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Les McCannBucket O' Grease ... LP
Limelight, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing-a-ling mode – clearly McCann's nod to the Spanish Harlem scene at the time! The backings here are a bit fuller than usual for Les too – and his trio with Leroy Vinnegar is augmented with lots of added percussion, plus vibes from Lynn Blessing, sax and flute from Plas Johnson, and trumpet from Lee Katzman. The whole thing's wonderful – a non-stop party that rivals similar boogaloo jazz sets of the time – and titles include "Fakeout", "Boo Go Loo", "Hey Leroy", "Bang Bang", "La Brea", and "Music To Watch Girls By". LP, Vinyl record album

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McCrarysLoving Is Living ... LP
Portrait, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Howard McGhee & Teddy EdwardsWise In Time ... CD
Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
Great late life work from these two important figures on the LA jazz scene of the postwar years – trumpeter Howard McGhee and tenorist Teddy Edwards – both sounding wonderful here in a very relaxed, open setting! The record's got an approach that's especially marked by the deeper, soulful tone that Edwards adopted from the 60s onward – that great ear for a ballad, which McGhee follows strongly in his performance, although with a tone that's maybe a bit more offbeat. The rest of the group features Art Hillery on piano, Leroy Vinegar on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include a great version of "I Want To Talk About You", plus "Crescent", "Time Waits", "Ruby My Dear", and "If You Could See Me Now". CD

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John McLaughlinBest Of John McLaughlin ... CD
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1970s. New Copy ... $3.99 12.98
An overstuffed collection of work from this legendary guitarist – a set that features the great John McLaughlin in so many of his best modes from the 70s! John's got a very spiritual current in his music, no matter what the setting – and the collection features McLaughlin working with his Indian-tinged Shakti group, the One Truth Band, and even alongside the legendary Carlos Santana, for an especially beautiful set of tracks! Titles include "A Love Supreme", "Friendship", "The Unknown Dissident", "The Life Divine (quad version)", "Lotus Feet", "Face To Face", "La Danse Du Bonheur", "New York On My Mind", and "The Dark Prince". CD

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Medallions Featuring Vernon GreenSpeedin' ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Wonderful west coast vocal group work from Vernon Green & The Medallions – a group who were rooted in doo wop, but who also step out here with a sound that paves the way for plenty of soul as well! There was something different about some of these great LA groups from the 50s – a quality that was often tighter than some of the more street corner work of the east coast – a sensibility that really comes through in vocals like this, which seem to be striving even further for a powerful punch in the overall package! Green's lead really gives the harmonies something to focus around – and the tracks are a great mix of playful numbers and more heartbreaking tunes – with titles that include "Shedding Tears For You", "Unseen", "Give Me The Right", "Dear Darling", "59 Volvo", "Buick 59", "Coup De Ville Baby", "Push Button Automobile", "Rocket Ship", "The Telegram", and "I Wonder Wonder Wonder". CD

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Franco MicalizziCinema A Mano Armata ... LP
Beat/Dagored (Italy), 2006. New Copy ... $22.99
A totally great batch of soundtrack funk from the legendary Franco Micalizzi – composer of some of the best Italian cop and crime work of the 70s, heard here in a new version of some of his grooviest tunes! The recording is of relatively recent vintage, but the style is classic 70s all the way through – a really strong, really faithful recasting of the best modes we love in Italian soundtracks of the period – as Micalizzi himself leads a larger group through a host of his best compositions from years back – including work from the films La Banda Del Gobbo, Roma A Mano Armata, Genova A Mano Armata, and Il Cinco L'Infame Il Violento! Funky rhythms mix with sweet electric touches and some especially great horn work – and titles include "Running To The Airport", "Stridulum Theme", "Trinity", "Big Fight", "Bargain With The Devil", and "Folk & Violence". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jack Millman All StarsShades Of Things To Come ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $5.99
A great lost treasure from the LA scene of the 50s – one of the few albums recorded by trumpeter Jack Millman as a leader, working here with a well-named set of "all stars" that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Buddy Collette, Harry Babasin, and Larry Bunker. The set's got a similar feel to other west coast work of the time, but the tracks are tighter, more composed, and a bit more swinging – sort of halfway between swing and the chamber jazz of some of the headier groups. Titles include "The Great Lie", "Along About F", "Butterfingers", "Thinking Of Russ", and "Da Bloosiest Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy blue label pressing. Cover has some light staining.)

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MiraclesCity Of Angels ... LP
Motown, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $1.99
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 concept record called City Of Angels, was their 4th, and probably most successful LP, with some smart production and nice arrangements from Freddie Perren and Wade Marcus. Includes "Night Life", "Love Machine", "Free Press", "Ain't Nobody Straight In LA", "Poor Charlotte", "Waldo Roderick DeHammersmith" and "Smog". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the fold over cover.)

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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 & orange steamboat pressing.)

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Red MitchellPresenting Red Mitchell ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $5.99
Although bassist Red Mitchell later went onto do some more adventurous work, especially in his European years, this album has him sticking fairly close to the LA chamber bop format – with light lively playing by a group that features James Clay on flute and tenor, Lorraine Geller on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums. The nice thing, though, is that the tracks are longer than usual, which gives Clay some moments to stretch out, spurred on by the lively drumming of Higgins. Titles include "Sandu", "Paul's Pal", and "Out Of The Blue". CD

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Miucha & Antonio Carlos JobimMiucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim ... CD
RCA/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
A pretty darn sweet vocal session from the duo of Miucha and Antonio Carlos Jobim – recorded with lots of bossa overtones, very much the same spirit as the legendary Elis & Tom album of the mid 70s! Chico Buarque participates in the session, and Jobim even lends his vocal talents to a track or two – but his real talent, though, is his work on the arrangements – as he gives the whole thing a beautifully dreamy quality, in the manner of his best 70s work, with lots of strange off-kilter melodies floating around the mix of strings, piano, and flute! Miucha's vocals are lovely, and titles include "Sei La A Vida Tem Sempre Razao", "Vai Levando", "Comigo E Assim", "Samba Do Aviao", and "Saia Do Caminho". CD
Also available Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim ... CD 14.99

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Miucha & Antonio Carlos JobimMiucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim ... CD
RCA/BMG (Brazil), 1977. Used ... $14.99
A pretty darn sweet vocal session from the duo of Miucha and Antonio Carlos Jobim – recorded with lots of bossa overtones, very much the same spirit as the legendary Elis & Tom album of the mid 70s! Chico Buarque participates in the session, and Jobim even lends his vocal talents to a track or two – but his real talent, though, is his work on the arrangements – as he gives the whole thing a beautifully dreamy quality, in the manner of his best 70s work, with lots of strange off-kilter melodies floating around the mix of strings, piano, and flute! Miucha's vocals are lovely, and titles include "Sei La A Vida Tem Sempre Razao", "Vai Levando", "Comigo E Assim", "Samba Do Aviao", and "Saia Do Caminho". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim ... CD 14.99

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MndsgnYawn Zen (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Enigmatic beatcraft from LA's Mndsgn – definitely among the more tripped out and distinctive producer/artists in the Stones Throw realm – and that's saying something! Yawn Zen is an apt title, but don't take "yawn" the wrong way. The vibe is dreamy (as opposed to sleepy), mediative and moody. Very cool stuff, and a bit reminscient of the Brainfeeder camp, but still right at home on the ever adventurous Stones Throw roster. Includes "Yawn", "Homewards", "Sheets", "Frugality", "Exchanging", "Convert", "Arklite", "Camelblues", "Txt (MSGS)", "AM", "Afternoon Shuffle" and "Zen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 downlad card.)

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Modern Jazz PlayboysModern Jazz Screen Mood ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1960. Very Good- ... $29.99
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
(Vinyl has light surface marks, but this is a decent copy overall.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetComedy ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
A great early 60s set from Modern Jazz Quartet! This one marked the then growing sophistication in the sound of the Modern Jazz Quartet – a concept album based on themes and characters from the Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte. The music is served up in gentle sound poems that have a haunting, timeless sort of feel – very spare and melancholy – with lots of tragic overtones, and hardly the comedic sound you'd expect from the title! Diahann Carroll sings on the track "La Cantatrice" – and other numbers include "Spanish Steps", "Columbine", "Piazza Navona", and "Harlequin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetDjango ... LP
Prestige, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG etch.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert ... CD
Atlantic/Label M, 1960. Used ... $6.99
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. Set features 15 tracks in all – including "Django", "Bluesology", "La Ronde", "Festival Sketch", "Vendome", "Odds Against Tomorrow", "Skating In Central Park", "The Cylinder", and"Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has some marker.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson QuintetMJQ ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1952/1954. Used ... $4.99
Nice stuff from the early days of the MJQ – recorded back when Kenny Clarke was still playing drums with the group, and giving them a bit more of a bottom! One side of the record features material recorded from one of the quartet's first sessions – in late 1952, with the tracks "La Ronde", "Vendome", and "Rose Of The Rio Grande". The rest of the record features material by Jackson's group with Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and the obscure Henry Boozier on trumpet. That material's a bit more bop-oriented, and titles include "Opus De Funk", "Buhania", and "Soma". CD

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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 ... $32.99
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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Magnificent Montague with Bob BakerBurn Baby Burn – The Autobiography Of Magnificent Montague (paperback) ... Book
University Of Illinois, 2003. New Copy Book ... $1.99 19.95
Magnificent Montague in his own words – the incredible life story of the man James Brown calls The Don Of Radio – the voice 50s & 60s soul music from Chicago, to New York to LA! Montague weaves the tale of his career in radio, from segregation era voice on the airwaves, to station owner, to important collector and preservationist of black cultural memorabilia. Co-written by Bob Baker, who listened to Montague on the airwaves as a teenager. An amazing story! Paperback, 192 pages. Book
 
 
 



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