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Nat BirchallInvocations ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $14.99
A modern-day spiritual jazz treasure – and some completely sublime work from contemporary tenor genius Nat Birchall! We've loved Nat since we heard his very first record a number of years ago – and he's only matured and matured over the years – to a point where an album like this is an instant stunner, and the kind of a set you could easily pair with your favorite Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders albums on Impulse! Nat definitely gets that vibe right, but he's also no copycat either – and instead is a very individual soloist on his instrument, and really gets the chance to stretch out here in the hands of Jazzman Records – who may have given Nat his greatest record yet. The combo features piano, bass, drums, and lots of percussion and shakers – and titles include a version of Coltrane's "To Be", plus the original numbers "Song To The Divine Mother", "Invocation, "Njozi", and "A Luta Continua". CD
Also available Invocations ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Nat BirchallInvocations ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $23.99
A modern-day spiritual jazz treasure – and some completely sublime work from contemporary tenor genius Nat Birchall! We've loved Nat since we heard his very first record a number of years ago – and he's only matured and matured over the years – to a point where an album like this is an instant stunner, and the kind of a set you could easily pair with your favorite Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders albums on Impulse! Nat definitely gets that vibe right, but he's also no copycat either – and instead is a very individual soloist on his instrument, and really gets the chance to stretch out here in the hands of Jazzman Records – who may have given Nat his greatest record yet. The combo features piano, bass, drums, and lots of percussion and shakers – and titles include a version of Coltrane's "To Be", plus the original numbers "Song To The Divine Mother", "Invocation, "Njozi", and "A Luta Continua". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Invocations ... CD 14.99

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Jack CostanzoMr Bongo ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's records are all uniformly great – some of our first go-to records for Latin jazz, year after year – and this cooking collection from Jazzman brings together the best Costanzo cuts from a variety of different records, on a variety of different labels – all with great notes that finally give the legend his due! Some numbers feature small combo instrumentation, with searing jazz solos – others feature larger groups who really take off with a lot of vivid colors – and many numbers feature smoking percussion passages from Jack, not just on bongos, but on congas as well. Titles include "Sax Con Ritmo", "Rabo E Mula", "Pharoahs Curse", "Latin Fever", "Abainaquito", "Atu", "Oye Negra", "Tabu", "Bongo Festeris", "Jarochito", "La La La", "Qiere", and "Robin's Mambo". CD
Also available Mr Bongo ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Jack CostanzoMr Bongo ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99 29.99
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's records are all uniformly great – some of our first go-to records for Latin jazz, year after year – and this cooking collection from Jazzman brings together the best Costanzo cuts from a variety of different records, on a variety of different labels – all with great notes that finally give the legend his due! Some numbers feature small combo instrumentation, with searing jazz solos – others feature larger groups who really take off with a lot of vivid colors – and many numbers feature smoking percussion passages from Jack, not just on bongos, but on congas as well. Titles include "Sax Con Ritmo", "Rabo E Mula", "Pharoahs Curse", "Latin Fever", "Abainaquito", "Atu", "Oye Negra", "Tabu", "Bongo Festeris", "Jarochito", "La La La", "Qiere", and "Robin's Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a very cool "How To Play Bongos" instructional booklet – replicating one that was included in one of Jack's classic albums!)
Also available Mr Bongo ... CD 14.99

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Greg Foat GroupDancers At The Edge Of Time ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $14.99
Masterful work from this ultra-hip group – a jazz combo at the core, but one who have a way of working in so many different flavors at once! Leader Greg Foat plays both a grand piano and church organ on the record – in a lineup that also includes tenor, trumpet, electric bass, and drums – this time augmented by a number of guest players who round out the sound in ways that almost take us back to some of the most unusual, most expressive British jazz sessions of the late 60s – like Deram work by Mike Westbrook, or some of Mike Gibbs best moments. The overall feel is a more small combo than those sessions – but there's an equally expansive vision to the music – and the whole thing was recorded in a church in the Isle Of Wight, with a really great quality to the sound. Titles include "The Eye Of Horus", "Hygeia", "The Dancers At The End Of Time", "The Door Into Summer", "Riff For Raff", and "Love Theme". CD

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Greg Foat GroupGreg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this album has a really special sort of feel – with loads of wonderful keyboard lines from Greg on Hohner Electra piano, Elka Rhapsody, Hammond L 100, and Mutron Phaser – almost always distorted with a nice degree of fuzz, but still a straight ahead approach, and some great undercurrents of fuzz too! The group also features tenor and trumpet – which sometimes sound distorted, ala Varitone modes – and the overall sound feels like some lost jazzy club combo from the late 60s, really tripping out in a very comfortable space. We'd easily stack this one next to our favorite funky Fender Rhodes records from back in the day – and titles include "By The Grace Of God I Am", "Ingen Reklam", "Funky Fanfare", "Madrid", and "Mr Minor". CD features two bonus tracks – "Finky Minky" and "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag". CD

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Alan LeeAlan Lee – An Australian Jazz Anthology ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $23.99
Ultra-hip sounds from the Australian scene of the early 70s – some killer cuts by vibist Alan Lee – a player who was exploring with as many new ideas on his instrument as contemporary American giants like Roy Ayers or Bobby Hutcherson at the time! The work here is a great summation of Lee's best moments on record during an incredibly fruitful period – a time when he was really stretching out on hip, soulful styles that included some strong undercurrents of funk and modal jazz – all with this fresh, inventive approach to rhythm that would have made most of these cuts right at home in the hippest side of the MPS universe of the time – but which never saw much exposure at the time, due to the poor circulation of Australian jazz records, which were only pressed up in small amounts and rarely left the continent. The folks at Jazzman have done a really wonderful job here – adding in notes on Lee's career – and picking amazing cuts that include "Love Song", "Bailero", "Sunflower", "Enchanted Lady", "Sketch", "Bachianas Brasileiras No 5", and "Dance Of The Adolescents". LP, Vinyl record album

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SadakaPremonition ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A record with a really timeless feel – a jazz set from the early 80s scene in Oakland, and one that opens up in so many wonderful flavors! A few cuts have a soul style – with female vocals in the lead, amidst warmer, jazzier backings – and other tracks have an instrumental approach, but one that's a bit different than straight jazz – almost spiritual fusion, in a way that nicely echoes some of the lyrical passages. We'd almost place the set in the same company of the work of Norman Connors in the mid 70s – although the overall sound is somewhat different – the driving creative force here is Umlah Sadau-Holt, who plays Fender Rhodes, soprano sax, tenor, flute, and even percussion. Titles include "African Violet", "Premonition", "Outer Space Blues", "You Make The Sunshine", "Black Encounters", and "Children Of The Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 1000!)

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James TatumContemporary Jazz Mass ... CD
JTTP/Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A jazz mass, but unlike any other variation on the theme that's ever been recorded – thanks to a very righteous performance from James Tatum – who makes the whole thing feel much more like an organic spiritual jazz set than anything you'd ever find in a church! James himself plays both Fender Rhodes and piano – at the helm of a progressive combo from the Detroit underground of the early 70s – a group that features soprano sax from Theodore Buckner, trumpet from Judge Gray, tenor and alto from Louis Barnett, and trombone from Norman O'Gara – all lesser-known players, but who work beautifully alongside James' lead! The Fender Rhodes work is wonderful – as great as you'll find on any other record of the time – and there's also two singers who add to the sound – but step out at all the right moments to let the solos open up. Titles include "Gloria", "Offertory", "Holy Holy Holy", "Amen", "Lamb Of God", and "Communion" – but the overall sound is way more than you'd expect from those titles! CD

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VariousJukebox Jam – Blues & Rhythm Revue ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A treasure trove of raw soul and rough-edged R&B – a killer collection of material that originally appeared on the ultra-limited series of Juke Box Jam singles from Jazzman – sweetly collected into one nicely-priced package! The grooves here are totally great – and represent a step backwards in the funk scene – a move back to the 50s and early 60s from the previous focus on later years' soulful sounds – a much-needed dig back into the R&B that first inspired all the soul and funk of the 60s and 70s – but with a very fresh ear, so that the collection's way different than any set of music like this you would have heard a decade ago! The sounds are plenty gritty, and a great illustration that there's still loads to be discovered in these crucial years of music – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Lula" by Mike Robinson, "Country Boy" by Big Tiny Kennedy, "Mr Hound Dog's In Town" by Roy Brown, "I Can't Takit No Longer" by Ben Harper, "Shorty" by Vernon Dilworth, "Geechie Goomie" by Marga Benitez, "Crazy Do" by Jack Tucker, "I Say No No More" by Frances Burr, "Baby You Were Meant For Me" by Ervin Rucker, and "Hot Weather Blues" by Mr Sad Head. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNew Life – Private, Independent & Youth Jazz In The Great Britain 1966 to 1990 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Mid 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $14.99
A huge legacy of lost jazz from the British scene – underground work from small labels, local combos, and even a few school bands – all brought together here in a collection that has a very similar vibe to some of the Spiritual Jazz compilations on the Jazzman label! These aren't half-baked tracks by youngsters – or cuts that are rare for rare's sake – and instead stand together as a tremendous musical legacy that we never would have discovered otherwise, since most of these records never made it to the US – and barely even circulated in England! The track selection is superb – really wonderful numbers that move between modal jazz, spiritual styles, electric elements, and even a few touches of vocals – and the notes are as illuminating as the music, and really tell the story of this overlooked legacy of jazz. Titles include "Martini Sweet" by Joy, "High Street/Saturday" by Billy Jenkins with The Voice Of God Collective, "Sixes & Severns" by Nottingham Jazz Orchestra, "Trent Park Song" by Quincicasm, "Cameo" by Poliphony, "Drumsong (one)" by Lori Vambe, "Danielle & The Holly Tree" by Edge, "The Bistro Kid" by Frank Evans, "We Three Kings" by Indian Highway, and "Death Is Near" by London Jazz Four with Syndenham School. CD
Also available New Life – Private, Independent & Youth Jazz In The Great Britain 1966 to 1990 ... LP 25.99

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VariousNew Life – Private, Independent & Youth Jazz In The Great Britain 1966 to 1990 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
A huge legacy of lost jazz from the British scene – underground work from small labels, local combos, and even a few school bands – all brought together here in a collection that has a very similar vibe to some of the Spiritual Jazz compilations on the Jazzman label! These aren't half-baked tracks by youngsters – or cuts that are rare for rare's sake – and instead stand together as a tremendous musical legacy that we never would have discovered otherwise, since most of these records never made it to the US – and barely even circulated in England! The track selection is superb – really wonderful numbers that move between modal jazz, spiritual styles, electric elements, and even a few touches of vocals – and the notes are as illuminating as the music, and really tell the story of this overlooked legacy of jazz. Titles include "Martini Sweet" by Joy, "High Street/Saturday" by Billy Jenkins with The Voice Of God Collective, "Sixes & Severns" by Nottingham Jazz Orchestra, "Trent Park Song" by Quincicasm, "Cameo" by Poliphony, "Drumsong (one)" by Lori Vambe, "Danielle & The Holly Tree" by Edge, "The Bistro Kid" by Frank Evans, "We Three Kings" by Indian Highway, and "Death Is Near" by London Jazz Four with Syndenham School. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available New Life – Private, Independent & Youth Jazz In The Great Britain 1966 to 1990 ... CD 14.99

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VariousSpiritual Jazz 6 – Vocals – Modal Esoteric & Progressive Jazz Vocals From Around The World 1960 to 1986 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A great look at a very important side of spiritual jazz in the 60s and 70s – the evolution of jazz vocals, to a point when singers like Abbey Lincoln, Andy Bey, or Leon Thomas brought a whole new sound and soul to the spectrum of jazz! This wonderful package covers lots of key moments from that time – and also unearths some great rare tracks, too – really showing the way that singers of this period moved far far past the styles of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald in the generation before – often using their voices with the same unbridled power as the musicians in these groups, serving up some righteous lyrics and politics in the process! The collection might well be our favorite in this great series so far – and titles include "Imani" by EW Wainwright, "Tears For Johannesburg" by Max Roach, Colors" by Norman Riley, "African Violet" by Sadaka, "The Ladder" by The Singers & Musicians Of Washington High School, "Rain Forest" by Dr Haki R Mahubuti, "African Sunshine" by Eddie Gale, "Reunion (edit)" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, "John Coltrane" by Clifford Jordan, and "Spirits Up Above" by Vibration Society. CD

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✨✧ Greg Foat GroupCityscapes (10 inch LP) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Greg Foat GroupCityscapes/Landscapes (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection from the Greg Foat Group – conceived and composed in the early 00s, and creatively on par the best of the group's material on Jazzman from more recent years – but never before released until this excellent compilation! The CD version compiles both the Cityscapes and Landscapes material – released separately on 10-inch LPs – and includes "Ingen Reklam (Tack)", "Pluribus", "View from the Hill", " Solari(Parts 1 & 2)", "Dawn", "Paper Kites", "Landscapes" and "Dust". CD

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✨✧ Greg Foat GroupLandscapes (10 inch LP) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsLightnin Hopkins In New York (UK pressing) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has remnants of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ James TatumContemporary Jazz Mass (with bonus download) ... LP
JTTP/Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazz mass, but unlike any other variation on the theme that's ever been recorded – thanks to a very righteous performance from James Tatum – who makes the whole thing feel much more like an organic spiritual jazz set than anything you'd ever find in a church! James himself plays both Fender Rhodes and piano – at the helm of a progressive combo from the Detroit underground of the early 70s – a group that features soprano sax from Theodore Buckner, trumpet from Judge Gray, tenor and alto from Louis Barnett, and trombone from Norman O'Gara – all lesser-known players, but who work beautifully alongside James' lead! The Fender Rhodes work is wonderful – as great as you'll find on any other record of the time – and there's also two singers who add to the sound – but step out at all the right moments to let the solos open up. Titles include "Gloria", "Offertory", "Holy Holy Holy", "Amen", "Lamb Of God", and "Communion" – but the overall sound is way more than you'd expect from those titles! LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered, limited edition of 1000 – includes download with bonus album!)
Also available Contemporary Jazz Mass ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Young JessieDon't Happen No More ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solid sounds from Young Jessie – a onetime member of the famous Flairs, but a hell of a singer on his own! Jessie's got a raw power here that lives up to the best of the 50s R&B scene in California – and the set features work that the singer recorded for Capitol, Modern, Mercury, and other labels – all material that hardly ever got the right sort of circulation at the time – but which sounds brilliant here in one tight package! Backings are often razor-sharp, with a mix of R&B and jazz influences – a nod to the artist's later fame as jazz singer Obie Jessie, who we've stocked on some great contemporary spiritual jazz sessions. These sides are all soul, though – an early version of the style, produced with a nicely gritty edge – on cuts that include "Teacher Gimme Back", "I Smell A Rat", "Lonesome Desert", "Oochie Coochie", "Hit Git & Split", "Borwn Eyes", "The Wrong Door", "Lula Belle", "Mary Lou", and "Make Me Feel A Little Good". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Greg Foat GroupDancers At The Edge Of Time ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Masterful work from this ultra-hip group – a jazz combo at the core, but one who have a way of working in so many different flavors at once! Leader Greg Foat plays both a grand piano and church organ on the record – in a lineup that also includes tenor, trumpet, electric bass, and drums – this time augmented by a number of guest players who round out the sound in ways that almost take us back to some of the most unusual, most expressive British jazz sessions of the late 60s – like Deram work by Mike Westbrook, or some of Mike Gibbs best moments. The overall feel is a more small combo than those sessions – but there's an equally expansive vision to the music – and the whole thing was recorded in a church in the Isle Of Wight, with a really great quality to the sound. Titles include "The Eye Of Horus", "Hygeia", "The Dancers At The End Of Time", "The Door Into Summer", "Riff For Raff", and "Love Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dancers At The Edge Of Time ... CD 14.99
 
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Steve AllenSteve Allen At The Roundtable ... CD
Rhino/Wounded Bird, 1958. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
The cover's a bit hokey, but the album's a rock-solid session from Steve Allen – proof that he could be a very capable jazzman when needed! The recording's a live one – which makes for more spontaneous energy than some of Allen's more fully-arranged dates of the 50s – and the sidemen here really bring a lot to the record, and help make it a real group effort, not just a showcase for Steve's skills on piano. Players include Gus Bivona on clarinet, Mundell Lowe on guitar, Terry Gibbs on vibes, Gary Peacock on bass, and Gary Frommer on drums – and Doc Severinson joins the group on one track too. Almost all tunes are originals by Allen – and titles include "Roundtable Boogie", "Why Don't You Want To Go Home", "Even Stephen", "I Got Rhythm", and "Baby But You Did". CD

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Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaEvening With Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba ... LP
RCA, 1965. Sealed ... $9.99
Hipper than you might expect – thanks to arrangements by South African jazzman Jonas Gwangwa! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram reissue pressing.)

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CountsIt's What's In The Groove (Love Sign/Funk Pump/bonus tracks) ... CD
Aware/Ace (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $11.99
What's in the groove is plenty of funk – served up in an overstuffed package that includes all the tracks from The Counts' 2 albums on Aware, plus a few more bonus numbers! The best work here is from the mighty Love Sign album – quite possibly the most righteous work ever from The Counts, a move away from the heavier funk of their Westbound years, and a shift into some great jazz-based material! The vibe here draws heavily on the electric keyboard scene of the early 70s – with echoes of Lonnie Liston Smith's spaciness that trip through some of the album's best longer numbers – mixed with the harder grooves that The Counts first cut on their legendary singles in Detroit! Next up is work from the Funk Pump album – a record that's similar to Love Sign, but a bit more reigned-in, both in style and length of the tunes. There's a tight, bad-walking feel to most of the cuts on the set – one that almost comes across with a blacksploitation groove – especially as the album's basslines are all laid out in a hard-stepping groove, and topped off by plenty of wicked guitar work. Most cuts have vocals, and the lyrics have a Fatback-like love of the catchy chorus and funk-heavy theme! CD features 20 tracks that include the previously unissued "Chicken Pox" and "Counts Say Goodbye" – plus "The Munchies", "Count's Blues", "Jazzman", "Tecalli", "Flies Over Watermelon", "At The Fair", "I'm The Music", "Short Cut", "Sacrifice", "Love Sign", "Just You Just Me", "Funk", "Funk Pump", "Since We Said Goodbye", and "Dedicated Man". CD

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✨✧ Pee Wee CraytonBlues Guitar Magic – The Modern Legacy Vol 2 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the greatest guitarists of the postwar years – served up here in a mighty collection of sides for the Modern Records label! Pee Wee Crayton's an artist beyond compare – born in Texas, but refined in Los Angeles – where Crayton's tremendous command of the electric guitar was also fused to some hip R&B arrangements, often with just the right touch of jazz – and some strong tenor solos that pulled his sound far from the Lone Star state, but all without losing the genius that made it so great in the first place! Crayton can come on like fire when he wants – sometimes with a rawness that paves the way for rock, sometimes with the dexterity of a jazzman – and he can also sing in this amazing style that's never straight blues, and which has a lot more sophistication in the changes than you might expect. CD features 25 tracks from Crayton's Modern Records years – titles that include "Cool Evening", "I Love You So", "Crayton Special", "Miserable Old Feeling", "Long After Hours", "Thinking Of You", "Texas Hop", "Crayton's Blues", "Poppa Stoppa", "Huckle Boogie", and "Tired Of Travelin". CD

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Bob Downes Open MusicFive Trios ... CD
Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Amazing work from British reedman Bob Downes – a host of previously-unissued 70s recordings, all of them trio numbers with a wonderfully stripped-down feel! Downes is possibly best known for his larger group experiments of the Open Music years – but here, he comes across as much more of a cutting-edge jazzman – blowing a variety of reeds, including flute, tenor, alto, and soprano saxes (sometimes simultaneously!) – with only just bass and drums to back him up! Yet as with most of Bob's other recordings from the time, there's a wonderful sense of rhythm to these cuts – never too free, and always with an inherent groove that hangs somewhere between the modal and the harmelodic. The drummer on all cuts is Denis Smith, and bassists include Barry Guy, Jeff Clyne, and Marc Meggido – on tracks that include "Bamboo Blaze", "Spooks", "Living It Up In Rio", "Desert Waltz", "Circus", "Moonstruck", and "Ghosts In Space". CD

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Gerardo FrisinaJoin The Dance ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99
Modal brilliance from Gerardo Frisina – possibly his greatest album ever, and a set that really shows his true transformation into a jazzman! The set's got a wide range of acoustic jazz instrumentation played live, and features none of the rhythm programs you might get on earlier Frisina records – a shift that has him moving in the same classic jazz space as labelmate Nicola Conte! As with Conte's recent records, there's a warmth and soul here that's undeniable – a feel that wraps up 50s Blue Note, 60s Italian jazz, and 70s MPS with ease – delivering something new and fresh for a younger generation in the process. Core instrumentation includes vibes, piano, tenor, flute, and trombone – and the set features guest vocals by Norma Winstone on one track, and Francesca Sortino on another. All other titles are instrumental, and tunes include "Titoro", "Joy Shout", "Will You Walk A Little Faster", "Tata Somba", "Mille E Una Notte", "High Hat", "Bubbly", and "Another Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album

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John GraasInternational Premiere In Jazz ... CD
Andex/VSOP, 1956/1958. Used ... $3.99
One of the most ambitious sessions ever recorded by LA jazzman John Graas – and most of his records are already pretty high concept! The album presents 2 jazz symphonies scored by Graas in the mid 50s – one performed by an LA group that includes Art Pepper, Jack Sheldon, Bob Enelvodsen, and Bill Perkins; the other by a German ensemble that includes Rolf Kuhn, Horst Jankowski, and Peter Witte – all guest soloists on the session from the Erwin Lehn band. And while the work is serious, with higher art overtones, Graas also manages to use the players to best effect – and almost gets a jazz soundtrack feel out of the material, especially on the LA numbers. Titles include 3 movements of "Jazz Chaconne No 1" and 4 of "Jazz Symphony No 1". CD also features 4 alternate takes! CD

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James MoodyLast Train From Overbrook ... LP
Argo, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
A wonderful album from Moody – one of his "comeback" albums for Chess/Argo, recorded after his release from the Overbrook institution, hence the title. By this point, Moody was writing and playing with much more of an edge than during his bebop days – and the record certainly shows that – not only on the title track "Last Train From Overbrook", a jumpy little number that became one of the big new tunes in Moody's book, but on the whole album, which features some well-conceived large charts written by Johnny Pate. Pate and Moody wrote the bulk of the songs, too – and titles include "Yvonne", "Brother Yusef", "The Moody One", "There She Goes", "Tico Tico", and "Why Don't You". The album also features a great double-exposed cover photo, and some of the most chilling liner notes you'll ever read about a jazzman's struggles with addiction. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Cecil Taylor/Buell NeidlingerNew York City R&B ... LP
Candid, 1961. Very Good+ ... $6.99
An early 60s session by Cecil Taylor for Candid, and a record that's one of our favorites by him from the early years! Despite the seemingly odd use of the term "R&B" in the title, the record's actually got a sound that's a bit more soulful than usual for Cecil, with surprising use of blue chords and deep rhythms that make for tunes with a different feel at points – yet a groove that's still as modern as you might expect from Taylor! Neidlinger was actually the leader on this session, which we think wasn't issued except for the Jazzman and Barnaby series that dug through the Candid vaults some years after this it was recorded – so they took advantage of Taylor's greater notoriety when they cooked up the packaging. Other sidemen include Archie Shepp, Billy Higgins, Dennis Charles, Clark Terry, Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd. 4 numbers in all, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", "Cell Walk For Celeste", "OP", and "Cindy's Main Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby reissue pressing.)

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Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... About August 1, 2016
Great little stuff from The Players Association – one of those groups that you want to write off as throwaway disco before you listen, but who have a great sound when you really get into their music. Jazzman Chris Hills was at the head of the group, and he plays drums in the funky group that includes Joe Farrell, Jon Faddis, and Ray Mantilla. The first record on the CD is probably their best – and it includes the funky cut "I Like It", which has a nice break in the beginning, plus the tracks "Let's Groove", "Hustlin", "Moon In Pisces", and a sweet cover of "For The Love Of You". Turn The Music Up features a similar groove, perhaps a bit slicker, but still nice and funky. Titles include "Everybody Dance", "Ride The Groove", "The Closer I Get To You", and "I Wish". CD

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✨✧ BT ExpressFunction At The Junction (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk and super-tight horns – all wrapped up in the kind of a groove that made BT Express one of the hottest club acts of the 70s! The group are at the height of their powers here – working with excellent arrangements from Carlos Ward – a jazzman at heart, and a talent who gives the group all these complicated touches that make them way more than just another soul group with horns – even while the tracks are still moving strongly forward, and stepping strong to a killer clubby groove! Titles include "Funky Music", "Sunshine", "Star Gazer", "How Big Can You Dream", "Eyes", and "Scratch My Itch". CD features a bonus track – "Funky Music (original single version)". CD

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✨✧ Jack DeJohnette & Foday Musa SusoMusic From The Hearts Of The Masters ... CD
Kindred Rhythm/Golden Beams, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful duets between American jazzman Jack DeJohnette and legendary African musician Foday Musa Suso – done in a style that makes the album one of DeJohnette's most interesting in years! The sound is as spare as you'd expect – with Jack working on a standard drum kit, and Suso on eventide eclipse and boomerang, providing rhythmically plucked lines that dance along with the rhythms that flow from the drums. There's an earthy feel here that's really nice, but never cliched – and titles include "Worldwide Funk", "Ocean Wave", "Ancient Techno", "Party", "Mountain Love Dance", and "Voice Of The Kudrus". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bert JanschBirthday Blues ... CD
Transatlantic (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from UK genius Bert Jansch – cut as a solo set at a time when his fame was rising with the group Pentangle, and somewhat overlooked at the time! Yet all these many years later, we'd rank this one right up alongside important records of the period by Nick Drake – even though Jansch has a style that's completely his own – a bit ancient at times, somewhat bluesy on his guitar inflections, and set to this amazing voice that makes even the simplest lyric come across with a spooky sort of edge. Instrumentation is relatively spare – mostly Bert on guitar, joined by occasional players who include jazzman Ray Warleigh on alto and flute, and Duffy Power on harmonica – shaded in by producer Shel Talmy in ways that remind us of the lighter folksy numbers on the Donovan productions by Mickie Most. Titles include "The Bright New Year", "Tree Song", "Poison", "Wishing Well", "Blues", "I Am Lonely", and "Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We Can All Get Along The Lumpy Bumpy Long & Dusty Road". CD

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✨✧ Chris McGregorSouth African Exiles' Thunderbolt ... CD
Popular African Music (Germany), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A joyous live set from South African jazzman Chris McGregor – a wonderful recording that we'd rank right up there with his best studio work! There's a clear vision here that makes the album one of McGregor's strongest African jazz-based outings – an aspect that's supported even more strongly by players that include frequent partners Johnny Dyani, Harry Beckett, and Dudu Pukwana. Tracks are all very long and filled with wonderfully snakey rhythms that let the solos explore freely while still holding nicely to the groove. A few tracks have vocals, and the performance also featured some dancers on stage – who you can clearly feel as part of the great rhythmic energy of the session! Titles include "Mra", "Chandeliers & Mirrors", "Bakwetha", "You & Me", "UDF", "Magwazakazo", and "Funk Them DP To Erico". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousGet Your Lie Straight – A Galaxy Of Funky Soul ... CD
Galaxy/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An absolute funky monster! This set lays out an incredible batch of funk era singles from the vaults of Galaxy Records – and it shakes and burns all the way through, with lost funk bombs Bobby Rush, Rodger Collins, Bill Coday, Bobby Eaton, the Debonairs and others! It's comprised of mostly obscure 45s representing the stone funkiest records ever released by the Oakland-based Galaxy label – which was at this point sort of serving as the farm club for big brother label Fantasy Records. This one's essential, kids – just as worthy of your funk-loving dollar as the legendary rare funk compilations on Jazzman, Soul Fire or Stones Throw! 22 tracks in all: "Foxy Girls In Oakland", "Get Your Lie Straight", "Chicken Heads" by Bobby Rush, "Bring It On Up" by Loleatta Holloway, "I Love Her Too" by Lenny Williams, "People Say" by JJ Malone, "Try The Life" by Everyday People, "Man Power" (previously unreleased) by Ben & Larry, "My Money Is Funny" by the Right Kind, "The Iron Horse" by Merl Saunders & Heavy Turbulence, "I Get What I Want" by the Sequins and lots more! CD

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✨✧ Oscar RocchiPop Paraphrenia (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fonovideo/Sonor (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from Italian jazzman Oscar Rocchi – an obscure sound library set from the 70s, and one that's hardly the pop you'd guess from the title! Instead, the music here runs a really cool gamut of styles – often mixing keyboards with some sort of reed instrument, mostly flute – creating sounds that are warm and slinky one minute, dark and spooky the next! Rocchi's really got a great conception for the record – a quality that's almost narrative in the way the tunes follow each other, but as short statements that avoid any of the overindulgence you'd find in prog or concept recordings of the period. Yet even in the space of a few short minutes, Rocchi can do plenty with the sound – as the music runs from really offbeat, dark moments, to much groovier tunes – then all the way back again. Titles include "Ricorrente", "Pseudo 800", "Psycoromantica", "Itinerante", "Tattile", "Parossistica", "Fantastica", and "Morbosa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ VariousMovements Vol 5 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Rare gems from the funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – and maybe the most smoking volume in this all-great series so far! The sound is hard and heavy right from the start – very much in the best mode of the funky 45 reissues we've been hearing from Tramp in recent years – right up there with the deepest funk you'd get from labels like Ace/Kent or Jazzman on their best compilations! And although other volumes have all been great, there's a special sort of magic this time around – an edge that really shows the evolution of Tramp's ear for picking a groove – and deep notes that also show their growing knowledge of the most obscure cuts from back in the day. We can guarantee there's plenty here you don't already have in your record collection – and titles include "Funky Screw" by Lee Fields, "Soul Chicken" by Bobby Allen & The Exceptions, "Ease It On In" by Sunrize, "Deepest Sympathy" by Theodis Ealey, "Tend To Your Business (parts 1 & 2)" by Wildfire, "Pat's Rubber Band" by Alley Pat, "Puttin It On Your Mind" by Jimmy Ellis, "Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby" by Jimmy Gilford, "99/44 100 Pure Love" by Al Reed, and "Monkey In A Sack" by Lil Buck & The Top Cats. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousR&B & Classic Soul Vol 1 – Workin Man's Songs From The Cellar Of Soul – 1954 to 1962 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Deeply soulful sounds from a crucial time in music – that late 50s/early 60s stretch when R&B was merging into soul, and created so many wonderful records in the process! The set's filled with quick-stepping groovers that are on the hip side of the spectrum – tunes that might have a jazzy inflection here, or a skittish rhythm there – and always topped by a fantastic singer who really knows how to belt it out of the park! These are the same sort of gems we've been digging on Jazzman's Jukebox Jam series – and titles include "Screaming Please" by Buddy Ace, "Anytime" by Dee Irwin, "Where's My Money" by Willie Jones, "For This I Thank You" by Geno Parks Lovetones, "It's Alright" by Art Lassiter, "You Don't Have To Go" by Sam Myers, "A Help Each Other Romance" by Lavern Baker & Ben E King, "Miss You So" by Lillian Offitt, "Workin Man's Song" by The Falcons, and "Sally Lou" by Little Frankie Edwards. CD

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✨✧ Lars GullinNew Sounds From Sweden Vol 7 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rare American 10" release from Swedish baritonist Lars Gullin – probably the most-issued European jazzman in the US during the postwar years! The set features a quartet – with Lars on baritone sax, Ake Persson on trombone, Simon Brehm on bass, and Jack Noren on drums – all working in a cool piano-less groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear in one corner.)

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✨✧ Ben Watt with Robert WyattSummer Into Winter/North Marine Drive ... LP
Rough Trade/Mirumir, 1981/1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A pair of rare recordings – brought together in a single album! The core of the set is North Martine Drive – a great album that Ben Watt recorded before teaming up with Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl – very different than his later solo work too! The tracks are similar to those on Tracey's solo album – with spare instrumentation (Watt on guitar and piano, and Brit jazzman Peter King on alto). Watt sings in moody, flat style, on a number of nice original compositions like "North Marine Drive", "Long Time No Sea", and "On Box Hill". The set also includes 5 tracks of material recorded with Robert Wyatt, from the rare EP Summer Into Winter! This stuff is great, and is a perfect meeting of 2 talents who were performing in a similar style at the time – despite later musical divergences in their careers. Titles include the wonderful "Walter & John", plus "Aquamarine", "Slipping Slowly", and "Another Conversation With Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 500! 140 gram white vinyl pressing!)
 
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Apricot Music Pit BandJazzmania ... LP
Orion, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $19.99
This is a nice album of funky jazz dance tracks, cut for the tiny Orion label, which specialized in musical themes for dance arrangements by Gus Giordano. The tracks on here are short, hard, and funky – and most of them are covers, redone with a tight groove just right for a jazz dance scene, or maybe for sampling! Titles include "Mighty Mighty", "Makin It", "Dynomite", a funky version of "Jaws", and a nice 70's electric take on "Peter Gunn". Nice stuff, and similar to a rare sound library recording! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams.)
 
 
 



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