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Sonny StittStomp Off Let's Go ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
An unusual late record from the legendary Sonny Stitt – a set that's got some electricity in the group, but at a level that's not entirely funky jazz! Instead, the tracks are long, and feature some well-crafted solos from the leader – and the vibe here is loose at times, a bit like the more obscure recordings that Sonny did for the Jazz Masters label in Detroit! Richard Davis handles electric bass at the bottom, alongside drums from Louis Bellson and guitar from Bucky Pizzarelli – and the group also features trumpet work from Jon Faddis and Lew Soloff. There's a nice flow here – a relaxed soul jazz vibe that fits the sound of Stitt very well – and the album features four long tracks – "Duke's Place", "Perdido", "Little Suede Shoes", and a nice version of "Samba De Orpheo", with tight snapping drums. CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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Thomas StronenLucus ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Thomas Stronen's a drummer, but he gives plenty of space here to allow for a really strong combination of sounds from all the members of the quintet – a beautiful lineup that mixes piano with three stringed instruments, all given slight focus by the drums! The piano is handled by Ayumi Tanaka, whose got this really ringing tone on the instrument – open and spacious, but very conscious of color – which really works well alongside the violin of Hakon Aase, cello of Lucy Railton, and bass of Ole Morten Vagan – the last of whom we love from a series of previous recordings. The sound here is a bit difficult to describe in words, but it's got that special ECM space between standard jazz and contemporary composition – although without any sort of darkness at all. Titles include "Truth Grows Gradually", "La Bella", "Friday", "Islay", "Weekend", "Release", "Lucus", and "Baka". CD

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✨✧ Donna SummerFour Seasons Of Love ... LP
Casablanca, 1976. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Donna Summer also covers spring, autumn and winter here – on an incredibly groovy disco concept album – gorgeously sung by Donna Summer and produced to perfection by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte! It's got 4 long, seasonally-titled tunes and a reprise – with "Spring Affair", "Summer Fever", "Autumn Changes" and "Winter Melody" – and the numbers groove appropriately! The spring groover is breezy, summer's is nice and steamy, the dancefloor grooves shift and phase for autumn, and winter is cool and delicate. One of the finer album-oriented disco releases of the period! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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Super Hi FiI'm Only Sleeping/Hole In My Life (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Electric Cowbell, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes download with bonus tracks!)

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Roosevelt Sykes & Homesick JamesChicago Blues Festival Vol 1 ... LP
Black & Blue (France), 1970. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A set that was actually recorded in France, many years before the start of the Chicago Blues Festival – but with a great Windy City group that includes Eddie Taylor and Louis Myers on guitars, David Myers on bass, and Fred Bellow on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and intensity that made that moment of new creativity so great – from the edgey production work and scratches by Louie Lou, to the extra help from Mantronik, and even the album's early appearances by Special K and MC Serch – which further the sense of collaboration from the streets that made some of the Fresh Records sets so great. Titles include "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London", and "It's Time To Chill". CD features bonus tracks – "It's Yours (12" radio)", "Breakdown (12" mix)", "He's Incredible (12" mix)", "Breaking Bells (12" mix)", "Bass Machine (12" mix)", "Love Blind (12" mix)", and "Runaway (12" voc)". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Tabou ComboTabou Combo Super Stars (1987) ... LP
Tabou Combo, 1987. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Includes "Incident", "Mon Compe", "La Vida Preciosa", "Essaye'l Conca", and "Isabelle (A Cote)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Midori Takada & Masahiko SatohLunar Cruise ... LP
RCA/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1990. New Copy ... $24.99
Beautiful beautiful work from this spare Japanese duo – Midori Takada on marimba, gong, bells, and drums – and Masahiko Satoh on piano and electronics! The pair work here in a style that's not quite jazz, but also not much like some of the other Japanese instrumental sounds of the 80s – not electronic, or needlessly avant – as there's a tuneful quality to the music that really delights our ears all the way through! We might link the approach a bit to soundtrack styles of the period – but again, there's maybe more of a sense of careful, personal performance going on here – even when the duo's sound is expanded by bass work from Harumi Hosono, and a bit of sax and bass clarinet from Kazutoki Umezu. The marimbas are especially nice – almost echoing older modes from Africa and the Pacific Islands – while also having a more compact presence. Titles include "Nahm", "Ancient Place", "In D", "Madorone", "Chang Dra", "Lunar Cruise", and "A Vanished Illusion". LP, Vinyl record album
(On vinyl for the first time!)

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Allen ToussaintSouthern Nights (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... About May 25, 2018
Damn great work from Allen Toussaint – a record that was cut at a time when he'd really made his way into the mainstream of American music, yet could still come across with a hard New Orleans groove! The title cut, "Southern Nights", is a perfect illustration of this fact – as it was written by Toussaint, but became a big hit for Glen Campbell, who recorded a very soppy version of the number. Yet here, Allen turns it into a weird trippy tune – produced with great Sansu production, and backing by New Orleans legends like Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, and Art Neville – all of whom help the tune bristle with new energy, and a really sinister groove. The rest of the record continues in a similar vein – with a spacey LA mellow sound that actually works great for Toussaint's vocals, and gives them a wild flanged-out sound that's pretty amazing – and downright spooky at points! Titles include "Southern Nights", "Basic Lady", "Last Train", "Worldwide", "You Will Not Lose", "When The Party's Over", and "What Do You Want The Girl To Do". CD

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U RoyNatty Rebel ... LP
TR/Get On Down, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
U-Roy still riding high on the follow-up to Dread Inna Babylon – delivering another stone classic with Natty Rebel! Deep, steady rhythms courtesy Sly Dunbar & Lloyd Parks, background singers Barrington Spence and Flip Wilson bringing such a depth of aching, emotive soul, and U-Roy at his charismatic, rebellious best out front! He's irresistible as ever here, singing and toasting with timing and phrasing at a peak level, on songs inspired by classic songcraft that spans styles. Pure genius! Includes "Babylon Burning", "Natty Rebel", "So Jah Jah Say", "Natty Kung Fu". "If You Should Leave Me", "Do You Remember", "Traveling Man", "Have Mercy", "Baddie Boo", "Go Ther Natty" and "Fire In A Trenchtown". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jerri WintersSomebody Loves Me ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Jerri Winters gets some hip backings here – thanks to help from the Al Belletto Sextet, who almost share the star spotlight on the record as much as Jerri! The combo are perhaps best known for their 50s work on Capitol, but they sound equally great here – stepping out with a tight sound that must have made them a great act to catch live in a club! And in addition to the combo's instrumentation – which includes alto sax, piano, trombone, and trumpet – the group also harmonize a bit behind Jerri's vocals – supporting her with a sound that's sort of a groovy 50s update on the older 40s mode of matching a female lead with a male harmony group. Don't let all this praise of the Belletto group take away from Winters, though – because she steps out strongly too – and really makes the album sparkle with a personal take on some lesser-remembered standards. Titles include "In Other Words", "Crazy In The Night", "Kind Of Moody", "Ridin On The Moon", "Dark Shadows", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "It's Always You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover is nice, but back has a promo stamp.)

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Lester YoungImmortal Lester Young ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A collection of earlier sides that Young recorded for Savoy, released after his death, and featuring various small groups that include such players as Freddie Greene, Count Basie, Junior Mance, Roy Haynes, Billy Taylor, and Cozy Cole. Tracks include "Blues N Bells", "Ghost Of A Chance", "These Foolish Things", "Exercise In Swing", "Ding Dong", and "June Bug". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing, with RVG etch. Cover has wear, marker obscuring "Immortal".)
Also available Immortal Lester Young (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 4.99

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Lester YoungImmortal Lester Young (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Savoy (Japan), Late 40s. Used ... $4.99
A collection of earlier sides that Young recorded for Savoy, released after his death, and featuring various small groups that include such players as Freddie Greene, Count Basie, Junior Mance, Roy Haynes, Billy Taylor, and Cozy Cole. Tracks include "Blues N Bells", "Ghost Of A Chance", "These Foolish Things", "Exercise In Swing", "Ding Dong", and "June Bug". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Immortal Lester Young ... LP 24.99

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Zach WitnessElectric Revival – Rise Of An Outkast Nation EP (white vinyl) ... LP
Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
Spacey, yet pretty rousing, almost anthemic hip hop soul instrumentals from Zach Witness – a batch originally put together as a birthday gift to friend and collaborator Andre 3000 (hence the title), and really indicative of the kind of soaring electro funky vibe of that side of Outkast without falling into predictable tribute territory at all – this is Zach's show all the way. There's some pretty diverse atmoshphere actually, really sounding like a calling card for producer talent on the rise, and titles include "Liberathem", "Jazzy Bells", "Keep Faith", "Electric Revival" and "Inno Emarginato". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited white vinyl.)

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VariousAfrica Airways 4 – Disco Funk Touchdown 1976 to 1983 (with bonus download) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
We've had some great trips on Africa Airways in recent years – and this sweet fourth set proves once again that the fun lies in the journey, not the destination! As before, the cuts here share a lot more with American funk than you might think – especially the tight late 70s style with lots of basslines at the bottom, and some warmly jazzy currents in the instrumentation – which often serve to provide a superb setting for the vocals over the top – sometimes just sing-song chorus bits, but merged perfectly with the grooves! Tracks here come from French labels like Fiesta and Sonodisc, and there's definitely some of that criss-crossing between West African and Parisian modes going on – on titles that include "Sun Explosion" by Manu Dibango, "Nassa Nassa" by Uta Bella, "Nimele Bolo" by Charly Kingson, "Africain" by Momo Joseph, "Biram" by Kemayo & K-System, "Soul Magabe" by Pierre Didy Tchakounte, "Funny Saga" by The Monsters, and "Tinini Yanana" by Jake Sollo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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VariousAir Africa – Noir C'Est Noir Premiere Volume Special Issue – Afro Beat & Soul ... LP
Aziza (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
African tracks, but with plenty of influence from American soul and funk – either 60s modes that echo Memphis and New Orleans, or Latin soul modes from Spanish Harlem, or even some of the looser, groovier styles of the 70s! Most tracks here are from the Congo and West Africa – and tracks are short, tight, and unabashedly trying for some overseas influences in the music – even while still holding onto more regional elements too! Instrumentation includes lots of electric guitar, organ, trumpets, and sonic touches you'd find on the other side of the Atlantic – but mixed with more complicated rhythms and arrangements, and often recorded with production that's quite different than American work. Titles include "Jerk Bastos" by Les Kilts, "L'Amour Au Prix De L'Argent" by Sax Wary & Orchestra, "Amina" by Gee Dees, "Save Me" by Orchestre African Fiesta, "Let's Live Together" by Sunburst, "Mi Nuevo Boogaloo" by Kalle Et L'African Team, "Ziliyankiyan" by Uta Bella, "Pour Mieux Vivre" by HC Clementophe, and "Sookie" by Docteur Nico & Orchestre. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAll That Disco 100 (6CD set) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD ... $48.99
100 disco and dance tracks, all in a mighty nice package – and a set that's maybe got as much funky soul and upbeat grooves as it does more mainstream work from the clubs! The package goes past the obvious late 70s disco years – and begins with some earlier soul from the 70s, then even moves into some big 80s dancefloor tracks as well – the kind of delightful pop numbers that seem to be getting a lot more play from the younger generation who didn't live through the music the first time around! Titles include "I Just Can't Say Goodbye" by Philly Devotions, "The Bump" by The Commodores, "Summer Place 76" by Percy Faith, "Shining Star" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle, "Dazz" by Brick, "Sky High" by Jigsaw, "Yes Sir I Can Boogie" by Baccara, "Boogie Nights" by GQ, "This Is It" by Melba Moore, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice, "Rockin Soul" by Hues Corporation, "Disco Inferno" by Trammps, "The Boss" by Diana Ross, "Super Freak" by Rick James, "Lovely One" by The Jacksons, "Paradise" by Change, "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn, "Best Of My Love" by The Emotions, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Boys Town Gang, "Le Freak" by Chic, "I'm In The Mood For Dancing" by The Nolas, "Hello Mr Monkey" by Arabesque, "DJ In My Life" by Annie, "I Like Chopin" by Gazebo, "Wanted" by The Dooleys, "I Was Made For Lovin You" by Kiss, "Dschingis Khan" by Genghis Khan, "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister, "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Deniece Williams, "Living In America" by James Brown, "Digging Your Scene" by The Blow Monkeys, "Conga" by Miami Sound Machine, "Hold Me Now" by Thompson Twins, "Don't You Want Me" by Human League, "Take On Me" by A-Ha, "Maneater" by Hall & Oates, "Respectable" by Mel & Kim, "Toy Toy" by Sinitta, "Two Of Hearts" by Stacey Q, "Venus" by Bananarama, "Eat You Up" by Angie Gold, "You Spin Me Round" by Dead Or Alive, "Point Of No Return" by Expose, "People Hold On" by Lisa Stansfield, "Give Me UP" by Michael Fortunati, and "Cha Cha Cha" by Finzy Kontini. CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ VariousAmbience – 63 Nuggets From The Cramps Record Vault – Further Inhalations In The Smog Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
Not the kind of easygoing sounds you'd usually expect from a record with the word "ambience" in the title – as these tracks are plenty raw, mighty greasy, and very much in the best spirit of the kind of sounds we're used to hearing on any collection that bears the name of The Cramps! As with that group's own music, the styles here are pulled from the deepest, darkest reaches of the early rock and roll years – not just music in that genre, but also a weird and wonderful collection of instrumentals, soul tracks, R&B singles, and other modes – working together here in an explosive array of music that goes way past any simple expectations you might have of the period! 63 tracks in all – with titles that include "The Dancing Katydids" by The Myrogens, "Rattle Shakin Mama" by Mel McGonnigle, "Choo Choo" by The Cables, "Rigor Mortis" by The Gravestone Four, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Ron Feuer, "Intoxica" by The Revels, "My Hot Mama" by The Sabres, "Shame On You Miss Lindy" by Benn Joe Zeppa, "I Was A Teenage Creature" by Lord Lutehr, "House Party" by The Party Rockers, "Deep River Blues" by Gene Maltais, "Rumble Rock" by Kip Tyler, "I'm Packin" by Belly Devroe & The Devilaires, and "Move Alone" by Johnny & The Baa Baas. CD

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VariousAntilles Cheries – Compa/Cadence – Foundation Dance Music From The Caribbean ... CD
Fanon (France), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
The French Antilles have been a huge source of influence on the global scene of the past few decades – especially during the big years of the zouk explosion, which opened up the island grooves to a huge global audience! But there's a much richer history of Antilles music that doesn't always get exposure – and part of that is presented here, in a beautiful batch of 70s material that paves the way towards 80s world music trends – but with earthier examples from the styles of compas and cadence! The rhythms are complex, but immediately compelling too – often upbeat and infectious, and in some spots touched by a bit of a 70s funk influence too – and most numbers have horn parts that are as upbeat and powerful as some of the best salsa work of the time, but turned towards slightly different ends. The grooves have so many different strands of sounds working together at once, the result is completely mindblowing – and the well-chosen tracks on the set are supported with notes in French and English that really illuminate this overlooked history. Titles include "La Vie Musique" by Black Affairs, "Si Bon Di Bon" by Simon Jurad, "Cail La Mande Rouse" by Toto Necessite, "Kokoye" by Combo Creole, "Money First" by Selecta Martinique, "Pale Creole" by Rodrigue Millien & Blagueur, "Coeur A Moin" by Belles Combo, and "Marchande" by Gervais Nerva. CD
Also available Antilles Cheries – Compa/Cadence – Foundation Dance Music From The Carribean ... LP 26.99

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VariousAntilles Cheries – Compa/Cadence – Foundation Dance Music From The Carribean ... LP
Fanon (France), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The French Antilles have been a huge source of influence on the global scene of the past few decades – especially during the big years of the zouk explosion, which opened up the island grooves to a huge global audience! But there's a much richer history of Antilles music that doesn't always get exposure – and part of that is presented here, in a beautiful batch of 70s material that paves the way towards 80s world music trends – but with earthier examples from the styles of compas and cadence! The rhythms are complex, but immediately compelling too – often upbeat and infectious, and in some spots touched by a bit of a 70s funk influence too – and most numbers have horn parts that are as upbeat and powerful as some of the best salsa work of the time, but turned towards slightly different ends. The grooves have so many different strands of sounds working together at once, the result is completely mindblowing – and the well-chosen tracks on the set are supported with notes in French and English that really illuminate this overlooked history. Titles include "La Vie Musique" by Black Affairs, "Si Bon Di Bon" by Simon Jurad, "Cail La Mande Rouse" by Toto Necessite, "Kokoye" by Combo Creole, "Money First" by Selecta Martinique, "Pale Creole" by Rodrigue Millien & Blagueur, "Coeur A Moin" by Belles Combo, and "Marchande" by Gervais Nerva. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Antilles Cheries – Compa/Cadence – Foundation Dance Music From The Caribbean ... CD 18.99
 
 
 



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