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Henry ManciniSix Hours Past Sunset/A Warm Shade Of Ivory ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Two laidback gems from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Six Hours Past Sunset is moody and mellow – and perfect for late nite listening! The album has the tinkling piano of Mancini set over lush orchestrations – breezy, yet dark at the same time, outwardly simple, but filled with complex riffing and sophisticated washes of color and emotion. The larger group features a few horn soloists, but the real focus is on Mancini's piano – which peppers each track with sprinkles of sound, darting in and out of the more complicated arrangements. Titles include "Traces", "Midnight Cowboy", "Two For The Road", "Didn't We", "Six Hours Past Sunset", and "Theme From The Fox". Warm Shade Of Ivory is lovely late nite Mancini! The album has Mr. M's tinkling piano set amidst dark moody arrangements that bank the piano in warm washes of strings and light lilting rhythms – all moving at a slow somber pace that's perfect for a summer night with the lights down low, the windows open, relaxing in a big easy chair with a drink while the breeze and the sounds of the summer waft over the room. The record is subtle, but a wonderful example of Mancini's continuing instrumental genius. Titles include "Watch What Happens", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Cycles", "Meditation", "When I Look In Your Eyes", and "Moment To Moment". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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Henry ManciniTheme From Z & Other Film Music/Debut – The Philadelphia Orchestra Pops ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $10.99
A Henry Mancini double header – two albums back to back! First up is Theme From Z – cool Mancini work from the start of the 70s – a record that offers a nice step forward from his scoring styles of the 60s, with a slightly orchestral feel as well! The arrangements here are full, but still have a nice sort of focus – and include solos by players like Mancini on piano, Jimmy Rowles on electric calliope, Dick Nash on trombone, Ted Nash on alto, and Art Smith on recorder. Some of the best tracks have a groovy feel that really fits the date of the record, while others have a more traditional soundtrack approach – and tunes include "Theme From Z", "Airport Love Theme", "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head", "A Man A Horse A Gun", "Patton Theme", and Jobim's "Love Theme From The Adventurers". Debut has Henry Mancini making his debut as a conductor of the Philadelphia Pops – a larger orchestra than you'll usually hear on most Manini albums, which allows Hank to really open up in some more sophisticated modes! The songs are mostly more serious Mancini compositions – with solos on flute, oboe, violin, harpsichord, and trumpet – and titles include "Beaver Valley 37", "Dream Of A Lifetime", "Drummer's Delight", "Speedy Gonzalez", and "Strings On Fire". CD

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Henry ManciniUniquely Mancini (Japanese pressing) ... CD
BMG/RCA (Japan), 1963. Used ... $15.99
Uniquely Mancini work from the great Henry – a sweet set of early 60s work for RCA, done with a harder jazz style than some of his other work of the time! Mancini's group is filled with west coast jazzmen – working under tight leadership to craft some tracks with a bold, sort of flourish that draws strongly from the late 50s crime jazz styles of Mancini, but which also shows some of his more complicated scoring modes of the 60s. Many tunes are standards, but given a vibrant new swing here – and those are offset by a few especially nice originals composed by Hank, such as "Lonesome", "Cheers", and "Banzai Pipeline". Players include Plas Johnson and Gene Cipriano on flute and tenor, Larry Bunker on vibes and marimba, Bob Bain on guitar, and Pete and Conte Candoli on trumpets – and titles include "Green Onions", "Night Train", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "C Jam Blues", "The Hot Canary", and "Moonlight Serenade". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Henry ManciniVisions Of Eight ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1973. Used ... $4.99
A wonderful Henry Mancini soundtrack, and one of his most overlooked – possibly because it was scored for an odd little film that featured the work of eight different directors! The mood of the film changes a lot based on the directorial style, but the score's got some really wonderful moments that offer the best that Mancini had to offer at the time – including some really nice lightly dancing groovers that sparkle with a 70s bossa style – and others that have that cool, pillowy approach to sound that Henry was using on his great mellow records of the period. Titles "Salute To The Olympians", "Ludmilla's Theme", "Spaced Out", "Warm Up", "Soft Flight", and "The Race". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Yoshiaki MasuoNew York Concerto (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1981. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A Japanese-only session cut with guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – but one recorded in the US, with a hip array of American players! Joe Chambers is the ersatz leader of the date – working here both on vibes and drums – and other players include Sonny Fortune on flute and alto, Kenny Barron on acoustic and electric piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Ray Mantilla on percussion. The vibe is exactly what you'd expect from heavyweights like this – tight, soulful, and very on the money – never too slick, and filled with plenty of great surprises. Masuo's guitar has just the right style for the other players in the set – laidback at the best moments, and without some of the too-jamming qualities of some of his contemporaries. Titles include "Irina", "Two Hearts", "Like Sonny", "Visions", "Autumn In New York", and "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". CD

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Jackie McLeanMonuments ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare electric outing from legendary altoist Jackie McLean – and one that comes off surprisingly well, given that the move was quite a shift for the reedman! The album's got a spiritual current that McLean developed in some of his earlier 70s material – like his gems for the Steeplechase label – but also mixes in some funky fusion elements too, in a blend that almost puts Jackie in the territory that Gary Bartz hit with his Music Is My Sanctuary album – another musician who made a similar shift at the time! Production is by Mitch Farber, who also wrote most tracks – and Jackie really holds his own in the setting! Titles include the classic funk numbers "On the Slick Side" and "Long Time Lover" – plus "Gotta Get A Piece Of Your Soul", "The Molimo", and "Dr Jeckyll & Mr Funk". CD
Also available Monuments ... LP 5.99

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Harold McNairHarold McNair/Flute & Nut ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Two amazing sets from Harold McNair – a fantastic London 60s flute player with a really sharp edge! The self-titled Harold McNair has the leader working in a tight combo with some nice offbeat sounds – including a lot of breathy, soul-toned notes that remind us a fair bit of Roland Kirk – but which also showcase some of Harold's West Indian roots! (McNair was part of the same great West Indian influx of jazz musicians that also gave England Joe Harriott and Dizzy Reece.) The group features Harold mostly on flute, plus a bit of tenor – alongside Bill LeSage on piano, Spike Heatley on bass, and Tony Carr on drums – and titles include the seminal groover "The Hipster" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "Mento", "Indecision", "The Cottage", and "Mini Blues". Flute & Nut features the flute of Harold McNair alongside some sweet arrangements from John Cameron – with whom Harold worked famously on Donovan sessions in the 60s! Many tunes are McNair originals, and Harold's flute is definitely in the lead – but we also love the grooves that Cameron brings on board – a sweet blend of soulful jazz and sound library styles – all of which gives the album a similar feel to Roland Kirk's work with the Benny Golson group on Mercury. Titles include "Burnt Amber", "Herb Green", "Nomadic Joe", "Barnes Bridge", and "The Umbrella Man". CD

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Memphis HornsHigh On Music/Get On Up & Dance ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976/1977. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A pair of killers from this legendary group! High On Music is one of the funkiest albums ever from The Memphis Horns – that super-tight instrumental combo headed by Andrew Love on tenor and Wayne Jackson on trumpet! Both players had years in the Memphis soul scene under their belt by the time of this set – and instead of just going for familiar modes, they wisely try to reach for a whole new groove – bringing in a bit of New York funk from the time, particularly the tighter ensemble sound of the Fatback generation. Booker T still handles production, which ensures a link to Memphis roots – and there's some great keyboards, which underscore the horns nicely. Titles include "Freedom Train", "Get It Up", "80 Proof Red", "Move Your Feet", "Keep On Doin' It", "Crystal Mellow", "Love's Mood", and "Beale Street Shuffle". On Get Up & Dance, The Memphis Horns expand their groove – still serving up their great blend of funky soul horns, but also adding in a bit of vocals too! The core focus of the album is still instrumental – based around that amazing sound led by Memphis soul legends Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson – but given the dancefloor orientation of some of the best tracks here, vocals are a perfect blend for the sound – lyrics that never dominate too much, but which have a great way of underscoring the groove! Singers include DJ Rogers, Lani Groves, Deniece Williams, and James Gilstrap all sing on the record – and titles include "Just For Your Love", a smooth mellow stepper that's pretty darn catchy – plus "Love Is Happiness", "Get Up And Dance", "Memphis Nights", "What The Funk", "Don't Abuse It", "Keep On Smilin", and "Waitin For The Flood". CD

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MessiaenTurangalila Symphony – Yvonne Loriod/Jeanne Loriod/Seiji Ozawa/Toronto Symphony Orchestra ... CD
RCA, 1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". Great reissue – fully remastered from the original tapes – with new liner notes too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Luciano MicheliniLa Conquista Di Luna ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
A journey into space with a wonderful sound – served up here as a set of cosmic instrumentals from Luciano Michelini, most of which have a pretty groovy vibe! The mix of 60s instrumentation, spacey touches, and light electric moments reminds us of Peter Thomas or Johnny Harris at their best – and although Michelini's not as well-known as those giants from his generation, he works here with a vibe that perfectly matches everything we love in their music! Light funky rhythms trip along the bottom – peppered with cool keyboards or woodwinds, and occasional wordless vocals – all in this way that provides a wonderful 60s fantasy of the moon, and one that's actually a lot more exciting than any of the real moon landing records out there. Titles include "Tycho", "A Mrs Armstrong", "Il Volto Nascosto Di Luna", "Meteoriti", "Richiamo Di Terra", and "Odissea Nello Spazio". CD
Also available La Conquista Di Luna (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Glenn MillerUnforgettable ... CD
RCA, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $0.99
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Charles MingusNew Tijuana Moods ... CD
Bluebird/RCA, 1957/1986. Used ... $2.99
Oh how we love this one! This killer 2LP set takes one of Mingus' best-ever records, and makes it even better! The original Tijuana Moods album was recorded in 1957 but not released until 1962 – and the record features one of Mingus' strongest groups ever, with Shafi Hadi on alto and Clarence (aka Gene) Shaw on trumpet. If you've ever had any doubts about Mingus, this album will blow your mind! This great double set features original takes and alternate ones for every track on the album, including "Dizzy Moods", "Ysabel's Tabel Dance", and "Tijuana Gift Shop". 10 tracks in all – and one of the best bunches of Mingus you can buy! CD
(Out of print.)

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Hugo MontenegroHurry Sundown (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Intrada, 1967. Used 2 CDs ... $24.99
One of the richest 60s moments from composer Hugo Montenegro – a soundtrack that's penned with a mix of string styles that are a nice bridge between the differing instrumental styles that Hugo would use in the 50s and the 60s! Some of the numbers showcase Montenegro's strong ability to score a scene with subtle feeling – inflections of the instruments in these ways that are gently expressive, but never too sentimental while other numbers have a bit more of that color and tone that Hugo would really explode into bigger flourishes in some of his 60s action and comedy work. There's a few other interesting elements – a bit of field chorus singing, to fit the southern sharecropper narrative – and a few especially nice jazzy tracks that really stand out! Titles include "Breakfast In Bed", "Playing With Dynamite", "Charlie's Trip", "Love Me Vivian", and "Hurry Sundown Blues". 2CD version features a huge amount of material never heard before – 28 tracks from the film, and 12 more unused cues – including some great sax numbers – plus the 12 titles from the original LP release. 53 tracks in all! CD

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Hugo MontenegroOthers By Brothers/Scenes & Themes ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of gems from Hugo Montenegro – back to back on a single CD! Others By Brothers is sweet 70s funk from Hugo Montenegro – an artist who really developed a great ear for electric styles by this point in his career! The album's very heavy on Arp – and includes variations on the instrument in many formats – all set to funky jazz arrangements that follow from Hugo's previous Stevie Wonder album – and like that one, offer up his own take on 70s soul! The Arp-y keyboards show up on nearly every track – adding in so many wonderful electronic elements – alongside warmer winds from Don Menza and Ernie Watts, and smooth grooves from a rhythm combo that includes Larry Carlton on guitar and Hal Blaine on drums. Titles include a great cover of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin", plus cuts by "other brothers", like "Feel Like Makin' Love", "What's Goin' On", and "Nothing From Nothing" – as well as the great original "Noah's Arp"! On Scenes & Themes, Hugo Montenegro takes on a whole host of soundtrack themes – but updates the music nicely in his 70s electronic style – which features a fair bit of Arp mixed with larger arrangements and strings! The approach isn't as funk-based as some of Hugo's other albums from the time, but still comes across with a mighty sweet vibe – analogue electronics bubbling amidst larger orchestrations, on groovy titles that include "Alfie", "The Look Of Love", "Learn To Say Goodbye", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Love Story", and "A Man & A Woman". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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James Moody & Frank FosterJames Moody & Frank Foster In Paris ... CD
RCA, 1951/1954. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, small cutout through booklet & traycard artwork.)

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Joe MorelloIt's About Time ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1961. Used ... $9.99
Of course it's about time for Joe Morello – because as Dave Brubeck's drummer, he was constantly caught in recording sessions that were all about unusual rhythms and timings in jazz! Yet this set really helps Joe break free from the Brubeck mode – and also shine strongly as a leader, too – something he only did on a rare few records over the years! The approach is a bit more straight ahead – almost an extension of the RCA large ensemble sides of the 50s, with arrangements by Phil Woods and Manny Albam – yet there's also some great 60s touches too, thanks to work from a young Gary Burton on vibes, and some nicely mature solos by Woods on alto. Titles include "Time After Time", "Summertime", "Every Time", "It's About Time", and "Fatha Time". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Giorgio MoroderDeja Vu ... CD
RCA, 2015. Used ... $3.99
A huge comeback album from electronic pop pioneer/avant disco trailblazer Giorgio Morodor! The post-millennium resurgence in critical and commercial dues being paid to Giorgio has been a pretty heartening thing to see over the years, and it's all the more pleasing that's culminated in a major album that's worthy of his legacy. To his credit, it's not purely deja vu – while there's plenty of spacey elements from throughout his legendary career, it's got a very contemporary sheen – this isn't a cat content to repeat himself. SO many artists whose work is steered towards dancefloors and steeped in electronics owe much to Morodor – and many of them are guest stars here – including Sia, Kylie Minogue, Kelis, Britney Spears, Charli XCX and more. Titles include "U With Love", "Deja Vu" with Sia, "Diamonds" wtih Charli XCX, Don't Let Go" with Mikky Ekko, "Back & Forth" with Kelis, "I Do This For You" with Marlene La Disco and more. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Ennio MorriconeIl Maestro E Margherita ... CD
RCA/Beat (Italy), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99
A beautifully mellow soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – and in ways that are a bit different than some of his more familiar scores from the time! The instrumentation here is heavy on strings, often with lighter woodwinds in the front – and all tunes have a slow-building melody that's really lovely – somewhat sweeter than the usual Morricone instrumental, but still with a haunting quality overall. Edda Dell'Orso sings wordless vocals on half of the album's tracks – further helping develop this compelling little tune – and the whole thing moves along at a pace that's even gentler than La Donna Invisible! CD features 11 tracks in all – including "Incontro", "Titoli E Finale", and nine varations on "Il Maestro E Margherita". CD

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Ennio MorriconeMenage All 'Italiana ... CD
RCA/Beat (Italy), 1965. New Copy ... $16.99
Slinky genius from Ennio Morricone – an early soundtrack penned for an Italian sex comedy that starred Uno Tognazzi, and one that's filled with plenty of playful instrumental touches! The tunes here are often a bit less upbeat than you'd expect for such a film – done with a Morricone sense of spareness and isolated instrumentation – in a way that almost creates more of a "mood" feel than a sex one, but which also shows the key work done during this generation to liberate film music from overdone romantic styles of earlier years! The record features a few tracks with vocals – "In Fondo Ai Miei Occhi" and "Un Fiore E Nato, sung by Anna Moffo, and "Ho Messo Gli Occhi Su Di Te", sung by Dino – and other titles include "Giallo E Arancione", "La Moglie Tardona", "Fermateli", and "Menage All'Italiana". CD
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Arcana (Bill Laswell/Tony Williams)Arc Of The Testimony ... CD
Axiom, 1997. Used ... $13.99
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(Out of print.)

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Lauer/Wilson/Gideon/Newman2 Plus 2 – New American Piano Music By Two Men & Two Women – Sonatina/Intercalations/Of Shadows Numberless/Variations & Fugue On BACH – M ... CD
Newport Classics, 1988. Used ... $0.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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