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Jungle FireTropicoso (with bonus download) ... LP
Nacional, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
A heady sound from Jungle Fire – a group who seem to be equal parts 70s Afro Funk and Latin – with percussion that rivals the best of the latter, and horns and guitar that match the best of the former! The group's got a super-sharp approach, but one that's never slick or commercial either – just really well-crafted instrumentation in a mostly vocal-free setting – which allows for plenty of great moments from the individual members, especially some of the reed players! The group have kind of snuck into our world through a handful of 7" singles, but they've really got our attention with this full length set – a record that includes the tracks "Firewalker", "Tropicoso", "Culebro", "La Mano", "Village Hustle", "Chalupa", "Snake Pit", and "Comencemos". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download, too!)

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✨✧ KakoPuerto Rican All-Stars Featuring Kako ... LP
Alegre, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A smoking descarga session from the 60s – one of the best albums ever by percussionist Kako! The album explodes with wonderful jazzy playing, and features 4 very long tracks that are stuffed with great solo work on piano and sax – bubbling over in heavy percussive excitement, with the best Latin jam session feel of the 60s! Tracks include "Descarga En Puerto Rico", "Abaniguito", "La Tombola", and "El Pollo" – and the whole thing's stormin' – a must-have album in any book! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kako Y Su ComboKako Y Su Combo Gigante ... CD
Alegre, 1961. New Copy ... About December 1, 2016
Astounding early work by Kako – hard-hitting Latin Jazz, with a really percussive sound! Kako's at the head of the combo, wailing on percussion with Negrito Pantoja and Ralph Marzant, with a larger than usual group that also features three sax players and three trumpet players. Tracks have less of the open descarga sound than some of Kako's other work from the time, but they're still quite driving, with plenty of hard-hitting grooves. Many tracks have vocals by Julian Llano – and titles include "La Gente Donde Yo Vivo", "Chocolate Caliente", "El Bebe", "San Sereni", and "Tengo Ganas De Llorar". CD

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Gunter Kallmann ChoirKallman Choir Originals Vol 1 – Elisabeth Serenade/Serenade Im Schlosspark ... CD
Polydor/Verve (Germany), 1962/1964. New Copy ... $12.99
Dreamy vocals from the Gunter Kallmann Choir – two early albums back to back on a single CD! Elisabeth Serenade has the mixed male/female ensemble taking on a host of tunes that sometimes have traditional roots, other times are more contemporary German numbers – but still a bit different than the groovier songs they'd cut later in the 60s. Arrangements are by Kurt Edelhagen and Werner Twardy – and while the vocals are pretty straightforward, they do have a wonderfully lush vibe that prefigures the sound of later groups like Singer Unlimited. Titles include "La Montanara", "Serenade Aus Die Millionen Des Harlekin", "Traum Melodie", "Elisabeth Serenade", and "Bei Walzermusik". Serenade In Schlosspark is a batch of tunes set in a castle garden – served up with a slightly regal feel in the arrangements, in ways that almost have the Gunter Kallman ensemble singing with an even more heavenly sound than usual! A few numbers have playful melodies, with almost some Alpine touches – while others are more staid – and titles include "Indian Song", "Kerzen Serenade", "Liebe Die Nie Vergeht", "Tiritomba", "Wiegenlied", and "Concerto D'Amour". CD

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Gunter Kallmann ChoirKallman Choir Originals Vol 2 – Serenade Am Meer/Schneewalzer ... CD
Polydor/Verve (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A full album from the classic Gunter Kallman Choir – plus a host of rare singles from the 60s! Serenade Am Meer serves up the kind of sound that made the Kallman Choir a legend on the German easy scene of the 60s – a blend of four female and three male voices, set to lilting arrangements from Werner Twardy – often moving in ways that hardly disturbs the vocals at all, and instead lets the group's harmonies dominate the music with a nicely lush vibe! There's bits of strings, chimes, and accordion in the instrumentation – but the main focus is on the vocals, on tunes that include "Capri Fischer", "La Mer", "Seemann", "Poeme", "Lili Marleen", "Gluhwurmchen", "Alte Muhlen Junge Herzen", and "Wenn Wir Heut Auseinandergeh'n". CD also features 13 more tracks from assorted late 60s Polydor singles by the group – with representations of pic sleeves inside – and music that's often a bit more towards the groovy or pop sound of the group! Some tunes are remakes of American hits, redone as vocal group tracks with the Kallman vibe – others are original German tracks – and titles include "All'Deine Liebe", "Scheewalzer", "Rosen Fur Elisabeth", "Brot Und Butter", "Dear Heart", and "Alles Versteh'n Heisst Alles Verzeih'n". CD

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Ariel KalmaEvolutionary Music – Original Recordings 1972 to 1979 ... LP
RVNG, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 30.98
Some of the most organic electronics we've ever heard – all material pulled from the private archives of Ariel Kalma, and issued here for the first time ever! Kalma's a hell of a compelling artist – one who had both ties to the more serious world of European electronic composition in the 70s, as well as a trippier, more spiritual underground – both of which seem to factor strongly into the sounds in this set! At some level, the music is very meditative, but it's hardly new age at all – as Ariel's got a very sophisticated approach to the way he blends sounds and space – often using keyboards with reverb and echo, in minimal territory that echoes Terry Riley or La Mont Young, but which has a much more personal vibe. The range of expressions here is really great – and far more than that minimalist reference might imply – and titles include "Almora Sunrise", "Echorgan", "Sunset Inside", "Rainy Day", "Sister Echo", "Enuej Elleiv", "Les Mots De Tous Le Jours", and "Les Etoiles Sont Allumees". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kanye WestLate Registration (limited edition digipack version) ... CD
Def Jam, 2005. Used ... $4.99
Time will tell whether the sophomore LP Late Registration will prove to be as revolutionary of a commercial force as College Dropout turned out to be – but it's a better album! We loved the debut as much as the rest of the world did, but this one's an easier listen from beginning to end. The production is tight, the guests earn their spots, and the whole thing's furiously soulful. Much is being made of LA hipster/orch pop troubadour Jon Brion's co-production, but this is Kanye's show. On one level Kanye can rock a subject as cliched as "Gold Digger", and still come out with a fresh perspective that runs deeper than it sounds on the surface, then deliver a serious track about the evils of the diamond trade that still rocks the ice. And those are just the first singles. Another great one! Tracks include "Wake Up Mr West", "Heard 'Em Say", "Touch The Sky" feat Lupe Fiasco, "Gold Digger" feat Jamie Foxx, "Drive Slow" feat Paul Wall & GLC, "My Way Home" feat Common, "Crack Music" feat Game, "Roses", "Bring Me Down" feat Brandy, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (rmx) feat Jay-Z, "We Major" feat Nas & Really Doe, "Gone" feat Consequence & Cam'Ron and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Christopher KearneyChristopher Kearney ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
Nice work from Christopher Kearney – a Canadian singer/songwriter who followed the same path to LA as some of his 60s contemporaries, yet managed to cut this album back home with a feel that's all his own! There's definitely some currents from American country in Kearney's approach, but the whole thing nicely avoids any country rock cliches – maybe because of the Toronto recording location, and the unique batch of talents that Kearney assembled for the recording – who really seem to know how to cast his songs in just the right light. Chris has a presence that's way stronger than you'd guess from his look on the cover – and titles include "20% Off", "Everything Here", "House Of D", "Loosen Up", "Long Old Train", and "Get Back Home". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisAzul Infinito ... CD
Greenleaf, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A great group with a really unique vibe – a sound that's much warmer and more captivating than you'd guess from the "catharsis" in their name – as trombonist Ryan Keberle blends together elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, with some especially haunting wordless vocals from singer Camila Meza! Meza's very much her own artist – and works here with a mode that is more instrumental than lyrical – singing with these great tones that create a sense of flow and glow in the music – never gimmicky, and never in some of the more forced ways that singers might have used the approach in the 70s. Meza sings lyrics at a few points, but what we really love are these wordless lines – blended in alongside the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez, drums of Eric Doob, and beautifully warm basslines of Jorge Roeder. Titles include "La Ley Primeira", "Cancione Mandela", "Quintessence", "Mr Azul", "She Sleeps Alone", "Madalena", and "I Thought I Knew". CD

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Chaka KhanI Feel For You ... LP
Warner, 1984. Sealed ... $7.99
Chaka Khan steps off her smoother sets from the early 80s here – into a groove that's a bit chunkier, funkier, and with some key 80s groove touches! Arif Mardin's still in charge of the whole project here, but he's opened the door to a host of other producers to update Chaka's sound for the dancefloor – including John Robie, Russ Titelman, James Newton Howard, and others. The title hit – "I Feel For You" – is a vocoder bumping classic from back in the day – and other tracks include "Chinatown", "This Is My Night", "La Flamme", "My Love Is Alive", "Hold Her", "Through The Fire", and "Stronger Than Before". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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King CurtisComplete Atco Singles (3CD set) ... CD
Atco/Real Gone, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $43.99 49.98
Some of the greatest work ever from funky saxophone genius King Curtis – tracks we like way better than his full length albums for Atco Records, better than his early work for the Fire/Fury label, and even better than some of his session work at Atlantic! Here's a secret – on 45s, King Curtis gets even harder and heavier than on an album – where he sometimes plays in a sweeter, straighter sound to cross over with pop covers and soul instrumentals. But on a 7" single – especially on the flipside – the King isn't afraid to get funky at all – and often turns out these totally tight, totally heavy cuts that rival some of the best of the funky 45 underground of the time – the kind of music you don't always find on full albums from Curtis, but which you'll discover in volumes on this set! The 3CD package features a whopping 66 racks in all – with loads of titles not on CD or LP before – with titles that include "Pots & Pans (parts 1 & 2)", "Jest Smoochin", "Chili", "Restless Guitar", "Boss", "Quicksand", "This Is Soul", "8th Wonder", "Makein Hey", "In The Pocket", "Jump Back", "Foot Pattin (part 2)", "Rocky Roll", "Pop Corn Willy", "Soulin", "Teasin", "Whole Lotta Love", "La Jeanne", "Instant Groove", "Valley Of The Dolls", "Cook Out", "For What It's Worth", "Honeydripper (parts 1 & 2)", and "Soul Theme". CD

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KinksArthur – Or The Fall & Decline Of The British Empire ... LP
Reprise, 1969. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Originally recorded for a TV special in 1969 – but one of the Kinks' greatest albums ever! The semi-concept album traces the woes, worries, and hopes of a British family, as one half is on the verge of emigration to Australia. The work comes out of the sort of songwriting that Ray Davies had been perfecting on albums like Village Green and Something Else – but the overall style is more sophisticated, yet not nearly as self-indulgent as some of the 70s concept clunkers. Instead, the songs are brilliantly tight, and stand on their own well past the concept of the original album. Titles include "Victoria", "Brainwashed", "Australia", "Shangri-La", "Mr. Churchill Says", and "Yes Sir, No Sir". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & tan label stereo pressing – including lyric insert. Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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Earl KlughEarl Klugh (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1976. Used ... $4.99
The sweet debut from guitarist Earl Klugh – a player whose sound went onto dominate late 70s fusion in a big big way! Klugh's clearly stepping here into a space allowed by George Benson at the time – a blend of jazz and R&B that's warmer and mellower than work previously done on Blue Note in the decade (or on CTI and Kudu for that matter) – one that's less focused on rhythm than it is on tone, and the kind of setting that allows Earl to shine wonderfully. There's a lot less of the cheesiness here that would hurt Klugh's later albums, and the overall presentation is nicely retrained – arranged by Dave Grusin at a time when he still knew how to bring a good deal of soul into a session, avoiding cliche and letting the soloist step forth unmarred. Other players include Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, and Grusin himself – and Klugh plays both electric and acoustic guitar, on tunes that include "Angelina", "Slippin In The Back Door", "Vonetta", "Waltz For Debby", and "Wind & The Sea". CD also adds in 3 bonus tracks recorded live in 1977 – from Blue Note Meets The LA Philharmonic, and featuring Klugh on the tracks "Cabo Frio", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", and "Angelina". CD
(BMG Direct pressing. Out of print.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsVisions (UK pressing) ... CD
CBS (UK), 1983. Used ... $9.99
Sweet 80s groove from Gladys Knight & The Pips – just the kind of record that shows why the group kept going strong for so many years! The classic approach is still very firmly intact – Gladys' wonderful lead, soaring out over the Pips' warm harmonies – a vocal power that so many other groups could never get this right – evolved amazingly here from the early soul years of the group's origins. The approach of the set is lean and smooth, yet turns out to be a perfect fit for the maturing Knight/Pips sound – a mode that still keeps them right out in front of the pack, with a great mix of grooving and sophistication. Titles include "Save The Overtime (For Me)", "Heaven Sent", "When You're Far Away", "Just Be My Lover", "Don't Make Me Run Away", "Ain't No Greater Love", "O La De Da", "You're Number One", and the longstanding classic "Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)". CD

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KnxwledgeHud Dreems ... LP
Stones Throw, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 22.98
The Stones Throw debut of LA beatmaker Knxwledge – fresh from strong production work from diverse, top notch talent like Kendrick Lamar and Joey Badass – and making a pretty strong case for himself as a headlining talent on this sprawling instrumental set! He melds funk, soul and jazz inspired beats into a distinct vibe of his like – which we could say for many other great producers in the Stones Throw camp – but this is truly unique work! Includes "Time & Tide", "Dnt Fall", "My Life", "Frm Nowhere"., "Trsh", "Aint It Ovr", "Okai Okai", "Nvrending", "Th Troll", "Let U Leave (Geekdop)", "Right Aftr (THK)", "Faraway" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Exclusive "Side D" vinyl only tracks – includes download!)

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✨✧ Dadisi KomolafeHassan's Walk ... CD
Nimbus, 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by Sunship Theus – all working together in a style that's infused with soulful, post-Coltrane exploratory energy, never going too far outside, and always staying true to the rhythmic pulse at its core. Kelly's vibes are really great – sparkling underneath solos by Komolafe that remind us a lot of Gary Bartz's earliest work – and titles include "Calvary", "Speak No Evil", and "Hassan's Walk". CD
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Edmony Krater Et ZepissTijan Pou Velo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1988. New Copy ... $9.99
An unusual blend of jazz, fusion, and gwo ka rhythms from Guadelopue – served up here in a classic album from trumpeter Edmony Krater! Krater blows some beautiful solos on the record – a bit like Don Cherry in some of his more globally-oriented projects – but the overall approach is more rhythmic, and tied together by keyboards and basslines, which are then offset by rootsier percussion elements that trace back to the earlier days of the genre – while Edmony and his compatriots continue to inflect some modern touches over the top! The group's got some sweet guitar lines from Freddy Tisseur, whose playing nicely skirts both sides of this sound – and titles include "Crepuscule", "Tijan", "Gwadloup", "Chimin Spirit", and "Occitan Dance". CD features two bonus tracks – "Rime A La Vi" and "Sonje Pa Plere". CD

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Kreisler/Wieniawski/Tartini/Schumann/Vitali/Gluck/Henryk Szeryng In Recital – With Charles Reiner ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible performance from this legendary violinist – one that has all the complex dynamics of his work from earlier years – but presented with a lot more subtlety in this intimate set of duets with pianist Charles Reiner! The well-recorded set is a standout from the Living Stereo years at RCA – although even amongst those recordings, it has a less show presentation overall – no need to overstate its presence, given that the performance of the material is already quite strong. Works performed include "Chaconne In G Minor" by Vitali, "Dance Of The Blessed Spirits" by Gluck (Kreisler transcription), "Variations ON A Theme By Corelli" by Tartini (Francescatti transcription), "Scherzo Tarantelle Op 16" by Wieniawski, and "Danza De La Gitana" by Halffter (Heifetz transcription). CD

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Geoff Krozier & The GeneratorTranceformer ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP ... $9.99
Mad magick a very weird Australian quartet – one who work here in a weird blend of witchcraft and electronics, all at a level that's much more like some of the most tripped out late 60s moog records than you'd guess from the record's 1981 date! The sounds here are really completely out of time – performed by the group on a range of keyboards and synthesizers, and processed with lots of spooky touches – then topped with sung and spoken passages from Geoff Krozier, who comes across somewhere in the territory of Anton La Vey or Genesis P Orridge – a completely haunting style that really sends chills down our spine! Titles include "Temple Of Exotic Delights", "Land Of Unclean Spirits", "House Of The Sun", "Paid Your Money", "Feed You To The Sharks", "House Of The Joker", "Slave Traders", and "The Devil May Care". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul KuhnPaul Kuhn Originals Vol 2 – Big Hits Of The Big Bands/Pop Ala Swing ... CD
EMI/Jazzclub (Germany), 1972/1975. New Copy ... $12.99
Two albums by the Paul Kuhn SFB Big Band – back to back on a single CD! First up is Big Hits Of The Big Bands – a set that steps back to pick up classic large ensemble numbers from the 30s and 40s, but deliver them with a reworked 70s approach to a big band – from the way the instrumentation is laid out, to the top-shelf production in the studio! Paul gets help from UK trumpeter Jimmy Deutcher on some of the tracks – which makes them sound a bit more groovy than you might expect – and musicians include Kurt Weil on vibes, Ake Persson and Slide Hampton on trombone, Carmell Jones and Rolf Ericson on trumpets, and Leo Wright on alto! Titles include "Mr Anthony's Boogie", "Perfida", "Flying Home", "Skyliner", "Four Brothers", "Song Of India", and "Intermission Riff". Pop A La Swing is billed as "sounds of yesterday hits of today" – a reference to the way in which Kuhn's big band style serves to bring an old school vibe to the album's selection of contemporary tunes from the late 60s and early 70s! As with other Paul Kuhn ensemble sets, the group features an excellent lineup of European and American musicians – including Sigi Schwab and Philip Catherine on guitar, Eugen Cicero on piano, Robgert De Reijke on organ, and Leo Wright on reeds – plus the great Hans Rettenbacher on bass, whose bottom end work recalls some of his best MPS label accompaniment – and makes the rhythms a bit groovier than you might expect. Titles include "Taka Takata", "Close To You", "Goodbye My Love Goodbye", "Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Get Down", and a great big band take on Hot Butter's "Popcorn" – with very unusual instrumentation in place of the moog! CD

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