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Don CooperHowlin' At The Moon – Best Of Don Cooper ... CD
Delay 68 (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $6.99
Beautifully funky folk by the vastly under-rated Don Cooper – a singer who recorded briefly on Roulette at the start of the 70s, and who worked in a unique space that blended together personal singer-songwriter vocals and guitar with some heavier, nicely-bumping bass and drums. There's a gentle groove to all of these tunes that we really love – and the mix of earthy and funky is totally great – personal and heady at one minute, yet also never too in love with itself to let loose and have a good time. There's a sound here that's light years ahead of most work from Cooper's time – a groove that was barely appreciated at the time the records were cut, but which is oddly contemporary today. The set brings together 15 tracks from Cooper's 4 albums for the Roulette label – and titles include "Mad George", "Easily Said", "A Better Way", "Rhinestone In The Rough", "Fat Love Birds", "Bless The Children", "A New Gun", "Howlin At The Moon", and "Rapid Rainbow Times". CD

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DamonSong Of A Gypsy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $18.99 19.98
An amazing reissue of this now-legendary album – once a lost psych oddity, but a set that's gone onto make plenty of waves over the years! Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual. The core album's been treasured for years by the few fans who had an original copy, and by a few more who had a previous reissue – but this double-length set is the first to ever tell the true tale of the enigmatic Damon – with a huge 64 page booklet of notes, and a massive amount of rare bonus tracks too. The core album includes "Song Of A Gypsy", "Funky Funky Blues", "Don't You Feel Me", "The Night", "Feel Your Love", "Oh What A Good Boy Am I", and "Birds Fly So High". Bonus tracks include some demo and 45 versions of "Song Of A Gypsy", plus "Don't Cry", "Lonely Surfer", "Bowlin Alley Jane", "Everything Is Alright", "The Little White Cloud That Cried", "I Wonder Why", and "I've Got My Pride". CD
Also available Song Of A Gypsy (includes download) ... LP

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New Dragging An Ox Through WaterPanic Sentry ... LP
Mississippi, 2014. New Copy .... $11.99
A wonderfully weird mix of acoustic guitar, vocals, and a lot of echo – used in ways that almost make the record feel like a folksy version of Suicide! Not that the themes and tones are as strong as that legendary group – but Dragging An Ox definitely share a similar love of space and sounds, and really seem to enjoy the way the reverb makes the simple elements of each tune really take on a new sense of strength. The album's one of the most unique we've heard in quite awhile, and has a haunting, personal feel that goes way beyond any sense of gimmick – on tunes that include "Mint Of The Seasons", "Mole Song", "Wire Haunts", "Don't Understand What You Like About It", and "Daisies Moment". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bud FreemanBud Freeman (Bethlehem) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy .... $13.99
A very interesting date as a leader from tenorist Bud Freeman – partly because it's a rare date for the Bethlehem label, and partly because it's got Freeman stretching out in a different vibe than usual! The sound isn't nearly as trad as you might expect – and instead, the record's got a feel that's almost like some of the Verve Records swing sessions of the 50s – an evolved version of older modes, taken into a small combo setting that really allows some great space for personal and individual solos! In addition to Freeman's tenor, the record features some mighty nice work from Ruby Braff on trumpet – plus Al Hall on bass, George Wettling on drums, and either Ken Kersey or Dave Bowman on piano. Titles include "Hanid", "Newport News", "Stop Look & Listen", "Perdido", and "Dave's Blues". CD

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Jerry Goldsmith/Lionel NewmanBandolero ... CD
Project 3/La La Land, 1968. New Copy .... $19.99
A way cooler soundtrack than you might expect – not only different than the usual western score of the time, but surprisingly sophisticated work for a movie that featured stars like Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Raquel Welch, and George Kennedy! The music was conducted by Lionel Newman, and it's often got this sense of spareness and space that really makes things magical – sounds just hanging there in air, isolated instruments moving in Morricone-like fashion, yet in ways that still occasionally have some of the boldness you'd expect from Jerry Goldsmith too. The themes are often personal, almost romantic – yet never soppy, and occasionally inflected with exotic elements that really keeps things interesting. CD features 28 tracks in all – the full original album, music from the film, and bonus cuts as well – with titles that include "El Jefe", "The Imposter", "Main Title", "The Violator", "The Bait", "Ambushed", "A Bad Day For Hanging", and "Sabinas". CD
(Limited pressing of 2000 copies.)

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Fritz HauserPieces For Percussion ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy .... $19.99
Wonderful ensemble work from drummer Fritz Hauser – a player whose recent music has gone far beyond jazz, with a mixture of compositional ideals and creative improvisation! This set features Hauser working with a larger percussion ensemble – really exploring his sense of texture and tone far beyond rhythm, with these very evocative works that ring out in the open space of the studio, but with a very personal, spontaneous approach as well. The music is quite different than some of the early 20th Century avant percussion compositions – more poetic, and informed by discoveries of improvised music – yet presented in a more structured way overall, with a sense of spaciousness directed by the composer. Most of the pieces are quite long, and works include "60", "Nothing Will Ever Change", "Die Klippe", "Zeichung", "As We Are Speaking", and "Le Souvenir". CD

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Keefe Jackson's Likely SoRound Goal ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key saxophonists from the Chicago scene, in an expanded lineup that also makes way for a rich array of European horns too – a brilliant array of reeds that carves out some marvelous tones and colors throughout! The approach is like a doubling (or tripling) of the sax quartet approach – really taking the concept to a whole new level – using the horns for rhythm, melody, and more – but also allowing plenty of solo space from this amazing lineup. Horns include tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino, and baritone saxes – plus bass clarinet, e flat clarinet, and alto clarinet as well – played by Keefe Jackson, Mars Williams, Waclaw Zimpel, Dave Rempis, Marc Stucki, Peter Schmid, and Thomas Mejer. Titles include "Overture", "Hierarch Follies", "Round Goal", "Roses", "Neither Spin Nor Weave", and "My Time Is My Own" – plus "Bridge Solo" tracks by Jackson and Rempis. CD

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Evelyn Champagne KingCall On Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
A wonderful gem from Evelyn Champagne King – her third effort with the great producer T Life, who always helped bring out the most soulful elements in King's music! Life's got a way of grooving, but never going for modes that are too easily commercial – still lots of disco and club in the mix, but with more than enough space for Evelyn to really stretch out and be her own woman on the vocals, too! This mix comes out especially well on some of the more midtempo groovers – which have this flourish and polish that's really wonderful – way beyond some of the cliches of King's contemporaries, and with a personal quality that really comes through right away. Some of these cuts include "Your Kind Of Loving" and "Call On Me" – both real standouts on the record – and other numbers include "Let's Get Funky Tonight", "I Need Your Love", "Universal Girl", "Bedroom Eyes", and "Just A Little Bit Of Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Let's Get Funky Tonight (12" mix)", plus "I Love You", "Is It Good", "Sweet Delight", and "Long Time Waiting On You". CD

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Karin KrogGeorge Gershwin & Karin Krog ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy .... $16.99
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or gimmicky – and Krog shows once again that she's one of the best interpreters of song on either side of the Atlantic – hitting a space here that's just perfect, and which makes us love the record a heck of a lot more than we ever would have expected for a Gershwin-titled set! The group's a quartet, with some excellent tenor from Bjarne Nerem – who sounds especially great on an instrumental reading of "That Certain Feeling" – and titles include "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Who Cares?", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", and "They All Laughed". CD

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Karin Krog with John SurmanFreestyle ... CD
Odin (Norway), 1986. New Copy .... $16.99
Vocals, reeds, and some compelling percussion and electronics too – all served up by the groundbreaking team of Karin Krog and John Surman! Both artists alone are well-known for their creative power – Krog for vocal jazz material that has really pushed the boundaries, and Surman for a range of modern jazz experiments that includes seminal sides for the UK avant scene and a legacy of records for ECM! Yet together, they're even more progressive than on their own – as Karin's vocals find a personal space to really unfold, alongside sensitive instrumentation from John on soprano sax and electronics – matched by Krog's efforts on global percussion and ring modulator too. Most tracks are originals, with a captivating lyrical quality to match Krog's best records of the 70s – and titles include "Karima Two", "Open Sandwich", "Just Holding On", "Sorrowful Day", "Raga Variations", and "The Red Dragon" – plus a great medley of Fran Landesman tunes too. CD

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Jackie McLeanJackie's Pal – Introducing Bill Hardman ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $22.99
Jackie McLean's got a great pal here – trumpeter Bill Hardman, who'd work with Jackie in the Jazz Messengers a year later! Here, the pals are cutting sharp lines in a perfect early hardbop mode – a great Prestige session with big bold sound from Rudy Van Gelder, and fresh modern tones from the rhythm section of Mal Waldron on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Both McLean's alto and Hardman's trumpet get plenty of space to open up and ring out in a very personal voice – and titles include "Dee's Dilemma", "Sublues", "Just For Marty", and "Sweet Doll". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All-StarsZocalo ... CD
Savant, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
A great mix of Latin rhythms and well-crafted jazz performance – brought together in a fluid vibe that's mighty nice all the way through! Pianist Bill O'Connell's got a really great vision for this record – one that moves past obvious Latin jazz modes, and cares less about traditional structure than it does finding the best sort of space for all players to come together – a good thing too, given that the lineup also features Steve Slagle on alto and soprano sax, and Conrad Herwig on trombone! The vibe's a bit like some of Herwig's excellent "Latin side of" albums, but also has a very personal feel – given that most of the tunes here are originals by O'Connell. Other players include Richie Flores on congas, Luques Curtis on bass, and Adam Cruz on drums – on titles that include "Big Sur", "Joshua", "Erik's Song", "One Note Mambo", and "Nothing But The Truth". CD

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Piero PiccioniI Fratelli Karamazov ... CD
Kronos (Austria), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs .... $28.99
A really great soundtrack for a late 60s film version of The Brothers Karamazov – scored by the mighty Piero Piccioni with a sensibility that's nicely balanced between epic modes and more personal, individual moments! The orchestrations on the album are often nicely restrained – never pushing too far, and soon laying back once the score gets moving – to allow great solo space for Piccioni on organ or Severino Gazzelloni on flute. I Cantori Moderni make a few key appearances, adding in their lovely vocals – and this expanded reissue features 2CDs, and a whopping 52 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)

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Enrico PieranunziDay After The Silence – 1976 Piano Solo ... CD
Edipan/Alfa (Italy), 1976. New Copy .... $20.99
Hard to imagine any silence here, as the piano of Enrico Pieranunzi is wonderfully free-flowing and sonically powerful – even in a solo setting like this! Enrico's command of the keyboard has always been great, but is especially compelling in this early session from the 70s – a record that really balances rhythmic complexity with lyrical elements that always keep things warm and personal – spilling out over the keys of the piano with amazing dexterity, but only ever in a manner that's searching out for the most expressive sounds, instead of just showing off. Some tunes balance space out nicely, to create a really resonant feel – while others cascade the notes together with effortless ease. Titles include "The Mood Is Good", "Blue Song", "Prolusion", "The Day After The Silence", and "Trichromatic Line". CD

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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $22.99 24.98
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". LP also features two bonus tracks – "Time Is Ticking" and "Water Under Bridges (robato version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave Rempis/Tim DaisyBack To The Circle ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. Used .... $9.99
An unassuming little album, but one of our favorite recent efforts from the Okka Disk label – a spare set of duets between saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy – recorded in a mostly-inside way that explores space and sound, yet never goes too far out. There's a really personal feel here – almost like some of our favorite European sessions of this nature from the 60s, of the kind that explored new freedoms but never overindulged in them. We love the spareness of the set, and Rempis has won new respect from us with his creative shifts in style throughout the album. Titles include "Fast Cars", "Welcome", "Alexandria", "Upwards Onwards", "Back To The Circle", and "Huff". CD
(Out of print. Limited to 800 hand-numbered copies.)

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Roscoe RobinsonLet Me Be Myself – The Best Of Roscoe Robinson ... CD
Fuel 2000, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $11.99 12.98
Really great deep soul from Roscoe Robinson – a singer who hardly ever got his due, but who made some killer singles at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s! The package definitely lives up to its promise of the "best" – as it brings together wonderful Robinson material cut for both the Sound Stage Seven and Jewel/Paula Labels – spanning a short space, but an incredibly powerful one in the singer's career. Roscoe's got a style that's rooted in the south, but has funkier touches too – a blend that marks his time spent both in the south and up in Chicago. There's a gritty edge to most of these tunes – not one that comes from rough production or uncareful recording, but from Roscoe's raspy, personal vocals – which are unlike any other singer of his time we can think of. Robinson's got a great way of avoiding cliches, and moving towards the unfamiliar – on titles that include "Fox Hunting On A Weekend", "One Bo Dillion Years", "Let Me Know", "Why Must It End", "I'm Satisfied", "Prove It", "Safety Zone", "You Qualify", "You & Me", "Why Are You Afraid", "My Pride Won't Let Me", and "I'm Burning & Yearning". CD

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Hidefumi TokiToki (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $28.99
Deeply personal work from Japanese saxophonist Hidefumi Toki – a player who manages accomplish a great deal in a fairly stripped down setting – filling spare space with gentle notes on alto and soprano sax, often delivered with a nicely raspy tone! The group here is a quartet – with Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Nobuyoshi Ino on bass, and Steve Jackson on drums – and the setting is laidback and mellow, often moving at a pace that's slow, but always flowing with a great gentle swing. Tracks are long, and titles include the great originals "Darkness", "Lullaby For The Girl" and "Old Song Blues" – plus nice takes "When Sunny Gets Blue" and Ornette Coleman's "Blues". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Michel Wintsch/Christian Weber/Christian WolfarthWilisau ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy .... $19.99
Very open, spacious sounds from pianist Michel Wintsch – working here at a level that goes far beyond the usual trio mode – neither straight nor free, but a really evocative sound space in between! The performance is from the Willisau jazz festival, but has the intimacy of some personal sonic explorations between the trio members in private – beautifully balanced between long lines from Witsch, alongside quieter passages that allow the drums of Christian Wolfarth and bass of Christian Weber some equally creative moments. The work is improvised, yet never too frenetic or overdone – and titles include "2.8 Feet Below/Tiny Fellows/Distant Neighbors", "Fragile Paths", and "North West". CD

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New Willie WrightTelling The Truth (with bonus 5" vinyl single!) ... CD
Numero, 1977. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a really unique 5" vinyl single! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Right On For The Darkness", and "Africa". CD

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VariousBalani Show Super Hits – Electronic Street Parties From Mali ... LP
Sahel Sounds, 2014. New Copy .... $13.99
Very cool contemporary work from Mali – music that's a lot more electric and beat-oriented than other sounds you might already know from the scene – but still served up in a style that's nice and stripped-down too! There's a mix of electricity and organic acoustic elements that almost recalls the sound of Konono at times – and although some of the percussion is programmed, it's never stiff or commercial – and really leaves a lot of open space for personal improvisations, both on vocals and instrumentation. Titles include "Goni Bala" by DJ Bamanan, "Tassaba" by Meleke Et MC, "Furu Djougou" by Kaba Blon, "Bacoungana" by DJ Sandji, and "Bobo" by Adama Yalomba. LP, Vinyl record album

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DamonSong Of A Gypsy (includes download) ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
An amazing reissue of this now-legendary album – once a lost psych oddity, but a set that's gone onto make plenty of waves over the years! Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual. Titles include "Song Of A Gypsy", "Funky Funky Blues", "Don't You Feel Me", "The Night", "Feel Your Love", "Oh What A Good Boy Am I", and "Birds Fly So High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download – and a great 16 pasge booklet too!)
Also available Song Of A Gypsy (with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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New David BowieHunky Dory (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Ryko, 1971. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly David Bowie's first complete moment of genius – an incredibly-formed album that's filled with tunes beyond definition and description! There's still some traces of the earlier madman in the mix, but the overall sound is much more rock-heavy – although not without the fuzzed-up and full-on guitars of Space Oddity or Man Who Sold the World – and often augmented with a bit of strings and softer touches that really bring out the humanity in the songs. The balance here is amazing – as is the fact that a few short years before, Bowie was singing "The Laughing Gnome", but is here one of the most sensitive songwriters of his generation. Tunes are quirky and personal, and titles include "Changes", "Oh You Pretty Things", "Andy Warhol", "Life On Mars", "Kooks", and "Queen Bitch". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New David BowieSpace Oddity (40th Anniversary 2CD edition) ... CD
EMI, 1969. Used 2CDs .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing departure for David Bowie – hardly the kind of record you would expect from his oboe-filled tunes of a few years before – and really the start of the groundbreaking, earthshaking, reinventionist era of his genius! There's a spacious, soaring quality to Space Oddity that's every bit the kind of magical music you might hope for in a set recorded at the close of the 60s – a shift into new modes, new sounds that seem to suck up all the best influences in rock from the previous few years, but fuse it into a new cosmic vision for the next decade. And while others might stumble on cliche with the weight of such a task, Bowie pulls it off brilliantly – mixing his fuzzier feelings with some of his more personal leanings – and showcasing a newly deep sense of songwriting here that's really amazing. Some tunes have the sensitivity of work on Hunky Dory, while others burn with the fire of Man Who Sold The World – all in a balance that never sounds schizophrenic at all. Titles include"Space Oddity", "Memory Of A Free Festival", "God Knows I'm Good", "Cygnet Committee", and "Unwashed & Somewhat Slightly Dazed". This 40th Anniversary edition (and wow, 40 freakin' years!!!) includes a bonus disc with 15 tracks, made up of (mostly) previously unreleased demos, BBC sessions, a- and b-side singles and more! Includes demo versiuons of "Space Oddity" and "An Occasional Dream", "Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola" (full length stereo version), "Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed" (BBC Radio session DLT Show", "The Prettiest Star" (stereo version) and more. CD

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New David GrubbsRecords Ruin The Landscape – John Cage, The Sixties, & Sound Recording ... Book
Duke University Press, 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-written books we've ever seen on music from the left side of the spectrum – from an artist we mostly know as a musician! David Grubbs has been making amazing sounds for years – first in Squirrel Bait, then in Gastr Del Sol, then more recently as a solo artist – but during most of that time, he's also been working as an academic, and one with a uniquely personal perspective on the world of creative music. This book is David's first, but it's also a masterpiece – a very readable tome that ties together a late 20th century history of art and music, recording and performance, and the role of each in the circulation of sounds that weren't designed to circulate – the things that happen when music of chance and improvisation get locked into the space of a recording. Grubbs covers John Cage, Tony Conrad, AMM, Henry Flynt, and many others – working with both their words and their music – then moving things into a more contemporary field of record collecting, digital sound, and the internet. The book is a far better read than most academic offerings of this type – and is bound to make big waves in years to come. 220 pages, softcover. Book

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New Oliver Nelson with Johnny Hammond & Lem WinchestTaking Care Of Business ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige (Japan), 1960. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Oliver Nelson is definitely taking care of business here – thanks to some key help from the great Lem Winchester on vibes, and a young Johnny Hammond Smith on organ! The pair bring a mighty deep groove to the record – which gives Nelson a chance to show off some of the deeper tones on his tenor and alto sax – a sound that gets a lot more space for personal expression than on some of his albums with larger arrangements! The raw sound of the record is a great change from the more composed modes you might know from Oliver's other dates – and the set's further illustration that Nelson was one of the most complete, most versatile talents in jazz at the time. Titles include "Trane Whistle", "In Time", "Groove", and "Lou's Good Dues". CD
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New Alwin NikolaisChoreosonic Music Of The New Dance Theatre Of Alwin Nikolais ... LP
Hanover/Cacophonic (UK), Late 50s. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Here's some of the deep deep deepest roots of electronic dance music – sounds from a time when the use of new technologies was often a very abstract thing in a dance-based environment – usually served up without any sense of rhythm at all! Unlike edm of today, these analogue sounds are almost acoustic, and have a very personal, poetic feel – sometimes sounds with a naive impulse that almost recalls 50s records by Moondog, other times even spacier – at a level that must have left the dancers lots of space to do their own thing alongside the music. There's a really strong sense of space on the record – and the music is somewhere in a continuum between similar vintage recordings by Harry Partch and Pierre Henry. Titles include "Lyre", "Shivaree", "Illusional Frieze", "Eruptions & Evolvements", and "Fetish". LP, Vinyl record album

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New John WilliamsMissouri Breaks ... CD
United Artists/Kritzerland, 1976. New Copy 2 CDs .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly intimate score from John Williams – recorded right at the start of his bigger fame for late 70s epics, but done with a personal quality that really fits the mood of this unusual film with Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson! The style is definitely western, but in modes that are different than the more dramatic styles used in other films of the genre – almost more Americana overall, with lots of playful folksy touches, and a fair bit of acoustic guitar, harmonica, fiddle, and other instruments that get a lot of space out front in the lead. This great 2CD package features the original album of music, plus the work used in the film – and some bonus tracks as well! Titles include "Crossing The River", "Clayton At The Wake", "Boys Will Play", "The Chase", "Crossing The Missouri", and "Bizarre Wake". CD
(Limited edition of 1200 copies.)

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New Marc CaryFor The Love Of Abbey ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the late, great Abbey Lincoln – served up on a host of solo piano performances by Marc Cary – mostly of tunes penned by Lincoln herself, but also featuring a few originals as well! There's a rich, vibrant feel to the record – a quality that strikes us stronger than any other Cary recording we've heard in recent years, even though Marc's on his own here – really reaching out on the keys of the piano, with a command we never would have expected – stretching over space and tone with a sort of majesty to rival Mal Waldron or McCoy Tyner – yet also keeping things deeply personal as well. Titles include "Melancholia", "Down Here Below", "Music Is The Magic", "Love Evolves", "Down Here Below The Horizon", "Transmute", "Throw It Away", and "Who Used To Dance". CD

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New FloacistRise Of The Phoenix Mermaid ... CD
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The title's really evocative here, and so is the music – maybe the strongest solo moment we've heard from Floacist so far! The tunes have a sensual quality that grabs us right away – not cloying, commercial romantic modes – but a laidback, personal, positive vibe that's produced with just the right sort of subtle touches by Chris Davis – who keeps things in just the right mellow space for the easygoing vocals! Keyboards round out the sound with just the right sort of tripped-out lines – working perfectly, whether the lyrics are spoken or sung – and titles include "Womyn", "Mami Loves You", "Try Something New", "Doing This", "Good Love", "Wisest Thing", "Feel Good", and "Grandma". CD

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New Marvin GayeHere, My Dear (expanded 2CD edition) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1978. Used 2CD .... Out Of Stock
Wonderful stuff – and one of our favorite-ever Marvin Gaye albums! This is the legendary two-record set that Marvin wrote and recorded as an alimony payment to his ex-wife Anna Gordy (the story's pretty long, and we won't get into it here – suffice it to say that when stars get a divorce, watch out!) Although the album was thought of as a no-brainer quickie at the time – and predicted to fail so that Anna wouldn't get any cash from it – the record is an extremely well-crafted one, filled with extremely personal songs that also have a warm soulful finish, in the style of Marvin's work on the LP I Want You (which is kind of a nice bookend to this one – as it was an extended love poem to the young girlfriend that caused him to split up with Anna!) Hard and soulful, the record's a searing testimony to the relationship between Marvin and Anna, and a painful document of the troubles between them – set to some mellow grooves that are easily some of Marvin's greatest of the 70s! The set's filled with great "lost" Marvin Gay songs, too – like "Sparrow", "When Did You Stop Loving Me", "Anger", "You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You", and "Time to Get it Together". Expanded CD features the famous 12" instrumental version of "A Funky Space Reincarnation" – plus a full set of 12 bonus alternate mixes produced by the likes of Mocean Worker, Easy Mo Bee, Leon Ware, Marcus Miller, Prince Paul, Bootsy Collins, Slaam Remi, and The Randy Watson Experience – including "Anger (alt extended)", "Here My Dear (alt mix)", "Time To Get It Together (alt extended mix)", "Falling In Love Again (alt version)", "I Met A Little Girl (alt version)", "Sparrow (alt version)", and "Anna's Song (inst – alt version)". CD

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New Keefe Jackson's Likely SoRound Goal ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used .... Out Of Stock
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key saxophonists from the Chicago scene, in an expanded lineup that also makes way for a rich array of European horns too – a brilliant array of reeds that carves out some marvelous tones and colors throughout! The approach is like a doubling (or tripling) of the sax quartet approach – really taking the concept to a whole new level – using the horns for rhythm, melody, and more – but also allowing plenty of solo space from this amazing lineup. Horns include tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino, and baritone saxes – plus bass clarinet, e flat clarinet, and alto clarinet as well – played by Keefe Jackson, Mars Williams, Waclaw Zimpel, Dave Rempis, Marc Stucki, Peter Schmid, and Thomas Mejer. Titles include "Overture", "Hierarch Follies", "Round Goal", "Roses", "Neither Spin Nor Weave", and "My Time Is My Own" – plus "Bridge Solo" tracks by Jackson and Rempis. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Round Goal ... CD 11.99

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New Evelyn Champagne KingCall On Me ... LP
RCA, 1980. Used .... Out Of Stock
A wonderful gem from Evelyn Champagne King – her third effort with the great producer T Life, who always helped bring out the most soulful elements in King's music! Life's got a way of grooving, but never going for modes that are too easily commercial – still lots of disco and club in the mix, but with more than enough space for Evelyn to really stretch out and be her own woman on the vocals, too! This mix comes out especially well on some of the more midtempo groovers – which have this flourish and polish that's really wonderful – way beyond some of the cliches of King's contemporaries, and with a personal quality that really comes through right away. Some of these cuts include "Your Kind Of Loving" and "Call On Me" – both real standouts on the record – and other numbers include "Let's Get Funky Tonight", "I Need Your Love", "Universal Girl", "Bedroom Eyes", and "Just A Little Bit Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". CD
Also available Liquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP 22.99

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New John WilliamsMissouri Breaks ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Used .... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly intimate score from John Williams – recorded right at the start of his bigger fame for late 70s epics, but done with a personal quality that really fits the mood of this unusual film with Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson! The style is definitely western, but in modes that are different than the more dramatic styles used in other films of the genre – almost more Americana overall, with lots of playful folksy touches, and a fair bit of acoustic guitar, harmonica, fiddle, and other instruments that get a lot of space out front in the lead. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Peg Leg HowellLegendary Peg Leg Howell (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Testament Records/Sutro Park, 1963. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Haunting work from Peg Leg Howell – heard here in a set of recordings from the early 60s – done after a nearly 30-year hiatus from the guitar! Howell's lost none of his power, though – and in fact, there's a quality in his age and experience that really makes the songs here even more captivating than his early material – just these deeply personal vocals mixed with lightly-strummed acoustic guitar – all served up in a space that's somewhere between southern folk and blues. Titles include "Jo Jo Blues", "Skin Game Blues", "Coal Man Blues", "Blood Red River", "Worried Blues", and "Let Me Play With Your Yo Yo". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLuciaJazz Flamenco Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
EMI/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz experiments in 60s Spain – a classic album that features the group of saxophonist Pedro Iturralde working with electric guitar played in a fluid flamenco style – mixed up here in a mode that really creates a whole new genre unto itself! The guitarist here is billed as Paco De Algeciras, but is actually a young Paco DeLucia – a player who really gets the boldness of Iturralde's experiments, and is more than happy to step aside at points and let Pedro deliver some of his best solo work on record – really tremendous lines on both tenor and soprano sax that seem to go past any of the other 60s albums we've heard from him! Yet the guitar is wonderful too – often given a space to break out on its own, in a mode that's so personal and poetic, it adds yet a whole other unexpected level to the record. Rhythms are often modal, working perfectly for the setting – and the group also features Paul Grassel on piano, Eric Peter on bass, and Peer Wyboris on drums. Titles include "Zorongo Gitano", "Cafe De Chintas", "Soleares", and "Las Morillas De Jaen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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New Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLuciaJazz Flamenco Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
EMI/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1967/1968. New Copy Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz experiments in 60s Spain – classic material that features the group of saxophonist Pedro Iturralde working with electric guitar played in a fluid flamenco style – mixed up here in a mode that really creates a whole new genre unto itself! The guitarist here is billed as Paco De Algeciras, but is actually a young Paco DeLucia – a player who really gets the boldness of Iturralde's experiments, and is more than happy to step aside at points and let Pedro deliver some of his best solo work on record – really tremendous lines on both tenor and soprano sax that seem to go past any of the other 60s albums we've heard from him! Yet the guitar is wonderful too – often given a space to break out on its own, in a mode that's so personal and poetic, it adds yet a whole other unexpected level to the record. Rhythms are often modal, working perfectly for the setting – and the group also features Paul Grassel on piano, Eric Peter on bass, and Peer Wyboris on drums – plus a bit of trombone from Dino Piana on a few tracks too. CD features both Jazz Flamenco and Jazz Flamenco Vol 2, released in '67 and '68: titles include "Zorongo Gitano", "Cafe De Chintas", "Soleares", "Ianda Jaleoi", "Bulerias", "Adios Granada", "Homenaje A Granados", and "Las Morillas De Jaen". CD

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New Rubinho E Mauro AssumpcaoPerfeitamente, Justamente Quando Cheguei ... CD
Tapecar/Discos Mariposa (Argentina), 1972. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A bit trippy, a bit groovy – and a very compelling little set from the Brazilian duo of Rubinho & Mauro Assumpcao! At one level, the record's got an earthy feel that matches the cover image of the pair climbing out of a tree without their shirts on – but at another level, there's often echoes of some of the funkier modes coming into Brazilian music at the time – a slight Samba Soul influence that mixes well with the earthy, sometimes personal vocals of the duo. In a way, there's almost a similarity here to early work by Os Novos Baianos – who seem to inhabit a similar space – and like that group, these guys have a sound that's got plenty going on, even if you can't completely understand it! Titles include "Ta Tudo Ai", "Debandada Geral", "A Montanha", "Bloco Da Visao", "Os Olhos", "Sozinho Nao Estou", "Quero Companheira", and "Pe Na Estrada". CD
 
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Kaoru AbeLast Date ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $18.99 24.99
The very last live recording from this overlooked Japanese musical genius of the 70s – and a performance that in an of itself would be enough to make Abe the stuff of legend! The record features three long tracks – one a 30 minute alto sax improvisation, with these sharp notes learned from Ayler, but a really open sense of space that's quite unique. Another track is a 20 minute guitar improvisation – with echoes of Derek Bailey in the creative way that Abe approaches the strings – yet again, a deep sense of personality all his own. Last up is a harmonica improvisation – quite possibly the most unique moment of the album, and the most beautiful too – as we've never heard the instrument played in such a freely creative way! This cut alone is mindblowing – the kinds of sounds we drink to keep us alive. CD

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... CD
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". CD

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FoolFool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy .... $13.99
It's hard to get any more tripped out than this at the end of the 60s – and this one and only album by Fool kind of out-Peppers Sgt Peppers! Fool were actually better known at the time for their work as designers – including more than a few famous covers for groups on the British scene of the 60s – but on this debut LP, they take a whole new turn by stepping into a musical vein – playing in an odd blend of folk, rock, and ethereal instrumentation that has all the baroque and filled-in spaces of their design work! The set was recorded in LA, with production by Graham Nash – and the musical accompaniment by The Magi features drifting piano, earthy percussion, and lots of other unusual instruments that are produced with weird touches that completely transform their sound. The lyrics are all very playful and sing-songy – loose and unstructured at times, but in a way that only gives the record a more personal feel overall. Titles include "Hello Little Sister", "No One Will Ever Know", "Cry For Me", "Rainbow Men", "Voice On The Wind", "Fly", "Lay It Down", and "Inside Your Mind". CD also features the bonus single tracks "We Are One" and "Shining Light". CD

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IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... CD
Numero, 1970s. New Copy .... $14.99 18.98
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". CD

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Munich MachineBody Shine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Repertoire (Germany), 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
A German disco classic from Munich Machine – and maybe the tightest album ever from the always-sharp studio group! Giorgio Moroder's at the head of the record on production, but the sound here is often a bit warmer than some of his own recordings – thanks to an ear for some of the more soulful instrumental sides of the dancefloor spectrum, particularly on the keyboard solos, which never have the coldness of Moroder's music – and thanks also to some well-placed vocals from soul singers Judith Jones and Yolande Howard, both of whom add a bit of personality to the record too! Yet that great Moroder ear for a dancefloor groove is still perfectly intact – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Let Your Body Shine", "Space Warrior", "Bolectro", "Easy", "Reputation", and "Fallen Angel". CD features two bonus tracks – "Space Warriors (blue eyed DJ rmx)", and "Giorgio Moroder Medley (blue eyed DJ rmx)". CD

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New PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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New QuasimotoUnseen ... LP
Stones Throw, 2000. New Copy 2LP .... $15.99
Madlib is back with his split personality rhymesayin self, the one and only weird and wacky sounding Quasimoto. Another Stones Throw hip hop classic, with Madlib producing and rhyming on the tracks, speakin about jazz, outerspace, and microphones. Tracks include "Bad Character", "Microphone Mathematics", "Good Morning Sunshine", "Low Class Conspiracy", "Put A Curse On You", "Astro Travellin", "Phony Game", "Astro Black", "Return Of The Loop Digga", "Basic Instinct", "Bluffin", "Boom Music", "Green Power", "24-7" featuring Medaphoar, and seven more. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousIn The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... CD
Still Music, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs .... $15.99 16.99
Still Music returns to the contemporary Detroit underground – and the sound this time is even more amazing than their previous In The Dark collection – a really incredible illustration of the continuing vivid energy in this massive American urban space! Given the city's troubles in recent years, the power of the music has never been greater or more important – served up with an urgency that suddenly seems to imbue all the previous experimental modes with a new sense of meaning and possibility – a really hopeful, moving future for these mindblowing grooves. The music is warmer and more soulful than ever before – more spirit, more personality, yet still all the great electric touches we've loved in Detroit underground tracks for the past few decades. And the double-length nature of the package is further testament to this magical moment – two CDs' worth of music, with no filler at all! Titles include "Free Your Mind" by Mike Agent X Clark, "Cyber Love" by Reggie Dokes, "Cosmic Rituals" by Patrice Scott, "The Answer" by Craig Huckaby with Kelly Hayes, "Magic Water (St Jean rmx)" by Rick Wilhite, "As She Moves" by Raybone Jones & Jon Easley, "Celebration (Amp Fiddler rmx)" by Patchworks, "The Fall Guy (part 1)" by Terrence Dixon, "Cash Neutral" by Alex Israel, "Inception Dub" by Delano Smith, and "Fly High Like Eagles" by Gerald Mitchell. CD
Also available In The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... LP 28.99

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VariousIn The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... LP
Still Music, 2013. New Copy 3 LPs .... $28.99
Still Music returns to the contemporary Detroit underground – and the sound this time is even more amazing than their previous In The Dark collection – a really incredible illustration of the continuing vivid energy in this massive American urban space! Given the city's troubles in recent years, the power of the music has never been greater or more important – served up with an urgency that suddenly seems to imbue all the previous experimental modes with a new sense of meaning and possibility – a really hopeful, moving future for these mindblowing grooves. The music is warmer and more soulful than ever before – more spirit, more personality, yet still all the great electric touches we've loved in Detroit underground tracks for the past few decades. 3LP set features 12 tracks that include "Cash Neutral" by Alex Israel, "Free Your Mind" by Mike Agent X Clark, "As She Moves" by Raybone Jones & Jon Easley, "Cyber Love" by Reggie Dokes, "Cosmic Rituals" by Patrice Scott, "Bubble Wrap" by Alex Israel, "The Answer" by Craig Huckaby with Kelly Hayes, "The Fall Guy (part 1)" by Terrence Dixon, "Faygo" by DJ 3000, "Cyclops" by Keith Worthy, "2 Pace Back" by Gabba Monkey, and "Make It Work" by Marcellus Pittman. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available In The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... CD 15.99

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VariousNew York Sound 2 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy .... $14.99
New York grooves from the start of the 80s – a great batch of tracks that sits nicely in the space between late 70s disco and old school hip hop! Many of these tracks are quite long – extended 12" groovers that mix electro keyboards, slapping basslines, and snapping beats with vocals that are sung, rapped, and chanted – always in a catchy groove that slinks along nicely at a midtempo pace. There's no too-fast numbers here, and the vibe is nice and laidback – one that takes full use of the space of a bigger single to let the tunes open up slowly and find the time to do their thing! Titles include "I'm The One" by Rainbow Brown, "I Had To Say It" by Millie Jackson, "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by Fatback, "No One Can Do It" by Carol Williams, "Heobah" by Fonda Rae, "Burn Me Up" by Frisky, "Mysterious" by Twilight 22, "Magic's Message" by Mr Magic, "We Come To Jam" by Blaze, and "I Wanna Get With You" by Ritz. CD

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IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold .... Just Sold Out!
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Celestial Soul Portrait ... CD 14.99

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New Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". Great reissue with wonderful sound – and special liner notes by Samuel's daughter, Yolanda Johnson – a great singer in her own right too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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New John DankworthZodiac Variations/The $1,000,000 Collection ... CD
Fontana/Vocalion (UK), 1964/1967. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant 60s work from John Dankworth – a 2CD set with Zodiac Variations & $1,000,000 Collection! Zodiac Variations is among Dankworth's greatest albums of the period – recorded in both New York and London, with a mix of American and British players that includes Ronnie Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Chuck Israel, Lucky Thompson, and Kenny Wheeler. The album's a suite of tracks based on the Zodiac – and, like other albums of this nature, it oddly rises to the occasional with some wonderfully creative playing, and some of the most solid writing that Dankworth did in the 60s. (Why is it that these records work so well? Is it because the 12 sides of the Zodiac inspire such a change of moods and personalities that the musicians really get into the spirit of things?) Tracks are shortish, but quite evocative – and the soloists all get enough space to express themselves well within the scope of the piece. Titles include "Aquarius", "Pisces", "Cancer", etc. Disc 2 features The $1,000,000 Collection – one of Dankworth's harder outings, with a great group of Brit Jazz players, including Michael Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, and Tony Coe. It includes tight compositions that still carry Dankworth's easy feel, but which also have a bit of an atonal edge to them! Includes "Hogshead of Hogarth", "Composition with Colour", "Winter Scene", "Sailor", "Face In A Crowd", "Little Girl In Blue" and more. CD

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New Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chicago Forever ... CD 5.99

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New Kaoru AbeLast Date ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1978. Used .... Out Of Stock
The very last live recording from this overlooked Japanese musical genius of the 70s – and a performance that in an of itself would be enough to make Abe the stuff of legend! The record features three long tracks – one a 30 minute alto sax improvisation, with these sharp notes learned from Ayler, but a really open sense of space that's quite unique. Another track is a 20 minute guitar improvisation – with echoes of Derek Bailey in the creative way that Abe approaches the strings – yet again, a deep sense of personality all his own. Last up is a harmonica improvisation – quite possibly the most unique moment of the album, and the most beautiful too – as we've never heard the instrument played in such a freely creative way! This cut alone is mindblowing – the kinds of sounds we drink to keep us alive. CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Last Date ... CD 18.99

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New Spacemen 3Sound Of Confusion (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Fire (UK), 1986. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
The raw and melodic first wave sounds of Spacemen 3 – an early indicator of the boundless sounds to come the group and their offshoot projects to come – but this is a wholly worthy record and still one of the coolest psychedelic rock records of the 80s! Spacemen 3 always proudly wore their influences on their sleeves, and the inclusion of covers on this first record make that even more pronounced, but as it would continue or a couple decades to come with these guys, it's the fresh, personal approach to carrying the torches that make them so exciting. Essential! Titles include "Losing Touch With My Mind", "Hey Man", "Rollercoaster", "Mary Anne", "Little Doll", "2:35" and "DD Catastrophe". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Kool Keith & Big Sche EastwoodMagnetic Pimp Force Field ... CD
Modulor, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Legendary hip hop eccentric and pioneer of multi-personality hip hop Kool Keith teams up with producer Mr Sche! The pairing works out well, thank you very much – with Keith delivering his trademark sci fi and sex obsessed rhymes as tightly as he has in years – and Sche's southern hip hop production finesse finding pretty solid footing underneath KK's outer space style. Guests include Dolla Bill, Psycholistic, Jozzy, Pimpminista and Metropolis. Includes "Thunder Cats (Jet Packs), "Ride & Mug", "Ewokie Galaxy Swag", "Jedi Supreme", "Skreet Smart" feat Dollar Bill & Psycolistic, "Death Star Pimp Mobile", "Plottin'" feat Jozzy, "Watch The Trone", "Dark Vador Light Sabor" "Magnetic Pimp Force Field" and more. CD

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New Stephanie MillsMerciless (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1983. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An early 80s cooker from Stephanie Mills – not exactly "without mercy", as you might guess from the title – but instead a great slow burner that really does a great job of opening up her voice! Mills moves here in a perfect space between the late disco years and commercial 80s pop – a groove that's warm and mature, and just right for pushing Mills past some of the styles of earlier years – but also without falling into any sort of "adult contemporary" cliches! Stephanie's sound is wonderful – that crisp, distinct style that is already great on a bold number, but somehow takes on even more personality on understated tracks like these – probably thanks in part to the careful instrumental balance served up by David Wolfert's arrangements. Titles include "My Body", "Pilot Error", "Do You Love Him", "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore", "Never Get Enough Of You", and "Eternal Love". CD features two bonus tracks – "Pilot Error (club mix)" and "Hold Me Close To You". CD
 
 
 



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