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Afro-Cuban Jazz ProjectTributo A Emiliano Salvador ... CD
Yemaya (Spain), 2000. New Copy ... $9.99 14.95
A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas from Tata Guines – all coming together with a number of other players, working in a style that's deeply soulful, and which often has more of a focus on the jazz component of the tracks than usual! The horn work is especially great on the set – arcing and dipping with some heartfelt turns that bring a nice edge to the tracks, and which remind us a bit of the styles we love on some of the older work by Bobby Vince Paunetto. Titles include "A Puerto Padre", "Angelica", "En Una Volanta Actual", "Jazz Plaza", "En Una Manana De Domingo", and "Danza Para Cuatro". (Latin, Jazz) CD

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Caribbean Jazz ProjectNew Horizons ... CD
Concord, 1999. Used ... $7.99
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Not Missing Drums ProjectGay Avantgarde ... CD
Leo (UK), 2002. Used ... $1.99
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Not Missing Drums ProjectPosition/Dark/Red ... CD
Leo Lab (UK), 2000. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Treehouse ProjectPicture Show (3 CD set) ... CD
482 Music, 2002. Used 3CD ... $6.99
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✨✧ Dave Glasser/Clark Terry/Barry Harris ProjectUh! Oh! ... CD
Nagel Heyer (Germany), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Harris Funk ProjectListen Here! ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Reunion ProjectVaranda ... CD
Tapestry, 2017. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Marker through barcode.)

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Joey DeFrancescoProject Freedom ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. Used ... $13.99
Joey DeFrancesco's been giving us albums for many years now, and he never fails to deliver something that's right on the money – as is the case with this tight quartet session with his People combo! Joey's touch on the keys of the Hammond is amazing – and there are all these unusual inflections and shadings throughout – of the sort that few players can do while still keeping their groove – and as always, Joey's sense of space and timing is what really makes the album sparkle, and set him apart from so many of his contemporaries. At a spot or two, DeFrancesco also picks up the trumpet, which he blows overdubbed over his keys – and the rest of the group features warmly understated work from Troy Roberts on tenor and soprano sax, plus Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums – on titles that include "So Near So Far", "Peace Bridge", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Stand Up", "Project Freedom", and "The Unifier". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)
Also available Project Freedom ... CD 16.99

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Joey DeFrancescoProject Freedom ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Joey DeFrancesco's been giving us albums for many years now, and he never fails to deliver something that's right on the money – as is the case with this tight quartet session with his People combo! Joey's touch on the keys of the Hammond is amazing – and there are all these unusual inflections and shadings throughout – of the sort that few players can do while still keeping their groove – and as always, Joey's sense of space and timing is what really makes the album sparkle, and set him apart from so many of his contemporaries. At a spot or two, DeFrancesco also picks up the trumpet, which he blows overdubbed over his keys – and the rest of the group features warmly understated work from Troy Roberts on tenor and soprano sax, plus Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums – on titles that include "So Near So Far", "Peace Bridge", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Stand Up", "Project Freedom", and "The Unifier". CD
Also available Project Freedom ... CD 13.99

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Joel Frahm & Bruce KatzProject A ... CD
Anzic, 2009. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print, packaged in a slim sleeve which has some edgewear.)

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Herbie HancockImagine Project ... CD
Hancock, 2010. Used ... $6.99
An all-star effort from Herbie Hancock – like his previous record, a set that's filled with guest appearances from really dynamic range of talents! This collaborative change in Herbie's later years is a real surprise, and it's definitely helped him explore music with the sort of freedom to genre-step that he had back in the 70s – maybe not as cutting edge as in those days, but still surprisingly strong at the core. India Arie sings on a version of "Imagine", which also features Konono and Jeff Beck; John Legend and Pink sing on "Don't Give Up"; Ceu is on "Tempo De Amor"; The Chieftains play on "The Times They Are A Changing"; Los Lobos and Tinariwen are on "Tamatant Tilay/Exodus", Dave Matthews sings and plays on "Tomorrow Never Knows"; James Morrison guests on "A Change Is Gonna Come", and Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, and Anoushka Shankar all appear on "The Song Goes On". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bireli LagreneGypsy Project ... CD
Dreyfus, 2001. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Kit McClureSweethearts Project ... CD
Red Hot, 2004. Used ... $1.99
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Noel McGhieNoel McGhie Afro-Carribean Project – Re-Masters ... CD
Marge (France), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is much brighter than some of Noel's early work – that might also have to do with the production – and his work on drums is almost funky at times, but with a bit more complication in the rhythms overall. Players include Patrick Sedoc on guitar, Daniele Vigilucci on alto, and Rasul Siddik on trumpet – and one track features a vocal appearance from Awa Timbo. Titles include "The Jump", "Footprints", "Mademoiselle Tulloch", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "My Little Suede Shoes". CD

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Tim RiesRolling Stones Project ... CD
Concord, 2005. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Raymond ScottRaymond Scott Project Vol 1 – Powerhouse ... CD
Stash, Late 30s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ David Bixler & Arturo O'FarrillAuction Project ... CD
Zoho, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke/Duke Project ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mighty collaboration between Stanley Clarke & George Duke – working here in a pairing that refueled both of their careers for the 80s! In previous years, both Clarke and Duke had a penchant for really stretching out in complex, experimental modes – but here, they're playing in a relatively stripped-down and focused way – hitting some of the more soul-inspired sides of fusion at the time, although still without the slick or commercial feel of the rising GRP generation. Guitars figure heavily on a number of tracks, and vocals do too – sometimes in ways that are slightly too sweet and almost cloying. Tracks include "Wild Dog", "Louie Louie", "Sweet Baby", "I Just Want To Love You", "Winners", "Let's Get Started", and "Touch & Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Joey DeFrancescoProject Freedom (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joey DeFrancesco's been giving us albums for many years now, and he never fails to deliver something that's right on the money – as is the case with this tight quartet session with his People combo! Joey's touch on the keys of the Hammond is amazing – and there are all these unusual inflections and shadings throughout – of the sort that few players can do while still keeping their groove – and as always, Joey's sense of space and timing is what really makes the album sparkle, and set him apart from so many of his contemporaries. At a spot or two, DeFrancesco also picks up the trumpet, which he blows overdubbed over his keys – and the rest of the group features warmly understated work from Troy Roberts on tenor and soprano sax, plus Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums – on titles that include "So Near So Far", "Peace Bridge", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Stand Up", "Project Freedom", and "The Unifier". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Project Freedom ... CD 16.99
Project Freedom ... CD 13.99
 
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Ran Blake & Dominique EadeWhirlpool ... CD
Jazz Project, 2004/2008. Used ... $6.99
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BaastDimensions ... LP
Initiates International/Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
A surprising new project from the same Cali underground scene that gave us some of the Heru Avenger records from years back – done in a style that's even more jazz-based and spiritual than before! All tracks are long and spiraling – with heavy bass at the bottom from Heru Avenger, plus trumpet, saxes, keyboards, and lots of percussion – and a bit of voice on two tracks. Titles include the side-long "Dimension Beyond" – plus "Ascend Rising", "Terra Earthen", and "Suspension Aloft". (Deep Funk, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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George BensonErotic Moods ... LP
Paul Winley, Early 70s/1978. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Wild and mysterious stuff! This album is sort of a repackaged version of the legendary Harlem Underground album – a great lost funk album from the mid-70s that listed George Benson as a player in the group, but one that Benson claims that he never played on! The time of this release coincided with Benson's big hit years in the 70s – so the package is a bit of a cash-in project – but the grooves here are a lot harder-hitting than anything George recorded for Warner or Columbia – really gritty funk that's totally great throughout! Other players include Dave Baby Cortez on organ, Reuben Wilson on keyboards, and Willis Jackson on tenor – and Ann Winley sings on one track, the great "Fed Up", which has a really bad-rapping feel! Other titles include the classic break track "Smokin' Cheeba Cheeba" – plus a few smokin' organ/guitar wailers, like "Loose Joints" and "Overture Erotic", both of which are nice enough to warrant this separate release! Other tracks include "Erotic Moods" and "Sweet Taste Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob Brookmeyer/Jimmy Cleveland/Frank RosolinoTrombones Inc ... CD
Warner/Lonehill (Spain), 1958. Used ... $9.99
A really unique little special project put together by Warner Brothers at the end of the 50s – a famous date that features nearly every important jazz trombonist at the time! Players here include JJ Johnson, Jimmy Cleveland, Benny Green, Melba Liston, Benny Powell, Bob Brookmeyer, Herbie Harper, Eddie Bert, Henry Coker, Frank Rehak, Frank Rosolino, and others – all coming together in very large head arrangements that have the trombones soaring, gliding, and grooving together – but always in a way that's surprisingly lean, given the overall size of the groups! Arrangers Marty Paich, Warren Barker, and JJ Johnson are a good reason for the strength of the set – and although tracks are short, there's plenty of great interplay going on. Titles include "Soft Winds", "Tee Jay", "Neckbones", "Dues Blues", "Long Before I Knew You", "Lassus Trombone", "It's Alright With Me", and "Old Devil Moon". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tom BrowneTommy Gun (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1984. Used ... $10.99
A funk, R&B and electro heavy set from trumpeter Tom Browne! There's a fair bit of beats on this set for Arista – no surprise, as Maurice Starr had a hand in the project – and the electro touches provide a real sense of contrast to some of Browne's earlier work! The best numbers have his trumpet blowing strongly over the top – cutting the electronics with his warmer solo spots – but even the more rhythmic tunes have their own sort of charm too. Browne is on trumpet, flugelhorn, synths, drum programming and vocoder vocals, with Starr on keys, synth, guitars, drums and backing vocals, sax by Maceo Harrett, percussion by Carlos Gomez and others. Siedah Garrett sings on the track "Secret Fantasy" – and other titles include "Wee Out", "Station Break", "Free & Easy", "Loop", "Tommy Gun", and "Hit Man". This 2011 Funky Town Grooves edition has 2 bonus tracks: "Loop (Extended Remix)" and "Secret Fantasy (12" Version)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Co-Op (Jeremy Pelt, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Wolf,Co-Op (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Brown Brothers, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 29.99
A fantastic record from an all-star group – modern musicians you probably know more from CD releases under their own name, but working here on a much more underground project that really shows some new sides of their talents! The group features Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Derrick Hodge on bass, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Kendrick Scott on drums, and Warren Wolf on vibes – all fantastic players when they're working as leaders on their own – but really finding something hip together here as a collective – music that's got a very collaborative, soulful vibe – and which opens up with very fresh rhythms and tones. Titles include "Simplicity", "Journey", "Katrina", "Jake's Dilemma", "Okay", and "The Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition – vinyl-only release!)

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Ted DanielZulu's Ball – Ted Daniel Plays The Music Of King Oliver ... CD
Altura, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Trumpeter Ted Daniel takes on the music of jazz founder King Oliver – but as you'd expect from all of Daniel's other groundbreaking work, the result here is something quite unique! True, the tunes are older numbers from the Oliver songbook of the 20s – but the approach is maybe a bit more freewheeling and pan-historic – a bit like the mode you'd expect if this project was handled by some of the artists on the Black Saint/Soul Note label in the early 80s. As with their work, the immediate approach is historically respectful, but the individual currents in the music really update the sound – thanks to a lineup that includes Daniel on cornet, Charlie Burnham on violin, Newman Baker on percussion, Joe Daley on tuba, and Marvin Sewell on guitar. Titles include "Tears", "Working Man's Blues", "Riverside Blues", "Mabel's Dream", "Just Gone", and "Zulu's Ball" – most taken in much longer readings than recordings from the 78rpm generation. CD

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Miles Davis & Robert GlasperEverything's Beautiful ... LP
Legacy, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 20.98
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his own sort of vibe, and uses the Davis elements to weave into a much larger fabric – one that incorporates a range of hip contemporary styles, in the manner of his great Black Radio projects! So while you will hear some of Miles at times – both playing and (even cooler) speaking – the real strength of the record lies in Glasper's amazing keyboards, especially Fender Rhodes, and the wonderful bass work of Derrick Hodge, whose bottom currents really make the whole thing glow with a subtle, soulful fire! And we haven't even gotten to the guests – a great lineup that rivals the sorts of folks that Robert had on the Black Radio project – as the record includes contributions from Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Illa J, John Scofield, Ledisi, and King. Titles include "They Can't Hold Me Down", "Ghetto Walkin", "Right On Brotha", "Milestones", "Song For Selim", "Little Church", "Violets", "Maiysha", and "Silence Is The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Descendants Of Mike & PhoebeSpirit Speaks ... LP
Strata East/Superfly (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About November 5, 2017
One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have a undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan – plus "Chick Chick", "Attica", "Too Little, Too Late", "Boll Weevil", "Don't Be A Stranger", and "Well Done, Weldon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies with Japanese hard cardboard cover and obi!)

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✨✧ Descendants Of Mike & PhoebeSpirit Speaks ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About September 5, 2017
One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have a undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan – plus "Chick Chick", "Attica", "Too Little, Too Late", "Boll Weevil", "Don't Be A Stranger", and "Well Done, Weldon". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bob Downes Open MusicBob Downes & The Alphorn Brothers (with bonus Jazz Homage CD) ... CD
Bob Downes Music (UK), 1998/2015. New Copy 2 CDs ... $5.99
Reedman Bob Downes has always been a player willing to experiment in a wide range of styles – from his early jazz-rock experiments on the UK scene, to a wealth of spiritual and avant sides he's given us in the decades that followed! But this time around, he may be giving us his weirdest, most unusual project yet – but all with results that are surprisingly great, and hardly gimmicky at all – and that's really something, given that the record features Bob's reeds alongside a trio of musicians playing the long alphorns pictured on the cover! Downes uses those instruments to create these slow-building waves of sound – which he then contrasts with his own performance on alto, tenor, soprano sax, and flute – and the phrasing of the alphorns is surprisingly cool – somewhere between avant/experimental work on euphonium and trombone, but a bit more structured overall. Titles include "The Prowler", "Heading For The Blues", "Stomping", "Dawn Approach", "Tatsunori Hasebe", and "Reflections". 2CD package also features a bonus CD – Jazz Homage, recorded in 1998, a series of duets between Downes and pianist Mick Baumeister – on titles that include "Here We Go Rollins", "Homage To John Coltrane", and "Blues For Bird" – all tributes to the players in the titles! CD

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Billy FosterBilly Foster & Audio ... CD
Equistar, 1983. New Copy ... $11.99
A wonderfully obscure set of jazzy soul from keyboardist Billy Foster – a musician who's been making waves on the scene in Gary, Indiana for many decades – but has never fully gotten his due! This project captures a younger Billy – working in a soul-based mode that blends vocals with his own work on a variety of keyboards and acoustic piano – maybe an indie take on modes that artists like Rodney Foster or Bobby Lyle were exploring on the bigger labels at the time, but with a lot more charm. Vocals are by Glenda Eskew and Brenda Marshall McClure – and titles include the instrumental "City Lights", which has a nicely pronounced guitar solo by Henry Johnson – plus the tracks "As A Matter Of Fact", "Night Music", "I Need Your Love", and "It All Depends On You". CD

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✨✧ Fuse OneFuse One ... LP
CTI, 1981. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on keyboards, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell on guitars, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White, Tony Williams, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – all top-shelf players, but artists who also really respect the vision of the whole project – and allow the grooves to develop without too much competition or overblown modes! The keyboards and guitar are a great match with Farrell's always-great lines on tenor – and titles include "Grand Prix", "Sunshine Lady", "To Whom All Things Concern", "Double Steal", "Waterside", and "Taxi Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Fuse OneFuse One/Silk (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
CTI/Robinsongs (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of records from this great CTI Records group – plus bonus tracks too! Fuse One is tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on keyboards, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell on guitars, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White, Tony Williams, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – all top-shelf players, but artists who also really respect the vision of the whole project – and allow the grooves to develop without too much competition or overblown modes! The keyboards and guitar are a great match with Farrell's always-great lines on tenor – and titles include "Grand Prix", "Sunshine Lady", "To Whom All Things Concern", "Double Steal", "Waterside", and "Taxi Blues". Silk is the second album of funky fusion from this all-star CTI group that includes Stanley Turrentine, Stanley Clarke, Ndugu, Tom Brown, Eric Gale, Ronnie Foster, and George Benson! The ensemble come together for a great set of laidback fusion tracks that groove with a nice soulful undercurrent – surprisingly fresh, and not nearly as slick as you'd expect from the date of the session – showing that the original open-ended CTI vibe could still be strongly alive on the right records! Tracks have a great mix of acoustic and electric touches – and although Stanley Clarke was the musical director of the album, the whole thing's clearly a group effort. Titles include "Silk", "Hot Fire", "Sunwalk", and "In Celebration Of The Human Spirit". CD features bonus tracks – "Ode To A Kudu" and "Silk (7" version)". CD

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✨✧ Roy Hargrove & The RH FactorHard Groove ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... $1.99
A funky collaboration of new and old players – as trumpeter Roy Hargrove explores a range of classic styles with a host of excellent guest stars! The RH Factor project includes work by Bernard Wright, Cornell Dupree, Karl Denson, and other funk luminaries – and it also features great vocal performances from the likes of Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo. The groove soars from Miles-inspired electric to the heavy funk of George Clinton – and makes plenty of side-trips in between – exploring a range of soulful jazz, both new and old, and coming off a lot better than we might have thought! Titles include "Pastor T", "I'll Stay", "Common Free Style", "Juicy", "The Stroke", "Poetry", "Liquid Streets", "The Joint", and "Forget Regret". (Neo Soul, Jazz) CD

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Coleman Hawkins/Zoot Sims/Phil WoodsSaxes Inc (plus Trombone Scene) ... CD
Warner/Lonehill (Spain), 1956/1959. Used ... $16.99
2 rare large group sets – back to back on one CD! First up is Saxes Inc – a unique sax-heavy session done by Warner Brothers, and a blaring batch of tracks played by an all-star all-sax group that includes Herb Geller, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell, Hal McKusick, and Georgie Auld! Bob Prince arranged and conducted, and the approach is surprisingly modernist, with the saxes carrying the bulk of the rhythm and melody, as well as the solos – a really great approach that makes for plenty of unique moments – all handled with a sound that's a lot more fluid than you might expect! Titles include "Four Brothers" (of course!), "The Gypsy", "Night In Tunisia", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", and "Axmobile". The second album here is the even rarer 1956 set Trombone Scene – a session done with a much smaller group arranged by pianist Elliot Lawrence, and featuring the talents of four key trombonists – Eddie Bert, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, and Jimmy Knepper. The sound isn't nearly as full or wide as other records of the type – and there's almost a style that's similar to the JJ Johnson/Kai Winding four trombone project for Debut – except that this one's a bit more tightly arranged. Tracks are shortish, but feature plenty of personality from all players – and titles include "Plungin In", "Hackin Around", "Slim Jim", "Sorta Rumbish", "Hambone", "Sonny's Side", and "Up & Out". CD

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Heath BrothersIn Motion ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Very Good ... $2.99
Great work by The Heath Brothers – a lot slicker and smoother than their earlier album for Strata East, but still filled with a soulful jazzy approach that befits their rich talents! By the point of this set, Jimmy Heath, once a rougher talent on the tenor, had emerged as one of the smooth soul maestros on the instrument – ranking next to Grover Washington Jr and Stanley Turrentine for a mellifluous sound and well-timed approach to the solo. Heath's written some great tracks here that are underpinned nicely by brother Percy's strong work on bass – still acoustic amidst some added electric instrumentation on some of the tracks. Titles include "Passion Flower", "Move to The Groove", "Feelin Dealin", "Project S", "The Voice Of The American Saxophone (from Afro American Suite of Evolution)", and "A Time & A Place (There's)". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker and a thin stain at the bottom.)

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JAMSilent Notes (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... $32.99
A great little side project from three members of the legendary Soil & Pimp Sessions combo – pianist Josei, bassist Akita, and drummer Midorin – hence the JAM name of the group! These guys may have the structure of a jazz piano trio, but their sound is something quite different – very funky right from the start, as you'd expect from the S&P legacy – but also much more stripped-down than that previous group, with a similar mix of funk and jazz as Japanese groups like Indigo Jam Unit and early work by Quasimode! There's definitely plenty of jazz in the mix, but the core rhythm is equally important – and these guys have a lot more soul and depth than some of the "pretty boy" trios on the Japanese market of light, whose music is maybe a bit more flighty. Titles include "Foundation", "Totally Disorder", "Dancer On The Black Keys", "Alternative War", "Manchester", "Bell", and "Apple's Waltz". CD

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Philly Joe Jones with Johnny GriffinDameronia – Look Stop & Listen ... LP
Uptown, 1983. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A killer second album from Philly Joe Jones' Dameronia project – a group dedicated to playing the music of Tadd Dameron, but with a soaring swing that's very much Jones' own groove! The tunes are all classics by Tadd, presented with the kind of forward-thinking charts that Dameron first got noticed for during the bop years – played here by an excellent group of creative modernists, including Johnny Griffin on tenor, Frank Wess on alto and flute, Charles Davis on tenor and flute, Benny Powell on trombone, Walter Davis on piano, Cecil Payne on baritone, and the excellent Virgil Jones on trumpet. All players are seasoned veterans by the time of this date, but come together with all the crisp freshness of their early years on the scene – a great testament to Jones' sharp leadership of the ensemble, as you'll hear on tunes that include "Our Delight", "Focus", "Choose Now", "If You Could See Me Now", "Loop Stop & Listen", and "Theme Of No Repeat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Quincy JonesRoots – Original Soundtrack ... LP
A&M, 1976. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Quincy Jones may be best remembered for his funky soundtrack work of the 70s – but the man can also hit a deeper, more serious vein when he wants – as he does on this ambitious album-length project inspired by the landmark Roots mini-series! The music isn't a straight soundtrack from the program, but instead evokes the longer narrative over the passage of its different selections – working as its own "saga of an American family", as it moves from African roots, through years of oppression, to moments of pride and power – amidst larger orchestrations from Jones, with help from Letta Mbulu on some key vocals, and more help from Bill Summers, James Cleveland, and even Lou Gossett. Titles include "Many Rains", "Free At Last", "Jumpin De Broom", "Ole Fiddler", "Boyhood To Manhood", "Oluwa", and "Motherland". (Soundtracks, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve & insert. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisFind The Common Shine A Light ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A beautiful project from trombonist Ryan Keberle – one that follows his excellent previous work with his Catharsis group, but a set that also uses a vocal group as well – which adds a whole new dimension to the music! The songs have a spiritual power that really lives up to the title – as the core jazz instrumentation blends with the voice of guitarist Camila Meza – who's appeared on other records with Keberle, but seems to really be hitting her stride here – delivering songs with a message that's only amplified by the richness of Ryan's work on trombones and Fender Rhodes, alongside trumpet from Mike Rodriguez, bass from Joerge Roeder, and drums from Eric Doob. Sometimes Meza sings wordlessly, but in a way that still carries a lot of meaning – and other times the larger group really comes through to give her support. The trumpet and trombone have this great way of flowering together, which always seems to hint at new beginnings – and titles include "Become The Water", "Al Otro Lado Del Rio", "Ancient Theory", "Strength", "Mindfulness", and "I Am A Stranger". CD
 
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David BoykinLive At The Dorchester Projects (with download) ... LP
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows just how much Boykin's developed as a player over the past decade or so – a tenorist with a done that's right up there with Archie Shepp or David Murray at their creative best – really stretching out on some wonderful solos that never fail to dim in imagination or new ideas. The group's a trio – with Alex Wing on bass and James Woodley on drums – which gives the recording an almost ESP Records sort of vibe – and Boykin's the shining star throughout, really knocking us over with his solos on the well-recorded set! Titles include "Blast Off For Love", "Walk Turn Bat Shimmy", "Try Harder", "Blue Lotus", "Star Book", and "Late Night With The David Boykin Trio Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)

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Wendy GondelnProjections ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
The first-ever CD collection of work by Wendy Gondeln – a musician who's issued various 7" and vinyl releases, and created amazing sounds for art installations – working in a very weird mix of electronics, roughly-played violin, and other elements! The electronic elements are often chunky – sometimes noisy, but often tuneful textures that burst and percolate to create a burning core for the music – while the violin gets opened up in very bold ways, sometimes just through Wendy's performance, other times via effects and processing. Most work here is solo, but the Sonar Quartet guest on one number – and titles include "Ohne Titel (M:I:5 mix)", "2 x 90", "Pondering WTF", "Fracking With Wolfgang", "The Light", "Baum 3 Bassdrum", "Rock Around Muller", "Betty", and "1000". CD

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✨✧ John HandyProjections ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of Handy's important mind-expanding sets from the late 60s – a classic album with his group that featured a young Michael White on violin and Mike Nock on piano. White's work on the album is especially striking – very different from many other players in jazz, using the instrument in styles that evoke traditions of ancient stringed instruments, while also exploring new possibilities to use the violin as a sonic tool. As always, Nock's dark piano work is always a treat – especially on the beautiful compositions he contributed to the set. Titles include "Dance To The Lady", "Sanpaku", "Song Of Uranus", "Three In One", and "Projections". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has yellowed tape holding the shrink along the opening.)

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Gato BarbieriLast Tango In Paris ... CD
Ryko, 1972. Used ... $14.99
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical styles! Yet Last Tango In Paris may well be Barbieri's crowning achievement – a sublime record that draws on all the richer, more emotive themes of his Latin America projects, but gives them new focus in the arrangements of Oliver Nelson – who ensures that the music is never too cheesy or overdone – quite a feat, given the sexy setting of the film! Gato draws a lot from Argentine tango, but often uses his own sax solos in place of a more familiar bandoneon, although that instrument gets plenty of play too – in a way that pushes the "new tango" mode of the time even farther – especially when set amidst Nelson's wonderful orchestrations. Titles include many versions of the "Last Tango" theme, plus the tracks "Girl In Black", "Jeanne", "Why Did She Choose You?", "It's Over", and "Fake Ophelia". (Soundtracks, Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)

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Josh BermanOld Idea ... LP
Delmark, 2009. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Old Idea, maybe, but a fresh, engrossing and straight up excellent set of modern jazz with an ear for classic avant garde – coronet player Josh Berman's debut as a leader! We're not sure if Berman has shown admirable patience and restraint in waiting until he felt ready to get put out marquee record of his own as leader, or if he's just been so swept up in being such a dynamic part of so many other exceptional improvisational projects (Exploding Star Orchestra, Rolldown, etc), but it's a really strong record, and we hope he stays active in this capacity! It's a quartet setting, with Rolldown leader Jason Adasiewicz on vibes and bringing some excellent atmosphere to the record, Keefe Jackson on tenor sax, Anton Hatwich on bass and Nori Tanaka on drums. Kinetic, unpredictable, but very, connectively textured and grooving. Josh handles all of the compositions, and the LP version has 6 numbers: "On Account Of A Hat", "Let's Pretend", "Nori", "What Can?", "Db" and "Almost Late". LP, Vinyl record album

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David BindmanImaginings ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1997. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Black Bombaim & Peter BrotzmannBlack Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann ... LP
Lovers & Lollypops/Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the headiest Peter Brotzmann albums we've heard in years, thanks to the sound of the Black Bombaim group from Portugal – who play with a guitar-heavy drive that almost takes us back to Brotzmann's Last Exit recordings of the 80s! The group play with a forward energy that takes off right from the start – heavy drums and full-on fuzzy guitar, plus some deep electric bass as well – all of which puts the reedman in a different setting than most of his recent projects, and one that reminds us just how well-suited he can be for such an experience! Some of the performances here really blow our minds all over again – with a tone that's strong, and incredibly clear – sometimes even more focused than on some of Brotzmann's other recent records, but still very free and sharp-edged overall. The album was recorded live in the studio, with a very jamming vibe! LP, Vinyl record album

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Lester Bowie/William Parker/Phil WilsonGreat Pretender/Steel + Breath ... CD
Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 1982/1991. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99 21.99
Two different slices of Lester Bowie – both of them great, and very unique in their own way! CD1 features a live performance from 1982 – done around the same time as Bowie's sublime Great Pretender album, and with a similar large group that has a nice mix of avant, spiritual, and older jazz styles in place – an ensemble that includes Ari Brown on saxes, Art Matthews on piano, Phil Wilson on drums, and gospel-styled vocals from David Peaston, Martha Bass, and Fontella Bass! The tracks are a mix of older spirituals, given a jazz twist – and a few more original moments – and titles include "Mother's Mode & Peace", "The Great Pretender", "Tobago Tobago", "Mean Old Man's World", and "When The Spirit Comes Back To Me". CD2 features Lester Bowie getting back to his more improvised roots after years of larger projects – working in a Brooklyn studio in 1991, with a trio that includes William Parker on bass and Phillip Wilson on drums – on long tracks that include "Cool", "Philadelphia", and "Steel & Breath". CD

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Lester Bowie's Brass FantasyTwilight Dreams ... CD
Virgin/Katalyst, 1988. Used ... $6.99
A cooker of a record from Lester Bowie – one that takes the earlier sound of the Brass Fantasy ensemble, and focuses it into a mode that shows his growing love of soul and funk! The set was issued on the the short-lived Venture imprint of Virgin – a surprisingly strong outlook for creative projects like this – and the vibe's quite different than the Brass Fantasy records cut for ECM – with almost a bit more soul at the bottom, and a compact sort of energy that really sends the ideas home. Players include Bowie, Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, and Sasul Siddik on trumpets – plus Steve Turre and Frank Lacy on trombones, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Phil Wilson on drums. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Thriller" – plus "Vibe Waltz", "I Am With You", "Duke's Fantasy", "Personality", and "Twilight Dreams". CD

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Don ByronDo The Boomerang – The Music Of Junior Walker ... CD
Blue Note, 2006. Used ... $5.99
A nice little shift in style for saxophonist Don Byron – and a record that really cuts loose from his more academic projects, in a way that's nicely fitting the spirit of Junior Walker that inspired it! Don's take on Walker's music isn't runaway Motown revival, but more of a funky jazz interpolation of older tunes made famous by Walker – played here by a small combo that includes guitar, Hammond, trombone, and a bit of vocals from Chris Thomas King and Dean Bowman. The best numbers are lean and funky, with almost a Stanley Turrentine-ish soul use of the tenor – and our favorite track is oddly a remake of James Brown's "There It Is", heard here with other titles that include "Do The Boomerang", "Mark Anthony Speaks", "Cleo's Mood", "Satan's Blues", "Hewbie Steps Out", "Tally Ho", "Pucker Up Buttercup", and "What Does It Take". CD

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to embrace even at the height of the CD era – so much so that he talked Downbeat magazine into letting him write a special column on musical delights that had never made it to the digital format! Corbett helped plenty of music get reissued on CD himself – thanks to countless label projects – but he also always held a special place in his heart for the kinds of records that never got reissued – and those are the sorts of titles featured here – a massive run of music that runs from jazz to funk, American and European, totally obscure to completely common – presented beautifully together in this massive book! The volume doesn't just bring together Corbett's columns, but also offers up full color reproductions of all the record covers, along with a few other details too – to support efforts on dozens of artists – a huge list that includes Melvin Jackson, Bill Leslie, Black Grass, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Phil Seamen, Khan Jamal, Klaus Doldinger, The Mad-Hatters, Tommy Jones, Guy Warren, The Three Souls, United Front, Johnny Lytle, London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Paul Smoker, AK Salim, Noah Howard, Jack Wilson, and many others – a good number of whom have yet to be reissued. The book is wonderful – and Corbett's longtime declaration of being a vinyl freak is more important than ever, given the rebirth of the medium! Book is 250 pages, softcover, with color images. (Books, Jazz) Book

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Hank Crawford/Leo WrightSoul Clinic/Blues Shout ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960/1961. Used ... $13.99
2 lost soul jazz classic from the Atlantic catalog! Hank Crawford's Soul Clinic is one of the few albums we really like by him, and it features the soulful altoist playing in a group with David Fathead Newman and some other lesser-known players who are nice and soulful. The set's got some warm mellow instrumental versions of blues classics, plus a few originals like "Lorelei's Lament", "Blue Stone", and "Playmates". Even better is Blues Shout, one of the rare few albums cut by the amazing alto and flute player Leo Wright. The record's got a beautiful mix of soul jazz and slightly modern lyricism, and Wright's tone and projection are impeccable throughout. Titles on the record include "Sigi", "Blues Shout", "Indian Summer", "The Wind", and "Two Moods" – and players include Junior Mance, Richard Williams, and Charlie Persip. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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