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Gilberto GilRaca Humana ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
Gilberto Gil gets a nice lean groove for the 80s – a mode that's a bit like the style Caetano Veloso was taking at the time – with maybe more of a unified band feel behind the singer, instead of a more ambitious set of charts! The approach really brings a focus on Gilberto's vocals, which have a nice sort of punch as they dig into the hooks on the tunes – a bit soulful in currents, but with some 80s electro modes going on too – but never in an overdone way, thanks to well-balanced production from Liminha – who was Gil's frequent musical partner at the time. Titles include "Vamos Fugir", "Feliz Por Um Triz", "Extra II", "Indigo Blue", and "Raca Humana". CD

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Dizzy GillespieAn Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet ... CD
Verve, 1961. Used Gatefold ... $5.99
While actually not as electrifying as some of Dizzy's other albums from the time, this one's still pretty darn great, and features his great group with Leo Wright on alto and Lalo Schfrin on piano. The band grooves with a subtly Latinish vibe, and the tracks are nice and long long long. Titles include "Kush", one of Dizzy's best Latin numbers, plus "The Mooch" and "Night In Tunisia". The CD also includes an interview with Dizzy by Charles Schwartz. CD
(In a gatefold digipak. Out of print.)

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Dizzy GillespieAn Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good+ ... $4.99
While actually not as electrifying as some of Dizzy's other albums from the time, this one's still pretty darn great, and features his great group with Leo Wright on alto and Lalo Schfrin on piano. The band grooves with a subtly Latinish vibe, and the tracks are nice and long long long. Titles include "Kush", one of Dizzy's best Latin numbers, plus "The Mooch" and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Bob GluckMiles Davis Lost Quintet And Other Revolutionary Ensembles (hardcover) ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2016. New Copy ... $28.99 37.50
A deep look at the Lost Quintet of Miles Davis – a group who earned that name because they never recorded a full studio album, yet made some very important waves with their live work at the end of the 60s! The lineup featured key electric Miles musicians Chick Corea on keyboards, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – all working with a very new, different rhythmic impulse – which offered new freedom to the solos of Miles and Wayne Shorter! The growth, performances, and legacy of this group is followed in great detail by Bob Gluck – who also wrote a large volume on the Mwandishi band of Herbie Hancock – and the book goes on to look at the growth of related groups Circle and Revolutionary Ensemble too. Gluck drew on a huge amount of research for the book – so much so that it includes almost 100 additional pages of notes, as well as appendix sections and a very detailed index. Book

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual ... CD
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". CD

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Leo GoodenLeo Sings With Strings ... LP
LG, 1963. Very Good ... $14.99
Very obscure record made by the enigmatic Leo Gooden, a politician and night club owner from East St. Louis who made a few records on his own tiny LG label. Gooden's an interesting guy – probably more interesting than he is musically capable – and we're always amazed at the people he gets to record with him (but he also seems to be some sort of mobster/sharpie, and there's probably more to the sessions than meet the eye.) This record's got Oliver Nelson leading the group and handling all the arrangements, and the band includes Phil Bodner, Jerome Richardson, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tone is kind of Billie Holiday-ish, and tracks include "Midnight Sun", "Would You", "Moon River", "It's Magic", and "Mood Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a name in pen.)

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Graciela & MachitoEsta Es Graciela ... LP
Tico, 1963. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Ostensibly the first album to feature Graciela as a lead act – but a set that still features the vocalist working with the band of her brother Machito, in which she'd risen to fame since the 40s! The sound here is perhaps a bit more focused on the vocals than some of the pair's previous records – with a few more romantic tunes that showcase Graciela's emotive strengths – yet the set's mostly in the rhythmic, playful mode the pair pioneered during the postwar years – and easily delivers all the charms you'd expect from an earlier Machito/Graciela pairing. Titles include "Ay Jose", "Al Fin Llegaste", "El Abanico", "Estoy A Mil", "Ya Tu No Estas", "Embriagate", and "Si No Eres Tu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of an old price tag near the top, but is otherwise great.)

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John Gregory OrchestraSix Million Dollar TV Themes ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $14.99
A flurry of great soundtrack thrillers – not presented here in their original versions, but in different recordings done by Brit Easy maestro John Gregory! The CD brings together titles from a number of different Gregory albums on London from the mid 70s – nearly all of which mix electric funky rhythms with tight big band backing – in a style that suits the spirit of the originals nicely, but which also often brings in some even groovier sounds to the mix! Tunes themselves are a nice mix of familiar and lesser-known crime and copy show themes – a total of 28 numbers that include "Columbo", "Kojak", "The Sweeney", "Johnny Staccato", "Banacek", "McCloud", "I Spy", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Hawaii 5-0", "SWAT", "M Squad", "Griff", "Mannix", and "McMillan & Wife". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dick GriffinHomage To Sun Ra ... CD
Ruby, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A long-overdue project from trombonist Dick Griffin – a musician who first got his start in Sun Ra's band during the 60s, and who makes his long-overdue nod to his leader here with a really wonderful all-star group! The set's neither a Ra-styled outing, nor a set of Ra covers – and instead has the always-creative Griffin painting his own pictures of that enigmatic figure in jazz – hitting modes that are every bit as spiritual as Dick's great recordings of the 70s, including his Strata East material – with players who include Marshall Allen on alto, Bennie Maupin on flute and soprano sax, Danny Ray Thompson on baritone, Donald Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. Nearly all those players have a lineage that goes back to the generation that Ra touched so strongly – and work perfectly here with Griffin on one of his best albums in years. Titles include "Interplanetary", "Soft Warm & Hot", "North Africa", "Images Of Sun Ra", "Reflections Of Sun Ra", "Fate In A Pleasant Mood", and "Blues For Sun RA". CD

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinNight Lady ... LP
EmArcy, 1964. Very Good ... $16.99
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, almost-modern solos that are some of his most adventurous to date on record – supported strongly on the album's longish tracks by Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's a quality to Griffin's tone that's incredible – urgent, edgey, but never too far out – completely in command of itself, and able to run free, but without wasting at note at all – unlike some of his over-stretched European solos of later years. The set features beautiful long readings of Boland's "Night Lady" and "Old Stuff", plus Griffin's "Scrabble", and versions of "Summertime", "All The Things You Are", and "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some stains on the top right corner adn the bottom 3 inches.)

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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 pressing.)

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Haggis HornsWhat Comes To Mind ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy funk from the Haggis Horns – a group with a gimmicky name, but a rock-solid sound that's made them one of the best contemporary funk combos working in the British Isles these days! The horns are only part of the groove – as the drums and other funky elements really ground the tracks strongly – with a classic vibe that takes us back to our favorite 70s albums by better-known horn groups – like the Memphis or Muscle Shoals Horns! And like the latter, there's also a great vocal component here – something the group has really worked on for this record, and which they introduce with a vibe that's way different than just the usual female singer with a funk band – and instead comes across with a much more integrated style that almost has these guys challenging Incognito for UK funky soul supremacy! Half the cuts feature vocals – by singers John Turrell, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – and titles include "Digging In The Dirt", "Keep It Tight", "It Ain't What You Got", "You've Got To Keep On Bumpin", "Give Me Something Better", "I Can't Stop The Feeling", and "Outta My Head". CD

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Curtis HairstonCurtis Hairston (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/ (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer debut from Curtis Hairston – an overlooked 80s soul singer who should have made it big, given the strength of this set! The album's got a tight groove, but is never too commercial – a bit away from other Atlantic soul of the time, thanks to some solid studio help from Kae Williams of BB&Q Band, a group with whom Hairston had worked previously. Williams arranged and produced half the set – the rest was done by Greg Radford – and the album mixes Hairston's well-crafted vocals with a mixture of upbeat rhythms and mellower tunes, the latter of which we like the best. Titles include "You're My Shining Star", "Chillin Out", "All We Have Is Love", "Take Charge", "The Morning After", and "Hold On (For Me)". CD features 5 bonus tracks – "Chillin Out (voc rmx)", "Let's Make Love Tonight (ext rmx)", "Shining Star (voc ext)", "Take Charge (ext rmx)", and "Morning After (ext rmx)". CD

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Lionel HamptonAir Mail Special ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1953. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the standout gems from Lionel Hampton's 50s sessions for Verve – wonderful small combo recordings that let Hamp stretch out in freer solo space than usual! Although the Hampton fame always lay in his popularly-touring bigger band, and all its related pyrotechnics, we've always loved Lionel's sound in a more intimate setting – and the way his ringing tone on the vibes prefaces work to come in later years by Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Nelson, and others – bold, soulful, and surprisingly modern at times. There's a metallic quality to the solo work on these sides that we really like a lot – and which offers a nice contrast to Milt Jackson's vibes of the period through its more powerfully pronounced understanding of the instrument's tone. The core group is a quartet – with Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – and half the set features the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco. All tracks are nice and long – almost jam-session style – and titles include "Soft Winds", "Airmail Special", "The Way You Look Tonight", and "It's Only A Paper Moon". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Lionel HamptonOff Into A Black Thing ... LP
Brunswick, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the hippest albums ever cut by Lionel Hampton – a badass batch of 70s funk tunes, recorded with arrangements from the Chicago powerhouse team at Brunswick Records! Lionel's vibes are mixed with tight drums, sweet bass, and some very soulful arrangements that make even the mellower tracks feel like they've been lifted from some lost blacksploitation soundtrack. Includes great versions of 2 Willie Henderson tunes – "Off Into A Black Thing" and "Funky Chicken", both of which sound even better than the originals with the vibes in place – plus the tracks "Easy", "Shut Your Mouth", "I Found Sunshine", and "One Man Band". LP, Vinyl record album

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Slim HarpoSting It Then! – Historic 1961 Show ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), 1961. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Mindblowing work from the legendary Slim Harpo – a live recording that seems to have Harpo sounding even sharper and funkier than on his famous studio sides for Excello Records in the 60s! Slim's really on fire here – riffing guitar with a super-tight band, but in a way that's never slick or formulaic – a quality that comes through especially on the vocals, which often have this raspy quality that comes through the PA in the concert setting – which seems to give Harpo even more lyrical power than ever. The harmonica lines are great – amplified, and with that skittish, jazzy edge we love so much on Slim's other records. The set features an entire live set from 1961 – 20 tracks that include "Little Liza Jane", "I'm A King Bee", "Lottie Moe", "Big Boss Man", "Boogie Chillun", "Moody Blues", "Sugar Coated Love", "Star Time Theme", and "I Got Love If You Want It". CD

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Wendell HarrisonWendell Harrison Live In Concert ... CD
Wenha, 1992. Used ... $5.99
The talents of Wendell Harrison never cease to amaze us – and this big band live recording represents yet another chapter in his long and richly varied career! The set features Harrison leading an 18 piece group, plus a smaller clarinet ensemble – all recorded live at the Detroit Museum Of African-American History in 1992. The tunes have a buoyant, joyous feel overall – and Harrison makes great use of the horns to lift the spirits of the songs with colorful, tuneful arrangements. Harrison himself is playing B flat clarinet, and the clarinet sound gives the record a slightly unusual feel, especially on the numbers that showcase the clarinet ensemble. Other players include Marcus Belgrave and James Carter – and titles include "Spank", "Ring Man", "Reawakening", "Hallucinations", and "Winter". CD
(Booklet has a cut corner.)

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Mayer HawthorneStrange Arrangement (deluxe limited edition w/4-inch single) ... CD
Stones Throw, 2009. Used ... $4.99
The full length debut of Mayer Hawthorne for Stones Throw – with both classic Motown and 60s & 70s Detroit indie soul influences, done the right way, and all of it wonderful and true to his heroes – after some promising early singles, we can now say emphatically that Mayer Hawthorne is indeed the real thing! On some of this material, Hawthorne is a one man soul band, with the tunes stripped to a gritty, raw soul essence – and on other tunes he gets some assistance on brass, strings and keys – pulling off a number of modes with equally excellent results. He evokes Curtis Mayfield when he gets the falsetto going, but other touchstone influences are apparent – a couple of the more uptempo tunes sound like they could be late 60s Temptations b-sides. Mayer may look like Dwight Schrute on the cover, but don't be fooled – his love for soul music is true and unironic, and he has the charisma to pull it off! Titles include "A Strange Arrangement", "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out", "Maybe So, Maybe No", "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'", "I Wish It Would Rain", "Make Her Mine", "One Track Mind", "The Ills", "Shiny & New", "Let Me Know" and "Green Eyed Love". This deluxe CD edition comes with a bonus 4-inch vinyl single with the tracks "When I Said Goodbye" (demo version) and "Love Is Alright". CD
(Deluxe version is a limited edition of 10,000 copies. Out of print! Comes with a bonus 4-inch vinyl single with the bonus tracks "When I Said Goodbye" (demo version) and "Love Is Alright".)

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Heavy WeatherMovin Easy ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Killer funk from Heavy Weather – a contemporary combo, but one who groove like it's 1982! The group have a tight ensemble approach that rivals that of The Gap Band, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun at their best – all instrumentation right on the money, with a sharp focus that hardly belies the size of the group! The sound is sharp and tight, but never slick or smooth – and these guys use a fair bit of keyboards amidst their snapping grooves and basslines – but always with a touch that's more than warm enough to match the vocals. Butch Ingram produced – and the set shows all his great experience in funky soul over the years – and titles include "Movin Easy", "Let The Music Take You On A Ride", "Ain't No Thang", "Wonderlove", "Stick To It", and "I Came To Dance". CD

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Hello PeopleFusion ... LP
Philips, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
The classic debut from one of the weirdest concept groups of the 60s – a mime rock band brought together by producer Lew Futterman – who'd also worked on some killer funky jazzy sessions with Brother Jack McDuff! The style here is psychedelic pop through and through – and although the group didn't speak, they do sing (is that really mime?) – and work in a groovy sing-song blend of reeds and rockish rhythms, one that definitely has some of the same sharp changes and funky undercurrents you'd find in Futterman's jazz projects – although honed down here into much shorter Sunshine tunes! The album's a very unique little record – and oddly the group flourished for years. But somehow this first record has a charm that's really undeniable – and is maybe still their best effort ever. Titles include "White Winged Doves","Dream Of Tomorrow", "Pray For Rain", "How Does It Feel To Be Free", "I Ride To Nowhere", "Come & See Me", and "Jelly Jam". LP, Vinyl record album

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