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QuasimodeMode Of Blue – Quasimode Plays Blue Note ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2009. Used ... $16.99
The Blue Note debut of one of our favorite contemporary combos – a set that has Quasimode taking on a host of classics from the label's catalog of the 60s! Given the already-soulful sound of Quasimode on other records, the setting is a perfect one – tunes that are a perfect showcase for their mix of modal rhythms and sharp-edged solo sounds! The group's expanded a bit on some tracks by the presence of guests – but the core instrumentation features tenor, trumpet, piano, and lots of great percussion – all used to come up with a host of great club jazz-styled rhythms. Valerie Etienne sings guest vocals on a version of "Little B's Poem" – and other titles include "No Room For Squares", "Congalere", "Ghana", "The Loner", "Afrodisia", "On Children", "Night Dreamer", "African Village", "Sayonara Blues", and the group's own "Mode Of Blue". CD
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Charlie HunterReady, Set, Shango! ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... $1.99
(Jazz, New Grooves) CD
(Out of print. CD has a promo stamp. Booklet has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Greg Osby3D Lifestyles ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... $2.99
Greg's first big set for Blue Note – a new groove spectacular, with a blend of funky jazz and hip hop sensibilities. Titles include "Raise", "3D Lifestyles", "Hardcopy", "Street Jazz", "Intelligent Madness", "Flow To The Underculture", and "Mr Gutterman". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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QuasimodeDaybreak ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2009. Used ... $16.99
Amazing sounds from Quasimode – one of the hardest-hitting, piano-driven combos you could ever hope to find! The album's their first full set of original work for Blue Note Japan, and it may well be their best set so far for the label – a really massive batch of music that features the core quartet really riffing away, with some added horns to really enrich their sound! There's a deeply spiritual undercurrent to the tracks, thanks to the presence of heavy conga on most numbers, and bold use of classic modal jazz styles – lots of 60s and 70s elements that lean heavy on the basslines, but also change things more into a Latin-modal approach, given even more focus on the congas here than before. Most tracks are instrumental, but two numbers feature vocals from China Moses, and one more from Wouter Hamel – and as a special treat, Fabrizio Bosso also plays a bit of trumpet on the record. Titles include "Take Me Out", "Escape From Darkness", "All Is One", "Daybreak", "Happy Few", "Havana Brown", "Rules Of The Blood", "Relight My Fire", "Nation Hill", "Jellyfish", and "Afro Blue". CD

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QuasimodeWhisky's High EP ... CD
EMI/Blue Note (Japan), 2010. Used ... $12.99
A short set, but one that's filled with great jazzy grooves from Quasimode – laid out in ways that break a bit from the styles of their recent Blue Note albums! "Whisky's High" has this soaring, club jazz vibe – but also mixes things up a bit – getting slightly skittish in the middle, thanks to work from Afra – which makes for a beautiful inflection to the soaring trumpet/tenor lines in the lead! "So What" is the Miles Davis classic – but reworked here with a funky vamp that changes the whole tune greatly – and there's a great Fender Rhodes version of "Flyin To The Dark", some of the sweetest keyboards we've ever heard on a Quasimode tune. "Take The New Frontiers" gets a remix from Two Banks Of Four – who push the spiritual sound of the tune even more than before – setting fire with almost Strata East-like energy! CD also features a bonus music video for "Relight My Fire". CD
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Peven EverettScapes In Modern Blue EP ... CD
Studio Confessions, 2004. Used ... $6.99
A very unique project from underground soul maestro Peven Everett – a selection of shorter tracks that work almost as songpoems – written by Peven and Chris Ellis, and spoken over backings that have the mellow groove of Peven's other recordings. There's a great late night style that's almost Peven's take on Barry White – with a sensual, personal approach that's striking in comparison to even Peven's own other work, and which more than makes up for the shortness of the set. Titles include "Beautiful Queen", "Dark Day's Light", "Living In The Now", "Warrior Drum", "Life Eternal", and "What Is It?". (Neo Soul, New Grooves) CD
(Out of print. Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)

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