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Omer AvitalNew Song ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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Marc CaryFour Directions ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 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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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 CohanOne Sky ... CD
Motema, 2007. Used ... $6.99
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CookersTime & Time Again ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
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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Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob BandBathtub Gin ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... $1.99
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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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Shai Maestro TrioUntold Stories ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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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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Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $7.99
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Herlin Riley on drums – mixed with much larger orchestrations that features Tim Hagens and Tanya Darby on trumpets, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Scott Robinson on tenor and clarinet, and Vincent Chancey on French Horn. Charenee Wade adds in some very cool wordless vocals at times – and most of the tracks are quite long, with lots of room for individual solos. Titles include "Singing Head", "Tapestry In The Sky", "Mother & Child", "Recognition", and "Glory". CD
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David WeissWhen Words Fail ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Charenee WadeMusic Of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily 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

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✨✧ Joe LockeLove Is A Pendulum ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... 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
Also available Love Is A Pendulum ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Jacques Schwarz-BartJazz Racine Haiti ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
A compelling combination of Haitian Racine music with jazz instrumentation – served up here in an album with a richly expressive feel all the way through! Jacques Schwarz-Bart takes melodies first forged in the hills of Haiti, often with roots in voodoo – and blends them with shimmering arrangements that feature his own soulful work on tenor sax, plus trumpet from Etienne Charles, flugelhorn from Alex Tassel, and piano from either Milan Milanovic or Gregory Privat. About half the tracks feature some vocal component – from a shifting lineup of singers that includes Erol Josue, Stephanie McKay, or Rosna Zila – who each bring their own flavor to the music, and expand things out with a range of soulful elements that really helps send the message home. McKay is especially great – scatting strongly on the tune "Kontredans" – and other tunes include "Je Vous Aime Kongo", "Legba Non Baye", "Kouzin", "Banda", "Blues Jonjon", "Bade Zile", and "Night". CD
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✨✧ Elio Villafranca & The Jass SyncopatorsCaribbean Tinge – Live From Dizzy's Club Coca Cola ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gregory PorterBe Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Motema, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Be Good ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Jaimeo BrownTranscendence ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A compelling conception from drummer Jaimeo Brown – a set that mixes the jazz performance of his trio with inspiration from older gospel music – in particular the famous work of the Gee's Bend Singers, who are sampled here on a number of tracks! About half the record draws vocals from vintage Gee's Bend recordings – and the other half shifts between instrumental passages, and other new vocal performances with singer Selah Brown, Marisha Brown, and Falu. At the core, Brown's trio keeps things on edge, and pushes the project far from hoke with their nicely dark tones – subtle work on drums from Jaimeo, plus tenor from JD Allen and guitar from Chris Sholar. Titles include "Mean World", "You Can't Hide", "Patience", "Power Of God", "Be Free", "You Needn't Mind Me Dying", and "Baby Miesh". CD

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✨✧ Kellylee EvansI Remember When ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Singer Kellylee Evans works here with the great Eric Legnini – the European keyboardist whose own records are always a delight, and who brings a sharp sense of funky soul to this vocal outing! Kellylee has a style that's rooted in jazz, but expressed in more contemporary soulful modes – which works perfectly for Legnini's strong sense of rhythm – especially on the original tunes that the pair co-created together! Most numbers feature a small combo, often with a romping vibe that's a nice change from the usual neo soul set – and in addition to the originals "Only You", "I Remember When", "One More Lover", "Built To Fly", and "Jungle" – the set also features remakes of "Amazing", "If I Was Your Woman", and "Lose Yourself". CD

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✨✧ Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A vivid large ensemble work from bassist Rufus Reid – penned in dedication to artist/activist Elizabeth Catlett, and featuring a bolder range of sounds than you're likely to hear from some of Reid's more intimate recordings! The core quartet features Rufus on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Vic Juris on guitar, and Herlin Riley on drums – mixed with much larger orchestrations that features Tim Hagens and Tanya Darby on trumpets, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Scott Robinson on tenor and clarinet, and Vincent Chancey on French Horn. Charenee Wade adds in some very cool wordless vocals at times – and most of the tracks are quite long, with lots of room for individual solos. Titles include "Singing Head", "Tapestry In The Sky", "Mother & Child", "Recognition", and "Glory". CD
Also available Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Awa SanghoAla Ta ... CD
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first solo effort from Awa Sangho – a Mali-born, Abdijan-bred singer who's worked previously with other bigger names in African music – and with a few groups as well – but an artist who's definitely got the maturity to make it all on her own! The work has a very special flavor – not the usual Malian sounds, although Awa definitely has a strong sense of inflection in her phrasing – and sometimes graced with slight jazzy touches in the instrumentation, as befits both the record's placement on the Motema label, and Sangho's current residence in New York. Instrumentation mixes kora, balafon, djembe, and other African sounds with warmer guitar that really deepens the soul of the record – and titles include "Denko", "Tambin Y Tambor", "Naigai Koro Sigui", "Emama", "Dofana", and "N'Djarka Y Tambor". CD
 
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Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
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". 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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Also available Congolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ VariousSoul Lounge Vol 10 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2013. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from the soul lounge – a magical place filled with the hippest contemporary cuts from the underground – all served up at an astoundingly low price! The work here comes partly from the great Dome Records label, who put the whole thing together – and partly from other indie imprints that have helped keep soul music strong over the past decade or two – imprints like Expansion, Motema, Mack Avenue, and Reel People – all of whom have turned us on to a lot of great music! This set's your chance to dig the best of the best at a mighty nice price – on 3CDs of music that feature cuts that include "Be Good" by Gregory Porter, "Hold On" by Don E, "Together" by Hil St Soul, "Break It Down" by Eric Roberson, "Girl I'm Running Back 2 U" by Makoto with Christian Urich, "Definition Of Luv (Sean McCabe rmx)" by Sunburst Band, "Freedom To Love (Atjazz mix)" by Incognito, "How Can We Go Wrong" by Khari Simmons, "Machine Gun" by James Taylor Quartet, "In Spirit" by Rosie Gaines, "Miss You" by Rahsaan Patterson, and "Better Off Without You" by Frank McComb. CD
 
 
 



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