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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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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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✨✧ Leon ThomasBlues & The Soulful Truth ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall – thanks to backings arranged by Pee Wee Ellis – known best for his work with the James Brown band of the late 60s! Pee Wee handles reed solos on the tunes, and the group also features some great work on keyboards from Neal Creque – from Pucho's band – plus some guitar from Cornell Dupree and Larry Coryell. Yet Thomas is clearly the main attraction – sounding beautifully expressive at that level that no other jazz singer could ever hope to touch – that genre-starting style that continues to amaze us after all these years. Titles include the classic "China Doll" – plus "Love Each Other", "Boom Boom Boom", "Gypsy Queen", and "Shape Your Mind To Die". (Vocalists, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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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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✨✧ Marion BrownGeechee Recollections ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly our favorite record ever from reedman Marion Brown – and very different than both his seminal 60s recordings, and his European sides from later years! There's a really earthy feel to this record – one that really lives up to the title, and which comes from the use of lots of percussion, played by just about every group member, ala AACM – but handled in a style that's warmly spiritual, and very organic too – right in line with the best Impulse Records vibe of the time, yet completely its own thing too! Brown plays alto and soprano sax, and is working with players who include Leo Smith on trumpet, William Malone on mbira and autoharp, James Jefferson on bass, and Steve McCall, Jumma Santos, Bill Hasson, and A Kobena Adzenyah on percussion – in addition to percussion plays by other group members too. Two tracks are spare, beautiful solos – almost a Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre vibe – and titles include "Buttermilk Bottom", "Once Upon A Time", "Tokalokaloka", and "Karintha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Dee Felice TrioIn Heat ... LP
King/Bethlehem, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Frank GordonClarion Echoes ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album as a leader from trumpeter Frank Gordon – one of the lesser-remembered members of the AACM in the 70s, and an artist who's probably best known for his work in the soulful combo The Awakening! This set has Gordon blowing in some richly creative territory, especially for the 80s – a soulful, stretched-out sort of groove that's mostly built around original compositions by Frank – well-written numbers with a strong undercurrent of darkness, even at moments of brighter light from some of the soloists – who include Bobby Watson on alto sax, Ari Brown on tenor, and James Williams on piano. There's a rock-solid rhythm section on the date – courtesy of Rufus Reid on bass and Carl Allen on drums – which offsets some of the more exploratory horn passages nicely – and titles include "El Toro", "Clarion Echoes", "Convulsion", "Illusion", "Libra", and "Take Off". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David MatthewsDune ... LP
CTI, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky spaciness from one of the 70's best arrangers! The set's a largeish orchestral work dedicated to Dune and other sci-fi books and films. Sounds goofy, but it's pretty darn great – and Dave Matthews takes his work with James Brown and makes the whole thing come out pretty darn funky. Includes the massive "Sandworms", plus "Song Of The Bene Gesserit", "Silent Running", "Arrakis", and "Space Oddity". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ William ParkerWilliam Parker Quartet Ao Vivo Na Fabrica ... CD
SESCSP (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent live set led by bassist William Parker – done in the same high quality modes as the other Fabrica dates from Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell! This set's got Parker working with a quartet – one that features some really tremendous alto from Rob Brown, who blows with both a boundless sense of freedom, and an inherent sense of swing – this subtle current that links his wonderfully with Parker's great work on bass. Trumpeter Lewis Barnes is also in the group, rounding his notes with this current of soul that is a wonderful pairing with some of Brown's freer impulses – and the always-great Hamid Drake is on drums, able to add so much to the sound of the performance through his deft, sympathetic contributions. At some point, someone's blowing a great wood flute – and tracks are all originals, penned by Parker, with titles that include "Deep Flower", "Sand Shadow", "Parallel Paragraph", "Peoples James", and "Corn Meal Dance". CD

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✨✧ Duke PearsonHoney Buns ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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✨✧ Duke PearsonRight Touch ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest sets that Duke Pearson ever recorded – and an all-out Blue Note soul jazz set that's even better than Pearson's classic Sweet Honey Bee! Duke's style is deeper and more farther-reaching here – with echoes of styles used at the time by Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – carried off with some of the more tightly-arranged modes used by Pearson on his backdrops for other players at the time. The group here includes James Spaulding on alto, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Garnett Brown on trombone, and rhythm by Gene Taylor on bass and Grady Tate on drums. Tracks have a strong overall focus on the groove – rolling around in that rollicking mid 60s Blue Note style that Pearson helped establish as the label's trademark at the time – but titles are also touched with some of Duke's lighter lyricism, especially on his own solos. Titles include "Make It Good", "Chili Peppers", "Rotary", "Los Malos Hombres", and "Scrap Iron". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a few peeled spots.)

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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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✨✧ Pee Wee EllisCologne Concerts – Twelve & More Blues ... CD
Minor Music (Germany), 1993. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A very different setting for the mighty Pee Wee Ellis – hardly the funk of his early years with James Brown, or even the soulful styles of his later revival years – and instead a sharp-edged jazz set that has Pee Wee on both tenor and baritone, working with just Dwayne Dolphin on bass and Bruce Cox on drums! The open trio format really makes a difference here – and lets us hear Ellis really stretch out on these long, creative solos that are yet another feather in his overstuffed cap – sounds he never would have produced working under James Brown, and which few folks in other settings gave him the chance to play. Titles include "Pistachio", "Twelve & More Blues", "Doxy", "There Is No Greater Love", "My Wife My Friend", "Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart", and In The Middle". (Note: album is a greatly expanded version of the concert first presented in Twelve Or More Blues – with a lot more additional tracks.) CD

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✨✧ Pee Wee EllisCologne Concerts – Twelve & More Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Minor Music (Germany), 1993. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A very different setting for the mighty Pee Wee Ellis – hardly the funk of his early years with James Brown, or even the soulful styles of his later revival years – and instead a sharp-edged jazz set that has Pee Wee on both tenor and baritone, working with just Dwayne Dolphin on bass and Bruce Cox on drums! The open trio format really makes a difference here – and lets us hear Ellis really stretch out on these long, creative solos that are yet another feather in his overstuffed cap – sounds he never would have produced working under James Brown, and which few folks in other settings gave him the chance to play. Titles include "Pistachio", "Twelve & More Blues", "Doxy", "There Is No Greater Love", "My Wife My Friend", "Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart", and In The Middle". (Note: album is a greatly expanded version of the concert first presented in Twelve Or More Blues – with a lot more additional tracks.) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Grant GreenShades Of Green ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Used ... 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 taped seams, a card pocket on front, and a sticker on the spine. Labels have marker.)

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✨✧ Yusef LateefAutophysiopsychic ... LP
CTI, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A strange bit of funk from Yusef Lateef! The record was recorded late in the CTI electric years – and it's got Yusef fronting a funky jazz group on 5 tracks that have a decidely R&B-ish fusion twist. Dave Matthews – of James Brown funky fame – arranged the whole album, and the record is similar to some of Dave's funky jazz records from the mid 70s. A few cuts have vocals, and Art Farmer joins Yusef in the frontline on horns – and the two of them blow together in light melodic lines over the top of funky rhythms from Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Alex Blake, and others. Titles include "Robot Man", "YL", "Communication", and "Look On The Right Side". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ Bobby NaughtonNauxtagram ... LP
Otic, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
With James Emery,Cleve Pozar, and Wes Brown. 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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