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Blueprint ProjectBlueprint Project ... CD
Creative Nation, 2003. Used ... $1.99
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Caribbean Jazz ProjectHere & Now – Live In Concert ... CD
Concord, 2004. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
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Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke Duke Project 2 ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Very Good- ... $0.99
A second set from the Clarke Duke Project – and arguably even more soulful than the first! The tunes here are still rooted in jazz, but strongly move into crossover soul territory too – with vocals from both Stanley Clarke and George Duke – and grooves that really make the best of their respective talents on bass and keyboards! The overall style's perhaps a bit more like Clarke's Columbia work than Duke's – bottom-up funky at many points, but never in clunky or overdone ways – balanced with the nice sort of polish you'd expect from either leader. Titles include "Heroes", "Try Me Baby", "Every Reason To Smile", "Atlanta", "The Good Times", "You're Gonna Lose It", and "Put It On The Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke/Duke Project ... CD
Columbia, 1981. Used ... $4.99
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". CD
(Out of print. CD has initials in marker.)

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ESP ProjectWay ... CD
Transition East, 2006. Used ... $2.99
The way is clear for this current Chicago combo – a space in jazz that's fully creative, yet never overindulgent – and which hearkens back to the best use of freedoms forged in the 60s and 70s! Instrumentation includes saxes, percussion, and bass – all coming together on two long tracks that start slowly, build organically, and have a nicely subdued sense of searching – one that clearly owes something to the legacy of Coltrane, yet which takes a bit more personal approach to his inspiration. Titles include "Open To Privacy" and "Sanctuary". CD
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Herbie Nichols ProjectLove Is Proximity ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1996. Used ... $4.99
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Phillip JohnstonMerry Frolics Of Satan – The Georges Melies Project ... CD
Koch, 1999. Used ... $7.99
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Not Missing Drums ProjectOffline Adventures ... CD
Leo (UK), 1999. Used ... $4.99
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Not Missing Drums ProjectUrban Voices ... CD
Leo (UK), 1995/1996. Used ... $1.99
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Dizzy ReeceManhattan Project ... LP
Beehive, 1978. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, which is no surprise, since he and Reece were playing together a bit in the late 70s. Tracks have a nice "statement" quality – played by a bold group that includes Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis, Albert Dailey, and Roy Haynes – tight in formation on the themes, but breaking loose with some great work on the solos. Titles include "Con Man", "Manhattan Walk", "Yule On The Hudson", and "One For Trane". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marshall Vente/Project Nine with Joyce GarroEndless Intensity ... LP
Divide, 1983. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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✨✧ Noel McGhieNoel McGhie Afro-Carribean Project – Re-Masters ... CD
Marge (France), New Copy ... About October 1, 2016
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✨✧ Raymond ScottRaymond Scott Project Vol 1 – Powerhouse ... CD
Stash, Late 30s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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Urbie GreenUmpteen Trombones ... CD
Project 3, 1987. Used ... $6.99
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Kusiolek/Sjarov/Wojcinski/KugelNutium ... CD
Multikulti Project (Poland), 2010. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
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✨✧ Fred Lonberg-Holm & Piotr MelechCoarse Day ... CD
Multikulti Project (Poland), 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ New Fracture Quartet1000 Lights ... CD
Multikulti Project (Poland), 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
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Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irwin MayfieldDee Dee's Feathers ... CD
Okeh, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums – from a rock-solid, jazz vocal approach – focusing first on her tremendous skills as a singer – her fantastic ability to interpret material and really make it her own – then finding space for other flourishes that color the compositions, with great help from Irvin Mayfield, who's at the instrumental helm of the project. And the tunes aren't just some post-Katrina soppy numbers trying to recreate the past – but a wonderful array of different selections that both echo the still-thriving, still-essential jazz culture in the city, and the range of 20th century expressions of its music. Way better than you might guess – and one of Bridgewater's best in years! Titles include "Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna", "Dee Dee's Feathers", "Big Chief", "One Fine Thing", "Whoopin Blues", "Congo Square", and "C'Est Ici Que Je T'Aime". (Vocalists, Jazz) CD

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Bob Brookmeyer/Jimmy Cleveland/Frank RosolinoTrombones Inc ... CD
Warner/Lonehill (Spain), 1958. Used ... $12.99
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
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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetStone/Water ... LP
Okka Disk, 1999. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An excellent issue of live material recorded by Brotzmann and some of Chicago's best players! The Chicago Tentet has sprung up as part of Peter Brotzmann's recent fruitful relationship with the Chicago underground jazz scene – and the group's gone on to have a life long past its initial formation as a one-off project. This Okka disc set captures the band live at the 16th Victoriaville Festival in 1999 – and it features performances by Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, and Hamid Drake. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition #734.)

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Marc CaryRhodes Ahead Vol 2 ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Plenty of Fender Rhodes here – and a bit of Hammond as well – in a set that's a wonderful follow-up to Marc Cary's earlier Rhodes Ahead project! The keyboards have this mellow flow all the way through – still some of the sharper edges of Cary's other music, but a vibe that's often a bit more relaxed and spacious – as Marc lets the keyboard lines almost move of their own accord, as they take his initial attack and spin it out nicely in space – alongside shifting instrumentation that includes Taurus Mateen on bass and Terreon Tank Gully on drums – plus trumpet from Igmar Thomas, tabla from Sameer Gupta, and djembe from Jabarei Exeum. The vibe is partly 70s, partly contemporary cosmic – and titles include "Astral Flight 17", "Spices & Mystics", "Below The Equator", "The Alchemist's Notes", and "7th Avenue North". CD

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Cometa (Kassin)Cometa ... LP
Nublu, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 20.99
A totally wonderful project from the mad musical world of Brazilian genius Kassin – a set of all-instrumental tracks by the group Cometa – a combo who seem equally at home in the worlds of jazz and funk, as they do in a much wider territory of music, too! The record bristles with so many elements at once, each new track seems to be a fresh surprise – as the group will slide into moments that echo older soundtracks, or surf instrumentals, or even some of the more contemporary modes that Kassin has given us in his projects of the past decade or so – but fused into a more live, spontaneous energy by this group! The lineup includes lots of excellent keyboard lines and guitar work (the latter from Kassin), plus drums and guitar – yet despite these familiar elements, the overall sound is quite unique, and very fresh. Titles include "Jogada Senil", "Marini Squad", "Antenna", "Ashes", "Troy", "Liquid Jesus", "Bad Weather", and "Double Dip". (Brazil, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CookersCall Of The Wild & Peaceful Heart ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Maybe the boldest album so far from The Cookers – a tremendous assemblage of legendary jazz talent, working together as a perfect unit on this recording! There's a sharpness and sense of unity that really holds the record together – part of which comes from the arrangements, by Billy Harper or trumpeter David Weiss – the only slightly younger member of the group, and a great guiding voice to the project. Speaking of voices, Billy Harper's is loud and proud – that soaring, spiritual tenor that we love so much – especially on the group's readings of his compositions – and in addition to Harper and Weiss, other group members include Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. There's a balance of darkness and light that really makes the album sparkle – and titles include "Call Of The Wild & Peaceful Heart", "Beyond Forever", "Third Phase", "Teule's Redemption", "Blackfoot", "Thy Will Be Done", and "Oceans Of Time". CD

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Eddie DanielsStreet Wind ... CD
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
A funkier fusion set than usual for Eddie Daniels – a great late 70s project for TK Records, and one that's done without some of the too-smooth styles of later years! Eddie's definitely going for a Kudu Records vibe here – one that mixes in doses of soul with the instrumentation, using just a bit of vocals from Patti Austin at points – alongside work from players who include Dave Grusin and Don Sebesky on keyboards, Joe Beck and John Scofield on guitars, and Steve Jordan and Bernard Purdie on drums. Many cuts have a bit of added percussion at the bottom, which further underscores an acoustic element next to the keyboards – and the tunes are sharper than you might expect, and provide a good foil for Eddie's work on sax, flute, and clarinet. Titles include "One Night With You", "Preparation F", "How Deep Is Your Love", "I Go To Rio", "What's At The End Of A Rainbow", "Fantasy Of A Street Corner Flute Player", and "Song For My Son". CD

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✨✧ Miles Davis & Robert GlasperEverything's Beautiful ... CD
Legacy, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
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". CD
Also available Everything's Beautiful ... LP 18.99

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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
Also available Everything's Beautiful ... CD 11.99

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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 ... $7.99
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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Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)Ritual ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the fullest, most ambitious project so far from the Fire Orchestra of reedman Mats Gustafsson – one that continues his strong legacy in avant jazz, but also reflects his deep understanding of other styles too – as the record weaves together vocal passages, noise, electronics, and even some slight global currents too! The album starts in friendly territory – almost a sing-song sort of vibe, complete with vocals from Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg, who seem to echo some of Gustafsson's work with Neneh Cherry – but as the album-long set progresses, it moves through a rich array of other sonic territory – aided by work from Susana Santos Silva and Niklas Barno on trumpets, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Jonas Kullhammar on braithophone and slide sax, Per Texas Johansson on clarinets and bartione sax, Andreas Berthling on electronics, and Mats himself on bartione and slide sax – as well as a number of others we don't have space to list here! By the end of the five-part "Ritual" suite, things move back to earth a bit more, with a return to vocals too – and our hats are off to Gustafsson for doing such a great job of putting the whole thing together! CD
Also available Ritual (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Robert GlasperCovered – The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios ... LP
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
Continuing genius from the great Robert Glasper – a set that has the keyboardist going back to basics, and working in just a trio mode – live in the studio, and with stunning sound! Robert plays acoustic piano, but as with his early years, he's got this fluidity that really makes it feel like electric at times – a way of using the standard keys as if they belonged to a Fender Rhodes – a sound that comes across especially well with the snapping drums of Diamond Read, and round acoustic basslines from Vincent Archer. If you weren't hip to Glasper at this earlier mode in his career, you'll find plenty to love here – especially as some of the tunes are reworks of the sorts of music he'd do with his Black Radio project, but served up here in a mostly instrumental mode. The album does feature one guest appearance from Harry Belafonte – who's really amazing on a spoken part for "Got Over" – and other titles include "Reckoner", "I Don't Even Care", "In Case You Forgot", "The Worst", "So Beautiful", "I'm Dying Of Thirst", and "Levels". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eloise Greenfield with Byron MorrisHoney I Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Honey Productions/Shout (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $19.99
Quite a groovy little record from writer Eloise Greenfield – done in a unique style that has the poet interacting with a set of children throughout – who sing and recite both lyrics and poetry, with this honest approach that almost recalls some of the hipper jazz/poetry projects on Folkway Records, or classic albums from Langston Hughes! The music is a big part of the album's success – as it's handled by the great Byron Morris, who shifts a bit from his own modal jazz and really creates some amazingly sensitive backdrops throughout. The vibe's a bit like a Bill Lee project from the same period – but with even more variety – and titles include the instrumental numbers "In My Father's Music House" and "Eyewitness News Bluze" – plus "I Look Pretty", "Honey I Love", "Moochie", "Rope Rhyme", and "Way Down In The Music". CD

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Dick GriffinHomage To Sun Ra ... CD
Ruby, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A long-overdue project from trombonist Dick Griffin – a musician who first got his start in Sun Ra's band during the 60s, and who makes his long-overdue nod to his leader here with a really wonderful all-star group! The set's neither a Ra-styled outing, nor a set of Ra covers – and instead has the always-creative Griffin painting his own pictures of that enigmatic figure in jazz – hitting modes that are every bit as spiritual as Dick's great recordings of the 70s, including his Strata East material – with players who include Marshall Allen on alto, Bennie Maupin on flute and soprano sax, Danny Ray Thompson on baritone, Donald Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. Nearly all those players have a lineage that goes back to the generation that Ra touched so strongly – and work perfectly here with Griffin on one of his best albums in years. Titles include "Interplanetary", "Soft Warm & Hot", "North Africa", "Images Of Sun Ra", "Reflections Of Sun Ra", "Fate In A Pleasant Mood", and "Blues For Sun RA". CD

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Mats GustafssonPiano Mating (ultra clear 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Tapes, 2016. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the weirdest, most unusual records we've ever heard from Mats Gustafsson – and that's saying a lot, given his many years of mindblowing music! There's no saxophone on this record at all – as Mats was asked to use something he'd never played before for the project, which resulted in him picking up a Dubreq Pianomate – which is then used to create these long tones (or maybe drones) that stretch out in space, and shift slowly across the course of each long track! The whole thing is extremely beautiful – kind of in a La Monte Young way – and the package is equally wonderful, too. Clear record comes with an extra-big hole in the middle, which then has a 45 adaptor inside – and the plastic sleeve has a weird X-ray style image on the front. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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Kip HanrahanThousand Nights & A Night (1 Red Night) ... CD
American Clave, 1996. Used ... $2.99
Always the master storyteller, Kip Hanrahan turns his unique musical vision to source material from 1001 Arabian Nights – interweaving stories from the text with jazz-based expression, augmented by spoken and vocal passages. Carmen Lundy sings quite a bit on the record – which is a real treat to our ears, as its great to hear her in such a left-field project – and other artists on the set include Don Pullen, Milton Cardona, Mike Cain, Jack Bruce, JT Lewis, and Henry Threadgill. Tracks include "Diente De Oro", "Aziz & Azizah", "Dunya's Nocturnal Realization", "The Hasheater's Tale", "The Angel Charles & The Caravans Of Jinns & Dreams", and "The Jewish Doctor's Tale". CD

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Esa HelasvuoThink Tank Funk ... LP
Finnlevy/Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Hardly the funky set you might guess from the title, but a really compelling set of Finnish jazz from the early 70s – one that's got a contemplative sense of sound, right up there with some of the best ECM material from the time! The project is led by pianist Esa Helasvuo, who also seems to play electric as well as acoustic – stretching out over slow-building lines from a group that includes Hasse Walli on guitar, Teppo Hauta-aho on bass, and Edward Vesala on drums – plus some extra-cool added violin and viola, which make these sharp edges that underscore things very well. Titles include "Song For A Tube", "Lily Flower", "Mixed Fruit Flavoured Chorus", "Think Tank Funk", and "Dialogue (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Quincy JonesRoots – Original Soundtrack ... CD
A&M/Varese, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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) CD

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Osamu KitajimaBenzaiten ... LP
Antilles/PSI (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and even the biwa – a Japanese style of lute, which appears to be electrified on the record. There's also work on hayashi-bue, narimono, and shakuhachi – other Japanese instruments folded into the album's mix of fuzz and keyboards – which are often used sparely, but in ways that bring a nicely psychedelic vibe to the album at times. Osamu vocalizes a bit – but mostly in ways that just go along with the music – and titles include "Benzaiten", "Tengu", "Whoma", and "Taiyo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Krzysztof KomedaBallet Etudes – The Music Of Komeda ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... $16.99
Don't be put off by the title, because this is hardly the sort of ballet you might see at the opera house – and instead features some of the best early modern jazz work from the great Krzysztof Komeda. The title track is the ultimate recording of one of the most ambitious works ever composed by Komeda – as the "Ballet Etudes" suite was originally composed for the 1962 Jazz Jamboree festival, but this later recording is even better than the original – a side-long piece that opens up with wonderful complexity, yet never fails to swing. The track's a wonderfully haunting work – sort of like some of Mingus' larger concept pieces of the late 50s, built around a specific project, a jazz ballet, but also working perfectly as a showcase for the rich solo talents of the members of the group – who include Allan Botschinsky on trumpet and Jan Wroblewski on tenor! Wroblewski returns on the second half – which features long readings of the Komeda originals "Alea" and "Crazy Girl" – the latter of which may get its best performance ever here, thanks to bold rhythms from Roman Dylag on bass and Rune Carlsson on drums. CD
 
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David AxelrodHeavy Axe ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A great back-to-basics solo album from the legendary David Axelrod – cut in the mid 70s for Fantasy Records, after higher-concept projects like The Auction and Messiah! This set gets right to the core – and focuses on the funk currents that were always part of Axelrod's larger arrangements, but which sometimes never got pulled to the forefront as strongly – and the approach is almost like some of the funky jazz albums that were issued by Fantasy/Prestige Records at the time – especially those that Axelrod produced for Cannonball Adderley. The whole thing has that great Axelrod sense of composition, with lots of space, and lots of spare cold bits that are nice nice nice for sample cuts – and titles include the classic track "Everything Counts", plus "Get Up Off Your Knees", "My Family", and "Mucho Chupar". CD

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Billy Bang & William ParkerMedicine Buddha ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, in 2009 – with Bang on violin and thumb piano, and William Parker on bass, plus a bit of shakuhashi and dousn gouni as well. Both players handle strings at a level that's far different than most of their contemporaries or influences – and have this sublimely spiritual style that's often a bit exotic too – but never in the sort of easier ways of Bang's Vietnam-related projects. Instead there's a very freely creative spirit as both players come together – finding a unique voice that's extremely moving, and never too heavy-handed – a huge reminder of why we love them both so much. Titles include "Bronx Aborigines", "Eternal Planet", "Buddha's Joy", "Medicine Buddha", and "Sky Song". CD

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Gato BarbieriLast Tango In Paris ... CD
Ryko, 1972. Used ... $19.99
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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Carla BleyMortelle Randonnee ... LP
Mercury (France), 1983. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the only soundtrack projects we've ever seen from Carla Bley – performed with a version of her band that includes Michael Mantler on trumpet, Steve Slagle on saxes, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Arturo O'Farrill on piano and toy organ, Steve Swallow on bass and toy synth, and Bley herself on organ and toy piano! (Soundtracks, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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Anthony BraxtonEight Compositions (Quintet) 2001 ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2001. Used ... $16.99
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(Out of print.)

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Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin WalcottCodona 3 ... CD
ECM, 1980. Used ... $11.99
The third meeting of this world jazz ensemble, with Colin Walcott of Oregon on sitar, tabla and hammered dulcimer, Don Cherry on trumpet, organ and doussn'gouni and Nana Vasconcelos on berimbau and percussion. All three players have always had a very wide reaching approach to playing, even incorporating international elements in their less overtly "world music" projects, and this set finds them once again vibing well off each other. The tunes feature a wide open approach with improvised excursions on traditional and contemporary themes, with 7 tracks in all: "Goshakabuchi", "Hey Da Ba Doom", "Travel By Night", "Lullaby", "Trayra Boia", "Clicky Clacky" and "Inner Organs". CD
(Out of print.)

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John ColtraneAfrica/Brass Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1961. Used ... $8.99
Quite a different album than usual for John Coltrane, but a classic one too – and a set that has the great one exploring his ideas in a set of longer tracks recorded with an expanded jazz orchestra! The format's hardly the mainstream big band of the time – as Coltrane's filled the group with very hip players – including Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Julian Priester, and Eric Dolphy – in addition to usual compatriots who include McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, and Elvin Jones. The tunes have a soaring, modal sort of pulse – one that's filled with color and light from the addition of the other horn players, but which still has plenty of space for extended, exploratory solos. Coltrane plays both tenor and soprano sax – and titles include the legendary 16 minute track "Africa", a classic reading of "Greensleeves", redone here as a modal searching spiritual track, and "Blues Minor". With Vol 2 the tracks feature Trane leading a group young modernists through a set of larger arranged charts, woven tightly together in a soulful spiritual groove that's similar to some of Max Roach's projects like this from the same time. Players include Booker Little, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman, and Julius Watkins – and the album includes an alternate version of "Africa", plus "Greensleeves" and "Song Of The Underground Railroad". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisSketches Of Spain ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good ... $14.99
A beautiful collaboration between Miles Davis and the great Gil Evans – and perhaps the most perfectly realized of all their projects! The album's got a wonderfully unified feel – as it begins with long compositions that have a distinct Spanish-tinge (and not a Latin-tinge, which is an important distinction to the way the album progresses.) Evans' arrangements have a majesty that takes the songs to the next level – working them as lush, lively backings for Davis' equally majestic trumpet solos, some of the finest he ever recorded with large group backing. Wonderful all the way through – and with the tracks "Concierto De Aranjuez", "Saeta", "The Pan Piper", and "Solea". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has some splitting on the spine.)

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Dave Douglas & High RiskDark Territory ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Great work from Dave Douglas and his High Risk quartet – a group who definitely step into dark territory here, in a heady blend of electric elements and Dave's bold frontline work on trumpet! The group electric bass, electric drums, and more electronics – plus some acoustic drums – yet somehow manage to come across with a very organic vibe, and one that's quite different than you might expect – especially in comparison to other trumpet-led projects like this, which often have the leader processed and filtered into the mix. Instead, Dave's sound is as rich and warm as ever – never a slave to the backings, and instead right out front ahead of them – blowing with lines that arc and turn beautifully, and remind us what a personal, poetic soloist Douglas can be. Titles include "Celine", "Ridge Hill", "Mission Acropolis", "All The Pretty Horsepower", and "Loom Large". CD

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Marc Edwards TrioRed Sprites & Blue Jets ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1996. Used ... $6.99
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(Out of print. CD case has an old sticker.)

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Fire (Mats Gustafsson)She Sleeps She Sleeps ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the best album ever from the Fire trio – a record that seems to have the group really finding a way to fit all their individual pieces together perfectly, and come up with a massively meaningful sound in the process! The group here really hit a new level – one that's hard to describe in words, but which announces itself majestically (yet humbly) right from the very first note – an incredible melding of the reed talents of Mats Gustafsson, the bass work of Johan Berthling, and powerful drums of Andreas Werliin – but at a level that's nowhere near other avant jazz trios with such instrumentation – nor even like some of the individual members' other projects. Werliin's role seems to be key here – and his drums aren't use so much as a rhythmic force, nor as a looser element – but almost seem to forge an architecture that's cemented by Berthling, and hung with a rich tapestry of sound by Gustafsson – all with results that hold us rapt throughout. Titles include "She Owned His Voice", "She Sleeps She Sleeps", "She Penetrates The Distant Silence Slowly", and "She Big A Meaningless Farewell". CD

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Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Johnny HammondGambler's Life ... LP
Salvation, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An amazing bit of jazz funk from Johnny Hammond – and one of his greatest LPs! This is the first album that Johnny recorded with Larry Mizell, cut right before the pair of them went onto do the landmark Gears album. While this one never became as famous as Gears, it's got some fantastic moments that are every bit as great – a perfect blend of Mizell's spacey fusion and Hammond's fiercely soulful soloing, with lots of great jazzy changes to keep the pace fresh throughout. Includes the great spacey jazz cuts "Star Borne" and "Yesterday Was Cool", the latter of which is an excellent piece of work by Larry Mizell – plus the cuts "Back To The Projects", "Gambler's Life", "Rhodesian Thoroughfare", and "Virgo Lady". LP, Vinyl record album

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Noah Howard, ZK Fasteau & Bobby FewExpatriate Kin ... CD
Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1997. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print.)

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Edmony Krater Et ZepissTijan Pou Velo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1988. New Copy ... $9.99
An unusual blend of jazz, fusion, and gwo ka rhythms from Guadelopue – served up here in a classic album from trumpeter Edmony Krater! Krater blows some beautiful solos on the record – a bit like Don Cherry in some of his more globally-oriented projects – but the overall approach is more rhythmic, and tied together by keyboards and basslines, which are then offset by rootsier percussion elements that trace back to the earlier days of the genre – while Edmony and his compatriots continue to inflect some modern touches over the top! The group's got some sweet guitar lines from Freddy Tisseur, whose playing nicely skirts both sides of this sound – and titles include "Crepuscule", "Tijan", "Gwadloup", "Chimin Spirit", and "Occitan Dance". CD features two bonus tracks – "Rime A La Vi" and "Sonje Pa Plere". (Global Grooves, Jazz) CD

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Rolf KuhnPerrak & Other Film Music Composed By Rolf Kuhn ... LP
All Score Media (Germany), 1970. Sealed ... $7.99
A great lost chapter in the career of German reedman Rolf Kuhn – an artist we mostly know for his jazz recordings, but who also did some really great soundtrack material at the start of the 70s! The package here features tracks from the film Perrak, plus key instrumentals from other Kuhn projects of the same time – almost all of which have this wonderfully soaring, wonderfully grooving feel that matches some of the best Brit or Italian soundtrack material of the time – but with the kind of added jazzy twist you'd expect from Kuhn's background! Even the mellow numbers are great – with this spacious sense of sound that's really transformative, like some lost sound library melodies – and the pacing of the whole album is wonderful – so that the right moods are balanced out perfectly throughout. Titles include "Desperate/Bleakly", "Bossa Barbarella (parts 1 & 2)", "Foggy Morning", "Hunting II", "Yellow Water", "Chase & Fear", "Hippy Dibby", "Sun Of India", and "Street Bounce/Striptease Background". (Soundtracks, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album

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Timo LassyLove Bullet ... CD
MustHaveJazz/Membran (Finland), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion alongside the drums – and they give Lassy's bold, soulful tenor a backing that feels a lot like some lost soul jazz session on Prestige – not the crossover kind, but the more underground material that we really love from the label in the 60s. Jukka Eskola blows wonderful trumpet on three tunes – and Panu Savaolainen adds in some vibes on two more, for an almost Freddie McCoy-like sound – and titles include "Love Bullet", "Hip Or Not", "Fast Fabio", "We Jazz Theme", "Waltz Unsolved", and "Green Pepper Strut". (New Grooves, Jazz) CD
Also available Love Bullet ... LP 19.99

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Timo LassyLove Bullet ... LP
WeJazz (Finland), 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion alongside the drums – and they give Lassy's bold, soulful tenor a backing that feels a lot like some lost soul jazz session on Prestige – not the crossover kind, but the more underground material that we really love from the label in the 60s. Jukka Eskola blows wonderful trumpet on three tunes – and Panu Savaolainen adds in some vibes on two more, for an almost Freddie McCoy-like sound – and titles include "Love Bullet", "Hip Or Not", "Fast Fabio", "We Jazz Theme", "Waltz Unsolved", and "Green Pepper Strut". (New Grooves, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Love Bullet ... CD 15.99

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Les ProjectionnistesCopie Zero ... CD
Ambiances Magnetiques (Canada), 1999. Used ... $2.99
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London Experimental Jazz QuartetInvisible Roots (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Scratch/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving, and at taking things very far outside – mixing together modes that are sometimes highly rhythmic, other times very loose and freewheeling! We're really not familiar with any of the players from later projects at all – but they're clearly a very hip batch of younger musicians who come together and sparkle brilliantly for this rare set – with a mix of soprano and alto sax, wood flute, cello, piano, bass, funky drums, vibes, and even some other cool effects that really make the record a treat throughout! Titles include the funky gem "Destroy The Nihilist Picnic", plus much more outside material that includes "Time Is Of The Essence", "Edible Wallpaper", "Ron Martin Special With Mustard", "Spain Is For Old Ladies", and "Jazz Widow Waltz". CD also features the bonus track "The Potential Of Something Exquisite". CD
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
 
 
 



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