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Lee RitenourBest Of Lee Ritenour ... LP
Epic, Late 70s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Lots of sweet fusion numbers with soulful production from Skip Drinkwater – titles that include "Captain Fingers", "Three Days Of The Condor", "Fly By Night", "A Little Bit Of This & A Little Bit Of That", "Wild Rice", "Isn't She Lovely", and "Caterpillar". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee RitenourCaptain's Journey ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A masterful fusion set from guitarist Lee Ritenour – one that expands his sound a bit more than usual by adding in vocals on a number of tracks – but in a way that really gets at the mainstream soul influences that bubble through his jazz work! The set features key vocal appearances from Patti Austin, Tom Baylor, and Bill Champlin – all singers who really know how to respect the instrumental side of a tune, too – which is great, given that the record also features keyboards from Dave Grusin and Patrice Rushen too. Titles include "That's Enough For Me", "Sugarloaf Express", "What Do You Want", "Matchmakers", "Morning Glory", and "The Storm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Lee RitenourFriendship ... LP
JVC (Japan), 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
Plenty of friendship here – some really warm interplay between a well-chosen group of musicians – all of whom come together with the level of quality that always made Lee Ritenour's records stand out from the pack! This isn't easy commercial fusion, but a really soulful, cohesive set by a batch of musicians who are grounded in jazz, and have the best understanding of 70s electric elements – a lineup that includes Don Grusin on keyboards, Ernie Watts on reeds, Abraham Laboriel on bass, Alex Acuna on drums, and Steve Forman on percussion – the last two of whom provide the right snapping, spontaneous funky currents to really keep things sounding wonderful throughout. Titles include "Sea Dance", "Crystal Morning", "Woody Creek", and "Life Is The Song We Sing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert.)

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Lee RitenourGentle Thoughts ... LP
JVC (Japan), 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
A classic bit of Japanese fusion from the 70s – and a set that managed to circulate pretty heavily on these shores at the time, which is quite an accomplishment for an expensive piece of import vinyl! That track record is no surprise, though, given that the group's really a showcase for a range of top-shelf American fusion players – Lee Ritenour at the head on guitars, joined by both Patrice Rushen and Dave Grusin on keyboards and Fender Rhodes, Ernie Watts on sax and flute, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums – a killer CA lineup who keep things lean and soulful throughout! The album's almost an extension of the Rushen groove over at Prestige, with plenty of soulful moments, and an approach to fusion that's quite far from commercial albums of the time – even from some of Ritenour's other work. The title track is a great remake of Herbie Hancock's "Gentle Thoughts" – and other tunes include "Captain Fingers", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Chanson", "Captin Caribe/Getaway", and "Meiso". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Alphonse MouzonDistant Lover ... LP
Tenacious, Late 80s. Very Good ... $2.99
A top-shelf set of smooth fusion work from Alphonse Mouzon – recorded with a host of excellent players from the LA scene, in a style that sits nicely with his work from the earlier part of the decade. The overall feel is smooth, but there's some nice funky undercurrents on the tunes, thanks to Al's great drum work – and the players on the set really help keep the quality high – as you'd guess from names that include Paul Jackson Jr, Tom Scott, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and Lee Ritenour. Titles include "Saving My Love For You", "I Don't Want To Lose This Feeling", "That's Right", "Everybody Party", and "Step Into The Funk". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alphonse MouzonMan Incognito ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice and heavy. Lee Ritenour's on guitar, and he gets a lot of play on the record – but the main groove is Alphonse's heavy funky snakefoot! Al's drums and percussion are furiously frenetic, and he also plays a lot of keyboards – and other players include Tom Scott on tenor, Dave Grusin on clavinet, Victor Feldman on bongos and congas, and Charles Meeks on bass. A few tracks have vocals – by Marty McCall, Jackie Ward, and Caroline Willis – as well as Alphonse himself and the album's also got two very nice break-oriented tracks – "Snake Walk" and "New York City" – both with nice hard drums! Titles include a number of other good fusion groovers, like "Without A Reason", "Just Like the Sun", "Before You Leave", "Just Like The Sun", and "Mouzon Moves On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Patrice RushenBefore The Dawn ... LP
Prestige, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Patrice Rushen's second album – and a very sweet batch of keyboard funk! The record has Patrice working in a groove that's almost like that of Herbie Hancock at the time – using lots of electric piano, clavinet, and synth to craft some mighty fine jazz funk grooves. The group's a monster assemblage of Fantasy jazz players like Hubert Laws, Lee Ritenour, Hadley Caliman, and Harvey Mason – and the session crackles with a tight edge that you'll never find in any of Patrice's later work. One of our favorite early Rushen sets, and probably one of our favorite overall! Tracks are long, with lots of great spacey grooves, and titles include "Razzia", "Before The Dawn", "Kickin Back", and "Jubilation". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michel ColombierMichel Colombier ... LP
Chrysalis, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great bit of funky fusion from Michel Colombier – and quite different than his early work on the Paris scene of the late 60s! Colombier is perhaps best remembered today for his legendary Messe Pour Le Temps Present – written with Pierre Henry – and for the beautifully baroque arrangements he did for pop albums by Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg, and others! Colombier still has a great sense of arranging here – and he's working with some top-level American jazz talents – including Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass, Michael Brecker on tenor, Airto on percussion, and Steve Gadd and Peter Erskine on drums. The groove is somewhere between 70s full-on fusion, and cop show themes from the early 80s – and titles include "Do It", "Layas", "The Dancing Bull", "Sunday", and "Dreamland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Paulinho Da CostaAgora ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty session of west coast Brazilian grooves – cut by the great percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, with a group that includes Claudio Slon, Larry Williams, and Lee Ritenour. The record's got a very nice breezy feel – with a sound that's similar to some of the Fantasy Brazilian LPs of the time, which mixed tight Brazilian playing with a soulful sense of California production. With the cuts "Simbora", "Toledo Bagel", "Ritmo Number One", and "Berimbau Variations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker on one corner and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ John HandyCarnival ... LP
Impulse, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-blown set from alto saxophonist John Handy – recorded with larger arrangements at a time when Impulse Records was trying to match the sounds of CTI, but done in a way that still holds onto all the sharp soul of Handy's earlier years! The format's nice and full – with lots of keyboards from Sonny Burke, George Spencer, and even Lee Ritenour – but Handy's crisp alto lines cut through the record wonderfully, bringing in these soulful tones that remind us a lot of Gary Bartz in a similar setting – always filled with spirit, and searching out with a nice sense of personality. Titles include the groover "Watch Your Money Go" – plus "All The Things You Are", "Carnival", "Alvina", and "Love's Rejoicing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Alphonso JohnsonMoonshadows ... LP
Epic, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a more jazz funk rooted sound than the later, slightly heavier Spellbound! The great group of players includes Patrice Rushen is on keyboards, Benny Maupin on reeds, Lee Ritenour on guitars, Airto Moriera on percussion, Gary Bartz on sax, plus Narada Michael Walden and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Tracks include "Stump", "Cosmoba Place", "Involuntary Bliss", "On The Case", "Amarteifio", "Pandora's Box" and the breezy "Up From The Cellar", which features vocals by Flora Purim! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Henry ManciniCop Show Themes ... LP
RCA, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums ever from Henry Mancini – a brilliant reworking of hit 70s cop show themes, put together with a really jazzy groove! The group's a big one – filled with hip players who include Clare Fischer on organ, Artie Kane on electric piano and harpsichord, Don Menza on tenor, Lee Ritenour on guitar – all instruments that are used strongly to help kick things nicely on the set, with a vibe that's right up there with the best funky 70s soundtracks. Harvey Mason is on drums, bringing up the bottom a bit more than usual for Mancini – and the choice of material really makes the record cook – with tracks that include "Kojak", "SWAT", "Police Woman", "Rockford Files", "Hawaii Five O", "Streets Of San Francisco", "Bumper's Theme", and "Baretta's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Harvey MasonEarth Mover ... LP
Arista, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Legendary drummer Harvey Mason in sweet jazz funk groove at Arista – a way stronger record than we remembered! Harvey played on some of our favorite jazz funk records of all time – including the massive Gears LP by Johnny Hammond among so many other great albums – and on his on 70s work for Arista, he explored jazz funk and soul instrumentals, with an expansive approach. He was an integral piece of the pie on so many completely essential records by other artists, that it's far too easy to overlook the considerable strengths of the records he headlined, and this is surely of on one of those! Players include Lee Ritenour & Ray Parker on guitars, the Sea Wind Horns of Bruce Fowler, Sally and Kenny Mason, Greg Pillinganes and Paul Smith on pianos and organs, Jan Hammer on Mini Moog and others. Cuts include "Sweet Mercy", "Bertha Baptist", "First Summer" (with Harvey Mason on vibes, bells and chimes), "No Lands Man", "Sho Nuff Groove", "The Mase", "When I'm With You (Live Version)" and "KY And The Curb". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available Earth Mover (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWay I Feel ... LP
Milestone, 1976. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Sonny Rollins' sweetest electric sessions from the 70s – a date that features Patrice Rushen handling some keyboards, and Lee Ritenour on guitar – but Sonny blowing solid, soulful tenor all the way through! The setting is the sort that might initially turn off fans of Rollins' classic era, but it's great to hear him change things up here – picking up some rhythms that you might not normally expect, and really doing some great things with them – as on his Caribbean-inflected RCA album from the 60s. Other players include Alex Blake on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, and Bill Summers on congas – and there's a horn section on some numbers too. Rollins composed most of the tracks and they include "Island Lady", "Asfrantation Woogie", "Happy Feel", and "Charm Baby". Other titles includes the George Duke numbers "Love Reborn" and "The Way I Feel About You" – plus Rushen's "Shout It Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Azar LawrencePeople Moving ... LP
Prestige, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix – beautifully put together by the young Skip Scarborough, with a feel that's very similar to Gary Bartz's work with Larry Mizell! Azar's reeds are wonderful – soaring, searching, in a style that's inspired by Coltrane, but with a more direct focus – again like Bartz, or maybe a bit like Hadley Caliman too – and the record features strong work from a lineup that includes Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Paul Jackson on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums. The whole thing's got a great Fantasy Records funk groove – and includes many nice titles like "Theme For A New Day", "Kickin Back", "Canticle For The Universe", "Gratitude", and a great take on Scarborough's "Can't Hide Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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