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Sauter-FineganBest Of Sauter Finegan ... CD
RCA/Collectors Choice, 1950s. Used ... $2.99
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)

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Christian SchwindtFor Friends & Relatives (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Rocket (Finland), 1964/1966. New Copy ... $15.99
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 features 3 bonus tracks – "Karibaldi", "Nepa", and "Sexus". CD
Also available For Friends & Relatives ... LP 24.99

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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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Nina SimoneForever Young, Gifted, & Black – Songs Of Freedom & Spirit ... CD
RCA, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
The hippest work of Nina Simone's years on RCA – a collection that brings together tracks that really fit the spirit of the title! Although Simone had always explored righteous themes throughout her career, she really opened up during her late 60s/early 70s run for RCA – using new freedoms at the label to stretch out the length of her tunes, deepen the social currents of her themes, and even move her musical backings away from straight jazz-based lines. Package features liner notes by Alicia Keys, a specially commissioned poem by Nikki Giovanni, and previously unreleased alternate versions of "Turn Turn Turn" and "Ain't Got No" – plus the tracks "Westwind (live)", "Backlash Blues (live)", "Why (The King Of Love Is Dead)(live)", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", "Revolution (parts 1 & 2)", and "Mississippi Goddam (live)". CD
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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar tongs and completely recasts them for Nina's own vibe – a way of shifting the sense of spirit to unlock a special Simone-like quality you never would have expected in the tunes from anyone else! Titles include a great version of "Ooh Child", plus "Just Like A Woman", "Here Comes The Sun", "New World Coming", and "My Way". And the set also features Weldon Irvine's own composition, "How Long Must I Wander?" CD

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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. Used ... $6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". CD features bonus tracks "Whatever I Am (You Made Me)" and "Do I Move You (second version)". CD

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Stephen SondheimSweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street ... CD
RCA, 1979. Used 2 CDs ... $0.99
The original recording with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou! CD

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Amii StewartAmii Stewart ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
A surprisingly obscure album from 70s disco diva Amii Stewart – a set that was recorded for RCA in the early 80s, but never issued in the US at the time! Stewart works here in a mode that's a nice change from her previous clubby music – with more focus on midtempo tunes that offer up a different presentation of her vocals, with maybe even a bit more range than before – as Amii's album to take the lead strongly with the lyrics, and not always be slave to the rhythm! Most tunes are fresh – penned by European songwriters, and another nice change for the set – and titles include "Working Late Tonight", "You To Me", "Beginning Of The End", "Sweet Emotion", "Nobody But Me", "Say Goodbye To Love", and "Don't Ask Me Why". CD

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✨✧ SWVNew Beginning ... CD
RCA, 1996. Used ... $2.99
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Piero UmilianiDa Roma A New York ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1957. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the first great moments from Italian composer Piero Umiliani – an artist who later did a huge amount of soundtracks in the 60s, but really got his start in jazz! Umiliani's wonderful here right from the start – laying out a set of all original tracks that mix tight arrangements with strong breakout solos – a mode that's clearly inspired by the California scene of the early 50s, but which already shows Piero's own sense of timing and color throughout. Musicians include Eraldo Volonte on tenor, Sandro Bagalini on baritone, Giulio Libano on trumpet, Gil Cuppini on drums, and Piero himself on piano – and the vibe is like some of the best European jazz soundtracks of the time – with perhaps a bit less hardbop than the French new wave scores. Titles include "Da Roma A New York", "Blues For Toni Sciacca", "I Sette Peccati", "Sic Et Simpliciter", "Aria Di Danza", and "Vasi A Samo". CD

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Vaughan WilliamsSymphony No 1 (Sea Symphony) – Benita Valente/Thomas Allen/Slatkin/Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus ... CD
RCA, 1993. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print. Barcode has a sticker.)

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Fats WallerBest Of Fats Waller (3CD set) ... CD
RCA, Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. Used 3 CDs ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Cedar WaltonMobius/Beyond Mobius ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Two killers from Cedar Walton – back to back on a single CD! First up is Mobius – a real revelation from pianist Cedar Walton – an unusual electric album from the 70s – quite a surprise, given the mostly-acoustic sound of most of Cedar's other records! The album's a killer, though – and has this fresh, full take on funky jazz for the time – not the usual CTI copycat mode, and instead this compelling hybrid of elements that includes lots of Fender Rhodes from Walton, sweet guitar likes from Ryo Kawasaki, and lots of rootsy percussion from Ray Mantilla and Omar Clay – two players who really make the album nice and earthy at the bottom. The rest of the group is wonderful, too – and includes tenor from Frank Foster, alto and baritone from Charles Davis, and trumpet from Roy Burrowes – all fresh players who open up a big can of soul for the set – on titles that include a classic break version of "Off Minor", plus "Blue Trane", "Soho", and "Road Island Red". Beyond Mobius is a great electric set from Cedar Walton – and a set that moves beyond his previous Mobius album, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The style here is a bit more tightly arranged – with some backup vocals on a few cuts, which underscore the core jazzy elements from Walton on a range of keyboards and synth, Eddie Harris on tenor, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – all grooved together with some tight guitar lines from Eric Gale and Cornell Dupree! Keyboards definitely get some great solo time in the spotlight, but the overall sound is quite strong too – a nice instrumental funk approach, save for the added chorus vocals in a few spots. Titles include the moogy "Beyond Mobius", a cover of "Low Rider", and the tracks "Jive Talkin", "The Girl With The Discotheque Eyes", and "Lonely Cathedral". CD

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✨✧ WarOutlaw ... CD
RCA/Avenue, 1982. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A sweet snapping groove from War – a set that has the group picking up a bit more boogie in their bounce than before, but at a level that helps keep their funk fresh for a whole new generation! The album's a heck of a lot warmer and more live than most of their contemporaries – and while there's a bit less of the freer moments of their youth, there's still plenty of jazzy touches over the top – and that wonderful trademark blend of Latin elements, jazzy riffing, and captivating chorus vocals! Basslines take on a bit more role than before – but in a good way – and titles include "You Got The Power", "The Jungle", "Just Because", "Outlaw", "I'm About Somebody", and "Cinco De Mayo". CD

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Barney WilenMore From Barney At The Club Saint-Germain ... CD
RCA (France), 1959. Used ... $14.99
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, these tracks are fantastic – some of the most open-ended playing that Wilen ever did in the 50s, and proof that his tenor work was some of the best jazz coming out of Europe in the postwar years! All tracks are long – and titles include "Reets & I", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "All The Things You Are", "Round Midnight", and "Time On My Hands". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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Lee WileyWest Of The Moon (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Mosaic, 1956. Used ... $13.99
A great set of torchy ballads from Lee Wiley – a singer who virtually helped invent the genre on record with her classic sets for Columbia Records! This album's done a few years after those – and features backings by Ralph Burns, who brings a fair bit more sentimental moments to his work here than you might expect from some of his other more modern outings. The proceedings have a nice touch of jazz – thanks to players who include Urbie Green on trombone, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Moe Wechsler on piano – and although Lee's vocals have a slightly aging quality, that only serves to help the fragile emotions of the best numbers in the set. Titles include "You're A Sweetheart", "This Is New", "Who Can I Turn To Now?", "My Ideal", "Limehouse Blues", "I Left My Sugar Standing In The Rain", and "Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Stars Fell On Alabama" and "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans". CD
(Out of print.)

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Phil WoodsNew Phil Woods Album ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Phil Woods really outdoes himself here – offering the world a whole new side of his talents, and stepping forth at the head of a larger ensemble than usual! The album features Woods' core quartet augmented by larger strings and horns – all in shadings and tones that are incredibly expressive, and filled with warm colors and rich tones that never get bogged down in hoke or too-easy inflections! Most impressively of all, Phil arranged and conducted the whole set – save for one number – and all this while playing in that sharp-edged and soulful mode that graced his best 70s work, a sound that's filled with new intentions and imagination we never would have expected from his already-great records of the early years! Titles include "The Sun Suite", "At Seventeen", "Gee", "Mimi", "Sacre Coeur", and "Body & Soul". CD

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Edna WrightOops! Here I Go Again ... CD
RCA/Reel Music, 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A stunner of a solo set from Edna Wright – once the lead singer for Honey Cone, but almost even better on this smooth soul masterpiece from the 70s! The album's got an immediately recognizeable moment in the leadoff cut "Oops Here I Go" – sampled famously by De La Soul and others – but the whole thing's amazing, a killer bit of warm, modern soul put together by the legendary Greg Perry – who makes the whole thing shine every bit as much as his own great Smokin album of the time! Edna's vocals are wonderful – more mature than before, and really stepping out with a proud, sophisticated sort of groove – almost in territory of Jean Carn or Gloria Scott, particularly the latter on some of the album's more grooving cuts. In addition to "Oops Here I Go", other cuts include "Come On Down", "You Can't See the Forest", "Nothing Comes to a Sleeper", "If The Price Is Right", and "Spend the Nights With Me". Great reissue package, too – with full notes and beautiful remastering! CD

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VariousHillbilly Houn Dawgs & Honky Tonk Angels ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
Pre-rock gems from the RCA catalog of the 50s – music that might have been western swing a few years before, or rockabilly a few years later – but which instead falls into a great space of electric 50s honky tonk and country! The package is heavy on historical details – including session information, photos, and bios of each artist – which is a great contrast to some of the bare-bones sets of this nature – and the set list and presentation take off from a well-remembered compilation on the London scene many years back. Titles include "I Need A Good Girl Bad" by Wade Ray, "Love Me To Pieces" by Janis Martin, "Beatin Out The Boogie" by Lee Bell, "Moblin Baby Of Mine" by Eddie Marshall, "Walkin The Chalk Line" by Jack Turner, "You Ain't Seen Nothin Yet" by Curtis Gordon, "Is It True" by Melvin Endsley, "Rock A Bye Boogie" by Davis Sisters, and "Caffeine & Nicotine" by Curtis Gordon. 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
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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersHard Bop (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1956. Used ... $8.99
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. Includes obi!)
Also available Hard Bop (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersHard Bop (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Mosaic, 1956. Used ... $14.99
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 also features 4 bonus tracks – "Nica's Tempo", "Dee's Dillema", "Just For Marty", and a "Gershwin Medley". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Hard Bop (Japanese pressing) ... CD 8.99

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Severin BrowneNew Improved Severin Browne ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Joe ChambersLandscapes ... CD
Savant, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Joe Chambers has always been one hell of a compelling artist – first famously as a drummer on important 60s modern sessions, but over the years also a tremendous leader, and a multi-instrumentalist whose work in a variety of settings never sounds gimmicky or forced at all! That quality really comes through here – as the record's only a trio date, with Rick Germanson on piano and Ira Coleman on bass – yet Chambers runs through a huge range of moods on instruments that include drums, congas, bongos, vibes, marimba, and piano – sometimes played with overdubs that allow Joe to expand the sound in especially nice ways on some of the more Latin-styled tracks. Joe plays solo piano on the title "Landscapes", and other trio tracks include "Samba De Marcatu", "pas De Trois", "Ecaroh", "The Outlaw", and "Havana". CD

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Day & TaxiPrivate ... CD
Percaso (Switzerland), 2003. Used ... $6.99

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DictatorsDictators Go Girl Crazy! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
Snotty New York proto-punk with more than just an undercurrent of comedy running through the beefy tunes, and a heavy dose of good ol' swagger! The Dictators are truly, completely punk – even if Go Girl Crazy pre-dates the genre classification by a year or so – and even if their groove is closer to a crotch thrusting, garage version or parody (?) of Bad Company than it is the more revolutionary CBGBs bands. These are punks in the truest sense – sarcastic and ironic. Handsome Dick Manitoba and the boys run through 9 numbers on the classic original album – "The Next Big Thing", "I Got You Babe", "Back To Africa", "Master Race Rock", "Teengenerate", "California Sun", "Two Tub Man", "Weekend", "(I Live For) Cars & Girls" and more. This great 40th anniversary edition has a killer batch of bonus material, too! 2 classic tracks are re-mixed by Dictators devotee Andrew WK – "Two Tub Man" and "Weekend" – plus a bunch of great outtakes, alternate versions and more from the original sessions. 18 tracks in all! 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 ... $23.99
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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Serge Gainsbourg/Michel ColombierLe Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur? ... CD
Rambling (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! First up is the duo's fab music for the film Le Pacha – a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – shifting effortlessly from track to track to create a mad melange of musical grooves! Cuts include the classic "Requiem Pour Un Con", which is a funky gem – plus "Psychastenie", "Joss A La Calvados", "Un Noel 67", "Cadavres En Serie", "Batucada Meurtriere", and Brigitte Bardot singing "Harley Davidson"! Next is Vidoq – a handful of songs originally penned for a TV series in the 60s, and very unusual work from Serge! The tunes include two very offbeat vocal numbers, sung in this deep-voiced style – plus a few more serious instrumentals, but with a weird twist. Titles include "Le Mariage De Vidocq", "A Vous De Jouer", "L'Evasion", and "Chanson Du Forcat". Comment Trouvez-Vous Ma Soeur – or "how do you find my sister?" – seems like a perfect title for a film to feature music from Serge – and the music definitely follows suit! The movie's from 1964, so captures that pivotal time when Gainsbourg was shifting from classier French styles to groovy ones – both modes featured here in the instrumentals directed by Colombier, and on Serge's vocal reading of the title tune. Tracks include "Erotico Tico", "No Love For Daddy", "La Course Au Mariage", "Rendez Vous A L'Eglise", "Surboum Chez Ma Soeur", and "Quart D'Heure Americain". CD

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Christoph Gallio/Beat StreuliRoad Works (CD & DVD) ... CD
Percaso (Switzerland), 2013. Used CD & DVD ... $4.99
(DVD is PAL coded.)

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Stan GetzStan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer – Recorded Fall 1961 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1961. Used ... $24.99
A great lost Verve album that stands as one of Stan Getz's best sessions from the early 60s – a brilliant pairing with Bob Brookmeyer that shows just how much each player had grown in the past decade! There's a strongly modernist feel to the record – more Brookmeyer's influence than Getz's usual bag – with long tracks that move almost airily at times, and which feature some beautiful interplay between tenor and trombone. Rhythm is by a very hip trio of Steve Kuhn on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and John Neves on bass – and the work's got a great balance between freedom and more focused blowing! Titles include "Minuet Circa 61", "Thump, Thump, Thump", and "Who Could Care". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Jimmy GiuffreComplete 1947 to1953 Small Group Sessions – Vol 2 1953 ... CD
Blue Moon (Spain), 1953. Used ... $4.99
A much-needed collection of the early work of Jimmy Guiffre – one of the best sax talents of the west coast 50s scene, and an ever-committed modernist whose work here displays a keen early ear for the fresh and the new! The tunes appear to have been released on a variety of different labels – from RCA to Decca and a number of smaller imprints – and in most cases, Jimmy's blowing with a group led by a slightly more famous LA arranger or leader. The set features work in groups led by Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers and Boots Brown – and titles include "Bunny", "Mallets", "Fugue", "Breakfast Ball", "Hip Boots", "Morpho", "Diablo's Dance", "The Pesky Serpent", "Powder Puff", and "Afrodesia". 20 tracks in all! CD

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Romolo GranoArcana/L'Uomo Del Tesoro Di Priamo ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1972/1977. New Copy ... $19.99
Two 70s Italian soundtracks – back to back in a single CD set, and as musically compelling as they are obscure! First up is Arcana, a score that features arrangements from Berto Pisano – a maestro who's got a great way of drifting moody sounds through groovier moments – working here in a blend of offbeat strings, keyboards, and very cool vocalizations from Edda Dell'Orso – all at levels that feel different than some of the other Italian work of the time. Some tracks have a very ancient quality, but in atmosphere – as they still retain a 70s vibe in the production and instrumentation – while others start slow, and take off a bit more once they get going – in a set of 7 titles that include "Taranta", "Arcana", "Introversione", "L'Uomo Con se Stesso", and "Sacro E Profano". L'Uomo Del Tesoro Di Priamo is an obscure television soundtrack from the mid 70s – one that's arranged here by Gianni Oddi, with a mix of modes that features some interesting global elements coming into play with more upbeat passages too – usually a bit of ethnic strings amidst more familiar 70s backings – sometimes moody, sometimes electric. Titles include "Micene", "Danza Turca", "Bunarbashi", "Richerche Archeologiche", and "Mistero Di Troia". CD

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✨✧ Garland GreenVery Best Of Garland Green – 24 Tracks From Chicago's Master Soul Singer's Illustrious Career ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
A windy city hero – the amazing Garland Green, a singer who makes us mighty proud we hail from Chicago! Garland's got an incredible style that few others can touch – partly schooled in the 60s iceman modes of Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson, with all the sophistication that might imply – but also often given a raspier twist, with slightly southern echoes that make Garland's music feel even more deeply personal! And while most folks know Green's big hits for the Uni label, this package shows a rich legacy that goes much father than that – work recorded for labels that include Cotillion, Spring, RCA, Ocean Front, and Revue – in addition to some key Uni tracks. This trans-label set really does a wonderful job of showing the full range of Garland's mighty talents – a sublime set of soul cuts that run from the start of the 70s right up to the early 80s modern years – packaged with detailed notes too. Titles include "Since You've Been Gone", "These Arms", "Just Loving You", "Just My Way Of Loving You", "He Didn't Know", "Don't Think That I'm A Violent Guy", "Love's Calling", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", "Sweet Loving Woman", "Ask Me What You Want", "You Played On A Player", "Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us", and "Sending My Best Wishes". CD

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Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill DavisIn A Mellotone ... CD
BMG/Bluebird, 1966. Used ... $4.99
Classic Hammond and alto from this legendary team – just about the only way you'll get their 60s work for RCA on CD! CD
(Out of print.)

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Millie JacksonIt Hurts So Good (expanded edition) ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
An excellent early album from Millie Jackson – recorded in a southern soul style in New York and Muscle Shoals, but a lot hipper than most of the rest of the female soul that was coming out of the south at the time. For one thing, Millie was a bad mamma singer – rapping hard and frankly about the way things is (or were). For another, Millie's not necessarily as great in the sweet department as some of her contemporaries – so she sticks to the harder material, except for a few tear jerking ballads, and adds in a lot of humor and touches of the fierce sarcasm that would soon become her calling card in the soul business. Gary Byrd penned the leadoff cut "I Cry", and the other tracks include "Two Faced World", "Hypocrisy", "Good To The Very Last Drop", "Help Yourself", and "Now That You Got It". CD features a whopping amount of bonus tracks too – previously unissued versions of "It Hurts So Good", "Help Yourself", "Here Comes Love", "That's My Style", "Hypocrisy", and "Breakaway" – all sounding much more different than the master takes! CD

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✨✧ K-DefUnpredictable Gemini/Way It Was ... CD
Redefinition, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A pair of K-Def LPs – 2016's Unpredectible Gemini and the compilation Way It Was – together in a single set! Gemini is funk steeped instrumental hip hop – with an ear for and the skill to recreate not only the soul beat sound of classic, so called "golden era" hip hop, but with inspiration that stretches back even further to the cinematic soul sound of the 70s – all the while with an evolving style that's fully relevant post-millenium. Timeless stuff! Includes "A Threat To Society", "Creeping Out", "A Message From The Biz", "Lean Wit' Me", "My Funky Soul Experience", "Syncopated Funk", "Sounds Like...But It's Not", "Day Before The Storm", "Shakin' Off The Haters", "Untouchable Funk Lesson", "Reminiscent Of The Golden Era", "Gotta Get Away" with Damu The Fudgemunk & AG and more. Way It Was is rarities and unheard tracks from the K-Def vaults – plus a handful of new/current cuts, circa the mid 20-teens – some vocal and some instro! K-Def is such a timeless soul, the year of origin is honestly of little concern to his craft – it's cohesive all the way – and the titles include "Uneke", "How Nice I Am", "For The Family", "Some Ole Sah B Shh", "Strawberry Lemonade" and more. Guests include Blu and Damu The Fudgemunk. CD

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Nick Kadajski's 5 Point PerspectiveRemembering Things To Come ... CD
Circauision, 2009. Used ... $5.99

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Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly ... CD
Interscope, 2015. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Kendrick Lamar takes wider creative left turns than ever before on To Pimp A Butterfly – with a funk steeped production style that filters tried-and-true P Funk influences through leftfield modern beatcraft styles, inspired by cats like Madlib to Thundercat, the latter of whom is an official contributor. Fresh material from an increasingly pivotal figure – who may not be revolutionizing the game on the level of the heavy critical praise he's heaped with, but he's certainly marching to his own beat, rather than chasing hits! Includes "Wesley's Theory" with George Clinton & Thundercat, "King Kunta", "These Walls" with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "Aright", "For Sale?", "Institutionalized" with a Slick Rick-homage of a guest verse by Snoop Dogg (sign us up for any record that gives props to The Ruler...and extra points for transplanting that style of flow to Compton), "Momma", "Hood Politics", "The Blacker The Berry", "How Much A Dollar Cost" feat James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley, "Mortal Man" and more. CD

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