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Luiz BonfaIntrospection/The New Face Of Luiz Bonfa ... CD CD format
RCA/Five Four, 1970/1971. New Copy ... $8.99
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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Gallow StreetGallow Street EP ... LP LP format
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
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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LighthouseSuite Feeling ... LP LP format
RCA, 1969. Very Good ... $5.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, a light scratch, a cut corner, and partial seam splitting.)
Also available Suite Feeling (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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LighthouseSuite Feeling (LP sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
RCA/Beatball (Korea), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99
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
Also available Suite Feeling ... LP 5.99

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Billy TaylorBilly Taylor With Four Flutes ... LP LP format
Riverside, 1959. Very Good- ... $13.99
A great change of pace for Billy Taylor – and one of the most striking sessions he made in the 50s! As you'll guess from the title, the record features Taylor's piano along with four flutes – played by Frank Wess, Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson, and Phil Bodner – working here both in group formation, and in solo mode – fluttering nicely with a cool jazzy sound that really prefaces lots of use of the instrument in the 60s! Another added bonus on the record is added congas from Chano Pozo on most tracks, making for a groovy Latinesque bounce. Titles include "Blue Shutters", "One For The Woofer", "The Song Is Ended", "Back Home", "No Parking", and "Lady Be Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing with the microphone logo and deep groove.)

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VariousTraces Three ... LP LP format
Recollection GRM (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
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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New Humble PiePerformance – Rockin The Fillmore ... LP LP format
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 moderate wear and splitting.)

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New Small FacesThere Are But Four Small Faces ... LP LP format
Immediate, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 has a half split top seam and some faded marker on front.)

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New Big FourOriginal Big Four ... CD CD format
King (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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New Dennis DragonWinter Equinox ... LP LP format
Festival, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of a few pretty great ski movie soundtracks done by composer Dennis Dragon in the 70s – penned for a small genre of films that were sort of a takeoff on the surf films of the 60s! Some of these films have a real 70s daredevil sort of feel – exploitation trashy in all the right places – and the best numbers on this set are like Dragon's other work of the period, kind of a mix of disco scoring and cop show themes, in a mode that must have gone down well with the glitzy crowd in Aspen and Vail. Oddly, though, many other numbers have a rootsy, almost countrified feel – with rednecky guitar or violin set in larger arrangements. There's still a few nice slick funk soundtrack tunes to make this one worth seeking out though – and titles include "Powder Buff", "Powder Burn", "Snow Dance", and "Snow Nose". (Cocaine references anyone?) LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track four.)

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New Small FacesThere Are But Four Small Faces (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Immediate/Snapper (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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!)

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New VariousLove, Peace & Poetry – Japanese Psychedelic Music ... LP LP format
QDK (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A special version of this all-great series – and one that focuses on the huge wave of psych coming from Japan at the end of the 60s! The Japanese scene really took their psychedelic music seriously, and it wasn't just an easy gimmick at the time – as you can tell from all the weird psych traces that were also hitting the Japanese jazz, easy, and soundtrack records during the period! Yet this stuff is the real deal – the core energy of the scene, with contributions from some really wonderful groups – almost none of whom we'd heard before the folks at QDK turned us onto their music. The package is filled with fuzzy treasures – and titles include "Kirikyogen" by Kuni Kawachi & Friends, "Asamade Matenai" by The Mops, "Koishite Aishite" by Beavers, "I Want You" by Happenings Four, "Keep It Cool" by Speed Glue & Shinki, "The Lost Mother Land" by Apryl Fool, and "Brane Baster" by Blues Creation. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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