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Pekka AiraksinenBuddhas Of Golden Light ... LP
O Records/Arc Light Editions (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A record that's got a much more dynamic feel than you'd expect from the title – no meditative sounds at all, and instead these really energetic rhythms that seem be years ahead of their time! The album leaps out in a frenzied undercurrent of drum and bass – not the later London mode, but with a freewheeling vibe seems to prefigure it by a decade or so, but in a more subtle way – while Pekka Airaksinen throws in these completely mindblowing keyboards that seem to move up and down the scale in terms of both volume and frequency – mixed with added tenor from A Ben Helander. The record gets a bit more mellow on side two, but still with an energy and pulse that almost feels random at times – and makes for music that's as unsettling as it is beautiful. Titles include "Sukirti","Ranasikhin", and "Kandasuryapradipa". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a silkscreened cover!)

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Edip Akbayram & DostlarNedir Ne Degildir ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove nicely – a bit psychedelic, but almost more funk-inspired at times – jamming in a way that's progressive, but never too noodly. The blend is a great one, and makes this record one of the best for those searching out the funkier side of the Turkish scene – and titles include "Yaralarim", "Arabam Kaldi Yolda", "Adam Olmak Dile Kolay", "Birak Beni", "Dar Agaci", "Mehmet Emmi", and "Haberin Varmi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Features original pop-up gatefold cover design!)

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Teemu Akerblom QuartetTeemu Akerblom Quartet ... CD
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
An excellent contemporary combo from Finland – but one who are right at home on the Jazzaggression label, which mostly issues rare gems from years past! The sound here is plenty classic – and recalls that great 70s moment on the European scene when the best groups were aware of 60s advances like free or modal jazz, but could also swing as well – often bringing all elements to play in a single tune, but finding a way to make their most creative work still hold very strongly to a larger tradition in jazz! The group here is a quartet, but one with a slightly shifting lineup – the core trio of Teemu Akerblom on bass, Mikko Arlin on drums, and Max Zenger on saxes and flute – plus a changing fourth player from track to track – either Ville Vannemaa or Jarno Tikka on tenor, or Verneri Pohjola on trumpet. The lack of any piano really enforces the importance of the bass to the rhythms – and Akerblom's a player with a strong sense of modal energy, which often sets things up beautifully for the reed and trumpet solos to really soar and do their thing – shifting in intensity from track to track, partly because of that rotating fourth player! All tracks are original, and very fresh – and titles include "Blues For Martin", "Dark Corners", "Gilman's Point", "October 22", and "Harmaata Nakyvissa". CD features two bonus tracks not on LP. CD

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Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet10 ... CD
Zoho, 2015. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in familiar Latin jazz modes, but often deepens things with Peruvian touches – sometimes on acoustic melodic instruments, sometimes in a fuller sound at the bottom of the rhythms! The approach is mighty fresh – way more than just another Latin jazz album – especially when inflected by contributions from Ron Carter and Essiet Essiet on bass, Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Badal Roy on tablas, and others who join in the performance over the course of the set. Titles include "Contigo Peru", "Birdland", "Taita Guaraguito", "Homenaje A Chincha", and "Lonely Woman". CD

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AlemaoLonge Dos Olhos, Perto Do Coracao ... LP
Som Da Gente (Brazil), 1981. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Light and breezy Brazilian fusion from the 80s – very much in the spirit of some of the best work on the Som Da Gente label at the time, and featuring overdubbed guitar parts by Alemao. The overall style has the guitars intertwining over spare percussion rhythms – making for a mostly guitar-based approach that creates a cool jazzy style. Titles include "Quase Inocente", "Poco Da Panela", "Sereia Santa", "Litorina", "Lado Muro", "China Buena De Garupa", and "Piranha". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alessandro AlessandroniSangue Di Sbirro ... CD
Cinedelic (Italy), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the funkiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that clearly shows he'd been listening to the score for Shaft, as well as a host of 70s sound library music too! There's lots of great Italian cop/crime grooves on the set – done at an understated level that's almost better than more familiar work of the genre – often strongly focused on the core rhythms, which are lean and plenty darn funky – bad-stepping with instrumentation that's often small combo funky jazz more than it is the bigger orchestrations of American cop scores. Titles include "Cop's Blood", "Amusement", "Duke Soul Jazz", "Tema Di Susie", "Club Jazz", "Palance", "Knell", "Sbirro In Fuga", and "Luxury". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies.)

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Alex BandZderzenie Mysli (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tonpress/GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A fierce funky combo from 70s Poland – one who play with a fusion groove, but at a level that's a lot more soulful than most of the other groups on the Eastern European scene! Instead of jamming too much in a rockish mode, these guys really focus all the instruments around the rhythms – which are nice and tight right from the start, and crackle with the kind of energy of funky fusion records from the US in the 70s – particularly on labels like Kudo or Columbia! The drums are mighty nice, and really ground the grooves – snapping along with some Steve Gadd-like frenzy – and the tunes are filled with great work on Fender Rhodes, and a mix of bold lines on reeds or trumpets. Titles include "Hello Herbie", "Borel Fish", "Ajoka", "Czama Bestia", and "W Kluczu Basowym". CD also features bonus tracks – "Bayou Bottom", "Moje Igloo", and "Zbiegowisko". CD

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Tony AllenFilm Of Life (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". Includes bonus tracks too –"Insider", "Mojo", and "Na Bangui". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Gene AmmonsJungle Soul (Ca'Purange) (aka Bad Bossa Nova) (tiger cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good ... $4.99
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding in Bucky Pizzarelli for some nice acoustic embellishments – in a mode that's similar to the soul jazz-com-bossa style used on records like Ike Quebec's Soul Samba or Charlie Rouse's Bossa Nova Bacchanal. The overall rhythms are a bit more complicated, and a bit more soul jazz based than those sets – with Hank Jones on piano, Oliver Jackson on percussion, and Al Hayes adding in some sweet extra bongo! Titles include the classic "Ca'Purange" – plus "Anna", "Yellow Bird", "Cae Cae", and "Moito Mato Grosso". Also issued under the title Bad Bossa Nova. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a small sticker, a bit of pen, and a Preview Copy stamp.)

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AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD

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Area Code 615Trip In The Country ... LP
Polydor, 1970. Near Mint- ... $24.99
At the core, these guys were more of a bluegrass combo – but they picked up some funky rocking soul somewhere along the way, and became one of the 70s hippest instrumental ensembles! The album's got some really excellent numbers that start with funky rhythms, and which throw in a lot of countrified instrumentation for a very unique sound. Includes the nicely breaking "Russian Red", plus "Stone Fox Chase", "Sligo", "Katy Hill", "Welephant Walk", "Devil Weed & Me", and "Gray Suit Men". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Jack ArelChappell Recorded Music Library Works – Originals & Remixes ... CD
Chappell/Vadim (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
A long-overdue collection of work from the legendary Jack Arel – one of the lesser-known sound library composers of the late 60s and early 70s – but a true giant in his funky field, as you'll hear by the great music on this set! Arel is French, but he often wrote for British sources – including the Prisoner TV show – so his music has a great blend of Parisian pop modes and chunkier London beats – a style that almost mixes together some of the funkier jazz sensibilities of the sound library generation with the tighter, more romping rhythms that were usually penned for TV and commercial use. The first half of this set features 25 originals by Arel – some in collaboration with Pierre Dutor or Jean-Claude Petit – and often done with trippier touches that include fuzzy guitar or funky flute! The second half features remixes of the originals – tunes that are often a bit longer, and almost restructured as whole new songs. Originals include "Shore Of Sumatra", "Sideral Rhythmic", "De Paris A Liverpool", "Jungle Soul", "Game Trap", "Picture Of Summer", "Train Bleu", "Strange Galaxy", and "Sundown". Remixes include "Drugstore Party" remixed by Le Tone, "Jungle Soul" remixed by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "The Night Squad" by Danny Wild & Goldfinger, "Loco Robo" by Luke Vibert, "Chicago Girl" remixed by Barth, "Electric Railman" remixed Mowo, and "Crystal Abyss" by Telepopmusik. CD

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Arp LifeZ Bezpieczna Szybkoscia ... LP
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A record that you might spend a week trying to pronounce, but one that will grab you right away with its sound! Arp Life stick strongly in their best clubby modes here – mixing the keyboards of their name with some sweet disco-styled rhythms, and the occasional female chorus vocal, in a style that's pretty great if you dig the dancefloor sounds coming from France, Germany, and Italy in the late 70s. Most tracks are instrumentals – the set includes solos on alto sax and harmonica at times – and the album was only ever issued as a cassette back in the 70s, which makes this version a great surprise. Titles include "Akwarele", "Papagayo", "Bam Bam Bam", "San Jose", "Klik Klak", "Slon I Mrowka", and "Tango Mundial". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ata KakObaa Sima ... CD
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must have been picked up while in Germany, and fused with a style that's almost early electro – especially given the lean approach to rhythms and keyboards throughout! Ata Kak sings and raps a bit – the latter not entirely in a hip hop mode, more in this rhythmic and explosive style that's very unique – and the whole thing's got a wonderfully homegrown vibe that really takes us back to the cassette indie generation. Titles include "Oabaa Sima", "Daa Nyinaa", "Yemmpa Aba", "Bome Nnwom", and "Medfofo". CD
(Includes bonus download code.)

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Atlantic StarrBrilliance ... CD
A&M/ (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $8.99
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is relatively lean – a very focused balance of basslines, keyboards, and some tightly snapping 80s groove rhythms – served up with vocals that warmly cascade over the tops of the tunes, but usually take a second seat to the extremely compelling instrumentation. The sound is polished, but never too slick – and the group are a great example of how well soul from this time could sound when done just the right way! Titles include "Love Me Down", "Sexy Dancer", "Circles", "Love Moves", "Your Love Finally Ran Out", and "You're The One". CD

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Atlantic StarrStraight To The Point ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one, but they've got a lean focus here – a groove that has plenty of space for both male and female vocals, as well as a lot of instrumentation – yet never gets bogged down at all. Rhythms have a bit of boogie, and some older ensemble funk modes – and the vocals of Sharon Bryant are especially nice, cutting with a slight feminine edge against the more masculine leanings of the combo. Titles include "Kissin Power", "Straight To The Point", "Bullseye", "What'Cha Feel Inside", "Losin You", "Fallin In Love With You", and "Let The Spirit Move Ya". CD

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Brian AugerAuger Rhythms – Brian Auger's Musical History ... CD
Mig (Germany), 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... $12.99
(Out of print.)

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Roy AyersLet's Do It ... LP
Polydor, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
Pure magic from the height of Roy Ayers' classic 70s run on Polydor – a record that's filled with warm, jazzy grooves – all served up in that unique style that Roy was forging at the time! The album perfectly balances dancefloor tracks with mellower numbers – stepping out one minute with a funky groove on the bottom, then sliding into some slinkier laidback styles that are equally great. William Allen handles the arrangements with Roy, and does the strings himself – and also plays some monstrous bass on most numbers, which really brings up the rhythms from the bottom! Titles include the killer groovers "Sweet Tears", "When Is Real Real", "Let's Do It", and "Freaky Deaky" – and the warm mellow cuts "You Came Into My Life", "Kiss", and "Melody Maker". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Roy AyersVibrations ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". CD
Also available Vibrations ... LP 9.99

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