Features the original tunes "Festival", "Juba", and "Forbidden Fruit" – plus a version of Charles Lloyd's "Forest Flower". LP, Vinyl record album
Doug Snyder and BobThompson —
Daily Dance ... LP New Frontier, 1973. Used ...
Out Of Stock
Hypnotic and frenzied instrumental sounds from the early 70s – heavy rhythms and fuzzy walls of guitar from BobThompson and Doug Snyder – a masterful piece of avant rock! Daily Dance is one of those records that's so far ahead of the pack stylistically, you can hardly believe it was made when it was. The songs are long and roll out in a way that makes it clear the players are unafraid of noise, but it's wholly riveting and finds a real groove – they set up their own dynamics and they work well within them. The duo does more with electric fuzz, echoes, and pounding rhythms than all too few boundless artists dared to even attempt – and it's a record that you could have easily convinced us was produced at some point in the 80s, 90s, or 00s rock underground had we not been informed it was from early 70s southern Ohio! Timeless, original and exciting stuff. Includes "Daily Dance", "Living With The Crocodiles", "Time Overlaps Itself", "Soul And Universe", "Hit And Run", "Truth Is A Pathless Land" and "Teenage Emergency". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some moderate wear & a few small spots of clear tape.)
A cooker of a record from Lester Bowie – one that takes the earlier sound of the Brass Fantasy ensemble, and focuses it into a mode that shows his growing love of soul and funk! The set was issued on the the short-lived Venture imprint of Virgin – a surprisingly strong outlook for creative projects like this – and the vibe's quite different than the Brass Fantasy records cut for ECM – with almost a bit more soul at the bottom, and a compact sort of energy that really sends the ideas home. Players include Bowie, Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, and Sasul Siddik on trumpets – plus Steve Turre and Frank Lacy on trombones, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Phil Wilson on drums. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Thriller" – plus "Vibe Waltz", "I Am With You", "Duke's Fantasy", "Personality", and "Twilight Dreams". CD
A much-needed collection of work from pianist Joe Castro – a wonderful piano player who worked heavily on the LA scene of the postwar years, but only issued a rare few albums as a leader! Joe's sets for Atlantic are well-remembered classics – yet they only scratch the surface of Castro's importance on the west coast scene – which is finally documented here, in a batch of really wonderful CDs! The music is stunning – really really wonderful stuff that goes way beyond Joe's few records as a leader – and which displays this depth of creativity that's stunning, not just on his small group performances, but also in his direction of larger groups, where his sene of arrangement is beautiful. The material shifts from disc to disc – as each focuses on a different setting – CD1 features Joe Castro's Jam Sessions, with Chico Hamilton on drums and Buddy Collette on reeds; CD2 is Teddy Wilson's Jam Sessions, with work from Stan Getz and Zoot Sims; CD3 is more Joe Castro Jam Sessions, with work by Zoot Sims, Lucky Thompson, and Oscar Pettiford; CD4 is Quartet Sessions with Teddy Edwards on tenor; CD5 is rare Big Band material with Teddy Edwards, Bob Cooper, Frank Rosolino, and other key LA figures; and CD6 features Joe Castro in the Teddy Edwards Tentet. All tracks here are previously-unissued – and the huge box also includes full discographical notes as well! CD
Softly ... LP A&M, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A lesser-known gem from The Sandpipers, and a record that really lives up to the "softly" in the title! There's a slight undercurrent of folk on some of the tunes here – bits of jangly acoustic guitar under the trio's harmony vocals – often with an undercurrent of darkness that's a bit different than some of their other records – as if the guitar is bringing out some earthier elements that really unlock the melancholy that's always been present in The Sandpipers' music. Nick DeCaro arranged two tracks on the set, but most of the backings are by BobThompson – and titles include "Softly", "A Reason To Believe", "Love Is Blue", "Back On The Street Again", "Jennifer Juniper", "All My Loving", and a wonderful version of the Paul Williams classic "To Put Up With You". LP, Vinyl record album
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Dexter Gordon —
Landslide ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1961/1962. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Obscure material from Dexter Gordon – some rare gems from his early 60s years at Blue Note – unissued back and in the day, but brought together for this sweet package at the start of the 80s! The album's great in that it shows Gordon really trying on some new things at the label – playing in a few modes that are less iconic than his classics, yet still really exciting because of that fact! A few tracks feature an unusual quintet with Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, and Willie Bobo on drums – and three more have Sonny Clark on piano and the great Dave Burns on trumpet, with rhythm by Ron Carter on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. One last track is a quartet number with Kenny Drew on piano – and titles include "Six Bits Jones", "Landslide", "Love Locked Out", "You Said It", and "Second Balcony Jump". CD
Eddie continues the funky groove begun on Instant Funk, and smoothed out over albums like I Need Some Money – and although jazz fans probably gave him hell for going this way, we think this is actually a pretty darn great album! The record takes all of Eddie's experimentation with groovy styles from the early 70s, and filters it through some tighter playing that actually makes the groove a lot more compelling than before. A number of the tracks have vocals, almost in a humorous Bill Cosby mode – but in a way that also preserves the party feel of the cuts. Players include Bobby Lyle, Paul Humphrey, Buck Clarke, and Bradley Bobo – and one Chicago-recorded track features a great assortment from older years that includes Muhal Abrams, Odell Brown, Marshapp Thompson, Willie Henderson, and Richard Evans. Titles include "Tryin Ain't Dyin", "Ooh", "Exempt", "Live Again", "Flowers", "Why Do You Hurt Me", and "It's All Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz freedoms and some newer 80s experimental moments – all in a lineup with Mark Thompson on piano, Steve Coleman on alto and soprano sax, Jay Hoggard on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Kenny Werner plays a bit of synth at times – in some dark-toned 80s modes – and although Bobby McFerrin is billed strongly on the cover, the album only seems to feature a bit of his vocalizations. Titles include "Sangoma & Nelly", "You Are The One", "Spook & Fade", "Tangents", "Ballad For Hakima", and "Sir Tashi & The Yeti". CD
Dexter Gordon —
Landslide ... LP Blue Note, 1961/1962. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Obscure material from Dexter Gordon – some rare gems from his early 60s years at Blue Note – unissued back and in the day, but brought together for this sweet package at the start of the 80s! The album's great in that it shows Gordon really trying on some new things at the label – playing in a few modes that are less iconic than his classics, yet still really exciting because of that fact! A few tracks feature an unusual quintet with Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, and Willie Bobo on drums – and three more have Sonny Clark on piano and the great Dave Burns on trumpet, with rhythm by Ron Carter on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. One last track is a quartet number with Kenny Drew on piano – and titles include "Six Bits Jones", "Landslide", "Love Locked Out", "You Said It", and "Second Balcony Jump". LP, Vinyl record album