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Ronnie DysonPhase 2/Brand New Day ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1982/1983. New Copy ... $15.99
A pair of later albums from the great Ronnie Dyson – both of which show him moving strongly well into the 80s! The first set is a self-stated Phase 2 in Ronnie Dyson's career – one that has him moving with a bit more confidence than before, and nicely maturing into a sweet 80s sort of sound! Bobby Eli's at the helm, both on production and rhythm arrangements – and the style here is almost a bit more sophisticated than Dyson's earlier work – kind of that Philly Modern that some of Eli's older contemporaries were hitting. There's no standout hits, but the album's got a nice sense of balance because of that – and overall, the instrumentation's more late 70s than some of the thinner 80s commercial modes. Titles include "Now", "Say You Will", "Heart To Heart", "One More Chance For The Fool", and "Even In The Darkest Night". On Brand New Day, Ronnie's a long way from his falsetto soul hits of the early 70s – but he's seriously back on track as a soul artist, thanks to some smooth help from the Ingram family! Butch Ingram produced the album, and the rest of the Ingrams helped out on instruments, vocals, and even some of the songwriting. In fact, this is more of an Ingram record – with a sound that's very much like their work from the same time – than it is a Ronnie Dyson album. Not that that's a problem, though, as the record's a pretty nice batch of 80s groovers that includes the tracks "You Better Be Fierce", "I Gave You All Of Me", "Tender Lovin Care", "Waiting For You", and "All Over Your Face". CD

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Ted HeathBeatles Bach & Bacharach ... LP
Phase 4, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
Beatles Back & Bacharach presents the Ted Heath group in some very groovy territory – playing a fair bit of the first and third "B" in the title, plus a little bit of the second! Heath's instrumentation is quite far from the brassier horns used on his earlier records – and Johnny Keating's sensitive arrangements for the date bring in a fair bit of groovier elements – electric bass, guitar, flute, and even some electric harpsichord! In a way, the record's much more of a Keating album than a Heath one – right down to the subtle dose of funk that Johnny was bringing to his music at this time – and titles include "This Guy's In Love With You", "Norwegian Wood", "B B & B", "Air On The G String", "Let It Be", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label on front.)

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Paul HornPaul Horn In India (Paul Horn In India/Paul Horn In Kashmir) ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $4.99
A 2LP 70s set on Blue Note – one that reissues 2 Paul Horn albums for World Pacific in the 60s! First up is Paul Horn In India – a record in which Horn opens up in a really cool way – definitely moving past his early modern jazz years, to become one of the first American jazzmen to explore the sounds of India! The album features Horn blowing flute on some great long tracks – stretching out with this sense of sound that's really amazing – almost more tonal texture than his previous jazz sense of melody – often moving slowly, with slight phase shifts that are really compelling – and working alongside spare instrumentation from Indian musicians on tabla, tamboura, and violin! The tracks are all ragas that spin off with a free but rhythmic sound – and titles include "Raga Vibhas", "Raga Tilang", "Alap", "Manj Khamaj", and "Raga Desh". Paul Horn In Kashmir is easily the trippiest of Paul Horn's 60s experiments – and even more far-reaching than his Paul Horn In India set! This one has a very similar feel to Paul's Indian session, but it's much more transcendental – with long tunes that spin out amidst sitar, tabla, and vocals – going for a meditative approach that's a great complement to Horn's work on the alto flute. The jazz component to the session is very subdued, but given the overall quality of the album, we're not ones to complain! Vocals are by Shri Chunilal Kaul, and titles include "Raga Ahir Bhairao", "Tabla Solo IN Teental", "Raga Kerwani", and "Alap In Raga Bhairav". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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Isley BrothersShowdown ... CD
T Neck/Iconoclassic, 1978. Used ... $7.99
The Isley Brothers in prime 70s mode here – hitting a warm and wonderful blend of soul and funk throughout – always delivered with that sweet talent for smooth understatement that makes them so great! The costumes on the front cover may be freaky, but the grooves are nicely restrained – and by this point in the decade, the brothers have definitely learned that their strongest suit is often their mellow one – tracks that groove, but often in more subtle ways! Titles include the massive slow jam track "Groove With You", plus "Take Me To The Next Phase (parts 1 & 2)", "Love Fever (parts 1 & 2)", "Fun & Games", "Ain't Givin Up No Love", and "Coolin Me Out (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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Pat MethenyPat Metheny Group ... LP
ECM, 1978. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A near-legendary album from Pat Metheny – the real birth of the "Metheny sound" on record, and a perfect example of the magically fluid groove that he crafted with keyboardist Lyle Mays! The sound here is hard to describe – and even harder when you try to pick out the individual keyboard and guitar bits – because the overall feel of the record is so well wrapped up and lyrically together, yet manages to do so without falling into any too-slick styles or cliched approaches to fusion. We're stunned at how much this one still delights us over the years, and the record still stands as a landmark in its field. Titles include "San Lorenzo", "Phase Dance", "Jaco", "Aprilwind", "Lonejack", and "Apriljoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a light stain along the bottom seam.)

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Pat MethenyTravels ... LP
ECM, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A live album, but every bit as seminal as the studio sides that Pat Metheny cut for ECM at the time – and proof that the Metheny magic was clearly his own, and not just a product of studio tricks by Manfred Eicher! The set reprises tunes and themes from a variety of Metheny's earlier ECM albums – but the live presentation of the material somehow really transforms a number of them – pushing them into a soundspace that's similar to the one explored by Pat on the Offramp album, augmented especially by the presence of percussionist Nana Vasconcelos in the group. Titles include "Phase Dance", "Farmer's Trust", "Straight On Red", "The Fields The Sky", "Are You Going With Me", "Extradition", "Going Ahead", "As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls", and "Travels". LP, Vinyl record album

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OvationsJust Too Good To Be True/Having A Party Medley ... 7-inch
MGM, 1973. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Amazing vocal soul from one of the greatest groups of the south! This record captures the Ovations in their Sam Cooke-sounding phase – when they were producing excellent sweet soul with a righteous airy sound, almost like the maestro himself. The style manifests itself a bit too obviously on the b-side, a tribute to Sam – but it goes nice and deep on "Just Too Good To Be True", an excellent ballad with sparkling production! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Edmundo Ros & His OrchestraCaribbean Ros ... LP
Phase 4, 1974. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Cover has a sticker in one corner.)

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✨✧ Donna SummerFour Seasons Of Love ... LP
Casablanca, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Donna Summer also covers spring, autumn and winter here – on an incredibly groovy disco concept album – gorgeously sung by Donna Summer and produced to perfection by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte! It's got 4 long, seasonally-titled tunes and a reprise – with "Spring Affair", "Summer Fever", "Autumn Changes" and "Winter Melody" – and the numbers groove appropriately! The spring groover is breezy, summer's is nice and steamy, the dancefloor grooves shift and phase for autumn, and winter is cool and delicate. One of the finer album-oriented disco releases of the period! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Wagon ChristThrobbing Pouch ... CD
Rising High (UK), 1995. Used 2CD ... $9.99
One of Luke Vibert's earliest albums, under the Wagon Christ name, and still one of our favorites. You can hear the template of what would become his trademark sound: idiosyncratic, but remarkably funky beat, interlaced with whimsical melodic samples and a nice dose of hip hop. 17 tracks in all, including 'Reedin'", "Down under", "Phase Everyday", "Throbbing Pouch", "Rexcist", "Floot", "Pull My Strings", "Scrapes", "E-Z Listener", "Underground Level" and "All My Fingers". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDelta Swamp Rock – Sounds From The South At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country, & Soul – Part 1 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Soul Jazz takes an open-eyed and open-minded look at swampy, funky, freewheeling southern rock – southern-by-nature or southern-by-inspiration grooves from the end of the 60s and well into the 70s! What we love most about the set, besides that it features one great song after another, is the Soul Jazz perspective. They don't simply put together Delta Swamp Rock from a purist's standpoint regionally, or as a sound – it's loosely-defined, which you could complain about if you want, but we love all of this stuff so it works for us! There's early phase southern rock, blue-eyed soul, soulful country and homey, swaggering pop. Volume 1 of the vinyl has 13 tracks on 2LPs: "The Seasons" by Lynryd Skynryd, "Smokies" by Barefoot Jerry", "Papa, Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You" by Bobbie Gentrie, "Stone Fox Chase" by Area Code 615, "Be What You Want To" by Link Wray", "I'll Be Long Gone" by Boz Scaggs, "God Rest His Soul" by Duane And Gregg Allman and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousKeep On Dancin – Disco Boogie Delights Of West End ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
A treasure trove of funky club work from one of the greatest indie labels in New York – disco powerhouse West End, home to a few key hits and lots more lost goodies! A fair bit of those lost tracks are presented here – in a great double-length package that may well be the hippest we've seen so far to represent the work of West End – a collection that gets past some of the over-reissued work in their catalog, and which reminds us of great gems from their rich 12" single catalog! Titles include "Searchin For Some Lovin" by Debbie Trusty, "Keep On Dancin (phase II)" by Forrice, "Hot Summer Nights" by Love Club, "Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat" by Glass, "Time" by Stone, "Is It All Over My Face (female voc version)" by Loose Joints, "Serious Sirius Space Party (club)" by Ednah Holt, "Girl I Like The Way You Move" by Stone, "Ride On The Rhythm" by Mahogany, "There's Never Been No One Like You" by Kenix with Bobby Youngblood, "The Funk Is In The Music" by Johnson & Youngblood, "Take Some Time" by Sparque, "Do It To The Music (club)" by Raw Silk, "Let's Dance" by Bombers, and "Let's Go Dancin (club)" by Sparque. CD

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VariousPhase 6 Super Stereo – Introducing The Alternative Italian B-Movie Soundtrack ... LP
Plastic (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
Totally cool new 2LP set on Plastic, and in a very similar mode to some of the other great Italian comps of funky music – like Stroboscopia, Mo' Plen, and Easy Tempo. The set's a collection of funky grooves from the lost Phase 6 label, and features some totally wild tracks with electric harpsichord, electric sitar, and other cool electric instruments – all over funky grooves and tight beats! The sound is stunning, with razor sharp production, and a stereo sound that's bound to burst you out of your seat. There's 16 tracks in all, and every cut's a winner, with hot "Now Sound" vibes. Plus, we recognize none of the artists, so you don't have to worry about duplication from other sets you might have. The whole thing's great, and ranks as one of the best Italian funky comps we've had so far! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BohannonGittin Off ... LP
Dakar, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – and has this way of really focusing in on one key rhythm, then rolling it out with incredible tightness – slowly changing things with some slight phase shifts in tone or timing, but always returning to the core of the tune. The approach is maybe even more striking here than on his previous records – and far grittier than on his later 70s work, too – and at some level, the vocals are almost thrown in as an afterthought, once Bo and the combo get things grooving! Titles include "Come Winter", "South Africa 76", "Feel Good At Midnight", "Gittin Off", and "I'm In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Claude DenjeanMoog! ... LP
Phase 4, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Claude Denjean's always been one of our more favorite moogy artists, and this LP's a really nice batch of 60's covers done in a very moogy way, with little or no backing behind them. Tracks include "Venus", "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head", and "Everybody's Talkin'". Nice version of "Nights In White Satin", too. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gilberto GilRefazenda ... CD
Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums you'll ever hear from Gilberto Gil – a really cool record that's done in the same sort of samba soul style that Jorge Ben was using in the 70s – with similarly wonderful results! The rhythms are great – a really compelling mix of rootsy elements and tighter studio musicianship – often cut with guitar lines that are a perfect accompaniment to Gil's raspy, soul-drenched vocals – which sound better here than on most other albums of the period – wonderfully compelling, with an ability to grab the listener, no matter what their language! Gil also plays this wonderful "phase guitar", which jangles back and forth nicely, and gives some of the tracks an incredibly haunting sound – one that works especially nicely with the tight rhythms of the tunes! Titles include "E Povo E", "Jeca Total", "Pai E Mae", "Refazenda", "Ela", and "Lamento Sertanejo". CD

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✨✧ VRevelation Is Now Televised ... LP
BBE (UK), 2005. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An instant classic – and one of the best new soul albums of the 21st Century so far – the debut of Valvin Roane II, aka V – a fresh talent from the wide side of the Philly scene! V's working here with production from Jazzy Jeff, Pete Smoovah, and Pete Kuzma, Jill Scott's bandleader – and the set has an amazing quality that more than lives up to it's classic-styled cover and title! V sings with a voice that would be great enough on its own – a church-schooled mode that's deeply soulful, and which hearkens back to 70s Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder – but with the added production from Jeff and the Petes, he really strides forward with a bold new sound – one that's spacey one minute, crispy the next – often laidback, yet never lazy in its approach to the music. And while it would be easy enough to label this one as "classic soul" and leave it at that, V's also got a vibe that's richly his own – one that really fits the unpretentious photo on the cover, and which is a refreshing change from overly-postured male soul (and that includes even the stuff that's pretending its not!) Titles include "Born Again", which features Jill Scott – plus "Confess", "Best Friend", "Picture This", "Still", "Who Would I Be", "Would U Be Mine", "Anotha Phase", "Melody", and "Hey Pretty Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gilberto GilRefazenda ... CD
Warner (Germany), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums you'll ever hear from Gilberto Gil – a really cool record that's done in the same sort of samba soul style that Jorge Ben was using in the 70s – with similarly wonderful results! The rhythms are great – a really compelling mix of rootsy elements and tighter studio musicianship – often cut with guitar lines that are a perfect accompaniment to Gil's raspy, soul-drenched vocals – which sound better here than on most other albums of the period – wonderfully compelling, with an ability to grab the listener, no matter what their language! Gil also plays this wonderful "phase guitar", which jangles back and forth nicely, and gives some of the tracks an incredibly haunting sound – one that works especially nicely with the tight rhythms of the tunes! Titles include "E Povo E", "Jeca Total", "Pai E Mae", "Refazenda", "Ela", and "Lamento Sertanejo". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Steve ReichMusic For 18 Musicians (2LP 180 gram pressing) (2015 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Nonesuch, 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking set of modal minimal tracks that stands as one of Reich's most popular and accessable works. The music is extremely subtle, and features 18 musicians playing a variety of violins, cellos, clarinets, pianos, marimbas, and vibes – all in short cyclic passages that move in and out in ways that perfectly illustrate Reich's fascination with phase progressions in modern music. Tougher to find on vinyl than it should be, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered, limited edition!)

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✨✧ Eddy SenayStep By Step ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
The second smoking Sussex album from guitarist Eddie Senay – and arguably even better than the first! The tracks here are all instrumentals – played with a style that's tight, right, and very on the money – mixed with keyboards from Rudy Robinson, who also arranged the numbers on the set. There's kind of a choppy early 70s soundtrack funk groove to the whole set – with Eddie's guitar bad-stepping its way over Rudy's sweet keyboards – all in a relatively lean groove that's laidback and loose, but still supremely funky! Titles include "Cameo", "Delgado", "Soul Preachin", "Shakeero", "Safari", "Sarko East", "Shakedown", and "Phase 1". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a bit of marker in one corner.)
 
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Ronnie AldrichSoft & Wicked/Come To Where The Love Is ... CD
Phase 4, 1972/1973. Used ... $6.99
A nice two-fer reissue with Ronnie Aldrich and his "two pianos" running through lush, easy arrangements of breezy pop numbers. You get just over an hour of mellow goodness here to keep the mood flowing all night long, with tracks that include "Last tango In Paris", "You're So Vain", "good Time Charlie's Got The Blues", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "It Never Rains In Southern California", "Love Theme From The Godfather", "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Song Sung Blue", "The Candy Man" and "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gary BurtonSeven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1974. Sealed (reissue)... $14.99
A really wonderful setting for the vibes of Gary Burton – a special ECM session that pairs his quartet with larger orchestral backdrops – all conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also wrote the music for the date! Gibbs had already risen to fame by the time of this record – thanks to some groundbreaking albums for large ensembles on the British jazz scene of the late 60s – where he demonstrated a tremendous ear for intimate tones and subtle sounds amidst a larger group. Here, that talent turns out to work perfectly for the rich tones of Burton's vibes – allowing them to develop slowly and spaciously, despite the larger orchestra. The core quartet also features Michael Goodrick on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Ted Seibs on drums – and titles include "The Rain Before It Falls", "Three", "Phases", "Throb", and "Nocturne Vulgaire/Arise Her Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Greg Foat GroupGreg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $23.99
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this album has a really special sort of feel – with loads of wonderful keyboard lines from Greg on Hohner Electra piano, Elka Rhapsody, Hammond L 100, and Mutron Phaser – almost always distorted with a nice degree of fuzz, but still a straight ahead approach, and some great undercurrents of fuzz too! The group also features tenor and trumpet – which sometimes sound distorted, ala Varitone modes – and the overall sound feels like some lost jazzy club combo from the late 60s, really tripping out in a very comfortable space. We'd easily stack this one next to our favorite funky Fender Rhodes records from back in the day – and titles include "By The Grace Of God I Am", "Ingen Reklam", "Funky Fanfare", "Madrid", and "Mr Minor". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Greg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Greg Foat GroupGreg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this album has a really special sort of feel – with loads of wonderful keyboard lines from Greg on Hohner Electra piano, Elka Rhapsody, Hammond L 100, and Mutron Phaser – almost always distorted with a nice degree of fuzz, but still a straight ahead approach, and some great undercurrents of fuzz too! The group also features tenor and trumpet – which sometimes sound distorted, ala Varitone modes – and the overall sound feels like some lost jazzy club combo from the late 60s, really tripping out in a very comfortable space. We'd easily stack this one next to our favorite funky Fender Rhodes records from back in the day – and titles include "By The Grace Of God I Am", "Ingen Reklam", "Funky Fanfare", "Madrid", and "Mr Minor". CD features two bonus tracks – "Finky Minky" and "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag". CD
Also available Greg Foat Group – Live At The Playboy Club, London ... LP 23.99

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Woody HermanWoody ... LP
Cadet, 1970. Very Good ... $0.99
The most obscure of Woody's albums for Cadet – and a bit different than the other two! The album still features one side of upbeat groovy tunes – recorded with Richard Evans in a style that's a mix of big band funk and Cadet Records soul – and which show Woody to be a lot hipper than anyone might have thought at the time – putting together some amazing arrangements of tunes that soar with great power, still very jazzy, but also filled with a youthful energy that's really great. Includes a great version of "How Can I Be Sure", plus cool originals like "Smiling Phases", "A Stone Called Person", and "Saccharine Sally". The difference here, though, is that some of the tunes also have some vocals by Woody – sounding pretty cool, actually, and almost spoken – and that one side of the record is dominated by a long version of "Blues In The Night", with a solo by Tom Harrell. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, heavy wear on the spine, a small split on the bottom seam, and some peeled spots at the bottom.)

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✨✧ John KlemmerLifestyle (Living & Loving) ... LP
ABC, 1977. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Sweet, smooth, and soulfully beautiful work from John Klemmer – not as all-out cosmic or trippy as some of his earlier albums for ABC, but with some really nice moments! Klemmer's really got the power of his horn in firm control here – playing with that Eddie Harris-schooled use of economy and tone – coming across with an approach that's subtle, but effective, and more deeply soulful than you might expect. Backings are by a small group on most tracks – and include keyboards from Milcho Leviev and drums by Harvey Mason. Klemmer plays a bit of echoplex and phaser alongside his usual tenor, and a few numbers are slightly sweetened by strings – but that's never a problem where Klemmer's concerned! Titles include "Caress", "Quiet Afternoon", "Tough & Tender", "Lifestyle", "Pure Love", "Purity", "Forever", and "Lovin Feelings". LP, Vinyl record album

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James MoodyJames Moody ... CD
Argo/Verve, 1959. Used ... $7.99
Great work from Moody's "second phase" – the post-Overbrook time in which he picks up the flute, drops a bit of the bop style, and starts working in a much more complicated style that showed that he had a hell of a lot of room to grow as an artist! This album's Moody's second for Argo – recorded in 1959, with help from the brilliant arranger Tom McIntosh. Players include Johnny Coles, Musa Kaleem, Gene Kee, and McIntosh – and the album features the first reading of Moody's famous "Darben The Redd Foxx", plus "Cookie", "RBQ", "Daahoud", and McIntosh's perennial favorite, "With Malice Toward None". CD

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Steve ReichFour Organs/Phase Patterns/Pendulum Music – Ensemble Avant Garde (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Wergo/Karl (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $20.99
Brilliant minimal work from Steve Reich – pre-fame performances that really get to the core of minimalist composition from the start of the movement – played by a hip small group of musicians that includes Reich, Steve Chambers, Art Murphy, and Philip Glass! "Four Organs" is a wonderful combination of the instruments mentioned in the title – coming together with a cool drone-building quality, and driven by some very slight, soft rhythms on maracas – very cool, and relatively spare – but with a compelling sound that definitely shows that Reich and his contemporaries were onto a whole new groove. "Phase Patterns" has organs again - and is a slow, subtle exploration of Reich's early ideas on patterns of phase shifting – delivered here in a spare, stark, simple way that really hooks you into his musical ideas, in ways that some of the larger concept records sometimes fail to do. "Pendulum Music" continues the experiments in phase shifting – but uses only microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers – which are looping these spare woodwind notes until they become rhythmic phrases! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 750 copies.)

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TrafficHeaven Is In Your Mind (mono edition) ... CD
Island/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The great first album by Traffic – one of the best debuts by a British group in the late 60s! Better remembered as Mr. Fantasy, the album has a bit of a confusing release history. This excellent CD version features the album as it first appeared in the US – including the brilliant singles and in the rare mono mix. The punchy, direct vibe of the mono version is wonderful, but however you may prefer to hear it, the artistry is indisputable! There's still plenty of psych pop in the mix, colorful songcraft with a bluesy rock undercurrent. Capaldi, Winwood and Wood are most prominently credited, as Dave Mason hit the road after the singles, but since those are included on this early US version, let's show him some love, too! The organ and a driving rhythm are prominent, with flute and trippy atmosphere throughout. Later on, the group would work with jazzier and bluesier styles, traces of which are here. They would evolve pretty quickly, actually, both stylistically and via lineup shifts. Here's a most vital first stage! Includes "Paper Sun", "Dealer", "Coloured Rain", "No Face, No Name And No Number", "House For Everyone", "Dear Mr. Fantasy", "Smiling Phases", "Heaven Is In Your Mind", the weird closing fade "Were A Fade, You Missed This" and more. CD

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✨✧ TristanSecond Phase ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $16.99
We somehow missed Tristan the first time around – but man, are we more than making up for that now – with loads of love for this incredible second set! Tristan's got this wonderful sense of poise and polish to her music – not slick at all, but just super-tight, with an immediately righteous, positive vibe – at a level that's rare for so many indie soul acts – and which instantly puts Tristan at the level of some of our longtime favorites, like Incognito, Monday Michiru, or Swing Out Sister! The songwriting is great, the vocals are wonderful, and the overall execution has this real love of classic soul, but a style that's always trying to find something new – especially through some jazzy inflections, ala James Mason or someone like that. Titles include "Hey Sister", "Finally Found", "Chainreaction", "Falcon", "Lost", "Morning", "Supersize My Sunshine", and "Tune In". CD

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Barney WilenZodiac ... LP
Vogue/Be! (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
One of the coolest albums ever from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – a set that's legendary not only for its famous cover image, but for all the wonderful music underneath! The record's maybe the strongest to deliver on the modern promise that Wilen exhibited in his music during the 60s – but also has a tightness that makes it quite different from some of his more loopy projects – a way of putting things together that's bold and modern, yet also wonderfully controlled as well! As you might guess from the title, the record's based around the twelve phases of the Zodiac – and each tune has a slightly different sense of energy – all delivered by Wilen on tenor, with Karl Berger on vibes and piano, JF Jenny Clark on bass, and Jacques Thollot on drums – all players who are reaching towards free jazz modes, but often hang slightly inside, which makes for a beautiful balance overall. Titles include "Cancer", "Lion", "Vierge", "Capricorne", "Balance", "Scorpion", and "Poissons". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Blood Sweat & TearsBlood Sweat & Tears ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic from Blood Sweat & Tears – and a record that went onto have a tremendous impact in jazz, rock, funk, and soul! The group's format is plenty darn famous – adding a lot of horns to hip riffing grooves – but despite countless plays on oldies stations over the years, this initial album still has a power that's undeniable – a way of putting the whole thing together that really uses the best elements of the late 60s studio – handled with sweet production from James William Guerico that rivals his best work for Chicago! Even the lead vocals by David Clayton Thomas hold up nicely – and the set includes the classics "Variations On A Theme By Eric Satie", "And When I Die", "Smiling Phases", "More & More", "Spinning Wheel", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)
 
 
 



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