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Command All StarsCuriosities 1972 ... CD
Reel Recordings (Canada), 1972. Used ... $13.99
"Spontaneous collective improvisations" from the Command All Stars – a batch of some of the best British jazzmen of the early 70s, recording in very free formation at the Command Studios under the guidance of Robert Fripp! The tunes are all pretty freewheeling – more outside than usual, even for these musicians – and the album's a wonderful chance to hear the farthest reaches of the talents of players who include Keith Tippett on piano, Elton Dean on saxes and electric piano, Nick Evans on trombone, Harry Miller and Johnny Dyani on bass, and Keith Bailey on drums. Titles include "Guilty", "But Insane", "African Sunset", "African Sunrise", and "Roots & Wings" – plus the additional cuts "Just Us Plus" and "Vehim", recorded by Dean and Evans with a different lineup, around the same time. CD
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✨✧ Don Rendell/Ian Carr QuintetLive At The Union 1966 ... CD
Reel Recordings, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare slice of work from the quintet of reedman Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr – a mid-60s live performance that's released here for the first time ever! The group was one of the most important in England at the time, and hardly recorded many studio records, so a live date like this is a crucial opportunity to hear their amazingly influential sound! Plus, the recording here is a lot more unbridled than most other material we've heard from the combo – a really far-reaching blend of Carr's trumpet with Rendell's flute, tenor, and soprano sax – blowing out in these complex lines on some tracks, showing a bit of influence from Ornette Coleman at points, while heading in warmer, more lyrical directions at others. The rest of the group is great too – the legendary Michael Garrick on piano, adding some nice modal touches – plus Dave Green or Tony Reeves on bass, and Trevor Tompkins on drums. Titles include "On", "Ursula", "Trane's Mood", "Webster's Mood", "Carolling", and "Hot Rod". CD

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✨✧ Elton Dean's Ninesense100 Club Concert 1979 ... CD
Reel Recordings (Canada), 1979. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Incendiary live work from Elton Dean and his playfully-named Ninesense collective – 2 sets at the London's 100 Club on March 5, 1979 – presented here for the first time on 2CDs! The set's overwheling Brit jazz brilliance from a late 70s group still holding onto the best sounds forged on the scene at the start of the decade – and the combo deftly mixes soulful roots with a rawer, inventive intensity! Players include Nick Evans on trombone, Keith Tippett on piano, Mark Charig on cornet, Harry Beckett on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Alan Skidmore on tenor – a great lineup who really make magic alongside Elton's reeds. The music is never overwhelmingly intense – with plenty of breathing room for the players to stretch out – and each set has 4 longish pieces – most running the up to, or past the 15 minute mark. Titles include the Dean compositions "Oases", "One Three Nine", "Sweet FA", Seven For Lee", "Nicrotto", "Macks", and "Bounce" – plus Nick Evans' "First Born". CD
 
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Albert AylerBells/Prophecy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ESP, 1964/1965. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A double-length set that brings together 2 key early live sets by Albert Ayler – both recorded on the New York scene of the mid 60s! Bells was an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a group that includes Donald Ayler on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on percussion – all coming together in a raw, real sense of freedom – beautifully explored here without ever getting too overindulgent. The tune may well be one of the greatest illustrations of the ESP format at its best – as Ayler and company never stray too far, but carve out some incredibly imaginative space through their starkly-blown horn solos! Prophecy is longer – a full album that was recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after Ayler's untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". And then, if that's not enough, the 2CD package also features more material from the Prophecy sessions – 6 more tracks originally issued on the Albert Smiles With Sunny album – with titles that include "Saints", "Children", "Ghosts", "Spirits", and "Wizard" – all in different versions. CD

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Eddie Costa/Vinnie BurkeEddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... CD
Jubilee (Japan), 1956. Used ... $13.99
A spare and sweet little set from the team of Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke – one of the best of the east coast chamber jazz groups of the mid 50s! The pair's trio has Eddie on piano and vibes, Vinnie on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – all working together to craft light, rhythmic versions of tunes that really change them up rhythmically – working in the most playful mode of the time to freely create over the top of familiar numbers that include "Fascinating Rhythm", "It Could Happen To You", "Sweet & Lovely", "Yesterdays", and "Let's Do It". The set also features two nice originals – "Unison Blues" and "Pile Driver". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Richard Davis with Junior ManceBlue Monk ... CD
King (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $18.99
Bassist Richard Davis has always been a genius – and even in his later years, he continues to create these magical sounds that nobody else can touch! Davis steps out here in so many unusual, sublime styles that we're newly impressed with his talents – has he bows the bass on some numbers, plucks it on others, and even plays a bit of piano – sometimes in collaboration with Junior Mance, who accompanies the bass on some tracks – although the album clearly gives Davis plenty of space to move freely on his own! The recording quality is superb, so that all the subtle elements of Richard's playing come through right away – although the album's got a power that's far from subtle, too – even in some of it's mellower moments. Titles include "Summertime", "Blue Bossa", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Blue Monk", and "On The Trail" – but all in versions that are quite striking and original! CD
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✨✧ Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... LP
Inner City, 1961. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing opened up, hitting notes that were more soulful and spiritual than many that he ever recorded on his studio sides. This set is a perfect example of that trend – as Dolphy's working here with a strong straight jazz combo, one that includes the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, in a set that features familiar tunes, turned into haunting explorations of Dolphy's new jazz idiom. One of the highlights is an incredible 15 minute version of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly", with Dolphy doing great work on flute – and other tunes include "Hot House", "Geewee", "When Lights Are Low", "I'll Remember April", and "The Meeting". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jimmy GiuffreTrav'lin' Light ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $8.99
One of the most sublime Jimmy Giuffre albums of all time – and a perfect realization of his piano-less/bass-less trio style! The approach here is really revolutionary, especially for the time – as the group simply features Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Jim Hall on guitar, and Giuffre on reeds – working with no other rhythm at all, and coming up with this incredible approach to music that's as breathtaking as it is groundbreaking! Notes hang in mid-air, slowly sliding around one another, flying freely from the players, yet still managing to swing in a beautiful way. The titles are a mix of standards and originals – but all tracks sound completely unique, with a sound unlike anything else we can describe – and titles include "Swamp People", "Lonely Time", "Green Country", and "Travelin Light". CD

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✨✧ Tiny GrimesCallin' The Blues ... LP
Prestige/Swingville, Late 50s. Good ... $9.99
A seminal bit of early soul jazz guitar work from Tiny Grimes – a player better known for his work in an R&B vein, but an excellent jazz-based talent on this tasty session! Tiny's working here with a group that includes Eddie Lockjaw Davis on tenor and Ray Bryant on piano, in a mode that opens up the album's 4 long tracks into freely flowing vehicles for improvisation. Trombonist JC Higginbotham brings a nice "bottom" sound to the record, making for a slightly unusual frontline – and titles include "Blue Tiny", "Callin The Blues", "Grimes Times", and "Airmail Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Swingville pressing with deep groove. Cover has mostly split seams and general wear/aging.)

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Steve GrossmanLive At The Someday Vol 1 ... CD
Mugen/Think (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $24.99
A great live date from tenor genius Steve Grossman – done at a time when he'd fallen a bit out of the limelight of jazz, but when he was also recording some of his best work in years! Grossman's really full of fire and energy here – spinning out long lines, and blowing with the kind of creative imagination you'd find in Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane at their best! Backing is by a great trio, led by pianist Makoto Terashita – but Grossman is definitely the star attraction here, and his ability to create freely, for extended passages, is really mindblowing. Most tracks are nice and long – and titles include "New York Bossa", "Impressions", "Out Of Nowhere", and "Mr Sandman". CD

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Roy HaynesJust Us ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1960. Used ... $8.99
Seminal work from the Roy Haynes Trio – one of the hippest groups of its type at the time! Roy's work on the drums is miles ahead of many of his contemporaries – and here, he swings freely with a style that presages a number of modernists who'd emerge in the mid to late 60s – almost melodic at moments, with a style that's open-ended, but still quite swinging – and held down wonderfully with the soulful piano of Richard Wyands and contemplative bass work of Eddie DeHaas. Titles include "Well Now", "Cymbalism", "Con Alma", "As Long As There's Music", and "Sweet & Lovely". CD

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Ken Hyder's TaliskerDreaming Of Glenisla ... CD
Reel Recordings (Canada), 1975/1976. Used ... $8.99
An unusual concept, but a great one too – a project that dips back into older roots of Scottish music, and brings them forward with a free-thinking jazz approach! The group here is led by drummer Ken Hyder, and features work from Davie Webster on alto sax, John Rangecroft on tenor and clarinet, and both Lindsay Cooper and Marc Meggido on bass. At times, the tunes are quite spare, and almost folkloric in nature – but at others, they're all-out avant jazz affairs, with a relatively free quality. A few numbers are traditional ones, re-arranged by Hyder – and other tracks are originals – with titles that include "Mrs Macloed Raasay & Soldier's Song", "He Mandu", "Drum Salute", "Diddlin For The Bairns", "Dreaming Of Glenisla", and "Homeward". CD

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Rodney JonesArticulation ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked spiritual jazz gem from the 70s – recorded for the Dutch Timeless label, but done in a mode that sparkles with the energy of Strata East at the time! Guitarist Rodney Jones is in some wonderfully hip company for the set – a lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on piano, Wallace Roney on trumpet, Bob Mintzer on tenor, and Arthur Blythe on alto – all blowing together beautifully with a freely-soaring spiritual energy that reminds us a lot of some of Gary Bartz' more jazz-based albums of the time. And while Jones is the leader, his guitar work often takes second seat next to the well-crafted horn patterns in the set – very well-conceived, and always with a searching sort of post-Coltrane energy. Titles include "Articulation", "1978", "Hard New York Swing", "Blues For Wes", and "Nereda". CD

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Wynton MarsalisReeltime ... CD
Sony/Columbia, 1999. Used ... $4.99
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Charles MingusJazz Workshop Concerts 1964/1965 (7CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1964/1965. New Copy 7 CDs ... $118.99 119.00
Key moments in the career of Charles Mingus – all recorded during the crucial years of 1964 and 1965, and featuring the first-time release of a fair bit of live material too! The set represents the first full presentation of recordings that have appeared piecemeal on a handful of obscure releases – self-released records from Mingus himself – Town Hall, My Favorite Quintet, and Music Written For Monterey – all really expanded here with the full recordings of the tracks, and unreleased titles provided from the original tapes! Mingus was really on fire during these years – severed from most of his bigger label associations, and freely working on some of his most inventive ideas with various smaller groups of players – all fresh young talents who were key interpreters of Charles' ideas – including Johnny Coles and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, Jimmy Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn, Charles McPherson on alto sax, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Jaki Byard on piano, Eric Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet. The stalwart Dannie Richmond is on drums, and the sides represent some of Dolphy's last, and most important recordings on the planet – recordings done at Town Hall and in Amsterdam in April of 1964 – in addition to live material at Monterey in 1964 and 1965, in Minneapolis in May of 1965. Tracks are all quite long – some pushing the half-hour timing – and as with the best live Mingus, there's variations here that go way past any studio readings – really incredible solo flights that are still beautifully integrated with the ideas of the main group. Titles include "So Long Eric", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk", "Mingus Piano Solo", "Bird Preamble", "Themeless Blues", "Copa City Titty", "A Lonely Day In Selma", "Cocktails For Two", "Praying With Eric", "Parkeriana", "ATFW", "Meditations On A Pair Of Wire Cutters", and "Meditations On Integration". 7CDs, limited edition, and with a great book of notes too! CD

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Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy pressing – 7 West Grand. NOTE – Cover is stained and peeled from moisture on the bottom 1/3.)

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Pharoah SandersTauhid/Jewels Of Thought ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1967/1969. New Copy ... $11.99
Two Pharoah Sanders classics – back to back on a single CD! Tauhid is one of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, spiritual jazz that flows out with a timeless power, and a quality that almost out-Coltrane's Coltrane! All tracks are long, expressive, and freely flowing – building with a very organic sense of energy – totally free from any gimmicks or cliche. Players include Dave Burrell on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Sharrock on guitar – and Pharoah plays alto, tenor, and piccolo – and even vocalizes a bit. The album begins with the amazing "Upper & Lower Egypt" – which is a perfect illustration of the two sides of Pharoah's genius – free/out & spiritual/modal – and other titles include "Japan", and "Capricorn Rising". Jewels Of Thought is a wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah" – a title that has much of the same grace and power as "The Creator Has A Master Plan. The rest of the players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Richard Davis and Cecil McBee on basses, and Idris Muhammad and Roy Haynes on drums – and unusually enough, each of the double bassists and drummers gets their own channel of sound to work with! The other long track on the album is the extended "Sun In Aquarius" – which is a bit more outside, but still pretty great! CD

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✨✧ Irene Schweizer & Han BenninkWelcome Back ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Two amazing musicians who somehow sound even better here as a pair than on their own – and that's saying quite a lot, given the musical legacy of pianist Irene Schweizer and drummer Han Bennink! Schweizer's always been one of our favorite improvisers – as she's got an ability to freely create, and cascade these technically amazing sounds on her instrument – but she always seems to hang onto a sense of tonality, and maybe sometimes a slight sense of wit! All that really seems to inspired Bennink, too – who works here at some of his most musical modes, with these light, lively sounds coming from the drums he attacks with all these really special sort of touches. The pairing is superb – maybe one of our favorite records from either player in recent years – and titles include "Firewood", "Apus Melba", "Bleu Fonce", "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland", "Trap 5", "Kit 4", "Welcome Back", and "I Surrender Dear". CD

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Tom ScottMaster Of Funk – The Essential Albums 1974 to 1977 (Tom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Raven (Australia), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2 CDs ... $18.99
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD features four bonus tracks too – "Dream Lady", "Shadows", "Smoothin On Down", and "Theme From Starsky & Hutch". CD
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Woody Shaw with Tone Jansa QuartetDr Chi ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
Late greatness from Woody Shaw – a beautiful little session recorded in Lubljana with the Tone Jansa Quartet! Jansa's group has a freely spiritual approach – a lot like that of the best ensembles Shaw was working with in the 70s, and with some surprisingly soulful work by Jansa on flute on a number of tracks. The album's got a slightly more introspective feel than the previous meeting of Jansa and Shaw – with longer tracks that build in tone and color, before taking off on wonderfully spiritual solo flights – but the whole thing's great, with excellent original tunes by both leaders, and some nicely extended numbers that really let them stretch out! Titles include "Odra", "Zoltan", "Chain", "Nostalgia", and "Stroll & Flight". CD

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Henry ThreadgillEasily Slip Into Another World ... LP
Novus/BMG, 1988. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A nice little set from Henry Threadgill – one of the albums that gave him greatest exposure to a bigger audience, and a set that pushes the sound of his work nicely! The record's got some of those touches from a time when the AACM was reaching out with its sound from earlier years – a mode that's not exactly more inside, but certainly more overtly expressive about its intentions, and sometimes a bit more melodically focused than freely improvisatory. There's echoes here of work the Art Ensemble and Amina Claudine Myers were doing during the same stretch – and the lack of commercial success of the record shouldn't indicate any aesthetic failure at all. Asha Pulthi makes a surprising vocal appearance on the track "My Rock", and other players include Frank Lacy, Diedre Murray, Fred Hopkins, Pheeroan Aklaff, and Reggie Nicholson. Titles include "Award The Squadtett", "Hall", "Spotted Duck Is Pudding", and "I Can't Wait Till I Get Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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Three Out (Mike Nock)Move ... LP
Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Totally great work from a young Mike Nock – a pianist that most folks know for his electric and experimental sounds of the 70s, but who's appearing here on record for the first time ever – at the head of a totally cooking soul jazz combo! Nock's command of the piano is tremendous right from the start – both hands flying freely, but with a very rhythmic vibe – one that's underscored by the strong work of Freddy Logan on bass and Chris Karan on drums – both musicians we don't know at all, but who really know how to make the record groove – especially in comparison to other Aussie jazz dates from the time. The bass is especially great – a key part of the album's sound, and explored by Nock with these bluesy chords on the piano – and titles include "Move", "Way Back", "Primitive", "Little Niles", "Freshwater", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album

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James Blood UlmerFreelancing ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A pivotal bit of work by Ulmer – a relatively frenetic mix of guitar tracks for a major label jazz release, possibly the fading light of Columbia's commitment to free thinking jazz at the time. Ulmer's on guitar on all tracks, and vocalizes only a bit – and other players include Calvin Weston, Amin Ali, Olu Dara, David Murray, and Oliver Lake. Titles include "Timeless", "Pleasure Control", "Night Lover", "Happy Time", "Rush Hour", "Stand Up To Yourself", and "High Time". LP, Vinyl record album
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