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✨✧ Nomade OrchestraNomade Orchestra ... LP
Far Out (Brazil), 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Brazilian group, but one who play with a wonderfully spiritual sound – with currents of jazz that take us back to the early 70s years of Strata East and Impulse Records, but given perhaps a bit more of a contemporary twist! The large lineup definitely lives up to the orchestra in their name – with a great mix of reed instruments, plus keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and additional percussion – all used in these ways that start in jazz, then pick up a globe's worth of musical context along the way – not just Brazilian elements, but some Afro-Cuban and Afro Funk modes as well – but used in ways that are relatively unique, and which really give these guys their own sort of special flavor. Titles include "Samurai", "Sonhos De Toquio", "Bedum", "Doce Agonia", "Drago Do Mar", "Morning Birds", "Humaita", and "Garuda". LP, Vinyl record album
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Lay FarSo Many Ways ... LP
Glenview, 2013. Near Mint- 2LP ... $16.99
Jazz and soul inspired club grooves from Lay Far – with compelling beats, rhythms and all these great jazzy touches that lifty it to a loftier level! The album intro starts out a nice bit of piano leading the way, before the housey club groove kicks into full gear – kind of letting you know off the bat that this going to a have some depth to it, and that it does! On top of some similar instrumental touches, it's got some great guests on vocal and instrumentation throughout – including Dragon, Souled, Peter Oakden, Yannah Valdevit, Sarah Winton and others. Includes "Let Me Fly Away" with Dragon, ""Stand Up" with Pete Simpson, "A Little Faith" with Peter Oakden, "Can't Deny" wuth Souled and Yannah Valdvit, "Yes You Can", "That Dream", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light crease on one corner.)

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BohannonGittin Off ... LP
Dakar, 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – and has this way of really focusing in on one key rhythm, then rolling it out with incredible tightness – slowly changing things with some slight phase shifts in tone or timing, but always returning to the core of the tune. The approach is maybe even more striking here than on his previous records – and far grittier than on his later 70s work, too – and at some level, the vocals are almost thrown in as an afterthought, once Bo and the combo get things grooving! Titles include "Come Winter", "South Africa 76", "Feel Good At Midnight", "Gittin Off", and "I'm In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear, aging, splitting and a sticker. Vinyl is nice and clean.)

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Donald Byrd & Gigi GryceModern Jazz Perspective ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Very Good- ... $24.99
The second of two early LPs that the Byrd and Gryce team cut for Columbia – and the more obscure of the two by far! This one features the group's groundbreaking format – a mixture of hardbop and modern jazz, always swinging, but angularly carved, with striking tones and colors that recall the best mid 50s Mingus. The difference, though, is that 4 tracks also feature some vocals by Jackie Paris, a hip singer who's at his best here – vocalizing with way better material than he often got on his own albums, singing on the tracks "Now Don't You Know", "Elgy", "Early Byrd", and "Early Morning Blues". The rest of the group features Wynton Kelly, Art Taylor, and Wendell Marshall – but more than anything else, it's Gryce's unbelievable tone on alto that really makes the record cook. Why couldn't he have played like this forever? We love it to death! Other tracks include "Satellite", "Social Call", and "Steppin Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has minor splitting on the seams.)

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John ByrdYour Thing & My Thing ... LP
20th Century, 1974. Very Good ... $12.99
A pretty darn compelling album – one of the only sets we've ever seen from singer John Byrd – and a unique set of work for the time! The album was recorded at Muscle Shoals – with arrangements, production by Joe Wilson, who also wrote a good deal of the songs too – but the overall sound is almost more like that of some of the heavier soul coming out from points north at the time – far less southern soul at times than you'd guess from the record's pedigree. Most tunes are original to the set, and some of the best numbers even have a bit of a jazzy undercurrent. Titles include "Your Thing & My Thing", "I Can't Stop Loving You, Girl", "I've Got What You Need", "Sunshine", "Honey, I Don't Mind", and "Wait Til Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover a promo sticker, wear, and staining.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneOm ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
A pure statement of being and essence – and one of John Coltrane's spiritual masterpieces from the 60s! The 1965 recording was one of Trane's most adventurous so far – as it featured just one album-length track, building up out of relatively free expressions from Coltrane in the studio – initially in the spirit of Love Supreme, but much sharper-edged and unbridled overall – as if the meditative spirit of the previous recording had unlocked a sense of freedom that refused to be tied down to simple structures! The group is great – and features Pharoah Sanders on tenor, Donald Garrett on bass clarinet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – plus a bit of flute and percussion from Joe Brazil. The playing is much freer than on other albums of the time, but also has some introspective spiritual moments – clearly inspired by the Love Supreme recording, but taken a shade outside as well! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC Impulse pressing. Cover has a bumped corner & stickers on the spine.)

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Norman ConnorsDance Of Magic (Buddah pressing) ... LP
Buddah, 1972. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown and Archie Shepp. For this initial set, Norman's in incredible company – working with players that include Herbie Hancock on both electric and acoustic keys, plus Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Gary Bartz and Carlos Garnett on saxes, Stanley Clarke on bass, and Billy Hart and Airto on percussion – plus a chorus of vocalists on the album's mighty title cut! Tracks are all long, spiritual, and freely exploratory – but never in a style that goes too far outside, or that forgets the joy and love that can spring forth in a forward-thinking session like this one! Titles include "Dance Of Magic", "Give The Drummer Some", "Morning Change", and "Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Chick CoreaBliss (aka Turkish Women At The Bath) ... LP
Muse, 1967/1972. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Seventies reissue of this session that was originally held under the leadership of Pete LaRoca, and released on Douglas records under the title Turkish Women at the Bath. LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. Gilmore's playing is fantastic, and quite different from that on some of his Ra albums – probably because the rest of the quartet features Chick Corea and Walter Booker, who groove in a very modal vein. The material's out, but not too out – and although Corea and Gilmore's solos are quite far-reaching, they also snap back nicely into the tight playing of the ensemble. And forget all of your biases against Corea – because at this young age, his playing is great! Titles include "Sin Street", "Dancing Girls", "Love Planet", and "Bliss". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edge wear and a bit of pen on back.)

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CrusadersScratch ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1974. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A great Crusaders album – and one that's a perfect bridge between their earlier soul jazz styles, and their tighter funkier electric one. The record was recorded live at the Roxy, and the group is augmented by Larry Carlton on guitar, who gives the tracks a nice razor edge at his best moments. All songs are pretty long – and the band is in extremely good form, jamming away with lots of funky vamping, and breaking out with some very soulful solos. Titles include "Scratch", "Hard Times", "So Far Away", and "Way Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eric Dolphy & Booker LittleMemorial Album – Recorded Live At The Five Spot ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good ... $29.99
Part 3 to the Five Spot recordings from Eric Dolphy – issued here as a "memorial" to Booker Little, even though Little was still alive for the recording! The album features especially searing work from Dolphy, and was part of a series of recordings that set a whole new standard for live jazz recording. The record features Dolphy going even farther out than on his studio sides from the time – as the record features very long tracks performed by a crack group that includes Booker Little on trumpet, Mal Waldron on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums. Despite the length of the tracks, Dolphy isn't as far out as on later European live recordings – but the performance is a great example of his inventiveness within a mainstream structure, and the modernist tendencies of both Waldron and Little shine very brightly in the set. The concert was one of Little's last (and greatest) recordings – and titles include "Number Eight" and "Booker's Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with a Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light wear.)
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Memorial Album – Recorded Live At The Five Spot (Japanese pressing) ... CD 4.99
Memorial Album – Recorded Live At The Five Spot ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ George DukeMaster Of The Game ... LP
Epic, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A late 70s classic from jazzy funk master George Duke! Master Of The Game is an excellent mix of jazz, smooth soul, and Latin riffing – really a perfect blend of styles that shows not only how far George's sound had progressed throughout the 70s, it also charts the development of the California scene during the late 70s. George has musical help from Ray Obeido, Roland Bautista, and Sheila E – plus vocals by Lynn Davis, Josie James, and Napoleon Brock. The tracks have a smooth sound that works perfectly with Duke's best keyboard approaches – subduing his tenency to "rock out" a bit, but bringing forward his classic ability to hit a stone mellow groove. Titles include "I Want You For Myself", "Every Little Step I Take", "Look What You Find", "I Love You More", "Dog Man", and "Games". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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EternalsApproaching The Energy Field ... LP
Submarine/Addenda, 2011. Sealed ... $11.99
Madly energetic, unpredictable material from Chicago's ever-evolving Eternals – tripped up, fearlessly creative and flat out fun stuff from one of our city's best longstanding indie concerns! The Eternals bring myriad influences into their own unique vibe, and like the best far-reaching groups, it pretty much comes out sounding only like themselves. Spacey synths, aggro and moody electronics and Arkestra styled jazzy instrumentation in the same set and it all makes sense. Ya know, it's just tough to describe The Eternals, other than to simply say how much we dig 'em and appreciate their uncompromising evolution. Titles include"War's Blazing Disciple", "The Energy Field", "Shadow Radio", "Dangerous Weather", "Alarms!", "Cancao Do Silencio" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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LaBelleLaBelle ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good ... $8.99
Labelle's first album of rockin soul for Warner, and a great batch of deep soul tracks that take the group far far beyond their 60s girl group recordings! The album's a stunner – complete with ripping vocals by Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash – and done in a hip style that's every bit the best of bad-rapping female soul in the 70s. It's like a bomb went off or something between this one and the group's previous Atlantic album – changing the sound of Patti and the girls tremendously, and turning them towards a style that would keep them in the record racks for years! With the cuts "Too Many Days", "Running Out Of Fools", "When The Sun Comes Shining Through", "Heart Be Still", and a nice version of "Time & Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Albert MangelsdorffNow Jazz Ramwong – The Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet In Asia ... LP
CBS/Be! (Germany), 1964. Near Mint- Tri-fold (reissue)... $19.99
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the work of Ornette and Joe Harriott, but also based along eastern themes picked up by the group on a tour of the Orient – and performed by a sharp-edged quintet that includes Heinz Sauer on tenor and soprano sax, Gunter Kronberg on alto, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Ralph Hubner on drums. There's some nice traces of MPS/Saba modal and Jazz Meets the World styles – and overall, the rhythmic pulse keeps things from getting as free and out as on Mangelsdorff's 70s sides – really soaring, but never too far out – and always with a cool exotic groove. The whole thing's great – instantly striking, and always a treasure – and titles include "Sakura Waltz", "Now Jazz Ramwong", "Raknash", "Theme From Vietnam", and "Burungkaka". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful tri-fold cover pressing – just like the original!)
Also available Now Jazz Ramwong – The Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet In Asia ... LP 24.99

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Mississippi Fred McDowellI Do Not Play No Rock N Roll ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good ... $24.99
An incredible record from Mississippi Fred McDowell – a set that was issued on a big label, but which has a wonderfully rootsy feel throughout – in a way that almost out-does any work from the indie blues labels of the time! The package was put together by Tommy Couch as an early Malaco production – but it's even more stripped-down than later blues work from those studios – as it features mostly just Fred on vocals and guitar, introducing himself and his music – then working through these incredible inflections on electric guitar, which are as far from the rockish sound of all the crossover blues that McDowell promises he won't provide in the title! Really timeless stuff, brilliantly recorded – with cuts that include "Red Cross Store", "61 Highway", "Jesus Is On The Mainline", "Kokomo Me Baby", and "Good Morning Little School Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available I Do Not Play No Rock N Roll (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Charles MingusMingus Dynasty ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good- ... $33.99
A late 50s classic by the great Charles Mingus – his follow-up to the seminal Mingus Ah-Um, and a set that's got a very similar flavor! As with some of Mingus' best material for Columbia, the album has him working with a slightly larger ensemble, but still holding onto the intensity of his smaller groups from a few years before – a way of merging the voices of saxophonists like Booker Ervin, John Handy, Benny Goldson, and Jerome Richardson – yet still allowing them space to break out with moments of pride and power that really send the whole thing home! This mix of the individual and ensemble is key to the Mingus genius of the period – and is also heard in the work of Roland Hanna on piano, Donald Ellis on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and Theodore Cohen on vibes – all of whom work alongside Charles' key drummer of the time, the great Dannie Richmond. Titles include "Diane", "Song With Orange", "Gunslinging Bird", and "Far Wells Mill Valley" – and a haunting take on "Mood Indigo". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, splitting and a peeled spot.)

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Alphonse MouzonVirtue ... LP
MPS, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A funky fusion classic from superdrummer Alphonse Mouzon – a rare date as a leader for MPS, and a set that rivals his best 70s grooves on Blue Note! The album's got a slightly more electric feel than some of Mouzon's previous work, but it's still far from the smoother soul of the 80s – thanks to a sharp-edged lineup that includes Gary Bartz on soprano and alto sax and Stu Goldberg on keyboards – both players who bring a nice sense of depth to the set! Some of the best cuts are actually the most laidback – somewhat spacey grooves that spin out beautifully, and which are then offset nicely by the choppier fusion cuts on the set. Titles include the massive break cut "Poobli" – an electric bit of MPS that we never tire of – and other tracks include "The Mouzon Drum Suite", "Virtue", "Master Funk", "Nyctophobia", and "Baker's Daughter". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Joanna NewsomDivers ... LP
Drag City, 2015. Near Mint- 2LP gatefold ... $19.99
Joanna Newsom as richly lyrical, lushly arranged and weirdly beautiful as ever! Divers is the 5 years in the making follow up to her triple album Have One On Me, and if you found that one too thick a forest to take root in, this one's much easier to dive into – with 11 songs in 51 minutes – but it might be even greater in lyrical scope! As always, her distinctive voice is a very compelling instrument, and no other could convey the wordy brilliance of her songs. Recorded by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson with clarity and immediacy, all the better for the diverse arrangements that range from light orchestal, to wispy folk, to anthemic, if largely acoustic art pop. At this point, if you've heard Joanna Newsom, you either "get it" or not. Our admiration grows with each effort, and we're pretty excited that an artist with a sound this far out of the ordinary can be as popular as she is. Includes "Anecdotes", "Sapokanikan", "Leaving The City", "Goose Eggs", "Waltz of The 101st Lightborne", "The Things I Say", "Divers", "Same Old Man", "You Will Not Take Heart Alive", "A Pin-Light Bent" and "Time, As A Symptom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art PepperNeon Art Vol 1 (red colored vinyl) ... LP
Omnivore/Widows Taste, 1981. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A very cool late live set from Art Pepper – working in a killer quartet setting! Neon Art Vol 1 features two side-long pieces, recorded in January of '81, at Parnell's in Seattle – both of which are released for the first time ever on this 2012 vinyl from Widow's Taste and Omnivore. Side one features a really great, elongated take on Pepper's "Red Car" – which was a stand out number on The Trip LP a few years earlier. This particular trip is stretched out to nearly 17 minutes long – with bassist David Williams and drummer Carl Burnett laying down a rhythm that's actually got a bit of funk in it – but pianist Milcho Leviev nearly steals the show! Pepper waits in the wings early on, but steps out brilliantly on alto as the performance builds up steam – and you can hear the audience really getting into it. Incredible! The other side features an 18 minute take on Pepper's "Blues For Blanche" – and Art commands this one from the start – by improvising pretty nicely on his sax, without straying too far out – and the players get some spotlight action, too. LP, Vinyl record album

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Francois RabbathBass Ball ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
An important album in the evolution of sparer and solo jazz on the European scene – one that only features bass work by Francois Rabbath, augmented only by drums and percussion from Armand Molinetti! The spare sound is incredibly compelling – still quite rhythmic, and often quite swinging – but also concerned with the exploration of space and texture, with a shifting mood from track to track. Rabbath plays the bass in a style that brings out sound from every aspect of the instrument – yet never goes too far out, or gets too noisy. Titles include "Desert", "Creasy Course", "Walpurgis", "Impalas", "Hesitations", "Basses En Fugue", and "Exil". LP, Vinyl record album
(US stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole & light wear.)

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George RussellOthello Ballet Suite/Electronic Organ Sonata No 1 ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
George Russell's stepping quite far out from his earlier work here – recording in Scandinavia in the late 60s, with some very trippy effects! The album is dominated by the two-part "Othello Ballet Suite" – recorded in Stockholm in 1967 with a group that includes Rolf Ericksson on trumpet, Bertn Rosengren on tenor, and Arne Domnerus on alto – and the sound is a mixture of relatively free and out playing, with a few passages that snap into more of a swinging approach. The "Electronic Organ Sonata No 1" was recorded in Oslo in 1968, and features Russell improvising on the organ of a church. It's a very strange number – but one with a wonderful otherworldly feel! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wrinkles in the gloss.)
 
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Art FarmerBrass Shout ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good ... $14.99
A great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session – because it's a much more subtle record, and features some excellent lead solos by Farmer, set amidst a larger group arranged wonderfully by Benny Golson! Golson brings a great sense of balance to the album – mixing some larger horn passages with soulfully snapping rhythms, all at a level that still allows plenty of space for Farmer to solo sweetly on trumpet. Other players on the record include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone, Percy Heath on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include "Minor Vamp", "Nica's Dream", "Stella By Starlight", "Moanin", "April In Paris", and "Five Spot After Dark". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black/rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a light stain along the opening.)

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Tennessee Ernie FordFarmyard Boogie ... LP
Capitol/See For Miles (UK), Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Man, we love this guy! Tennessee was one of the true characters of his time, always managing to work his hillbilly bumkin' voices into a seemingly straightforward tune, and without ever becoming cloying in the process. He manages to be groovy, twangy, AND funny – a top notch performer if there ever was one! Features performances with Ella Mae Morse, The Dinning Sisters, Molly Bee, and Kay Starr – plus solo work too. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary McFarland & Clark TerryTijuana Jazz ... LP
Impulse, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
A very groooooovy set! This one has Gary working with his "& Co" ensemble – including here the 2 guitars of Barry Galbraith and Toots Thielemans, the fender bass of Bob Brookmeyer, and the trumpet work of Clark Terry and Joe Newman. The groove is jazzy Mexican – kind of a way hipper take on the Tijuana sound than Herb Albert could ever hope for – and with Gary on organ, vibes, and marimba, the core groove is really great all the way through. Very hip stuff – and with tracks that include "Fantastic, That's You", "South Of The Border", "Tijuana", "Mary Jane", "Granny's Samba", "Soul Bird", and "Ira Schwartz's Golden Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Gary McFarland & Co.Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon? ... LP
Skye, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful album from the great Gary McFarland – and completely sublime all the way through! The record's part jazz, part easy, and all McFarland, with a cool compressed breezy vibe that's just about impossible to describe accurately. Gary's vibes are wonderfully set in a small combo with reeds by Jerome Richardson, bass by Richard Davis, organ by Warren Bernhardt, and guitar by Sam Brown. The group play haunting, almost-invisible versions of 60s pop tunes, like "God Only Knows", "Here, There & Everywhere", and "O Morro" – plus a jaunty McFarland original called "Flea Market". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Skye pressing in a glossy gatefold cover. Cover has wear.)

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Gato BarbieriTropico ... LP
A&M, 1978. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A far reaching late 70s set from Gato Barbieri – a record that blends fusiony jazz funk, lush stings, and Latin rhythms and fluid solos on a varied batch of tunes! One of the more interesting things about the production is that those varied approaches often come into play within the same tunes – with clean, lean fusiony bass and percussion underneath swelling string accents, showing Barbieri was unafraid to intermingle myriad influences at the time. Titles include a take on Caetano Veloso's "Odara", plus "Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)", "Latin Lady" (which guest Carlos Santana trading solos with Gato over tropical jazz funk backing), "She Is Michelle", "Where Is The Love", "Evil Eyes" and "Bolero". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ George BensonGood King Bad ... LP
CTI, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
Sweet 70s funk from George Benson – an album that's a bit smoother than some of his earlier work, but still free from the commercial polish of his later hits! Maestro David Matthews is at the helm for this session – and most numbers have a full backing from players who include some of the best of the CTI/Kudu generation – including Ronnie Foster and Bobby Lyle on keyboards, Joe Farrell on flute, Fred Wesley on trombone, Eric Gale on rhythm guitar, Dave Friedman on vibes, and Steve Gadd on drums – who manages to kick in a nicely funky undercurrent, even on some of the mellower numbers. George's guitar is filled with warmly chromatic hues – gliding away nicely on titles that include the slow funky "Em", plus "Siberian Workout", "Shell Of A Man", "Hold On I'm Coming", "One Rock Don't Make No Boulder", and "Theme From Good King Bad". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ George BensonWhile The City Sleeps ... LP
Warner, 1986. Sealed ... $3.99
This one's far more of a straight soul album than most of George Benson's earlier vocal sets – but as usual, the work is pretty high caliber throughout – and George is definitely on top of his game here, effortlessly beating others at the style they'd all started to cop from Benson by the time! Production is mostly by Narada Michael Walden, with that mix of warmth and depth that graced most of his soul sides from the time – but other tracks also get production from Kashif and Tommy LiPuma, who definitely up the pop quotient on the set. Titles include "Teaser", "Shiver", "While The City Sleeps", "Kisses In The Moonlight", "Too Many Times", and "Did You Hear Thunder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. Very Good- ... $49.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing – nice and heavy. Cover has light wear.)

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James BrownPure Dynamite! ... LP
King, 1964. Very Good- Gatefold ... $24.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some wear and a mostly split bottom seam.)
Also available Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 26.99

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Shirley BrownWoman To Woman ... LP
Truth, 1974. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Easily one of the top 5 female southern soul albums of the 70s – a landmark record that Shirley Brown never matched again! The record's got an open, honest quality that's far deeper than even other work from the time on Stax Records – a style that's partly Memphis, but which also has some of the rougher edges of other southern indies – not just in the way the songs are put together, but also in the open-handed emotion that Shirley brings to her work. The standout track is the classic "Woman To Woman", which begins with a great monologue that started off a whole slew of answer songs at the time! (In case you don't remember it, it's the one that goes "Girl, I was diggin' through my old man's pockets last night, and I came across your number...") Other tracks include "Stay With Me Baby", "Long As You Love Me", "Between You And Me", "So Glad To Have You", and "Passion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Donald Byrd & Gigi GryceNew Formulas From The Jazz Lab ... LP
RCA (Japan), 1957. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Rare work from the team of Gigi Gryce and Donald Byrd – material recorded during their Jazz Lab sessions for Columbia Records in the 50s, but unissued at the time! The duo are pure genius together – able to open up with all the modern jazz currents that altoist Gryce was bringing to his writing and arranging, yet still swing with all the sense of soul that you'd know from later work from the famous trumpeter Byrd! The blend is great – kind of like all the best 50s modern jazz ideas rolled into one – a record with plenty of new ideas, but a rock-solid swing to match the best on Blue Note or Prestige – driven strongly by the rhythm trio of Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Gryce is especially nice – maybe a bit more biting than on some of his earlier records with Art Farmer, and a hell of a soloist throughout. Titles include "Exhibit A", "Capri", "Splittin", "Byrd In Hand", "Ergo The Blues", and "Passade". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gil EvansRoots (aka New Bottle Old Wine) ... LP
World Pacific/Fontana (Netherlands), 1958. Very Good ... $14.99
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – far more modern than you might expect from later funk and soul sides of the 60s – and perfectly poised next to Gil's larger back drops to reignite a host of older tunes with new energy! And while the titles are familiar, the readings certainly are not – as the Evans pen has really changed things up beautifully – as you'll hear on numbers that include "St Louis Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Willow Tree", "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", "Lester Leaps In", "Round About Midnight", "Manteca", and "Bird Feathers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual vintage Dutch pressing – great cover image! One corner of the cover has a light crease, but rest is great.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzBig Band Bossa Nova ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from the Verve bossa years – a session that features the sweet tenor sax work of Stan Getz, alongside some swinging bossa arrangements from the great Gary McFarland! Given the strength of Gary's own work for Verve at the time, it's no surprise that he's a perfect accompanist for Getz on the session – working with just the right amount of space to let Stan stand out from the pack, and really creating a great blend of Brazilian rhythms and some of the modder 60s styles at Verve. Gary contributed a number of originals to the session too – and titles include "Bim Bom", "Manlancolico", "Balanco No Samba", "Noite Triste", "Chega De Saudade", and "Manha De Carnival". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Grant GreenMain Attraction ... LP
Kudu, 1976. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Quite an unusual album from Grant Green – a record that's quite different than his earlier records for Blue Note, but still pretty darn great overall! Grant's working here in a large group – Kudu style – with arrangements by David Matthews, but a sound that's still pretty lean overall! There's a fair bit of great players in the lineup – including Jon Faddis on trumpet, Hubert Laws on flute, and Joe Farrell on tenor – and the horns soar out nicely to set the scene over some tightly stepping backings – all served up with plenty of room for Grant to solo spaciously on guitar! The title track – "The Main Attraction" – is nearly 20 minutes long – and the other two tracks, "Creature" and "Future Feature", both approach the 10 minute mark themselves! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Main Attraction ... CD 13.99

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Slide HamptonExplosion! The Sound Of Slide Hampton ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good ... $14.99
The explosion in the title is definitely well-placed – as trombonist Slide Hampton makes his group groove with a tremendous amount of power here – all horns focused strongly on the rhythms, which themselves are wonderfully soulful! As with some of Hampton's best from the time, there's some really fresh young players on the set – some obscure musicians, mixed with future heavyweights Joe Farrell and Ronnie Cuber on reeds – plus piano from the great Horace Parlan! The tunes have a tight focus that really shows off Hampton's arranging skills – and titles include "Spanish Flyer", "Bye Bye Love", "Slide's Blues", and "Begin The Beguine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Neal HeftiHow To Murder Your Wife ... LP
United Artists, 1965. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A swinging sex comedy score from the legendary Neal Hefti – not as well-known as some of his big 60s hits, but a wonderfully groovy record throughout! The film itself is a pretty silly farce – and Hefti definitely matches that action in his music – by mixing up jazzy, upbeat numbers with some sweeter tunes that have that lush, laidback style we always love in his orchestrations! Things are never too heavy, and the whole thing's got a lightness that really stands out from other work of this nature by Hefti's contemporaries – especially on a few of the tracks that make some great use of groovy wordless vocals. Titles include "Prologue (Main Theme)", "Suspicion", "Virna", "Here's To My Lover", "Stag Party Blast", "Bash Brannigan", "How To Murder Your Wife", "Scene Of The Crime", "Cartoon Capers", and "Requiem For A Bachelor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Bob JamesBJ4 ... LP
CTI, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious enough to make even the simplest instrumental statements resonate with a punch that other fusion records never had – a James-like approach to rhythm and sound that's totally great, and which is made even better by key contributions from CTI labelmates who include Hubert Laws, Eric Gale, and Art Farmer. James plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – and titles include the funky sample cut "Tappan Zee", plus "Nights Are Forever Without You", "Where The Wind Blows Free", "Pure Imagination", "Treasure Island", and "El Verano". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arif MardinJourney ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A wicked little solo set from one of Atlantic Records' hippest talents in the 70s! Arif Mardin's best known for his work supporting some of Atlantic's best soul starts – Aretha Franklin most famously, and a host of others – but here, he steps out as a maestro on his own – working in a great space that's somewhere between blacksploitation funk and electric jazz – all with a groove that's totally great! Mardin's wonderful sense of space and timing come even more to the forefront here than on his records with singers – and he does an amazing job of bringing the players together with the tightness of a soul session, but the freedom of expression of a jazz date. Musicians include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Seldon Powell on tenor, Richard Tee and Pat Rebillot on electric piano, Gary Burton on vibes, and Hubert Laws on flute. Urszula Dudziak makes a few appearances on voice – dropping in some wordless elements to the tunes – and drums are heavy throughout, played by either Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, or Grady Tate. Titles include "Dark Alleys", "Love On A Rainy Afternoon", "A Sunday Afternoon Feeling", "Strollin", "Journey", "Flight", and "Forms". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker with some pen, a cutout notch, light wear, and smudges around the edges.)

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MFSBPhiladelphia Freedom ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
A very big crossover moment for the Philly sound, and one of the biggest hits by the studio combo that drove the big Gamble/Huff hits of the 70s! The record's a great batch of smooth Philly instrumentals – not really disco, although the tracks certainly crossed over there – more uptempo soul, with the same bouncy sound heard on the vocal hits of the label – a majestic Philly International groove, carefully classy, but still damn soulful too! Includes lots of familiar cuts – like "Zach's Fanfare", "Get Down With The Philly Sound", "Brothers & Sisters", and "South Philly". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles MingusSomething Like A Bird ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the last albums Charles Mingus ever gave us – before departing this planet way way too soon! The set shows the increasing sophistication of Mingus' music in these later years – a mode that almost echoes the path that Duke Ellington would take in his final decade – a move towards some larger-form material that still holds onto all the raw energy of the early days, but finds a way to not only bridge larger musical ideas – but musical generations as well! As part of this, the set's got a wonderful lineup – with Lee Konitz on alto, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, George Coleman on tenor, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and titles include the long title track, "Something Like A Bird", split up over 2 sides of the LP, plus "Farewell Farwell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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