground! The combination is amazing – very deft, complicated lines on a Gibson Hummingbird steel string guitar – mixed with these moodily poetic lyrics sung starkly in a voice that's completely unique – often bursting out with the same energy as the movement of the guitar passages – ebbing and flowing with this subtle but amazing power! The approach is hardly folk, and has a darkness that goes way past most overstated records of its generation – a really essential record that maybe blows away our favorites from guys like Tim Hardin, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, and John Fahey. Titles include "Grey Morning Sun", "Wonder", "Fifty Miles", "Me & My Lady", and "Pretty Bird". LP, Vinyl record album
(Packaged in a nice tip-on jacket with matrix handbill.)
Also available Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? ... CD 13.99

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Viola WillsIf You Could Read My Mind (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hansa/Cherry Pop (UK), 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the only early full albums from Viola Wills – a soul singer who'd been bubbling under for years, but hardly ever got her time in the sun! Most tracks here are older numbers, redone in a sweet disco groove – and the sound is surprisingly strong, and hardly what you'd expect from the retro gimmick – thanks to tight instrumentation from a core combo that includes keyboards from Nick Straker and bass from Dennis Bovell! Viola's vocals are quite strong, and without the overdone qualities of later years – and titles include "Secret Love", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Something About You", "Let Me Be Your Rock", "Up On The Roof", "Don't Ever Stop Loving Me", and "That Same Old Feeling". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Gonna Get Along Without You (disco version)", "If You Could Read My Mind (Tom Moulton mix)", "Always Something There To Remind Me (disco version)", "Gonna Get Along Without You Now (original mix)", and "Gonna Get Along Without You Now (1981 celebration rmx)". CD

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Norma WinstoneDance Without Answer ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
Norma Winstone's always been a singer we've dug for years – especially her groundbreaking way of using her voice more as an instrument than a conveyer of words – something that Winstone inspired in whole generations of singers to come! Yet here, Norma also balances things nicely by bringing lyrics into play with the album's bass clarinet and soprano sax from Klaus Gesing and piano from Glauco Venier – a mode that shifts between vocal sounds and meaningful words, on numbers that are both penned by the group – and surprising choices of older classics, really reworked into new styles in this setting. Winstone brings a really fresh way of approaching songs like Nick Drake's "Time Of No Reply", Tom Waits' "San Diego Serenade", and Fred Neil's classic "Everybody's Talkin" – as well as that old Muppet favorite "Bein Green" – and she also really sparkles on original tunes that include "A Tor A Tor", "High Places", and "Dance Without Answer". CD

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VariousBobby Martin Presents – Various Artists ... CD
Red Ruby, 1970s. Used .... $24.99
Rare vintage work from Jean Terrell, Drake Frye, Bobby Martin Orchestra, Friends Of Distinction, and Little Dooley! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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VariousGerman Funk Fieber Vol 2 – Infectious Rare Grooves & Krauty Schlager Wonders 1969 to 1978 ... CD
Show Up (Germany), 1970s. New Copy .... $11.99
German funk galore – a huge batch of 70s gems we'd never find in years of digging on this side of the Atlantic! The grooves here are all pretty darn great – kind of a harder and heavier take on the In Kraut vibe – with vocals on some tracks, but a decided emphasis on kickass drums, rumbling bass, and wicked instrumental licks – all used to really cook up the tunes in a way that's different from American funk of the time – but equally groovy! The set list is possibly even more tight than the first volume – and like before, this one's got full notes on all the cuts – painting a full cultural picture that really helps us enjoy the music. Titles include "High Snobiety" by Sigi Schwab, "Rice & Beans" by James Last, "Get Up Stand Up" by Malcolm's Locks, "Mandrake" by Les Humprhies, "Geld" by Joy Fleming, "Back Talk" by Jurgen Franke, "Understanding" by Don Anderson, "Betwixt & Between" by Fredy Brock, "Sehnsucht" by Kati Kovacs, "Sunny" by Jochen Brauer Sextett, and "Evening Air" by Peter Thomas. CD

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VariousJerk Boom Bam – Greasy Rhythm & Soul Party Vol 9 ... LP
Jerk Boom Bam (Romania), Early 60s. New Copy .... $18.99
This sweet series just keeps getting better and better – as the jerking compilers dig even deeper to bring up some really rare gems from the 60s! The work here is soul, but of the rocking type – or R&B, but of the more modern style – and the tracks come from a variety of labels, but all share a really bold, bracing approach to the music! The LP features a whopping 15 tracks in all – and titles include "Can't Nobody Do" by Reverend Cleosuph Robinson, "Say Yeah" by Andre Franklin with Preston Epps, "I Want Some Money Baby" by Tommy Ridgely, "You're Just One Man" by Ann Fleming, "I'm Not Teasing" by Lucky Laws, "The Trakey Doo" by Tony Allen, and "Persian Twist" by Herb Zane. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRight On! Vol 3 – More Break Beats & Grooves From The Atlantic & Warner Vaults ... CD
Warner (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $14.99
Killer funk, soul, and jazz tunes from the Warner and Atlantic catalogs – including more than a few that rank with our favorite funky cuts of the era! As with previous volumes in this series, the titles are selected with a focus on tunes that have or can be sampled – so there's lots of sweet jazzy brakes, warm keyboards, and tasty drums on the package! Titles include "Wah Wah Man" by Young Holt Unlimited, "Nuki Suki" by Little Richard, "Mama Soul" by The Soul Survivors, "It's Love" by The Young Rascals, "Funky Canyon" by Phil Moore Jr, "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" by Claudia Lennear, "Soul Bowl" by Memphis Horns, "Shiloh" by David Newman, "Let Me Fix It" by Brook Benton, "Angela, My Sister" by Richard Evans, "When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning Of The End, "Moment Of Truth" by Earth, Wind, & Fire, "Bumpin On Young Street" by Young Holt Unlimited, and "Mortgage On My Soul" by Keith Jarrett. CD

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New Vincent Brunner, edTunes – A Comic Book History Of Rock And Roll ... Book
Universe, 2010. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
Not the complete history of rock and roll, but a collection of cool comics that each focus on a specific singer or group – brought together here as a very personal pastiche of views on modern music! The book is black and white, and most of the artists use a heavy pen technique that comes across well in the format – and each new entry is accompanied by a short essay on the artist involved, to situate the comic within a more historical context. Entries include "Nick Cave" by Laure Del Pino, "Ramones" by Sebastien Lumineau, "Led Zeppelin" by Killoffer, "The Kinks" by Luc Cornillon, "David Bowie" by Nine Antico, "Sex Pistols" by Jean Christophe Menu, "Captain Beefheart" by Jean Michel Thiriet, and Nick Drake" by Vincent Vanoli. 240 pages, softcover, black and white. Book

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Nick DrakeBryter Layter (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – 180 gram vinyl, with textured cover like the original, and a bonus download in multiple formats!)
Also available Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 68.99

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New Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Island, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
Godlike work from the legendary Nick Drake – and exactly the kind of record that's made him a continuing legend over the years! The style is completely its own – not really folk or rock, but not really jazz either – yet served up with plenty of jazzy phrasing that's helped keep Drake's music fresher than most as the decades move on – and which makes each song here a really rich discovery – even if, like us, you've heard the album hundreds of times in the past! The production is wonderful – with slight underscorings of strings that help unlock dark corners of the songs – and tracks include the classic "River Man" – easily one of Nick's best songs ever – plus "Fruit Tree", "Day Is Done", "Three Hours", "Saturday Sun", and "Time Has Told Me". A record we'd never part with – ever! LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl in the original gatefold-style cover – and includes bonus download for the album, too!)
Also available Five Leaves Left (deluxe box set – with poster, download, and more) ... LP 53.99

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Nick DrakeWay To Blue ... CD
Hannibal/Ryko, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used .... Just Sold Out!
A seminal collection of Nick Drake's best work! CD

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New Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... CD
Reflection/Numero, 1971. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
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

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New Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... LP
Reflection/Numero, 1971. New Copy (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
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

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Thelonious MonkIt's Monk Time (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1967. New Copy (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Thelonious Monk albums ever – a bare bones, no nonsense session that's filled with great work from tenorist Charlie Rouse! The record's filled with everything that's great about the Monk/Rouse team in these years – an incredible interplay between sax and piano, served up over the sorts of angular tunes that Monk had been putting forth for years, but somehow at a level that's even more perfect, more "Monkish" than before! Other members of the group are Butch Warren on bass and Ben Riley on drums – and titles include "Lulu's Back In Town", "Memories Of You", "Brake's Sake", "Stuffy Turkey", and "Shuffle Boil". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It's Monk Time (with bonus tracks) ... CD

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New Thelonious MonkIt's Monk Time (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1967. Used .... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Thelonious Monk albums ever – a bare bones, no nonsense session that's filled with great work from tenorist Charlie Rouse! The record's filled with everything that's great about the Monk/Rouse team in these years – an incredible interplay between sax and piano, served up over the sorts of angular tunes that Monk had been putting forth for years, but somehow at a level that's even more perfect, more "Monkish" than before! Other members of the group are Butch Warren on bass and Ben Riley on drums – and titles include "Lulu's Back In Town", "Memories Of You", "Brake's Sake", "Stuffy Turkey", and "Shuffle Boil". CD features 3 bonus tracks – previously unreleased takes of "Shuffle Boil", "Epistrophy", and "Nice Work If You Can Get It". CD
Also available It's Monk Time (180 gram pressing) ... LP

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New AlzoAlzo (aka Looking For You) ... LP
Bell, 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unique little record – soulful, folksy, and with a slight jazzy tinge at times – and the first solo album cut by one half of the Alzo & Udine Latin soul duet who recorded for Mercury in the late 60s! This solo album has a bit of a different flavor than Alzo's work with Udine, but the singing and instrumentation have a lot of nice jazzy changes – and the whole thing skips along with the same earthy, personal feel that made the earlier album so great. The whole thing's sort of in between Colin Blunstone and Nick Drake, but with a bit more of a soulful vibe – and an ultra-hip mix of styles that makes us wonder why Alzo wasn't hailed as the hippest thing going at the time. Bob (Multiplication Rock) Dorough arranged and produced, with a very groovy style – and tracks include "Country", "That's Alright", "Without You Girl", "Some People", "Lookin' For You", and "You Know Me, I Know You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tear on the top left corner, and some wear.)

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New Peter Brotzmann, Mahmoud Gania, Hamid DrakeWels Concert ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
1996 recording of a concert featuring Peter Brotzmann in the company of Chicago percussionist Hamid Drake and percussionist/singer Mahmoud Gania. Free stuff, dominated by Brotzmann's gutsy tenor, but with lots of nice percussion moments from Drake, and some moody vocal inflections by Gania. 70 minutes long, and divided up into 3 sections. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Peter Brotzmann/Hamid Drake/Kent KesslerLive At The Empty Bottle ... CD
Okka Disk, 1999. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Another one of those great Limited Edition sessions from Okka Disk – limited to 800 hand numbered copies, and every one of them numbered and authentic! The session was recorded live at Chicago's legendary Empty Bottle, during one of Peter Brotzmann's recent productive visits to the city. As with most of Brotzmann's Okka recordings, this one shows him working beautifully with some of Chicago's bourgeoning avant jazz talent – in this case, the rhythm section of Hamid Drake and Kent Kessler. Of course, if you've heard either of those two players, you know that they do a lot more than just provide rhythm, and they rise to the occasion and match Brotzmann's usual uncanny creativity in a live setting. Two long tracks – "Something From Your Heart" and "Crest Of The Wave". CD
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New Peter Brotzmann/William Parker/Hamid DrakeNever Too Late But Always Too Early ... CD
Eremite, 2001. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Peter Brotzmann blows beautifully here – in a set that's dedicated to bassist Peter Kowald, and which features some especially great work from William Parker in the group! Brotzmann's got some soulful tones right at the start – almost an exotic quality in his reeds that spins out strongly with Parker's bass and the creative drum work of Hamid Drake – often with that bold focus that can make an Eremite date like this so great! The performance is fierce, but never in an unfocused way – and Drake is really wonderfully balanced between straighter swing and some of his freer explorations on the drum kit. Titles include "Never Run But Go", "The Heart & The Bones", "Halfhearted Beant", and "Never Too Late But Always Too Early". CD
Also available Never Too Late But Always Too Early ... CD 11.99

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New John CarpenterFog (2LP 180 gram gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Death Waltz, 1980. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful sounds from the great John Carpenter – one of those records that reminds us that his music is often just as important as the images he puts on the screen! Carpenter's music for The Fog follows nicely in his work for other films – particularly Halloween – in that it's got this slow-building style that often makes great use of keyboards – often used sparely, with a really spooky sort of energy – and even more space, and at slower speed than his other horror soundtracks! The style really fits the "fog" theme of the film! The soundtrack kicks off with the indispensable prologue from the movie – with the old man telling the ghost story with just the sparest of background keyboards – and other titles include "Theme From The Fog", "Rocks At Drakes' Bay", "Tommy Tells Of Ghost Ships", "Flack In The Sanctuary", "Dane", "An Evil Plan", "Morgue", "The Fog Approaches", "Revenge", "The Fog Enters Town" and more. This killer Death Waltz double vinyl version has a full bonus LP of previous unreleased cues! LP, Vinyl record album
(Top-notch Death Waltz version on double 180 gram gold colored vinyl – with a full LP of previously unreleased score cues!)

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New Chicago Trio (Dawkins/Bankhead/Drake)Velvet Songs – To Baba Fred Anderson ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2011. New Copy 2CDs .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great performance by the Chicago trio of Ernest Dawkins on reeds, Harrison Bankhead on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums and percussion – dedicated to their late scene-mate Fred Anderson, and played with an open, exploratory sound that Anderson would have loved! At times, there's a very unstructured quality to the recording – the most unfettered approach forged by the AACM – with Dawkins especially stretching out, on soprano, alto, or tenor sax. At other points, though, Bankhead's wonderful basslines pull things in, and give them a soulful solidity that underscores the spiritual elements of the music – that element in his sound we always appreciate, and which seems to bring Drake's percussion strongly into focus too – creating a groove that's almost like the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at times. Titles include "One For Fred", "Waltz Of Passion", "Jah Music", "Down N The Delta", "The Rumble", "Sweet 22nd Street", and "Woman Of Darfur". CD

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New DKV TrioLive – Lunar Cabaret Chicago, 1996 ... CD
Okka Disk, 1996. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The DKV trio are Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake. CD
(Out of print limited pressing of 600 numbered copies.)

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

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New Hamid Drake/Mats Gustafsson DuoFor Don Cherry – Recorded At Urbis Orbis October 19 1995 ... CD
Okka Disk, 1995. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print, limited numbered edition of 600 copies. Packaged with a thin cover.)

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New Nick DrakePink Moon ... CD
Island/Hannibal, 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful treasure from the legendary Nick Drake – the last album he ever recorded – and a set that may well be his most personal as well! The sound here is even more stripped-down than before – often just vocals and acoustic guitar, but used together in ways that are really unique – inflected with lots of the jazzy phrasing that always made Nick so unique – and light years from any of the folkies who were his contemporaries! There's a very special Drake-like approach to the whole record – a heavenly sound that's never been duplicated again – and titles include the classic "Pink Moon", plus "Place To Be", "Road", "Parasite", "Ride", and "From The Morning". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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New Tony DrakeSuddenly/It Hurts Me More ... 7-inch
Soul 7 (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great funky number from Tony Drake – the kind of tune that builds beautifully in the first few seconds, then soars along on an unstoppable groove until the single runs out! "Suddenly" is the kind of tune that will drop you dead in your tracks – thanks to great arrangements from Willie Henderson! The Chi-soul vibe continues on "It Hurts Me More" – a tune that's slightly sweeter, but has that great Eugene Record/Brunswick mellow groove we love so much! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Jackson C FrankJackson C Frank (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia/4 Men With Beards, 1965. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only album ever recorded by troubled folk singer Jackson C Frank – but more than enough to have built up a huge legend around his music over the years! The album's a gem right from the very first note – and has that incredibly personal, incredibly unique feel you get in a rare few records like this – maybe Nick Drake (who claimed Frank as an influence) or Fred Neil – yet like both of them, a completely individual set that will leave you breathless at the end, and frustrated that you've got nothing else to follow it with! The record was produced by a young Paul Simon – who was working in British clubs during the same stretch that Frank was in London – and a young Al Stewart also plays just a bit on the record – another key supporter of Jackson's early music, as was Bert Jansch. Yet even without those famous friends, the record would be more than enough on its own – so years ahead of its time, the record companies never knew what to do with it – which has kept it very fresh over the years – the kind of set that's waiting to be discovered by an elite few. Titles include "Milk & Honey", "Yellow Walls", "Kimbie", "Blues Run The Game", "Don't Look Back", "Here Come The Blues", and "Just Like Anything". LP, Vinyl record album

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New GeniusWords From The Genius ... LP
Cold Chillin, 1991. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The pre Wu Tang LP from Genius – who would be officially rechristened as the GZA just a couple years after this Cold Chillin' effort from 1991! Words From The Genius is more in the vibe of Cold Chillin' labelmate Big Daddy Kane – more of a mack groove than the tough, turgid dawn of the Wu. RZA's on board for a track or two in his own pre-Wu Prince Rakeem guise – but the album is mostly produced by Easy Mo Bee. Tracks include the notorious single "Come Do Me", "Life Of A Drug Dealer", "The Genius Is Slammin", "Those Were The Days", "What Are Silly Girls Made Of", "Drama", "Words From A Genius", "Who's Your Rhymin' Hero", ""Phony As You Wanna Be", "Stop The Nonsense", "Superfreak", "Stay Out Of Bars", "True Fresh MCs" and "Feel The Pain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Also available Words From The Genius ... CD 12.99

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New Kendrick LamarGood Kid, M.A.Ad City (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Aftermath, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The much-hailed major league debut of Kendrick Lamar! Includes "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", "The Art Of Peer Pressure", "Money Trees" with Jay Rock, "Poetic Justice" with Drake, "m.A.A.d City" with MC Eiht, "Singing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst", "Real" feat Anna Wise of Sonnymoon, "Compton" with Dr. Dre and more. Deluxe edition vinyl 3 bonus tracks: "The Recipe" with Dr. Dre, "Black Boy Fly" and "Now Or Never" with Mary J Blige. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Fon KlementI Feel Lonely In My Town (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BASF/Wah Wah (Spain), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's hard to imagine Fon Klement ever being lonely in his town – because with a record like this, he must have had hordes of folks searching him out! The has the perfect blend of acoustic elements, larger strings, and jazzy inflections that you'd find on records like Nick Drake's Bryter Later, or maybe Joe & Bing's Daybreak – all wrapped together beautifully by arranger Jack Say – a cat we've never heard of before, but who really wins us with his talents on this sublime little record! The lyrics are all in English, and Fon has a way of singing that often makes it feel like he's harmonizing with himself – at a level that really brings a lot to tunes that include "Don't Believe A Word", "I Won't Be Sorry", "She Said Hi", "Stormy Afternoon", "My Town", and "The Brownies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 500 copies.)

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New Joe McPhee & Hamid DrakeEmancipation Proclamation – A Real Statement Of Freedom ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set that reminds us of some of McPhee's early work on the Hat Hut label. The performance was recorded live at Chicago's Empty Bottle – where McPhee is a regular visitor to the groundbreaking gigs organized by Ken Vandermark and John Corbett – and the CD features spare duets with master percussionist Hamid Drake. McPhee plays pocket trumpet and tenor – and titles include "Hate Crime Cries", "Cries & Whispers", "Mother Africa", and "Emancipation Proclamation". Very spare, but very moving – in the manner of some of the early work by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. CD
(Out of print.)

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New David MurrayDavid Murray Black Saint Quartet – Live In Berlin ... CD
Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2007. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from David Murray – a set that's perhaps a bit less polished than some of his other recent albums, but one that more than makes up for that with a richly soulful sound! The group has a loose, freewheeling feel at points – and Murray seems to ride their spirit strongly with some great tones on his tenor – those instantly-compelling sounds that first made his work grab us so many decades back, but which don't always show up in recent years. Murray plays bass clarinet too, but it's his tenor work that we really love here – and the quartet features Lafayette Gilchrist on piano, Jaribu Shahid on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums. Most tracks are quite long, and filled with beautifully-spun solos – creative, rhythmic, and filled with life! Titles include "Dirty Laundry", "Banished", "Sacred Ground", "Murray's Steps", and "Waltz Again". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)
Also available David Murray Black Saint Quartet – Live In Berlin (180 gram pressing) ... LP 24.99

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New Organic GroovesBlack Cherry By Organic Grooves – Via The Sound Science Of William Parker & Hamid Drake ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2002. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Evan Parker & Peter BrotzmannBiship's Move – With Alex Von Schlippenbach/Paul Lytton/Hamid Drake/William Parker ... CD
Victo (Italy), 2004. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Spaceways Inc (Ken Vandermark)Version Soul ... CD
Atavistic, 2002. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ken Vandermark and crew take a funkier turn – working off the style of their last album (a tribute to Sun Ra & George Clinton), moving into tunes that are tributes to soul and funk heroes of the past 30 years. Most tunes are originals by Vandermark – played by the trio that includes Ken on reeds, Nate McBride on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – and titles include "Clocked", "Back Of A Cab", "Reasonable Hour", "Size Large", "Journeyman", "She Just Got Here", "All Frequencies", and "Force At A Distance". CD

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New Nick Straker BandLittle Bit Of Jazz/Space Age ... 12-inch
Prelude, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic early 80s groover by Nick Straker – not really as jazzy as you'd expect, but with some nice piano work that hints at use of the instrument in later house singles. "Space Age" is more of an electro track – with vocoded vocals and lots of keyboards. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Prelude sleeve, with pen and marker. Labels have pen.)

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New Nick Straker BandNick Straker Band ... LP
Prelude, 1980. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tasty club tracks from Nick Straker and his combo! The record's got a strong 80s groove feel – similar to other albums on Prelude at the time, but with some nice touches of jazz, as promised in the title. Nick plays keyboards on the record – mostly Fender Rhodes and Prophet, but also a bit of acoustic piano – and "A Little Bit Of Jazz", although a vocal number, still has some great riffing in a mode that's almost like house music. Other tunes include "The Beat Inside", "NSB Radio", "Airwaves", and "Satellite Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New Chucho ValdesTema De Chaka ... LP
Areito (Cuba), 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring grooves from the amazing Chucho Valdes – and a set that really builds upon his jazzier work in the Irakere combo! The album mixes Chucho's piano with core rhythms on guitar, bass, drums and congas – plus added saxophone work from German Velazco on some of the album's best tracks – really soaring out in a way that matches the energy of Valdes on the piano! Titles include "Tema De Chaka", "Zanaith", "Triton", and "Claudia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light ringwear, but is nice overall.)

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New Lester YoungPres Is Blue ... LP
Charlie Parker, 1950. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Small combo work from 1950 – with Pres on tenor, Jesse Drake on trumpet, Kenny Drew on piano, Aaron Bell on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is shopworn, with a tear in back.)

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New VariousSuper Disco Brakes Vol 1 ... LP
Paul Winley, 1979. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Original pressing of this classic breakbeat LP! Buy it now, and put it in the crates to make everyone think you were spinning with Bam in the late 70s! Titles include Bob James "Mardi Gras", Pat Lundy "Work Song", New Birth "I Can Understand It", J.B.'s "Blow Your Head", Dennis Coffey "Scorpio", New Birth "Gotta Get A Knutt", Creative Source "Corazon", Magic Disco Machine "Scratchin". Back on wax for a limited time, and pressed right this time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a small rip at the opening, and a small split on the bottom seam, with some staining and light rippling on the back. Labels have some pen.)

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New VariousSuper Disco Brakes Vol 2 ... LP
Paul Winley, 1979. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second volume in this legendary series – filled with plenty of essential crate classics from the old school! Titles include "Funky Drummer"by James Brown, "Catch A Groove"by Juice, "Smokin' A Cheeba Cheeba"by Harlem Underground, "Use Me" by Bill Withers, "Dove" by Cymande, "Watch Dog"by Ann Winley, and "Sophisticated Cissy" by the Meters. LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a pressing flaw mark that clicks a bit on tracks three and four.)

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New VariousSuper Disco Brakes Vol 5 ... LP
Paul Winley, Early 80s. Used (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Number 5 in the legendary series of break compilations put together by Paul Winley back in the day! This one's still going strong – with the usual mix of bad sound, strangely titled tunes, and more! Overall, though, it's still nice to have these tracks in whatever format they arrive in – and titles include "Good Foot" by James Brown, "Masterpiece" by Grover Washington, "Bongo Rock" by Apachie Band, "Give up the Funk" by Parliament, "Free Your Mind" by Politicians, "America the Beautiful" by Ray Charles, "Jungle Fever" by Chakachas, and "Parrty" by Maceo. LP, Vinyl record album
(In an orange cover.)

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New Marshall Allen/William Parker/Drake/Jordan/SilvaAll Star Game – With Hamid Drake/Kidd Jordan/Alan Silva ... CD
Eremite, 2000. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The title definitely gets it right – as the quintet's an all-star lineup that features Marshall Allen on alto sax, Kidd Jordan on tenor, Hamid Drake on drums, and both Alan Silva and William Parker on bass! The twin basses are really wonderful – and have this deep texture that really shapes the performance – a sense of tone and timing that brings urgency to the record in a way that either player on their own wouldn't have been able to achieve – often with a sense of soul that really adds a lot to the reeds! CD features six long live tracks – all improvised by the group. CD

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New Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, & William ParkerBlue Winter ... CD
Eremite, 2005. New Copy 2 CDs .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the strengths of these players working together in a trio – the sense of respect and patience they each have for each other – letting the sound come at just the right moment in just the right way, as things build together in this amazing way – then leap forth with a power that's even more incredible when all three musicians fall into step! Anderson's tenor gets lots of rich open space to roam around – with these deep tones that strongly echo a Coltrane legacy, almost more soulfully than other albums of this vintage – and Parker's bass is wonderful, as always, in a setting like this – and Drake's drums are a masterpiece of understatement. The set features four long improvisations – recorded live in a very warm space. CD

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New Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, K Jordan & W Parker2 Days In April ... CD
Eremite, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs .... Out Of Stock
Two great days in April – each featuring some very free improvisation from a group that includes Fred Anderson and Kidd Jordan on tenors, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – a quartet with boundless energy, and a really rich sense of each other's place within the sound! The first day features a performance from Amherst, and a relatively fiery one at that – with these unbridled sounds from all players, and some especially tremendous saxophone lines from Anderson and Jordan – often soaring out together, but with a very individual sense of space. The second day is slightly more measured – a Cambridge performance that has some nice solo spots for each player. Both dates are very well-recorded – and packaged in the usual high Eremite standard! CD

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New AsterisksSoca Fusion Vol 2 ... LP
Strakers, Early 80s. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Hamiet BluiettResolution ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Searingly soulful work from Hamiet Bluiett – easily one of his greatest sessions of the late 70s, and a record that has a sense of focus that's sometimes missing from his other work! The group on the set includes Don Pullen, Fred Hopkins, Billy Hart, and Don Moye – coming together with a real cohesiveness behind Bluiett, and directing his musical visions with a strength that's clear from the very first note of the record. There's a sense of greatness here that cannot be denied – a key link in a heritage that includes Albert Ayler's best later moments, and some of the tighter early recordings of the AACM. Titles include "Flux/A Bad MF", "Happy Spirit", "Head Drake", and "Before Yesterday". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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New Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetStone/Water ... CD
Okka Disk, 1999. Used .... Out Of Stock
An excellent issue of live material recorded by Brotzmann and some of Chicago's best players! The Chicago Tentet has sprung up as part of Peter Brotzmann's recent fruitful relationship with the Chicago underground jazz scene – and the group's gone on to have a life long past its initial formation as a one-off project. This Okka disc set captures the band live at the 16th Victoriaville Festival in 1999 – and it features performances by Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, and Hamid Drake. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Peter Brotzmann, T Kondo, W Parker & H DrakeDie Like A Dog – Fragments Of Music, Life & Death Of Albert Ayler ... CD
FMP (Germany), 1994. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Die Like A Dog QuartetFrom Valley To Valley – Live At Fire In The Valley ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever from this hip Peter Brotzmann combo – a group that features Brotzmann on tenor, Roy Campbell on trumpet, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The session's easily one of Brotzmann's most spiritual ever – an outing that still echoes the free modes of his European work, but which really draws a strong sense of spirit from the American players on the date – particularly Campbell, whose horn soars out here boldly to give the record a strong sense of majesty! The performance is live – and features two long tracks, plus a shorter encore. CD

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New Hamid Drake & BinduReggaeology ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2009. Used .... Out Of Stock
A much better project than you might guess from its title – not really a reggae album at all, but more a complex pastiche of a variety of different rhythms – all played by a hip combo headed by percussionist Hamid Drake, with work by Jeff Parker on guitar, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Josh Abrams on bass and guimbri, and Jeff Albert on Hammond. There's a nicely complicated groove to most of the numbers – and while some tracks definitely have a Jamaican tinge, they also come across a bit like some Chicago avant variation on older rocksteady modes – with the vintage elements coming from the trombones and Hammond. Titles include "Kali's Children No Cry", "Kali Dub", "Taste Of Radha's Love", "Togetherness", "Meeting & Parting",a nd "Take Us Home". CD

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New Nick DrakeBryter Layter ... CD
Island, 1970. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". CD
(24 bit digitally remastered edition, with lyrics and rare photos.)
Also available Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 68.99

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New Claudine Francois/Hubert Dupont/Hamid DrakeFlying Eagle ... CD
Marge (France), 2014. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Claudine Francois is a beautiful pianist, and we love her work on other records – but she sounds especially great here in the company of bassist Hubert Dupont and drummer Hamid Drake – both players who bring a heck of a lot of texture to the session! Dupont's bass is wonderful – often more melodic than rhythm, at a level that's also echoed by Drake's always-creative work on the drum kit – providing these shifting shapes, like different platforms in sound – from which Francois' piano lines take off boldly. Titles include "Flying Eagle", "African Flower", "Nkosi Sikelel Africa", "Scot", "Tapiwa's Vision", and a nice take on Jim Pepper's classic "Witchi Tai To". CD

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New Russell HokeWith An Aching Heart ... LP
Unheard-Of, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Russell Hoke takes on a host of classics – including tunes by Nick Drake, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Jimmie Skinner, and The Rolling Stones – but serves them all up in a way that's as deeply personal as any of his own material – thanks to the heartfelt presentation and relatively stripped-down format! Russell's one of the few cats really dedicated to keeping the "private" recording vibe of the 60s and 70s still going strong – and this wonderful self-released set features material cut recently in Hoke's garage and bedroom, with a scope of understanding that shows that Russell's still growing strongly as an artist these days. Titles include "Black Eyed Dog", "True Love", "Girl Of My Dreams", "House Of The Rising Sun", "No expectations", and "Hellhound On My Trail". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited – and comes in a unique hand-painted, hand-assembled cover – with handwritten titles too!)

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New IrakereEl Coco ... LP
Milestone, 1982. Used .... Out Of Stock
One of those cookers from the great years when Milestone was crossing boundaries to bring the best in Latin jazz to US shores – featuring a tightly-crafted Irakere session recorded in Tokyo, easily some of their strongest studio work from the time! Chucho Valdes plays as much electric keys as he does acoustic piano on the set, and tracks are nicely long and stretched out – allowing other players a good chance to jam in descarga-like mode. There's a slight bit of warmer 80s production here, but the group even had that tendency on 70s Cuban recordings, so it's not that out of place. Titles include "El Coco", "Las Hijas De Anaco", "Zanaith", "Ese Atrevimiento", and "Molinaria". LP, Vinyl record album
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New IrakereIrakere (1981) ... CD
Areito/Uniko (Canada), 1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho Valdes is at the head of the group, and even though the band decides to cut versions of a few classical tunes, the groove is still hard and heavy – and the sound is a wonderful example of the rich growth that was happening on the Cuban music scene during the 70s. Titles include "Los Caramelos", "Que Se Sepa, Yo Soy De La Habana", and "Siete Tazas De Café". CD

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New Orchestra SuperstringKalopia (with download) ... LP
Dionysus, 2012. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A collection of cool sounds from the Orchestra Superstring – a contemporary lounge music project from a host of long-term LA hipsters – including the great DJ Bonebrake on vibes! Most of these musicians have a pedigree in other styles, especially rock – but they do a very good job of emulating the coolest, most complex styles of early 60s exotica – often with some slight jazzy touches that really keep things interesting, and push the groove way past any simple sort of retro gimmick approach! Other instrumentation includes a fair bit of percussion, plus accordion, keyboards, and even some "guitorgan" too – and titles are pulled from two previous CDs by the group, and include "Silberstrasse", "Evidence", "No Sho", "Waterbed", "Mambalita", "Kalopia", and "Ambrosia". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Other Dimensions In MusicLive At The Sunset ... CD
Marge (France), 2006. New Copy 2CD .... Out Of Stock
A tremendous double-length set by this hip group of legendary players – a quartet lineup that features trumpeter Roy Campbell, reedman Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake – all working together in sounds that definitely reach some other dimensions in music! The format is very loose and open-ended – perfect for the loft jazz-styled improvisations from the combo – working here in a very friendly, supportive setting in front of a Parisian audience – who clearly inspire the musicians to new heights. Some tracks are quite long, but stand as bold statements throughout – and others are a bit shorter, and nicely compact. Titles include "Other Dimensional Space Travelers Hip Bop", "Blues Configuration", "Slam Me Down", "Blues For Baghdad", "Desert Dance", "Suite For Miles Davis", and "James Brown Ascension". CD

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New RoctoberIssue #40 – 360 Degree Black Experience In Sound ... Magazine
Roctober, 2005. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Another great issue from Roctober – one that includes interviews with Neon Leon (great lost New York punk figure), Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake, James Brown, and numerous obscure but amazing Brazilian musicians. Melvin Van Peebles critical discography. Jake Austen and Chris Ware on vaudeville/minstrel legend Bert Williams. The history of Black All Girl Jazz orchestras in the 1930s and 1940s. Archival Pedro "Funkadelic" Bell articles and comics from his early 1970s college newspaper. Comics and articles about Aliyaah, Jimi Hendrix, Jackie Mittoo, Sun Ra, Funkadelic, and Black skinhead Reggae. And, believe it or not, more! Magazine

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New Arthur RussellWorld Of Echo ... CD
Audika, 1986. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! The style is incredibly hard to peg – at times delivered with an almost Nick Drake-like approach that's extremely personal, but also sharing some styles with the mellower work of Suicide and other New York art rock groups from Russell's generation. Russell's voice billows out in a field of echo, directed almost imperceptibly by resonant notes on an electrified cello, and bumped along by muted rhythms that have almost no "attack" but lots of delay. One thing is extremely clear: that the album, which virtually died upon release back in the 80s, was years ahead of its time – and has a quality that easily ranks it as one of the most inventive recordings of its decade. The whole thing's as surprisingly appealing as it is experimental, and this extra-deluxe package features a number of additional tracks. Titles include "Wax The Van", "Tone Bone Kone", "Answers Me", "Being It", "She's The Star/I Take This Time", "Tree House", "See Through", "Lucky Cloud", "Happy Ending", "Tower Of Meaning/Rabbit's Ear/Home Away From Home", and "Our Last Night Together". CD

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New Arthur RussellWorld Of Echo ... LP
Audika, 1986. New Copy 2LP .... Out Of Stock
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! The style is incredibly hard to peg – at times delivered with an almost Nick Drake-like approach that's extremely personal, but also sharing some styles with the mellower work of Suicide and other New York art rock groups from Russell's generation. Russell's voice billows out in a field of echo, directed almost imperceptibly by resonant notes on an electrified cello, and bumped along by muted rhythms that have almost no "attack" but lots of delay. One thing is extremely clear: that the album, which virtually died upon release back in the 80s, was years ahead of its time – and has a quality that easily ranks it as one of the most inventive recordings of its decade. The whole thing's as surprisingly appealing as it is experimental, and this extra-deluxe package features a number of additional tracks. Titles include "Wax The Van", "Tone Bone Kone", "Answers Me", "Being It", "She's The Star/I Take This Time", "Tree House", "See Through", "Lucky Cloud", "Happy Ending", "Tower Of Meaning/Rabbit's Ear/Home Away From Home", and "Our Last Night Together". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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