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Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 – 1st 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 52", "Comp 173", "Comp 69o", "Comp 40o", and "Comp 159 + (30+108a)". CD

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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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✨✧ Morton FeldmanFor Bunita Marcus ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1990. Used ... $9.99

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Georg Graewe/Ernst Reijseger/Gerry HemingwaySonic Fiction ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1989. Used ... $6.99
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
(Out of print.)

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Steve Lacy & Roswell RuddSchool Days ... CD
Emanem/Hat Art (Switzerland), 1963. Used ... $11.99
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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Urs LeimgruberLines ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1994. Used ... $9.99
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 ... $34.99
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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Richard TeitelbaumConcerto Grosso ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1988. Used ... $6.99
(Out of print.)

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Vienna Art OrchestraFrom No Time To Rag Time ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set ... $29.99
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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 ... $6.99
(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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✨✧ Teodoro AnzellottiPush Pull ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996/1998. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Great avant works for accordion! CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonOpen Aspects '82 ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1982. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Box in in great shape!)

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✨✧ Steve LacyCapers ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1979. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set of trio material, with none of the nonesense of some of the other Lacy recordings from the time – and a very sympathetic lineup that includes Ronnie Boykins and Dennis Charles. The material was recorded live in New York, and titles include "Quirks", "Bud's Brother", "Capers", and "The Crunch". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Karlheinz StockhausenPlus Minus – Ives Ensemble ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Vienna Art OrchestraConcerto Piccolo ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)
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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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Horace TapscottDark Tree Vol 2 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1990. Used ... $11.99
Pure genius from Horace Tapscott – a record that really lights a new fire under his talents – and takes us back to some of the most expressive, most righteous jazz from the LA scene of the 70s! The quartet here features key LA player John Carter on clarinet – an instrument that he'd embraced heavily during the decade in which this set was recorded, but managed to use with a sense of boldness and fire brought to earlier work on saxes – a sound that's quite different than just about any other player on the instrument! Carter's a perfect match for Tapscott's long-woven lines on piano – heard to great effect on the album's reworking of his classic "Dark Tree" – but cast out perfectly on all the other tunes too – thanks in part to tremendous rhythm work from Cecil McBee on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums! The set's brilliant all the way through – one of the greatest things Hat Art ever recorded – and a record to rival any of the great indie underground sets of the 70s. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary PeacockAnnette ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Paul Bley returns to important territory from earlier years – the compositions of Annette Peacock, which often offered up some of his best musical moments during the 70s! The format here is different than the ECM years, though – a bit edgier, in that the piano of Bley and bass of Gary Peacock is mixed with trumpet and flugelhorn lines from Franz Koglmann, who not only really gives the set an expressive depth, but also ties the Bley/Peacock mode to a later strand of European improvisation. In fact, the record's almost a sonic shift in time – representing the newer era of avant recording by Hat Art, and instantly displaying its contrast with the earlier ECM aesthetic that brought Bley to many ears. Peacock's original tune structures provide a lot of familiar signposts along the way – even though the paths taken are quite different! Titles include "Both", "Mister Joy", "Touching", "Miracles", "Albert's Love Theme", "Cartoon", "Annette", and "Kid Dynamite". CD
(Digipack has a slight cut corner.)

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✨✧ Brian EnoBefore & After Science ... LP
Polydor (UK), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The four rock LPs Eno cut in the mid to late 70s stand as the perfect of example of art rock that didn't succumb to the excesses of the prog movement, and have thus stood the test of time far better than anything of that generation. This is the last of those 4 lps, recorded before eno dove headlong into "ambience" and laid the template for chillout room music to follow many years later. . . Includes the tracks "No One Receiving", "Kurt's Rejoinder", "King Lead Hat", and "Here He Comes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early US pressing on Island. Cover has light wear.)
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AirOpen Air Suit ... LP
Arista/Novus, 1978. Very Good ... $14.99
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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✨✧ AirtoFingers ... LP
CTI, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
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

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AirtoNatural Feelings ... CD
Buddah/Muzak (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
One of Airto's best albums ever – and one that we never tire of hearing! There's a sublime quality here that steps perfectly right off of the percussionist's groundbreaking work with Quarteto Novo! Airto's joined on this set by Hermeto Pascoal – also from the Quarteto Novo group – as well as wife Flora Purim, bassist Ron Carter, and the always-great Sivuca – who plays guitar on the record. There's a swirling blend of jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and free-thinking soul to the set – one that's never been captured so perfectly on other Airto albums – and which has a lean, clean sound that's simply beautiful. The overall sound is quite rootsy, without many fusion touches at all – and Hermeto's reed work really brings in a great edge to the whole session – one that makes the album differ a bit from much of the other Airto/Flora work of the time. Titles include a classic take on the tune "Bebe", plus "Andei", "Mixing (Misturada)", "The Tunnel", and "Frevo". 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 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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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

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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

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Ralph AlessiQuiver ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
No quiver here, as the sound of Ralph Alessi's trumpet is tight and true – blown out beautifully in a quartet setting that's awash in color and tone! Alessi has a way of playing openly, with a nice sense of flow – but in a way that avoids some of the more atmospheric trumpet modes of other players on ECM – given his sense of phrasing, which can be subtle, but extremely powerful – even in mellower moments – in this way that has Ralph stating his "voice" through his instrument, but without overstating himself at all. The rest of the group features Gary Versace on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums – players who can sometimes hang back and join together in this lower range of sound that furthers Alessi's carefully-chosen moments of personality. Titles include "Here Tomorrow", "Smooth Descent", "Heist", "Quiver", "Shush", and "Gone Today Here Tomorrow". CD

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Arthur AlexanderArthur Alexander – The Greatest ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A seminal collection of work by one of the earliest figures in southern soul of the 60s – the amazing Arthur Alexander, a key link between 50s R&B and many years of great music to come! The CD features most of Alexander's early 60s recordings for Dot Records, including previously unissued numbers – some of the first soul sides to come out of the Muscle Shoals scene, most of which were recorded by a young Rick Hall. Alexander's voice is quite different than many other southern singers in years to come – but that's the great thing about these recordings, as they allow you to hear the genre in transition – with a sound that didn't just leap out of the minds of a few talents at Stax or Atlantic. CD features 21 tracks in all – titles that include "Black Cat", "You're The Reason", "Anna", "After You", "Where Have You Been", "A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues", "Detroit City", "Go Home Girl", "Keep Her Guessing", and "I Hang My Head & Cry". CD
(Remastered and repackaged version of the earlier collection on Ace!)

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Arthur AlexanderLonely Just Like Me – The Final Chapter ... CD
Elektra, 1991/1992/1993. Used ... $5.99
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 AlexanderMonument Years ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
28 tracks from Arthur Alexander – a seminal force in the development of southern soul, featured here in some super-rare tracks from the Monument and Sound Stage Seven labels! Arthur's early hit "I'm Movin On" was recorded for Dot, and is pretty well compiled elsewhere – but this set pushes past that one, and takes us to a few years later, when Arthur was working out of Nashville, taking in equal parts 60s soul and country, mixing both into a sublime sound that should have gotten greater notice. The set features a number of issued singles, plus a wealth of previously unreleased material – and titles include "Baby For You", "The Other Woman In My Life", "Stay By Me", "Me & Mine", "Baby This Baby That", "In My Sorrow", "Miles & Miles From Nowhere", "Taking Care Of A Woman", "Concrete Jungle", "Another Place Another Time", "Call Me Honey", "The Migrant", "In The Middle Of It All", "Bye Bye Love", and "We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning". 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 ... $9.99
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 ... $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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Eric AlexanderIt's All In The Game ... CD
High Note, 2006. Used ... $6.99
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 ... $6.99
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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Monty AlexanderRass! ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever cut by pianist Monty Alexander – a sweet Fender Rhodes session that's unlike most of his other work! There's a soulful, slinky groove to the whole set – a laidback approach to funk that's gotten the album sampled more than a few times over the years – thanks in part to Monty's great work on the Rhodes, and the sweet rhythm section, which mixes lead guitar from Ernest Ranglin with a second guitar, bass, drums, and added production! The set was recorded in Jamaica, and certainly has a much different vibe than some of Alexander's straight jazz records – and even than some of his more island-oriented ones too. Titles include Monty's classic reading of "Love & Happiness" – plus "Knowing That We Were Made For Each Other", "Limbo", "Sly Mongoose", and "Let's Stay Together". CD

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