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Miriam AidaCome On Home ... CD
Connective (Germany), 2008. Used ... $2.99
Miriam Aida really knocks our socks off with this set – a classic-styled album of jazz vocals that's quite different than some of her previous Brazilian-tinged work! Aida really captures a cool sort of 50s/60s groove here – a hip-walking approach to female jazz vocals that packs a lot more punch than overdone torch vocal styles, and which really reminds us of some of our favorites from back in the day – like Annie Ross or Marian Montgomery! Most numbers are taken in a soul jazz style – played live by a combo that includes sax and flute from Fredrik Kronkvist, plus organ, piano, bass, and drums – and the tunes are mostly old too, and set up in some hip rhythms that really keep things groovy. Titles include a great vocal take on Dusko Goykovich's "A Handful Of Soul", plus "Now That You're Gone", "Come On Home", "Make Sure You're Sure", "Rainbow's End", "Ruby & The Pearl", and "Jive Samba". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ BayakaIrradiation ... CD
Flower (Japan), 2001. Used ... $2.99
One of the first full length albums on the Flower Records label – and an atmospheric batch of tracks that reminds us of some of the recent work on the Ninja Tune label. The work's partially steeped in the soundscape tradition of some of the work from the 90s Japanese underground, but it also has traces of the more ambitious work of artists like Amon Tobin and Cinematic Orchestra. Titles include "Salia", "Floating Rhythm", "Struggles", "En Orbita", "Mande Lanme Ya", and "Stream". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Build An ArkPeace With Every Step (import pressing) ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2004. Used ... $13.99
One of the most righteous albums of the 21st century so far – and an instant classic we'll be loving for years! Build An Ark are a seriously heavy soul jazz ensemble, with roots and traditions that stretch back to the most righteous days of the 70s underground – the brainchild of producer Carlos Nino and vocalist Dwight Trible – and featuring work by soul jazz stalwarts that include Phil Ranelin, Nate Morgan, Derf Reklaw, Adam Rudolph, and others – all coming together in a fresh, new expression of the righteous ideals that first motivated their original work! Under the guidance of Nino, the group really gels together nicely – working in a loose mode that's a nice change from the tighter cosmic 21st century soul of the European scene – and returning to the organic, almost folksy forms that first emerged on 70s independent labels like Tribe, Strata East, and Nimbus. LA luminary Nate Morgan plays some great Fender Rhodes on many of the album's best tracks – and singer Dwight Trible has a soulful range that's somewhere between the style of Terry Callier and Leon Thomas. The album features a massively beautiful remake of Pharoah Sanders "You've Got To Have Freedom" – one that's very different than the original – plus a host of other great cuts that include Stanley Cowell's "Equipoise", Phil Ranelin's "Vibes From The Tribe", Ronnie Laws' "Always There", and Michael White's "Guidance" – as well as the original tracks "Peace & Love", "Conversations", "Precious Priceless", and "Love Is Our Nationality". CD
(Out of print.)

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BumcelloBumcello ... CD
Comet (France), 2000. Used ... $3.99
Wild stuff – and one of the most haunting batch of grooves we've heard in years! Bumcello features (what else?) an electric cello, played with lots of amplification, modulation, and cool spacey production. Underneath are flanged-out grooves in a mode similar to those used on the Tony Allen album on Comet – all peppered with some very sinister sound effects and processing! The whole sound is nice and chunky – with warm bassy notes getting chopped up and remodeled into waves and shapes of sound that are all pretty darn fresh! A bit dubby, a bit jungly, and very very bassy! Tracks include "Marathon Man", in a few mixes, plus "Involuntary Slavery", "Boom", "La Chapelle", and "To The Next Man". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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