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Charles MingusMingus Revisited (aka Pre-Bird) ... CD
EmArcy/Polygram (Germany), 1960. Used ... $6.99
An unusual chapter in the label-hopping career of Charles Mingus – a one-off date recorded for Mercury right after Mingus' legendary sessions for Columbia! The format here may well be Mingus' most ambitious to date – as the album features larger groups than before, exploring a range of musical ideas that run from Charles' own highly political expressions of the Civil Rights era to some of his landmark explorations of Duke Ellington! As always, the individual players in the group are given a strong voice in the proceedings – and the record bristles with energy from solos by Ted Curson, Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Yusef Lateef, and a young Joe Farrell – as well as vocal performances by Lorraine Cousins, who sings on the classic "Weird Nightmare" and the haunting "Eclipse". A tremendous record throughout – filled with life, imagination, and boundless creativity – with titles that include "Mingus Fingus no. 2", "Weird Nightmare", "Eclipse", "Bemoanable Lady", "Half Mast Inhibition", and "Prayer for Passive Resistance". CD

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Harry NilssonFlash Harry (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Varese, 1980. Sealed (reissue)... $11.99
The rare final album by Harry Nilsson – cut for Mercury after his long streak of brilliant, idiosyncratic records for RCA – but it was only released in the UK and Japan at the time! It's a charming, laidback effort on Nilsson's part – as stylistically varied as you'd expect from such a restless spirit, and featuring collaborations with a pretty amazing roster of guests – including Eric Idle and Charlie Dore actually doing the singing on the opening number, plus old friend Van Dyke Parks, Ringo Starr, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bobby Keyes and others. This is an unjustly overlooked record if there ever was one! Includes "Harry", "Cheek To Cheek", "Best Move", "Old Dirt Road", "I Don't Need You", "Rain", "I've Got It", "It's So Easy", "How Long Can Disco On" and "Bright Side Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roberta Flack & Donny HathawayRoberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful duo soul from the all-time great Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway – released right around the time of Donny's tragic passing! The set was co-produced by Eric Mercury and Flack – and it has a lot of great vocals from Roberta, with as masterfully paired with Donny as always – plus guest vocal appearances by Luther Vandross, Gwen Guthrie, and Eleanore Mills, and even Mercury, who sings a bit on one track! Titles include couple of nice Stevie Wonder tunes – "You Are My Heaven" and "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" – plus "Stay With Me", "God Don't Like Ugly", "Only Heaven Can Wait", and "Disguises". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
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GenesisIn the Beginning (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good ... $26.99
Don't mix these guys up with the bigger-name Genesis – because this combo doesn't feature Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel – and instead is an American group from the late 60s that works in a sweetly melodic approach to psychedelia! Some tunes are heavy on the fuzz, with guitars right out front – but others have a slightly more baroque style that befits the group's image on the cover – little bits of woodwind and cello that sweeten the tunes nicely. But it's really the heavier guitars that make the record great – played sharply, and with great focus – sounding especially nice alongside some of the sweeter female vocals. Titles include a roaring 16 minute track titled "World Without You", plus shorter numbers like "Angeline", "Ten Second Song", and a version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne". CD features the bonus track "The Long Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Skyscraper label pressing.)

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

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JuniorJi (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/ (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
The standout classic from Junior Giscombe – one of the more unique soul artists of his generation! The set's probably best known for its huge hit single "Mama Used To Say" – a killer cut with an incredibly catchy hook, and a groove that's lasted for years on 80s groove dancefloors – but the whole album's pretty darn wonderful overall, with slight twists and turns that are quite different than other mainstream soul sets of its type. Junior did the record in collaboration with producer Bob Carter, who also plays a fair bit of keyboards on the set – bringing in an airy, open feel that matches Junior's vocals wonderfully – in a sound that's somewhat sweeter than other male soul of the early 80s, but never in a way that's too soft or sleepy. Titles include "Mama Used To Say", "Too Late", "I Can't Help It", "Let Me Know", "Down Down", "Love Dies", "I Can't Help It", and "Darling You (Don't You Know)". Loads of bonus tracks too – including "Fame", "In Words", "Too Late (7" single)", "Too Late (alt version)", "Mama Used To Say (British party mix)", "Mama Used To Say (American rmx)", and "Mama Used To Say (American inst)". CD

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NiceElegy ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Ambitious recordings by the group – recorded earlier, and issued a bit late in their career. Lots of long tracks, with full-on keyboards from Keith Emerson – on versions of Tim Hardin's "Hang On To A Dream", Dylan's "My Back Pages", and Sondheim/Bernstein's "America". LP, Vinyl record album

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Offenbach/GershwinGaite Parisienne/An American In Paris – Antal Dorati/Minneapolis Symphony ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has two light water stains in the bottom corners.)

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Sarah VaughanIt's A Man's World (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1967. Used ... $6.99
A pretty obscure Sarah Vaughn album – and a nice one! The album's got Sarah singing with arrangements by Hal Mooney, who'd done work for her before in a more standard way, and who here is opening up a bit, at times almost hitting a groovy late 60s mode. Players in the group include Bob James (who also arranged a few numbers), Phil Woods, Benny Golson, and Freddie Hubbard – and titles include "The Man That Got Away", "Alfie", "For Every Man There's A Woman", "Jim", and "My Man". CD
(Out of print. Includes American obi.)

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanVaughan With Voices ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Near Mint- ... $2.99
An unusual album for Sarah Vaughan, but a compelling one too – a set recorded in Copehagen with some Danish singers in the background – providing a pillowy cushion behind Sarah's lead, in ways that make for a wonderfully mellow record! Orchestrations are by Robert Farnon, who works well with the overseas voices in ways that are similar to his American work – and although the setting isn't as lean or groovy as some of Sarah's other Mercury work, it makes for a nice way of hearing the sadder tones in her style at the time – a bit like some of the bluer Roulette sides. Titles include "Blue Orchids", "Charade", "My Coloring Book", "Funny", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "How Beautiful Is Night", and "I'll Be Around". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. One corner of the cover is slightly stained, mostly on the back – but vinyl is great!)

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Gabor SzaboGabor Szabo In Stockholm (Small World/Belsta River) ... CD
Four Leaf Clover (Sweden), 1972/1978. New Copy ... On April 15, 2015 (delayed)
Very interesting work from Gabor Szabo – a double CD set that reissues two albums he recorded in Sweden during the 70s! Disc one contains the album Small World – a 1972 session that has Gabor on guitar and 12-string acoustic, with additional backing on some tracks that includes added guitar, electric piano, bass, and drums. The overall approach to the record is spare and free – much more introspective than Gabor's work in America at the time, with a lack of gimmicks that shows that overall, he wasn't as seduced by the funk he was putting out on records in the US. The other record, Belsta River, was recorded in 1978 – and has a bit more backing and electric feel than the other, but still stays in a freer mode than you'd expect from the time, especially given Gabor's slick work in America in the late 70s for Mercury. Titles include "24 Carat", "First Tune In The Morning", "Foothill Patrol", "Mizrab", "Lilac Green", and "My Kind Of People". CD

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonStratospheric ... LP
EmArcy/Mercury, Mid 50s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early sides for Emarcy – most recorded on the LA scene in the 50s, with players who include Herb Geller on alto, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bud Shank on flute and alto, Bob Cooper on tenor, and Bob Gordon on baritone sax! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GershwinFederick Fennell Conducts Gershwin ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Mono pressing, sealed.)

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanComplete Sarah Vaughan On Mercury Vol 2 – Sings Great American Songs 1956 to 1957 (5CD set) ... CD
Mercury, Mid 50s. Used 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gap BandGap Band V – Jammin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but never too slick – in a groove that's different than some of their other mainstream counterparts at the time – hard to describe accurately, but almost with a touch of jazz in the mix! Charlie Wilson handles most of the lead vocals, with support from brothers Robert and Ronnie – and Ronnie produced most of the set. Titles include "Where Are We Going", "Shake A Leg", "Jam The Motha", "Someday", "You're Something Special", "I'm Ready", "You're My Everything", "Smile", and "Jammin In America". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Party Train (12" special dance mix)", "Jam The Motha (12" party mix)", "I'm Ready (12" version)", "Shake A Leg (dub)", "Party Train (single)", and "Jam The Motha (munchkin people mix)". CD

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✨✧ Brooklyn RiderBrooklyn Rider Almanac ... CD
Mercury, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the freshest string quartets we've heard in years – a group of young musicians with roots in many different styles, coming together in a really evocative way – and with a sound that's free from any gimmicks or tricks! In the years since Kronos, there's been lots of messing with the string quartet format – to the point where it's almost a joke at times – but these guys show that there's plenty of new life to be brought to the form, without resorting to kitschy cover versions or too oft-tread territory! The music is from a great range of talents – including jazz musicians like Bill Frisell, Ethan Iverson, and Vijay Iyer – but the group's presentation is very unique, and makes a diverse array of compositions come together with a distinctly Americanist take on the format – one that is quite far from the European roots of the string quartet, but still deeply respectful of the musicianship required. Titles include "Necessary Henry", "Simpson's Gap", "Five Legged Cat", "Exit", "Morris Dance", "John Steinbeck", "Ping Pong Fumble Thaw", "Dig The Say", and "Show Me". CD

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