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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. Near Mint- ... $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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Detail – Johnny Dyani/Frode Gjerstad/John StevensBackwards & Forwards ... LP
Impetus (UK), 1982. Near Mint- ... $39.99
With Dyani on bass, Gjerstad on tenor and soprano sax, and John Stevens on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $16.99
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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John Stevens, Kent Carter & Derek BaileyOne Time ... CD
Incus (UK), 1992. Used ... $19.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Paul Lytton/John Stevens/Frank Perry/Eddie Prevost/Trevor TaylorImprovising Percussionist ... CD
FMR, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)
 
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Ergo SumMexico (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Musea/Replica (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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SplintersSplit The Difference ... CD
Reel Recordings, 1972. Used ... $11.99
Rare work from a really unique group in British jazz – one that takes older players from the hardbop generation, such as Tubby Hayes and Phil Seamen – and has them jam with younger musicians who have a very outside, freewheeling approach! The album features two long tracks – both live studio jams that appear to be totally improvised – a very unusual setting for the tenor and flute of Tubby Hayes, heard here alongside Trevor Watts on alto sax, Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn, Stan Tracey on piano, Jeff Clyne on bass, and both John Stevens and Phil Seamen on drums. From what we can tell, the project was put together by Trevor Watts – who recorded this unique performance – and despite the lack of structure, there's actually a bit of a groove throughout – kind of a hip pulse that really holds the players together. Titles include "One In One Hundred" and "Two In One Hundred". CD
(Small cutout hole through digipack case.)

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VariousSwan's Soul Sides – Dance The Philly ... CD
Swan/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Swan Records was a real powerhouse of Philly Soul back in the 60s – a label whose efforts really set the scene for countless more Philly achievements to come! Swan was primarily a pop label – with some big hits (including early US release of Beatles singles) to its name – but the company was also on the scene to cut some of the best soul in Philadelphia as the 60s got going – a great deal of which is brought together on this set! Swan's sides often have a Northern Soul vibe that rivals the best of Detroit, especially labels away from Motown – and the pop experience gave the label a quality of production and professionalism that few other labels could match! Yet there's also no pop commercialism here, either – as these sides often step back and really let the artist do their thing – as you'll hear on 26 tracks that include "Everybody Crossfire" by Sammy Stevens, "Gotta Draw The Line" by The Three Degrees, "Have Faith In Me" by Sugar & Spice, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Azie Mortimer, "In Love" by Tony Galla & The Rising Sons, "Misery" by Eddie Carlton, "Run Run" by The Persianettes, "You're Everything" by The Showmen, "Put That Woman Down" by John Leach, "Who Do You Love" by The Sapphires, "Handsome Boy" by The Ladybirds, "Trying To Find My Baby" by Troy Dodds, and "Two Steps Ahead" by Herb Johnson. CD

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✨✧ Atmospheres with Clive StevensVoyage To Uranus ... LP
Capitol, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty set of funky fusion from reed player Clive Stevens and his Atmospheres combo – a group that features Michael Carvin on drums, David Earl Johnson on percussion, John Abercrombie on guitars, and Ralph Towner on keyboards. Stevens himself plays some great electric tenor, soprano sax, flute, and echoplex – and the album's got a style that's a lot like the rock-inspired fusion of the European scene of the time. Tracks include "Inner Spaces & Outer Space", "Un Jour Dans Le Monde", "Shifting Phases", "Voyage To Uranus", and "Electric Impulse From The Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ MojoIssue 266 – January 2016 (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
Mojo, 2015. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Oxford AmericanOxford American No 91 – Southern Music Issue – Georgia (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
University Of Central Arkansas, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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VariousGolden Age Of American Rock & Roll – Special Novelty Edition ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... About June 1, 2016
Oh how we love novelty rock – a tremendous genre that really boomed in the 50s and 60s, and which has sadly almost faded from view these days! Novelty tunes were all based around a gimmick – a high-pitched alien voice, strange sound effect, offbeat interview, odd instrumentation, weird lyrics – and used this gimmick in surprisingly catchy ways to craft funny little tunes that ended up doing surprisingly well on the charts. This excellent little set features 30 gems from the glory years of the genre – packaged with a surprisingly great set of notes that tells you more than you'd ever need to know about the songs! Titles include "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dells, "Yogi" by The Ivy Three, "Mr Bass Man" by Johnny Cymbal, "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley, "Beep Beep" by The Playmates, "Haunted House" by Gene Simmons, "Leader Of The Laundromat" by The Detergents, "They're Coming To Take Me Away" by Napoleon XIV, "Who Put The Bomp" by Barry Mann, "Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Ed Byrnes & Connie Stevens, and "More Money For You & Me" by The Four Preps. CD

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Johnny Hammond SmithOpus De Funk ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin' ... LP
New Jazz, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original purple label New Jazz pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp! Vinyl and cover are nice.)

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✨✧ Tim Stevens/Leonard Johnson ProjectThinking About Love ... LP
Pittsburgh International, Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth mellow modern soul from the team of Tim Stevens and Leonard Johnson – in kind of an early 80s quiet storm sort of style, but handled with rougher indie touches. Unfortunately, there's nothing here to recommend the record – despite how much we might want to say that it's an obscure soul classic as neither the backings nor vocals really have that much to offer. Includes a cover of Sam Dees' "One In A Million", plus the cuts "Tonight I Give In", "Walking In Circles", "Skylark", and "The Sadness In My Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithBlack Coffee/Mr Wonderful ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), 1962/1963. New Copy ... 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

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✨✧ VariousHenry Stone's Miami Sound – The Record Man's Finest 45s ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
 
 
 



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