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✨✧ VariousWest Indies Funk Vol 2 ... CD
Trans Air (Puerto Rico), 1970s. New Copy ... 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. CD

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Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $18.99
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Gene Harris & The Three SoundsLive At The It Club ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $9.99
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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Jackie McLeanSwing Swang Swingin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $11.99
Jackie McLean cut some of his best bop sessions for Blue Note – and this is one of them! The record is amazingly precise, and features Jackie as the sole horn soloist in a group with Walter Bishop on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – a crack rhythm combo that give McLean plenty of room to blow on his searing alto sax. Tracks stream along with an amazing ease – and Jackie's perfectly-placed solos are right on the money every time! The set list includes a lot of standards, but they're done with that warm soulful approach that makes you hardly care about the source of the material – and instead focus on Jackie's amazing talents as an improviser! Titles include "What's New", "I Love You", "Let's Face The Music And Dance", and "Stable Mates". CD
(Out of print 1997 Connoisseur pressing.)

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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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✨✧ Paul Horn QuintetSomething Blue ... LP
Hi Fi, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 name in marker. Labels have some marker.)

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BreakawayStraight On To The Top ... LP
Breakaway/BBE (UK), 1979. Sealed (reissue)... $16.99
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
(With bonus CD.)

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✨✧ Kenny CoxMultidirection ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good ... $13.99
Tremendous work from this lesser-known combo from Detroit – a session of work that builds strongly on the colors and changes explored by Miles Davis earlier in the 60s, but which takes things off into a whole new direction! (A Multidirection?) The horns on the record have incredible interplay – trumpet by Charles Moore and tenor from Leon Henderson, playing together with a sense of dexterity that may even beat the team of Davis and Wayne Shorter – angular one moment, softly lyrical the next, and always in pursuit of fresh tones and righteous sounds. Kenny Cox's piano is great too – an exercise in understatement at times – getting as much done with one note as other players would with five – as he slowly guides the group along, and grounds their freer expressions with a good sense of humanity. Rhythm is by Ron Brooks on bass and Danny Spencer on drums – and titles include "What Other One", "Gravity Point", "Spellbound", "Snuck In", and "Sojourn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear.)

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Ramsey LewisHang On Ramsey ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Very Good ... $4.99
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
(Mono blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery In Paris – The Definitive ORTF Recording ... CD
Resonance, 1965. New Copy ... On January 26, 2018
Beautifully-recorded material by the great Wes Montgomery – some fairly open-ended tracks recorded for French radio in the 60s – with guest work from tenorist Johnny Griffin on a number of tunes! The core group here is great enough on its own – as Wes' guitar is backed by superb piano from Harold Mabern – who's really opening his flow at this time in his career, and makes for some really imaginative collaboration here with Montgomery – and the rest of the combo features tight rhythm from Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. The addition of Griffin is a nice surprise – especially as Montgomery wasn't often playing with tenor in a small group setting by this point – and titles include "Twisted Blues", "Blue N Boogie/West Coast Blues", "Full House", "To wane", "Jingles", "Impressions", "Four On Six", and "Round Midnight". CD

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Pony Poindexter/Frank Rosolino/Fritz Pauer/Art FarExciting Jazz Of The Early 70s – The Unreleased Recordings 1968 to 1978 – Live At The Domicile (4CD set) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1968/1972/1975/1978. New Copy 4CD ... $24.99
A wonderful collection of unreleased jazz recordings from the overseas scene – the kind of open-ended, freewheeling work that brings together American and European musicians in a style that's similar to some of the best albums on the MPS/Saba label! The first CD in the collection is especially great – as it features a much-needed performance as a leader by the great alto saxophonist Pony Poindexter – a great artist who contributed much to the Count Basie band in the 50s and 60s, but hardly ever got to work on his own! Here, Pony blows beautifully on a set of very long tracks – getting help from the mighty Benny Bailey on trumpet (another player we love in a small group setting!), plus a young Jan Hammer on organ and piano, George Mraz on bass, and Michael Dennert on drums. The set list is nicely different from another live Poindexter album of the time – and titles include "Orfeu Negro Samba", "Moonrider", "How Long", "Jive Samba", and "Bigfoot". Next is the famous west coast team of Frank Rosolino on trombone and Conte Candoli on trumpet – really soaring here in a German live date from 1975, a few short years before Frank's death. The tracks are long, and both players have really opened up their sound – and seem to get extra inspiration from a very cool rhythm trio that features Rob Pronk on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Todd Canedy on drums – on the tracks "Conversation", "Nica's Dream", "All The Things You Are", and "Waltz For Diane". Next up is a more homegrown talent – the great Fritz Pauer, working on both acoustic and electric piano, and getting some great help on bass from Jimmy Woode – who you might know best for his work in the Clarke Boland Big Band. The group here is just a quartet – and also includes Joe Harris on percussion and Erich Bachtraegl on drums – a very rhythmic combo that may well make the 1972 performance one of Pauer's funkiest moments! Titles include "A Walk In The English Garden", "Blues For DS", "Ham Hocks", "Blues For Mr Jones", "Ridin Home", "Now Hear My Meaning", and "Gentle Eyes". Last up is Art Farmer – really soaring on a set of long live tracks recorded in 1978 – with a quartet that features Gerd Francesconi on piano, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Billie Brooks on drums! Art's in great shape here – really opening up with imaginative solos that never lose their energy – on titles that include "Some Time Ago", "Namely You", "Blue Bossa", "Some Other Time", and "I Remember Clifford". CD

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Stanley TurrentineEasy Walker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $18.99
An album of subtle genius and stellar soul from the great Stanley Turrentine – an over looked quartet date that plays with the sharper edge of some of his earlier work for Blue Note, but which also shows the growing sense of color and tone he'd picked up during the 60s! The group here is great – a loose combo with McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – a rhythm team who still hold some of the soulful styles of Turrentine's more arranged albums, but who also really know how to respond to his groove too. Stan's got these confident solos that really show him becoming one of the true tenor masters of his time – with an especially great sense of space and timing – and titles include "Meat Wave", "Easy Walker", and a nice sweet version of "What the World Needs Now is Love". CD features two bonus tracks – "You Want Me To Stop Loving You" and "A Foggy Day". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Jack WilsonSomething Personal ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has moisture stains with peeling and waviness along the bottom 4 inches.)

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonDivine Miss Dinah Washington (After Hours/Dinah Jams/For Those In Love/Swingin Miss D/What A Difference A Day Makes) (5CD set) ... CD
Mercury/Verve, Late 50s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Five classic Mercury albums from Dinah Washington – each presented here in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! On After Hours With Miss D, Dinah's in a perfect setting – one that gets more jazz out of her style than other records at the time! The "after hours" setting has Dinah singing with a relaxed jazz combo – one that features Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Paul Quinichette on tenor, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Junior Mance on piano – as well as some other nice touches, like congas from Candido, and a bit of organ work from Jackie Davis! The tunes still have the slightly bluesy feel of Dinah's other work, but are more jazz-based in their phrasing and presentation – and titles include "A Foggy Day", "Bye Bye Blues", "Am I Blue", "Blue Skies", and "Love For Sale". Dinah Jams is one of the best jazz-based sessions recorded by Dinah Washington in the 50s – appropriately titled Dinah Jams, which is a pretty good reference to the feeling of the set! The sessions were recorded in a relatively relaxed, intimate feel – not necessarily as unbridled as a true jam session might be, but with a lot more interplay between the instrumentalists in the group than you might get on a typical 50s jazz session. And with horn players that include Cliford Brown, Harold Land, and Herb Geller – alongside rhythm by Junior Mance, Richie Powell, and Max Roach – you'd have to expect that there'd be some good interplay on the set! Titles include "I've Got You Under My Skin", "No More", "Darn That Dream", "You Go To My Head", and a nice open-ended version of "I'll Remember April"! For Those In Love is excellent small group jazz work from Dinah – of the sort that's often quite tough to find on vinyl, and which represents some of her best work of all time! The album's got a good group of Mercury jazz players – like Clark Terry, Paul Quinichette, Cecil Payne, Wynton Kelly, and Jimmy Cobb – all playing in a laidback intimate setting which works very nicely for Dinah's soulful vocals. Titles include "Blue Gardenia", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "I Could Write A Book", and "Easy Living". On Swingin Miss D, Dinah lets go with Quincy Jones orchestra, singing strong and hard in a set that's one of her best jazz sides from the 50s! Quincy knows how to mix just the right doses of straight jazz and tighter vocal arrangements – and Dinah's very comfortably at home in the setting, stretching out with a great sense of soul that really stands out. The album's an early example of Jones' great ability to work with singers – and titles include "I'll Close My Eyes", "Perdido", "Caravan", "You're Crying", "They Didn't Believe Me", "But Not For Me", and "Somebody Loves Me". What A Difference A Day Makes is one of the most important records in the career of Dinah Washington – even if only for the hit title track! The work here has Dinah elevating yet again – way past the R&B of her roots, and the jazz of a few years later – into a territory that definitely earns her the title of Queen, with her majestic ability to balance all those previous styles, yet also come across with a new level of sophistication! The vocals are heartbreaking – really moving into that rich emotion of her final years – at a level that would become a huge influence for countless others in decades to come. Titles include "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Manhattan", "Time After Time", "It's Magic", "I Won't Cry Anymore", and "I Thought About You". CD

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery In Paris – The Definitive ORTF Recording (180 gram pressing) (2017 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Resonance, 1965. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautifully-recorded material by the great Wes Montgomery – some fairly open-ended tracks recorded for French radio in the 60s – with guest work from tenorist Johnny Griffin on a number of tunes! The core group here is great enough on its own – as Wes' guitar is backed by superb piano from Harold Mabern – who's really opening his flow at this time in his career, and makes for some really imaginative collaboration here with Montgomery – and the rest of the combo features tight rhythm from Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. The addition of Griffin is a nice surprise – especially as Montgomery wasn't often playing with tenor in a small group setting by this point – and titles include "Twisted Blues", "Blue N Boogie/West Coast Blues", "Full House", "To wane", "Jingles", "Impressions", "Four On Six", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)

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✨✧ Steve NelsonBrothers Under The Sun ... CD
High Note, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Steve Nelson's been one of the hippest talents on vibes for many years now – and an album like this is a great reminder of why we love his music so much! Nelson's never content to just echo the sound of previous masters of his instrument – and instead, like a rare few, he finds a way to integrate the instrument into a familiar jazz combo, but all without ever making the vibes stand in second place – really soaring out and ringing forth with a commanding power that really leaves us breathless! Here, Nelson's in some very well-matched, deeply soulful company – a killer quartet with Danny Grissett on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – superb rhythm players whose own fires rise and burn with the energy of the leader. The ballads on the record are as great as the burners – and it's the burners we love most of all – on titles that include "Eastern Joy Dance", "Soul-Leo", "Grew's Tune", "Samba D'Blue", "New Wheels", "Brothers Under The Sun", and "Melody For Mulgrew". CD

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✨✧ Ibibio Sound MachineUyai (indie exclusive colored vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Merge, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great second album from one of the freshest groups around – a combo who are never content to just hang onto older Afro Funk modes – and instead create this really unique hybrid of electro elements in their grooves! The music mixes both live horns and some sweet keyboards and rhythm programs – all in a way that almost feels like some hip extension of the Afro-futurist grooves that were issued by Celluloid Records on the New York scene in the mid 80s – but without any of the sort of easy retro trappings that might imply. Instead, these guys are incredibly vibrant, and very much their own group – using the strong lead vocals of Eno Williams to bring direction to a percolating array of keyboards, rhythms, and horns. Titles include "Give Me The Reason", "The Chant", "One That Lights Up", "The Pot Is On The Fire", "Quiet", "Joy", "Power Of 3", "Sunray", "Cry", and "Guide You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited blue vinyl pressing exclusive to indie retailers – only 200 copies pressed!)
 
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VariousJukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99 29.99
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's heavy on influences from Latin music – sometimes in the rhythms or percussion, sometimes in other elements as well! About half the tracks here would be right at home on some Ace Records collection of material from labels like King Records, Specialty, or Atlantic – and many have a tripling rhythmic groove that's part New Orleans soul, part romping jazzy percussion. But others seem to borrow maybe a bit more from the Caribbean, too – some of the leaner tracks that echo the coolest styles of the islands, especially in the vocals, percussion, and use of guitar. The choice of cuts is wonderful – a huge array of sounds that you would not expect to come together this beautifully – and titles include "Please Don't Go" by Floyd Dixon, "Alabama Sue" by Roy Gaines, "Mambo Mambo Baby" by Paul Boyers Band, "Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks" by Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, "Bermuda" by Maurice King & His Wolverines, "Mary" by Preacher Stephens With The Foree Wells Combo, "Tough De Times" by The Emperor, "Hurry Back Baby" by Camille Howard, "Caravan" by Chuz Alfred, "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" by Aggie Dukes, "Double A Mambo" by Linton Garner & His All Stars, "Little Daddy" by Big Bertha, "The Mojo" by Sax Mallard, and "I Ain't Nothing But A Fool" by Christine Kittrell. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousJukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 (10 inch record book – with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 6 x 10 inch ... $78.99 96.99
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's heavy on influences from Latin music – sometimes in the rhythms or percussion, sometimes in other elements as well! About half the tracks here would be right at home on some Ace Records collection of material from labels like King Records, Specialty, or Atlantic – and many have a tripling rhythmic groove that's part New Orleans soul, part romping jazzy percussion. But others seem to borrow maybe a bit more from the Caribbean, too – some of the leaner tracks that echo the coolest styles of the islands, especially in the vocals, percussion, and use of guitar. The choice of cuts is wonderful – a huge array of sounds that you would not expect to come together this beautifully – and titles include "Please Don't Go" by Floyd Dixon, "Alabama Sue" by Roy Gaines, "Mambo Mambo Baby" by Paul Boyers Band, "Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks" by Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, "Bermuda" by Maurice King & His Wolverines, "Mary" by Preacher Stephens With The Foree Wells Combo, "Tough De Times" by The Emperor, "Hurry Back Baby" by Camille Howard, "Caravan" by Chuz Alfred, "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" by Aggie Dukes, "Double A Mambo" by Linton Garner & His All Stars, "Little Daddy" by Big Bertha, "The Mojo" by Sax Mallard, and "I Ain't Nothing But A Fool" by Christine Kittrell. A fantastic version – pressed with six 10" EP vinyl records holding the music – just like a vintage album of 78rpm discs – along with four bonus tracks that weren't on the other CD or vinyl versions – and a download card as well. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousJukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's heavy on influences from Latin music – sometimes in the rhythms or percussion, sometimes in other elements as well! About half the tracks here would be right at home on some Ace Records collection of material from labels like King Records, Specialty, or Atlantic – and many have a tripling rhythmic groove that's part New Orleans soul, part romping jazzy percussion. But others seem to borrow maybe a bit more from the Caribbean, too – some of the leaner tracks that echo the coolest styles of the islands, especially in the vocals, percussion, and use of guitar. The choice of cuts is wonderful – a huge array of sounds that you would not expect to come together this beautifully – and titles include "Please Don't Go" by Floyd Dixon, "Alabama Sue" by Roy Gaines, "Mambo Mambo Baby" by Paul Boyers Band, "Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks" by Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, "Bermuda" by Maurice King & His Wolverines, "Mary" by Preacher Stephens With The Foree Wells Combo, "Tough De Times" by The Emperor, "Hurry Back Baby" by Camille Howard, "Caravan" by Chuz Alfred, "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" by Aggie Dukes, "Double A Mambo" by Linton Garner & His All Stars, "Little Daddy" by Big Bertha, "The Mojo" by Sax Mallard, and "I Ain't Nothing But A Fool" by Christine Kittrell. CD
Also available Jukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ VariousJump N Shout – New Orleans Blues & Rhythm ... CD
United/Delmark, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
25 songs from Dave Bartholomew, Erline Harris, the Johnson Brothers' Combo, Larry Darnell, Annie Laurie, Jospeh 'Google Eyes' August, Chubby 'Hip Shakin' Newsome, Ernest K-Doe, Sammy Cotton & James 'Blazer Boy' Locks. CD

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✨✧ Klaus Doldinger5 Original Albums (Jazz Made In Germany/Live At Blue Note Berlin/In Sudamerika/Doldinger Goes On/So Much Doldinger) (5CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most soulful jazz recorded in Europe during the 1960s – four full albums by legendary German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger, plus a bonus compilation that's filled with rare singles too! Doldinger's probably best remembered for the more dynamic fusion he cut with the Passport group in the 70s, but back in his early years he was full on soul jazz player, steeped in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Stitt, and others before him – all players that we'd easily rank Doldinger with during these years, given the ultra-high level of his work for Philips! But given his German orientation, Doldinger also picked up on some of the freer influences that were running around the European scene of the 60s – and the tracks here don't just sparkle with American soul jazz sounds, but also show a bit of Brazilian and more progressive jazz influences as well. And alongside Doldinger's tremendous tenor and soprano sax, the recordings here are equally noteworthy for the organ lines of Ingrfried Hoffmann – an ultra-cool player on the Hammond, with the mixture of rhythmic energy and playfulness you might find in the work of Jack McDuff for Prestige at the same time! Doldinger and Hoffmann cook tremendously throughout – so much so, you can easily forget their country of origin, and just put these sides on equally next to your favorites from Prestige or Cadet. The set features four rare albums, each in tiny LP-styled sleeves – plus the So Much Doldinger set, which features 17 titles in all, including some Latin-styled tunes, and others cut with Paul Nero's Blue Sounds combo. CD

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Joe FarrellMoon Germs ... LP
CTI, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
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 light wear.)

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Paul HumphreyAmerica, Wake Up ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1973. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A great album of funky instrumentals from legendary drummer Paul Humphrey – a set that's got a wonderfully quirky feel, and rhythms that change up the groove a lot more than usual! Paul's not content to stick in a simple backbeat mode here – and he really opens up in his approach to the kit on the set – bringing in lots of freer jazzy inflections yet still keeping the tracks short, focused, and nicely to the point. A key example of this groove is the legendary cut "Uncle Willie's Dream" – a quirky little number that dances around tremendously, and which was sampled by Tribe Called Quest for their second album! Instrumentation is mostly in a small combo mode, and players include Phil Upchurch on bass, Joe Sample on keyboards, Charles Owens on reeds, and Arthur Adams on guitar. Titles include "America Wake Up", "Uncle Willie's Dream", "I'd Walk A Mile For A Smile", "Chin Music", "Cochise", "What's That Noise, PK?", "Butterball", and "That's Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffWorm ... CD
Solid State/Blue Note, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from Jimmy McGriff – a monster set of grooves that ranks with his best of the late 60s! The tracks are short and sock-hard – Jimmy wailing on Hammond, over rhythms that have plenty of sharp edges, and lots of nice drum work – all recorded in a mode that's a heck of a lot rawer than some of his other records! The album brings together all the rough power of Jimmy's years at Sue Records with the funkier grooves of his 70s work – and features a killer combo that includes tenor from Fats Theus, alto from Danny Turner, trumpet from Blue Mitchell, guitar from Thornel Schwartz, and drums from both Mel Lewis and Grady Tate. Titles include "The Worm", "Blue Juice", "Lock It Up", "Think", "Heavyweight", and "Girl Talk". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ike QuebecSoul Samba (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the few Blue Note albums with a bossa groove – and a great one too! The record features soulful tenor star Ike Quebec blowing in front of Brazilian-styled rhythms laid out by a combo that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a duo of Latin percussionists! Willie Bobo plays drums on the session, and the cuts have a short groovy feel, with a sax-heavy lead, in a similar style to Stan Getz's bossa work on Verve – but much more soulful overall, and with a nicely rougher feel on the rhythms. Really great stuff, and with titles that include "Loie", "Goin Home", "Favela", "Blue Samba", and "Shu Shu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Gerardo FrisinaBlue Latin ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $18.99
A great small combo set from percussionist Gerardo Frisina – a set that feels as if it's got some programming in the rhythms, a bit like some of his earlier singles – but which also features a fair bit of live jazz instrumentation too! The album's got a sound that really fits the color of the title – tunes that are upbeat, but nicely chromatic too – thanks to some excellent piano lines, balanced alongside trumpet, tenor, and flute – plus some warm acoustic basslines, and a bit of Fender Rhodes as well! As always with Frisina, even when the rhythms are programmed, they're never too stiff – as the man draws more inspiration from classic Latin sounds than most of his producer contemporaries, and really knows how to make things sound great. Titles include "Mulata", "Blue Latin", "Incanto", "Baracoa", "Naquela Base", and "Olympia (part 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Randy WestonAfrican Rhythms (African Cookbook/Niles Little Big) ... CD
Polydor/Comet (France), 1969. Used ... $14.99
A great CD that combines two groundbreaking albums by Randy Weston from the end of the 60s! The albums were recorded in Paris – that hotbed of post-colonial culture in the post-68 days – one of the few places where Weston could really open up, and create the kind of music he'd been talking about for most of the decade. The group on the set is Weston's African Rhythms ensemble – an unique combo that featured Art Taylor on the drum kit, plus additional percussion from Niles Weston and Reebop Kwaku Baah. The great Henri Texier sounds fantastic on bass – grooving with a deeply rhythmic pulse – creating soulful lines for Weston to groove away with. The sound on the albums is a lot freer than some of Weston's other work from the 60s – exploratory tracks that open up in a wealth of cross-cultural rhythms, taking Randy's piano to untold heights! Titles include "Pam's Waltz", "Little Niles", "Niger Mambo", "CW Blues", "Waltz For Sweet Cakes", "Hi Fly ", "African Cookbook", "A Night In Medina", "Afro Black", "Con Alma", and "Jajouka". CD
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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Jimmy Witherspoon with Jack McDuffBlues Is Now ... CD
Verve, 1967. Used ... $4.99
A much groovier set than usual from vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon – thanks to some great backing from the combo of organist Jack McDuff, which also includes guitar from a young Melvin Sparks! The sound here is definitely in keeping with the "blues" in the title – but McDuff's instrumentation brings in a fair bit of jazz as well – and really opens up the tunes with some of the playful rhythms he was laying down on his own records for Prestige in the 60s. And as usual, Witherspoon proves that he's every bit as much a jazz singer as a blues vocalist – by changing things up nicely on most of the tunes, and bringing in inflections that go way past a typical bluesy singing mode. The whole thing's nice and lively, with a really unique feel that's all its own – and titles include "Sweet Slumber", "My Money's Long This Morning Baby", "Part Time Woman", "Late One Evening", "SK Blues", and "Past Forty Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Blue NotesBefore The Wind Changes ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly shows their strong roots in the South African jazz scene of the 60s, but which also really opens up with some of the freer modes of the following decade – hitting a mix of modes that's not unlike some of the AACM at their best, although often with a lot more intensity, too! The group at this point is a quartet – with Chris McGregor on piano, Johnny Dyani on bass, Louis Moholo on drums, and Dudu Pukwana on some especially amazing alto sax – blown with such righteous force, we might well say that his instrument is center stage on the record – were it not for the wonderfully complex rhythms from the other three group members too! Tracks are long, and filled with righteous soul – and titles inlcude "Ithi Gui", "Mange", "Lonta Uyagula", "Lakutshonga Ilanga", "The Bride", and "Funk Dem Dudu". CD

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny GriffinBlues Up & Down/Griff & Lock ... CD
Milestone/Jazzland, 1960/1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
During the early 60s, tenor giants Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis teamed up to cut a series of monster LPs that are still defined today as some of the best examples ever of a twin tenor frontline! The records matched hardbop solo intensity with tight soul jazz grooving – and nobody was better equipped to handle such a combo as Griff and Lockjaw. Two of those great LPs are pulled together for this CD – Blues Up & Down and Griff & Lock, both originally issued for the Jazzland label, and darn hard to find. Rhythm is by either Junior Mance or Lloyd Mayers on piano, plus Larry Gales on bass and Ben Riley on drums. Titles include "Hey Lock!", "Midnight At Mintons", "Good Bait", "Oh, Gee", "Layin On Mellow", and "Leapin On Lenox". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ike Turner & The Kings Of RhythmShe Made My Blood Run Cold ... LP
Southern Routes, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The earliest work of the legendary Ike Turner – tracks recorded long before his 60s and 70s fame with Tina Turner – at a time when the man was both leading his own great combo, and adding his fantastic guitar talents to a host of different records! Turner had one of the strongest, wildest styles of the time – almost as much an important addition to the young sound of rock and roll as the guitar of Chuck Berry – although often used in more R&B-styled settings, such as the sides on this collection. The range of singers varies nicely – and the package features Ike working with Billy Gayles, Jackie Brenston, Johnny Wright, Clayton Love, Dennis Binder, Jimmy Thomas, Little Johnny Burton, and others – all while also serving up some incredible work on guitar! Titles include "Do Right Baby", "Hoo Doo Say", "Talkin About Me", All The Blues All The Time", "The Big Question", "I'm Tore Up", "Sad As A Man Can Be", "She Made My Blood Run Cold", "Hey Hey", "Wicked Little Baby", "Jack Rabbit", and "Gonna Wait For My Chance". LP, Vinyl record album

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Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneIntroducing The Afro Blues Quintet Plus One ... LP
Mira, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Excellent work from this totally sweet west coast Latin combo – a wonderful group who mixed Latin percussion with piano and vibes – in a manner that's similar to some of Cal Tjader's best Verve work of the 60s! Some tracks also make nice use of flute or alto sax – creating a snakey feel that really adds a new dimension of light and color to the tunes. The whole set's a great blend of Latin rhythms, jazzy solo work, and some mod 60s touches – and titles include "Monkey Time", "Afro Rock", "Let My People Go", "Walk On By", "Moses", "Liberation", and "Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)

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Nat BirchallSixth Sense ... CD
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 1999. New Copy ... $11.99
The earliest work we've ever heard from tenorist Nat Birchall – a player who's really blown our minds with his recent albums from the UK! This set's from the late 90s, and already has Birchall really finding his voice – a freewheeling approach to tenor that's unlike most of his contemporaries, and definitely steeped in strong influences from the spiritual jazz generation! Yet while recent records have Nat in a more meditative mode, the sound here is almost more explosive – with echoes of 60s avant in the mix, amidst some bold rhythmic impulses from the group – almost with a quality that reminds us of some of those brilliant moments when an American soloist would combine with a European combo in the heady 60s scene. In addition to Birchall's tenor, the group also features John Hulme on trumpet and flugelhorn, Richard Wetherall on piano, Dave Tompkins on bass, and Danny Ward on drums – and titles include "Redemption", "Helix Nebula", "Unity Blues", "Passion Dance", and "Ism Schism". CD

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Earl Bostic/Richard Groove Holmes/Joe PassComplete Quintet Recordings (Jazz As I Feel It/A New Sound) ... CD
King/Phono (Spain), 1963. Used ... $9.99
A wealth of great tracks that all feature altoist Earl Bostic, organist Richard Groove Holmes and guitarist Joe Pass! The first 7 cuts are from Bostic's excellent LP Jazz As I Feel It – one of his only few true jazz sessions! Bostic's tone has always been a favorite for us – and in this rare small combo jazz session you get to hear the the above mentioned titans with rhythm backing by Jimmy Bond, Shelly Manne and Charles Blackwell! The tracks are longer than usual for Bostic – and his edgey alto playing really sounds marvelous! Titles include "Don't Do It Please", "Hunt & Peck", "Fast Track", "Ten Out", and "Telstar Drive". The rest of the tracks are from Bostic's A New Sound LP from later in '63 – in which Bostic leads the crew on lesser known jazz numbers from the pens of Johnny Pate, Herbie Mann, Joe Puma and others, plus some Bostic originals. This one features some really dynamic solo work from Holmes and Pass! Al McKibbon is on bass and Earl Palmer hits the drums. Titles include "Karen", "Woodchuck", "Blues For The Ivy Leagues", "Nita", "Empathy", "Wednesday's Child" and "Inquiry". 73 minutes of music! CD

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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction ... CD
United Artists/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $9.99
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the bottom, but polished at the top, in a style that was equally appreciated by fans of disco and more classic funky soul! The "brass" in their title was certainly strongly supported – as the group used a brace of horns on the top of the mix, smoothly gliding over the choppier rhythms at the bottom. And while there's certainly some vocals on the set, they often take second stage to the tight instrumentation of the group! The set includes the classic "Movin" – virtually a blueprint for mainstream funk at the time – plus the tracks "Changin", "Love", "Talkin", "Dance", and "Peekin". CD

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Dave BrubeckTwo Generations Of Brubeck – Live At The Apollo Theater 1973 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A great live recording of the Two Generations Of Brubeck group that also issued a few albums for Atlantic Records in the early 70s – and a set that's maybe even more dynamic than those better-known albums! The group here features father Dave Brubeck on piano – working alongside Darius Brubeck on keyboards, Chris Brubeck on trombone, and Dan Brubeck on drums – a combo that come on with a nice degree of force here in a live performance from the Apollo Theater – especially Darius, whose use of keyboards (Rhodes?) really packs a punch! The group also features excellent work from a young Jerry Bergonzi on alto and tenor, and the great Perry Robinson on clarinet – and things even get a bit funky at times too. The elder Dave is sometimes a bit lost in the proceedings, but that also makes the whole thing a nice change from usual. Titles include "Don Juan", "Earth Rise", "Blues For Newport", "Jet Set/Circadian Dysrhythmia", "Unsquare Dance", and "Three To Get Ready". CD
 
 
 



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