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Wycliffe Gordon & The Garden City Gospel ChoirIn The Cross ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2003/2004. Used ... $9.99
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✨✧ Chet BakerChet's Choice ... LP
Criss Cross (Holland), 1985. Near Mint- ... $23.99
A slightly unusual format – a trio date, but with no piano – and instead guitar from Philip Catherine, plus both acoustic and electric bass! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dee DanielsState Of The Art ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2013. Used ... $9.99
Excellent work from Dee Daniels – a singer who's been on the scene for more than a few years, but who really seems to be hitting her stride these days! The set's got Daniels sounding tighter and more focused than ever – working with an excellent small combo that features Eric Alexander on tenor and Cyrus Chestnut on piano – both players who help bring a bite to the music that really seems to pull a lot out of Dee's vocals! The set is actually the first-ever vocal session for the Criss Cross label – but feels like some lost set of soulful jazz from years back – the kind of set that some of the better indies used to give us back in the 80s and 90s, but which so few seem to be able to deliver these days. Dee's great throughout – on the money, and really able to bring new life out of familiar tunes that include "Summer Wind", "He Was Too Good To Me", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Lover Man", and "Why Did I Choose You". CD

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Wycliffe GordonCone's Coup ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2005. Used ... $4.99
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✨✧ Jimmy GreeneForever ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2003. Used ... $9.99
Features Xavier Davis on piano! CD

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David HazeltineBlues Quarters Vol 1 ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1998. Used ... $6.99
Features Eric Alexander on tenor! CD
(Out of print.)

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Clifford JordanRoyal Ballads ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1987. Used ... $14.99
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Clifford Jordan with Junior CookTwo Tenor Winner ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1984. Used ... $14.99
Two tenors, indeed – Clifford Jordan and Junior Cook – both sounding great in this date from mature later years! The rhythm section is sweet, too – with Kirk Lightsey on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums. CD

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David KikoskiKayemode ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of building waves of sound that can be so important to horn player – but he also has an incredibly deft command of the keyboard at so many different levels during his solos on the set – bold one minute, modern the next, and often with an inherent lyricism that holds the whole thing together beautifully! Dave's sense of tone is crisp and clear – as the notes ring out strongly alongside each other – but he always seems to be working with a larger overall vision, even when wrapped up in the heat of a solo. The set features original tracks "Morning Glory", "Binge Watching", "Switching Roles", and "Blues For Gerry" – plus versions of Chick Corea's "Mirror Mirror" and the Pat Metheny tune "H & H". CD

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Ralph LalamaCircle Line ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1995. Used ... $6.99
Features Lalama on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! CD

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Ralph LalamaFeelin' & Dealin' ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1990. Used ... $6.99
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Mike LeDonneSoulmates ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1993. Used ... $12.99
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Peter LeitchPortraits & Dedications ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1989. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print.)

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Joe Magnarelli & John SwanaNew York Philly Junction ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2003. Used ... $10.99
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Ralph PetersonSubliminal Seduction ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2001. Used ... $8.99
Features Jeremy Pelt on trumpet , Jimmy Greene on tenor and soprano, and Orrin Evans on piano! CD

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Roberta PiketUnbroken Line ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1996. Used ... $6.99
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Tad ShullIn The Land Of The Tenor ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1991. Used ... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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Jim SnideroVertigo ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1994. Used ... $14.99
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(Out of print.)

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John SwanaBright Moments ... CD
Criss Cross, 2007. Used ... $9.99
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Scott WendholtScheme Of Things ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1993. Used ... $11.99
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Scott WendholtThrough The Shadows ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1995. Used ... $9.99
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(Punch through booklet & sticker on booklet cover.)

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Richard WyandsHalf & Half ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1999. Used ... $13.99
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✨✧ Chet Baker with Warne MarshBlues For A Reason ... CD
Criss Cross (UK), 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic group – the great Warne Marsh on tenor, Hod O'Brien on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums! CD
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✨✧ David BinneyAnacapa ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Jonathan BlakeGone, But Not Forgotten ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Don't worry about the title, because drummer Jonathan Blake is very much with us – stepping out strongly in his Criss Cross debut as a leader! The set's got a unique approach – a quartet with no piano, just drums and bass – plus tenor and flute from Chris Potter, and tenor and soprano from Mark Turner! Both reedman work wonders together – deftly twisting and turning around each other, then sliding into solo spaces that are really tremendous – filled with inventive elements, yet still soulfully swinging – at a level that may well make the record one of the best performance from either player in awhile. Many tunes are tributes to folks passed from the Philly scene in which Blake grew up – including Trudy Pitts and Charles Fambrough – and tracks include "Firm Roots", "Broski", "Anysha", "New Wheels", and "The Shadower". CD
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✨✧ Victor GouldEarthlings ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Darkly beautiful sounds from pianist Victor Gould – an up-and-coming player who's also turning into a hell of a leader too! Vic works here with a fantastic core trio – Dezron Douglas on bass and Eric McPherson on drums – both players who are perfectly suited to set up the right sort of arcing, angling elements that fit the mode of Gould's piano – which seems to run up and down in these blocky flights of deeper tones that are completely wonderful! The album also features guest horns on about half the set – the soprano sax of Tim Warfield on three tracks, and the alto of Godwin Louis on three more – plus some light percussion from Khalil Kwame Bell. Titles include the originals "Rise", "Resilience", "Spider", and "Blues On Top" – plus versions of "Love Vibrations", "Farewell To Dogma", "Earthlings", and "Con Alma". CD

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✨✧ Tom Harrell QuintetMoon Alley ... LP
Criss Cross (Holland), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great trumpeter in an excellent group – with Kenny Garrett on alto and flute, Kenny Barron on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David HazeltineHow It Is ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Jim Rotondi on trumpet and Steve Wilson on alto! CD

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✨✧ Lage LundUnlikely Stories ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Lage Lund on guitar – with Edward Simon on piano! CD

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✨✧ Opus 5Progression ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great lineup, and a great sound throughout – really smoking through a batch of all original numbers by members of the quintet – which features Seamus Blake on tenor, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, David Kikoski on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Donald Edwards on drums! Most of these players have sparkled for years on other records – both as leaders and sidemen – but they have a really special quality when they come together as Opus 5 – a sense of every individual's strengths, rising together in a rich voice that's perfect for the well-crafted tunes in the set! Blake sounds especially strong in the setting – more focused and soulful than ever – possibly due to Kikoski's bold lines on piano. Titles include "Climbing", "Walk A Waltz", "Fear Of Rooming", "Snow Child", "For Instance Take This",a nd "Inner Balance". CD

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✨✧ Luis PerdomoSpirits & Warriors ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe some of the most compelling music we've ever heard from pianist Luis Perdomo – a set that begins with his own extended suite of righteous material, then moves into some beautiful tunes by Clifford Jordan and Hermeto Pascoal! Perdomo's always had a depth to his music, but this record really seems to push it over the top – perhaps from the focused approach of the "Spirits & Warriors Suite", which takes up the first two thirds of the album – but also from the well-conceived balance between the individual players – an excellent lineup that includes Ales Sipiagin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mark Shim on tenor, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. After moving through Perdomo's suite at the start, the players shine equally on versions of "Glass Bead Games", "Little Church", and "Portrait Of Jenny". CD

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✨✧ Tim WarfieldJazzland ... CD
Criss Cross (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
You'll know you're in Jazzland from the very first note of this excellent set from saxophonist Tim Warfield – as the music has this wonderfully-wrapped sound that comes from his work on tenor and soprano sax, the trumpet of Terrell Stafford, and the Hammond of Pat Bianchi! The three musicians in the frontline all have this key contemporary vibe – so that they're not just working through older shades of soul jazz, and instead use the setting to really open up some great colors and moods – all with a quality that's as warmly soulful as Warfield's other records, and which definitely lives up to Stafford's legacy too! The group also features Byron Landham on drums and Daniel Sadownick on percussion – and titles include "Shake It For Me", "Hippity Hop", "Lenny's Lens", "Theme For Malcolm", "Sleeping Dancer Sleep On", and "Ode To Billie Joe". CD

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✨✧ Ralph LalamaMusic For Grown Ups ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Ralph Lalama on tenor, Richard Wyands on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! CD

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✨✧ Brian LynchBack Room Blues ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Mike Moreno3 For 3 ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great tones from guitarist Mike Moreno – a player who sounds even more chromatic here than we remember from previous records – working in a nicely loose trio that features Doug Weiss on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums! The record's got a nicely individual vibe – and it's clear that Moreno's really grown a lot over the years – really finding a nice sort of energy with Weiss and Scott, whose work here allows a certain sort of flexibility, but without ever resorting to some of the too-atmospheric modes of a certain side of the guitar jazz spectrum. Moreno takes on some compelling material here – songs by Milton Nascimento, Radiohead, and Michel Legrand – in addition to more familiar jazz numbers – and titles include "The Big Push", "Clube Da Esquina", "Time For Love", "Perhaps", "You Must Believe In Spring", and "Glass Eyes". CD

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✨✧ Noah PremingerGenuinity ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Noah Preminger begins the album with this great solo run on his tenor – a wonderful reminder of the constant growth he's had in recent years, and a hell of a great introduction too – before then leaping into a bold group effort from a quartet that includes Jason Palmer on trumpet, Kim Cass on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums! Obviously, the group style hearkens back to early 60s Ornette Coleman – and while the trumpet and tenor really enjoy a piano-less romp with the bass and drums, the also do a great job of showing how much ideas of free-thinking jazz have developed over the decades! The album balances tuneful passages with bolder moments, colors with rhythm – all through a set of superb originals by Preminger – who's also turning out to be a hell of a writer too. Titles include "TS & Her Spirit", "Mad Town", "Halfway To Hartford", "The Genuine One", "Walking On Eggshells", and "Nashua". CD

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✨✧ Will VinsonIt's All Right With Three ... CD
Criss Cross (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit of a pun on an old Cole Porter tune, but it's also a great statement of the strengths of reedman Will Vinson in a trio setting – as he really stretches out here, with just the guitar of Gilad Hekselman and drums of Antonio Sanchez for accompaniment! The tunes are a mix of rhythmic numbers that have the rhythms carving out space for Vinson's angular work on alto and soprano – and others that are more warmly chromatic, and make strong use of Hekelsman's guitar. Titles include "Where Are You", "Resting Jazz Face", "Down Homeless", "My Shining Hour", "The Pines", and "Samurai Hee Haw". CD

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✨✧ Eric AlexanderFull Range ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Wycliffe GordonGospel Truth ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Wycliffe GordonUnited Soul Experience ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Wycliffe GordonWhat You Dealin With ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Darrell GrantNew Bop ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ One For AllUpward & Onward ... CD
Criss Cross, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Eric Alexander on tenor, Jim Rotondi on trumpet, Steve Davis on trombone, David Hazeltine on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! CD

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✨✧ Alex SipiaginMoments Captured ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that seem to work together as a larger suite, yet still stand strongly on their own – allowing the players to soar out with a fantastic sense of individuality, while still holding together as a unit. Secondly, there's a sweet electric current that comes from the use of Prophet 6 by John Escreet – who also plays acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes. The Prophet's never used in a way that's too overdone – just these light waves of spacey sound that are balanced out by the raw power of the horns – Sipiagin's work on trumpet, the tenor of Chris Potter, and alto and soprano of Will Vinson – a fantastic frontline that really blows us away. Most tracks are long, and have lots of room for solo space from everyone – and the group also features Matt Brewer on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Alina Engibaryan sings on two tracks – "Moments From The Past" and "Breeze" – and other titles include "Evija Bridge", "Unexpected Reversal", and "Bergen Road". CD

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✨✧ John Swana & Joe MagnarelliPhilly – New York Junction ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ John Swana & The PhiladelphiansPhilly Gumbo ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
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Chairmen Of The Board feat Ken KnoxWords Left Unsaid ... CD
MoPhilly, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99
Wonderful contemporary work from the legendary Chairmen Of The Board – not exactly the same version of the group that climbed the charts at the start of the 70s, but one that definitely gets their spirit completely right! The album's a recent recording, but it features plenty of vintage talent on board – including the Philly songwriting team of the Steals Brothers, and Detroit soul legend McKinley Jackson on production work – handling things with an approach that really reminds us of the kind of group soul albums they cut back in the day! Ken Knox is the lead here, with a very different style than that of General Johnson – and in a way, the album's maybe thought of best as a criss-cross between classic Philly group and Detroit modes, rather than just another Chairmen Of The Board set. Titles include "Each Morning I Wake Up", "Words Left Unsaid", "No One Else", "I'm Ready Willing & Able", "Get Your Lovin", "All I Need Is You Tonight", and "Get Your Lovin (DJ mix)". CD

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Ben Lamar GayDowntown Castles Can Never Block The Sun ... CD
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the most unusual "best of" collections you'll ever own – given that it features material pulled together from seven different albums by Ben LaMar Gay – none of which were ever released! The package is more of a debut than anything else – and a hell of a musical statement, too – as Ben's music is almost completely without referent – and that's saying a lot, given the already genre-busting nature of other releases on the International Anthem label! We might list the music under jazz – as it does feature some jazz instrumentation – but there's also lots of electronic elements too, often used in these shape-shifting ways that criss cross with other elements – like bass clarinet, flute, viola, and voice – all kind of crashing together in waves of sonic energy that embrace multiple genres at once, but never have the hokey result of other music that might try to do such a thing. Instead, imagine Ben's voice as being this bold cut-up experiment (in the original William S Burroughs mode) – but one that might have been taken across the scope of an entire record collection, sweeping up snatches of jazz, electronica, orchestral music, folk, hip hop, and lots more – all with results that are as revolutionary as Burroughs' writing. Titles include "Muhal", "Music For 18 Hairdressers – Braids & Friends", "7th Stanza", "Gator Teeth", "Swim Swim", "Kunni", "Oh No Not Again", "Jubilee", and "A Seasoning Called Primavera". CD

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Henri GuedonRetrospective ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 29.99
Latin grooves in many styles – a massive collection of work by percussionist Henri Guedon – a musician with roots in the French West Indies, but who played heavily on both the Paris and New York scenes! Guedon's music here has a vibe that really shows that cross-cultural blend – Latin rhythms that are as strong as the best of the 70s salsa generation, but also served up a bit differently too – not with the Caribbean touches you might expect, but maybe just a wider knowledge of all the rhythmic modes possible – which Henri seems to criss-cross in his music! Make no mistake – if you love Latin grooves, you'll find plenty to love here – but you'll also find plenty more too, on tracks that run from about 1972 to 1992, all with a very heavy booklet of notes in French, and lots of photos too. Titles include "Vulcano", "Almendra Leitmotiv", "Fanfaria Seis Por Ocho", "Negro Congo", "Mamborap", "Laisse Yo Pale", "Neg Marron", "Moforibo Rere", "Mazurka Tropical", "Pani Fave", "Mrenguedon", "Douce", "Bomba Mizicien", "Faut Pas Pousser", and "Ochun Y Botala". CD

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Kou Keri KouCanto Negro/Cerbatana ... 7-inch
Electric Cowbell, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99
A Spanish group, but one who draw inspiration from all over the globe – as they criss-cross Southern Hemisphere sounds from both sides of the Atlantic on "Canto Negro" – a tune that's got a nice sing/songy groove! "Cerbatana" is even deeper – a rich tune with a strong trumpet solo in the lead – almost South African in approach, but over rhythms that mix bass, watery guitar, and percussion! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Bunny Lee & The AggrovatorsSuper Dub Disco Style ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Don't think "disco" as in the New York scene at Studio 54 – as these cuts are much deeper and dubbier – served up under the supervision of Bunny Lee by studio maestros Barnabas and Pat Kelly! Instrumentation is by the Aggrovators, but the magic comes equally from the production effects as it does from the massive rhythms by the group – as all the elements are filtered out in space, and criss-cross back and forth in this wonderful way – never too sloppy or experimental, but definitely tripping out with the groove! Vocals are muted when they do make an appearance – and titles include "The Aggrovators Special Dub", "Money In My Pocket Dub", "Portobello Special Dub", "Super Rockers Dub", "The Bomb Dub", "The Killer Dub", and "The Dub Specialist". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Super Dub Disco Style (with bonus tracks)/Super Star Disco Rockers ... CD 16.99

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Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators/Tommy McCookSuper Dub Disco Style (with bonus tracks)/Super Star Disco Rockers ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 17.98
Don't think "disco" as in the New York scene at Studio 54 – as these cuts are much deeper and dubbier – served up under the supervision of Bunny Lee by studio maestros Barnabas and Pat Kelly! Instrumentation is by the Aggrovators, but the magic comes equally from the production effects as it does from the massive rhythms by the group – as all the elements are filtered out in space, and criss-cross back and forth in this wonderful way – never too sloppy or experimental, but definitely tripping out with the groove! Vocals are muted when they do make an appearance – and titles include "The Aggrovators Special Dub", "Money In My Pocket Dub", "Portobello Special Dub", "Super Rockers Dub", "The Bomb Dub", "The Killer Dub", and "The Dub Specialist". Also features bonus tracks "Dubber's Delight", "Dub Vendors Choice", and "Man Never Imitate Always Originate". 2CD package also features the wonderful Super Star Disco Rockers from saxophonist Tommy McCook – an artist you'll know from important Jamaican recordings from the late 60s onward – but who's really hitting some headier territory here! The tunes are all instrumental, and have very dubby rhythms at the core – yet while the other instrumentation is often mixed up in studio effects, Tommy's lead solos are mostly nice and clear – blown with a much sharper edge than in earlier years, and often given these exotic tones too – a very cool style that really makes the album stand out from other dub instrumental albums of the time! There's some great currents of soul that almost make McCook work here as the Jamaican equivalent of Stanley Turrentine or Hank Crawford on their mid 70s recordings – and titles include "Herb & Honey", "Macka Dub Rock", "Tommy's Rocking Vibration", "The Night Rose Of Sherron", "African Jumpers", "The Bionic Horn", and "Roots Of Africa". Also features the bonus tracks "Kojack" and "Cannon". CD
Also available Super Dub Disco Style ... LP 16.99

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OsibisaOsibisa ... LP
Decca, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ... $8.99
Although Osibisa were one of the most successful of the London-based Afro-funk groups, they were also one of the best. This cool first album is filled with (as the label says) "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness". Translated, that means that the record's got lots of nice cuts that have African percussion, electric funk rhythm, and a fairly joyous groove. Tracks include "Akwaaba", "Oranges", "The Dawn", "Think About The People", and the groovy "Music For Gong Gong". LP, Vinyl record album
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Sons Of KemetYour Queen Is A Reptile ... CD
Impulse, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A fantastic set from the London scene – really powerful sounds from a group who are heavy on percussion, but also do plenty with their horns! The group features strong tenor from Shabaka Hutchings, who also wrote all the tracks here – but they've also got a very heavy bottom sound, thanks to a brace of drummers, and a strong tuba player too – one who uses the instrument in the highly rhythmic mode of the New Orleans jazz scene, but with a very different vibe! Instead, there's currents here that really reflect the post-colonial nature of the world of jazz in the UK – as things criss-cross beautifully, with echoes of global rhythms alongside the jazzier elements. Congo Natty serves up a bit of vocals on one track – and titles include "My Queen Is Angela Davis", "My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa", "My Queen Is Harriet Tubman", "My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper", "My Queen Is Ada Eastman", and "My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark". CD

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VariousTheo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature – Black Jazz Records 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Theo Parrish takes on the music of Black Jazz Records – yet somehow manages to make the whole thing come across with a cosmic groove that's all his own! By that, we don't mean that Theo's messing with the cuts – just that his mix here really highlights the more expansively electric and rhythmically angular elements of the label's classic catalog – sounds that are clearly an inspiration for a huge number of 21st Century musicians and producer – not just Parrish himself! There's a richly spiritual vibe to the whole set – and the collection is easily one of the best presentations of the Black Jazz label we've ever heard – stunning from start to finish. Cuts include "My Favorite Things" by Gene Russell, "Those Who Chant" by Walter Bishop, "Jupiter" and "Convulsions" by The Awakening, "Trance Dance" by Doug Carn, "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Criss Cross" and "BE" by Calvin Keys, and "Blue Bossa" by Walter Bishop Jr. CD

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✨✧ Ben Lamar GayDowntown Castles Can Never Block The Sun ... LP
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual "best of" collections you'll ever own – given that it features material pulled together from seven different albums by Ben LaMar Gay – none of which were ever released! The package is more of a debut than anything else – and a hell of a musical statement, too – as Ben's music is almost completely without referent – and that's saying a lot, given the already genre-busting nature of other releases on the International Anthem label! We might list the music under jazz – as it does feature some jazz instrumentation – but there's also lots of electronic elements too, often used in these shape-shifting ways that criss cross with other elements – like bass clarinet, flute, viola, and voice – all kind of crashing together in waves of sonic energy that embrace multiple genres at once, but never have the hokey result of other music that might try to do such a thing. Instead, imagine Ben's voice as being this bold cut-up experiment (in the original William S Burroughs mode) – but one that might have been taken across the scope of an entire record collection, sweeping up snatches of jazz, electronica, orchestral music, folk, hip hop, and lots more – all with results that are as revolutionary as Burroughs' writing. Titles include "Muhal", "Music For 18 Hairdressers – Braids & Friends", "7th Stanza", "Gator Teeth", "Swim Swim", "Kunni", "Oh No Not Again", "Jubilee", and "A Seasoning Called Primavera". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ VariousNo Jive – Authentic Southern Country Blues ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rootsy blues from the great Excello Records – most of it recorded not too far from the Tennessee city in which the label made its home! The southern scene in the 50s was going through plenty of changes – partly because of all the migration northwards that started during the wartime years, partly because of the way that radio and growing indie labels were helping criss-cross sounds and scenes through their musical efforts – with a huge run of changes that were taking place in the urban scene. Even out in the sticks, stronger use of the electric guitar really transformed rural blues – even in spare recording settings that might have mirrored blues records of the 20s and 30s – and the use of new ideas, new inflections, and new ways of putting over a tune are perfectly captured here in a batch of rare tracks done by the Excello label. Most of the cuts are super-rare singles, issued here with excellent sound – and there's a few other numbers on the set that are issued here for the first time ever – with great sound and excellent notes. Titles include "I'm Bad" by Good Rockin Bob, "No Jive" by Little Al, "Honey Babe" by Arthur Gunter, "The Natural Facts" by Leroy Campbell, "Wasted Time" by Shy Guy Douglas, "Dirty Britches" by The Leap Frogs, "Welcome Home Baby" by Slim Hunt, and "Quit My Drinkin" by Robert Garrett. CD

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✨✧ VariousThat's The Way I Feel Right Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk ... LP
A&M, 1984. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little entry into a genre that got way too overdone and way too cluttered by the end of the 80s – but which was surprisingly fresh at the time of this initial release! The set pays tribute to the late Thelonious Monk, but does so by moving way past his modern jazz roots – and allowing for participation by a variety of artists in a number of different fields. Hal Willner masterminded the set, and does a great job of making unlike artists work well next to each other – really expanding on famous numbers by Monk, but never getting too goofy overall. Titles include "Functional" by Randy Weston, "Four In One" by Todd Rundgren & Gary Windo, "Thelonious" by Bruce Fowler, "Criss Cross" by Shockabilly, "In Walked Budd" by Terry Adams & Roswell Rudd, "Evidence" by Steve Lacy & Elvin Jones, "Ba-Lu-Bolivar-Ba-Lues-Are" by Was Not Was, "Ask Me Now" by Steve Lacy & Charlie Rouse, "Monk's Mood" by Sharon Freeman, "Round Midnight" by Joe Jackson, and "Friday The Thirteen" by Bobby McFerrin and Bob Dorough. There's plenty of other great Lacy work on the set too – and even if you're put off by the presence of non-jazzers on the set, the album's worth it alone for the Lacy tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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✨✧ Peter BernsteinSigns Live ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A strong double dose live set for Smoke Sessions led by guitarist Peter Bernstein – in a quartet setting with Christian McBride on bass, Brad Mehldau on piano and Gregory Hutchinson on drums – reconvening the the line-up that recorded Bernstein's Signs album on Criss Cross back in the mid 90s! It's wonderful for several reasons – for one, in getting these amazing, incredibly busy players back together after all these years – and for fleshing out the material so greatly in a live setting! The Signs tunes really breathe here, with lots of air and space for each player to shine, most tracks running nice on long on the 2CD set. They're all Bernstein originals save for 3 Thelonious Monk numbers, and the titles include "Blues For Bulgaria", "Hidden Pockets", "Dragonfly", "Jive Coffee", "Pannonica", "Useless Metaphor", "Let Loose", "All Too Real", "Resplendor", "Crepuscule With Nellie/We See" and "Cupcake". CD
 
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BrandyeCrossover To Brandye ... CD
Kayvette/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About July 18, 2018
A killer bit of female soul by a very short-lived group – one with a great sound that comes out of some real criss-crossing of styles – some deep soul currents, but some hipper modern soul touches at the top! The set was produced by Brad Shapiro, and has a good blend of his modern and southern styles of the mid 70s – similar to his work with Candi Staton – but it also features some impeccable arrangements from David Van DePitte, who gives the record a sweeping, swaying feel that buoys the vocals up on some really soulful backings. Titles include a great version of "How Long", plus the tracks "Mr Mystery", "You Accuse Me", "Rhythm Of Love", "One Woman's Trash", and "I Can't Weigh My Love". CD

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✨✧ VariousWelcome To Zamrock – How Zambia's Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972 to 1977 (with bonus download) ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines and drums – so that although the tunes can be psych-styled, they're also pretty darn funky too – often at a level that's a bit like the Nigerian Afro Funk of the time, but much grittier and more righteous! The quality of the music and scene is explored in depth in the package – which includes a very detailed booklet of notes and photos – all to support the selection of music, which may well be the hippest so far from the Now Again label – and that's really saying a lot, if you know their other titles! Tracks include "Funky Lady" by Teddy Chisi, "Fast" by Salty Dog, "Rain & Sunshine" by Crossbones, "I Don't Know" by Born Free, "Fwe Bena Zambia" by Five Revolutions, "Who's That Guy" by Ricky Banda, "Changa Namwele" by Machine Gunners, "Poverty" by Cosmos Zani, "Dzikolino Ni Zambia" by Keith Mlevhu, "Running" by Blackfoot, and "Everyday Has Got A New Dream" by Dr Footswitch. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousWelcome To Zamrock 2 – How Zambia's Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972 to 1977 (with booklet & download) ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines and drums – so that although the tunes can be psych-styled, they're also pretty darn funky too – often at a level that's a bit like the Nigerian Afro Funk of the time, but much grittier and more righteous! The quality of the music and scene is explored in depth in the package – which includes a very detailed booklet of notes and photos – all to support the selection of music, which may well be the hippest so far from the Now Again label – and that's really saying a lot, if you know their other titles! Titles on volume 2 include "Really" by Crossbones, "History Of Man" by Amanaz, "Poor Man" by Five Revolutions, "Hold On" by Ngozi Family, "Katonga" by Musi-O-Tunya, "Request To God" by Oscillations, "Mpundu" by Tinkles, "Otenta" by Dr Footswitch, "Mad Man" by Born Free, "SM" by Mike Nyoni, "Hot Do" by Jesper Siliya Lungu, "I'm Not Made Of Iron" by Chrissy Zebby Tembo, "Umbwalwa Ne Chamba" by Peace, "Umwana Wakusanga Mung'Anda" by Fire Balls, and "See The Storm" by Salty Dog. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 16 page booklet & download!)

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✨✧ Kevin Ayers/John Cale/Brian Eno/NicoJune 1, 1974 ... CD
Island/Elemental (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A seminal live set that brings together the best talents from mid 70s leftfield rock – a unique meeting of Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Robert Wyatt, and Mike Oldfield! The concert is one that was initially Ayers' gig – but he had the foresight to invite the others along – and the result is a brilliant criss-crossing of modes that draws on the legacy of Roxy Music, Soft Machine, and The Velvets – but which bristles with the darker moments of each players' solo career. Ayers sings on about half the set – but Nico also turns in a reading of her take on "The End", and Eno sings on versions of his classics "Baby's On Fire" and "Driving Me Backwards". Other tracks include "May I", "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes", "Two Goes Into Four", and "Heartbreak Hotel". CD
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Arthur BlytheLenox Avenue Breakdown/In The Tradition/Illusions/Blythe Spirit ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four great albums from reedman Arthur Blythe – all together in one collection! First up is Lenox Avenue Breakdown – a stunning Columbia Records debut from Blythe! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds on both coasts – developing a searing sound on alto sax that's perfect for the focused structure of this album – almost a tone poem of sorts, offering up a portrait of the Harlem scene that was a key part of Arthur's life at the time. The sounds are sharp, but also have a sense of energy that really holds them together – guiding the players through long readings of well-penned tunes by Blythe that are filled with loads of energy and life! Players include James Newton on flute, James Blood Ulmer on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, Cecil McBee on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Guillermo Franco on percussion – and titles include "Odessa", "Slidin Through", "Down San Diego Way", and "Lenox Avenue Breakdown". In The Tradition is a gem – as the set represents the modern musician taking on a host of older jazz currents, while carving things out with his own special sort of soul! Half the tunes are familiar favorites, the other half originals – and Blythe moves far past his avant roots, to showcase his deep understanding of so many different shades of jazz – blowing alto beautifully throughout, in a very hip quartet that features Stanley Cowell on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on drums! Titles include great takes on "Naima", "Jitterbug Waltz", "Caravan", and "In A Sentimental Mood" – plus the originals "Break Tune" and "Hip Dipper". Illusions is maybe the boldest of Arthur Blythe's albums for Columbia Records – as the set bristles with newly creative energy right from the start, and provides a great showcase for some of the criss-crossings of styles and rhythms that were taking place on the New York scene at the time! The lineup alone announces something special – a cool combination of James Blood Ulmer on guitar, John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Steve McCall on drums – working together in some slight variations at times, often with these angular edges that are perfectly sharpened by Arthur's amazing work on alto sax. The music's never too free, but quite outside for a major label at the time – balanced out so that it's never overindulgent at all. Titles include "Bush Baby", "Miss Nancy", "My Son Ra", and "Carespin With Mamie". Blythe Spirit is a set that showcases the never-ending growth and imagination of reedman Arthur Blythe during this fruitful period of his career – and his ability to effortlessly blend together different elements in his music – especially sides of the New York loft jazz scene, and the Chicago-based AACM! The tunes are beautiful – mostly originals, and showing a richer spirituality than even a year before – while still working in that compellingly rhythmic mode that Arthur was hitting during these years – in a lineup that features Blythe on alto, Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Steve McCall and Bobby Battle on drums, John Hicks on piano, Amina Claudine Myers on organ, and Fred Hopkins on bass. The mix of electric and acoustic elements is fantastic – very fresh, even all these many years later – and titles include "Misty", "Spirits In The Field", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Reverence", and "Contemplation". CD

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BosqLove & Resistance ... CD
Ubiquity, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
Maybe the strongest album so far from Bosq – and certainly one of the most wide-ranging too – given that the group have a strong global bent to their groove, and they've also made space for a host of guest stars who include Nicole Willis, Bruno Morais, Monolog, and Kaleta! The music is every bit as funky as before, but there's also a nice criss-crossing of elements from Brazilian music, Afro Funk, and even a bit of contemporary house – served up with just the right sort of variety to match the moods of the guest stars. It's great to hear Nicole Willis on the clubby tracks "Take Me There" and "Tonight" – and other titles include "Feel It", "Can't Seem To Hide", "Com Force", "Alode", "In Orbit", "The Love", and "Pegate Pa Ca". CD

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✨✧ Baba Brooks & OthersGay Feet – Every Night (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years – served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time – all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, and the album's a great contrast to some of the more famous Jamaican records of the time – as it really shows the criss-crossing of Caribbean influences that was still filtering into the scene, even while things were coming together with a decidedly local groove. Trumpeter Baba Brooks is one of the standouts here – and works with his group on the tracks "Mosquito Jump Up", "First Session", "Bugle Boy", "Faberge", and "Ki Salavoca" – alongside other tracks that include "Hold Your Head In Front" by Joe White & Chuck, "By The Sea" by The Saints, "Heartaches" by The Techniques, and "What Must I Say" by Claudell Clarke. CD features 12 more bonus tracks – including "The Jerk" by Granville Williams & Baba Brooks, "Cocktails For Two" by Sammy Ismay, "Lollipop Tonight" by Ken Boothe & Roy Shirley, "Contact" by Roy Richards & Baba Brooks, "Lavender Blue" by Baba Brooks, and "Brown Eyes" by The Saints. CD

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Baba Brooks & OthersGay Feet Every Night – Featuring Baba Brooks and his Band ... LP
Doctor Bird/Dub Store (Japan), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years – served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time – all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, and the album's a great contrast to some of the more famous Jamaican records of the time – as it really shows the criss-crossing of Caribbean influences that was still filtering into the scene, even while things were coming together with a decidedly local groove. Trumpeter Baba Brooks is one of the standouts here – and works with his group on the tracks "Mosquito Jump Up", "First Session", "Bugle Boy", "Faberge", and "Ki Salavoca" – alongside other tracks that include "Hold Your Head In Front" by Joe White & Chuck, "By The Sea" by The Saints, "Heartaches" by The Techniques, and "What Must I Say" by Claudell Clarke. LP, Vinyl record album

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Estrada OrchestraJazzbeatjaatis (with bonus track) ... CD
Stereophonk/P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99
A fantastic full album from this ultra-cool group – a funky combo from contemporary Estonia – with ties to the Misha Panfilov Sound Combo that you might know from a sweet selection of recent 45s! Misha's in this group on bass, and also produced the record – with a raw sound that makes the whole thing a fantastic criss-crossing of deep funk and some freer jazz energy – all at a level that makes the whole thing completely fresh, and one of the hippest underground records we've heard in a while! These guys aren't really spiritual jazz, but they clearly get that energy – and although they play hard, they're not straight funk either – as they spin out on longer tracks and really know how to take solos – serving up excellent sounds on flute, tenor, alto, and a range of great keyboards – all set to nicely heavy drums, on titles that include "Nite City", "Envelope", "Garden Of Pleasures", "Queens", and "Troubled Mind" – and the Japanese bonus live track "Troubled Mind". CD

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From ScratchFive Rhythm Works ... CD
EM (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a vibe that sometimes reminds us of the music of Harry Party! Given the smallness of the NZ scene at the time, these guys were less of a high art ensemble, than the kind of creative criss-crossing of big ideas and grass roots expression – similar to that moment when the art and punk worlds worked together so strongly in late 70s New York. And the sound here would be right at home alongside some of the more creative artists from the Kitchen scene – as the group play, drum, and blow themselves through a wonderful array of rhythmic sounds! Titles include 'Out In Part", "Passage", "Drumwheel (part 2)", and passages from "Gung Ho". CD

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Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... LP
Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hacienta Punto En Otro SonTierra Y Otros Cantares ... LP
Artomax (Puerto Rico), Mid 70s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $14.99
A very cool combination of folksy elements and jazzier styles – almost like some of the more sophisticated records that came from Havana at the end of the 60s! These guys do a wonderful job of mixing percussion, guitar, and flute with some warmer keyboards and other more modern touches – on tunes that are often upbeat and graced with lots of criss-crossing vocals! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of seam splitting, and a small old sticker.)

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JM Tim & FotyAfrican Funk Experimental – 1977 to 1979 (with bonus download) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
Heavy funk, with maybe just a touch of experimental – the latter coming from the way that things were really changing up on the African scene of the late 70s – especially as the music was criss-crossing with more of the post-colonial world of records! Many of these tracks have almost a jazz funk approach at the core – especially the leaner numbers, which are filled with riffing guitars and mighty sweet keyboards! These are offset by tunes that have more of that style when Afro Funk was hitting the clubbier years – still pretty darn progressive, but also with elements that might appeal to the dancefloors up in London and Paris as well. Titles include "Douala By Night", "Funky Bafoussam", "More & More", "Aie", "Not So Bad", "I Love Yaounde", "Eda "Funky Boggie Love", and "Eya Mba". LP, Vinyl record album
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KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo ... CD
Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
A funky combo, but one with a real difference – as they seem to find whole new corners of the globe in which to work their magic – almost an imagined space of cultural criss-crossing, all set to some mighty funky bass and drums! The core element here is the guitar – which echoes exotic modes that seem to move from Mexican folk, to contemporary Tuareg sounds, and even a bit of southwest guitar instrumental echo – but all in ways that are very fresh and different, and which also sound quite unusual compared to the usual use of guitar in a funky combo! There's a bit of vocals on the album, but really the guitar is the main "voice" – and one that speaks volumes – on titles that include "Lady & Man", "Como Te Quiero", "Shades Of Man", "Maria Tambien", "Como Me Quieres", "A Hymn", and "Rules". CD

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Pasteur LappeWe The People (with bonus download) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Tight Afro club grooves from Pasteur Lappe – but tracks that also have some nice roughness around the edges! The style here is often somewhat stripped-down – with rhythms that feature straight-ahead basslines and drums, which are then criss-crossed by Lappe's vocals, and peppered with riffing guitar and other percussion – but often with production that's not nearly as smooth as other material of this nature, especially in comparison to some of the more disco-styled work coming out on the European scene. There's almost more of a homegrown Cameroon vibe to some of the music, save for the two mellower ballads that round out the other four funkier tracks. Titles include "The Sekele Movement", "Sekelimania", "More Sekele Movement", "Dora", and "Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
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Little MiltonLittle Milton Sings Big Blues ... LP
Checker, 1966. Very Good ... $29.99
Big blues from Little Milton, recorded with a mighty big sound as well – thanks to the cool criss-crossing of soul and blues that was going down at Chess Records in the 60s! Milton's got this raw, raspy style in his voice – a nasty edge that mixes perfectly with his own sharp guitar lines – and which gets an extra kick from the production and arrangements of Gene Barge, who still knows how to keep the core combo sound that makes the album cook! Sonny Thompson plays piano on most tracks, and Phil Upchurch adds in a second guitar at times – but the real star of the show is always Milton – shining more brightly here than on most of his later records! The album includes versions of "Please Please Please", "Have Mercy Baby", "Fever", "Sneakin Around", and "Reconsider Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s mono blue fade label pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Los SupremosAtiza Y Ataja (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
A triple-time killer from the Colombian scene at the start of the 70s – one of those rare gems on Discos Fuentes that had the label setting a new sort of fire on its own, in comparison to the New York Latin generation! In addition to the cumbia tracks you might expect, the set's also got some killer guaguanco and descarga tracks – super-jazzy, and filled with lively interplay between the percussion at the core, and the criss-crossing of piano, tenor, and trumpet on the top! Peter Scott handles the vocals with Piper Diaz – and titles include "Hacha Y Machete", "El Mico", "Atiza Y Atala", "Ven A Colombia", "Cali Querido", "Guaguaco Supremo", and "El Cuento". LP, Vinyl record album

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LulendoMwinda ... CD
Buda (France), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Beautifully bubbling sounds from Lulendo – a singer who also plays a fair bit of quissange – an African thumb piano, in the same manner as the kalimba! The instrument rings out with these percussive notes right alongside his lively, lyrical vocals – set to instrumentation that is mostly pretty lively too, and driven by Tony Allen's drums on two of the album's eleven tracks! But even without Allen, the sound is pretty darn great – a warm criss-crossing of melodic and percussive modes, on titles that include "Mwinda", "Nguya", "Kuna Simu", "Mamona Mbua", "Africa Meu Amor", "Zombo City", "Diata", and "Kimpa Vita". CD

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MaytalsFrom The Roots ... LP
Trojan/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Stunning early work from one of our favorite reggae groups ever – the might Toots & The Maytals, a key link between the soul styles of the Jamaican scene of the 60s, and the righteous years to come! There's a groove to the Maytals music that nobody else seems to get this right – or this tight – a fantastic criss-crossing of rhythms that's often nicely stripped-down, and which seems to set fire to the vocal interplay between Toots and the rest of the group – in a way that's as vocally explosive as the instrumentation at the core! Sure, these guys can harmonize as well as the rest of their contemporaries – but they've also got an even greater talent for trading back and forth, which seems to make every one of their tunes an instant groove. Titles include "Pee Pee Cluck Cluck", "Loving Spirit", "Dr Lester", "Gola Silver", "Koo Koo", "Revival Reggae", "Thy Kingdom Come", "One Eyed Enos", "A Time To Love", "9 O'Clock", "Know Me Good", "Got To Feel", "Feel So Good", and "Give Peace A Chance". LP, Vinyl record album

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MPB4O Sonho, A Vida, A Roda Viva – 50 Anos Ao Vivo ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
This legendary Brazilian vocal group celebrate their fifty years in music – a great stretch of sounds that run from their offbeat harmony records of the 60s, through some great bossa-revival material in more recent years! The set here has more of the vibe of their current work – and with a vocal approach that's still pretty darn great – lots of criss-crossing of individual singers amidst the larger harmonies of a tune, and instrumentation that often includes piano and acoustic guitar to provide a nicely warm backdrop. If anything, there's an even greater sophistication to their sound than back in the day – but in a subtle way too – and titles include "Desossado", "A Lua", "Milagres", "Almanaque", "Brasileia", "Cicatrizes", "Conversa Com O Coracao", "A Ilha", and "Cancao Da America" – plus "Vira Virou", which features a guest appearance from Kleiton & Kledir. CD
Also available O Sonho, A Vida, A Roda Viva – 50 Anos Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD 14.99

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MPB4O Sonho, A Vida, A Roda Viva – 50 Anos Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Som Livre (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99
This legendary Brazilian vocal group celebrate their fifty years in music – a great stretch of sounds that run from their offbeat harmony records of the 60s, through some great bossa-revival material in more recent years! The set here has more of the vibe of their current work – and with a vocal approach that's still pretty darn great – lots of criss-crossing of individual singers amidst the larger harmonies of a tune, and instrumentation that often includes piano and acoustic guitar to provide a nicely warm backdrop. If anything, there's an even greater sophistication to their sound than back in the day – but in a subtle way too – and titles include "Desossado", "A Lua", "Milagres", "Almanaque", "Brasileia", "Cicatrizes", "Conversa Com O Coracao", "A Ilha", and "Cancao Da America" – plus "Vira Virou", which features a guest appearance from Kleiton & Kledir. DVD features five more tracks than the CD, and runs for 81 minutes. DVD
(DVD is NTSC, All Region.)
Also available O Sonho, A Vida, A Roda Viva – 50 Anos Ao Vivo ... CD 15.99

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Bafana NhlapoNgikhumbule Khaya ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
A cool criss-crossing of modes – all produced by Bugge Wesseltoft in the usual genre-busting mode of the Jazzland label! The set features South African singer Bafana Issac Nhlapo working with a group of Norwegian musicians – who bring this bouncy, jazz-based style to his vocals – using saxes, trumpet, trombone, and tuba in ways that are both melodic and rhythmic – working with just a bit of extra percussion in the groove! The approach is very unique – almost a New Orleans band by way of Capetown and Oslo – but with results that are way more than that description might imply. Titles include "Migration", "Riots", "Usebenzi", "Ncebe", "Prayer", "Mama Africa", "Welcome To Oslo", and "Inje Mnyama". CD

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Duke PearsonIt Could Only Happen With You ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... About August 15, 2018
Pivotal work from Duke Pearson – a brilliant set that perfectly sums up all the criss-crossing of styles he was working on in the late 60s – and comes up with a wonderful blend of electric jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and just a touch of 70s soul! Pearson plays some sweet Fender Rhodes on the set, in addition to acoustic piano – and there's some other wonderful instrumentation in the mix too – including flute and guitar from Hermeto Pascoal, making a rare Blue Note appearance – plus sweet flutes from Jerry Dodgion and Lew Tabackin, both blowing in kind of a CTI-ish way – as well as tenor from Frank Foster, trumpets from Collins/Shepley, and wonderful drums from Mickey Roker – whose inventive rhythms here really helps set fire to Duke's new ideas. Flora Purim sings on a few tracks – pre-Fantasy Records, and turning in some of her greatest vocals ever – and titles include a wonderful version of "Stormy", plus "Book's Bossa", "Gira, Girou", "Hermeto", "Emily", and "It Could Only Happen With You". CD
Also available It Could Only Happen With You ... LP 13.99

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Duke PearsonIt Could Only Happen With You ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Pivotal work from Duke Pearson – a brilliant set that perfectly sums up all the criss-crossing of styles he was working on in the late 60s – and comes up with a wonderful blend of electric jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and just a touch of 70s soul! Pearson plays some sweet Fender Rhodes on the set, in addition to acoustic piano – and there's some other wonderful instrumentation in the mix too – including flute and guitar from Hermeto Pascoal, making a rare Blue Note appearance – plus sweet flutes from Jerry Dodgion and Lew Tabackin, both blowing in kind of a CTI-ish way – as well as tenor from Frank Foster, trumpets from Collins/Shepley, and wonderful drums from Mickey Roker – whose inventive rhythms here really helps set fire to Duke's new ideas. Flora Purim sings on a few tracks – pre-Fantasy Records, and turning in some of her greatest vocals ever – and titles include a wonderful version of "Stormy", plus "Book's Bossa", "Gira, Girou", "Hermeto", "Emily", and "It Could Only Happen With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of flaking on the bottom right corner.)

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Joshua RedmanStill Dreaming ... CD
Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
There's nothing too dreamy here – as Joshua Redman takes on the energy of the Old & New Dreams that featured his father, Dewey Redman – an excellent late 70s ensemble filled with members of Ornette Coleman groups, working in a very Ornette-like mode! The style is similar here – no piano at all, and a quartet that features Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass, and Brian Blade on drums – exploding with energy that criss-crosses the rhythmic and melodic roles of all players – which might well make for one of the liveliest Joshua Redman albums in years. Miles is wonderful in the setting, and Colley and Blade are right on the money – and titles include the originals "The Rest", "Haze & Aspirations", "New Year", "It's Not The Same", "Blues For Charlie", and "Unanimity" – plus versions of Charlie Haden's "Playing" and Ornette's "Comme Il Faut". CD
Also available Still Dreaming (with bonus download) ... LP 18.99

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Joshua RedmanStill Dreaming (with bonus download) ... LP
Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
There's nothing too dreamy here – as Joshua Redman takes on the energy of the Old & New Dreams that featured his father, Dewey Redman – an excellent late 70s ensemble filled with members of Ornette Coleman groups, working in a very Ornette-like mode! The style is similar here – no piano at all, and a quartet that features Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass, and Brian Blade on drums – exploding with energy that criss-crosses the rhythmic and melodic roles of all players – which might wall make for one of the liveliest Joshua Redman albums in years. Miles is wonderful in the setting, and Colley and Blade are right on the money – and titles include the originals "The Rest", "Haze & Aspirations", "New Year", "It's Not The Same", "Blues For Charlie", and "Unanimity" – plus versions of Charlie Haden's "Playing" and Ornette's "Comme Il Faut". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Still Dreaming ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Mitch RyderDetroit-Memphis Experiment ... LP
Dot, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A definite criss-crossing of Detroit and Memphis modes – as the funky soul of Mitch Ryder gets some hip backings here from Booker T & The MGs! Mitch always had a lot of soul-charged energy in his best early work anyway – but here, he really puts it all on the table – recording with Booker and crew to back him up, with production from Steve Cropper that really maintains the Stax-like quality of the set! Given the date of the record, it's almost a precursor to some of Stax's early 70s rock experiments – but given the core Booker T sound, the album's actually way better than any of those – and is more like a lost MGs set, with added vocals. Titles include "Liberty", "I Believe", "Direct Me", "Raise Your Hand", "Long Long Time", "Meat", "Wear & Tear On My Heart", "Sugar Bee", and "I Get Hot". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and marker on all sides.)

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Philippe SaisseNext Voyage ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... $2.99
One of the first albums we've ever heard from keyboardist Philippe Saisse – a French talent with a sound that runs from smooth to funky! Saisse is grooving here in a sweet mid 90s mode – clearly conscious of older jazz and soul styles, but also working in some warm modern touches – creating a criss-crossed style that's similar to the work of Til Bronner. Saiss plays Fender Rhodes, acoustic piano, and other keyboards – and titles include "Film Noir", "Land Of The Flying Funk", "Riviera", "Young Nation", "Next Voyage", and "Moanin". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Siassia & TokobinaSiassia & Tokobina EP ... LP
Nouvelle Ambiance (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99
A cool combination of elements – the vocals and percussion of Congolese singer Albert Siassia, and lively rhythms from a trio of French musicians! The music has a great crackle and a new sense of expression – in the mode of some of the best post-colonial recordings on the Paris scene, with a criss-crossing of African and European modes towards a more optimistic future for the dancefloor! The EP features the previously-issued tracks "Mama Africa" and "Pointe Noire" – and the unreleased tracks "Sangi" and "In The World", both a nicely dark contrast to the other two tunes. First release on a new label from Hugo Mendez of Sofrito fame! LP, Vinyl record album

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Suns Of ArqaRevenge Of The Mosabites (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Rocksteady/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Groundbreaking early work from Suns Of Arqua – recorded on the London scene at the end of the 70s, with this amazing blend of instrumental elements from around the globe – but all at a level that's far from the cliches such albums would have in later years! Instead, there's this fresh sense of discovery going on – a criss-crossing of sounds from Jamaican dub, Irish folk, Spanish flamenco, and other genres come together beautifully – all with help from On-U Records maestro Adrian Sherwood – who must have gotten some of the ideas for his later projects from working on this set! The range of instrumentation is amazing – and includes cuica, harmonium, sitar, esraj, tabla, Chinese shwam, flamenco guitar, banjo, and lots more – on titles that include "Sully's Reel", "World Peace A Dream", "Acid Tabla", "Piece Of The World", "Paintings Of A Cave", and "Sanaiscara Saturn". CD features three bonus tracks – "Asian Rebel (hyphen dub)", "Sanaiscara Saturn (hyphen edit)", and "Acid Tabla (hyphen edit)". CD

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Ebo TaylorYen Ara ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not the slavish Afrika 70 mode that so many other contemporary groups try for – and instead that criss-crossing style of Taylor's roots, which includes all the right jazzy flourishes around the edges! Taylor's vocals are wonderful, and he also plays plenty of guitar – and titles include "Poverty No Good", "Mind Your Own Business", "Aba Yaa", "Abenkwan Puchaa", "Ankon'M", "Aboa Kyrbin", and "Mumudey Mumudey". CD
Also available Yen Ara ... LP 18.99

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Ebo TaylorYen Ara ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not the slavish Afrika 70 mode that so many other contemporary groups try for – and instead that criss-crossing style of Taylor's roots, which includes all the right jazzy flourishes around the edges! Taylor's vocals are wonderful, and he also plays plenty of guitar – and titles include "Poverty No Good", "Mind Your Own Business", "Aba Yaa", "Abenkwan Puchaa", "Ankon'M", "Aboa Kyrbin", and "Mumudey Mumudey". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Yen Ara ... CD 10.99

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Wonk & The Love ExperimentBinary ... LP
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $26.99
A slightly different vibe than usual for Wonk – maybe more soul than jazz overall, but with that criss-crossing style we love so much in their music – just expanded strongly by the presence of Love Experiment! The beats are chunky, funky, and cut with lots of spacey elements – and the vocals are served up by Kim Mayo and Kento Nagatsuka with a real 21st Century soul vibe – on grooves that have a heavy-stepping quality that's funky, but in a nicely trippy way! Leadoff cuts are collaborations between the two forces, and one or the other seem to take center stage a bit more as the album moves on – but there's still a strongly unified vibe throughout. Titles include "The Light", "Montreal", "Atonement", "You", "The World Looks So Brand New", "Summer Jawn", and "Baby Can't You See". LP, Vinyl record album

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XtasyE Je Ka Jo (Let's Dance) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
Xtasy have a name and a look that feels a lot like some of the mainstream American soul acts of the time – and the sound of this album definitely fits that image too! The grooves are a sweet blend of bumping basslines and keyboards – borrowing strongly from electro soul instrumentation of the time, with that leaner funky approach that so many American groups picked up by the mid 80s. There's maybe a few elements that hint at the group's home on the other side of the Atlantic – but even some of the percussive spots hearken towards the criss-crossing of cultures that were bubbling up on the New York scene. Titles include "Be With You", "Let Your Body Go", "Eje Kajo", "Feel So Good", "Light Of You", and "Throw Down". CD

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✨✧ Yung WuShore Leave (with flexi disc) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Coyote/Bar None, 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
One of the most beautiful albums to come from the Hoboken scene in the 80s – a Feelies side project that's every bit as great as that group's albums from the time! In fact, the style here is almost an answer to the mode of their classic Good Earth album – a similar blend of hypnotic rhythms, basslines, and acoustic guitar – but with a changed-up version of the group, so that their roles are shifted, and the sound is as well! But like Good Earth, the music here is deeply personal – much more so than the Feelies at their start – a real breath of fresh air in the 80s scene, with Dave Weckerman on vocals, and fantastic criss-crossed guitars from Glenn Mercer and Bill Million. Titles include "Shore Leave", "The Empty Pool", "Big Day", "Eternal Ice", "Return To Zion", "Child Of The Moon", "Modern Farmer", "Asperation", and "Powderfinger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes limited edition two song flexi-disc!)

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VariousAfrica Airways 4 – Disco Funk Touchdown 1976 to 1983 (with bonus download) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
We've had some great trips on Africa Airways in recent years – and this sweet fourth set proves once again that the fun lies in the journey, not the destination! As before, the cuts here share a lot more with American funk than you might think – especially the tight late 70s style with lots of basslines at the bottom, and some warmly jazzy currents in the instrumentation – which often serve to provide a superb setting for the vocals over the top – sometimes just sing-song chorus bits, but merged perfectly with the grooves! Tracks here come from French labels like Fiesta and Sonodisc, and there's definitely some of that criss-crossing between West African and Parisian modes going on – on titles that include "Sun Explosion" by Manu Dibango, "Nassa Nassa" by Uta Bella, "Nimele Bolo" by Charly Kingson, "Africain" by Momo Joseph, "Biram" by Kemayo & K-System, "Soul Magabe" by Pierre Didy Tchakounte, "Funny Saga" by The Monsters, and "Tinini Yanana" by Jake Sollo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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VariousEthereal Magic Vol 3 – Deep Laid Back Soulful Groove – Compiled By DJ Tony Monson ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
A great volume in this really unique series – a set that delivers the laidback grooves promised in the title, but often from sources that are quite unusual too! Most of the cuts are soul numbers – including a few underground gems that you'll recognize – but there's also work from other areas too, including a few contemporary numbers mixed in with 70s tracks – which creates this wonderful criss-crossing of modes and spirits, and really extends the collection out past previous volumes! As before, there's a very positive vibe throughout – and titles include "Children Of The Night" by Jones Girls, "You Will Rise" by Sweetback, "Moondance" by Bobby McFerrin, "One" by Lesette Wilson, "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" by Judy Collins, "The Picutre" by Ola Onabule, "Let The Music Play" by Collective Peace, "Stay With Me Til Dawn" by Judy Tzuke, "Love Is The Answer" by Englad Dan & John Ford Coley, "Programmed For Love" by Dunn Pearson, "Time Flies" by Kazu Matsui Project with Robben Ford, "Bluz 4 Eyes" by Buford Powers, "Riding High" by Faze-O, "Groove With You" by Isley Brothers, and "Flight Of The Blackbyrd" by Zo with Phonte. CD

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VariousNoise Reduction System – Formative European Electronica 1974 to 1984 (4CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 4 CDs ... $22.99
An incredible collection of electronic sounds that went on to inform generations of rock, pop, and dance music in years to come – but all featured here with much more interesting examples from the European roots of the genre! There's a wonderful criss-crossing of sources going on here – some academic experimenters from electronic labs, some prog musicians getting a bit more analog, some early digital keyboard wizards, and some downright punky folks – using electronics instead of guitars! The blend is wonderful, and very ear-opening – even more amazing than the partner set in this series, Close To The Noise Floor, which focused on the UK. The music here includes early work by artists you might not expect in such company, alongside others who flourished briefly at the time, gave us some great sounds – then quickly disappeared. Fortunately, the big book of notes tells all the details of the groups and their music – making the whole thing as historically informative as it is entertaining. Titles include "Ich Will" by DAF, "Ny Ny" by Truus De Groot, "Caramel" by Cluster, "Godot Was Here" by Human Flesh, "Soviet Invasion" by Doxa Sinistra, "Last Lift" by Not Only Bones, "Geld" by Malaria, "Son" by Minny Pops, "What's Dat" by Der Plan, "Industrial Tape Track 3 (excerpt)" by Maurizio Bianchi, "Sexual Discipline" by Die Form, "Flanco Dama" by Diseno Corbusier, "Troglodyten" by Asmus Tietchens, "Hymne Au Ver" by Bene Gesserit, "Secret Affair No 2" by Borghesia, "Glue Head" by Yello, "Party Talk" by Andre De Koning, "Shai Hulud" by Bernard Szajner, and "TAnze & Singen" by DDAA. 61 tracks in all! CD

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VariousOriginal Sound Of Burkina Faso ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Fantastic sounds from the glory days of the Burkina Faso scene – a time when the country's place at the crossroads of West Africa was helping to create some really amazing music! There's no set style here that defines the groove – as some tracks seem to flow from Nigerian funk, while others have echoes of Mali, and still others might show an influence from the North African changes of the period – but all with an ear towards the kinds of sounds that might burst out from the landlocked nation, and try to catch fire on the wider global market of the time. As you might guess from the Mr Bongo presentation of the music, there's a fair bit of funk in the mix – some heavy basslines or drums on about half of the tunes, mixed with lighter local instrumentation on some of the others – criss-crossing throughout in a really great way! Titles include "Boy Cuinsinier" by Pierre Sandouidi, "Jeunesse Willia" by Cisse Abdoulaye, "Kombisse" by Bozambo, "A Son Magni" by Cisse Abdoulaye and Super Volta, "M'Ba Lale" by Nabolle John Oumar, "Whisky Et Coca Cola" by Amadou Balake, "De Nwolo" by Coulibaly Tidiane and Dafra Star, "Djanfa Magni" by Youssouf Diarra Dit El Grand Ballake, and "Pop Konde" by Mangue Konde Et L'Orchestre Les 5 Consuls. CD

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✨✧ Beginning Of The EndNassau Funk ... CD
Alston/Playback, Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic funk from Beginning Of The End – one of the coolest, grooviest, most unique funk groups of the 70s – and one who've got a real criss-crossing of styles in their sound! As you'd guess from the title, these guys hail from Nassau, in the Bahamas – but their sound is hardly the stale calypso of the earlier generation, or some of the more familiar island hybrids that were playing for the tourists. Instead, these guys completely reinvent funk from the ground up – adding in lots of their own special styles of rhythm and inflection, with elements that were learned from their home scene, but then refitted for a mode that's much more American funk overall – making these guys one of the few island acts to challenge the likes of Fatback or Kool & The Gang! The set's an extremely well-chosen batch of tracks from the group's few recordings – and titles include the classic "Funky Nassau (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Monkey Tamarind", "Super Woman", "Doin The Funky Do", "That's What I Get", "When Se Made Me Promise", "In The Deep Bahamian Boogie", "Fishman", "Pretty Girl", "I've Got The News", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Gee Whiz It's Christmas", "Sleep On Dream On", "Trip To Nowhere", and "Come Down Baby". CD

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✨✧ Maria BethaniaPassaro Proibido ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing 70s album from the legendary Maria Bethania – one of those records that's without precedent, and which comes together in an array of styles that's simply breathtaking! The sound here is a bit more focused and mature than some of Maria's earlier records, but the overall work is no less imaginative – and there's still an amazing criss-crossing of modes going on here – rootsy moments, smoother ones, and a blend of the simple and the complex strung together in ways that never fail to surprise us. Arrangements are by Perinho Albuquerque, who co-produced the record with Caetano Veloso – and Veloso and Gilberto Gil also helped out a bit on vocals and guitar. Titles include "Pecado", "As Ayabas", "Festa", "Amor, Amor", "Mae Maria", and "Passaro Proibido", a beautiful duet with Caetano! CD
 
 
 



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