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Richard EvansDealing With Hard Times ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1972. Used ... $9.99
A sublime set of soul instrumentals – very funky work, and sort of a 70s follow-up to the Soulful Strings albums on Cadet Records from the 60s! Maestro Richard Evans is at the top of his game here – stepping out with that hip Chisoul mode he first forged at Chess, tuned here towards some even more sophisticated modes for Atlantic Records! Many of Evan's previous players are on board to make the record great – including Lennie Druss on flute, Paul Serrano on trumpet, Odell Brown on organ, and Phil Upchurch on guitar. Evans himself plays bass for the record – using a very funky bottom sound – and the set also features some wicked vibes from the legendary Billy Wooten, working away from his Nineteenth Hole group on a rare major label date! The sound is blacksploitation soundtrack, part Curtom funk – and titles include the great originals "Pie Daddy's Dream", "Wado City", "Angela My Sister", and the great "Patutu" – which was done by the Soulful Strings – plus a few nice covers like "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Ellie's Love Theme", by Isaac Hayes. CD
 
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Evans BradshawPieces of Eighty Eight (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1959. Used ... $18.99
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, includes obi.)
Also available Pieces of Eighty Eight ... LP 24.99

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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1973. Used ... $5.99
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
(Out of print.)
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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. Used ... $5.99
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! Includes obi.)
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Gil EvansSvengali ... CD
Atlantic (Germany), 1973. Used ... $7.99
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
(Out of print.)
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Svengali ... CD 5.99

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Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... About January 24, 2018
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding Dorothy's more spiritual sound at the end of the 60s, clearly opened up in a way that's not unlike the direction of Alice Coltrane's work, but a lot more focused and a lot more funky! Ashby not only plays her usual jazz harp, but also koto as well, and even sings a bit too – and the larger group directed by Evans features work by Stu Katz on vibes and kalimba, Lenny Druss on flutes, and Cash McCall on guitar – all in a groove that's really a precursor to the Earth Wind & Fire generation of the Chicago scene! Titles include the amazing break "The Moving Finger" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Dust", "Joyful Grass & Grape", "Heaven & Hell", "Wax & Wane", "Shadow Shapes", "For Some When Young", "Myself When Young", and "Drink". CD

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Barbara & ErniePrelude To ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $4.99 13.98
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet Records. But the vocals – by singer Barbara Massey – have a flanged-out quality that's clearly overdubbed, creating a double-voiced sound that's almost a bit like Brasil 66! This mix of modes is really great – completely unique, and sublime throughout – with a vibe that was years ahead of its time, and which is finally beginning to get some recognition these many years later. Arrangements are by the pair, but Deodato also had a hand in the record too – and the core combo of musicians includes Grady Tate on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion, and Sam Brown on guitar – alongside more guitars from Ernie and keyboards and piano from Barbara. Tracks include "Searching the Circle", "Do You Know", "For You", "Play With Fire", "My Love & I", "Satisfied", and "Prelude" – plus a wild remake of "Somebody to Love"! CD

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Kimiko KasaiWe Can Fall In Love ... CD
CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... About November 29, 2017
Soulful grooves from this great Japanese jazz singer – with arrangements by Richard Evans, and tracks that include "Being In Love", "Along The Nile", "We Can Fall In Love", "In Common", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". CD

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James MoodyWorld Is A Ghetto (aka Sax & Flute Man) ... CD
Paula/Fuel 2000, 1973. Used ... $9.99
A sweet set of electric funk from James Moody – and a great little record to match the grooves he was laying down at the Perception label in the early 70s – with a very unique sound! Moody's working here alongside some sweet work on electric piano by either Jodie Christian or Tennyson Stephens – and with some sly and soulful arrangements by Chicago soul maestro Richard Evans, who also plays bass on the record and gives it a style that's almost an extension of the later Cadet kind of groove. The album features an excellent funky instrumental version of " First Thing I Do In the Morning", originally a funky vocal 45 by Chicago singer Joyce Williams – and other cuts include "Trilby", "Don't Let Me Be Lonely", "World Is A Ghetto", "Good Sense Humor Man", and "Country City Country". CD

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✨✧ Eddie ChambleeChamblee Special (Chamblee Music/Doodlin) ... CD
Mercury/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Overlooked tenor genius from Eddie Chamblee – 2 albums recorded for Mercury on the Chicago scene of the 50s, both a great blend of modern jazz and swing! Chamblee was best known at the time as the musical director for his (then) wife Dinah Washington – a relationship that undoubtedly allowed him to record for Mercury (Washington's label at the time) – but there's also a depth here that goes far beyond Eddie's more mainstream work in jazz, and which has echoes of the hipper, more sophisticated thinkers on the Chicago scene of the late 50s. Part of the strength of the sets are their small group arrangements that flesh out the horns into a larger sort of mode – using septet lineups as if they were much bigger groups supporting Chamblee's horn. But the players are really one of the strongest suits of these recordings too – and include Johnny Coles and Joe Newman on trumpet, Julian Preister on trombone, Charles Davis on baritone, Richard Evans on bass, and Jack Wilson on piano. Titles include "Long Gone", "Village Square", "Lester Leaps Again", "Strollin Sax", "Whisper Not", "Chamblee Special", "At Your Beck & Call", "Stella By Starlight", "Flat Beer", and "Doodlin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... CD
Transition/Delmark, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". CD
Also available Sun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP 12.99

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✨✧ Salsoul OrchestraStreet Sense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Marlena ShawOut Of Different Bags/Spice Of Life (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/Chess, Late 60s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing! 2 of the best Marlena Shaw albums packaged together, with 10 extra bonus cuts! All the material here was recorded during Marlena's years at Cadet records – when she was working with Richard Evans, and turning out some of the hippest soul of the late 60s! Marlena's roots were in jazz, and she sings these tracks in a sophisticated style that pushes way past many of her chart-bound contemporaries. Proof of this are the excellent cuts "Woman Of The Ghetto", "California Soul", and "Liberation Conversation" – all sample-heavy classics big with the kids these days, and all included in the CD set, along with other excellent numbers like "It Sure Is Groovy", "Somewhere In The Night", "Where Can I Go", "I Wish I Knew", "A Couple Of Losers", "Eyes Of Love", and lots more cuts from the 2 classic albums. Plus, the set also includes 10 bonus cuts also recorded for Cadet, and also super rare – including "We Could Have Been Fine", "Brother Where Are You", "Waiting For Charles To Come Home", "More", and "Mercy Mercy Mercy". Great stuff, with 30 tracks in all, most not on any other CD reissue! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sylvia St JamesMagic/Echoes & Images ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two great albums from singer Sylvia St James – back to back on a single CD! Magic is a stunning solo set from Sylvia St James – previously known as a singer in the great group Side Effect – but an even better act on her own! Sylvia gets lots of great help here from the jazz fusion side of the spectrum – including drummer Lenny White, plus keyboardists Don Blackman and Larry Dunn – the latter from Earth Wine & Fire, the former a soulful powerhouse in his own right! Both Dunn and White produced the record, and the latter gives it the vibe of some of his Twennynine albums – a great blend of jazz and modern soul that really works perfectly for Sylvia's vocals – and which recalls some of her previous work with Wayne Henderson. Titles include "Can't Make You Mine", "Let Love Groove Me", "So I Say To You", "Magic Minstrel", "Motherland", "Black Diamond", and "Ghetto Lament". Echoes & Images is an album that's got a richer soul feel than some of Sylvia St James' previous work – and a record that really has the singer coming into her own, with a setting that's out to rival the bigger mainstream soul divas of the time! Richard Evans and McKinley Jackson handle the arrangements – and bring all their rich experience in modern soul to play – creating these full charts that push Sylvia's vocals forward strongly, yet still with lots of hip touches that avoid some of the more commercial chart soul cliches of the time. The arrangements have really kept the record fresh over the years – as has the lesser-known status of St James' as a singer – and titles include "Prime Time", "Behind My Back", "If You Let Me Love You", "The Bottom Line", and "Eastern Man". CD

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 Higgins TrioSoulero ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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