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Lonnie Liston SmithAstral Traveling (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Bluebird, 1973. Used ... $6.99
One of Lonnie Liston Smith's most spiritual sessions, and the record that most clearly shows his roots with Pharoah Sanders! The vibe here is much more jazz-based than on some of Lonnie's other records for Flying Dutchman – with Smith playing as much acoustic piano as he does electric, using the former in long-spiralling lines that have a beautifully meditative quality, and which give the album a real Strata East-like sound. Mtume and Sonny Morgan play percussion, Cecil McBee plays bass, and the real star of the album may well be George Barron – who turns in some beautiful Sonny Fortune-like work on tenor and soprano sax! Titles include "Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord", "Rejuvenation", "Astral Traveling", "I Mani", "Aspirations", and "In Search Of Truth". CD includes alternate takes of "Astral Traveling", "Rejuvenation", "Imani", and "In Search Of Truth". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithExotic Mysteries ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the fullest-sounding albums ever cut by Lonnie Liston Smith – but one of the greatest albums too! The set has Smith really taking off a bit more than on his work for RCA or Flying Dutchman – hitting some fuller sounds in the studio, thanks to backings arranged by Berg DeCoteaux, who's clearly trying to push Lonnie's groove a bit more towards a soul fusion audience of the time, yet always without losing any of the righteous energy that makes the music so great. There's a wonderful blend of acoustic and electric keyboards on the set – wrapped up in bits of strings, and propelled strongly to the skies with some great rhythms that include bass work from a young Marcus Miller, who also wrote some of the tracks on the set. Vocals aren't often in the lead – usually just sung by a chorus, if at all – and some of the best numbers here have a laidback groove that's totally wonderful – nice and mellow, with lots of room for the keys! Tracks include "Quiet Moments", "Space Princess", "Night Flower", "Mystical Dreamer", "Magical Journey", "Singing For Love", and "Exotic Mysteries". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lonnie Liston SmithLive! ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band grooves up these cool spacey rhythms – stepping out in territory that's definitely the more cosmic side of jazz funk, with those righteous currents that always made Lonnie so great. The whole thing's wonderful – with loads of great electric work, and an overall spiritual vibe that's every bit as great as his albums for Flying Dutchman – and players include Donald Smith on flute and a bit of vocals, Dave Hubbard on tenor and soprano sax, and Lonnie himself on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp. The set includes a nice extended take on "Visions of A New World", plus the tracks "Watercolors", "Sorceress" – which isn't on any of his studio albums, "Prelude", and the classic "Expansions". CD

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Lonnie Liston SmithReflections Of A Golden Dream ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Lonnie Liston Smith grooves it hard here with his Cosmic Echoes group – mixing in a stronger dose of soul than ever before, yet still giving tracks a righteous feel overall! The approach here is a bit like that of Roy Ayers work from the 70s – still jazzy at its core and conception, but often featuring vocals to deliver a wider message for the tunes – plus some nicely snapping rhythms that are enough to get a fe cuts good play on the dancefloor! The record's still got plenty of great mellow tracks too, though – the kind of floating spacey numbers that Smith virtually invented during the 70s, and which stand here as a more strongly jazz-voiced contrast to some of the soul tunes in the set. Donald Smith and Dave Hubbard are still working here with Lonnie to give the work a really solid sound, and tracks include groovers like "Get Down Everybody", "Peace & Love", and "Beautiful Woman" – mixed with spacier fusion numbers like "Quiet Dawn", "Golden Dreams", and "Goddess Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithSilhouettes ... LP
Doctor Jazz, 1984. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Smooth jazzy soul from Lonnie's mid 80s years – recorded when Lonnie was heavily under the sway of Guru Sri Chinmoy! If you've ever heard Chinmoy as a musician, you know that he's not very good – and fortunately, Lonnie keeps him away from the instruments on the record, and only lets him provide spiritual guidance. The style of the sets is surprisingly nice – a smooth extension of Lonnie's work for Columbia, with vocals by Donald Smith, and a nice soulful sound overall. Titles include "Summer Afternoon", "Warm", "City Of Lights", "Once Again Love", and "Just Us Two". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo, with a small sticker on the label. Cover has a promo stamp, tape on the spine, and WGN pen on back.)

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Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesVisions Of A New World ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience – letting soul flow into the jazz-based tunes in the same way that Norman Connors was doing at the time – and creating the same sort of warm glow through a mix of earthy percussion and electric keys. Vocals on most numbers are by Donald Smith, who has a great approach that has the depth of Leon Thomas but the warm focus of Michael Henderson – and he's a perfect fit for Lonnie's well-crafted tunes on the set! Titles include the nicely breaking "Devika", plus "A Chance For Peace", "Colors of The Rainbow", "Visions Of A New World", and the killer mellow track "Summer Nights", a very warm electric piano cut, with a nice sort of "Summer Madness" feel! CD

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithLove Is The Answer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Magical work from Lonnie Liston Smith – one of those players who actually seemed to get better the more he worked on major labels! The album's a really wonderful blend of mellow jazz and soulfully spiritual themes – at one level inspired by Roy Ayers-styled crossover material, but at another still very much in the righteous camp of some of Lonnie's earlier records. A few tracks have vocals, but others step along in a sweet and smooth instrumental mode that mixes up acoustic piano and keyboards very nicely! Titles include "In The Park", "Speak About It", "Love Is The Answer", "On The Real Side", "Give Peace A Chance", and "The Enchantress". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Space Princess (special disco version)", "A Song For The Children (7" single mix)", and 7" single versions of "Give Peace A Chance", "Free & Easy", "Bridge Through Time", and "Love Is The Answer". CD

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithRejuvenation ... LP
Doctor Jazz, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A smooth groover from the mid 80s by Lonnie Liston Smith – a lot better than you might think for the time! This set has a bit of an 80s keyboard feel to it, but it's also got a laidback soulful approach that's certainly an extension of his 70s spiritualism, with loads of spacey airy touches that recall the later years at Columbia. Includes "The Eternal Quest", a tune co-written by Lonnie and Sri Chinmoy – plus "London Interlude", "Rejuvenation", "A Frozen Lake", and "Girl In My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithLove Is The Answer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Magical work from Lonnie Liston Smith – one of those players who actually seemed to get better the more he worked on major labels! The album's a really wonderful blend of mellow jazz and soulfully spiritual themes – at one level inspired by Roy Ayers-styled crossover material, but at another still very much in the righteous camp of some of Lonnie's earlier records. A few tracks have vocals, but others step along in a sweet and smooth instrumental mode that mixes up acoustic piano and keyboards very nicely! Titles include "In The Park", "Speak About It", "Love Is The Answer", "On The Real Side", "Give Peace A Chance", and "The Enchantress". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Space Princess (special disco version)", "A Song For The Children (7" single mix)", and 7" single versions of "Give Peace A Chance", "Free & Easy", "Bridge Through Time", and "Love Is The Answer". CD

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions (UK pressing) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for the migration of the cosmic jazz sound onto the dancefloor – a tune that's as funky as it is righteous – but other cuts on the album slow down the pace a bit too, and show off the mellower, more introspectively spiritual side that's always made Lonnie way more than just a funky jazz artist. Easily the best place to start in the all-great Lonnie Liston Smith catalog – and featuring tracks that include "Expansions", "Summer Days", "Desert Nights", "Shadows", "My Love", "Peace", and "Voodoo Woman". CD
(Newly remastered from the original tapes!)
 
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Gato BarbieriEl Pampero ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $9.99
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – and really stretching out in this amazingly spiritual way – quite different than some of his more mainstream playing in later years, and his freer sounds of the 60s. The group features Pretty Purdie on drums, Sonny Morgan and Na-Na on percussion, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Lonnie Liston Smith on piano – and Smith lays out these modal spiraling lines that really work wonders with a groove – and Gato solos over them in searing ripping blasts of sound, never going too far out, but hitting that great soulful mode that made Sanders' best work so great. Titles include "El Pampero", "Mi Buenos Aires Querido", and "El Arreiro" – and all tracks are long. CD

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Rodney FranklinLearning To Love ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of the time – an exceptionally strong artist, and very much his own spirit – yet sadly not as remembered these days as contemporaries like Lonnie Liston Smith or Herbie Hancock. Yet Rodney's got all the range of both of those artists – the same ability to mix jazz, funk, fusion, and soul – the last of which he does here wonderfully, with help from singers Jim Gilstrap, Howard Smith, and Darryl Phinnessee. Yet at the heart of all the tracks are Rodney's nice soulful keyboards – which have the same smooth feel as Bobby Lyle's from the same time – and the same ability to blend wonderfully with lyrics and other instrumentation. The record was produced by Stanley Clarke – and titles include the great "Enuff Is Enuff" – the theme from the early 80s blacksploitation flick One Down Two To Go – plus "Sonshine", "Learning To Love", "Don't Wanna Let You Go", "Sailing", and "That's The Way I Feel Bout Your Love". CD

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Dick GriffinNow Is The Time ... LP
Trident, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A tremendous bit of 70s soul jazz – a rare post-Strata East session by trombonist Dick Griffin, recorded with a super hip group and a very righteous sound! The album grooves with a great mix of modal and electric styles – strong solos out front, and some incredibly wonderful rhythms driving the whole set along. Players include Clifford Jordan on tenor, Donald Smith on flute and piano, Hubert Eaves on piano, Billy Hart and Freddie Waits on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion – and one track features some great vocals by Donald Smith, who sung on some of the best 70s albums by his brother Lonnie Liston Smith! Great all the way through – and a massive record that's up there with the best on Black Jazz and Strata East at the time. Titles include "Waltz My Son", "The Queen", "Now Is The Time", and "Madrid". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GuruJazzmatazz Vol 1 ... LP
Chrysalis, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A groundbreaking meeting of musical icons – with veteran jazz greats, a couple of then-young guns, and one of the MCs who helped bring jazz into hip hop in the first place! Jazzmatazz bridges both stylistic and generational boundaries in incredible ways, not only an earnest effort by Guru to pay heartfelt tribute to heroes, but to show his own and subsequent generations its the vitality and longevity jazz music – with a lineup that includes Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronny Jordan, Lonnie Liston Smith, Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport and MC Solaar. 12 tracks in all, including "Slicker Than Most", "No Time To Play", "Loungin", "Sights In The City", "Le Bien, Le Mal", "Transit Ride", "When You're Near", "Down The Backstreets", "Respectful Dedications", "Take A Look At Yourself" and "Trust Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Foster Jackson GroupFeel The Spirit (long disco, disco) ... 12-inch
Lonnie, 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)... $11.99
Spacey, jazzy, and wonderful – an upbeat funky club track that's got as much great instrumentation as it does vocals! The tune soar and skips along on a really bouyant wave – kind of like a more dancefloor-driven approach to the Lonnie Liston Smith groove of earlier years – topped off with some great chorus vocals, and featuring a nice percussion breakdown about halfway through! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Oliver NelsonSkull Session ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful bit of funky jazz – and one of the unsung gems in the early 70s Flying Dutchman catalog! Oliver Nelson leads a number of different groups that are filled with funky electric players – like Mike Wofford, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Denis Budimir – and the record's filled with cool moog, arp, and keyboard grooves that are unlike anything you'll find on any other of Nelson's albums. Some cuts are more big band oriented, but the best ones are nice and funky. Titles include "Skull Session", "125th And 7th Ave", "Flight For Freedom", "Baja Bossa", and "Dumpy Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Potter & Tillman with Carmen LundySpace Rapture ... LP
High Jazz (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... About June 19, 2017
A wonderful bit of spacey fusion from the team of David Tillman and Andrew Potter – the kind of record we'd rank up there with classic work by Bobby Lyle or Lonnie Liston Smith! The set was recorded in the early 80s, and issued in a very small pressing at the time – but it's got a full-on sound that's created through swirling keyboards, funky drums, and a really spacious approach to the groove that's filled with spirit and soul. About half the tracks are instrumentals, take in a really freewheeling keyboard-driven style – and the other half feature vocals, cast out in a really warm and spiritual sort of way. Carmen Lundy makes a stunning appearance on an early version of her track "Time Is Love" – done here as a stripped-down piano/vocal jam that's even better than the more famous version! Other tracks include "It Must Be ESP", "Out West", "Love Is How", "Space Rapture", and "Sing A Simple Song Of Praise". Also features the bonus tracks "Up North" and "Memo From PR". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pharoah SandersKarma ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Very Good- Gatefold ... $24.99
Quite possibly the best-remembered album from Pharoah Sanders' legendary run at Impulse Records – a set that crossed over big, and sold to countless folks who might not have bought a jazz album this hip otherwise! The record was Sanders' first in the wake of Coltrane's passing – and it's a beautiful extended suite of tracks that flows with a sense of grace, power, and majesty that's simply breathtaking – a new level of expression in spiritual jazz – and virtually the blueprint for an entire generation to come! The album features the classic track "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – spanning a tremendous amount of space and time – and featuring Leon Thomas' classic vocals on the lyrics! Thomas also returns on the cut "Colors", which is a bit more outside, and quite free overall – and other players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, James Spaulding on flute, Julius Watkins on French horn, Ron Carter and Richard Davis on bass, and Freddie Waits and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover is stained on the bottom half, only visible inside the gatefold, with stuck-on paper on back.)
Also available Karma (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP 22.99

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Pharoah SandersKarma (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Impulse (Germany), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Quite possibly the best-remembered album from Pharoah Sanders' legendary run at Impulse Records – a set that crossed over big, and sold to countless folks who might not have bought a jazz album this hip otherwise! The record was Sanders' first in the wake of Coltrane's passing – and it's a beautiful extended suite of tracks that flows with a sense of grace, power, and majesty that's simply breathtaking – a new level of expression in spiritual jazz – and virtually the blueprint for an entire generation to come! The album features the classic track "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – spanning a tremendous amount of space and time – and featuring Leon Thomas' classic vocals on the lyrics! Thomas also returns on the cut "Colors", which is a bit more outside, and quite free overall – and other players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, James Spaulding on flute, Julius Watkins on French horn, Ron Carter and Richard Davis on bass, and Freddie Waits and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Karma ... LP 24.99

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Pharoah SandersSummun Bukmun Umyun – Deaf Dumb Blind ... CD
Impulse, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Pharoah Sanders is working here with some excellent horn players in the frontline – Woody Shaw on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto sax – both of whom really bring a lot of power to the record! As with some of Sanders' other Impulse albums of the period, the record only features two long songs – both of them great, and both of them balanced between more modal moments, and freer flights of jazz expression. Bartz and Shaw are obviously well suited for both of these sides of the spectrum – as are the other players, who include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. Nathaniel Bettis and Anthony Wiles play additional percussion – as do some of the other members of the group from time to time. Both tracks build with a stretched-out, organic quality – and titles include "Summun Bukmun Umyun" and "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord". CD
(Out of print, digipack has some light edgewear.)

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Pharoah SandersTauhid/Jewels Of Thought ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1967/1969. New Copy ... $11.99
Two Pharoah Sanders classics – back to back on a single CD! Tauhid is one of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, spiritual jazz that flows out with a timeless power, and a quality that almost out-Coltrane's Coltrane! All tracks are long, expressive, and freely flowing – building with a very organic sense of energy – totally free from any gimmicks or cliche. Players include Dave Burrell on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Sharrock on guitar – and Pharoah plays alto, tenor, and piccolo – and even vocalizes a bit. The album begins with the amazing "Upper & Lower Egypt" – which is a perfect illustration of the two sides of Pharoah's genius – free/out & spiritual/modal – and other titles include "Japan", and "Capricorn Rising". Jewels Of Thought is a wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah" – a title that has much of the same grace and power as "The Creator Has A Master Plan. The rest of the players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Richard Davis and Cecil McBee on basses, and Idris Muhammad and Roy Haynes on drums – and unusually enough, each of the double bassists and drummers gets their own channel of sound to work with! The other long track on the album is the extended "Sun In Aquarius" – which is a bit more outside, but still pretty great! CD

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersThembi/Black Unity ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1971/1972. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Spiritual jazz genius – two Pharoah Sanders albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Thembi – recorded with an all star lineup that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, and Michael White. The album's got a strong influence from the members on the set – particularly Lonnie Liston Smith, who seems to bring in a very nicely soulful approach to a few of the numbers, and Michael White, whose spiritual consciousness is still a bit rough-hewn and personal at this point. The record oddly shifts mood from track to track – going from the mellow soul of "Astral Traveling", into the loud free jazz of "Red Black & Green", to the modal grooving of "Thembi", and into the spiritual joy of "Love" and "Bailophone Dance" – all of which makes for a really wonderful album, one of Pharoah's strongest statements of the time! Black Unity is a record with a righteous cover, a righteous title, and a righteous little session that features one long song that spans the entire length of the album! "Black Unity" may well be Pharoah Sanders' freest expression on record to date – but it's also still got all the hallmarks of his best moments on Impulse – especially the tighter rhythmic focus that always makes his work so compelling – and which has kept his legacy fresh for generations and generations of new jazz listeners! The group here is wonderfully put together – with Joe Bonner on piano, Carlos Carnett on tenor, Marvin Hannibal Peterson on trumpet, Cecil McBee and Stanley Clarke on basses, and Norman Connors and Billy Hart on drums – all with plenty of space to stretch out, open up, and really do their thing! In contrast to some of the totally free work coming out of the European scene during the same stretch – especially that by American players overseas – the album's a great reminder that rhythm in jazz is always a key component – as Pharoah finds a way to make things swing, even at unexpected moments! CD

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Leon ThomasSpirits Known & Unknown ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that moment – letting Leon spin out some spiritual vibes of his own, and step into a few fresh new styles as well! The album's plenty righteous right from the start – partly because the lineup includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and the enigmatic "Little Rock" on tenor – who is actually Pharoah Sanders – but also because Leon serves up a shorter take on "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – done in a great style! The album also features a classic vocal take on Horace Silver's "Song for My Father", with lyrics that we totally love – plus the frenetic "Malcolm's Gone" – and the tracks "One", "Echoes", "Let The Rain Fall On Me", and "Damn Nam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Larry Young's FuelSpaceball ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky fusion in a runaway spaceship – the second album by Larry Young's cosmic heavy Fuel ensemble! The album's a perfect batch of jazzy keyboard grooves in a tradition that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Johnny Hammond, and Charles Earland during his Mercury years – with Larry on moog, organ, Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes, and other cool keyboards – grooving with a sound that ranges from fast and choppy to sweet and spacious. Julius Brockington also plays a lot of funky keys on the set next to Larry, and although a few tracks have vocals, the real focus here is on the instrumentation. Titles include "Startripper", "Message From Mars", "Moonwalk", "Sticky Wicket", and "Flytime". His last album, and a nice bit of far-reaching funk! CD

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VariousFlying Dutchman Anthology ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Soul Brother (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Funky soul, righteous jazz, and hip production made the Flying Dutchman label one of the greatest imprints of the early 70s! The label was the brainchild of producer Bob Thiele, and was a post-60s project to bring together unheard voices in African American culture – recording heavily in a number of genres that included jazz, funk, soul, and Latin – cutting records that were destined to become instant classics, most of which are still pretty darn influential today! This set does a great job of starting to unpack the wealth of work on Flying Dutchman – bringing together tracks by a few familiar acts, and other lesser-known artists, a few who have rarely been reissued. Titles include "Carnavalito" and "Maria Domingas" by Gato Barbieri, "Mama" and "Chains Of Love" by Esther Marrow", "Baja Bossa" by Oliver Nelson, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" by Pretty Purdie, "Save The Children" and "I Think I'll Call It Morning" by Gil Scott Heron, "The Creator Has A Master Plan" by Louis Armstrong & Leon Thomas, "Echoes" by Leon Thomas, and "Footprints" and "Astral Travelin" by Lonnie Liston Smith. CD

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VariousJazz Dispensary – Astral Travelin ... LP
Fantasy, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
We're not sure how we feel about the pot-clinic presentation of the package – but there's no denying that the Jazz Dispensary series is a great choice of classic jazz and funk grooves! The material is from a range of different labels that all fall under the Concord/Fantasy umbrella these days – labels like Prestige, Stax, Milestone, Volt, and Fantasy – plus a few sweet cuts from other imprints too – and as a whole, the series is a great vinyl-only presentation of material that was usually reissued only on CD by the Fantasy family back in the 90s, when they finally discovered the funk in their rich catalog from the late 60s and early 70s. Titles on this Astral Travelin volume include "Leaving This Planet" by Charles Earland, "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Astral Travelin" by Pharoah Sanders, "Epilog" by Jack DeJohnette, "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" by Flora Purim, "Tawhid" by Johnny Lytle, and "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz Ntu Troop. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriBolivia ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Gato Barbieri's better albums from the early 70s – and like his other Latin-themed sessions, a swirling mix of soulful soloing, modal grooves, and unbridled emotion! Lonnie Liston Smith is playing piano on most cuts, and he's a perfect blend for Barbieri's horn – giving it the same sort of soulful base as in his classic recordings with Pharoah Sanders – and pushing the tracks with a pulsating modal undercurrent that keeps things moving throughout! Titles include "Merceditas", "Eclypse", "Bolivia", and "Vidala Triste". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriUnder Fire ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work from Gato – filled with Latin rhythm influences forged on his Impulse sessions of the same time, plus some nice spiritual blowing in the Pharoah Sanders tradition in which he was linked in the immediate post-Coltrane years. Airto and Mtume are on percussion on most tracks, and Lonnie Liston Smith plays some pretty outside piano on the set. All tracks are long, and titles include "El Parana", "Antonico", "El Sertao", and "Maria Domingas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a thin stain along the top seams inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ Dick GriffinEighth Wonder & More ... CD
Strata East/Ruby, 1974/1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little CD that combines material from Dick Griffin's 1974 Strata East album, plus his later record for Trident Records! First up is the full batch of tracks from The Eighth Wonder – an overlooked gem from the glory days of Strata East – extremely soulful work from trombonist Dick Griffin, who only made a handful of records as a leader! The group is a wonderful one that has Griffin in the company of Sam Rivers on sax and flute, Ron Burton on piano, Warren Smith on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, Freddie Waits on drums, and Leopoldo F Smith on percussion – all very hip players who really match the righteous energy of Griffin's music. Tunes aren't as high concept as on other Strata sessions, but still have a really deep soul overall – very much in the territory of Clifford Jordan's work for the label, and the percussion on the bottom adds a really organic quality. Titles include "Girl I Really Love You", "It Could Be", "Flying Back Home", "Come Be With Me", and "Jakubu's Dance". The last 4 tracks on the CD are from the album Now Is The Time – a rare post-Strata East session by trombonist Griffin, recorded with a super hip group and a very righteous sound! The album grooves with a great mix of modal and electric styles – strong solos out front, and some incredibly wonderful rhythms driving the whole set along. Players include Clifford Jordan on tenor, Donald Smith on flute and piano, Hubert Eaves on piano, Billy Hart and Freddie Waits on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion – and one track features some great vocals by Donald Smith, who sung on some of the best 70s albums by his brother Lonnie Liston Smith! Great all the way through – and a massive record that's up there with the best on Black Jazz and Strata East at the time. Titles included here are "Waltz My Son", "Multiphone Blues", "Oree Me II", and "Now Is The Time". CD
(Out of print, CDr release.)
 
 
 



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