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VariousHunk Of Heaven – Volume 4 Of The Collectable Jazzman Sevens Series ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
Proof that there's few labels better at digging up an interesting groove than the mighty Jazzman imprint – home to a consistently great series of reissue 45s over the past 10 years or so! The Jazzman groove goes way beyond the standard deep funk line – into a realm of groovy styles that includes soundtrack bits, primitive electronics, female jazz vocals, socking 60s soul, and a whole lot more – all served up perfectly in this wonderful little set! And as with other Jazzman volumes, it's not just the music that makes the set great, but the way it's put together – as Gerald Jazzman manages to sort tunes and lay them out one by one in a style that really changes up the groove – pushing our expectations with each new number, and really keeping things fresh throughout! This one's way way way more than just a pile of rare funk tracks – a truly loving document of one label's commitment to the depth of music in all its forms – served up over a batch of 12 rare tunes! Titles include "Let's Go" by James Reese & The Progressions, "Baby True" by Gettysbyrg Address, "Hunk Of Heaven" by Lemuria, "Pretty Bird" by Terea, "Transfert 2002" by Le Groupe X, "Scherzi Pesanti" by Remigio Ducros, "One" by Mary Lou Williams, "Bobby's Mood" by Soul Toronadoes, "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw, and "Baltimore Oriole (King version)" by Lorez Alexandria. CD
 
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AzanyahOne ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1987. Used ... $9.99
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from the Atlanta scene of the 80s – a spiritual jazz set that feels like something that could have been recorded over a decade before – given the warm acoustic instrumentation, and righteous overall vibe! In fact, it may well have been the late 80s issue of this album that's kept it so lost over the years – a bit late in the game for any audiences digging this type of music, and with an odd date that's possibly gotten it missed by diggers mostly looking for 70s spiritual jazz sessions. Yet whatever the case, the album's a gem through and through – with these long, open tracks that build with a great blend of sax, flute, guitar, piano, and plenty of percussion – as well as the warm, solid basslines of Mamaniji Azanyah, the group's leader. There's a bit of vocals, but overall the album's instrumental – with a vibe that feels like some of the best mid 70s sounds on the Black Fire label. Titles include "The One", "In The Beauty Of Holiness", "Praise", "Guiding Light", and "I Will Surely Come Again". CD

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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!)

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George Lewis' Ragtime BandGeorge Lewis' Ragtime Band Vol 1 (10-inch EP) ... LP
Jazzman, 1953. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover appears to have been signed by the artist on back.)

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Oscar Peterson & Stephane GrappelliTime After Time ... LP
Jazzman, 1981. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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VariousFollow Me To The Popcorn – The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A wonderful tribute to a music scene that got going in Belgium during the 60s, but which was completely fueled by American soul, jazz, and R&B – spun in jam-packed clubs by DJs in that nation's equivalent of the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Yet while Northern Soul has an upbeat, uptempo groove, popcorn has one that's a lot more laidback – often slinky and vamping, with a mode that might well have been birthed by the tune "Fever" – taken to hundreds of different directions, but always handled with an equally sinister vibe! Instrumentation is as important here as the vocals – and many tunes often have slight Latin or exotic touches, a slight current of jazz, and a rock-solid lead singer who holds the whole thing together. The notes tell the tale of the Belgian DJs who first hooked into this groove – but for our ears, it's the sound that makes the set – early soul music, late rhythm and blues, and some sweet jazzy moments that provide more than a bit of variety. Titles include "Spooky" by George Barnes, "Downstairs" by Plas Johnson, "I'd Think It Over" by Sam Fletcher, "You Need To Fall In Love" by Little Jimmy Ray, "Yeah My Baby Loves Me" by Dav Kipp, "It's A Sweet World" by Gloria Grey, "Fever" by Earl Grant, "Summertime" by Monty & The Cyclones, "I Want That" by Bobby Hendricks, "Harlem Nocturne" by JJ Jones, "Sweet Little Love" by Al Brown & His Tunetoppers, "Boss Bossa Nova" by Bellino, "I Dreamed About My Baby Last Night" by Lillian Vines, "Palm Of Your Hand" by Dolly Lyon, "Barricuda" by The Page Boys, and "Any Way You Wanta" by Harvey. 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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✨✧ VariousJukebox Jam 2 – Blues & Rhythm Revue ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
A sensational sequel to one of the greatest compilations of rare rhythm & blues we've seen from the deep diggin' Jazzman label – one that goes even deeper than the first! A good deal of these juke box treasures are from the mid 50s to early 60s – all of 'em ones that have been overlooked since way back in the day, having escaped the attention of all but the most devoted collectors for decades! Jumping R&B is the core sound here, but this volume is actually a more diverse batch than its predecessor – with some grittier proto-rock R&B, some more swinging jazz numbers, and a bit of popcorn soul as well – all of 'em killer! Titles include "Lament" by Mamie Perry, "If You Ain't Got No Bread", "Tears Baby" by Johnny West, "Rock A While" by Dewey Guy & The Fabulous Six, "Cat Music" by Dave Bartholomew, "I Done Done It" by Amos Milburn, "Swingin'" by Saunders King., "Big Game Hunter" by Steve Gibson The Red Caps, "Cleopatra" by The Mark VI, "I'll Get You, Too" by Billy Emerson, "That Ain' The Way To Do It" by Big Sis Andrews, "I'll Walk A Mile" by Bob Marriott & The Continentals, and "It Only Hurts A Little While" by Little Willie John. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – great vinyl and cover!)

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VariousMidwest Funk – Funk 45s From Tornado Alley (UK pressing) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Quite possibly one of the greatest funk compilations ever – and we're not just saying that because we're from the Midwest! The genius compilers at Jazzman spent years scouring the smaller cities of the American hinterlands – tracking down obscure musicians, long-lost labels, and nearly-gone master tapes – all to bring together 23 bits of rare funk that bristle with the same energy and excitement as the day they were first recorded! The package is incredible – not only filled with incredible tunes that somehow manage to push the boundaries and redefine our understanding of classic funk from the time, but also doing so in a package that's filled with liner notes that offer more information on the artists than probably their own mothers know! Plus, the set's also got some previously unissued numbers as well – making it a must-have for any funk fan, even if you've somehow managed to track down original copies of some of these choice bits! Titles include "Whip It" by The New Establishment In Soul, "Let's Do It Today (full version)" by The Us, "Pushin To The Top" by Markus Kelly & The Impassions, "Sissy Walk" by Billy Ball & The Upsetters, "Tell Her" by Fred Williams & The Jewels Band, "The Hatch" by The TMGs, "Boots Groove" by The Soul Tornados, "Po Boy's Dream" by Illinois Connection, "It's Not You For Me (live)" by Billy Joe Holloman, "Funky In Here" by Dayton Sidewinders, "Master Groove" by Henry Peters & The Imperials, and "A Day In The Life" by Chocolate Snow. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 7 – Modal, Esoteric, & Progressive Jazz Inspired By Islam 1957 to 1988 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $14.99
Maybe one of the most spiritual entries in this amazing series of jazz – and that's really saying a lot, as you might guess from the title! The tracks here all take inspiration from Islam, but are mostly American recordings overall – the kinds of open, deeply soulful sounds that were first ignited by John Coltrane's Love Supreme, then carried forth by a generation of free thinkers who were also drawing other inspiration from points that were far from their American roots. There's a freshness to this music that still holds up fantastically all these many years later – and in the instrumental setting of most tracks, the spiritual inspiration is voiced by incredible rhythms, soulful reed work, and warmly-interwoven strands of sounds on the tunes. The track selection is superb – and titles include "Kalahari Suite" by Emmanuel Abdul Rahim, "Uhuru" by Creative Arts Ensemble, "Morning" by Yusef Lateef, "The Camel" by Idrees & Jamilia Sulieman, "Nus" by Sabu Martinez & Sahib Shihab, "Taumbu" by Dawan Muhammad, "Nadusilma" by Ahmed Abdul Malik, "Ah Ya Zen" by Abdelrahama Elkhatib, "Mevlana" by East New York Ensemble De Musique, "Africanos/Latinos" by Kahil El Zabar's Ritual Trio with Pharoah Sanders, and "Humility In The Light Of The Creator (alt version)" by Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. CD
Also available Spiritual Jazz 7 – Modal, Esoteric, & Progressive Jazz Inspired By Islam 1957 to 1988 ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 7 – Modal, Esoteric, & Progressive Jazz Inspired By Islam 1957 to 1988 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
Maybe one of the most spiritual entries in this amazing series of jazz – and that's really saying a lot, as you might guess from the title! The tracks here all take inspiration from Islam, but are mostly American recordings overall – the kinds of open, deeply soulful sounds that were first ignited by John Coltrane's Love Supreme, then carried forth by a generation of free thinkers who were also drawing other inspiration from points that were far from their American roots. There's a freshness to this music that still holds up fantastically all these many years later – and in the instrumental setting of most tracks, the spiritual inspiration is voiced by incredible rhythms, soulful reed work, and warmly-interwoven strands of sounds on the tunes. The track selection is superb – and titles include "Kalahari Suite" by Emmanuel Abdul Rahim, "Uhuru" by Creative Arts Ensemble, "Morning" by Yusef Lateef, "The Camel" by Idrees & Jamilia Sulieman, "Nus" by Sabu Martinez & Sahib Shihab, "Taumbu" by Dawan Muhammad, "Nadusilma" by Ahmed Abdul Malik, "Ah Ya Zen" by Abdelrahama Elkhatib, "Mevlana" by East New York Ensemble De Musique, "Africanos/Latinos" by Kahil El Zabar's Ritual Trio with Pharoah Sanders, and "Humility In The Light Of The Creator (alt version)" by Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spiritual Jazz 7 – Modal, Esoteric, & Progressive Jazz Inspired By Islam 1957 to 1988 ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Mor ThiamDini Safarrar ... CD
Rite/Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles Bobo Shaw on drums! The style here is wonderful – almost a more freewheeling, groove-heavy take on the underground jazz that Lake, Shaw, and Bowie were playing on the St Louis and Chicago scenes – but given amore righteous focus through the djembe and lyrics of Mor Thiam, who was raised in Senegal, and works here with American musicians in a really unique way – which makes the album almost more of a spiritual jazz set overall. Titles include "Sindiely", "Ayo Ayo Nene", "Kanfera", "Africa", and "Kele Mubana". CD

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✨✧ Uncle FunkensteinTogether Again ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing bit of funky jazz – recorded in the Indy scene of the early 80s, but with enough raw power to blow away most soul jazz sides of the 70s! The album's filled with massively funky bass – played by key group member Larry Ridley, who brings amazing energy to the core "Uncle Funkenstein" jam that the album's best known for! The tune's an extended workout with a choppy, funky groove – started by bass, peppered with percussion, and really brought home with instrumentation that features group leader Russell Webster on tenor, James Spaulding on flute, Clifford Ratcliff on trumpet, Melvin Rhyne on piano, and Alonzo Pookie Johnson on additional tenor. Given the presence of both bigger names like Ridley, Spaulding, and Rhyne on the set – and that of local players under the direction of Webster – the record's a great bridge between the larger jazz community at the time and some of the key local scenes in which players would retreat and cook up even greater music. A few tracks on the album are a bit more conventional, or a bit mellow – but overall, the record's filled with plenty of soul, and more than enough funky power to live up to the group's name! Titles include the jamming "Uncle Funkenstein", "Unkle Funkenstein (part 2)", and "Uncle Funkenstein (cont)" – at 30 minutes, way more of the "Uncle Funkenstein" jam than appeared on the Luv N Haight reissue years back. Other titles include "Together Again", "Blue Robe", "Where Does life Come From", "Rock My Cradle", "Third Bosinova", and "500 Finished". CD

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✨✧ Natural Yogurt BandTuck In With The Natural Yogurt Band (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, 2011. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Globe-trotting funky music from The Natural Yogurt Band – the group's second proper album – an even farther reaching and more perfectly executed blend of pulpy Sound Library styled jazz funk and all around playful grooves! The NYB is essentially a duo – Miles Newbold plays keys, vibes, flutes, percussion and effects– plus Wayne Fullwood plays drums and bass. The approach is instrumentals based (though both players contribute vocals when the rare duty calls), and while there's a playful groove throughout, it's seriously well done and never comes off as cheeky Sound Library homage or kitsch. It's as dexterously impressive as it is groovy and fun! Titles include "Weak Without Wine", "Invisible Ink", "Romance In Blue", "Horn", "Forever Drowning", "Eastern Outro", "Clocks", "Psalm", "Tweed Suit" and many more. CD

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✨✧ VariousNew Life – Private, Independent & Youth Jazz In The Great Britain 1966 to 1990 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Mid 60s/1970s/1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Nat BirchallAkhenaten ... LP
Gondwana/Jazzman (UK), 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing work from a tenorist we only just discovered with this amazing debut album – a deeply spiritual player who comes off beautifully on this set of original compositions! Nat Birchall blows with a range of feeling that takes us back to the 70s best of Pharoah Sanders, Billy Harper, and Clifford Jordan – and he puts his tunes together with a similar feel too – letting them build organically, often with the group just finding the rhythm at the start – then hitting a groove that lets Birchall's horn blossom wonderfully in sound – reaching forth with rich tones that are simply wonderful – over piano, bass, drums – and some guest trumpet by Matthew Halsall on one track (by the way, check out Halsall's album on the same label – it's another gem!) Titles include "Akhenaten", "Many Blessings", "Nica's Dance", and "A Prayer For". LP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever appearance on vinyl!)

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✨✧ James TatumContemporary Jazz Mass (with bonus download) ... LP
JTTP/Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... 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!)

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✨✧ VariousFollow Me To The Popcorn – The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful tribute to a music scene that got going in Belgium during the 60s, but which was completely fueled by American soul, jazz, and R&B – spun in jam-packed clubs by DJs in that nation's equivalent of the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Yet while Northern Soul has an upbeat, uptempo groove, popcorn has one that's a lot more laidback – often slinky and vamping, with a mode that might well have been birthed by the tune "Fever" – taken to hundreds of different directions, but always handled with an equally sinister vibe! Instrumentation is as important here as the vocals – and many tunes often have slight Latin or exotic touches, a slight current of jazz, and a rock-solid lead singer who holds the whole thing together. The notes tell the tale of the Belgian DJs who first hooked into this groove – but for our ears, it's the sound that makes the set – early soul music, late rhythm and blues, and some sweet jazzy moments that provide more than a bit of variety. Titles include "Spooky" by George Barnes, "Downstairs" by Plas Johnson, "I'd Think It Over" by Sam Fletcher, "You Need To Fall In Love" by Little Jimmy Ray, "Yeah My Baby Loves Me" by Dav Kipp, "It's A Sweet World" by Gloria Grey, "Fever" by Earl Grant, "Summertime" by Monty & The Cyclones, "I Want That" by Bobby Hendricks, "Harlem Nocturne" by JJ Jones, "Sweet Little Love" by Al Brown & His Tunetoppers, "Boss Bossa Nova" by Bellino, "I Dreamed About My Baby Last Night" by Lillian Vines, "Palm Of Your Hand" by Dolly Lyon, "Barricuda" by The Page Boys, and "Any Way You Wanta" by Harvey. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Follow Me To The Popcorn – The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene ... CD 14.99

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Nat BirchallGuiding Spirit ... LP
Gondwana/Jazzman (UK), 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second album from the brilliant tenorist Nat Birchall – one of our favorite players of the past decade or so! This album's even more spiritual, more far-reaching than the first – an amazing batch of tracks that would be right at home during the glory days of the post-Coltrane Impulse Records scene – with a sound that reminds us of some of Joe Henderson's best work of the early 70s, particularly his moments on record with Alice Coltrane! All tracks have this long-flowing, slow-building energy that's really wonderful – slower than modal jazz, but with a similar pulse – and topped with this searing, searching tenor and soprano sax from Birchall – plus some guest trumpet from Matthew Halsall, an equally great musician who shares the Gondwana label with Nat. Other players include Rachael Gladwin on kora and harp, Adam Fairhall on piano, Gaz Hughes on drums and gong, Gavin Barras on bass, and Chris Manis on percussion. Titles include "Open Up The Gates", "Guiding Spirit", "Becoming", "Going To The Mountain", and "Higher Regions". LP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever appearance on vinyl!)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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
 
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Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaEvening With Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba ... LP
RCA, 1965. Very Good ... $3.99
Hipper than you might expect – thanks to arrangements by South African jazzman Jonas Gwangwa! LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Claude BollingLucky Luke ... LP
United Artists (Germany), Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
One of the stranger soundtrack projects from French jazzman Claude Bolling – his music for the animated feature of the comic character Lucky Luke! Mostly instrumental, but features one vocal track by Nicole Croisille, and two more by Pat Woods. Nice gatefold cover – filled with inside images from the film. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David BowieNo Plan EP ... CD
Columbia, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 7.98
A record that may well be worth it just for the first vocal line from David Bowie – which begins "Look up here, I'm in heaven"! The set brings together Bowie's final recordings, done in close collaboration with jazzman Donny McCaslin, whose work on saxes really shapes some great elements in the background – and furthers the moody spirit of David's vocals. It may just be because we lost him, but there's a moodiness here that grabs us maybe even more than Blackstar – on the titles "Lazarus", "No Plan", "Killing A Little Time", and "When I Met You". CD

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David BowieNo Plan EP (indie exclusive 180 gram colored vinyl pressing – with etched art side) ... 12-inch
Columbia, 2017. New Copy ... On April 21, 2017
A record that may well be worth it just for the first vocal line from David Bowie – which begins "Look up here, I'm in heaven"! The set brings together Bowie's final recordings, done in close collaboration with jazzman Donny McCaslin, whose work on saxes really shapes some great elements in the background – and furthers the moody spirit of David's vocals. It may just be because we lost him, but there's a moodiness here that grabs us maybe even more than Blackstar – on the titles "Lazarus", "No Plan", "Killing A Little Time", and "When I Met You". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition indie exclusive colored vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Milt BucknerRockin Again ... LP
Black & Blue (France), 1972. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Jazzman, with slightly different cover design. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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CountsFunk Pump ... LP
Aware, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 12.98
A funky funky classic from The Counts – and an album that has the group tightening up their sound from the Westbound years, but still keeping the groove plenty nice! 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. The album's worth it alone for the excellent cut "Tecalli" – a stretched out mellow instrumental with some great Kool & The Gang-esque floating trumpet over the top – but the whole thing's great, and other tracks include "At The Fair", "Dedicated Man", "Jazzman", "Magic Ride", "Short Cut", and "Flies Over Watermelon". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $10.99
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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Bob Downes Open MusicFive Trios ... CD
Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99
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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Mike GibbsMike Gibbs Directs The Only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Bronze/Belle Antique (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $33.99
A really wonderful step for UK jazzman Mike Gibbs – a musician who was part of the same big wave of late 60s creative talent that included Mike Westbrook and John Surman – but who really finds his own voice here on this album for the Bronze label! For years, there was a real dancing between UK avant jazz musicians, and some of the more jazz-oriented prog rockers – a mode heard especially on some of the Vertigo albums, such as work by Nucleus. But Gibbs sidesteps that moment beautifully, but really keeping things in a jazz perspective, but allowing in musicians who'd also drunk heavily of some of the electric brew – a core group here that includes Cahrlie Mariano on reeds, Philip Catherine on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, Bob Moses on drums, Jumma Santos on percussion, and Gibbs himself on keyboards. Mariano and Catherine have an especially great sound here – more focus than on some other records, thanks to Gibbs' great writing and arrangements – and there's also a larger group of like-minded musicians on deck, including Derek Watkins and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Chris Pyne on trombone, Henry Lowther on flugelhorn, Ray Warleigh on alto, Alan Skidmore on tenor, and Tony Cole on tenor and bass clarinet – almost enough talent to make for one of those famous Lansdowne Studios sessions. The tunes are awash in color – some of Mike's best writing ever – and include "Tunnel Of Love", "Antique", "Undergrowth", and "Blackgang". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Sun Ra/MerzbowStrange City ... LP
Cold Spring (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $21.99
Not an actual meeting of Sun Ra and Merzbow – although given the jazzman's rise to fame in his late life, that's not actually impossible – and instead, the record features a very unique concept – the music of Ra's "Strange Strings" and "The Magic City" – used as core materials which are then reworked into a huge new, noisy mix – with lots of additional instrumentation from Merzbow! Masami Akita adds in all the extra bits – which includes a fair bit of electronics – using Ra's organic originals as the inspiration for the noise generation – at a level that maybe pushes the early electronic moments of the Arkestra way way out into the far reaches of the cosmos. The notes refer to the work as a "deformed mix" – which seems appropriate – and the album features two long tracks, "Livid Sun Loop" and "Granular Jazz (part 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ernest RanglinMod Mod Ranglin ... LP
Dub Store/Federal (Japan), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet instrumental set! The album's got Ranglin working with deft skill on the guitar – echoing the chromes of Wes Montgomery one minute, or the sharper notes of Kenny Burrell the next – but all set to a groove that's got lots of ska and rocksteady in the rhythms, and maybe just a touch of mod vibes in the overall presentation! As part of that, there's some nice use of Hammond on the album – although often used in nicely subtle ways – and titles include "Archie", "La Bostella", "Walk Away", "Born Free", "You Won't See Me", "More Amore", and "What Now My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lalo SchifrinSound Of Lalo Schifrin ... LP
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
A huge array of groovy genius from the mighty Lalo Schifrin – the South America jazzman who first rose to fame in the group of Dizzy Gillespie, the moved on to give us some of the coolest film scores of the 60s! This set brings together some of the coolest tracks from the larger Sound Of Lalo Schifrin CD box set – for a special limited album of complete grooviness – with excellent tunes that come from Lalo soundtracks that include Mission Impossible and Mannix – plus rare tracks from standalone albums like Rock Requiem, Schifrin Sade, and Once A Thief! Titles include the rare single with "Dirty Harry" and "Latin Soul" – plus "Bossa Antique", "Blues A Go Go", "Machinations"< "Dissolving", "Hunt Down", "The Cat", "Jim On The Move", "Introit", and "Agnus Dei". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lalo SchifrinSound Of Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible/More Mission Impossible/Mannix/Cincinnati Kid/Once A Thief/Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin On/Schifrin S ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s/2007. New Copy 5CD ... Just Sold Out!
A huge array of groovy genius from the mighty Lalo Schifrin – the South America jazzman who first rose to fame in the group of Dizzy Gillespie, the moved on to give us some of the coolest film scores of the 60s! This set brings together eight of Lalo's best albums from that period, plus a full concert from later years too – all in an overstuffed box that still has plenty to offer, even if you already own a few of the records inside! The set begins with four famous soundtrack albums by Lalo – Mission Impossible, More Mission Impossible, Mannix, and The Cincinnati Kid – but it then moves onto include two other albums that have never been on CD – the ultra-groovy Once A Thief & Other Great Themes, full of jazzy greatness – and the early 70s Rock Requiem – which features a sweet array of funk and psych! The set also features standalone CD albums There's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin On and Schifrin Sade – both of which demonstrate Lalo's instrumental talents away from the screen – and CD5 features the complete Jules Verne Festival Concert – recorded in 2007 by Lalo in Paris, as a special concert performance of film themes and jazz titles. CDs also features some bonus tracks – like the single "Dirty Harry" and "Latin Soul" – plus Jimmy Smith instrumentals, and other rare gems! CD
Also available Sound Of Lalo Schifrin ... LP 25.99

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John ScottSatan's Slave ... CD
Moscovitch (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $15.99
A beautiful score from British jazzman John Scott – an artist who's worked in so many different styles over the years, and is definitely in the moodiest side of his spectrum for this obscure satanic film from the 70s! The instrumentation is conventional, but used in really weird ways – saxes with odd notes, pianos played from the inside, and percussion moments that are often pretty striking – handled by a group that features Scott on flutes and alto sax, alongside Fender Rhodes, guitar, cymbals, and lots of percussion. There's only a slight current of jazz from time to time – and more of the numbers are short, and full of dark sonic textures – with titles that include "Evil Elevator", "Catherine's Nightmare", "Sacrifice", "Do You Mind If I Join You", "Catherine's Bracelet Is Taken", "Visions In The Wood", "A Walk In The Ground", "Car Inferno", and "Frances Tells All". CD
Also available Satan's Slave (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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John ScottSatan's Slave (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Moscovitch (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $23.99
A beautiful score from British jazzman John Scott – an artist who's worked in so many different styles over the years, and is definitely in the moodiest side of his spectrum for this obscure satanic film from the 70s! The instrumentation is conventional, but used in really weird ways – saxes with odd notes, pianos played from the inside, and percussion moments that are often pretty striking – handled by a group that features Scott on flutes and alto sax, alongside Fender Rhodes, guitar, cymbals, and lots of percussion. There's only a slight current of jazz from time to time – and more of the numbers are short, and full of dark sonic textures – with titles that include "Evil Elevator", "Catherine's Nightmare", "Sacrifice", "Do You Mind If I Join You", "Catherine's Bracelet Is Taken", "Visions In The Wood", "A Walk In The Ground", "Car Inferno", and "Frances Tells All". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Satan's Slave ... CD 15.99

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Karel VelebnySHQ ... LP
ESP, 1968. Near Mint- ... $49.99
One of the only American releases from Eastern European jazzman Karel Valebny – the force behind some great albums on MPS and other overseas labels, sounding equally great here on a late 60s set for ESP! The music is as bizarre as the cover – modern jazz overall, but done with a great deal of sensitivity – a very poetic approach to the performance that's quite different than the usual ESP bag, and which really shows some of the best steps forward the European scene was taking at the time. There's echoes here of mid 60s "new thing" jazz – especially in the way Velebny's vibes come into play – and instrumentation on the record include vibes, tenor, and bass clarinet from Karel, plus alto and flute from Jiri Stivin, piano from Ludek Svabensky, bass from Karel Vejvoda, and drums from Josef Vejvoda. Titles include "The Uhu Sleeps Only During The Day", "Andulko Safarova", "Beetles On The Head", and "Joachim Is Our Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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Paul Winter & Carlos LyraSound Of Ipanema ... CD
Sony (Japan), Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
The sound of Ipanema in the 60s – served up here in a great partnership between American jazzman Paul Winter, and bossa composer Carlos Lyra! The album's an excellent bossa jazz session all the way through – with alto from Winter that's some of his sharpest on record in the 60s, and both guitar and vocals from Lyra – who's getting his American time in the spotlight here, in the way that Joao Gilberto got with Stan Getz! Yet this album's much more of a core bossa jazz combo set than the Getz/Gilberto records – with work from a quintet that includes Sergio Mendes on piano, Milton Banana on drums, and Sebatiao Neto on bass. Titles include "O Morro", "Voce E Eu", "Maria Ninguem", "De Quem Ama", "Lobo Bobo", and "Tem Do De Mim". CD
(Out of print Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ John GraasInternational Premiere In Jazz ... CD
Andex/VSOP, 1956/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Quincy JonesGula Matari ... LP
A&M, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real step forward for Quincy Jones – a record that really shows the jazzman moving into sophisticated new territory – a sound that's just right for the CTI generation! The album's got a vibe that's a bit similar to Quincy's Walking In Space album, but it's a lot deeper too – touched with some of the African elements you might guess from the title – arranged in ways that are often quite spacious, so that the tunes really take some time to find just the right groove! Backings are large, but show the leaner elements that Jones was bringing to his soundtrack work – and instrumentation includes vibes from Milt Jackson, marimba from Don Elliott, flute from Hubert Laws, soprano sax from Jerome Richardson, trumpet from Freddie Hubbard, trombone from Al Grey, and guitar from Eric Gale. Keyboards figure strongly – played by Herbie Hancock and Bob James – and special features include a bit of guitar and whistling from Toots Thielemans, plus some soulful vocals from Valerie Simpson. "Gula Matari" is an incredible 12 minute tribal groove – and other titles include a killer take on Nat Adderley's "Hummin", plus "Walkin" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original tan label pressing.)

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✨✧ Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of gems from The Players Association – back to back on a single CD! First up is the fantastic first album from The Players Association – a group who may well have gotten their name for the great jazzy musicians in their lineup! Players Association are best known for their disco grooves, but they've got a core sense of instrumentation that's really a cut above – with strong leadership from jazzman Chris Hills – who plays drums, guitar, and keyboards – and other players who include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Bob Mover on alto and soprano, Jon Faddis on trumpet, and Mike Mandell on keyboards! Ray Mantilla and Buddy Williams add in some great percussion to the mix – which furthers the spontaneous, jazzy vibe of some of the tunes – and titles 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 is wonderful work from The Players Association – a group who were equal parts jazz funk and equal parts 70s club – with a vibe that's maybe like The Blackbyrds or other Fantasy Records acts at their best! The mighty Chris Hills is at the helm – and the record is overflowing with top-shelf talent from the jazz side of the spectrum – work by Bob Berg on tenor, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Bob Mover on alto – all with room to solo, and really helping bring a musical maturity to the record that other disco records never seem to have! Titles include "Everybody Dance", "Ride The Groove", "The Closer I Get To You", and "I Wish". CD
 
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Bob KindredPlayin In The Yard ... CD
Jazzmania, 1992. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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