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Nat AdderleyIn The Bag ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1962. Used ... $12.99
An excellent early Nat Adderley record that has the funky trumpet player groovin' in the company of a number of bright young players from New Orleans, including Nat Perrilliat on tenor, Ellis Marsalis (yes, that one) on piano, and James Black on drums. Sam Jones plays funky bass, and brother Cannonball joins on on alto for a nice set of groovers that includes "In The Bag", "Sister Wilson", "Low Brown", and "New Arrival". Nice stuff, and we don't really see this one that much these days. CD

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittBoss Tenors In Orbit/Boss Tenors ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $8.99 18.98
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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Lou DonaldsonSay It Loud! ... CD
Water/Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $11.99
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic – not just in the snap-funk mode of some of his oft-sampled Blue Note classics, but also hitting these nicely changed-up rhythms that dance along with a free sense of joy, love, and life – one that seems to open Lou up even more than before! Other players on the set are great too – and include a young Charles Earland on organ, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – cooking up some incredible licks that fill in the spaces between the grooves with a wash of soulful colors! Titles include a great version of the James Brown Classic "Say It Loud", plus the originals "Snake Bone" and "Brother Soul" – and surprisingly great takes on "Summertime" and "Caravan"! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Say It Loud! ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonSay It Loud! ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Good Gatefold ... $4.99
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic – not just in the snap-funk mode of some of his oft-sampled Blue Note classics, but also hitting these nicely changed-up rhythms that dance along with a free sense of joy, love, and life – one that seems to open Lou up even more than before! Other players on the set are great too – and include a young Charles Earland on organ, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – cooking up some incredible licks that fill in the spaces between the grooves with a wash of soulful colors! Titles include a great version of the James Brown Classic "Say It Loud", plus the originals "Snake Bone" and "Brother Soul" – and surprisingly great takes on "Summertime" and "Caravan"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Cover has unglued seams, with a bit of pen and name in marker on front.)
Also available Say It Loud! ... CD 11.99

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Bob Downes Open MusicYou're Funkin' Good ... CD
Bob Downes Music, 2001. New Copy ... $5.99
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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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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Quincy JonesQuincy Jones Plays Hip Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Very Good ... $4.99
One of Quincy Jones' best for Mercury Records in the 60s – 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Wilbert LongmireRevolution ... LP
World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $14.99
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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Joe LovanoFolk Art ... CD
Blue Note, 2009. Used ... $5.99
Beautifully-blown work from saxophonist Joe Lovano – working here with his Us Five group, a quintet that features the great Esperanza Spalding on bass! The sound is somewhat straighter, and almost more soulful than some of Lovano's recent work – yet there's still a touch of the modern too, some of the sharper edges that have come into Joe's saxophone lines over the years, and a few of the more contemplative, tentative rhythms that hang more heavily on other records. Spalding's bass bumps along some of the best tunes nicely – and other group members include James Weidman on piano, and Otis Brown and Francisco Mela on drums and percussion. Lovano plays tenor, alto sax, alto clarinet, and taragato – and titles include "Powerhouse", "Folk Art", "Drum Song", "Song For Judi", "Us Five", and "Ettenro". CD

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Manhattan Jazz OrchestraGet It On ... CD
King (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $9.99
The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra definitely get it on here – as the album's almost a return to some of the funkier 70s styles of group lead David Matthews! The performance is still all acoustic – in the manner of the gorup's other albums – but Matthews brings back that bounce at the bottom he first forged as James Brown's arranger – really throwing the trumpets, trombones, and saxes into funkier territory than before – on titles that include "Spinning Wheel", "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Getaway", "Pick UP The Pieces", and "25 Or 6 To 4". CD

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Manhattan Jazz OrchestraNight In Tunisia ... CD
King (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... $9.99
Pianist David Matthews first got his start writing arrangements for the James Brown band of the late 60s – but over the years, he turned into a hell of a jazz arranger too – as you'll hear on this smoking large ensemble set from 1993! The record's got a special vibe right from the start – cascading tones and colors that are a wonderful change from the usual – and which seem to allow every single player in the group an individual voice, at the same time they're all coming together in unison. There's plenty of breakout solos, too – and players are a top-shelf lineup that includes Ryan Kisor and Lew Soloff on trumpets, George Young and Chris Hunter on saxes, Birch Johnson and Dave Taylor on trombones, and Matthews himself on piano. Titles include "Harry's Jump", "Four", "All Blues", and "Night In Tunisia". CD

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✨✧ Hank MarrLive At The Club 502 ... LP
King, 1964. Good+ ... $9.99
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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David MatthewsShoogie Wanna Boogie ... LP
Kudu, 1976. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the slickest of Dave Matthews' funk records from the 70s – but still pretty darn nice! Matthews was the mainman behind the legendary funk group The Grodeck Whipperjenny, and a key arranger in James Brown's sound of the Polydor years – but by this time, he moved into smoother club-type jazz, of the sort he'd penned for Idris Muhammad and other artists on the Kudu label. However, Matthews' always had a talent for the funky groove – and even these otherwise pop disco numbers shine with a musical intensity that surprises us – especially at moments like the funky drumbreak on "You Keep Me Hanging On", the freaky moog on "Shoogie Wanna Boogie", the funky bass solo on "California Dreaming", and the excellent keyboard work on "Gotta Be Where You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and unglued bottom seam.)

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Other Dimensions In MusicLive At The Sunset ... CD
Marge (France), 2006. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 24.99
A tremendous double-length set by this hip group of legendary players – a quartet lineup that features trumpeter Roy Campbell, reedman Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake – all working together in sounds that definitely reach some other dimensions in music! The format is very loose and open-ended – perfect for the loft jazz-styled improvisations from the combo – working here in a very friendly, supportive setting in front of a Parisian audience – who clearly inspire the musicians to new heights. Some tracks are quite long, but stand as bold statements throughout – and others are a bit shorter, and nicely compact. Titles include "Other Dimensional Space Travelers Hip Bop", "Blues Configuration", "Slam Me Down", "Blues For Baghdad", "Desert Dance", "Suite For Miles Davis", and "James Brown Ascension". CD

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Duke PearsonHoney Buns ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good ... $24.99
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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Charles Bobo Shaw & The Human Arts EnsembleJunk Trap ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1978. Used ... $6.99
A wonderfully focused record from drummer Charles Bobo Shaw – a set that shows the new fire his music had gained in the latter part of the 70s! The lineup still strongly shows Shaw's roots – a creative combo that features Joseph Bowie on trombone, Luther Thomas on alto sax, James Emery on guitar, and John Lindberg on bass – and there's a nice sense of swing amidst the freedom, a rhythmic pulse that comes especially strongly from the bass and drums, and which reminds us of some of Thomas' best moments in this mode. The set's a great example of the way that 70s groups like this could work with a great sense of freedom, but still keep things grooving too – and titles are mostly Shaw originals, with tracks that include "Beyond The New Horizon", "Night Dreamer", "Brown Rock City", "Skiwee", "Junk Trap", "Electric Two", and "Sequence". CD

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Sonny StittNever Can Say Goodbye ... LP
Cadet, 1975. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Sonny Stitt in a sweet electric funk mode – working here in a style that's almost more CTI/Kudu than the usual Cadet Records groove! Arrangements are by James Brown heavyweight Pee Wee Ellis – who also plays some moog on the set – and other players include Wilbur Bascomb on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Patti Brown on electric piano! Titles include the classic "Slick Eddie", plus "Bachianas Brasilieras/Funky Interlude", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Spanish Harlem", and "Ocho Rios". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Gene Ammons & Sonny StittBoss Tenors In Orbit! (Verve master edition) ... CD
Verve, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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! CD
(Out of print Verve master edition in a tri-fold digipack sleeve.)
Also available Boss Tenors In Orbit/Boss Tenors ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Grant GreenGreen Is Beautiful ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(90s pressing.)

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✨✧ Joe LovanoBird Songs ... CD
Blue Note, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant material from sax great Joe Lovano and his Us Five combo – a ceaselessly creative, energetic and involving batch inspired by Charle Parker – another great set from Lovano for Blue Note! The greatest thing about Bird Songs is Lovano's own inspired takes on the material – bring fresh perspective to Bird's oeuvre – timeless, yet modern and taking the material to unexpected and unexplored flights. The players include James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela – and the titles include "Passport", "Donna Lee", "Barbados", "Moose The Mooche", "Loverman", "Birdyard", "Dexterity", "Yardbird Suite" and more. CD
 
 
 



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