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Marc CaryFour Directions ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Marc Cary's working here with his Focus Trio – a mighty cool group that has Sameer Gupta handling tablas as well as drums – an instrument that really helps bring a new sort of groove to the record! Cary's always had a way with richly visionary soundscapes – even in a more standard setting – but here, he slides out with a wide sort of sound that's expressed by a spare group of players – almost a mode that hearkens back to the best 70s moments of ECM, but with some straighter jazz passages as well. In addition to Gupta's drums and tablas, and Cary's acoustic piano, the set also features Burniss Earl Travis on acoustic and electric bass – plus some guest acoustic bass from Rashaan Carter on a few of the numbers that have Travis on electric. Titles include "Open Baby", "Todi Blues", "He Who Hops Around", "Tanktified", "Ready Or Not", and "Spectrum". CD

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Stan GetzStan Getz In Stockholm (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $11.99
Stan Getz makes a key musical trip to Sweden – to showcase his affection for a jazz scene that had been growing strongly in the postwar years – often in directions that were similar to Stan's own sound at the time! The session is one of the first to pair Stan's tenor with a Swedish group – in this case the bass of Gunnar Johnson, drums of Anders Burman, and piano of Bengt Hallberg – the last of which brings sharper, more angular style to the music than some of Stan's accompanists on earlier American dates – pointing the way towards new experiments to come in his music! Hallberg really helps break the mold from other Getz Verve sessions of the period – and the relaxed, open-ended recording style of the date is almost an equal showcase for his talents as it is for Stan's! Titles include "Indiana", "Get Happy", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Everything Happens To Me", "Without A Song", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD

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New MetersNew Directions ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
The Meters take their Crescent City groove in a slightly different direction – giving things a warmer, sunnier feel than their previous records – and bringing in a fair bit more vocals, too – yet still keeping all the right funky elements at the bottom! The move is a bit like that made by Allen Toussaint when he was helping out so many other artists in LA during the 70s – a tightness that's different than indie funk, but also a great way to evolve the New Orleans sound past its more regional roots! In other words, don't expect The Meters on Josie – but appreciate the record as a great bit of mainstream funk – one that has the Neville Brothers doing some of their best vocals as The Meters lay into a groove. Titles include "No More Okey Doke", "Funkify Your Life", "Give It What You Can", "My Name Up In Lights", "We Got The Kind Of Love", and "Be My Lady". CD

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Jimmy OwensMonk Project ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2011. Used ... $9.99
Trumpeter Jimmy Owens always has something wonderful going on – a hell of a great player, and one who's grabbed our ears right from the start of his career with a string of memorable recordings! Yet somehow, in these later years, he seems even more inventive than ever – willing to try new things and start new projects, at a time when so many other older players might just be content to settle into more easygoing modes. After some recent work on the music of Thad Jones and Tom McIntosh, Owens turns his talents to this hip Monk Project – a recasting of Thelonious Monk compositions in new arrangements by Jimmy – put together in ways that really sparkle with soul, and take the tunes in some great new directions – still respecting their roots, but bringing in a warmth that we really love – all a great reminder that Monk intended these tunes not as strict compositions, but as a framework for new exploration. Of course, the group players are a big part of the sound here – and include Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Marcus Strickland on tenor, Howard Johnson on baritone, Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – on titles that include "Blue Monk", "Stuffy Turkey", "Let's Cool One", "Reflections", "Brilliant Corners", and "Espistrophy". CD

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TemptationsAll Directions ... CD
Gordy (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The Temptations going in all directions – and all of them pretty darn groovy too! The set's still heavy on the solid, righteous sound of Norman Whitfield – who gives some of the best cuts that psychedelic soul imprint he really perfected with the group – a quality that has a lot more funk than other Motown acts were getting at the time – yet still lets the harmonies soar! A few other numbers showcase a more mature ballad style – different than the sweet soul of their roots, and definitely with an adult vibe we really love. Titles include heavy funk on "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On", and their great cover of Isaac Hayes "Do Your Thing" – some mellow mature covers like "Love Woke Me Up This Morning" and "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" – plus the long version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", and the tracks "Mother Nature" and "Run Charlie Run". CD

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David T WalkerWith A Smile ... CD
Baked Potato/Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... Around June 25, 2014 (delayed)
David T Walker brings it in with a smile – working with his Warm Heart group that features keyboards from Jerry Peters and drums from James Gadson! The sound's a bit smoother than Walker's work of the 70s, but still plenty darn nice – thanks to that sly, subtle rasp that David always has in his tone – a slightly earthy root to his music that makes most of the numbers sound plenty darn soulful, even amidst the smoothness. Guest players include Oscar Brasher on trumpet, Joe Clayton on percussion, and Barbara Morrison on just a bit of vocals – and titles include "Directions", "The Power Of Choice", "With A Smile", "Watts At Sunrise", and "Dreams In Flight". CD

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New Don EllisAutumn ... CD
Columbia (France), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented directions! The group's still a bit band on most numbers – but it's one with a lean, well-crafted sound that's not really big band jazz, and which also features some elements of later soundtrack scoring. Players on the date are all great – and include Frank Strozier, John Klemmer, and Ira Schulman on saxes – plus Pete Robinson on clavinet, piano, and electric piano! The set begins with the beautiful extended "Variations For Trumpet" – a suite-type number that has plenty of great colors from Ellis, plus loads of other horn work too. Other titles include "Indian Lady", "Pussy Wiggle Stomp", "Scratt & Fluggs", and "Child Of Ecstasy". CD

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New Weather ReportWeather Report (1971) ... CD
Columbia, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The groundbreaking first album from Weather Report – a massive session that took fusion to a whole new level for the 70s! Most of the players here had been associated with Miles Davis at some point in the year or two beforehand – and Miles' electric work is definitely a starting point for this group – but they quickly flow off in whole new directions, thanks to the mighty legacy of their own talents on previous records! The group features an intense lineup with Wayne Shorter on saxes, Joe Zawinul on keyboards, Miroslav Vitous on bass, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, and Airto on percussion – all coming together in a groove that's often incredibly raw and free – with plenty of sharp electronic bits from Zawinul crackling under the acoustic elements in the music. The sound is still quite revolutionary all these years later – and titles include "Tears", "Eurydice", "Orange Lady", "Umbrellas", and "Milky Way". CD

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New Weather ReportWeather Report (1971) (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The groundbreaking first album from Weather Report – a massive session that took fusion to a whole new level for the 70s! Most of the players here had been associated with Miles Davis at some point in the year or two beforehand – and Miles' electric work is definitely a starting point for this group – but they quickly flow off in whole new directions, thanks to the mighty legacy of their own talents on previous records! The group features an intense lineup with Wayne Shorter on saxes, Joe Zawinul on keyboards, Miroslav Vitous on bass, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, and Airto on percussion – all coming together in a groove that's often incredibly raw and free – with plenty of sharp electronic bits from Zawinul crackling under the acoustic elements in the music. The sound is still quite revolutionary all these years later – and titles include "Tears", "Eurydice", "Orange Lady", "Umbrellas", and "Milky Way". CD
(Out of pirnt. Includes obi.)
Also available Weather Report (1971) ... LP 6.99

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New VariousWithout Limits Presented By The Modern Soul Collective ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive modern soul – hand-picked by the UK's Modern Soul Collective with a sweet selection of classics and some especially nice overlooked gems! The groove here is smooth, but never sleepy – upbeat, but not really disco – and instead that great blend of modes that really characterized the modern soul sound of the late 70s and early 80s! The package is designed as a follow-up to the previous No Boundaries collection, but we honestly dig it even more than that one – and the CD features a few more recent cuts mixed in with the older classics too. Titles include "You're Messing Up A Good Thing" by Heywood Cash, "Looks Like Rain" by Main Ingredient, "We Need Love" by Directions Band, "The Magic That You Do" by The Realistics, "Too Many People (Blacksmith dancehall mix)" by Pauline Henry, "Can You Feel My Love" by Khemistry, "I'll Be True" by Cookie Woodson, "Under Construction" by Al Supersonic & The Teenagers, "In The City" by Jesse Gomez & SWB, "Rough Out Here" by The Modulations, "Strip Me Naked" by Love Peace & Happiness, and "Make It Last" by DJ Jazzy Jeff with Ayah. CD

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New Miles DavisIn A Silent Way ... CD
Columbia, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing "silent" here – as the album's a bold entry in the electric years of Miles Davis – one that still features contributions from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams – but which also expands the lineup considerably – really reaching out towards the sound of Bitches Brew! Herbie's on electric keys here, working alongside Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul, who really help increase the flow of the tunes and enforce the "directions in music" stated on the cover of the set! Shorter's on soprano sax, playing in an even more angular way – and Dave Holland is on bass, replacing the sound of Ron Carter, getting some rhythmic assistance at times from John McLaughlin, whose sound really helps to shape the record! Titles include 2 side-long tracks – "Shhh/Peaceful" and "In A Silent Way/It's About Time" – both long, and both beautiful! CD
(Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing, with a blue border around the cover image.)
Also available In A Silent Way ... LP 9.99

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New DirectionsDirections ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest soul records on Brunswick! This one was cut during the mid 70s – when the label was really having some rough times financially, but also was cutting some of its most groundbreaking soul work. The Directions are a tight harmony quintet – equipped, it appears, with their own band (The Directions Band) who give the group a nice rough soul sound. The vocal cuts on the record have sort of a Philly harmony style – with many uptempo numbers that are sort of a rougher version of work by Blue Magic or The Spinners. The instrumental tracks are smooth funk – with lots of tight keyboard work over heavy riffing and vamping, mostly in an uptempo vein. Titles include "Too Many Secrets", "Soup Line", "I Want To Be Your Special Man", "If You Ever", "We Need Love", and "I Love You So". CD

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New Janko NilovicFunky Tramway ... CD
Vadim (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare one from Janko Nilovic – his Funky Tramway – a cosmic jazz funk grail from the early 70s recorded in Belgium with an incredible group of local musicians – a stunner in which Nilovic is blending organically funky grooves with synths and other astral touches as incredibly as ever! If you dug Janko's brilliant Psych Impressions, Soul Impressions and Rythmes Contemporains compilations, there's much to love here – a similar blend of jazz, funk, and spacey prog touches – but the stylistic range here is perhaps even more impressive! There's lots of angelic wordless vocals flowing in and out, primarily from Patricia Maessen, but the group members contribute backing vocals, too, giving this more of a working band feel than some of Janko's sound library recordings of the time. Funky drums, bass, percussion, lots of spacey keys, Moog and trumpet steer the sound in lots of groovy directions. Titles include "Funky Tramway", "Flemish Suite", "Sitting Bull", "Gipsy Funk", "Atomium 82", "Disconnected Song", "Little Butcher's Street", "Fish Market" and more. CD

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New VariousBest Of Brunswick – For Groups – The Sound Of Chicago Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A motherlode of great group soul – all of it pulled from the vaults of the legendary Brunswick Records! Brunswick really had an excellent way with group vocals – no surprise, given the strong connection that label had to the Chicago scene of the late 60s, a time and place where some mighty inventive, mighty wonderful work was going on! These tunes are way different than east coast material from the same time – more positive, upbeat, and righteous – often thanks to that loping groove provided by the Carl Davis production. The set also throws in a few tracks from later years and other scenes, and even a few instrumental groups too – and titles include "I'm Gonna Miss You" by The Artistics, "We Need Love" by The Directions, "You Got To Be The One" by The Chi-Lites, "I'm In Danger" by The Visitors, "Shaft" by Gregory James Edition, "Just A Melody" by Young Holt Unlimited, "I Love You Love You Completely" by Exit 9, "Someone Else's Arms" by Channel 3, and "Tired Of Being Alone" by The Lost Generation. CD

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New Alan HavenHaven For Sale/St Elmo's Fire ... CD
Columbia/RPM (UK), 1969/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two amazing groovers from organist Alan Haven – rare Brit jazz groovers, of the sort we never find in the US! First up is Haven For Sale – a sublime organ jazz set that's quite different than anything coming out of the US scene at the end of the 60s – a wonderful little record that draws strongly from Haven's soundtrack work with John Barry, and his placement in the UK mod scene of the late 60s! Haven's organ has this fantastically clean tone – kind of like Jimmy Smith in the Verve years, but a bit different too – and backed here with some wonderful charts by Keith Mansfield, of Brit sound library fame. Titles are covers, and very groovy ones at that – and cuts include "Norwegian Wood", "Deep Purple", "Our Day Will Come", "Goin Outta My Head", "What The World Needs Now", and "Exodus" – all swung in very groovy ways. Next up is St Elmo's Fire – a completely wonderful set that has UK organist Alan Haven taking off in amazing new directions! The rhythms here are really set loose – no longer tied to conventional organ jazz modes, and filled with lots of new freedoms – yet still keeping things pretty groovy and swinging throughout! Haven plays organ, piano, and instrumental effects too – and percussion is by Robin Jones on drums and timbales, and Tony Uter on additional Latin Percussion – no other instrumentation at all, which makes for a very rhythmic set. Many tunes are originals by Haven – real standout numbers that sparkle beautifully – and titles include "Flying Free", "St Elmo's Fire", "Charade", "Green Iguana", "Last Of The Wild", "Ace One Johnson", and "Soliloquy". CD

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New Manfred SchoofMunich Recordings 1966 ... CD
Sireena (Germany), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost slice of German modern jazz from the 60s – material recorded for the Hans Wewerke sound library – done by a very hip group! The lineup features the groundbreaking Manfred Schoof Quintet – a group that featured Schoof on trumpet, Gerd Dudek on tenor, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, and Jaki Liebezeit on drums – years before his work with Can! The players are all coming from a jazz perspective, but also hint at so many directions German music would take in the next few years – especially Liebezeit, whose percussion really gives the album an edge. The sound is very arch-modern – inflected with lots of angles, unusual timings, and pulsing rhythms – not entirely free, but proud and strong, and coming across with a really bold finish. Titles include "Virtue", "Blues For T", "Second Roof", "Inri", "Ingredience No 2", and "Axiom". CD

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New VariousBrownswood Bubblers Vol 8 – Compiled By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2012. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Gilles Peterson does it again – and proves that he's still got one of the best ears around for choosing new music! Even after seven previous volumes, the Bubblers series is still plenty darn incredible – a great place for getting a taste of the best of the contemporary underground – those amazing artists that Gilles always features on his BBC show – always hand-picked, and chosen without any consideration for commercial directions – as you'll hear on the really revolutionary music in the package. There's a nicely laidback vibe this time around – a reminder of Peterson's tastes for more acoustic and jazz-based modes – and some of the tunes almost echo some of the rootsier music that Brownswood has recorded in recent years, too. Titles include "Volver" by Ana Tijoux, "She Was Out In The Water" by One Little Plane, "Crush" by Hello Skinny, "Linha De Frente" by Criolo, "Again" by Def Sound, "Manchild" by Haydn, and "Bout You" by Rainy Milo. CD
 
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Beats InternationalLet Them Eat Bingo ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1990. Used ... $2.99
A big one for Norman Cook – caught here in his post-Housemartins, pre-Fatboy Slim years – working here in a playful blend of beats and samples that really point the way towards his later chart fame to come! The tracks here have a simple elegance that might have sounded dated a few years after release, but which is now finally beginning to win us over again – a really basic use of musical elements to construct a beat-heavy tune – one that's decidedly poppy, given all the hooks and vocals in the album, but which is also kind of refreshing to hear these days, considering all the wrong directions such efforts took in later years! The straightforward Cook remix approach is in full effect here – with one key idea hung on each tune – but it's also an approach that works well when not to much is expected of it, as you'll hear on tracks that include "Dance To The Drummer's Beat", "Dub Be Good To Me", "Burundi Blues", "Blame It On The Bassline", "Tribute To King Tubby", and "Babies Makin Babies". CD

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Gilberto GilFe Na Festa ... CD
Facil (Brazil), 2010. Used ... $11.99
One of the freshest albums we've heard in years from Gilberto Gil – a set that seems to shake off some of the misdirections of recent records, and really get back the sharper style of his roots – while still also heading off into a new mode as well! There's a definite forro undercurrent here, especially in the rhythms – and Gil uses the style to strip things down, get a bit rootsy, and really bring up these great earthy grooves alongside his vocals – moving things towards the spirit of his late 70s music, even though things here sound totally different! Production is never too slick, and titles include "Marmundo", "Assim Sim", "Fe Na Festa", "Marla Minha", "Aprendi Com O Rei", "La Vem Ela", and "Sao Jao Carioca". CD

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Bobby HutchersonStick-Up! (Applause pressing) ... CD
Liberty/Applause, 1966. Used ... $6.99
The sticks are up, and Bobby Hutcherson is at the top of his game – hitting a whole new groove here in this sublime session of modal numbers for Blue Note – a slightly warmer set than his more modern albums of the "new thing" years, and a great indication of the directions he'd take in the 70s! Bobby's vibes are set up wonderfully here in a quintet that includes Joe Henderson on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who bring key elements to the groove. Tyner's got an obvious ear for the modal rhythms that Hutcherson's heading for; Higgins' drum work is freely lyrical in all the best ways; and Henderson's horn sharpens the edges of the tunes a bit, bringing in some nice darker sounds. The kickoff track is an amazing modal reading of Ornette's "Una Muy Bonita", and the rest are all Hutcherson originals, including "Summer Nights", "8/4 Beat", "Black Circle", "Verse", and "Blues Mind Matter". CD
(Out of print.)

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Wayne ShorterMoto Grosso Feio ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A perfect illustration of the rich new directions Wayne Shorter was taking at the start of the 70s – an amazing flurry of sounds and styles that's light years ahead of where he began in the 60s! Shorter's one of those players who was already great at the start – an amazing tenorist, both on his own and with the groups of Art Blakey and Miles Davis – yet by the time of this record, he'd absorbed a huge amount of influences from Brazilian music, modal jazz, the spiritual underground, and even the free European scene – all of which come to play on the long, complex tunes on the set! The record has Shorter working with some other key contemporaries of this new moment in jazz – John McLaughlin on 12 string guitar, Chick Corea on marimba and percussion, Dave Holland and Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Ron Carter on cello – all players who have the same open, exploratory vibe as Wayne's own lines on tenor and soprano sax. Titles include an excellent cover of Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz", plus the tracks "Antiqua", "Iska", and "Montezuma". CD

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VariousJende Ri Palenge – People Of Palenque (2CDs & DVD set) ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... $24.99
Amazing sounds from San Basilio De Palenque – a unique cultural crossroads on the coast of Colombia! The town was the first free slave community in the Americas – a distinction it's held for centuries – and continues to have strong ties to Africa, partly because of its roots, partly because of its longtime isolation from the rest of Colombia. As a result, the music is a very unique hybrid – very heavy on traditional modes, but evolved into very different directions too – and only marginally influenced by some of the more familiar Colombian styles. The sounds here are especially rootsy – given that they were recorded as part of a documentary project, which is also included in the package – and are easily some of the deepest ethnographic recordings that Soul Jazz has ever released! The music is heavy on percussion instruments and chanting – and the collection features music by Estrellas Del Caribe, Son Malagana, Santiago Ospino, Manuela Torres, Sikito, Curramberos De Gamero, and To Ane E Lo Memo Sexteto. CD
(DVD is PAL/NTSC coded, Region Free. Great book-style package too!)
Also available Jende Ri Palenge – People Of Palenque (2CDs & DVD set) ... CD 15.99

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VariousJende Ri Palenge – People Of Palenque (2CDs & DVD set) ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. Used 2CD & DVD ... $15.99
Amazing sounds from San Basilio De Palenque – a unique cultural crossroads on the coast of Colombia! The town was the first free slave community in the Americas – a distinction it's held for centuries – and continues to have strong ties to Africa, partly because of its roots, partly because of its longtime isolation from the rest of Colombia. As a result, the music is a very unique hybrid – very heavy on traditional modes, but evolved into very different directions too – and only marginally influenced by some of the more familiar Colombian styles. The sounds here are especially rootsy – given that they were recorded as part of a documentary project, which is also included in the package – and are easily some of the deepest ethnographic recordings that Soul Jazz has ever released! The music is heavy on percussion instruments and chanting – and the collection features music by Estrellas Del Caribe, Son Malagana, Santiago Ospino, Manuela Torres, Sikito, Curramberos De Gamero, and To Ane E Lo Memo Sexteto. CD
(DVD is PAL/NTSC coded, Region Free. Great book-style package too!)
Also available Jende Ri Palenge – People Of Palenque (2CDs & DVD set) ... CD 24.99

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VariousRole – New Sounds Of Brazil – Infectious Tracks From Brazil's Eclectic Contemporary Music Scene ... CD
Mais Um Discos (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $20.99
A stunning collection of contemporary work from Brazil – a double-length package that features a few cuts by artists we already know and love, plus lots more from genius young talents we're discovering here for the first time ever! The vibe is very much in the more left-leaning, experimental side of Brazil – styles that borrow a bit from Anglo indie rock at points, but often go off strongly in their own directions – following individual paths that remind us of 00s work on labels like Trama or Tratore! Lucas Santtana and Arnaldo Antunes both make appearances – and will give you an idea of the vibe here – and other tracks include "Moreno Morenado" by Dona Onete, "Alakoro" by Meta Meta, "Sob O Signo Do" by Zulumbi, "Ping Pong" by Lurdez Da Luz, "Veolicidade Do Eletro" by Gang Do Eletro, "Motim" by Baleia, "Na Garafa" by Trupe Cha De Boldo, "Fuga No 3 Da Rua Nestor, "So Um Beijo" by Madame Rrose Selavy, and "Canna Intucao" by Graveola. 43 tracks in all! CD

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New Rosemary ClooneyLove ... CD
Reprise, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unusual album from Rosemary Clooney – recorded with lush backings from Nelson Riddle, in a style that gets past the lighter mode of earlier years! Clooney really opens up in Riddle's company – and hits a mature, adult mode that almost points the way towards directions Morgana King would take in later years. The tunes are all extremely well-chosen – and even the older numbers seem to have a more contemporary feel here, thanks to Riddle's unified arrangements throughout – an overall approach that avoids the "fast then slow then fast" mode that sometimes kept other Clooney albums from sounding like more serious vocal efforts. Titles include "Invitation", "I Wish It So", "Yours Sincerely", "Find The Way", "If I Forget You", "More Than You Know", and "Why Shouldn't I". CD
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New Miles DavisLive At The Fillmore East – It's About That Time ... CD
Columbia, 1970. Used 2CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Previously-unreleased live work by one of Miles Davis' most important groups ever – a Bitches Brew-era lineup, playing live at the Fillmore East a month before the record was released to the public – which makes this performance one of the first times the world had ever heard jams like this! The group's heavy on rhythm here – a rumbling groove brought up from the bottom, courtesy of the drums of Jack Dejohnette, basses of Dave Holland, and percussion of Airto – sewn together beautifully by the Fender Rhodes work of Chick Corea – easily some of the noisiest sounds the instrument ever produced! Miles plays trumpet, and Wayne Shorter's on soprano and tenor sax – on titles that include "Directions", "Spanish Key", "Masqualero", "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", "Bitches Brew", and "It's About That Time/Willie Nelson". CD

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Live In Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series Vol 2 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 1969. Used 3 CDs & DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The long-awaited release of some brilliant live sessions from the key Miles Davis group at the end of the 60s – the really freewheeling quintet that featured Chick Corea on electric piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! Rhythms here are completely unbound – wilder even than the sounds on Bitches Brew, and played with a similar intensity on the keyboard, trumpet, and reed solos – an unbridled power that really takes off over the space of the very long cuts on the collection! The whole thing's an essential addition to these very important years for Miles – and the 3CDs features live performances from the Antibes Jazz Festival on July 25 and 26, 1969 – plus a November 1969 performance from Stockholm. Titles include "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", "Sanctuary", "It's About That Time", "Footprints", "Paraphernalia", "Nefertiti", "Masqualero", "Spanish Key", "Directions", "No Blues", and "Bitches Brew". DVD also features a November 7, 1969 performance from the Berliner Jazztage – of titles that include "Directions", "Bitches Brew", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "It's About That Time", and "The Theme". CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)

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New Wayne ShorterMoto Grosso Feio ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A perfect illustration of the rich new directions Wayne Shorter was taking at the start of the 70s – an amazing flurry of sounds and styles that's light years ahead of where he began in the 60s! Shorter's one of those players who was already great at the start – an amazing tenorist, both on his own and with the groups of Art Blakey and Miles Davis – yet by the time of this record, he'd absorbed a huge amount of influences from Brazilian music, modal jazz, the spiritual underground, and even the free European scene – all of which come to play on the long, complex tunes on the set! The record has Shorter working with some other key contemporaries of this new moment in jazz – John McLaughlin on 12 string guitar, Chick Corea on marimba and percussion, Dave Holland and Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Ron Carter on cello – all players who have the same open, exploratory vibe as Wayne's own lines on tenor and soprano sax. Titles include an excellent cover of Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz", plus the tracks "Antiqua", "Iska", and "Montezuma". CD
Also available Moto Grosso Feio ... CD 13.99

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New VariousBrazil 70 – After Tropicalia – New Directions In Brazilian Music In The 70s ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the post-Tropicalia years in Brazil – a time when cultural activity wasn't as politically explosive as before, but still continued to thrive at a highly creative level underground! The work of these years carries many inspirations from the Tropicalia years of freedoms – but it also often turns the focus towards the personal a bit more – drawing on individual roots and regional cultures for some of the elements in the music, and often pushing the sounds towards even more experimental levels! Some of the straighter modes of before have given way to more of a hippie aesthetic – but that approach is never nearly as self-indulgent as it is in the US, and more just an indication of how underground some of the musicians and ideals have gone by this point. As usual with Soul Jazz titles, the collection comes with great notes that really get at the music and the period – and the CD features 19 tracks that include "Amor" by Secos E Molhados, "Tinindo Trincando" by Novos Baianos, "Punhal De Prata" by Alceu Valenca, "Passara" by Jaime & Nair, "Sai Do Sereno" by Gilberto Gil, "Corista De Rock" by Rita Lee, "Sete Cahorros" by Nelson Angelos & Joyce, "Ingazeiras" by Ednardo E O Pessoal Do Ceara, "Contendas De Sincora" by Mar Revolto, "As Adventuras De Raul Seixas Na Cidade De Thor" by Raul Seixas, "Pontos De Luz" by Gal Costa, "Mane Joao" by Erasmo Carlos, and "America Tropical" by Novos Baianos. CD

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New Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude VannierCannabis/Ce Sacre Grand Pere ... CD
Universal (France), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 incredible soundtracks from Serge Gainsbourg – both of them from his best period of work! Cannabis is a tremendously funky set of tunes – and some real standout soundtrack material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is working here with some great help from Jean-Claude Vannier – the guiding force behind Melody Nelson – and Vannier brings some great grooves to the record, really going for those sexy riffs and breaks that make us love Gainsbourg's music so much! There's a bit of vocals, but the main focus is on the instrumentation – which shifts nicely from track to track, taking the themes in some very nice directions – all of them definitely up to the sexy standard of Serge. The score to Ce Sacre Grand Pere is included here as bonus work – and features tracks written by both Serge and Michel Colombier. The overall feel is more orchestral and traditionally soundtrack-styled, but there are a few really sly funky tracks that offer up Serge at his sexy best! The set's got 21 tracks in all, and titles include "Cannabis", "Jane Dans La Nuit", "Danger", "Avant De Mourir", "Cannabis-bis", "Piege", "I Want To Feel Crazy", "Le Deuxieme Homme", "Champetre Et Pop 1", "Nous Les Jericho", and "L'Herbe Tendre". CD

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New RodriguezComing From Reality (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Sussex/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing second set from Sixto Rodriguez – recorded in the legendary Landsdowne Studios in London, with a groove that's a great extension from his debut! All of Rodriguez's best elements are in place here – his folksy guitar, personal lyrical style, and surprisingly biting approach to a variety of topics – and the London setting provides him with an even more sophisticated backdrop than before, one that creates a rich palette of sounds that takes the music in some really wonderful directions! There's a bit of strings at times, but most instrumentation is by a small combo – which includes Chris Spedding on guitar and Tony Carr on percussion – so that Rodriguez's vocals and guitar are really right up front in the mix, recorded with a brilliant balance between sharpness and compassion. Titles include "Climb Up On My Music", "Silver Words", "Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour", "I Think Of You", "To Whom It May Concern", "Halfway Up The Stairs", and "Cause". CD
Also available Coming From Reality (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99
 
 
 



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