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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 ... $22.99 24.99
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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Mos DefBlack On Both Sides – Instrumentals ... LP
Rawkus, 1999. Sealed 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
Instrumental versions of all the tracks on Black On Both Sides except "Umi Says" and "Brooklyn"– spread out over 2 LPs for better sound quality! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Mos DefEcstatic ... LP
Downtown/Universal, 2009. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Mos Def's first and only LP for the Downtown label, and it's a real return to top shelf, distinctive hip hop for Mos – if the music retail world wasn't in such a strange, troubled period circa '09 this woulda made a much bigger impact and be considered a classic comeback! It's absolutely strong stuff, and to be honest, much better than we would have expected – even if we knew he had great hip hop left in him after some creatively wayward post-millennium years. The beats are compelling, unpredictable, and steeped in abstract global funk that would sound at home on Stones Throw – some of the beats are literally Stones Throw, given Madlib's Beat Konducta and Oh No's Oxperimental sounds to be found. If we weren't already loving it, Slick Rick drops an unforgettable guest appearance on the the moody "Auditorium", Georgia Anne Muldrow does her inimitable thing on "Roses", and Talib Kweli rhymes on "History". Mos rhymes skillfully throughout, and with an infectious immediacy, as if he dropped records this tight all the time. Sadly, he doesn't, so this one's all the more rewarding! Other tracks include "Twilite Speedball", "Revelations", "Pretty Danger", "Quiet Dog", "The Embassy", "Wahid", "Priority" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mos Def with Q-Tip & TashBody Rock (radio, inst, street)/Manifesto ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1998. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mos DefAll My People (Party Break From Body Rock) (voc, inst), ... 12-inch
Big Dawg, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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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
(Disc 1 has a few more light marks than Disc 2.)

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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.)

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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... 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 commercial leaning themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story", "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night" and more. CD
Also available Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (two-tone vinyl with star design) ... LP 22.99
 
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De La SoulArt Official Intelligence – Mosaic Thump ... LP
Tommy Boy, 2000. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
All hits and almost no misses – starting with "Oooh", easily the best single of the '00, featuring some nice quotes from classic hip hop tracks ranging from the Funky 4 + 1 to Mos Def, and some of Redman's best verses in a while. De La Soul basically started the whole skits-between-songs concept, or at least they perfected it, and (unlike too many other artists) here they get it right again – even the three hilarious "Ghostweed" skits featuring cameo appearances from Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, and Black Thought hold up to repeated listenings. Also includes "My Writes", "Thru Ya City", "All Good?", 'Words FromThe Chief Rocker" and the "Art Of Getting Jumped" – 17 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker. Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has some wear on the opening.)

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VariousSoundbombing III ... CD
Rawkus, 2002. Used ... $2.99
Rawkus is back – finally!! Truth be told, Soundbombing III does indeed have a bit more of a pop sheen than the previous underground sets, but don't let that worry you. It comes from the fact that these crews are elder statesmen at this point, not because they've gone radio. The oddly controversial Missy Elliot contribution doesn't detract from anything (so what if she charts, she still puts out the dopest singles of every year!) and the old guard is here in abundance. Major distribution or not, it's good to have Mos Def, Kool G Rap, Q Tip, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and the Beatnuts in one fairly consistent package. Soundbombing is about seasoned pros now, not the underground phenoms – and it's good to have em' back regardless of underground/mainstream class distinctions. Includes "Trouble Is" by The Beatnuts, "Freak Daddy" by Mos Def, "They Don't Flow" by Novel featuring Skillz, "Round & Round (remix)" by Jonell featuring Method Man, Kool G Rap & Pharoah Monch, and more. 13 cuts in all, plus intro and outro by mixers Cipha Sounds & Mr. Choc, and a couple skits. CD

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✨✧ RootsThings Fall Apart ... LP
MCA, 1999. Used 2LP ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Talib KweliRight About Now – The Official Sucka Free Mix Tape ... CD
Sure Shot/Koch, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Talib shakes loose of the shackles of the major labels and drops a tight batch of material – sort of a coming out party stacked with stellar tracks that are just raw enough to showcase his unrivaled vocal skills! Many of these tracks were recorded somewhat on the fly in Kweli's crib, and others are studio tracks that are up to par with most of his album tracks of recent years. Features production by 88 Keys, Needlz, Charlemagne, Dave 'Supa Star' Dar, and Jay Dilla among others, plus vocal appearances by Mos Def, MF Doom, Papoose, Phil Da Agony, Planet Asia and Dave Chappelle. Tracks include the surprisingly strong tribute to Lauryn Hill "Ms. Hill", "Flash Gordon", "Supreme, Supreme" feat Mos Def, "Roll Off Me", "Rock On", "Where You Gonna Run" feat Jean Grae, "Two & Two", "The Beast", "Fly That Knot" feat MF Doom and more. CD

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✨✧ Talib Kweli & Hi Tek (Reflection Eternal)Reflection Eternal – Train Of Thought ... LP
Rawkus, 2000. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
When Mos Def came out swinging with Black On Both Sides and we were all left both hot and cold, it seemed maybe Black Star should've never went their separate ways. But then, out came this burning set of dope joints, we all found out Talib could stand solid on his own, with the help of 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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✨✧ Reflection EternalFortified Live (dirty, sensitive ears, Hi-Tekstramental)/2000 Seasons (orig, watch your mouth mix, chill out inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1997. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
One of the singles that really put Rawkus (and Mos Def) at the forefront of independent hip hop. "Fortified Live" features Mos Def and Mr. Man of the Bush Babees on guest rhymes. Like a lot of the other Rawkus acts, Reflection Eternal maintain the perfect balance of abstract lyrics, knowledge, and more straight forward lyrics – and come up with something you don't have to listen to closely on your headphones to appreciate. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Corey KingLashes ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A striking debut as a solo act from Corey King – an artist who's been on the New York scene for years now, and had the chance to work with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Esperanza Spaulding, Lonnie Smith, Mos Def, and Glen Hansard – and has come up with a sound that's completely his own! We might call Corey a soul singer at the outset, but the shape and texture of his songs is something different overall – maybe moodier portraits of his inner spirit, with as much sonic shadings as music in the mix – which really fits the way that King puts his lyrics across. The vocals are often as fuzzy as the sounds around them, but never lacking for feeling or expression – as Corey has this really focused quality that's very different than some of the sleepier contemporary singers who can sound like they're getting lost in a downtempo groove. King handles most of the keyboards as well – and titles include "Parisian Leaves", "Botched Farewell", "Uncle Richie", "Ibaraki", "Midnight Chris", and "Lucky Grey". CD
 
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✨✧ Waylon JenningsHonky Tonk Heroes ... LP
Fat Possum, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Textbook 70s country badassery from Waylon Jennings! This is one of the most defining moments of the outlaw era, the record which pretty much drew a line in the sand between Waylon Jennings and the Nashville establishment. Billy Joe Shaver's pen and Waylon's authoritative voice marks this as one the strongest country albums of the era, if not ever, both in song quality and pure backbone. Greatness! Includes the barnstorming title track, "Old Five And Dimer (Like Me)", "Omaha", "You Asked Me To", "Ride Me Down Easy", "Black Rose", "We Had it All", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles MosleyUprising ... CD
Verve, 2017. Used ... $4.99
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
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Uprising ... LP 18.99
Uprising ... CD 10.99

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Miles MosleyUprising ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". CD
Also available
Uprising ... LP 18.99
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✨✧ Miles MosleyUprising ... LP
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available
Uprising ... CD 10.99
Uprising ... CD 4.99

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OsmosisOsmosis ... CD
RCA/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderfully way-out group from the Boston scene at the end of the 60s – and one who work here with surprising leadership from legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano! Charlie's on the cover, pictured with the younger dudes – and his sound is often a bit lost beneath the heavy drums and fuzzy guitar of the lineup – although other tunes really draw a lot from his sublime sounds on flute, soprano, and alto sax! These guys definitely have a vibe that's different than some of the other trippy rock acts of the time – very freewheeling and open to many influences – in ways that almost preface Mariano's later work overseas, particularly his time with the group Embryo. Vocals are by Bobby Knox, and Charlie Bechler plays some great keyboards too – and at one spot, Mariano even pulls out the nadaswaram – the Eastern reed instrument that he'd begun experimenting with a few years before. Titles include "Thoughts Often Stray", "Adrift", "Shadows", "Of Ware & Peace", "Beezebub", "Sunlight", "Scorpio Rising", "Geoffrey's Tune", and "Please Let Me Go". CD

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Frederick Michael St JudeAlmost Lost EP ... LP
Million Dollar Performances, 1976. New Copy ... $9.99 23.99
Raw, but catchy rock circa the mid 70s by Frederick Michael St. Jude – cut from the same cloth (and in the same sessions and setting) as his cult classic material for Florida label Soul Deep back in the day! It's wonderful stuff, earnestly written and recorded in hopes of getting pop radio airplay, and the songs have that kind of appealing hookiness for sure. Ultimately, FM ihas such a distinctive, charmingly oddball style in the studio, it's the kind of thing best enjoyed the deeper diggers of musical diamonds in the rough, and it's definitely feels like a precursor to lots of DIY rock to come. Titles include "Day Quite Like Today", "I Simply Love Ya", "Babe, Ya Let My Hand Go", "It's Not Easy", "Everybody's Gone Away" and "Cecelia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool paste-on cover art, too!)

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Bruno ZambriniSogni Mostruosamente Proibiti ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1982. New Copy ... $11.99
A soundtrack that's very much what you'd expect from the cover image – a later Italian comedy, and one that's scored with lots of groovy, goofy sorts of themes! There's also a nice undercurrent of sentiment, one that's maybe more French than some of the Italian material from the time – and it's this quality that really makes us like the record, as it gives it a more solid footing at the best moments – and offsets some of the whimsy. Also strong is the use of more acoustic instrumentation than some of the electric elements that were more dominant at the time – although there's definitely some keyboards and basslines on some of the more uptempo numbers. CD features 22 tracks in all – including some bonus material! CD

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✨✧ AtmosphereLucy EP ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2001. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This haunting EP brings you more of Atmosphere's signature tortured, playful, catchy songs of relationships and introspection. This EP is a tad bit more polished than their previous efforts, but Slug still harnesses the dark, bitter, nonchalant anger down inside him that spews forth these catchy rhymes that sound somewhere between yelling, rhyming and singing all at the same time, while remaining very intelligent and sarcastic. The ANT production on these tracks really shines and has definitely matured since his Overcast efforts. Tracks include "Between The Lines", "Like Today", "Tears For The Sheep", "Don't Ever F*cking Question That", "It Goes", "Aspiring Sociopath", and a second LP of instrumentals for the DJs! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AtmosphereSeven's Travels ... LP
Rhymesayers/Epitaph, 2003. Used 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Atmosphere returns wielding their signature sound full force! What they've come out with this round is by far their most experimental – definitely fresher and more distinct than the "safety" of God Loves Ugly. Slug bounces along melodically, tortured and true to his nature, yet he comes off a little (just a little) more optimistic this time and he recites more than just tales of love lost. He STILL is at his tightest when weaving wonderful heart-wrenching stories instead of bragging, yet I don't think you hear the name Lucy once on this album. Sean Daley, the philosopher? – maybe we'll see more and more of that in the future. ANT's production is sounding much much better since God Loves Ugly – these beats pound just a little harder, seemingly influenced by punk rock, seventies rock, and folk rock (any rock). There still is a whole lotta soul in there, which is very nice, yet he still ain't afraid to pitch the formula, say sample some off kilter scatting or a ripping metal guitar. Tracks include "Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know", "Cats Van Bags", "National Disgrace", "Liquor Lyles Cool July". "Good Times", "Keys To Life Vs 15 Minutes Of Fame", "Reflections" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousStudio One Dub Fire Special ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most mysterious Studio One compilations we've ever heard – and one of the grooviest, too! The cuts here are all lost dub tracks from the Studio One vaults – instrumental numbers served up by the likes of Sound Dimension, Brentford All Stars, Soul Defenders, New Establishment, and other groups – but with origins that are somewhat lost to the shifting sands of time, as are the actual instrumental details of each number! Yet the tunes work together beautifully – in a moody, slow-stepping vibe that has all the best Studio One hallmarks – and which resonates strongly with the hipper 70s elements of the label – all presented here in a unified blend by Dub Specialist. Tracks include variations of numbers originally from Alton Ellis, Roland Alphonso, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, and others – and titles include "Cairo", "Callie Roots", "Libra Dub", "Virgo Dub", "Nairobi", "Meet 7 Million", "Darker Black", "Rockers Hop", "Dakar", and "This Race". CD

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Curtis Amy & Dupree BoltonKatanga (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Used ... $9.99
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy had previously cut with Paul Bryant – and instead, is put together with a nascent spiritualism that's really wonderful – a sound that definitely lives up to the bold title and cover image, with lots of modal moments in the rhythms! The group features some equally under-acknowledge geniuses – including trumpeter Dupree Bolton, pianist Jack Wilson, and guitarist Ray Crawford – all coming together perfectly with Amy's work on tenor and soprano sax. The best tunes here are originals by the group members – including "Lonely Woman" (not by Ornette), "Katanga", "Native Land", and "Amyable". Plus, this CD reissue also includes some great bonus cuts that were not on the original album! CD
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Aquarius SoundsDubbing At Aquarius Studios 1977 to 1979 ... CD
Jamaican Recordings (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy dub from the enigmatic Aquarius Studios on the Kingston scene of the late 70s – the creative center of Herman Chin-Loy – whose work on the scene not only helped shape the sound of dub music for the future, but also launched the career of Augustus Pablo! The work here is mostly stripped-down, and created from cuts that were wholly or partially recorded at Aquarius – with additional work by King Tubby, over rhythms by Soul Syndicate, High Times Players, and Aggrovators Band! The vibe here definitely lives up to Herman's famous Aquarius Dub album – and titles include "Cheater Dub", "Mix Up Dub", "Breaking Dub", "She Gone Dub", "Roaming Dub", "Emperor Dub", "Short Man Dub", and "Olives Dub". CD

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Cesar AscarrunzCesar 830 ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a heady amount of jazz alongside the soul, Latin, and funk elements in the grooves! The legendary Teo Macero produced and arranged – and really takes a lot of care in the studio to focus the overall energy of the tremendous talents on the record – players who include Hadley Caliman on flute and tenor, Steve Marcus on soprano sax, Benny Velarde on timbales, and Francisco Aguabella on congas – plus the trio of Cesar, Mark Levine, and Merl Sanders on keyboards. Most numbers have this really full, flowing groove – jazzy, but with a strong emphasis on the rhythms – and often touched with some great work on guitar that echoes the Santana-inspired sound of the generation, yet never in a rock way at all. Linda Tillery sings vocals on a few numbers, but the main focus is definitely instrumental – and the whole album's great – with cuts that include "See Saw Affair", "Azucar", "Descarga", "The Devil & Montezuma", "Gotta Get Away", and "Bridges". LP, Vinyl record album

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Basement FreaksAll That Funk!/Calling The Jams ... 7-inch
Boogieburg, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
Fast beats and lots of old-school riffing here – a cut that almost sounds like a deft remix of vintage JBs material – with nicely breaking drums at the bottom, and some tasty horn solos over the top! "Calling The Jams" is more 80s overall – keyboards, basslines, and beats – moving sweetly over a percolated groove, with some nice vocoder lyrics! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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BB Boogie (Daz I Kue)Standing On The Wall ... LP
R2 (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
It's been many years since Daz I Kue first rocked our world with his grooves in Bugz In The Attic – and since that time, he's only gotten stronger and more soulful as a solo act – to the point where a new project like this almost blows away some of his previous work! As you might guess from the cover and name, the project has a very vintage feel – somewhere in the territory of late 70s/early 80s clubby funk, with warmer instrumentation than back in the Bugz days – and a fantastic sense of production that could almost have you playing this set alongside later Funkadelic material, or early work from Prince! Yet there's also a sharpness, too – that new vision of funk that's always made the London scene so wonderful – from the Incognito/Brand New Heavies years onward. Khari Simmons plays bass on most of the record – and the bass is definitely in the lead – and singers include Vanessa Freeman, Greg Blackman, Leroy Burgess, DNS, Monica Blaire, Joy Jones, and others – really helping flesh out the sound on tracks that include "Opposition", "Sweating & Shaking", "Wanna Be With You", "We Can Do It", "Standing On The Wall", "In The Middle", "Let Love Grow", "Stay Woke", and "RAyanne". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck BerryFrom St Louie To Frisco ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Sealed ... $24.99
The title might say "Frisco", but the album's a real back-to-basics record from Chuck Berry – produced by the man himself, with a lean, stripped-down vibe that almost goes back to his earlier work at Chess Records! There's definitely a few 60s soul currents in the mix, but in the best way possible – helping Berry mature his sound a bit, but without turning it towards any easy crossover gimmicks – which means that there's still a lot of bluesy elements at the core, and Chuck's charms really come through on both his vocals and guitar. Titles include "Louie To Frisco", "Ma Dear", "The Love I Lost", "Rock Cradle Rock", "Misery", and "I Can't Believe". LP, Vinyl record album
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Nat BirchallSixth Sense ... CD
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 1999. New Copy ... $11.99
The earliest work we've ever heard from tenorist Nat Birchall – a player who's really blown our minds with his recent albums from the UK! This set's from the late 90s, and already has Birchall really finding his voice – a freewheeling approach to tenor that's unlike most of his contemporaries, and definitely steeped in strong influences from the spiritual jazz generation! Yet while recent records have Nat in a more meditative mode, the sound here is almost more explosive – with echoes of 60s avant in the mix, amidst some bold rhythmic impulses from the group – almost with a quality that reminds us of some of those brilliant moments when an American soloist would combine with a European combo in the heady 60s scene. In addition to Birchall's tenor, the group also features John Hulme on trumpet and flugelhorn, Richard Wetherall on piano, Dave Tompkins on bass, and Danny Ward on drums – and titles include "Redemption", "Helix Nebula", "Unity Blues", "Passion Dance", and "Ism Schism". CD

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✨✧ Brian Blade & The Fellowship BandBody & Shadow ... CD
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A record that's maybe a bit more moody than some of the previous efforts from Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band – as you might guess from the title and cover! The sound here is sometimes more textural overall – almost more ECM than Blue Note, with well-woven instrumentation from Blade on drums, Myron Walden on alto and bass clarinet, Melvin Butler on tenor, John Cowherd on piano and harmonium, Chris Thomas on bass, and Dave Devine on guitar. The guitar and piano sometimes feel as if they're defining the direction of the sound more than Blade's drums, or even the work of the horn soloists – although when they slide into the tunes, they really help give things a more personal sort of shape. The compositions here are by Blade and Cowherd – and almost seem to be reaching for a grander Americanist vision at times – but always abstracted a bit along the edges. Titles include "Duality", "Within Everything", "Traveling Mercies", "Have Thine Own Way Lord", and "Broken Leg Days". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyNight At Birdland Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, Late 50s. Used ... $2.99
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver – and featuring Clifford Brown on trumpet, just a few months before his early death – plus Lou Donaldson on alto and Curley Russell on bass. The presence of alto instead of tenor makes the sound slightly different than later incarnations of the group – and the overall approach is one that virtually defines the shift from straight bop to hardbop in the 50s – a mode that both Blakey and Silver were key in creating. Tracks include "Wee Dot", "Quicksilver" (alternate), "Now's The Time", and "Confirmation". CD

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Art Blakey & Thelonius MonkArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety of players, at a variety of labels, and taking some real chances with his music before settling into his more established hit Jazz Messengers sound. The group here is Art's own – with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – augmented by the piano of Thelonious Monk – a match that might seem unlikely at first, but not so much so after you consider the great work that Monk and Griffin did together at Riverside during the late 50s. There's a nice match between Johnny's sharp-edged tenor and Monk's imaginative playing – and if anything, the record has Blakey, Hardman, and DeBrest moving dynamically to keep up with the flurry of modern ideas coming from Griffin and Monk! Tracks are almost all originals by Thelonious too – a fact that definitely helps keep up the "Monk-ish" sound of the record – titles that include "Evidence", "Blue Monk", "I Mean You", and "Rhythm A Ning" – alongside Griffin's "Purple Shades". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)
 
 
 



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