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Lester Bowie's Brass FantasySerious Fun ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
One of our favorite albums from Lester Bowie's big solo run of the 80s – and a set that has some of the more dynamic energy of his Brass Fantasy group, but maybe also a bit more depth as well! The album's part of a handful that the Art Ensemble Of Chicago did with the DIW label at the time – and the AEOC production maybe gives the record a slightly more serious sound – even though the group still take on material from James Brown, Sade, and EU! Yet there's also two Billie Holiday tributes that are surprisingly powerful, and a stunning version of Roland Kirk's "The Inflated Tear" – with a strong trombone solo from Steve Turre, who worked with Kirk in later years, and always championed his work. The lineup features Bowie, Stanton Davis, EJ Allen, and Gerald Brezel on trumpets; Turre and Frank Lacy on trombones; Vincent Chancey on French horn; and Bob Stewart on tuba – plus drums and percussion from Don Moye, Ken Cruchfield, and Vinnie Johnson. Titles include "Inflated Tear", "Smooth Operator", "Strange Fruit", "Don't Worry Be Happy", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", and "Da Butt". CD

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✨✧ Jaimeo BrownTranscendence – Work Songs ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Drummer Jaimeo Brown returns to the territory of his previous well-received Transcendence album – but shifts the sound slightly here – by mixing in inspiration from older work songs, instead of the gospel elements of the previous set – while creating music that's equally powerful overall! The album features older snippets of sound from Parchman Farm, mixed with some other recordings from Folkways – augmented by contemporary jazz performances by the group – in a way that fits with the mix of eras presented with the image on the cover. Some times are very strongly structured around the older work songs, others bring in new vocal performances, and electrify things a bit more – as Brown plays a bit of electronics, and the group also features Big Yuki and James Francies on keyboards, and Chris Sholar on guitar and more electronics. There's a few ultra-cool tracks that use older Japanese vocals – kind of a shift stylistically, but very compelling – and the rest of the group features JD Allen on tenor, Marcia Miget on flute, and Jaleel Shaw on alto. Titles include "Lazarus", "Mississippi", "Hidden Angel", "Safflower", "For Mama Lucy", "Paterson", "Stonemason", and "The Valley". CD

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Dee Felice TrioIn Heat ... LP
King/Bethlehem, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had James producing, and the group grooving nicely on some hard piano jammers! The sound's a lot more stripped-down than usual for James, but the groove is very nice! Includes an excellent funky version of "There Was A Time", a great cover of Marcos Valle's "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", and the tracks "Summer In The City", "In Heat", "Both Sides Now", and "Never". Darn hard to find, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Story (orange cover) ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Classic Savoy bop work from Diz – featuring some sides cut with the orchestra of Johnny Richards, plus some cut with the "Bepop (sic) Boys", a group that includes Milt Jackson, James Moody, Hank Jones, Dave Burns, and John Brown. The Richards sides are great – a bit more swinging than the ones he and Diz cut on Verve, but no less well-conceived. Titles include "Interlude In C", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "The Things I Love", "Moody Speaks", "For Hecklers Only", and "Boppin The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing.)

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Quincy JonesQuincy Jones Plays Hip Hits/Golden Boy ... CD
Mercury, 1963/1964. New Copy ... $8.99 18.98
Classic Quincy Jones from the 60s – a pair of records that really show why his jazz skills were unlike anyone else! Quincy Jones Plays Hip Hits is a very groovy record that was done with a feel that's somewhere in between his Big Band Bossa album and his best 60s soundtrack work! The format is simple – Quincy picks a sweet batch of jazz semi-hits from the early 60s, plays them with a nice mix of soul jazz arrangements, and works with a great ensemble filled with wonderful players – including Roland Kirk, Budd Johnson, Seldon Powell, James Moody, and Jerome Richardson on reeds; Lalo Schifrin and Patti Brown on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Melba Liston on trombone – plus lots of great percussion at the bottom, helping bring some Latin energy to the grooves at points. Tunes are familiar, but all given a great Quincy Jones twist – and titles include "Gravy Waltz", "Jive Samba", "Walk On The Wild Side", "Bossa Nova USA", and "Watermelon Man". Golden Boy is a sweet bridge between Quincy's big band recordings and his groovier soundtrack work of the mid 60s – as the record combines straight jazzy grooving with some of the cooler elements of Quincy's soundtrack scores, like stepping strings, wordless voices, and a breathy mellow groove that floats across the disc in a wonderful way! Aiding Quincy in the album are a host of top-line jazz players – including Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Jerome Richardson, and Phil Woods on saxes – plus Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Al Grey on trombone, and Jim Hall on guitar! Although titled after the show Golden Boy, only a few cuts here are from that musical – and the rest include Quincy Jones originals and some cool covers, given the Q twist. Titles include "Seaweed", "The Witching Hour", "Hard Day's Night", "The Sidewinder", and "Theme From Golden Boy", done in 2 versions, both great! CD

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Hank MarrLive At The Club 502 ... LP
King, 1964. Good+ ... $6.99
Some excellent soul jazz organ work from the great Hank Marr! After the myriad of fake live James Brown albums on King, we've come to distrust any liveness the label might promise – but even though the overall sound of this one seems to be studio with clapping dubbed in, the grooves are all quite lively, and are some of Hank's best work on record! The hip organist is working here with Wilbert Longmire on guitar and Rusty Bryant on tenor – and the groove is as hard as you could hope, right up there with the best soul jazz organ/tenor sides on Prestige at the same time. Titles include "Freedom March", "Easy Talk", "Hank's Idea", and "Up & Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and split top & bottom seams.)

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Dave Matthews Big BandNight Flight ... LP
Muse, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A lost treasure from Dave Matthews – an artist who's best known for his 70s funky work for James Brown, CTI, and Kudu – but who steps out strongly here in a set of righteous big band material! The ensemble's quite modest overall – no real superstars blowing their heads off – but that makes for a very unified set that lets Matthews take charge and direct the group with a sweetly swinging sound. Titles include "All Blues", "Night Flight", "East Side Lady", and a great version of "Vera Cruz". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ Bobby NaughtonNauxtagram ... LP
Otic, 1979. Near Mint- ... $24.99
With James Emery,Cleve Pozar, and Wes Brown. LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke PearsonHoney Buns ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good ... $14.99
An excellent Duke Pearson album – and (dare we say it?) better than any of his Blue Note LPs! The record features a very tight lineup with Johnny Coles on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Les Spann on flute, James Spaulding on alto, and George Coleman on tenor – all players who are well suited to Pearson's warm funky style on the piano, but who also have a strong modernist sensibility that really comes through on the solos. The album is filled with nice tracks – like "New Girl", "Honeybuns", "Heavy Legs", and the fantastic lyrical groover "Is That So", plus "You Know I Care" and "Our Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Larry WillisNew Kind Of Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... About April 27, 2016 (delayed)
A really killer set from pianist Larry Willis – way different than any of his later albums as a leader, and from his early work with Jackie McLean in the 60s! Larry's playing here with a sound that's as righteous as his image on the cover, but which is also pretty funky at points too – a small combo mode that's partly in a soul instrumental mode, partly with some of the soaring, more expressive qualities you'd find later on records for labels like Strata East or Black Jazz. The whole combo's wonderful – and includes the mighty Al Foster on drums and Vic Sproles on bass – two super-hip rhythm cats – alongside a tight flugelhorn frontline from the trio of Jimmy Owens, Marvin Stamm, and Joe Newman – and lots of sharp riffing guitar from Al Gava. The funky cuts are wonderful – and include a break version of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", and sweet covers of Andre Williams' "Funky Judge" and James Brown's "Lickin' Stick" – but original cuts are nice too, and include "Someday soon" and "Consola Coa". CD

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✨✧ Grant GreenGreen Is Beautiful ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of Grant Green's best funky records for Blue Note! The group's cut from the same cloth as Lou Donaldson's great ones from this period – like Hot Dog or Say It Loud – with Idris Muhammad on drums, kicking up lots of those chunky funky breaks that we always love so much! Green's work on guitar is especially nice – stretched out, but never trippy, with a tight single note style that really gets the most out of the grooves. Neal Creque plays keyboards on the set, and contributed 2 tracks – "Windjammer" and "Dracula" – and the album also sports a great long version of James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now", and a sweet cover of "A Day In The Life"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Grant GreenShades Of Green ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stellar album from Grant Green – very different than most of his other work for Blue Note, and a sly electric groover recorded with vibist Billy Wooten! The sound here is a bit more spacious than some of Grant's earlier albums, yet no less funky – thanks to a hip undercurrent of soul in the drums, and arrangements from Wade Marcus that keep things fluid throughout. Wooten's vibes are wonderful, a ringing counterpoint to Green's great lines on guitar – and even the more familiar tunes on the record turn out to be really unique readings here – thanks to the arrangements and overall conception. Mellow moments are dripping with plenty of soul, and the funky ones are pretty great too – and titles include a killer medley of James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing" and "Cold Sweat", a heavy version of his instrumental groover "In The Middle", and a great original called "California Green" – plus "Never My Love", "Sunrise Sunset", "Got To Be There", and "If You Really Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Cover has splitting on the spine & bottom seam. Labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ Billy LarkinI Got The Feelin' ... LP
World Pacific, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Billy Larkin's definitely got the feeling here – a sublime mix of soul instrumental and jazz modes, served up in a Hammond-heavy groove that was one of the hippest on the west coast in the 60s! Unlike some of Larkin's original sessions with The Delegates, this album's got fuller arrangements that almost create a Cadet records sort of groove – that style that was rooted in jazz, but searching for a soul audience – which Billy definitely found for his music back in the 60s! Arrangements are by Larkin and Arthur Wright – and titles include "Russell & Williams Street", "The Pig", "Lebanese Flower", and a bunch of cool covers, like "Soulful Strut" and James Brown's "I Got the Feelin'". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain on back.)

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✨✧ Blue MitchellMany Shades Of Blue ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet electric 70s funk from Blue Mitchell – blowing here in some of the hippest arrangements of his career! Blue's trumpet alone is always pretty darn great, but for this album he's working with arranger Dave Matthews – who gives the tunes fierce groove that mixes vamping guitars with snapping drums – sort of picking up the groove that Matthews forged with James Brown, but allowing for a lot freer jazz interplay! The guitars are often recorded in a cool way that has them sounding a bit "watery" alongside the rhythms – so much so, you'd swear they were keyboards at times – and this approach sounds really great underneath Blue's tighter, harder, more punctuated solos over the top of the tracks. Additional support comes from horn players Joe Farrell and Seldon Powell – and titles include "Funk Walk", "Blue Funk", "Funny Bone", "Golden Feathered Bird", "Harmony Of The Underworld", and "Hot Stuff". CD

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✨✧ James MoodyComin' On Strong ... LP
Argo, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A prime Argo gem from James Moody – and key proof that when he wanted to, he could be one of the hippest cats working in 60s jazz! The approach here is subtle, but amazing – a blend of hardbop with some of the more modern ideas that were coming up in the post-bop generation from the team of Moody and Dizzy Gillespie. The rhythms are quite complicated at times – very fresh and vibrant, but without any of the easy gimmicks that other 60s artists would fall into – like vamping soul jazz or borrowed bossa lines. Instead, working in a combo with a young Kenny Barron, Moody concentrates on fresh timings and complicated changes – modes that push his own work on alto, tenor, and flute far from expected territory – and which also features Barron on piano and organ, George Eskridge on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums. Tracks include "Zanzibar", "Dizzy", "Ole", "Sonnymoon For Two", and a nice version of "Fly Me To The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label Argo pressing. Back cover has several spots of white-out.)

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✨✧ Larry WillisNew Kind Of Soul ... LP
LLP, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really killer set from pianist Larry Willis – way different than any of his later albums as a leader, and from his early work with Jackie McLean in the 60s! Larry's playing here with a sound that's as righteous as his image on the cover, but which is also pretty funky at points too – a small combo mode that's partly in a soul instrumental mode, partly with some of the soaring, more expressive qualities you'd find later on records for labels like Strata East or Black Jazz. The whole combo's wonderful – and includes the mighty Al Foster on drums and Vic Sproles on bass – two super-hip rhythm cats – alongside a tight flugelhorn frontline from the trio of Jimmy Owens, Marvin Stamm, and Joe Newman – and lots of sharp riffing guitar from Al Gava. The funky cuts are wonderful – and include a break version of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", and sweet covers of Andre Williams' "Funky Judge" and James Brown's "Lickin' Stick" – but original cuts are nice too, and include "Someday soon" and "Consola Coa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ George SamsNomadic Winds ... LP
Hat Hut, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features the obscure George Sams on trumpet – plus Abdul Wadud on percussion, India Cooke on violin, Andre St James on bass, and Anthony Brown on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gene Ammons & Sonny StittBoss Tenors In Orbit/Boss Tenors ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of hard-wailing tenor albums on Verve – both of them great! Boss Tenors In Orbit is a studio album, but one that really has Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt recreating some of the bold energy of their live shows – coming across with a vibe that's much more Prestige Records than Verve, thanks to the presence of the Don Patterson trio on the set! Backing is by Don on Hammond, Paul Weeden on guitar, and Billy James on drums – a nicely loose combo that really lets the tenorists stretch out and show their stuff. The cuts are mostly standard material – "John Brown's Body", "Walkin", "Long Ago And Far Away" – but the twin-tenor sound is great, and Patterson's free organ lines riff away nicely! On Boss Tenors, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George Brown on drums – and it's way heavier than the usual Verve "meeting of the masters" session, and feels more like a record that should have been issued on Prestige or Argo. Both players are impeccable, and the solos stretch out for a long long very live time. Titles include "Blues Up & Down", "The One Before This", and "Counter Clockwise" – but these guys even groove amazingly on standards like "Autumn Leaves" and "No Greater Love". CD

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✨✧ Bob Downes Open MusicYou're Funkin' Good ... CD
Bob Downes Music, 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A clunky title, a so-so cover, a later recording date – and yet, the record's wonderful overall – a surprisingly funky effort from British reedman Bob Downes! The album is Bob's tribute to funky sounds oif the 60s and 70s – and although it includes a few tracks penned by Downes back in the day, the music was recorded in the past decade or so – yet done with a surprisingly classic feel overall – one that really serves the funky style of the music very well! The group is very stripped-down – just a trio with electric bass and keyboards, plus Downes on tenor, alto, flute, soprano sax, and even a bit of vocals – the kind of shouted, James Brown-chorus type – which are processed here to give them a really offbeat sound. The whole thing's pretty great – and you can bet that if this was a small label pressing from the US scene of a few decades back, it would be changing hands for a pretty penny. Titles include "Afro Swing", "Happy Funk", "A Man Without A Woman", "Pow Wow", "Funky Groove", "Hottin Up", "C'Mon Baby", and "You're Funkin Good". CD

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✨✧ Wilbert LongmireRevolution ... LP
World Pacific, Late 60s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album from funky guitarist Wilbert Longmire – probably his best, in our opinion! The album was recorded in LA with some very hip arrangements from Joe Sample – at the head of a largeish soul jazz group that includes usual suspects from the LA scene, like Paul Humphrey, George Bohannon, Anthony Ortega, and Wilton Felder – plus a young Leon Spencer on organ, who turns out some excellent solos with a very groovy touch! Includes a totally great version of James Brown's "Give It Up or Turn it Loose" – done with a nice little kick – plus takes of "This Guy's In Love With You", "Galveston", "Revolution", "Theme From The Fox", and "Scarborough Fair". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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VariousYou Need This – A Journey Into Deep Jazz ... LP
BBE (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A brilliant collection of soulful jazz – one that has way more to offer than you might guess from its unassuming title and cover! The whole thing looks a bit oblique, but inside the music is full of deep color and life – a treasure trove of more spiritual sounds from the jazz scenes of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s – and put together in a way that draws lines between artists and records you might not normally expect in each other's company! All tracks are nice and long, and there's a mix of soaring styles, acoustic combos, and a few electric elements at play – plus a bit of vocals here and there, although the main focus of the set is instrumental. Titles include "He's Gone" by Charles Greenlee, "Pavanne" by James Clay, "Greasy Sunday" by Triton, "Anastasie Oh Ma Cherie" by Yves Laferriere, "Circles" by M'Boom, "Saudi" by Lenny McBrowne & The Four Souls, "Going Home" by James Stubblefield, "Bornless One" by Terry Plumeri, and "Bleecker Street" by Stanton Davis. (Funky Compilations, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on nice heavy vinyl – and not on CD!)
 
 
 



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