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✨✧ Billie HolidayFirst Issue – The Great American Songbook ... CD
Verve, 1950s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
34 tracks in all – classic recordings of material by George Gerswhin, Irvin Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and others! CD
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PP ArnoldFirst Lady Of Immediate (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Immediate/JVC (Japan), 1967. Used ... $39.99
A really beautiful debut from PP Arnold – the American soul singer who first really made her mark in England, thanks to some key support from The Rolling Stones and other 60s rockers! Despite the British nature of this record – and despite the fact that production is by Mick Jagger, Andrew Loog Oldham, and others – the sound here is almost in the best US soul mode of the 60s, with full arrangements and sweeping strings that remind us of some of the strongest New York uptown soul of the mid 60s! Titles include "If You Think You're Groovy", "Born To Be Together", "The First Cut Is The Deepest", "Something Beautiful Happened", "Life Is But Nothing", "Speak To Me", and "Would You Believe". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – including a version of "Come Home Baby" sung as a duet with Rod Stewart! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandComplete Live Recordings At Ronnie Scott's – Volcano/Rue Chaptal ... CD
MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. Used ... $8.99
A large group in a small club – the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, playing at the home turf of one of their key members – tenorist Ronnie Scott! The set features a very legendary performance by the ensemble – a crack lineup that's easily one of the best ever sported by the CBBB – perfectly mixing American rhythms, and a trans-Atlantic lineup of soloists – all tied together with just the sort of rich arrangements that make the group so great! Things groove right from the get-go – thanks to a rhythm lineup that features Kenny Clarke on drums, and Francy Boland on piano – plus bassist Ron Matthewson, sitting in for the usual Jimmy Woode. The horn players really send things off, though – tight trumpets from Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, and Dusko Goykovich; bold trombones from Ake Persson and Nat Peck; and some searing reed lines from Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott on tenor, Derek Humble on alto, Sahib Shihab on baritone, and Tony Coe on both tenor and clarinet. This CD features both the first and second sets at Scotts by the group – albums titled Volcano and Rue Chaptal – with titles that include "Volcano", "Griff's Groove", "Now Hear My Meanin", "Box 703 Washington DC", "Thence We Issued Out Again to See the Stars", "Rue Chaptal", "I Don't Want Nothin From Nobody & I Ain't Giving Nothin Away", "Sax No End", "Minor Blues", and "The Girl & The Turk". CD

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Aretha FranklinRunnin' Out Of Fools/Yeah ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1964/1965. Used ... $19.99
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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Serge GainsbourgGainsbourg Percussions (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1964. Used ... $6.99
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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Michael Garrick with Joe Harriott & Shake KeanePoetry & Jazz In Concert 1 & 2/Before Night Day ... CD
Argo/Vocalion (UK), 1964/1966. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A seminal session of modern jazz and poetry – very similar to American experiments of the type from the 1950s, but recorded in mid 60s London with a group that includes pianist Michael Garrick, trumpeter Shake Keane, and alto saxophonist Joe Harriott! The double-length recording features both instrumental jazz and recitations by poets Adrian Mitchell, Dannie Abse, and Jeremy Robson – all presenting their own work, sometimes with musical backing from the Garrick group, sometimes without. The albums are almost worth it alone for the instrumental tracks by the Garrick Quintet – "Salvation March", "Vishnu", "Wedding Hymn", and "She's Like A Swallow" – all of which have the same dynamic changes and modern edges of Garrick's best work on other Argo albums of the time. But the poetic work is pretty good too – especially on the few sections that feature jazz backing, used in a way that draws from some of the beat-era albums from the US. Poetic titles include "Odd", "Pals", "First Love", "Stork In Jerez", "Apples", "The Long War", "SOS The Poets", and "A Face In The Crowd". CD also features bonus material from the Before Night/Day EP – 6 more tracks with readings by poet Jeremy Robson – with backing by a Garrick group with Joe Harriott on alto and Ian Carr on trumpet. CD
(Out of print.)

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David JohansenIn Style ... CD
Blue Sky/American Beat, 1979. Used ... $16.99
David Johansen's second post-New York Dolls solo record – and the first one where he really sheds the feral rock vibe – but with Mick Ronson on board as co-producer, it's still got plenty of pomp! David would go on to take many creative detours – but in this first real stretch, he's bringing in some Motown influences – with some R&B backing vocals here and there, along with ome sax, piano and other smoothed out touches. That said, it's not that huge of a jump – with some ruggedness and grit reminiscent of his earlier work –and it's got a bunch of really good songs. Titles include "Melody", "She", "Big City", "She Knew She Was Falling In Love", "Swaheto Woman", "Wreckless Crazy", "Flamingo Road" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hans KollerExclusiv ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1959/1963. Used ... $18.99
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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Giorgio MoroderFrom Here To Eternity ... CD
Oasis/Repertoire, 1977. Used ... $5.99
A classic from the electro maestro – arguably the greatest American album from Giorgio Moroder! The set's got a great mix of disco and electronics that was years ahead of its time – and is surprisingly fresh and edgey, despite Moroder's fame over the years. Electronics are really at the core of all the tunes – bubbling, dipping, crackling around the groove – with only slight additional disco touches – and an overall sound that leans much more closely towards Kraftwerk than it does other work on the Casablanca label at the time. And we're really not fooling about this one – because it's got a raw electro vibe that still holds up beautifully, and which is more and more of a delight the farther we get from the 70s. Titles include "From Here To Eternity", "Lost Angeles", "Faster Than The Speed Of Love", "First Hand Experience In Second Hand Love", "I'm Left You're Right She's Gone", and "Too Hot To Handle". CD

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Yuji OhnoMy Little Angel ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1971. Used ... $9.99
A pivotal album in the development of the Japanese piano trio sound of the 70s – one that links together an older mode of expression with some of the newer freedoms on the scene! Yuji Ohno grabs us here from the very first note with a bold voice on the keys – one that's got some echoes of 60s American players, but which soon takes off in a more spacious, more fluid style that's every bit the best legacy that Japanese players grew from the influence of Bill Evans. The trio here is often nicely rhythmic – with pulsating bass from Yoshio Ikeda and drums that snap then stop when needed from Kazuyoshi Okayama. Titles include the beautiful original numbers "My Little Angel" and "Mr Happy-Gon" – both tunes that should have become standards – plus versions of "A Boy On A Dolphin", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Alone Togther", and "My Foolish Heart". CD
(Includes obi. Out of print.)

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Savath & SavalasLa Llama ... CD
Stones Throw, 2009. Used ... $0.99
The best work yet from Guillermo Scott Herren's most organic venue in his ever expanding world of aural mood mastery – the early 70s South American folk psychedelia inspired trio Savath & Savalas – the group's first album for Stones Throw! Eva Puyuelo Muns brings hushed, lovely vocals, sometimes harmonizing with male voices, and Herren's textured atmosphere blends post Tropicalia Brazilian psych folk influences with ambient experimentalism incredibly well! The group pinpoints the early 70s sounds that were happening in Brazil, specifically in Recife, Brazil, but we're hearing some pretty spacey stuff from the electronic experimentalist realms in the sound, too (up to and including Guillermo's work as Prefuse 73) – and it's pretty amazing that Herren, Muns and Roberto Carlos Lange are crafting grooves in a coherent way with such disparate influences. Titles include "La Llama", "Carajuillo", "Una Cura", "La Loba", "Barceloneta", Postlude", "No Despierta", "Adeu" and more. CD

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Walter WanderleyFestas Dancantes Vol 1 (Eu Voce/Feito Sob Medida/Successos Dancantes Em Ritmo De Romance/O Successo E Samba) (4CD set) ... CD
Odeon/Discobertas (Brazil), 1959/1960. Used 4 CDs ... $39.99
Amazing work from a key force in jazz organ – not Jimmy Smith, not Jack McDuff, but Brazilian musician Walter Wanderley! Not long after American artists first started hitting the Hammond for groovy sounds in the 50s, Wanderley picked up the instrument down in Brazil – and fused a jazz organ approach with lots of lively samba rhythms – to created a style that went onto become the stuff of legend, thanks to later crossover classics on Verve! The sounds here are those from Walter's roots – four albums recorded for EMI/Odeon at the start of the 60s – most of which we've never even seen in the original – which makes this reissue package even more essential! Many tracks were recorded in the early bossa nova years, and there's definitely a bossa jazz vibe to most numbers here – especially given the tight percussion, and Wanderley's great way with an easygoing groove. 4CD package features rare albums Eu Voce E Walter Wanderley (1959), Feito Sob Medida (1959), Successos Dancantes Em Ritmo De Romance (1960), and Sucesso E Samba (1960) – all totally great all the way through, with original cover art too! (Note that there are some offbeat sound passages – mostly flaws in the original tapes that create occasional distortion at short points – which haven't been corrected by the remastering. But the set is fully licensed and legitimate.) CD
(Slipcover has a slight crease.)

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✨✧ Harry MoscoFor You Specially ... CD
Secret Stash, 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick things off right from the start, and produced with this nicely compressed vibe that keeps things tight, but never in a commercial way at all. Vocals, guitar, and keyboard are all layered together in this really wonderful way – and given a sweet kick by sharp work on drums, plus guest congas from Candido too. There's a real pan-global vibe to the record – a mode that's only partly African, and which also seems to borrow heavily from American, Brazilian, and Caribbean funk styles too. The leadoff track is a bit slow, but the rest of the record really sets things on fire very strongly – and titles include "Usassa Funk", "Consolation", "Ada Aku", "It Ain't Easy", and "Sweet Loving Girl". CD

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✨✧ Luciana SouzaNew Bossa Nova ... CD
Verve, 2007. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Lovely modern bossa and lightly jazzy takes on the works of some the great American songwriters of the past several decades – including Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen – plus a surprising (and rewarding) choice in Elliott Smith. This is the first record we've heard from Luciana singing exclusively in English – also her debut for Verve – and it's a sweet one! Her vocals sail effortlessly over bed of bossa guitar and cavaquino, vibes, drums and percussion, piano, sax and keys. Titles include Joni Mitchell's "Down To You", Leonard Cohen's "Here It Is", Elliott Smith's "Satellite", Steely Dan's "Were You Blind That Day" and "Love Is For Strangers", Randy Newman's "Living Without You", Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows", "Never Die Young" with James Taylor and more. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ AirtoFingers (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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!)

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✨✧ Buddy Banks & Bobby JasparJazz In Paris – Jazz de Chambre ... CD
Universal (France), 1954/1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gato BarbieriLatino America ... CD
Impulse, Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic 2 CD set compiling the tracks from Gato's first two LPs for Impulse, plus 5 previously unreleased tracks, and full length versions of tracks that were edited on the original albums. In case you don't know this stuff, it's amazing. Gato went down to Argentina to record the stuff, and it's an insane mix of nuevo tango, South American percussion, and Gato's wonderful reed work – which at this point has a hard edge with a lot of soul, and sounds a lot like Pharoah Sanders. Excellent stuff throughout, with a great booklet that tells the full story of the amazing sessions, and which really opens up the music. One of our fave reissues from Impulse! With the tracks "India", "Gato Gato", "To Be Continued", "Encontros", and "Encuentros". CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode, digipack has a promotional sticker.)

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✨✧ Basso Valdambrini SextetSestetto Basso Valdambrini – The Best Modern Jazz In Italy 1962 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early 60s – a fresh, modern group who could still play with plenty of soul – avoiding some of the cool jazz traps of other European combos, and really hitting hard with solo work that matched the best American work of the time. The sound here is really incredible – tunes that bristle with electricity from the very first note, played with a cohesiveness that makes the record far more than just a happy accident in the studio! Titles include the originals "Coltrane Style" and "Monotonia", plus versions of Jackie McLean's "Dr Jackle", Junior Mance's "Jubilation", and Benny Golson's "Are You Real". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Charlie ByrdBossa Nova Pelos Passaros (20 bit master) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Guitarist Charlie Byrd was one of the first American players to record bossa nova tunes – but although his work with Stan Getz has always been well-documented, some of the titles under his own name can be quite hard to come by. This is one of the best ones that Charlie cut on his own – and it features tight guitar work in a mode that's similar to that used by Baden Powell on his early bossa recordings, augmented by trio rhythms – plus some occasional larger backings by Walter Raim, and some extended group settings that feature Charlie Hampton on alto, Earl Swope on trombone, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. Tracks include "Ho Ba La La", "Samba Triste", "Yvone", "O Barquinho", "Un Abraco Do Bonfa", and "O Passaro". CD features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonOne Flight Up (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Lars GullinFine Together – The Artistry Of Lars Gullin – Recordings 1957 to 1958 ... CD
Sonet (Sweden), 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)
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VariousFrank Fairfield's Pawn Records Presents – Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts ... CD
Pawn/Tompkins Square, 1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
A great collection of wonderful gramophone recordings from as early as 1916 up to the first half of the 60s – all from the 78s collection of Frank Fairfield – a folk guitarist profoundly influenced by such amazing old crackling records! It's music from all over the world, with a much farther reach than Americana – with recordings from around the US, Japan, Scotland and other points global. Excellent! 16 in all: "Poor Convict Blues" buy Slim Barton & James Moore, "Cambells Are Coming" by Tommy Dandurand & Ed Goodreau, "Makwatu" by Kakapti, "The Pool Of Siloam" by Rev. Frank Cotton, "Ama Ama" by Tautu Archer, "Kongshoung Niaoyu" by Professor Liu Tianhua. CD
(Barcode has a sticker.)

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