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Toshiko AkiyoshiKogun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1974. Used ... $18.99
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband Lew Tabackin – a group that features strong work from American players who include Dick Spencer and Gary Foster on alto saxes, Tabackin and Tom Peterson on tenor, Bill Perkins on baritone, Bobby Shew and Don Rader on trumpets, and Charles Loper and Jim Sawyer on trombones. The horns are only part of the picture, though – as the inventive writing and arranging from Akiyoshi is what really makes the album great – a strong sense of painting with sound, while still keeping things swinging – really unlocking all the best elements that had been opened up for larger ensembles in the previous few years. The set features all original tracks that include "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Elegy", and "Memory". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Buddy Banks & Bobby JasparJazz In Paris – Jazz de Chambre ... CD
Universal (France), 1954/1956. Used ... $6.99
Pretty hip stuff – recorded in Paris, but featuring some leading lights of American bohemia! The first half of the CD features work by a quartet led by bassist Buddy Banks, and featuring work by American players Bob Dorough on piano and Roy Haynes on drums, as well as the French musician Jimmy Gourley on guitar. Gourley's tone is excellent on the session, and he really dominates the proceedings over piano work by Dorough – especially on the tracks "I Love You", "Line For Lyons", "Night In Tunisia", and "Buddy Bank's Blues". The second half of the CD features a quartet with Bobby Jaspar on flute and the enigmatic Blossom Dearie on piano. Blossom doesn't sing on the set, but she works in a lovely way with Jaspar – providing some light lyrical backing that gives the tracks a nice little kick. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Flamingo", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CD

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John GaleDr Phibes Rises Again ... CD
American International/Perseverance, 1972. Used ... $6.99
A triumphant little soundtrack to the second Dr Phibes film – one that's arguably more expansive and redemptive than the first, with less of the dark-edged horror touches! The style here is relatively orchestral, but drops down to contemplative moments from time to time – sparer passages that usually focus on a single instrument and theme, almost in a way that reminds us of some of the Italian soundtrack modes from the time. The overall length of the tunes is quite short – and the CD features a whopping 29 numbers, most of which are less than 2 minutes in length. But together, these shorter tracks work beautifully as a "suite" – stretching out and shifting nicely through the whole soundtrack, in a way that's far less kitschy and a lot more sophisticated than you'd expect! Titles include "Inscripto", "Serpentes", "In Catacumbas", "Apere Gregem", "Decorans Sepulcrum", "Tutus Est?", "Phibes Restimulatus", and "Nox Mala Bakeri". CD
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Dexter GordonOne Flight Up (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $8.99
An unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". CD

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Groove CollectiveGroove Collective ... CD
Giant Step/Reprise, 1994. Used ... $4.99
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit commercial, and definitely a nice portrait of the mid 90s NYC scene, with loads of great players from all over the spectrum. Titles include "El Gollpe Avisa", "Buddah Head", "Nerd", "Balimka", "Rentstrike", and "Saturday Afternoon". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Lars GullinFine Together – The Artistry Of Lars Gullin – Recordings 1957 to 1958 ... CD
Sonet (Sweden), 1957/1958. Used ... $11.99
Key late 50s recordings from Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin – the first-ever album on the now-legendary Sonet label, coupled with a rare Philips 10" from the same time! The CD is a nice contrast to some of Gullin's more American-influenced sessions of the earlier part of the decade, and showcases his deepening talents for arranging and composition – and the shift in his sound towards more complicated patterns and darker colors in his horn. The work is mostly modern, but never too much so – and Gullin retains the fluidity that first made him one of the greatest talents on the baritone sax. Players include other Swedish modernists from the time – Rune Ofwerman on piano, Bert Dahlander on drums, Rune Gustafsson on guitar, and Arnold Johansson on vibes – and titles include "The Knob", "Aesthetic Lady", "Happy Again", "Stella By Starlight", "The Flight", "Good Day To You", "Fine Together", and "Icarus On The Moon". CD

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GuyGuy ... CD
MCA/Uptown, 1988. Used ... $4.99
A stone cold classic from Teddy Riley! Forget what you might think about the cliches of New Jack Swing, because this record is a landmark of modern soul, one of the freshest R&B albums from the 80s, and it still sounds great today. After starting things out with Wrecks N Effect, Riley moved over to Guy – who really made his hip-hop heavy New Jack sound work great, because they had much better vocal chops than earlier groups, and they could fuse a tight harmony to the funky sound in style that not only got them loads of airplay (and record sales!), but which inspired a whole generation of American soul. This first album's their best, and it includes lots of nice smooth jammers – like "Spend The Night", "Piece of My Love", "Teddy's Jam", "Groove Me", and "Goodbye Love". CD

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp At The Hickory House – Vol 1 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. Used ... $11.99
One of the few American albums by Jutta Hipp – a key figure in the German jazz scene of the postwar years, recording here at the Hickory House in New York! The album's a trio date, but it's got more than enough modern energy to warrant inclusion in the Blue Note 1500 series of the 50s – thanks in part to Hipp's forceful, angular approach to the keys of the piano – and also to some great accompaniment from Peter Ind on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums! As usual, Thigpen takes things past any expectations you might have for the trio format – with a great lively touch on the drum kit that keeps the whole proceedings moving nicely. Tracks on this first volume include "These Foolish Things", "Mad About The Boy", "Take Me In Your Arms", "Billie's Bounce", and "Lady Bird". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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VariousStudio One Soul ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $12.99
Fantastic! This set features reggae and rocksteady versions of American soul and funk tracks from the late 60s and early 70s – quite fitting, considering how much of Jamaican reggae began as an attempt to copy American hits for the local market. The set may well be the best-ever in the essential series of compilations by Soul Jazz Records – and like the others, it features some of the best cuts ever recorded for the Studio One catalog. There's a total of 18 cuts in all – and tracks include "Soulful Strut" by Sound Dimension, "Still Water" by Jerry Jones, "Express Yourself" by Leroy Sibbles, "Message From A Black Man" by The Heptones, "The First Cut Is The Deepest" by Norma Fraser, "Deeper & Deeper" by Jackie Mitoo, "I Don't Want To Be Right" by Alton Ellis, "No One Can Stop Us" by Willie Williams, "Queen Of The Minstrals" by The Eternals, "Don't Break Your Promise" by The Chosen Few, and "Is It Because I'm Black" by Senior Soul. CD
Also available Studio One Soul ... LP 26.99

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Big Boss ManHumanize ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2001. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD

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New Bill ColemanComplete Philips Recordings ... CD
Universal (France), 1951/1952. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing postwar work from trumpeter Bill Coleman – an American player who made his home in France for many years, and who became one of the key ex-patriots on the Paris scene! Coleman's style is relatively trad, but in the years after the war he opened up with a groove that had some occasional bop inflections mixed in with mainstream swing – modern in its own way, especially in the right group context. This overstuffed 2CD set features 38 recordings done by Coleman in the years 1951 and 1952 – 6 from a studio session, 25 more from a concert at La Salle Pleyel, and 7 more previously unreleased alternate takes from the studio set! Players on the tracks include the great Guy Lafitte on both clarinet and tenor, plus Buddy Banks on bass, Art Simmons on piano, Zutty Singleton on drums, Jay Cameron on alto, and some occasional vocals from Miriam Burton. Titles include "The Blues Jumped Up & Got Me", "Jumpin At The Pleyel", "Come On A My House", "Tenderly", "Knucklehead", "Perdido", "Trombone Blues", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", "Indiana", "Out Of Nowhere", "Chinatown", and "Red Top". First CD reissue of this material, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Aretha FranklinElectrifying Aretha Franklin/Laughing On The Outside ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1962/1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great double-header from Aretha Franklin – her first 2 Columbia albums back to back on a single CD! Electrifying Aretha Franklin is one of the first albums she cut with John Hammond at Columbia, and although it's not in the classic soul mode of the Atlantic sessions, it's a darn nice batch of bluesy jazz tracks that would still stand the test of time well if people weren't so hung up on the pro-Atlantic propaganda that plays down the Columbia years. Backings are by Richard Wess on most tracks, and at times Aretha's voice is recorded with a nice echoey touch that gives the material almost an R&B-ish feel. Titles include "Rough Lover", "You Made Me Love You", "It's So Heartbreakin", "Nobody Like You", "I Told You So", and "Just For You". Laughing On The Outside is a real gem too – jazzy, and not at all like Aretha's soul sides for Atlantic – but her vocals sound wonderful on the record, in a completely different way than on later albums. Arrangements are by Robert Mersey, and they've got a feel that's similar to some of the classic Ray Charles large group recordings for ABC – with slightly churchy backings behind the lead vocals, which are right out front in the set, and almost warmer than on other albums. Aretha sings mellow versions of standards like "Skylark", "For All We Know", "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", and "Where Are You?" – plus the obscure "Mr Ugly". CD

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New Aretha FranklinRunnin' Out Of Fools/Yeah ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1964/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 important early Aretha Franklin albums – back to back on a single CD! Runnin Out Of Fools is the birth of Aretha Franklin's soulful sound – a real change from the jazzier sound of her first two albums for Columbia, and a set that really shows some great sides of her talents! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks, who creates an uptown-styled sort of sound – one that has fuller strings and a bit of backing vocals, but also a nice little groove at the bottom – territory that's somewhere between the country soul of the early 60s, and some of the tighter New York soul that was on the rise. Aretha's vocals are great – heartbreaking one minute, proud and righteous the next – and the album's proof that she was always a wonderful singer, no matter what the setting. Titles include "Mockingbird", "Walk On By", "How Glad I Am", "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face", "Runnin' Out Of Fools", and "One Room Paradise". Yeah is a hip little live date from Aretha Franklin – one that's got a very jazzy feel, and some great small combo backings! The album's almost a distillation of the jazzy styles on Aretha's first albums for Columbia – taken into even leaner territory here, in ways that really set Franklin loose on vocals – making for some of her most forceful moments on record at the time. The quartet features pianist Teddy Harris, who steps back on a few tunes to let Franklin take over the piano – and titles include "Once In A Lifetime", "Love For Sale", "Impossible", "Today I Love Everybody", and "Without The One You Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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New Lisa StansfieldAffection ... CD
Arista, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Big bouncing soul from Lisa Stansfield – a record that almost rivaled the first effort from Soul II Soul for UK impact on the American mainstream! Despite a pasty-white cover, the record's got a hell of a lot of color – some rich rhythms that reintroduced a syncopated funky sound to the charts, and soaring vocals from Lisa she hardly ever sung this well again on record. Titles include the tremendous symphonic jam "All Around the World", the beautiful "Live Together", and other nice ones like "This Is The Right Time", "You Can't Deny It", and "Mighty Love". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Also available Affection (2CD/DVD set) ... CD 21.99

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New Mary WellsComplete 20th Century Recordings (Mary Wells/Love Songs To The Beatles) ... CD
20th Century/ (UK), 1965. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of lost classics – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is the self-titled Mary Wells album – non-Motown magic from Wells – a killer 60s album that really lives up to her previous promise! The scope is a bit wider here than before – and Mary's wonderful throughout, sticking closely in that classic blend of class and soul that made her one of the first standout stars of Motown – moving in equally great company here with studio help from Carl Davis, Riley Hampton, and Andre Williams! The tunes have a sweet midtempo groove – almost a bit of early Detroit into Chicago mid 60s soul – and titles include "Never Never Leave Me", "Use Your Head", "My Mind's Made Up", "Why Don't You Let Yourself Go", and "We're Just Two Of A Kind". Love Songs To The Beatles is even more compelling – the best of the 60s genre! Sure, Esther Phillips and a few other 60s soul singers were recording Beatles tracks – but Mary Wells was the real deal, as she even had the support of the group itself, who made it known that she was one of their favorite American soul artists. This nice album on 20th Century features an all-Beatles set of tracks – with titles like "I Should Have Known Better", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Yesterday", "And I Love Him", and "Ticket To Ride". The arrangements are all uptown soul, and give the songs a more sophisticated sound than the original recordings. A record we don't see that often, and a nice lost gem! Bonus tracks include "Jive Guy", "I'm Learnin", "I'm Sorry", "Say What You Gotta Say", and "Memories Are Creepin Up On Me". CD

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New VariousMad, Mad World Of Soundtracks Vol 2 ... CD
Motor (Germany), 1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The long-awaited second volume to one of the greatest soundtrack compilations ever! This one goes way past the obvious – to include some incredible funky and groovy tunes from rare soundtracks of the 60s and 70s, plus related albums that feature soundtrack themes and performances. A number of the tracks on here are from rare European sources, while others are from American ones that we'd quite frankly overlooked – and which sound great here in a mad mix of styles that's a wonderful counterpart to the legendary first volume! Titles include "That Night" by Scott Walker, "French Connection" by Button Down Brass, "Come Saturday Morning" by Chet Baker, "Angels Who Burn Their Wings" by Peter Thomas, "Diamonds Are Forever" by The Bachelors, "Tatort" by Klaus Doldinger, "The Six Million Dollar Man" by John Gregory, "Nothing To Lose" by Claudine Longet, "Wie Ein Blitz" by Sam Spence, "Harper" by Kai Winding, "Streets Of San Francisco" by Pat Williams, "A Time For Us" by Astrud Gilberto (only ever issued on 7" single), "Robbi Tobbi & Das Fliewatuut" by Ingried Hoffman, "Bond Street" by Fred Hector & His Accordion Orchestra, and a fantastic vocal version of "The Odd Couple" by Neal Hefti! CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousMood Mosaic Vol 1 – The Haschish Party ... CD
Partners In Crime (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Mood Mosaic Vol 1 – The Haschish Party ... CD

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New Anthony BraxtonTrio & Duet ... CD
Sackville (Canada), Mid 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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

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New Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD
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Ornette ColemanMusic Of Ornette Coleman – Forms & Sounds/Skies Of America ... CD
Sony/BGO (UK), 1967/1972. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A great couple of harder-to-find Ornette Coleman records – nicely paired up in a 2CD set! First up is The Music Of Ornette Coleman, from 1967 – which is beautiful record that serves as both a showcase for Ornette's "serious" writing efforts – and his ability to play with a larger ensemble! It kicks off with Ornette playing trumpet solos with The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet as they perform his "Forms & Sounds" live. That's followed by recordings of Ornette's "Space Flight" and "Saints & Soldiers" performed by The Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia Quartet, a string ensemble that brings a new light to Ornette's compositions! Skies Of America is an ambitious record with full orchestra, in a haunting sound that's light years from any of his smaller group recordings of the 60s and 70s! There's an incredible feel to the strings used here – played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Measham – all tied up and dark, with swirling sounds that run up beautifully from the bottom, then take off to the skies promised in the title – opening the door for Ornette to come in and solo freely over the top – in a magical mix that easily makes the record a standout in his long and mighty career! Harmolodic theory is definitely a part of Coleman's conception here – but in very different ways than his quartet or quintet recordings. Lots of tracks on this one, including "Skies Of America", "The Men Who Live In The White House", "Sunday In America", "Dreams", "Native Americans", "Silver Screen", "The Artist In America" and more. CD