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✨✧ Roswell Rudd & Heather MasseAugust Love Song ... CD
Red House, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that starts out sounding like one of the most old school, straight ahead records we've ever heard from trombonist Roswell Rudd – but which soon opens up to all the creative, compelling modes we've always loved in Rudd's music! The record's the result of recent work with vocalist Heather Masse – a hell of a singer who takes Roswell back to older eras of jazz in style, but in ways that are still touched with all the creative tones we've always loved in his work on trombone! The mix is a bit like some of Roswell's 70s album with Sheila Jordan – in the way the songs are familiar, the structure is mostly standard, but the whole thing's open to these amazing inflections that really keep things interesting. Masse really surprises us, too – as while she can sing straight some times, she can also open up with these modes that are both modern and inventive, but never in a way that ignores older jazz roots. The pair have a way of embracing decades of jazz history at once – a bit in the way that Jaki Byard was always able to do – and they work here alongside Rolf Sturn on guitar and Mark Helias on bass – on titles that include "Social Call", "I'm Goin Sane", "Winter Blues", "Con Alma", "Tova & Kyla Rain", and "Blackstrap Molasses/Old Devil Moon". CD

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✨✧ Working WeekWorking Week – May 1985 – Livelove Series Vol 3 ... CD
Promising (Germany), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful live record from Working Week – and a great reminder of what a soulful, jazzy band they were back in the day! Working Week hail from the same London scene as Sade, but they have an even stronger instrumental component overall – including excellent work on tenor, soprano sax, and flute from Larry Stabbins, who's gone onto create some very spiritual records in recent years – plus strong guitar from co-leader Simon Booth, who underscores some of the more soulful elements in the music. Lead vocals are by Julie Roberts, who's always wonderful – and the band here includes a lot of Latin percussion, too – which comes into play especially well on the longer tracks that open up with strong instrumental solos. A few cuts are past the 10 minute mark, with unusual readings that vary nicely from the studio versions – and titles include "I Thought I'd Never See You Again", "Where's The Bridge", "No Cure No Pay", "Sweet Nothing", "Happy Inspiration", "Who's Fooling Who", and "Venceremos". CD

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✨✧ VariousSwamp Pop By The Bayou – Troubles, Tears, & Trains ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw nuggets from the Louisiana scene during the early years of rock and soul – late 50s/early 60s numbers that show why that state was one of the biggest influences on music at the time! None of these tracks were ever hits, and many have a gritty style that's a few steps slower than rockabilly, with bluesy edges that really mark the color blind origins of some of this music – almost a rock-styled equivalent of some of the New Orleans R&B that was coming out a few years before! This volume is one of the deepest digs in the series – full of rare singles from labels that include Montel, Dart, Jador, Jin, Tear Drop, and other tiny imprints – all brought together with more than enough notes to fill you in on the whole history of the scene too. Titles include "Satan In Satin" by Johnny Preston, "I Beg Of You" by King Savoy & The Rhythm Rockers, "Train To Nowhere" by Roy Perkins with Jerry Starr & The Clippers, "Blue Eyes" by Phil Cay, "Shirley" by John Fred & The Playboys Band, "The Memories" by Billy Lewis, "Shed So Many Tears" by Johnny Jano, "Time" by Buddy Lorton, "I Can't Live Alone" by Buck Rogers, and "City Police" by Dale Houston. CD
 
 
 



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