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✨✧ Ju-Par Universal OrchestraMoods & Grooves ... LP
Ju-Par, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 15.98
One of THE indie soul treasures of the 70s – a wickedly funky record that blends together jazz, soul, and club – and which stands out with a sound that's all its own! You may well know the tag "moods and grooves" – as the record's had an influence on countless scenes, and has been referenced by many artists over the years. But nothing beats this original set, a sublime batch of electric grooves performed by a core combo of electric keys, bass, and congas – augmented by sweetened strings and some occasional chorus vocals – bad-stepping around the grooves in a mostly-instrumental mode that rivals (if not betters) some of the best funky soundtrack work of the decade! Titles include "Time", "Chicago Calypso", "Funky Music", "Flute Salad", and "Gotta Get-A-Way". LP, Vinyl record album
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Johnny ColonBoogaloo Blues ... LP
Cotique, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was a straight player with a love for the sound of the early 60s descarga era – but at another, he was a young kid absorbing all the soul, funk, and drug influences that were coming out of other groups at the time. The result is a really amazing album with a slow, sinister groove that's unlike anything else we can think of. Tracks roll over one another with uncanny beats and a sad and soulful feel – shifting between English and Spanish to reflect the speech patterns of the members of the band – and really opening up with some killer grooves that have made the album a treasure for years! Titles include "Judy (part 2)", "Canallon", "Jumpy", "Boogaloo Blues", "Descarga", and "Mi Querida Bomba". LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior ParkerYou Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth degree on the cover – which has a front image of a young Asian boy eating a big watermelon, Sambo-style – and the back cover features notes that say things like "Chinese kids like watermelon, Irish like bagels, black people like Jewish rye, and today everybody loves the Blues." Fortunately, this comic packaging doesn't affect the album too much – as Junior's still in the fine form he was at the end of the 60s, cruising between blues and soul, with a slight touch of jazz, in a unique way that sounds better to our ears than the work of most of his contemporaries. Titles include "Five Long Years", "That's Alright", "Way Back Home", "Man Or Mouse", and "I Like Your Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fred AndersonBlack Horn Long Gone ... CD
Katalyst/Southport, 1993. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A long-lost session from Chicago tenorist Fred Anderson – recorded in the early 90s, but only just released! The album's a treasure from a time when Anderson wasn't as well-documented as he's been in recent years – and it's got a beautifully open sort of sound – just a spare trio, with the great Malachi Favors on bass and Arajamu on drums. Anderson's tone is wonderful – deeply soulful, and almost more focused than on some other records – burning with a low flame intensity that reminds us of similar late 60s moments from Albert Ayler or Kalaparusha – points when they're more inside than usual, but in a great way. Favors' bass work is a treat, as always – and gets plenty of space to shine here – and in a way, it may well be the understated drums of Arajamu that make the whole session click so nicely. Titles include "Ode To Clifford Jordan", "Wandering", "Our Theme", "Saxoon", "Three On Two", "Bernice", "The Strut Time", and "Malachi's Tune". CD

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Don Julian & The MeadowlarksHeaven & Paradise ... CD
Dootone/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A sweet set of vocal group heaven from the young Don Julian – working here at the head of his Meadowlarks group – and turning out some very well-crafted doo wop sides from the late 50s LA scene! The material predates Don's stomping soul with The Larks in the 60s – and instead has a great blend of the jazzy riffing R&B styles that were still strong on the west coast scene of the postwar years, and some of the harmony perfection that made a few LA groups like The Meadowlarks a surprisingly strong match for bigger names on the east coast. Ace worked their usual magic with this collection – using original tapes wherever possible, and pulling together a great batch of singles for the Dootone, Dooto, RPM, and Original Sound labels – with titles that include "Untrue", "Devil Or Angel", "Heaven & Paradise", "Love Only You", "I Got Tore Up", "Pass The Gin", "Doin The Cha Cha", "LFMST Blues", "Thrill Me Night & Day", "I Am A Believer", and "Real Pretty Mama". CD

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✨✧ Maury Laws & Jules BassMad Monster Party (colored vinyl) ... LP
Rankin-Bass/Waxwork, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 32.98
Monsters never sounded so groovy! But then again, monsters never had such great animation to get them going – the team of Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, the animated geniuses behind Rudolph The Red Nose Raindeer, and other kiddie classics! The original film featured a host of monster puppets all set in some kitschy 60s comedic settings – and the soundtrack has an equally nutty flair to match the movie! Overall, the tunes have a tight 60s hipster jazz sort of feel – lots of beatnik bongos, guitar, and jazzy riffing – mixed with some vocal numbers that offer up a schlocky take on 60s rock and pop styles. Very groovy throughout, with vocal tracks that include "Mad Monster Party" by Ethel Ennis, "You're Different" by Phyllis Diller, "Our Time To Shine" by Gale Garnett, and "One Step Ahead" by Boris Karloff – and instrumental tunes that include "Mad Monster Party", "Cocktails", "The Bash", "The Baron", and "Waltz For A Witch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl and cover – with bonus insert too!)

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Les McCannLes McCann Trio – Live In Paris – 28 Julliet 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 29.99
A really great live set from the legendary Les McCann – recorded in Paris at the start of the 60s, and with a much grittier feel than some of his studio records of the time! The tracks are often long, and quite freewheeling – and you really get a sense of what a charismatic presence Les had on the bandstand – as he not only plays with all of the soulful fire you'd expect, but sometimes sings, and also verbalizes with these grunts and calls that really open things up along with his groove! Lyrical lines soar out alongside that heavy left hand groove that made McCann so great – and the trio features his classic lineup with Ron Jefferson on drums and the amazing Herbie Lewis on bass – the latter of whom seems to get a lot more exposure here than on most other recordings! Titles include "Vacushna", "A Little 3/4 Time For God & Co", "Out Of This World", "Oh Them Golden Gaters", "Deed I Do", "Doreen Don't Cry", "Come On & Get That Church", "The Truth", and "I Am Love". CD

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✨✧ VariousRock 'N Roll Dance Party ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not just Rock N Roll, but a classic collection of doo wop, R&B, and more – served up in a massive CD package that brings together all versions of this classic album on Crown Records! The original Rock N Roll Dance Party was a key collection in the late 50s – one that helped push the best R&B artists on the Modern/Kent label to a wider audience, thanks to a more mainstream cover. But as the 60s moved in, the title was re-vamped with new titles – and appeared in different versions that are finally getting sorted out and presented here. The CD features 26 tracks from all the albums – and even if you're not concerned with the discographical information, the whole thing still stands as a hard-rocking collection of grooves – as fresh today as it was nearly 50 years ago! Titles include "Cherry Pie" by Marvin & Johnny, "Don't Be Angry" by The Cadets, "Sunday Meetin Rock" by Johnny Allen, "All Night Long" by Joe Houston, "Dance With Me Henry" by Etta Jones, "Vido's Boogie" by Vido Musso, "Bye Bye Fare Thee Well" by Peppermint Harris, "Ay La Bah" by Dolly Cooper, "Cool Diggin" by Maxwell Davis, "I Want My Baby" by Jimmy Beasley, "Convicted" by Oscar McLollie, and "Have Mercy Miss Percy" by Long Tall Marvin. CD

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsFine & Mellow (Got My Own/Big Bad Jug) ... CD
Prestige, 1972. Used ... $5.99
2 lesser-known Gene Ammons albums for Prestige – back to back on one CD! First up is Got My Own, a more laidback set than usual from Ammons' early 70s stretch on Prestige – but a record that nicely gets back to that big-toned tenor sound he used often on ballads from earlier years! The combo mixes both electric piano and organ – the former from Hank Jones, the latter from Ernie Hayes – and drums are mostly by Idris Muhammad, but in a style that's a bit more roundly open and soul-based than some of his funkier jams. But there's still a nice groove to many numbers – a gentler one, with a sly undercurrent of soul – even on a few that feature fuller strings arranged by Ed Bogas. Titles include "God Bless The Child", "Strange Fruit", "Fine & Mellow", "Lady Sings The Blues", "Play Me", "Tin Shack Out Back", and "Ben". Big Bad Jug has a style that's nicely complicated at times – a bit more open-ended and electric than before, with a sound that's almost like the shift that Stanley Turrentine was making during his years at CTI! There's still a bit of the previous Prestige funk in the mix – thanks to drums from Billy Cobham, and organ from Sonny Phillips – but the group also includes up-and-comer Maynard Parker on guitar, who gets in some nicely snakey lines at times – slinking through the tunes with a warmly chromatic edge that's mighty nice, and which sets the tune for some of Ammons' more laidback solo moments. His tenor's still as strong as ever, though – blown with a beautiful sense of tone, on tracks that include "Lady Mama", "Big Bad Jug", "Lucille", "Fly Me", and "Fuzz" – plus a nice version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" with a sweetly gentle break! CD

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Balona E Seu ConjuntoGarota De Ipanema ... CD
Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $23.99
A rare one from 60s Brazil – and a really great small combo bossa session with some very unusual instrumentation! At their core, the Balona group seem to be a bossa piano trio – but many tracks here have a little "something else" – vibes, electric guitar, or trumpet – often used sparingly but with enough punch to really help shade in the sound of the tunes, even with a few jagged notes. A few numbers have harmony vocals – ala Tamba Trio, but perhaps a bit less modern – and the overall sound is pretty darn great! Titles include "Balonadas", "Aurora", "Meu Balanco", "Balanco 67", "Insensatez", "Tema Para Dois", "Vem Menina", "Duas Contas", and "Ceu E Mar". CD

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Billy Bang & William ParkerMedicine Buddha ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, in 2009 – with Bang on violin and thumb piano, and William Parker on bass, plus a bit of shakuhashi and dousn gouni as well. Both players handle strings at a level that's far different than most of their contemporaries or influences – and have this sublimely spiritual style that's often a bit exotic too – but never in the sort of easier ways of Bang's Vietnam-related projects. Instead there's a very freely creative spirit as both players come together – finding a unique voice that's extremely moving, and never too heavy-handed – a huge reminder of why we love them both so much. Titles include "Bronx Aborigines", "Eternal Planet", "Buddha's Joy", "Medicine Buddha", and "Sky Song". CD

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Jonathan BarliVIP – The Mad World Of Virgil Partch (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 49.99
A fantastic book on the mad artwork of Virgil Partch – an overlooked mid-century illustrator, and one whose material had all the biting wit of Mad Magazine legends like Don Martin or Bill Elder! Partch sometimes worked for higher-class publications – and specialized in satiric cartoons that were as visually sharp as their commentary – but as the years expanded, Virgil worked on record covers, advertising, paperback covers, and other formats – including some great books of his own! All those formats and more are included here – in a book that's got a layout that really does justice to both the material, and the detailed biography of Partch by the author. There's also some passages at the end that include some of Virgil's satiric writings with his images – and the book is 208 pages, hardcover, with both color and black and white images. Book

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Franco BattiatoJuke Box ... CD
BMG (Italy), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Haunting fragmented soundscapes by one of Italy's most compelling modern composers – the great Franco Battiato! Unlike his later, more rock-oriented work, this album is a set of spare tracks featuring piano, violin, and his ever alluring voice – a haunting blend brought together in a style that's even more minimal than some of Battiato's earlier work – a shift that maybe echoes some of the changes going on in the German scene at the time. Although spare, the music is very off-kilter, with many atonal moments that also drift into sweeter ones – on titles that include "Campane", "Su Scale", "Martyre Celeste", "Agnus", "Hiver" and "Telegrafi". CD

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Jimmy BeasleyJimmy's House Party ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
The complete Modern Records sessions by Jimmy Beasley – done for the famous LA label, but all recorded in Beasley's home town of New Orleans – with a very raw, early Crescent City vibe! Many of these cuts were done with the group of Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo's Studios – and they're filled with the kind of romping rhythms and piano lines that you'd know from some of Dave's bigger-name sessions with artists like Fats Domino or Smiley Lewis – yet Jimmy's approach here is nicely different, and far less familiar – almost jazzy at times, and with less of a need to "rock" than some of his contemporaries! That doesn't mean that these tracks don't groove with the New Orleans best – just that they've got some very cool, individual touches – and sophisticated shadings that we really appreciate. CD features rare singles and album tracks issued on the Modern, Crown, and United labels – plus unreleased tracks – a whopping 31 titles that include "No Love For Me", "Johnny's House Party (parts 1 & 2)", "She's Good To Me", "Don't Break This Heart Of Mine", "We Three", "That's The Way It's Gonna Be", "I'm So Blue", "My Baby's Gone", "Rhumba Rock", "Rock & Roll", and even a rare "Radio ID"! CD

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Lucky Brown & The SGsMesquite Beat/Justice ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2017. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
One of the headiest cuts we've ever heard from Lucky Brown – mostly because The SGs have hit this righteous blend of funk and spiritual jazz – almost exotic in parts, but still very grooving overall – but with lots of room for great solos from the group members! "Justice" is even more righteous, and maybe a little less funky – but in a good way that makes it more of a standout spiritual tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Chico BuarquePara Todos ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1993. Used ... $8.99
That's a young mug shot of Chico Buarque on the cover, but the album's a later effort from the 90s – and one that really holds us rapt with the brilliance of Chico's mature songwriting and performance! The record's part of that ever-growing legacy that may well make Buarque one of the consistently strongest talents to emerge from Brazil in the 60s – material that holds onto everything that made him great at the start, but which also sounds quite different than that period, too – in a way that a rare few (maybe even just Caetano Veloso) can pull off this well. Chico grabs us beautifully with every word he sings, and the arrangements have the same understated brilliance of his performance – on titles that include "Paratodos", "Romance", "Outra Noite", "Sobre Todas As Coisas", "Tempo E Artista", "A Foto Da Capa", and "Piano Na Mangueira". CD
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Also available Para Todos ... CD 9.99

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Chico BuarquePara Todos ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... $9.99
That's a young mug shot of Chico Buarque on the cover, but the album's a later effort from the 90s – and one that really holds us rapt with the brilliance of Chico's mature songwriting and performance! The record's part of that ever-growing legacy that may well make Buarque one of the consistently strongest talents to emerge from Brazil in the 60s – material that holds onto everything that made him great at the start, but which also sounds quite different than that period, too – in a way that a rare few (maybe even just Caetano Veloso) can pull off this well. Chico grabs us beautifully with every word he sings, and the arrangements have the same understated brilliance of his performance – on titles that include "Paratodos", "Romance", "Outra Noite", "Sobre Todas As Coisas", "Tempo E Artista", "A Foto Da Capa", and "Piano Na Mangueira". CD
Also available Para Todos ... CD 8.99

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Terry CallierI Just Can't Help Myself ... LP
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
One of the best albums that Terry Callier ever recorded – and a masterpiece of the baroque soul crossover style that was going down at the Chess/Cadet label at the time! Terry's own folksy singing and playing would be more than enough to make this record great – but it's given an amazing edge by Richard Evans and Charles Stepney, who create these floating pillows of sound and washes of jazzy colors that fit Terry's moods perfectly, and really expand the emotional intensity of the songs. At the time of this release, the Chess empire was falling apart – but the forces that be put a great last push into the record, and Terry's backed by superb work from Chicago studio giants like Phil Upchurch, Don Myrick, Art Hoyle, Bobby Christian, Cleveland Eaton, Louis Satterfield, and Evans and Stepney themselves! Every track is a wonder, and titles include "Alley-Wind Song" , "Can't Catch the Trane", "Bowlin' Green", and "Until Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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Ray CharlesTogether Again/You're Just About To Lose Your Clown ... 7-inch
ABC/Paramount, 1966. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Buzz CliffordMore Than Just Babysittin' – Complete Recordings 1958 to 1967 ... CD
Sparkletone, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... $8.99
... CD

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Junie C Cobb & His New Hometown BandChicago – The Living Legends ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A trad-revival set recorded on Chicago's south side in the early 60s – part of an excellent series on Riverside, seeking to re-discover some older jazz and blues greats who were languishing in the Windy City at the time! Junie C Cobb plays mostly piano on the date, but also sings on one number too – in a style that's got plenty of bluesy undercurrents, particularly on the numbers that feature vocals by Annabelle Calhoun. Other group members include Leon Washington on tenor, Fortunatus Fip Ricard on trumpet, and Harlen Bobby Floyd on trombone – and titles include "Be Mine", "Just Because Of You", "Swing Your Hurdy Gurdy", "Once Or Twice", and "Belligerent Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove.)

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