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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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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

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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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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 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 ... $3.99
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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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Tom TallitschGratitude ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Tenorist Tom Tallitsch has gotten plenty of love from our ears in recent years – and with a record as great as this, he's bound to get plenty more! Tom comes on strong with a really deep tenor sound – a mode that we might put in a range between Hank Mobley and Eric Alexander – boldly rhythmic, but also very skilled at personal phrasing – with solos that fly out effortlessly on top of a crack rhythm combo that features Jon Davis on piano, Peter Brendler on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums – deeply exploring the full range of the tenor, but never in a way that calls attention to its process. Brian Charette joins the group on Hammond for two tracks – but most of the set is from the quartet, who play mostly originals from Tom – including "Terrain", "Kindred Spirit", "Refuge", "Northeast", "Alternate Side", "Oblivion", and "Rust Belt". CD

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Doug Webb with Walt Weiskopf & Joel FrahmTriple Play ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A triple-tenor powerhouse – as Doug Webb invites Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm in for the sessions – and things really begin to cook! The trio get this raw, spare accompaniment from Brian Charette on Hammond and Rudy Royston on drums – which leaves the tenors plenty of room to open up, stretch out, and really do their thing – coming together as unified voices on the heads, then breaking out into really well-crafted, well-defined individual solos. The feel is a bit like some of those great Don Patterson albums of the 60s, but even more modern – and titles include "Jazz Car", "Giant Steps", "Three's A Crowd", "Jones", "Pail Blues", and "Triple Play". CD

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Walt WeiskopfWay You Say It ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Tenor, vibes, and organ – a great combination here in the hands of leader Walt Weiskopf, who also wrote most of the tracks on the record! Walt's records have been some of our favorites on the Posi-Tone label in recent years – and here, he works with label heavyweights Behn Gillece on vibes and Brian Charette on Hammond – with drums from Steve Fidyk in a beautifully balanced quartet! Charette's got these long-flowing lines on the Hammond that are both melodically matched and periodically punctuated by Gillece on vibes – with sounds that can brew slowly together, or really take off – as Walt blows these nicely-edged solos throughout! Titles include "Dreamlining", "Separation", "Coffee & Scones", "Envisioned", "Invisible Sun", "Manny Boy", and "The Way You Say It". CD

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David Weiss & Point Of DepartureVenture Inward ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A bold musical statement from the great Point Of Departure group – a combo with continuing dedication to re-exploring some of the freshest jazz sounds of the 60s – especially music by the "new thing" generation of Blue Note players like Andrew Hill or Tony Williams! Our hat's off to trumpeter David Weiss for making the whole thing work so well – and this time around, the group have a soulful swing that they sometimes missed on other records – a way of stretching out, yet still finding a groove – and perfectly balancing the best aspects of that generation they're trying to recreate. In addition to Weiss on trumpet, the quintet also features JD Allen on tenor, Nir Felder on guitar, Luques Curtis on bass, and Jamire Williams on drums – on titles that include "Pax", "Snuck In", "I Have A Dream", "Black Comedy", and "Venture Inward". CD

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✨✧ Joe MagnarelliThree On Two ... CD
Posi tone, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer from trumpeter Joe Magnarelli – an artist we've already begun to appreciate a lot for his recent work on the Posi-tone label – but a player who really wins us over with this sweet little set! The record sparkles right from the start with contributions from key labelmates – the mighty Brian Charette on Hammond, Mike DiRubbo on alto, and the great Steve Davis on trombone – all players who leap into the fray with Magnarelli right from the start, and come up with these lines that are sophisticated, but always swinging too – stunningly soulful at all the best moments, with a nice sort of sparkle,b ut no too-commercial polish. Solos are great, and Magnarelli's writing is very nice on the album's original tracks – and titles include "Easy", "26 2", "Central Park West", "Paris", "Outlet Pass", "Clockwise", and "My Reverie". CD

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✨✧ Behn GilleceDare To Be ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Ed CherrySoul Tree ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer guitar and Hammond session with a really sublime sort of sound – a groove that's wonderfully free of cliche – and which has an open, spacious quality that few artists can match! Given the instrumentation, the album's steeped in tradition, but never tries to just rehash an older Prestige Records vibe – and instead guitarist Ed Cherry and organist Kyle Koehler find a way of soaring out in their own spirits – opening up strongly in a bass-less trio that only features the drums of Anwar Marshall to keep things snapping along. The pairing is perfect – on the level of Grant Green with Larry Young, or Pat Martino with Don Patterson – yet very much with its own spirit, too. Cherry's arrangements are great, too – providing very fresh takes on familiar tunes, alongside his own compositions. Titles include "Central Park West", "A New Blue", "Rachel's Step", "Ode To Angela", "Little Sunflower", "Little Girl Big Girl", and "Peace". CD

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✨✧ Behn GilleceWalk Of Fire ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A date that's not only a great showcase for the mighty vibes talents of Behn Gillece, but which also has the musician working alongside some of his best labelmats as well! We love Gillece in any setting – as his work on vibes is some of the freshest of the past decade or so, and Behn's one of the few artists to really bring a strong new voice to the instrument! And he's also a vibist who seems to take off even more in the company of a horn player – unlike some vibes musicians, who really only ever record with a piano – which means that here, he's getting some great strengths from the talents of Michael Dease on trombone, Walt Weiskopf on tenor, and Bruce Harris on trumpet – in a group that also includes Adam Birnbaum on piano, Clovis Nicolas on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. All tracks are originals – Behn's a hell of a writer, too – and titles include "Fantasia Brasileira", "Walk Of Fire", "Bag's Mood", "Break Tune", "Celestial Tidings", and "Reflective Current". CD
 
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Duke EllingtonLiberian Suite & A Tone Parallel To Harlem ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Duke Ellington albums, and a sometimes-overlooked work that stands as one of his best compositions from the time. The "Liberian Suite" was originally issued as a 10" LP, and is one extended suite of tracks commissioned by the Liberian government for their centennial celebration in 1947. The piece starts with the haunting "I Like The Sunrise", with vocals by Al Hibbler, then leads into 5 "Dances", with solo work by Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, and Tyree Glenn. "Tone Parallel To Harlem" is added to the album, taking up all of side two, and is another beautiful extended work – the kind that really showed tremendous growth in Ellington's style. LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, with deep groove – very nice! Cover has light wear and a half split top seam.)

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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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✨✧ MandrillComposite Truth ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". 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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✨✧ PropositionsFunky Disposition – The Complete Detroit Funk Propositions Collection ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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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Valerie CapersPortrait In Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The first album ever recorded by this obscure blind female pianist! The set has great original compositions that have a nice deep soul jazz feel – and players include Vincet McEwen on trumpet, Frank Perowsky on tenor, and a young Robin Kenyatta on alto sax – who comes off with some edgey tones that push the session to a whole new level. Titles include "Hey Stuff!", "Little David Swing", "Kenne's Soul", and "Odyssey". LP, Vinyl record album
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Arnold Dreyblatt & The Orchestra Of Excited StringPropellers In Love ... LP
Hat Hut/Superior Viaduct, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Beautiful sounds from Arnold Dreyblatt and his "excited strings" – an acoustic bass body that's refitted with a different string lineup, and mixed here with other instruments of a string-heavy nature! Yet the music is hardly the usual "with strings" sounds, nor any sort of American acoustic tradition – and instead follows in a direction inspired by the minimalists of the 70s – Glass, Reich, Riley, and others – as Dreyblatt works here with a quintet to create these beautifully flowing passages of notes and tones – almost like some of the larger compositions by Reich and Riley, but with a much more spontaneous combo vibe. Other instrumentation includes drums, wood block, modified piano, and violin – and titles include "Pedal Tone Dance", "Lucky Strike", "Odd & Even", "Harmonics", "Bowing", and "Propellers In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clare FischerExtension (Discovery pressing) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Discovery, 1963. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s! The modern edges will come as a real surprise to those who only know Fischer's more easygoing work – and in addition to Clare's own work on piano and organ, the record also features Jerry Coker on tenor, Gary Foster on tenor and clarinet, Jack Nimitz on bass clarinet and baritone, Sam Most and John Lowe on flutes, and Don Shelton on alto – all working with reed interplay that's completely sublime. Titles include "Bittersweet", "Igor", "Canto Africano", "Extension", "Passacaglia", and "Ornithardy". 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 (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 21.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is indie store exclusive – includes download!)

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Millie JacksonStill Caught Up (UK pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1975/2006. Used ... $7.99
A great follow up to Mille Jackson's classic Caught Up album – but one that's also a key turning point too! The theme here is the same as the album before – with tunes that have a woman "caught up" in love and all of its tangles – but the sound is also bolder, more positive, and somehow more righteous than before – with Millie stepping from the weepy shadows very firmly into the mainstream – making a bold move forward for women in general in the process! Production is still by southern soul whiz Brad Shapiro – but he's also brightened things a bit too, in keeping with Millie's bolder spirit – shaking off some of the earthier tones of the music, and hipping things up slightly with some more modern instrumentation. Millie's vocals are completely wonderful throughout – rasping with that badass style that would later explode even more strongly – and there's lots of spoken bits that make the tunes sound even more personal – as if you're listening at the door, or tapping the phone while Millie's talking to her man! Titles include "Loving Arms", "Do What Makes You Satisfied", "Making The Best Of A Bad Situation", "The Memory Of A Wife", "Leftovers", and "Tell Her It's Over". Expanded CD features 2 bonus tracks – "The Memory Of A Wife (rehearsal version)" and "How Can I Make Sweet Love To You If You Won't Stand Still", which is an earlier version of "One Night Stand". CD

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Andy LaverneFaith ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Pianist Andy Laverne is really showing us all sides of his talents here – not just his wonderful skills on the keys of the piano, but also his strong ear for fresh compositions as well! All the tracks here are originals by Andy, and they're beautiful tracks that sparkle nicely with dark colors and tones – elements underscored strongly not just by Laverne's work on piano, but also by the album's sparkling contributions from Alex Sipiagin on both trumpet and flugelhorn! The pair together are a delight throughout – balanced out with a depth that seems so much more than just the sum of their parts – given a strongly soulful rhythm current by Mike Richmond on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums – the latter of whom has this snap to his work on the kit that moves along tunes that might have otherwise got lost in a moody morass. The whole thing is great – maybe one of the best sessions we've ever heard from Laverne – and titles include "Enigma", "Faith", "Touch Sensitive", "All Things Considered", "Paramour No More", and "Double Down". CD

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✨✧ Peggy LeeThings Are Swingin' ... CD
Capitol/EMI, 1959. Used ... $3.99
A great illustration of the upbeat, positive vibe that Peggy Lee could serve up when she was at her best – a cool Capitol Records mode that really helped Lee set a whole new tone for singers in the 60s! The great Jack Marshall is at the helm on arrangements – putting things together with a vibe that's bright, but also pretty modern as well – thanks to work from a west coast jazz lineup that includes Shelly Manne on drums, Joe Harnell on piano, Pete Candoli on trumpet, and Barney Kessel on guitar! The set includes Lee's famous version of "Fever" – plus "It's A Wonderful World", "Things Are Swingin'", Alright, Okay, You Win", "Ridin' High", "Alone Together", "Life For Livin'", and"You Don't Know". CD

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✨✧ Peggy LeeThings Are Swingin'/Jump For Joy ... CD
Capitol/EMI, 1958/1959. Used ... $6.99
A great illustration of the upbeat, positive vibe that Peggy Lee could serve up when she was at her best – a cool Capitol Records mode that really helped Lee set a whole new tone for singers in the 60s! The great Jack Marshall is at the helm on arrangements – putting things together with a vibe that's bright, but also pretty modern as well – thanks to work from a west coast jazz lineup that includes Shelly Manne on drums, Joe Harnell on piano, Pete Candoli on trumpet, and Barney Kessel on guitar! The set includes Lee's famous version of "Fever" – plus "It's A Wonderful World", "Things Are Swingin'", Alright, Okay, You Win", "Ridin' High", "Alone Together", "Life For Livin'", and"You Don't Know". A classic collaboration between Peggy Lee and Nelson Riddle – and a record that really set the tone for Lee's famous Capitol sides of the 60s! The groove here is very upbeat – as you might guess from the title – with a bouncing, almost syncopated approach that's definitely Riddle's, but which also hints at some of Lee's more soul-based backings of the 60s from Jack Marshall – those slinky-stepping groovers that would really put her back in front of American ears. Many tunes are older numbers, but they're updated nicely by Riddle's playful backings – and cuts include "Jump For Joy", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "Old Devil Moon", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Just In Time", "Music Music Music", "Four Or Five Times", and "Ain't We Got Fun". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Joe McPheeLoneliest Woman ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981. New Copy ... $7.99
A previously-unissued performance from Joe McPhee – recorded in the early 80s, and a searing ensemble take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"! The arrangements are beautiful – as the track retains some of the haunting melody of the original composition, yet has a loose, creative approach that also allows for lots of improvisation in the middle – stunning performances from Joe McPhee on pocket cornet, Andre Jaume on tenor, Daniel Bourquin on baritone, Michael Overhage on cello, Radu Malfatti on trombone, Raymond Boni on guitar, Irene Schweizer on piano, Francois Mechali on bass, and Pierre Favre on percussion – plus a bit of vocals from Tamia at one spot. The track only runs for 13 minutes, making this a mini-album of sorts – but it's a true treasure, finally unearthed! CD

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Terry MelcherTerry Melcher ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About June 28, 2017 (delayed)
If Charles Manson had got him instead of Sharon Tate, Terry Melcher would have never given us this wonderful record – so we're tipping our hat to Charlie's mistake for this overlooked gem of the 70s! Despite a rich career in the background of the LA scene of the 60s and 70s, Melcher almost never appeared as a lead act on his own – which makes the record even more of a standout – and kind of a long-awaited musical moment, put together with help from Bruce Johnston on production and support from a wide variety of LA hipsters Melcher had been supporting himself over the years. Terry's got a great ear for songs here – picking hip works by a host of others, and contributing some of his own gems too – and singing them all with a style that's unique, and probably helped a lot by the studio, but which somehow really resonates with us too. Worth it alone for his cover of "These Days" – and other tracks include "Beverly Hills", "Arkansas", "Just A Season", "4th Time Around", and a medley of "Halls Of Justice/Positively 4th Street/Like A Rolling Stone". CD

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Hugo MontenegroDawn Of Dylan ... LP
GWP, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $1.99
Hugo Montenegro runs through a set of Dylan compositions with very baroque orchestrations. Recorded slightly before he was doing his moogy work, this one has Montenegro leading a vocal chorus that has a We Five sort of late 60's pop feel. The arrangements are very groovy and jangly, and the track list includes "The Mighty Quinn", "Mr. Tambourine Man", "My Back Pages", and "Like A Rolling Stone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a touch of marker.)

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✨✧ James MoodyGreat Day ... LP
Argo, 1963. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Way more than just a James Moody album – a true proof of his genius in the 60s! The album was put together under the guidance of Tom McIntosh – a very hip young writer and arranger that Moody had been pushing on other records, and who steps into the limelight here with a wonderful set of compositions and arrangements. The backings on the set are larger than usual for Moody, shaded in by McIntosh with a rich array of tones and colors that are perfect for Moody's shifting solos on tenor, alto, and flute. Includes a fantastic reading of "Malice Towards None" – plus the tracks "Opales'que", "Blues Impromptu", "Great Day", "Let's Try", and "The Search". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing.)
 
 
 



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