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Teodoro AnzellottiPush Pull ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996/1998. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
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Art BlakeyRutgers University, NJ – April 15th 1969 ... CD
Hi Hat (UK), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
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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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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Morton Feldman, Stefan Wolpe, Zimmermann, SeelFour Generations Piano ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1999. Used ... $5.99
Morton Feldman, Stefan Wolpe, Walter Zimmermann, Daniel N. Seel. CD
(CD sleeve has a small cut corner. Back cover has a crease.)

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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 ... $9.99
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 ... $18.99
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
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Joe McPheeAs Serious As Your Life ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. Used ... $9.99
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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✨✧ Katharina RosenbergerTexturen – Wet Ink Ensemble ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2011. Used ... $11.99
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John SnijdersTransatlantic Swing ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), Late 90s. Used Gatefold ... $1.99
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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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✨✧ Steve LacyShots ... CD
Musica/Hat Art (Switzerland), 1977. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Vienna Art OrchestraMinimalism Of Erik Satie ... LP
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1984. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
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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Cornelius CardewMaterial ... CD
Hat Now (Switzerland), 2001. Used ... $11.99
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
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✨✧ Ray ManzarekWhole Thing Started With Rock & Roll Now It's Out Of Control ... LP
Mercury, 1974. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Given where Ray Manzarek's career was going in the years after the breakup of The Doors, it's hard to say the whole thing's "out of control" – but we will admit that the album's a really compelling one, with some great moments that make us tip our hat to Mr M! There's a really varied feel to the set here – but the best moments have Manzarek bringing in a strong bit of jazz – showing off the keyboard talents first honed on 60s hits, but stretching out with some hipper grooves. Guests include John Klemmer, who plays a great solo on one track, plus Joe Walsh, Flo & Eddie, and even a young Patti Smith – featured as "poetess" in the credits! Titles include the funky "Begin The World Again", the searching jazzy number "Whirling Dervish", and the tunes "I Wake Up Screaming", "Art Deco Fandango", and "Bicentennial Blues". And honestly, there's kind of an artsy playfulness here that's years beyond The Doors, and which almost prefaces some of the more experimental New York work in later years. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover ha some wear.)

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✨✧ Steve LacyCycles (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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Olli AhvenlahtiPoet ... LP
Love/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Olli Ahvenlahti's a poet on the keys – one of the most soulful players in the 70s Finland scene, heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! The record's got a glowing grace that's really wonderful – part CTI-inspired electric fusion, without as much jamming as other European work of the time – but also an album of rounder, warmer tones – recorded with a slightly larger lineup that includes Eero Koivistoinen on tenor sax, and lots of great percussion at the bottom! Tunes have a subdued approach to funky jazz – still tight in the rhythms, but with more of a focus on the nicely shaded horn solos, and on Olli's great use of electric piano and organ throughout. Titles include the classic jazz dance track "Grandma's Rocking Chair" – plus "The Poet", "Sunday's Stuff", "Aura", "Sambatown", and "A Day At The Zoo". LP, Vinyl record album

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AirAir (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $21.99
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very organic way – so that the spare sounds build up into these parts rich in meaning, but still with plenty of sharp edges – based on work from Yasuo Shimura on flute, amplified soprano sax, Arp, and radio; Renkichi Hayashi on guitar, ring modulator, and other effects; Nobuyoshi Ino on electric and acoustic bass, Turkish guitar, and tape recorder; Hiroshi Murakami on drums and percussion; and Yuji Imamura on amplified and acoustic tabla, plus other percussion. The sound's as compelling as the instrumental lineup – and the album's comprised of one long jamming track "Air (parts 1 & 2)", with a groove that ranges from funky and break-oriented, to wild and free out-oriented soloing. CD
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✨✧ AirtoFingers ... LP
CTI, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Label has some marker.)
Also available Fingers (remastered edition) ... CD 8.99

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AirtoFingers (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1973. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! CD
(Remastered CTI 40th Anniversary edition. First time on CD in the US!)
Also available Fingers ... LP 14.99

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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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✨✧ AirtoTouching You, Touching Me ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of Airto's most polished records, and an album that we've really grown to love over the years! There's a pretty strong modern soul/R&B component to the album – but at the core, there's still a strong feeling for Brazilian rhythms, and the record's got a wonderfully warm Brazilian fusion component. Marcos Valle arranged many of the tracks with Airto, and the record's similar to some of his excellent R&B-ish work from the early 80s, particularly the stuff he did after working with Leon Ware. Great players and singers on the sessions, too – including George Duke, Herb Alpert, Flora Purim and The Sweet Inspirations. Tracks include "Heartbeat", "Amajour", "Partido Alto", "Open Space", "Tempos Atras", and "And Then We Touched The Sky". 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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Ambrose AkinmusireImagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint ... CD
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to push his voice even father than before – sometimes in smaller acoustic settings, sometimes with a bit of vocals, and sometimes a bit of strings – performed by a shifting lineup that includes guests Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks on vocals – plus a core group that includes Walter Smith on tenor and Sam Harris on piano. Titles include "Marie Christie", "Memo", "Ceasless Inexhaustible Child", "Rollcall For Those Absent", "Vartha", and "Our Basement". CD

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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
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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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✨✧ Eric AlexanderFirst Milestone ... CD
Milestone, 2000. Used ... $8.99
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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Lorez AlexandriaFor Swingers Only ... LP
Argo, 1963. Good+ ... $19.99
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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AliveAlive ... LP
Urana, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Alive were one of the hippest all-female combos of their time – and although they were marginalized in the womyn's music ghetto for most of their career, they've got a great sound that's been rediscovered over the years by crate-diggers and jazz dancers! This first album is a gem through and through – a hip batch of vocal jazz tracks done in a breezy 70s style! There's some echoes of the hip female jazz singers of the European scene of the 70s, but there's also a warmer Bay Area vibe too – that cool blend of modes that made that scene so great at the time, thanks to groups like Alive! Titles include "Yemaya, Sister Of The Fishes", "Spirit Healer", "City Life", "Rhiannon", and "Part Of Me/Changes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ All NaturalNo Additives, No Preservatives ... CD
All Natural, 1999. Used ... $4.99
Maybe we're biased, but this is a fantastic record in the great Chicago tradition that includes Common Sense and the Molemen! All Natural manage to combine conscious and abstract lyrics with music that's worth hearing, and doesn't fall into that you-gotta-be-blunted-to-appreciate-it drudge. Production by No I.D., the Molemen and Capital D. Includes "50 Years" and "Hip Hop History 101" from the first single, plus "Phantoms Of The Opera", "Thinkin Cap", "MC Avenger", "It's OK", "Prime Suspect", "Niggas B Lyin", "Take It 2 Em", "Fresh Air" , "This Is How It Should B Done", "Start The Revolution", and more. CD

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✨✧ Gene AllisonGene Allison ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Stunning work from the birth of soul! Gene Allison recorded for the legendary Chicago label Vee Jay – but his raw rootsy style was much more in a southern mode, and had a sound that would really go onto influence records cut in Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans over the course of the 60s. Most of Gene's work has been out of print for years, but his raw heartfelt vocals are totally worth discovering if you dig great soul music. This album was Gene's only one for the Vee Jay label – and it steps off with his hit "You Can Make It If You Try" – and then follows with a great batch of lesser known numbers that include "I Believe In Myself", "Hey Hey I Love You", "I Don't Know What", "Everything's Alright", "Have Faith", "Reap What You Sow", and "Tell Me The Truth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Vinyl and cover are nice!)
 
 
 



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