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Quartetto Di LuccaQuartetto ... CD
RCA (France), 1962. Used ... $19.99
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George Shearing group – but from the very first note of the record, you know that the sound is something quite different indeed – a bold new musical vision, carried off perfectly! The rhythms here are especially unique – often chopped up and slightly skittish – so that the vibes and piano are often handling rhythmic duties as often as melodic ones – rolling along with the bass and drums in a set of beautiful changes and timings that explode with color and life. Players include Vito Tommaso on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, and Giampiero Giusti on drums – and titles include "Quartetto", "Soft Winds", "Estate 61", "Gabry", "Blues For Carole No 2", and "Like Someone In Love". Plus, CD features 3 bonus tracks that include "Estate 58", "West Blues", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Quartetto (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Ernest RanglinGuitar In Ernest ... CD
RCA/Dub Store (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
Excellent early material from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – a player you may know better from his famous reggae and rocksteady session work of the 60s and 70s – but who sounds equally great hear in a straight jazz format too! The album's got a tight small combo approach – with very tight single lines from Ranglin – really spinning away with effortless ease, in a range of fast tones and colors that are really beautiful – and maybe even more impressive than some of his later work – thanks to crispness that really keeps things interesting! Backing is by a trio that features Leslie Butler on piano, Stephen Lauz on bass, and Carl McLeod on piano – and titles include lively takes on standards like "Jordu", "Cherokee", and "Green Dolphin Street" – plus nice originals like "Soul De Ern", "Ernest's Delight", "One For Robby", and "Ernest's Tune". CD

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✨✧ Lou ReedBerlin ... CD
RCA (UK), 1973. Used ... $7.99
The "biggest" album of Lou Reed's career – in the grand sense – with epic production and a small army of superstar session players and production by spectacle specialist Bob Ezrin – but that's paired with arguably the darkest, gloomiest songcycle ever composed by Lou Reed! The dichotomy works, and Lou apparently agrees, having revisited the material in the mid aughties to great acclaim. Ultimately, this and the previous year's Transformer makes for one of the strangest and most incredible transitions over a short period of time in pop music history. Titles include "Berlin", "Lady Day", "Men Of Good Fortune", "Caroline Says" (I & II), "The Kids", "The Bed", "Sad Song" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Lou ReedMetal Machine Music ... CD
RCA (Germany), 1975. Used ... $4.99
One of the most mindblowing sonic experiments of the 70s – Lou Reed's legendary Metal Machine Music opus! The double-length set is a really revolutionary batch of music – hardly what you'd expect from Lou's previous records, and a noisy, metallic album that really lives up to its title. The album's been argued about for years – hailed by some as a key precursor to industrial sounds to come in later years – written off by others who just say that Reed was delivering a "screw you!" message to RCA. But whatever the case, the album's a completely compelling one – and features the extended composition "The Amine B Ring" – served up in four parts that are spread over the 2LP length of the set! CD

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Django ReinhardtJazz Tribute No 39 – The Indispensable Django Reinhardt ... CD
RCA, 1949/1950. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Buddy RichBuddy Rich Plays & Plays & Plays ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A surprisingly great one from Buddy – full of live, liveliness, and energy – but also coming across with a depth that goes beyond simple Rich big band sounds. The album was handled by producer Norman Schwartz, and looks like it was originally recorded for his Gryphon label, but probably moved to RCA at the last minute – and it's got a solid feel that's mostly got Buddy working in a straight big band mode – searing on solos with players that include Steve Marcus, Bob Mintzer, and Don Menza. The players contribute some really great tracks to the set that push a bit of a funky agenda – but never too much – just enough kick in the rhythm to make things soulful, and inspire the soloists accordingly! Titles include "Time Out", "Tales Of Rhonda Rat", "Ya Gotta Try", "Party Time", "Kong", and "No Jive". CD

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Buddy RichRich In London – Live At Ronnie Scott's ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Crackling live energy from Buddy Rich – recorded at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London, and with a sound that recalls some of Buddy's best from the 60s! The group is plenty great – and the attraction here goes way beyond just Buddy's famous work as a leader. As with other Rich albums from the time, the album features some really searing solo work from Pat LaBarbera – clearly the second star of the set, and really bringing a lot to the session on tenor, flute, and soprano sax! Arrangements are by John LaBarbera, Mike Gibbs, and others – all very hip talents who keep things compelling throughout – and titles include "The Word", "Dancing Men", "St Mark's Square", "That's Enough", "Little Train", and "Tim Being". CD

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Ritchie FamilyI'll Do My Best ... CD
RCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... $18.99
The Ritchie Family do their best to remain relevant after the glory days of commercial disco – and succeed strongly on I'll Do My Best – thanks to the sweetly soulful trio vocals and a nicely updated dancefloor soul sound! The songs are great, and groove on just long enough – each track running 4 to 5 minutes – with beautiful vocals by the ladies, and arrangements built on tight rhythms, funky bass and horns! Fonzi Thornton co-produced the vocal tracks – and the titles include "I'll Do My Best (For You Baby)", "This Love's On Me", "One And Only", "You Can Always Count On Me", "Walk With Me"., "Alright On The Night", "Walk With Me", "Tonight I Need To Have Your Love", "and "You've Got Me Dancing". CD

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Sam Rivers' Rivbea All-Star OrchestraCulmination ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1999. Used ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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Shorty RogersPortrait Of Shorty ... CD
RCA, 1958. Used ... $1.99
Tight big band work from Shorty Rogers – cut a few years after his early LA sides for RCA, but in a very similar mode. The tracks are slightly longer than usual, and it's stunning how many players get to solo on each track. Most only get a few bars, but they make more than enough with the space – as they're all old hands at soloing in such a setting. Players include Herb Geller, Jack Montrose, Frank Rosolino, Richie Kamuca, Pepper Adams, and Bill Holman. Titles include "Play Boy", "Red Dog Play", "The Line Backer", and "Martian's Lullaby". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shorty RogersShorty Rogers Courts The Count ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1954. Used ... $6.99
Shorty Rogers courts Count Basie – but he does so in a way that's definitely all his own! The material may have Basie roots, but the overall execution is Shorty at his early 50s best – in a way that makes the album one of his strongest for RCA at the time – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the great run of records! The lineup is filled with well-chosen players who fall together wonderfully under Shorty's leadership – Buck Clayton, Pete Candoli, and Harry Edison on trumpets – and reed work from Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bud Shank. The set swings with all the power of the Basie band, yet has all the wonderful arrangements we love from Rogers – and titles include "Basie Eyes", "Doggin Around", "Jump For Me", "Over & Out", and "Walk, Don't Run". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Sonny RollinsStandard Sonny Rollins ... CD
RCA, 1964. Used ... $3.99
There's nothing standard about this one – as the record's an excellent batch of work from Sonny and his "& Co" lineup that featured Jim Hall on guitar and Herbie Hancock on piano! The format's a bit unusual for Rollins, in that not all the players of the group play at once – so that the album features shifting assemblages of instruments behind Sonny's tenor, running through extremely creative versions of tracks like "Travelin' Light", "Night & Day", "Three Little Words", "My Ship", and "It Could Happen To You". Rollins is at the height of his powers here, and although the session is deceptively simple, his work on the tenor is incredible! CD
(Out of print. RCA classic edition with a blue border.)

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Bjarne Rostvold TrioTricotism ... CD
RCA/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Not the usual album you might expect from a group with a trio in the name – as there's no piano in the mix, and instead the album features some sparkling trumpet from the great Allan Botschinsky – heard here at the height of his youthful, modern powers! The combo's led by drummer Bjarne Rostvold, whose touch on the kit is superb – snapping and swinging at most moments, but often in really subtle ways – with a level of dexterity that we get to hear more strongly here than on some of Bjarne's sessions as a sideman. Also great is bassist Nils Henning Orsted Pedersen – no stranger to most, but already really captivating here at a young age – and as melodic as he is rhythmic, which really fills out the sound. Titles include "Greensleeves", "Tricotism", "S'Posin", "Ease It", "Squeeze Me", and "Perhaps". CD

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Jimmy RushingYou And Me That Used To Be (Jazz Heritage pressing) ... CD
RCA/Jazz Heritage, 1971. Used ... $6.99
Eleven tracks, featuring Ray Nance, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, BuddJohnson, and Milt Hinton. Including "Fine And Mellow", "I Surrender Dear", "Linger Awhile", "My Last Affair", "More Than You Know", "Home", and "The You And Me That Used To Be". CD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen on booklet.)

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Saint Saens/Franck/LisztConcerto No 2 In G Minor Op 22/Symphonic Variations/Concerto No 1 In E Flat – Artur Rubinstein/Alfred Wallenstein/Symphony Of The Air ... CD
RCA, 1956/1958. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Christian SchwindtFor Friends & Relatives ... CD
RCA/Be! (Germany), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99
Landmark work from the Finnish scene of the 60s – one of those ultra-rare European jazz records that collectors have dug for decades! The set's got a stark, modern sort of feel – but also a nice soulful swing, too – a balance that few of the other Scandinavians hit so well at the time – as they were either hanging between farther-out progressions, or more inside, tightly arranged jazz! Drummer Christian Schwindt's vision here is exceptional – full of rich feeling, deep tone, and careful construction of the tunes – with a sensibility that almost reminds us of Ted Curson and Bill Barron working together – in ways that we'd state from the comments above. (And we've also been told that he's had some great help on conceiving the record from trumpeter Otto Donner – whose playing here is great too!) The whole thing has a quality that you'd find in a rare few albums – maybe some of the best French new wave soundtracks, an early solo Booker Ervin record, or a few other treasures in your collection. Players include Heikki Sarmanto on piano, Otto Donner on trumpet, Erik Danholm on tenor and alto, and Tapani Tamminen on bass – on titles that include "D Day", "My Next & Only Love", "Helsinki At Noon", "Miniature", and "Claudine". CD
Also available For Friends & Relatives ... LP 24.99

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Tony ScottFingerpoppin – Complete Recordings 1954/1955 (Tony Scott EP/Tony Scott Septet EP/Scotts Fling) ... CD
RCA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1955. Used ... $13.99
21 tracks that transport the clarinet from dated swing to hip modern jazz of the 50s – all pulled from 3 different RCA releases by Tony Scott! Scott was always one of those players to easily balance between different styles of jazz – a swing-based player at the start, but also credited a bit as a bopper – and emerging here as a real experimentalist with an ear for his instrument and arrangements that's not unlike Jimmy Giuffre during the same period! The group on all 3 dates is a unified septet with Scott at the helm on clarinet, plus trumpet, trombone, tenor, and baritone saxes all lightly gliding around some amazing backdrops – shading things in with color and tone as much as straight jazz energy – and creating an evocative approach that might hardly have been expected from Scott's earlier work. The sound is sometimes strongly modern, other times a bit more relaxed and swinging – but extremely compelling throughout, and a real overlooked chapter in 50s jazz. Titles include many Scott originals – such as "Squaw With No Reservation", "Friday The 13th", "Fingerpoppin", "Abstraction No 1", "Requiem For Lips", "Let My Fingers Go", "Sunday Scene", and "Three Short Dances For Solo Clarinet". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great keyboard accompaniment from frequent partner Brian Jackson on nearly every track – plus help from Hubert Laws on flute and sax, and Bernard Purdie on drums. CD features 17 tracks in all – much more than the album – and titles include "Pieces of a Man", "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Whitey on the Moon", "The Needle's Eye", "Home is Where the Hatred Is", "Did You Hear What They Said?", "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "No Knock", "Sex Education Ghetto Style", "A Sign Of The Ages", "The Prisoner", and "When You Are Who You Think You Are". CD

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Artie ShawComplete Gramercy Five Sessions ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1956. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print.)

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ShostakovichSymphony No 7 Op 60 (Leningrad) – Arturo Toscanini/NBC Symphony Orchestra ... CD
RCA, 1942. Used ... $3.99
(Out of print.)
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Arthur (Arthur Lee Harper)Dreams & Images (with bonus tracks) ... CD
LHI/Light In The Attic, 1968. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
A great debut from Arthur Lee Harper – an artist who might have been a folk singer a few years before, but who sounds a lot trippier on this rare album for Lee Hazelwood's LHI label! Harper was a minor hanger-on during the LA scene of the 60s, but was championed by Hazlewood – who produced the album himself, with light arrangements from Don Randi – both bigger names who work here in really subtle ways – especially Lee, given how different most of Harper's music is from his own recordings! There's a great undercurrent of sadness – those gentle strings and blue notes that Hazlewood might cut through with his own wry wit – but which Arthur takes as a cue to open up with some of the most heartbreaking sides of his vocals – with a sense of darkness that's almost in the territory of UK acid folk. Titles include "Sunshine Soldier", "Children Once Were You", "Blue Museum", "Living Circa 1920", "Valentine Gray", "Dreams & Images", and "Pandora". Great reissue also features bonus tracks – "1860", "Coming Home", and "Excursion 13". CD

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Jorge BenForca Bruta ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastically soulful album from Jorge Ben – one of his greatest records ever, and a key part of Brazilian music in the 70s! The album marks an earthier shift for Jorge – a sound that's still rooted in the samba influences of the 60s, but which also takes on a bit more soul at the bottom – thanks to rhythmic contributions from Trio Mocoto, who work here famously to help Ben shape the overall feel of the set! There's still a bit of larger orchestrations at moments, but these are used sparingly just to sweeten the sound – leaving the main force of the music to come from Jorge's guitar, and the cuica, percussion, and tamborim of the trio. The vocals are wonderful too – slightly raspy, and with a bit more feeling than we ever remember Jorge having on record – sometimes a bit intimate, yet always with an undeniable presence throughout. One of those records that still sends chills up our spines, year after year – with tracks that include "Oba La Vem Ela", "Ze Canjica", "Pulo Pulo", "Apareceu Aparecida", "Terezinha", "Mulher Brasileira", "Forca Bruta", "O Telefone Tocou Novamente", and "Charles Junior". CD

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Ran BlakeFilm Noir ... CD
Novus/International Phonograph, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
One of the most evocative albums we've ever heard from pianist Ran Blake – a set that's got all the sharp edges of some of his most adventurous solo work, but one that also has Ran working in a few different settings, often with a very poetic feel! The set's not a hokey retro-crime record – as you might fear from the title (and countless later jazz albums that evoke that aesthetic) – and although Blake's working through melodies from older films, plus a few original numbers in the same spirit, his presentation is completely unique – and explosively personal throughout! His own piano is tremendous – blocks of sound and runs of notes that are extremely imaginative, and which flow forward from the same dark spirit we love on Blake's other recordings. And they're often balanced with shifting contributions from other musicians – players who include John Heiss on flute, Paul Meyers on bass, Ted Curson on trumpet, and Daryl Lowrey on alto and soprano sax – all of whom make some great additions to the set. Titles include a nice take on "The Pawnbroker" – plus other film titles that include "Eve", "Touch Of Evil", "Le Boucher", "Pinky", and "Doktor Mabuse" – as well as Blake originals "Spiral Staircase" and "Garden Of Delight". CD
(Great gatefold LP-styled sleeve!)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersHard Bop (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1956. Used ... $11.99
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery on piano – and they come together here with a sense of fire and imagination that tops even some of their other work for labels like RCA or Argo during the same stretch. Blakey's sense of timing and poise is in full force here – giving the younger players plenty of room to do their thing, which also includes contributing a number of key tracks to the set! Titles include a stellar reading of Jackie McLean's great composition "Little Melonae", plus the tracks "Cranky Spanky", "Stella By Starlight", and "Stanley's Stiff Chickens". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersRitual ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $18.99
A hard-swinging cooker from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – recorded during the landmark year of 1957 – when Blakey's group was open to recording for a number of different labels, in a number of different settings! The set was originally done for the west coast stalwart Pacific Jazz, but it's got a sound that's much more in the hardbop mode of the New York scene – all the fire and intensity that Blakey first cooked up for Blue Note, cast out with a slight sense of openness here in the less iconic setting. Players include Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the album's right up there with Vik/RCA, Savoy, and Chess material they cut at the time. Tracks include "Touche", "Sam's Tune", "Once Upon A Groove", and "Wake Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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Severin BrowneNew Improved Severin Browne ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Hard to improve on the sound of Severin Browne's first album for Motown – but this set definitely does so – and shows that the label had a surprisingly great ear for AOR material back in the 70s! Severin's the brother of Jackson Browne, but his music here – while in a nice singer/songwriter mode of the time – might share more with some of the sophisticated soul singers on the label, or the folksy soul of Jose Feliciano during his best mid 70s years at RCA. There's a nice Free Soul vibe to the record – with warm electric production backing up mellow lyrics and acoustic guitar – and titles include "Love Song", "Do Magnolia Do", "Love Notes From Denver", "Cooking School", and "More Dreams In The Sea". CD

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ButterscottThrowing Meatloaf At The Sun ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 2004. New Copy ... $3.99
Rearward gazing lo fi pop from longtime underground lurker Jonathan Scott Pressmann – and loving, and impressively assembled opus that dips into the Loving Spoonful and early Sebadoh and Pavement in equal measure! It's also some how tinted with and tainted by the same arcane pop stylings of Jonathan Richman – not a surprise given the Boston roots of both! Comes with the Kim Fowley seal of approval! Tracks include "Bubblegum Man", "He Is Very Pretty" (co-written by Kim Fowley), "Mindless Boogie", "Belated Birthday", "Jellybean Jungle", "Mama Godiva", "Shirts!" and lots more! CD

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CandidoMaster ... CD
Chesky, 2014. Used ... $6.99
It's hard to imagine anyone making music for as many years as the legendary Candido – nor anyone who might still sound as great after so many decades in music! This set's definitely well-titled – as the congolero works here with a gorup of Latin jazz musicians, on an album that's one of his best in many years – a record that has maybe even more traditional Afro-Cuban elements than even Candido's work of the 50s, but which also brings in some strong jazz elements as well. Ray Santos arranged the set, and heads up the group – and the lineup includes tenor, flute, trombone, and trumpet – as well as some other percussionists next to Candido, and even a bit of tres and guitar as well – which further the rootsier side of the music. Candido's not totally on fire – maybe not a thousand-finger man here – but is still amazingly rock-solid, and really helps ground the whole record with his work on congas. Titles include "Arcason", "Salsibiri", "Conga Descarga", "Mulatacha", "Conga Blues", and "Lagrimas Negras". CD

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Jimmy CastorFrom The Roots (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Winley/Traffic, 1969. Used ... $6.99
Killer early soul from Jimmy Castor – material that's mostly from the years before his better-known Smash Records and RCA sides – done in a wickedly-grooving style! The work here is a mix of upbeat dancefloor numbers and mellower harmony cuts – and even at this early stage, Castor's clearly a powerhouse in soul – really able to get his bag together, and deliver a tune with a tightness that's totally great – especially given that the Winley Records production still keeps an edge in the music that's plenty darn raw! There's plenty of charm, and a great sense of variety in the tunes – and titles include "Poor Loser", "Block Party", "Soul Sister", "Rattle Snake", "It's OK", "A Dream Affair", "Oh Susanna", and "Hangin Out". CD

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Al Cohn & Zoot SimsYou N Me ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1960. Used ... $4.99
One of the best albums that Al Cohn and Zoot Sims ever cut together – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of their collaborations during the 50s and 60s! The set's got a nice small group feeling, and is a bit more open and relaxed than some of their RCA material – still in the sharp, thoughtful mode that marked both Cohn and Sims' sessions – but also a bit more earthy, too – possibly because they've got Mose Allison in the combo on piano. The album includes the incredible spare sax-only track "Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones", which is an extremely haunting track that sounds unlike anything the pair had ever done together – and other titles have the full quintet playing, tunes that include "The Opener", "The Note" and "You N Me". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available You N Me ... LP 19.99

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Sam CookeSam Cooke At The Copa ... CD
Abkco, 1964. Used ... $4.99
A classic live album – one of the first in soul music, and a beautiful set of smooth soul tunes from Sam Cooke! Sam's singing at the high-end nitespot The Copacabana – and like many live sets performed there, this one's tailored a bit to the classy crowd at the show – but that doesn't stop him from using his voice to perfection, sweetly crafting beautiful lines on a batch of standards given the soul treatment, plus a few of Sam's own hits. And sure, it's easy to criticize this album after the release of the Live At The Harlem Square album in the mid 80s – which was recorded a year earlier, but rejected by RCA in favor of this album's crossover potential – but keep in mind that for most folks who didn't grow up with the hindsight of reissues, this album was all they had, and it still had quite an impact in the soul market. Titles include "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "Try A Little Tenderness", "If I Had A Hammer", "Twistin The Night Away", "You Send Me", and "This Little Light Of Mine". CD

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CyrkleRed Rubber Ball (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $14.99
A bouncy early gem from The Cyrkle – filled with easygoing, impeccable harmonies – and mixed with some wonderful arrangements and production from the legendary John Simon – who's really at the top of his game here, during a short but wonderful run of records for Columbia! Early on, The Cyrkle records were great for adding some oddball elements to tunes that are otherwise pleasant 60s pop rock – some woozy keyboards here, some extra fuzzy guitar there – mixed with harmonies as strong as any young group of the time, but which take on a nicely unusual quality in the setting – thanks to Simon's great guidance in the studio! Titles include "Red Rubber Ball", "Why Can't You Give Me What I Want", "Big, Little Woman", "Cloudy", "Cry", "Turn-Down Day", "Bony Moronie", "How Can I Leave Her", and "Money To Burn". CD features loads of great bonus tracks too – 8 more numbers that include "Penny Arcade", "Downtown Blues", "Straighten Out My Messed Up Life", "How Can I Leave Her", "We Had A Good Thing Going", and "Reading Her Paper". CD

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Danger DoomMouse And The Mask (10th anniversary edition) ... CD
Lex, 2005. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 16.98
You guessed it. Danger Mouse and MF Doom together – and also a collaboration with the writers and voice talent of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block of programming circa the mid 00s! The dangerous duo make room for appearances by Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost, Brak, Zorak, Harvey Birdman, the Sealab 2021 team and the Mooninites – plus live action characters Ghostface, Talib Kweli and Cee-Lo. Basically, you can look at the project as a crass, college age market research driven coup and an affront to classic hip hop – or you can look at it as sort of a less pretentious Gorillaz. We're rollin with the latter, and it's a helluva lot more fun, too!! DM's and Doom's styles compliment each other as well as Doom's and Madlib's – and the participation of Adult Swim makes this one of the few hip hop albums in which you actually look forward to the skits! One question, though. Where is Schoolly D? Tracks include "Sofa King", "ATHF", Mince Meat", "Old School" feat Talib Kweli, "Bizzy Box" feat Cee-Lo, "Space Hos" and more. CD

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Paul DesmondFirst Place Again ... CD
Warner (UK), 1960. New Copy ... $8.99
The first big Paul Desmond solo album of the 60s – and a standout set that's very much in the tradition of his best work on RCA! This rare side was cut for Warner Brothers during a time when they were taking a brief dip into jazz – and it's a rarely-heard set that features Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and Percy Heath on bass, all backing up Paul with a spare "after hours" sound that's a marked change from his tightly woven work with Brubeck. Desmond's alto is full of possibilities here – working wonders with familiar tunes like "Greensleeves", "You Go To My Head", "Time After Time", and "East Of The Sun" – as well as with the John Lewis modern number "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West". CD

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Joe FarrellOriginal Album Classics (Joe Farrell Quartet/Outback/Penny Arcade/Upon This Rock/Canned Funk) (5CD set) ... CD
CTI/Sony, Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $29.99
A CTI powerhouse – five full albums from reedman Joe Farrell, each packaged in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! First up is Joe Farrell Quartet – a stellar session that's easily one of the early high points for the legendary CTI label! Farrell bursts forth as one heck of a soulful cat – working on these great modal grooves that slide out wonderfully and really have a sense of flow – a style that's different than Joe's later material, but equally powerful! Part of the strength of the record comes from the lineup – a key quintet of like-mined up-and-comers that includes Chick Corea on keyboards, John McLaughlin on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – players who definitely know the farther reaches of jazz, yet hang just on the inside here with Joe – providing some amazing accompaniment for his lines on soprano, tenor, and flute. Titles include "Molten Glass", "Song Of The Wind", "Motion", "Follow Your Heart", and "Circle In The Square". Next is Outback – a drawn-out quintet side, with Chick Corea on electric piano, Buster Williams on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and Airto on percussion. Farrell was playing with Jones at the time, and the album's got some of their strong choppy reed/percussion interplay – but with a sharpness and focus that you don't always hear on Elvin's records! Tracks are all long – and titles include "Outback", "Sound Down", and "Bleeding Orchid". Penny Arcade has grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – a combo that's got a harder, tighter feel than most CTI groups – a key reason why Joe's records of this time are so legendary! The album features a fantastic version of Stevie Wonder's "Too High" – one that breaks all over the beginning with these riffs by Farrell, then grooves into a CTI electric funk mode for about 13 minutes. All tracks are long – and other tracks include "Hurricane Jane", "Geo Blue", "Penny Arcade", and "Cloud Cream". Upon This Rock is wonderful – and there's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to these wonderfully angular lines from Joe on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – backed up with some wicked guitar work from Joe Beck, who really matches Farrell's energy – in a core quartet with Herb Bushler on bass and Jim Madison on drums. One cut features a guest group – with Herbie Hancock on piano, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – and the album includes the massively break-heavy title cut "Upon This Rock", plus "Seven Seas", "I Won't Be Back", and "Weathervane". Last up is Canned Funk – a record that's as fresh and freaky as the classic image on the cover! The riffing rhythms get going right from the start – some amazing lines from a rhythm combo that includes Joe Beck on guitar, Herb Bushler on bass, Jim Madison on drums, and the mighty Ray Mantilla on percussion – adding in these extra changes and fills that really get the tunes moving wonderfully – providing a perfect platform for Joe Farrell's wonderful work on tenor, soprano, baritone, and flute! The sax lines are as angular as the rhythms – tight, choppy, and completely funky – no wonder the record's a CTI classic that folks have dug for years! Tracks are all nice and long – and titles include "Canned Funk", "Animal", and "Spoken Silence". CD

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Jose FelicianoSouled/For My Love Mother Music ... CD
BGO (UK), 1968/1974. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
Overlooked genius from Jose Feliciano – two great albums on a single CD! On Souled, Jose Feliciano really lives up to the title – stepping out strongly with the same style used on his "California Dreamin" hit – a massive blend of strings, soul, and Jose's unique vocal approach! Feliciano came out of the Latin market in the 60s, but by the time of this record he's really a key crossover force in soul – and one that helped establish the brown-eyed variant of the music through his massive work for RCA. The instrumentation is often as groovy as the record – with backing by a small combo that includes Milt Holland on percussion, Ray Brown on bass, and Mike Melvoin on keyboards – plus added arrangements from RCA talents George Tipton and All Capps. Titles include the groovy "Hitchcock Railway", plus "Younger Generation", "Sad Gypsy", "Hi Heel Sneakers", "She's Too Good To Me", and "Sleep Late My Lady Friend". For My Love Mother Music is kind of a mixed bag of sorts from Jose Feliciano, but a nice one too – recorded in the same year as his sublime And The Feelin's Right album, but not as concise as that one – and more of a collection of different modes explored on Feliciano albums over the few previous years. Steve Cropper's working with Jose on production here – and some tracks have a rootsier Memphis-inspired sound, while others pick up a bit more of a warmer LA glow. Feliciano himself is perhaps a bit too "heartfelt" at times – working the lyrics and notes with an earnestness that's fine, but which kind of holds him back a bit, and doesn't let his voice flow along with the tunes in the way that we really like on other records – but the overall style is still pretty great, and Jose's always a lot hipper than most of his contemporaries! Titles include "Blame It On The Sun", "Mother Music", "Shoo-Fly", "I Like What You Give", "Stoney Heart", "For My Love", and "World Without Music". CD

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Lee FieldsLet's Get A Groove On ... CD
Desco, 1999. Used ... $33.99
Killer funk! Amazing new release by Lee Fields, one of the 70's lost funky geniuses – and a record that sounds like it was lifted from the vaults of James Brown's People label, circa 1972! Unlike other "funk revival" titles of the past few years (especially those by ex-JBs Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker), this one's got a totally perfect sound, and was produced with a loving adherence to the classic 70's funk sound that made Fields' early records so great. The instrumentation is a tight batch of drum-heavy, bass-heavy, break-heavy grooves – and Lee's voice is incredibly rich and soulful, approaching near-Godfather-like sensibilities! We love this one to death, and it's probably the most perfectly-formed album that Desco has released to date. Titles include "Bad, Bad, Bad", "Let's Get A Groove On", "Watch That Man", "Put It On Me", and "Steam Train". Great great great – and a real smoker! CD
(Out of print.)

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ForrestOne Lover (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Shot/CBS (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
A nice little early 80s effort from Forrest – a Texas-raised, LA-based singer with a great voice that's genuinely soulful, and charming enough to have been big crossover success – but he didn't get over in a big way in the US at the time! The songs are chart ready and he's got a very charismatic vocal presence, with a synth soul production style that walks the line between mainstream/crossover soul and progressive dancefloor. We're not sure why it didn't chart better here, but it's just as worthy as some of bigger hits circa, '83 – maybe even a year or two ahead of its time, production-wise. Includes "One Lover (Don't Stop The Show)", "Feel The Need In Me", "Could This Be Love", "Dancing With My Shadow", a fun, electro-pop-soul cover of the Hues Corporation hit "Rock The Boat", "Comin' Up", "I Want You" and "I Just Want To Love You". 5 bonus tracks: "I Love You", plus 12" extended versions of "Rock The Boat", "Feel The Need In Me", "One Lover" and "Dancing With My Shadow". CD

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✨✧ Howe GelbSno Angel Like You ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2006. Used ... $8.99
Howe hones in on a heretofore unexplored muse in his long, influential, and sometimes fan-frustrating career on the margins of underground Americana – an actual, honest-to-God gospel choir – beautifully layered into his stripped down, dusty and abstract folk-rock-whatever. Apparently a light went off in Howe's head on a Canadian festival date he shared with Ottawa's Voices Of Praise choir – who were then tapped to provide soaring, genuinely inspirational middle parts to Howe's loveable muddle. It sounds like a crackpot idea, but it may very well be the best beginning-to-end album he's ever headlined. Sno Angel features a few re-interpreted Gelb/Giant Sand classics such as "Robes Of Bible Black", "Neon Filler" and "Chore Of Enchantment" (the title track to a wonderful album of which the actual song was mysteriously left off the finished version), a couple of strong bluesy pieces by departed collaborator Rainer Ptacek, and a few new numbers from Gelb's ever evolving stack of songs. Howe's on his best behavior throughout, sticking to the script in the most straight-forward manner you'll ever find him in, backed up by the uplifting choruses, additional guitars, and solid drums from Jeremy Gara of the Arcade Fire. Other tracks include "Get To Leave", "Paradise Here Abouts", "But I Did Not", "Hey Man", "Howlin' A Gale", "Worried Spirits" and more. If you ever kind of liked Giant Sand, but thought they were way too fractured and rambling to ever really love, here's where the epiphany just might happen. CD
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JoyceEncontro Marcado ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Damn – what a great album! This is Joyce's second solo album – and it's a landmark in Brazilian music, stretching way past the bossa styles of her first release, into a groove that's free, jazzy, and open-ended, a real shift towards the genius of her work in the 70s and 80s. Arrangements are by Luiz Eca of the Tamba Trio – and they have a complicated jazzy approach that really lets Joyce open up as a singer, moving into the sort of territory that you'd expect from artists like Marcos Valle or Elis Regina. The album's a real gem, and it's so rare that it hardly got any global circulation at the time – despite Joyce's later fame at a worldwide level. Titles include "Adam Adam", "Encontro Marcado", "Bom Dia", "Longe Do Tempo", "Asa Branca", "Como Vai, Vai Bem", "Caminho Pro Sol", and "Preparando Um Luminoso". CD

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