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Barry Altschul 3Dom FactorTales Of The Unforseen ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2015. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
A tremendous trio outing, and a record that really illustrates the newfound strength we've heard from drummer Barry Altschul in recent years – music so great, it's almost as if he's taken a time machine back to the groundbreaking days of his youth! The play on "freedom" in the trio's name is no joke – as a good part of the album features improvised compositions, mixed with very freewheeling takes on a few other jazz numbers – balanced beautifully between melodic elements and rhythmic progressions, served up very equally from Barry on drums and percussion, Joe Fonda on bass, and the mighty Jon Irabagon on tenor, soprano, sopranino sax, and flute! Fonda's presence is especially great – as he plays here with a really soulful, deep-toned quality that holds things together even at their most dynamic, individual moments – and titles include "As The Tale Begins", "Annette's Tale Of Miracles", "And The Tale Ends", and "A Drummer's Tale". CD

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John BarryBorn Free ... CD
Turner Classic/Film Score Monthly, 1966. Used ... $14.99
(Out of print.)

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John BarryChase ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A lesser-known moment of genius from John Barry – quite different than his work for the James Bond films of the time! Barry's working here in a mix of more ambitious orchestral themes – dark, brooding, and moody – but also interspersed with some lighter jazzier numbers that are really great too! The film had a short life as a blockbuster – surprising, given that it was directed by Arthur Penn, written by Lillian Hellman, and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Angie Dickinson amidst a host of other well-known talents – but the real charm is almost Barry's music, which olds up really well over the years! Our favorite titles include "Saturday Night Philosopher", "Look Around", "The Beating", "Blues For Bubber", and the sweetly jazzy "I'll Drink To That". And oddly, there doesn't seem to be a single traditional "chase" number in the whole film! LP, Vinyl record album
(Spanish reissue.)

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✨✧ John BarryFrom Russia With Love (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) ... CD
MGM/Harkit (UK), 1963. Used ... $14.99
One of John Barry's earliest scores for Bond – when his style was nice and raw, and when the Bond theme couldn't be heard enough throughout the course of the movie! Matt Munro sings the lyrics to the forgotten title hit – and other tracks include "James Bond Theme", "Tania Meets Klebb", "Guitar Lament", "Spectre Island", "Stalking", "Death Of Kerin", and "007 Takes The Lektor". Plus, the CD contains bonus cuts – for a total of 25 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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John BarryIpcress File ... LP
Decca, 1965. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the great John Barry – a set of tracks that echoes some of his famous modes from James Bond films, yet also has a unique quality all its own! Barry's got a strongly jazzy sensibility here – and spaces out some great instrumentation with the same sensibilities used in the equally great music for The Knack! Staff aren't listed, but there's clearly some great Brit jazz players in the lineup – given the record's key use of vibes and tenor solos – as well as this very cool slow-plucked guitar with a noisy, echoey quality. The sound is brilliant – everything you'd hope for in the best 60s soundtracks – and titles include "The Ipcress File", "Alone In Three Quarter Time", "A Man Alone", "If You're Not Clean I'll Kill You", "Goodbye Harry", and "Alone Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono maroon label pressing. Cover has heavy wear on the spine.)

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John BarryJames Bond 10th Anniversary ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A very cool 2LP set featuring some of John Barry's best work for the James Bond soundtracks! Titles include "The Death Of Goldfinger", "James Bond Is Back", "Girl Trouble", "Auric's Factory", "Kingston Calypso", "James Bond Theme", "Bond Below Disco Volante", "Bond Back In Action Again", "Goldfinger", "OO7", "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", and "The Golden Horn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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John BarryJohn Barry – The Hits & The Misses ... CD
Play It Again, 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
(Out of print.)

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John BarryKing Rat – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A fairly straight orchestral score by John Barry – written for this early 60s film that starred George Segal, Tom Courneay, and Denholm Elliott. The film's a war one, and the themes are pretty typical for that sort of thing – but they do have some nice instrumental touches that push them past the usual bag, and which show that Barry's younger writing was always a treat, no matter what the setting. Titles include "There Is A Radio In This Hut", "Just As You Were", "Grey's Day", "The Recovery Of Marlowe", "Touch & Go", and "King Rat March". LP, Vinyl record album

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John BarrySomewhere In Time ... CD
MCA, 1980. Used ... $3.99
(Out of print.)

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John BarryStringbeat ... LP
Columbia, 1961. Sealed (reissue)... $14.99
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(Recent reissue on Doxy.)

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✨✧ John BarryWalkabout (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Roundtable (Australia), 1971. New Copy ... $28.99
A beautiful and exotic score from the great John Barry – one that never had as much circulation on record as some of his bigger hits of the time, but which is equally well deserving of praise! The music is done for Nicolas Roeg's film Walkabout – set mostly in the Australian outback – and Barry mixes these breathy orchestrations with some rootsier acoustic elements – in ways that really echo the contrast of the characters in the narrative, and remind us of the sensitivity that Barry can have at his most sophisticated moments. Three tracks differ slightly from this approach – the seven minute long fuzzy freakout "Electronic Dance", which is totally great in its own sort of way – the experimental echoey "Professional Crumble" – and the vocal number "Los Angeles", kind of a hippy dippy tune. Other titles include "The Three Of Us", "Walkabout", "The Children", "The Journey", "Stranded", and "Night In The Outback". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Barry/LuluMan With The Golden Gun ... LP
United Artists, 1974. Very Good ... $3.99
Later Bond, but John Barry's still firmly in place – and is more than capable of turning out another wonderful thriller soundtrack! As with the scope of the film, the range of tunes is a bit more spread out than usual – stepping across a variety of locales to set the mood with an expansive array of themes. Lulu sings the title cut – one of the lesser-remembered Bond tunes – and the other tunes include "Kung Fu Fight", "Hip's Trip", "Chew Me In Crisly Land", "In Search Of Scaramanga's Island", "Getting The Bullet", and "Goodnight Goodnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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John Barry/Matt MonroQuiller Memorandum ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
A sweet little soundtrack by John Barry – very different than the full-on style he used for James Bond – but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The music was written for a spy thriller starring Alec Guiness, George Segal, and Max Von Sydow – a moody film that's handled here by Barry with a spacey quality that's mighty nice – lots of isolated instruments floating along, sometimes with weird effects that are almost watery – all in a space that's somewhere between Barry's work for The Knack, and that new sense of space that Morricone was bringing into 60s soundtracks. The result is a real treasure – one of Barry's best film scores – and titles include "Autobahn March", "Downtown", "Oktober/Walk From The River", "Quiller Caught/The Fight", "Quiller & The Bomb", and the theme "Wednesday's Child", sung by Matt Monro. LP, Vinyl record album

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John Barry/Shirley BasseyGoldfinger ... LP
United Artists, 1964. Very Good ... $5.99
The soundtrack that put John Barry over the top – and to many, THE James Bond soundtrack! The album chills from the first notes of the haunting title theme – the majestic "Goldfinger", sung by Shirley Bassey with a tone that's as dangerous as a razor-sharp hat spinning through the air! Barry then takes over with some wonderful instrumentals – a blend of crime jazz, mood pieces, chase themes, and more – all peppered with that dark dark Bond theme that we love so much! Titles include "Into Miami", "Teasing The Korean", "Alpine Drive", "Bond Back In Action", "Gassing The Gangsters", and "Death Of Goldfinger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Barry BiggsSideshow – The Best Of Barry Biggs ... CD
Trojan/Sanctuary (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
(Out of print.)

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Barry Forgie, Roger Roger, Nino Nardini & A MawerMindbender – Stringtronics ... LP
Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... About August 15, 2016 (delayed)
An incredible album that's as evocative as its title – one that blends together strings and electronics into a sublime suite of sound library grooves! The album was masterminded by the lesser-known Barry Forgie – and also features work by other sound library talents Nino Nardini and Roger Roger, both of whom contribute some tasty Afro-styled grooves to the set! The overall feel is like the some of the best European soundtrack work from the time – with lots of lush instrumental passages, laid out with undercurrents of funk in places you wouldn't expect. Great stuff overall, and with tracks that include "Mindbender", "Ballata", "Hunted", and "Dawn Mists" by Barry Forgie; "Undercover Girl" and "Freedom Road" by Anthony Mawer; "Tropicola" and "Afro Samba" by Nino Nardini; and "Safari Park" and "Perdition" by Roger Roger. LP, Vinyl record album

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Barry GuyBlue Shroud ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Barry Guy's almost returning to the style of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra here – working with a strong set of avant improvisers on an extended performance that gives most of the individuals plenty of time in the spotlight, while still working together as a whole! Guy plays bass, and directs – across the course of a 71 minute performance of "The Blue Shroud" – with musicians who include Per Texas Johansson on tenor and clarinet, Michel Godard on tuba and "serpent", Torben Snekkestad on soprano sax and reed trumpet, Ben Dwyer on guitar, Augusti Fernandez on piano, Maya Homburger on violin, Julius Gabriel on baritone, Savina Yannatou on voice, Fanny Paccoud on viola, and Lucas Niggli and Ramon Lopez on drums and percussion. CD

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Barry GuyTime Passing ... CD
Intakt (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
One of the more complicated works we've ever heard from bassist Barry Guy – a longer piece composed for three different voices and strings as well – but which also still features a fair bit of improvisation throughout! Anja Poche and Matthew Brook sing in straighter (although still avant) styles as the soprano and baritone on the set – and Savina Yannatou improvises vocally alongside them – in this really wonderful juxtaposition of styles – while Guy's bass has an incredibly strong lead above the violins, cello, and viola of Camerata Zurich – again with some bolder improvised moments throughout. The core strings provide this sense of tension, which is beautifully broken by the improvisations – and the entire piece is over 70 minutes long! CD

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✨✧ Barry Guy & Evan ParkerStudio/Live – Birds & Blades ... CD
Intakt (Germany), 2001/2003. Used 2CD ... $24.99

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Barry HarrisLive In Tokyo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Xanadu, 1976. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A great live set from pianist Barry Harris – material recorded on the same date that gave us the excellent Live In Tokyo album from reedman Charles McPherson – but done in a very different way that shows that Barry's clearly the leader on these tracks! The rhythm duo is wonderful – the mighty Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums – players who can crackle when Harris wants them to, yet also lay back and give Barry lots of spacious territory to work some incredibly deft, personal magic on the keys. The sound almost takes us back to the initial Harris recordings of the early 60s, but also has some of those colors that would flow even more freely in some of his sessions for the Japanese market – on titles that include "I'll Remember April", "Fukai Aijo", "A Soft Spot", "Round Midnight", and "Un Poco Loco". CD features four bonus tracks too – two versions of "Ornithology", plus "Like Someone In Love" and "Night In Tunisia", both nice and long! CD
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✨✧ Hector RiveraAt The Party With Hector Rivera ... LP
Barry, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from Hector! English language lyrics are at the lead on most numbers – and the rhythms have a romping blend of soul and Latin that's right up there with the same Spanish Harlem groove as work on Fania or Cotique, although arguably even better! There's lots of heavy piano in the grooves, and vocals on some cuts are sung by David Coleman – a singer we only know from this record, but who really makes it shine. Titles include "Playing It Cool", "At The Party", "Shingaling Baby", "I Got My Eye On You", "Pra Voz Wilma", and "Asia Minor". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Edwin Astley/Tony CrombieInternational Detective/Man From Interpol ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of cool British TV soundtracks – both of which feature an action jazz style to rival the best early work of Henry Mancini for the television screen! First up is lost spy soundtrack work from the British composer Edwin Astley – best known for his work on The Saint and Danger Man, but also sounding pretty darn great on the earlier program International Detective! The feel here is similar to some of Astley's better-known work – a more dramatic take on the crime jazz used on American TV in the late 50s – one that retains much of the instrumental elements of the sound, especially the well-placed use of saxes – but which also uses larger orchestrations to flesh out the music nicely, creating a stronger, more cinematic feel. The set features a total of 21 tracks from this short-lived show – and titles include "International Detective", "Murder Strip", "Theme For Larceny", "Night Patrol", "The Badge", "Manhunt", "Shock Tactics", "Murder Chase", and "Concerto In Law". Next is Man From Interpol – one of the best spy soundtracks we've ever heard – and one of the only scores we've ever seen from Brit jazz drummer Tony Crombie! The work was done a few years before Barry's famous Bond scores – but it's got a very similar feel, with lots of driving themes that make the best use of brazen horns, fast jazz, and beat-styled rhythms that crackle throughout the set. Most titles are pretty short, but really great – and nearly all of them feature some extremely strong jazz musicianship, in the manner of that used on the best American soundtracks by Mancini at the time! Titles include "Panic Station", "Interpol Cha Cha Cha", "Interpol Chase", "Samba De Janeiro", and "Blues Macabre". CD

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Kenny BarronFlight Path ... CD
Candid (UK), Early 90s. New Copy ... $9.99 11.98
Some of the best moments from Kenny Barron's early 90s run on Candid Records – a stretch that really set the stage for the pianist's big return to the limelight in the latter part of the decade – but still retained all the relaxed, easygoing charm of his less-recorded 80s years. Barron's in great company throughout – often groups that are a bit more than a trio – augmented by musicians who include Gary Bartz on alto, Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Steve Hobbs on vibes, and Donald Harrison on alto – and Kenny also plays solo on one track, and in duet with pianist Barry Harris on another. Titles include a great reworking of Blue Mitchell's "Fungii Mama", plus "Pedra Bonita", "Dreams", "Flight Path", "Slow Grind", "So What", "Pent Up House", and "My Old Flame". CD

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Basie-itesHow High The Moon ... LP
Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good ... $16.99
A really cooking session from key members of the Count Basie group of the 50s – players that include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Joe Newman, Freddie Green, Al Grey, and Thad Jones – plus a young Barry Harris on piano, and the great Blue Mitchell on trumpet! There's a nicely crackling energy to this set that gets away from some of the other "Basie players without Basie" records from the time – a relaxed, jamming sort of approach that really has the players opening up in the freedom away from the larger group. Some of the ballads here are actually the nicest numbers, played with a really mellow feel that has a strong focus on the soloists – and titles include a longish take on "How High The Moon", plus the shorter numbers "When I Think About Lovin You", "My Old Flame", "Blue Moon", "Poor Butterfly", and "Stairway To The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – nice and heavy!)

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✨✧ Beastie BoysAn Exciting Evening At Home With Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego ... 12-inch
White Label, 1989. Very Good- ... $7.99
One of the Beasties goofiest 12's – and with three non-lp tracks! "Some Dumb Cop Gave Me Two Tickets Already" also known as "Mike D's In Love" is a take off of a Barry White style rap by Mike D monologue with his voice slowed way down. "Your Sister's Def" sounds like it was taken from some demo tape sent in to them. "Caught In the Middle of a Three Way Mix" is about their troubles on the subway, including a run-in with Bernard Goetz. "And What You Give Is What You Get" is an intrumental of Shadrach with some added instrumentation and effects. Plus "Shadrach" and "Car Thief" from the Paul's Boutique. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label pressing in a stickered sleeve.)

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Big Daddy KaneAll Of Me (radio rmx, single rmx, ext rmx) ... 12-inch
Cold Chillin, 1990. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.99
"All of Me" features Barry White. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Cover has light wear.)

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Mario BiondiBeyond (with Mario Biondi Vs Commodores) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past nation and culture to hit a vibe that could well make him one of the bigger global acts of the decade – layered with a groove that's steeped in 70s soul influences, but which has a cleaner, contemporary approach that suits Biondi's raspy presentation perfectly! Mario sings in English throughout – with this depth that maybe even rivals Barry White at his best, although with some more of the jazz inflections that Biondi had on other records. Some of these cuts are pretty damn catchy – and could win over anyone, even if they haven't followed Mario's previous records like we have – and titles include "All Of My Life", "I Chose You", "You Can't Stop This Love Between Us", "Heart Of Stone", "Fly Away", "Another Kind Of Love", "Where Does The Money Go", and "Open Up Your Eyes". Special bonus – this limited package also comes with a second CD – Mario Biondi Vs Commodores – which features Mario covering classics that include "Night Shift", "Three Times A Lady", "Lady", "Brick House", and "Easy". CD

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✨✧ John Benson BrooksFolk Jazz USA (plus Alabama Concerto) ... CD
Vik/Lonehill (Spain), 1956/1958. Used ... $8.99
2 obscure albums John Benson Brooks – an overlooked 50s jazz composer who often had a penchant for higher concept recordings! The first half of the CD features Folk Jazz USA – one of Brooks' most stripped down records – done with a core group of Zoot Sims on alto, Al Cohn on baritone, Nick Travis on trumpet, Barry Gailbraith on guitar, Osie Johnson on drums, and Buddy Jones on bass. The style is kind of a chamber jazz reworking of tunes from folk sources – done in a way that hangs modernist clothes on older melodies – really dressing them up with the jazz charms of mid 50s RCA! Travis is especially strong on the set – with boldly-stated lines that preserve the melodies, while other players really take off with their solos on the saxes. Titles include "Darling Corey", "Turtle Dove", "Black Is The Color", "Randall My Son", and "Venezuela". Next up is Alabama Concerto – a record based around the solo talents of Art Farmer on trumpet and Cannonbal Adderley on alto sax! The album's based on a number of historical and mythical southern themes – and although it gets a bit hokey at times, the work of Adderley and Art Farmer on the solo sections really opens up the piece and gives it a deep sense of soul. The setting is a drummer-less small group, with Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Brooks on occasional piano – and themes include "The Loop", "Trampin", "Little John Shoes", "Milord's Calling", and "Rufus Playboy". CD

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Funky BrownThese Songs Will Last Forever ... CD
Glades/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $19.99
Sweet grooves from Funky Brown – an artist who's more soul-based than you'd guess from his name, and who works here in the hippest Miami modes of the mid 70s! The album's got this warm glow that's mighty nice – even smoother and more mature than some of the Timmy Thomas work of the time – with plenty of keyboards from Harold Butler alongside Brown's sweet vocals – in ways that mix together bits of Miami soul with currents from bigger 70s names on the Philly scene, and maybe even a bit of Barry White! Paul Khouri arranged and produced, and definitely has a way with a midtempo groove – and titles include "Nice & Slow", "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Let's Make A Baby", "Sharing The Night Together", "For The Love Of You", and "Kiss & Say Goodbye". CD

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Jim CapaldiWhale Meat Again ... LP
Island, 1974. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A beautiful mixing of modes – Jim Capaldi's Traffic-bred, London-styled vocals, and the sweet southern soul grooves of Muscle Shoals – all wrapped together with a sound that's even tighter than Capaldi's debut album! Jim's a big edgier here overall – both in the way he delivers the vocals, and in the lyrics of the tunes – and his singing's underscored perfectly by help from Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Barry Beckett on piano and organ, David Hood on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums – all of whom create the right sort of warm Muscle Shoals vibe to make Capaldi's music sound wonderfully soulful. Steve Winwood plays a bit of guest organ on the set, and may well help with backing vocals – and titles include the funky "Low Rider" (different than the War tune) – plus "We'll Meet Again", "Summer Is Fading", "My Brother", "It's Alright", and "Yellow Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Al Cohn & Dexter GordonTrue Blue/Silver Blue ... CD
Xanadu/Elemental, 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
Some of the most cooking work of the 70s from Dexter Gordon – and that's saying a lot, given all his overseas sessions and late-life work for Columbia Records! The format here is different than both of those, though – in that it's both a sharp hardbop set, with a real back-to-basics vibe – but also one that has much more of an overall group feel, instead of some of the longer-form solo vehicles that Gordon recorded for Steeplechase Records. There's definitely a blowing session vibe – tracks are long, and there's multiple soloists who each get extended time in the spotlight – but there's also a careful sense of structure, brought to the record no doubt by producer Don Schlitten – who'd handled classic dates in the past for Prestige. The group features both Gordon and Al Cohn on tenors, Blue Mitchell and Sam Noto on trumpets, Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – a hell of a lineup that really makes magic on "Lady Bird", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "True Blue", "On The Trail", "Allen's Alley", and "Silver Blue". CD

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Chick CoreaCircling In ... LP
Blue Note, 1968/1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
In the years before Scientology and his own sense of fame gripped him far too strongly, Chick Corea was actually a heck of a piano player – one with a very far-reaching sensibility that was touching other budding modernists of his generation. This hard to find Blue Note 2-fer includes unissued material from Corea's key late 60s years – some of it cut with the short-lived Circle group of Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul; others with only Holland and Altschul; and one earlier batch with a trio that included Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes. Titles include "Duet for Bass & Piano", "Starp", "Chimes", "Danse For Clarinet & Piano", and "Samba Yanta". LP, Vinyl record album
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Chick CoreaCirculus ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Amazing stuff – and work that will have you changing your opinion about Chick Corea! Around 1970, Corea was part of a groundbreaking group called Circle – an amazing avant quartet that featured him, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul. Circle are one of those groups who always gets talked about, but who left behind almost no recorded legacy – which is why this set of recordings from 1970 is so important to an understanding of Corea and Braxton's career. The 2LP set features 3 sides worth of Circle material – including "Quartet Piece 1, 2, & 3", and the shorter "Percussion Piece". The 4th side of the set features the trio of Corea, Holland, and Altschul performing the haunting "Drone". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sonny CrissSaturday Morning (with bonus track) ... CD
Xanadu, 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A beautiful album from the wonderful reedman Sonny Criss – one of the first albums in his brief stretch of return to recording in the late 70s – and quite possibly the best! Criss has a sound that's completely amazing, right from the start – every bit as sharp toned as in his early years on Imperial, and as full of all the imagination as on his sides for Prestige – but with much deeper feeling, too – this sense of pain and life that makes even the simplest notes extremely powerful – blowing us away like few others players could do with such understated brilliance. The whole thing's perfect – maybe even more so than the Prestige recordings – and backing is by Barry Harris on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lenny McBrowne on drums – a really wonderful group! Titles include the amazing "Saturday Morning" – a track that will really make you fall in love with Sonny all over again – plus "Angel Eyes", "Tin Tin Deo", "Jeannie's Knees", "My Heart Stood Still", and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along". Also includes the bonus track "Confusion". CD

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CrusadersStanding Tall ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $19.99
The Crusaders standing tall at the start of the 80s – getting great grooves from the lean trio of Wilton Felder on saxes and bass, Joe Sample on keyboards, and Stix Hooper on drums! The mighty Barry Finnerty handles most of the guitar solos here – although David T Walker also plays a bit too – and other high-end guests round out the sound with a very professional feel, including Billy Preston on organ, Marcus Miller on bass, and Larry Carlton on more guitar. As with other Crusaders albums of this vintage, vocals play a part in the sound – sung here by Joe Cocker on two tracks, sounding almost better here than on his own material. Titles include "Standing Tall", "This Old World's Too Funky For Me", "Luckenbach Texas", "The Longest Night", and "Sunshine In Your Eyes". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Al Di MeolaLand Of The Midnight Sun ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A real 70s standout from guitarist Al Di Meola – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of most of his albums from the decade! The record's one that broke Al's talents out to so many different groups – yet never in a way that waters down his sound, nor dims his genius for a solo. Al plays a host of guitars – electric, and both six and 12 string acoustic – the latter of which are especially beautiful, and handled in a balance between European virtuoso modes, and some of the more rhythmic elements of the American fusion scene. Speaking of fusion, the other players on the date really help set the tone – Chick Corea on keyboards and piano, Barry Miles on Fender Rhodes and mini-moog, Stanley Clarke on bass, and both Steve Gadd and Lenny White on drums – each setting a different pace when they appear. Titles include "The Wizard", "Suite Golden Dawn", "Short Tales Of The Black Forest", and "Land Of The Midnight Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Doug E FreshJust Having Fun (voc, bonus lesson 1 no music, do the beat box) (ENJOY) ... 12-inch
Enjoy, 1984. Very Good+ ... $11.99
This one was released between Doug E Fresh's appearance on the Treacherous 3's "Xmas" rap and before he hooked up with Slick Rick for the hits "The Show" and "La Di Da Di." The full name of the track is "Just Having Fun (Do The Beat Box)" and features lots of nice beatboxing and some vocoder effects. Both instrumental version, called "Bonus Lesson #1" features some amazing extended acapella beatboxing. Also, cuts by dj's Chill Will and Barry B. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Label has a sticker on the A side.)

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Bob Downes Open MusicBlowin With Bass ... CD
Bob Downes Music (UK), 1975/1978/1981/2005. New Copy ... $14.99
Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Downes – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Downes blows a variety of reeds in the company of four different bassists, each recorded at a different time – a lineup that includes Barry Guy, Paul Bridge, Andrew Cleyndert, and Marc Meggido – in performances recorded between 1975 and 2005, but presented here with a surprisingly unified feel. Downes sounds tremendous throughout – at that level that we've discovered on some of his self-released records like this, which arguably is even higher than his better-known 70s material – playing flutes, tenor, alto, soprano, and other instruments next to warm, round, open tones from each bassist. Titles include "Occidental Oriental", "Dawn Dreams", "Just A Minute", "Bluesing", "Coasting", "Cocowanna", "Starburst Galaxy", and "Dark Corners". CD

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Bob Downes Open MusicFive Trios ... CD
Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... $7.99
Amazing work from British reedman Bob Downes – a host of previously-unissued 70s recordings, all of them trio numbers with a wonderfully stripped-down feel! Downes is possibly best known for his larger group experiments of the Open Music years – but here, he comes across as much more of a cutting-edge jazzman – blowing a variety of reeds, including flute, tenor, alto, and soprano saxes (sometimes simultaneously!) – with only just bass and drums to back him up! Yet as with most of Bob's other recordings from the time, there's a wonderful sense of rhythm to these cuts – never too free, and always with an inherent groove that hangs somewhere between the modal and the harmelodic. The drummer on all cuts is Denis Smith, and bassists include Barry Guy, Jeff Clyne, and Marc Meggido – on tracks that include "Bamboo Blaze", "Spooks", "Living It Up In Rio", "Desert Waltz", "Circus", "Moonstruck", and "Ghosts In Space". CD

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Allen EagerAce Face – The Gray Boys Series Vol 1 ... CD
Giant Steps (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
A well-done overview of the early years of tenorist Allan Eager – a key player in the postwar rise of bop alongside Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and others – but one who never got the fame of some of his contemporaries! The 2CD package features a wealth of material with Eager in the lead – key recordings done as a sideman with Coleman Hawkins, Red Rodney, Buddy Rich, Stan Getz, Tony Fruscella, Tadd Dameron, and others – plus a handful of some of the few dates cut under his own name as a leader! Tracks were recorded over the decade between 1946 and 1956 – and they offer a fully fleshed-out picture of Eager's tremendous talents on the tenor – schooled in styles borrowed from Lester Young, but often set off in much more modern modes overall. Titles include "Allen's Alley" with Coleman Hawkins, "Blues" with JATP, "The Goof & I" with Red Rodney, "Daily Double" with Buddy Rich, "Groovin High" with Barry Ulanov & His Metronome All Stars, "Good Bait" with Tadd Dameron, "Five Brothers" with Stan Getz, "Perdido" with Terry Gibbs, "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Muy" with Tony Fruscella, and "Mulligan's Too" with Gerry Mulligan – plus "Zootcase", "Rampage", "Vot's Dot", "Booby Hatch", "Donald Jay", and "Meeskate" all recorded by Allan Eager as a leader. CD
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✨✧ Funk IncHangin' Out/Superfunk ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Two excellent albums from Funk Inc on one CD! Superfunk is one of the band's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the album's enduring classic, "Goodbye, So Long" – a rolling funky tune that features vocals on the chorus, and an unbelievably catchy instrumental sound that you might recognize instantly from its use as a sample over the years. The rest of the record's just as great – and the band runs through The Meters' classic "Message From The Meters", Barry White's funky "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe", and a great rendition of the electric jazz classic "The Hill Where The Lord Hides". Hangin Out features their organ-heavy sound vamping away on some really tight groovers – not as break-heavy as some of the tracks on their first album, but with some excellent modal riffing in a sweet jazz dance mode. The big cuts include "Smokin' At Tiffany's" and "Dirty Red", both groove classics that have a strong Prestige jazz funk sound. Other cuts include a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love", plus the tracks "We Can Be Friends" and "I'll Be Around". CD

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