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Bird CurtisBird Curtis Quintet (with bonus CD & download) ... LP
Tony Pike/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Bird Curtis isn't a single guy, but instead the title of the group – a conflation of the names of tenorist Ian Bird and trumpeter John Tewlaney Curtis – who both lead this fabulous British group from the end of the 60s! These guys are far less known than giants of their scene from the time – like Tubby Hayes, Michael Garrick, or Joe Harriott – but they play with a similar blend of modernism and bop, at a level that makes this lost album one that you'll easily play next to treasures from those bigger artists! The writing and sense of arrangement are superb – very fresh and original, so that these guys are never just trying to ape an American hardbop mode – ala Blue Note or Prestige – and instead really find a new level of creative interplay between all the instruments in the quintet, especially on the long tracks in the set. Other group members include Ray Shea on piano, Daryl Runswick on bass, and Tim Wooley on drums – all but one of whom contributed original material to the set, along with the leaders – and titles include "The Butter Tree", "10:15", "Sails", "Tartain Reign & Victory In Splendour", and "Tropicana". LP, Vinyl record album

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High RiskCommon Woman/Degradation ... 7-inch
Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974. New Copy (pic cover)... $13.99
Two fantastic sides of jazz by this all-female quartet from the 70s – a group who serve up these tunes for a film titled Woman To Woman – but who work here at a level that stands more than well enough on its own! "Common Woman" begins with this wonderful tenor line from Cyndy Mason over spiritual piano from Virginia Rubino – building with a very righteous vibe, before then breaking for a reciation in the middle, which then shifts to flute – before soaring again in a bolder instrumental passage! "Degradation" has a sung vocal from the start – building over piano almost in an early Roberta Flack way, before giving space to more excellent tenor in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Tanya RiaDo The Smasher/Love You Didn't Want ... 7-inch
Kumi/Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A sweet funky sound from 70s Nairobi – two great cuts, back to back on a funky 45! "Do The Smasher" is a full-on funky track – almost JBs in the way the thing was put together, but with rougher edges all around – on the horn blasts, guitar riffs, and especially on the offbeat lead lyric from Tanya – which has a nicely spooky feel! "Love You Didn't Want" begins with a bassline that's almost enough on its own – bold, dramatic, and stating some great funky action before horns layer in, and Tanya serves up a vocal that's nicely echoey, and buried down in the mix in a very cool way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Paris SmithParis Smith – Kenneth Hill Quartets (with bonus download) ... LP
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
An incredible album from the Chicago jazz underground of the 70s – one of a handful of rare albums cut by Paris Smith – a very under-discovered talent of his generation! Paris plays vibes, and has this incredible ear for unusual colors and tones – and for very fresh rhythmic changes in the music, which starts in more familiar territory of modal and spiritual jazz – then takes off into something else entirely! The group features equally amazing reed work from Kenneth Hill – a player who can be freely expressive, but without ever getting stuck too far outside – and the quartet also features drums from Usama, and bass from either Michael Smith or Donnell Lambert. This album's one of the few that Smith ever issued, on his own Oracle label – and all tracks are originals, with a beautiful sound – and titles that include "Mood For John", "53rd Street Ghost", "Bring Out The Skeleton", and "The Last One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500! Includes download!)

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Paris Smith QuintetThought Seeds/Lilith Came ... 7-inch
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
Two amazing tracks from underground Chicago jazz legend Paris Smith – back to back on a limited 45! "Thought Seeds" is this amazing blend of vibes, alto sax, and haunting female vocals – a very righteous tune, and one with a spirit that's unlike anything else we can think of – dark, but vibrantly positive too – with a nice solo from Jimmy Ellis near the end! "Lilith Came" has never been on vinyl before – an overlooked gem from Paris CD-only release from the 90s – with more beautiful vibes, and a lyric that's as haunting as the title! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousLight & Sound Of Mogadishu (with download) ... LP
Jazzaggression/Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A totally smoking set of tracks from the Somali scene of the 70s – and maybe the coolest East African music we've heard from the time! The material here is all from a small label that was spun off an appliance store – and the imprint had a really great ear for recording these acts in ways that bring out all their most unusual elements, while still holding onto the strong groove at the bottom! Half the set features work by the Sharero Band – a really great group who have a wicked way with an organ line, so that the instrument has all these sharp edges and odd tunings – which create a cool exotic vibe over the more forward-moving grooves – on titles that include "Sharero", "Caashooy", and "Yaan Cuskanaa". The set features more music from Magool – a group with instrumentation that's maybe more Eastern, in ways that reflect the Islamic culture in Mogadishu, but the tracks also have a strongly percussive vibe too – which makes for a nice match alongside the vocals, on titles "Waly Sita" and "Shimbir Yohou". Last up is a track from guitarist Ahmed Rabsha and Hibbo Nuura – great vocal interplay with a lively vibe, on the striking "Bohol You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Black Belt SymphonyBrotherman/Geronimo Pratt ... 7-inch
Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1983. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
Fantastic spiritual jazz from the west coast scene of the early 80s – two tracks that have a vibe that reminds us a lot of Oneness Of Juju on their first few records, but with maybe an even headier vibe overall! The songs were both written by Somaya Peaches Moore-Khaliq – who plays keyboard, autoharp, and sings – the last with this very righteous, political style that's very powerful – and which gets great accompaniment from a lineup that includes Fuasi Abdul Khaliq on tenor, Louie Mbiki Spears on bass, and Nirankar Sing Khalsa on drums – plus additional percussion from Sekou Ali and Akin Davis. Both cuts are great – and feel like lost work from the LA Underground! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Faduma Kassim/Ahmed Sharief YusufMajogo/Berflasana ... 7-inch
Kah/Jazzaggression (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two rare grooves from Somalia – both of them great! "Majogo" has a romping style that's almost Ethio funk, but maybe a bit looser overall – nicely upbeat, and with great interplay between a female singer and a really tremendous tenor sax solo! "Berflasana" has more great sax, too – and these wild call/response vocals that set the tune on fire once they get going – building in energy strongly, before they step aside and let the tenor take a solo! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Paris Smith/New Composers Ensemble53rd St Ghost (includes download) ... LP
Oracle/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1996. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer batch of modern spiritual soul jazz – with a classic sound that reminds us a lot of the 70s work on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The New Composers Ensemble is led by vibist Paris Smith, an underground Chicago jazz artist who cut a few very enigmatic albums on his own – and he's working here with a group that includes guitar, piano, percussion, and bass. All the tracks on the album are originals written by the players on the record – and most of them are strong modal grooves, with a spiraling, soaring sound that's filled with joy and life, but also a hint of darkness. The interplay of the instruments is unlike anything we've heard elsewhere, and it's the kind of underground treasure that you'd die to find on a rare 70s album – somehow even cooler that it's cut by an obscure group who are working in our generation! A few tracks have a vocalist that's a bit off-beat – and she also reminds us of some of the more spiritual contraltos that would show up on the Strata sets from the 70s – but her contribution to the record also kind of grows on you nicely after a while. Titles include "Tommy Tones", "Sonny's Song", "Lilith Came", "Introspection", "Psalm 37", and "53rd Street Ghost", dedicated to the street in Chicago where Dusty Groove was born! First-ever vinyl pressing too – the album was only originally on CD. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – with download!)

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✨✧ VariousLight & Sound Of Mogadishu ... CD
Jazzaggression/Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally smoking set of tracks from the Somali scene of the 70s – and maybe the coolest East African music we've heard from the time! The material here is all from a small label that was spun off an appliance store – and the imprint had a really great ear for recording these acts in ways that bring out all their most unusual elements, while still holding onto the strong groove at the bottom! Half the set features work by the Sharero Band – a really great group who have a wicked way with an organ line, so that the instrument has all these sharp edges and odd tunings – which create a cool exotic vibe over the more forward-moving grooves – on titles that include "Sharero", "Caashooy", and "Yaan Cuskanaa". The set features more music from Magool – a group with instrumentation that's maybe more Eastern, in ways that reflect the Islamic culture in Mogadishu, but the tracks also have a strongly percussive vibe too – which makes for a nice match alongside the vocals, on titles "Waly Sita" and "Shimbir Yohou". Last up is a track from guitarist Ahmed Rabsha and Hibbo Nuura – great vocal interplay with a lively vibe, on the striking "Bohol You". CD featuers two bonus tracks – one more from Sharero Band and Magool! CD
Also available Light & Sound Of Mogadishu (with download) ... LP 19.99
 
 
 



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