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✨✧ Pharoah SandersThembi/Black Unity ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1971/1972. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
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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✨✧ Tony WilliamsWilderness ... CD
Ark 21, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tony Williams on drums with Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone, Stanley Clarke on bass, Herbie Hancock on piano & Pat Metheny on guitar. CD
(Out of print & still sealed.)

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VariousOccasional Rain – Presented By Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A fantastic collection from the team of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs – and, like the rest of their gems, a record that really helps define a genre unto itself! This time around, the vibe is England at the dawn of the 70s – waking up to the realization that the changes of the 60s maybe didn't have as much impact as they might, and that the revolution never really happened – captured perfectly here in a mix of melancholy tunes that are heavy on themes of longing and loss! If you loved their previous sets – like English Weather or Three Day Week – you'll find plenty to love here – and as usual, the song selection is superb, with a mix of unusual tunes by familiar names, and lesser-known gems from more obscure acts – all put together with detailed notes that support the whole project. Titles include "Night Time" by Skin Alley, "Station Song Platform Two" by Pete Brown & Piblokto, "Wasting My Time" by Shape Of The Rain, "Come With Me To Jesus" by Mandy Moore, "Home & Where I Long To Be" by Cressida, "Ragged Rain Life" by Duncan Brown, "Leit Motif" by Keith West, "Flying South In Winter" by Tonton Macoute, "Postcards Of Scarborough" by Michael Chapman, "Hidden Treasure" by Traffic, "Sweetness" by Yes, and "I Know That I'm Dreaming" by The Exchange & Mart. CD
Also available Occasional Rain – Presented By Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Stanley ClarkeRocks Pebbles & Sand/Let Me Know You ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1980/1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky fusion galore – two Stanley Clarke albums on a single CD! Rocks Pebbles & Sand is killer work from Stanley – a set to start off the 80s, but still very much in that unique blend of jazz, rock, and soul he forged so well in the 70s! The set begins with really heavy drums and bass – nicely propelled, but never too strong or too jamming – a great balance that really sets the pace well for the record as Clarke and the combo pulsate through a range of nice little numbers – often linked with a cool motorcycle sound effect! There's a few 80s touches, mostly in the keyboards, but these are never too modern – and all used very nicely. Titles include the extended "Story Of A Man & A Woman" suite – plus "Danger Street", "All Hell Broke Loose", "Rocks Pebbles & Sand", and "Underestimation". On Let Me Know You, Stanley Clarke's a lot more soul-based than fusion – but that's A-OK with us, because we like this sort of work a lot better than his jamming jazz rock of the 70s! The record's got a great mellow soul vibe – laidback and gently stepping – sometimes in a way that's a bit commercial, but never with as many of the cloying styles as hurt other records like this at the time. Stan sings, plays bass and guitar, and other players include Greg Phillinganes on Fender Rhodes and mini-moog, Ndugu Chancler on drums, Michael Sembello on guitar, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion. Titles include "Straight To The Top", "Let Me Know You", "You Are The One For Me", "Play The Bass", "New York City", and "Secret To My Heart". CD

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Bobby LyleRhythm Stories ... CD
Atlantic, 1994. Used ... $6.99
Bobby Lyle joind by Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr, Gerald Albright, Reggie Hamilton, Kenny Garrett, Ray Fuller, Marcus Miller, Danny Jacob, Stanley Clarke, Everette Harp, Sonny Emory, Lenny Castro, Larry Kimpel, Carl Burnette, Peter White, Michael Patches Stewart & Larry Cohn. CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun Ra & His Omniverse ArkestraDestination Unknown ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
One of Ra's last recordings – and a great one – caught live at a festival in Germany, with a group that includes Marshall Allen, Ahmed Abdullah, Jothan Callins, Tyrone Hill, Stanley Morgan, and Michael Ray. The set has that Ellingtonish flourish that crept into much of Ra's work after the mid 80s – handled with an edge that still keeps the sound all his own, but which shows an increasing preoccupation for straighter jazz expression, and well crafted large group arrangements – peppered with a few numbers that are more in the older space-spirit of the group. Ray sings vocals on a few numbers with Abdullah and Allen, and titles include "Satellites Are Scanning", "Calling Planet Earth", "Theme Of The Stargazers", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Carefree". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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