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Willie 'The Lion' SmithMusic On My Mind ... LP
Saba, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $28.99
Not to be confused with the material in the Jazz In Paris series – this is a special recording done by Smith in Germany for MPS! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label MPS pressing – in a glossy gatefold!)
 
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Coleman Hawkins & Bud PowellHawk In Germany ... LP
Black Lion, 1960. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some moisture staining, splitting and waviness.)

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Sun RaPictures Of Infinity ... LP
Black Lion, 1968. Near Mint- ... $44.99
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the height of their most expressive powers here! The sound is quite "out" overall – really jamming in an almost free jazz sort of way at times – showing the growing boldness and confidence of the Arkestra, as they keep ahead of the pack of all the younger artists they've inspired by this point in their career. Titles include "Saturn", "Song of the Sparer", "Spontaneous Simplicity", and "Outerspaceways Incorporated". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some light wear.)

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✨✧ Barney KesselSummertime In Montreux ... LP
Black Lion, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(US pressing. Cover has a half split spine.)

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✨✧ Howard McGheeShades Of Blue ... LP
Black Lion, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure Howard McGhee session, but a great one! The 1961 session was recorded during Maggie's great comeback years – at a time when he was doing some great work for labels that included Bethlehem, Contemporary, and United Artists. The spirit of this set is similar to those – sort of an easy-going blend of light bop with some of the gentler swinging tones that McGhee was putting into his horn at the time. The quintet on the set features George Coleman on tenor, Junior Mance on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – and the whole thing's got an easygoing mellow feel that we really like a lot. Titles include "The Sharp Edge", "Cool", "Shades Of Blue", "Arabee", and "My Delight". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s US pressing. Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)

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✨✧ Buddy TateJumping On The West Coast ... LP
Black Lion, 1947/1949. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early tenor from Buddy Tate – with piano on some tracks by Bill Doggett! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split in the spine.)

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✨✧ Ben WebsterGone With The Wind (180 gram white colored vinyl pressing) (2016 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Black Lion/ORG, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Tenor sax hero Ben Webster recorded live at Copenhagen's Jazzhus Montmarte on January 3, 1965 – leading a quartet with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, Alexi Riel on drums and the great Kenny Drew on piano. Titles include "Perdido", "That's All", "Gone With The Wind", "Yesterdays", "Over The Rainbow", "Sunday", "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter" and "Misty". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram white colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ VariousPuissance 13 + 2 ... LP
Musea/Lion, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wicked collection of French prog and fusion from the start of the 70s – all with a jazzy or folky vibe that shows just how wonderfully warm the French scene was at the time – and how it could be very different than similar music coming from Germany, England, or Italy during the same stretch! All tracks here were recorded live, and although the groups are varied, the sound is surprisingly unified – with loads of funky fusion moments that are kind of an offbeat, outside take on styles that American groups were just beginning to explore – with some especially strong keyboard moments that point the way towards directions that Herbie Hancock would take a few years later. There's a few other tunes that bring in acoustic elements, almost with an acid folk sound – and titles include "Charles" by Catharsis, "Arkham" by Spectre, "Mekanik Kommando" by Magma, "Informers Blues" by Zabu, "Jappy's Boogie" by Solitude, "All's So Comic" by Ergo Sum, "I'm On My Way" by Voyage, "Promenade"b y Claude Engel, "Aria Populaire" by Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes, and "Iguane" by Alain Markusfeld. (Rock, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Kenny DrewUndercurrent ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of the greatest albums ever by pianist Kenny Drew – a record that's as noteworthy for the contributions of the sidemen as it is for the efforts of the leader! Drew's a player who often worked mostly in trio formats – but here, he's hitting hard with a righteous Blue Note power – thanks to the presence of Hank Mobley on tenor and Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, both of whom really give the record an edge! Drew's lyrical sensibilities are shifted to darker, more modern moments at times – and the rest of the group features Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. An essential addition to the Blue Note legacy of Mobley and Hubbard – and the set's filled with original tunes by Kenny, including "The Pot's On", "Undercurrent", "Funk-Cosity", and "Lion's Den". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram Japanese pressing on EMI, with obi and insert. Cover is lightly stained on the bottom inch, and the obi is stuck.)

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Bob JamesFour Faces ... LP
CTI/King (Japan), Mid 70s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $36.99
Very cool – a double-length, Japanese-only collection of CTI Records performances by Bob James – with titles that include "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", "Inner City Blues", "The Sea Lion", "Black Frost", "All Is Well", "All In Love Is Fair", "The Chicago Theme", "Transylvania Boogie", "It's Going To Take Some Time", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". Features some tracks with James as a sideman, but taking great solos – and lots of Fender Rhodes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank LoweFresh ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1975. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the better recordings created for the Arista/Freedom series, rather than licensed from tapes Alan Bates had already produced for Black Lion – and a nice set of loft jazz played by Lowe with help from Lester and Joseph Bowie, Abdul Wadud, Steve Reid, and Charles Bobo Shaw. The group play 2 Monk tracks, "Epistrophy" and "Mysterioso", plus 2 Lowe originals, "Play Some Blues" and "Fresh", with a sound befitting the title track, approaching the new thing with a respect for the swing and blues roots of jazz. The final track "Chu's Blues", is a little different from the rest of the LP, a great grooving number that was performed by Lowe in Memphis, with help from the Memphis Four. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a promo sticker, and some wear.)

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Jackie McLeanCapuchin Swing ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A tremendous set from Jackie McLean – perfectly poised between his hardbop and modern years, with a set of compositions that are as great as the performances! The lineup on this one's a bit unusual – with Walter Bishop on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but that mix of players makes for a really unusual sound – as the rhythm section's often straight ahead, Blue Mitchell's notes are bold and sparkling, and Jackie's own solos are reaching for the darker corners of the spectrum! There's a great sense of tension here that heralds the genius of later McLean sides of the 60s – and original titles include "Francisco", "Condition Blue", "On The Lion", and "Capuchin Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Modern Sound Quartet (Oscar Rocchi)Horoscope (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Edizioni Minstrel/Spettro (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A fantastic trip into the twelve signs of the Zodiac, courtesy of the Modern Sound Quartet – a very funky instrumental group that features lots of sweet keyboards from Oscar Rocchi! The music follows a similar format to other great zodiac funk records of the 70s – in that each of the tracks has a different spirit, designed to match the mood of the horoscope sign – although given that each of them gets a 70s electric approach, there's still a nicely unified feel to the set! Grooves run from funky cop/crime work to some more sophisticated modes – and titles include "Lion", "Virgin", "Cancer", "Scorpion", "The Gemini", "Balance", "Fishes", and "Aries". (Sound Library, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Miles MosleyUprising ... LP
Verve, New Copy ... On July 14, 2017
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddie RoachDown To Earth ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $79.99
A tremendous album from organist Freddie Roach – arguably his best record ever for Blue Note, and a really wonderful session! The set's got Freddie opening up in a slightly hipper groove than on some of his more R&B-influenced sides – working with a quartet that includes Percy France on tenor, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Clarence Johnston on drums. Tracks are longish, with some really great rhythms – and show Freddie moving past straight Hammond grooving, into a more righteous mode that would emerge even more on his albums for Prestige. 6 tracks in all, and the titles include "De Bug", "Ahm Miz", "Althea Soon", and "Lion Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing – with Van Gelder stamp and ear! Vinyl is nice and clean, and has just a short click on one track. Cover has a bit of wear on the front, and a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Frode ThingnaesFeelin' Alright (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Preservation (Norway), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
The first-ever album from trombonist Frode Thingnaes – issued briefly by Polydor in the 70s as a hip Norwegian take on funky jazz! The album's groove is mostly acoustic, but the group has just the right use of electric bass, guitar, and added percussion to give the rhythms a strong kick on most numbers – which then also really seems to set the horn players soaring! If we had to make a quick comparison, we might reach for the early 70s material that Eddie Harris cut for Atlantic – especially on an album like Instant Death – but there's also a very original, special approach going on here – especially as all tracks are originals by Thingnaes. Other players include Bjorn Johansen on tenor, Henryk Lysiak on piano, and Jan Erik Kongshaug on guitar – and titles include "Wheels", "Fink Finster", "Axel", "The Little Lion", and "Feelin All Right". LP, Vinyl record album

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Grover Washington JrFeels So Good ... LP
Kudu, 1975. Very Good ... $8.99
An incredible batch of electric funk from Grover Washington Jr – easily one of his best albums ever! The record really picks up from the sweet CTI sound of the 70s – taking Bob James arrangements with a lot of space and electric keyboards, and letting Groover blow some wonderfully soulful lines over the top on soprano sax! The album's got some really wonderful funk tracks that feature a mad mix of drums, bass, and lots of that Bob James "space" – including the massive cuts "Hydra" and "Knucklehead" – both of them magic! Other tracks include "Moonstreams", "It Feels So Good", and "The Sea Lion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoParis Session ... LP
Arista, 1969/1973. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice 2LP set that brought the US some of the great recordings cut by the Art Ensemble while they were in Paris (some of which have also come out under the Black Lion imprint). All of the material was recorded in the Polydor Studios in Paris in 1969, and the tracks include "The Spiritual", "Tutankhamun", "Toro", "Tthintthedalen", and "Lori Song". The feel of the tracks is very laidback, spare, and similar to the material on People in Sorrow, which was recorded during the same period. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Lee MorganLee-way ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An undisputed masterpiece by Lee Morgan – and one of the first records in which he shed his straight bop sensibility, and began evolving into a soulful genius for the 60s! The album's got 4 long tracks that all build beautifully – really extended numbers that break the format of some of Lee's earlier work, and hint a bit at some of the more complicated touches he'd use on later sessions. All players are great – and include fellow Jazz Messengers Bobby Timmons on piano and Art Blakey on drums, plus Jackie McLean on alto and Paul Chambers on bass. Titles include the sublime "These Are Soulful Days" – a perfect model of soulful lyricism – plus "Midtown Blues", "Nakatini Suite", and "The Lion & The Wolff". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ Lee MorganLee-way (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An undisputed masterpiece by Lee Morgan – and one of the first records in which he shed his straight bop sensibility, and began evolving into a soulful genius for the 60s! The album's got 4 long tracks that all build beautifully – really extended numbers that break the format of some of Lee's earlier work, and hint a bit at some of the more complicated touches he'd use on later sessions. All players are great – and include fellow Jazz Messengers Bobby Timmons on piano and Art Blakey on drums, plus Jackie McLean on alto and Paul Chambers on bass. Titles include the sublime "These Are Soulful Days" – a perfect model of soulful lyricism – plus "Midtown Blues", "Nakatini Suite", and "The Lion & The Wolff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Barney WilenZodiac ... LP
Vogue/Be! (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums ever from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – a set that's legendary not only for its famous cover image, but for all the wonderful music underneath! The record's maybe the strongest to deliver on the modern promise that Wilen exhibited in his music during the 60s – but also has a tightness that makes it quite different from some of his more loopy projects – a way of putting things together that's bold and modern, yet also wonderfully controlled as well! As you might guess from the title, the record's based around the twelve phases of the Zodiac – and each tune has a slightly different sense of energy – all delivered by Wilen on tenor, with Karl Berger on vibes and piano, JF Jenny Clark on bass, and Jacques Thollot on drums – all players who are reaching towards free jazz modes, but often hang slightly inside, which makes for a beautiful balance overall. Titles include "Cancer", "Lion", "Vierge", "Capricorne", "Balance", "Scorpion", and "Poissons". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Lionel HamptonAir Mail Special ... LP
Clef, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the standout gems from Lionel Hampton's 50s sessions for Verve – wonderful small combo recordings that let Hamp stretch out in freer solo space than usual! Although the Hampton fame always lay in his popularly-touring bigger band, and all its related pyrotechnics, we've always loved Lionel's sound in a more intimate setting – and the way his ringing tone on the vibes prefaces work to come in later years by Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Nelson, and others – bold, soulful, and surprisingly modern at times. There's a metallic quality to the solo work on these sides that we really like a lot – and which offers a nice contrast to Milt Jackson's vibes of the period through its more powerfully pronounced understanding of the instrument's tone. The core group is a quartet – with Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – and half the set features the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco. All tracks are nice and long – almost jam-session style – and titles include "Soft Winds", "Airmail Special", "The Way You Look Tonight", and "It's Only A Paper Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has split seams held with tape, half split spine, a large stain on the bottom 4 inches, with some stuck-on paper/peeling, and an inspection sticker on the opening.)

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Lionel HamptonApollo Hall Concert 1954 (Dutch pressing) ... LP
Philips (Netherlands), 1954. Very Good ... $3.99
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(Cover has some small stains and a small name in pen on back.)

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Lionel HamptonHamp! ... LP
Clef, Mid 50s. Good ... $2.99
One of Hamp's jazz sides for Verve, all of which were a lot different than the hard live sets he was still laying down around the world in the 50's. This one's a nice laid-back bit of jazz, with long tracks that let all the players – Hamp, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich – have plenty of room for solos. 4 tracks, including "How High the Moon" and "Just One of Those Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a fully split top seam & spine.)

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Lionel HamptonHe Swings The Most ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover & labels have an ink stamp.)

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Lionel HamptonLionel Hampton Quartet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Clef, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $13.99
Great Verve material from Lionel Hampton – and like most of his sides for the label, a set that offers small combo grooving in a very stretched out setting! Hampton's vibes are set up nicely with a trio that includes Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some light surface marks. Cover is nice – no splits.)

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Lionel HamptonRarities ... LP
MCA, Mid/Late 40s. Very Good- ... $0.99
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(80s pressing.)

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Richard Groove HolmesSix Million Dollar Man ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
One of Groove Holmes' best albums of the 70s – thanks to some electric blacksploitation arrangements from the great Oliver Nelson! The format's a bit tighter here than on some of Holmes' Groove Merchant albums from the earlier part of the decade – an approach that's almost like soundtrack scoring at times, but which allows Groove to stretch out a bit more on the solos, and take things way past the already-funky head arrangements penned by Nelson. Mike Wofford's also on the record, throwing in some great electric piano and Arp in underneath Holmes' own funky Hammond – and other players include Tom Scott, David T Walker, and Oscar Brashear – who all contribute nicely to the record. Titles include "Disc-o-Mite", "Salsa de Alma", "Dumpy Mama", "Mama's Groove", "125th & 7th Ave", and "Six Million Dollar Man", the theme from the TV show! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and split seams.)

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Tony Williams LifetimeMillion Dollar Legs ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Tony Williams is a million miles from his work with the Miles Davis Quintet on this record – grooving in a heavy rock/fusion mode with his New Lifetime group that includes Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Tony Newton on bass and vocals, and Alan Pasqua on keyboards! The tracks have a post Jeff Beck kind of approach – lots of heavy riffing in a way that does create a bit of funk at the right moments, almost in the Alphonze Mouzon/Tommy Bolin mode – and Williams' drums are right at home in the setting, and somehow filled with as much imagination and creativity as before! Titles include "Sweet Revenge", "Inspirations Of Love", "Lady Jade", "What You Do To Me", and "Joy Filled Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker, with some pen.)

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VariousYoung Lions – A Concert Of New Music Played By Seventeen Exceptional Young Musicians – The Kool Jazz Festival June 30, 1982 ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonLionel Hampton Plays Drums, Vibes, & Piano ... LP
Audio Fidelity, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very cool work from Lionel Hampton – quite a change from his Verve material of the 50s, and an unusual sort of date for the Audio Fidelity label! As the title implies, Hampton not only plays his usual vibes, but a bit of drums and piano as well – and he's working in a cool smaller group that features some especially nice work from Bobby Plater on flute, alto, tenor, and clarinet – a player we don't know at all, but who turns in some especially sensitive tones here that really help bring some depth to the set, and push it away from common Hampton cliches. Lionel sings a bit on the record – although not much – and other players include Billy Mackel on guitar, Oscar Dennard on piano, Julius Brown on bass, and GT Hogan on drums. Titles include "The Man I Love", "Lazy Thoughts", "Just One Of Those Things", "Blues For Stephen", "Stardust", and "Tracking Problem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Silver label pressing.)

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✨✧ Marshall Allen & Kash KillionTwo Stars In The Universe ... LP
Little Rocket (Sweden), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A masterful album from the heir to the Sun Ra Arkestra – reedman Marshall Allen, who sounds tremendous here in the company of the Arkestra's bassist Kash Killion! The performance is incredible – very different than Allen in an Arkestra setting, and much more personal and spiritual – as Marshall blows alto and flute, and plays a small Casio keyboard too – while Killion shifts between cello, bolong, and sarangi! The pair together have a wonderful blend of organic sounds and improvisation – always very tuneful, and maybe in the territory of some of Don Cherry's European work of the early 70s, but even more intimate and beautiful. Titles include "Vibrations Of Life", "Minds Of A Travel World", "Blacken Blues", "Secrets Of Rhythm", and "India Reflections". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 250 – in a silkscreened sleeve printed in variable colors!)

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonOff Into A Black Thing ... LP
Brunswick, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest albums ever cut by Lionel Hampton – a badass batch of 70s funk tunes, recorded with arrangements from the Chicago powerhouse team at Brunswick Records! Lionel's vibes are mixed with tight drums, sweet bass, and some very soulful arrangements that make even the mellower tracks feel like they've been lifted from some lost blacksploitation soundtrack. Includes great versions of 2 Willie Henderson tunes – "Off Into A Black Thing" and "Funky Chicken", both of which sound even better than the originals with the vibes in place – plus the tracks "Easy", "Shut Your Mouth", "I Found Sunshine", and "One Man Band". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonThere It Is ... LP
Brunswick, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little set of instrumental tracks from Lionel Hampton – almost more soul than jazz, and set to some hipper than usual Brunswick Records arrangements – by the likes of Eugene Record, Willie Henderson, Sonny Sanders, and Hamilton Bohannon! The setting is a great showcase for Hamp's vibes – which always had plenty of punch, even back in the swing generation – and turn out to be an excellent fit for later 70s soul styles too. Bohannon turns out the best track on the album – the slow funky sample cut "Happiness", which steps along at half pace, and sounds like one of the killers from his own Stop & Go album! Other tracks are all pretty great, too – and titles include "Without You In My Life", "I Never Had It So Good", "There It Is", "Wrapped Up In Your Warm & Tender Love", and "Sing A Little Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some smudges on back.)

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Lol CoxhillEar Of The Beholder (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Dandelion/Radiation, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
One of the weirdest, most wonderful albums ever cut by saxophonist Lol Coxhill – way more than just improvised jazz, and exactly the best sort of a record to show his connection to the larger British music scene! The feel here is a bit like the albums that Coxhill recorded with Steve Miller for Virgin, but even more offbeat – a blend of solo saxophone lines, electronic experimentation, processing and effects, and other added instrumentation. Coxhill speaks a bit on the set, almost in a Ivor Cutler sort of way – and he gets a bit of help from David Bedford, Jasper Van'Thof, and Mike Oldfield. Some tracks are short and more "sound" oriented, others are longer, and more free jazz sounding, but all are pretty darn wonderful – and titles include "Rasa Moods", "Feedback", "Two Little Pigeons", "Hungerford", "The Rhythmic Hooter", and "A Series Of Superbly Played Mellotron Codas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Sonny CrissPortrait Of Sonny Criss ... LP
Prestige, 1967. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The great altoist Sonny Criss is one of our favorite-ever reed players, and this beautiful session from his late 60's "comeback" period is a loving portrait of the wide range of his deep deep talents! On the surface, the record is deceptively simple, and only features Criss' work on alto sax, alongside with a piano trio led by Walter Davis. On hearing, though, the album is a rich tapestry of many soulful colors, all wrought by Sonny in a tone that had travelled the world – and which had been beaten down by years of struggle. All tracks are great, and titles include "On A Clear Day", "Blues In The Closet", "Wee", and "A Million Or More Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a name in marker on both sides & a cutout hole. Label has marker.)

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Daly-Wilson Big BandDaly-Wilson Big Band in Australia '77 ... LP
Hammard (Australia), 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
Another crazy funky record by the big band that's got enough grooves to make Australia proud – even though they just look like a bunch of dumb white guys on the cover! The tracks have a nice funky rhythm section at their core, and feature a lot of tasty electric instrumentation interspersed with the band's screaming horn-heavy grooves. Includes funky reworkings of "Super Strut", "Theme from Policewoman", "S.W.A.T." and "Six Million Dollar Man" – all nice and tasty, with a very true "cop show" sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wrinkling in the laminate – very common for this one.)

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DeodatoPrelude ... LP
CTI, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $3.99
A million-seller, but also a record that no home should be without – and easily one of THE greatest keyboard albums of the 70s! The album's the one that features Deodato's remake of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" into the funky "2001" – soaring with Fender Rhodes lines that set a new standard for the instrument, with a funky undercurrent that few would have expected for the tune. Other tracks are nice too – and include a great bossa-y version of "Baubles Bangles & Beads", plus "Spirit Of Summer", "September 13", and "Carly & Carole". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul GonsalvesBoom Jackie Boom Chick ... LP
Vocalion/Spellbound (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... $23.99
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves – one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a tremendous sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving – work by a quartet that features Gonsalves on tenor, plus Pat Smythe on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and Ronnie Stevenson on drums – all hitting a soulful hardbop style that's very much like the best Tubby Hayes records from the time! Gonsalves' tone is incredible – with that raspy, almost flatted mode that he used with Ellington – and it really stretches out here with plenty of room for creativity, in a way that makes us wonder why nobody ever got this one issued over on our side of the Atlantic. Titles include "Boom Jackie Boom Chick", "Village Blues", "Poor Butterfly", "Blue PG", and "Taboo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Benny GoodmanLive At Carnegie Hall – 40th Anniversary Concert ... LP
Phase 4, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
An album recorded in celebration of the anniversary of Benny Goodman's 1938 appearance at Carnegie Hall – but one that features a host of famous guest stars that include Mary Lou Williams, Buddy Tate, and Lionel Hampton! The groove is somewhat in the spirit of the older concert, but there's certainly some modern touches too – not just in the way the music is recorded (crystal clear, as is the Phase 4 way), but also in some of the tonal shadings in the tunes – clearly informed with a bit of the modernisms of the intervening 40 years. Titles include "Send In The Clowns", "Star Dust", "I Love A Piano", "Roll Em", "Rocky Raccoon", "String Of Pearls", "Goodbye", "Christopher Columbus", "Lady Be Good", and "Don't Be That Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Vince GuaraldiCast Your Fate To The Wind – Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus ... LP
Fantasy, 1962. Very Good ... $11.99
A beautiful record of light, lyrical piano jazz – and one of the best-selling jazz albums ever on Fantasy Records! Vince Guaraldi started the set as a tribute to the film Black Orpheus – and some of the album features his nice renditions of Jobim/Bonfa tunes like "Manha De Carnaval" and "Samba De Orpheus". However, Guaraldi also managed to pen his own amazing track – "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" – a lyrical romping piano instrumental that went onto become a huge charting instrumental hit during the 60s. The track's been heard a million times over the years, but it's still pretty darn great – and it's surrounded in a nice set with other tunes that have the same feel – including "O Nosso Amour", "Alma-Ville", "Since I Fell For You", and "Moon River". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a small stained spot on front.)
 
 
 



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