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✨✧ Vince Guaraldi & Bola SeteFrom All Sides ... LP
Fantasy, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the wonderful 60s collaborations between San Francisco pianist Vince Guaraldi and Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete – a pair who were easily one of America's best contributions to the bossa at the time! Yet the sound here isn't strictly bossa nova overall – thanks to Sete's wider range of influences on the guitar, which often bring in some samba elements – or some more personal lyrical moments that sound great next to Guaraldi's free-thinking work on piano. The rest of the group features either Fred Marshall or Monty Budwig on bass, or Jerry Granelli or Nick Martinez on drums. Titles include "Little Fishes", "Choro", "Ginza", "Menino Pequeno Da Bateria", and a nice take on "Girl From Ipanema". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Jayne Cortez & The FirespittersThere It Is ... LP
Bola, 1982. Very Good ... $24.99
Jayne speaks over music by Bern Nix on guitar, Charles Moffett Jr on tenor,flute and shenai, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a spot of tape residue.)
 
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MPB4Tres Tons (10 Anos Depois/Canto Dos Homens/Vira Virou) (3CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1975/1976/1980. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99
Three hard to find albums from this wonderful group – all packaged together in a single set! First up is 10 Anos Depois – smooth harmony vocals by the classic Brazilian quartet MPB4 – released on the 10th anniversary of the group, and an excellent example of the way they'd matured over the years! The style is still in the mode of their older work – with harmonies right up front in the mix – but the overall style is more sophisticated, with touches of jazz, and complicated musical backings by Wagner Tiso, Magro, and Francis Hime. Quarteto Em Cy join the group on versions of "Ana Luiza" and "Pressentimento" – and the album's got an excellent reading of Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz", as well as "Galope", "Canto Triste", and "Amei Tanto". Canto Dos Homens was recorded with a smooth electric feel that works well for their sweet harmonies. The album features songs by Joao Bosco, Livan Lins, Chico Buarque, and Edu Lobo – and the overall sound is different than their 60s work, but great in many different ways. It's because of groups like this that Brazil was able to hang onto a harmony sound long after American groups of the 60s had faded away – and if you dig the Brazilian harmony work of the 70s, you'll like this one a lot. Titles include "O Ronco Da Cuica", "Corrente", "Canto Dos Homens", "Aparecida", "Moreno", "Bola Ou Bulica", and "Negro, Negro". Vira Virou has the group in perfect form, harmony vocal-wise, and the arrangements on most tracks are light and jazzy, slightly modern in instrumentation, but perfectly conceived to bring out the best of the group's singing style. Titles include "Depende", "Olhar De Cobra", "Compadres", "Viracao", "Linha De Montagem", and "Bilhete". CD

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Novos BaianosNovos Baianos (aka Linguagem Do Alunte) ... CD
Continental/Bomba (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
Rootsy samba and hipper 70s MPB influences – all filtered down into a really unique little groove! Back in these early years, Novos Baianos had an inventive sound that was really a standout in 70s Brazilian music – a sense of earnest, open-handed music making that was something of a legacy from the Tropicalia years – but one that also carried with it some of the more hippie-dippy influences in the Brazilian underground of the early 70s! The style here is a bit sparer and more acoustic than on some of the group's other records – often comprised from samba percussion and guitar, but occasionally augmented by more electric instrumentation, as well as some folkloric flute! Titles include "Reis Da Bola", "Isabel", "Bolado", "Miragem", "Fala Tamborim", "Ao Poeta", and "Eu Sou O Caso Deles". CD

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VariousBlack Man's Cry – The Inspiration Of Fela Kuti (with download) ... LP
Now Again, 1970s/1990s. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 24.98
Covers and music inspired by the towering figure in Afrofunk – the great Fela Kuti – rare 70s material a few modern cuts recorded in Nigeria, Trinidad, Ghana, Colombia, Germany and America – some previously unreleased, and all wonderful representations of the far-reaching influence of Fela! A few tunes are solid takes of the Nigerian funk groove proper – but others carry the sound into cumbia, steel band and western funk styles – all of it exciting, hugely passionate and floor-shaking! Titles include "Shacalao" by Cumbia Moderna De Soledad, "Woman Pin Down" by Dan Snatch And His Atomic 8 Dance Band, "Never Trust A Woman" by Bola Johnson, "Black Man's Cry" by Mosco Tiles Fonclaire Steel Orchestra, "Egbi/Black Man's Cry (Medley)" by Lever Brothers Gay Flamingos, "Comencemos" by Phirpo Y Sus Caribes, "Up Side Down" by Daktaris, "Lullaby For Lagos" by Whitefield Brothers and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousRough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia (with bonus download) ... LP
Rough Guide, Late 60s. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Cumbia sounds get trippy – as a host of Latin American artists picked up the electric guitar in the 60s, and really helped transform the style with some psychedelic touches! Most of these tracks feature cumbia rhythms at the core, but take the music far from its Colombian roots – through the use of electric guitar, bits of keyboards, and some mighty cool production modes that often emphasize the freakier, fuzzier elements in the songs – often in ways that are as mindblowing as west coast productions of the time! Make no mistake – the groove is at the core, so there's never too much jamming or overindulgence in the instrumentation – but that also makes for songs that are maybe even more compelling because of their tightness, and the way they reach out for an unusual sound or special twist, even while grooving. Titles include "Inca A Delic" by Sonido Gallo Negro, "Perdido En El Espacio" by Juaneco Y Su Combo, "Bola Bola En El Tres" by Los Wembler's De Iquitos, "La Danza Del Mono" by Los Orientales De Paramonga, "Olivdate De Mi" by La Mermelada De Jose L Carballo, "En El Campo" by Grupo Rosado, "No Hay Vuelta Atras" by Bareto, and "Maria Isabel" by Afro Sound. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – with bonus tracks!)

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Miguel AngelSamba Na Onda ... CD
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... About July 20, 2016
An upbeat groover from 60s Brazil – a highly percussive album that features work by Wilson Das Neves and Rubens Bassini! The record is an unusual one, in that it mixes the bossa harmony sound of groups like Tamba Trio or Os Cariocas with a harder, more percussive sound that owes something to the samba-grooving records of the time. The result is a really great set – one that bristles with electricity on every groove. Titles include "Lagrima Flor", "Telefone", "Da Bola", "Deixa Isso Pra La", "Isto E Samba", "Consolacao", "Roda De Samba", and "Bate A Palma". CD

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times –Afro Funk, Highlife, & Juju From 70s Lagos (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... About August 19, 2016
Sweet Times, indeed – Strut Records returns for another truly great volume in their Nigeria 70 series – this one covering the highlife, juju and Afro Funk music of Lagos in the 1970s – stellar material that has never been issued outside of Nigeria before now! There's a pretty diverse cross section of the sounds coming from the region at the time – from upbeat funky Afro Soul to psych-infused guitar and percussion jams, jazzier instrumentation and impassioned vocals – most crucially, fusions of jazz, funk, soul, juju and highlife. Wonderful, wonderful material that stands proudly with the other great entries in the series. Includes "Life" by Moneyman And The Super 5 International, ""Ire" by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Unity In Africa" by Eji Oyewole, "Idegbani" by Zeal Onyia & His Music, "Viva Disco (Instrumental)" by Tunde Mabadu, "E Ma S'Eka" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "Ajoyio" by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Seu JorgeCru (US pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Wrasse, 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The sound of global soul in the 21st Century – and an amazing set from the soon-to-be legendary Seu Jorge! Jorge's possibly best known for his appearances in films over the past few years – like The Life Aquatic or City Of God – but take it from us, he's one of the greatest living artists working in modern music – and has a sound, sense, and charm that will knock down barriers and boundaries all over the world! Unlike previous efforts, this album's incredibly spare – done in a style that often just features Jorge's vocals next to acoustic guitar, percussion, cavaquinho, and a bit of light keys. But that doesn't mean that the record's a sleeper – because it's got an incredibly full sound – an energy and excitement that pulses from the very first note, and which is carried off almost entirely by Seu Jorge himself! Even on the sparer, mellower tunes, the vocals have a power that's simply tremendous – transcendent of language, and reaching out in this really magical way. Titles include the sublime groover "Tive Razao", plus "Chatterton", "Mania De Peitao", "So Gonca", "Bem Querer", "Bola De Meia", and "Fiore De La Citta". Plus, the US pressing has 2 bonus remixes – "Mania De Peitao (jamais plus jamais mix)" and "Tive Razao (voltair mix)" – both quite nice, and not "dance" at all, but really just extrapolations of the original tunes! CD
 
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Ba CissokoSabolan ... CD
Marabi (France), 2003. Used ... $4.99
CD
(Digipack has a small rip in the top corner by the spine, but otherwise is in good shape!)

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Benny BaileyGrand Slam ... LP
Jazzcraft (Denmark), 1978. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Tremendous work from trumpeter Benny Bailey – a musician who doesn't always get the chance to record as a leader, but one who always blows us away when he does! Benny in this setting is way different than in his work with bigger bands like the Clark/Boland Big Band, or the Quincy Jones orchestra – and instead, he has this way of stepping out strongly, with very individual phrasing – and crafting these really long, expressively soulful solos that he's never get to cut in a large group setting. The vibe here is very similar to Benny's wonderful album with tenorist Billy Mitchell – long tracks with a nice sense of bass at the bottom – and the group features Charlie Rouse on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, Richard Wyands on piano, and Billy Hart on drums. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Reflectory", "Let Me Go", "Thelonious Assault", and "Who's Bossa Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot.)
Also available Grand Slam (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Benny BaileyGrand Slam (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Tremendous work from trumpeter Benny Bailey – a musician who doesn't always get the chance to record as a leader, but one who always blows us away when he does! Benny in this setting is way different than in his work with bigger bands like the Clark/Boland Big Band, or the Quincy Jones orchestra – and instead, he has this way of stepping out strongly, with very individual phrasing – and crafting these really long, expressively soulful solos that he's never get to cut in a large group setting. The vibe here is very similar to Benny's wonderful album with tenorist Billy Mitchell – long tracks with a nice sense of bass at the bottom – and the group features Charlie Rouse on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, Richard Wyands on piano, and Billy Hart on drums. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Reflectory", "Let Me Go", "Thelonious Assault", and "Who's Bossa Now". CD features two bonus alternate takes too! CD
Also available Grand Slam ... LP 24.99

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Marc Bolan & T Rex with Elton John & Ringo StarrChildren Of The Revolution (Born To Boogie version)/Tutti Frutti/Born To Boogie (original recording) ... 7-inch
Edsel (UK), 1972. New Copy (pic cover)... $15.99
A very unusual version of the classic T Rex tune "Children Of The Revolution" – done here in a stripped-down style that's acoustic at the start, before getting more familiarly fuzzy – and which features guest work from Elton John and Ringo Starr! John and Starr are also listed as appearing on the album's glam remake of "Tutti Frutti" – and the single's completed by the super-groovy "Born To Boogie", presented here in its original recording! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Gustav BromPolymelomodus ... LP
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A rare gem from the legendary Gustav Brom – the Czech bandleader you might know for his famous records in the 60s, or his moon-trip set for MPS – sounding equally groovy here on this Supraphon album from 1976! There's a slight touch of electricity in the mix – some specially nice Fender Rhodes and moog, which are layered in with Brom's wonderful formation of horns in the group – this shifting palette of trumpet, tenor, trombone, and reed elements – used at a level that's right up there with the best MPS groups of the time, and some of the Clarke Boland Big Band records too! But this time around, the rhythms are maybe even more powerful than usual – downright funky at some key moments, and plenty groovy at all the rest – and the tracks are longer, and often allow for some deeper passages than usual for Gustav – although to be fair, his sounds are often pretty darn deep! Titles include "Bounty", "Festival", "Polymelomodus", "Romance Nad Mzi", "Sedimentace", and a sweet cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Polymelomodus (with bonus track) ... CD 16.99

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Gustav BromPolymelomodus (with bonus track) ... CD
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
A rare gem from the legendary Gustav Brom – the Czech bandleader you might know for his famous records in the 60s, or his moon-trip set for MPS – sounding equally groovy here on this Supraphon album from 1976! There's a slight touch of electricity in the mix – some specially nice Fender Rhodes and moog, which are layered in with Brom's wonderful formation of horns in the group – this shifting palette of trumpet, tenor, trombone, and reed elements – used at a level that's right up there with the best MPS groups of the time, and some of the Clarke Boland Big Band records too! But this time around, the rhythms are maybe even more powerful than usual – downright funky at some key moments, and plenty groovy at all the rest – and the tracks are longer, and often allow for some deeper passages than usual for Gustav – although to be fair, his sounds are often pretty darn deep! Titles include "Bounty", "Festival", "Polymelomodus", "Romance Nad Mzi", "Sedimentace", and a sweet cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". Great reissue – with excellent sound, detailed notes, and a bonus alternate take of "Do It Again". CD
Also available Polymelomodus ... LP 28.99

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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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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandAll Smiles ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1968. Used ... $18.99
A hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star mix of American and European players that includes Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, Dave Pike, Sahib Shihab, and Ronnie Scott – all coming together with incredibly fluidity, yet also breaking out for some massive solos on their own! Arrangements are by Boland – tight, right, and outta site – and titles include "Let's Face The Music & Dance", "High School Cadets", "By Strauss", "Gloria", "Sweet & Lovely", "Get Out Of Town", and "I'm All Smiles". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandEn Concert – 29 Octobre 1969 ... CD
RTE (France), 1969. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Great live material from the best years of this amazing ensemble that included some of the finest American and European players of the 60s! The band's at its best here – wailing away in a firey live setting, recorded with high quality by Europe 1 Radio in 1969. Players include Tony Coe, Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Art Farmer, Sahib Shihab, and Derek Humble – plus the great rhythm team of Jimmy Woode, Francy Boland, and Kenny Clarke! Most of the tunes are classics of the band – and titles include "All Through The Night", "Now Hear My Meaning", "New Box", "Volcano", "Box 702", "Sax No End", "Sonor", "The Jamfs Are Coming", "Doing Time", and "Evanescence". CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandMore Smiles ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. Used ... $13.99
A seminal session from one of the greatest large groups ever! This one captures the Clarke-Boland ensemble at the peak of their creativity – swinging hard in that tight firey way that was virtually their trademark during the late 60s. The players are a top-shelf mix of European and American jazz legends – coming together without ego, without attitude, and having a hell of a time working through groundbreaking arrangements from leader Francy Boland. Soloists include Sahib Shihab, Tony Coe, Dusko Goykovich, Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Woode, and Benny Bailey – and the tracks are all short, but swing like a mofo, with plenty of solo action in the mix. Titles include "Love For Sale", "November Girl", "All Through The Night", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Bei Dir War Es Immer So Schon". CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandOff Limits ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 1970. Used ... $10.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandThree Latin Adventures (Latin Kaleidoscope/Cuban Fever/Fellini 712) ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. Used ... $34.99
Excellent CD that brings together 2 different albums by the incredible Clarke Boland Big Band – Fellini 712 and Latin Kaleidoscope. The Latin Kaleidoscope LP is one of our greatest sellers on vinyl (when we can find it!), and it's an insane batch of Latin-tinged tracks divided up into two suites – one written by Gary McFarland and one written by Francy Boland. The band wails hard and fast, and in hot Afro-Cuban grooves, with plenty of room for solos by Benny Bailey, Tony Coe, Johnny Griffin, Sahib Shihab, and Derek Humble. The tracks are some of the best stuff the band ever did, and along with the extended suite that comprises Fellini 712, the CD is a masterpiece of hard large band tracks, and a brilliant introduction to the work of the CBBB (and heck, even if you do know them, the material's still pretty tough to find anyway!) 14 tracks in all – including "Olhos Negros", "Ramo De Flores", "Feibre Cubana", "Extrano Sueno", "Cara Bruja", and "Un Grao De Ariea". CD
(Original CD pressing – out of print!)

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis/Johnny Griffin QuintetTough Tenors Again N Again ... LP
MPS, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A smoking twin-tenor session for MPS – one that reunites the mighty talents of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis! The album was done as an offshoot of both players' work for the Clarke Boland Big Band at the time – and the set was not only produced by CBBB impresario Gigi Campi, but also features a core rhythm trio from that ensemble – Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! Tracks are nice and long, and have a sound that really shows the evolution of both players since their famous recordings of the early 60s – tones that are even more modern and edgey at points, served up with a fire that hasn't died at all – and set loose on rhythms that move past the usual grooves you might have expected from their American sessions together. Titles include "Tin Tin Deo", "Jim Dawg", "Gigi", "When We Were One", and "Again N Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(German MPS pressing. Cover has a spot of tape on the spine.)

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Duke EllingtonLatin American Suite ... LP
Fantasy, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
A killer album – one of Duke Ellington's best from the later years! The record features excellent writing from Duke – in a Latin mode, obviously, but touched with these incredible orchestrations that bring all sorts of weird twists and turns to the grooves, yet still manage to keep everything swinging nicely! The result is a rare album of brilliance – one that's vaguely similar to the Clarke Boland Big Band's Latin Kaleidoscope album, but with a genius that's all it's own. The album's got all the modernist touches of late Duke – but man, it also swings like a mofo, and with a really groovy sound – and the great Paul Gonsalves brings some wonderful solo work to the entire session. Titles include "Oclupaca", "Chico Cuadradino", "Eque", "The Sleeping Lady & The Giant Who Watches Over Her", and "Brasiliance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some pen.)

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✨✧ Stan Getz/Clarke Boland Big BandChange Of Scenes ... CD
Verve, 1971. Used ... $11.99
A fantastic rare album cut by Stan Getz in Europe! The session features Getz as the main soloist with the Clarke-Boland Big Band, and the overall sound is an incredible chapter in both the career of Getz and the CBBB. Given that most of the CBBB's soloists had a sharp angular sound, Getz's softer tenor approach is a real change for the group, and it's wonderful to hear the way that he floats around their driving arrangements – never getting lost in the mix, and instead adding whole new ranges of tones and color to their trademark sound. The set features 6 original compositions – including "Extravagances", "Escarmouches", "Provocations", and "Touchstone" – and it's packaged in a very nice fold-out cover! CD
(Out of print. Back cover of digipack has some tape.)

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Dizzy GillespieCarambola/Honeysuckle Rose ... 78 RPM
Capitol, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
78 RPM
(White label promo! One label has the remnants of an old sticker.)

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Johnny GriffinGriff 'N Bags ... CD
Rearward/Schema (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Lost European jazz recordings from the vaults of producer Gigi Campi – and a stellar batch of non-US material with Johnny Griffin at the lead – working in the company of Clarke/Boland compatriots who include Benny Bailey, Sahib Shihab, Jimmy Woode, Idrees Sulieman, and Milt Jackson! Despite the "Bags" in the title, Milt's only on a few tracks – but that's fine with us, because Johnny Griffin is the main attraction – and the material is good small group sides with Griff soloing and trading lines with players like Sulieman and Bailey, or with some of the other players on their own. The recordings are different than the usual breed of Johnny Griffin European recordings – most of which have him soloing with a piano quartet on extended tracks. On this release, most of the tracks are short, hard, and very nicely swinging with a good hard bop groove – as with the best of Griffin's Riverside and Blue Note recordings. Kenny Clarke's on drums on nearly all the material, and he pulls out his bop chops to drive Griff's hard solos as fast as he can. The set's a great batch of work, with excellent notes and photos, and some great playing all around. Cuts include "Gamal Sady 'n Em", "Foot Patting", "Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz", "Blues For K", "Muvaffak's Pad", "The Girl & The Turk", and "Gyson's Bag". 16 cuts in all, and none of them are from the Griffin/Davis LP on MPS (just in case you thought to ask!) CD

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Johnny GriffinNight Lady ... LP
EmArcy, 1964. Very Good ... $24.99
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, almost-modern solos that are some of his most adventurous to date on record – supported strongly on the album's longish tracks by Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's a quality to Griffin's tone that's incredible – urgent, edgey, but never too far out – completely in command of itself, and able to run free, but without wasting at note at all – unlike some of his over-stretched European solos of later years. The set features beautiful long readings of Boland's "Night Lady" and "Old Stuff", plus Griffin's "Scrabble", and versions of "Summertime", "All The Things You Are", and "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label deep groove pressing. Cover has light wear & some clear tape on a few corners.)

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Johnny Griffin & Big Band LausanneBig Band Lausanne – A Monk's Dream ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1990. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Tenor legend Johnny Griffin steps in as one of the key soloists here – working within the larger Big Band Lausanne, at a level that takes us back to his classic 60s European performances in the Clark Boland Big Band! This group isn't as groove-heavy as that one, but still has an equally nice sound – one that's heavy on tonal colors, directed by reedman Christian Gavillet – who plays both alto and baritone on the record, and solos a bit himself. Other soloists include Vincent Lachat on trombone, Thierry Lang on piano, William Holden on trumpet, Yvan Ischer on alto, and Antoine Ogay on bass – all great musicians who really step out nicely from the bigger ensemble. Griffin has solos on three of the album's eight tracks, and appears to be part of the larger lineup throughout – and titles include "Fifty Six", "The Jamfs Are Coming", "Rock Skippin At The Blue Note", "Isfahan", and "A Monk's Dream". CD

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Peter HerbolzheimerHip Walk – The Complete Polydor Recordings (Soul Condor/Galaxis/Live Im Onkle Po/Hip Walk/Touchdown/I Hear Voices) (4CD set) ... CD
Polydor (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $36.99
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s – bandleader Peter Herbholzheimer, working here at the head of his Rhythm & Brass group, and his Certain Lions & Tigers ensemble! Although Herbolzheimer's got a clunky name, his sound is incredibly fluid and tight – a large group approach to funk that rivals some of the best American work of his time – including classics from Lalo Schifrin, Johnny Pate, and other key maestros of the blacksploitation era. Peter's got a way of taking a large group of players and really making them groove – a sound that's kind of an electrified extension of the styles first laid out at MPS by the Clarke-Boland Big Band, but served up with a hipper, funkier 70s approach to rhythm. Like the CBBB, Herbholzheimer's groups often feature American players – such as Art Farmer on trumpet or Herb Geller on saxes – alongside more familiar MPS talents like Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Dieter Reith on organ, Ferdinand Povel on flute, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, and Sigi Schwab on guitar – joined by the legendary Sabu Martinez on a few of the best sessions here! The 4CD set is a massive discovery in music – as it features not only Herbholzheimer's Rhythm & Brass albums, but also records under the group names Certain Lions & Tigers and The Galactic Light Orchestra. The package has some of the same records of the previous MPS collection of Herbholzheimer's work – but also includes some other material too – the full albums Soul Condor, Galaxis, Live Im Onkle Po, Hip Walk, Touchdown, and I Hear Voices CD
 
 
 



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