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✨✧ Eddie CostaGuys And Dolls Like Vibes ... CD
Verve/Coral, 1958. Used ... $8.99
Forget the theme of this one – because the album's a lot hipper than you'd expect! Sure, it's one of those "jazz meets showtunes" albums – in this case, tunes from Guys & Dolls – but the group's a sharply modern one, and features the vibes of Eddie Costa in a quintet that includes Bill Evans on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – a lineup you can definitely expect to do way more than usual with the tunes! The Evans/Motian axis is especially strong, and frees the tracks from their usual readings – bringing Costa into territory that he rarely hits on record this well – a totall great sound on longish titles that include "Adelaide", "Guys & Dolls", "If I Were A Bell", "I'll Know", and "Luck Be A Lady". CD

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Eddie Costa/Vinnie BurkeEddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... CD
Jubilee (Japan), 1956. Used ... $9.99
A spare and sweet little set from the team of Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke – one of the best of the east coast chamber jazz groups of the mid 50s! The pair's trio has Eddie on piano and vibes, Vinnie on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – all working together to craft light, rhythmic versions of tunes that really change them up rhythmically – working in the most playful mode of the time to freely create over the top of familiar numbers that include "Fascinating Rhythm", "It Could Happen To You", "Sweet & Lovely", "Yesterdays", and "Let's Do It". The set also features two nice originals – "Unison Blues" and "Pile Driver". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Eddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... LP 6.99

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Eddie Costa/Vinnie BurkeEddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... LP
Jubilee, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A spare and sweet little set from the team of Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke – one of the best of the east coast chamber jazz groups of the mid 50s! The pair's trio has Eddie on piano and vibes, Vinnie on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – all working together to craft light, rhythmic versions of tunes that really change them up rhythmically – working in the most playful mode of the time to freely create over the top of familiar numbers that include "Fascinating Rhythm", "It Could Happen To You", "Sweet & Lovely", "Yesterdays", and "Let's Do It". The set also features two nice originals – "Unison Blues" and "Pile Driver". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing.)
Also available Eddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... CD 9.99

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John Mehegan & Eddie CostaPair Of Pianos ... LP
Savoy, 1955. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Quite an unusual concept – a pair of pianos at the same time, played by John Mehegan and the late Eddie Costa – with just a bit of bass from Vinnie Burke! Titles include "Laura", "Blues For A Set", "Cheek To Cheek", "Mambo Inn", and "Intermission Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp! Vinyl and cover are nice.)

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Eddie Costa/Vinnie BurkeEddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... About June 29, 2016
A spare and sweet little set from the team of Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke – one of the best of the east coast chamber jazz groups of the mid 50s! The pair's trio has Eddie on piano and vibes, Vinnie on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – all working together to craft light, rhythmic versions of tunes that really change them up rhythmically – working in the most playful mode of the time to freely create over the top of familiar numbers that include "Fascinating Rhythm", "It Could Happen To You", "Sweet & Lovely", "Yesterdays", and "Let's Do It". The set also features two nice originals – "Unison Blues" and "Pile Driver". CD
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Eddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... LP 6.99
Eddie Costa/Vinnie Burke Trio ... CD 9.99
 
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Manny Albam & His Jazz GreatsJazz New York ... LP
Dot, 1958. Very Good ... $4.99
Manny's really grooving wonderfully on this session – using the same formation from his Jazz Greats Vol 1 session for Decca, an assortment of the best New York soloists Albam could find, all brought together in one great band for the session! The group is a largeish one, but they've got an incredibly tight energy – and Album's well remembering his own days as a player in a larger group with the arrangements, and gives the soloists plenty of room to express themselves. Players include Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Frank Socolow, Eddie Costa, Dick Katz, Nick Travis, Jerome Richardson, and Phil Woods – all painting a beautiful sound portrait of New York arranged by Manny! Titles include "Thruway", "They All Laughed", "Fresh Flute", "Dot's Right", "The Nether Regions", and "Hebe The Cups Please". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Lenny HambroNature of Things ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent album of tunes with a cool Konitz-like sound – featuring the vastly under-discovered reed work of Lenny Hambro, with piano by Eddie Costa, and guitar by either Sal Salvador or Barry Galbraith. The tracks are short and angular – but have a particularly soulful groove in the mix, one that's really surprising, considering that the overall package makes you think the record would be some sleepy over-wrought major label jazz side. Swings like a mofo from a label like Storyville or Bethlehem – and with tracks that include "Comin Thru", "Blue Light", "I Love You Much Too Much", "Libation For Celebration", and "My Future Just Passed". CD

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Coleman HawkinsColeman Hawkins (aka The Hawk Swings) ... LP
Crown, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An obscure session that was nearly lost, because it was issued on a cheapo label – but which features some really great work from Coleman Hawkins! The format is small combo, with long tracks that really open up – and Hawk is blowing in that fantastic mode that he began to use a lot around the end of the 50s. His tone is incredible – at once deep and soulful, but also touched with some raspiness and a bit of a biting reed approach – almost a bit of Sonny Rollins at times, with a sound that really makes us want to listen to more work from this fruitful (and overlooked) time in Hawk's career! Players include Thad Jones on trumpet, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, George Duvivier on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums – and titles include "Bean In Orbit", "Stalking", "Moodsville", and "Hassle". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on Pure Pleasure)

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Shelly Manne2 3 4 ... CD
Impulse/GRP, Early 60s. Used ... $13.99
A surprisingly great Shelly Manne album from the early 60s – one that follows a format that has Shelly playing in duo format ("2"), trio ("3"), and quartet ("4") – hence the title! The duo track is incredible – a spare duet with Coleman Hawkins called "Me & Some Drums" – improvised between Manne and Hawkins, stretching for 6 minutes, with a sound that's a high point in the career of both players! The trio work features Shelly with Eddie Costa on vibes and piano and George Duvivier on bass – and the quartet sides bring Hawkins back, alongside Hank Jones' piano and more bass by Duvivier. The whole thing's great – as much for Hawkins as it is for Manne – and titles include "The Sicks Of Us", "Slowly", "Take The A Train", "Lean On Me", and "Me & Some Drums". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Sal SalvadorShades Of Sal Salvador ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good ... $24.99
Wonderful 50s work from guitarist Sal Salvador – a record that features some great work by Phil Woods on alto sax! Given that Sal often recorded in a small combo mode that usually highlighted his guitar in the lead, the presence of Woods is really a nice surprise here – especially since Phil's at that key early point in his career, when he was playing with a raspy edge that could really add a lot to a session! The players here shift a bit from track to track – and Woods is on 7 of the album's 11 tracks – joined on some of the best by Eddie Bert on trombone and Eddie Costa on vibes. Titles include "Joe & Me", "Carioca", "Delighted", "I've Got A Feelin", "I Hadn't Anyone Til You", and "Took The Spook". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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TwennynineTwennynine With Lenny White ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best ever records from Twennynine – produced and arranged by Lenny White & Larry Dunn – jazzy modern soul at it's dawn of the decade finest! Twennynine With Lenny White is way at the front of the pack of a lot of the 80s groove elements to follow in its wake – with popping basslines, heavy bass pedals, compressed guitar riffs and a really insistent overall groove! The record's got a pretty straight R&B feel, but thanks to White's nice production, there's a lot of good fusion elements in the mix – which raises the album a step above, and makes it groove nicely. The group features keyboards by Skip Anderson, doing a great job stepping in for Don Blackman, with lead vocals by Tanya Willoughby, synths by Larry Dunn, percussion by Paulinho De Costa, guitar by Eddie Martinez, bass by Barry Johnson and others. Titles include "My Melody", "Kid Stuff", "Fancy Dancer", "Slip Away", "We Had To Break Away", and "Love & Be Loved". CD

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VariousJazz Dispensary – Cosmic Stash (4LP translucent colored vinyl box set) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fantasy, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 4LPs ... $79.99
Psychedelic, funky, cosmic soul jazz from the deep archives of the late 60s and 1970s-era Fantasy family of labels – a 4LP Cosmic Stash by a who's who of favorites – with Bernard Purdie, Eddie Jefferson, Ronnie Foster, Isaac Hayes, Blackbyrds, Johnny Hammond Smith, Paulinho Da Costa, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, Funk Inc, Pleasure, David Axelrod, Charles Earland, Gary Bartz NTU Troop, Flora Purim, Pharoah Sanders and more! Wow! The box set is really nicely-packaged, with the 4LPs sequenced in stylistically coherent – anthologized on 4LPs titled to give you a strong sense of the sounds – Soul Diesel, Purple Funk, OG Kush and Astral Travelin' – each with it's own "prescription label" and translucent-colored vinyl. Gimmicky, sure, but it a fun way, and there's not arguing with the strength of the grooves! Includes "Cold Sweat" by Bernard Purdie, "Got Myself A Good Man" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, "Greeze" by Charles Kynard, "Psychedelic Sally" by Eddie Jefferson", "Mystic Brew" by Ronnie Foster, "Free Angela" by Bayete, "EVA" by Jean-Jacques Perrey, "Mysterious Vibes" by Blackbyrds, "Life Is Funky" by Round Robin Monopoly, "Bouncy Lady" by Pleasure, "The Hump" by Patrice Rushen, "Leaving This Planet" by Charles Earland, "Astral Traveling" by Pharoah Sanders, "Tawhid" by Johnny Lytle and much more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mike CuozzoMike Cuozzo With The Costa Burke Trio ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... About June 29, 2016
One of the few albums as a leader from Mighty Mike Cuozzo – a tight tenor player with a great sort of 50s swing! The set's the kind of no-nonsense, well-blown effort you might expect from Sonny Stitt or Seldon Powell at the time – tunes that pack in plenty over a relatively short space – really transformed by Mike's deft talents on the tenor, with a surprising degree of soul in the mix as well! Rhythm is by Eddie Costa on piano, Vinnie Burke on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and the whole thing's got the solid feel of a lost Roost session. Titles include "Blue Jeans", "Bounce For Mike", "Ten AM", "Lover Man", and "That Old Feeling". CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneJohn Coltrane In The Winner's Circle ... CD
Bethlehem (Japan), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare stuff from John Coltrane! The album features Trane playing tenor on only 4 of the album's 8 tracks – making it kind of surprising that they used his name in the title – but the album is a lesser-known batch of large group recordings that offer an interesting early chapter in his career! The main force behind the album is arranger Harry Tubbs – possibly not a name that's as sexy as John Coltrane, hence the billing – but a worthy leader for the date, given the quality of the music. Many of the other players here are small combo heroes who can also shine brightly in bigger groups – such as Donald Byrd and Art Farmer on trumpets, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Al Cohn on baritone sax, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – plus Rolf Kuhn, making an early American appearance on clarinet. Coltrane gets in some nice, but short moments on the date – but the bigger charm is the full ensemble work – on titles that include "She Didn't Say Yes", "Turtle Walk", "At Home With The Blues", "Seabreeze", and "Love & The Weather". CD

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✨✧ Stan GetzApasionado ... CD
A&M, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late record by Stan Getz – one of his last – recorded with Herb Alpert and Eddie Del Barrio arranging – a record with a some surprisingly wonderful sax solos by Stan given the late date – and a surprisingly tight sound given the extended roster of players! The sound is pretty polished as a whole, which doesn't squander Stan's work, and the clean & lean vibe features contributors such as Del Barrio on synth, Kenny Baron on piano, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, Oscar Castro Neves on guitar, a George Bohanon & Reginald Young on trombone, Rick Bapist and others on trumpet, and more. Titles include "Apasionado", "Coba", "Waltz For Stan", "Espanola", "Madrugada", "Amoruous Cat", "Midnight Ride" and "Lonely Lady". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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✨✧ Gigi GryceReminiscin' (Trip pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Trip, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great lost date from the wonderful Gigi Gryce – a set that features the altoist in an sextet, but often swinging with a looser vibe than on some of his better-known albums from the 50s! There's a mix of soulful and modern here that's not unlike the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – both players of Gryce's same postwar generation, and coincidentally recording for Mercury at the same time. Although the groove here is definitely different – less emphasis on the bottom, and more on the top – not just Gryce's wonderfully raspy alto, but also the trumpet of Richard Williams too. All other players are great as well – and Eddie Costa brings in some sweet vibes – in a lineup that also features Richard Wyands on piano, and either Reggie Workman or George Duvivier on bass, and either Walter Perkins or Bob Thomas on drums. Tracks include "Reminiscing", "Gee Blues Gee", "Blue Light", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Trip pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Lenny HambroNature of Things ... LP
Epic, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent album of tunes with a cool Konitz-like sound – featuring the vastly under-discovered reed work of Lenny Hambro, with piano by Eddie Costa, and guitar by either Sal Salvador or Barry Galbraith. The tracks are short and angular – but have a particularly soulful groove in the mix, one that's really surprising, considering that the overall package makes you think the record would be some sleepy over-wrought major label jazz side. Swings like a mofo from a label like Storyville or Bethlehem – and with tracks that include "Comin Thru", "Blue Light", "I Love You Much Too Much", "Libation For Celebration", and "My Future Just Passed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Special products pressing. Cover has price sticker remnants on front.)
Also available Nature of Things ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Blue MitchellAfrican Violet/Summer Soft ... CD
Impulse, 1977/1978. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Overlooked greatness from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – two 70s albums back to back! African Violet is sweet electric funk from Blue – recorded in a warm, largely arranged style that's reminiscent of the best Freddie Hubbard fusion work from the 70s – but which has an even tighter sound overall! The groove is great – kind of a Kudu Records vibe, and Blue's actually quite good in this format – stepping off with a bit more confidence than on his electric sides from Mainstream, and getting the benefit of some great tenor sax work from Harold Land on a few numbers! Mitchell's always one of those players who actually seems to stretch out more in a set where he's not the leader of a small combo – and his solos here are surprisingly strong, and filled with soul – as are those of Land and tenorist Herman Riley. Titles include "Sand Castles", "Ojos De Rojo", "Mississippi Jump", "As", "Square Business", and "Forget". Summer Soft is a later set from Blue Mitchell – but a great one too, and done in a fully-arranged soul fusion style that seems to bring out the best in his playing! The album's got a smoother sound than some of Blue's work for Blue Note or Mainstream – but the groove comes out surprisingly well, without any cliches or cheesiness – and Blue himself turns in some wonderful solo work for the record, blowing in an open-ended mode that's similar to Donald Byrd's style of the time. Other players include Bobby Lyle on keyboards, Cedar Walton on piano, Eddie Harris and Harold Land on tenor, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion – and arrangements for the set were handled by Phil Wright and Cedar Walton, the latter of whom brings in some of the tight funky feel of his own late 70s fusion sets for Columbia. Titles include "A Day At The Mint", "Summer Soft", "Try Not To Forget", "Love Has Made Me A Dreamer", "Evergreen", and "Funkthesizer". CD

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✨✧ Bob BrookmeyerGloomy Sunday & Other Bright Moments ... LP
Verve, 1961. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked treat recorded at a time when Verve was briefly exploring the jazz orchestra format in the early 60s – through recordings by Stan Getz, Jimmy Guiffre, and here, Bob Brookmeyer. The record features a set of tracks written and/or arranged by Brookmeyer, with help from contemporaries like Eddie Sauter, Ralph Burns, and Gary McFarland – all of whom were doing similar work for Verve at the time. Players are strong all around – and include Hank Jones, Eddie Costa, Gene Quill, Phil Woods, Nick Travis, Al Cohn, and Phil Bodner – and titles include "Some Of My Best Friends", "Gloomy Sunday", "Where Oh Where", "Days Gone By Oh My", and "Ho Hum". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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✨✧ Tal FarlowComplete 1956 Private Recordings ... CD
Definitive (Spain), 1956. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from the great Tal Farlow – private recordings made in 1956, only briefly issued in the 70s on the Xanadu label, under the titles Fuerst Set and Second Set. Together, the recordings make for one of the best Tal Farlow albums from the 50s – very different than any of his other sides from the time! The material features the release of an obscure after-hours set that guitarist Farlow recorded with Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass – and the trio grooves along in a wonderful way, very open-ended, which brings out a whole new side of Farlow's soloing style. The tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Jordu", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Opus De Funk", "All The Things You Are", "Let's Do It", and "Out Of Nowhere", which features a bit of vocalizing by Gene Williams. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Phil WoodsGettin It On ... LP
Jazz International, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Art & Phil – a fantastic team together, who rarely recorded in this format! The album's a quintet session – recorded with Paul Motian, Teddy Kotick, and Eddie Costa – one with a lyrical modern edge that really brings out the best in both players, especially Art, who's a lot more lively here than on some of his more subdued 60s sessions. Tracks are all very well done – with firey solos from Art on most numbers, and some very tight rhythm work. Titles include "Big Ben", "Get Out Of The Road", "Nature Boy", "Stretch In F", and "Blues Plus Eight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Betty RocheTake The A Train (2nd pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the few small group sessions from vocalist Betty Roche – a singer who was known for her work with Duke Ellington, but who sounds even better in this setting! Betty's got a style that's warmly raspy – a bit more edge than some of the cooler vocalists on the Bethlehem label at the time, but still backed with a group that's slightly modern – in keeping with other dates on the label. The combo features Eddie Costa on vibes, Donn Trenner on piano, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Whitey Mitchell on bass, and Davey Williams on drums – all grooving gently with Betty on a set of tracks that includes "Take The A Train", "Something To Live For", "All My Life", "All Too Soon", "You Don't Love Me Any More", "Go Away Blues", and "September In The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s presssing.)

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✨✧ Murder Inc (Irving Joseph)Murder Inc ... CD
Time/GAD (Poland), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool little record – one that imagines itself as a crime jazz soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist – yet manages to come across with all the best styles of the time, with a quality to rival the best from Henry Mancini, Pete Rugolo, and Elmer Bernstein! Like famous scores by all of those artists, the work here features a strong array of jazz musicians and studio giants, coming together in tight formation to create these cuts that have a very vivid feel overall – music that's instantly able to paint these brilliant little pictures in sound, with dynamic energy that comes not just from the group as a whole,b ut also from strong breakout solo moments! The set includes vibes from Eddie Costa, trumpet from Lou Mucci, bass from George Duvivier, guitars from Barry Galbraith and Bucky Pizzarelli, percussion from Phil Kraus, and a whole lot of great reeds from Phil Bodner – on a set of original titles that include "State's Evidence", "Third Degree", "We The Jury", "Prison Break", "Stool Pigeon", and "Bad Day In Brooklyn" CD

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✨✧ Clark TerryEverything's Mellow/Plays The Jazz Version Of All American ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Germany), 1961/1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked gems from trumpeter Clark Terry – back to back on a single CD! On Everything's Mellow, things are mellow indeed – and that fact makes the record one of Terry's greatest from the 60s! The obscure session features Clark blowing in the laidback style of Prestige's Moodsville imprint – almost a swing-based, Verve-styled mode that makes for some really great tunes. Terry plays both trumpet and flugelhorn on the session – working through really restrained readings of tunes that include "The Simple Waltz", "Out In The Cold Again", "Among My Souvenirs", and "In The Alley" – and the rest of the players on the session include Junior Mance on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums. All American is a surprisingly nice little set from Clark Terry – featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson, and a pretty nice little group that includes Budd Johnson on tenor and Eddie Costa on vibes and piano. The material appears to be lifted from the musical All American – by the team of Charles Strouse & Lee Adams – although the notes, and certainly not the title, don't do much to indicate this. The best part of the set is Nelson – who manages to, here as always, take any sort of material and give it a really strong swingin – bouncing it up with a lot of soul, and creating plenty of space for some strong breakout solos. Titles include "What A Country", "Same Language", "The Fight Song", "Nightlife", and "It's Fun To Think". CD
Also available Everything's Mellow ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Lenny White with TwennynineOriginal Album Series (Streamline/Adventures Of Astral Pirates/Best Of Friends/Twennynine With Lenny White/Just Like Dreamin')(5CD set) ... CD
Warner, 1978/1979/1980/1981. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Five classic albums from Lenny White – packaged together as tiny LP-styled editions! First up is Streamline – a record with a lean, clean groove that's mighty nice, and plenty darn soulful! Plus, Lenny's working here with a pretty soulful fusion group that includes Don Blackman on keyboards and Marcus Miller on bass, both of whom give the record a similar feel to the GRP funk that would come out a few years later from Blackman, Bernard Wright, and others – showing White yet again ahead of the pack! A few tracks have vocals, and titles include "Struttin", "Earthlings", "Spazmo Strikes Again", "Pooh Bear", "Lockie's Inspiration", "I'll See You Soon", and "Night Games". Astral Pirates is a hard heavy batch of funky fusion tunes – with lots of hard drums by Lenny, and spacey spacey keyboards by the great Don Blackman! Patrick Gleeson had a hand in some of the synthesizer work, and he gives the album a similar astral sound to the work he did on the Mercury label at the same time. There's a lot of guitars in the lead, but they sound pretty nice next to Lenny's heavy drums – and titles include "Heavy Metal Monster", "Assault", "Climax", "Universal Love", "The Great Pyramid", and "Remembering". Best Of Friends was recorded with the Twennynine combo – a group that features some especially great keyboards from the great Don Blackman! The style here's a bit like some of Blackman's own work – rooted in fusion, but focused towards soul – with vocals on all tracks, but lots of tightly crafted riffs and grooves underneath! Keyboards and guitars are in the forefront on top of Lenny White's drums – but tunes also feature some EWF horn work, and an occasional vocal chorus arranged by Blackman, and featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and Googie Coppola! Tracks include the classic 80s groover "Peanut Butter", plus "Tropical Nights", "Best Of Friends", "Take Me Or Leave Me", "Citi Dancin", and "Betta". Twennynine With Lenny White is way at the front of the pack of a lot of the 80s groove elements to follow in its wake – with popping basslines, heavy bass pedals, compressed guitar riffs and a really insistent overall groove! The record's got a pretty straight R&B feel, but thanks to White's nice production, there's a lot of good fusion elements in the mix – which raises the album a step above, and makes it groove nicely. The group features keyboards by Skip Anderson, doing a great job stepping in for Don Blackman, with lead vocals by Tanya Willoughby, synths by Larry Dunn, percussion by Paulinho De Costa, guitar by Eddie Martinez, bass by Barry Johnson and others. Titles include "My Melody", "Kid Stuff", "Fancy Dancer", "Slip Away", "We Had To Break Away", and "Love & Be Loved". Just Like Dreamin is sublime jazzy soul from Twennynine – a combo that's headed by drummer Lenny White, but which is a really solid group affair overall! Twennynine have a perfect sense of poise throughout – that great mix of jazzy elements and more straightforward soul that characterized some of the best groups of the early 80s – served up with a bit of polish, but still plenty of nice sharp edges on the grooves. Keyboards slide along nicely with the basslines and drums – and although lead vocals are by Barry Johnson, most of the group members manage to sing a bit throughout the set – fleshing out the grooves wonderfully with some really warm chorus parts. Titles include "Movin On", "Rhythm", "Twennynine (The Rap)", "Just Like Dreamin", "Don't Look Back", "Need You", "Find A Love", and "All I Want". CD
 
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✨✧ Jack CostanzoMr Bongo And His Afro Cuban Band ... CD
GNP, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set of west coast Latin from Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo! The album's one of Jack's best from the early days – a hard-driving set of short and jazzy numbers that are filled with strong percussion and good solos – showing that LA could cut Latin every bit as great as artists on the New York scene! Eddie Cano's playing piano on the set, and tunes include "Goza Negra", "Bongo Festeris" & "Caravan". Plus, the CD's expanded past the original album – and features tracks that include "Viva Tirado", "Guantanamera", and "Chicken & Rice". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousCoco May May – 1955 to 1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers – The Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo ... LP
Grossoi (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great Latin groovers from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – all tracks that are tight, upbeat, and filled with a lively mix of rhythm and jazz – all at a level that's designed to showcase the sorts of modes that led to the development of Latin Soul and boogaloo a few years later! These tracks aren't your usual cha cha or charanga numbers – and instead, many of them have some pretty fierce percussion, and strong solos that break out from the pack and really give the music a lot of spirit – the kind of subtle hipper touches the younger scene was bringing to bear against the bigger, more standard orchestras of the period. Titles include "Dry Coconuts" by La Playa Sextet, "Coco May May" by Jack Costanzo, "Pachanga En Changa" by Joe Quijano, "A Gozar Timbero" by Cachao, "Conmigo" by Eddie Palmieri, "Guajira Y Tambo" by Ray Barretto, "Gueita Caiman" by Fantasmita, "Las Bobitas" by Roberto Faz, "El Divorcio" by Arsenio Rodriguez, and "Anabacoa" by Pio Leyva with Bebo Valdes. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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