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Pat PatrickSound Advice ... LP
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the rarest albums ever issued by Sun Ra's Saturn Records label – and one of the few dates to ever feature baritone saxophonist Pat Patrick as a leader – Sun Ra's longtime partner in the Arkestra, and a hell of a player on his own! The record is a heavy baritone date – with Rene McLean, Charles Davis, James Ware, Reynold Scott, and George Barrow joining Patrick on the lead instrument, plus a bit of flute – blowing at a level that makes the whole thing feel like one of the best creative ensemble projects on Strata East from the period – very jazzy, but also reaching for lots of new ideas too! The music is a lot more soulful than Ra's usual work – less outside overall, but in a good way – and the group also features a young Hilton Ruiz on piano, plus Jon Hart on bass, Steve Solder on drums, and Babafemi Humphreys on congas. Titles include "Funny Time", "Uptighttedness", "Eastern Vibrations", "Sabia", and "The Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition in a silkscreened sleeve!)
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✨✧ Gene Ammons & Dodo MarmarosaJug & Dodo ... LP
Prestige, 1962/Early 70s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
The first-ever issue of material recorded in Chicago in 1962 – a rare session by pianist Dodo Marmarosa, one that was to be his last on earth! Dodo's working with a trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – in a sad, almost bluesy style that's a wonderful maturation of ideas he was expressing during his bop years, and which is similar to his last album on Argo. Ammons joins in on tenor sax for about half the tracks on the session, and the material is presented here with a good set of liner notes that opens up a good bit of history on Dodo. Titles include "Just Friends", "Georgia", "For You", "The Moody Blues", "Yardbird Suite", "Bluzarumba", and "The Very Thought Of You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big LLifestylez Of Da Poor & Dangerous ... LP
Columbia/Traffic, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
The classic first solo album by Big L – with bedrock DITC production by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse – perfectly framing the rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave a huge wealth of recordings before he was taking away from the world, but he started out strong, and this benchmark effort makes a pretty solid testament to his legacy. Alongside some of the period QB hip hop, this one is pretty close to the pinnacle of streetwise east coast 90s hip hop. 12 tracks in all: "Put It On", "MVP", "No Endz, No Skinz", "8 Iz Enuff", "All Black", "Danger Zone", "Street Struck", "Da Graveyard", "Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous", "I Don't Understand It, "Fed Up Wit The Bullsh#t", and "Let 'Em Have It L". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jaki ByardFamily Man ... LP
Muse, 1978. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Jaki Byard brings plenty to the table here – playing both tenor and alto sax, in addition to his usual piano – and showing once again that he's not just a multi-instrumentalist, but also one of the most multi-voiced talents in jazz! Byard seems to bring a similar spirit of multiplicity to his players on the date – as Major Holly plays tuba and Fender bass, as well as his usual acoustic bass – and drummer Warren Smith also picks up a bit of tympani and vibes as well, especially on the tracks that feature added drummer JR Mitchell. Side one of the record features shorter tunes that showcase Byard's ear for many generations of jazz at once – titles that include "Ballad To Louise", "Just Rollin Along", and "LH Gateway Rag". Side two features part of Jaki's "Family Suite", which is a much more modern number overall – filled with beautiful little pictures in sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover is lightly stained along the opening.)

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Miles DavisTutu ... LP
Warner, 1986. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Booker ErvinFreedom Book ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Near Mint- ... $99.99
One of the most far-reaching, exploratory records cut by Booker Ervin during the 60s – a set that really lives up to the "freedom" in its title! The album really takes off from some of Ervin's other work of the time – and stands along next to the equally-great Space Book as a departure from his roots as mostly a Texas-styled tenorman. There's still a bit of Ervin's deeper soul in the mix, but the sound has more of the sharp edges that Booker was working on with Charles Mingus at the time – long solos filled with plenty of feeling, and a sound that's simply breathtaking throughout! The group's a quartet – especially well-matched with Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – all perfect partners for the unique vibe going on for the session. All tracks are great, and titles include "A Lunar Tune", "A Day To Mourn", "Cry Me Not", "Grant's Stand", and "Al's In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Silver & black label pressing – with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp!)

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Bobby JonesArrival Of Bobby Jones ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An excellent debut from saxophonist Bobby Jones – an extremely talented player whose work was a big part of the Charles Mingus group in the early 70s – and an artist who works with a surprising sense of soul! The album's got Bobby in a really great lineup – with sensitive backing from Charles McPherson on alto sax, Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – and 2 tracks feature some added whimsicality from Bob Dorough, who plays electric piano, and Sue Evans, who plays an assortment of percussion. Bob plays on the groovy tunes "Stone Bossa" and "Keepin Up With The Joneses" – and other tracks include "Thanks To Trane", "Ballad For Two Sons", "As The Crow Flies", and "Blues For The Brown Buddha". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roland KirkRip, Rig & Panic (non-gatefold pressing) ... LP
Limelight, 1965. Very Good ... $11.99
Mindblowing work from Roland Kirk – a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. Other group members fit his vibe perfectly – Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – each stepping quickly to catch the energy of each new twist and turn in Kirk's music. Titles include the sublime "From Bechet Byas & Fats" – plus "No Tonic Pres", "Rip Rig & Panic", "Mystical Dream", "Black Diamond", and "Slippery Hippery Flippery". This copy doesn't have the gatefold cover, but it's still got a nice textured one, and it's a second pressing from the 60's! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)
Also available Rip, Rig & Panic/Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith ... CD 6.99

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Little Howlin WolfGuardian (with download) ... LP
Family Vineyard, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 19.99
An inspired loner blues-rock-folk effort from Little Howlin' Wolf – nope, not the Mississippi-born, Chicago blues saint Howlin Wolf, nor his kin – but an enigmatic songwriter-performer born James Pobiega – with freewheeling style that's falls somewhere between acoustic blues and more bugged-out, Beefheart-ian territory! Guardian was the first of a couple records he made in the 80s, this one recorded at various points in the late 70s and early 80s – some loose and seemingly improvisational, others fairly straightforward, if gritty. Wolf sings, speaks, strums and plays sax and harmonica, sometimes solo, sometimes accompanied. A real oddball gem from the Chicago underground! Includes "The Guardian", "Pain In My Heart", "Wolf Walked In",, "Blue Eyed Soul", "Main Fireworks Man On The South Side Of Town" (dedicated to the White Sox), "Dog On Down", and "Al Calle Lobo". LP, Vinyl record album
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Galt MacDermotCotton Comes To Harlem ... LP
United Artists, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A funky classic from Galt MacDermot! The record is Galt's score for the blacksploitation film that starred Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St Jacques – and it's a mix of vocal and instrumental tunes that takes off from the sound of his late 60s work. Melba Moore sings on a few cuts – and others have lyrics sung by George Tipton, Sakinah, Leta Galloway, and Denise Dillpena, mostly in a early 70s pop soul sort of mode. The instrumentals are actually the best bits, though – with those odd little rhythms that Galt could hit when he really wanted to! Titles include "Man In Distress", "Harlem Medley", "Black Enough", "Stockyard", "Deke", "Ed & Digger", "Coffin Ed & Gravedigger", and "Harlem By Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martin Bogan & ArmstrongBarnyard Dance ... LP
Rounder, 1972. Sealed ... $14.99
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Les McCannSoul Hits ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A really hard-hitting groover from the great 60s trio of Les McCann – a set that adds in some extra guitar from Joe Pass, who definitely sounds his most soulful on the set! Joe grooves perfectly with Les' piano – and has almost a Kenny Burrell-like depth in tone throughout – one that we're not as likely to hear on other Pass sessions of this vintage, possibly because of the excellent rhythms from Paul Chambers on bass and Paul Humphrey on drums! Tunes are definitely the soul hits promised in the title – mostly numbers that were brimming up big in the soul jazz generation of the time, but given a particular Les McCann twist. Titles include "Sister Sadie", "Bag's Groove", "Back At The Chicken Shack", "Work Song", "Sonnymoon For Two", "Groove Yard", and "Sack O Woe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Jacob MillerDread, Dread ... LP
Island/United Artists, 1978. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Jacob Miller has been most well known as the lead singer for the hit reggae group Inner Circle, though he also enjoyed no small success, and cut many great sides, as a solo artist. This collection, part of the United Artist Anthology Of Reggae Collector series compiled in the late 70s, brings together some of his fine work for the Island label, including the massive "Tenement Yard", plus "Dread, Dread", "Money", "Suzie Wong", "Tired Fe Lick Weed In A bush", "Truth Has Come Again" and "Forward Jah Jah Children". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Charles MingusTown Hall Concert (Jazz Workshop – photo cover) ... LP
Jazz Workshop, 1964. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A great later example of the genius of Mingus with Eric Dolphy – a performance done shortly before Dolphy left on his tragic last visit to Europe in 1964, and which features both him and Mingus at their freest together! Don't mistake the album for the similarly-titled Town Hall album on United Artists, because this session's a lot more open-ended – with longer tracks, and a real focus on freely creative solos from players that include Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Coles, and Jaki Byard. The album features only 2 long tracks – both titled after Dolphy's passing, with appropriate names "Praying With Eric" and "So Long Eric". And as an added bonus, the back cover features a great Mingus rant against the record industry! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Sunny MurrayEven Break (Never Give A Sucker) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
One of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster, with Art Ensemble Of Chicago bassist Malachi Favors! Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines of hard free jazz that represent all there is to say about the freedom of the Paris jazz scene in 1969. 4 long tracks – "Invisible Blues", "Complete Affection", "Giblets – Part 12", and "An Even Break". LP, Vinyl record album

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New York Trouble/Electric ProgressionUnreleased Recordings From The KPM Vaults (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Tummy Touch (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Funky library music from the KPM vaults – one side of raw, hard-driving action soundtrack-ready funk credited to New York Trouble – and one side of proggier and spacier funk credited to Electric Progression! The New York Trouble side has gritty feel – but it's not without its lighter touches – so along with the heavy drums, punchy horns, thick bass lines and fuzz-tone guitars are bits of vibes, xylophone, flute and piano – but it hits pretty hard for the most part! The Electric Progression side is spacier, but it's in the same universe. Moogs, synths and sound effects coming into the mix. It's still got a raw funk base, though! Titles on the New York Trouble side include "Barnyard Bam Bam", "Heavy Stakeout", "Where'd He Go?", "Light Stakeout", "Hustle Don't Hate", "Cool, Not Cold", "There's Your Man", "High Five Shakedown" and more. The Electric Progression side includes "Hong Kong Hang", "Non Sequensor", "Zen Furious", "Sonic Swarm", "Bionic Bassa", "Manhattan Moonrise", "Electric Procession" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Winfield ParkerMr Clean – Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac (yellow vinyl – with download) ... LP
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
A great run of recordings from Winfield Parker – a hell of a soul singer who should have been huge – at least given the quality of these stunning mid 60s recordings! Parker's a monster right from the start – and begins the set recording a few tracks as "Little Winfield Parker", but with a sound that's completely huge – much more of a deep soul vibe than you'd expect, given his roots in the mid-Atlantic – where Parker caught fire on the local scene from Philly down to Richmond with great tracks like this! Parker's got this raw vocal approach that's very much in the Wilson Pickett mode – set to grooves that often have a nice sort of jerk in the rhythms, which Winfield responds to by bursting out even more with a bold lead and a snap in his swing. This set marks the first time any of these cuts have been properly reissued – all remastered, given great backing notes on Parker's story, and also featuring six bonus tracks that have never been issued before! Titles include "Funkey Party", "Mr Clean (parts 1 & 2)", "My Love For You", "One Of Those Mornings", "My Love", "Go Away Playgirl", "Sweet Little Girl", "I Love You Just The Same", "Rockin In The Barnyard", "When I'm Alone", and "She's So Pretty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus tracks!)
Also available Mr Clean – Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac ... CD 14.99

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Sun RaSpace Age Is Here To Stay (limited edition colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $44.99 46.98
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much invented) from the late 50s to early 80s – from the immediate post-doo wop underground sound he worked in the late 50s, to the impeccable mix of free jazz and subtle, soulful tones a decade later, to the searching spiritualism that came later still. For all that's going here stylistically, the vocals and thematic lyricism hold it all together aesthetically, with Ra himself on chants and spoken passages, June Tyson and Hattie Randolph bringing an angelic quality on some numbers, and all around excellent Arkestra ensemble vocals throughout! The incredible opener "Along Came Ra/The Living Myth" is a live recording from Paris in 1983 that sets the creative bar quite high with feverish percussion, the sweetly soulful voice of June Tyson, and spacey spoken word by Ra. That said, the quality soars high throughout – and other titles include "Interplanetary Music No. 1", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "Space Is The Place", "Forest Of No Return", "Truth About Planet Earth", "Space Chant (Third Heaven)", "Antique Blacks", "Enlightenment" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP colored vinyl pressing – and limited to just 750 copies!)
Also available Space Age Is Here To Stay ... CD 18.99

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Epic SoundtracksRise Above ... LP
Bar None/Mapache, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
One of those records that came out of left field when it was released – yet managed to take a very tiny slice of the underground by storm! Epic Soundtracks is no stranger to indie scenes – having been an important member of Swell Maps during the late 70s UK punk years, and working with Crime & The City Solution on some great records during the 80s – but this solo debut is something else entirely – a set that draws on an older, more personal singer/songwriter tradition, and which shows a side of Soundtracks that's surprisingly heartfelt, maybe even optimistic – although the whole thing's still got a darkness that reminds us of the solo work by his brother, Nikki Sudden – but with piano as the dominant instrument, not guitar. Titles include "Everybody Else Is Wrong", "I Feel Good", "Big Apple Graveyard", "I Don't Know", "Meet Me On The Beach", and "She Sleeps Alone". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousScene Club – Ham Yard, London 1963 to 1966 ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
American soul and R&B from the start of the 60s – but served up here as a tribute to London's crucial Scene Club of the 60s – a key musical venue that had an undeniable influence on mod, beat, and soul sounds to come! The Scene Club was more R&B inspired than some of the Northern Soul venues to come on the UK scene – but they were also critical in laying down an approach that so many others would pick up and run with a few years later – a way of selecting the coolest, hippest cuts of the time – and coming up with a fresh way to lay them out for the dancefloor! The package features 16 rough and ready groovers – all pretty darn soulful – and titles include "A Fool In Love" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown, "Dear Lady Twist" by Gary Bonds, "Hide & Go Seek (part 1)" by Bunker Hill, "I Got Love If You Want It" by Slim Harpo, "You Gonna Wreck My Life" by Slim Harpo, "Got To Have Some" by Willie Mabon, "Let's Go" by Hank Ballard, "Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey, and "The Hunch" by Bobby Peterson. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Serge ChaloffBoston Blow-Up! ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far from the cooler jazz outings of other "Kenton Presents" sessions – a real Boston Blow up that has Serge standing starkly out front on the baritone, hitting some tremendous notes that show a command and dexterity on his instrument that few other players could match! Also noteworthy is the presence of the great Boots Mussulli on alto sax – a sharp-edge player with a lot of Charlie Mariano touches, and an artist who's rarely heard in a setting so stripped-down as this. Other artists include Herb Pomeroy on trumpet, Ray Santisi on piano, and Jimmy Zitano on drums – and titles include the original numbers "Kip", "Unison", "Bob The Robin", and "Sergical" – plus versions of "What's New", "Yesterday's Gardenias", and Jaki Byard's "Diane's Melody". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing from the 80s on Affinity. Cover has tape along the bottom seam.)

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