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✨✧ Paul JohnsonBump Talkin' ... LP
Peacefrog (UK), 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A soulful house classic from Paul Johnson – a set recorded in that perfect later moment of the Chicago scene – when artists like Johnson and Mr Fingers were really bringing some jazzy, complex elements to the music! The style here is great – stripped-down to the core, but with some beautiful currents of warmth on the keyboards that you never would have heard at the start of the house scene – almost pointing the way towards the complexities that the London artists would explore once the pulse of jungle music died down, but with an even more straightforward vibe that gives the record a really universal appeal! Titles include "4 The World", "Fantasise", "Hour Glass Figure", "Autobahn Cruise", "Time Of Love", "Bump Talkin", and "Tenacious". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Henry ManciniSix Hours Past Sunset/A Warm Shade Of Ivory ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two laidback gems from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Six Hours Past Sunset is moody and mellow – and perfect for late nite listening! The album has the tinkling piano of Mancini set over lush orchestrations – breezy, yet dark at the same time, outwardly simple, but filled with complex riffing and sophisticated washes of color and emotion. The larger group features a few horn soloists, but the real focus is on Mancini's piano – which peppers each track with sprinkles of sound, darting in and out of the more complicated arrangements. Titles include "Traces", "Midnight Cowboy", "Two For The Road", "Didn't We", "Six Hours Past Sunset", and "Theme From The Fox". Warm Shade Of Ivory is lovely late nite Mancini! The album has Mr. M's tinkling piano set amidst dark moody arrangements that bank the piano in warm washes of strings and light lilting rhythms – all moving at a slow somber pace that's perfect for a summer night with the lights down low, the windows open, relaxing in a big easy chair with a drink while the breeze and the sounds of the summer waft over the room. The record is subtle, but a wonderful example of Mancini's continuing instrumental genius. Titles include "Watch What Happens", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Cycles", "Meditation", "When I Look In Your Eyes", and "Moment To Moment". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)
 
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✨✧ Theo LoevendieMandela/Chess ... CD
MCN (Netherlands), 1969/1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two rare albums from Dutch reedman Theo Loevendie – both amazing little records that sound beautiful here on a single CD! Mandela features complicated lines from a hip Netherlands combo of the late 60s – one headed up by Theo Loevendie on alto sax, but which acts a lot more like a collective of modernists working together – Hans Dulfer on tenor and bamboo flute, Willem Van Manen on trombone, Nedly Elstak on trumpet, Joop Mastenbroek on baritone and clarinet, Maarten Altena on bass, and Martin Van Dunhoven and John Engels on drums. The tunes all have a nice sense of structure – energy that's more like the early 60s modernism of the European scene – particularly some of the more rhythmic styles – than the looser freedoms that some of Loevendie's contemporaries were hitting at the same time. There's definitely plenty of offbeat sounds in the mix – but the group also knows how to swing, too – on titles that include "Trombomanie", "Mr Brook", "Timbuktu", "Trompedly", and "Pepy". Chess is a really playful outing from a very cool Dutch combo – one with lead alto from Theo Loevendie, but a rich array of sounds from the other members too! The reeds are especially nice – often coming together with a complexity that goes back to older European modern traditions, yet with a swinging sensibility that's still plenty jazz, too – kind of a mix of composition, arrangement, and inherent swinging – with standout work from Hans Dulfer on tenor, Leon Van Oostrom on baritone, Leo Cuypers on piano, and Willem Van Manen on trombone – a player we barely know at all, but whose bold tones really bring a lot to the record. Titles include "Lapsang Souchong", "Scratch", "Brasilia", and "Tremolo". CD

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✨✧ Lonnie SmithToo Damn Hot ... CD
Palmetto/MRI, 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sweet and lowdown funky grooves from legendary organist Lonnie Smith (that's DOCTOR Lonnie Smith, thank you!) – played in a style that's surprisingly fresh, and without the cliches of some of Smith's other albums of the past decade. The group on the set is wonderfully laidback – never trying to be overly funky, or to play to the current generation with easy tricks or gimmicks. And Lonnie's perfectly in the cut on most of the tracks – hitting the organ in a mode that recalls classic Prestige Records sessions of the 70s, but occasionally breaking out with styles from some of his freer Groove Merchant years. The group is spare – with just drums, lead guitar, and added rhythm guitar behind Smith's keys – making for plenty of space to jam on cuts that include "The Whip", "Back Track", "Evil Turn", "One Cylinder", "Silver Serenade", and "Your Mama's Got A Complex". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tom Ze/Jorge BenJimmy Renda Se/Take it Easy My Brother Charlie ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), 1968/1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest tunes ever from Tom Ze – an artist you may know best for his more offbeat work of the 70s, but who gets nice and funky here on "Jimmy Rende Se" – yet at a level that keeps all his vocal complexity intact! The flipside features Jorge Ben's classic "Take It Easy My Brother Charlie" – one of the singer's first great funky soul tunes, and a cut that definitely woke up the world to a whole new side of his talents! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Tommy FlanaganThelonica ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... $3.99
There's a definite Monkish bent to this one, in case you couldn't guess from the title – but Tommy Flanagan doesn't simply copy Monk's compositions, but also throws in a few great touches of his own! The session's got a depth and complexity that goes beyond other standard tributes to Thelonious Monk – partly due to Tommy's lyrical approach to the keys, which warms some of the tunes nicely, and shades in colors that Monk never seemed to touch. Trio members here include George Mraz on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and titles include "Thelonica", "Off Minor", "Ugly Beauty", "Reflections", "Thelonius", and "North Of The Sunset". CD
(Out of print.)

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Walter NorrisStepping On Cracks ... CD
Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and filled with the kind of soaring lines and cascading tones that Walter can bring to the piano – lyrical lines, but also punctuated with a sharper edge too – given beautiful support here from bassist George Mraz, whose work at this point in his career is always fantastic – and drummer Ronnie Bedford, who lays back, and comes in at just the right moments. Titles include "Giant Steps", "A Child Is Born", "Stepping On Cracks", and "Falling In Love With Love". CD

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✨✧ Frank ZappaHot Rats ... LP
Bizarre, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
One of those records that should be an insane dark mess, given the look of the cover – but which turns out to be a surprisingly well put-together effort all the way through! Zappa does a great job of hiding behind his hair here – never acting with the pomp that a pop genius like him could easily have enacted – and instead passing off the record as if it's just another freakout – despite the fact that the arrangements are some of his tightest, most focused, and downright groovy so far! There's plenty of key musical help to make the whole thing come out right – including bass from Shuggie Otis, the inimitable voice Captain Beefheart, on the cassic "Willie The Pimp", violin from Jean-Luc Ponty, drums from Paul Humphrey, and bass from Max Bennett – all players who really live up to the musical complexity of Zappa's compositions – often with a pre-fusion vibe that's almost unexpected. Other titles include "Son Of Mr Green Grass", "The Gumbo Variations", "It Must Be A Camel", "Peaches In Regalia", and "Little Umbrellas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label Reprise pressing.)

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✨✧ Calvin KeysVertical Clearance ... CD
Wide Hive, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real return to greatness for 70s jazz funk guitarist Calvin Keys – and a session that features some especially great guest work from Doug Carn and Sonny Fortune! The sound here is even more solid than Calvin's previous set for Wide Hive – a groove that's a bit more complicated, and less in the easy retro funk mode that other players of his era have gone for in recent years. The rhythms are often nicely complex, and dance around with a sophistication that belies Keys' roots on the ultra-hip Black Jazz label – a sound that's supported strongly by Carn's soaring organ lines, Fortune's angular reeds, and some great work from other players – such as Babatunde Lee on drums, Roger Glenn on vibes, and Phil Ranelin on trombone. Titles include "Proceed With Caution '06", "Spreading Spirit", "Mrkgy", "Seven & Sonny Straight Up", "Blue D", "Drunk Monk", and "Last Exit". CD

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✨✧ Walter NorrisStepping On Cracks ... LP
Progressive, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from the always-compelling Walter Norris – a pianist with a sense of complexity that's always mesmerizing, but one who can also find a way to effortlessly swing at the same time – which he does beautifully on this overlooked set from the early 80s! Most tracks are long, and filled with the kind of soaring lines and cascading tones that Walter can bring to the piano – lyrical lines, but also punctuated with a sharper edge too – given beautiful support here from bassist George Mraz, whose work at this point in his career is always fantastic – and drummer Ronnie Bedford, who lays back, and comes in at just the right moments. Titles include "Giant Steps", "A Child Is Born", "Stepping On Cracks", and "Falling In Love With Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stepping On Cracks ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Stephen SondheimStavinsky (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly wonderful soundtrack from Stephen Sondheim – all instrumental, which is quite a change from his more famous work for stage – but filled with loads of beautiful sounds that remind us what a fantastic composer he is! There's lots of the complex elements that we love in Sondheim scores for musicals like Evening Primrose or Pacific Overtures – that way he has of creating simple instrumental juxtaposition to unlock very unique colors and energy – all at a level that maybe makes his music one of the most enduring things about this film directed by Alan Resnais! CD features a huge amount of music – 37 tracks in all, far more than the original RCA album – including some bonus tracks and alternate takes. CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganThelonica ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
There's a definite Monkish bent to this one, in case you couldn't guess from the title – but Tommy Flanagan doesn't simply copy Monk's compositions, but also throws in a few great touches of his own! The session's got a depth and complexity that goes beyond other standard tributes to Thelonious Monk – partly due to Tommy's lyrical approach to the keys, which warms some of the tunes nicely, and shades in colors that Monk never seemed to touch. Trio members here include George Mraz on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and titles include "Thelonica", "Off Minor", "Ugly Beauty", "Reflections", "Thelonius", and "North Of The Sunset". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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