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Pastor TL BarrettLike A Ship (Without A Sail) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold LP & 7 Inch (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorite ones that the city of Chicago produced in the early 70s – and it's literally a soul record – a beautiful gospel set by Pastor TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, on the city's south side! There's genuine spirit and passion in this record to make it an exceptional gospel record, but it's the deep secular soul production touches and instrumentation that makes this one of the true, uh, holy grails of Chicago soul. The album was cut at the affordable Sound Market Studio, but behind the soaring, spirited lead and chorus vocal arrangements are players supervised by Chess Records sax player and arranger Gene Barge – with legendary players Richard Evans and Phil Upchurch in on the recordings. Raw drums, grooving organ, and incredible bass lines lay the foundation, but it's the voices that really shine on this completely wonderful, totally essential set! Includes "Like A Ship", "Wonderful", "It's Me O Lord", "Ever Since", "Nobody Knows", "Joyful Noice", "Medley...Dr. Watts Hymn & The Disciples Prayer" and "Blessed Quietness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Repressed!)

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Ray BryantTake A Bryant Step ... LP
Cadet, 1967. Very Good ... $6.99
A great album of jazzy tracks that features the hard left-hand piano of Ray Bryant over sweet soul arrangements by Richard Evans, in the same style that Cadet used for some of Ramsey Lewis' best work from the time! Ray also arranged a few of the cuts, in a mode that's just like Evans' – and the album features a dozen soul jazz groovers that stand with some of Ray's best work of the time. Titles include "Ode To Billie Joe", "Ramblin", "Natural Woman", "Pata Pata", "Poochie", "Paper Cup", and "Doing My Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover and label have a drillhole.)

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Don GoldieBrilliant! ... LP
Argo, 1961. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of a few albums recorded by trumpeter Don Goldie for the Argo label in the early 60s – and probably the best of the bunch! This set has Goldie blowing with a group that includes Eddie Higgons on piano, Richard Evans on bass, and Fred Rundquist on guitar – gently grooving in a small combo early 60s Chicago mode. Goldie's style is a bit bright – as you might guess from the title – but there's enough soul in the rhythm section to keep things solid, even on the shorter tracks. Titles include "Soon", "I'll Be Around", "Look For The Silver Lining", "Toy Trumpet", and "Tis Autumn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove, with a drillhole.)

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New Eddie HarrisI'm Tired Of Driving ... LP
RCA, 1978. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Less of a jazz album than some of Eddie's other records – but that's ok with us! As a soul album, the record's actually pretty darn great – arranged and produced by Richard Evans with a late Chicago soul approach that has Eddie's funky sax stepping amidst some larger orchestrations and some occasional female vocal choruses. There's still plenty of cool Harris touches on the material – like odd instrumentation that creeps in from time to time, making for an exotic feel – and titles include "The Loneliest Monk", "Theme For The Foxy Ladies", "You Stole My Heart", "I'm Tired Of Driving", "You Are The One", "Two Times Two Equals Love", and "What's Wrong With The World Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & a promo stamp.)

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Woody HermanHeavy Exposure ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good ... $3.99
Excellent stuff – a record that we love it to death, and listen to all the time! Woody Herman's band meets the soulful arrangements of Richard Evans, and the whole thing cooks nicely in the Chess studios in Chicago. The result is a tasty blend of soulful big band tracks, with a strident groove that Woody never duplicated, and with the kind of baroque arrangements that Evans was bringing to some of the best soul work on Cadet at the time. Donny Hathaway plays organ, and the group does a killer version of his own "Flying Easy". Other titles include "The Hut", "Sex Machine", and "It's Your Thing" – but it's all great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing with a bit of pen. Cover has some wear.)

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Woody HermanLight My Fire ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A masterpiece – one of 2 crazy albums in which Woody Herman's late band meets the Cadet arrangements of Richard Evans. You might think the combination wouldn't work – Woody's big band flourishes meeting up with Evans' compressed soulful grooves – but gosh, the record is simply incredible, and it's one that we'd never part with in a million billion years! Worth it alone for the version of Edu Lobo's "Pontieo", but there's lots of other nice stuff – like "I Say A Little Prayer", "Hush", "Keep On Keepin On", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear & a name in pen.)

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New Eddie HigginsEddie Higgins ... LP
Vee Jay, 1961. Very Good ... $6.99
Early genius from Eddie Higgins – a pianist who was a big thing on the Chicago scene of the 60s, but is probably best known to most folks for his revival records of the past decade or two! The younger Higgins has more of an edge than the later one – and this self-titled debut is a cooker of a hardbop album – thanks not only to work from Eddie's core trio, but also some great horn interplay from Frank Foster on tenor and Paul Seranno on trumpet! Eddie wrote some of the best cuts on the record – some really fresh numbers – and he gets rhythmic help from either Richard Evans or Jim Atlas on bass, and Marshall Thompson on drums. Higgins titles include "Foot's Bag", "Zarac The Evil One", and "AB's Blues" – and the album also features versions of "Blues For Big Scotia" and "Falling In Love With Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker and some pencil on back.)

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Red HollowaySax, Strings & Soul ... LP
Prestige, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $16.99
Soul jazz tenor legend Red Holloway blows with strings – but in a way that's hipper than you might think! Benny Golson conducted the orchestra, and Red's playing is very edgey – not in a soporific pillowy mode, but much more in the kind of edgey style that Charlie Parker used on some of his famous Ralph Burns recordings, inflected with more of the soul of the 60s stylings of arrangers like Richard Evans. Titles include "Star Of David", "Bossa in Blue", "The Girls in the Park", and "Nights with Lora". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover is great!)

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New Ahmad JamalBright, The Blue & The Beautiful – Ahmad Jamal With Voices ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good ... $3.99
Sounds cheesy – but this is a pretty wonderful album, the kind that really gets at the dark genius of Jamal! Ahmad's trio with Frank Gant and Jamil Sulieman is joined by the Howard A Roberts Chorale, set to arrangements by Jamal and Joe Kennedy that create these dreamy pillows of sound, pushing the voices forward like piles of feathers, supporting Ahmad's lines on piano with amazing subtlety, evoking a really moody late night sound. Richard Evans produced, and the whol thing has that sophisticated groove of the best late 60s Cadet work. Titles include "Never Let Me Go", "Wild Is The Wind", "Yesterdays", "Of Bass I Love", and "By Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing.)

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Ramsey LewisPiano Player ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good ... $2.99
One of Ramsey Lewis' best albums of the 60s – a killer Cadet record that stands right up there with classics like Maiden Voyage and Mother Nature's Son! As on those records, arrangements here are mostly by Charles Stepney, who comes up with that righteous blend of soul, strings, and jazz that really takes Ramsey to the next level – and the great Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans handles a few tracks here too, bringing a slightly funky undercurrent to the record. Part of the record seems to take off from Stepney's sessions for Minnie Riperton – particularly the cuts "Distant Dreamer" and "Rainy Day In Centerville" – both done here as instrumentals – and a version of "Golden Slumbers" is clearly from the Beatles' sessions used for Mother Nature's Son. The album's essential listening through and through – Ramsey really taking things past the simple structure of the trio, yet never losing his soul in the process. Other titles include "You've Made Me Feel So Very Happy", "Time & Space", "Do I Love Her", "Close Your Eyes & Remember", "Whenever Wherever", and "The Love I Feel For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Jack McDuffGetting Our Thing Together ... LP
Cadet, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
One of McDuff's fantastic Cadet LPs, and one that features the funky funky organist in a set of crazy arrangements written by him and Richard Evans. An amazing mix of McDuff's soul jazz organ sound with the genius that was the Chess/Cadet studio system of the late 60's – and one that yields such monster cuts as "Black Is", "Hold It For a Minute", "Two Lines", and "You Sho Walk Funky". Great stuff, with a gritty funky feel that's hard to match. LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label promo with deep groove. Cover has some wear and a bit of stuck-on paper.)

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Jack McDuffGin & Orange ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Fuzzy, funky genius from the great Jack McDuff – a killer late 60s set done for Chess Records, and one that mixes his own searing Hammond with wicked arrangements from the mighty Richard Evans! Given Evans' background in the Chicago soul scene, there's a gritty groove here you don't get on some of Jack's other jazz sides of the 60s – a sound that steps out strongly to the clubs, as you might guess from the cover and title! Many numbers have a sweetly stepping groove that's subtle funk at its best – opened up with lots of room for McDuff to solo brilliantly on the organ, with support from players who include Gene Barge on alto sax, Ben Branch and Cliff Davis on tenor, Jerry Byrd or Cash McCall on guitar, Phil Upchurch on bass, and Joe Burkes or Morris Jennings on drums. Half the set was recorded in the Chess studios, the other half out at the hip London House club in Chicago – and together, the tunes are united beautifully in one magnificently funky album that stretches from the studio out into the streets. Titles include the best version ever of McDuff's "Theme From The Electric Surfboard", plus "On The Case", "With The Wind", "Mac-Duffin", "Get It Up", "Gin & Orange", and "Beep Bo Boo" – all tunes written either by Jack or Richard Evans! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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James MoodySax & Flute Man ... LP
Paula, 1973. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A sweet set of electric funk from James Moody – and a great little record to match the grooves he was laying down at the Perception label in the early 70s – with a very unique sound! Moody's working here alongside some sweet work on electric piano by either Jodie Christian or Tennyson Stephens – and with some sly and soulful arrangements by Chicago soul maestro Richard Evans, who also plays bass on the record and gives it a style that's almost an extension of the later Cadet kind of groove. The album features an excellent funky instrumental version of " First Thing I Do In the Morning", originally a funky vocal 45 by Chicago singer Joyce Williams – and other cuts include "Trilby", "Don't Let Me Be Lonely", "World Is A Ghetto", "Good Sense Humor Man", and "Country City Country". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Noel PointerAll My Reasons ... LP
Liberty, 1981. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Noel Pointer gets some great help here from Chicago soul maestro Richard Evans – and the result is one of Pointer's greatest albums ever! Noel's jazzy violin style is mixed with fuller strings and a warmly soulful groove – of the style that Evans was laying down on his own solo work of the period, in a way that really gives the album a tremendous sense of drive and focus. Most cuts groove along in a rolling midtempo mode – just the right pace to hold onto all of the most sophisticated elements of Evans' arrangements, but keep things moving smoothly along too. Pointer sings lead vocals on most numbers, and the use of strings here – mixed with his own violin – is almost a modern soul update of Evans' older Soulful Strings approach! Titles include "Classy Lady", "All The Reasons Why", "Brookline", "Savin It Up", "Virgie", "Oh What A Beautiful City", and "Land Of Make Believe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rockie RobbinsRockie Robbins ... LP
A&M, 1979. Very Good ... $1.99
A really nice album of smooth soul tracks – the first album by singer Rockie Robbins, and a masterful effort from the Chicago soul production team of Richard Evans and Johnnie Pate! Evans and Pate handle the work with their best care of the 70s – fitting the tunes to the modern soul style demanded by the material, but also keeping things real at every level, and throwing in that nice little Chicago swing that always makes their best work bounce! Titles include "I Can Hardly Wait", "If I Ever Lose You", "When I Think Of You", "I Love You Only", "Be Ever Wonderful", and "Don't Deny Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Marlena ShawSpice Of Life ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good+ ... $99.99
An amazing batch of sophisticated soul tracks – and a favorite with the righteous groove scene! On the surface, the record's a combination of jazz and soul tracks in the same mode that you'd find on some of Nancy Wilson's albums for Capitol during the same time – but digging deeper, you'll find an undercurrent of politics, feminism, and social commentary delivered with surprising intensity. Marlena Shaw's voice is generally sweet, but she's set up in some extremely powerful arrangements by Richard Evans and Charles Stepney that recast even the simplest phrase into a whole new setting of strength and pride – and Bobby Miller of Dells fame also helped make the record what it is, and helped write some of the best songs on the record. The set includes Marlena's classic original reading of "Woman Of The Ghetto", which has been sampled by just about everyone, plus "California Soul", which has a nice hard break, and the tunes "Liberation Conversation", "Where Can I Go?", and the original version of "Go Away Little Boy" – as sweet a statement of womanhood if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label promo pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, a spot of tape on the back, a small peeled spot near the spine, with a bit of pen & pencil. Label has a bit of faded marker.)

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Soulful StringsGroovin' ... LP
Cadet, 1967. Very Good ... $3.99
Seminal instrumental groovers from the Chicago Chi-soul scene! This great group was led by Chess/Cadet soul arranger Richard Evans, and it featured many of the instrumentalists who made Chess records so great – like Cleveland Eaton, Charles Stepney, Morris Jennings, and Phil Upchurch. The tracks have a nice lilting bass-heavy groove – and the set list includes the seminal Chicago classic "Burning Spear", plus "Soul Prelude", "Alfie", "All Blues", and "Within You Without You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Young-Holt UnlimitedBorn Again ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $39.99
A sophisticated batch of jazzy tracks that really opens the group's style up way way past the stock form of some of their Brunswick recordings. The band's clearly taken on a more spiritual bent for this one – as you can probably guess from the Afro-madonna cover – and the music ranges from electric funk to trippier more spiritual numbers. The record features hip keyboards by Ken Chaney, Marylean Holt, and a young Bobby Lyle. Cash McCall plays guitar on a great reading of Richard Evans "Hot Pants" – and other tracks include the breakbeat classic "Wah Wah Man", "Luv Bugg", and "Save The Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a small sticker, and a piece of paper with name attached to the front.)

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New Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of her grooviest records ever! Dorothy plays her fantastic harp over large arrangements by Richard Evans – with that amazing crossover Chicago sound of the late 60s that you hear on the best Cadet albums by Evans and Charles Stepney. There's a bit of funk, a bit of baroque jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge to them! Other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear, a small center split on the top seam, a couple of small wrinkles on the front, and a light bend at the top, with staining and some light peeled marks on the back.)

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New Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby ... LP
Cadet, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding Dorothy's more spiritual sound at the end of the 60s, clearly opened up in a way that's not unlike the direction of Alice Coltrane's work, but a lot more focused and a lot more funky! Ashby not only plays her usual jazz harp, but also koto as well, and even sings a bit too – and the larger group directed by Evans features work by Stu Katz on vibes and kalimba, Lenny Druss on flutes, and Cash McCall on guitar – all in a groove that's really a precursor to the Earth Wind & Fire generation of the Chicago scene! Titles include the amazing break "The Moving Finger" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Dust", "Joyful Grass & Grape", "Heaven & Hell", "Wax & Wane", "Shadow Shapes", "For Some When Young", "Myself When Young", and "Drink". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Oscar Brown Jr.Fresh ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Oscar Brown moves into a funky 70s mode – working here with some great soul-based arrangements by Chicago soul legend Richard Evans! There's lots of funky clavinet grooving on the record by Tennyson Stephens and Marvin Yancy – and other players include Chess/Cadet session groovers, like Henry Gibson, Phil Upchurch, and Art Hoyle. The record was recorded in Chicago and produced by Jerry Butler – and it's clearly one of his efforts from the days when Jerry was dipping into the hip Chicago underground of the early 70s. Oscar reprises a number of classics – like "Hazel's Hips" and "But I Was Cool" – and the album includes some newer tunes like "Rilly?", "Ghetto Scene", and "Bull 'Bleep'", all a bit more righteous than before. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and small stickers.)

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New Terry CallierFire On Ice ... LP
Elektra, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great albums from Terry Callier's "second chapter" on record – a time when he was working for Elektra Records, and doing work that was a bit straighter soul than before – and also slightly jazzy as well! The record's kind of a mix of jazzy grooves and smoother soul – typical for the fusion division of Elektra at the time, where Callier's hard-to-peg work was relegated. There's some really great songs on the record – and although the arrangements sometimes lack the sensitivity of the Cadet scorings of earlier years, they're still pretty great from a modern soul perspective. Richard Evans is producing and arranging the session, and Terry's still got help from a lot of Chicago friends like Minnie Riperton, Eddie Harris, and Phil Upchurch – all of whom help to keep the album relatively strong. Titles include some really nice originals, like "African Violet" and "Butterfly", both of which are some of Terry's best compositions from the time – plus "Love Two Love", "Martin St Martin", "Street Fever", and "Be A Believer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Terry CallierI Just Can't Help Myself ... LP
Cadet, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best albums that Terry Callier ever recorded – and a masterpiece of the baroque soul crossover style that was going down at the Chess/Cadet label at the time! Terry's own folksy singing and playing would be more than enough to make this record great – but it's given an amazing edge by Richard Evans and Charles Stepney, who create these floating pillows of sound and washes of jazzy colors that fit Terry's moods perfectly, and really expand the emotional intensity of the songs. At the time of this release, the Chess empire was falling apart – but the forces that be put a great last push into the record, and Terry's backed by superb work from Chicago studio giants like Phil Upchurch, Don Myrick, Art Hoyle, Bobby Christian, Cleveland Eaton, Louis Satterfield, and Evans and Stepney themselves! Every track is a wonder, and titles include "Alley-Wind Song" , "Can't Catch the Trane", "Bowlin' Green", and "Until Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Natalie ColeNatalie Live! ... LP
Capitol, 1978. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Natalie Cole gets some great Chicago soul help here from Richard Evans and Gene Barge – who did the original arrangements – which are adapted by Don Hannah for performance, then conducted by Linda Williams! That's a mouthful, but under the guidance of Charles Jackson and Marvin Yancey on production, everything comes out mighty nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New Natalie ColeThankful ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great earlier stuff from Natalie Cole – actually her third great album in a row – a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy of the Independents, and they give her a nice jazzy sound that made the record one of her best of the 70s. Richard Evans and Gene Barge arranged, which probably had something to do with that, too – but Natalie truly deserves most of the credit of the strength of this set. It includes the standout groovers "La Costa" and"Annie Mae", but the whole record is really sweet – with "Lovers", "Our Love", "Be Thankful", "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Keeping A Light". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Patti DrewWild Is Love ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice album of baroque soul from this Chicago diva. Recorded after her big hit "Tell Him", this one has her moving into a more sophisticated style, in which she sings a suite of songs by Dotti Wayne and Ray Rasch. Richard Evans did the arrangements, and the whole thing is a great relic of the kind of highbrow direction that some of the Chicago soul scene was taking at the time. Includes "Wild Is Love", "Hundreds & Thousands Of Guys", "Tell Her In The Morning", "Beggar For The Blues", "In Love Again" and "Stay With It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Ronnie DysonLove In All Flavors ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lesser-known material by Ronnie, but some great stuff! Ronnie's older than during his falsetto soul early years – and he's working here with some impeccably mature Chicago soul arrangements by Gene Barge, Gene Page, and Richard Evans. The album's produced by the always-great modern soul dynamic duo of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey (ex-Independents), and it's got an approach that mixes deeply soulful vocals with smoother backings, kind of in the same mode that The Manhattans were using, but with a bit more of a modern tip that points towards the Capitol work by the Jackson/Yancey team. Tracks include "I Want To Be Where You Are", "Sara Smile", "Don't Be Afraid", "I Just Want To Be There", and "Ain't Nothing Wrong". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a radio station tracklist sticker, a promo stamp, and some wear.)

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New Gil Evans/Gary McFarlandDedication Series IX – The Great Arrangers (Out Of The Cool/Profiles) ... LP
Impulse, 1960/1966. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great 2LP set – with two classic albums on Impulse! First is Gil Evans' Out Of The Cool – a pivotal session for Gil – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he handled for Miles, and the quality of the players in the group make the performance every bit as great. Gil's band includes trumpeter Johnny Coles, plus Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Ray Crawford on guitar. Titles include "Stratusphunk", "Sunken Treasure", "La Nevada", and a great reading of Kurt Weil's "Bilbao Song". Next is Gary McFarland's Profiles – a great little jazz record by Gary – very different than his groovy/easy albums on Verve, and with a dark sound that shows his strength as a composer and arranger. The group features McFarland in the lead on vibes, plus reed work by Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, and Richie Kamuca, and lots of rhythm backing by the likes of Richard Davis, Gabor Szabo, Sam Brown, and others. Willis Conover does a bit of narration, and tracks include "Sage Hands", "Milo's Other Samba", "Winter Colors", and "Bygones & Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark and a gold promo stamp in one corner.)

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New Eddie HarrisThat Is Why You're Overweight ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eddie continues the funky groove begun on Instant Funk, and smoothed out over albums like I Need Some Money – and although jazz fans probably gave him hell for going this way, we think this is actually a pretty darn great album! The record takes all of Eddie's experimentation with groovy styles from the early 70s, and filters it through some tighter playing that actually makes the groove a lot more compelling than before. A number of the tracks have vocals, almost in a humorous Bill Cosby mode – but in a way that also preserves the party feel of the cuts. Players include Bobby Lyle, Paul Humphrey, Buck Clarke, and Bradley Bobo – and one Chicago-recorded track features a great assortment from older years that includes Muhal Abrams, Odell Brown, Marshapp Thompson, Willie Henderson, and Richard Evans. Titles include "Tryin Ain't Dyin", "Ooh", "Exempt", "Live Again", "Flowers", "Why Do You Hurt Me", and "It's All Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Leroy HutsonFeel The Spirit ... LP
Curtom, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the lesser-known Leroy Hutson LPs, but still a damn good one. There's a number of tracks that are a bit more uptempo, and aimed at the dancefloor, like "It's The Music" and "Feel The Spirit", but there's also some great cuts that are in his more standard Chicago style, like the great "You Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)" and "Lover's Holiday". More great stuff from one of the geniuses of 70's soul, with arrangements by Leroy and Richard Evans. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)

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New Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal '73 ... LP
20th Century, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff from Ahmad Jamal – one of his greatest albums ever, and the kind of Fender Rhodes classic that got passed over in the history books, but which is finally getting some appreciation these days! Ahamad's in a very different mode than his Cadet/Argo years – using the mellow keys of the Fender Rhodes to craft some killer tunes with a laidback edge. Richard Evans did the arrangements, and the sound is very deep and soulful on most of the album. Includes a sublime sample version of War's "World Is A Ghetto" , plus "Superstition", "Children Of The Night", and "Soul Girl". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ahmad JamalMacanudo ... LP
Argo, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Ahmad's best albums ever – a Latin-ized set of tracks done with arrangements by Richard Evans, who really knows how to make the set groove! Ahmad's flowing piano lines come into play with lots of tight percussion and big band backing – in a way that never dampens his spirit, and almost seems to open him up with more of an edge than on his trio recordings. The record includes the killer groover "Haitian Marketplace", which jumps and clangs all over the place, and has a hard catchy hook that's unlike any other Ahmad Jamal record – and also features loads of other great originals by Evans, including "Bossa Nova Do Marilla", "Belo Horizonte", "Montevideo", and "Bogota". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has some wear, with some staining on the back.)

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New Ramsey LewisGoin' Latin ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Goin Latin, and goin groovy too – thanks to some wonderful arrangements from Chicago soul legend Richard Evans – who really helps Ramsey Lewis open up his sound on the set! The format's less straight Latin than you might expect from the title – and Evans brings in a bouncing, bassy bottom that's still got a strongly American flavor – not really Latin Soul, but something of a blend of Latin and bossa elements with some of Evans' more soul-styled modes of the time! The mix of styles is really great – Ramsey's Chicago groove taken a bit south of the border – and tracks include the heavy smoker "Hey Mrs Jones", plus "Summer Samba", "Free Again", "Blue Bongo", "Function At The Junction", "One Two Three", "I'll Wait For You", and "Spanish Grease". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear. Cover & labels have a drillhole.)

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New Ramsey LewisMovie Album ... LP
Cadet, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jazzy and classy – and one of the first of Ramsey's albums to feature him working with larger arrangements instead of the usual trio. In this case, the whole thing was arranged and conducted by Richard Evans – with a spacey hip sound that's not too far from some of Ramsey's later work for Cadet with Charles Stepney. Evans' arrangements are in that strident stepping Soulful Strings mode – and Ramsey's working the keys hard and soulfully over the top, bouncing around the piano in a hard mode that wipes away any schmaltz that you might have caught on the records otherwise. The whole thing grooves quite nicely in a mix of spacey jazz and easy soul – and titles include "The Pawnbroker", "Saturday Night After The Movies", "Girl Talk", "Matchmaker", "Return To Paradise", "Goin Hollywood", "From Russia With Love", and "The Gentle Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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New Gene ShawCarnival Sketches ... LP
Argo, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent LP by one of the lost trumpet talents of the 60's! Gene "Clarence" Shaw played with Mingus, until the big one scared him away, and he fled to Chicago and started recording LPs for Argo. All of the LPs are great, and this one's a rare treat featuring a cool set of compositions and arrangements by Richard Evans that have a groovy Latiny feel to them. Evans plays bass, and Charles Stepney's on vibes. Shaw is stunning throughout, and this set makes you wonder why Mingus didn't come out to Chicago and re-hire him on the spot. Cuts include "Ain't That Soul", "Goin Back Home", "Goin' Downtown", and "Cha Bossa". Tough one to find! LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some wear, with some stains and a couple of small edge rips on the back.)

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New Jimmy SmithLivin' It Up! ... LP
Verve, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner from Jimmy Smith – and quite possibly one of his greatest records for Verve! The set has Jimmy working with arranger Oliver Nelson – in a setting that's got big band backings, but done in a style that's cool enough to cut through all the BS of similar sessions. There's no hoke at all – just a lean and soulful approach that has Nelson serving up a powerhouse jazzy groove underneath – and Jimmy soloing madly over the top! The album's filled with great tunes too – including a fab cover of "Mission Impossible", the original "Big Boss Man", a version of Richard Evans' "Burning Spear", and great takes on "Valley Of The Dolls" and "The Gentle Rain". Great stuff throughout! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original 60s pressing!)

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New Penny GoodwinPortrait Of A Gemini ... LP
Sidney, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago sophisti-soul mode – and at times, the record sounds a lot like Marlena Shaw's best work in the 70s, particularly her sides for Blue Note in the early part of the decade. Includes the great original "Too Soon You're Old" – a jazz dance classic for many years – plus a stellar cover of Gil Scott Heron's "Lady Day & John Coltrane", and the tracks "What's Goin On", "Slow Hot Wind", "He's Come Back", and "Rain Sometimes". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Eddie HarrisEddie Harris Sings The Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pretty hip album – despite a stupid title – and one that proves the Harris was always willing to keep on growing as an artist. The record does include a few blues numbers, and Eddie does sing a bit – but he does so through his electric saxophone, which creates this cool flanged-out sound that barely lets you hear the lyrics, and which feels a lot more like some snakey sax solo than it does singing. Muhal Richard Abrams is on piano for most of the record, and most of the arrangements were done by Richard Evans – bringing together the Chicago avant garde and studio scenes in a unique blend of far-reaching tracks that would have been perfect in the Cadet years of Charles Stepney. Includes a swinging version of "Giant Steps", plus "Please Let Me Go", "Walk With Me", "Ten Minutes To Four", and "A Child Is Born". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Jack McDuffNatural Thing ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
Amazing! This fantastic album by Jack McDuff is one of his best from the late 60's, and it almost never turns up on vinyl anymore. The album's a massive set of grooves that pits McDuff's funky organ against some very heavy soul jazz arrangements by Richard Evans. Evans provides a beautiful set of grooves for McDuff to solo over, and the arrangements never get bogged down in any hokiness, or any sort of predictable sound. The set sparkles with imagination, and while it brings to light a lot of the whimsy and humor that McDuff adds to his solos in a live setting, it also adds a tightness that doesn't always show up on other records by him. Nearly every cut's a winner, and titles include "Let My People Go", "Who Stole My Soul?", "Funky Guru", "Ain't It?", "The Natural Thing", and the most amazing version of "Con Alma" you'll ever hear! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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New Natural FourNightchaser ... LP
Curtom, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
The third album by The Natural Four – the heavenly soul group that was one of Chicago's best harmony acts of the 70s! Like a lot of Curtom material from this period, this album experiments a little with an uptempo sound – and it mixes that with some mellower tracks that are in the vein of their incredible work on the first two LPs. The sound's a bit different than before, but still handled by the same creative team – with strong Chicago production by Lowrell Simon, Richard Evans, and Leroy Hutson (who also wrote four of the songs). Titles include "It's The Music", "How Have You Been", "Get It Over With", "I Think I Found That Girl", and "The Pacifiers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, splitting on the top and bottom seams, some sticker residue, staining and waviness along the opening and bottom, and some small bits of stuck-on paper along the bottom seam on the back.)

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New VariousChicago Soul – Electric Blues, Funk & Soul – The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960's ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A massive overview of the genius Chicago scene of the late 60s – and a set that's overflowing with some of the heaviest music ever recorded! The collection focuses on the most groundbreaking work from the later Chess years – particularly the funky blues, psychedelic soul, and tripped out jazz that was coming out of the Cadet Concept studios in the hands of producers like Charles Stepney, Richard Evans, and Marshall Chess! The Chess groups were ahead of their time by decades – blending together styles without a thought of simple genre restrictions, often forsaking chart fame and record sales in pursuit of an adventurous groove. And while some of the artists on the set may be familiar names, we can promise that most of them are presented in styles that you may not have heard before – as the collection features many unreissued numbers that are making their first reappearance here! 2LP set comes with a great set of notes on the inner sleeve – and features 20 tracks in all, including "Please Newsboy" by Eve Barnum, "Burning Spear" by Soulful Strings, "More & More" by Little Milton, "Baltimore Oriole" by Lorez Alexandria, "Soul Vibrations" by Dorothy Ashby, "Evil" by Howlin Wolf, "Stereo Freeze" by The Stereos, "The Way I Feel" by Phil Upchurch, "Mama's Got A Good Thing" by Laura Lee, "The Wailer" by Sonny Cox, "Leave It In The Hands Of Love" by Fontella Bass, "Why Am I Treated So Bad" by The Majestic Choir & The Soul Stirrers, "She Suits Me To A Tee" by Buddy Guy, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, and "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... LP
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with Richard Evans at Cadet Records that her sound really began to cook – breaking down genres and expectations in the trademark style of the best late 60s sides from the Chicago underground. The record's got a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge, and a groovy soulful bounce – and other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ronnie KoleRonnie Kole Plays For You Alone ... LP
Paula, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The greatest session ever recorded by pianist Ronnie Kole – recorded for the Louisiana label Paula, but with all the feel of a Chess/Cadet session from the late 60s! All of this is no surprise, since Ronnie himself was an ex-Chicagoan, living in New Orleans – and the album's arrangements are handled by Richard Evans, the man responsible for some of the best work at Chess in the 60s. The set's very much in the vein of the Ray Bryant and Ramsey Lewis albums for Cadet that were handled by Evans – with hard left-hand piano in the front, and some bouncing arrangements in the back to give the set a nice syncopated kick! Includes a great version of Evans' "Leija", plus the tracks "RK's Boogie", "Slaughter On 10th Ave", "Sabre Dance", "Dark Eyes", and a great cover of "Ode To Billie Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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