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Ramsey LewisAnother Voyage ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Sweet, funky, and outtasite – one of Ramsey Lewis' greatest albums of the 60s – cut under the supervision of Chicago soul maestro Charles Stepney! The album's an amazing mix of jazz, funk, and the more baroque and spacey elements – that were running through the Chicago soul and jazz scene of the time – all coming together under the guidance of Lewis and Stepney, with a sound that points the way towards countless 70s recordings to come! Highlights include a bit of kalimba from drummer Maurice White, some great guitar from Phil Upchurch, and plenty of tasty electric keys from Ramsey himself – really laying back in a righteous kind of groove – hitting new heights on tunes that include "Bold and Black", "If You've Got it, Flaunt It", "Do What You Wanna", "Cecile", "Wanderin Rose", and "Opus #5". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ramsey LewisCountry Meets The Blues ... LP
Argo, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
No blues, and only a little bit of country – mostly in the song choice for the set, and in the way the whole thing is put together! The core stylings here are still the Ramsey Lewis Trio at their early 60s best – but the record does feature a slight country-meets-soul sort of style in the production – a vibe that's similar to some of Ray Charles' ABC work of the time, although taken to an instrumental jazz sound here! Arrangements are by Oliver Nelson and Lew Douglas – the latter of whom uses more strings and a bit of voice, the former who keeps things more in a soul jazz mode overall. Titles include "St Louis Blues", "High Noon", "I Need You So", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Tangleweed Round My Heart", "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", and "Your Cheatin Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing. Cover has some staining.)

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good ... $9.99
Sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ramsey LewisHot Dawgit – The Columbia Years Anthology ... CD (UK), 1970s/1980s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Fantastic sounds from Ramsey Lewis – killer work from a time when the legendary pianist was electrifying his sound – and transforming the worlds of jazz, funk, and soul in the process! By the time of these sides, Ramsey already had more than a decade of incredible Chess Records material under his belt – soul jazz piano numbers that really rocked the 60s – but here, Lewis is often moving between acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – really opening up his groove at a level that not only shows a strong relationship with Maurice White and Earth Wind & Fire, but which also moves into a love of Brazilian music, spacey funk, and lots lots more. The 2CD set is the best we've ever seen to focus on this period – and features 37 tracks that not only include some key Rhodes classics, but also open up into some important collaborations, unusual instrumental settings, and even some equally great acoustic numbers that show that Ramsey never lost his roots, even while expanding his sound. Titles include "Don't It Feel Good", "Brazilica", "Hot Dawgit", "What It Is", "Slipping Into Darkness", "Eternal Peace", "Lakeshore Cowboy", "Kufanya Mapenzi", "All The Way Live", "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In", "Whisper Zone", "Come Back Jack", "Slow Dancin", "7-11", "Eye On You", "My Love Will Lead You Home", and "Sassy Stew" – plus duets with Nancy Wilson on "Midnight Rendezvous" and "The Two Of Us". CD

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Ramsey LewisLes Fleurs ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A bit later than Ramsey Lewis' classic electric sides for Columbia Records in the 70s, but still a pretty great little album – and one that mixes mellow grooves on Fender Rhodes with a nice dose of acoustic piano – in a style that's a bit like Rodney Franklin at the time, but considerably warmer and sweeter overall! The core trio backs Ramsey on acoustic bass and drums – but there's plenty of extra bits added in throughout, including a bit of sax from Ronnie Laws, and some overall arrangements and additional keys from Tom Tom 84 – who really helps keep a sophisticated Chicago vibe in place – almost a ghost of Charles Stepney, lurking nicely in the background. Titles include remakes of "Reasons", "Les Fleurs", and "Super Woman" – plus the tracks "Physical", "With A Gentle Touch", and "Essence Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisLove Notes ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great little album of mid 70s funk from Ramsey Lewis – very much in the mode of his Earth, Wind, & Fire related work – no surprise, since the album's dedicated to Charles Stepney, whose influence was such a key part of the sound of the group, and of some of Ramsey's other Kalimba-produced albums from a few years before! Ramsey plays Fender Rhodes, mini moog, and Arp – and he gets help on keyboards from Stevie Wonder and Derf Reklaw, who also plays saxes and percussion on the set. Features versions of Wonder's "Love Notes" and "Spring High", plus Reklaw's "Chili Today Hot Tamale", "Shining", and "Stash Dash". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisMother Nature's Son ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good- ... $4.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the versions here definitely aren't – as Stepney really pulls them apart and puts them back together with a great range of new elements – sometimes a bit of electronics, sometimes funky drums, and often the kind of deep-bottomed, Chicago soul-styled grooves that Chess/Cadet was hooking up to its best players in the late 60s. Ramsey plays both acoustic and electric piano, and the album is easily one of his (and Stepney's) most brilliant moments in the studio! Titles include "Back In USSR", "Julia", "Sexy Sadie", "Dear Prudence", and "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey". Funky, spacey, and totally great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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Ramsey LewisMovie Album ... LP
Cadet, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
Jazzy and classy – and one of the first of Ramsey's albums to feature him working with larger arrangements instead of the usual trio. In this case, the whole thing was arranged and conducted by Richard Evans – with a spacey hip sound that's not too far from some of Ramsey's later work for Cadet with Charles Stepney. Evans' arrangements are in that strident stepping Soulful Strings mode – and Ramsey's working the keys hard and soulfully over the top, bouncing around the piano in a hard mode that wipes away any schmaltz that you might have caught on the records otherwise. The whole thing grooves quite nicely in a mix of spacey jazz and easy soul – and titles include "The Pawnbroker", "Saturday Night After The Movies", "Girl Talk", "Matchmaker", "Return To Paradise", "Goin Hollywood", "From Russia With Love", and "The Gentle Rain". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ramsey LewisSalongo ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
A tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of other players that were often associated with sessions by the group! Ramsey's own combo here includes Steve Cobb on drums and vocals, and Derf Reklaw on reeds and vocals as well – and the overall sound has bits of African and Brazilian influences, worked into a soulful fusion groove that sounds a lot like the instrumental backings EWF were using at the time. Titles include "Brazilica", "Slick", "Rubato", "Salongo", and "Seventh Fold". CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisSky Islands ... CD
GRP, 1993. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Ramsey LewisSolar Wind ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Sweet 70s grooves from Ramsey Lewis – a set cut smack dab in the middle of his glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a center split spine.)

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split spine, cut corner, light wear, & an ink stamp.)

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Ramsey LewisThree Piece Suite ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Stellar grooves from the great Ramsey Lewis – a set that has the pianist teaming up with Chicago soul arranger Tom Tom 84, in a wonderful fusion of jazz solos and R&B rhythms! The style's never too smooth, and never that commercial – always served up with that level of class and sophistication that made Ramsey a winner right from the start – and still very much in the forefront with a record like this! Tom Tom brings a nice depth to the record, and avoids any too-smooth cliches – and the Ramsey's lead lines are often acoustic, which makes for a nice mix with the electric rhythms of the backdrops. Titles include "Love Is", "Will You", "Michelle", "Don't Ever Go Away", "Expansions", and "She's Out Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some ink stamps on front, and a name in pen on back.)

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Ramsey Lewis TrioDown To Earth ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1958. Used ... $3.99
From their inception in late 1956, Ramsey Lewis and his famous Young/Holt-era trio were destined for great jazz fame. This 1958 session on Mercury (then based in the group's native Chicago) catches the trio right at the beginning – when they were taking tunes that were pretty well known, and turning them into tight, jaunty, often comically-tinged soul jazz numbers that were very popular with the folks at the downtown clubs. As proof of that, the album features Lewis-arranged versions of many familiar favorites – including "Dark Eyes", "Come Back To Sorrento", "Greensleeves", and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". Also includes a few originals – like "We Blue It" and "Soul Mist". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ramsey Lewis TrioUpendo Ni Pamoja ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Sublime electric work from Ramsey Lewis! Ramsey's working here with his hip 70s group that included Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton, and he's playing some fantastic electric piano – a blend of funky grooves and soulful spiritualism, stripped down into a sound that's one of his leanest and cleanest of the decade! The album's got some great funky covers, like "Collage", "Slipping Into Darkness" and "People Make the World Go Round" – plus the nice groover "Upendo Ni Pamoja". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Lem Winchester & The Ramsey Lewis TrioPerform A Tribute To Clifford Brown ... LP
Argo, 1958. Very Good+ ... $11.99
The great underrated vibist Lem Winchester plays a tribute to the late Clifford Brown, along with the classic Ramsey Lewis trio, which included Eldee Young and Redd Holt. Despite the lack of an actual trumpet on the date (although the cover has a crazy image of the group standing around the instrument on some rocks!), the set does manage to capture the warmth and lyricism of Brownie, and the vibes/piano lines are a mixture of bop, plus some of the mellower sounds of similar lineups – like the classic Roy Ayers/Jack Wilson LPs. Tracks include "Joy Spring", "Jordu", "Sandu", "Message From Boysie", and "Where It Is", an original by Winchester. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on Baybridge. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisBest Of Ramsey Lewis (Cadet) ... LP
Cadet, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A collection of Ramsey's work on Cadet/Argo that focuses mostly on the groovy uptempo tracks from the mid 60s – when Lewis had cracked the pop instrumental charts with soulful versions of bigger hits. Titles include "The In Crowd", "Function At The Junction", "Soul Man", "Up Tight", "Hang On Sloopy", and "Dancing In The Street". Also includes 3 excellent cuts from the Charles Stepney baroque soul years – "Les Fleur", "Julia", and "Maiden Voyage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisDon't It Feel Good ... LP
Columbia, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive keyboard work from the great Ramsey Lewis – easily one of his best records ever, thanks to some spaciously funky production by Charles Stepney! Stepney plays keyboards here along with Ramsey, and the twin-keys approach makes for a sound that's extra-special – one that sums up all the earlier soulful creativity of both artists in their late 60s Cadet Records years, and hones it down to an even sweeter groove for the 70s! A number of tracks have some sort of vocal component, but usually in a chorus mode that soon drops out when the keyboards hit home – and the record features a few great short "interlude" tracks that are almost as great as the longer numbers! Titles include the classic "Juaacklyn", a cover of Earth Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World", and the tracks "I Dig You", "Fish Bite", "Don't It Feel Good", "Something About You", and "Can't Function". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisGolden Hits ... LP
CBS, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We know you've seen this record a million times, just like us, and probably passed it up because it appears to be a greatest hits compilation, just like we did! But it's actually Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, and radio station letters. Spine has a spot of tape.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisIn Crowd ... LP
Argo, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily one of the biggest selling jazz albums of the 60s – a crowning achievement for Ramsey Lewis and his popular trio with Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums! The set was recorded live at the Bohemian Caverns in DC, and the trio are perfect in the setting – going at the numbers with pyrotechnic fury, but always staying in the soul jazz idiom – keeping things nice, tight, and in the pocket! Titles include the group's hit version of "The In Crowd", plus "You Been Talkin Bout Me Baby", "Spartacus", "Felicidade", and "Come Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo Cadet pressing.)
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Ray BryantTake A Bryant Step ... LP
Cadet, 1967. Sealed ... $16.99
A great album of jazzy tracks that features the hard left-hand piano of Ray Bryant over sweet soul arrangements by Richard Evans, in the same style that Cadet used for some of Ramsey Lewis' best work from the time! Ray also arranged a few of the cuts, in a mode that's just like Evans' – and the album features a dozen soul jazz groovers that stand with some of Ray's best work of the time. Titles include "Ode To Billie Joe", "Ramblin", "Natural Woman", "Pata Pata", "Poochie", "Paper Cup", and "Doing My Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing! Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ DellsFreedom Means ... CD
Cadet/Caroline (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A stunning set from the mighty mighty Dells – a cool collaboration with the legendary arranger Charles Stepney and songwriter Terry Callier – and a record that shows just how far the group had come since their streetcorner harmony days! The vocals are incredible – that rich blend of deep notes and soaring highs that made The Dells one of the most technically amazing soul groups in the 70s – and Stepney's arrangements follow in the same mode as his work for their Dionne Warwick album, and his music for Minnie Riperton and Ramsey Lewis – with lots of groovy currents on the bottom and soaring strings on the top – sophisticated, but completely soulful too – at a level that nobody else can touch! Terry Callier wrote the original tunes "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind", "Freedom Means", "Melody Man", "Free & Easy", "Rather Be With You", and "It's All Up To You" – and the set also includes great remakes of "One Less Bell To Answer", "Make It With You", and "If You Go Away/Love Story". CD

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Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire ... LP
Warner, 1971. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
Earth, Wind & Fire's first album – recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential groups. Headed up by Maurice White on drums and percussion, the group forged an amazing blend of all these influences, creating a future soul sound that pushed black music to the next level – taking a wealth of previously underground modes of expression, and fusing them into a soaring sound that would soon put them at the top of the charts. This album's a lot looser and freer than their Columbia albums – with plenty of raw funk and some nice off-beat jazz soling. Includes the classic break track "C'Mon Children", plus "Fan The Fire", "Bad Tune", and "Moment Of Truth". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy FosterPortrait ... CD
Equistar, 2005. New Copy ... $5.99
An overlooked set from the Gary scene – one of a handful of albums by pianist Billy Foster – a musician, radio host, and educator – with a legacy that almost makes him the Ramsey Lewis of his hometown! Billy cut some more keyboard-heavy albums in the 80s, but this record's a great back to basics set – well-crafted work that features an array of superb compositions by Foster – making us wonder why he never got his due as a composer over the years. The original tunes really dominate the set – and core sounds are from Billy's trio, but the album also features lots of guitar from the great Henry Johnson, plus tenor from Carl Coan, trumpet from Odies Williams, and vocals on some tracks from Renee Miles-Foster. Titles include "Portrait", "B's Bop", "Into The Dawn", "See Mine Are Blues", "The Flower", "Movin On", "Ballad", and "I'm Thinking Love". CD

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Junior ManceI Believe To My Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1966/1967. Very Good ... $8.99
One of the richest albums that Junior Mance ever cut for Atlantic Records – a smoking soul jazz set that seems to have a bit of a gospel influence too – at least in the deep, soulful bottom that comes from the feel of the group! Junior's piano is right on the money – as sharp and hard-hitting as on other records from the time – and the set features great work from some additional reed players – including Hubert Laws and David Newman – plus some trumpet from Jimmy Owens, who helps give the album a sharp punch at just the right moments! Some of the tunes are plenty catchy, and should have put Mance in the company of Ray Bryant or Ramsey Lewis at the time – and titles include "Time & A Place", "I Believe To My Soul", "My Romance", "Don't Worry 'Bout It", and "Golden Spur". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam and mostly split top, with waviness due to moisture.)

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Frankie OrtegaAt The Embers ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Maybe the best album ever from the Frankie Ortega Trio – a cool club combo who were probably best known for their work on 77 Sunset Strip – but who were clearly a crowd-pleasing act wherever they went! At a time when groups like the Ramsey Lewis or Oscar Peterson Trios were just getting mainstream acclaim, Frankie's group already had grabbed some of the best modes that worked well in small clubs – a mix of familiar tunes and surprising numbers, played in a mode that's definitely jazz, but which also borrows a lot of rhythmic inspiration from Latin groups – reworking that lively interplay between bass, piano, and drums into a special sort of magic for the scene! Titles include "Cumana", "Autumn Leaves", "September Song", "At The Embers", "How About You", "Granada", "That's All", and "Taboo". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Max Roach & Art BlakeyPercussion Discussion (Tough/Max) ... LP
Chess/Cadet/Argo, 1957/1958. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A 70s issue of 2 late 50s hard bop sides released by Argo and Cadet. Though the title and packaging might lead you to believe Max and Art are performing side by side, it's really just two albums slapped together, and not necessarily inappropriately, in a gatefold sleeve to sell easily. The first set is Blakey's Tough, one of those obscure sessions recorded during the years after the time he and Horace Silver split, with a transitional early lineup of the Jazz Messengers featuring Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman up front with Sam Dockery and Spanky DeBrest filling out the rhythm section. Included are a swinging Gershwin medley and two Duke Jordan tunes "Scotch Blues" and the classic "Flight to Jordu". Max's sides were issued as Max, a killer set of bop tracks recorded by Max with Hank Mobley and Kenny Dorham – plus a guest appearance by Ramsey Lewis on piano, in one of his few non-Chicago, non-trio sides! The record's got that great kind of energy that Roach could hit when he really was kicking his group into gear – and although the overall approach is mostly hard bop, there's plenty going on under the surface. Tracks include "CM", "Four X", "Crackle Hut", and "Speculate". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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SkymarkResistance Sonore ... LP
Modern Sun (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $19.99
A fantastic album of keyboard funk instrumentals – a set that starts somewhere in a late 70s soul fusion vibe, then makes a move through some of the more broken, cosmic territory of the European scene in recent years! On some of the straighter tracks, there's Fender Rhodes, at a level that recalls the best work of musicians like Bobby Lyle or Ramsey Lewis during their 70s jazz funk years – while other tracks get a bit more abstract, with complicated rhythms that change things up nicely, while still keeping things in soulful territory. There's a bit of muted vocals at spots – but really layered down in the rhythm section, with a more instrumental vibe to the record overall. Titles include "Warm Day", "Illusion", "Flying Fantasy", "O Alivio Das Ferias", and "Disco Song For My Son". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kaidi TathamChanging Times EP ... 12-inch
First Word (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... $9.99
Pure genius from Kaidi Thatham – an artist who continues to grow wonderfully as the years go on – to a point where we no longer know if we should call him a club producer or a jazz musician! This album's a demonstration of equal parts of that genius – almost as if Ramsey Lewis had stayed young, and found a way to move his 70s electric style into the 21st Century London scene – as Tatham plays fantastic solos on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards, over rhythms of his own creation that are filled with just the right sort of cosmic touches and spiritual energy. Tracks include "Seasoned Clouds", "Treacle Manifestations", "Chui Nui", and "Shims". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Three SoundsBottoms Up! ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. Good+ ... $11.99
The bottom is certainly "up" on this one – as the Three Sounds groove things from the ground up, taking soul jazz piano to the next level with an approach that quickly made them one of the most popular Blue Note acts of the early 60s! Gene Harris leads the group on piano – and also plays celeste on one track (!) – and the other Sounds at this point are Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – a really great rhythm section that have a way of being soulfully quiet, with a very subtle groove – one that's much more understated than you might find in the Ramsey Lewis trio, but equally hip. Tracks include "Jinne Lou", "Besame Mucho", "Love Walked In", "Angel Eyes", "Falling In Love With Love", and "Time After Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing, with deep groove, RVG stamp, and ear on both sides. Cover has heavy wear on the opening, with a center split on the top seam, and stains around the edges on back.)
Also available Bottoms Up! (Japanese pressing) ... CD 16.99

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Three SoundsBottoms Up! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... $16.99
The bottom is certainly "up" on this one – as the Three Sounds groove things from the ground up, taking soul jazz piano to the next level with an approach that quickly made them one of the most popular Blue Note acts of the early 60s! Gene Harris leads the group on piano – and also plays celeste on one track (!) – and the other Sounds at this point are Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – a really great rhythm section that have a way of being soulfully quiet, with a very subtle groove – one that's much more understated than you might find in the Ramsey Lewis trio, but equally hip. Tracks include "Jinne Lou", "Besame Mucho", "Love Walked In", "Angel Eyes", "Falling In Love With Love", and "Time After Time". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Bottoms Up! ... LP 11.99

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Three SoundsElegant Soul/Harper Valley PTA ... 7-inch
Blue Note, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Two killers from The Three Sounds – working here with Monk Higgins, who gives the group a whole new sound! "Elegant Soul" is a dreamy number with soulful strings floating around, as Gene Harris tipples the keys in a mode that's like Ahmad Jamal meeting Erroll Garner in the middle of a Ramsey Lewis Cadet session. "Harper Valley" is a sock-soul version of the hit – with a female chorus singing the title on the chorus, and Gene playing some heavy piano over the funky grooves of the tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Label has a small sticker.)

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Phil UpchurchWay I Feel ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Good+ ... $11.99
One of the greatest moments ever from guitarist Phil Upchurch – and one of the best from legendary arranger Charles Stepney too – a set that uses Upchurch's guitar in the same way that Stepney was using the piano of Ramsey Lewis in the late 60s! The record has full arrangements that are in the best late 60s Chess/Cadet style – rich, but never sleepy – with undercurrents of funk down at the bottom, and sweet backing vocals from a small group that includes Cash McCall and Kitty Haywood. But the real difference is Phil's guitar – which has some fuzzier, trippier elements – which make for a nice contrast with the smoothness of the Stepney backings, at a level that creates one of the most compelling Chess albums of the time! Titles include "Elektrik Head", "Peter Peter", "Way I Feel", "Bacn' Chips", and "You Don't Have To Know". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mary Lou WilliamsZoning (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mary/Folkways, 1974. Used ... $8.99
An excellent album by Mary Lou Williams – a set recorded during the 70s period when she was mixing in a bit of funk with her jazz! The sound here is wonderful – quite different than other work you might know from Williams, and much more in the sort of groove you'd expect from Junior Mance, Ray Bryant, Ramsey Lewis, or other soul jazz-oriented pianists! Williams plays acoustic piano in a very hip trio with Mickey Roker on drums and Bob Cranshaw on electric bass – the latter of whom brings in this well-rounded, soul-drenched tone that's a lot like the bass work on some of Monty Alexander's own best albums from the 70s. And Williams herself is totally great too – playing with some slightly exotic tones at points, and with a really in-the-pocket groove at others. Funky tracks include "Intermission" and "Rosa Mae" – and other titles include "Ghost Of Love", "Medi II", "Zoning Fungus", and a great version of Dizzy Gillespie's "Olinga". CD also features 2 previously unreleased tracks – "Syl-O-Gism" and an alternate of "Gloria". CD

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Young-Holt UnlimitedSoulful Strut ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
A funky soul instrumental classic – all the way through! The team of Eldee Young and Redd Holt first came to prominence with Ramsey Lewis' first Chicago trio, then branched out on their own as a jazz act – but by the time of this set, they'd picked up a hipper, funkier late 60s sort of soul groove – and were working with larger backings and a nice deal of extra bass! The pianist in the group is the super-dope Ken Chaney – a player who uses space as much as he uses notes – providing a cool counterpoint to the funky and jazzy riffing of the Young/Holt bass/drum combo. The album includes the landmark track "Soulful Strut" – with tinkling piano over funky backings mixed with sweetened strings – and other tracks include "Funky Is As Funky Does", "Baby Your Light Is Out", "Who's Making Love", "Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy?", "Be By My Side", and "Please Sunrise". A high point in the Chicago soul scene – with backings by Willie Henderson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moisture stains, flaking & peeling on most of the cover.)

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VariousLegacy Of Funk (3CD set) ... CD
Sony (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $12.99
A sweet set of funky club cuts from the late 70s and early 80s – music that's definitely on the funkier side of the disco spectrum, and which also does a nice job of covering ground from the time before and after the big dancefloor explosion too! This isn't gritty funk, of the funky 45 variety – but instead the tighter, sharper, more mainstream modes that came into play as the 70s moved on – still played by musicians who were at the top of their game, and recorded in ways that allowed all the sharpness of the music to find a new sort of groove! The package includes a few never-issued mixes – including "That's What You Get For Being Polite (DJ Reverent P edit)" by The Jacksons, "Looking Up To You (DJ Reverent P edit)" by Michael Wycoff, "So You Wanna Stay Down (DJ Reverend P edit)" by The Isley Brothers, and "Rockin After Midnight (DJ Reverend P edit)" by Marvin Gaye – plus the cuts "Till You Take My Love (12" mix)" by Harvey Mason, "Love Is Always On Your Mind (12" mix)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Brazilian Love Affair" by George Duke, "Dazz (Dazz disco mix)" by Brick, "Joy To Have Your Love" by Patti LaBelle, "Remote Control" by The Reddings, "Play That Funky Music White Boy" by Wild Cherry, "Haboglabotribin" by Bernard Wright, "Get It Right" by Aretha Franklin, "Sun Goddess" by Ramsey Lewis, "The Groove" by Rodney Franklin, "I've Had Enough" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Hurry Up & Wait" by The Isley Brothers, "Coming To You Live" by Charles Earland, "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs, "Funkin For Jamaica" by Tom Browne, "Risin To The Top" by Keni Burke, and "Do It Any Way You Wanna (Tom Moulton mix)" by People's Choice. CD
Also available Legacy Of Funk (140 gram colored vinyl – with download) ... LP 25.99

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VariousWhip Hip Bacharach – Burt Bacharach Cover Collection – Hip ... CD
MCA (Japan), 1997. Used ... $9.99
Covers from Christopher Scott, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Bryant, the Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Bill Plummer, Woody Herman, Shirley Scott, Gabor Szabo, the Soulful Strings, the New Direction & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderHarlem-Kingston Express Vol 2 – The River Rolls On ... CD
Motema, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great second chapter in the Harlem/Kingston series from Monty Alexander – and material that may well be some of his most exciting in years! Monty's always been very upfront about his Jamaican roots – and has expressed them in a number of ways on a number of different sessions – but there's a quality to this record that gets that blend better than most – and which almost returns things to some of the more soul-based styles of Alexander's records from the late 60s on Verve, or early 70s on MPS! Most numbers mix his piano with keyboards, bass, guitar, and drums – in a style that's rhythmic, but never overdone – soulful, but never too smooth – just a perfect fit for Monty's well-shaped lines on his solos. A few cuts have vocals – and one number features guest work from George Benson, Ramsey Lewis, and Joe Sample – but the bulk of the record centers on Alexander's wonderfully grooving piano lines. Titles include "Skamento", "The River Rolls On", "People Make The World Go Round", "Slealky", "Trust", "The Harder They Come", and "Linstead Market". CD

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireGratitude ... CD
Columbia, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff! Although a live album, Gratitude is one of Earth Wind & Fire's greatest from the mid 70s – a very tight batch of grooves that proves that Maurice White & Co. could play just as well on stage as they could in the studio – and the noise of the crowd going wild is enough to confirm that! And although a live set, the record's actually a bit half and half – with a few added studio tunes to keep the hits coming. Includes their classic version of Skip Scarborough's "Can't Hide Love", plus the mellow jams "Yearnin' Learnin'" and "Reasons", the funky "Shining Star", and a great cover of "Sun Goddess", which was also done by Ramsey Lewis with the group. Features a bonus live medley too – not on the original album! CD

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✨✧ Harold Johnson SextetHouse On Elm Street (Revue pressing) ... LP
Revue, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer album! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he had a heavy soul style that was similar to Ramsey Lewis' Cadet work – but which was also tinged with the lyricism of Horace Silver, and the emerging modal sound of Stanley Cowell. This first session by the group was originally issued on a small label, became a local hit, and was picked up by the Revue label for national distribution. It's got an incredible sound, and is very very catchy. The band features Johnson's piano in a very strong lead – plus flute, alto, and tenor. Billy Jackson plays a hard rolling conga behind the whole thing – and tracks include "House On Elm Street", "Watts '67", "Something Mellow", and "Yeah Uh Huh". A great one – and a record you won't find easily again! LP, Vinyl record album

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