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Jerry ByrneLights Out/Honey Baby ... 7-inch
Specialty, 1958. Near Mint- ... $4.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Later repress.)

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PonysTurn The Lights Out ... CD
Matador, 2007. Used ... $0.99
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BreakestraDusk Til Dawn ... CD
Strut, 2009. Used ... $5.99
Killer work from leading lights of the neo classic funk scene – the mighty Breakestra – their debut for Strut Records and some of the best work they've ever done! Music Man Miles & the crew knock us out each time, and the 4 years between the stellar Hit The Floor LP and this one was worth the wait. The funky undercurrent is the common connective tissue, with deep soul sounds in the mix, too, with multi instrumentalist Miles on lead vocals on a number of tunes, Mix Master Wolf doing his thing on others, plus guests Afrodyte, Chali 2na and the late DJ Dusk – and some tight instrumentals. They run the gamut from stripped down JBs style feverishness, to gritty jazz funk, Latin percussion, and beyond. Breakestra helped kick start the underground funk scene back in the late 90s, and they're as strong as ever a decade later! Titles include "Need A Little Love", "Dark Clouds Rain Soul", "Come On Over" feat Afrodyete, "Back At The Boathouse", "Get It Right", "Show You The Way", "Me & Michelle". "Posed To Be" feat Chali 2na, Mixmaster Wolf & DJ Dusk, "Joyful Noise", "Lowdown Stank", "Set The Sun" and more. CD

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✨✧ Jerry ButlerGift Of Love ... LP
Vee Jay/Sunset, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $1.99
Titles include "Gift Of Love", "September Song", "I Was Wrong", "Come Back My Love", "Butterfly", and "The Lights Went Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Donald Byrd & Gigi GryceComplete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions Vol 2 ... CD
Columbia/Lonehill (Spain), 1957. Used ... $9.99
The second set in Lonehill's series that compiles the Complete Jazz Lab Studio Sessions – incredible early LPs that the Byrd and Gryce team cut for Columbia – with Vol 2 including work from the albums Modern Jazz Perspective, New Formulas From The Jazz Lab, and a couple cuts from one of the LPs from the period with the Jazz Lab title. The set opens with the few vocal tunes from the Modern Jazz Perspective album – a mixture of hard bop and modern jazz, always swinging, but angularly carved, with striking tones and colors that recall the best mid 50s Mingus! The difference, though, is the vocal work by Jackie Paris, a hip singer who's at his best here – vocalizing with way better material than he often got on his own albums, singing on the medley "Early Morning Blues/Now, Don't You Know", "Early Bird" and "Elgy". The rest of the group features Wynton Kelly, Art Taylor, and Wendell Marshall. The New Formulas and Jazz Lab material are more in that mightily soulful bop mode, with work by Hank Jones on piano and Paul Chambers on bass. Tracks include "Exhibit A", "Ergo The Blues (Takes 2 and 3)", "Splittin", "Passade", "Byrd In Hand", "Blue Lights" and "Onion Head". 75 minutes of music! CD
(Out of print.)

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Donald Byrd & Gigi GryceXtacy (aka Jazz Lab) ... LP
Trip, Early 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Groundbreaking work from one of the hippest jazz groups going in the mid 50s – the Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce Jazz Lab – a wonderful group of players who could play with a tight soul jazz finish, yet also throw in some nice modern jazz touches! Gryce's arrangements and alto work are always a treat, and Byrd's youthful trumpet solos give the record a nice sense of character – spinning out over some great original compositions that include "Onion Head", "Bat Land", "Blue Lights", and "Xtacy". 70s pressing of an original 50s Jubilee album – with a new cover that's got a very nipple-heavy image! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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 LightsWhere The Change Is ... CD
Flashing Lights (Canada), 1999. Used ... $0.99
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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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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Coleman HawkinsHawk Flies High ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1957. Used ... $2.99
A key album in the reintroduction of Coleman Hawkins in the late 50s – recorded in a style that still bears a lot of traces of earlier years, but at a time when Hawk was being claimed as a key influence by a variety of younger modernists! The set's got a sense of freedom that's really surprising – especially on the longer numbers, which unfold with some playful instrumental twists that seem to come especially from trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and trombonist JJ Johnson – both of whom are great on the record. Other players include Hank Jones on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – and titles include "Juicy Fruit", "Think Deep", "Blue Lights", "Sanctity", and "Chant". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Neal HeftiOdd Couple ... LP
Dot, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $3.99
The genius of Neal Hefti comes through for us again! Have you ever stopped to listen to the Odd Couple theme? Really listen to it – break it apart with your ears, and let the strange and complex nature of the groove sink into your brain? It's mad stuff, we tell you – one of the most genius moments ever in 60s scoring! This soundtrack features a few versions of Hefti's amazing tune – including one stunning vocal version, with very strange lyrics about Oscar and Felix that almost seem to "out" them as a real couple! The record mixes music from the film with snippets of dialogue – and titles include "Clean Poker", "The Odd Couple", "End Title", "Curse Of The Cat People", "Dirty Poker", "Metropole", and "Down With The Lights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some aging.)

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Bobby HutchersonBest Of The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
Genius – pure genius! Bobby Hutcherson's work for Blue Note is some of the most dramatic of any artist to ever record for the label. During his tenure there, he broke in doing some pivotal work in the "new thing" mode with players like Andrew Hill and Joe Henderson, next worked into a soulful groove that helped redefine the face of soul jazz, and then teamed up with Harold Land to form one of the most compelling groups to ever record for the label. This set of 11 tracks provides a good overview of these years – and titles include "Ummh", "Dave's Chant", "Little B's Poem", "Blues Mind Matter", "Ghetto Lights", "Til Then", "Patterns", "Roses Poses", and "Houston St Thursday Afternoon". CD
(Out of print. CD has a promo stamp. Booklet has a small bit of sticker remnant.)

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Bobby HutchersonDialogue ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. Very Good- ... $14.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DDM pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Jan HuydtsTrio Conception ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1961. Used ... $14.99
A straight trio session, but a great one too – played in a way that's both sensitive and grooving, with a sound that's far more than just a copycat of American jazz modes! Even in the early 60s, Jan Huydts already exhibits a richer vision of jazz piano than most of his contemporaries on both sides of the Atlantic – a willingness to open up and stretch out, but without going too far – and an inventiveness that keeps things tremendously interesting through the course of the longer tracks on the set (all numbers run for more than 7 minutes each.) And while Huydts' work on the keys already a great component of the set, a key factor too is the bass work of Peter Trunk – a richly rhythmic player with a tone and sound that's captured beautifully here. Joy Nay is the drummer in the group – and tracks include long readings of "When Lights Are Low", "Autumn Leaves", "I Could Write A Book", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Latin Blues Band Featuring Luis AvilesTake A Trip Pussycat ... LP
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound that brings out the best aspects in all elements involved! The album's got some wonderful bouncy cuts with a Latin soul groove and weird English lyrics – like "Lay An Oz On Me Baby", "I'll Be A Happy Man", and "Pussycat" – the kind of raw, wild, and very groovy tracks that you'd buy an album like this for. And there's also a totally great, totally tight descarga cut called "The Cow", that runs for 8 minutes with a very firey groove and lots of amazing playing! And if that wasn't enough, the cover's got a wild psychedelic image of a nude body with lots of colored lights projected over it, and a feeling that's about as trippy as the band must have been when they recorded this one! Other tracks include "Hasta Cuando", "Take A Trip", and "Pura Falsedad". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jay LeonhartFly Me To The Moon (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2003. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
A tribute to Ray Brown, played by a trio that features Jay Leonhart in Ray's role on bass – alongside the piano of Benny Green and guitar of Joe Cohn! Given the setup, there's a bit of an Oscar Peterson 50s vibe to the music – that great spirit forged during the years Brown and Peterson made some really wonderful grooves together – and the lack of any drums really allows Jay even more space than usual to throw in his two cents – ringing out in these round, warm tones – of the sort that Brown virtually invented in the postwar years. Titles include "Dream Dancing", "Skylark", "On The Street Where You Live", "When Lights Are Low", and "Fly Me To The Moon". CD

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Oliver NelsonMore Blues & The Abstract Truth ... CD
Impulse, 1963. Used ... $4.99
Oliver Nelson's follow-up to his classic Blues & The Abstract Truth session for Impulse – and like that one, a tremendous little album – filled with deep tones and wonderful colors in sound! The group here's a bit larger than before – an ensemble that includes Phil Woods on alto, Ben Webster on tenor, Thad Jones on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Roger Kellaway on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Grady Tate on drums. The album includes some superb original compositions by Nelson – just the kind of overlooked jazz numbers that make the set great – and as with most of his arrangements from the time, there's a perfect balance between group force and intimate solo space! Titles include "The Critic's Choice", "Blues & The Abstract Truth", "One For Bob", and 2 versions of Dave Brubeck's "Theme From Mr. Broadway". Also included are two bonus tracks- "One For Phil" and "Night Lights". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available More Blues & The Abstract Truth ... LP 14.99

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Buck OwensChristmas ... CD
Sony, 1960s. New Copy ... $5.99 6.98
A prime batch of classic twangy Christmas tunes from Buck Owens & The Buckaroos – a pretty much perfectly selected set – culled from his wonderful Christmas material for Capitol in the mid-to-late 60s! Buck's signature Bakersfield honky tonk sound is in full effect here –with an original batch of tunes penned by Owens with head Buckaroo Don Rich, and fellow Bakersfield legend Red Simpson on a couple tunes. He's not out to cover the Christmas standards in a honky tonk style, he's makes his own, thank you very much! It's mostly on the cheerful side, but with few bluer tunes – and all great! Includes "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy", "Blue Christmas Lights", "All I Want For Christmas Dear Is You", "Christmas Shopping", "Good Old Fashioned Country Christmas", "One Of Everything I Got" and more. CD

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Jill ScottGolden Moments – Jill Scott's Greatest Hits – The Hidden Beach Years 2000 to 2008 ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2000s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A pretty wonderful retrospective of Jill Scott's years at Hidden Beach – timeless, richly emotional neo classic soul from one of the leading lights of her generation! We've been fans of Jill's from the first album onward, and if you're a younger fan, this excellent collection is a great place to come on board. Her early work stood out tremendously back in the day, bringing a natural realness to the contemporary scene, and it's held up perfectly over the years. Includes the unreleased track "I Adore You" – plus a sweet set of classics that includes "Golden", "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat", "Slowly Surely", "Whatever", "The Way", "Cross My Mind", "Comes To Light (Everything)", "Crown Royal", "Hate On Me", "My Love", "It's Love", "Getting' In Thye Way", "Slowly Surely" and more. CD

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Rene ThomasJazz In Paris – The Real Cat ... CD
Universal (France), 1956. Used ... $5.99
Belgian guitarist Rene Thomas was one of the leading lights of the Parisian hardbop scene in the 50s – and this set features some of his greatest work from the time! The core album is a cracker – a great date that has Thomas' guitar coming into play with the piano of Rene Urtreger, bass of Benoit Quersin, and drums of Jean-Louis Vitale – really grooving together strongly, with a clean, clear tone that made Rene one of, if not THE, best guitarist working in Europe during the postwar years. Andre Ross plays tenor on a few tracks, adding in an extra-great sound – and titles include "Lover Man", "The Continental", "If I Had You", "Relaxin At The Grand Balcon", and "L'Imbecile". CD also features 8 more tracks from a second album – one that features Serge Bib Monville on tenor, Roland Ronchaud on piano, Benoit Quersin on bass, and Jose Bourguignon on drums. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Easy To Love", "The Real Cat", "My Old Flame", "Shine", and "Goodnight Wherever You Are". CD
(Out of print.)
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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BandNorthern Lights – Southern Cross ... LP
Capitol, 1975. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The best from The Band in years – their first all originals studio effort in a few years, and one that deservedly re-established them creatively, if not commercially, as one of the all time great rock bands! Robbie Robertson is solely credited for the compositions, but make no mistake, this record is by The Band – not just notes committed to a page and played – it's a fluid, intuitive and timeless album that we love nearly as much as anything they'd ever done – possibly as much as Big Pink or self-titled, even more on some days. Essential! Titles include "Rags & Bones", "Acadian Driftwood", "Hobo Jungle", "Ophelia", "Ring Your Bell", Jupiter Hollow" and "It Makes No Difference". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)

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Joe BataanSubway Joe ... LP
Fania, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of our favorite Latin soul albums ever – a rollicking mix of upbeat party tracks, gentle ballads, and more – all handled with the undeniable magic that is Joe Bataan at his best! The album kicks off with the fantastic groover "Subway Joe" – a hilarious tune about Joe trying to find a seat on the subway – and it rolls into killers like "Nuevo Jala Jala", "Juanito", "Ponte En Algo", and the wonderfully emotive "Special Girl". There's a really wonderful quality to all the tunes – honest, open, and done with instrumentation that includes lots of dark passages, yet which also continues to flower in hope! A landmark, and a record that delights us again and again over the years! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ George BensonBad Benson ... LP
CTI, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
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

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Willie BoboUno Dos Tres ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good ... $19.99
Killer material, and one of Willie's best-ever albums for Verve! The album's filled with groovy numbers that hit the good mix of soul and Latin that was coming out of the New York scene at the time – and Willie delivers all of it with a tight jazzy sound that works great with the titles. Highlights include the amazing "Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries" (one of our all-time faves!), plus "Boogaloo In Room 802", "1-2-3", "I Remember Clifford", and "Night Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has staining & peeling along the bottom seam & a cutout hole.)

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Burnt SugarMaking Love To The Dark Ages ... CD
Livewired, 2009. Used ... $4.99
One of the best ever sets of sprawling, spacey soul funk and jazz from the impossible to pen in Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber – never an easy group to describe in a nutshell, and that's a good thing – their best work in years and their first effort for the Livewired label! Making Love To The Dark Ages is a weirdly apt title, starting out with kind of dark, bluesy soul backdrop for Lisala's vocal in the beginning of the opening three part suite "Chains And Waters", slowly building into a tense, free jazz groove that's unafraid to pepper it up with some psyche rock guitar, heady/heavy bass, keys and synth, sax and drums. Guitarist and group leader Greg Tate conducts a sprawling chamber with slightly altered lineups depending on the piece, with players including vocal chanteuse Lisala, fellow vocalists Jeremiah, Karma Johnson, Justice Dilla X (who moonlights on piano, too) and others, alto & tenor sax by Matana Roberts and Petre Radu Scafaru, synth by Bruce Mack, cello by Will Martina, acoustic and electric bass by Jason DiMatteo and Jared Michael Nicherson, drums by Chris Eddleton and Trevor Holden & others, guitars by Rene Akan, Vernon Reid, trombone by David Smith, trumpet by Lewis 'Flip' Barnes, Jr, – lots more instrumentation and orchestration. The record rolls in and out of evocative soul, bits of electro and hip hop soundcraft, spaced out astral jazz, sharp solos and textured bursts of noise – never sacrificing a confluent sense of togetherness for all of the diverse sounds. Titles include the suites "Chains And Water" and the title track, plus "Thorazine/81", "Love To Tical" and "Dominata (The Gabri Ballad)". CD

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John CameronCover Lover/Warm & Gentle ... CD
Studio 2/Vocalion (UK), 1966/1968. Used ... $6.99
Two rare early gems from UK arranger John Cameron – both of which show some really unique sides of his talents! Cover lover is one of the weirdest records we've ever heard from the UK scene of the 60s – and a set that actually features John Cameron singing a bit – adopting this swinging London sort of spirit that's a mix of jazz and soul – not unlike Georgie Fame at the time, but maybe a bit rough around the edges! The tunes are plenty playful – almost all originals, with some pretty witty lyrics – backed by a small combo that includes Ronnie Ross on baritone sax and Art Ellefson on additional reeds. Cuts include "Walk Small", "The Jester", "Cover Lover", "Waiting For Herbert", "Set Em Up Joe", and "You Owe Me". Warm & Gentle is much more in Cameron's sound library mode – especially the mellower side of things! The style is pretty easy-going, but not without some delights – gentle instrumentals, but often with a nice touch of jazz – especially on some sweet flute lines, which almost recall use of the instrument in Cameron's mellower charts for Donovan. Titles include "Once There Was You", "Summertime", "Silence Is Golden", "When Lights Are Low", "Let's Go To San Francisco", and "Warm & Gentle". CD

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Prodigio ClaudioProdigio's Delights ... CD
Combo, 1991. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print.)

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John ColtraneTraneing In ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A beautiful album that more than lives up to its evocative title – an early session from John Coltrane, filled with long tracks that slide along brilliantly! As with many other classic Prestige albums from Trane, backing is by the trio of Red Garland piano, Paul Chambers bass, and Art Taylor drums – all holding back nicely when Coltrane opens up on his solos, but also coloring the tunes with soulful lyricism in a masterful understatement. The sound is about as classic as you can get during these early years in The Great One's career – and titles include "Traneing In", "Slow Dance", "Soft Lights & Sweet Music", and "Bass Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, still in the shrink. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Giles CoreyStoned Soul ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... $1.99
Giles Corey is a bluesman at heart, but he plays here in a style that's got lots of soul and funk touches too – particularly in the way he works his guitar with lots of wah-wah style riffs! The record's got a contemporary blues vibe overall, but Giles definitely has a slightly different style, too – one that's got respect for sounds that go way beyond the roots of his genre, and which showcase some of the better, later modes of Chicago blues, when it started criss-crossing a lot with other genres as well. The drums are mighty heavy – and bring an undercurrent of funk at points – and titles include "Pork & Beans", "Time Flies", "Bright Lights", "Morning Train", "That Girl Is Bad", "Home Is On My Mind", and "Watch Myself Go Crazy". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Miles Davis & John ColtraneMiles Davis & John Coltrane – Live in Stockholm 1960 ... LP
Dragon (Sweden), 1960/1985. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $48.99
Fantastic (and now out-of-print) double album set of a stunning live performance by Trane and Miles, recorded in Sweden in 1960. The tracks are all long, with backing by the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Highlights include "Green Dolphin Street", "Fran-Dance", and the 2 versions of "So What". Even if you've got most of the studio recordings with Miles and Trane, this session's a key addition to any collection of their work, and features stunning performances that are strikingly different from their studio work of the time. LP, Vinyl record album

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Booker ErvinIn Between ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
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". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Curtis FullerCurtis Fuller Meets Roma Jazz Trio ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked 80s session from trombonist Curtis Fuller – and a great one too – a record that really returns the player to the powerful presence we first loved in his albums of the late 50s and early 60s! Fuller's the leadoff solo instrument throughout – working here with backing from the Roma Trio of Danilo Rea on piano, Enzo Pietropaoli on bass, and Roberto Gatto on drums – all playing with that careful, classic vibe that maybe made the Italian scene in the 80s one of the richest on the continent. Curtis blows boldly, even at mellower moments – often phrasing more like a trumpet than a typical trombonist – and serving up lots of soulful sounds in the process. The set features a sublime reading of "Naima", plus "Blue Bossa", "Afternoon In Paris", "Red's Delights", and "Impressions". CD

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Richard Groove HolmesGroovin With Groove (aka New Groove – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Groove Merchant/LRC, Early 70s. Used ... $3.99
Funky funky Groove Holmes – one of his tightest albums ever! The set's a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically oriented – all instruments grooving very strictly on the beat, except for Groove's wailing Hammond – which takes off over the top in some fierce musical flights! Bernard Purdie chops up some wicked drums on the set, and titles include "Red Onion", "Meditation", "Good Vibrations", "Chu Chu", and the solid groover "You've Got it Bad". And like most LRC titles, the dates and information on this one are a bit suspect – because the CD definitely contains the 7 tracks from the New Groove album – but also features 5 more bonus tunes too – including "Go Away Little Girl", "Young & Foolish", "It's Impossible", "It's Gonna Take Some Time", and "Groove's Groove". And note that the cover lists the dates for the sessions as 1978 and 1979, but the music is definitely the same as that on Groove's early 70s album New Groove. CD
(Out of print.)

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Isley BrothersComplete RCA & T-Neck Masters 1959 to 1983 (23CD set) ... CD
Sony, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 23 CDs ... $152.99 179.98
Get ready to throw away your entire Isley Brothers collection and start from scratch – because this beautiful box brings together most of their classic albums, each as separate CDs – plus loads of bonus tracks, rare studio material, and more! All the classics are here, but some of the real highlights are the live material – including the rare Wild In Woodstock tapes – which have the group in their late 70s greatness – playing live at Bearsville Studio in 1980, with wonderfully tight sound and long stretched out tracks – most of which have never been issued before! The package also includes the double live albums – Live At Yankee Stadium and The Isleys Live – both early 70s killers that really open up their funky soul sound. And the package even features the obscure In The Beginning, which brings together early singles too. So, from the top, the box includes 23 CDs, a booklet of notes, nice album-style jackets for each record – and the albums Shout, It's Our Thing, The Brothers Isley, Live At Yankee Stadium, Get Into Something, In The Beginning, Givin It Back, Brother Brother Brother, The Isleys Live, 3 + 3, Live It Up, The Heat Is On, Harvest For The World, Go For Your Guns, Showdown, Winner Takes All, Go All the Way, Wild In Woodstock, Grand Slam, Inside You, The Real Deal, and Between The Sheets. Many albums include bonus tracks – the set has 84 rare and unissued bonus tracks – lots to hear, even if you've been a fan of the group as long as we have! CD

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Millie JacksonCaught Up ... LP
Spring, 1974. Very Good ... $6.99
Seminal 70s southern soul from Millie Jackson – a record that's head and shoulders above most of what she recorded in later years! Before she got all naughty and raunchy, Millie Jackson was one of the best female soul singers to come out of the south – and this album's a work of understated brilliance that brings a new level of emotion and feeling to the music. The whole thing's conceived as a bit of a concept album – one in which Millie's a bit fragile at the start, due to unfulfilled love – then regains her confidence by confronting those around her, and eventually steps forth boldly as a proud, new woman. Jackson put together the record with producer Brad Shapiro – and the overall style is Muscle Shoals, but with a more sophisticated twist – thanks to inventive use of strings alongside the more standard soul rhythms. Highlights include a great remake of "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" (complete with a nice bit of spoken dialogue!) – plus "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "It's Easy Going", "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "Summer (The First Time)", and the great "It's All Over But The Shouting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some stains on back.)

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Rudolph JohnsonSecond Coming ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would have envied, and which sparkles with some of Rudolph's most soulful 70s contemporaries – like Sonny Fortune or Andrew White! The tunes are almost all originals, and have this depth of vision that really holds us rapt throughout – a way of digging in and continuing to find new meaning throughout the course of Johnson's solos – with superb rhythm backing from the trio of Kirk Lightsey on piano, Kent Brinkley on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. Lightsey is wonderful too – maybe his best performance on record – and titles include the sublime numbers "The Highest Pleasure", "The Traveler", "Time and Space", and "The Water Bearer". CD

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Tomoki KandaLandscape Of Smaller's Music ... CD
Crue-L (Japan), 2000. Used ... $1.99
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- ... $18.99
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
(Original gatefold pressing, in textured cover! Booklet inside is great – and cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Geoff Krozier & The GeneratorTranceformer ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Mad magick a very weird Australian quartet – one who work here in a weird blend of witchcraft and electronics, all at a level that's much more like some of the most tripped out late 60s moog records than you'd guess from the record's 1981 date! The sounds here are really completely out of time – performed by the group on a range of keyboards and synthesizers, and processed with lots of spooky touches – then topped with sung and spoken passages from Geoff Krozier, who comes across somewhere in the territory of Anton La Vey or Genesis P Orridge – a completely haunting style that really sends chills down our spine! Titles include "Temple Of Exotic Delights", "Land Of Unclean Spirits", "House Of The Sun", "Paid Your Money", "Feed You To The Sharks", "House Of The Joker", "Slave Traders", and "The Devil May Care". LP, Vinyl record album

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