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Aaron BellAfter The Party's Over ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An obscure 50s session from bassist Aaron Bell – one of the player's few dates as a leader, cut at a time when he was working in Duke Ellington's group of the decade! As with some of Duke's other bassists, Bell's got a strongly pronounced tone – one that came through great in big group setting, and which really shines even more here – working in a mostly piano trio setting, and coming across with a good sense of bounce and soul. The album features Bell in a few different groups – with players who include Hank Jones or Charlie Bateman on piano, Ed Thigpen or Elvin Jones on drums, and a bit of extra trombone from Tyree Glenn. Bell even plays a bit of added tuba on a few tunes – using the instrument in a way that's not too different from his bass – and titles include "After The Party Blues", "Cool", "Party Blues", "Kumquat", "All The Way", "Love Nest", and a 2-part version of "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a partially split top seam.)

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Archie Bell & The DrellsHard Not To Like It ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good- ... $3.99
One of the strong Philly LPs by Archie Bell and the Drells (and they really did make the transition to Philly pretty well). Side one has some of their more blatent attempts to appeal to the then hot disco crowd, but side two has them back in a great easy soul two-step sound, like "It's Hard Not To Like You", "There's No Other Like You" and "Real Good Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie Bell & The DrellsStrategy ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
By the end of the 70s, Archie and crew were firmly entrenched in the up-tempo dancefloor style that made them one of the more winning groups at Philly International – and this album was one of their last for the label. The record features production work by the Gamble/Huff and McFadden/Whitehead teams, plus some work by Archie himself. Titles include "I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love", "We Got 'Em Dancing", "You're The Only One", "How Can I", and "Tighten Up At The Disco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover looks good, save for a small stain on the bottom right corner.)

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Archie Bell & The DrellsTighten Up ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $22.99
An incredible bit of southern funk – the first landmark LP by Archie Bell & The Drells, and the first big burst of energy from the Texas scene of the 60s! The album's incredible – with Archie up front on rough-hewn vocals, the band grooving in a mad tangle of guitar, bass, and drums, and some super-fierce horn work by the TSU Tornadoes! You've no doubt heard the band's classic "Tighten Up (part 1)", but this album also includes the incredible "part 2" to the track – which takes the groove a million miles higher! And the whole album's equally great – filled with other tight soul gems that include "A Thousand Wonders", "I Don't Want To Be A Playboy", "Give Me Time", and "When You Left Heartache Began". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has some peeling and a cutout hole.)

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Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz QuartetCharles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $2.99
A great little record made by this obscure modernist group! The quartet seems to begin with an MJQ inspired kind of groove – but they're much more soulful than that, and the tracks have a nice jagged sound that well earns them their "contemporary" tag. The lineup is guitar/piano/bass/drums, and the tracks are spare and moody, but swing nicely! Titles include "Happy Funky", "Latin Festival", "Counterpoint Study 2", and "Variation 3". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear and splitting.)

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Dee Bell, Eddie Duran featuring Tom HarrellOne By One ... LP
Concord, 1985. Near Mint- ... $2.99
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(Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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Marty Bell with Don ElliottVoice Of Marty Bell/The Quartet Of Don Elliott ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Obscure singer Marty Bell works here with cool small combo backing from the group of Don Elliott – who mostly plays vibes, but also a bit of bongos and trumpet too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo, deep groove. Cover has an ink stamp on the back.)

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Bell Biv DevoeBBD ... LP
Biv Ten/Universal, 2001. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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Napolean Brown & The Bell Jubilee SingersWho Is That Man ... LP
HSE, Late 70s. Near Mint- ... $18.99
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✨✧ Vanessa Bell ArmstrongGreatest Hits ... LP
Muscle Shoals Sound, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(In a plain sleeve.)

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsDance Your Troubles Away ... LP
TSOP, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place – because their work with the team on Atlantic yielded some instant hits that really pointed the way towards the hit Gamble & Huff style of the 70s, and that sound is brought up-to-date nicely on this LP. The record really retains the strong vocal sound of earlier years – and has some of the best harmonies the band ever recorded, very much in the mode of The O'Jays or Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. McFadden & Whitehead and Bunny Sigler wrote most of the material, backing is by the Instant Funk group, and the Gamble & Huff team handled production on all cuts. Titles include "Let's Groove", "I Won't Leave You Honey, Never", "Let's Groove", "The Soul City Walk", "Dance Your Troubles Away", and "I Love You (But You Don't Even Know It)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a gold promo stamp and a sticker in one corner.)

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✨✧ George DuningBell, Book, & Candle (Varese) ... LP
Colpix, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful jazzy soundtrack from the end of the 50s – written for the ultra-cool film Bell, Book, & Candle – which starred Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart in a comedy about beatnik witches in New York! Much of the soundtrack has a cool beat jazz sort of feel to it – and many tracks feature strong solo work by Pete and Conte Candoli, who also perform a bit in nightclub scenes in the film. Other tracks have a slightly more orchestral feel, but one that's still quite light, given the nice themes in the movie – and which also features some playful bits that still keep things jazzy. Titles include "Way Out Calypso", "Send Me Nicky", "Pyewacket Returns", "Zodiac Blues", "L'Assassin Ennuye", and "Shep Shook". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Vanessa Bell ArmstrongFollowing Jesus ... LP
Muscle Shoals Sound, 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsThere's Gonna Be A Showdown ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A stormer from Archie Bell & The Drells – one of our favorite soul albums ever, and a masterpiece of mid-tempo soul! Archie Bell & The Drells sound amazing here – light years from the rougher funk of their earlier years, yet still with a groove that's undeniable – an incredible meeting of soul music scenes handled by the young Gamble & Huff team – who not only produce most of the record, but also wrote most of the tracks on the set! The groove is lightly lilting, and totally on the money – a sound that's incredible, and hard to describe in words – but which really grabs us from the get-go. All tracks are great, and totally fresh – and tunes include "I Love My Baby", "Houston Texas", "Showdown", "My Balloon's Going Up", "Giving Up Dancing", "Girl You're Too Young", and "Green Power". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some writing in pen on back.)
Also available There's Gonna Be A Showdown ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Charles Bell TrioCharles Bell Trio In Concert ... LP
Gateway, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever recorded by pianist Charles Bell – a fresh-voiced modernist who flourished briefly on the recording scene at the beginning of the 60s, when he recorded great records for Columbia and Atlantic, plus this little gem for the smaller Gateway label! The set's a live one, and has Bell playing in a style that's more open than some of his other records – still very much concerned with moods and colors, in an almost John Lewis-like way – but also playing some extremely inventive lines on the piano, and giving the record a keenly improvised quality. Titles include "Take Five", "Memories Of Home", "Whisper Not", "Work Song", "Prancing", and "Tommy's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Fresh Sounds reissue. Cover has a cutout hole.)
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Box TopsDimensions ... LP
Bell, 1969. Very Good ... $4.99
Produced by Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman – with tracks that include "The Happy Song", "Rock Me Baby", "Sweet Cream Ladies", "I Must Be The Devil", "Midnight Angel", and "Soul Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a sticker.)

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✨✧ Box TopsLetter/Neon Rainbow ... LP
Bell, 1967. Good+ ... $6.99
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(Stereo pressing. Cover is in nice shape.)

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5th DimensionGreatest Hits On Earth ... LP
Bell, Late 60s/1972. Very Good ... $0.99
All the genius you'd ever want by this sublime soul harmony group – packed up on one LP! Lots of great songs by Jimmy Webb and Laura Nyro – and titles include "One Less Bell To Answer", "Save The Country", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All", "Stoned Soul Picnic", and "Up Up & Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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Merrilee RushAngel Of The Morning ... LP
Bell, 1968. Sealed ... $6.99
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(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Chad MitchellChad ... LP
Bell, 1969. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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✨✧ Barry De Vorzon & Perry Botkin JrRPM – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Bell, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some wear and a factory sticker.)

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✨✧ Gary GlitterGary Glitter ... LP
Bell, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from Gary – his one big American hit, and a sublime blend of glam and groove, featuring the massive "Rock & Roll", a track that's still played ad infinitum today at sports events – and which never fails to charge up the scene! Gary must have gotten a bucket of royalties for that one – and the rest of the record's equally great, filled with power-driving numbers that have a roar like a Harley in low gear. Also includes "Baby Please Don't Go", "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock & Roll)",'Ain't That A Shame", "Rock On","The Famous Instigator" and "Shaky Sue". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77Vintage 74 ... LP
Bell, 1974. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent little album that Sergio recorded in the US – with a sweet funky electric sound that's very different than his other work! At some level, the album has a feel that's almost like a hip 70s soundtrack – sporting these great arrangements by Dave Grusin that bring in a lot more funk than you might be used to hearing on one of Sergio's albums, making the whole thing groove in a marvelous way – while still holding onto some Brazilian touches in the rhythms, and that sweet two-female vocal lead style of Sergio's other work. The set includes two funky Stevie Wonder covers – "Superstition" and "Don't You Worry About a Thing" – plus versions of "This Masquerade", "Voce Abusou", and "Double Rainbow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousLet The Good Times Roll ... LP
Bell, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ 5th DimensionIndividually & Collectively ... LP
Bell, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An early 70s treasures from The 5th Dimension – continuing the group's amazing run from the late 60s onward – a sublime blend of the group's great harmonies with standout lead vocals – all produced by Bones Howe, and arranged with help from from Bob Alcivar and Bill Holman! There's a growing sophistication in the set that we really like – a deeper, more personal feel on some of the lyrics – especially some of the more "adult" styled numbers that always showed that the group was way more than just a simple pop machine. Tracks include a scatting vocal version of the Johnny Alf bossa groover "Sky & Sea", plus "I Didn't Get To Sleep At All", "All Kinds Of People", "Tomorrow Belongs To The Children", "Turn Around To Me", "Band Of Gold", and "Border Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the nice envelope style gatefold sleeve, which has some light wear.)

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✨✧ Pee Wee RussellPee Wee Russell Plays Pee Wee ... LP
Bell, Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A strangely beautiful record recorded during Pee Wee Russell's brief comeback as a modernist folk hero during the 60s. As with a number of his other sessions from the time, Russell's tone is amazingly angular, with strange off-kilter notes that expose the genius that had been lurking for years behind playing that was otherwise fairly straightforward. Titles include "The Lady's In Love", "I'm In The Market For You", and "Pee Wee's Song" – and the group is a quintet with Nat Pierce on piano and Steve Jordan on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Bell pressing. Back cover has a name in pen.)
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Rance Allen GroupSoulful Experience ... LP
Truth/Stax, 1975. Very Good ... $18.99
A beautiful mix of gospel soul and heavy Memphis production – and the kind of heavy soul album that made Rance Allen one of Stax's best new artists during the 70s. David Porter produced and arranged, and the album has some great electric keyboard work by Rance that provides a perfect counterfoil for his rich baritone voice. The album's a lot more stripped down than later efforts – with a rootsy sound that should have made Rance even bigger with the crossover crowd. Titles include "Talk That Talk", "The Painter", "Ring My Bell", and "Harlem Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoThird Decade ... LP
ECM, 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A surprisingly great little album – recorded on the occasion of the Ensemble's third decade in music, and a record that sounds a lot better than we remember! At the time of release, we kind of "pooh poohed" this one because of its divergence from some of the group's other styles – some tracks are straighter, more composed, and less improvised; others use a larger sound palette, and go for themes that are almost sentimental and nostalgic at times. Yet somehow, going back to this one, we're stunned at how interesting we find the whole thing – as each track seems to offer up a new surprise, and the series of musical visions expressed shows how much the group had grown during their time together. Includes the wonderful "Prayer For Jimbo Kwesi", the percussive jammer "Third Decade", the sonorously-wonderful "Bell Piece", and the tracks "Walking In The Moonlight", "Zero", and "Funky AECO". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Blue MinkReal Mink ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the first albums from Blue Mink – a seminal rock/soul crossover act who really broke bigger in the 70s! The album's strongest asset is singer Madeline Bell, who works in duet form with group leader Roger Cook on most numbers – bringing the record a strongly soulful component that really helps sell some of its beat group leanings. And in the instrumentation department, the group here have plenty of touches from the late 60s Brit beat scene – including strong presence of organ and electric piano, lots of jamming guitar, and an overall approach to the groove that's strongly influenced by American soul and R&B, but which also has jazzy touches. Titles include "Good Morning Freedom", "Gimme Reggae", "Can You Feel It Baby", "Our World", "Sweet & Sour", "I Lose The Game", and "Silk What?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some light wear.)

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Arthur BlytheBlythe Spirit ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ... $5.99
With Blythe on alto, Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Steve McCall and Bobby Battle on drums, John Hicks on piano, Amina Claudine Myers on organ, and Fred Hopkins on bass. Titles include "Misty", "Spirits In The Field", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Reverance", and "Contemplation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Arthur BlytheLight Blue – Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
With Blythe on alto, Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a CSP sticker on back.)

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Anthony Braxton3 Compositions Of New Jazz (North Lincoln) ... LP
Delmark, 1968. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Even at an early age, Anthony Braxton was already experimenting with new forms of jazz composition – and this 1968 debut as a leader is filled with the imaginative approaches to music that would make him a key shaper of jazz in the next decade! The tracks here are all quite long, and although free-sounding, still have an intrinsic logic dictated by Braxton's compositional ideals – played by himself on alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, and a variety of other instruments – in a quartet that features Leo Smith on trumpet and mellophone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano and cello, and Leroy Jenkins on violin and viola. In true AACM fashion, all players pick up other instruments as the tunes roll on – percussion bits, kazoo, slide whistle, bells, and more – almost more Art Ensemble-like than some of Braxton's more tightly-controlled environments on later records. Titles include two pieces titled in Braxton's equation-like style – plus "The Bell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with North Lincoln address. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole in one corner.)

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Gary BurtonAlone At Last ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good- ... $1.99
A mixed bag of tracks from Gary – but a really nice record overall, one that has him stretching out in the Atlantic years! 3 of the album's tracks were recorded live in Montreux, the others were recorded back in New York – and Gary plays a variety of instruments in addition to vibes, including electric piano, organ, and piano. Tracks are a mixture of modern and hippy, and titles include "Moonchild/In Your Quiet Place", "The Sunset Bell", "Hullo Bolinas", "General Mojo's Well Laid Plan", and "Chega De Saudade". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Library copy, with some wear, peeling and stickers.)

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John ColtraneBallads ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good- Gatefold ... $39.99
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more direct soulfulness than usual! The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has some gloss peeling on back, otherwise looks nice.)

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CorporationCorporation ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $16.99
An excellent album of jazzy rock material from Detroit! The Corporation were definitely one of the hipper groups ever to record for Capitol during the late 60s, as you'll hear on their incredible version of John Coltrane's "India", done as a progged-out slightly funky instrumental, and taking up all of side 2 of the record. Given that there's no sax player in the group, their version's quite different than the original, with lots of nice organ and guitar jamming. Side 1 of the album features the group on 5 shorter psyche vocal numbers – like "Smile", "Drifting", "Highway", and "Ring That Bell" – all of them pretty groovy, and with some good jazzy influences. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Miles Davis & Sonny StittLive in Stockholm 1960 ... LP
Dragon (Sweden), 1960/1986. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
Incredible stuff – and a rare meeting of two giant jazz talents you'd never thought would appear on the same stage! The album features a 1960 concert in Sweden – Miles and Sonny upfront, with backing by the trio of Wyton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Tracks are long, fiery, and a bit dirty (if we can say that in mixed company!) – and titles include "No Blues", "If I Were A Bell", "Walkin", "All Of You", and "On Green Dolphin Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ DellsFreedom Means ... LP
Cadet, 1971. Very Good ... $7.99
A stunning set from the mighty mighty Dells – a cool collaboration with the legendary arranger Charles Stepney and songwriter Terry Callier – and a record that shows just how far the group had come since their streetcorner harmony days! The vocals are incredible – that rich blend of deep notes and soaring highs that made The Dells one of the most technically amazing soul groups in the 70s – and Stepney's arrangements follow in the same mode as his work for their Dionne Warwick album, and his music for Minnie Riperton and Ramsey Lewis – with lots of groovy currents on the bottom and soaring strings on the top – sophisticated, but completely soulful too – at a level that nobody else can touch! Terry Callier wrote the original tunes "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind", "Freedom Means", "Melody Man", "Free & Easy", "Rather Be With You", and "It's All Up To You" – and the set also includes great remakes of "One Less Bell To Answer", "Make It With You", and "If You Go Away/Love Story". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Freedom Means ... CD 16.99

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Manu DibangoSoul Makossa – Collection Or (French pressing) ... LP
Fiesta/Musidisc (France), 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that blew up on dancefloors instantly, thanks to a strong cultural colonial pipeline already laid down by the French. The track had this amazing choppy beat that was instantly copied by loads of folks – as was the "Soul Makossa" tune, which due to some sort of copyright loophole, was covered by just about as many groups in the 70s as "Der Komissar" was in the 80s! (This is also why the album has a banner on the top that says "Version Originale"!) The rest of the album was recorded to follow up on the strength of that single – and believe it or not, it's actually even better, as the band is completely tight, very funky, and playing with that weird mix of Afro rhythms and electric funk that was being laid down in Paris at the time (and in fact, French jazzer Georges Arvanitas actually plays on the album!) Manu's tone is incredible, and the record's a must-have in the bin of any fan of 70s Afro Funk! Cuts include "New Bell", "Hibiscus", "Lily", and "O Boso". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke EllingtonAnd His Mother Called Him Bill ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A nicely understated session that was recorded in honor of Billy Strayhorn – who'd passed away a few months before the recording. The set features all classic Strayhorn compositions – played in new versions by Duke and a group that includes Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Aaron Bell, and Jimmy Hamilton. The recording quality is great, and the sound of the album really makes old classics sparkle nicely once again! Titles include "UMMG", "Blood Count", "Boo Dah", "Rain Check", "Day Dream", "All Day Long", and "Lotus Blossom", done in a haunting solo piano version by Duke! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Dynagroove pressing. Cover has some ringwear.)
Also available And His Mother Called Him Bill ... CD 8.99

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FunkadelicElectric Spanking Of War Babies ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A surprisingly wonderful record! Back in the day, we remember that we didn't like these later P-Funk albums because they weren't as druggy, trippy, or guitar heavy as the early stuff. Now, though, they sound pretty darn sweet to our ears – especially this one, which has lots of cool pre-electro grooves with sweet keyboards, vocoder vocals, and spacey basslines that blow out in deep rich waves of funky soul. The whole thing's an amazing evolution of the George Clinton groove – and titles include "Electric Spanking Of War Babies", "Funk Gets Stronger", "Shockwaves", "Icka-prick", "Brettino's Bounce", and "She Loves You". Nice Pedro Bell cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(In the censored cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Red GarlandRed Garland's Piano ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Fair ... $9.99
Red Garland's piano was certainly humming strong at the time of this session – as Red's trio were one of the key rhythm components of many Prestige albums of the late 50s, but also a real starring act on their own! The album's got a laidback, almost mellow feel that's a bit different from some of the Garland accompaniment on horn-based sessions – a style that's introspective, but always spirited – sprightly, but never flowery – that magical style that allowed Garland to bridge different worlds of jazz piano in the 50s. Paul Chambers is a perfect accompaniment here on bass, Art Taylor's work on drums is a masterpiece of understatement, and although the titles are all familiar, they're certainly given a special Garland touch! Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "If I Were A Bell", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "I Know Why", and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". LP, Vinyl record album
( FAIR CONDITION. Yellow & black label NYC pressing. Cover has tape on the spine, and moderate aging on the back.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes In Europe 1967 (aka Hamp's Piano) ... LP
MPS/Prestige, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
A Prestige pressing of this rare German MPS session by Hampton Hawes – recorded in trio format with backing by two of Europe's best rhythm players, bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Klaus Weiss – and in a groove that's really wonderful! There's a great tone to the record that's evident from the very first note – a warmth, and almost bell-like quality that we don't always remember from other Hawes albums, and which makes this one really special. The rhythm section is heard here in rapt reverence to Hampton's work on the keys, but still with enough of a force to color in the record with their presence, especially in the case of Weber's bass. Titles include some tasty originals – like "Villingen Blues", "Rhythm", "Sonora", and "Black Forest Blues" – plus versions of "Autumn Leaves" and "I'm All Smiles", "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "My Foolish Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a Preview stamp, a split bottom seam, a few creases, and some pen on back.)

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Isaac HayesTough Guys ... LP
Enterprise, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $7.99
One of Isaac Hayes' richest soundtracks – deeper and more complicated than the groove of Shaft and Truck Turner, and filled with some great tunes that glow with color, life, and imagination – showing an Isaac Hayes that almost seems to be moving beyond the usual blackploitation groove! The album sports 2 really classic tunes – the title theme "Tough Guys", and the classic "Hung Up On My Baby" – both of which have a solidly funky feel that will more than please the usual soundtrack beathead crowd. But overall, the other tunes twist and turn in a delightful mix of modes – expanding on the soulful territory Ike first explored in his original soundtracks, and offering up a great range of moods and emotion. The album's got some especially great chromatic guitar work – and other titles include "Joe Bell", "Randolph & Dearborn", "Buns O Plenty", "Run Fay Run", and "Red Rooster". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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Phyllis HymanGoddess Of Love ... LP
Arista, 1983. Very Good- ... $0.99
The last Arista album from Phyllis Hyman – and a set that really sums up all the genius she expressed at the label! Some tunes are upbeat and catchy – the kind of tracks that had Hyman reaching a much wider audience in the early 80s – while others are more sophisticated and mellow, the kind of all-woman tunes that made Phyllis a genre-defining artist that so many others tried to match in years to come! These latter tracks are our favorites, and are still the type that Hyman can do better than anyone else – couched here in perfect production for the mode by Thom Bell and Narada Michael Walden. Titles include "Why Did You Turn Me On", "Your Move My Heart", "Falling", "Riding The Tiger", "Goddess Of Love", "Just Twenty Five Miles To Anywhere", "Just Me & You", "We Should Be Lovers", and "Let Somebody Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Lamont JohnsonMusic Of The Sun ... LP
Tabu, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
A soaring solo moment for Lamont Johnson – the bassist whose work was a big part of the Brainstorm ensemble at their start – and who really makes some great magic here on his own! It's clear from the set that Johnson was one of the more spiritual members of Brainstorm – as the approach here, while still heavy on funk and soul, also has some deeper touches too – core ideas from Johnson that are expanded strongly by arranger Jerry Peters, whose direction of the project stands as one of his best studio moments of the time! The team of Peters and Johnson really come up with a set that pushes past the usual grooves of the time – with some elements that recall the jazzier spiritual elements from folks like Eddie Russ or Lonnie Liston Smith, mixed with more of the focus on the groove that Johnson's bass brought to Brainstorm. There's lots of great guests on the record, too – including Norma Jean Bell on saxes, Renae Williams on vocals, Ronnie Foster on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, and Randall Jacobs on the mighty cool Roland Space Echoplex guitar. Titles include "Sister Fine", "Hey Girl", "Music Of The Sun", "This Must Be Heaven", and "Yours Truly Discreetly". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has wear & a promo stamp.)

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Yusef LateefGentle Giant (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. Sealed (reissue)... $13.99
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger-concept recordings to come, but which is still pretty lean and clean overall – and damn funky on most of the best tracks! Yusef plays a host of hip flutes here, plus tenor and oboe – and an almost equal star on the record is Kenny Barron, whose electric piano lines really make the album something special. The album begins with a long take on Barron's "Nubian Lady" which begins the record – and Kenny also contributed the tighter grooving "Jungle Plum". Other tracks include "African Song", "Queen Of The Night", "Poor Fishermen", "Below Yellow Bell", and a strange version of "Hey Jude" that goes on for a long time, and really messes with the volume – listed on the cover with the note "Do not adjust the playback level on your audio equipment – readjust your mind!" LP, Vinyl record album
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Cesar AscarrunzCesar 830 ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $39.99
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a heady amount of jazz alongside the soul, Latin, and funk elements in the grooves! The legendary Teo Macero produced and arranged – and really takes a lot of care in the studio to focus the overall energy of the tremendous talents on the record – players who include Hadley Caliman on flute and tenor, Steve Marcus on soprano sax, Benny Velarde on timbales, and Francisco Aguabella on congas – plus the trio of Cesar, Mark Levine, and Merl Sanders on keyboards. Most numbers have this really full, flowing groove – jazzy, but with a strong emphasis on the rhythms – and often touched with some great work on guitar that echoes the Santana-inspired sound of the generation, yet never in a rock way at all. Linda Tillery sings vocals on a few numbers, but the main focus is definitely instrumental – and the whole album's great – with cuts that include "See Saw Affair", "Azucar", "Descarga", "The Devil & Montezuma", "Gotta Get Away", and "Bridges". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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Sikiru Ayinde BarristerIwa ... LP
Siky-Oluyole (Nigeria), Early 80s. Good ... $12.99
Hypnotic Fuji music from Alhaji (Chief) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and his Supreme Fuji Commanders! The rawly and heavily percussive sound is makes a strong sensory impact – with nicely recorded, echoey vocals out front of that thundering, though impressively rhythmic backdrop. The album features 2 longer songs on one side and a handful of shorter pieces on side two. 10 in all. Titles include "Iwa", "Alhaji Rasaq Okoya", "Late Alhaja Sidikat Abeni (Haruna Ishola Bello)", "Olabisi Ilori", "Owolabi Ilori", "Fuji Americano" and "Singing Roundabout". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear and tape along all seams.)

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Billy BangLive At Carlos 1 ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Near Mint- ... $15.99
Genius work from violinist Billy Bang – easily one of his best LPs, and the kind of set that will blow away any expectations you had about jazz violin! There's a sense of soul and spirit here that's really amazing – proof that Bang is easily one of the most inventive talents on his instrument, and a great leader as well. The set was recorded live at Carlos 1 in NYC in 1986 – and features Billy's sextet with Roy Campbell on trumpet, Oscar Sanders on guitar, Thurman Barker on marimba and percussion, and William Parker on bass. Parker's fat, round tone really gives the album a soulful depth that takes it to the next level – and his sly work on the best tracks make the album groove more than you'd expect. Titles include "Abuella", "Sad Song", "Sinawe Mandelas", and "Thank You Ma'am". LP, Vinyl record album

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BeethovenDiabelli Variations Op 120 – Bernard Roberts ... LP
Nimbus (UK), 1980. Near Mint- ... $13.99
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Lulu Belle & ScottySweethearts Of Country Music ... LP
Starday, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Heavy original pressing!)

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Louis BellsonBrilliant Bellson Sound ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Drummer Louis Bellson definitely sounds brilliant here – kicking his large group into full gear with the same sort of energy he brought to dates with famous leaders in the postwar years! All tunes are short, and pretty upbeat – driven strongly by the drums, and featuring arrangements by Bellson, Ernie Wilkins, Bob Florence, and Aaron Sachs. Solos are by Herb Geller on alto, Jack Arnold on boo bam, Aaron Sachs on tenor, and Guido Basso on trumpet – and titles include "Drum Foolery", "Speak Low", "So Long Blues", "The Hawk Talks", "Summer Night", and "Blast Off". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing.)

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Louis BellsonConcerto For Drums ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
Despite the title, the album's not really a "concerto" – so much as it is a very strong small group session by Bellson, one that features some impeccable percussion work! The group's a great one – with Zoot Sims on tenor, Charlie Shavers trumpet, Don Abney piano, and George Duviver bass. The best tracks are even more stripped down than the usual Verve work – with a focus on a specific instrumentals, as on the tracks "Concerto For Drums", "Bassically Speaking, Duviver, That Is", and "Charlie's Blues". Other tracks include "Buffalo Joe", "I'll Remember April", and "Love For Sale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef Series pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Vinyl has two short clicks, but is nice and clean overall. Cover has a split top seam, but is nice overall.)

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Louis BellsonDrumorama! ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
One of the most dynamic Louis Bellson albums on Verve – lots of room for pyrotechnic work on the drums – including one track that's a complete drum solo! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has small stickers including a promo, a small peeled spot on one corner, and a bit of pen on back.)

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Louis BellsonJourney Into Love ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Fair ... $9.99
An incredibly strange record, and one of the few excursions into mood music ever taken by the Verve label! Unlike Bellson's usual pounding jazz albums, this one's a batch of lush, romantic arrangements – with light solos weaving through the mix by Willie Smith on alto, George Poole on flute, and Juan Tizol on trombone. Solos are actually pretty great, and the album feels a bit like some of Ellington's moodier work. The whole thing's packaged in a very otherwordly image by David Stone Martin – one unlike any other cover he ever did – and it includes tracks like "Mirror On The Water", "Lonesome", "Be My Pretty Flower", and "Dancing On A Moonbeam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy yellow label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some marks, and plays with some crackles. Cover has tape traces on the edges, and a small sticker in the corner.)

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Louis BellsonMusic, Romance, & Especially Love ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
Quite an obscure one from this famous drummer – with a cool group that also features Willie Smith on alto sax, Juan Tizol on trombone, Buddy Collette on flute and tenor, Jimmy Rowles on piano, and Harry Edison on trumpet! Many tracks are evocative originals by Bellson, too – and titles include "Hamer's Hang Up", "Cire's Thought", "Over We Go", "Mambo Portofino", and "Escapade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve trumpeter logo pressing, with deep groove! Vinyl is nice, but has a mark that clicks in one spot for just a bit. Cover has light wear and a light stain near the bottom.)

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Louis BellsonSkin Deep ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
Louis grooves it nice and hard in this excellent session from his early 50s Verve years – a mixed set of small group and large group numbers, all of them pretty darn tasty! The record kicks off with the tremendous "Skin Deep" title cut – a large group number that features Louis really going to town in an extended drum solo that must be one of the longest ever recorded during the period – maybe even the "Moby Dick" of its time! Other titles include "Loris", "Copasetic", "Claxton Hall Swing", and "Phalanges" – and players include Don Elliott, Ralph Martin, and Joe Puma in the small group – plus a host of Verve regulars in the large one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing, with a trumpeter logo, deep groove, and a sticker on one side. Cover has a small name in marker on front.)

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Louis BellsonSwings Jule Styne ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the seams.)

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Big MaybelleBlues, Candy, & Big Maybelle ... LP
Savoy, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $19.99
The title kind of says it all – as the album's a set of 10 bluesy tracks by Maybelle, built around her perennial hit "Candy" – a sweet and dreamy tune that's been forever kept alive by her version! The style is very much in the vein of that hit, and other tunes on the album include "Ring Dang Dilly", "Blues Early Early", "Pitiful", "So Long", "Ramblin Blues", and "There I've Said It Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with RVG stamp. Cover and labels have a name in marker.)

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Big MaybelleGabbin Blues & Other Hits ... LP
Epic, Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
Pre-"Candy" recordings by Big Maybelle – but still with a similar jazzy blues sound, thanks to work by players like Sam Taylor, Mickey Baker, Ernie Hayes, and Budd Johnson. The LP is a 60s repackaging of early 50s singles – and titles include "Jinny Mule", "Way Back Home", "Gabbin Blues", "Ain't No Use", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", "Don't Leave Poor Me", "Ain't To Be Played With", and "No More Trouble Out Of Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Encore Series pressing.)

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Big MaybelleSoul Of Big Maybelle ... LP
Scepter, 1964. Very Good+ ... $33.99
A well-titled album from the great Big Maybelle – as the set evolves her past the bluesy jazz currents of her earlier work on the Savoy label – and finds a wonderful new setting for her mighty voice in uptown soul! The backings are a mix of strings and tight New York charts – handled in a very mature way by producers Luther Dixon and Tony Bruno, who moves Maybelle into some of the same sophisticated territory as other, younger soul singers of the period – while still holding onto that richly expressive style of singing from her more bluesy work. There's still a nice jazz undercurrent to the record – and titles include "What Are You Doing To Me", "I Won't Cry Anymore", "Only You", "Put Yourself In My Place", "I Know Love", "I Will Never Turn My Back On You", and "I Cried For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – very nice!)
Also available Soul Of Big Maybelle ... LP 9.99

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James BrownSoul On Top ... LP
King, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
A different James Brown album – but a nice one! James doesn't sing soul, so much as jazz – in front of large backings by Louis Bellson, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson that are in his best 60s soul mode – and which give the album a very very groovy feel overall! The record's not funky, but James' vocals are plenty darn soulful – and the album is proof that he could be a huge talent in just about any mode that he chose – shining with a brilliance that was irrepressible! James covers a few of his older tracks on the album, and sings a few other pop standards – and titles include nice versions of "It's Magic", "The Man In The Glass", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "That's My Desire", and "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)

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Dave BrubeckJazz – Red Hot & Cool ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good ... $6.99
A sweet live set from Dave Brubeck's early years on Columbia Records – recorded in New York, but with all the calculated cool and modern tones Brubeck first forged in the San Francisco scene of the 50s! Paul Desmond's on board on alto sax – really getting a lot of space to stretch out on the album's extended performances, with a haunting, floating tone that really sends us. Remaining members include Bob Bates on bass, and Joe Dodge on drums – and tracks include "Lover", "Love Walked In", "The Duke", "Little Girl Blue", and "Fare Thee Well Annabelle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Jazz Wax Records reissue pressing.)

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Henry ButlerFivin Around ... LP
Impulse, 1986. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An overlooked gem from the revival years of Impulse Records – a set recorded in the mid 80s, but one that easily matches the soul and spirituality of the label's best work from the late 60s and early 70s! Pianist Henry Butler steps out here with a strong musical vision – one colored by his own bold McCoy Tyner-esque lines on the piano – and embellished by great solo work from Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Azar Lawrence on tenor. Rhythm is by Charlie Haden on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – who definitely match Butler's pulsating, modal-influenced groove here – and additional instrumentation includes bits of flute and oboe, plus a string quartet on 2 numbers – coming off with Alice Coltrane-like brilliance! Great proof that righteous jazz was still being made in the 80s – with titles that include "Fivin Around", "LA Samba", "Improvisation On An Afghan Theme", "Giant Steps", and "Butler's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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