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✨✧ Sergio Fanni QuintetHard Suite ... LP
Right Tempo (Italy), 1975. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An excellent bit of soulful post-Coltrane jazz! The group is a sextet led by Italian trumpeter Sergio Fanni – and it features piano and electric piano by Sante Palumbo, plus tenor, drums, electric bass, and percussion. In a way, the album reminds us a lot of early 70s work by American groups like The Bridgewater Brothers or The Visitors – in that it's got a free style of blowing on some of the introductions and introspective moments, but slams into a hard modal groove for the bulk of the tracks. Fanni's solo work is especially great, and is filled with the soulful searching of players like Benny Bailey or Cecil Bridgewater, a style that sounds particularly nice over the album's long piano lines. Titles include "Shade", "Plan", "Drive Waltz", and "Dawn/Suffer". LP, Vinyl record album
(1996 reissue pressing.)
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✨✧ Gianni MarchettiWild Eye – Original Soundtrack ... LP
RCA, 1968. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groovy little Italian soundtrack – straight in some parts, but very nice in others! There's some sweet tunes that features wordless female vocals – in the mode of work by Armando Trovajoli or Ennio Morricone from the time – and there's other tunes that have a dancing groovy style that are right in the Easy Tempo mode. The tracks are very short, but groove around nicely – and really fit the feel you might expect from a title like The Wild Eye! Titles include "Bali Street", "The Sultan", "Don't Go Away", "The Kiss", "Two Lovers", "Love Comes Back", "Goodbye", and "Golden Age". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
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Betty WrightTravelin In The Wright Circle ... LP
Alston, 1979. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Betty's got a smoother sound here than on some of her chunkier, funkier earlier records – but the approach is still a nice one – and we've gotta give Betty credit for pushing her sound into a whole new direction! The album follows nicely in the spirit of the live set issued a few years before – with some nice mellower moments, and a few more tracks that kick up the groove in a clubby approach to southern soul. We really like the spare "You're Just What I Need" and the bluesy "My Love Is" or the midtempo groove of "I Believe It's Love" – and other tracks include "The Child Of The Man", "Open The Door To Your Heart/Love Train", and "Thank You For The Many Things You've Done". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoTogether ... LP
Fania, 1971. Very Good+ ... $24.99
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a level that's far hotter than most of his contemporaries – with lots and lots of incredibly tight percussion, impeccable instrumentation, and even a more soulful approach to the vocals than usual. The album's got a short Latin soul groover called "Together", which has tight bass and a very catchy lyric; an extended Latin jazz version of "Tin Tin Deo", with some incredible piano that goes way way out over the groove; and plenty of other great Latin numbers, like "Invitacion Al Son", "Vive Y Vacila", "De Donde Vengo", and "Hipocresia y Falsedad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a cut corner, with half split top and bottom seams with some staining.)

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✨✧ Bob & GeneIf This World Were Mine ... LP
Modo/Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great funk and soul musicians from the local scene – with a sound that's fresh, fragile, and deeply personal. Many numbers have a slow, sad quality that's right up there with some of the best harmony soul of the time – a wispy late nite kind of sound that's captured perfectly here, with just the right balance of roughness and sweet. Other numbers get a bit more upbeat, and almost a bit funky – showing the pair to have a bit more punch than some of their contemporaries, and a sometimes sunny sound that really sparkles amidst the darkness. Most of the work here was recorded in the late 60s, but never released – making this the first-ever album by the group. And as a bonus note of trivia, Bob here is none other than Bobby Nunn – who went onto record under his own name, and did a lot of great work in the LA scene of the 70s! Titles include "Gotta Find A Way", "Your Name", "It Won't Go", "I Can Be Cool", "Sailboat", "Interlude", "Which Love", "Don't Leave Me Girl", "You Gave Me Love", and a great cover of "If This World Were Mine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary Burton & Stephane GrappelliParis Encounter ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Quite a surprising pairing of talents – and a set that shows that at in the right settings, Stephane Grappelli's still got plenty of modern moments! The core group is really that of vibist Gary Burton – with Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bill Goodwin on drums – both players with an open, spacious feel that's quite different than the usual rhythm group for a Grappelli record – which really opens up the legendary violinist, and has him stretching out wonderfully – especially on some of the more contemporary numbers. Burton's vibes are great at this point – sharp toned, yet incredibly warm too – and titles include "Daphne", "Blue In Green", "Sweet Rain", "Coquette", and "Arpege". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light aging.)

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ChampaignHow Bout Us ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A wonderful treasure from the early 80s soul scene – the first album from Champaign, and an instant winner right from the start! The group may not have been one of the bigger names of their time, but they really won a lot of favor with soul listeners over the years – and this album's one that turns up often in collections of top-shelf soul from the period – no surprise, given the classy, careful production – and the mix of jazzy riffing, tight rhythms, and well-crafted vocals – almost enough to put Champaign at the level of Earth Wind & Fire! The sound is just right – very soulful, with less of the too-commercial modes of some of their contemporaries – and titles include "Party People", "Whiplash", "I'm On Fire", "How Bout Us", "Can You Find The Time", "Dancin Together Again", "If One More Morning", and "Lighten Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK CBS pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Marvin GayeIn Our Lifetime ... LP
Tamla, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Marvin Gaye's last album for Motown – and a wonderful cap to a great run of sexy soul for the 70s – filled with great mellow grooves that rival the genius of his earlier work in the decade! There's a glowing, slow-burning feel to some of the best numbers here – a vibe that's right out of the I Want You era, with touches of Let's Get It On too. But there's also a slightly more mature approach too – a bit more cautious, even when confident – no doubt informed by the struggles of his Here My Dear album, which also echoes somewhat in this set. The record's more proof that even when not coming across with a classic hit, Marvin's still very much at the top of his game – an artist that stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries – with none of the too-commercial or too-dated modes that held other folks back! Titles include "Life Is For Learning", "Praise", "Funk Me", "Far Cry", "Love Party", and "Love Me Now Or Love Me Later". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe HendersonIn N Out ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A stone killer from the early Blue Note years of tenorist Joe Henderson – a key example of why the label had so much faith in him right from the start, and why Henderson's horn was quite different than so many other players of the 60s! There's a sharp edge here, but there's also a soulful sense of swing – that balance that Joe had more than most of his contemporaries – and which he only continued to develop as the years went on. Echoes of "new thing" modes lie in the background of the record, but upfront things have a sharp 60s Blue Note punch – thanks in part to a great lineup that also includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Henderson's tone is rough and young – but in a great way, one that's perfect for the exploratory nature of his original tunes on the set, and which matches the mood of Dorham's compositions as well. Tracks include "In N Out", "Short Story", "Brown's Town", and "Punjab". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram UME pressing.)
Also available In N Out ... LP 22.99

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Al Hudson & The Soul PartnersHappy Feet ... LP
MCA, 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Joyous, bouncy sounds from the legendary Al Hudson – a sweet little set with his Soul Partners group, done in a mode that's right up there with the best music of his One Way combo! The grooves are uptempo, yet are much more rooted in ensemble funk than some of the disco of Al's contemporaries – and if anything, the album really shows a great evolution from the funk bands of the previous generation to a newer, more sophisticated style overall. Hudson's work at the helm is wonderful – and helps steer the group towards some nice mellow moments too – with arrangements from Kevin McCord, Rudy Robinson, and Dave Roberson. Alicia Myers serves up some great early vocals with the group – and titles include "I Don't Want You To Leave Me", "Another Love Song", "You Can Do It", "In The Basement", "Call Me", and "Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Norma JenkinsPatience Is A Virtue ... LP
Desert Moon, 1976. Very Good ... $14.99
The only album ever cut by Norma Jenkins – a New Jersey singer with a surprisingly great ear for a deep soul groove! Norma's got a sound that's richer than most of her east coast contemporaries – a really robust approach that's almost more like some of the best southern soul singers of the period, and captured beautifully here, in ways that make us wonder why she never recorded more albums after this. The set's put together by producer George Kerr, right in the middle of a rich run of work for other artists in the 70s – and arrangements are by Bert Keyes and Andrew Smith – balancing equally between midtempo groovers, and some mellow tracks that are especially great. Titles include "Reachin' Out In Darkness", "Love Jones", "I Did It For Real", "Can You Imagine That", "I Fooled You", "It's All Over Now", and "You've Been Here Since Then". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear with a cutout hole.)

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Curtis MayfieldHeartbeat ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1979. Sealed ... $11.99
A real dancefloor set from Curtis – recorded with some sweet Philly production from the likes of Norman Harris and Bunny Sigler – in the sweeping, soaring, strings-heavy mode of the Philly disco records of the time! And yes, this isn't classic Curtis from the righteous years – but the surprising thing is how well his voice really holds up in the tracks – coming through with a strength that's fresh and surprising, given some of his disco contemporaries, and sounding pretty darn nice overall, thanks to some tight arrangements by the likes of Fred Wesley, Norman Harris, and Gil Askey. Linda Clifford does a duet with Curtis on "Between You Baby & Me", and the other cuts include "Victory", "Tell Me Tell Me", "You're So Good To Me", "You Better Stop", and "Over The Hump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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People's ChoiceWe Got The Rhythm ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
People's Choice have the rhythm – as they did right from the very start, when they were first cutting records as a late 60s funk combo in Philly! The style here is more late 70s club, handled with perfection by the team of Gamble & Huff – but the PC approach is still a lot more funk than some of their contemporaries – with lots of sharp, live rhythms at the bottom of the grooves – and plenty of sweet keyboards from leader Frankie Brunson! Brunson sings a bit too, but the group seem to balance out the sound with lots of instrumental moments – and titles include "Here We Go Again", "Jam Jam Jam", "We Got The Rhythm", "Cold Blooded & Downright Funky", and "Opus De Funk". LP, Vinyl record album

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Smokey RobinsonPure Smokey ... LP
Motown, 1974. Very Good- ... $3.99
Excellent mid 70s work from Smokey, recorded right before his landmark Quiet Storm album, and in a smooth sophisticated style that showed that he was definitely on the right track after splitting from the Miracles! The sound here is totally great – a new level of sophistication for Robinson, and proof that he was one of the key folks who would take soul music to new levels in the 70s! The record includes the excellent "Virgin Man", a loping midtempo track that's not only a great stepper, but also a famous sample riff. Other tracks include "I Am I Am", "Fulfill Your Need", "Just Passing Through", "The Love Between Me & My Kids", and "It's Her Turn To Live". LP, Vinyl record album

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StarpointKeep On It ... LP
Chocolate City, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Excellent work from Starpoint – the kind of all-solid album that easily marks them as one of the most soulful groups of the boogie generation! There's a depth here that goes way beyond simple bass-heavy grooves for the dancefloor – a sound that picks a fair bit up from the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the early 70s, and manages to keep some jazzy touches and righteous undercurrents going on – even when the tunes themselves have simpler themes overall. Renee Diggs' lead vocals are especially wonderful – crackling with a warmth that's a nice change from the usual belting club diva mode of the period, and which ties together the rest of the group through the strength of her presence. Rhythms are nicely varied too – with some key ballads sitting nicely next to more uptempo numbers – making for a well-rounded album that's extremely well put together! Titles include "I Just Want To Be Your Lover", "For You", "Keep On It", "We're Into Love", "Starpoint's Here Tonight", and the excellent but too short "Interlude". LP, Vinyl record album

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Edwin StarrClean ... LP
20th Century, 1978. Sealed ... $4.99
A solid entry from Edwin Starr's late 70s comeback into the clubs – a set that's miles from his harder soul for Motown, but which still has some pretty great vocals overall! Edwin's working here with Lamont Dozier, who helps bring his Detroit groove into smoother California territory – and while the approach isn't as full-on as on Dozier's own records of the time, it's still pretty darn great overall – filled with just the right mellow soul touches to balance out some of the more uptempo grooves, and recorded in a way that never dampens the spirits of Starr's vocals. Titles include "Jealous", "Contact", "I'm So Into You", "Storm Clouds On The Way", "Don't Waste Your Time", and "Working Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Art TatumTatum Solo Masterpieces Vol 1 ... LP
Pablo, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Legendary recordings from the mighty Art Tatum – captured here in some late night studio sessions from early 50s LA – produced with just the right sort of laidback vibe by a young Norman Granz! Tatum could really shine the most in a setting like this – open, yet still very focused too – able to do a hell of a lot in a very short amount of space – with this inherent sense of rhythm that few of his contemporaries (or predecessors or followers) could ever ever hope to match! Titles include "Moonglow", "Love For Sale", "Body & Soul", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "My Last Affair", and "Have You Met Miss Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Clark TerryGlobetrotter ... LP
Vanguard, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The title's a right one, as Terry was one of the world's biggest-selling jazz acts at the time – playing a variety of settings during the 70s, and making a lot more penny than some of his contemporaries. Fortunately, that fame didn't mean that he sold out his talent – because he still sounds quite strong here, working with a group that includes Vic Sproles, Ronnie Mathews, and Ernie Wilkins – plus some guest work by Roland Prince and Walter Bishop Jr. Tracks are swinging and sometimes playful – with a lot more strident soul than you might expect, given the cover. Titles include "Zip Co-Ed", "Globetrotter", "Autumn Leaves", and a reprise of the old Dave Bailey-recorded tune "One Foot In The Gutter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Tasha ThomasMidnight Rendezvous ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A lasting classic from singer Tasha Thomas – a vocalist who'd already lent her talents to numerous studio sessions, commercials, and disco tracks by the time of this release – which has the lady stepping into the spotlight as a fully-formed talent in her own right! The vocals are definitely a cut above the usual album of this nature – certainly more so than the quickie disco debuts of the period – and the record's strength is also due to the arrangements from Don Sebesky and Richard Tee, who bring their own top shelf talents to play on the set. Most numbers are uptempo and clubby – and have a way deeper vibe than pop disco – and surprises include funky uptempo bells in "Shoot Me (With Your Love)", two step funk in "Hot Buttered Boogie", and a nice cover of "Drinking Again" – plus the cuts "You Put The Music In Me", "Street Fever", and "You're The One I Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Randy Weston with Art BlakeyZulu ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album features some of the first unique modern work by Randy Weston on wax – important trio material that was as important as key 50s sides by Thelonious Monk or Herbie Nichols! The session has Randy working with Sam Gill on bass and Art Blakey on drums – but the showcase here is really on Weston's work on the keys, which are poised somewhere between the more contemporary mainstream scene of New York at the time, and the angular modernists that this album made Weston a key part of. Titles include the original compositions "Zulu", "Pam's Waltz", and "Solemn Meditation" – the last of which is by Gill – plus "Again" and "If You Could See Me Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some light wear and a small bit of seam splitting.)

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Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson Show ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
Early proof that Nancy Wilson was definitely on the right track with her career – a tremendous little live date recorded without any of the schmaltz or overdone showmanship of her contemporaries! Although the setting is the Cocoanut Grove, Nancy often makes us feel like she's putting over the tunes in a much smaller venue – working in an up-close, personal way that's really wonderful – almost telling stories with the lyrics on the tunes, and always singing, but making her vocals feel more like conversation. Ronnell Bright did some great backings for the performance – and titles include "Fireworks", "Ten Good Years", "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Don't Talk Just Sing", "You Can Have Him", and "The Music That Makes Me Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Barney KesselTo Swing Or Not To Swing – Barney Kessel Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Given Barney's touch on the guitar, you can bet that a record like this hardly could claim "not to swing" – and the session's a tight groover done in a way that clearly marks Kessel as one of the best guitar talents of his generation! The recording quality of the album is wonderful – and Kessel's right up front in the mix, often varying his tone slightly from track to track – in a way that makes for a wider voice on the session, but one that's also free from gimmicks. Other players include Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Georgie Auld, and Harry Edison – and titles include "Contemporary Blues", "Happy Feeling", "Begin The Blues", "Wail Street", "Don't Blame Me", and "Moten Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear with tape along the spine.)

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✨✧ Clarence Wheeler & The EnforcersDoin' What We Wanna ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from this legendary Chicago soul jazz combo – and a record that helped set the tone for changes to come in funky jazz for the 70s! Tenorist Clarence Wheeler heads up the group – and they've got an amazing organ/bass sound that's made them a legend with funk fans for years – a groove that's filled with complicated riffing and changes, almost the "next level" of soul jazz beyond the already hip Jack McDuff groove of the Prestige years – taken into a lot more righteous territory! The grooves are totally infectious, and they echo with some of the best styles of the group's contemporaries on the Chicago scene – particularly the electric Eddie Harris combo, or the best work going down over at Cadet Records! The album features a wonderful extended version of "Hey Jude", with a million jazzy changes and loads of nice riffs (which is probably why it's been heavily sampled) – plus groovy groovy versions of Eddie Harris' "Sham Time" and Jack McDuff's "Theme From The Electric Surfboard". And all that's only on side one! Side two's got even more great stuff – like "Doin What I Wanna", "Dream Bossa Nova", and "Right On" – and the whole record's a gem! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green Broadway label pressing.)

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✨✧ Link WrayLink Wray ... LP
Polydor, 1971. Sealed Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A weird and wild little record – and one that came as quite a surprise to folks who'd previously known Link Wray as the king of the raunchy guitar instrumental in the 60s! Here, Link sings as well as plays – working in his legendary Three Track Shack, which was located in Maryland, but has a vibe that feels like it came right out of the Louisiana swamps! The style of the music follows suit – almost as if Link saw folks like Tony Joe White, Bobby Charles, and some of their contemporaries – and tried to find his unique take on the raunchy blend of roots rock, country, and maybe some occasional funky currents. Polydor cleaned the album up a bit for release – but no too much – and titles include "Juke Box Mama", "Rise & Fall Of Jimmy Stokes", "La De Da", "Black River Swamp", "Tail Dragger", "Ice People", and "Fire & Brimstone". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut gatefold cover – still sealed!)

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✨✧ Wendy WaldmanLove Has Got Me ... LP
Warner, 1975. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a solo start for singer/songwriter Wendy Waldman – a great album that should have had the lady right up there on the charts with some of her best 70s contemporaries, but which sadly never got the attention it deserved! Wendy wrote most of the material here herself, and sings with the confidence of a Laura Nyro or Carole King – but maybe with some of the jazzier inflections that Maria Muldaur or Joni Mitchell were bringing into their work – yet always with an individual spirit that makes it difficult to directly compare Waldman to anyone! Titles include "Train Song", "Gringo En Mexico", "Old Time Love", "Natural Born Fool", "Horse Dream", "Can't Come In", and "Thinking Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ New BirthBlind Baby ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Sealed Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A classic album by this righteous soul collective – and one that shows them taking a strong step away from their work at RCA with Harvey Fuqua. This one has the group (ever-enormous as always!) absorbing some of the other elements of modern soul that were floating around at the time – and they make a nice mark for themselves on the album's mix of ballad tracks and uptempo numbers. Titles include "Blind Man", "Blind Baby", "Dream Merchant", "Forever", "I Remember Well", and "Granddaddy" LP, Vinyl record album
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Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary 5Archie Shepp In Europe ... LP
Delmark, 1963. Very Good- ... $14.99
Incredible work from one of the greatest groups of the New York avant scene of the 60s! This French set (probably from the late 60s or early 70s) brings live tracks recorded in Copenhagen in 1963 – and which rarely every show up in any form, even on reissue. The group features Shepp, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Don Moore, and JC Moses – and the work ranks with some of Shepp's best-ever, and has that dark well-managed "new thing" sound of his best early work on Impulse. In fact, we'd rank these two LPs right up there with some of the best avant garde jazz of the 60s – which is a shame when you consider how rare it is to find. Titles include "Mik", "The Funeral", "Cisum", and "When Will The Blues Leave". US issue of the original recording by Polydor. LP, Vinyl record album
(7 West Grand pressing. Cover has center split top and bottom seams.)

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Armada OrchestraArmada Orchestra ... LP
Scepter/Contempo, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
Not much to say here – but the record was a pretty respectable batch of Euro disco that was licensed by Scepter for release in the US, during a period when they were having some luck with early disco sides of their own, and started digging around for similar material from other sources. Unfortunately, this one lacks the soulfulness of some of the east coast work that was Scepter's strongest suit at the time. Titles include "Do Me Right" and "Same Old Song", plus versions of "The Hustle", "Cochise", and "Band Of Gold". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a "Disco Smash" sticker.)

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Maria BethaniaMemoria De Pele ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1989. Very Good ... $5.99
One of Maria Bethania's great collaborations with arranger Jaime Alem – an artist we loved as part of the team of Jaime & Nair back in the 70s, and who's really helping Bethania find some deeper space here in the middle years of her career! At a time when Maria had moved into some of the warmer, more electric modes of her contemporaries, Alem helped her regain the sense of power heard in her classic 70s work – but at a level that was quite different than on those records, with a more restrained sensibility overall – making some especially great use of the aging qualities of her voice. Titles include "Junho", "Confesso", "Tenha Calma", "Reconvexo", "Memoria Da Pele", "Salve As Folhas", "Guerra No Mar", and "Vinganca". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained at the bottom, with wide clear tape holding the top seam and bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ Brand New HeaviesShelter ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, 1997. Near Mint- 2LP ... $19.99
An overlooked mid 90s set from The Brand New Heavies – not as hitbound as some of their earlier work, but still plenty darn great – recorded with a strong emphasis on the vocals, and a no-nonsense soul sound that's always refreshing! There's one or two instrumentals on the album, but most of the tracks are vocal numbers in an R&B mode – yet still with plenty of the best old school touches we expect from The Heavies, and an overall sound that's quite different than most of their contemporaries. Titles include "I Like It", "Shelter", "Feels Like Right", "Day By Day", "Once Is Twice Enough", "You Can Do It", "Stay Gone", "After Forever", "Last To Know", and "Highest High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a cut corner and a bumped corner.)

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June ChristyGone For the Day ... LP
Capitol, 1957. Very Good ... $3.99
That's "gone" – as in the way June Christy really sends us – vocals that take us to a place that few other 50s singers could ever hope to reach! June's work here is a masterpiece of melancholic understatement – far less overblown than some of her pop contemporaries, but also filled with feeling in a way that's different from some of the other icy singers of the time. A big part of the album's strength lies with arranger Pete Rugolo – who gives June here some of the same dark corners and modern elements you'd find in her classic Something Cool album – which really hits the right sort of emotion for Christy. Titles include "When The Sun Comes Out", "It's So Peaceful In the Country", "When You Awake", "Lazy Mood", and "Interlude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquiose label pressing.)

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CybotronEnter Cybotron ... LP
Fantasy, 1983. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house – served up here as a spare, fuzzy approach to funk – but with lots of the colder touches you'd find from post-punk imports at the time! The blend is quite unique, and even more unusual given the fact that the trio were working in virtual obscurity on the Detroit scene – as an early project from the legendary Juan Atkins, with guitarist Jon-5, and the mysterious electronician 3070! There's more funk here than most of the group's electro contemporaries – but the sound is still nicely cold in all the right parts too – and titles include the seminal "Clear", which was years ahead of its time – plus "Cosmic Cars", "Cosmic Raindance", "Industrial Lies", "The Line", and "Alleys Of Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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Miles DavisTutu ... LP
Warner, 1986. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Art FarmerPortrait Of Art Farmer ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good ... $34.99
A beautiful set from Art – stripped-down and elegant, cut right at that time when his tone on trumpet was evolving into something sublime. The group's a perfect one for Farmer at this point – Hank Jones, Addison Farmer, and Roy Haynes, all lyrically-minded players with just the right touch to accompany Farmer without getting in the way of his sound. Titles include "Back In The Cage", "Stablemates", "Earth", and "Nita". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing with deep groove! Vinyl has two short clicks, but is nice and clean overall. Cover has light wear, and a light bit of wear on the spine – but is nice and heavy!)

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Phyllis HymanCan't We Fall In Love Again ... LP
Arista, 1981. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Phyllis Hyman's nicely balanced here between the two key sides of her early career at its best – working with straight soul production from Chuck Jackson, and slightly more complicated grooves handled by Norman Connors! The pair really bring a nice sense of balance to the record, and in a way the set may well be one of the deepest that Hyman cut during the 80s – a set that avoids some of the too-classy or too-contemporary modes that later held back her vocals a bit – and which instead goes for all the warmth and sensual soul that first made Phyllis rise to fame during the 70s! There's a gentle glow to the record that really shines through – a sense that even in the studio, working for a label like Arista, Phyllis Hyman could work with the same deep spirits as the more righteous albums of her youth. Titles include "Can't We Fall In Love Again", "I Ain't Asking", "Sunshine In My Life", "Don't Tell Me, Tell Her", and "Just Another Face In The Crowd". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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LowrellLowrell ... LP
AVI, 1979. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Excellent solo work by Lowrell Simon – once a singer with Lost Generation, but opening up a whole new style of Chicago soul here on his own! The album's a tasty batch of smooth soul tracks with a midtempo club groove – not disco, but with the kind of large production and loping groove that you'd find in a good Barry White album – hitting all the right mellow funky moments at once! The prime example of this is the killer "Mellow Mellow Right On" – offered up here in two long parts that take up most of side two of the original album. Other nice ones include a version of Lowrell's "Overdose Of Love", plus the tracks "Out Of Breath", "You're Playing Dirty" and "Smooth & Wild". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Friends ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good+ ... $14.99
With friends like these, it's easy to sound great – and the record's a trio classic from drummer Shelly Manne, cut with the same associates heard on his famous My Fair Lady album for Contemporary! Piano is by Andre Previn and bass is by Leroy Vinnegar – and as with the other set, Previn's a real surprise here – bursting forth with brightness and presence that are right at home in the setting, and which make us recast our previous conceptions of him as a more cocktail-styled player. The tunes are sometimes longish, which makes for some more inventive interplay between trio members – and titles include "Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas", "Squatty Roo", "Tangerine", "The Girl Friend", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "Stars Fell On Alabama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging.)

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Marty PaichNew York Scene (aka Broadway Bit) ... LP
Warner/Discovery, 1959. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Freda PayneReaching Out ... LP
Invictus, 1973. Near Mint- ... $34.99
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall sound is much more sophisticated than on some of Freda's earlier work. The vocals are especially sharp – quite mature, and almost in a mode that points towards later work by singers like Jean Carn or Marlena Shaw during the late 70s. Includes the nice midtempo groover "We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love", worth the price of the album alone – plus "Mood For Love", "Reaching Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "Mother Misery's Favorite Child", and "Right Back Where I Started From". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reaching Out (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Great early work from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse group – working here at a level that's almost more freewheeling than on some of their later Contemporary albums! The format's still very much in place here – a host of key All Stars who include Milt Bernhart on trombone, Russ Freeman on piano, Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Cooper on tenors, and Shelly Manne on drums – but there's almost a more "live" sort of energy overall – a bit more boppish and open, with each new player leaping freely into the fray. Titles include "Luau", "The Duke You Say", "The Big Top", "Sunset Eyes", "Comin' Thru The Rye Bread" and "Taking A Chance On Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a peeled spot in the top right.)

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Sister SledgeAll American Girls ... LP
Cotillion, 1981. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A nice little set for Sister Sledge – their first post Nile Rodgers album of the 80s – with production this time out by Narada Michael Walden – with a crisp, uptempo vibe the does a great job of balancing the righteous post disco club groove with the sing-a-long chorus vocals and catchier compositions that made the Sisters famous! Narada doesn't stray too far from the Chic-styled sound of the previous couple of records – with some really catchy songs that hint at the cleaner pop sound of later records with retaining the dancefloor groove. Sweet stuff from Sister Sledge! The sequencing of the record is top notch, each track floating into the next, with the tunes "All American Girls", "He's Just A Runaway", "If You Really Want Me", "Next Time You'll Know", "Happy Feeling", "Ooh, You Caught My Heart", "Make A Move", "Don't You Let Me Lose It", "Mais Makes Me Feel Good" and "I Don't Want To Say Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Valentine BrothersValentine Brothers ... LP
Source, 1979. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Very nice midtempo 80's groove material, with a sound that's just right for the steppers here in Chicago, and pretty darn nice anywhere else! This is the VB's first LP, and it's got lots of nice tracks like "We Belong Together", "Let Me Be The One", "I'm In Love", "Feelings Inside", and "Love Me Like You Mean It". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donnie ElbertDancin' The Night Away ... LP
All Platinum, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later work from Donnie Elbert – a self-produced album that has a clear nod to disco, but which really just has Donnie singing in a more uptempo mode, over some tight backings by Sammy Lowe. The worst cuts are the disco covers, but there's a few other nice ones, especially the mellower tunes, which Donnie always did pretty darn nicely! Tracks include "You Don't Have to be a Star", "Goin' Up In Smoke", "Love of My Own", "Free", and "Love So Right", plus some more obvious disco-type material. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and tape on the top seam.)

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✨✧ OdysseyHang Together ... LP
RCA, 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wicked groover from Odyssey – and a crack little album that has the trio hitting hard all the way through! The upbeat numbers are great, the ballads are warm and wonderful, and even the midtempo numbers come off perfectly – all with a rich quality that makes the album a real standout in mainstream soul at the time! There's a few playful post-disco touches on the dancefloor tracks, yet the vibe is all soul all the way through – and the female vocals really soar with this righteous energy that has the group sounding better than ever. Tracks include "Follow Me", "Hang Together", "Down Boy", "Don't Tell Me, Tell Her", "Use It Up & Wear It Out", "Never Had It All", and "If You're Looking For A Way Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Marty PaichBroadway Bit ... LP
Warner, 1959. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has a split spine, and some splitting on top and bottom seams.)

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✨✧ Johnnie TaylorJohnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues ... LP
Stax, 1969. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky soul from Johnnie Taylor – a set that mixes tight core grooving with some larger arrangements from Bert Keyes and Rudy Robinson – a perfect blend that shows why Taylor easily stood out from some of his bluesy contemporaries! It's clear that Johnnie's just the right guy to handle a setting this hip – and since he's got Marvell Thomas on keyboards, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald Duck Dunn on bass, and Al Jackson on drums, there's more than enough kick at the bottom to keep things grooving. Titles include the great originals "I Had A Fight With Love", and "Separation Line" – plus hip takes on "Testify", "It's Your Thing", "Games People Play", and "Love Is A Hurtin Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Bobby WomackFly Me To The Moon ... LP
Minit, 1968. Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A completely sublime first album from the great Bobby Womack – and a set that already has him sounding quite different than any of his contemporaries! Bobby's got a southern soul vibe at the start, to be sure – but he also works things in this amazingly fresh way, too – a bit of Cali sun mixed in with his well-penned tunes – and a mature, confident approach that really pushes male soul in a new direction. The vocals are incredible – fresh, and raw, and with that warm little rasp that made him stand out so strongly from other singers of the late 60s – Bobby's personal touch that still always sends us after all these years. The arrangements are superb, with a mix of small-combo organ/guitar southern grooving, and just the right touches of larger orchestrations to push the whole thing over the top. The songwriting is superb – with some of Bobby's best early tracks, like "What Is This", "I'm In Love", and "Baby! You Oughta Think it Over". Even the non-original tracks are wonderful – like the track "Fly Me to the Moon", which Bobby manages to completely make his own! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Teddy EdwardsHeart & Soul ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums by Teddy Edwards – and one with some organ in the group! This obscure quartet side has Gerry Wiggins playing a rare bit of Hammond – grooving the group with a lean and open-ended soul jazz approach that really has Edwards blowing at his best! The style sits right up there next to Gene Ammons' best albums of the time, and the rest of the group features Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Milt Turner on drums. Titles include "Smokin", "No Regrets", "A Bag Of Blues", "Wiggin", and "Little Steddy" – all originals that get Edwards past the usual bag of soulful standards! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonAdventures In Paradise ... LP
Epic, 1975. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Maybe our favorite-ever album from Minnie Riperton during the 70s – a sweet, smooth jazzy gem that really makes some of the best use of her vocals! There's a sophistication here that's a great 70s counterpart to Minnie's earlier work with Charles Stepney – served up here in a very different style, but one that really sets Riperton apart from any of her contemporaries – in a unique blend of soul, jazz, and much deeper spirits – all handled with the sense of pride and style you'd expect from Minnie's image on the cover! All tracks were co-written by Riperton and Richard Rudolph – and a few get some great help from Leon Ware too. Titles include the massive track "Baby, This Love I Have" – a slow funk number that's be sampled many times over the years – plus the spacey tunes "Minnie's Lament", "Inside My Love", and "Alone In Brewster Bay", remade from Minnie's first LP – and the titles "Simple Things", "Feeling That Your Feeling's Right", and "Don't Let Anyone Bring You Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing, including the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ ArtisticsArticulate Artistics ... LP
Brunswick, 1968. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
A well-titled set from one of the greatest soul groups to ever come from Chicago – a sublime quartet who had a way of voicing their tunes that was really head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! This killer record showcases The Artistics' genius right from the start – mixing in some deeper soul modes than you might expect from the Windy City side of Brunswick Records – yet still keeping the Chicago contingent firmly in place thanks to production by Carl Davis, arrangements by Sonny Sanders, and a wonderful set of material written by the likes of Eugene Record, Floyd Smith, Marvin Smith, and Gerald Sims. The vocals are wonderful – rawer at some moments than others, which really gives the album a great sense of personality – and titles include their hit "You Left Me", plus "The Other Side Of Sadness", "Fading Memories", "Man With Feeling", "Have No Pity", and "Ain't That The Way It Goes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover is lightly stained and wrinkled.)

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