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Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting. CD features 14 tracks from both volumes of the LP releases – including "The Bead Game", "Soulville", "Portrait", "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now" and "Isotope". CD
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✨✧ Johnny HodgesTriple Play ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The "triple play" in the title refers to the fact that Johnny's working here with 3 different groups – all of them large ones, and stuffed with Ellington-esque players that include Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, Milt Hinton, Tiny Grimes, Hank Jones, Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney, and Billy Butler. Tracks are short, but there's a few nice ones that have the raw bite of Hodges' best work for Verve – with titles that include "Fur Piece", "Take Em Off Take Em Off (parts 1 & 2)", "Sir John", "On The Way Up", and "Wild Onions". CD

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardBlue Spirits (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Quite an unusual session for Freddie Hubbard – one of his most modernist albums for Blue Note, recorded with a larger group that includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Joe Henderson (or Hank Mobley) on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and the surprising inclusion of Kiane Zawadi on euphonium! The presence of that instrument gives the album a real "bottom" sound – taking the overall mood much more into the depths than on some of Freddie's previous sets – really earning the album its "blue spirits" tag. Big Black also plays a bit of percussion on a few tracks, and titles include "Cunga Black", "Soul Surge", and "Outer Forces". CD
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Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo SmithCosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Open, expressive sounds from the team of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Vijay Iyer on piano, Fender Rhodes, and electronics – all served up in a mode that's quite different from recent records by either musician! The "rhythm" in the title here might be a bit misplaced – as the tunes have very little groove, and instead allow both Smith and Iyer to stretch out boldly in space – Leo on a mix of muted and fully-blown modes, Iyer maybe taking some of his previous ECM lines into even freer territory. The use of electric elements next to Smith's horn is especially nice – and titles include "Marian Anderson", "Passage", and the long title suite "A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke". CD

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✨✧ Warne MarshPersonal Statement ... CD
Jazzbank (Japan), 1987. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Really incredible work from the legendary Warne Marsh – solo recordings from 1987, showing a depth of imagination that we never would have expected! Marsh is amazing in this setting – really free-thinking but still quite inside – and playing with a rhythmically inventive sense that's completely captivating, and which almost makes us forget that there's no other players on the recording. The whole set's improvised, and titles include "Statement 1", "Statement 2", "Statement 3", and so on – a really wonderful batch of music that's got us respecting this tenor giant even more than before! CD

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Paul McCartneyRam (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/MPL (UK), 1971. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An early moment of genius from post-Beatles Paul McCartney – a solo set that's wonderfully diverse throughout – filled with the kinds of cool little twists and turns we loved in his late Beatles records, and in his 70s killers with Wings! There's a newly-emerging sweetness going on here – that great sound that started to emerge with the McCartney album – where Paul was a proud, put-together family guy – easily one of the most confident of his fab foursome, and able to bring an incredible amount of charm to just about any style he wanted to try! Some of the best cuts here are the mellower, more personal moments – still delivered with an amazing rock-solid sense of musicianship and production, too – and even the rockers, which might sound clunky in the hands of anyone else, manage to come off with a great deal of charm as well. Titles include the wonderfully playful "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" – plus "Too Many People", "Heart Of The Country", "Dear Boy", "Ram On", "The Back Seat Of My Car", and "Smile Away". CD

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✨✧ Ellen McIlwaineWe the People ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene in Tokyo and Germany! The approach on this record is kind of like a mixture between Chaka Khan and Joni Mitchell – lots of upbeat grooves, mixed with jazzy acoustic guitar and some wonderfully soaring vocals – in a style that needs to be heard to be fully understood. The standout cut is the amazing "Jimmy Jean", a soaring jazzy dance cut with unbelievable vocals – and other nice ones include "Sliding", "Ain't No Two Ways", and "All To You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousNew York Sound 2 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
New York grooves from the start of the 80s – a great batch of tracks that sits nicely in the space between late 70s disco and old school hip hop! Many of these tracks are quite long – extended 12" groovers that mix electro keyboards, slapping basslines, and snapping beats with vocals that are sung, rapped, and chanted – always in a catchy groove that slinks along nicely at a midtempo pace. There's no too-fast numbers here, and the vibe is nice and laidback – one that takes full use of the space of a bigger single to let the tunes open up slowly and find the time to do their thing! Titles include "I'm The One" by Rainbow Brown, "I Had To Say It" by Millie Jackson, "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by Fatback, "No One Can Do It" by Carol Williams, "Heobah" by Fonda Rae, "Burn Me Up" by Frisky, "Mysterious" by Twilight 22, "Magic's Message" by Mr Magic, "We Come To Jam" by Blaze, and "I Wanna Get With You" by Ritz. CD

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✨✧ VariousPopsters – They Tried To Rock Vol 4 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection from the early years of rock and roll – featuring work by an assortment of mainstream pop artists who were very quick to jump on the bandwagon of the new music! The styles here aren't just boring pop attempts to rehash rock, but also show a strong current of R&B at play as well – the kind of sounds that jump blues and other postwar styles had already brought to the mainstream – served up almost in a post-swing mode, with a cool mix of jazzy inflections and electrified instrumentation that's almost a precursor for the sound of popcorn soul! Most tracks are in an upbeat, swinging mode – one that's equally pleasing if you like crossover country from the time, or some of the more playful modes from pop singers too – all with a much wider range than you'd expect from the title and cover. As with other volumes, the notes are great, as is the track selection – and this fourth volume features 33 tracks that include "See Saw" by Don Cornell, "Band Of Gold" by Don Cherry, "Rock Love" by The Fontaine Sisters, "Fujiyama Mama" by Eileen Barton, "Teardrops From My Eyes" by The Hilltoppers, "Lovey Dovey" by Ella Mae Morse, "Bo Diddley" by Jean Dinning, "Susie Q" by The Crewcuts, "Rockabilly Party" by Hugo & Luigi, and "Flip Flop & Fly" by Johnny Ray. CD

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✨✧ VariousSound Of The Grapevine Vol 1 – 24 Modern Soul Dancers ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
If there's one label we'd trust with our taste in soul, it's the mighty Grapevine label – home to some killer reissues of obscure 60s and 70s work – including a huge amount of excellent tracks that never properly saw the light of day at the time they were recorded! The vibe on this collection is quite unique – a blend of southern and modern styles, in a way that draws a line from Jackson, through Memphis, on up to Chicago and Detroit – mixing modes along the way, and offering up a rich array of tracks that blend the rough and the smooth nicely. There's a deeply personal quality to many of the tunes that we really love – and many of them groove along at a nice mellow midtempo clip – just right for the deeper end of the modern soul dancefloor! The set's overflowing with great work – and features 24 titles that include "I'll Be Around" by Choice Of Colors, "I Wish Our Love Would Last Forever" by Swiss Movement, "Love Is Trying To Get A Hold On Me" by Tavasco, "A Man Can't Be A Man" by Sandra Wright, "Chained" by Percy Stone & The Explosions, "I Need A Man" by The Precious Three, "Is This Really Love" by Don Gardner, "I Need I Need Your Love" by Tony Owens, "I'm Leaving You In Jody's Hands" by Tyree Davis, and "I'm Not Over You" by True Image. CD

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✨✧ VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 3 – 1970 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
1970 was a crucial year for country-tinged rock in the US – a time when the style really came into its own, and both found strong support in the mainstream, and an approach that was hardly just a straight rehasing of its roots! This third volume may well be the best so far in this excellent series – as it showcases a range of key artists who drew strongly on the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield, but really found ways to make those influences their own – expressing a country aesthetic in the younger voice of the time, at a level that would then go back and influence mainstream country in years to come! As with the other volumes, the package is beautiful – a nice heavy book, filled with thoughtful notes on the tracks – and a total of 38 cuts that include "Tell Me A Song" by Morning, "Silver Moon" by Mike Nesmith & The First National Band, "Hurry Up" by Poco, "Delta Mama Blues" by Townes Van Zant, "He Darked The Sun" by Linda Ronstadt, "God's Own Singer" by Flying Burrito Brothers, "Big Bayou" by Swampwater, "Tobacco Road" by David Allan Coe, "Be Real" by Doug Sahm, "Livin In The Country" by Country, "Just A Country Dream" by Eric Anderson, "California" by Rick Nelson, "Right Before My Eyes" by Moby Grape, and "Biloxi" by Jesse Winchester. CD

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✨✧ VariousUncompromising Expression – The Story Of Blue Note In 75 Singles (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly cool package from Blue Note Records – especially given its unassuming cover! The 5CD set looks at a really overlooked side of the Blue Note legacy – the label's strong line of 78 and 45 rpm singles over the years – many of which featured different mixes or performances than the better-known album recordings from the time! The set begins with the earliest years of Blue Note – and goes right up to the present, to include some rare promo or download-only tracks too – but the core focus is on the legendary Blue Note years of the 50s, 60s, and early 70s – with a tremendous amount of hard-to-find gems that were originally only issued as 7" records. The package features 75 tracks in all, with a sweet little book on all the material too – which includes all the session/lineup details for each cut – and titles include "The Thin Man" by Art Blakey, "Born To Be Blue" by Wynton Kelly, "Oop Pop A Da" by Bab's 3 Bips & A Bop, "Topsy" by Ike Quebec Swing Seven, "Summertime" by Sidney Bechet, "Safari" by Horace Silver, "Roccus" by Lou Donaldson, "Senor Blues" by Bill Henderson, "Blue Train (part 1)" by John Coltrane, "Oscalypso" by Curtis Fuller, "DB Blues" by Kenny Burrell, "The High & The Mighty" by Jimmy Smith, "Message From Kenya" by Art Blakey & Sabu, "Ain't No Use" by Jimmy Smith & Bill Henderson, "The Rake" by Dizzy Reece, "True Blue" by Tina Brooks, "One Mint Julep" by Freddie Hubbard, "Ernie's Tune" by Dexter Gordon, "Our Miss Brooks" by Harold Vick, "Miss Ann's Tempo" by Grant Green, "Change" by Donald Byrd, "Chicago Damn" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Theme From Electric Surfboard" by Jack McDuff, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Robert Glasper, "Holding Onto You" by Derric Hodge, and "I Can't Stand The Rain" by Cassandra Wilson. CD

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