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Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, & OthersRound Nina – A Tribute To Nina Simone ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $26.99
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
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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
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

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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
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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Simone Sou/Guilherme Kastrup/Benjamin TaubkinSounds Of Life ... CD
Adventure, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 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 SimoneLittle Girl Blue (aka Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club) (remastered edition) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting the tunes with gospel-inspired soul, and showing some very slight folksy touches – of the sort that would come in more heavily on later records, but which is already shining pretty strongly here! Nina accompanies herself on some mighty soulful piano – with bass from Jimmy Bond and drums from Al Heath – on titles that include "Plain Gold Ring", "Good Bait", "He Needs Me", "Don't Smoke In Bed", and "I Loves You Porgy". CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneVery Rare Evening (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Shout (Japan), 1969/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine on Hammond, playing these soulful lines that are mighty lean and plenty powerful – spurred on by rhythms from Al Shackman on guitar, Gene Perla on bass, and Don Alias on drums! The record also features two female backup singers on a few cuts – giving the album an almost Sweet Inspirations like touch at moments – but overall, the feel is straight hip Nina – that unique blend of soul, folk, and jazz that pushed things to the next level at the end of the 60s! Includes the great original "Revolution", plus the track "The Other Woman", "In The Morning", "Ain't Go No/I Got Life", "Save Me", and "To Love Somebody". 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 34.99

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KosiOne More Cup Of Coffee ... CD
Kosi, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
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 ... $9.99
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 ... $9.99 14.99
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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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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✨✧ Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsYoung Gifted And Black ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousPopcorn Girls ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of female groovers from the early 60s – one that mixes together rare soul, pop, and vocal numbers from a variety of obscure singles – definitely not the kind of stuff that was hitting the charts at the time! Most numbers have a "popcorn" kind of groove – a slow-stepping, very soulful approach to rhythm – one that still carries an echo of R&B from the generation before, even though the overall production is fuller, tighter, and really right on the money! Another winner for the great Croydon Municipal label – with tracks that include "I Don't Know" by Lorne Lesley, "Are You The Boy" by Tuesday Weld, "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep" by Simone Dina, "I Feel The Pain" by Linda Queen, "Up Up Up" by Peggy King, "Walk On The Wild Side" by Marilyn Brown, "Not Much" by Rosemary, and "The Roll" by Evie Sands. CD

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✨✧ Monday MichiruBrasilified ... CD
Billboard (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Monday Michiru – and a record that reminds us all over again why we love her music so much! The album's got Monday serving up all the Brazilian sounds you'd guess from the title – but always with that positive, upbeat style we've always dug in her music – a vibrant sort of energy that's very different than not only other singers of Brazilian music, but also from most of Michiru's contemporaries on the underground scene! The instrumentation is quite jazzy throughout – thanks to arrangements from Simone Giuliani and Alex Sipiagin – but there's also plenty of groove, too – a great mix of Brazilian roots and jazzier funk, of the sort you'd find on older projects from guys like Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge. Monday's vocals sound better than ever in this setting – really reaching for the skies with a new sense of glory – and titles include "Zanzibar", "Bossamore", "Celebrate", "New Morning", "Beautiful People", "Sunrise", "Things I Say", and "Bedtime Story". CD

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✨✧ Archie SheppAttica Blues Big Band Live At The Palais Des Glaces ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1979. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Attica Blues, and beyond – a great late 70s performance that has Archie Shepp turning the clock back towards that famous album – but also making some very new grooves with a richly expanded lineup! The double-length set was recorded in Paris, in front of a very lively crowd – and it's honestly one of Shepp's most dynamic records from the time – definitely inspired by all the freedom he'd had in the French scene for the previous decade – yet also brought together with a great sense of focus too. The lineup is excellent – with vocals from Joe Lee Wilson and Irene Datcher – trumpets from Malachi Thompson, Charles McGhee, and Roy Burrowes; trombones from Charles Greenlee, Dick Griffin, and Steve Turre; reeds from Marion Brown, James Ware, and Marvin Blackman; plus piano from Art Matthews, some added strings, great percussion, and piano, tenor, and soprano sax from Shepp himself! Ray Copeland directs the group – giving it the hip focus of his few key recordings like this – and titles include "Star Love", "Moon Bees", "Attica Blues" (in two parts), "Steam", "Quiet Dawn", "Hi Fly", "U-Jaama", "Ballad For A Child", "Simone", "Crucificado", :A Change Has Come Over Me", "Goodbye Sweet Pops", and "Skippin'". CD

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✨✧ Darius Jones & The Elizabeth Caroline UnitOversoul Manual ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from Darius Jones – so much so that the record doesn't feature the instrumentalist at all – just his own ideas and compositions performed by a very unique vocal quartet! The album is dedicated to all the singers who've influenced Jones over the years – from Nina Simone to Leontyne Price, Andy Bey, and Betty Carter – but the compositions are way different than any of those references might make you expect, and are based around a created language for spiritual rituals from the planet Or'gen – with word shapes instead of actual lyrics, performed by a quartet of female singers with a very enigmatic sound! The work is far more experimental than straight jazz vocals, but still has a very haunting, captivating feel – and the 15 tracks on the album are all listed with a variety of different symbols in the notes. CD

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✨✧ VariousLet The Music Play – Black America Sings Bacharach & David ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great look at the huge influence on 60s soul from Burt Bacharach – a rich legacy that goes way beyond the big hits from Dionne Warwick, to include a wealth of work from artists you might not expect! Back in the early days, Burt was the tall white guy running around the Brill Building – where he made key connections to a range of different artists, and was able to already hit the ground running – with a huge legacy that would go onto inform soul singers for years to come! In fact, we'd almost say that Bacharach's music sounds even better in the hands of these singers than in more mainstream pop artists – and although a few of these cuts are well-known hits, you'll find plenty more great ones here to discover. Titles include "Alfie" by The Delfonics, "Reach Out For Me" by Willie Tee, "Message To Martha" by Jerry Butler, "Long After Tonight Is All Over" by Irma Thomas, "Another Tear Falls" by Marv Johnson, "Walk On By" by Gloria Gaynor, "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by The Orlons, "The Look Of Love" by Nina Simone, "Forgotten Man" by Gene McDaniels, "A House is Not A Home" by Mavis Staples, "Don't Make Me Over" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "This Empty Place" by Cissy Houston, and "My Little Red Book" by Tony Middleton with Bacharach himself! CD

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✨✧ VariousSlow Grind Fever Vols 1 & 2 – Adventures In The Sleazy World Of Popcorn Noir ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early soul, late R&B, and plenty more – served up here in a mighty cool compilation that definitely lives up to its name! This one's perfect for a hot summer night – when the grooves always sound best when they're a bit laidback – the kind of mellow grinders and slower steppers that really rule throughout this set – all pulled from obscure 45s from back in the day, in a good mix of familiar names and lesser-known gems. Titles include "Hungry Man" by Titus Turner, "You're The Boss" by Lavern Baker & Jimmy Ricks, "Trouble" by The Robins, "Tell A Whale Of A Tale" by Wynonie Harris, "Workin Out" by Ernie Fields, "Mozelle" by Andre Williams, "Lonesome Drifter" by Jericho Brown, "I Said No" by Pat Clayton, "Please Mr Jailer" by Wynona Carr, "Anytime" by Dee Irwin, "Swinging On A Chandelier" by Bobby Beck, "He's A King" by Barbara McNair, "The Gal From Joe's" by Nina Simone, "Rain Down Rain" by Big Maybelle, "Dead Man's Blues" by Scatman Crothers, "Ghost Town" by Eddie Miller & His Band, "Summertime" by Santo & Johnny, "Cindy Lou" by Dick Penner, "Lilly's Lament" by Helen Grayco, and "Taboo" by Sylvie Moro. CD
 
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Enrico SimonettiGrazie – Nonna ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Enrico SimonettiLa Ragazza Di Via Condotti ... CD
Quartet (Spain), New Copy ... About June 1, 2015
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✨✧ Lennie TristanoChicago April 1951 ... CD
Uptown, 1951. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 SimonettiI Colori Del Piano (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cinevox/Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really well-titled set – given all the rich colors that Enrico Simonetti pulls from the keys of his piano! The album's got a great blend of Italian soundtrack and sound library modes – a style that's instrumental, but not entirely jazz – with a strong focus on Simonetti's piano in the lead, over these orchestrations that often glide along with a sweetly soaring film score vibe! Enrico plays a few covers on the set, but almost all the best tunes are his own originals – and include "Abbandono", "Tenerezza", "Amicizia", Invidia", "Malinconia", "Per Dirti Ciao", and "Amore Mio Non Farmi Male". CD

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✨✧ MaysaInternacional (Sound Of Love/Sings Songs Before Dawn/Rarities) (5CD set) ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Two rare albums from this great Brazilian singer – packaged here with three more CDs that offer up a wealth of rare music too – all to make the best reissue collection we've ever seen on Maysa! Maysa's a rich-voiced singer with a style that predates bossa nova, but also found a great home during those years – and the two full albums here are done in a blue-tinged style that really works well for Maysa's approach – with a level of expressivity that makes it no surprise that she was one of the first Brazilian singers of her generation to have records issued in the US! The set features the Columbia album Maysa Sings Songs Before Dawn – in English, with backings by Jack Pleis – and the United Artists' record The Sound Of Love – in Portuguese, with backing by Simonetti. And the 3CDs feature 47 more rare tracks from the late 50s to the early 70s – including French, Italian, and Portuguese singles and Eps – plus rare Brazilian singles, soundtrack work, and more! CD

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✨✧ Herbie MannYellow Fever ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Herbie Mann catches yellow fever – and the result is a soaring batch of disco grooves! The album's still got Mann's funky flute out front for the solos, but it also features these sweet clubby rhyhms arranged by Armando Noriega, and featuring lots of nice keyboard touches from the great Claudio Simonetti on Arp, Roland, and moog! Tracks are long, and build in a nice funky disco style, but with jazzy chops that make the music much more interesting than throwaway studio work – and titles include remakes of "Comin Home Baby", "Hey Pocky A Way", and "Walk On The Wild Side" – plus "City Of Dreams", and "Yellow Fever". CD
 
 
 



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