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✨✧ Shirley HornShirley Horn Live At The Four Queens ... CD
Resonance, 1988. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Unissued live work from the great Shirley Horn – recorded in Las Vegas right before her big comeback recordings of the 90s – at a time when Shirley was hardly getting a chance to make an album! That lack of attention hardly matters to Horn, though – as she faces this performance with all of the class, charm, and undeniable soul of her bigger label material – both singing and playing piano with that unique sense of phrasing that made her a standout from the 60s onward – easily one of the coolest jazz talents of her generation – and an artist that we'd rank up there with Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and a rare few others. The album's got a few especially nice long tracks – which have Shirley stretching out with great long solos on piano, too – in a trio that features Charles Ables on bass and Steve Williams on drums. Titles include "Meditation", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Hi Fly", "Just For A Thrill", "Blues For Big Scotia", "Lover Man", and "Isn't It Romantic". CD

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William S BurroughsTicket That Exploded ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $5.99 12.00
60s brilliance from William S Burroughs – not only a key book in the development of his cut-up writing technique, but also a hell of a rollicking read from start to finish! As you'd guess from the cut-up, the writing is a bit fragmented – but that also serves to really abstract the sci fi narrative of the story, and maybe open things up with some great wit in unexpected places! This book may be one of the tightest realizations of Burroughs' early vision – and it's certainly one of our favorites. 168 pages, softcover. Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 4 – 1984-1985 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
The incredible fourth book in the Hip Hop Family Tree series – artist Ed Piskor's madly brilliant, super fun take on hip hop history, in the style of classic comic books – and the wild styles and huge personalities of '84 & '85 provide the most fertile material of the series to date! It was a pretty amazing couple years in the rap history, storytelling idioms aside. Hip hop culture was busting out of the confines of the inner cities and making its way into the hearts and minds of kids in the country and cornfields of America – all over the world, actually – spreading like wildfire thanks to radio, TV and movies. Piskor's comic panel adventures of the real life characters behind it is wonderful, and a lot of fun – looking at the rise of Def Jam, Dr. Dre laying the pre-NWA foundation, the Hollywood rapsploitation flicks Breakin', Beat Street and Krush Groove, introductions to heroes and heroines Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa (the worthy cover faces), Biz Markie and so many more! It's all the fresher in the oversized format, too, with 112 pages in all. Book

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✨✧ VariousPraise Poems 4 – A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky folk, jazzy soul, and lots more righteous sounds from the 70s – all served up here in a massive fourth volume of this wonderful series! Praise Poems virtually defines a genre unto itself – music that's between spaces, scenes, and styles – and which borrows from the best around the edges, then makes something rich and new in the process – as you'll hear from the assortment of ultra-rare cuts on the set! This is music we never would have discovered otherwise – and we dig through a lot of obscure indie records from the 70s – and the way the tunes work together is perfect, and really presents a color-blind approach to the new range of hip sounds that was bubbling in the underground in the years after the summer of love. And don't let the new age-styled cover put you off, because the music definitely has a bite – on titles that include "You Need Love" by The PTS, "Goodbye Rainbow" by Michael Dues, "He Is Gone" by Scott Williams, "Black Child" by Morris Dow & Eastern Sound, "Sittin High" by Joe Lee Wilson, "Swingin The Down Home Blues" by Tommy Palmer Trio, "Iceland Land Of The Micemen" by Nicodemus, "Bamboo & Rice" by Bill Osborn, "Muddy Water" by Arrie Mae Morton Trio, "Moon Child" by Scott Cunningham Band, and "Herby's Tune" by The Three Souls. CD

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✨✧ VariousPraise Poems 4 – A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky folk, jazzy soul, and lots more righteous sounds from the 70s – all served up here in a massive fourth volume of this wonderful series! Praise Poems virtually defines a genre unto itself – music that's between spaces, scenes, and styles – and which borrows from the best around the edges, then makes something rich and new in the process – as you'll hear from the assortment of ultra-rare cuts on the set! This is music we never would have discovered otherwise – and we dig through a lot of obscure indie records from the 70s – and the way the tunes work together is perfect, and really presents a color-blind approach to the new range of hip sounds that was bubbling in the underground in the years after the summer of love. And don't let the new age-styled cover put you off, because the music definitely has a bite – on titles that include "You Need Love" by The PTS, "Goodbye Rainbow" by Michael Dues, "He Is Gone" by Scott Williams, "Black Child" by Morris Dow & Eastern Sound, "Sittin High" by Joe Lee Wilson, "Swingin The Down Home Blues" by Tommy Palmer Trio, "Iceland Land Of The Micemen" by Nicodemus, "Bamboo & Rice" by Bill Osborn, "Muddy Water" by Arrie Mae Morton Trio, "Moon Child" by Scott Cunningham Band, and "Herby's Tune" by The Three Souls. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Andrew HillFaces Of Hope ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later solo work from Andrew Hill – an Italian session with four long tracks, and a fair bit of sensitive tones throughout! The record definitely has some of Hill's tentative qualities of the period – playing that almost makes you feel like he's rediscovering the keyboard of the piano with each new track – but there's also a subtle sort of warmth as well, especially at points when Andrew relaxes into an area he's been hovering around for a few measures – relaxing just a bit, and relishing the sound. Titles include "Rob It Mohe", "Ceora", "Bayside 1", and "Bayside 2". CD

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✨✧ Bixio-Frizzi-TemperaI Quattro Dell-Apocalisse/Sella D'Argento ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1975/1978. New Copy 2CD ... About December 15, 2016
A strange soundtrack to an even stranger-sounding film about some crazy drifters in the old west! The film's got lots of groovy guitar-based tracks with kind of a light spacey sound, and some weird hippieish vocals in the background – a lot more tripped out than you might expect for the usual sort of spaghetti western, and almost handled with an approach that's lime some of the hipper American work of the mainstream at the time. The music is performed by Cook & The Benjamin Franklin Group – clearly a small group with guitars and keyboards, recorded in a way that's not entirely rockish, but which has some great sunny harmony vocals on a few of the best tracks. There's almost a Warner/Reprise vibe to the record at times – and titles include "Slow Violence", "Movin On", "Chaco", "Stubby", "Bunny Love Song", and "On The Traces Of Chaco". A late entry into the Italian spaghetti western scene – and one of the few films of the genre directed by mostly-horror director Lucio Fulci! Fulci's working here with trio of composers Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera – who did such great work on the Four Horsemen soundtrack – as well as Canadian folk singer Ken Tobias, who sings in English on the title tune "Silver Saddle". The overall style is gentler and slightly more sentimental than the usual western score – penned with some complicated orchestrations from time to time, but usually an approach that features isolated guitar, harmonica, and percussion stepping out in western-styled themes. Titles include "A Cowboy & A Kid", "Silver Saddle", "Hot Lands", "In The Desert", "Two Friends", and "Cantina Guitar No 2". CD

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Dave Hoekstra, with Chaka Khan & Paul NatkinPeoples Place – Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
A totally wonderful little book – one that traces the relationship between culture, politics, and soul food during the Civil Rights era – a long legacy that continues to have strong local power all these many years later! The book is very lovingly done – rich in history, and filled with full color photographs, both contemporary and vintage – as author Dave Hoekstra surveys key soul food emporiums from cities that include Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, New York, Detroit, and Atlanta – with individual chapters on Ben's Chili Bowl, Sylvia's Restaurant, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Dooky Chase's, Sweetie Pie's, Africanne On Maine, Original Soul Vegetarian, New Bethel Baptist Church Kitchen, Ruby's Restaurant, Marvin, The Four Way, and many other storied sites – just our memory of which is enough to make our stomachs' rumble! Hoekstra brings the same care to the subject that he's used in his many years of newspaper work – and the book also features an introduction from Chaka Khan, new photos from Paul Natkin, and even a few recipes from the restaurants too. 224 pages, full color, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Julian's TreatmentTime Before This ... LP
Decca, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
Julian Jay Savarin's album from 1970 – Hammond drenched, lingering cosmic rock that spirals out into it's own astral realm! There's spacious, roomy and keyboard textured atmoshere, but plenty of walloping heaviness, too. The songs are billed as chapters and the record features at least two prophecies and an epilogue, if that gives you a clue about the strange places you're going to head into here with the British musician and author Savarin! Titles include "The Coming Of The Mule", "Phantom City", "The Black Tower", "Alda, Dark Lady Of The Outer Worlds", "Twin Suns Of Centauri", "Fourth Son", "Strange Things", "A Time Before This" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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KrystolGettin' Ready (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
An 80s girl group classic from Krystol – the debut album from this tight quartet who really seem to rise to the challenge of the album's polish! Production is quite tight – handled by Leon Sylvers III, and a few others, in that west coast Sylvers mode of the time – but the girls have a way of stepping out with their own sort of feeling – harmonizing, switching leads, and even trading lines that really give us a feel for the character of each member of the group – singers Tina Scott, Roberta Steiger, Karon Floyd, and Dee Marie Warren. There's definitely a vibe here that prefaces lots of other female group soul to come – and titles include "Obsession", "Same Place Same Time", "You're The One For Me", "Nobody's Gonna Get This Lovin But You", "You Ask Too Much", "Acrobat", "After The Dance Is Through", and "Information 411". CD features four bonus tracks – "After The Dance Is Through (vocal mix)", "After The Dance Is Through (inst)", "Nobody's Gonna Get This Lovin But You (special version)", and "Nobody's Gonna Get This Lovin But You (inst)". CD

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Thelonious Monk5 Original Albums (Plays Duke Ellington/Unique/Brilliant Corners/At The Blackhawk/In Italy) (5CD set) ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $24.99
5 classic albums by pianist Thelonious Monk – all brought together in a set that features the records in tiny LP-styled sleeves! On the first record, Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock their nascent modernism – the angular tones, lines, and complex ideas that were still present in the orchestra readings of the tunes, but which would show up even more strongly in Duke's smaller group dates of the 60s. Many numbers bear the familiar Monk imprint – complicated lines on the keys and sharp changes that really reignite the numbers – and rhythm here is from Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", and "Caravan". Unique Thelonious Monk is billed as "very personal treatments of great standards" – and it's a great twist on familiar material, all given the Thelonius touch! There's less of Monk's creative composition and angular group arrangements going on here – and instead, the album's almost a rewriting of 40 years of popular compositions, all taken into the modern world of Monk's piano. The group's a trio, with Oscar Pettiford on bass and Art Blakey on drums – and titles include nicely reworked versions of "Just You Just Me", "Memories Of You", "Liza", "Darn That Dream", and "Tea For Two". Brilliant Corners is a brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". At The Blackhawk is a stunning pre-Columbia session from Thelonious Monk – a really great live date that has Monk's familiar quartet augmented by west coast players Joe Gordon on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor! Given that Charlie Rouse is already in the group on tenor, the addition of Land's horn makes for a very soulful set – and Gordon's one of those players we love whenever we get a chance to hear him on record, which isn't that often, given how few sessions he cut! Other players include John Ore on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Four In One", "Let's Call This", and "Worry Later". Thelonious Monk In Italy was recorded early in the 60s with his famous quartet that included Charlie Rouse on tenor! Even at this point before the Columbia sides, Rouse is already amazing – really stretching out in these modern, angular lines that are quite different than any of his recordings a few years before – a perfect match for the inventive piano of Monk, as would later be demonstrated on a host of classic studio recordings. There's an open, spontaneous energy between the pair in this live setting, though – almost like they're working out new ideas, but doing so perfectly – with the bass of John Ore and drums of Frankie Dunlop to round things out. Titles include "Bemsha Swing", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "San Francisco Holiday", "Body & Soul", "Straight No Chaser", and "Epistrophy". CD

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James ZitroZitro ... CD
ESP, 1967. Used ... $9.99
One of the only albums we've ever seen from drummer James Zitro – a player who'd worked as a percussionist for one of the Sonny Simmons' albums on ESP Records, then was invited to cut his own date for the label! There's a really groundbreaking sound here – an approach to percussion that's almost melodic at times, and which prefaces some of the more famous experiments in those modes to come both from the Chicago AACM and the New York loft jazz scene of the 70s. Zitro's really got a way around the kit, leaping around with a style that reminds us of Andrew Cyrille at his best – yet in ways that often go in other directions. The rest of the group here is relatively obscure too – and players include Allan Praskin on alto, Bert Wilson on tenor, Warren Gale on trumpet, Michael Cohen on piano, and Bruce Cale on bass. Titles include "Freeken", "Happy Pretty", and "Fourth". CD
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VariousHotlanta Soul Vol 4 – Come Back Strong ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Atlanta soul, and a little more too – as this sweet set collects a range of rare tracks from the GRC family of labels – based in the Peachtree city in the mid 70s, with arms wide enough to bring in some great sounds from Alabama too! The label group had a slightly shady background – which gave them an almost boom/bust sort of legacy in 70s soul – quick to appear, fast to disappear – but able to record some great sounds in a relatively short time – especially the kinds of tracks that really pushed southern soul forward with a new level of sophistication! Some of these artists are deep soul talents from the generation before, given a great new showcase here – while others are new discoveries made by the label, including some talents who were turning out great work for other singers – but who finally got their chance to stand alone here. The collection features detailed notes that really get at this overlooked scene – and the 24 track set features 8 previously-unissued tracks as well – with titles that include "A Love Like Yours" by Lorraine Johnson, "Claim Jumpin" by Bill Brandon, "What Good Is A Love" by Sam Dees, "Big Boat Ride" by Dorothy Norwood, "We Always Come Back Strong" by John Edwards, "Face To Face" by Judy Green, "Up Is Down" by Joe Hinton, "When A Woman Loves A Man" by Jean Battle, "I Can't Leave You Alone" by Jimmy Lewis, "So Can I" by Loleatta Holloway, "Complain To The Clouds" by Deep Velvet, "Come & Get It" by The Steppers, "Hollywood Faces" by Joe Hinton & Dee Erwin, "It Takes More Than A Moment" by Phase Four, "I Want Cha To Le Me Come Home" by Floyd Smith, "If I Had My Way" by Delia Gartrell, and "I've Come Too Far To Turn Back Now" by Rozetta Johnson. CD
 
 
 



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