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Kuumba-Toudie HeathKawaida ... LP
Obe, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A super-hip batch of soul jazz tracks by Albert Toodie Heath of the Heath Brothers – working here on a rare session as a leader, with a sound that's right up there with the Heath Brothers' early work for Strata East!! The lineup is incredible – as Heath is joined by players that include Don Cherry, Buster Williams, Mtume, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, and Ed Blackwell – all coming together for a session that's nearly lost to the history books, but which is one of the strongest spiritual jazz sessions of the late 60s! Herbie plays all acoustic piano throughout, and the tracks are long, leaping, and loping – with stretched-out spiritual solos from Jimmy Heath and Don Cherry – and a proud and righteous sound that's extremely free-spirited without going too far out! Titles include "Baraka", "Maulana", "Dunia", and "Kamili". LP, Vinyl record album
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Fela1969 Los Angeles Sessions ... CD
Sterns (UK), 1969. Used ... $13.99
The 69 LA sessions are great – and feature pivotal work in a similar style, kicked up a few notches on bass and percussion. The tracks are shorter than later – most are 3 to 6 minutes long – but the intensity of the work is incredible, and makes us wonder what would have happened to the LA scene had Fela stayed in the city! Titles include "Eko", "My Lady Frustration", "Lover", "Funky Horn", "Obe", "Lover", "Wayo", "Witchcraft", and "This Is Sad". CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Aleuda featuring Hermeto PascoalOferenda ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2000. Very Good ... $11.99
A wonderful new album – one that takes us back to the early 70s sound of Hermeto, Airto, and Flora Purim! Hermeto Pascoal arrranged and produced the record, and it's based around the jazzy vocals of Brazilian singer Aleuda, who reminds us a bit of Flora in her early days, but with a tone that's a bit higher and sharper. The backing is performed by a crack group of Brazilian jazz and fusion players that includes Mauro Senise, Zeca Assumpcao, Robertinho Silva, and Hermeto himself – and the album feels like a rare lost session that might have been cut for Milestone during the heyday of the West Coast Latin scene of the mid 70s. Titles include "Ceara", "Oferenda", "Galope", "Jurema", "Passarinho", "Rede", and "Fofoca". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000NEPA – Never Expect Power Always ... LP
Celluloid/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Landmark material from the legendary Nigerian percussionist! NEPA is a great little album from Tony Allen – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a chunky groove that's very much in the style of his 70s Afro Funk work! The title track is one of Allen's best cuts ever – a really anthemic tune with a punchy hook that's as infectious as it is political – and other tracks on the set are equally nice, touched with some slight electronic bits, giving them a cool Celluloid Electric Africa vibe! Titles include the long numbers "When One Road Close" and "NEPA (Never Expect Power Always)", in regular and dub versions – plus the great closing track "Olokun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Laurindo AlmeidaAcapulco '22 ... LP
Tower, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Excellent work from Laurindo – a truly wonderful album, played with small combo backing, which gives the set a jazzier feel than usual! Players include Jimmy Rowles on organ, Bob Cooper on tenor, Howard Roberts on guitar, and Shelly Manne, Milt Holland, and Chico Guerro on percussion – and although there's no credits for the arrangements on the album, the overall feel is similar to Roberts best work for Capitol, especially because Rowles' work on organ gives the record such a groovy sound! Titles include "Acapulco 1922", "Misirlou", "Satin Doll", "More", "Till Then", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", and "Desafinado". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot on front and some discoloration along the spine on back.)

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Jarrard AnthonyReady To Live ... CD
Purpose, 2012. Used ... $5.99
A hell of a great album from Jarrard Anthony – an artist who's been bubbling under for the past few years – but who really comes into his own with this beautiful album! The set's got all the spiritual overtones you might guess from the cover – but also comes across with a tightly-crafted, all-soul approach too – a really rich vibe that's a perfect fit for Anthony's positive-spirited lyrics! Instrumentation is relatively lean – mostly handled by Nate Smith – yet comes across with a focus that seems to make a lot out of a little – a really great groove that builds nicely as the album rolls along. The album features guest work by Lonnie Liston Smith, Monet, Darien, Amer Amen, Amma Whatt, and Onaje Allan Gumbs – and titles include a remake of Don Blackman's "I Love You" – plus "Morning In The Forest", "Healer", "Cloud 10", "Something Like Love", "Never See Her Again", "Lucky Day", and "Blowing On Your Back". Also features the bonus track "Damn Sista (future remix)" with Eric Roberson – and "Never See Her Again". CD

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Antibalas Afrobeat OrchestraLiberation Afrobeat Volume 1 (Ninja Tune) ... CD
Ninja Tune, 2001. Used ... $3.99
Amazing funk from this new Afro Beat combo! Forget that they're a bunch of young guys from New York – because the sound of this one is pure 70s Africa, with hard heavy drum work, super-tight horn riffing, spiraling keyboard lines, and some excellent guitar! You probably also know the work of the group from the Daktaris CD on Desco – and like that one, this album sounds like it's got roots that are 30 years old, and a sound that's actually more perfect and more satisfying than some of the best Afro-Funk of the 70s. This expanded Ninja Tune pressing features one more track than the original US version – and titles include "Si Se Puede", "Battle Of The Species", "NESTA", "Dirt & Blood", "Musicawai Slit", "Uprising", "World War IV", and "El Machete". CD

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Tony Arco TrioRather Odd ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $14.99
Nicely angular work from drummer Tony Arco – a trio set that swings along with some really dynamic energy! Tony's got a way of leading a trio that puts his drums on an even par with the piano – played wonderfully in this case by Roberto Tarenzi, a player who almost has as much rhythmic pulse as Arco has melodic groove – working strongly together in a trio that also features bassist James Cammack. Old standards are opened up, pulled apart, and refitted as new rhythmic vehicles for jazz – and a few funky numbers slide into the mix with sounds that further freshen up the album. Titles include "Cissy Strut", "Skylark", "Resolution", "One Finger Snap", "Lullaby For The Loved One", and "Never Let Me Go". CD

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Kevin AyersJoy Of A Toy (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/EMI, 1969. Used ... $7.99
A wonderful departure for Kevin Ayers – an album that's a lot lighter and more whimsical than his original fame with Soft Machine! The tunes are extremely playful, and often quite catchy – almost a Donovan-esque blend of folksy roots and jazz inflections – but tuned a bit more towards trippier ends, thanks to instrumentation that includes celeste, electronics, flute, oboe, kazoo, cello, organ, and a wide range of different guitars! David Bedford handled arrangements, and other players on the session include some ex-Soft Machine comrades – like Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt! Ayers' vocals are produced with a nicely compressed quality that squeezes them in alongside the instrumentation – and titles include "Joy Of A Toy Continued", "The Lady Rachel", "All This Crazy Gift Of Time", "Eleanor's Cake", and "Girl On A Swing", plus six bonus tracks on this pressing including, "Religious Experience" with Syd Barrett, and "Soon, Soon, Soon". CD

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BachWell Tempered Clavier Books I & II – Bernard Roberts ... CD
Nimbus (UK), 1998. Used 4CD ... $6.99

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Robert Banks & His New Gospel Folk SoundsMessage ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Sealed ... $7.99
Sweet small combo backing, done in a mix of gospel and folsky sounds – with small combo backing that includes guitar, bass, drums, and percussion! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruth Batchelor/Bob Roberts/Peter MatzTom Jones ... LP
Theater Productions, Mid 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $1.99
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Les BaxterHell's Belles ... LP
Sidewalk, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60's, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats! Highlights include the classics "Hogin' Machine" and "Hot Wind", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Soul Groove" and "Scoobee Doo". The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy fuzzy guitar to go around nicely! A few tracks have vocals, but the instrumentals more than make up for any weak spots. Essential. LP, Vinyl record album

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Robert BelfourWhat's Wrong With you ... CD
Fat Possum, 2000. Used ... $2.99

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Gaby Lita Bembo and Orchestre Stukas du ZaireKita Mata ABC ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99
Some of the rawest and fieriest Congolese rumba ever waxed! Gaby Lita Bembo was one of the scene's most eccentric showmen – sporting outlandish outfits and dancing like a madman – but Orchestre Stukas had the attack to back it all up. The frantic rhythms provided the perfect foil for the extroverted guitar work of a succession of dynamic string mavericks – Samunga Tediangaye, Bongo Wende, and Kembo – who all soaked their wild, rhythmically thrilling leads in buckets of reverb. Lita's vocals were shadowed by exuberant unison harmonies, also drenched in otherworldly echo, for a dense, relentless sound. Tracks include "Idee Kono", "Toto Seya", "Lobelia", "Presidents", and "Odeyo". CD

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BergLulu – Lear/Fischer Dieskau/Grobe/Dietrich/Bohm/Orchester Dear Deutschen Oper Berlin (3LP set) ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon (Gabon), Late 60s. Very Good 3LPs ... $9.99
A classic recording of Berg's opera! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy blue tulips label pressing, stereo – in fabric-covered box with book! Vinyl has a few light clicks here and there, but is decent overall.)

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Tim Berne & Hank RobertsCause & Reflect ... CD
Level Green, 1998. Used ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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Maria BethaniaAs Cancoes Que Voce Fez Pra Mim ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1993. Used ... $6.99
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate sense of power and drama to give these tunes a subtle edge they might not have in the hands of other singers. Backings are sometimes full, but also in a subtle way – using strings slightly to flesh out other instrumentation that's more prominent in the mix. Titles include "Olha", "Detalhes", "Voce Nao Sabe", "Emocoes", "Seu Corpo", "Fera Ferida", "Palavras", and "Costumes". CD

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Gary BiasEast 101 ... LP
Nimbus, 1981. Sealed ... $79.99
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and a sense of spiritualism in the solos that often has Gary stretching out strongly on alto, soprano sax, or flute – yet always with an inherent focus, and strong sense of direction! Other players are equally great too – David Tillman on piano, Rickey Kelly on vibes, Roberto Miranda and John Heard on bass, and Fritz Wise on drums – and the tunes are wonderful original numbers that mark Bias as an extremely strong voice in jazz – one that should have gotten better exposure over the years. The album's got a great Strata East sort of vibe – and titles include "As Children Play", "East 101", "Asiki", "Arthur's Vamp", and "Dear Violet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Black MilkIf There's Hell Below ... LP
Computer Ugly, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk doing his thing as sharply as on anything he's done in the past few years! He's certainly at a near peak on the production tip here – which is saying something, given how high up on the top shelf of post millenium hip hop production he sits – and he frames his own and the guests rhymes strongly. It's not as deathly dark as you might think given the title, but If There's A Hell Below does indeed have a mood – and the title include "Everyday Was" feat Mel, "What's It Worth", "Quarter Water" featuring the legendary Pete Rock, "Hell Below" feat Gene Obey, "Leave The Bones Behind" feat Blu & Ab, "Scum" feat Random Axe, "Gold Piece" feat Bun B, "Grey For Summer", "Up & Out" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bosq feat Nicole WillisBad For Me (original, late night dub, soul clap rmx) ... 12-inch
Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy (pic cover)... $9.99 10.98
A lively mix of club soul rhythms, Afrobeat inspired guitars keyboards from Bosq – sounding as sweet as ever here – especially with soul singer Nicole Willis out front! "Bad For Me" pretty great for us, and it's here in the tightly grooving, big sounding original mix, plus dub and remix versions. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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