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Big FourOriginal Big Four ... CD
King (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $16.99
Great work from a group who definitely earn their name – as the quartet was one of the biggest and best groups in the Japanese jazz scene at the time! The lineup features brilliant tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto – a player who's young here, starting a decades-long run in jazz, but already one of the best reed voices of his scene – wonderfully sharp, with this crisp tone that embraces modern elements of the American alto scene, yet which also comes across with a deep sense of soul as well! The gorup also features tight drums from George Kawaguchi, whose punch really makes things swing – as well as piano from Hachidai Nakamura and bass from Goh Ueda – both nicely swinging rhythm players too. Titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Yesterdays", "Blues In The Closet", "The Carioca", and "Just One Of Those Things". CD
Also available Original Big Four ... CD 9.99

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Big FourOriginal Big Four ... CD
King (Japan), 1959. Used ... $9.99
Great work from a group who definitely earn their name – as the quartet was one of the biggest and best groups in the Japanese jazz scene at the time! The lineup features brilliant tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto – a player who's young here, starting a decades-long run in jazz, but already one of the best reed voices of his scene – wonderfully sharp, with this crisp tone that embraces modern elements of the American alto scene, yet which also comes across with a deep sense of soul as well! The gorup also features tight drums from George Kawaguchi, whose punch really makes things swing – as well as piano from Hachidai Nakamura and bass from Goh Ueda – both nicely swinging rhythm players too. Titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Yesterdays", "Blues In The Closet", "The Carioca", and "Just One Of Those Things". CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Original Big Four ... CD 16.99

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Rocky ColeSmooth & Rocky – Rocky Cole Plays & Sings With The Al Cohn Orchestra ... LP
Roulette, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A cool kind of set – of the sort that you'd probably only find on the Roulette label! Rocky Cole's both a singer and a pianist – surprisingly soulful and fluid as the latter, and nicely raspy and personal as the former – a nice change from the usual, and a perfect example of the kind of talent that flourished strongly in the postwar years, but never got its due many decades later. Rocky's got a cool sort of confidence that's great – and which places him in the territory of other vocalists like Frankie Randall or Steve Allen, although he sounds unlike either – maybe a bit more in the territory of Chico Randall, who also did a sings/plays session like this for Roulette. Backings are by the orchestra of Al Cohn, and Al clearly solos a bit on the set – but also works in a "four brothers" group with Zoot Sims and Frank Sokolow on other tenors, and Steve Pearlow on baritone. Titles include "Will You Still Be Mine", "Little Girl", "I Can't Get Started", "The Late Late Show", "Caravan", "Let's Do It", and "C'Est La Vie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original multi-colored label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a small mark from an old sticker, and just a bit of seam splitting.)

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Gallow StreetGallow Street EP ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
A sweet mix of brass band styles, with a very contemporary touch – all played live in the studio, with an approach that's a bit like the Hypnotic Brass Band! Like those guys, Gallow Street reach for an older tradition, but bring it strongly into the 21st Century with inventive rhythms, unusual inflections on the horns, and an overall delivery that's as urgent as it is exotic – a really unusual flavor that graces the four instrumental tunes on the EP – "Rhino", "Mountain Smoke", "Blue Monday", and "Hudmo Medley". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Small FacesThere Are But Four Small Faces ... LP
Immediate, Late 60s. Good+ ... $11.99
A transitional, though completely incredible Small Faces record for Immediate – with some of the greatest Brit rock ever recorded! The album's amazing right from the very first note – a perfect bridge between the ongoing mod energy of the London scene, and the psychedelic sounds in years to come – served up with a tight, compact, focused approach that still blows away most of the many groups it helped inspire! The group would dive into a heady psychedelic groove about a year later with incredible success on Ogden's Nut Gone Flake – but here, the group is still riding on the walloping soul and R&B influences on this record – driving and tuneful, with some hints at the strange sounds to come in the freewheeling organ and occasional odd instrumentation. Released as Small Faces in the UK with an alternate title, cover and tracklist, but this US version shares a number of the greatest tracks and includes a few others that are just as essential – with "Itchycoo Park", "Talk To You", "My May Of Giving", "I'm Only Dreaming", "Get Yourself Together", "Green Circles", "(Tell Me) Have You Seen Me" and more LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover is in shrink, with a "Featuring" sticker and a name in marker at the opening.)
Also available There Are But Four Small Faces (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Small FacesThere Are But Four Small Faces (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Immediate/Snapper (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... $14.99 15.99
A transitional, though completely incredible Small Faces record for Immediate – with some of the greatest Brit rock ever recorded! The album's amazing right from the very first note – a perfect bridge between the ongoing mod energy of the London scene, and the psychedelic sounds in years to come – served up with a tight, compact, focused approach that still blows away most of the many groups it helped inspire! The group would dive into a heady psychedelic groove about a year later with incredible success on Ogden's Nut Gone Flake – but here, the group is still riding on the walloping soul and R&B influences on this record – driving and tuneful, with some hints at the strange sounds to come in the freewheeling organ and occasional odd instrumentation. Released as Small Faces in the UK with an alternate title, cover and tracklist, but this US version shares a number of the greatest tracks and includes a few others that are just as essential – with "Itchycoo Park", "Talk To You", "My May Of Giving", "I'm Only Dreaming", "Get Yourself Together", "Green Circles", "(Tell Me) Have You Seen Me" and more. 2CD 40th Anniversary edition includes the original stereo version, plus the complete album in mono (originally promo only), plus 7 bonus mixes. CD
(Beautifully packaged, too!)
Also available There Are But Four Small Faces ... LP 11.99

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Small FacesFrench EPs (5 x 7" box set) (2015 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Decca/Universal (Italy), Mid 60s. New Copy 5 x 7" box set ... Just Sold Out!
A stunning package of work from the young Small Faces – a special limited set that brings together their five 7" EP releases from France – all with original cover art, and in a nice heavy box! Each record features four tracks, and some even have titles that are different variations on album releases – and the group here are at their young, mod best – really shining on titles that include "Grow Your Own", "My Mind's Eye", "You Need Loving", "Just Passing", "You Better Believe It", "Don't Stop What You're Doing (alt)", "Come On Children (French EP version)", "All Or Nothing", "Hey Girl", and "Almost Grown". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Joe Gilman Trio with Joe HendersonTreasure Chest ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Gilman's a hell of a pianist, and one who already sets the album on fire working with his core trio – but things take off even more once the mighty tenor of Joe Henderson comes into the mix! Gilman's group features Robert Hurst and Jeff Tain Watts on drums – both as ably rhythmic as Joe himself, and able to follow all his bold leaps and flights on the keyboard – and Henderson's presence graces four of the album's ten tracks, with this soulful current that really deepens the sound – although the whole thing was already great enough in the first place! Tom Peron also plays trumpet on one number that features Henderson – and Gilman also plays a bit of electric piano at points. Titles include "Non Compos Mentis", "Juris Prudence", "Nefertiti", "The Enchantress", "Treasure Chest", and "New Aftershave". CD

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✨✧ Humble PiePerformance – Rockin The Fillmore ... LP
A&M, 1971. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most hard-hitting work ever recorded by Humble Pie – and that's saying a lot, given the power of the group on other albums! The performance is very unbridled – really open-ended, at a level that showcases not just the mindbending early guitar talents of Peter Frampton (something you'd never guess if you only knew his hits), but also the raw power that Steve Marriott could unleash in the group – quite a change from his work with the Small Faces. The tunes include a number of non-Humble Pie tracks, given a raw bluesy workout on extended versions – and titles include "Four Day Creep", "Stone Cold Fever", "I'm Ready", "Rollin Stone", and "I Walk On Gilded Splinters". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has spot of sticker residue & some light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousIn The Beginning There Was Rhythm – The Rise Of Dance Music After Punk ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The resurgence of one of the most groundbreaking periods in recent groove history – the almost-forgotten post-punk years in England, a time of incredible musical convergence! In the heady days of the early 80s – a time when much music was being lost under a gloss of big hair, tinny keyboards, and wispy vocals – a small underground of British musicians were bringing together bits of funk, punk, disco, reggae, and 70s electronica – crafting dark and funky little tunes the likes of which we've barely heard since! A number of these groups went onto do much larger (and weaker) recordings – but this package brilliantly documents the edgy brilliance at the beginning of the post punk years: a nihilistic horizon on the other end of punk – no longer angry, caustic, and shouting, on one hand with the wind knocked out of its apparent sails, on the other, slowly fomenting in secret places, coming up with music far more powerful than punk ever was. And for some strange reason, much of it was pretty darn funky – thanks to a heavy use of simple electric bass, scattershot (sometimes primitive) drum parts, and nice electronic touches, almost in an inverse to American electro. The music more than speaks for itself – and the set's as classic a batch of tunes from the time as we'd ever heard. Titles include "Shack Up" and "Knife Slits Water" by A Certain Ratio, "In The Beginning There Was Rhythm" by The Slits, "20 Jazz Funk Greats" by Throbbing Gristle, "Vegas El Bandito" and "Coup" by 23 Skidoo, "She Is Beyond Good & Evil" by The Pop Group, "Being Boiled" by The Human League, "To Hell With Poverty" by Gang Of Four, and "24 Track Loop" by This Heat. CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and book.)

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✨✧ Luiz BonfaIntrospection/The New Face Of Luiz Bonfa ... CD
RCA/Five Four, 1970/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great guitar from Luiz Bonfa – two albums that have the bossa legend moving way past his roots! Introspection has Bonfa recording in New York – a superb solo guitar session that has him playing the instrument as a "miniature orchestra", shading in a rich array of colors, tones, and harmonic spaces through his expert manipulation of the strings. There's still a bit of his earlier bossa phrasing in the record – but it mostly shows Bonfa as a richly talented individual on his instrument, moving past simple instrumental modes into virtuoso territory! Titles include "Adventure In Space", "Reflections", "Enchanted Mirror", "Concerto For Guitar", and "Rain". New Face Of Luiz Bonfa is a wickedly wonderful record from Luiz Bonfa – one that has his bossa-inflected guitar style supported by larger arrangements by Marty Manning. The feel is kind of bossa meets 60s easy meets early CTI – as Manning's work reminds us a lot of the larger orchestrations penned by Don Sebesky or Claus Ogerman at the end of the 60s, a perfect foil for the tighter guitar work of Bonfa – making the album one of the best showcases of his style from the time! Tracks include "Helicopter 274", "Window Girl", "Peixe Bom", "Salvador", and "Africana" – and the record sounds like a lost 70s Italian soundtrack! CD

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✨✧ LighthouseSuite Feeling (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Beatball (Korea), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great title for this one – given that the album's got a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but fused together even more perfectly – but with a leanness that's a good contrast to some of the more overblown groups of the same generation! There's just the right balance here to allow some standout solos – on horns, natch, but also some sweet Hammond too – and a young Howard Shore is also in the group on alto sax, and handled some of the arrangments for the record. Titles inlcude a great version of "A Day In The Life" – plus originals "Taking A Walk", "Could You Be Concerned", "Chest Fever", "Feel So Good", "Places On Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces", and "What Sense". CD

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✨✧ VariousTraces Three ... LP
Recollection GRM (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Lost work from the legendary GRM archives of electronic music – a selection of four shorter pieces that otherwise would have been lost to the shifting sands of time! Charles Clapaud delivers "Ruptures" at the start – a work that's filled with lots of short, sharp bursts of electronic sound – over deeper, darker, more continuous tones – at a level that's almost more tuneful than you'd guess from the title! "Hypnos" is part of a larger piece by Janez Maticic – and overall has a very spare, subtle feel – as electronic sounds and shapes bubble up from the bottom, make a brief appearance, and bubble back down. "Moulin Diabolique" is the longest piece in the set – created by Eugeniusz Rudnick with a mix of processed vocal sounds, which really give the feel of the title! Servio Tulio Marin is perhaps the most striking here – with lots of strong, almost noisy electronic textures on "Impresiones Fugitivas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Full notes, and a beautiful package as always from this great series!)
 
 
 



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