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Tarika BlueBlue Path (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chiaroscuro/Aartrud (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99
The second album by this fantastic 70s soulful fusion combo – a group who recorded for the Chiaroscuro label around the same time as James Mason – and who have an equally sublime sort of sound! The sound is almost a more electric reworking of spiritual styles from a few years before – songs that stretch out and open up, but never in a way that's too avant – yet also unlike any more commercial fusion at all! Instead, these guys draw a very careful, very unique sort of balance – one that allows both the acoustic and electric elements plenty of space, with one never dominating the other – in a lineup that features the great Ryo Kawasaki on guitar (mostly known for his Japanese fusion albums overseas), Phil Clendeninn on piano and keyboards, Marvin Blackman on saxes, Barry Coleman on bass, Bradie Speller on percussion, and Kevin Atkins on drums. The album's got a great sense of flow from track to track – and titles include "Sunshower", "Out Of This World", "Sun Thru Winter", "Blue Neptune", "Revelation" and "Downtown Sound". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Avrey SharronOasis ... LP
Krypton/Aartrud (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet electric funk from the Tel Aviv scene of the 70s – a real rarity on vinyl, and a set that has a soulful groove to match the best American albums of the time! Guitarist Avrey Sharron has a lean line with a nice sense of space – especially nice on some of the mellower, moodier numbers – but also aflutter with colorful tunes at some more upbeat spots too! His guitar is the main instrument in the lead, alongside bass and drums – but one track also features loads of excellent electric piano from Doodie Rosenthal, who works with Sharron on a killer ten minute take on "This Masquerade". Other tracks include "Black Sunshine", "Ruthie's Waltz", "Oasis", and "O Morro". LP, Vinyl record album

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