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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 ... $6.99
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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✨✧ Nat King ColeTo Whom It May Concern ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great late album from Nat King Cole – one done with some wonderfully rich arrangements by Nelson Riddle, which unlock all the poise and class that Cole had developed during his 50s decade at Capitol Records! There's definitely a slight ear here towards the Johnny Mathis sound that was beginning to grab the ears of the period – but Nat's firmly in place to remind all that he was there first, and can handle material like this in a wonderful way – with vocals that are still as breathtaking as ever, in a setting that's free from any of the gimmicks or missteps of later years. Titles include "Love Wise", "To Whom It May Concern", "My Heart's Treasure", "Unfair", and "This Morning It Was Summer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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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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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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✨✧ FatbackGigolo ... LP
Spring, 1981. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Cover has some wear.)
Also available Gigolo ... CD 5.99

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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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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), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Ahmad JamalCrystal ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Very Good ... $2.99
A new age title, but a great straight-ahead set from Ahmad Jamal – played with all the fluidity of his many years in jazz! The cover image might be a bit misleading, and make you think there's something space age or electric about the record – but Jamal's on an acoustic Steinway throughout – playing with rich tonal colors and a great sense of space and timing – one that expands warmly on ideas explored during earlier years, and offers a whole new take on the Jamal sound without resorting to tricks, gimmicks, or added electricity. The group features James Cammack on bass, David Bowler on drums, and Willie White on percussion – adding some earthier tones and more complicated rhythms to the album's best tracks. Titles include "For My Daughter", "Avo", "Arabesque", "Quest For Light", "Perugia", and "The Last Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, promo stamp, and some flaking on the spine.)

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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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✨✧ 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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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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Mongo SantamariaEl Pussy Cat ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Very Good ... $9.99
A really pivotal album in the career of Mongo Santamaria – one that has Mongo stripping down the groove, kicking up some jazz, and mixing together soulful styles that brought him to the top of the Latin crowd of the 1960s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond any of Santamaria's previous albums – a no-nonsense approach that makes for some incredibly hard-hitting numbers – heavy on the conga, but also featuring strong piano lines from Rodger Grand, trumpet from Marty Sheller, flute and tenor from Hubert Laws, and alto sax and baritone from Bobby Capers! This small combo provides pretty much all of the instrumentation for the record – and there's no added tricks or gimmicks, just hard-grooving Latin jazz at its best! Titles include "El Pussy Cat", "Together", "Black Eyed Peas", "Ritmo Negro", "Sarai", "Hammer Head", and "Afro Lypso". LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing.)

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✨✧ 7L & EsotericDef Rhymes (version 1, version 1 inst, version 2, version 2 inst)/Headswell (voc, inst)/Learn From The Druid (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Direct, 1998. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $3.99
Maybe it's an easy comparison, but this 12" sounds as good as anything put out at the same time by Rawkus. Not that they're biting anything, it's just quality hip hop that stands on it's own without any kind of gimmicks. It's also good to see the 'traditional' MC/DJ combination with 7L doing some nice cutting on all the tracks. Production by Vinyl Reanimators and guest vocals on "Headswell" from Virtuoso. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Horace SilverHorace-Scope ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Very Good ... $99.99
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!". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street deep groove pressing – with RVG stamp and ear. Cover is very nice – but has a small name stamp on back.)

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Singers UnlimitedA Capella 3 ... LP
MPS, 1979. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Three guys, one gal, and nothing else – just voices with no other instrumentation, and one of the best-ever realizations of the amazing Singers Unlimited sound! Although often associated with the superb studio sound of the MPS label, the group were often at their best when just working vocally – letting the voices fold over one another, grow in the warmth of their company, and issue forth in beautiful waves of sound that no other groups could ever hope to match. The production is impeccable – beautifully rich and deep, with a sonic quality that never even needs the missing instruments in the session – and there's also a surprising groove here too, but one that's never forged through hokey tricks or gimmicks. Titles include the sublime "One More Time Chick Corea", plus "Anything Goes", "The Way We Were", "All The Things You Are", "I Wish You Love", "Someone To Light Up My Life", and "Sweet Lorraine". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Pausa.)

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Lonnie SmithToo Damn Hot ... CD
Palmetto/MRI, 2004. Used ... $4.99
Sweet and lowdown funky grooves from legendary organist Lonnie Smith (that's DOCTOR Lonnie Smith, thank you!) – played in a style that's surprisingly fresh, and without the cliches of some of Smith's other albums of the past decade. The group on the set is wonderfully laidback – never trying to be overly funky, or to play to the current generation with easy tricks or gimmicks. And Lonnie's perfectly in the cut on most of the tracks – hitting the organ in a mode that recalls classic Prestige Records sessions of the 70s, but occasionally breaking out with styles from some of his freer Groove Merchant years. The group is spare – with just drums, lead guitar, and added rhythm guitar behind Smith's keys – making for plenty of space to jam on cuts that include "The Whip", "Back Track", "Evil Turn", "One Cylinder", "Silver Serenade", and "Your Mama's Got A Complex". CD

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Sonny StittConstellation (Cobblestone) ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A return to basics after Sonny Stitt's late 60s Varitone and funk experiments – all-bop and all soul all the way through, and recorded with a tight quartet that features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums! The style's a bit like Sonny's work of the late 50s, but there's also a fluidity to the rhythm section that makes it a bit different too – a sound that's warm, open, and soulful – creating a space into which Stitt settles nicely and blows like mad. There's no gimmicks at all, just solid classic jazz skills – and titles include "Casbah", "Constellation", "By Accident", "Webb City", and "Topsy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Steve SwallowSwallow ... CD
Watt/ECM, 1992. Used ... $9.99
Warm, soulful fusion from Steve Swallow – one of his most full-realized albums for ECM in years! There's no tricks or gimmicks here, no too-surprising turns – and instead, Swallow works in a mode that's surprisingly soul-based at most points – yet handled in ways that are quite far from the too-smooth fusion modes that were hitting the mainstream at the time! Instead, the record's almost a throwback to the most laidback electric modes of the 70s – flowing easily, and opening up in these gentle grooves that are mighty nice – thanks to help from a lineup that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, Carla Bley on organ, Karen Mantler on keyboards, Hiram Bullock on guitar, Gary Burton on vibes, and John Scofield on guitar – all players hip enough to keep things from ever sounding cloying. Titles include "Soca Symphony", "Slender Thread", "Thrills & Spills", "Playing With Water", "Thirty Five", and "William & Mary". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sweet MarieStuck In Paradise ... LP
Yardbird, 1972. Near Mint- (reissue)... $13.99
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
(90s EU reissue.)
Also available Stuck In Paradise ... LP 29.99

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