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Michel Camilo & TomatitoSpain Forever ... CD
Verve, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The third pairing of pianist Michel Camilo and guitarist Tomatito, and maybe the best so far – as the musicians have gotten past the initial idea of their collaboration and criss-crossing of jazz and flamenco modes – and instead seem to have moved off into a special space that's all their own! The music here has kind of a gentle, understated vibe – beautifully recorded, at a level that means that the most subtle colors and phrases can come through – as the duo move back to rework a range of European musical modes – not just jazz or guitar idioms, but also a wider range of currents that include pages from the books of Eric Satie and Ennio Morricone. Titles include "Agua E Vinho", "Our Spanish Love Song", "Gnoissienne No 1", "About You", "Armando's Rhumba", "Manha De Carnaval", "Nuages", and "Cinema Paradiso". CD

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Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal MazurJoy Of Being ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
An improvising trio who've got a familiar structure, but a great sound of their own – as the lineup features Rafal Mazur on an acoustic bass guitar, which creates some very unique moments alongside the tenor of Francois Carrier and drums of Michel Lambert! Carrier's got this snakey sense of soul that really makes the record great – blowing freely, but often with this sense of cohesion that makes his farther flights come back into contact with more clustered edgey notes – all given gentle accents by Lambert's drums, then set apart in sound with the work of Mazur. Carrier also plays a bit of Chinese oboe at one point – and titles include "Blissfulness", "Omnipresent Beauty", "Disappearance", "True Nature", and "Mystery Of Creation". CD

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Michel ColombierMichel Colombier ... CD
Chrysalis/Anthology (France), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A great bit of funky fusion from Michel Colombier – and quite different than his early work on the Paris scene of the late 60s! Colombier is perhaps best remembered today for his legendary Messe Pour Le Temps Present – written with Pierre Henry – and for the beautifully baroque arrangements he did for pop albums by Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg, and others! Colombier still has a great sense of arranging here – and he's working with some top-level American jazz talents – including Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass, Michael Brecker on tenor, Airto on percussion, and Steve Gadd and Peter Erskine on drums. The groove is somewhere between 70s full-on fusion, and cop show themes from the early 80s – and titles include "Do It", "Layas", "The Dancing Bull", "Sunday", and "Dreamland". CD

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✨✧ Jean Michel DavisVibraphone Jazz ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
The title definitely gets it right – but also only gives you part of the picture here – as Jean Michel Davis not only plays vibes, but also a bit of marimba – and the album's split up into three different sections that each offer a slightly different take on the instrumentation! The first third is titled "Yesteryear Vibes" – and features Davis working through small combo readings of older standards – with help from Frederic Loiseau on guitar, Raphael Schwab on bass, and Julien Charlet on drums. The second third is titled "Good Vibes Triptich" – and is quite nice – tunes that really make the most of the tones of the vibes and marimba, with some nicely sparkling currents. The last section is titled "Ethereal Vibes" – and is maybe a bit more complex than the second, but also similar in spirit – and often a bit more dynamic than you'd guess from the name. Titles include "Luba", "Song For Nora", "Dancing In The Sky", "After You", "Deux Points Magenta", "Mondeville", "Star Eyes", "Carinhoso", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Michel Doneda. Benat Achiary & Kazue SawaiTemps Couche ... CD
Victo (Canada), 1998. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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Michel Edelin's Flute Fever Orchestra with NicoleKalamania ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 25.99
Two different projects from flute player Michel Edelin – one album of work by his incredible Flute Fever Orchestra, and one album of solo material too! The orchestra has a sound that's much better than its slightly cheesy name – nothing too feverish, and instead this very soulful, very spiritual blending of the sounds of four different flutes with bass and drums – in a manner that recalls some of the combined-instrument projects from Strata East in the 70s – like their piano or bass choir records! In addition to Edelin on a variety of flutes, the group also features the great Nicole Mitchell, plus Sylvaine Helary and Ludivine Issambourg – plus Peter Giron on bass and John Betsch on drums. Titles include "Somewhere About Here", "Totem", "Granville Island", "Le Chant Du Faune Fou", and "Joyful Struggle". The solo material actually has a slightly similar vibe, as Edelin's using overdub to bind together his own lines on a variety of flutes – but on titles that are shorter, more focused, and maybe more melodic overall – yet still with a strong sense of freedom, a bit like the Jimmy Giuffre experiments in the late 50s and early 60s. Titles on those tracks include "Mad Mouse", "Blue", "Hush", "The Best Time", "Elephant Cha Cha", "Grey", and "This Way Please". CD

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Michel Frizot & Cedric De VeigyVU – The Story Of A Magazine (hardcover) ... Book
Thames & Hudson, 2009. New Copy ... $11.99 75.00
That VU isn't the Velvet Underground – but instead the title of an amazing French magazine from the prewar years – still a landmark in graphic design, and presented here in a very large, very vivid book that offers up pages and pages from the original publication! The book begins with a bit of history, then quickly moves into reproductions of articles and full pages that ran in VU during the 30s – with an especially strong focus on its revolutionary approach to photography – which was almost the magazine's answer to the newsreel styles of the time. The images spin out on paper in ways that still are quite striking and revolutionary – some in action montages, some in collage, some juxtaposed with almost surreal effect – and the book is over 300 pages, and is the closest you'll ever come to experiencing this landmark publication! Super-heavy, hardcover, and lavish artbook style presentation. Book

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Serge Gainsbourg/Alain Goraguer/Michel ColombierSerge Gainsbourg Et Le Cinema ... LP
Doxy (Russia), Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed ... $13.99
Early film music from the great Serge Gainsbourg – nice work from a stretch before Serge got totally funky in the movies, but could still bring some very groovy elements to a picture! The work here features arrangements by Alain Goraguer and Michel Colombier – both of whom helped unlock the coolest sides of Serge's talents – and music is often jazzy, with a hint of Latin or exotic elements too – and many of the tracks here are instrumental, but still wonderfully haunting! Juliette Greco sings on "Strip Tease", and Serge sings on "L'Eau A Bouche" and "Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur" – and other titles include "No Love For Daddy", "Erotico Tico", "Wake Me At Five", "Black March", "Cha Cha Du Loup", and "Rocking Horse". LP, Vinyl record album

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Serge Gainsbourg/Michel ColombierLe Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur? ... CD
Rambling (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! First up is the duo's fab music for the film Le Pacha – a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – shifting effortlessly from track to track to create a mad melange of musical grooves! Cuts include the classic "Requiem Pour Un Con", which is a funky gem – plus "Psychastenie", "Joss A La Calvados", "Un Noel 67", "Cadavres En Serie", "Batucada Meurtriere", and Brigitte Bardot singing "Harley Davidson"! Next is Vidoq – a handful of songs originally penned for a TV series in the 60s, and very unusual work from Serge! The tunes include two very offbeat vocal numbers, sung in this deep-voiced style – plus a few more serious instrumentals, but with a weird twist. Titles include "Le Mariage De Vidocq", "A Vous De Jouer", "L'Evasion", and "Chanson Du Forcat". Comment Trouvez-Vous Ma Soeur – or "how do you find my sister?" – seems like a perfect title for a film to feature music from Serge – and the music definitely follows suit! The movie's from 1964, so captures that pivotal time when Gainsbourg was shifting from classier French styles to groovy ones – both modes featured here in the instrumentals directed by Colombier, and on Serge's vocal reading of the title tune. Tracks include "Erotico Tico", "No Love For Daddy", "La Course Au Mariage", "Rendez Vous A L'Eglise", "Surboum Chez Ma Soeur", and "Quart D'Heure Americain". CD

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Stan Getz & Michel LegrandCommunications '72 ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99
Some of the best work that Stan Getz ever recorded – a fantastic collaboration with French soundtrack maestro Michel Legrand! The album features larger orchestrations by Legrand, often touched with voices – swirling, swaying, and swinging in a style that's as hip, modern, and fresh as some of the greatest soundtracks Legrand wrote in the 60s. The setting lets Stan really open up – blowing freely in his best post-Coltrane mode, but with a tightness that's missing from other records – and a soulful approach to the tunes that really leaves us breathless! Tremendous stuff – a record that's unlike anything else we can describe, and one we've treasured for years! We love this one to death, and never tire of hearing it! Titles include "Soul Dance", "Flight", "Redemption", and "Bonjour Tristesse". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Stephane Grappelli & Michel PetruccianiFlamingo ... CD
Dreyfus (France), 1995. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Francis Lai & Michel LegrandBolero (aka Les Uns Et Les Autres) ... LP
Cinevox (Italy), 1980s. Sealed 2LP ... $9.99
Two of the greatest French soundtrack composers ever – working side by side in this epic soundtrack for a late 70s film by Claude Lelouch! The story spans decades of French histories, and the style of the music follows suit – starting with early 20th Century danceband work, and moving into some later styles that approach the more familiar soundtrack modes of Lai and Legrand – especially on the more lush, more fluidly flowing numbers that dominate as the work moves on. There's a few vocals in the mix, but most of the tracks are instrumental – with instrumentation that includes keyboards, piano, clarinet, and strings. Titles include "Body & Soul Inc", "Serenade For Sarah", "Les Allemands A Paris", "Dad & Co", "Les Uns Et Les Autres", "Ballade Pour Ma Memoire", and "Ballet Apocalypse". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later Italian pressing on Ciak. Shrinkwrap has a hole in back.)

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Michel LegrandLegrand Ecran ... LP
Bell (France), 1973. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Hard-to-find work by Michel Legrand – screen themes for films that include Maison De Poupee, Le Feux De La Chandeleur, Le Gang Des Otages, L'Impossible Objet, La Vielle Fille, Les Maries De L'An 2, and Un Homme Est Mort! LP, Vinyl record album

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Michel LegrandBonjour Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/El (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $9.99
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe throughout – that sense of leaving that not only evokes a visitor having to head home after a trip in Paris, but also all the sadness and loss that the city experienced during the wartime years as well – even later, as American Gis had to head home – and were an obvious market for a record like this in the US! Tracks include "Bonjour Paris", "French Can Can", "Le Mer", "Two Loves Have I", and "A Paris Dans Chaque Faubourg". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including Yves Montand singing "Joli Maie", plus the tracks "Domino", "Pigalle", "Clopin Clopant", "Le Gars De Rochechouart", and "Boum". CD

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Michel LegrandCavalcade ... CD
Chrysalis, 1991. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Michel LegrandCinema Legrand ... LP
MGM, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Michel Legrand leads an american ensemble through a host of famous film themes from the 60s – like his own "Watch What Happens", plus "Manha De Carnaval", "Norma Jean's Theme", "Two For The Road", "Hombre", and "The Girl I've Never Met". The overall feel is mostly orchestral, but Legrand always adds in some nice touches, like occasional jazzy flourishes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on back.)

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Michel LegrandEVA – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Doxy, 1962. New Copy ... $21.99
A fantastic lost soundtrack from Michel Legrand! The score is a lightly jazzy one, done for a film starring Jeanne Moreau and directed by Joseph Losey – and the music's a perfect blend of Legrand's earlier straighter jazz work, with some of his later talent for groovy orchestrations. The overall feel is quite dark – with the kind of jazz-based soundscapes that were showing up in some other French soundtracks at the time. Titles include "Water Ski", "At The Bar", "One Morning In Roma", "Eva & Tivian", "The Wedding", and "Adam & Eve", which is sung in a vocal version by the great Tony Middleton! LP, Vinyl record album

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Michel LegrandLady Oscar ... LP
Kitty (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- ... $28.99
An unusual later collaboration between composer Michel Legrand and director Jacques Demy – for a French/Japanese co-production! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese album, with insert.)

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Michel LegrandLe Sauvage ... LP
Barclay (France), 1975. Near Mint- ... $16.99
An overlooked 70s score from Michel Legrand – very groovy! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing.)

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Michel LegrandLes Demoiselles De Rochefort (Young Girls of Rochefort) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966. Used ... $4.99
One of our favorite soundtracks ever – a jazzy swinging ode to love found and love lost – all penned by the legendary Michel Legrand! The work was composed in collaboration with director Jacques Demy for his 1966 film of the same name – and, like the previous Demy/Legrand collaboration, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, the movie's a story in song – one that has much of the dialogue presented as sung lyrics to the tunes. The mode takes off from a Hollywood musical style, and pushes the genre into territory that's much hipper, very French, and with a soaring approach that's filled with plenty of mod 60s jazz grooves. Legrand's genius has never sparkled so brightly – and his ability to interweave different themes, stories, and grooves is simply amazing! Titles include "Chanson Des Jumelles", "Chanson De Delphine", "Nous Voyageons De Ville En Ville", "Chanson D'Andy", "La Femme Coupee En Morceaux", and "Marins Amis Amants Ou Maris". CD
(Includes obi.)
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Albert AylerLive At Slug's Saloon, Vol 2 ... CD
ESP/Base (Italy), 1966/1982. Used ... $8.99
The second volume of Ayler's classic set at Slugs from 1966. Ayler's leading a quintet with brother Donald on trumpet, Michel Sampson on violin, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Ron Jackson on percussion. The music is open-ended & free flowing, but keeps coming back to themes from Ayler's classics "Initiation" and "Ghost". Great stuff, and one of the best live recordings of his work. CD
(Out of print.)

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Albert AylerStockholm/Berlin 1966 ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1966. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Stunning live recordings from Albert Ayler's European tour of late 1966 – during a peak creative period for Ayler – while working with an incredible group! This excellent CD captures them in Stockholm for Swedish radio on November 10, 1966 – followed by an equally well documented set in Berlin from one week prior. The performances themselves are energetic throughout, and in turns elegiac, playful and all-out intense! It's awe-inspiring material with emotional depth – that facet enhanced a bit by the presence of a violin – by Dutch player Michel Samson, who is great here. Donald Ayler's trumpet communicates brilliantly with the violin and William Folwell's double bass. Beaver Harris holds it down on drums, while Ayler blazes away in the leader, taking the group into unpredictable movements. Greatness! Includes "Truth Is Marching In", "Omega (Is The Alpha)", "Our Prayer – Bells" and "Infinite Spirit – Japan" from Stockholm, juxtaposed with differing performances of those titles in Berlin, plus the riveting closer "Ghosts – Bells", also from Berlin. CD

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Clarence Gatemouth BrownDrifter Rides Again ... LP
Barclay (France), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $43.99
An unusual one – recorded partly at Ardent Studios, with help from the Memphis Horns – and partly at the French studios of Michel Magne! LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisMiles Davis At Newport – 1955-1975 – The Bootleg Series Vol 4 (4CD box set) ... CD
Legacy, Mid 50s/1960s/Mid 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $43.99 49.98
Not just Miles Davis live at Newport – but Miles at Newport over the course of 20 years, in the space of eight different live performances – almost all of which are previously unreleased! Apart from the 1958 and 1969 Newport material here, most of the 4CD set features all-new, all-great vintage Miles material – with Newport performances from 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975 – the last three of which are Newport festivals in Europe and New York. And these aren't just random tracks, but full sets, too – even with some announcements at the start or end – and players include Gerry Mulligan and Zoot Sims for the 1955 concert; John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans in 1958; Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams for 1966 and 1967; Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Chick Corea in 1969; a big electric group with Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz, Michel Henderson, and Mtume in 1971; and Pete Cosey, Davie Liebman, Reggie Lucas, and Mtume for the 1973 and 1975 shows. A huge amount of material – 4 CDs in a great package, with detailed notes, too! CD

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Francois De RoubaixFrancois De Roubaix Anthologie Vol 1 ... CD
Play Time (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $24.99
Incredible soundtrack work! We know little or nothing about Francois De Roubaix, and the films these tracks are from are even more obscure – but trust us, this is a great set of tracks! De Roubaix follows in a tradition of strange baroque arrangements that's vaguely similar to early work by Michel Colombier, with touches of romanticism from Francis Lai – but it's got a strange twist that's all its own. These tracks feature odd bits of electronics, weird guitar parts, haunting woodwind passages – and almost always, a commitment to keen melody and inventive instrumentation. A few cuts are a bit cheesy, but others are jaw-droppingly fresh – and are some of the best soundtrack work we've been exposed to in a long time. There's a total of 35 cuts in all – with tracks from the films Chapi-Chapo, Les Aventuriers, Commissaire Moulin, Tante Zita, Sial IV, and Le Provocateur. CD
(Out of print. Limited, numbered edition.)

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Francois De RoubaixL'Essential Francois De Roubaix ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Some of the coolest soundtrack music you'll ever hope to hear – all played by a cat who could equally handle the sitar, guitar, Fender Rhodes, and electronics pictured on the cover! Francois De Roubaix is easily one of our favorite soundtrack composers ever – a French talent at the end of the 60s who never got the same international exposure as some of his countrymen, but who had an ear for odd instrumentation and funky undercurrents that rivals that of Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Colombier, or Jean-Claude Vannier – although we might even be tempted to say that Francois is even more way-out than any of them! This collection really lives up to its "essential" promise – and mixes together weird electronic numbers, bass-heavy funk tracks, jazzy groovers, and lots more – all with arrangements and production that are totally fresh, and which should turn you into the same sort of De Roubaix fanatic that we've been for years. Titles include "Le Samourai", "L'Homme Orchestre", "La Vie A Bord", "Les Caids", "Bataille Navale", "Clara 1939", "Journal De Bord", "Le Rapace", "La Scoumoune", "Dernier Domicile Connu", "Tom/Les Prisonniers", "Adieu L'Ami", and "Far From Dallas". CD

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Serge GainsbourgLe Cinema De Serge Gainsbourg (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 5CD ... $26.99
The coolest collection we've ever seen to focus on the soundtrack work of the great Serge Gainsbourg – and the most complete as well! The 5CD package really digs deep – and seems to offer up tracks from just about every single film that Gainsbourg was involved with – from his own compositions, to partnerships with greats like Alain Goraguer, Michel Colombier, and the mighty Jean-Claude Vannier – all of whom come up with very groovy, often funky instrumentation that rivals Serge's own releases! In fact, we might well even say that we find the Gainsbourg soundtrack material to be even cooler – as the films often gave Serge a chance to experiment, and try out new ideas he wouldn't do on his own records. The package includes selections (usually more than one) from dozens of films that include Vidocq, Toutes Folles De Lui, L'Eau A La Bouche, Strip-Tease, Le Jardinier D'Argenteuil, Ce Sacre Grand Pere, Manon 70, L'Horizon, L'Une Et L'Autre, Cannabis, La Horse, Sex Shop, Le Pacha, Slogan, Tapage Nocturne, Melancholy Baby, Projection Privee, and lots lots more. Plus, also includes bonus tracks with Anna Karina, Juliette Greco, Fred Pallem, and even Nico! CD

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Serge GainsbourgManon 70/Se J'etais Un Epsion/Mister Freedom/Anna ... CD
Philips/Rambling (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the grooviest soundtrack work ever from Serge Gainsbourg – and that's saying a heck of a lot! The CD begins with the legendary score to Manon 70 – a collaboration between Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier, and one that's graced with some breathy vocals from Serge, and some wonderfully hip instrumentation from Colombier! There's some slight exotic touches in the mix – a bit of sitar, some nice percussion, a touch of Hammond – plus some straighter orchestral moments. Next up is Si J'Etais Un Espion from 1967 – which features some great instrumental tracks that snap along with some great jerky undercurrents – the start of that funky Gainsbourg sound that we love so much. Le Jardinier D'Argenteuil follows with a slightly more serious feel – and then the groovy TV soundtrack for Anna ends the whole thing up – with some especially wonderful 60s French pop grooves, and tunes that are different than the Anna film soundtrack! CD features 19 tracks in all – including "Manon", "Regards Echanges", "Auto Stop", "Breakdown", "Pop D'Epoque", "Denoument Et Final", "Jerks En Cavalerie", "Anna", "Roller Girl", and "New Delire Again". CD

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Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude VannierCannabis/Ce Sacre Grand Pere ... CD
Universal (France), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
2 incredible soundtracks from Serge Gainsbourg – both of them from his best period of work! Cannabis is a tremendously funky set of tunes – and some real standout soundtrack material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is working here with some great help from Jean-Claude Vannier – the guiding force behind Melody Nelson – and Vannier brings some great grooves to the record, really going for those sexy riffs and breaks that make us love Gainsbourg's music so much! There's a bit of vocals, but the main focus is on the instrumentation – which shifts nicely from track to track, taking the themes in some very nice directions – all of them definitely up to the sexy standard of Serge. The score to Ce Sacre Grand Pere is included here as bonus work – and features tracks written by both Serge and Michel Colombier. The overall feel is more orchestral and traditionally soundtrack-styled, but there are a few really sly funky tracks that offer up Serge at his sexy best! The set's got 21 tracks in all, and titles include "Cannabis", "Jane Dans La Nuit", "Danger", "Avant De Mourir", "Cannabis-bis", "Piege", "I Want To Feel Crazy", "Le Deuxieme Homme", "Champetre Et Pop 1", "Nous Les Jericho", and "L'Herbe Tendre". CD

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France GallSalut Les Copains ... CD
Polydor (France), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
One of the greatest French female singers of the 60s – presented here in a double length collection of work! If you've gotta dig one gal vocalist of the Parisian scene of the time, Gall is definitely your girl – as her brash, bold style of singing really sums up the hippest, grooviest French styles of the time! Many tracks here were penned by some of the best French arrangers and composers of the period – including Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Goraguer, and Michel Colombier – all of whom really help Gall find her groove on the cuts. There's even a few funky numbers in the mix, and the rest mostly have a modly snapping 60s groove – of the sort that's being heavily revived these days. 38 tracks in all – and titles include "Jazz A Go Go", "Boom Boom", "Baby Pop", "Les Sucettes", "Celui Que J'Aime", "Bonsoir John John", "Ne Sois Pas Si Bete", "Si J'Etais Garcon", "Le Coeur Qui Jazze", "L'Amerique", "Dady Da Da", "Avant La Bagarre", "Made In France", and "Mes Premieres Vrais Vacances". CD

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Jef GilsonEnfin! (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Modern Silence (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Some of the earliest music ever from groundbreaking French pianist Jef Gilson – and proof that right at the start, he was already in a unique space that was all his own! Gilson was a real standout in the European postwar scene – and he was one of the first in the 60s to really try to find a new voice for himself and his contemporaries – a great lineup here that works in shifting arrays on these beautifully vivid compositions by Gilson – tracks that always have a pulsating rhythmic core, but some very unusual modern solos out front! There's a mix of earthy elements and forward-thinking instrumentation that reminds us maybe of Randy Weston at his most modern – or like some of the music on the British scene to come – but given the date of these sides, Gilson may well have beat everyone to the punch. Players include Michel Portal on alto, Francois Jenneau on soprano, Jean Louis Chautemps on tenor, Ivan Jullien on trumpet, Mowgli Jospin on trombone, and Jacques Thollot on drums – and titles include "Anamorphose", "Bitonalite", "Le Grand Bidou", "Indicatif L'Autoroute 1", "Curious", "Three Four One", and "Blue Bizz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Jerry GoldsmithLast Run – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, 1971. Very Good+ ... $7.99
An excellent soundtrack to this early 70s thriller that starred George C Scott! Jerry Goldsmith has come up with some strong action themes that are very much in a Lalo Schifrin mode – mixing guitar, electric harpsichord, and strings with a harder-edged groove so that there's a lot of space in the overall blend of elements – allowing each one to step out nicely, identified on its own! Even the mellower tracks are great – with an airy feel that recalls some of Michel Legrand's best action scores at the end of the 60s – with colors that flow out and really give the record a sense of soul! Steve Lawrence sings "The Last Run" in a mode that recalls Matt Munro's performances on other thriller soundtracks – and other titles include "Claudie's Stockings", "The Trap", "Border Crossing", "Rickard Escapes", and "Double Cross". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label promo. Cover has light wear and promo sticker.)

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Barry GuyBlue Shroud ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Barry Guy's almost returning to the style of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra here – working with a strong set of avant improvisers on an extended performance that gives most of the individuals plenty of time in the spotlight, while still working together as a whole! Guy plays bass, and directs – across the course of a 71 minute performance of "The Blue Shroud" – with musicians who include Per Texas Johansson on tenor and clarinet, Michel Godard on tuba and "serpent", Torben Snekkestad on soprano sax and reed trumpet, Ben Dwyer on guitar, Augusti Fernandez on piano, Maya Homburger on violin, Julius Gabriel on baritone, Savina Yannatou on voice, Fanny Paccoud on viola, and Lucas Niggli and Ramon Lopez on drums and percussion. CD

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Andrzej KorzynskiAkademia Pana Kleksa ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
A weird and wonderful lost soundtrack from Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski – done for a movie that was essentially a children's story, but with a great array of unusual sounds and very cool 80s keyboards! The music is very much in par with some of Korzynski's other classics – and maybe has an even more eerie sort of vibe, given the mix of sweetness and dark that comes across – as some themes feel a bit redemptive, but others have a very moody sort of approach! The whole thing almost reminds us of an 80s variation of the same territory as the Peau D'Ane soundtrack by Michel Legrand – and the music also features some straighter electric piano, guitar, and orchestrations alongside a Yamaha keyboard. Titles include "Laser Golaraza", "Wilki Zdobywaja Zamek", "Inwazja Wilkolakow", "Zaklad Golarza Filipa", "Lustro", and "Leckcja Pryzrody". First time on CD – with bonus tracks, and some detailed notes on the unusual production of the film! CD

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Les Yper SoundExplorations In Drum & Sax (clear vinyl – with download) ... LP
Figure & Ground, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Intergalactic instrumentals from Les Yper Sound – and not the late French 60s psychedelia project of Michel Colombier & Pierre Henry– this one features drummer Miles Artntzen & sax player Jas Walton, with Money Mark & Sinkane! The group has a really unique vibe, rooted strongly the intuitive interplay between drumme rArntzen and Walton – and tripped out from there and in some really cool ways, with far-reaching global funk influences. Plenty of elements reminsicent of Latin, African and Eastern funk, but paired with freewheeling melodic bits and interesting elements galore. Titles include "Step Away", "Woodland", "Paella Bahia", "Ambiguity", "Potato Brain", "Eastern Parkway", "Coffee Etude", "Return To", "RSVP", "Dark Yoga", "Sleep Over" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on clear vinyl and with download!)

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Abbey LincolnPainted Lady (aka Golden Lady) ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A wonderfully moody album from Abbey Lincoln – one that's a bit more laidback than some of her other efforts, but no less soulful! There's kind of a broken, jagged sound to the record – a late nite vibe that's blue and melancholy, and which gets some great support from the tenor sax of Archie Shepp – which often gets a chance to solo on most tracks! The rhythms are gentle, often a bit spare – and handled by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Jack Gregg on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums – and the set also features work from trumpeter Roy Burroughs. Tracks include three original compositions, "Painted Lady On The Stage", "Throw It Away", and "Caged Bird", plus a sublime version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady". Also includes Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady", and Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life". CD

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Henry ManciniBig Screen Little Screen/A Concert Of Film Music ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of lesser-known 70s albums from maestro Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! On Big Screen Little Screen, Henry Mancini balances things out between the big screen of the cinema and the little screen of the TV – both showcases for his famous work over the years! Many of the numbers here aren't Mancini originals, but hits of the day, redone by Hank in a variety of modes – some a bit funky, others somewhat mellow and lush – making for a bit more of a range than usual for a Mancini record of this vintage. Solos include nice work on organ by both Larry Knechtel and Clare Fischer, plus trumpet by Jack Sheldon and tenor from Jerome Richardson – and titles include "Theme From Nicholas & Alexandra", "All His Children", "The Summer Knows", "Life Is What You Make It", "Theme From Shaft", "them From Cade's County", "Johnny's Theme", "Those Were The Days", "Mystery Movie Theme", and "The Ironside Theme". On A Concert Of Film Music, Mancini hits these more lush, more sophisticated charts with a larger orchestra – delivering really respectful variations on famous themes that come in a few different "suites". The album features a section of Nino Rota compositions, another French Collection with music by Michel Legrand and Francis Lai, and a Disaster Movie Suite, with tracks from Earthquake and The Towering Inferno! Titles include "A Man & A Woman", "Love Theme From Amarcord", "Drink More Milk", "Love Story", "Summer Of 42", "The Lovers", "Actic Whale Hunt", and "Jaws". CD

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66Frog/Watch What Happens ... 7-inch
A&M, Late 60s. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $4.99
A very groovy single from Sergio Mendes! "The Frog" is a gem by Joao Donato – also recorded under the name "A Sapo" – and the cut's got a jaunty little groove with a back-forth melody that's totally dreamy, and perfect for the Brasil 66 sound! "Watch What Happens" is Michel Legrand's great tune, done in a warm and wonderful style! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has some pen, light wrinkling, and light peeling on the back.)

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Bruno NicolaiDefense De Savoir ... CD
RCA/CAM (Italy), 1973. Used ... $9.99
A cool little soundtrack from Bruno Nicolai – penned for a French film instead of an Italian movie – and with a sound that's a bit different than usual! Nicolai makes nice use of some sweeter themes here – a hint of the modes you might find in Michel Legrand or Francis Lai in the 70s – which lightens things up a bit at the start, before some darker, moodier moments creep into the mix – underscoring the film with some more traditional Giallo elements – those tense, spine-tingling styles that Bruno developed with his frequent partner, Ennio Morricone. There's some isolated piano and guitar lines that have a stark, scraping sort of feel – used to great effect on some of the more upbeat numbers – and a few standout bits have electric bass kind of rumbling up from the bottom, which creates a nice sense of urgency. Titles include "La Verite", "Le Pouvoir", "Theme De Juliette", "Sans Espoir", "Concert A La Cour", "Tango Express", and "Tourbillon Final". CD
(Out of print.)

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Oscar PetersonBlues Etude ... LP
Limelight, 1966. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An overlooked 60s gem from Oscar Peterson – one of his great sides for Limelight Records, and possibly the most soulful of the bunch! The group's a trio – with either Sam Jones or Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and they've got a really great feel, one that's a bit different than some of Oscar's earlier groups of the 60s. Hayes' work on drums is nicely sensitive, and almost takes backseat to Peterson's rhythmic piano lines at times – and Jones' work on bass is always a treat, and kicks some of the best tracks here into a really great groove! The record's got a few great original titles, too – like the midtempo groover "Bossa Beguine", and the groovy "L'Impossible", a cool little instrumental that sounds like it was from a soundtrack by Francis Lai or Michel Legrand, and the title track "Blues Etude". Other titles include "Let's Fall In Love", "Shelley's World", "I Know You Oh So Well", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
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El Michels Affair with Lee Fields4th Chamber/Snakes ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 7.98
El Michels take it back to basics here – and serve up some wickedly funky sounds on "4th Chamber" – a cut that's got great heavy drums at the bottom, but just the kind of spooky keyboard line you might expect from its Wu-Tang title reference! "Snakes" is quite different – a vocal cut that has an even slower funk approach – and raspy vocals that would have made the blue-eyed soul crowd of the 70s plenty proud! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Keith JarrettBridge Of Light – Keith Jarrett/Michelle Makarski/Marcia Butler/Patricia McCarthy/Thomas Crawford/Fairfeild Orchestra ... CD
ECM, 1993. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Lady Wray/El MichelsQueen Alone – Instrumentals ... LP
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An all-instrumental version of Lady Wray's Queen Alone record – one that features no vocals at all from the woman herself, and which instead works perfectly as a great illustration of the instrumental talents of Leon Michels and crew! Michels produced and directed the whole album – and is here at the head of the lineup on drums, guitar, keyboards, and saxes – all instruments he plays beautifully, in a mode that's maybe more of a 60s soul-styled version of the usual sinister El Michels funk approach. You can definitely hear where the vocals might come into the mix, but it's also wonderful to hear the group on their own – on titles that include "Do It Again", "Smiling", "It's Been A Long Time", "Cut Me Loose", "Underneath My Feet", "Bad Girl", and "They Won't Hang Around". LP, Vinyl record album

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LisztGreat Transcriptions – Claudio Arrau/Michele Campanella/Misha Dichter/Zoltan Kocsis/Alexander Uninsky ... CD
Philips, 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Luciano MicheliniAnna Quel Particolare Piacere (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dagored (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A hell of a charmer from Italian composer Luciano Michelini – a record that's funky one minute, sexy and slinky the next, and always full of surprises as it steps through a big array of short little tunes! Michelini's got an especially great ear for the kind of groovy bossa numbers that we love from guys like Ennio Morricone or Armando Trovajoli, but he also has this way of bringing in a fuller feeling to his arrangements – maybe echoing French composers at times, but without any sort of sentimentality. There's a great jazzy riff to the title track, which gets repeated a few times – and tracks include "Il Mestiere Di Uccidere", "Ritratto Di Un Boss", "La Giostra Dei Pensieri", "Quell'Amaro Tormento", "Occhi Di Bimbo", "La Cruda Realta", and "Una Voce Una Speranza". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on colored vinyl!)

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Luciano MicheliniLa Conquista Di Luna ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
A journey into space with a wonderful sound – served up here as a set of cosmic instrumentals from Luciano Michelini, most of which have a pretty groovy vibe! The mix of 60s instrumentation, spacey touches, and light electric moments reminds us of Peter Thomas or Johnny Harris at their best – and although Michelini's not as well-known as those giants from his generation, he works here with a vibe that perfectly matches everything we love in their music! Light funky rhythms trip along the bottom – peppered with cool keyboards or woodwinds, and occasional wordless vocals – all in this way that provides a wonderful 60s fantasy of the moon, and one that's actually a lot more exciting than any of the real moon landing records out there. Titles include "Tycho", "A Mrs Armstrong", "Il Volto Nascosto Di Luna", "Meteoriti", "Richiamo Di Terra", and "Odissea Nello Spazio". CD

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Luciano MicheliniL'Isola Degli Uomini Pesce ... CD
Cometa (Italy), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
A spooky cover, and some spooky music to match – served up by the lesser-known Italian composer Luciano Michelini! The soundtrack's from the late 70s, but it's got a full, orchestral feel that reminds us a lot more of Italian work from a decade before – especially some of the more dramatic, dynamic adventure scores that reigned during the apex of Italian fantasy films. A few tracks have some 70s touches – bits of funky rhythms at the bottom, or slight electronics – but overall, most of the instrumentation comes from strings and well-placed brass – used starkly and with a great deal of power throughout! Titles include "Atlantide", "Palude", "I Mostri", "Naufragio", "Cosa Resta Dell'Amore", "Il Laboratorio Sotterraneo", "Rito Magico", and "Il Violenti". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Michele RosewomanSource ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Fetaures Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Roberto Miranda on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a slight bump in one corner.)

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Bud ShankMichelle ... CD
World Pacific/Elemental (UK), 1965. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Bud Shank takes on the sounds of The Beatles – and a whole host of other 60s pop stars as well – all with results that are as jazzy as they are groovy! The album's one of a few that Bud cut for Liberty in this format – alto and flute spread out over fuller backings from Bob Florence, a great arranger who knows how to make things swing by bringing in some wonderful 60s touches! There's a bit of guitar at times, some compressed horns – ala A&M – and some overall mod rhythms that help change things up nicely from tune to tune. Titles include "Michelle", "Yesterday", "Blue On Blue", "Sounds Of Silence", "Turn Turn Turn", "As Tears Go By", and "Girl". CD
(Limited edition!)

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Michele Zanoni, Guido & Maurizio De AngelisMalombra ... CD
Hexacord (Italy), 1983. Used ... $18.99
An obscure slinky soundtrack from Italy – recorded for a 1983 film that was also known as Erotic Games, but done with a sweet feel that's like some of the best sex scores from the 70s! The whole thing moves along at a pretty mellow speed – really taking its time with the thin keyboard lines and bass bits that push along with the score – unfolding slowly into these great little moody tracks. The set features 14 titles in all, including some variations on the main theme. CD
(Out of print.)

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Billy BangRainbow Gladiator ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1981. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Proof again that Billy Bang is one of our favorite jazz musicians to ever pick up a violin – because Bang has a way of handling the instrument that opens up into grooves unlike anyone else! The set's got a beautifully flowing, almost spiritual sound at times – one that has Bang getting some great energy out of a quintet that features Charles Tyler on alto and baritone sax, Michelle Rosewoman on piano, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Dennis Charles on drums. The title track has a wonderfully modal groove – and other numbers follow with a similar pulsing energy – one that's richly soulful, and makes the album a real Soul Note standout for the time. Titles include "Rainbow Gladiator, which runs for over 14 minutes – plus "Ebony Minstrel Man", "New York After Dark", "Broken Strings", "Yaa Woman Born On Thursday", and "Bang's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry BergonziSpotlight On Standards ... CD
Savant, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The tunes may be standards, by tenorist Jerry Bergonzi makes them into something else entirely with his performance here – taking these really open-ended runs on the familiar numbers, in these beautiful waves of soul and sound with Hammond organist Renato Chicco! The two work together at a sublime level – as Bergonzi's horn has those raspy tones that we love so much, and almost a Joe Henderson-like balance between modernist impulses and a soulful core. Chicco's amazing – almost Don Patterson-like in his fluidity – handling both the keys and the basslines, and getting some spacious rhythms from drummer Andrea Michelutti. The whole thing's great – maybe one of Jerry's most compelling records in years – and titles include "Bi Solar", "Witchcraft", "First Lady", "Dancing In The Dark", "Out Of Nowhere", "Stella By Starlight", and "Blue Cube". CD

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Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud (expanded edition) ... CD
Fontana, 1958. Used ... $5.99
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – even if it is a soundtrack that he recorded in France! The CD issue of this material features a whopping 20 minutes of extra material, for a total of 26 moody jazz tracks that were originally recorded for the French film Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (Elevator To The Gallows). Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus American ex-patriot Kenny Clarke. Wilen's playing is fantastic, and it's great to hear him and Miles together on the score's spooky meandering passages. Titles include "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "Assassinat", "Le Petit Bal", and "Au Bar Du Petit Bac". Great stuff, and one of the best jazz soundtracks ever! CD

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Roy EldridgeLittle Jazz (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Vogue (Japan), 1950. Near Mint- ... $6.99
There's nothing little about the talents of Roy Eldridge on the trumpet – as you'll hear in this hip set of tracks from the start of the 50s – material recorded in Paris with help from some great American sidemen! Half the tracks feature Roy's trumpet in a quintet with Zoot Sims on tenor, Dick Hyman on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums – grooving in the relaxed, swing-based style that you'd expect from Eldridge's 50s work on Verve. Other titles feature a group with Gerald Wiggins on piano – and a few more feature a French combo with Benny Vasseur on trombone and Albert Ferrari on tenor sax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Cover has some very light wear.)

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Serge Gainsbourg & OthersIntegrale Serge Gainsbourg et Ses Interpretes Vol 2 – 1960 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $12.99 29.99
Key years in the music of the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – served up here in a selection of work by Serge himself, and a lot of Gainsbourg tunes sung and performed by his contemporaries! Right from the start, Serge's unusual way with a tune was noted by other folks on the French scene – and his music was quickly taken up by other hip talents in Paris at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – a time when Gainsbourg's talents exploded not just through his own famous records, but through reinterpretations of his sounds by these other supporters. The range of sounds here is great – from Gainsbourg's own groovy mix of jazz, Latin, and other modes on material from his early albums and EP releases – served up here alongside lots of other work that includes "Vilaine Fille Mauvais Garcon" by Petula Clark, "Viva Villa" by Les Riff, "La Chanson De Prevert" by Michele Arnaud, "Ronsard 58" by Helen Martin, "Les Amours Perdues" by Juliette Greco, "Quand Tu T'Y Mets" by Les Mercenaires, "Black Trombone" by Catherine Sauvage, "Accordeon" by Anne Gacoin, "La Chanson De Prevert" by Vicky Autier, "Le Poinconneur De Lilas" by Les Freres Jacques, and "Los Cigarillos" by Los Jorge Nova Bossas. 58 tracks on 3CDs! CD

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Rosario GiulianiCinema Italia ... CD
Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
A host of Italian film themes, served up by a really wonderful group – one that features Rosario Giuliani on alto and soprano sax, Luciano Biondini on accordion, Enzo Pietropaoli on bass, on Michele Rabbia on drums, percussion, and a bit of electronics! The set's not Giuliani's first in this mode – he did a great one for Schema based on Italian themes in the 90s – but the approach here is very laidback and open – much more in a jazz mode than a soundtrack one, as both the saxophone and accordion open up with some nicely sentimental currents that really fit the music! The group performs versions of Ennio Morricone's "Deborah's Theme", "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso", and "C'Era Una Volta Il West" – plus Nino Rota's "La Strada" and "8 1/2" – and Giulinani's original tune "Bianco E Nero". CD

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Dexter GordonOur Man In Paris ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Good+ ... $54.99
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon sessions for Blue Note – and a unique album that's one of the first to illustrate his growing role in the European jazz scene! The group's a quartet – which let's Dex stand out front with plenty of space for marvelous tenor work – and it features Parisian bassist Pierre Michelot, plus Americans Bud Powell on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums – two players who were already making a bit name for themselves overseas. The album's a perfect link between Gordon's earlier American work and his long string of European sessions to come – and titles include a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and "Night in Tunisia". The format is simple, but the sound is magic – classic Dexter Gordon in a tight Blue Note mode! LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with some clicks & crackles.)

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✨✧ Gigi Gryce featuring Clifford BrownJazz Time Paris Volumes 11 & 13 ... CD
Vogue/Columbia (UK), 1954. New Copy ... $8.99
An incredible pairing of two of the most important modern jazz talents of the 50s – trumpeter Clifford Brown and altoist Gigi Gryce – whose sense of structure on these tunes really gives Brownie a whole new space in which to shine! Gryce really seems to get at the mixture of sweetness and bite that Clifford can deliver when he's at his best – which comes through brilliantly in his solos, which are then matched by these raspy, soulful lines from Gryce on his alto. The group's a French one – and swing, but really let the American horn players take the lead – with Henri Renaud on piano, Jimmy Gourley on guitar, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Jean Louis Viale on drums. Tracks include "Baby", "Minority", "Salute To The Band Box" and "Strictly Romantic". CD also features a full second 10" album – a quartet date with Brown's trumpet in the lead – in front of a Parisian trio that features Henri Renaud on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Benny Bennett on drums. Titles include "I Can Dream Can't I", "The Song Is You", "You're A Lucky Guy", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Blue & Brown". CD

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Massimo Guerra XtetJazz Mine ... CD
Irma (Italy), 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
A really warm, well-crafted set from Italian trumpeter Massimo Guerra – just the kind of record we've come to expect from other jazz labels from his scene, but quite a surprise from the mostly-soul Irma label! The set's totally straight – and done in a way that really lets Guerra show off his talent for songwriting – as most of the tracks on the album are his own, and handled by a shifting array of small groups that work well with the leader's lyrical bent. Other players include Enrico Nisati on piano, Davide Grottelli on tenor, and Carlo Micheli on baritone – and the rhythms really benefit from warm basslines by Piero Simoncini, whose playing holds the record together in a wonderful way. Titles include "Morgan Beat", "Last Day Of Spring", "Tango 4 Clemetina", "Tres Palabras", and "Jazz Mine". CD

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