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GimmicksGimmicks In Acapulco ... LP
Karussell (Japan), 1971. Near Mint- ... $22.99
No doubt about it – these guys are groovy! Groovy like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – with a sweet male/female harmony vocal style, applied here to a mixture of bossa nova tunes and 60s pop numbers, recorded in Mexico by this Swedish combo, with a sound that would make A&M weep! There's a great selection of tunes on the package that keep things nice and fresh – fresher than Sergio Mendes, even – as the tracks run from a cover of "California Soul", to obvious numbers like "Wave" and "Mas Que Nada", to lesser-known gems like "Good Old Brandy On The Rocks", "Coco Loco Samba", "Honeymoon In Las Brisas", and "Acapulco Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing.)

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GimmicksGimmicks Of Sweden ... LP
Polydor (Sweden), 1972. Very Good+ ... $28.99
One of the grooviest records cut by this incredibly groovy combo! The Gimmicks are a sweet pop harmony combo from Sweden – in a style that's a lot like Brasil 66 or Bossa Rio – and like the work of those two in the early 70s, this 1972 set shows The Gimmicks expanding their sound a lot, picking up influences from 70s LA pop, electric samba from Brazil, and some of the hipper styles of European pop-oriented grooves. The record's got a sparkling electric sound and some really wonderful harmonies – and tracks include "Que Maravilha", "Once I Loved", "Somewhere In The Hills", "Colours Of Love", "It's Too Late Baby", "Ye Me Le", "Pais Tropical", and "Stone Slipper Cindy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese reissue pressing – still quite rare!)
 
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Chuck BerryFrom St Louie To Frisco ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Sealed ... $24.99
The title might say "Frisco", but the album's a real back-to-basics record from Chuck Berry – produced by the man himself, with a lean, stripped-down vibe that almost goes back to his earlier work at Chess Records! There's definitely a few 60s soul currents in the mix, but in the best way possible – helping Berry mature his sound a bit, but without turning it towards any easy crossover gimmicks – which means that there's still a lot of bluesy elements at the core, and Chuck's charms really come through on both his vocals and guitar. Titles include "Louie To Frisco", "Ma Dear", "The Love I Lost", "Rock Cradle Rock", "Misery", and "I Can't Believe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed! Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/LoueOur Point Of View ... CD
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 14.99
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott, and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland. The set's produced by Glasper, and has all the open, soulful currents of his own great records for the label – but also really draws a lot from the contributions of the other heavyweights too – as they work together on a se of mostly original tunes, all with shapes and sounds that you never would have expected on Blue Note in years past. We're huge fans of this direction of the label – and appreciate the way that they've found a way to keep things creatively soulful, but without rehashing the past or resorting to easy gimmicks. There's a depth here that would have made the old school proud – and titles include "Bayyinah", "Cycling Through Reality", "Witch Hunt", "Second Light", "Freedom Dance", and "Message Of Hope" – plus a few shorter tracks dedicated to Bruce Lundvall, the always-optimistic champion who headed the label in the years before his death. CD
Also available Our Point Of View ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/LoueOur Point Of View ... LP
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott, and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland. The set's produced by Glasper, and has all the open, soulful currents of his own great records for the label – but also really draws a lot from the contributions of the other heavyweights too – as they work together on a se of mostly original tunes, all with shapes and sounds that you never would have expected on Blue Note in years past. We're huge fans of this direction of the label – and appreciate the way that they've found a way to keep things creatively soulful, but without rehashing the past or resorting to easy gimmicks. There's a depth here that would have made the old school proud – and titles include "Bayyinah", "Cycling Through Reality", "Witch Hunt", "Second Light", "Freedom Dance", and "Message Of Hope" – plus a few shorter tracks dedicated to Bruce Lundvall, the always-optimistic champion who headed the label in the years before his death. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Our Point Of View ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Bobby DarinLove Swings ... CD
Collectors Choice, 1961. Used ... $8.99
One of the greatest Bobby Darin albums ever! Gone are all the gimmicks of some of his teen records, and in their place is a solid, serious approach to jazz vocals that has Darin standing tall with the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Honest, this is one of our favorite vocal albums from the time – and Darin glides effortlessly over arrangements by Torrie Zito, sort of in the way that Mel Torme could when he was at his best. Titles include "How About You", "No Greater Love", "Long Ago & Far Away", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", and "In Love In Vain". A real treasure – and one that we've loved for years! 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
Also available Ennanga Vision (deluxe version) ... LP 26.99

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Ennanga VisionEnnanga Vision (deluxe version) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on neon vinyl!)
Also available Ennanga Vision ... CD 10.99

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Ethel EnnisThis Is Ethel Ennis (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Poker (UK), 1963/1964/1965. Used ... $11.99
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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Roberto FonsecaABUC ... CD
Impulse, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 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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Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... CD
MRI, 2013. Used ... $8.99
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". CD

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Earl KlughWishful Thinking ... CD
Capitol, 1984. Used ... $6.99
Smooth fusion from one of the greats – and although an 80s set, a record that still holds onto most of the best warmth of Earl Klugh's earlier years! The production is surprisingly laidback at points – never too many 80s gimmicks or easy attempts at a hit – and Earl plays with arrangements from Dave Matthews, Don Sebesky, and Johnny Mandel – all top-shelf talents who know best how to keep the sound in line. All tracks are Klugh originals – and tunes include "Tropical Legs", "Wishful Thinking", "A Natural Thing", "All The Time", and "The Only One For Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Allegra LevyCities Between Us ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A great singer in a great group – a vocalist who's really coming into her own, and turning out to be a heck of a writer – as you'll hear on this album that features both original music, and lyrics set to tunes by jazz musicians who include Duke Jordan and Dexter Gordon! Allegra Levy's never going for an easy approach here – not trying crossover ballads or torch material, but also not trying to overdo things with too many tricks and gimmicks – just delivering rock-solid, jazz-based presentation of the tunes – which include some surprisingly poetic lyrics on a few of our favorite numbers. The group's got the right balance to make the music sparkle in all the right ways – with Stephen Riley on tenor, Kirk Knkuffke on cornet, Carmen Staaf on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums – and titles include "Lullaby Of The Orient", "Cities Between Us", "Cherry Blossom Song", "I Shouldn't Tell You", "Misery Makes The Music", "Sleepwalk With Me", and "Soy Califa". CD

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James MoodyComin' On Strong ... LP
Argo, 1963. Sealed ... $14.99
A prime Argo gem from James Moody – and key proof that when he wanted to, he could be one of the hippest cats working in 60s jazz! The approach here is subtle, but amazing – a blend of hardbop with some of the more modern ideas that were coming up in the post-bop generation from the team of Moody and Dizzy Gillespie. The rhythms are quite complicated at times – very fresh and vibrant, but without any of the easy gimmicks that other 60s artists would fall into – like vamping soul jazz or borrowed bossa lines. Instead, working in a combo with a young Kenny Barron, Moody concentrates on fresh timings and complicated changes – modes that push his own work on alto, tenor, and flute far from expected territory – and which also features Barron on piano and organ, George Eskridge on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums. Tracks include "Zanzibar", "Dizzy", "Ole", "Sonnymoon For Two", and a nice version of "Fly Me To The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Tony OrlandoHalfway To Paradise – The Complete Epic Masters 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Epic/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
Way before Tony Orlando started tying a ribbon around that old oak tree, he cut some wonderful work for the Epic label – early 60s Brill Building pop at its finest, recorded with a host of top-shelf talents! Arrangements here are by Carole King, Alan Lorber, Garry Sherman, and other New York pop luminaries – all of whom cast Tony's vocals in a surprisingly soulful blend of strings with deeper drums and bass – a groove that's a bit like some of the uptown soul that was coming into play on the scene at the time, and which is a lot less than the simple pop you might expect. Orlando's presentation of the material is really great – never prone to easy gimmicks, and often with a slightly fragile style that's a far cry from his 70s fame. Titles include "Bless You", "My Baby's A Stranger", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Tell Me Where To Run To", "That Lovin Touch", "Shirley", "The Loneliest", "I'll Be There", "Accept It", "I'd Never Find Another You", "Talkin About You", and "Some Kinda Wonderful". 27 tracks in all – with great notes on this phase of Tony's career! CD

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PachecoArtist ... LP
Fania, 1977. Very Good ... $6.99
Johnny Pacheco's still one hell of an artist well into these late 70s years of his career – one of the key talents in the transformation of the New York Latin sound in the early 60s, and still equally vibrant in his work for the younger generation too! The album's got that cool, cooking sound that always made Pacheco's work so great – a small combo dedication to rhythms first, and other instrumentation second – piano, percussion, and basslines tide up beautifully at the bottom – all topped with some brassy flourishes, and lots of strong lead vocals from Hector Casanova! Pacheco's a master of understatement throughout – no tricks, gimmicks, or nods to the contemporary dancefloor styles – but that's what makes the album a killer – on cuts that include "La Yerba Brava", "Ileana", "Tu No Sabes Na", "Amarra El Perro", "El Inventor", and "Corso Y Montuno". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Don PattersonWhy Not ... LP
Muse, 1978. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Later work from Don Patterson – but a record that still shows him in fine fine form! The tunes are all long and spacious – no gimmicks, just straight ahead soul jazz, in that beautiful back-to-basics mode that Muse was using with Charles Earland around the same time. The group's a quintet – bigger than usual for Patterson – with Don on the Hammond, plus Bootsie Barnes on tenor, Eddie McFadden on guitar, Virgil Jones on trumpet, and Idris Muhammad on drums. Titles include "Aries", "Why Not", "Three Miles Out", and "Freddie Tooks Jr". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tito PuenteMambo Diablo ... LP
Concord, 1985. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A stone cooker from Tito Puente's great back to basics years of the 80s – a time when he was really moving towards the Latin jazz of his roots – working without any singers, or any contemporary gimmicks, and letting loose with tight combos and top-line jazz players! This set features Puente on vibes, timbales, and percussion – grooving nicely with the great Sonny Bravo on piano, whose bold lines definitely help shape the grooves – giving them plenty of New York 60s pulse, alongside work by Jimmy Frisuara on trumpet and trombone, Mario Rivera on soprano and tenor, and Ray Gonzalez on trumpet. Bobby Rodriguez handles bass, and Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez brings in added percussion with congalero Jose Madara – and tracks include "Take Five", "Mambo Diablo", "Pick Yourself Up", "Eastern Joy Dance", "China", and "No Pienses Asi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny StittAutumn In New York ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1962/1967. Used ... $7.99
Beautiful lost 60s material from Stitt – recorded without any tricks or gimmicks, in a solidly-blown mode that rivals his best work for Roost and Argo! The first 4 tracks of the set were recorded in New York in 1962 – with an unnamed group that lets Sonny really take the lead on sax, blowing in an easy-going and open style that's every bit the best mode he used on his live work of the time. The next 4 tracks were recorded in Zurich in 1967 – by a group that featured Sonny with Walter Bishop, Tommy Potter, and Kenny Clarke – plus trumpeter Howard McGhee on a few numbers. These tunes are equally great in their understated brilliance, and have perhaps a slight bit more punch, thanks to the expanded lineup. A few numbers run quite long, with very open solo space, and titles include "The Gypsy", "Night Work", "Matter Horns", "Hello", and "Loverman". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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Sweet MarieStuck In Paradise ... LP
Yardbird, 1972. Near Mint- (reissue)... $19.99
The title's no lie, given that the group were working way out in the Hawaiian scene at the time when this album was released – but that offshore obscurity doesn't stop these guys from serving up another hard psych classic to match the brilliance of their debut! The drawing on the cover has these guys looking like they've picked up some leisure suits – but the sound here is a lot harder and heavier, and continues the group's strong trio approach of fuzzy guitar, deeply soulful bass, and powerful drums – a core approach to their music that doesn't need any tricks, gimmicks, or fancy production – just a rock-solid sound in the best post-Hendrix mode. Titles include "Dodo", "Hortense The Hippy", "It Ain't Easy", "Stella's Candy Store", "I Got That Feelin", and "I Want Your Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue on Wah Wah.)

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Pat ThomasElephant Clock Of Al Jazari ... LP
OTOroku (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $22.99
Haunting solo piano work from Pat Thomas – an artist who doesn't seem to just play the keys, but the overall instrument as well – yet all without ever resorting to any sort of sonic tricks or gimmicks! Pat's got this amazing command of the keyboard – able to make the whole instrument resonate with his power on the keys, and also maybe making the room itself move as well – while still also holding to a tonal core and overall musical sensibility – free, but never without a sense of direction. There's moments here that almost feel like Cecil Taylor folded into Jaki Byard – and others that recall a Schlippenbach-like genius – all artists who we'd gladly place Pat Thomas next to, based on the strength of this performance. Titles include "Lubb", "Done", "Elephant", and "For Al Haytham". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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