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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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Groove CollectiveGroove Collective ... CD
Giant Step/Reprise, 1994. Used ... $2.99
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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ImpressionsLoving Power/It's About Time ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1976. Used ... $7.99
Overlooked 70s genius from The Impressions – 2 killer albums back to back on a single CD! Loving Power is later Curtom work from the group – but still plenty darn nice, with a super-dope vocal harmony approach on the best tracks! The title cut is worth the price of admission alone – as it's a slow-stepping harmony tune that really burns with a sweet mellow feel – sung to perfection by a quartet lineup that includes younger singers Ralph Johnson and Reggie Torian working with older Impressions Fred Cash and Sam Gooden. Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy had a good hand in much of the record – bringing it into the warm, sophisti-soul style they were using at the time – and arrangements include some great work by Richard Evans and Rich Tufo. Titles include "Loving Power", "If You Have To Ask", "Sunshine", and "I Can't Wait To See You". It's About Time is The Impressions first album for Cotillion, cut after a great 70s run on Curtom – but one that's done with a sound that still carries on the groove nicely! The more righteous tones of the earlier work are shaken loose a bit, to be replaced by a fuller approach to the music built from arrangements by HB Barnum, Gene Page, and Gil Askey – a bit more LA than Chicago, but with a soaringly soulful quality that almost recalls the sound of The Spinners during their best Philly years. As with that work, the harmonies here are all right on the money, and get plenty of space to sparkle amidst the full strings and tight rhythms – and new group member Nate Evans really brings a deep sense of soul to the group's work. Many tunes were written by the team of Mervin Seals and Melvin Steals – and titles include "I'm A Fool For Love", "Same Old Heartaches", "This Time", "Stardust", "I Need You", and "What Might Have Been". CD
Also available Loving Power/It's About Time ... CD 5.99

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Invisible HandsTeslam ... CD
Abduction, 2014. Used ... $8.99
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
Also available Teslam ... CD 11.99

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Hans KollerExclusiv ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1959/1963. Used ... $26.99
The first MPS album by Hans Koller – the greatest German saxophonist of the postwar era! Koller had an amazing sound that grabbed the ears of American audiences right away – even as wartime uneasiness towards German imports was still riding high – and by the time of this early 60s album, he'd developed his sound to a point where he was easily matching the best of American boppers and modernists of the time. Most of the album features Koller leading a nonet of mixed British and German players – grooving in a tight style that's got a bit of the Swedish 50s bounce, some of the west coast style, and a nice degree of Boston-styled soul in Koller's own solos. The remaining tracks were recorded a few years earlier, and feature Koller in a quartet with guitarist Attila Zoller and bassist Oscar Pettiford. The Zoller/Pettiford team was cutting some great material at the time, and provide a gentle and icy cushion for Koller's crisp, almost Konitz-like solos on tenor! Great stuff all around, and with tracks that include "Natalie", "Chordless", "Stalag", "Pagode", "It's Over", and "Pladoyer". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Martial SolalComplete Vogue Recordings Vol 4 (All Stars Reunion A Paris/Martial Solal Et Son Orchestre) ... CD
Vogue/BMG (France), 1956/1957/1958. Used ... $19.99
A great chapter in the career of French pianist Martial Solal – key late 50s recordings that feature him working with larger groupings of horn players! Solal's best known for his trio work of later years, but we really love the way that he puts together a bigger group – working the horns along in angular modern lines that provide a perfect accompaniment to his creative work on piano – in a style that rivals some of the best free-thinking American jazz of the time. The tunes on the set are pulled from 2 different albums – International All Stars Reunion A Paris and Martial Solal Et Son Orchestre – recorded over 4 different dates in the late 50s, and featuring players that include Jimmy Deuchar, Allen Eager, Kenny Clarke, Barney Wilen, Billy Byers, and Roger Guerin. The first album features a number of international players, and the second is mostly French – but the sound is similar on both, especially on the wonderful original numbers that Solal brings to the sessions. Titles include "Tourmente", "Yes Or No", "In The Moon", "Alhambra", "Illusion", "Kenny's Special", "Middle Jazz", "Studio Fagon", and "Blouse Bleue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Toni TornadoBR3 ... CD
EMI (Brazil), 1971. Used ... $28.99
Funky soul from Toni Tornado – one of the first talents in Brazil's samba soul generation of the 70s! Toni's got a style that's a lot like early work by Tim Maia – a blend of American funk and soul, with traces of some of the other Brazilian arranging styles that were popular at the time – all rolled into a unique set of grooves that's fresher than most things we've heard in a long time! Arrangements are by similar funky talents – like Waltel Branco, Paulo Moura, and Dom Salvador – and titles include "Uma Vida", "Eu Disse Amem", "Juizo Final", "Breve Loteria", "O Jornaleiro", "Me Libertei", "BR 3", and "Uma Cancao Pra Arla". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mary Lou Williams/Barbara CarrollLadies Of Jazz ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957. 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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VariousReturn Of Funk Soul Sisters Presented by SuperFunk – Super Rare, Slinky & Funky Female Funk ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
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. CD

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✨✧ Alain Goraguer/Andre Hodeir/Daniel Humair SoultetJazz In Paris – Jazz Et Cinema Vol 3 – Les Loups Dans La Bergerie/Les Tripes Au Soleil/The Connection ... CD
Universal (France), 1959/1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
3 rare French jazz soundtracks on one CD! First up is the music from the film Les Loups Dans La Bergerie, written by Serge Gainsbourg, and performed by Serge's arranger Alain Goraguer – in a hip modern mode that recalls some of the best soundtrack work by Barney Wilen, Miles Davis, and Art Blakey from the same period. Next up are 5 tracks from Les Tripes Au Soleil, written and performed by Andre Hodier – with a feel that's similar to that of Gourager's work, but perhaps a bit more modern. Hodier's tunes feature solos by Roger Guerin on trumpet and Pierre Gossez on alto, plus some performances by Christine Legrand. Last up are tracks from the Freddie Redd's score for The Connection – played by the Daniel Humair Soultet, a very cool group that features Humair on drums, Eddy Louiss on piano, Sonny Grey on trumpet, Jean-Louis Chautemps on tenor, and Rene Urtreger doing the arrangements. The work on the set's a wonderful variation on the American recording of the work – done by Redd and Jackie McLean – with a very different kind of energy that opens up the compositions nicely. Titles include "Wigglin", "Overdose", "Danse", "Le Desert", "Rhythm & Blues No 1", "Les Loups Dans La Bergerie", and "Cha Cha Cha Du Loup". CD

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✨✧ S'ExpressOriginal Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cherry Pop (UK), 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sound of Chicago house hits the mainstream – filtered through the initial wave of dancefloor energy that was percolating strongly on the UK scene during the late 80s summer of love! S'Express are definitely pop, but their sound still borrows plenty of the best of Chicago and New Jersey from the time – the core house elements that pepper their music with lots of nice acid and Paradise elements, pushed towards a result that's more directed at a crossover audience. Yet from the perspective of all these many years later, we can hardly fault these guys their fame – and honestly, this first record sounds pretty darn great – loads better than all the American crossover club/pop projects that would soon follow a year or two after this set! Titles include "Superfly Guy", "Can You Feel Me", "Hey Music Lover", "Pimps Pushers & Prostitutes", "Coma II", "Special & Golden (parts 1 & 2)", and "Theme From S Express". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Theme From S Express (12" mix)", "Hey Music Lover (Miller mash glass smash mix)", "Superfly Guy (fluffy bagel mix)", and "The Trip (microdot house 12" mix)". CD

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ VariousLet's Copp A Groove – Lost UK Soul 1968-1972 ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hip British soul from the end of the 60s – surprisingly great tracks recorded at a time when the London scene was getting a lot deeper and more soulful, able to forge a whole new voice of its own! The sound here is quite different from American soul of the time – with more rock and reggae influences running through the grooves, and a much more consciously pan-racial approach that makes for some really striking moments. Packaged with a great set of notes, and featuring 27 tracks that include "Goodwill To All Mankind" and "African Velvet" by Black Velvet, "So Far Away" and "Lean On Me" by root & Jenny Jackson, "Yes I Do" by Ram John Holder, "A Little Love" by Eldridge Devlin, "Let's Copp A Groove" by Bobby Wells, "Do You Need My Love" by The Showstoppers, "Turn On A Heatwave" by Sugar Simone, "You Won't See My Leaving" by Cinnamon, "Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys" by Tony Morgan & The Mussel Power Band, "Come See About Me" by Jeannie Dee, and "First In Line" by Joyce Bond. CD

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✨✧ VariousBombay Connection – Funk From The Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Bombay Connection (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The incredible first volume in one of the best series we've ever seen for Bollywood film music – served up not only with great rare tracks throughout, but also a wealth of notes and images as well! As the title implies, this one's all about the funk – and tracks are pulled from a great range of Bollywood action thrillers – with grooves that mix together American cop and crime rhythms with a fair bit of Indian instrumentation on sitar and tabla! The grooves are great, and despite the later dates of the music – 1977 to 1984 – the sound here is most strongly in an early 70s mode, with plenty of gritty funk and hard-edged instrumentation – and none of the cheesier modes that were showing up in American scores by the end of the 70s. The whole thing's essential listening – and is one of the first compilations like this to really expose full details on the music and the movies in which it was featured. Titles include "Anjane Mein" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Bond 303" by RD Burman, "Habari" Sapan Jagmohan, "Kashish" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Chhailla Babu" by Charanjit Singh, "Heeron Ka Chor" by Sonik-Omi, "Dil Aur Deewaar" by Laxmikant Pyarelal, "Siskeyan" by Sapan-Jagmohan, "Salaam Memsaab" by RD Burman, and "Toote Khilone" by Bappi Lahiri. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousDesperate Man Blues – Discovering The Roots Of American Music ... CD
Dust To Digital, 1920s/1930s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant and almost unbelievably sharp-sounding set of rural recordings from the first half of the previous century – blues, folk, gospel, and hillbilly tunes by Robert Johnson, Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Clarence Ashley, Billy Blanks, Blind Willie Johnson & more – serving as a soundtrack to the Desparate Man Blues documentary! The film chronicles life mission of longtime cultural preservationist and offbeat record collector Joe Bussard – who dedicated a half century of his life to cementing the stature of American music tradition. 19 tracks in all: "We Live A Long Time To Get Old" by Jimmy Murphy, "Cross Road Blues" by Robert Johnson, "Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy" by Uncle Dave Macon, "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, "I Won't Be Long" by Charley Patton, "Hard Time Blues" by Lane Hardy, "John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man" by The Carter Family, "Mandolin Blues" by Tennessee Messarounders, "Dark Was The Light – Cold Was The Mountain" by Blind Willie Johnson and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 2 – Europe – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The European Underground 1960 to 1978 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The sound of spiritual jazz from the European underground of the 60s and 70s – a really rich music-making scene that's every bit as impressive as the one going on in the US – as you'll hear from this amazing set of tracks! As with the first volume in the series, the collection is filled with modal jazz and other groovers – mostly long tracks that really stretch out, yet still always have a tight sense of rhythm – one that makes the music completely infectious right from the start! It might be tempting to think of European jazz of this sort as kind of a copy of a US mode – but instead, it really happened simultaneously – as younger players were really pushing past the styles of previous years – and drawing not only on American jazz for inspiration, but also a range of different post-colonial modes particular to the European scene – bits of African, Latin, Brazilian, and other styles that really helped influence their approach. And in a way, it might even be said that the Europeans of the 60s had a much looser approach to rhythm, one that really allowed for experiments like these – and which, in turn, went back to have an influence on the American side as well. Titles include "Temple Dancer" by Michael Garrick, "Communion" by Erich Kleinschuster, "Archangelo" by Raphael, "Africa Freakout" by Barney Wilen, "Corrida" by Nicolai Gromin, "Duke & Trane" by Hiekki Sarmanto, "Nana Imboro" by Wroblewski Jazz Quintet, "Las Morillas De Jaen" by Pedro Iturralde, "Bosnia Calling" by Dusko Goykovich, and "Candy Clouds (part 2)" by Hans Dulfer & Ritmo Natural. CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonOne Flight Up (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jutta HippJutta Hipp At The Hickory House – Vol 1 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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Art Simmons/Ronnel BrightJazz In Paris – Piano Aux Champs Elysees ... CD
Universal (France), 1956/1958. Used ... $4.99
A tasty batch of piano jazz from the left bank scene of the 50s – featuring the reissue of 2 albums cut by Americans in Paris! The first 7 tracks feature Art Simmons on the keys – working in a quartet with Terry Donoghue on guitar, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums, on tracks that include "Art's Blues", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "My Funny Valentine", and "Hommage To Neal Hefti". The last 8 tracks feature Ronnel Bright working with Richard Davis and Art Morgan – originally issued as a rare Polygram LP, with tracks that include "Johnnie Pate's Blues", "Sail Em", "Doxology", "Chasing Sarah", and "R&R Groove". CD

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