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Miles DavisAura ... CD
Columbia, 1989. Used ... $1.99
One of Miles Davis' last albums – and a swirling batch of "color" tracks that's almost a blending of his Gil Evans work with the early electric years! The album's one long extended suite – and it's got a moody feel that's really great – a shifting, shimmering sound that takes us back to the Evans years – but also with some of the colder, more modern moments of the late 60s. The set was recorded in Denmark, and is written and produced by Palle Mikkelborg – and it features a host of players, both American and European, including John McLaughlin on guitar, Bo Steif on bass, Jesper Thilo on reeds, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, and Thomas Clausen on keyboards. Miles' solos are the primary focus over the large group setting – and each of the individual movements is named after a color: "White", "Yellow", "Orange", "Red", "Green", "Blue", "Electric Red", "Indigo", and "Violet". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Tommy James & The Shondells40 Years 1966 to 2006 – The Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Aura, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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Marijohn WilkinBallads Of Blue & Gray (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Omni (Australia), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A very unusual record from a time when America was starting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War – a moment that yielded a surprisingly large number of war-themed recordings, although done with a vibe that was pure 60s overall! Marijohn Wilkin is a folk singer by trade, but one who also sang a fair bit of country too – and here, she brings together both of those elements in a session directed by guitarist Hank Garland, with backup vocals from Nashville stalwarts the Jordanaires! The tunes are mostly older numbers, but given a tight punch that's almost early pop folk – with Marijohn's voice upfront in the mix, recorded with a nice degree of echo that would work well with pop records too. Titles include "Johnny Is My Darling", "The Southern Soldier Boy", "Oh Freedom", "Aura Lee", "Two Brothers", and "Weeping Sad & Lonely". Even better, though, are the bonus tracks here – which are numbers that are more country overall, and have great production that really knows what to do with Wilkin as a singer – titles that include "Wayfaring Blues", "Cold Cold Heart", "What Can I Do To Please You", "Babara Allen", "Sparks", "Higher Than High", "Whip Poor Whill", "If You're Sure", and "Carmel By The Sea". CD

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VariousMen In The Glass Booth – Groundbreaking Re-edits & Remixes By The Disco Era's Most Influential DJs (3CD set) ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 34.99
An incredible collection – and one that fills in a crucially under-documented side of the New York dancefloor generation – the wealth of special mixes and edits that were made for that city's important DJs for their own use in clubs! The package sorts through a mountain of never-issued acetates, and goes way past conventional disco or rare club collections – to showcase the special mixing talents these DJs brought to their re-presentation of the material – which was usually done on tape, then pressed onto acetate discs for their own private use! Those rare treasures are brought forth here – in a beautiful package that's also overflowing with fantastic notes that finally give this lost history its due – all handled by Al Kent – who's a hell of a mixer himself, as well as an underground club historian. 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and titles include "I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo rmx)" by Leon Collins, "What About Love (Tony Gioe rmx)" by Marboo, "Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Double Exposure, "Inside America (Rick Gianatos disco queen acetate edit)" by Juggy Murray Jones, "Dancing Free (John Luongo rmx)" by Hot Ice, "Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by The Sunshine Band, "Magic Bird Of Fire (Francois Kevorkian Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "It's Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons disco madness rmx)" by Double Exposure, "Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing rmx)" by Fay Hauser, "Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese rmx)" by Love Symphony Orchestra, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Ripple, "I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Ruby Andrews, "I've Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos rmx)" by Lake Shore Drive, "Bumpsie's Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "Janice (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Skip Mahoney, "My Number's Up (Tee Scott rmx)" by The Salsoul Orchestra, "The Love Bug Done Bit Me Again (David Todd rmx)" by Skyliners, "LA Sunshine (Robert Ouimet rmx)" by Aura, "Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Tony Valor Sound Orchestra, "Handsome Ma (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Sparkle Tuhran & Friends, "Love Thang (Tee Scott rmx)" by First Choice, "Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez edit)" by Kay Gees, "Love Is The Message (Tee Scott rmx)" by Brooklyn Express, "Changes (Jellybean Benitez rmx)" by Chain Reaction, "J'Ouvert (Frank Sestito rmx)" by John Gibbs & The Jam Band, "By The Way You Dance (Bobby DJ Guttadaro rmx)" by Bunny Sigler, "It's Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons disco madness version)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. CD

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✨✧ PassportInfinity Machine ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's an apt one here – because the Passport groove of the 70s just seems to go on and on – working with machine-like clockwork, at a pace of at least 2 records a year for many years – without any dip in quality of performance or imagination! As with other Passport records, saxophonist Klaus Doldinger's at the lead – writing and producing all tracks, but also playing here with a slightly warmer quality too – shaking off some of the jamming intensity of other Passport albums for a sound that's sometimes a bit more contemplative and open-ended. The change is a nice one, and marks a deepening emotion in the group that comes at a time when they just could have played things safe. Keyboards seem to figure a bit more strongly than guitars in this new spirit – and titles include "Infinity Machine", "Blue Aura", "JuJu Man", "Morning Sun", and "Contemplation". CD
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✨✧ Sun RaSecrets Of The Sun (plus bonus track) ... CD
Saturn/Unheard Music Series, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Sun Ra albums of the 60s – and a wonderful set of material recorded when the group first moved to New York – really haunting tunes that are a strong extension from their earlier Chicago music, but not nearly as outside as work to come! There's a darkness here that's undeniable – lots of blue tones on the instruments, and a sort of brooding sensibility in the rhythms – almost conventional jazz peeled back to reveal its darker secrets – played by Ra on piano and percussion, John Gilmore on bass clarinet and tenor, Marshall Allen on alto sax, Eddie Gale on trumpet, Pat Patrick on flute, and Calvin Newborn on guitar. The production is especially nice – filled with some occasional tricks and echoes that really expand the sound – and there's also some cool vocalizations too, including "space voice" from Art Jenkins, and "space bird sounds" too! Titles include "Friendly Galaxy", "Solar Differentials", "Space Aura", "Love In Outer Space", "Reflects Motion", and "Solar Symbols". CD also features a wonderful bonus track – the previously-unreleased "Flight To Mars", which runs for 17 minutes, and has an almost narrative-like approach to the song that lives up to the space travel title. Players include Pat Patrick on baritone sax, Marshall Allen on flute, John Gilmore on tenor and voice, and Calvin Newborn on guitar. CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Ra Live At The Newport Jazz Festival 1969/Sun Ra Live At The Electric Circus 1968 ... CD
Transparency, 1968/1969. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sun Ra at the end of the 60s – two rare live dates, both with a really tripped-out sound! CD 1 features the group making a rare appearance at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival – playing music so fierce, it must have blown most of the whitehairs right out of the audience! There's a somewhat distorted feel to the music – not just because of the recording quality, which is actually pretty good, but because there's some weird instrumentation – not listed in the notes, but possibly a rocksichord and other electronics, mixed with some very abrasive horn work. June Tyson sings a bit, and titles include "The Shadow World", "Prepare For The Journey To Other Worlds", "Enlightenment", "Watusa", "Outer Space", and "Somebody Else's Idea". CD 2 features a 1968 performance at the Electric Circus in New York – one that has a bit less electricity in the mix, but also a sound that's still pretty out there – especially as the PA system seems to augment some of the more dramatic instrumental moments. Some of the best cuts are spare and stark, with great percussion and keyboard work – and titles include "Friendly Galaxy", "Satellites Are Spinning", "Untitled Improvisation", "Calling Planet Earth", and "Space Aura". CD

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✨✧ Verna FrancisDown To Earth (with bonus disc) ... CD
Chilli Funk (UK), 2005. Used 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A nice set from modern club soul diva Verna Francis – with a sleek production that recalls some of the better Chillifunk and Restless Soul soundscapes – and an even deeper aura of spacey 70s atmosphere! Verna's vocal style carries the warm, sexy and grooving styles she introduced us to on her singles – and she really delivers for the full length! The arrangements are lightly funky, in styles reverent of the Roy Ayers and Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder schools – with a sparklingly modern sound of keys, beats and soulful strings! Tracks include "Never Too Late", "Earth Is The Place", "Rimes", "Down To Earth", "What Kind Of Word", "Pause", "Keep On Dreaming", "Twilight", "Look" and "Sunshine". CD

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✨✧ Various19 (4 CD set) ... CD
Numero, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A 4-disc sampler covering four decades and a diverse array of genres. Music from Earsley Young, Lee Walker, Little Alice, the Blazers, Otis Brown, the Devotions, Sole Inspiration, Frank Sinatra Jr, Kathy Heideman, Sheriff, Brother Soul, Aura, Wraith, Alfonso Lovo, Jonah Thompson, Archie James Cavanaugh, Keni Rightout, Ned Doheny, the Scientists, White Zombie, Codine, Bedhead, Blonde Redhead, Unwound, Long Hind Legs & more. CD
 
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Laura AinsworthNew Vintage ... CD
Eclectus, 2017. Used ... $0.99
... CD
(Promotional sticker on back of digipack case.)

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Laura Nyro with LabelleGonna Take A Miracle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
A tremendous album from Laura Nyro – a real return to the soulful style of her roots, thanks to help from Labelle on backing vocals, and the team of Gamble & Huff on production! If Nyro only ever gave the world this record, that would more than be enough – because the whole thing's an incredibly hip blend of her own great songwriting and some of the more righteous strands of American soul music at the time. Most of the tracks are older soul numbers – some done relatively straight, others done with the more personal, contemplative style you'd expect from Nyro during these years. And decades before Amy Winehouse or Joss Stone started hitting territory like this, Nyro proved that a set of soul tracks like this could come off well, if handled with the right talent! Titles include "The Bells", "I Met Him On A Sunday", "Spanish Harlem", "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", "Desiree", "The Wind", "Nowhere To Run", and "It's Gonna Take A Miracle". CD features 4 bonus tracks too – "A Natural Woman", "Ooh Child", "Up On The Roof", and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing". CD

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✨✧ VariousAuralux Reggae Showcase ... CD
Auralux (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $7.99
A great collection of tracks from the Auraluxx label, which has emerged as the boutique reggae revive/reissue label to beat! A dozen top notch selections offered up as a taster for the label's output, but making up a mighty fine compilation along the way: Linval Thompson "Tell ME You Love Me", Johnny Clarke "Everybody's Got To Be Free", the Upsetters "Black Panta" and "Upsetting Rhythm #2", Mikey Dread "Ancestral Dub", Horace Andy "Don't Say No", Early B "Bible Story", Johnny Osbourne "Lend Me Your Chopper", the Fantails "Name Of The Game", Sugar Minott "Devil's Pickney" and the Heptones "Living Up On A Hill". CD
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✨✧ Laura LeeTwo Sides Of Laura Lee (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A standout set from the great Laura Lee – a deep soul singer with power to rival the greatness of Aretha Franklin, but one who's also got a funkier punch to her music too! The album's a great blend of late 60s female southern and tight 70s bad sister funk – a style that's a bit like that of Gwen McCrae at her early best, but handled here with a fuller vibe that's right in keeping with the best modes of the Invictus/Hot Wax scene from the Holland Dozier Holland team! Vocals are wonderful throughout – and the album features the breakbeat classic "Crumbs Off The Table" – plus "Guess Who I Saw Today", "If I'm Good Enough To Love (I'm Good Enough To Marry)", "Rip Off", "You've Got To Save Me", and "Workin & Lovin Together". CD features bonus tracks – "Crumbs Off The Table (single re-edit)", "I'll Catch You When You Fall", and "I Can't Hold Out Much Longer". CD

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✨✧ Marva Whitney with Osaka MonaurailLive In Japan ... CD
Shout (Japan), 2006. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky soul double-header – one that features live material both by Osaka Monaurail and the legendary Marva Whitney! The set starts out with a few tracks by OM – playing in that razor-sharp, James Brown-inspired groove that we love so much – easily the greatest contemporary JB-driven funk we can think of! Singer Ryo Nakata throws in a bit of vocals over the group's instrumental grooves – but then steps aside so that Marva Whitney can take center stage for the remaining three-fourths of the album – singing with the same raw fury as on her recent studio set with Osaka Monaurail! The sound here is incredible – easily some of the best funk-revival work we can think of, and the sort of record that should make Marva plenty proud after all these years. Titles include "New New Type Thing", "Evil", "I Made A Mistake", "It's My Thing", "Your Love Was Good For Me", "Things Got To Get Better", "What Do I Have To Do", and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear". CD
(CD comes in slimline case, but with full artwork insert, and professionally printed CD art. Also features some bonus video material too!)

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✨✧ BlazeAural Karate ... CD
Butter Vet, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousEvery Tone A Testimony – An African American Aural History ... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, 2001. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print, missing slipcover & booklet.)

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Ihsan Al-MunzerBelly Dance Disco – Ernest Chahoud Presents Middle Eastern Heavens ... CD
A Chahine & Fils/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards – all moving and grooving in ways that are a lot hipper than any other belly dance music we've heard! Music features piano and organ, plus a very cool "string synthesizer" by played by the leader – and there's also plenty of percussion at the core of the set, making for a nice juxtaposition with the electric elements. Titles include "Night Entertainer", "Dance Of Tenderness", "Joy Of Lina", "A Flower Of My Imagination", "Love Of Laura", "Girls Of Iskandariah", and "Once A Year". CD
Also available Belly Dance Disco – Ernest Chahoud Presents Middle Eastern Heavens ... LP 24.99

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Bobby CharlesAlligators, Sprockets, & Bended Knees ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.99
A huge collection of work from the great Bobby Charles – a sometimes-overlooked figure in late 50s music, but a key force in developing the sound of Louisiana at the time! Bobby hailed from the cajun part of the state, but also drank heavily from the R&B that was brewing up in New Orleans – and the records within are part of a fantastic genre-crossing legacy that's always gotten Charles equal interest from fans of older rock and soul! The package is very heavy on key material that Bobby recorded for Chess Records, including a number of tracks that were not issued at the time – and the set also features some later singles for Imperial, which continue the kind of Crescent City soulfulness that Bobby really helped forge with a few key contemporaries as the start of a much bigger legacy to come. The set features 48 tracks in all – with titles that include "Oh Yeah", "Since She's Gone", "Watch It Sprocket", "I'm A Fool To Care", "Mr Moon", "Ain't Got No Home", "Laura Lee", "Take It Easy Greasy", "One Eyed Jack", "No More", "You Can Suit Yourself", "On Bended Knee", "Hey Good Lookin", "Why Did You Leave", "Your Picture", "Good Lovin", "Those Eyes", and "What A Party". Also includes a few bonus tracks that show Bobby's influence on other artists – tracks by Fats Domino, Clarence Henry, John Fred, and Bill Haley. CD

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✨✧ Bill Coleman & Don ByasSwiss Radio Days Vol 23 – At Theatre Bel-Air, Lausanne 1949 ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1949. New Copy ... $4.99 15.99
Trumpeter Bill Coleman and tenorist Don Byas were two great American players of the 40s who maybe reached more fame overseas than they did back home – a legacy that definitely rings true from the strong audience response they get at this Swiss performance in 1949! The set's a fair bit longer than some of the other recordings in this Swiss Radio Days series, and maybe a bit more varied – really showing the way that the musicians of the time were able to move between bop, swing, and even a touch of jump blues to reach the wider tastes of the European audiences – as both of the leaders work here with a combo that also includes George Daily on vibes, Bernard Peiffer on piano, and Michel De Villers on alto – plus a bit of vocals from Pops Whitman. The set runs for almost 80 minutes in length – and titles include "Let's Try Again", "Flying Home", "Just You Just Me", "How High The Moon", "Dancers In Love", "Hey Ba Ba Rebop", "Stormy Weather", "Laura", "The Chase", and "Moonglow". CD

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Dreamies (Bill Holt)Dreamies ... CD
Gear Fab, 1974. Used ... $8.99
A legendary album from start to finish – and easily one of the most compelling experimental sets from the 70s! Call it a "auralgraphic entertainment", or "an incredible mental experience" – both claims listed on the title – and you wouldn't even be getting half of the picture of this amazing set – because the music rolls out here in a really dreamy blend of folksy elements, found sounds, and electronics – on two long tracks that each run for a side apiece – but which have far more song-structure than you might expect! There's no jamming, but no sloppiness either – and instead, Bill Holt finds a way to bring together disparate sounds and ideas in this really dynamic way – but also with a subtlety that few other later works like this ever thought to try. The record has been legendary for decades – and for good reason, too – and if you're not in an altered state, it will definitely get you there – and if you are, you'd better hold onto your hat! CD
(Out of print.)

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Eli's Second ComingEli's Second Coming ... CD
Silver Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... About February 12, 2020 (delayed)
Not to be confused with the Laura Nyro hit "Eli's Coming", this group's one that's headed up by Philly Soul maestro Bobby Eli – composer of, producer for, and guitarist on countless 70s soul hits! The group's Bobby's own, and has a sound that's very much in keeping with the best Philly disco of the period – with likely suspect players that include Ron Kersey on keyboards, Vince Montana on vibes, and Larry Washington on congas. Most tunes feature a 3-woman vocal chorus singing the lyrics – very much in the classic Philly female disco group mode – and titles include "Heavenly", "Foxfire, "Lickety Split", "Love Chant", "Why Don'cha", "Hop Scotch", and oh, a version of "Eli's Coming"! CD

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Flying LotusCosmogramma ... CD
Warp, 2010. Used ... $8.99
Flying Lotus wastes little time seizing the senses on Cosmogramma – bursting with thick, bubbling wave of electronics that float off just as quickly and make room for hypnic harp and buzzing eastern string sounds – and gets more adventurous and unrelenting from there! We've been on board with FL all along and Cosmogramma might be the best ride yet – it's bigger, spacier and more instantly gratifying than earlier efforts – mixing bright, buoyant electronics, waves of textured atmospherics, strings that range from lovely to spooky and other live instrumentation. 17 tracks in all: "Clock Catcher", "Nose Art", "Zodiac S**t", "Recoiled", "Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph", "German Haircut", "Do The Astral Plane", "Galaxy In Janaki" and more. Guests vocalists include Laura Darlington and Thom Yorke (!!!). CD

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✨✧ Bennie GreenBennie Green Blows His Horn ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1955. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Bennie Green blows his horn – and really blows us away in the process! Green emerges here as one of the most biting trombonists of the postwar years – a player who can handle his instrument with a deftness usually heard more on a trumpet – a sense of phrasing that's incredibly sharp and on the money, and which mixes here with some wicked lead lines from Charlie Rouse on tenor sax! Rouse has all his early gutbuckety tones firmly intact – and steps out here in a group that also features Cliff Smalls on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. Candido plays conga on half the record – and titles include the classic "Groovin the Blues", plus "Body & Soul", "Say Jack", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "One Track", "Hi Yo Silver", and "Laura". CD
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Krzysztof KomedaKomeda On Polish Radio 1 – First Recording 1952 to 1960 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1950s. New Copy ... $12.99
Stunning early work from Polish pianist Krzysztof Komeda – an artist who would blossom to great fame in the 60s, thanks to his modern jazz material and film scores – but one who's already at the top of his game on this set of 50s recordings for Polish radio! Komeda's on piano throughout, in a number of different ensembles – including a sextet with the great Jerzy Milian on vibes and Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski on saxes – both artists who, like Komeda, would help to leave a very special imprint on the Polish scene, setting it apart from most other Eastern European jazz of the period. Most tunes are American standards, but they often have these great original arrangements, and a wonderful way of combining the musical elements – on 16 tracks that include "Caravan", "Stella By Starlight", "The Continental", "Out Of Nowhere", "That Second", "Laura", "The Man I Love", and "September Song". CD

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Mieczyslaw KoszMieczyslaw Kosz – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 10 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99
Here's a pianist you probably don't know at all – and one you definitely can't pronounce – but we bet you'll really be loving the music of Mieczyslaw Kosz after you've heard this set of solo performances for Polish radio from the late 60s! Kosz has a style that's somewhat conventional, but also hints at some of the new lyricism that was opening in the music of late 60s American players like Steve Kuhn or the young Keith Jarrett – kind of the immediate influence of Bill Evans, but already going somewhere else – especially with the sense of many vectors of music that seem to flow effortlessly from Mieczyslaw's hands. There's a number of original tunes in the set, but even the familiar tunes are very fresh – and the recording quality is excellent throughout. Titles include "Rosemary's Baby", "Les Parapluies De Cherbourg", "Illusion", "Before The Storm", "It's Late", "Question", "Yesterday", "Laura", and "Departure". CD

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Volker KriegelHouse Boat ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. Used ... $11.99
Cool chromatic sounds from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a set that mixes his own instrumentation with vibes from Wolfgang Schulter and a fair bit of percussion too! Kriegel is always great, no matter what the setting – but here he hits a unique mode, even in comparison to his other excellent sessions for the MPS label in the 70s – almost with more of a sense of color, ala John Abercrombie – but still the kind of punch we know from his powerful talents on the guitar. Schulter's a lesser-known player, but a great one – an artist we love on the electric album by Michael Naura, The Call – and working here in equally warm company next to Kriegel. Titles include "House Boat", "Are You Really Living Next To Me", "In Your Way", "Your Face Your Voice", and "Chateau Sentimental". CD

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Andrzej Kurylewicz, Atilla Garay, Wanda Warska, Wojciech Karolak, & OthersJazz Jamboree 62 Vol 2 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1962. New Copy ... $6.99
Things really took off at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1962 – as the festival began its fantastic 60s run of bringing together some of the hippest modernists on the planet! Forget any hoke you might think from the "jamboree" name – because instead, the event was a legendary matching of talents – one that often rivaled the hippest jazz festivals anywhere else in Europe during the decade! This second volume from 1962 features the quintet of trumpeter Andrzej Kurylewicz with Jan Wroblewski on tenor and Wojciech Karolak on piano, performing "Ancle's Dance"; the Jan Tomszewski Big Band on "Laura" and "Walking Home"; the trio of pianist Atilla Garay on "The Wind Is Blooming Over The Danube" and "Under The Mountains Of Chitero"; the sextet of pianist Vadim Sakun on "Blues"; the Jerzy Matuskiewicz Swingtet on "Jeanine"; and singer Wanda Warska with the Wojciech Karolak trio on "I'll Wind" and "Time After Time". CD

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Charles MingusTrio (aka Mingus Three) ... CD
Roulette, 1957. Used ... $4.99
A classic trio session from Charles Mingus – one of the few he ever recorded! The set's got Mingus on bass, working with regular drummer Danny Richmond and pianist Hampton Hawes – an unusual choice for the record, but a player whose sense of freedom and intensity at this point really helps bring in some of the energy of some of the larger group recordings from Mingus! Hawes' incredible piano lines really fly over the top, and Mingus' bass comes to the forefront as well – getting plenty of room for personal elements that Charles never got as strongly in the larger sessions. The set list includes a mix of originals and standards, with "Back Home Blues", "Hamp's New Blues", "Dizzy Moods", and "Laura". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mountain Mocha KilimanjaroMountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2009. New Copy ... $8.99
An amazing deep funk combo from Japan – one that almost rivals Osaka Monaurail for classic-styled grooves! These guys have a sharpness that reminds us of the late 60s James Brown Band at their best, touched with a bit of JBs instrumental riffing – all produced with just the right gritty edge to make the music sound even better! There's no vocals at all, and the album rolls along madly like a stack of funky 45s – way rougher and harder than you'd guess from the landscape image on the cover, and proof that the Japanese scene has plenty of deep funk to offer these days. Titles include "Time Has Come", "Yellow Soul Force", "The Changes", "The Bunch", "Baggy Pants", "Big Pig Affair", "Black Dog Black Cat Black Bird", and "Eastwood Magic City". UK version features two special bonus tracks – "Immigrant Song" and "Theme From Blackbyrds". CD

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Willie RosarioNuevos Horizontes ... CD
Bronco, 1984. Used ... $24.99
One of Willie's great slammers for the Bronca label in the early 80s – all sessions that cook with the same burning energy of the best New York salsa sets of the 70s! Vocals on the album are by Tony Vega and Gilberto Santa Rosa – and Willie's timbales help the whole thing groove along at a nice little clip. But most of all, we really love the jazzy flourishes on the horns, which add a depth and sophistication to all the of the tunes on the set. Titles include "Lluvia", "Chango Ta Beni", "Babarabatiri", "Laura", "El Plantao", and "Obra Sellada". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy SmithGroovin' At Smalls' Paradise Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $16.99
Jimmy Smith live was a killer – especially in the early days, when this one was recorded! Back in the late 50s, when Jimmy was shocking the world with his fantastically creative approach to the organ, Blue Note cut some of the first strong-selling live albums by following Jimmy to the clubs – where he would really let loose with some incredible work on the Hammond B3. The albums recorded that time shine far brighter than Jimmy's studio work – as Smith really opens up on nice long tracks, working with his trio that features Eddie McFadden on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums. Titles on this first volume include "After Hours", "My Funny Valentine", "Slightly Monkish", and "Laura". CD
(Part of the Blue Note 80 – Soul Jazz Works series!)
Also available Groovin' At Smalls' Paradise Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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TM JukeForward ... CD
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity, 2006. Used ... $3.99
Forward, indeed – this this a big step up and some of the best work yet from TM Juke – his debut for Ubiquity! On Forward, the crafty producer/arranger/DJ, pushes the laptop bits and broken beats a little further out to the fringes – and focuses on the richer soul approach we love from his work with Alice Russell! The sound incorporates bits of spacey jazz, electro funk, and hip hop era thump – beat based but percolating sweetly under the vocals the rich aural tapestry! He brings out some great guest vocalists for the groovier soul sounding tunes – including Kinny of Kinny & Horne, Tru Thoughts compatriot Alice Russell, Elmore Judd and others – and the instrumental cuts are just as groovy! "Damn" feat Kinny, "Come Away" feat Sophie Faricy, "Bee's On Mars", "Arrggh!", "Skin" feat Naim, "So Good" feat Alice Russell, "Lady Garden", "Electric Chair" feat Elmore Judd, "Grounded In Fargo", "Life, Rain, Fall" and "Pencils For Dolphins". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)Evening Colours (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CAM/Lion, 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
Amazing music from Laurance Vanay – actually a recording name for Jacqueline Thibault, a hell of a great keyboardist but an artist the label thought would be better off billed as a man! The sound here is halfway between the spacey experiments of Brian Eno and Cluster, and some of the more ambitious sound library work of the time – particularly those rare moments when prog artist got to do some studio work! Thibault's keyboards are wonderful – lots of Fender Rhodes mixed with Hammond and early synth – usually spun out at an instrumental level that has the tunes building slowly in these really great layers of sound – almost like a Popol Vuh soundtrack, but a lot more tuneful too. There's a fragile complexity that really makes the music special – and unlike anything we've ever heard from the European scene of the time – and titles include "Alone In The Rain", "Evening Colours", "Forgotten Moments", "Twin Cities", "Eyes Closed On The Way", "Sunshine In My Heart", and "Underwater Light Reflection". CD features a huge amount of bonus tracks – includign "Mamie"," Mop", and "Fausse Fn" – plus alternate takes of songs on the album. CD

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VariousBirth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
The Detroit soul scene at the start of the 60s – music from a time before Motown was dominating the city's reputation, and a whole host of other great labels brought the motor city sound to the masses! The work here is quite a surprise if you're only thinking in terms of Northern Soul and some of the more uptempo Detroit groovers – as the work here burns on so many different levels – often with a style that reflects some of the nascent soul coming out of Chicago on labels like Chess and Vee Jay, the latter of whom is featured here amidst a range of other imprints that include Wand, Atlantic, Scepter, Time, Old Town, and Brent – all of whom released some of these early Detroit soul tracks as singles back in the day. In true Ace/Kent fashion, the set also features a few unreleased gems, plus a wonderful set of notes on the city's soul scene – alongside tracks that include "Nosey Folk" by The Del-Phis, "Answer Me" by Vivian Collins, "Can't We Get Together" by Harry Reid, "Here I Am" by Betty Lavette, "Shakin Fit" by The Pyramids, "That's No Way To Spend My Time" by The Pen Ettes, "Wedding Bells" by Melvin Davis, "You Lied" by Marva Josie, "Think A Little Sugar" by Barbara Lewis, "Just One More Time" by JJ Barnes, "My Letter" by Priscilla Page, "I Know How It Feels" by Laura Johnson, "I'm A Lonely Guy" by Timmy Shaw & The Sternphones, "Come Back To Me" by La Wanda William, "I Cried For My Last Time" by The Sonnettes, and "Tears Running & Falling From My Eyes" by James Lately. CD

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VariousFlashdance – Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture ... CD
Casablanca, 1983. Used ... $3.99
Music from Irene Cara, Shandi, Helen St. John, Karen Kamon, Joe Esposito, Laura Branigan, Donna Summer, Cycle V, Kim Carnes & Michael Sembello. CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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VariousFrom The German Jazz Festival 1964 ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
Incredible sounds from the German Jazz Festival of 1964 – a wonderful meeting of modern talents from all over the European continent at the time – including some great work from behind the Iron Curtain too! The album features a few tracks each by a number of different groups – all of them excellent, and the sorts of players who are really under-represented in terms of available recordings – which makes this selection of tracks completely essential! The set begins with "Sopranitis" and "Birmingham Post" – played by a very cool combo with Heinz Sauer on tenor and soprano sax, Joki Freund on the same two instruments, Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, and Gunther Kornberg on alto and baritone – a four-sax group that works with just bass and drums to give them a groove, with strong solos from all players. Next up is the fantastic Zagreb Jazz Quartet – with Bosko Petrovic on vibes – playing "In Walked Bud" and "Degressia" – plus a version of "Bluesette" with a guest appearance by Sven Asmussen. Tenor player Karl Drevo (Drewo) leads a quintet with trumpeter Maffy Falay and pianist Bora Rokovic – on a long reading of "Save Your Love For Me". The legendary quartet of saxophonist Klaus Doldinger is next – his great group with Ingfried Hoffmann on Hammond, Peter Trunk on bass, and Klaus Weiss on drums – with guest work by Rolf Kuhn on tenor and Inge Brandenberg on vocals – on the titles "Waltz Of The Jive Cats", "What's The Matter Daddy", and "Groovin In Berlin". Last up is one of our favorite groups of the time – the quintet of pianist Michael Naura, which also features Wolfgang Schluter on vibes and Peter Reinke on alto – on "Rainy Clouds" and "Rhythm A Ning". CD

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VariousNew York Graffiti – 1619 to 1750 Broadway – An Independent American Pop Story 1958 to 1968 (4CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99
An amazing look at the world of New York music in the late 50s and early 60s – and a set that's got a much more urban vibe than you might guess from the cover! The vibe here is partly hinted at by the Broadway address in the title – as most of these tracks come from a time and stretch when the indie pop machine was going full steam in the US – strongly urged on by the success of 50s R&B and early rock hits – served up here in a stunning mix of really unusual, really groovy singles – most of which go way way beyond the too-reissued Brill Building music of the time! Instead, the bulk of this work comes from the President label – and other imprints like Joy, Seville, and others – all brought together with a huge booklet of notes that follows the 107 titles in the box on a track-by-track basis – all with the completeness of an Ace/Kent compilation. There's way too many titles here to list – but we can say that the set features work from Mort Garson, Floyd Morris, Judy & Joyce, Scott Carol, Joey & The Twisters, Bill Roxy, Curtis Knight, The Four Coins, Larry Banks, Millie Foster, Terry & The Tunisians, Laura Lynn, Scott Bedford Four, Ernie Maresca, Billy Duke, Billy Butterfield, Susan Lynne, Sleepy King, The Hideaways, Earl Wade, The Imaginations, Wallie Hawkins, Ronnie Mitchell, and lots lots more! CD

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VariousThis Is It – More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1962 to 1977 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
If you only know Van McCoy from his big disco hit of the 70s, then you've got plenty to learn – because the man was very active in soul music during the decade before – a great singer, and a hugely productive songwriter whose tunes provided material for many other big names of his time! Van's tunes often have a great mix of soul and sophistication – a classy approach that's sometimes dubbed uptown soul, and which balances deeply heartfelt vocals with stepping grooves and just the right subtle use of larger backings – all in a way that perfectly enhances the special qualities of the lyrics. That approach is used often here, amidst a few other cuts that echo northern or deep soul modes – all brought together with the usual fantastic Ace Records notes, packaging, and sound quality. Titles include "Hard Way To Go" by The Exciters, "You're Gonna Make Me Love You" by Sandi Sheldon, "Lost & Found" by Kenny Carlton, "If I Don't Love You" by The Choice Four, "Mister DJ" by Francine Barker, "Touch My Heart" by The Vonnettes, "Just In The Nick Of Time" by Toni Lamarr, "Abracadabra" by Erma Franklin, "Baby I Miss You" by The Spellbinders, "I Wanna Love You So Bad" by Bobby Reed, "The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven" by Chris Bartley, "This Is It" by Melba Moore, "Baby Don't Change Your Mind" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Memories & Souvenirs" by Laura Greene, and "Show A Little Appreciation" by The Ad Libs. CD

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✨✧ Alain GoraguerLe Monde Instrumental D'Alain Goraguer (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little package that finally brings together two different musical worlds of the great Alain Goraguer – the man who's maybe best known for providing the sounds for early recordings by Serge Gainsbourg – and an artist who also recorded some great jazz and soundtrack material on the French scene of the late 50s and early 60s! The set's overflowing with music we've never heard from Goraguer before – including a fair bit of instrumental readings of early Gainsbourg tunes – and although Alain had a few entries in the earlier Jazz In Paris CD series, this 3CD set moves way way past those outings, and offers up work in a range of styles – straight jazz, orchestral, cinematic, Latin, and even a few special projects as well. Much of the music has a very cool postwar Parisian vibe – and the CD features The albums Alain Goraguer Et Son Trio No 1, Go Go Goraguer, Slow Et Fox Du Jazz A La Une, Danse Party No 26, Los Goraguers Cha Cha Cha, plus some 45rpm EP releases – as well as albums recorded under the nom-du-recording of Laura Fontaine – plus soundtracks for the films La Piege, J'Irai Cracher Sur Vos Tombes, Les Loups Dans La Bergerie, L'Eau A La Bouche, Les Heriteiers, and Le Bel Age – plus other bits too. 83 tracks in all – plus notes in English and French, and images of the original records too. CD

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✨✧ Julie LondonJulie Is Her Name/Julie Is Her Name Vol 2 ... CD
Liberty/EMI, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes across with a brashly adult presentation of the material. Backing only features Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass – leaving Julie plenty of room to take over the record with her vocals – a real masterpiece of understatement, given the setting! Titles include her famous version of "Cry Me A River" – virtually THE version of the tune – plus "I Should Care", "Say It Isn't So", "Gone With The Wind", "Laura", and "Can't Help Loving That Man". Volume 2 is a lesser-known follow-up to Julie London's classic Julie Is Her Name album. The approach here is similar to the first set – with Howard Roberts backing up Julie's vocals, in a style that's quite similar to that used by Barney Kessel the first time around. Red Mitchell's bass is really the only other instrumentation – and the spareness of the set is stunning – with a nakedness that gets past even Julie's heavy turtleneck on the cover! Titles include "If I'm Lucky", "Little White Lies", "Hot Toddy", "Blue Moon", "Goody Goody", and "Spring Is Here". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Joe LovanoOn This Day At The Vanguard ... CD
Blue Note, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strong outing from the Joe Lovano nonet – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with the feel of other classic work recorded in the legendary club! The album's stepped in traditions of large group work of the 50s and 60s – albums by artists like Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – with Lovano on tenor, working as a key part of 8 other musicians that include Steve Slagle on alto, Larry Farrell on trombone, and John Hicks on piano. Orchestrations are by Lovano, Slagle, and Willie Smith – and titles include "After The Rain", "Good Bait", "Laura", "On This Day", "At The Vanguard", and "My Little Brown Book". CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ Tito PuenteDance Mania Volume 1 ... CD
RCA, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A burner of a set from Tito Puente – very well titled to suit the energy of the session! The tracks are all highly rhythmic numbers – short, but filled with jazzy horn flourishes and the kind of snapping rhythms that made the Puente group one of the biggest crossover favorites of the 50s. Tunes nicely mix up vocals with some more pronounced jazz soloing – getting a heck of a lot into a relatively small space, and really keeping up the energy of the record overall. Ray Barretto's on congas – and other players include Vincent Frisaura and Frank LoPinto on trumpets, Gerry Sanfino and Rafael Tata Palau on saxes, Ray Conception on piano, and Robert Rodriguez on bass. A few cuts have lead vocals – sung by Santos Colon – and titles include "3-D Mambo", "Hong Kong Mambo", "Mambo Gozon", "Saca Tu Mujer", "Varsity Drag", and "El Cayuco". CD
(Out of print, mark through slipcover barcode.)

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✨✧ Tony Joe WhiteThat On The Road Look – Live ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really great material from Tony Joe White – a never-issued live album recorded during his early 70s stretch at Warner Brothers – done with a raw, stripped-down vibe that offers up an even grittier take on the territory of his early albums for Monument Records! The group is pretty small on the set, and Tony's mostly playing acoustic guitar – and singing in a way that's every bit as earthy and swampy as before, but much more personal too – kind of like we're getting a chance to see a side of his personality that he'd sometimes keep hidden. Titles include "Mississippi River", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "Roosevelt & Ira Lee", "That On The Road Look", "My Kind Of Woman", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", and a 10 minute take on "Polk Salad Annie". CD
Also available That On The Road Look – Live (white vinyl) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP 41.99

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✨✧ VariousChess Soul Sisters ... CD
Chess/Universal (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard and heavy female soul from the mighty Chess Records – and a selection of tracks that features plenty of funk in the mix too! The sisters on this set are not of the sobbing kind – as the package goes for a proud-stepping approach to soul that puts the ladies in charge right from the very first note – backing their deeply soulful vocals with a righteous set of backings, and really upping the power of tunes with some sock-solid production all the way through! Most of the tunes are from the late 60s, when Chess was bringing a good deal of funk into the mix – and plenty are from rare singles that haven't been reissued for years! 20 tracks in all, and part of this great Mojo Chess series – with titles that include "Dirty Man" by Laura Lee, "Git Out" by Mitty Collier, "Liberation Conversation" by Marlena Shaw, "Take Me For A Little While" by Jackie Ross, "Don't Mess With The Messer" by Koko Taylor, "In Orbit" by Joy Lovejoy, "Cheater Man" by Irma Thomas, "Sally Go Round The Roses" by The Jaynettes, "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw, "My Babe" by Mitty Collier, "I Surrender" by Fontella Bass, and "I Don't Wanna Fuss" by Sugar Pie Desanto. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousGroovy Vol 4 – A Collection Of Rare Jazzy Club Tracks ... CD
Irma (Italy), 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Probably the best-ever volume in this great series! This 4th volume is a stunning batch of rare jazz funk tracks – and the selection's a bit more obscure than some of the other Groovy volumes. There's some great cuts from Eastern Europe – like "Nijana" and "Horka Cesta" by Jana Koubkova, "Chain Of Fools" by The Flamingo Group, and "Black Pigeon" by Michael Naura. There's other nice ones from the American soul scene – like the amazing "Date With The Rain" by Eddie Kendricks, "Take Yo Praise" by Camille Yarborough, "Battened Ships" by Odyssey, and "How Long" by Thelma Jones. And there's even some other nice rare jazzy bits – like "Theme From The French Connection" by Don Ellis and "I Thought It Was You" by Kimiko Kasai & Herbie Hancock. Very nice, with the usual very high level of quality! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Afu-RaLife Force Radio ... CD
D&D, 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Lyrical Monster" and "Blvd." with production by Premier – the latter featuring Guru – plus "Scat Man", "Dangerous Language" featuring RZA as Bobby Digital, "Stick Up" featuring Big Daddy Kane, "Crossfire" featuring MOP, "Think Before You ...", "Perverted Monks", "Hip Hop", "Readjustment", "1,2,3", "Aural Fixation", "Sacred Wars", and more. CD

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✨✧ JBsPass The Peas – The Best Of The JBs ... CD
Mercury/People, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs Monaurail", which runs for over 8 minutes) – in tight edits that sum up the funk perfectly, and put it over the fence with some amazingly hard rhythms! Tracks include "The Grunt (part 1)", "Hot Pants Road", "Doing It To Death (part 1)", "Breaking Bread", "If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up & Try It Again", "Blow Your Head", "Gimme Some More", "Pass The Peas", "Same Beat (part 1)", and "Damn Right I Am Somebody (part 1) (7 inch single mix)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gregory PorterOne Night Only – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (CD & DVD) ... CD
Blue Note, 2019. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
Gregory Porter live at London's Royal Albert Hall – backed not only by his excellent core band, but also the 60+ piece London Studio Orchestra – really pulling off a masterstroke in the way he can bring out all the lush promise of the orchestral setting while staying rooted in intimate soul! Credit conductor and arranger Vince Mendoza for the subtle finesse of the orchestra – never getting too big and lush for the sake of bigness – but it's the warmth of Gregory Porter's voice at the center that gives this such a real vibe, steering free of nostalgia on songs from his Nat King Cole & Me project while bringing grander instrumentation, but no less intimate of a vibe to songs from Porter's own songbook. Includes "Mona Lisa", "Don't Lose Your Steam", "Hey Laura", "Smile", "In Heaven", "The Lonely One", "Ballerina", "Miss Otis Regrets", "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas", "Nature Boy", "But Beautiful", "Ballerina", "For All We Know", "When Love Was King", "I Wonder Who My Daddy Is" and more. and more. 19 tracks on the CD – and it comes with the DVD of the performance, too! CD

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✨✧ Brenda RussellGet Here ... CD
A&M, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
A seminal bit of late 80s soul – and one of Brenda Russell's biggest albums ever! This 1988 set features some really sweet tunes by Brenda – a bit more off-beat pop than some of her contemporaries, recorded in a style that has some nice jazzy touches – all in that slightly sophisticated way that really set Russell apart from some of her contemporaries in the 80s. David Sanborn guests on the track "Le Restaurant", and other titles include "This Time I Need You", "Get Here", "Gravity", "Just A Believer", "Piano In The Dark", and "Make My Day". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wendy WaldmanLove Has Got Me/Gypsy Symphony/Wendy Waldman ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of overlooked gems from Wendy Waldman – brought together in a single set! First up is Love Has Got Me – a hell of a solo start for singer/songwriter Wendy Waldman – a great album that should have had the lady right up there on the charts with some of her best 70s contemporaries, but which sadly never got the attention it deserved! Wendy wrote most of the material here herself, and sings with the confidence of a Laura Nyro or Carole King – but maybe with some of the jazzier inflections that Maria Muldaur or Joni Mitchell were bringing into their work – yet always with an individual spirit that makes it difficult to directly compare Waldman to anyone! Titles include "Train Song", "Gringo En Mexico", "Old Time Love", "Natural Born Fool", "Horse Dream", "Can't Come In", and "Thinking Of You". On Gypsy Symphony, Wendy Waldman's working at the Muscle Shoals studio – a place that really brings out some of the warmth, soul, and jazzy inflections in her vocals – yet all without reducing her music to another Muscle Shoals cliche! Instead, Wendy seems to transform the familiar lineup of players with a voice that's strong, proud, and one of the great overlooked female singer/songwriter talents of the 70s – on titles that include "You Got To Ride", "Studio Song", "Mad Mad Me", "The Road Song", "My Love is All I Know", and "Northwoods Man". The self-titled Wendy Waldman is one of the leanest albums ever recorded by Wendy Waldman – a set with small group backing that only seems to set Wendy's vocals even more free than before! As with her other great work of the time, there's a jazzy current to some of the singing – a mode that resonates with Joni Mitchell or Maria Muldaur – and as before, the songs are strong and proud, really great material that marks Waldman as one of the better songwriters of her generation, maybe right up there with Laura Nyro in spirit and openness – and like Nyro, very much her own woman. Titles include "Racing Boat", "Explain It", "Sundown", "Constant Companion", "Spring Is Here", "Wild Bird", and "Wings". CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Club – Smooth Jazz Christmas ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The smoother side of Christmas – but one that's still pretty festive as well, thanks to a host of contemporary jazz and soul recordings from the past decade or two! The material's a bit more recent than other work in the Jazzclub series, but it still shares the same great ear for selecting a tune – and we've got to say that as far as smooth jazz sets go, this one has a fair bit more depth and imagination than most American attempts at a holiday package for the genre. Titles include "Christmas Time Is Here" by Patti Austin, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Will Downing, "Those Soulful Jingle Bells" by Mark Whitfield, "The Christmas Song" by Phil Perry, "Winter Wonderland" by Shirley Horn, "Blue Christmas" by Laima, "The First Noel" by George Howard, "Looks Like December" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Jeff Golub, "Sleigh Ride" by Laura Fygi, and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" by Russ Freeman. CD

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✨✧ VariousLuxury Soul 2020 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Soulful luxury at a mighty nice price – 3CDs and 35 tracks of music from the contemporary underground, plus a few cuts from back in the day – all put together with the top-shelf style of the Expansion Records label! The package is one of the best so far in this annual series – and like the others, it has a great way of turning up unusual numbers we might have missed otherwise – some subtle gems and overlooked sleepers, which makes the package as much of a place for new discovery as it is a musical bargain. As with other volumes, contemporary soul expert Ralph Tee handled all the tracks selection – and titles include "Follow" by Paul Johnson, "In The Mood To Take It Slow" by Najee with Meli'sa Morgan, "Speak Love" by James Day with Glenn Jones, "Slow Down" by Bill Henry Band, "Let Me Do It" by Halo, "Jakarta Dreams" by Incognito, "Never Let Go" by Candace Woodson, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Friends" by Rick Clarke featuring Don E, "It's You" by Terri Green Project, "I See Love (Metlife rmx)" by Cornell CC Carter, "Love Up" by Zo with Eric Roberson and Carmen Rodgers, "Lovestruck (2019 rework)" by Frankie Fandango, "Who's Been Kissing You" by Soulutions, "Clouds In My Mirror (Nigel Lowis sholes mix)" by Franciscsa Thomas, "It Should Have Been You" by Lasperanza with Izzy Chase, "Reach Out" by Laura Jackson, "Who Do You Love" by Victor Haynes, "We Won't Stop" by One Way with Al Hudson, "Don't Hold Back" by Alex Puddu with Gene Robinson, Jr, "Your Satisfaction Is Mine" by Ed Motta, and "Better Man" by Glenn Jones. CD

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✨✧ Elvin JonesLive At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own in these late 60s years, and really makes the most of the extended space of the album to stretch out, soar, and show off his ever-growing talent for a powerful solo! Wilbur Little is on bass, playing nice round warm notes to offset Jones' edgey playing – and the group's joined by trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson on one track – who brings in a soulful edge that's mighty nice. All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Laura", "Mister Jones", and "By George". CD

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✨✧ VariousHDH Presents The Hits Of Hot Wax & Invictus Records ... CD
HDH/Demon (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
21 songs from from the Chairmen Of The Board, Honey Cone, Glass House, 100 Proof, Freda Payne, Laura Lee, Flaming Ember & the 8th Day. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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