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Menahan Street BandLights Out/Keep Coming Back ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2012. New Copy (pic cover)... $4.99
A sweet little single from Menahan Street Band! "Lights Out" has this slow funk brilliance that's almost lifted off a rare 70s soundtrack – beats that are hard, but mellow too – topped by these snakey horns that really bring in a blue sort of feel to the music – almost an Ethiopian feel, but funkier! "Keep Coming Back" is awash in Hammond lines right from the start – swing-stepping like a cool 60s instrumental, complete with some wangly guitar – all again in a slow mode that's really a nice change from the usual! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Pia ZadoraWhen The Lights Go Out (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
FTG, 1988. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 21.98
Maybe the strongest record ever from Pia Zadora – at least from a soul music perspective – thanks to strong studio help from the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! The famous pair worked with Pia on all the tracks – both as writers and producers – and their trademark groove really works well for Zadora's voice – giving it a bit more push and kick than on previous records, at a level that shows that she's maybe more at home with contemporary R&B than she is with jazz or standards. Plus, the obvious Jam/Lewis ear for a hook certainly helps a lot – and Pia's unabashedly poppy in all the right moments! Titles include "I Don't Wanna Love", "Dance Out Of My Head", "Still Remembered", "It's Always Been The Same", "Silence", "I Really Like You", and "Since I've Been Lovin You". Special 2CD version – with 6 bonus mixes of "Dance Out Of My Head" and 5 mixes of "Heartbeat Of Love". CD
Also available When The Lights Go Out (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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Pia ZadoraWhen The Lights Go Out (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
FTG, 1988. Used 2CD ... $12.99
Maybe the strongest record ever from Pia Zadora – at least from a soul music perspective – thanks to strong studio help from the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! The famous pair worked with Pia on all the tracks – both as writers and producers – and their trademark groove really works well for Zadora's voice – giving it a bit more push and kick than on previous records, at a level that shows that she's maybe more at home with contemporary R&B than she is with jazz or standards. Plus, the obvious Jam/Lewis ear for a hook certainly helps a lot – and Pia's unabashedly poppy in all the right moments! Titles include "I Don't Wanna Love", "Dance Out Of My Head", "Still Remembered", "It's Always Been The Same", "Silence", "I Really Like You", and "Since I've Been Lovin You". Special 2CD version – with 6 bonus mixes of "Dance Out Of My Head" and 5 mixes of "Heartbeat Of Love". CD
Also available When The Lights Go Out (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Zerben R Hicks & The DynamicsLights Out/You Make Me Feel Good ... 7-inch
RCA, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Promo. Label has a sticker and light writing.)

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✨✧ Jackie McLean Quintet With Donald Byrd & Elmo HopeLights Out! (Jazz Classics Series) ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early genius from Jackie McLean – arguably his best pre-Blue Note album, and a sinister batch of hardbop tracks recorded with a great group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet and Elmo Hope on piano! The tracks are long, with a bit of the "blowing session" feel of other Prestige albums from the time – but they're also a lot tighter, and McLean really steps to the forefront on his solos, blowing with a sharp-edged sound that's really amazing – and which hints strongly at the even more adventurous turns he'd take later in the 60s. Tracks include "Up", "Lorraine", "Inding", and "Kerplunk". Great stuff all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a large name in marker on front, some flaking at the bottom, clear tape on the seams, and marker on back.)
 
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✨✧ Hayden Childs33 1/3 – Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out The Lights ... Book
Continuum, 2008. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-penned essay on the classic album Shoot Out The Lights – the final record from the team of Richard & Linda Thompson, and a set that documents all the strain and tension in their relationship at the time! Author Hayden Childs really gets at the deep emotions that Richard Thompson put into his lyrics – some of the bleakest he ever penned, and surprisingly poignant even when sung by Linda. Childs paints a picture of Thompson's private hell with prose that has the vividness of fiction – and he supports his concepts with some extra-cool appendices in the back – including one that compares Richard Thompson's key records with those by Neil Young! 116 pages, softcover. Book

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✨✧ BuscratesCut Out The Lights/Confunk ... 7-inch
Buswax, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spare beats and some mighty spacey keys – especially on the excellent "Cut Out The Lights", which steps along in a cool, sneaky sort of way – as the keyboards wash and wallow all over the top of the grooves! "Confunk" echoes the 80s grooves you'd expect from that famous group with a similar name – but in a stripped-down style that's got plenty of hip hop influence too. 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Atomic/School DaysNuclear Assembly Hall ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. Used 2CD ... $13.99
They got the title right on this incendiary release, yet another transatlantic love affair between a nice patch of forward thinking Nordic improvisers and some of our own homegrown talent. The School Days quartet is a group that grew out of connections built up through the extended Vandermark/Gustafson relationship, with two of the leading lights of Chicago new school – Vandermark and Jeb Bishop – in the front line teaming up with a European rhyhtm section – Haker Flaten and Nilssen-Love – and taking inspiration from the landmark Lacy/Rudd recordings they derived their name from. As it happens, the rhythm section are from the group Atomic, with whom you may be familiar from their excellent Jazzland recordings, combining the best of the free avant scene with a strong rhythmic underpinning. This set of all original material bristles with energy, as the playing bounces between Ornette-ish phrasing, tightly arranged passages and textural improv. 9 numbers in all, spread out over 2 CDs, including "W Meets A", "Transparent taylor", "Ink Worm", "Kerosene", "Conjugations" and "Dog Days". CD

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Jaki ByardParisian Solos ... CD
Futura (France), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Beautiful solo work by pianist Jaki Byard – recorded in Paris in 1971, for the Swing Collector offshoot of the Futura label! The setting really gives Byard a chance to open up and stretch out – playing some numbers in the more traditional style that would show up on some of his 60s sessions – but in a way that also has clear modernist overtones, in that linking of traditions that was always a key factor to Byard's American recordings. Titles include "A Tribute To Jimmy Slide", "When Lights Are Low", "Willow Weep For Me", "Isle To Isle", "Dedicated To Bob Vatel Of The Ten Gallons", and "Going Home Blues". CD features one previously unissued title too – a 12 minute medley of "Mind & Soul", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Sunday", and "Besame Mucho". CD

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Chicago Luzern ExchangeSeveral Lights ... CD
Delmark, 2005. Used ... $3.99
With Marc Unternahrer on tuba, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Josh Berman on cornet and Frank Rosaly on drums. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Natalie ColeInseparable/Natalie/Unpredictable ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1975/1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A triple pack of early magic from Natalie Cole! Inseparable is Natalie's stunning debut for Capitol Records in the mid 70s – a real surprise, and a set that should have had the singer blossoming even more than she did at the time! As with some of the other Capitol soul sessions of the time, the album's done very firmly under the guidance of Charles Jackson and Marvin Yancey – a pair who give Natalie just the right sort of backing to launch her career – a sound that's full and rich, deeply sophisticated – but also still plenty soulful, almost in the mode of some of Minnie Riperton's work at the time. Given the pair's Chicago roots – and the arrangement help from Richard Evans – that comparison is no surprise, and Natalie rises to the occasion nicely. Titles are all originals too – and include "Needing You", "Joey", "I Can't Say No", "Something For Nothing", "I Love Him So Much", "You", "Your Face Stays On My Mind", and the huge hit "This Will Be". Next up is Natalie – a record that really has Natalie Cole finding her groove – not needing any help from her famous familial legacy, thank you – and instead stepping out with a tight, proud mode that really helped refine the sound of female soul in the 70s! The album's got plenty of influences from the Chicago soul scene – including songwriting and production from the team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy – and work from key session players like Richard Evans and Gene Barge, who worked in the Curtom Studios to craft the grooves on the set! Titles include "Keep Smiling", "Mr. Melody", "Heaven Is With You", "Can We Get Together", "Touch Me", "Hard To Get Along", and "Good Morning Heartache". Unpredictable is an album that reunites Natalie Cole with the smooth soul team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey – the team who did such a great job with Natalie's Capitol debut, and who really continue the groove here too! The album's got a rock-solid approach through and through – a quality that has Natalie really standing out on her own as a positive young artist in soul – without any need to nod towards her father, as in later years. And Jackson and Yancey bring a nice dose of Chicago soul class to the affair – which turns out to be a perfect match for Natalie's vocals! Titles include "Be Mine Tonight", "Party Lights", "This Heart", "I've Got Love On My Mind", and "Still In Love". CD

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EnchantmentSoft Lights Sweet Music (with bonus track) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The only RCA album from Enchantment – and a great little set that has the group stretching out from their earlier records on United Artists! The groove here is still awash in the great harmonies we've always loved from the group – and production is by Don Davis, who always has a great ear for preserving the core soul of any act like this – while also helping them focus their sound as well! The mix is quite similar to excellent work Don did with the Dramatics at the end of the 70s – and Enchantment really benefit with a similar ear for a bouncy groove, and that great Davis way of knowing just the right point when to slow things down on an album, too. Titles include "Settin It Out", "I Believe In You", "Moment Of Weakness", "You & Me", "I Can't Be The One", "Soft Lights Sweet Music", and "I Can't Fake It". CD features a bonus 12" mix of "Settin It Out". CD

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Flashing LightsSweet Release ... CD
Flashing Lights (Canada), 2001. Used ... $0.99
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(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)

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Morton GouldBeyond The Blue Horizon/Goodnight Sweetheart/Love Walked In ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1961/1962/1963. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
A trio of early 60s RCA albums from Morton Gould – all of them with a dreamy, late nite sort of mood! Beyond The Blue Horizon has Gould working in a string-heavy variant of mood music that feels more early 50s than early 60s – very lush orchestrations that have the same day-end feel as the image of a sunset on the cover. Titles include "Where Or When", "Stormy Weather", "Stardust", "Time On My Hands", "Poinciana", and "Shadow Waltz". Goodnight Sweetheart is a great album of languid love tunes – all instrumental, and mixed with string and woodwind presentation that are all very much in the best lush style that Morton Gould forged in the 50s – but with some slight adult, sophisticated elements that really live up to the paperback-style image on the cover. Titles include "La Mer", "Tea For Two", "My Ship", "Let's Put Out The Lights", and "September Song". Love Walked In has Morton Gould tripping along with lazy, laidback orchestrations that are filled with slightly illuminating touches – gentle woodwinds mixed with bits of strings, all in a pillowy-soft mix that should send you off to dreamland. Titles include "Love Walked In", "Why Do I Love You", "I Love Thee", "I'm Sure Of Your Love", and "Parlez Moi D'Amour". CD

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Jeff GraceHouse Of The Devil ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 2009/2014. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.98
The masterfully eerie original soundtrack to Ti West's House Of The Devil – a late 00s movie that's a pretty great riff take on the suspenseful occult thrillers of the late 60s and early 70s – and Jeff Grace's score is pretty close to perfect! Much like the film, the soundtrack builds in mood little by little – starting with some delicate piano and a lonely violin that's as pretty as it is foreboding – slowly but surely building more frantic instrumentation as it goes along, before climaxing in terrifying fashion. This is a fairly contemporary soundtrack on Death Waltz the rivals the greatest of the vintage horror masterworks in their canon! Includes "Opening Theme", "Family Photos", "The View Upstairs", "Meeting Mr. Ulman", "Keep The Change", "Footsteps", "Mother", "Chalice", "Lights Out", "He's Calling You", "Mrs Ulman" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby HutchersonDialogue (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
One of Bobby Hutcherson's most important albums ever – and an essential piece of "new thing" jazz that ranks up there with such key Blue note sessions of the genre as Tony Williams' album Life Time, Dolphy's Out To Lunch, and Jackie McLean's One Step Beyond! Hutcherson's sound on the vibes is amazing – metallic, yet melodic – in a sublime blend of the modern and the soulful, all wrapped up in tones and colors that few other players have ever managed to get from the instrument! All the other players on the session really rise to the occasion too – and the album features tremendous work from Sam Rivers, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill, and Joe Chambers. Titles include "Ghetto Lights", "Catta", and "Idle While". CD also features the bonus track "Jasper" – not on the original LP! CD

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✨✧ Clifford Jordan & John GilmoreBlowing In From Chicago ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $7.99
A landmark session that features two of the greatest tenor talents to emerge from the rich Chicago scene of the 50s! Jordan was well-known to jazz fans, or would be within a few years – but Gilmore's rarely heard in this sort of setting, as most of his recording career was spent in the company of Sun Ra's Arkestra. The record features the duo in a twin-tenor frontline, with backing by Horace Silver, Curly Russell, and Art Blakey. Ostensibly a blowing session, but much tighter than you'd expect – and with a hard heavy Blue Note groove. Titles include "Evil Eye", "Status Quo", "Bo-Till", and "Blue Lights". CD features the bonus track "Let It Stand". CD
(Pre RVG version – out of print.)

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✨✧ Carmen LundySolamente – The Demo Project ... CD
Afrasia, 2009. Used ... $7.99
Incredible work from Carmen Lundy – an album that's got us falling in love with her music all over again – but from a completely different perspective! As you might guess from the "demo" in the title, the album's got Lundy working in a very intimate setting – handling all keyboards, rhythms, and other instrumentation on the record herself – in a sweetly soulful groove that's quite different than some of her jazz-based albums! Don't let the word "demo" put you off, either – as these recordings are all perfectly polished, and just as professionally done as other Lundy recordings – and although we always knew Carmen had some instrumental talent, we're really stunned here at how her work on keyboards, piano, guitar, bass, harp, and percussion really helps open up the flavor of her songs. All tracks are new here – all really lovely work that makes the album as essential as any other classics from Lundy. Titles include "Move On", "Show Me A Sign", "The Out Crowd", "Fire In The Rhythm", "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", "Without Your Love", "When Lights Are Low", "Free As A Child", and "Requiem For Kathyrn". CD

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✨✧ Robert MazurekPlayground ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... $4.99
Coronetist Rob Mazurek is one of the current leading lights in Chicago's booming underground jazz scene, and this seminal Delmark release features Mazurek's Chicago Underground Orchestra that includes other Windy City talents like guitarist Jeff Parker, drummer Chad Taylor, and bassist Chris Lopes. The album's a great peek at the kind of youthful energy and imagination that are currently turning Chicago inside out, and although it's on Delmark, it has a sound that's a lot better than most of the label's other releases. Titles include "Boiled Over", "Playground", "Jeff's New Idea", and a great reading of Herbie Hancock's "Blow Up". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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MetersNew Directions ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
The Meters take their Crescent City groove in a slightly different direction – giving things a warmer, sunnier feel than their previous records – and bringing in a fair bit more vocals, too – yet still keeping all the right funky elements at the bottom! The move is a bit like that made by Allen Toussaint when he was helping out so many other artists in LA during the 70s – a tightness that's different than indie funk, but also a great way to evolve the New Orleans sound past its more regional roots! In other words, don't expect The Meters on Josie – but appreciate the record as a great bit of mainstream funk – one that has the Neville Brothers doing some of their best vocals as The Meters lay into a groove. Titles include "No More Okey Doke", "Funkify Your Life", "Give It What You Can", "My Name Up In Lights", "We Got The Kind Of Love", and "Be My Lady". CD

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Lee MorganCity Lights (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
One of Lee Morgan's most sparkling sessions from the early years – a record that already shows a sense of depth and imagination that would take Lee way beyond simple hardbop solo work! There's a sensitivity here that owes something of a debt to Clifford Brown, yet which is much more modernist overall – touched, no doubt, by a set list that features tunes by Gigi Gryce and Benny Golson, and played in a spirit that's similar to the blend of soul jazz and modernism that both of those players were carving out at the time. Morgan's bandmates for the record include George Coleman on tenor and alto, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Ray Bryant on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all in tight formation, but with a sense of relaxed and easy flow that's rare, even in a Blue Note of this vintage! Titles include "You're Mine You", "Just By Myself", "Kin Folks", "City Lights", and "Tempo De Waltz". CD
Also available City Lights (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 4.99

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Lee MorganCity Lights (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $4.99
One of Lee Morgan's most sparkling sessions from the early years – a record that already shows a sense of depth and imagination that would take Lee way beyond simple hardbop solo work! There's a sensitivity here that owes something of a debt to Clifford Brown, yet which is much more modernist overall – touched, no doubt, by a set list that features tunes by Gigi Gryce and Benny Golson, and played in a spirit that's similar to the blend of soul jazz and modernism that both of those players were carving out at the time. Morgan's bandmates for the record include George Coleman on tenor and alto, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Ray Bryant on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all in tight formation, but with a sense of relaxed and easy flow that's rare, even in a Blue Note of this vintage! Titles include "You're Mine You", "Just By Myself", "Kin Folks", "City Lights", and "Tempo De Waltz". CD
Also available City Lights (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 6.99

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Katsutoshi MorizonoCool Alley ... CD
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $12.99
Japanese fusion from the late 70s, but with some great American assist – given that the set was recorded in sunny Southern California, and features work from Larry Knechtel on piano, George Bohannon on trombone, and Ollie Mitchell on trumpet! Like some of the best albums of this type from the period, this one features strong lines from the leader, guitarist Katsutoshi Morizono, over rhythms that bring in a polished sense of soul – alongside some equally great keyboard lines from Satoshi Nakamura too. Titles include "Night Time In The Switching Yard", "Thunder God", "Everybody's Stoned", "Lights Out", and "Cool Alley". CD

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassOriginal Album Classics (Teddy Pendergrass/Life Is A Song Worth Singing/Teddy/TP/It's Time For Love) (5CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony, 1977/1978/1979/1980/1981. New Copy 5 CDs ... $21.99
An amazing run of music from the legendary Teddy Pendergrass – almost all of his early and best work for the Philalphia International label – packaged here in one mighty nice package! The set features five full albums, plus a few bonus tracks – all of which feature Teddy stepping out very strongly as a solo act, after key years with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes! Pendergrass is amazing on these records – and really set a whole new standard for the male voice in soul music – a mode that's mature and sophisticated, yet still richly full of feeling – fragile, yet strong at the same time – and an undeniably new force, especially on the ballads. The set features the albums Teddy Pendergrass, Life Is A Song Worth Singing, Teddy, TP, and It's Time For Love – with classics that include "Is It Still Good To Ya", "Love TKO", "I Can't Live Without Your Love", "It's Time For Love", "Life Is A Circle", "Turn Off The Lights", "Only You", "Get Up Get Down Get Funky Get Loose", "Close The Door", "The More I Get The More I Want", and "You Can't Hide From Yourself". 41 tracks in all – including the bonus tracks "Get Up Get Down (disco version)" and "Only You (single)". CD

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Pieces Of A DreamGoodbye Manhattan ... CD
Blue Note/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1995. New Copy ... $5.99
A great return to basics for Pieces Of A Dream – a set that's tightly jazzy, yet still filled with plenty of soul! The style's a great illustration of the smooth jazz roots the group first offered the world – a style that was really coming into its own at the time of this release, but which still sounded better in the hands of Pieces Of A Dream than just about anyone else! Eva Cassidy sings a bit on the record, but there's plenty of instrumentals – many with some very nicely focused tenor lines from Ron Kerber – just joining the group for this release, but already helping them get a new voice. Titles include "Magens Bay", "After Dark", "We're All Alone", "Bassik Instinct", "Lights Out", "Let's Get Smooth", "Club Jazz (Quiet Storm mix)", and "Have A Little Faith". CD
Also available Goodbye Manhattan ... CD 4.99

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Pieces Of A DreamGoodbye Manhattan ... CD
Blue Note/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1995. Used ... $4.99
A great return to basics for Pieces Of A Dream – a set that's tightly jazzy, yet still filled with plenty of soul! The style's a great illustration of the smooth jazz roots the group first offered the world – a style that was really coming into its own at the time of this release, but which still sounded better in the hands of Pieces Of A Dream than just about anyone else! Eva Cassidy sings a bit on the record, but there's plenty of instrumentals – many with some very nicely focused tenor lines from Ron Kerber – just joining the group for this release, but already helping them get a new voice. Titles include "Magens Bay", "After Dark", "We're All Alone", "Bassik Instinct", "Lights Out", "Let's Get Smooth", "Club Jazz (Quiet Storm mix)", and "Have A Little Faith". CD
Also available Goodbye Manhattan ... CD 5.99

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins In Denmark Vol 2 ... CD
Moon (Italy), 1968. Used ... $11.99
Sonny is with Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Al Heith. Contains five tracks including "Three Little Words", "St. Thomas", "Sonny Moon For Two", "Medley", and "When Lights Are Low". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Roy AyersSearchin' – Live At Ronnie Scott's ... CD
Ronnie Scotts, 1991. Used ... $3.99
A live set by Roy – and pretty darn nice! The album was recorded live at London's Ronnie Scotts in 1990 – but given that Roy was playing for a British crowd that was keen on his classic work of the 70s, the set's got a very 70s-styled feel – and really takes us back to the glory days of Roy's recordings for Polydor! The live setting really lets Roy and the group open up on the tunes – taking some of them into very long versions that feature some great keyboards, vibes, and vocals. Highlights include a 12 minute take on "Searchin", a 9 minute jam on "Spirit Of The Do Do", and a 10 minute reading of the sublime "Mystic Voyage"! Other tracks include "You Send Me", "Yes", "Can You See Me", and "Love Will Bring Us Back Together". CD
(Out of print.)

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Albert AylerHilversum Session ... CD
Osmosis/ESP, 1964. Used ... $7.99
A beautifully packaged reissue of this rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler stretch out – especially when playing overseas – but recorded with the clarity of some of his studio albums for ESP – that sharp-edged sound that really highlights the groundbreaking style of his playing! The rest of the group here is equally great – and the quartet features Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums – the latter of whom is almost completely freed up from rhythm at some points. Titles include "Angels", "CAC", "Infant Happiness", and "No Name". Also includes a bonus fold-out poster with a painting of Ayler! CD
(CD has a cutout hole.)

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George BensonBad Benson ... LP
CTI, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Pretty mellow stuff from George Benson, but with some nice moments! Don Sebesky handled the arrangements for this set of larger backings – but Benson's guitar is right out front, hitting some super-dope lines at the best moments, stretching out from the warm Fender Rhodes or horn heavy backings. Highlights include "No Sooner Said Than Done", which has some very weird processing on the guitar; "Full Compass", which has some nice hard drums; and "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams", a mellow moody track. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small bubbles on the corners.)

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✨✧ De La SoulGrind Date (with bonus track) ... LP
Sanctuary, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The first post-Tommy Boy De La Soul album – and it's a winner! We've been on board with De La throughout their long career – anyone with open ears must know that even their spottiest records (and this is NOT one of those) feature at least a handful of treasure tracks. Grind Date is easily the best later De La Soul album, and brevity is as key to the album as the group's proven longevity. 13 tracks, 49 minutes, no skits. Two songs in you'll find the stellar "Verbal Clap", one of J Dilla's finest productions ever, with precise on beat rhymes by De La. Other highlights include "He Comes" with Ghostface, a soulful track that would sound just as great on Ghost's Supreme Clientele. Most critics will say this is De La's best album since Stakes Is High. We'll say it's better! Featuring production by Dave West, J Dilla, Madlib and 9th Wonder – plus guest appearances by Yummy, Ghostface, Carl Thomas, MF Doom, Common and others. Other tracks include "The Future", "Much More" feat Yummy, "The Grind Date", "Shopping Bags", "Days Of Our Lives" with Common, "Come On Down", "Rock Co. Kane Flow" featuring MF Doom and more – plus the bonus "Shoomp" with Sean Paul. LP, Vinyl record album
(10th anniversary pressing – on blue & orange vinyl!)

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Eric DolphyEric Dolphy In Europe Volume 3 ... LP
Prestige, 1961. Good+ ... $14.99
This is volume 3 of Prestige's set of European recordings by Dolphy, some of the last he would make before he passed away at a very young age. The group features Swedish piano giant Bent Axen, plus a rhythm section that includes Erik Moseholm on bass and Jorn Elniff on drums. Like most Dolphy recordings from the time, however, the main focus is on Dolphy himself, and the long tracks feature some beautiful extended solos on alto and bass clarinet. 3 tracks: "Woody N You", "When Lights Are Low", and "In The Blues (1-2-3)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some wrinkles in the gloss, and a light stain on the bottom inch.)

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El Michels AffairSounding Out The City ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2005. Used ... $9.99
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s funk – and which makes for tunes that have a looser structure overall, which allows much more room for instrumental interplay, and the kind of sweet surprises that make the album so great! These guys have a real penchant for an unusual rhythm and interesting instrumental flair – and they borrow as much from 70s soundtracks and Latin albums as they do from the funky 45 era that clearly gave them their start. Totally fresh all the way through, and a record that delights us a lot more than we might have expected! Titles include "Detroit Twice", "El Pueblo Unido", "Behind The Blue Curtains", "Ocho Rios", "Hung Up On My Baby", "This Song's For You", and "Slide Show". CD
(Out of print.)

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Booker ErvinIn Between ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the last records that Booker Ervin ever recorded, and one of the best! There's a depth of tone and conception here that goes far beyond even Ervin's already-great albums for Prestige – a mix of modernism and soulful expression that really points the way towards jazz expression in the 70s – although sadly, Booker was to leave the planet before getting a chance to stretch out in that era. All 6 tracks on the album are originals – and they sparkle with the imagination found on some of the most top-shelf Blue Notes of the time – work by Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, or Wayne Shorter – played by a group that includes the amazing Richard Williams on trumpet (almost worth the price of the record alone), Bobby Few on piano, Lenny McBrowne on drums, and the little-known Cevera Jefferies on bass. Loads of dark edges, searing solos, and plenty of free flights into the sky – on titles that include "The In Between", "Tyra", "The Muse", "Mour", "Sweet Pea", and "Largo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has some heavy wear and some letters and a name in marker. Labels have letters in marker.)

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✨✧ Five StairstepsOur Family Portrait/Stairsteps (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/Real Gone, 1968/1970. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A pair of killers from The Five Stairsteps – back to back on a single CD, with bonus tracks too! First up is Our Family Portrait – a true family portrait of the Five Stairsteps – a group who first came to light on a host of wonderful indie singles in Chicago, stepping forth here on a great full length for Buddah Records! All the best elements of the group's early singles are still in place – including production from father Clarence Burke, and some great arrangements from Johnnie Pate – which give the album this sense of powerful soul that was maybe missing before. Yet the vocals still have all the youthful charm of the group at their start – strong leads by Keni Burke, harmonies by the rest of the family, and even an appearance by Cubie – the youngest member, and more of a novelty presence here. Titles include the group's minor hit "New Dance Craze" – a pretty groovy number – plus "Bad News", "Under The Spell Of Your Love", "A Million To One", "Something's Missing", "Windows Of The World", and "You Make Me So Mad". Next is Stairsteps – a really heady set from The Five Stairsteps – a record that shows the group looking older (and tougher!) on the cover, and one that also shows some maturity in their sound too! We're not sure what was in the water at the time, but these guys definitely seem to be drinking in a bit of the trippier elements of their generation – from their hippie look on the cover, to the overall mix of material, which includes a few surprising Beatles covers too! Arrangements are by Stan Vincent and Tony Davilo – who create a nice blend of Chicago soul and psych-styled touches – while still allowing the group's harmonies to get sweet at all the right moments – especially on their sublime classic "Ooh Child" – a track you'll recognize right away, and a gem that never gets old! Other titles include the funky "Vice The Lights", versions of "Dear Prudence" and "Getting Better", and the cuts "What About Your Wife", "Sweet As A Peach", and "Up & Down". CD features three bonus tracks – a version of Curtis Mayfield's "Madame Mary", plus "America/Standing" and "The Shadow Of Your Love". CD

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Charlotte GainsbourgLemon Incest ... CD
Phonogram (France), Early 80s. Used ... $8.99
A wonderful collection of work from Serge Gainsbourg's famous daughter – the singer and actress who's really coming into her own in recent years, heard here on some of her best recordings from the early days! There's a definite Gainsbourg family influence at play here – plenty of traces of Serge's own music, as well as that of Jane Birkin – and like them both, Charlotte delivers the lyrics with a breathy brilliance that's really wonderful. The set includes her famous "Lemon Incest" duet with Serge – one of the world's greatest (and only) songs promoting the virtues of incest – and other highlights include "Overtures Eclair", "Elastique", "Pour Ce Que Tu N'etais Pas", and "Zero Pointe Vers L'Infini". The production's got a nice 80's Euro-pop sound – and the arrangements are definitely in the Gainsbourg family! CD
(Out of print.)

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Jane Birkin & Serge GainsbourgJe T'aime – Beautiful Love ... LP
Fontana, 1969. Very Good ... $29.99
This is the US issue of the 1969 album that Serge and Jane Birkin cut together, and every track is a groovy French classic, of the sort that made Serge a legend! The arrangments are amazing, and feature some of the weirdest instrumentation ever heard on a pop record – especially one that was as successful as this. The tracks are insane, and even though the lyrics are in French, you'll be able to get more than enough of them from the sexy interpretation! Highlights include "69 Anne Erotique", "Jane B", "Elisa", "Orang Outan", and "Manon" – but it's all good! Plus, this US version of the album also includes the hit single "Je T'Aime . . . Moi Non Plus"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Van HuntVan Hunt ... CD
Capitol, 2004. Used ... $0.99
The smashing debut of Van Hunt – a smoky-voiced singer with a really great sound! The album's one of those "instant classics" that grabs us right away – put together with a sweet and seductive feel that's got roots that stretch back past D'Angelo into the 70s work of Al Green – and which has some really great touches on the instrumentation and production, giving the set a nicely trippy feel! Think of this one as neo-psychedelic soul – and get ready to be hearing a lot more from Van Hunt in years to come – because with a sound like this, the guy's gonna break out big! There's loads of compelling little tunes on the set, and titles include "Highlights", "Dust", "Seconds Of Pleasure", "Hello Goodbye", "Down Here In Hell (With You)", "Out Of The Sky", "Hold My Hand", and "Her December". CD
(Enhanced CD.)

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✨✧ JM SilkHold On To Your Dream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1987. Used ... $8.99
A nice one from JM Silk – from that brief moment when the spotlight shone on the Chicago house scene and it appeared as if it might make a bigger commercial splash – a record that holds up really well! All these years down the road. we know that house music never died, but it never exploded into the mainstream the way the label heads at the time would have liked. This album's has peak moments in which you can sense the crossover potential, but its highlights cut much deeper than that, and it's much more than just a sentimental moment for us Chicagoans. Includes the great remake of "I Can't Turn Around", the house music anthem "Jack Your Body", "Let The Music Take Control", "Heart Of Passion", "Hold On To Your Dream", "Lucky To Be Loved" and more. This 2011 edition from Funky Town Grooves includes 5 bonus tracks: "I Can't Turn Around (House Mix)", "Jack Your Body (Club Your Body)", "She's So Far Away (House Mix)" and "Cry Of The Lonely (Club House Mix)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tom JonesTom Jones Songbook (4 CD set) ... CD
Charly (UK), 1981. Used 4 CDs ... $14.99
Anthology of highlights from Tom's acclaimed North American TV broadcasts in 1981. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tomoki KandaLandscape Of Smaller's Music ... CD
Crue-L (Japan), 2000. Used ... $14.99
A sweet little record that's every bit as compelling as its title! This "landscape of smaller's music" is a set of instrumental tracks from Japanese artist Tomoki Kanda – almost pastoral in nature, but with electronic touches and enough of an abstract vibes quality to land them in our New Grooves section. Instrumentation includes keyboards, beats, and strings – plus nice touches on acoustic guitar, and some other sonic delights that open up this landscape like a field of flowers under the caress of a gentle dawn. Titles include "Small Music", "Golden Weed", "Ray Of Sunshine", "Safari", "Eye Of The Tiger", and "Marden Hill". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Roland KirkSlightly Latin ... LP
Limelight, 1965. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Unbelievable! This is one of the maddest Roland Kirk albums of all time – and it's also one of the hardest to find! The title says "Slightly Latin", but it's more of a mixed-up Now Sound/Bacharach-ish blend of orchestrations and voices, plus Exotica tinges, with Roland playing some very off-kilter reed solos on flute and various saxes. The sound is incredible, and the arrangements are incredibly strange – and the album sounds like nothing that Kirk (or anyone else) has ever done! Highlights include "Shaky Money", "Safari", "Ebrauos", "Raouf", "Juarez", and a wild version of "Walk On By". The whole thing's wild, though, and it never lets up for a minute! More "out" than "easy", and a real treasure that almost never shows up. LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing – but nice and clean overall. Cover is lightly stained on the bottom 3 inches, with a creased corner.)

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Hubert LawsFlute By-Laws ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A great little set of Latin jazz – and one of the strongest albums ever from flute man Hubert Laws! At the time of this recording, Laws was playing with Mongo Santamaria's group – and for this second solo outing, he borrows a lot of grooves from Mongo's bag – and also hits a few tasty lines of his own – mixing in even more of those great soul jazz inflections that always made his solos on the Santamaria records for Columbia some of the real highlights of the time. The groove is wonderful throughout – and other players include Chick Corea on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Benny Powell on tenor, and Bobby Thomas on drums. There's some killer tight Latin numbers with a groovy 60s feel – like "Bloodshot", "Let Her Go", "Baila Cinderella", and "No You'd Better Not" – plus some other tasty jazz numbers like "Mean Lene" and "Strange Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has light stains on back.)

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✨✧ LeadersOut Here Like This ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1988. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Adventurous work from this avant jazz "supergroup" – one that's made up of players who are normally leaders on their own, but who work together here with the great spirit of a group! The lineup features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Arthur Blythe on alto, Chico Freeman on tenor and soprano sax, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Don Moye on percussion – and the tracks are longish, overall – and shift easily between the straighter and more outside proclivities of the players on the set – making for a well-rounded album that showcases the mainstream aspects of the American avant scene of the time. Titles include "Donkey Dust", "Portraits", "Felicite", "Loves I Once Knew", and "Zero". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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Stan LeveyStan Levey Plays The Compositions Of Cooper, Holman, & Giuffre ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really shakes the tunes free of any of the larger Kenton-esque qualities of the composers. Giuffre is on the record – playing baritone in the sextet along with Zoot Sims on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Claude Williamson on piano, and Max Bennett on bass – about as great of a Bethlehem lineup as you could hope for at the time. Sims brings in a really rich sense of soul tot he record – and titles include "Drum Sticks", "Lightnin' Bug", "Exaktamo", and "Extraversion". CD
Also available Stan Levey Plays The Compositions Of Cooper, Holman, & Giuffre (10 inch LP) ... LP 28.99

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Stan LeveyStan Levey Plays The Compositions Of Cooper, Holman, & Giuffre (10 inch LP) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1954. Very Good- ... $28.99
The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here – penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman – and taken into a small combo mode that really shakes the tunes free of any of the larger Kenton-esque qualities of the composers. Giuffre is on the record – playing baritone in the sextet along with Zoot Sims on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Claude Williamson on piano, and Max Bennett on bass – about as great of a Bethlehem lineup as you could hope for at the time. Sims brings in a really rich sense of soul tot he record – and titles include "Drum Sticks", "Lightnin' Bug", "Exaktamo", and "Extraversion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, tape residue and some splitting along the seams, some staining on the bottom half, and some peeling in the bottom corners of the back paste-on.)
Also available Stan Levey Plays The Compositions Of Cooper, Holman, & Giuffre ... CD 13.99

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Joe LovanoBird Songs ... CD
Blue Note, 2011. Used ... $6.99
Brilliant material from sax great Joe Lovano and his Us Five combo – a ceaselessly creative, energetic and involving batch inspired by Charle Parker – another great set from Lovano for Blue Note! The greatest thing about Bird Songs is Lovano's own inspired takes on the material – bring fresh perspective to Bird's oeuvre – timeless, yet modern and taking the material to unexpected and unexplored flights. The players include James Weidman, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela – and the titles include "Passport", "Donna Lee", "Barbados", "Moose The Mooche", "Loverman", "Birdyard", "Dexterity", "Yardbird Suite" and more. CD
 
 
 



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