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Ted Brown Sextet with Art Pepper & Warne MarshFree Wheeling ... LP
Vanguard, 1956. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the few sessions ever cut by tenorist Ted Brown – working here with a group that features Warne Marsh and Art Pepper in the frontline, with rhythm by Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums. The session's got the outward appearance of a west coast session, but has much more soul overall – the kind of Back Bay Boston sound you'd hear in 50s sessions by Charlie Mariano or Dick Johnson – with plenty of rasp on Pepper's horn, and some nice edges on Brown's as well! Tracks are short, and often with ensemble heads – but the production is beautiful, and the interplay between the three saxophonists comes through with amazing quality! Titles include "Crazy She Calls Me", "Arrival", "Once We Were Young", "Avalon", "Foolin Myself", "Aretha", and "Long Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Art PepperArt Is The Art ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1957/1958. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Late 50s recordings by Art Pepper – cut in Hollywood, in the studio, during the years 1957 and 1958, with a group that features Carl Perkins on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums. This Japanese pressing isn't entirely clear on the original source of the material, but a few of the tracks are marked as "unreleased", so we're assuming that at least a few of the rest were issued by another label at one time. The quality of the work is great – laidback, crisp, and with Pepper blowing in that angular tone that was almost a bit of Konitz modern, but which still had plenty of LA bop influences. Titles include "Surfride", "Fascinatin Rhythm", "Too Close For Comfort", "Summertime", "Begin The Beguine", and "Holiday Flight". LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi and insert. Cover has bumped corners.)

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Art PepperArt Of The Ballad ... CD
Prestige, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Art PepperArt Pepper Quartet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Omnivore, 1957. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
Incredible work from alto genius Art Pepper – one of our favorite albums ever by the saxophonist – and a set that we actually love even more than his classic albums for the Contemporary label! Art's in a setting here that really lets him put a lot of edginess on his horn – demonstrating that sharper tone he brought to the alto, with a lot of bite in the best sort of setting – of which this album is one! The group is nicely focused – and includes Russ Freeman on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Gary Frommer on drums – working with Art to give the album a very urgent, upfront sort of vibe. The set's comprised of nearly all original tracks – and titles include "Arts Opus", "Pepper Pot", "Val's Pal", and "Diane". CD's also got 5 bonus tracks, which are alternate takes of tracks on the album. Great stuff, and one to buy if you've ever wondered why you should think Pepper is so great! CD

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Art PepperComplete Village Vanguard Sessions (9CD box set) ... CD
Contemporary, 1977. Used 9 CDs ... $99.99
One of the clearest examples of the creative genius of Art Pepper, especially in his later years – filled with loads of long live tracks that are a masterpiece of improvisation! The group features George Cables on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. CD
(Out of print!)

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Art PepperHollywood All-Star Sessions (5CD set) ... CD
Galaxy, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 5 CDs ... $72.99
... CD
(Out of print, slipcover has some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ Art PepperLiving Legend (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1975. Used ... $29.99
An excellent 70s side from Art Pepper – recorded with a West Coast rhythm section that includes Hampton Hawes, Charlie Haden, and Shelly Manne! The trio all play here with a remarkable intensity, given the date of the session – and although the production's got that later, crisper Contemporary tone, it still lets Art's horn come through beautifully! Pepper's singular voice and beautiful phrasing are still intact, and the quartet cooks nicely on half a dozen numbers, mostly Pepper originals – "Ophelia", "Here's That Rainy Day", "What Laurie Likes", "Mr Yohe, "Lost Life", and "Samba Mom-Mom". CD features 1 bonus track! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)

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Art PepperModern Art ... LP
Intro, 1957. Near Mint- ... $39.99
One of the greatest West Coast jazz LPs of all time! Art Pepper plays beautiful spiralling alto lines with a tight quartet that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Chuck Flores on drums, and Ben Tucker on bass. The whole thing swings in a way that's tough to find on some of Pepper's other albums from the time, and the track list includes "Dianne's Dilemma", "Blues In", "Blues Out", and "Cool Bunny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on King. Cover has some light aging, but is nice overall.)

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Art PepperNew York Album ... CD
Analogue Productions, 1985. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperNo Limit (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1977. Used ... $19.99
A nice lost late number from Art Pepper – a freewheeling set of tracks that really show the influence of John Coltrane on Pepper's work – cut with a quartet that includes George Cables on piano, Tony Dumas on "blitz bass", and Carl Burnett on drums. The tracks are long, and two numbers have a really nice Latiny flair – with Art spinning out some aggressive solos on top of fast-running grooves, in a way you'd be surprised to hear on one of his albums from the time! Titles include "Rita San", "My Laurie", "Ballad of The Sad Young Men", and "Mambo De La Pinta". CD also features one bonus track – "No Limit", which oddly wasn't on the original album – even though it's got the same title! CD

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Art PepperSan Francisco Samba – Live At Keystone Korner ... CD
Contemporary, 1977. Used ... $9.99
Beautiful late work from Art Pepper – and a set that definitely lives up to the samba promised in its name! The groove here is a bit more fluid than usual for Art at this time in his career – and that's saying a lot, given the open-ended style of his Galaxy and Contemporary work – and in a way, it's the rhythm section that really seems to drive the record – George Cables on piano, Michael Formanek on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums – really stretching out on the album's long, live tracks to give Pepper plenty of dancing rhythms underneath his alto lines. The set features two great Brazilian-tinged groovers – "Samba Mom Mom" and a version of "Blue Bossa" – plus "Art Meets Mr Beautiful" and "Here's That Rainy Day". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art Pepper & Duke JordanIn Copenhagen 1981 ... CD
Galaxy, 1981. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
... CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on CD & some marker inside booklet.)

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✨✧ Art PepperIntensity (with bonus track) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Art's blowing with a quiet intensity here – not as far out as you might expect from the title, but with that crisp genius that still graced all of his records from the time! The album features a quartet with Dolo Coker on piano, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Frank Butler on drums – working in a format that gives Art center stage, blowing with a slightly raspy tone that still always sends chills up our spine! There's a maturity here that we really like – that later Contemporary mode that has Pepper breaking things down a bit more than usual, and showing a bit more humanity in his horn. Titles include "Too Close For Comfort", "Gone With The Wind", "Long Ago & Far Away", and "I Love You". CD also features the bonus track "Five Points". CD

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✨✧ Art PepperStraight Life ... LP
Galaxy, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Art PepperWay It Was! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever by Art Pepper – even if it isn't a proper album! The set features material recorded in the late 50s, pulled together to form an album in the early 70s – and overall, it's some of the best Art Pepper work on record we can think of. Pepper plays beautifully on 4 tracks with tenorist Warne Marsh, and the rest of the cuts features equally great accompaniment from the likes of Jimmy Bond, Dolo Coker, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Garland. The material on the album is far fresher than most of Pepper's so-called "classic" sessions, and it shows the edge and creativity of his alto playing in a way that few other albums ever do. We really recommend this one if you've ever been disappointed by another Pepper album – because there's a sharpness here that really comes through. Titles include "All the Things You Are", "What's New", "Autumn Leaves", and "The Man I Love". CD features 2 bonus tracks – alternates of "All The Things You Are" and "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me". CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Jack SheldonWest Coast Sessions Vol 5 – Jack Sheldon (Angel Wings – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlas/Omnivore, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album originally issued under the name of its leader, trumpeter Jack Sheldon – but a set that also features some great music by alto genius Art Pepper too! By the time of this album, Jack Sheldon had moved from the west coast jazz scene to a much bigger range of fame on the TV screen – but he was still a hell of a player, and really shines here in the company of some key players from the LA scene! The group features excellent alto from Art Pepper – whose bringing in a lot of his new ideas from the late 70s to the space of more straightforwardly swinging tunes – which can make his solos a great attraction on the album. But Sheldon's still great too – and works alongside Milcho Leviev on piano, Carl Burnette on drums, and Tony Dumas on bass. The set features two Art Pepper tunes "Angel Wings" and "Minority" – plus a Sheldon/Pepper song called "Jack's Blues" – and versions of "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise", "Broadway", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "Historia De Un Amor". CD features four bonus tracks – three alternates of tunes from the album – plus a cool Jack Sheldon vocal take of "Historia De Un Amor". CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Shelly ManneWest Coast Sessions Vol 6 – Shelly Manne (Hollywood Jam – with bonus track) ... CD
Atlas/Omnivore, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A swinging small group date led by drummer Shelly Manne – with a wonderful update of the older west coast jazz sound – one that maybe has a bit more bite than back in the 50s! The set's one of the excellent dates done by the Japanese Atlas label – and features Shelly at the head of an excellent group that includes Art Pepper on alto, Bob Cooper on tenor, Pete Jolly on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass – all artists who really shine in this setting, especially some of the musicians who weren't getting the chance to cut as many records like this! Pepper's even different than on his own records of the period – which is quite a lot, given how much he was caught on record in his final years – and titles include "Lover Come Back To Me", "These Foolish Things", "Just Friends", and "Hollywood Jam Blues". CD also features a bonus alternate take of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You". CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper/Kenny Drew/King Pleasure/Lester YoungJazz Festival Vol 2 ... LP
Imperial, Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rare small label work from Art Pepper, Kenny Drew, Lester Young, and Billie Holiday! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art PepperSurf Ride ... CD
Savoy/Sony (Japan), 1952/1954. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice contrast to some of the smoother sides of Art, and the part of his sound we really love. The album's got three different west coast groups working with Pepper – with players who include Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, Jack Montrose on tenor, Joe Mondragon or Monte Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker or Bobby White on drums. But Art's the main star of the set – blowing beautifully throughout, with both jaw-dropping precision and a tremendous sense of sound! Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Chili Pepper", "Susie The Poodle", "Brown Gold", "Holiday Flight", "Surf Ride", "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", and "Thyme Time". CD
(UHQ-CD – Ultimate Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Bill WatrousWest Coast Sessions Vol 4 – Bill Watrous (Funk N Fun – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlas/Omnivore, 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The cover says Art Pepper, but the record's one of our favorite albums ever cut under the leadership of trombonist Bill Watrous – a set that was part of a Japanese-only series that brought together some of the best players on the west coast scene at the end of the 70s! Watrous is maybe not as well-associated with the older LA jazz world as some of his associates on the set – who include the great Art Pepper on alto sax and Russ Freeman on piano – both of whom really open up in compelling ways next to Bill's trombone – especially Pepper, as he often wasn't recording with such a horn on his own albums of the time. The rest of the combo features Bob Magnusson on bass and Carl Burnett on drums – and the easygoing vibe of the record really makes for some well-shaped, well-blown notes from Watrous. Titles include "Funny Blues", "P Town", "For Art's Sake", "Begin The Beguine", "Angel Eyes", and "Just Friends". CD also features two bonus alternate takes! CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Lee KonitzWest Coast Sessions Vol 3 – Lee Konitz (High Jingo – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlas/Omnivore, 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty meeting of two modern alto giants – a set cut under the leadership of Lee Konitz, but which also features some great work from Art Pepper too! Both Pepper and Konitz were two of the most distinctive players to emerge in the 50s – both in the generation after Charlie Parker first set the horn on fire with his bebop creations – but both very individual, distinct players who took the music in fresh new directions. That distinctness really comes through here – as both Lee and Art blow together wonderfully, crossing lines and taking off on solos with a gentle swing that comes from the support of Michael Lang on piano, Bob Magnsusson on bass, and John Dentz on drums. Most tracks are very alto-heavy – in a great way – and the session was originally only ever issued in Japan, as part of the Atlas Records "West Coast Today" series. Titles include "Minor Blues In F", "Whims Of Chambers", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", and "This Can't Be Love". CD features two bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Pete JollyWest Coast Sessions Vol 2 – Pete Jolly (Strike Up The Band/bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlas/Omnivore, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked showcase for the late alto genius of Art Pepper – who was the supposed leader of this date issued under the name of pianist Pete Jolly! Jolly's great, too – very much in the sharpest form of his earliest sides from the 50s and 60s – and the pair work here in a tight quartet with Bob Magnusson on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums – on a record that's filled with brilliant solos from Pepper! Art's got the magnificently sharp, soulful sound of some of our favorite early albums here – but with some of the more open modes he discovered in the 70s, but not in the completely unbridled way of his Galaxy albums. The balance is wonderful – that crisp Pepper of the early years, given a soulful romp from Jolly's piano – on titles that include "YI Blues", "Night & Day", "Out Of Nowhere", and "You Go To My Head". CD features two alternate takes of "YI Blues". CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Sonny StittWest Coast Sessions Vol 1 – Sonny Stitt (Groovin High/Atlas Blues/bonus tracks) ... CD
Yupiteru/Omnivore, 1980. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Two albums with a very unusual pedigree – both recorded for the Japanese Yupiteru/Atlas Records label – both as Art Pepper sessions, but with Sonny Stitt in the lead – because Pepper was then under contract to Fantasy Records! Both albums are great, and have Art in some of the sharpest settings of his later years – as Sonny Stit's alto sax seems to bring out an even bolder tone in Pepper's horn – as does the approach of the record label, with is maybe a bit more focused than some of the freewheeling tracks from the Fantasy/Galaxy years. The groups feature Lou Levy or Russ Freeman on piano, John Heard or Chuck DeMonico on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums – and titles include "Walkin", "Wee", "Bernie's Tune", "Atlas Blues", "Lester Leaps In", "Imagination", "Autumn In New York", "My Funny Valentine", and "Lover Man". Also features four bonus alternate takes from the first album! CD

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✨✧ Art PepperReturn Of Art Pepper ... CD
Jazz West/Universal (Japan), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
Given that Pepper was on and off the LA scene a fair bit in the 50s – due to personal trouble and legal battles – this album's not so much "the return", as it is one of Pepper's many strong steps back into the studio, a place in which he demonstrated an uncanny ability to craft brilliant work, despite the turmoil going on around him. The set's as classic as you can get for Pepper – right down to the classic William Claxton photo on the cover (which has a chilling story that you'll find in Art's autobiography). Players include Jack Sheldon, Russ Freeman, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne – and titles include "Pepper Returns", "Funny Blues", "Angel Wings", "Walkin Out Blues", "Five More", "Minority", and "Mambo De La Pinta". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Gene AmmonsBlue Gene ... CD
Prestige, 1958. Used ... $4.99
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! Ammons' tenor is tremendous, but he's also a great collaborator here, too – working with Idrees Suliman on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and Ray Barretto on conga – in a mode that's maybe slightly tighter than some of the blowing sessions Prestige was doing at the time, but which still has that key longform creative energy that made the hardbop generation so great. Titles include "Blue Gene", "Scamperin", "Blue Greens n Beans", and "Hip Tip" – and all tracks are long, with plenty of focus on solos! CD
Also available Blue Gene ... LP 14.99

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Gene AmmonsBlue Gene ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! Ammons' tenor is tremendous, but he's also a great collaborator here, too – working with Idrees Suliman on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and Ray Barretto on conga – in a mode that's maybe slightly tighter than some of the blowing sessions Prestige was doing at the time, but which still has that key longform creative energy that made the hardbop generation so great. Titles include "Blue Gene", "Scamperin", "Blue Greens n Beans", and "Hip Tip" – and all tracks are long, with plenty of focus on solos! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover is still in the shrink with the hype sticker.)
Also available Blue Gene ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Chet BakerPicture Of Heath ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $5.99
That's "Heath", not "health" – as you might think the title's misspelled – as in Jimmy Heath, who arranged most of the numbers on the set! Heath's contribution is a good one too – as it helps Baker create one of his most tightly-wrapped albums of the time, a well-blown session recorded here with a group that includes Art Pepper on alto, Phil Urso on tenor, Carl Perkins on piano, and Lawrence Marable on drums. The presence of Urso is especially appreciated – as his sharper, deeper tone really brings a wider sound to the album than some of Chet's other dates of the time – especially when combined with the excellent sound of Pepper! Titles include "CTA", "For Minors Only", "For Miles & Miles", and "Resonant Emotions". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hoagy CarmichaelHoagy Sings Carmichael ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Very Good ... $8.99
Beautiful work from the legendary Hoagy Carmichael – and one of the few albums to feature him singing his own work! Hoagy's name is one that you're more likely to see in the songwriting credits than in the artist slot for a record – but he's actually got a wonderful voice, one that's filled with honest, personal charms – and which has a sometimes broken-down quality that's perfect for the gentle words of his tunes. This wonderful set features Carmichael working with sublime small combo backing – players who include Harry Edison, Jimmy Rowles, and Art Pepper – working with arrangements penned by Johnny Mandel. Titles include "Rocking Chair", "Georgia On My Mind", "Skylark", "Two Sleepy People", and "Baltimore Oriole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jazztone pressing.)

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Vol 1 – The West Coast Sound ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... $4.99
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very much in the "west coast sound" noted in the title, with Shelly playing the kit in a creative and lyrical way, joined by horn work by players that include Joe Maini, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Enevoldsen, Art Pepper, and Bob Cooper. Titles include "Gazelle", "Sweets", "Mallets", "Fugue", "Grasshopper", and "Afrodesia". CD

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Warne MarshJazz Of Two Cities –Complete 1956 to 1957 Sessions (2CD set) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956/1957. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
A killer set of 50s cool jazz – a bridge between the east coast Konitz-based style, and the LA mid 50s sound, hence the two cities in the title. Marsh is working here with Ted Brown on tenor, Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums – and the album's one of the strongest you'll find by Marsh at the time – clear, clean, and simple, but with an edge that was missing from most of his contemporaries. Titles include "Smog Eyes", "Quintessence", "Jazz Of Two Cities", "I Never Knew", and "Lover Man". Plus, this 2CD set expands the original album tremendously – by adding in a bonus disc that contains 9 extra tracks recorded with the same group, plus Art Pepper, and 6 more tracks recorded live on the Stars Of Jazz TV show! 15 bonus numbers in all, with titles that include "Ad Libido", "These Are The Things I Love", "Arrival", and "Crazy She Calls Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Marty PaichBroadway Bit (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. Used ... $18.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". CD
Also available Broadway Bit (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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Marty PaichBroadway Bit (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Warner/Video Arts (Japan), 1959. Used ... $18.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". CD
Also available Broadway Bit (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Shorty RogersModern Sounds (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, 1951. Very Good- ... $2.99
Seminal west coast work from the start of the 50s – a groundbreaking 10" album that showed the best early talents of trumpeter Shorty Rogers! The group here is Rogers at his hippest – before a bigger rise to 50s fame, and right at the start of a great run as a leader and arranger on his own. The Giants combo here features Art Pepper on alto, Jimmy Giuffre on tenor, John Graas on French horn, and Hampton Hawes on piano – all playing with a style that's tight, yet still has plenty of swing, and a lot more room for individual group voices than other later arrangers who tried to cop Shorty's style! All tracks are extremely playful, but without sounding gimmicky – and tunes include "Four Mothers", "Didi", "Sam & The Lady", "Over The Rainbow", "Apropos" and "Popo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & splitting.)

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✨✧ Shorty RogersModern Sounds (3x7" Box Set EP) ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1951. Near Mint- 3x7" (pic cover)... $14.99
Seminal west coast work from the start of the 50s – a groundbreaking 10" album that showed the best early talents of trumpeter Shorty Rogers! The group here is Rogers at his hippest – before a bigger rise to 50s fame, and right at the start of a great run as a leader and arranger on his own. The Giants combo here features Art Pepper on alto, Jimmy Giuffre on tenor, John Graas on French horn, and Hampton Hawes on piano – all playing with a style that's tight, yet still has plenty of swing, and a lot more room for individual group voices than other later arrangers who tried to cop Shorty's style! All tracks are extremely playful, but without sounding gimmicky – and tunes include "Four Mothers", "Didi", "Sam & The Lady", "Over The Rainbow", "Apropos" and "Popo". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes the original inner sleeves. Box has aging and a stain on front & back.)

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Shorty RogersSwingin Nutcracker ... CD
RCA/BMG (Spain), 1960. Used ... $11.99
A hip take on the famous score – played here with jazzy arrangements from Shorty Rogers, and a lineup that includes Frank Rosolino on trombone, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Art Pepper on alto, Richie Kamuca on tenor, and Bill Holman, Bud Shank, and Bill Perkins on additional reeds! There's also a cool sax quintet at one point – with Holman, Perkins, Kamuca, Harold Land, and Bill Hood. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousJazz Hour – 18 Instrumental Jazz Tracks ... LP
Savoy, 1950s. Very Good ... $5.99
Includes performances by Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Parker, Kenny Clarke, Art Pepper and many more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donald ByrdByrd In Hand ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best of Donald Byrd's early Blue Note albums – a sparkling set of hardbop tunes with a really souful edge! The album's one of a few that feature Byrd working with baritonist Pepper Adams – a frequent partner on his best recording dates of the late 50s, of which this set is one of the best. The rest of the group includes a rhythm section of Walter Davis, Sam Jones, and Art Taylor – all grooving nice and hard – plus tenor work by the great Charlie Rouse, whose raspy tone really gives the set a tremendous amount of depth. Tracks are a good blend of originals by Byrd and Davis, swinging with the lyrical beauty of a Horace Silver set of tracks – and titles include "Devil Whip", "Bronze Dance", "Clarion Calls", and "The Injuns". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and ear. Cover has a split spine, wear and center splits on the seams, light sunbleaching on the edges, and a small sticker and some marker on back.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdOff To The Races (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Donald's off to the races on this one – grooving with a lean, mean sound that makes the record one of his hardest-hitting and most soulful blue note sessions of the 50s! The group features Byrd's frequent bandmate Pepper Adams on baritone sax – blowing always with a style that's a wonderful counterpoint to Byrd's trumpet work – and the rest of the group features Blue Note heavyweights Jackie McLean, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Art Taylor – the latter two of whom really make the set bristle with excitement! The set includes some great originals, like "Down Tempo", "Sudwest Funk", and "Off To The Races" – plus a nice version of Sonny Rollins' "Paul's Pal". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 3 – The Octet No 2 ... CD
Contemporary, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters – more in the realm of Herb Geller or Art Pepper than some of his other contemporaries on the instrument – really shining in a larger group that includes Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Stu Williamson, and Pete Jolly. Arrangements are beautiful, and there's a lot more soul on the set than you might first expect! Titles include "They Say It's Wonderful", "Rick's Tricks", "Yes Yes Honey", "Rose Room", and "Cooling It". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdByrd In Hand (non RVG pressing) ... CD
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the best of Donald Byrd's early Blue Note albums – a sparkling set of hardbop tunes with a really souful edge! The album's one of a few that feature Byrd working with baritonist Pepper Adams – a frequent partner on his best recording dates of the late 50s, of which this set is one of the best. The rest of the group includes a rhythm section of Walter Davis, Sam Jones, and Art Taylor – all grooving nice and hard – plus tenor work by the great Charlie Rouse, whose raspy tone really gives the set a tremendous amount of depth. Tracks are a good blend of originals by Byrd and Davis, swinging with the lyrical beauty of a Horace Silver set of tracks – and titles include "Devil Whip", "Bronze Dance", "Clarion Calls", and "The Injuns". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornNewborn Touch (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
The Newborn Touch is always a great one, but it sounds especially nice on this record – a set that seems to go even farther than any of Phineas' earlier trio sessions! There's an almost-ambitious sound to the record that we really like a lot – one that possibly comes from Newborn's choice of compositions for the set, a great bag of non-standard tunes from some of his west coast contemporaries – tracks penned by Ornette Coleman, Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Woods, and others – some of which are decidedly more modern than the material that Newborn usually plays! There's a complexity here that's great – but one that still doesn't forget Newborn's down-home roots – and titles include "A Walkin Thing", "Be Deedle Dee Do", "The Blessing", "Diane", "Pazmuerte", "Hard To Find", and "Blue Daniel". CD

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✨✧ Shorty RogersCool & Crazy (10 inch LP) ... LP
RCA, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic West Coast session, long hailed by critics as one of the best to come out of the LA scene. Shorty Rogers leads a crack group of players (Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper) through a bunch of short swinging tracks that really have an edge to them. One of the best things Rogers ever did, released here on the original RCA 10" LP, in beautiful shape! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ VariousFirst Class Jazz – A Dynamic Showcase Of The Biggest Names In America's Original Music Form ... CD
Real Time (Japan), 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Joe Farrell, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Berry & his Ellington All Stars, John Dentz, Chick Corea & Ernie Watts, Jack Sheldon, Tommy Newsom & Pete Christlieb, George Cables, Art Pepper & John Dentz, Earl "Fatha" Hines & Don Menza & his 80's Big Band. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Jun FukamachiSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... LP
Toshiba/Victory, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
One of the weirdest tributes to Sgt Pepper's that you'll ever hear – so strange that the Beatles have turned their back on the whole proceedings on the front cover! Jun Fukamachi serves the whole thing up as an album of solo keyboards, both acoustic and electric – with choices of key songs from the album, each done in different ways – sometimes with a very jazz-based approach, sometimes maybe a quirkier approach to the tunes! The whole thing's a great tribute to the wealth of expressiveness in these songs – which can go even further than the original vocal readings – and The set features an especially cool Fender Rhodes and Arp version of "She's Leaving Home" – plus "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "A Day In The Life", "With A Little Help From My Friends", and "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", in two takes. LP, Vinyl record album

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Beatles/George MartinYellow Submarine ... CD
Apple, 1968. Used ... $3.99
Sure it's a soundtrack, and sure it's got a number of songs that are just instrumentals from the film – but the record also features some excellent late Beatles tracks that can only be found here – including the killer tracks "Hey Bulldog" (almost a funky nugget), "Only A Northern Song", and "All Together Now". Also includes "Yellow Submarine" (natch) – plus "It's All Too Much" and "All You Need Is Love" – and side two features a number of groovy instrumentals from George Martin – including "Pepperland", "Sea Of Holes", "March Of The Meanies", and "Pepperland Laid Waste". CD

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✨✧ Billy The Kid EmersonWhip (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
M-Pac, Mid 60s. Good+ ... $9.99
"You make the trip, and I'll pop the whip!" – or so says Billy in this tasty little groover! The tune's an uptight dancer with slight bluesy touches. Nice horns peppering a groove that's laid out by guitar and organ, as Billy sings about a wealth of other dances to push the strength of his own! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label pressing. Label has a small peeled spot and a bit of pen.)

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Mr Clean & The CleansersKarate (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $4.99
A romping, stomping, sock-soul monster – a cut recorded in the Northwest in the mid 60s, but with a groove that's massively funky overall! Imagine a group like The Capitols or Archie Bell & The Drells getting the chance to work after hours in a tiny studio – just riffing and romping as they carve out a cool little soul track with a wickedly stepping bassline, and great horns peppering alongside the vocals! Part 2 is even better than part 1 – as it's got a nice drum break in the middle, and these loose vocals that strech out and kind of call out the tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousHuman Orchestra – Rhythm Quartets In The Thirties ... LP
Clanka Lanka (Sweden), Mid 30s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A groundbreaking collection – still nothing else like it – of unique pre-doo wop, pre-soul material in a unique space between vocal jazz, jive, and blues! Includes work by Five Jinks, Three Keys, Five Jones Boys, Lewis Bronzeville Five, Four Blackbirds, Five Breezes, Three Peppers, and Norfolk Jazz Quartet! LP, Vinyl record album
(In the liner note cover.)

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✨✧ Ozzie TorrensBoogaloo In Apartment 41 ... LP
Decca/El Sonido, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Monster Latin jazz and boogaloo – all the way through! The album's a rare gem from the short-lived Latin Soul years on Decca – cut by Ozzie Torrens, and featuring a great Latin lineup that includes Louie Ramirez on vibes, Charlie Palmieri on piano, and Manny Duran on trumpet – all swinging in very soulful formation, and going for the stripped-down small combo sound that the Spanish Harlem kids were using on the indie labels at the time! The tracks are all instrumentals – with heavy duty playing all the way through, and loads of rhythmic tracks that are peppered with some sock-solid jazzy solo work! The whole thing's a swinger – and titles include "Ozzaboo", "Boogaloo In Apt 41", "Way Out Mambo", "Cool Jerk", "Mia's Boogaloo", and "Tijuana Grass". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsPepper Adams Quintet ... LP
Mode, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An obscure late 50s gem from Pepper – a stripped-down quartet session that has him blowing in a very open-ended mode – quite a difference from some of his more tightly arranged sets! The feel's a bit like Pepper's work with Donald Byrd, but even more openly swinging – played by a quintet that includes Stu Williamson on trumpet, Carl Perkins on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. Tracks are all long and fresh – and the record's almost got the feel of a great Prestige blowing session from the time. Pepper's work on baritone is jaw-dropping throughout – and titles include "Unforgettable", "Baubles Bangles & Beads", "Freddie Froo", and "Muezzin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover looks great, with just some bumping on the corners with the tiniest of tiny split on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireReal Earth Wind & Fire – The Ultimate Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Sony (UK), 1970s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work from one of our favorite groups of all time – a jazz/soul combo born in our hometown of Chicago, and one who soared out to the masses in the 70s – to bring a message of pride and spirit to the world! This 3CD set features a huge amount of material from the group's first decade on record – a mix of both big hits and lesser-known album gems from the Columbia Records 70s years – peppered with just a bit of other material here and there, which leaves most of the focus on the kind of soaring sounds that first made the group so great. We've loved these records for decades, but they still never fail to make our hears leap with joy – and taken together, as a 45 track set, the music really seems to pack an extra sort of punch! Titles include "Keep Your Head To The Sky", "Mighty Mighty", "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Open Our Eyes", "Sing A Song", "Sun Goddess (live)", "That's The Way Of The World", "Burning Bush (shout it from the mountain mix)", "Brazilian Rhyme", "Love's Holiday", "I'll Write A Song For You", "Jupiter", "September", "Let's Groove", "In The Stone", "After The Love Has Gone", "Kalimba Story", "Shining Star", "Evil", "On Your Face", "Biyo", "Love Music", "Spirit", "Reasons", "Wanna Be With You", "Fall In Love With Me", "Boogie Wonderland", and "Can't Let Go". CD

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✨✧ Alfonso SantistebanEl Asesino De Muncas (Killing Of The Dolls)/El Descuartizados De Binbrook (Necrophagus) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1971/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of horror soundtracks back to back – both of them pretty darn great! Alfonso Santisteban is amazing on the score for Killing Of The Dolls – working in modes that are hardly horror at all, and instead using all sorts of weird instrumental flourishes and strange twists and turns – at a level that rivals some of the best Italian work of the period! There's weird piano amidst strange strings, unusual organ lines that bubble along, and even some elements that might be vibes, although we're not sure – peppered by a few funky tracks that really keep things interesting! The whole thing almost feels like one of those great Easy Tempo collections from years back – and titles include "Amor De Carton", "El Asesino De Munecas", "Los Traumas Del Asesino", and "Un Largo Verano". Necrophagus is a bit moodier overall – shorter tracks that seem to work well with each other, and which often have an odd melodic element in the lead – either organ, harmonica, or even some odd-tuned piano – echoing a spooky melody, but still with a groovy undercurrent! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Pepper AdamsTwelfth & Pingree ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Exactly the kind of session that really lets Pepper Adams show his stuff – full of long, live tracks that really have Adams stretching out on baritone – handling the instrument with soul, depth, and dexterity that might well be unmatched during this point in his career! The quartet here features Walter Norris on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and while all players are excellent, especially Mraz, it's really Pepper whose shining light guides the session – both on his original tunes "Bossa Nouveau" and "12th & Pingree" – and on nice takes on "Well You Needn't" and "A Child Is Born". CD
(Part of the Enja Jazz Master Works series!)

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✨✧ King BucknorAfrican Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Fierce Afro Funk from King Bucknor – who serves up two side-long jams here, both very much in the best Fela vibe of the 70s! "Woman Nature" starts out the record – building nicely from rattling percussion that's peppered with Bucknor's rough calls at the start, then filled in with much richer vocals by a chorus – whose interplay with the King is offset by lots of excellent criss-crossing guitar lines and horns! "Mr Debtor" is on the flipside, and is even tighter funk – a really long jam that's completely infectious right from the start, and has some especially strong horn solos in the mix! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donald ByrdAt The Half Note Cafe Vol 1 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Early 60s. Used ... $44.99
One of the greatest Donald Byrd albums ever – a smoking live performance spread out over two different records – all with some of the tightest, most grooving work that Byrd ever recorded in his early years on Blue Note! Part of the strength of the set is the group – as Don's trumpet is alongside the brilliant baritone of Pepper Adams – who plays with the deftness of a tenor, but with a richer, fuller sound – and the group also includes the great Duke Pearson on piano, who has this way of comping out tunes that are soulful, but richly lyrical too. The group's completed by Lex Humphries on drums and Laymon Jackson on bass – and titles on this first volume include nice long versions of "Soulful Kiddy", "My Girl Shirl", and "Cecile". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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ChakachasJungle Fever ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Very Good ... $24.99
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! The track was a worldwide hit, and continues to be a funky classic today – thanks to a heavy sample history, and a life in playlists worldwide – but the rest of the album's pretty darn great too, and even weirder. Some tracks mix easy Euro grooving with heavy conga, others have kind of an LA Chicano funk approach, and still others throw in some mad horns to complicate matters with nice jazzy riffing. Really great throughout – and maybe one of the best funky albums to ever come out on a major label! Titles include "Jungle Fever", "El Canyon Rojo", "Chica Chica Bau Bau", "Eso Es El Amor", "Ay Mulata", "Cha Ka Cha", "Latin Can Can", and "Yo Soy Cubano". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Freddy ColeMy Mood Is You ... CD
High Note, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
For years, singer Freddy Cole was known as the brother of Nat the king – but for decades, the brother has kept on giving us music much longer than the famous star – to a point where it's always such a pleasure to enjoy Freddy's sound as he keeps on evolving! The singer's developed a nicely raspy tone as the years have gone on – one that's perfectly suited to the laidback vibe of this album – which features Randy Napoleon on guitar and John Di Martino on piano, with arrangements from both of them throughout. Joel Frahm adds some especially nice tenor and soprano sax – peppering the tunes gently with a real understanding of the role of a saxophonist on a vocal date – and titles include "The Lonely One", "My Heart Tells Me", "Temptation", "I'll Always Leave The Door A Little Open", "My Mood Is You", and "Love Like This Can't Last". CD

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Ted CursonTed Curson In Paris – Live At The Sunside ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 2006. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Great live material from Ted Curson – a Parisian performance that features Ted with a range of different artists, really opening up in ways that show the full range of his tremendous talents! Paris always seems to bring out the best in Curson (we consider ourselves fortunate to have caught him there live years back, sharing a stage with Rufus Harley) – and this set shows Ted really taking full advantage of the opportunities the scene offers him. Some cuts are straight small combo jazz – with Ted's trumpet burning it up over backing from the trio of pianist Alain Jean-Marie. Other numbers add in a bit of backup vocals, behind Curson's own bluesy lead. And still others feature added alto, flute, and percussion – making for a further level of expression that we don't usually hear on an album from Ted. Curson's vocal performances are peppered throughout the double-length set – and almost seem to be more crowd pleasing moments, where he might be expected to warble a standard for the overseas audience – but they do have a sort of charm, given the raspy style of singing – and one number, a hip take on "Summertime", is actually a funky groover that really makes happy that Ted decided to sing along (he gets some help on that number from soulful Sylvia Howard, too!) Titles include "Reava's Waltz", "Tears For Dolphy", "Caravan", "Dig", "Round Midnight", "Milestones", "Confirmation", "Cantaloupe Island", and "Pilma Boogie". CD

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✨✧ Four SeasonsGenuine Imitation Life Gazette ... LP
Philips, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A wild little concept album from the Four Seasons – one that's packaged in newspaper-style cover, and which presents tunes that almost have that late 60s British "snapshots of life" approach to pop – particularly that put forth by The Kinks on Village Green Preservation Society. The album's a true genius effort from Bob Gaudio – now risen to the ranks of producer for the group, and also the key songwriter for the album too – working here in tandem with the great Jake Holmes, a wonderful choice for a record like this! Arrangements are inventive, playful, and definitely at a level that shows some influence from Pet Sounds or Sgt Peppers – but there's also a focused, all-pop approach to the tunes too – one that's hook-heavy even when trippy, and which shows that the Four Seasons were as great at psychedelic and Sunshine Pop as any of the groups they'd inspired over the years. Titles include "Saturday's Father", "Wall Street Village Day", "Wonder What You'll Be", "Soul Of A Woman", "Something's On Her Mind", "American Crucifixion Resurrection", and "Mrs Stately's Garden". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original fold-out cover, with some aging and a small cutout hole.)

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Gilberto GilGilberto Gil (1971 – plus bonus tracks) (Brazilian pressing) ... CD
Philips (Brazil), 1971. Used ... $11.99
A rare British recording from Gilberto Gil – sung completely in English, and recorded while living in London, in political exile along with Caetano Veloso! The album's somewhat similar to Veloso's famous London album from 1971 – certainly in structure, as the backings are relatively stripped-down, and mostly feature acoustic guitar, bass, and percussion, alongside Gil's English lyrics. But the record's somewhat different too – in that it's got a brighter, more redemptive feel – almost an indication that Gilberto's time abroad hadn't been such a terrible thing – especially given that the record is a new creative departure in his music! The English lyrics are really a treat – and are sometimes sung as a broken strand of familiar words, trying to work themselves together into a fragile tapestry of emotion – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not – but always beautiful, and always filled with the emotion of his experiences in exile! Titles include "Volkswagen Blues", "The Three Mushrooms", "Babylon", "Nega (Photograph Blues)", and "Mamma" – plus 3 bonus cuts: "Can't Find My Way Home", "Up From The Skies", and a great version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". CD
(Out of print.)

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Vince GuaraldiOh Good Grief! (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Omnivore, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... On July 6, 2018
Very groovy stuff! This is the music that was used in the 60s Peanuts cartoons – made famous during the same stretch through its use in goofy Dolly Madison commercials! The album's way better than any of the Peanuts stuff that was on Fantasy, as Vince plays electric harpsichord on a number of cuts, and gets some electric guitar backing by Eddie Duran – for a very groovy sound! Tracks include the classic "Linus & Lucy", plus "Red Baron", "Peppermint Patty", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", and "Rain Rain Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Merle HaggardBranded Man ... LP
Capitol, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
On Branded Man, Merle Haggard finally set his reputation as the mournful wandering outlaw of popular music in stone, and truly settled in as the incalculably influential artist that he is to this day. The pangs of despair of a still proud man that peppered his earlier output come out full-blown on "Branded Man" and "Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive", his ornery outlaw character rears his head on "I Made The Prison Band", and the sad balladeer is here for the great "I Threw Away The Rose". All the facets are covered, and Branded Man is another classic not to be missed. Other tracks include "Long Black Limousine", "Go Home", "My Hands Are Tied", "Gone Crazy", and "Don't Get Married". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel LewisNew Life ... LP
Horizon, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ... $0.99
A wonderful start to the second decade of this ultra-hip group – an ensemble who started to reinvent the sound of the big band in the late 60s, then only picked up more and more energy once time went on! Thad Jones and Mel Lewis are a hell of a pair – not only great leaders for a session like this, but such warmly collaborative players that they're able to bring together something of a supergroup for the record – with players like Jon Faddis and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Jerry Dodgion on flute and alto, Frank Foster and Greg Herbert on tenor saxes, David Spinozza on guitar, Pepper Adams on baritone, and Roland Hanna on both acoustic and electric piano – all key players in a much larger lineup that's almost too big to name! Tracks are long, and arranged with a great deal of depth – but never in a way that fails to swing – and titles include "Forever Lasting", "Little Rascal On A Rock", "Love & Harmony", "Greetings & Salutations", and "Love To One Is One To Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Takuya KurodaSix Aces (with bonus track) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2012. New Copy ... $22.99
A fantastic early solo album from trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – done before his bigger burst of fame in more recent years – and already very sharp and on the money! The record is definitely a jazz set, but has that Robert Glasper generation way of really opening things up to new soulful frontiers – working with a fantastically deft rhythm trio who can cascade effortlessly, then change their groove on a dime – while Kuroda matches their energy with his work on trumpet, alongside Jamaal Sawyer on tenor and Corey King on trombone! Pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi also plays Fender Rhodes, and the album features Rashaan Carter on bass and Adam Jackson on drums – on titles that include "Jafro", "Pepper Caramel", "Trunk Bay", "Red Corner", "Bite Than Bark", and "Grappa". Japanese pressing includes the bonus track "Unlock". CD

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✨✧ Charles MingusSomething Like A Bird ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the last albums Charles Mingus ever gave us – before departing this planet way way too soon! The set shows the increasing sophistication of Mingus' music in these later years – a mode that almost echoes the path that Duke Ellington would take in his final decade – a move towards some larger-form material that still holds onto all the raw energy of the early days, but finds a way to not only bridge larger musical ideas – but musical generations as well! As part of this, the set's got a wonderful lineup – with Lee Konitz on alto, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, George Coleman on tenor, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and titles include the long title track, "Something Like A Bird", split up over 2 sides of the LP, plus "Farewell Farwell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker.)

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Blue MitchellHeads Up! ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a name in marker & some wear.)
Also available Heads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Blue MitchellHeads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". CD features bonus alternate takes of "Togetherness" and "Good Humor Man". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Heads Up! ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Lee Scratch Perry & The UpsettersReturn Of Django/Eastwood Rides Again ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Two killer Trojan albums from Lee Perry & The Upsetters – back to back on a single CD! First up is Return Of Django – an early moment of genius from the legendary Lee Perry – and a set that uses Django imagery from Italian westerns to serve up a "bad boy" version of Jamaican music for the late 60s! Even at this early point, the sounds are mindblowing – rocksteady brought through a really weird sort of filter – so that lots of familiar instruments are turned inside out, and used to create these incredibly far-out sounds – especially the keyboards, which get really weird tunings and timings – and the reed passages, which sometimes have surprisingly exotic touches. Production is a big part of this approach, yet is surprisingly understated too – especially in comparison to later Perry productions – and titles include "Cold Sweat", "Live Injection", "Ten To Twelve", "One Punch", "Touch Of Fire", "Night Doctor", and the classic "Man From MI5". If there's anyone who could make the idea of Italian westerns and Jamaican grooves come together, it's the young Lee Scratch Perry – the mad musician who always had a great talent for mixing it up! Eastwood Rides Again follows the theme of The Upsetters previous classic, Return Of Django – and like that one, the groove isn't just the rocksteady rhythms you'd expect – but also maybe this more spacious version of the style, with a bit more space between the notes than some of their Kingston contemporaries – almost a mode that could be inspired by the spacious soundtrack scoring of the Italian scene, then delivered with a much grittier vibe. Most tunes are instrumentals, and titles include "Eastwood Rides Again", "Salt & Pepper", "Red Hot", "Tight Spot", "Catch This", "Popcorn", and "You Are Adorable". CD

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Alex PudduSoul Tiger ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2015. Used ... $11.99
The best work yet from Alex Puddu – the musician who explored the world of 70s porno on previous records for Schema, and who steps out here with an even more classic groove! The great Joe Bataan is in the group on vocals – adding in this old school New York element that really makes the album strong – that heartbreaking, soulful quality that we've always loved in Joe's singing – which takes things to a richer territory than we've ever heard from Puddu! Many cuts are still instrumental – but even these have this great funky feel – one that warms up the best 70s elements on Fender Rhodes, vibes, wah wah guitar, and reeds – with slight Latin or Brazilian inflections in the rhythms at times. The whole thing feels like some lost underground soul set from Spanish Harlem – and titles include "High Times In NYC", "Soultiger", "The Mover", "50,000 Women Can't Be Wrong", "Drum is My Drug", "Hot Pepper", and "I Want You". CD

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✨✧ Donald ByrdAt The Half Note Cafe Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Donald Byrd albums ever – a smoking live performance spread out over two different records – all with some of the tightest, most grooving work that Byrd ever recorded in his early years on Blue Note! Part of the strength of the set is the group – as Don's trumpet is alongside the brilliant baritone of Pepper Adams – who plays with the deftness of a tenor, but with a richer, fuller sound – and the group also includes the great Duke Pearson on piano, who has this way of comping out tunes that are soulful, but richly lyrical too. The group's completed by Lex Humphries on drums and Laymon Jackson on bass – and titles on this first volume include nice long versions of "Soulful Kiddy", "My Girl Shirl", and "Cecile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 63rd Street pressing, with RVG Stereo stamp. Cover has light aged spots on back, front of the cover is immaculate!)

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✨✧ ChakachasJungle Fever ... CD
Polydor/Dusty Groove, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! The track was a worldwide hit, and continues to be a funky classic today – thanks to a heavy sample history, and a life in playlists worldwide – but the rest of the album's pretty darn great too, and even weirder. Some tracks mix easy Euro grooving with heavy conga, others have kind of an LA Chicano funk approach, and still others throw in some mad horns to complicate matters with nice jazzy riffing. Really great throughout – and maybe one of the best funky albums to ever come out on a major label! Titles include "Jungle Fever", "El Canyon Rojo", "Chica Chica Bau Bau", "Eso Es El Amor", "Ay Mulata", "Cha Ka Cha", "Latin Can Can", and "Yo Soy Cubano". CD
(Out of print. On the Dusty Groove label!)
Also available Jungle Fever ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ FenomsShakem/Mile 187 ... 7-inch
Fraternity, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive funk from the 45 underground – two killer cuts by this excellent group! "Shakem" has these fantastic drums right from the start – moving fast but breaking hard – chased by a wicked bassline, then peppered with exotic sax lines and brewed up with a fuzzy keyboard! "Mile 197" has lots more great drums (who is this guy?) – fast and tight, but right on the money, and with more than enough edge to open things up nicely for the fuzzed-up instruments in the group! If that groove's not enough, there's this completely amazing moogy bit in the middle – something that feels like it came from some lost Egyptian electronic funk of the 70s. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Christian ScottChristian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Centennial Trilogy (Ruler Rebel/Diaspora/Emancipation Procrastination) (3CD set) ... CD
Stretch/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of fantastic albums from Christian Scott – all packaged together! First up is Ruler Rebel – a fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays trumpet, but he also works with some electronics and effects, too – in a group that mixes acoustic elements from piano, flute, and percussion with electric work on Fender Rhodes and guitar – all in a sound that's swirlingly soulful, and as enigmatic as you might expect! The music reaches back to some deeper roots, but reworks the sound completely with lots of contemporary elements – and Scott's trumpet takes on a new sort of majesty in the setting – maybe hitting the promise we first saw in his music years back, but with even more focus here. Titles include "Encryption", "The Coronation Of X A Tunde Adjuah", "The Reckoning", "Ruler Rebel", and "New Orleanian Love Song". Next is Diaspora – a set that has Christian Scott really opening with a new sense of pride and power after adopting the Atunde Adjuah name – and blowing here not just on trumpet, but also "reverse flugelhorn", sirenette, and siren – and also using some sonic architecture to open up and expand his sound! Rhythms are a compelling mix of drum programs and acoustic percussion – peppered with work on alto, Fender Rhodes, bass, guitar, and drums – in this groove that's much more sharp-edged and sonically compelling than most other projects of this nature. Titles include "Lawless", "Our Lady Of New New Orleans", "IDK", "Desire & The Burning Girl", "Completely", "No Love", and "The Walk". Last is Emancipation Proclamation – part of Scott's brilliant trilogy that has him reworking his sound even more than before – using his horn in both acoustic and electric settings, and mixing with bits of funk and deeper musical currents – all at a level that's vaguely in the territory of Don Cherry in the 70s, but served up with a vibe that's very much Christian's own! Rather than be buried in the mix of percussion, Fender Rhodes, and other horns here – Scott seems to be set free, and really opens up with both the space of his solos, and the style of his phrasing – which is even more personal than before. The other players are great, too – a shifting lineup who retain the same bristling energy throughout – on titles that include "Ashes Of Our Forever", "The Emancipation Procrastination", "AvengHer", "Cages", "New Heroes", "Videotape", "The Cypher", "Michele With One L", and "Unrigging November". CD

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✨✧ Paul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years ... LP
Columbia, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've gotta admit, this record sounds a lot better with the passing of time than we might have expected – thanks in part to some totally sweet Fender Rhodes, used often, and in all the best ways to pepper the tunes! Barry Beckett and Bob James handle the keys – and there's even some gospel touches at times, thanks to help from the Jessy Dixon Singers and Chicago Community Choir. And Paul Simon's songwriting is mostly mature – and even on the hit "50 Ways", the drums from Steve Gadd more than make up for any clunk! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has light wear & some aging.)

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✨✧ VariousExotic Blues & Rhythm Vol 1 – Katanga (10 inch LP – clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The "exotic" in the title is certainly well-placed – as many of these tracks take a familiar instrument, and use it in a slightly unusual way – a saxophone, piano, electric guitar, or something else – often set to grooves that start out in an R&B, early rock, or jazz-based style, but move into much groovier territory too! Some of these numbers have the spirit of the cuts we love in the Jukebox Mambo series – and others draw in elements of postwar Latin or exotica styles – while still keeping things pretty soulful overall! Titles include "Lucky Me" by Chance Halladay, "Apache" by The Chiefs, "I'm Going Home" by Prince Conley, "Nene Aman" by Artie Basarmin, "Green Onions" by Claus Ogerman, "Police" by Eddie Cole & The Three Peppers, "Katanga" by Ike Turner, and "Classie's Whip" by Classie Ballou. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Donald ByrdRoyal Flush (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the seminal sides cut by Donald Byrd in his partnership with Pepper Adams – a high-up, low-down set that's a smoker all the way through! Byrd's brightness on trumpet is nicely matched by Adams' fluid work on baritone sax – and the pair are wonderfully supported by a rhythm trio that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who can hit a sock-hard groove one minute, then let loose with a lyrical flourish the next. The approach of the record is tightly soulful, with loads of great changes – and some surprising dark edges that really add in a whole new dimension to the Donald Byrd sound of the time. Titles include "Shangri-La", "Jorgies", "Hush", "6 M's", and the moody "Requiem"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryCalifornia Dreaming ... LP
Verve, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A stone classic on Verve! Back in the 60s, Wes Montgomery must have been California Dreamin – because by the time of this LP, he'd come a long way from his Indiana roots – and had used the best part of the hip west coast scene to add a lot to his style – fuller rhythms and tighter production that never dampened his sound, and instead really let him open up into a whole new range of sounds! As with some of his other albums on Verve, Montgomery plays warmly chromatic riffs over dark jazzy backings by Don Sebesky – and although tracks are short, Wes gets a lot into his solos on the set – a masterful approach that was almost better in a tighter setting than a looser one! Titles include "Sun Down", "Without You", "Sunny", "Green Peppers", "Mr Walker", and "Winds Of Barcelona". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Duke PearsonRight Touch ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest sets that Duke Pearson ever recorded – and an all-out Blue Note soul jazz set that's even better than Pearson's classic Sweet Honey Bee! Duke's style is deeper and more farther-reaching here – with echoes of styles used at the time by Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – carried off with some of the more tightly-arranged modes used by Pearson on his backdrops for other players at the time. The group here includes James Spaulding on alto, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Garnett Brown on trombone, and rhythm by Gene Taylor on bass and Grady Tate on drums. Tracks have a strong overall focus on the groove – rolling around in that rollicking mid 60s Blue Note style that Pearson helped establish as the label's trademark at the time – but titles are also touched with some of Duke's lighter lyricism, especially on his own solos. Titles include "Make It Good", "Chili Peppers", "Rotary", "Los Malos Hombres", and "Scrap Iron". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ VariousSuper Funk Vol 4 – Rare & Classic Street Funk From The Vaults 1966 to 1972 ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... Out Of Stock
Heavy funk galore – and easily one of the best titles in the massive Super Funk series! This one seems to go deeper than all the previous volumes – really digging down for some obscure tracks that push past the obvious funky 45 standards, to include some lost gems from rare sources in the southern scene! The set's awash in hard drums, fuzzy bass, tripped out guitar, and lots of rootsy deep soul vocals – stepping from track to track with a quality level that beats most other funky 45 collections on the market, made even better by some superb liner notes from compiler Dean Rudland! Titles include "I Got Some" by Billy Garner, "Deep Soul (part 2)" by Ron Buford, "Doin The Model" by Eddie Clearwater, "Crazy Legs (part 2)" by Albert Washington, "Momma Momma" by Betty Barney, "Don't Ever Change" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers, "The Warm Up (part 1)" by Clifton White, "Chicken Scratch" by The Chili Peppers, "Fat N Funky" by Charles Crawford, "Super Cool (You're Just A Super Fool)" by Pat Hunt, "Out Of Sight" by The Soulsetters, and "Boogaloo Party" by Joe Swift's International. 20 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Motohiko HinoToko Flash ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really unique work from a trio led by drummer Motohiko Hino, and which features Masahiko Satoh on piano and Nobuyoshi Ino on bass – all players who aren't content to just rest in the usual piano trio modes of the time, and who instead really break open the format with their creative work on the album! Satoh has a way of playing lyrically at the start, then really opening up – and Ino's bass rolls and dips with its own sense of melody that's quite beautiful – as Hino works far far away from straight rhythm, and often peppers the songs with personal exclamations of his own. Yet none of the numbers are ever too far out, either – just loosely structured, but respectful of the melodies, while never enslaved to them. Titles include "My Favorite Things", "Norwegian Wood", "Flash", "Overhang Blues", and "Once Upon A Summertime". CD

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Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, & OthersSgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
RSO/Polydor, 1978. Used 2CD ... $12.99
Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees attempt to recreate the magic of the late Beatles – on a set that also features performances by Steve Martin, Dianne Steinberg, Donald Pleasence, Stargard, Earth Wind & Fire, and Billy Preston! CD

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ParliamentsSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... 7-inch
Tuff City, New Copy ... On June 29, 2018
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing, including inner sleeve, but missing insert. Cover has light wear and minor splitting.)

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✨✧ BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (picture disc) ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". Includes the new stereo mix by Giles Martin. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition picture disc.)

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✨✧ BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Apple, 1967. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". Plus, this very special anniversary edition features a whole new stereo mix from the original tapes – as well as never-heard session material! The package features 18 bonus tracks that include unusual takes of songs, a few instrumentals, and even one track from the album done with Indian instrumentation! CD

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Donald Byrd & Pepper AdamsMotor City Scene ... CD
Bethlehem/Jazz Heritage, 1960. Used ... $5.99
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". CD
Also available Motor City Scene ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & Pepper AdamsMotor City Scene ... CD
Bethlehem/Charly (UK), 1960. Used ... $5.99
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". CD
Also available Motor City Scene ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Sonny Stitt & Paul GonsalvesSalt & Pepper EP ... 7-inch
Impulse, 1963. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $19.99
Head to head blowing from Sonny Sitt and Paul Gonsalves – just the kind of twin-horn performance that Stitt was famous for in his live battle days, and one that also reminds us that Gonsalves can be a very loose swinger when he wants to be! The tracks are all long, and played with the sort of feel you'd hear if you caught these guys live at some small southside club – and the solos also show the kind of inventiveness and imagination you'd catch in that sort of setting – backed by a swinging rhythm combo that features Hank Jones on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Titles include "Salt & Pepper" in two parts, "Theme From Lord Of The Flies", and "S'posin". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has splitting on the spine and thick white tape holding the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsPure Pepper (aka The Cool Sound Of Pepper Adams) ... LP
Savoy, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from Pepper Adams – one of his best, and an incredibly swinging session that will make you forget that he's playing a heavy baritone! At some level, the session shouldn't work so well – as it's got a rhythm group that's not particularly hard-hitting – with Hank Jones on piano, George Duvivier on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and Adams' baritone is matched with the euphonium of Bernard McKinney, which should weigh the session down into even deeper depths. But for some reason, there was magic in the air when the album was recorded – and the group gels together perfectly, slinkily sliding through the tunes with all the coolness implied in the title, yet with a deep deep dose of Detroit soul from Adams and McKinney. Tracks are all nice and long, and titles include "Bloos Blooze Blues", "Skippy", and "Like What Is This?" LP, Vinyl record album
(80s reissue. Cover has a cut corner.)

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DictatorsManifest Destiny ... LP
Asylum, 1977. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Mookish bombast from The Dictactors – heavy rock, fist clenching anthems, poker-faced parodies of love songs and keyboard peppered songs about a body covered in scabs. No sir, there will never be another Dictators! These guys should have been on kid's lunchboxes and Kiss should been dropped by their labels and consigned to cult infamy, that's what we think. Includes the world's first heavy metal cover of Iggy & The Stooges "Search & Destroy" that we know of, plus "Exposed", "Heartache", "Science Gone Too Far!", "Sleepin With The TV On", "Hey Boys" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Cam NewtonWelcome Aliens ... LP
Inner City, 1980. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A bright-toned fusion set from Cam Newton – one that certainly gives a positive spin on the idea of an alien invasion! Cam plays some interesting guitars here – a "stereo classical guitar" and a 12-string acoustic – and he works with a host of interesting players too – all musicians who give the record a pretty interesting groove, and one that's much more towards the hipper indie side of the fusion spectrum. Jim Pepper plays tenor and soprano sax, David Leslie on piano and keyboards, Mark Isham on trumpet and French Horn, and Pat O'Hearn on bass. The groove is sparkling, but never slick at all – kind of a warm reaffirmation that intimate, spontaneous fusion dates like this could still be cut at the start of the 80s. Titles include "Recent Developments", "The Theme", "Up The River", "Water Baby's Chant", "Heroic Proportions", and "Cumulus Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mauricio SmithBitter Acid ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga work by Marcelino Valdes and Victor Pantoja! Other instrumentation includes organ, trumpet, and guitar – blasting out with some really mad rhythms, and very much in keeping with the crazy 60s work of Joe Cain, who arranged the whole thing. The album's got a sound that's very much in keeping with it's funky ghetto cover – and titles include "Hot Peppers", "Viva Guajira", "More Bread", "Mambo For Mauricio", "Puttin You Down", and "El Green Hornet". Excellent! CD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)

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Sly & The Family StoneSmall Talk/High On You/Heard Ya Missed Me Well I'm Back ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A trio of second-period Sly Stone albums – all brought together in a single CD set! On Small Talk, Sly's still doing pretty nice for himself in 1974 – with a sound that's perhaps a bit warmer than on the early records, but still nice and soulful – and peppered with a good dose of funk! The groove is really great on the set – bubbling with a more "deep down" feel than the skittish funk of the first few records, and breaking out on some great soul numbers that show Sly to be an even better singer than before – touchingly sensitive at times, in a really beautiful way! Titles include "Loose Booty", which has a wonderful popping bass/hollow drum sound, and a tasty break in the middle – plus the cuts "This Is Love", "Wishful Thinkin", "Time For Livin", "Can't Strain My Brain", and "Say You Will". High On You is a nice little mid 70s set from Sly – one recorded without the Family Stone, but still grooving wonderfully with lots of funky edges! Sly's expanded his sound nicely here – pushing past the shorter funk of earlier years to work in some complicated instrumentation that keeps things really sounding fresh. Great examples of this are the frenetic horn bits on "Crossword", which you'll recognize from its famous Tribe Called Quest sample – or the sweeping strings on the mellow groover "That's Lovin You". The whole thing's great – and other tracks include "I Get High on You", "So Good to Me", "Le Lo Li", "Green Eyed Monster Girl", and "Organize". On Heard Ya Missed Me, Sly Stone's looking like a one-man band on the cover, but the album's definitely got the full-on collaborative vibe of his early records with the Family Stone! The main man himself has plenty of charm, and still has that wonderful ear for a sharp-tinged funky cut – but he's also working in this mode that allows for other voices to come into the mix at times, and plenty of lively funky instrumentation underneath the lyrics – which really makes the whole thing feel like a party all the way through! Titles include "Sexy Situation", "What Was I Thinkin In My Head", "Mother Is A Hippie", and "Family Again". CD

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VariousDisco 2.0 – Fever's Rising Again ... LP
We Want Sounds (France), 2016. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
A sweet set of 21st Century disco tunes – all material that seems to draw strongly from the styles of the glory days of the dancefloor, but still pepper the music with a few contemporary touches too! The work is great – usually no-nonsense and stripped-down, without any of the too-commercial modes that eventually sank the disco scene at the end of the 70s – but the overall sound is warmer and more sensual than house or other contemporary club styles too – even though a number of these cuts focus more on instrumental passages than vintage disco from back in the day! There's definitely a bit of a French club twist here – that sound from the scene where disco never really died – and titles include "La Lune" by L'Imperatrice, "Shenzhen V" by Bon Voyage Organization, "Makin Love" by Marvin & Guy, "Acid Disco" by Leonxleon, "Running (The Chase)" by Bufiman, "Theuz Hamtaak" by S3A, "Nothing Gold (Tood Terje rmx)" by Jakim, and one classic cut – "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (inst)" by Sounds Of Inner City. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousThis Is Trojan Boss Reggae – The Original Tighten Up Explosion ... CD
Trojan, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.98
Boss reggae from the early years of Trojan Records – and a fair bit of rocksteady and other grooves as well! The tracks here are all nice and raw, and showcase that hard-hitting sound that always made Trojan one of the hippest labels on the scene – an imprint directed by the London underground in new sounds from Jamaica, which were often chosen by the British scene for their resonance with earlier mod interest in soul, jazz, and R&B! As such, there's plenty of late 60s cuts here that bubble over with heavy organ lines, riffing guitar, soulful vocals, and lots of bad-stepping rhythms – as you'll hear on this 50 track set of classics that includes "Wet Dream" by Max Romeo, "Skinhead Moonstomp" by Symarip, "One Way Love" by The Coloured Raisins, "Su Su Su" by The Pioneers, "Pepper Pot" by Count Matchuki & Randy's All Stars, "I'm A King" by The Ethiopians, "Tribute To Ramses" by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, "Don't Play That Song" by Derrick Morgan, "The Same Things" by The Gaylads, "Strong Man" by The Hot Rod All Stars, "She Caught The Train" by Ray Martell, "Honey Don't Go" by Winston Francis, "Family Man" by Big L, "Man A Wail" by The Young Souls, and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Phenomenal Hand Clap BandTraveler's Prayer/Stepped Into The Light ... 7-inch
Magnifreeq, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky soul from Phenomenal Hand Clap Band – a group who bring some nice 80s elements into their music, while still keeping things nice and warm overall! "Traveler's Prayer" almost feels like soulful fusion from The Crusaders generation – with a great female singer who comes into the mix once the instrumentation gets going – and breaks that are peppered with this thinner keyboard part that makes for a mighty nice contrast! "Stepped Into The Light" is more of a full-on track – almost fusion overall, with keyboard lines that soar up and down – until the singer comes into the mix, and does her thing in an equally soaring way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ StargardStargard ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut album from Stargard – a set that turned the trio into strong soul stars, after a brief and mistaken role in the film Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band! Given the failure of that cinematic endeavor, it's amazing that MCA signed the girls up – but it's also clear that the group have a vibe that's really waiting to shine in the spotlight – partly the disco female mode that others had been working already, but also maybe more of a sense of identity too – one that makes them way more than just a trio of vocalists in the hands of a club producer – especially given the way they really hit some surprising deep soul moments on the set. Production is by Mark Davis, with some help from Gene Page – and titles include "Three Girls", "Don't Change", "Theme From Which Way Is Up", "The Force", and "Disco Rufus". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ EndIntrospection (plus bonus Retrospection LP) (180 gram translucent vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Decca, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A nice batch of late 60s psychedelic from The End – a record with that mixes the catchy idiosyncrasies of post-Sgt. Pepper Lennon/McCartney with the headier elements of groups like The Creation and Barrett-era Pink Floyd! The album was championed and produced by the Stones' Bill Wyman and engineered by rock heavyweight Glyn Johns – but this very deserving record didn't get its due at the time – perhaps because Decca didn't quite know how to sell such a record. Tracks include "Dreamworld", "Under The Rainbow", "Shades Of Orange", "Introspection (Pt. 1)", "Don't Take Me", "Loving, Sacred Loving", "She Said Yeah" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus Retrospection LP of outakes and bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ StargardStargard ... LP
MCA, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
The debut album from Stargard – a set that turned the trio into strong soul stars, after a brief and mistaken role in the film Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band! Given the failure of that cinematic endeavor, it's amazing that MCA signed the girls up – but it's also clear that the group have a vibe that's really waiting to shine in the spotlight – partly the disco female mode that others had been working already, but also maybe more of a sense of identity too – one that makes them way more than just a trio of vocalists in the hands of a club producer – especially given the way they really hit some surprising deep soul moments on the set. Production is by Mark Davis, with some help from Gene Page – and titles include "Three Girls", "Don't Change", "Theme From Which Way Is Up", "The Force", and "Disco Rufus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker in one corner.)

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✨✧ ClaudiaDeixa O Morro Cantar/Mas Que Nada ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), 1965/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The lovely Claudia serves up to very groovy numbers here! "Deixa O Morro Cantar" has this soaring mix of samba rhythms and horns – and is topped by Claudia's bold lead – in a style that's nicely different than some of the softer female bossa singers of her scene, and which is nicely peppered by these cool piano and horn parts in the groove! "Mas Que Nada" is a great female take on the Jorge Ben hit – one with a cool flute line wrapped up in the rhythms, and Claudia singing with another singer in a nicely spacious style! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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