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Manu DibangoManu 76 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fiesta/Creole Stream (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Sweet 70s Afro Funk from the great Manu Dibango – a record that adds in a bit more of a full production sound than on his earlier albums, but still sounds pretty darn wonderful overall! There's definitely more of an uptempo club groove going on – and the band has a lot more players than ever before – but the funk component is still high, and Manu's work on funky sax solos is as great as ever. Very much in Manu's "Big Blow" mode – and with the tracks "Mimbo", "Angola", "Bokilo's Boogie", and "Mouvement Ewondo", plus the slow spacey "Besoka On Salsa". Essential listening from Dibango's best period – with loads of great little twists and turns in the production and instrumentation! CD

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EW WainwrightAfrican Roots Of Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Aroj/Creole Stream (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful bit of spiritual jazz from this richly collective ensemble! The album's got a groove that's as promising as its title – and features a large assemblage of percussionists, singers, and instrumentalists – all coming together in longer tracks penned by Wainwright, with a feel that's like the best Strata East sides from the mid 70s! Wainwright himself plays percussion on the session, and the tunes shift mood from number to number – sometimes coming on full on and soaring with a full vocal chorus – other times stepping out with a mostly-instrumental array of sounds that includes some nice work on vibes by Ricky Kelly! The whole thing's great, and extremely solid and visionary all the way through – with tracks that include "The Healer/Don't Break", "Imani", "Ayoka", "Our Song", and "The Mfecane". CD

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✨✧ Manu DibangoAfrovision (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Creole Stream (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – and some especially nice guitar that both riffs along with the rhythms, then takes off on solo moments that often have some cool processing that makes the sound nice and flangey! The production is a bit tighter than before, but that only seems to sharpen up all the elements even more – making for a massive groove that rolls all the way through cuts that include "Big Blow", "Baobab Sun 7", "Afrovision", "Aloko Party", and "Dakar Streets". CD

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✨✧ RSVPDon't Look Back ... CD
Creole Stream (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet grooves from the American underground of the 80s – a gem of a record by a group who come across here with more of a mellow 70s vibe than you'd expect! There's a few 80s elements in the production, but overall the style is nice and warm, with a beautiful blending of the voices of singers Cheryl Sanchez and Jim Scott – with additional harmonies from the rest of the group that really round things out nicely! Most grooves are in a midtempo mode, and step along with some jazzy touches on woodwinds, trumpet, and keyboards – and the album was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, with a sweet vibe that really lives up to the soulful legacy of that spot. A few moments bring up the jazz more than others – almost with a breezy Bay Area vibe – and titles include "On The Run", "Rat Race", "PI", "Secret Sin", "Destiny", "Where I'm Going", and "When You Realize". CD

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