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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)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

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✨✧ Ronny Jordan & Mos DefBrighter Day Remix (radio, full length, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Blue Note/Rawkus, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
Spinna gives his take on Ronny Jordan's "A Brighter Day" with Mos Def on the mic. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo pressing in a grey sleeve.)
 
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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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RootsThings Fall Apart ... CD
MCA, 1999. Used ... $3.99
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
(Album was released with five different covers.)

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✨✧ Charlie Hunter QuartetSongs From The Analog Playground ... CD
Blue Note, 2001. Used ... Temporarily 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 (2CD set) ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, Mid 90s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily 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 2CD set with vocal versions on the first disc and a second CD featuring instrumentals. 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 CD 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. CD

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✨✧ Jay Dee & OthersJay Deelicious – The Delicious Vinyl Years 1995 to 1998 – Originals Remixes & Rarities/Instrumentals (Double Cassette) ... Cassette
Delicious Vinyl/Bicycle Music, Mid 90s. New Copy 2 Cassette ... Temporarily 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. Tape One (Originals, Remixes & Rarities) includes "Runnin'", "Somethin' That Means Somethin'", "She Said", "Drop" and more by Pharcyde, "Sometimes (Remix)" by Brand New Heavies & Q-Tip, "Saturday Night" by Brand New Heavies & Mos Def. "Bullsh*ttin' (Remix)" by N'Dea Davenport and more. Tape Two features instrumental versions. Cassette
(In a heavy slipcase!)

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✨✧ Talib KweliQuality ... LP
MCA, 2002. Used 2LP ... Temporarily 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some creasing along the open edge.)

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✨✧ VariousLyricist Lounge Vol 1 ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Highly recommended. Usually, finding the best in underground hip hip means taking a chance on lots of 12's you've never heard of, at $6 a piece. Here, Rawkus does the digging for you with 2 CDs (23 tracks) of the best underground MC's and producers plus a few more established artists. The collection is as dope as you'd expect with MC and producers including Mos Def, Q-Tip, Da Cipher, Prime, OC, Ras Kas, Common, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Kool Keith, Natural Elements, Talib Kweli, Bahamadia, 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-Tk, DJ Scratch, Curt Gowdy, DJ Nu-Mark, Cut Chemist and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Luv You Madly OrchestraLuv You Madly Orchestra ... LP
Salsoul, 1978. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A really cool combination of modes – older swing instrumentation meets late 70s disco – all in a blend that's a bit like some of the retro club projects of August Darnell! The set begins with a long medley titled "In The Beginning" – which references lots of Ellington material, but retools it for the 70s dancefloor – then the record takes off with its own sort of grooves that bring in some of the most deft instrumentation you'll find on Salsoul Records at the time, including some funky elements that make for a few nice disco breaks! Kermit Moore arranged and conducted – along with producer Stephen James – and titles include "In The Beginning", "Rocket Rock", "Love You Madly", "Moon Maiden", "Hippo Hop", "Lotus Blossom", and "Fleurette Africaine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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Jimmy ReedT'Aint No Big Thing – But He Is ... LP
Vee Jay, 1963. Very Good ... $19.99
Plenty big work from the great Jimmy Reed – just the kind of rough and ready material that made him one of the most influential bluesmen of his time! Reed really sparkles on this early Vee Jay session – almost redefining the sound of urban blues with his raw guitar and soulful lyrics – all spun out over 11 original compositions that had a tremendous influence on countless 60s rockers! Includes his classic "Shame Shame", plus "Mary Mary", "Ain't No Big Deal", "Mixed Up", "There'll Be A Day", "Up Tight", and "Up Side The Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove and Audio Matrix stamp. Cover has a mark and some remnants from sticker removal.)

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Brun/May/Mosko/Yoshioka/DeFotis/Kramer/Peck/Wolff/More Dust/Para Diddle/Cosmology Of Easy Listening/Paradox III/Continuous Showing/Five Studies On Six Notes/Lift Off/For 1, 2 Or 3 People/Str ... LP
Opus One, 1981. Near Mint- 2LP ... $36.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original box and book – in good shape with a few small spots of wear on the front of the box.)

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Jacky ChalardJe Suis Vivant, Mais J'ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez (UK pressing) ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
A pretty amazing surrealist French cosmic concept album from Jacky Chalard – with lots of spacey synth prog atmospherics and spoken French dialogue! This is a record in which Finders Keepers boasts similarities to both Melody Nelson and La Planete Sauvage, and truth be told, the music not only lives up to that lofty description – it's completely correct! Chalard and a group of French rock heavies featuring the members of Dynastie Crisis team up with Gilbert Deflez, a radio personality who read science fiction stories over the airwaves for a tripped out experience, and wholy credible prog funk rock set, to boot! Includes "L'Agonie", "L'Interrogatoire", "Le Perroquet", "Pollution", "Si Je T'Offrais Une Branche D'Amour (La Mandragore)", "Apre L'Apocalypse" and more. 3 bonus tracks on the CD: "Corto Maltese" (vocal version with Sylvia Fels and the instrumental) plyys "Super-Man-Super Cool (LP version)". CD

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Bill HarrisDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Down In The Alley ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1972. New Copy ... $7.99
Beautiful solo material from guitarist Bill Harris – a player who's best remembered for his work with the 50s R&B group The Clovers, but who also cut some great jazz albums over the years! This set may well be one of Bill's best – and certainly one of the most unique – as it features Harris playing acoustic guitar with nylon strings – handling the instrument with the deftness of a classical musician, but swinging the the tunes with plenty of deep, bluesy currents – and a great sense of improvisation too! The music is jazz, but with an extremely wide palette of colors and expression – so much so, the record almost belongs in a space between acoustic blues guitar and bossa nova material – especially in the way that Harris has an inherent swing, even without any other accompaniment. Titles include "Billy's Bar", "Django", "Spiral", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Baker's Dozen", and "Down In The Alley". CD

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Derdiyoklar IkilisiCoban Mamos – Disco Folk ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and the styles of the tunes really further that approach – blending some cool plucked stringed instrumentation with rootsy percussion elements, then warming the whole thing up with 70s production styles – all in a way that almost makes the music a clubby version of the musical mix that you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey a few years before. The sound's not really disco – at least not in any conventional sense – but definitely has a dancefloor appeal at times – and titles include "Coban Mamos", "Kanser", "Kara Uzum Habbesi", "Derdiguzel Aglama", "Baris Icinde", "Garip Modalar", and "Kotuler Ermez Menzile". CD
Also available Coban Mamos – Disco Folk ... LP 19.99

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Derdiyoklar IkilisiCoban Mamos – Disco Folk ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. Sealed ... $19.99
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and the styles of the tunes really further that approach – blending some cool plucked stringed instrumentation with rootsy percussion elements, then warming the whole thing up with 70s production styles – all in a way that almost makes the music a clubby version of the musical mix that you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey a few years before. The sound's not really disco – at least not in any conventional sense – but definitely has a dancefloor appeal at times – and titles include "Coban Mamos", "Kanser", "Kara Uzum Habbesi", "Derdiguzel Aglama", "Baris Icinde", "Garip Modalar", and "Kotuler Ermez Menzile". LP, Vinyl record album
(With hype sticker.)
Also available Coban Mamos – Disco Folk ... CD 11.99

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Mike Marshall & Choro FamosoSegunda Vez ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. Used ... $4.99
A second pairing of the mandolin of Mike Marshall with the Brazilian sounds of the Choro Famoso trio – served up with rootsy elements that really link together the cultures of the Americas! The trio have a definite traditional leaning, and features Colin Walker on 7 string guitar, Brian Rice on pandeiro and percussion, and Andy Connell on both sax and clarinet – the latter of which evokes an especially strong choro tradition. And while Marshall's use of mandolin echoes the bandolim work of older choro musicians, there's also some warmer moments that echo Mike's strongly Americanist vision over the years – in ways that make the record way more than just a rehash of older styles. Titles include "Bole Bole", "Bola Preta", "Flores", "Evocacao De Jacob", "Tenebroso", "Paraiso", "Sete Estrelas", and "Queira Me Bem". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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VariousDoo Wop Soda Shop – Atmospheric & Romantic Harmony Sounds From The 50s & 60s ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
A really unique set of doo wop tracks from the classic years – one that has a slightly different format than some of the others on the market, as you might guess from the cover! These tunes are definitely sweet, but never too pop overall – and the titles all come from an extremely well-chosen batch of singles from a variety of labels and scenes – all to portray that special heartbreaking sound of early group soul – the sort that might well have been the biggest contribution that doo wop made to the legacy of harmony. The cuts on the set often have a slow-stepping, late nite feel – a moody vibe that often tells the tale of love found and love lost, but with vocal inflections that make each of these numbers a special standout on their own. There's 24 whopping tracks in all – with great sound, label scans, and titles that include "Remember" by Dennis & The Explorers, "Looking For You" by The Dukes, "For Your Love" by The Wanderers, "Along My Lonely Way" by The Utopians, "This Paradise" by The Bel-Aires, "Last Night I Dreamed" by The Fiestas, "The Night Is Quiet" by The Vocaleers, "Be Mine" by The Uptones, "Lonely One" by The Ravels, "Baby Be Mine" by The Melo Gents, and "Flames" by The Reminiscents. CD

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VariousLadies Of Too Slow To Disco – More Late 70s West Coast Yachtpop You Can Almost Dance To (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
How Do You Are (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
A great set of tracks that's billed as music "you can almost dance to" – and which hits this sweet midtempo groove throughout – filled with female vocals, and served up in a wicked soulful style of AOR! The collection's an excellent all-girl companion to the previous Too Slow To Disco sets – and may well be the best so far, as there's a current of soul that maybe didn't show up that strongly before – as the singers unabashedly go for deeper modes in some of their vocals, while the instrumental side of the tracks glow nicely with sweet keyboards, riffing guitars, and just the right touch of slightly funky rhythms! There's plenty of gems here we might have overlooked otherwise – definitely the best side of the "yacht rock" revival of the past few years – and tracks include "You Can Do It" by Evie Sands, "Be Here In The Morning" by Renee Geyer, "Gotta Lotta" by Lauren Wood, "It's The Falling In Love" by Carol Baker Sayer, "Crazy" by Valerie Carter, "Isn't It Something" by Franne Golde, "Opening Up To You" by Laura Allen, "Temptation" by Leah Kunkel, "Disco Tech" by Carole King, "Dance The Night Away" by Doris Abrahams, and "Take Me With You" by Lyn Christopher. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousThings Gonna Get Better – Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1970 to 1977 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Plenty of street funk and just a bit of jazz here – all served up in the kind of killer funky collection we've always loved from the BGP label! As with some of their other gems, this set goes way beyond the obvious – and digs deep to not just feature rare singles and album tracks, but also include some never-issued recordings from the same period – which makes the set every bit as important for collectors of vintage 45s as it is for newcomers just looking to get a funky taste! There's a hard, deep vibe to most of these tracks – definitely some of the righteous message promised by the cover and title, but also just some plain old funky elements too – served up with lots of sinister guitar lines, heavy drums, and a mix of instrumental riffing and hard soul vocals. Titles include a special instrumental DJ edit of "A Joyful Process" by Funkadelic – plus "Dose Of Soul" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers, "Do It" by Billy Sha Rae, "Music For The Brothers" by The Solicitors, "What's The Matter With The World" by Dave Hamilton, "Chains" by Blacks & blues, "Things Gonna Get Better" by Clarence Coulter, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" by Pretty Purdie & The Playboys, "One Man's Loss" by Vernon Garrett, "125th Street & 7th Ave" by Richard Groove Holmes, "Mucho Macho" by Macho, "Push On Jesse Jackson" by The Pace Setters, "Shorty The Pimp" by Don Julian, and "Payin Dues" by Ruby Delicious. CD

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✨✧ VariousVive Le Rock & Roll – The Unruly World Of French Rock & Roll 1956 to 1962 ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare rockers from the earliest days of the French scene – work that's often much more tied to American styles than French material from a few years later – but in a really great way that hangs onto all the best raw and rockabilly modes of the late 50s! Lyrics are often in French, and most tracks are original – but there's definitely a strong current of influence from Sun Records and other points south in the use of thumping acoustic bass, skittish small drum kits, and fast-riffing guitar – all to accompany the wonderful vocals in the lead. The track list is great, with 22 numbers that go way past early French rock hits – and titles include "Oncle John" by El Toro Et Les Cyclones, "Ils Croient A Leur Danse" by Gelou, "Mon Mari C'Est Frankenstein" by Nicole Paquin, "Rock A Billy" by Les 6 Trognes, "Rock Rock" by Charles Verstaete, "39 De Fievre" by Gabriel Dalar, "Gong Gong" by Danyel Gerard, "Le Rhythme Du Rock" by Jackie Seven, "Twist A Saint Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages, and "Hello Josephine" by Les Daltons. CD

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Kingsley AmisEnding Up ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 1974. New Copy ... $4.99 14.00
Kingsley Amis at his best – working in the kind of modes that almost make him the British literary equivalent to director Mike Leigh – with all of the wit and social sensitivity that might imply! The story is set in an old folks home – Tuppenyhappeny Cottage – and is stocked with a cast of characters that are almost out of Fawlty Towers, but handled with a lot more care and depth of spirit – in that Kingsley Amis way of poking at British society, while also loving it at the same time – or at least loving the challenges it can offer in terms of of navigation. Definitely a comedy, but a lot more too – 113 pages, softcover. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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ApostlesApostles ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic funk from The Apostles – a group who were easily one of the most hard-hitting on the African scene of the 70s – and one who definitely absorbed key currents from a range of American artists – from James Brown through Booker T & The MGs! The groove here is totally great – and almost as appealing to standard funk fans as to listeners looking for more Afro-styled sounds – although a few numbers also move into slightly trippy Zamrock territory, which gives the album an even greater sense of depth! The basslines, drums, and guitars are totally great – and titles include "Highway To Success", "Never Too Late", "Play Girl", "Inflation", "Don't Worry", and "Guest Of HOnor". 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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✨✧ Selda BagcanSelda (UK pressing) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1975. Sealed Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars – one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s – and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record's a folk set, the overall production is heavily electric – filled with fuzzed-up touches on the guitars, and usually supported by some funky drumming that gives most of the record a cool Eastern break sort of feel! Lyrics aren't in English, but they're oddly compelling even if you don't know what they mean – as Selda's voice has a weird other-wordly quality, and comes off with the same tripped-out qualities as the music! Titles include "Ince Ince", "Nasirli Eller", "Mehmet Emmi", "Dost Uyan", "Gitme", "Kizil Dere", "Yaz Gazeteci Yaz", and "Meydan Sizindir". LP features 2 bonus tracks – but it's not like you've got the original album, and needed those as an incentive to buy the reissue! LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Lucio BattistiAmore E Non Amore (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Dischi Ricordi/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by Italian legend Lucio Battisti – a set that perfectly combines all the different strands of music that were going on in the scene at the time! The album's got definite influences from the prog, sound library, and soundtrack fields – but also comes together with a more unified sound, given the presence of Lucio in the lead – an artist who might have been a straight romantic singer a decade before, but who was very open to the shifts at the time, and really let them influence his music. The mode is a bit like that early 70s moment when both Roberto and Erasmo Carlos were moving past their pop roots in Brazil – and the whole thing will come as a real surprise if you only know some of Lucio's more conventional music. Titles include "Supermarket", "Dio Mio No", "Una", "Una Poltrona Un Bicchiere Di Congnac Un Televisore", and "Se La Mia Pelle Vuoi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl and cover – with bonus insert too!)

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Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 2 – Movie Scenes, The Sequel ... LP
Stones Throw, 2006. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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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Vince Benedetti/Dave Liebman/ChangesEgo Recordings Vol 4 (Dwellers On The High Plateau/Last Call/Changes/Some More Changes) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $41.99
A fantastic collection of work from the overlooked Ego label – four rare albums, originally issued only overseas! First up is Dwellers On The High Plateau, by pianist Vince Benedetti – soaring, spiritual soul jazz! The set's built around the piano and compositions of Vince Benedetti – but it really kicks from some great rhythmic accompaniment from Billy Brooks on drums and Eric Peters on bass, both of whom spin out these warm, long, flowing grooves that seem to get more out of Benedetti's work than we've heard on other records. The album also features some great work on soprano and tenor sax from Andy Scherrer – blowing snakey lines that cut through the rhythms with a very nice edge. Titles include "Dwellers On The High Plateau", "Gone", "The Black Notes", and "The Call". Next up is The Last Call – one of the most obscure early albums from reedman Dave Liebman – a set that was recorded in the US, but only issued overseas! The album features Liebman in two different modes – the first a relatively free, surprisingly spiritual setting – as Dave blows tenor on two long tracks, with just the drums of Jeff Williams behind him. Other material is a bit more structured, with those angular lines that Liebman brought to some of his more famous work – a real precursor for a generation of saxophonists who were inspired by these sounds. On these cuts, Liebman plays tenor and soprano sax – and works with Mark Isham on trumpet, Michael Formanek on bass, and Mike Barsimento on drums. The piano-less group has a wonderful sound – lots of soundshaping between Liebman and Isham especially – and titles on the album include "Wind Blues", "The Last Call/First Visit", "Your Lady", "Thoughts Of Loss", and "Leprechaun". Next is Home Again, by the group changes – a combo that features very strong contributions from trumpeter Uli Beckerhoff, saxophonist Wolfgang Engstfeld, pianist Ed Kroger, bassist Peter Bockius, and drummer Peter Weiss! Like most of the best on the Ego label, there's a strong rhythm section here that really lets the soloists open up and do their thing – never going too far out at all, but crafting these warmly soulful lines, with a slight spiritual undercurrent – stretching out with a rich feeling, but a sound that's never forced or overdone. Titles include "Home Again", "Trees", "Samba Du Commerce", and "Blues For Ed". Changes follow again, with the album Some More Changes – a record with a sound that really represents the strongest modes of soulful jazz that developed in the 70s! These players all clearly have a knowledge of outside territory, but choose to remain closer in – yet always point towards the beyond with both their solos, and their wonderfully strong writing in the set – a bit like some of the best work on Muse Records in the 70s, such as albums by Woody Shaw or Kenny Barron! There's definitely a similar vibe to those records here – especially in the sense of cohesion that comes from the lineup – Uli Beckerhoff on trumpet, Wolfgang Engstfeld on soprano sax and tenor, Ed Kroger on piano, Detlef Beier on bass, and Peter Weiss on drums. All tracks are originals – and titles include "Kenny Make It", "Yaiza", "Akiko", "Hautkontakt", and "Last Chance". CD
 
 
 



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