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Louis Armstrong & Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (bonus tracks) ... CD
Essential Jazz, 1957. Used ... $5.99
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CD also features bonus tracks – including "Let's Do It", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Makin Whoopee". CD

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Roy AyersWest Coast Vibes ... CD
United Artists/Mighty Quinn, 1963. Used ... $19.99
A holy grail of jazz – Roy Ayers' first album as a leader, and a near-lost session that's simply sublime! The record was cut at the same time that Roy was working in LA with pianist Jack Wilson – and it's got an approach that's a bit similar to some of the Wilson/Ayers sessions for Atlantic, Blue Note, and Vault – but with a marked difference here in the presence of Curtis Amy, who plays some incredible tenor and soprano sax on the session – arcing out over the modal lines set up by the vibes and piano, and shading in the record with a much deeper sense of soul! Amy plays on about half the album's tracks – all of which are standout modal tunes that preface the MPS/Saba sound by a number of years, and which we'd easily rank as some of the greatest jazz recorded anywhere in the 60s. And even the tracks without Amy are great too – and have Roy echoing out with a wonderfully round tone on the vibes – no tricks, no gimmicks, no attempt to cross over to commercial jazz – just a brilliant tone and fresh vision on his instrument for the time. Wilson's great too (but when is he not?) – and rhythm is by either Bill Plummer or Victor Gaskin on bass, and either Tony Bazley or Kenny Dennis on drums. Titles include "Sound & Sense", "Ricardo's Dilemma", "Out Of Sight", "Young & Foolish", "Reggie Of Chester", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Now's The Time" and "Perhaps/Cool Blues" – both pulled from the Bird Call record with Vi Redd as a leader, noteworthy as Roy's first time in the studio! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Beach BoysSmiley Smile ... LP
Brother/Capitol, 1967. Very Good+ ... $24.99
The slimmed-down, single LP effort that Capitol issued after the collapse of the legendary Smile album – and a pretty sublime set nonetheless! Sure, some might argue that you can't enjoy Brian Wilson's genius until you've listened to 20 bootlegs of the sessions with dozens of takes on the tunes – but honestly, this slim little set is more than enough to prove to us that the man's a genius – and it's filled with really wonderful tunes that still stand as some of the most incredible moments in 60s pop! Production is amazing, vocals are wonderful, and the quick changes of theme and setting really keep things interesting – all without making us feel like we're getting hit over the head with some cheap gimmicks. Titles include "Vegetables", "Heroes & Villains", "Fall", "Little Pad", "With Me Tonight", and "Wind Chimes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing on Brother. Cover has a worn, and center split top seam.)

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Ludvig Berghe TrioLudvig Berghe Trio ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2003. Used ... $6.99
Tremendous work by one of the freshest new talents on piano we've heard in years – a player who works with the poise of Bill Evans at his best, but who can also open up with a younger energy one some of the album's more firey tracks! Berghe's sound is relatively inside through most of the album – never resorting to gimmicks, tricks, or overdone exploration of freedom – and instead reveling in its own focused power on the piano, flowing out with a brilliance that's hard to put in words, but which holds us rapt throughout the set. Titles include "New Song", "Ruby Slippers", "Lord Vader", "Rubatone", "Mr Presents Presents", "Fall Of The Roman Empire", and "Waltz". CD

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Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. Used ... $13.99
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Dining RoomsTre (US version) ... CD
Guidance, 2003. Used ... $5.99
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. There's loads of really solid tunes in here – sly numbers that sneak up on you with a subtle approach to the craft, gently burrowing in and taking root – somehow making the album that much more compelling overall. A number of tracks have some wonderfully languid vocals, some male and some female – and these tunes fall nicely next to instrumental numbers with a very evocative approach. Titles include "Anima Per Amarti", "Tunnel", "La Citta Nuda", "Fluxus", "Flamenco Sketches", "Dreamy Smiles", "You", "African Loungesters", and a nice cover of Sun Ra's "Astro Black"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Ennanga VisionEnnanga Vision ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old school keyboards and drum machines – all at a level that's almost in the territory of some of the best post-punk global experiments – such as work on the Crammed Discs label, and maybe some of the more creative groups from the French and Belgian scenes of the time! The notes describe the music in somewhat enigmatic terms – but there's a straightforward appeal that really makes the whole thing great – a quality that's very unique, and very different – all with a sensitive approach that never goes for easy sorts of gimmicks or tricks. Titles include "All This Blue", "Abbanna Kange", "Kampala Auto Chase", "Endongo Moogs", "Silimu", "Jaja", "New Sunshine", "Essembi", "Killing Ghosts", "Happy Birthday Wonder", and "Otim's War". CD

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Ethel EnnisThis Is Ethel Ennis (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Poker (UK), 1963/1964/1965. Used ... $14.99
A wealth of great work from vocalist Ethel Ennis – her full This Is Ethel Ennis album for RCA, plus a host of additional bonus tracks as well! The full album features Ethel's great vocals alongside dynamic backings from Sid Bass – music that's certainly jazz at the core, but which also has some of the more inventive flourishes that Sid was bringing to his own instrumental sides for RCA – not really tricks or gimmicks, but these great little touches that help keep things interesting throughout! Ethel's vocals are straightforward, but have a nice undercurrent of soul – more so than the usual RCA singers of the time – and titles include "Dear Friend", "An Occasional Man", "He Loves Me", "As You Desire Me", "Who Will Buy", "Night Club", "Love Don't Turn Away", and "When Did I Fall In Love". CD also features 10 more bonus tracks – additional RCA singles cut by Ennis with backings from Dick Hyman, Claus Ogerman, Marty Manning, and others. Titles include "Matchmaker Matchmaker", "I've Got That Feeling", "About Love", "We Could Learn Together", "San Juan", and "The Boy From Ipanema". CD
(Out of print.)

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FatbackGigolo ... LP
Spring, 1981. Very Good ... $4.99
Tight 80s grooving from Fatback – kicking it large with the bass-heavy dancefloor sound they virtually invented! There's a really solid feel to the whole set – as brother Bill Curtis and crew go for an uptempo style of funk that never sells out for cheap gimmicks, and which knows just when to lay back for a mellower soul cut. It's that well-rounded sound that really makes the group great at this point – a refreshing change from some of the too-bassy combos that sprung up in their wake over the years! Titles include "Oh Girl", "Gigolo", "Rockin To The Beat", "Rub Down", "Higher", and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Her Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album

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Flatt & ScruggsOriginal Sound – Flatt & Scruggs ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Early work from this famous duo – some of their first big recordings, done for Mercury in the postwar years before hitting greater fame at Columbia – with nicely rootsy bluegrass vibe! Given some of the gimmicks/themes used in later years, this might be some of the pureset Flatt & Scruggs that you'll ever get. LP, Vinyl record album
(60s mono pressing.)

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Roberto FonsecaABUC ... CD
Impulse, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring on jazz piano lines, but a well-conceived, fully-formed approach that mixes Roberto's fierce piano lines with larger percussion and horns, and some very strong acoustic bass from Yandy Martinez – which really drives the harder-grooving songs in a great way! We're often a bit suspicious of projects like this, but we're totally in love with this record – as there's a vibe that's at once respectful of the classics, but totally brand-new – and produced to perfection, without any fakeness or gimmicks at all. Titles include "Soul Guardians", "Sagrado Corazon", "Family", "Tierra Santa", "Tumbao De La Unidad", "Afro Mambo", and "Asere Monina Bonco". CD

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Gilberto GilEletroacustico ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 2004. Used ... $3.99
A triumphant live set from Gilberto Gil – one that has him working before a large and appreciative crowd in Rio, but in a style that still comes across with a great degree of intimacy! Gil's at the front of the mix on guitar and vocals – dominating all of the tunes with a strength that recalls some of his classic recordings, and which shows that, like Caetano Veloso, age has only enriched his sound and deepened his talents in live performance. And nicely enough, the set's mostly without any of the stylistic gimmicks that have marred some of Gil's more recent albums – almost back-to-basics, with a nice stripped-down sound on many of the tunes. Titles include a mix of classics and new numbers – including "Refavela", "Andar Com Fe", "Cambalache", "A Linha E O Linho", "A Rita", "Imagine", "La Lune De Goree", and "Three Little Birds". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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Tyree GlennLet's Have A Ball ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $14.99
A playfully swinging set from trombonist Tyree Glenn – working here in a nicely offbeat style that also includes a bit of vocals as well! Glenn's got a great way with the muted trombone – working the end with a wah wah approach that's certainly got its roots in trad jazz, but which also comes across here with a classy swinging 50s style – thanks to strong small combo backing from Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Potter, and Jo Jones. The album should sound hokey, but it doesn't – thanks to a richly expressive style by Glenn, one that's got more than enough soul to get past the gimmicks. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Love For Sale", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "If I Should Lose You", "I've Got The World On A String", "If Winter Comes", "Yesterdays", and "Stairway To The Stars". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... LP
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – and there's a soulful sensibility here that may finally rank them right up there with the 70s legends who inspired their sound – especially in the case of Karl Denson's work on sax and flute, and Robert Walter's keyboards! There's also some occasional vocals on the record, but often pressed down into the grooves, in this cool electric way – and which also still leaves most of the focus on the instrumentation. Surprisingly great – with titles that include "Profundo Grosso", "Old Crow", "Bomb Pop", "Inland Emperor", "Diminishing Blackness", "Trashtruck", "Better Get A Jump On It", and "Bitch Inside Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny KeatingKeating Sound/Straight Ahead ... CD
Decca/Vocalion (UK), 1964/1965. Used ... $18.99
The birth of genius – 2 key mid 60s albums from swinging Brit jazzer Johnny Keating – both of which showcase his tightly rhythmic "Keating Sound" approach! Keating had originally worked as an arranger in the 50s group of Ted Heath, but after stepping out on his own in the 60s, he came up with a really fresh approach to big band grooving – one that was highly syncopated, in a choppier style of rhythm than many other groups were using at the time, and which was very much in the snapping mode of the best 60s pop work of the time. This new sound meant that Keating could take just about any tune and swing it on its ear – cutting up the basic structure of the song, and rebuilding it in sharper, tighter blocks of sound. The result is a style that's quite different from the usual big band groove – one that makes for some extremely playful instrumentation, but which manages to still keep moving strongly ahead without resorting to too many tricks or gimmicks. For both albums, Keating's working with some great British talents that include Shake Keane on trumpet, Tubby Hayes on saxes, David Snell on harp, and Jim Sullivan on guitar. The CD features a total of 24 tracks that are a wonderful introduction to the Keating Sound of the 60s – with titles that inlcude "Paris", "Brave New World", "Serenata", "Speak Low", "Listen", "The Preacher", "Hey Girl", "Bee Bom", "My Kind Of Girl", and "The Chihuahua". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rahsaan Roland KirkReturn Of The 5000 Lb Man ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A beautiful late chapter in the jazz journey of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and an album of subtle genius that's really opened up to us over the years! The setting here isn't as "hit you over the head" as on some of Kirk's Atlantic Records – because at one level, the tunes are mostly straight, and free of gimmicks – yet also still manage to conjure up the warmth, spirit, and soul that Roland brought to his best work. There's a slightly electric vibe running through some of the tunes, thanks to keyboards from Hilton Ruiz – and the album also benefits from organ work by Trudy Pitts and guitar from Billy Butler – both of whom are wonderfully restrained, in a way that matches the subtlety of the entire conception of the set. Titles include "Theme For The Eulipions", which features a great recitation from Betty Neals, plus cool chorus vocals – and other titles include "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Giant Steps", "Loving You", and "I'll Be Seeing You". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangSomething Special ... LP
De-Lite, 1981. Very Good ... $2.99
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Patti LabelleBel Hommage ... CD
GPE, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A great little jazz album from Patti Labelle – and that's right, we did say "jazz" and not soul – as the whole thing's got a wonderful old school style that really suits the singer's voice perfectly! There's a classic presentation to the record, but also one that's never trapped in cliched gimmicks – as the live jazz backing seems to unlock more spontaneity in Patti's vocals than we remember hearing in recent decades – as she takes each song and gives it a wonderful personal performance. The lady also mixes in some deeper bluesy currents to her phrasing, in a way you'd never expect from her 70s albums – and titles include "Jazz In You", "Moanin", "Moody's Mood", "Softly As I Leave You", "Peel Me A Grape", "I Can Cook", "Folks Who Live On The Hill", "Song For Old Lovers", and "Go To Hell". CD

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Lord FinesseAwakening – Clean & Instrumental Mixes ... LP
Penalty, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP ... $29.99
This is the double vinyl promo edition of Finesse's comeback LP, with clean mixes of 15 tracks and guest spots from KRS-One, OC, Diamond, AG, MC Lyte and Akinyele, plus the bonus instrumental vinyl with 13 tracks. Includes the clean and instrumental versions of "Time Ta Bounce", "Brainstorm/PSK (No Gimmicks rmx)", "Taking It Lyte", "Gameplan", "Flip Da Style", "Showtime", "Speak Ya Piece", "Food For Thought", "Hip 2 Da Game", "No Gimmicks" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve. Labels have some marker.)

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MaxwellBlack Summers' Night ... LP
Columbia, 2009. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 24.98
A massive return to form for Maxwell – his first album in many years, but definitely well worth the wait! The set's supposedly the start of a trilogy – but hell, we're more than happy to have it all on its own – a wonderful reminder of the deeply soulful sound that first made us fall in love with Maxwell's music many years back – at a time when few mainstream soul artists could hit such a classic vibe – equally amazing all these years later, as Maxwell's still doing it better than most! Tunes are beautifully-written – straightforward, without any gimmicks, and cascading in warm beats, laidback grooves, and those sweetly crackling vocals that make Maxwell a winner on both mellow and funky numbers. Titles include "Bad Habits", "Cold", "Pretty Wings", "Playing Possum", "Phoenix Rise", "Stop The World", and "Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl!)

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