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Dave Burrell Full Blown TrioExpansion ... CD
High Two, 2004. Used ... $3.99
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✨✧ Gregory RaimoGR & Full Blown Expansion ... LP
Les Disques Blasphematoires Du Palatin (France), 2008. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(White vinyl pressing.)
 
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Wally BadarouBack To Scales To-Night ... CD
Barclay/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here – and the album has a vibe that reflects its initial release on the French scene – kind of Caribbean via Paris, with just the right attempts the give the whole thing a bit of a modern soul spin. There's a few nice instrumentals on the set – "London Town" and "Lady Finger Blue" – and other titles include "One Day Won't Give It Away", "Back To Scales Tonight", "Sing Me Your Song", "Dream On The Sand", "Preachin", and "She Turns Me On". CD
Also available Back To Scales To-Night ... LP 18.99

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Wally BadarouBack To Scales To-Night ... LP
Barclay/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here – and the album has a vibe that reflects its initial release on the French scene – kind of Caribbean via Paris, with just the right attempts the give the whole thing a bit of a modern soul spin. There's a few nice instrumentals on the set – "London Town" and "Lady Finger Blue" – and other titles include "One Day Won't Give It Away", "Back To Scales Tonight", "Sing Me Your Song", "Dream On The Sand", "Preachin", and "She Turns Me On". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Back To Scales To-Night ... CD 14.99

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Don BlackmanDon Blackman ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman's a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there's bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career! Titles include "You Ain't Hip", "Yabba Dabba Do", "Heart's Desire", "Deaf Hook Up Connection", "Never Miss A Thing", and "Holding You Loving You", and "Since You Been Away So Long". CD
(Remastered edition – completely new version taken from the original source master tapes!)

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Peggi BluBlu Blowin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1987. New Copy ... $14.99
Sweet 80s soul from Peggi Blu – an artist who recorded this gem for Capitol Records with hardly any fanfare at the time, but who's gotten plenty of play from the set over the years! Peggi's got a style that's nicely unassuming – a voice that still has all the range and power of the bigger female soul stars of the time, but without being as pushy or overly diva-conscious – a quality that's helped the record to grow strongly in reputation over the years, as Peggi herself has continued to record other wonderful work too. Titles include "Over & Over", "Mesmerize Me", "All & All", "I Believe In You", "All the Way With You", "Two Can Play At That Game", and "Tender Moments". CD features bonus tracks – "Two Can Play At That Game (radio edit)", "All The Way With You (late night mix)", and "All the Way With You (day time mix)". CD

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BreakwaterBreakwater/Splashdown (with bonus track) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A landmark pairing of records from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! The first album, the initial offering from Breakwater, is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest of the combo's contemporaries – hitting a careful balance that never gets too cheesy or commercial, and which still manages to glow as strongly into the 21st century as it did when first released back in the day! The sound here is sublime – warm, but never sleepy – jazzy, but never cliched – and mixed in such a way that the vocals and instruments almost get center stage in the spotlight without trying to crowd one another out. Titles include the incredible "Work it Out" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "No Limit", "That's Not What We Came Here For", "Free Yourself", "Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot", and "Feel Your Way". Splashdown has a perfect blend of jazz and soul that only a few groups in the 70s really got right – maybe Pleasure, or The Blackbyrds – and most certainly Breakwater, who were one of the reigning champions of the scene! Rhythms are often upbeat, but not in a disco or club-oriented way – and the instrumentation is tight, but never slick or smooth – always nicely funky with a nice little crackle, even on the mellow cuts – in a way that's opened up this album to new audiences for many years. This set's got a nice bit of moog that wasn't on the group's first – used almost in Mizell-like to further enhance the sound – and titles include the classics "Say You Love Me Girl", "Let Love In", "Time", and "The One In My Dreams". CD also features a bonus track – "No Limit (ext version)". CD

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✨✧ BreakwaterWork It Out – The Very Best Of Breakwater (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Arista/Expansion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
All the best tracks from Breakwater – brought together in this one fantastic collection! The set pulls the best numbers from the group's only two albums – tracks that effortlessly blend soul, funk, and a bit of jazz – all with a style that's more sophisticated than mainstream funk and soul acts of the time, but every bit as groovy! The whole set is great – non-stop magic all the way through – and titles include "Work It Out", "No Limit", "You Know I Love You", "That's Not What We Came Here For", "Feel Your Way", "Do It Till The Fluid Gets How", "Love Of My Life", "Say You Love Me Girl", "Time", and "The One In My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Charisma BandAin't Nothing Like Your Love/Bless The Day ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $8.99
Overlooked 70s soul charmers from The Charisma Band – a group who definitely live up to their name! "Ain't Nothing Like Your Love" has this great soaring female vocal in the lead – righteous, with almost a deep soul power, but set to an excellent groove arranged by Bert DeCoteaux! "Bless The Day" is a wonderful slow-stepper, with some killer electric sitar along the groove – almost Delfonics in construction, which leads to a wonderful falsetto vocal over the top! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Mark ColbySerpentine Fire/One Good Turn ... CD
Tappan Zee/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. Used ... $9.99
A pair of sweet funky fusion gems from Mark Colby – back to back on a single CD! Serpentine Fire is an overlooked gem from Bob James' Tappan Zee empire of the 70s – that label that provided the perfect platform for artists to grow a bit more after the CTI years! Reedman Mark Colby is a newcomer to this scene, but hits a groove that's instantly in the best CTI/Kudu mode – with funky jazz backings that often have that laidback, spacious style that's more soulful than jamming fusion – served up by players who include Bob James on Fender Rhodes and piano, Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guitars, Steve Gadd on drums, and Hiram Bullock on some electric guitar. Colby himself plays tenor and soprano sax – and titles include a nice remake of Earth Wind & Fire's "Serpentine Fire" – plus "King Tut", "Renegade", "On & On", and "Daydreamer". On One Good Turn, reedman Mark Colby really comes into his own – crafting sweet lines on tenor and soprano sax, in modes that extend previous 70s fusion work from artists like Stanley Turrentine or Grover Washington Jr! Like both of those giants, Colby gets great backing here in a spacious electric style that allows plenty of room for the solos in the lead – with artists who include Bob James and Barry Miles on Fender Rhodes, Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guitars, and Mike Mainieri on vibes. Titles include "Capativa", "Village Zoo", "Peace Of Mind", "Skat Talk", and "Macbeth". CD
Also available Serpentine Fire/One Good Turn ... CD 14.99

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Mark ColbySerpentine Fire/One Good Turn ... CD
Tappan Zee/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of sweet funky fusion gems from Mark Colby – back to back on a single CD! Serpentine Fire is an overlooked gem from Bob James' Tappan Zee empire of the 70s – that label that provided the perfect platform for artists to grow a bit more after the CTI years! Reedman Mark Colby is a newcomer to this scene, but hits a groove that's instantly in the best CTI/Kudu mode – with funky jazz backings that often have that laidback, spacious style that's more soulful than jamming fusion – served up by players who include Bob James on Fender Rhodes and piano, Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guitars, Steve Gadd on drums, and Hiram Bullock on some electric guitar. Colby himself plays tenor and soprano sax – and titles include a nice remake of Earth Wind & Fire's "Serpentine Fire" – plus "King Tut", "Renegade", "On & On", and "Daydreamer". On One Good Turn, reedman Mark Colby really comes into his own – crafting sweet lines on tenor and soprano sax, in modes that extend previous 70s fusion work from artists like Stanley Turrentine or Grover Washington Jr! Like both of those giants, Colby gets great backing here in a spacious electric style that allows plenty of room for the solos in the lead – with artists who include Bob James and Barry Miles on Fender Rhodes, Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guitars, and Mike Mainieri on vibes. Titles include "Capativa", "Village Zoo", "Peace Of Mind", "Skat Talk", and "Macbeth". CD
Also available Serpentine Fire/One Good Turn ... CD 9.99

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Eramus HallYour Love Is My Desire ... LP
Westbound/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of the last great soul albums on the Westbound label! Eramus Hall have a vague P-Funk connection – and according to legend, the band were given their name by George Clinton, who had seen a building in Chicago named Eramus Hall – but the sound is a lot smoother than any of the P-Funk projects of the time, and the group's strongest point is their smooth soul groove, augmented by a tight jazz funk style on the best cuts. In a way, they're sort of like a morphed version of late Parliament – with a funk sound that's nicely compressed, but still a lot more true than any of the countless other bands on the market who were aping P-Funk at the time. Highlights include the groovers "Your Love Is My Desire" and "She Shined A Light", both with nice sample moments – and other tracks include "Stuck In The Mudd", "Funk Permit", and "Think Positively". LP, Vinyl record album

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Friends Of DistinctionLove Can Make It Easier/Reviviscence – Live To Light Again ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of overlooked albums from this sweet harmony group – back to back on a single CD! Love Can Make It Easier is a record that really has Friends Of Distinction stretching out nicely – maybe moving past some of the simpler pop of their roots, and hitting some sophisticated soul styles that really fit their balance of male and female vocals! The album's loaded with some top-shelf talent in the studio – including arrangers Jerry Peters and Skip Scarborough, who both work in some hipper 70s touches to the instrumentation – often some mellow-stepping grooves that are a genius fit for the quartet – preserving their harmonic brightness, but maybe making them a bit more mature at times too. Titles include "No One's Gonna Be A Fool Forever", "Thumb Tripping", "Easy Evil", "Only Give Love", "The Way We Planned It", and "Ain't No Woman". Reviviscence is maybe one of the most high concept moments ever from Friends Of Distinction – and a set that takes their amazing vocal approach into some very righteous new territory! The album was produced and arranged by Carl Maults-By, who almost has a blacksploitation vision for the music at times – mixing fuller orchestrations, funkier moments, and some well-crafted original songs that are a huge change from the territory the group were covering in their youth. When the rhythms are tight, the album hits some sophisticated stepping club vibes – and when they're a bit mellower, the rest of the sound soars in other ways – really lifting these guys to unexpected heights! Titles include "Reviviscence (parts 1 & 2)", "Love Shack", "When I Die", "Terrie", and "You've Gotta Tell Him (About You and Me)". CD

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Friends Of DistinctionWhen A Little Love Began To Die/Ain't No Woman ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
Two overlooked gems from this fantastic harmony group! "When A Little Love" has a percolated intro that's almost in Shuggie Otis territory, but then soars up a bit when the voices come in – and the whole tune hits this catchy vibe that's perfect RCA soul from the 70s! The group take on "Ain't No Woman" on the flipside – and maybe do an even better job than on the original – thanks to their fantastic mixed vocal approach, and great backings too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Garland GreenLove Is What We Came Here For (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
An overlooked late 70s moment from the great Garland Green – a set that's quite different than his earlier Chicago soul – thanks to production from Leon Haywood in a sweet west coast mode! The record's got an easygoing vibe that really fits the cover – a mix of mellow and midtempo tracks that Garland does especially well – plus a few groovers too. That deep, rich tone that Green brought to his music is perfect for the warmer touches that Leon creates in the backings – and the whole thing's almost got that mix of deep and modern soul than was brewing out of some of the hipper corners of the south at the time. Arrangements are by Haywood with Gene Page and Tony Coleman – and titles include "I've Quit Running the Streets", "Moody Woman", "Love Is What We Came Here For", "I Found Myself When I Lost You", "Lovin You Baby", "Let Me Be Your Pacifier", and "Let's Celebrate". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us", "Ask Me For What You Want", and "Shake Your Shaker (single version)". CD

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High InergyLovin' Fever – The Best Of High Inergy ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
Finally, a sweet compilation of some of the best numbers from latter day Motown girl group High Inergy – sunny soul that shines especially brightly with the benefit of hindsight! They managed to hit the charts early on, but it's pretty easy to see how these ladies could be unjustly overlooked in the grand scheme. They signed the Motown in the later 70s, after the Supremes and other formative girl groups had long ago finished blazing the trails, plus Motown was at a real crossroads in terms of it's honoring its iconic history, while still navigating contemporary trends. Meanwhile, High Inergy recorded some wonderful stuff – with some late disco era string-laden production as well as tender ballads – both focusing on the sweet vocals and songcraft, rather than trying too hard to be trendy. The original albums may have been hit & miss, but Expansion does a terrific job of treasure hunting – every track here is lovely! 20 tracks in all: Includes "Lovin' Fever", "First Impressions", "I'm A Believer", "Goin' Thru The Motions", "Cold This Be Love", "Devotion", "Just A Touch Away" feat Smokey Robinson, "Somebody, Somewhere", "Hold On To My Love" feat Switch, "All Of You", "Journey To Love". "He's A Pretender" and more. CD

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✨✧ Camelle HindsVibe Alive ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1999. Used ... $5.99
An excellent batch of modern soul tunes – recorded with lots of smooth jazzy touches, not with "vibes", as you might guess by the title, but in the jazz inflected tradition of some of the greats of the late 70s mellow soul generation. Showing his roots clearly, Camelle starts off with a cover of Leroy Hutson's classic "Closer To The Source", done here in a great modern version – and then leaps into loads of other sweet smooth tunes like "Sausalito Calling", "Carupano", "The Beauty Of You", "Keep The Vibe Alive", "Love So Good", and "Running Away". CD
(Out of print.)

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Willie HutchSoul Portrait/Season For Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of overlooked albums from the great Willie Hutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soul Portrait – pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds pretty darn great – singing with a raspy tone that reminds us a bit of Curtis Mayfield – especially given that Willie uses the same sort of righteous undercurrent as Curtis – not yet as over the top political, but brewing under nicely with a really marked sense of power! The backings are great too – all arranged by Hutch himself, and already showing some of the hipper styles that he'd bring into play in his later blacksploitation work. One of the deepest soul albums on RCA at the time – with a righteous vibe that's totally great – and filled with wonderful original tunes that include "Lucky To Be Loved By You", "Ain't Gonna Stop", "You Gotta Try", "Let Me Give You The Love You Need", "Do What You Wanna Do", and "Good To The Last Drop". Season For Love is early work from the great Willie Hutch – a set that's different than his more famous Motown music of the 70s, but which already shows a nicely ambitious approach! Willie's a warmer, sweeter-voiced singer here – working through some great original tunes of his own, plus a few well-chosen classics – all in a mix of soul and strings that definitely grooves, but which could also have gotten Hutch some bigger exposure in the larger music world as well. A few numbers are almost more in a jazz vocal territory – or at least in territory of artists like Lou Rawls or Arthur Prysock – while others have the righteous energy of Willie's later sound too. The arrangements are by Rene Hall and Perry Botkin Jr – and titles include "Season for Love", "The Shortest Distance", and "Trying To Understand A Woman", plus covers like "Hurt So Bad" and "Twelfth of Never". CD also features a bonus track – "When A Boy Falls In Love (parts 1 & 2) (45 version)". CD

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Phyllis HymanIn Between The Heartaches – The Soul Of A Diva ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare work by the late Phyllis Hyman – a killer collection of obscure sides from some of the best projects of her career, plus some additional titles that have never been issued before! In a world of endless "best of" collections of Phyllis' work, this set is a real gem – a package that truly understands the beauty of her music, and offers up obscure tracks to please longtime fans, but with a quality level that's equally great as – if not better than – any of her well-known studio LPs! The album's a dream come true to our ears – smooth, jazzy, sophisticated soul – sung by Phyllis in a timeless style, with help from a host of great jazz artists. Unreleased titles include "If You Ever Change Your Mind", "Hottest Love Around", "Don't Tell Me Tell Her (new version)", "Do You Love Him (fast version)", and "In Between The Heartaches" – and other tracks include "Love Surrounds Us Everywhere", "I'll Be Around", and "In Search Of My Heart", all with McCoy Tyner; "Sacred Kind Of Love", with Grover Washington; "Springs Arrival" with Jon Lucien; and "Everything I Have Is Good", with Pharoah Sanders & Norman Connors. The set's completed by tracks that include "Sleep On It", "Magic Mona", "Soon Come Again (extended)", and "Be One" – all from hard to find non-LP sources! CD

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KashifWho Loves You? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. New Copy ... $14.99
A perfect 90s moment from the mighty Kashif – maybe sounding better here in an indie soul setting than he did a few years before on the charts – stepping back into this smooth mellow groove that's a perfect showcase for his ultra-classy vocals! Kashif's an artist who inspired so many others with his early work as both a singer and producer – including artists who started to beat him at his own game – yet the master really turns the tables back around here, and reminds us why he's so great in the first place – a proud, powerful spirit in the lead – but one who's also got a great sense of collaboration, too – as evidenced by the album's guest appearances by Liz Hogue, Sheila E, Michael White, Gary Taylor, and Gerald Albright. Titles include "Can We Just Get Along", "Bed You Down", "It's Alright", "Brooklyn Breezes", and "Rhythm Of My Mind". New version of the CD features five bonus tracks – "Right Now", "So Emotional", "Superfly", "Crazy Luv", and "Help Yourself To My Love (live)". CD

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KenyaSkin Deep – The Collection ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweet collection of work from Kenya – one of the freshest voices on the neo soul scene in recent years – presented here in a set of remixes that only further expand her groove! The album's a great companion to Kenya's studio records – and often has her wonderful vocals stepping up strongly over some more club-oriented grooves – work that's never in a cheap dance music mode, nor just a simple house-ified approach to her songs – and which instead provides some very thoughtful reworkings of her tunes. Titles include "Take Me Away (Tom Glide rmx)", "My Heart (Mark De Clive-Lowe rmx)", "Brown Soul (Edgewood Agents acoustic rmx)", "Makusmile (Tom Glide rework)", "Let Me (Sean McCabe classic soul rmx)", "Never Giving Up (Edgewood Agents rework)", and "Wednesday Girl (Opolopo rmx)". CD
 
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Harry MoscoFor You Specially ... CD
Secret Stash, 1977. Used ... $9.99
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick things off right from the start, and produced with this nicely compressed vibe that keeps things tight, but never in a commercial way at all. Vocals, guitar, and keyboard are all layered together in this really wonderful way – and given a sweet kick by sharp work on drums, plus guest congas from Candido too. There's a real pan-global vibe to the record – a mode that's only partly African, and which also seems to borrow heavily from American, Brazilian, and Caribbean funk styles too. The leadoff track is a bit slow, but the rest of the record really sets things on fire very strongly – and titles include "Usassa Funk", "Consolation", "Ada Aku", "It Ain't Easy", and "Sweet Loving Girl". CD

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Horace SilverSilver N Strings Play Music Of The Spheres ... LP
Blue Note, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Horace Silver's last record for Blue Note – and an amazing end to his decades of work for the legendary label! The set's a perfect summation of all the new directions that Horace took in the 70s – new territory that's deeply spiritual, and undeniably righteous – yet which also has a fully focused approach too – one that's showcased here wonderfully in an expansive suite of tracks with a really positive message! The "strings" in the title isn't really accurate – as the set's more of a large arrangement session that feels Strata East spiritual – done in collaboration with Wade Marcus, but with jazzier, more acoustic tones than most of Marcus' other music. In addition to Silver's piano, key core players include Tom Harrell on flugelhorn, Larry Schneider on tenor and soprano sax, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – who play beautifully together, with a very fluid vibe. The set also features some key vocal passages at points – sung by Brenda Alford, Chapman Roberts, Carol Lynn Maillard, and a young Gregory Hines – on titles that include "The Soul & Its Expression", "Self Portrait No 1", "The Conscious & Its Desire For Change", "Inner Feelings", "Expansion", and "The Creator Guides Us". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Chico HamiltonWith Strings Attached ... LP
Warner, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best records that Chico Hamilton cut during the 50s – and one that features Eric Dolphy, who was with Chico's group for a short while! The record's got the quintet (which also includes the excellent Dennis Budimir on guitar) fronting larger string arrangements by Fred Katz (no longer their cellist, but still a key force here) – and the approach is a great expansion on the earlier styles that Chico forged for Pacific Jazz. The strings here are never sleepy, and instead have a dark and modern feel overall – similar to Ralph Burns' best work of the time, but a bit more restrained – and Eric Dolphy's reed work really keeps things interesting, with sharp-edged notes give most of the tracks a fair bit of depth. Titles include "Modes", "Strange", "Don's Delight", "Andante", "Fair Weather", "Something To Live For", and "Pottsville USA". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerExpansions ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years – a searing, soaring batch of longer tunes that dance with joy, life, and a new sense of energy in jazz – carried off perfectly by a lineup that includes excellent contributions from Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Woody Shaw on trumpet. The album is as spiritual and swinging as you'd expect from those players – with a sound that's more Strata East than Blue Note – and titles include "Vision", "Song of Happiness", "Smitty's Place", and "Peresina". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has moderate wear, splitting and wide clear tape over the seams.)

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✨✧ Patron SaintsFohhoh Bohob ... LP
Time Lag Records, 1969. Used (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A largely unheard psychedelic gem from the end of the 60s – originally private pressed by the group of suburban NY teenagers responsible for the wild sound! There's a cosmic rock groove and a bit of doe-eyed innocence in these cute odes to mind expansion – with freewheeling guitars, hand percussion, keys and a conversational vocal style that sounds like a wildly tripping, speak-singing Neil Young! Titles include "Flower", "Nostalgia Trip", "Reflections", "Do You Think About Me?", "White Light", "Relax", "My Lonely Friend", "Andrea", and "The Goodnight Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet and bonus 7".)

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✨✧ Max RoachEasy Winners ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great work from Max Roach's Double Quartet of the mid 80s – a group that wasn't just an octet, but an expansion of Max's regular four piece group with the addition of a string quartet! The core jazz sound of Odeon Pope's tenor, Tyrone Brown's electric bass, and Cecil Bridgewater's trumpet is expanded by a string group that includes Maxine Roach on viola – and that family relation is probably one reason that made experimentation like this easy for Max! The approach is a surprisingly great one – as the quartet seems to hold the Roach group a bit more inside than before – letting Pope and Bridgewater stretch out on their solos, but not get as sloppy as they had in some of the more outside Roach quartet outings. And the strings color in things really nicely in classic "with strings" jazz mode – but one that echoes more with 70s soul jazz use of such styles than earlier approaches. Titles include "A Little Booker", "Easy Winners", "Sis", and "Birds Says". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Meredith MonkOn Behalf Of Nature ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Completely beautiful sounds from the always-great Meredith Monk – an artist who's been mesmerizing us for decades, and still never ceases to amaze us! This set is possibly one of Monk's boldest new musical steps in years – a work that partly revisits older themes, but also reinvents the sound overall – in modes that are only partly the familiar vocal styles that you'll know from her other records, with a greater expansion into instrumental elements – including vibes, which are wonderfully welcome here! As usual, the vocal passages are more "voice" as instrument, but there are some beautiful melodies that are sung in a more straightforward way – and, as with the best of Monk's albums, the overall experience is more of a journey in sound – one you'll be happy to follow along titles that include "High Realm", "Fractal Activity", "Eon", "Duet With Shifting Ground", "Pavement Steps", "Ritual Zone", "Water/Sky Rant", "Environs 3", "High Real Reprise", and "Dark/Light 2". CD

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✨✧ Harry MoscoFor You Specially (with download) ... LP
Secret Stash, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick things off right from the start, and produced with this nicely compressed vibe that keeps things tight, but never in a commercial way at all. Vocals, guitar, and keyboard are all layered together in this really wonderful way – and given a sweet kick by sharp work on drums, plus guest congas from Candido too. There's a real pan-global vibe to the record – a mode that's only partly African, and which also seems to borrow heavily from American, Brazilian, and Caribbean funk styles too. The leadoff track is a bit slow, but the rest of the record really sets things on fire very strongly – and titles include "Usassa Funk", "Consolation", "Ada Aku", "It Ain't Easy", and "Sweet Loving Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with the code for full digital download version.)
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✨✧ As OnePlanetary Folklore ... CD
Mo Wax (UK), 1997. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Kirk DeGiorgio breaks free of the electronic/techno ghetto and moves into the larger beathead scene with this album cut for Mo Wax at the height of their expansion in the late 90s. Contemporary modal fusion, or jazzy electronic grooves, or whatever genre bending name you choose to apply to As One's soulful excursions folding jazz, modern club and fusion under one roof! Including "Soul, Soul, Soul", "Libran Legacy", "Away From All Of This", "The Path Of Most Resistance", "Amalia's Mode" and "Brown, Blue, Brown on Blue". CD
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✨✧ Beau BrummelsTriangle/Bradley's Barn ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from The Beau Brummels – two albums that no fan of underground 60s rock should be without! First up is Triangle – a tremendous album from The Beau Brummels – one of the lesser-remembered groups from the late 60s Warner hipster heyday! At some level, the group's a folk-rock outfit – with the left-of-center feel of some of Fred Neil's best work for Capitol, and a similar blend of east coast honesty and west coast mind expansion. The format here is remarkably simple, but handled with some nice touches by producer Lenny Waronker, who really brings a lot more out of the band than on their earlier indie recordings. Titles include "Are You Happy", "The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune", "The Keeper Of Time", "Only Dreaming Now", "Magic Hollow", "Painter Of Women", and "Triangle". Bradley's Barn is a crucial album in the sound of late 60s Warner – recorded by west coasters The Beau Brummels in the heart of Tennessee, at the legendary studios of country producer Owen Bradley! This meeting of west and country is fantastic – a really incredible extension of earlier folksy rock styles forged by Dylan, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, and others – handled with incredible care, and a style that's equally honest and ironic – but coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – one of those rare few albums that somehow draws from a wealth of inspiration, but manages to make something completely standout in the process – almost a Feelies/Good Earth for its own generation! Tremendous stuff – and titles include "Jessica", "Bless You California", "I'm A Sleeper", "Little Bird", "Turn Around", and "An Added Attraction". CD

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✨✧ Harry MoscoFor You Specially ... CD
Secret Stash, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick things off right from the start, and produced with this nicely compressed vibe that keeps things tight, but never in a commercial way at all. Vocals, guitar, and keyboard are all layered together in this really wonderful way – and given a sweet kick by sharp work on drums, plus guest congas from Candido too. There's a real pan-global vibe to the record – a mode that's only partly African, and which also seems to borrow heavily from American, Brazilian, and Caribbean funk styles too. The leadoff track is a bit slow, but the rest of the record really sets things on fire very strongly – and titles include "Usassa Funk", "Consolation", "Ada Aku", "It Ain't Easy", and "Sweet Loving Girl". CD
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✨✧ WhoLive at Leeds (Deluxe Edition) ... CD
Decca/Universal, 1970. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A landmark live set from The Who – a record that offers the group with a blistering intensity that blows away all their other studio albums of the time! Although offered during the Who's Tommy-era expansion into broader themes and more complicated instrumentation, the album's a real return to basics – and features a guitar-heavy version of the group performing a number of older rock n roll classics like "Summertime Blues", "Shakin All Over", and "Young Man Blues" – plus really extended jamming takes on their own "My Generation" and "Magic Bus", and a searing 2 minute take on "Substitute" that's probably everything you ever need to know about The Jam! CD
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✨✧ Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions (UK pressing) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for the migration of the cosmic jazz sound onto the dancefloor – a tune that's as funky as it is righteous – but other cuts on the album slow down the pace a bit too, and show off the mellower, more introspectively spiritual side that's always made Lonnie way more than just a funky jazz artist. Easily the best place to start in the all-great Lonnie Liston Smith catalog – and featuring tracks that include "Expansions", "Summer Days", "Desert Nights", "Shadows", "My Love", "Peace", and "Voodoo Woman". CD
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✨✧ Ramsey LewisThree Piece Suite ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Stellar grooves from the great Ramsey Lewis – a set that has the pianist teaming up with Chicago soul arranger Tom Tom 84, in a wonderful fusion of jazz solos and R&B rhythms! The style's never too smooth, and never that commercial – always served up with that level of class and sophistication that made Ramsey a winner right from the start – and still very much in the forefront with a record like this! Tom Tom brings a nice depth to the record, and avoids any too-smooth cliches – and the Ramsey's lead lines are often acoustic, which makes for a nice mix with the electric rhythms of the backdrops. Titles include "Love Is", "Will You", "Michelle", "Don't Ever Go Away", "Expansions", and "She's Out Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some ink stamps on front, and a name in pen on back.)

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Lonnie Liston SmithLive! ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band grooves up these cool spacey rhythms – stepping out in territory that's definitely the more cosmic side of jazz funk, with those righteous currents that always made Lonnie so great. The whole thing's wonderful – with loads of great electric work, and an overall spiritual vibe that's every bit as great as his albums for Flying Dutchman – and players include Donald Smith on flute and a bit of vocals, Dave Hubbard on tenor and soprano sax, and Lonnie himself on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp. The set includes a nice extended take on "Visions of A New World", plus the tracks "Watercolors", "Sorceress" – which isn't on any of his studio albums, "Prelude", and the classic "Expansions". CD

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VariousJazz Dispensary – Astral Travelin ... LP
Fantasy, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
We're not sure how we feel about the pot-clinic presentation of the package – but there's no denying that the Jazz Dispensary series is a great choice of classic jazz and funk grooves! The material is from a range of different labels that all fall under the Concord/Fantasy umbrella these days – labels like Prestige, Stax, Milestone, Volt, and Fantasy – plus a few sweet cuts from other imprints too – and as a whole, the series is a great vinyl-only presentation of material that was usually reissued only on CD by the Fantasy family back in the 90s, when they finally discovered the funk in their rich catalog from the late 60s and early 70s. Titles on this Astral Travelin volume include "Leaving This Planet" by Charles Earland, "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Astral Travelin" by Pharoah Sanders, "Epilog" by Jack DeJohnette, "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" by Flora Purim, "Tawhid" by Johnny Lytle, and "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz Ntu Troop. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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