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✨✧ Bobby Bradford with John Stevens & The SpontaneousBobby Bradford With John Stevens & The Spontaneous Music Ensemble – Vol 1 ... LP
Nessa, 1971/1980. Sealed ... $19.99
An unlikely, but amazing meeting of the avant jazz minds – a classic set that has LA trumpeter Bobby Bradford coming into play with the UK Spontaneous Music Ensemble, led by drummer John Stevens! The material was recorded, almost spontaneously, on a holiday trip Bradford made to London in 1971 – but the record's become an enduring classic, thanks to the creative energy of the players involved, and the dynamic quality of the improvisations in the studio! Bradford's trumpet sounds quite different here than in his better-known work of the time with reedman John Carter – much more outside and forceful, really set loose in the company of Stevens' group – which, in this incarnation, includes Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Bob Norden on trombone, Ron Herman on bass, and Julie Tippetts on guitar and a bit of voice. Titles include "His Majesty Louis", "Bridget's Mother", and "Room 408". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GatheringFor John Stevens ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2003. Used ... $12.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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John Stevens AwayJohn Stevens Away/Somewhere In Between/Mazin Ennit ... CD
Vertigo/BGO (UK), New Copy ... About September 15, 2015
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✨✧ John StevensSpontaneous Music Ensemble ... CD
Marmalade, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to find title by this classic Brit avant group, featuring (in this instance) Trevor Watts, Johnny Dyani, Maggie Nichols, Derek Bailey, and Kenny Wheeler. This album contains 2 recordings of the track "Oliv", the first version of which was arranged specifically with the solo talents of the players in mind, the second which has more of an organized theme. Kind of crazy, and slightly hippy dippy in parts, but still a tough one to find by a landmark group. CD
(Out of print. CD-R.)

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✨✧ Dick Heckstall-Smith & John StevensBird In Widnes ... CD
Konnex (Germany), 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)
 
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DetailFirst Detail ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the earliest recordings of the avant group Detail – heard here without the bassist Johnny Dyani, who was such a part of their later albums! The absence of bass makes for a beautifully free sound – the drums of John Stevens, piano of Eivin One Pedersen, and reeds of Frode Gjersted ambling easily in open space, but always with this sense of cohesion that's completely sublime – sounds that are unusual and exploratory, but never egoistic at a level that leaves the other trio members behind – quite rare for a meeting of minds as great as these. Gjerstad plays tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and alto flute – and the recording features three long titles – "This Is The", "First Version", and "Of Detail". CD
Also available First Detail (with bonus CD) ... LP 16.99

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DetailFirst Detail (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy LP & CD ... $16.99
One of the earliest recordings of the avant group Detail – heard here without the bassist Johnny Dyani, who was such a part of their later albums! The absence of bass makes for a beautifully free sound – the drums of John Stevens, piano of Eivin One Pedersen, and reeds of Frode Gjersted ambling easily in open space, but always with this sense of cohesion that's completely sublime – sounds that are unusual and exploratory, but never egoistic at a level that leaves the other trio members behind – quite rare for a meeting of minds as great as these. Gjerstad plays tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and alto flute – and the recording features three long titles – "This Is The", "First Version", and "Of Detail". LP, Vinyl record album
(First 500 copies include CD.)
Also available First Detail ... CD 16.99

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Jose FelicianoThat The Spirit Needs/Memphis Menu/Compartments ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99
A trio of wonderful albums from Jose Feliciano – all brought together here in a single set! First up is That The Spirit Needs – a sublime one from Jose! The record pushes past the easy Latin pop style of the late 60s, and features Jose working through hip rock tunes – both of his own creation, and by writers like Elton John and Cat Stevens. The real highlight of the album is an incredible reading of "Wild World" – done with a mix of fast guitar, strings, and even a bit of Brazilian-tinged scatting that breaks down in the middle and always makes us stop cold! The rest of the record's almost as good, and titles include "Daytime Dreams", "Mellow Feeling", "Come Down Jesus", "Pay Day", and "Only Once". Memphis Menue is an excellent album from Jose Feliciano – recorded with a lot of Memphis soul influences, as the title indicates, but still with that beautifullly jazzy style that he was using in his earlier LA recordings. Steve Cropper helped produced and arrange with Jose, and the Memphis Horns back up the group on a number of tracks. The real charm, though, is Jose – whose breezy vocals and sweet guitar work is right up there with his best work of the time, a sublime mix of soul, strings, jazz, and Chicano grooves. Titles include "River Song", "Magnolia", "One More Mile", "Never Leave You", "It Doesn't Matter", "Where Is My Woman", and "Movin". Compartments is sparklingly soulful work from Jose Feliciano – a key early 70s effort, and one that shows the growing sensitivity in his music – the move way past simple covers of other people's songs, even though those were pretty great too! Jose's voice has gotten even more compelling in the process, and he's also developing a bit as a songwriter too – most notably on the album's title track, which was co-written with Bill Withers. Steve Cropper helped produce, but the album's way more in Jose's bag than Cropper's – and titles include a great version of "Yes We Can Can", plus "Simple Song", "Compartments", "Sea Cruise", "I'm Leavin", "Things Are Changin", "Peace Of Mind", "Hey Look At The Sun", and "Don't Fail". CD

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John Lennon/Yoko OnoUnfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions ... LP
Zapple, 1968. Very Good ... $24.99
Yoko shows her Fluxus roots on this album of trippy experimental stuff. Side one is a live piece called "Cambridge 1969", which is performed by John and Yoko, with the help of avant jazzmen John Tchicai and John Stevens. Lots of noisy guitar on that one. Side 2 features a number of spare tracks recorded on a cassette at Queen Charlotte Hospital, in 1968. Cuts include "No Bed For Beatle John" (as pictured on the cover), "Baby's Heartbeat", and "Two Minutes Silence". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has some wear, and a faded name in marker on back.)

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Bobby ScottFrom Eden To Canaan ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $18.99
A really great later album from the wonderful Bobby Scott – and a set that follows all the best mix of jazz and soul styles we love from his earliest years, inflected with just the right dose of 70s energy too! Bobby's voice has a beautiful raspy charm – one that knows exactly what it is, and what it's capable of – which makes his interpretation of the lyrics even more moving than you might expect, especially on Bobby's versions of tunes by other folks. Arrangements and production are mostly by Scott – although John Simon handles two titles too – and backings are jazzy, with just a bit of keyboard and guitar parts amidst mostly acoustic instrumentation. Titles include a great version of Cat Stevens' "Wild World", this amazing remake of "Man Of Constant Sorrow" done as a jazz ballad, and the tracks "Into A Thing", "Find Another Love", "Autumn Leaves", "Put Your Tears Away", "This Is Your Life", "Don't Turn On Me Now", and "From Eden To Canaan". CD
(Blu-spec CD 2 pressing!)

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VariousDiggin Vol 5 ... LP
Diggin Breaks, 1970s. Very Good ... $9.99
These guys do the digging, so you don't have to! 5th volume in this long running series of tracks sampled for hip hop tunes – with 18 numbers on this volume, including Diana Ross "My Hero Is A Gun", Jerry Butler "Take The Time To Tell Her" and "I'm Your Mechanical Man", Gordon Parks "From Storm To Calm", Cat Stevens "Was Dog A Doughnut", Les McCann "Benjamin", Love Unlimited "Under The Influence Of Love", John Handy "Alvina", Brother To Brother "Hey What's That You Say", Dorothy Ashby "Cause I Need It", Donald Byrd "I Feel Like Loving You Today" and Kleer "Intimate Connection". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousGaz's Rockin' Blues – Rock & Roll, Jump Blues, Blues, & R&B ... LP
Ace (UK), 1950s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Don't let the cover put you off – because despite the 80s look of Gaz's hair, the set actually features killer American R&B from the postwar years – including tracks by Long Tall Marvin, Joe Tex, Preacher Stevens, Young Jessie, Pee Wee Crayton, and John Lee Hooker! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby BradfordLove's Dream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums – all working in these long-flowing, very rhythmic numbers that lie somewhere between Bradford's work with John Carter, and the early 60s sound of Ornette Coleman. The alto/cornet interplay is especially nice – very mesmerizing over the course of the album's very long tracks – and Watts turns out to be a great musical partner for Bobby. Titles include "Love's Dream", "Coming On", and "Roswita's Dance". CD features bonus tracks ""She", "HM Louis 1", and an alternate take of "Coming On". CD

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✨✧ Ergo SumMexico (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Musea/Lion, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Extremely heady work from the French scene of the early 70s – and hardly the Latin Rock album you might guess from the title! Ergo Sum have a sound that's as contemplative as their name – a slow-building, almost brooding blend of jamming, jazzy work on flute, Fender Rhodes, organ, guitar, violin, bass, and drums – all topped by the distinctive vocals of Lionel Ledissez, who's got a raspy, rough-edged appeal that almost sounds like Cat Stevens gone to seed! The lyrics are all in English, which adds to the appeal of the record – and the flute and keyboard parts are handled by Jean Guerin. Titles include "Night Road", "John's Nightmare", "Faces", "Second Rebirth", and "Albdion Impressions". As with all Lion reissues, the production is wonderful – lots of notes and photos on the music, plus bonus tracks that include "Mexico (inst)", "It's Me", "Tijuana", and "All's So Comic". CD

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music EnsembleFace To Face (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic statement from the Spontaneous Music duo of John Stevens on percussion and cornet and Trevor Watts on soprano sax – music that definitely lives up to the "spontaneous" name, and which is clearly improvised throughout! The material was all recorded live, but with a sensitivity that really lets the more subtle moments come through – although given the sometime frenzy between the drums and soprano, the larger appeal here is almost the more intense moments! Tracks are all titled "Face To Face" – and the set features seven numbers in all – plus three bonus tracks not on the original album. CD

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✨✧ Stevens/Rutherford/Parker GuyOne Four & Two Twos (4444 plus bonus tracks) ... CD
View/Emanem (UK), 1979/1980/1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit confusing, but it'll make a bit more sense once we get through telling you about all the great music on this CD! The core of the disc features the album 4444 – a 1978 London performance from the quartet of John Stevens on drums, Paul Rutherford on tormbone, Evan Parker on soprano and tenor sax, and Barry Guy on bass and electronics – all really feeling their energy strongly together, and working at a level that's some of the fiercest we've heard from this time – clearly all confident enough to improvise at a very frenetic level on most of these numbers. Added to this material are three more tracks that feature the duet of Rutherford and Guy – although this time Rutherford's handling the electronics at points, which really sound great next to Guy's bass – and which, oddly, often have some of the same offbeat tones as his trombone! Last up are two more duet tracks that feature Stevens' drums and Parker's soprano sax – both recorded in London in 1992, and issued here for the first time ever! So essentially, you've got 5 improvised tracks from the original 4444 album, 3 more tracks with Rutherford and Guy, and 2 more with Stevens and Parker – a heck of a lot of music! CD
 
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Chet BakerSwinging Soundtrack (aka Theme Music From The James Dean Story) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Kimberly, 1956. Very Good- ... $13.99
Although the initial release of this music was a cheap attempt to cash in on the tragic fame of the late James Dean, this 1956 session was also one of the nicest big band dates to come out of the Pacific Jazz catalog of the 1950s! Chet Baker and Bud Shank are the featured soloists of the set – and the group's conducted by Johnny Mandel and Bill Holman, both excellent arrangers with a strong feel for soundtrack-oriented material of this sort. Tommy Sands sings vocals on a version of "Let Me Be Loved", which is the only standard on the set – as the rest of the tracks are originals by the great Leith Stevens. The band's filled with other west coasters that you'll recognize – and titles include "The Movie Star", "Jimmy's Theme", "The Search", "Lost Love", and "People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks on one track. Cover is nice!)

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Johnny Hammond SmithStimulation ... LP
Prestige, 1961. Very Good ... $24.99
A great lost groover on Prestige – and an album that puts the soulful organ of Johnny Hammond Smith into contact with the groovy vibes of Freddie McCoy – one of the label's best under-reissued players! The tracks have a nice raw soul jazz sound – and the combination of vibes and organ is quite unique here – somewhat different than the same approach used by Johnny Lytle during the same time – with a wider, more open-ended sensibility overall! Other players on the set include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and the whole album's got a relaxed, easygoing feel that still manages to get plenty of grit in the grooves. Titles include some good originals like "Ribs N Chips", "Sticks an' Stones", and "Que Pasa?" – plus versions of "Cry Me A River", "Invitation", and "Spring Is Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has half split top & bottom seams.)

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin (That Good Feelin/All Soul) ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige, 1959. New Copy ... $4.99 11.98
A sweet double-header from Johnny Hammond Smith – 2 early albums on a single CD! All Soul is one of the hardest to find albums by Johnny Hammond Smith – a sweet set of easy-going grooves, with a wonderful late night soul jazz approach! The feel here is very much in the mode of work by Jimmy Smith from the time – grooving by a rhythm group that includes Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums, and freely styled solos by Johnny over the top! Titles include "Easy Like", "All Soul", "Secret Love", and "Sweet Cookies". That Good Feelin features some very early work as a leader from Hammond hero Johnny Hammond Smith! There's a slight R&B undercurrent on some of the cuts – that formative organ sound before the smoother styles of the 60s soul jazz years – and Smith's got help from Thornel Schwartz on guitar, who'd played famously with another Smith – Jimmy – plus George Tucker on bass and Leo Stevens on drums. Titles include the originals "Puddin" and "That Good Feelin" – plus "My Funny Valentine", "I'll Remember April", and "Billie's Bounce". CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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Nancy WilsonAll In Love Is Fair ... LP
Capitol, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
Hip stuff by Nancy – and a sophisticated album of soul tracks arranged and produced by Gene Page, in a string-heavy, slightly-funky style that reminds us of Gene's work with Barry White at the time. The tracks are all pretty hip – and include titles written by Stevie Wonder, Johnny Guitar Watson, Thom Bell & Linda Creed, Billy Page, and Tennyson Stevens. No standout tracks, but plenty of nice moments, and a good side of Nancy's career that isn't always given that much exposure. Titles include "Tell The Truth", "Try It, You'll Like It", "All In Love Is Fair", "There'll Always Be Forever", and "You're As Right As Rain". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDiggin Volume 15 ... LP
Diggin Breaks, 1970s. Very Good- ... $5.99
15 volumes strong, and the Diggin' crew never lets up! This great set features a dozen hip tracks, sampled by Mobb Deep, Jay Z, Fat Joe, Eric B & Rakim, OC, and others! Titles include "The Edge" by David McCallum, "Hurry Up This Way Again" by The Stylistics, "Summer Breeze" by The Isley Brothers, "Ashley's Roach Clip" by The Soul Searchers, "The Long Wait" by Mort Stevens, "Come & Go With Me" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Scarface cues" by Giorgi Moroder, "Don't Do It" by Syl Johnson, and "Leo" by Cannonball Adderley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is in good shape.)

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VariousHenry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99
One of the coolest collections of music we've ever heard from the legendary TK Records in Miami – a company that was a powerhouse of 70s hits and disco classics – but which also cut some wonderful underground soul at the time! This sublime set looks at that great lesser-known legacy of TK – the hipper, more sophisticated music they cut in between the chart numbers and boogie singles – often by soul artists who had some involvement with bigger acts, but who really got a chance here to shine on their own! There's a surprising amount of funk in the mix – that deeper current that made Miami a key heir to 60s funky styles from Memphis and New Orleans – and there's some equally great modern soul, but served up with a complexity that goes way past the usual – both in the songwriting and arrangements. If you've only heard TK hit collections, you'll find plenty to love here – and even for deeper diggers like us, there's still plenty of new bits to be discovered! Titles include "Confusion" by Leno Phillips, "You Knock Me Out" by Wildflower, "Hey There Jim" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Tears Of The World" by Robert Moore, "I Got Bills To Pay" by Johnny K, "I Want To Be Loved" by Stevens & Foster, "Sleep On Dream On" by Raphael Munnings, "Life Is A Beautiful Feeling" by Formula 1, "Bahama Soul Stew" by Funky Nassau, "Lay It On Me" by Willie Johnson, "The Silence That You Keep (version 1)" by Milton Wright, and "There Must Be Something" by Friday Saturday & Sunday. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus 7 inch with the first pressing – "Thousand Years" by Brand New!)

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VariousHenry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest collections of music we've ever heard from the legendary TK Records in Miami – a company that was a powerhouse of 70s hits and disco classics – but which also cut some wonderful underground soul at the time! This sublime set looks at that great lesser-known legacy of TK – the hipper, more sophisticated music they cut in between the chart numbers and boogie singles – often by soul artists who had some involvement with bigger acts, but who really got a chance here to shine on their own! There's a surprising amount of funk in the mix – that deeper current that made Miami a key heir to 60s funky styles from Memphis and New Orleans – and there's some equally great modern soul, but served up with a complexity that goes way past the usual – both in the songwriting and arrangements. If you've only heard TK hit collections, you'll find plenty to love here – and even for deeper diggers like us, there's still plenty of new bits to be discovered! Titles include "Confusion" by Leno Phillips, "You Knock Me Out" by Wildflower, "Hey There Jim" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Tears Of The World" by Robert Moore, "I Got Bills To Pay" by Johnny K, "I Want To Be Loved" by Stevens & Foster, "Sleep On Dream On" by Raphael Munnings, "Life Is A Beautiful Feeling" by Formula 1, "Bahama Soul Stew" by Funky Nassau, "Lay It On Me" by Willie Johnson, "The Silence That You Keep (version 1)" by Milton Wright, and "There Must Be Something" by Friday Saturday & Sunday. CD
Also available Henry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond Smith & Willis JacksonJohnny Hammond Smith Cooks With Gator Tail ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
"Cooks" is right – because with Johnny Hammond on organ, and Willis Jackson on tenor, the set's already got some mighty heavy power in the frontline! The sound here is more in that early 60s soul jazz style than the later one – with Johnny's organ open on all stops, flowing and fluttering nicely as Jackson blows with a mean, gritty, R&B-drenched kind of tone! The rest of the combo includes Eddie McFadden on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – and tracks are short, but filled with a nice degree of energy. Jackson drops out on a moody version of "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", but the rest of the material is quartet based – and other titles include "Besame Mucho", "Delicious", "Neckbones", "Y'All", and "Good Nuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light aging, but is nice overall.)
 
 
 



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