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WeenQuebec ... CD
Sanctuary, 2003. Used ... $0.99
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WeenWhite Pepper ... CD
Elektra, 2000. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print, sticker on booklet cover.)
 
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New Jan AkkermanTabernakel ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds here – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that really makes the record come together! The set begins with a few themes from John Dowland, updated by Akkerman, but still played with an ancient sort of vibe – one that leads into some very cool fusion moments that mix centuries-old aesthetics with the modern – creating a sense of anachronism that really keeps things interesting. Gene Orloff handled some of the larger arrangements, but the focus is always on Akkerman's deft work on the guitar – and titles include "Britannia", "House Of The King", "Javeh", "Lammy", and "A Fantasy". CD

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Rance Allen GroupWay It Is (aka Say My Friend) ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good- ... $22.99
A fantastic bit of spacey soul – and an amazing collaboration between the Mizell Brothers and vocalist Rance Allen! The set's quite different than Rance's earlier, rootsier work for Stax – and instead has the soaring, joyous quality of some of the other great Mizell productions from the time on albums by Gary Bartz, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond! The best cuts here soar along with a really jazzy feel – that trademark Mizell groove, supported with excellent production that somehow manages to fuse a wide range of keyboards, rhythms, and string together with a really lean sound. Rance's spiritual vocals are wonderful throughout – and the whole album's essential for both Mizell fans, and any lover of righteous 70s soul! Titles include the sublime classics "Truth Is Marching On", "Reason To Survive", and "Peace of Mind" – plus "I'm Gonna Make It After All", "Got To Be Ready", and "You're My Everything". 2nd pressing of the album Say My Friend. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner.)

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New AlzoLooking For You/Takin' So Long ... CD
Bell/Beatball (Korea), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $18.99
2 great records from singer/songwriter Alzo – an artist who's probably best known for his late 60s Mercury album as Alzo & Udine, but one who sounds equally great on his own! The first half of CD features the Bell album Alzo – a really unique little record that's soulful, folksy, and with a slight jazzy tinge at times! This solo album has a bit of a different flavor than Alzo's work with Udine, but the singing and instrumentation have a lot of nice jazzy changes – and the whole thing skips along with the same earthy, personal feel that made the earlier album so great. The whole thing's sort of in between Colin Blunstone and Nick Drake, but with a bit more of a soulful vibe – and an ultra-hip mix of styles that makes us wonder why Alzo wasn't hailed as the hippest thing going at the time. Bob (Multiplication Rock) Dorough arranged and produced, with a very groovy style – and tracks include "Country", "That's Alright", "Without You Girl", "Some People", "Lookin' For You", and "You Know Me, I Know You". Takin So Long is a a lost album from Alzo – tracks from sessions that Alzo recorded with arranger/producer Bob Dorough (who cut some of his own great work at the time) – done in an amazing style that blends together soulful vocals, folksy touches, and a sunshiney approach to the material that's really unique! All tracks are originals, and done with a brightly positive spirit that's held up tremendously well over the years – and which is perhaps almost even more compelling as a link between the turbulent times at the end of the 60s, and the troubling era we're faced with in the 21st century. Instrumentation is by a small group that includes Dorough, Jerry Dodgion, and Stuart Scharf – and titles include "Sweet Winds", "Come On Come On", "You Might Never Know", "Wouldn't You Love To Be There", "Can't Play A Part Of Me", "Takin So Long", and "Lead You By The Hand". CD features the bonus track "I Want You To Be A Part Of Me". CD

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Gene AmmonsGene Ammons Story – The 78 Era ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
An excellent overview of Ammons' early years at Prestige – back when he was recording mostly 78s for the label, and king of the jukebox scene! The sides vary between bop, swing, and a bit of rougher R&B styled tunes – and players include Sonny Stitt, Duke Jordan, Benny Green, Bill Massey, Matthew Gee, and Junior Mance. The feel of the material is similar to Ammons' sides for Chess at the time, but a bit tighter overall – and the set includes 30 tracks in all. Titles include "Back In Your Own Backyard", "Easy Glide", "Walkin", "Chabootie", "Bye Bye", "Archie", "Ammons Boogie", "Jug", "Wow", "Blue & Sentimental", "When I Dream Of You", "A Lover Is Blue", and "Sock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some corner wear.)

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ArsonistsSession (Dirty89tec9Mix)/Halloween (7" edit) (colored vinyl) ... 7-inch
Fondle 'Em/Get On Down, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
High quality, still fresh-sounding underground hip from the mid 90s Fondle 'Em stable! Includes the "Dirty89tec9mix" of "The Sesson" and a 7" edit version of "Halloween". Classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(On orange colored vinyl.)

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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoPhase One (limited numbered edition) ... CD
America/Verve, 1971. Used ... $36.99
One of the headiest albums ever recorded by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a brilliant mix of noise and silence that rivals some of the greatest genius of the 20th century avant composition! The album's lead track "Ohnedaruth" builds slowly with a variety of percussion – traveling in People In Sorrow territory that shows a remarkable sense of sound and space. All members of the group pick up some percussion to build the track as it goes along – then follow suit with a more reed-based approach on the other extended tune on the album, "Lebert Aaly" – the group's brilliant tribute to the late Albert Ayler! The sound is incredibly deep and textured – and draws a clear line between creative improvisation and technical composition that puts the group alongside Cage and Hindemuth! CD
(Out of print.)

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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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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+ ... $9.99
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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Omer Avital QuintetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2010. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
An incredibly well-crafted set from bassist Omer Avital – a player who's really got a bold vision for his group here, and manages to lead a host of strong players through a set of very personal material! There's some great righteous energy going on here – making the set easily one of the most soulful in the Smalls Live series – and at times, almost like some lost New York set from the mid 70s – poised equally between spiritual and soul jazz modes! At times, Avital's bass is right up front in the mix, really leading off the tunes with a great sense of boldness – and at others, the trumpet of Avishai Cohen and tenor of Joel Frahm come together with this soaring elegance that really sets the whole thing on fire. Tracks are all originals by Avital, and titles include "Blues For Tardy", "Magic Carpet", "Theme For A Brighter Future", "Anthem To Life", "One", and "Just Some Small Time Sh*t". CD

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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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New Chet BakerStraight From The Heart – The Last Great Concert Vol 2 ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1988. Used ... $3.99
Material from the last concert Chet Baker ever recorded – a surprisingly tight session that has the trumpeter blowing solos in front of the NDR Big Band. The setting is relatively relaxed – not a blasting big band session, but one that colors in the space between Baker's notes with gentle shades of sound – really respecting his role as a soloist, and providing just the right amount of gentle accompaniment to flesh out the sound of the set. Chet sings on 2 numbers – "My Funny Valentine" and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" – and other tracks include "Sippin At Bells", "Conception", "Look For The Silver Lining", and "Tenderly". Herb Geller also solos on 2 numbers too! CD

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BallisterBoth Ends ... LP
Bocian (Poland), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
Maybe one of the most vibrant musical performances ever from the Ballister trio – for reasons that are recorded in the notes on the album – a stunning collaboration between Dave Rempis on alto and tenor, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion! The players have a great way of swinging between sound and space – really letting things out to create the right sort of suspense, then bounding back in with the sort of bold energy that really feeds their fire – almost with a sensitivity that's surprising, given the situation! The album features one long live performance – divided up into "Front" and "Back" passages. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow vinyl pressing, too!)

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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

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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 ... $9.99
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 ... $4.99
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(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Michael BatesMichael Bates' Outside Sources – A Fine Balance ... CD
Between The Lines/Challenge (Germany), 2004. Used ... $5.99
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(CD case and tray card have a cutout notch.)

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Beach BoysHolland ... LP
Brother/Warner, 1972. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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
(Missing the bonus 7". Cover has light wear, some pen, and a wrinkled corner.)

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BeethovenSonate Pour Piano Et Violoncelle Op 5 No 1/Trio Avec Piano Op 7 No 1 (Fantome) – Kempff/Engel/Vegh/Casals ... LP
Philips (France), Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
Beautiful duets between Wilehlm Kempff on piano and Pablo Casals on cello – on the "Sonata For Piano & Cello". LP, Vinyl record album
(Wonderful French pressing – heavy gatefold cover and great vinyl!)

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Louie Belogenis with Sunny Murray & Michael BisioTiresias ... CD
Porter, 2011. Used ... $9.99
Raw work from the trio of tenorist Louie Belogenis – done with a style that's almost like some of the classic ESP sessions from the 60s! Belogenis has this deep, raspy tone that's mighty nice – filled with soul and emotion – and very well-balanced between free-blown expressions and an inherent sense of rhythm – in a trio that features massive work on drums from the legendary Sunny Murray, and bass from Michael Bisio too. At points, Murray's almost less tied to rhythm than Louie – which is a nice move – and titles include "Tiresias", "Divination", "Blind Prophecy", and "When Darkness Fell". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Vicki BenetIntroducing Vicki Benet – Woman Of Paris ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Good+ ... $1.99
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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Jerry BergonziShifting Gears ... CD
Savant, 2012. Used ... $9.99
Modern tenor sax vet Jerry Bergonzi is indeed Shifting Gears a bit – into a quintet mode – and it's one of the finer Savant sets we've heard in quite a while! The record features all original material by Bergonzi – and it has an easy going feel for the most part, but it's done with unique horn arrangements that really bring in some leftfield tones and color. There's also plenty of fine soloing by Bergonzi and his great group – which includes Bruce Barth on piano, Phil Granadier on trumpet, Dave Santor on bass and Andrea Michelutti on drums. Titles include "Flying Red", "High Tops", "They Knew", "Wibble Wobble", "Doin The Hen", "Zoning", Dr Zoltan" and "Between Worlds". CD
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Elmer BernsteinAva Collection (Walk On The Wild Side/Carpetbaggers/Caretakers/Baby The Rain Must Fall/To Kill A Mockingbird/Movie & TV Themes) ... CD
AVA/Intrada, 1962/1963/1964/1965. New Copy 3 CDs ... $29.99
A great collection of 60s soundtracks from Elmer Bernstein – all originally issued by the indie Ava label, where Bernstein was one of the biggest stars! Elmer had already had a number of years experience working in Hollywood – including some classic late 50s scores that perfectly mixed jazz with larger orchestrations, in a style he explored even more fully on some of the best material here. Yet some of the other soundtracks show Bernstein's increasingly good ear for a dramatic moment – the kind of under-done passages that really had a way of doing a lot with just a little – lessons learned from jazz, then recast back onto larger arrangements, but without any of the Hollywood bombast of decades before. These moments really make the soundtracks sparkle – bits of illumination that resonate strongly throughout the 3CD passage, and draw some surprising links between all the different film scores presented within. The set features five full soundtrack albums – Walk On The Wild Side, The Carpetbaggers, The Caretakers, Baby The Rain Must Fall, and To Kill A Mockingbird – plus the additional Movie & TV Themes record by Bernstein. CD

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New BetweenEinstieg Re-Entry ... CD
Wergo/Intuition (Germany), 1973. Used (reissue)... $12.99
The early 70s album from Between – a cross culturally collaborative combo featuring Germans Peter Hamel & Ulrich Stranz, Bob Eliscuy & Cottrell Black from the US, Ireland's Jimmy Galway and Bob Eliscu, and Argentinean Roberto Detree – kind of an early prog and improv rock gem! CD
(Out of print.)

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New BetweenSilence Beyond Time ... CD
Wergo/Intuition (Germany), 1979. Used ... $12.99
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(Out of print.)

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New Asha Bhosle/Bappi LahiriJab Chaye (Brother Cleve re-edit)/Dance Music (Brother Cleve re-edit) ... 12-inch
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Sweet Bollywood funk – great edits of two tracks from the Bombay Disco 2 compilation – both of which really extend the groove! The legendary Asha Bhosle sings on "Jab Chaye" – a tune with soaring strings, heavy drums, and a killer sort of snap in the rhythms – which makes for a sharper edge than usual for Asha's tunes! "Dance Music" has a wicked kick right from the start – interplay between a snare and more rootsy rhythms – at a level that makes the cut feel like it's spanning both space and time – especially when the cool keyboards come into play! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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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
Also available #1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Big Star#1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ardent/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available #1 Record ... CD 10.99

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Edwin BirdsongDance Of Survival ... LP
Bamboo, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird production touches, edgey guitar bits, and a style that's almost psychedelic-folk-jazz-disco! Birdsong's lyrics are more "out there" than ever, and there's some great spacey production that really makes the whole thing sound great – and which gives the record a very cool feel that's unlike anything else we can think of. A real lost treasure from the 70s indie underground – with titles that include "Dance Of Survival", "What's Your Sign", "Night Of The Full Moon", "Astral Walk", and "Your Smile Gave Birth To My Idea". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dance Of Survival (with bonus track) ... CD 19.99

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Edwin BirdsongDance Of Survival (with bonus track) ... CD
Bamboo/Shout (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $19.99
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird production touches, edgey guitar bits, and a style that's almost psychedelic-folk-jazz-disco! Birdsong's lyrics are more "out there" than ever, and there's some great spacey production that really makes the whole thing sound great – and which gives the record a very cool feel that's unlike anything else we can think of. A real lost treasure from the 70s indie underground – with titles that include "Dance Of Survival", "What's Your Sign", "Night Of The Full Moon", "Astral Walk", and "Your Smile Gave Birth To My Idea". CD features the bonus 7" mix of "Dance Of Survival". CD
Also available Dance Of Survival ... LP 9.99

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Black HeatNo Time To Burn ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
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 Market BrassBig Muffler/Snake Oil Man ... 7-inch
Secret Stash, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99
Killer contemporary Afrobeat from Black Market Brass! "Big Muffler" has deep sounds at the bottom that perfectly match the sharp guitar and horns on the top – a brooding bassy energy that really gives the whole thing a very classic feel – and a sound that's mighty funky too! "Snake Oil Man" is mighty great too – a bit more, well, snakey in approach – but in a way that makes for some mighty great keyboards between the horns and rhythms! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Black Nasty/ADC BandIt's Hard Times – Rare & Unreleased Detroit Funk 1975 to 1981 ... LP
Funky Delicacies, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare funk from the Detroit underground of the late 70s – a lost link between the legendary Stax group Black Nasty, and their later mainstream incarnation, the ADC Band! The work here is from the years between Black Nasty's 1973 debut and some of the bigger ADC records for Cotillion – ensemble funk most of the way through, with a sound that's a bit less polished than the ADC groove, but a lot tighter and less guitar-heavy than the original Black Nasty sound. There's a nice indie feel to a lot of these tunes – so that even though the group's quite professional by this point, they're never too slick, and have retained a good party funk feel to many of the tracks. Instrumentation is relatively full, mixing heavy bass and guitar with larger horn passages and more compressed rhythms. Titles include "I'm Looking For My Roots", "Let Me Do It To You", "Let's Groove", "You Wanna Dance", "Ride In My Brand New Car", "It's Hard Times", and "Let The Music Lead The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Black VelvetIs It Me You Really Love/An Earthquake's Coming ... 7-inch
Truth & Soul, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
The funky side here is the flipside – and "An Earthquake's Coming" is a snapping little drum break number that's totally great! The cut begins with some sing-songy vocals that are somewhere between ESG and Sweet Inspirations – then gives way to a spare funky drum bit with some trippy guitar laying very far back in the mix – before vocals come back with a monstrous little hook and give the track a great girl-styled deep funk sound! "Is It Me" is sweeter and mellower – a really great female harmony soul track with a late nite feel – and both numbers are produced by Tyrone Ashley! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Eugene BlacknellWe Can't Take Life For Granted ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A massive amount of rare work from East Bay funk maestro Eugene Blacknell – an artist who never cut a full album, but managed to record a lot of great funky tracks over the years! This package is the first ever full length set to focus on Eugene's work, and it's a treasure trove of guitar-heavy groovers – starting with some rough-edged, raw R&B-styled funk – then moving into some fuller party funk and boogie-styled numbers! Eugene's guitar is fully in the lead on most tracks – and the vibe of the later work is in a space that's somewhere between Bootsy Collins and Shuggie Otis – a very good place to be, in our opinion. The package was done in collaboration with Eugene's son, and features rare singles, remastered cuts, and even some exclusive and live tracks that have never seen the light of day before. The set features a whopping 25 tracks in all, all with great notes on Eugene's music and story – and titles that include "Cousin John", "Mo Self", "Jump Back", "Getting Down", "The Trip", "Dance To The Rhythm", "For The Sake Of Love", "Jive Kinda Friends", "Wah Wah Funk", "Space Funk", "Don't Stop Now", "Grov-ve Monkey", and even a few rare radio spots! CD

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Mary J BligeMary Christmas ... CD
Verve, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A sparkling Christmas set from Mary J Blige – one that takes full advantage of those wonderful vocals, and lets them loose on a whole host of Holiday tunes! The album's on Verve, and has a feel that's a lot more classic than some of Mary's other work – a vibe that's somewhere between contemporary R&B and the older vocal jazz you'd hear on Christmas favorites from years past – an approach that comes through strongly in Mary's choice of tunes. Most of the numbers are favorite standards from the Holiday season, given a special Blige twist – arranged by David Foster, and titles include "Little Drummer Boy", "My Favorite Things", "This Christmas", "The Christmas Song", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "The First Noel", and "Petit Papa Noel". CD

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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Joanne BrackeenPrism ... LP
Choice, 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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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Braen RaskovichAbnormal Sensations ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Italian soundtrack gurus Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis – working together under the pseudonyms Braen, Raskovich and Kema – and delivering a killer rare set of Abnormal Sensations! It tows the line tightly between seedy early 70s sound library/soundtrack grooves and raw psych and funk-steeped prog. It's fairly stripped-down, with buzzing strings, eerie keyboards, flute and intense rhythms – mostly instrumental, but with some occasional haunting vocals. Amazing stuff! Includes "Sensazioni Abnormi", "Cattura", "Bisca", "Evasioni Psichiche", "Rastrellamento", "Braccio Della Morte", "La Mala", "Premeditazione" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Breez Evahflowin'Pro-Files EP ... 12-inch
Detonator, 2000. Sealed (pic cover)... $2.99
With "Step This Way" clean and street versions, "Grain" street, "Super-Breez!" street, "Between Dah Seams" clean, "Saki" clean and "Pro-Files" clean and street versions. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Bob BrookmeyerBob Brookmeyer & Friends ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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", " Wrinkle Time", "Jive Hoot", "Skylark", "Sometime Ago", and "Who Cares". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and notes in pen on back.)
Also available Bob Brookmeyer & Friends (expanded edition) ... CD 14.99

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Bob BrookmeyerBob Brookmeyer & Friends (expanded edition) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy (Austria), 1965. Used ... $14.99
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.)
Also available Bob Brookmeyer & Friends ... LP 6.99

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Jaimeo BrownTranscendence ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
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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New James BrownIt's a Man's Man's Man's World ... LP
King, 1966. Good+ ... $14.99
James Brown, proud and loud – a smoking 60s album that provides a great link between his earlier styles and his freer roots – with a brilliant blend of funk, soul, and a touch of raw R&B! Given the power of The Godfather at this point, there's no denying that even the older cuts have a punch that few others could match – making for a record that feels mighty darn unified, despite the stretch of time between a few of the recordings. Titles include the funky gems "Ain't That a Groove (pts 1 & 2)", "The Scratch", "Is It Yes or Is It No", and James' great version of "The Bells" that's always been one of our favorites – plus Just You & Me", "I Love You Yes I Do", "Come Over Here", and "I Don't Mind". The cover also comes with an "autographed" photo of James on the back with the text "James Brown Fans – Frame This 8 x 10 Picture" – and an image that says "Soul Brother #1 Is Peeking At You Thru The Key Hole"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label King pressing in a sparkly cover, with mostly split seams, some wear, and some pen on front.)

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James BrownLive And Lowdown At The Apollo – Vol 1 ... LP
King/Solid Smoke, 1963. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Later reissue of this 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 "You've Got The Power", "I Found Someone", "I Want You So Bad", "Please Don't Go", and "Think". LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownLive At The Apollo (1962) ... CD
King, 1962. Used ... $2.99
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 "You've Got The Power", "I Found Someone", "I Want You So Bad", "Please Don't Go", and "Think". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Oscar Brown Jr.Between Heaven & Hell ... CD
Columbia/T-Bird (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $8.99
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. Nice jazzy groove, and very much in the best style of Oscar's 60s work! including "Mr. Kicks", "Opportunity, Please Knock", Love is Like a New Born Child", "Elegy (Plain Black Boy)", "Hazel's Hips", "Forbidden Fruit", "Sam's Life", "When Malindy Sings" and more. CD
Also available Between Heaven & Hell ... LP 4.99

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Oscar Brown Jr.Between Heaven & Hell ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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.)
Also available Between Heaven & Hell ... CD 8.99

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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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Rob BrownRadiant Pools ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2004. Used ... $13.99
Great work from Rob Brown – one of the most promising saxophonists of his generation on this side of the Atlantic! The set features Brown in some really great company – working with Steve Swell on trombone, Joe Morris on bass, and Luther Gray on drums – all moving between frenetically rhythmic moments that almost show a love of early Ornette Coleman, and looser, freer moments that have the group improvising in some richly personal tones and textures. Brown plays both alto sax and flute on the date – and the interplay between his alto and Swell's trombone on the rhythmic numbers is especially great – deeply hypnotic, and filled with spirit. Titles include "King Cobra", "Radiant Pools", "Boxed Set", "Swarm Village", "Semantics 1", and "Out Of The Lurch". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave BrubeckJazz Impressions Of New York ... LP
Columbia, 1964. Near Mint- ... $6.99
New York's a mighty big place, but it's got a nicely intimate feel in this 60s set from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – one of the combo's overlooked gems from their years on Columbia! The music is all from the TV show Mr Broadway, but there's hardly a showtune feel to the set – and instead, the groove is almost in a hip Henry Mancini sort of mode, but delivered with a smaller combo feel. Tracks are somewhat shorter than the usual Brubeck outing, and balanced nicely between upbeat tracks and more sensitive ones – the former with some well-cut lines by Paul Desmond on alto sax, the latter often with a bit more piano from Dave. The rest of the group includes Gene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Mr Broadway", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Sixth Sense", "Something To Sing About", "Spring In Central Park", "Lonely Mr Broadway", "Winter Ballad", "Upstage Rhumba", and "Summer On The Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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Gary Burton, Hank Garland, & OthersAfter The Riot At Newport ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good ... $19.99
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 ... CD
Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ... $8.99
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 break! Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". CD

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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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Charlie ByrdJazz At The Showboat ... LP
Offbeat, Early 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
Very early work from Charlie Byrd – a cool little record that has him playing at his home turf of the Showboat club in DC, and working with a group that includes a fair bit of horn players! The style's quite different than Byrd's better-known Brazilian work of the 60s, or his lusher large group sets – as tunes move between small combo club grooving and some more ambitious modes that are almost 50s chamber jazz. Ginny Byrd sings on two tracks, but others are instrumental – and players include the mighty Buck Hill on tenor, plus T Carson on piano, Keter Betts on bass and cello, Bobby Felder on valve trombone, and Kenneth Pasamanick on bassoon. Titles include "Tri X", "Blue Turning Grey Over You", "Byrd's Word", "Conversation Piece", "Top's Tune", "Buck's Hill", and "Don't Explain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small light stain in one corner and a small center split on the bottom seam.)

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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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James M CainCocktail Waitress (hardcover) ... Book
Hard Case Crime, 1975. New Copy ... $3.99 23.99
A great lost novel from James M Cain – the author who gave us pulp classics like Double Indemnity, Postman Always Rings Twice, and Mildred Pierce! The book was written in Cain's later years – before his death in 1977 – and sees publication here for the first time ever, in a really great package that has a vintage paperback feel that really matches the spirit of Cain's prose. The story's got a classic Cain-styled setup – a widow has to work as a cocktail waitress to support her child, then finds herself caught between a young hustlers and a wealthy older man – with everything spinning out of control in a gritty web of sex and death. 270 pages, hardcover, and with a bonus essay that puts the book in historical context. Book
(Please Note – The spine has a remainder mark.)

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Bobby CaldwellCat In The Hat ... LP
Clouds, 1980. Very Good ... $5.99
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. Cover has ring & edge wear, a bent corner, and some staining.)
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 5.99

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New John CaleFear (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Island/Culture Factory (France), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the best solo albums ever from John Cale – a set that has the singer playing a lot of piano alongside his vocals, which creates this moody, evocative quality that's really wonderful! Cale's songwriting is always pretty compelling, but the heavy use of piano really brings out a depth to his lyrics here – further enforced by the relatively spacious sense of recording used throughout. A few numbers add in more electric elements – but with Brian Eno along on electronics and listed as a co-producer, the record's definitely got this balance between elements that's very careful. Phil Manzanera plays guitar, and also helped with the overall construction of the set – and you can hear some of the best elements of his own solo sets too. Titles include the classic "Fear Is A Man's Best Friend", plus "Gun", "The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Orgy", "You Know More Than I Know", "Momamma Scuba", and "Buffalo Ballet". CD
(Limited edition.)

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CalifoneHeron King Blues ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2004. Used ... $6.99
At risk of overselling the thing, we're going to go ahead and make a proclamation. (It's 100% true to our ears, so screw it!) We honestly can't think of a more consistently great series of releases in the rock-ish realm from one act, in a two year period, than Califone has produced between 2002 and 2004, lest we go all the way back to what Dylan did between '65 and '67. We've admired Califone since the great great Red Red Meat broke up, but with last year's Quicksand/Cradlesnakes and now Heron King Blues, they've really found a tuneful groove that previous records and live shows only hinted at. Tim Rutili and company's purely unique mix of spare, rural acoustic string-plucking, broken/fragmented organ and piano, hoarse and somewhat cryptic vocals from Rutili, and whispy tape loop effects are pretty much incomparable (and soon to ripped off by hundreds of followers, if that's not happening already.) If you're unfamiliar, Califone's pretty tough to describe, but if you dig early 70s Neil Young at his most stripped-down, and the experimental/tape-manipulating guise John Fahey wore for some of the better Takoma LPs, than you really can't go wrong here. The fact that this thing was written and recorded in only a couple of weeks seems like a small miracle. "Wingbone", "Trick Bird", "Sawtooth Sung A Cheater's Song", "Apple", "Lion & Bee", "2 Sisters Drunk On Each Other" and more. CD

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CanSaw Delight (with bonus download) ... LP
Mute, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
Weird and wonderful work from Can – still standing out way ahead of the pack, even in the late 70s! The album's a great bridge between generations – and an inspiration for some, as well – not as heavy as the early years, but still filled with fuzz and spacey sounds, refined with more focus here – and almost set out as a precursor to the huge German new wave to come – especially the electronics of the AtaTak scene. Titles include the 15 minute "Animal Waves" – plus "Fly By Night", "Call Me", and "Don't Say No". LP, Vinyl record album

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Captain BeefheartBluejeans & Moonbeams ... LP
Mercury, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 Blue3s", "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

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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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CauralPaint EP – Inbetween Thoughts/Red Sunshine/Your Memories On Television/Clear Vinyl ... 12-inch
Chocolate Industries, 2001. Sealed (pic cover)... $4.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Paul Chambers & John ColtraneHigh Step ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 50s/1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Killer set of hardbop tracks recorded during the mid 50s for the Jazz West, Transition, and Blue Note labels – and seminal early work by Coltrane, playing under the leadership of his frequent bass partner Paul Chambers. One album was issued under the name of the Paul Chambers Quartet, another was issued as Whims Of Chambers, and the last batch of tracks was unissued until the time of this release. The whole thing's pretty darn great, and Trane plays with a nice rootsy relaxed style that you don't get from his Prestige recordings, made slightly after these. Titles include "Trane's Strain", "Omicron", "Nita", "Eastbound", and "Nixon, Dixon, & Yates Blues", a fantastic improvisation between Trane, Chambers, Pepper Adams, and Curtis Fuller! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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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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Charlie ChristianGenius Of The Electric Guitar ... CD
Columbia/Definitive (Spain), Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $9.99
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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Stelvio CiprianiLibidine ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
Libidinous grooves from the great Stelvio Cipriani – a set of tracks that hangs nicely between a late 70s club style and some of the slinkier sounds we've heard on Stelvio's other work! The album's got a vibe that definitely lives up to its image and title – and although the first few numbers are groovers with a definite disco flavor, the real charmers on the set are the mellower numbers – which slide along gently, with vocals from Nora Orlandi and Edda Dell'Orso – breathily singing amidst gentle grooves and some sweet keyboard lines! The style of these tracks is more early 70s Cipriani than anything else – that great dose of amore that always makes his music so great. Titles include "Sweet Sweet Love", "The Magic Touch", "Souvenir D'Un Soir" – and a number of "Libidine" tracks. CD

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New Chuck CisselJust For You/If I Had A Chance ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1979/1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of albums from Chuck Cissel – back to back on a single CD! First up is Just For You – a great debut for Cissel – a singer who started on the stage in New York, but made an easy move to records with this late 70s gem! Cissel's got a nicely laidback approach – never as overdone as some soul singers who hail from shows – and that quality is greatly enhanced by producer Skip Scarborough, who's at the height of his modern soul talents here, and balances Cissel between wonderful mellow and midtempo numbers, plus a few occasional groovers. Chuck's got a voice that slides right into the Scarborough grooves with ease – and titles include "Emergency", "River Of Love", "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry", "Do You Believe", "Lady In My World", and "I've Been Needing Love So Long". Next is If I Had A Chance – smooth-stepping soul from singer Chuck Cissel – a lean-voiced talent whose approach was perfect for the 80s adult soul generation! The album's got a great batch of mellow ballads that drift along in a quiet storm sort of mode – and Chuck's slightly high vocal range works well to bring a sense of humanity to these numbers, without hitting male soul modes that are too cliched. The album's got a few groovers too, but the real strength is the mellow cuts, which Cissel delivers with ease. Tracks include the minor hit "If I Had the Chance", a duet with Marva King – plus "All I See Is You", "Love is Missing From Our Lives", "Night Miracles", "Possessed", and "Understanding Man". CD

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New Dee ClarkHold On...It's Dee Clark ... LP
Vee Jay, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
A real classic from Chicago soulman Dee Clark – and one of those crazy Vee Jay albums packaged in a cover with an image of young white love! Despite that cloying image, though, the record has a tremendous depth – and is a great illustration of the versatility of Clark at his best, especially on some of the lesser-known numbers. There's a vocal range here that easily matches Jackie Wilson at his best, and which nicely slides between ballads and more upbeat numbers – both done with some nice string-heavy arrangements. Titles include the classic "Raindrops", plus "Hold On", "Whisperin Grass", "Cindy", "Your Friends", "I Want To Love You", "Always Together", and "Portrait Of My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has light surface noise.)

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Rhonda ClarkBetween Friends ... CD
Tabu, 1989. Used ... $6.99
A great set of modern soul Rhonda Clark – one that really should have catapulted to super-stardom in the late 80s! Rhonda has the goods here – crisp, modern productions that are as strong as any R&B circa '89 – a diverse, attractive voice and a bunch of great songs. We can't fathom why it didn't top the charts at the time, but it's really strong stuff! Between Friends has production on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the masterful single "State Of Attraction"– and their on board as musicians on some other tracks, too – with production by Randy Ran, Chuck Howard and Jellybean Johnson. Titles include "Does That Make A Man", "I Love Your Body", "Sugar", "Stay Here, Stay Near", "Now Matter How", "Sugar" and "Between Friends". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Between Friends (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Rhonda ClarkBetween Friends (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1989. Used ... $8.99
A great set of modern soul Rhonda Clark – one that really should have catapulted to super-stardom in the late 80s! Rhonda has the goods here – crisp, modern productions that are as strong as any R&B circa '89 – a diverse, attractive voice and a bunch of great songs. We can't fathom why it didn't top the charts at the time, but it's really strong stuff! Between Friends has production on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the masterful single "State Of Attraction"– and their on board as musicians on some other tracks, too – with production by Randy Ran, Chuck Howard and Jellybean Johnson. Titles include "Does That Make A Man", "I Love Your Body", "Sugar", "Stay Here, Stay Near", "Now Matter How", "Sugar" and "Between Friends". This top notch CD version comes with deluxe packaging and booklet – it includes 6 alternate mixes of the classic "State Of Attraction" – 12" club mix, dub version, jazz version and more. CD
Also available Between Friends ... CD 6.99

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Rosemary Clooney & The HI-Lo'sRing Around Rosie ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good ... $1.99
Very groovy stuff! 12 jazzy duets between Rosemary Clooney and The Hi-Lo's, one of the most magnificent male vocal groups of the 50s. If you dig the Hi-Lo's as much as we do, you'll find the album to be a key addition to their catalog – as it features some great vocal harmony numbers like "I Could Write A Book", "Everything Happens To Me", "Coquette", "Doncha Go Away Mad", and a wonderfully nutty reading of "How About You?" Backing is by Frank Comstock, who worked with the group on most of their best recordings – so the record's more a Hi-Lo's album than a Clooney one. LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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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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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
Also available I Give To You My Love & Devotion ... LP 22.99

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Cola & Jimmu (Nicole Willis & Jimi Tenor)I Give To You My Love & Devotion ... LP
Herakles (Finland), 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Give To You My Love & Devotion ... CD 16.99

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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
Also available
Think (About It) ... LP 9.99
Think (About It) ... LP 8.99

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Lyn CollinsThink (About It) ... LP
People, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
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New Lyn CollinsThink (About It) ... LP
People, 1972. Very Good+ (reissue)... $8.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)
Also available
Think (About It) ... LP 9.99
Think (About It) ... CD 13.99

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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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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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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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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
Also available Heroes ... LP 2.99

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CommodoresHeroes ... LP
Motown, 1980. Sealed Gatefold ... $2.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Also available Heroes ... CD 18.99

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ContoursDo You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) ... CD
Gordy/Hallmark (UK), 1962. Used ... $2.99
One of the coolest, grooviest early group albums on Motown – sung by a group who've got a wonderfully rocking sound throughout – something you can probably guess from the placement of the guitar on the cover! That instrument steps out strongly on most numbers here – giving The Contours a deeper R&B sound than some of their smoother Motown contemporaries – a great bridge between earlier group soul styles of the 50s, and the Motown modes to come – produced here with some wicked piano lines that ring out strongly in the middle. Vocals are wonderfully raspy – often peaking out into the red as they reach for a lead lyric – and titles include the classic "Do You Love Me" – plus "Move Mr Man", "So Grateful", "The Stretch", "Shake Sherrie", "You Better Get In Line", "Whole Lotta Woman", and "It Must Be Love". CD

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Convergence Quartet (Bynum/Hawkins/Lash/EisenstadtSlow & Steady ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. Used ... $13.99
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 Chick Corea & Nicolas EconomouOn Two Pianos ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1982. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A mixture of jazz improvisation and more avant ideas – performed by twin pianists Chick Corea and Nicolas Economou during the Munic Summer Piano Festival in 1982! The session is a great reminder that, even at a time when Chick was cutting some music that was very commercially successful, there was a side of his talents that always remained richly creative – and focused on exploring some great new ideas! The first 9 tracks here are wonderful – a suite of improvisations between the two players, with some very open-ended lines. Next the pair play six pieces from Bela Bartok's "Mikrokosmos", then move into three pieces by Corea – "Homecoming", "Duet For Two Pianos", and "Invention" – often done with that great sense of flow that's always made Chick's work on acoustic piano so great! LP, Vinyl record album
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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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New Clifford CoulterBetter Part Of Me ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $3.99
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". CD
Also available Better Part Of Me ... LP 4.99

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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
Also available Better Part Of Me ... CD 3.99
 
 
 



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