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Joey AlexanderMy Favorite Things ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... $1.99
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Geri AllenGeri Allen & Timeline Live ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $5.99
A very cool set from pianist Geri Allen – one of the most forceful, rhythmic albums we've heard from her in years – thanks to some very tight bass and drum work, and a bit of tap percussion too! The core trio grooving is already great – bass from Kenny Davis and drums from Kassa Overall – played with enough force to almost be funk at parts – but adding in the unusual sound of Maurice Chestnut's tap percussion makes for some more skittish moments, really complicating the rhythms in a great way. Titles include "The Western Wall/Soul Eyes", "Four By Five", "Philly Joe", "In Appreciation", "LWB's House", and "Embraceable You/Loverman". CD

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Geri AllenGrand River Crossings – Motown & Motor City Inspirations ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $4.99
Way way more than you might guess from an album with Motown in the title – and instead, a set that may well be one of the best we've heard from Geri Allen in years! Yes, the tracks are mostly numbers from the classic years of the famous soul label – but the presentation is quite different – mostly solo piano, with Geri stretching out in these fluid, spiritual ways that go far past any familiar melodies, and which really make the songs deeply her own. Plus, the set also features some tremendous guest work from Marcus Belgrave on trumpet on three tracks – stretching out with the kind of righteous, expressive tones that have made us love him from the days of Tribe Records onwards. David McMurray also guests on alto on one track – but the bulk of album is solo piano from Allen, on titles that include "The Smart Set", "Space Odyssey", "Inner City Blues", "Stoned Love", "Itching In My Heart", "Tears Of A Clown", "That Girl", and "Grand River Crossings". CD

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Lynne ArrialeConvergence ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $10.99
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(Out of print.)

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Lynne Arriale TrioNuance – The Bennett Studio Sessions (CD & DVD) ... CD
Motema, 2005. Used CD & DVD ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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Jaimeo BrownTranscendence – Work Songs ... CD
Motema, 2016. Used ... $6.99
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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Amy London/Darmon Meader/Dylan Pramuk/Holli RossRoyal Bopsters ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... $8.99
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Rene MarieI Wanna Be Evil – With Love To Eartha Kitt ... CD
Motema/Membran (Germany), 2013. Used ... $7.99
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Nilson MattaNilson Matta's Black Orpheus ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $9.99
Maybe the greatest album we've ever heard from bassist Nilson Matta – a set that mixes Brazilian jazz modes with a much more complex approach – all in a style that offers up a really rich reworking of the famous soundtrack to the film Black Orpheus! The original score by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa is augmented by key passages from Matta himself – and other moments feature just spare percussion and cuica, in ways that recall the almost-ethnographic quality of the the original film recording. Yet together, these elements are all interwoven into a rich musical tapestry with a shimmering sense of sound – pulled together from diverse contributions by artists who include Kenny Barron on piano, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Anat Cohen on clarinet, Guilherme Monteiro on guitar, Anne Drummond on flute, and Leny Andrade on vocals. Titles include "Batucada", "A Felicidade", "Samba De Orfeu", "Repinique Interlude", "Ascend My Love", "Violao Interlude", "Hugs & Kisses", "Um Nome De Milher", and "Frevo De Orfeu". CD

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Donny McCaslinBeyond Now ... CD
Motema, 2016. Used ... $9.99
Reedman Donny McCaslin's been making records for many years now – but he also seems to have gotten a new sort of inspiration from his work with David Bowie on his final recording – at a level that really seems to influence his sound here! The record's still very much a jazz session – but it's also got rhythms, flourishes, and other elements that Donny wouldn't have used a few short years ago – not just a bit of keyboards, which seem used to extrapolate the Bowie/Eno themes from Berlin – but also a more angular approach to his solos, which seems to create an inherent set of rhythm in the way he blows his tenor and flute. The album's dedicated to Bowie, but is hardly any sort of Bowie tribute or cover album – although the group does do a wonderful reading of "Warszawa", which comes out great as an instrumental. Other players include Jason Lindner on keyboards, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums – and Jeff Taylor sings briefly on "A Small Plot Of Land". All other titles are instrumentals – and include "Remain", "Glory", "Faceplant", "Bright Abyss", "Beyond Now", and "Coelacanth 1". CD

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Tomoko SugawaraAlong The Silk Road – Ancient & Modern Music For The Kugo ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... $6.99
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Charenee WadeMusic Of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... $7.99
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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Ben WendelWhat We Bring ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Ben Wendel's a tenorist with a mighty rich sound – a way of spacing out his notes, so that every moment matters – coming across with an attack that's maybe more subtle than some, but every bit as powerful! A big part of this album's charm comes from the rhythmic core – the work of Gerald Clayton on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, and Henry Cole on drums – who craft these angular passages which provide a perfect footing for Wendel's leaps in sound – notes that are always well-chosen, and which have a way of shaping sound that's really superb. Titles include "Amian", "Fall", "Spring", "Doubt", "Solar", "Austin", and "Soli". CD

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderHarlem-Kingston Express Vol 2 – The River Rolls On ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great second chapter in the Harlem/Kingston series from Monty Alexander – and material that may well be some of his most exciting in years! Monty's always been very upfront about his Jamaican roots – and has expressed them in a number of ways on a number of different sessions – but there's a quality to this record that gets that blend better than most – and which almost returns things to some of the more soul-based styles of Alexander's records from the late 60s on Verve, or early 70s on MPS! Most numbers mix his piano with keyboards, bass, guitar, and drums – in a style that's rhythmic, but never overdone – soulful, but never too smooth – just a perfect fit for Monty's well-shaped lines on his solos. A few cuts have vocals – and one number features guest work from George Benson, Ramsey Lewis, and Joe Sample – but the bulk of the record centers on Alexander's wonderfully grooving piano lines. Titles include "Skamento", "The River Rolls On", "People Make The World Go Round", "Slealky", "Trust", "The Harder They Come", and "Linstead Market". CD

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✨✧ Geri AllenFlying Toward The Sound ... CD
Motema, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Intimate piano work from Geri Allen – a set of solo performances, inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock! There's definitely strong traces of Tyner and Hancock – given Allen's usually soulful undercurrent – but there's also a heavy dose of Taylor, too, as Geri really uses the freer space of the recording to stretch out in some pretty unbridled ways – really surprising us with her inventiveness, and still usually holding onto a rhythmic pulse somewhere deep in the mix. Titles include "Red Velvet In Winter", "Dancing Mystic Poets At Midnight", "Your Pure Self", "Flying Toward The Sound", and "Faith Carriers Of Life". CD

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✨✧ Will CalhounCelebrating Elvin Jones ... CD
Motema, 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Drummer Will Calhoun provided a marvelous celebration of the spirit of Elvin Jones – in a set that's not a copycat of that famous musician's style, but instead one that really seems to be inspired by his boundless energy and creativity! Calhoun's definitely got more majesty here on the kit than ever before – and gets superb support on bass from Christian McBride, whose tones deem deeper and fuller than usual – really pushing the bottom end forward, while soloists take off on their own – great flights on tenor and soprano from Antoine Roney, trumpet from Keyon Harrold, and piano from Carlos McKinney. The vibe's somewhere in the territory of that soulful, soaring period of Elvin Jones right after the passing of Coltrane – but maybe more focused, too – which seems to push the music even farther. Titles include "Sarmastah", "Mahjong", "Doll Of The Bride", "Destiny", "Whew", "Harmonique", and "Shinjitsu". CD

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✨✧ Rufus ReidHues Of A Different Blue ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ David WeissEndangered Species – The Music Of Wayne Shorter Live ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the compositional genius of Wayne Shorter – but served up at a level that goes way beyond Shorter's original vision for his music! Trumpeter David Weiss always does a great job of re-exploring the best modern sounds of the 60s – and here, he arranges some key Shorter tunes for a largeish ensemble – a great group that features his own horn in the lead, plus alto from Tim Green, tenor and soprano from Marcus Strickland, tenor from Ravi Coltrane, trumpet from Jeremy Pelt, trombone from Steve Davis, and piano from Geri Allen! Other players in the lineup are great, too – and the set's got this really rich feel – unlocking all the colors and emotions of the compositions with the ensemble, yet still allowing plenty of room for a solo voice too. Titles include "Eva", "Mr Jin", "Fall", "Nellie Bly", and "Prometheus Unbound" – plus David's own "The Turning Gate". CD

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✨✧ David WeissWhen Words Fail ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gerald ClaytonTributary Tales ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The musical vision of Gerald Clayton just seems to be getting stronger and stronger – to a point at which records like these are almost hard to conceive in terms of his earliest work! The set's got a very progressive, righteous sort of vibe – and a style that mixes shorter sonic tracks with longer jazz-based flow – handled by Clayton on piano, Logan Richardson on alto, Ben Wendel on tenor, Joe Sanders on bass, and Justin Brown on drums. The record's got some guest percussion on a few tracks, and spoken vocals from Aja Monet and Carl Hancock Rux on two especially striking numbers that really seem to find ways for Clayton's vision to extend itself past standard jazz. Titles include "Dimensions Interwoven", "Soul Stomp", "Wakeful", "Unforeseen", "Patience Patients", "Are We", "Lover's Reverie", and "Squinted". CD
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✨✧ Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... 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". CD

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