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✨✧ GimmicksGimmicks ... CD
Polydor (Japan), Late 60s. Used ... $14.99
Groovy bossa from Sweden! The Gimmicks may not look that hip, but this is a great album of jazzed-up bossa grooves – done in a harmony style that recalls Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, The Carnival, or some of the other great late 60s groups that were bringing a new vocal sound to the bossa. The arrangements have a very groovy feel to them – kind of in a Smallish Wonder mode – and the mixed male and female harmonies would make you feel a lot more like 1968 LA than Sweden, were it not for the fact that the language is changed on most of the tracks. Great stuff – with versions of "Roda", "The Look Of Love", "California My Way", "Going Out Of My Head", "Il Mio Mondo", and "Tim Dom Dom". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)
 
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CerroneHysteria (French pressing) ... CD
Malligator/Universal (France), 2003. Used ... $9.99
New work from electro pioneer Cerrone – a huge influence on the French club scene back in the day, and still today! The album is actually surprisingly great – a wonderful blend of electronics and warmer disco grooves, done very much in the best spirit of Cerrone's late 70s and early 80s work, but also with traces of Bob Sinclar and some of the other current French artists that Cerrone influenced. The album's got some really great vocals on a number of tracks – spare, simple, and really going for the hook – and we're really surprised that we like this one so much, and that it's so free from any of the gimmicks or sloppy modern touches that might have ruined such a record. Titles include "Hysteria", "Gonan Get You", "The Only One", "Wake The Beach", "Love On The Dance Floor", "Back Home", and "Funky Lov". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby DarinLove Swings ... LP
Atco, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album

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DellsOne Step Closer ... LP
Private I, 1984. Very Good ... $1.99
An 80s effort from The Dells – who may be one step further away from the benchmark 70s era – but they're still sounding plenty darn sweet on One Step Closer! The album has top-shelf production from the team of Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson, who also handled a good deal of the arrangements on the set. There's a strength here that's undeniable – a way of putting over a tune that has The Dells really building on all their years together, and not giving into any sort of commercial tricks or gimmicks to change with the times. And even though some of the instrumentation is a bit more contemporary, the vocals are still totally great – very old school in their approach to a tune, and crafted with a real love for a classic-styled harmony! Titles include "One Step Closer", "Love On", "You Just Can't Walk Away", "Holdin On", "I Am Your Man", "Jody", "Don't Want Nobody", and "Come On Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Martin DennyExotica Vol 3 ... LP
Liberty, 1959. Very Good ... $6.99
Sublime late 50s work from Martin Denny – his third album under the Exotica banner, and almost a deeper and weirder album than the other two! The sound here is extremely haunting – even more freed from conventional melody than the rest, and very fixated on the tonal possibilities that could be produced from Denny's unique grouping of percussion, piano, bass, and vibes. There's few tricks or gimmicks on the set – just a spare and other-worldly approach to music that's totally great! Titles include "Manila", "Mama Iti E Papa E", "Bamboo Lullaby", "Ringo Oiwake", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Congo Train", and "Beautiful Kahana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has mostly split seams.)

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FatbackGigolo ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $5.99 14.99
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". CD

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Russell GarciaLos Angeles River ... CD
Jazz City/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1956. Used ... $9.99
Key 50s sessions from Russ Garcia – one of our favorite arrangers of the time! The work here is straight ahead and swinging – done with no tricks or gimmicks – just a straight ahead focus on Garcia's great talents at the head of a larger group! There's some slight modern touches to the work, but the main focus here is on creating backdrops for particular soloists – in a style that's similar to Russ' best jazz-based scores of the period – handled in a really evocative manner, and one that shifts beautifully between controlled ensemble passages and standout work from players that include Don Fagerquist, Red Norvo, Herb Geller, Howard Roberts, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Ted Hash, Frank Rosoloino, and others. Titles include "Worry Go Round", "Carefree", "Palo Alto", "One Love", "Good Humor", "Music City", "Fish Tail", "Smoggy Day", "Los Angeles River", and "I Lead A Charmed Life". CD

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Tyree GlennLet's Have A Ball ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... About January 25, 2017
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

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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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Jumping JacquesLet Them Eat Cake – The Jumping Jacques/Sugar & Spice ... CD
Petra/Zeitgeist, 1968. New Copy ... $11.99
Stunning vocal work by this hip late 60s group – the ultra-groovy Jumping Jacques, a vocal ensemble who really knew how to swing! The group feature male/female voices blended in a style that's reminiscent of some of the best European 60s soundtracks – harmonizing in a mode that's jazzy, but also infused with some very mod touches, snapping along in grooves that dip and turn nicely, with some very swinging moments. Place these guys right next to the best work by Les Double Six, I Cantori Modern, The Gimmicks, or Brasil 66 – but give them a lot of credit for their unique and psychedelic approach to the style, making a record like this mad work that's uniquely their own! Titles include "Chili Peppers", "Haunted House", "Double Francoise", "La Terre Le Ciel Et L'Eau", "Lucinda", "Just A Little Midnight Swim", and "Whispering". CD also features the whole Sugar & Spice album – with another 12 titles that include "Let Them Eat Cake", "Gossip & Chatter", "Someday We'll Know", "Somehow I Feel I Must Be Dreaming", "Offbeat Fugue", and "Love Me Now". CD

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Barney KesselTo Swing Or Not To Swing – Barney Kessel Vol 3 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1955. Used ... $14.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rahsaan Roland KirkReturn Of The 5000 Lb Man ... CD
Warner/Collectables, 1975. Used ... $6.99
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
Also available Return Of The 5000 Lb Man ... CD 14.99

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Rahsaan Roland KirkReturn Of The 5000 Lb Man ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
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!)
Also available Return Of The 5000 Lb Man ... CD 6.99

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Kool & The GangAs One ... LP
De-Lite, 1982. Very Good ... $0.99
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great production for the album – helping them to focus their energy and soar soulfully, but without resorting to any stiff gimmicks or cliches! There's a great groove running through most of the numbers here – a confident quality that's never too commercial, and which bubbles along nicely throughout. Titles include "Street Kids", "Big Fun", "As One", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho", "Let's Go Dancin", and "Pretty Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kool & The GangSomething Special ... LP
De-Lite, 1981. Very Good- ... $1.99
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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Otto Luening & Vladimir UssachevskyTape Recorder Music – At The Museum Of Modern Art ... LP
Innovation 2/Cacophonic (UK), 1952. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
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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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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Tony OrlandoHalfway To Paradise – The Complete Epic Masters 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Epic/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 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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Marty PaichBroadway Bit ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
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
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Shorty RogersSwinging Mr Rogers ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1955. Used ... $4.99
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". CD

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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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