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Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-HurAlegria De Viver ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 15.98
One of the loveliest albums in years from the legendary Leny Adrade – a set that pairs her amazing vocals with sweet guitar lines from Roni Ben-Hur! The set is very spare – just guitar and vocals – but Leny rises to the occasion wonderfully, and gives her voice this wonderful sense of inflection that really gets at the jazziest side of her style – while still hanging onto all the subtle emotion she brings to the Portuguese lyrics of the tunes! Andrade's always been a hell of a singer, but sometimes the arrangements can overwhelm her presence – something that doesn't happen here at all, and which reminds us how much we love her music. Roni plays a 1969 Johnny Smith hollow-body electric, which has a great warm tone for the session – and titles include "Refem Da Solidao", "Samba Iluminado", "Estrada Branca", "O Que E Amar", "Rugas", "Passa Por Mim", "Carinhoso", and "E Preciso Perdoar". CD

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Marc CaryFour Directions ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Marc Cary's working here with his Focus Trio – a mighty cool group that has Sameer Gupta handling tablas as well as drums – an instrument that really helps bring a new sort of groove to the record! Cary's always had a way with richly visionary soundscapes – even in a more standard setting – but here, he slides out with a wide sort of sound that's expressed by a spare group of players – almost a mode that hearkens back to the best 70s moments of ECM, but with some straighter jazz passages as well. In addition to Gupta's drums and tablas, and Cary's acoustic piano, the set also features Burniss Earl Travis on acoustic and electric bass – plus some guest acoustic bass from Rashaan Carter on a few of the numbers that have Travis on electric. Titles include "Open Baby", "Todi Blues", "He Who Hops Around", "Tanktified", "Ready Or Not", and "Spectrum". CD

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Ryan CohanRiver ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $2.99
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Roman DiazL'O Da Fun Bata ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A very rootsy set of Cuban bata – and a record that almost feels like a vintage session for Folkways than some of the more contemporary music on the Motema label! The album's got a strong Yoruba bend – and features spoken passages between most of the percussive tracks – introducing different deities, who are then supported through highly spiritual performance that mixes chanted vocals with percussion by Roman and his group – with no other instrumentation at all! The notes put both the music and the references in the right sort of cultural perspective – and titles include "Agayu", "Oggun", "Elegua", "Oshun", "Shango", and "Obatala". CD

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Babatunde LeaSoul Pools (with bonus CD) ... CD
Motema, 2002. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99 14.98
Pure brilliance from Babatunde Lea – an artist who sounds as deeply soulful in the 21st Century as he did on his first recordings from a few decades back! This time around, Lea's working with the wonderful Frank Lacy on trombone and trumpet – in a set of work that's all arranged by Lacy, with bold piano lines from Hilton Ruiz – whose playing here really takes us back to those early moments when we first discovered his genius – that unique blend of Latin and spiritual jazz roots that's perfect for a record like this. Things are plenty righteous, but very warm too – and the record stretches out magnificently without trying to hit anyone over the head – that beautiful balance you'd find in a rare Strata East record, maybe even more amazing here, given the contemporary date of the recording! Mario Rivera plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute – and titles include "Soul Pools", "Carolyn's Dance", "1055", "Round The World", "Ejercito Moreno", "Yerba Buena", and "Jackie & The Beanstalk". Also comes with a full bonus CD – Live At Rasselas – a quartet performance with Ernie Watts on tenor, Hilton Ruiz on piano, and Geoff Brennan on bass – on a 25 minute version of "Footprints". CD

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Elio Villafranca & Arturo StableDos Y Mas ... CD
Motema, 2012. Used ... $4.99
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Elio Villafranca & The Jass SyncopatorsCaribbean Tinge – Live From Dizzy's Club Coca Cola ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Heavy Latin grooves from pianist Elio Villafranca – working here with a great large lineup that's filled to the brim with heavyweight players! The session's the kind that you'll find at the best Club Coca Cola presentations – one of those rare moments where big money allows a special sort of performance, but the kind that never dampens its edge for the mainstream – and instead chooses that moment to unleash something really special! Villafranca composed and arranged all the tunes – and even produced the setting – and he makes great use of players who include Sean Jones and Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Vincent Herring on alto, Greg Tardy on tenor, and both Willie Jones III and Lewis Nash on drums. The set's also got a fair bit of added percussion – which really intensifies the sound promised in the title – and tracks include "Caribbean Tinge", "Flower By The Dry River", "Mambo Vivo", "Two To Tango", and "Last Train To Paris". CD

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Charenee WadeMusic Of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
We love the music of Gil Scott-Heron to death, and we're always a bit suspicious when someone tries to borrow its spirit – but we totally love this fresh presentation of Gil's songs by vocalist Charenee Wade! The music is in the jazziest side of the Scott-Heron spectrum – that warmer glow that Gil unlocked with Brian Jackson in the 70s, especially on his Arista albums – which showed an increasing musical complexity to support the righteous ideals of the lyrics. Charenee really gets that balance right here – sounding nothing at all like she's copping Gil's act, but really understanding the spirit of his intent – as she works amidst a well-chosen group of jazz musicians who include Brandon McCune on piano, Stefon Harris on vibes, Dave Stryker on guitar, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass. Christian McBride and Malcolm Jamal Warner both add in a few spoken word passages – and titles include "Ain't No Such Thing As Superman", "Song Of The Wind", "A Toast To The People", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "Pease Go With You Brother", and "The Vulture". CD

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David WeissWhen Words Fail ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... $5.99
David Weiss is one of the hippest leaders around these days – a great player and a hell of a writer, but most importantly an artist who really knows how to choose the right musicians for his group! Weiss has often evoked the best modern moments of the 60s with previous projects – and he's shown that generation's similar ability to put together just the right sort of session to make the ideas fly – but here the music is mostly original, and some of David's best to date! The group burns with an intense, unified vision right from the start – but spins off in impeccable solos that bring so many personal elements into play – from a lineup that includes Myron Waldon on alto, Marcus Strickland on tenor, Xavier Davis on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and EJ Strickland on drums – guided expertly by the trumpet of Weiss on tunes that include "Loss", "Wayward", "MJ", "The Intrepid Hub", "When Words Fail", and "Passage Into Eternity". CD

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Rufus ReidLive At The Kennedy Center (CD & DVD) ... CD
Motema, 2007. Used CD/DVD ... Just Sold Out!
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✨✧ Charenee WadeMusic Of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... Out Of Stock
We love the music of Gil Scott-Heron to death, and we're always a bit suspicious when someone tries to borrow its spirit – but we totally love this fresh presentation of Gil's songs by vocalist Charenee Wade! The music is in the jazziest side of the Scott-Heron spectrum – that warmer glow that Gil unlocked with Brian Jackson in the 70s, especially on his Arista albums – which showed an increasing musical complexity to support the righteous ideals of the lyrics. Charenee really gets that balance right here – sounding nothing at all like she's copping Gil's act, but really understanding the spirit of his intent – as she works amidst a well-chosen group of jazz musicians who include Brandon McCune on piano, Stefon Harris on vibes, Dave Stryker on guitar, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass. Christian McBride and Malcolm Jamal Warner both add in a few spoken word passages – and titles include "Ain't No Such Thing As Superman", "Song Of The Wind", "A Toast To The People", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "Pease Go With You Brother", and "The Vulture". CD
Also available Music Of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Marc CaryRhodes Ahead Vol 2 ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Plenty of Fender Rhodes here – and a bit of Hammond as well – in a set that's a wonderful follow-up to Marc Cary's earlier Rhodes Ahead project! The keyboards have this mellow flow all the way through – still some of the sharper edges of Cary's other music, but a vibe that's often a bit more relaxed and spacious – as Marc lets the keyboard lines almost move of their own accord, as they take his initial attack and spin it out nicely in space – alongside shifting instrumentation that includes Taurus Mateen on bass and Terreon Tank Gully on drums – plus trumpet from Igmar Thomas, tabla from Sameer Gupta, and djembe from Jabarei Exeum. The vibe is partly 70s, partly contemporary cosmic – and titles include "Astral Flight 17", "Spices & Mystics", "Below The Equator", "The Alchemist's Notes", and "7th Avenue North". CD

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✨✧ CookersTime & Time Again ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest groups going in recent years – a strong revival of key soulful jazz talents from previous years, all working under the leadership of trumpeter David Weiss – who's really helped them come together and find a whole new sort of energy! The lineup features tremendous tenor from Billy Harper – sounding at his classic best with The Cookers – especially when the rhythms spin out majestically from George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – often with these dark undercurrents that make the music wonderfully powerful! And in addition to Weiss on trumpet, the frontline also includes Eddie Henderson's trumpet as well, plus the alto of Donald Harrison – and the horns have a great way of folding together and interweaving, before breaking out in these very personal solos. Titles include tracks by almost all members of the group – and tunes include "Slippin & Slidin", "Renada", "Sir Galahad", "Time & Time Again", "Dance Of The Invisible Nymph", "Dance Eternal Spirits Dance", and "Three Fall". CD

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✨✧ Joe LockeLove Is A Pendulum ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful record from vibist Joe Locke – and maybe his most dynamic album in years! The set's got Joe working in a particularly angular mode – carving out these wonderful lines of sound with core rhythms from the trio of Robert Rodriguez on piano, Terreon Gully on drums, and Ricky Rodriguez on bass – all younger players who provide a very fresh setting for Locke's vibes! Joe's still got all the warmth of his recent records, but also has a bit more edge, too – which we like a lot – and this quality seems to come out especially strong alongside some of the guests – who include Rosario Giuliani on alto and soprano sax and Donny McCaslin on tenor. Titles include "For Jesse Mountain", "Love Is Letting Go", "Love Is A Pendulum", "Love Is The Tide", and "Variation On Wisdom". CD

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✨✧ Shai Maestro TrioUntold Stories ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Shai Maestro definitely earns his last name here – working as the guiding force behind incredible sounds that seem to flow from his fingertips with effortless ease – this nonstop cascade of sounds, ideas, and colors that come across equally well on both the album's dynamic tracks and its more introspective moments! Maestro has this way of playing with dark, moody elements at times – but always in this tuneful, soulful mode that shows both an ear for the modern and an embrace of some of the more lyrical elements of older years. The set was recorded both live and in Brooklyn and Paris studios – and the trio features Shai on piano, with Jorge Roeder on bass and Ziv Ravitz on drums – on titles that include "Maya's Song", "Painting", "Treelogy", "Elusive", and "Endless Winter". CD

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✨✧ Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz OrchestraCuba – The Conversation Continues ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, all recording in Havana under Arturo's direction! The tracks are often ambitious, but never overly-complicated – and instead almost take us back to the clarity of vision that we first loved in the older Afro-Cuban experiments of Machito with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie – and the ability of those records to throw out many ideas at once, yet keep things very fluid and forward-moving at all times. Most tunes were written especially for the project – and titles include "Vaca Frita", "Second Line Soca", "El Bombon", "Just One Moment", "The Triumphant Journey", "Afro Latin Jazz Suite", "Guajira Simple", "Alabanza", "Blues Guaguanco", and "There's A Statue Of Jose Marti In Central Park". CD
 
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Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 (with download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
An incredible compilation of work from Congolese sax player Verckys and his L'Orchestre Veve – a set that covers nearly a decade as it runs through a range of exhilarating styles – from heady funk, to psych-steeped rumba, to rawly-percussive Afrobeat! Verckys formed the L'Orchestre Veve after a short stint in Franco Lambo's OK Jazz – and right off the bat, they were breathing even fresher life into what was already a very creative Congolese music scene. There's a lot going on here, and it's all pretty amazing – and since Verckys is a sax player, you might go in thinking the instrumentation will be heavy on horns – but although there's plenty of solos and tight, funky horn punctuation – Verckys is clearly a generous band leader, and allows a diverse backdrop of guitar jamming, organ lines, heavy percussion and more – all to fit some really great vocals over the top. One of the best from Analog Africa in awhile – and that's really saying something – with titles that include "Vassala Hot", "Ya Nini", "Cheka Sana", "Oui Verckys", "Nakobala Yo Denise", "Sex Veve", "Sisi Motema", "Talali Talala", "Zonga Vonvon", "Nakomi Paralise" and "Matnida Comono". LP, Vinyl record album
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