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Koko TaylorI Got What It Takes ... LP
Alligator, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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(US pressing in a red cover.)
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Luther IngramI've Been Here All The Time ... LP
Koko, 1972. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A tremendous set from Luther Ingram – proof that the singer had way more to offer than just his famous southern soul singles! The record's got a really deep feel from the start – kind of a slow-burning sound that moves way past easy soul music styles, and offers up Ingram as one of the most mature singers of his generation. The Bar-Kays handle some of the backings, and they're also quite good here too – much rootsier at times than on their own records, but still with a hint of funk as well. Titles include "Ghetto Train", "I'll Just Call You Honey", "Since You Don't Want Me", "I'll Love You Until The End", "Be Good To Me Baby", "Ain't That Loving You", and "You Were Made For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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King Sunny Ade & His African BeatsCheck E ... LP
Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ... $3.99
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and "Eni Jesu We". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)

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Don & DeweyDon & Dewey ... LP
Specialty, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the coolest doo wop duos from the 50s – a pair of singers who arguably paved the way for countless male soul duets in the 60s, given their dynamic energy! Titles include "Jungle Hop", "Pink Champagne", "The Letter", "Mammer Jammer", "Koko Joe", and "Justine". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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ExcitementsBreaking The Rule ... CD
Penniman (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
The Excitements are a group who really live up to their name – with a hard-romping approach to soul that kicks in right from the very first note, then keeps on burning strong – thanks to excellent lead vocals from singer Koko Jean Davis! Koko's got this unbridled sound that reminds us a lot of Tina Turner in her early years – a reference that's enforced by a cool photo of Davis in action that's included with the record – and although these guys hail from Spain, they've got a sound that's all-American all the way through – on titles that include "The Mojo Train", "Wild Dog", "Take It Back", "Back To Memphis", "Hold On Together", "Chicken Pickin", and "Everything Is Better Since You've Gone". CD

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Willie MabonShake That Thing ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago recording – with Willie on vocals, piano, and a bit of harmonica – and some sweet electric lines on guitar from the team of Louis Myers on lead, and Jimmy Rogers on rhythm – alongside Dave Myers on bass and Fred Below on drums. There's almost a slight current of funk at times, which Willie emphasizes with his piano in a great way – and titles include "Got To Have Some", "Shake That Thing", "Poison Ivy", "I'm Mad", "Lover Girl", "I Enjoyed Myself In Pau", "Hungry", and "Hey Girl". CD features a number of unissued tracks – including a few recorded at the same time in The Netherlands with guest vocals on one track by Koko Taylor! CD

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Earl Palmer & OthersBackbeat – The World's Greatest Rock N Roll Drummer ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The title's no lie – as the mighty Earl Palmer has handled the drums on countless rock and soul classics – and also cut some great records on his own! And while Earl's got a huge legacy that even extends through studio work in the 70s, and famous projects with David Axelrod – this set concentrates on the key contributions that Palmer made towards establishing the groove on the LA scene of the late 50s – served up here in a set of key recordings for labels like Aladdin, Specialty, Modern, and Class – which all have Palmer on drums – either behind a heavy soul singer, or leading an instrumental group on his own. The set's got a whopping 30 titles in all – all heavy stompers – and tracks include "Drum Village (parts 1 & 2)" and "Johnny's House Party (parts 1 & 2)" by Earl Palmer – plus "Rockville USA" by The Turks, "Chicken Shack Boogie" by Amos Milburn, "I'm Beggin With Tears" by Eddie Lang, "Mad About You" by Richard Berry, "Don't Feel Sorry For Me" by Jimmy Beasley, "King Kong" by Big T Tyler, "Koko" by Don & Dewey, "Jerry Jerry" by Artie Wilson, "Red Hot Rockin Blues" by Jesse James, and "In The Mood" by Ernie Fields – plus some other big hits you'll certainly recognize, but maybe not in this context! CD

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Max RoachMax Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... CD
Mercury, 1957/1958. Used ... $6.99
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's a lot more going on here than just a bop revival mode. Players include Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, and George Coleman – and the album's got that Prestige Records feel from the late 50s, similar to some of Mobley's own work for that label at the time. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Confirmation", "Koko", "Billie's Bounce", and "Au Privave". CD also features 4 bonus cuts – "Anthropology", "Tune Up", "This Time The Dream's On Me", and "Raoul". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Willie BoboLost & Found ... CD
Concord, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Stone Latin funk from the great Willie Bobo – tracks recorded during his prime early 70s years with the Bo-Gents, but never issued until now! The material was found by Bobo's son on some lost master tapes – but it's easily some of the funkiest, most hard-hitting Willie Bobo ever recorded – and why this stuff wasn't issued back in the day is a real mystery to us! The sound is totally great – with lots of snapping Latin undercurrents at the bottom of the grooves, and plenty of warmly soulful instrumentation on the top – a bit electric, with lots of guitar and some keyboards, but often giving way to some impeccable horn parts that really set the tone of the tunes! Great work throughout – a real lost treasure, and some of the funkiest work by Willie you'll ever hope to find! Titles include "Fairy Tales For Two", "Lost Years", "Dindi", "A Little Tear", "A Koko", "Broasted Or Fried", "Hymn To The People", "Ci Ci", "Pretty Lady", "Round Trip", "Midnight Lover", and "Soul Foo Young". CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonAnthony Braxton's Charlie Parker Project 1993 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1993. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Not necessarily the bebop fest that you might expect from the title, but a wonderful extrapolation of earlier jazz ideas shaped by the musical vision of Athony Braxton! The tunes here are all originals by Charlie Parker – plus a few more by Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis – all older bop standards that are used as vehicles for freer expression by a group that includes Braxton on reeds, Ari Brown on tenor and soprano saxes, Paul Smoker on trumpet, Misha Mengelberg on piano, Joe Fonda on bass, and either Han Bennink or Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. Some of the numbers are taken in a relatively classic bebop mode, but others move into territory that's much freer and more concerned with sound and texture – as you might hear in some of Braxton's own compositions. The mix of modes is really wonderful – swinging between poles of jazz in a way that reminds us of some of Braxton's best 70s recordings. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Dewey Square", "Klactoveesedstene", "An Oscar For Treadwell", "Bebop", "Bongo Bop", "Yardbird Suite", and "Koko". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Famoudou Don Moye & Enoch WilliamsonAfrikan Song ... CD
AECO, 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
Spirited percussion work by Famoudou Don Moye and Enoch Williamson – linking together a series of pan-African traditions in a longer Sun Percussion Summit that also features work by players that include Calvin Koko Brunson, Oscar Bobo Brown III, Babu Atiba, PC Cotton, and poet G'Ra. Tracks have a really collaborative feel, and get back to the early spirit of the AACM – not nearly as challenging and confrontational as they are empowering. Titles include "Big Read Peaches", "Hot Pepper Mambo", "Welcome/Diaspora Express", "Clear Confusion", "Mada", "Afrikan Song", and "Walk Of The Lunga". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Manfredo FestManifestations ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible batch of Brazilian fusion – cut by keyboardist Manfredo Fest, and one of the few records he ever waxed in the US during the 70s! The record mixes Fest's soaring Brazilian groove with a tight soulful set of arrangements by Jerry Peters – a bit club-oriented, with a similar sound to some of the other records on the Tabu label at the time, but always sensitive to Fest's playing and writing – especially his Brazilian roots! The record features wonderful vocals by Roberta Davis – a very soulful singer who had a hip wordless style that was similar to Tania Maria's at the time – breezy, scatting, and very nice. Her work really makes the record sparkle, working perfectly with Fest's jazzy electric keyboards in a perfect way! Titles include "Jungle Kitten", "Koko & Leeroe", "Arigo", and "Who Needs It". Sweet reissue – in book-style cover, with new liner notes and an interview with Jerry Peters. CD
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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... LP
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some smoking horn parts that are a lot more American soul and funk than the usual 70s African groove! The whole thing's stunning all the way through – a record that totally informs an understanding of its generation, yet in ways that no other record can touch. Wonderful all the way through, with not a bit of filler – and all cuts are right on the money for any fan of African funk! Titles include "Toffie", "Fa No Dem Ara", "This Hustling World", "Kwaakwaa", and "Akoko Ba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)

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Cornell DupreeBop N Blues ... CD
Kokopelli, 1996. Used ... $6.99
(Out of print.)

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KokomoKokomo (1982) ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Smooth modern soul from Kokomo – slicker than the group's first self-titled album for Columbia, from the mid 70s, but almost better, thanks to some great songwriting and production. There's a nicely compressed Free Soul approach, tinged by a bit of AOR mellow – and although there's a few snoozer cuts on the record, there's some sublime mellow groovers that make the whole thing worth tracking down. Titles include "Nowhere To Go On Tuesday Night", "A Little Bit Further Away", "Part Time Affair", "Let Me Have It All", "Stuck In A Groove", and "All Through The Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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Little FeatDown On The Farm ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... $5.99
The last album of the 70s by Little Feat – and it's a strange one! On one hand, Little Feat is revisiting some of their country rock and New Orleans-inspired songs of years past – as well as the self-conciously oddball humor. But they're also working in a tighter, leaner and cleaner studio sound than on the previous albums. Includes "Down On The Farm", "Six Feet Of Snow", "Front Page News", "Wake Up Dreaming", "Be One Now", "Kokomo", "Perfect Imperfection" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Jimmy RowlesLilac Time ... CD
Kokopelli, 1994. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print.)

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Casey Bill Weldon/Kokomo ArnoldBottleneck Guitar Trend Setters Of The 1930s (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Yazoo, Mid 30s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A great document of an amazing blues tradition – bottleneck guitar, offered up here in a host of original 78s from the 30s! The style is one that was co-opted often in later years, but is presented here at its roots – with a nice, gritty feel overall – and use of the mode that's still pretty darn fresh, and free of cliche. Side one features tracks by Casey Bill Weldon – including "Hitch Me To Your Buggy", "Back Door Blues", "Lady Doctor Blues", "The Big Boat", and "Go Ahead Buddy" – and side two features cuts by Kokomo Arnold, including "Salty Dog", "Feels So Good", "Busy Bootin", "The Twelves", and "I'll Be Up Someday". Great Robert Crumb cover – and the usual detailed Yazoo notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Sahib Shihab, & Hal SteinFour Altos (2nd cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Four altos in perfect formation – a record that captures a young Phil Woods at the height of his powers, and offers a rare non-baritone set from the great Sahib Shihab! The style here is similar to the Prestige tenor blowing sessions of the time – with core rhythms by a trio that features Mal Waldron on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and altos from the four players in the lead – coming together a bit at the start, then breaking off into some really wonderful solo work that's arguably tighter and better executed than most tenor sessions of this type! Titles include "Pedal Eyes", "Kokochee", "No More Nights", "Kinda Kanonic", and "Staggers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing.)

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VariousClassical Gassers – Pop Gems Inspired By The Great Composers ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A really cool set of classic pop songs – and we mean that in more ways than one! The tracks here all borrow a tune from much older classical music compositions – but then turn the material into a springboard for a swinging set of 60s arrangements – music that moves between raw instrumentals to sweet girl group pop – with stops along the way for a bit of soul, garage, and other modes as well! In fact, some of these cuts are so successful with their classical themes, they've often come to be better-known than the originals – at least by folks like us, who were raised more on the sound of the radio than the symphony hall. And if you're worried about things being too sleepy, don't – as the package is really lively, and has all the best punch and sparkle of the Golden Age Of American Pop series from Ace – but maybe even more, given the weirdness of some of these tunes. Titles include "Sabre Dance" by Love Sculpture, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by The Mindbenders, "Attack" by The Toys, "Asia Minor" by Kokomo, "Goodbye Cruel World" by James Darren, "Nut Rocker" by B Bumble & The Stingers, "Mountain Of Our Love" by Lesley Miller, "She Wears My Ring" by Roy Orbison, "Swan Lake" by The Cats, "My Hero" by Renee St Clair, "Stranger In Paradise" by The Galens, "Peter & The Wolf" by Harpers Bizarre, "Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Shorty Long, and "The Wedding" by Julie Rogers. CD

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VariousSoul Exposed – 15 Stunning Soul Gems Awaiting Discovery ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2005. Used ... $8.99
A beautifully smooth batch of modern soul tunes – picked not only from recent releases on Expansion Records, but also from a host of great American independents as well! There's a glistening feel here that really links the songs together wonderfully – a unified sound that's warm and mellow, but never too slick or commercial. Compiler Andreas Hellingh clearly has a real love for the music – and even with familiar artists here, he's gone out of his way to track down unusual tunes that really make the set worth owning! Titles include "Thinking About You" by Emel, "So EZ" by Dana Divine, "Let It Go" by Avila Brothers with Shelea, "Do For You" by Heavy, "That Place In My Heart" by Dee Dee Wilde, "Anytime Any Place" by Ane, "No Matter What The Weather May Be" by Denise Tichenor, "When You Need Me" by Dessy Di Lauro, "Dangerous Summer Night" by Maysa Leak, "Slow Jam Of The Year" by Innervoices, "Brother" by Ian Martin, and "How Far Can We Go" by Kokoh. CD

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VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Vol 3 – California Sun ... CD
Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $21.99
Totally great tracks from a magical moment in pop music – that special period when rock had already gotten going, mainstream pop wasn't as soppy as the decade before, and soul music was starting to have a strong influence in the way both singers and groups delivered their vocals! All those qualities and more come into play here – in a fantastic series of cuts that come from deep in the Warner Brothers vaults – not just music from the main label, but also all the indies they've come to absorb over the years – labels like Colpix, Del-Fi, Gone, Mustang, Jubilee, and others who were an even greater force for music like this! The "nuggets" in the title is one way to see these cuts – material that came out in the generation right before the harder-edged material featured in the Nuggets series – but every bit as inventive and great in its own way. Volume 3 features 25 cuts that include "Every Little Prayer" by The Ashes, "Let Me Go" by Pat & Andre, "The Magic Touch" by Bobby Fuller Four, "My First Day Alone" by The Cascades, "Sweets For My Sweets" by The Drifters, "Love You So" by Ron Holden & The Thunderbirds, "Nothing Can Go Wrong" by The Domineers, "California Sun" by Joe Jones, "Rip Van Winkle" by The Devotions, "Never Say Goodbye" by Jimmy Beaumont, and "No Lies" by The Kokomos. CD

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Eugen CiceroRokoko-Jazz ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... About November 2, 2016
One of the greatest jazz-meets-classical albums from pianist Eugen Cicero – thanks to a good amount of Rokoko in the grooves! The more flowery, flourishing style of the Rokoko era proves to be a perfect foil for Cicero's incredible approach to the keys – one that lets him bring even more complicated touches to the piano, while still working with tightly jazzy rhythms from the team of Peter Witte on bass and Charlie Antolini on drums! Witte and Antolini are great throughout – keeping things tight and focused, and making the record way more than a virtuostic exploration of classical themes. As much a jazz record as the best Swingle Singers sides from the 60s – with titles that include a great original called "Bach's Softly Sunrise", plus Bach's "Solfeggio C Moll", Couperin's "L'Adoslecente", and Scarlatti's "Sonate C-Dur". CD

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted & Black ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock Steady", the mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & promo stickers.)

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✨✧ KokomoKokomo (1975) ... LP
CBS, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Blue-eyed funk from Kokomo – and a record that's got a surprisingly funky feel, despite it's slightly trippy cover! The group mix warm vocals with tighter grooves on the bottom – almost an Average White Band sort of feel at times, but maybe a bit more crossover on the sweeter tracks – but in a nice way! Production is relatively laidback, and instrumentation includes sweet flute from Mel Collins, plus a bit of Arp – on tracks that include an extended cover of Bobby Womack's "I Can Understand It", plus "Angel", "Kitty Sittin Pretty", "Forever", and "I'm Sorry Babe". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and tracklist sticker.)

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✨✧ Jerry Van Rooijen & The Dutch Jazz OrchestraPortrait Of A Silk Thread – Newly Discovered Works Of Billy Strayhorn ... CD
Kokopelli, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted & Black ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A CD reissue of an album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock Steady", the mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mississippi Fred McDowellI Do Not Play No Rock N Roll ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Mississippi Fred McDowell – a set that was issued on a big label, but which has a wonderfully rootsy feel throughout – in a way that almost out-does any work from the indie blues labels of the time! The package was put together by Tommy Couch as an early Malaco production – but it's even more stripped-down than later blues work from those studios – as it features mostly just Fred on vocals and guitar, introducing himself and his music – then working through these incredible inflections on electric guitar, which are as far from the rockish sound of all the crossover blues that McDowell promises he won't provide in the title! Really timeless stuff, brilliantly recorded – with cuts that include "Red Cross Store", "61 Highway", "Jesus Is On The Mainline", "Kokomo Me Baby", and "Good Morning Little School Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label early 70s Capitol pressing.)

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✨✧ HiroshimaHiroshima/Odori ... CD
Arista/Vocalion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two sweet sets from Hiroshima – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that was never too polished or commercial! The group's led by reedman Dan Kuramota – who plays both sax and flutes, including a bit of Japanese wooden flute – which gives the record a few slight "Eastern" touches a times, although the overall vibe is strongly in the best soulful fusion of the period! In keeping with that approach, there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung in English with a soulful vibe – on titles that include "Lion Dance", "Da Da", "Taiko Song", "Holidays", "Never Ever", and "Kokoro". Odori is a wicked blend of jazz and soul from Hiroshima – a group who've got the smooth blend of styles we love in some of the import-only fusion dates that were coming from Japan in the late 70s! The group's got a few light touches that emphasize their Pacific roots – including light flute lines and touches of koto and shamisen, but often used in more subtle ways than on earlier Japanese albums that mixed these rootsy elements with jazz – and the overall vibe here is one that's got plenty of appeal to fans of crossover fusion from the time, especially the kind with a strong current of soul! There's a bit of vocals on the record, too – and titles include "Winds Of Change", "Odori", "Echoes", "Cruisin J-Town", "Fortune Teller", and "Shinto". CD

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