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Manu DibangoManu 76 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Fiesta/Creole Stream (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
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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✨✧ Walter WanderleyPerpetual Motion Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
GNP/Creole Stream (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great later grooves from bossa giant Walter Wanderley – an early 80s set that's got a different feel than some of his 60s albums for Verve Records – but a style that's still plenty darn nice! Walter plays Arp and moog next to his more familiar organ lines – and the overall feel is a bit like an update of his late 60s work for CTI records on the Moondreams album, but with a slightly more contemporary vibe! Bossa elements are still at the core of the rhythms, but they're handled in a looser way – by a rhythm trio that features John Pisano on guitar, Jose Marino on bass, and Alex Acuna on drums and percussion. Titles include "Perpetual Motion Love", "Recife", "Astronaut", "Jet Samba", "Amazonas", "Surfboard", and "On My Mind". CD features bonus tracks – "Laia Laidai", "Somewhere In The Hills", "She Told Me", "Jazz & Samba", and "O Barquinho". CD
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✨✧ Fabiano OrchestraButterfly Island (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Franck R/Production Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare gem from percussionist JF Fabiano – a really unique little set of jazzy grooves that was recorded in Martinique, and features musicians both from the European and American scenes of the 70s! There's some mighty great horn work on the set – thanks to work from guests Clifford Jordan on flute, Marvin Peterson on trumpet, and Carter Jefferson on soprano sax and tenor – but the real strength of the album comes from the rhythms – which are a complicated blend of Fabiano's work on drums, gong, kalimba, and other percussion – then augmented by other percussionists, and electrified with some sweet work on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, mini moog, and guitar! The result is a record that's got the sharpness of a fusion outing, but the organic touches of a spiritual jazz set – all crafted in a space that's far away from the influence of mainstream studios of the time. Bunny Brisset-Fabiano sings on a few tracks, but most of the set is instrumental – and titles include "Half Moon Bay", "West Indian Meditation", "Butterfly Island", "Pointe Des Chateaux", "Creole", and "For Ca Change". CD

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