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Tom LellisFlow ... CD
Beamtide, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
An excellent set from Tom Lellis – a jazz vocalist we've been digging since the 70s – as part of an elite group of really special singers that might include Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling – able to work in a jazzy style that's far more than just delivery of a lyric, with a sense of individuality that's always compelling! This album has Lellis in wonderful form – at a level that rivals all the greatness of his classic records, with a similar commitment to excellent material, and sublime small group presentation of the music – with instrumental energy that really matches his vocal phrasing of the words. Tom plays piano, keyboards, vibes, and guitar – and other musicians include Orlando Valle on flute, Toninho Horta on guitar, Dave Kikoski on piano, and Gary Fisher on piano and keyboards. Titles include a great blending of "Berimbau/Pomba Gira" – plus "Love Comes & Goes", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Can It Be Done", "Waiting The Day", "Sea Aura", and "The Flow". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD
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Kent CarterOratorios & Songs ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2010. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
A really different side of the deep talents of bassist Kent Carter – an artist you might know best for his improvised work with Steve Lacy and other members of the European free jazz scene – working here in a much more compositional mode! Music is by a quartet that features Carter on bass, Christiane Bopp on trombone, Albrecht Maurer on violin, and Katri Mickiewicz on alto viola – and most numbers feature vocals by Laura Tejeda Martin, a mezzo soprano who really opens up the poetic lyrics penned by Carter! The style's a bit like some of Steve Lacy's jazz/poetry experiments, but maybe a bit more song-based, too – as you'd guess from the title. Instrumentation hangs nicely between avant jazz and chamber work – and titles include "Something For Conny", "Manhattan Blues", "Can't Get Up", "You Know", "The Beginning", "Dumb Delights", and "Cluster Ringing". CD

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✨✧ Stan Getz with Joao GilbertoBest Of Two Worlds (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A wonderful return to the sounds of Brazil for Stan Getz – a 70s album that reunites him with Joao Gilberto, but in a style that's somewhat different than the pair's older Verve recordings! The sound here is looser, freer – more in that breezy Brazilian mode that evolved out of the initial bossa years – and Stan's tenor sounds great in the setting, with those loose yet heartfelt lines we love so much from this period! Joao's great too – somehow even more "present" on the record than before, with that amazing ability to do so much with so little – as on some of his own great 70s recordings. Miucha contributes some English language vocals to the record alongside Joao's Portuguese ones, and Oscar Castro Neves handled the arrangements with a nicely stripped-down style that has plenty of focus on the percussion and rhythms. Titles include a sublime English language version of "Aqua De Marco (Waters Of March)", plus the tracks "Double Rainbow", "Falsa Bahiana", "Ligia", "Izaura", "Eu Vim Da Bahia", and "E Preciso Perdoar". CD

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✨✧ Elvin JonesLive At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own in these late 60s years, and really makes the most of the extended space of the album to stretch out, soar, and show off his ever-growing talent for a powerful solo! Wilbur Little is on bass, playing nice round warm notes to offset Jones' edgey playing – and the group's joined by trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson on one track – who brings in a soulful edge that's mighty nice. All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Laura", "Mister Jones", and "By George". CD

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Henry Mancini with Doc SeverinsenBrass Ivory & Strings/Brass On Ivory ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of albums recorded by Henry Mancini with Doc Severinson – back to back on a single CD! Brass, Ivory, & Strings is very groovy 70s work from Henry Mancini – way more than you might expect from the strings in the title! The album's got a pretty upbeat feel at times – a mix of gentle rhythms, swirling strings, and instrumentation that includes Hank on piano and Doc Severinsen on trumpet – both getting in plenty of space to work! Some of the cuts are much funkier than you'd expect – and highlights include the wah-wah "Theme For Doc", the moody "Round Midnight", the sleazy reading of "Make It With You", an off-kilter take on "Lover Man", and a great recording of Jobim's "Wave", with some nice lilting voices in the background! Other titles include "Love Theme For Laura", "Without You", and "Ben". Brass On Ivory is a sublime testament to Mancini's talent for understatement – and features tunes that move along quietly, smoothly, and with a wonderful blend of piano, strings, and slight chorus vocals – to to mention some great flugelhorn solos from Doc Severinsen. The sound's way more than easy listening, and surprisingly sophisticated at points – with a hauntingly dark edge that's even more striking given the time. And there's enough bubbling bass work to make things feel slightly groove-based at times, although never all-out funky – making for a similar feel to some of Mancini's best soundtrack work of the time, like The Thief Who Came To Dinner. The kind of a record that you'll put on one night and say "Oh man, why did I pass this one up all my life!" Titles include "Sometimes", "Brian's Song", "Brass On Ivory", "Dreamsville", and "Soldier In The Rain". (Now Sound, Jazz) CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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Modern Jazz Group FreibergEuropean Jazz Sounds (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Christophorus/Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful collection of work from this overlooked modern jazz combo from the 50s German scene – a group whose material was originally issued on a handful of 45rpm EP titles by a Christian music company – finally brought together in this excellent full length collection! The Modern Jazz Group Freiberg have a style that echoes the other European Jazz Sounds releases of the time by Joki Freund and Michael Naura – a groove that draws strongly from the best American modern impulses of the time – with both a west coast style of arranging, and a bit more New York fire on the way that the soloists come across! The group here has a strong trumpeter in the lead – Raymond Court – who clearly loves Clifford Brown, but also has his own sort of vibe, too – working here with Ewald Heidepriem on piano, Karl Theodore Geier on bass, and Eberhard Stengel on drums. Titles include "Remember Clifford", "Blues Pour Alice", "Solar", "My Old Flame", "A Night At Tony's", "St Joseph's Blue Concept", and "Jubilation". CD features 7 more bonus tracks – with work from tenorists Barney Wilen, Francis Netz, Bruno Spoerri, and Gustl Mayer! CD
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European Jazz Sounds ... LP 14.99
European Jazz Sounds (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Krzysztof SadowskiNa Kosmodromie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
A hell of a record from Polish organist Krzsystof Sadowski – one that mixes his own Hammond with wordless vocals, reeds, and rhythms – all in a style that really fits the spacey image on the cover! Key to the record is singer Liliana Urbanska – a vocalist with that higher range of Urszula Dudziak, and a similar instrument-like style of singing at times – one that's almost used like electronics at some point, to further the spacey sounds of the album in a really haunting way – or at others taking off like a horn, to match the record's work on alto sax from Wlodzimierz Nahorny, and trumpet from Eddie Engels. The rhythm section features electric bass, drums, and congas – which give some of the best cuts a nice kick – and titles include "Dalarna", "Alfa Centaura", "Na Kosmodromie", "Straight Life", and "Blues X". CD features bonus tracks – another version of "Na Kosmodromie", plus "On N'Enterre Pas Le Dimanche" and "Ballada Jazzowa". CD

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VariousJohn's Old Time Radio Show ... CD
East River, 1920s/1930s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99 19.98
A collection of tracks pulled from the podcasts of 78rpm collector John Heneghan – featuring music from his own legendary collection of rare shellac, as well as discs from the collection of Robert Crumb – who also makes an appearance on the program too! The tracks are interspersed with commentary from the show – in the manner of a radio broadcast – and the album features two different features, one on "Happiness" in music, the other balanced out with "Pain, Sorry, Sickness, & Death". As you might imagine with collectors like Crumb and Heneghan, the records here are all pretty darn rare – the sorts of things that only exist in a handful of remaining copies on this planet – and titles include "Fixin To Die Blues" by Bukka White, "My Mother's Grave" by Elmer Bird, "Come On Baby" by Rich Trice, "Death Cell Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, "Hard Times" by Pigmeat Pete, "Old Dog Blue" by Jim Jackson, "The Ohio Prison Fire" by Bob & Charlotte Miller, "I'm Gonna Kill Myself" by Laura Smith, "Tillie Lee" by William Moore, "I Got Mine" by Frank Stokes, and "Sweet Petunia" by Curley Weaver. (Blues, Jazz) CD
Also available John's Old Time Radio Show (3LP set) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ George BraithMusart ... CD
Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different – very far-reaching, and almost spiritual at points – with the blend of jazz and other modes that you might find on the Cadet/Concept sessions in late 60s Chicago! Braith plays a wide assortment of saxes – c-melody, alto and soprano – but his playing here is a bit different than the Roland Kirk-like vibe of before – sometimes more stretched-out and exploratory, in a Nathan Davis sort of vibe – sometimes wrapped up in some larger explorations from the whole group. There's moments of raw percussion with echoey production, others with wordless vocals floating alongside the lead soloist, and still others that have that catchy blend of soul jazz and exoticism you'd find in the music of Eddie Harris or Yusef Lateef – even though Braith here is completely his own artist too! The set features Jane Getz on piano, Jay Carter and Eddie Diehl on guitar, and Ben Dixon on drums – but there's also a lot of percussion, both Latin and otherwise, from a shifting lineup of players. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Del's Theme", "Musart", "Evelyn Anita", "Our Blessing", "Laura", and "Splashes Of Love". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus Three (aka Trio) ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic trio session from Charles Mingus – one of the few he ever recorded! The set's got Mingus on bass, working with regular drummer Danny Richmond and pianist Hampton Hawes – an unusual choice for the record, but a player whose sense of freedom and intensity at this point really helps bring in some of the energy of some of the larger group recordings from Mingus! Hawes' incredible piano lines really fly over the top, and Mingus' bass comes to the forefront as well – getting plenty of room for personal elements that Charles never got as strongly in the larger sessions. The set list includes a mix of originals and standards, with "Back Home Blues", "Hamp's New Blues", "Dizzy Moods", and "Laura". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Cannonball Adderley/Benny CarterLive In Cologne 1961 ... CD
Delta (Germany), 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two never-heard jazz performances – both recorded in German at the start of the 60s! Cannonball Adderley really shines on the first half of the set – working at a level that rivals his tremendous Riverside albums of the time – especially the live dates, which really showed his combo at their best! These tracks follow strongly in very much the same way – impeccable recording quality, long drawn-out performances, and brilliant sounds from Cannonball on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – on titles that include "New Delhi", "This Here", and "Lisa". Alto giant Benny Carter follows on three more tracks – working with a European group that includes the mighty Carl Drewo on tenor, plus Raymond Droz on trombone and Francis Coppierters on piano – on titles that include "Laura", "It's Wonderful", and "Rose Room". CD

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✨✧ Larry YoungLarry Young's Fuel ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the greatest Larry Young album of the post-Blue Note years – and a massive bit of funk that totally redefines his sound! Larry's working here with his hip group Fuel – an ensemble that features Laura Logan on lead vocals, giving the tunes a real focus through her lyrics – and letting them pack a bit more punch too, since her voice sounds a lot like Betty Davis at the time! Larry's keyboards are forceful, but never too over the top – and he's notched things down a bit to focus on the overall groove of the set – still keeping things adventurous on the keys, but also working in a mode that's much more heavily jazz funk! The album's one of THE essential electric jazz sets of the 70s – and features the classic break cut "Turn Out the Lights" – plus other great tracks that include "Floating", "Fuel for the Fire", "I Ching", "H+J=B (Hustle + Jam = Bread)" and "New York Electric Street Music". CD

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