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Sun RaFate In A Pleasant Mood/When Sun Comes Out ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960/1962. Used ... $9.99
2 early Saturn albums by Sun Ra on one CD! Fate In A Pleasant Mood was recorded and released in 1960 – and is a stellar example of Ra's early genius at work. John Gilmore and Marshall Allen hold down the reed solos, and Ra's piano is out front, with plenty of space for crazy solos, especially on the cut "Space Mates". All compositions are original Ra material, and the track list includes "Ankhnaton", "Distant Stars", and "The Others In Their World". When Sun Comes Out is from a few years later – when the Arkestra had moved to New York City – and the lineup is a bit more adventurous, with Ra playing a bit of percussion and electric celeste on one track, and an overall freer approach by the rest of the group. Titles include "Dimensions In Time", "Dancing Shadows", "The Rainmaker", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Calling Planet Earth". CD
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✨✧ Sun RaHoliday For Soul Dance ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used ... $8.99
One of the more obscure albums by Ra – but a great one, and a record that features a number of tracks recorded in the same marathon session that also yielded the albums Fate In a Pleasant Mood, Angels & Demons At Play, and We Travel The Spaceways. The record, like the albums mentioned above, is a beautiful assortment of jazz standards, redone the "Ra" way, with that late 50s exotic and haunting approach to modern jazz. One of the highlights of the session is an excellent take on "Holiday For Strings", and other cuts include "Body & Soul", "But Not For Me", and "Early Autumn". CD

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Sun RaJazz In Silhouette ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1958. Used ... $7.99
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely hear that on some titles here, including one number that features Ra on some really haunting celeste, and another that features Marshall Allen making weird noises with his mouthpiece! The group is all greats from the old days – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute, Pat Patrick on baritone and flute, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ronnie Boykins on bass – and titles include "Hours After", "Saturn", "Ancient Ethiopia", and "Blues At Midnight". CD

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Sun RaMagic City ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1960. New Copy ... On March 31, 2017
A classic early Arkestra session, and one that features Ra on a variety of instruments – from piano to clavioline to bass marimba, Sun Harp, dragon drum, and electronic celeste – all of which make for a session that's one of the wilder ones from the time! Major soloists on the album include John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, Danny Davis, and Marshall Allen – and at times, the work gets quite out and abstract (as you might guess from titles like "Abstract Eye" and "Abstract I"). Also includes the extended "The Magic City", plus "The Shadow World". CD

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Sun RaMedia Dream (expanded 2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style that's really out of this world! The overall sound is incredible – with an incredible sense of otherness that has Ra pushing the limits of the moog and organ to a level never heard before on record – and in a way, the set is everything you might have imagined when you first heard of Sun Ra as some strange jazz musician who claimed to be from outer space! The group is a quartet, with Michael Ray on trumpet, John Gilmore on tenor, and Luqman Ali on drums – and titles include "Saturn Research", "Media Dreams", "Year Of The Sun", "Constellation", and the haunting straight jazz piece "Twigs At Twilight". Expanded 2CD version features a huge amount of unheard music – a full disc of bonus tracks that includes "Friendly Galaxy", "An Unbeknown Love", "Of Other Tomorrows Never Know", "Images", "The Truth About Planet Earth", "The Shadow World", and even a version of "Space Is The Place"! CD

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✨✧ Sun RaSpace Age Is Here To Stay ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $14.99
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much invented) from the late 50s to early 80s – from the immediate post-doo wop underground sound he worked in the late 50s, to the impeccable mix of free jazz and subtle, soulful tones a decade later, to the searching spiritualism that came later still. For all that's going here stylistically, the vocals and thematic lyricism hold it all together aesthetically, with Ra himself on chants and spoken passages, June Tyson and Hattie Randolph bringing an angelic quality on some numbers, and all around excellent Arkestra ensemble vocals throughout! The incredible opener "Along Came Ra/The Living Myth" is a live recording from Paris in 1983 that sets the creative bar quite high with feverish percussion, the sweetly soulful voice of June Tyson, and spacey spoken word by Ra. That said, the quality soars high throughout – and other titles include "Interplanetary Music No. 1", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "Space Is The Place", "Forest Of No Return", "Truth About Planet Earth", "Space Chant (Third Heaven)", "Antique Blacks", "Enlightenment" and more. CD
Also available
Space Age Is Here To Stay (limited edition colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 44.99
Space Age Is Here To Stay ... LP 33.99

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Sun RaSun Ra & His Arkestra – At Inter-Media Arts – April, 1991 (2016 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1991. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
Fantastic late live material by Sun Ra and the Arkestra – presented here properly for the first time ever – with fantastic sound, and the full contents of two different sets – which really lets you get to hear the Arkestra at their best! Each concert is a wonderful progression of material – and really show the way that, near the end of Ra's life, the group was able to embrace so many different generations of jazz at once – sounding straight one minute, out the next, leaning trad at others, and snapping back with a sense of modernity that's still years ahead of its time! June Tyson and Michael Ray sing on a few tracks – and John Gilmore even sings once, too – and the group features Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute and alto, James Jacson on flute and bassoon, Tyrone Hill on trombone, Knoel Scott on alto, Jothan Callins on bass, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ahmed Abdullah and Michael Ray on trumpets. As with most Arkestra concerts, the transition between moods and songs is what really makes this set great – with lots of unique moments that further our faith in the live Sun Ra experience. Titles include "Yeah Man", "Mayan Temples", "Advice To Medics/Friendly Galaxy", "Opus In Springtime", "Carefree", "Cocktails For Two", "Planet Earth Day", "Space Loneliness", "Retrospect/East Of The Sun", "Early Autumn", "Hocus Pocus", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Space Is The Place/We Travel The Spaceways". CD
Also available Sun Ra & His Arkestra – At Inter-Media Arts – April, 1991 (2016 Black Friday Release) ... LP 49.99

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Sun RaSuper-Sonic Jazz ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1956. Used ... $5.99
The first album on Saturn! Despite the futurism that the title of the set might imply, the material on this LP is actually some of Sun Ra's earliest, and dates back to the years when the Arkestra was first beginning to make itself heard in Chicago. That doesn't stop the material from being amazing, though, as these prime early tracks really show how strong Ra's vision was, even when it was being applied to material that might look more simple on the surface. Titles include "El Is A Sound Of Joy", "Medicine For A Nightmare", "Sunology", "Advice To Medics", and "Portrait Of The Living Sky". CD

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Sun RaTo Those Of Earth & Other Worlds – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
A really beautiful collection of rare tracks from Sun Ra – put together by the mighty Gilles Peterson, who we've trusted for years to give us some of the most soulful, cosmic music on this planet! Gilles has a wonderful ear for a certain strand of sounds from Ra and the Arkestra – their more spacey, more spiritual moments – which are strung together in this wicked double-length collection – which also includes a few tracks never issued before! The inside is as beautiful as the cover, and the whole thing's got copious notes on the music – including some track-by-track details that never showed up on some of the original records. 2CD set features 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "When There Is No Sun", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Love In Outer Space (voc)", "On Jupiter, "We Travel the Spaceways", "Sleeping Beauty", "Mystery Mr Ra", "Blackman", "The All Of Everything", "The World Of Africa", "They Plan To Leave", "Children Of The Sun", "Dreaming", "Black Sky & Blue Moon", "Enlightenment", and "India". CD

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Sun RaWake Up Angels – Live At The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972/1973/1974 ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CDs ... $19.99 21.99
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the festival – opening up with a force and intensity that really goes past some of their other recordings! It's almost as if the enthusiastic mix of ages and cultures present really ignited the best energies in the Arkestra – having them hit the kind of righteous crescendo of their best Space Is The Place identity – and even some of the more avant, outside moments have a focus that the group hardly seems to reach this well! The material is from the John Sinclair archives – originally issued on the CDs Life Is Splendid, Outer Space Employment Agency, and It Is Forbidden – but somehow sounding even more amazing in a tight package like this – with loads of amazing keyboards from Ra, soulful vocals from June Tyson, Cheryl Banks, and Judith Holton, and wonderful supporting reeds from the Arkestra. Titles include "Space Is The Place", "Enlightenment", "What Planet Is This", "Immeasurable", "Love In Outer Space", "Watusi", "Images", and some great untitled improvisations. CD

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Sun RaWe Travel The Space Ways/Bad & Beautiful ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960/1961. Used ... $9.99
2 classic Saturn albums by Sun Ra – back to back on one CD! We Travel The Spaceways is a beautiful album of tracks recorded during some of the Arkestra's last days in Chicago. The record features some great work by Ra on Electronic Piano and Cosmic Tone Organ – and there's a full complement of horn players on the set, including Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Marshall Allen. 2 tracks – "Interplanetary Music" and "We Travel The Spaceways" – have haunting vocals by the group, and the set also features the numbers "Space Loneliness", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", and "New Horizons". Bad & The Beautiful was recorded in 1961 – and features prime small group playing by Ra, Gilmore, Patrick, Marshall Allen, Ronnie Boykins, and Tommy Hunter, with the tracks "Search Light Blues", "Ankh", "On The Blue Side", and "Exotic Two". "Exotic Two" has some great echoey percussion – recorded in a wide-open way that mixes strangely with the piano lines on the session. "On The Blue Side" has some great tenor from Gilmore, very much in a blue tone, sounding like laidback Hank Mobley from the 50s! CD

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Sun Ra & His ArkestraMusic From Tomorrow's World (Chicago 1960) ... CD
Atavistic, 1960. Used ... $8.99
A landmark event – rare recordings from Sun Ra, recorded back in the Arkestra's glory days in Chicago! The CD brings to light some fantastic tracks that rival the quality of Ra's best Saturn Records material from the time – sessions recorded at the Wonder Inn and Majestic Hall, done in that wonderfully otherwordly style that was the Arkestra's strength at the time. The style is both exotic and straight – with haunting versions of a few standards, plus Ra originals that include "Angels & Demons At Play", "Space Aura", "Ankhnaton", "Majestic", and "Spontaneous Simplicity". John Gilmore is especially wonderful on tenor – and the moody recording style of the tracks seems to bring out even more in his horn! CD

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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 ... About March 15, 2017
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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Sun Ra & John CageJohn Cage Meets Sun Ra – The Complete Concert ... CD
Meltdown/Modern Harmonic, 1986. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer John Cage and jazz visionary Sun Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if anyone could "jam" with John Cage!) – and instead, both players were on the stage at the same time, but would each step aside to let the other do their thing – Cage would vocalize in these amazing passages that are right up there with the most beautiful vocal work he ever did, alongside some "silent" performances too – and Ra would play keyboard solos that have a beautifully offbeat electric vibe! The pair do come together at one point – but mostly in a "silent" duet, although one title does feature Cage's weird vocals with Ra's keyboard. And big bonus – this package also presents the full complete concert – with material that appears here for the first time ever – including a beautiful vocals from June Tyson over Ra's keyboards on "Enlightenment", other Ra numbers that include "This Is The Space Age", "The Living Parable", "The Damned Air", and "We Hold This Myth To Be Potential". CD

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Sun Ra/MerzbowStrange City ... CD
Cold Spring (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99
Not an actual meeting of Sun Ra and Merzbow – although given the jazzman's rise to fame in his late life, that's not actually impossible – and instead, the record features a very unique concept – the music of Ra's "Strange Strings" and "The Magic City" – used as core materials which are then reworked into a huge new, noisy mix – with lots of additional instrumentation from Merzbow! Masami Akita adds in all the extra bits – which includes a fair bit of electronics – using Ra's organic originals as the inspiration for the noise generation – at a level that maybe pushes the early electronic moments of the Arkestra way way out into the far reaches of the cosmos. The notes refer to the work as a "deformed mix" – which seems appropriate – and the album features two long tracks, "Livid Sun Loop" and "Granular Jazz (part 2)". CD
Also available Strange City ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ Sun RaSound Sun Pleasure ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work by Ra and the Arkestra, recorded in 1958 in Chicago, but not issued until the end of 60s, as one of the best rare sides on Saturn Records! The material's fairly straight, but with a cool off-kilter groove, and some very nice arrangements. The lineup's as classic as can be, and include Gilmore, Pat Patrick, James Spaulding, Marshall Allen, and Hobart Dotson. Hattie Randolph sings on 2 tracks, and Ra plays a bit of celeste. Titles are mostly all standards, given the Ra twist – and titles include "S'Wonderful", "Round Midnight", "I Could Have Danced All Night", and "Deep Purple". This expanded CD version features 6 bonus cuts, for a total of 13 tracks in all – including some originals like "Enlightenment" and "Dreams Come True". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaSpace Is The Place ... CD
Impulse, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant record by Sun Ra & The Arkestra – and an album that forever gave them a slogan to live by! The record's different than some of the other Arkestra work from the time – in that it's a bit tighter and more spiritual, more in keeping with the style of the Blue Thumb label, for which it was recorded – and soaring along on a wave of post-Coltrane spiritual jazz enthusiasm. Side one features the ultimate recording of "Space Is The Place" – an anthemic tune that blends chanting, modal rhythms, and some incredibly soulful solo work – making for one of the Arkestra's most perfectly realized tunes! That gem runs for over 20 minutes – and other shorter tracks on the album include "Discipline", "Images", "Sea Of Sound", and "Rocket Number Nine". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Sun Ra (listed as Dan & Dale)Batman & Robin ... CD
Universe (Italy), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Holy Saturn! This is an incredibly rare album that has Sun Ra & The Arkestra shilling for bucks by playing jazzy versions of cartoony themes – wrapped up in a "Batman & Robin" package designed to cash in on the popularity of the mid 60s TV show! Ra plays Hammond B-3 on a number of cuts, and other players include Jimmy Owens, Tom McIntosh, and members of the Blues Project. The session was put together by Ed Bland – director of the Cry Of Jazz, who later went on to arrange and produce a lot of weird funky records in New York. Wild – and with a great cover! Titles include "Batman Theme", "Joker Is Wild", "Robin's Theme", "Flight Of The Batman", "Penguin Chase", and "Batman & Robin Over The Roofs". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaLanquidity ... CD
Philly Jazz/Evidence, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
An amazing album from Sun Ra – and one of the most in-demand for Dusty Groove customers! The record's actually a bit funky – if you can believe it – and was recorded with electric keyboards, bass, and guitar (played by the mysterious Disco Kid!) The album originally came out on the Philly Jazz label and was quickly dismissed by many Ra fans for being a funk sell-out album – but over the years, it's become a prized album for its cosmic sense of soul and appealing jazz dance style. In fact, it's probably the album that most folks expect when they've heard one or two Sun Ra tracks on a funk compilation and expect all of his albums to sound like that. Titles include "That's How I Feel", "Where Pathways Meet", "Twin Stars of Thence", and "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)". Tough stuff, and a very unique Sun Ra LP! CD

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✨✧ Sun RaSpace Age Is Here To Stay ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much invented) from the late 50s to early 80s – from the immediate post-doo wop underground sound he worked in the late 50s, to the impeccable mix of free jazz and subtle, soulful tones a decade later, to the searching spiritualism that came later still. For all that's going here stylistically, the vocals and thematic lyricism hold it all together aesthetically, with Ra himself on chants and spoken passages, June Tyson and Hattie Randolph bringing an angelic quality on some numbers, and all around excellent Arkestra ensemble vocals throughout! The incredible opener "Along Came Ra/The Living Myth" is a live recording from Paris in 1983 that sets the creative bar quite high with feverish percussion, the sweetly soulful voice of June Tyson, and spacey spoken word by Ra. That said, the quality soars high throughout – and other titles include "Interplanetary Music No. 1", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "Space Is The Place", "Forest Of No Return", "Truth About Planet Earth", "Space Chant (Third Heaven)", "Antique Blacks", "Enlightenment" and more. CD
Also available
Space Age Is Here To Stay (limited edition colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 44.99
Space Age Is Here To Stay ... LP 33.99
Space Age Is Here To Stay ... CD 14.99
 
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Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. Used ... $5.99
Incredible early work from Lorez Alexandria – the kind of albums that instantly set her apart from other singers of the 50s, reissued here properly for the first time in years! On This Is Lorez, the singer is working with sublime small combo backings from the group of pianist King Fleming – an unusual Chicago ensemble that includes Wilber Wynn on guitar, Ronald Wilson on flute and oboe, Vernel Fournier on drums, and Audrey Jones on bongos – a musical lineup that brings in a different sort of sophistication to the record, shading tunes with moody colors on flute and oboe that perfectly support Alexandria's soulful and sensitive interpretations of the tunes. The whole thing is pure genius, and a key look at the new levels of sophistication that were bubbling everywhere on the Chicago scene during the years of Jamal and Sun Ra. Lorez Sings Pres follows in a very similar mode – with backing by a Chicago group that again includes King Fleming piano, plus Charles Stepney on vibes, Paul Serrano on trumpet, and Vernel Fournier on drums – an extremely hip lineup that makes the record far more than just the Lester Young tribute promised in the title! But despite the instrumentalists, the real star on all sides is Alexandria – who sings with dark tones and deep colors that go far beyond conventional jazz vocals – all carried off with that slightly breathy mode that was one more unique aspect of her work! CD features all tracks from both albums – a total of 22 titles that include "Snowstorm", "I'm Glad There Is You", "The Sky Is Crying", "I'm Making Believe", "Necessity", "Penthouse Serenade", "DB Blues", "This Year's Kisses", "Easy Living", "No Eyes Blues", "Jumping With Symphony Sid", and a key early reading of "Baltimore Oriole". CD
Also available This Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD 10.99

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Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Incredible early work from Lorez Alexandria – the kind of albums that instantly set her apart from other singers of the 50s, reissued here properly for the first time in years! On This Is Lorez, the singer is working with sublime small combo backings from the group of pianist King Fleming – an unusual Chicago ensemble that includes Wilber Wynn on guitar, Ronald Wilson on flute and oboe, Vernel Fournier on drums, and Audrey Jones on bongos – a musical lineup that brings in a different sort of sophistication to the record, shading tunes with moody colors on flute and oboe that perfectly support Alexandria's soulful and sensitive interpretations of the tunes. The whole thing is pure genius, and a key look at the new levels of sophistication that were bubbling everywhere on the Chicago scene during the years of Jamal and Sun Ra. Lorez Sings Pres follows in a very similar mode – with backing by a Chicago group that again includes King Fleming piano, plus Charles Stepney on vibes, Paul Serrano on trumpet, and Vernel Fournier on drums – an extremely hip lineup that makes the record far more than just the Lester Young tribute promised in the title! But despite the instrumentalists, the real star on all sides is Alexandria – who sings with dark tones and deep colors that go far beyond conventional jazz vocals – all carried off with that slightly breathy mode that was one more unique aspect of her work! CD features all tracks from both albums – a total of 22 titles that include "Snowstorm", "I'm Glad There Is You", "The Sky Is Crying", "I'm Making Believe", "Necessity", "Penthouse Serenade", "DB Blues", "This Year's Kisses", "Easy Living", "No Eyes Blues", "Jumping With Symphony Sid", and a key early reading of "Baltimore Oriole". CD
Also available This Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD 5.99

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Mark Charig, Keith Tippett, & Ann WinterPipedream (with bonus track) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99
A really amazing little record – quite different than anything else we've ever heard from British trumpeter Mark Charig – and for good reason, too! This unique performance was improvised live in a country church – Charig exploring the space magically with his trumpet, while Keith Tippett plays away on the church's organ – making these really weird and wonderful sounds that create a similar vibe to some of the sparer improvisations you might hear from Sun Ra! The mix of organ and trumpet is amazing – and other cuts feature wordless vocal sounds from Ann Winter, which are equally haunting, but in a different way too. Titles include "Bellaphon", "Vega", "Ode To The Ghost Of An Improvised Past", "Pipedream", and "Pavanne". Also features the previously unissued "The Trio Gets Lost In The Magic Forest". CD

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✨✧ Charles Davis with Cedar WaltonBlue Gardenia ... CD
Reade Street, 2002. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A damn wonderful album from reedman Charles Davis – a saxophonist whose music goes back with a long legacy that includes work with Sun Ra in Chicago, and a mindblowing album on Strata East in the 70s! This set's another feather in Davis' mighty wide cap – and features a stunning quartet with Cedar Walton on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – players who give the record a rock-solid swing right from the start, and allow Davis to blow both baritone and tenor at a level that rivals some of the best albums of this sort from legends like Clifford Jordan or Johnny Griffin! Davis never got his due as strongly as those giants, but he's in very similar company here – on titles that include "Shadow Of The Sunset", "Texas Moon", "Bossa Joe", "Stranded", and "Sabia". CD

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Fela & Africa 70VIP/Authority Stealing (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1979/1980. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
Two albums on one CD – and they both have killer long tracks that are released here in their entirey, without the cutting up that you'd get if they were split out over both sides of an album. "V.I.P." stands for "Vagabonds In Power", and the track was recorded live by Fela before a very enthusiastic audience in Berlin. It's great to hear him working in this live setting, and the track starts with a nice spoken introduction before leaping into a guitar-based groove. "Authority Stealing" is another long one, with the band's usual vamping and off-kilter horn section, and some amazing spacey electric piano solos that sound as if they might have been laid down by Sun Ra! Remastered, and very nicely packaged! CD

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Vijay IyerSolo ... CD
Act, 2010. Used ... $3.99
Contemporary jazz pianist Vijay Iyer covers quite a bit of territory on Solo – from pop, to classic jazz, to a tribute to Sun Ra – with warmth, elegance and grace! The set starts with a few interpretations, from a song made most popular by Michael Jackson, to Monk and Duke Ellington, which leads to a 4 track movement of Iyer originals, and closing with another nod to Duke and the closing original tribute to Sun Ra. Includes the originals "Prelude: Heartpiece", "Autoscopy", "Patterns", "Desiring" and "One For Blount" plus Steve Coleman's "Games", Thelonius Monk & Kenny Clarke's "Epistrophy" and a really lovely take on "Human Nature" to open it all up. CD

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Goran Kajfes Subtropic ArkestraReason Why Vol 2 ... CD
Headspin (Sweden), 2015. Used ... $4.99
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this second effort is even more powerful and righteous, and this amazing album that ties together so many different strands of music! Kajfes' vision is broad enough to encompass roots from Africa, the Middle East, and even some of the 70s cross-cultural experiments on the European scene – as well as the collaborative efforts of larger ensembles like the Sun Ra Arkestra or Fela's Afrika 70s – both of whom would be a good comparison tot he lively energy of this great group. Players include Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson on reeds, Jesper Nordenstrom on organ and keyboards, and a number of other key underground players on the Scandinavian scene – and the record features versions of work by Milton Nascimento, Okay Temiz, Francis Bebey, and even Grizzly Bear – but all given a unique twist by the group. Tremendous stuff – with titles that include "Tamzara", "A Lua Girou", "New Track", "Dokuz Seki/Esmerim", and "Yet Again". CD
Also available Reason Why Vol 2 ... LP 19.99

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Mulatu And OthersEthiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
L'Arome/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's almost a bit like the work of Sun Ra, but which also has distinct African touches. The sound here is quite different than the Nigerian funky work of the 70s – much more laidback and open-ended, with less American influences, and a really unique approach! Titles include "Yekermo Se", "Yegele Tezeta", "Munaye", "Metche Dershe", "Kasalefkut Hulu", and "Tezeta" by Mulatu Astatque; "Heywete" and "Bemgnot Alnorem" by Bahta Gebre Heywet; and "Yetesfa Tezeta" by Tesfa-Maryam Kidane. CD
Also available Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 19.99

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Outer SpaceChase Across Orion (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99
An action-packed Afro Jazz and psych funk trip from Outer Space – a Catalan group who'd only been traveling the spaceways for a couple years leading up to this stellar set, but has the instinctive grooves and masterful interplay of a veteran act – all the more impressive given that the Chase Across Orion was recorded live over just a few days! The definitely have the spacey style you'd expect from the name, a fuzzy and 60s psych jazz element, a bit akin to some the modern stylings of groups like Heliocentrics, but more inspired by classic masters, from Sun Ra, to Fela, to Ethiopian jazz. Includes "The Oort Cloud", "Gamma Ray Bursts", "The Gate At Qasar Z-131", "Coma Cluster", 'Spooky Action At A Distance", "Unstable Pulsar", "Ether" and "Escape From Cantaurus A". CD has 2 bonus tracks: "The Girl From Andromeda" and "Odin's Galaxy". CD
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Sahib Shihab & Jef GilsonSahib Shihab + Gilson Unit – La Marche Dans Le Desert ... CD
Futura (France), 1972. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
An amazing meeting of two of the most revolutionary talents on the European jazz scene of the early 70s – American expat Sahib Shihab, blowing some of his most exotic reeds ever – and pianist Jef Gilson, working here on electric keys and ondioline! The album's got a sound that echoes some of Gilson's most creative world/jazz experiments – a feel that definitely lives up to the desert march of the title, and which comes across with a loose, freewheeling sound that's almost in the territory of Sun Ra or Salah Ragab! Shihab plays baritone sax and Varitone soprano, and other group members include Bruno Di Gioia on flute, balafon, and bongos; Pierre Moret on Hohner organ, percussion, and ondioline; Maurice Bouhana on flute and percussion; and Jean-Claude Pourtier on whistle and percussion. Titles include the extended "Mirage (parts 1 & 2)" – plus "Les Touches Noires" and "La Marche Dans Le Desert". CD

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Ebo TaylorTwer Nyame (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Production Dessinee (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might know from the time, but with a style that's equally compelling – especially give the great use of guitar and keyboards! These instruments are heard to best effect on the sublime "Peace On Earth" – a tune that features this wonderful other-worldly electric piano – ringing out with tones that are almost vibes-like at times, and which almost have a Sun Ra-ish sort of quality. Also great is "Atwer Abroba" – a tune with some funky horns riffing along with the tight percussion, and captivating vocal refrains over the top. The title cut, "Twer Nyame", has wonderfully chromatic guitars – really let loose, and allowed to build slowly – creating this warm electric energy on the tune! CD

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Muddy WatersCan't Get No Grindin ... CD
Chess/Traffic, 1973. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
Muddy Waters can't get no grinding – but that's hardly a problem, given the strength of this sweet early 70s set! The album marks Muddy's return to more basic Chicago blues after his funky electric period on Chess – but the set's still got some of the trippier touches of a few years before – laid out in a much more spare, basic way! The guitar has a weird quality at times – possibly from the way the electric piano comes across at points – almost a bit like Sun Ra's rocksichord, with all the freaky fuzz that might imply! The harmonica almost feels electric too – and all three instruments come together with a nicely offbeat quality that's really head and shoulders above the usual from the Chicago scene. Titles include "Funky Butt", "After Hours", "Garbage Man", "Love Weapon", "Muddy Waters' Shuffle", and "Mother's Bad Luck Child". CD

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VariousColor Line – African American Artists & Segregation 1916 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $18.99 29.99
An incredible document of racial inequality in mid-Century America – a 3CD set that brings together blues, jazz, soul, and music in other styles – all to illustrate the lack of opportunity and freedom for African-Americans in the US! You've no doubt heard some of these songs before – classic blues numbers, or important jazz vocal tracks – but together, they deliver a hell of a lot more power than on their own – a total of 60 songs that underscore the long, hard journey towards Civil Rights – a path that's still not finished even all these many years later, which makes the theme of these songs still so important. The work spans the teens through the sixties – and titles include "Jim Crow" by The Union Boys, "Parchman Farm Blues" by Bukka White, "Minstrel & The Queen" by The Impressions, "We Shall Overcome" by Guy Carawan, "Working Man" by Bo Diddley, "Better Git It In Your Soul" by Charles Mingus, "The Alabama Bus (parts 1 & 2)" by Brother Will Hairston, "Jim Crow Train" by Johs White, "Brown Skin Girl" by Lloyd Prince Thomas, "Hard Road Blues" by Floyd Dixon, "High Society" by Monk Hazel, "The American Woman & The West Indian Man" by Sam Manning, "Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth Her Hands Onto God" by Marcus Garvey, "Low Society" by Ray Charles, "Kiyakiya" by Babatunde Olatunji, "Ancient Aethiopia" by Sun Ra, "Tarzan Of Harlem" by Cab Calloway, "Old Alabama" by BBE, and "Chicago High Life" by Earl Hines. CD

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VariousEthiopiques Volume 14 – Getatchew Mekurya – Negus Of Ethiopian Sax ... CD
Buda (France), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of the most striking volumes of this great series – a special edition of Ethiopiques that focuses on the mad saxophone work of Getachew Makurya! The recordings on this set are all from 1972 – and they feature the deep-toned Mekurya blowing in a strange and otherworldly tone, usually over spare backings that include percussion, piano, and/or organ – making for a sound that's almost like some of Pat Patrick's work for Sun Ra, but with a decidedly more ethnic feel. The compositions are all very basic, and very rhythmic – and Makurya's sax work snakes over the top in a really magical way. Titles include "Aha Gedawo", "Shellela", "Akale Wube", "Tezeta", "Gedamay", "Shemonmwanaye", "Yene Hassab Gwadegna", and "Sellela Besaxophone". CD

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✨✧ Brother AhhMove Ever Onward ... CD
Divine/Ikef, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – an enigmatic musician who worked briefly with Sun Ra, and continued an exploration of the sonic heavens on his own! This rare 1975 album features Ahh's Sound Awareness ensemble – a 25 piece group that features a host of voices set to percussion, flutes, and other intimate and evocative instrumentation. The feel's quite hard to describe – kind of a cross between Sun Ra and Moondog, with the righteous style of vocalization that you might find on some of the Max Roach experiments with voices, recorded in the relaxed and expressive style of the early AACM – all of which means it's a great little record, with a very striking approach! Titles include "Transfiguration", "Nature's Children", "Transcendental March", "Boundless Rhythm", "Sweet Illumination", and "Celestial Strings". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Move Ever Onward ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Brother AhhSound Awareness (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Ikef, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very trippy album from the enigmatic Brother Ah – aka Robert Northern, former member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and also a lecturer on the east coast. This album's his first, originally issued on the Strata East label – and a space mixture of other-worldly sounds. The first long track on the album is entitled "Beyond Yourself (The Midnight Confession)", and features a group with Ah on flutes and "natural" sounds, plus cello by Pat Dixon, percussion by Barbara Burton, and soprano voice by Barbara Grant. The track's a "sound journey in 7 parts" – floating across space with a mystical feel that slowly unfurls. The other long track on the set is "Love Piece", a tune in which Ah plays flute along with percussion by Max Roach and the M'Boom percussion ensemble – plus a 90-voice chorus, and a short rap by Roach. Very spiritual stuff! CD
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✨✧ Mark De Clive-LoweLive At The Blue Whale ... CD
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jaw-dropper of a record from Mark De Clive-Lowe – much more of a jazz album than anything he's ever done before – and a set that's recorded live, too – which is also more of a change! The style here is wonderful – with Mark handling piano, keyboards, and some live effects – in a quartet that also features alto sax, bass, and drums – spinning out in territory that's a bit 70s space jazz, but also inflected with a lot more 21st Century phrasing, too. The blend is sublime – way more spiritual and spontaneous than anything Mark's ever done before – even though we've really loved most of his other music, too. It's wonderful to hear such a shift in someone we've already dug for well over a decade – and the titles are dedicated to Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal, and Yusef Lateef – which should give you an idea of the spirit that he's going for on the record. Titles include "Evergreen", "L&H", "The Golden Lady", and "Swahililand". CD

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✨✧ Nicole Mitchell Black Earth EnsembleIntergalactic Beings ... CD
FPE, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing sounds from Chicago flute player Nicole Mitchell – a set of work inspired by the science fiction writings of Octavia Butler – with a striking style to match! Although the music has some arch qualities that live up to the darkness of Butler's writings, the performance here is also still mostly acoustic – in the mode we're used to from Mitchell's Black Earth group – but with odd tones and weird bits of phrasing that keep have us checking the notes to figure out the different instruments! The approach is a bit like the early cosmic visions of Sun Ra – especially when Mitchell hits more spiritual and rhythmic moments – and the well-matched ensemble of players features Nicole on flute, David Boykin on tenor and bass clarinet, David Young on trumpet and srali thom, Renee Baker on violin, Tomeka Reid on cello, Josh Abrams on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, and Avreeayl Ra on percussion. Mankwe Ndosi sings just a bit on the record – and titles include "Dripping Matter", "Web Of Hope", "Fields Of Possibility", "Resisting Entanglement", "The Inevitable", and "The Ooli Moves". CD
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✨✧ Julian PriesterSpiritsville (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Jazzland (Japan), 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard wailing hardbop, touched by some of the modernist sensibilities that Priester forged while working in his Chicago underground years that included brief stints with Sun Ra! The set's one of the best hardbop sides to be cut for the Jazzland label – and it's got a relaxed soulful feel that puts it among some of the great lost jazz albums from the early 60s. Priester leads the group with a great deal of tightness, and players include a young McCoy Tyner on piano, the soulful Charles Davis on baritone sax, the excellent tenor player Walter Benton, and the always wonderful rhythm team of Sam Jones and Art Taylor. Tracks include "Blue Stride", "Excursion", "Chi Chi", and "Spiritsville". Very nice – and very hard to find! CD
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✨✧ Brother AhhMove Ever Onward ... CD
Divine/Manufactured, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – an enigmatic musician who worked briefly with Sun Ra, and continued an exploration of the sonic heavens on his own! This rare 1975 album features Ahh's Sound Awareness ensemble – a 25 piece group that features a host of voices set to percussion, flutes, and other intimate and evocative instrumentation. The feel's quite hard to describe – kind of a cross between Sun Ra and Moondog, with the righteous style of vocalization that you might find on some of the Max Roach experiments with voices, recorded in the relaxed and expressive style of the early AACM – all of which means it's a great little record, with a very striking approach! Titles include "Transfiguration", "Nature's Children", "Transcendental March", "Boundless Rhythm", "Sweet Illumination", and "Celestial Strings". CD
Also available Move Ever Onward ... LP 18.99
 
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✨✧ June ChristySomething Cool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $1.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. And, on this CD reissue, you'll also hear the pair in a whopping amount of extra material, pulled from singles and albums issued around the same time, for a total of 24 cuts in all. Titles include "Magazines", "Whee Baby", "I'm Thrilled", "Out Of Somewhere", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Rein De GraaffBaritone Explosion – Live At Nicks ... CD
Timeless (Holland), 1994. Used ... $15.99
We'd hate to get caught in the force of a baritone explosion – as the horns are so big, that's a lot of metal to have to deal with! Fortunately, pianist Rein De Graaf's got the proceedings here on rock-solid territory – providing just the right sort of swing to keep things moving, yet also keep things in control – while both Ronnie Cuber and Nick Brigola open up on the bigger horns – reminding us why they're some of the few players able to carry forward the deftly soulful legacies of earlier baritone greats like Pepper Adams or Serge Chaloff! The album's a live one, and tracks are nice and long – plenty of room for solos on titles that include "Caravan", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Crack Down", "Night In Tunisia", and "Blue Train" – plus two short beautiful ballads, "What's New" and "In A Sentimental Mood". CD
(Out of print.)

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Francesco De MasiArizona Colt ... CD
RCA, 1966. Used ... $11.99
Horns, harmonica, and more – all wrapped up beautifully in the hands of soundtrack maestro Francesco De Masi! The core music for Arizona Colt is done with these soaring brass parts that really recreate the scope of the scene – bursting forth in full, yet gentle modes that really stretch out for the sky – intercut with mellower, more isolated sounds on harmonica from Franco DeGemini or guitar from Alessandro Alessandroni! I Cantori Modern sing just a bit on the record – especially on two vocal versions of the theme, sung by Raoul – and the CD features a whopping 31 tracks in all, with great remastering – and titles that include "Gordon Guitar", "Agguato Al Passo", "Sentieri Misteriosi", "Arizona Ferito", "Attesa E Dolore", "Arizona Colt", "Jane E Arizona", and "Preludio Strip Tease E Fuga". CD
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Albert AylerBells ... CD
ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1965. Used ... $12.99
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that harly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a group that includes Donald Ayler on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on percussion – all coming together in a raw, real sense of freedom – beautifully explored here without ever getting too overindulgent. The tune may well be one of the greatest illustrations of the ESP format at its best – as Ayler and company never stray too far, but carve out some incredibly imaginative space through their starkly-blown horn solos! CD
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Albert AylerNew York Eye & Ear Control (Italian paper sleeve edition) ... CD
ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1964. Used ... $16.99
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums. At times, the record's got a bit of a "new thing" vibe – a bit more spacious and sonic than some of Ayler's other material – but at other times, it burns with an intensity that's almost harder and freer than any of Albert's trio dates of the 60s. The album features 2 long tracks – "AY" and "ITT" – plus the shorter "Don's Dawn". CD
(Out of print – numbered limited edition!)

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Albert AylerSpirits Rejoice ... CD
ESP/Calibre (Netherlands), 1965. Used ... $6.99
A seminal Albert Ayler session from the 60s – recorded at the legendary Judson Hall with an incredible sound! There's a bold, righteous feel to this record that possibly even tops other Ayler classics for ESP – and the spacious setting makes the notes echo, rebound, and come back together with searing intensity throughout. The group features Ayler on tenor, brother Don on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto, Sunny Murray on drums, and both Henry Grimes and Gary Peacock on basses – using a unique two-bass approach that only further emphasizes the unique qualities of the record. Call Cobbs plays a bit of harpsichord too – and tracks include "Sprits Rejoice", "Holy Family", "Angels", and "Prophet". CD
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✨✧ Albert AylerSpiritual Unity ... CD
ESP, 1964. Used ... $3.99
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, tenor against bass and drums, working freely with less rhythmic constraints than before, searching for new sounds and new modes of expression, working through changes in a style first proposed by Sonny Rollins, but taken to new intensity by the New York underground of the 60s. That sound is summed up here perfectly by Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray – working together with an edgey brilliance, on classic tracks that include "Ghosts: First Variation", "Ghosts: Second Variation", "The Wizard", and "Spirits". CD

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John BarryJohn Barry Plays 007 & Other 60s Themes For Film & Television ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent collection of work from the great John Barry – one that focuses on his famous contributions for the James Bond films – but also includes other soundtrack and instrumental material as well! The set begins with the John Barry Plays 007 record – a brilliant album that not only features some instrumental soundtrack themes, but also includes some great mod Barry instrumentals from the 60s – kind of a nice link to his sophisticated film music, and some of his smaller combo work! Titles include "Kinky", "Fancy Dance", "007", "From Russia With Love", "Big Shield", "Aliki", "Monkey Feathers", and "The London Theme". Next are two tracks from Elizabeth Taylor In London – "Lovers & Browning", with a recitation by Taylor – plus the jazzy instrumental "The London Waltz". Next are two tracks from Zulu – a colonial period film that starred Michael Caine – followed by 15 more groovy instrumentals that include "Tit Willow Twist", "Hit & Miss", "Easy Beat", "Beat Girl", "The Lolly Theme", "Spinnerree", "Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone", "The Sun's Hooray", and "Saturday's Child". CD

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June ChristySomething Cool (Mono & Stereo) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $1.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. Titles include "Something Cool", "It Could Happen To You", "Lonely House", "I'm Thrilled", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Plus, this special CD reissue features the mono and stereo recordings of the album – completely different ones, as the album was originally recorded in mono in 1954, and completely re-recorded again with the same arrangements in 1960! CD

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Ted Daniels with Oliver Lake & Daniel CarterInnerconnection ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1975. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Lost loft jazz work from trumpeter Ted Daniel – an important force on the east coast scene of the time, but one who was never as well-recorded as his contemporaries – which makes a set like this a real treasure! The group here is Ted's Energy Module ensemble – a group who really live up to their name, with searing work on tenor from Daniel Carter, plus lots of spiritual elements from Oliver Lake on alto, soprano sax, and flute – played in a very open-ended, freewheeling style – which also makes strong use of Richard Pierce on bass and Tasuya Nakamura on drums. All tracks are quite long – and very expressive – and the group takes on work by key contemporaries like Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Dewey Redman, and Sunny Murray – as well as some of Daniel's own tunes. Ted plays flugelhorn too – and also gets amazing sounds out of a French hunting horn and Moroccan bugle – and titles include "The Probe", "Ghosts", "Jiblet", "Innerconnection", and "Entering/Congeniality/Pagan Spain". CD

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Wolfgang Dauner QuintetOimels ... CD
MPS/Polygram (Japan), 1969. Used ... $18.99
A madly tripped out session from keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner – quite possibly one of THE most archetypal albums on MPS! The record's got a really mad groove that mixes together funky jazz, Indian music, and some of the weirder sounds floating around the European scene at the end of the 60s – handled here by Dauner on both piano and organ, plus guitar and sitar from Sigi Schwab, bass and cello from Eberhard Weber, and some especially heavy drum work from Roland Wittich! The record is famously known for the sitar funk number "Take Off Your Clothes To Feel The Setting Sun" – a track that also features vocals from Wolfgang – and other numbers have a very similar feel – throwing in a bit of vocals where you might not expect, and blowing part even familiar tunes with a madly tripped out version of psychedelic jazz! Titles include "Take Off Your Clothes", "Greensleeves", "Come On In On In", "Day In The Life", "Uwii", and "Dig My Girl". CD
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✨✧ VariousWhen The Sun Sets Over Carlton – Melbourne's Countercultural Inner City Rock Scene Of The 70s ... CD
Festival/Warner (Australia), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection of work from the Australian scene of the 70s – most of which we'd never heard before! This material isn't totally underground – but given the separation of space between Melbourne and the rest of the world at the time, the collection is an under-tapped vein of really creative material from a scene that cared little about standard labels, conventional styles, or even much of a wider audience! Bits of glammy styles, early punk, and other familiar modes show their heads from time to time – but overall, there's a really individual spirit to most of the groups and their music – styles and a quality level that could climb big on the charts, but hardly cared if they made it or not. The package features great notes on the Melbourne scene and the bands at the time – and titles include "I Love My Car" by Martin Arminger, "Rozalyn" by Stiletto, "I See Red" by The Dots, "Only The Lonely Hearted" by Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, "Saturday Night" by Daddy Cool, "Who Listens To The Radio" by The Sports, "Hard Drugs" by Mighty Kong, "Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)" by Skyhooks, "Comin Back For More" by Mark Gillespie, "The Bright Boy" by Eric Gradman Man & Machine, "I'll Be A Dag For You Baby" by Fabulous Nudes, and "Roll That Reefer" by Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. 45 tracks in all! CD


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✨✧ Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard (Keepnews collection – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $4.99
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the use of the piano in jazz, but also the bass and drums as well – as LaFaro's deeply evocative playing is paired with the equally fresh drum work of Paul Motian – heard here at his youthful early best, before some of his contributions to jazz had become cliche in the hands of other players. The session was caught live at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 25, 1961 – and titles include longish takes on "Solar", "Jade Visions", "Gloria's Step", and "Alice In Wonderland". Includes the bonus tracks "Gloria's Step (take 3)", "Alice In Wonderland (take 1)", "All Of You (take 3)" & "Jade Visions (take 1)". CD
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✨✧ Flaming EmberSunshine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99
A smoking little set from Flaming Ember – a rock group at the core, but one who has plenty of blue-eyed soul in the mix – thanks to great production from Greg Perry, and strong arrangements from HB Barnum and McKinley Jackson – all of whom give the record a vibe that's right up there with the best Hot Wax/Invictus soul sets of the time! There's a nice amount of fuzz in the grooves – that post-Motown style that uses lots of great bass and guitar alongside core Detroit soul modes – and although the vocals have more of a rockish approach, the instrumental undercurrent is a great mix of funk, rock, and soul! Titles include the sweet soul ballad "Sunshine", plus the cuts "Ember Blues", "1200 Miles From Heaven", "Livin High Money Low", "Gotta Get Away", "Heart On Lovin You", "Stop The World & Let Me Off", and "Ding Need Dong". CD features bonus tracks – "Robot In A Robot's World", "If It's Good To You It's Good For You", "If It's Good To You It's Good For You (inst)", "Heart On Lovin You (long version)", and "Stop The World & Let Me Off (long version)". CD

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GrapefruitYesterday's Sunshine – The Complete 1967/1968 London Studio Sessions ... CD
RPM (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $14.99
Incredible pop psych sounds from Grapefruit – a group who might be best known for their early inclusion in the Beatles' Apple Corps – but who can easily stand on their own with the strength of material like this! The production is superb, and the overall vision in the music is sublime – trippy touches, but never too many – and vocals that echo out with both a sense of harmony in the group, and some beautiful larger touches in the studio! The whole thing's got a subtle power that we'd rank right up there with The Zombies, just as they were starting to get great – and the collection finally gets these guys out from the shadows of The Beatles, to show the world how great they were on their own. CD features a number of unissued tracks, and titles taken from tapes and brilliantly remastered – and the set features 20 titles that include "Dead Boot", "Dear Delilah", "Breaking Up A Dream", "Elevator", "Another Game", "Yes", "Ain't It Good", "Sweet Little Miss No Name", "Theme For A Lonely Queen", "Round & Round", "One More Try", "Yesterday's Sunshine", and "Do What You Want To". CD

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Alexandra GrimalShape – Live At The Sunset ... CD
Marge (France), 2008. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A tenor and organ session – but unlike anything you'd remember from the old days! Instead, saxophonist Alexandra Grimal goes for a complete reinvention of the genre – working with a trio that uses the organ to texture these deep, rich keyboard sounds that are almost like waves of energy – which she then works against with her completely creative lines on tenor and soprano sax – a really wicked blend of sounds that's unlike anything you'd ever expect to hear from a trio like this! In addition to Hammond, Antonin Rayon also plays a bit of clavinet – and the group also features Emmanuel Scarpa on some relatively free drums and percussion. Titles include "Mouvances", "En Silence", "Le Sang N'Est Pas Bleu", "Forets Aleatoires", and "Texture". CD

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Herbie HancockSunlight/Feets Don't Fail Me Now (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Two late 70s albums from Herbie Hancock – with bonus tracks too! First up is Sunlight – an overlooked little gem in Herbie Hancock's 70s catalog – and a sweet set of funky tunes that adds an R&B edge to the Headhunters sound! Herbie's playing a heck of a lot of keys on the set – from Arp to moog to Rhodes, and everything in between – but the album never gets too crazy, and has a really nice laidback soulful approach that grooves along wonderfully on a small number of very extended tunes! Other players include Headhunters stalwarts Paul Jackson on bass, Bennie Maupin on reeds, Patrick Gleeson on electronics, and Bill Summers on drums – and Herbie does some cool singing through the keyboards in a spacey voice that's really great! Titles include "Good Question", "Sunlight", "Come Running To Me", "I Thought It Was You", and "No Means Yes". Feets Don't Fail Me Now is filled with sweet keyboard grooves from Herbie Hancock – and a set that has him taking up some of the territory of younger players he'd inspired – like Bobby Lyle, Webster Lewis, or Rodney Franklin! There's a fair bit of soul in the mix here, including some great work on vocoder – blended in with Hancock's work on jazzy keyboards – all wrapped up in a cosmic level that really fits the image on the cover, and which acts as a preface for some of the electro work to come in the early 80s! The blend is great – with that sublime balance that Hancock did better than anyone else – and titles include "Trust Me", "You Bet Your Love", "Tell Everybody", "Honey From The Jar", and "Knee Deep". 2CD set features bonus tracks – "I Thought It Was You", "Come Running To Me", "You Bet Your Love (special disco version)", "Tell Everybody (disco version)", and 7" versions of "Honey From The Jar", "Tell Everybody", "Ready Or Not", and "You Bet Your Love". CD

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Thelma HoustonSunshower (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dunhill/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99
A pretty darn amazing album from Thelma Houston – recorded during the zenith of Jimmy Webb's career, when Jimmy was not only one of the hippest songwriters in pop, but also kind of a mini-Burt Bacharach, writing, arranging, and conducting albums for a variety of stars. This little gem features Thelma fronting a set of 11 original tunes by Jimmy – arranged with a hip pop sophistication that few other talents of his time could match – soul and strings coming together in a wonderful swirl that makes for one of Thelma's most compelling records. Titles include "Crazy Mixed Up Girl", "This Is Where I Came In", "Pocketful Of Keys", "Cheap Lovin", "This Is Your Life", "If This Was The Last Song", and "Sunshower". This version includes a handful of bonus tracks released as singles for ABC Dunhill in 1970 including a sweet version of Laura Nyro's "Save The Country", plus "I Just Can't Stay Away", "I Just Gotta Be Me", "Crying In The Sunshine", "(The) Good Earth" and "Ride, Louis, Ride". CD

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IncognitoClassic Album Series (Who Needs Love/Adventures In Black Sunshine/Eleven/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Dome (UK), 2002/2004/2005. New Copy 3 CDs ... $19.99
Three great albums from Incognito – served up at a mighty nice price, and with bonus tracks too! Who Needs Love is a gem from over a decade ago – and Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick pulled out all the stops on this set – working with a range of vocalists that includes Joy Rose, Kelli Sae, Tony Momrelle, Joy Malcolm, and Brazilian soul legend Ed Motta! The range of voices on the set really gives it a lot of depth – moving past the easy jazz funk moments of earlier sets, and going for an all-solid, all-soulful approach that really blows our mind! Great stuff all the way through – maybe their best album in years – and a record you'll be playing into the next decade. Titles include "Morning Sun", "Who Needs Love", "Stone Cold Heart", "Where Love Shines", "Blue", "Fly", "If You Want My Love", and "Cada Dia". On Adventures In Black Sunshine, the groove is sweetly soulful, with a jazzy undercurrent that hearkens back to the best west coast soul of the 70s – and Bluey's got the group honed to perfection, playing with a razor-sharp edge that keeps the tunes as funky as they are soulful! Vocals are by Maysa and Tony Momrelle – and tracks include "Don't Turn My Love Away", "This Thing Called Love", "The Principles Of Love", "Everything Your Heart Desires", "Close My Eyes", "25th Chapter", and "Mr Jones". Eleven is a record that's a great testament to Incognito's richly-collaborative spirit – a quality that makes plenty of room here for lead vocals by Maysa Leak, Imaani, and Carleen Anderson – and which benefits strongly from some great keyboard lines by Ski Oakenfull. But as usual, mainman Bluey is the one to thank for the record – because his sense of groove, and love of classic 70s-influenced soul comes through very strongly on all tracks – hitting an on-the-money sound that makes the group, and this latest album, stand head to head with some of the best soul acts of classic years. Another winner from Incognito – not a bit of fluff at all – and a sublime batch of tracks that includes "Jacaranda", "Show Me Love", "We Got Music", "Let The Mystery Be", "Will I Ever Learn", "I'll Get By", "As Long As It's You", and "When Tomorrow Brings You Down". Bonus tracks include the previously-unreleased "To Prove My Love" and "Feel The Real" – plus "Zaius (Ski Oakenfull mix)". CD
 
 
 



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