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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Respiration (radio, street, inst)/Children's Story (radio, street, inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1999. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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Mos DefBlack On Both Sides ... LP
Rawkus, 1999. Near Mint- 2LP ... $44.99
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Mos DefBrown Sugar (Fine) (radio, inst, album, acappella) Brown Sugar (Super Fine) (Megahertz rmx, Megahertz inst) ... 12-inch
MCA, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chi-town's own (or formerly of. . .) Kanye produces this lead off single to the soundtrack for the film Brown Sugar, with a beat that just verges on the hot sound. It makes us wonder why they didn't push to get this one out earlier that summer – 'cause it would've been boomin' from every ride in town. Nonetheless, it's still dope, though it's the Megahertz mix that comes closest to a real hip hop vibe, even if Mos Def isn't really saying anything on it. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve. Label has a line of marker.)

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✨✧ Mos DefTrue Magic ... LP
Geffen, 2006. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mos Def is back doing hip hop after the thick stylistic mulch that was his previous LP – with production by Pharrell, Minnesota and others – with loose, nimble rhymes and straight up, raw, unfussy production. True Magic finds Mos Def in a laidback zone – generally without the righteous b-boy polemics and occasional straight up anger that characterized his classic Black On Both Sides – but still with a casual swagger, wit and limber hip hop linguistics. Tracks include "True Magic", "Undeniable", "UR The One", "Thug Is A Drug", "Crime & Medicine", "A Ha", "Dollar Day", "Napoleon Dynamite", "There Is A Way", "Sun, Moon, Stars", "Murder Of A Teenage Life", "Fake Bonanza", "Perfect Timing" and "Lifetime". LP, Vinyl record album
(2LPs in a plain black sleeve.)
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Bush BabeesLove Song (so so def dirty mix, so so def inst, so so def dirty, acapella, so so def clean, so so def clean dub, album) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1996. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Featuring Mos Def. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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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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Kanye WestGraduation ... CD
Def Jam, 2007. Used ... $2.99
Kanye's tightest, most heavily synth soaked set yet – and possibly the best – a leap ahead for his evolving sound! Graduation gleams and shines more than it bounces on the bottom end, and if his LP titles to date overtly suggest that this caps off a trilogy – it really goes beyond the title – it's POST Graduation! By the end of Late Registration Kanye was dabbling in hip hop symphonies (for the better) with a few too many skits, but this one's all laser beam efficiency with a human heartbeat. Kanye's moved on, well past our expectations anyway, and he better not call the next one Class Reunion. A bunch of these cuts could rule several radio formats, and they sound great in the headphones, too. To tell the truth, any modern hip hop record with a big fat (and surely expensive) Steely Dan sample is going get an automatic recommendation from us, but Graduation works for us for many more reasons than that alone. Well done, Kanye! "Good Morning", "Champion", the Daft Punk-ed hit "Stronger", "I Wonder", "Good Life", "Can't Tell Me Me Nothing", "Barry Bonds" with Lil Wayne, "Drunk And Hot Girls" with Mos Def, "Flashing Lights" with Dwele, "Everything I Am" with DJ Premier, "Homecoming" and "Big Brother". CD

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Corey KingLashes ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
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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Reflection EternalFortified Live (dirty, sensitive ears, Hi-Tekstramental)/2000 Seasons (orig, watch your mouth mix, chill out inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1997. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $9.99
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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RootsRising Down ... CD
Def Jam, 2008. Used ... $2.99
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Reflection EternalFortified Live (dirty, sensitive ears, Hi-Tekstramental)/2000 Seasons (orig, watch your mouth mix, chill out inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic material from the folks at Rawkus. "Fortified Live" features Mos Def and Mr. Man. 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
(In a plain 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ VariousLyricist Lounge Vol 2 ... LP
Rawkus, 2000. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Round Two features the tracks "16 Bars (Live At The Lyricist Lounge 1993)" by The Notorious B.I.G., "Oh No" by Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch featuring Nate Dogg, "Makin It Blend" by Q-Tip & Words, "Get Up" by Cocoa Brovaz, "Let's Grow" by Royce Da 5'9", "Ms Fat Booty 2" by Mos Def & Ghostface Killah, "W.K.Y.A." by Saukrates featuring Redman, "Sharp Shooters" by Talib Kweli & Dead Prez, with production by Hi-Tek, "Legendary Street Team" by Kool G Rap & M.O.P., with production by Mighty Mi, "The Grimy Way" by Big Noyd & Prodigy, with production by The Alchemist, "Battle" by Erick Sermon featuring Sy Scott, "Still Here" by Big L featuring C-Town, with production by Hi-Tek, "Right and Exact" by Dilated Peoples, with production by The Alchemist, "I've Committed Murder (Gang Starr remix)" by Macy Gray, produced by Premier and featuring Mos Def, "Outro Live At The Lounge" by Q-Tip, "Da Cipha Interlude" featuring Punch, Cobra Red, Planet Asia, Guilty & Phil Da Agony, with production by Madlib – and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Michael DeaseFather Figure ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jill Scott & OthersCollaborations ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2007. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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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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

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✨✧ Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good ... $0.99
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

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Rodrigo Amado/Kent Kessler/Paal Nilssen-LoveAbstract Truth ... CD
European Echoes, 2009. Used ... $9.99
Plenty of power here – a hip trio that features saxophonist Rodrigo Amado on tenor and baritone, alongside bold rhythms from Kent Kessler on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Both Kent and Paal are players we know and love from other albums, and they definitely hold up to their previous promise here – propelling the tunes with a dynamic energy that's totally great – followed by Amado's well-crafted tenor lines, and some surprisingly nice moments on baritone too. Most tracks feel relatively free, but have an inherent sense of structure – at least through their sense of force – and titles include "Human Condition", "The Kiss", "Universe Unmasked", "Enigma Of The Arrival", "The Enchanted Room", and "Clouds & Shadows". CD

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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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Curtis AmyKatanga ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Very Good+ ... $16.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing on Affinity.)

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AnthraxI'm The Man EP ... LP
Island/Megaforce, 1987. Very Good ... $11.99
Not! Not! Ya know what. . .Anthrax's I'm The Man EP may be dumb fun, but it's high-minded dumb fun, and done with geniune love for classic rap. . .gutsy stuff from these true godfathers of thrash metal, from a time when their peers took themselves way too freaking seriously. Well, either gutsy, or maybe they just didn't give a s**t, which makes it all the more amusing. Punchy riffs, an obvious take on Billy Squier's "Big Beat" in the drums, and their knowingly goofy attempts at Beastie Boys-style comic rap. If rap metal began and ended right here we'd be better off, but we won't blame Anthrax for all the bad stuff to come! Includes "I'm The Man (Censored Radio Version)", "I'm The Man (DEF Uncensored Version)" – plus live versions Anthrax staples "Caught In A Mosh", "I Am The Law" and "I'm The Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ar-KaicsJust My Life/It's Here Eyes ... 7-inch
Wick, 2016. New Copy ... $5.99
A raw slice of garage from the Ar-Kaics – a group who definitely earn their name with the sound of this single! "Just My Life" has a nasty, fuzzy feel – almost like the best of the Sunset Strip scene – and "It's Her Eyes" is maybe a bit warmer, but still with a sneer in the lyrics – almost like The Ramones trying to sing a love ballad! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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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Malcolm ArnoldNine Hours To Rama/The Lion ... CD
Artemis (UK), 1962/1963. Used ... $14.99
Two compelling 60s soundtracks from British composer Malcolm Arnold! The set begins with Arnold's great music to the film Nine Hours To Rama – a thriller about Ghandi's assassination, set to musical themes that mix 60s dramatic scoring with some elements of Indian music! Arnold's score is nicely serious in parts, but also has some more driving, percussive sections too – bits of tabla or other percussion that give the music some Eastern flavors – and some vocal passages as well. Titles include "Natu Tells Rani Of His Oath", "Das Warns Ghandi", "Train Coming Into Delhi", "Parade Ground", "Indian Concert", and "Malabar Hill". Arnold's score to The Lion is also set in colonial territory – a meeting of Malcolm's more traditional scoring with the African setting of the film! There's not as many African touches in the music as you might expect – as the orchestrations are mostly full and dramatic – but there's definitely a few attempts at more exotic moments, especially in some of the percussion used. The music represented here by the tracks from the UK 7" EP – a total of 6 numbers that include "King Dance Of Happiness", "Tina At Night", "Opening Title Music", and "Drum Dance". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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AtmosphereWhen Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S**t Gold (limited deluxe edition with booklet, CD & DVD) ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2008. Used CD&DVD ... $8.99
The indefatigable Atmosphere returns with its sixth proper album (and 198th if you include their always worthwhile vinyl only, web only, and otherwise underground releases – what's in that lemonade, anyway?) – and the dynamic duo is as hard hitting and cathartic as ever! Beatmaker Ant gets more and more diverse with his killer wall of sound – whether it's a busy tapestry or minimalist funk – and Slug's words and delivery are vivid as always. This limited deluxe edition comes with a 36-page book featuring lyrics, an illustrated children's story (!!!) by Slug, and a DVD with over an hour of live footage and extras. Tracks include "Like The Rest Of Us", "Puppets", "The Skinny", "Dreamer", "You", "Painting", "Your Glasshouse", "Wild Wild Horses", "Me", "In Her Music Box" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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AtomicHere Comes Everybody ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Quite possibly the greatest album to date from Atomic – a set that steps out with a bold, rich sound right from the start – giving the whole thing the feel of some lost classic slice of avant jazz, but with a freshness that definitely marks the set with plenty of Atomic energy too! The horns are amazing – fierce interplay between the trumpet of Magnus Broo and reeds of Fredrik Ljungvist – locking together at times with these raging lines that have almost an ESP sort of feel – then breaking out with soul-drenching solos on their own – especially when Ljungvist handles the tenor. Paal Nilssen-Love's drums are on fire throughout – Havard Wilk barrels away on piano – and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten rolls things along strongly on bass. Titles include "Morphemes", "HCE", "Milano", "Kreuzberg Variations", "Panama", and "Unity Toccata". CD

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Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Near Mint- ... $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. Used 2CD ... $12.99
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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Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1976. Used ... $6.99
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players at their best, there's still plenty of sharp edges and deeply funky moments on the record – and if anything, the shift has really given The Bar-Kays a way to evolve their sound past some of the heavier modes of the early days, without losing any of the appeal of their groove! Some cuts have some great keyboards – almost producing a spacey funk feel at points – and titles include "Too Hot To Stop (part 1)", "You're So Sexy", "Cozy", "Spellbound", "Whitehouseorgy", and the nice mellow track "Summer Of Our Love". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Barclay James HarvestGone To Earth (2CD/DVD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1977. New Copy 2CD/DVD ... $26.99
Barclay James Harvest sound almost a bit more melancholy here than on previous records – maybe just because the leadoff hit track "Hymn" has a brooding message on drug deaths – but also because there seems to be a slightly more intense quality to their overall approach! The group are in very comfortable, confident territory – so much so, they can slow things down a bit and move with a brooding sense of soul that almost seems a precursor to the power ballad scene that would emerge a few years later. These tracks are still nicely free of the schmaltz of those – but definitely have a sense of compression that points the way forward – on titles that include "Hymn", "Love Is Like A Violin", "Leper's Song", "Taking Me Higher", "Spirit On The Water", "Sea Of Tranquility", and "Hard Hearted Woman". This huge package features both the original and a new stereo mix of the album – plus bonus tracks "Our Kid's Kid", "Hymn (single)", "Lied", "Friend Of Mine (single)", and "Loving Is Easy (1977 version)". Also features a bonus audio DVD – with the original mix, a new stereo mix, and a surround sound mix! CD

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Mickey Bass Powerhouse EnsembleLive At The Jazz Corner Of The World ... CD
Early Bird, 2001. Used ... $3.99
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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