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Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders At The Lighthouse ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1962. Used ... $11.99
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at the Lighthouse seemed to allow them to open up even more – work in a slightly longer, more spacious setting than in the studio – with more room for creative solos and a sound that was often more deeply soulful overall! In fact, the Jazz Crusaders association with the club helped turn the sound of the Lighthouse away from the "cool" reputation it got from Lighthouse All-Stars albums of the 50s – and open the place up as the more righteous venue for jazz expression to come from players like Lee Morgan, Grant Green, and Elvin Jones on Blue Note! The lineup here is classic Crusaders – with plenty of searing tenor work from Wilton Felder, slidingly soulful trombone from Wayne Henderson, storming piano by Joe Sample, and tight tight rhythm from Victor Gaskin on bass and Stix Hooper on drums. Tracks include some great originals, like "Congolese Sermon", "Cathy's Dilemma", and "Scandalizing", plus a great version of Jackie McLean's "Appointment in Ghana". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz CrusadersLighthouse '68 (Applause) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1968. Near Mint- ... $4.99
One of their many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent. This one's one of their best, and features a few beautiful longer tracks that have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group. These tracks include "Native Dancer" and "The Emperor", and they sit nicely next to straighter soul jazz tracks like "Eleanor Rigby" and "Ooga-Boo-Ga-Loo". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersOld Socks New Shoes – New Socks Old Shoes ... LP
Chisa, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne Henderson on trombone, Wilton Felder on bass, Stix Hooper on drums, and Joe Sample on keyboards – really opening up in an electric mode that's warm, but never mellow – really giving the album a strongly righteous undercurrent. Added to the mix are guitars from Arthur Adams and Freddy Robinson – both of whom really open up the groove and underscore the funkier elements – and again, in ways that have a lot more edge than on later Crusaders dates. The whole thing's great, filled with hard groovy cuts – and titles include a great version of "Golden Slumbers", plus "Jazz", "Jackson", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "Time Has No Ending", "Hard Times", and "Funny Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover moderate wear, a large name in marker on both sides with wide aged masking tape along all seams.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersPowerhouse ... LP
World Pacific, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
The title's no lie, because the Jazz Crusaders are certainly a powerhouse here – blowing with a tightness and soulful swing that few other groups could hope to match! The overall structure of the album is a bit more focused than some of their other sessions from the late 60s – in that the songs are shorter, and more in the mode of some of the group's earlier work – but they're also still colored with plenty of hipper late 60s touches, including lots of electric bass on the bottom, some great electric keys from Joe Sample, and a groove that's definitely on the more righteous side of the soul spectrum! Original tunes include "Upstairs", "Fire Water", "Sting Ray", and "Cookie Man" – and the record features great covers of "Promises, Promises", "Love Is Blue", and "Hey Jude". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersPowerhouse (Applause version) ... LP
World Pacific/Applause, 1968. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The title's no lie, because the Jazz Crusaders are certainly a powerhouse here – blowing with a tightness and soulful swing that few other groups could hope to match! The overall structure of the album is a bit more focused than some of their other sessions from the late 60s – in that the songs are shorter, and more in the mode of some of the group's earlier work – but they're also still colored with plenty of hipper late 60s touches, including lots of electric bass on the bottom, some great electric keys from Joe Sample, and a groove that's definitely on the more righteous side of the soul spectrum! Original tunes include "Upstairs", "Fire Water", "Sting Ray", and "Cookie Man" – and the record features great covers of "Promises, Promises", "Love Is Blue", and "Hey Jude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a name in marker. Label has some marker.)

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Jazz CrusadersThing ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $4.99
An excellent Crusaders album – filled with the tight hard soul jazz sound that they did soooo well. The set's got a hard hitting rhythm section that's always in the pocket, and swingin' thoughtful solos over tight arrangements on tracks like "The Thang", "Soul Kosher", and "White Cobra". If you've ever wondered why these guys got so big so fast, listen to this one and join the crowd – because it's a monster! LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear with some splitting.)

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Jazz CrusadersTough Talk (1963 – single LP) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Great early Crusaders stuff,and like many of their 60s sides, filled with memorable soul jazz that would become the template for a sound that would become the face of popular jazz for decades. The songs are almost all short, hard-cracking originals, and they've all got that tight LA groove that the band virtually invented – with sharp, concise solos that ring out nicely by Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, and Joe Sample. 9 numbers in all including "Boopie", "Turkish Black", "Deacon Brown", "Tough Talk", "Lazy Canary", "Lonely Horn", "Brother Bernard" and "No Name Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rare red vinyl version! In great shape – and really beautiful.)

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Jazz CrusadersTough Talk (70s double LP version) ... LP
Blue Note, 1960s/1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Killer compilation of short hard funky soul jazz tracks from the 1960s, featuring some of the best recordings that the Crusaders ever cut for the Pacific Jazz label! The tracks are excellent, with a tight LA groove that the band virtually invented – and sharp, concise solos that ring out nicely through most of the tracks. Titles include "Some Samba", "Close Shave", "Aqua Dulce", "Turkish Black", "Lazy Canary", "Stix March", "Free Sample", and "MJS Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jazz CrusadersUh Huh ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1967. Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were breaking past the tighter shorter formula of earlier material, and moving into a slightly more spiritual conception – yet one that still had a hard swing and a deeply soulful vibe! The record's a prime example of the never-ending energy held by the band – near-perfect on every track, and played with a sense of creative expression that easily puts them at the top of the soul jazz scene in the late 60s! Titles include "Night Theme", "Air Waves", "Uh Huh", "Watts Happening", and "Ice Water". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Les McCann & The Jazz CrusadersJazz Waltz ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1963. Used ... $19.99
A real cooker – and a stone soulful set that works some real magic at so many levels! First off, the record brings together two of the hottest talents on the west coast scene of the 60s – pianist Les McCann, and the firey young Jazz Crusaders – who are really burning here with a tightness and sense of energy that's amazing. But more than that, the record also features Les hitting some keys alongside his usual piano – both electric piano and Hammond, which come off here with a great sound – especially alongside Joe Sample's additional work on acoustic piano and organ. Horn solos are great – with tight work from Wilton Felder on tenor and Wayne Henderson on trombone – and titles include "Big City", "Spanish Castles", "Damascus", "Blues For Yna Yna", "This Here", and "All Blue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersLive Sides ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1968/1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty 70s reissue of material from the Jazz Crusaders smoking Live At the Lighthouse albums from 1968 and 1969 – both tremendous records that really show the group stretching out at the end of the 60s! The collection goes for the tunes from those sets that demonstrate the freer, hipper side of the group's conception at the time – tunes that are clearly inspired by the jazz of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, and which bring in a surprisingly complex set of rhythms that really change things up from the shorter Jazz Crusaders successes of earlier years. There's some really amazing moments on the set – and titles include "The Emperor", "It's Gotta Be Real", "Inside The Outside", "Reflections", and "Native Dancer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy BurrowesJamaican Jazz Crusaders ... LP
JMA, 1969. Very Good+ ... $84.99
An amazing little record – not just for the music itself, which is inherently great – but also for its straight jazz presentation of players you might know in more of a reggae-based setting! The album's a smoking set of hardbop numbers, played with plenty of soul – by a combo billed as the Jamaican Jazz Crusaders – featuring Roy Bubbles Burrows on trumpet, Ernst Ranglin on guitar, Roland Alphonso on tenor, Aubrey Adams on piano, Harold Williams on bass, and Carl McLeod on drums. The format's a bit unusual, in that the album's bracketed by interviews and introductions from Jamaican jazz DJ Nevil Willoughby – but in the core are some great performances, with very inventive arrangements, especially in the way Ranglin's guitar is used – on titles that include "The Highest Mountain", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Split Kick", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing original pressing! Cover has some light wear.)
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CrusadersImages ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1978. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Hard to miss with The Crusaders at this point – and the album's one of their stone classics from the 70s – just the kind of soulful fusion that few other groups could touch! The core trio of Joe Sample's keyboards, Wilton Felder's saxes, and Stix Hooper's drums is augmented by the guitar of Billy Rogers and bass of Robert Popwell – both players who slide in warmly to the grooves, yet still help the combo keep that lean, funky sound they first forged after dropping the first word from their Jazz Crusaders name. Things are never slick at all, and the use of vocals and larger instrumentation is yet to come – leaving the album a tight, right, outta sight groover all the way through! Titles include "Fairy Tales", "Merry Go Round", "Cosmic Reign", "Snowflake", "Covert Action", and "Bayou Bottoms". LP, Vinyl record album

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CrusadersScratch ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
A great Crusaders album – and one that's a perfect bridge between their earlier soul jazz styles, and their tighter funkier electric one. The record was recorded live at the Roxy, and the group is augmented by Larry Carlton on guitar, who gives the tracks a nice razor edge at his best moments. All songs are pretty long – and the band is in extremely good form, jamming away with lots of funky vamping, and breaking out with some very soulful solos. Titles include "Scratch", "Hard Times", "So Far Away", and "Way Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CrusadersUnsung Heroes ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1973. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Very nice heavy funk material, recorded by The Crusaders right at the pivotal time when they were moving from straigher soul jazz to a nice electric 70s groove! The record features some excellent original compositions by the band – like "Crossfire", "Unsung Heroes", "In The Middle Of The River", "Heavy Up", and "Night Theme". Very full-on playing, with a complexity not imagined on earlier records. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner and cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Crusaders2nd Crusade ... LP
Blue Thumb/Chisa, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early 70s classic from The Crusaders – and a record that has the group perfectly poised between the rougher soul jazz of their roots and some of the tighter styles they brought into play during the 70s! The sound here is heavily electric – thanks to great keyboards from Joe Sample and bass from Wilton Felder – but the style isn't nearly as slick as on later albums recorded under the Crusaders name, thanks to the hipper, looser feel the group were allowed while working for the Chisa label! As on the first album recorded after the group shifted their name from the Jazz Crusaders, the set features added guitar work by Larry Carlton, David T Walker, and Arthur Adams – all of whom really help to emphasize the funkier side of the tracks while Wayne Henderson's trombone and Wilton Felder's tenor remind us they've still got a great talent for jazz! Titles include "Search For Soul", "Gotta Get It On", "Look Beyond That Hill", "Ain't Gon Change A Thing", and "A Message From The Inner City". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CrusadersCrusaders 1 ... LP
Chisa/Blue Thumb, 1971. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet funky Crusaders – one of the first records the group made after dropping the "Jazz" from their name, and a soulful electric set through and through! The group still have that tightly-crafted soul jazz sound that made their late 60s recordings so great – but they're also stretching out here in more of a 70s electric funk mode – letting the keyboards of Joe Sample really set the tone for most of the numbers, as Wilton Felder's basslines weave with the drums of Stix Hooper to create a set of really great tracks. The double-length album is overflowing with great numbers – and in addition to the contributions of the core quartet, the album also features guitar from Larry Carlton, David T Walker, and Arthur Adams – plus a bit of extra bass from Chuck Rainey! The hip sound is a bit like some of Hugh Masekela's best jazz-based work for Chisa – and titles include "Full Moon", "Sweet Revival", "Mud Hole", "It's Just Gotta Be That Way", "Three Children", "Mosadi", and "So Far Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ VariousKings Of Jazz – Compiled By Gilles Peterson & Jazzanova ... CD
BBE/Rapster (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/1990s/Early 2000s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gilles Peterson and Jazzanova may not be jazz artists themselves, but both have done a heck of a lot to keep the spirit of jazz burning into the 21st Century – playing older classics live, highlighting important new artists, and always encouraging the free spirit of creative improvisation! This wonderful 2CD package features tunes hand-picked by both Gilles and Jazzanova – done in the spirit of other "Kings" sets on BBE – with a similar wide range of grooves! Gilles steps away from obscurities this time – and beautifully illustrates his love of the music through some choice classics from the Fantasy, Blue Note, and Warner catalogs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Jazzanova are in charge of grooves from more recent years – and bring together some of the best jazz-based bits from the global underground, including some key singles and remixes that really sound great here. 2CD set features a total of 25 tracks that include "Quiet Fire" by Roy Haynes, "Five Four & Three" by Lee Konitz, "Equinox" by John Coltrane, "My Favorite Things" by Mark Muprhy, "Butterflies" by Nikki O, "Waltz For Goddess" by Soil & Pimp Sessions, "No Reason No Rhyme (Nicola Conte plays a mode for Tatsuo mix)" by Sunaga T Experience, "Afro Blue" by Jeffrey Smith", "Trading Eights" by Five Corners Quintet, "Into The Sun (KJM edit)" by Sleepwalker, "Spirits In Transit" by 4 Hero, "Loud Minority" by United Future Organization, "Moves" by Charles Mingus, "Spirits Up Above" by Roland Kirk, "Breaking Away (Koop rmx)" by Shaun Escoffery, "Young Rabbits" by Jazz Crusaders, "Anthenagain" by Art Blakey, and "Mother Of The Future (live)" by Bembe Segue. CD
(Out of print, promotional copy.)

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✨✧ Michael FranksSleeping Gypsy ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A really brilliant little record – one of those gems that you've probably passed by so many times because it's ubiquitous, but which never fails to please over the years! Forget any pre-conceived notions you might have about Michael Franks, because at this early point in his career the man is a genre unto himself – working in a unique blend of jazz, pop, and a bit of soul – always served up sparely and with a great deal of understatement, but still filled with plenty of personal spirit on the lyrics. Franks' voice is beautifully compressed into the rest of the instrumentation by Tommy LiPuma – in a style that still holds up wonderfully over the years, and which is set to Claus Ogerman arrangements that make plenty great use of keyboards from Joe Sample of The Crusaders! Tunes are all originals by Franks – and there's some especially great Brazilian touches on the numbers "Antonio's Song" and "Down In Brazil". Other titles include "The Lady Wants To Know", "I Really Hope It's You", "Chain Reaction", and "In The Eye Of The Storm". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freedom Sounds featuring Wayne HendersonPeople Get Ready ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good ... $6.99
A great batch of sunny soul jazz numbers – recorded by Wayne Henderson at a time when he was scoring big with the Jazz Crusaders! This combo's very much in the vein of Wayne's work with that more famous group – but they've got a bit of a tighter approach, playing more in a "soul instrumental" mode that mixes jazz soloing with complicated percussion and bits of Latin rhythms. Henderson plays this cool orange trombone on the record (pictured on the cover!), in a mode that recalls some of Fred Wesley's more jazz-based work – and titles include "Things Go Better", "Respect", "Cucamonga", "Orbital Velocity", and "Cathy The Cooker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)

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Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and that kind of tight blend of funk and jazz you'd find in the Crusaders, with a similar no-nonsense approach in the grooves! Henderson's got a great way of never being too smooth – and Laws responds with some wicked solos on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – soaring out over the course of the whole wonderful album. Titles include "Goodtime Ride", "Just Love", "Saturday Evening", "Friends & Strangers", "Nuthin Bout Nuthin", "New Day", and "Same Old Story". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Jeff LorberIt's A Fact ... LP
Arista, 1981. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Jeff Lorber shows his equal talents for jazz and soul on this one – working in a tight blend of keyboard and guitar electric funk – one that's perfect for the occasional vocal part! The core sound is fusion, but done in a way that works nicely off of the R&B-tinged experiments of the 70s – taking lessons learned from Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, and The Crusaders – in order to come up with a jazzy groove that's also pretty appealing to fans of modern soul! Vocals are from a hip trio of talents – Sylvia St James, Greg Walker, and Arnold McCuller – and titles include "Full Moon", "Tierra Verde", "Your Love Has Got Me", "Always There", "Delevans", and "The Magicians". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke LumumbaJungle Funk ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of Jazz Crusaders in the set – as Wilton Felder plays electric bass on the album, giving it a fantastic loping groove – but there's also plenty of unique albums on the record, especially its way of approaching the rhythms with a sly, syncopated groove that's immediately infectious! Duke's trumpet solos are great, and they're augmented by tenor work by Chester Washington and trombone by George Bohannon – all nicely grooving on the album's brilliant blend of jazzy tracks. Titles include "Jungle Funk", "Afrikaloo", "Akagruge", "Like It Is", "Mafam", and "Peace Brother". Somebody put this one on CD – and do us all a treat! LP, Vinyl record album

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Lenny McBrowne & The Four SoulsLenny McBrowne & The Four Souls ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1959. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of only two albums cut by the Four Souls group of drummer Lenny McBrowne – a really cooking combo that should have gotten greater exposure back in the day! The west coast group were clearly one of the hippest acts working on their scene at the time – as they've got a unique blend of soul jazz and modernism – one that cooks with Jazz Crusaders-like energy at points, but also has some sharper edges too – a bit in the vein of the wonderful JFK Quintet from the DC scene. Players in the group include Terry Trotter on piano, Don Sleet on trumpet, Daniel Jackson on sax, and Herbie Lewis on bass. Jackson's a real standout in the group – a player with a great edge and real sense of feeling, and one we'd love to hear more of. Titles include "Soul Sisters", "Invitation", "Dearly Beloved", "Lazinka's Tune", "Cerise", and "McBrowne's Galaxy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with insert!)

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Sea LevelSea Level ... LP
Capricorn, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $0.99
A classic album from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazzy as The Crusaders one minute, then show off their down home roots the next! Sea Level have a sound that's impeccable throughout this self-titled set – almost a Macon, Georgia answer to the sound of Steely Dan in LA – and the set mixes instrumental tracks that have a jazzy fusion vibe with more straightforward tracks that hit the soul-inspired sound of southern rock in the years after the rise of Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The jazz cuts are the real charmers – tremendous stuff that we'd rank right up there with the best fusion of the period – and titles include "Rain In Spain", "Shake A Leg", "Grand Larceny", "Scarborough Fair", "Just A Good Feeling", "Tidal Wave", and "Nothing Matters But The Fever". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stuck gatefold. Spine has splitting & flaking.)

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Grover Washington JrParadise ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
One of those records you see so much it's easy to forget how great it is! Grover's a real genius with the sax on this record – taking a "less is more" cue from Stanley Turrentine's 70s work, and toning down his playing to an even tighter style than on the Kudu albums of earlier years, to a level of ultimate economy that really leaves us breathless. Sure, the record's not a raw bit of funkety funk – but we're just as enthralled at pure commercial genius as we are at unbridled underground talent, and this album's a masterpiece of pacing, playing, and presentation that shows Washington still steeped in the soul jazz roots from whence he came, brilliantly focused on reaching a larger audience through economical use of his genius. He hits a rarified level here that we'd only reserve for a small few – like Steely Dan or The Crusaders, both groups who teeter on the same brink, and make it work perfectly. Titles include "Asia's Theme", "Tell Me About It Now", "Feel It Comin", "Icey", and "The Answer In Your Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Monk MontgomeryBass Odyssey ... LP
Chisa, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Monk Montgomery was one of the first jazz musicians to use the electric bass heavily, and you can hear the sheer power of his playing on this tight session recorded in LA with Crusaders members like Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, and Stix Hooper. The album's got that groovy soul jazz 60's sound that characterized the best releases on Chisa, and Monk's bass is right out front in the mix, pounding heavily over the top of groovy drums and nice electric keyboards. Tracks include the two part fuzzy "Fuselage", plus "Foxy Gypsy", "Journey To the Bottom" and "Sister Lena", which has some nice hard drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some ring & edge wear with a promo ink stamp on back.)

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✨✧ Sea LevelOn The Edge ... LP
Capricorn, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great second album from Sea Level – one of those records that loads of folks dug, back in the day – and not just the cats who remembered these guys for their work with The Allman Brothers! The set's got a tight blend of jazz, soul, and some crossover elements – almost rootsier mode of music melded with a Steely Dan/Crusaders sort of vibe – so that the fusion styles come together and really help the whole thing soar! Vocals often still echo the early years of the players, but the overall presentation has a much more LA vibe – despite the fact that the album was recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon. Titles include "Electron Cold", "On The Wing", "A Lotta Colada", "Living In A Dream", and "King Grand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Leonard King & The Soul MessengersLeonard King & The Soul Messengers – Historic Recordings 1964 to 1971 ... CD
Uuquipleu, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Very cool work from Leonard King & The Soul Messengers – a Detroit combo who really kick things up here with some great work from the clubs and a few rare studio recordings as well! King's a drummer, and gives the group a mighty solid sound from the start – and the whole group are equally comfortable in a soul instrumental mode as they are when letting loose with jazzier solos – a bit like the Jazz Crusaders on the LA scene of the mid 60s, but even groovier overall! Instrumentation shifts a bit throughout – depending on the lineups – and includes alto from Gregory King, cornet from Atiba King, trumpet from Jimmy Nash, and organ, electric harpsichord, and piano from George Roundtree. The range of material varies in a really great way – showing not just an evolution of King and his combo, but also the changing tastes of the Detroit scene at the end of the 60s – and there's also a few soul vocal numbers mixed in with the jazz instrumentals. Titles include "Delen 1967", "Voice Your Choice", "The Barracuda", "I've Been Saved", "Lily The Fox", "Cold Sweat", "Psychedelic Pi", "Bumpy's Lament", "Hang Up", "Spinning Around/It's Too Late", and a "Jackson Five Medley". CD

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✨✧ Resolution 88Afterglow ... CD
Splash Blue (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Man, these guys are totally great – one of the few contemporary combos who can so perfectly get the sound of the most soulful fusion of the 70s – instantly taking us back to the generation of The Crusaders with their wonderful music on the set! We loved Resolution 88 the last time around, but dig them even more here – as they've got this tight, confident approach that comes through immediately – like that moment when so many older skilled jazz musicians on the west coast found their way into LA studios, and started to craft grooves that were sharp, but never slick – still filled with lots of lively instrumentation and imagination, while also digging up plenty of soul in the rhythms too! This isn't a smooth jazz set at all – nor is it just throwaway electric fusion – and instead, these guys come right down on the money, right from the very first note – with instrumentation that includes Rhodes and other keyboards from Tom O'Grady, tenor and alto from Alex Hitchcock, drums from Rick Elsworth, and bass from Tiago Coimbra – whose work really ties the whole thing together. Titles include "Takin Off", "Homing In", "Banana Skin Central", "Moonflower", "Raios Do Sol", "Afterglow (parts 1 & 2)", and "Changing Times (parts 1 & 2)". CD
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✨✧ Randy CrawfordRaw Silk ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A really wonderful little album from Randy Crawford – a lot jazzier than previous work, and done in a style that has Randy's vocals backed by small electric combo work on most cuts! Players on the set are a great batch of top-shelf fusion players – and include Don Grusin, William D Smith, Leon Pendarvis, and John Tropea – all playing in different combos from track to track, but keeping things nicely together to match Randy's increasingly soulful vocals. The sound's a real hint at the greatness Randy would hit with The Crusaders – but in a mellower mode – and titles include "Endlessly", "Declaration Of Love", "Blue Mood", "Love Is Like A Newborn Child", "Nobody", and "Just To Keep You Satisfied". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split on the spine.)

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✨✧ Quincy JonesDude ... LP
A&M, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Quincy just never stopped putting out classic soulful albums! This one, from the early 80s, features a smooth jazzy blend of tracks, with a strong nod to the kinds of souped-up studio sounds that were being used by groups like The Crusaders, but also with a lot of the kind of soulfulness that made earlier albums so great. Features vocals by Patti Austin, and includes winners like "Ai No Corrida", "The Dude", "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me", "Velas", and "One Hundred Ways". LP, Vinyl record album

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