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GimmicksGimmicks In Acapulco ... LP
Karussell (Japan), 1971. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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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Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Sublime early work from pianist Dave Brubeck – already recording here with the amazing Paul Desmond on alto sax – in the kind of magical blend that would bring both players great fame by the end of the 50s! Even at this early point, the subtle modern touches are perfectly in place – that blend of space, sound, color, and tone that made the Brubeck/Desmond team so unique – recorded here without any other gimmicks or trappings to get in the way. The set mostly features shorter versions of standards – including "Stardust", "Just One Of Those Things", "Alice In Wonderland", and "All The Things You Are" – but it also features an amazing 14 minute take on "At A Perfume Counter", with really extended solo lines from Desmond! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam, and a piece of clear tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ Paul DesmondPaul Desmond ... LP
Artists House, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
Great 70s work from Paul Desmond – a sweet little quartet date that easily rivals his genius live album for A&M from the same stretch! The record's done in the simple, unadorned style that made the short-lived Artist House label so great – a real back to basics setting that's free from any gimmicks, and which has that sublime Desmond alto sound out front, in a quartet that features Ed Bickert on guitar, Don Thompson on bass, and Jerry Fuller on drums. Titles include the original "Audrey", plus "Line For Lyons", "Too Marvelous For Words", "When Sunny Gets Blue", and "Darn That Dream" – all nice and long! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear.)

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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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Barney KesselTo Swing Or Not To Swing – Barney Kessel Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Very Good- ... $9.99
Given Barney's touch on the guitar, you can bet that a record like this hardly could claim "not to swing" – and the session's a tight groover done in a way that clearly marks Kessel as one of the best guitar talents of his generation! The recording quality of the album is wonderful – and Kessel's right up front in the mix, often varying his tone slightly from track to track – in a way that makes for a wider voice on the session, but one that's also free from gimmicks. Other players include Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Georgie Auld, and Harry Edison – and titles include "Contemporary Blues", "Happy Feeling", "Begin The Blues", "Wail Street", "Don't Blame Me", and "Moten Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the spine.)

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Otto Luening & Vladimir UssachevskyTape Recorder Music – At The Museum Of Modern Art ... LP
Innovation 2/Cacophonic (UK), 1952. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Amazing early tape experiments from the team of Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky – both early pioneers in postwar space age sounds! The work here was performed for the Museum of Modern Art in the early 50s – and as such, has a quality that's never too stark or dark – but which still pushes the boundaries of the medium! There's a sense of melody and tone that separates this music from some of the darker electronic work of the period – yet the whole thing is also free of any gimmicks or too-playful passages that would make the whole thing sound cheesy. The recording is very much on a par with Luening's other great work of the 50s – and titles include "Fantasy In Space", "Sonic Contours", "Incantation", "Poem In Cycles & Bells", and "Low Speed". LP, Vinyl record album

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PachecoArtist ... CD
Fania, 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
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". CD

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Don PattersonWhy Not ... LP
Muse, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
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
(White label promo. Cover has some wear)

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Pharoah SandersTauhid/Jewels Of Thought ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1967/1969. New Copy ... $11.99
Two Pharoah Sanders classics – back to back on a single CD! Tauhid is one of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, spiritual jazz that flows out with a timeless power, and a quality that almost out-Coltrane's Coltrane! All tracks are long, expressive, and freely flowing – building with a very organic sense of energy – totally free from any gimmicks or cliche. Players include Dave Burrell on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Sharrock on guitar – and Pharoah plays alto, tenor, and piccolo – and even vocalizes a bit. The album begins with the amazing "Upper & Lower Egypt" – which is a perfect illustration of the two sides of Pharoah's genius – free/out & spiritual/modal – and other titles include "Japan", and "Capricorn Rising". Jewels Of Thought is a wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah" – a title that has much of the same grace and power as "The Creator Has A Master Plan. The rest of the players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Richard Davis and Cecil McBee on basses, and Idris Muhammad and Roy Haynes on drums – and unusually enough, each of the double bassists and drummers gets their own channel of sound to work with! The other long track on the album is the extended "Sun In Aquarius" – which is a bit more outside, but still pretty great! CD

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SecretsInfatuation – Singles & Demos 1966 to 1968 ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Great early work from The Secrets – a UK group that features early contributions from later singer/songwriter Clifford T Ward – but in a style that's much more group-oriented overall! Ward's already a hell of a songwriter – and loads of the cuts here are under-discovered nuggets that sparkle at a level that only a rare few Brit records of this time can do – sweet, but never poppy – clever, but never too much so – and often with a heartfelt, emotional candor that we might link to the best by The Hollies and Zombies. And in fact, there's an instant charm here that definitely recalls Hollies at their best – a way of doing a heck of a lot with just a little, and really bringing forth special qualities in the tunes without resorting to overdone gimmicks or studio interference – although the production here is pretty darn groovy too. The collection features loads of singles from the group, plus rare demos and unreleased tracks – all with richly detailed notes in the best Cherry Red tradition. Titles include "Infatuation", "She's Dangerous", "Such a Pity", "I Suppose", "Sympathy", "I Think I Need The Cash", "The Gloria Bosom Show", "Looking Down The Glass", "The Same Applies To You", "Teacher", and "I Intend To Please". CD

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Horace SilverHorace-Scope (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $4.99
Early 60s magic from Horace Silver – working here at the height of his youthful powers! The album's a perfect example of the sound that Silver created while at Blue Note – a lyrically melodic approach to soul jazz, but one that was able to open up the rhythms past stock riffs and gimmicks – and grow into a magnificent sound that never failed to excite! The group on the set is perfect – with Junior Cook on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Gene Taylor on bass, and the incredible Roy Brooks on drums – and the tunes sparkle with wit, warmth, and imagination throughout! Titles include "Where You At", "Without You", "Horace-Scope", "Nica's Dream", "Strollin", and "Yeah!". CD
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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Spanish Harlem OrchestraUnited We Swing ... CD
Six Degrees, 2007. Used ... $5.99
Possibly the greatest album to date from Spanish Harlem Orchestra – a set that sounds like it could have been lifted from the salsa years of the 70s, recorded with a really classic style all the way through! The group's far beyond stating their gimmicks here – and have nicely settled into a confident mode that could almost rival the work from many years back on the Fania label. Pianist Oscar Hernandez leads the group, and vocals are by Willie Torres, Ray De La Paz, and Marco Bermudez – plus Paul Simon on one guest track, which is at the end in case you want to skip it! Titles include "En El Tiempo Del Palladium", "Que Bonito", "Ahora Si", "Sacala Bailar", "Danzon For My Father", "Soy Candela", "Mujer Divina", and "Plena Con Sabor". CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Tony OrlandoHalfway To Paradise – The Complete Epic Masters 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Epic/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... About July 1, 2016
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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Marty PaichBroadway Bit ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... About June 29, 2016
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". CD

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Irma ThomasWoman's Viewpoint – The Essential 1970s Recordings ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... On July 1, 2016
A lesser-known side of Irma Thomas' career – especially when compared to her legendary soul recordings of the 60s – but a package that showcases a whole new range of her talents! The tracks on this set are pulled from a variety of 70s recordings done by Irma for labels that include Fungus, Canyon, RCS, and Roker – and most are in a deeper soul mode than before, with rootsy touches that move past the more polished backgrounds of Thomas' work in the 60s – really emphasizing the harder sound of her excellent vocals. Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams produced a good number of tunes in the collection, but all are taken straight, soulful, and southern – with none of the gimmicks of his own work, and a good earthy approach that's similar to Williams' contemporaneous productions for Doris Duke. 19 tracks in all, with full notes on this stretch of Irma's career – and a set list that includes "In Between Tears", "She'll Never Be Your Wife", "These Four Walls", "You're The Dog", "Turn My World Around", "I'm So In Love", "A Woman Left Lonely", "Zero Willpower", "Safe With Me", "Looking Back", and "We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore". CD

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Charlie WhiteheadSongs To Sing – The Charlie Whitehead Anthology ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... About July 1, 2016
A long-overdue collection of work by one of the hippest singers in the Swamp Dogg stable of the 70s – rootsy vocalist Charlie Whitehead, whose sound was often bolder than Swamp Dogg's own! All the work here was produced and co-written by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams in the early 70s – in a blend of southern soul and funk that's quite a bit like his own recordings, but which has an earthier, more honest sound overall – more back to basics, and without some of the gimmicks that sometimes mar Swamp's own work. CD features 21 tracks recorded both under Charlie's name and under the group Raw Spitt – but all have Whitehead as vocalist, and titles include "Raw Spitt", "Songs To Sing", "Midnight Rider", "I Dig Black Girls", "This Old Town", "Sweet Bird Of Success", "Excuses", "That Ain't My Wife", "Between The Lines", "Predicament #3", "Gazelle", "Help", "The BB King", and "Shaft's Mama". CD

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✨✧ Louis Armstrong & Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing on Polydor.)

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✨✧ Gilberto GilBandadois ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best Gilberto Gil albums we've heard in years – a beautifully intimate set that mostly just features Gil on acoustic guitar and vocals! The feel almost takes us back to his wonderful album from 1971 – as the set's got a similarly personal feel, although none of the English language lyrics of that record – and hearing Gilberto without any added percussion or gimmicks, we're really reminded what a great artist he still is after all these years! The vocals alone are amazing – deeply haunting in their understatement – and the guitar work is subtle, and extremely beautiful. There's a short guest appearance by Maria Rita on one track – and titles include "Das Duas Uma", "Quatro Coisas", "Expresso 2222", "Banda Um", "Saudade Da Bahia", "A Linha E O Linho", "Esoterico", "O Rouxinol", and "Refazenda". CD

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanHat Trick – Jackie McLean Meets Junko Onishi ... CD
Blue Note, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No tricks, no gimmicks – just a set that's deeply respectful of all the sharp edges of Jackie McLean's years of work on alto sax, but which also has him nicely returning to the mainstream spotlight as well! By that, we don't mean that there's anything soft or commercial about the record – just that it brings Jackie into sharp focus in setting that shows all the brilliance he'd developed on his horn over the years – with strong production, and great backing from a group that features Junko Onishi on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums! McLean's tone is tremendous – still one of the most unique voices ever on his instrument – and tracks include "Jackie's Hat", "Will You Still Be Mine", "Sentimental Journey", "Left Alone", and "Little Melonae". CD
(Out of print original US pressing.)

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✨✧ James MoodyComin' On Strong ... LP
Argo, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Brown label Argo pressing. Back cover has several spots of white-out.)

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✨✧ Shorty RogersSwinging Mr Rogers ... LP
Atlantic, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A standout set from Shorty – tightly arranged numbers performed by a quartet that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Jolly, Curtis Counce, and Shelly Manne – all working with Shorty in perfect west coast form! Despite the length of the tunes, the overall feel is similar to Rogers' excellent Wherever The Five Winds Blow album for RCA – and makes the record a great set, done without any gimmicks or tricks – and enough of the modern touch still left from Rogers' first few years on record. Titles include "Martians Go Home", "Trickleydidlier", "Not Really The Blues", and "Michele's Meditation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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