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Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, & OthersRound Nina – A Tribute To Nina Simone ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
A compelling tribute to the great Nina Simone – featuring a host of contemporary singers performing their own versions of classics from Nina's recordings of the 60s and 70s! The project was put together in France, with orchestrations by Clement Ducol – but it features a fair bit of singers from a wider scene, including the great Gregory Porter, who makes a key appearance here! Instrumentation is often a mix of contemporary and classic modes – almost a remix of the original ideals of Simone's recordings, although the vocal delivery is very straight, and never played with – which is a good thing. Performances include "Black Is The Color" by Gregory Porter, "Baltimore" by Lianne Le Havas, "Sinnerman" by Keziah Jones, "Just Say I Love Him" by Hindi Zara, "Lilac Wine" by Camille, "Four Women" by Melody Gardot, "Feeling Good" by Ben L'Oncle Soul, "My Baby Just Cares For Me" by Oliva Ruiz, and "Plain Gold Ring" by Youn Sun Nah. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Simone Sou/Guilherme Kastrup/Benjamin TaubkinSounds Of Life ... CD
Adventure, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
A trio project from the group Soukas – usually just the duo of drummers Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup, but joined this time around by the great keyboardist Benjamin Taubkin! Most tracks are heavy on rhythms and melodic percussion from Simone and Guilherme – sometimes quite rootsy, sometimes with a surprising degree of warmth – a quality that gets especially extended by Taubkin's work on acoustic piano, which he uses alongside keyboards and just a bit of flute. Titles include "Choro Bororo", "O Tocador", "Mozambik Bembe", and "Pifaiada". CD

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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... About October 15, 2015
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar tongs and completely recasts them for Nina's own vibe – a way of shifting the sense of spirit to unlock a special Simone-like quality you never would have expected in the tunes from anyone else! Titles include a great version of "Ooh Child", plus "Just Like A Woman", "Here Comes The Sun", "New World Coming", and "My Way". And the set also features Weldon Irvine's own composition, "How Long Must I Wander?" CD
Also available Here Comes The Sun ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". CD features bonus tracks "Whatever I Am (You Made Me)" and "Do I Move You (second version)". CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". CD features bonus tracks "Save Me" and "Why Must Your Love Well Be So Dry". CD
Also available Silk & Soul ... LP 11.99
 
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Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsYoung Gifted And Black ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible duo, and one who look more like an American soul team on the front cover – and manage to deliver a similar vibe in the grooves! The style is definitely reggae, but as you'd guess from the Nina Simone cover in the title track, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths are also reaching out for something bigger, too – really bringing a level of sophistication to their music that moves beyond the usual – an evolution past rocksteady, but also not in the same direction as other reggae acts of the time. Harry J produced, and gets an international flavor just right for the music – and titles include "Young Gifted & Black", "Private Number", "It's A Rocking Good Way", "We've Got To Get Ourselves Together", "United We Stand", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", and "Keep The Customer Satisfied". CD

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp Quintet With Joki Freund (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
L+R Records/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99
Incredible postwar bop recordings by one of the hippest groups in Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this CD features earlier German recordings, some later issued by Blue Note – all done with a killer quintet that features a young Joki Freund on tenor sax and Emil Mangelsdorff on alto! Jutta's core trio features Hans Kresse on bass and Karl Sanner on drums – but the real charm of the records is the horn players – working with amazing interplay that really makes the record shine – working in unison on many of the intros to the songs, cutting back and forth like a double-edged sword, then breaking out into wonderfully compact solos that easily rival the best of the west coast at the time! Titles include "Cleopatra", "Mon Petit", "Yogi", "Variations", "Laura", "Simone", "Two Oranges", and "Cool Dogs". CD

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Elvin JonesElvin Jones Coalition ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand – George Coleman on tenor, and Frank Foster on tenor, alto, and bass clarinet – both given plenty of room to run around with long solos on the open space of the record – yet without ever blowing off their heads as much as some of the younger players who'd work with Jones. There's no piano at all on the set – just the rock-slid bass of Wilbur Little, and additional congas from Candido next to Elvin's drums. The tracks have a haunting quality that mixes modal grooving with spare moments, and titles include "Simone", "5/4 Thing", "Shinjitu", and a nice version of "Yesterdays". CD
(SHMCD.)
Also available Elvin Jones Coalition ... LP 24.99

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Henry ManciniRevenge Of The Pink Panther ... CD
United Artists/Quartet (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
A later entry in the Pink Panther soundtrack series – but one that's still got plenty of great Henry Mancini touches! Themes are plenty playful, and also have some slight electric moments alongside the orchestral scoring – although most of the album's best instrumentation comes out in these exotic passages that use bits of woodwinds or percussion to create some nice effects. Tony Coe reprises his role on the theme – playing a nice solo in the middle – and titles include "After The Shower", "Ball's Caprice", "Move Em Out", "Simone", "Pink Panther Theme 78", and "Almond Eyes". Expanded CD version features 27 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 1500.)

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VariousMod – The New Religion ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
A huge host of very groovy soul tracks from the 60s – all numbers that played big in the mod scene in London at the time, but which still sound great all these many years later! The grooves are upbeat and positive – the kind of swinging soul cuts that would play well into the wee hours at the sorts of small clubs and packed dancefloors that made London a very receptive place for American soul in the 60s – especially for the kind of killers like this! The set mixes together minor hits with lost Northern Soul gems – and the CD features 27 titles that include "Soul Sauce" by Timebox, "Bread & Water" by Mike Finnegan & The Surfs, "This Heart Of Mine" by Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, "Shake" by Sam Cooke, "Wooley Bully" by Lonnie Youngblood, "Help Me" by Owne Grey, "I Want To Know" by Sugar Simone, "Twine Time" by Alvin Cash, "Everybody Dance Now" by Soul City, and "Right Track" by Billy Butler. CD

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland KirkOther Folks' Music ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rahsaan Roland Kirk takes on "other folks music" – that is, a host of tunes penned by other jazz artists – but as you'd expect, there's a really personal feel to the record overall – one that definitely makes the music Kirk's own by the end of the set! The album's a bit more subdued than some of his previous records, but no less creative – as there's a wonderfully understated quality to the record that really cements its charm – that undeniable Kirk genius at work, amidst an inventive lineup that includes Truty Pitts on electric piano, Hilton Ruiz on acoustic piano, Gloria Agnosti on harp, Richard Williams on trumpet, Roy Haynes on drums – and Roland himself on a great range of reeds – including tenor, flute, manzello, stritchaphone, reed trumpet, and harmonica! Titles include a great reworking of Frank Foster's "Simone", plus versions of Hilton Ruiz' "Arrival" , Trudy Pitts' "Anysha", Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee", and Kirk's own "Water For Robeson & Williams". CD

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✨✧ KosiOne More Cup Of Coffee ... CD
Kosi, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kosi really grabbed us right away with the first track on this one – a sublime vocal reading of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – done in a way that just features her own slow-scatting, wordless vocals over a spare electric guitar – then she held us fast with a wonderful set of material that's all her own! The album's a really unique effort from one of the most distinct vocalists we've heard in years – a singer who's clearly got the rich palette of intonation and expression of a jazz singer like Nina Simone, but who can also come across in a more personal sort of soul ballad style too. That clean, clear electric guitar stays strong throughout – very jazzy throughout, but never overwhelming the vocals – and titles include "One More Cup Of Coffee", "The Coldest Summer", "The Last Shot", "Once & Future", and "Little Miss Generous". CD

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✨✧ Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the same time – in a way that really shows some of the deeper strains in Billy's style. Billy's singing with a small piano trio, and his voice is rich and soulful in a way that you don't always get on his later recordings – quite powerful even with limited backings, at a level that really blows us away. The set's nearly all covers, but Billy's interpretations are fantastic, and he turns the tracks into something completely different than you're used to – in the same way that Nina Simone and Isaac Hayes were doing at the time with contemporary hits. Tracks include "Bluesette", "That's Life", "Feelin' Good", "Just In Time", and the Kenny Gamble original, "Missing You". CD

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✨✧ Philly CreamGroovin ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The wonderful return of Philly Cream – a group who made some great records at the end of the 70s, and who seem like they haven't missed a beat at all! The style here is really in the old school Philly harmony mode – maybe the modern soul variant, with some slight contemporary touches in the instrumentation – but an overall feel that has all the vocals coming together wonderfully! Old group member Art Austin is working here with younger female singers Simone Talley and Adrienne Aje – and the record has plenty of musical support from Ingram, with Butch Ingram at the production helm – in a similar mode to the other great recent sides on Society Hill. Titles include "Somebody Told Me", "A Beautiful Morning", "Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Slow Down", "Cowboys To Girls", and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". CD
 
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Agostinho Dos SantosBossa Nova Vol 1 (Agostinho Espetacular/Inimitavel Agostinho/Agostinho Sempre Agostinho/Agostinho Canta Successos) (4CD set) ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $63.99
The box has "bossa nova" in the title, but Agostinho Dos Santos is the kind of singer who also offers up what came before the bossa as well – a wonderful male singer from Brazil, and one who really bridges the sound of different generations with these records! The approach is sometimes light and jazzy, sometimes more richly expressive – at a level that ties Agostinho to some of the more soulful male singers of the American scene of the 50s – moving easily between different popular modes. Yet most of these tracks are strongly Brazilian from the top to the bottom – and filled with the mix of samba, jazz, and bossa that the RGE label could do so well at the time – with backings on most records by Simonetti. The set features four full albums – each with original artwork and notes, and in a package that also includes 10 bonus tracks as well! CD

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Lennie TristanoChicago April 1951 ... CD
Uptown, 1951. New Copy 2CD ... $20.99 24.99
Lennie Tristano recorded live in Chicago at the start of the 50s – on a never-heard, double-length set that also features amazing work from Lee Konitz on alto and Warne Marsh on tenor! The trio of modernists sound wonderful throughout – and the set is a perfect summation of the fresh charms of the Tristano approach – which still haven't dimmed at all over the passage of decades! In fact, there's so little recorded work from this lineup, the collection is a key part of Tristano's catalog – and Konitz and Marsh as well – a way of seeing the space from which the latter two emerged as leaders in the mid 50s, and a way of hearing Lennie's guidance given to horns – something that's always referred to in notes from a few years later, but not as often caught on record. The rest of the group is fairly interesting too – with Willie Dennis on trombone, Burgher Buddy Jones on bass, and Dominic Mickey Simonetta on drums – and the live performance is surprisingly well-recorded, with tracks that include "All The Things You Are", "Judy", "Palo Alto", "Sound Lee", "Sax Of A Kind", "Background Music", "I'll Remember April", and "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me Variations". CD

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✨✧ Enrico SimonettiLa Ragazza Di Via Condotti ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The long-overdue complete release of this excellent score from Enrico Simonetti – music done for a great Italian thriller in the early 70s, but only ever issued as two tracks on a 45 back in the day! The full soundtrack is wonderful – a blend of action modes and a bit of jazz – handled with a depth of soul that's almost more like some of the best American work of the period, especially the maturing cop genre in the hands of composers like Johnny Mandel or Quincy Jones – where subtle sounds could oven have as much power as more striking moments! There's some especially great electric bass running through the score – which really emphasizes the jazzier elements in the music – and the CD features a total of 24 tracks in all, including the two titles from the original 7" single. CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Enrico SimonettiGrazie – Nonna ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Swirling strings and stepping keyboards from Enrico Simonetti – an Italian soundtrack composer who also also has a great ear for a sexy groove! Mellower melodies are mixed with Barry White-styled soulful strings – in a blend that creates some excellent funky instrumentals at a few key points, which really take the soundtrack way past territory of other Italian sex comedies of the time! These standout funky cuts are worth the price of admission alone – but they really get a strong sense of balance and presence from the gentler keyboard numbers, which pace the record beautifully, but all without losing any sense of soul. CD features 22 tracks in all – with keyboard solos by Simonetti himself! CD
 
 
 



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