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LA ExpressLA Express/Shadow Play ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on their own! Even without Scott's sax in the lead, the sound here is still pretty darn sharp – and the lineup features Robben Ford on guitars, Victor Feldman on keyboards, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums and percussion – plus saxophones from David Luell, who kind of steps in where Scott left off! There's some nice jamming that's on the tighter side of the CTI sound – with lots of choppy sax lines from Luell over sweet electric rhythms – and titles include "The Shrug", "Stairs", "Cry Of The Jungle", "It's Happening Right Now", "Western Horizon", and "Down The Middle". Shadow Play is proof that the group could stand strongly on their own away from former leader Tom Scott! This time around, the sound is a bit more built-up than before – put together with a slight dose of soul in the mix, which really warms things up from the sharper sound of their debut! The album features vocals on 3 numbers – wonderful wordless scatting from Joni Mitchell on the track "Nordic Winds" – which almost comes across like a rare Euro fusion cut from the time – and straighter soulful singing from Paulette McWilliams on the tunes "Double Your Pleasure" and "Dance The Night Away". Players include Victor Feldman on keyboards and percussion, David Luell on saxes, Peter Maunu on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums – and other titles include "Shadow Play", "Chariot Race", "Velvet Lady", "Mad Drums & Englishman", and "Vortex". CD
 
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✨✧ VariousSamples Outta LA – Soul ... CD
Playoff (France), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic cuts from the 70s – all of which have been used as hip hop samples over the years, but which sound even better here when served up on their own! The collection's only partly a sample set – but really just stands strongly as a great batch of perfect tracks from back in the day – the kind of funky, righteous, and mellow-grooving numbers that made the 70s such a great decade for soul music – a point when the music hit such new heights and fresh styles, its power keeps on influencing the sound of new recordings in the 21st Century! Titles include "The Boogie Back" by Roy Ayers, "Easin In" by Edwin Starr, "Intimate Friends" by Eddie Kendricks, "Do Like I Do" by Smokey Robinson, "Star In The Ghetto" by Average White Band & Ben E King, "Living Together Is Keeping Us Apart" by Clarence Reid, "Players Balling" by Ohio Players, "I'm Gonna Love You A Little Bit More" by Barry White, "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway, "I Get Lifted" by George McCrae, and "Express Yourself" by Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Band. CD

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LA 4Going Home ... LP
East Wind (Japan), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
Wonderful work from this really unique west coast combo of the 70s – a quartet that draws plenty from key contributions of each of its members – but which also has a very special sound in the acoustic guitar of Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's a player who'd already been working in LA for two decades or more, but finds a whole new way to express himself here – in the company of past partner Bud Shank on reeds – who really opens up with some soulful solos on the record, which step boldly past some of the guitar passages that sometimes lead off the tracks. Ray Brown's bass is wonderful too – well-shaped, and given some great space to help work alongside Laurindo's guitar – and the album's completed by some very sensitive work on drums by Shelly Manne. Titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Django", "Romance De Amor", and "Recipe Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandExpress Yourself ... LP
Warner, 1970. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A masterpiece of messed-up LA funk – and one of the crowning moments in the career of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Charles and crew do an excellent job with all the tracks – most of which are more open ended than some of their earlier ones, and run on for longer than usual with some good trippy instrumental moments that really stretch out the groove from their funky 45 days. The album includes the stoner funk classic "High As Apple Pie", done here in two "slices", plus the classic "Express Yourself", a monster number that still sounds great every time we hear it – even though it's been used on commercials and sampled plenty of times over the years! Other tracks include "I'm Aware", "Love Land", and "I Got Love" LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandExpress Yourself – The Best Of Charles Wright ... CD
Warner, Late 60s. Used ... $5.99
Although this 15 track compilation doesn't even begin to cover the full scope of this great messed-up funky group from LA, it's just about the only way you'll get their best stuff – because it's pretty darn hard to find in any format! The CD runs the gamut of the group's output – from tight choppy funky stuff like "Express Yourself" and "Spreadin' Honey", to later trippier soul stuff, like "90 Day Cycle People" and "Comment". Lots of other goodies, plus a good set of notes that tracks the roots of this enigmatic funk band from LA! CD

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✨✧ VariousMen In The Glass Booth – Groundbreaking Re-edits & Remixes By The Disco Era's Most Influential DJs – Part 2 (5LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 5LP ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection – and one that fills in a crucially under-documented side of the New York dancefloor generation – the wealth of special mixes and edits that were made for that city's important DJs for their own use in clubs! The package sorts through a mountain of never-issued acetates, and goes way past conventional disco or rare club collections – to showcase the special mixing talents these DJs brought to their re-presentation of the material – which was usually done on tape, then pressed onto acetate discs for their own private use! Those rare treasures are brought forth here – in a beautiful package that's also overflowing with fantastic notes that finally give this lost history its due – all handled by Al Kent – who's a hell of a mixer himself, as well as an underground club historian. Vinyl part 2 features five full records – all with lots of space for the tracks to stretch out – and titles include "My Number's Up (Tee Scott rmx)" by The Salsoul Orchestra, "The Love Bug Done Bit Me Again (David Todd rmx)" by Skyliners, "LA Sunshine (Robert Ouimet rmx)" by Aura, "Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Tony Valor Sound Orchestra, "Handsome Ma (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Sparkle Tuhran & Friends, "Love Thang (Tee Scott rmx)" by First Choice, "Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez edit)" by Kay Gees, "Love Is The Message (Tee Scott rmx)" by Brooklyn Express, "Changes (Jellybean Benitez rmx)" by Chain Reaction, "J'Ouvert (Frank Sestito rmx)" by John Gibbs & The Jam Band, "By The Way You Dance (Bobby DJ Guttadaro rmx)" by Bunny Sigler, "It's Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons disco madness version)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Dennis Dreith BandReunion ... LP
Everland (Austria), 2018. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A contemporary album, but one that's got the feel of a funky big band session from years back – no surprise, as Dennis Dreith and many of these players brought plenty of that magic to the LA scene back in the day! The style here hearkens towards some of the MPS or US albums of the style from the 70s – with mostly acoustic elements from the horns, held together by rhythms from electric bass, drums, and keyboards – all to forge sharp ensemble passages that step aside for a bit when the soloist comes in – yet all still while nicely holding onto the groove. The charts are great – full of color and light – and soloists include Andy Macintosh on alto, Ron King and Dan Fornero on trumpet, Gary Herbig on tenor, and John Goux on guitar. Titles include "Karuna", "Holdin On", "Second Wind", "Orient Express", "Tai Che Strut", "Qvaznak", and "Eighty Six Ninety Five Sincerely". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reunion ... LP 22.99

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Dennis Dreith BandReunion ... LP
Everland (Austria), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
A contemporary album, but one that's got the feel of a funky big band session from years back – no surprise, as Dennis Dreith and many of these players brought plenty of that magic to the LA scene back in the day! The style here hearkens towards some of the MPS or US albums of the style from the 70s – with mostly acoustic elements from the horns, held together by rhythms from electric bass, drums, and keyboards – all to forge sharp ensemble passages that step aside for a bit when the soloist comes in – yet all still while nicely holding onto the groove. The charts are great – full of color and light – and soloists include Andy Macintosh on alto, Ron King and Dan Fornero on trumpet, Gary Herbig on tenor, and John Goux on guitar. Titles include "Karuna", "Holdin On", "Second Wind", "Orient Express", "Tai Che Strut", "Qvaznak", and "Eighty Six Ninety Five Sincerely". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reunion ... LP 19.99

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BanBest Of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ... CD
Warner/Varese, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Heavy funk from one of the coolest, grooviest bands on the LA scene at the end of the 60s – a freewheeling ensemble who were almost to that city what Sly & The Family Stone were to San Francisco! Yet unlike Sly Stone, Charles Wright was never as concerned with crossing over to the mainstream – and throughout the early run of his group, documented here, he really kept things sharp and gritty – music that was as important an influence on funky sounds to come as the 60s work of the James Brown Band, but maybe even more open and freewheeling overall. This collection brings together some key hits and other great nuggets too – and titles include "Do Your Thing", "Comment", "Love Land", "Express Yourself", "I Wake Up Crying", "Till You Get Enough", "Must Be Your Thing", "Your Love Meands Everything To Me", "I Got Love", "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do", "Spreadin Honey", "Nobody", and "Keep Saying" – plus bonus new recordings of "Happiness" and "Remember That Thing". CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label ... CD
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
That's a sweet image on the cover – and the grooves inside are equally dynamic too – a really wonderful collection that's easily one of the most compelling in Numero's Eccentric Soul series! The work here all hails from the tiny San Antonio scene of the late 60s – but much of the music has a sound that's way different than you might expect from Texas soul – often with great harmonies that recall the best of the east coast groups of the time, and occasionally with a few brown-eyed touches that echo the style of East LA! There's a wonderfully heartbreaking feel to many of these tracks – and the set's heavy focus on mellower numbers is totally great – and gives the whole thing a wonderful late nite sort of vibe that's usually quite hard to find in compilations like this. As usual, Numero's done a great job with the notes and history of the label – but the music alone is more than enough – a heady brew of cuts that include "Little Girl Blue" and "Try Loving Me" by The Webs, "I Gotta Know" by Tonettes, "Give Your Love To Me" and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Little Jr Jesse & The Tear Drops, "Cry & Wonder Why" by Doc & Sal, "Must Be Alright" and "Hey It's Love" by The Commands, "She's Gotta Have Soul" by Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express, and "I Can't Take No More" by Willie Cooper & The Webs. CD
Also available Eccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label (with bonus tracks) ... LP 23.99

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 24.99
That's a sweet image on the cover – and the grooves inside are equally dynamic too – a really wonderful collection that's easily one of the most compelling in Numero's Eccentric Soul series! The work here all hails from the tiny San Antonio scene of the late 60s – but much of the music has a sound that's way different than you might expect from Texas soul – often with great harmonies that recall the best of the east coast groups of the time, and occasionally with a few brown-eyed touches that echo the style of East LA! There's a wonderfully heartbreaking feel to many of these tracks – and the set's heavy focus on mellower numbers is totally great – and gives the whole thing a wonderful late nite sort of vibe that's usually quite hard to find in compilations like this. As usual, Numero's done a great job with the notes and history of the label – but the music alone is more than enough – a heady brew of cuts that include "Little Girl Blue" and "Try Loving Me" by The Webs, "I Gotta Know" by Tonettes, "Give Your Love To Me" and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Little Jr Jesse & The Tear Drops, "Cry & Wonder Why" by Doc & Sal, "Must Be Alright" and "Hey It's Love" by The Commands, "She's Gotta Have Soul" by Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express, and "I Can't Take No More" by Willie Cooper & The Webs. 2LP version features 7 more tracks not on the CD set – and great heavy vinyl and cover! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Eccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BanBest Of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ... CD
Warner/Varese, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from one of the coolest, grooviest bands on the LA scene at the end of the 60s – a freewheeling ensemble who were almost to that city what Sly & The Family Stone were to San Francisco! Yet unlike Sly Stone, Charles Wright was never as concerned with crossing over to the mainstream – and throughout the early run of his group, documented here, he really kept things sharp and gritty – music that was as important an influence on funky sounds to come as the 60s work of the James Brown Band, but maybe even more open and freewheeling overall. This collection brings together some key hits and other great nuggets too – and titles include "Do Your Thing", "Comment", "Love Land", "Express Yourself", "I Wake Up Crying", "Till You Get Enough", "Must Be Your Thing", "Your Love Meands Everything To Me", "I Got Love", "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do", "Spreadin Honey", "Nobody", and "Keep Saying" – plus bonus new recordings of "Happiness" and "Remember That Thing". CD
(Punch through barcode.)
Also available Best Of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Jim Hall & Red MitchellJim Hall Guitar/Red Mitchell Bass ... LP
Artists House, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from the sublime Artists House series of the 70s – a rare chance to hear Jim Hall in a really stripped-down setting! The record features spare duets between Hall's guitar and the acoustic bass of Red Mitchell – both players who worked together on the LA scene of the 50s, but who've matured tremendously here, and really know how to take advantage of a setting like this. Hall's well-pointed notes are always a treat in this sort of format, but Mitchell's also especially nice – playing with warmly-rounded tones that are really great. Titles include "Big Blues", "Waltz New", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Blue Dove", and "Osaka Express". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stuck gatefold.)

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✨✧ Nicholas PaytonAfro-Caribbean Mixtape ... CD
Paytone, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from trumpeter Nicholas Payton – a record that's not straight jazz, or a standard exploration of some of the roots that have influenced his music – and instead a wonderfully criss-crossing combination of sounds from the African diaspora – served up here in a way that really lives up to the title! Payton plays his usual trumpet, but also delivers sounds on Fender Rhodes, organ, and even a bit of vocals – in a vibrant group that also includes more Rhodes, cello, sound effects, turntables, percussion, and even a string ensemble – interspersed with vocal snippets from Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and many others! Payton's always had a sense of history in his music – but this may well be the first time he's taken that history and focused it forward – really creating something new in the process. The double-length set gives him plenty of room to express and experiment – and titles include "La Guajira", "Jazz Is A Four Letter Word", "Bamboula", "Kimathi", "Madmwazel Ayiti", "Junie's Boogie", "Jewel", "Othello", "The Egyptian Second Line", and "Call & Response". CD

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✨✧ Carlo RustichelliMade In Italy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ SpecialsLive At The Moonlight Club ... CD
2 Tone/Parlophone, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant live work from The Specials – a concert recorded on the eve of Margaret Thatcher's election in 1979 – and a performance that really captures the group at the height of their powers! The Specials on record are a well-known, and much-lauded commodity – but they're maybe even sharper here in a live setting – really connecting to the crowd, and coming across with an urgency that reminds us how much their music was part of the late 70s punk generation – even though so many other copycats watered its power down over the years! This set takes the group right back to their roots – on titles that include "It's Up To You", "Do The Dog", "Monkey Man", "Blank Expression", "Nite Klub", "Concrete Jungle", "Too Hot", and "Long Shot (Kick De Bucket)". CD

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✨✧ SpecialsLive At The Moonlight Club (180 gram pressing) ... LP
2 Tone/Parlophone, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Brilliant live work from The Specials – a concert recorded on the eve of Margaret Thatcher's election in 1979 – and a performance that really captures the group at the height of their powers! The Specials on record are a well-known, and much-lauded commodity – but they're maybe even sharper here in a live setting – really connecting to the crowd, and coming across with an urgency that reminds us how much their music was part of the late 70s punk generation – even though so many other copycats watered its power down over the years! This set takes the group right back to their roots – on titles that include "It's Up To You", "Do The Dog", "Monkey Man", "Blank Expression", "Nite Klub", "Concrete Jungle", "Too Hot", and "Long Shot (Kick De Bucket)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousI'm In A Strange Town – Blues & Gospel 1927 to 1967 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from that special place where blues and gospel intersect – where the spirit comes to play with more secular expressions – and the result is something completely sublime! The work here spans the space of a few decades, but is unified by the strong presence of guitar on most tracks – used with fierce frenzy to move the faithful – and supported by vocals that often have a more heavens-searching quality than the more downtrodden style of mainstream blues. Titles include "Prayer Of Death (parts 1 & 2)" by Charley Patton, "Poor Boy" by Cannon's Jug Stompers, "Two Wings" by Utah Smith, "Death Don't Have No Mercy" by Gary Dvis, "How Long" by Rev Charles White, "Down At The Depot" by John Lee, and "I Love Traveling" by Two Gospel Keys. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Errol BrownDubb Everlasting/Dub Expression ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of dub classics from Errol Brown – back to back on a single CD! Dubb Everlasting is a record that might mis-spell the name of its genre, but it's also a set that strips things right down to the core, then adds a very unique touch! Errol Brown works here in the Treasure Isle studios with massive rhythms from The Revolutionaries – but in a session that also includes a mysterious harmonica player too – who uses the instrument to carve out unusual riffs that are sometimes jazz, sometimes bluesy – almost making it feel like War's Lee Oskar is sitting in for a session down in Kingston! The instrument is quite different here than when melodica is used in dub – and titles include "Eva A Dub", "Marigunna Affair", "Babylon Dubbing", "Escape Affair", "Biblical Dub", and "Easy Locks". On Dub Expression, the mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ebb and flow in a way that's got a heck of a lot of sonic power – while some of the more isolated instruments over the top step along in a more melodic way – sometimes a bit of organ, guitar, or bubbling bass, depending on the track! The presentation is as stripped-down as the music – but at that mysterious level that only makes the record such a cool little treasure – with tracks that include "Bond Street Rock", "Ranking Marshal", "The Gun Court Dub", "Ital Stew", "Super Tracks", "Dread At The Controls", and "Ghetto Dub". CD

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Spectral (Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs)Empty Castles ... CD
Aerophonic, 2018. Used ... $8.99
A beautiful triangulation of horns from the Spectral Trio – working here on their second album, with a mighty nice lineup that features Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino, Dave Rempis on alto and baritone, and Darren Johnston on trumpet! The sound here feels more focused on textures than before – as the players balance their expressions together to create these moody backdrops, which are then penetrated by individual moments of expression – often with a stark sound of delight that can be very powerful. Titles include "Brooklyn Took It", "Splash Zone", "Dirt Angels", "This Is Not Vermont", "Gravity Corridor", and "Bunker". CD
Also available Empty Castles ... CD 12.99

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Spectral (Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs)Empty Castles ... CD
Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
A beautiful triangulation of horns from the Spectral Trio – working here on their second album, with a mighty nice lineup that features Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino, Dave Rempis on alto and baritone, and Darren Johnston on trumpet! The sound here feels more focused on textures than before – as the players balance their expressions together to create these moody backdrops, which are then penetrated by individual moments of expression – often with a stark sound of delight that can be very powerful. Titles include "Brooklyn Took It", "Splash Zone", "Dirt Angels", "This Is Not Vermont", "Gravity Corridor", and "Bunker". CD
Also available Empty Castles ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ VariousSoul Don't Worry – Black Gospel During The Civil Rights Era – 1953 to 1967 ... CD
Narroway, 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of gospel tracks from the 50s and 60s – one that definitely takes the Civil Rights theme in the title seriously, but in ways that are often a bit more subtle than you might expect! Gospel music was key to the strivings of under-represented Americans during these years – as the music was a place of rich cultural expression and unbridled righteousness – maybe a more spiritual place to express messages that would soon have more secular orientation, but no less force overall! The work here really helps you hear how more directly political soul music found its voice in the second half of the 60s – and the work often has group vocal interplay that rivals some of the best of the soul generation. Titles include "I'll Fight For The Right" by JM Bell & The Robinson Ensemble, "What Is Freedom" by Friendly Four, "I Cried" by Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, "I'm Watching & Waiting" by Myrtle Jackson, "Stand By Me" by Marie Knight, "Traveling To That City" by Harold Bowen Singers, "Take Courage" by Rosie Wallace, "I Heard The Voice" by Wooten Choral Ensemble, "Soon We'll Be Done" by Utterback Concert Ensemble, "Viet Nam" by Southern Bells, and "I'm Going To Walk Through The Streets" by Melody Kings. 27 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Steve LacyGap ... CD
America/Verve, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic 70s work from Steve Lacy – recorded by his legendary quintet that included Steve Potts on saxes, Irene Aebi on cello, Kent Carter on bass, and Noel McGhee on drums! The tunes represent a key moment in Lacy's career – one that shows him working strongly in an ensemble mode, towards a vision that was mutually shared by all players, and expressed clearly over a number of brilliant albums. Aebi's only playing cello at this point, not singing – and the work has a quality that's relatively free, but not without structure. Titles include "The Gap", "Esteem", "La Motte Picquet", and "The Thing". CD features a bonus alternate take of "La Motte Picquet". CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)

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NGC 4594Skipping Through The Night ... CD
Tune In (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Great lost work from NGC 4595 – a group who take their name from the galactic location of the closest black hole to the earth! These guys only ever issued one single during their short existence, but they also recorded more than enough work for a full album – which appears here, and as a stunning revelation of one of the most unique groups working in the US during the 60s! The work isn't totally psychedelic, but it's plenty trippy – almost more infused by a sense of madness and offbeat twists and turns that almost recalls Brute Force, but without as much goofiness. Instrumentation often includes these cool organ lines that are thin and almost moogy – helping intensify the galactic quality of the group – and the whole album is really stunning – a mindblowing space in between psych, garage, freakbeat, and beat! Titles include "Colors", "Take Off Your Feet", "Imagination Dead Imagine", "Negative Zone", "Sea Ballad", "Nova Express", "So Bright", and "Bloomin". CD

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Last PoetsChastisement/Freedom Express ... CD
Multimedia (UK), 1972/1988. Used ... $16.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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LilacCome Come Come (orient express version, myom version, radio, inst) ... 12-inch
Flea (Italy), 1989. Very Good (pic cover)... $5.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Clayton BrothersExpressions ... CD
Qwest, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Edmond HallJazz Classics – Celestial Express ... LP
Blue Note, 1941/1944. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Half of this set features one of the most unusual Blue Note sessions from the early days – a set led by clarinetist Edmond Hall, but featuring Mead Lux Lewis on celeste! Charlie Christian also plays in the group – and the other date features Red Norvo on vibes, Carl Kress on guitar, and Teddy Wilson on piano. First LP pressing of this material – originally issued on 78s! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black DiscoNight Express ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup here includes reed heavyweight Basil Coetzee on both flute and tenor sax – working in a quartet with some sublime organ lines from Pops Mohamed – who plays in this snakey sort of way that's a bit like South African jazz piano, but maybe even more flowing and moody. The grooves are sometimes funky, sometimes more modal – but always forward moving in a really great way, but again with a very fresh approach to rhythm! Titles include "Super Natural Love", "Yasmeen's Blues", "Night Express", "Odd's On", and "Echo On The Delay". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ruben BladesMetiendo Mano (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 21.98
Willie Colon declares Ruben Blades as the champ on the cover of this early solo set – and for good reason too, as the album's one of Blades' best! There's a clear, clean simplicity to the record that's totally wonderful – a purity of vision before some of Ruben's later crossover efforts – and a standout sense of voice that's a bit different than the work he'd recorded with Willie Colon as a leader. Of course, given the image on the front, Willie's never too far off – arranging some tracks, producing the record, and playing trombone as well – yet somehow, there's a slight divergence here from the usual Colon groove – and an initial expression of Ruben Blades' grander Latin vision. In addition to Colon, arrangements are also by Louie Ramirez and Louie Cruz – and the band's as tight as can be, and features Yomo Toro on cuatro, Sonny Bravo on piano, and Jose Mangual and Milton Cardona on percussion. Titles include "La Maleta", "Fue Varon", "Pueblo", "Me Recordaras", and "Lluvia De Tu Cielo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered!)
Also available Metiendo Mano (remastered edition) ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Ruben BladesMetiendo Mano (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1977. Used ... $11.99
Willie Colon declares Ruben Blades as the champ on the cover of this early solo set – and for good reason too, as the album's one of Blades' best! There's a clear, clean simplicity to the record that's totally wonderful – a purity of vision before some of Ruben's later crossover efforts – and a standout sense of voice that's a bit different than the work he'd recorded with Willie Colon as a leader. Of course, given the image on the front, Willie's never too far off – arranging some tracks, producing the record, and playing trombone as well – yet somehow, there's a slight divergence here from the usual Colon groove – and an initial expression of Ruben Blades' grander Latin vision. In addition to Colon, arrangements are also by Louie Ramirez and Louie Cruz – and the band's as tight as can be, and features Yomo Toro on cuatro, Sonny Bravo on piano, and Jose Mangual and Milton Cardona on percussion. Titles include "La Maleta", "Fue Varon", "Pueblo", "Me Recordaras", and "Lluvia De Tu Cielo". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Metiendo Mano (180 gram pressing) ... LP 20.99

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Art BlakeyBig Beat ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $5.99
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their early soulful powers here – working with Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt in a set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. Nearly every track on the record's a classic – and titles include an early version of Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus Wayne Shorter's beautiful tunes "Lester Left Town", "Chess Players", and "Sakeena's Vision". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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BongaAngola 72 ... LP
Morabeza/Lusafrica (France), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
The sound of Angola, circa 1972 – served up here in a beautiful album of songs from Bonga! The music is relatively spare – mostly just lead acoustic guitar, bass, and percussion – the latter of which is played by Bonga himself, almost always with this lively quality that really matches his vocals – which themselves are filled with all these fantastic inflections that almost remind us of salsa singers of the time – no surprise, given how much Latin music styles were hitting the scene in West Africa during the 60s and 70s. But the style here is very different, too – as Bonga's richly expressive in the way he uses his voice – almost more folkloric, given the acoustic guitar instrumentation – yet surprisingly powerful too, despite the spareness. Titles include "Ku Tando", "Balumukeno", "Uengi Dia Ngola", "Paxi Ni Ngongo", "Muimbo Ua Sabalu", and "Muadikime". LP, Vinyl record album

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David Boykin ExpanseSolar Suite ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe turning towards even more spiritual currents from more outside performances – working with an excellent lineup that features Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, Mike Reed on drums, Renee Baker on violin, Chinatsu Nakano on alto, and Shirazette Tinnin on congas. Both Abrams and Reed are also at key points of their development, and together with Boykin and Mitchell, they beautifully point the way forward for a new generation of Chicago expression. The piece is one long live performance, over 45 minutes in length – with segments that include "Midnight", "Sunrise", "Herukhuti", and "Enocturnal Sun". CD

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BT Express1980 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums ever from BT Express – tighter, smoother, and classier than the group's early funky disco sessions – and with a cosmic sound that shows them really growing at the time! The sound here steps off from both the group's own horn-heavy disco sides of the 70s, and from the more righteous ensemble funk work of the Earth Wind & Fire generation – and there's also a nice undercurrent of the snapping midtempo rhythms that would show up even later in the early 80s indie club scene. Funk is still very much a part of the BT Express sound – and even when coming together like an all-pro outfit, the group are still hitting hard on the rhythms and well-crafted guitar parts. A wonderful record throughout – the kind of late session that could easily be overlooked, but which represents some of the group's best work! Titles include "Takin' Off", "Does It Feel Good", "Closer", "Better Late Than Never", and "Have Some Fun". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Midnight Beat", "Let Me Be The One", "Does It Feel Good (orig promo 12" version)", "Give Up The Funk (original single)", "Have Some Fun (original single version)", and "Better Late Than Never (original single version)". CD

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BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied)/Function At The Junction ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1974/1977. Used ... $14.99
2 dancefloor classics – back to back on one CD! Do It is the monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". Function At The Junction is from 3 years later, and pretty darn great as well – an updating of the BT Express funky club sound, one that still retains a lot of the best elements of earlier efforts. Horn arrangements are very strong, handled by Carlos Ward with a nice touch of jazz – and the added strings only broaden the sound, never overwhelm it, making for a well-composed batch of tracks that ranks with the best Philly dancefloor. Titles include "Funky Music", "Sunshine", "Star Gazer", "How Big Can You Dream", "Eyes", and "Scratch My Itch". CD
(Out of print.)

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BT ExpressEnergy To Burn/1980 ... CD
Roadshow/Edsel (UK), 1976/1980. Used ... $18.99
2 stunners from BT Express – the group's 3rd and 6th albums – back to back on one CD! Energy To Burn is a killer set that's extremely well-titled – as BT Express were one of the hottest ensemble funk acts of their time! The groove here is definitely aimed at a more disco-oriented dancefloor than before – but the overall sound is plenty funky enough for our ears – thanks to some amazing horn passages arranged by Carlos Ward, whose own work on sax and flute really add an edgey quality to the set. Ward's horns are really fantastic – cutting and turning with a sharply-honed tone that keeps things fresh throughout – even when the rhythms are hitting more of a mainstream dancefloor sound. Titles include the group's mellow soul version of "Now That We've Found Love", plus "Herbs", "Time Tunnel", "Energy To Burn", and "Make Your Body Move". And although a late entry in their catalog, 1980 is one of the greatest albums ever from BT Express – tighter, smoother, and classier than the group's early funky disco sessions – and with a cosmic sound that shows them really growing at the time! The sound here steps off from both the group's own horn-heavy disco sides of the 70s, and from the more righteous ensemble funk work of the Earth Wind & Fire generation – and there's also a nice undercurrent of the snapping midtempo rhythms that would show up even later in the early 80s indie club scene. Funk is still very much a part of the BT Express sound – and even when coming together like an all-pro outfit, the group are still hitting hard on the rhythms and well-crafted guitar parts. A wonderful record throughout – the kind of late session that could easily be overlooked, but which represents some of the group's best work! Titles include "Takin' Off", "Does It Feel Good", "Closer", "Better Late Than Never", and "Have Some Fun". CD
(Out of print.)

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BT ExpressKeep it Up ... LP
Coast To Coast/Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great later work from BT Express – a record with a sound that's cleaner, leaner, and more stripped-down than some of their earlier records! The style here is still the same as before – mostly soul aimed at the dancefloor, served up with a tremendous sense of bottom rhythm – but the overall execution is a bit different, with some of the smaller member funk group feel of the time. There's a soaring, sometimes spacey quality to the best groovers – and the group definitely still have a great way here with a hook! Titles include "Star Child", "Keep It Up", "This Must Be The Night For Love", "It's Got To Be You", "Let Yourself Go", "Dancin Dream", and "Just Can't Stop Dancin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Beth CarvalhoPandeiro E Viola ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Brazil), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
The title's no lie, as the album features plenty of guitar and percussion next to the great vocals of Beth Carvalho – just the sort of lively samba backings that make her 70s albums so wonderful! There's a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the set – that surprisingly rootsy approach that was often used on the best samba albums of the generation – in ways that makes them instantly timeless, especially when graced with such a strong lead singer as Beth! Carvalho's voce is incredible – expressive, but without ever being overdone – with a soulful depth that grabs us right away, and holds us rapt throughout the entire record. Titles include "Gota D'Agua", "Cansaco", "Sente O Peso Do Couro", "O Dia De Amanha", "So Queria Ser Feliz", and "Pandeiro E Viola". CD
(Part of the Brasilian Music Love Affair series!)

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Larry Coryell & Steve KhanTwo For The Road ... LP
Arista, 1977. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Two fusion giants – but working here in acoustic formation, and without any other instrumentation at all! The setting is a great one – and really opens up our appreciation of both Larry Coryell and Steve Khan – as their interplay here on acoustic guitars is wonderfully unfettered, but every bit as expressive as if both of these guys were plugged in! Moments have the dexterity of a record by Paco DeLucia or Al Di Meola – but other points echo the broader chromes that Khan does especially well – opening up on these flowing lines that really take flight. Titles include "Spain", "Juju", "St Gallen", "Footprints", and "General Moto's Well Laid Plan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)

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Tyrone DavisEverything In Place (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Great work from Tyrone Davis' under-recognized years at Columbia Records – a wonderful set of mature modern soul numbers that really let the singer find a whole new groove! The whole thing's nicely free of any sort of commercial overtones – and instead, the album has Davis really spinning out this rich, warm groove – arranged throughout by James Mack, who brings in a perfect Chicago balance of soul and sophistication – elements that many of Tyrone's contemporaries cooked up in the past, but hardly did this well at the time! And Davis' vocals somehow seem better than ever – more expressive in more ways, but never overtone – really illustrating that path that deep soul took to the Windy City, while changing up its sound in the process. Titles include a remake of "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", plus "Just My Luck", "I Won't Let Go", "You're Heaven Sent", "You Made Me Beautiful", and "Let's Be Closer Together". CD features a bonus 7" mix of "Just My Love". CD

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Delaney & BonnieMotel Shot (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
Maybe one of the purest expressions of the genius of Bonnie and Delaney Bramlett – an album that was recorded to feel like it was done in a motel room – with a stripped-down vibe that really gets at the best energy of the pair! Roots rock mixes with blue-eyed soul, gospel piano, and folksy acoustic guitar – often handled with an approach that feels very spontaneous and personal – as if you were a motel staffer standing outside the door of the duo's room, waiting to deliver a meal, but afraid to knock in the middle of a tune! Titles include "Where The Soul Never Dies", "Come On In My Kitchen", "Faded Love", "Talkin Bout Jesus", "Never Sending Song Of Love", "Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad", and "Long Road Ahead". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Great pressing – like the original gatefold LP!)

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Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. Used ... $4.99
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD
Also available Little Giant Still Life ... CD 7.99

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Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 13.99
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD
Also available Little Giant Still Life ... CD 4.99

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Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best post-Coltrane modes of expression in jazz, and which really takes advantage of the freedoms of the Strata setting to open up the sound in really beautiful ways! Beatrice Parker handles the vocals, with a very warm and spiritual style that's not unlike some of the early, righteous recordings by Dee Dee Bridgewater – and other group members include Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf on saxes, Bevin Turnbull on keyboards, Mashujaa Aliye Salamu on guitar, Leroy Seals on bass, and Fred Kwaku Crawley on a host of hip percussion instruments. There's a slight undercurrent of funk on a few tunes, but most tracks are focused more in a soaring, spiritual groove – with titles that include "Circles", "The Sojourner", "Peace (Salaam)", "Traces Of Trane", "Ecstasy", "Music Is Nothing But A Prayer", and "Malika". CD

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✨✧ Stan GetzStan Getz Quartet In Poland 1960 ... CD
In Crowd, 1960/Late 60s. Used ... $9.99
Rare work by Stan Getz – recorded in Poland! The first 5 tracks on the CD feature work by Getz with a Polish rhythm section – performing live in Warsaw in 1960, right at a key point in his career, when he was opening up his sound a lot from the iciness of the 50s – letting in freer modes of expression, and going for a slightly warmer sound that was really great. The 5 tracks on that set feature Getz blowing with a clarity and exploratory sound that we wouldn't have expected until much later in the 60s – even though the tracks are standards like "Out Of Nowhere", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", "But Not For Me", and "Darn That Dream". This release also includes 5 bonus tracks – again mostly standards – from two different late 60's performances and another date from 1970. CD

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio ... LP
Blue Note, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 34.98
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – matched here with guest vocals from a host of key talents – including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco! The blend is surprisingly wonderful – not a sell out at all, but a way for Glaspar's music to reach a rich new level of expression – as the vocals really help the instrumental elements come alive – and unlock this side of Robert's potential that was always lurking in the background. One of the best musical moments we've heard from Blue Note in years – with titles that include "Always Shine", "Move Love", "Ah Yeah", "Lift Off", "Afro Blue", "Cherish The Day", "Black Radio", and "Letter To Hermione". LP, Vinyl record album

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Great Jazz TrioGreat Jazz Trio Direct From LA ... LP
East West (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
The Great Jazz Trio really stretch out here – taking each of the album's four songs at a mighty relaxed pace – which allows even more room than ever for the creative expression of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! The cover's got a slick look that might be more at home on a fusion record – but the set's all acoustic, and has this warm, personal vibe that's really tremendous – that special sound that the three legendary musicians brought to their great run of albums in this format! Titles include "Satin Doll", "My Funny Valentine", "Night In Tunisia", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an import sticker.)

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Jimmy HeathTime & The Place ... CD
Landmark, 1974. New Copy ... $4.99
A fantastic session by Jimmy Heath – cut right at the time of his best 70s soul jazz work! This obscure set was recorded in New York in 1974, but not issued in this form until the mid 90s – and it features Heath with a stellar group that includes Curtis Fuller, Stanley Cowell, Mtume, Billy Higgins, and Pat Martino. The overall sound is modal soul jazz – in the style of the best work on Strata East, with a far-reaching spiritual approach that never goes too far outside, but which is ready to explore the farther aspects of jazz-based expression. Heath is incredible – leading the group on alto and soprano, blowing post-Coltrane lines that are supported by fantastic rhythm work by Cowell, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins. Tracks include "The 13th House", "Time & The Place", "The Voice Of The Saxophone", and "No End". CD

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✨✧ Abdullah Ibrahim & WDR Big Band CologneBombella – Gold Train South Africa ... CD
Sunnyside, 2010. Used ... $8.99
Richly textural work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set done in collaboration with the WDR Big Band, and as such, a bit different than some of Ibrahim's albums on his own! At first, things start out somewhat spare and contemplative – but as the record moves on, the larger ensemble take a great hand in the music – adding in light colors, gentle rhythms, and other elements to the sound – inflecting Abdullah's piano lines into some really fresh territory! Most tunes still share his lineage of inherently rhythmic expression – that snakey, bouncey groove we always love – and titles include "Song For Sathima", "Green Kalahari", "African River", "Bombella", "For Lawrence Brown", and "District Six". CD

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Maria JoaoPoesia De Aldir Blanc ... CD
SESCSP (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
A sensitive tribute to the music of Aldir Blanc – the sublime Brazilian songwriter whose 70s collaborations with Joao Bosco helped elevate the music to a whole new level – and whose words really take on new sort of beauty here, thanks to very unusual handling by Maria Joao! Joao's always been one of the more interesting Brazilian female singers – equally skilled in jazz, and also open to more freely creative modes – which she really embraces here, as most tunes just feature one other instrument for accompaniment, leaving Maria's voice to handle a lot of the other elements of the songs. This doesn't mean that Joao just sings gently alongside a guitar or piano – instead, it means that Maria's expressiveness is pushed even further, to embrace the full scope of the songs, and make them come alive with her voice – as she does here on songs that include Aldir Blanc collaborations with Joao Bosco, Carlos Paredes, and Guinga. Titles include "O Coco Do Coco", "Sede E Morte", "O Bebado E A Equilibrista", "Linha De Passe", "Lendas Brasileiras", and "O Sonho". CD

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KaraxuChants De La Resistance Populaire Chilienne ... LP
Expression Spontanee (France), 1974. Very Good ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing on MIR.)

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Mieczyslaw KoszReminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time – playing that's exploratory, yet in a way that's never "out", but more concerned with the range of tones and colors open to the modern musician on the piano. Kosz' notes have an echoey, ringing tone that's extremely compelling – strong, but never overly done – and supported beautifully by some equally expressive playing by the other members of the trio. There's almost a Steve Kuhn-like grace to the set – which makes it a real winner in our book – and titles include "Reminiscence", "For You", "Fulfillment", and "Love Dream". CD
Also available Reminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... LP 25.99

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Mieczyslaw KoszReminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Wonderfully fluid work from Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Kosz – an artist who's clearly trained with the proficiency of a classical musician, but who's playing here with an open, swinging, jazz-based mode! There's a feel here that reminds us a bit of some of the French trio work of the time – playing that's exploratory, yet in a way that's never "out", but more concerned with the range of tones and colors open to the modern musician on the piano. Kosz' notes have an echoey, ringing tone that's extremely compelling – strong, but never overly done – and supported beautifully by some equally expressive playing by the other members of the trio. There's almost a Steve Kuhn-like grace to the set – which makes it a real winner in our book – and titles include "Reminiscence", "For You", "Fulfillment", and "Love Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reminiscence – Polish Jazz 25 ... CD 13.99

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LA 4Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte ... LP
East Wind (Japan), 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar and Bud Shank on some wonderful reeds – plus bass from Ray Brown and drums from Shelly Manne, but players who are open to all the new ideas of Bud and Laurindo, but who can also throw in a stronger groove when needed. The album's a wonderful experiment in really pushing the envelope of jazz expression further – but never in any sort of outside ways – and titles include a reading of Ravel's "Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte", plus "C'Est What", "Corcovado", "Autumn Leaves", "Samba De Orfeu", and "Reveil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has a Nautilus Distribution sticker on back.)

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✨✧ Patti LabelleTasty ... LP
Epic, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
A real classic from the great Patti Labelle – one of the lady's first few albums as a solo act, and a set that definitely marks her step forward into a whole new sort of sophisticated soul! Some of the funkier, grittier touches of the Labelle years are in place – but Patti's also got this new sort of lead confidence, especially on the album's fuller tracks, ballads, and midtempo steppers. At a time when so many other female singers were stepping right into disco with a style that Labelle helped to invent, Patti finds a whole new way to express herself and stand strong for years to come. Titles include the killer Latin groover "Teach Me Tonight" – plus "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Monkey See Monkey Do", "Little Girls", and "Eyes In The Back Of My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear.)

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Steve LacyClinkers ... LP
Hat Hut, 1977. Very Good+ ... $39.99
No clinkers here, as the record's a beautiful bit of solo saxophone by Steve Lacy – recorded in unfettered glory, but with a sense of precision and timing that few other players could match! Lacy always used these sorts of sessions in different ways than some of his other contemporaries – and although free to move wherever he wants without the presence of a band, at times there's almost even more structure here than on some of his fuller group recordings of the 70s – a tightly angular sense of energy that moves his soprano saxophone lines forward beautifully, and one that also still has a deeply expressive quality in his tone. Titles include "Trickles", "Duck", "Coastline", "Micro Worlds", and "Clinkers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Steve LacyStamps (with bonus track) ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CDs ... $15.99
A massive double-length set from saxophonist Steve Lacy – and maybe one of the strongest 70s statements from his legendary European quintet! The album features two different live performances – each of which open up in the brilliant freedoms allowed by the European scene since the end of the 60s, but restructured by Lacy in that fantastic energy he shared with Steve Potts on alto, Irene Aebi on cello and voice, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums. The group display a masterful balance between united energy and individual expression – and the synchronicity between Lacy and Potts is especially striking. Titles include "Stamps", "Wickets", "The Dumps", "The Blinks", "Duckles", "Ire", and "Existence". Also features the bonus track "Follies". CD

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Harold LandNew Shade Of Blue (with bonus download) ... LP
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $13.99
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the pair almost birthing a whole new generation in jazz expression – a style that's more sophisticated than earlier soul jazz, yet equally soulful in its own sort of way – aware of all the freedoms of the avant scene, yet never fully indulgent of them – and always guided by a spirit set loose by Coltrane, but in ways that are very different than so many others in the post-Coltrane generation! Part of that difference might be Land's personal phrasing on tenor – or Hutcherson's amazing approach to vibes – both without any sort of comparison at all, and set up here in a group that features Bill Henderson on acoustic and electric piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Mtume on congas. The latter gets his own song named on the record – the great "Mtume" – and other titles include "Short Subject", "Ode To Angela", and "De-Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available New Shade Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD 18.99

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Harold LandNew Shade Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the pair almost birthing a whole new generation in jazz expression – a style that's more sophisticated than earlier soul jazz, yet equally soulful in its own sort of way – aware of all the freedoms of the avant scene, yet never fully indulgent of them – and always guided by a spirit set loose by Coltrane, but in ways that are very different than so many others in the post-Coltrane generation! Part of that difference might be Land's personal phrasing on tenor – or Hutcherson's amazing approach to vibes – both without any sort of comparison at all, and set up here in a group that features Bill Henderson on acoustic and electric piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Mtume on congas. The latter gets his own song named on the record – the great "Mtume" – and other titles include "Short Subject", "Ode To Angela", and "De-Liberation". CD features bonus track "Dark Mood". CD
Also available New Shade Of Blue (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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Mathias LandaeusFrom The Piano ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. Used ... $2.99
The title and cover really get to the heart of the matter here – as the album's definitely from the piano, but not just the keys – as pianist Mathias Landeaus has a way of playing that can really open up the whole instrument! Some numbers are beautifully lyrical and poetic, but others have this offbeat ear that's still quite musical, but which uses inner parts of the instrument, and possibly some "prepared" piano as well – to create these amazing sounds that balance things out wonderfully with his more introspective solos! The whole thing's very unified – none of these are just experiments for experiment's sake – and it's been years since we've heard a player able to merge older expressions and new ideas so easily like this. A few moments feel electronic, but the notes claim that every sound here was made on Mathias Landaeus' 1910 Steinway – and titles include "Just Like Our Children", "Yellow Circle", "Pedagogen", "Grasshoppers & Some Other Bugs", "Angels In Our Car", "Piano N Piano", "Jens", "Last Song On Earth", and "The Male Isolation Pattern". CD
Also available From The Piano ... LP 9.99

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Mathias LandaeusFrom The Piano ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. Near Mint- ... $9.99
The title and cover really get to the heart of the matter here – as the album's definitely from the piano, but not just the keys – as pianist Mathias Landeaus has a way of playing that can really open up the whole instrument! Some numbers are beautifully lyrical and poetic, but others have this offbeat ear that's still quite musical, but which uses inner parts of the instrument, and possibly some "prepared" piano as well – to create these amazing sounds that balance things out wonderfully with his more introspective solos! The whole thing's very unified – none of these are just experiments for experiment's sake – and it's been years since we've heard a player able to merge older expressions and new ideas so easily like this. A few moments feel electronic, but the notes claim that every sound here was made on Mathias Landaeus' 1910 Steinway – and titles include "Just Like Our Children", "Yellow Circle", "Pedagogen", "Grasshoppers & Some Other Bugs", "Angels In Our Car", "Piano N Piano", "Jens", "Last Song On Earth", and "The Male Isolation Pattern". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available From The Piano ... CD 2.99

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Langston Hughes Project (Eric Mingus/David Amram/LDream Keeper ... CD
Avant/Mode, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston through his thoughtful performance – almost more expressive acted than the usual poetic recitation – which really fits the spirit of the instrumental backing, arranged and directed by guitarist Larry Simon, with great piano from David Amram, plus reeds from Don Davis, drums from Mike Barron, and Hammond from Scip Gallant. The set's not just a rehash of late 50s jazz/poetry experiments – as it's got a very contemporary, very individual feel – thanks to both the talents of Simon and Mingus, who maybe make the whole thing work at the high creative power of some of the best American Clave projects of this nature. Titles include "The Dream Keeper", "Neighbor", "Daybreak In America", "Reverie On The Harlem River", "Sylvester's Dying Bed", "Democracy", "Railroad Avenue", and "Life Is Fine". CD

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the instrumentation, played by David Snell in a style that's right up there with Dorothy Ashby's best jazz work. Pianist Stan Tracey is also on board – playing beautiful notes that have a sharp modern edge, while still falling on the inside of the spectrum – and Lasha himself is especially great – blowing plastic alto sax and wooden flute, both of which have a slightly offbeat sound – but one that's surprisingly warm, which makes the album one of his most sensitive and soulful sessions ever! The tunes are a mix of standards and originals – and there's a wonderful sense of balance here – sounds that are sometimes more inside than other records from Lasha, but which have a really Dolphy-like sense of expression – right at home amidst a wider history of jazz, yet also reaching for new ideas at the same time. Pure genius throughout, and a record that was never made available to audiences in the US. Titles include "Nuttin Out Jones", "Impressions Of Eric Dolphy", "Out Of Nowhere", "Just Friends", "Body & Soul", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Yusef LateefSuite 16 ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Near Mint- ... $12.99
A groundbreaking set from Yusef Lateef – one that mixes together a number of different soul jazz styles! In a way, Atlantic records tried to handle Yusef Lateef in the same way they did Roland Kirk – by creating recordings that either let him express himself strongly as an arch-modernist, or those that focused on his solo talents in material that was a bit more funky and soulful. This album's got a bit of both – as side one has Yusef playing with slightly electric groups on short tracks that feature vocal backings by the Sweet Inspirations, and side two features Yusef playing with the Cologne Radio Orchestra, conducted by William Fischer, on an extended work called "The Symphonic Blues Suite". We dig the shorter tracks better, and those titles include "Nocturne", "Buddy & Lou", and "Down In Atlanta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red and green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Hubert LawsAfro-Classic ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $9.99
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that's warm, soulful, and fuzzy – moving way beyond simple jazz-based expression, into an exploration of space, tone, and color that's barely ever been matched on record. The record's incredibly hip – and even on material like "Theme From Love Story", "Fire & Rain", and "Passacaglia In C Minor", Laws and the group soar away into another plane of being! Jazz flute and CTI were never the same after this album! CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Also available Afro-Classic ... LP 6.99

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Meridian Trio (Nick Mazzarella/Matt Ulery/Jeremy CTriangulum ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
Triangulum – a great title for the wonderful energy of this group – which swings perfectly between the three sharp points of Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums! These guys are freewheeling, but always soulful – not just because of Nick's well-shaped sense of tone – which can be arch-modern, yet with a surprisingly warm core – but also because the bass of Ulery has this completely rapt (wrapped?) approach – almost like some deep force watching over the whole proceedings, which then seems to set Cunningham free on drums. The group represents an amazing third (or fourth?) wave in the contemporary avant scene in Chicago – the kind of joyous expression that continues to make us proud to live in a city that can create music this wonderful. Titles include "Ringdown", "Reminiscing", "Witch Hazel", "Rhododendron", "Strange", and "Inflection Point". CD

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Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... CD
FPE, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of the deepest records we've ever heard from Nicole Mitchell – and that's saying a lot, given all her other fantastic albums! This richly-textured piece was first commissioned in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the AACM – that legendary jazz organization of which Mitchell is a part – and as a whole, it really demonstrates both the strong legacy of the group, and the farther territory it's reached over its decades-long span – music that has pushed past the initial moment of improvisation, through the AACM's standard of "great black music" as a replacement for classical – to the sorts of spiritual, cosmic sounds that Mitchell does so well. In addition to Nicole on flute and electronics, the group also features Avery R Young on vocals, Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi, Renee Baker on violin, Tatsu Aoki on bass and shamisen, Jovia Armstrong on percussion, Tomeka Reid on cello and banjo, and Alex Wing on electric guitar, oud, and theremin – a mix of instruments that is global in scope, electric and acoustic, and really used to effortlessly express the spiritual vision of Mitchell. The notes go into great detail about the thoughts and inspiration behind the music – and titles include "Egoes War", "The Chalice", "Dance Of Many Hands", "Listening Embrace", "Forestwall Timewalk", "Staircase Struggle", "Shiny Divider", "Timewrap", and "Mandorla Island". CD
Also available Mandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... LP 21.99

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Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... LP
FPE, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 24.99
One of the deepest records we've ever heard from Nicole Mitchell – and that's saying a lot, given all her other fantastic albums! This richly-textured piece was first commissioned in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the AACM – that legendary jazz organization of which Mitchell is a part – and as a whole, it really demonstrates both the strong legacy of the group, and the farther territory it's reached over its decades-long span – music that has pushed past the initial moment of improvisation, through the AACM's standard of "great black music" as a replacement for classical – to the sorts of spiritual, cosmic sounds that Mitchell does so well. In addition to Nicole on flute and electronics, the group also features Avery R Young on vocals, Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi, Renee Baker on violin, Tatsu Aoki on bass and shamisen, Jovia Armstrong on percussion, Tomeka Reid on cello and banjo, and Alex Wing on electric guitar, oud, and theremin – a mix of instruments that is global in scope, electric and acoustic, and really used to effortlessly express the spiritual vision of Mitchell. The notes go into great detail about the thoughts and inspiration behind the music – and titles include "Egoes War", "The Chalice", "Dance Of Many Hands", "Listening Embrace", "Forestwall Timewalk", "Staircase Struggle", "Shiny Divider", "Timewrap", and "Mandorla Island". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... CD 13.99

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Ennio MorriconeSicilian Clan (Il Clan Dei Siciliani) ... LP
20th Century, 1969. Very Good ... $24.99
Bruno Nicolai conducted this score by Morricone for the film The Sicilian Clan – a bit of a hit back in 1969, and a dark little gangster film! The soundtrack's got a number of different classic Morricone approaches – it starts with a power "boing" on the track's grooving opener, has some darker orchestral passages that glide along nicely, and mixes slow-grooving organ with a bit of whistling and more boings on other numbers! You'll love that boing – which really sets the whole thing off in a crazy mood – and you'll understand why Morricone's range of expression on the soundtrack makes it one of his biggest hits from the time! Titles include "Italian Theme", "Snack Bar", "The Jewel Show", "Jeanne On The Beach", "Gangster's Theme", and "The Stamps". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, some chewing on the top seam, and light surface wear.)

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OlatunjiDrums of Passion (2CD Legacy edition – with More Drums Of Passion) ... CD
Columbia, 1960. Used 2CDs ... $13.99
An amazing package – two full albums of work from Olatunji, plus bonus tracks, notes, and vintage photos! The original Drums Of Passion is a classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatuned Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion, who further flesh out the rumbling, rhythmic groove at the bottom. There's also a group of vocalists on the record, soaring over the top of the percussion with a nicely righteous feel – and the record's a key crossover moment that heralds later African expressions in the American mainstream. Titles include "Odun De Odun De", "Oya", "Jin Go Lo Ba", "Baba Jinde", and "Shango". Bonus cuts include "Eyo She She", "Menu Diyeh (remake)", "Jolly Mensah (new version)", and "Menu Di Ye Jewe". On More Drums Of Passion, Babatunde Olatunji goes even more drum-crazy than before – working here with no less than nine percussionists, plus a host of singers as well! The tunes have a very rootsy groove throughout – instrumentation that only comes from the rhythm instruments, some of which are pointed towards melody – and a setting that features none of the added strings or horns you might get from a jazz or exotica-styled session of this nature – just drums and voices, presented by Columbia Records in a really groundbreaking blend! Titles include "Wasalu", "Ayinde", "Frekoba", "Alose", and "Omo Pup". Bonus tracks include "African Waltz", "Hail The King", and "Saturday Night Limbo". 2CD set also comes with a huge booklet of notes and vintage photos! CD
(Out of print. In the original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Astor PiazzollaTango: Zero Hour ... LP
American Clave, 1986. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Truly incredible stuff, and one of the greatest albums ever by neuvo tango genius Astor Piazzolla! The record is a haunting batch of Piazzolla's original bandoneon compositions, produced with an edge that you don't find in most of his other albums – and offered with a freedom of expression that's steeped in both emotion and experimentation. The whole thing's a treasure, and if there's one record to hear by Piazzolla, this is it! Titles include "Tanguedia III", "Milonga Del Angel", "Concierto Para Quinteto", "Milonga Loca", and "Contrabajissimo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on Pangaea – including insert. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ Pony PoindexterPony's Express ... CD
Koch, 1963. Used ... $4.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the mighty Pony Poindexter – a great reedman who made great waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 50s and 60s! Pony first rose to fame in the band of Count Basie, but he's also got a pedigree that includes work in both New Orleans and San Francisco, and key later sides in Europe for MPS and other labels. This rare Epic set has Pony working as the lead soloist in a screaming hard sax section that includes Eric Dolphy, Gene Quill, Clifford Jordan, Sonny Red, Phil Woods, and Dexter Gordon – all top-shelf players willing to take second seat to Pony, and let him stretch out in the lead! The group's a largish one, but Pony breaks out with some beautiful soulful solos on alto and soprano sax – supported by a tight rhythm section that includes Gildo Mahones on piano. Titles include "Lanyop", "Pony's Express", "Cattin Latin", "Blue", and "B Frequency". CD
(Out of print.)

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Wallace RoneyIntuition ... CD
Muse, 1988. Used ... $11.99
A great late 80s session by trumpeter Wallace Roney – bold, and strongly-blown – proof that he was clearly one of the most striking young trumpet talents of his generation! The album is nicely open-ended, and freely crafted with a strong group that includes Kenny Garrett on alto, Gary Thomas on tenor, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Cindy Blackman on drums. Roney's firmly in the lead on all tracks, but the added horn work of Garrett and Thomas comes together in lean lines that keep a range of expression on most of the set. Titles include "Intuition", "Ahead", "Taberah", "For Duke", and "Sometimes My Heart Cries". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wallace RoneyNo Room For Argument ... CD
Stretch, 2000. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Darkly expressive work from Wallace Roney – one of those key albums that seems to push his original Muse Records sound even further with a range of more expansive elements! Roney's still got that brooding post-Miles sound in his horn – but here, it's used in some more complicated soundscapes at points – still mostly jazz, but almost with a soundtrack element too – especially in the way the keyboards drift in and out of the mix. Other players include Antoine Roney and Steve Hall on saxes, Geri Allen on Fender Rhodes and piano, Adam Holzman on organ, Buster Williams on bass, and Lenny White on drums – plus a fair bit of samples dropped into the mix by Val Gelder Jeanty. Titles include "NeuBeings", "Cygroove", "Metropolis", "Straight To Nothing", "No Room For Argument", and "Midnight Blue". CD

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Horace SilverSilver N Strings Play Music Of The Spheres ... LP
Blue Note, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Horace Silver's last record for Blue Note – and an amazing end to his decades of work for the legendary label! The set's a perfect summation of all the new directions that Horace took in the 70s – new territory that's deeply spiritual, and undeniably righteous – yet which also has a fully focused approach too – one that's showcased here wonderfully in an expansive suite of tracks with a really positive message! The "strings" in the title isn't really accurate – as the set's more of a large arrangement session that feels Strata East spiritual – done in collaboration with Wade Marcus, but with jazzier, more acoustic tones than most of Marcus' other music. In addition to Silver's piano, key core players include Tom Harrell on flugelhorn, Larry Schneider on tenor and soprano sax, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – who play beautifully together, with a very fluid vibe. The set also features some key vocal passages at points – sung by Brenda Alford, Chapman Roberts, Carol Lynn Maillard, and a young Gregory Hines – on titles that include "The Soul & Its Expression", "Self Portrait No 1", "The Conscious & Its Desire For Change", "Inner Feelings", "Expansion", and "The Creator Guides Us". LP, Vinyl record album

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Soil & Pimp SessionsBlack Track ... CD
Red River, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Soil & Pimp Sessions have been making music far longer than anyone else might do with such a clunky name – and over the years, they've just gotten better and better, and found rich new ways to express themselves! This album may well be the group's best so far – and represents a continuing change from the breakneck rhythms and intense solos of the past, to territory that's even more fully-formed – and which has the group embracing some spiritual and soulful currents we never would have heard a few years back! Some tracks have a righteous vibe, and almost an early 70s spiritual jazz approach – while a few others feature guest vocalists in the lead, and have a soulful sparkle that works equally well. The result is a sound that's got the sort of majesty you might expect from the cover image – and titles include "By Your Side", "Connected", "Black Milk", "Papaya Pai Pai", "88 9th Avenue", "Soilogic", "Simoom", "Mellow Black", and a nice version of "Cantaloupe island". CD

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✨✧ T2It'll All Work Out In Boomland ... CD
Decca/Lion, 1970. New Copy ... $6.99
The one and only album from T2 – an incredible British group with a sound that should have been huge! Like some of the best of their generation, T2 is a trio – featuring some heavy guitars from Keith Cross, vocals by Peter Dunton, and rumbling bass from Bernard Jinks – all brought together with a sound that's sharply focused in its vision, yet freely expressive in execution. There's a great mix here between jamming passages and softer sensitivity – never as forced as on some of the early King Crimson records, but with a similar sort of sharpness and range that should have gotten this one to a much wider audience. Titles include the side-long "Morning", plus "In Circles", "JLT", and "No More White Horses". CD features 3 bonus tracks from BBC sessions – "CD", "In Circles", and "Questions & Answers". CD

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Michal UrbaniakUrban Express ... CD
East West, 1989. Used ... $2.99
Michal Urbaniak gets a nice bit of 80s groove with help from Lenny White and Bernard Wright – both of whom co-produced and play on the record! Titles include "Code Blue", "Frantic Lover", "Song Of The Space People", "Y Note", "Kookoo's Nest", and "Urban Express". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cassandra Wilson5 Original Albums (Blue Light Til Dawn/New Moon Daughter/Traveling Miles/Belly Of The Sun/Glamoured) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Universal (Germany), 1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 5CD ... $24.99
Five full Blue Note albums from singer Cassandra Wilson – all packaged here in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Blue Light Til Dawn – a beautiful early album from Cassandra Wilson – a singer who already had a really deep sound, right at the start – and definitely hit her stride with music like this! The album mixes jazzy currents with rootsier elements – some of them from a more global perspective – and the production is nicely understated, so that Wilson's strongly in the lead throughout. Titles include "Sankofa", "Black Crow", "I Can't Stand The Rain", "Children In The Night", "Hellhound On My Tail", "Come On In My Kitchen", and "Tell Me You'll Wait For Me". New Moon Daughter is a pivotal set from Cassanda Wilson – and a record that firmly established her as one of the freshest new singers in jazz at the time! The album's awash in rootsy, dusky tones – and has an earthiness that's clearly inspired by older blues, but expressed by Cassandra in voicings that are more clearly jazz-based. Titles include an unusual range of covers – used in this way many years before the Starbucks generation of vocalists made it common place – with covers that include "Last Train To Clarksville", "Harvest Moon", "Skylark", and "Love Is Blindness" – alongside originals that include "Until", "A Little Warm Death", "Find Him", "Solomon Song", and "Memphis". Traveling Miles is Cassandra Wilson's tribute to Miles Davis – a pretty brave and ambitious move, writing lyrics to classic Miles compositions – and a winning one! Wilson produced the record, too, and her genuine love of the material makes it worthy – as does her fairly earthy, timeless production. Made in the late 90s, and it honestly hasn't aged a day. Very impressive! It's a Miles-centric set, but there's a couple non-Miles numbers too, and the titles include "Run The Voodoo Down", "Traveling Miles", "Time After Time", "When The Sun Goes Down", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Resurrection Blues (Tutu)", "Piper", "Prancing", "Right Here, Right Now" and more. Belly Of The Sun is an almost rootsy effort from Cassandra Wilson – recorded with small combo backing, and still handled in the sweetly swinging style of her other Blue Note work – but also with some folksy touches that create a more intimate feel on the record than you might think. Of course, part of the reason for that is that a few of the tunes on the set are classic blues numbers – handled by Wilson in an updated style that has kind of a fake authentic quality to it. We still prefer her on the smoother jazzier sides of the set – like the album's great remake of Jobim's "Waters Of March", or the mellow tune "Only A Dream In Rio". Other tracks include "Road So Clear", "Hot Tamales", "Show Me A Love", 'Drunk A Cooter Brown", "Wichita Lineman", "The Weight", and "Justice". On Glamoured, Cassandra Wilson's sounding as soulful as ever – with none of the fluff that you might think from an album called "Glamoured"! The sound is mellow and laidback, with a group that includes Wilson on guitar, alongside a few other guitarists, percussion, and even a bit of harmonica. The instrumentation gives the album a warm and earthy feel that works well with Wilson's vocals, and titles include "Heaven Knows", "I Want More", "Sleight Of Time", "If Loving You Is Wrong", "Fragile", and "What Is It". CD

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Charles Wright & The 103rd Street Watts Rhythm BanExpress Yourself/Living On Borrowed Time ... 7-inch
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good ... $11.99
One Charles Wright's best tracks ever! "Express Yourself" is a funky funky classic – with amazing popping grooves, and a chugging hook that you'll recognize instantly. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousClassic Funk 2 – Definitive Classic Funk Mastercuts Vol 2 ... CD
Mastercuts (UK), 1970s. Used ... $8.99
A dozen tasty funk tracks – all classics, and all from the best years of the genre! Most of the tracks on the set are extended groovers that broke big in the day, and which keep on breaking again and again – thanks to a strong groove that's appealing to endless new generations of listeners! Titles include "Express Yourself (part 1)" by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, "Stomp & Buck Dance" by The Crusaders, "The Ghetto" by Donny Hathaway, "The Boss" by James Brown, "Baby Let Me Take You" by The Detroit Emeralds, "Jive Turkey" by The Ohio Players, "You Can Have Watergate" by The JBs, "Movin" by Brass Construction, "It's Alright Now" by Eddie Harris, and "Do It Fluid" by The Blackbyrds. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousReach The Top – Rare Gems From The Tony Macaulay Songbook 1965 to 1974 ... CD
Teensville, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Tony Macaulay may not be the biggest name in 60s pop, but he wrote a few key hits in the second half of the decade – as well as a great legacy of overlooked gems that are brought together here! The set might be one of the nicest we've ever seen from the Teensville label – as it does a great job of collecting obscure tunes by Tony, a number in recordings that feature the man himself as part the group – all brought together in a way that seems to trace a growth from Sunshine Pop to more compressed modes of the 70s! If you dig groovy sounds from the glory days of AM radio, you'll find plenty to love here – lots of jingle-jangle gems that are pretty darn unusual, but completely outta sight. Titles include "Blame It On The Pony Express" by Peter Noone, "Reach The Top" by The West Coast Delegation, "San Diego" by Carl Wayne, "My Whole World Seems To Be Tumbling Down" by Billy Fury, "Waiting For A Call From You" by Tony's Defenders, "Don't Let A Little Pride Stand In Your Way" by Don Paul, "It Looks Like The Daybreak" by The 4 Kinsmen, "Alison Please" by Chris Kelly, "I Only Have Myself To Blame" by The Images, "Sad Eyed Romany Woman" by James Darren, "Baby Make It Soon" by Michele & Jeff, and "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" by Linda Kaye. CD

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VariousYou Need This – An Introduction To Black Saint & Soul Note Records 1975 to 1985 (3LP set) ... LP
Black Saint/BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99 28.99
A tremendous look at one of the coolest jazz labels of all time – and one that has an especially strong focus on the more spiritual side of its music! The paired Black Saint and Soul Note labels came along from the Italian scene right at a time when so many other American companies were shutting their doors – former spiritual jazz powerhouses like Strata East, Impulse, and Black Jazz were moving beyond the music, or disappearing entirely – which made the role of Black Saint/Soul Note such a crucial one! The company came into the game at a time of boundless creativity in American jazz – and really captured a post-Coltrane generation that was brimming over with fire and new ideas, but just needed a place to find expression – which it did at the label, who recorded dozens of albums in the space of less than a decade, nearly all of which have gone onto become classics over the years. And while there's a side of the label that's much more free jazz and avant garde, the cuts here reflect a Black Saint/Soul Note that's just slightly inside – tunes that are still freewheeling, but also have a rhythmic core – and the kinds of open, soaring solos that were first inspired in the 60s generation of Coltrane and Shepp. The choice of cuts is great – similar to the others in the If Music series – and titles include "Mr Seven" by M'Booom, "Joycie Girl" by Don Pullen with Sam Rivers, "Il Giro Del Giorno In 80 Mondi" by Enrico Rava, "Oasis" by Hamiet Bluiett, "Confessin" by John Stubblefield, "Joobubie" by George Adams & Dannie Richmond, "Verde Que Eu Te Quero Ver" by Rava String Band, "Down Home In New York" by Archie Shepp, "BK" by Air, and "The Nagual Julian" by Billy Bang Sextet. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black Art Jazz CollectiveArmor Of Pride ... CD
High Note, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that's bursting with every bit as much of the fantastic energy you might expect from the lineup – a bold sextet that features Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton III on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vicente Archer on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums – all coming together here in a righteous message that's even stronger than the sum of its parts! All titles are originals, and have this progressive, soaring vibe – spiritual, but not in a mellow way – and instead very much up to date in terms of contemporary jazz expression, thanks to the individual strengths of the soloists – who feel completely unified throughout. Titles include "Armor Of Pride", "When Will We Learn", "Black Art", "Pretty", "The Spin Doctor", and "Awuraa Amma". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyJazz Messengers (Columbia) ... CD
Columbia, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – recorded before Horace Silver left the group, and a rare non-Blue Note outing done for Columbia Records! The ensemble here features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – alongside Silver's piano and Blakey's thundering work on drums – and the album is virtually a blueprint for the sound of hardbop in years to come – focused and intense, but still with plenty of room for individual solo expression! Tracks include a classic reading of "Nica's Dream", plus Horace Silver's great "Ecaroh", and Mobley's own "Infra-Rae" and "Hank's Symphony". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersJazz Messengers (Columbia) ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer early album by Art Blakey and his first incarnation of The Messengers – recorded before Horace Silver left the group, and a rare non-Blue Note outing done for Columbia Records! The ensemble here features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Doug Watkins on bass – alongside Silver's piano and Blakey's thundering work on drums – and the album is virtually a blueprint for the sound of hardbop in years to come – focused and intense, but still with plenty of room for individual solo expression! Tracks include a classic reading of "Nica's Dream", plus Horace Silver's great "Ecaroh", and Mobley's own "Infra-Rae" and "Hank's Symphony". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove – a great copy! Back cover has a small date in pen, but the rest is great.)

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✨✧ Alice ColtraneHuntington Ashram Monastery/World Galaxy ... CD
Impulse, 1969/1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spiritual sounds galore – an amazing 2-fer from Alice Coltrane! Huntington Ashram Monastery is powerful work from Alice Coltrane – an incredible trio album that features her heavily on harp, plus a bit of piano – in a trio with Ron Carter on bass and Rashied Ali on drums! The sound is wonderful – lush, yet contemplative – in a personal style that really shows Alice beginning to express herself in new modes after the death of The Great One. The us of harp is especially incredible – handled here with a sense of majesty that really leaves us breathless, and which goes far beyond other use of that instrument in jazz. And even Alice's piano is surprisingly nice – with these mellow, earthy undertones that bubble at the bottom and ground the whole effort on earthly territory. Titles include "Turiya", "HIS", "Jaya Jaya Rama", and "Via Sivanadagar". World Galaxy is one of Alice Coltrane's most ambitious albums of the early years – recorded with a full set of heavenly orchestrations! The core group features Alice on piano, organ, and harp – alongside Frank Lowe on saxes, Reggie Workman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, and Ben Riley on drums. Added to this combo is a much larger set of strings – swirling around in a rich musical backdrop that gives Alice's work a sense of majesty and power we could have never imagined. This is the album that really showed the world that she was far far more than just the wife of the late great one – a true mystical visionary with a sound that demanded to be heard! Side 2 features a recitation by Alice's spiritual mentor, Swami Satchdiananda – and the album features a wonderful version of "My Favorite Things", done with both organ and harp, plus the tracks "Love Supreme", "Galaxy In Turiya", and "Galaxy In Satchidandana". CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneBallads ... CD
Impulse/MCA, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more direct soulfulness than usual! The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". CD
(Out of print original MCA pressing.)

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✨✧ Lamont DozierBlack Bach ... LP
ABC, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Lamont Dozier's true 70s classics – an amazing album of baroque soul with an undeniable groove – kind of the best aspects of Detroit soul, wrapped up together! The arrangements here are fantastic – a mix of strings and soul that surpasses any of Lamont's previous albums, and which holds together perfectly throughout. The whole thing's orchestrated by McKinley Jackson, Gene Page, and Paul Riser, who all do a perfect job of keeping the realness in Lamont's vocals, while expanding the palette of expression to soul classic possibilities! Titles include "All Cried Out", "Let Me Start Tonight", "Put Out My Fire", "Shine", "I Wanna Be With You", and "Thank You For The Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening (UK version) ... CD
Blue Note (UK), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Red GarlandGroovy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Long tracks and plenty of room to move around – a perfect setting for the classic sound of the Red Garland Trio on Prestige! Despite the title, the album's not so much groovy as it is lyrically beautiful and filled with sensitivity – a key bridge between piano players of the mainstream in the years before Garland, and some of the bigger, bolder names that would rise up during the 60s soul jazz years. Rhythm is by Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and the longer tracks give Chambers plenty of room to express his unique talents on the bass. Titles include "Gone Again", "Hey Now", "Will You Still Be Mine", "What Can I Say Dear", and "C-Jam Blues". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)

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✨✧ Eydie GormeBlame It On The Bossa Nova ... LP
Columbia, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily the grooviest album that Eydie Gorme ever cut – a set that's well known for its classic title track, but which is filled with breezy bossa numbers throughout! Few other American singers ever got the light, lively spirit of bossa this right back in the 60s – and although Eydie could sometimes be an overly-expressive singer on other records, she's got a compact touch here that's perfect for the jazzy arrangements of Nick Perito and Billy May – which themselves often use a bit of Hammond organ from Dick Hyman to give the tracks lots of Walter Wanderley-ish sort of grooves! Other instrumentalists include Pacheco on flute and Mundell Lowe on guitar – and titles include the classic "Blame It On The Bossa Nova", plus "The Coffee Song", "The Message", "One Note Samba", "The Gift", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Moon River", "Desafinado", and "Dansero". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric Ladyland ... LP
Reprise, 1968. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A true classic by Jimi with the original Experience lineup – the third of three straight up masterpiece LPs to comeout in just over a year's time by the group! You could call the leftfield astral effects in the mix experimental if you had to – innovations in the studio with echo, that hallucinatory backwards sound effect and other stranger bits – but the passionate, naturally expressive playing and singing by Jimi makes it all fell just right, and the Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell still don't get enough credit for being at the heart of such greatness. A massive 2LP effort that includes "Voodoo Chile", "Crosstown Traffic", "Electric Ladyland", "Little Miss Strange", "Moon Turn The Tides", "Still Raining Still Dreaming" and "All Along The Watchtower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Eddie HigginsBallad & Standard Higgins (Japanese gold CD pressing) ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2005. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ballads, but done the Eddie Higgins way – put together with these wonderfully expressive piano lines that still keep things plenty lively, even at a slower pace! It's amazing to hear the way he works the keyboard in these really subtle ways – creating a gentle groove without overstating his case – while still also opening up the melodies to show his own sense of spirit and feeling. Titles include a surprisingly nice version of "Love Theme From The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" – plus "I'll Never Be The Same", "Detour Ahead", "Angel Eyes", "I Remember Clifford", and "More Than You Know". Eddie Higgins takes on a host of standards – maybe not the most unusual territory for the pianist, but a delightful setting nonetheless! The album's got that great gentle swing of Eddie's other recent albums on Venus – a confident, mature approach to jazz piano that really delivers on all the promise of Higgins early years, then goes even farther forward, thanks to a richly expressive tone that manages to do a hell of a lot with just a little! Titles include "Golden Earrings", "Speak Low", "Summertime", "Dear Old Stockholm", "You & The Night & The Music", "How My Heart Sings", "Felicidade", and "Too Marvelous For Words". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Philly Joe JonesTrailways Express (aka Mo' Joe) ... LP
Black Lion, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer session that matches the talents of American drum genius Philly Joe Jones with some of the leading lights in British jazz! The set was recorded in London in 1968, at that perfect moment when the Brit jazz scene was turning towards new ideas of modernism, but hadn't yet strayed too far from the tight swing that characterized most of its playing since the postwar years. Philly leads a group that includes Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Chris Pyne on trombone, Pete King on alto, and Harold McNair on tenor and flute. King and McNair are some of our favorite players ever, rarely reissued on CD or LP – and the set gives them plenty of free reign to solo madly in a bop-heavy environment. Titles include "Gone Gone Gone", "Trailways Express", "Mo Joe", and "Ladybird". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)

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✨✧ Giorgio MoroderMidnight Express ... LP
Casablanca, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's hard to believe that anyone ever took the electronics of Giorgio Moroder seriously enough to think they'd be the right setting for an intensely dramatic thriller like this – but in the decade when Italian thrillers were doing the same thing, it's kind of easy to see. And if you think of this one as a dated American soundtrack, you'll be lost – but if you see it as some groovy bit of Italian sexy electronics from the 70s, you'll find that it's got some pretty nice moments, and would fit perfectly with some of the Cinevox material from the end of the 70s. Titles include "The Chase", "The Wheel", "Cacophony", and "Midnight Express". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Van MorrisonIt's Too Late To Stop Now ... LP
Polydor, 1974. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Van Morrison at the height of his solo powers – working here in an extended live set that opens up with all the genius for vocal expression and inflection he developed during his initial solo years at Warner Brothers! The setting is perfect to show the growing confidence Morrison has in his talents – an unbridled sense of soul that comes on even more strongly on some of these versions than on earlier takes of the tunes in the studio – especially as they mix with a few great covers here that further illustrate the wide range of inspirations that Van brings into his music. Backing is by a tight, soulful combo – and tracks include "Domino", "Wild Children", "I Believe To My Soul", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "These Dreams Of You", "Into The Mystic", "Warm Love", "Saint Dominic's Preview", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Listen To The Lion", "Gloria", "Cyprus Avenue", "Caravan", and "Take Your Hand Out Of My Pocket". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few small peeled spots.)

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✨✧ William ParkerThrough Acceptance Of The Mystery Place (with bonus track) ... CD
Centering/Eremite, 1976/1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early genius from William Parker – a set of work inspired by the poems of Kenneth Patchen, and performed with a really vivid sound overall! The players here differ from track to track – and the album comes together almost like a sonic suite – echoing some themes very slightly, not in a musical way, but more of an emotive one – gently lyrical one minute, but more boldly expressive at another. Players include Billy Bang and Polly Bradfield on violin, Toshinori Kondo on alto horn, Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Arthur Williams on trumpet, John Hagen and Charles Brackeen on tenor, and Parker on bass. Titles include "Rattles & Bells & The Light Of The Sea", "Desert Flower", "Through Acceptance Of The Mystery Peace", and "Commitment". CD also features a bonus track recorded in 1976 – "Face Hands Still Folded", with Billy Bang and Ramsey Ameen on violin, and Parker performing a recitation. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wallace RoneyPrototype ... CD
High Note, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nicely electrified set from trumpeter Wallace Roney – working here in a style that has plenty of moody backdrops on Fender Rhodes, plus some really snapping percussion from drummer Eric Allen! There's a sound here that's clearly inspired by 70s Miles, but which also moves through a range of more recent expression, and which often reminds us of work from French trumpeter Erik Truffaz on his first few Blue Note albums. Some of the tracks are more acoustic and straightforward, in the manner of Roney's earlier albums – and players include Adam Holzman on Fender Rhodes, Geri Allen on acoustic keys, Antoine Roney on tenor and soprano saxes, and Matt Garrison on bass. Guest performers include Don Byron on bass clarinet, Clifton Anderson on trombone, and DJ Logic on turntables – and titles include "Cyberspace", "Shadow Dance", "Prototype", "Then & Now", "Secret Identity", and "Three Views Of The Blues". CD
 
 
 



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