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Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Art Yard (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $26.99
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 28.99

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Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Art Yard/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $28.99
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! CD
Also available I Roam The Cosmos (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Solar ShieldReesis/Beeturia ... 7-inch
Austin Boogie Crew, 2014. New Copy ... $5.99
"Reesis" is a sweet bit of instrumental electro funk from Solar Shield – almost a small combo version of an 80s track by Zapp – but retooled for a funky 45 sort of sound! Keyboards are great – and really take off on "Beeturia" – a tune with an equally 80s sort of groove, but a bit more of an instrumental solo over the top! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to just 300 copies!)

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Solar ShieldSolar Shield ... LP
Austin Boogie Crew, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Plenty of beats and bass in a sweet 80s funk mode – served up on a flurry of Korg, Roland, and Yamaha instruments – and presented in an all-instrumental mode that really lets you focus on the groove! This is the kind of electro funk that was almost never put on record back in the day – without any sort of lyrics or too-commercial hooks – and instead just a tight, sharp love of the rhythms and melodic interplay – with lots of keyboards really set free to do their thing! Titles include a remake of "Just The Two Of Us" – plus "Nesting", "Central", "Dandelion", "Serif", "Sprout", and "Beach Bomb". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Solar WindMoonshot: The Fantastic Voyage/Moonshot: Four Days Out ... 7-inch
Probe, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Label has a small sticker.)

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✨✧ Ruben Blades Y Seis Del SolarEscenas ... LP
Elektra, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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✨✧ David Boykin ExpanseSolar Suite ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe turning towards even more spiritual currents from more outside performances – working with an excellent lineup that features Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, Mike Reed on drums, Renee Baker on violin, Chinatsu Nakano on alto, and Shirazette Tinnin on congas. Both Abrams and Reed are also at key points of their development, and together with Boykin and Mitchell, they beautifully point the way forward for a new generation of Chicago expression. The piece is one long live performance, over 45 minutes in length – with segments that include "Midnight", "Sunrise", "Herukhuti", and "Enocturnal Sun". CD

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Miles Davis All StarsSolar ... CD
Intermusic, 1954. Used ... $3.99
Titles include "Airegin", "Oleo", "Doxy", "Blue 'N Boogie", "Solar", "Love Me Or Leave Me", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles GayleSolar System ... CD
Fortune (Poland), New Copy ... About January 20, 2018 (delayed)
... CD

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Paul YoungquistPure Solar World – Sun Ra & The Birth Of Afrofuturism (hardcover) ... Book
University Of Texas Press, 2016. New Copy ... $22.99 27.95
A great book that looks not just at the music of Sun Ra, but also the theory behind it – the special take on reality, and interstellar philosophy that made Ra as important a thinker as he was a musician! The music is approached from a theoretical framework that's extremely illuminating – especially if you only know some of the Arkestra records at face value, and not in the larger context of Sun Ra's ideas – and the author includes plenty of history to illuminate the ideas, but in ways that are nicely different than some of the previous books on the subject. The whole thing is a really great look at the transformative power of the music of Ra – that quality that's always made him far more than just another avant jazz musician, and instead a figure of inspiration and social change to decades of listeners who have followed his sound. Very well researched, with copious notes – 346 pages, hardcover. Book

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VariousSolar Power – New Sounds In Seattle Hip Hop ... LP
Crane City, 2017. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
A nice primer on the underground hip hop scene in Seattle, circa the post-millennium teens! Solar Power doesn't really set out to round up a succinct snapshot of a particular Seattle style and sound, so much showcase how diverse and distinctive the voices and producers in the city are. Compiled by local scene chronicler Gary Campbell with some nice, kind of old school style back cover notes by Jonathan Zwickel, this compilation has the potential to survive as a pretty vital time capsule of this era in Seattle hip hop history. It's a lot more gender inclusive than many compilations, too, showing that it isn't just a boy's club – and tracks includes "Dodo Call" by DoNormaal, "Hugo Stiglitz" by Remember Face feat Eff Is H, "Tried It" by Stas Thee Boss, "Expectations" by JusMoni, "Know Better" by New Track City, "Stop Calling My Phone" by Taylar Elizza Beth, "Show You Right" by Gifted Gab, "Buttered Flies" by Astro King Phoenix, "Front Steps" by Raven Matthews, "Paint" By Sendai Era and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ Sven LibaekSolar Flares ... LP
Peer/Votary (Australia), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime sound library work from mid 70s Australia – one of the greatest records ever from soundtrack genius Sven Libaek, done in collaboration with a host of the greatest Aussie jazz players of the time! The groove here is laidback, but funky – almost dreamy at times, in the manner of a sweet Italian soundtrack – but also with a flowing groove that seems to draw both from bossa nova and west coast jazz of previous years, yet turn these influences into a whole new sound entirely. Most of the tunes are small combo, and feature reeds from Don Burrows and Erroll Buddle, guitar from George Golla, and vibes from the amazing John Sangster – all wrapped up by Sven with an approach that's almost effortless at times – never too forced, nor too slick – and a fair bit different than music of this type coming from other hemispheres in the 70s! Titles include "Solar Flares", "Stella Maris", "Lift Off", "Destination Omega 3", "Space Walk", "Meteoric Rain", "Quasars", "No Flowers On Venus", and "In Nebular Orbit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very dark stuff from Sun Ra – one of his records that received wider circulation than most of the Saturn releases of the 70s, and a set that maintains a pretty sharp edge overall! Ra plays some killer keyboards – moog, spacemaster, and acoustic piano – often with these really eerie tones – and other players include Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Akh Tal Ebah on space dimension mellophone, Ali Hassan on trombone, Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, and Pat Patrick on baritone – and the whole group vocalizes at points, joined by other singers who include June Tyson and Art Jenkins. Recorded at the Sun studios in New York in 1970, the album features a number of shorter tracks like "Spectrum", "The Satellites Are Spinning", "Seen III, Took 4", "Adventures Of Bugs Hunter", and the longer tracks "Legend" and "The Realm Of Lightning". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jyve VSolar ... CD
EMI, 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Lennart AbergPartial Solar Eclipse ... LP
Japo/ECM (Germany), 1977. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & waviness with moderate peeling & bubbling in the gloss)
 
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BabyfaceMary Mack (club, radio, inst, yodel dub mix, bassapella) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1987. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered Solar sleeve.)

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✨✧ CallowayI Wanna Be Rich (extended mix, 7" version, dub, 12" dance mix, 12" dance dub) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1989. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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CallowaySir Lancelot (extended mix, 7" version, callo's groove, 12" dub, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1989. Near Mint- ... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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DynastyDon't Waste My Time (12" club mix, ma dub mix, 12" radio mix, beats & pieces) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1988. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Solar sleeve, with a cutout notch.)

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DynastyHere I Am/Give It Up To Love ... 12-inch
Solar, 1981. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ DynastyI've Just Begun To Love You/When You Feel Like Giving Love (Dial My Number) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1979. Very Good- ... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Stan Getz with Dizzy Gillespie & Sonny StittEngland 1958/Chicago 1957 ... CD
Solar (Spain), 1957/1958. Used ... $7.99
... CD

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✨✧ LakesideFantastic Voyage ... LP
Solar, 1980. Very Good- Gatefold ... $4.99
A crowning achievement from Lakeside – one of the key albums to link Ohio funk roots with a smoother LA groove – all served up in a way that had limitless influence for years to come! Bass is definitely at the head of these arrangements, but there's plenty of great guitar too – riffing and scratching in a way that percolates the tunes wonderfully – keeping plenty of funk in the mix without falling into the too-uptight traps that sometimes mired other groups. But almost even better are the vocals – which are tight and well-placed – never an afterthought, but always a key part of the groove, thanks to plenty of great hooks that really send the tunes home! Titles include "Eveready Man", "Say Yes", "Strung Out", "Fantastic Voyage", "I Need You", and "Your Love Is On The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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LakesideFantastic Voyage/I Can't Get You Out Of My Head ... 12-inch
Solar, 1980. Very Good- ... $4.99
Easily one of the greatest Lakeside tracks ever – a keyboard-heavy bit of funk that really helped set the sound for the west coast scene at the time! There's a strong hook to the number that really makes it stand out from Lakeside's other work – still rough on the main vocals, but supported by warmer choruses that help it glide along with the promise of the bottom! "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" is a mellower ballad. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some marker.)

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LakesideFrom 9:00 Until/All In My Mind ... 12-inch
Solar, 1979. Very Good ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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LakesidePower ... LP
Solar, 1987. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Midnight StarGreatest Hits ... LP
Solar, 1980s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a bent corner.)

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✨✧ Midnight StarMidas Touch (voc extended remix, voc remix edit, inst, bassapella) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1986. Very Good- ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Midnight StarNo Parking On The Dancefloor ... CD
Solar, 1983. Used ... $19.99
A popping party classic from the 1980s – filled with plenty of catchy electro numbers, all served up in a sublime blend of pop and soul! The Calloway brothers are at the height of their powers here – and the album strikes a perfect balance between mainstream soul and percolated electronics – never falling too far into one direction, and making a number of different strands resonate perfectly together – from mellow soul, to street sound jammers, to more conventional tracks that helped make the record a huge crossover success for years to come! The set features 2 of Midnight Star's undisputed classics – "No Parking" and "Freak A Zoid", the latter of which is a great electro number that's as groovy as it is silly – and other tracks include "Slow Jam", "Playmates", "Electricity", and "Wet My Whistle". CD
(Out of print.)

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Midnight StarPlanetary Invasion ... CD
Solar, 1984. Used ... $15.99
... CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Midnight StarWet My Whistle/Freak A Zoid/Electricity ... 12-inch
Solar (UK), 1983. Very Good- ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Section 8 MobSection 8 Mob ... CD
Dark City/Solar, 1994. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ShalamarFriends ... CD
Solar/Unidisc (Canada), 1982. Used ... $12.99
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial – despite the hit status of an album like this. If anything, the group have a style that's a bit more relaxed and personal than some of their contemporaries on the Solar Records scene at the time – one that matches the friendly title, and unassuming cover image of the set. Titles include "A Night To Remember", "Playing To Win", "Friends", "On Top Of The World", "Help Me", "There It Is", "I Can Make You Feel Good", and "I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Friends ... CD 16.99

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ShalamarFriends ... CD
Solar/Sanctuary (UK), 1982. Used ... $16.99
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial – despite the hit status of an album like this. If anything, the group have a style that's a bit more relaxed and personal than some of their contemporaries on the Solar Records scene at the time – one that matches the friendly title, and unassuming cover image of the set. Titles include "A Night To Remember", "Playing To Win", "Friends", "On Top Of The World", "Help Me", "There It Is", "I Can Make You Feel Good", and "I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know". CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Also available Friends ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ ShalamarLook ... LP
Solar, 1983. Very Good ... $0.99
Given the fashions on the cover, the "look" is pretty darn silly – but the music is plenty darn great! The album's one of the best from the point when Shalamar could still serve things up with the best – a lean, mean, pop-focused approach to 80s groove that's produced with some razor-sharp edges by Leon Sylvers. Howard Hewett's lead vocals have a lightness that really works well with the mix of keyboards and electric drums – and the tunes themselves are all pretty darn heavy in the hook department! Titles include "Closer", "Dead Giveaway", "Right Here", "You Can Count On Me", "No Limits", "Disappearing Act", "Over & Over", and "You're The One For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot from sticker removal.)
 
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Chet BakerChet Baker In New York (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Riverside, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Quite a great session for Chet Baker – one that has him recording in New York, with a hip lineup that includes some incredibly soulful players! The tunes on the set feature Chet in either quartet or quintet formation – working with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Al Haig on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Tracks are longish, and the sound is much more in the mode of Riverside at the time, than the sound of Chet's earlier Pacific Jazz records – and Chet holds his own nicely in this company, giving a hint of the style to come in a few more years. Titles include "Fair Weather", "Hotel 49", "When Lights Are Low", "Solar", and "Blue Thoughts". CD features 1 bonus track. CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerStar Eyes ... CD
Century (Japan), 1983. Used ... $9.99
Titles includes "Walkin", "Solar" and "Star Eyes". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Eugen CiceroCicero In London (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Intercord/Overseas (Japan), 1973. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A very groovy set from pianist Eugen Cicero – one that has him moving past his jazz versions of classical material, to perform a mix of jazz material in a hip trio with the great JA Rettenbacher on bass! Titles include "Eugen's Blues", "Solar", "Lovely Marabou", "The Cornflower Girl", "London By Night", and "Shadow Of Your Smile". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cameron GravesPlanetary Prince ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
A fantastic debut as a leader from pianist Cameron Graves – an artist you might know from Kamasi Washington's album The Epic – and an even more tremendous talent when he gets his own chance to shine in the spotlight! Graves has a very bold, righteous vision here – a mode that's in the same California Get Down spirit as Washington's music, but with more focus on the structures built up by the piano – almost a post-modal approach, with soaring spiritual currents – served up not just by Graves on the keys, but also by Kamasi Washington on tenor, Philip Dizack on trumpet, and Ryan Porter on trombone! The three horns have a way of wrapping together as a core, then soaring to the skies – while Graves pumps up the movement with a great deal of energy, and the soloists break off on their own. The group also features bass from Thundercat on two tracks, and Hadrien Faraud on the rest – plus drums from Ronald Bruner. Graves produced – which gives the record a very different feel than other Mack Avenue releases – and titles include "Isle Of Love", "The Lucifer Rebellion", "El Diablo", "Adam & Eve", "Planetary Prince", "The End Of Corporatism", and "Satania Our Solar System". CD

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K BytesI Adore Commodore – Computer Music Flash ... LP
Mondo Groove (Italy), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A naked guy, holding a Commodore computer – a image that gives you a very good idea of what to expect here! The songs are all instrumentals, made on the Commdore at a time when that computer was one of the hottest things going – and they're all sexy, slinky numbers that move between electro groove styles – sometimes with a bit of soundtrack drama, sometimes with more of a funky flair! Titles include "Omega Race", "Jupiter Lander", "Space Invaders", "Le Mans", "Solar Fox", "Sargon Chess", "Depth Charge", and "Blue Print". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pete MagadiniBones Blues ... LP
Sackville, 1977. Very Good ... $1.99
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of power he's packed into his horn for larger group, fuller ensemble sessions – and opening up with a richness that really puts him at the top of his league for the time! Most numbers really let Don take the lead right from the start – with the sort of presence that Sonny Stitt might have on a small independent side like this – but the rest of the group gets some good moments in too – including Wray Downes on piano and Dave Young on bass. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Solar", "I Remember Clifford", "What A Time We Had", and "Poor Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album

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Luca MannutzaRemembering ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
Great work from a jazz quintet who really knows how to make things soar – a group that's led by pianist Luca Mannutza, who we've really loved on previous records – and who seems to hit new heights with this album! The group have a very round, rolling sound – one that fuses Mannutza's piano with the alto of Paolo Recchia and guitar of Enrico Bracco, in these swirling lines that are pushed along by tremendous work on bass by Luca Bulgarelli, whose warmth really makes the music shine. The elements are familiar, but the way they fuse together is very unique – on titles that include "Blake Runner", "Dedalo", "Circles", "Silent Prayer", "Solar", "Vortex", and "Gira Mondo Gira". CD

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Ray MantillaHigh Voltage ... CD
Savant, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the kind of leader who can let the players really do their thing, while still hanging together as a tightly rhythmic unit – driven on by his percussion as well as his direction – with a lineup that features Guido Gonzalez on trumpet, Jorge Castro on baritone and flute, Ivan Renta on soprano and tenor, Edy Martiez on Fender Rhodes and piano, Chuco Martinez on bass, and Diego Lopez on drums. The set also features great guest vibes from Mike Freeman on two tracks – and the whole thing's got a rock-solid, all-jazz vibe that soars out on tunes that include "Solar", "Ramona", "Exit 45", "The Gypsy", "Midnite Jazz Affair", "Comin Home Baby", "Cedar's Blues", and "Third Plane". CD

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✨✧ MastersoundsBallads & Blues ... LP
World Pacific, 1959. Good+ ... $2.99
The Mastersounds seem to take a page from the book of the MJQ – especially with a title like this – but as usual, the end results are a fair bit hipper! The album features the classic lineup with Buddy Montgomery on vibes, Monk Montgomery on electric bass, Richie Crabtree on piano, and Benny Barth on drums – all working through a batch of extremely mellow numbers that put Buddy's vibes right out front, ringing out with a clear, clean sound that cuts through any potential sleepiness. Titles include "Little Stevie", "Solar", "Monk's Ballad", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "One Mint Julep", and "The Champ". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, with moderate wear.)

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Lee Morgan/Clifford Jordan QuintetLive In Baltimore 1968 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1968. Used ... $18.99
Obscure late work from Lee Morgan – the bulk of a live concert recorded in Baltimore in 1968, and featuring a group co-led with the great Clifford Jordan! The recording is one of many taped by Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society at the time – and like others you might have heard on disc, it's a rough-hewn effort that shows a very different side of the artists than you'd guess from their studio work of the time. Tracks are all quite long – 15 minutes or more, mostly – and both Jordan and Morgan are playing in a more open, improvised style. Rhythm is by an unusual and compelling trio of Reggie Workman on bass, John Hicks on piano, and Ed Blackwell on drums – who really make for a different groove than usual for either player. The album features a great 21 minute take on Hank Mobley's "The Vamp", plus versions of "Solar", "Straight No Chaser", "Like Someone In Love", and "The Theme". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dado Moroni/Eddie Gomez/Joe LaBarberaKind Of Bill – Live At Casino Di San Remo ... CD
BFM Jazz, 2017. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The album's maybe more than just "kind of Bill" – Bill Evans, that is – as pianist Dado Moroni plays here with old Evans trio members Eddie Gomez on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums! Both Gomez and LaBarbera alone would be a delight – and neither have lost the genius of their younger years with Evans – but Dado's piano really brings the whole thing together, and has this pointed, sparkling tone that's nicely different from older Bill Evans modes – but still respects his sense of space and timing. Titles include some key numbers from the older Evans songbook, plus originals by all three trio members – with tracks that include "Forever", "Two Lonely People", "Kind Of Bill", "Funkallero", "Solar", "First Smile", and "My Foolish Heart". CD

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Bill O'Connell/Nico Catacchio/Alessandro NapolitanThree Of Us (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99
You might recognize pianist Bill O'Connell from some of his bigger label recordings in recent years – but this set's a very special one, recorded for the excellent Albore label, and done in Italy – with a vibe that's maybe more lyrically flowing than we're used to hearing from Bill! The group's a trio – with Nico Catacchio on bass and Alessandro Napolitano on drums – both players who revel in that loose swing that we've always loved from the European scene. Bill's hands on the piano are breathtaking – wide in their scope, and very deft – but never overstating their strengths, and instead just wonderfully working their way through this larger sonic flow. The set includes the original tunes "Lost In Taranto" and "Piccolo Porticciolo" – plus "Estate", "Solar", "Blue In Green", and "Love For Sale". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaLive at Montreux ... LP
Inner City, 1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The album was recorded during the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has a bit more focus and polish than some of the other Arkestra live material from the time – a mature, coherent sound that almost points the way towards some of their work to come in the 80s – when Ra and the group were finally reaching the wider audience they deserved. The set's a double-length one, and features players who include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, and James Jackson on Ancient Egyptian Infinity drum – which is always a treat. Ra plays solar organ and moog, as well as piano – and titles include "Of The Other Tomorrow", "On Sound Infinity Spheres", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "Gods Of The Thunder Realm", "Gods Of A Thunder Realm", "The House Of Eternal Being", and "Lights On a Satellite". LP, Vinyl record album

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Reign GhostReign Ghost Featuring Lynda Squires (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Paragon/Out-Sider (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A set that's a bit more tuneful and well-written than the first album by Reign Ghost – but a record that still has all the raw power and spooky feel of that debut! As before, the vocals are by male singer Bob Bryden and female singer Lynda Squires – who each take the lead at times, along with another male member of the band – but who often seem to occupy a different space, both lyrically and spiritually. This contrast gives the record a very weird sort of energy – like Grace Slick trying to break away from Jefferson Airplane, or those weird Velvet Underground moments when Lou Reed and John Cale sing in contrast. Titles include "Pudsy's Parable", "Mother's Got Troubles", "Long Day Journey", "Enola Gay", "Solar Nice", and "Breast Stroke Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue – with a bonus insert of notes, too!)

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Wallace RoneyMunchin' ... CD
Muse, 1993. Used ... $3.99
Underground grooving from trumpeter Wallace Roney – one of the excellent albums he recorded for the Muse label in the 90s – a wonderfully well-rounded set that's a tremendous tribute to his tone! The group here is every bit as great as Wallace's work in the frontline – Ravi Coltrane on tenor, Geri Allen on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – an especially sympathetic rhythm section who bring out some nice warmer touches to offset Roney's occasionally bold tones on trumpet. Tracks are strongly in a traditional soulbop mode – and titles include "Smooch", "Whims Of Chambers", "Lost", "Bemsha Swing", and "Solar". CD
(Out of print.)

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7th WonderThunder ... LP
Chocolate City, 1980. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Uptempo modern soul, with a tight ensemble vocal style, and the kind of slick funk group that was showing up in the work of groups on Solar at the time – like Lakeside or Shalamar. The group's got a pretty righteous sound in their best moments, which tend to be the mellower tracks on the record – although some of the groovers are pretty good too. Titles include "I Enjoy Ya", "All and All", "Busy Man", "Missin Out", and "Don't Let Me Down So Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, hype sticker, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Ben SidranBop City (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Baybridge (Japan), 1983. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A really wonderful record from vocalist Ben Sidran – kind of a return to straighter jazz vocals after his late 70s experiments with soul – but at a level that shows all the hipper styles he'd picked up in the process! The album features co-production by Mike Mainieri, who's most likely leading the small combo on vibes – an excellent groupt hat also features Phil Woods on alto, Steve Khan on guitar, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Peter Erskine on drums – as well as piano from Ben. Most tracks feature new lyrics by Sidran for key jazz standards – and titles include "Nardis", "Solar", "Big Nick", "Little Sherry", and "Monk's Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Martial Solal & Dave LiebmanMasters In Bordeaux ... CD
Sunnyside, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Two giants in modern jazz, coming together here beautifully – on a record that may well be one of the most compelling from either musician in recent years! Martial Solal has definitely returned to the limelight with a strong string of releases over the past decade or so – but he sounds even more amazing here, next to the angular genius of Dave Liebman – whose way of crafting reed lines in the setting really blows us away! There's a really special sort of pairing going on here – like Mal Waldron and Steve Lacy – and the amazing thing is the way these guys can both be totally loose, yet also swong – coming together on brilliant reworkings of "Solar", "All The Things You Are", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Lover Man", and "Night & Day". CD

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Tomasz Stanko & Adam MakowiczTomasz Stanko & Adam Makowicz Unit Featuring Czeslaw Bartkowski ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic electric session from the 70s Polish scene – a record that not only features freewheeling trumpet from Tomasz Stanko, and sweet Fender Rhodes from Adam Mackowicz, but also includes some very inventive work on drums and percussion from the great Czelaw Bartkowski! All three players are at the top of their game here – artists who have a strong knowledge of the outside territory of jazz, but also often work a bit more inside – so that their music here can be open and exploratory, but also come back to more soulful, swinging territory too! Most tracks are long, and have the sort of textural energy you'd know especially from Stanko's work – and titles include "Countdown", "Unit", "Solar", "Matce", "Ballad For Randi Hultin", "Zaduma", and "Pony Lungz". CD

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Cal TjaderTjader-Ade ... LP
Buddah, Late 60s/1970. Very Good ... $5.99
Groovy compilation that brings together tracks from Cal's hard-to-find albums for the Skye label from the late 60s – all of which are excellent, and all of which we can't find that easily on wax anymore! Cal's hitting a nice sweet funky vibe here, with a lot of electric piano grooving nicely next to his classic moody sound. Titles include "Solar Heat", "Here", "Alonzo", "Nica's Dream", "Don't Make Me Over", and a tasty cover of "Ode To Billie Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original textured sleeve.)
 
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✨✧ Creative SourceCreative Source (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sussex/Solaris, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The massive first album from Creative Source – a really unique group who really helped push the ensemble vocal mode forward in the 70s! The mixed male/female lineup recalls similar groups of the late 60s – but Creative Source also have a deeper, hipper style that comes through right away – a good ear for jazz in their phrasing, and an ability to get past any of the hoke of more sing-song gal/guy groups. The tunes are very progressive, and the album features sublime arrangements from Skip Scarborough – who's working here in a wonderful realization of the style he'd work later for so many other artists. The group does a classic rendition of Scarborough's "You Can't Hide Love", which was a hit for Earth Wind & Fire, plus nice covers of two tracks by Sussex labelmate Bill Withers – "Who Is He & What Is He To You" and "Let Me In Your Life". Also includes the group's own "Oh Love", which is a nice groover – plus "Magic Carpet Ride", "Wildflower", and "Lovesville". CD also includes 5 bonus cuts, with some of their best titles, like "Corazon", "Pass The Feeling On", "I'd Find You Anywhere", and "I Want Ya (Loving Me)". CD
 
 
 



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