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WeenQuebec ... CD
Sanctuary, 2003. Used ... $3.99
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WeenWhite Pepper ... CD
Elektra, 2000. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print, sticker on booklet cover.)
 
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AirtoFingers (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1973. Used ... $9.99
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! CD

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New Ambrose AkinmusireWhen The Heart Emerges Glistening ... CD
Blue Note, 2011. Used ... $5.99
A lovely title, and a lovely little record too – every bit as poetic as its promise – with haunting trumpet lines by Ambrose Akimusire, nestled nicely in an acoustic quintet that also features Gerald Clayton on piano and Walter Smith III on tenor! There's an understated quality to the record that's really nice – none of the too-modern modes you might guess from the cover image (we'll admit that sometimes we're suspicious of contemporary Blue Note mixing it up too much) – and instead a style that's mighty fresh, yet still pretty earthy – modern, yet never too outside – and a sense of soul that informs proceedings and really helps keep things on track. Titles include "Jaya", "Henya", "Far But Few Between", "Confessions To My Unborn Daughter", "The Walls Of Lechuguilla", and "My Name Is Oscar". CD

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Gene AmmonsBig Sound ... CD
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used ... $6.99
Classic Jug, playing in a laidback open-ended blowing session, with other strong Prestige players – like Coltrane, Jerome Richardson, Paul Quinichette, Art Taylor, and Mal Waldron, who always seems to be the driving force between most Prestige sides like this. The album has only 4 tracks, and they're all long and nice and soulful. The titles are "Blue Hymn", "The Real McCoy", "Cheek To Cheek", and "That's All". CD

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Horace Andy/Ashley BeedleInspiration Information Vol 2 ... CD
Strut (UK), 2009. Used ... $3.99
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science Orchestra territory, but with a leaner feel overall – often a bit skittish on the bottom, with some nicely rough elements at points – which make for a really great fit for the vocals of Horace! The album's hardly a standard reggae set, though – and it's more like a cosmic take on the genre for the new millenium, similar to some of the best 21st Century Soul forged by Beedle and some of his London contemporaries. The third key player in the set is Mark Ralph, who engineered the set, and gives it a really wonderful sound – with a participation level so strong, he gets songwriting credits with Beedle and Andy on most of the tracks. Titles include "When The Rain Falls", "Watch We", "Seek It", "Rasta Don't ", "Hypocrites", "The Light", "Angie", "2 Way Traffic", and "Hot Hot Hot". CD

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Edward ArtemievStalker/The Mirror – Music From Andre Tarkovsky's Motion Pictures ... LP
Superior Viaduct, 1975/1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
Sublime soundtrack music from Edward Artemiev – not a big name for film scoring on this side of the Iron Curtain, but a really well-remembered talent for his classic 70s work for the films of Andrey Tarkovsky! Side one of this album features wonderful sounds from the film Stalker – music that begins in a sweet electronic mode, but soon gets darker – a weird space that's somewhere between the German elements of Cluster and Tangerine Dream, and some of the more abstract electronics of the underground academic scene! Yet throughout it all, Artemiev has a very visual approach to his sounds – one that steps out nicely on the one track from the film The Mirror, and an extended tribute to the director too. Titles include "Exodus", "Dedication To Andrey Tarkovsky", "Meditation", "They Go Long", "Stalker", and "Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl and cover – a very nice package!)

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Ehud Asherie with Harry AllenLower East Side ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A great follow-up to the previous collaboration between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – this time titled after a darker corner of downtown New York! As with the other date, this one features no other instrumentation at all – just warmly expressive duets on piano and tenor – spun out with the kind of classic tones you'd expect from Allen's work with bigger groups, yet also more intimate and personal as well. Tunes are mostly older standards, evoking the Lower East of the postwar years, and the key clubs that used to grace that scene – and titles include "Hey There", "Thou Swell", "Sposin", "Portrait In Black & White", and "Some Other Time". CD

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Ehud Asherie with Harry AllenUpper West Side ... CD
Posi tone, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Nothing too high-toned here, despite the title – as the set's a nicely mellow batch of duets between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – caught in a laidback, open-ended style that's mighty nice! As with some of Allen's best work, there's a strong sense of nostalgia going on here – a dated quality to his tone that echoes Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young – but with a freer, looser feel that's just right for the duo setting with Asherie's piano. Titles include "Learnin The Blues", "O Pato", "I Want To Be Happy", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", "Love Will Find A Way", and "My Blue Heaven". CD

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New Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD features 4 bonus tracks – "Over & Over (12" disco mix)", "Over & Over (Simphouse M&M mix)", "Tried Tested & Found True (12" disco mix)", and "Tried Tested & True (Simphouse M&M mix)". CD

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Svend Asmussen & Ulrick NewmannDanish Imports – Intimate Jazz By Two Of Europe's Greatest Instrumentalists ... LP
Warner, 1959. Very Good+ ... $13.99
A beautifully spare set of duets between violinist Sven Asmussen and guitarist Ulrik Neumann – recorded in a format that's quite unusual for the time! The record features just Sven's violin and Ulrik's guitar – no other backing at all – and the sound is extremely haunting, with plenty of moody passages that just hang there in space and slowly unfold like little musical flowers – sweet sometimes, blue at others – and wonderfully carried off without any overindulgence on the part of either player. Titles include "Summertime", "California Here I Come", "Blue Orchids", "Flamingo", "Yesterdays", "Tea For Two", and "The Blue Room". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Astro Can CaravanNagual Julian/Athatoolagooloo/Cosmos Jones ... 12-inch
Ricky Tick (Finland), 2009. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $2.99
A great debut from this up-and-coming Ricky Tick combo – a group we certainly hope we'll be hearing more from! Astro Can Caravan are a bit fuller than the usual ensemble on the label – a fuller jazz group with a strong horn section – one that blasts with a brassy power on "The Nagual Julian", a really great track that's kind of a cross between club jazz and Afro Funk! "Athatoolagooloo" is a bit moodier – nicely offbeat rhythms, but still with a modal sort of energy – peppered by horn parts that dip and turn with a great deal of complex colors – quite sophisticated, and almost with a nod back to older Scandinavian jazz. "Cosmo Jones" is a more straight ahead groover – one that builds with a righteous energy that's totally great! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Atlantic StarrRadiant ... LP
A&M, 1980. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the other, and never sounding as commercial as some of their contemporaries! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to most of the grooves on the set – never too much fake bass, nor too many electric touches – and the vocals shift a bit from track to track, taking good advantage of singers Wayne Lewis, David Lewis, and Sharon Bryant. Titles include "When Love Calls", "Think About That", "Mystery Girl", "Under Pressure", "My Turn Now", "Does It Matter", and "Send For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Georgie AuldGeorgie Auld In The Land Of HI-FI ... LP
EmArcy, Late 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
A real cooker from Georgie Auld's years on Mercury – a record that comes across with some "hi fi" dynamics, but which also features a strongly swinging group overall! Auld's playing here with Frank Rosolino, Ray Linn, and Maynard Ferguson – and the mode's a bit like some of Ferguson's albums for Mercury in the same stretch – shorter tracks but with strongly voiced solos, especially on Auld's saxophone – which hangs nicely here between two eras of jazz in its phrasing. Titles include "In The Land Of Hi Fi", "Dinah", "Tippin In", "I May Be Wrong", "Swingin In The Moore Park", and "For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has yellowed tape residue on all seams, and notes in pen on back.)

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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet (10" pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good- ... $19.99
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual 10" pressing! Cover has a light mark in one corner, but is great overall.)

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Polydor, 1973. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! CD
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Coffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP 9.99
Coffy – Original Soundtrack (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album
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Coffy – Original Soundtrack ... CD 8.99
Coffy – Original Soundtrack (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album
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Coffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP 9.99
Coffy – Original Soundtrack ... CD 8.99

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Bach/Beethoven/Moszkowski/Rachmaninov/ChopinJimmy – James Rhodes Live In Brighton – Piano Recital Recorded Live At The Old Market, Brighton December 2011 ... CD
Signum (UK), 2011. Used 2CD ... $2.99
James Rhodes' solo performance from 2011 including Bach's "Chaconne" from his Violin Partita No 2 In D, Grieg's "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from Peer Gynt Op 23, Chopin's "Romanza" from the Piano Concerto No 1 In E Minor Op 11, and Moszkowski's "Etude In F Major Op 72 No 6" – along with the pianists reflections on the composers dispersed between the pieces. CD

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Derek Bailey & Agusti FernandezSilent Dance ... CD
Incus (UK), 2005. Used ... $13.99
A Silent Dance, and a heck of a moody improv jazz duo set – featuring Derek Bailey on electric guitar and Agusti Fernandez on piano – a concert recording captured in Barcelona in 2005! This is actually billed as Bailey's last public performance, as he was dealing with the effects of motor neurone disease at the time. We can easily say without falling into any triumph-over-all-obstacles clichés, the set works very well, and in a different mode than many records the Brit improv guitar players made. It features 2 pieces, one that runs the better part of an hour, and the other closer to 8 minutes, and subtly changes moods from a kind of spectral spareness to an odd, well directed action/reation interplay between the two. CD
(Out of print.)

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Stuart Baker & Steve BarrowReggae 45 Soundsystem – The Label Art Of Reggae Singles (paperback) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book ... $19.99 49.99
The most massive book of record art we've ever stocked – and a groundbreaking look at the art of reggae 45s, put together by the folks at Soul Jazz Records! Albums are usually featured in a book like this, but the authors do a great job of illustrating the diversity of 45 labels on the Jamaican scene – the wealth of designs and colors that make collecting reggae 45s a past time that's almost as pleasing from a visual perspective as it is from an audio one! Plus, given the obscurity of most of these records, the book's even more valuable – a much-needed record of these small pressings that never got much distribution – laid out here in beautiful full color images. The book is super-heavy, with a cool cover that's between a hardcover and soft cover – and almost 500 pages of images throughout! Book

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Bama LamasGoing Up? (with download) ... LP
Bama Lamas, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Rowdy, vintage R&B-fueled rockers from The Bama Lamas – a contemporary Chicago band with a retro sound, akin to late 50s though mid 60s ragers from The Burnette Brothers to Screamin' Jay Hawkins and lots in between – and they make it sound fresh and vital! A couple of the Bama Lamas also serve as band members for the legendary Andre Williams, if you need any more evidence to their authenticity – and the tracks include "Tell Ya Once", "(Do) The Hurt", "Sugar Snap", "Sambuca", "(Do) The Crab", "Hunger", "Goin' Out", "Hungry Teenage Wolfman", "Monkey Bump", "Ghost Of The Voodoo King", "No More" and more. Recorded in mono – glorious mono! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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Gato BarbieriThird World ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the hippest albums Gato Barbieri ever cut – and a key link between his late 60s avant work with Don Cherry, and his Latin-tinged albums of the 70s! The album features Barbieri working with a New York group of avant players – including Beaver Harris on drums, Roswell Rudd on trombone, and Charlie Haden on bass – but the sound is a bit more focused and forward-moving than you might expect, thanks to a strong sense of rhythm on the date. Lonnie Liston Smith plays piano and Richard Landrum handles conga and percussion to give the set a slightly Latin flavor – and the overall sound is not that dissimilar from some of Pharoah Sanders' albums at the same time on Impulse. Barbieri's tone is fantastic – and the spiralling piano work by Smith really gives the album a lofty spiritual tone – on titles that include "Zelao", "Cancion Del Llamero", "Haleo & The Wild Rose", and "Antonio Das Mortes". CD
Also available Third World ... CD 6.99

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Gato BarbieriThird World ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Sony (Argentina), 1969. Used ... $6.99
One of the hippest albums Gato Barbieri ever cut – and a key link between his late 60s avant work with Don Cherry, and his Latin-tinged albums of the 70s! The album features Barbieri working with a New York group of avant players – including Beaver Harris on drums, Roswell Rudd on trombone, and Charlie Haden on bass – but the sound is a bit more focused and forward-moving than you might expect, thanks to a strong sense of rhythm on the date. Lonnie Liston Smith plays piano and Richard Landrum handles conga and percussion to give the set a slightly Latin flavor – and the overall sound is not that dissimilar from some of Pharoah Sanders' albums at the same time on Impulse. Barbieri's tone is fantastic – and the spiralling piano work by Smith really gives the album a lofty spiritual tone – on titles that include "Zelao", "Cancion Del Llamero", "Haleo & The Wild Rose", and "Antonio Das Mortes". CD
Also available Third World ... CD 11.99

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Ray BarrettoBarretto Power ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great Andy Gonzalez on bass – a heck of a player whose solid rhythmic pulse was a big part of so many great albums of the time. Two great tracks make the album totally worth owning – "Right On" and "Power", both of are funky Latin soul numbers that are right out of Ray's Hard Hands period! Other tracks are equally great salsa numbers – and titles include "Y Dicen", "Perla Del Sur", and "Oye La Noticia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoLatino Con Soul ... LP
West Side Latino, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of Ray's career – and shows that he was an early player in the change of the Latin sound of the 60s – hitting hard with a tight, young jazzy group on this excellent set! Titles include "Trompeta y Trombon", "Boogaloo Con Soul", "Do You Dig It?", "Fuego y Pa'Lante", "Happy Birthday Everybody", "El Picor", and "Bilongo". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Barry/Matt MonroQuiller Memorandum ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $14.99
A sweet little soundtrack by John Barry – very different than the full-on style he used for James Bond – but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The music was written for a spy thriller starring Alec Guiness, George Segal, and Max Von Sydow – a moody film that's handled here by Barry with a spacey quality that's mighty nice – lots of isolated instruments floating along, sometimes with weird effects that are almost watery – all in a space that's somewhere between Barry's work for The Knack, and that new sense of space that Morricone was bringing into 60s soundtracks. The result is a real treasure – one of Barry's best film scores – and titles include "Autobahn March", "Downtown", "Oktober/Walk From The River", "Quiller Caught/The Fight", "Quiller & The Bomb", and the theme "Wednesday's Child", sung by Matt Monro. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s stereo pressing!)

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Bartok/Tsintsadze/Villa Lobos/Falla/Piazzolla/MontBetween Worlds – Avi Avital/Richard Galliano/Giora Feidman/Catrin Finch/Itamar Doari ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon, 2014. Used ... $8.99
CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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New Michael BatesMichael Bates' Outside Sources – A Fine Balance ... CD
Between The Lines/Challenge (Germany), 2004. Used ... $7.99
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(Tray card has a cutout notch.)

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BB & Q BandGenie (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/PTG (France), 1985. Used ... $9.99
The last true classic from the masters of the 80s groove genre – a post-Capitol effort for Elektra, but one that's still awash in great keyboards and snapping electro beats! Some of the jazzier sound from the past is gone here, but in its place is a leaner, cleaner sound that's still a fair bit more compelling than most work by the group's contemporaries! Nearly all tracks snap along with rhythms that are nicely placed between the street and the dancefloor – never gimmicky and never too cloying, and tightly focused enough to make the most of the hooks in the vocals. Lots of DX7 on the album, and more than a few numbers have a great sort of breakdance vibe. Tracks include "Riccochet" and "Dreamer" – both remixed by Shep Pettibone –"On The Shelf", "Genie", "Main Attraction", and "Don't Force It". CD features 6 bonus tracks – including "Dreamer (no 1 rmx)", "Main Attraction (finest rmx)", "Dreamer (Shep's dream version)", "Riccochet (Ben Liebrand mix)", and "Dreamer (Shep Pettibone long voc version)". CD

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Beach BoysHolland ... LP
Brother/Warner, 1972. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great early 70s entry from The Beach Boys – and a record that's nicely balanced between mature pop tunes and more experimental moments! The set kicks off with the sublime "Sail On Sailor" – a tightly compressed, wonderfully catchy number that's easily one of the group's greatest of the decade – and other tracks range from gentle ballads to playful numbers to others that explore more spiritual themes. All group members contributed tunes, and helped in production, but somehow we feel the tighter hand of Brian Wilson behind it all. Titles include "Sail On Sailor", "The Trader", "Funky Pretty", "Only With You", "Leaving This Town", and the "California Saga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the bonus 7" ep – "Mount Vernon & Fairway" – a "fairy tale"! Also includes the lyric insert.)

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New BeatlesBeatles For Sale (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP
Parlophone/Apple, 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
The Beatles for sale, but never in a commercial way at all – early proof of the group's great balance between mainstream appeal and sounds that still stick to the frontiers of rock and roll! The tunes are short, and heavy on influences from American R&B – yet the Fab Four are already crafting their new sound strongly, and have a melodic brilliance that's hard to deny! Titles include "Eight Days A Week", "Words Of Love", "Honey Don't", "Every Little Thing", "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'm A Loser", "Rock & Roll Music", "I'll Follow The Sun", "Mr Moonlight", and "No Reply". LP, Vinyl record album

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Louis BellsonThunderbird ... LP
Impulse, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
Duke Ellington's drummer from the 50's leads a thunderous octet that includes Harry Edison on trumpet, Sam Most on alto, and Jim Cook on tenor. Bellson's drums are out front, and he kicks the group nice and hard through tracks like "Thunderbird", "Nails", "No More Blues", and "Back On The Scene". Like Bellson's recordings from the 50's, this one sparkles with tightness and a good sense of play between the musicians. LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Vicki BenetIntroducing Vicki Benet – Woman Of Paris ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Good+ ... $4.99
Vicki Benet sings in both French and English on this record and is joined by Charles Dant and His Orchestra. Some of the songs are just in English, some in French and the others alternate between the two. She is more of a cabaret type singer than a jazz singer and the tracks include "Autumn Leaves", "Pigalle", "La Seine", "Mademoiselle De Paris", "Mon Homme", and "Hymne A L'Amour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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George BensonBeyond The Blue Horizon (2nd pressing) ... LP
CTI, 1970. Very Good ... $4.99
A great early CTI session by George Benson, and one of the most stripped-down, straight-ahead funky records he did for the label! There's a sharpness here that's different than the larger feel of some of Benson 's later records – a sound that almost links back to his soul jazz roots in the 60s – played by a tight combo that features Benson on guitar, Clarence Palmer on organ, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus percussion from Michael Cameron and Albert Nicholson. There's a version of "So What" on here that's got to be one of the best funky takes of that standard ever – with great hard grooves on the intro – and on other cuts, the real genius is in the way the simple tracks are arranged to shift between darkly chromatic passages and slight bits of funk. Titles include "All Clear", "Ode To A Kudu", and "Somewhere In The East". LP, Vinyl record album

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BetweenContemplation ... LP
Aural Explorer, 1980. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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(Cover has a piece of masking tape on the spine.)

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Big Star#1 Record ... CD
Ardent/Stax, 1972. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The amazing first album from Big Star – a set that came out of nowhere, made hardly a ripple on the charts, yet went onto crash in big waves of sound for generations to come! The style here is unlike thing else before – hardly what you'd expect from the group's Memphis roots or Alex Chilton's previous performances – yet the group's music has become a generation-defining sound in the way it blends southern inflections with harder rock influences, and a lean, gritty quality that's arguably in a late 70s space between punk and power pop. Every element is wonderful – guitars that are powerful, but never indulgent – vocals that are moving, but never overly emotive – and a balance between sensitive and searing moments that even The Replacements could never hope to match. A landmark all the way through – with tracks that include "Feel", "Ballad Of El Goodo", "In The Street", "The India Song", "When My Baby's Beside Me", "Give Me Another Chance", "Don't Lie To Me", "Thirteen", "Watch The Sunrise", and "Try Again". CD

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Black HeatNo Time To Burn ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their razor-sharp rhythms! There's a slight hint of Afro Funk in some of the rhythms – and the keyboards cook with lots of sweet clavinet lines – mixed with a production style that features some bubbling electronic elements that remind us a lot of that crazy "magic bag" that was used by the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. That group might be a good point of comparison, but the band also shares a lot of Kool & The Gang's ensemble funk style – especially on their cover of "Love The Life You Live" – which they burn here beautifully! Other tracks include "Super Cool", "M&M's", "Rapid Fire", "You Should Have Listened", "Times Have Changed", and "Check It All Out". CD

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Black UhuruDub Factor ... CD
Mango/Island, 1983. Used ... $5.99
One of our top 10 dub albums of all time! This album bridges the gap between the the low-fi, down and dirty excursions of the 70's dub era, and the later high tech dub revolution brought on by On-U, Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. The rhythms here are all first rate, drawn mostly from their Chill Out LP with a few from Red, fueled by Sly and Robbie and a cast of regulars from the Island/Mango stable. Sly & Robbie also handle the production duties, and there's no shortage of fat grooves and unrelenting rhythms, then taken to the next level with deep space echo drops and 21st century sound effects and tape edits. Includes "Ion Storm", "Big Spliff", "Boof'N'Baff'N'Biff", "Puffed Out" and "Android Rebellion". This CD reissue's been newly remastered, with 3 additional dubs as bonus tracks: "Cool Off", "Destination Unknown" and "Fire & Brimstone". CD

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Hamiet BluiettDangerously Suite ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 16.98
A deeply soulful album from reedman Hamiet Bluiett – and a record that's got a bit of a different twist, thanks to vocals from Irene Datcher! The album's got a really warm, organic feel – loads of great percussion from Chief Bey, drums from Billy Hart, and bass from Buster Williams – a rhythm group that really grounds the album in solid territory, with a sense of focus that's almost in the territory of spiritual jazz – energized a bit more than some of Bluiett's other recordings of this period. Datcher only sings on a few tracks, but her presence is really wonderful too – a fresh voice alongside Hamiet's alto and baritone sax – in a group that's completed by pianist Bob Neloms. The tracks have that tender expressive style that we always love in Bluiett's best work – and titles include "Ballad Of Eddie Jefferson", "Between The Raindrops", "Full Deep & Mellow", "Prayer", and "Doll Baby". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Willie BoboTomorrow Is Here ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A really unique chapter in the career of percussionist Willie Bobo – a rare one-off album for Blue Note – done with a sweet Cali vibe all the way through! Bobo plays his usual percussion, but also sings a bit too – in this charming style that's never too overdone – a deeply personal approach that sounds great next to the album's electric arrangements – all in a vibe that mixes Latin with 70s funk and fusion – all with that beautiful 70s Blue Note balance between polish and poise, groove and soul! The range of sounds is mighty nice – and titles include "Suitcase Full Of Dreams", "Wacky Tobacky", "Dreamin", "Keep On Walkin", "Funk De Mambo", and the "Kojak Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Sony/Polen (Argentina), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary groups to hit the imprint of late – and they've got no trouble at all moving between upbeat, soulful styles and more earthy levels of instrumentation – all fused together with the kind of warmth and joy we might expect in some of the older productions from Luaka Bop, but with a bit more edge too. Titles include "Bosque", "Bailar Conmigo", "Pa Respirar", "Mozo", "Pajaros", "Pure Love", and "Caribbean Power". CD

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David BowieHeroes ... LP
RCA, 1977. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the three great collaborations between David Bowie and Brian Eno – and possibly the ultimate statement from his years in Berlin! The album's got some tunes that still show some of the guitar power of the early 70s Bowie – but it's also got some of the beautiful spacier moments brought forward on Low – and which are every bit the Brian Eno of Aother Green World. The balance is beautiful – stark and dark on one half, then airy and spacious on the next – handled without any sense of gimmickry, and a bold mainstream experiment that still resonates strongly today. Titles include "Beauty & The Beast", "Joe The Lion", "Heroes", "Sons Of The Silent Age", "Blackout", "V-2 Schneider", "Sense Of Doubt", "Moss Garden", "Neukoln", and "The Secret Life Of Arabia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later black label pressing.)

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David BowieZiggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars ... CD
Virgin, 1973. Used ... $4.99
Arguably one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time – and the key flowering of the partnership between David Bowie and Mick Ronson! The guitars here are heavy – so much so that the record's always crossed over big with crowds who are always suspicious of Bowie's artier work of the 70s – and represented a crucial moment when his groundbreaking music also found a large mainstream audience as well. And despite the fact that Ziggy's an androgynous space rocker with a spurious pedigree, the manufactured posturing of the album's come to be taken quite literally over the years – a vivid text of alienation, expression, and redemption – served up beautifully over a host of classic tracks that include "Five Years", "Soul Love", "Moonage Daydream", "Suffragette City", and "Ziggy Stardust" – all further proof of Bowie's 70s ability to slide in wherever he wanted with ease! CD

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Joanne BrackeenPrism ... LP
Choice, 1979. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep that has the notes cascading wonderfully – in rich melodies with a very deep sound, but still lots of sharp edges, and this sense of freedom that makes you think she's always just about to go outside – before pulling it back a bit. Gomez is sublime, as always – and his bass work adapts perfectly to each individual moment – stating itself strongly, but never in a way that's gimmicky at all – and always balanced between a sense of melody and timekeeping too. Titles include "Lost Or Found", "International Festival", "Evanescent", "If You Dare", and "Prism". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Joanne BrackeenPrism (with bonus track) ... CD
Choice (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep that has the notes cascading wonderfully – in rich melodies with a very deep sound, but still lots of sharp edges, and this sense of freedom that makes you think she's always just about to go outside – before pulling it back a bit. Gomez is sublime, as always – and his bass work adapts perfectly to each individual moment – stating itself strongly, but never in a way that's gimmicky at all – and always balanced between a sense of melody and timekeeping too. Titles include "Lost Or Found", "International Festival", "Evanescent", "If You Dare", and "Prism". CD features a bonus alternate of "International Festival". CD

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Inge BrandenburgDon't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Rare work from the lovely Inge Brandenburg – one of Germany's hippest jazz singers of the postwar years – and an artist who set the tone for later work from a range of European vocalists! Inge sings in English throughout, and has a groove that's almost in the Verve Records mode – often with small combo backing that allow Inge lots of room for inflection on the lyrics and a definite jazz-based sensibility – and a style that might be somewhere between that of Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald. The package brings together a host of well-recorded live tracks from the late 50s and early 60s – only two of which have ever been issued before – and titles include "Secret Love", "Lover Man", "That Old Black Magic", "S'Wonderful", "Lover Come Back To Me", "There'll Never Be Another You", and "Dancing On The Ceiling". CD
Also available Don't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... LP 24.99

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Inge BrandenburgDon't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $24.99
Rare work from the lovely Inge Brandenburg – one of Germany's hippest jazz singers of the postwar years – and an artist who set the tone for later work from a range of European vocalists! Inge sings in English throughout, and has a groove that's almost in the Verve Records mode – often with small combo backing that allow Inge lots of room for inflection on the lyrics and a definite jazz-based sensibility – and a style that might be somewhere between that of Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald. The package brings together a host of well-recorded live tracks from the late 50s and early 60s – only two of which have ever been issued before – and titles include "Secret Love", "Lover Man", "That Old Black Magic", "S'Wonderful", "Lover Come Back To Me", "There'll Never Be Another You", and "Dancing On The Ceiling". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Don't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... CD 19.99

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Anthony BraxtonThis Time ... CD
BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1970. Used Gatefold ... $7.99
An excellent session for BYG! Anthony Braxton is recorded here with a number of other Chicago AACM players, including Steve McCall, Leroy Jenkins, and Leo Smith. The instrumentation includes an amazing range of oddball sound sources, including Hohner Organ, sirens, logs, mouth organ, sound machine, and chimes, and the set's played with all the sense of humor and adventure you'd expect from some of the young AACM players. The record begins with the extended "Composition No 1", which is a fairly free piece; then it moves into a nice solo by Braxton, and then a set of "small compositions", which have some excellent horn interplay between Braxton and Smith. The LP ends with a cool spoken piece by Braxton called "This Time...". Wild stuff, and a great record from his early period. CD
(Out of print. Comes in a cool 5" gatefold reissue package just like the original LP.)
Also available This Time (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99

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Anthony BraxtonThis Time (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
BYG/Sunspots (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 18.99
An excellent session for BYG! Anthony Braxton is recorded here with a number of other Chicago AACM players, including Steve McCall, Leroy Jenkins, and Leo Smith. The instrumentation includes an amazing range of oddball sound sources, including Hohner Organ, sirens, logs, mouth organ, sound machine, and chimes, and the set's played with all the sense of humor and adventure you'd expect from some of the young AACM players. The record begins with the extended "Composition No 1", which is a fairly free piece; then it moves into a nice solo by Braxton, and then a set of "small compositions", which have some excellent horn interplay between Braxton and Smith. The LP ends with a cool spoken piece by Braxton called "This Time...". Wild stuff, and a great record from his early period. CD
(Comes in a cool 5" gatefold reissue package just like the original LP.)
Also available This Time ... CD 7.99

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BrixxWhat Is It? (Mos Def voc version, Mos Def rmx, Mos Def rmx feat Street Smarts & Mike Zoot, voc, inst, Mos Def inst) ... 12-inch
Columbia (Germany), 1998. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.99
Female German MC with vocals in English. A first . . for Dusty Groove anyway. To be honest, to our ears it sounds like a cross between Missy Elliot and Nina Hagen – not what we normally carry, but it still works, in a way. There's one version with a short verse from Mos Def for all you Mos Def completists and another version with Street Smarts and Mike Zoot. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Bob BrookmeyerBob Brookmeyer & Friends (expanded edition) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy (Austria), 1965. Used ... $21.99
Sound, space, tone, and color – a tremendous effort from trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and a record with a really unique feel! The album features a wonderful group that includes Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Stan Getz on tenor, Gary Burton on vibes, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – all coming together in a way that's extremely equally-weighted – with less of Brookmeyer as the leader, than as a warm friend, gathering together a few key players in the studio. Given that Getz worked with Brookmeyer back in the early 50s, and had Burton in his group at the time, the album's always a link between both sides of a decade in Stan's career – but with the presence of the modernists on the rhythm team, there's a sound here that's much more unique – one that has a place for Stan's wonderful tone, and Brookmeyer's airy phrasing – but which also drives along in a rhythmically pulsing mode that almost puts Burton's vibes at the top of the set on some numbers. There's a change in mood from tune to tune that gives the record a remarkable depth, but without sounding schizophrenic – and titles include "Bracket", "The Wrinkle", "Jive Hoot", "Skylark", "Sometime Ago", and "Who Cares". CD also features 3 previously unissued bonus tunes from the sessions – "Time For Two", "Pretty Girl", and "Day Dream" – the last of which features vocals by Tony Bennett! CD
(Out of print.)

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Peter Brotzmann/William Parker/Hamid DrakeNever Too Late But Always Too Early ... CD
Eremite, 2001. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99 29.99
Peter Brotzmann blows beautifully here – in a set that's dedicated to bassist Peter Kowald, and which features some especially great work from William Parker in the group! Brotzmann's got some soulful tones right at the start – almost an exotic quality in his reeds that spins out strongly with Parker's bass and the creative drum work of Hamid Drake – often with that bold focus that can make an Eremite date like this so great! The performance is fierce, but never in an unfocused way – and Drake is really wonderfully balanced between straighter swing and some of his freer explorations on the drum kit. Titles include "Never Run But Go", "The Heart & The Bones", "Halfhearted Beant", and "Never Too Late But Always Too Early". CD

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Jaimeo BrownTranscendence ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $6.99
A compelling conception from drummer Jaimeo Brown – a set that mixes the jazz performance of his trio with inspiration from older gospel music – in particular the famous work of the Gee's Bend Singers, who are sampled here on a number of tracks! About half the record draws vocals from vintage Gee's Bend recordings – and the other half shifts between instrumental passages, and other new vocal performances with singer Selah Brown, Marisha Brown, and Falu. At the core, Brown's trio keeps things on edge, and pushes the project far from hoke with their nicely dark tones – subtle work on drums from Jaimeo, plus tenor from JD Allen and guitar from Chris Sholar. Titles include "Mean World", "You Can't Hide", "Patience", "Power Of God", "Be Free", "You Needn't Mind Me Dying", and "Baby Miesh". CD

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James BrownLive At The Apollo (1962) (remastered & expanded) ... CD
Polydor, 1962. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
A landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of their way to record and re-record the audience, creating a wonderful interplay on the record between James and the crowd. The result is the stuff of legend – and the record's filled with loads of nice tracks like "I'll Go Crazy", "Try Me", "I Don't Mind", "Lost Someone", "Think", The massive medley featuring "Please, Please, Please", "I Want You So Bad", "I Love You, Yes I Do", "Strange Things Happen" and more, and "Night Train". This newly remastered edition features five bonus tracks/single mixes of original LP tracks! CD

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Oscar Brown Jr.Between Heaven & Hell ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great early work from Oscar Brown Jr – a hip mix of jazz and soul, working in Brown's unique sense of showmanship, and his almost beat-like flair with a lyric! Ralph Burns and Quincy Jones handled the arrangements – and the album's filled with great original tracks by Brown, including "Mr. Kicks", "Opportunity, Please Knock", Love is Like a New Born Child", "Elegy (Plain Black Boy)", "Hazel's Hips", and many more! Nice jazzy groove, and very much in the best style of Oscar's 60s work! LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing. Cover has a name in pen on back.)

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Pete BrownPeter The Great ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few albums ever as a leader from alto saxophonist Pete Brown – a less-remembered talent of his times, but a key link between the generations of bop and swing! The set was only issued as a 10" LP, but packs the full punch of most longer albums – sublime alto from Brown with a crisp tone firmly in place – sitting somewhere between older bop players and some of the emerging Tristano-ites from the east coast – a vibe that's almost like Charlie Mariano or Dick Johnson in their best younger years, but with a bit more soul too. The group's a hip sextet – with trumpet from Joe Wilder, guitar from Wally Richardson, and piano by Wadde Legge – and the album includes a great version of "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", plus the nice originals "Delta Blues" and "Used Blues". CD

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Gary Burton, Hank Garland, & OthersAfter The Riot At Newport ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good ... $29.99
It's a little known fact that Nashville, although best remembered as a center of country music, has also given the world some pretty great jazz players – some of whom easily skirt the line between jazz and country studio work. This set's a great summation of that tradition – featuring jam session tracks by some of the city's best jazzmen at the turn of the 60s – Gary Burton, Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Bob Moore, Brenton Banks, and Boots Randolph. Some of the players are best known as pop instrumentalists, but open up here nicely in the album's more relaxed setting – summed up well by the tune "Relaxin", and heard over other tracks that include "Opus De Funk", "Nashville To Newport", "Round Midnight", and "Riot Chorus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and a half split top seam.)

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BwanaBwana ... LP
Caytronics, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice breakbeat. Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jaki ByardLate Show – An Evening With Jaki Byard – Live At Keystone Korner Vol 3 ... CD
High Note, 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Sublime solo sounds from the great Jaki Byard – one of the most creative pianists of the 60s and 70s – heard here in a stunning late nite set at the legendary Keystone Korner! Byard's a player who could take all the best piano sounds of the 50s – the fresh, modern moments, and the warmer more romantic ones – and mix them up with a new vision that somehow allowed so many different strands of jazz to coexist at once – and not just styles, but different eras as well! This touch was always apparent in his famous group recordings, but it comes through even more strongly in a solo set like this – where Byard moves with effortless ease between so many different voices and tones – on tunes that include "Spanish Tinge No 1", "Family Suite", "In Your Own Sweet Way", "European Episode", "GEB Piano Roll", "For All We Know", and "All The Things You Are/I'll Remember April". CD

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Donald ByrdKofi (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1969/1970. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A fantastic set of tracks that was recorded at the cusp of the 70s, but which wasn't (for some strange reason) released until many years later! Donald Byrd's playing here with two different larger groups, and the music is a perfect bridge between his spacey late 60s attempts to mimic Miles Davis, and his tighter early 70s jazz funk work with Larry Mizell. The instrumentation's a bit different than usual, and includes a warm frontline of Frank Foster on tenor, Lew Tabackin on flute and tenor, and William Campbell on trombone – all working with these charts that are full and flowing – really strong, soulful elements that get some further great touches from Duke Pearson on Fender Rhodes! Rhythms echo some of Pearson's own great music of the time, with lots of Brazilian undercurrents – no surprise, given that Duke produced the record – and titles include "Kofi", "Fufu", "Perpetual Love", and "Elmina". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby CaldwellCat In The Hat ... LP
Clouds, 1980. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the greatest moments ever from Bobby Caldwell – a special little album that occupies it's own place between genres – a touch of soul, the warmth of jazz, and a delivery that really helped Caldwell reach out to some big new audiences at the time! There's a cool, compressed feel to the record – but a quality that's still quite personal and never too slick – that rare balance that only a few of Bobby's contemporaries could ever match – and which is really hammered home here by the production and great songwriting. Instrumentation uses a warm blend of acoustic and electric elements that offset the vocals nicely – and titles include "Coming Down From Love", "Wrong Or Right", "You Promised Me", "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love", and "Open Your Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)
Also available Cat In The Hat (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 15.99

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Bobby CaldwellCat In The Hat (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Clouds/JVC (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the greatest moments ever from Bobby Caldwell – a special little album that occupies it's own place between genres – a touch of soul, the warmth of jazz, and a delivery that really helped Caldwell reach out to some big new audiences at the time! There's a cool, compressed feel to the record – but a quality that's still quite personal and never too slick – that rare balance that only a few of Bobby's contemporaries could ever match – and which is really hammered home here by the production and great songwriting. Instrumentation uses a warm blend of acoustic and electric elements that offset the vocals nicely – and titles include "Coming Down From Love", "Wrong Or Right", "You Promised Me", "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love", and "Open Your Eyes". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)
Also available Cat In The Hat ... LP 9.99

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CalibreSpill ... CD
Signature (UK), 2013. Used ... $7.99
High caliber drum and bass from Calibre – with frenetic and sputtering beats – and an uncommon soulful depth! As insistent as the beats are here, the diverse keyboard backdrops and occasional moody vocals are what takes it to deeper level. A really solid balance between frenetic beats and spacier, more soulful textures. Includes "Dema Beats", "Running", "Think On", "Cully Bridge", "Start Again" feat Chimpo, "Wilderness" feat Steo, "Paragov", "Sick Of It All" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Captain BeefheartBluejeans & Moonbeams ... LP
Mercury, 1974. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A bit of a notorious record in the good Captain's career, cut in the transition between the original Magic Band and the fine later lineup that was responsible for the excellent LPs on Virgin. The sound is pretty spare, and without the mindbending twists and turns that Beefheart had made his trademark up to this point, and as such, is more of a straight blues and rock record. Van Vliet still sounds great, croaking his idiosyncratic lyrics in his own bad to the bone manner. 9 tracks in all, including "Party Of Special Things", "Same Old Blues", "Observatory Crest", "Pompadour Swamp", "Captains Holiday", "Rock N Roll's Evil Doll", "Further Than We've Gone", "Twist Ah Luck" and "Bluejeans & Moonbeams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear with light splitting.)

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Johnny CashAmerican VI – Ain't No Grave (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
American, 2010. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 24.98
The sixth volume of American Recordings from Johnny Cash – recorded in the months between June's & Johnny's passing – produced by an increasingly reverent Rick Rubin and put together with care and consideration. Cash sounds justifiably weary on these late recordings, with songs chosen from the work of great friends, admirers and the Man In Black himself. It's the second posthumous set in the series, but it's truly good stuff, and certainly respectful of Johnny's astounding legacy. Includes "Ain't No Grave", "Redemption Song", "For The Good Times", "Satisfied Mind", "I Corinthians 15:55", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Cool Water", "Last Night A Stranger Had A Dream" and "Aloha Oe". LP, Vinyl record album

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ChansonChanson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ariola/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A sweet little set from Chanson – a duo formed by a funky bassist and guitarist – who both bring a really strong focus to the rhythms on this set! The pair also get lots of great studio help from top-shelf talents on the instrumentation – key jazzy session players, as well as a number of members of Earth Wind & Fire – who seem to support the same soulful balance between funk and club of that classic group, taken to slightly more of a disco space by Chanson! The instrumentation is key – very well-crafted, and clearly the first element of the tunes before the vocals – although those are great too, and really serve as icing on the cake! Titles include "Don't Hold Back", "Why", "Did You Ever", "All The Time You Need", "I Love You More", and "I Can Tell". CD features four bonus tracks – 7" single mixes of four tracks on the album! CD

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Teddy CharlesThree For Duke ... LP
Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
Nice moody set of tracks written by Duke Ellington, and played by a trio that features vibist Teddy Charles, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and pianist Hall Overton. All three men are committed modernists, and they play here without drums, and with a lot of space to lay down some dark edgey arrangements of tracks like "The Mooch", "Sherman Shuffle", and "Main Stem". Moody stuff, with a very spooky sound at times, and some excellent interplay between the vibes and piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track two. Cover has like wear, a sticker, and a light streak of marker on the front.)

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ChicBest Of Chic Volume 2 ... CD
Rhino, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $4.99
Yowsa! We hardly ever knew Chic had enough to fill 2 albums, much less 2 greatest hits compilations – but they did, and between this one and volume one, you'll get just about all the stuff they ever recorded for Atlantic. Plenty of choppy guitar, driving beats, and catchy pop-disco grooves – and a total of 17 tracks that includes "Rebels Are We", "What About Me", "You Are Beautiful", "Flash Back", "Tavern On The Green", "At Last I Am Free", "Just Out Of Reach", "Stage Fright", "Real People", and "Give Me The Lovin". CD

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Chicago Underground DuoAge Of Energy ... LP
Northern Spy, 2012. Near Mint- ... $16.99
The title's an interesting choice – given that the energy here is often quite laidback – a set of open sonic explorations between cornet player Rob Mazurek and drummer Chad Taylor – both of whom handle plenty of electronics in the set as well! Both Rob and Chad are musicians who can work in harder, sharper modes when needed – but here, they relax into a groove that really recalls the late 90s Chicago scene that both helped them raise up in prominence – in a style that's an atmospheric mix of jazz and other instrumental modes. Titles include "Winds & Sweeping Pines", "It's Alright", "Castle In Your Heart", and "Age Of Energy" – the last of which does have Taylor moving with a stronger punch than on other tracks. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, still in the resealable sleeve.)

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Charlie ChristianGenius Of The Electric Guitar ... CD
Columbia/Definitive (Spain), Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $13.99
The birth of modern jazz guitar – seminal sides recorded by Charlie Christian, working in small group format with Benny Goodman in the 40s. Christian's tone on the instrument is fantastic – and even though the style of the tracks is more in the swing era mode, there's a direct line between his playing and later work by Grant Green and other 60s jazz guitar giants! Titles include "Six Appeal", "Waiting For Benny", "Seven Come Eleven", "Airmail Special", "Breakfast Feud", and "Wholly Cats". Plus, CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Topsy", "Honeysuckle Rose", and "Stompin At The Savoy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Coralie ClementSalle Des Pas Perdus ... CD
Capitol, 2001. Used ... $9.99
Lovely French pop – with a stripped-down retro groove that's really delightful! Coralie's got a breathy vocal style that reminds us of a young Jane Birkin – and the backing on the set is in a small combo mode, with guitar, organ, bass, drums, and sax – grooving in a mode that's halfway between the left bank of the 60s, and the current underground pop stylings of groups on the Siesta label. Coralie's vocals are great – and the album's filled with loads of lovely original tunes that feel as if they were dug up off of lost 60s eps from France! Titles include "La Mer Opale", "L'Ombre Et La Lumiere", "Salle Des Pas Perdus", "Lou", "Le Dernier Train", and "Le Jazz Et Le Gin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles CohenMusic For Dance & Theater ... LP
Morphine (Netherlands), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $24.99
Hardly the regular sort of music you'd expect for dance or theater – as all the tracks here are the creation of Charles Cohen – an overlooked American electronic pioneer, and one with a great ear for unusual sounds and styles! The music is almost all performed on analogue synthesizers – and often balances perfectly between cosmic soundscapes and more creative passages – some of which really show Cohen's strong talent for creating unusual sounds. Yet unlike other musicians of this nature, Charles is never out to shock or overwhelm – and instead has this minimal, organic sense to his music – which often makes you feel like there's a lot more "heart" inside than usual. Titles include "The Street", "Velcro Dance", "Water", "Bell Jar", "Blue Krishna", "Tubs", and "Sunrise Women/Men". LP, Vinyl record album

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Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage EnsembleArmageddon (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Katalyst, 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 11.99
A rare and beautiful treasure from Chicago's Phil Cohran and his legendary Artistic Heritage Ensemble – material recorded at the end of the 60s, but only issued here for the first time ever! The sound on the record is amazing – much deeper, and more forceful than anything else we've ever heard from Cohran – almost in Sun Ra Arkestra territory at times, given the group's out-there playing, and bold collective action! The lineup is similar to other Cohran recordings from the time – Phil on cornet, Henry Gibson on congas, Pete Cosey on guitar, Louis Satterfield on bass, Charles Williams on alto, Don Myrick on tenor, Charles Handy on trumpet, Willie Woods on trombone, and Aaron Dodd on tuba – a group that's a wonderful bridge between the two important Chicago generations headed by Sun Ra and Earth Wind & Fire. Armageddon is an extended piece, divided up into five different musical acts – conceived by Cohran in the late 50s, and recorded here in 1968 – with some great help from The Spencer Jackson Family on the leadoff track "Motherless Child". Other titles include "Creation Of The Beast", "The Warning", "The Window", and "Armageddon" – a clear reference to the power of the atom bomb! CD

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New CokeCoke ... LP
Sound Triangle, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Funky Latin breaks and very groovy grooves – the kind of record that you hear for only a second, and say "oh yeah, this is the stuff!" Coke were an obscure Florida combo who mixed together Latin, funk, and soul – served up in a crossover style that's halfway between the sound of the NuYorican generation and the heavier hitters of LA's Chicano funk scene! Instrumentation includes organ, guitar, and trumpets – and vocals are delivered in a brown eyed soul style that burns nicely with the heavier grooves of the group. But best of all is the drummer, who really kicks it large on the kit – and creates some really nice funky numbers on the set! Includes the break classic "Na Na", plus the tunes "Got To Touch Your Face", "Te Amo Mas", "Quiero Decirte", "Bang Bang", "Bun Bun Bun", "You Turn Me On", and "Que Seria De Mi". A really great album – with a totally unique sound! LP, Vinyl record album

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Cola & Jimmu (Nicole Willis & Jimi Tenor)I Give To You My Love & Devotion ... CD
Herakles (Finland), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of the cover really sums up the sound of the record – a great old school vibe that reflects the best underground club releases of the late 80s – especially that deeper-than-deep house scene that never even came close to the mainstream! There's lots of spiritual elements in the lyrics – similar to the vibe of Jimi's recent Kabu Kabu records – but Nicole's delivery is very different, often parsed in short lyrical bursts amidst the keyboards and grooves. Titles include "Immortal Champion", "Earthly Delights", "Open Up Your Chakra", "Fantabulous", "Meet You At The Crossroads", and "No More Wars". CD

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Earl ColemanLove Songs ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great return to form for vocalist Earl Coleman – a singer who'd recorded earlier in the bop years, but who makes a rare 60s appearance here on a soulful set for Atlantic Records! Coleman's got a rich voice that's somewhere between Johnny Hartman and Billy Eckstine – with a great range that really goes deep when it wants, yet still has a fluid sensibility that's definitely jazz more than anything else. Billy Taylor's on the record on piano, and leads the combo on most numbers – but the set also features some nice arrangements from Frank Foster and Tom McIntosh, both of whom really keep things interesting. Titles include "Charade", "When Did You Leave Heaven", "I Wish I Knew", "Day In the Life Of a Fool", and "I Won't Tell A Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a DJ Copy sticker.)

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Lyn CollinsThink (About It) ... CD
People (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The funkiest album ever recorded by Lyn Collins – a stone solid set that really lives up to the legacy of her funky 45s! Like those gems, this one has Collins working with James Brown on production and the JBs in the background – creating a razor-sharp groove that's probably the closest any female singer ever came in the 70s to matching The Godfather's groove! The album's got Lyn shifting between heavy funk numbers and mellower soul cuts – really pushing things to the max with an incredibly deep take on a few older favorites, plus some killer new numbers – all produced to funky perfection, with just the right sort of balance between the rough and the tight. Titles include her great version of "Think", a funky sample cut that never gets old – plus the cuts "Things Got To Get Better", "Women's Lib", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Just Won't Do Right", "Wheels Of Life", and the funkiest version ever of "Fly Me To The Moon". CD

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Johnny ColonBoogaloo Blues ... LP
Cotique, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was a straight player with a love for the sound of the early 60s descarga era – but at another, he was a young kid absorbing all the soul, funk, and drug influences that were coming out of other groups at the time. The result is a really amazing album with a slow, sinister groove that's unlike anything else we can think of. Tracks roll over one another with uncanny beats and a sad and soulful feel – shifting between English and Spanish to reflect the speech patterns of the members of the band – and really opening up with some killer grooves that have made the album a treasure for years! Titles include "Judy (part 2)", "Canallon", "Jumpy", "Boogaloo Blues", "Descarga", and "Mi Querida Bomba". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Boogaloo Blues (remastered edition) ... CD 9.99

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New Johnny ColonBoogaloo Blues (remastered edition) ... CD
Cotique/Fania, 1967. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was a straight player with a love for the sound of the early 60s descarga era – but at another, he was a young kid absorbing all the soul, funk, and drug influences that were coming out of other groups at the time. The result is a really amazing album with a slow, sinister groove that's unlike anything else we can think of. Tracks roll over one another with uncanny beats and a sad and soulful feel – shifting between English and Spanish to reflect the speech patterns of the members of the band – and really opening up with some killer grooves that have made the album a treasure for years! Titles include "Judy (part 2)", "Canallon", "Jumpy", "Boogaloo Blues", "Descarga", and "Mi Querida Bomba". CD
Also available Boogaloo Blues ... LP 9.99

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New Willie ColonGuisando – Doing A Job (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1969. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
Wild early work from Willie Colon – a record that's equally poised between the Latin Soul and later salsa era, and which features great lead vocals from Hector Lavoe! The album's got some very strong tracks that percolate in Willie's dark trombone-led groove – like the mighty 7 minute "No Me Den Candela", which steps about majestically in a slow and soulful groove; or the great instrumental cut "I Wish I Had a Watermelon", a nice mini-descarga with some really great piano! Other tracks include "El Titan", "Oiga Senor", "Guisando", and "Te Estan Buscando". Great stuff all around! CD

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John ColtraneLove Supreme (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Impulse, 1964. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $16.99
A classic – and virtually the blueprint for all spiritual soul jazz recordings of the 70s! John Coltrane's at a perfect point here – balanced between the modal hardbop of earlier years, and the freer soloing of his last few recordings. He links the traditions together with a majestic sense of power and spirituality, twisting and turning his way through a tightly woven suite of tracks that's played to perfection by the quartet of Coltrane on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Movements include "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". LP, Vinyl record album

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CommodoresHeroes ... CD
Motown/PTG (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
The Commodores tenth album – as you might guess from the big X on the cover – and a set that features some of the last great moments of Lionel Richie with the group! The album's a bit overlooked, but has a really great groove – kind of a middle ground between The Commodores' heavier funk and mellower ballads – served up here with the tight instrumentation that always made the group a self-contained standout – and arranged and produced to perfection by the great James Anthony Carmichael. Richie's lead is strong, but understated too – and titles include "Old Fashion Love", "Heroes", "Sorry To Say", "All The Way Down", "Wake Up Children", "Mighty Spirit", and "Celebrate". CD

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New Norman ConnorsInvitation ... LP
Arista, 1979. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Norman Connors at the top of his game – working here with backing from his own Starship Orchestra, in a groove that's completely funky, deeply soulful, and touched with a fair bit of jazz as well! The album's a great summation of all the sounds that Connors had crafted on previous records with a wider range of players – but really comes into sharp focus here with help from lead vocalist Adaritha – a singer who's got this sublime range that rivals Minnie Riperton on Capitol Records, but which also carries some of the deeper tones of Jean Carn's previous work with Norman. The album's well-balanced between mellow moments and jazzy groovers – all handled with the classic Connors sense of sophistication and class – and titles include the great groover "Be There In The Morning", the slow jamming "Handle Me Gently", plus the tracks "Your Love", "I Have A Dream", "Disco Partido", and "Invitation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)

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Convergence Quartet (Bynum/Hawkins/Lash/EisenstadtSlow & Steady ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. Used ... $16.99
The sounds are definitely convergent here – very individual strands from all the musicians, but each finding space to come together in a really beautiful way! The album's got a great balance between improvised moments and more compositional impulses – a balance that's not unlike that moment when modern jazz was reaching for new freedoms in the 60s, yet still able to come back to the idea of unified group energy – perhaps a bit like Ornette Coleman in his post-Atlantic years, or the work of the west coast underground. The players really have a great feel for each other – and the quartet features Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Alexander Hawkins on piano, Dominic Lash on bass, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums – on titles that include "Assemble/Melancholy", "Remember Raoul", "The Taff End", "Slow & Steady", and "Oat Roe + Three By Three". CD

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New Tony CookBack To Reality ... CD
Stones Throw, Mid 80s/2011. Used ... $3.99
The unreleased album from Tony Cook – recorded between 1982 and 1986 – newly remixed by Peanut Butter Wolf and given a ceremonial release by Stones Throw! Like the couple of Cook singles from the era we were previously hip to, it's a nice mix of cosmic soul and homespun charm – lots of groovy synth and period programmed beats, heavy bass grooves and searing soul guitar when the groove calls for it. Lean boogie funk and soul with guests including Dam-Funk, Vernon Cheely, Tavell, Vanessa Jean and The Party People. Includes "Get To The Point" feat Vernon Cheely, "Later For Dancing (Stay The Night)", feat Tavell, "Video Rock" feat Tavell, "What's On Your Mind" feat Dam-Funk, "The Rap" feat The Kids,On The Floor (Rock-It)" feat The Party Kids, "Mighty Fine" feat Vanessa Jean and more. CD

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil – served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Clifford CoulterBetter Part Of Me ... LP
Columbia, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
A damn great little record from Clifford Coulter – a set that's much tighter and more soul-based than his earlier funk albums for Impulse Records – but which comes together beautifully, too – thanks to help from Bill Withers in the studio! Bill produced, and the record has this perfect sort of balance – never too slick or uptight, but really focused too – that great warm groove that Withers found with his own music at Columbia – but set up here as a perfect foil for Coulter's truly amazing voice! The singer's got a depth that comes through right away – on both the ballads and the groovers – and the record's one of those under-discovered gems that we've dug for years – proof that some really amazing soul music was coming out on major labels, between the hits. Withers plays lots of keyboards on the record – and titles "Another Day", "You And I Together", "Nothing In The World Is Free", "Don't Wanna See You Cry", "Magic Carpet Ride", "Maybe It's Better To Go", and "The Better Part Of Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Austin CromerSings For Her ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
The only album we've ever seen from vocalist Austin Cromer – a deep-voiced jazz singer with a style that's somewhere in the best space between Billy Eckstine and Arthur Prysock! Cromer's a lot more relaxed and less posturing than either of those bigger names – and he's got a great setting here, with small combo backing from a group that features Hubert Laws on flute, Chick Corea on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Bruno Carr on drums! The set's a jazz one at heart, but has some soulful undercurrents too – and titles include "This Love Of Mine", "The More I See You", "I Wish I Knew", "As Long As She Needs Me", and "A Tree In The Meadow". CD

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CultureBaldhead Bridge ... CD
Shanachie, 1980. Used ... $7.99
Culture deliver a nice set of harmony roots, another successful collaboration between them and Joe Gibbs, with Errol Thompson on the mix and the Professionals band holding down the rhythms. Sweet rockers vibes from the twilight of the roots era. With "Them A Payaka", "How Can I Leave Jah", "Baldhead Bridge, "Behold I Come", "Love Shines Brighter", "Jah Love", "Zion Gate" and "So Long Babylon A Fool I (And I)". CD

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George DavisScapula – Bop Acetates Chicago 1949 ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1949. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
Very rare work from an early bop saxophonist in Chicago – reedman George Davis, who's best known for bringing together the team of Jackie & Roy! Davis recorded briefly for Aristocrat/Chess Records, but has hardly any output of his own – which makes this previously-unissued live set a real discovery – an amazing chance to hear George's very raw, very soulful tone – and a fair bit of his writing as well! Most tunes are originals, and George has this full-on sound that's mighty strong – a great reminder that between the bigger bop scenes on the coasts, there still was some excellent work happening in Chicago as well. The recording quality is "live", although the set's not a concert – and the group features an unnamed guitarist as well – on titles that include "Comin On", "Plenty Of Kicks", "Piano Man's Idea", "Bop Me", "Due Date", "Scapula", and "He's A Real Gone Guy". CD

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Mary DavisSeparate Ways ... CD
Tabu, 1990. Used ... $6.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Mary Davis – a set that's almost got a new jack vibe at times, thanks to the dynamic energy of the production! Mary's voice has its own sense of power that really matches the groove – and the shift is a nice late Tabu extension of the label's previous modes with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bernard Terry handles about half the production of the set, and helps keep things balanced between catchy numbers and a few more serious cuts – and other producers include LA & Babyface, and Derock & Kayo. Titles include "Separate Ways", "Don't Wear It Out", "I Wanna Be Sure", "Have You Ever Been Loved", "Sweet Obsession", and "I'm Gonna Love You Better". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Separate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD 10.99

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Mary DavisSeparate Ways (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1990. New Copy ... $10.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Mary Davis – a set that's almost got a new jack vibe at times, thanks to the dynamic energy of the production! Mary's voice has its own sense of power that really matches the groove – and the shift is a nice late Tabu extension of the label's previous modes with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bernard Terry handles about half the production of the set, and helps keep things balanced between catchy numbers and a few more serious cuts – and other producers include LA & Babyface, and Derock & Kayo. Titles include "Separate Ways", "Don't Wear It Out", "I Wanna Be Sure", "Have You Ever Been Loved", "Sweet Obsession", and "I'm Gonna Love You Better". CD features a book-style cover, new liner notes, and bonus tracks that include "Steppin Out (club version)", "Don't Wear It Out (12" ext)", "Don't Wear It Out (7" version)", "Don't Wear It Out (inst)", "Don't Wear It Out (percussapella)", and "Have You Been Loved (ext mix)". CD
Also available Separate Ways ... CD 6.99

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Miles DavisGet Up With It ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Miles Davis' last studio session before a few years of seclusion – and a really monumental effort, probably the baddest of the electric period! The album does a great job of capturing the energy of the frenzied live sets from that time, and matching it with Teo Macero's cut and paste editing, and wizardry at the mixing console. The side long piece "He Loved Him Madly" is a minimalist epic, while "Calypso Frelimo" alternates between mad afro-percussion driven jams and spacey wah-wah trumpet interludes. The rest of the album is divided up into more succinct shorter funky pieces, like classic "Rated X", with Miles basically just leaning on an electric organ over a hyper funk beat, and the bluesy "Honky Tonk" which opens with an incredibly funky burping electric piano break! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with half split seams and a bit of stuck-on paper on the back.)

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Miles DavisPorgy & Bess ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good- ... $6.99
Way more than just a simple version of work from Porgy & Bess – and instead, a key collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans – done with a sound that really transforms the tunes! True, the work here is all based on George Gershwin's original compositions – but through his inventively modern arrangements, Gil Evans really pushes the familiar numbers to a whole new place – and Miles glides over the top with some especially shimmering solos! Titles include "Summertime", "The Buzzard Song", "I Loves You, Porgy", and "Fishermen, Strawberry, & Devil Crab". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Porgy & Bess (with bonus tracks) ... CD 2.99

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Miles DavisPorgy & Bess (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used ... $2.99
Way more than just a simple version of work from Porgy & Bess – and instead, a key collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans – done with a sound that really transforms the tunes! True, the work here is all based on George Gershwin's original compositions – but through his inventively modern arrangements, Gil Evans really pushes the familiar numbers to a whole new place – and Miles glides over the top with some especially shimmering solos! Titles include "Summertime", "The Buzzard Song", "I Loves You, Porgy", and "Fishermen, Strawberry, & Devil Crab". CD includes two bonus alternate takes! CD
Also available Porgy & Bess ... LP 6.99

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Miles DavisSketches Of Spain ... CD
Columbia/CBS, 1960. Used ... $2.99
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an important distinction to the way the album progresses.) Evans' arrangements have a majesty that takes the songs to the next level – working them as lush, lively backings for Davis' equally majestic trumpet solos, some of the finest he ever recorded with large group backing. Wonderful all the way through – and with the tracks "Concierto De Aranjuez", "Saeta", "The Pan Piper", and "Solea". CD
Also available Sketches Of Spain (180 gram vinyl mono edition) ... LP 18.99

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Miles DavisSketches Of Spain (180 gram vinyl mono edition) ... LP
Columbia, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 24.98
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an important distinction to the way the album progresses.) Evans' arrangements have a majesty that takes the songs to the next level – working them as lush, lively backings for Davis' equally majestic trumpet solos, some of the finest he ever recorded with large group backing. Wonderful all the way through – and with the tracks "Concierto De Aranjuez", "Saeta", "The Pan Piper", and "Solea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Special mono version – pressed up on 180 gram vinyl!)
Also available Sketches Of Spain ... CD 2.99

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Miles DavisTutu ... LP
Warner, 1986. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Steve DavisFor Real ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Beautifully-blown work from Steve Davis – one of our favorite contemporary talents on the trombone, and an artist who can really make the instrument swing in an old school sort of mode! This set may well be one of Steve's most soulful in years – a great date with Larry Willis on piano, who brings in this mix of groove and lyricism to his lines – and partners with Davis at a level that recalls vintage collaborations between Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton! The Davis/Willis team is augmented beautifully by tenorist Abraham Burton, whose lines have a slightly deeper edge, and really add a great layer to the sound – and the rhythm swings strongly with Nat Reeves on bass and Billy Williams on drums. And once again, Davis is a fountain of great new material – a wealth of original songs that include "For Real", "Nicky D", "Days Gone By", "Big East", "Daylight", "I Found You", and "Tactics". CD
 
 
 



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