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✨✧ Billie HolidayFirst Issue – The Great American Songbook ... CD
Verve, 1950s. Used 2CD ... $4.99
34 tracks in all – classic recordings of material by George Gerswhin, Irvin Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and others! CD
 
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AirtoFingers (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1973. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! CD
(Remastered CTI 40th Anniversary edition. First time on CD in the US!)
Also available Fingers ... LP 14.99

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Anthony BraxtonTrio & Duet ... CD
Sackville (Canada), Mid 70s. Used ... $9.99
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

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonTrio & Duet (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sackville/Delmark, Mid 70s. Used ... $9.99
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
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... $3.99
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
Also available This Is Criss! ... LP 13.99

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Baby Dodds/Laneville-Union Brass Band/Lapsey BandTalking And Drum Solos/Country Brass Bands ... CD
Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1946/1954. Used ... $6.99
Amazing lost work from Warren "Baby" Dodds (and others) – a pioneering jazz drummer born and bred in New Orleans before moving to Chicago and influencing countless trap clappers! Talking And Drum Solos was originally released as a 10-inch on Folkways, and as the title suggests it's a loose batch of sometimes spare, sometimes rolling crack drum solos by Baby mixed with some tight Big Easy brass jazz and easy going monologues by the drummer. The album is credited as being one of the first full albums dedicated to drum solos, but it's appeal stretches far beyond the concept. Tracks include "Spooky Drums No. 1", "Drums In The Twenties", "Careless Love Blues", "Rudiments" and more. The second half is the real treasure, though – 20 short deep south flavored brass jazz tunes by the Laneville-Union Brass & Lapsey Band, originally released as an LP in the Folkways "Music From The South" series. This isn't the cliched N'awl-ins brass band jazz the band monikers probably bring to mind – the mood throughout is solidly rooted in very spare, very loose marches. It's laid down with the instrumentation of New Orleans brass bands, but the dark, rural feel puts this much more in line with what you'd hear in Harry Smith's archives than silly brass band compilations. Really spooky stuff – and a wonderful sample of the sounds of a very specific aspect of the American south in the middle of the previous century. Tracks include "Precious Lord Hold My Hand", "Take Rocks And Gravel To Build A Solid Road", "Sing On", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "When I Lay My Burden Down" and lots more. Great notes by the fine Chicago jazz writer Kevin Whitehead, too! CD
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FishboneFishbone ... CD
Columbia, 1985. Used ... $4.99
Punk meets ska in the first wave of American acts to follow on the Two Tone revival. 6 tracks on this debut, more of an EP than an LP, including "Ugly", "Another Generation" "? (Modern Industry)", "Party At Ground Zero", "VTTLOTFDGF" and "Lyin' @ss B!tch". CD
(Out of print.)

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Serge GainsbourgGainsbourg Percussions (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1964. Used ... $18.99
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! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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HeatwaveToo Hot To Handle/Central Heating ... CD
Columbia/Edsel (UK), 1976/1977. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
A pair of mid 70s classics from Heawave – Too Hot To Handle & Central Heating – in a 2CD set with bonus tracks! Too Hot To Handle is a killer album of crossover soul – one that dropped like a bomb when it hit, and gave this UK group a number of big hits in America! Keyboardist Rod Temperton wrote all the tracks on the album – and he's got keen talent for both funky numbers and ballads. If soul stations played album side specials the way that classic rock stations do, side one would be in heavy rotation – as it kicks off with the funky title cut, rolls into the hit "Boogie Nights", cuts to the sample classic "Ain't No Half Steppin" (forever made famous by Big Daddy Kane), and steps into the moody ballad "Always & Forever". It's hard to beat that lineup, but side two does a pretty good job – and includes a similar mix of titles like "Super Soul Sister", "All You Do Is Dial", and "Sho'nuff Must Be Love". The CD includes 4 bonus tracks: alternate versions of "Boogie Nights", plus "Special Offer" and "Slip Your Disc To This". Central Heating is another 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", "Send Out For Sunshine", "Mind Blowing Decisions, "The Groove Line", "Central Heating", "Leavin For A Dream" and more. 2 bonus tracks: remixes of "Mind Blowing Decisions" and "The Groove Line". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mikko Innanen with William Parker & Andrew CyrilleSong For A New Decade ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2015. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Finnish reedman Mikko Innanen works here with American jazz giants William Parker on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums – but in setting that definitely has Mikko holding his own! Innanen plays alto, baritone, and other reed instruments – often with a style that's surprisingly soulful, and very spiritual – stepping out over the work of Cyrille and Parker with a quality that almost takes us back to the New York loft jazz years of the 70s! Parker really adds a lot of depth to the record on the first CD – then steps out to allow for interplay between Cyrille and Innanen on the second CD, which is the longer "Songs For This Decade" suite. Other titles include "The End Is A Beginning", "See You At 103", "Blue In Nublu", "Small & Big Steps", and "A Morning A Day A Night". CD

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Invisible HandsTeslam ... CD
Abduction, 2014. Used ... $2.99
The second album from Invisible Hands – the group led by Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls – and a record that's even better put-together than the first! There's a bit more of a song structure this time around – and some of the more tuneful moments are surprisingly powerful – almost like some lost indie American sounds from decades back – but the kind of music that Bishop was never making in his first famous group – although some tracks here retain a trippier edge. Titles include "Carrion", "Spaces", "Priests & Poets", "Over Easy", "Places", "Slaughterhouse", and "Eyes In The Back Of Your Head". CD

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Steve LacyComplete Whitey Mitchell Sessions (Whitey Mitchell Sextette/Tom Stewart Sextette) ... CD
ABC/American Jazz Classics (Spain), 1956. Used ... $6.99
A very unique chapter of the career of Steve Lacy – and a key bridge between his early work in trad jazz groups, and his more famous late 50s modern sides! Both of the albums on the set were recorded for ABC in 1956 – under the leadership of bassist Whitey Mitchell and tenor horn player Tom Stewart, respectively – and they're done in a style that has lots of the "chamber jazz" modes that were cropping up on 50s sessions for labels like RCA, Dawn, and Bethlehem. Lacy plays soprano sax throughout, in an angular mode that sits nicely to Stewart's unique tenor horn, Mitchell's bass, and other instrumentation that includes Don Stratton's trombone, Herbie Mann's flute, and Joe Puma's guitar. The first 10 tracks, from the Mitchell session, feature swinging arrangements by Neal Hefti – but the second set of 10 tracks is a bit looser overall. Titles include "Young Lesley", "Lover Man", "Once In A While", "Spain", "Potatoes", "Fidgety Feet", "Out Of Nowhere", and "Some Of These Days". CD

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Play Peter Gunn & Son Of Gunn ... CD
Contemporary/American Jazz Classics (Spain), 1959. Used ... $8.99
A wonderful version of the famous Henry Mancini score – arguably better than the original soundtrack for the TV show! Shelly Manne leads a small group of west coasters that includes Victor Feldman on vibes, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Herb Geller on alto, whose edgey tone carves out some of the best solos on the set – a great compliment for the cool arrangements of the tunes provided by Manne. Titles include "Floater", "Peter Gunn", "Slow & Easy", "Fallout", "A Profound Gass", and "Dreamsville". Son Of Gunn, a crackling set of crime jazz from drummer Shelly Manne – a follow-up to his first set of work from the Peter Gunn soundtrack, and arguably even better than the first! Manne's working here with a great combo that includes Victor Feldman on vibes, Joe Gordon on trumpet, and Richie Kamuca on tenor – playing with a warmly raspy tone that gives the work a quality that's even more soulful than the Henry Mancini originals that inspired the set, and which is perfectly matched with the trumpet of Joe Gordon. There's a depth here that goes way beyond the simple soundtrack roots of the material – and the arrangements on the set are proof that Manne was one of the hippest-thinking jazz cats on the mainstream LA scene of the time. Titles include "Spook", "Joanna", "Blues For Mothers", "Odd Ball", "Blue Steel", and "Goofin At The Coffee House". CD

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✨✧ Marisa MonteRose & Charcoal ... CD
Metro Blue, 1994. Used ... $5.99
When this album was first issued in the mid 90s by EMI, it quietly glided onto the market, with very little effect. Over the past few years, though, the record has slowly been championed by a large number of American critics and musicians, and has come to be one of the most critically acclaimed releases by a Brazilian musician in recent years. The album's a mix of jazz-tinged vocal tracks by Marisa, with a style that certainly owes something to earlier Brazilian singers like Gal Costa or Joyce, but which also has lots of its own nice touches. Arto Linday produced the set, and Marisa Runs through a batch of songs that includes versions of Lou Reed's "Pale Blue Eyes", Arnaldo Antunes "Deepest Night", Jorge Ben's "Balanca Pema", and her own "Enquanto Isso", sung with Laurie Anderson. There's also loads of guests on the album – like Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, and others! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Albert Nicholas & Jimmy ArcheyJazz In Paris – Classic Jazz At Saint Germain Des Pres ... CD
Universal (France), 1954/1955. Used ... $4.99
2 postwar trad jazz sessions from Paris – both recorded with a laidback sense of freedom that was rare for the American scene at the time! The first 8 tracks on the CD are from a 10" LP recorded by Albert Nicholas with his "New Orleans Friends", a group that included Claude Bolling on piano, Buddy Banks on bass, Bernard Zacharias on trombone, and Guy Longnon on trumpet. The next 6 tunes are from a 1955 session by trombonist Jimmy Archey, done in a similar style that features French players Gerard Badini, Claude Gosset, Guy Pedersen, and George Arvanitas all recreating a New Orleans style of jazz. Tracks are longer than the usual 78rpm single takes – and titles include "Blues For The Club", "Clarinet Marmalade", "Demi-tasse", "Tiger Rag", "That's A Plenty", and "Christopher Columbus". CD

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Red NorvoRed Norvo With Strings (bonus tracks) ... CD
American Jazz Classics, 1952/1955. Used ... $6.99
A "with strings" session with a difference! This one's not the sleepy orchestral jazz set that you'd expect. Instead, it's a cool modernist batch of trio recordings – featuring the vibes of Norvo in front of the guitar of Tal Farlow and the bass of Red Mitchell. We'll be the first to admit that Norvo's made some snoozy recordings, but the stuff on here is pretty darn cool – and has that icy modern sound that we'd compare to the work of the Jimmy Giuffre trio or the Blue Note work of Gil Melle. Titles include "How Am I To Know?", "Who Cares", "I Brung You Finjans For Your Zarf", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD

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Os MutantesOs Mutantes (1968) ... CD
Universal, 1968. Used ... $9.99
A landmark CD! 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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Lisa StansfieldAffection ... CD
Arista, 1990. Used ... $4.99
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

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13th Floor ElevatorsEaster Everwhere ... CD
Collectables, 1967. Used ... $5.99
Raw early genius from the 13th Floor Elevators – cut back at a time when the Texas combo were one of the hippest things going in the late 60s American underground! There's lots of sounds here that other cats would copy over the decades – but the record has a gritty brilliance that's way better than any of its many imitators – that kind of unique burst of new ideas and young energy that made psych so wonderful when it first emerged in remarkable moments like this! Roky Erickson is wonderful – and the record will definitely illustrate his genius way better than any later efforts to bear his own name in the lead – and the production is just the right blend of studio tricks and homegrown oddness to make the whole thing electrified throughout. Tracks include "Slip Inside This House", "Slide Machine", "Dust", "Earthquake", "Levitation", "Postures", "Baby Blue", and "Nobody To Love". CD

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McCoy TynerInception/Reaching Fourth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Impulse/American Jazz Classics (Spain), 1962/1963. Used ... $6.99
Two gems from McCoy Tyner – early albums as a leader, cut when he was part of John Coltrane's classic quartet! First up is Inception – a very early date as a leader by Tyner. The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm familiarity of the players is clear from the very first notes of the set. There's a lighter, more lyrical – and possibly more sentimental – style going on here – one that echoes piano work of earlier generations, but which also shows plenty of signs of the growing modalism in Tyner's lines – especially on the striking original tracks "Sunset", "Effendi", "Inception", and "Blues For Gwen". Reaching Fourth has McCoy Tyner's stretching past obvious piano trio modes, thanks to hip help from Henry Grimes on bass and Roy Haynes on drums! The groove is very open and freewheeling – yet all without being avant or outside – those hip modal-inspired sounds that you'd be likely to hear on some of Haynes' excellent early 60s sessions, cast here in beautiful tones and colors that show Tyner already stretching past the core sounds he was laying down with John Coltrane. Even the ballads have a nice sort of edge – as familiar numbers are recast in some darker clothing – and titles include the originals "Reaching Fourth" and "Blues Back" – plus versions of "Theme For Ernie", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Old Devil Moon", and "Goodbye". Also included are the bonus tracks "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "Lazy Bird". CD

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Mary Lou Williams/Barbara CarrollLadies Of Jazz ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1951. Used ... $5.99
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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