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Dazz BandJoystick/Jukebox ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1983/1984. New Copy ... $13.99
The Dazz Band brilliantly modernizes their sound for the early-to-mid 80s – without sacrificing the funk one bit on a pair of later Motown albums – '83's Joystick and '84's Jukebox in a single set! As you might guess from the title, on Joystick, Dazz Band thumps and pulses things into a style that's electro and computer groove aware. That said, their background in midwestern funky 70s soul is hardwired into their systems and they bridge the eras masterfully! Titles include "To The Roof", "Joystick", "Until You", "Rock With Me", "Now That I Have You" and more. On Jukebox, the Dazz Band hit hard with that catchy, synth-heavy groove that marks their other solid Motown work! The album's got all the catchy pop elements you might guess from the time – not as classically funky as the group in their roots, with lots of emphasis on the keyboards and guitar – that crossover Motown soul mode of the mid 80s. Titles include "So Much Love", "Dream Girl", "She's The One", "Heartbeat", "Let It All Blow", "Undercover Lover", and "Main Attraction". CD
 
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✨✧ Kinsman DazzKinsman Dazz/Dazz ... CD
20th Century/Expansion, 1978/1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of killers – back to back on a single CD! First up is the killer debut from the Dazz Band – issued way back when they were named Kinsman Dazz, and when "dazz" was a reference to the fact that the group could play both dance music and jazz! That jazzy element is definitely in place here – as the set's got lots of hip instrumental touches over the core funky grooves – produced with some great help from Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson, who bring in a bit of Earth Wind & Fire vibe – and set to some larger arrangements from Patrice Rushen, who ups the jazzy quotient too! But the core sound of the group is what really drives the album – a well-crafted batch of Ohio funky numbers that step along with the best of their generation – on titles that include "Makin Music", "Forget About Lovin You", "Get Down With the Feelin", "Stand In Your Way", "And I Mean", and "Dazzberry Jam". On the Dazz album, Kinsman Dazz are even funkier here than before – showing off their Ohio roots, and pointing the way towards the classic Dazz Band sound they'd forge in the 80s! Rhythms are very tight throughout – but still often touched with the jazzy elements that made the group so great in their early years – echoing a bit of an Earth Wind & Fire sound, as Philip Bailey's on board to help a bit with arrangements and background vocals. The whole thing's great – a super-tight record without any filler at all – and titles include "I Searched Around", "Love Design", "Keep On Rockin", "Can't Get Enough", "Dancin Free", and the wonderful "Catchin Up On Love", a spacey harmony track with a really anthemic sound! CD
 
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Butcher BrownAll Purpose Music ... CD
Jellystone, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
Nice, timeless jazz funk from the Butcher Brown band – with a vibe that's informed by some of theirs and our own favorite records by The Crusaders, 70s era Herbie Hancock, earlier Earth, Wind & Fire and others on the grittier edge of funky fusion – with their own inventive, contemporary touches! Warm, head nodding, easy-to-love sounds from a group that's just getting started – with Devonne Harris on keys, guitar and percussion, Corey Fonville on drums, Andrew Randazzo on bass and Keith Askey on guitar – plus guests that include Nicholas Payton, Marcus Tenney, Reggie Pace and John Bibbs. Includes "Forest Green", "Country Boys", "Philly Roll", "Sticky July", "Highway One", "Powhatan", "Goin' Home", "Nice", "Faith" feat Jon Bibbs, "Cairo", "Country Boys" and more. CD

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Mah DambaDjelimousso ... CD
Buda (France), 2000. Used ... $13.99
A killer album of Mande music from one of the strongest female singers we've heard from Mali, a country with no shortage of great vocalists! Mah Damba rips through ten traditional tunes, making the most of the spare, hypnotic yet wonderfully spindly instrumental backing provided by her husband Mamaye Kouyate, who plays the ngoni – an indigenous lute with a great, dry, twangy sound, as well as acoustic guitar. Female backing singers, a second ngoni, and some terrific beats played on the guita fle – a halved calabash struck with the palms that produces a deep, low-end thump – round it all out. Damba's got a powerful, soulful voice that mixes dazzling melisma with subtle melodic ornamentation. If you dig singers like Rokia Traore and Kandia Kouyate or some of Frederic Galliano's Frikyiwa material, check this one out! Tracks include "Sounfani", "Koumbe Mandira", "Simbala Kone", "Dombali", and "Solio". CD
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North Texas State University Lab BandLab 67! ... LP
NTSU, 1967. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Players include Joe Randazzo on trombone and Rich Margolis on vibes! Titles include "Anadge", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Swag's Groove", "Nature Boy", and "Easy To Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orchestre VeveVintage Verckys ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $12.99
Totally killing Congolese rumba from the early 70s! Saxophonist and bandleader Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta got his start by contributing grippingly muscular tenor saxophone work with the legendary Franco & OK Jazz during the mid-60s, providing unusual hefty horn work to a style where the guitars typically get the lion' share of the solo space. In 1969, he took the lessons he learned from Franco and started his own band, Orchestre Veve, creating a body of work as good as any of his rivals. American R & B honkers like King Curtis heavily influenced Verckys, but he masterfully adapted this brusque style for the more refined sound of Congolese rumba. While he takes a ton of dynamite solos, there's still a mother lode of sublime guitar playing here, as dazzling lockstep counterpoint keeps the music at a steady boil. Tracks include "Baluti", "Ah Ngai Matinda", "Londende", "Mama Djele", and "Vivita". CD

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Guy WarrenDivine Drummer ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
Dazzling percussion music from one of the most accomplished and interesting drummers ever to emerge in Africa! Already a percussionist, Ghana's Guy Warren made a brief visit to Chicago during World War II where he became enamored of the latest development in American jazz. The ideas he picked up became ingredients in the Tempos, the pioneering highlife band he led with ET Mensah. He spent only three years with the group and moved to Liberia where he worked as a journalist and the first African presenter on the BBC World Service. He returned to the US in 1955 and performed with a number of jazz greats including Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker. He made one of the first African-jazz fusion albums with Red Saunders and Gene Esposito in 1958, leading the way for a series of like-minded albums cut in the US. By the late 60s he was back in Ghana. The music here was made in London in 1969-70, a cornucopia of dense African polyrhythms teeming with all sorts of idiomatic sensibilities and some fascinating jazz-African improvisations that sound remarkably fresh. Tracks include "Freedom Dance", "One Step African Ragtime", "Self Portrait 1969", "Keep Cool You Fool (Don't Lose Your Cool)", and "Gye Nyame (Unless God)". CD

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✨✧ Henri BowaneDouble Take – Tala Kaka ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The only album recorded by Henri Bowane, an important pioneer of Congolese rumba! Back in the early 50s he was one of the first guitarists to record in Kinshasa, where he quickly became a prominent bandleader and arranger. He was the guy that introduced Franco to the world, hiring him for his band before OK Jazz even started. In the late 50s he left the Congo, managing Ry-Co Jazz, but after the group reorganized in 1960 Bowane settled in Ghana, where focused on behind the scenes responsibilities, producing records by Zaiko Langa Langa and managing the great Sam Mangwana. This superb album was cut in 1976 with Ghanaian musicians but never released until RetroAfric rescued it in the mid-90s. It's a dazzling fusion of Congolese guitar with the tight rhythms of modern highlife – and it's further enhanced by excellent horn charts. He's a terrific singer and decades after he started he can still unfurl amazing guitar solos. Tracks include "Sam Ba No", "Natalie Nato", "Monoko Ya Mboko", "Marie Louise", and "Wabon'kum Blues", a deeply soulful, organ-stoked Zaiko tune. CD
 
 
 



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