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✨✧ Cowboy Roy BrownStreet Singer ... CD
Delmark, Late 50s. Used ... $3.99
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Roy BrownPayday Jump – Later Sessions – The King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99
Tremendous work from the great Roy Brown – pulled from his groundbreaking years at King/Deluxe Records – and featuring very pure sound taken from original acetates in the vault! Brown is one of our favorite R&B singers ever – a vocalist with the range and skill of a jazz singer, but able to get down and dirty at a level that was a huge influence on later soul – and rock and roll as well. The package is way more than a greatest hits set, or just another Roy Brown collection – as it features close examination of his recordings in the years 1949 and 1950 – including work recorded in Texas, New Orleans, and Atlanta – and a good number of songs we'd never heard before. In the early years, King recorded directly to acetate discs, not tape – so these recordings are the purest, strongest versions of Brown's music you'll ever hear – served up with power that really beats some of the lower-end collections on the market – none of which feature this intense of a track selection either. Titles include "Fanny Brown's Wedding Day", "Special Lesson #1", "Love Don't Love Nobody", "Dreaming Blues", "Sweet Peach", "New Rebecca", "Butcher Pete (parts 1 & 2)", "End Of My Journey", "I Feel That Young Man's Rhythm", "Miss Fanny Brown", "China Blues", and "Cadillac Baby". CD

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Roy Brown & Radio PitataNocturno ... CD
Casa De Los Tapes, 1990. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy BrownButcher Pete (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Juke Box Jam (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Legendary jumpin' blues/pioneering R&B by Roy Brown & His Mighty Men! Roy Brown is one of the more underappreciated trailblazers of the late 40s/early 50s, and all you need to do is to drop the needle on "Butcher Pete" to hear for yourself how much more his acclaim his legacy deserves. It's a total blast! It's got perfectly raw, thumping bass and drums rhythms, a heavy sax, rolling bit of piano and boisterous vocals. Perfection! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Roy AyersEvolution – The Roy Ayers Anthology ... CD
Polygram, 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $12.99
Polygram's totally cool 2 CD anthology of some of Roy's best work for the label, featuring tracks that run from the early 70's through the early 80's, with such stellar cuts as "We Live In Brooklyn Baby", "Coffy is The Color", "Pretty Brown Skin", "Africa, Center Of The World", "Freaky Deaky", "2000 Black", "Vibrations", "Searching", "Gotta Find A Lover", "You Send Me", and lots lots more! 31 cuts in all, with a nice set of notes, and discographical information. CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing. Slipcase has some wear.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersRoy Ayers Ubiquity ... LP
Polydor, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – and one of the rarest! The record is right in the same vein as Roy's groundbreaking He's Coming LP – a righteous mix of soul jazz, subtle funk, and some of the cosmic wisdom that Roy was spreading among the jazz funk underground – all wrapped up beautifully, but never in a way that's like commercial soul of the time. There's a few instrumental tracks on the album, plus some vocal ones that show that off-beat male/female style that Roy would use more famously in later tracks like "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" or his work with Ramp. Players include Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Edwin Birdsong on organ, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Jumma Santos on congas – and titles include a version of Nat Adderley's "Hummin", done as "Hummin In The Sun", and very much in the Ramp vein. Also features instrumental cuts "The Fuzz", which has Roy's vibes toned way up, and the cool mellow "The Painted Desert", a really offbeat slow jazz number. The group also does a great job with Edwin Birdsong's "Pretty Brown Skin", picking up the song as a really anthemic groover that gives the record a nice kick! LP, Vinyl record album

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Maurice BrownCycle Of Love ... CD
Brown, 2010. Used ... $2.99
Excellent jazz from trumpet player Maurice Brown – a native of the Chi southside suburb of Harvey, IL – who plays with some of leaders of the contemporary jazz scene when he's not cutting stellar work of his own! Brown's working in a sharp, but roomy quintet setting here, taking cues from the classic bop and more, feeling fresh all the way. The way the Brown's trumpet and Derek Douget's tenor sax work together and within the arrangements reminds us a bit of the work of Roy Hargrove (who Brown has played with) and other players include Chris Rob on piano, Joe Blaxx on drums and Solomon Dorsey on bass. titles include "Fly By Night", "Good Vibrations","Misunderstood", "Time Tick Tock", "Merry Go Round", "Lovely", "The Cycle Of Love", "The Connection", "Daydreams" and "Reflections". CD

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Marcus ChapmanCoolest Music Book Ever Made aka The MC 500 Vol 1 – Celebrating 40 Years Of Sounds, Life, & Culture Through An All-Star Team Of Songs ... Book
Marcus Chapman, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
A special project from Chicago radio personality and soul music historian Marcus Chapman – volume 1 of his list of the top 500 songs of all time – laid out in a really unique format! Marcus devotes a page to each song – with information on the artists, writer, release dates, and other key details – then provides a short essay on each song too – outlining its importance in his own musical universe! These entries are interspersed with a range of black and white photos – some showing Chapman meeting the artists over the years, some showing rare treasures from his collection – records and memorabilia he's had autographed by the stars. The book doesn't just cover soul music, too – because alongside entries by artists like Roy Ayers, Chocolate Milk, Eazy E, and James Brown – you'll also find a few surprising entries on Foghat, Thin Lizzy, and Kiss! Still mostly soul music, though – with a strong focus on the 60s, 70s, and 80s variety. Book

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Roy Eldridge & Dizzy GillespieTrumpet Kings ... LP
Verve, 1954. Very Good ... $19.99
Diz and Roy come together in a nice blend of two traditions – blowing in a relaxed mode that's less of the "battle" you might expect from the title – and more of a friendly exchange of solos, recorded in the open and laidback style of Verve at the time. The group features Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums – and Dizzy himself even vocalizes a bit on the set! Tracks are mostly longish, with plenty of solo space, and the the album features 5 tracks that include "Blue Moon", "Limehouse Blues", "Trumpet Blues", "Algo Bueno", and "Pretty Eyed Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing, with trupeter logo and deep groove. NOTE: Cover has waviness, staining, peeling and tape along the bottom half due to moisture.)

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Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, & Harry EdisonTour De Force – The Trumpets Of Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, & Harry Edison ... LP
Verve, 1955. Very Good ... $8.99
A triple-trumpet session with a really wonderful sound – the kind of all-star date that only a label like Verve could have done so well! As you'll guess from the title, the record's a showcase for the three trumpeters in the lead – and the tracks are long, with plenty of space for each player to state their case in a very distinct solo voice. Rhythm is by a familiar quartet that features Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – and the use of guitar in a set like this creates an especially ringing tone at the bottom, one that often seems echoed by the brighter notes of the trumpet over the top. The album's got a great extended "Ballad Medley", plus long takes on "Tour De Force" and "Steeplechase". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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✨✧ Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesSide By Side ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used ... $6.99
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Les Spann, Lawrence Brown, and Jo Jones. And while Duke's actually only on piano on 3 tracks on the album (Billy Strayhorn handles keys on the other 6), the session's still a great example of small combo Ellingtonia at its best! Titles include "Ruint", "Stompy Jones", "Big Shoe", "Going Up", "Just A Memory", and "You Need to Rock". CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke Ellington & Johnny HodgesSide By Side ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good- ... $8.99
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Les Spann, Lawrence Brown, and Jo Jones. And while Duke's actually only on piano on 3 tracks on the album (Billy Strayhorn handles keys on the other 6), the session's still a great example of small combo Ellingtonia at its best! Titles include "Ruint", "Stompy Jones", "Big Shoe", "Going Up", "Just A Memory", and "You Need to Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Stereophonic pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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✨✧ Carlos GarnettCosmos Nucleus ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Carlos Garnett really finds his own sound here – and steps into a wonderful blend of funky riffs, spiritual styles, and more – all in one of the most ambitious albums he cut during the 70s! There's a really expansive blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation going on here – played by a large ensemble, but one that's got a nicely focused feel – a groove that really pushes the sound of Garnett's other records with its wide instrumentation, yet which still has all the punch and power of before! Carlos brings in a few slight Caribbean touches – elements he'd experimented with a bit before – and the lineup includes Kenny Kirkland on Fender Rhodes, Roy Campbell and Abdul Malik on trumpets, Al Brown and Charles Dougherty on also sax, Zane Massey and Akum Ra Amen Ra on tenor, Andrew Washington and Cliff Anderson on trombone, Otis McCleary on guitar, Cecil McBee on bass, and Neil Clark and Gene Ballard on percussion. Cheryl P Alexander Sings soulfully at one great spot – the stunning "Mystery Of Ages", which almost feels like a Oneness Of Juju cut – and other titles include "Cosmos Nucleus", "Wise Old Men", "Kafira" and "Bed-Stuy Blues". CD

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✨✧ Paul Gayten/Annie Laurie/Dave Bartholomew/Roy BrowRegal Records In New Orleans (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Specialty, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $6.99
Excellent work from the New Orleans scene of the postwar years – a wealth of early singles from the great Paul Gayten, a New Orleans talent who had a hard R&B groove that was like the best King Records work of the time! CD features 17 trcks by Gayten – then 5 more with frequent partner, vocalist Annie Laurie – then two demo tracks by Dave Bartholomew, and two more unissued early Roy Brown tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Lionel HamptonHamp's Big Four ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Although Lionel Hampton's always best remembered for his storming swing days in the early 40s, we love him on records like this one – an easy open-ended straight jazz session from the 50s, with lots of room for soloing in a much more jazz-oriented vein than you'll hear on Hamp's early records. The group's a small all-star combo that features Roy Brown, Buddy Rich, and Oscar Peterson next to Hamp's vibes – and the set list includes long takes of "Midnight Sun", "That Old Black Magic", and "Blues For Norman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – including obi. Cover has light wear.)

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Coleman HawkinsEssential Coleman Hawkins ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
A great collection of sides from one of the true giants of the tenor saxophone. This collection finds Hawk in a variety of settings, with support from Roy Eldridge, Hank Jones, George Duvivier, Walter Perkins, Ray Brown and others, though our favorite number is the stunning solo piece "Picasso". Also includes a great reading of his signature tune "Body & Soul", plus "There's A Small Hotel", "Sunday", "Hanid", "The Walker", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "In A Mellow Tone". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Lee Hooker, Albert King, & OthersKing Strings – King/Federal/DeLuxe Guitar Grooves 1949 to 1962 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
King/Sundazed, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
Guitar-heavy genius from one of the most important labels of the postwar years – the legendary King Records, home to James Brown and a heck of a lot of other great musicians too! This package focuses on the contributions that King made towards revolutionizing the sound of the electric guitar in the 50s – and chooses an ultra-hip batch of tracks that range from blues to R&B, and really come across with a hell of a lot of fire all these many years later! A few cuts have vocals, the rest are all instrumentals – and the tracks either feature a key guitarist as a leader, or groups that have a crucial electric player in the lineup. Titles include "San Ho Zay" by Freddie King, "Let's Rock" by Johnny Otis with Johnny Guitar Watson, "Dyna Flow" by Albert King, "Steam Roller" by Mickey Baker, "Louisiana Hop" by Pete Guitar Lewis, "After Hours" by Jimmy Nolen, "Stomp Boogie" by Texas Slim, "Space Guitar" by Young John Watson, "Floyd's Guitar Blues" by Bill Doggett, "Gainesville" by Roy Gaines, and "The Big Push" by Cal Green. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – with bonus insert too!)

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Illinois JacquetSwing's The Thing (Swings The Thing/Cool Rage) ... CD
Verve/Lonehill (Spain), 1956/1958. Used ... $15.99
Great 50s Verve work from saxophonist Illinois Jacquet – 2 albums back to back on one CD! First up is Swing's The Thing", one of the greatest of the small-group sessions by Jacquet for Verve – and one of the hardest to find! The album is unique in that the songs are longer than usual for Jacquet, and that the band is quite small – really only a sextet, with Jimmy Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Jo Jones on drums. Tracks include "Las Vegas Blues", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Achtung". After this, the CD features 4 more numbers that were recorded in 1958 for Verve, but never appeared until much later on the collection Cool Rage – a really unique quartet date that has Jacquet working with Wild Bill Davis on organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Johnny Williams on drums – in a mode that almost points the way towards later work by Illinois on Argo. Titles include "No Sweat", "Flying Home", "The Fluke", and "Nite Out" – and the CD also features a bonus take of "Robbin's Nest" from another album. CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz At The PhilharmonicIn Tokyo – Live At The Nichigenki Theatre 1953 (3LP Verve set) ... LP
Verve (Japan), 1953. Near Mint- 3LP Box Set ... $9.99
A rare performance in Japan by the Jazz At The Philharmonic! The double-length set is overflowing with goodness, all recorded in the open-ended, warm-hearted style that Norman Granz brought to these classic performances! The album starts with an extended set by the JATP All-Stars – a group that features Roy Eldridge and Charlie Shavers on trumpets, Willie Smith and Benny Carter on alto, Bill Harris on trombone, and Ben Webster and Flip Philips on tenors – with rhythm from the combo of Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and JC Heard on drums. JATP titles include a "Ballad Medley" and "Cotton Tail". The set then features six more tracks by the Oscar Peterson Trio – including "Swingin Till The Girls Come Home" and "Blues" – and another four by the Gene Krupa Trio – including "Don't Be That Way", and "Cocktails For Two". The set then ends with a long set by Ella Fitzgerald with a quartet – on titles that include "Smooth Sailin", "How High The Moon", "Body & Soul", "Lady Be Good", and "My Funny Valentine" – plus a reading of "Perdido" with the whole JATP group. LP, Vinyl record album
(Obi is included, but torn. Box top has split bottom corners, otherwise in nice shape.)

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✨✧ Jazz At The Philharmonic (Lester Young, etc)Frankfurt 1952 ... CD
Pablo, 1952. Used ... $2.99
A Pablo Records release, but one that features material originally done during the classic Verve Records years of Norman Granz – a previously unreleased live performance by the Jazz At The Philharmonic crew! This time around, the combo's a small one – a really all-star lineup with Lester Young and Flip Phillips on tenor, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Max Roach on drums – all given lots of room to really open up, on the kind of long tracks that allow for plenty of solo voicing – exactly what we've come to expect from the JATP at their best! Titles include "Dre's Blues", "How High The Moon", "Undecided", and a long "Ballad Medley". CD

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Howard McGheeWest Coast 1945 to 1947 ... CD
Uptown, Mid 40s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Wonderful work from one of the most important early bop trumpeters – the mighty Howard McGhee, heard here in a set of rare material that includes obscure studio sessions and some surprisingly great live performances too! McGhee was one of the first and the best to turn the trumpet towards bop – a player at a level that matched the young Clifford Brown or Fats Navarro at their best – especially in these formative early years, when Howard had a sense of tone and timing that was completely sublime! Most tracks are short and very tight – and even the ballads have this crispness that really illustrates the fresh contributions that McGhee was making to music at the time. The set features four tracks from a 1945 Philo Records session, four more from a 1946 Melodisc session, and eleven more tracks from radio broadcasts – all surprisingly well recorded. Players include Teddy Edwards on tenor (on most of the tracks here), Sonny Criss on alto, George Crawford or Vernon Biddle on piano, Bob Kesterson on bass, and the great Roy Porter on drums. Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Howard's Blues", "Killin Jive", "The Man I Love", "Dark Eyes", "Mop Mop", "Lifestream", "Night Mist", "Blues A La King", "Ornithology", and "Intersection". CD

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David NewmanNewmanism ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet electric grooving from David Newman – a great little album cut with Roy Ayers on vibes and Pat Rebillot on electric piano – both of whom bring a very different feel to the set than Newman's work of the 60s! The style is warm and tight, but never too smooth – as there's these sharp edges and a slightly sinister undercurrent that you don't really find in some of David's other records of the period. Rhythm is by Ron Carter on bass and Andrew Smith or Roy Brooks on drums – plus added percussion from Armen Halburian, who kicks in a slight Latin essence on some numbers – which adds to the hipness of the grooves. Titles include nice versions of Roy Ayers' tracks "Foxy Brown" and "Sweet Tears", plus the cuts "Brandy", "Song For The New Man", "Baby Rae", and "Let Me Know". CD
Also available Newmanism ... LP 1.99

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David NewmanNewmanism ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good- ... $1.99
Sweet electric grooving from David Newman – a great little album cut with Roy Ayers on vibes and Pat Rebillot on electric piano – both of whom bring a very different feel to the set than Newman's work of the 60s! The style is warm and tight, but never too smooth – as there's these sharp edges and a slightly sinister undercurrent that you don't really find in some of David's other records of the period. Rhythm is by Ron Carter on bass and Andrew Smith or Roy Brooks on drums – plus added percussion from Armen Halburian, who kicks in a slight Latin essence on some numbers – which adds to the hipness of the grooves. Titles include nice versions of Roy Ayers' tracks "Foxy Brown" and "Sweet Tears", plus the cuts "Brandy", "Song For The New Man", "Baby Rae", and "Let Me Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the seams, a sticker on the spine, adhesive residue on front, and some pen and tears on back. Labels have some marker.)
Also available Newmanism ... CD 13.99

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Sonny StittOnly The Blues ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all pretty darn excellent! The record's a very laidback session, with 4 long tracks that feature plenty of room for Stitt to meander along on his solos. The group includes Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Stan Levey – and titles include "The String", "BW Blues", and "Blues For Bags". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, missing insert.)
 
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James BrownThink ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
One of James Brown's earliest full albums for King Records – and a set that kicks off with his monstrous reworkin of the tune "Think" – originally recorded by the Five Royales, but recast here by James as the blueprint for all the funky goodness in years to come! That track really sets the scene for the record – and James follows up with some other harder, sharp-edged tunes – offset by a few more deep-burning mellower soul tracks. Other titles include "You've Got The Power", "If You Want Me", "So Long", "Baby, You're Right", "I'll Go Crazy", "Good Good Lovin", and "I Know It's True". Reissued with the great original cover, too! CD

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✨✧ Five RoyalesHarbingers Of Soul (with download and download bonus tracks) ... LP
History Of Soul (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $32.99
One of the coolest, grooviest vocal groups of the postwar years – a legendary quintet whose lead singer was an undeniable influence on James Brown – and a group who went onto add a lot to the birth of soul in the 60s! The Five Royales have a style that's unlike anyone else – not mellow harmonies, not playful gimmicky vocal pop, but a full-on, all-soul sound that really comes alive in this package of classic recordings – one that features gems from their King Records years, plus more too. Titles include "Don't Let It Be In Vain", "I'm With You", "Show Me", "Messin Up", "Good Lookin Woman", "Say It", "Tell The Truth", "It Hurts Inside", "Get Something Out Of It", and "What's The Heart" – plus their original version of "Think", later remade by James Brown more than a few times! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download of full album – plus 16 bonus download tracks too!)

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✨✧ Five RoyalesHome Of The Blues & Beyond – The Definitive Five Royales ... CD
History Of Soul (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
Really really great work from the legendary Five Royales – a group who are probably best known for their famous 50s recordings on King, but who also still continued to shine after parting way with the label – as you'll hear on these excellent Memphis sides for the Home Of The Blues label! Despite the name of that company, the work here is all-soul, all the way through – many with great pre- Hi Records backings by a young Willie Mitchell – and a sound that's even more 60s than the group's previous R&B material – all graced with stunning lead vocals from Lowman Pauling, the singer who was a huge influence on James Brown. 2CD set features 55 titles in all – including work from other later labels, and some side projects too – with titles that include "Goof Ball"," They Don't Know", "Wash Board", "I'm A Cool Teenager", "I Heard The Voice", "Come On Let's Have A Good Time", "If You Don't Need Me", "Just Can't Do Me This Way", "There's Somebody Over There", "I'm Standing In The Shadows", "Doin Everything", and "Soul House". CD

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Johnny HodgesIn A Mellow Tone ... LP
Norgran, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $59.99
Classic Hodges for Verve – a no-nonsense set of swinging tunes, with some really great alto work in the lead! Johnny's group on the set features Ben Webster on tenor, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Emmett Berry on trumpet, and Leroy Lovett on piano – and the proceedings have a good feel that's on the rawer sound of the Duke Ellington world. Al Sears and Flip Phillips get in a bit of guest tenor, too – and titles include "Day Dream", "Good Queen Bess", "Come Sunday", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", and "In A Mellow Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Norgran pressing – black label with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Vinyl is nice and clean – and cover is too!)

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Johnny HodgesIn A Tender Mood ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good ... $59.99
Johnny certainly is in a tender mood here – playing soulful ballads and mellow tunes with a small combo that includes Flip Phillips on tenor, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Leroy Lovett on piano, and Ray Brown on bass. The sound is laidback and easily swinging – with a real focus on Johnny's warm and fluid alto work – and the set features some nice original tunes that include "Who's Excited", "Sweepin The Blues Away", "Standing Room Only", "Below The Azores", and "Duke's Blues" – plus "Tenderly" and "Nothin Yet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label Norgran pressing, with deep groove and trumpeter logo! Vinyl is clean and cover is nice!)

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Johnny HodgesPerdido ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good ... $38.99
A stone cooker from Johnny Hodges – just the right kind of small group session to perfectly showcase his amazing sound on the alto sax! The group's a slightly unusual one – and features Arthur Clark on tenor, Harold Baker on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Leroy Lovett on piano, and Louis Bellson on drums – all working with Hodges in a set of longer, more open tracks than some other Verve sides – with a really strong emphasis on solo space, in a way that makes Hodges tone sound even more delightful! Titles include "Blues For Basie", "Rose Room", "Perdido", "Mood Indigo", and "Squatty Roo" – plus a version of "This Love Of Mine", done with a vocal by Al Hibbler! LP, Vinyl record album
(Norgran pressing, with a trumpeter logo and deep groove.)

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Ron JeffersonLove Lifted Me ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good ... $48.99
A tremendous early album from drummer Ron Jefferson – a key players in the LA scene of the early 60s, and an artist who only cut a rare few sides! The album's wonderful for so many reasons – not the least of which is its lineup, which includes a young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Frank Strazzeri on piano, Wilbur Brown on tenor, and Tricky Lofton on trombone. As with some of the hippest soul bop sides on Pacific Jazz of the time – like work by Curtis Amy – the tunes range from down-and-dirty soul jazz numbers, to other styles of tunes that show a really expansive conception of jazz. One of the best of the latter is the tremendous 10 minute "For Carl Perkins", written by Leroy Vinnegar for the late LA bop pianist of the same name – and featuring a slow, sad groove that has plenty of room for amazing solo work by Hutcherson. Another great number is "George's Dilemma", written by Richie Powell, and also recorded as "Richie's Dilemma" – and other tracks include "Love Lifted Me", "Little One", and "Ivy League Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing with deep groove. Cover is great!)

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Bunny LeeBunny Lee's Kingston Flying Cymbals – Dubbing With The Flying Cymbals Sound 1974 to 1979 ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the set's a perfect illustration of that "flying cymbals" sound that made the dubs of Bunny Lee so great – that kind of "splash" in sound that went on to have a huge influence in so many other styles in the decades to come! The tracks here have all the echo and bass of other dub material of the time, but it's those cymbals that really send us – as The Aggrovators and drummers Sly Dunbar and Carlton Davis rework material from artists like Johnny Clarke, Delroy Wil,son, Barry Brown, Cornell Campbell, and others – into wicked tracks that include "Brotheration Dub", "Believe In Dub", "General Dub", "Behold Dis Ya Dub Of Class", "Judah Dub", "Revenge Of The Flying Cymbals", and "This A The Best Version". CD features four bonus tracks too. CD

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Little RoyalJealous ... LP
King, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An obscure little album – but one that's had surprising life in recent years, thanks to a great batch of funky tracks on the set! Little Royal is one of those soul singers who doesn't mind borrowing bits from bigger stars as long as they work well in his act – stepping out like Garland Green on the album's title version of "Jealous Kind Of Fellow" (oddly credited to Royal as the writer!), or like Joe Tex on some of the mellower southern soul numbers – but sounding even better as a rougher James Brown-styled singer on the album's funkier tracks! Huey P Meux produced the record down in Houston, but he's clearly trying to give the record some of the grittier styles of Brown's later work on King – possibly in the hopes that Royal might replace him as King's leading star when James departed for Polydor. Titles in clude the classics "Razor Blade" and "Panama Red", both great instrumental numbers that crackle like some of JB's late King work – plus "I'll Come Crawling", "Soul Train", "Losing Battle", "Jealous", and "My Love Needs Company". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe TurnerBig Joe Rides Again ... CD
Atlantic, Late 50s. Used ... $1.99
Joe Turner rides again – but in a style that's a bit more like his Kansas City roots than some of the R&B he was cutting for Atlantic Records in the 50s! There's a nice jazz vibe to the record – thanks to sharp arrangements from Ernie Wilkins, who's really coming into his own here – and knows how to serve up just the right blend of modern jazz and swinging soul to make the tunes work! The ensemble is filled with jazz heavyweights too – including Seldon Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Pete Brown, and Jerome Richardson on reeds – plus Ernie Royal on trumpet. But Joe's vocals definitely take center stage – infused with all the heavy power he'd assumed during this seminal comeback decade – still bluesy, but with a lot more punch than before. Titles include "Switchin In The Kitchen", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", "Nobody In Mind", "Don't You Make Me High", and "Here Comes Your Iceman". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousCarnival Of Soul Vol 3 – I Wanna Be ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $9.99
Third great volume in Kent's exploration of the excellent independent Carnival label from the 60's, with another motherlode of rare soul cuts by some of the best talents on the east coast. 25 tracks in this volume, including "Groove In G" by Bad Bascomb, "Lonely Girl" by The Lovettes, "I Call It Love" by The Pretenders, "Send Him To Me" by Barbara Brown, "It's Too Late For Tears" by Renee Bailey – and lots more by The Manhattans, Lee Williams & the Cymbals, Jimmy Jules, The Turner Brothers, Maurice Simon, Little Royal, Curly Mays, Phil Terrell, The Trenteens, and The New Jersey Connection. Great east coast soul! CD

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VariousCold Heat – Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol 1 ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
Stones Throw does it again – with a massive batch of older funk rarities that tops most of the rest on the market! Cold Heat is a follow-up to the label's smoking Funky 16 Corners set – and like that one, it's overflowing with great bits that have barely (or never) been heard by the rest of the world at large. Compiler Egon has gone through a range of rare singles, masters, and demos – and has come up with tunes that burn with a brightness that's undeniable. The grooves are all on the harder end of the James Brown Funky People side of the spectrum – and some tracks are by names that are finally getting their due, thanks to the work of Egon, Wax Poetics, and some of the other funky forces doing the good work over the past few years. In a way, the collection's a summation of some of the singles and reissues coming out through the Now Again/Stones Throw imprint – but it also features some other bits and alternate versions that are totally great! Titles include "Don't Go" by Aristocrats Organization, "Loaded To The Gills (edit)" by Michael Liggins & The Supersouls, "Mr Chicken (alternate)" by The Soul Seven, "Slipping Into Darkness" by Dayton Sidewinders, "James Brown Medley" by The Apollo Commanders, "Scorpio" by Kashmere Stage Band, "Sad Chicken" by Leroy & The Drivers, "Street Scene" by Leon Mitchinson, "Free Your Mind" by Amnesty, "The Thing" by Carleen & The Groovers, "Go For Yourself (edit)" by Kenny Smith & The Loveliters, and "The Stretch (edit)" by Detroit Sex Machines. CD

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VariousFunky Side Of Goldband/Anla Records 1963 to 1971 ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
A legendary label that you may know for its deep soul and blues-drenched work of the 60s – served up here with a special focus on the imprint's funkier tracks and groovers! The Goldband studios were down in Louisiana, not far from New Orleans – but the styles here aren't just the usual Crescent City grooves, and instead also show elements from other southern scenes running from Texas, to Memphis, to Muscle Shoals! The guitar is great on some of the best numbers here – tight and skittish, and really riffing along with the rhythms in a very funky way – and the vocals mix bluesy undercurrents with James Brown funk – and pop and crackle nicely throughout. We'd never heard most of this work before, and this side of Goldband is very new to us – a great discovery – and titles include "Sidewinder" and "Too Much" by The Showboats, "The Warm Up" by Clifton White & His Royal Knights, "Getting Out OF Town" by Lee Bernard, "Double EE Agent" by Charles Greene, "Back Door Man" by Count Rockin Sidney, "Crazy Girl (parts 1 & 2)" by Freddie Love, "Forgive Me" by Dynamic Adam & His Excitements, "Feel Delicious" by Count Rockin Sidney & The Dukes, and "Soul Brothers Testify (parts 1 & 2)" by Chester Randle's Soul Senders. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousGodfather's R&B – James Brown's Productions 1962 to 1967 ... CD
Smash/BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99
A host of wonderful work produced by James Brown – most of it by a range of different singers, and one by The Godfather himself! The collection brings together some of the earliest James Brown productions – mid 60s tracks recorded for King and Smash Records, most of which aren't nearly as well known as later JB productions for the People and Polydor labels! As with that later work, all the grooves here are right in the same territory that James was hitting himself – upbeat, funky, and stone out of sight soul – all with plenty of rough edges, and backings from the same tight core of musicians that were helping out Brown on his recordings. The package is a real treasure – and is a great complement to the James Brown Singles collections from the Hip-O Select label – proof that even in these early days, James was clearly the hardest working man in show business – given all his time in the studio with other artists! 22 tracks in all – including "I Found Out" and "I'll Keep Pressing On" by Bobby Byrd, "That's When I Cry" and "If You Don't Think" by Anna King, "I Don't Care" and "Unexplainable" by Dizzy Jones, "Got No Excuse" and "If You Don't Work You Can't Eat" by James Crawford, "Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (part 1)" by Elsie Mae, "Lookie Lookie Lookie" by The Jewells, "Wide Awake In A Dream" and "Nobody Cares" by Vicki Anderson, "Devil's Den" by The Poets, "It Hurts To Be In Love" by Yvonne Fair, "That's The Spirit" by Rev Willingham, "Faith" by The Five Royales, "I Cried" by Tammy Montgomery, "Soul Food (parts 1 & 2)" by Al Brisco Clark, and "New Breed (The Boo Ga Loo) (part 1)" by James Brown. CD

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VariousKeb Darge Presents Funk For The 21st Century ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2002. Used ... $5.99
Think funk music has to be old to be good? Think again – as Keb Darge takes you on a tour of some of the best funk you'll ever find on one CD, and it's all by current groups! Nobody knows more about old funk than Keb – as his work as a DJ, collector, and compiler have been keeping the music alive for years. But Keb's also open minded enough to realize that there's a heck of a lot of new groups that have been inspired by the classic grooves of the late 60s and early 70s – and who share his love for totally authentic funky tracks that are perfect in every way, top to bottom with dirty, heavy, messed-up funk! The set brings together 14 recent tracks from the deep funk underground – killer cuts that were issued as rare 7" singles, plus a few previously unissued numbers, all with the sock-hard finish of classic work by James Brown or The Meters – and with the added bonus that these are groups that you could actually get up, go out, and see in a club! Tracks include the previously unissued tracks "Wait Up" by Speedometer and "The Badger" by Connie Price & The Keystones – plus "Texas Rumble" by The Imaginary Visions, "Forty First Street Breakdown" by Naomi Davis, "One Note Brown" by The New Mastersounds, "Got To Be The Way It Is" by Sharon Jones, "Who's The King" by Joseph Henry, "The Matador" by The Mighty Imperials, "GT" by The New Mastersounds, "Funky So & So" by The Sugarman Three, and "Blow Your Top (part 1)" by The Soul Destroyers. CD

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✨✧ VariousR&B Hipshakers Vol 3 – Just A Little Bit Of The Jumpin' Bean ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 60s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
Rare soul from the legendary King Records – hand-picked by Mr Fine Wine, with a special ear for sharp-edged R&B grooves! Most of the work here is from the same early soul stretch as James Brown's initial work for King – and recorded with an equally raw sound overall – heavy rhythms, powerful instrumentation, and amazing vocals that really stretch out with a bold sound for the new generation! A few of the cuts here are by familiar names, and others are lesser-knowns from the rich King catalog – all wrapped together in a big batch of tracks that's filled with the kind of rare gems that Fine Wine's know for – both as a collector and a DJ. Titles include "Old Faithful & True Love" by Earl King, "She's Mine" by Joe Tex, "Mama Needs Your Lovin Baby" by Linda Hopkins, "Cozy's Mambo" by Cozy Cole, "The Jumpin Bean" by The Mystics, "Harem Girl" by Red Prysock, "I Won't Have It" by The King Pins, "One Buffalo" by Jimmy Peterson, "Thanks Mr Postman" by Bobby King, "Solid Rock" by Eli Pauling & The Royalton, "Nothing But Good" by Hank Ballard, and "Take Your Fine Frame Home" by Billy Gayles. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousR&B Singles Collection Vol 2 – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Blazing R&B, slightly more simmering soul, and some rollicking wildcard tunes that split the difference – all on this fantastic second volume in the R&B Singles series from Outta Sight! It's a great collection, culled mostly from the fertile early 60s period when the sound was still strongly rooted in mid-to-late 50s rhythm & blues, yet beginning to lay the groundwork for gritty southern soul and tighter Northern Soul sounds to come. A nice mix of legendary names and lesser known stars alike, with titles that include "Cry To Me" by Solomon Burke, "Come On Baby" by Marie Knight, "Good Enough" by Bobby Guy, "Baby You Can Get Your Gun" by Earl King, "I've Got My Eyes On You" by Marry Clayton, "I Think I Love You" by Helen Troy, "Shake It Up & Go" by John Lee Hooker, "Work Song" by Oscar Brown Jr, "Comin Home Baby" by Mel Torme, "How I Miss You So" by Frances Burnette, "Love Must Be Taboo" by Tony Clarke, and "I Don't Know About You" by Lloyd Nolan. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRoots Of The Blues ... LP
New World, 1920s/1930s. Very Good Gatefold ... $13.99
A very nice collection, put together by Alan Lomax with extended notes too – and work by Forrest City Joe, Miles Pratcher, Leroy Gary, Alec Askew, Tangle Eye, John Dudley, Henry Ratcliff, Bessie Jones, Fred McDowell, and Congregation Of New Brown's Chapel, Memphis. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inside book, too.)

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Bunny LeeBunny Lee's Kingston Flying Cymbals – Dubbing With The Flying Cymbals Sound 1974 to 1979 ... LP
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... About May 1, 2015 (delayed)
The title certainly gets it right – as the set's a perfect illustration of that "flying cymbals" sound that made the dubs of Bunny Lee so great – that kind of "splash" in sound that went on to have a huge influence in so many other styles in the decades to come! The tracks here have all the echo and bass of other dub material of the time, but it's those cymbals that really send us – as The Aggrovators and drummers Sly Dunbar and Carlton Davis rework material from artists like Johnny Clarke, Delroy Wil,son, Barry Brown, Cornell Campbell, and others – into wicked tracks that include "Brotheration Dub", "Believe In Dub", "General Dub", "Behold Dis Ya Dub Of Class", "Judah Dub", "Revenge Of The Flying Cymbals", and "This A The Best Version". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bunny Lee's Kingston Flying Cymbals – Dubbing With The Flying Cymbals Sound 1974 to 1979 ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Xanadu All Stars (Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell, etc)Night Flight To Dakar/Xanadu In Africa ... CD
Xanadu, 1980. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent set of recordings from a unique moment for the Xanadu Records label – an imprint that was carrying the torch of the Prestige label style well into the 70s – also run by that label's old head, Don Schlitten! The tracks here were all recorded live in Dakar – by a tight quintet that features some of the best Xanadu players at the time – both Al Cohn and Billy Mitchell on tenor, plus Dolo Coker on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Frank Butler on drums. Mitchell is especially wonderful – an excellent soloist who was often lost in larger groups throughout his career, but who really got the chance to shine in the bigger, more open space of the small group sides. Both he and Cohn blow at some of their best levels for the performances – and titles include "Night Flight To Dakar", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", "Blues Up & Down", "Sweet Senegelese Brown", "Robbins Nest", "Blues In The Closet", "Easy Living", and "The King". CD
 
 
 



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