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Peter BuckPeter Buck ... LP
Mississippi, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99
A loose, raw and charmingly informal first ever solo album by Peter Buck! If memory serves, he was the one in REM who most sounded in interviews like he wanted to cut out of the rock star racket and wished to play what they wanted, where they wanted, be it in a garage, a gymnasium or wherever – and bless him, here he is with a purposely under-the-radar, vinyl-only release for the mostly archival Mississippi label! Frequent collaborator Scott McCaughey, the Decemberists' Jenny Conlee, legendary guitarist Lenny Kaye, Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker and other guests make up the band. Includes "10 Million BC", "It's Alright", "Some Kind Of Velvet Sunday Morning", "Give Me Back My Wig", "Nothing Matters", "So Long Johnny", "Hard Old World", "Nowhere No Way", "Vaso Lovo", "I'm Alive" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny Burrell75th Birthday Bash Live! ... CD
Blue Note, 2007. Used ... $3.99
A great little live set – not just for the always-great guitar of Kenny Burrell, still sounding wonderful here on his 75th birthday – but also for the big band arrangements of Gerald Wilson, which back Kenny up on half of the album! Wilson's in great form here – stepping along with the full-yet-spacious sound that he first crafted back in the 60s – an approach that set a whole new standard for big band work at the time, and which provides a wonderful surprise here – making the album truly the sort of special event hinted at by the title! Some of the later tracks on the album feature Kenny playing in smaller group modes – a few trio tracks, one with Joey DeFrancesco on organ, one with Hubert Laws on flute – and a pair of septet numbers with Laws, DeFrancesco, and Herman Riley on tenor sax. Titles include "Viva Tirado", "Love You Madly", "Romance", "Night In Tunisia", "Lament", "All Blues", "Take The A Train", "Footprints", and "Stormy Monday/Blues For The Count". CD
(BMG music club pressing. Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellUnlimited 1 – Live At Catalina's ... CD
High Note, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell leading the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited – live at the Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood! It's a sweet paean to the legacy of live jazz, especially the larger band style at it's most diverse – in turns carrying on a grand orchestral sweep and more delicately-layered intimacy from number to number. Kenny sounds many years younger than his age, but has the range of experience and deep legacy to give this a real sense of history and importance. The set wisely includes his spoken introductions and even some singing, paying tribute to jazz history AND modernity with vibrant performances all around. Includes "Stolen Moments", "Jeannine", "Be Yourself", "Mama Ya Ya", "Fourth Dimension (aka Kenny's Sound)", a sweet Billy Strayhorn medley with "Passion Flower" and "Take The 'A' Train", 'Things Ain't What They Used To Be" and more. CD

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Don Burrows QuintetCool Yule ... LP
Cherry Pie (Australia), 1978. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Funky album of Christmas goodies by the great Aussie reedman. Despite the seasonal songs in the track list, the band (Burrows new Quintet of the mid 70's) gets very groovy and very electric, with a nice drum sound, especially on the cuts "Jingle Bells" and "We Three Kings", which is taken somewhat like Roland Kirk's version, but with some more grooves. Tony Ansell plays electric piano and George Golla's getting busy on guitar. Buy it now before the X-mas rush! LP, Vinyl record album

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Busta RhymesComing ... CD
Elektra, 1996. Used ... $3.99
"The Coming (Intro)", "Do My Thing", "Everything Remains Raw", "Abandon Ship" (feat Rampage), "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check" (feat Rampage), "It's A Party" (feat Zhane), "Hot Fudge", "Ill Vibe" (feat Q-Tip), "Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad" (feat Jamal, Redman, Keith Murray, Rampage), "Still Shining", "Keep It Movin'" (feat Dinco, Milo, Charlie Brown), "Finish Line", "End Of The World" (outro) CD

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Donald Byrd & Gigi GryceJazz Lab/Modern Jazz Perspective ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $4.99
Incredible work from the team of Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce – crisp modern jazz, filled with soul, and never failing to swing! During the time of these recordings, Gryce was one hell of an arranger – with a tight ensemble approach that worked magic in a small combo setting. He was also a tremendous alto player – with a tone that was unlike any other musician at the time, magically sharp, with a sound that always seemed to inspire a great deal of energy from his bandmates. He gets plenty of that here from trumpeter Donald Byrd – sounding better on these sides than on most of his other 50s recordings – thanks also to some great accompanists, who include Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, and Art Taylor. Jackie Paris also joins the group on vocals for a few tunes – "Early Morning Blues" and "Elgy" – and some tunes feature additional horn work from players that include Benny Powell, Julius Watkins, and Sahib Shihab. Other tracks include "Sans Souci", "Speculation", "Stablemates", "Steppin Out", "Social Call", and "Satellite". CD

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John Cage with David TudorVariations IV – Volume II ... LP
Everest, 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A very cool album that presents Cage at the height of his "chance" composition stage, and which features him and David Tudor playing a mixed bag of sounds on a sound system, recorded live at the Feigen-Palmer Gallery in LA. The work is the kind of stuff you always hear about with Cage, but can't find that easily on record. The album's a haunting melange of random sounds – from radio noise, to gamelon recordings, to sound effects – and it's striking proof of how fresh these ideas still are, even if they've been reduced to drivel by countless "experimental" post-rock bands. This edition says "Volume II", which we assume to be a second part of the original issue – but we're not sure. LP, Vinyl record album

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California PlayboysTrying To Become A Millionaire ... CD
Loadstone/Manufactured, 1976. New Copy ... $11.99
Stunning funky soul by California Playboys – a heck of a record that should have made the Playboys a huge combo at the time! It's a shame the group didn't become millionaires – but the obscurity of the record is maybe also one of its charms – the kind of small label set that never fully got its due at the time, but which is ripe for rediscovery all these many years later! The California Playboys were together for a number of years – forming as a backing band for singer Lester Young (not the sax player), doing session work for others, and otherwise developing their skills for years – all of which really comes through here in their sharp-edged instrumentation, which sounds even sharper in the 70s indie-level production for the album. The killer title tune sounds like it could (and should!) be the namesake tune of a funky mid 70s soundtrack – as it's really got a perfect cinematic soul vibe, ala Bobby Womack and Marvin Gaye – though in a tighter, smaller combo setting. Most tunes start with vocals and end with long instrumental riffing – and titles include"Double Love", "She's A Real Sweet Woman", "Just Say A Four Letter Word", "I've Got To Find Myself Another Girl", and "Turned On For Good". CD

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CanTago Mago (with bonus download) ... LP
Spoon/Mute (UK), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 25.98
Moody genius from Can – and one of greatest albums of its time! Tons of spooky spare atmosphere, vocals that go from a lull to a cathartic echoey shriek, and that rollicking and propulsive backbeat that makes Can a band for the ages. Not just a landmark in what was to be dubbed Krautrock – truly an indispensable masterpiece regardless of genre, and a record so influential to so many movements in underground music that it is really impossible to imagine the world without it. Timeless! Tracks include "Paperchase", "Mushroom", "Oh Yeah", "Halleluwah", "Aumgn", "Peking O", and "Bring Me Coffee Or Tea". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Captain BeefheartDoc At The Radar Station ... LP
Virgin, 1980. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Not everyone digs the later Captain and crew, but the early 80s efforts have finally gotten their just props after all these years – and we'll we'll come right out and say that this second to last album before Don Van Vliet hung up the music for painting has always sounded great to us! The Magic Band is incredible as always – with Jeff Morris Tepper, Drumbo French and Eric Drew Feldman's antics under the Captain's idiosyncratic vocalese. With "Hot Head", "Ashtray Heart", "A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond", "Run Paint Run Run", "Sue Egypt", "Brickbats", "Dirty Blue Gene", "Best Batch Yet", "Telephone", "Flavor Bud Living", "Sherriff Of Hong Kong" and "Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Captain BeefheartSpotlight Kid (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
An early 70s gem from Captain Beefheart – not as wild-eyed and wacked out as the late 60s glories, but still a good stretch weirder than most of the post psych, blues-steeped rock of the time! Ultimately, it's still Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, despite it being billed solely to Captain Beefheart on the cover (and his only album NOT co-billed with The Magic Band) – and we'd say it's their first album to go for a consistent mood from beginning-to-end, and we love it for that! If the Trout Mask Replica and Lick My Decals Off, Baby records are the more feral early twin masterpeices, we'd say this one and Clear Spot are the wiser and more focused siblings, but no less classic! Tracks include "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby","Grow Fins", "There Ain't No Santa Clause On The Evenin' Stage", "Blabber'n Smoke", "Alice In Blunderland", "The Spotlight Kid", and "Glider". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jean CarnJean Carn/Happy To Be With You (West Side pressing) ... CD
Philadelphia International/West Side (UK), 1976/1978. Used ... $9.99
Brilliant modern soul from Jean Carn – 2 of her greatest albums for Philly International, back to back on one CD! Jean first got her start singing righteous jazz with husband Doug Carn for the Black Jazz label – but by the time of these albums, she was out on her own and working with the Gamble & Huff team in a whole new groove! Jean's jazz experience served her well at Philly – giving her a sense of maturity and vocal depth that made her one of the best female singers on label – as you'll hear from these 2 excellent albums. The CD features 17 tracks in all, including classics like "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Free Love", "I'm In Love Once Again", "Happy To Be With You", and her remake of "Revelation/Infant Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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✨✧ Paul Chambers & Tommy FlanaganMotor City Scene – Complete Recordings ... CD
Bethlehem/United Artists/Lonehill (Spain), 1959/1960. Used ... $14.99
2 classic albums of late 50s jazz – both showcasing the rich talents of players from Detroit! First up on the disc is the album Motor City Scene – recorded for United Artists under the leadership of Thad Jones in 1959. The set features Thad at his best – late 50s, and working with an excellent group of hometown players! The album's more open and rough than some of Thad's excellent Blue Note sides from the time – in a really great way, one that makes for the kind of session that you rarely get to hear from Thad. Other players include Tommy Flanagan, Al Grey, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones, and the great Billy Mitchell – whose tenor work on Jones' albums from the time is worth the price of admission alone! Titles include "Like Old Times", "Minor On Top", "Let's Play One", and "No Refill". The next 5 tracks on the set are from a 1960 session for Bethlehem – also titled Motor City Theme, recorded under the leadership of Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams. The two of them groove nicely here with a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes!) The band is very tight, and the tracks are long enough that everybody gets in some good licks on the solos. Titles include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". Way harder than most of the west coast sessions on Bethlehem too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Ray CharlesGreat Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Good+ ... $9.99
As Ray was making the switch to ABC for his vocal-oriented material, Atlantic managed to capture his jazz-oriented talents on a few great sessions like this one – which features Charles' piano in the foreground, set in a nice small group setting with other players from his band, like David Newman, Joe Bridgewater, and Emmott Dennis. The overall sound is mellow and soulful, and titles include "Black Coffee", "The Ray", "Doodlin", and "Sweet Sixteen Bars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple pinwheel label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam, otherwise looks nice.)

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ChicChic/C'est Chic ... CD
Atantic/Friday Music, 1977/1978. New Copy 2 CDs ... $21.99 22.98
A sweet double header – a set that brings together the two best albums by the legendary Chic! The self-titled Chic set is a classic batch of choppy funky dancefloor tunes that never gets old! By the end of the 70s, Chic were so ubiquitous it was hard to remember the early power of this set – but from the perspective of 30 years later, the album's a real gem – set up with a simple focus on the rhythms that's made even better by the choppy guitar of Nile Rodgers, and his superbly soulful work on production alongside Bernard Edwards. Vocals are by Luther Vandross, Norma Jean, and Edwards – and titles include "Dance Dance Dance", "Strike Up The Band", "You Can Get By", and "Sao Paolo". C'Est Chic is a massive set from the legendary Chic – and a set that has the dancefloor combo coming down perfectly throughout! Riffing Nile Rodgers guitars really make the tunes cook – as does the superb production – and although the record played plenty in discos and radios of the mainstream, it's still got a raw funky power that holds up brilliantly over the years! The set features the legendary "Le Freak" – a classic cutting track from the old school – plus "I Want Your Love", "Sometimes You Win", "Savoir Faire", "Happy Man", and "(Funny) Bone". CD

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ChicagoChicago Transit Authority ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
The first Chicago album – presented here in all its jazzy brilliance! Back in the day, we used to wince when we heard these guys – but over the years, thanks to much rediscovery of the band by groove hounds, we've really come to like their work a lot. This first album especially has some great moments – complicated jazzy bits that you might have forgotten about, and some surprisingly groovy material that sounds a lot better than you might remember! Includes the classics "Beginnings", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is", "Questions 67 & 68", and "Listen" – plus the tracks "Someday", "I'm A Man", "Free Form Guitar", and "Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Chocolate MilkAction Speaks Louder Than Words/Ain't Nothin' But A Thing ... 7-inch
RCA, 1975. Very Good ... $9.99
Killer funk! "Action Speaks Louder Than Words" is a great lost 70's funk track, with a slow loping groove, and a tight choppy hook that just crawls along nicely! One of the best cuts ever by this New Orleans band – and always a treat! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Gene ClarkGene Clark (White Light) ... LP
A&M/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy ... $23.99 24.98
Possibly Gene's finest hour, with OR without the Byrds. Much of the record is a spare and intimate affair, with Gene's warm vocals accompanied by his own gently picked acoustic guitar, along with producer Jesse Ed Davis (who does a masterful job in the booth on this one) also on guitar. The tunes are also sweetened by waltzy basslines, and Byrds-y keyboard riffs by Ben Sidran, but Gene's wonderful vocals and his amazingly strong songwriting are obviously the biggest draws. If there was a superior rural accented singer/songwriter record in '72 we haven't heard it! Includes "The Virgin", "With Tomorrow", "White Light", the amazing "For A Spanish Guitar", a great reading of The Band & Bob Dylan's "Tears Of Rage", "Where My Love Lies Asleep" and "1975". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clarke Boland SextetCalypso Blues ... CD
Rearward/Schema (Italy), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Rare tracks by the Clarke-Boland Sextet – a small group offshoot of the funky Big Band that was led by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland – and which featured some of the key soloists in the group! The lineup here includes Sahib Shihab on flute, Fats Sadi on vibes and bongos, Joe Harris on percussion, and Jimmy Woode on bass – plus Clarke and Boland on drums and piano, respectively – a wonderful group that has an incredible sense of rhythm, and comes up with loads of wonderful modal numbers throughout! The vibe is wonderful – and the collection's a great look at this unusual combo – filled with fire and soul – and proof that in the jazz world, at least, great things can happen when global boundaries are crossed. Titles include "Con Alma", "Invitation", "Sconsolato", "Lilemor", "Just Give Me Time", "Love Hungry", "Ensadinado", and "Man From Potter's Crossing". CD

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