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Max Roach & Clifford BrownBest Of Max Roach & Clifford Brown In Concert! ... LP
GNP, 1954. Very Good- ... $6.99
It's hard to overstate the influence of Max Roach and Clifford Brown on the west coast scene of the 50s – as the two players helped draw out the bop sound of LA that was quickly getting lost in the cool jazz shuffle of the time, and gave it a strength and focus that not only made the group one of the strongest of the time, but which also sparked new life and a hardbop generation on the LA scene! This classic set of live recordings was one of the first great Brown/Roach moments – recorded during 2 different concerts by Gene Norman Presents, and featuring some great tenor work by LA giants Teddy Edwards and Harold Land, plus some piano by the amazing "sideways" player Carl Perkins, as well as Bud Powell's brother Richie – a key factor of the group's studio recordings on Mercury, and a player who would perish in the same accident that took the life of Clifford Brown. Titles include "Parisian Thoroughfare", "I Can't Get Started", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Jordu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Ruben & The Jets (Frank Zappa)Cruising With Ruben & The Jets ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
Frank Zappa's amazing tribute to the sounds of LA that inspired him in his youth – not just the early rock and roll of the late 50s, but the way the music was picked up and given a home by the scene in East LA! There's a surprising amount of nascent soul elements in the music here – especially the early harmony groups, who Frank's clearly paying tribute to with The Jets – sometimes dealing with subject matter that goes way beyond what most of those groups would have touched – but other times, right in line with the most heartfelt sounds of the 60s! Titles include "Deseri", "How Could I Be Such A Fool", "Cheap Thrills", "No No No", "Anyway The Wind Blows", "Stuff Up The Cracks", and "Jelly Roll Gum Drop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label MGM pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Run The JewelsRun The Jewels 2 (180 gram colored vinyl) ... LP
Mass Appeal, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gateold ... $26.99 27.98
The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they're just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike's limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P's progress, but classic boom bap inspired production – and El-P is no slouch on the mic, either – and the leftfield crop of guests bring their A-Games, too – and the titles include "Jeopardy", "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Close Your Eyes" with Zach De la Rocha, "Lie, Cheat, Steal", "Early" feat Boots, "Love Again (Akinyele Back)", "Crown" feat Diane Coffee, "Angel Duster" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram teal colored vinyl – with poster and stickers.)

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RuptureIsrael Suite/Dominante En Bleu (with bonus download) ... LP
Sommor (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99
An incredible record from the French scene of the 70s – both sides very different, but equally wonderful! "Israel Suite" is a freewheeling, side-long track with wonderful energy – a sound that hangs somewhere between spiritual jazz and freer moments – especially the latter near the middle, where things get a bit outside, but are then brought back fantastically by some voices that wordlessly call the musicians to action – then set them on the path forward again! The tune's complicated, but very organic – and the use of voice almost has a Saravah Records vibe. Players include "Georges Locatelli on guitars, Jean-Pierre Mas on piano and keybards, JF Jenny-Clarke on bass, and Sylvain Kref on drums and percussion. Side two features shorter, groovier tunes – almost all of them with vocals by JP Mas, but also including contributions from Nicole Croisille and Boris Bergman – again in a Saravah-styled mode. Titles include "Mes Histoires Bleues", "Voyage Sous La Mer", "Alice Aux Mirioirs", and "Entre Ses Cils". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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RushHemispheres ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $11.99
One of our all-time favorites – with the classic part 2 of the "Cynus X1" saga – the mighty "Trees", and the post-rock jam "La Villa Strangiato". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the insert.)

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Carlo RustichelliBrancaleone Alle Crociate ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
The lively return of Brancaleone – the Italian comedic hero from The Crusades – whose musical journey is often a mix of different modes! Carlo Rustichelli handled the music, and the styles here are a mix of the jaunty march numbers that marked the heroe's main theme on his debut – plus some other more brooding action numbers that recall some of Rustichelli's better-known film scoring from the 60s. The orchestrations are by Gianfranco Plenizio, and a few numbers feature the larger Piero Carapellucci Choir – on titles that include "Saraceni", "Dialogo Di Brancaleone Con Se Medesimo", "Felicilla La Strega", "Ricordo Di Felicilla", "Marcia Di Brancaleone", "Inseguimento E Duello", and "Sbarco Dei Pellegrini E Marcia". CD features 40 tracks – lots of rare alternates and film versions! CD
(Limited edition!)

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Carlo RustichelliI Lunghi Capelli Della Morte ... LP
Dagored (Italy), New Copy ... About February 23, 2018
A creepy cover, and some creepy music as well – a starkly dramatic 60s score from Italian maestro Carlo Rustichelli! The style of the music predates some of the more famous Italian horror to come in the late 60s, but it's still directed with a similar thoughtfulness and sense of sound – a great ear for taking familiar orchestral modes and making them come out strange – thanks to odd timings and tunings that really do the trick! There's lots of offbeat woodwinds in the mix here – and some numbers are very spare, and at the lower range of the sound spectrum – making you peer (or hear) into the darkness to try to distinguish the action – then leap in surprise when things get more dramatic. Titles include "Verso I Rogo", "Tamburi Di Morte", "Mente Mavagia", "Piano Diabolico", "La Fine Di Kurt", "Amore Maledetto", "Adele Karnstein", and "Anima Mea". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carlo RustichelliL'Armata Brancaleone ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $22.99
A dramatic soundtrack for L'Armata Bracaleone – a mid 60s Italian fantasy action film that starred Vittorio Gassman in a strange setting that was sort of a twisted version of the Middle Ages! The tunes on the set are often orchestral and mood-setting – but a few of the more standout numbers have a driving, chanting approach – to suit the more action-based scenes of the film. There's clearly a comedic current to the movie at times, but this doesn't always come through in the music, which is maybe at its best when most dramatic! Titles include "Marcia Di Brancaleone", "Combattimento", "La Citta Appestata E Cuccuruccu", "Tema D'Amore E Brancaleone Prigoniero", and "Brancalene Incontra Teodora". CD features 33 tracks in all – including lots of rare film versions and alternates! CD
(Limited edition!)

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Carlo RustichelliMade In Italy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1965. New Copy ... $22.99
An album that's made in Italy, and made in a very groovy mode as well – as the set mixes up some very cool soundtrack styles from that country's hip scene of the 60s! The main theme almost has a western-like drive, while other cuts have weird organ lines that are almost Piccioni-like, and still others bring in a bit of laidback jazz – all given a spin that's much more moody than you might expect from the cover, but still pretty tuneful overall! Bruno Nicolai conducted the score – and he's definitely hitting that level of sophistication he'd express strongly in the late 60s – and titles include "Gondole", "La Ballata Del Lavoro", "Amante Tzigano", "Banchetto Siciliano", "Il Neolaureato", and "Passeggiata Comica". CD adds in 23 more bonus tracks from the film score and the original session! CD
(Limited edition!)

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Mort SahlFuture Lies Ahead ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the brilliant albums recorded for Verve by 50s political comedian Mort Sahl. Sahl was a key figure in a line of west coast hipsters that included Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Ralph J Gleason, and Cal Tjader – and his razor sharp wit was fueled by the paradoxes of both Eisenhower-era mainstream America, and the bohemian underground of San Francisco and LA. This live set is a perfect glimpse of his genius – always improvised, and completely well-informed about the events of the day, yet with enough distance to see the humor in just about any situation. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

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David SanbornTime & The River ... CD
Okeh, 2015. Used ... $6.99
David Sanborn continues to reinvigorate his recording career with the Okeh label – a great showcase for some of the deeper talents that Sanborn's always had in his music, but which didn't always get the right placement on other labels. The album features some excellent keyboards from Roy Assaf – who keeps things soulful, but never too smooth – nicely laying out these backdrops before his solos, as Sanborn takes the lead with some angular lines. The album also features guest appearances from Randy Crawford and Larry Braggs on vocals, but it's the Sanborn moments that really stand out – on titles that include "A La Verticale", "Oublie Moi", "Windmills Of Your Mind", "Spanish Joint", "Overture From Manchurian Candidate", and "Drift". CD

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Arturo SandovalTuri/Arturo Sandoval (1982) ... CD
Egrem/Malanga (Spain), 1981/1982. New Copy ... $8.99 14.95
Early 80s genius from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval – 2 albums that were never issued in the US at the time! First up is the sublime Turi from 1981 – an album that mixes smooth spacey fusiony production with Sandoval's soulful trumpet style – and the result is a sweet grooving set that sounds like it could have been recorded at the Fantasy studios in the 70s! Chucho Valdes plays keyboards and piano on the session, and there's some excellent long solos that spin out over the album's extended tracks – really soaring in a way that gives the record a tremendous amount of soulful energy! Titles include "Turi", "Que Iras A Hacer Por El Resto De Tu Vida", "Claudia", and "Luna De Miel En Guama". Next up is the self-titled album Arturo Sandoval from 1982 – a session that follows a similar format, and which features full backings by the Egrem Latin Jazz Orchestra – all in a mode that mixes bits of strings with slight electric rhythms and plenty of real jazz support! The sound is rich in colors and tones, and has a depth that's almost worthy of soundtrack work at times – with titles that include "A Mi Manera", "Aguas De Marzo", "La Bikina", "Rabo De Nube", "Te Quiero", and "Penelope". CD

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✨✧ Evie SandsAny Way That You Want Me (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... About March 21, 2018
Sweet folksy pop from the glory days of A&M! Evie Sands has a voice that's emotive in a folk rock way, but which is here produced with smoother west coast arrangements that are more in an LA mode – which makes for a very cool mix of modes! The overall sound of the album is very hip – with that cool late 60s approach that never gets picked up by oldies stations, and which is only the province of records like this – odd mis-shots in the pop economy that often got cut out as soon as they were produced, shunned by an uncaring record buying public – but waiting to be discovered by your ears all these many years later. Titles include "Crazy Annie", "It's This I Am", "Shadow Of The Evening", "Close Your Eyes, Cross Your Fingers", "Any Way That You Want Me", "One Find Summer Morning", and "I'll Hold Out My Hand". CD

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Vera SanfordTen Minutes To Midnight ... LP
Bombay, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great backings by Johnny Pate – on titles that include "I Can't Escape From You", "Too Late Now", "For Heaven's Sake", "Shangri-La", "When Your Heart Breaks Through", and "I Was A Fool". LP, Vinyl record album

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Savage RepublicTragic Figures (Sordide Sentimental) ... LP
Independent Project/Sordide Sentimental (France), 1982. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An incredible early album from the LA scene – more UK post-punk, with a definite Joy Division influence, than anything else taking place on the west coast at the time! The album was reportedly recorded in a parking garage, and definitely has a dark sound to match – and titles include "Attempted Coup Madagascar", "The Ivory Coast", "Next To Nothing", "Zulu Zulu", "Real Men", and "When All Else Fails". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool French pressing – with booklet!)

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Janne SchafferKatharsis/Earmeal/Presens ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of albums from Swedish guitarist Janne Schaffer – brought together in a single set! First up is Katharsis – a record that catapulted the artist from his home in the Swedish scene to big international fame – hot on the heels of a number of key guitar solos that Schaffer added to Abba records in the 70s! The album's all instrumental, and mostly a fusion workout overall – with loads of heavyweight guitar work from Janne, at a level that really makes the instrument talk more than most of his American contemporaries – echoing some of the phrasing that you might find from players like Adrian Belew or Robert Fripp. Titles include "The Blue Gate", "Atlantia Inn 2419", "Stocking Suite", "Ramsa", "Wintergreen", and "Bromma Struttin". Earmeal is a definite meal for the ears from guitarist Janne Schaffer – a musician who first rose to fame in Sweden, then captivated a global audience with records like this! The set has Schaffer maybe fitting in a bit more with his Columbia Records fusion contemporaries than before – using that amazing voice of his on guitar to work amidst modes that are sometimes soulful, sometimes a bit more brightly rocking – with help from Bjorn Jason Lindh on keyboards and flute, and Jeff Porcaro on some nice tight drums. Titles include "Bromma Express", "Hot Days & Summer Nights", "To A Beautiful Painter", "Happy Feet", "Shrimp A La Carte", and "Oriental Sign". Presens is maybe the tightest of all the Columbia Records albums cut by guitarist Janne Schaffer – a record that has some short, focused tracks that fall into the rock-influenced fusion style of the time – one with vocals from Janne, but the rest using only his guitar as the main "voice" in the lead! All tracks feature work from the great Bjorn Jason Lindh – who we love on his own records, and who plays keyboards, piano, and flute – on titles that include "Mr Allansson Pickles", "Open Eyes", "Desire", "Neonmoisture", "Fata Morgana", and "March From Refresher Course". CD

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Gunther Schuller & George RussellModern Jazz Concert – Six Compositions Commissioned By The 1957 Brandeis University Festival Of The Arts ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Near Mint- ... $19.99
About as hip as you can get for modern jazz from the 50s! Sure, Gunther and George can have their sleepy moments on wax, but this set's great – thanks to a very hip lineup that includes Hal McKusick, John La Porta, Teddy Charles, Bill Evans, Jimmy Knepper, and Louis Mucci. The tunes aren't in that stodgy "classical meets jazz mode", but more in a swinging larger group style – featuring tunes by Jimmy Giuffre, Charles Mingus, Russell, and Schuller – as well as more serious numbers by Harold Shapero and Milton Babbitt. Titles include "All Set", "Revelations", "All About Rosie", and "Suspensions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label Adventures in Sound pressing with deep groove.)

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ScorpiosScorpios (with bonus CD & download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Finland), 2017. New Copy ... $19.99
The Scorpios are a Sudanese group, now living in exile in London – and working here in this amazing remake of sounds from their homeland! The music has some echoes of the contemporary takes on Ethiopian music – definitely that blend of funk and exoticism – but there's also an extremely striking presence of the vocals, often sung by a female singer, whose ability to flow and inflect really leaves us breathless! The rhythms are great, too – with romping funky instrumentation that often has the guitar and keyboards coming down with the groove – and although there's some trumpet and tenor on the record, the horns are less of a factor than the interplay between percussion/guitar rhythms and the voice. Production is great, very vintage in approach, but never in a cliched way – and titles include "Eujoaideen", "Yadob Yadob", "Benreed El Etam", "Safar", "Saparna", "Kirfaya Mosa", and "La Shaftak Tabel Elshoog". LP, Vinyl record album

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Raymond ScottAmor ... LP
Everest, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
The softer sound of Raymond Scott – not as way-out and wild as you'd know from his better-publicized work on classic cartoons – but still plenty darn great overall! The album's heavy with strings – billed as "swinging" on the cover, but a bit more "swaying" overall – orchestrated by Scott with some lush elements, but also a sense of dynamic energy that keeps things moving with a high sense of drama! Titles include "Amor", "Orchids In The Moonlight", "True Love", "La Cumparsita", "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", and "Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jesse Sharps Quintet/Pan Afrikan Peoples ArkestraSharps & Flats ... CD
Nimbus, 1979/1985. New Copy ... $9.99
Soaring spiritual soul jazz from the LA scene – a CD that features a beautiful performance by the Jesse Sharps Quintet, plus a longer extended track from Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard of Sharps before this CD – but he's a heck of a great saxophonist, with a sound that recalls the glory days of the Strata East scene, and the beautiful post-Coltrane Muse sessions by Earl & Carl Grubbs. His group for the session features some excellent work by the great Nate Morgan on piano – driving away in long, rhythmic passages that are very much in the mode of Morgan's own Nimbus recordings – and carried through with an equal amount of soul. Horace Tapscott joins the group on two numbers as well – before stepping over to lead his expanded Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra on the CD's extra cut – a composition by Sharps that's entitled "McKowsky's First Fifth" – played by a great Nimbus-esque group that includes Adele Sebastian on flute, Sabia Mateen on tenor, Billie Harris on soprano, and Horace Tapscott on piano. Other titles on the CD include "The Goat & The Ramjam", "As A Child", "Mike's Tune", "Macrame", and "Carnival" – and the whole set of tracks is easily one of the greatest recordings on the legendary Nimbus label! CD

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