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BalancoMore ... CD
Schema/Fez (Italy), 1999. Used ... $6.99
Incredible! Although the first album by Balanco had a definite Italian bossa sound (which was very popular in their acid jazz scene a few years ago), this great second album by the group breaks into whole new territory – like French and Italian soundtrack grooves, particularly in the vein of Ennio Morricone (who they covered on their first LP) and the great Francis Lai! The style of the group's changed slightly – and they've developed this amazing keyboard, bass, and vocals sound that's very similar to the instrumentation used in some of Morricone's best 70's work. Titles include "The Bachelor Waltz", "Mrs. Beat", "The Girl From Montenegro", "Dreamflight", "Man & A Woman", and "Bossa Memorandum". One of our favorites recently – and a another delight from the Schema label! CD
(Out of print.)

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Art BlakeyBackgammon ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Killer work from this overlooked Art Blakey stretch of the mid 70s – a time when the drummer was getting back to basics, and re-igniting his music with help from some key younger players! This set sparkles with sharp tenor from the great David Schnitter – already a powerhouse out of the box, and driven onto new heights by Blakey! Also present is pianist Albert Dailey, whose conception helps bring in some fresh sounds to the Jazz Messengers universe – alongside flute player Ladji Camara, who also vocalizes on one cut. Yoshio Suzuki handles bass, and old line trumpeter Bill Hardman comes in to round out the group – on titles that include "Uranus", "Third World Blues", "Namfulay", and "Backgammon". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Harold CorbinSoul Brother – The Driving New Jazz Piano Of Harold Corbin ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $14.99
A fantastic set – and one that really lives up to the promise of its title! Harold Corbin is a hell of a driving pianist – one who grabs you right from the very first note, with the kind of soulful swing that might have been more at home on Chess/Argo Records at the time – especially in the company of Chicago pianists like Ramsey Lewis or John Young! Corbin's trio has as much of a sharp swing as those groups – with work from Spanky DeBrest on bass and Eddie Campbell on drums – both of whom can snap in the right groove at the right point, while Harold still gets plenty of space to stretch out and make magic on the keys! Titles include "Tunga", "Soul Brother", "JAMF's", "The Girl In The Window", "Caroline", and "Soul Sister". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Johnny GriffinLive At Ronnie Scotts ... CD
In & Out (Germany), 2008. Used ... $7.99
One of the last recordings ever made by the legendary Johnny Griffin – a live date in honor of Griffin's 80th birthday, and one that shows the tenorist still very much at the top of his game! The group's an all-star lineup – with Roy Hargrove's trumpet and flugelhorn joining Griffin in the frontline – plus piano from David Newton and drums from Billy Cobham. Tracks are often long, and taken in that solo-focused mode you're likely to hear at Ronnie Scotts – although this date is a lot better recorded than some of the live material from the club in earlier years. Titles include "Lester Leaps In", "When We Were One", "Mentor", "The Blues Walk", "Hot Sake", and "The Jamfs Are Coming". CD

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Ennio MorriconeOnce Upon A Time In America ... CD
Restless, 1983. Used ... $9.99
Magical mainstream Morricone – a sublime score for Sergio Leone's epic tale of gangland growth in the 20th century! Although penned for a wider audience, most of the best Morricone elements are still at play in this soundtrack – a great sense of space and timing, and some key use of spare, isolated instruments – including the pan flute of George Zamfir, an odd choice given the New York setting of the film, but one that comes off beautifully in the mix. Strings back up most of the tunes, but they're never too sleepy – just slightly sentimental, but in a really good way. Titles include "Childhood Memories", "Once Upon A Time In America", "Cockeye's Song", "Childhood Poverty", "Friends", "Photographic Memories", "Speakeasy", and "Poverty". CD also features some bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousChicago Urban Blues 1923 to 1945 ... CD
Acrobat (UK), 1920s/1930s/Early 40s. Used ... $4.99
Music from Ida Cox, Hersal Thomas, Sippie Wallace, Pine Top Smith, Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie, Bumble Bee Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, Lil Johnson, Harlem Hamfats, Kokomo Arnold & more. CD

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinBush Dance – Bush Dance/Call It Whachawana ... CD
Galaxy, 1978/1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 later albums by Johnny Griffin – both recorded after his return to the US during the late 70s! Bush Dance is a pretty interesting little set – one that features Griffin working in an easygoing combo with slight electric touches – a group that features George Freeman on guitar, alongside Cedar Walton's acoustic piano, plus bass by Sam Jones, drums by Albert Heath, and percussion and congas from Kenneth Nash. The mixture of guitar and congas gives the album a very different feel than some of Griffin's other work – almost a lighter soul jazz touch that recalls some of the best Muse Records sides from the time. Tracks are long, and rhythms get nice and free at times – and titles include a 17 minute take on "Night In Tunisia" that really gets a bit wild, plus "Since I Fell For You", "Bush Dance", "Knucklebean", and "The JAMFs Are Coming". Call It Whatchawanna is a more straight-ahead album, and a great one too – recorded with a youthful and soulful rhythm combo that features Mulgrew Miller on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – all supporting Griffin with warm round tones that work perfectly with his open solo style. Titles include "I Mean You", "Lover Man", "Call It Whachawanna", and "A Waltz With Sweetie". CD
(Because of time constraints, the title "Jabbo's Revenge" was left off the CD.)

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonWalking The Line/Another Day – Two Originals ... CD
Verve, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
'Walking The Line' is an album with a groove as fluid as you might guess from the title – and from the nicely stretched image of Oscar Peterson on the cover! The album's one of the best-remembered from Oscar's years at MPS – a session that's got almost as much soul jazz at the bottom as it does the fluid Peterson touch on the top – and a record that benefits, no doubt, from exceptional rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums, who hit a groove that's a bit more pronounced than usual. Peterson is tremendous throughout on the keys – all over the place, but always in control – really burning up the 88s with a command of his instrument that few players could match! Titles include "Just Friends", "Teach Me Tonight", "I Love You", "Once Upon A Summertime", "The Windmills Of Your Mind", and "All Of You". 'Another Day' is hard-stepping work by Oscar Peterson – a record that's got a bit more of a forceful groove than some of his others from the time, thanks in part to the rhythm section of George Mraz on bass and Ray Price on drums! Peterson's really romping around the keys on some of the tunes – hitting hard with the left hand in a nicely bluesy mode on some numbers, then rolling back to his more lyrically introspective style on others. The whole thing's got a great MPS approach to production that makes the notes ring forth with amazing clarity – and titles include "Blues For Martha", "Greensleeves", "All The Things You Are", "I'm Old Fashioned", "The JAMFs Are Coming", and "Carolina Shout". CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandEn Concert – 29 Octobre 1969 ... CD
RTE (France), 1969. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Great live material from the best years of this amazing ensemble that included some of the finest American and European players of the 60s! The band's at its best here – wailing away in a firey live setting, recorded with high quality by Europe 1 Radio in 1969. Players include Tony Coe, Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Art Farmer, Sahib Shihab, and Derek Humble – plus the great rhythm team of Jimmy Woode, Francy Boland, and Kenny Clarke! Most of the tunes are classics of the band – and titles include "All Through The Night", "Now Hear My Meaning", "New Box", "Volcano", "Box 702", "Sax No End", "Sonor", "The Jamfs Are Coming", "Doing Time", and "Evanescence". CD
(Out of print.)

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