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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonOpen Aspects '82 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Used ... $11.99
Braxton and Richard Teitlebaum team up again on this 2 LP release for Hat Art. Teitlebaum plays cool electronics next to Braxton's icy alto, and the sound is incredible. Wild stuff – and although not Braxton's usual bag, it's still a welcome part of his oeuvre. Titles include "3", "1.2", "2", and "1.1". CD
(Out of print.)

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Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 – 2nd Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. New Copy ... $15.99 16.95
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 172", "Comp 161", "Comp 69m", "Comp 23c", and "Comp 124 + (108c + 147)". CD

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Counterpoise (Carisi, Sauter, Wolff & Wolpe)Counterpoise – Accanto & XASAX ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2000. Used Gatefold ... $3.99
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Morton FeldmanViolin & String Quartet ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1997. Used 2CD ... $16.99
Performed by Peter Rundel with the Pellegrini Quartet. CD
(Out of print. Cover has some sticker residue.)

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Georg Graewe/Ernst Reijseger/Gerry HemingwaySonic Fiction ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1989. Used ... $4.99
The title's "sonic fiction", not "science fiction" – but the sound here draws a great deal from that confusion of terms – as the blend of elements in the set often has a stark, almost academic nature – a sound that's as cerebral as it is experimental – and quite different from a more organic set of free improvisations! The trio here features Georg Graewe on piano, Ernst Reijseger on cello, and Gerry Hemmingway on drums – and the work was all recorded live at a museum in Germany at the end of the 80s – a setting that may have had something of an influence on the sound. Titles include "Alien Corn" in three parts – plus "Aspects Of Somnambulism/Demure Scuttle", "Fangled Talk", "Masting", and "Fibulation". CD
(Out of print.)

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George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band 87Happening Now ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1987. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print.)

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HabariganiTwo ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1990. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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Roman Haubenstock-RamatiConcerto A Tre ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1999. Used Gatefold ... $3.99
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Roman Haubenstock-RamatiMobile For Shakespeare ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1999. Used Gatefold ... $3.99
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Udo KasemetsPythagoras Tree ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Steve LacyBallets ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
One album of solo soprano sax – another with a group that features Bobby Few on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Irene Aebi on cello and violin, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes postcard, too. Box is in nice shape!)

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Urs LeimgruberLines ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1994. Used ... $4.99
With Adelhard Roidinger & Fritz Hauser. CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe McPheeAs Serious As Your Life ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. Used ... $7.99
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
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaSunrise In Different Dimensions ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1980. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $66.99
The "Sunrise" in the title here is especially well-placed – because this live performance by Sun Ra has a beautifully glowing quality – one that unfolds musically as the set rolls on, moving through a day's course of music in different moods and dimensions! Ra initiates the proceedings with some gentler inside piano, but as the set gets moving, the other group members leap into the fray – pushing a tremendous energy into some of Ra's original compositions – then stepping back for a more peaceful, contemplative exploration of older themes in jazz – played in that "across the 20th century" mode that took hold of The Arkestra strongly during this decade. Group members here include Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Noel Scott, Michael Ray, and Danny Thomas – and the concert is very well recorded, with numbers that include "Cocktails For Two", "Lightnin", "Light From A Hidden Sun", "Pin Points Of Spiral Prisms", "Silhouettes Of The Shadow World", "Queer Notions", "Big John's Special", and "A Helio-Hello & Goodbye Too". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressng – in the box-style used by the original Hat Art album, with postcards too!)

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Marianne SchroederBraxton/Stockhausen ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1984. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set ... $29.99
Nice 2LP set that has pianist Marianne Schroeder working through compositions by Anthony Braxton and Karlheinz Stockhausen. There's a record devoted to each composer, and the Braxton record – which features "Composition No 107" – also has Braxton playing alto and sopranino along with Schroeder's piano. The Stockhausen album's a bit more subdued, and features Schroeder playing solo on "Klavierstuck" VI, VII, and VIII. Handsomely packaged in one of those nifty boxes that Hat Art was using in the 80s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes postcard and insert!)

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Cecil TaylorOne Too Many Salty Swift And Not Goodbye (3LP set) ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1978. Very Good+ 3LP + Box ... $49.99
A classic live set by Cecil Taylor – easily one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s! The group here is a sextet – with Taylor on piano, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Raphe Malik on trumpet, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Sirone on bass, and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums – all working together in the collaborative spirit of the loft jazz generation! This is heard especially on the beginning section of the set – which features duet and solo performances by group members, all without Taylor – before rolling into the full sextet performance passage of the work. The album is one long performance – spanning over 2 hours of music! LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original box with insert! Records have a few light surface marks from old inner sleeves, but are great overall.)

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Vienna Art OrchestraFrom No Time To Rag Time ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set ... $24.99
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(Includes the postcards and insert. Cover is in great shape!)

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Vienna Art OrchestraNotion In Perpetual Motion ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1985. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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Vienna Art OrchestraSuite For The Green Eighties ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Very Good+ 2LP ... $19.99
Arty noodlings by this Austrian group. Players include Harry Sokal on soprano sax, Christian Radovan on trombone, Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, Wofgang Puschnig on piccolo, Ingo Morgana on tenor, and Uli Scherer on piano and melodica – and Lauren Newton does a bit of vocalizing on a few tracks. The "Suite For Green Eighties" is divided into 5 parts, and takes up all of record two. Record one contains "Haluk", "Pladoyer For Sir Major Moll", "Blue For Two", and "Nanan N'z Gang". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original box package with a postcard inside.)

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✨✧ Christy DoranIn The Corner Of The Eye ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Christy Doran's way more than a conventional guitarist on this set of recordings from the start of the 90s – playing in these fastly fluid ways, and often using a bit of delay as well – but to create even more sonic intensity for his work on the strings! Unlike some of his generation – who might use delay to lay back and just spin out long notes in space, Doran works here to almost enforce his attack even more – especially on the acoustic guitar passages, which have a very individual vibe, even when solo. Other musicians join in from time to time – Ray Anderson on trombone on "The Warm Up", Marty Erlich on clarinet and tenor on "Celtic Ballad" and "Beyond Words", Urs Leimgruber on soprano sax on "Spirale", and Hank Roberts on cello on "Seven Shadows" and "Lou Yuri". Other titles are solo – and include "She Moved Through The Fair" and "Solomutation". CD
 
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Joe McPheeVisitation ... CD
Sackville/Boxholder, 1985. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
An overlooked moment from the mighty Joe McPhee – a set recorded after his initial run of brilliance on the Hat Art label, with backing from a Canadian combo led by pianist Bill Smith! Smith works on soprano, alto, and sopranino saxophone – and McPhee plays soprano too, as well as tenor, flugelhorn, and pocket trumpet – the last an instrument which he can use with a nice sort of punch when he wants. Smith's lineup is nicely unusual – with the violin of David Prentice alongside bass and drums – used at times with these inflections that are different than usual for that instrument in jazz, carving these colors that McPhee and Smith then elaborate on with their horns. Titles include a version of Albert Ayler's "Ghosts", plus the originals "Exuma", "Home At Last", and "Eleuthera". CD

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✨✧ Cornelius CardewMaterial ... CD
Hat Now (Switzerland), 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The compositions of Cornelius Cardew, performed here with a distinctly Chicago inflection – in a relatively recent performance that is partially conducted by Art Lange, and featuring Jim Baker on Arp, Carrio Biolo on vibes, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, and Jeff Parker on guitar. Given the relation of some of the players to Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra, there's definitely a similar feel here – a sense of timing and interplay that illuminates Cardew's compositions nicely, in the hands of musicians who can understand the complexities of his work, and make the best of the freedoms he allows them. Titles include "Autumn 60", "Treatise", "Memories Of You", "Material", and "Octet 61 For Jasper Johns". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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AirOpen Air Suit ... LP
Arista/Novus, 1978. Very Good ... $11.99
Classic AACM material from Chicago, strangely issued on Arista, but produced by Michael Cuscuna with all the care of a small-label session. The classic lineup of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall is firmly in place – and they band interacts with a sense of humor and imagination that rivals the Art Ensemble of Chicago for sheer genius. Titles include "Cosmic Ass", "Open Air Strut", and "Strait White Royal Flush". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & a sticker spot.)

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Airboy & ValkyrieComplete Golden Age Airboy & Valkyrie (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 24.99
One of the best-remembered features of the Golden Age of comics – presented here in a beautiful hardcover package! Airboy was part aviation adventure – ala Blackhawk – and part young male fantasy – ala Terry & The Pirates – but the strip was something special all its own – thanks to superb art and stories, which easily put the comic on a par with the best of the time! Art here is by Fred Kida on most entries – with additional work by Arthur Peddy and Ernest Schroeder – and the book focuses on stories in which Airboy is paired with the lovely Valkyrie – who brings an undercurrent of sex that the strip didn't always present. Material is from issues of Air Fighters and Airboy from 1943 to 1952 – and the book is 136 pages, full color, and very nicely done! Book

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AirtoFree ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside percussion – but the album also features killer contributions from Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, Keith Jarrett on piano, and Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes – as well as a hip bit of vocals from Flora Purim as well! There's some added horns at parts – but the arrangements are relatively spare and subtle – so that most tracks have a core organic quality, very similar to Airto's work on Buddah/Cobblestone, but given a bit more of a CTI twist. Most tunes are quite long and free-flowing – and titles include "Lucky Southern", "Flora's Song", "Creek (Arroio)", and "Return To Forever". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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AkikoCollage ... CD
Verve (Japan), Early 2000s. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little collection of work from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – pulled from her first few Verve albums, and packaged into one really beautiful set! Unlike other contemporaries on the Japanese scene, who tend to be a bit more soul-based, Akiko goes for a style that's often more classically jazz-based – a mode the echoes back to sounds of the 50s and 60s, yet which is also served up with hipper production and instrumental touches from younger collaborators – especially Sunaga T, who had a hand in some of the best numbers here! The package is almost as beautiful as the music – done in an old Limelight Records style with a booklet in the middle that includes photos of all the album covers. Titles include "Funky Monkey Boy (English version)", "Good Morning Heartache", "Skindo Le Le", "You've Changed (funk version)", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Do You Know", "Far Beyond", "So Tired", and a few cool interludes and intros! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoWhat's Jazz? – Style ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99
Akiko's tribute to the "style" of jazz – soon followed by her "spirit" set – and a package that has far more substance than you might expect! The work's got a cool, classy sort of feel – older jazz modes handled with small group instrumentation that either features piano or organ in the lead, occasionally with a bit of horns, but usually just trio or quartet grooving behind Akiko's slinky vocals! The tunes are a mix of compelling covers and some even more surprising originals by Akiko – self-penned tunes that really stand out in the set, and make us love her talents even more than when she's just going for older American modes. Titles include "When Life Is Over", "Love Theme From Spartacus", "Ladies Love Mercedes", "Come Together", "Madly", and "What's Jazz". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Toshiko AkiyoshiMany Sides Of Toshiko ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $19.99
Don't let the title fool you, because although the cover of the record says "Many Sides Of Toshiko", the album only features one – her great approach to bop-inflected trio material – recorded here in a classic Verve session with a distinct Bud Powell influence! Not that we're complaining, though – because Toshiko's at her youthful best here, working with Eugene Cherico on bass and John Hanna on drums – in a set that's even got a few original numbers! The best of these is the 3-part suite "Tosh's Fantasy" – a trio adaptation of one of Akioshi's larger jazz orchestra works. Other titles include "Imagination", "Minor Mood", "Studio J", and "Bags Groove". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Toshiko Akiyoshi & Charlie MarianoToshiko Mariano Quartet (Candid) ... LP
Candid, 1960. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the few recorded meetings of alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and pianist Toshiko Akioshi in the studio – quite strange given that they were a couple at the time! The session's easily one of the last great American sessions by either player – a work that shows Mariano's alto really building on the strengths of his work in the 50s, and Akioshi's piano shedding some of its early bop influences, and going for the richly-toned sound that would serve her greatly in the 70s. The long tracks here offer plenty of space for Charlie's sharp tone to really do its thing – and that raspy warmth of the 50s is even more deeply soulful at this point – and augmented by a new sense of composition that gives the record some of its best tracks. There's almost a nascent sense of spiritualism here – quite unusual for the time – and titles include "When You Meet Her", "Toshiko's Elegy", "Deep River", and "Little T". LP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby reissue pressing from the 70s. Back cover has splash stains.)

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Toshiko Akiyoshi & Leon SashToshiko Akiyoshi & Leon Sash At Newport ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the first American albums to ever feature the piano of Toshiko Akioshi – and a set that's oddly split with work from jazz accordionist Leon Sash – who also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival at the same time! Toshiko is on side one – in a trio with Gene Cherico on bass and Jake Hanna on drums – and although young, she's already got a tremendous ear for the piano – able to spin out tunes that both have the majesty of some of her later larger compositions, but delivered with a sharp edge that really shows her bop inspiration. Titles include "Between Me & Myself", "Blues For Toshiko", and "Lover". The flipside features material by accordionist Leon Sash, and his group with Ted Robinson on tenor and clarinet – a really cool combo with a vibe that's more jazz-based than work by artists like Art Van Damme at the time – thanks in part to Robinson's solos. The group grooves nicely – and titles include "Sash-Kebap", "Meant For Brent", and "Blue Lou". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big BandRoad Time ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good 2LP ... $2.99
A great little live set from the glory days of the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band – a series of performances from Japan, recorded in 1976, all featuring the ensemble at its best! The double-length nature of the record takes the group even farther than usual – really letting them stretch out with the kind of bold tones and broad colors that made the group so great. Soloists include Bobby Shew on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and Gary Foster on alto sax – alongside leaders Lew Tabackin on tenor and flute, and Toshiko Akioshi on piano. Titles include a nicely dancing reading of the classic "Warning: Success May Be Hazardous To Your Health" – plus "Kogun", "Henpecked Old Man", "Tuning Up", "Since Perry/Yet Another Tear", and "Soliloquy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ Manny AlbamManny Albam's Jazz Greats Of Our Time – Complete Recordings ... CD
Decca/Lonehill (Spain), 1957/1958. Used 2CD ... $11.99
A great collection of a unique showcase in 50s jazz – large group recordings by arranger Manny Albam, done to showcase some of the best players of the time from both the New York and LA scenes! The sessions were originally recorded for Decca – with volume 1 featuring mostly players from New York, and volume 2 featuring the cream of the crop of the west coast scene. The format was simple – in that Albam would pen arrangements for longish tracks that brought together the whole ensemble – then allowed plenty of space for players to break out in well-crafted solos. Artists include Art Farmer, Harry Edison, Conte Candoli, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Bill Holman, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Mariano, Milt Hinton, Lou Levy, Hank Jones, and Pepper Adams – and tracks include "See Here Miss Bromley", "Poor Dr Millmoss", "Blues From Neither Coast", "Home Brew", "Little Eye Opener", "Blues Over Easy (parts 1 & 2)", and "Afterthoughts". 2CD set features 20 tracks in all – seemingly a lot more than on the original albums! CD

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Alessandro AlessandroniAlessandro Alessandroni – Butterfly #2 ... CD
Cometa (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Stunning sounds from the great Alessandro Alessandroni – an artist who contributed to countless Italian soundtracks in the 60s and 70s, and who sounds even more amazing here in this rare set of sound library funk! The album's all instrumental, and is overflowing with groovy little tracks – which mix together a blend of jazzy, fuzzy, and dreamy elements – all of them pretty darn nice! The approach is great – leaner than some of Alessandroni's soundtrack material, and more direct too – with a vibe that's right upfront, as the tunes leap from sound to sound, style to style – but always in a nicely trippy version of instrumental funk. Titles include "Flautiana", "Invention", "Evolution", "Giovane Flirt", "Campeggiatori", "Arcipelago", "On The Boat", "Cielo Giallo", and "Acque Azzurre". CD

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Alessandro Alessandroni, Sandro Brugnolini, TeimarAkriliko ... CD
Cometa (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $21.99
A sweet selection of unreleased material from the vaults of Italy's famous Cometa Records sound library – a package that's pretty heavy on keyboard and electronic bits, with a sound that's right up there with some of the best Italian horror and action scoring of the early 80s! In fact, there's a strong sense of drama throughout – a nice call to action in some of the tunes, as the keyboard lines set up a mood, then send it soaring – and basslines brood along to create these cool darker currents! The whole thing's still pretty tuneful – none of the atonal qualities that show up in other Italian scoring – and the three artists often collaborate throughout, in different groupings – on titles that include "Serpentina Junior", "Turismo Giovane", "Akriliko", "Speed", "Preallarme", "Romantico Junior", "Viaggio Giovanne", and "Riflessione". CD
Also available Akriliko ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Alessandro Alessandroni, Sandro Brugnolini, TeimarAkriliko ... LP
Cometa (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $29.99
A sweet selection of unreleased material from the vaults of Italy's famous Cometa Records sound library – a package that's pretty heavy on keyboard and electronic bits, with a sound that's right up there with some of the best Italian horror and action scoring of the early 80s! In fact, there's a strong sense of drama throughout – a nice call to action in some of the tunes, as the keyboard lines set up a mood, then send it soaring – and basslines brood along to create these cool darker currents! The whole thing's still pretty tuneful – none of the atonal qualities that show up in other Italian scoring – and the three artists often collaborate throughout, in different groupings – on titles that include "Serpentina Junior", "Turismo Giovane", "Akriliko", "Speed", "Preallarme", "Romantico Junior", "Viaggio Giovanne", and "Riflessione". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Akriliko ... CD 21.99

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Arthur AlexanderLonely Just Like Me – The Final Chapter ... CD
Elektra, 1991/1992/1993. Used ... $3.99
A key comeback moment for Arthur Alexander – arguably one of the first great soul talents to rise from the south at the start of the 60s, but an artist who'd fallen far from fame by the time of this early 90s set! The record was cut at a time when Alexander had all but given up music, and was driving a bus in Cleveland – but it shows a singer who's lost none of his power over the years, and who's very much at home with his own songs. Production is by Ben Vaughn, and while it's possibly not as "authentic" as some of that done on soul revival sets in recent years, we actually like it all that much more for that. Instrumentation is mostly small combo, and features plenty of piano and organ from Spooner Oldham, guitar from Dan Penn, and work by other soul studio luminaries – on titles that include "If It's Really Got To Be This Way", "Go Home Girl", "Every Day I Have To Cry", "Lonely Just Like Me", "All The Time", "There Is A Road", and "Mr John". CD

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Arthur AlexanderYou Better Move On ... LP
Dot, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $59.99
Landmark southern soul from Arthur Alexander – one of the first key figures in the genre! Arthur was the first big artist to break out of the Muscle Shoals scene of the 60s – and worked in a style that had bits of R&B, bits of country, and bits of the sweeter soul that was cracking the charts at the time. Some of the tracks on the set were early Rick Hall productions, while others were handled in a Nashville mode by Dot – in a style that has a great blend of sweet and rough touches. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has some light wear, but overall this is a very nice copy!)

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Eric AlexanderDead Center ... CD
High Note, 2004. Used ... $6.99
Another chapter of greatness from one of the greatest living tenorists in jazz – the mighty Eric Alexander, recording here in quartet formation with longtime partner Harold Mabern on piano! The album's got a fluid groove that's right up there with Alexander's best recent work for other Milestone – a timeless approach to soul jazz that's crafted with an ease and grace that few other players can match. Mabern's accompaniment is right on the money, and rhythm from the team of drummer Joe Farnsworth and bassist John Webber is never too cluttered, nor too laidback. As usual, Alexander's got a hell of an ear for a tune – and has come up with some great gems for the set, including Herbie Hancock's "Sonorisa", Mabern's classic "A Few Miles From Memphis", and Pat Martino's "Dead Center". Other tracks include "One For Steve", "It's Magic", and "Search For Peace". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Eric AlexanderFirst Milestone ... CD
Milestone, 2000. Used ... $6.99
Excellent work from one of our favorite young tenor players! When Alexander first started out in Chicago, we'd catch him at southside gigs, either on his own or in Charles Earland's group – and we'd marvel at the richness of his playing, even though he was just an unknown young player in his early 20s! Since those years (not long ago!) Alexander's turned into one of the strongest voices of his generation – with a sound that's steeped in the traditions of tenor giants like Sonny Rollins, Tubby Hayes, and Frank Foster, yet which also has a great deal of youthful creativity. This album's one of his best so far – and it features Alexander in the company of a group that includes Harold Mabern on piano and Pat Martino on guitar, both super-soulful players who are a great match of the playing of the leader. Titles include "The Phineas Trane", "Stand Pat", "Night Song", "First Milestone", and "34 Was Sweetness" (Chicagoans will get that reference!) CD
(Out of print.)

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Eric AlexanderIt's All In The Game ... CD
High Note, 2006. Used ... $4.99
A hokey kind of cover, but a great little album – another easy winner from the team of Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern, easily one of the greatest pairs working together in jazz for the past decade or so! Alexander's got a tremendous tone on the tenor – finely-honed with the maturity of a later Dexter Gordon, but also open to fluid, free moments too – with a sense of joy and exploration that recall our favorite moments on mid 60s Blue Note or Prestige. Mabern is great too – warm on the keys, but never sloppy – a player more filled with soul these days than ever, and always a great accompanist to Alexander's shifting range of modes in a set like this. Drums are by Joe Farnsworth, another trustworthy regular partner to the pair – and Nat Reeves completes the quartet on bass. Titles include 3 excellent Alexander originals (always his best work on record) – "Typhoon 11", "Little Lucas", and "Open & Shut" – plus versions of "Where Is The Love", "Where Or When", "Ruby My Dear", and "It's All In The Game". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Eric AlexanderNightlife In Tokyo ... CD
Milestone, 2002. Used ... $12.99
Always-great work from Eric Alexander – one of our favorite tenor players of the modern age, and a talent who gets better and better with each album! This one features Eric working with pianist Harold Mabern – in a wonderful union that's been forged over the course of a number of records, and which seems to be one of the greatest things that's happened to either player. Mabern lays out loads of wonderful modal lines in the set – keeping a rhythmic pulse that stretches out Alexander's solos in sweeping brilliance on the upbeat tracks, holding them back with gentle soul on the mellower ones. The rest of the group is completed by Ron Carter on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and titles include "Nemesis", "I Can Dream, Can't I?", "Nightlife In Tokyo", "Cold Smoke", "Island", and "Big RC". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Eric AlexanderUp, Over & Out ... CD
Delmark, 1993. Used ... $4.99
Clear, clean, and tremendous tenor work from a young Eric Alexander – working here in one of his early partnerships with pianist Harold Mabern – in a way that really helps to re-direct Mabern's energy, and take him back to the glory days of his recordings in the 60s! Alexander's tenor has a classic sound here that's wonderful – focused and very sure of itself, and able to roll out on longer numbers with a great sense of imagination that avoids any too-easy notes or hackneyed choices. Mabern follows suit strongly – sounding better than on any of his trio records from the same period, and matching Alexander's youthful energy with some soaring lines of his own – often in a modal mode that seems to bring out the best in both players. Drums are by the rock-solid Joe Farnsworth, and bass is by John Ore – on tracks that include "Up Over & Out", "Eronel", "Flying Fish", "Blues For Mabe", "I Remember Clifford", and "Bewitched". CD
(Booklet has a sticker remnant.)
 
 
 



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