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Ellery EskelinSolo Live At Snugs ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ... $19.99
Beautifully mature solo tenor from Ellery Eskelin – performed live, and with a depth that has us reevaluating Eskelin's work all over again! The tracks are long, and never overblown – often full of these long tonal phrases that shift gently, and always retain a certain amount of tunefulness – even though the overall approach is far less melodic than such a description might make you expect. Ellery works lots of careful moments through both his phrasing on the reed, and his handling of the pads on the tenor – and titles include "Unwritten Rule", "Turning A Phrase", "State Of Mind", and "Weave/Warp & Woof". CD

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Christopher FoxWorks For Piano – Phlip Thomas ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Bold clusters of sound from pianist Philip Thomas – working here on a series of very inventive compositions by Christopher Fox! Fox has a groundbreaking style that's really striking, right from the first few minutes of the CD – a way of creating almost little stories in sound, driven just by notes from the piano – as they cluster together in shifting ways on the bold "Thermogenesis", seem to keep their distance with a sense of repulsion on "At The Edge Of Time", or move slowly from the low end of the keyboard to the high on "L'Ascenseur"! All three of these pieces are wonderful, and the CD also features the very long, very sprightly "Republican Bagatelles", which is filled with cascades of notes and sound. CD

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Fritz HauserPieces For Percussion ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. Used ... $11.99
Wonderful ensemble work from drummer Fritz Hauser – a player whose recent music has gone far beyond jazz, with a mixture of compositional ideals and creative improvisation! This set features Hauser working with a larger percussion ensemble – really exploring his sense of texture and tone far beyond rhythm, with these very evocative works that ring out in the open space of the studio, but with a very personal, spontaneous approach as well. The music is quite different than some of the early 20th Century avant percussion compositions – more poetic, and informed by discoveries of improvised music – yet presented in a more structured way overall, with a sense of spaciousness directed by the composer. Most of the pieces are quite long, and works include "60", "Nothing Will Ever Change", "Die Klippe", "Zeichung", "As We Are Speaking", and "Le Souvenir". CD

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Hans KennelMythahorns 2 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Steve Lacy & Roswell RuddSchool Days ... CD
Emanem/Hat Art (Switzerland), 1963. Used ... $22.99
Seminal work from Steve Lacy – a set that was recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 70s – when it quickly became one of THE key records for understanding Lacy's sound and style! The set's based on the work of Thelonious Monk – and like Lacy's early Prestige album, Reflections, it features these wonderful angular extrapolations on Monk's modern ideals – really taken to the next level, and in a way that's even more far-reaching than Lacy's previous recordings of Monk. The group here is a key part of the album's strength – with Lacy on soprano sax, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Henry Grimes on bass, and Dennis Charles on drums – and titles include "Bye Ya", "Monk's Mood", "Brilliant Corners", and "Skippy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe McPheeAs Serious As Your Life ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. Used ... $11.99
Excellent solo work from the great Joe McPhee – heard here at a time when he was really reigniting the creative fire in his music! The album is all solo McPhee – and Joe plays various reeds, pocket cornet, piano, and even a bit of electronics – shifting modes and moods with the differing tracks on the set, with results that are both extremely personal, and almost poetic! The feel here is like some of McPhee's best early albums for the Hat Art label – especially the first few – but there's an even greater range of expression, and a definite maturity to the way he approaches each performance. Most titles are originals – and include "The Death Of Miles Davis", "As Serious As Your Life", "Party Lights", "Tok", and "A Wish In One Hand" – and the CD also features a version of Coltrane's "After The Rain", done in a really beautiful way. CD

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StockhausenMantra – Mark Knoop/Roderick Chadwick/Newton Armstrong ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
A stunning performance of this key composition from Karlheinz Stockhausen – one that uses two pianos, both with very different sounds, plus electronics as well – all working together in this progression of notes and tones that may well be some of Stockhausen's most beautiful work! The pianos sometimes have a dark, watery style – but other times have offbeat note explosions, ala prepared piano – and the electronics are used in subtle ways to link the other two instruments together, with a resonant quality that makes for a lot more warmth and space than you might expect. The performance runs for almost 70 minutes – and CD divisions are based on bars of music in the composition. CD

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Vienna Art OrchestraMinimalism Of Erik Satie ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1984. Used ... $6.99
The minimalism of Erik Satie, handled by the maximalism of the Vienna Art Orchestra – at first glance a seeming mismatch, but instead a record that really opens up Satie's music strongly – and also makes for one of the Vienna Art Orchestra's most memorable moments! The large group is broken out into much smaller ensembles for most of the album – often just duos or solo players, working through some of Satie's most inventive compositions – varying instrumentation throughout, in ways that almost make for different refractions of the music through differing lenses – a bit like the excellent Satie project issued around the same time on Nato. Players include Wolfgang Puschnig on flute, Christian Radovan on trombone, Woody Schabata on vibes, Wolfgang Reisinger on tarabuka, and Lauren Newton on voice – and titles include "Reflections On Aubade", "Vexations 1801", "Gnossienne No 3", and "Reflections On Idylle". CD
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Vienna Art OrchestraMinimalism Of Erik Satie ... LP
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1984. Near Mint- 2LP ... $36.99
The minimalism of Erik Satie, handled by the maximalism of the Vienna Art Orchestra – at first glance a seeming mismatch, but instead a record that really opens up Satie's music strongly – and also makes for one of the Vienna Art Orchestra's most memorable moments! The large group is broken out into much smaller ensembles for most of the album – often just duos or solo players, working through some of Satie's most inventive compositions – varying instrumentation throughout, in ways that almost make for different refractions of the music through differing lenses – a bit like the excellent Satie project issued around the same time on Nato. Players include Wolfgang Puschnig on flute, Christian Radovan on trombone, Woody Schabata on vibes, Wolfgang Reisinger on tarabuka, and Lauren Newton on voice – and titles include "Reflections On Aubade", "Vexations 1801", "Gnossienne No 3", and "Reflections On Idylle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing original postcards, but includes insert.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyRutgers University, NJ – April 15th 1969 ... CD
Hi Hat (UK), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Art Blakey with a very hip group – and an under-recorded one as well – a version of the Jazz Messengers with the great Woody Shaw on trumpet, plus Carlos Garnett on tenor, George Cables on piano, and Scotty Holt on bass! The performance is a well-recorded date, done for FM radio at the end of the 60s – and the tracks are very long, and very free-flowing – similar to that stretch when Blakey had Billy Harper in the group, and Garnett blows here with very similar energy. The set leads off with a tremendous reading of Shaw's "Moontrane" – and also includes "Moanin", "Round Midnight", "Night In Tunisia", and an unknown title. CD

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✨✧ Steve LacyShots ... CD
Musica/Hat Art (Switzerland), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most subtle, soulful Steve Lacy albums of the 70s – an obscure set recorded for the Musica label, with a vibe that's a bit like "solo Lacy – plus"! The approach has Steve crafting these lovely spare soprano sax lines – often somewhat spacious, with a style that's more contemplative than some of his other work of the time – but in a really great way that opens up an appealing side of his sound. Masa Kwate adds equally spare traditional Japanese percussion – often low-end, and with short bursts that never push Lacy off course – more these subtle shades of sound that deepen the record in careful ways. One track – "The Kiss" – features added vocals and violin from Irene Aebi – and all other numbers are duets, with titles that include "Moms", "Pops", "Tots", "Coots", and "The Wire". CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 – 1st Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Anthony Braxton was really on fire in 1993 – a great time for the reedman both as a player and performer – as testified by a key run of recordings during the year! This quartet session is one of the best of those – and features Braxton's reeds running with these beautiful flights on piano from Marilyn Crispell – whose playing is as unstructured as Anthony's, but also seems to bring a richness to the music that we really love – a quality matched here by Mark Dresser on bass and Gerry Hemmingway on piano and marimba. The album features Braxton at his small combo freest – and titles include "Comp 52", "Comp 173", "Comp 69o", "Comp 40o", and "Comp 159 + (30+108a)". CD

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✨✧ Cecil TalorGarden 1st Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first half of Cecil Taylor's wonderful Garden performance – a key moment from the early 80s that really seems to show Taylor finding even more focus than ever, while also setting his spirit freer than anyone might have imagined! The man and his piano become one during the performance – on long-spun tracks that have these mad flurries of notes that shouldn't make sense, but totally do – maybe even freer than Taylor was in the 70s, but at a level that creates even more musical inspiration too – a musicality that's almost unexpected, and which leaves us breathless. Cecil also vocalizes a bit – these chant-like grunts that really show the full body fixation of the performance – and titles include "Elell", "Garden 1", and "Stepping On Stars". CD

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✨✧ Joe McPheeAs Serious As Your Life ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent solo work from the great Joe McPhee – heard here at a time when he was really reigniting the creative fire in his music! The album is all solo McPhee – and Joe plays various reeds, pocket cornet, piano, and even a bit of electronics – shifting modes and moods with the differing tracks on the set, with results that are both extremely personal, and almost poetic! The feel here is like some of McPhee's best early albums for the Hat Art label – especially the first few – but there's an even greater range of expression, and a definite maturity to the way he approaches each performance. Most titles are originals – and include "The Death Of Miles Davis", "As Serious As Your Life", "Party Lights", "Tok", and "A Wish In One Hand" – and the CD also features a version of Coltrane's "After The Rain", done in a really beautiful way. CD
Also available As Serious As Your Life ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Lisa LinnOrchestral Works – Germany South West Radio & Bavarian Radio ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Orchestral works from composer Liza Lim – but all pieces that draw heavily on sounds from a wide global spectrum – which makes the results extremely compelling, and far less standard than you might expect! The set begins with "The Compass" – a 21 minute piece that uses very low-end didgeridoo mixed with flutes – both of which set up this resonant bottom next to the dark passages from the orchestra – really a deep blend of tones and textures, with a slightly exotic feel. That sense of darkness continues on "Pearl Ochre Hair String" – which has no distinct solo passages, but still shows a similar sense of the deeper sonic reaches – and "The Guest" features some lighter lines on recorder that flutter beautifully amidst the dipping, downturning sounds of the larger ensemble. CD

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✨✧ Stockhausen/BeethovenKlavierstucke-Sonaten – Pi-hsien Chen ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible juxtaposition of the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Ludwig Von Beethoven – not interwoven, as in Stockhausen's famous Kurzwellen Mit Beethoven – but offered up side by side, and played beautifully by pianist Pi Hsien Chen! The CD begins with four "Klavierstuck" pieces by Stockhausen, all relatively short, but extremly bold in the way they mix movement with silence – an approach that is then offset by beautiful sounds from Beethoven's "Piano Sonata Op 101" – in four longish movements with a very lyrical feel, but sometimes the same sort of striking elements as Stockhausen's work. "Klavierstuck 5" follows – a longer variation, with very moody, elegiac passages – then followed by the longer Beethoven "Piano Sonata Op 111", before the CD concludes with the 20 minute "Klavierstuck 6". CD
 
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Steve LacyCycles (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
A wealth of rare material from the late Steve Lacy – mostly unissued tracks from the late 70s, plus the material that appeared on the Hedges album on Hat Art! Lacy is mostly solo here – save for a few tracks with a dancer on Hedges – and he's blowing soprano sax with this wonderfully deep tone at times – almost tenor-like in his sense of soul and voicing, and a bit different than some of his more sonic explorations of the time! The work is mesmerizing throughout – clearly based around the a sense of cycles mentioned in the title, but sometimes coming through with an emotive power that's really wonderful. Titles include "Follies", "The Wire", "Coots", "Stand", "Jump", "Fall", "Wickets", "Swoops", and "Fox". CD

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Hank MobleyHank Mobley Quartet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
Great early material from Hank Mobley – a record that's practically a Jazz Messengers album, given the lineup – and which comes across with the fire and power of that classic group at their start! Mobley's tenor is set tightly in a combo that includes Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – just like an early Jazz Messengers group, but without trumpet – and really kicking strongly on the rhythm tip. Mobley's tenor gets some great focus out front – amazing linest hat already show the young Hank as one of the freshest tenor voices of his generation. Titles include "Hank's Prank", "Walkin The Fence", "Just Coolin", and "Avila & Tequila". 2015 Blue Note Authorized Dealer pressing – in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary – and the indie retailers that support them! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ J RoccBeats On Tap(e), Side 1 ... Cassette
Stones Throw, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A literal beats tape from the mighty J Rocc – and he delivers a strong set of headnodding hip hop instrumentals here! As you probably figured, J Rocc is not going to just jump onto the cassette bandwagon – this is top shelf stuff material – with nothing but timeless instros, clever vocal samples and an insistently rugged style. Pretty clever all the way across here, with cover art that acknowledges the funk roots, to say the least, and giving a nod to the here-and-now circa the mid teens, by making it look like a Soundcloud screengrab. 19 tracks including "The Rhythm Of The Beat", "Strings Turnt Up", "The Fixer", "A High Sunrise", "Dark Streets", "It's Fashionable", "Paradise", "Apple A Day", "Roadies", "Hi-Hat Guy" and more. Cassette
 
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AirtoFree ... LP
CTI, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Airto's unique Brazilian fusion style meets the electric funky genius of CTI – and the result is a killer album of long tracks with a far-reaching jazzy groove! The album takes off a bit from Airto's work with Return To Forever – no surprise, since Chick Corea and Flora Purim are on the record – but the set's also got the choppy modal groove that you'd expect from work by other CTI artists like Hubert Laws, Joe Farrell, Ron Carter, and Stanley Clarke, all of whom are on the album. Most tunes are quite long and free-flowing – and titles include "Lucky Southern", "Flora's Song", "Creek (Arroio)", and "Return To Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $25.99
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric guitar with offbeat Eastern phrasing, rootsy percussion, and very hip production that gives the whole record a sound that's as bold as it is brooding! Like Koray at his best, the music often has a bit of a groove – not entirely funky, but with these strong undercurrents that really move us – despite the barrier of language. Titles include "Bosu Bosuna", "Dumanu Dumanu Oy Bizim Eller", "Kukredi Cimenler", "Seve Beni Beni", "Deniz Ustu Kopurur", "Yakar Inceden Inceden", and "Daglar Dagladi Beni". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kamuran AkkorKamuran Akkor ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the coolest Turkish singers we've heard so far from the 70s – an artist who's maybe a bit more funky and a bit less fuzzy than some of her contemporaries – blessed with a heavenly vocal style that's often set to these very groovy arrangements! The language is beyond the reach of our comprehension, but there's a quality to the overall tunes we totally love – very much like some of the coolest, grooviest French or Scandinavian pop of the time – thanks to some very well-placed electric bass, sweet soaring strings, and the occasional Turkish touch to make for a nicely exotic vibe. A few cuts also feature some nice moog, too – which is especially wonderful, and gives things a really spacey quality – and titles include "Yorgun Gozler", "Falci", "Kabahat Seni Sevende", "Dane Dane Benleri", and "Evet Mi Hayir Mi". CD
Also available Kamuran Akkor ... LP 26.99

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Kamuran AkkorKamuran Akkor ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
One of the coolest Turkish singers we've heard so far from the 70s – an artist who's maybe a bit more funky and a bit less fuzzy than some of her contemporaries – blessed with a heavenly vocal style that's often set to these very groovy arrangements! The language is beyond the reach of our comprehension, but there's a quality to the overall tunes we totally love – very much like some of the coolest, grooviest French or Scandinavian pop of the time – thanks to some very well-placed electric bass, sweet soaring strings, and the occasional Turkish touch to make for a nicely exotic vibe. A few cuts also feature some nice moog, too – which is especially wonderful, and gives things a really spacey quality – and titles include "Yorgun Gozler", "Falci", "Kabahat Seni Sevende", "Dane Dane Benleri", and "Evet Mi Hayir Mi". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Kamuran Akkor ... CD 15.99

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Manny AlbamBlues Is Everybody's Business ... LP
Coral, 1955. Very Good- Gatefold ... $8.99
A great 4-part suite that rivals any of Manny Albam's other sessions from the time – including Jazz Greats Of Our Time, or Jazz New York. The tracks here are all quite long, and done in a bluesy mode that gives the album a bit more soul than usual for Albam – making great use of solos by Art Farmer, Nick Travis, Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, Phil Woods, and Gene Quill to flesh out the feeling of the set. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great gatefold pressing – with the original booklet too!)

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Joe AlbanyEvening With Joe Albany ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A lost treasure from the great Joe Albany – a well-recorded solo performance from the 70s, and one that really gets at the increasing complexity of Albany's music in his later years! Joe's maybe best-remembered for his contributions to bop, but he's also a player with a sound that really bridges generations of jazz – one that's able to encompass older modes of expression, but always give them some sharper modern edges – in ways that are sometimes subtle, but always completely sublime! This set has Joe working with amazing dexterity over a host of standards – some long, some short, a few in medleys – with this insane command of the keyboard that keeps on pulling out notes that are surprising, yet surprisingly right in the progression that Albany creates – represented here in a setting that gives the legend the same kind of intimate, solo focus that you might have heard on the best Art Tatum recordings. Titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "If You Could See Me Now", "All The Things You Are", "As Time Goes By", "More Than You Know", and "Who Can I Turn To". CD

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Joe AlbanyEvening With Joe Albany Vol 2 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A lost treasure from the great Joe Albany – a well-recorded solo performance from the 70s, and one that really gets at the increasing complexity of Albany's music in his later years! Joe's maybe best-remembered for his contributions to bop, but he's also a player with a sound that really bridges generations of jazz – one that's able to encompass older modes of expression, but always give them some sharper modern edges – in ways that are sometimes subtle, but always completely sublime! This set has Joe working with amazing dexterity over a host of standards – some long, some short, a few in medleys – with this insane command of the keyboard that keeps on pulling out notes that are surprising, yet surprisingly right in the progression that Albany creates – represented here in a setting that gives the legend the same kind of intimate, solo focus that you might have heard on the best Art Tatum recordings. Titles on this second volume include a number of fantastic medleys of old standards – delivered with wonderful inflections from Albany – plus fuller readings of "Lush Life", "Imagination", "Penthouse Serenade", "Old Old Friends", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "You're Blase", "Jitterbug Waltz", and "I'm In The Mood For Love". CD

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Mats Aleklint QuartetMats Aleklint Quartet ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
A beautifully bold session from trombonist Mats Aleklint – a player we don't know well at all, but who really steps out on this set as a leader for Moserobie Records! The sound is a bit looser than most of the recent work on the label – not entirely free, but nicely without any strong structures – so that Mats can stretch out on these amazing lines on both slide and valve trombone, with a sense of voice and vision on the instrument that we haven't heard since Roswell Rudd! The rest of the lineup is great too – a quartet with mighty nice tenor and bass clarinet from Per Texas Johansson, bass from Joe Williamson, and drums and synth from Christopher Cantillo. Aleklint also plays a bit of thumb piano and pump organ too – and titles include "Nattbuss", "Hur Eller Dur", "Braxen", "Algskog", "Landet Runt", and "Snabbt In Snabb Tut". CD

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Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... LP
Argo, 1963. Good+ ... $24.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Lorez Alexandria – an ultra-hip singer who recorded for Impulse and King, but who sounds especially wonderful on this rare date for Chess Records! The album's got a groove that definitely lives up to its title – a jazzy, bouncy sort of rhythm that's definitely "for swingers only", and which is a nice contrast to overdone torch or standard jazz vocal modes. Alexandria's singing is completely sublime – quite fluid, yet with a soulful depth that's really amazing – and her backing combo is equally hip – a group led by John Young on piano, and also featuring George Eskirdge on guitar, Jimmy Garrison on bass, Phil Thomas on drums, and Ronald Wilson on flute and tenor – an obscure player whose reed work really makes the album sparkle! The song choices are great too – a mix of some under-recorded gems and a few blue-toned classics – all redone amazingly by Lorez with a sound that's quite unique. Titles include her classic Argo reading of "Baltimore Oriole", which begins with an amazing drum/bass passage that's worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "The End Of A Love Affair", "Baltimore Oriole", "All Or Nothing At All", "Mother Earth", "Love Look Away", and "Traveling Down A Lonely Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gray label Argo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys70s Soul ... CD
ARC (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Rare soul from 70s Kenya – music that's quite different than the usual Afro Funk of the period, and which has a sound that's more in the mode of American southern soul! Slim Ali since throughout, mostly in English – and it's clear that he's learned plenty from Tennessee soul of the late 60s and early 70s – bits of Al Green, Joe Simon, and others – whose ballad inspirations are mixed with some very unusual and offbeat instrumentation from the group! There's some occasional Jamaican-styled rhythms, and production has this higher-end quality – which often makes the saxophone or keyboard parts come off in a very unique way – a mode that's just right for Ali's vocals. Titles include "The World", "Live In Peace & Happiness", "I'll Be There", "Bahari", "Come Back To Me", "No Love To Buy", "This World", "Peace", and "We Need A Little Time". CD

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All Music GuideOld School Rap & Hip Hop ... Book
AMG, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
A guide to essential Old School Rap & Hip Hop from team at the indespensible All Music Guide – featuring more than 500 music reviews of important records by Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, NWA, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and so much more – plus reviews on soul and funk LPs that were instrumental in the creation of hip hop, from ESG, The Emotions, Gil Scott-Heron, Marva Whitney and many more! The book is divided into 2 parts, The Roots Of Rap and Digging In The Crates, and organized alphabetically. Paperback, 166 pages, with several reviews per page. Book

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✨✧ Byron Allen TrioByron Allen Trio ... CD
Calibre/ESP (Netherlands), 1965. Used ... $2.99
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move with a fluidity that's breathless, even amidst rhythms that are very loose and open – as the trio here works in a style that almost echoes some of the harmelodic modes of Coleman, but which eventually pushes farther towards the freedoms of other artists on ESP! The set has some wonderful bass from Maceo Gilchrist, whose round, rolling tones really make the album sparkle – as do the punctuated drums of Ted Robinson. Titles include "Today's Blues Tomorrow", "Time Is Past", "Three Steps In The Right Direction", and "Decision For The Cole-Man". CD

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✨✧ Doris AllenShell Of A Woman – The Legendary Playground Sessions ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/Mid 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Powerhouse soul from singer Doris Allen – who made a bit of a splash in the late 60s southern soul scene with duet partner Big John Hamilton – but who's own work from that time and a couple decades later have been under acknowledged in the digital era until now! The first half of the CD features the late 60s work, and it's wonderful – produced by Finley Duncan at Duncan's Playground Studios – featuring a couple of the Hamilton duets, but it's Doris's show. She can both shout out soulfully to the heavens and reign it in for more delicate numbers, and the often gritty soul backing of drums, organ and horns are of the finest caliber. The second half of the set jumps to the mid 80s, and the cleaner, smoother sounds of that era – still produced by Duncan – and Allen's voice as impeccable as earlier. Titles include "A Shell Of A Woman", "Kiss Yourself For Me", "Let A Little Love In", "A Place In My Heart", "Them Changes", "Bright Star", "Candy From A Baby", "Treat Me Like A Woman", "Full Time Fool", "Night Time Is The Right Time" and more, plus 9 previously unreleased tracks, including "Clean Up Woman", "Birmingham Jail", "Ashes Won't Burn" and more. 23 tracks in all! CD

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Woody AllenWoody Allen Volume 2 ... LP
Colpix, 1965. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Early standup work by Woody – recorded in the swingin' 60s, when it was funny just to say the word "neurotic"! The album's actually pretty darn great – and has Woody talking his way through a variety of stories, in a manner that's clearly inspired by Mort Sahl, Shelly Berman, and Lenny Bruce – but which has the unmistakable Allen twist. The cover has a nice pop art-ish image of Woody, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Mose AllisonAutumn Song ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Very Good ... $29.99
Mose Allison's last album for Prestige Records – before moving onto even bigger fame at Columbia and Atlantic during the 60s! Unlike Allison's later sets, this one is mostly instrumental – but there are a few sweet vocal tracks that bring out the hip, rootsy lyrical modes that would make Mose a big hit with the mod scene overseas – including the classic "Eyesight To The Blind", plus "That's All Right" and "Do Nothing Till You Here From Me". The remaining piano trio sides have a great rollicking groove – rootsy, yet slightly modern too – with bass by Addison Farmer and drums from Ronnie Free – on titles that include "Promenade", "It's Crazy", "Strange", "Autumn Song", and "Groovin High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove, New Jersey address and RVG stamp. Cover has partial splitting on the top & bottom seams and some aging on the back.)

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Mose AllisonWay Of The World ... CD
Anti, 2010. Used ... $3.99
Mose Allison gets the Anti Records treatment – and the result is one of his most compelling records in decades! Allison had an undeniable impact on the US scene in the late 50s and early 60s – bringing New Orleans roots into play with hip postwar jazz vocals – in the process influencing a few generations of mods and rockers on both sides of the Atlantic! And although he continued to record well for years after that initial stretch, Allison's talents weren't always captured in ways that kept things fresh – until now. Joe Henry's studio approach really gets Mose back to basics – working with a small group that's mostly acoustic, and which is there more to follow the lead of his vocals and piano, than direct them. And yes, Allison's vocals have faded slightly over the years – but they still have all the broken-down charm they exhibited right from the start – maybe even a bit more justified by time than when Mose was a younger man. Titles include "My Brain", "I Know You Didn't Mean It", "I'm Alright", "This New Situation", "Crush", "Some Right Some Wrong", "Ask Me Nice", and "This New Situation". CD

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AllspiceAllspice ... CD
Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
The only album ever from Allspice – but a hell of an incredible soul record – and one that's kept the group's name strong with collectors and rare groove fanatics for years! The album's on of the best Fantasy Records productions by Wayne Henderson and his At Home team – and like some of the others, is handled with a groove that's tight, yet plenty sophisticated too – light years from mainstream disco or common club of the late 70s, and instead informed by plenty of jazz and deeper ideas as well! The vibe is perfect – as heavenly and righteous as some of the best Roy Ayers club tracks of the time – which proves to be a perfect foil for the Allspice style of mixing male and female vocals – which again is often done in an Ayers-like mode. The sound is sublime throughout – one of those real treasures that should have been a huge record in the 70s, but was barely pressed up at all – and quickly forgotten about by the record company. Yet even after all these years, the whole thing sounds amazing – one of those albums we'd never part with at all! Titles include the groovy "Slipped Away", the funky stepper "Hungry For Your Love" – and loads of other great tunes that include "Love Fire", "Destiny", "She's A Lady", "I Don't Know", and "Give It Time". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Laurindo AlmeidaLaurindo Almeida Quartet – Volume 2 (10 inch) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Original 10" LP featuring the second set of historic duets between Brazilian guitarist Almeida and the great LA alto player Bud Shank. This is the stuff that supposedly ended up back in Brazil and inspired the wave of musicians involved in the bossa nova momement. It's been repackaged a number of times, but it's great to have in this cool original package, with a weird polarized cover featuring a strange green design of intertwining leaves. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear and a spot where an old sticker was removed.)

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Laurindo AlmeidaLaurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1955. Very Good ... $29.99
A landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. The mix of alto and guitar, in a jazzy vien, but with Latiny rhythms, is very similar to the early bossa jazz recordings – and even more so to the later American ones by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. Supposedly, original 10" LPs of the material made their way to Brazil, and later influenced Jobim and Gilberto. Although we can't confirm that rumor entirely, you'll sure hear a similarity, and even if you don't, the stuff's still pretty darn great. Titles include "Terra Seca", "Amor Flamenco", "Atabaque", "Nono", "Noctambulism", "Tocata", and "Carinoso". Full LP that reissues the original 10" sets. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, flat edge – with heavy black label with deep groove and silver text. Cover has light wear, but is nice too.)

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Laurindo Almeida & Bud ShankBrazilliance ... LP
World Pacific, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. The mix of alto and guitar, in a jazzy vein, but with Latiny rhythms, is very similar to the early bossa jazz recordings – and even more so to the later American ones by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. Supposedly, original 10" LPs of the material made their way to Brazil, and later influenced Jobim and Gilberto. Although we can't confirm that rumor entirely, you'll sure hear a similarity, and even if you don't, the stuff's still pretty darn great. Titles include "Terra Seca", "Amor Flamenco", "Atabaque", "No No", "Noctambulism", "Tocata", and "Carinoso". LP, Vinyl record album
(1961 pressing. Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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