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Build An ArkLove – Part 2 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy ... $16.99
A brilliant extension of the Love set from Build An Ark – focusing on some of the more improvisational spirit that's integral to their cosmic groove! Love Part 2 is mix of intimate moments and soaring atmospherics from Carlos Nino, Miguel-Atwood Ferguson and the rest of the stellar ensemble, plus guests and fellow travelers such as vocalists Dwight Trible, Carmen Lundy, Leisei Chen and Mia Doi Todd, violinist Michael White and others. The overall vibe and instrumentation are unpredictable from one movement to the next, but there's always a hypnotic mood at play, be it spun by sparely furnished strings and percussion, earthy global jazz influences or far spacier dynamics! Titles include a lively (and live sounding) string jazz improvisational take on "What The World Needs Now Is Is Love" with passionate vocals and pared down lyrics by Leisei Chen flavored with violin, viola, cello and sitar – plus "Cosmic Tuning", "Nature", "Ginger", "Say Yes!", "Improvisation Day 1", "Improvisation Day 2", ""Improvisation Day 8", "Cadence Of The Love Messengers" and wonderfully unique take on Donny Hathaway's "Tryin Times" with vocals by Carmen Lundy and Dwight Trible. CD
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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✨✧ Build An ArkLove – Part 1 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A perfect title for a perfect record – especially given all the love we've felt from Build An Ark over the years! The album's a masterpiece through and through – easily the greatest statement ever from this already-amazing band – a contemporary ensemble, but one that we'd seamlessly rank right next to our righteous favorites on labels like Impulse Records, Tribe, or Strata East – with all the political power and sense of social mission those references would imply! The song titles alone will give you a great idea of the beautiful vibe behind Build An Ark – tunes like "Celebrate", "How Do We End All This Madness", "Love Is Everywhere", "World Peace Now", and "This Prayer For The Whole World" – which re-ignite the Love Supreme candle first lit by John Coltrane in the 1960s – burning brightly again in the 21st Century, and almost even more inspiring – given the youthful energy of the group. As always, mainman Carlos Nino deserves a hell of a lot of credit for getting something this great, this right – but the group is also very clearly a collective, and draws amazing energy from members who include Dwight Trible, Kamau Daaood, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Damon Aaron, Jim Lang, and others. In addition to above-mentioned titles, other tunes include "Sweet Thing", "World Music", "More Love", "In The Park", and "Play The Music". CD
 
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Kindred Spirits EnsembleLove Is Supreme ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2009. New Copy ... $16.99
The great first full length chapter of an ultra-hip ensemble – a contemporary group, but one with a great ear for the spiritual sounds of the 70s! The group's a bit like Build An Ark – no surprise, as they've shared a similar label, Kindred Spirits – and like that collective, this one really helps bridge a space between older jazz expressions and 21st Century styles – showing that older music still has a strong influence on the younger generation, especially when the sound is as deep as this! There's plenty of Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders inspiration going on here, but the execution is a bit different too – bits of strings amidst jazzy flute, keyboards, and trumpet lines – plus occasional vocals too. Titles include "The Creator Has A Master Plan (Peace)", "Ja-Mil", "Prince Of Peace", "John Coltrane", "Two Lullabyes", "Naima" and "Shining Liberation". CD

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VariousFor JC – Love Is Supreme – Free Spirits Vol 2 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2006. New Copy ... $16.99
70s spiritual soul jazz lives again – in this righteous tribute to the late John Coltrane! The incredible collection is filled with wonderful tracks both classic and current – and is a great bridge between the first waves of this kind of music at the end of the 60s, and the contemporary revival that's been going on at a global level! Perhaps the best thing here is the way that there's no apparent difference in sound or style between the old and new cuts – and the folks at Free Spirits have really found a way to make the whole thing flow together wonderfully by selecting music that's deeply soulful, extremely positive, and filled with soaring vocals and instrumental solos! Titles include "Mode For Trane" by Billy Gault, "Naima" by Mark De Clive-Lowe, "A Love Supreme" by Rufus Harley, "John Coltrane's A Love Supreme" by Karin Krog & Nils Lindberg, "Duke & Trane" by Haikki Samarto Ensemble, "John Coltrane" by Our Cry For Peace (Dwight Trible/Build An Ark), "Prince Of Peace" by Pharoah Sanders, "Liberation Of The Spirit" by Kamau Daaood, "Naima" by 4 Hero, and "A Love Supreme" by Dwight Trible. CD

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✨✧ Matthew HalsallFletcher Moss Park ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best work so far from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – and a wonderful continuation of the spiritual vibe he's been giving us for the past few years! Halsall's a real up-and-comer – a trumpeter with a spiritual sensibility that rivals the best players on 70s Impulse or Strata East sessions – working with a fluid, open quality that's unlike any other contemporary musicians we can think of! There's depth of sound to the record that rivals the best spiritual sessions from Build An Ark – or from Halsall's frequent partner and labelmate, Nat Birchall – whose tenor makes parts of the album sparkle as much as Matthew's trumpet. Other musicians include Rachael Gladwin on harp – an instrument used heavily on the record, in a cool Alice Coltrane-like way – plus Lisa Mallett on flute, Adam Fairhall on piano, and Holly Simpson on violin. Titles include "The Sun In September", "Finding My Way", "Sailing Out To Sea", "Mary Emma Louise", and "Fletcher Moss Park". CD
 
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Igor WakhevitchKshatrya (The Eye Of The Bird) ... CD
Transversales Disques (France), 1999. New Copy ... $18.99
A really haunting record from French composer Igor Wakhvitch – better-known for his more way-out material, but sounding equally great here on an unreleased instrumental set from the end of the last century! The music was composed on his "Mysterious Island 88" system of electronics – supposedly from the Poppy Nogood library – and the tunes open up with this slow-building flow and dark-edged sense of space that really fits the image on the cover. The work feels much more like a late 70s/early 80s electronic score than you'd guess from the date – very much like those moments when earlier European electronicians created soundtracks for more offbeat cinematic moments – but the set's also filled with very long tracks that are very enjoyable on their own – not short musical cues, but long extrapolations that include "The Roarer The Entry Of Darkness The Guardian Of The West", "Love Song To Ekalavya", "The Golden Night (parts 1 & 2)", "27th September 1942 Train No 38", and "The Ride Of The Makara". CD
Also available Kshatrya (The Eye Of The Bird) ... LP 26.99

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Igor WakhevitchKshatrya (The Eye Of The Bird) ... LP
Transversales Disques (France), 1999. New Copy ... $26.99
A really haunting record from French composer Igor Wakhvitch – better-known for his more way-out material, but sounding equally great here on an unreleased instrumental set from the end of the last century! The music was composed on his "Mysterious Island 88" system of electronics – supposedly from the Poppy Nogood library – and the tunes open up with this slow-building flow and dark-edged sense of space that really fits the image on the cover. The work feels much more like a late 70s/early 80s electronic score than you'd guess from the date – very much like those moments when earlier European electronicians created soundtracks for more offbeat cinematic moments – but the set's also filled with very long tracks that are very enjoyable on their own – not short musical cues, but long extrapolations that include "The Roarer The Entry Of Darkness The Guardian Of The West", "Love Song To Ekalavya", "The Golden Night (parts 1 & 2)", "27th September 1942 Train No 38", and "The Ride Of The Makara". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Kshatrya (The Eye Of The Bird) ... CD 18.99

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Norman ConnorsDance Of Magic (Buddah pressing) ... LP
Buddah, 1972. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown and Archie Shepp. For this initial set, Norman's in incredible company – working with players that include Herbie Hancock on both electric and acoustic keys, plus Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Gary Bartz and Carlos Garnett on saxes, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Billy Hart and Airto on percussion – plus a chorus of vocalists on the album's mighty title cut! Tracks are all long, spiritual, and freely exploratory – but never in a style that goes too far outside, or that forgets the joy and love that can spring forth in a forward-thinking session like this one! Titles include "Dance Of Magic", "Give The Drummer Some", "Morning Change", and "Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with a sticker in the bottom left corner.)

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Guido & Maurizio De AngelisMilano Trema – La Polizia Vuole Giustizia ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A tremendous Italian police soundtrack from the team of Guido and Maurizio De Angelis – one that has a haunting approach served up in equal parts action and sentiment! The core melody here is one right out of Morricone's book of the time – a slow-building, sweet-stepping one that's a far bit different than US cop show work – and which sits nicely next to some more upbeat numbers that work in a bit of jazz alongside funkier basslines and a few darker numbers too. There's a slight electric feel to many numbers, but instrumentation is often heavy on flute too – and in a way, there's a fair bit of qualities here that remind us of Stelvio Cipriani's best from the same period. Limited LP pressing features a total of 18 tracks in all – all pretty darn groovy! LP, Vinyl record album

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Guido & Maurizio DeAngelisContinuavano A Chiamarlo Trinita (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Digitmovies (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99
A beautifully sensitive soundtrack for this early film from the team of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill – very different than most of the other western music of the time – which is a fitting accompaniment to the unique actions of the pair onscreen! There's a fair bit of acoustic guitar in the instrumentation, used in ways that are sometimes warmer and more sentimental than you'd expect – played with a subtle sort of character that really comes through in this well-done reissue of the music – and which gets even better when groovier elements on piano or horns come into the mix. Things build nicely as the set moves on, with a very vivid feel throughout – and titles include "Remember", "Il Carro Al Fiume", "Assalto Alla Diligenza", "Ranch Di Parker", "Trinity E Bambino A San Jose", and "Trinity Stand Tall". Great reissue version – with excellent sound, notes in Italian and English, and even some vocal songs sung by Gene Roman. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on 180 gram vinyl & bonus CD!)

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EthiopiansEngine 54 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $12.99
A rocksteady classic from The Ethiopians – but a set that also has plenty more going on as well! The duo work here as a Jamaican counterpart to American soul groups – one of the first and best to hit the Kingston scene – but they also open themselves up to lots of other ideas in the process, and sometimes lay back vocally to just let the album open up and groove! Harmonies are The Ethiopians' strongest calling card – but they're often first directed by the rhythms, then slide in to warm things up and give a larger presence to the slow-stepping, midtempo grooves – all delivered with a classic Kingston head-nodding approach. The album's a key genre-building moment in Jamaican music – and titles include the classic "Train To Skaville", plus "Engine 54", "My Love", "You Got The Dough", "Woman's World", "Long Time Now", and "Unchanged Love". This CD comes with an insane amount of bonus tracks – 17 more titles that include "Do It Sweet", "The Whip", "You Didn't Answer", "In The Park", "Fire A Muss Muss Tail", "You Are The Girl", and "I'm A King". CD

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Phil FranceSwimmer ... CD
Twentysix-Two (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $3.99 14.99
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the Carlos Nino/Miguel Atwood-Ferguson mode, but maybe more compact – as Phil's keyboards are mixed with light use of violin and cello, plus some additional sound elements as well – all in a way that makes us almost think that France would be great at scoring soundtracks, although these instrumental tunes have a nicely changed-up sense of complexity overall. Much deeper than just the usual "soundscape" album you might mistake this one for – with tracks that include "December", "Animator", "London Park Hotel", "Kubrick", "Joy Of Brass", and "The Swimmer". CD

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Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound (Stu Black analog mix – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Delmark, 1966. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! CD features bonus alternate takes on "Sound" and "Ornette" – over 30 minutes more music. This CD features the Stu Black analog mix – on CD for the first time. CD

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Elis ReginaFalso Brilhante ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
One of the most diverse albums that Elis Regina cut during the 70s – a set that seems to leap from style to style with each new track, and really build from some of the more staid and jazz-based styles of her other records! Cesar Camargo Mariano is still in charge of arrangements here, but the overall sound is relatively different – mellow one minute, rockish the next, cast in stark piano after that, and always moving onward with the sort of variety we might expect from Gal Costa or Maria Bethania at this point. Some cuts are tinged with Latin and South American instrumentation, while others more guitar and electric keyboards – and highlights of the album include versions of two Joao Bosco songs "O Cavaleiro E Os Monihos" and "Jardins De Infancia", which has a beautiful soaring electric feel to it, and is a real groover along the lines of the tracks you might find on Blue Brazil. Other titles include "Tatuagem", "Como Nossos Pais", "Velha Roupa Colorida", "Los Hermanos", and "Um Por Todos". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Francois Tusques with Barney WilenLe Nouveau Jazz ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
Mindblowing work from French pianist Francois Tusques – a set that's far more obscure than his later recordings of the 70s with the Intercommunal Free Jazz Orchestra, but every bit as bracing! The record builds in a really nice way – with Tusques solo on the first track, then working with bassist Bernard Guerin on the next one, then leaping into a group that features both Guerin and JF Jenny Clark on basses, Aldo Romano on drums, and Barney Wilen on tenor sax! This group dominates the record – and soars out into free jazz brilliance throughout their entire run – with some especially biting moments from Wilen on tenor, at a level that represents some of the most avant material of his career. Titles include "Dialogue 1", "Dialogue 2", "Sombre", "Coda", "Cantique Du Diable", and "Les Sorcieres". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Norman ConnorsDance Of Magic ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown and Archie Shepp. For this initial set, Norman's in incredible company – working with players that include Herbie Hancock on both electric and acoustic keys, plus Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Gary Bartz and Carlos Garnett on saxes, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Billy Hart and Airto on percussion – plus a chorus of vocalists on the album's mighty title cut! Tracks are all long, spiritual, and freely exploratory – but never in a style that goes too far outside, or that forgets the joy and love that can spring forth in a forward-thinking session like this one! Titles include "Dance Of Magic", "Give The Drummer Some", "Morning Change", and "Blue". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound (Stu Black analog mix – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Delmark, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! CD features bonus alternate takes on "Sound" and "Ornette" – over 30 minutes more music. This CD features the Stu Black analog mix – on CD for the first time. CD
(Punch through barcode.)
Also available Sound (Stu Black analog mix – with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ VariousLes Disques De La Victoire – American Army V-Discs 1943 to 1949 (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1940s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A really great overview of the V-Discs label of the 40s – the imprint started by the US Army as a way of circulating the jazz and swing sounds of the time to soldiers overseas! As you'd guess from the dates, the label was started during the American involvement in WWII – but then continued as a key part of its work in rebuilding the European scene of the postwar years – almost as a musical extension of the work of the State Department! Yet despite that governmental tie-in, the music here is all pretty darn great on its own – and given that most V-Discs titles were not available for commercial sale, they also represent a unique slice of the 78rpm market of the time. The 4CD set features detailed notes in French and English, 92 tracks in all, and some songs even include messages from the artists too – with work by Don Redman, Jo Stafford, Louis Prima, Duke Ellington, Earl Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Carson Robinson, Carmen Miranda, Frankie Carle, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Glen Gray, Les Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Randy Brooks, Kay Starr, Buddy Rich, Charlie Barnet, Spike Jones, Bob Crosby, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Harry James, and many more! CD

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✨✧ Piirpauke/Tapio Tuominen Trio/Pori Big Band/Tapiola Big BandJazz Liisa 15 & 16 ... CD
Svart (Finland), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Four different performances from the Finnish scene of the 70s – really showing the vibrant energy of that corner of the jazz world at the time, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention! First up is Piirpauke – a group that effortlessly rolls between electric and acoustic elements, balancing the soulful expressions of reedman Sakari Kukko with the keyboards of Otto Romanowski and guitar of Hasse Walli. Most of the group members play percussion at points – which seems to give them an organic sensibility that comes through in the performance – as tunes build without ever jamming too much, even when things get slightly offbeat. Titles include "Kuunnousu", "Nonevitsan Kirkonkellot", and "Sven Ali". Next are three tracks by the Tapio Tuominen Trio – a group that really has the lead tenorist Tapio soaring out with quickly-creative solos – borrowing a bit of a page from the Sonny Rollins book, as he works here with bassist Jorma Koivulehto and drummer Jukka Wasama – but also getting more expressive with elements borrowed from the influence of Albert Ayler. Titles include "Traps In The South Bronx", "Untitled Original 1", and "Untitled Original 2". Next is work by the Pori Big Band – a sweet group that has full colors in the ensemble passages, but then also features some great solo sounds from players who include Kari Sarpila on tenor, Seppo Tyni on guitar, Reijo Widbom on trumpet, and Ilkka Karumo on alto. Tracks are nicely structured – and include "Back To Pori" and the especially nice soulful tune "Ladies First". Tapiola Big Band complete the set – a group that's also large, but which has some nice spiritual currents too – as they open up on two long tracks that go past the 10 minute mark. Soloist include Teemu Salminen on tenor, Esko Heikkinen on flugelhorn, Petri Juutilainen on trombone, and Jukka Linkola on piano – and titles include "Black Mother" and "Yksi Ruusu On Kasvanut Kaaksossa" – the last of which is a traditional tune re-arranged by Eero Koivistoinen. CD

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Kenny BarronWhat If? ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. Used ... $11.99
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that point, he's always had a tremendous ear for the right tones and shadings from horns needed to augment his own soulful vision on the keys – a way of setting up the other players in the group to build on the well-crafted Barron lines, and take them even further into the stratosphere. This set follows that format, and draws great energy from Wallace Roney on trumpet and John Stubblefield on tenor – both at their younger best, and working alongside Kenny's piano with Cecil McBee on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. The lineup sparkles most on the 4 longer Barron numbers on the album – "Phantoms", "What If", "Voyage", and "Lullabye" – all of which take us back to the brilliance of Kenny's best Muse albums of the 70s. Other tracks feature smaller, more piano-centrist groupings – on tracks that include "Dexterity", "Close To You Alone", and "Trinkle Trinkle". CD
(Includes obi.)

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CookersBelieve ... CD
Motema, 2012. Used ... $9.99
A great one from this all-star group – an incredibly righteous combo that's given Billy Harper one of his best chances to play in years! As with the previous album by The Cookers, the Harper influence really runs strong – not just in the use of some of his great tracks in the performance, but also in the way the tunes build and work together – that bold, powerful energy that Billy first unleashed on the world in the 70s – driven to new heights here by a lineup that also includes Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Craig Handy on alto sax, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums! But key thanks should also go to trumpeter David Weiss – also in the group, and producer for the record – a great talent for getting these guys to work together so well. Titles include tunes by McBee, Cables, and Hart as well – with tracks that include "Ebony Moonbeams", "Believe For It Is True", "Free For All", "Quest", "But He Knows", "Tight Squeeze", and "Naaj". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Bengt HallbergSwedish All Stars (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, 1953. Very Good+ ... $49.99
Great recordings from Swedish pianist Bengt Hallberg – recorded at a key point in the 50s when he was really building a reputation in the overseas market! The sides here feature Hallberg's sharp-edged piano working with a great range of Swedish reedmen – including the great Lars Gullin on baritone sax – and also Arne Domnerus on alto and clarinet and Ake Persson on trombone. Moods are modern throughout – and kind of a blend of Swedish postwar with west coast cool – an aspect that made Hallberg ripe for exposure to the US market at the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of tape on back – but this is a great copy overall.)

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Noah HowardLive At The Swing Club – Torino Italy ... CD
Ricordi/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the most spiritual sessions we've ever heard from Noah Howard – a real gem from his 70s years on the European scene – and a record that takes all his previous avant explorations and gives them even more focus than before! The group's got a great way of building up a cosmic sense of energy before it takes off – real magic that comes from the Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano of Michael Smith, the bass of Bob Reid, and drums of Noel McGhee – the last of whom is a player who really drives the action along when needed – setting the spark that burns to a fire in Howard's bold alto solos. Noah also plays a bit of bells and tambourine – and Smith has a great way of resonating his acoustic keys in these wide waves of sound – very introspective, like some of Lonnie Liston Smith's early work with Pharoah Sanders. Titles include "Paris Dreams", "Lecke", and "Mardi Gras". CD

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Keith JarrettKoln Concert ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1975. Used ... $5.99
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey Redman in the early 70s, it's this sort of format that forever put him on the map – long, extended improvised passages on solo piano – played at a level that's still extremely lyrical, tuneful, and thoughtful – quite different than the free jazz waves that were building at the time! And while so many other people copied the style over the years, nobody does it better than Jarrett – especially on this landmark outing for the style. The work is amazing – extremely compelling as little melodies drift in and out of the waves of piano improvisation – without any of the sloppiness of some of Jarrett's imitators, and a surprising sense of soul and direction throughout! CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Yusef Lateef10 Years Hence ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A spacious mid 70s set from Yusef Lateef – with some numbers showing his more soaringly spiritual bent – and others hewing towards a more bluesy or loosely funky vein. Tracked live in San Francisco, some numbers were later augmented with overdubbed strings and vocals – there's some nicely thumping elements of earthy percussion, loose moments, and quiet passages that sometimes build slowly, and at others change abruptly for maximum impact. The set features several longer selections, including the suite divided "Samba De Amor" in three sections, plus "Yusef's Mood" and "I Be Cold" – all approach or crossing the 20 minute mark – plus nice takes on "But Beautiful" and " A Flower". The group features Kenny Barron on piano and cowbell, Bob Cunningham on bass and bells, Albert Kuumba Heath on percussion and flute, and Bill Salter on bass – alongside Lateef whose working with tenor sax, flutes, oboe, thumb piano and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Bennie MaupinJewel In The Lotus ... LP
ECM, 1974. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most earthy, organic offerings of the Herbie Hancock scene of the 70s – a session that's led by Headhunter reedman Bennie Maupin, and which also features Herbie on acoustic and electric piano – all in a sound that's quite different from his own work of the time! The tracks here have a very spacious, slow-building approach – a sound that's often quite stark at times, and not nearly as funky or soul-directed as you might expect. Maupin shows incredible sensitivity in his way of putting together a tune – letting things come together quite naturally, almost with the botanical quality you might expect from the title. Other players include Buster Williams on bass, Freddie Waits and Billy Hart on drums, Bill Summers on percussion, and Charles Sullivan on trumpet – all used quite spaciously and sparingly. Titles include "Esenada", "Mappo", "Excursion", "Past Is Past", "The Jewel In The Lotus", and "Song For Tracie Dixon Summers". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner, radio station marker on both sides, and small stickers. Labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ John Mayall's Blues BreakersBare Wires ... LP
London, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Another great step forward for the legendary John Mayall – proof that he was never just content to copy American blues modes, and always willing to bring something new to the table! Although steeped in sounds from the delta on up to Chicago, the record's also got a hipper, almost trippier feel at times too – long-winding interplay between the guitar and organ, and some slow-building rhythms that shake off blues stereotypes, and mark Mayall as having an equal ear for forward-thinking 60s rockers. The group here is great – with Mick Taylor on guitar, Henry Lowther on cornet, Chris Mercer on tenor, and Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor and soprano sax – all playing in a freely creative mode that stands the test of time surprisingly well Titles include "I'm A Stranger", "Harley Quits", "Killing Time", "Sandy", "She's Too Young", and "No Reply". LP, Vinyl record album
(US stereo pressing with Bell Sound stamp.)

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Ramon Norwood (Radius)Improvisational Aesthetics in Black & White ... Book
Blurb/Etc, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful little DIY black & white photography book by Ramon Norwood, aka Radius Etc, the multi-talented Chicago abstract hip hop producer, beatmaker and artist! We don't fancy ourselves art critics here at Dusty Groove, but we know Radius's sound, and for us it's pretty nice to see how his straight-forward snapshots of the world through his eyes translate into his hazy beautiful beats and production – but this is all visual and it's a wonderful view whether you've heard him, or are only seeing his photos – of a lovely old building through a tagged doorframe, a cloudy distant Chicago skyline, lonely souls on a commuter train, stacks of records calling you from another room and lots of other stark but storied shots. It's a slim book you can flip through a little too fast – just 56 paperback pages – but we keep coming back to it! Book

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SiriusAcoustic Main Suite – Plus The Inner One ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. Used ... $8.99
A record as enigmatic as its title – slow-building sounds crafted by the trumpet of Yaw Tembe and percussion of Monseiur Trinite – both musicians we don't know at all, but who really find a special space with this album! The sound is very open and spacious – much more in an ECM legacy than the usual releases on Clean Feed – but also with a sound that's individually its own, and which isn't trying to copy the ECM style at all. Percussion is often very spare and stark – not loud, but striking – and the performance appears to be live, in a space that also allows for lots of room echo to expand the individual elements. Titles include "A Kind Of Jester's Kindness", "Delta", "Trial", "King Before Kings", "Inner Suite Three Magnificent Ride", and "No Body". CD

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McCoy TynerExtensions ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $12.99
Brilliant work as a leader from McCoy Tyner – and easily one of his most righteous albums ever – a true batch of spiritual gems that really takes the John Coltrane legacy one step further! Most numbers build with a modal vibe that's more Impulse Records than Blue Note – and players on the set include Alice Coltrane on harp, Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a wonderful lineup that really holds tightly to the soaring, soulful energy that Tyner spins from his piano – a mode that's never too far out or avant, yet which stretches to the skies with a heavenly vision. The whole thing's wonderful – and tracks include "Message From The Nile", "The Wanderer", "Survival Blues", and "His Blessings". CD
(Out of print. Promo sticker on booklet cover. Disc has a promo stamp and barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Harold VickStraight Up ... LP
RCA, 1967. Very Good ... $19.99
A key record in the career of saxophone genius Harold Vick – one of our favorite players ever! Vick is a tremendous talent – the kind of guy we want to build memorials to, reissue albums by, and rewrite jazz history books so that every one knows how wonderful his work truly is. This album marks a real shift for Vick – away from the tenor/organ work of his early years, into a more complicated, more deeply soulful approach to the saxophone – in a style that hints and his expansive soul jazz recordings of the 70s. Vick's playing on tenor, soprano, and flute – really opening up his sound on all instruments, and working in an unusual group that features vibes by Warren Chiasson, guitar by Everett Barksdale, and rhythm by Hugh Walker and Walter Booker. The sound is incredibly rich, even on the more familiar numbers – and has an ambitious sound that seems to take on 20 years of saxophone work, yet somehow manage to come across with a style that's simple, uncluttered, and down to earth. Tracks include "Straight Up", "Lonely Girl", "Winter Blossom", and "We'll Be Together Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Dynagroove pressing with deep groove. Cover has a flaky corner and split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Vos VoisinsVos Voisins (with download) ... LP
Prog Quebec/Return To Analog (Canada), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
French funky rock from the Quebecois scene of the 70s – served up here by a really great group who match the sharpness of some of their best contemporaries on the European scene! There's a heck of a lot of jazz in the approach of Vois Voisins – especially in the way they build the rhythms and solos with fusion-like intensity – but there's also proggish elements that clearly mark these guys as a rock group, too – including the occasional mellower moment, which really lets the singer step out. The instrumentation is the familiar guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but these guys really manage to do a lot with them, especially when some wiggier synthesizer comes into the mix – on titles that include "Le 3/4 De L'Archeveque", "Le Monstre De La Main", "Y'A Juste De T'Ca", "Voisins", "Sous La Lune", and "L'Instrumental". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition, includes download with 2 bonus tracks.)

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VariousDestination Crampsville – The Finest In Demented Rock & Roll, Rabid Rockabilly, & JD Pop ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
We're always happy to take a trip to Crampsville – as the journey means that we not only get to live within the world of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, we also get to discover a huge amount of obscure singles from the glory days of the indie 45! The Cramps built their music on building blocks like these – weird, obscure tunes from the late 50s and early 60s – often leaping across genres in a single tune – mixing rock and R&B, slinky lounge with gritty sleaze, and always exploding with the kind of energy that never could have lasted past the few minutes of music that fit on a 7" record. The set's very much in the great mode of other Righteous Cramps-inspired titles – and features 52 tracks that include "Love Slave" by Bart Mattson, "She'll Never Let Him Go" by Gin Gillette, "Little Joe" by Jack Day, "I'm Blue" by The Ikettes, "Chicken Rock" by Scott Wood & His Band, "Big Foot" by Googie Rene, "The Tingle" by Jackie Weaver, "She's Mine" by Johnny Strickland, "I Got School" by Scott Miller, "Stop At The Hop" by Don Eee, "Rock & Roll Fever" by Gene Ray, "The Gorilla Walk" by Sascha Burland, "The Cat" by Rod Willis, "Watch Your Step" by Bobby Parker, and "I'm Buggin Out Little Baby" by Donny Lee Moore. CD

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✨✧ Effie Duke & The Love FamilyMr Love ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet bit of Afro Funk from Effi Duke & The Love Family – a set that's got some great touches that make the whole album pretty darn unique! There's a lot more groove here than you might expect from the "love" in the title – long tracks that build up in a flurry of skittish rhythms, dubby basslines, and these evocative lyrics that are maybe more calls to action for the groove, than actual song content – put forth by Effi Duke, who handles the guitar and bass – the latter with a nicely dark edge – in a small combo that mostly just includes drums and keyboards! The keyboards are especially cool – sometimes right on the groove, sometimes stepping out in spacier lines – almost hitting some William Onyeabar touches – and given the cool currents at the bottom, the album really comes across with a lot of power from just a little. Titles include "Time Is Come", "Mr Love", "Know Thyself", "Get Ready", and "Turn Me On". CD

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album
(Lincoln Ave pressing.)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesTo Be Continued ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of Isaac Hayes early 70s classics for Stax Records – a perfectly conceived masterpiece of baroque soul that builds and builds as the set goes on! Ike heads up the instrumentation on electric piano, vibes, and plenty of percussion – but he's also getting strong support here from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra – who bring in a cool sort of depth to the record, and almost make it come off like some badass blacksploitation soundtrack! But the difference here is that the tracks are all long and drawn out – quite sophisticated stuff that often has Hayes extrapolating from a few basic lyrics, and moving into some bad-rapping territory of his own. Titles include the killer funky "Ike's Mood I", plus an incredible long version of "The Look Of Love", done in such a way that transforms the song into a prayer of darkness! Other tracks include "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling", "Runnin Out Of Fools", and "Our Day Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kenny BarronWhat If? ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that point, he's always had a tremendous ear for the right tones and shadings from horns needed to augment his own soulful vision on the keys – a way of setting up the other players in the group to build on the well-crafted Barron lines, and take them even further into the stratosphere. This set follows that format, and draws great energy from Wallace Roney on trumpet and John Stubblefield on tenor – both at their younger best, and working alongside Kenny's piano with Cecil McBee on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. The lineup sparkles most on the 4 longer Barron numbers on the album – "Phantoms", "What If", "Voyage", and "Lullabye" – all of which take us back to the brilliance of Kenny's best Muse albums of the 70s. Other tracks feature smaller, more piano-centrist groupings – on tracks that include "Dexterity", "Close To You Alone", and "Trinkle Trinkle". CD
Also available What If? ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesSide By Side (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Essential Jazz (Spain), 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Les Spann, Lawrence Brown, and Jo Jones. And while Duke's actually only on piano on 3 tracks on the album (Billy Strayhorn handles keys on the other 6), the session's still a great example of small combo Ellingtonia at its best! Titles include "Ruint", "Stompy Jones", "Big Shoe", "Going Up", "Just A Memory", and "You Need to Rock". CD
(Booklet has some wear, staining, underlining. Cover has a mark and some pen.)

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✨✧ Akira IjimaCombo Rakias ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1991. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Really beautiful music, but of a sort that's somewhat hard to describe adequately – as it's in sort of a special space of its own! Guitarist Akira Ijima works here in a double-length setting, on these spacious tunes that build slowly in air – almost a mode that you'd hear on ECM, especially during that label's second generation – but with some unique differences in both the instrumentation, and the way the whole thing comes together. Akira's guitar is often used quite slowly and sparely – alongside instrumentation that often includes violin and either tuba or bass trombone – both of which are used, again, in these really open, almost tentative ways – blocking out dark sounds at the bottom that are a great contrast to the guitar. The second half features accordion and sax added in – but the feel is very similar – and the music is tuneful throughout, but in a very unique way. CD

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Burak BedikyanNew Beginning ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A record that bursts with life and energy right from the very first note – thanks to a wealth of original compositions from pianist Burak Bedikyan – an artist who's slowly been building up a great legacy of music on the Steeplechase label over the past few years! Bedikyan works here in a trio with strong Steeplechase rhythm work from Jay Anderson on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums – to very fluid, compatible players who definitely find the right sort of spirit for Burak's music – which partly involves dropping back at all the right points – as Bedikyan's always able to explore space very openly on his own. There's a nice sense of freedom in the music, but never in an avant way – as the tunes always glisten with lots of lyrical colors – on titles that include "No Complaints", "Ayca", "Leo", "Rue Dauphin", "Blues Me Up", "Magic Carpet", "Things We Are", and "Epilogue". CD

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Martin Blume/Tobias Delius/Achim Kaufmann/Dieter ManderscheidFrames & Terrains ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A long improvisation with lots of angles and dark corners – served up in a way that really builds up tension, while also providing lots of compelling stops along the journey! The music is never too full-on, but always has a sense of complexity – strong interplay between the group right from the start, with Martin Blume on drums and percussion, Tobias Delius on tenor and clarinet, Achim Kaufmann on piano, and Dieter Manderscheid on bass. Things get a bit more tentative in the last third of the record – before the tension builds up again right at the end! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Stanley CowellNo Illusions ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A nicely fresh setting for pianist Stanley Cowell – a record that moves past his more frequent trio format, to feature the longstanding genius in a quartet with Bruce Williams on alto and flute! Williams has a laidback, lyrical tone that seems to bring out a different side in Cowell's music – especially as the album mostly features the pianist's own compositions – a way of building up his sound slowly, with a more quiet-burning version of the spiritual energy of Stanley's youth – yet still with end results that are equally redemptive, and very beautiful overall. The rest of the group features Jay Anderson on bass and Billy Drummond on drums – and Cowell also plays a bit of thumb piano and kyma too. Titles include "Celestial Women", "No Illusions", "Miss TE & O", "Sunlight Shifting", "B Minor Folksong", and "Nostalgia For Homelands". CD

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Cecil TaylorDark To Themselves ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – as the record features strong tenor from a young David S Ware – as well as trumpet from Raphe Malik and alto from Jimmy Lyons – who all spin out with freewheeling creativity, alongside Taylor's bold lines on piano, and the drums of Marc Edwards. As with other Taylor albums of the time, the set's built around one long performance – of a tune entitled "Streams & Chorus Of Seed" – put together in a way that have the horns layering over one another, building up sound next to Taylor's free piano improvisations – then taking off on their own! Extremely spirited work – and a great showcase for the young Ware! CD

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Cecil TaylorDark To Themselves ... LP
Inner City, 1976. Very Good+ ... $13.99
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – as the record features strong tenor from a young David S Ware – as well as trumpet from Raphe Malik and alto from Jimmy Lyons – who all spin out with freewheeling creativity, alongside Taylor's bold lines on piano, and the drums of Marc Edwards. As with other Taylor albums of the time, the set's built around one long performance – of a tune entitled "Streams & Chorus Of Seed" – put together in a way that have the horns layering over one another, building up sound next to Taylor's free piano improvisations – then taking off on their own! Extremely spirited work – and a great showcase for the young Ware! LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover has staining and waviness on the bottom 3 inches.)

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✨✧ Eddie Parker/Sandra RichardsonCrying Clown/Deserted Garden ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Crying Clown" is a wonderful tune by a singer who definitely deserves greater discovery – as the great Eddie Parker has a completely heartbreaking way of delivering the lyric, as the whole tune slowly crests over a mellow groove! "Deserted Garden" is a beautiful tune by Sandra Richardson – a track that builds slowly, with almost a gospel-like inspiration – but with a much more personal message that Sandra carries off beautifully! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Thes One/Herb PilhoferLifestyle Marketing/Music That Works ... CD
Wax Orchard/Tres, 2007. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible journey into adventurous instrumental beatcraft from Thes One of People Under The Stairs – plus a colorful collection of 70s style commercial jingles/sound library style grooves from composer Herb Pilhofer! Life Style Marketing is a 2CD package that includes Thes One's leftfield, period advert inspired hip hop instrumentals – plus a CD of Pilfhofer's specific grooves that serve as a springboard! Lifestyle Marketing must be the most ambitious hip hop instros project we've come across in a while – not only to be commended for the novel approach, but also simply for the fact that it's a funky good time. German born, Minneapolis based Pilhofer made funky commercial music in the late 60s & 70s for local businesses as well as major concerns like Pam Am airlines and Bell companies – with trippy electronics, funky drums and synth tones, and moddish instrumental touches – really amazing stuff that's bursting with a life of its own! Thes One builds a modern, but timeless hip hop beat record from Pilhofer's pieces and his own flavor, a wonderful step away from the fun, feel good hip hop of PUTS, to say the least. A near classic that we didn't even see coming! Disc 1 (Thes One) includes the tracks "Gate City Saving And Loan", "Northwestern Bell", "Target", "Hy-Vee", "Hart Ski", "Grain Belt Beer", "Bobcat", "Cheetah", "GBX Malt Liquor", "Cristal Sugar", "Pan-Am 1", "Pan-Am 2" and more. Disc 2 (Herb Pilhofer) includes the tracks "Sound 80 Theme", "Pan-Am Suite", "Hail Cesar", "Montage Juicy", "3M Traffic Control", "76 Trombones", "Montage Bell", "Montage ABC", "Mobius Flip" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds really stand strongly on their own – with a newly-cast vision of price and power in independent Jamaica – set to new rhythms that signify the important musical changes that were taking place with the cultural changes of the 70s! Most of the tracks here are from the first half of the 70s, and are something of the birth of the roots reggae years – but also maybe have even more power together, in this beautifully-selected collection from Soul Jazz. The package features some especially great notes on the politics of the Jamaican scene at the time, which really illuminates the music – a heady selection of tunes that include "Roots Natty" by The Gladiators, "Black Man's Pride" by Alton Ellis, "Created By The Father" by Dennis Brown, "Child Of The Ghetto" by Horace Andy, "Love & Understanding" by Glen Miller, "Got To Be Cool" by The Classics, "Equal Rights" by The Heptones, "Build Our Dreams" by John Holt, "Forgive Them" by Johnny Osbourne, "Children Listen To Wise Words" by Freddie McGregor, "Up Park No Man's Land" by Winston Jarrett, and "Why Can't I" by Cedric Im Brooks. CD

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✨✧ Neal Samors & Steven Dahlman with Lawrence OkrentChanging Chicago – A Portrait In Postcards & Photos (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago's Books, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great document of the ever-evolving city of Chicago – one that focuses on key areas and landmarks – initially presented in vintage postcards, often with a few examples of each – then shown in more contemporary photographs too! The book is similar to other projects from the authors – in that it does a fantastic job of capturing a city that often disappears too fast – a place that's so bent on change and progress that it sometimes never remembers itself – and needs a volume like this to help us do so! Parks, beaches, businesses, and famous buildings all get some coverage – and the oversized book is hardcover, full color, and 208 pages. Book

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✨✧ Johnny ClarkeJah Jah We Pray ... CD
Kingston Sounds/Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice batch of Johnny Clarke numbers for producer Bunny Striker Lee – one of the most versatile voices in Jamaican music from the 70s onward – and this compilation focuses on the stellar mid 70s period with Bunny! The classic flying cymbal sound is in full effect on may of these numbers, as are Johnny's soulful voice. His best known records of the period are classic, and this set does a nice job of looking past the obvious hits! Includes "Nobodies Business", "Play Play Girl", "Judge Not A Man", "You Pray", "Give The Right", "You Have Caught Me Baby", "This Old Heart Of Mine", "Stealing, Stealing", "Build My Heart Around You", "Rastaman", "My Desire" and more. 2 bonus tracks on the CD: "Do It Right" and "Since I Fell For You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Benny BaileyBig Brass ... LP
Candid, 1960. Very Good ... $24.99
One of the few early albums as a leader cut by trumpeter Benny Bailey – a tremendous talent, finally getting his due! Bailey is one of the great unsung talents of jazz, and he's always made top-shelf work – from his early days with Quincy Jones, to his later years as an American expatriot, recording for European labels like Ego and MPS. This rare early session is one of the few recorded for the super-hip Candid label – and it features Bailey's trumpet at the head of a tight combo that includes Phil Woods on alto sax and bass clarinet, Julius Watkins on French Horn, Les Spann on flute and guitar, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and rhythm from Buddy Catlett on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Despite the "big brass" title, there's no horn section here – and instead, most of the numbers have that sharp-edged modern sound we associate with Candid – with Watkins horn being the only other brass instrument, alongside the lighter lines of Woods and Spann. Titles include "Hard Sock Dance", "Tipsy", "Please Say Yes", and "Maud's Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some clusters of marks that click a bit on "Tipsy" and "A Kiss To Build A Dream On". Cover has edge wear, seam splitting, clear tape on the bottom seam, and a small sticker on back.)
Also available Big Brass ... CD 6.99

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Brothers & SistersNobody Is Gonna Turn Us 'Round (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Toddlin Town, Late 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
A fantastic baroque soul number – like nothing else we can think of! The cut begins with some moody electric piano riffing, rolling out over dark spacey backgrounds with a haunting echo. The piano increases, some bass comes in, and then these totally righteous soul vocals hit the groove – proclaiming "nobody is gonna turn us 'round" in building lines that are as catchy as they are soulful. The cut's got a good electric funk sound in the mix, and it's one of the gems on the legendary Toddlin Town label! Genius from Chicago – very much in the mode of some of the baroque soul on the Cadet label! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing.)

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DJ ShadowEndtroducing ... CD
Mo Wax, 1996. Used ... $3.99
It seems like when this came out, critics, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's gone on to show his true colors with subsequent efforts) or anything else. Cinematic and epic in scope, this LP as much as anything else helped resurrect the career of David Axelrod, though some of us were hip to him all along, but Josh Davis is clearly a fellow traveller in the coloristic approach he uses, that never forgets the funk. Includes "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt", "The Number Song", "Changeling", "What Does Your Soul Look Like (pts 1 & 4)" and "Midnight In A Perfect World". CD

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireHead To The Sky ... CD
Columbia, 1973. Used ... $8.99
A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and Brazilian jazz – then blending the whole thing effortlessly into a cosmic sound that's simply breathless! "Keep Your Head To The Sky" is a song of pride that became an instant underground classic; "Zanzibar" is an incredible reworking of Edu Lobo's famous composition, turning the Brazilian baroque track into a spacey groover that soars on for 13 minutes; and "Evil" is a great tune that features the electrified Kalimba that became the band's sonic and legal trademark over the years! Other titles include "The World's A Masquerade", "Clover", and "Build Your Nest". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Fela & Africa 70He Miss Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Knitting Factory, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A gem of a set from the legendary Fela Kuti – a classic set of Nigerian grooves produced by Ginger Baker – who was already a frequent musical partner of Fela! The set's got a sharp groove right from the start, and possibly some slighty darker elements than some of Kuti's other records of the time – particularly in the way the guitars echo out next to the saxophones, which are often highlighted by the wonderful rhythms of the great Tony Allen! "Monday Morning In Lagos" is a really blue-tinged track that goes beyond the usual Afro Funk of the time – one of those moments when it seems as if there's a surprising link between Fela's Africa 70 group and Sun Ra's Arkestra. "He Miss Road" is a burning, building groove that has the keyboards layered up strongly with the saxes – and "It's No Possible" is a great side-long track with this really wonderful use of electric piano – again sometimes at a level that almost feels Sun Ra-like! LP, Vinyl record album

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellUnited ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic soul duets between Marvin & Tammi Terrell – a landmark pair in 60s soul music, and easily one of the best male/female duos in pop music ever! Marvin and Tammi have a way of singing together that makes you feel like they're speaking the tunes, not singing them – a personal, intimate quality that's almost as if we're sneaking in on them behind closed doors – and not hearing their voices cast out in front of full backing in the Motown studios. Even when the tunes are familiar, they're still bracingly emotive – Includes stone classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "If I Could Build My World Around You", plus "Hold Me Oh My Darling", "Somethin Stupid", "You Got What It Takes", and "If This World Were Mine". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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✨✧ Bennie MaupinJewel In The Lotus ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most earthy, organic offerings of the Herbie Hancock scene of the 70s – a session that's led by Headhunter reedman Bennie Maupin, and which also features Herbie on acoustic and electric piano – all in a sound that's quite different from his own work of the time! The tracks here have a very spacious, slow-building approach – a sound that's often quite stark at times, and not nearly as funky or soul-directed as you might expect. Maupin shows incredible sensitivity in his way of putting together a tune – letting things come together quite naturally, almost with the botanical quality you might expect from the title. Other players include Buster Williams on bass, Freddie Waits and Billy Hart on drums, Bill Summers on percussion, and Charles Sullivan on trumpet – all used quite spaciously and sparingly. Titles include "Esenada", "Mappo", "Excursion", "Past Is Past", "The Jewel In The Lotus", and "Song For Tracie Dixon Summers". CD

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O TercoO Terco (1972) (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Continental/Discos Mariposa (Argentina), 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The second album from O Terco – the guitar-heavy power trio who were one of the hardest things going in Brazil during the early 70s! The album's got a style that's somewhat progressive, but which also still holds onto plenty of late 60s psychedelic elements – qualities both sweet and dark, often compressed into the arrangements with an approach that's a bit like some of the more underground South American rock of the time. Side one of the album features 5 shorter tracks – "Deus", "Voce Al", "Estrada Vazia", "Lagoa Das Lontras", and "Rock Do Elvis" – and the second side features the 19 minute suite"Amanheger Total" – a soaring, building number with lots of changes throughout! CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Tributo Ao Sorriso" and "Adormeceu". CD

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Pork PieBerlin 1974 ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Unreleased live sounds from the legendary Pork Pie group – an electric ensemble led by keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof during the early 70s – and one that drew equal attention from both the worlds of funky fusion and progressive rock! That attention was well-given, too – as the group do a fantastic job of opening out in many directions – thanks to fantastic work here by Charlie Mariano on reeds, Philip Catherine on guitars, Jean-Francois Jenny Clarke on bass, and Aldo Romano on drums – all players who work with Jasper in a very open-minded style, which draws on the strengths of their individual legacies, and really uses it to build something new. The material comes from the vaults of Van't Hof, and the album features a live Berlin performance from 1974 – with Mariano on alto, soprano, bamboo flute, and nagaswaram – and Van't Hof on both electric piano and "prepared Yamaha organ". Titles include "Angel Wings", "Blooz", "March Of The Oil Shieks", "The Eye Ball Pork Pie", "Avoid The Year Of The Monkey", "Pudu Kkottai", and "Transitory". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaCrystal Spears ... LP
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Crystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Sun RaCrystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Crystal Spears ... LP 23.99

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Sun RaSpaceways ... LP
ORG, 1966/1968. Near Mint- ... $19.99
First ever vinyl release of live material recorded in NYC in 1966 & 1968 by Sun Ra – really showing this influential era of Ra in a strong light – with a couple pieces in 12-or-so piece Arkestra mode, and some great stripped down passages, too! The first side features a couple 9+ minute recordings, both beginning with melodic piano by Ra before opening up in wonderful ways. "Prelude And Shadow-Light World" is in classic cosmic jazz Arkestra mode, while "The Wind Speaks" builds with some incredible flute and strings. The other side kicks off with "We Sing This Song", led at first by some fairly straight forward group vocals, before Ra's fierce piano and some drums come in. "Outer Space Incorporated" is a grander cosmic jazz gem, building to a percussion heavy close. The short (but soaring) choral vocal, drums, bass, and piano gem "We Travel The Spaceways" is a perfect closer. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing.)

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Mako Sica & Hamid DrakeRonda ... LP
Feeding Tube, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
Quite an unusual setting for the drum and percussion work of the mighty Hamid Drake – as the set features his much-hailed talents in the company of the spacey Mako Sica combo! The group's music is maybe a bit more abstract than jazz – although it's still created from familiar elements that include guitar, trumpet, keyboards, and piano – and they often have this slow-building, ethereal quality that recalls some of the sonic experiments on ECM, but with a darker vibe overall. Most tracks take up the full side of a record, with Drake's drum work providing nice acoustic framing – although often at a level that's as abstract as the rest of the performance – and titles include "The Greatest Gift", "Emanation", "Dance With Waves", and "The Wu Wei". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Cecil Taylor UnitSpring Of Two Blue-J's (white cover edition) ... LP
Unit Core, 1973. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Remarkable work by Cecil Taylor for Unit Core, one of his landmark early 70s sides, recorded here with a group that includes Jimmy Lyons, Sirone, and Andrew Cyrille. The piece is spread across the whole record, with Cecil playing solo on side one, and the band joining in on side two. The work starts out very spare, then builds into a seething tapestry of noise, with Cecil pulsing away at the piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(This is the version of the album that was issued in a plain white sleeve.)

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VariousBasement Beehive – The Girl Group Underground ... LP
Numero, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 34.98
One of the deepest digs into the 60s girl group scene we've ever seen – a package that not only gets way way past the big hits of the time, but also provides much better sound and way more context than the sorts of dodgy CDr collections that have spotted the market for years! It's great to see Numero's magic touch turned onto this sort of world – as the songs here are all super-obscure, and served up from a wealth of rare 7" singles – but come together wonderfully in a beautiful mix of soul and rock, all showing just how many great girl group sounds were recorded back in the day! Many of these numbers are plenty darn catchy – and rival the best coming from Motown or the Brill Building scene – but also have the great distinction of being completely fresh, and backed up with the usual great Numero sense of history in the package – which includes copious notes and loads of great rare images. 2LP set features 28 tracks in all – and includes work by The Contessas, The Shades, Monzaz, Paulette & The Cupids, Toni & the Hearts, Charles Pikes & The Scholars, and lots more acts you've never heard before! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHeart of Southern Soul Vol 2 – No Brags, Just Facts ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
A landmark collection of southern soul from the 60s and 70s – all of it pulled from the vaults of Excello Records, a label that didn't always circulate strongly at the time! The work here is buried in the depths below Stax and Atlantic, but echoes many similar themes – influences from blues, R&B, and country – and a presentation of the themes that's always in a newly proud, newly sophisticated mode for the era. There's some grittier funk in the mix too, and the set features a whopping 24 tracks in all – including "Letter From My Darling" by Kip Anderson, "My Love Grows Stronger" by The Kelly Brothers, "Look What I've Done" by Percy Wiggins, "Funky Little Train" by Stacy Lane, "Let's Try To Build A Love Affair" by The Exotics, "Seventh Son" by Lee Webber, "I Will" by Latimore Brown, "Don't Let Me Be A Cryin Man" by Johnny Truitt, "Way Cross Town" by Tiny Watkins, "No Brags Just Facts" by Stacy Lane, and "No Pity In The City" by Eugene Kemp. CD

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VariousSun Shines On My Street – Sunshine, Soft, & Studio Pop 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Teensville, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Pure pop magic – and a set that's bound to turn you onto a few dozen tunes you've never heard before! The set's the grooviest the Teensville label has ever given us – a package that goes way way deep into the late 60s world of Sunshine Pop – much deeper than the hits, and even some of the lesser-knowns that have been championed in recent years – to uncover a treasure trove of rare sunny nuggets, including a few that have never been issued before! There's a whopping 31 tracks on the CD – and the vocals soar, the guitars get groovy, and the music sparkles with lots of production touches that follow the best Beach Boys or Brill Building modes of the time. Titles include "Boulevard St Michelle" by Arthur Wild, "The Sun Shines On My Street" by Free For All, "Never To Leave" by Two Bits, "Make Them Stand Still" by Tony Summers, "All I Ask" by Victor & The Spoils, "Not Like Before" by Rainy Day Friends, "How Do You Tell A Girl" by The Other Four, "She Opened Up Like A Rosebud" by Horizon, "Behind These Stained Glass Windows" by The Shaggy Boys, "Protect Me" by Ritchie Adams, "And Soon The Snow Is Gonna Fall" by The Family Album, and "Sand In The Sandwiches" by The Twilights. CD

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✨✧ Muhal Richard AbramsThings To Come From Those Now Gone ... LP
Delmark, 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous step forward for the young Muhal Richard Abrams – a set that still shows his early roots in the AACM, but which also blossoms with some of his more serious compositional efforts to come! There's a sensitivity here that really stands out – even among Abrams' contemporaries – a striving for a wider range of expression – some as bold as before, some much more deeply personal and intimate. The tracks feature a shifting array of players – working alongside Abrams piano, and building up the sound in a number of different ways. Players include Wallace McMillan on flute and sax, Edwin Daugherty on sax, Richard Brown on sax, Emanuel Cranshaw on vibes, Rufus Reid on bass, and Steve McCall and Wilbur Campbell on drums. Ella Jackson provides vocals on "How Are You?" – and other titles include "Ballad For New Souls", "Things To Come From Those Now Gone", "In Retrospect", "Ballad For Old Souls", "1 & 4 Plus 2 & 7", and "March Of The Transients". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellUnited ... LP
Tamla, 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic soul duets between Marvin & Tammi Terrell – a landmark pair in 60s soul music, and easily one of the best male/female duos in pop music ever! Marvin and Tammi have a way of singing together that makes you feel like they're speaking the tunes, not singing them – a personal, intimate quality that's almost as if we're sneaking in on them behind closed doors – and not hearing their voices cast out in front of full backing in the Motown studios. Even when the tunes are familiar, they're still bracingly emotive – Includes stone classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "If I Could Build My World Around You", plus "Hold Me Oh My Darling", "Somethin Stupid", "You Got What It Takes", and "If This World Were Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Motown reissue pressing.)

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✨✧ Milt JacksonJazz Skyline ... LP
Savoy, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm section of Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall, and Kenny Clarke! The small group setting and the longer tracks make the record a good showcase for Thompson's talents at the time – and his way of building a solo gets plenty of room to do its thing here – on tracks that include "Lover", "Angel Face", "Can't Help Lovin That Man", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has small pieces of clear tape on the seams and a name in pen on back.)

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✨✧ Buddy TerryPure Dynamite ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Subtle dynamite from reedman Buddy Terry – easily one of the most righteous players to work for the Mainstream Records label during its early 70s jazz funk years – and an artist who really brings a wider-ranging, Strata East-like sensibility to this set! Buddy plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute on the date – really stretching out on long, extended tracks recorded in the company of some very hip players – including Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw on trumpets, Kenny Barron and Joanne Brackeen on electric and acoustic piano, Stanley Clarke on bass, Billy Hart and Lenny White on drums, and Airto and Mtume on percussion! Most tracks build up slowly, with a nicely organic sensibility – egged on by long, stretching solos from Buddy – and titles include "Baba Hengates", "Quiet Afternoon", "Miscegenation", and "Paranoia". CD

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✨✧ Weather ReportMysterious Traveller ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A new sense of focus in the Weather Report sound – that building, soaring groove that would become the group's trademark in the mid 70s – offered up here in one of it's first and finest examples! The approach is one to describe accurately on paper – but which is instantly recognizable as the Weather Report sound of the time – a flowing, stretching, organic vibe that builds equally from the talents of all players, and turns it into a wonderfully righteous groove! Senior members Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Miroslav Vitous are still at the core – alongside Dom Um Romaeo, Alphonso Johnson, and Ismael Wilburn. Tracks include "Mysterious Traveller", "Jungle Book", "Nubian Sundance", and "Cucumber Slumber". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireHead To The Sky ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and Brazilian jazz – then blending the whole thing effortlessly into a cosmic sound that's simply breathless! "Keep Your Head To The Sky" is a song of pride that became an instant underground classic; "Zanzibar" is an incredible reworking of Edu Lobo's famous composition, turning the Brazilian baroque track into a spacey groover that soars on for 13 minutes; and "Evil" is a great tune that features the electrified Kalimba that became the band's sonic and legal trademark over the years! Other titles include "The World's A Masquerade", "Clover", and "Build Your Nest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, missing the inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Head To The Sky ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Beth Gibbons & Polish National Radio Symphony OrchestraHenryk Gorecki – Symphony No 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) (deluxe edition – with bonus DVD) ... CD
Domino, 2019. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible combination of talents – all with results that are even greater than the sum of its parts – as the voice of Beth Gibbons fronts Symphony No 3 by Henryk Gorecki, all beautifully conducted by the hands of Krzystof Penderecki! Somehow, there's a quality here that's really transcendent of all three creative talents involved – a work that's got plenty of depth, but maybe not all the darkness you might expect – not just because Gibbons' vocalizations create this very human angle, but also because Penderecki also seems to be working from a more alive tonal palette – at least more than we're used to – using the symphony with these quietly building waves of sound – which, mixed with the voice, almost makes the whole thing feel like some more ambitious project from 4AD. CD
(Indie exclusive deluxe edition – in a hardcover gatefold sleeve, with 28 page booklet, and a bonus DVD of the very vivid concert!)

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✨✧ Keith JarrettMysteries ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dark and moody work from Keith Jarrett – a record that builds strongly off his ensemble feeling of the Impulse years, but which also seems to carry a bit more of the introspective vibe he was building up in some of his more stripped down solo recordings! The group's still a great one here – with Dewey Redman on reeds, Charlie Haden on bass, Paul Motian on drums, and Guilhermo Franco on percussion – and the tunes, although long and somewhat free, still show Jarrett's great ear for a lyrical melody – carried off wonderfully without cliche, and still with more sharp edges than you might expect. Titles include "Rotation", "Everything That Lives Laments", "Flame", and "Mysteries". CD

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✨✧ Garrett ListYour Own Self ... LP
Opus One/Black Sweat (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing criss-crossing of modes – a record that's not quite avant classical or jazz, but which involves elements of both, as well as artists from both – and which may well stand as the crowning achievement of Garrett List! List plays trombone on the record, but the album's more of an ensemble effort – featuring the voices of Joan LaBarbara, Jay Clayton, and Jerry Kaplan – amidst vibes from Roy Pennington and Barry Jekovski, piano from Rick Cutler and Frederic Rzewski, saxes from Jon Gibson, and trumpets from Mark Gould and Lou Ranger – but all coming together in sounds and styles that build with almost a minimalist energy at first, then spring forward in a joyous uprising of music. The approach is a bit hard to describe – maybe a mode that would later be picked up more strongly by the Lovely Records label, but better than that too – and the set features one long piece that spans both sides of the record, with varying vocal passages written by List and Frederick Douglas. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Scratch PerryReturn Of Pipecock Jackson ... LP
Black Star Liner/Honest Jons (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the ultimate moments from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – the set of recordings that shut down the Black Ark studios – and which helped build a bridge to the European scene that would help keep Perry's music alive for the next few decades! The sound of the album is even more far-reaching than some of Lee's earlier recordings – opened up in a new freedom that's much more aimed at album-oriented styles – heard best on the album's long opening number "Bed Jammin", and spun out over some great numbers that really showcase Perry's incredible talents in the studio! Titles include "Untitled Rhythm", "Give Thanx To Jah", "Easy Knocking", "Who Killed The Chicken", "Babylon Cookie Jar A Crumble", and "Some Have Fe Halla". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dusty SpringfieldEverything's Coming Up Dusty (plus bonus cuts) ... CD
Mercury (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sparkling set of early work from the great Dusty Springfield – one of those fantastic records in which the singer almost seems to be working in a style that's equal parts soul and pop, even in the years before she recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals! There's a strong influence here from the New York uptown soul modes of the Brill Building scene – all produced to perfection by the great Johnny Franz – whose talents also worked wonders with the Walker Brothers and the young solo Scott. Titles include "Won't Be Long", "La Bamba", "Long After Tonight Is Over", "I've Been Wrong Before", "Doodlin", "It Was Easier To Hurt Him", and "Oh No Not My Baby". CD features 8 bonus tracks – a number of which were recorded in the US with Shelby Singleton – titles that include "Live It Up", "I Wanna Make You Happy", "Here She Comes", "Guess Who", and "I Want Your Love Tonight". CD

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✨✧ VariousBasement Beehive – The Girl Group Underground ... CD
Numero, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the deepest digs into the 60s girl group scene we've ever seen – a package that not only gets way way past the big hits of the time, but also provides much better sound and way more context than the sorts of dodgy CDr collections that have spotted the market for years! It's great to see Numero's magic touch turned onto this sort of world – as the songs here are all super-obscure, and served up from a wealth of rare 7" singles – but come together wonderfully in a beautiful mix of soul and rock, all showing just how many great girl group sounds were recorded back in the day! Many of these numbers are plenty darn catchy – and rival the best coming from Motown or the Brill Building scene – but also have the great distinction of being completely fresh, and backed up with the usual great Numero sense of history in the package – which includes copious notes and loads of great rare images. 2CD set features 56 tracks in all – and includes work by The Contessas, The Shades, Monzaz, Paulette & The Cupids, Toni & the Hearts, Charles Pikes & The Scholars, and lots more acts you've never heard before! CD
Also available Basement Beehive – The Girl Group Underground ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Beth Gibbons & Polish National Radio Symphony OrchestraHenryk Gorecki – Symphony No 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) (180 gram pressing with DVD & download) ... LP
Domino, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An incredible combination of talents – all with results that are even greater than the sum of its parts – as the voice of Beth Gibbons fronts Symphony No 3 by Henryk Gorecki, all beautifully conducted by the hands of Krzystof Penderecki! Somehow, there's a quality here that's really transcendent of all three creative talents involved – a work that's got plenty of depth, but maybe not all the darkness you might expect – not just because Gibbons' vocalizations create this very human angle, but also because Penderecki also seems to be working from a more alive tonal palette – at least more than we're used to – using the symphony with these quietly building waves of sound – which, mixed with the voice, almost makes the whole thing feel like some more ambitious project from 4AD. LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive deluxe edition – in a gatefold sleeve, with 16 page booklet, and a bonus DVD of the very vivid concert!)

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✨✧ Lee Scratch PerryReturn Of Pipecock Jackson ... CD
Black Star Liner/Honest Jons (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the ultimate moments from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – the set of recordings that shut down the Black Ark studios – and which helped build a bridge to the European scene that would help keep Perry's music alive for the next few decades! The sound of the album is even more far-reaching than some of Lee's earlier recordings – opened up in a new freedom that's much more aimed at album-oriented styles – heard best on the album's long opening number "Bed Jammin", and spun out over some great numbers that really showcase Perry's incredible talents in the studio! Titles include "Untitled Rhythm", "Give Thanx To Jah", "Easy Knocking", "Who Killed The Chicken", "Babylon Cookie Jar A Crumble", and "Some Have Fe Halla". CD

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✨✧ PythagoronPythagoron (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An album of music so trippy, it was originally marketed as "a new invention that gets you high with sound" when it was released in the 70s! And while we're not going to reveal whether or not the record had that effect on us, we can say that it's a wonderful lost relic of underground electronics – maybe more in keeping with the 70s analogue experiments of the German scene – especially when the prog generation moved into sparer, spacier territory – as each side features one long track of slow-building, slow-shifting electronics – reportedly put together by an underground New York collective who must have had the minimalists as their contemporaries! Very dreamy, and very trippy – in territory that's somewhere between Terry Riley and the Sky Records generation. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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