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JJ JohnsonFirst Place (with bonus tracks) ... CD
American Jazz Classics (Spain), 1957. Used ... $9.99
JJ Johnson's always a cooker, but during the late 50s he cut some incredible records for the Columbia label – tight bop sessions that still stand as some of his best work! This album's one of them – a real smoker of a set that features Johnson's trombone as the only lead horn in a cool quartet that also includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Max Roach on drums – a crackling rhythm trio who make the record move a lot more than most other jazz sessions on Columbia at the time! Johnson's sense of tone and phrasing is wonderful – unadorned by any other horns, but a very powerful solo vehicle, especially in the company of the other players – and titles include "Harvey's House", "That Tired Old Routine Called Love", "Nickels & Dimes", "Be My Love", "Paul's Pal", and "Commutation". CD

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Kid ThomasKid Thomas & His Algiers Stompers – The First Recordings ... CD
American Music, 1951. Used ... $9.99
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Don Burrows & George GollaDuo – Other Places Other Times ... LP
First American, 1980. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Spare, intimate work by these two great players from the 70s Aussie scene – Don Burrows on flutes and clarinet – and George Golla on 7 string maton guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
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Jerry Bergonzi, Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron, et alRed Records All Stars – Together Again For The First Time ... CD
Red (Italy), 1996. Used ... $11.99
Killer work from a group of American players who've all found a strong outlet for their talents on the Red Records label – an Italian company, but one that's really done a great job of keeping the fires going for players who sometimes don't get as much of a chance to record in the US! Every member of the group here is great – Jerry Bergonzi on tenor, Bobby Watson on alto and soprano, Kenny Barron on piano, Victor Lewis on drums, and either Curtis Lundy or David Finck on bass. The tunes are mostly originals by group members, which further makes the set sparkle – giving it a sense of originality that's quite different than the usual standards that seem to come up on other all-star sessions. Watson's horns, as always, are great – and Bergonzi's deeper tones provide a great sense of balance – all warmed up nicely by Barron's piano. Titles include "That's All Folks", "Look At You", "Out House", "De Voyeur A Voyeur", "Those Who Get From Having Not", "Out Of The Frying Pan", and "Free Movement". CD

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Lars GullinLars Gullin Vol 5 – First Walk 1951/1952 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1951/1952. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
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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Fletcher HendersonDeveloping An American Orchestra 1923 to 1937 ... LP
Smithsonian, 1920s/1930s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A great collection of material from one of the first major bandleaders in jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet inside the gatefold.)

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Theadora IfuduFirst Time Out ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99
The debut album from Theadora Ifudu – a singer who hit greater fame on a bigger label a few years later – but who sounds pretty darn great here at the start! The music is an offbeat blend of American soul and Nigerian funk – recorded both in Lagos and London, but with a sound that's very much its own – almost maybe more hinting at South African soul styles in years to come, especially in the way Theadora's amazing voice flows out over the music! Rhythms are strong, but never dominate the tunes too much – as you definitely know that this is a record based around the singer – who's wonderfully comfortable in the lead, with a very universal appeal. Titles include "Right Time", "Four In A Tangle", "Hello How Are You", "That Man", "Time", and "The Way We Are". CD

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Theadora IfuduFirst Time Out ... LP
PMG (Austria), New Copy (reissue)... About May 1, 2018 (delayed)
The debut album from Theadora Ifudu – a singer who hit greater fame on a bigger label a few years later – but who sounds pretty darn great here at the start! The music is an offbeat blend of American soul and Nigerian funk – recorded both in Lagos and London, but with a sound that's very much its own – almost maybe more hinting at South African soul styles in years to come, especially in the way Theadora's amazing voice flows out over the music! Rhythms are strong, but never dominate the tunes too much – as you definitely know that this is a record based around the singer – who's wonderfully comfortable in the lead, with a very universal appeal. Titles include "Right Time", "Four In A Tangle", "Hello How Are You", "That Man", "Time", and "The Way We Are". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available First Time Out ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste/Pablo VilaCumbia – Scenes Of A Migrant Latin American Music Genre ... Book
Duke University Press, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's a great way of looking at the music – because although cumbia first started in Colombia, it quickly spread across Latin America and up to the US – where it's been a mighty popular style in recent decades! The book features essays by a number of different authors, each looking at the music from a different perspective – some regional, some historical, and some with specific issues of class or gender – all working together to make for a very illuminating text on the music as it's evolved over the years. 302 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Oliver NelsonAfro/American Sketches ... LP
Prestige, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Oliver Nelson's first politically conscious albums, and a classic set of larger orchestrations with a "Afro/American" orientation. The album works as one long suite, showcasing a number of different styles, and spanning a range of African American traditions. Players include Jerry Dodgion, Ray Barretto, Patti Brown, Melba Liston, and Nelson himself – who plays some nice solos on tenor and alto. Passages of the suite include "Disillusioned", "Freedom Dance", and "Jungleaire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Theo ParrishAmerican Intelligence (3LP set) ... LP
Sound Signature, 2014. Used 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first proper album from Detroit club genius Theo Parrish in years – a set that has Theo working way at the top of his game – doing conscious club music, but imbued with a compelling mood and artful quality, all while never undercutting the floor-shaking rhythmic sensibility of the music! There's a relatively spare quality to much of the set that makes it all the more interesting – not a single misplaced beat, note, or bit of vocal to be found – and even the longest jams are perfectly lean, but really have a way of keeping things changing up in this really great way. As longtime fans of Theo Parrish, we find it pretty damn rewarding that he continues his creative reign a good couple of decades into his career. 3LP vinyl version features 9 classic level numbers, with no more than 2 jams on per side: "Footwork", "Cypher Delight", "Ah" feat Marcellus Pittman, Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres, "Make No War", "Creepcake", "Drive", "Fallen Funk", "Be In Yo Self" feat Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres and "Helmut Lampshade". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousOriginal Hip Hop Classics – Presented By Sugarhill ... LP
Sugar Hill/Sanctuary (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best tracks ever from one of the most important record labels in the early years of hip hop! Sugarhill might not have been the first to record the sounds of the South Bronx scene, but the label definitely helped the music get huge national exposure – to a point where it was maybe one of the key factors in helping hip hop to find the right sort of larger American audience at the time! Years later, most of these cuts are still formative classics – and the set's overflowing with gems that include "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang, "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, "That's The Joint" by Funky Four + One, "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel, "Apachey" by Sugarhill Gang, "We Got The Funk" by Positive Force, "Yes We Can Can" by Treacherous Three, "Scratching" by Crash Crew, "Break Dance Electric Boogie" by West Street Mob, "Funk You Up" by Sequence, "Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel" by Grandmaster Flash, "8th Wonder" by Sugarhill Gang, "It's Nasty" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and "Step Off" by The Furious Five. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousPomus & Shuman Story – Double Trouble 1956 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at one of the key songwriting teams in American pop at the end of the 50s – Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, two names who show up again and again in histories of early rock and soul music – but who rarely get the same recognition as some of their bigger contemporaries! This package does a great job of correcting that problem – by bringing together some of the greatest tunes ever from the pen of Pomus & Shuman, sung by some of the biggest American artists in a variety of genres – plus a number of other artists who have been lost to the shifting sands of time, but who sound equally great. The top-quality package features a huge amount of notes on the pair's lives and career – as well as a good number of photos and record images too – all supported by a set list of 26 tracks that include "Miss Rip Van Winkle" by The Tibbs Brothers, "I Ain't Sharin Sharon" by Bobby Darin, "It's Been Nice" by Marty Wilde, "His Latest Flame" by Del Shannon, "Angel Face" by Jimmy Darren, "Turn Me Loose" by Fabian, "Hey Memphis" by LaVern Baker, "Save The Last Dance For Me" by The Drifters, "First Taste Of Love" by Ben E King, "Stop" by Howard Tate, "Double Trouble" by Elvis Presley, "Seven Day Weekend" by Gary US Bonds, and "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford. CD

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Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". CD
Also available Here Comes The Sun (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Here Comes The Sun ... CD 7.99

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Ann-MargretAnn Margret – The Definitive Collection ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 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 ... $6.99 13.99
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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✨✧ Albert AylerCopenhagen Live 1964 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
The first-ever proper issue of this amazing live material from 1964 – work that was recorded at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, right around the same time that Albert Ayler recorded his album for Debut Records – and a set that has his quartet in even more firey formation overall! The tracks are long, and Ayler is completely unbridled – at a level that really shows not only how much of a leader he was to the American avant underground, but what an inspiration he was to the European free scene too – who could only help but take a big cue from his work here on tenor! The group also features equally wonderful work from Don Cherry on cornet – sounding quite different than when with Ornette Coleman – plus bass from Gary Peacock, whose dark tones really set the mood – and drums from Sunny Murray, who is also at an explosive point in his career. The material is remastered wonderfully, with permission from Albert Ayler's estate – and titles include "Mothers", "Saints", "Vibrations", Spirits", "Children", and a shorter "Spirits". CD

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Big Boss ManHumanize ... LP
Blow Up (UK), 2001. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Excellent mod work from this new UK combo! The album's got a hip late 60s Go-Go feel – with screaming Hammond organ solos, bouncing bongo, and lots of fuzzed out guitars. There's more than a bit of funk in the mix, too – and you might well think of these guys as a swinging London equivalent to American funk acts on Desco and Soul Fire. A great debut – and what we hope will be the first of many excellent funk albums from the group! Titles include "Money", "Humanize", "Big Boss Man", "Party 7", "Out Of Time", "Bad Bad Whiskey", "Sell Your Soul", and "Big Boss Buddha". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jo BissoLove Somebody ... LP
Marlin, 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Disco grooves, but with a definite difference – given that Jo Bisso had previously worked on the Parisian club scene, and brings a special flourish to this American album from the late 70s! Jo sings lead vocals on the side-long "Love Somebody" – a tune that builds strongly as Bisso gets answered by a trio of lovely ladies who really brighten up the sound – and who then seem to take over even more on the flipside working with singer Claudia Ferrari. This second side is even better than the first – as things get a bit more spare and stripped-down – snaking out on the smooth stepper "Your Love", getting some funky moogy touches on the P&P-like "Let's Keep It Together", and warming up on the mellow disco number "Thank You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Dollar BrandDuke Ellington Presents The Dollar Brand Trio ... LP
Reprise, 1963. Near Mint- ... $28.99
One of Dollar Brand's first American recordings ever – and an excellent batch of trio tracks recorded under the supervision of Duke Ellington! Brand's in an early angular style here – with slight touches of late Ellington in his keyboard work, and bits of Monk thrown into the mix. Still, Brand's warm South African phrasing is firmly in place, and the tracks are long and contemplative, and offer a good look at a lost part of his career. Titles include "Ubu Suku", "Dollar's Dance", "Kippi", and "Brilliant Corners". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing!)

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonTrio & Duet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sackville (Canada), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Really creative work from Anthony Braxton – a 70s gem that has the reedman working in two different settings – both of them great! The first half of the record reunites Braxton with the electronics of Richard Teitelbaum – working here on some very cool moog, mixed with percussion – all in the best dark sounds of the Time Zones recording from the pair. Leo Smith is also in the group on trumpet – adding in a sense of space that's really wonderful – and Braxton himself works a variety of clarinets with really rich sounds – as the trio takes off on "Composition 36". The rest of the record shows that great old school side of Braxton – that crucial knowledge of the American jazz songbook that he only showed the world this strongly in the mid 70s – and which sparkles here as one of the best examples of that love! The remaining tracks feature Anthony on alto and Dave Holland on bass – working out some really special magic on "The Song Is You", "You Go To My Head", and "Embraceable You". CD features two bonus tracks too – both previously unissued – "On Green Dolphin Street" and "I Remember You". CD

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Marion BrownFive Improvisations ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from reedman Marion Brown – an unissued live set from the mid 70s, and one that features a whole new side of his talents! The music is definitely the improvisations promised in the title – but never in a free jazz sort of way, as Brown is working with a group, who have a nice sort of swing on all the tracks – and almost put Marion into hardbop territory that he hardly ever touched at this time! The whole performance is a unique glimpse at that much richer life that Brown was living overseas in the 70s – a time when he was connecting strongly with the jazz scene in Europe, in ways that were not always that well-documented on record – and also working on the American underground, but in ways that were different from some of his better-known material. This set is certainly one of those sides of his career – a beautifully swinging, soulful set that also features work from Brandon Ross on guitar, Jack Gregg on bass, and Steve McGreven on drums. Titles include "First Improvisation", "Second Improvisation", "Third Improvisation", and so on. CD

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Charlie ByrdLatin Impressions ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
The Latin Impressions here are more Brazilian than Cuban – and maybe a bit Spanish, too – given the strong use of acoustic guitar from Charlie Byrd! The set's got a laidback, open feel – and Byrd's guitar work is mighty deft, yet without all the frills and flowers of some of the more dramatic, emotive players of the time – a great illustration of the huge shift that the early bossa guitar recordings had at a global level. Byrd was one of the first big American proponents of bossa, and you can definitely hear that influence at work here – amidst additional guitar from Gene Byrd, bass from Keter Betts, and drums from Bill Reichenbach. A few tunes feature Charlie on solo guitar with no backing – and titles include "O Pato", "Homage A Villa Lobos", "Bogota", "Vals", "Samba De Uma Nota So", "Amor Flamengo", and "Azul Tiple". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo. Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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Charlie ByrdWorld Of Charlie Byrd ... LP
Columbia, 1960s/1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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Kenny Clarke, Red Garland, & OthersJazz From Carnegie Hall – Live In Paris 1 Octobre 1958 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1958. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
American jazzmen, playing in Paris – and working in the sort of all-star jam session mode you'd know from the Jazz At The Philharmonic recordings of the 50s! The format here is similar – some key players, in modes that run from swing to bop to more modern jazz – all brought together in an amazing display of spontaneous dexterity and individual imagination! This CD marks the first time this music has ever been issued, and the recording quality is great – really at a level that matches the best of those older Verve concerts – and the group is an unusual septet, with Lee Konitz on alto, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding on trombones, Phineas Newborn and Red Garland on pianos, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include nice open takes of "Dahoud", "Afternoon In Paris", "Stardust", "This Can't Be Love", "Bernie's Tune", "Bag's Groove", "It's Alright With Me", "Laverne Walk", "Blue Lou", and "Star Eyes". CD

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Alice ColtraneWorld Spirituality Classics Vol 1 – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda ... CD
Luaka Bop, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual territory as before – but also mixing in some elements from American gospel music – not in any sort of Christian way, but just in terms of the use of a larger choir on some of the tracks, whose stompingly rhythmic presence can really drive a few of the tunes! Other tracks are more spare, and really focus on Coltrane's vocals and work on organ – as well as a bit of harp and string backings too – all at a level that really pushes the transcendental modes she first brought to light in the 70s. Given that most of us never got our hands on the original tapes, the whole thing is a real treasure trove – and presented with nicely detailed notes, too. Titles include "Er Ra", "Om Shanti", "Om Rama", "Rama Guru", "Haria Naryan", "Krishna Japaye", "Rama Katha", "Keshava Murahara", and "Journey To Satchindananda". CD

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Ray Davies & The Button Down BrassThemes From The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting, & Other Great Films/Flashpoint ... CD
Pye/Vocalion (UK), 1974/1975. New Copy ... $18.99
Two great albums from Ray "funky trumpet" Davies – not the lead singer of The Kinks, but a heck of a groovy British bandleader from the 70s! First up is an album of Themes From The Exorcist and other films – all familiar movie themes from the early 70s, penned by artists like Michel Legrand and Lalo Schifrin – but served up here by Ray's Button Down Brass in a very cool style – compressed funk, ala the best crime/cop modes of the time – but with lots of individual touches that make the songs very different than the original versions! Titles include "Point Blank", "Enter The Dragon", "Klute", "French Connection", "Tubular Bells", "Cops & Robbers", and "Beyond Tomorrow". Flashpoint continues with some great film themes again served up in the magic Ray Davies mode – a funky big band approach that makes the record every bit as compelling as the American Cop Shows album from Henry Mancini – but maybe groovier, too. Titles include "Kojak", "Big Boss", "Man With The Golden Gun", "Mr Majestyk", "Magnum Force", "Fist Of Fury", and "Airport 1975". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard players!)

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El ChicanoViva Tirado ... LP
Kapp, 1970. Very Good- ... $6.99
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been emanating from Spanish Harlem a few years earlier. The group had an organ-heavy sound that first scored big on their rendition of Gerald Wilson's "Viva Tirado" – done as a single by the group with a stepping jazz beat that was missing from the earlier version, which worked great with their bubbly organ sound. The album was recorded to follow up the hit – done as a live set after hours at the Kabuki Sukiyaki Restaurant in south LA, and filled with tight jazzy covers 60s groovers like "Cantaloupe Island", "Eleanor Rigby", "Hurt So Bad", and "Coming Home Baby". The record's also got an amazing version of "Quiet Village" – and while it may not be as Latin as some of the group's later work, it's the beginning of a great tradition, and has a sound that was copied endlessly – but rarely matched! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split in the spine.)

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Roy EldridgeRoy Eldridge – Jazz Legacy (aka I Remember Harlem) ... LP
Inner City, 1950/1951. Sealed ... $7.99
Roy Eldridge remembers Harlem – but from the perspective of Paris, which is where these sides were recorded at the start of the 50s! The set features some very strong Eldridge sides from 1950 and 1951 – material that's way more than just some basic tracks recorded overseas, and which easily matches the strength of some of Roy's American work of the time! The first batch of tracks have Eldridge's trumpet in a cool French group with Benny Vasseur on trombone and Albert Ferreri on tenor – and other numbers are recorded by a group with Don Byas on tenor and Claude Bolling on piano – plus a few more with just Eldridge and Bolling in duet, and a few more with Roy on solo piano. Titles include two takes of the vocal number "Une Petite Laitue", plus "I'd Love Him So", "Oh Shut Up", "Black & Blue", "L'Isle Adam", "I Remember Harlem", "Improvisation", "List Blues", and "Fireworks". LP, Vinyl record album
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Don EllisSoaring ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger group jazz recordings! Like other MPS dates of the time, there's a nice mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the lineup – bass and guitar that kick the rhythms up strongly, plus keyboards and electrified strings that bring in their own unique sounds. Milcho Leviev handles the keys on the session – and titles are a fresh batch of numbers that include "Sidonie", "Image Of Maria", "Sladka Pitka", "Go Back Home", "Whiplash", "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece", and "Invincible". CD
Also available Soaring (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Don EllisSoaring (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 34.99
A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger group jazz recordings! Like other MPS dates of the time, there's a nice mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the lineup – bass and guitar that kick the rhythms up strongly, plus keyboards and electrified strings that bring in their own unique sounds. Milcho Leviev handles the keys on the session – and titles are a fresh batch of numbers that include "Sidonie", "Image Of Maria", "Sladka Pitka", "Go Back Home", "Whiplash", "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece", and "Invincible". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soaring ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla At Zardi's ... CD
Verve, 1956. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A previously-unreleased live performance by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – recorded in a small club in Los Angeles during her first few months with the Verve label – but never issued at the time! The quality here is great, and the set captures Ella at a pivotal moment – stepping from the jazz underground to the huge stage of American fame where she'd shine in the 60s and 70s – with an initial stop at higher-class venues like this, where she could craft her vocal skills into a style that was virtually all her own! Make no mistake, Ella's still plenty jazzy and swinging here – but she's also already matured far past the style she was using at Decca just a few short years before – working with accompaniment from a trio that includes Don Abney on piano, Vernon Alley on bass, and Frank Capp on drums. CD presents material from both the first and second set of the performance – 21 tracks in all – and titles include "Why Don't You Do Right", "S Wonderful", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "It All Depends On You", "Little Boy", "Airmail Special", "Bernie's Tune", "How High The Moon", and "Cry Me A River". CD

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Ruben Lopez FurstJazz En La Universidad ... LP
Edun/Ascensionale (Italy), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $46.99
One of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first introduced by Bill Evans, but he's also more note-full at other moments – playing with a command of the piano that would have made him huge, had he recorded on the American or European scenes of the time! There's a warm balance between his instrument, the bass of Jorge Gonzalez, and drums of Nestor Astratta – one that goes past conventional piano trio modes, and which really reminds us of our favorite Saba/MPS sessions of the period. Titles include "Un Poco Alegre", "Hombre Amaestrado", "En Tu Dulce Modo", "Hermosoa Amor", and "Necesitare Alguien Mas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Serge GainsbourgGainsbourg Percussions ... LP
Philips (France), 1964. Near Mint- (reissue)... $24.99
Groovy groovy groovy! A rare early session by Serge Gainsbourg, recorded with French jazz great Alain Gouraguer – and done with a really wonderful Latin-esque sound! The album's one of Serge's greatest from the early years – a sublime blend of Left Bank jazz and American Latin rhythms – all topped off by Gainsbourg's darkly compelling vocals. Gouraguer's especially great on the set – creating these moody and rhythmic passages that are really Serge's first attempt to hit a groove! Titles include "New York USA", "Coco & Co", "Les Sambassadeurs", "Machins Choses", "Les Yeux Doux", "Pauvre Lola", "Quand Mon", "Tatou Jeremie", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on 4 Men With Beards.)

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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead (1967) ... LP
Warner, 1967. Very Good ... $29.99
The seminal debut of The Grateful Dead – a record that was maybe as important to the American psychedelic scene as the first two albums by Pink Floyd were to the UK! Like those sets, this one almost seems to come out of nowhere – still very much a part of its time, with trippiness and fuzz that other groups were certainly working with – but put together at a level that's very much its own thing, and which is undeniably worthy of all the copycats who paid it tribute in years to come. There's maybe a deeper current of blues roots here than in later years of The Dead – but in the best way possible – and titles include "The Golden Road", "Beat It On Down The Line", "Cold Rain And Snow", "Morning Dew", and "Viola Lee Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label stereo pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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Joe Haider/Fritz Pauer/Horace ParlanEgo Recordings Vol 3 (Reconciliation/Katzenvilla/Water Plants/One For Wilton) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $34.99
Four ultra-rare records – all brought together in one incredible CD set – the third collection to document the brilliant sounds of Germany's Ego Recordings label from the 70s! First up is the album Reconciliation from Joe Haider – one of the 70s gems on the mighty German Ego label – an incredible small company who seemed to put out nothing but excellent music! The set's led by pianist Joe Haider, and features a quintet with Andy Scherrer on tenor and soprano sax, Ack Van Rooyen on flugelhorn, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Todd Canedy on drums – all of them together welling up as way more than the sum of their parts, and cooking up an amazingly soulful set of tunes! There's bits of modal and American 70s spiritual soul jazz in the set – all played with a proud and buoyant style that unfolds majestically through the course of the album, never faltering in its vision or creativity. A under-acknowledged gem, with tracks that include "Mas De Serles", "Magdalena", "Reconciliation", "Crossover", and "Spanish Groove". Katzenvilla features the amazing trio of pianist Joe Haider, bassist Isla Eckinger, and drummer Pierre Favre – three very individual musicians who come together here as a group, but still retain a lot of their special energy! Haider's a lot more dynamic than usual – still with warm chords on the piano, but also some sharper edges – which seem pushed on by Favre's deft drum work, and his flowing sense of both melody and rhythm at the same moment. Eckinger's bass has these deep, soulful currents that we always love – and really grounds the whole thing in a wonderful way – on titles that include "Capricorn", "My Little Darling", "And Now", "Katzenvilla", and "Fate Of A Child" – all originals by Haider! Pianist Fritz Pauer steps out on Water Plants – a trio date that's got a lot more warmth and soul than some of the musician's previous work from the German scene – a beautiful little session that balances the deep bass work of Isla Eckinger and the subtle drums of Billy Brooks. There's a loose, lyrical vibe to the record that shows a side of Pauer we might not have expected – and Fritz wrote some wonderful tunes for the album, including "Water Plants", "Sagittarius", "Tribal Dance", "For La Rives", and "Autumn Evening". Last up is One For Wilton – one of the hippest later albums from pianist Horace Parlan – a set recorded with the saxophonist Wilton Gaynair, who'd contributed heavily to the UK scene in the late 50s/early 60s, then made great waves in Germany during the 70s! The set features Wilton on tenor and soprano sax, Parlan on piano, and great rhythms from Isla Eckinger on bass and Billie Brooks on drums – all coming together with a sense of warmth and imagination that's completely sublime – much richer than some of Gaynair's other performances from the 70s, and with a sense of flow and soul that makes the album one of Parlan's best. Titles include "Billie's Bossa", "One For Wilton", "Shade", "Firm Roots", and "Pananika". All albums come in tiny LP-style covers, and the box also features a bookle of notes! CD

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Kip HanrahanDays & Nights Of Blue Luck Inverted ... CD
American Clave, 1987. Used ... $7.99
Hanrahan's 3rd LP for American Clave – and slightly more of a confused effort than the first two, although still with a tremendous vision that marks it as an incredibly lucky bit of work to come out of the often-turgid New York scene of the mid 80s! Hanrahan's got no qualms about baring himself in the vocal numbers of the songs – and the range of performers (Milton Cardona, Jack Bruce, Leo Nocentelli, Charles Neville, and many others) he's got to back him up, ensure that his vision is handled with the right degree of professional courtesy. Titles include "Ah Intruder", "Road Song", "The First & Last To Love Me", "American Clave", "Love Is Like A Cigarette", and "A Model Bronx Childhood". CD
(Out of print. Drill hole through case & barcode.)

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Kip HanrahanDesire Develops An Edge ... CD
American Clave, 1983. Used ... $2.99
A really unique blend of Jazz, Latin, and world music influences – and one of the first albums ever by Kip Hanrahan! Hanrahan's records are always better than we expect – and we really have to give him credit for mixing together so many diverse influences, especially in the early 80s, when not that many folks were doing things like this! The record features players that include like minded jazzers like Steve Swallow and Arto Lindsay, Latin percussionists like Jerry Gonzalez and Milton Cardona, and even the legendary Jack Bruce, who sings on a few tracks. The result is a captivating blend of all elements involved, served up with a nice warm production style that doesn't stifle, but which gels everything nicely. Titles include "Two", "Far From Freetown", "Trust Me Yet?", "Nancy", and "Sara Wade". CD

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HeatwaveCentral Heating ... LP
Epic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $13.99
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together wonderfully! The album hits equally well on all burners – with some key mellow cuts, and a few funkier upbeat numbers. Titles include loads of classics – like "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Star Of A Story", "Groove Line", "Send Out For Sunshine", and "Leavin For A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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JJ JohnsonBlue Trombone (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/American Jazz Classics, 1957. Used ... $8.99
A great small group session from trombonist JJ Johnson – a record that sets him up with a crack rhythm section, then really lets him open up on his solos! The approach is a great change from some of the more tightly arranged Johnson albums for Columbia – and is a great reminder of the sharp, soulful hardbop style that first made folks take note of JJ during his early work for Blue Note and Prestige Records! The set cooks nicely – thanks to piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Max Roach – and titles include "Kev", "Blue Trombone (parts 1 & 2)", "100 Proof", and "What's New". CD
Also available Blue Trombone (Japanese pressing) ... CD 14.99

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Nils Lindberg feat Lars GullinSax Appeal & Trisection ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1960/1962. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
Two killer albums from Swedish pianist/arranger/composer Nils Lindberg – back to back on a single CD! The first set is the legendary Sax Appeal record – a fantastic set of Swedish modern jazz from the start of the 60s – a group organized by pianist Nils Lindberg, who also did the compositions and arrangements – but one that features killer contributions from saxophonists who include Lars Gullin on baritone, Rolf Billberg on alto, and both Allan Lundstrom and Harry Backlund on tenors! The sound is wonderful – that hip take on American 50s modes the Swedes brought in during the postwar years, then really pushed into even more modern territory – cast here by Lindberg in a range of great voices and tones – cascading together beautifully, but also finding an individual sort of sharpness too. Titles include "Curbits", "Play For Love", Brand New", "Just A Take", "Blues For Bill", "Zodiac" and "Birdland". Next up is the even more amazing Trisection album – a record that was surprisingly issued by Capitol in the US, during a period when they were picking up overseas sides from players like Martial Solal and Joe Harriott. Nils Lindberg plays piano, and leads a large group that includes Eje Thelin on trombone, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Bertil Lofdahl on tenor, and Rolf Billberg on alto. The approach of the tunes is almost in a birth of the cool kind of mode – but more freewheeling, like some of the early Saba sides of this nature, with plenty of room for breakout solos that really unfold in the course of the album's long tracks. Titles include "Joker", "Day Dreaming", "Valse", "Preludium", and the extended "Trisection" suite. CD

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LuluLulu/Heaven & Earth & The Stars ... CD
Chelsea/Edsel (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A pair of albums from British pop singer Lulu – one of which features a surprising collaboration with David Bowie! First up is the self-titled Lulu from 1972, a soulful set from the singer – one that's not nearly as well-known as her late 60s classics, but a record that shows that she'd really absorbed a heck of a lot of soul music influence from her work in America! The album's got strong production from Wes Farrell – never too polished, but tight enough to give the maturing singer just the right sort of support – as she puts her own touches on tunes from American rock and soul of the previous few years. Titles include a great remake of "Easy Evil", plus "Make Believe World", "A Boy Like You", "I Wish", "Could It Be Forever", "Do Right Woman", "Funny How Time Slips Away", and "Hold On To What You've Got". Heaven & Earth & The Stars is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of content – but a set that holds some great surprises too! Perhaps the greatest of these is Lulu's collaboration with David Bowie and Mick Ronson on versions of "The Man Who Sold The World" and "Watch That Man" – both pretty fantastic, and given maybe a bit more mid 70s polish than the originals, but with more than enough of Ronson's guitar to tie them strongly to the original Bowie recordings. The album also includes the great James Bond theme tune "The Man With The Golden Gun" – which is a real standout, and very much in the best legacy of Bond title tunes. Other titles include "Take Your Mama For A Ride (parts 1 & 2)", "Boy Meets Girl", "Baby I Don't Care", and "Old Fashioned Girl". CD

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Egisto MacchiViolenza (with bonus download) ... LP
Ayna/Cinedelic (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of those records that reminds us that Egisto Macchi was way more than just a standard sound library composer – as, although he often worked in that format, he had ideas that were much more in keeping with some of the larger compositional territory of Italian modernists of the 60s and 70s – as you'll hear in this unique little set! The music might be sold under the theme of violence, but the sounds within are quite different than the usual cop and crime music – especially on the first half, which features two longer compositions that build in a mini-orchestral way – one using some themes that almost have a Latin American echo, the other with a more strongly percussive orientation. Side two features shorter tracks, most a bit dramatic – but hardly the random acts of violence you might expect – thanks to amazing percussion from Vittorio Ferrari! Titles include "Paura Sulla Citta", "L'Assassinio Dei Rosemberg", "Aggressivita", "Nazisti", "Fascisti", and "Violenza Meccanica". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 600 – Includes download!)

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Tim MaiaTim Maia (1977) ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1977. New Copy ... $12.99
70s soul from Brazil – and a tremendously strong effort from the legendary Tim Maia! This record was Tim's first after an initial run on Polydor – and it shows Maia tightening up his groove even more, but still avoiding the slicker sounds of later years. There's a really focused sound here that's totally great – one that shows that Maia's work was hardly just some happy cross-cultural accident, and instead the careful work of an artist who was out to challenge the best American soul acts of the time! There's a warm little groove to most of the tracks – tripping along lightly in the vein of some of our favorite US mellow soul from the mid 70s – an approach that's mostly soul, but with some funky undercurrents – and often smooth, but never cloying or overly commercial. Titles include "Ride Twist & Roll", "Flores Belas", "Let It All Hang Out", "Sem Voce", "E Necessario", "Leva O Meu Blue", "Pense Menos", and "Musica Para Betinha". CD

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Charlie MarianoModern Saxophone Stylings Of Charlie Mariano With His Jazz Group ... LP
Imperial, 1951. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An aptly titled early side by Charlie Mariano – one of his first sets as a leader! Mariano's tone is fully developed even at this early stage in his career and he plays with a remarkable sense of his own style uncommon among alto players at the time, who were often following the lead of Bird. The set shocases an entirely different side to the east coast of the 50s, and features Jaki Byard in the rhythm section and Herb Pomeroy in the front line alongside Mariano. Like Mariano's other side on Imperial from the same time, the set doesn't rely heavily on standards, rather brings in some nice originals fromt eh group, like Byard's "Sasagapu" and "Chandra" and Pomeroy's "American Indian". Other titles include "Chanticleer", "April Afternoon", "Chopin Excerpts", "It's Magic" and "When Your Lover Has Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese 12" pressing of the original 10" release!)

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Hugh Masekela & OthersHugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1976 – Rare & Unreleased ... LP
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 27.98
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his hits, and worked with a variety of incredible acts to expand his sound – a good number of whom ended up recording for Hugh on the Chisa label, in a unique blend of American soul and African inspiration that was years ahead of its time! The Chisa sound was one of the first true forays into pan-global grooving – and it brought the sounds of Africa to the American mainstream at a level that few had managed before. Some groups were unique projects done for record – like the Johannesburg Street Band, which featured members of The Crusaders alongside Masekela – but others featured a variety of ex-patriots living in the US, with key singers and players who shine brightly under Hugh's guidance. This set really digs deep, and offers up some of the most heavily African-tuned tracks from Chisa's catalog – 14 titles that include "Witch Doctor" and "Ahvuomo" by Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh, "Joala" and "Za Labalaba" by The Zulus, "Awe Mfana" by Johannesburg Street Band, "Macongo" and "U Se Mcani" by Letta Mbulu, "Tepo" by Baranta, "Aredze" by The Zulus, "Mahlalela" by Letta Mbulu, and "Afro Beat Blues" by Ojah with Hugh Masekela. LP, Vinyl record album

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Lloyd McNeillAsha ... CD
Asha/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A seminal bit of spiritual jazz from the American scene – the first self-released album by flute player Lloyd McNeill, a tremendous little set that's filled with modal grooves and soaring sounds! McNeill's flute work alone is enough to make the record great – in a space that's somewhere right up there with Bobbi Humprhey or Roland Kirk for sheer soulfulness – but the rhythms of the record are sublime as well – killer grooves that come from the piano of Gene Russ, the bass of Steve Novosel, the percussion of Eric Gravatt, and Latin percussion of Paul Hawkins! The tunes all have a flowing, organic quality that's completely wonderful – extremely natural in approach, with a seductiveness that's made the set one of our favorites for years – a stone classic all the way through, with cuts that include "As A Matter Of Fact", "Asha", "St Margaret's Church", "Effervescence", "Warmth Of A Sunny Day", and "Two Third's Pleasure". CD
Also available Asha ... LP 24.99

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Lloyd McNeillAsha ... LP
Asha/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A seminal bit of spiritual jazz from the American scene – the first self-released album by flute player Lloyd McNeill, a tremendous little set that's filled with modal grooves and soaring sounds! McNeill's flute work alone is enough to make the record great – in a space that's somewhere right up there with Bobbi Humprhey or Roland Kirk for sheer soulfulness – but the rhythms of the record are sublime as well – killer grooves that come from the piano of Gene Russ, the bass of Steve Novosel, the percussion of Eric Gravatt, and Latin percussion of Paul Hawkins! The tunes all have a flowing, organic quality that's completely wonderful – extremely natural in approach, with a seductiveness that's made the set one of our favorites for years – a stone classic all the way through, with cuts that include "As A Matter Of Fact", "Asha", "St Margaret's Church", "Effervescence", "Warmth Of A Sunny Day", and "Two Third's Pleasure". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Asha ... CD 18.99

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Moody BluesMagnificent Moodies (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Esoteric (UK), 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
An incredible first album from The Moody Blues – way way different than any of their later high-concept work, and much more in the best soul and R&B-drenched material of the UK mod scene of the time! A number of cuts here are remakes of American soul tracks – including their stellar take on "Go Now" – and like some of the Moodies' best contemporaries, like Manfred Mann, the group really transform the material – and don't just offer up blue-eyed takes on the tunes. Instead, there's a free sense of play with the material – leanings that are definitely rockish on the solos, even though the overall vibe is quite soulful – and done with this tightly compressed style that's perfect for the vocals of the young Denny Laine – with a vibe that's further expanded by some nice use of echo in the production. Surprisingly wonderful – and very different than "Knights In White Satin" – with titles that include "Go Now", "I'll Go Crazy", "True Story", "Can't Nobody Love You", "I've Got A Dream", and "Let Me Go". A killer package – a box with poster, cards, and a nice book – plus the full original albums, then loads more bonus tracks on CD1 – including singles "Boulevard De Madeline", "Steal Your Heart Away", "Lose Your Money", "People Gotta Go", "Life's Not Life", "He Can Win", "Everyday", and "Time Is On My Side". Then, CD2 features a huge amount of extra tracks – previously unreleased sessions, plus Saturday Club sessions and 1966 Denny Cordell sessions – and even a radio commercial for Coke! 43 bonus tracks – 29 previously unreleased! CD

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MoondogSnaketime Series By Moondog (aka Moondog) ... LP
Moondog, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the best early albums from the legendary Moondog – a set that got wider circulation than his first few releases, and really helped expand his reach beyond New York City! Moondog's still at his simple best here – working in a blend of rhythmic percussion, stringed instruments, flute, and other rootsy instrumentation – all with echoes of Eastern styles, but served in a way that definitely has more of a touch of American exotica! All numbers are played by small groups – or even solo by Moondog – and any vocalizations take on almost an instrumental feel – sliding in alongside sound effects, animal noises, and other obscure utterings. The album's almost the art world equivalent of Martin Denny – but has a lot more depth than easy kitsch – and is still tremendously powerful stuff all these years later! Titles include "Caribea", "Big Cat", "Frog Bog", "To A Sea Horse", "Surf Session" and "Trees Against The Sky". This reissue is the original version of the record that was also issued as Moondog on Prestige. LP, Vinyl record album

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MoveMovements – 30th Anniversary Anthology (3 CD set) ... CD
Demon/West Side (UK), Late 60s. Used 3 CDs ... $28.99
All 3 Move albums remastered and collected in 1 massive set! This anthology includes basically everything you could ever want by these psychedelic pop maestros – including their self-titled 1st LP, Shazam, Looking On, singles, un-issued tracks, as well as the 1st ever CD version of the live Something Else EP – showcasing each phase of the group's influential career. Essentially the brainchild of songwriter/lead guitarist Roy Wood, the Move were arguably one of the best and most important British groups of the late 60s to never make a dent on the American charts, combining shimmering psych-pop with a harder edge and a sometimes morbid lyrical twist (as evident on the first 2 discs). The 3rd CD contains the band's final album and 1st to feature a new member – guitarist Jeff Lynne (formerly of the Idle Race and future of Electric Light Orchestra) – whose cheerier pop notions proved an interesting, if not frustrating counterpoint to Wood's darker, ironic sensibilities. Wood and Lynne's growing fascination with orchestral rock would cause them to disband the Move in 1972 and form ELO – opening up a new chapter in the history of British rock, but this anthology contains a whopping 54 tracks including; "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", "Lemon Tree", Walk Upon The Water", "Flowers In The Rain", "Fire Brigade", from The Move, "Blackberry Way", "Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited", and "Beautiful Daughter" from Shazam, and "Brontosaurus", "Looking On", and "Feel Too Good" from Looking On – Essential stuff! CD
(Out of print, please note the slipcover has some edgewear.)

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Mario NascimbeneEstate Violenta/La Prima Notte Di Quiete (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1959/1972. Used ... $11.99
A pair of soundtracks from Mario Nascimbene – an Italian composer who handled some important films of the romantic 50s years, but also went on to do some great later work too! First up is Estate Violenta, a soundtrack that's maybe a bit more rich and orchestral than you'd guess from its title – still with a strong current of jazz, but not as much of a crime jazz mode than a style that uses some of the other cool styles that were coming into play at the start of the 60s in Italian cinema. These styles are in place a bit on the core EP that was the original soundtrack, but really open up even more on the 27 bonus tracks included with the CD – really beautiful music that strongly demonstrates Nascimbene's ability to paint pictures in sound! Titles include "Bombademento E Finale", "Primo Incontro", "Scena D'Amore", "Tema Di Maddalena", and "Canzone Di Rossana". Next up is an equally wonderful score – penned for the 1972 film La Prima Notte Di Quiete, and done with a very jazzy vibe – thanks to stunning solos from Italian tenorist Gianni Basso and American trumpeter Maynard Ferguson! Ferguson's solos are wonderful – blown with a great deal of soul over these strong string charts – almost more in a Art Farmer ballad mode, but with more of the Maynard bite! But the real treat is Basso, who plays with a rich warm sound that fills his tracks with somber emotion – loads of blue currents that make the music as strong as his own great jazz recordings. Titles include "Casa Abbandonata", "Solitudine Di Danielle", "Tema Psicologico", and "Titoli Di Testa". CD

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✨✧ 999Albums 1977 to 1980 (999/Separates/Biggest Prize In Sport/Rarities) (4CD set) ... CD
Warner/Captain Oi (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $28.99
The first three albums by 999 – packaged here with a bonus CD of rare tracks too! Some folks have had a bit of trouble with the group over the years – maybe one of the first to be a bit pop-punk from the UK scene (and they did have dyed hair years before the emo generation!) – but after all this time, these albums still sound pretty darn great to our ears – tight, focused, and wonderfully tuneful too – often produced with that nicely compressed style that could always make British work like this sound a lot better than when American groups might try for the same sort of territory. The records are filled with overlooked gems, just waiting to be rediscovered – and all three albums – 999, Biggest Prize In Sport, and Separates – are presented in tiny LP-sleeve replicas, along with a big booklet of notes. Rarities CD features 22 more tracks – tracks from singles, live material, and other rare gems! CD

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Claude Nougaro & OthersClaude Nougaro Et Ses Interpretes Vol 2 – 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 29.98
Early work from one of our favorite French singers ever – not only some of his first few recordings, but also a huge host of material by other contemporaries who recorded their own takes on the compositions of Claude Nougaro! Nougaro was the ultimate left bank hipster in the postwar years – strongly influenced by American jazz, to a point where he would often pen his own French lyrics to American jazz tunes, and come up with his own jazzy material too – even to a point where he'd go onto record with a fair bit of jazz musicians from both Paris and the US! That influence is already in place here, as the tracks offer up material very different than familiar French chanson – work that's groovier more upbeat, and often filled with hip instrumental touches to match the inherent poetry of Nougaro's words. And although we've made it a point to track down everything Claude ever recorded over the years, we've actually not heard most of the other work here – which represents the bulk of the collection. Titles include "Allons-Y Gaiement" by Nicolle Croisille, "Marguerite" by Michel Roger, "Peau D'Ane" by Les Rockets with Irene Hilda, "Le Rouge Et Le Noir" by Pia Colombo, "Le Jazz Et La Java" by Yves Montand, "Le Tango Des Jumeaux" by Marcerl Amont, "Les Touristes" by Philippe Clay, "Un Petite Fille" by Rauber Et Goraguer, "Le Poisson Dans L'Eau" by Emil Stern, "Laisse Moi Doucement Rigoler" by Jimmy Walter, "Les Don Juan" and "Le Cinema" by Michel Legrand, "Je Ne Te Dis Pas" by Jean-Jacques Debout, and "Les Pantoufles A Papa" by Jaques Helian – plus nine tracks by Claude himself! CD

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Mitsuru OgawaClub Jazz Definitive 1984 to 2015 (paperback) ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2015. New Copy Book ... $29.99
A comprehensive guide to the club jazz sound of the past 25 years or so – that sweet blend of jazzy roots and contemporary rhythms that first sprung to life in London at the end of the 80s – then grew through dancefloors on the German, Italian, and Japanese scenes of the next decade – as well as work from the American scene too! The book offers a deep discography of all the best work in this mode – from early releases on labels like Acid Jazz, Mo Wax, and Ninja Tune – through the big wave of excellent indie sides from the late 90s, as the London scene gave us broken beat, Germany gave us Compost and Sonar Kollektive, Tokyo gave us UFO and Nobokazu Takemura, and Italy gave us Schema and Right Tempo – then the whole thing went back to basics in the 21st Century, as a range of acoustic combos renewed the music from around the globe! But there's also a lot of surprising strands here, too – and the book offers up hundreds of listings – each with full color cover images, titles and dates in English – and a small review of the record in Japanese. The format is similar to other Japanese discographies we stock – with more than enough content for English speakers – and the book is almost 300 pages in length, and very thorough. Book

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OrmDiscofil (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Panton/GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
Disco grooves from 70s Poland – music that might seem like a joke at first glance, but which comes off quite nicely – thanks to lots of keyboard work on moog, Hammond, Arp, and Fender Rhodes! The keyboards are really the star of the set – even though there's vocals from keyboardist Peter Orm on many cuts – but the approach is relatively stripped-down and lean, less American disco than that moment when some of the European groups who might have once been prog shortened their songs, upped the rhythms, and allowed for lots of nice keyboard elements – ala the Italian groups in the Cosmic scene! Peter's partner in the group is Pavel Orm, who handles guitars and bass – and titles include "Magic Fly", "Chime Course", "Further & More", "Chess King", "Weekend", "Winding Off The Tape", "Boomerang", and "It's Only Moon Of Know Of Us". CD features bonus tracks – single versions of "Boomerang", "Fany & Any", "Carousel", and "Magic Fly". CD

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Os MutantesOs Mutantes (1968) (Brazilian pressing) ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ... About May 25, 2018
A landmark album from late 60s Brazil! This is the first – and the wildest – album by this legendary group that was one of the founding forces of the Tropicalia movement – a brilliant musical statement that easily ranks with some of the most groundbreaking late 60s American work by The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, or The Stooges! The music is a wonderful blend of 60s rock and early MPB – hard-driving with plenty of guitars, but also produced with beautifully baroque touches that echo through simultaneous albums by Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa – both of whose 1969 albums are strongly resonant with this one. In fact, Caetano contributed a number of tracks to the album, including "Panis et Circenses", "Bat Macumba", "Trem Fantastma", and his great "Baby", which is done fantastically here. Great stuff all 'round! CD

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Oscar PetersonEasy Walker (aka Exclusively For My Friends Vol 1 – Action) ... LP
Prestige, 1968. Very Good ... $3.99
The first of a series of great "private" recordings that Oscar Peterson did for the MPS label in the late 60s – sessions done at the home of label owner Hans Georg Brunner Schwer, in a laidback and easygoing style that's different than some of his American work of the time! The group on the set features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, and the tunes open up nicely on some of the album's longer takes. Titles include "Easy Walker", "Tin Tin Deo", "Like Someone In Love", and "A Foggy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(US blue label Prestige pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)

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Piero PiccioniAl Cinema Con Piero Piccioni Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
RCA/Sonor (Italy), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A sublime late 60s document of the earlier Italian film themes of Piero Piccioni – all served up here as jazzy instrumentals that take us back to the freshness he brought to Italian soundtracks at the start of the decade! Many of these numbers have a brash Rome jazz sort of vibe – that new sense of small combo energy that was really taking place in the city once things were getting back in shape during the postwar years – music that's got the soulful currents of American hardbop from the 50s, but lots more fresh and lyrical elements over the top – new ways of using flute, tenor, trumpet, organ, and vibes – and a fair bit of inspiration in the rhythms from Brazil and Cuba too. Make no mistake, there's definitely some soundtrack qualities to the music – but more in a Henry Mancini or Lalo Schifrin jazz side of the spectrum. This first volume features selections composed for the films Le Mani Sulla Citta, Chi Lavora E Perduto, Nude Calde E Pure, and Il Terrorista – with titles that include "Waltz Of You", "Flash Back Promenade", "Night Prowl", "Jazz Lover", "Port Royal Blues", "Polvere Fumo", "Eagle", "Gorgon Blues", and "Fast West End". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)

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✨✧ Dave PikeJazz For The Jet Set (UK pressing) ... CD
Atlantic (France), 1966. Used ... $18.99
A classic little album that's every bit as groovy as its cover – served up by vibist Dave Pike, and one of the first true expressions of his talents! The set's a standout early American date that predates Pike's later experiments for MPS – done in a great blend of soul jazz and some tighter Atlantic Records influences – all served up by a hip group of players that includes Billy Butler on guitar, Clark Terry and Marty Sheller on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums – plus Herbie Hancock making a rare appearance on organ! There's a great little bounce to most numbers – not really funk, but a blend of soul instrumental and more contemporary jazz styles – in a way that takes a Blue Note groove more towards the jukebox audience. Titles include "When I'm Gone", "Devilette", "Sweet Tater Pie", "Blind Man Blind Man", and "Sunny". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roberto Pregadio/Romano MussoliniKriminal (picture disc) ... LP
Beat/Dagored (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
An amazing little soundtrack that's every bit as groovy as its cover – a great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz, all in support of the skeleton-costumed master thief Kriminal! This set represents the first full length presentation of the film's soundtrack – a long-overdue masterpiece that steps off the jazzier modes used in Italian films of the early 60s, touched by some of the more dynamic production and arrangement styles that were creeping in later in the decade – all served up over short, sweet tracks that dance with delight and drama throughout! There's even a bit of the British and American spy modes of the time creeping into the mix – no doubt a way of highlighting the "international crime" reputation of lead character Kriminal. Pic disc version features a total of 29 tracks from the film – pressed on very cool looking vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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Roberto Pregadio/Romano MussoliniSatanik ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1968. Used ... $14.99
The first-ever release of the soundtrack to the movie Satanik – a wonderful soundtrack penned by the team of Roberto Pregadio and Romano Mussolini, who teamed up a few years before on the classic Kriminal! The style here is even more open and creative than before – sometimes straight jazz, in a mode that rivals the best American soundtracks of its type from the mid 60s – but at other times, the styles get a bit weirder – often thanks to a thin-sounding guitar that kind of wiggles and wobbles into the mix, shaking things up with a mod sort of edge. Other solo instrumentation includes trumpet, flute, accordion, and piano – the latter of which is played by either Mussolini or Pregadio – and the CD presents a total of 20 tracks from the film, pulled together as a complete soundtrack for the first time ever! CD

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Roberto Pregadio/Romano MussoliniSatanik (picture disc) ... LP
Beat/Dagored (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $16.99
The first-ever release of the soundtrack to the movie Satanik – a wonderful soundtrack penned by the team of Roberto Pregadio and Romano Mussolini, who teamed up a few years before on the classic Kriminal! The style here is even more open and creative than before – sometimes straight jazz, in a mode that rivals the best American soundtracks of its type from the mid 60s – but at other times, the styles get a bit weirder – often thanks to a thin-sounding guitar that kind of wiggles and wobbles into the mix, shaking things up with a mod sort of edge. Other solo instrumentation includes trumpet, flute, accordion, and piano – the latter of which is played by either Mussolini or Pregadio – and the pic disc version features a total of 20 tracks from the film, pressed on very groovy-looking vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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Tom PrehnAxiom 1 & 2 (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Sonet/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 years, the music still sounds remarkably fresh – an early, striking, and stunning example of the way that the European avant jazz scene was not only overtaking the American one, but also providing the kind of energy that would be a key inspiration for artists like Albert Ayler or Cecil Taylor! Pianist Tom Prehn offers up a lot of the latter here – boundless piano lines that leap forward into space with a frenzied, yet tuneful approach – followed by tremendous tenor from Frits Krogh, a player we don't know at all – but who blows powerfully and soulfully, at a level that maybe even prefaces some of John Coltrane's more outside material to come. The rest of the group features Poul Ehlers on bass and Finn Slumstrup on drums – and the album features the full "Axiom (parts 1 & 2)" performance from the Sonet album – plus a more contemplative number titled "Percussive Anticipations", recorded by the same group in 1966, and appearing here for the first time ever! CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)

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Duke Reid/Roland AlfonsoJudge Sympathy/Never To Be Mine (orange colored vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Trojan, Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $11.99
The first-ever 7" single on Trojan Records! "Judge Sympathy" is a cool heavy rocksteady number – one with the same sort of "judge" gimmick that was being used in American soul tunes in the late 60s – but a groove that's strongly Jamaican overall! Roland Alfonso serves up a sweet sax solo on the nicely bubbling "Never To Be Mine" – a soulful rocksteady ballad! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition – on orange colored vinyl!)

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John RenbournJohn Renbourn (1965) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Transatlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
The first full album from acoustic genius John Renbourn – a set that would not only establish John's legacy for years to come, but also have a very strong impact upon the role of the guitar on the British scene too! The album's definitely in a mode that owes something to an American folk legacy – but it also really breaks from the past with unusual phrasings and colorings in Renbourn's guitar – certainly with an ear towards ancient English modes, but also at once very fresh and contemporary – a strong precursor to the waves of new acoustic talents that would flow from the UK a few years later, but maybe even more revolutionary – given that John's mostly just working here with his guitar and voice. Bert Jansch adds guitar to a few tracks – and titles include "Song", "Down On The Barge", "Plainsong", "Judy", "Beth's Blues", "Blue Bones", "Train Tune", "Winter Is Gone", and "Noah & Rabbit". CD features three bonus tracks – an instrumental take on "Wildest Pig In Captivity", plus "Can't Keep From Crying" and "Blues Run The Game". CD

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Earl ScruggsLive At Kansas State/Earl Scruggs Revue/Rockin Cross The Country/Family Portrait ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
Four albums by the legendary Earl Scruggs – all recorded in the years after he'd split with famous partner Lester Flatt, and moved on to work with a younger array of partners in the Earl Scruggs Revue! Given the way that Scruggs revolutionized the sound of American banjo in the postwar years, he'd always found strong interest from a younger audience – but with these records, he almost seems to give back directly to that group – by working with sons Randy and Gary, the younger of whol sings a lot of lead vocals – and almost brings a roots rock approach to the music. Earl still gets in plenty of licks on his own – his name and instrument is at the forefront of the group – but the blend of older and younger modes here is almost similar to that turn that Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took during the same stretch – although they were going more towards traditon, while Scruggs was moving away. All four albums here are pretty darn great – the first one live, and the latter two with a bit more collaboration from other musicians – coming together with a whopping 45 tracks, and titles that include "A Mansion On The Hill", "Tall Texas Woman", "If I'd Only Come & Gone", "Tears", "Some Of Shelly's Blues", "King Blue", "My Tennessee Mountain Home", and "Good Morning Sundown". CD

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Sahib ShihabConversations ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1963. Used ... $24.99
One of the first European recordings from Sahib Shihab – a classic set that's the start of an amazing 60s run on the continent! Shihab here is quite different than his American dates of the 50s – bolder, and blowing with a really open, fluid sort of groove that marks a great development in his sound – using baritone sax, soprano, and flute – a range of instruments that really creates a wide range of feeling in the set! The performance is a live one, and the group is great too – with Allen Botschinsky on flugelhorn, Ole Molin on guitar, Niles Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and both Alex Riel and Bjarne Rostvold on drums. Rhythms are a key part of the set – really free and open, setting the scene for Sahib's modal genius to come – and titles include "47th Blues", "Billy Boy", and the 3-part track "Conversations". CD
(Out of print.)

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SohoHot Music (house mix parts 1 & 2, original jazz mix) ... 12-inch
Kool Groove, 1990. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A jazzy dancefloor classic from Pal Joey! During the late 80s, lots of UK producers and groups were working in a nu jazz mode – mixing older jazz styles with newer rhythms and production, in a mode that often was called acid jazz, but which also moved into other camps. In the US, though, few groups were making such a stab at a nu style – save for Soho, whose "Hot Music" was one of the first new American underground cuts to really bring back that classic jazz flavor. The cut's a totally catchy one, worked around riffing hi-hit and snare fills, looped over and over, in a mode that's certainly been copped a lot by the new wave of French 90s disco-house producers! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Soul SugarChase The Light ... CD
Gee (France), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard maestro Guillaume Metenier has gained even more control over his Hammond, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and minimoog – and also picked up plenty of sweet keys along the way! The rest of the instrumentation on the set mostly just comes from bass and drums – but there's a sonic layering approach that really makes for a deep, rich vibe throughout – completely badass in approach, with none of the fakery that you might get if a less-skilled musician were trying to fuse two musical worlds together. Three tracks feature vocals, and the legendary Lonnie Smith guests on one track too – and titles include "Big Car", "East Of The River Nile", "Take A Chance", "19 Miles To Kingston", "Why Can't We Live Together", "Mellow Mood", and "Get Up & Get It". CD features 8 bonus tracks – all "version" takes on the main tunes on the set! CD
Also available Chase The Light ... LP 16.99

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Soul SugarChase The Light ... LP
Gee (France), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard maestro Guillaume Metenier has gained even more control over his Hammond, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and minimoog – and also picked up plenty of sweet keys along the way! The rest of the instrumentation on the set mostly just comes from bass and drums – but there's a sonic layering approach that really makes for a deep, rich vibe throughout – completely badass in approach, with none of the fakery that you might get if a less-skilled musician were trying to fuse two musical worlds together. Three tracks feature vocals, and the legendary Lonnie Smith guests on one track too – and titles include "Big Car", "East Of The River Nile", "Take A Chance", "19 Miles To Kingston", "Why Can't We Live Together", "Mellow Mood", and "Get Up & Get It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chase The Light ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here – Thank You 4 Your Service (with download) ... LP
Jive, 2016. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.98
A hell of a comeback for Tribe Called Quest – maybe one of the best musical comebacks ever, and a fantastic reminder of why we loved the group so much in the first place! 18 years have passed since we last heard from the trio (now, sadly, a duo) – and that time only seems to have sharpened their sound, and given them a more powerful presence than ever! Everything we loved about them is still very firmly in place – that sense of collaboration, almost improvisation in a jazz-like way, and those moments of surprise and wonder at all the deft turns they can take in a short space. Yet there's also a new edge – one that might be even more powerful in this highly politicized moment in American history – a bite that the group never had before, and a larger social agenda that makes all of their incredible skills even more amazing, when focused on a target. We've certainly missed them – but the album's also well worth the wait! Titles include "Black Spasmodic", "The Donald", "The Space Program", "We The People", "Solid Wall Of Sound", "Dis Generation", "Kids", "Melatonin", "Enough", "Movin Backwards", and "The Killing Season". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Andrzej TrzaskowskiAndrzej Trzaskowski Quintet – Polish Jazz Vol 4 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965. New Copy ... $15.99
A brilliant set from Polish pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski – a talent who's virtually unknown in America, but one who cut some of the most forward-thinking work of his generation! The session's a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American and European modernists, but which also has a fresh quality that's incredibly hard to peg. It's a bit preoccupied with sound and sound colors – almost in a Paul Bley-ish way – but also has a trace of soul and lyricism, as well as a graceful approach that allows space for other players to state themselves freely on the record. That's a good thing, too, because the first album is dominated by strong trumpet work by the great Tomasz Stanko, as well as the relative unknown Janusz Muniak, who plays some great soprano sax on the session. Titles include "Sinobrody", "Post Scriptum", "Synopsis", and "Requiem For Scott La Faro". CD

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Walter Wanderley SetWhen It Was Done ... CD
A&M/CTI (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... About June 15, 2018
An amazing leap forward for the incredible Walter Wanderley – a record that has him mixing his earlier bossa groove with the wider vision of late 60s A&M/CTI – supported by an amazing cast of American and Brazilian artists! The vibe is wonderful from the very first note – a refinement of bossa with the more sophisticated scoring touches of CTI – arrangements from both Deodato and Don Sebesky, working wonderfully to support Wanderley's lead keyboard lines on organ and electric harpsichord! The record's arguably more sophisticated than most work of this nature coming from Brazil at the same time – and with classic production by Creed Taylor, the sound is sublime through and through! A few tracks feature a slight bit of vocals – from Milton Nascimento, Anamaria Valle, and others – and instrumentalists helping on the session include Hubert Laws on flute and Marvin Stamm on flugelhorn. Titles include great versions of "Open Your Arms", "When It Was Done", "Reach Out For Me", "Ponteio", "Surfboard", "Baiao Da Garoa", "Capoeira", and "Ole Ole Ola". CD

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Sadao WatanabeAutumn Blow ... LP
Inner City, 1977. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A well-remembered fusion date from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe – and one of his first to get larger circulation with an American audience too! The set has Watanabe blowing sharp and strong on alto, soprano sax, and flute – and working alongside heavyweight American fusion giants – in a combo that includes Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Ernie Watts on saxes, and Harvey Mason on drums! The style isn't nearly as smooth or tightly produced as in later years – and there's still a nice edge to the music throughout – some of those unusual tones that Sadao was developing in Japan in the early part of the 70s, set to creative tunes that also stretch out in both their solos and rhythms. The album was recorded live, which also probably explains the open quality of the sound – and titles include "Orange Bypass", "Just Crusin", "The Chaser", "Rapture", and "Someday In Suburbs". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wells FargoWatch Out (CD & hardcover book) ... CD
Now Again, Late 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 19.98
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s than you'd guess from the date – that heady Zamrock return to the rawer corners of the American underground, at a time when so many of the bigger groups overseas were hitting AOR status – yet an approach that also mixes in plenty of lessons learned from early 70s funk and soul, especially in the massive basslines at the core of the tunes. This is the first time the group's music has ever been reissued outside of Zimbabwe – and the package brings together 11 of their rare singles – with titles that include "Bump Bump Babe", "Bwanawe", "Carrying On", "Too Long Away", "Shades Of Wells Fargo", "Love Is The In Thing", "Watch Out", and "Coming Home". CD
(Very cool package – a complete 72 page, hardcover book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)

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Randy WestonAfrican Rhythms – The Autobiography Of Randy Weston (hardcover) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2010. New Copy ... $5.99 37.95
The fascinating story of Randy Weston – one of the first American jazz musicians to weave his style back towards direct influences from African music – and one of the few who actually followed that path back to the motherland itself! Randy tells his tale here at a level that nobody else ever could – not only sharing countless details about the evolution of his music and creative process, but also mixing the higher ideals with some very down-to-earth stories – in a way that might not have happened if Weston's story was in the hands of a too-reverent author. Willard Jenkins serves as the "arranger" – giving shape to Randy's words – and the book also features some great sidebars, a fair bit of black and white photos, and even a detailed discography. 326 pages, hardcover. Book

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Andrew WhiteSaxophonitis Wondersax Series Vol 4 – I Love Japan/Have Band Will Travel ... CD
Andrew's Music, 1979. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A pair of great records from saxophonist Andrew White – back to back on a single CD! First up is I Love Japan – a great second set from Andrew White's One Step series – a record dedicated to jazz listeners in Japan, but featuring some core elements from the American scene of the postwar years! The group on the album features Blackbyrds Keith Killgo on drums and Kevin Toney on piano, plus excellent bass work by the great Steve Novosel – whose round warm tones really make the album groove! On side one, White really sparkles on some bop tunes, taken to the limit – versions of "Good Bait" and "Parker's Mood" that are handled with rich energy that really shows off his great one. Side two features some incredible versions of John Coltrane material – a take on "Crescent" – plus a "Coltrane Triptych" – with versions of "Some Other Blues", "Blue Train", and "The Sleeper". Have Band Will Travel was recorded as part of Andrew White's One Step series – but one that also has a different feel than some of the others – as it features some shorter tunes that have a bit more straightforward approach than some of his other work! The group on the album features Blackbyrds Keith Killgo on drums and Kevin Toney on piano, plus excellent bass work by the great Steve Novosel – whose round warm tones really make the album groove! Side one features sweet takes on Coltrane tunes "Naima" and "Central Park West" – plus "What's New", "Mahogany", and "Rim Shot". Side two stretches out with the classic "Big Nick" – then offers White's own "Theme Signature" and "Superfly Disco Boy". CD

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Mary Lou Williams/Barbara CarrollLadies Of Jazz ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957. Used ... $3.99
An odd pairing of musicians – but a classic album of piano jazz from the 50s, and some of the more obscure sides by both players! Barbara Carroll works here in a really lovely way that retains the fluidity of her 50s work on RCA, but which also has a slightly rougher edge – a mode that's got some nicely boozy undercurrents, yet still the sort of poise and grace that made Carroll one of the best female pianists of the time. Joe Shulman is on bass and Herb Wasserman is on drums – and titles include "Taking A Chance On Love", "Love Of My Life", "Autumn In New York", "Tis Autumn", and "The Lady's In Love With You". Mary Lou Williams works here in a bit of a comeback mode – some of her first American recordings in a number of years, with Carl Pruitt on bass and Bill Clark on drums. Titles inlcude "Opus Z", "S' Wonderful", "In The Purple Grotto", "From This Moment On", and "You're The Cream In My Coffee". CD

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Phillip Wilson with Olu DaraEsoteric ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a conventional drum kit and assorted percussion instruments – although not a huge range – and Dara brings a real sense of "voice" to the proceedings, both with his phrasing on the trumpet – often in a gritty, "mouthy" mode – and his occasional vocalizations through the horn – both of which evoke the more spiritual currents of the New York scene in the 70s. There's mindblowingly creative spirit to the music throughout – that best Hat Hut sound from the first few years of the label – and titles include "Call Call The So", "Double Click", "The Chad", "Elephant Bossa", "Olu 1", and "Lester 3". CD
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Phillip Wilson with Olu DaraEsoteric ... LP
Hat Hut, 1979. Near Mint- ... $28.99
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a conventional drum kit and assorted percussion instruments – although not a huge range – and Dara brings a real sense of "voice" to the proceedings, both with his phrasing on the trumpet – often in a gritty, "mouthy" mode – and his occasional vocalizations through the horn – both of which evoke the more spiritual currents of the New York scene in the 70s. There's mindblowingly creative spirit to the music throughout – that best Hat Hut sound from the first few years of the label – and titles include "Call Call The So", "Double Click", "The Chad", "Elephant Bossa", "Olu 1", and "Lester 3". LP, Vinyl record album
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YazzWanted (3CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Cherry Pop (UK), 1988. Used ... $9.99
A standout solo moment for Yazz – the singer who first rose to fame as part of the Coldcut soundsystem, then really broke big at a point when UK soul was cracking the American mainstream! Yazz may have a bleached-out look on the cover, but her sound is deeply soulful – and fits in perfectly with the house-styled grooves on the record – backings that have an unabashed love of disco, at a time when listening audiences were maybe forgiving that music for all of its previous excesses, and strongly embracing its best qualities again – in a groove that's maybe a bit similar to Lisa Stansfield at the time, although with more beats and less strings. Production and backings are by Coldcut, FON, Youth, and other hip talents – and titles include her great remake of "The Only Way Is Up" – plus "Systematic People", "Wanted On The Floor", "Stand Up For Your Love Rights", "Fine Time", "Where Has All The Love Gone", "Got To Share", and "Turn It Up". Amazing 3CD package features a massive 32 bonus tracks – including all the material from the Wanted Remixes album, plus loads of other remixes from 12" singles of the period! CD

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ZulemaZulema (Sussex) ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Zulema's first album – and one that's got a much deeper soul feel than any of her later work for RCA. Zulema wrote a lot of the tracks, plays piano, and sings in a very righteous soul voice that's equal parts gospel and equal parts 70s soul – much more stripped down than on later sides, and with a really earthy feel - especially on cuts like "Ain't It Sad", "American Fruit, African Roots", and "This Child Of Mine". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBest Of Pied Piper Days Vol 2 ... CD
Sony (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe an even cooler set than the first volume in the Pied Piper series – like that one, a wonderful batch of American sunshine pop-styled numbers from the late 60s and early 70s, brought together in tribute to the famous Pied Piper record store in Tokyo – but filled even more obscure, unusual tunes overall – in a way that has us hoping there will be lots more volumes to come! The music here is a bit hard to peg – kind of post-folk, pre-singer/songwriter – sometimes with pop production, but never overwhelmingly so – representing a move towards more sophisticated mainstream modes at the end of the 60s. CD features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "In The Name Of Love" by Estelle Levitt, "With You Girl" by The Arbors, "I'll Close My Eyes" by Gary Williams, "Something Big" by Mark Lindsay, "Never Throw Your Dreams Away" by Joanie Sommers, "Gotta Have Love" by Paul Varisco & The Milestones, "Wild World" by Bobby Scott, "Come On & Be My Love" by Kenny & Yvonne, "So Glad" by Alzo, "It's Alright" by Robey Falk & Bod, "Snow Queen" by The Association, "The Greatest Love" by Billy Joe Royal, "Nobody At All" by The Groop, and "Sunrise Highway" by Peter Anders. CD
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VariousEthiopiques Volume 24 – Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music 1969 to 1975 ... CD
Buda (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Mad music from the golden years of Ethiopian Music – and a set that's going to grab you every bit as much as the first few famous volumes of the Ethiopiques series! Like those sets, the collection here is completely fresh – sounds that really blow us away in their unique mix of styles – bits of American soul and funk buried somewhere down in the rhythms, complicated by a host of regional touches that include offbeat reed passages, romping basslines, and incredibly heartfelt vocals – more than moving enough, even if you don't understand the language! Fortunately, the booklet also offers notes in English, too – along with some fascinating historical details too – and the set's filled with great numbers that include "I Wanna Do My Thing" by The Ashantis, "Teredjew Neber" by Ayalew Mesfin, "Metche Dershe" by Seyfou Yohannes, "Tchereqa" by Menelik Wesnatchew, "Yagere Djegna" by Seyoum Gebreyes, "Come On & Do It" by The Ashantis, and "Ene Yewededkwat" by Tamrat Molla. CD

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VariousKev Beadle Presents Private Collection – Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s ... LP
BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 27.99
A completely sublime collection of spiritual jazz numbers from the 70s – put together by the legendary Kev Beadle, one of the first cats to spin the music with Gilles Peterson on the UK scene! The package is a great mix of essentials from years back, plus some under-discovered nuggets from the American underground – all with a nice emphasis on the grooves and rhythms – in a way that you might have heard back at Dingwalls on a Sunday afternoon! The set's a great reminder that music can be progressive and groovy at the same time – and the whole thing's overflowing with righteous treasures. Vinyl version features some exclusive tracks not on the CD – "Safari" by Frank Walton, "Padali" by Chuck Flores, and "I See Chano Pozo" by Jayne Cortez & The Firespitters – plus "In Every Way" by Reverie, "Open Your Mind" by Southern Energy Ensemble, "Brotherhood" by Kamal Abdul Alim, and "Freedom Road" by The Pharoahs. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousKev Beadle Presents Private Collection 3 – More Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s (3LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99 27.98
The title says "jazz", but there's a lot more going on here – a range of groundbreaking sounds and styles from the 70s, with some sweet electric modes, occasional Latin rhythms, currents of soul, and even a bit of Brazilian too! The package really takes us back to the kind of rare tracks we first started digging decades ago – when collectors from London and Tokyo were really helping us appreciate the kinds of records we might have passed by in the racks – the lesser names, the smaller labels, and even the more globally expansive range of releases that could sometimes be missed if you were only digging for American jazz! That range of music is really represented here in a great way – with tunes that soar strongly and bristle with energy throughout – sometimes in modes that might echo a label like MPS or Strata East, but often in very unique styles of their own. Titles include "Maryke" by John Thomas & Lifeforce, "La Em Guayaquil" by Banda Metalurgia, "Samba For A Cold Warrior" by Belair, "Samba De Amor" by Francisco Mora Catlett, "Little Sunflower" by Louis Hayes with Leon Thomas, "The World Is A Ghetto" by Lee Willhite, "No Other Love But You" by Clarice Labbe & Charlie Hampton, "Misturada" by Finn Savery Trio, "Kingdom Within You" by Ira Sullivan, and "Latinetta" by Ronald Snijders. Vinyl features two bonus tracks – "Infinite Jones" by John Lee & Gerry Brown, and "Don't Touch" by Don Rader. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMood Mosaic Vol 1 – The Haschish Party ... CD
Partners In Crime (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderfully groovy set – every bit as great as you might guess from the title and the cover – and the very first installment in the now-legendary Mood Mosaic series! The set's one of the few to bring together tunes from the groovier side of the spectrum at the end of the 60s – work from British, French, American, and German sources – all awash in a great blend of funky, easy, and pop-oriented modes! There's a nicely trippy feel throughout – and titles include "Hascisch Party" by George Garvarenz, "Kiss This" by Claude Denjean, "Acka Raga" by Shocking Blue, "Mas Que Nada" by Luiz Enriquez, "En Melody" by Serge Gainsbourg, "Love For Sale" by Marian McPartland, "Batucada" by Phil Crewe, "Marins Armins Amant Ou Maris" by Michel Legrand, and "Sitar Beat" by Klaus Doldinger. CD

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VariousMr Bongo Record Club – Vol 1 ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Mr Bongo really goes back to its roots here – and returns to the kind of rare global gems that first made us fall in love with the label in the first place! Over 20 years ago, Mr Bongo were one of the key global forces in opening up people's ears to the sounds of funk and soul from around the globe – digging up rare nuggets from out of the way places that might have echoed American styles, but turned them on their ear – or the kinds of cuts that were completely unique, but which could stand next to the kind of funky 45s that were being sampled for hip hop! This collection brings together some of the best cuts that continue that legacy – some rare singles, some obscure European tracks, and lots of others you never would have discovered otherwise – with titles that include "Deixa A Tristeza", "Piranha" by Alipio Martins, "Seara De Oxala" by Barbosa, "Mathar" by Dave Pike Set, "Freak" by Tappa Zukie, "Mama Hot Daddy Cool" by Big Youth, "Fish & Funjee" by Lantei Lamptey, "Karam Bani" by Buari, "Handsome Boy (parts 1 & 2)" by The Rwenzoris, "He's Forever" by King James Version, "Chanson D'Un Jour D'Hiver" by Cortez, and "Can't Live Without You" by Connie Laverne. CD

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VariousReturn Of Funk Soul Sisters Presented by SuperFunk – Super Rare, Slinky & Funky Female Funk ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99 22.99
Female funk galore – and one of the greatest all-girl compilations we've ever heard! The set's a brilliant follow-up to the first Funk Soul Sisters set on BGP – but we've gotta say that we like it even better than the first, and really appreciate the wide range of unusual tunes collected on the set! There's a depth here that goes way past the obvious – a love of bad-rapping funky female soul that digs deeper, and comes up with some key gems that explode cliches and really expand our love of the music. Titles include both rare album and single tracks pulled from a variety of American indies of the late 60s and early 70s – and although many are by familiar artists, they offer up a side of their talents you really wouldn't expect! Titles include "Easily Persuaded" by Martha & The Vandellas, "Family Tree" by Little Rose Little, "Who Told You" by Jackie Moore, "That's How I Feel" by The Sisters Of Righteous, "Ain't No Love Lost" by Patti Jo, "Love Connection" by Annette Snell, "Gotta Get Away" by Harolyn Montgomery, "Just A Mistake" by The Ebonettes, "Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (part 1)" by Elsie Mae, "It's My Thing" by Betty Moorer, "Speed Ticket" by Inez & Charlie Foxx, "Get On Up & Do It Baby" by Marie Adams, and "Jesse Joe" by Jean Knight. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSecao Ritmica – Instrumental Funk From 70s Brazil ... CD
Atemoya, 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
Fierce funk from 70s Brazil – tracks that easily challenge the same heavy vibe you'd know from American work in the funky 45 underground of the time, or even some of the bigger jazz funk releases of the decade! The artists here aren't inspired by the sound of bossa nova – and instead take keen inspiration from the American world of jazz and soul – which they then mix with occasional instrumental touches of their own region, and often use some wonderfully trippy production to put a really unique spin on the music! So even though these tracks are filled with heavy drums, riffing guitars, and killer keyboards – they've got a special sound that really sets them apart from the American music that first gave them inspiration – all of which makes for an incredibly fresh approach to funky styles. Titles include "Sultana" by Aquarius Band, "Eu Quero Levar Voce Pra Casa" by Ed Lincoln, "The King's Bounce" by Free Sound Orchestra, "Tio Macro" by Dom Salvador, "Kool & The Gang" by Cry Babies, "Metropole" by Cesar Mariano & CIA, "Rush" by Free Sound Orchestra, "Assalto" by Ze Rodrix, "Mr Funky Samba" by Banda Black Rio, and "Tipo Africa" by Brazil Very Happy Band. Also includes "Big Splash" by Som Orlando Silveira, "Ju Ju Man" by Hot Stuff Band, "Batucada Tropical" by Jose Prates, "Bridge" by We, "The Name Of The Game" by Os Tremendoes, and "Papa Jimmy" by Guilherme Coutinho. CD

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds really stand strongly on their own – with a newly-cast vision of price and power in independent Jamaica – set to new rhythms that signify the important musical changes that were taking place with the cultural changes of the 70s! Most of the tracks here are from the first half of the 70s, and are something of the birth of the roots reggae years – but also maybe have even more power together, in this beautifully-selected collection from Soul Jazz. The package features some especially great notes on the politics of the Jamaican scene at the time, which really illuminates the music – a heady selection of tunes that include "Roots Natty" by The Gladiators, "Black Man's Pride" by Alton Ellis, "Created By The Father" by Dennis Brown, "Child Of The Ghetto" by Horace Andy, "Love & Understanding" by Glen Miller, "Got To Be Cool" by The Classics, "Equal Rights" by The Heptones, "Build Our Dreams" by John Holt, "Forgive Them" by Johnny Osbourne, "Children Listen To Wise Words" by Freddie McGregor, "Up Park No Man's Land" by Winston Jarrett, and "Why Can't I" by Cedric Im Brooks. CD
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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride ... LP
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 29.99
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds really stand strongly on their own – with a newly-cast vision of price and power in independent Jamaica – set to new rhythms that signify the important musical changes that were taking place with the cultural changes of the 70s! Most of the tracks here are from the first half of the 70s, and are something of the birth of the roots reggae years – but also maybe have even more power together, in this beautifully-selected collection from Soul Jazz. The package features some especially great notes on the politics of the Jamaican scene at the time, which really illuminates the music – a heady selection of tunes that include "Roots Natty" by The Gladiators, "Black Man's Pride" by Alton Ellis, "Created By The Father" by Dennis Brown, "Child Of The Ghetto" by Horace Andy, "Love & Understanding" by Glen Miller, "Got To Be Cool" by The Classics, "Equal Rights" by The Heptones, "Build Our Dreams" by John Holt, "Forgive Them" by Johnny Osbourne, "Children Listen To Wise Words" by Freddie McGregor, "Up Park No Man's Land" by Winston Jarrett, and "Why Can't I" by Cedric Im Brooks. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousYou Need This – An Introduction To Black Saint & Soul Note Records 1975 to 1985 (3LP set) ... LP
Black Saint/BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99 28.99
A tremendous look at one of the coolest jazz labels of all time – and one that has an especially strong focus on the more spiritual side of its music! The paired Black Saint and Soul Note labels came along from the Italian scene right at a time when so many other American companies were shutting their doors – former spiritual jazz powerhouses like Strata East, Impulse, and Black Jazz were moving beyond the music, or disappearing entirely – which made the role of Black Saint/Soul Note such a crucial one! The company came into the game at a time of boundless creativity in American jazz – and really captured a post-Coltrane generation that was brimming over with fire and new ideas, but just needed a place to find expression – which it did at the label, who recorded dozens of albums in the space of less than a decade, nearly all of which have gone onto become classics over the years. And while there's a side of the label that's much more free jazz and avant garde, the cuts here reflect a Black Saint/Soul Note that's just slightly inside – tunes that are still freewheeling, but also have a rhythmic core – and the kinds of open, soaring solos that were first inspired in the 60s generation of Coltrane and Shepp. The choice of cuts is great – similar to the others in the If Music series – and titles include "Mr Seven" by M'Booom, "Joycie Girl" by Don Pullen with Sam Rivers, "Il Giro Del Giorno In 80 Mondi" by Enrico Rava, "Oasis" by Hamiet Bluiett, "Confessin" by John Stubblefield, "Joobubie" by George Adams & Dannie Richmond, "Verde Que Eu Te Quero Ver" by Rava String Band, "Down Home In New York" by Archie Shepp, "BK" by Air, and "The Nagual Julian" by Billy Bang Sextet. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bob & MarciaYoung Gifted & Black/Pied Piper ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of Trojan Records gems from this excellent duo – back to back on a single CD! First up is Young Gifted & Black – wonderful work from Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – an incredible duo, and one who look more like an American soul team on the front cover – and manage to deliver a similar vibe in the grooves! The style is definitely reggae, but as you'd guess from the Nina Simone cover in the title track, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths are also reaching out for something bigger, too – really bringing a level of sophistication to their music that moves beyond the usual – an evolution past rocksteady, but also not in the same direction as other reggae acts of the time. Harry J produced, and gets an international flavor just right for the music – and titles include "Young Gifted & Black", "Private Number", "It's A Rocking Good Way", "We've Got To Get Ourselves Together", "United We Stand", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", and "Keep The Customer Satisfied". Pied Piper follows suit with a wonderful sound too – mostly slow-stepping grooves in a late rocksteady mode – with Marcia taking some fantastic steps forward in the lead, as Bob comes in with his harmonies to really deepen the sound. Titles include "We Know", "One Woman", "Strange World", "You Are Mine", "Your Love", "Save Me", "Pied Piper", and "He's A Cousin Of Mine". CD also features a bonus track – "Young Gifted & Black (Jamaican mix)". CD

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✨✧ James BrownIt's A Mother ... LP
King, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out grooves as the album rolls on will pull you even further into the fold. Most tracks roll on with that improvised studio jamming style that James was hitting at the time – a pre-JBs mode that's not as long as later years, but which still makes you feel that there probably was plenty more recorded on the dates that didn't make it into the two-part versions of the tracks! And although James is singing on most numbers, the real focus is more on the band – hitting hard, vamping sharp, and grooving massively under shouted calls and directions from Brown. Titles include two great instrumentals – "Popcorn With a Feeling" and "Top of the Stack" – plus "Little Groove Maker Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Mother Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Mashed Potato Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Any Day Now", "You're Still Out Of Sight", and "I'm Shook" – as well as the great mellower number "If I Ruled The World" – redone here as an African-American anthem of pride and power! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alice ColtraneWorld Spirituality Classics Vol 1 – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda ... LP
Luaka Bop, Mid 80s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual territory as before – but also mixing in some elements from American gospel music – not in any sort of Christian way, but just in terms of the use of a larger choir on some of the tracks, whose stompingly rhythmic presence can really drive a few of the tunes! Other tracks are more spare, and really focus on Coltrane's vocals and work on organ – as well as a bit of harp and string backings too – all at a level that really pushes the transcendental modes she first brought to light in the 70s. Given that most of us never got our hands on the original tapes, the whole thing is a real treasure trove – and presented with nicely detailed notes, too. Titles include "Er Ra", "Om Shanti", "Om Rama", "Rama Guru", "Haria Naryan", "Krishna Japaye", "Rama Katha", "Keshava Murahara", and "Journey To Satchindananda". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Alice ColtraneWorld Spirituality Classics Vol 1 – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (with bonus download) ... LP
Luaka Bop, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual territory as before – but also mixing in some elements from American gospel music – not in any sort of Christian way, but just in terms of the use of a larger choir on some of the tracks, whose stompingly rhythmic presence can really drive a few of the tunes! Other tracks are more spare, and really focus on Coltrane's vocals and work on organ – as well as a bit of harp and string backings too – all at a level that really pushes the transcendental modes she first brought to light in the 70s. Given that most of us never got our hands on the original tapes, the whole thing is a real treasure trove – and presented with nicely detailed notes, too. Titles include "Er Ra", "Om Shanti", "Om Rama", "Rama Guru", "Haria Naryan", "Krishna Japaye", "Rama Katha", "Keshava Murahara", and "Journey To Satchindananda". LP, Vinyl record album
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