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✨✧ Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF)Alles Ist Gut ... LP
Virgin (UK), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Als War's Das Letzte Mal", "Alles Ist Gut", "Alle Gegen Alle", "Rote Lippen", "Der Rauber Und Der Prinz", and "Der Mussolini". LP, Vinyl record album
(With the original inner sleeve.)
 
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BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A funky jazz treasure – and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsNight Grooves ... LP
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound good on paper, it actually works wonderfully on the record – as the tunes retain all of the jazz funk feel of the originals, without any of the cheap tricks you might expect. The album's as essential as any of the group's earlier albums – and it's filled with great versions of classics like "Supernatural Feeling", "Gut Level", "Walking In Rhythm", "Do It Fluid", "Rock Creek Park", and "Happy Music". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mary LoveLay This Burden Down – The Very Best Of Mary Love ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
An amazing journey in soul music – told not just in the music, but in the detailed notes of the set as well! Mary Love is a singer who never broke big, but who cut some wonderful records on the LA scene of the 60s and 70s – a range of work that rivals some of the better-known female soul work from Detroit or Philly at the time! Mary's got a gut-wrenching vocal style that comes through right away – set up initially with these upbeat, uptempo grooves for the set's first half of Modern Records sessions – then holding strong through a batch of material for other labels that include Josie, Elco, Generation, and Modern Disc. Most material here is in a Northern Soul vein, and a few of the later cuts have a more modern soul vibe – all to match the shift in Mary's tragic life, as told in the notes within. Titles include "Joy", "I'm In Your Hands", "You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet", "Hey Stoney Face", "Think It Over", "Move A Little Closer", "Is That You", "Talkin About My Man", "There's Someone For Me", and "Power Of Your Love". CD

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Sean Price & M–PhazesLand Of The Crooks EP (colored vinyl) ... LP
Coalmine, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 19.98
Sean Price & M-Phazes team up for the Land Of The Crooks – with appearances by Roc Marciano, Billy Danze of MOP, Maffew Ragazino, Guilty Simpson and DJ Babu. Includes "Bag Oif S**t" with Loudmouf Choir, "Dump In The Gut", the title track featuring Billy Danz, Maffew Ragzino & Babu, "Murdahtypethinkin" with Roc Marciano & DJ Devastate and a Small Professor remix with Guilty Simpson – plus instrumentals and "Crookapella" beat kit/scratch stems. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition EP on red colored vinyl.)

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VariousBeg, Scream, & Shout! – The Big Ol Box Of 60's Soul (6CD set) ... CD
Rhino, 1997. Used 6CDs ... $49.99
Man, Rhino must have busted a gut putting this one out! The set is a very loving tribute to 60's soul, and includes a huge mix of tracks – popular and obscure – packaged in a cool replica of an original box that holds old singles. The CDs themselves are packaged in tiny sleeves that replicate classic Atlantic, Motown, and other sleeves – and you get a cool book, collector cards, and lots lots more! The whole thing's as great as you can imagine – and with 144 songs in all, you won't tire of listening to the set! CD
(Out of print! Includes box, inserts, and the very cool cards too!)

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FallThis Nation's Saving Grace ... LP
Beggars Banquet, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... On June 16, 2015
One of the best 80s sets of ascerbic, razor sharp postpunk from The Fall – 1985's legendary This Nation's Saving Grace – definitely a highpoint from one of their most creatively fertile periods. Sonically, it's one of their coolest records, ranging from heavy, sinister mood with enough a raw stomp and ear for tuneful immediacy, as well as some Can inspired synth moments. But as always, it's the sneering lyricism that makes a great Fall album what it is! Titles include "Mansion", "Bombast", "Barmy", "Spoilt Victorian Child", "Gut Of The Quntifier", "My New House", "I Am Damo Suzuki" and "To Nkroachment: Yarbles". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky jazz treasure – and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful original pressing!)
Also available Blackbyrds ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsHappy Music – The Best Of The Blackbyrds ... CD
Fantasy, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime funk by one of the greatest combos of the 70s – the mighty mighty Blackbyrds, a group who first came to prominence under the guidance of Donald Byrd, but quickly showed they had plenty to offer on their own! Back in the day, the sound of The Blackbyrds was really the sound of Fantasy Records – a newly sophisticated approach to jazz funk, helped out by Byrd and the Mizell Brothers – and fused into a groove that was hip, tight, but never too slick or smooth. The balance of instrumentation here is really amazing – sharp-edged playing like the best indie funk, but brought up to a level of perfection in the studio to match the advances going on at CTI, Kudu, or Blue Note. The collection does a great job of mixing the group's classics with some under-appreciated album gems – and it also features the previously unreleased tune "Feel Like A Kid" – alongside other numbers that include "Rock Creek Park", "Unfinished Business", "Do It Fluid", "One Eye Two Step", "Supernatural Feeling", "Walking In Rhythm", "Mysterious Vibes", "Enter In", "Gut Level", "Reggins", "Blackbyrds Theme", and "Hot Day Today". CD

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsSoul (first cover) ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent session! The record's filled with soul, emotion, and most of all, a hell of a lot of creativity – enough to show that Coleman Hawkins was still a great force to be reckoned with, even when labels were sticking him into loose blowing sessions like this! The group features Kenny Burell on guitar and Ray Bryant on piano – by Hawkins dominates with his solos, dark-edged washes of soul and sound that grab you by the gut and keep you listening throughout. Titles include "Soul Blues", "Groovin", "Sweetnin", and "Sunday Mornin". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... CD
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". CD

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs ... Out Of Stock
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Dave Bailey SextetGetting' Into Somethin' ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
Heavy duty hardbop – and one of three amazing Epic sessions cut by drummer Dave Bailey! The set grooves as massively as his One and Two Feet In The Gutter albums – and is recorded with a similar lineup that includes Horace Parlan on piano, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Charlie Rouse on tenor, and Clark Terry on trumpet. Dave's drumming is mighty and soulful, and the set smokes with a lively rolling groove that mixes hardbop and soul jazz into a raw early 60s sound! Includes the 17 minute long jam "Blues For JP", plus "Slop Jah", "Little Old Mongoose", and "Evad Smurd". LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BaxterJungle Jazz ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $24.99
Savage stuff! This is one of Les Baxter's greatest albums ever – and it's right on a par with African Jazz, which uses a similar formula: Plas Johnson's up front playing gutsy tenor, and Les is behind, working a large group of exotica players into a tribal frenzy of mellow grooves. Titles include "Amazon Falls", "Coco", "Isle Of Cuba", "Jungla Brava", "Go Chango", and "Blue Jungle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)

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Walter Bishop JrOld Folks ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost little session from pianist Walter Bishop – one that has the pianist working at an all acoustic level, and in a trio format that's a bit different than his other 70s sessions – but still totally great! The group features wonderful work from Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – both players we totally love together, and who give Bishop a bit of backing that's similar to their work with Cedar Walton. Yet the style here is very different, too – as Walter brings out these more gutbuckety notes at times – still handled with class and care, but with a deeper vibe that seems to resonate especially strongly with the bass of Jones. Titles include "Manha Do Carnaval", "Old Folks", "Up Jumped Spring", and "Straight No Chaser". CD

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Booker T & The MGsUptight ... LP
Stax, 1969. Very Good ... $14.99
A wonderful soundtrack from Booker T & The MGs – a record that's probably much better remembered than the film for which it was written! The tunes show a whole new depth for the group – a style that still has some of the charm of their previous hits, but which also takes off in whole new directions too. Some tunes are pretty darn catchy, and others have a nicely bubbling sound – almost jazzy in parts, with a great scene-setting feel for the movie. Booker actually sings on 2 tracks – "Johnny I Love You" and "Blues In The Gutter" – and Judy Clay sings on "Children Don't Get Weary". Other than that, though, the whole thing's instrumental – with titles that include the megahit "Time Is Tight", plus "Cleveland Now", "Down At Ralph's Joint", and "Tank's Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, a promo stamp, a bit of pen, a split spine, and a partially split top seam.)

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Ray Bryant TrioRay Bryant Trio/Dancing The Big Twist ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1956/1962. Used ... $13.99
2 of Ray's early albums for Columbia – back to back on one CD! Ray Bryant Trio is Ray's first full LP, recorded shortly after his initial session with Betty Carter, which was also issued by Epic. The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with either Kenny Clarke or Osie Johnson on drums, and Wyatt Reuther on bass. Candido joins in on congas on 2 of the album's best tracks – a hard grooving take on "Night In Tunisia", plus Ray's classic "Cubano Chant", a dancing Latin groover that went onto become an oft-recorded Latin Jazz standard. Other titles include "Pawn Ticket", "Philadelphia Bound", and "Off Shore". Dancing The Big Twist was recorded as a follow-up to Ray's Madison Time album – one that has Columbia Records letting him loose on another dance craze – the twist! The set has none of the hoke of a Chubby Checker record, though – and instead, it's one of Ray's best soul jazz sides of the 60s, an excellent sextet session that's done with a gutbuckety groove, and which really sparkles thanks to some tight horn work by Joe Newman, Buddy Tate, and Matthew Gee. Ray's heavy left hand grooves really jump the whole set up nicely – and titles include "Big Susie", "Twist On", "Twist City", "Twistin On A Cat's Paw", and "Do That Twist". CD
(Out of print.)

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John CaleSlow Dazzle (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Island/Culture Factory (France), 1975. Used ... $11.99
Dazzling work from John Cale – exactly the kind of record that shows why his solo years were so great! The record's got this unusual vibe – on one hand, it's put together like a more conventional rock set of the time – but on the other, it's got strange dark currents that run through the whole thing in very weird ways – a bit like some of the Roxy Music edges from the early years. No surprise, both Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera contribute strongly to the set – but the energy of the record definitely comes from Cale's great songwriting and offbeat vocals – and his great ear for a weird-sounding tune. Titles include "Mr Wilson", "Rollaroll", "Ski Patrol", "Guts", "The Jeweller", and Cale's famous version of "Heartbreak Hotel". CD
(Limited edition.)

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CharmeLet It In ... LP
RCA, 1979. Very Good ... $9.99
An obscure bit of clubby work from the end of the 70s – at first glance, kind of an uptight disco session, but as things go on, a record with some really nice moments! The vocals are actually pretty good, and pretty soulful overall – with leads by Vivian Cherry, Gwen Guthrie, Janet Wright, and other sings who make the sound of the album actually come across well – and Luther's in the chorus on one track, but seems to bubble out to the lead a bit stronger than the notes (and his other contracts) might make you expect! The album's got a long, building groover called "Georgy Porgy" that really really soars – a sweet little disco tune with a heck of a lot of soul, and a really solid Luther-esque approach! Other nice ones include the snapping "Do It For Love" and "Let's Let Love" – and other tracks include "Let It In", "Never", and "It Discos To Show Ya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is in nice shape.)

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Arnett CobbSmooth Sailing ... LP
Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the few Cobb sides for Prestige to feature an organist, in this case the obscure player Austin Mitchell. The record's got a pretty deep gutbuckety groove, thanks to trombonist Buster Cooper, the other main soloist on the album. Cobb's rich Texas tenor is firmly in place – and titles include "Blues Around Dusk", "Smooth Sailing", "Let's Split", and "Cobb's Mob". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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CromagnonCave Rock ... CD
ESP, 1969. Used ... $6.99
Crazy psyche era wierdness from Cromagnon – the band name and album title may reference prehistory, but this stuff is actually way ahead of it's time – if we didn't see the date on this thing, we'd have sworn it to be from the art damaged post punk early 80s! The group is credited to Austin Grasmere, Brian Elliot and "The Connecticut Tribe" – and the instrumentation is billed as vocals, music and sounds – you figure out the rest. The set opens with some soundbites of Hollywood fan fare that segues into a mix of bagpipes, thundering percussion and vocals that sound like screams and whispers at the same time. The following track "Ritual Fest Of The Libido" rivals "LA Blues" by the Stooges in gutteral grunted nightmare soundscapes, but later tracks mix in more laidback grooves that are just as freaky. A total mindfrack of a record, and a pretty amazing one, if not for everybody! Other titles include "Organic Sundown", "Fantasy", "Crow Of The Black Tree", "Genitalia", "Toth, Scribe I" and "First World Of Bronze". CD

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✨✧ Duduka Da FonsecaJive Samba ... CD
Zoho, 2015. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Lively trio work from drummer Duduka Da Fonseca – a set that has all the Brazilian touches you might expect from the title, but which also sparkles with lots of straighter jazz moments too! Duduka's as strong as ever on the kit, and the album really draws a lot of warmth from the piano lines of David Feldman – who blocks out the ballads with this gentle groove that's especially nice, then really catches fire on some of the more upbeat numbers – which also have Fonseca reminding us of his deftness on the drums. Guto Wirtti plays bass in the trio, and one track includes tenor from Paulo Levi – on titles that include "Jive Samba", "Lucky Southern", "Pensativa", "Clouds", "Peresina", "Recorda Me", and "Sco's Bossa". CD

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisLock The Fox ... LP
RCA, 1966. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A great little album from Eddie Lockjaw Davis – much leaner and meaner than some of his Prestige blowing sessions from earlier years – and recorded with a focused sound that we really love! The group's an excellent one – a sextet that features Les Spann on guitar, Ross Tompkins on piano, and Ray Barretto on congas – really kicking up an extra groove underneath! But the real star of the set is Davis – blowing here with a soulful head-on style that's totally great – cutting through the tunes with effortless ease, and playing in a gutbuckety tone that grabs us right away, without any of the hoke that he could sometimes have. Wonderful throughout – and tracks include "Oh Gee", "West Coast Blues", "On A Clear Day", "Nina Never Knew", "Save Your Love For Me", and "The Good Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has many notes in pen.)

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny GriffinBattle Stations ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good- ... $11.99
Griff and Lock are playing head to head here – right in their classic "tuff tenors" mode, although not recorded Live at Mintons! Rhythm is by Norman Simmons, Vic Sproles, and Ben Riley – and the album's actually a bit gutsier and more freewheeling than some of their earlier sets, the ones with a bit more Monk work. Titles include "What's Happening?", "63rd Street Theme", "Pull My Coat", and "Hey Jim!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has completely split seams and comes in two pieces, with some pen on front & back.)

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Bo DiddleyBo Diddley (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Checker/Sundazed, 1958. New Copy ... $18.99 24.98
Fantastically twangy! We never tire of Bo Diddley's incredible guitar work – and you'll get plenty of it in this early album he cut for Chess, a tasty batch of 12 tracks, all original tunes with a stripped-down gutbuckety sound – rough, raw rhythms that feature plenty of Bo's gritty guitar over the top! The cover's got a picture of Bo holding a conventional hollow-body – nice and echoey, and a bit different than his later trademark square guitar – but the sound is still loud and proud throughout. Titles include "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Bring It To Jerome", "Say Bossman", "Diddley Daddy", "Hush Your Mouth", and "Who Do You Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Die ParteiLa Freiheit Des Geistes ... CD
Bureau B (Germany), 1981. New Copy ... $10.99
The album's got a classical-styled cover image, but the work is plenty modern within – some great electronic grooves from the best years of the German new wave! Die Partei are a duo we'd rank right up there with Pyrolator and Der Plan – easily as playful as both of those great acts, and graced with a talent for taking the simplest of analogue electric sounds, and really making them sound fresh and groovy! There's no darkness at all in the music – just these cool rhythmic passages that mix beats and keyboards in a way that's very different from US or UK material of the time – never overblown, never too moody – just simple, tuneful, and still wonderful after all these years. Titles include "Ostafrika", "Guten Morgen In Koln", "Rote Schuhe", "Allerheiligen", "Nord Sud Fahrt", "Wo Sind Sie", and "Austauschprogramm". CD

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Bill DoggettDoggett Beat For Dancing Feet ... LP
King, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Bill's got his groove on right for this set – quite possibly one of the greatest of his early King years, thanks to killer work from Billy Butler on guitar, Shep Shepherd on drums, and the great Clifford Scott on alto and tenor sax! Scott's raspy tone really makes these tunes groove – setting up a nice counterpoint with Doggett's fuller sound on organ, and cutting through the overall sound of the set with a gutsiness that we totally love. Titles include "Soft", "Ding Dong", "Chloe", "Hot Ginger", "King Bee", "Shindig", and "Hammer Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, with some partial splitting on the spine and top seam.)

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William EatonStruggle Buggy ... LP
Marlin, 1977. Sealed ... $9.99
A really great little record – an overlooked gem from the jazzier side of the TK Records universe in the 70s – put together with loads of cool changes and warm instrumental elements! William Eaton's vocals are wonderful – kind of crackly and personal, and a great complement to the tight jazzy instrumentation of the record – produced by Ralph MacDonald, who works with Eaton to give the record some of the cool complicated elements of his own records of the time. There's loads of great musicians on the date – saxes from Michael Brecker and Tom Scott, trumpet from Randy Brecker, and guitar from Eric Gale – and the set's also got some guest vocal moments, these cool kind of "characters" that appear in songs – provided by Gwen Guthrie, Yolanda McCullough, Zachary Sanders, Vivian Cherry, and others. Titles include "Conjure Woman", "Just Can't Turn Down", "Brand New Lover", "Time & Love", and "Struggle Buggy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Jimmy ForrestMost Much! ... LP
Prestige, 1961. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Gutsy tenor work from Jimmy Forrest – a player who was poised to rival Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons at the start of the 60s, and who could have easily done so, given the strength of his work for Prestige! The record's one of a few that the St Louis player got to cut for the label – and it's a tightly-crafted combo effort that features Hugh Lawson on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Clarendon Johnson on drums – plus a bit of added conga from Ray Barretto, bringing in that extra "kick" that pushed off other great soul jazz sessions from the time! Tracks are short, and have a good focus on Forrest's wonderful tone – and titles include "Sonny Boy", "Annie Laurie", "I Love You", "Most Much", "Soft Winds", "Matilda", and "Autumn Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, a small sticker stain in one corner and some clear tape on parts of some seams.)

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Curtis FullerNew Trombone (plus bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... $6.99
An excellent album of hard-blown soul jazz – especially if you dig saxophonist Sonny Red! Curtis Fuller is the leader of the group, but Sonny Red's also on the record as well – playing some of the best alto sax he's ever laid down on record, with a really incredible tone that he rarely matched again! Fuller's in much deeper, much gutsier style than on some of his Blue Note sessions – and has much more of a groove overall – a richly rhythmic quality that comes from the presence of Doug Watkins' bass and Louis Hayes' drums – in a group that also features Hank Jones on piano. The whole album's got a really nice open-ended feel, with tight soulful soloing and a good deep bottom sound – one that's perfect for Fuller's horn, and which seems to really deepen the shadings in Red's sax. Titles include "Vonce #5", "Namely You", "Transportation Blues", and "Blue Lawson". CD also features the bonus track "Alicia"! CD

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Curtis FullerSouth American Cookin' ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. Used ... $14.99
Not Curtis Fuller in South America, but a record that picks up a very slight Latin vibe in the rhythm – which makes for a nice change from Fuller's sessions for Blue Note! The date was recorded during that great short run of soul jazz cookers on early 60s Epic Records – and is a perfect talent for the well-voiced solo talents of Fuller – which really take great fire in a group that also includes Zoot Sims on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Dave Bailey on drums. The record's got some of the gutbuckety energy of Bailey's classic sets for Epic at the same time – a strong recommendation from us – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Besame Mucho", and "Wee Dot". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Benny GolsonGroovin' With Golson ... CD
New Jazz/OJC, 1958. Used ... $8.99
Although Benny Golson is perhaps best known as a lively arranger in the modern idiom, he's also a kick-ass tenor player when he wants to be – and on this classic, he definitely wants to be! Unlike some of Golson's more tightly arranged records of the early years, this date is a deeply gutsy soul jazz session – support from a group that includes Ray Bryant on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Art Blakey on drums, and Curtis Fuller on trombone – all sliding into long tracks that have plenty of room for solos! The whole thing's a bit like the more spontaneous side of the Jazz Messengers groove – and titles include "The Stroller", "Drumboogie", "My Blues House", and a beautiful version of "Yesterdays". CD
Also available Groovin' With Golson (Japanese pressing) ... CD 14.99
 
 
 



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