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Blue GiantTarget Heart ... LP
Jealous Butcher, 2009. Sealed ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl.)

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✨✧ Gentle GiantAcquiring The Taste ... LP
Vertigo, Early 70s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A perfectly balanced little set from Gentle Giant – a record that's progressive, but never overly jamming – jazzy, but still rock-based enough to contain some great straight ahead tunes – and whimsical, but never too flowery or hippy dippy! Gentle Giant were one of the few who could strike this balance so well, and an album like this is a perfect example of the great niche they carved out for themselves at the time. The keyboards here are especially great – and feature lots of moog and mellotron that skanes through the tunes with an almost flute-like feel. Titles include "Black Cat", "Plain Truth", "The Moon Is Down", "Acquiring The Taste", and "Edge Of Twilight". LP, Vinyl record album
(US spaceship label pressing.)

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✨✧ Gentle GiantLive – Playing The Fool ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Erik CarlssonBird & The Giant ... CD
Creative Sources (Portugal), 2011. Used ... $4.99
... CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneGiant Steps (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 13.99
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD

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Dexter GordonSophisticated Giant ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good ... $7.99
A really wonderful album from Dexter Gordon's later years at Columbia – and a rare session that pairs larger arrangements with his soulful voice on the tenor and soprano saxophone! Although other players worked often in this mode, the record may well be the only one of its type for Dexter – but that doesn't stop it from being a standout treasure that lets us hear a whole new side of his talents. Slide Hampton handled the arrangements, and he really works some magic with players that include Woody Shaw, Benny Bailey, Frank Wess, and Bobby Hutcherson – using their best talents to create richly chromatic backdrops for Dex's solos. A few of the players step out on their own lines on longer tracks, and titles include "Fried Bananas", "You're Blase", "Insensatez", "Moontrane", and "Laura". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsBlues Giant ... LP
Olympic, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Walter Horton & othersBlues Harmonica Giant – Classic Sides 1951 to 1956 (3 CD set) ... CD
JSP (UK), 1951. Used 3 CDs ... $17.99
... CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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Donald LambertGiant Stride – Donald Lambert & His Harlem Piano ... LP
Jazzology, 1962. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have some pen.)

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SlitsReturn Of The Giant Slits ... CD
CBS/Real Gone, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 14.98
The dramatic return of the Slits – sounding incredible here on this second album! The set's not as rough and ragged as their first effort – but is still also fairly groundbreaking stuff – mixing up dub and post-punk styles with an almost British avant sensibility that has the whole thing coming together beautifully – and with a righteous power that made the trio one of the most important female acts of the postpunk years. The girls' sense of humor and interplay holds all tracks together wonderfully, and the album's filled with enigmatic little tunes that include "Earthbeat", "Or What It Is", "Face Place", "Walk About", "Animal Space/Spacier", "Life On Earth", and "Improperly Dressed". CD

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Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively political, but never overwrought – and Tapscott is playing with a strong quintet that includes Black Arthur Blythe on alto, David Bryant and Walter Savage on bass, and Everett Brown on drums. The lineup is great – and Blythe is a real revelation, with a tone and style that's different than some of his later work, but equally soulful – and the use of two basses makes for some wonderful rhythmic elements that really drive the modal energy of the music. The set includes an important early version of "The Dark Tree" – a modal groover that's one of Tapscott's lasting legacies – plus the tunes "Niger's Theme", "For Fats", and "The Giant Is Awakened". CD

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Johnny Guitar WatsonGiant ... LP
DJM, 1978. Very Good ... $2.99
Not of Johnny's more famous albums, but it's plenty darn nice – and done in a wicked blend of spacey vocals and keyboards that's very much in the best Guitar Watson mode! There's a bit of a bump to a few tunes on the set, clearly a move to make it onto the dancefloor – but the album's hardly a cheap disco effort, as all the Watson guitar, vocals, and humor dominate the record strongly – and seem to come alive with a bit of new energy away from some of the usual bluesier settings. Titles include the great scatting number "Wrapped In Black Mink", plus "Miss Frisco", "Baby Face", "You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go", and a remake of "Gangster Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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WoodentopsGiant ... LP
Columbia, 1986. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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VariousGiant Single – The Profile Records Rap Anthology (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Profile, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99 24.98
The Profile Records label may be best-remembered as the initial home of Run DMC – but back in the day, the company was one of the top imprints on the New York scene – and one of the few who could be a bit bigtime, yet still keep the right sort of ears to the ground! The selection here certainly lives up to that legacy – as the music is filled with some overlooked treasures, mixed with a few key classics – all to serve up a perfect portrait of the hip hop underground as it was really breaking out and moving up! Titles include "Genius Rap" by Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, "Whip Rap" by Disco Four, "Word Of Mouth" by King Kut, "A Fly Guy" by Pebblee Poo, "Fresh" by Fresh 3 MCs, "Beat Bop" by Rammelzee Vs K-Rob, "Nightmares" by Dana Dane, "Get Off My Tip" by Masterdon Committee, "Lies Lies" by Rap-O-Matic, "It's My Beat" by Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce, "Drag Rap" by The Showboys, "Here Comes That Beat" by Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars, and "Sucker MCs (Krush Groove 1)" by Run-DMC. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – includes download!)

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✨✧ Elmer BernsteinCast A Giant Shadow ... LP
United Artists, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneGiant Steps (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! CD features a wealth of bonus tracks – 5 more additional alternate takes! CD
(BMG club pressing.)
Also available Giant Steps (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD
Also available Little Giant Still Life ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ David LopatoGiant Mbira ... LP
Lumina, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
All solo piano – dedicated to Thelonious Monk, but all original tunes! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneGiant Steps ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics – key early readings of "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Mr PC", "Spiral", and "Syeeda's Song Flute" – all showing a new sense of timing, phrasing, and pacing in jazz – one that would go on to have a huge impact on players in the 70s generation! The group here is relatively straight – Tommy Flanagan or Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – but the players have never sounded better, and really match Coltrane's sense of power and imagination on these legendary tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)
Also available Giant Steps (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Bob Kindred with Larry WillisGentle Giant Of The Tenor Sax ... CD
Mapleshade, 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Bud PowellBud Powell – Jazz Giant (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Polygram (Spain), 1949/1950. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic Bud Powell trio work for Verve – recorded with Max Roach on drums, adding a nice edge to the session! The record features some of Powell's classics – like "Tempus Fugit", "Strictly Confidential", and "Celia" – plus other haunting renditions of standards like "Get Happy", "Yesterdays", and "April In Paris" – all wrapped up in a nice cover that features a moody David Stone Martin image in red! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny Guitar WatsonGiant (translucent blue vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Culture Factory (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Not of Johnny's more famous albums, but it's plenty darn nice – and done in a wicked blend of spacey vocals and keyboards that's very much in the best Guitar Watson mode! There's a bit of a bump to a few tunes on the set, clearly a move to make it onto the dancefloor – but the album's hardly a cheap disco effort, as all the Watson guitar, vocals, and humor dominate the record strongly – and seem to come alive with a bit of new energy away from some of the usual bluesier settings. Titles include the great scatting number "Wrapped In Black Mink", plus "Miss Frisco", "Baby Face", "You Can Stay But The Noise Must Go", and a remake of "Gangster Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 2000 copies on translucent blue vinyl.)
Also available Giant ... LP 2.99

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieGiant (The Giant/Source) (Prestige) ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A stunning session, and proof that Dizzy never slept on his playing – even in the 70s! Originally released as 2 separate LPs in France on the America label, the record is a crack small group set recorded in Paris, and featuring very long tracks that let Dizzy really stretch out on his solos. Kenny Clarke is on drums, and he does some amazing work on the LP's version of "Manteca", which has a great breakbeat at the intro, then grooves along funkily for 13 minutes! The whole set's beautiful, and the other titles include "Brother K", "Wheatleigh Hall", and "Alone Together". The group also features a Brazilian percussionist on a few tracks – most notably the tight groover "Fiesta Mo Jo", a killer track with great solos and a rhythmic conception that shows that Dizzy's still got the Latin beat down nicely. Other titles include "Girl Of My Dreams", "Stella By Starlight", and "I Waited For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Good GirlsJust Call Me (jack's backdoor boogie, call waiting, acappella, smooth club, giant dub, basappella) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Motown sleeve.)
 
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✨✧ KalawangJingo (aqua marine mix, Kalawang rub, bonus beats) ... 12-inch
Giant Step, 1999. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A drum-heavy groover – one that mixes together drum programming by Ron Trent, with extra acoustic work on traps and percussion. The best part, though, is the piano work by Itaal Shur – which has a trumpet solo laid underneath, and really gives the track a strong dose of Latin soul! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ronnie ScottGreat Scott! – The Birth Of A Legend ... CD
Giant Steps (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed overview of the earliest days of British saxophonist Ronnie Scott – material pulled from a range of different group recordings from the late 40s and early 50s, offering up a really comprehensive look at his jazz work before his more famous years in the Jazz Couriers! The groove here runs from swing to bop, and often includes a bit of both – and some tracks feature Scott as the main soloist with larger ensembles, such as the group of Ted Heath, while others feature him in a more familiar small group bop setting. 2CD package features a whopping 38 tracks in all – and titles include "Buzzy" by Jazz At Town Hall Ensemble, "Ad Lib Frolic" by Ted Heath, "Scrubber Time" by Jack Parnell & His Quartet, "Galaxy" by Alan Dean's Beboppers, "Too Marvelous For Words" by Ronnie Scott Quartet, "Brand's Essence" by 1951 Melody Maker All-Stars, "Battle Royale" by Ronnie Scott & Kenny Graham, "The Champ" by Arnold Ross Sextet, "Seven Eleven" by Ronnie Scott Quintet, "Compos Mentos" by Ronnie Scott Orchestra, and "Pantagrulian" by Ronnie Scott Jazz Group. CD
 
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Gary BartzLove Affair ... LP
Capitol, 1978. Very Good ... $6.99
A wicked set from the great Gary Bartz – one done after his mid 70s association with Larry Mizell – but still very much in a similar groove! The album's a great blend of Gary's soulful alto work with sweet electric backings – often put together with that angular stepping mode he used on some of his gentler funky numbers – and blended with a few mellower moments that live up to the title of the record, and really let Bartz stretch out on soulful solos. There's plenty of nice keyboards on the set, but Nate Morgan also brings in a slightly righteous vibe at times too – and titles include "Shake Your Body", "Love Affair", "At Last", and a remake of "Giant Steps", done in a pretty great way that has it sounding like a sweet 70s modal groover. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Joshua Clegg CafferyTraditional Music In Coastal Louisiana – The 1934 Lomax Recordings (hardcover) ... Book
Louisiana State University, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 45.95
A detailed look at one of the most compelling strands of the legendary field recordings of Alan Lomax – his 1934 foray into the rich musical culture of Southern Louisiana! Although some of the Lomax recordings have been brought out and examined under the spotlight in just about every way possible, these recordings have remained a bit more obscure – and finally get full exposure here – in a detailed volume that moves through each recording one by one, presenting the artist, the setting, the lyrics, and a larger critical examination of the work – almost like some giant book-length presentation of liner notes for the 1934 Louisiana field recordings. Not for the feint of heart, but if you've got interest in the farther reaches of cajun music, you'll find plenty here to love – as the hardcover book is 346 pages, and overflowing with notes and information. Book

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✨✧ John ColtraneBest Of John Coltrane (Atlantic) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959/1960. Very Good+ ... $9.99
What can we say? Trane's work for Atlantic is still some of his best – and the versions of tunes on this album remain as some of the best-remembered tracks in his rich rich bag of songs. Titles include "Giant Steps", "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Equinox", and the fantastic original 13 minute reading of "My Favorite Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing.)

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Wolfgang DaunerRischkas Soul ... LP
Brain/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
A fantastic album from German keyboard giant Wolfgang Dauner – and maybe one of the few to perfectly balance both his soul jazz roots and his later trippier style! The music here is very groovy – much more in the mode of MPS Records electric jazz sets of the time than you'd guess from the album's placement on Brain Records – and the lineup features incredible work from Sigi Schwab on guitar – who can be open and spacious at some points, but then really jam with a groove at others! Likewise, the bassist Eberhard Weber can provide a lot of propulsion when needed, but also lay back and bow his cello in a more ECM-like way – and the album's two drummers, Fred Braceful and Roland Wittich, both show an equally deft ability to change up the groove! The real superstar, though, is the mighty Dauner – who plays piano, organ, and keyboards, plus a sweet bit of flute too – on tracks that include "Reading Machine", "Kamasutram", "Blues Far Out", "Flute Woman", and a freaky fuzzy take on Cannonball Adderley's "Jive Samba". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joao GilbertoBrazil's Brilliant Joao Gilberto (Capitol 33 Compact 7-inch) ... 7-inch
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $19.99
The original US pressing of an album that was later issued by Capitol under a different name. Given that Capitol had recently linked up with the ever-growing EMI corporation in the early 60s, it was able to take advantage of the global catalog of the music giant, and managed to dip pretty heavily into the Brazilian Odeon catalog of tunes to cash in on the American popularity of bossa nova. This album was one of their bigger imports, and it features material originally recorded in Brazil, with Gilberto up front, backed by arrangements by Jobim. This 33rpm "Capitol Compact" album features 8 tracks from the full LP – including "Doralice", "O Pato", "Discussao", "Outra Vez", and "Corcovado". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has light wear, aging, and a small split on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Earl & Carl Grubbs – The VisitorsIn My Youth (with bonus track) ... CD
Muse, 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful spiritual post-Coltrane jazz, played by an excellent but oft-overlooked duo from the early 70s! The Grubbs brothers are fantastic reed players, with a soaring sense of soulfulness that keeps things lively throughout – a style that inflects their horns together nicely to shade in colors on the tunes, then breaks them apart for expressive and meaningful solos that are filled with a tremendous amount of soul! Earl plays tenor and soprano, Carl plays alto sax – and other players include Stanley Clarke on bass, Sid Simmons on piano, and John Goldsmith on drums and percussion – all hitting a vibe that's totally great throughout! Titles include a great version of "Giant Steps", plus the cuts "The Juggler", "In My Youth", and "The Visit". CD also features one bonus alternate take of the track "In My Youth". CD

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Dave Grusin5 Original Albums (One Of A Kind/Mountain Dance/Out Of The Shadows/Night Lines/Cinemagic) (5CD set) ... CD
GRP (Germany), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 5CD ... On June 29, 2018
Five full albums from keyboardist Dave Grusin – packaged together in a single set, with tiny LP-styled covers for each CD! First up is one of our favorites – the album One Of A Kind, which is a sweet funky fusion outing that really sums up some of the best Dave Grusin modes of the 70s! This excellent LP from 1977 really captures the best of the Grusin soundtrack style – heard in the 70s on shows like Barretta, or in films like Three Days of the Condor – mellow fusion with a tightly arranged style – lots of nicely isolated instrumentation, and the kind of spare and spacey grooves that you'd expect from a hip CTI session! Musicians include Grover Washington on saxes, Dave Valentin on flute, Ron Carter on bass, and Steve Gadd himself – plus Grusin on a lot of sweet keyboards – and titles include great cut "Modaji", plus "Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "Catavento", and "Montage". Mountain Dance has a similar vibe, too – nice and lean – and one of Dave's funkier albums of the time – with cuts that include "Captain Caribe", "Rondo", "City Lights", "Rag Bag", and "Mountain Dance". Out Of The Shadows has a nice sort of vibe – not the too-smooth later sound of the GRP label, and instead this nice balance of electric keyboards and acoustic piano – delivered with help from key contemporaries who include Lee Ritenour on guitar and Steve Gadd on drums! Production is nicely understated – and titles include the mellow stepper "Serengeti Walk", plus "Last Train To Paradiso", "She Could Be Mine", "Crystal Morning", "Hokkaido", and "Sweetwater Nights". Night Lines is a record that has Dave Grusin elevating a bit more into the jazz/soul mainstream – as the set has the keyboardist working with a few more crossover modes than before, but all in a way that seems to demonstrate his many years in various kinds of music! The album was a key entry in the new sound of fusion during the mid 80s – maybe a bit sharper than later smooth jazz, but with efforts from some leading lights of that generation to come – including David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. Phoebe Snow sings a bit on the record – which might provide her with one of her more exciting settings in years – and titles include "Power Wave", "Thankful N Thoughtful", "Night Lines", "Tick Tock", "Bossa Baroque", and "Secret Place". Cinemagic is a famous pairing of the keyboards of Dave Grusin with the orchestrations of the London Symphony Orchestra – served up at a level that made the record a giant hit for so many folks who wouldn't have touched a Dave Grusin record a decade before! The tunes are a bit different than usual – all film tunes, as you might expect, delivered in a way that's not afraid to lean on all the sentimental currents of the tunes – which come from films that include Tootsie, Heaven Can Wait, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Three Days Of The Condor, and The Goonies. Titles include "Condor", "An Actor's Life", "It Might Be You", "Heaven Can Wait", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", and "Goodbye For Cathy". CD

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $0.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

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John HawksworthGoal – The World Cup 1966 ... CD
El (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Totally wonderful sounds from UK soundtrack giant John Hawksworth – penned for a film on the heated World Cup of 1966, but served up in John's usual blend of jazzy styles, mod elements, and beautifully tuneful grooves! The CD presents the music with lots of snippets of dialogue from the film – not talking, but a bit of narration, served up in a cool "proper" 60s Brit voice, which adds a surprising amount of charm to the album – but without getting in the way of the music – which does a nice "dance" with the narration on most numbers. Most titles are named after different matches represented on screen – "England V Portugal", "North Korea V Portugal", "England V Mexico", "Russia V Hungary", and so on! CD

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Tubby HayesLate Spot At Scott's ... LP
Fontana, 1962. Near Mint- ... $59.99
A crackling hard batch of tracks from 60s sax giant Tubby Hayes – and the kind of record that will dispel any doubts you've ever had about British jazz scene! Hayes is at the prime of his form here, and he wails on tenor, soprano, and vibes – along with his great quintet that included Gordon Beck and Jimmy Deuchar. The set's fantastic, and the kind of album that you'd swear was on Blue Note, if you didn't hear a British voice announcing the tracks – and the energy and vitality of the group is apparent on every track – working with an intensity that rivals the best work on American labels at the time! Tracks include "Yeah!", "Half A Sawbuck", and "The Sausage Scraper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Homer & JethroBest Of Homer & Jethro – Hall Of Fame 2001 ... CD
Federal, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
The earliest work of the team of Homer & Jethro – material recorded for King Records before their bigger 50s fame at RCA – and maybe with an even sharper feel overall! If you don't know the pair, you're in for a treat – as they were both fantastic musicians, Homer on guitar and Jethro on mandolin – an instrument that he played with the quick changes and creativity of a giant like Bill Monroe! But they were also quite witty, too – and could both turn in their own original tunes and make parodies of big hits of the time – a mode that they took on more famously at RCA, but could also do here too – trading vocals back and forth in a way that was a deft as their instrumentation. This set's one of the few to focus on their early King years – and features some great numbers from those days, including "Goodbye Old Booze", "I Feel That Old Age Creeping On", "Poor Little Liza Poor Girl", "It Bruised Her Somewhat", "Ground Hog", and "When It's Long Handle Time In Tennessee". CD

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Freddie HubbardGleam ... CD
CBS/BGO (UK), 1975. New Copy ... About June 4, 2018
Jazz funk genius from Freddie Hubbard in the mid 70s! Gleam was a Japanese-only double album from the jazz giant in its original release – mighty funky at times, too – right up there with some of the best Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock Japanese sets from the 70s! It's a live set captured in March of '75 at Tokyo's Yubin Chokin Hall – long numbers played by a group that includes Freddie on trumpet, Carl Randall on tenor and flute, George Cables on electric piano, Henry Franklin on bass, Carl Burnett on drums, and Buck Clark on percussion! Each player has plenty of space to groove, and it's very well captured – you can hear the most expressive solos and the most subtle nuances. Some great solos by Freddie and the rest of the players – breathless tenor & flute by Randall, keys by Cables that are jazz funk perfection and interplay between Burnett's drums and Clark's congas & percussion that's somehow tense and comfortable at the same time. The shortest number in the set runs more than the 7 minutes and the longest is more than 20 minutes – and none is one second shorter than necessary, actually leaving us pining for more – making it all the more vital in the double album format. Released on 2CDs for the first time ever here! How this great album has been so hard to find over the years is a mystery. Titles include "Kuntu", "Spirits Of Trane", an amazing cover of Stevie Wonder's "Too High", "Midnight At The Oasis", "Ebony Moonbeams", and "Put It In The Pocket". CD

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Ikebe ShakedownWay Home ... CD
Colemine, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
A fantastic album from this increasingly hip combo – a group who were already pretty darn funky at their start, but who've just kept on moving into really amazing territory over the years! The sound here is maybe the equivalent of the depth and shifts that El Michels brought to the deep funk underground – a new fusion of elements, and a way of playing the sonic field that helps the group divorce their style from its roots, and make it very much their own sound in the process! Sure, there's elements of 70s styles – Afro Funk, funky jazz, and instrumental soul – but the overall presentation is inflected with all these really unusual sounds and colors, and cool currents of darkness that show an increasing understanding of the sonic possibilities of familiar instrumentation. Don't worry, things are still plenty funky throughout, but also very individual too – on titles that include "She's Knocking", "Assassin", "Brushfire", "Penny The Switch", "Blue Giant", "Supermoon", "Shifting Sands", and "Where The Day Breaks". CD

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Eddie KendricksVintage 78 ... LP
Arista, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it can on a ballad – and which has a way of linking an earlier generation of fragile male soul vocals with a new sense of 70s masculinity – of which Kendricks was one of the leading lights in soul! There's moments here that might well match some of the best late 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson – and the strong arrangements are by Andrew Louis Smith – a name we don't really know at all, but who should be thanked for helping the record avoid any disco cliches. Titles include "How's Your Love Life Baby", "One Of The Poorest People", "Love Love Love", "The Best Of Strangers Now", "Don't Underestimate The Power Of Love", "Ain't No Smoke Without A Fire" and "Maybe I'm A Fool To Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, a cut corner, and light wear. Labels have some pen.)

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✨✧ BB KingBlues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), 1958. Used ... $8.99
An album named after a genre, but one that offers up the very special focus that BB King brought to blues music – especially in these early years of his career! King's a giant at this point – a hell of a singer, with a sound that's a key bridge between gospel and soul – and a equally solid guitarist, able to grace his tunes with searing solos, but in a way that's never as showy or overcrowded as all the later bluesmen who tried to copy his act! Instead, King's balance here is perfect – and often set to romping backings that link his approach not only to a postwar R&B tradition, but maybe even to the jazz world as well – with a vibe that's a lot less downtrodden than you might expect from a record called "the blues". If you've never dug BB at this early point in his career, you'll find plenty here to love – and titles include "When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer", "What Can I Do", "Troubles Troubles Troubles", "Early In The Morning", "You Don't' Have To Cry", and "Why Do Everything Happen To Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Sweet Little Angel", "Tickle Britches", "I'm In Love", "Bye Bye Baby", "Don't Keep Me Waiting", and "Don't Break Your Promise". CD

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Joe Leahy/Jack CarrollMusic James Dean Lived By ... LP
Unique, Late 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
Although this album's a pretty shameless attempt to cash in on the death of the late James Dean – it's also got some pretty nice moments. A big chunk of the tracks are orchestral works by Joe Leahy's orchestra, many from the soundtracks of Dean's films – but there's also a few nice vocal numbers, done in a campy rough style by Jack Carroll. The best of these is "The Story Of James Dean", which is suitably goofy – and 2 other Carroll numbers include "Giant" and "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together". On top of that, the cover's got a great picture of Dean on the front. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine and top seam, held at the end with clear tape.)

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Deva MahalRun Deep ... LP
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... About May 23, 2018 (delayed)
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – balanced out with some occasional smoother, more fluid moments at a level that really keeps things interesting. A few tunes here are so catchy, you might think that you've already heard them – and we mean that as a compliment, given that Mahal's just getting her start. The album features guest appearances from Binky Griptite, Allen Stone, and Coco Peila – and titles include "Snakes", "Fire", "Shards", "Run deep", "Take A Giant Step", "Optimist", "Can't Call It Love", and "Turnt Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tim MaiaDisco Club ... CD
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Not the throwaway disco you might expect – and instead, an excellent album in the 70s run of Brazilian soul giant Tim Maia – and one that provides a bit of a link to the legacy of his nephew Ed Motta in later years! The album's filled with uptempo tunes – as you'd expect from the title – Tim dropping his heavier funk style of his earliest records, to go for a spirited clubby groove – but one that really brings out some great moments in his vocals – really soaring with notes he never would have hit before! The feel of the record is really pretty darn great – as great as the best American club and disco work of the time – with the added bonus of Tim's great singing, and a few electric funky touches on the best numbers. Titles include "All I Want", "Sossego", "Acenda O Farol", "Jhony", "Murmurio", and "Pais E Filhos". CD
Also available Disco Club ... LP 23.99

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Tim MaiaDisco Club ... LP
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Not the throwaway disco you might expect – and instead, an excellent album in the 70s run of Brazilian soul giant Tim Maia – and one that provides a bit of a link to the legacy of his nephew Ed Motta in later years! The album's filled with uptempo tunes – as you'd expect from the title – Tim dropping his heavier funk style of his earliest records, to go for a spirited clubby groove – but one that really brings out some great moments in his vocals – really soaring with notes he never would have hit before! The feel of the record is really pretty darn great – as great as the best American club and disco work of the time – with the added bonus of Tim's great singing, and a few electric funky touches on the best numbers. Titles include "All I Want", "Sossego", "Acenda O Farol", "Jhony", "Murmurio", and "Pais E Filhos". LP, Vinyl record album

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Adam MakowiczLive Embers – Polish Jazz 43 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Solo piano work from Adam Makowicz – easily one of the greatest players on the European scene of the 70s, but a player who didn't always get his due – thanks to cooled east-west relations at the time! The record's got a fluid grace that easily puts Makowicz in the company of heavyweight contemporaries like Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and Steve Kuhn – and like all 3 players in the 70s, his work on this set is a gently careful exploration of sound, space, and color – shifting sometimes into more traditional piano modes, but mostly in a subtly free 70s mode. Titles include "Passiflora", "Raz Tak Raz Nie", "Ballada Dla R", "Artysta Kabaretowy", "Opalizacja", and "Milowe Kroki", a nice take on "Giant Steps"! CD
Also available Live Embers – Polish Jazz 43 ... LP 14.99

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Adam MakowiczLive Embers – Polish Jazz 43 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Solo piano work from Adam Makowicz – easily one of the greatest players on the European scene of the 70s, but a player who didn't always get his due – thanks to cooled east-west relations at the time! The record's got a fluid grace that easily puts Makowicz in the company of heavyweight contemporaries like Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and Steve Kuhn – and like all 3 players in the 70s, his work on this set is a gently careful exploration of sound, space, and color – shifting sometimes into more traditional piano modes, but mostly in a subtly free 70s mode. Titles include "Passiflora", "Raz Tak Raz Nie", "Ballada Dla R", "Artysta Kabaretowy", "Opalizacja", and "Milowe Kroki", a nice take on "Giant Steps"! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live Embers – Polish Jazz 43 ... CD 13.99

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Hank MobleyFlip ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $14.99
Late work by tenor giant Hank Mobley – and a really unique session that stands out from his other Blue Note work of the time! The set was recorded in Paris with an ultra-hip lineup – one that features Dizzy Reece on trumpet and Slide Hampton on trombone – both fresh players alongside Hank's work on tenor sax, making for really wonderful phrasing and timing in the front line! The bottom's pretty great, too – with wicked rhythms from Philly Joe Jones on drums, at a level that bounces around with a growing sense of soul – yet still has all the complex colors of Mobley's classic work. The balance is beautiful – as fresh as the image on the cover – and the album's one that we'd rank right up there with The Phantom by Duke Pearson and Slow Drag by Donald Byrd – overlooked gems that show some great Blue Note growth in the late 60s. Titles include "The Flip", "Feelin' Folksy", and "Snappin' Out". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur Series pressing.)
Also available Flip ... CD 16.99

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Hank MobleyFlip ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Late work by tenor giant Hank Mobley – and a really unique session that stands out from his other Blue Note work of the time! The set was recorded in Paris with an ultra-hip lineup – one that features Dizzy Reece on trumpet and Slide Hampton on trombone – both fresh players alongside Hank's work on tenor sax, making for really wonderful phrasing and timing in the front line! The bottom's pretty great, too – with wicked rhythms from Philly Joe Jones on drums, at a level that bounces around with a growing sense of soul – yet still has all the complex colors of Mobley's classic work. The balance is beautiful – as fresh as the image on the cover – and the album's one that we'd rank right up there with The Phantom by Duke Pearson and Slow Drag by Donald Byrd – overlooked gems that show some great Blue Note growth in the late 60s. Titles include "The Flip", "Feelin' Folksy", and "Snappin' Out". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Flip ... CD 14.99

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Moonfires (Alex Puddu)Gotta Keep It Rollin ... LP
Al Dente (France), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99
The Moonfires better keep it rolling, given that they're being chased by a giant ape on the cover – but with the mighty Alex Puddu on guitar, they can't help but take off and soar! The album's got that great commitment to classic cinematic funk styles that we've always loved in Puddu's music – but also features vocals in the lead on most numbers, which makes the tunes feel a bit mod soul numbers – mixed with a few others in a deep funk mode. There's lots of cool keyboards in the group – and titles include "Thunder Road", "Weekend Pleasure", "Woman", "Gotta Keep It Rollin", "Funky City", "Voodoo People", and "Soul On Fire" – plus a nice version of "Are You Man Enough" from Shaft In Africa. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Steps Ahead ... LP
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 25.99
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more than lives up to his legendary work from the height of late 60s & early 70s years. The material was recorded in sessions in Boston and London, playing with the Either/Orchestra on the Boston sessions, plus members of the Heliocentrics and others – really hitting on diverse styles throughout, from spacious and eclectic jazz, to the classic Addis Ababa nightclub sound, to grittier kinda crime jazz soundtrack styles and some Afro Latin inspirations. Wonderful recent work well worth Mulatu's legacy! Titles include "Radcliffe", "Green Africa", "The Way To Be Nice", "Assosa", "I Faram Gami I Faram", "Mulatu's Mood", "Ethio Blues", "Boogaloo" and "Motherland". LP, Vinyl record album

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NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! ... CD
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with crackling, funk-steeped hip hop soul production. That's the case whether he's producing himself, working with a giant like Dr. Dre, or paired as he is here with Knxledge. Knx's production is a perfect backdrop – beats out front in the mix, classic Cali sample funk and soul framing the vocals – with a lingering haze holding it all together amazingly well! Intentional or not, Yes Lawd channels earlier Stones Throw classic LPs like Jaylib and Madvillain in the way it pairs distinctive contemporary talents for a joint duo effort, and after .Paak's solo shot Malibu, it's his second potential classic in a single year! Includes "Livvin", "Wngs", "What More Can I Say", "Kutless", "Lyk Dis", "Can't Stop", "Get Bigger", "Scared Money", "Suede", "Starlite", "Sidepiece", "Jodi", "Link Up", "Another Time", "Fkku" and more. CD

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Jaco PastoriusTruth, Liberty & Soul – Live in NYC – The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive ... CD
Resonance, 1981. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 24.99
A famous broadcast performance by this legendary bassist – but one that's presented here in a version that features 40 minutes of music that never aired on the original program! This well-recorded set captures Jaco Pastorius at his height – after a huge step forward in sound and style in the 70s – to a time when he was exploring so many new ideas, and new ways of expressing himself on the electric bass – an instrument that he completely transformed for generations to come! The group's a large one – Jaco's Word Of Mouth ensemble – with Bob Mintzer on tenor and soprano sax, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Peter Erskine on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – plus Othello Molineaux on some mighty cool steel drums. There's a larger horn section, too – and Toots Theielmans plays a bit of guest harmonica – and most tracks are nice and long. Titles include "Okonkole Y Trompa", "Three Views Of A Secret", "Invitation", "Soul Intro/The Chicken", "Twins", "Bass & Drum Improvisation", "Reza/Giant Steps", and "Mr Fonebone". CD

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Piero Piccioni/Gianni Ferrio/Francesco De MasiToto Diabolicus/Toto Contro I 4/Toto Contro Maciste ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $16.99
A trio of soundtracks from 60s films that starred Italian comedy giant Toto – each of them a bit different, given the change of narrative and composer! Piero Piccioni steps off with 15 tracks from Toto Diabolicus – music that mixes a bit of crime jazz with some of his early explorations of playful melody – served up with instrumentation that's more conventional than some of Piccioni's later material, but still nice and jazzy on a fair bit of tunes! Gianni Ferrio follows with 14 tracks from Toto Contro I 4 – material that partly has the same jazzy vibe as the previous score, but also some of the more pronounced musical whimsy that you'd expect from an Italian comedic soundtrack of the time. The jazzy tracks are great – very much on a par with the Piccioni material, and different than any later Ferrio sounds. Last up are 6 more tracks from Toto Contro Maciste – composed and conducted by Franceso De Masi, with a sound that's maybe the most conventional of all three soundtracks – orchestral drama, mixed with a bit of comedy – underscored with slight military themes to back up the story. 35 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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✨✧ Max RoachChattahoochee Red ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good ... $7.99
A major label effort from Max, but a record that's as hip as any he was recording at the time! The set feautres Max's quartet with Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Odeon Pope on saxes, and Calvin Hill on bass – plus a very small bit of additional piano by Walter Bishop Jr – and it's got an approach that mixes soul jazz with some experimental touches, and the occasional freewheeling percussion part by Max. Pope's work on tenor sax is especially nice, an edgey sound that recalls some of Billy Harper's work with Roach in earlier years. Titles include "Red River Road", "Lonesome Lover", "Wefe", "Reach For It", "The Dream/It's Time", and "Giant Steps". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie RouseBossa Nova Bacchanal ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $14.99
Soulful bossa from Blue Note – and a real lost treasure! Tenor giant Charlie Rouse makes a rare appearance as a leader here – working with a percussion-heavy group that includes Willie Bobo, Potato Valdez, and Garvin Masseaux – and hitting a sax-meets-bossa groove that's simply outta site! The tunes on the set feature 2 guitarists – one of them Kenny Burrell – snaking alongside Rouse's tenor as he blows over the grooves – and the whole feel of the album's at once spare, yet full – quite different than the Brazilian take on bossa jazz, with a really uniquely wonderful sound! Titles include "Velhos Tempos", "Back To The Tropics", "Un Dia", and "In Martinique". The album's expanded here by a bonus track too – "One For Five", recorded with a different group that includes Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner. CD
(Out of print Connoisseur CD Series pressing.)

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✨✧ Charlie RouseCinnamon Flower ... LP
Douglas, 1977. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A great later effort from tenor sax giant Charlie Rouse – a record that's quite different than his 50s hardbop or his 60s modernist work with Thelonious Monk – but still pretty darn great in its own sort of way! The album features Rouse working with a larger ensemble in a batch of tracks that has a distinct Brazilian influence – not one from bossa nova, but from the more sophisticated Brazilian jazz modes of later years – particularly as the style started to pick up from some of the arranging modes used in MPB. The players here are all well-suited to the session – and include Clifford Adams on trombone, Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Dom Salvador on piano, Ted Dunbar on guitar, Amaury Tristao on acoustic guitar, Ron Carter on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Wilbur Bascomb on bass – all working together in a style that's somewhat complicated, yet which has an open-ended flow, and a very joyous sensibility overall! Arrangements are by Dom Salvador and Amaury Tristao – and titles include Salvador's romping groover "On The Corner – a real jazz dance classic – plus "Sertao", "Desencontro", "Alvorada", "Natal No Interior", and "Cravo Canela". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a sticker spot.)

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Sonny StittRearin Back ... LP
Argo, 1962. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A great little groover from Sonny Stitt – blowing here with a very soulful group that features piano by soul jazz giant Ronnie Matthews! Matthews is at his prime here, and his heavy left-handed approach lays out some wonderful grooves for Stitt – crackling little tunes that are extra-great because they include a good number of original compositions by Sonny! The group's a quartet, with Sonny and Ronnie alongside Art Harper on bass and Lex Humphries on drums – and the session's got the great tone and inventive solo work of Stitt's best work on Roost, but also a more pronounced role from the rhythm section, who really help drive the record! Titles include "Rearin Back", "Cut Plug", "Queen", "Carpsie's Groove", and "Bunny R". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s blue label Cadet pressing, with deep groove! Record and cover are great – save for a small cutout hole in the corner of the cover.)

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Toots ThielemansEast Coast West Coast ... CD
Private/Sony (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $9.99
A great later jazz set from Toots Thielemans – recorded half in New York and half in LA – as you might guess from the title! The sound is still very much Toots' own, though – no easy nods to styles from either city in earlier years – and despite the fact that the record is on the Private Music label, which could sometimes put out snoozy new age, it's definitely a jazz date through and through – with relatively stripped down small combo instrumentation on all numbers. Players include John Scofield on guitar, Christian Mc Bride and Charlie Haden on bass, Mike Maineri on vibes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Lyle Mays on piano, and Peter Erskine on drums – and tracks include "In Walked Bud", "Con Alma", "Groovin High", "In Your Own Sweet Way", "Giant Steps", "Waltz For Debby", "A Child Is Born", and "Take Five". CD

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Joe ThomasComin' Home ... LP
Cobblestone, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $19.99
The Ebony Godfather cut this first album of funky flute right on the cusp of the 70's – and it's one of his best albums ever of funky flute-driven jazz! The album's got an excellent groovy flute/organ sound, underpinned by tight rhythm backing, and a 2-guitar section that includes Jimmy Ponder. The set features a great rendition of Quincy Jones' classic "Soul Bossa Nova", plus the group's hit version of "Comin' Home Baby", and some originals like "You Can Bet Your Sweet Bippy", "Monique", and "Big Heart, Giant Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
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McCoy TynerRemembering John ... CD
Enja, 1991. Used ... $3.99
McCoy Tyner certainly should have no trouble remembering John – given that Coltrane was once his old boss – but apart from that easy reference in the title, the set has plenty more to offer – and is easily one of the most dynamic Tyner trio sessions from the later years of his career! There's a simple, focused, and direct sort of energy going on here – a soaring sensibility that's carried along by all the best modal impulses that Tyner and Coltrane explored together back in the day – but which is expressed with a different sort of warmth and soul in this trio setting. The group features Avery Sharpe on bass and Aaron Scott on drums – and titles include versions of Coltrane's "India", "Giant Steps", "One & Four", "Up Gainst The Wall", and "The Wise One" – plus "Good Morning Heartache" and "In Walked Bud". CD

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✨✧ Doug Webb with Walt Weiskopf & Joel FrahmTriple Play ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A triple-tenor powerhouse – as Doug Webb invites Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm in for the sessions – and things really begin to cook! The trio get this raw, spare accompaniment from Brian Charette on Hammond and Rudy Royston on drums – which leaves the tenors plenty of room to open up, stretch out, and really do their thing – coming together as unified voices on the heads, then breaking out into really well-crafted, well-defined individual solos. The feel is a bit like some of those great Don Patterson albums of the 60s, but even more modern – and titles include "Jazz Car", "Giant Steps", "Three's A Crowd", "Jones", "Pail Blues", and "Triple Play". CD

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Andrew WhiteSaxophonitis Wondersax Series Vol 5 – Super Bonus Sampler ... CD
Andrew's Music, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Rare tracks from reedman Andrew White's own label – almost all recorded during that mid 70s stretch when White was really on fire, and making some important contributions to the DC jazz scene! White's a hell of a player, and if you've never heard him before, this set's a great place to start – as Andrew can stretch out on an alto like few other folks – as open and spiritual as Coltrane or Dolphy, but also able to step back in and swing when needed too – as you'll hear on the wonderful array of tracks on this set! The work augments the previous four volumes in White's CD series – and we believe these are extra tracks that weren't on those other titles – with players who include Kevin Toney and Donald Waters on piano, Keith Killgo and Bernard Sweetney on drums, and the mighty Steve Novosel on bass throughout. White's in the spotlight on most numbers – blowing amazing solos – on titles that include "Big Nick", "Superfly Disco Boy", "Straight Ahead Blues", "Giant Steps", "Mr PC", "What's New", and "Rim Shot". CD

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VariousTwelve Inch Eighties – When The Going Gets Tough (3CD set) ... CD
Crimson (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99
The 80s are alive and well – thanks to this massive 3CD package of 12" single mixes from that mighty decade! The set is maybe a bit more focused on pop than some of the previous volumes – some of those giant hits from the time, especially from a UK chart perspective – but served up here in extended mixes that stretch out all the special elements, and sometimes add in new touches of their own! The 12" format might have been created in the 70s, but it was during the 80s that the record companies really used it to open up mainstream music – as you'll hear on 30 tracks that include "Maneater (ext club mix)" by Hall & Oates, "Walk Like An Egyptian (ext dance mix)" by The Bangles, "You Got It (12" version)" by New Kids On The Block, "I Owe You Nothing (club mix)" by Bros, "Cross My Heart (dance mix)" by Eighth Wonder, "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (12" version)" by Haircut 100, "Stay Out Of My Life (12" version)" by Five Star, "Bad Boy (rmx)" by Miami Sound Machine, "Fake (ext version)" by Alexander O'Neal, "Happy Birthday (dance mix)" by Altered Images, "You Take Me Up (12" version)" by Thompson Twins, "Handful Of Promises (12" version)" by Big Fun, "Just Got Lucky (12" version)" by Jo Boxers, "Whenever You Need Somebody (lonely hearts mix)" by Rick Astley, and "I Only Wanna Be With You (ext version)" by Samantha Fox. CD

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✨✧ Count Basie with Lester YoungLester Leaps In ... LP
Epic, Late 30s/1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful mid 50s issue of some of the classic material that Lester Young recorded with Count Basie during the late 30s – all nicely packaged with a great cover, and annotated in a way that offers a lot more information than the original release of the material on 78rpm discs! These are the records that made Lester a giant – and for good reason, as the Basie setting seems to propel Young's horn with even more force than it might have on its own – allowing a great setting for the fresh voice that would go onto transform generations of tenor players to come! The set features 12 tracks in all – and titles include "Moten Swing", "Taxi War Dance", "Dickie's Dream", "Jump For Me", "Song Of The Islands", and "Lester Leaps In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ BrainticketCelestial Ocean ... CD
Reactive (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Avant Swiss rockers Brainticket look back to ancient pharaohs for Celestial Ocean – a conceptual look at the distant past, with a creative step into the future! The tapestry of sounds is pretty amazing, with the futuristic blend of blunt sound errata, synthesizers, stream of consciousness lyricism and production flourishes a giant leap forward – but it's the way it's all blended with sparser keys, sitar and more global organic touches that makes it such a creative win and puts the group ahead of the pack creatively. Titles include "Egyptian Kings", "Jardins", "Rainbow", "Era Of Technology", "The Space Between", "Cosmic Winds" and more. CD

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✨✧ ContoursDance With The Contours – Unissued Motown Recordings 1963/1964 ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1963/1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary unreleased Motown recordings by The Contours – material that should have been issued as a full length LP in 1964 – but all but a couple tunes have languished in the vaults until now! The group simply kills on on these dancefloor ready stormers, with raucous, charismatic lead vocals and tight harmony backup – on a set of numbers that were no doubt ready and set to slay live audiences. We're sure The Contours were unbeatable live, but these recordings really should have made it out at the time. Better late than never, to say the very least! Includes the 60s singles "Can You Do It" and "Can You Jerk Like Me", plus the unreleased "Do The See Saw", "Foot Stomping Time", "Party Groove", "Okey Dokey", "Love Is Uncertain", "Wanted", "Boy Meets Girl", "You Hurt Me So", "Throw You Out Of My Mind", "Giant Steps", "Let's Do The Uncle Willie", "Tonight", "Nobody Fine As Dinah", "Somebody's Daughter Outta", "Let's Do The Uncle Willie" and more. 26 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Jared GoldReemergence ... CD
Strikezone, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Contemporary Hammond giant Jared Gold hardly needs to reemerge – as all of his albums in recent years have been completely top-shelf – and have really marked the musician as one of the best jazz organ talents around! Here, Gold certain reaffirms that reputation – working with amazing deftness that calls to mind the quick changes on the keys that Don Patterson brought to jazz organ work in the late 60s, mixed maybe with a bit of the soaring flow of Larry Young at the same time! The trio is super-tight too – and features the great Billy Hart on drums, and frequent partner Dave Stryker on guitar – plus guest trumpet work from Jeremy Pelt on three tracks, really giving the album a great layer of color with his tone. Titles include "Lookin For Another Pure Love", "One For John A", "She's Leaving Home", "Nomad", "Blues Connotation", "Reemergence", and "It Ain't Necessarily So". CD

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✨✧ Tubby HayesMexican Green ... LP
Fontana (UK), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant late album from British tenor giant Tubby Hayes – one of his last true studio sessions, and a free-thinking album by a quartet that included Mike Pyne on piano, Ron Matthewson on bass, and Tony Levin on drums. Hayes' tenor talents are as strong as ever – imaginative and firey and with a tone that most other British players never reached – but he's also picking up some late 60s elements of freedom, and playing with his style a bit, in kind of an edgey way that creates more tension than usual for a set by Tubbs. The tracks are long and very creative original compositions – and the album's a true masterpiece that shows the wealth of talent bubbling on the UK jazz scene during the mid to late 60s. Titles include "Trenton Place", "Blues In Orbit", "Mexican Green", "Dedication To Joy", and "The Second City Steamer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – done with flip-back cover, and heavy vinyl! Includes the obi and insert.)

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✨✧ Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill DavisWings & Things ... LP
Verve, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best records to offer the team of alto giant Johnny Hodges and Hammond player Wild Bill Davis – not just because there's a great soul food cover on the front, but also because the group features Grant Green on guitar! The group plays a number of originals, with a solid soul jazz sound that borders on a Blue Note bag – and titles include "Wings & Things", "Dow De Dow Dow Dow", "Casanova", and "Spotted Dog". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has wear & stains, with a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Ikebe ShakedownWay Home ... LP
Colemine, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from this increasingly hip combo – a group who were already pretty darn funky at their start, but who've just kept on moving into really amazing territory over the years! The sound here is maybe the equivalent of the depth and shifts that El Michels brought to the deep funk underground – a new fusion of elements, and a way of playing the sonic field that helps the group divorce their style from its roots, and make it very much their own sound in the process! Sure, there's elements of 70s styles – Afro Funk, funky jazz, and instrumental soul – but the overall presentation is inflected with all these really unusual sounds and colors, and cool currents of darkness that show an increasing understanding of the sonic possibilities of familiar instrumentation. Don't worry, things are still plenty funky throughout, but also very individual too – on titles that include "She's Knocking", "Assassin", "Brushfire", "Penny The Switch", "Blue Giant", "Supermoon", "Shifting Sands", and "Where The Day Breaks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing.)
Also available Way Home ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with crackling, funk-steeped hip hop soul production. That's the case whether he's producing himself, working with a giant like Dr. Dre, or paired as he is here with Knxledge. Knx's production is a perfect backdrop – beats out front in the mix, classic Cali sample funk and soul framing the vocals – with a lingering haze holding it all together amazingly well! Intentional or not, Yes Lawd channels earlier Stones Throw classic LPs like Jaylib and Madvillain in the way it pairs distinctive contemporary talents for a joint duo effort, and after .Paak's solo shot Malibu, it's his second potential classic in a single year! Includes "Livvin", "Wngs", "What More Can I Say", "Kutless", "Lyk Dis", "Can't Stop", "Get Bigger", "Scared Money", "Suede", "Starlite", "Sidepiece", "Jodi", "Link Up", "Another Time", "Fkku" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Yes Lawd! ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Jimmy Smith with Babs Gonzales & Bill HendersonSingles ... LP
Blue Note (Japan), Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool Japanese-only package – one that brings together rare 45rpm material by Hammond organ giant Jimmy Smith! The set features some material that's a bit different than the LP world of Jimmy – including four tracks with vocalist Bill Henderson, two more with Babs Gonzales, and one more with Cecil Payne on baritone sax! Titles include "Cha Cha J", "Plum Nellie", "You Need Connections", "Ain't No Use", "Swingin Shepherd Blues", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on King – with obi!)

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✨✧ Joe TexFirst On The Dial – Early Singles & Rare Gems ... CD
Dial/Shout (UK), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible early singles from the mighty Joe Tex – numbers Joe cut for the Dial label from the early-to-mid 60s – with a bunch of lesser known gems from before his mid decade breakthrough! Joe's gritty, powerful voice and rollicking backdrop is really tough to beat – and his southern swagger and showmanship makes him one of the best and most unique soul singers of the era. A great little set! 25 tracks in all: "The Only Girl (I've Ever Loved)", "Hand Shakin', Love Makin', Girl Takin', Son Of A Gun From Next Door", "Meet Me In Church", "The Peck", "What Should I Do", "One Giant Step", "The Rib", "Say Thank You", "Looking For My Pig", "I Had A Good Home, But I Left" (Parts 1 & 2), "Tell Me Right Now", "There Is A Girl" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousNew Jazz Festival Balver Hohle – New Jazz 1976 & 1977 (8CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1976/1977. New Copy 8CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heck of a collection – and one that really gets at the amazing array of free-thinking jazz that was brewing up on the European scene during the 70s! The set brings together over eight hours of music recorded during two years of this legendary festival – and each new disc has some great surprises along the way! There's some possibly more familiar material here – such as long improvisations that include a solo piano performance by Joachim Kuhn, two by a Mal Waldron trio with Jimmy Woode on bass and Allen Blairman on drums, one by a trio headed by pianist Yosuke Yamashita and with Akira Sakata on alto, two more by the duo of Peter Brotzmann on tenor and Han Bennink on drums, and a final two long improvisations by a great Archie Shepp gruop with Richard Greenlee on trombone, Dave Burell on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums! Yet that's only the tip of the iceberg – as there's a full CD of music by a group led by Hugo Heredia on saxes and flute – with Horace Parlan on piano, Dodo Goys on bass, Tullio D'Piscopo on drums, and Mandrake Ivanir Do Nascimento on percussion. And there's another CD that features an hour-long improvisation by a version of the Willem Breuker Kollektief with Leo Cuypers on piano, Maarten Van Norden on tenor, Boy Raaymakers on trumpet, and Bernhard Hunnekink and Willem Van Manen on trombones. There's also a very long track by a cool quartet headed by Polish alto giant Zbigniew Namyslowski – and one more by the French Machi Oul Big Band. There's also tracks by Riot, with Uli Beckerhoff on trumpet; Grumpff with Michael Schlaper on tenor and soprano, and Ekkehard Jost on baritone; Mumps with Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone and John Surman on tenor; and the Eddie Prevost Quartet with Geoff Hawkins on tenor and Gerry Gold on trumpet. And last but not least are two long trcks by the Czech group Celula Jazz Crew – with Laco Deczi on trumpet, Karel Ruzicka on electric piano, and Svatopluc Kosvanec on trombone. Phew – that's a lot of music, and the whole thing comes in a very cool 10" box set, complete with a booklet of notes, too! CD

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✨✧ Don Byas with The Jacobs BrothersGroovin High – Live In Haarlem 1964 ... CD
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual later performance from tenor giant Don Byas – one that has him working with a very cool Dutch group, and hitting some modes that are quite different than some of Don's earlier work! Byas was right at home in the overseas scene at the time – a fact that you'll notice on his surprisingly strong Dutch language introductions to one of the tracks, and which you'll hear superbly in his work with Pim Jacobs on piano, Ruud Jacobs on bass, and John Engels on drums – all top players on the scene in The Netherlands, with a bold rhythmic approach that often pushes Byas more strongly into 60s grooves than anyone might expect. The album begins with a great modal version of "On Green Dolphin Street", and includes takes on "I Remember Clifford", "Lady Bird", "Groovin High", "Moonlight In Vermont", and "Billie's Bounce". CD

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✨✧ Dusko GoykovichEuropean Jazz Sounds ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic unreleased work from one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene from the late 50s onward – and one of the few players who could match the depth and soul of American jazzmen on the instrument! Dusko Goykovich has given us so much great music over the years – in small groups as a leader, in unusual projects as a sideman, and even as a soloist in bigger bands – and here, we capture the trumpet giant at the earliest stage of his career – on some beautiful German radio studio recordings from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – tight, soulful, boppish material with a slight modern edge – recorded on all tracks with Derek Humble on alto, Karl Drevo (Drewo) on tenor, Franciso Coppieters on piano, and Jonny Fischer on bass. Some tracks feature Kenny Clarke on drums, the rest feature Stuff Combe on the kit – and titles include "Mile Dave", "Omricon", "Perhaps", "Quicksilver", "Solar", "Les Copains", "Salud To Birdland", and "On Green Dolphin Street". CD

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✨✧ Bob JamesH ... CD
Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
The cover might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing blend of modes and styles, served up on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim, and acoustic piano! There's some fairly large arrangements in the mix, but they're never that overdone – and instead often leave plenty of room for the leader to solo out front – a bit like the way that larger charts worked for Hubert Laws during his time at CTI. Bob produced and arranged – and the record's still got some funkier moments in the mix as well. Titles include "Thoroughbred", "The Walkman", "Snowbird Fantasy", "Shepherd's Song", "Brighton By The Sea", and "Reunited". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland KirkStanding Eight (Return Of the 5000 lb Man/Kiratron/Boogie-Woogie String Along For Real) ... CD
32 Jazz, Mid 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Nice 2CD set that brings together the last 3 albums that Roland Kirk recorded before his untimely death in the late 70s. The albums show Kirk moving between his own unique jazz vision, and an exploration into older traditional forms. While not his most immediately compelling works, the albums do have a richness that is surprising, and which shows that Kirk was never willing to rest on his much-touted laurels. Titles include "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Giant Steps", "Night In Tunisia", "Steppin' Into Beauty", "Dorthan's Walk", "Hey Babebips", and "J. Griff's Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Deva MahalRun Deep ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – balanced out with some occasional smoother, more fluid moments at a level that really keeps things interesting. A few tunes here are so catchy, you might think that you've already heard them – and we mean that as a compliment, given that Mahal's just getting her start. The album features guest appearances from Binky Griptite, Allen Stone, and Coco Peila – and titles include "Snakes", "Fire", "Shards", "Run deep", "Take A Giant Step", "Optimist", "Can't Call It Love", and "Turnt Up". CD

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✨✧ Jack MarshallThunder Road – The Film Music Of Jack Marshall ... CD
La La Land, 1958/1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of rare soundtrack work by Jack Marshall – an artist you might know more for his instrumental albums on Capitol Records! The biggest part of the set features Jack's great score for Thunder Road – that excellent late 50s film that starred Robert Mitchum as a hot rodding bootlegger in the hills of Kentucky – a soundtrack that's probably most famous for the "Ballad Of Thunder Road", which had quite a life of its own! Most of the music here is instrumental, though – apart from that one great track – and is served up by Marshall in a mix of guitar and harmonica parts to set the hillbilly scene, plus fuller orchestrations at more dramatic or sensitive moments. CD features 24 tracks from the Thunder Road score – including "Radio Music", "Guitar Music", "Moonshine Run/Gangster Chase", "Trapped", "The Road Block", "Cabin", and "Lucky Chase/The Last Chase". Next is the score for Take A Giant Step – a film in which a young Johnny Nash must come to terms with prejudice and hatred in his suburban environment – given a much more sensitive musical treatment by Marshall. The few tracks in the score almost have a 50s TV playhouse vibe – gently emotive strings at some points, and some stock "rock" moments at others. Last up is music from The Rabbit Trap – sounds that are maybe in the more playful mode you'd know from Marshall's albums on Capitol – although not without some more sensitive elements too. CD features a whopping 37 tracks, 78 minutes of music, and lots of notes too! CD
(Limited edition of 1200!)

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✨✧ Hank MobleyWorkout ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Blue Note tenor giant Hank Mobley – a set that really explodes in all the new directions Hank was taking in the 60s! Mobley in the 50s was already the stuff of legend – a tremendous soloist on tenor, and every bit his own man – firmly focused forward with a voice that was already tremendous – but which was turned towards a lot of new ideas with records like this! Both Mobley's phrasing and rhythmic construction are different here than a few years before – still every bit as soulful as ever, but able to open up with richer imagination, especially on the strong original tunes on the set. The group's great – a quintet that offers up both guitar from Grant Green and piano from Wynton Kelly – and rhythm is by the mighty team of Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Tracks are longish, with plenty of room for solos – and titles include "Smokin", "Greasin Easy", "Workout", and "Uh Huh". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing.)

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✨✧ John PattonAlong Came John ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual album from the mighty Hammond giant John Patton – as the set features two tenor players in the group, both of them great! The tenor's no stranger to the sublime keyboard work of Patton – but here, the great one gets help from both Fred Jackson and Harold Vick – both of whom are at their early 60s soul jazz best, able to play with a hard edge, but also some surprisingly complicated moments too – which really fits into the spirit of Patton's overall groove! The group also features great guitar from Grant Green – one of his key pairings with the organist – plus drums from the wonderful Ben Dixon, who's got a fluid, open approach to rhythm that really works well with John's basslines from the Hammond. Titles include "Gee Gee", "Pig Foots", "Spiffy Diffy", "Along Came John", and the classic modal groover "The Silver Meter". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamps and ear – in great shape!)

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✨✧ Johnnie TaylorEargasm ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album from Johnnie Taylor – a set that not only gave his career a giant boost, but which also helped shift southern soul into hip new territory in the late 70s! The music's a great change from Taylor's previous work at Stax – and the set features warm production from Don Davis that brings a new level of smoothness to Johnnie's music – a quality that unlocks the soulful undercurrent always lurking in his bluesier work, and which pulls him out of the indie soul ghetto to the modern soul mainstream. The album features the massive "Disco Lady" – a record that's probably still paying Johnnie's bills today – and a cut that's much more groovy soul than you might guess from the title. Other tracks are great too – and include "Running Out Of Lies", "I'm Gonna Keep On Loving You", "Pick Up the Pieces", and "Somebody's Gettin It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousBack To The Beat – The Legend Of Northern Soul – Rare Breed Rhythm & Soul 1956 to 1962 ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's got Northern Soul in the title, but which instead focuses on the raw grooves from the generation before – the upbeat, hard-wailing R&B material that first took shape in the postwar years – then went on to become a huge driving force behind soul music at the start of the 60s! Many of these cuts are right on the cusp – tracks with maybe a bit more class and a bit less blues than R&B of a few years before, and with soaring vocal leads that really show the growing role of a singer in the generation of soul. There's a few very early cuts by artists you'll know from later years – mixed with lots more obscure singles – in a set that includes the titles "She's So Fine" by Big Boy Myles, "Bit Oak Tree" by Herbert Hunter, "Troubles" by Joe Simon, "What You Bet" by Ricky Rezell, "Come On Home" by George Allen, "That's A Good Idea" by Grover Mitchell, "Take A Giant Step" by The Profiles, "I'm Going Home" by Prince Conley, "These Tears" by Mary Johnson, "Too Young" by Dale Cunningham, "Third Window From The Right" by Dean Barlow, "Sugar Diabetes" by Eddie Banks & The Five Dreamers, and "Something Funny Is Going On" by Bertha Tillman. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousTroxy Music – 50s & 60s Film Themes ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not the usual film themes of the late 50s and early 60s – no James Bond numbers or Henry Mancini hits – and instead, a very cool, very well-selected batch of tracks that really opens up this cinematic generation! All of the numbers stand very well on their own – and the set mixes jazzy groovers with vocal themes and other standout moments from more obscure movies of the time – all to make a really playful, really groovy package that's filled with surprise after surprise all the way through! The music is from both British and American sources – and titles include "No Love For Johnnie" by Gerry Beckles, "A Kind Of Loving" by Ron Grainer, "Live Now Pay Later" by Doug Sheldon, "Payroll" by Reg Owen, "Take A Giant Step" by Ernest Maxin, "I'm A Lonely Man" by Hardy Kruger, "Look For A Star" by Gary Mills, "I'm All Right Jack" by Al Saxon, and "Duet From 16" by John Dankworth. CD

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✨✧ Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Wolfgang DaunerRischkas Soul ... LP
Brain/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from German keyboard giant Wolfgang Dauner – and maybe one of the few to perfectly balance both his soul jazz roots and his later trippier style! The music here is very groovy – much more in the mode of MPS Records electric jazz sets of the time than you'd guess from the album's placement on Brain Records – and the lineup features incredible work from Sigi Schwab on guitar – who can be open and spacious at some points, but then really jam with a groove at others! Likewise, the bassist Eberhard Weber can provide a lot of propulsion when needed, but also lay back and bow his cello in a more ECM-like way – and the album's two drummers, Fred Braceful and Roland Wittich, both show an equally deft ability to change up the groove! The real superstar, though, is the mighty Dauner – who plays piano, organ, and keyboards, plus a sweet bit of flute too – on tracks that include "Reading Machine", "Kamasutram", "Blues Far Out", "Flute Woman", and a freaky fuzzy take on Cannonball Adderley's "Jive Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rischkas Soul ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Good Fellows (Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring)Take The Yellow Train (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Monky's (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very hip sextet, and a cool trans-Pacific partnership, too – a group led by drummer Yoichi Kobayashi, but which also features strong work from American jazz giants Eric Alexander on tenor, Vincent Herring on alto, and Anthony Wonsey on piano! The format is relatively straightforward, but in the best manner of some of Alexander's other group dates – such as his material with the One For All Combo – and bass is by Motoi Kanamori, and female Japanese saxophonist Erena Terakubo plays on three of the album's nine tracks. Titles include the original "Take That Yellow Train", plus "Manteca", "Sweet Clifford", "Good Morning Heartache", "Two Bass Hit", "Giant Steps", and "Frank's Tune" – an old gem penned by Frank Strozier! CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonWalk The Blues (180 gram clear vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
ORG, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Tenor giant Dexter Gordon recorded in a quartet setting – live ath Jazzhus Montmarte in Copenhagen on July 21, 1967! He's backed by Kenny Drew on piano, Al Tootie Heath on drums and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and numbers include a great 11+ minute take on Lou Donaldson's "Blues Walk" plus "I Guess I'll Have To Hang" and "My Tears Out To Dry", and an epic, 15+ minute take on "Love For Sale" that fills the second side. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Billy HarperCapra Black (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most spiritual recordings put out by the Strata East label – and the album that put tenor giant Billy Harper on the map! Harper leads a hip group here – one that features George Cables on piano, Reggie Workmanon bass, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Julian Preister on trombone – and they're joined by a quintet of voices that includes Eugene McDaniels, all singing behind the jazz players in an uplifting spiritual mode that cries out with the new soul jazz freedom of the 70s! Max Roach and Donald Byrd had begun experiments like this a decade before, but Harper's work here blows them all away – with a sense of righteousness and focus that's simply astounding, especially considering that the album was Billy's first as a leader! Harper's solos are worth the price of the record alone – searing with a raw, post-Coltrane energy as he darts in and out of the voices in the backings. Titles are all original compositions – and include "Capra Black", "Soulfully I Love You", "New Breed", "Sir Galahad", and "Cry of Hunger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Eddie KendricksVintage 78 ... CD
Arista/Intermusic (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it can on a ballad – and which has a way of linking an earlier generation of fragile male soul vocals with a new sense of 70s masculinity – of which Kendricks was one of the leading lights in soul! There's moments here that might well match some of the best late 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson – and the strong arrangements are by Andrew Louis Smith – a name we don't really know at all, but who should be thanked for helping the record avoid any disco cliches. Titles include "How's Your Love Life Baby", "One Of The Poorest People", "Love Love Love", "The Best Of Strangers Now", "Don't Underestimate The Power Of Love", "Ain't No Smoke Without A Fire" and "Maybe I'm A Fool To Love You". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Vintage 78 ... LP 2.99

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✨✧ Steve KhanEyewitness/Modern Times/Casa Loco ... CD
Antilles/BGO (UK), 1981/1982/1983. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of early 80s albums from fusion giant Steve Khan – all lined up in a single collection! First up is Eyewitness – an early 80s effort from guitarist Steve Khan – a set recorded after some big records for Columbia, and one that follows very strongly in their legacy! Khan's super-deft here, but also able to create these washes of sound as much as some bold lines on his instrument – moving between the modes freely in the company of a tight quartet – with Anthony Jackson on bass, Steve Jordan on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion – all much more in the loose, open style of fusion from the mid 70s than you might guess from the date of the record. Titles include "Where's Mumphrey", "Dr Slump", "Guy Lafleur", and "Auxilary Police". Modern Times has Steve Khan stretching out even more htan before – working on a set of three long tracks that really expand his ideas strongly – almost pushing his guitar sense of tone and color into some of the territory Pat Metheny was exploring at the time! The group is Khan's great quartet with Anthony Jackson on bass, Steve Jordan on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussoin – and titles include "Blades", "The Blue Shadow", "Modern Times", and "Penguin Village". Casa Loco is a record that's maybe a bit more electric on the rhythms than some of Steve Khan's previous sets – thanks to use of Simmons drums by drummer Steve Jordan – but a record that's still got Steve himself playing very strongly in the lead! Khan's as deft as ever here, working out these swirling chords that brew together in waves of sound – that special place a few fusion artists found themselves after the rock-jamming years of the 70s. The album features a bit of vocals from percussionist Manolo Badrena – which come across surprisingly well – and titles include "The Suitcase", "Uncle Roy", "Some Sharks", "Breakaway", and "Casa Loco". CD

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✨✧ VariousMedicine Ball Caravan – Music From The Motion Picture ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the less-remembered records from the era of the giant rock festival – a set of tracks that were recorded during a wild cross-country hippie caravan! Although maybe not another Woodstock, the album does have some long live tracks that are really worth seeking out – in a relatively surprising blend of musicians that makes for a pretty interesting record overall! Highlights include a searing eight minute take on "Black Juju" by Alice Cooper, a ten minute medley of "How Blue Can You Get/Just A Little Love" by BB King, a twelve minute "Freakout/It Takes A Lot To Laugh" by Stoneground, a version of "Free The People" by Delaney & Bonnie, one of the rawest Doug Kershaw performances we've ever heard on "Louisiana Man/Battle Of New Orleans/Orange Blossom Special", Sal Valentino singing "Dreambo", and the Youngbloods tracks "Hippie From Olema" and "Act Naturally", both nicely tongue in cheek. CD

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✨✧ Gianni Basso/Fabrizio Bosso QuintetSweet & Lovely ... CD
Philology (Italy), 2003. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful meeting between two generations of Italian jazz – and a set that's almost gone onto become a modern classic over the years! Older tenorist Gianni Basso is perfectly matched here with younger trumpet giant Fabrizio Bosso – in a sound that's sweet on the edges, and has a nice bite in the middle – well-recorded, with very compelling song choices – and superb backing from a trio that features Andrea Pozza on piano, Luciano Milanese on bass, and Stefano Bagnoli on drums! You can really hear the formative roots of the current Italian scene that's really taken off in the past decade or so – and Bosso is nicely restrained at times, but only in a way that seems respectful to the well-crafted tenor sound of Basso. Titles include "Fan Tan", "Zoot", "Jones' Beach", "Split Kick", "Sweet & Lovely", and "Lucius Lu". CD

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✨✧ Faith Evans & Notorious BIGKing & I ... LP
Rhino, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A late, but earnest and affectionate tribute to late great mic giant Notorious BIG – his archival vocals paired with new vocals by Faith Evans – and appearances by Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Skeep Louch, Styles P, Jadakiss & Lil Cease! As false as many similar sets can feel, something about this one feels realer and closer to Biggie's familial comfort zone, and somehow, against all odds creatively, surprisingly welcome after all these years. Includes "A Billion", "Legacy", "Can't Get Enough", "Don't Test Me", "Tryna Get By", "I Don't Want It" feat Lil' Cease, "Ten Wife", "Fool For You", "Got Me Twisted", "When We Party" feat Snoop Dogg, "Somebody Knows" feat Busta Rhymes, "One In The Same", "Lovin' You For Life" feat Lil' Kim, "NYC" feat Jadakiss, "It Was Worth It" & more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ German OakDown In The Bunker (3CD set) ... CD
Bunker/Now Again, 1972. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the darkest albums of the Krautrock scene in the 70s – an album that was actually recorded in a WWII-era bunker – where the duo were free to open up their instruments, jam for a very long time, and play with the sorts of effects and techniques you might know from bigger groups of the period! Yet there's a brooding quality here that's different than Can, Faust, or other groups – maybe because German Oak were a duo without a very clear path forward, and also because recording an album in an underground concrete bunker was bound to produced some weird vibes on the session! One of the group members recalls in the notes that in the space, he couldn't help thinking of the trauma of WWII – and you can definitely hear that in the music, and see it in the look of the package – which carries tunes that include "Screaming Skeletons", "Missile Song", "Belle's Song", and "Nothing". This fantastic package offers up some great notes from the group – in both German and English – and also adds in rare material too – the tracks "Bear Song", "Happy Stripes On Cats", "Ghost Guitar", "Belle's Song (extended)", "Python Vs Tiger", "Giant Rock Boulder Golem", "Missle Song (extended)", "Harpy & Peregrine", and "Bear Song (alt version)". CD

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✨✧ Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Steps Ahead ... CD
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more than lives up to his legendary work from the height of late 60s & early 70s years. The material was recorded in sessions in Boston and London, playing with the Either/Orchestra on the Boston sessions, plus members of the Heliocentrics and others – really hitting on diverse styles throughout, from spacious and eclectic jazz, to the classic Addis Ababa nightclub sound, to grittier kinda crime jazz soundtrack styles and some Afro Latin inspirations. Wonderful work that's well worth Mulatu's legacy! Titles include "Radcliffe", "Green Africa", "The Way To Be Nice", "Assosa", "I Faram Gami I Faram", "Mulatu's Mood", "Ethio Blues", "Boogaloo" and "Motherland". CD
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✨✧ Walter NorrisStepping On Cracks ... CD
Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and filled with the kind of soaring lines and cascading tones that Walter can bring to the piano – lyrical lines, but also punctuated with a sharper edge too – given beautiful support here from bassist George Mraz, whose work at this point in his career is always fantastic – and drummer Ronnie Bedford, who lays back, and comes in at just the right moments. Titles include "Giant Steps", "A Child Is Born", "Stepping On Cracks", and "Falling In Love With Love". CD
 
 
 



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