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Carter/Sondheim/Babbi/Takemitsut/Lennon/KolbBland/HenzeNew Music With Guitar – Selected Works From Vols 1, 2 &3 – David Starobin/Patrick Mason/Susan Palma/Peter Press/Susan Jolles ... CD
Bridge, Early 80s. Used ... $1.99
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Monk Higgins/Barbara MasonSheba, Baby ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Very Good ... $24.99
Nice one! This obscure blacksploitation soundtrack features a hip Monk Higgins score for a Pam Grier film that's supposedly "Hotter than Coffey and meaner n' Foxy Brown". Having seen the film, we don't know if we'd totally agree with that assessment, but the music's strong enough, and the soundtrack's right up there with the best of its kind. Barbara Mason sung the title track and a few more vocal numbers – like "I'm In Love With You", "Good Man Is Gone", and "Sheba Baby" – all in the mode of her hipper work during the time, but the best cuts are the instrumentals, of course! Check out "The Shark", "Speedboat", "Heavy Shot", and "Breast Stroke", a necessary theme in any Pam Grier film! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has wear and splitting.)

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Barbara MasonGive Me Your Love ... LP
Buddah, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
The sensuous soul gem from Barbara Mason – a sweetly soulful groover all the way – and one of her strongest records! Give Me Your Love gets our love for a bunch of reasons, but especially for the title track – which is reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" – which is arranged by Curtis himself. Vince Montana does most of the other arrangements, and you can see traces of Barbara's move into clubland later in the decade – but this one's more about lush, deeply soulful sounds. Leon Huff is on piano and keys, the tunes have incredible backing vocals with Barbara Ingram, Bunny Sigler, Kenny Gamble and others in the chorus – but this is Barbara's show all the way – emoting soulful magic out front! Titles include "Let Me In Your Life", "Bed and Board", "Who Will You Hurt Next", and "You Can Be With the One You Don't Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Contains photo!)

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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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✨✧ Dave MasonHeadkeeper ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1972. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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Dave MasonIt's Like You Never Left ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
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Harvey MasonEarth Mover (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $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". CD features bonus single versions of "The Mase" and "KY And The Curb". CD

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Harvey MasonMarching In The Street ... LP
Arista, 1975. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Easily the greatest album ever by funky drummer Harvey Mason – and quite possibly the only one to live up to the rhythmic complexity that Mason brought to countless other fusion sessions for other groups in the 70s! The tracks are all spacious and snapping with brilliantly funky touches – a sound that resonates with Mason's contributions to Johnny Hammond's Gears album, but which comes off slightly differently here, thanks to a stronger focus on the drums. Keyboards are still a prime element of the set – played here by Herbie Hancock, Dave Grusin, and Jerry Peters – the latter 2 of whom helped out on arrangements for the record – and other players include an all-star lineup of 70s jazz funk legends such as Blue Mitchell, Bennie Maupin, Paul Jackson, Hubert Laws, and others. The title cut "Marching In The Street" is a bucketful of breaks – but all tracks are great too, and titles include "Modaji", "Wild Rice", "Fair Thee Well", "Building Love", "Ballad For Heather", and "Hop Scotch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a bit of marker.)

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MasonLivin' On The Edge ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $13.99
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 ... $8.99 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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StardriveStardrive Featuring Robert Mason ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
An amazing set of funky moog from Robert Mason – a record that takes the instrument far away from silly pop song covers, and into the range of cosmic 70s fusion! The album's got a really powerful sound that even blows away the earlier Stardrive album on Elektra – and mostly features Mason going nuts on electronics over some tighter backing by a trio of guitar, bass, and drums! At times, there's a free-flowing feel to the record that's almost like some of the Lenny White or Stanley Clarke work from the time – but Stardrive have a much funkier feel at the bottom, and always return to the groove after stepping out in the cosmos – making the record much more of a treat for funk fans and beatheads than the work of White or Clarke! Titles include "Pulsar", "Jupiterjump", "Funkascensions", "Air Sauce", "Journey", and "Ballad III". CD

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Mason WilliamsMason Williams Phonograph Record ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good ... $0.99
Amazing stuff – one of those records you see for years, and always pass by – but which yields some real surprises once you dig in! Mason Williams is one of the cooler cats in the Warner Brothers stable of the late 60s – but he's also one of the more subtle, too – a folkie at heart, but an artist with a really great sense of wit, warmth, and variety – very much in the best genre-stepping style of the Burbank scene of the time. The set features, of course, Mason's huge hit "Classical Gas" – an instrumental you'll recognize instantly – but next to that is the sublime "Baroque A Nova", a very cool scatting harmony track that's like some lost late 60s Hugo Montenegro gem – and the camp psych gem "The Prince's Panties" – done with all the wit of late 60s Warner – as is the whole album! Other tracks include "Wanderlove", "Overture", "All The Time", and "She's Gone Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing.)

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✨✧ Bill Mason/Gary ChandlerGettin' Off/Outlook (UK pressing) ... CD
Westbound (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... About September 1, 2016
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

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✨✧ Vaughan Mason & CrewBounce Rock Skate Roll (parts 1 & 2) ... 12-inch
Brunswick, 1979. Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
What can we say? This is a classic! The track has a monster roller skating groove that's been sampled more than a few times over the years – but which still sounds incredible on its own! Both parts are great – and even though the single's pretty darn long, you still never want it to end! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Dave MasonAlone Together ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Original black vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ James MasonRhythm Of Life ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mason ProfittBare Back Rider ... LP
Warner, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Shrink has a hole.)

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✨✧ Harvey MasonFunk In A Mason Jar (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There's less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the down-home reference of the title – and in a way, the record's a similar shift to well-produced R&B as Michael Henderson or Norman Connor's work from the same time – a soaring, fluid groove that's still supported by solid jazz instrumentation, but which also has a nice dose of soul in the mix! Players here are a real all-star lineup – with talents that include Dorothy Ashby, George Benson, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, and Phil Upchurch – and most cuts have vocals, by The Waters and others. But possibly best of all is the production – which is by Harvey, and really wonderful – sophisticated and smooth, but never slick – a really careful balance that really puts him right up there with Norman Connors or Roy Ayers! Titles include "Pack Up Your Bags", "Till You Take My Love", "Funk In A Mason Jar", "What's Going On", "Set It Free", "Space Cadets" and "Freedom Either Way". CD features bonus single mixes of "Pack Up Your Bags" and "Till You Take My Love". CD

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✨✧ James MasonDance Of Life/Up Jump ... 12-inch
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
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 MasonRecollection Echo – Unreleased Recordings (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Brecker BrothersBrecker Brothers ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
The start of a legendary run from superjazz brothers Randy and Michael Brecker – trumpeter and tenorist, respectively – already players who'd worked on a hell of a lot of previous sessions, both as a pair and on their own – finally stepping here into some well-deserved fame in the spotlight! The duo have a great lineup here – equally well-skilled contemporaries who include Don Grolnick on keyboards, David Sanborn on alto, Harvey Mason on drums, and Will Lee on bass – all working in a mode that's soulful fusion throughout, with just a bit of vocals at a few points, but mostly instrumental overall. The whole thing's got an approach that's smooth and tight, but never in a slick way – a groove that still sits wonderfully well after all these years! Titles include "Sneakin Up Behind You", "Rocks", "Levitate", "Some Skunk Funk", "Sponge", "A Creature Of Many Faces", and "DBB". CD

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✨✧ Rusty BryantFire Eater ... LP
Prestige, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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

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Raul De SouzaDon't Ask My Neighbors ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
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!)

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✨✧ Diplomats Of Soul feat Incognito & Vanessa HaynesSweet Power Your Embrace/Mi Sabrina Tequana (My Sister's Daughter) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99
One of our favorite tracks of all time – James Mason's "Sweet Power Your Embrace" – done here in a wonderfully faithful version by Diplomats Of Soul, with help from Incognito and the lovely Vanessa Haynes on vocals – who serves up the lyrics with maybe even more soul than the original! The flipside is equally groovy – a wonderful remake of a James Ingram tune, with soaring keyboards over tight congas and percussion – and a great organ solo in the middle! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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DjavanLuz ... CD
CBS (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
Djavan is looking nice and young on the cover image – and the record's got a relatively youthful feel, too – that approach that made Djavan one of the most important talents to emerge from Brazil at the end of the 70s, and one of the few to follow a global path of his own! This album's an illustration of that journey – as the singer works here with American jazzmen who include Ronnie Foster on keyboards, Ernie Watts on reeds, and Harvey Mason on drums – all great players who hold back on their fusion styles a bit, but also create a soulful undercurrent that really opens up the vocals. Titles include "Sina", "Luz", "Capim", "Banho De Rio", "Esfinge", and "Acai". CD

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Gene DunlapIt's Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but he's got a flair for the modern soul song – and in the same style as Norman Connors or Harvey Mason before him, he manages to put together a strong record of grooves and ballads from behind the kit! The strongest point of the record is work by The Ridgeways, a female soul trio who sing on the best tracks, giving them a smooth Jones Girls-ish kind of sound. The album includes two modern soul classics – "Before You Break My Heart" and "It's Just the Way I Feel" – plus "Love Dancin", "Rock Radio", "I Got You", and "Surest Things Can Change". Party In Me is wonderful work from Gene Dunlap – a jazzy soul drummer, and also a maestro with a killer ear for a modern soul groove! The album's got a mix of grooves and sophistication that are a bit like the best early 80s material from Roy Ayers – never chartbound, and never too commercial – but nice and tight, and really well put together! The instrumentation has plenty of jazzy 80s groove touches – especially in the keyboards – and Dunlap does a nice job of balancing up beat tracks with the mellow moments we love so much in his work. Vocals are from a variety of singers – including the great Ethel Beatty, who'd sung with Roy Ayers – plus Phillippe Wynne, Pam Lawson, and Gene himself – and titles include "Something Inside My Head", "Something Special", "Corner Pocket", "There Will Never Be Another (Like You)", "Party In Me", "Jam City", and "This One's On Me". CD

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Charles EarlandLeaving This Planet ... LP
Prestige, 1974. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
One of the greatest albums ever from organist Charles Earland – a double-length set that's filled with spiritual, soaring grooves! The style here is a perfect blend of the rougher soul jazz of Earland's roots with some of the spacier styles of his later recordings – served up in a sound that's majestic and powerful, almost with an indie soul jazz sort of vibe overall! There's an immediate urgency to most numbers that's totally undeniable – a lesson learned from the electric experiments of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, but fused down into a core essence – then let loose on a soaring journey to the heavens. Earland plays Hammond, moog, clavinet, and Arp on the set – and other players include Joe Henderson on tenor, Dave Hubbard on alto and soprano sax, Eddie Henderson and Freddie Hubbard on trumpets, Marc Elf on guitar, Harvey Mason on drums, and the incredible Patrick Gleeson on synthesizers – bringing in a spacey edge to the record that's really amazing! Rudy Copeland sings a wonderful vocal on the title cut, "Leaving This Planet" – and all other instrumental cuts include "Red Clay", "Warp Factor 9", "Tyner", "Van Jay", "Never Ending Melody", "Mason's Galaxy", and "Asteroid". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Coke EscovedoCoke ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Very Good+ ... $8.99
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – and instead is great grooving soul, infused both with the sophistication of fusion and some of the Latin elements of Escovedo's roots – all produced to perfection by Patrick Gleeson – who most folks know for his own spacey keyboard work with Bennie Maupin and others! The mix of elements going on is really complex, but comes across with effortless ease – one of those rare fusions that could happen at a bigger label when all the right talents were brought together. The record kind of "out-Fantasys" the best of Fantasy Records in the Bay Area at the time – and makes great use of singers Linda and Calvin Tillery, plus the great Harvey Mason on drums. Titles include wonderful covers of Lamont Dozier's "Why Can't We Be Lovers" and Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" – plus the tracks "What Are You Under", "No One To Depend On", "Easy Come Easy Go", and "Make It Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker & peeled spot, some ring & edge wear, and a half split bottom seam.)

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Joe FarrellNight Dancing ... CD
Wounded Bird, 1978. Used ... $6.99
Smooth grooves from Joe Farrell – and a great little set that's got all the best soulful elements of his work on CTI, even if the setting's a bit different! The album's one that we passed over for years, thinking it a slick fusion date – but Farrell's reeds are every bit as sharp as on some of his earlier dates – set up here in a largeish group with lots of great keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Victor Feldman. A few numbers have some vocals – but in the best sort of 70s soul fusion mode, sung by Flora Purim, Lynda Tucker Lawrence, and Andrea Robinson – and other players include Harvey Mason on drums, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Airto on percussion – so you can bet that the rhythms are solidly grounded! Titles include "Casa Los Suspensos", "Night Dancing", "Another Star", "You're In My HEart", "Katherine", "Silver Lace", "How Deep Is Your Love", and "Come Rain Or Come Shine". CD

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Richard Dimples FieldsDimples (1981) ... LP
Boardwalk, 1981. Very Good ... $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
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Johnny HammondGears ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1975. Used ... $8.99
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, 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 same way 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". CD
Also available Gears (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, 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 same way 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". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". CD
Also available Gears ... CD 8.99

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Johnny HammondGears/Forever Taurus ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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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Rufus HarleyRe-Creation Of The Gods ... LP
Ankh, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the most legendary albums of jazz funk ever recorded! Rufus Harley was a saxophone player who also picked up the bagpipes for a few excellent 60s albums for Atlantic Records – and although those records are great, this 1972 independent album is a real mind blower! By the time of this set, Rufus had really stretched out – both creatively and spiritually – working his standard bagpipe jazz groove into a much trippier sound, one that explored the tonal and modal properties of the instrument. Not only that, Rufus got a lot funkier than ever before – working here with organist Bill Mason, a sonic contemporary of Leon Spencer and Charles Earland – and the resultant mix of organ and bagpipes creates a monstrous sound that's unlike anything we can describe! The album's a mixture of Sufi and Biblical statements – fused into long funky jazz tracks, stretching out into some incredible grooves. Includes the classic "Malika", plus the cuts "Etymology", "Hypothesis", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", done in a great heavy version! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene HarrisTone Tantrum ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good ... $9.99
Sweet sweet keyboards from the amazing Gene Harris – one of his seminal electric sides for Blue Note in the 70s – recorded between his earliest fame in the Three Sounds, and his later return to acoustic styles in the 80s! The sound here is equal parts jazz and soul – as Gene's working with vocalist/arranger Jerry Peters, who brings in a good deal of his own groove to the tracks – giving them a strong focus that's sometimes missing from other solo Harris sets. Both Peters and Harris play Fender Rhodes and other keyboards on the album – alongside a variety of players that include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Harvey Mason on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass. Tracks include the Peters tunes "If You Can't Find Love" and "A Minor", a two-part remake of Duke Pearson's "Christo Redentor", the sweet stepper "Peace Of Mind", and a strong vocal take on Stevie Wonder's "As". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and waviness due to seepage along the top half.)

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Terumasa HinoDouble Rainbow ... CD
Sony/Epic (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautiful work from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 80s date that was issued in the US, but one that's got as much bold power and freewheeling soul as his Japanese releases from a decade before! The album's surprisingly open for the time – not in the slicker mode that Columbia was hitting as they crossed over some of their 70s fusion players, but in spacious territory that has Hino blowing cornet, in larger arrangements from keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi and Gil Evans – the latter of whom seems to contribute a strong sense of color and tone to the album! The lineup is great, too – and features both Herbie Hancock and Kenny Kirkland on keyboards, Steve Grossman on reeds, Harvey Mason and Lenny White on drums, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Airto on percussion. Titles include the funky "Yellow Jacket", plus the cuts "Miwa Yama", "Cherry Hill Angel", and "Aboriginal". CD

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Millie JacksonMillie Jackson (1972) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Ahhh . . . Great stuff! This Millie Jackson's tremendous debut album – and the work here is completely different from later records that have her more in a bitchy mode! Here, Millie's a heartbroken southern diva – right in the vein of Ann Sexton, Doris Duke, or Shirley Brown – and even though the arrangements are done north of the Mason/Dixon line (in New York by Bert DeCoteaux, and in DC by Tony Camillo), the record feels like it was lifted off the pressing plant in Muscle Shoals or Jackson! Titles include "I Ain't Giving Up", "I Miss You Baby", "Ask Me What You Want", "My Man, A Sweet Man", "I Just Can't Stand It", and "Strange Things". CD version features a whopping 11 bonus tracks – many of which were never issued before – and titles include the MGM numbers "My Heart Took A Licking" and "A Little Bit Of Something", plus "Ask Me What You Want (unedited master)", "Untrue Men", "I Don't Wanna Talk About It", "Strange Things (alt mix)", "My Man A Sweet Man (unedited master)", and "You're The Joy Of My Life (alt take)". CD

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Masabumi KikuchiOne-Way Traveller ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
A gem of a record from Japanese keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi – one of those massive Japanese fusion classics that was partly recorded overseas, partly here in the US – with a sound that brings together all the best soulful aspects of both scenes! Kikuchi can create some really weird, wonderful sounds when he wants – but can also slide into a groove with the best of them – and, given the vintage of the record, may well be more inventive than Herbie Hancock ever was at this point in his career! The lineup's filled with great talents – trumpeter Terumasa Hino, reedman Steve Grossman, and guitarist James Mason – coming together wonderfully on titles that include "Sky Talk", "Madjap Express", "Alacalder", and "Sum Dum Fun". CD

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Masabumi KikuchiSusto (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A great album of funky Japanese fusion – one of the few sets from the Japanese scene of the late 70s that got any sort of wider release in the US – and a treasure that we've loved for years! The set's got a really great sound – soulful and funky, but sharp too – in a lineup that features a variety of keyboards from Masabumi Kikuchi, plus work by Terumasa Hino on trumpet, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman on saxes, and James Mason on guitar! The best cuts have a funky feel that's in the CTI/Kudu mode – perhaps mixed with a bit of Herbie Hancock keyboard jamming – and the album's a surprisingly lost funky gem in the Columbia catalog of the early 80s, with a much harder edge than some of the other work on the label at the time! Titles include "Circle/Line", "New Native", "Gumbo", and "City Snow". CD features bonus tracks "Gumbo" and "Circle/Line". CD

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William KurkLegacy – A Tribute ... CD
William Kurk Productions, 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 25.99
William Kurk's always given us plenty of great music on his own – but this time around, he pays tribute to a host of classic talents in soul music – with performances of tracks by artists who include Harvey Mason, Leon Ware, Donald Fagan, Michael Jackson, Chick Corea, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, and Herbie Hancock! The sound is great overall – much richer than you might expect from the 8-bit videogame parody image on the cover – and, if anything, Kurk's even further developed his musical style out of respect for the legends on the record – working here with lots of great jazzy currents that really fit the tunes. Titles include "Lazy Nina", "Movin Out", "Secret Life Of Plants", "All The Same Tonight", "Your Eyes", "Love's Holiday", "Breakout", "Spiraling Prism", "Cool & Caressing", "Come Live With Me Angel", and "Through The Fire". CD
 
 
 



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