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Gene Bertoncini & Roni Ben HurSmile ... CD
Motema, 2008. Used ... $8.99
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Jaimeo BrownTranscendence – Work Songs ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Drummer Jaimeo Brown returns to the territory of his previous well-received Transcendence album – but shifts the sound slightly here – by mixing in inspiration from older work songs, instead of the gospel elements of the previous set – while creating music that's equally powerful overall! The album features older snippets of sound from Parchman Farm, mixed with some other recordings from Folkways – augmented by contemporary jazz performances by the group – in a way that fits with the mix of eras presented with the image on the cover. Some times are very strongly structured around the older work songs, others bring in new vocal performances, and electrify things a bit more – as Brown plays a bit of electronics, and the group also features Big Yuki and James Francies on keyboards, and Chris Sholar on guitar and more electronics. There's a few ultra-cool tracks that use older Japanese vocals – kind of a shift stylistically, but very compelling – and the rest of the group features JD Allen on tenor, Marcia Miget on flute, and Jaleel Shaw on alto. Titles include "Lazarus", "Mississippi", "Hidden Angel", "Safflower", "For Mama Lucy", "Paterson", "Stonemason", and "The Valley". CD

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✨✧ Marc CaryRhodes Ahead Vol 2 ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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Ryan CohanAnother Look ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $3.99
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CookersTime & Time Again ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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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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✨✧ Joe LockeLove Is A Pendulum ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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Charnett MoffettArt Of Improvisation ... CD
Motema, 2009. Used ... $4.99
One of the more inventive albums we've seen from bassist Charnett Moffett – an album that has him stepping out on a few different versions of his chosen instrument, with help from an assortment of different players from track to track! Moffett plays both acoustic and electric bass – often balancing the instruments beautifully, so that one's cutting out rhythm while the other hits melody – and some tracks are quite spare, while others are fairly full, depending on the guests on board. Players include Will Calhoun and Eric McPherson on drums, Scott Brown on piano, Yungchen Lhamo on vocals, Pat Jones on acoustic guitar, and Charnett Moffett on drums – and titles include "Call For Peace", "Elements Of Life", "Moses", "The Story", "Swing Rock", "Dreams", "Enlightenment Part 1", and "The Awkening". CD

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Charnett MoffettTreasure ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $4.99
Bold, beautiful work from Charnett Moffett – a bass-heavy album, and one that grows its soul up from the bottom! There's a focus and majesty here we haven't heard in Charnett in a long time – and at points, the album almost carries itself like some lost soul jazz session – with lots of modal elements in the rhythms, and a soaring sensibility in the instrumentation – wrapping up Moffett's great lines on acoustic and electric bass with additional bass, guitar, and even a bit of sitar! Other instrumentation includes tenor, trumpet, tamboura, and tablas – the last two of which add in some great exotic flavors – and titles include "Swing Street", "The Celebration", "Beam Me Up", "Say La", "The Thing Of Swing", "Country Blues", and "Praise". CD
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✨✧ Rene MarieSound Of Red ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Vocalist Rene Marie has been quietly growing her craft for years – really turning into a hell of an artist, with a sound and a style that's a lot fresher than most! Where others might be content to recover familiar ground, Marie's always trying something new – writing great songs of her own, which make up the entire album – and moving to some soulful styles, while still holding onto her roots in jazz – a blend that maybe makes her the female equivalent of Gregory Porter, although Marie's been at it for a few more years! This set's a real reward to anyone who's followed Marie's music – and a great treat for anyone discovering her for the first time – and backing is by a core trio with John Chin on piano – alongside some guest appearances from Romero Lubambo on guitar, Sherman Irby on alto, and Etienne Charles on trumpet. Titles are all original – and include "Lost", "Stronger Than You Think", "Sound Of Red", "If You Were Mine", "Joy Of Jazz", "This Is Not A Protest Song", and "Many Years Ago". CD

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz OrchestraCuba – The Conversation Continues ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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✨✧ Gregory PorterBe Good ... CD
Motema, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, Gregory's a singer who really moves past simple styles and generic conventions – into a mode that's vivid and rich right from the start, and defiitely his own territory – a world of sound that's a delight to experience! Most backings are straight jazzy, but inflected with some soul modes – and the album's even better and more incredible than Porter's debut for Motema. Titles include "On My Way To Harlem", "When Did You Learn", "Mother's Song", "Imitation Of Life", "Our Love", "Be Good", and "Painted On Canvas". CD
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✨✧ Gregory PorterBe Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Motema, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
Wonderful work from Gregory Porter – easily one of the best new jazz singers to emerge in the past decade or so, and one whose approach is soulful enough to rival the greats of the 70s! There's echoes here of Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, and Al Jarreau – and like all those artists, Gregory's a singer who really moves past simple styles and generic conventions – into a mode that's vivid and rich right from the start, and defiitely his own territory – a world of sound that's a delight to experience! Most backings are straight jazzy, but inflected with some soul modes – and the album's even better and more incredible than Porter's debut for Motema. Titles include "On My Way To Harlem", "When Did You Learn", "Mother's Song", "Imitation Of Life", "Our Love", "Be Good", and "Painted On Canvas". LP, Vinyl record album
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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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✨✧ Omer AvitalNew Song ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring spiritual sounds from bassis Omer Avital – a musician we love more and more with each new record, and one who only seems to be honing his vision even more strongly over recent years! The material is all original by Avital – performed by a core quintet that features sparkling trumpet lines from Avishai Cohen, tenor from Joel Frahm, piano from Yonathan Avishai, and drums from Daniel Fredman – a lineup that's often so well-fused, they've got this cohesive power that goes well beyond the individual spirit of the instruments. Avital's lines often have this flowing, buoyant quality that recalls classic lines from Abdullah Ibrahim, or maybe some of Randy Weston's more African-oriented compositions – and the set features a bit of vocalizations at points, but more than draws enough power from the five musicians in the lead. Titles include "New Song", "Hafla", "Aviskhes", "Tsafdina", "Bedouin Roots", and "Ballad For A Friend". CD
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✨✧ David Murray Cuban EnsembleDavid Murray Cuban Ensemble Plays Nat King Cole En Espagnole ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of David Murray's most ambitious projects ever – and that's saying a lot, given the depth of the 150-plus albums in his recording career! As you'd guess from the title, the set's a tribute to the En Espanol albums by Nat King Cole from the early 60s – and like those gems, Murray's project is a trans-cultural outing that brings together his jazz roots with Cuban musicians, additional strings, and an occasional vocalist – all recorded in studios from Argentina, to Portugal, to France! There's still a nicely unified feel to the whole record, though – and there should be, given how long Murray has kept this musical vision in his heart – and honestly, the whole thing is one of the most impressive things he's recorded in years – not only a great reminder that he's got deep respect for many jazz traditions, but also that he can inflect his horn with rich flavors with effortless ease. Titles include "Quizas Quizas Quizas", "Black Nat", "Piel Canela", "Cachito", "Aqui Se Habla En Amor", and "El Bodeguero". US version features the bonus cut "El Chocolo"! CD

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✨✧ David Murray with Gregory Porter & Macy GrayBe My Monster Love ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... Out Of Stock
David Murray sounds plenty great here on his own – working in a core quartet that features organ and piano from Marc Cary – but a number of tracks also feature vocals from the wonderful Gregory Porter – an excellent singer who really matches the depth and spirit of Murray's music! David wrote all the songs himself – and the vocal numbers feature lyrics by Ishmael Reed and Abiodun Oyewole, sung by Gregory on three tracks with all the rich soul of his own albums for the Motema label – and matched by a surprisingly great jazz performance by Macy Gray on one other number too! In addition to Cary, Murray's quartet also features Nasheet Waits on drums and Jaribu Shahid on bass – and the set also features guest work from Bobby Bradford on cornet on one track too. Titles include "About The Children", "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers", "The Graduate", "Army Of The Faithful", "Sorrow Song", and "Be My Monster Love". CD
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✨✧ Randy Weston & His African Rhythms SextetStoryteller – Live At Dizzy's Club Coca Cola ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
Randy Weston's much more than a storyteller here – as the album's got a full force that moves beyond any strictly-personal work on piano – and instead goes for some of the best African-influenced styles that Weston first started working out at the end of the 50s! The album's core features a revisited version of Weston's African Cookbook – but done here in a much more expansive mode – with lots of free-flowing lines from Randy on the piano, which then open the way for full group grooving with players who include Benny Powell on trombone, TK Blue on saxophone, Alex Blake on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums! Titles include "The Shrine", "Chano Pozo", "African Sunrise", "The Bridge", "Tehuti", and "Wig Loose". CD
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✨✧ Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-HurAlegria De Viver ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 (with download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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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