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Shabaka & The AncestorsWe Are Sent Here By History ... CD
Impulse, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An amazing album from this soon-to-be-famous group – a set that's even more incredible than their previous record – and that one really knocked us out of the park! Tenorist Shabaka Hutchings is in tremendous territory here – recording for Impulse Records, and completely ... read more CD
Also available We Are Sent Here By History ... LP 24.99

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Jesse Sharps Quintet/Pan Afrikan Peoples ArkestraSharps & Flats ... CD
Nimbus, 1979/1985. New Copy ... $9.99
Soaring spiritual soul jazz from the LA scene – a CD that features a beautiful performance by the Jesse Sharps Quintet, plus a longer extended track from Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard of Sharps before this CD – but he's ... read more CD

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Woody ShawWoody Shaw Live In Basel 1980 ... CD
Elemental, 1980. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
Never-issued work from trumpet genius Woody Shaw – and a set that we'd easily stand next to any of Shaw's classics from this stretch in his career! Part of the strength of the record comes from the man himself, but there's also a really fantastic contribution from the group as a whole – ... read more CD
(Limited edition!)

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Archie SheppAttica Blues ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99
A classic of spiritual, soulful jazz – and one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums! The set was recorded in New York after a few free and festive years in Paris, and it's an amazing about-face that has Archie stepping into a world of righteous, full-on, political, and funky themes – the ... read more CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)

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Archie SheppSomething To Live For ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... $16.99
A set of standards from Archie Shepp – but one that's done in a much less traditional way than you might expect – that new standard of returning to roots, but doing them differently that Shepp first began in the 70 – and which really colored the rest of his recording career in a ... read more CD

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✨✧ Sahib ShihabSahib's Jazz Party ... CD
Debut/Skokiaan (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the first European recordings from Sahib Shihab – a classic set that's the start of an amazing 60s run on the continent! Shihab here is quite different than his American dates of the 50s – bolder, and blowing with a really open, fluid sort of groove that marks a great ... read more CD

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Matthew ShippInvisible Light – Live Sao Paolo ... CD
Ezz-Thetics/Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
A record with a title that's as beautiful as its sound – one that draws key focus on that magnificent light that's been shining forth in the music of Matthew Shipp in recent years – a fantastic stretch that has the pianist really coming back into action, and maybe sounding even more ... read more CD

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Matthew ShippUnidentifiable ... CD
ESP, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A beautifully moody little record from pianist Matthew Shipp – a set that has some gentler tones at times, but still a wonderfully creative vibe – maybe almost with a slight touch of the ECM aesthetic that's hinted at by the cover art! Make no mistake, this isn't a set of atmospheric ... read more CD

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✨✧ Matthew Shipp/Mark Helias/Gordon GrdinaSkin & Bones ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
The guitar of Gordon Gridna provides a really fresh balance for the piano of Matthew Shipp here – an instrument that seems to unlock more color than usual in Shipp's work on the keys – really illuminating, although still with some of his usual dark corners, which is what makes the shift ... read more CD

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Patrick Shiroishi/Vinny Golia/Dylan Fujioka/Alex ClineBorasisi ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 12.00
Two saxophonists and two percussionists – coming together here in a pair of beautiful long-form improvisations! Patrick Shiroishi and Vinny Golia handle the reeds, and Dylan Fujioka and Alex Cline are on drums and percussion – and the album's two extended, improvised tracks have this ... read more CD

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Ben SidranFree In America/Doctor Is In/Little Kiss In The Night/Live At Montreux ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
Four albums from the great Ben Sidran – a mighty hip jazz singer, and a great pianist too! First up is Free In America – a great little set all the way through – and about as classic as you can get for Sidran in the 70s! The album's got a bit more soul in the mix, but still has ... (Vocalists, Jazz) read more CD

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Zoot SimsZoot Sims' Party (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Not as much of a party as you might expect from the title, but quite a lively little album – and possibly one of Zoot's best from the 70s! There's a tightly fluid feel to this record that we really love a lot – not one that's electric or slick, but served up by a great backing trio ... read more CD

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Zoot Sims & Bob BrookmeyerTonite's Music Today/Whooeeee (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1956. New Copy 2CDs ... $24.99
Two great Storyville sessions – back to back in a single set! First up is Tonite's Music Today – an early Storyville Records gem from these two budding modernists – featuring a quartet with Zoot Sims on tenor, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, and Hank Jones on piano and a bit of ... read more CD
(Very nice paper sleeve pressing!)

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Sir EdwardPower Of Feeling ... CD
Encounter/Essential, 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A lost bit of jazz funk from the 70s – and a record we'd rank right up there with the best electric classics on the legendary CTI label! This set, though, is a lot more obscure – issued on the short-lived Encounter imprint, who gave us a handful of albums – all of them great! ... read more CD

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Jimmy SmithDon Gardner Trio Featuring Jimmy Smith & Bill Davis (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99
An early moment of greatness for Jimmy Smith – an album that features his young, raw Hammond in the combo of Don Gardner – with a groove that's part jazz, part soul, and part R&B! The Smith of this era bears much more of a link to some of the first organ jazzers of the 50s – ... read more CD

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Wadada Leo Smith & Sabu ToyozumiBurning Meditation ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ... $14.99
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a ... read more CD

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Walter Smith III & Matthew StevensIn Common 2 ... CD
Whirlwind, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on ... read more CD
Also available In Common 2 (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP 26.99

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Gary SmulyanOur Contrafacts ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Excellent trio work from baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan – and a set that's nicely different than some of the tenor trio dates of a similar nature! Maybe it's the baritone, or maybe it's just Gary's robust phrasing – but the tunes have this bold, chunky sort of energy – very ... read more CD

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Jim SnideroProject K ... CD
Savant, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
The Project K here is a reference to Korea – a culture that saxophonist Jim Snidero has been engaging with for the past few decades, and which takes a very strong form here in his music! The album is one of Snidero's most compelling in years – and features a group that's already great ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ronald SnijdersNatural Sources ... CD
Ronald Snijders/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A laidback set of spiritual work on flute from Ronald Snijders – a musician who only recorded overseas, but has a great way of resonating with some of the best American soul jazz trends of the 70s! Ronald Snijders is way more than a flautist, too – as he plays all the instruments here, ... read more CD
Also available Natural Sources ... LP 16.99

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Claudia Solal & Benoit DelbecqHopetown ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2020. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
Really evocative songs from French vocalist Claudia Solal – delivered here with some creative sounds on piano from Benoit Delbecq, at a level that illuminates the words and vocal phrasing quite differently than conventional accompaniment! Solal's songs alone are amazing – written and ... read more CD

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Martial Solal & Dave LiebmanMasters In Paris ... CD
Sunnyside, 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Fantastic duets between saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Martial Solal – a very intimate, but very powerful – almost as if both musicians are getting to the heart of their strengths, showing them in the best possible light as they come together with a strong sense of imagination and ... read more CD

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Som BrasilTudo Joia (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Muzak (Japan), 1984. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
Brazilian grooves, but served up by a Chicago combo – one that features the great pianist Breno Sauer working with local musicians while he was living in the Windy City! The style here is a bit like some of the best 70s Bay Area groups who could mix together jazz and Brazilian elements ... (Brazil, Jazz) read more CD

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Jens SondergaardJens Sondergaard Quartet Plays The Brubeck/Desmond Songbook ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A really great take on the sound of the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond quartet of the 50s and 60s – that magical unit that really transformed the sound of jazz at the time, and continues to hold strong over the decades! The approach here, though, is also a nice change from Paul and Dave – ... read more CD

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Sons & Daughters Of LiteLet The Sun Shine In (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Luv N' Haight/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... read more CD
(Nice Japanese paper sleeve pressing!)

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Mark SoskinEverything Old Is New Again ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to ... read more CD

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Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... CD
Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.00
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... read more CD

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Spirit FreeSpirit Free Plays Starship (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vega/Numero, 1971. New Copy ... $7.99 15.98
A trippy little combo with a distinct post-Coltrane feel – stretching out here wonderfully, on a hip little session on a homegrown label! The group hail from the unlikely spot of Las Vegas – but they've got a deeply spiritual sound that rivals the best work on the coasts in the early ... read more CD

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Stardrive with Robert MasonIntergalactic Trot ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Space jazz for the 70s – a classic batch of synthesizer fusion from keyboardist Robert Mason, whose groove here is totally great! The album's got rhythms that are rooted in rock, but executed in jazz – making for a chunky, funky sound that really helps this album cross over nicely! ... read more CD

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Stark RealityActing Thinking Feeling – The Complete Works 1968 to 1978 (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $13.99 29.98
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work ... read more CD
Also available Acting Thinking Feeling – The Complete Works 1968 to 1978 (3CD set) ... CD 11.99

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Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann/Hug/Mattos/Edwards)Vulcan ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
A string quartet, but one with a real difference – as all the members here are long-skilled improvisers, which makes the performance very different than usual for such a group! And instead, the record should be thought of more as a set of free jazz by a group with stringed instruments – ... read more CD

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StellioL'Etoile De La Musique Creole 1932 to 1938 (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Mid 30s. New Copy 4CD ... $22.99 34.99
A huge amount of work from a reedman we'd never heard before – Martinique-born Alexandre Stellio – a hell of a clarinet player, and one who effortlessly weaves together island rhythms and early strands of jazz! All of the recordings here were done in Paris during the mid 30s, and ... (Global Grooves, Jazz) read more CD

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Mike SternNeesh ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $22.99
An early date as a leader from guitarist Mike Stern – a set that also features production and second guitar from Hiram Bullock – in a mode that really opens up all the tones and colors in the set! The record's got a bit more of an edge, and less of a commercial finish than some of ... read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Robert StillmanReality ... CD
Orindal, 2019. New Copy ... $5.99
The most spiritual set we've heard so far from reedman Robert Stillman – a set hat's filled with slow-building tunes that provide a fantastic display for his saxophone solos! The record oddly has no credits, so we're not sure who's working with Stillman on the set – but the drummer is ... read more CD

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Tim StineKnots ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019. New Copy ... $13.99
Guitarist Tim Stine is in great Chicago company here – a hip quartet that features Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ullery on bass, and Quin Kirchner on drums – all players who contribute a tremendous amount to the set! There's a nice mix of arrangement and freedom going on here – ... read more CD

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Sonny StittNow ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $19.99
A tight swinger from Sonny Stitt – one of the standout 60s dates he recorded for the Impulse label, a place where he seemed to get even more care and focus in the studio! The record's got all the soulful swing of Stitt's classics for Roost, but also hits a slightly more lyrical groove at ... read more CD
(UHQCD pressing!)

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✨✧ Sonny StittWhen Sonny Blows Blue ... CD
Jamal/P-Vine (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A sweetly funky little set from Sonny Stitt – one of his hippest albums ever, and a rare date cut for Ahmad Jamal's short-lived record label! The sound here is a great combination of the late 60s tone that Sonny forged on other east coast indies – and some of the hipper, more open ... read more CD

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Malcolm StrachanAbout Time ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
The debut solo album from trumpeter Malcolm Strachan – a musician who's normally part of the larger Haggis Horns ensemble, but who sounds even more tremendous out here in the spotlight on his own – a player with a lot stronger jazz chops than we might have expected, really soaring here ... (Deep Funk, Jazz) read more CD

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Strata NovaStrata Nova – Historic 1977 to 1983 Recordings ... CD
Uuquipleu, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
A really obscure group from the Detroit scene of the late 70s and early 80s – but one who live on strongly in this double-length set – thanks to the recording efforts of drummer Leonard King! The group were kind of a follow-up to King's previous Soul Messengers group – and to his ... (Soul, Jazz) read more CD

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Marcus StricklandPeople Of The Sun ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland continues the electric explorations of his previous project with Meshell Ndegeocello – but works here on his own, with his very cool Twi-Life group – which certainly opens up a whole new dimension in his music! Marcus blows sopranino, alto, tenor, and bass ... read more CD
Also available People Of The Sun ... LP 12.99

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Takashi Sugawa Banksia TrioTime Remembered ... CD
Days Of Delight (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99
A trio with beautifully slow-burning sense of urgency – one that comes from the round, spacious, well-placed basslines of leader Takashi Sugawa, and which really comes through in the clear, bold piano lines of Masaki Hayashi! The album's titled after a Bill Evans classic, and has an energy ... read more CD

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Bill SummersFeel The Heat ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Masterful funky soul jazz from the mid 70s – and one of the best solo albums recorded by Headhunter Bill Summers – a sunny batch of Bay Area funk that really grooves with the best of Fantasy Records from the time! The set was produced by Skip Scarborough, and has that great bubbling, ... (Soul, Jazz) read more CD

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John Surman & Jack DeJohnetteAmazing Adventure Of Simon Simon ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1981. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
John Surman's a player who always shines brightly in any sort of a duet setting – as you'll easily hear in this early 80s session cut with drummer Jack DeJohnette! The work has a slightly composed, slightly improvised feel – with Surman on soprano, baritone sax, bass clarinet, and ... read more CD

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SweetbottomAngels Of The Deep (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
A tight set of fusion from Sweetbottom – an American combo who definitely seem to draw a lot from the rock-inspired Euro fusion sound of a few years before! There's also a bit of the PM Records vibe – from the Steve Grossman/Gene Perla camp – lots of sharp, fast changes in the ... read more CD

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SweetbottomTurn Me Loose ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
Guitar-heavy fusion from Sweetbottom – one of those late 70s groups that definitely brought a rock into play with their jazz! In fact, this album's got more vocals than the group's previous efforts – definitely heading for the kind of mature, FM radio mode of the time – cats ... read more CD

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✨✧ Steve Swell & Andrew CyrilleCenter Will Hold ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99
The center may hold, but it's getting jostled plenty by the efforts of this very hip sextet – a free improvising combo who have as much interest in the overall sonic possibilities of their music as they do in the more acoustic jazz-based elements! Steve Swell leads the group on trombone, and ... read more CD

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Steve Swell Quinet Soul TravelersAstonishments ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
One of the most righteous albums we've ever heard from trombonist Steve Swell – a great follow-up to his Soul Travelers album – and, like that one, done in this majestic mode that hearkens back to the hippest sounds of the loft jazz years! Swell's group is fantastic – with Jemeel ... read more CD

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Steve Swell's Kende DreamsHommage A Bartok ... CD
Silkheart (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A tribute to Bela Bartok from the great trombonist Steve Swell – but a record that's very much in the spirit of all of the other fantastic records that Steve's been giving us! There's nothing too compositional here – the record is all original music, not versions of Bartok pieces ... read more CD

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✨✧ Gabor SzaboDreams (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Skye/Ebalunga (Austria), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
The guitar genius of Gabor Szabo – set to magnificent arrangements by Gary McFarland! The set's one of the most sophisticated albums Szabo ever cut – and has a slow-building style that steps off of his Impulse years with a deeper, broader vision of music. By the time of the set, ... read more CD
Also available Dreams (with bonus tracks) ... LP 32.99

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Aki Takase & David MurrayBlue Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – in large part because of some great work from David Murray on tenor sax – and some especially nice bass clarinet! The album's from a moment when it seemed as if duo modes were some of the best for Murray – ... read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Also available Blue Monk ... CD 12.99

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Ohad TalmorLong Forms ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
There's some great energy going on in the group of tenorist Ohad Talmor – this way of making these bold chunks of sound together – crackling with the sort of life that you might find in a more outside sort of record, but with this cohesion and pulsing unity that really keeps things ... read more CD

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✨✧ Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively ... read more CD
Also available Giant Is Awakened ... LP 21.99

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Horace TapscottLighthouse 79 – Vol 2 ... CD
Nimbus, 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
A second unearthed gem from pianist Horace Tapscott at the Lighthouse club in 1979 – very sharp stuff featuring a solid group of Nimbus players! Volume 2 was recorded on October 11, appropriately the night after the set featured on Lighthouse 79 Vol 1, with Tapscott leading the way, and ... read more CD
(Packaged in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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Horace TapscottLive At Lobero Vol 1 (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nimbus, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
A strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a trio that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – even when he's ... read more CD

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Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples ArkestraWhy Don't You Listen – Live At LACMA 1998 ... CD
Dark Tree (France), 1998. New Copy ... $16.99
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... read more CD

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Horace Tapscott w/ Pan Afrikan People's ArkestraLive At IUCC (2CD set) ... CD
Nimbus, 1979. New Copy 2CDs ... $13.99 26.99
An excellent double-length set from Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – an extremely righteous ensemble that was one of the hippest things going on the LA jazz scene of the 70s! The vibe is free and spiritual, but it also has a wonderful groove pulsating underneath many of the ... read more CD

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✨✧ Alexa TarantinoClarity ... CD
Posi tone, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A fantastic step forward for saxophonist Alexa Tarantino – a set that really shows all her strengths as a soloist, songwriter, and a leader – a record that should have the rest of the world finally taking notice of her talents! Alexa's already a great saxophonist – working here ... read more CD

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Alexa TarantinoWinds Of Change ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The first we've heard as a leader from saxophonist Alexa Tarantino – a great talent who's really been bubbling under on other ensemble records for the Posi-Tone label, and who's very much at the start of a great career of her own! Alexa plays some mighty nice soprano sax on the album – ... read more CD

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Gregory TardyIf Time Could Stand Still ... CD
WJ3, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Gregory Tardy almost makes time stand still with the strength of this set – the kind of record that really reminds us what the saxophonist can do when he's given the chance – both as a leader, and a player – and as a writer, too – with strong original material that really ... read more CD

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Kaidi TathamIn Search Of Hope ... CD
Freedom School/First Word (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $14.99
A brilliant album from Kaidi Tatham – deeper by far than anything we've ever heard from him, and way more than you might expect if you only know his singles from the London scene! This set's got a very strong jazz component – monstrous keyboard work from Kaidi that stretches and soars ... (New Grooves, Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor Solo ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Tremendous work from Cecil Taylor – a Japanese album that captures the pianist at the peak of his power – when he was breaking through into this amazing new territory in improvised music, with energy and dexterity that's completely unlike anyone else! Taylor in the 60s was great, but ... read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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✨✧ Cecil Taylor UnitAkisakila ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
A classic Cecil Taylor set from the 70s – a record only issued in Japan, but one that grew to have a reputation as one of his strongest live performances from the time! The group here is amazing – that boundless Taylor energy on the piano, matched perfectly by the free drumming of ... read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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TenderloniousQuarantena ... CD
22A (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A much more electric set than previous releases from Tenderlonious – and a record that's a bit darker, too – as you might guess from the title and cover! Tender handles all his usual funky flute lines, but brings in a fair bit of keyboards too – Fender Rhodes, Yamaha, Arp, Korg, ... read more CD

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Tenderlonious featuring the 22 ArchestraShakedown ... CD
22A (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze ... read more CD

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Tenorio JrEmbalo ... CD
RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... (Brazil, Jazz) read more CD

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Territory Band (Ken Vandermark)Territory Band 4 – Company Switch ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 16.99
Some of the deepest work we've heard from Ken Vandermark in awhile – and that's saying a lot, given the overall greatness of most of his recordings! The set's the 4th from Vandermark's Territory Band ensemble – a larger group that allows Ken to explore grander concepts of composition ... read more CD

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Clark Terry with Al GreyShades Of Blues ... CD
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
Late work from trumpeter Clark Terry, but the kind of record that really lives up to his long legacy of specially-shaped sounds from his instrument – matched here by superb work from Al Grey on trombone! Terry always has this great way of evoking a mouthy, gritty vibe from his horn, while ... read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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Toots ThielemansCaptured Alive (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded by the legendary Toots Thielemans – a small combo session that stands in great contrast to much of the bigger studio work he was doing in the 70s! Despite the title, the record's a studio one and not a concert – but it's got a relaxed ... read more CD

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Toots ThielemansToots Thielemans European Quartet Live ... CD
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 2000s. New Copy ... $16.99
Toots Thielemans has done countless studio sessions over the years – both under his name, and working with a variety of groups and arrangers – but for some reason, we find his live material to maybe be some of his most powerful – a clear, careful presentation of the honest heart ... read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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Ed ThigpenYoung Men & Olds ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $14.99
Ed Thigpen's a mighty young man for his age – a drummer with decades of experience, but easily able to slide into the excellent group of younger musicians here - a crack lineup that features Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Branford Marsalis on soprano and tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, Rufus ... read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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✨✧ Bubbha Thomas & The LightmenCountry Fried Chicken (2CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lightin/Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 15.98
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo ... (Soul, Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Leon ThomasBlues & The Soulful Truth ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Leon Thomas takes his vocals to new heights – moving past the straight spiritual jazz modes of his work with Pharoah Sanders, to embrace a whole host of new styles too! There's a slight trace of the blues promised in the title, but always inflected through a more soulful approach overall ... (Vocalists, Jazz) read more CD

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Leon ThomasLeon Thomas Album ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Leon Thomas' first album for Flying Dutchman – and one of his best ever! The vibe is very similar to his work with Pharoah Sanders – with long modal tracks that bring out the best side of Thomas' spiritual vocalizations – especially on the 17 minute track "Pharoah's Tune ... (Vocalists, Jazz) read more CD

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Michael ThomasEvent Horizon ... CD
Giant Step Arts, 2020. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 24.90
Not the first album we've heard from saxophonist Michael Thomas, but a record that definitely has us looking at his music all over again – thanks to a double-length collection of wonderfully extended tunes – on which Thomas really runs with bold, open energy on the alto sax! The group ... read more CD

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Ralph ThomasEastern Standard Time ... CD
Zebra/BBE (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... read more CD

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✨✧ Isaiah ThompsonIsaiah J Thompson Plays The Music Of Buddy Montgomery ... CD
WJ3, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A wonderful record from pianist Isaiah Thompson – a player who wins us over even more than usual with this set of tracks from the pen of Buddy Montgomery! Most folks know Buddy as the lesser-known bassist brother of Wes Montgomery – part of the original Montgomery Brothers group – ... read more CD

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Threadbare (Jason Stein/Ben Cruz/Emerson Hunton)Silver Dollar ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
There's few folks who can handle a bass clarinet with the dynamic of Jason Stein – and here, as a member of the Threadbare trio, he really demonstrates his power on the instrument! For reedmen of an older avant jazz era, the bass clarinet was sometimes the instrument they would use for ... read more CD

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Henry ThreadgillWhen Was That? ... CD
About Time, 1982. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read more CD
Also available When Was That? ... LP 8.99

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Three PiecesVibes Of Truth ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A great little album of jazz funk – and the only record we've ever seen by this group! The 3 Pieces may not have lasted long in the record business, but this rare album from 1975 has made them legends on the rare groove scene for years. The record was cut during the height of the jazz funk ... (Soul, Jazz) read more CD
Also available Vibes Of Truth ... CD 6.99

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Throttle Elevator MusicEmergency Exit ... CD
Wide Hive, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Throttle Elevator Music have done a great job of evolving their sound over the years – working with core contributions from Matt Montgomery on bass and piano, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Gregory Howe on guitar, bass, Hammond, and keyboards – all rounded out nicely by ... read more CD

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✨✧ Timeless All StarsIt's Timeless ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A brilliant assemblage of players – working here under the Timeless All Stars tag, because they'd all recorded for the label – but held together much more deeply through a rich tradition of west coast soul jazz! The team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson are wonderfully united for ... read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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Charles TolliverConnect ... CD
Gearbox (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A stunner of a set from legendary trumpeter Charles Tolliver – and a record that shows that he's lost none of his brilliance since the years of his 70s recordings for the Strata East label! The format here is a bit like those – long tracks by a small group, with an outward appearance ... read more CD
Also available Connect ... LP 24.99

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Seth TrachyZygmon ... CD
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Seth Trachy is the saxophone leader of the group, but the set also features some guest Miguel Zenon on alto – and the two horns often do a great job of flowing and fluttering together – over nicely dynamic rhythms from Glenn Zaleski on piano, Pablo Menares on bass, and Felix Lecaros on ... read more CD

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Trio BruxoA Bandeiro Do Bruxo ... CD
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
A jazz trio with a very unique sound – one that appears to be rooted in Brazilian music, according to some of the notes in the CD – but which, to our ears, sounds a bit more contemporary and individual to the group! The rhythms are very dynamic – a nice change from more familiar ... read more CD

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Turn On The Sunlight (Carlos Nino & Friends)Warm Waves ... CD
Astrollage (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $28.99
A beautiful record that continues the long legacy of spiritual, meditative sounds we've heard from Carlos Nino over the years – and, like most of his recent work, a set that almost seems to define a genre unto itself! The record is a bit hard to peg – as there's definitely some of the ... (New Grooves, Jazz) read more CD

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Stanley TurrentineBetcha ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Stanley Turrentine's blowing here amidst some soaring arrangements from Gene Page – set in a smoothly soulful territory that draws on all of Page's great work on the LA scene of the 70s, but which still keeps the voice of Stanley very upfront in the mix. There's a bit less of the Turrentine ... read more CD
Also available Betcha ... LP 2.99

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Stanley TurrentineLet It Go ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare non-Blue Note 60s date as a leader from Stanley Turrentine – recorded for Impluse when his (then) wife Shirley Scott was contracted to the label – and featuring the talents of both players on some very groovy tracks! The quartet features both Stan's tenor and Shirley's Hammond ... read more CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)

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✨✧ Twylyte 81First Coming (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful trio, and one who are very different than some of the more familiar underground boogie and club acts of their time – as Twylyte 81 seem to be going for a much deeper, more sophisticated style – one that resonates with some of those really unique 70s artists who are ... (Soul, Jazz) read more CD

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McCoy TynerMcCoy Tyner Plays Ellington ... CD
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $22.99
McCoy plays Duke, with surprisingly great results – thanks to an expanded trio format that features lots of additional percussion! McCoy's on piano, working alongside Coltrane bandmates Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – but the real charm of the record comes from Willie ... read more CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)
Also available McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington ... LP 19.99

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McCoy Tyner TrioReaching Fourth ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $19.99
McCoy Tyner's definitely "reaching forth" here – stretching past obvious piano trio modes, thanks to hip help from Henry Grimes on bass and Roy Haynes on drums! The groove is very open and freewheeling – yet all without being avant or outside – those hip modal-inspired ... read more CD
(UHQCD pressing!)

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Takao UematsuDebut ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
A great debut from Japanese tenorist Takao Uematsu – a player who blows here with a wonderful sense of tone right from the start – almost an inherent sense of spiritualism that he still manages bring to tunes with a straight ahead swing! The approach is a bit like Archie Shepp in that ... read more CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)
Also available Debut ... CD 19.99

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Yoshimi UenoTaiko No Uminari (Sea Sound) ... CD
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $22.99
A laidback Japanese jazz set from the start of the 80s – filled with warm piano lines, gentle guitar grooves, and some nice moments on tenor! There's a great mellow feel to the record – a quality that's different than other records we've heard of this vintage – still some of the ... read more CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big BandJose Marti En Nueva York ... CD
Greenleaf, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A really unique project dedicated to the life and work of Cuban patriot Jose Marti – a set that's based around Marti's own writings, and delivered in a style that's a bit different than more familiar Afro-Cuban jazz! There's definitely some Latin elements in the mix, but the arranging style ... read more CD

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Ken VandermarkFurniture Music ... CD
Okka Disk, 2003. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
One of the most striking albums we've heard in years from Ken Vandermark – an album of solo tracks, recorded in the living room of his home, with a wonderfully introspective and exploratory quality! The album instantly achieves a place in a legacy of solo reed work that includes seminal ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ken VandermarkResonance (10CD box set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2009. New Copy 10 CDs ... $104.99
Amazing music from reedman Ken Vandermark – 10 CDs' worth of music, recorded over a week's visit to Poland and The Ukraine in 2007! The package is surprisingly rich – not just sounds recorded for the sake of copious content, but a really diverse batch of music that has us more ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ken VandermarkUnexpected Alchemy (7CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2019. New Copy 7CD ... $74.99
The title definitely gets it right – as the set's documents unexpected alchemy between reedman Ken Vandermark and a wonderful blend of improvisers – all recorded over the space of a few days in the Polish city of Krakow! The set's something of a follow-up to Vandermark's massive ... read more CD
(In a beautiful fold-out package with individual paper sleeves.)

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Ken Vandermark's Topology Nonet feat Joe McPheeImpressions Of Po Music ... CD
Okka Disk, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 13.99
Ken Vandermark works here in musical modes first proposed by Joe McPhee – his famous concept of Po Music – performed here by a group that also features Joe, and a whole host of great players from the Chicago scene! Vandermark and McPhee have influenced each other a lot in the past few ... read more CD

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Vibration Black FingerCan You See What I'm Trying To Say ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
The deepest work to date from Vibration Black Finger – a group headed up by UK drummer Lascelle Gordon, and who effortlessly mix together acoustic jazz elements and other sonic elements – very much in the best spirit of some of their contemporaries on the London scene! Gordon's drums ... read more CD
Also available Can You See What I'm Trying To Say ... LP 26.99

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Will Vinson441 ... CD
Whirlwind, 2020. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Saxophonist Will Vinson works here with a number of different players, in a number of different groupings – yet somehow the album's maybe one of his most personal and focused to date! Vinson's reed work is always a draw – but here, there's a very special quality – as the groups ... read more CD

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Juan FG Vinuesa/Josh Berman/Jason Roebke/Mikel Patrick AveryBlue Shots From Chicago ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
The kind of record that makes us very proud to say we're from Chicago – as leader Juan FG Vinuesa comes up with a way to keep the city's avant scene moving forward – using some of the mix of structure and freedom from the Mike Reed generation, but also adding in both older elements, and ... read more CD
 
 



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