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✨✧ John Stevens & Evan ParkerCorner To Corner/The Longest Night ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1976/1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A triple length set of work from the team of Evan Parker and John Stevens – presented here as a 2CD set! The first part of the package features both volumes 1 and 2 of the Longest Night sessions from 1976 – very free duets between these two ex-partners in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – a session with very little structure at all, and sounds that are almost more FMP than other Ogun albums of the time! Evan Parker plays soprano sax throughout – and Stevens alternates between percussion and cornet – using mostly the former, but sometimes a bit of the latter in ways that have a surprising sense of presence. Parker's notes are nicely shaped on the best numbers – bringing in occasional more human moments amidst more Lacy-like bleats and blonks on the soprano. Titles include "21.25", "19.11", "19.44", "21.47", "22.18", "23.12",, and "23.40. Next up is the album Corner To Corner – recorded in 1993, nearly 20 years after the first 2 records – but with a quality that's amazingly similar, and which shows both Parker and Stevens to still be at the farthest, freest edges of British jazz. The sounds of the session clearly mark it as a belated follow-up to the first date – but the titles this time around are a bit less oblique, and include "Corner To Corner", "Rubber", "Angles", "Incidence", and "Reflections". CD

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✨✧ John Stevens AwayJohn Stevens Away/Somewhere In Between/Mazin Ennit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vertigo/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from John Stevens' Away – all packaged together in a single CD set! First up is the initial outing from the group – a surprising little set from drummer John Stevens – quite different work than his more outside, freewheeling material in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble! This group hits that second chapter of British jazz rock that the Vertigo label did so well – a style that's much more mature than most American variants of the mode – neither stock rock fusion, nor smooth soul – and instead this approach that's still quite complicated and challenging at times, even though the music can have a nicely tight focus! The group features some excellent alto from Trevor Watts – who brings in lots of sharp edges – and the set also features Peter Cowling on bass and Steve Hayton on guitar. Titles include "Tumble", "It Will Never Be The Same", and "Anni". On Somewhere In Between, drummer John Stevens hits a lot of bases on a great second album with his Away group – almost funky at points, almost outside at others, and always working with the group in a searing, searching mode that's a cut above the usual fusion of the time! There's a bit more electricity on the set this time – electric bass from Nick Stephens and guitar from David Cole – but the energy of the set is still very spontaneous, and driven by Stevens' creative work on drums – and given plenty of bite from the soprano and tenor sax of Robert Calvert. The set's got a plenty fresh vibe – very much like labelmates Nucleus at this point, with lots of sharp edges and complicated patterns – but a sound that's still very down to earth. Titles include "Spirit Of Peace", "Chick Boom", "Can't Explain", and "Now". Mazin Ennit is definitely as amazing as the title proclaims – a bit leaner than before, with this wonderful use of two basses alongside the drums of John Stevens – all in a groove that refines older Brit jazz rock modes, but without losing any sort of edge! There's a complexity here that still lives up to Stevens' rich legacy in music – and the group features lots of sweet reedwork from Robert Calvert, who blows both soprano and tenor. Titles include "Away", "Sunshine Sunshine", "Whoops A Daisy", "Light Relief", and "Temple Music". CD features bonus tracks – "Anni (parts 1 & 2)" featuring John Martyn, and "Can't Explain (parts 1 & 2)" featuringt Terri Quaye. CD
 
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Bobby ScottFrom Eden To Canaan ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Very Good ... $1.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)

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Spontaneous Music EnsembleOliv & Familie (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Oxford AmericanOxford American No 91 – Southern Music Issue – Georgia (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
University Of Central Arkansas, 2015. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The stunning Southern Music Issue of Oxford American – an annual treat in which the southern-themed publication turns a very keen eye to sounds from a particular scene! This time around, the focus is on Georgia – a state that's got a stunningly huge musical legacy – as you'll read in articles on James Brown, Sharon Jones, Janell Monae, the Dust to Digital label, Little Richard, Beverly Guitar Watkins, Fiddlin John carson, Dve Prater, Ray Stevens, Fletcher Henderson, the Athens scene, the Allman Brothers, MC Shy D, Thomas A Dorsey, The Skillet Lickers, Johnny Mercer, Outkast, Atlanta soul, Gram Parsons, and even a special piece on Bline Willie McTell, penned by Peter Guaralnick! The writing is superb – as always – and the issue also comes with a much-anticipated bonus CD – filled to the brim with music that includes "I've Got Dreams To Remember (rougher dreams)" by Otis Redding, "Moon River (1961 demo)" by Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini, "Brass Buttons" by Gram Parsons, "Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone" by Sandy Gaye, "Ohoopee River Bottomland" by Larry Jon Wilson, "Sweet Picking Time In Toomsboro GA" by Tut Taylor, "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects" by Sharon Jones, "I Want The Lord To Do Something For Me" by Straight Street Holiness Church Choir, "Awake" by Smoke, "Potter's Field" by Alice Swoboda, "Recent Title" by Pylon, and "Diamond Joe" by Bessie Jones. Magazine

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✨✧ MojoIssue 266 – January 2016 (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
Mojo, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The best of 2015 issue of Mojo – plus a great Bowie cover feature looking back at Scary Monsters for the album's 35th Anniversary! The 2015 year end features include list of 50 essential albums from the throughout the year, and Best Things I've Heard All Year selections by David Crosby, Tame Impala, Noel Gallagher, Mark Ronson & more. Other great features include a look at the return of New Order, Fleetwood Mac's once maligned, now beloved Tusk and Bruce Springsteen's The River. Also includes 2 Bowie art prints and a free CD with tracks by Sleater-Kinney, Joanna Newsom, Low, Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens. Father John Misty and more. Magazine

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music EnsembleSo What Do You Think ... LP
Tangent (UK), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work from this seminal group – working here with John Stevens on drums, Trevor Watts on soprano sax, Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Derek Bailey on guitar, and Dave Holland on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful copy!)

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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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✨✧ DetailFirst Detail ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Bobby ScottFrom Eden To Canaan ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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!)
Also available From Eden To Canaan ... LP 1.99

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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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✨✧ DetailFirst Detail (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy LP & CD ... Out Of Stock
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.)
 
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Johnny Hammond SmithBlack Coffee/Mr Wonderful ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $8.99
Sublime Hammond from Johnny Smith – a pair of early albums for Riverside, back to back on a single CD! Black Coffee is 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". Mr Wonderful is a record that definitely lives up to its title – reminding us not only that Johnny Hammond Smith is one hell of an organist, but also a great leader with a really unique feel for a groove! The set's noteworthy not just for Johnny's own work on Hammond, but also for the presence of a young Houston Person – blowing tenor here in a way that's breathtaking right from the start – a bold, soulful tone that's a perfect fit for the group – which also includes trumpet from Johnny Williams and guitar from Eddie McFadden. The set includes a lot of tasty originals by Johnny – like "Cyra", "Lambert's Lounge", "Departure", and "Opus 2" – and already shows the way that Hammond was complicating his groove from that of other players of the time! CD

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Johnny Hammond SmithOpus De Funk ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Not funk, as the title might imply – but a set that's still plenty darn soulful overall – thanks to great Hammond from Johnny Smith, and some wicked vibes from the legendary Freddie McCoy! The set's one of the first Prestige sessions for McCoy – an artist who's never fully gotten his due – and his vibes work here is nicely hard, almost strikingly harsh at times – with a chromatic, metallic sound that's almost more present than the organ at points. Other players include Eddie McFadden on guitar, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Leo Stevens on drums – and titles include "Sad Eyes", "Opus De Funk", "Shirley's Theme", and "If Someone Had Told Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousHenry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $15.99
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. CD
Also available Henry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... LP 25.99

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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!)
Also available Henry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithGood 'Nuff ... LP
Prestige, Early 60s/1971. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Repackaging of a session that was originally titled Johnny Hammond Smith Cooks With Willis Jackson, and which features Smith and Jackson in a quartet with Eddie McFadden on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums. The tracks are fairly straight organ/tenor stuff from the early 60s', but the groove is nice and deep, and the set includes a number of good originals like "Good 'Nuff", "Neckbones", "Sonja's Dreamland", and "Y'All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithBlack Coffee/Mr Wonderful ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), 1962/1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime Hammond from Johnny Smith – a pair of early albums for Riverside, back to back on a single CD! Black Coffee is 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". Mr Wonderful is a record that definitely lives up to its title – reminding us not only that Johnny Hammond Smith is one hell of an organist, but also a great leader with a really unique feel for a groove! The set's noteworthy not just for Johnny's own work on Hammond, but also for the presence of a young Houston Person – blowing tenor here in a way that's breathtaking right from the start – a bold, soulful tone that's a perfect fit for the group – which also includes trumpet from Johnny Williams and guitar from Eddie McFadden. The set includes a lot of tasty originals by Johnny – like "Cyra", "Lambert's Lounge", "Departure", and "Opus 2" – and already shows the way that Hammond was complicating his groove from that of other players of the time! CD
Also available Black Coffee/Mr Wonderful ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin (That Good Feelin/All Soul) ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige, 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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