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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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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
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

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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 ... $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 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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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
Also available Elvin Jones Coalition ... LP 14.99

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Masters At Work & OthersHouse Masters – Masters At Work Vol 2 (4CD set) ... CD
Defected (UK), 1990s/2000s. New Copy 4CD ... $23.99 25.98
The title definitely gets it right – as the team of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega are certainly masters of house – as you'll hear in this overstuffed 4CD set! The package brings together 40 tracks that really span the gamut of the duo's genius – from their important early house records, their crucial remixes of tracks for others, and their groundbreaking work during their second chapter – when the Masters At Work name helped bridge a space between older funk and soul, and the freshest sounds of the 21st Century! There's a huge amount here to love – and titles include "I Like (MAW main mix)" by Shanice, "Our Time Is Coming" by MAW with Roy Ayers, "Buddy X (Masters At Work dub 1)" by Nenah Cherry, "Always There (MAW main mix)" by Incognito with Jocelyn Brown, "I Feel Love (Masters At Work 86th Street mix)" by Donna Summer, "When You Touch Me (MAW re-edit)" by Taana Gardner, "You Can Do It (Nuyorican style mix)" by Nuyorican Soul with George Benson, "Star Chasers (Nu Yorican dub)" by 4Hero, "Let It Go (Ken Lou mix)" by Black Magic, "Ten Percent (Ken Lou mix)" by Double Exposure, "See Line Woman (MAW rmx)" by Nina Simone, "Truth Don Die (Masters At Work house version main)" by Femi Kuti, and lots lots more! CD

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Monday MichiruBrasilified ... CD
Billboard (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $24.99
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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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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✨✧ Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ VariousThis Record Belongs To _____ ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty cool compilation – especially if you're looking to turn the younger set onto some groovy music! And by "younger set", we mean those 10 years old and younger – as most of these songs are the perfect sort to play for littler kids who've been getting force-fed a diet of mainstream pop, kiddie TV, and American Idol-type music – all tracks that are from surprisingly cool, groovy sources – including some 60s and 70s artists you may well already have in your collection! Most of this music wasn't written specifically for kids, and you'd hardly find most of these under a conventional heading of "children's music" – but if you, like we, respect that most young minds are sharper than most folks give them credit for, then you'll find yourself with plenty of mind-sharpening songs on this set! Titles include "You Can Sing A Rainbow" by Nina Simone, "Occapella" by Van Dyke Parks, "One Was Johnny" by Carole King, "The Town/Me & My Arrow" by Nilsson, "Pinball Number Count" by The Pointer Sisters, "The Mandolin Man & His Secret" by Donovan, "Running In The Green Grass" by Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class, "Diamond Day" by Vashti Bunyan, "Jenny Jenkins" by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit The Frog, and "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare. 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Henry ManciniRevenge Of The Pink Panther ... CD
United Artists/Quartet (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsYoung Gifted & 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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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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✨✧ Enrico SimonettiAmore Mio Non Farmi Male/Sono Tornate A Fiorire Le Rose/Per Amore Di Cesarina ... CD
Beat (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of sexy 70s soundtracks from Enrico Simonetti – all scored with the kind of sweetness you'd expect from the maestro! Amore Mio Non Farmi Male has an almost Barry White-like groove at the start – soulful strings, with a bit of piano – in a mode that gets even funkier as things move on – with a nice undercurrent of soul that's a lot richer than most other Italian soundtracks of this nature – no easy disco sleaze, and instead some very thoughtful instrumentation that includes a few jazzy bits too. CD features 12 tracks from the film – all with great sound! Next is Son Tornate A Fiorire Le Rose – a film score that's got a fair bit of keyboards and piano in the mix, including use of some of the former in place of strings. There's one very groovy Fender Rhodes track that might be the real standout of the set – and another slow funk number with an "atmosfera erotica" tag that's mighty nice too! CD features 8 tracks from the film – all instrumental. Last up is Per Amore Di Cesarina – awash in playful, upbeat themes that mix electric rhythms with soaring strings – set off by a few mellower cuts that are more strings than groove, but still pretty slinky. CD features 7 more tracks from this last film – for a total of 27 titles in all! CD

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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/Production 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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✨✧ 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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