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Mason DaringMatewan ... LP
Daring, 1987. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a sticker.)

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✨✧ Alfred Edward Housman/James MasonShropshire Lad & Other Poetry ... LP
Caedmon, 1965. Very Good ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Barbara MasonLove's The Thing ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around Shirley Brown's hit song "Woman To Woman". On this southern-tinged album, Barbara answer's Shirley's hit with the cut "From His Woman To You" – in which "the other woman" calls back the snooping wife, and tells her how much control she's really got over her husband! The cut was one of Barbara's biggest from the time, and the whole album's got a similar feel – almost Stax-like in quality, with production by Don Davis. Plus, a fair bit of the songs even seem to contribute to the "other woman/his woman" theme – including "Shackin Up", "So He's Yours Now", "(He Wants) The Two of Us", and "(There's) One Man Between Us". All this makes for a great album – one with a sophisticated approach to loving and living – content that gives Barbara one of her best albums ever! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill Mason/Gary ChandlerGettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD
Westbound (UK), Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
2 killer jazz funk albums – both rare, and both on one CD! The records were cut for the short-lived Eastbound side of the soul/funk Westbound label, both under the supervision of Bob Porter, who handled some of the best early 70s jazz funk work for Prestige! Both albums also feature drumming by the super-heavy Idris Muhammad – who keeps things very much in his classic breakbeat mode. Bill Mason was an obscure organ player who performed on the legendary Rusty Bryant funk LPs (Fire Eater & Wildfire), and his session here has the same kind of fierce groove – with tenor by Hubert Laws, trumpet by Gary Chandler, and guitar by Wilbert Longmire. Titles on that one include "Gettin Off", "Stone", "Mistery Jay", and "Now Run & Tell That". Gary Chandler's album is even better – and features organ work by Ceasar Frazier, guitar by Cornell Dupree, and tenor by Harold Ousley. The album includes a much-sampled version of "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", plus the cuts "Kaleidoscope", "Jet Set", and "Blue Dues". Both records are great – and together, they'd cost you well over $100 in the original! (Please note that a version of "Let's Stay Together" has been shortened to the 4 minute single edit, due to space restrictions.) CD
Also available Gettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD 11.99

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Bill Mason/Gary ChandlerGettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD
Westbound (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
2 killer jazz funk albums – both rare, and both on one CD! The records were cut for the short-lived Eastbound side of the soul/funk Westbound label, both under the supervision of Bob Porter, who handled some of the best early 70s jazz funk work for Prestige! Both albums also feature drumming by the super-heavy Idris Muhammad – who keeps things very much in his classic breakbeat mode. Bill Mason was an obscure organ player who performed on the legendary Rusty Bryant funk LPs (Fire Eater & Wildfire), and his session here has the same kind of fierce groove – with tenor by Hubert Laws, trumpet by Gary Chandler, and guitar by Wilbert Longmire. Titles on that one include "Gettin Off", "Stone", "Mistery Jay", and "Now Run & Tell That". Gary Chandler's album is even better – and features organ work by Ceasar Frazier, guitar by Cornell Dupree, and tenor by Harold Ousley. The album includes a much-sampled version of "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", plus the cuts "Kaleidoscope", "Jet Set", and "Blue Dues". Both records are great – and together, they'd cost you well over $100 in the original! CD
Also available Gettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD 9.99

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Dave MasonAlone Together ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
Dave Mason's first solo album – and a pretty a great one! Alone Together wasn't a huge hit back in the day, but man is a ever a pleasing set. It's rich with blues & soul steeped lead vocals and sweet backing harmonies and bed of acoustic guitars at the core of most of the tunes – sometimes with a driving intensity, others with a lightly gliding pace. The production is a nice mix of blue-eyed blues and southern skewing wah wah rock – with great musicians in the mix, from Leon Russell to Eric Clapton. Tracks include "Only You Know And I Know", "Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving", "Waitin' On You", "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave", "World In Changes", "Sand And Deep As You", "Just A Song" and "Look At You, Look At Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, in the original fold-out cover, with an unglued seam.)

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✨✧ Dave MasonIt's Like You Never Left ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear.)

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Dave Mason & Cass ElliotDave Mason & Cass Elliot ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $1.99
A really nice album from Dave Mason & Mama Cass – one that has Dave's vocals mostly in the lead, but which also brings him much closer in style to Mama's sweet and dreamy pop mode – a lovely little psychedelic folk pop record with soulful touches! The backing is mostly by a small combo, and the feel is alternately laidback and soaring – freed from the hits sound of early 70s LA, when some of the more creative work was coming out of the bigger stars. Titles include "Pleasing You", "On & On", "To Be Free", "Here We Go Again", "Walk To The Point", "Glittering Facade", and "Too Much Truth Too Much Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Harvey MasonEarth Mover (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
Legendary drummer Harvey Mason in sweet jazz funk groove at Arista – a way stronger record than we remembered! Harvey played on some of our favorite jazz funk records of all time – including the massive Gears LP by Johnny Hammond among so many other great albums – and on his on 70s work for Arista, he explored jazz funk and soul instrumentals, with an expansive approach. He was an integral piece of the pie on so many completely essential records by other artists, that it's far too easy to overlook the considerable strengths of the records he headlined, and this is surely of on one of those! Players include Lee Ritenour & Ray Parker on guitars, the Sea Wind Horns of Bruce Fowler, Sally and Kenny Mason, Greg Pillinganes and Paul Smith on pianos and organs, Jan Hammer on Mini Moog and others. Cuts include "Sweet Mercy", "Bertha Baptist", "First Summer" (with Harvey Mason on vibes, bells and chimes), "No Lands Man", "Sho Nuff Groove", "The Mase", "When I'm With You (Live Version)" and "KY And The Curb". This expanded edition from Soulmusic.com includes 2 bonus tracks: "KY And The Curb (US Single)" and "The Mase (UK Single)". CD
Also available Earth Mover (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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Harvey MasonEarth Mover (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. Used ... $4.99
Legendary drummer Harvey Mason in sweet jazz funk groove at Arista – a way stronger record than we remembered! Harvey played on some of our favorite jazz funk records of all time – including the massive Gears LP by Johnny Hammond among so many other great albums – and on his on 70s work for Arista, he explored jazz funk and soul instrumentals, with an expansive approach. He was an integral piece of the pie on so many completely essential records by other artists, that it's far too easy to overlook the considerable strengths of the records he headlined, and this is surely of on one of those! Players include Lee Ritenour & Ray Parker on guitars, the Sea Wind Horns of Bruce Fowler, Sally and Kenny Mason, Greg Pillinganes and Paul Smith on pianos and organs, Jan Hammer on Mini Moog and others. Cuts include "Sweet Mercy", "Bertha Baptist", "First Summer" (with Harvey Mason on vibes, bells and chimes), "No Lands Man", "Sho Nuff Groove", "The Mase", "When I'm With You (Live Version)" and "KY And The Curb". This expanded edition from Soulmusic.com includes 2 bonus tracks: "KY And The Curb (US Single)" and "The Mase (UK Single)". CD
Also available Earth Mover (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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Harvey MasonMVP – Most Valuable Player (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. Used ... $8.99
Harvey's fifth and final album for Arista – another win for the funk-soul-fusion MVP! Given that Harvey worked on some of the best fusion sessions of the 70s, it's more than safe to give him "most valuable player" award – because without his drums, many a record would have faltered! Here, though, Mason's much more in his all-out soul mode – singing, playing, and producing in a smooth blend of jazz and modern soul, still with some funky grit in the mix. It not only benefits greatly from his years as one of the great studio players, but even more so for his triple threat talent as a writer, producer and performer. Tracks are all quite tight and catchy – soul groovers with some funk. Feature arrangements from Kenny Mason, Patrice Rushen and Jerry Peters. Titles include "Universal Rhyme", "Don't Doubt My Lovin", "On and On", "You And Me", "Spell", and "How Does It Feel". This expanded edition from Soulmusic.com includes 2 bonus tracks: "How Does It Feel (UK Single)" and "On And On (UK Single)". CD

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✨✧ Jae MasonTender Man ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Arguably the best album ever cut by Jae Mason – an obscure early 70s singer who only cut a handful of sides during his time in the business. Jae's got a voice that's filled with deep soul and slight touches of folksiness – somewhere in between Bill Withers and Al Wilson, with a sound that could have crossed over big, if he had had the chance. The record's got some great arrangements by Stan Wilson, with a strident 70s feel that's filled with confidence – done up in slight Philly touches, in the manner of the best groups from the time. Includes the tracks "Woman", "Cloud of Sunshine", "Rainbow", "Together and In Love", and "Let It Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a radio station tracklist sticker & a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ James MasonDance Of Life/Up Jump ... 12-inch
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $14.99
Two rare tracks from the legendary James Mason – both from the years when he was recording his seminal Rhythm Of Life album – appearing here on vinyl for the first time ever! "Dance Of Life" is tremendous – just the kind of soaring, spiritual number we love from James – a post-Mizell blend of soul, jazz,a nd cosmic energy – with these wonderful lead vocals from Clarice Taylor that glide through the skies on waves of Fender Rhodes and percussion, plus drums from Bernard Purdie! "Up Jump" is slightly different – given its use of a drum machine – with a sweet electro vibe that includes some vocoder bits – but which also get accompaniment from a vocal chorus in the true Mason mode! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes bonus insert!)

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✨✧ James MasonNight Gruv (main, unreleased longer edit)/I Want Your Love ... 12-inch
Rush Hour (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
A killer bit of jazz funk from the great James Mason! The cut's an old one – but has never been properly issued before, save for a brief appearance on a 12" single in 1996. "I Want Your Love" is our favorite here – over 11 minutes long, and it begins with this cool building moog/drum part that reminds us a lot of the excellent work on tracks like "Sweet Power" and "Free". The cut's got some female vocals that come into the mix about 1/3 of the way through – and they really help the track build its vibe as it goes along! Single also features "Night Gruv", which has a lot more modern sound, with jazzy keyboards over a pounding midtempo groove, a spacey insistent groove that has the feel of some of the best jazzy Detroit electronic sounds. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ James MasonRecollection Echo – Unreleased Recordings (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s. New Copy ... $21.99
A stunner of an album from the legendary James Mason – unreleased tracks that were recorded after his legendary Rhythm Of Life album – finally issued to the world after so many years! There's a number of cuts here that would have been right at home on Mason's classic (and only) album – and share that sense of soul and spirituality that's not only completely unique, but which has gone onto make James' music a touchstone for so many other artists over the decades – a star to reach for, even if most people can't ever make it. A few other cuts have a slightly more modern vibe – a few more keyboards, with slight 80s elements – yet very much in the spirit of Mason's later "Nightgruv" single, with a moody, cosmic sort of quality. A number of cuts have the great Clarice Taylor singing lead vocals – and one even has Fonda Rae in the background – and the cuts also feature loads of Fender Rhodes and other keyboards from James. Titles include "Space Waking", "The Dance Of Life", "The Love Song", "Angel Eyes", "I've Got Your Love", "Cool Out", and "Up Jump". LP, Vinyl record album

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James MasonRhythm Of Life ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! LP, Vinyl record album

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MasonLivin' On The Edge ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $9.99
An overlooked soul trio from the 80s scene – the brothers Tre, Gary, and Tony Mason – coming together here in a masterpiece of 80s groove! The record's got all the right bounce, boogie, and keyboard elements to feel like an indie set from the start of the decade – a quality that may have kept Mason away from the limelight at the time, but which makes the whole thing feel like an untapped classic all these many years later – surprisingly fresh despite the passage of time. The upbeat tunes have plenty of electro touches, but we're even more partial to the mellow cuts, which really allow the brothers to show off their vocal chops, and which slide along with this cool sophisticated soul style. Titles include "Breathless", "Forever Yours", "Livin On The Edge", "Pour It On", "Somthin X-Tra", and "Stay In Love". CD

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MasonStarting As We Mean To Go On ... CD
Dawn/Cherry Tree (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
Melodic, warm and pretty wonderful early 70s soft rock from Mason – featuring Ian "Tich" Amey and John "Beaky" Dymond of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich & Tich in wholly softer mode! It's a record that should have come out on Dawn/Pye in '73, but was never released following a less than successful single. Mason may not reinvent the wheel here, but it's a real shame this album languished unreleased for so long – with winning harmonies borrowed from Crosby, Stills & Nash – a complement, btw – and very nice tunes. Titles include "Don't You Ever Change Your Mind", "To 50 From 45", "It Was Me Who Left Her", "Lordy", "It's All Gone Wrong", "My Country Home", "It's Alright", "Fading", "Ride With The Morning" and more. CD

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✨✧ Mason ProffitCome & Gone ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & splitting seams.)

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Stardrive with Robert MasonIntergalactic Trot ... LP
Elektra, 1973. Very Good ... $4.99
Space jazz for the 70s – a classic batch of synthesizer fusion from keyboardist Robert Mason, whose groove here is totally great! The album's got rhythms that are rooted in rock, but executed in jazz – making for a chunky, funky sound that really helps this album cross over nicely! Mason's synth work is really great – spinning and spiraling out into the cosmos, but held firmly in line with drums from Steve Gadd, percussion from Bruce Ditmas, and a range of saxes from Michael Brecker. Electronics really dominate the set – in a good way too – making the album one of the first of its kind for the era, alongside work by Patrick Gleeson and other artists who'd take this sort of thing to the nth degree! Titles include "Rushes", "Stardrive", "Everything At Once", "Intergalactic Trot", and "Want To Take You Higher". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
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✨✧ Michael BoothmanWaiting For Your Love/What You Won't Do For Love ... 12-inch
Invisible City Editions (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... About January 22, 2017
Great work from Michael Boothman – an artist we only know from one rare album in the late 70s, stepping out here in two previously-unreleased extended tunes! "Waiting For Your Love" skips along at a warm sunny pace – almost jazzy overall, thanks to work on guitar that riffs alongside the keyboards – and topped with these soaring vocals from Charmaine Forde, a singer who almost feels like she stepped off the classic James Mason album! "What You Won't Do For Love" is mighty nice too – a great remake of the hit, but done in a relaxed, grooving style that really likes Charmaine's vocals sparkle over wicked rhythms with lots of jazzy undercurrents too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Second pressing.)

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Rusty BryantFire Eater ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Very Good- ... $43.99
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing tunes that's forever been one of the must-haves of the early 70s jazz funk scene! Idris Muhammad's on drums, Wilbert Longmire's on guitar, and the organ work is split between Leon Spencer and Bill Mason, both monstrously great talents, with a propensity for open-stopped hard-wailing playing! Titles include "Fire Eater", "The Hooker", "Mister S", and "Free At Last". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label pressing, with a name in marker on both sides. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a name written a few times in pen & marker.)

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Rusty BryantWild Fire ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good ... $29.99
One of Rusty Bryant's classics! The record's a monster – very much in the style of his Fire Eater classic, as you might guess from the title! The tracks here are all long, open, and rock-solid – held firmly in place by some incredible drums from Idris Muhammad – and featuring a group that includes Jimmy Ponder on guitar, plus the little-heard Bill Mason on organ – a player who recorded briefly for the Eastbound label, and who also handled the Hammond chores on Rufus Harley's funky album! Rusty's tenor is great, as always – really opening up with this younger generation – and titles include "If You Really Love Me", "Wildfire", "Alobamo Kid", and a version of "Riders on the Storm", of all things! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Ron CarterPastels ... LP
Milestone, 1976. Sealed Gatefold ... $7.99
Ron Carter plays here with pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Harvey Mason, and guitarist Hugh McCracken, in a setting that is augmented by an off-kilter string section, and which has that sort of bright sound that characterized some of Carter's recordings from the time. Many of the tracks have a relaxed funky groove, and Carter's bass is very up front in the recording, with lots of tight plunked hard solo notes. Tracks include "12+12", "Woolaphant", and "One Bass Rag". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Ted ColemanTaking Care Of Business ... LP
Colthe Music/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.98
A jazzy combo with plenty of soul – working here with plenty of fusion undercurrents, but in a way that's tied together with some really great vocals on the top! The style's a bit like that of James Mason on his legendary Rhythm Of Life LP – soaring, righteous, and with some slightly cosmic elements – especially in the way the guitar, keyboards, and vibes come together with an upbeat sort of groove! Ted sings, plays piano and vibes, and wrote all the tunes for the set – and the album's a beautiful lost treasure that has plenty of greatness to offer – echoes of Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, and others – in addition to James Mason – but also a richly personal vibe that's all its own. Titles include "Sweet Bird", "Samba De", "Can You Feel It", "Due Consideration", "If We Took The Time", and "What A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanton Davis' Ghetto MysticismBrighter Days ... CD
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, 1977. New Copy ... $11.99
Sublime sounds from the legendary Stanton Davis – a rare 70s gem that's been a favorite of groovehounds for years! The set's got a really unique feel – part spiritual jazz, part soaring club – a blend that's similar to the sound you'd get on James Mason's legendary album too – a unique hybrid of American undergrounds that comes off beautifully throughout! Production is perfect – a Mizell-like blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements, layered with a bit of vocals – and Davis plays soulful trumpet lines, in a group that has some especially nice keyboards! Titles include "Space A Nova (parts 1 & 2)", "Play Sleep", "Brighter Days/Brighter Daze", "Nida", "High Jazz", and "Things Cannot Stop Forever". CD

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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents ChurchMark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church (with download) ... LP
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – some of which shift the sound of the acoustic instruments in the process! The shift is a bit like that taken by Jimi Tenor with his own music in recent years, but the overall sound is still very much in the soaring, cosmic territory we've always loved from Mark – but there's also a much deeper connection to the planet as well. Wonderful throughout – a great step forward for an artist we already love so much – and titles include "Sketch For Miguel", "Now Or Never", "Nova Roda", "The Mission", "Distractions", "Mason's Galaxy", "Imam", and "Sun Up Sun Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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Raul De SouzaDon't Ask My Neighbors ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
A tremendous moment for trombonist Raul De Souza – working here in a style that's light years past his roots in bossa nova! The set's got a heavy California vibe – a late 70s blend of jazz and soul handled by producer George Duke, who also arranges many tracks on the record – but still leaves plenty of room for Raul to step out strongly in the lead! Things are never too overdone, and handled with that sunny style that players like Duke did so well – lots of warm jazzy elements in the backings, coming from Fender Rhodes by Bobby Lyle, percussion from Airto, and drums from the great Harvey Mason – who really brings an edge to some of the groovers. Titles include a killer cover of the Skip Scarborough tune "Don't Ask My Neighbors" – plus "La La Song", "Overture", "At The Concert", "I Believe You", and "Jump Street". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Don't Ask My Neighbors ... CD 16.99

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Raul De SouzaDon't Ask My Neighbors ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1978. Used ... $16.99
A tremendous moment for trombonist Raul De Souza – working here in a style that's light years past his roots in bossa nova! The set's got a heavy California vibe – a late 70s blend of jazz and soul handled by producer George Duke, who also arranges many tracks on the record – but still leaves plenty of room for Raul to step out strongly in the lead! Things are never too overdone, and handled with that sunny style that players like Duke did so well – lots of warm jazzy elements in the backings, coming from Fender Rhodes by Bobby Lyle, percussion from Airto, and drums from the great Harvey Mason – who really brings an edge to some of the groovers. Titles include a killer cover of the Skip Scarborough tune "Don't Ask My Neighbors" – plus "La La Song", "Overture", "At The Concert", "I Believe You", and "Jump Street". CD
Also available Don't Ask My Neighbors ... CD 14.99

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Martin L Dumas Jr/Joe StopkaAttitude, Belief, & Determination/Nonstop To The Top (limited edition blue vinyl) ... 12-inch
Taurean Connection/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $18.99
An incredible record from the Chicago scene – issued on a tiny little label from deep on the south side – and done with a much richer vibe than you might expect! "Attitude Belief & Determination" is a track that's almost got a righteous, spiritual sort of flavor – but a vibe that's funkier overall – somewhere in that classic James Mason mix of message and groove, with wonderful paired vocals in the lead, and a stepping bassline under Fender Rhodes, which really sends the whole thing home! The track is nice and long, and backed by by "Nonstop To The Top" – a tune with a bit more boogie in the bassline, but still this spacious sort of groove overall. Both cuts were recorded at Curtom – with production that's definitely a cut above the usual indie 12" single! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Beautiful pressing – heavy blue vinyl!)

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✨✧ Fertile GroundSeasons Change ... LP
Counterpoint (UK), 2002. Near Mint- 2LP ... $29.99
The third album by Fertile Ground – an incredible leap from the previous two, and proof that the group is really going places! The original trio is expanded to a sextet – growing in sound as the group has grown in spirit – filling in their approach with some wonderfully warm production, a mixture of horns, and the well-crafted blend of percussion and keyboards that was present in earlier work. Lead singer Navasha Daya is poised to become one of the greatest soul vocalists of the 21st century, with a righteous confidence that's free of the easy tricks of other contemporary singers – proud, free, and imbued with a sense of spirit that we haven't heard in years. The album's 16 tracks strong, and an instant soul classic all the way – filled with tunes you'll remember for years, and which will grab you on first listen for their incredible conception and execution! We proudly place this one on the shelf next to early work by Earth Wind & Fire, the best records by Doug and Jean Carn, and other righteous soul classics by artists like James Mason, Weldon Irvine, and other inspirational figures. Titles include "More To Life", "Take Me Higher", "Come 2 Me", "One Mo Gin", "Illumination", "Seasons Change", "Freedom", "Star People", "I Remember You", and "The Moment". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Richard Dimples FieldsDimples ... CD
Boardwalk/Solaris, 1981. New Copy ... $7.99 15.99
A surprise hit for Richard Dimples Fields – and one of those albums that seems to turn up in just about every collection of records from the 80s! Although Fields first got his start turning out self-produced soul albums, and you'd expect him to sound a lot slicker here, recording for MCA's Boardwalk imprint, the record's still got a nice down-home feel that almost makes it feel like an indie soul record, despite the fact that Richard is going for a smooth modern sound on most cuts. Our standout favorite is the classic "She's Got Papers On Me", Richard's entry into the Barbara Mason/Shirley Brown song cycle ("you got my man", "he's your man, but he's my lover", etc) – one that takes the view of the man, but which has a sassy female monologue coming in at the end, telling him off! Other tracks include "I Like Your Lovin", "Let Me Take You In My Arms Tonight", "Let The Lady Dance", "In The Still Of the Night", "I've Got To Learn To Say No", and "Don't Ever Take Your Love". CD
Also available Dimples (1981) ... LP 0.99

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Richard Dimples FieldsDimples (1981) ... LP
Boardwalk, 1981. Near Mint- ... $0.99
A surprise hit for Richard Dimples Fields – and one of those albums that seems to turn up in just about every collection of records from the 80s! Although Fields first got his start turning out self-produced soul albums, and you'd expect him to sound a lot slicker here, recording for MCA's Boardwalk imprint, the record's still got a nice down-home feel that almost makes it feel like an indie soul record, despite the fact that Richard is going for a smooth modern sound on most cuts. Our standout favorite is the classic "She's Got Papers On Me", Richard's entry into the Barbara Mason/Shirley Brown song cycle ("you got my man", "he's your man, but he's my lover", etc) – one that takes the view of the man, but which has a sassy female monologue coming in at the end, telling him off! Other tracks include "I Like Your Lovin", "Let Me Take You In My Arms Tonight", "Let The Lady Dance", "In The Still Of the Night", "I've Got To Learn To Say No", and "Don't Ever Take Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
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✨✧ Hiroshi FukumuraHunt Up Wind ... CD
JVC (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $26.99
One of the crowning classics of the 70s from Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura – easily one of the funkiest players on his instrument in the decade! Hiroshi's not only got a cool, compressed tone that works great with the electric vibe in the music – he's also got a strong sense of collaboration, which makes his performance here fit right in with a well-chosen group of all-star players – who also let Fukumura have plenty of solo space to himself. The combo is mostly American – with sweet Fender Rhodes from Don Grusin, guitar from Cornell Dupree, electric bass from Chuck Rainey, drums from Harvey Mason, and percussion from Paulinho DaCosta – about as rock-solid of a funky fusion rhythm combo as you could ever hope to have! The mighty Sadao Watanabe also joins in on alto and flute – and gets in some wonderful solos, too – on titles that include "Hunt Up Wind", "Pogo", "White Clouds", "Jango", and "Captain Caribe". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)

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Hilary HahnIn 27 Pieces – The Hilary Hahn Encores – Hilary Hahn/Cory Smythe (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $31.99 35.98
Violinist Hilary Hahn is one of those rare musicians who has an ability to transform the field of classical music while also performing it – as important to the compositional efforts of others as she is to the music that she plays herself! This set is a key demonstration of that role – one that might well make Hahn the Paganini of her generation, even though her style is very different – and the record features commissions made by Hahn from a variety of different composers – a huge range of talents who are all handled superbly by Hilary and pianist Cory Smythe, in this set of 27 works that further push the boundaries of contemporary classical. Works include "Mercy" by Max Richter, "Two Pieces" by Valentin Silvestrov, "Echo Dash" by Jennifer Higdon, "Light Moving" by David Lang, "When A Tiger Meets A Rosa Rugosa" by Du Yun, "Blue Fiddle" by Paul Moravec, "Third Sigh" by Anton Garcia Abril, "Shade" by Richard Barrett, "Ford's Farm" by Mason Bates, "Two Voices" by Nico Muhly, "Blue Curve Of The Earth" by Tina Davidson, and "Whispering" by Einojuhani Rautavaara. LP, Vinyl record album
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Johnny HammondGears/Forever Taurus ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing stuff! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of Gears, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the say we he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". The second half of this CD is Forever Taurus, which Johnny recorded right after his legendary Gears album, and it features production by Wade Marcus that's very much in the Larry Mizell mode that made Johnny huge in the 70s! As with the Gears record, Johnny's backed by a large ensemble of players – and the overall sound has lots of nice touches, extra percussion, and a good electric groove. Tracks include "Cosmic Voyager", "Walk In Sunshine", "Ghetto Samba", and the title cut. CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockMr Hands ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Herbie Hancock really earns his name in the title on this set – as he stretches out on a host of cool keyboards – all with a spacious, open style that's mighty nice! There's a gentle groove to the record, but still some of the more open qualities of Herbie's wilder electric records of a few years before – and the electrics are balanced by some acoustic elements that warm things up nicely, especially when Hancock plays a bit of piano too. Other group members are all longtime associates – including Bennie Maupin on reeds, Ron Carter on bass, and either Tony Williams or Harvey Mason on drums – and titles include "Spiralling Prism", "4 AM", "Shiftless Shuffle", and "Textures". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Herbie HancockThrust/Man-Child/Secrets (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of heavy-hitting albums from Herbie Hancock – served up together in one collection, with bonus tracks too! First up is Thrust – killer electric work from Herbie Hancock – right on par with his groundbreaking Headhunters set, but a bit spacier too! The album features a Headhunters-solid lineup – with Bennie Maupin on saxes, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – all grooving wonderfully with Herbie on a set of super-long tracks! Hancock himself handles a host of incredible keyboards – Fender Rhodes, clavinet, Arp, and lots more – all in a lean electric style that still sounds as fresh today as it did way back in the mid 70s – perhaps even more so, given the return to this sort of basic groove that has happened in recent years! Tracks are long, tight, and super funky – and titles include "Actual Proof", "Palm Grease", "Spank-A-Lee", and "Butterfly". Next is the album Man-Child – funky mid 70s Herbie Hancock – one his funkiest albums of the era! Herbie plays a host of cool keyboards – like Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – and he's joined by a group that includes just about all of the Headhunters – including Paul Jackson on bass and Mike Clarke on drums – plus help from a great array of other excellent guests – including Bennie Maupin and Wayne Shorter on reeds, Harvey Mason on drums, and even some guest keyboards from Stevie Wonder! The album's great – maybe a bit understated than Thrust, but still equally wonderful – and the whole thing's worth it alone for the classic uptempo cut "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" – alongside other cuts that include "Bubbles", "Heartbeat", and "Sun Touch". Last up is Secrets – soulful 70s work from Herbie Hancock – a record that tightens things up from the Headhunters and Sextant sessions, but which still retains a lot of their depth and charm! Players here including some previous partners – like Bennie Maupin on reeds and Paul Jackson on bass – plus the mighty Wah Wah Watson on guitars, James Levi on drums, Kenneth Nash on percussion, and Ray Parker on additional guitar. Tracks are tightly electric fusion, but still have some of the sharper tones of Herbie's electric work – weird moogy moments mixed into more straight ahead funk – all with a sound that's not unlike some of Ramsey Lewis' best Columbia work of the period. Herbie plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, clavinet, mini-moog, and more – and titles include "Doin' It", "Spider", "Swamp Rat", "People Music", and a remake of "Cantelope Island" that's pretty darn tasty! 2CD set features 8 bonus tracks – all the single mixes of the 45s from all three albums! CD

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Gene HarrisAstral Signal ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece from Gene Harris – an album that's probably been his biggest influence on the sound of soul in the 21st Century, and for good reason too! The set moves way beyond both Harris' acoustic piano roots in the Three Sounds, and his other electric sides of the 70s – into sublime spacey territory that's wrapped up in soul – as much a pinnacle of his musical vision as early 70s records were for Herbie Hancock or George Duke! The vibe here is a bit between the looser styles of Duke's MPS recordings, and the tighter grooves of the Mizell generation – and arrangements are by Harris, Harvey Mason, and Jerry Peters, the latter of whom really adds some great elements to the record. Harvey's drums make for a great funky undercurrent – and the album features the funky break track "Higga-Boom", the great groover "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong", and the cuts "Rebato Summer", "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey", "Love Talkin", "I Remember Summer", "Green River", and "My Roots". LP, Vinyl record album
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High RiskCommon Woman/Degradation ... 7-inch
Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
Two fantastic sides of jazz by this all-female quartet from the 70s – a group who serve up these tunes for a film titled Woman To Woman – but who work here at a level that stands more than well enough on its own! "Common Woman" begins with this wonderful tenor line from Cyndy Mason over spiritual piano from Virginia Rubino – building with a very righteous vibe, before then breaking for a reciation in the middle, which then shifts to flute – before soaring again in a bolder instrumental passage! "Degradation" has a sung vocal from the start – building over piano almost in an early Roberta Flack way, before giving space to more excellent tenor in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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