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✨✧ OV WrightI'd Rather Be Blind (Blind, Cripple, & Crazy)/Please Forgive Me ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1973. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(With jukebox strip.)

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✨✧ OV WrightWhat About You/What Did You Tell This Girl Of Mine ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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✨✧ VariousLove You Save – American Soul Music 1955 to 1972 ... LP
Cairo/Mississippi, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A great little set of rare soul music – served up by the Cairo imprint of Mississippi Records – and done with a very similar approach to their other reissues of folk, blues, and world music! The set focuses in on rootsier sounds, especially from the 60s – with lots of deep soul gems from both big names and some more obscure artists – all packaged with a detailed booklet of notes, in the best Mississippi style! The style is almost as if Folkway Records put together their own soul collection, but with work from other labels – and titles include "In My Heart" by Barbara & The Browns, "Tired Of Being Your Fool" by Nelson Sanders, "It's Not That Easy" by Reuben Bell & The Casanovas, "Since You've Been Gone" by The Falcons, "Can't Stay Away (parts 1 & 2)" by Slim & Ann, "Don't Ever Leave Me" by Bob & Earl, "Go Now" by Bessie Banks, "I Keep Forgetting You Don't Love Me No More" by The Thornton Sisters, "Don't Mistreat Me" by The Queenettes, "Let Me Down Easy" by Betta LaVette, "Life Is Too Short" by Benny Spellman, "Lament" by Mamie Perry, "I'm Missing You" by Loretta Williams, and "Everybody Knows" by OV Wright. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun ... LP
MPS/BASF, 1973. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Monty AlexanderWe've Only Just Begun (Japanese pressing) ... LP
MPS (Japan), 1972. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Mellow warmth from the great Monty Alexander – one of his best for MPS, and a trio set cut with Senator Eugene Wright on bass and Bobby Durham on drums! The roundness of Wright's bass makes the best cuts on the album even better – as he rolls around with a subtle sense of soul that really helps Alexander step into the 70s nicely – getting past some of the stiffness of 60s albums and even hitting a few funky notes at times! Titles include the jazzy dancer "Monticello", a classic reading of "We've Only Just Begun", and the tracks "Blue Alexander", "Love Story", and "Summer Of 42". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with European cover image. Back cover has some light aging, but front looks nice.)

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyIn A Minor Groove (neon green vinyl mono pressing) ... LP
New Jazz, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic early album from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby! Ashby's a unique talent like no other – and despite the fact that she plays a rather sleepy instrument, the harp, she swings with an other-worldly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like Yusef Lateef or Les Jazz Modes, who were trying similar experiments in jazz. This session features Dorothy in a quartet with the flute of Frank Wess, the bass of Herman Wright, and the drums of Roy Haynes, whose warm lyrical touches provide the perfect melodicism for the group. Titles include "Rascallity", "Bohemia After Dark", "Taboo", "Autumn In Rome", and "It's A Minor Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies – on neon green vinyl!)

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Harry BabasinHarry Babasin & The Jazz Pickers ... LP
Mode, Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
An excellent set of 50s west coast chamber jazz – featuring a quintet that includes Harry Babasin on cello, Terry Gibbs on vibes, Demsey Wright on guitar, Ben Tucker on bass, and Bill Douglass on drums. The pairing of cello and vibes in the frontline is really great – and with additional support from guitar, the instruments really swing nicely on the set. The album's the sort that you might miss, because the Premier label was sort of a budget operation – but it's a really nice little side that grooves with a keen late 50s approach that's very much in the manner of similar albums on Dawn or Bethlehem – but arguably better, as it's recorded with an open feel, and some really great sound. Titles include "Hoppy", "De Ge", "On Bear Hill", "Pee Wee", and "Wingo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with the deep groove! Cover has a split top seam and some surface wear on the back.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersDrum Suite ... LP
Columbia, 1956/1957. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") that has Blakey and Jo Jones on drums, joined by Sabu Martinez on bongos and Charles Wright on tympani and gong. Ray Bryant snakes some soulful piano through the set and Oscar Pettiford is on bass and cello – and the overall feeling of the side is similar to some of Blakey's work in the format for Blue Note – like the albums Afro-Drum Orgy or Holiday for Percussion. Side two has straight hard bop, played by Blakey's 1957 combo that included Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman – and the group grooves hard on a classic reading of "Nica's Tempo", plus the cuts "D's Dilemma" and "Just For Marty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, and half split seams.)

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✨✧ Peter BrownDo You Wanna Get Funky With Me? ... LP
Drive, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
A super-huge moment for Miami funk guru Peter Brown – a record instantly recognized by the silhouetted cover image of a perky nude in a window on the front, and for the very famous title hit, "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?" Despite its hit status, the record's actually a pretty nice example of Brown's talents – with plenty of spare cuts that feature keyboards, percussion, and synth – plus some occasional vocals by Betty Wright, Pat Hurley, or the vocal group Wildflower. Titles include "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me", "Dance With Me", "Without Love", "Fantasy Love Affair", "You Should Do It", and "For Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout notch and a crease along the top.)

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✨✧ Tom BrowneMagic ... LP
Arista/GRP, 1981. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A key bit of jazz funk from trumpeter Tom Browne – still grooving strong here, with a sublime mix of modern soul, funky jazz, and some of the 80s groove touches that showed up on the best GRP titles from the time! The album's got a smooth compressed groove – kind of post-Donald Byrd, with Tom taking solos over the top of most tracks, and occasional vocals , wither from a backing group, or an assortment of different lead singers. Players on the set include Bernard Wright, Dave Grusin, Bobby Broom, and Marcus Miller – and tracks include "I Know", "Midnight Interlude", "Let's Dance", "Night Wind", "Making Plans", "Thighs Hihg", and "Magic". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Dave BrubeckA La Mode ... LP
Fantasy, 1960. Very Good+ ... $24.99
An unusual Dave Brubeck set from the start of the 60s – surprisingly on Fantasy, given his Columbia fame of the time – and with a slightly different lineup that features the great Bill Smith on clarinet! Smith's got a cool modern sound that's not unlike Jimmy Giuffre – icy but expressive too, and both a great fit for the band because and apart from their usual work with Paul Desmond! Eugene Wright's still on bass, and Joe Morello plays some wonderfully time-kept drums – on titles that include "The Piper", "Frisco Fog", "Lydian Line", "Ballade", "One For The Kids", "Catch Me If You Can", and "Peace Brother". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing with deep groove.)

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Dave BrubeckIn Europe ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good+ ... $7.99
The classic group with Paul Desmond on alto – playing nicely on long tracks that include "Watusi Drums", "Tangerine", "Wonderful Copenhagen", and "The Wright Groove". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and a small split in the top seam.)

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Dave BrubeckJazz Impressions Of New York ... LP
Columbia, 1964. Near Mint- ... $19.99
New York's a mighty big place, but it's got a nicely intimate feel in this 60s set from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – one of the combo's overlooked gems from their years on Columbia! The music is all from the TV show Mr Broadway, but there's hardly a showtune feel to the set – and instead, the groove is almost in a hip Henry Mancini sort of mode, but delivered with a smaller combo feel. Tracks are somewhat shorter than the usual Brubeck outing, and balanced nicely between upbeat tracks and more sensitive ones – the former with some well-cut lines by Paul Desmond on alto sax, the latter often with a bit more piano from Dave. The rest of the group includes Gene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Mr Broadway", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Sixth Sense", "Something To Sing About", "Spring In Central Park", "Lonely Mr Broadway", "Winter Ballad", "Upstage Rhumba", and "Summer On The Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Mexican CBS pressing, with titles in Spanish. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckTime Changes ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure of Brubeck's Columbia modern sessions – and one of the best! Side one features more "time" oriented tunes played with the Quartet that included Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright, and Joe Morello – but side two features the extended "Elementals" work, written for the quartet with jazz orchestra conducted by Rayburn Wright. Desmond's alto is fantastic on that track – floating, eerie, and quite sophisticatedly swinging – and the others ("Cable Car", "Iberia", "Shim Wha", and "Unisphere") are all strong examples of the quartet's simple genius. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono 2 eye promo. Cover has a split bottom seam and remnants from a tracklist sticker on front.)

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckTime Out ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Easily the crowning moment of genius for the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet – the moment when all things came together magically, and the group somehow elevated themselves to a whole new level in jazz! At the time of the set, Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and the rest had already been making plenty of waves with their creative yet swinging approaches to modern jazz – heard on a number of successful albums for Fantasy and Columbia in the 50s. But with this record, they really knocked one out of the park – blending Desmond's cool alto, Brubeck's unusual piano phrasing, Joe Morello's melodic drum work, and Eugene Wright's pulsating bass into a waltzing, almost modal groove that crossed over to many camps at the time! The classics "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo Ala Turk" were both hits on their own – but all titles are great, and include "Kathy's Waltz", "Strange Medow Lark", "Everybody's Jumpin", and "Pick Up Sticks". LP, Vinyl record album
(90s 180 gram Classic pressing.)
Also available Time Out ... CD 0.99

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Johnny ColesLittle Johnny C ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A rare session as a leader from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a player who cut some great work in the groups of James Moody and Gil Evans, but who shines even more brightly on this classic Blue Note album! Coles really has an ear for finding the hippest side of his instrument – and he blows with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – and certainly far from the mellower tones of his previous leader set for Columbia. This album's got a great mix of hardbop and modern ideas – right up there with the best Blue Note had to offer at the time – and the group's filled with equally hip players who include Joe Henderson on tenor, Leo Wright on alto and flute, Duke Pearson on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and either Pete LaRoca or Walter Perkins on drums. Titles include "Heavy Legs", "Hobo Joe", "Jano", and "Little Johnny C". Very hip, very hard, and very swingin! LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing, with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps. Cover has some splitting in the top seam.)

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Miles DavisTutu ... LP
Warner, 1986. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Brian Davison's Every Which WayBrian Davison's Every Which Way ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautifully moody little record from drummer Brian Davison – a onetime member of The Nice, but stepping out here with a sound that's totally wonderful on his own! The record's got all these odd jazzy elements around the edges – thanks in part to sax and flute from Geoffrey Peach, and these really spacious basslines from Alan Cartwright – which figure in the sound almost as much as the guitar, and give all the songs these subtle shapes and offbeat vibes! Graham Bell handles lead vocals and plays lots of electric piano too – and the vibe is a bit hard to describe, but might be somewhere in the early solo Jack Bruce side of the spectrum. Titles include "Bed Ain't What It Used To Be", "The Light", "Go Placidly", "Castle Sand", and "What You Like". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Also available Brian Davison's Every Which Way ... CD 14.99

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Buddy DeFrancoJazz Tones ... LP
Verve, 1953/1954. Very Good ... $19.99
The jazz tones here are mighty nice – on a record that sparkles with some of Buddy DeFranco's best music ever! As with other Verve dates from the time, this DeFranco outing's got a rhythmic pulse that really gets things going – a sense of swing that's nice and lean, but quite powerful too – pushing Buddy past any cliched clarinet modes of the 50s, into a realm that really unlocks new sax-like sounds in his horn! The piano has a lot to do with the record – played here by either Kenny Drew or Sonny Clark – with bass from Milt Hinton or Gene Wright, and drums from Art Blakey and Bobby White. Titles include "Jack The Field Stalker", "Tenderly", "Yesterdays", "Lover Man", and "The Things We Did Last Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, split top seam held with a piece of tape, and a peeled spot and bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ Paul DesmondBridge Over Troubled Water ... LP
A&M, 1969. Sealed Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Paul Desmond serves up his own versions of some key tunes by Simon & Garfunkel tunes – with results that are simply amazing! The style here takes all the airy brilliance of the original S&G tunes, and turns it towards a more jazz-based mode – one that has some of the slight Brazilian undercurrents in the rhythms that you'll find on Desmond's previous two albums for CTI! The full arrangements are by Don Sebesky, who brings a great sense of balance to the set – and Herbie Hancock plays some great electric piano, in a group that also features Airto on percussion and Gene Bertoncini on guitar. But the real star of the set is Paul Desmond – blowing with that amazing tone of his – and sliding from tune to tune with effortless ease, in a way that really transforms these tunes in their instrumental readings. Titles include "Cecilia", "Mrs. Robinson", "America", "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright", and "Scarborough Fair" – all done with a sweet jazzy A&M approach! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy GillespieAn Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet ... LP
Verve, 1961. Near Mint- ... $4.99
While actually not as electrifying as some of Dizzy's other albums from the time, this one's still pretty darn great, and features his great group with Leo Wright on alto and Lalo Schfrin on piano. The band grooves with a subtly Latinish vibe, and the tracks are nice and long long long. Titles include "Kush", one of Dizzy's best Latin numbers, plus "The Mooch" and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing, UMV 2605, with insert. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Honey ConeSoulful Tapestry (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hot Wax/Demon (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Definitely a soulful tapestry here – as the trio of Edna Wright, Shellie Clark, and Carolyn Willis are at the height of their 70s powers – soaring forth in a massive trio mode, and one that really rewrites the sound of girl group soul for the 70s! There's a bouncy, upbeat groove to the record – kind of a pre-disco approach, but one that's still strongly rooted in the best Detroit soul mode of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team too – balanced with just the right sort of force that makes the trio sound great, and all without any of the cliches that this sort of group might hit a few years later! Titles include the Honey Cone classics "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (parts 1 & 2)" and "Want Ads", plus the tracks "VIP", "The Day I Found Myself", "Stick Up", "Don't Count Your Chickens", "All the Kings Horses", and "How Does It Feel". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thelma HoustonDevil In Me ... LP
Motown, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Thelma's one of those singers who must have been waiting years for disco to come around and help her find a reason to sing! Her career was slightly ill-timed in the beginning, coming along with a baroque soul beginning that was great, yet somewhat out of place in the early 70s. But enter a record like this – which takes Thelma's beautiful voice and fills it up with strings and disco rhythms – and you've got a well-done set that suddenly makes her whole sound make sense! Arrangements are surprisingly great, and relatively cliche-free on the best numbers – handled by Kim Richmond, James Carmichael, Greg Wright, and Michel Rubini. Titles include "I'm Here Again", "Triflin", "I've Got The Devil In Me", "Give Me Something To Believe In", "Memories", "Your Eyes", and "I Can't Go On Living Without Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)
Also available Devil In Me ... CD 16.99

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Thelma HoustonRide To The Rainbow ... LP
Tamla, 1979. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A bold little set from Thelma Houston – produced with a strong disco finish, in a way that makes the best of her fierce diva vocals! The album's got a unity that's nicely appreciated – especially since some of Houston's other records could be a bit too unfocused or overblown – and the production by Hal Davis and arrangements by Arthur G Wright all have a strongly soulful quality that never steps too far out of line. Titles include a cover of "Love Machine", plus "Saturday Night Sunday Morning", "Ride To The Rainbow", "Paying For It With My Heart", "I Wanna Be Back In Love Again", and the excellent modern groover "Give It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Jazz At The PhilharmonicJazz At The Philharmonic In Europe (brick cover) ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great little live set – ostensibly a Dizzy Gillespie performance, but with some very strong guest stars! The core of the group is Diz's great one from the early 60s – with Lalo Schifrin on piano and Leo Wright on alto and flute, and they're joined by Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, and Candido for this tasty set of three long tracks: "Kush", "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Bop 'N' Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Norma JeanSaturday (disco mix)/This Is The Love (disco mix) ... 12-inch
Bearsville, 1978. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
2 numbers off Norma Jean Wright's solo album, produced by Niles Rogers, with the crisp uptempo Chic sounding disco groove on the a-side, while the flip's a smoother ballad. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo red vinyl pressing in a Norma Jean sleeve. Sleeve has some wear and an index sticker. Label has some marker.)

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Duke Jordan/Sadik HakimEast & West Of Jazz ... LP
Charlie Parker, 1962. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An overlooked bit of piano genius from the 60s – a split LP with great work from both artists! Sadik kicks things off with the "east" side of the record – tunes that have a supposedly exotic feel, but which are mostly soul jazz piano groovers – performed by a quartet with Eddie Wright on guitar, Kalil Madi on drums, and Lloyd Buchanon on bass. Titles are all originals by Hakim, and include "Impulse", "Buch's Blues", "Goodies For The Goodies", and "Little Lou". The "west" side of the album features Duke Jordan leading a quintet with Cecil Payne on baritone sax and Johnny Coles on trumpet – in a mode that's got a similar earthy feel to Payne's own album on the Charlie Parker label. Tunes include "I'm Gonna Learn Your Style", "Tall Grass", "Like Church", and "Yes He's Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained and bent with a cutout hole at the bottom left corner.)

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Yusef LateefGolden Flute ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Very Good- Gatefold ... $19.99
Not just a flute session from Yusef Lateef – as the set's a record with plenty of saxophone as well as the instrument named in the title! Yusef's mixing his bag nicely for this mid 60s classic – working through tunes that are a mixture of soulful hardbop and eastern exoticism – a shift that's marked by Lateef's changing reed work on tenor, flute, and oboe! The group's a hip quartet with players from Lateef's Detroit scene – the always-great Hugh Lawson on piano, plus Herman Wright on bass, and a young Roy Brooks on drums – all working with Lateef in a sound that almost points the way towards some of the innovations in 70s soul jazz, and which has surprisingly righteous touches that you wouldn't expect from such a simple package! Titles include Brooks' excellent groover "The Smart Set", plus "Oasis", "Road Runner", "The Golden Flute", and "Head Hunters". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with Van Gelder stamp, including the Impulse inner sleeve. Cover has a center split in the bottom seam.)

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Yusef LateefMany Faces Of Yusef Lateef (The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef/The Centaur & The Phoenix) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A 70s Milestone 2-fer reissue collecting two great 60s sides from Yusef Lateef. The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef is a sublime piece of work, proof that he could be exotic and swinging at the same time. The three "faces" of the set are Lateef's work on tenor, flute, and oboe – each of which get a few tracks to themselves – as Lateef works with a core Detroit group of Hugh Lawson on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums – to further refine the already great sound of his earlier albums for Savoy! Tunes are set up in such a way as to vary the instrumentation without varying the mood too much – making for a record with many voices, but a really unified sound overall – and one that's incredibly soulful on the best numbers. Ron Carter joins the group on cello on a few tracks, and Lawson even plays a bit of celeste on the set as well. Titles include "Lateef Minor 7th", "Salt Water Blues", "Adoration", and "Quarantine". The second LP, The Centaur & The Phoenix is an ambitious larger group album, one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time. Yusef is working again with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn section that also features Josea Taylor on bassoon, Tate Houston on baritone sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Clark Terry and Richard Williams on trumpet. Rhythm is by the trio of Joe Zawinul piano, Ben Tucker bass, and Lex Humphries drums – and although the horn arrangements are complicated, they're always soulfully swinging – never too academic, and really done on a way that just expands the mixture of exoticism and hardbop expressed on other Lateef albums! Titles include "Iqbal", "Apathy", "Summer Song", "Revelation", and "The Centaur & The Phoenix". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear.)

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✨✧ Bunny Lee & OthersDreads Enter The Gates With Praise – The Mighty Striker Shoots The Hits (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the studio genius of Bunny Lee – and a set that's filled with the kind of tracks that may well knock Lee Scratch Perry right out of the spotlight! Bunny already had a long and varied career in Jamaican music by the time of these tracks – hustling things up right from a grass roots level, then rising to prominence as a producer with a huge amount of inventive new techniques – including the flying cymbal rhythm sound, which was a great balance to some of the deeper, murkier elements in his grooves! These cuts are from a time when Bunny was working together with a host of fantastic singers, many of whom were inspired by the new more righteous modes that were coming into play at the time – opening up with deeper messages, and equally deep performances – in an array of tracks here that still have a tremendous amount of power, even after the space of decades – thanks in part to superb backings by The Aggrovators. The choice of tracks is wonderful, and the whole thing's put together with the usual stellar handling by Soul Jazz – with titles that include "Enter Into His Gates With Praise" by Johnny Clarke, "So Jah Se Dub" by The Aggrovators, "Magnum Force" by Vin Gordon & The Aggrovators, "Real Born African" by Jah Stitch, "King Tubby Dub" by King Tubby meets Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators, "Check Sister Jane" by Dillinger, "The Wormer" by Prince Jazzbo, "You Don't Care For Me" by The Uniques, "Natty Dread Have Ambition" by Shorty The President, "A Land Far Away" by Gene Rondo, "You Should Be Thankful" by Mighty Diamonds, "Marvelous Rocker" by Winston Wright, and "Principle & Dignity" by Jah Youth. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Gildo MahonesI'm Shooting High ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good+ ... $34.99
Very hard to find LP by this obscure soul jazz piano giant from the early 60's. Best known as the accompanist for Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, Mahones has a tight soulful style that's always in the pocket, and sounds like Bobby Timmons or John Wright in their best moments. This LP's unique in that it also features Larry Young on organ on two tracks, and he plays alongside Mahones' piano in a very cool way, especially on the great cover of "Bali Hai". Ozzie Beck sings vocals on another track, "Hey Girl", and Leo Wright plays alto on the great cut "Tales of Brooklyn". A Prestige must-have, and one that they won't be likely to reissue soon. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue trident label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Vinyl has some cosmetic press flaws, and plays with some faint surface noise towards the end of each side. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Miltinho (Milton Banana)Rhythm & The Sound Of Bossa Nova ... LP
Audio Fidelity, 1963. Very Good+ ... $49.99
An excellent album of hard bossa cuts – played by drummer Antonio Da Souza, aka Miltinho, aka Milton Banana, with backing by Oscar Castro Neves! The band is a quartet led by Oscar Castro-Neves – with some nice piano by him, and some excellent alto work by the great Leo Wright! The record's a prime example of the excellent style of Banana, Joao Gilberto's favorite drummer – in that it's extremly lively, and all over the kit, with sort of a melodic drumming component that's perfect for bossa nova. Titles include "Influencia Da Jazz", "Bossa Nova Blues", "O Apito No Samba", "Boato", and "Nao Faz Assim". Quite rare, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some minor stains on front.)

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✨✧ Jackie MooreI'm On My Way ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real standout album from Jackie Moore – and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" experiments with the likes of Johnny Taylor and Betty Wright, two of the more leading lights in the Columbia soul stable in the late 70s. Jackie's teamed up with the Philly talents of Bobby Eli, who produced the album, and did most of the arrangements – apart from a few tracks by Norman Harris or Jack Faith – and there's a modern soul glow to the record that really marks a new shift in Moore's music – a style that still has her going deep on the vocals, while stepping out in some warmer Philly rhythms. Titles include "This Time, Baby", "Wrapped Up In Your Lovin", "I'm On My Way", "Can You Tell Me Why", and "Let's Go Somewhere & Make Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light ring wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Jackie MooreSweet Charlie Babe ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
A classic set of 70s crossover deep soul – recorded in the mode of similar work by Betty Wright or Laura Lee, and done with a similar mix of raw southern vocals and tighter production! About half the work was handled by the team of Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro – working in the Criteria Studios in Miami to give Jackie a sound that's similar to Shapiro's work with Millie Jackson. The other half was produced in Philly, by the Young Professionals team of LeBaron Taylor, Tony Bell, and Phil Hurt – who give Jackie a warm, gliding, sweet 70s Philly groove! And although you might think that this Philly/Miami split would make for a mixed bag of tunes, the album's surprisingly unified – and in a way, does plenty to link together the growing dancefloor scenes in both cities. Titles include "Willpower", "Both Ends Against The Middle", "Time", "Something In A Look", "Clean Up Your Own Yard", "If", and "Darling Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Prince JammyPrince Jammy In Lion Dub Style ... LP
Jammy's/VP, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
We're not sure what "lion style" is, but we can definitely say that the album's heavy on dub – a darkly bubbling masterpiece with Prince Jammy at the controls – crafting his magic to grooves by a top-shelf set of Kingston musicians! Winston Wright plays lots of keyboards – organ, clavinet, and even some harpsichord – and the real energy of the rhythms come from the young Sly & Robbie – very much in their prime here, without some of those later modes when they were trying to recopy themselves for the mainstream. Chinna Smith throws in lots of riffing guitar to the echoey brilliance – and titles include "No Bride", "Jammy's In The Arena", "Black Trap", "The Big Apple", "Rough Voyage", "Uhru Express", "King Forever", "Tiger Dub" and "Mystic Feelings". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaDiscipline 27-II ... LP
Saturn, 1973. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Sun Ra's greatest albums of the 70s – recording during the same sessions that yielded the famous Space Is The Place record for Blue Thumb, and done with a very similar feel – an expansive configuration of the Arkestra in peak form! The range of expression is really incredible – from the spiritual soul jazz of "Pan Afro", to the lightly grooving June Tyson vocals of "Neptune", to the extended suite "Discipline 27-II", a stretched-out spacey number with vocal "dramatizing" by Ra, Tyson, Ruth Wright, and Judith Holton. That track's a particularly great one, with the kind of spiritual resonance behind the spacey approach that rarely comes through as strongly on other albums – but the whole set is wonderful, and judging how reminiscent of it some of the best, similarly-minded underground jazz is decades later – the whole thing is an amazing testament to how strong Ra's influence is today. LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 90s Italian reissue.)

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Biff RoseThorn In Mrs Rose's Side ... LP
Tetragrammaton, 1968. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Tremendous work from Biff Rose – a near-lost singer-songwriter from the late 60s, barely remembered as the author of "Fill Your Heart" from David Bowie's Hunky Dory album – but an incredible talent that we'd rank right up there with Van Dyke Parks or early Randy Newman for sheer American brilliance! As in the work of Parks, there's a quality here that's completely unique – informed by the freedoms of the folk generation, but tuned with older-styled arrangements that while full, still manage to convey a sense of person and presence – as in some of the best early recordings of Leonard Cohen. And like Cohen, Rose has a really poetically-styled approach to his lyrics – far beyond the sardonic eye of folkies, or the indulgence of hippies – and infused with a sense of hope that crackles out of the tunes along with his own crackly vocals. Vocally, we'd almost link Rose to Bob Dorough for a sheer "oh what the hell I'm just gonna sing this" approach – and like Dorough, there's no silliness at all – but real sincerity where we'd never expect it, in a way that leaves us breathless. The set features arrangements by Rose, Arthur Wright, Kirby Johnson, and Nick Woods – on titles that include "Mama's Boy", "Angel Tension", "Molly", "The Stars", "It's Happening", "Buzz The Fuzz", and "The Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Tetragrammaton pressing. Cover has light wear and a stained corner.)

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✨✧ Annie Ross & Pony PoindexterAnnie Ross & Pony Poindexter With The Berlin All Stars ... LP
Saba (Germany), 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Although Annie Ross kind of dropped off the radar screen of most Americans after she dropped out of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – she still was cutting great music overseas, although not as often as before. This excellent set features her in the company of some great American ex-patriots – like Pony Poindexter (a longtime cronie of LHR), Leo Wright, and the great Carmell Jones. The group is extremely tight, and Poindexter's soulful alto and soprano solos make the album totally worth having, even if you're not a fan of Ross. She's pretty darn fantastic too, though, and her sweetly swinging vocals are filled with a warmth and maturity that you don't always find on her earlier recordings. The record includes a sublime reading of Miles Davis' "All Blues", with a stunning solo by Poindexter – as well as the tracks "Home Cookin", "Moody's Mood For Love", and "Twisted", done in a nice 7 minute version, much longer than the original. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese MPS pressing – in a heavy gatefold cover!)

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✨✧ Jackie RossFull Bloom (80s pressing) ... LP
Chess, 1964. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest female soul moments on Chess Records in the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that the label also recorded Etta James! Jackie Ross is a singer who's way more Chicago than most of the bigger names on Chess – and works here with that perfect blend of soul and sophistication that Chicago could boast at the time – a style that really paved the way for countless others to come in the latter part of the decade, and especially the 70s – at a level that almost makes Ross a precursor to Minnie Riperton or Denise Williams. And although the style is sophisticated, Ross still has this soulful punch – and there's a stepping groove that makes the record way different than polished female soul at Motown – thanks go great arrangements by Riley Hampton and Phil Wright. Titles include "I've Got The Skill", "Change Your Ways", "Don't Take My Love", "Everything But Love", "Wasting Time", and "I Wanna Hear It From You". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on MCA/Chess.)

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Pharoah SandersWelcome To Love ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1991. New Copy 2LP ... About March 27, 2020
Mellow work from Pharoah – a set of standards blown in a soulful late night style, with backing by William Henderson on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Ecclesion Wainwright on drums. The format is surprisingly captivating, largely because Pharoah's tone is always such a treat – and he sparkles with a majesty on the set that captures our ear a lot more than we expected! The whole thing's almost got the feel of some of Coltrane's earlier ballad work – and titles include "The Nearness Of You", "Nancy", "I Want To Talk About You", "Say It Over And Over Again", "Polkadots & Moonbeams", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pharoah SandersWelcome To Love (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... About March 27, 2020
Mellow work from Pharoah – a set of standards blown in a soulful late night style, with backing by William Henderson on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Ecclesion Wainwright on drums. The format is surprisingly captivating, largely because Pharoah's tone is always such a treat – and he sparkles with a majesty on the set that captures our ear a lot more than we expected! The whole thing's almost got the feel of some of Coltrane's earlier ballad work – and titles include "The Nearness Of You", "Nancy", "I Want To Talk About You", "Say It Over And Over Again", "Polkadots & Moonbeams", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing limited to just 200 copies!)

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✨✧ StargardChanging Of The Gard ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky dancefloor soul divas Stargard move to Warner for the irresistible Changing Of The Gard – with a change of the guard in the production booth, too – working here with Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire, co-producing with Robert Wright! The change pays off musically for sure, with the trio balancing funk-steeped jams and more polished grooves as strongly as ever, really rivaling the best of their earlier work, without repeating themselves stylistically. Coming as it did at the tail end of the 70s, there's a mix of styles from dancefloor soul, to funky party jams, and just a couple of more ballads – and song-for-song, the quality is top notch – their vocals really stand out and shine throughout! Includes the killer single "Wear It Out", "Footstompin' Music", "Once In A Lifetime (Dream Come True)", "I Just Imagined You", "Put On My Rollerskates", "Low Down Dancing" and "Flashback". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Sonny StittPow! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Pow is right – as Stitt grooves with a tight combo that features Benny Green on trombone, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums. The album's one of a few sides produced in the mid 60s by Richard Carpenter, a jazz manager/impresario who cut Chet Baker on some sides with the same group, licensed them to Prestige briefly, then pulled the material. Carpenter had also licensed this Stitt session to Roulette, but it's much more fitting of Prestige – as the tracks are longer and more open-ended, with a tighter hardbop approach than some of Stitt's Roulette/Roost work. Titles include "Love On The Rocks", "Nuff Guff", "Scramble", "Up & Over", and "Pride & Passion". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Roulette pressing.)

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TemptationsDo The Temptations ... LP
Gordy, 1976. Sealed ... $6.99
The Temptations doing The Temptations and doing it pretty darn well – further proof that the group just kept on going with greatness, even during the years of their lesser fame! The album's got a slight bit of mid 70s polish – a bit of a nod towards the dancefloor at times, but never in a throwaway disco sort of style – thanks to an approach that always keeps a focus on the harmonies of the group, which have a wonderfully mature feel – almost as if the group were throwing down the gauntlet to some of the group soul newcomers of the time. Arrangements are by Benjamin Wright and Michael Smith, and titles include "I'm On Fire", "Put Your Trust In Me Baby", "Why Can't You & Me Get Together", "Is There Anybody Else", "I'll Take You In", "Let Me Count The Ways", and "There Is No Stopping". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Tennors & FriendsReggae Girl (with bonus CD) ... LP
Trojan/Grover (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A smoking slice of work from The Tennors – plus some great cuts by other "friends" on the Jamaican scene of the late 60s! The group really shine on their own singles, then step aside to let some other artists come in too – almost all with a similar mix of soul and rocksteady rhythms, and an especially key focus on the kind of growing vocal harmonies that were really helping change the face of Jamaican music at the time! Titles include "Reggae Girl", "Khaki", "The Stage", "Ride Your Donkey", "Gram Pa", "Cleopatra", and "Double Attack" by The Tennors – plus "Oh My Baby" and "Go Your Way" by The Harmonians, "Donkey Trot" by Clive's All Stars, "While I'm Walking" by Roman Stewart, "Parapinto" by Johnny More & Karl Bryan, "Copy Me Donkey" by Charlie Organire with Tommy McCook, "I'm Gonna Make It" by Cliff Smith, and "Puzzle" by Winston Wright. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reggae Girl ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Cal TjaderCal Tjader (Fantasy 3253) (60s pressing) ... LP
Fantasy, 1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early Cal Tjader album for Fantasy, featuring Cal's vibes set up in a piano and percussion mode – a bit like work by the George Shearing group, but with a hipper sound! The quartet's made up of Vince Guaraldi, Al Torres and Gene Wright, with 7 tracks in all: "Porgy & Bess Suite", "When Lights Are Low", "Our Blues", "That's All", "And Baby Makes Three", "Medley: Lover Man/Willow Weep For Me/Round About Midnight" and "Line For Lyons". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s stereo pressing, Fantasy 8084, with blue labels.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderJazz At The Blackhawk ... LP
Fantasy, 1957. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real standout session from Cal Tjader – a straight jazz side from the late 50s, recorded with a hip group that includes Vince Guaraldi on piano, Gene Wright on bass, and Al Torre on drums. Although Cal's possibly better-remembered for his Latin work of the time, the record is a good reminder that the Tjader approach to vibes worked equally well in a more standard jazz setting – especially when paired with the lightly lyrical piano genius of a young Vince Guaraldi! The set was captured live at the Blackhawk in San Francisco – practically home turf for Cal and the group – with a sound that's easy, laidback, and very nicely grooving! Titles include "Lover Come Back To Me", "Bill B", "Land's End", "Thinking Of You MJQ", and "Two For Blues Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing – pre-OJC.)

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Richard WilliamsNew Horn In Town ... LP
Candid, Early 60s. Very Good ... $36.99
A brilliant session of modernist hardbop – one of the few records ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Richard Williams! Williams was a key part of the Charles Mingus group for a few years – and his soulful approach ranks with Ted Curson as some of the most compelling underground trumpet work of the early 60s. The set features Williams in a great group – with Leo Wright on alto, Reggie Workman on bass, Richard Wyands on piano, and Bobby Thomas on drums – and they're playing material that isn't too far out, but which does have significantly modern tendencies. Williams solos are fantastic, and the album is proof that he was one of the 60s great under-recognized talents! Titles include "Ferris Wheel", "Blues In A Quandry", "Raucous Notes", and "Renita's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Candid pressing with deep groove – very hard to find! Cover has a split spine.)

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonCan't Take My Eyes Off Of You ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great album from Nancy Wilson – a set that still has her working with the jazzy undercurrents of her best 60s work for Capitol Records – yet also moving into some hipper, more sophisticated soul styles too! There's a really strong adult vibe to the record – not that Nancy didn't have one before, but this time around there's even more sense of personality and experiential depth that really comes through in the choice of songs – and in Wilson's wonderful treatment of them. Tunes that might be stiff in the hands of someone else are really transformed here – with added thanks to Phil Wright for great arrangements on the record. Titles include a version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", Burt Bacharach's obscure "Waitin For Charlie To Come Home", and the tracks "Trip With Me", "This Girl Is A Woman Now", "Mixed Up Girl", and "Words & Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Bernard WrightAfter You (new mix, new dub)/Yo Nard ... 12-inch
Manhattan, 1985. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Two souped-up electro groovers from Bernard Wright – produced by Marcus Miller & Lenny White, with more than enough breaks and pops to make a factory of linoleum groover! "Yo Nard" is probably the best – as it's over the top electro with a poppy edge. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo copy. Label has some marker.)

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Bernard WrightWho Do You Love (club, radio, dub) ... 12-inch
Manhattan, 1985. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $7.99
A pretty great number from Bernard Wright – much smoother and more R&B than some of his work on GRP/Arista, but a great track with a wonderful 80s groove hook! The vocals are surprisingly nice, augmented by a female singer on the chorus – and the tune's still got some nice jazzy inflections! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has wear, stains and a little pen.)

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Betty WrightBetty Wright ... LP
Epic, 1981. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Wonderfully mature work from Miami soul legend Betty Wright – one of her overlooked albums recorded for Columbia Records, after big 70s fame at the TK label – and a set that has Betty mixing all her deep soul roots with a tighter, more sophisticated groove! Most of the album was handled by Andre Fischer, of Rufus fame – although Stevie Wonder and Richard Dimples Fields also put together one cut each – and there's a sweet jazzy soul to some of the best numbers that really makes Betty sound great – a mode that's nicely tripping along, with a groove that allows her to really be free and stretch out with her vocals. There's maybe a few moments that echo the late TK years – but go places that those records never would – and titles include "Give A Smile", "I Come to You", "Make Me Love the Rain", "What Are You Going To Do With It", and "Body Slang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Betty WrightTravelin In The Wright Circle ... LP
Alston, 1979. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Betty's got a smoother sound here than on some of her chunkier, funkier earlier records – but the approach is still a nice one – and we've gotta give Betty credit for pushing her sound into a whole new direction! The album follows nicely in the spirit of the live set issued a few years before – with some nice mellower moments, and a few more tracks that kick up the groove in a clubby approach to southern soul. We really like the spare "You're Just What I Need" and the bluesy "My Love Is" or the midtempo groove of "I Believe It's Love" – and other tracks include "The Child Of The Man", "Open The Door To Your Heart/Love Train", and "Thank You For The Many Things You've Done". LP, Vinyl record album

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Betty WrightWright Back At You ... LP
Epic, 1983. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Betty Wright looks a lot different on the cover than during her early Alston Records years – and she sounds a lot different here, too – but in a way that really has the soul singer stretching out her wings! Most of the record was handled by Marlon Jackson – of Jacksons fame – and the sound is a mix of smooth modern soul groovers and a few more upbeat numbers that really push Wright's vocals in a great way! A few numbers here are definitely hitting that crossover mode that CBS was using with Denise Williams, Cheryl Lynn, and a few of its other soul singers at the time – but the best numbers are deeper, more mellow, and have a warmly sophisticated mode that really gets Betty past the rougher moments of her youth, and takes her into a more adult territory that we really like. These tracks include "Special Love", "I Promise You", "Show Me", and "She's Older Now" – alongside other numbers that include "Burning Desire", "Be Your Friend", and "Live Love Rejoice". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Billy WrightGoin' Down Slow ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Bobby Wright (Abu Talib)Blood Of An American/Everyone Should Have His Day (with zine) ... 7-inch
Melodies International, Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $11.99
Two beautiful tunes from Bobby Wright, both recorded in the mid 70s with a subtle righteous power that's taken many years for the rest of the world to fully appreciate! "Blood Of An American" is a slow-moving track that mostly features the lead vocals over slow-drifting guitar – presenting a message that's as poetic as it is political – almost in Terry Callier territory, but even more intimate. "Everyone Should Have Its Day" follows in a very similar style – uplifting, but blue-tinged too – and this limited reissue single comes with a 16 page zine that features lots of information on Wright and his later years as Abu Talib. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Comes with a 16 page Melodies International zine!)

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandExpress Yourself (brown vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A masterpiece of messed-up LA funk – and one of the crowning moments in the career of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Charles and crew do an excellent job with all the tracks – most of which are more open ended than some of their earlier ones, and run on for longer than usual with some good trippy instrumental moments that really stretch out the groove from their funky 45 days. The album includes the stoner funk classic "High As Apple Pie", done here in two "slices", plus the classic "Express Yourself", a monster number that still sounds great every time we hear it – even though it's been used on commercials and sampled plenty of times over the years! Other tracks include "I'm Aware", "Love Land", and "I Got Love" LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 750 – on brown vinyl!)

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✨✧ Frank WrightOne For John ... LP
Actuel (France), 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the real classics on BYG/Actuel! Tenorist Frank Wright is joined by alto player Noah Howard, pianist Bobby Few, and drummer Muhammad Ali in an excellent set of material that's very much in the post-Coltrane/late-Ayler spirit. The set includes 2 long tracks – Wright's "One For John" (Coltrane, natch) and Few's "China". The playing is excellent, Few's piano is a brilliant highlight of the album – and the record is a prime example of how well Americans like Wright and Howard could play in the freer setting of the European scene! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some very light aging on one edge, but is great overall.)

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Gary WrightDream Weaver ... LP
Warner, 1975. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a slightly wrinkled corner.)

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Leo WrightBlues Shout ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A beautiful record, and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by alto player Leo Wright! At the time of the set, Wright was really making some excellent records with Lalo Schifrin and in Dizzy Gillespie's group (where they both were working at the time) – and this set is a perfect example of the lyricism and Latin influences he'd picked up from Lalo, mixed with the soulful expression that was common for Dizzy's combos in the 60s. Leo plays flute on about half the record, and he's working with soulful modern players that include Richard Williams, Charlie Persip, Art Davis, and Junior Mance. Titles include "Two Moods", "Blues Shout", "Sigi", "Indian Summer", "Autumn Leaves", and "The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Willie WrightTelling The Truth ... LP
Numero, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a bonus 7" single of Wright's classic "Right On For The Darkness" and "Africa"! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the core record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Son Don't Let Life Pass You By", and "It's Only Life That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the bonus 7-inch and inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousBlack Gold 24 Carats ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP ... $8.99
Ouch! Kind of a painful title, considering the fact that the majors were making so much money off of soul music during the early 70s. The set mostly includes titles from Atlantic artists – and tracks include "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango, "Funky Nassau" by Beginning Of The End, "Don't Knock My Love" by Wilson Pickett, "Groove Me" by King Floyd, "Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis, "The Ghetto" by Donny Hathaway, "Clean Up Woman" by Betty Wright, "Show Me" by Joe Tex, and "Green Onions" by Booker T & The MGs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, with some tape along the opening.)

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VariousIf You're Going To The City – A Tribute To Mose Allison (180 gram LP & DVD) ... LP
Fat Possum, 2019. New Copy 2LP & DVD ... $28.99
We're not usually the sorts to dig tribute albums, but the mighty Mose Allison is one of our favorite talents from years back – and the lineup here do a great job of reviving some of the classic spirit of Mose, while also pushing things forward with their own creative reinterpretations of his legacy! If you don't know Allison, he was a jazz pianist first, and a singer second – the latter the quality that brought him great fame, with lots of New Orleans-inflected qualities in his vocals, and lyrics that had a nicely biting mix of contemporary wit and more vintage themes. That legacy has held up wonderfully over the years – and is interpreted here by a host of different artists – a lineup that includes "If You're Going To The City" by Iggy Pop, "Your Mind Is On Vacation" by Taj Mahal, "My Brain" by Robbie Fulks, "If You Life" by Jackson Browne, "Parchman Farm" by Richard Thompson, "Ever Since The World Ended" by Loudon Wainwright III, "Stop This World" by Chrissie Hynde, "Numbers On Paper" by Frank Black, and "Monsters Of The Id" by Amy Allison with Elvis Costello. Includes bonus DVD of the film – Mose Allison Ever Since I Stole The Blues. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram double LP pressing – with an etched portrait of Mose Allison on side D!)
Also available If You're Going To The City – A Tribute To Mose Allison (CD & DVD) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousMerry Christmas From King Records (red vinyl pressing) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
King/Sundazed, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
This is the kind of Christmas album we totally love to hear – and no surprise, since the record is full of music from one of our favorite record labels of all time! The set not only brings together some rare holiday nuggets from the King catalog of the postwar years – it also does so in a way that demonstrates the genius that the label could bring to key styles of music it handled – blues, R&B, early soul, and even a bit of hillbilly too – all brought together here in a rare set that definitely keeps our spirits bright. Titles include "Let's Make Every Day A Christmas Day" by Bubber Johnson, "Christmas Questions" by Joe ward, "Winter Wonderland" by Bill Doggett, "Nuttin For Christmas" by Joe Ward, "Merry Christmas To Michael" by Lillian Brooks, "It's Christmas" by Herb George, "Ringin In A Brand New Year" by Billy Ward & The Dominoes, "Jingle Bells" by Cowboy Copas, "Christmas Eve In My Home Town" by Roy Stevens, "Santa's Little Sleigh Bells" by Ruby Wright, and "Santa Is On His Way" by Al Dexter. LP, Vinyl record album
(First ever vinyl reissue – pressed on "holly berry" red vinyl!)

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✨✧ VariousSoul Years 1948 to 1973 – Atlantic Records 25th Anniversary ... LP
Atlantic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not just soul, but lots of R&B too – work by Betty Wright, Joe Turner, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave, Stick McGhee, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, The Chords, Solomon Burke, and lots of others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a cool fold-out inside the gatefold. Cover has clear tape around the inside of the gatefold and a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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