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Calibro 35Any Resemblance To Real Persons Or Actual Facts Is Purely Coincidental ... CD
Nublu, 2012. Used ... $6.99
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the group's music going in the first place – but also driven by a much tighter sound at the bottom, especially on the drums – which really drive the tunes strongly! Other instrumentation includes loads of keyboards – especially clavinet-type riffs that fit the group's 70s cop/crime mode perfectly – and titles include "Uh Ah Brrr", "Thank You & Goodbye", "New Delhi Deli", "New York New York", "Italian Band From BBQ", "Rain On Concrete", and "A Massacre At Dawn". CD

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✨✧ Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD

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✨✧ Rhoda ScottFrom C To Shining C ... CD
Doodlin, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first American sessions in many years from organist Rhoda Scott – sounding a heck of a lot hipper here than on some of her previous French recordings! Rhoda's back in gritty soul jazz territory here – working with a tight combo that includes twin tenor power from Red Holloway and Plas Johnson – both of whom add a lot to the set! Carl Lockett's on guitar, and the whole group has a lively energy that almost takes us back to the raw, live feel of Rhoda's earliest work for Prestige. Most tunes have some nicely sharp edges – surprising for an indie soul jazz set of recent vintage – and Rhoda seems to use her organ with a slightly less trilling sound than on most of her French dates. Titles include "From C To Shining C", "Reveries", "Tico Tico", "Waitin For The Plane", "The Next Time You See Me", "Hit The Road Jack", and "Blues Alley". CD

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✨✧ Jean Thielemans (Toots Thielemans)Man Bites Harmonica ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the first American albums from Belgian guitarist and harmonica player Toots Thielemans – a sharp-edged session that brings a new level of jazz into his work! The title's hokey, but the sound is totally great – with Toots on both harmonica and guitar, usually more of the former – alongside a batch of players that includes Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Kenny Drew on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Given these players, there's a nice sense of late 50s tightness to the record – although all players seem to really defer to Toots' intentions, and shape the sound with a flair that's not unlike some of his few great European moments from the decade. Titles include "Fundamental Frequency", "Soul Station", "Struttin With Some Barbeque", and "East of The Sun". CD

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✨✧ ShindigIssue 63 ... Magazine
Shindig, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Kinks make a big splash on the cover this time around – part of a great long feature on their first American tour in 1965! The issue's also got a number of other great articles – on Fred Neil, Be Bop Deluxe, Wayne Coyne, Simply Saucer, Long Chris, and Cockney Rebel – as well as an overview of 10 important albums of Brazilian Psych! There's lots more too – all presented with the fantastic look and feel that we've come to expect from Shindig! Magazine

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✨✧ Toshiko Akiyoshi & Leon SashToshiko Akiyoshi & Leon Sash At Newport ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first American albums to ever feature the piano of Toshiko Akioshi – and a set that's oddly split with work from jazz accordionist Leon Sash – who also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival at the same time! Toshiko is on side one – in a trio with Gene Cherico on bass and Jake Hanna on drums – and although young, she's already got a tremendous ear for the piano – able to spin out tunes that both have the majesty of some of her later larger compositions, but delivered with a sharp edge that really shows her bop inspiration. Titles include "Between Me & Myself", "Blues For Toshiko", and "Lover". The flipside features material by accordionist Leon Sash, and his group with Ted Robinson on tenor and clarinet – a really cool combo with a vibe that's more jazz-based than work by artists like Art Van Damme at the time – thanks in part to Robinson's solos. The group grooves nicely – and titles include "Sash-Kebap", "Meant For Brent", and "Blue Lou". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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VariousGeorgie Fame Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99
A killer collection of soul, jazz, and R&B – all the kind of cuts that helped shape the sound of groundbreaking UK singer Georgie Fame in the 60s! Georgie drank heavily from a heady brew of American tunes in the years before he cut his own great records – and was always ready to credit the big influences on his music – either by covering their tunes, or by doing the best to keep on grooving in their own soulful styles! This sweet package offers up a great look at Georgie's roots – and offers up 25 tracks along with very detailed notes – all in a mod, soulful groove that's fully enjoyable on its own, even if you're not the sort of Fame fanatics that we are. Titles include "The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "Sweet Thing" by The Spinners, "Pride & Joy" by Marvin Gaye, "Pink Champagne" by Joe Liggins, "One Whole Year Baby" by Earl Curry, "Eso Beso" by Paul Anka, "Gimme That Wine" by Lambert Hendricks & Ross, "All About My Girl" by Jimmy McGriff, "Funny How Time Slips Away" by Joe Hinton, "Shop Around" by The Miracles, "Sitting In The Park" by Billy Stewart, and "Monkeying Around" by William Bell. CD

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VariousHaiti Vodou – Ritual Music From The First Black Republic 1937 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99 29.99
Some of the earliest recordings of voodoo work from Haiti – served up here in a 3CD collection that includes a surprisingly huge amount of material! Some of the rawest work here was recorded in the field, but with clarity enough to make the chanted vocals and heavy percussion come through strongly – and other material was recorded as part of postwar projects by American labels, to document the very unusual, very site-specific sounds coming out of Haiti at the time! The set begins with some early acetate recordings from the 30s, then moves onto include the three volumes of the Music Of Haiti series from Folkways – all recorded in the early 50s, with a very rich quality. Next are a few albums that were issued by Elektra – including the famous Voices Of Haiti album, recorded by avant filmmaker Maya Deren, plus the label's Festival In Haiti album too. There's also a range of other small label recordings, too – material from a Remington label album, the Rituel Vaudou En Haiti record on Bam, and the Ceremonies Vaudou En Haiti album on Pacific – which makes for at least 8 albums' worth of material, plus more – in a big 3CD package that features 63 tracks in all, with notes in English and French. CD

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✨✧ Lars GullinLars Gullin Vol 5 – First Walk 1951/1952 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1951/1952. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal early recordings from baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin – one of the greatest European players of the 50s, and an artist who made a big impact over on this side of the Atlantic as well! The set brings together 26 tracks from sessions recorded for the Metronome, Gazell, and Polydor labels – some of which were issued over here on 10" LPs by Prestige – but a good portion of which remain as Swedish-only recordings. The sides are some of Gullin's first as a leader, and his work on the instrument is strong enough to rival that of American baritonists like Gerry Mulligan or Serge Chaloff. Most recordings are in a small group mode – and other players include Rolf Ericson, Ake Persson, and Gunnar Svensson – on tracks that include "That's It", "Gull In A Gulch", "Mean To Me", "Dorica", "Who Sleeps", "First Walk", "Toll Bridge", "Smart Alec", and "Dancing In The Dark". CD

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✨✧ Crushed ButlerUncrushed – First Punks From The British Underground 1969 to 1971 (180 gram vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Radiation Deluxe Series (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning pre-punk work from late 60s UK – and a set that really lives up to the promise of its title! We'll admit that we were a bit suspicious at first, but the strength of the work here is incredible – nothing like the psyche, blues, or jazz-inspired rock coming out of the British scene of the time – and much more in a mode that resembles American work by a rare few groups like The Stooges, MC5, or The Seeds. But even more than those three, there's a definite "punkness" here that's really riveting – a speed of tunes that's extremely unusual for the period, and a raw, simple, guitar-based groove that would almost have us thinking Posh Boy LA, if the lyrics weren't so heavily accented English! Titles include "It's My Life", "Factory Grime", "Love Is All Around Me", "Love Fighter", and "High School Dropout". CD also features a bonus second version of "High School Dropout". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ VariousCoxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 (3CD set) ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An incredible set of music – the roots of so many sounds to come in Jamaica, all pulled from the early pre-Studio One recordings of the legendary Clement Dodd! The music here is much more strongly tied to American styles – and in fact, some cuts could easily pass for soul and R&B – but other cuts show a very strong island influence early on, with roots of some other West Indian sounds filtering down to groove that's already coalescing into the classic sound of Kingston! We've loved Dodd's productions for many years – but this set is still a real ear-opener for us, given the range of material that we'd never heard before – and the richly detailed notes from Soul Jazz, which tell the tale of the brilliant birth of Jamaican music that would shape the rest of the world for generations to come. 3CD set is overflowing with music – 46 tracks that include "Over The River" by Jiving Juniors, "Answer Me" by Derrick Harriott, "Do You Know" by Owen & Millie, "What A World" by Busty & Cool, "Counter Punch" by Roland Alphonso, "Pine Juice" by Clue J & His Blues Blasters, "Oceans 11" by City Slickers, "Serenade In Sound" by Workshop Musicians, "Best Twist" by Owen Gray, "Dew Drops" by Don Drummond, "Independence Blues" by Basil Gabbidon, "Searching" by Simms & Robinson, "Romantic Shuffle" by The Shinners, and "I Do" by Neville Esson. CD

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Renata AdlerAfter The Tall Timber – Collected Nonfiction (hardcover) ... Book
New York Review Of Books, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
A fantastic collection of nonfiction work from Renata Adler – a writer we first discovered through her inventive fiction, but one who's got a much greater history as a journalist – including decades of work for the New Yorker and other publications! This huge book brings together some of Adler's best pieces – articles handled with the same key eye and ear as her fiction, especially for the voices of the subjects involved – presented with dialogue that's extremely compelling in many of the works. The book spans the space of decades – and includes Adler on subjects as diverse as prostitution in LA, G Gordon Liddy, Civil Rights in Mississippi, the Six Day War, the Starr Report, violence in film, Biafra, and dozens of others – often snapshots both in history and American cultural struggle, captured beautifully by Adler's prose. The book is 514 pages, hardcover. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Ann-MargretAnn Margret – The Definitive Collection ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.98
A fantastic collection of work from those years when singer Ann-Margret first popped up on the American market – young, fresh, and sexy – and willing to do whatever it took to make her music stand out from the pack! Ann-Margret's got a vocal range that's maybe deeper than most of her contemporaries – a lusty growl that makes you feel like she's singing from way down in her toes – with odd bluesy currents mixed with jazzier backings – all in a mode that has really blows away the sultry tones of previous singers like Peggy Lee or Julie London. This 30 track package is a very well-chosen array of tunes from the early RCA years – and includes lots of solo numbers, plus work with Elvis Presley and Al Hirt – on titles that include "Man's Favorite Sport", "Next Time", "Madrid/The Pleasure Seekers", "Mack The Knife", "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Lady Loves Me", "You're The Boss", "Mr Wonderful", "That Old Black Magic", "Everything Makes Music When You're In Love", "Let Me Entertain You", "Take All The Kisses", "Something To Think About", and "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". CD

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Edwin Astley/Tony CrombieInternational Detective/Man From Interpol ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of cool British TV soundtracks – both of which feature an action jazz style to rival the best early work of Henry Mancini for the television screen! First up is lost spy soundtrack work from the British composer Edwin Astley – best known for his work on The Saint and Danger Man, but also sounding pretty darn great on the earlier program International Detective! The feel here is similar to some of Astley's better-known work – a more dramatic take on the crime jazz used on American TV in the late 50s – one that retains much of the instrumental elements of the sound, especially the well-placed use of saxes – but which also uses larger orchestrations to flesh out the music nicely, creating a stronger, more cinematic feel. The set features a total of 21 tracks from this short-lived show – and titles include "International Detective", "Murder Strip", "Theme For Larceny", "Night Patrol", "The Badge", "Manhunt", "Shock Tactics", "Murder Chase", and "Concerto In Law". Next is Man From Interpol – one of the best spy soundtracks we've ever heard – and one of the only scores we've ever seen from Brit jazz drummer Tony Crombie! The work was done a few years before Barry's famous Bond scores – but it's got a very similar feel, with lots of driving themes that make the best use of brazen horns, fast jazz, and beat-styled rhythms that crackle throughout the set. Most titles are pretty short, but really great – and nearly all of them feature some extremely strong jazz musicianship, in the manner of that used on the best American soundtracks by Mancini at the time! Titles include "Panic Station", "Interpol Cha Cha Cha", "Interpol Chase", "Samba De Janeiro", and "Blues Macabre". CD

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Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... CD
Motown, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 15.98
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. CD

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Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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Salome BeySalome Bey ... LP
Pickwick (Canada), 1970. Near Mint- ... $33.99
Incredible solo work from Salome Bey – the wonderful singer you may know from her work in Andy & The Bey Sisters – stepping out here in her first solo set from 1970 – a record that was done up in Canada, where Salome was a bit out of touch with her American audience. The sound is wonderful – a blend of soul and jazz modes with very hip leanings – similar to the more righteous material that singers like Carmen McRae or Esther Phillips were starting to handle as the 70s came on – set up in arrangements that often have some nice use of Fender Rhodes and strings. Titles include the excellent "Hit The Nail Right On The Head" – plus "The Clock", "You're Gonna Fall", "Muy Caliento No", "Easy Come Love", and "Underground Railroad Station". LP, Vinyl record album
(1980 Pickwick pressing.)

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Paul BleyCloser ... LP
ESP, 1966. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Possibly the first true moment of genius from Paul Bley – a key indie standout after a few years working for bigger American labels! By the time of this early ESP album, Paul Bley was no stranger to the American scene – having recorded a few records for different labels in the 50s, and making some surprise appearances on other sessions in the early part of the 60s. But by the time of this mid 60s set, Bley was really coming into his own – working in a style that would have a huge influence on the style of jazz piano for the next few decades, and which was one of the first strong statements of modernism from the Canadian scene. Here, he's working with Steve Swallow on bass and Barry Altschul on percussion in a trio format, working through a great batch of tracks by then wife Carla – like "Ida", "Start", "Closer", "Batterie", and "Sideways In Mexico" – as well as versions of Ornette Coleman's "Crossroads", Annette Peacock's "Cartoon", and his own "Figfoot". LP, Vinyl record album
(White inner label, and back cover has photos for titles up to ESP 1028. Cover has a Stereo sticker and a small stain on the bottom seam.)

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Charlie ByrdWorld Of Charlie Byrd ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1960s/1973. New Copy ... $3.99 12.98
The world of Charlie Byrd is a pretty darn groovy one – as you'll hear on this sweet collection of 60s sides, pulled together for a double-length Columbia compilation! Byrd first started out as one of the early American guitarists to recognize the possibilities of bossa nova – mixing it with his own acoustic guitar jazz work, and coming up with a groove that was totally great – one that really blossomed during the Columbia years, thanks to some inventive arrangements and production. Some cuts here are still spare and bossa, others move Byrd into a range of fuller backings – and come up with some great bossa/mod hybrids that still stand up nicely all these many years later. Titles include "Blues For China", "Yesterday", "Girl From Ipanema", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Superstar", "Love Is Blue", "Something", "Up Up & Away", "Corcovado", "Dulcina", "Try To Remember", "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", and "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In". CD

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Vic ChesnuttDrunk (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
New West, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $18.99 30.98
One of Vic's best albums! Drunk isn't quite as sparely furnished, production wise as his first couple albums, but it's still on the right side of spare – often with voice and guitar, so Vic's one-of-a-kind vocals and storytelling are front-and-center. There's almost stream of consciousness structure to the songs, but when you really listen it's easy to tell that he's not just strumming and breathing words, there's some serious soul searching, as well as keen insight into rural American human nature, even in the most fragmentary observations. He's not for everybody, but once you open up to his distinctive sound, you might come to think of him as one of the true and rare originals. Includes "Sleeping Man", Bourgeois And Biblical", "One Of Many", "Super Tuesday", "Naughty Fatalist", "Kiss My A**, "Dodge", "Gluefoot" and more. This beautiful 2017 2LP version on New West as bunch of bonus tracks, too – nearly a full LPs worth! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl with insert, download and 13 bonus tracks. Very nicely done!)
 
 
 



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