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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Fix Up/You Already Knew (Black Star-shaped die cut 7") (2015 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Javotti Media, Late 90s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Mos DefBlack On Both Sides ... LP
Rawkus/Def Jam, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mos Def's landmark late 90s solo debut – a rock solid classic that stands up today as one of the best hip hop albums of its decade – and for all the dizzying creative highs and lows of his career to follow, it stands strongly among his best work ever. His preceding duo work with Talib Kweli as Black Star set a pretty high bar creatively, and stunningly, Mos manages to clear it. It's all the more impressive given the stylistic diversity, ranging from bed rock boom bap, to leftfield funk, to Bad Brains-inspired punk. Incredible stuff. Tracks include "Ms Fat Booty", "Hip Hop", "Know That" featuring Talib Kweli, "Mr Ni**a" featuring Q-Tip, "Mathematics", "Brooklyn", "Umi Says", "Do It Now" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Fear Not Of Man", "Habitat", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mos Def/Company Flow/DiamondNext Universe (radio, inst, street acapella)/Patriotism (street, inst)/When It Pours It Rains (street, inst) – Soundbombing II ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1999. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Number 4 in the series of singles from Soundbombing II. Mos Def's "Next Universe", produced by Hi-Tek is sort of a part II to the classic "Universal Magnetic", complete with a nice reworking of a verse from Run-DMC's old school "Live at the Funhouse." Perfect for your 4th of July parties – "Patriotism" is Company Flow's commentary about all there is to love about America, with a sparer, cleaner sounding version of their trademark crashing-beat production style. "When It Rains It Pours" with mellow production by Diamond D and vocals from Diamond and John Doe. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original Rawkus pressing. Cover has some creases on one corner.)

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✨✧ Mos DefMs Fat Booty (clean, dirty, inst, acapella)/Mathematics (clean, dirty, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1999. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Mighty Mos' greatest single? It gets our vote. You get the classic "Ms Fat Booty" with a beautifully produced beat by Kool G, and the banging "Mathematics" produced by Premier. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original Rawkus pic sleeve version.)

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✨✧ Mos DefSex, Love & Money (radio, inst, LP)/Ghetto Rock (radio, inst, LP) ... 12-inch
Geffen, 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
Two great tracks that show that Mos is tip-top form when he wants to hip hop – even though they come from an album that in many ways steers clear of straight hip hop! "Sex, Love & Money" finds Mos laying back, rolling, and scatting off the wordplay with a cool presence – commanding the track with confidence and a sly subtlety. The beats by Warryn Campbell leave room for a great flute line on the beat. "Ghetto Rock" is not what you'd expect – r.e. the "Rock & Roll" track from Black On Both Sides. It's another sly track, with hazy psych beats and echoey vocals, produced by Minnesota. These two tracks comprise the the best of the hip hop tracks from the wildly diverse New Danger LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Mos DefTrue Magic ... CD
Geffen, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mos Def is back doing hip hop after the thick stylistic mulch that was his previous LP – with production by Pharrell, Minnesota and others – with loose, nimble rhymes and straight up, raw, unfussy production. True Magic finds Mos Def in a laidback zone – generally without the righteous b-boy polemics and occasional straight up anger that characterized his classic Black On Both Sides – but still with a casual swagger, wit and limber hip hop linguistics. Tracks include "True Magic", "Undeniable", "UR The One", "Thug Is A Drug", "Crime & Medicine", "A Ha", "Dollar Day", "Napoleon Dynamite", "There Is A Way", "Sun, Moon, Stars", "Murder Of A Teenage Life", "Fake Bonanza", "Perfect Timing" and "Lifetime". CD

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✨✧ Mos Def with Q-Tip & TashBody Rock (radio, street, inst)/Manifesto ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A nice one from Rawkus, one of their dope underground singles with "Body Rock" by Mos Def, featuring a guest appearance by Tip and some nice lines from the Alkaholiks' Tash. Nice jazzed out beats by Shawn J. Period, with "Manifesto" by Talib Kweli from Reflection Eternal on the flip, produced by Hi-Tek. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... $25.99 27.98
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book

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Charlie Hunter QuartetSongs From The Analog Playground ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... $4.99
Charlie Hunter's back in a straight grooving mode – getting tight and funky in a set of tracks that features some guest vocals from the likes of Mos Def, Kurt Elling, and Norah Jones. Don't worry about Charlie losing control to the vocalists – because his guitar's still at the head of the set, carving out some great lines with that unique tone of his, setting up a nice batch of grooves that are only further augmented by the singers. Elling's cut is fantastic, sounding a lot like some of the recent Mark Murphy groove-oriented tunes – and titles include "Desert Way", "Street Sounds", "Mitch Better Have My Bunny", "Creole", "Close Your Eyes", "Sunday Morning", and "Day Is Done", a remake of the Nick Drake song! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Talib Kweli & Hi Tek (Reflection Eternal)Reflection Eternal ... LP
Rawkus/Universal, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $27.99 34.98
Brilliant early work from Talib Kweli – who pretty much cemented his repuation as one the greatest MCs of his generation around this time – and it's tight as ever! We thought Black Star never outta separate way back then, but onn this burning set of dope joints, we all found out Talib could stand solid on his own, never sounded strong than he does here with Hi-Tek's soulful production. And over time, in our book, this LP has become certifiably classic. Tracks include "Move Somethin", "The Blast" featuring Vinia Mojica, "This Means You" featuring Mos Def, "Down For The Count" featuring Rah Digga & Xzibit, "Ghetto Afterlife" featuring Kool G Rap, "Love Language" featuring Les Nubians, "Soul Rebels", "Eternalists", "Memories Live", "Africa Dream", "Name Of The Game", "Too Late", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSoundbombing – The Ultimate Guide To Underground Hip Hop Mixed By Evil Dee ... CD
Rawkus, 2000. Used ... $9.99
Tracks include "Lune TNS" by Company Flow, "If You Can Huh..." and "Universal Magnetic" by Mos Def, "Freestyle" by Mos Def & Talib Kweli, "Fire In Which You Burn" by Indelible MC's, "Fortified Live" by Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & DJ Hi Tek) featuring Mos Def & Mr. Man, "Arabian Nights" by Shabaam Sahdeeq, "Show Me Your Gratitude" and "What If?" by L-Fudge, "Flipside" by RA The Rugged Man, "2000 Seasons" by Reflection Eternal, "My Crown" by Black Attack, and more. 16 tracks, plus the intro. CD
(Out of print, pages of booklet are stuck together from some water damage.)

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Jazz LiberatorzFruit Of The Past ... LP
Kif (France), 2000s. New Copy 2LP ... Early November, 2014 (delayed)
A timeless mix of jazzy beatcraft by the Jazz Liberatorz – from breezy, laidback soul jazz soundscapes to more of a funky boom bap on the more MC oriented tracks – with stellar roster of vocal guests including Aloe Blacc, Fat Lip, Wildchild, Mos Def and others! The French beatmaking trio of Madhi, Dusty & DJ Damage do a really impressive job of paying tribute to the past without getting bogged down in revivalism, and also bring a lot more of the soul jazz atmosphere into the sound, with lots of groovy keys in the mix. Fruits Of The Past features great stuff and remixed material from earlier 12"s and brand new stuff – and it's fresh all the way! Titles include "Music In My Mind" (Parts 1 & 2) "What's Real", "Dark Keys" feat M'Selem, "What's Next On The Menu", "Force Be With You", "It Was Only A Song", "My Style Is Fly", "Capture Your Mind", "That's Right", "Breathing Pleasure", "My Style Is Fly" (Dela rmx), "What's Next" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tribe Called QuestLove Movement ... LP
Jive, 1998. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The last Tribe Called Quest LP – one of those "end of an era" type experiences for sure – and record that was fairly slept on it the time given the dizzying heights of their earlier record – and holds up today as an essential! The tracks are all produced by The Ummah featuring J Dilla, and just a solid bed of production that's a reminder of how this excellent style of hip hop production excels so sweetly at both looking forward and making 70s soul jazz beats sound forever fresh – with tracks including "Pen & Pad", "Find A Way", "Like It Like That", "Steppin' It Up" (featuring Busta Rhymes & Redman), "Rock Rock Y'all" (featuring Mos Def, Jane Doe, Punchline & Wordsworth.) As an added bonus, 3LP version includes six rare classic Tribe Called Quest alternate tracks and remixes that this point only ever appeared on 12-inches – including the classic "Scenario" remix, "Oh My God" remix, "Hot Sex", "One, Two Sh*t", and "Jazz (We Got)" re-recorded version LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Robert GlasperDouble Booked (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 2009. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work from Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new artists on Blue Note in years – a hell of a great piano player, with a fluid groove that just gets better and better with each new record! Glasper has a way of warming us up right away – sliding into a compelling piano line that holds us rapt, and really takes us on a journey – a bit like the best work of Bheki Mseleku back in the 90s, but with an undercurrent of funkier New York modes too! Half the record features Robert in trio format – playing both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – and the rest of the set moves into "experiment" tracks that bring in Casey Benjamin on saxes, plus some electric bass, and very funky drums from Chris Dave, who also plays on the trio numbers. Mos Def makes a vocal appearance on one track, and Bilal appears on two more – but our favorite grooves are always from Glasper's keyboards, especially his acoustic piano. Titles include "Downtime", "59 South", "Butterfly", "4Eva", "No Worries", "Yes I'm Country", and "Open Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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✨✧ High & MightyHome Field Advantage ... CD
Rawkus, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What amazed us about all the early High & Mighty singles was how they could all be equally dope but still sound completely different from one another. Here, they take a different approach – it's not that the tracks sound the same, but the tracks do have similar elements that makes the record work as a whole. Most of the material here is new, with a few new versions of old High & Mighty classics. And the guest appearances – production and vocals – seem to fit in with the overall concept and aren't just to add famous names to the marqee. With guest vocals from Pharoah Monche, Wordsworth, Thirstin Howl III, Cage, Evidence, Mos Def, Defari, Eminem, and Mad Skills, and production from Mighty Mi, Reef, and Alchemist. Tracks include "Weed" – a takeoff on BDP's "Beef", "Dirty Decibels", "Mind, Soul & Body", "Top Prospects", and "Hands On Experience Part II" featuring Kool Keith, What?What? and Bobbito – which is almost as funny as the original 12" version from a few years back. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tony TouchPiece Maker (clean version) ... LP
Tommy Boy, 2000. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "The Piece Maker" featuring Gang Starr, "The Abduction" featuring Wu-Tang Clan, "Set It On Fire" featuring Flipmode Squad, "Likwit Rhyming" featuring Xzibit, Tash, & Defari, "The Club" featuring D.I.T.C., Kid Capri, & Party Artie, "What's That?" featuring De La Soul & Mos Def, "U Know The Rules (Mi Vida Loca)" featuring Cypress Hill, "Basics" featuring Prodigy, "Pit Fight" featuring Greg Nice & Psycho Les from the Beatnuts, "The Foundation" featuring Big Pun, "Class Of '87" featuring KRS-One, Kool G Rap, & Big Daddy Kane, "No, No, No" featuring Heltah Skeltah & Starang Wonduh, "Get Back" featuring D-12, and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean edited promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousSoundbombing II ... CD
Rawkus, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
As with the other Rawkus compilations, you probably know already how dope this is, and the list of MC's and producers on these 20+ tracks says it all. Common Sense, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Diamond D, Q-Tip, High & Mighty, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Prince Paul, Reflection Eternal, Bahamadia, and more. Tracks include "(Any Man Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "Any Man" by Eminem, "B-Boy Document" by High & Mighty featuring Mos Def & Mad Skillz, "(WWIII Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "WWIII" by Pharoahe Monch & Shabaam Sahdeeq, "Stanley Kubrick" by RA The Rugged Man, "A Message From" by J-Live & Prince Paul, "(Crosstown Beef Intro)" by Kid Capri & Beat Junkies,"Crosstown Beef" by Medina Green, "(7XL Intro)" by Pete Rock, Marley Marl, & Beat Junkies, "7XL" by Sir Menelik featuring Grand Puba & Sadat X, "Chaos" by Reflection Eternal featuring Bahamadia, "Soundbombing" by Dilated Peoples & Tash, "Brooklyn Hard Rock" by Thirstin Howl III, "Mayor" by Pharoahe Monch, "(Patriotism Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "Patriotism" by Company Flow, "(1-9-9-9 Intro)" by Q-Tip & Beat Junkies , "1-9-9-9" by Common featuring Sadat X, "When It Pours It Rains" by Diamond, "A Message From" by Mos Def & Beat Junkies, "Next Universe" by Mos Def, "(Every Rhyme I Write Intro)" by Beat Junkies, "Every Rhyme I Write" by Shabaam Sahdeeq featuring Cocoa Brovaz, and "On Mission" by Reflection Eternal. CD
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✨✧ Jay Dee & OthersJay Deelicious – The Delicious Vinyl Years 1995 to 1998 – Originals Remixes & Rarities ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, Mid 90s. New Copy 3LPs ... Out Of Stock
A compilation of pivotal mid 90s Dilla productions and remixes – classics and rarities from the Pharcyde, N'Dea Davenport, and the Brand New Heavies with guest appearances by Q-Tip and Mos Def – great stuff from the prime Delicious Vinyl years! It's full of bedrock jazzy funk from Jay Dee – a 3 LP set with vocal versions on the first 2 LPs and instrumentals on the 3rd. This is a great refresher course on Jay Dee's golden age pedigree – especially if you came on board with Dilla in the later Stones Throw years – featuring his earlier genius productions plus a second disc featuring instrumental versions. Proceeds from the LP are to go to Ma Dukes. Titles include "Runnin'" (plus instrumental), "Somethin' That Means Somethin'" (plus instrumental), "Bullsh*t" (plus instrumental), Y? (remix)" (plus instrumental) by Pharcyde, "Sometimes (remix)" (plus remix instrumental) by Brand New Heavies feat Q-Tip, "Saturday Night (remix)" (plus remix instrumental) by Brand New Heavies feat Mos Def, "Whatever You Want (remix)" by N'Dea Davenport and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Talib KweliQuality ... LP
MCA, 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Talib Kweli delivers the goods here on one of his best ever solo efforts – with thoughtful rhymes over tight, snappin' beats, and more than just a touch of soul to keep things nice! Guest appearances from Bilal, Black Thought, Mos Def, the Cocoa Brovaz, Pharoah Monche and Mos Def alongside production by the Soulquarians, Kanye West, DJ Quik, and Erik Krasno of Soulive (among others. . .) keep Quality fresh from start to finish. 15 tracks in all, including "Get by", "Shock Body", "Waitin For The DJ", "Talk To You", "Guerilla Monsoon Rap", "Put It In The Air", "The Proud" and "Where Do We Go". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Anna Maria AlberghettiSongs By Anna Maria Alberghetti (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1954. Used ... $9.99
One of the earliest albums ever from Anna Maria Alberghetti – and a set that still really shows the singer's strong Italian roots! The style here is a mix of later vocal modes and earlier operatic ones – and Anna Maria definitely shows off her well-documented range throughout – really running up and down the scale with a skill that few other singers of her time could match! Backings frequently echo those Neopolitan elements that were big in postwar pop – and lyrics are mostly in English, but feature a few Italian songs as well. Titles include "Sleep My Baby", "The Blonde Girl In The Gondola", "Theme & Variations", "The Song From Desiree", and "Estrellita". CD
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Alessandro AlessandroniLa Terrificante Notte Del Demonio ... CD
GDM/Octave (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $21.99
Demonic sounds, but surprisingly sweet as well – done with this easy-flowing style that's really wonderful – and much more similar to the seductive sound library work of Alessandro Alessandroni, than to some of the starker, darker horror of the time! There's definitely some spooky passages, but they're almost always warmed up in really nice ways – both with keyboards, and with these wordless vocals from the lovely Giulia De Mutiis, who drifts through the record like some sexy ghost. Her vocals almost give the whole thing a more dream-like feel at times – not too atmospheric, but with clouds of sweet sounds that blow through the space in a wonderful way. CD features 14 tracks in all – including "Demon Night II", "Demon Arise", "Dark Dreamer", "Devil's Nightmare", and "Erotic Demon". CD

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Vick AllenOld School – New Flava ... CD
Waldoxy, 2003. Used ... $5.99
Vick's definitely chosen the title on this one well – as the set's got a great style that takes an older southern soul mode, and updates it a bit with a few modern R&B touches! Vick's vocal modes and themes recall those of an earlier Malaco generation – but the overall production of the set also has some smoother, more urban touches – especially nice on the mellower numbers, which step out in a mode that's almost got a mellow Isleys sort of feel! And as the set goes on, there's some really wonderful slow jams that are well worth the price of the set – and which should make Vick a singer to watch in years to come. Titles include "Marry Me", "I'm Going Home", "Wrong Place Wrong Time", "So Sweet So Fine", "Mr Telephone Man", "A World Where No One Cries", and "Let's Dance (Stepper's rmx)". CD

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✨✧ Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Prestige (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". Soul Summit Vol 2 is a set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". CD

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✨✧ Leny AndradeEu Quero Ver ... CD
Eldorado (Brazil), Late 80s. Used ... $5.99
One of Leny Andrade's later albums – a mixture of jazz and bossa, with a sparkling modern edge, but still performed with small combo backing! There's electric keyboards on most of the cuts, dancing along with Leny's vocals in a breezy mode that's a bit like 80s work by Tania Maria on Concord – but not as smooth overall, with sort of a more traditional approach that's in keeping with Andrade's roots! Titles include "Pedro Brasil", "La Mentira/Tu Mi Delirio", "Viola Violar", "Angra", "Amigo Nao Tem Defeito", and "Eu Quero Ver". CD

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✨✧ AtomicHere Comes Everybody ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2012. New Copy ... $14.99
Quite possibly the greatest album to date from Atomic – a set that steps out with a bold, rich sound right from the start – giving the whole thing the feel of some lost classic slice of avant jazz, but with a freshness that definitely marks the set with plenty of Atomic energy too! The horns are amazing – fierce interplay between the trumpet of Magnus Broo and reeds of Fredrik Ljungvist – locking together at times with these raging lines that have almost an ESP sort of feel – then breaking out with soul-drenching solos on their own – especially when Ljungvist handles the tenor. Paal Nilssen-Love's drums are on fire throughout – Havard Wilk barrels away on piano – and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten rolls things along strongly on bass. Titles include "Morphemes", "HCE", "Milano", "Kreuzberg Variations", "Panama", and "Unity Toccata". CD

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AtomicThere's A Hole In The Mountain ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – but what's really amazing is the way they come together as one for the record – wrapping their strong identities together, and forging out with this focused sound that has a lot more power than ever before! All the musicians know the open space of freedom, but have found a territory that can hold them all – where they can respectfully create this wonderful new sound together – in a mix of modern jazz and avant expression that seems to echo some of the best recent work from Chicago. Titles include "There's A Hole In The Mountain", "Civilon", "Wolf Cage", "Accidentals", "Labyrinths", and "Available Exits". LP, Vinyl record album

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Amadou BalakeSenor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... LP
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a wonderful look at the early work of singer Amadou Balake – and it features material from the years before his international fame, when he was rooting around in a variety of wonderful styles. There's a gritty quality to most of the work here – and the collection is one that sits nicely next to some of the rougher-edged Nigeria Special sets on Soundway – offering up a similarly refreshing look at a slice of the African scene of the 70s that too often gets obscured by familiar world music cliches. Balake's vocals are pretty great too – but we'll be honest in saying that it's the rhythms, instrumentation, and production of these tunes that we're really digging the most! LP features 8 tracks that include "Aminata Du The", "Fanta", "Dounia Mokolou", "Djeli Fama", "Kambele-ba", "Ligda Remba", "Doro Magni", and "Super Bar Konon Mousso". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $8.99
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players at their best, there's still plenty of sharp edges and deeply funky moments on the record – and if anything, the shift has really given The Bar-Kays a way to evolve their sound past some of the heavier modes of the early days, without losing any of the appeal of their groove! Some cuts have some great keyboards – almost producing a spacey funk feel at points – and titles include "Too Hot To Stop (part 1)", "You're So Sexy", "Cozy", "Spellbound", "Whitehouseorgy", and the nice mellow track "Summer Of Our Love". CD

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Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 2 – Movie Scenes, The Sequel ... LP
Stones Throw, 2006. New Copy ... $12.99
Madlib returns as Beat Konducta for the second volume of his Movie Scenes program – a straight up aural film festival on wax – and perhaps the most hotly anticipated sequel since Return Of The King! There's really no going wrong with Movie Scenes. Madlib's beats on both volumes are short, and instantly nail the groove – moving into the next one just as soon as the scene is set. Another loveable bounty of beats from Madlib – who's gonna make a bad album eventually, no doubt, but he's defiantly great to date! Tracks include "The Rock (Humps)", "Box Top (Cardboard Dues)", "Filthy (Untouched)", "Money Hugger (Gold Diggin'", "Black Mozart (Opus II)", "Two Timer (The Pimp)", "The Come Up (The Come Down)", Toe Fat (Ghetto Zone)", "Snake Charmer (Heads Up)", "African Walk (Zamunda)", "The Forest (Greens)", "Outerlimit (Space Ho)" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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Maria BethaniaLove Letter (aka Carta De Amor) ... CD
Biscoito Fino/DRG, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals! Special 2CD set features both of the single volumes from Brazil – and titles include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", "Fera Ferida", "Festa", "Lua Branca", "Viola Meu Bem", "Carta De Amor", "Minha Senhora", "Mensagem", and "Quixabeira Reconvexo". CD

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Andy BeyChillin With Andy Bey ... CD
Minor Music (Germany), 2003. Used ... $6.99
The title definitely gets it right (although we wince at using the word "chillin" with such a great artist) – as the set features the great Andy Bey singing with just his own piano for backing – in a mode that easily makes for one of his most relaxed, personal albums ever! Bey's got some very unusual phrasing on the keys of the piano – which shades in his own compelling vocals beautifully – way differently than you'd hear from a more conventional pianist, and laid out in ways that make Andy's special treatment of the tunes resonate strongly. Titles include "More Love Than Your Love", "My Heart Stood Still", "The Other Half Of Me", "With A Song In My Heart", and "I've Got A Crush On You". CD

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Ed BlackwellComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (Walls Bridges/Old & New Dreams/Tribute To Blackwell/Transit/In Willisau/Morning/Bad to) (8CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s. New Copy 8CD ... $76.99
A great run of work from legendary drummer Ed Blackwell – pulled together from his creative projects for the Black Saint/Soul Note label! The set features two albums from the Old & New Dreams group – Old & New Dreams and Tribute To Blackwell – both of them great! Like Blackwell, the other members of the group all were once associates of Ornette Coleman – an all-star combo that features work from Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Ed Blackwell on drums! The sound is quite Ornette-inspired at times – with a definite late 70s harmelodic groove – but given the organic, acoustic nature of the lineup, the sound is almost more faithful to Coleman's vision than Ornette's records of the time. The album also features a compelling trio date – Transit – with Karl Berger on vibes, Dave Holland on bass, and Blackwell on drums. In Willisau features wonderfully soulful duets – with Dewey Redman on tenor next to Blackwell's drums – and the Walls/Bridges album features a trio with Redman, Blackwell, and Cameron Brown on bass. The set also features Morning Song – recorded under the leadership of David Murray – one of Murray's straighter sides from the early 80s, and exactly the kind of record to prove to the world that he could be a strong tenor traditionalist while still bringing an inventive sound to play! Murray's tone is deep and soulful, and often quite lyrical – set nicely in a quartet that features warm piano from John Hicks, bass from Reggie Workman, and drums from Ed Blackwell. The Workman/Blackwell component ensure that things still have an edge at times, even when swinging – and the tunes are a mix of Murray originals and a few standards. Last up is the album From Bad To Badder – played by The American Jazz Quintet – a group with Blackwell on drums, plus Alvin Batiste, Harold Battiste, Ellis Marsalis, and Richard Payne – as well as a guest appearance from New Orleans legend Earl Turbington! 7 albums, 8 CDs, and a heck of a lot of music! CD

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Brian Blade FellowshipPerceptual (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1999. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 24.99
Drummer Brian Blade can be a hell of a percussive force when he wants to, but over the years he's maybe made even more of a contribution with records like this – sets that have him acting as a key creative force with a number of other great musicians – all at a richly collaborative level that definitely earns the "Fellowship" name of the group! The album's got an especially great way of mixing together guitar lines and reed passages – in a style that almost evokes older ECM, but with more direction too – thanks to some of Blade's subtle but effectively rootsy rhythms. Musicians include Melvin Butler on tenor and soprano sax, Jon Cowherd on Fender Rhodes and piano, Dave Easley on pedal steel, Kurt Rosenwinkel on electric and acoustic guitar, and Myron Walden on alto sax and bass clarinet – and the record also features guest vocals from Joni Mitchell on the track "Steadfast", and contributions from Daniel Lanois as well. Titles include "Trembling", "Crooked Creek", "Patron Saint Of Girls", and "Evinrude Fifty". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Duke, 1961. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. CD

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BongolianBlueprint ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2006. Used ... $9.99
Bongos and keyboards galore – and a stunning second full length set from London's Bongolian! We've always loved these guys, but they've definitely taken things to the next level on this album – and have honed their groove down to a key focus on the elements that make them best – the tightly breaking drums of their funky side, and the sweet keyboard riffs of their jazzier one! Most of the instrumentation on the set comes from stark acoustic percussion (not just bongos but congas, timbales, and more) – plus sweet keyboard lines from Hammond, Fender Rhodes, and Farfisa – all used sparingly, but with a really punched-up effect that goes great with the drums. And while the group have some of the mod touches of earlier work, the sound here is much more in the heavy funk mode – bunring beautifully through an all instrumental set that includes "Agent Hardigs", "Del Ray", "Sad Curtis", "House Of Voodoo", "The Hoodwink", "Victoria Park", "Soul Caravan", "Routemaster Ride", and "Freddie's Dreaming". CD
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Booker T & The MGsHip Hug Her/Doin Our Thing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Edsel (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $18.99
2 full albums – plus bonus tracks too! On Hip Hug Her, Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, and the set includes loads of great original number written by the group – the kind of cool tunes they most likely cooked up while jamming live in the studio! These gems include the seminal "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Carnaby Street", "Booker's Notion", "Soul Sanction", "Double Or Nothing", and "Slim Jenkins' Place". But the covers are groovy too – and include a version of "Pigmy", plus "Groovin" and "Sunny". Doin Our Thing has Booker T & The MGs moving their instrumental sound into a whole new range than before! The album has a very groovy feel – nice and tight, with especially great organ and guitar lines – often tuned towards 60s hits by other soul artists, but reworked strongly by the group's wonderful rhythms, and turned into a really cooking batch of Memphis soul instrumentals! There's a few key original tunes on the set – like the title track "Doin Our Thing" – and the cuts "I Can Dig It" and "Blue On Green" – but the covers are equally great, and include versions of "Ode To Billie Joe", "You Keep Me Hangin On", "Expressway To Your Heart", and "Let's Go Get Stoned". Features 2 bonus tracks – "Summertime (single edit)" and "Winter Snow". CD

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David BowieDiamond Dogs ... CD
EMI, 1974. Used ... $5.99
David Bowie at his most sinister for the 70s – a landmark set that combines the harder rocking sound of the Ziggy Stardust years with the more sophisticated theatrics of Aladdin Sane – in a style that features some of the darkest, most political work of Bowie's career! There's a depth to the record that goes way beyond the silly, sensational cover image – and there's also a sonic complexity that's wonderful too – a songs slide into each other with a deftness that never fails to amaze us! The whole thing's great, and titles include "Diamond Dogs", "Sweet Thing", "Candidate", "Rebel Rebel", and "Big Brother". CD

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BrainstormStormin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A set that definitely lives up to its title – a stone stormer from Brainstorm – one of the tightest funky ensembles of their generation, and one of the few who could go deep while still laying down a groove! The set's got a perfect balance of modes – enough of the appeal of bigger mainstream funk acts of the time, but also some righteous undercurrents that really show the group's roots – both in the approach of the lyrics, and in the jazzy instrumentation of the backings – which often show a righteous side of the group that's mighty surprising! The record's one that just grows and grows with each new listening, and is put together with some great sharp-edged production by Jerry Peters – who has a way of showcasing all the most interesting elements, while still keeping things focused too. Titles include the classic "Wake Up & Be Somebody" and "Loving You Is Really My Game" – plus "Waiting For Someone", "We Know A Place", "Hangin' On", "Easy Thangs", and "This Must Be Heaven". Great expanded version – in a cool book-like cover, with new notes, and bonus tracks that include "Lovin Is Really My Game (parts 1 & 2)", "Lovin Is Really My Game (single mix)", "Wake Up & Be Somebody (long)", and "Wake Up & Be Somebody (short)". CD

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Inge BrandenburgDon't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Rare work from the lovely Inge Brandenburg – one of Germany's hippest jazz singers of the postwar years – and an artist who set the tone for later work from a range of European vocalists! Inge sings in English throughout, and has a groove that's almost in the Verve Records mode – often with small combo backing that allow Inge lots of room for inflection on the lyrics and a definite jazz-based sensibility – and a style that might be somewhere between that of Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald. The package brings together a host of well-recorded live tracks from the late 50s and early 60s – only two of which have ever been issued before – and titles include "Secret Love", "Lover Man", "That Old Black Magic", "S'Wonderful", "Lover Come Back To Me", "There'll Never Be Another You", and "Dancing On The Ceiling". CD
Also available Don't Blame Me – Europe's Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958 to 1962 ... LP 16.99
 
 
 



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