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Billy HarperBilly Harper Quintet – Antibes 75 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sam Records (France), 1975. New Copy ... About October 1, 2022 (delayed)
Never-issued live material from one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – the mighty Billy Harper, a tenor saxophonist who took the initial legacy of John Coltrane, then really ran with it in the 70s! The album is stunning right from the very first note – a perfect encapsulation of the way that Harper worked at his best – balancing order and chaos, dark and light, all with a searing, searching style that was brimming over with a sense of righteous mission! The group features the tremendous Virgil Jones on trumpet – making a really spectacular appearance, and showing the hippest side of his talents – next to Joe Bonner on piano, David Friesen on bass, and Malcolm Pinson on drums – an unusual group for Harper, and one that really makes the album stand out from his other gems of the 70s. The set was recorded live at the jazz festival in Antibes in 1975 – and each side of the record features an extended performance of a key Harper tune – the soaring "Cry Of Hunger", and the pulsating rhythmic tune "Croquet Ballet", which was first debuted on Lee Morgan's last session. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 2000 copies! Beautiful pressing – 180 gram vinyl, pressed at Pallas, in a flipback cover, with insert!)

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Billy HarperBilly Harper Quintet In Europe ... CD
Soul Note/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99 About December 7, 2022
Seminal work from Billy Harper – one of his few albums to get wider exposure in the 70s, and searing set of righteous power all the way through! By this point in his career, Billy's really got a handle on his sound – and reaches forth here on tenor with a sense of majesty we'd rank right up there with John Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders at their best – working with beautifully matched players who include Everett Hollins on trumpet, Fred Hersch on piano, Louie Spears on bass, and Horacee Arnold on drums – a player we don't always see in this context, and who really helps drive the energy of the set. The album features a stellar reading of Harper's classic "Preistess", a 22 minute take on "Illumination", and the shorter, but equally beautiful "Calvary". CD

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Billy HarperBlack Saint ... CD
Black Saint/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99 About December 7, 2022
Stunning work from one of the greatest players of the post-Coltrane generation – a classic session recorded overseas in the mid 70s, and one that's filled with soulful expressions from the great Billy Harper! Harper's tenor kicks off the set with an immediately gripping sound – as searing as Pharoah Sanders at his Impulse best – but driven on by searching, soaring modal rhythms that are all Billy's own – the kind of grooves he first forged with Max Roach, then really expanded on when given the freedom of a record like this. Other players include trumpeter Virgil Jones, pianist Joe Bonner, bassist David Friesen, and drummer Malcom Pinson – and titles include a killer take on "Croquet Ballet", which Harper originally recorded with Lee Morgan – plus the titles "Dance Eternal Spirits Dance" and "Call Of The Wild & Peaceful Heart". CD

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✨✧ Billy HarperBlack Saint ... LP
Black Saint/Our Swimmer (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from one of the greatest players of the post-Coltrane generation – a classic session recorded overseas in the mid 70s, and one that's filled with soulful expressions from the great Billy Harper! Harper's tenor kicks off the set with an immediately gripping sound – as searing as Pharoah Sanders at his Impulse best – but driven on by searching, soaring modal rhythms that are all Billy's own – the kind of grooves he first forged with Max Roach, then really expanded on when given the freedom of a record like this. Other players include trumpeter Virgil Jones, pianist Joe Bonner, bassist David Friesen, and drummer Malcom Pinson – and titles include a killer take on "Croquet Ballet", which Harper originally recorded with Lee Morgan – plus the titles "Dance Eternal Spirits Dance" and "Call Of The Wild & Peaceful Heart". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy HarperCapra Black (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 44.98
One of the most spiritual recordings put out by the Strata East label – and the album that put tenor giant Billy Harper on the map! Harper leads a hip group here – one that features George Cables on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Julian Priester on trombone – and they're joined by a quintet of voices that includes Eugene McDaniels, all singing behind the jazz players in an uplifting spiritual mode that cries out with the new soul jazz freedom of the 70s! Max Roach and Donald Byrd had begun experiments like this a decade before, but Harper's work here blows them all away – with a sense of righteousness and focus that's simply astounding, especially considering that the album was Billy's first as a leader! Harper's solos are worth the price of the record alone – searing with a raw, post-Coltrane energy as he darts in and out of the voices in the backings. Titles are all original compositions – and include "Capra Black", "Soulfully I Love You", "New Breed", "Sir Galahad", and "Cry of Hunger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Billy HarperDestiny Is Yours ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. Used ... $13.99
An incredible return to form for Billy Harper – and a landmark album recorded at the end of the 80s, when we'd all but given up on him! The session returns Billy to the majesty of his 70s work – placing him in the setting of long tracks, modal rhythms, and spiritual motivation – the uniquely Harper territory first forged with Lee Morgan and Max Roach, sounding better than ever here, with all the confidence of his youth. The group's a quintet – with Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – working perfectly as a unit, with a power level that's simply amazing. Harper's the main star, reaching towards the heavens with some incredible solos – but he also clearly knows that he wouldn't be able to do what he does without the great level of support he's getting from the rest of the group. Tracks include "Destiny Is Yours", "If One Could Only See", "Groove From Heaven", and "East West Exodus". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Dance In The Question" and "My Funny Valentine". CD

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✨✧ Billy HarperDestiny Is Yours ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An incredible return to form for Billy Harper – and a landmark album recorded at the end of the 80s, when we'd all but given up on him! The session returns Billy to the majesty of his 70s work – placing him in the setting of long tracks, modal rhythms, and spiritual motivation – the uniquely Harper territory first forged with Lee Morgan and Max Roach, sounding better than ever here, with all the confidence of his youth. The group's a quintet – with Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – working perfectly as a unit, with a power level that's simply amazing. Harper's the main star, reaching towards the heavens with some incredible solos – but he also clearly knows that he wouldn't be able to do what he does without the great level of support he's getting from the rest of the group. Tracks include "Destiny Is Yours", "If One Could Only See", "Groove From Heaven", "The One That Makes The Rain Stop", and "East West Exodus". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Destiny Is Yours ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Billy HarperLove On The Sudan ... LP
Denon (Japan), 1977. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Sublime work from Billy Harper – one of those rare Japanese-only sessions he cut in the 70s – really tremendous stuff that blows away most of his other (already excellent) work from other points around the globe! Billy's blowing some really mighty tenor here – at a level that makes him one of the most righteous, spiritual players of the 70s – a player we'd rank right up there with John Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders at their best, working here with a bold musical vision that's all his own! The long tracks really give Harper plenty of room to stretch out – and he never goes too far out, even with the freedom – hanging tight to some tremendous rhythms from Mickey Tucker on piano, Gregg Maker on bass, and Malcolm Pinson on drums – and getting great help from trumpeter Everett Hollins in the frontline. Titles include "Love On The Sudan", "Priestess", and "Awakening". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – YX 7568 – a great copy!)

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✨✧ Billy Harper/Stanley Cowell/Sonny Fortune/Reggie Workman/Billy HrtGreat Friends (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Black & Blue/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1986. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A spiritual soul jazz supergroup – featuring some of our favorite players of the Strata East 70s scene! This obscure recording was made in the mid 80s, but it's got the feel of the best 70s work by Harper, Fortune, and Cowell – a richly expressive session built around original compositions, and long modal playing in a Love Supreme tradition! The group's a quintet featuring Sonny Fortune on alto, Billy Harper on tenor, Stanley Cowell on piano, Billy Hart on drums, and Reggie Workman on bass – most of whom, minus Fortune, played together on a similar session (called Such Great Friends – not to be confused with this one!) a few years earlier. The feel of the album's like some of Harper's best from the 70s – very open, but never too free, with lots of stretching, yearning passages from the rhythm section – making for a perfect platform for the solos of Harper and Fortune. Titles include "Equipoise", "East Harlem Nostalgia", "Insight", "Awakening", and "Is It Not True Simply Because You Cannot Believe It". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl – limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Randy Weston & Billy HarperRoots Of The Blues ... CD
Sunnyside, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collaboration between pianist Randy Weston and tenorist Billy Harper – two players who haven't worked together in years, but who find a really great space together in this album of spare duets! Randy spins out the kind of longform piano lines he's always done so well – and Harper stretches out his tenor in a style that's still as spiritual as on his own recordings, but which gets a different sort of energy from the rhythmic impulses of Weston's keys – a different vibe that really lets us hear Billy in a whole new light! We love work by both players on their own – or as leaders – but there's something really special going on here as they work together – one of those rare musical meetings that's a joy to behold (or behear!) Titles include "Blues To Africa", "If One Could Only See", "Congolese Children Song", "Berkshire Blues", "Carnival", "The Healers", and "Roots Of The Nile". CD contains the bonus track "African Lady". CD

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Randy Weston with Billy HarperCarnival ... LP
Arista Freedom, 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
An unusual record for Randy Weston – a freewheeling live set recorded at Montreux in 1974, with Billy Harper joining Weston's group on tenor and flute, playing long spiritual solos that work wonderfully next to Weston's spiralling piano lines! Harper's searching quality really opens up the set, and Weston's rhythmic pulse keeps him from overly blowing, as on some of his own albums from the time – and the rough edges of the group give the session a nice degree of bite! The rest of the group features William Allen on bass, Don Moye on drums, and Steve Berrios on percussion and tracks include "Mystery Of Love", "Tribute To Duke Ellington", and "Carnival". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some aging.)
 
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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong & His Friends ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Boplicity (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings – with full arrangements from Oliver Nelson – who heads up a dream lineup that includes Billy Harper on tenor, and either Chico Hamilton or Pretty Purdie on drums! Even more amazing is a guest appearance from Leon Thomas – who sings on a version of "The Creator Has A Master Plan". Other tunes are just as hip – and include "The Black Cat Has 9 Lives", "His Father Wore Long Hair", "Give Peace A Chance", and "We Shall Overcome". Must be heard to be believed! CD

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Horacee ArnoldTribe ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual approach that goes quite out at times, but which also returns to a modal groove at others. Thanks to great playing by Harper and Farrell, the album's got a lot more soul than some others of the type at the time. Tracks include "The Actor", "Professor Moriarty", "Orchards of Engedi", "Tribe", and "Banyan Dance". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Live! ... LP
Everest, 1968. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic live set from 1968 – recorded after Blakey's classic Blue Note years, with a unique lineup that includes a young Billy Harper on tenor, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and Julian Priester on trombone! Harper alone is worth the price of the LP – as his firey solos are great, really stretching out here with a bold vision that would explore more prominently a few years later – and which is heard here at an extremely early date. Tracks are all long and very live – the Jazz Messengers vibe, but with some of the freedoms of the Coltrane era, especially on Harper's solos. The set features a number of nice long tracks – like Slide Hampton's "New World" and "Slide No 2", and a great reading of "Angel Eyes", done by Harper in real Coltrane Ballad mode! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donald ByrdNew Perspective ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke Pearson. The sound is beautiful and spiritual, with a sound that mixes Blue Note hardbop with a style that would later show up on labels like Strata East, or in the experiments of Max Roach and Billy Harper. The tracks are long and moody, and the vocal group never gets in the way, but instead backs Byrd in a way that lets him hit new heights, and which gives him a stronger sense of voice. Includes the classic "Christo Redentor", plus "Chant", "The Black Disciple", and "Elijah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps. Cover has some wear and aging, a small stain at the top left corner, and discoloration from age in back.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdNew Perspective (non-RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke Pearson. The sound is beautiful and spiritual, with a sound that mixes Blue Note hardbop with a style that would later show up on labels like Strata East, or in the experiments of Max Roach and Billy Harper. The tracks are long and moody, and the vocal group never gets in the way, but instead backs Byrd in a way that lets him hit new heights, and which gives him a stronger sense of voice. Includes the classic "Christo Redentor", plus "Chant", "The Black Disciple", and "Elijah". CD

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✨✧ CookersTime & Time Again ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest groups going in recent years – a strong revival of key soulful jazz talents from previous years, all working under the leadership of trumpeter David Weiss – who's really helped them come together and find a whole new sort of energy! The lineup features tremendous tenor from Billy Harper – sounding at his classic best with The Cookers – especially when the rhythms spin out majestically from George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – often with these dark undercurrents that make the music wonderfully powerful! And in addition to Weiss on trumpet, the frontline also includes Eddie Henderson's trumpet as well, plus the alto of Donald Harrison – and the horns have a great way of folding together and interweaving, before breaking out in these very personal solos. Titles include tracks by almost all members of the group – and tunes include "Slippin & Slidin", "Renada", "Sir Galahad", "Time & Time Again", "Dance Of The Invisible Nymph", "Dance Eternal Spirits Dance", and "Three Fall". CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandFunk Fantastique (Charles III plus bonus material) ... CD
Prestige, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Charles Earland – really stretching things out, and sounding great in the process! The album's an important one, as it shows that Earland wasn't just a funky Hammond player leading a small group – but a visionary player who could put together a session with a larger, cosmic concept. The album features an expanded horn section on most cuts, with players that include Houston Person, Richard Williams, Billy Harper, and Lee Morgan. Other players are all funky favorites from the Prestige years too, and even the familiar numbers take on a whole new sound in this setting! Titles include "Charles III", "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind", "Auburn Delight", and "My Favorite Things". The CD brings together tracks from the album Charles III, plus other previously unissued tunes from the same period – for a 9 track session that includes the cuts "Funk Fantastique", "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", and "Grab Hole A Dis". CD
(2004 pressing.)

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Gil EvansBlues In Orbit (aka Gil Evans) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99 About December 7, 2022
A great record – and on that hardly ever shows up on the radar screen of Gil's career! The session was recorded with a very hip group that includes Billy Harper on tenor and flute, Elvin Jones and Alphonze Mouzon on drums, Joe Beck on electric guitar, and Herb Bushler on Fender bass. The sound is a bit electric, but is touched with Evans' far-reaching arranging style, so that it lapses into none of the cliches you might expect. Harper is a treat, as always, and he offers up the original composition "Thoroughbred", one of the nicest on the record. "Blues In Orbit", "Variation On The Misery", "Proclamation", and "Spaced". This is a 1981 repackaging of an album that was originally issued on Apex under the title Gil Evans. CD

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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic (Germany), 1973. Used ... $6.99
A great example of the way that Gil Evans really opened up his groove in the 70s – moving here way way past the cool jazz and third stream of earlier years – into a soulful style that's far groovier than might be expected! Part of the strength of the set is because of the players – as Gil's working with a group of younger soul jazz and spiritual soloists that include Ted Dunbar, Billy Harper, and Hannibal Marvin Peterson – as well as the older soul modernist Richard Williams. But there's also some other specifically Evans-like touches to the record that stand out – like Gil's stark notes on acoustic piano and his lighter work on the electric keys – plus a bit of inventive synthesizer from David Horowitz, who makes a few tracks really crackle with energy. Tracks include "Zee Zee", "Blues In Orbit", "Cry Of Hunger", and "Thoroughbred" – the latter two of which are lovely compositions by Billy Harper! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Svengali ... CD 6.99

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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1973. Used ... $6.99
A great example of the way that Gil Evans really opened up his groove in the 70s – moving here way way past the cool jazz and third stream of earlier years – into a soulful style that's far groovier than might be expected! Part of the strength of the set is because of the players – as Gil's working with a group of younger soul jazz and spiritual soloists that include Ted Dunbar, Billy Harper, and Hannibal Marvin Peterson – as well as the older soul modernist Richard Williams. But there's also some other specifically Evans-like touches to the record that stand out – like Gil's stark notes on acoustic piano and his lighter work on the electric keys – plus a bit of inventive synthesizer from David Horowitz, who makes a few tracks really crackle with energy. Tracks include "Zee Zee", "Blues In Orbit", "Cry Of Hunger", and "Thoroughbred" – the latter two of which are lovely compositions by Billy Harper! CD
(Out of print)
Also available Svengali ... CD 6.99

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Andrew HillLift Every Voice (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $11.99
A rare and beautiful Andrew Hill session, and one of the classic Blue Note entries into the "jazz and voices" sound that the label pioneered with Donald Byrd and Eddie Gale. Hill leads a core jazz group that includes Woody Shaw on trumpet, Carlos Garnett on tenor, Richard Davis on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and the group is backed by a vocal ensemble with a very spiritual vibe – a chorus who soar out soulfully, and really augment the jazz instrumentation of the album! The sound is a lot more hip than the Donald Byrd & Voices albums, and the playing of the core jazz group is very very soulful – along the lines of Hill's Grass Roots album, which was also from the same period. The record's similar to the Max Roach/Billy Harper vocal work around the same time, and titles include "Ghetto Lights", "Hey Hey", "Two Lullabies", and "Love Chant". CD reissue features 6 unissued bonus tracks, including "Blue Spark", "Drew's Tune", "Mother Mercy", "Natural Spirit", and "Such It Is". CD
(Out of print)

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✨✧ Carter JeffersonRise Of Atlantis (180 gram green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Timeless/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $40.99 About January 20, 2023
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a bit more inside, but equally searching in his style – and this key album as a leader is quite possibly one of the best-ever demonstrations of his talents. Carter's recorded here on tenor and soprano sax, in two different groups – one with Terumasa Hino on trumpet, and one with Shunzo Ono on trumpet – with a great lineup that includes Harry Whitaker on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! Lani Groves sings on one track – and titles include "Why", "Rise Of Atlantis", "Blues For Wood", and "Changing Trains". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisDedication ... CD
Laser Light, Late 60s. Used ... $4.99
Thad Jones and Mel Lewis had one of the hippest bands around – and their best work was sort of an American equivalent to the 60s genius of the Clarke-Boland Big Band. On these classic recordings cut for Solid State, the Jones/Lewis group features a host of excellent players – like Billy Harper, Jerome Richardson, Richard Davis, Roland Hanna, Richard Williams, and Richie Kamuca – and the band has a tight, hard rolling format that keeps the rhythm nice and hard, and which lets the better players in the band stretch out on nice solos. Titles include "Tow Away Zone", "Central Park North", "Big Dipper", "Groove Merchant", "A Child Is Born", and a nice version of "Jive Samba". 10 cuts in all! CD

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisPotpourri ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1974. Sealed ... $14.99
One of the hippest albums ever recorded by the Jones/Lewis band – oddly cut for Philadelphia International, during the height of that label's classic soul output! The group is totally great – filled with deeply soulful players like Ron Bridgewater, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper, Roland Hanna, Jon Faddis, and George Mraz – and the tunes have a laidback feel that moves past the group's big band stylings, into a ream that includes some hipper mellow tracks – including a few with nice electric piano work. Quite soulful throughout – almost a Quincy Jones feel – and includes covers of "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "For The Love Of Money", and "Living For The City" – plus the originals "Yours & Mine", "Quiet Lady", "All My Yesterdays", and "Blues In A Minute". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, still sealed. Shrinkwrap has some wear and aging, with a torn portion near the spine. Cover has some wear where exposed.)

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✨✧ Masabumi Kikuchi & Gil EvansMasabumi Kikuchi With Gil Evans (SHMCD pressing) ... CD
EmArcy/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant pairing of piano talents – and a record that also features some incredible horn work from Billy Harper and Hannibal Marvin Peterson too! Masabumi Kikuchi plays electric piano throughout – working with a large Evans-led ensemble that also includes Harper on tenor and flute, and Peterson on trumpet and flugelhorn – not to mention some surprising sounds on ring modulator from Evans himself! The arrangements are quite bold – like the best of Gil's work of the time – and really do a great job of mixing electric and acoustic elements in a really fresh way – quite different from any other big band styles of the time, and with all the modernism you'd expect from Evans' music. Titles include "Priestess", "Ictus", "Cry Of Hunger", "Eleven", "Drizzling Rain", and "Thoroughbred". CD
(Part of the Japanese Jazz Revisited series – SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Barney McAllWidening Circles ... CD
Jazzhead (Australia), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Vincent Herring on alto, Josh Roseman on trombone, Ben Monder on guitar – and Billy Harper on tenor! CD
(2005 Jazzhead reissue.)

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Tumi MogorosiGroup Theory – Black Music ... LP
Mushroom Hour Half Hour (UK), 2022. New Copy Gatefold ... $27.99 29.99
A stunning blend of spiritual jazz and voices – very much in the best spirit of classic work of this nature from Max Roach, Billy Harper, and Eddie Gale! There's a soulful energy that sets the record on fire right from the very first note – as South African drummer Tumi Mogorosi works with a group that features trumpet, alto, guitar, piano, bass, and drums – matched with a chorus of ten singers who rise and soar with the music – recalling the energy of classic records like Capra Black or Eddie Gale's Ghetto Music – but with elements that are sometimes more contemporary, too. A number of cuts have a vocal soloist stepping out of the group for a bit – and titles include "Wadada", "Where Are The Keys", "The Fall", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "At The Limit Of The Speakable", and "Panic Manic". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Album) ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work of the 60s – and features some very extended numbers, most a side long and these free-flowing numbers that are played by a larger group than usual – but with all the intensity and focus of a small group date from Lee! The set features key work from a young Billy Harper on tenor – especially on his own fantastic compositions "Capra Black" and "Croquet Ballet" – and for many folks, the record was a key introduction to Harper's genius. But the whole lineup is wonderful too – especially Harold Mabern on piano – and other titles include "In What Direction Are You Heading", "Angela", and "Inner Passions Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b label pressing. Cover has some surface and edge wear, partially split seams, a small peel spot and light staining inside the gatefold.)
Also available Lee Morgan (aka The Last Session) ... CD 16.99

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Lee MorganLee Morgan (aka The Last Session) ... CD
Blue Note, 1971. Used ... $16.99
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work of the 60s – and features some very extended numbers, most a side long and these free-flowing numbers that are played by a larger group than usual – but with all the intensity and focus of a small group date from Lee! The set features key work from a young Billy Harper on tenor – especially on his own fantastic compositions "Capra Black" and "Croquet Ballet" – and for many folks, the record was a key introduction to Harper's genius. But the whole lineup is wonderful too – especially Harold Mabern on piano – and other titles include "In What Direction Are You Heading", "Angela", and "Inner Passions Out". CD
(Original 1998 US pressing.)

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Max RoachLift Every Voice and Sing ... CD
Koch/Atlantic, 1971. Used ... $9.99
A beautiful blend of jazz, voices, and soul – a landmark record in Max Roach's vocal experimental tradition, and a fitting companion piece to Billy Harper's classic Capra Black album – an equally soulful blend of styles! Like Capra Black, this set features Harper's sharp and soulful tenor up against a choir of voices – blowing on hard-hitting soul jazz arrangements handled by Max Roach, of the style he used on some of his classic early 60s sides for Impulse and Candid. The tracks are long, Harper's in top form, and the group also includes Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and George Cables on piano – ultra hip cats, always! Cuts include "Motherless Child", "Let Thy People Go", and "Troubled Waters. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Max RoachMax Roach Quartet – Live In Tokyo Vol 1 ... LP
Denon (Japan), 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful sounds from the ultra-hip Max Roach Quartet of the mid 70s – a lineup that features Billy Harper on tenor, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Reggie Workman on bass! Tracks are long – very much in the Harper style of the time – and titles include "It's Time", "Calvary", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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Malachi ThompsonFreebop Now ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... $2.99 6.99
With Billy Harper on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Harrison Bankhead on bass. Amiri Baraka recites on one track, and the legendary Sonny Seals plays tenor on another. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Charles Tolliver Big BandEmperor March – Live At The Blue Note ... CD
Half Note, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Large group live work from Charles Tolliver – a concert performance that has all the depth of his recent comeback album on Mosaic! The approach here is similar to some of the ensemble work that Tolliver cut back in the 70s, but a bit more complicated too – lots of shifting horn passages that top the charts, really filled with soul and imagination – providing a perfect backdrop for breakout solos from players who include Billy Harper and Bill Saxton on tenor sax, Jason Jackson and Mike Dease on trombone, Stanley Cowell on piano, and Tolliver himself on trumpet. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "On The Nile", "Emperor March", "In The Trenches", "Toughin", and "Chedlike". CD
(Out of print.)

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Randy WestonCarnival ... CD
Freedom (Germany), 1974. Used ... $18.99
An unusual record for Randy Weston – a freewheeling live set recorded at Montreux in 1974, with Billy Harper joining Weston's group on tenor and flute, playing long spiritual solos that work wonderfully next to Weston's spiralling piano lines! Harper's searching quality really opens up the set, and Weston's rhythmic pulse keeps him from overly blowing, as on some of his own albums from the time – and the rough edges of the group give the session a nice degree of bite! The rest of the group features William Allen on bass, Don Moye on drums, and Steve Berrios on percussion and tracks include "Mystery Of Love", "Tribute To Duke Ellington", and "Carnival". CD
(Late 80s West German pressing!)

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Randy WestonSaga ... CD
Universal (France), 1995. Used ... $9.99
Quite possibly our favorite of the wonderful 90s comeback sessions by Randy Weston – thanks in large part to the great players on the set! The album's a smaller group outing than some of Weston's others from the time – played by a septet that includes Billy Harper on tenor sax, Talib Kibwe on flute and alto, Benny Powell on trombone, and Billy Higgins on drums. Neil Clarke adds in a lot of additional percussion to the tunes – expanding the rhythms to match Weston's fluid work on piano – and the set features a great assortment of original tunes with all the evocative power of Weston's classic work. Titles include "Loose Wig", "Tangier Bay", "FEW Blues", "Uncle Neemo", "Lagos", "Night In Mbari", "Casbah Kids", and "Jahjuka". CD

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Randy WestonSpirits Of Our Ancestors ... CD
Antilles, 1991. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
A great lineup – with Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Benny Powell on trombone, Billy Harper on tenor, Talib Kibwe on alto, Dewey Redman on tenor, Idris Muhammad on drums, and Big Black on percussion – plus guest work from Pharoah Sanders and Dizzy Gillespie! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Joanne Brackeen with Michael BreckerTring A Ling (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99 About December 7, 2022
Pretty strong work from Joanne Brackeen – a great 70s trio set, with either Cecil McBee or Clint Houston on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – plus some guest tenor work by Michael Brecker, who's definitely at the sharper side of his spectrum! Brecker's tone here is raw and adventurous – much more so than on any of his own albums of the time – a perfect fit for Brackeen's strong work on the piano, which is very open and free flowing throughout. Titles include "New True Illusions", "Haiti B", "Echoes", "Fi Fi's Rock", and "Shadowbrook Aire". CD also features three bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Fi Fi's Rock", "Echoes", and "New True Illusions". CD

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanGenesis Of Genius – The Contemporary Albums (Something Else/Tomorrow Is The Question) ... CD
Contemporary/Craft, Late 50s. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A pair of groundbreaking albums from modern saxophone giant Ornette Coleman – served up here with new remastering, and a whole new set of notes! First up is Something Else – pre-Atlantic work from Ornette Coleman – one of his first recorded statements in jazz – and one of his boldest! At some level, the complete Coleman sound isn't entirely in place here – as there's a bit of a trace of hardbop in the mix – not entirely, but just a bit. But at another level, the record's still way darn bolder than just about anything coming out of LA at the time – proof that amidst all the cool jazz ruminations of the 50s, there was a second wave of modernism about to explode! The group here features Don Cherry on trumpet, Walter Norris on piano, Don Payne on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and while the core harmelodic rhythmic approach isn't always in place, it's more than made up for by some surprisingly free energy. Titles include "Invisible", "The Blessing", "Alpha", and "The Sphinx". Next is Tomorrow Is The Question, a modernist masterpiece – and even this many years after its recording, this early set by Ornette Coleman has an energy and presence that cannot be denied! The sound here is kind of a rougher take on the mode that would gel more strongly on Ornette's Atlantic albums – but even so, it's still incredibly fresh, and well worth seeking out – especially as an example of the sharper edges that were bursting forth from the once-cool west coast scene! Coleman's on alto sax and Don Cherry is on trumpet – but they're not joined by their more familiar associates, and are instead working with a more conventional rhythm team that includes either Percy Heath or Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all clearly trying to make a bit of sense of Ornette's approach here, but in a way that also creates a great sense of tension on the record! Tracks are shortish, with great solos by Ornette and Cherry – and titles include "Tomorrow Is The Question", "Endless", "Rejoicing", "Lorraine", "Turnaround", "Tears Inside", and "Giggin". CD
(New mreastering from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman – and with a 44 page booklet of notes, photos, and more!)

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✨✧ Billy Drummond & Freedom Of IdeasValse Sinistre ... CD
Cellar Live, 2022. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A roaring quartet session from drummer Billy Drummond – one that starts with a great take on one of our favorite Jackie McLean tunes of all time, then continues to soar through a fantastic batch of material! Drummond is perfectly matched with drummer Dezron Douglas, and the two seem to pulsate as one – with Douglas' warmth bringing even more to Billy's drums than usual – cut through by the sharper saxophone lines of Dayna Stephens, as he mixes fire and soul – and punctuated in all the right ways by pianist Micah Thomas. This isn't a standard quartet session at all, and we mean that in the best way possible – as the group makes their way through tunes that include "Little Melonae", "Reconfirmed", "Clara's Room", "Valse Sinestre", "Never Ends", "Frankenstein", and "Changes For Trane & Monk". CD

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✨✧ Billy Drummond & Freedom Of IdeasValse Sinistre ... CD
Cellar Live, 2022. Used ... Out Of Stock
A roaring quartet session from drummer Billy Drummond – one that starts with a great take on one of our favorite Jackie McLean tunes of all time, then continues to soar through a fantastic batch of material! Drummond is perfectly matched with drummer Dezron Douglas, and the two seem to pulsate as one – with Douglas' warmth bringing even more to Billy's drums than usual – cut through by the sharper saxophone lines of Dayna Stephens, as he mixes fire and soul – and punctuated in all the right ways by pianist Micah Thomas. This isn't a standard quartet session at all, and we mean that in the best way possible – as the group makes their way through tunes that include "Little Melonae", "Reconfirmed", "Clara's Room", "Valse Sinestre", "Never Ends", "Frankenstein", and "Changes For Trane & Monk". CD
Also available Valse Sinistre ... CD 11.99

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie At Newport ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good- ... $11.99
One of the best albums ever in Verve's classic set of recordings from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival – a set that captures the Dizzy Gillespie group of the decade in top live formation! The ensemble here is plenty hip – with a young Lee Morgan joining Dizzy on trumpet, and a host of other great players who include Melba Liston and Al Grey on trombones, Benny Golson and Billy Mitchell on saxes, and rhythm from the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul West on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums! Although big, the band often had the sharper groove of a small combo – and even when hitting some older moments from Gillespie's earlier years, they still kept a modern edge in their approach – thanks to arrangements by AK Salim, Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy himself. Titles include "School Days", "I Remember Clifford", "Manteca", "Dizzy's Blues", "Cool Breeze", and "Doodlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, split seams, stapled corners, and a bit of clear tape with a sticker underneath.)

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✨✧ Joe Haider/Fritz Pauer/Horace ParlanEgo Recordings Vol 3 (Reconciliation/Katzenvilla/Water Plants/One For Wilton) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Four ultra-rare records – all brought together in one incredible CD set – the third collection to document the brilliant sounds of Germany's Ego Recordings label from the 70s! First up is the album Reconciliation from Joe Haider – one of the 70s gems on the mighty German Ego label – an incredible small company who seemed to put out nothing but excellent music! The set's led by pianist Joe Haider, and features a quintet with Andy Scherrer on tenor and soprano sax, Ack Van Rooyen on flugelhorn, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Todd Canedy on drums – all of them together welling up as way more than the sum of their parts, and cooking up an amazingly soulful set of tunes! There's bits of modal and American 70s spiritual soul jazz in the set – all played with a proud and buoyant style that unfolds majestically through the course of the album, never faltering in its vision or creativity. A under-acknowledged gem, with tracks that include "Mas De Serles", "Magdalena", "Reconciliation", "Crossover", and "Spanish Groove". Katzenvilla features the amazing trio of pianist Joe Haider, bassist Isla Eckinger, and drummer Pierre Favre – three very individual musicians who come together here as a group, but still retain a lot of their special energy! Haider's a lot more dynamic than usual – still with warm chords on the piano, but also some sharper edges – which seem pushed on by Favre's deft drum work, and his flowing sense of both melody and rhythm at the same moment. Eckinger's bass has these deep, soulful currents that we always love – and really grounds the whole thing in a wonderful way – on titles that include "Capricorn", "My Little Darling", "And Now", "Katzenvilla", and "Fate Of A Child" – all originals by Haider! Pianist Fritz Pauer steps out on Water Plants – a trio date that's got a lot more warmth and soul than some of the musician's previous work from the German scene – a beautiful little session that balances the deep bass work of Isla Eckinger and the subtle drums of Billy Brooks. There's a loose, lyrical vibe to the record that shows a side of Pauer we might not have expected – and Fritz wrote some wonderful tunes for the album, including "Water Plants", "Sagittarius", "Tribal Dance", "For La Rives", and "Autumn Evening". Last up is One For Wilton – one of the hippest later albums from pianist Horace Parlan – a set recorded with the saxophonist Wilton Gaynair, who'd contributed heavily to the UK scene in the late 50s/early 60s, then made great waves in Germany during the 70s! The set features Wilton on tenor and soprano sax, Parlan on piano, and great rhythms from Isla Eckinger on bass and Billie Brooks on drums – all coming together with a sense of warmth and imagination that's completely sublime – much richer than some of Gaynair's other performances from the 70s, and with a sense of flow and soul that makes the album one of Parlan's best. Titles include "Billie's Bossa", "One For Wilton", "Shade", "Firm Roots", and "Pananika". All albums come in tiny LP-style covers, and the box also features a bookle of notes! CD

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Vincent HerringEarly On – Evidence/Dawnbird ... CD
32 Jazz, 1991/1992. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99 9.99
Evidence is an early moment of brilliance from Vincent Herring – and just the sort of set to make him one of the strongest young talents to emerge in jazz during the 90s! There's a rock-solid feel to the set – an approach that's steeped in classic hardbop modes, but which has traces of modernism too – never too overstated, but some sharper undercurrents that mark Herring's playing nicely as a bit deeper than the usual altoist. The rest of the group should get a good deal of credit, too – as players like Wallace Roney on trumpet and Mulgrew Miller on piano really share this sensibility with Herring. Titles include "I Sing A Song", "Never Forget", "Soul Leo", "Mr Wizard", "Voyage", and "Evidence". Dawnbird is a solid, soulful work from Vincent Herring – blowing here wonderfully on alto and soprano sax, with a sense of feeling and creative energy that really makes him one of the key players of his generation! The proceedings are relatively straight, but they're also totally great – open, honest expression that's a nice update of 70s indie jazz modes – held together tightly by a rhythm section that includes Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums on most of the records – or Keven Hays, Dwayne Burno, and Carl Allen on a few remaining selections. Wallace Roney plays trumpet on the first set of tracks – Scott Wendholt on the others – and the whole album has a sharp-edged quintet format with an occasional bite, often rolling out in the kind of upbeat lines that usually make Herring sound best. Titles include "Sound Check", "August Afternoon", "Dawnbird", "Dr Jamie", "Toku Do", and "The Dark Side Of Dewey". CD
(Out of print, penmark through slipcover barcode.)

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✨✧ Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson & Bobby HutchersonKeystone Bop ... LP
Fantasy, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Keystone bop indeed – a smoking little set from Freddie Hubbard, recorded during his great back-to-basics years of the early 80s! The tracks here are all quite long, and informed by a strong sense of hard bop – but they also open up with some sharper, more modern moments at times – of the sort that keenly reflect Freddie's best roots during his early years at Blue Note. The other players here are all quite strong – especially well-matched for the energy of such a record – with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Joe Henderson on tenor, plus rhythm from Billy Childs on piano, Larry Klein on bass, and Steve Houghton on drums. 3 lengthy tracks: "The Littlest One Of All", "One Of Another Kind", and "Body & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby Hutcherson/David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancescoEnjoy The View ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. Used ... $8.99
Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note – on a set that's got a surprisingly fresh sound! The format's different both from Bobby's previous work for the label, and from his more recent albums on other imprints – in that it mixes his masterful vibes with Hammond from Joey DeFrancesco – a blend that makes for a different side of Hutcherson's talents than before, and great placement for the shifting sound of his instrument in these later years. Bobby's a bit more subtle than we remember, but still has this wonderful sense of flow and tone – soft sheets of electric sound that get sharper bite from Joey's Hammond and the alto sax of David Sanborn – who both really balance things out, and demonstrate the quadruple-leadership of the date. Billy Hart completes the groups on drums – with a laidback, spacious sensibility – and the album features a great remake of "Montara", plus "You", "Teddy", "Hey Harold", "Little Flower", and "Delia". CD

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Stanley TurrentineCherry ... CD
CBS, 1972. Used ... $5.99
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some tight changes and more pronounced rhythms that really give the best cuts a great groove! The group's a sextet – with Bob James on electric piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums – and titles include a monster version of Weldon Irvine's "Sister Sanctified" – a great funk tune that's probably best known as the sample for "My Philosophy" by BDP! Other tracks include "Speedball", "Cherry", and "The Revs". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stanley TurrentineCherry (180 gram pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
CTI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $37.99 39.99
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some tight changes and more pronounced rhythms that really give the best cuts a great groove! The group's a sextet – with Bob James on electric piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums – and titles include a monster version of Weldon Irvine's "Sister Sanctified" – a great funk tune that's probably best known as the sample for "My Philosophy" by BDP! Other tracks include "Speedball", "Cherry", and "The Revs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on heavyweight pink vinyl!)
 
 
 



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