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McCrarysLoving Is Living ... CD
Portrait/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About August 23, 2017
The first secular album by The McCrarys – the start of a great run for this group who started in gospel, then really blossomed even more strongly in soul music! The record's got an endorsement from Stevie Wonder, who also plays harmonica and does a small bit of vocalizing – but the real strength is in the vocal work of the group, which is always very tight in kind of an LA backing group sort of way – but with a lot more depth too – one that clearly comes from their gospel roots, but which is right at home here on an album of tight, upbeat arrangements. The set's got a really positive vibe throughout – and titles include "Givin It Up", "Loving Is Living", "Here's That Feeling", "You Are The Key", "Looking Ahead", and "Don't Wear Yourself Out". CD

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Gary McFarlandSoft Samba ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... About July 12, 2017
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in a melodic and lovely kind of way! The whole thing's incredibly charming, and even familiar tunes come across sounding quite different in McFarlands hands. Titles include "From Russia With Love", "More", "Emily", "La Vie En Rose", "The Love Goddess", and even a groovy take on "I Want To Hold Your Hand". For you true swingers, the cover includes directions for mixing a "Soft Samba Cocktail" (courtesy Spanish Sherry Institute)! CD

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Lou McGarityMusic From Some Like It Hot ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
An album that's way better than you might expect – not the easy cash-in on the film Some Like It Hot that's telegraphed by the cover – but instead a tight trad jazz date by trombonist Lou McGarity – done in some of the same mature modes as Jack Teagarden's work from the same time! The group's a quintet, with lots of room for Lou's bold solos in the lead – and other players include Dick Cary on trumpet and piano, Jack Lesberg on bass, George Barnes on guitar, and Don Marino on drums. Barnes provides a nice link between classic and modern styles – and titles include "Runnin wild", "La Cumparasita", "I'm Thru With Love", "Sugar Blues", "Sweet Sue Just You", and "Stairway To The Stars". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Howard McGhee & Teddy EdwardsYoung At Heart ... LP
Storyville, 1983. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Two giants from the LA bop scene of years past – still sounding wonderful here in the later years of their career! We're not sure we'd rapidly embrace the "young" in the title – but only because there's a maturity of playing here that really makes the record great – a sense of pacing and individuality that makes the trumpet of Howard McGhee and tenor of Teddy Edwards so strong – as they get respectful accompaniment from Art Hillery on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who seem to step into the McGhee/Edwards mode, rather than shape things on their own. Titles include "Reflections", "Relaxin At Camarillo", "Yardbird Suite", "On A Misty Night", and "Blues In The Closet". LP, Vinyl record album

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John McLaughlinBelo Horizonte ... LP
Warner, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Beautiful later work from guitarist John McLaughlin – a record that moves heavily into a Brazilian-inspired vibe – not necessarily in the actual style of the music, but more in the sunny spirit that embraces the whole session! The album was recorded in Paris with airy backing that includes keyboards by Katia Labeque and Francois Couturier, saxes from Francois Jeanneau, and guest guitar from Paco De Lucia – but the overall direction of the set is fiercely dominated by McLaughlin's fluid work on acoustic guitar, still standing strong here even with the electric touches in the instrumentation. Titles include "Waltz For Katia", "La Baleine", "Very Early (For Bill Evans)", "One Melody", "Belo Horizonte", and "Stardust On Your Sleeve". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Terry MelcherTerry Melcher ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About June 28, 2017
If Charles Manson had got him instead of Sharon Tate, Terry Melcher would have never given us this wonderful record – so we're tipping our hat to Charlie's mistake for this overlooked gem of the 70s! Despite a rich career in the background of the LA scene of the 60s and 70s, Melcher almost never appeared as a lead act on his own – which makes the record even more of a standout – and kind of a long-awaited musical moment, put together with help from Bruce Johnston on production and support from a wide variety of LA hipsters Melcher had been supporting himself over the years. Terry's got a great ear for songs here – picking hip works by a host of others, and contributing some of his own gems too – and singing them all with a style that's unique, and probably helped a lot by the studio, but which somehow really resonates with us too. Worth it alone for his cover of "These Days" – and other tracks include "Beverly Hills", "Arkansas", "Just A Season", "4th Time Around", and a medley of "Halls Of Justice/Positively 4th Street/Like A Rolling Stone". CD

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Sergio MendesHorizonte Aberto ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
Quite a compelling album from Sergio Mendes – one that was never issued in the US, and which is a nice contrast to his American records of the time! The vibe here is maybe a bit more Brazilian, and a bit more jazzy, than some of the more soul-based sounds that Sergio was cutting in LA – a bit of a return to bossa roots, but given some more 70s electric currents, too – and set to great arrangements with help from Oscar Castro Neves, Dave Grusin, and Waltel Branco – in that swirling mix of vocals, percussion, and jazzy instrumentation that we love in Sergio's music. The set features guest appearances from trumpeter Marcio Montarroyos and singer Djavan – both of whom further the Brazilian current of the set – and all lyrics are in Portuguese, on titles that icnlude "Milagre", "To Voltando", "Horizonte Aberto", "Desenredo", "O Mar E Meu Chao", "Adeus America", and a sublime reading of Toninho Horta's "Aquelas Coisas Todos". CD

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✨✧ Sergio MendesSergio Mendes (1975) ... LP
Elektra, 1975. Very Good- ... $2.99
A very groovy batch of soul and pop tracks from Sergio, recorded with some nice smooth 70s arrangements, and nice jazzy production by Dave Grusin. The whole thing's got a very nice LA sound to it, and is a good adaptation of Sergio's pop Brazil sound to a more modern vibe. Sergio gets help from the cream of LA session fusion players on cuts like "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" and "Someday We'll All Be Free" – and other tracks include "All In Love Is Fair", "I Believe", "Let Them Work It Out", and "Here Comes The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with peeling along the bottom.)

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MetersMeters ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
One of the greatest albums ever in the history of funk – the first album by The Meters, and virtually the blueprint for countless funk records to come! The album's bubbling over with classics – all hard-hitting instrumentals played by the group in an effortlessly tight style, produced to perfection by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn in their classic 60s New Orleans style. A blinding masterpiece of bass, drums, and scratchy guitar – with tracks that include "Cardova", "Cissy Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "6V6 La", and "Live Wire". LP, Vinyl record album

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MiraclesMiracles Collection (City Of Angels plus!) ... CD
Motown/Spectrum (UK), 1970s. Used ... $6.99
At the beginning of the 70s, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles parted company – and while to some, it might have looked like the group would flounder without the help of their famous leader, The Miracles hit the 70s wonderfully, and continued to grow tremendously as a group! Of course, part of that growth was due to the fact that Smokey had been replaced by singer Billy Griffin – who shared many of his talents, but also brought his own approach to the group. This 19 track set is a great overview of the group's 70s work – and features the entirety (10 tracks) of their fourth album, a concept record called City Of Angels, plus 9 more numbers from other 70s albums. Titles include "Night Life", "Love Machine", "Free Press", "Ain't Nobody Straight In LA", "Do It Baby", "Don't Cha Love It", "Gemini", "Take it All", "Love To Make Love", "You Need A Miracle", "Poor Charlotte", "Waldo Roderick DeHammersmith", "Smog", and "Give Me Just Another Day". CD

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Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell ... LP
Reprise, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Titles include "I Had A King", "Sistowbell Lane", "The Dawntreader", "Cactus Tree", "Song To A Seagull", "The Pirate Of Penance", "Nathan La Franeer", and "Night In The City". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz PlayboysModern Jazz Screen Mood ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1960. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A cool tribute to the French jazz soundtrack generation of the late 50s – played here by an equally cool combo from Japan! The Modern Jazz Playboys have a sound here that definitely lives up to their name – a slinky, sexy groove that's perfect for the album's selection of tunes from French New Wave films – a set that features some famous Miles Davis and Art Blakey soundtrack numbers, but which also includes some even better lesser-known gems! Instrumentation is spare at all the right moments, and full at other key parts – and titles include "Estate Violenta", "Clue #9", "Un Temoin Dans La Ville", "Les Loups Dans La Bergerie", "Blues De Memphis", "Cora", "Black Nightgown", "Le Grisbi", and "Black March". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early pressing! Vinyl is nice and clean overall – and cover is nice too.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetDjango ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Mid 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A stone classic from the Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded back when the group still featured Kenny Clarke in its membership, but already with some of the more serious, somber tones that would mark the combo's more famous years! Tracks here are from a variety of sessions in 1953, 1954, and 1955 – and trace an evolution of the MJQ style from initial more composed renditions of bop and modern jazz, to some of the more ambitious colors and tones of the Lewis-penned songbook. Titles include longish readings of "Django" and "La Ronde Suite", plus "Milano", "But Not For Me", "The Queen's Fancy", and "Delaunay's Dilemma". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A double-length live set from the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Scandinavia in 1960, almost as a summation of the group's growing genius in the 50s! The tunes are a mix of John Lewis and Milt Jackson originals, plus other songs all given the wonderful MJQ twist – distilled into a sublime blend of piano, vibes, bass, and drums – all delivered with a sense of class, but never too much polish. The album is live, but still has that sophisticated composure that made the group so unique at the time – and the whole thing's a perfect complement to their famous studio albums on Atlantic! Set features 15 tracks in all – including "Django", "Bluesology", "La Ronde", "Festival Sketch", "Vendome", "Odds Against Tomorrow", "Skating In Central Park", "The Cylinder", "Bags' Groove", "I Should Care", "Round Midnight", and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet With Milt Jackson (Prestige LP 160) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Good ... $5.99
Titles include early recordings of "Vendome" and "La Ronde" – plus "Delauny's Dilemma", "Autumn In New York", "All The Things You Are", and "But Not For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, with masking tape along the seams. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Moggi (Piero Umiliani)Double Face ... LP
Overdrive (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $33.99
The cover here looks a bit 80s, but the sound of half the record is much more rich and organic – and maybe more in the kind of mode you'd know from the film score work of Piero Umiliani – who's working here under his Moggi pseudonym! Side one is orchestral – and most tracks have a standout instrument in the lead – sometimes acoustic piano, sometimes a trumpet – mixed with larger orchestrations that often have this great languid feel – almost like the aftermath of a sex-drenched steamy summer afternoon – but Italian-style, of course! Side two features the same tunes, but done completely electronically – with all these cool analogue elements that really live up to Umiliani's work in that realm – but again, with slinky sexy modes that are totally great. Titles include "Fata Morgana", 'Planetario", "Ricorrenza", "La Ballata Del Mare Salato", and "Nel Giardino Fantastico" – each done in an orchestral and electronic version! LP, Vinyl record album

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Mondo SangueL'Isola Dei Dannati (Island Of The Damned) (180 gram pressing – with bonus poster) ... LP
All Score Media (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $19.99
A contemporary album, but one that serves as an overdue soundtrack for Luchino Martello's film Island Of The Damned from 1978 – presented here with just the right sort of sounds from Mondo Sangue! The music hits that perfect mix of groovy styles and island elements that we love in Italian soundtracks for tropical settings in the 70s – a bit of electric funk, touches of organic rhythms, and an overall style that's steeped in slinky sex – all with a vibe that's probably closest to the music of Stelvio Cipriani at the time! Production and presentation is perfect – the whole thing hardly sounds contemporary at all – and titles include "La Caccia Di Cocco", "Stranded & Exhausted", "Notte Senza Sonno", "La Castrazione Di Frank", "Rito Di Iniziazione Psichedelico", and "Arriva L'Aiuto". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited hand-numbered edition of 666 copies – with a very cool bonus poster!)

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Yves MontandFrance's Formidable Yves Montand ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A set of tracks released by Capitol as part of its Capitol Of The World series – recorded in France with backing by Robert Castella. Tracks include "Battling Joe", "Coeur De Mon Coeur", "A Paris", "Ma Gosse, Ma P'Tite Mome", "Sanguien", "La Marie Vision", and "Matilda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has light wear and a touch of marker in the top left corner.)

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Chris MontezMore I See You – Call Me ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1966. Used ... $19.99
Fantastically sweet pop from Chris Montez! Chris had a light little voice that was perfect for the A&M Records approach of the 60s – a style that has him singing gently over arrangements that glide and bounce around with ease, sometimes handled by Herb Alpert, in a breezy sunny LA mode that makes us want to be driving down Highway 101 with the top down, AM radio blasting out all of Chris' early singles at once! Chris' real genius here is the way that he takes standards and pop tunes – and, working with Herb, crafts them into a whole new sound – stripped down, streamlined, and perfect for the 60s! Titles include "One Note Samba", "The More I See You", "Fly Me To The Moon", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Call Me", "Hey Baby", and "Little White Lies". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dorothy MooreDefinitely Dorothy ... LP
Malaco, 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Dorothy Moore just keeps on getting better and better as the 70s move on – stretching past the more familiar southern soul modes of her earliest records, and picking up this hipper, more sophisticated style that should have easily gotten her much more widespread acclaim at the time! This late 70s album is filled with wonderful touches – some smooth LA-style arrangements at some moments, and some more stripped-down sweet soul styles at others – all at a level that shies away from all the traps that other soul singers were getting stuck in at the time – like soppy adult contemporary ballads or throwaway disco numbers. The record's got this really special, personal feel that seems to bring out a new depth in Moore's approach – and titles include "Lookin For A Lovin", "Rain", "Once Or Twice", "How'd We Ever Get This Way", "Can't Keep A Good Love Down", and "Sleeping Single In A Double Bed". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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