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Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... CD
Cadet/Verve, 1968. Used ... $24.99
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with Richard Evans at Cadet Records that her sound really began to cook – breaking down genres and expectations in the trademark style of the best late 60s sides from the Chicago underground. The record's got a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge, and a groovy soulful bounce – and other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Afro-Harping ... LP 119.99

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Oscar Brown Jr.Fresh ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. Used ... $11.99
Oscar Brown moves into a funky 70s mode – working here with some great soul-based arrangements by Chicago soul legend Richard Evans! There's lots of funky clavinet grooving on the record by Tennyson Stephens and Marvin Yancy – and other players include Chess/Cadet session groovers, like Henry Gibson, Phil Upchurch, and Art Hoyle. The record was recorded in Chicago and produced by Jerry Butler – and it's clearly one of his efforts from the days when Jerry was dipping into the hip Chicago underground of the early 70s. Oscar reprises a number of classics – like "Hazel's Hips" and "But I Was Cool" – and the album includes some newer tunes like "Rilly?", "Ghetto Scene", and "Bull 'Bleep'", all a bit more righteous than before. CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie Higgins TrioSoulero ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
A great 60s album from pianist Eddie Higgins – one of his few records for Atlantic, and a set that definitely lives up to the seductive power of the title and cover! Eddie's maybe a bit more creative and open here than on some of his other records – more in a Chess Records trio mode than especially his later, more lyrical sides – with great work on rhythm from Richard Evans on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums! The album really reflects Higgins' placement on the Chicago scene of the 60s – and he's got a surprisingly strong left-handed groove at times – on titles that include "Soulero", "Tango Africaine", "Mr Evans","Love Letters", and "Shelly's World". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalJamal Plays Jamal ... CD
Ahmad Jamal, 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic 70s work by Ahmad Jamal – the kind of record you look for for years, and are always disappointed when you end up buying a more straight-ahead session! The album features Jamal on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – working in a trio format, plus percussion, with some occasional additional backgrounds arranged by Richard Evans. The tracks are long, loping, and with a very strong soul jazz approach that builds on Jamal's advances of the 60s. Titles include "Death & Resurrection", "Swahililand", "Eclipse", "Pastures", and "Dialogue". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ramsey LewisMovie Album/Dancing In The Streets ... CD
Cadet/BGO (UK), 1966/1967. Used ... $11.99
A pair of great mid 60s sets from Ramsey Lewis in a single package! Movie Album is 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". Dancing In The Streets is a groover from the second Ramsey Lewis trio – the one that features Cleveland Eaton on bass and Maurice White on drums, both doing a pretty great job of filling the spot vacated by Eldee Young and Red Holt! The album's a live one, cut in the successful mode of Ramsey's records with the Young/Holt group – mostly featuring familiar numbers transformed by the Lewis Trio's hard-grooving approach to their work! It's great to hear Maurice White in a pre-Earth Wind & Fire jazz setting – and the album's got a slightly more open sound than some of Ramsey's earlier live dates – especially on the Brazilian tinged numbers that include "Mood For Mendes", "Corcovado", and "Medley From Black Orpheus". Other tracks include "Struttin Lightly", "Dancing In The Street", "You Don't Know Me", and "What Now My Love". CD
(Out of print. Includes the original slipcase.)

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✨✧ VariousBlack Gold – Samples, Breaks, & Rare Groove From The Chess Records Archives ... CD
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99
Incredible sounds from the Chess Records catalog – not the blues that you might know the label for, but a huge range of funk, soul, and jazz tracks from the headiest years of the 60s and 70s – a time when the Chicago scene was really turning out some incredible musical hybrids! As you'd guess from the title, all the cuts here have had a new life in recent years – thanks to samples by hip hop artists or other producers – but the original grooves are even better than the tracks that used them, and come together here to make one of the most mindblowing collections of Chess material we've ever heard! The package is nicely heavy on sounds from the Cadet/Concept years of the label – with more than a few contributions from producers Charles Stepney and Richard Evans – and the package features 42 wonderful tracks – including "Fonky Thang Diamon Ring" by The Dells, "Windmills Of Your Mind" by Dorothy Ashby, "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection, "Jelly Jam" by Jack McDuff, "The Getaway" by Alvin Cash, "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler, "Cross Country" by Archie Whitewater, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jimmy Ponder, "Inside Out" by American Gypsy, "Go Go Power" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Shake It Up" by The Vibrations, "Up Above The Rock" by Ray Bryant, "Bad Moon Rising" by Bo Diddley, "Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Be Do Da Day" by Eddie Fisher, "Humpin Bumpin & Thumpin" by Andre Williams, "Who Got The Number" by Pigmeat Markham, "Walk On By" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Chocolate Candy" by Soulful Strings, "Got To Get Your Own (7" version)" by Reuben Wilson, "Hanky's Panky (7" version)" by Shirley Scott, "Liberation Conversation" by Marlena Shaw, "Look Of Love" by Monk Higgins, and "Think About It" by Odell Brown & The Organizers. CD

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisBad Luck Is All I Have/How Can You Live Like That? ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1975/1977. Used 2 CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2CDs – and 2 funky 70s albums by Eddie Harris! Bad Luck is not a fantastic record by jazz standards, but it is a pretty nice funky soul album by Eddie – who by this point was really electrifying his sax, playing a bit of piano, and even singing in a range of different styles. The best moments are those that kind of push the envelope technique-wise – operating with a lot of different effects on the horn and keyboards – backed up by percussion by Willie Bobo, trumpet by Oscar Brashear, and "guitorgan" by Robert Muldrow! Not perfectly realized, but an interesting set of funk experiments. Titles include "Get On Up & Dance", "Why Must We Part", "It Feels So Good", and the spacey "Abstractions", a real stoner number in the Shuggie Otis mode! How Can You Live continues the sound – and some tracks feature a larger group, and others have a small combo – but Eddie's still great on the album, especially on Varitone, and the other players are pretty soulful, like Paul Humphrey, Cedar Walton, Richard Evans, and Ron Carter. Tracks include "Get Down With It", "Ambidextrous", "Come Dance With Me", "How Can You Live Like That?", and "Bird Of Stone". CD

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisFree Speech/That Is Why You're Overweight ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1969/1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 funky jazz classics from Eddie! Free Speech is a nice little record from Eddie's early electric period on Atlantic! The group is a very soulful one made up of Jodie Christian on electric piano, Louis Spears on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Felix Henry on percussion. The overall sound is more restrained than some of Eddie's other records – but in a way that evokes a very nice mellow soul groove. Includes a great version of "Bold & Black", from the Melvin Jackson album, plus the cuts "Boogie Woogie Bossa Nova", "Wait Please", and "Free Speech". That Is Why You're Overweight continues the funky groove that Eddie begun on Instant Funk, and smoothed out over albums like I Need Some Money – and although jazz fans probably gave him hell for going this way, we think this is actually a pretty darn great album! The record takes all of Eddie's experimentation with groovy styles from the early 70s, and filters it through some tighter playing that actually makes the groove a lot more compelling than before. A number of the tracks have vocals, almost in a humorous Bill Cosby mode – but in a way that also preserves the party feel of the cuts. Players include Bobby Lyle, Paul Humphrey, Buck Clarke, and Bradley Bobo – and one Chicago-recorded track features a great assortment from older years that includes Muhal Abrams, Odell Brown, Marshapp Thompson, Willie Henderson, and Richard Evans. Titles include "Tryin Ain't Dyin", "Ooh", "Exempt", "Live Again", "Flowers", "Why Do You Hurt Me", and "It's All Right Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jack McDuffGin & Orange ... CD
Cadet/Dusty Groove, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fuzzy, funky genius from the great Jack McDuff – a killer late 60s set done for Chess Records, and one that mixes his own searing Hammond with wicked arrangements from the mighty Richard Evans! Given Evans' background in the Chicago soul scene, there's a gritty groove here you don't get on some of Jack's other jazz sides of the 60s – a sound that steps out strongly to the clubs, as you might guess from the cover and title! Many numbers have a sweetly stepping groove that's subtle funk at its best – opened up with lots of room for McDuff to solo brilliantly on the organ, with support from players who include Gene Barge on alto sax, Ben Branch and Cliff Davis on tenor, Jerry Byrd or Cash McCall on guitar, Phil Upchurch on bass, and Joe Burkes or Morris Jennings on drums. Half the set was recorded in the Chess studios, the other half out at the hip London House club in Chicago – and together, the tunes are united beautifully in one magnificently funky album that stretches from the studio out into the streets. Titles include the best version ever of McDuff's "Theme From The Electric Surfboard", plus "On The Case", "With The Wind", "Mac-Duffin", "Get It Up", "Gin & Orange", and "Beep Bo Boo" – all tunes written either by Jack or Richard Evans! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Penny GoodwinPortrait Of A Gemini ... CD
Sidney/Athens Of The North (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary bit of jazzy soul – recorded by an obscure female singer from Milwaukee! Penny's got a warm style that's pretty darn nice on its own – but it's made even better by the great arranger Richard Evans, who helped out a lot on the session. The feel is very much in the Chicago sophisti-soul mode – and at times, the record sounds a lot like Marlena Shaw's best work in the 70s, particularly her sides for Blue Note in the early part of the decade. Includes the great original "Too Soon You're Old" – a jazz dance classic for many years – plus a stellar cover of Gil Scott Heron's "Lady Day & John Coltrane", and the tracks "What's Goin On", "Slow Hot Wind", "He's Come Back", and "Rain Sometimes". CD

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✨✧ Eddie Higgins Trio/Hubert LawsSoulero/Laws' Cause ... CD
Collectables, 1965/1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Two lost groovers from the mid 60s jazz catalog of Atlantic Records! Soulero is a very groovy session of piano trio material, recorded in Chicago by the city's "great white hope" of the 60s: pianist Eddie Higgins. The set was recorded for the Dunwich production group (who gave the world The Shadows of Knight), but was licensed to Atlantic for final release. The group's a very tight trio, with Higgins backed by Richard Evans on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – and the resulting sound is nice and soulful, in the same tradition of Chicago piano recordings by Ramsey Lewis and Ray Bryant. Titles include "Soulero", "Tango Africaine", "Mr. Evans", and "Shelly's World". Hubert Laws' Laws' Cause is a much more fleshed-out record – and features larger arrangements scored by Laws and Chick Corea, often with a bit of a Latiny feel, as was common for Laws' records at the time. The instrumentation is pretty interesting at times – in that cool "high concept" way that labels like Atlantic and Cadet were working in at the time – and in addition to Laws' flute, there's bits of harpsichord, bassoon, sitar, and even some vocals by a young Melba Moore. Titles include "No More", "If You Knew", "A Day With You", and "Shades Of Light". CD

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✨✧ Salsoul OrchestraStreet Sense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brillant work from the Salsoul Orchestra – some of their most sophisticated work ever, and right in line with a soulful orchestral style that runs back through the work of Barry White into the early experiments of the Soulful Strings! The album marks a shift for the group – now led by the mighty Tom Moulton, after the departure of Vince Montana – a new force who really takes the group in some great directions, and stretches out the tunes here even more than before – which makes for a lot more musical complexity as well! Thor Baldursson helps out on some of the arrangements, and the pair really work magic with the tight Philly lineup of the group – soaring out on great versions of two massive Richard Evans groovers – "Zambesi" and "Burning Spear", both killers that were originally performed by the Soulful Strings – plus the original numbers "212 North 12th", "Street Sense", and "Sun After The Rain". CD features bonus tracks – "Somebody To Love (single)", "Street Sense (single)", "Sun After The Rain (12" disco)", and "Sun After The Rain (12" inst)". CD

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✨✧ VariousChess Uptown Soul ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The cooler, classier sound of Chess Records in the 60s – the side of Chicago soul that really showed that the Windy City was onto something special Sure, Chess gave the world plenty of blues and R&B, but the label also really helped open the door to a special side of soul music – the heady brew of new sounds that were coming from Chicago – in the hands of arrangers like Richard Evans, Johnny Pate, and Phil Wright – plus tracks recorded farther in the field, but which found a perfect home at Chess Records – as the label was able to balance the deep soul styles of the singers with some of the richer styles used in the backings and production! Yet all the while things still kept on with a nice groove – the kind of stepping sounds that got Chicago soul dancefloors going, and which still made them special well into the 21st Century – thanks to killer cuts like these. The whole thing's a really well-chosen batch of soul that goes way beyond simple Chess Records hits – and titles include "Jerk & Twine" by Jackie Ross, "Oh What A Feeling" by James Phelps, "Go Away Little Boy" by Marlena Shaw, "The Soul Of A Man" by Fontella Bass, "I Had A Talk With My Man" by Mitty Collier, "So Much Love" by Maurice & Mac, "Here You Come Running" by Sugar Pie De Santo, "Nothing But You" by The Chessmen, "Wear It On Our Face" by The Dells, "I Believe She Will" by Eddie & Ernie, "Sitting In The Park" by Billy Stewart, and "It Ain't No Big Thing" by The Radiants. Also includes the amazing instrumental "Two In The Morning" by Spooners Crowd – a killer cut from Fame Studios! CD

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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
A great example of the way that Gil Evans really opened up his groove in the 70s – moving here way way past the cool jazz and third stream of earlier years – into a soulful style that's far groovier than might be expected! Part of the strength of the set is because of the players – as Gil's working with a group of younger soul jazz and spiritual soloists that include Ted Dunbar, Billy Harper, and Hannibal Marvin Peterson – as well as the older soul modernist Richard Williams. But there's also some other specifically Evans-like touches to the record that stand out – like Gil's stark notes on acoustic piano and his lighter work on the electric keys – plus a bit of inventive synthesizer from David Horowitz, who makes a few tracks really crackle with energy. Tracks include "Zee Zee", "Blues In Orbit", "Cry Of Hunger", and "Thoroughbred" – the latter two of which are lovely compositions by Billy Harper! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Evans BradshawPieces of Eighty Eight (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A killer set of trio work from pianist Evans Bradshaw – an obscure player we only know from his two rare dates for Riverside Records! Bradshaw's got a nicely angular approach to the piano – and a romping left hand that reminds us a lot of the hipper pianists working in Chicago at the end of the 50s! As with Jamal, King Fleming, and John Wright – Evans has an inherently rhythmic approach to his work – a gentle groove and focused flow that really takes off from the very first note, and keeps us hanging on all the way through! There's no overdone soul jazz cliches here – as Bradshaw also complicates things nicely over the top – and titles include versions of "Night In Tunisia", "Foggy Day", and "It Ain't Necessarily So" – plus two originals called "Pushing the Blues" and "Blues For Jim". Trio features Alvin Jackson on bass and Richard Allen on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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