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Aaron BennetSextessense – A Tribute To John Stevens & The SME ... CD
Balance Point Acoustics, 2013. Used ... $2.99
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Bobby BradfordLove's Dream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
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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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 22.99

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DetailFirst Detail (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy LP & CD ... $22.99
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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Bob Downes Open MusicOpen Music ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $5.99
Early jazz rock from Bob Downes Open Music – composed and arranged by Downes and not a far cry stylistically as the Electric City LP that came out just a bit earlier – a mix of charged, drum heavy movements and airier flute led tapestries! The mood shifting dynamic makes the record pretty exciting, as does the stellar musicianship and imaginative compositions that fearlessly resist categorization. Downes plays different flutes plus sax, bels and tam tam, with Dennis Smith and John Stevens on drums, Harry Miller on bass and Chris Spedding on guitar. Titles include "Dream Journey: "A Score For Blind Sight By The Ballet Rambert", "Integration", "Contact", "Ghosts In Space", "Sesert Haze" and "Electric City". CD

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Ergo SumMexico (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Musea/Lion, 1971. New Copy ... $8.99
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 ... $11.99
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 ... $16.99 19.99
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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✨✧ Leith Stevens/Shorty RogersJazz Themes From The Wild One ... CD
Decca/Bear Family (Germany), 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from one the the most overlooked soundtrack composers of his generation! Although The Wild One was Marlon Brando's famous film of biker violence in rural California, Stevens gave the movie a wickedly jazzy score – one that might have been more at home in a crime or detective film at the time, but which also seems to pick up a real sense of "drive" from all the biking scenes as well! Music is both by a Shorty Rogers group with John Graas, Jimmy Knepper, Bob Shank, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, and Herb Geller – and by the Leith Stevens All Stars, which features many of the same players under Stevens' leadership. The CD features a total of 16 numbers from the film – way more than we've seen on any other issue of the material – with titles that include "Chino", "Windswept", "Hot Blood", "Scramble", "Hotshoe", and "Beetle". Great package too – with loads and loads of pages of images from the film! CD

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✨✧ Jose FelicianoThat The Spirit Needs/Memphis Menu/Compartments ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Steve LacySaxophone Special Plus – 1973/74 Concerts (with bonus track) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two different sets of "saxophone special" recordings from Steve Lacy – each representing a key shift in his style on the European scene of the early 70s, and capturing him before he'd stratified things into the more standard Lacy modes that would come! The first half of the set has Lacy working with a great lineup that features lots of offbeat guitar from Derek Bailey – really sounding wonderfully here next to Steve's soprano sax – plus Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Kent Carter on amplified bass, and John Stevens on percussion. Sounds are sharp and short, often with the energy of some of Lacy's solo performances – but sonically expanded in a quintet setting – and titles include "38", "Flakes", and "Revolutionary Suicide". The second half features a performance from the following year – again with great guitar from Bailey and saxes from Potts – plus additional saxes from Trevor Watts and Evan Parker, and some electronics from Michel Waisvisz, which is a very nice touch. Titles include "Staples", "Dreams", "Swishes", "Sops", and "Snaps". CD features two album's worth of material – and also features the bonus alternate version of "Snaps". CD

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music EnsembleChallenge 1966 to 1967 ... CD
Eyemark/Emanem (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing free jazz from the British scene of the mid 60s – some of the earliest rumblings of genius from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – already working here at a level that matches the avant energy happening both in the US and on the larger European scene! Core interplay here comes from Paul Rutherford on trombone, John Stevens on drums, and Trevor Watts on alto sax – three well-matched and familiar players who are able to improvise at a level that's quite mature, especially for the time – let loose, but never without a sense of direction – and given great help on most tracks by Kenny Wheeler on flugelhorn, plus a bit of bass from either Jeff Clyne or Bruce Cale. The whole thing's amazing – really bridging a modern world of Ornette Coleman and Joe Harriott with some of the later FMP-styled sounds that would come from the continent – and titles include "ED's Message", "2B Ornette", "Day Of Reckoning", "Travelling Together", "Club 66", and "After Listening". CD features the unissued "End To A Beginning" – plus the bonus 15 minute "Distant Little Soil", by a group that has Evan Parker on soprano sax and Chris Cambridge on bass, working with Watts and Stevens. CD

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music EnsembleOliv & Familie (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work by the Spontaneous Music Ensemble as a large ensemble – and a set that's especially noteworthy for its use of the human voice! Maggie Nicols and Norma Winstone both appear on the record as singers – and the music really echoes their own vocal experiments at the time, but in a slightly different way – especially as the singing is often wordless, and moves at this slow-building pace that's really compelling – almost a precursor to 70s work by Meredith Monk, but more jazz-based in the construction of the material. Half the titles feature a group with Winstone and Pepi Lemer on voice – plus Trevor Watts on piccolo, Derek Bailey on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Evan Parker on soprano sax – on two different versions of "Familie". "Oliv 1" features Maggie Nicols with Lemer and Carolann Nicholls – plus Peter Lemer on piano, Johnny Dyani on bass, Kenny Wheeler on flugelhorn, and Derek Bailey on guitar – and "Oliv 2" features just Nicols with Trevor Watts on alto, Dyani on bass, and John Stevens on drums. CD
 
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Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin' ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1959. Used ... $4.99
Good feelings and plenty of soul – some very early work as a leader from Hammond hero Johnny Smith! The set's got Johnny using the organ with lots of stops out – that full, wide range of the instrument that initially knocked so many folks for a loop when it first came into jazz – then really took strong formation in the hands of a player like this! The groove's a bit like a Jimmy Smith record for Blue Note, but a lot grittier too – with some occasional elements of R&B mixed in with the more far-reaching jazz sensibilities. The group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar, who'd played famously with Jimmy Smith – 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
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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithBlack Coffee ... CD
Riverside/Hallmark (UK), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Johnny Hammond's first albums – and a cooking little live set that really has the organist working with some early raw power! The group's a trio, but they seem to burn differently than some of the other organ combos of the time – maybe with that fluid sensibility that Johnny brought to his keys, and which would later open up in even more famous ways. The core group features Eddie McFadden on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – but they're joined by Seldon Powell on tenor for more than half the album, who really opens things up with his tremendous playing – and shows at an early state that Johnny Hammond always knows the right way to use a horn player. Titles include "Monterey Theme", "Far Away Places", "I Remember Clifford", "He's A Real Gone Guy", and "Rufus Toofus". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithBlack Coffee ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Johnny Hammond's first albums – and a cooking little live set that really has the organist working with some early raw power! The group's a trio, but they seem to burn differently than some of the other organ combos of the time – maybe with that fluid sensibility that Johnny brought to his keys, and which would later open up in even more famous ways. The core group features Eddie McFadden on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – but they're joined by Seldon Powell on tenor for more than half the album, who really opens things up with his tremendous playing – and shows at an early state that Johnny Hammond always knows the right way to use a horn player. Titles include "Monterey Theme", "Far Away Places", "I Remember Clifford", "He's A Real Gone Guy", and "Rufus Toofus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonAll In Love Is Fair ... LP
Capitol, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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