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Abbey LincolnStraight Ahead (Jazzman) ... LP
Candid, 1961. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
There's nothing Straight Ahead about this record – as the album's one of the first bold statements of modernism from Abbey Lincoln – and the kind of set that builds nicely from the vocal experiments she was doing with Max Roach at the time! The group here is almost one of those largeish Roach ensembles from the Impulse years – an assortment of players that includes Max on drums, Mal Waldron on piano, Eric Dolphy on reeds, Julian Priester on trombone, and Booker Little on trumpet – plus the surprising additions of Walter Benton and Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax! Gone are the sleepy standards of earlier sessions, and in their place is Lincoln's emerging sense of anger, power, and righteous indignation – served up on the original compositions "Retribution", "Straight Ahead", and "In The Red" – plus versions of "Blue Monk", "African Lady", and "Left Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s white label promo. Cover has a sticker spot.)
 
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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

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Jack CostanzoMr Bongo ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
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

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Greg Foat GroupGreg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
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 ... $16.99
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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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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✨✧ VariousMidwest Funk – Funk 45s From Tornado Alley (UK pressing) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $14.99
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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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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✨✧ VariousTexas Funk – Hard Texas Funk 1968 to 1975 (US version) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
This is the kind of funk they've been hiding from you all these years – the real deal, the heavy stuff, the type of work that's made driving around the country looking for rare 45s so worthwhile! This material's the kind that makes a trip like that happen – super-rare funk from Texas, dug up by the Jazzman posse, and given the stamp of approval by DJ Shadow! The package is a perfect introduction to the lost heritage of Texas funky work – as it not only includes 21 searing tracks of funk (some of the best we've heard compiled in a long time!), but it also features a breakdown of the different scenes in the state, and a full set of notes on each tune, complete with an image of the original 45! The whole thing's unbelievable – as well researched as it is hard and funky, and a delight to the ears throughout. Titles include "Give Everybody Some" by Mickey & The Soul Generation, "Sissy Strut" by Joe Bravo, "Soul Pot" by The Soul Ones, "Every Man For Himself" by The Road Runners, "Super Funk" by Vern Blair Debate, "Soul Pride" by Little Joe & The Latinaires, "I Turn You On" by Latin Breed, "Funky Stuff" by Little Jr Jesse & His Teardrops & The Tears, "Funky Chick" by The Majestics, and "Do Your Thing (parts 1 & 2)" by Zapata. CD

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Jack CostanzoMr Bongo ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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 9.99

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✨✧ VariousCarolina Funk – First In Funk ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, 1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Jazzman blow the roof off the Carolina scene here – digging through a wealth of rare 70s funk to explode the myth that the states are only home to beach music and shag tunes! The grooves here are every bit as gritty as previous Jazzman outings to Texas, Florida, and the Midwest – and the package offers up a few classics, some unreleased numbers, and a bunch of tunes we've never heard before – all supported by the kind of in-depth notes that Jazzman does better than anyone else! And sure, we've been digging funky 45s for years – but its sets like this that almost get us more excited in the music than the originals – thanks to the overall conception and quality of the work. Titles include "Creation Of Music" by Primitive, "Darkness" by Gamith, "Just Take Your Time" by Innersouls, "Super Good" by Dynamite Singletary, "Funky Soul Brother" by The Soul Drifters, "The Road" by Communicators & Black Experience Band, "Theme Of Blackbyrds" by The Black Exotics, "Good Time" by George Campbell, "Funky Mind" by Donnie Brown, "Doing What You Need To Do" by Anthony Burns, "JD's Funky Party Time" by JD, "Bad Woman" by Frankie & The Damons, "Ease It To Me" by Shirlean Williams & The Tempo's Band, "Stand Up & Be A Man (part 1)" by Sundia, and "You Ain't Miss It" by Roy Roberts. US edition of the same CD on the Jazzman label from the UK – but with a different cover image. CD

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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 GroupCityscapes (10 inch LP) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Greg Foat GroupCityscapes/Landscapes (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2016. New Copy ... 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 GroupDancers At The Edge Of Time ... CD
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". CD

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✨✧ Greg Foat GroupLandscapes (10 inch LP) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ SadakaPremonition ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 ... 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! CD

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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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Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaEvening With Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba ... LP
RCA, 1965. Sealed ... $1.99
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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BT ExpressFunction At The Junction (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
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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Bobby ChristianVibe-Brations ... LP
Ovation, 1971. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A very groovy set of short vibes-based instrumentals – played by Chicago jazzman Bobby Christian, a great player who did a fair bit of studio work in the city (including some for the Gus Giordano dance studio series), but who rarely ever got to record much on his own. The cuts are all short and pop/jazz sounding – with a self professed "tuned-in, turned-on" sound – and titles include "Boogaloo", "Mooganga", "To Whom May We Turn", and groovy covers of "Sunny" and "Games People Play". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain on back.)

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✨✧ Graham CollierDirecting 14 Jackson Pollocks ... CD
Graham Collier Music, 1997/2004. Used 2CD ... $9.99
Not work by Jackson Pollock, but three different sets of recordings from legendary British composer/jazzman Graham Collier – a much-needed look at his musical growth during the last decade or so! CD one features "Forty Years On" – an assemblage of Collier-penned tunes, played by a group that includes Roger Dean on piano and keyboards, Geoff Warren and Art Themen on saxes, Harry Beckett and Alex Bonney on trumpets and flugelhorn, and Ed Speight on guitar – most of them famous associates of Collier's during the 70s, playing here with a style that's even freer than before! CD two features "The Vonetta Factor" – a new composition played by the same group – plus "The Alternate Third Colour", a new take on the Collier classic – recorded in 1997, by a group that features Themen, Dean, and Speight from the first group – plus Ed Sarath on French horn, Steve Main on saxes, and Hugh Fraser on trombone. CD

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Bob Downes Open MusicFive Trios ... CD
Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... $7.99
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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Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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✨✧ Paul Winter & Carlos LyraSound Of Ipanema ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $14.99
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

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VariousGet Your Lie Straight – A Galaxy Of Funky Soul ... CD
Galaxy/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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VariousMovements Vol 5 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
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 Singles Collection Vol 3 – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
Smoking work from the early years of soul music – that time when the style was just coming into its own, through equal parts jazz, R&B, blues, and gospel! The cuts here are those which might be called R&B in another setting, but definitely work together to inform the roots of soul – all in the style that's carried on by the later 60s reissues on the Outta Sight label. Lots of the cuts have the feel of some of the best Jazzman/Jukebox Jam reissues in recent years – a very different take on R&B than previous generations of collectors have explored. Titles include "I Get The Feeling" by Eli Lee, "Let's Start A Romance" by Little Joe Hinton, "Hard Times" by Jacki Ross, "Cherringale" by Ed Townsend, "Twist 62" by Jerry McCain, "My Book" by Bruce Cloud, "The Girl That Radiates The Charm" by June Alexander, and "Dynamite" by Big Jay Bush & The Houserockers. CD

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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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✨✧ Gordon Parks/OC SmithShaft's Big Score ... LP
MGM, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
After directing the first Shaft film, and letting Isaac Hayes have such a big hit with the music, Parks decided to handle the music for this sequel himself – and scored the whole thing with just as much skill as Hayes! The music is conducted by Dick Hazard, and produced by jazzman Tom McIntosh – but all the scoring is done by Parks, and he stays very true to the funky vibe set up by Hayes. OC Smith sings the vocal theme follow-up – called "Blowin Your Mind", which has a very similar groove to "Shaft" – plus two other surprisingly nice numbers, the funky "Move On In" and the mellow "Don't Misunderstand". Side two features the stunning "Symphony for Shafted Souls", a 13 minute instrumental suite that has lots of groovy chase themes laid out by fast wah wah guitar and horn riffing! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ Eliana & Booker PittmanNews From Brazil (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Odeon/Think (Japan), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set of jazzy samba by the legendary Eliana Pittman – one that's served up with some great bossa compositions and sweet larger backings from Maestro Gaya! Eliana's working here with Booker Pittman, who the liner notes bill as an American jazzman (from what we can tell with our broken Portuguese!) – and although he gets in a few saxophone solos on some tracks, the album's mostly Eliana's own, with vocals upfront in the mix, and a full, rich, slightly soulful set of backings from Gaya – all done in a nice mode that's a bit of a precursor to the later Blue Brazil sound. Titles include "Vagamente", "O Passarinho", "O Barquinho", "Vens So", "Mister Bossa Nova", "Voice Vai", "Amor No Samba", and "Nos E O Mar". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Ernest RanglinMod Mod Ranglin ... CD
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD

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✨✧ Ernest RanglinMod Mod Ranglin ... LP
Dub Store/Federal (Japan), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ CountsIt's What's In The Groove (Love Sign/Funk Pump/bonus tracks) ... CD
Aware/Ace (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Chuck MangioneJourney To A Rainbow/Eyes Of The Veiled Temptress ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1983/1988. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Two later albums from Chuck Mangione – but both done in the warm fusion mode that made him a household name back in the 70s! Journey To A Rainbow has a surprisingly nice sound for the time – a bit more relaxed and laidback than you might guess for an early 80s session from a mainstream jazzman – thanks to a relatively small lineup that has Chuck playing flugelhorn and keyboards, alongside some nice flute and saxes from Chris Vadala. Some of the best cuts are the mellowest ones – and titles include "Journey To A Rainbow", "Buttercorn Lady", "Love Bug Boogie", "Song For A Latin Lady", and "Chaia's Theme". On Eyes Of The Veiled Temptress, Chuck Mangione hits a bit of a crossover soul mode – working with Philly producer Thom Bell at the Sigma Sound studios – and bringing in a bit more R&B to his work than usual! The blend's a nice one, though – and it peps things up for Chuck – in ways that are similar to the mix of trumpet and soul that was cooking so strongly for Herb Alpert during the decade! Most tunes have a nice soul-influenced groove, and about half are still instrumental – with slight chorus vocals on a few others. Given the time, there's a feel here that's a lot more late 70s or early 80s than you might expect – relatively warm and not nearly as clunky as you might fear. Titles include "That's Nice", "Eyes Of The Veiled Temptress", "Freedom Song", "Long Hair Soulful", and "Open Their Eyes". CD

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✨✧ James MoodyLast Train From Overbrook ... LP
Argo, 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
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.)
 
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Licorice FactoryLicorice Factory ... LP
Jazzmania, 1985. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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