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✨✧ El RegoEl Rego (plus bonus 45 & download) ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy LP & 7 Inch ... Out Of Stock
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)
 
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Till BronnerMovie Album ... CD
Universal (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $18.99
A beautiful setting for trumpeter Till Bronner – a set that has the German musician stepping out on a host of famous film themes, with backing from a larger orchestra that creates a wonderful backdrop for his solos! The style's very different than some of Bronner's more groove-oriented sets, and is a great reminder that he's also got an ear for deeper sounds and more expansive modes – yet still in a way that holds onto all of the soul in his horn. Chuck Loeb put the set together with Till, and also helped with the arrangements – as did Chris Walden, Nan Schwartz, and Jeff Lorber. The album features some guest appearances – including Everett Harp on tenor, Gregory Porter on vocals, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, Lizzy Cuesta on vocals, Joy Denalane on vocals, and Rick Braun on flugelhorn. Titles include "Moon River", "Forbidden Colours", "Run To You", "Love Theme From Cinema Paradiso", "Il Postino", "Mulholland Falls", "Happy", and "The Godfather Waltz". CD
Also available Movie Album ... LP 21.99

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Till BronnerMovie Album ... LP
Universal (Germany), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99
A beautiful setting for trumpeter Till Bronner – a set that has the German musician stepping out on a host of famous film themes, with backing from a larger orchestra that creates a wonderful backdrop for his solos! The style's very different than some of Bronner's more groove-oriented sets, and is a great reminder that he's also got an ear for deeper sounds and more expansive modes – yet still in a way that holds onto all of the soul in his horn. Chuck Loeb put the set together with Till, and also helped with the arrangements – as did Chris Walden, Nan Schwartz, and Jeff Lorber. The album features some guest appearances – including Everett Harp on tenor, Gregory Porter on vocals, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, Lizzy Cuesta on vocals, Joy Denalane on vocals, and Rick Braun on flugelhorn. Titles include "Moon River", "Forbidden Colours", "Run To You", "Love Theme From Cinema Paradiso", "Il Postino", "Mulholland Falls", "Happy", and "The Godfather Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Movie Album ... CD 18.99

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Duke EllingtonAt The Crystal Gardens Salem Oregon 1952 ... CD
Hep (UK), 1952. Used 2CD ... $14.99
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Gregory IsaacsNight Nurse – The Best Of Gregory Issacs ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
Seminal sounds from the cool ruler – one of the best collections of material we've ever seen from the legendary Gregory Issacs – easily one of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music during the 70s and 80s! The package features loads of excellent early cuts, plus a few key later hits – and even a number of rare 12" single versions too – all wrapped up with a nice batch of notes on the music, and a very large track selection too. Titles include "Too Late", "Lonely Soldiers", "Black A Kill Black", "Extra Classic", "Let's Dance", "Slave Master", "Motherless Child (12" mix)", "Ba Da", "Mr Cop", "Never Be Ungrateful (12" mix)", "Mr Know It All", "Soon Forward (12" mix)", "Tune In", "Poor & Clean", "Tenement Yard (12" mix)", "Private Secretary", "Front Door", "Next To You (12" mix)", "Wailing Rudie", and "Sunday Morning". CD

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JoyceJoyce (1968) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
The first album by Joyce – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! The album's a wonderfully lyrical batch of tracks – many written by Joyce herself, plus a few by Brazilian songwriters Jards Macale, Toninho Horta, and Marcos Valle – and the orchestrations are by Gaya, and played on a number of tracks by Dori Caymmi and his group. The style shows many elements of Joyce's later unique style, filtered through a more standard late bossa sound – light and breezy, but with a bit of a dark edge that's in a classic Jobim mode. Includes the track "Superego", which feels a lot like Joyce from the 70s – plus the lovely "Litoral", and the tracks "Me Disseram", "Nao Muda, Nao", "Cantiga De Procura", "Choro Chorado", "Bloco Do Eu Sozinho", and "Improvisado". CD

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✨✧ David Kauffman & Eric CaboorSongs From Suicide Bridge (with bonus download) ... LP
Modern Classics/Light In The Attic, 1984. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 26.98
Incredible lost work from the LA scene of the mid 80s – not punk, not metal, not paisley underground, and instead something completely different altogether – a spare acoustic set with a moody vibe that's instantly timeless! The duo of David Kauffman & Eric Caboor are almost an American equivalent of Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth during the same stretch – not with a similar sound, but a similar spirit that foregoes all the styles of the time, and reaches instead back a decade or two for simpler, more unadorned styles that perfectly fit the mood of their dark-edged songs. Most tunes are somewhat mellow, but with a heartbreaking quality that makes them extremely vibrant – as the duo carefully use acoustic guitar, piano, bass, and bits of mandolin and vocals – to augment their vocals on titles that include "Where's The Understanding", "Neighborhood Blues", "Kiss Another Day Goodbye", "Life & Times On The Beach", "Tinsel Town", and "Life Without Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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Mel LewisMel Lewis & Friends ... CD
Horizon/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
An excellent solo set as a leader from drummer Mel Lewis – one that reminds us that he can still cook very strongly away from his big band with trumpeter Thad Jones! The set has Lewis in different groupings with an excellent set of the friends mentioned in the title – a top-shelf lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Michael Brecker on tenor, Gregory Herbert on alto, Hank Jones on piano, and Ron Carter on bass – working their way through a mix of different material that really takes on some great new energy in Lewis' hands – that mix of swing and complexity he forged in the group with Jones, but maybe even more compelling here in a smaller combo format. Titles include "Windflower", "De Samba", "Ain't Nothin Nu", "A Child Is Born", and "Sho Nuff Did". CD


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Oregon45th Parallel ... LP
Portrait/CBS, 1988. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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OregonOregon (1983) ... LP
ECM, 1983. Near Mint- ... $1.99
The Oregon sound, still alive and well into the 80s – perhaps given even more room to express itself in an ECM setting like this! The album's a mix of angular notes and warmer tones – very much the experimentalism that the group prided itself on at the time – and which really set the tune for a whole generation of imitations, some of which were already showing in the rest of the jazz world by the time of this release. Yet Oregon proves by the set that they're still the leading lights of the this side of the jazz spectrum – keeping things fresh with an ever-changing array of instrumentation from Ralph Towner, Colin Walcott, Paul McCandless, and Glen Moore. Titles include "Skyline", "Impending Bloom", "Beacon", "Rapids", "Taos", and "Beside A Brook". LP, Vinyl record album

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OregonOut Of The Woods ... LP
Elektra, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $2.99
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(Cover has a small stain on the spine.)

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, & OthersRound Nina – A Tribute To Nina Simone ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
A compelling tribute to the great Nina Simone – featuring a host of contemporary singers performing their own versions of classics from Nina's recordings of the 60s and 70s! The project was put together in France, with orchestrations by Clement Ducol – but it features a fair bit of singers from a wider scene, including the great Gregory Porter, who makes a key appearance here! Instrumentation is often a mix of contemporary and classic modes – almost a remix of the original ideals of Simone's recordings, although the vocal delivery is very straight, and never played with – which is a good thing. Performances include "Black Is The Color" by Gregory Porter, "Baltimore" by Lianne Le Havas, "Sinnerman" by Keziah Jones, "Just Say I Love Him" by Hindi Zara, "Lilac Wine" by Camille, "Four Women" by Melody Gardot, "Feeling Good" by Ben L'Oncle Soul, "My Baby Just Cares For Me" by Oliva Ruiz, and "Plain Gold Ring" by Youn Sun Nah. CD
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Eric ReedGroovewise ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – as Reed reminds us of his ability to soulfully swing and really get down to business – working here with Blake's tenor in these wide waves of sound on the groovers, then laying back into these complex lines in the more gentle passages – both aided nicely by the work of Ben Williams on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. All tracks are nice and long – and really flow with the kind of magic that Eric brings to his performances in a club – and titles include "Powerful Paul Robeson", "Until The Last Cat Has Swung", "Ornate", "The Gentle Giant", "The Shade Of The Cedar Tree", "Una Mujer Elegante", and "Groovewise". CD

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Mike Sammes Singers & The John Gregory OrchestraChannel West (TV Western Themes/Avengers & Other TV Themes/Let's Get Away From It All/The Melody Moves) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
Two very different slices of work from the Brit easy scene at the start of the 60s – TV music from arranger John Gregory, and a set of swinging vocal sides from the great Mike Sammes Singers! Gregory dominates the first record – which is split between an album of western themes, mostly from American sources – taken at a relatively serious level with added vocals from Sammes' group. The second half of the Gregory tracks are more swinging – and feature work from The Avengers and other 60s crime/spy material. Gregory titles include "The Avengers", "Sunset Strip", "Johnny Staccato", "Route 66", "Tightrope", "Sugarfoot", "Maverick", "Bonanza", "Rawhide", and "Perry Mason". The other part of the collecvtion features excellent material from the Mike Sammes Singers – a mixed male/female group who work in a very jazzy style – clearly schooled in the vocalese of Lambert Hendricks & Ross or The Blue Stars – but also working with more of a lyrical approach, and this sprightly feel that would have been perfect on 60s TV. The arrangements are great – jazzier than they are cheesy – and titles include "Taking A Chance On Love", "Pick Yourself Up", "Passing Breeze", "Spring Spring Spring", "Nice To Know You Care", "I Know That You Know", and "Manhattan". Package also fetaures more bonus tracks from the Sammes Singers! CD

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Rosemary SquiresShining Sea (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Readers Digest/SSJ (Japan), 1960s. New Copy ... $21.99
Rare work from British singer Rosemary Squires – a vocalist we hardly know at all, but one who really stands out strongly in these excellent 60s recordings! Rosemary's got a mature, sophisticated style that's very much the best female mode of the time – that all-adult style of singing that was emerging in the 60s – kind of post-pop, post-torch – not afraid to show off its charms when needed, but very self-possessed of its other strengths as well. The arrangements often help Squires hit this mature mode quite well – handled by UK talents Wally Stott, Ken Thorne, John Gregory, and Robert Mandell – and the choice of material is mostly older numbers, but taken into very fresh territory by these talents – hardly just a batch of musty evergreens, and instead remade into vehicles for a new sort of expression. Titles include "I've Got You Under My Skin", "The Shining Sea", "Do It Again", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Just In Time", "But Not For Me", "Whatever Lola Wants", and "Till There Was You". CD

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Gregory TardyWith Songs Of Joy ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Tenorist Gregory Tardy comes on here with a surprising degree of complexity – a range of expressions on his instrument that run from straightforward, to sharply angular, to dark-toned and sonorous – all in the space of a single session! The sense of individual spirit is stronger than ever with Tardy – as he reaches into so many different areas with his well-developed approach to the music – especially sharp on his own compositions, which make up a good amount of the album here. The group also features well-matched trumpet from Philip Dizack, who seems to shift his mood to match Tardy's – and the rest of the quintet includes John Chin on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums. Titles include "The Law Of Biogenesis", "Lil Patient One", "Ancient Of Days", "Song For Joshua", "The Myth Of Privacy", "The Narrow Door", and "Precious Abby". CD

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Cecile VernyFear & Faith ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 2014. Used ... $4.99
A wonderfully strong set from singer Cecile Verny – thanks to a backing combo who's as proud and bold as her vocals! Often, a singer like this never gets the sort of groove she deserves – sometimes lost amidst some fuller R&B arrangements, or under-whelmed by trippier abstract sounds. But Cecile's in a great groove right from the start – one that comes from a trio with some mighty tight bass and drums – never funky, but forceful – at a level that kicks the whole thing up from the bottom, and resonates strongly with the mix of acoustic piano and keyboards. Cecile sings mostly in English, but does a bit of French as well – and the record's a contemporary gem that could sit proudly next to your best work from Gregory Porter or Gretchen Parlatto. Titles include "The Wild Heart Of The Earth", "Lord Have Mercy", "Humming", "Seule Toute Seule", "Time To Let You Go", and "They Ask How I'm Feeling". CD

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Warren WolfWarren Wolf ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2011. Used ... $7.99
Jazz vibist Warren Wolf's been prowling around for years now, delivering brilliantly and excitingly with each thing we've heard from him – and this self-titled debut for Mack Avenue is truly his sharpest, best and strongest work to date – a total gem! He's working here with a stellar group of backing players – Christian McBride on bass (and sharing production duties with Al Pryor), Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Peter Martin on piano – plus Tim Green on alto and Jeremy Pelt on trumpet for a couple numbers. Just a great mix of propellant, energetic dexterity from all the players balanced by a tight, underlying groove and more delicate, airy melody. We'd really love to come back to this record years from now and remember how this as that catapulted him to a larger audience and greater acclaim – both are well earned! Includes "427 Mass Ave", "Natural Beauties", "Sweet Bread", "How I Feel At This Given Moment", "Eva", "Senor Mouse", "Emily", "Katrina", "One For Lenny" and "Intimate Dance". CD
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ZappZapp II (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Seminal work from Roger Troutman and Zapp – a killer batch of cuts that forever changed the sound of funk! The group's "wheeeeeeet/whomp!" sound is very firmly in place by the time of this release – and the sound here is even more electric than their debut – a groundbreaking style that went onto inspire countless acts of the electro generation, and a fair bit of hip hoppers too! Vocals are by Roger, Bad Bobby Glover, and Gregory Jackson – and Zapp's basslines really kick the whole thing into gear – as do the keyboards, too. Titles include "A Touch Of Jazz (Playin Kinda Ruff Part 2)", "Dance Floor", "Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)", "Come On", "Do You Really Want An Answer", and "Playin Kinda Ruff". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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