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Michel CamiloIn Trio ... CD CD format
Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99
Michel Camilo plays acoustic piano here, but he's got a way of making the instrument leap along as if it's an electric one – thanks to a very free, fluid style throughout! The group's only a trio – as you'd guess from the title – but the electric bass of Anthony Jackson brings in these round, warm tones that really fill up the bottom – leaving Camilo to open up with these delightfully strong piano lines up top. Drums are by either Dave Weckl or Joel Rosenblaff – and titles include a great version of Airto's "Tomba In 7/4", plus "We Three", "Las Olas", and "Suntan". CD

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Francois Carrier/Alexey Lapin/Michel LambertIn Motion ... CD CD format
Leo, 2011. Used ... $7.99
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(Tray card has a fold.)

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Francois Carrier/Alexey Lapin/Michel LambertInner Spire ... CD CD format
Leo, 2011. Used ... $7.99
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New Michel Choquette, edSomeday Funnies (hardcover) ... Book Book
Abrams Comic Arts, 2011. New Copy ... $12.99 55.00
An amazing project, with amazing results – a set of separate comics all about the 60s – drawn by some of the hippest talents of both that generation, and the 70s as well! The project was begun many years ago by Michael Choquette – who contacted creators as diverse as William S Burroughs, Jack Kirby, Frank Zappa, Wally Wood, Pete Townshend, Walt Simonson, Denny O'Neil, Harvey Kurtzman, Tuli Kupferberg, Sergio Aragones, Kim Deitch, Will Eisner, Russ Heath, Archie Goodman, Harlan Ellison, and many others – all of whom combined in these really unique ways to create oversized comic strips that feel like they've fallen out of some weird hippie version of a Sunday comics section from the newspaper! The project features 169 different talents in all – with 129 different strips as a result – all presented here in full color, with the oversized feel of a newspaper – but in a lavish hardcover volume. Someday Funnies was unpublished in this full format for years, but finally gets its due – in this heavy book that runs for over 212 pages – complete with a great forward by Jeet Heer. Book

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Michel ColombierLes Onze Mille Verges/Tarot ... CD CD format
Music Box (France), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $23.99
A pair of wonderful soundtracks from the great Michel Colombier – and film music that's every bit as groovy as some of his backings for French singers at the time! First up is Les Onze Mille Verges – a great mix of the groovy and the romantic – and one of the best soundtracks ever from mad French arranger Michel Colombier! The album kicks off with Colombier's famous "Batucada Erotica" – a darkly jagged number that brings together percussion and voices into a really striking groove, one that's made the track a favorite for years in the jazz dance crowd. Other tracks move into a style that's either mellower or more orchestral – the mellower cuts dipping along with a style that's half French (ala Francis Lai's 70s work), and half like some of the best mellow Italian soundtrack work of the same period. A few tunes have weird chorus vocals – almost in a Carmina Burana mode – and titles include "Les 11,000 Verges", "Wanda E Nadege", "Batucada Erotica", "Natacha", "Port Arthur", and "Strip Tease Pour Un Japonais". Tarot is a soundtrack that has a slightly different style – some nice use of vocals by Nanette Workman on a few tunes – a singer who brings a bit more soul to the record than the usual throwaway disco lyrics you'd hear on other European film scores. Lots of other numbers make use of keyboards, but in a very different way – sometimes stark and cold, but still quite tuneful – sometimes bubbling with a more Rhodes-like vibe that creates a nice sense of balance. Titles include "Breakdown", "Blind Luck", "Tarot", "Incantation", "Reading The Cards", "Doggie Style", and "Hearing Aid". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Michel ColombierUne Chambre En Ville ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1982. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A rare score from French arranger Michel Colombier – penned for an equally-obscure film directed by the great Jacques Demy! The album follows the same musical style as some of Demy's better-known work from the 60s – like Umbrellas Of Cherbourg or Young Girls Of Rochefort – although the overall style is a bit darker, and Colombier's music definitely rises to the challenge. Vocals don't feature as heavily as on some of Demy's movies with Michel Legrand, but they still have a strong role in the music – and this beautiful 2CD package brings the complete score to light for the first time – quite an achievement considering that the film never even made it to video. Titles include "Edith Et Sa Mere", "Violette Amoureuse", "Visite D'Edmond", "La Chambre D'Hotel", "Chez La Baronne", "La Rupture", and "Mme Pelletier Et Sa Fille". CD

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Lol Coxhill & Michel DonedaSitting On Your Stairs ... CD CD format
Emanem (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Sublime soprano sax duets from the team of Lol Coxhill and Michel Doneda – both playing at a level that's almost more about sound overall than just notes and music – that great ear for textures and shapes that have made us love Coxhill's work since the 70s! The tracks are mostly long, and clearly improvised – very well-recorded live performances that really capture the subtle sounds and lower-end moments, then burst into bright colors when more tunefull passages appear. Doneda really echoes the inherent warmth of Coxhill's horn – and the set features four duets, plus a solo track each from Lol and Michel. CD

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Serge Gainsbourg/Michel ColombierLe Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur? ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1964/1966/1968. New Copy ... $15.99
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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Serge Gainsbourg/Michel ColombierManon 70/Le Jardinier D'argenteuil/Si J'etais Un Espion ... CD CD format
Universal (France), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
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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Michel GenestCrystal Fantasy ... LP LP format
Sona Gaia (Germany), 1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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New Jean Michel JarreZoolook ... LP LP format
Dreyfus (France), 1984. Very Good ... $7.99
World sounds meet 80s electronics – and the result is a groundbreaking batch of tracks from Jean-Michel Jarre, one that sounds a heck of a lot better today than we remember 20 years ago! Jarre's got a great sound here – dark, evocative, and with enough colonialist tension between the sources and their manipulation to create an unsettling feel overall. He's getting help from guests that include Laurie Anderson, Adrian Belew, Yogi Horton, and Marcus Miller – and titles include "Ethnicolor", "Diva", "Zoolook", "Blah Blah Cafe", and "Zoolookologie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing.)

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Steve Kuhn TrioI Will Wait For You – The Music Of Michel Legrand ... CD CD format
Venus (Japan), 2010. Used ... $14.99
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(Includes obi.)

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Michel LegrandCops & Robbers ... CD CD format
MGM/Kritzerland, 1973. New Copy ... $19.99
Wonderful lost work from Michel Legrand – a fantastic, and fantastically overlooked, 70s soundtrack – completely essential to have in a CD version like this, since most of the music hardly appeared in the film at all! The score takes off nicely from some of Legrand's more famous work of the 60s and early 70s – with a mixture of warm themes, jazzy elements, and some of the funkier touches you'd expect from a cop/crime film – all at a level that's a bit less sentimental than some of his French film work, with just the right qualities to fit the offbeat story of the movie. There's a real Dave Grusin sort of approach going on at times – although with a bit more acoustic piano than electric keyboards – but Legrand also throws in a few softer bits to round things out nicely, and create a lot more depth in the music than you might expect for a low-budget film. Really great stuff overall – the kind of soundtrack that should have gotten proper release at the time, as it easily matches any of Legrand's bigger LP hits – and presented with great notes on both the film and music. Titles include "Papa Joe The Padrone", "Downtown", "Wall Street", "The Chase", "The Sleep Song", "The Sellers", and "Uptown". CD
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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Michel LegrandLe Baron De Munchausen/La Flute A 6 Schtroumphs ... CD CD format
Universal (France), Late 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Some of the most whimsical music ever penned by Michel Legrand – music for two animated films from the late 70s! First up is Legrand's excellent score for a Baron Munchausen film – handled with these surprisingly deep tones at times, yet still mixed with a sense of fable-like wonder, too – a bit like his landmark score for Peau D'Ane from a decade before. Like that one, there's some nice sing-song moments here, and some more serious elements that balance things out beautifully – and trust us, the whole thing is way better than any US animated scores that were coming out at the time! Titles include "Sur La Route De Trukesban", "Recit Du Baron", "Theme De L'Aventure", "Chanson De La Sirene", and the playful vocal tune "Chanson Du Baron". Next up is music scored for an early Smurfs film – a very odd setting for Legrand, but one that he still handles beautifully! There's a handful of serious tunes, mixed in with music that's a lot more playful and cartoony – including a number of strange vocal songs, sung in goofy voices. Titles include "Hyme Au Travail", "La Flute A Six Schtroumphs", "Le Ballet De Torchesac", "Le Roi E La Flute", and "La Fete". CD also features one cool bonus track – "Building A Bird House" – from a TV special called Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird! CD

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Michel LegrandLes Parapluies De Cherbourg/Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (US version) ... LP LP format
Philips, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
Fantastic! This is the US release of the Michel Legrand score to Jaques Demy's incredible 1965 film The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg. Every word of dialogue in the film is sung, and Legrand came up with an amazing array of themes to carry the emotion of the film. Embedded in here are lines that later became worldwide hits – like "I Will Wait For You" and "Watch What Happens" – but in this version, the songs are just themes in the huge pastiche of dialogue and narrative, and they lurk behind the score in a beautiful way. This is one of our favorite all-time soundtracks, and this US version has a heavy cardboard gatefold sleeve, with a book in the middle that has lines from the film, and very nice pictures of Catherine Deneuve! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing in the extravagant gatefold cover with booklet!)

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Michel LegrandMichel Legrand Anthology (15 CD set) ... CD CD format
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 15CDs ... $59.99
A massive amount of music from Michel Legrand – a sublime set that goes way beyond his famous soundtrack work, to offer up jazz, vocal, pop, and even symphonic material as well! The box brings together 15 CDs, each of which offers up a sublime slice of Legrand's genius – lots of which has never been presented on CD before. The set includes the instrumental albums I Love Paris and Legrand In Rio, the jazz albums Legrand Jazz and Plays Richard Rogers, a Tribute To George Gershwin, the Stan Getz album Communcations 72, the Bud Shank album Bud Shank Plays Michel Legrand, a CD of Original Arrangements & Songs, a CD of Vocal Performances from the mid 60s, a CD of collaborations with Jacques Demy, harp/piano duets on Jazzic In Classic, a CD of Symphonic Works, a CD of Legrand's work interpreted by International Performers, a CD of Stage Musical compositions (Monte Cristo, Jarry Sur La Butte, and Bistro), a CD of work from Animated Films (including Oum Le Dauphin Blanc, La Flute A Six Schtroumphs, and Il Etaite Une Fois L'Espace), a Tribute To Alain Delon (La Piscine/unused music from Le Cercle Rouge), a CD of work for Joseph Losey films (Eva, The Go-Between, and Les Routes Du Sud), and a CD of music for American Movies (Castle Keep, Portnoy's Complaint, It's Good To Be Alive, and Gable & Lombard). 300 songs, and over 17 hours of music – plus a great booklet too! CD

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Michel LegrandOther Side Of Midnight ... CD CD format
20th Century/Intrada, 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
A fairly lush soundtrack from Michel Legrand – scored for a WWII period piece that starred Susan Sarandon, but done at a level that matches some of Legrand's more famous film music from the 70s! Orchestrations are rich, and filled with sentiment – and the album's got an especially strong standout theme – performed in a number of variations, and with haunting "Summer of 42"-styled piano tinkling over the larger string arrangements, in a very Legrand-like way! The 40s setting helps the soundtrack avoid any disco cliches – which were common at the time – and allows for a continued strong focus on Legrand's skills at the helm of the orchestra. Tracks include "Chanson Pour Noelle", "Paris Montage", "Late Dinner At Demeris", "Demeris' Party", and "Other Side Of Midnight". CD

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Michel LegrandParsi A La Hi-fi (10-inch ep) ... LP LP format
Columbia, Mid/Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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(Cover has some writing in pen.)

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Michel LegrandSummer Of 42/Picasso Summer ... CD CD format
Intrada, 1969/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
A pair of great soundtracks from the legendary Michel Legrand – including a huge amount of never-heard work from The Picasso Summer! First up, though, is Summer Of 42 – one of Michel Legrand's greatest moments of the 70s – a sweetly romantic score that lasted a lot longer than the film it was written to accompany! The soundtrack features the haunting "Summer Of 42 Theme", also known as "The Summer Knows" – a drifting sad melody, done up here in a number of versions, and combined with some other orchestral themes written for various emotional passages in the film. Titles include "High IQ", "The Picasso Suite", "Summer Song", "Montage – But Not Full Picasso", "The Danger", and "Awakening Awareness". Picasso Summer is even more incredible – with a haunting main theme that's somewhere in the same territory as "42", but a really big range of music that extrapolates that theme with other warm melodies and the kind of perfectly balanced sensitive sounds we love so much from Legrand. The movie itself is quite obscure – an Albert Finney road trip in Europe that's almost Legrand's answer to Henry Mancini's Two For The Road – although Michel's music is often much more complex. 2CD package features the 11 track "Picasso Summer" suite, plus 23 more tracks from the soundtrack – including "Summer Song", "High IQ", "Chemin De Fer", "Pentaque", "To The Gates", "Lonely Two", "Apart", "The Cape & The Gore", "The Dancer", "Not Picasso", and "Head For Home". CD

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Michel LegrandYoung Girls Of Rochefort (2LP pressing) ... LP LP format
Philips, Late 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
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! This double-length set presents the expanded original score – with many songs that were not on the original single version of the soundtrack, plus key bits of dialogue to help transition the tunes. 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the gatefold cover with booklet, which is stained on the bottom 3 inches, with some flaking, and a center split on the top seam.)
 
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Gilbert BecaudGilbert Becaud (1976) ... LP LP format
EMI (France), 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
Features backings by Christian Chevallier, Herve Roy, Philippe Becaud, and Michel Bernhole. LP, Vinyl record album

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El Michels AffairRun Fay Run/Hung Up On My Baby ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Truth & Soul, Late 2000s. New Copy ... $5.99
Standiout cuts from The El Michel's Affair's instant classic tribute tribute to Isaac Hayes! – covering "Run Fay Run" and "Hung Up On My Baby" in a raw instrumental funk mode! "Run Fay Run" rolls along with some incredible percussion – faithful to the original, but not a straight up replication, putting their own twist on the classic style. The Affair's got a sinister bass groove here that's unshakable! The group's take on the sample classic "Hung Up On My Baby" is just as great. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude VannierCannabis/Ce Sacre Grand Pere ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1970. New Copy ... $15.99
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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Jef GilsonJef Gilson Archives – A Collection Of Previously Unreleased Recordings, Rehearsals, Demos & Alternate Takes ... LP LP format
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Amazing sounds from Jef Gilson – one of the coolest, hippest jazz musicians working on the European scene of the 60s and 70s! Gilson has his own label – Palm Records – and was noted for his keen sense of collaboration, and openness to new ideas – not just modern elements that were moving around the postwar scene, but also some crucial crossovers with other global styles as well – and his list of collaborators over the years included reedman Michel Portal, trumpeter Bernard Vitet, prog rocker Christian Vander, and exotic jazz musician Lloyd Miller. Gilson's music was often issued in small pressings over the years, or buried under the names of bigger stars in his collaborations – but this wonderful package finally shows the genius in his full light – by bringing forth a host of rare tracks from Gilson's own archives, carefully selected by the Jazzman Records team. There's a really wonderful array of sounds going on here – some straighter jazz grooves, some offbeat rhythms, some exotic instrumental passages, and some occasional forays into Latin or African modes – all instantly compelling, and with the sort of unique sounds that are bound to have you digging for some of Gilson's commercially released music. Titles include "Choro In Blue", "Chant Inca", "Lamento", "Three Four One", "Anamorphose", "Java", "Agnus Dei", "Java Pour Raspail", and "La Cigale Et La Fourmi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jumping JacquesSugar & Spice ... CD CD format
Petra (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... $7.99
A very cool group that's as groovy as their name! The Jumping Jacques were a 60s French vocal group who took elements of other French groups – like The Swingle Singers or Les Double Six – and worked in a mode that was very mod, and very 60s! The tunes on the set sparkle with inventive vocal pyrotechnics – dipping bass parts, floating soprano lines, skipping scatting tenor and alto bits – all coming together in a lovely blend of male and female vocals, dancing lightly with all the charm of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66. Most tracks are non-verbal – in that the vocals are working in more of a scatting instrumental mode, jazzily grooving on a set of original tunes by leader Jacques Hendrix. Very cool, and very much in the mode of mid 60s Michel Legrand soundtracks, The Gimmicks, and other bits of European grooviness! Titles include "Let Them Eat Cake", "Gossip & Chatter", "Someday We'll Know", "Somehow I Feel I Must Be Dreaming", "Offbeat Fugue", and "Love Me Now". CD

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Hans KollerLegends Live – Stadtische Festhalle Pirmasens 1959 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP LP format
Jazz Haus (Germany), 1959. New Copy ... $25.99 29.99
Wonderful work from the always-great Hans Koller – the tenorist whose work made such a huge impact on the German scene in the postwar years! Hans is captured here in a radio broadcast with excellent fidelity, and which serves as a much-needed addition to his hard-to-find recorded catalog of the time! The set features some killer tracks that really show off Koller's sense of sound shaping and tone – that approach that made him as important a tenor modernist in Germany as Lee Konitz was on the alto in the US. Players include Roger Guerin on trumpet, Michel De Villers on baritone, and a young Martial Solal on piano – and one number features Koller with just a bit of bass, and another with just Solal's piano and bass. Titles include "Benny's Blues", "Dawborn's Mood", "Margaret Rose", and "Oscar". LP, Vinyl record album
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Karin KrogWe Could Be Flying ... CD CD format
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling underground in the Euro scene of the 70s. The backing group features Steve Kuhn on keyboards, Steve Swallow on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums – all working out these beautiful modal patterns that unlock Karin's cool and icy vocals. The tunes are all pretty incredible too – vocal versions of originals by Kuhn, like "Meaning Of Love", "Sometime To Go", and "Raindrops Raindrops"; a very cool version of Joni Mitchell's "All I Want", a rare Jon Hendricks' lyrical version of JJ Johnson's "Lament", and a sweet and breezy take on the Michel Colombier tune "We Could Be Flying"! CD

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Steve LacySaxophone Special Plus – 1973/74 Concerts (with bonus track) ... CD CD format
Emanem (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Two different sets of "saxophone special" recordings from Steve Lacy – each representing a key shift in his style on the European scene of the early 70s, and capturing him before he'd stratified things into the more standard Lacy modes that would come! The first half of the set has Lacy working with a great lineup that features lots of offbeat guitar from Derek Bailey – really sounding wonderfully here next to Steve's soprano sax – plus Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Kent Carter on amplified bass, and John Stevens on percussion. Sounds are sharp and short, often with the energy of some of Lacy's solo performances – but sonically expanded in a quintet setting – and titles include "38", "Flakes", and "Revolutionary Suicide". The second half features a performance from the following year – again with great guitar from Bailey and saxes from Potts – plus additional saxes from Trevor Watts and Evan Parker, and some electronics from Michel Waisvisz, which is a very nice touch. Titles include "Staples", "Dreams", "Swishes", "Sops", and "Snaps". CD features two album's worth of material – and also features the bonus alternate version of "Snaps". CD

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Claude NougaroClaude Nougaro (Armstrong) ... LP LP format
Philips (France), 1965. Very Good- ... $29.99
Seminal work from Claude Nougaro – easily one of the coolest French singers ever! This album shows an early example of Nougaro's interest in Brazilian music – and also his love of American jazz as well – heard most strongly on the record's French covers of work by Dave Brubeck, Ray Brown, and Nat Adderley – but also coming through pretty strongly in Nougaro's original compositions as well! The arrangements are sublime – handled mostly by Maurice Vander, with some great organ from Eddy Louiss on most tunes – a soulful element that really helps the record swing, alongside other jazzy backing from players who include Ivan Jullien and Roger Guerin on trumpets, Michel Portal on saxes, and Vander on piano and additional organ. Nougaro sings in French, but with a swinging style that's much more like American jazz vocalists of the time – and titles include great takes on "Work Song", "Gravy Waltz", and "Blue Rondo A La Turk" – plus "L'Amour Sorcier", "Cote D'Azur", "Gratte-Moi La Tete", "Schplaouch", and "Chanson Pour Le Macon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. NOTE: Vinyl has some heat damage at edge, but didn't skip for us – although the first track on each side might on some players. Otherwise a nice play copy.)

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Claude NougaroGrande Angle Sur Nougaro ... CD CD format
Philips (France), Mid 60s. Used ... $9.99
One of our favorite French singers ever! Nougaro is a vastly underrecognized talent – and a singer who managed to mix a lot of American jazz influences with the wit and emotion of French songwriting. The result is a unique style unlike anyone else we can think of, and it's documented nicely on this great 22 track CD with a great set of notes. The arrangements are very jazzy, and the tracks are recorded with talented leaders like Slide Hampton, Eddie Louiss, and Michel Legrand. Very cool, very swingin', and very jazzy Left Bank. Tracks include "Quatre Boules De Cuir", "Paris Mai", "Je Crois", "La Pluie Fait Des Claquettes" (covered by Louis Phillipe), and "Le Jazz Et La Java". CD

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Claude NougaroPetit Taureau ... CD CD format
Philips (France), 1967. Used ... $6.99
A stone classic from Parisian singer Claude Nougaro – and one of our favorite French vocal albums of the 60s! The set's got an incredibly joyous feel from the start – a groove that bubbles over with jazz, thanks to arrangements from Maurice Vander and Michel Colombier – and which we'd put right up there in the hip ranks of mid 60s music by Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, and some of the other French talents of the time who are better known on this side of the Atlantic! Nougaro's music has never crossed over as strongly as some of the others, but he's well worth discovering – and a record like this is a great place to start, as it's been near and dear to our hearts here for many years. Titles include a great French vocal version of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas", plus "Le Cle" and "Demain Je Chanterai", both written with saxophonist Michel Portal – plus "Les Craquantes", "La Mutation", "Une Bouteille A La Mer", "Petit Taureau", and "Toulouse". CD

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Oscar PetersonBlues Etude ... LP LP format
Limelight, 1966. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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
(Cover has light discoloration from age.)

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Lucky ThompsonLucky Thompson With Gerard Pochonet & His Quartet ... LP LP format
Dawn, 1956. Very Good- ... $33.99
An obscure French session cut by the great American tenor player Lucky Thompson, with a group of Parisian players that includes Martial Solal on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, Michel Hausser on vibes, and Gerard Pochonet on drums. Thompson's sweet tenor sound is given nice backing by the vibes/piano lineup, and the session includes a lot of nice tracks like "Indian Summer", "You Go To My Head", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "East Of The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, staining across the front and back, split top and bottom seams, and a couple of wrinkles.)

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Louis Van DykePavane ... CD CD format
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the mellowest pianists in the world – heard here on an album that may well be his best! Louis Van Dyke has a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a way of advancing notes on the piano with a subtle sound that's clearly part of the Bill Evans generation, but which has an even greater sense of space overall – this slow-moving sense of wonder that makes each note stand out quite strongly – with a sense of expectation that definitely holds us rapt, even given the mellow nature of the recording. Louis picks a great batch of work to reflect his ideals here – 60s soundtrack gems by Michel Legrand and Francis Lai, other tracks from Bacharach and Blossom Dearie, and even his great reworking of a theme from Faure. Titles include "Pavane", "Catherine's Theme", "I Will Wait For You", "Sweet Georgie Fame", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", and "The Windmills Of Your Mind". CD

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Louis Van DykeWindmills Of Your Mind (aka Pavane) ... LP LP format
Columbia (Netherlands), 1969. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the mellowest pianists in the world – heard here on an album that may well be his best! Louis Van Dyke has a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a way of advancing notes on the piano with a subtle sound that's clearly part of the Bill Evans generation, but which has an even greater sense of space overall – this slow-moving sense of wonder that makes each note stand out quite strongly – with a sense of expectation that definitely holds us rapt, even given the mellow nature of the recording. Louis picks a great batch of work to reflect his ideals here – 60s soundtrack gems by Michel Legrand and Francis Lai, other tracks from Bacharach and Blossom Dearie, and even his great reworking of a theme from Faure. Titles include "Pavane", "Catherine's Theme", "I Will Wait For You", "Sweet Georgie Fame", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", and "The Windmills Of Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Various69 Annee Melodique – Une Certaine Idee De La Variete Francaise 1964 to 1973 ... CD CD format
Fanon, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 20.98
Sublime French pop from the turn of the 70s – a really trippy collection that shows the great expansion in sound since the "yeh yeh" scene of a few years before! Not all the tracks here hail from 1969 – but they definitely fit the title's reference to a sly, sexy tune by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – both of whom are featured here individually, alongside a host of their contemporaries who will really expand your listening palette! The arrangements alone are wonderful – often subtle funk mixed with soaring strings and a range of groovy touches – and three of the album's tracks are instrumental, furthering a focus on the musical backdrops. Titles include "The Girl From Salina (part 3)" by Christophe, "Kawasaki" by Jane Birkin, "Long Sera L'Hiver" by Sheila, "Je Me Repose" by Dalida, "La Chanson De Tessa" by Michele Arnaud, "Canon" by Michel Colombier, "Bass In Action" by Tonio Rubio, "Proverbes" by Jacques Dutronc, "L'Amour A Plusieurs" by Ann Sorel, and "Nocturnes" by Jehan Jonas. CD

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VariousC'Est Chic! – French Girl Singers Of The 60s ... LP LP format
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Fantastic French femmes from the 60s – and a great illustration of the way that girl power really took over the sound of the Parisian scene at the time! These tunes have a punch that few American or British tracks of the period could ever hope to match – a way of staying sweet, yet really hitting hard with a groove – sometimes with fuzzy guitars or organ, sometimes with a fuller blast of orchestrations – always completely charming and immediately appealing – even if you can't understand the lyrics! Most numbers feature work by some top-shelf arrangers from the tight Parisian scene – including Alain Goraguer, Jacques Denjean, Michel Colombier, and Ivan Julien – and titles include "Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doights" by Jacqueline Taieb, "Laisser Tomber Les Filles" by France Gall, "Voila" by Francois Hardy, "Il Suffit D'Un Jour" by Liz Brady, "L'Adorable Femme Des Neiges" by Christie Laume, "Impatiente" by Les Gams, and "Les Filles C'Est Fait Pour Faire L'Amore" by Charlotte Leslie. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on colored vinyl.)

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VariousCafe Apres Midi – Skye & Gryphon For Cafe Apres Midi ... CD CD format
Skye (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $24.99
Groovy jazz from 2 very cool labels – the related Skye and Gryphon companies of the late 60s and mid 70s, respectively – home to some very very cool bits! Skye's best known as the home of Cal Tjader and Gary McFarland in their post-Verve years – and the label's got a feel that's very much in the spirit of both artists – often blending together jazz, Latin, and easy grooves with a dreamy floating sort of quality. Gryphon recordings came a few years later – and had a warm and mellow 70s jazz sort of feel – using richer production to deeply color work by a variety of well-known artists who got a chance to stretch out in their albums for the label. Despite the difference of a few years between them, the work from both labels sits very nicely together here – thanks to an expert job of compilation by Toru Hashimoto, the force behind the Cafe Apres Midi and Free Soul series! Titles include "Mixing" by Airto, "What's Going On" and "My Favorite Things" by Louis Hayes, "Tandoori" by Barry Miles, "Flea Market" and "Suburbia" by Gary McFarland, "Theme From Peter Gunn" by Chuck Rainey, "Don't Fence Me In" by Grady Tate, "Viva Peraza" by Armando Peraza, "La Pasionaria" by Michel Legrand, "You'll Never Get To Heaven" and "Armando's Bossa" by Cal Tjader, "Bluesette" by Mel Torme & Buddy Rich, and "Change Partners" by Phil Woods. CD

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VariousMobilisation Generale – Protest & Spirit Jazz From France 1970 to 1976 ... CD CD format
Born Bad (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Seminal sounds from the Parisian jazz community of the early 70s – a scene that had as much late 60s revolutionary energy as the American one – and which steps forth here in a beautiful blend of righteous themes and really far-reaching styles! The politics of the set are obvious from the cover and title – but there's also a deeply spiritual feel, too – that same sense of searching in the post-Coltrane generation of the US, but played out in a host of very different ways that make the music a great new discovery! American musicians interacted heavily with French jazz players in the post-1968 scene – and you can definitely hear that influence at work, mixed with other creative European modes that really give the music a special cross-cultural feel. Some key elements of the post-colonial scene are at play as well – and titles include "De L'Orient A L'Orion" by RK Nagati, "Attention L'Armee" by Atarpop 73 & Le Collectif Le Temps Des Cerises, "Samba Miaou" by Full Moon Ensemble, "Le Cri" by Michel Roques, "Hey" by Chene Noir, "Athee Ou A Te" by Beatrice Arnac, "Nous Ouvrirons Les Casernes" by Mahjun, "Je Suis Un Sauvage" by Alfred Panou & Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and "Les Elephants" by Frederic Rufin & Raphael Lecomte. CD

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VariousNouvelle Vague – Musiques Et Chansons De Films (3CD set) ... CD CD format
Universal (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99
The music of the French New Wave – brought out beautifully in an overstuffed 3CD set! The late 50s shift in French cinema is arguably one of the most important film moments in the 20th century – and although the movies are best remembered for their directors, stars, and striking images – most of the films also had some pretty amazing music as well! In fact, we've always felt that the music was integral to the Nouvelle Vague – from famous jazz scores, to lovely lyrical passages, to bold orchestral arrangements that also ended up having a huge impact on wider European music as well. This package is the first we've ever seen to really dig deep into the New Wave – and it brings together 80 tracks from dozens of films – a really wide variety of music, provided by artists who include Michel Legrand, Georges Delerue, Paul Misraki, Pierre Jansen, Miles Davis, Maurice Jarre, Jean Constantin, Martial Solal, Michel Magne, Antoine Duhamel, Alain Romans, and others – from movies that include 400 Blows, Jules & Jim, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Les Bonnes Femmes, Une Femme Est Une Femme, Breathless, Weekend, Lola, Cleo De 5 A 7, Le Bonheur, Alphaville, and many others! Some films are represented by a few tracks, others by famous themes – and the package also features a booklet with notes in French and English too. CD
 
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Roy AyersDaddy Bug ... LP LP format
Atlantic, 1969. Good+ ... $6.99
A brilliant set of straight jazz material from Roy Ayers – a set recorded for Atlantic at a time when he was working for the label in Herbie Mann's group – but done in a much more righteous groove that really points the way towards Roy's growth in the 70s! The lineup changes a bit throughout the set – but all cuts feature Herbie Hancock on piano, who helps give the record a solid modal groove that works great with the sound of Roy's vibes – and other players include Buster Williams and Ron Carter on bass, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, and Freddy Waits and Bruno Carr on drums. There's a bit of added strings and woodwinds at points – already showing Ayers' ear for larger, more ambitious sounds – and the whole record's arranged by the ultra-hip William Fischer. Titles include the classic "Daddy Bug", plus "Bonita", "I Love You Michelle", "Emmie", "Shadows", "It Could Only Happen With You", and "Look To The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Label has a bit of marker. Vinyl plays with some clicks and crackles.)

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Sonny CrissJazz In Paris – Mr Blues Pour Flirter ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1963. New Copy ... $11.99
Some of the rarest work ever by Sonny Criss – and a key link between his LA bop sides of the mid 50s, and his Prestige comeback sides of the late 60s! The CD features tracks from a rare album that Criss cut in Paris during the early 60s, while he was living in the city and working with the cream of its jazz players. This all-star set has Criss blowing some wonderfully soulful alto in a combo that includes Georges Arvanitas on organ and piano, Rene Thomas on guitar, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Philippe Combelle on drums. The original album is one of the rarest sides we've ever found ourselves looking for over the years – and it's wonderful to have the material back out again with such great fidelity! It's wonderful to hear Criss blowing with an organ/guitar group – but even the piano tracks are pretty darn great. Titles include "Early & Later (parts 1 & 2)", "St Louis Blues", "Once In a While", "Green Dolphin Street", and "Day Dream". CD

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Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
Fontana (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! 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 "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "Le Petit Bal", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac" and "Sur L'Autoroute". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vito Di Modugno with Jerry BergonziEast Side ... CD CD format
Red (Italy), 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
A really great Hammond player, with a vibe that's quite different than usual – and some phrasing that makes for a mighty fresh take on this classic instrument! Vito handles the Hammond with a deftness and real understanding of sound – so that he can compress a note into a tight focus one minute, then let it resonate strongly the next – all at a level that really merges nicely with the other complicated instrumentation of the tunes – played by a strong lineup that includes Michele Carrabba on tenor and soprano sax, Pietro Condorelli on guitar, and Massimi Manzi on drums – plus guest work from Jerry Bergonzi on tenor and Fabio Morgera on trumpet. Two tunes are Woody Shaw numbers – showing a definite influence on Di Modugno from Larry Young – and titles include "Tilt", "Sidran", "Jury's Bite", "East Side Blue", "The Incredible Truth", "Unity", and "Clemmy". CD

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El Michels AffairEasy Access (parts 1 & 2) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Misty/Soul Fire, 2002. New Copy ... $4.99
The first 12" single on Soul Fire – and a real doozy! The track's an extended jazz funk number with some great guitar on the intro, and an expanded horn section that's so big, so mighty, it needed a full 12 inches of wax just to hold it. Horn work is incredible – on a par with the JBs, with all those great little twists and turns on the solos – much more than just mad funking – purely expressive soulful dyn-o-mite! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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El Michels AffairSounding Out The City ... CD CD format
Truth & Soul, 2005. Used ... $9.99
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s funk – and which makes for tunes that have a looser structure overall, which allows much more room for instrumental interplay, and the kind of sweet surprises that make the album so great! These guys have a real penchant for an unusual rhythm and interesting instrumental flair – and they borrow as much from 70s soundtracks and Latin albums as they do from the funky 45 era that clearly gave them their start. Totally fresh all the way through, and a record that delights us a lot more than we might have expected! Titles include "Detroit Twice", "El Pueblo Unido", "Behind The Blue Curtains", "Ocho Rios", "Hung Up On My Baby", "This Song's For You", and "Slide Show". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roy EldridgeLittle Jazz ... CD CD format
Inner City, 1950. Used ... $8.99
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. Roy sings just a bit on the set – scatting alongside the lead vocals from Anita Love on a version of "It Don't Mean A Thing" – and singing a duet with Anita on the R&B-ish "There Ain't No Flies On Me". Other tracks include "King David", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", and "The Man I Love". Remaining tracks are also from Paris in June of 1950 – and feature Gerry Wiggins on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on instrumental tunes that include "Wild Driver", "Easter Parade", "If I Had You", "Nuts", and "Goliath Bounce". CD

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Lee FieldsEmma Jean (colored vinyl with download) ... LP LP format
Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy ... $28.99
An amazing chapter in the career of Lee Fields – an artist who's been moving our souls for decades, but who just keeps on growing in these really great ways! Unlike the fragile style of My World, or the heady southern soul of Faithful Man, Emma Jean's got this very different vibe – laidback, and definitely with a southern twinge – but with this mellow style that almost takes us back to country soul experiments of artists like Bobby Womack or Joe Tex in the 60s! Not that the style is straight country soul, though – because the backing is by El Michels, who have a strong funk pedigree – but who work with Fields here in this slow-stepping mode that really builds up energy – delivering Lee's vocals with all the power of before, but in an even more personal way. The result is another amazing set from an artist who never falters for a minute – and one of the few contemporary singers who can ever match the depth and strengths of 60s deep soul greats. Titles include "Standing By Your Side", "Just Can't Win", "In The Woods", "Stone Angel", "It Still Gets Me Down", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Eye To Eye", and "Paralyzed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download. Limited colored vinyl version – nearly sold out!)

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World ... CD CD format
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the hard-edge, downtempo mode of the east coast harmony scene of the late 60s and early 70s – like some of the best group soul work coming out of New Jersey or Philly, with some super-dope production and instrumentation that's really amazing! The grooves follow strongly in the same laidback style as recent El Michels work – no surprise, given the El Michels connection to the music – with beats that are hard, but slow – and instrumentation that's funky, but in a mellow sort of way. Lee's vocals are as deep as ever – very much trained in the James Brown tradition, but turned here towards a really unique groove that makes us completely reevaluate his talents – an amazing achievement not just for Fields, but also for the whole Truth & Soul/El Michels crew! An instant classic – with tracks that include "My World", "Ladies", "Expressions Theme", "Honey Dove", "Money I$ King", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", and "Last Ride". CD
Also available My World ... LP

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World – Instrumentals ... LP LP format
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $13.99
Killer instrumentals from the My World album by Lee Fields – a set that features none of Lee's vocals at all – just some great slow funk grooves by The Expressions! The vibe here is wonderful – even without Fields on deck – and in a way, leaving the vocals off unlocks a whole new side of the album's brilliance – showing the kind of roots the group hits with their music. The Expressions features the mighty Leon Michels on sax, bass, guitar, and keyboards – and overall, there's plenty of El Michels' elements in the music – slow, snakey rhythms – a slight dash of southern funk – and a great way of staying mellow and laidback, yet still funky and soulful too! Titles include "Money Is King", "My World Is Empty", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", "These Moments", and "Ladies". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dexter Gordon & Herbie HancockRound Midnight – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1986. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Lots of small combo work with Herbie on piano, Dex on tenor, Pierre Michelot or Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams or Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Still Time", "Minuit Aux Champs Elysees", "Chan's Song", "Fair Weather", "The Peacocks", and "Body & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Andre HodeirOriginal Vogue Masters ... CD CD format
Vogue/BMG (France), 1949/1953/1954. Used ... $6.99
Early work by French modernist Andre Hodier – featuring longer tracks composed for films, plus a set of 6 shorter ones that comprise a series of "essays". Tracks are played by a three different small groups – featuring a mix of American and French players that includes Pierre Michelot, Kenny Clarke, Don Byas, Jo Boyer, Bobby Jaspar, and Bernard Peiffer. Titles include the 20 minute "Saint Tropez", plus "Autour D'un Recif (parts 1 & 2)", "Paradoxe II", "On A Standard", and "Cross Criss". CD

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New Ikebe ShakedownStone By Stone ... CD CD format
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A really great second album from Ikebe Shakedown – easily the group's best work so far, and a real cut above the usual Afro-styled groove! These guys have a great way of laying back in their rhythms – still keeping things funky, but nicely paced too – so that there's a fresh feel to the way they layer together their horns and percussion, and let the keyboards nicely simmer away in the groove! The style's a bit like what El Michels did to more conventional funk groups – with the same sort of super-dope results – and the whole thing was recorded perfectly at the Daptone Studios, with a massively old school sort of vibe. The whole thing's instrumental, and titles include "The Beast", "Rio Grande", "The Offering", "Stone By Stone", "Last Stand", "Dram", "Chosen Path", and "Cover Your Tracks". CD
Also available Stone By Stone (with download) ... LP 13.99

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New Ikebe ShakedownStone By Stone (with download) ... LP LP format
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
A really great second album from Ikebe Shakedown – easily the group's best work so far, and a real cut above the usual Afro-styled groove! These guys have a great way of laying back in their rhythms – still keeping things funky, but nicely paced too – so that there's a fresh feel to the way they layer together their horns and percussion, and let the keyboards nicely simmer away in the groove! The style's a bit like what El Michels did to more conventional funk groups – with the same sort of super-dope results – and the whole thing was recorded perfectly at the Daptone Studios, with a massively old school sort of vibe. The whole thing's instrumental, and titles include "The Beast", "Rio Grande", "The Offering", "Stone By Stone", "Last Stand", "Dram", "Chosen Path", and "Cover Your Tracks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital album download.)
Also available Stone By Stone ... CD 12.99

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Alogte Oho Jonas & His Sounds Of Joy (Sahel Souls)Zota Yinne/Starlet Road Filling Station Romance ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Philophon (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
The Sahel Souls deliver a great laidback groove on "Zota Yinne" – a tune that slinks along with a mix of dub and Ghana styles – with cool chorus vocals over the top! "Starlet Road" has an equally moody vibe – almost an El Michels take on Afro Funk – with vibes ringing out nicely over the slow dubby rhythm! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lou LevyYa Know ... CD CD format
Phonogram/Gitanes (France), 1993. Used ... $6.99
A relatively recent set from pianist Lou Levy, but an unusual one as well – since Lou has augmented his usual trio lineup with an extra bassist for the session! Lou's acoustic piano is featured here with drums from Alvin Queen, and bass from both Pierre Michelot and Eric Von Essen, the latter of whom also plays a bit of cello as well – making for a mix of plucked and bowed bass sounds that really deepen the bottom colors of the record. Yet Levy's also the clear star here, and if anything his work on piano here is far greater than even his better-known earlier sides – soulfully flowing, yet never sleepy – always with a sense of grace and exploration that really amazes us – an ability to digest modern ideals, but make them come out as warmly personal expressions that you'd never hear so perfectly from other younger players. Titles include "Lunartique", "Davana", "Quarte's Fever", "The Hymn", "Paradise", and "Ya Know". CD
(Out of print.)

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Francisco Lo VuoloSegment ... CD CD format
Rivo (Argentina), 2012. Used ... $5.99
We first fell in love with the piano of Francisco Lo Vuolo on his albums with reedman Carlos Lastra – especially his chunky yet flowing sensibility – one that's inherently modal, even before any contributions from the bass and drums! The bass here is especially great – handled by Cristian Bortoli, his partner on the Lastra records – and supported by some nicely subtle work on drums from Eloy Michelini – a player who does a heck of a lot with a little, sometimes in ways that almost make you think he's not there! Tunes are mostly standards, but really transformed by Francisco's touch – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Monk's Mood", "Easy To Love", "The Eye Of The Hurricane", "Local 47", and "My Funny Valentine". CD

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Mamas & PapasCass John Michelle Dennie ... LP LP format
Dunhill, 1966. Very Good ... $4.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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MicheleMagic Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
West End/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $21.99
A classic set of disco grooves – initially recorded in Paris, then sweetened up strongly at the Sigma Studios in Philly! The core sounds are in the warmer side of the Euro disco spectrum – but it's clear that the Philly touches are what really make things cook – thanks to a new mix of the whole set by the mighty Tom Moulton, and the addition of sweet female chorus vocals by the "Sweethearts Of Sigma" trio! Most tracks are nice and long, and have riffing guitar and moog bits along with the pulsating rhythms – and titles include "Magic Love", "Hold Me Squeeze Me", "Disco Dance", and "Can't You Feel It". CD features bonus tracks – "Disco Dance (Patrick Cowley 12" mega mix)", "Can't You Feel It (single)", "Feel It (orig inst)", and "Can't You Feel It (orig 12" Masters At Work rmx)". CD

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New Oliver NelsonOliver Nelson Plays Michelle ... LP LP format
Impulse, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
Very groovy stuff! Although the bulk of the material on this album is "pops meet jazz", in the hands of Oliver Nelson, it's transformed into something wonderful – with just the right blend of jazz to keep things lively. The arrangements have a nice off-kilter sound that works well with Nelson's strong reed performances – and tunes include "Jazz Bug", "Yesterday", "Flowers On The Wall", "Boots Are Made For Walkin", and "Beautiful Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
 
 
 



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