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George BraithMusart ... CD
Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 12.98
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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Michael NauraCall ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A stunner of a Fender Rhodes album – one of a few rare sides cut by pianist Michael Naura – and a lost MPS session that's one of the label's best from the 70s! The group's a quartet, with a very open, fluid sound – and it mixes Naura's Rhodes with the vibes of Wolfgang Schluter – another relatively obscure player, but one who really resonates with the sound of the keyboard strongly – as both players spin out these warm, soulful sounds that are almost like the best Roy Ayers instrumental moments of the late 60s and early 70s. There's a few moments that get slightly funky, but even the laidback passages are great – and the rest of the group includes Eberhard Weber on bass and Joe Nay on drums. Titles include "Take Us Down To The River", "Soledad De Murcia", "MOC", "Why Is Mary So Nervous?", "Don't Stop", and "The Call". Great stuff – and pure MPS! CD

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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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Larry YoungLarry Young's Fuel ... CD
Arista/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
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
Also available Larry Young's Fuel ... LP 9.99

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Michael NauraVanessa (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Universal (Japan), New Copy ... About March 30, 2016
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Larry YoungLarry Young's Fuel ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... About May 25, 2016
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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Larry Young's Fuel ... LP 9.99
Larry Young's Fuel ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Alan Skidmore/Leszek ZadloEgo Recordings Vol 2 (Thoughts/Morning Rise/SOH/European Jazz Quintet) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of rare work from the obscure German Ego label – four different albums, all of them great – packaged here in tiny LP-styled covers too! The set's especially noteworthy for the work of British saxophonist Alan Skidmore – working here on some of his best material of the late 70s – records that easily rival the best sides cut back home in the UK, but which also have a very different feel and flavor! On Morning Rise, Skidmore plays tenor and soprano sax, alongside Gerd Dudek, who also plays both horns too – in these long, textural lines that merge and diverge nicely with Skidmore's – creating these majestic shapes in sound, before then taking off towards much more powerful solos. Rhythm is from Adelhard Rodiginger on bass and Lala Kovacev on drums – and titles include "Morning Rise", "Macedonian Market", "Dr Les Mosses", and "Nakemiin". SOH is a trio outing from Alan Skidmore, drummer Tony Oxley, and bassist Ali Haurand – hence the title – and the set really allows Skidmore to expand on some of his most open, expressive lines on tenor and soprano sax! Tracks are quite long, and build with this almost late-Coltrane sort of energy – almost glowing with a sense of spirituality that's pushed along strongly by the reed lines. Titles include "One Two Free", "Das Ist Alice", "Lost In WG", and "Trio Nr 10". European Jazz Quintet features tremendous reeds from the trio of Alan Skidmore, Gerd Dudek, and Leszek Zadlo – all of whom play both tenor and soprano sax – and work alongside the bass of Ali Haurand and drums of Pierr Courbois! The set features two long tracks – "Das Ist Alice" and "Miss B" – both of them balanced nicely on the cusp between European free jazz and some stronger spiritual jazz structures, in a very nice way. Last up is Thoughts, from Leszek Zadlo – a record that has Zadlo on both flute and tenor, working with the excellent Ego Records rhythm trio of Joe Haider on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Joe Nay on drums! The sound is quite different than other Ego sessions with the trio – as the tracks here build very slowly, often through the initial utterings of Zadlo on his reeds – kind of growing into a spiritually expressive style that gets increasingly focused as the set goes on – in ways that are a nice change from European free jazz. Titles include "Two Friends", "Some Body", "Struggle", and "Thoughts". CD

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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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✨✧ Lew SoloffMy Romance ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not just the set of standards you might guess from the title – although trumpeter Lew Soloff does take on a few jazz classics – and instead a nicely spacious batch of fusion work that features keyboards from Gil Goldstein and Peter Levin, percussion from Airto, bass from Mark Egan, and drums from Danny Gotlieb – all in a way that echoes all the best work of the time from those musicians! The arrangements are sharp, and always a bit spacious – possibly a result of the album's dedication to Gil Evans – and Janis Siegel sings on a few tracks, with this sparkling quality that reminds us how great she can be in just the right setting. Titles include the Brazilian-styled "Samba Dee's Days" – plus "Orgone", "Time Shifter", "Laura & Lena", "Face In The Mirror", and "Cavatina". CD
 
 
 



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