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Ralph BowenRalph Bowen ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
The title and cover here are super-simple, but the sound is anything but – a continuing evolution of the talents of tenorist Ralph Bowen, who just seems to grab us more and more with each new album! The core of the record is the long "Phylogeny Suite", which has some of the most complex writing we've ever heard from Bowen – almost like he's hitting a second chapter of his career, while still finding a way to soulfully swing with the quality that first made us love him a number of years ago. There's almost a Monk-like sense of angularity at points – accented by the piano work of Jim Ridl, who plays in the quartet alongside Kenny Davis on bass and Cliff Almond on drums. Titles include "A Cast Of Crabs", "A Leap Of Leopards", "Cache Cache", "A Rookery Of Ravens", and a version of McCoy Tyner's "Search For Peace". CD

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✨✧ Captain Black Big BandCaptain Black Big Band ... CD
Posi tone, 2011. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
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Brian CharretteAlphabet City ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
Sweet sweet Hammond from the great Brian Charette – a player who's easily becoming one of our favorite organists in contemporary jazz! Brian's got this way of spinning out a long line with effortless ease – a soaring approach to his instrument that takes us back to a space between Larry Young and Don Patterson in the 60s – set up in a very lean trio setting that just features Will Bernard on guitar and Rudy Royston on drums! Bernard's a great player in the setting too – really able to leap, soar, and carve out the right sort of sounds alongside the organ – this balance of groove and melody that's really illuminates the record, while Royston drives the whole thing along with his deft drums. Titles include "Sharpie Moustache", "East Village", "Detours", "Avenue A", "White Lies", "The Vague Reply", and "Hungarian Major". CD

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Brian CharretteOnce & Future ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. Used ... $3.99
Stunning Hammond work from Brian Charette – a player who's fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary organists in jazz – given his way of both acting completely fluid on the keys, while still able to lay down a chunky rhythm at the bottom! The mix is one that few folks could ever get so right – maybe Jack McDuff or Charles Earland at their best – but Charette's also not just one of these retro-styled organists – and instead, acts with a spirit that's very much his own, as he effortlessly mixes soulful, modern, and groovy elements in a trio here with Will Bernard on guitar and Steve Fidyk on drums. Brian handles all the basslines with the organ – and beautifully so – and titles include "Zoltan", "Hot Barbecue", "Tyrone", "Latin From Manhattan", "Da Bug", "Road Song", "Falling Forth", "Blues For 96", and "The Scorpion". CD
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Brian CharretteOnce & Future ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Stunning Hammond work from Brian Charette – a player who's fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary organists in jazz – given his way of both acting completely fluid on the keys, while still able to lay down a chunky rhythm at the bottom! The mix is one that few folks could ever get so right – maybe Jack McDuff or Charles Earland at their best – but Charette's also not just one of these retro-styled organists – and instead, acts with a spirit that's very much his own, as he effortlessly mixes soulful, modern, and groovy elements in a trio here with Will Bernard on guitar and Steve Fidyk on drums. Brian handles all the basslines with the organ – and beautifully so – and titles include "Zoltan", "Hot Barbecue", "Tyrone", "Latin From Manhattan", "Da Bug", "Road Song", "Falling Forth", "Blues For 96", and "The Scorpion". CD
Also available Once & Future ... CD 3.99

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Roxy CossChasing The Unicorn ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
The title of the album might sound a bit whimsical, but the music of saxophonist Roxy Coss is hardly that at all – and instead a rock-solid approach to rhythm and tone that's very well-crafted throughout! The set features Roxy on saxes and bass clarinet – some shifting sonic elements that are matched nicely with the guitar of Alex Wintz, piano of Glenn Zaleski, bass of Rick Rosato, and drums of Jimmy MacBride – a lineup that deftly turns and shifts to follow the spirit of the leader. Roxy contributed a few of her own tunes to the record – "Free To Be", "You're There", "Never Enough", "Endless Cycle", "Unwavering Optimism", and the title tune – and the set also features versions of Wayne Shorter's "Virgo" and Joe Henderson's "A Shade Of Jade". CD

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Jon DavisHappy Juice ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Top shelf jazz trio from pianist Jon Davis – an artist who might look pretty laidback, sipping wine on the cover – but who serves up some great original material as well as key takes on some classics! Working with bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Mark Ferber on this one, Davis earnestly sets out to pay homage to the 60s modern piano jazz genius of his five favorite players – and also manages to really show some of his own best work – a really impressive feat! The originals shine brightly – including "Happy Juice", "Slant Six", "As We Know", "Bred On Read" and "Mostly Minor" – and fit in seamlessly with the nods to classics by Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett – including "The Two Lonely People", "Tones For Joans Bones", "Speak Like A Child", "Search For People" and "Rainbow". Wonderful stuff! CD

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✨✧ Steve DavisOutlook ... CD
Posi tone, 2008. Used ... $4.99
A masterful balance of tone and timing from trombonist Steve Davis – exactly the kind of record that shows why he's one of our favorite players on his instrument! The album's got a great feel right from the start – that soaring sort of soul that Davis seems to inspire in others with both his playing and wonderful compositions – two of which begin the set. Mike DiRubbo joins Steve in the frontline – and the set also features David Bryant on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums – a great rhythm group for hitting the perfect Davis groove! Titles include "Outlook", "Smooth", "Mission", "Bosco", "Lord Davis", "Line Of Flight", and a nice cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day". CD

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Wayne EscofferyUptown ... CD
Posi tone, 2009. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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Ken FowserNow Hear This ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Ken Fowser's got an unassuming look on the cover, but he's got a sound that's growing more and more confident with each new record – to a point where he may well be one of our favorite new tenor players in recent years! Fowser's got a very soulful vision – one that comes through not just in his strong work on his instrument, but also in his wonderful writing for the record – which is every much a draw as his performance, and which marks Ken as a great voice in contemporary jazz over the course of the eleven compositions on the set! The group's got a rock-solid mix of hardbop and soul jazz, but cut with some richer lyricism too – almost kind of a Cedar Walton approach – and in addition to Fowser's tenor, the lineup features Josh Bruneau on trumpet and flugelhorn, Rick Germanson on piano, Paul Gill on bass, and Jason Tieman on drums. Titles include "Here & Now", "Still Standing", "The View From Below", "Now Hear This", "One & Done", "Ready The Mops", and "A Few Blocks Down". CD

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Ken FowserStanding Tall ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
We last heard tenorist Ken Fowser in the company of vibist Behn Gillece – on a pair of excellent recent albums for the Posi-Tone label – but here he works as the sole leader, and maybe knocks it out of the park even more! All the tunes here are originals by Ken – who continues to be a hell of a writer, and comes up with songs that are bright and bold, yet also filled with deeper lines of feeling too – almost like some of Wayne Shorter's excellent early compositions in the first half of the 60s. Like Shorter in those days, Fowser has a way of working in a deeply soulful mode, but with strong lyrical currents too – echoed nicely here by the trumpet lines of Josh Bruneau, in a quintet that also include Rick Germanson on piano, Paul Gill on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. The album's the kind of subtle gem that we've really come to love from Posi-Tone – and titles include "Off The Path", "Mode For Red", "Brick's Tune", "Hanging On", "Head Start", "Filling In The Blanks", and "Timeless". CD

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Champian FultonSpeechless ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A record that's definitely got us speechless – as we had no idea that Champian Fulton was such a wonderful pianist! The record takes off from the very first note with a burstingly rhythmic sound, and a deft command of the keyboard that maybe takes us back to the generation of Erroll Garner and Art Tatum – but without any slavish references at all, just the kind of dexterity we'd liken to those two masters! Champian wrote almost all the songs herself – fantastic little numbers that really feel timeless, and perfectly suit the kind of energy she expresses with a trio that features Ben Zweig on drums and Adi Meyerson on bass – both players who follow her lead perfectly, like some of Garner's best trios. Yet at times, there's also even more of a left hand bite than that reference might imply – later currents of Ray Bryant, maybe – but again, Fulton's very much her own person. Titles include "Day's End", "Tea & Tangerines", "Later Gator", "Pergola", "Happy Camper", and "Carondeleto's". CD

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Behn GilleceDare To Be ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Behn Gillece is fast becoming one of our favorite vibists of the contemporary era – a musician who's got the sense of tone and color that we love in Bobby Hutcherson, and able to move with a swinging, soulful sound that always makes his instrument a welcome presence on any recording – especially his few dates as a leader! This one's a corker – the kind of set that announces Behn as an incredible presence right from the very first notes – then opens up into wonderfully warm territory that makes plenty of space for his well-chosen groupmates – Bruce Harris on trumpet, Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums – a group that's got a sharply swinging groove that works perfectly with the bold attack that Gillece brings to the vibes. Titles are almost all originals – highlighting Behn's skill as a writer, too – and tracks include "Camera Eyes", "From Your Perspective", "Amethyst", "Dought's End", "Live It", "Trapezoid", and "Dare To Be". CD

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Behn GilleceMindset ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The first solo album as a leader from vibist Behn Gillece – a player who's been making great sounds on other sessions for the Posi-Tone label in recent years! Behn's voice is very firmly upfront here – on a set of all original compositions that really showcase his unique approach to the vibes – a style that can be hard and biting one minute, but filled with flowing currents of color the next – a mode that sometimes owes a bit to Bobby Hutcherson, but which really stands out as Gillece's own unique approach – and which is one of the freshest voices on vibes we've heard in years! The group's a quintet – with frequent musical partner Ken Fowser on tenor, plus Rick Germanson on piano and Fender Rhodes, Paul Gill on bass, and Charles Ruggiero on drums. Behn wrote all the tunes – and titles include "Crashing Down", "One Mile With You", "The Great Quarterly", "Mindset", "Things Are Happening", and "The Mean Sea". CD

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Theo HillPromethean ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 16.98
Wonderfully romping piano from Theo Hill – a musician who's clearly got some earlier soul jazz inspiration in his style, but who also knows how to warm things up with a bit of lyricism too – in a manner that reminds us of the direction that Cedar Walton took from the 60s into the 70s! Theo has a way of making complex ideas come across with a very natural pulse – and he gets great help here from trio members Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Mark Whitfield on drums – both players who share the same rolling spirit that Theo brings to his piano. Titles include the original track "The Phoenix", plus great takes on "Hey It's Me Your Talking To", "Finger Painting", "Blasphemy", "This Here", "Litha", and "Is That So". CD

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Stan LyonsRoar Of Lyons ... CD
Posi tone, 2009. Used ... $7.99
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Farnell NewtonBack To Earth ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
This might be the first date as a leader we've ever seen from trumpeter Farnell Newton – but it's already one that will have us looking out for more! Newton's got a tight, soulful sound on his horn – deft at times, but often more concerned with a longer, wider flow – which is balanced sonically by the trombone of Kyle Molitor – and given a nicely lyrical twist from the piano of Greg Goebel, a musician who may well be the second star of the set! We love Goebel's presence – which maybe reminds us of early Cedar Walton at times – and his warmly ringing tones are supported by work from Dylan Sundstrom on bass and Christopher Brown on drums. As with many of the best Posi-Tone label releases, much of the work here is original, and written by the leader – with titles that include "The Roots", "Transcendentals", "Crossing The Tracks", "Sons Of The Sun", "Gazillionaire", and "Road To The South". CD

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Jim Rotondi1000 Rainbows ... CD
Posi tone, 2010. Used ... $7.99
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✨✧ Jim RotondiBlues For Brother Ray ... CD
Posi tone, 2009. Used ... $8.99
A tribute to Ray Charles, but played by a hard-swinging, and mighty soulful ensemble – one that features Eric Alexander on tenor and Mike LeDonne on Hammond B-3! Both players really give the album a nice bite – and hearing Alexander next to LeDonnne's organ, we're reminded of Eric's early gems with Charles Earland – that deep tenor vibe he first learned when coming up on the south side of Chicago – a quality that almost makes Rotondi sound even deeper than usual too! There's no hoke here – no overdone, overwrought Brother Ray modes – just solid, soulful swinging based around a set of tunes that Charles once made his own – but which these cats definitely take into new territory themselves. The group also features Joe Farnsworth on drums and Peter Bernstein on guitar – and titles include "Brother Ray", "What'd I Say", "One Mint Julep", "Cry Me A River", and "Lonely Avenue". CD

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Vinnie SperrazzaJuxtaposition ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 15.99
Vinnie Sperrazza's the drummer in the group – and he leaves plenty of room in his sound for the great work of Bruce Barth on piano and Chris Speed on tenor sax – both of whom have a lot to do with the shape of the record! At times, Vinnie's drumming is quite subtle – almost as if he's more content to be a leader, and an excellent songwriter – given his beautiful compositions on the set. Bassist Peter Brendler moves the groove as much as the drums – and with a nice current of soul – leaving Barth and Speed to block out these bold shapes and tones. Titles include "Chimes", "St Jerome", "One Hour", "Warm Winter", "Hellenized", "Solitary Consumer", and "House On Hoxie Road" – all originals by Sperrazza! CD
 
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Antonio Carlos JobimStone Flower ... CD
CTI, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records – and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit – and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the magic of Jobim's wonderful compositions, but gives them a slightly more fluid feel too – in a way that's somewhat more sophisticated than the sound of Jobim's previous CTI outings – Tide and Wave. Other players on the album include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, and Airto on percussion – and there's a great mix of Brazilian and American styles on the set – electric, sinister, breezy, and always wonderful! Includes the titles "Sabia", "God & The Devil In The Land Of The Sun", "Children's Games", "Stone Flower", "Brazil", "Tereza My Love", and "Choro". Plus, this CD reissue features an alternate take of the song "Brazil". CD

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John LewisEssence – John Lewis Plays The Compositions & Arrangements Of Gary McFarland ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
John Lewis takes on the music of Gary McFarland – working here in a very cool set of McFarland compositions and arrangements – often with a lot more tone, color, and feeling than usual for a Lewis album! John often punctuates his piano notes, almost as if he's using vibes – and the larger backings have this way of being quite spacious – as in some of McFarland's more modern recordings for Impulse from the same time – very open, and quite revolutionary for the time! Players include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Eric Dolphy on alto, Phil Woods on clarinet, and Benny Golson on tenor – and titles include "Tillamook Two", "Night Float", "Notions", "Another Encounter", and "Wish Me Well". CD
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PropositionsFunky Disposition – The Complete Detroit Funk Propositions Collection ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Thundering funk from the early 70s Detroit scene – and the complete work of The Propositions, a group who only ever managed to issue a few singles at the time! Due to a typo on the label of one single, the Propositions were also sometimes known as the Prepositions – but whatever the name, the band is pretty darn funky – as you'll hear in this excellent little set. Years back, the folks at Luv N Haight collected together the group's rare singles to make something of a full LP – but now, years later, they've gone back in the vaults and have come up with a huge amount of unreleased work to add to the mix – making for an overstuffed, double-length set that's filled to the rafters with great tunes. Most tracks are in a stone funky 45 mode – but they also groove out a bit longer than the usual single, and give the band plenty of room to roll around some great basslines and horn bits, which are in turn supported by some really wicked work on guitar, organ, and keyboards! Most tunes are instrumentals, and titles include "Funky Disposition", "Live Funk Session", "Do Whatever Turns You On (parts 1 & 2)", "Groovin For The Groove", "Something Different (long edit)", "Sweet Lucy", "Vamping", "Africana", "Free & Easy", "Bad Seed", "You've Been Chose", and "Kool Twist (live garage session 2)". 2CD package is filled with gems – a total of 20 tracks in all! CD

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Bobby ScottCompositions Of Bobby Scott ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... $24.99
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by some of the most modern talents Bethlehem Records had to offer – which makes for extremely fresh sounds from Scott's wonderful music – jazz that's at a level that's really hard to peg – neither west coast cool, nor east coast arranged – but a really special space of its own! Even when tunes are short, they're full of feeling – and really make tremendous use of the individual players – who include Hal McKusick on alto, Eddie Bert on trombone, and Ronnie Woellmer on the first session – and the amazing Charlie Mariano on alto for the second, sounding incredible here – alongside Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bill Holman on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Frank Rosolino on trombone. Titles include "Moon Tan", "Kwan Youen", "Wigwam", "The Creed", "A Parable", "The Wig", "Count Bill", and "Cerebellum". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Fred TompkinsCompositions Of Fred Tompkins ... LP
FKT, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Tompkins on flute – with Joe Farrell on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Ron Carter on bass, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Elvin Jones on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MandrillComposite Truth/Just Outside Of Town ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of funky classics – back to back on a single CD! Composite Truth is one of the greatest records ever from Mandrill – a set that has the group tightening things up and getting even more funky than on their first few records, but with a vibe that's still nicely loose and spontaneous overall! The set's got Mandrill perfectly balanced between jazz-tinged funk and tighter soul – with loads of wonderful instrumental elements that have lead to the set being a heavy sample favorite over the years – used shamelessly by artists who include De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Schooly D, Ice Cube, and others! The horns are great, and never hokey at all – and the vocals nicely take second seat next to the rhythms, which are a tremendous blend of funk, jazz, and both New Orleans and Latin elements. Titles include the massive "Fencewalk", plus "Hagalo", "Polk Street Carnival", "Moroccan Nights", "Golden Stone", "Hang Loose", and "Don't Mess with People". Just Outside Of Town is really tremendous work from Mandrill – an instant funky classic, and a set that has the group furthering the sublime sound they crafted on their seminal Composite Truth! The record has all these wonderful twists and turns – not just the usual 70s funky styles, but inflections from a globe's worth of influences – all filtered down and used here in fresh new ways to really keep the sound interesting – with a tightness that's never slick, and which instead has this really visionary approach that may well top some of Mandrill's higher-charting contemporaries! Instrumentation has plenty of jazz inflections, which really keeps things interesting – and the percussion has so many different styles going on, it's hard to keep track! Titles include the massive sample cut "Fat City Strut" – plus "Never Die", "Two Sisters Of Mystery", "She Ain't Lookin Too Tough", "Interlude", "Mango Meat", "Afrikus Retrospectus", and "Aspiration Flame". CD

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✨✧ Bobby ScottCompositions Of Bobby Scott ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by some of the most modern talents Bethlehem Records had to offer – which makes for extremely fresh sounds from Scott's wonderful music – jazz that's at a level that's really hard to peg – neither west coast cool, nor east coast arranged – but a really special space of its own! Even when tunes are short, they're full of feeling – and really make tremendous use of the individual players – who include Hal McKusick on alto, Eddie Bert on trombone, and Ronnie Woellmer on the first session – and the amazing Charlie Mariano on alto for the second, sounding incredible here – alongside Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bill Holman on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Frank Rosolino on trombone. Titles include "Moon Tan", "Kwan Youen", "Wigwam", "The Creed", "A Parable", "The Wig", "Count Bill", and "Cerebellum". CD

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Anthony BraxtonQuintet Basel 1977 ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1977. Used ... $13.99
A very dynamic performance from a very dynamic group – a hipper than usual ensemble for Anthony Braxton, given that just about everyone here is a heavy hitter! The four long tracks are all Braxton compositions – in that special formula that encourages group sonic activity, while exploding with individual solo moments – a good thing, given that musicians include Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, George Lewis on trombone, Mark Helias on bass, and Charles Bobo Shaw on drums! Braxton himself plays alto, sopranino, and clarinet – and Helias has these wonderfully dark tones that kind of seal the deal on the whole performance – a moody bottom that makes all the other sounds really come across in a fantastic way. Titles include "Composition 69 J", "Composition 69 N/G", "Composition 69 M", and "Composition 40 B". CD
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✨✧ Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage EnsembleSpanish Suite ... CD
Zulu/Katalyst, 1968. Used ... $7.99
Great lost work from the legendary Phil Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble – a composition that was recorded during the group's late 60s years on the Chicago scene – but which has never been released until now! The album stands beautifully alongside the group's self-titled classic and their tribute to Malcolm X – and like those amazing records, this one has a feel that's all its own – an exploration of Moorish elements in Spanish culture – which comes off as a Latin-inflected sound with African roots! The lineup here is similar to other Cohran classics – Donald Myrick on baritone sax, Charles James Williams on alto, Eugene Easton on tenor, Charles Handy on trumpet, Willie Woods on trombone, Aaron Dodd on tuba, Pete Cosey on guitar, Henry Gibson on congas, and Louis Satterfield on bass – a mix of musicians that includes members with Sun Ra and Earth Wind & Fire listed in their resumes! Cohran's vision in the suite is wonderful – and the music has all the depth and righteous energy of his self-titled record, but a bit more Latin fire too – a beautiful blend that really makes us appreciate his genius even more than before, and which finally gives us another record of his to love after all these years. CD
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✨✧ Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage EnsembleSpanish Suite ... LP
Zulu/Tizona, 1968. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Great lost work from the legendary Phil Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble – a composition that was recorded during the group's late 60s years on the Chicago scene – but which has never been released until now! The album stands beautifully alongside the group's self-titled classic and their tribute to Malcolm X – and like those amazing records, this one has a feel that's all its own – an exploration of Moorish elements in Spanish culture – which comes off as a Latin-inflected sound with African roots! The lineup here is similar to other Cohran classics – Donald Myrick on baritone sax, Charles James Williams on alto, Eugene Easton on tenor, Charles Handy on trumpet, Willie Woods on trombone, Aaron Dodd on tuba, Pete Cosey on guitar, Henry Gibson on congas, and Louis Satterfield on bass – a mix of musicians that includes members with Sun Ra and Earth Wind & Fire listed in their resumes! Cohran's vision in the suite is wonderful – and the music has all the depth and righteous energy of his self-titled record, but a bit more Latin fire too – a beautiful blend that really makes us appreciate his genius even more than before, and which finally gives us another record of his to love after all these years. LP, Vinyl record album
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Paolo Fresu3 Essential Albums (Kosmopolites/Things/Stanley Music) (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Italy), 2005/2006/2007. New Copy ... $9.99
Three albums from this hip Italian trumpeter – packaged together in a nicely priced set! First up is Kosmopolites – beautifully moody work from the quintet of trumpeter Paolo Fresu – based around a set of compositions by the group's pianist, Roberto Cipelli! There's an airy, contemplative style here that shows the strong trumpet legacy left by Chet Baker upon the Italian scene – but the overall tone is also touches with a sense of warmth and color that's clearly Fresu's own, and which is helped tremendously by the soprano and tenor work of Tino Tracanna. The set features 15 beautiful original tunes by Cipelli – and titles include "Visions", "Echoes 1", "The Ride", "Variazione 12", "The Silent Trade", "In Viaggio", "Spazi Provvisori 1", and "Hush Please". This is a collaboration with pianist Uri Caine – a beautiful little set that gives us a chance to hear both players in an unusual setting! The album features Fresu's trumpet and Caine's keyboards – duetting without any other instrumentation, in a spare style that benefits both from the inherent lyricism of Paolo's playing, and the more rhythmic construction if Uri's grooves! Caine plays acosutic piano and Fender Rhodes – and Paolo plays trumpet and flugelhorn, sometimes with just a bit of effects – although overall, the album's got a straight sound that's really great, but with some of the odd twists and turns you might find on a trio session from Caine. Titles include "Frammento Impavido", "Si Dolce Il Tormento", "I Loves You Porgy", "Cheney's Dick", "Sonia Said", "Solar", "Fellini", "Uarca Lucente", and "Fishermen Strawberries & Devil Crab". Stanley Music is one of the most electric sessions we've ever heard from Paolo Fresu – a set that not only has his own trumpet and flugelhorn worked with some effects from time to time, but one that also features lots of additional electric shadings from guitarist Bebo Ferra! Both players are credited with "multieffects" on their instruments, which you can definitely hear on the record – used in some ways that are maybe a few mellower steps back from Miles Davis electric territory of the 70s – not as far-out or noisy, although sometimes with bolder tones than we might usually hear from Fresu. The rest of the group features Paolino Dalla Porta on bass and Stefano Bagnoli on drums – and titles are mostly original, and include "Dou Dou", "Another Road To Timbuctu", "Il Diavolo E L'Acquasanta", "Quache Anno Dopo", and "Giovedi". CD

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Tom HarrellMoving Picture ... CD
High Note, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Tremendous work from trumpeter Tom Harrell – a musician who's been making records for decades, but just seems to sound better and better as the years go on! Tom's always been wonderful, but a record like this seems to have him on fire with a whole new sense of purpose – a fresh musical mission, even at a time when he could easily sit back and rest on his laurels – really soaring out in a range of beautiful new compositions, and working in this soulful quartet that includes excellent piano from Danny Grissett, plus bass from Ugonna Okegwo and drums from Adam Cruz. Harrell's command of his trumpet and flugelhorn is amazing – fresh sounds, fresh tones, fresh lines that continue to hold us rapt throughout – on titles that include "Time Passage", "Montego Bay", "Moving Picture", "Apple House", "Sea", "Four The Moment", and "Different Clouds". CD

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Hidden OrchestraDawn Chorus ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A record with a sound to match its evocative title – maybe the most heady work to date from Hidden Orchestra – and that's saying a lot, given the depth of their other releases! These guys definitely take the "orchestra" in their name seriously – and while the lineup is maybe around a dozen musicians, not a hundred, the sound is very complex, and made up of a shifting array of musical elements – including piano, percussion, guitar, and lots more from leader Joe Acheson – who also uses field recordings and other sonic elements alongside the group's subtle blend of woodwinds, trumpet, and bits of strings. The latter are used very sparingly – so that most of the textures have a more organic sort of quality – and although there are lyrics, the overall sound is the most important thing – almost a 21st Century underground updating of older British lyrical landscape composition – but much hipper overall. Titles include "Long Orchard", "Wingbeats", "East London Street", "Stone", "Serpentine", and "Western Isles". CD

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Dick HymanMad About The Boy – Dick Hyman Plays The Music Of Noel Coward ... CD
Proscenium, 1952. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Very early work from pianist Dick Hyman – a set of solo numbers, all based around compositions by Noel Coward! Even at this young stage, Hyman proves himself to be a wonderful interpreter of classic song – working without any other accompaniment, yet getting a huge range of sounds from the tunes – thanks to a ringing tone on the piano that is further brought out here by a somewhat echoey recording style. Titles include "Play Orchestra Play", "I'll Follow My Secret Heart", "Any Little Fish", "Dance Little Lady", "World Weary", "Zigeuner", "Poor Little Rich Girl", and "You Were There". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Keith JarrettChanges ... LP
ECM, 1983. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, and pulsating rhythms – the latter of which really drive along the two-part composition "Flying", which takes up most of the set. The shorter "Prism" completes the record – a number that's a bit more contemplative overall, and which features some of those beautifully rounded tones that were virtually Peacock's trademark at the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Rahsaan Roland KirkInflated Tear/Natural Black Inventions ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1968/1971. Used ... $11.99
Some of the greatest spiritual jazz of the late 60s – and 2 of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's best Atlantic albums back to back on one CD! The Inflated Tear is a landmark album from Roland – one of his key 60s sides for Atlantic records, and an amazing blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and freer thinking styles! Roland's playing an insane assortment of horns on the set – often at the same time, if you know his 3-way style of blowing – and instruments used for the recording include Manzello, stritch, flute, whistle, English horn, and flexatone – in addition to standard tenor and clarinet. Other players in the group include Ron Burton on piano, Steve Novosel on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and the album's got some incredible original compositions that include "Many Blessings", "Handful Of Fives", "Lovellevellioqui", "Laugh for Rory", "Black and Crazy Blues", and "The Inflated Tear". Natural Black Inventions is even more amazing – a session that features solo work by Kirk – incredible soundscapes of tone, color, soul, and energy – all recorded without the use of overdubs or studio tricks, but in a style that will have you stopping the record, and saying "how the heck does he do that?" As was well known at the time, Kirk could blow more than one saxophone at the same time – which he does on the session – unaided by bass, piano, or drums – working the saxophones at the same time with a sound that must be heard to be believed! The record has these fantastic throbbing pulsating reed lines, with one horn blowing rhythm, and one playing an adventurous solo – and both being blown live a the same time! Tracks include "Black Root", "Raped Voices", "Day Dream", and "Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Lee Konitz/Lars Sjosten OctetDedicated To Lee – The Lee Konitz/Lars Sjosten Octet Plays The Music Of Lars Gullin ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1983. New Copy ... $4.99 16.99
That's dedicated to Lars, actually – the great Lars Gullin, who made some tremendous music on the Swedish scene in the 50s and 60s – and was a hell of a great composer, too! The set features all Gullin compositions, save one tribute number – recorded by an octet that has swinging spirit Lars would have really loved – lots of modern edges on the solos, but a straightforward approach that Gullin almost always promoted as a great way to get his creative message across! There's an interesting juxtaposition going on here, as the alto sax of Lee Konitz is heard where Gullin's mighty baritone might normally be – which makes for a really fresh vision of the tunes, and a very different setting for Konitz as well. Other players include Lars Sjosten on piano, Gustavo Bergalli on trumpet, Hector Bingert on tenor, and Gunnar Bergsten on baritone sax – and titles include "For FJ Fans Only", "Danny's Dream", "Happy Again", "Merlin", "The Flight", and "Late Date". CD

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Steve LacyStraight Horn Of Steve Lacy ... LP
Candid, 1960. Near Mint- ... $8.99
The only thing "straight" about Steve Lacy's horn is its shape – as the soprano sax here is used in some extremely inventive and modern ways, especially for the date of the session! We don't think we're going out on a limb to say Lacy is one of the foremost melodic improvisors of his time, and easily one of the most talented soprano players too – and his early date as a leader shows both his forward looking involvement with the avant garde (he'd played with Cecil Taylor just before this date and does a couple of his compositions here) and a career-long fascination with Thelonious Monk. Although the group here is piano-less – with Charles Davis on baritone sax, John Ore on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – there's a definite Monk-like edge to many of the numbers, carried off especially by the sharp turns in Lacy's horn! Titles include "Criss Cross", "Air", "Donna Lee", "Louise", "Played Twice", and "Inrospection". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Barnaby pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Jacques Loussier5 Original Albums (Play Bach Vols 1 to 5) (5CD set) ... CD
Decca/Universal (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $19.99
Groundbreaking work from pianist Jacques Loussier – a hip mix of jazz music and classical themes that set a whole new standard for the 60s! Loussier's a very dynamic pianist who's clearly got classical roots – but he also manages to make these older tunes swing with a good degree of jazz-based energy – working with bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Christian Garros, in a trio setting that brings plenty of modern moments to compositions by Joahan Sebastian Bach! Given the tightness of Bach's original compositions – which were almost like math equations in their relationship to tone, timing, and balance – the addition of improvisation almost seems like an impossibility – but a move that Loussier carries off with ease, as he introduces the concept to following generations who took his style and pushed it even further. Yet at some level, the early moments are maybe still some of the freshest – as you'll hear here in this great package that offers up five full albums of the experiment, all with their original cover art too! CD

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Lupe FiascoLupe Fiasco's The Cool ... LP
Atlantic, 2007. Near Mint- 2LP ... $99.99
Lupe Fiasco takes his style a kick & a push deeper than the perceived sunny positivity of his debut on second album The Cool – flashing some biting social criticism – and a sharp brilliance that shows he's too restless to simply coast! The clean, buzzing synth funk orchestra vibe that was a highlight of the Food & Liquor set encores here, especially on the tracks Soundtrakk produced – but the mood is a little heavier. Strong stuff in both overall quality and lyrical content, with some real standouts. F & L was no fluke – Lupe is the real thing! Titles include ""Free Chilly" feat Sarah Green & Gemstones, "Go Go Gadget Flow", "The Coolest", "Superstar" feat Matthew Santos, "Paris, Tokyo", "Hi-Definition" feat Snoop Dogg and Pooh Bear, "Gold Wathch", "Intruder Alert" feat Sarah Green, "Dumb It Down"feat Gemstones & Graham Burris, "Fighters" feat Mathew Santos and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)
 
 
 



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