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Urs Blochlinger TettetNeurotica ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1984. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
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(In great shape, including the postcard.)

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Ensemble Fur Neue Musik ZurichWomen Composers 1 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2011. Used ... $9.99
Includes compositions by Katharina Rosenberger, Liza Lim, Carmen Maria Carneci, Ada Gentile, & Loriko Hisada. CD

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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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Steve LacyShots ... CD
Musica/Hat Art (Switzerland), 1977. New Copy ... $15.99 16.95
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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Urs LeimgruberLines ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1994. Used ... $13.99
With Adelhard Roidinger & Fritz Hauser. CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe ManeriDahabenzapple ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. Used ... $16.99
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(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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Cecil TaylorGarden 1st Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy ... $15.99 16.95
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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James TenneySolo Works For Percussion ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1998. Used ... $6.99
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(Sticker remnant on digipack cover.)

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 – 2nd Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. Used ... Temporarily 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 172", "Comp 161", "Comp 69m", "Comp 23c", and "Comp 124 + (108c + 147)". CD

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✨✧ Michel RedolfiSonic Waters – Underwater Music ... LP
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1984. Used 2LP Box Set ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Kurt SchwittersUrsonate ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent recording of Kurt Schwitters lengthy Dada vocal composition written in the 20's, and performed in 1991 with razor sharp precision by Eberhard Blum. The piece (and the other two which accompany it – "Ribble Bobble Pimlico" and "Ri Ribble" – are beautiful dadaistic works, with lots of nonsense singing, and lots of weird twists and turns. If you've heard any of the Dada compilations that have come out in the past 10 years, you'll know Schwitters' work, and you'll know that he was the giant of the Dada music scene. This CD contains some of his best work, and is a high point in recent attempts to capture the Dada musical essence. CD
(Out of print.)

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

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 – 2nd 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 172", "Comp 161", "Comp 69m", "Comp 23c", and "Comp 124 + (108c + 147)". CD

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorGarden 2nd Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second 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. There are moments of care and sensitivity that are nicely balanced with the more unbridled moments in Cecil's performance – and titles include "Driver Says", "Points", "Garden II", "Pemmican", and "Introduction To Z". CD

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorGarden 1st Set ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1981. Used ... 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
Also available Garden 1st Set ... CD 15.99
 
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Joe McPheeSound On Sound ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $12.99
An amazing 2CD set of archival material from saxophonist Joe McPhee – and work that's right up there with his classic early albums for the Hat Art label! The tracks here were all recorded privately in the late 60s and early 70s – and all of them feature Joe completely on his own – often blowing solo tenor or soprano sax, but also playing other instruments too – including toy piano, percussion, recorder, kalimba, flute, echoplex, and even "space organ"! The sound is wonderful – completely evocative, and filled with soul – very much in the same space of Anthonly Braxton's For Alto album, but more spiritual overall – as you might expect from Joe! The first CD features a selection of long tracks that build wonderfully, with almost a Kalaparusha-like energy – and the second CD features a lot more tracks, some short, some long – with a really creative instrumental approach – as well as some overdubbing that allows McPhee to solo along with himself! CD
(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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✨✧ 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
(UK pressing. Cover has light aging.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerMaiden Voyage ... LP
Interface (Japan), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful Japanese session from Art Farmer – one that has him working in a combo-plus-strings format that's really nice! The core group features Farmer on flugelhorn, Ron Carter on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Masahiko Satoh on piano and Fender Rhodes – and they're backed up by a larger set of strings conducted by Satoh with a subtle, gentle sort of feel. There's an almost classic feel to most of the tracks, except for the few that have a bit more of an electric keyboard sound – and titles include "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Ruby My Dear", "Blue Bossa", "Naima", and "Maiden Voyage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi and insert. Cover appears to have been signed by the artist.)

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✨✧ Joe McPheeVariations On A Blue Line – Round Midnight ... LP
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal solo work from the great Joe McPhee – and a crucial album in linking the American and European undergrounds of the 70s! Joe's working alone here – on soprano sax and tenor – and getting some amazing sounds out of both horns – the kind of post-musical, highly-textural elements that are right at home in the European concert setting of the recording. The album was a legendary start to Hat Art – and to the international fame of McPhee – and side one features an extended tenor performance on the original composition "Beanstalk", and side two features tenor again on "Variations On A Blue Line", then soprano on "Motian Studies", as well as "Round Midnight" – played by Joe with just the right sort of soul to round out the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with insert.)

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✨✧ Misha MengelbergTwo Days In Chicago ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1999. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure beauty! In October of 1998, Misha Mengelberg made an historic visit to Chicago – a rare trip programmed to coincide with a showcase of Dutch jazz that featured him and the Ab Bars trio, playing at Fred Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge. The trip was notable in that it also became the occasion for Mengelberg to record some fantastic material – part in the studio (with Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and others), part during the live session which transpired on the second day of his trip. This excellent double CD set from Hat Art brings together the recordings, and is issued in a limited run of 3000. The studio work is pretty darn great, but the real treat is the live set – as Misha plays solo on a few lovely tracks – like "Chicago Solo" and "Round Midnight" – and in a beautiful duet with Ab Bars on tenor, on a haunting reading of "Body & Soul". The set really captures the range of Misha's rich talents – and the inclusion of some jazz standards like "Off Minor" and "Eronel" gives the CD a well-rounded feel. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisGoin To The Meeting ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great one – and one of the rarest Prestige dates from Eddie Lockjaw Davis! The album features a unique group that includes Horace Parlan on piano – in place of the organ that had graced many of Davis' earlier Prestige records – with added groovy energy from Buddy Catlett on bass, Art Taylor on drums, and Willie Bobo on congas – all players who seem to give Davis an even sharper edge than before – not entirely the modern tones of his pairings with Johnny Griffin, but a bit less sleepy than in the company of a Hammond. The congas really kick things up nicely – and there's an undercurrent of fire that almost recalls some of the best Blue Note dates of this nature from the time. Titles include "Little Cougar", "Yes Yes", "Pass The Hat", "Goin To Meetin", and "Oh Babee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has clear tape on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Horace TapscottDark Tree Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1989. Used 2 CDS ... Out Of Stock
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. Titles include "One For Lately", "The Dark Tree", "Sketches Of Drunken Mary", "Lino's Pad", "Sandy & Niles", "A Dress For Renee", and "Nyja's Theme". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Jamey AebersoldHorace Silver – Eight Jazz Classics ... LP
JA Records, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A set of 8 classic Horace Silver tunes – recorded by a trio that features Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – and issued as part of the Jamey Aebersold jazz instruction series! Think of the record as Kenny Barron tribute to Horace Silver – with looser, more spacious takes on classic Blue Note tunes that include "Ecaroh", "Mayreh", "Barbara", "Quicksilver", "Strollin", and "Nica's Dream". LP, Vinyl record album

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African Head ChargeDrastic Season (with bonus download) ... LP
On-U Sound (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A record so cool, it's practically a genre unto itself – and a set that's a key part of the On-U Sound approach of the 80s! The group draw initial influence from 70s Jamaican dub, but never hold to just the roots of that music – and instead explode into a huge range of odd sounds and styles that really mark their role in the UK post-punk scene of the time. There's loads of odd noise, weird effects, and plenty more going on here – interacting with rootsy percussion, keyboards, and plenty of heavy basslines – on titles that include "Timbuktu Express", "I Want Water", "Bazaar", "African Hedge Hog", "Depth Charge", "Fruit Market", "Snake In The Hole", and "Many Generations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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African Head ChargeEnvironmental Studies (with download) ... LP
On-U Sound (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
Brilliant sounds from the On-U side of the universe – one of those key records that forever helped establish the production talents of Adrian Sherwood – and the unique blend of music he had to offer! The group here are a key part of the music – their blend of exotic percussion, melodica, guitar, and other sonic elements – but the record also features interesting contributions from post-punk/avant figures Steve Beresford and Nick Plytas, who come together in Sherwood's sonic blend with a beautiful mix of dark sounds, global elements, and lots of dubby echo! Titles include "Beriberi", "Snakeskin Tracksuit", "High Protein Snack", and "Breeding Space". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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AfriqueSoul Makossa ... LP
Mainstream, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of The Rising Funk", apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin", and "Let Me Do My Thing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneNew Directions In Sound ... CD
Mira/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked up nicely with some hard-rolling rhythm work that gave their tracks a similar mod groove to classics by Johnny Lytle, Ramsey Lewis, or Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers! But the real difference with the ABQ (if we can call them that!) is that they had a really spacious approach to their sound – never putting too much into the mix, and instead using the space between the notes every bit as much as the notes themselves. The grooves are great, and since most of this work has never been reissued, the set's totally fresh to the ears of most listeners! As usual, the folks at BGP have done a great job with the notes – and the set features 22 tracks from the group's Mira, Surrey, and Crestview recordings – titles that include "Monkey Time", "Freaks", "La La La", "Southside Habit", "Mirror Image", "Afro Rock", "Evening Of The Beast", "Spartacus", "Candie Luv", and "Our Mambo". CD

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Yasuko Agawa (Yasuko Love-Bird)Sunglow ... LP
Invitation (Japan), 1981. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A classic groover from Yasuko Agawa – proof that the Japanese scene had an ear for soul in the years before Monday Michiru! The early 80s set is made up from equal parts jazz, soul, and Brazilian influences – all used nicely with tight, fusiony production that really works nicely with Yasuko's lighter-voiced approach to the lyrics. One of the highlights of the record is a remake of Viva Brasil's "Skindo-Le-Le", a great little groover with a catchy riff that's right in the Gilles P mode – but other tracks are pretty great too, and come together in a mix of different modes that's somewhat similar to an American jazzy soul album from the same time. Most of the arrangements are by keyboardist Naoya Matsuoka – and titles include "She-Senior Dreams", "Cinema", "Island Breeze", "Here & Now", and the very appropriate "Pardon My English". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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AirAir Song (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Why Not/Polystar (Japan), 1975. Used ... $19.99
A tremendous album from Air – recorded in their native Chicago, but one of the landmark 70s sessions on Japan's Why Not label! The trio is in wonderful formation here – very focused, with a sharpness that you don't always get in some of their other recordings – a perfect balance between the reeds of Henry Threadgill, bass of Fred Hopkins, and drums of Steve McCall! There's a tightness here that we really love – a bold sense of power that takes the AACM tradition, and fuses it with more of a 70s spiritual jazz approach at times – still experimental enough to live up to Air's reputation, but with occasional rhythmic elements that really push things forward. The album only features 4 tracks – but all of them are long, and stepped in soul – with titles that include "The Great Body Of The Riddle Or Where Where The Dodge Boys When My Clay Started To Slide", "Untitled Tango", and "Dance Of The Beast". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ AirtoFingers ... LP
CTI, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
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 some edge wear, creases, gloss separation, and sticker remnants on front.)

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AirtoReturn To Forever (aka Free – with bonus tracks) ... CD
CTI/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
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". Also features bonus tracks "So Tender", "Creek (alt)", and "Jequie". CD

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Jason AjemianFolklords ... LP
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Material Girls" and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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Teemu Akerblom QuartetTeemu Akerblom Quartet (with download) ... LP
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2015. New Copy ... $24.99
An excellent contemporary combo from Finland – but one who are right at home on the Jazzaggression label, which mostly issues rare gems from years past! The sound here is plenty classic – and recalls that great 70s moment on the European scene when the best groups were aware of 60s advances like free or modal jazz, but could also swing as well – often bringing all elements to play in a single tune, but finding a way to make their most creative work still hold very strongly to a larger tradition in jazz! The group here is a quartet, but one with a slightly shifting lineup – the core trio of Teemu Akerblom on bass, Mikko Arlin on drums, and Max Zenger on saxes and flute – plus a changing fourth player from track to track – either Ville Vannemaa or Jarno Tikka on tenor, or Verneri Pohjola on trumpet. The lack of any piano really enforces the importance of the bass to the rhythms – and Akerblom's a player with a strong sense of modal energy, which often sets things up beautifully for the reed and trumpet solos to really soar and do their thing – shifting in intensity from track to track, partly because of that rotating fourth player! All tracks are original, and very fresh – and titles include "Blues For Martin", "Dark Corners", "Gilman's Point", "October 22", and "Harmaata Nakyvissa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies deluxe sleeve release, with download.)

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AkikoCollage ... CD
Verve (Japan), Early 2000s. New Copy ... $24.99
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
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AkikoWhat's Jazz? – Style ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $24.99
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
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Kamuran AkkorKamuran Akkor ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
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 11.99

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Steve AlaimoTwist With Steve Alaimo ... LP
Checker, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Surprisingly great work from Steve Alaimo – hardly just the album of simple twist covers that you might expect, although there's definitely a twisting vibe to the record too! Like some of the better twist-related projects of the early 60s – particularly those from soul and R&B sources – this one's got a very gritty groove at the bottom, which comes from lots of hard-snapping rhythms mixed with quick-stepping guitar – plus some other instrumentation that brings a surprisingly gritty undercurrent to Alaimo's music. If you ever thought he was just a simple pop singer, check out this album for a whole new sound – filled with tasty groovers that include "Good Good Lovin", "Do The Mashed Potatoes", "Lucille", "I've Got It", "Boppin The Blues", "Do The Hully Gully", "Twist All Nights", and more great grooves from the early 60s Miami scene! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, a few light creases, and the die-cut on back removed.)

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Joe AlbanyEvening With Joe Albany ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ... $10.99 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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Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet10 ... CD
Zoho, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in familiar Latin jazz modes, but often deepens things with Peruvian touches – sometimes on acoustic melodic instruments, sometimes in a fuller sound at the bottom of the rhythms! The approach is mighty fresh – way more than just another Latin jazz album – especially when inflected by contributions from Ron Carter and Essiet Essiet on bass, Arturo O'Farrill on piano, Badal Roy on tablas, and others who join in the performance over the course of the set. Titles include "Contigo Peru", "Birdland", "Taita Guaraguito", "Homenaje A Chincha", and "Lonely Woman". CD

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Ralph AlessiQuiver ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99 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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