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Mel TormeOle Torme ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A rare gem from Mel Torme – one of his greatest albums of the 50s! The album's got a very unusual approach – for Mel, that is – in that it sets his vocals up in Latinized arrangements, handled with a brassy finish by the great Billy May. The set's got a heck of a lot more punch than some of Mel's mellower records – and the pairing of his smooth foggy vocals with the jazzy touches of May is a genius pairing. Titles include "Frenesi", "Rosita", "Perfida", "Malaguena", "Rhumba Jumps", "Baia", and "Nina". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ Mel TormeOle Torme – Mel Torme Goes South Of The Border With Billy May ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Ole Torme ... LP 14.99

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Max RoachMax Roach Quartet Featuring Hank Mobley ... CD
Debut/OJC, 1953. Used ... $17.99
Killer stuff! Despite the early date and boppish orientation of the material on this CD, the tracks have a sinister modernist edge that easily belies the later work of both Max Roach and Hank Mobley – and which presents the pair here working with unbelievable power! The set kicks off with the incredible stormer "Cou Manchi Cou", then slides into a crackling batch of cuts that include "Mobleyzation", "Chi Chi", "Sfax", and "Orientation". There's lots of amazing drum work, and some incredible arrangements that show a very far-reaching sensibility on Roach's part. Plus, the CD also comes with a bonus "part 2" to the track "Drum Conversation"! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ LabellePressure Cookin' ... CD
RCA/Reel Music, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the slightly less-formed modes of their Warner Brothers years – finding a really badass sort of territory that would serve them well for the rest of the 70s! The shift really pays off – as there's a number of good funky numbers on the album – and some righteous political lyricism in the mix, too – but also some mellower moments that really round things out nicely. The trio riff on a version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", as led into by the cut "Something In The Air" – and other numbers include "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)", "Mr. Music Man", "Goin' On a Holiday", "Open Up Your Heart", "Let Me See You In The Light", and "Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood". CD

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✨✧ Spontaneous Music OrchestraSearch & Reflect ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973/1975/1981. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive collection of work from the Spontaneous Music Orchestra – that larger ensemble formed around the core Spontaneous Music duo of drummer John Stevens and saxophonist Trevor Watts – heard here on material from three different performances! CD1 features long tracks recorded in 1973, by a version of the group that includes players Larry Stabbins on sax, John Russell on guitar, Brian Eley on voice, Nigel Coombes on violin, and Simon Mortimer on piano – working in ways that really move past more conventional improvisation of the period – not nearly as free, and more concerned with the overall sonic structural possibilities of the larger ensemble – in ways that are still quite revolutionary all these many years later! Titles include "Sustained Piece", "In Relationship To Silence", "One Two", and "Mouthpiece". CD2 then begins with a forty minute piece titled "Plus Equals" – recorded live, and featuring Stevens on cornet and percussion, both Watts and Evan Parker on soprano sax, Ian Brighton and Roger Smith on guitars, Nigel Coombes on violin, Marcio Mattos on bass, and a trio of cellos. The work is a bit more angular than the material on the first disc – and followed by "Triangle" and a passage of "Static", which feature Howard Riley on piano, Lol Coxhill and Watts on soprano sax, Paul Rutherford on trombone, Jon Corbett on trumpet, and Maggi Nicols on voice. All of the material was presented at some point in the past by Emanem, but constitute more of a definitive package in this release. CD

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✨✧ Mel TormeThat's All (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest, straightest sets from Mel Torme – an all-classic batch of tracks that's quite different than his other album for Columbia! Torme checks in as a totally committed, totally serious jazz vocalist here – with an impeccable approach to the music that puts this album right up there with the best work of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett – very mature, but very personal too – in a way that really transforms familiar tunes. Arrangements are by Robert Mersey, who handles Torme with the best care he's had since the classic 50s recordings with Marty Paich – and titles include "PS I Love You", "The Nearness Of You", "Haven't We Met", and "Ho Ba La La". CD features a huge amount of bonus tracks – 12 additional numbers, 2 of which are unreleased – titles that include "Only The Very Young", "Paris Smiles", "Every Day's A Holiday", "One Little Snowflake", "You'd Better Love Me", and "I See It Now". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Shadow VignettesBirth Of A Notion ... LP
Sessom, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chicago reed player Ed Wilkerson (also known as the leader of 8 Bold Souls, and a member of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) formed this group in the 80's as sort of a mixed large band of Chicago avant garde players, but with more of a focus on tighter swingin' sounds. This, their only LP, includes the cuts "Strollin", "Quiet Resolution", "Feets Of Clay", and "Honky Tonk Bud", which also yielded a video, that was shown quite a bit in Chicago at the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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George LewisOh, Didn't He Ramble ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Not our usual bag, but some nice later material from George Lewis, performed with a sextet that includes Jim Robinson, Alvin Acorn, Alcide Pavageau, Joe Robichaux, and Joe Watkins. Titles include "Riverside Blues", "Streets Of The City", "Weary Blues", and "Runnin Wild". David Stone Martin cover, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Back cover has some staining & pen.)

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Manhattan Jazz QuintetAutumn Leaves ... CD
King/Paddle Wheel/Pro Jazz, 1985. Used ... $13.99
A standard-setting record from the Manhattan Jazz Quintet – that strong return to acoustic modes that made the combo such a breath of fresh air in the 80s – at a time when so few jazz groups were content to just focus on doing their thing! The head genius here is pianist David Matthews – whose arrangements are as dynamic as you'd hear for a large ensemble, yet performed with razor-sharp energy by Lew Soloff on trumpet, George Young on tenor, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums – all players who get plenty of individual moments in the spotlight on the album's longer tracks. Titles include "Jordu", "Recado Bossa Nova", "Mood Piece", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Out of print.)

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Laetitia Sadier Source EnsembleFind Me Finding You ... CD
Drag City, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99
A wonderful, and nicely surprising return to Stereolab-like vibes from Laetitia Sadier! Laetitia really found some different, moodier contours on her previous couple (also excellent) solo efforts – and it was pleasing for us longtime fans to hear her working in recognizable form, but taking some different roads. This one's a little more like the old days, though! Which is not to say the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble is a seperate stab at a Stereolab record – there's an all-around more down-to-earth vibe than than buoyant, often spacey pop of her legendary former band – but she's drawing from the same wonderful well of 60s French pop, 70s keyboards and myriad other inspirations, with dreamy bilingual English & French vocals. Includes "Undying Love For Humanity", "Double Voice, Extra Voice", "Love Captive", "Psychology Active (Finding You)", "Committed", "Reflectors", "Deep Background", "The Woman With The Invisible Necklace" and more. CD
Also available Find Me Finding You ... LP 18.99

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Laetitia Sadier Source EnsembleFind Me Finding You ... LP
Drag City, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99
A wonderful, and nicely surprising return to Stereolab-like vibes from Laetitia Sadier! Laetitia really found some different, moodier contours on her previous couple (also excellent) solo efforts – and it was pleasing for us longtime fans to hear her working in recognizable form, but taking some different roads. This one's a little more like the old days, though! Which is not to say the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble is a seperate stab at a Stereolab record – there's an all-around more down-to-earth vibe than than buoyant, often spacey pop of her legendary former band – but she's drawing from the same wonderful well of 60s French pop, 70s keyboards and myriad other inspirations, with dreamy bilingual English & French vocals. Includes "Undying Love For Humanity", "Double Voice, Extra Voice", "Love Captive", "Psychology Active (Finding You)", "Committed", "Reflectors", "Deep Background", "The Woman With The Invisible Necklace" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Find Me Finding You ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Carla BleyMortelle Randonnee ... LP
Mercury (France), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the only soundtrack projects we've ever seen from Carla Bley – performed with a version of her band that includes Michael Mantler on trumpet, Steve Slagle on saxes, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Arturo O'Farrill on piano and toy organ, Steve Swallow on bass and toy synth, and Bley herself on organ and toy piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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Boz ScaggsMoments ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Near Mint- ... $8.99
If you think you know Boz Scaggs, think again – because this early Columbia album features a whole different sound! The Scaggs here is a really loose and soulful one – as Boz steps out of the freewheeling late 60s Bay Area scene with a really wonderful take on blue-eyed soul – an approach that's clearly informed by the sound of The Rascals and some of the New York scene, but which also has some tasty California touches that really transform the mood. Boz vocals are pure and straightforward – and the instrumentation on the set has a tight, but laidback sort of feel – no surprise, as Boz' band of the time was really great. There's a real Free Soul sort of feel to the record – and tracks include "Moments", "Downright Women", "Painted Bells", "Alone Alone", "Near You", "We Were Always Sweethearts", "Can I Make It Last", and "We Been Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Vaudou GameKidayu (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A contemporary combo from Togo, but one who've got a hard-riffing sound that takes us back to the James Brown band of the late 60s – which is then mixed with a lot of sweet touches of their own, to create one of the freshest strands of Afro Funk we've heard in years! These guys are hardly content to copy modes of the 70s – and instead, they work with a sense of instrumental craftsmanship that's clearly informed by the giants of the past, but set loose in all these great new directions – especially given the paths that the flowing French vocals seem to open up! There's a sense of joy and pride in the music right from the start – a soaring sort of energy that's a great counterpoint to the gritty grooves at the bottom – and a combination that has us loving the group way more than before. Titles include "Natural Vaudou", "La Vie C'Est Bon", "On Se Pousse", "La Dette", "Elle Decide", "Locataire", "Cherie Nye", and "Lonlon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sadao WatanabeSong Book ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1969. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A really beautiful chapter in the career of reedman Sadao Watanabe – a batch of mostly original compositions, as you might guess from the title – and a double-length record that really showed an evolution of his talents! The sound is often highly lyrical – with Watanabe blowing alto, soprano sax, and flute in modes that are clearly informed by his bossa nova recordings of the late 60s, but which also spring forth in even more complicated styles – with echoes of French soundtracks, European jazz, and other sweet styles of the time. The group's a small one – with Yoshiaki Masuo on guitar, Kazuo Yashiro on acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, Masabumi Kikuchi on piano, Yoshio Suzuki on bass, and Fumio Watanabe on drums – and titles include "Train Samba", "Doria's Step", "Street Samba", "Fandango", "Lady Mako", "Dear Old Days", "If I Said The Sky Was Falling", and "Matsuri No Asa Ni". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDeep Jazz Trip ... CD
Muse/Pho, Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Things definitely get plenty deep on this jazz trip – a great run through the 70s catalog of Muse Records, and one that's filled with some incredible bits that we'd rank right up there with the best work of the time on labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Muse always had a way of really letting its artists do their thing – and you'll heard that clearly on some of the best cuts here – numbers that offer up surprisingly vibrant sides of the artists included, usually with some righteous undertones. Titles include Eddie Jefferson's rendering of "Freedom Jazz Dance" (and a very crazy one at that), Charles Earland's excellent stormer "Murilley", Kenny Barron's "Swamp Demon", Walter Bishop Jr's "Soul Village", Joao Donato's "Night Tripper", "Old Man Moses" by Grant Green, and three nice ones by Carlos Garnett – "Good Shepherd", "Banks Of The Nile", and "Taurus Woman", from the classic Black Love LP. CD

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VariousFala Mangeuira ... CD
EMI (Brazil), 1968. Used ... $7.99
1968 LP that brings together some older Brazilian artists – like Clementina De Jesus, Nelson Cavaquinho, Odete Armal, Cartola, and Zezinho – on a set of tracks with a more traditional feel. Most of the titles are performed in batches, with the roots of 3 or 4 songs strung together during an individual performance. Titles include "Sempre Mangueira", "Despedida De Mangueira", "Ao Amanhecer", "Mundo De Zinco", and "Quem Me Ve Sorrindo". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Albert MangelsdorffNow Jazz Ramwong – The Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet In Asia ... LP
CBS/Be! (Germany), 1964. New Copy Tri-fold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the work of Ornette and Joe Harriott, but also based along eastern themes picked up by the group on a tour of the Orient – and performed by a sharp-edged quintet that includes Heinz Sauer on tenor and soprano sax, Gunter Kronberg on alto, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Ralph Hubner on drums. There's some nice traces of MPS/Saba modal and Jazz Meets the World styles – and overall, the rhythmic pulse keeps things from getting as free and out as on Mangelsdorff's 70s sides – really soaring, but never too far out – and always with a cool exotic groove. The whole thing's great – instantly striking, and always a treasure – and titles include "Sakura Waltz", "Now Jazz Ramwong", "Raknash", "Theme From Vietnam", and "Burungkaka". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful tri-fold cover pressing – just like the original!)

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Rosco GordonLegendary Sun Performers ... LP
Sun/Charly (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Hard wailing R&B from Rosco Gordon – a selection of his obscure sides for the Sun label, some of the best R&B to come out of the Memphis powerhouse label during the 50s! Titles include "T Model Boogie", "Real Pretty Mama", "Tired Of Living", "Decorate The Counter", "Let's Get High", and "Sally Jo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mel TormeMel Torme Swings Shubert Alley ... CD
Verve, 1960. Used ... $2.99
Mel Torme takes on the sound of Broadway at the start of the 60s – but he does so in a very groovy way, thanks to hip backings from the amazing Marty Paich! The style here is as swinging and jazzy as the work that Mel and Marty cut together on the Bethlehem label in the late 50s – and the tracks have a nice sort of groove, and an overall lean feel – a sound that takes the music far from its Broadway roots! Players include Art Pepper on alto, Stu Williamson on trumpet, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Frank Rosolino on trombone – all bringing a nice sense of themselves to the set. Titles include "Lonely Town", "Whatever Lola Wants", "Old Devil Moon", "Hello Young Lovers", "Too Close For Comfort", and "Just In Time". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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