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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball & Coltrane (aka Cannonball In Chicago) ... CD
Limelight/EmArcy, 1959. Used ... $7.99
A great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and since Coltrane's sitting in with Cannon – the album's essentially a Kind Of Blue-era Miles album, recorded without Miles on trumpet, and grooving in a slightly more soul-based Adderley mode. Given the presence of Coltrane, there's a bit less of the gutbuckety soul jazz that Cannon was cutting in his own Quintet – but that's more than ok with us, as the Coltrane solos more than make up for that difference! The set's got 2 great originals by Coltrane – "The Sleeper" and "Grand Central" – plus the cuts "Wabash" and "Limehouse Blues". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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BreakawayStraight On To The Top (with bonus CD) ... LP
Breakaway/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
The second set from St Louis funk combo Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. There's some jazz currents on the instrumentation, and the set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and helps give the blue-eyed soul vocals a nice sort of punch. Titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the album!)

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Bill EvansHow My Heart Sings ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Good+ ... $24.99
Magical music from the very first note – the kind of record you need to hear if you've ever doubted the genius of Bill Evans! The sound here is subtle, and supple – but still often more revolutionary than that of the countless albums it inspired in years to come – and Evans is completely at home on the record, working with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Paul Motian – both players who helped to re-invent the role of rhythm in the piano combo of the time! Titles include a sublime reading of "How My Heart Sings", plus "Walking Up", "Show Type Tune", "Summertime", "34 Skidoo", and "In Your Own Sweet Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Back cover has a name in pen.)

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Georgie FameWhole World's Shaking – Ground Breaking Albums 1963 to 1966 (Rhythm & Blues At/At Last/Sweet Things/Sound Venture) (4LP set) ... LP
Fontana/Universal (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 4LP ... $109.99
Four incredible albums from the young Georgie Fame – served up here in one tremendous package – with all oiriginal artwork, nice heavy vinyl, and even new remastering from the original tapes! First up is Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo – blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". Fame At Last is a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". Sweet Things is a definite sweet thing from Georgie Fame – a record that has him filling in his sound even more than before, with tremendously soulful results! The backings here are bigger than before – a bit tooled in an American soul mode, but still with that beautifully raspy Georgie Fame touch – lots of jazzy inflections on the vocals, and a way of handling a tune, even a familiar one, and really working it on his own level. Hammond still fills in most of the tunes, but other instrumentation includes some nice African percussion from Speedy Acquaye, saxes from Pete Coe, and some nice bold drums from John Mitchell. These come out to the forefront on the classic funky tune "Music Talk" – and still sound great on other numbers that include "The World Is Round", "Last Night", "Dr Kitch", "My Girl", "Ride Your Pony", and "Sweet Thing". Sound Venture is one of the jazziest early albums from Georgie Fame – a set that has him singing with the big band of Harry South, at a level that's a lot more complicated than some of his other work with The Blue Flames! The style here still has that mod 60s London feel, but it also has some deeper inflections as well – modes borrowed a bit from Jon Hendricks or Mose Allison, yet served up with even greater complexity – at a level that really points towards the tremendous growth Fame would unleash over the next few years. Members of the group include Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, Dick Morrisey, Kenny Wheeler, and many other key Brit jazz figures of the time – and titles include "Three Blind Mice", "Dawn Yawn", "Feed Me", "Lovey Dovey", "Lil Darlin", "Lil Pony", "I Am Missing You", and "Many Happy Returns". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – which gives an additional 60 tracks that were on the CD version, 18 of which are previously unissued!)

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Paul Horn QuintetSomething Blue ... LP
Hi Fi, 1960. Very Good ... $11.99
Amazing early work from the mighty Paul Horn – a record cut during a time when he was a damn good musician with a keen sensibility for modernist modal jazz! On this excellent date from 1960, Horn plays both flute and alto sax in a wonderful group – a combo with vibes from Emil Richards, bass from Jimmy Bond, piano from Paul Moer, and drums from Billy Higgins – all players with a very fluid, open sense of rhythm – one that makes the date dance and sparkle throughout! There's a pulsating energy here that almost predates the MPS/Saba sound of the decade to come – and in addition to Horn's imaginative solos, which are much more soulful here than before, the record also features some sharp-edged chromatics from Richards on vibes, and almost melodic drums from Higgins. The album's one of our all-time favorites – and titles include "Something Blue", "Half & Half", "Mr Bond", "Dun Dunnee", and "Tall Polynesian". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a stained and flaky corner.)

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Bobby HutchersonMedina (plus Spiral) ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $24.99
Two great Bobby Hutcherson albums – both recorded at the end of the 60s, but not released by Blue Note until years later! Both records – Medina and Spiral – give you a glance at the early years of Bobby's famous association with tenorist Harold Land. The Land/Hutcherson combo turned out some of the best modernist soul jazz albums of their age, and their unique interplay, a mixture of free-thinking solos and tight groovy rhythms, set the pattern for so many other 70's jazz groups. Stanley Cowell plays piano on the session, and Bobby's longtime rhythm partner Joe Chambers is on drums. With the tracks "Avis", "Orientale", "Spiral", "Ruth", and "Visions". CD
(Long out of print on CD!)

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Ramsey LewisHang On Ramsey ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Very Good ... $1.99
Easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt rhythm combo, honed to perfection before a live crowd at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The record's a key part of Ramsey's live recorded output – showing the trio in pyrotechnic form before the kind of packed-house audiences they were playing to nightly at the time. Includes swinging versions of "Hard Day's Night", "High Heel Sneakers", and "Hang On Sloopy" – plus the original cut "Movin Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Bud PowellStrictly Powell ... CD
RCA (UK), 1956. New Copy ... $8.99
Strictly Bud Powell, in the best sense of the word – as the album's a sharp batch of trio tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s, and a great showcase for Bud's firey talents on the piano! The rhythm combo features bold work on drums from Art Taylor, alongside the bass of George Duvivier – but Powell's definitely the leading light here, as the album features some of his tremendously deft work on the keys throughout. There's a nice tension to the material – played with a strength that matches most of Bud's other work from the time – but a bit different than some of his other recordings for Verve and Blue Note. The set features 11 tracks in all – and titles include "Time Was", "Jump City", "Elegy", "Coscrane", and "Topsy Turvy". CD

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Jack WilsonSomething Personal ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $4.99
A real treasure through and through – one of the most unusual Blue Note albums you'll ever hear, and a set that's one of the best-remembered from the team of pianist Jack Wilson and vibist Roy Ayers! Long before Roy struck out on his own in the world of funky soul, he worked often in the 60s with Wilson – and the pair have this unique way of blending vibes and piano that's completely fresh, and still unmatched all these many years later! Wilson's natural lyrical style blends with Roy's modal approach to a groove – and the pair soar out in space with these long-flowing lines that make the whole album a treasure. There's no horn players at all – as with Wilson's other small combo Blue Note date – and rhythm is from Varney Barlow on drums, and either Roy Brown or Buster Williams on bass. Titles include a wonderful version of "Sernata", an unusual take on Ornette Coleman's "The Sphinx", and the wonderful Wilson originals "CFD", "Most Unsoulful Woman", and "Harbor Freeway 5pm". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing. CD has a promo stamp. Barcode has a mark.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Quintet In Chicago ... LP
Mercury, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and since Coltrane's sitting in with Cannon – the album's essentially a Kind Of Blue-era Miles album, recorded without Miles on trumpet, and grooving in a slightly more soul-based Adderley mode. Given the presence of Coltrane, there's a bit less of the gutbuckety soul jazz that Cannon was cutting in his own Quintet – but that's more than ok with us, as the Coltrane solos more than make up for that difference! The set's got 2 great originals by Coltrane – "The Sleeper" and "Grand Central" – plus the cuts "Wabash" and "Limehouse Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove. Back cover has a small stain & some pen.)

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✨✧ Gene Harris & The Three SoundsLive At The It Club ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is the kind of reissue we like to see! Funky pianist Gene Harris had spent most of the 60s playing in a standard trio format with his group The Three Sounds – but by the time of this live set, the group was evolving into a monster jazz funk combo, and Harris was getting beautifully heavy handed in his approach to rhythm. This live set was recorded by Blue Note in 1970, but for some reason it was left unreleased until a few years ago – a decision that's really a mystery when you hear how funky some of the tracks are! Black Jazz bassist Henry Franklin is part of Harris' combo at the time, and the drummer is the nice tight Carl Burnett. The set includes some excellent versions of Monk Higgins tracks like "Funky Pullett" and "Sittin' Duck" – and Higgins also produced the whole thing for Blue Note. Very nice, and another great session we're glad was dug out of the vaults! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wayne ShorterAdam's Apple (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible album – one of our favorite Blue Notes ever! Despite the fact that the album's a spare quartet session, the record is one of Wayne Shorter's richest – and features his gutsy young tenor soloing insanely with a rhythmically intense combo that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – a wonderfully free-thinking rhythm trio! Workman's bass is especially strong, and it underpins the cuts with a throbbing pulse that takes them past any simple hardbop conventions. Every cut's a winner – and this is one album we reach for time and time again over the years! Titles include "Adam's Apple", "El Gaucho", "Footprints", and "Teru". CD reissue contains an extra bonus cut, "The Collector". CD

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✨✧ Georgie FameWhole World's Shaking – Complete Recordings 1963 to 1966 (Rhythm & Blues At/At Last/Sweet Things/Sound Venture/Rarities/bonus) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Four incredible albums from the young Georgie Fame – plus a bonus CD of rare material, bonus tracks on all CDs, and 18 previously unreleased tracks – all in a box set with a 48 page book, 5 postcards, and a poster too! First up is Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo – blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of a American small organ combo, especially the early 60s variety that often played equal parts soul jazz and R&B! Georgie's on the Hammond, and also sings with a rough-edged style that's plenty soulful, and incredibly appealing – a mode that oozes charisma, but never sounds fake or forced. Titles include "Do The Dog", "Eso Beso", "Work Song", "Baby Please Don't Go", "Shop Around", "Humpty Dumpty", and "You Can't Sit Down". Fame At Last is a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". Sweet Things is a definite sweet thing from Georgie Fame – a record that has him filling in his sound even more than before, with tremendously soulful results! The backings here are bigger than before – a bit tooled in an American soul mode, but still with that beautifully raspy Georgie Fame touch – lots of jazzy inflections on the vocals, and a way of handling a tune, even a familiar one, and really working it on his own level. Hammond still fills in most of the tunes, but other instrumentation includes some nice African percussion from Speedy Acquaye, saxes from Pete Coe, and some nice bold drums from John Mitchell. These come out to the forefront on the classic funky tune "Music Talk" – and still sound great on other numbers that include "The World Is Round", "Last Night", "Dr Kitch", "My Girl", "Ride Your Pony", and "Sweet Thing". Sound Venture is one of the jazziest early albums from Georgie Fame – a set that has him singing with the big band of Harry South, at a level that's a lot more complicated than some of his other work with The Blue Flames! The style here still has that mod 60s London feel, but it also has some deeper inflections as well – modes borrowed a bit from Jon Hendricks or Mose Allison, yet served up with even greater complexity – at a level that really points towards the tremendous growth Fame would unleash over the next few years. Members of the group include Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, Dick Morrisey, Kenny Wheeler, and many other key Brit jazz figures of the time – and titles include "Three Blind Mice", "Dawn Yawn", "Feed Me", "Lovey Dovey", "Lil Darlin", "Lil Pony", "I Am Missing You", and "Many Happy Returns". CD5 is Bend A Little – a package with 20 unusual titles – demos, rare tracks, and outtakes – including unreleased tracks, IBC recordings, and even two German tracks too! Plus, each individual CD comes with bonus tracks – 40 bonus tracks, in addition to the 20 more titles on the Bend A Little set – a huge amount of material! CD
(Includes a hardcover book, 5 postcards & a poster.)

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✨✧ Panama FrancisDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Getting In The Groove ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Panama Francis definitely gets in the groove here – thanks to help from a cool combo that's overflowing with old school jazz talent – a lineup that includes Francis Williams and Irv Stokes on trumpets, Norris Turney and Howard Johnson on alto saxes, George Kelly on tenor, Red Richards on piano, and John Smith on guitar! The group's got a bit of an old school swing approach, but maybe a more modern approach to the solos – and Francis kicks the groove maybe better here than on some of his other albums of this nature from the 70s – really letting the whole group open up with the kind of lively, respectful treatment that makes us love some of these Black & Blue sessions from France. Arrangements are by Francis and Kelly – and titles include "Stitches", "Song Of The Islands", "Rhythm Dr Man", "Frenzy", "Boats", "Little John Special", and "Blues In Bea's Flat". CD also features some unissued tracks – "Looney", "Second Balcony Jump", and "Harlem Congo". CD

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✨✧ Louis JordanDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – I Believe In Music ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Louis Jordan – alive and well into the 70s, and working in a style that's even more rootsy and bluesy than the music of his youth! The approach here is nicely stripped-down – a small combo set with Duke Burrell on piano and Irv Cox on tenor – grooving with Jordan in a style that's almost more jazz, and more open than the sound of the Tympany 5 – which allows Louis to open up with even longer, more personal inflections on his lyrics! The groove is still very much in a jump/swing sort of mode – a late 40s postwar approach to rhythm – and Jordan also gets in some great alto sax solos too. Titles include "Hard Head", "Three Handed Woman", "Every Knock Is A Boost", "I Believe In Music", and "Red Top". Also features a few more tracks with a quartet that features Louis Myers on guitar – "Groovin In Paris", "Something For Fred", and "Something For Louis". CD

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✨✧ Slam StewartDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Fish Scales ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Slam Stewart may well be one of the coolest bassists in jazz – one of the first players to really get the instrument to have as much melodic force as it did in rhythm – a quality that he really emphasizes here by singing along with his basslines! Slam's sung before on record, but never so much in the spotlight as on this one – a set that has his scatting vocals really in the foreground – moving beautifully along with his bass – sometimes breaking off a bit, but always with a groove – as he sings wordlessly in a small combo with Johnny Guarnieri on piano, Jimmy Shirley on guitar, and Jackie Williams on drums! The style is wonderful – very unique, and with a timeless sense of cool – and titles include "Sleep", "The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else", "Fish Scales", "At Sundown", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "I Want To Be Happy". CD features three bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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✨✧ VariousWest Indies Funk Vol 2 ... LP
Trans Air (Puerto Rico), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Rare Caribbean funk from the 70s – the second volume of West Indies Funk – once again delivering a stylistically diverse take on the classic funky soul from groups such as The Troubadours, Boo & The Tru Tones, Roosevelt Johnson & His Spice Islanders, The Cassanovas, Blue Rhythm Combo and others! All the things we dug about the first volume are in the mix once again – and ultimately the set goes even further with the range and boundlessly funky styles. Includes numbers that could just as easily come from the funky underground of the regional US and others that roll out grooves that are purely indicative of the Caribbean – with steel drums, tropical rhythms and all around breezier, sunnier touches. Even better than the first one! Includes "Funk Good Feeling" by The Troubaodours, "Have A Party" by The Esquires Now", "Don't Blame This Joint" by Boo & The True Tones", "Shango!" by Steel Image, "Something's Definitely Going On" by Mamwaw, "Look-Ka-Py Py" by L Charmers, "Funky Crookie" by Exile 1, "Sing A Simple Song" by The Cassanovas, "The Big Pay Back" by Kenny & The Beach Boys and more. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneNew Directions In Sound ... CD
Mira/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked up nicely with some hard-rolling rhythm work that gave their tracks a similar mod groove to classics by Johnny Lytle, Ramsey Lewis, or Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers! But the real difference with the ABQ (if we can call them that!) is that they had a really spacious approach to their sound – never putting too much into the mix, and instead using the space between the notes every bit as much as the notes themselves. The grooves are great, and since most of this work has never been reissued, the set's totally fresh to the ears of most listeners! As usual, the folks at BGP have done a great job with the notes – and the set features 22 tracks from the group's Mira, Surrey, and Crestview recordings – titles that include "Monkey Time", "Freaks", "La La La", "Southside Habit", "Mirror Image", "Afro Rock", "Evening Of The Beast", "Spartacus", "Candie Luv", and "Our Mambo". CD

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Gianni Bardaro & Pierluigi VillaniNext Stop ... CD
Verve (Italy), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
A great group from the contemporary Italian scene – a combo co-led by Gianni Bardaro on alto and soprano sax, and Pierluigi Villani on drums – but which features really bold colors from all members of the group! All tracks are originals, composed by the leaders – and they've got a vibe that kind of post-fusion – using some electric bass at the core of their sound, but mostly working acoustically overall – using the bass to add just a slight current of depth in the rhythms, while the horns and piano create some nice tonal interplay. The album features work from Giovanni Falzone on trumpet, Francesco Villani on piano, Giorgio Vendola on bass, and Viz Maurogiovanni on some well-chosen electric bass – and titles include "Open The Door", "Bogo", "Blue Sun", "Square", "Wild Banky", "Draftorn", and "Hipster". CD

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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's every bit as funky as their first! The uniquely choppy rhythms of the group's first album are every bit as great here as on the first set – and if anything, the band's instrumentation is even better, especially on the guitar, which is wickedly tight, and played with a super-dope flanged-out approach on the solos. Vocals are great too, maybe even more soulful than before, especially on the album's few midtempo cuts – and the album's a must-have for any fan of the group's funky sound! Titles include "That's What I Get", "Super Woman", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Falling Apart At The Seams", and "Trip To Nowhere". CD also features their Holiday track – the very groovy "Gee Whiz It's Christmas". CD

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

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Cookers QuintetCookers Quintet Vol 1 ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
A sweet little combo who definitely live up to their name – and work here in a very old school approach to jazz! The group's got a great groove right from the start – maybe not as full-on modal as Five Corners Quintet, but somewhere in a same space – but they also don't just let the rhythms determine their solo expressions – and really step out here in a great range of colors and tones! Key solos come from Ryan Oliver on tenor and Tim Hamel on trumpet – and the group also features Richard Whiteman on piano, Alex Coleman on bass, and Morgan Childs on drums – all great players who also wrote all the material for the album as well. The sound is a bit in keeping with the retro look of the cover – but is never just a retro gimmick, and instead has a classically well-crafted jazz appeal. Titles include "The Ramble", "Blues To Booker", "Obligatory Blues", "Mudbug Shuffle", "Open Air", "The Fork Test", and "See You Next Thursday". CD

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Joe FarrellMoon Germs ... LP
CTI, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the best records ever cut by funky sax man Joe Farrell! The album's got a stripped down, choppy groove – virtually the blueprint for later 70s funk of this type, and played perfectly by Farrell and a very hip quartet lineup! Players include Joe on soprano and tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – playing with a very angular sense of rhythm that really dives the record! The record's got a tight combo sound that's far more energetic than most CTI jazz from the time – and titles include the great cut "Great Gorge", which has a tight modal sample groove, plus "Times Lie", "Bass Folk Song", and "Moon Germs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Herman FosterHave You Heard Herman Foster? ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
A rare killer from pianist Herman Foster – a player best known for his work in Lou Donaldson groups of the early 60s – but who cut some great material on his own, often with a style that's a bit more harder-edged than some of his work with larger combos! This set's a trio date, with a really bluesy undercurrent – heavy left-hand piano from Foster, who's got a wonderful sense of rhythm – served up with bass from Earl May and piano from Frank Dunlap. There's a sense of grit that goes way beyond the usual trio set of this nature – and tracks are longer than usual too – and include "Volare", "Angel Eyes", "Strange", "Lover Man", and "Herman's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gogo PenguinMan Made Object ... CD
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A piano trio, but one with a really unique sort of vibe – and a sound that has all three instruments cascading together in a rhythmic, joyful pulse! The group remind us a bit of some of the recent Japanese combos of late – like Fox Capture Plan – and Gogo Penguin share a similar style that's rooted in jazz, but takes off in many different ways – almost always rhythmic, but not in any sort of fake funk or dancefloor-oriented mode. Instead, these guys concentrate as much on their tonal colors as they do their grooves – and come together in a wonderful blend of Rob Turner on drums, Chris Illingworth on piano, and Nick Blacka on bass. Titles include "Weird Cat", "Smarra", "Protest", "All Res", "Unspeakable Words", and "Branches Break". CD
Also available Man Made Object ... LP 23.99

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Gogo PenguinMan Made Object ... LP
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 25.99
A piano trio, but one with a really unique sort of vibe – and a sound that has all three instruments cascading together in a rhythmic, joyful pulse! The group remind us a bit of some of the recent Japanese combos of late – like Fox Capture Plan – and Gogo Penguin share a similar style that's rooted in jazz, but takes off in many different ways – almost always rhythmic, but not in any sort of fake funk or dancefloor-oriented mode. Instead, these guys concentrate as much on their tonal colors as they do their grooves – and come together in a wonderful blend of Rob Turner on drums, Chris Illingworth on piano, and Nick Blacka on bass. Titles include "Weird Cat", "Smarra", "Protest", "All Res", "Unspeakable Words", and "Branches Break". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Man Made Object ... CD 13.99

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Joe HarriottMovement/High Spirits ... CD
EMI/Vocalion (UK), 1964/1965. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
Overlooked gems from this key reedman on the Brit modern scene of the 60s – two rare albums in a single package! First up is Movement – one of the most obscure albums recorded by Joe Harriott – leading light of the British avant scene in the 60s – and one of the best, too! The album features Harriott working with a quintet that includes Shake Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Bobby Orr on drums, and Coleridge Goode on bass – playing in territory that's somewhat in the neighborhood of his Abstract and Free Form albums, but also a bit more inside, with more of a focus on swinging, hard-hitting jazz. The rhythms are often quite tight and soulful, and although the album's touched with lots of angular moments – both in the solos and backings – the overall sound is wonderfully grooving and tremendously captivating! The album's got that perfect blend of modern, modal, and soul that make the best Brit jazz albums from the mid 60s so wonderful – and the set list includes original tunes such as "Movement", "Spaces", "Blues On Blues", "Revival", "Beams", and "Count Twelve". High Spirits is pretty unique – a set of takes on tunes that come from a musical show, but recast strongly as soulful sides for the Harriott combo! Pianist Pat Smythe re-arranged all tracks in the set – and really gives them a new sort of energy – opening them up for lots of solo work on his own piano, plus alto from Harriott, and some beautiful trumpet lines from the great Shake Keane – a player who always sounds great next to Joe. The rest of the group features Coleridge Goode on bass and Bobby Orr on drums – and titles include "Home Sweet Heaven", "Something Tells Me", "Go Into Your Trance", "I Know Your Heart", and "Was She Prettier Than I". CD

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Hi Fly OrchestraHi Fly Stomp/Gettin Down ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2008. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Jazzy grooves from this up-and-coming combo! "Hi Fly Stomp" is hardly the heavy-footed number you might guess from the title – as the cut moves and grooves with a really fluid feel – a quick-tempo blend of tight horn riffing and snapping bass/drum rhythms! "Getting Down" has a real 60s Blue Note soul jazz feel – and sounds almost like some lost gem from a rare Lee Morgan session! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Chuck HigginsBlows His Wig! – Loud & Greasy 50s Saxophony From The King Of South Central's Wig Blowers ... CD
Combo/Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the hippest saxophonists of the west coast R&B scene of the 50s – served up here in a host of classic singles for the Combo label! Back in the day, Chuck had a groove that could equally skirt jazz, R&B, and early rock and roll – a hard-blown tenor quality that was raspy, gritty, and filled with playful twists and turns – yet still also really hung into the hard and rhythmic grooves that backed up his sax! There's a pre-funk soulfulness to these singles that's really amazing – a sound that's years ahead of its time, and which often sounds far less dated than other honking 50s tenor saxophonists – especially given the tremendous sound used in the remastering of this package. We've heard other collections of Chuck's work from the time before, but this is easily the best one out there by far – filled with great notes and a total of 24 tracks that include "Boyle Heights", "Iron Pipe", "Blues N Mambo", "Higgins Bounce", "The Duck Walk", "Tortas", "Cotton Picker", "Motor Head Baby", "Love Me Baby", "Just Won't Treat Me Right", "Chuck's Wig", and "Real Gone Hound Dog". CD

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Smokey HoggServe It To The Right – The Combo & Modern Recordings 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great second chapter of work from Smokey Hogg's years at the Modern Records label – material that's got a bit more of a west coast polish than the rootsy vibe of his previous sides! Smokey still has plenty of Texas in his vocals and work on guitar, but the arrangements here often emphasize hipper piano lines and groovier rhythms, too – bringing Hogg's sound more into contact with the growing sophistication of the west coast scene. The mix is a really compelling one – as there's definitely some country blues phrasing in the guitar, but a lot more of a jump blues sound in the rhythms – coming together in that really special way that happened on the west coast during the postwar years. As usual with Ace, the presentation here is great – excellent sound on rare 78s, right from their original source material – plus a number of never-issued tracks, too – making for a total of 25 numbers that include "Patrol Wagon Blues", "River Hip Mama", "Worried Blues", "Come On Home", "You're Gonna Look Like A Monkey", "I Believe To My Soul", "Good Morning Little Baby", "Two Mama Blues", "Possum Hunt", "Talk It Over", "Whoa Mule", and "Can't Do Nothin". CD

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Les Jazz Modes (Charlie Rouse & Julius Watkins)Les Jazz Modes – The Rare Dawn Sessions ... CD
Dawn/Biograph, 1956. Used 2 CDs ... $13.99
Great work by one of the most unusual jazz combos of the 50s! Les Jazz Modes was a group with a really unusual sound – one that matched the rounder French Horn tones of Julius Watkins with the sharper-edge tenor of Charlie Rouse – heard here in the years between his Blue Note recordings as a leader, and his later fame with Thelonious Monk. And while the horn work is great, the group's key component was actually pianist Gildo Mahones – whose soulful sense of rhythm made even the group's more artful numbers still swing with effortless ease. The 2CD set brings together 24 tracks from the mid 50s albums the ensemble recorded for Dawn Records – most of them with the core group, but a few of which feature some added Latin percussion, and some occasional wordless female vocals from Eileen Gilbert! Titles include "Let's Try", "Legend", "Episode", "Goodbye", "Garden Delights", "So Far", "Blue Modes", "Strange Tale", "Two Songs", and "Idle Evening". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lars Lystedt/Berndt EgerbladhFanfar (10 inch LP) ... LP
Be! (Germany), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Incredible sounds from the Swedish scene of the early 60s – a 10" album from trombonist Lars Lystedt, whose combo features work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh, who then takes over as a leader on side two! Side one is a stone cooker – tight grooves that are in the best Scandinavian hardbop mode of the time – that crisp new sound that scene ushered in at the start of the 60s – more Blue Note than some of the cooler, west coast Swedish sounds from the decade before – with some nice tenor work from Leif Hellmann, over tight rhythms from Egerbladh on piano, Ray Carlson on bass, and Sten Oberg on drums – on the titles "Fanfar", "So Dere", and "Blues On Down". Side two features Egerbladh's long "Arctic Suite" – a great cut with strong modal moments, and lots of soulful tenor from Hellman! LP, Vinyl record album

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Middeloff/Morganti/MenciCause Of The Sequence ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2015. Used ... $6.99
A very cool combo – one that features the trombone of Massimo Morganti, tenor of Barend Middlehof, and piano of Nico Menci – all working together without any other instrumentation at all! The style means that the piano handles as much of the rhythm as it does the melody – making for these warm grooves that are really wonderful – as lyrical as they are soulful, and with a strength that really drives both of the horn players forward too – so much so you don't miss the bass and drums at all! At most points, the style is very swinging – hardly the kind of airy experiment you might guess from the format – and both Middelhoff and Morganti win us over right away with the strength of their phrasing together, and the range of their solos when they break out. A wonderfully fresh record, and a delight all the way through – with titles that include "Unison Party", "Big Belly Blues", "Ballad For Anna", "Musiplano", "The Cause Of The Sequence", and a nice cover of Henry Mancini's "Nothing To Lose". CD
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Lee MorganTaru ... CD
Blue Note, 1968. Used ... $8.99
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played by a sextet lineup that features unique guitar work from George Benson! Benson's presence on a date like this is a bit unusual, and his instrument really brings a lot to the record in terms of color and tone – shadings that are much more sensitive than some of his better-known 60s work in organ combos. Other players include Bennie Maupin on tenor, John Hicks on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – the last two of whom provide the sort of near-perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Morgan's musical vision! Titles are great, and include Cal Massey's "Taru What's Wrong With You", Hicks' "Avotcja One", and Morgan's "Dee Lawd" – plus "Durem" and "Get Yourself Together". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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PerigeoAntologia (Azimut/Abbiamo Tutti Un Blues/Genealogia/La Valle Dei Templi/Non E Posi Cosi Lontano/Live At Montreux/Live In Italy) (8CDs/DVD) ... CD
RCA (Italy), Mid 70s. Used 8 CDs & DVD ... $43.99
A really great run of music from one of our favorite Italian groups of the 70s – a combo who might be called prog rock, but who also have a very fusion-heavy vibe as well! Perigeo seem to come more from the jazz world than some of their Italian prog contemporaries – as they've got these really well-crafted keyboard and guitar solos on some of these albums – as well as some rhythms that occasionally get nice and funky too, which no doubt led to a few of these albums getting issued over here in the US! Yet although we know a few of those early Perigeo gems, this set shows that they were extremely productive in the mid 70s – as the collection features five full albums on individual CDs, recorded over just a four year span – plus the group's rare Live At Montreux set from 1975, and another 2CD live set from Italy in 1976 – as well as DVD video material too! The package is a stunner, even if you know a few of the group's other albums – and it features the full albums Azimut, Abbiamo Tutti Un Blues Da Piangere, Genealogia, La Valle Del Templi, Non E Poi Cosi Lontano, Live At Montreux 1975, and Live In Italy 1976 – plus the DVD as well. Box also includes a nice book – with notes on the group and their music in Italian. CD

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QuartabeLicao #1 – Moacir ... CD
Tratore (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool Brazilian combo – one who offer up some wonderfully fresh interpretations of work by the great Moacir Santos! Santos is one of our favorite Brazilian talents from the 60s and 70s – an artist who really broke free of basic bossa conventions, and instead created complicated rhythmic patterns that still allow for lots of melodic improvisation – in ways that showed strongly on both Santos' and Horace Silver's Blue Note recordings of the early 70s! The vibe here is a bit like those – smaller combo instrumentation, with a definite current of jazz – but also instrumental currents of choro at times too, especially given the great use of reeds. The group features tenor, keyboards, and clarinet over some very lively rhythms – and titles include the Santos numbers "Odudua", "Coisa #3", "Rota", "Suk Cha", "Coisa #8", "Nana/Coisa #5", and "Felipe" – plus the group's originals "Moacirsantosiana #10" and "Nana Nene". CD

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QuasimodeMode Of Blue – Quasimode Plays Blue Note ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2009. Used ... $16.99
The Blue Note debut of one of our favorite contemporary combos – a set that has Quasimode taking on a host of classics from the label's catalog of the 60s! Given the already-soulful sound of Quasimode on other records, the setting is a perfect one – tunes that are a perfect showcase for their mix of modal rhythms and sharp-edged solo sounds! The group's expanded a bit on some tracks by the presence of guests – but the core instrumentation features tenor, trumpet, piano, and lots of great percussion – all used to come up with a host of great club jazz-styled rhythms. Valerie Etienne sings guest vocals on a version of "Little B's Poem" – and other titles include "No Room For Squares", "Congalere", "Ghana", "The Loner", "Afrodisia", "On Children", "Night Dreamer", "African Village", "Sayonara Blues", and the group's own "Mode Of Blue". CD
 
 
 



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