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Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Trio/TDK (Japan), 1974. Used ... $32.99
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgweater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Mark Charig, Keith Tippett, & Ann WinterPipedream (with bonus track) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
A really amazing little record – quite different than anything else we've ever heard from British trumpeter Mark Charig – and for good reason, too! This unique performance was improvised live in a country church – Charig exploring the space magically with his trumpet, while Keith Tippett plays away on the church's organ – making these really weird and wonderful sounds that create a similar vibe to some of the sparer improvisations you might hear from Sun Ra! The mix of organ and trumpet is amazing – and other cuts feature wordless vocal sounds from Ann Winter, which are equally haunting, but in a different way too. Titles include "Bellaphon", "Vega", "Ode To The Ghost Of An Improvised Past", "Pipedream", and "Pavanne". Also features the previously unissued "The Trio Gets Lost In The Magic Forest". CD

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You – The Definitive Collection ... CD
Buddah/Philly Groove, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
A nice dose of work from one of the greatest harmony soul groups of all time – the mighty Delfonics, a trio who took high-end vocals to a whole new level! The package does a good job of mixing hits up with a few lesser-known gems from the group – showing their full vocal potential, and wonderful approach to the music – stellar harmony soul that really redefined the genre at the time, and which remains some of the best male group work you could ever hope to find! 20 tracks in all – including "Hey Love", "Delfonics Theme", "Over & Over", "Funny Feeling", "Loving Him", "Somebody Loves You", "Break Your Promise", "La La Means I Love You", "I'm Sorry", "Walk Right Up To The Sun", "Think It Over", "I Told You So", and "Lying To Myself". CD

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Hi-Lo'sHi-Lo's Happen To Bossa Nova ... LP
Reprise, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $18.99
One of the grooviest albums ever made by this great jazz vocal group – and a record that's darn impossible to find on wax! The Hi Lo's here hit the bossa craze of the 60's, and they turn their vocal harmonies to a Brazilian groove, in sort of a roundabout recognition of the way that their style was taken over by Brazilian groups like Tamba Trio or Quarteto Em Cy. The record has lots of cool cheesy vocal tracks with a nice groove – even if the bossa part isn't too authentic – and the track list includes cuts like "O Pato", "Gold Brazilian Sun", "One Note Samba", and "Carnaval". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing, with deep groove. Side 2 has marks that click on tracks two and three. Cover has some wear, seam splitting, and light stains, with an ink stamp on the back.)

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. Used ... $4.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD
(Out of print.)
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Sun Goddess ... LP 9.99
Sun Goddess (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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New Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
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Sun Goddess ... CD 4.99
Sun Goddess (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1974. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! This FTG CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks: 7" versions of "Sun Goddess" and "Jungle Strut",plus the UK 7" version of "Sun Goddess". CD
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Sun Goddess ... LP 9.99
Sun Goddess ... CD 4.99

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Sun RaNidhamu/Dark Myth Equation Visitation ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Sun Ra returns to the motherland – to serve up a host of classic recordings done in Egypt in the early 70s! There's a cool exotic feel to some of the best tracks here – a vibe that's quite similar to the groove Salah Ragab was hitting at the time in Cairo, although probably a bit more outside overall – thanks to the Arkestra's strongly modern tones. Recordings were done at a few locations – and the set mixes live concert material with even more intimate sides done at the home of Hartmut Geerken, who was a key force in getting the Arkestra to play in Egypt at the time. Ra plays a host of great keyboards – including rocksichord, tiger organ, and moog – and other players include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Thompson on baritone and flute, Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Hakim Rahim on alto and flute, and the trio of Tommy Hunter, Clifford Jarvis, and Lex Humphries on drums. Occasional vocals are sung by June Tyson, Verta Grosvenor, Gloristeena Knight, and Richard Wilkinson – and the set features a whopping 11 tracks, orignally issued on two different Saturn albums, with bonus material too. Titles include "Space Loneliness #2", "Discipline #11", "Nidhamu", "Solar Ship Voyage", "Discipline #27", "Cosmo Darkness", "The Light Thereof", "Friendly Galaxy #2", "To Nature's God", and "Why Go To The Moon?" CD

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Stahls Trio (Mattias Stahl)Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
Amazing vibes from Mattias Stahl and his trio – easily one of the most inventive players on his instrument in recent years – ringing out here with a sense of tone and timing that's simply superb! There's a modern edge to all these tracks that takes us back to Teddy Charles' vibes experiments of the 50s – and maybe a bit to early Walt Dickerson, too – and like the latter, Stahl has key rhythm players that really help him shape the sounds on the set – Joe Williamson on bass and Christopher Cantillo on drums – both of whom add a strong pulse that lets the vibes really take off on their own. Titles include a version of Sun Ra's "Satellites Are Spinning" – plus the tracks "Did You Give The World Some Love Today Baby", "Formaldehyde", "The Siamese Twin", "I Was Only Going Out", and "The Mooche". CD
Also available Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut (2 x 10" LP) ... LP 24.99

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Stahls Trio (Mattias Stahl)Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut (2 x 10" LP) ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy 2 x 10" ... $24.99
Amazing vibes from Mattias Stahl and his trio – easily one of the most inventive players on his instrument in recent years – ringing out here with a sense of tone and timing that's simply superb! There's a modern edge to all these tracks that takes us back to Teddy Charles' vibes experiments of the 50s – and maybe a bit to early Walt Dickerson, too – and like the latter, Stahl has key rhythm players that really help him shape the sounds on the set – Joe Williamson on bass and Christopher Cantillo on drums – both of whom add a strong pulse that lets the vibes really take off on their own. Titles include a version of Sun Ra's "Satellites Are Spinning" – plus the tracks "Did You Give The World Some Love Today Baby", "Formaldehyde", "The Siamese Twin", "I Was Only Going Out", and "The Mooche". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut ... CD 19.99

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Tamba 4Samba Blim ... CD
CTI/A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album by the Tamba 4 – one of 2 albums the Brazilian bossa combo did in the US for A&M Records, during the brief time when they were expanded to a quartet from the original Tamba Trio lineup! The set is completely sublime – a wonderful mix of the group's trademark harmony vocals and crackling bossa rhythms, with the warmly flowing CTI production style of the time – not funky like the CTI sound of the 70s, but a bit more sophisticated than the style Creed Taylor had been using earlier at Verve. Tracks are short, breezy, and often very lively – bossa grooving warmed in the California sun – and titles include "Samba Blim", "Watch What Happens", "Pregao", "San Salvador", "Know It All", and "Palladium". CD

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DelegationPromise Of Love ... LP
State, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
The classic first album from Delegation – a great male soul trio from the late 70s, and one who sounds great on both sweet mellow tunes and more upbeat ones! Delegation have a sound that's quite unique, especially on this album – a groove with slightly tropical traces on some numbers, and a way of putting over a tune that borrows a bit from the earlier east coast harmony scene, but which wraps things up in a completely different style of production. The balance is hard to describe accurately, but it's definitely a standout for the time – and a real maturation of an earlier male soul group mode. Titles here include the famous break track "Oh Honey", plus "The Promise Of Love", "Mr Heartbreak", "Where Is The Love", "Soul Trippin", and "Let Me Take You To The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Shin Joong Hyun & Yup JunsShin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns ... CD
Lion, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heady set from mid 70s South Korea – the debut album from a mighty edgey little trio! The album's not nearly as psych as some of the other Korean efforts from the period – as the group's got a tight groove on most numbers, with a definite funk influence on the drums and bass – mixed nicely with heavy use of fuzz guitar, and Shin's weirdly soulful vocals! The set's not really a funk album, but it's not really funky rock either – kind of a unique hybrid, and a very original little set – especially when you throw the oddness of the Korean vocals into the mix. Titles include "Lady", "I Do Not Know", "Rising Sun", "I Love You", "Long Long Night", and "I Think There Was Someone Else". CD

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New Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity ArkestraOther Strange Worlds (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Never-heard studio music from the legendary Sun Ra – material recorded right around the same time as the unique Strange Strings session – and which really stands as a "part 2" to that amazing record! The group here is very small – with both Sun Ra and John Gilmore handling a variety of different small stringed instruments, and Marshall Allen on kora as well – a trio of players who create these evocative sounds that used global instruments towards a more cosmic vibe – augmented by trombone from Ali Hassan and "space voice" from Art Jenkins! All group members play a bit of percussion, too – and Ra brings his keyboard skills to play on celeste and kalimba as well. The sound is very loose and open, but quite spiritual too – and the record is definitely one of the most unique Sun Ra sessions we've ever heard. Titles include "The Other Beings", "Journey Amongst The Stars", "Other Strange Worlds", "Celestial Beings", and "Voice Within The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download!)

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New Isley BrothersShout! ... LP
RCA, 1959. Used (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Early early early work by The Isley Brothers – an album built around their huge rock and roll hit "Shout" – one of those numbers you've heard a million times, in a million versions, and which you've probably forgotten came from the first trio of Isleys way back before they turned into one of the biggest funky soul acts of the 70s! "Shout" is offered here in 2 parts, and other tracks include "Ring A Ling A Ling", "Without A Song", "That Lucky Old Sun", and "Yes Indeed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Collectables pressing.)

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New Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD
Also available
Sun Goddess ... LP 9.99
Sun Goddess ... CD 4.99
Sun Goddess (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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New Joe MorrisColorfield ... CD
ESP, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
Joe Morris has a wonderful sound on his guitar here – clean, close-up, and very well-pointed, even at some of the more frenetically-improvised moments in the recording! The setting is a trio – with Steve Lantner on piano and Luther Gray on drums – but Morris definitely seems to be the star of the record, in terms of the mix – coming across with a tone that's even bolder than usual. The performances are credited to Morris, but are pretty free and improvised overall – and titles include "Bell Orange Curves", "Purple Distant", "Silver Sun", and "Transparent". CD

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New Tsuyoshi YamamotoMidnight Sun (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is maturing strongly here – and he's got this commanding spectrum of sound from the piano – gentle right hand passages and deep left hand lines – all nicely balanced with work from Tsutomo Okada on bass and Keiji Kishida on drums. Titles include "Billy Boy", "A Shade Of Love", "Midnight Sun", "Autumn Leaves", "Wave", "Blue Manhattan", and "Kid". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)
 
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Jason AdasiewiczSunrooms ... CD
Delmark, 2010. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Quite possibly the freshest vibist we've heard in years – a player whose records are always exploding with amazing sounds on his instrument – and the kind of intensity we'd reserve for a rare few on the vibes – maybe Bobby Hutcherson, Walt Dickerson, or Steve Nelson! Jason Adasiewicz has a talent that's been building and building for the past few years – and here, he really knocks it out of the park – showing a melodic conception that's as bold as his rhythmic inspiration – and control enough to get free, yet swing inside beautifully at just the right moment! The balance is one that's really been bringing some great sounds to the Chicago scene in recent years – and Jason's trio here features very like-minded cats – Mike Reed on drums and Nate McBride on bass, both players who ensure that the record is far more compelling than most other vibes trio sets you'll hope to find. Titles include "Stake", "Life", "Rose Garden", "Overtones Of China", "Warm Valley", and "Off My Back Jack". CD

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Ernestine AndersonSunshine ... LP
Concord, 1980. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of Ernestine Anderson's great sets for Concord – very soulful, with trio backing from Monty Alexander on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Jeff Hamilton on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder/Can You Feel It ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". Can You Feel It offers sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful territory for Atlantic Records – on an album that mixes his Latin roots with warmer soul backings that have the same sort of full, rich sound of the best Atlantic R&B of the time. Ray's conga is still part of the sound – especially on the funkier cuts – but the album's also got some strong soul vocals, too – sung by Prince Phillip Mitchell on one of the album's best cuts, and by Cissy Houston and Googie Coppola on a few others. Tracks include "Sting Ray", "Can You Feel It", "What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From", "Stargazer", and "Confrontation". CD

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Beastie BoysCheck Your Head ... CD
Grand Royal/Capitol, 1993. Used ... $2.99
If Paul's Boutique was the Beasties heavily mind-blown Dust Brothers dusted psychedelic hip hop Sgt Peppers, then Check Your Head is their down and dirty back to basics raw funk run at something like Never Mind The Bollocks. Their first outing without the guidance of an outside producer, though the trio did bring in ringers like Money Mark and Mario Caldato Junior, this set's a ride into a whole other mindset, still fueled by sunny So Cal vibes and the Beasties own take on rhyme science. It's hard to imagine an album that would produce so many anthems for true heads and the Lollapalooza crowd alike, but this is it. Includes "Jimmy James", "Pass The Mic", "Gratitude", "Finger Lickin' Good", "So Whatcha Want", "Time For Livin'", "Something's Got To Give", "Groove Holmes" and "Professor Booty". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Jaki ByardSunshine of My Soul ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A trio session – but a killer, too – very different than just about any other piano trio material from the time – with that special sort of edge that always made Jaki Byard really stand out from the pack! There's some very unusual things happening in the rhythms – some slight Eastern elements, a few trippy touches, and other heady elements that live up to the title – but in a subtle way, too. Byard plays piano throughout, but also handles a bit of guitar, too – and the group features Ornette Coleman's bassist David Izenzon on bass, plus Elvin Jones on drums and tympani – the latter of which is used in some very cool ways. Titles include "Trendsition Zildijian", "Sunshine", "Cast Away", and "Chandra". CD

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Donald ByrdCreeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1981. New Copy ... $15.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD
Also available Creeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD 11.99

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Donald ByrdCreeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1981. Used ... $11.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD
Also available Creeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD 15.99

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Betty CarterLook What I Got ... CD
Verve, 1988. Used ... $7.99
Mellow magic from Betty – one of her first "comeback" albums for Verve, and an excellent set of tunes that still keeps the same feel as her 80s work on her own label. The group on most tunes is a trio – with Benny Green on piano, Michael Bowie on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – but some tracks feature additional tenor from Don Braden, blowing soulfully next to Betty's incredible voice. Tunes skip around with imagination and a sense of soul in places where you'd never expect it – and titles include "Look What I Got", "The Man I Love", "That Sunday That Summer", "All I Got", and "Just Like The Movies". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dena DeRoseWe Won't Forget You – A Tribute To Shirley Horn ... CD
High Note, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Dena DeRose serves up a tribute to the great Shirley Horn – and works here with the kind of hip jazzy combo that Horn definitely would have loved! Like Horn, DeRose both sings and plays piano – plus a bit of Hammond on a few tracks too – and in addition to core trio instrumentation on bass and drums,t he set also features tenor work from Eric Alexander, trumpet from Jeremy Pelt, and baritone from Gary Smulyan – each players who drop in on certain tracks and make things shine wonderfully – like those key instrumental solos on later Shirley Horn records for Verve. Dena's own vocals and piano are great, though – perfectly timed to replicate that soulful swing that always set Shirley apart – a richness of feeling that's never overdone, and which always knows how to groove even at the most expressive moments. Titles include "Sunday In New York", "Big City", "Don't Be On The Outside", "Quietly There", "A Time For Love", "The Great City", and "Wild Is Love". CD

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Kenny DrewKenny Drew By Request ... CD
Baystate (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $15.99
The album's got kind of a goofy cover image – one that's hardly representative of Kenny Drew's audience in the 1980s – but despite that flaw, it's a really great album of straight ahead tracks – and one in which Kenny follows an old approach to record from Oscar Peterson, by playing versions of tunes for which he often gets the most requests! Drew's in a mode that's sometimes contemplative, sometimes leaping forward boldly – not unlike his later European recordings – and the trio here features Ed Thigpen on drums and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "My Funny Valentine", "Round Midnight", "Fly Me To The Moon", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". CD
(Blue Spec CD2.)

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First ChoiceDelusions ... LP
Philly Groove/Gold Mind, 1977. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – as their backings for groups of this nature are always sensitive to the complexities of the vocals! The record's mostly uptempo – with plenty of soaring tracks that still retain the more soulful sound of the group's early work – and the songwriting's generally tight, a few notches above earlier albums on Warner – showing that their return to the indie fold was a very good move. Titles include the classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" – plus "Doctor Love", "Indian Giver", "Do Me Again", and a great version of Stevie Wonder's "Love Having You Around". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy FosterReflections ... LP
Equistar, 1989. Near Mint- ... $39.99
One of a number of self-released albums from Indiana pianist Billy Foster – done in a style that's partly fusion, partly straight jazz – in the mode that was often mixed up together by bigger labels at the end of the 70s, a decade before the time of this set. Billy's clearly got a soul jazz bent in his playing, and he's especially well suited to the longer runs on the keys on flighty tunes – a bit in the style of Rodney Franklin, but less electric, and less groove-oriented. Instrumenation is mostly in an acoustic trio mode, but the tunes are all originals and pretty darn hip – and 2 tracks feature guest female vocals. Titles include "Steps", "Dreams", "Prism", "Straight Strut", and "Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)

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Jared GoldIntuition ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Jared Gold's one of the few up-and-comers who really knows his way around a Hammond – not in a stock funk mode, but in the far-reaching, freewheeling style of great jazz organists like Larry Young or Lonnie Smith! This set's just the kind of cooker we've come to love from Gold – a trio date that has the keyboardist moving madly up and down his instrument – pulling notes out with effortless ease, and bringing them together in ways that few other players might dare! The group's got guitar from David Stryker and drums from McClenty Hunter – and like most of the best of the classic Hammond players, Jared lets his own feet handle all the work on bass. Titles include "Right Nowish", "As It Were", "Bedo's Blues", "Hoopin On Sundays", "The Crusher", and "Pro Zeca". CD

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Grant GreenFirst Session ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $18.99
Grant Green's first-ever session as a leader – recorded by Blue Note in 1960, and not issued until now! The set features Green's guitar playing in a piano quartet, with rhythm by Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – about as fine a backing trio as Green could hope to find. We're not sure why Blue Note didn't issue this material at the time – perhaps because they were trying to break Green as R&B-inflected soul jazz player, and this set had more of a straight jazz quality (like his Sunday Morning album) – but whatever the case, it's all here now, along with 2 other tracks from a 1961 session with Sonny Clark on piano. Titles include "Seepin", "Sonnymoon For Two", "Just Friends", "Woody N You", and an early recording of "Grant's First Stand". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Gregory James EditionProphets Of Soul (with bonus track) ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Massively mellow funk – played by a cool Chicago trio that's heavy on the electric keys! The group's led by the team of keyboardist Gregory Bibb and guitarist James Norris – with the former working through a set of tasty keys that include Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and farfisa! Rhythms are lean, laidback, and nicely stripped-down – funky, but chilled out – in a kind of a groove that was years ahead of its time, and which is now only finally getting its due. There's some really heavy drums on the best cuts – hard, but with rhythms that are slightly off-kilter, in a way that makes for a really refreshing groove, even when the group's covering work by other artists. The whole thing's instrumental – with the original tracks "Brother Marcus" and "Changing Things" – plus great covers of "Love & Happiness", "Shaft", and a great version of "Ain't No Sunshine". Nice laidback funk, with a super-dope sound that's as a hip as the cover! CD features the bonus track "Sunday Lady". CD

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Gene Harris3 Sounds ... LP
Blue Note, 1971. Near Mint- ... $79.99
The last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some killer arrangements from the mighty Monk Higgins! Monk's really at the top of his game here – going past even his great previous work for the group, and working with a tight, sharp edge that recalls his funky 45 brilliance of the 60s – yet tuned a bit more towards the electric Cali jazz of early 70s Blue Note! Gene Harris plays loads of funky piano lines – and in addition to the trio's core electric bass and drums, the set also features some added work on percussion from Paul Humphrey – who really brings in a kick – plus added guitar, congas, and even a bit of Hammond from Higgins too! Some cuts even have a bit of vocals too – sung in this offbeat way that's a wild approach to soul. There's some killer breaks on the set – including the massive "Put On Train" and "What's The Answer" – but the whole set smokes, and other cuts include "I'm Leaving", "You Got To Play The Game", "Your Love Is Just Too Much", "Did You Think", "Hey Girl", and a mad version of "Eleanor Rigby". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Cover has a cut corner, a 2 inch split on the spine, and some light wear.)

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Gene Harris3 Sounds/Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds ... CD
Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – the last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some killer arrangements from the mighty Monk Higgins! Monk's really at the top of his game here – going past even his great previous work for the group, and working with a tight, sharp edge that recalls his funky 45 brilliance of the 60s – yet tuned a bit more towards the electric Cali jazz of early 70s Blue Note! Gene Harris plays loads of funky piano lines – and in addition to the trio's core electric bass and drums, the set also features some added work on percussion from Paul Humphrey – who really brings in a kick – plus added guitar, congas, and even a bit of Hammond from Higgins too! Some cuts even have a bit of vocals too – sung in this offbeat way that's a wild approach to soul. There's some killer breaks on the set – including the massive "Put On Train" and "What's The Answer" – but the whole set smokes, and other cuts include "I'm Leaving", "You Got To Play The Game", "Your Love Is Just Too Much", "Did You Think", "Hey Girl", and a mad version of "Eleanor Rigby". On the second album – Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds – Gene really steps into the solo spotlight – moving away from his work with the Three Sounds trio, and headed into even more righteous territory – as you might guess from the trippy image on the cover! The set features Harris mostly on acoustic piano, but amidst larger arrangements from Wade Marcus that really round things out with a warm, soulful edge – mixing guitar from Sam Brown and Cornell Dupree with Gene's lines on piano – and giving things an extra kick at the bottom with drums from Freddie Waits, and percussion from Johnny Rodriguez and Omar Clay. The record echoes Harris' older roots at some points, yet comes across with a richer 70s vibe too – a hip 70s style that's strongly due to the contributions of Marcus' arrangements. Tracks include a great remake of "Listen Here", which begins with a great funky break; a sweet steppers version of "Killer Joe"; and the tracks "Lean On Me", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Django", "Emily", and "C Jam Blues". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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ImpressionsVersatile Impressions ... LP
ABC, 1969. Sealed ... $4.99
Less Curtis Mayfield tunes than usual – but the record still sounds great! The arrangements are by Johnny Pate, who handled the group's best work of the 60s – and he gives all the material a great sound that perfectly matches the smooth raspy harmonies of the trio. Curtis contributed the song "Don't Cry My Love", Pate wrote "Oo You're A Livin Doll", and other tunes include "East Of Java", "Sermonette", "The Look Of Love", and "Just Before Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pickwick pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New KassinSonhando Devagar (with download) ... LP
20/20/20, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 19.99
Really wonderful work from Alexandre Kassin – easily one of the most important contemporary figures in Brazilian music of the past decade or two! Kassin's best known on these shores for his work with Moreno Veloso and Domenico – but he's also had a hand in countless collaborations with others, both as a musician and a producer – helping shape the sound of Brazil in ways that rival American efforts of the post-rock generation. Yet Kassin's music is uniquely Brazilian, too – filled with warmth and imagination, and a careful balance of roots from older styles and cool contemporary execution – yet all without any of the genre-clashing styles of some of his compatriots on the scene – who sometimes try too hard to sound unique. Kassin's got a way of sounding universally appealing, yet never commercial – a really beautiful balance that's has his work at the top of our stacks for years – and which, with a record like this, may finally get him the global attention he deserves. The tunefulness at play is purely infectious – timeless sunshine pop hooks and overall catchiness, mixed with buzzing, avant touches on the edges that push it into weirder, but no less accessible realms. Percussion, guitar, vibes, Rhodes, horns and flute are often in the mix, with easygoing vocals by Kassin and backup singers. Includes "Mundo Natural", "Potassio", "For a De Area", "O Que Voce Quiser", "Calca De Ginastica", "Sorver-Te", and "Quando Voce Esta Sambando". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with bonus download – and 3D glasses for looking at the cover!)

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Wynton KellyKelly Blue ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A great little session from Wynton Kelly – one that has him breaking out of the lyrical roots of his trio work, and hitting some harder notes as a leader of a larger hardbop group! The album features Kelly working in both trio and sextet format – the latter with players who include Nat Adderley, Bobby Jaspar, and Benny Golson; and the former with Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb (who also play with the sextet). The sextet tracks are the ones that we really love here – as they tend to feature 2 long original numbers by Kelly – much more open than usual, and in a mode that was rarely captured as well on Wynton's albums as a leader. The trio sides are still nice too, though – although a bit more like some of his other sides – and the album features 6 tracks in all, titles that include "Kelly Blue", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Green Dollphin Street", "Keep It Moving", and "Old Clothes". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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LabellePressure Cookin' ... CD
RCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the slightly less-formed modes of their Warner Brothers years – finding a really badass sort of territory that would serve them well for the rest of the 70s! The shift really pays off – as there's a number of good funky numbers on the album – and some righteous political lyricism in the mix, too – but also some mellower moments that really round things out nicely. The trio riff on a version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", as led into by the cut "Something In The Air" – and other numbers include "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)", "Mr. Music Man", "Goin' On a Holiday", "Open Up Your Heart", "Let Me See You In The Light", and "Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood". CD
Also available Pressure Cookin' ... CD 12.99

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LabellePressure Cookin' ... CD
RCA/Reel Music, 1973. Used ... $12.99
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the slightly less-formed modes of their Warner Brothers years – finding a really badass sort of territory that would serve them well for the rest of the 70s! The shift really pays off – as there's a number of good funky numbers on the album – and some righteous political lyricism in the mix, too – but also some mellower moments that really round things out nicely. The trio riff on a version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", as led into by the cut "Something In The Air" – and other numbers include "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)", "Mr. Music Man", "Goin' On a Holiday", "Open Up Your Heart", "Let Me See You In The Light", and "Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood". CD
Also available Pressure Cookin' ... CD 13.99

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Lou LevyLou Levy Plays Baby Grand Jazz ... LP
Jubilee, 1958. Very Good ... $11.99
One of the most obscure sessions recorded by west coast piano talent Lou Levy – released on the Jubilee label during a period when Levy was hitting the studios a lot as a leader. This set has Lou in very comfortable territory – working in trio format with the great Max Bennett on bass, on a set of easy going standards that include "Little Girl", "Undecided", "The Gypsy", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "I've Found A New Baby", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Ramsey LewisBarefoot Sunday Blues ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good ... $5.99
One of the strongest early albums by the Ramsey Lewis Trio – especially because it features some great original material! The group – with the usual Redd Holt and Eldee Young lineup – is augmented by Chris White on a few tracks, who plays bass while Young switches to cello, an instrument that he played better in jazz than just about anyone. Apart from the group's great title reading of Cannonball Adderley's "Barefoot Sunday Blues", the record also features original tracks "The Train Won't Wait", "Come On Baby", "I Spend My Life", "Act Like You Mean It", "Salute To Ray Charles", and "Don't Even Kick It Around". Also includes Charles Lloyd's evocative composition "Island Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has a name in marker on back.)

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Ramsey LewisNever On Sunday ... LP
Argo, 1961. Very Good- ... $4.99
Simple genius from the classic Ramsey Lewis Trio – Ramsey on piano, Eldee Young on bass, and Red Holt on drums! The tunes are a strong mix of originals, standards, and some nice bits from odd sources – all arranged by Ramsey and crew to make strong use of their well-styled blend of rhythm and keys. Titles include "Waterboy", "The Ripper", "Cielito Lindo", "You Just Don't Care", and "Never On Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a sticker, some splitting on the top and bottom seams, a couple of stains on the front, and light staining on the back.)

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Junior ManceThat Lovin' Feelin'/Soul Of Hollywood ... CD
Jazzland/Milestone, 1968/1972. New Copy ... $5.99 18.98
Two very groovy albums by Junior Mance – recorded a decade apart, but both plenty darn great! First up is Soul Of Hollywood – One of the best Junior Mance albums from the early part of the decade – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on the set! As on most albums of this type, Junior's almost better when he doesn't have to lead a trio – because he can concentrate on bouncing around solo-wise, hitting some strident soulful grooves, while not having to worry about leading the bass and drums along. Tracks include "Invitation", "Spellbound", "Never On Sunday", "Tara's Theme", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "One Eyed Jacks". Next up is That Lovin Feelin – a groovier sounding date from 1972, and one that builds nicely off the funkier styles that Mance developed at Atlantic Records – a mean, lean approach to soul jazz that was a bit hipper and more contemporary than some of his previous albums. The session has Mance on acoustic piano, working with Bob Cranshaw and Aaron Bell on bass, and Harold White, Oliver Jackson, or Jimmy Lovelace on drums – plus a bit of added percussion from Ralph McDonald on most tracks. And although the tunes are essentially trio ones, they've got a flowing, open approach to rhythm – especially when McDonald comes in – with bits of Latin, funk, and more coming into the sound. Titles include "Cubano Chant", "Boss Blues", "Lee's Lament", "Mean Old Frisco Blues", "Out South", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". CD

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Bob McHugh TrioManhattan Sunrise ... CD
Alliance, 1994. Used ... $4.99
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Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae Live At Sugar Hill – San Francisco ... LP
Time, 1962. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A wonderful set by Carmen McRae – captured at San Francisco's Sugar Hill in 1962 – backed by a tight trio! Carmen is in sweet form here, very loose and and wise, and the group knows just how to fill out the sound. She scats loosely on the opening "Sunday", nearly hits a weep on "What Kind Of Fool I Am", and actually manages to breathe some life into "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" – no mean feat! The players include Norman Simmons on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Stu Martin on the kit. Other tracks include a playful "A Foggy Day", "Let There Be Love", "This Is All I Ask", "Thou Swell", "It Never Entered My My Mind" and "Make Someone Happy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ennio Morricone & OthersCanto Morricone Vol 1 – The Ennio Morricone Songbook – The 60s ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
Beautiful vocal tunes from classic Ennio Morricone soundtracks! Although much of the Morricone work we stock is instrumental, and although some of these scores do have a moody wordless vocal approach, a number of other films that Il Maestro worked on did have strong lead vocal themes – sung in Italian, English, and other languages, depending on the nature of the film – and often with some very catchy grooves, in the hope that the track would kind of be a single to promote the film. There's plenty of Morricone's instrumental touches in these tunes – and the overall feel is quite similar to most of the soundtracks the tunes appeared on – they just have a bit more punch and hook to them. Titles include "Scetate" by Miranda Martino, "Funny World" by Ken Coleman, "Il Disco Rotto" by Mina, "Quattro Vestiti" by Milva, "Se Telefonando" by Mina, "Ho Messo Gli Occhi Su Di Te" by Dino, "Sapore Di Sale" by Gino Paoli, "Fuscio Di Foglie Verdi" by Trio Junior, "Deep Down" by Christy, "Hurry To Me" by The Sandpipers, "Funny World" by Astrud Gilberto, "Quello Che Conta" by Luigi Tenco, and "Je Changerais D'Avis" by Francois Hardy. CD

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Johnnie PateSubtle Sounds ... LP
Gig, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $48.99
One of the best of Johnnie Pate's early albums – with a more complicated style than his other piano trio outings. This one features Johnnie's group with Ronnell Bright on piano and Charles Walton on drums, plus some vocals by Gwen Stevens on one track, and harmony vocalizing by the trio on another. Bright's piano is more complex than before, with an edgey sound that brings surprising emotion to tracks like "Danny Boy", "The Real McCoy", and "Mood For Milt". Other tracks include "I Was A Fool", written by Johnnie and sung by Stevens, plus "Nancy", "Jeff", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover some ring & edge wear, stains on the back and a few spots of clear tape holding splitting seams.)

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Sonny RollinsNight At The Village Vanguard (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective – stretching out in free, piano-less space – really cutting some amazing edges, and blown in tones we might never have expected from Rollins a few years before. The group is beautifully open ended – with Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and both of them in their best mode of the late 50s – plus bassist Donald Bailey and drummer Pete LaRoca sitting in on one track. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunset", "Sonny Moon For Two", and "Striver's Row". Great stuff, and one of the best sides that Blue Note ever cut! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sonny Stitt & Red HollowayJust Friends ... LP
Affinity, 1977. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great session of 70s bop revival from the team of Sonny Stitt and Red Holloway – working here in the warm and sunny style of the great Catalyst label! The album Forecast has the two hornmen blowing to acoustic accompaniment from a trio that includes Art Hillary on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums – jamming in boppish formation on tunes that include "Lester Leaps In", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Forecast: Sonny & Red", and "All God's Chillun". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing in alternate cover.)

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Sunday's ChildSunday's Child ... LP
Sunnyside/Reprise, 1970. Very Good- ... $6.99
A pretty great trio of female vocalists – taking that 60s Motown sound into a deeper vein, like the work of the Sweet Inspirations for Atlantic during the same time. The album's got a nice rootsy sound – despite its LA roots – and the girls alternate between singing harmonies and taking solo leads from track to track. Titles in clude "Feelin Good", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Half & Half", "You're Good For Me", and "To Love Somebody". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, a large tracklist sticker on the front, an ink stamp, a couple of light stains, and small splits on the bottom seam and spine.)

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New SupremesLet The Sunshine In ... LP
Motown, 1969. Sealed ... $3.99
Groovy late 60s work from Diana Ross & The Supremes – a record that has them breaking the Motown mold a bit, and hooking up with a nice variety of modder soul and pop modes! Tracks on the set include a few Motown-penned numbers, but the trio also tackle hits like "Everyday People", "Hey Western Union Man", "Let The Music Play", and a great Hair-inspired medley of "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In"! But the Motown material here is almost even better – and titles include the slightly funky "No Matter What Sign You Are", which has a nice kick in the bottom – as well as "Discover Me", "The Composer", and "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted". LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Lucky Thompson featuring Tete MontoliuBody & Soul ... LP
Ensayo/Nessa, 1970. Very Good ... $8.99
Lucky Thompson blows with the Tete Montoliu trio, in this warmly soulful set of tracks recorded in Spain in 1970. The set features a number of short straight ahead numbers that are different from some of Thompson's work in the US during the time – much more in the mode of his earlier work, with a strong emphasis on the tenor frontline. Titles include "Spanyola", "The World Awakes", "Soul's Nite Out", "When Sunny Is Blue", "Spanish Rails", and "Soul Carnival". LP, Vinyl record album
(US Nessa pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Three DegreesMaybe/So Much Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roulette/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A killer package – two full albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is Maybe – amazing early work from the Three Degrees – tracks cut before their more famous disco years in the 70s – but already showing a whole new approach to girl group soul! At some level, the trio take off strongly from the best late 60s styles of The Supremes – taking the most righteous elements, and working them into a hip new take on female soul – often using slight undercurrents of funk, in ways that are a bit like Honeycone, but even groovier! Arrangements are by Sammy Lowe and Steve Swanson – who bring in a nice east coast bite – and titles include "Sugar On Sunday", "Rosegarden", "You're The One", "The Magic Door", "Collage", "Maybe", and "You're The Fool". Next is So Much Love – a great illustration of the way the female trio could really take off – even without the disco grooves that would later bring them fame! There's a bouncy sound to most numbers here – a bit of Northern Soul here, some 60s mod there – and the girls' vocals are even more amazing than we remember them in later years – really at the top of the girl group pack for the time. Arrangements are by Hutch Davie, Tony Camillo, and Bert DeCoteaux – and titles include "Maybe", "Trade Winds", "I Do Take You", "Who Is She (And What Is She To You)", and "Magic Mirror". 2CD set features a whopping 23 bonus tracks – including "Handle With Care", "Shades Of Green", "Requiem", "Isn't It A Pity", "Yours (long single version)", "There's So Much Love All Around Me (mono)", "Through Misty Eyes (mono)", and mono takes of many album tracks! CD

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New Bobby TimmonsBobby Timmons Trio In Person ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Bobby Timmons at the height of his powers – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with a trio that includes Ron Carter on bass and Albert Heath on drums! The tracks are a bit longer than on some of Bobby's trio studio sides for Riverside – nicely swinging, with some killer piano work that reminds us, once again, that Timmons' young genius was far greater than the talent that most other players could hope for after the age of 30! Titles include "So Tired", "Goodbye", "Popsy", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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TrioDa Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha/Sunday You Need Love ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1982. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A seminal bit of post-disco club – the standout hit by German madrockers Trio – and a tune that always captures our ears, no matter how many times we hear it! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Mercury sleeve.)

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John Young TrioThemes & Things ... LP
Argo, 1961. Very Good ... $9.99
Chicago mainstay John Young offers his own expressive take on pop tunes and film themes from the late 50's and early 60's on this trio side cut for the Argo label (Chess record's jazz wing) in 1961. This trio, featuring William Yancey and Phillip Thomas, served as the rhythm section for many of the sides cut for the Argo label behind leaders such as Sonny Stitt, Howard McGhee and Gene Ammons. Here, they shine in their own light on numbers like "When Sunny Gets Blue", "Mr. Lucky", "Spartacus(Love Theme)" and "Fever". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a bit of aging, and a small split on the bottom seam.)

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Young-Holt UnlimitedSoulful Strut ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
A funky soul instrumental classic – all the way through! The team of Eldee Young and Redd Holt first came to prominence with Ramsey Lewis' first Chicago trio, then branched out on their own as a jazz act – but by the time of this set, they'd picked up a hipper, funkier late 60s sort of soul groove – and were working with larger backings and a nice deal of extra bass! The pianist in the group is the super-dope Ken Chaney – a player who uses space as much as he uses notes – providing a cool counterpoint to the funky and jazzy riffing of the Young/Holt bass/drum combo. The album includes the landmark track "Soulful Strut" – with tinkling piano over funky backings mixed with sweetened strings – and other tracks include "Funky Is As Funky Does", "Baby Your Light Is Out", "Who's Making Love", "Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy?", "Be By My Side", and "Please Sunrise". A high point in the Chicago soul scene – with backings by Willie Henderson! CD

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VariousBethlehem Records – Compiled By Tatsuo Sunaga ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $23.99
Some of our favorite tracks from the legendary Bethlehem Records – all hand-picked by the great Sunaga T! The music here is definitely on the hipper side of the label's 50s output – and includes some very unusual tracks that really push the boundaries, and move past the usual postwar jazz standards – in a flurry of modern moments, vocal treasures, west coast cuts, and more! The collection is nice and long, and really does a good job of mixing things up – in an array of gems that includes "Old Devil Moon" by Bob Dorough, "Scenes In The City" by Charles Mingus, "Booker's Blues" by Booker Ervin, "Night Flight" by Conte Candoli, "Too Much In Love To Care" by Carmen McRae, "So What" by Frank Minion, "African Mailman" by Nina Simone, "Dusty Blue" by Howard McGhee, "The Crickets Sing" by Dee Felice Trio, "Jordu" by Pta Moran Qurtet, and "By-ian" by Hal McKusick. CD

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VariousIn Performance At The Playboy Jazz Festival ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
Contains a very groovy vocal version of "Birdland" – played by Weather Report, and sung by Manhattan Transfer! Also fetaures performances by Dexter Gordon, Grover Washington Jr, Pieces Of A Dream, the Art Farmer/Bennie Golson/Nancy Wilson trio, and a cool Great Quartet with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and light wear.)

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VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 5 – Sunshine Of Your Love ... LP
Motor/Universal (Germany), 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The 5th genius compilation from the folks at Germany's Mojo Club folks – and there's no end to the wonderful grooves! The crew are really opening up their bag here – and the set's one of their first to really move past jazz and soul into a much wider range of grooves – including a number of Brazilian and European gems that really make the set sparkle! Tracks include "Sunshine of Your Love" sung by Ella Fitzgerald, "Season of the Witch" by Julie Driscoll, "Young Generation" by Dakota Staton, "Hold Me I've Got to Leave You" by Jonny Teupen, "Move Your Hand" by La Clave, "Bat Macumba" by Gilberto Gil, "Tema Rio 65" by Trio Rio 65, "Mano Caetano" by Maria Bethania, "Ponteio" by Edu Lobo, "California Soul" by The Gimmicks, "Revelation" by Charles Earland, "Troublemaker" by John Cameron, and "Cinnamon & Clove" by Lee Evans. Great stuff throughout, and like spending a very enjoyable evening at a great little club in Europe! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousReady Or Not Vol 2 – Deep Jazz Grooves From The CBC Radio Canada Archives ... CD
Do Right (Canada), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
A second fantastic dip into the jazz archives of the Canadian Broadcasting System – home to a heck of a lot more great music than you might think! Since Canada never had great labels like Blue Note or Prestige back in the day, many of the country's best jazz players often recorded for broadcast – cutting some incredible work that was often as good as most of the US jazz of the same period, but which never got the same sort of mainstream exposure. But exposed or not, the music is totally great – and often in modal or groove-heavy styles here – no surprise, given that the package was put together by the folks at Do Right Records, easily one of the greatest sources for modern soulful records from Canada! The package gives long overdue respect to these key jazz gems, and is filled with tons of great moments that maybe even go past the strength of volume one! Titles include "Perception" by Nick Ayoub, "Ton Visage" by Yvan Landtry Trio, "Atlantic Rising" by Sunship Ensemble, "Melancholy" by Alvinn Pall Sextet, "Hidden Strength" by Ted Moses Quintet, "Greek Street Break In" by Sakik Hakim, "Beloved Gift" by Bernie Senesky Trio, "Mas Que Nada" by Emil Normand Sextet, "Quebec On My Mind" by Billy Robinson, and "Maiera" by Fred Stone. CD

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Albert AylerSpiritual Unity (50th Anniversary Edition) ... CD
ESP, 1964. New Copy ... Around August 26, 2014 (delayed)
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, tenor against bass and drums, working freely with less rhythmic constraints than before, searching for new sounds and new modes of expression, working through changes in a style first proposed by Sonny Rollins, but taken to new intensity by the New York underground of the 60s. That sound is summed up here perfectly by Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray – working together with an edgey brilliance, on classic tracks that include "Ghosts: First Variation", "Ghosts: Second Variation", "The Wizard", and "Spirits". Also includes the bonus track "Vibrations". CD

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Isley Jasper IsleyBroadway's Closer Than Sunset/Caravan Of Love/Different Drummer ... CD
Superbird/CBS (UK), 1984/1985/1987. New Copy 2CD ... Early May, 2014 (delayed)
An Isley Jasper Isley 3-fer – the '84, '85 & '87's Broadway's Closer To Sunset Boulevard, Caravan Of Love and Different Drummer – in a single set! Broadway was the first breakaway effort from the trio of Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper, and Marvin Isley – a set that's got an even leaner groove than some of the Isley Brothers material from years before! The group really hit their stride right away – stepping out in a sweet array of funky rhythms that have some definite 80s touches on the beats, yet which still share all the best Isleys elements overall! Guitar parts are especially sharp – that carved in soul sound that showed up in most Isleys projects from the early 70s onwards – and the vocals have a great sense of warmth and soul, especially on the mellower tunes in the set, which turn down some of the more hook-heavy rhythms heard on other tracks. Titles include "Serve You Right", "Sex Drive", "Love Is Gonna Last Forever", "Kiss & Tell", "I Can't Get Over Losin You", "Look The Other Way", "Break This Chain", and "Broadway's Closer Than Sunset Blvd". Ernie and Marvin Isley team up with Chris Jasper and for Caravan, and more fully reinventing their for the 80s! The record features the wonderful "Caravan Of Love", a soulful spiritual tune that's kind of to 80s soul what The Impressions "People Get Ready" was to 60s soul! Different Drummer was the last album by this configuration of the group, taking on different modes, with some soul gems in the mix. Titles include "Dancing Around The World", "High Heel Syndrome", "Liberation" and more. Includes "Different Drummer", "Do It Right", "Blue Rose", "8th Wonder Of The World" and more. CD

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Ana LuciaCanta Triste ... CD
RGE/Bomba (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
A wonderful album of sad-tinged bossa tunes sung by the enigmatic Ana Lucia – a really great vocalist who gets superb backings here from Oscar Castro Neves and the Zimbo Trio! The style of the album is slightly more emotive than the usual bossa album of the time – with a dreamy approach to the vocals that reminds us of some of our favorite French or Italian singers of the early 60s, all nicely juxtaposed with a mixture of jazz and string arrangements from Castro-Neves, and produced with a light and floating finish. There's kind of a watery brilliance to the whole thing that really matches the look of the cover – and titles include "Amei Tanto", "Andam Dizendo", "Acalanto", "Derradeira Primavera", "Valsa De Euridice", "Homem De Verdade", and "Tem Do". CD

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Milton NascimentoMilton Nascimento (1969) ... CD
Odeon/RPM (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Around October 15, 2014
Maybe one of the first truly brilliant albums from Milton Nascimento – a set that builds on the excellent previous work by the singer/songwriter, but which also has him moving into much more soulful territory as well! Nascimento's work is one of the true treasures of Brazilian music of the past 50 years – and here, it finds a perfect place between larger arrangements, jazzy inflections, and some earthier instrumental touches that keep him tied to the earth – a really careful balance of modes that Milton would not only explore more deeply on key albums to come, but which would become a touchstone for a whole generation of artists as well. The arrangements are wonderful – done by Luiz Eca (of Tamba Trio fame) and saxophonist Paulo Moura – and songs include originals by Milton, plus titles by Dori Cayammi, Toninho Horta, Fernando Brant, and Marcio Borges. Titles include "Sentinela", "Tarde", "Pai Grande", "Quatro Luas", and "Sunset Marquis 333 Los Angeles". CD

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New ParadeParade ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
Sunshine Pop genius from The Parade – a wonderfully groovy LA trio that included Murray MacLeod of Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends! The Parade works with a sound that's very similar to Nichols' classic group – a sing-song blend of harmony pop vocals that's completely sublime, and which is carried off to perfection in all aspects of the recording. The sound's slightly different, as The Parade is a trio of all male voices, compared to the one gal and two guys in Small Circle Of Friends – but there's definitely a post-folk mode here that's sweetened heavily with LA Sunshine, and presented with a charming quality all the way through – way different than most mainstream pop of the time. Production is by group member Jerry Riopelle, a former staff member for Phil Spector – and titles include "Sunshine Girl", "She Sleeps Alone", "Lovers", "The Radio Song", "Kinda Wasted Without You", "AC/DC", "Frog Prince", "I Can See Love", and "Laughin Lady". CD

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New Stu Phillips/Dino Desi & BillyFollow Me ... CD
Uni/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
One of our favorite 60s surf soundtracks ever – an amazing blend of Stu Phillips orchestrations with some key vocal moments from the trio of Dino Desi & Billy! The album's got a wonderful theme – "Thru Spray Colored Glasses" – sung initially by the trio, then served up by Stu in a number of variations that change with the different exotic locales of the film – India, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Morocco – all referenced slightly in the instrumentation, but in ways that always retain Phillips' grooviest inspirations! Strings blend with bits of harpsichord, vibes, voices, Spanish guitar, and these "watery" woodwinds that almost remind us of Australian jazz in the same period – and titles include "Thru Spray Colored Glasses", "Big Wave Bay", "Incinerator", "Ranee Express", "Nazare", and "Cascis". CD

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New SandpipersSandpipers ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
Dreamy pop from one of the greatest groups on A&M! The Sandpipers were a haunting male harmony trio from the west coast of the 60s – one who hit big with a style that drew on the sounds of groups like The Four Freshmen or The Hi-Los, but who also infused their music with a Sunset Strip late 60s sense of ennui and marshmallowy pop wonder! This second album really has the group hitting their stride – working in ways that are sweet, yet dark at the same time – this strange sense of loss and languor that really makes the music stand out. Titles are a nice mix of obscure numbers, and include "Bon Soir Dame", "The French Song", "For Baby", "Glass", "Try To Remember", and "Rain Rain Go Away". CD

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SupremesLet The Sunshine In ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
Groovy late 60s work from Diana Ross & The Supremes – a record that has them breaking the Motown mold a bit, and hooking up with a nice variety of modder soul and pop modes! Tracks on the set include a few Motown-penned numbers, but the trio also tackle hits like "Everyday People", "Hey Western Union Man", "Let The Music Play", and a great Hair-inspired medley of "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In"! But the Motown material here is almost even better – and titles include the slightly funky "No Matter What Sign You Are", which has a nice kick in the bottom – as well as "Discover Me", "The Composer", and "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted". CD
Also available Let The Sunshine In ... LP 3.99

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Jimmy GreeneMission Statement ... CD
Sunnyside, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Incredible work from saxophonist Jimmy Greene – a really under-discovered talent, but one who burst forth here with a wealth of original compositions, and a sharp-edged sound that's completely brilliant! Greene's power here reminds us a lot of Wayne Shorter at his early best – straight and soulful, but always with an undercurrent of modern – a knowledge of boundaries, and a willingness to push them – yet never too far to loose his sense of swing! The rhythm section helps a lot towards that end – a trio that features Xavier Davis on piano and Fender Rhodes, Reuben Rodgers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums – and the set also features lots of warm guitar lines from Lage Lund, who further deepens the sound. Stefon Harris plays vibes on one track – and titles are almost all original numbers, and include "Mr Octopus", "Fathers & Sons", "Mission Statement", "Ana Grace", "Yeah You Right", "In Nelba's Eyes", and "Love In Action". CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Wes MontgomeryBoss Guitar ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Early greatness from Wes Montgomery – a real cooker that features the great Mel Rhyne on organ, coming out of the same Indy hub as Wes – plus Jimmy Cobb on drums! The bass-less trio format burns nicely throughout – coming across with a bit more soul jazz burn than on Wes' later sides, that small combo that came from Montgomery's earlier roots. Titles include a couple of Montgomery originals – "The Trick Bag" and "Fried Pies" – plus the tunes "Besame Mucho", "Dearly Beloved", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Canadian Sunset", "The Breeze & I", and "For Heaven's Sake". Also includes bonus tracks "Besame Mucho (take 2)" and "Fried Pies (take 1)". CD

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Young-Holt UnlimitedWack Wack/Young-Holt Unlimited On Stage ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 of the best albums by this legendary funky instrumental combo! Wack Wack is the group's first – recorded after they left Ramsey Lewis, and with a tight jazzy feel that's similar to some of the work they did in his classic trio. The album's got a great groove – and apart from the classic "Wack Wack", it also features great soul jazz versions of "Song For My Father", "Sunny", "Monday Monday", and "You Know That I Love You". The On Stage album is even livelier – and it captures the band with a nice tight groove, and a good dose of the humor they brought to their in-person recordings. The album includes the great originals "Yon Gimme Thum" and "Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy" – plus a very smoking medley of some of the tracks they used to do with Ramsey Lewis. Great stuff! CD
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New Albert AylerSpiritual Unity (180 gram vinyl – limited and numbered) ... LP
ESP, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, tenor against bass and drums, working freely with less rhythmic constraints than before, searching for new sounds and new modes of expression, working through changes in a style first proposed by Sonny Rollins, but taken to new intensity by the New York underground of the 60s. That sound is summed up here perfectly by Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray – working together with an edgey brilliance, on classic tracks that include "Ghosts: First Variation", "Ghosts: Second Variation", "The Wizard", and "Spirits". LP, Vinyl record album

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New James BrownGettin' Down To It ... LP
King, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album by James Brown – and very different than his other work! He cut this one with the groovy Dee Felice Trio – a jazz-based combo that he recorded on their own for King, on another very rare, very excellent record. The band's in similar form here, although not necessarily as funky – and they do a great job of giving James' vocals a jazzy twist that they don't have on other albums – proving yet again that The Godfather can handle just about any sort of groove that he wants! Features a wonderfully groover version of "Sunny", which moves along very nicely – plus remakes of "There Was A Time" and "Cold Sweat", along with the tracks "Uncle" and "That's Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, a center split on the spine, some light stains, and unglued top and bottom seams.)

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New FugsIt Crawled Into My Hand, Honest ... LP
Reprise, 1968. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most tuneful work we've ever heard from The Fugs – tracks that almost border on pop-psyche at times, but still get nicely tripped out at other moments! Side one has the trio almost touching territory of other Reprise rock from the times – slightly psyche, slightly country, slightly Sunshine at points – and side two is a bit more of a hippy dippy freakout, with a huge number of shorter tunes that flow sweetly into one another! Some of these actually have a great sound art sort of feel, and a fw even get slightly funky too – all with a new sense of tightness that arguably gives the group a lot more power than before! Titles include "Johnny Pissoff Meets The Red Angel", "Burial Waltz", "Crystal Liaison", "Wide Wide River", "Marijuana", "We're Both Dead Now, Alice", "Life Is Strange", "The National Haiku Contest", "The Divine Toe", "Leprechaun", and "Grope Need (Part I)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear.)

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New Ramsey LewisHour With The Ramsey Lewis Trio ... LP
Argo, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite a rare thing for a jazz album of the time – nearly 60 minutes of music on one disc, something that was almost unheard-of in the days of 30 minute sessions! As the notes explain, the whole thing sounded so good that the engineer let the tape run more than he might in a usual set – allowing Ramsey and his trio with Redd Holt and Eldee Young to open up on a few tracks, taking 3 of the numbers into the 7 minute range. Other tunes are shorter, but equally imaginative, and titles include strong versions of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Love For Sale", "I Love Paris", "Song OF India", "Consider The Source", and "The Ruby & The Pearl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing, with deep groove.)

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New Milton NascimentoMilton Nascimento (1969) ... CD
Odeon/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the first truly brilliant albums from Milton Nascimento – a set that builds on the excellent previous work by the singer/songwriter, but which also has him moving into much more soulful territory as well! Nascimento's work is one of the true treasures of Brazilian music of the past 50 years – and here, it finds a perfect place between larger arrangements, jazzy inflections, and some earthier instrumental touches that keep him tied to the earth – a really careful balance of modes that Milton would not only explore more deeply on key albums to come, but which would become a touchstone for a whole generation of artists as well. The arrangements are wonderful – done by Luiz Eca (of Tamba Trio fame) and saxophonist Paulo Moura – and songs include originals by Milton, plus titles by Dori Cayammi, Toninho Horta, Fernando Brant, and Marcio Borges. Titles include "Sentinela", "Tarde", "Pai Grande", "Quatro Luas", and "Sunset Marquis 333 Los Angeles". CD

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New Open LooseExplicit – Live At The Sunset ... CD
Marge (France), 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The group here is definitely open and loose, but never too free – working with some really sensitive interplay between the tenor of Tony Malaby, bass of Mark Helias, and drums of Tom Rainey – a trio who are free at points, yet also have a nice sense of structure too – really balancing different modes within the space of a single song! Helias has a really strong approach to his instrument – and his basslines, although sometimes spare, have a deep-rooted quality that really holds the whole thing together – and there's also possibly an intuitive link, given that he also wrote all the tunes on the set. Titles include "Waltz For Thursday Face", "The Archduke", "Story Line", "Explicit", "Moving Parts", and "Shorty One". CD
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New Orquestra ImperialOrquestra Imperial Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful live work from this totally great Brazilian collective – a group who's large enough to win the Orquesta in their name, but who work together with a cohesiveness that's more in a small group mode! The vocals alone are totally great – sung in a shifting lineup that includes Nina Becker, Moreno Veloso, Thalma De Freitas, and Rodrigo Amarante – each of whom bring a different flavor to the proceedings, and deepen the rich spirit of the tunes! Instrumentation is relatively traditional – with lots of great acoustic percussion, guitar, and horns – but given that the trio of Veloso, Dominco, and Kassin are a key part of the group, you can bet that the arrangements have plenty of fresh twists and turns as well. Titles include "Obsessao", "Nao Foi Em Vao", "Matematica Do Desejo", "Rue Des Mes Souvenirs", "Gomalina", "Dr Sabe Tudo", and a totally cool cover of the Perry-Kingsley tune "Popcorn"! DVD has 20 tracks – more than the CD! DVD
(DVD is All Region.)

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New Patty & The EmblemsGolden Classics ... CD
Collectables, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet female soul from Philly – 60s work by Patty & The Emblems, a group in the tradition of Gladys Knight & The Pips, or more specifically, Brenda & The Tabulations, in that the quartet is fronted by a female singer, with a trio of guys doing backup harmony. Patty's got a great voice – a little raw, which makes for a nice counterpoint next to the smoother sounds of the guys – and the Ben/Lee production on the tracks gives most of the tunes a strong mid 60s romping Northern groove. The CD features 20 tracks in all – with titles that include "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl", "You Took Advantage Of A Good Thing", "I'm Gonna Love You A Long Time", "My Heart's So Full Of You", "What's The Use", "Showdown", "You Can't Get Away", "Don't Put Me Down", "I'm So Confused", and "He Brought Sunshine In My Life". CD
(Small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)

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New Quartette Tres BienOur Thing ... LP
Decca, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Righteous grooviness by this great combo! The record was probably the group's 10th – recorded during a very successful run for Decca, when they were crafting finely groovy albums of soul jazz, in a mode that was similar to the early work by the Young-Holt Trio, but which also had the distinction of added percussion. The album's got some nice covers done in the band's style – like "Sunny", "Sunrise Sunset", "Invitation", and "Alfie" – plus the original tunes "Wish You Were Here" and "I Am That I Am". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)

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New Sonny RollinsNight At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective – stretching out in free, piano-less space – really cutting some amazing edges, and blown in tones we might never have expected from Rollins a few years before. The group is beautifully open ended – with Wilbur Ware on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, and both of them in their best mode of the late 50s. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunset", "Sonny Moon For Two", and "Striver's Row". Great stuff, and one of the best sides that Blue Note ever cut! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a small water stain in one corner.)
Also available Night At The Village Vanguard (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP 17.99

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New Sonny RollinsNight At the Village Vanguard Complete (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note (UK), 1957. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop perspective. Blue Note recorded Sonny at 2 sessions at the Village Vanguard on November 3, 1957 – and both sessions are offered here in their complete form! Donald Bailey and Pete LaRoca are the rhythm section for the early set – and Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones are the backing for the later set. Both groups are amazing, and this is simply one of the best live sets ever captured by the label – and the kind of work that Rollins' had yet to reach in the studio. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Four", "Old Devil Moon", "Night In Tunisia", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". But forget the titles, because it's the playing that makes this one so wonderful! CD
Also available Night At The Village Vanguard (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP 17.99

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New Shirley ScottSatin Doll ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little set from Shirley, made up of organ trio readings of Ellington standards. Maybe not the kind of thing you went nuts for on your last digging excursion, but a more than solid set of Sunday morning numbers that Scott and company, George Tucker and Mack Simpkins in this case, handle with ease and grace, and manage to pour a little blusy Hammond grease over, too! Includes "Satin Doll", "C Jam Blues", "Perdido", "Mood Indigo", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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New ShirellesHappy & In Love/The Shirelles (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1971/1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two albums and bonus tracks too – all rare material from an overlooked chapter of The Shirelles' career! First up is Happy & In Love, a great second chapter for The Shirelles – hardly the girl group pop they cut in the 60s, and instead a more righteous soul style for the 70s – in a mode that's like Honey Cone or Three Degrees! The backings are nice and soulful – almost funky at times – with arrangements from George Andrews and Joe Scott that mix fuller strings with tighter grooves at the core – in a way that really sets the vocals free amidst some very interesting material! Had the girls only cut this record, it might have been a 70s soul hit – but it's unfortunately gotten lost to the shifting sands of time because it's not as iconic as their hits. Don't make that mistake, though, because the album's a real charmer – and titles include "Boy You're Too Young", "There's Nothing In This World", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", "Take Me", "We Got A Lot Of Lovin To Do", and "Strange I Still Love You". The 1972 album The Shirelles is surprisingly great later work by The Shirelles – nice and soulful, thanks to arrangements from David Van De Pitte and Wade Marcus – both of whom push the trio way past their roots, into more sophisticated group soul for the 70s! The approach carries the best (then) contemporary styles from New York and Philly – particularly that strong way of mixing group vocals with focused grooves – as you'd hear from some of the more successful male groups of the time on RCA, like Main Ingredient or Choice Four. The Shirelles have a strong sense of harmony that really pushes the tunes forward – and the material is nice and creative – with titles that include "Walk On In", "Brother Brother", "Sunday Dreaming", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Let's Stay Together", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", and "Drowning In The Sea Of Love". CD also features bonus tracks – "Let's Give Each Other Love", "Do What You've A Mind To", and "Touch The Wind". CD

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New Sound Of FeelingSpleen (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Limelight, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record from this enigmatic vocal group! Sound Of Feeling were an ultra hip trio (2 gals, 1 guy) who recorded under the aegis of Leonard Feather at the end of the 60s – and who worked in a mode that combined sweet harmony vocals, sunshine pop, and some surprisingly experimental touches! The tunes on this set are a weird blend of dreamy numbers and other tunes that really push the boundaries of vocal expression – very tripped-out numbers that are a bit like some of the later experimental work by the Swingle II ensemble. Titles include "Mixolydian Mode", "Spleen", "Along Came Sam", "The Time Has Come For Silence", "Up Into Silence", and "Hex". LP, Vinyl record album

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New McCoy TynerInception ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm familiarity of the players is clear from the very first notes of the set. There's a lighter, more lyrical – and possibly more sentimental – style going on here – one that echoes piano work of earlier generations, but which also shows plenty of signs of the growing modalism in Tyner's lines – especially on the striking original tracks "Sunset", "Effendi", "Inception", and "Blues For Gwen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear, a few small bumps on the top seam, and an ink stamp inside the gatefold.)

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New VariousShot In The Dark – Nashville Jumps (8 CD Box Set, Book) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy 8CDs & Book ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing 8 CD collection of rare rhythm & blues, jump tunes, and gospel-tinged soul from the Nashville independent scene of the 40s and 50s! Long, LONG before "Music City USA" was churning product the way it does today, Nashville had a true working class ethic along with the standard biz behavior, with lots of indies with full rosters of amazing artists that never got their just rewards. It wasn't just country down there – labels like Bullet, Tennessee, Republic, Excello and others represented the soulful sounds of Nashville, and these long lost treasures are in many cases getting their first legit reissues here! 7 CDs of music, thematically assorted, and a bonus disc with interviews. Also includes the most massive, well done book we've ever seen included in a set like this – 276 hardbound glossy pages, full of photos and richly written bios and history. It's the kind of thing you might see for around $100 in a bookstore! But here you also get close to 100 tunes, including "Baby Don't You Want To Go" by Sherman Williams, "Three Little Girls" by Cecil Gant, ""Bewildered" by the Red Miller Trio, "When You're Baby Gets Up And Goes" by BB King, "Late Hour Blues" by the Bluejacks, "Almost Boogie" by Louis Brooks, "Mississippi Boogie" by Julius King, "You've Gotta Stop This Mess" by Fat Man with Sunnyland Slim, and tons more! CD

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New Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)African Piano ... CD
Japo/ECM (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Haunting solo work from Dollar Brand – recorded live in Copenhagen, with a sound that's full of tone, texture, and subtle beauty! Dollar Brand is one of the few players that can hold us rapt with a session like this – and as with his trio and larger group work, the tunes have an intrinsic sense of rhythm that's really wonderful – a slow-building sound that draws on Brand's African roots, and has the notes cascading over one another in this shifting patterns that are totally great! Titles include "Bra Joe From Kilamanjaro", "Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality", "The Moon", "Xaba", "Sunset In Blue", "Kippy", "Jabulani Easter Joy", and "Tintiyana". CD

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New Betty CarterLook What I Got ... LP
Verve, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mellow magic from Betty – one of her first "comeback" albums for Verve, and an excellent set of tunes that still keeps the same feel as her 80s work on her own label. The group on most tunes is a trio – with Benny Green on piano, Michael Bowie on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – but some tracks feature additional tenor from Don Braden, blowing soulfully next to Betty's incredible voice. Tunes skip around with imagination and a sense of soul in places where you'd never expect it – and titles include "Look What I Got", "The Man I Love", "That Sunday That Summer", "All I Got", and "Just Like The Movies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the use of the piano in jazz, but also the bass and drums as well – as LaFaro's deeply evocative playing is paired with the equally fresh drum work of Paul Motian – heard here at his youthful early best, before some of his contributions to jazz had become cliche in the hands of other players. The session was caught live at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 25, 1961 – and titles include longish takes on "Solar", "Jade Visions", "Gloria's Step", and "Alice In Wonderland". CD

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New Takeru Muraoka & Takao UematsuRide & Tie (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Express/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky, fuzzy, and outta site – a really wonderful set of extended psychedelic jazz numbers from twin tenorists Takeru Muraoka and Takao Uematsu! The set's billed as a live tenor "battle" on the cover – but it's hardly the sort of record that you'd hear from American players in this mode – no bebop jams, and instead some great soul and funk-influenced lines on the horns, served up over rhythm from a trio that features electric piano, electric bass, and drums from the mighty Motohiko Hino! There's a nice degree of fuzz on the saxes at times (are they using some effects pedals?) – and the long tunes really open up with a wicked groove that feels like some lost US jazz funk album from the early 70s. Titles include "Happy Birth", "Listen Here", "Hot Sunday", and "CC Rider". CD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality Series!)

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New Johnny O'NealLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Johnny O'Neal is a mighty warm talent – and a hell of a singer too, working with this raspy tone that's very much his own – and definitely on the bluesier side of the jazz spectrum! This excellent live set has Johnny working at the height of his charms – shifting effortlessly between instrumental numbers and vocal tracks sung with his trio – in a mode that we honestly didn't think was being done this well anymore! The record's got the old school approach of work from the 60s Prestige Records generation – but also has a more open sensibility that's really in keeping with the Live At Smalls series – live tracks that are very spontaneous, but never too loose either – some of the best production that Johnny's ever had on record. The group features Paul Sikivie on bass and Charles Goold on drums – and titles include "I'm Born Again", "Uranus", "Goodbye", "Where Is The Love/Overjoyed", I'll Be Tired Of You", "Blues For Sale", and "Sudan Blue". CD

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New Tsuyoshi Yamamoto/George OtsukaNow's The Time ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of live performances – both of them great, and both done in the very open, creative style of the Three Blind Mice label at the time! Side one features core work by the trio of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, but with key guest work from Isao Suzuki on cello and Sunao Wada on guitar – both players who really open up the groove a lot! Suzuki solos in this great way on a long version of "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", and also makes an appearance on "Midnight Sugar" – which also has a long, soulful solo from Wada on guitar. Side two features a long take on "Now's The Time" – done in a freewheeling jam session mode – with Yoshio Otomo and Kenji Mori on alto sax, Takao Uematsu and Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenors, and Toshiyuki Daitoku on Fender Rhodes – all in a group led by drummer George Otsuka. CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Kazuo YashiroLove Is Here To Stay (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set of piano work from the Japanese scene of the 60s – as tight and soulful as anything that was coming out of the US at the time, and with perhaps some of that extra spark you'd find on the best late 60s piano sessions on MPS! Kazuo Yashiro is a hell of a player – rock-solid in the rhythm department, but also able to hit a really open flow on the keys – one that's greatly encouraged here by excellent work from Masanaga Harada on bass and Jimmy Takeuchi on drums. The overall feel is similar to some of Les McCann's acoustic trio sides of the mid 60s – short and lively, with a bit of gutbucket in the playing, but also a nice light touch on the keys. Titles include "How Insensitive", "Day Tripper", "Sunny", "Summer Samba", "Being A Good Magician", and "Emily". CD also contains a bonus live track! CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Donald ByrdCreeper ... LP
Blue Note, 1967/1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". LP, Vinyl record album
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Creeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD 15.99
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New Albert AylerNew York Eye & Ear Control ... LP
ESP, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums. At times, the record's got a bit of a "new thing" vibe – a bit more spacious and sonic than some of Ayler's other material – but at other times, it burns with an intensity that's almost harder and freer than any of Albert's trio dates of the 60s. The album features 2 long tracks – "AY" and "ITT" – plus the shorter "Don's Dawn". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Brides Of FunkensteinNever Buy Texas From A Cowboy ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tremendously soulful session from the late 70s P-Funk empire – sung by a group who were George Clinton's answer to Three Degrees, First Choice, and other female club trios of the time! The sound here is hardly as disco as those other groups, though – and there's plenty of funky Clinton touches in the mix – including rumbling basslines, raspy guitars, and a tightly focused groove that has the singers Dawn Silva, Sheila Horn, and Jeanette McGruder working equally with the larger group of musicians on the record. Production is by Bootsy Collins and Clinton, with horn arrangements by Fred Wesley – which makes for some great Horny Horns funk touches on most tracks! The title cut – "Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy" – runs on as a long P-Funk groove for about 15 minutes, but other tracks are shorter, and titles include "I'm Holding You Responsible", "Smoke Signals", "Party Up In Here", and "Didn't Mean To Fall In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sophia Domancich/William Parker/Hamid DrakeWashed Away ... CD
Marge (France), 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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