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Mos Def/Nikki GiovanniCan U C The Pride In The Pather (LP, inst, rmx, rmx inst)/Rose That Grew From Concrete ... 12-inch
Amaru/Interscope, 2000. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Beats by Jay Dee. B-side by Nikki Giovanni. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Scritti Politti featuring Mos DefTinseltown To The Boogie Down (Psycho Les var, Psycho Les inst, Ali Shaheed Muhammad var, Pete Rock variation, Pete Rock inst, Ali inst) ... 12-inch
Virgin, 1999. Very Good ... $1.99
Scritti Politti make a comeback with some nice verses from Mos Def and a bunch of dope mixes, each by different producers, using completely different music. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Syleena JohnsonHit On Me (Hi-Tek Remix featuring Mos Def) (street, acapella, clean, inst) ... 12-inch
Jive, 2001. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (two-tone vinyl with star design) ... LP
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in proud, mic skills centric hip hop and while highs and lows of Mos Def's work as the years rolled along – and it still stands as strong (then) underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story" – the Slick Rick classic redone along the lines of Jeru's "One Day" – and "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night", "Twice Inna Lifetime and more. 13 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition two-toned vinyl with star pattern – very nice!)

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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Respiration (album radio edit, album inst, flying high main mix, flying high radio mix, flying high inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1999. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 'flying high' remix to this one from the Black Star LP definitely improves on the original, with a more late-night jazzy feel, plus you get a Pete Rock remix of "Respiration" featuring Common Sense and the Root's Black Thought. What more could you ask for? 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mos DefBlack On Both Sides ... CD
Rawkus, 1999. Used ... 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. CD
(Original recording reissue.)

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✨✧ Mos DefBlack On Both Sides ... LP
Rawkus, 1999. Used 2LP ... 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
(NOTE – Promo in a grey sleeve.)

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✨✧ Mos DefUniversal Magnetic (original, inst)/If You Can Huh You Can Hear (original, inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorites of '97. Nice mellow production, reminding us a bit of No ID, courtesy Shawn J Period. One of the pieces that helped put both Mos Def and Rawkus on the map, and a bonafide hip hop classic. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo with stickered info.)

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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (original pressing) ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
The long-awaited full-length from Mos Def and Kweli. Maybe not every cut is up to the standards they set with their amazing string of singles together, solo, and with others – but it's still strong underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes ruling hip hop these days. Stand out cuts include "Definintion", the posse cut "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story" – the Slick Rick classic redone along the lines of Jeru's "One Day" – and "Respiration" featuring Common Sense. CD
 
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Michael DeaseFather Figure ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Maybe the best album so far from trombonist Michael Dease – and that's saying a lot, because we've really loved a lot of his other records! The set's got a punch and a crackle that really lives up to Dease's brilliant phrasing on the trombone – a sound so tight, it almost matches at trumpet at points – and clearly marks Michael as one of the most deft (or mos def, if you prefer!) players on his instrument in the current scene. The lineup is great, too – and makes wonderful use of the vibes of Behn Gillece, whose tones have really, made some other recent gems from the Posi-Tone label shine, and which sound tremendous alongside the ringing piano lines of Glenn Zaleski. Some tracks feature a bit of guest alto from Markus Howell and Immanuel Wilkins – who shade in the tunes beautifully, and give them even deeper currents of soul – and the group also features Endea Owens on bass and Luther Allison on drums. Dease wrote some great tunes for the date – "Brooklyn", "Father Figure", "Cry Of The Wolf", and "Church Of The Good Hustler" – and the set also features versions of Mulgrew Miller's "Wingspan" and Grachan Moncur's "Riff Raff". CD

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JigmastasGrassroots – The Prologue ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 90s/2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 25.98
Vital, sharp as ever NYC underground bred hip hop from DJ Spinna's and MC Kriminul's Jigmastas! Grassroots – The Prologue is a 2015 companion piece to their dawn of the millenium classic Grassroots – Lyrical Fluctuations, anchored strongly by non-album material from their most active period – and it's as gritty, funky and focused as their best material! Includes a standout opening salvo "Lyrical Fluctuation (2000 Spinna Mix)"with Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Talib Kweli, (plus the perfectly tight original version), "Semi-Precious", "Across The Globe", "Keep On Rockin'", "Matrimony". "Beyond Real", "Comments To The Sure Shot", ""Is You Dee" (plus a remix), "So What" with Guru, "If", "Dead Man's Walk" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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RootsRising Down ... CD
Def Jam, 2008. Used ... $4.99
A fierce 10th album from the Roots – hard hitting and straight up angry, without sacrificing the musicality that makes them the most unique crew in hip hop of the past 15 years! We'll do our best to recommend this vital LP without tagging it with the dreaded "concept album" tag (wish us luck on that) but it's for the most barbed commentary on the state of Philly – and the larger social and cultural landscape. The Roots are still bringing some truly exhilarating material after all these years! Titles include "Rising Down" feat Mos Def & Styles P, "Get Busy" feat Dice Raw & Peedi Peedi, "@ 15", "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)", "Becoming Unwritten", "Criminal" feat Truck North & Saigon, "I Will Not Apologize" feat Porn & Dice Raw, "Lost Desire" feat Malik B & Talib Kweli, "The Show" feat Common & Dice Raw, "Rising Up" feat Wale & Chrisette Michelle and more – plus a few unlisted bonus tracks on the CD version. CD

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Jill Scott & OthersCollaborations ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2007. Used 2CD ... $4.99
Jill Scott's a singer with a mighty generous spirit – and in addition to her own (all too few) recordings over the years, she's made some tremendous appearances on records under the leadership of other artists – a good deal of which are included in this set! Jill's not the kind of singer to just sleepwalk into the studio and deliver a few standard vocals when making a guest shot – and instead, she brings a new sense of life and energy to each different appearance in the set – coming across with a street-heavy vibe one minute, a more laidback cosmic mode the next, and a more classically-tuned soul sound at still another point. The set's a great illustration of the depths of Scott's rich talents – and even though we'd rather have Jill spending more time in the studio recording her own music, we're still plenty happy to have so many of her great guest appearances together in one package like this! CD features 14 tracks in all – including "Love Rain" with Mos Def, presented in "head nod" and "coffee shop" remixes – plus "Said Enough" with The Isley Brothers, "One Time" with Eric Roberson, "Good Morning Heartache" with Chris Botti, "Daydreamin" with Lupe Fiasco, "Let Me" with Sergio Mendes & Will I Am, "8 Minutes To Sunrise" with Common, "Sometime I Wonder" with Darius Rucker, "Slide" with Jeff Bradshaw, "The Rain" with Will Smith, and "God Bless The Child" with Al Jarreau & George Benson. CD
(Also features a bonus CD – with material by Hidden Beach artists who include Jill Scott, Keite, Jeff Bradshaw, Peter Black, Sunny Hawkins, and Onitsha.)

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Bush BabeesLove Song (radio, album, acapella, inst) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1996. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Production by Posdunous, guest spot by Mos Def. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ RootsThings Fall Apart ... CD
MCA, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark effort from the Legendary Roots Crew – one that a lot of folks hail as their greatest album – and there's a strong case to be made for that! Jazzy soul backdrops and lyrics that both personally and culturally reflective – and it's also the best produced Roots album to this point, with an unpredictable, yet perfect flow from track to track. Guests include Mos Def, Common, Erykah Badu and JazzyFatNastees. Titles include "The Next Movement", "Step Into The Realm", "The Spark", "Dynamite", "Without A Doubt" "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New", "Double Trouble", "Adrenaline!" and "Don't See Us". CD
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✨✧ VariousLyricist Lounge Vol 1 ... LP
Rawkus, 1998. Used 4LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Usually, finding the best in underground hip hop means taking a chance on lots of 12"s you've never heard of. Here, Rawkus does the digging for you, with 4 LPs worth of the best underground MC's and producers, plus a few more established artists. The LPs are as dope as you'd expect with MC's and producers including Mos Def, Q-Tip, Da Cipher, Prime, OC, Ras Kas, Common, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Kool Keith, Natural Elements, Talib Kweli, Bahamadiah, Rah Digga, A.L., Lord Have Mercy, Krist, Jurassic 5, KRS, Problem, Indelible MC's, Word A' Mouth, Mike Zoot, Shawn J. Period, Hazadus, Kwest, IG Off, DJ Hi-Tek, DJ Scratch, Curt Gowdy, DJ Nu-Mark, Cut Chemist and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousUrban Renewal Program ... CD
Chocolate Industries, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The follow up to the Rapid Transit compilation, a high concept meeting of urban artists (booklet art by Dalek, Delta, Kaws and others) and urban tone generators, rhymers and beat builders. Fourteen tracks to provide a soundtrack to your everyday urban experience, and like other Chocolate releases, this is the meeting place of ingredients previously not blended, but making a fine combo nonetheless. Prefuse 73 drops a beat for Mos Def and Diverse, "Wylin Out", as well as another for Miho Hatori of Cibbo Matto, "Night Light", RJD2 provides one for the Souls Of Mischief on "Spark". Jel and Dos One break away from Clouddead to give us "Thisboutthecitytoo", El-P and Aesop Rock team up for "Train Buffer" (a belated follow up to "End To End Burner"?), DJ Food makes a tribute to clandestine bombing runs with "Aerosoliloque Pts 1-3" and Chicago everymen Tortoise weigh in with "CTA". Also features tracks by While, Caural, Diverse, Mr. Lif and El-P. CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Funkmaster FlexMix Tape Volume 3 – 60 Minutes Of Funk ... LP
Loud/RCA, 1998. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Featuring Common, Gang Starr, Tha Alkaholiks & Xzibit, A Tribe Called Quest & JD from Slum Village, Erykah Badu, Ol' Dirty Bastard, EPMD, KRS-One, Mos Def, Big Punisher & Noreaga, Naughty By Nature, Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon, Cocoa Brovas, Buckshot & Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Ice Cube & Mack 10, Mobb Deep, House Of Pain, Jay Z, Slick Rick, Canibus, Big Punisher with Fat Joe & The Terror Squad, Eightball, Busy Bee, The Harlem Hoodz with Inspektah Deck, Method Man & Killa Sin, and more! (whew) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charlie Hunter QuartetSongs From The Analog Playground ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jay Dee & OthersJay Deelicious – The Delicious Vinyl Years 1995 to 1998 – Originals Remixes & Rarities ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Bicycle Music, Mid 90s. New Copy 3LP ... 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 ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
Once again, Talib Kweli delivers the goods, 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 this long player 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". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Talib KweliTrain Of Thought – Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Volume 1 ... LP
Javotti Media, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A strong collection of rarities and B-sides from mic mainstay Talib Kweli – always one of the more verbally dexterous MCs in the game – and given the man's brilliant, seemingly spontaneous style, it's little wonder that some really top notch material has gotten set aside over the years! This is A-list material here, with tracks produced by Hi Tek, Dave West, Kanye West, DJ Quik, Oh No and other heavies! Titles include "Space", "2000 Seasons", "Bright As The Stars", "Boomerang", "Ocean Song", "7:30", "Tryin To Breathe", "Distractions", "Fortified Live" with Mos Def and "Wack Ni**az" with Common. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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AkikoWhat's Jazz? – Spirit ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99
The "spirit" side to Akiko's What's Jazz series – and her most dancefloor-styled record to date! The set features key contributions from Yukihiro Fukutomi, Yoshito Tanaka, and Hajime Yoshizawa – all of whom bring a fair bit of contemporary elements to the mix – soulful beats, warm keyboards, and the kind of grooves you don't normally find on a record by Akiko – but which sound surprisingly great with her jazz-trained vocals! There's definitely a lot of spirit here – a rich sort of sound that really makes us appreciate Akiko even more than before, especially given that she wrote most of the tunes herself. Titles include "Real", "Universal Love", "Big Bang", "Take Me There", "Music Elevation", "The Transformer", "Voce Me Faz", and "The Reason Of My Tears". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AktionGroove The Funk ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, and a vibe that's a bit in the territory of bigger-name acts like Cymande and Blo – and like the former, they've also got a great bassist, who makes for lots of dubby currents in the rhythms! Vocals are in English, but layered in this cool way with the organ lines and riffing guitars that dominate most of the instrumentation – on titles that include "Tell Me Baby", "Play With Me", "Groove The Funk", "I Don't Have To Cry", "Masquerade", and "I've Got To Hope For Tomorrow". CD
Also available Groove The Funk (with bonus download) ... LP 23.99

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AktionGroove The Funk (with bonus download) ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, and a vibe that's a bit in the territory of bigger-name acts like Cymande and Blo – and like the former, they've also got a great bassist, who makes for lots of dubby currents in the rhythms! Vocals are in English, but layered in this cool way with the organ lines and riffing guitars that dominate most of the instrumentation – on titles that include "Tell Me Baby", "Play With Me", "Groove The Funk", "I Don't Have To Cry", "Masquerade", and "I've Got To Hope For Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Groove The Funk ... CD 14.99

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1965. Used ... $5.99
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into Bacharach territory – and which is followed up by the even-greater "Spanish Flea" – an ear-popping anthem that's one of the greatest bits of 60s instrumental pop ever recorded! And over and above those two tunes, the album's still got plenty more to offer too – a wonderful array of tracks all given the Tijuana touch, with titles that include "More & More Amor", "Mae", "Walk Don't Run", "Felicia", and "Cinco De Mayo". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Going Places ... LP 1.99

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into Bacharach territory – and which is followed up by the even-greater "Spanish Flea" – an ear-popping anthem that's one of the greatest bits of 60s instrumental pop ever recorded! And over and above those two tunes, the album's still got plenty more to offer too – a wonderful array of tracks all given the Tijuana touch, with titles that include "More & More Amor", "Mae", "Walk Don't Run", "Felicia", and "Cinco De Mayo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Going Places ... CD 5.99

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Marcos AmorimSea Of Tranquility ... CD
Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Beautifully subtle guitar work from Marcos Amorim – a musician who plays an electric instrument, but can often make it feel as if waves of sound are just cascading out gently into the air – more tone than attack on the strings, with this style that's deft, but very unassuming – and which works especially well with the Fender Rhodes lines used on a good number of tracks on the album! The balance is key to Amorim's talents – as the whole thing would be too smooth or slick in the hands of someone else, but still has that up-close, personal vibe we loved in Marcos' other albums for Adventure. Other instrumentation includes bass and drums – and singer Delia Fischer appears on a few of the album's tracks, although the set is mostly instrumental overall. Titles include "Bolero", "January Ashes", "Dance Of The Five Princesses", "Sea Of Tranquility", "The Further Away The Closer I Get", "Sea Time", and "My African Goddess". CD

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Ray Anderson Pocket Brass BandSweet Chicago Suite ... CD
Intuition (Germany), 2012. Used ... $9.99
A very cool project from trombonist Ray Anderson – and a group that definitely lives up to its name! The Pocket Brass Band here is a unique quartet – one that features Ray on trombone, Lew Soloff on trumpet, and Matt Perinne on sousaphone – with just the drums of Bobby Previte for accompaniment! The sound is a really creative take on rootsier brass modes – almost a stripped down version of what you'd hear from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – but also given more avant jazz touches at times, too – as you'd guess from Ray's pedigree. The sound is extremely evocative – especially on the core "Sweet Chicago Suite" – a really beautiful portrait in sound, with passages that include "High School", "Chicago Greys", "Going To Maxwell Street", and "Get To It". Other titles include "Next March" and "The Stingray Rag". CD
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Neil Ardley's New Jazz OrchestraCamden 70 ... CD
Dusk Fire (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
A never-issued live set from the legendary Brit leader Neil Ardley – recorded right during his classic years, and featuring a host of leading jazz luminaries of his scene! The material features both original compositions by Neil, plus some surprising other inclusions as well – all wrapped together in some of the most creative jazz orchestra modes of the UK scene of the time, and played by a cast that includes Henry Lowther and Harry Beckett on trumpet, Mike Gibbs on trombone, Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor and soprano sax, Barbara Thompson on alto and flute, Frank Jellett on vibes, and Dave Greenslade on Hammond and electric piano. The horns are mighty heavy – blowing both with a nice sense of force on the heads, but also allowing some good space for players to really stretch out and do their thing – and although Ardley's got a definite modern bent to his vision here, there's also plenty of stone groovy moments too. Titles include "Rope Ladder To The Moon", "Tanglewood", "Stratusfunk", "Dusk Fire", "Naima", "Rebirth", "Study", "Ballad", and "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe". CD

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Eddy ArnoldEach Road I Take – The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions (Love & Guitars/Standing Alone/bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A surprisingly great set of work from countrypolitan giant Eddy Arnold – 1970 sessions that have him both reforging his strengths with producer Chet Atkins, and taking up a whole new groove with the great Lee Hazlewood! The Atkins material can be heard here on the album Love & Guitars – a set that allows Arnold to answer back to all the others who, by that time, were hitting his own sort of mature way of putting over a tune – with backings that are almost more traditionally country than anything that Eddy had been getting on other recent records. The choice of material is great – songs by Merle Haggard, Wayne Thompson, Kris Kristofferson, and others – and titles that include "When The Wind Blows In Chicago", "Shadows Of Her Mind", "Today I Started Loving You again", "Just Enough To Start Me Dreamin", "With Pen In Hand", and "Soul Deep". Producer Lee Hazlewood works with Eddy Arnold on material from the album Standing Alone – a set that almost has Lee taking a tongue-in-cheek approach with strings and larger arrangements – giving Eddy the kind of setting that might have been darkly double-sided if Hazlewood were singing, but which comes across more in familiar Arnold territory overall. Still, there's definitely some nice touches around the edges – and titles include "Closest I Ever Came", "My Way Of Life", "She Believes In Me", "July You're A Woman", "Where Love Has Died", and "Some Lonely Picker". CD also features additional tracks from the same year, including two unreleased outtakes – for a total of 27 titles in all. CD

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Arp LifeJumbo Jet/Z Bezpiecznq Szybkosciq (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Sweet sweet grooves from 70s Poland – played by a studio combo who've got a definite flair for a disco-styled sound! The set features two full albums by the group – the first of which is their legendary Jumbo Jet record – a massive blend of keyboards, light strings, and other rhythmic elements – all at a level that easily rivals some of the best clubby styles from the other side of the Iron Curtain at the time! Most tracks are instrumental, and often just get a bit of female chorus elements bubbling through the mix – in this kind of Euro sexy style that's mighty nice. The overall sound is more Euro or Canadian disco – but still quite nice – and the set includes the funky number "Bu Bu", plus "Motor Rock", "Olo Boogie", "Hotel Victoria", "Baby Bump", "Jumbo Jet", and "Apolobamba". Next is the group's follow-up set – Z Bezpiecznq Szybkosciq – a record that you might spend a week trying to pronounce, but one that will grab you right away with its sound! Arp Life stick strongly in their best clubby modes here – mixing the keyboards of their name with some sweet disco-styled rhythms, and the occasional female chorus vocal, in a style that's pretty great if you dig the dancefloor sounds coming from France, Germany, and Italy in the late 70s. Most tracks are instrumentals – the set includes solos on alto sax and harmonica at times – and the album was only ever issued as a cassette back in the 70s, which makes this version a great surprise. Titles include "Akwarele", "Papagayo", "Bam Bam Bam", "San Jose", "Klik Klak", "Slon I Mrowka", and "Tango Mundial". CD features four bonus tracks too – "Bump", "Bilbao", "Adelajda", and "Tonpress". CD

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Atlantide (Jean Paul Massiera)Atlantide (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Replica (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
One of the most rock-oriented sets we've ever heard from JP Massiera – who wrote all the words and music here for a French group who take on the myth of Atlantide! The style mixes tuneful lines on guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – without some of the keyboards you might expect from the prog scene at the time, and instead this warmly harmonic approach on the vocals – at a level that almost seems to take off nicely from the multi-tracking style used by Yes! And there is a bit of cool acoustic guitar soloing – very deft, and another Yes-like touch – but the overall sound of the record is very unique, as you'd expect from the participation of Massiera. Titles include "Images", "Atlantide", "Soleil Noir", "Reverie", and "Le Regard Des Dieux". LP, Vinyl record album
(These copies have a small top seam split, but have been reduced in price.)

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Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Very Good+ ... $39.99
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Bob BaldwinBrazilian American Soundtrack ... CD
Red River, 2016. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 17.99
Brilliant Brazilian-tinged fusion from the mighty Bob Baldwin – the sweet, soulful keyboardist who sounds great in just about any sort of setting – but who really hits a special sort of groove on this double-length set! Bob almost seems to borrow a page from George Duke's book of Brazilian experiments in the 70s and 80s – although Baldwin's execution here is definitely more 21st Century, given the sonic palette and overall vibe of the album – which moves from a "movement 1" of "Rio/Ipanema" tracks to a "movement 2" of "New York" cuts to bring the whole thing home. The set features guest work from Leo Gandelman, Ragan Whiteside, Marion Meadows, and others – and titles include "Funky Rio", "Home From Work", "Eu Te Devoro", "Anjo De Mim", "Greatest Lover", "Caipirinha", "Children Of The Sun", "Mobile Global", "South Of The Border", and "Summer Madness". CD

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Banana Splits/BeaglesWe're The Banana Splits/Here Come The Beagles ... CD
Hollywood, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Way more than just another kiddie soundtrack – or an album for a childish TV show – as the set's a surprisingly groovy little record, almost Sunshine Pop in its best moments! We're not sure about the nature of the players or the singers – but arranger Jack Eskew put the whole thing together with a bouncy, bubbly groove that rivals the best pop-psych work of the late 60s on labels like Kapp or Uni – right down to the perfect combination of fuzzy guitars and organ in the instrumentation. Titles include "This Spot", "I'm Gonna Find A Cave", "We're The Banana Splits", "In New Orleans", "Toy Piano Medley", "Don't Go Away Go Go Girl", and the classic "Tra La La Song". CD also features bonus Splits songs – "The Very First Kid On My Block", "The Beautiful Calliope", "Let Me Remember You Smiling", and "Soul". The CD also features the album Here Comes The Beagles – from a very Splits-like show that features another group of singing animals! The Beagles aren't The Beatles, but they definitely have a strong Brit Invasion feel in their music – a UK way with a melody that's mixed with a few sunny Cali pop touches too. Very 60s, very groovy, and way better than just a kiddie record – with tunes that include "What More Can I Do", "Be The Captain", "I Wanna Capture You", "Indian Love Dance", and "You Satisfy". CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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Mickey Bass Powerhouse EnsembleLive At The Jazz Corner Of The World ... CD
Early Bird, 2001. Used ... $7.99
The group here's definitely a powerhouse – a tight quintet led by bassist Mickey Bass, and featuring strong horn work from Antonio Hart on alto and Craig Handy on tenor! The set's got a long-blown, searing quality that burns a lot more brightly than some of Bass' other recordings – and the piano of John Hicks gives most of the tunes a comping modal energy that really drives them! Eric Allen completes the group on drums – and titles include "Sensation", "Soul Eyes", "Suite 2C", and "One For Trane". 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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Beau BrummelsBeau Brummels ... LP
Warner, 1975. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A 1975 reunion from the Beau Brummels – recorded after the ill-fated solo career of vocalist Ron Elliott, but done in a way that definitely shows some of the deeper themes of those later years as well! The style's a bit more polished than the group's previous Warner albums – but not in a way that's too slick – just a bit more confident and sure overall, especially about some of the country influences in the tunes. As before, there's an indefinable mix of modes going on here – a definite nod towards Nashville and Bakersfield, but not a straight cop of country either. Ron Elliott wrote most of the tunes on the set, and titles include "First In Line", "Gate Of Hearts", "Goldrush", "Today By Day", "The Lonely Side", "Singing Cowboy", and "You Tell Me Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the top seam and a light stain at the bottom.)

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Brook BentonRainy Night In Georgia – The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $27.99 28.98
A great run of music from a really key point in the career of the great Brook Benton – a time when all the country soul ideas he'd been brewing for years were finally able to hit a level of mature, modern expression! The music here begins with a few late 60s singles for Reprise Records – some of the most obscure work here, and a great introduction to the work that Brook would soon do for Atlantic/Cotillion – which only furthers the qualities of the Reprise singles – showing an evolution that's arguably deeper and more sophisticated than any of the more rockish singers who were treading a similar path, but could never do it this well! Brook can bring in Otis Redding-like phrasing when he wants, or slide into a more casual down-home vibe at other points – always working with top shelf help from the staff at Fame and Criteria Studios, as well as Jimmy Bowen on the Reprise singles, or Arif Mardin on some other tracks. There's definitely songs here that we've never seen reissued before – and the 31 track set features titles that include "Poor Make Believer", "Movin Day", "Soul Santa", "A Black Child Can't Smile", "You're The Reason I'm Living", "Weakness In A Man", "Lonely Street", "The Glory Of Love", "Do Your Own Thing", "Touch Em With Love", "Woman Without Love", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Shoes", "Let Me Fix It", and "Take A Look At Your Hands". CD

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BeyonceLemonade (CD/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 2016. New Copy CD & DVD ... $18.99
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise – certainly darker, and deeper than anything we've heard before from the singer – almost her own move into some of the territory that D'Angelo hit in recent years, although with a more mainstream R&B construction to some of the tunes. The record features guest work from Jack White, Kendrick Lamarr, The Weeknd, and James Blake – but Beyonce is clearly the main focus throughout – on titles that include "Pray You Catch Me", "Daddy Lessons", "Forward", "6 Inch", "Don't Hurt Yourself", "Hold UP", "Freedom", "All Night", and "Formation". Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade companion film! CD
(Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade film!)

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Black PearlBlack Pearl ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $18.99
Heavy drums and a good dose of soul – both of which make Black Pearl stand out a bit from many of their late 60s contemporaries! There's a definite bluesy undercurrent to the group's music, but the riffs are also pretty hard and fast too – almost a bit funky at times, and delivered with a starker sort of groove than the usual blues rock combo. The musicianship is super tight throughout – really at a superstar level, but without sounding slick or commercial – and the album alone is worth it for the sharp drums and guitar leads, but also sports some pretty great vocals too – with almost a garagey soul sort of feel. Titles include "White Devil", "Mr Soul Satisfaction", "Thinkin Bout The Good Times", "Crazy Chicken", "Forget It", "Climbing Up The Walls", "Reach Up", "Bent Over", and "Endless Journey". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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