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IrakereIrakere (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial or slick, but free from some of the jarring shifts in styles that occurred before – and more in that sweet combination of rootsy percussion and Latin funk that made them great at their best previous moments! All players are great – and the lineup is almost a who's who of Cuban jazz at the time – with Chucho Valdes on piano and keyboards, Paquito D'Rivera on alto sax, and Arturo Sandoval on trumpet – plus guitar from Carlos Emilio Morales, percussion from Oscar Valdes, and tenor from Carlos Averhoff. The tracks were recorded live at the Montreux jazz festival – and titles include "Adagio", "Ilya", "Juana Mil Ciento", and the long "Misa Negra (The Black Mass)". CD features bonus tracks "Baila Mi Ritmo", "Xiomara", and "Por Romper El Coco". (Latin, Jazz) CD

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Joe ThomasFeelin's From Within ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
The Ebony Godfather is grooving here with a set of fuller backings – sweet clubby funk, arranged and conducted by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – all as a showcase for Joe's sweet work on flute and tenor sax! There's a fair bit of keyboards on the tunes – played by Pat Rebillot and Barry Miles – and Steve Gadd's playing the drums on the date, which helps the rhythms keep a bit of an edge, even amidst the larger backing. Some cuts have backing chorus vocals, in a style used on other Thomas albums – and although definitely touched by a bit of disco fever, the album's still got a jazzy element too – like some of the crossover club sessions on the Kudu label from the 70s! Titles include "Funky Fever", "Feelins From Within", "Polarizer", "Coco", "Galaxy Dreamin", and "Venus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & marker on both sides.)

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VariousFreedom Jazz Funk – Mellow Storm ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
A sublime mellow storm of funky jazz – all work from the indie underground back in the 70s – and spun out here by DL in an extended mix that makes all these great tracks sound even better in the company of each other! Few people can handled a mix of classic cuts this well – especially jazz – and even though we already know most of these tracks on their own, we keep going back to the notes because the way he makes them pop is incredible – with this sense of surprise that really keeps the whole thing compelling all the way through! Titles include "In The Rain" by The Wooden Glass, "Theme Of The Planets" by Dexter Wansel, "Snow Blower" by B Baker Chocolate Company, "It's Changed" by Lonnie Smith, "Slick Cat" by Joe Pass, "Hey Love" by O'Donel Levy, "Ritual" by Nico Gomez, "Simmizzoke" by Odell Brown, "Coco" by Joe Thomas, "Comin Down Soul" by Oliver Sain, "The Phantom" by The Lightmen Plus One, "A Clue" by Jimmy Ponder, "Never Was Love" by Judy Roberts, "You've Got It Bad" by Groove Holmes, and "When The Night Is Right" by Lonnie Smith. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) CD
 
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Bob Downes Open MusicBlowin With Bass ... CD
Bob Downes Music (UK), 1975/1978/1981/2005. New Copy ... $14.99
Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Downes – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Downes blows a variety of reeds in the company of four different bassists, each recorded at a different time – a lineup that includes Barry Guy, Paul Bridge, Andrew Cleyndert, and Marc Meggido – in performances recorded between 1975 and 2005, but presented here with a surprisingly unified feel. Downes sounds tremendous throughout – at that level that we've discovered on some of his self-released records like this, which arguably is even higher than his better-known 70s material – playing flutes, tenor, alto, soprano, and other instruments next to warm, round, open tones from each bassist. Titles include "Occidental Oriental", "Dawn Dreams", "Just A Minute", "Bluesing", "Coasting", "Cocowanna", "Starburst Galaxy", and "Dark Corners". CD

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Stan Getz & Joao GilbertoGetz/Gilberto ... LP
Verve, 1963. Good Gatefold ... $11.99
A landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with guitarist Joao Gilberto really pushed the format over the top – thanks in part to the vocals of Gilberto's lovely wife Astrud, who'd never sung in the studio before this famous recording! The record created a sound that was copied endlessly, and which catapulted Astrud to unbelievable fame worldwide – even though she was only included in the session at the last minute, because Joao couldn't sing in English – and the mix of Stan's tenor and Joao's guitar is wonderful – and backed throughout by this light, lilting bossa nova rhythms. Titles include the classic recording of "Girl From Ipanema", plus loads of other bossa classics like "Desafinado", "Cocovado", "O Grande Amor", and "Vivo Sonhando". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Ulysses Owens JrFalling Forward ... CD
Spice Of Life (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $26.99
A sweet little trio – one that's led by drummer Ulysses Owens, but which also features some great vibes by Joel Ross, and nicely strong work on bass from Rueben Rogers! The trio's got a compact, soulful vibe – and Owens' drums are more than dynamic enough to have the record exploding off in some surprising twists and turns – energized in a great way that really seems to draw the best out of all three players! Ross' has some bold chromes on his instrument, which come through strongly even in the mellower moments – and on the album's very last track, the group gets guest help from Stephen Feiftke on piano and Vuyo Sotashe on vocals. Titles include a nice take on the Roy Ayers tune "Cocoa Butter" – plus "Yakhal Inkomo", "Evidence", "I Guess I'll Have To Forget", "My Shining Hour", "Spectrum", "Sleep On It", and "Farewell To Dogma". CD

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Matthew StevensPreverbal ... CD
Crystal M+th/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Guitarist Matthew Stevens works here in a style we might call post-fusion – as it's got all the electric energy of the genre in the 70s – but also opens up in so many different sonic and textural possibilities! The album really blurs the line between individual performance and larger sonic palette – as the guitar and keyboards of Stevens are woven alongside the bass of Vincente Archer and drums and added electronics of Eric Doob – often with gentle distortion that creates washes of sound between the instruments – maybe as much post-ECM as the style we proposed at the start. Esperanza Spalding sings on the track "Our Reunion" – and all other instrumental titles include "Undertow", "Sparkle & Fade", "Picture Window", "Cocoon", and "Reservoir". CD

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✨✧ Mel TormeTorme – A New Album ... CD
Gryphon/King (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful mid-career set from Mel Torme – a real sophisticated standout recorded in the years before his later comeback albums on Cocord – with a hip vibe that's relatively unique! The album's one of the late efforts from the Skye Records imprint – recorded in London with full backings from Chris Gunning, who gives Mel some of the same mature charts that Skye brought to the vocals of Grady Tate at the start of the 70s – and like those albums, a balance between larger charts and jazzier moments – punctuated points in the instrumentation that sparkle from contributions by Phil Woods on alto, Barry Miles and Gordon Beck on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet. Mel's wonderful in the setting – a bit free of the cliche of his later years, and wrapped up in a perfect mode that fits his velvet fog sound like a glove – on titles that include some great 70s choices, and even a few Torme originals. Annie Ross provides a bit of guest vocals at one point – and tracks include "It's Too Late", "Never Look Back", "Charade", "Send In The Clowns", "What's This", "Like A Lover", "Ordinary Fool", "New York State Of Mind", and "All In Love Is Fair". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonLive From San Francisco ... CD
Omnivore, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Maynard Ferguson live – and still holding onto all the great sort of grooves he cooked up in the studio during the 70s! The performance is from a 1984 appearance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall – and Maynard's got the group in super-tight, super-soulful formation – with a very strong focus on the rhythms at the bottom, but plenty of room for spirited solos over the top – including work by Ferguson on trumpet, Tim Reis on soprano and alto, Steve Wiest on trombone, and Gregg Bissonette on drums. Titles include "Coconut Champagne", "Fireshaker", "Ganesha", "Bebop Buffet", and "South 21st Shuffle". CD
 
 
 



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