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Ramsey LewisBest Of Ramsey Lewis (Cadet) ... LP
Cadet, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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 LewisCountry Meets The Blues ... LP
Argo, 1962. Very Good ... $3.99
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 light wear.)

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Ramsey LewisDon't It Feel Good/Salongo/Tequila Mockingbird/Love Notes ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), New Copy ... About January 26, 2018
... CD

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Ramsey LewisGoin' Latin ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Goin Latin, and goin groovy too – thanks to some wonderful arrangements from Chicago soul legend Richard Evans – who really helps Ramsey Lewis open up his sound on the set! The format's less straight Latin than you might expect from the title – and Evans brings in a bouncing, bassy bottom that's still got a strongly American flavor – not really Latin Soul, but something of a blend of Latin and bossa elements with some of Evans' more soul-styled modes of the time! The mix of styles is really great – Ramsey's Chicago groove taken a bit south of the border – and tracks include the heavy smoker "Hey Mrs Jones", plus "Summer Samba", "Free Again", "Blue Bongo", "Function At The Junction", "One Two Three", "I'll Wait For You", and "Spanish Grease". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisHang On Ramsey ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt rhythm combo, honed to perfection before a live crowd at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The record's a key part of Ramsey's live recorded output – showing the trio in pyrotechnic form before the kind of packed-house audiences they were playing to nightly at the time. Includes swinging versions of "Hard Day's Night", "High Heel Sneakers", and "Hang On Sloopy" – plus the original cut "Movin Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Ramsey LewisHang On Sloopy/Movin' Easy ... 7-inch
Cadet, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Ramsey LewisIn Crowd ... LP
Argo, 1965. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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
(Gray label Argo pressing.)

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Ramsey LewisKufanya Mapenzi (Making Love)/What It Is! ... 7-inch
Columbia, 1972. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A killer electric number from Ramsey – heavy drums scattering around the bottom, electric piano over the top, and a wild groove that has a catchy catchy melody hidden in there somewhere! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Columbia sleeve. Label has a small sticker.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisLove Notes ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD
Also available Love Notes ... LP 7.99

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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.)
Also available Love Notes ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisMaiden Voyage ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good ... $5.99
One of the key records from the Cadet/Concept scene in late 60s Chicago – a tremendous collaboration between pianist Ramsey Lewis and arranger Charles Stepney – and the kind of record that took soul and jazz to a whole new level! Ramsey on his own is great enough at this point – but add in Stepney's touch, and the record becomes something really brilliant – a blend of soaring strings, groovy rhythms, and spaciously stepping piano lines – all held together with a tremendous amount of creative imagination! The group here features a young Maurice White on drums and Cleveland Eaton on bass – both hitting a groove that's quite different than the Ramsey Lewis Trio sound of years back, with a lot more space, a lot hipper rhythms, and just the right sort of groove to match Stepney's sophisticated touches. The piano gets a bit electric at times, but is mostly acoustic overall – and titles include a great version of Minnie Riperton's "Les Fleur", a funky version of "Mighty Quinn", and the cuts "Afro Boogaloo Twist", "Maiden Voyage", "Ode", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Only When I'm Dreaming", and "Eternal Journey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Ramsey LewisMother Nature's Son ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good+ ... $7.99
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 ... $1.99
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 LewisPot Luck ... LP
Argo, 1963. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Ramsey and the classic trio with Eldee Young and Red Holt – grooving away on a pot luck batch of tunes that includes material from a wide wide variety of sources, all turned into soul jazz magic by the boys! Believe it or not, Ramsey takes tunes like "Andaluza", "Arrividerci Roma", "Loch Lomond", "Nature Boy", and "Sheandoah", and arranges them with a hiply swinging style that makes you forget what they ever sounded like in the first place. Throw in some originals – like "We Blue It Again", "Look A Here", and "Swamp Girl" – and you've got pretty nice batch of tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has moderate aging/spotting on the back.)

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Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Trio In Chicago ... LP
Argo, 1960. Very Good ... $3.99
Pretty tasty early stuff from Ramsey Lewis – recorded during the height of his early local fame, working with the first trio that included Eldee Young and Redd Holt, recorded live at the Blue Note niteclub downtown in the Windy City. The titles – a mash of standards, pop, and blues that includes "Old Devil Moon", "What's New", "Carmen", "I'll Remember April", and "Folk Ballad" – don't give nearly as good a picture of the music as they should, because the real charm is not in the compositions, but in the fantastically groovy arrangements and playing by Ramsey and crew. The tunes are pushed way past their original intentions, into tight jazzy rhythmic numbers that often burst out with a bit of humor, and a lot of warmth. Nice cover photo, too, with the trio standing on the Michigan Avenue bridge in a vintage photo! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing.)

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Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Trio In Person Vol 1 – 1960 to 1967 ... CD
Chess, 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Ramsey LewisStretching Out ... LP
Argo, 1960. Very Good ... $2.99
Not much stretching going on here, as most tracks are three minutes or under – but Ramsey's in fine fine form, working with the classic Young/Holt trio lineup, crafting very groovy little numbers that have a lot more going on underneath than you'd expect from the surface! Includes the originals "Here Tis", "When The Spirit Moves You", and "Solo Para Ti" – plus the group's version of "Little Liza Jane", which was a big early soul jazz hit for them. LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing.)

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
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! CD
Also available Sun Goddess ... LP 7.99

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Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good ... $7.99
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
Also available Sun Goddess ... CD 5.99

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Ramsey LewisTequila Mockingbird ... CD
Columbia, 1977. Used ... $9.99
Sweet electric Ramsey Lewis – an overlooked gem from the Columbia Records years, filled with loads of great grooves, and some pretty mighty keyboards! Part of the record has Ramsey working with Larry Dunn of Kalimba Productions – getting plenty of the Earth Wind & Fire groove that made so much of his Columbia sessions sparkle – while the rest of the set has the great Bert DeCoteaux handling things, and giving Lewis just the right mix of sophistication and soul he was using with other Columbia acts at the time. The album's a perfect example of the way that Ramsey stepped way ahead of the pack during this time in his career – using keyboards and grooves together in ways that so many artists today are still trying to match – but never hit it this right! Titles include "Camino El Bueno", "Caring For You", "Intimacy", "That Ole Bach Music", "Skippin", "Tequila Mockingbird", and "Wandering Rose" – that cool cut by Neal Creque! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Tequila Mockingbird ... CD 13.99
 
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Lorez AlexandriaEarly in the Morning ... LP
Argo, 1960. Very Good+ ... $24.99
An excellent early album by one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time! The session's a very hip affair – recorded with the Ramsey Lewis Trio backing her up on one side, and a group led by Frank Foster on another – both playing in a tight soul jazz mode that works perfectly for Lorez's great voice, and which takes her way past the straighter style of the King recordings. Includes a version of Louis Jordan's "Early In The Morning", plus "So Long", "Don't Explain", "Baby Don't You Cry", and "Rocks In My Bed". The groove's very deep, like hearing Lorez in a smoky club on the south side of Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover & record has a drillhole through the center.)

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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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DellsLike It Is – Like It Was ... CD
Cadet/Playback, 1970. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
An incredible combination of the two sides of The Dells – a set that has them presenting older tracks and newer material – all with sublime arrangements from the fantastic Charles Stepney, who'd really been transforming their sound from the There Is album onward! Stepney brings in a wonderful blend of funk and strings – similar to the modes he was using with Ramsey Lewis and Rotary Connection – and The Dells respond wonderfully by really setting their vocals free – soaring to the skies with the kind of tremendous harmonies that have always made them one of our favorite soul groups of all time – and also mighty proud that we came up in the same Windy City scene as them! Even the older material sounds very hip in this context – and titles include "Nadine", "Darling Dear", "Come Out Come Out", "Off Shore", "Open Up My Heart", "Oh, What A Day", "Long Lonely Nights", and "I'm Not Afraid Of Tomorrow". CD

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Earth Wind & FireGratitude ... CD
Columbia, 1975. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
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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Earth Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World – Alive In 75 ... CD
Sony, 1975. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A previously-unissued live set from Earth Wind & Fire – recorded during their monumental tour of the US in 1975! The performance captures the group at the height of their powers – working with a tightness that's incredible, especially considering the massive stage setting – hitting grooves that are often even funkier than their studio albums, with an even sharper edge than on the better-known Gratitude live album from the 70s. The choice of tracks is great – and the album's filled with loads of the group's early gems – including "Mighty Mighty", "Kalimba Story", "Yearnin Learnin", "Shining Star", "Happy Feelin", "Evil", "Reasons", and "That's The Way Of The World" – plus a version of "Sun Goddess" with guest keys from Ramsey Lewis! CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ King Fleming TrioWeary Traveler ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Very Good+ ... $9.99
King Fleming's third trio side for the Argo label, another variety of standards with a few Fleming originals thrown in for good measure. In the Chicago piano trio tradition of Ramsey Lewis or Ahmad Jamal (who actually followed in Fleming's footsteps), this set covers soulful ballads like "Dearly Beloved" or "I Remember You" and bluesy originals like Fleming's "Darn It" and "Riff A Plenty". Like Von Freeman, King Fleming's is a voice seldom heard outside of Chicago, while quietly influencing many of the more well known stars to come to prominence on the national and international scene. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover & label have a drillhole with an ink stamp.)

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Quartette Tres BienFour Of A Kind ... LP
Decca, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $3.99
A groovy batch of soul jazz numbers – wonderful work from this long-gone quartet that mixed piano, bass, drums, and percussion, into a mode that was softer than the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and more complicated percussively than most of their contemporaries – grooving in a slightly exotic mode that's almost inspired by Horace Silver, with touches of the MJQ. As with all of their albums, this one features two great originals – "Tribal Festival" and "Goodbye Summer" – plus some really well-crafted reworkings of 60s tunes, including "The Joker", "Yesterday", "Girl Talk", and "How Insensitive". LP, Vinyl record album

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Quartette Tres BienSky High ... LP
Decca, Early 60s. Good+ ... $8.99
Very groovy stuff from this legendary soul jazz combo! The album features some of the group's best original material – like "Blues For The Congo", "Say April", and "Kubah" – all of which have a great mix of soulful piano, warm bass, and excellent added percussion. The group's somewhere in between the Ramsey Lewis trio and the Harold Johnson Sextet, and they've got a nice rolling style that always stays fresh! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with name in marker on the back.)

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Bobby TimmonsHoliday Soul ... LP
Prestige, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
A rare jazz Holiday treasure – recorded by Bobby Timmons' during his glorious trio years at Prestige! The group here features Bobby on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – all doing really amazing things with a set of Christmas standards – at a level that goes past even the soulful sound of the Ramsey Lewis trio on their own Holiday set. Bobby's plenty creative on the keys, and although the starts of the tunes are familiar, many numbers take off in some very dynamic improvisations once they get going. Perkins and Warren are great too – really stepping out of the usual rhythm role, and participating here as equally-weighted members of the trio! Titles include "Deck The Halls", "White Christmas", "Auld Lang Syne", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Winter Wonderland", "We Three Kings", and "You're All I Want For Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eldee YoungJust For Kicks – Eldee Young & Co ... LP
Argo, 1961. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An early solo album cut by Eldee Young, back in the days when he was Ramsey Lewis' bassist, and before he formed the Young-Holt trio. The record's a good example of the strong humor that Eldee would later display in the Young-Holt group, and it's got a great batch of groovy tracks that have a tight soulful sound, with lots of nice tricks and surprises. The group includes Leo Wright, Mal Waldron, Redd Holt, and Richard Evans, who plays bass on some tracks while Eldee picks up the cello. The album's got a great version of Oscar Brown's "Mr. Kicks", plsu the tracks "Just For Kicks", "Truly", "Big Brother", and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", done in a very groovy way! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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John YoungTouch Of Pepper (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Argo (Japan), 1962. Used ... $11.99
One of the few sides ever recorded as a leader by Chicago soul jazz pianist John Young – a tasty trio set with just the right touch of pepper! The tracks are short and lively, very much in the mode of other Chicago trio players – like John Wright or Ramsey Lewis – and most of the tunes have a nicely rolling groove, thanks to great backing from from Sam Kidd on bass and Phil Thomas on drums – both of whom echo strongly the great Chicago groove going on at the time. The album also features a strong mixture of originals and upbeat standards – with titles that include "Joey", "In Other Words", "Blues Oreenee", "The Bridge", "Serenata", and "Search Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Young/HoltFeature Spot ... LP
Cadet, Early 60s. Sealed ... $15.99
Great early work from the Young/Holt combo – a debut outing under their own name, done before their music on Brunswick Records! Before they went off to record on their own – or maybe as a prediction that they would – Eldee Young and Red Holt cut this album of jazz tracks during the time that they were working with Ramsey Lewis! Since the album's a piano trio record, with Lewis on piano, it's sort of the same thing as the records they cut with him, but since they're on the marquee over his name, there's a little bit more focus on Young's bass and Holt's drumming. Tracks include "Dee's New Blues", "Travel On", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Swamp Girl", and "Peace & Tranquility", and the album grooves with a good Chicago soul jazz sound. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover and label have a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Young-Holt UnlimitedJust A Melody ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
One of a great run of grooves from the legendary team of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt – a smoking batch of instrumentals done in the best Chicago soul style of the time! Young and Holt got their start in the early trio of Ramsey Lewis – but here, they've fully expanded to their "Unlimited" mode with larger backings from Sonny Sanders and Willie Henderson – which often feature a tippling soulful piano out front of some larger Chicago soul charts with a mighty nice groove. The album follows their hit Soulful Strut set, and has a very similar feel – with a mix of instrumental readings of soul hits, and a few sweet originals too. Titles include the standout cut "Young and Holtful", a great cover of "Light My Fire", which has been sampled more than once over the years – and the tracks "When I'm Not Around", "I Wish You Love", "Just A Melody", "Gotta Find Me A Lover", and "Give It Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear. Top seam is lined with old tape.)

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✨✧ Young-Holt UnlimitedSoulful Strut ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
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

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✨✧ DellsFreedom Means ... LP
Cadet, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide clear tape on the top seam.)
Also available Freedom Means ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire ... LP
Warner, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Green label pressing.)

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✨✧ Three SoundsBottoms Up! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Maurice White with Herb PowellMy Life With Earth Wind & Fire (hardcover) ... Book
HarperCollins, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly personal memoir from Maurice White – the mighty force behind Earth Wind & Fire, who may well be one of our favorite soul groups of all time! White came up the hard way, and really found release in music – first on the Chicago scene with Ramsey Lewis at Chess Records, then soaring out with new righteous freedoms in the 70s with the landmark Earth Wind & Fire – a group who had huge success, but not without many hardships along the way! White gets at all these difficulties and struggles in a wonderful way – with language that's very down to earth, and shaped by co-writer Herb Powell – woven into a story that virtually tells itself. The book's especially strong on the early days – and really illuminates the story behind so many crucial soul records of the 70s – and this hardcover volume is 386 pages, with two sections of photos within. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Mary Lou WilliamsZoning (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mary/Folkways, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousJoyful Jazz – Christmas With Verve Vol 2 – The Instrumentals ... CD
Verve, 1960s/1980s/2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sound of jazz is always the sound of Christmas in our house – as there's a certain sort of vibe that the music seems to bring to the holiday – where the warmth and personal energy of a jazz performance can really open up a Christmas tune! This set is a great illustration of that quality – as it brings together a wonderful array of Holiday jazz performances – many from the 60s, at a time when the blend of jazz and Christmas was really hitting its heights – plus a few well-chosen numbers from later years, including some Blue Note recordings mixed in with Verve numbers. Titles include "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Ramsey Lewis, "The Little Drummer Boy" by Kenny Burrell, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Tom Scott, "Frosty The Snowman" by Roy Hargrove & Christmas McBride, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Jimmy Smith, "Let It Snow" by Nelson Rangell, "I'll Be Home For Christmas/Sleigh Ride" by Eliane Elias, "Greensleeves" by John Coltrane, "Those Soulful Jingle Bells" by Mark Whitfield, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Bill Evans, "Silver Bells" by Kevin Eubanks, "Swingle Jingle" by Lionel Hampton, and a previously unreleased track – "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Oscar Peterson. CD
 
 
 



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