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✨✧ GimmicksBrasilian Samba ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The warmth of Brazil meets the cool breeze of Sweden – and the result is an album that's as groovy as groovy can be! The Swedish combo The Gimmicks perform a set of tunes that's very much in the Sergio Mendes/Brasil 66 mode – harmony vocals over the top of bossa arrangements, all sparkling with a sweet 60s finish! The tunes are great – and include favorites like "Look Around", "Roda", "The Joker", "Walk On By", "Chove Chuva", and "Look Of Love", as well as less-performed gems like "Boink", "California My Way", and "Bom Bom Bay". The album sits perfectly next to your A&M classics – and it's a heck of a lot rarer too! CD
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Beach BoysSmiley Smile (Japanese paper sleeve edition – mono mix) ... CD
Brother/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $23.99
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". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Contains mono mix of the album.)

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Bill BrandonOn The Rainbow Road – The Muscle Shoals & Birmingham Sessions ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
Incredible southern soul work from Bill Brandon – a wealth of rare singles from the years before his better-known album on Prelude – all handled by landmark producers Sam Dees, Spooner Oldham, and Quin Ivy! With help like that in the studio, you can imagine that these singles are just about as perfect as can be – classic southern deep soul, completely without gimmicks or cliche, at a level that few of Bill's contemporaries were ever able to match! Brandon's got an especially wonderful way with a mellow tune – and most of the best numbers here step around gently on the bottom, letting Bill's vocals dominate strongly, often with the kind of heartbreaking quality you might expect from east coast harmony soul – but definitely tinged with enough styles to showcase their Alabama roots. CD features a whopping 24 tracks in all – originally issued on the Quinvy, South Camp, Moonsong, and Piedmont labels – with titles that include "Rainbow Road", "Self Preservation", "I'm A Believer Now", "I Am Free Of Your Love", "Whatever I Am I'm Yours", "Stop This Merry-Go-Round", "I'll Be Your Puppet", "Good Guys Don't Always Win", "Doing Right Don't Wrong Nobody", "Let Me Be Your Full Time Groover", and "Piece Of My Heart". CD

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Chick CoreaExpressions ... CD
GRP, 1994. Used ... $4.99
Very expressive work from Chick Corea – a solo set from the 90s, and a great reminder of his acoustic talents on the piano! Although Chick's a player you might normally associate with electric riffs and freewheeling fusion, he's also a very sensitive stylist when he wants to be – as you'll hear on the album's beautiful versions of familiar standards – played by Corea in ways that really open the tunes up, and in surprisingly short amount of time. It's almost as if Chick's brought all the open-ended modes he learned from the fusion years back to traditional jazz piano – making them work beautifully, all without any tricks or gimmicks. Titles include "Monk's Mood", "My Ship", "Lush Life", "Armando's Rhumba", "Stella By Starlight", and "This Nearly Was Mine". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ethnic Heritage EnsembleMama's House Live ... CD
Katalyst, 2008. Used ... $7.99
It's hard to believe the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is 35 years old – especially when Kahil El'Zabar looks so young on the cover, and when the group's sound is fresher than ever! The album's got a really beautiful, timeless sort of feel – spiritual jazz that few groups can play this well – balanced between El'Zabar's percussion and kalimba, the trumpet of Corey Wilkes, and the saxes of Ernest Dawkins – all key players in the Chicago scene, carrying on a rich tradition of AACM expression and other spiritual sounds. The album's wonderfully free from gimmicks – some of the most back to basics work we've heard from Kahil in years, and a great reminder of why we first fell in love with his music a few decades back – and the balance of the two horn players over percussion really creates a strong sense of power in the record – a bold vision that comes through beautifully! Titles include "Barundi", "Kari", "Oof", "All Blues", and "Ornette". CD

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Terry GibbsEl Nutto ... LP
Limelight, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
A great little album by Terry Gibbs – one that's free from the gimmicks that could sometimes mar his other efforts, and which really lets the vibist get a chance to open up in a session of straight ahead tunes with a surprising degree of soul! The group on the set's a quartet – with Alice McCloud on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and John Dentz on drums – and all the tunes on the set are originals by Gibbs, with a level of imagination and melodic creation that we never would have expected from him! The whole thing's pretty darn great, and filled with interesting tracks that include "The Young Ones", "El Flippo", "The Nightie Night Waltz", "Little S", "Hey Pretty", and "Little C". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light 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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Yoriyuki HaradaMiu (plus bonus track) ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Yoriyuki Yarada plays a variety of instruments here – piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano sax – with an unusual vibe that mixes modern jazz with some of the 80s arty touches you might guess from the cover! The approach is a bit like some of the more creative sounds coming from the New York downtown scene of the time – maybe imagine an avant jazz album on a label like Ze or Celluloid, although without any sort of gimmicks or tricks – and instead a surprising commitment to unusual combinations of instruments that also include vibes, cello, harmonica, and lots of drums and percussion. And overall, the result of the record is far richer and more pleasing than some of the more dated New York efforts – especially given that the overall approach sometimes gets quite free. Titles include "Meta", "They'll Come Back", "Hen Tai 7", "Wana Oki", and "Y's March". CD features the bonus track "Solo". CD

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Richard Groove HolmesLiving Soul ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Very Good- ... $4.99
Tight trio material from the legendary Richard Groove Holmes – caught live at Count Basie's Nightclub in Harlem, working hard and heavy with a trio that features Gene Edwards on guitar and George Randall on drums! This live set is the kind of record that beautifully shows why Groove was so popular with live audiences in the 60s – because he can burn all night long, with no tricks, no gimmicks, just a straight-on soul jazz groove and some amazing work on the Hammond! Most cuts are pretty long – and there's some great groovers on here like Gerald Wilson's "Blues For Yna Yna", a cover of "Girl From Ipanema", Jimmy Heath's "Gemini", and Groove's own "Living Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Barney KesselTo Swing Or Not To Swing – Barney Kessel Vol 3 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1955. Used ... $8.99
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

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Kool & The GangSomething Special ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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Steve Lacy FourMorning Joy – Paris Live ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1986. Used ... $9.99
One of the best Steve Lacy albums from the 80s – a really strong live performance with a definite Monkish approach, served up in a really no-nonsense way! The group's just a quartet – with Lacy on soprano sax, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums – and the group's in perfect formation in a comfortable Paris setting – working with angular energy and a great sense of timing, and never falling into some of the tricks or gimmicks that could mar other Lacy records from the time. Steve's still razor-sharp at this point in his career, and Potts is, as always, a tremendous partner – and titles include "Morning Joy", "Prospectus", "Epistrophy", "As Usual", and "In Walked Bud". CD also features the bonus track "Work". CD

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MaxwellBlack Summer's Night (CD & DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 2009. Used CD & DVD ... $5.99
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". DVD runs for 23 minutes – and includes "5 Days Of Black", "Intro", "Pretty Wings", "Help Somebody", "Cold", "Stop The World", "Love You", and "Pretty Wings". CD

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QuanticMishaps Happening ... CD
Ubiquity, 2004. Used ... $8.99
Massive work by Quantic – his third album, and easily the best one so far! There's a sophistication to the grooves here that we never would have expected in the earlier recordings – a keen love of a globe's worth of influence – summed up in the deeply changing mood of the set, as the music runs from breezy bossa to heavy Afro rhythms, sweet soul jazz, and classic 70s deep funk! The gimmicks are gone, the strings are cut, and the only thing supporting Quantic at this point is his own genius for the groove. Great throughout, and with surprising guest work by funk legend Spanky Wilson, Afro funk singer Sonny Akpan, and fellow Tru Thoughts labelmate Alice Russell – on tracks that include "Mishaps Happening", "Use What You Got", "Angels & Albatrosses", "Prelude To Happening", "Perception", "So Long", "Furthest Moment", and "Trees & Seas". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roger RogerMusique Idiote ... LP
Sonitron (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
The moogiest record we've ever heard from Roger Roger – a French sound library talent who'd been working in lots of other styles over the years, including jazz – but who emerges here as a surprisingly clever talent in the world of electronics! Almost all the sounds on the set are from solo keyboards – not stated in technical terms, but coming across with a very moogy feel throughout – that kind of raw, playful quality you'd hear in the work of Perry & Kingsley, but played live here, without any tape tricks or gimmicks – which maybe makes the tunes even more incredible! Titles include "Le Type Beurre", "La Pedege", "Petit Canon", "La Nana Siphonee", "Vals Gonflable", "La Bavard", "Le Gros Proprietaire", and "La Flute Ingenue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shorty RogersSwinging Mr Rogers ... LP
Atlantic, 1955. Very Good ... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove – nice and clean, save for a few light surface marks. Cover is nice.)

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Mongo SantamariaEl Pussy Cat (alternate cover) ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Near Mint- ... $24.99
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
(360 Sound stereo pressing. In pristine condition!)

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Horace SilverHorace-Scope ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Good+ ... $49.99
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 has some wear, electrical tape along all sides of the front and some pen on the back.)

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Sonny StittConstellation (Cobblestone) ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
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 masking tape on all seams.)

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✨✧ Gabor SzaboGabor Szabo In Stockholm (Small World/Belsta River) ... CD
Four Leaf Clover (Sweden), 1972/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 29.99
Very interesting work from Gabor Szabo – a double CD set that reissues two albums he recorded in Sweden during the 70s! Disc one contains the album Small World – a 1972 session that has Gabor on guitar and 12-string acoustic, with additional backing on some tracks that includes added guitar, electric piano, bass, and drums. The overall approach to the record is spare and free – much more introspective than Gabor's work in America at the time, with a lack of gimmicks that shows that overall, he wasn't as seduced by the funk he was putting out on records in the US. The other record, Belsta River, was recorded in 1978 – and has a bit more backing and electric feel than the other, but still stays in a freer mode than you'd expect from the time, especially given Gabor's slick work in America in the late 70s for Mercury. Titles include "24 Carat", "First Tune In The Morning", "Foothill Patrol", "Mizrab", "Lilac Green", and "My Kind Of People". CD

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Fonzi ThorntonLeader (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The debut album from Fonzi Thornton – a singer who didn't even need to cop a Happy Days name to get our attention! The style here is tight 80s groove at its best – lots of keyboards and basslines driving the tunes right from the start, and a sound that's pretty lean overall – and never too overproduced or slick! Fonzi keeps things cool throughout – sliding into the vocals, but really letting the groove take hold first – and there's some occasional little electro touches that keep things interesting, without ever sounding like cheap gimmicks. Titles include "The Leader", "There Goes My Heart", "Sha N Da (Happy Love Song)", "Beverly", "Be My Baby", "Perfect Lover", and "Sayin Goodbye". CD features bonus tracks – "Beverly (12" inst)", "Beverly (7" version)", "There Goes My Heart (12" inst)", "There Goes My Heart (7" mix)", and "Sayin Goodbye (7" version)". CD

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