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Jaimeo BrownTranscendence ... CD CD format
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
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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Marc CaryFor The Love Of Abbey ... CD CD format
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A beautiful tribute to the late, great Abbey Lincoln – served up on a host of solo piano performances by Marc Cary – mostly of tunes penned by Lincoln herself, but also featuring a few originals as well! There's a rich, vibrant feel to the record – a quality that strikes us stronger than any other Cary recording we've heard in recent years, even though Marc's on his own here – really reaching out on the keys of the piano, with a command we never would have expected – stretching over space and tone with a sort of majesty to rival Mal Waldron or McCoy Tyner – yet also keeping things deeply personal as well. Titles include "Melancholia", "Down Here Below", "Music Is The Magic", "Love Evolves", "Down Here Below The Horizon", "Transmute", "Throw It Away", and "Who Used To Dance". CD

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Kellylee EvansI Remember When ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $7.99 15.99
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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Kellylee EvansI Remember When ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. Used ... $3.99
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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Also available I Remember When ... CD 7.99

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Koko JonesWho's That Lady? ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. Used ... $3.99
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Jean Michel Pilc, Francois Moutin & Ari HoenigThreedom ... CD CD format
Motema, 2011. Used ... $6.99
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Gregory PorterWater (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP LP format
Motema, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 29.99
Gregory Porter's a hip little singer – just the sort we love to discover in jazz, and the type that only comes around once in a blue moon! Like Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, or Kurt Elling – all perfect references for Porter's style – Greg has a wonderful way of coming up with his own lyrics for a tune – making him way more than just a singer of standards, and instead a richly expressive voice that has every bit to offer as you might get from a jazz instrumentalist! The arrangements are great, too – handled by Porter with help from pianist Chip Crawford and producer Kamau Kenyatta – bold, soulful, and soaring on the best tracks – all in beautiful declaration of Gregory's rich power and presence. Titles include a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile", and the original tracks "1960 What", "Lonely One", "Water", "Pretty", "Illusion", and "Magic Cup". Also features the bonus track "1960 What (Opolopo rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rufus ReidQuiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project ... CD CD format
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
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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Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio11th Gate ... CD CD format
Motema, 2011. Used ... $3.99
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Awa SanghoAla Ta ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $7.99 15.98
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
Also available Ala Ta ... CD 7.99

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Awa SanghoAla Ta ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. Used ... $7.99
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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Also available Ala Ta ... CD 7.99

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David WeissWhen Words Fail ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
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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New Geri AllenGeri Allen & Timeline Live ... CD CD format
Motema, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Rene MarieVoice Of My Beautiful Country ... CD CD format
Motema, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Geri AllenFlying Toward The Sound ... CD CD format
Motema, 2010. Used ... 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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New CookersTime & Time Again ... CD CD format
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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New Pedrito MartinezPedrito Martinez Group ... CD CD format
Motema, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pedrito Martinez has a mighty cooking combo on this set – only a quartet, but a group that's more than strong enough to serve up some plenty powerful Latin jazz rhythms – which are then augmented by help from a host of famous guest stars! Pedrito's percussion is at the core of every track – supported with more percussion, piano, and electric bass – a tight unit that also has Martinez handling a fair bit of the vocals too! Yet each new track seems to introduce a new guest – including Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, John Scofield on guitar, and Steve Gadd on drums – who also co-produced the record with Martinez too. Titles include "Conciencia", "Lengua De Obbara", "Despues De Todo", "Musica", "Memorias", and "La Luna". CD

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New Gregory PorterBe Good (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
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

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New Omer AvitalNew Song ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... 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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New Michael CarvinFlash Forward ... CD CD format
Motema, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Michael Carvin flashes backwards here – using a quartet of young talent to make magic with a host of older jazz standards – but all at a level that really reflects the freshness of his music in recent years! Carvin's been a favorite of ours for decades, but it seems as if his recent larger recognition has brought about a whole new fire in his music – similar to the rise Roy Haynes experienced in the 90s, with a similar sense of renewed purpose and direction! Here, Michael works with Keith Loftis on tenor, Yayoi Ikawa on piano, and Jansen Cinco on bass – on work by Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, and others – tracks that take an especially great cue from the tenor lines in the lead. Tracks include "Sayonara Blues", "In Walked Bud", "Same Shame", "You Go To My Head", and "So What". CD
 
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Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 (with download) ... LP LP format
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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New TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De CotonouTP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – Reminiscin' In Tempo African Dancefloor Classics ... CD CD format
Popular African Music (Germany), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jaggedly rhythmic work from TP Orchestre – one of the greatest musical groups on the African scene of the 70s, and a group with a sound like nobody else! TP have a way of stringing the guitar around the beats that's really wonderful – creating a magical interplay between rhythm and melody that's light and lively, but also quite soulful as well. The CD brings together tracks from 2 of the group's early albums for the Albarika Stores label, plus a few extra tracks – and most tunes have vocals dancing along with the grooves in a really nice way. Titles include "Oh Bea", "Dety Motema", "Yao Yao", "Le Silence N'Pas Un Oublie", "Mille Fois Merci", and "Cheri Coco". CD
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New Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 ... CD CD format
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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
Also available Congolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 (with download) ... LP 26.99

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New VariousSoul Lounge Vol 10 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD CD format
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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