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Svein FinnerudComplete Released Works 1968 to 1999 (3CD set & DVD) (Svein Finnerud Trio/Plastic Sun/Multimal/Thoughts/Travel Pillow/Egne Hoder) ... CD
Plastic Strip Press (Norway), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 3CDs/DVD ... $32.99
An amazing tribute to the genius of pianist Svein Finnerud – a package that features 6 full albums of music, plus a bonus DVD of live, TV, and radio performances and interviews! The music starts in 1968 – with Svein's groundbreaking self-titled trio record – a masterpiece of understatement, one that takes the spare, lyrical style of the Bill Evans generation, and moves it into even more mellow, contemplative territory. The album's recorded with bassist Bjornar Andresen and drummer Espen Rud – who are frequent partners with Finnerud on other records in the collection – dates that include Plastic Sun (1972), Multimal (1971), Thoughts (1984), Travel Pillow (1994), and Egne Hoder (1999). DVD features performances from the late 60s, a TV show from 1970, and even some bonus slides and radio interviews too. CD
 
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Eloping With The Sun (William Parker/Joe Morris/HaCounteract This Turmoil Like Trees & Birds ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A beautifully earthy performance – and a set that not only has the three members of the trio on their trademark instruments, but also picking up a wide range of other elements too! Joe Morris is perhaps the most striking here – as in addition to guitar, he also uses banjo, fiddle, bass, banjouke, pocket trumpet, and even a bit of whistles – a sonic sense of variety that's matched by Parker's use of shakuhachi, sintir, n'goni, and thumb piano – all instruments that he plays with the same deeply spiritual currents of his work on bass! Hamid Drake sticks mostly to percussion – a range of drums, cymbals, and gongs – but overall, his performance feels as open and organic as the others – far beyond both standard and free jazz, into a mode that almost works in some ethnographic currents as well. The whole record's as poetic as the title – and tracks include "Profound Branches", "The Sky Was Purple Blue", "Energy Of Patience", "The Rhythm Of Butterflies", "Endless Galaxies", and "Grass Beneath The Cracked Shells". CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Steelwool TrioInternational Front ... CD
Okka Disk, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the many creative projects undertaken by the brilliant Chicago reed player Ken Vandermark, the Steelwool Trio features Vandermark in the company of bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Curt Newton. The set's a bunch of tracks that Vandermark wrote in tribute to friends and heroes like Sun Ra, Roswell Rudd, Paul Lovens, and Kent Kessler, and the playing's a mix of free and more composed styles, with moments of spaciousness, strands of lyricism, and Vandermark's usual high level of intensity. CD

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✨✧ SunWanna Make Love/Sun Power/Sunburn ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of records from Sun – an excellent funk ensemble from the end of the 70s! First up is Wanna Make Love – one of the greatest records ever cut by Sun – a group whose records never made the charts as strongly as their contemporaries, but not for lack of quality! This set's a great batch of heavy ensemble funk with an edge that's not always heard on other Sun records – lots of razor-sharp guitars riffing away in saw-cut modes, striking hard at the grooves of the record, and chilling out nicely for the mellower cuts. The blend is wonderful – totally tight, and totally top-shelf all the way through – yet never in a commercial way at all. Titles include "Wanna Make Love", "My Woman", "Live On Dream On", "The Show Is Over", "Love Is Never Sure", and "They're Calling For Me". Sun Power is a solid smoker from Sun – the kind of tight funk set that made the group one of the greatest soul acts on Capitol Records during the late 70s! There's a wicked Ohio vibe going on throughout – everything focused together, and right on the money – even despite the large size of the ensemble – and touched with a slightly jazzy undercurrent that carries strong echoes of Earth Wind & Fire! Rhythms are nice and tight, with keyboards, guitar, and brassy horns over the top – and on the mellower cuts the vocals have a nicely compressed quality. Titles include "Conscience", "We're So Hot", "Organ Grinder", "She Lives Alone", "Time Is Passing", and "Light Me Up". Last up is Sunburn – a tightly crafted batch of dancefloor funk that reminds us of some of our favorite work from Fantasy Records at the time – especially some of the more righteous groups that blended equal parts jazz and soul! Sun's got a tightness here that's amazing – right up there with Earth Wind & Fire at their best, but not as commercial overall – and instead, always delivered with a nice sense of righteous energy! The set kicks off with the wicked "Sun Is Here", a guitar-driven groover with a very famous sample riff – and a sound that's somehow more stripped-down and jazz funk-driven than a lot of the group's other tunes. Other cuts are pretty great too, with lots of warm bubbly soulful moments – and titles include "Dance", "Long Drawn Out Thang", "I Had A Choice", "Sun Of A Gun", and "You're The One". CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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Mose AllisonMose Allison (Back Country Suite/Local Color) ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Two early, rootsy Mose Allison sides, brought together by Milestone/Prestige in the 70s for this repackage. Most of this set is instrumental bluesy piano trio numbers, but Mose busts out with some vocals and even a spot of trumpet on a couple numbers, including an early version of his signature tune "Parchman Farm", plus "Lost Mind", "Blues", "Trouble In Mind" and "One Room Country Shack". He's joined by Addison Farmer or Taylor LaFargue on bass, and either Frank Isola or Nick Stabulas on drums, and the instrumental sides include "Blueberry Hill", the side long "Black Country Suite", "In Shalah", "I'll Never Be Free" and "Ain't You A Mess". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some sun bleaching on the spine.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1974. Very Good+ ... $99.99
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgweater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – with insert!)

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Charlie ByrdGuitar Artistry Of Charlie Byrd ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Artistry is a word that's not used lightly here – as the album gives Charlie Byrd plenty of space to show off his deepest talents on the acoustic guitar – in a spare trio setting with Keter Betts on bass and the lesser-known Buddy Deppenschmidt on drums! The format is one that was rare at the time – used for only a handful of virtuoso players, such as Laurindo Almeida – but the setting is a perfect one for Byrd's introspective approach, and gives him plenty of room to illustrate the rich array of influences that go into his sound. Tracks are short, and Byrd's guitar is upfront – and titles include "Django", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "The House Of The Rising Sun", "Taboo", and "Ring Them Harmonics". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turqoise label Orpheum pressing. Cover has a small peeled spot on the opening.)

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Hamilton De HolandaCaprichos/Caprices ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a double-length set that's filled with really lovely solo work on the ten-string mandolin, mixed with other duo and trio performances featuring a well-chosen array of guests! The album's got a very close, personal feel – especially as the set starts with a few solo numbers – and the introduction of the guests is very gradual, and creates this warmly collaborative vibe on Hamilton's compositions – as he's joined by other instrumentation that includes piano, accordion, harmonica, percussion, bass, and steel guitar. Titles include "Waltz Caprice", "First Caprice", "Moon Caprice", "North Caprice", "Time Caprice", "Brazilian Caprice", and "Sun Caprice". CD
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DelegationPromise Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
State/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... About August 25, 2017
The classic first album from Delegation – a great male soul trio from the late 70s, and one who sounds great on both sweet mellow tunes and more upbeat ones! Delegation have a sound that's quite unique, especially on this album – a groove with slightly tropical traces on some numbers, and a way of putting over a tune that borrows a bit from the earlier east coast harmony scene, but which wraps things up in a completely different style of production. The balance is hard to describe accurately, but it's definitely a standout for the time – and a real maturation of an earlier male soul group mode. Titles here include the famous break track "Oh Honey", plus "The Promise Of Love", "Mr Heartbreak", "Where Is The Love", "Soul Trippin", and "Let Me Take You To The Sun". CD

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Rose EllisLike Songs Like Moons ... CD
Zennez (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
The only thing we like more than a great jazz singer is a great jazz singer who can write their own words – and Rose Ellis definitely fits the bill with her wonderful work on this set! This album is Rose's first, and we're betting it will be the start of a great legacy to come – as the lady's a hell of a singer, with a vocal approach that's distinctly her own – as are the words she brings to her tunes, which hold on both to a jazz tradition, but also have an appeal that can stretch way beyond that sometimes-shrinking world too – and which could well make Ellis a singer to reach out and grab a whole new generation. Rose hails from the Netherlands, but now makes her home in New York – where she recorded the album with a trio that features Glenn Zaleski on piano and Rhodes, Pablo Menares on bass, and Ross Pederson on drums – on titles that include "Satellite", "Rise With The Sun", "Early In The Morning", "Let Go", "Don't Be Afraid", and "I Wish I Could Have Skipped Today". CD

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Jose FelicianoThat The Spirit Needs/Memphis Menu/Compartments ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A trio of wonderful albums from Jose Feliciano – all brought together here in a single set! First up is That The Spirit Needs – a sublime one from Jose! The record pushes past the easy Latin pop style of the late 60s, and features Jose working through hip rock tunes – both of his own creation, and by writers like Elton John and Cat Stevens. The real highlight of the album is an incredible reading of "Wild World" – done with a mix of fast guitar, strings, and even a bit of Brazilian-tinged scatting that breaks down in the middle and always makes us stop cold! The rest of the record's almost as good, and titles include "Daytime Dreams", "Mellow Feeling", "Come Down Jesus", "Pay Day", and "Only Once". Memphis Menue is an excellent album from Jose Feliciano – recorded with a lot of Memphis soul influences, as the title indicates, but still with that beautifullly jazzy style that he was using in his earlier LA recordings. Steve Cropper helped produced and arrange with Jose, and the Memphis Horns back up the group on a number of tracks. The real charm, though, is Jose – whose breezy vocals and sweet guitar work is right up there with his best work of the time, a sublime mix of soul, strings, jazz, and Chicano grooves. Titles include "River Song", "Magnolia", "One More Mile", "Never Leave You", "It Doesn't Matter", "Where Is My Woman", and "Movin". Compartments is sparklingly soulful work from Jose Feliciano – a key early 70s effort, and one that shows the growing sensitivity in his music – the move way past simple covers of other people's songs, even though those were pretty great too! Jose's voice has gotten even more compelling in the process, and he's also developing a bit as a songwriter too – most notably on the album's title track, which was co-written with Bill Withers. Steve Cropper helped produce, but the album's way more in Jose's bag than Cropper's – and titles include a great version of "Yes We Can Can", plus "Simple Song", "Compartments", "Sea Cruise", "I'm Leavin", "Things Are Changin", "Peace Of Mind", "Hey Look At The Sun", and "Don't Fail". CD

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Iguanas (Iggy Pop)Iguanas ... CD
Norton, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $10.99
Some of the earliest work you'll ever hear from the young Jim Osterberg – material that features the famous Stooges frontman playing drums, and doing a slight bit of singing! The group sound a fair bit like you might expect from the cover – a tight, sharp, local combo who do a great job both with their own material, and some of the well-chosen covers they recorded – the kind of stomping garagey material that would have been a hit in the small Michigan clubs at the time! Most vocals are by guitarists Nick Kolokithas and Jim McLaughlin, the latter of whom formed the group with Iggy – and Osterberg does sing lead on a pretty great version of "California Sun", and also contributed the original composition "Again & Again" – a tune that definitely points the way towards The Stooges, and is one of the creepiest things on here. Other titles include "Mona", "I Don't Know Why", "Slow Down", "Walk Don't Run", "Out Of Limits", "Surfin Bird", "Things We Said Today", and "Wild Weekend". Collection features a great range of material – even some early 1963 demos, when the group with just a trio! CD
Also available Iguanas ... LP 13.99

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Iguanas (Iggy Pop)Iguanas ... LP
Norton, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the earliest work you'll ever hear from the young Jim Osterberg – material that features the famous Stooges frontman playing drums, and doing a slight bit of singing! The group sound a fair bit like you might expect from the cover – a tight, sharp, local combo who do a great job both with their own material, and some of the well-chosen covers they recorded – the kind of stomping garagey material that would have been a hit in the small Michigan clubs at the time! Most vocals are by guitarists Nick Kolokithas and Jim McLaughlin, the latter of whom formed the group with Iggy – and Osterberg does sing lead on a pretty great version of "California Sun", and also contributed the original composition "Again & Again" – a tune that definitely points the way towards The Stooges, and is one of the creepiest things on here. Other titles include "Mona", "I Don't Know Why", "Slow Down", "Walk Don't Run", "Out Of Limits", "Surfin Bird", "Things We Said Today", and "Wild Weekend". Collection features a great range of material – even some early 1963 demos, when the group with just a trio! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Iguanas ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Isley BrothersShout! (original pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1959. Good ... $11.99
Early early early work by The Isley Brothers – an album built around their huge rock and roll hit "Shout" – one of those numbers you've heard a million times, in a million versions, and which you've probably forgotten came from the first trio of Isleys way back before they turned into one of the biggest funky soul acts of the 70s! "Shout" is offered here in 2 parts, and other tracks include "Ring A Ling A Ling", "Without A Song", "That Lucky Old Sun", and "Yes Indeed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has moderate wear, a spit top seam, peeling at the spine & a small burn mark on the back. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Keith JarrettMultitude Of Angels (4CD set) ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1996. New Copy 4CD ... $53.99 59.99
Improvised brilliance from the legendary Keith Jarrett – a wonderful 4CD set that features unissued material from an Italian tour in the mid 90s – a time when Jarrett wasn't performing nearly as much in this format as he was in the 70s! The approach is similar to those famous early albums of improvised piano on ECM, but the style is often quite different – as Keith has an almost more sensitive, up-close quality to his piano work here – a quality that might reflect some of the smaller venues in the performance, but also reflects some of the more introspective ideas that Jarrett wasn't always bringing to his more-documented trio material of the time. The 4CD set is maybe a more personal counterpart to the stretched out solo piano of the Sun Bear set – and each disc features a full evening's performance – from the cities of Modena, Ferrara, Torino, and Genova in October of 1996. CD

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✨✧ Keith JarrettTribute ... CD
ECM, 1989. Used 2CD ... $7.99
A great early trio moment from Keith Jarrett – a set that steps off some of his previous Standards albums for ECM, but which also has more of a personal flavor as well! The group here is that great combo with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both really open, fluid players who make the music really sparkle alongside Jarrett's piano – offering up tunes that are mostly standards, but in really unique variations! The album's a tribute to key musical heroes – Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and others – but the overall sound is pure Jarrett all the way through, on titles that include "Lover Man", "Solar", "Sun Prayer", "Little Girl Blue", "U Dance", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "All The Things You Are". CD
Also available Tribute ... LP 29.99

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Keith JarrettTribute ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1989. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A great early trio moment from Keith Jarrett – a set that steps off some of his previous Standards albums for ECM, but which also has more of a personal flavor as well! The group here is that great combo with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both really open, fluid players who make the music really sparkle alongside Jarrett's piano – offering up tunes that are mostly standards, but in really unique variations! The album's a tribute to key musical heroes – Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and others – but the overall sound is pure Jarrett all the way through, on titles that include "Lover Man", "Solar", "Sun Prayer", "Little Girl Blue", "U Dance", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tribute ... CD 7.99

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Nils LofgrenNils Lofgren ... CD
A&M/Ryko, 1975. Used ... $6.99
The wonderful first solo album from Nils Lofgren – done with this lean, tight sound that's nicely different than his previous work with Grin – and which really lets Nils show off all the best sides of his vocals and guitar! The group is just a core trio with Wornell Jones on bass (later of solo funk fame) and the great Aynsley Dunbar on drums – a player whose compact energy really brings a nice kick to the tunes, without ever overdoing things at all! Nils himself is stunningly charming on vocals – and also handles guitar, piano, and organ – as well as backup vocals, through the magic of overdub. In an era of rock overindulgence, the intimacy of the record is a really welcome change – although Lofrgren manages to come across with a real fullness too – almost like Todd Rundgren's self-created projects. Titles include "Keith Don't Go", "Back It Up", "One More Saturday Night", "Be Good Tonight", "Can't Buy A Break", "Duty", and "The Sun Hasn't Set On This Boy Yet". CD
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✨✧ William ParkerScrapbook ... CD
Thirsty Ear, 2003. Used ... $9.99
The jazz bassist re-teams with legendary violinist Billy Bang, who worked with Parker back in the 70s, and also worked with Sun Ra, Bootsy Collins and other titans of the era. Bang's violin is at the heart of the compositions, with Parker's elastic bass pluck there to keep everything bouncing within the same down home kinda groove. Avant dummer Hamid Drake rounds out the trio. The vibe runs from a very moody cool feel, to some fairly out passages – but it's all still mostly within the defined groove. The six tracks all run north of the five minute mark, leaving plenty of room for the trio to stretch their wings, and do so without wearing out their welcome. Our favorite album yet in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series – and the most definitively jazz set in the series, too! Includes "Scrapbook", "Sunday Morning Church", "Dust On A White Shirt", "Urban", and more. CD
 
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Monty AlexanderLove & Sunshine ... LP
MPS, 1974. Very Good- ... $3.99
One of those wonderful Monty Alexander albums from the 70s – recorded for the MPS label, and with a very different vibe than some of his later albums in the US! There's a warmth, flow, and soul here that comes through instantly – a way of fitting the piano right in with the rhythms, so that the tunes have this gentle glow and inherent warmth that really makes them sparkle! Part of the energy comes from the rhythm section – a trio that features Ernest Ranglin on guitar, Eberhard Weber on bass, and Kenny Clare on drums – and Weber's bass work is especially good, and there's lots of nice round funky moments in some of the best tracks. Titles include "Feel Like Making Love", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", and "SKJ". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a split top seam, tape along the bottom seam, and a name in marker on the front & back.)

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✨✧ Ernestine AndersonSunshine ... LP
Concord, 1980. Sealed ... $7.99
One of Ernestine Anderson's great sets for Concord – very soulful, with trio backing from Monty Alexander on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Jeff Hamilton on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(With a Sealed For Your Protection sticker.)

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Ted CursonTed Curson In Paris – Live At The Sunside ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 2006. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 24.99
Great live material from Ted Curson – a Parisian performance that features Ted with a range of different artists, really opening up in ways that show the full range of his tremendous talents! Paris always seems to bring out the best in Curson (we consider ourselves fortunate to have caught him there live years back, sharing a stage with Rufus Harley) – and this set shows Ted really taking full advantage of the opportunities the scene offers him. Some cuts are straight small combo jazz – with Ted's trumpet burning it up over backing from the trio of pianist Alain Jean-Marie. Other numbers add in a bit of backup vocals, behind Curson's own bluesy lead. And still others feature added alto, flute, and percussion – making for a further level of expression that we don't usually hear on an album from Ted. Curson's vocal performances are peppered throughout the double-length set – and almost seem to be more crowd pleasing moments, where he might be expected to warble a standard for the overseas audience – but they do have a sort of charm, given the raspy style of singing – and one number, a hip take on "Summertime", is actually a funky groover that really makes happy that Ted decided to sing along (he gets some help on that number from soulful Sylvia Howard, too!) Titles include "Reava's Waltz", "Tears For Dolphy", "Caravan", "Dig", "Round Midnight", "Milestones", "Confirmation", "Cantaloupe Island", and "Pilma Boogie". CD

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Kay DennisSunny/Walk On By ... 7-inch
Pearce, Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
Jazzy takes on two familiar tunes – both of them pretty darn nice! Kay Dennis' version of "Sunny" begins with a spare take on the vocal from Kay, then steps into this midtempo groove with a breaking drum at the bottom of the trio – as piano takes the lead with a warm, soulful bassline along for company! The same approach works well on the flipside – as the backing trio almost give Kay a sort of Young/Holt groove – which is great for the Bacharach tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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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Frankie Ortega & Sy Oliver77 Sunset Strip & Other Selections ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the coolest records ever from pianist Frankie Ortega – a set that has his usual trio backed by a much bigger group – which makes the music pack a lot more punch than usual! Sy Oliver put the band together, and handles the arrangements – which leaves Frankie's piano out front, to step around the jazzy charts in a great way! Ortega's combo was the usual one at the Dino's nightclub on the 77 Sunset Strip TV show – and both he and Oliver have come up with some great original tunes for the set, which makes the whole thing way more than just another jazz soundtrack cash-in album. Players include Lawrence Brown on trombone, Charlie Shavers and Ernie Royal on trumpet, and Sam Taylor and Seldon Powell on tenor sax – and titles include "Sunset Stripper", "Dining At Dino's", "Spencer Stakes Out", "Kookin For Kookie", and "Free Way Mambo". CD
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Tales Of JustinePetals From A Sunflower – The Complete Recordings 1967 to 1969 ... CD
EMI/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
A criminally neglected group from the UK scene of the 60s – a cool psychedelic trio who recorded at Abbey Road in the same generation as The Beatles and Pink Floyd, but never got the fame they deserved! The tunes are very creative and clever – never overblown, but filled with as much fantastic imagery as catchy hooks – performed by a group who are able to do plenty with just a few elements, and get all the right sort of help from the larger set of studio musicians at EMI. The group were brought to the studio by the young partnership of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – but apart from that strong professional step up, they're very much their own thing – and have a wonderfully fresh sound that's really ripe for rediscovery. CD presents 21 tracks in all – the group's complete recordings, with a few even taken from a rare acetate – with titles that include "Eleventh Obsolete Incident", "Pathway", "Saturn", "Morpheus", "Albert", "Monday Morning", "Sitting On A Blunestone", "Sunday School", and "Music To Watch Us By". CD

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – performed here with a hip group that includes Blythe on alto, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bobby Battle on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Mohammad Abdullah on congas – some of them players who you might never have expected to be recording for Columbia Records! And yet the setting of the record doesn't interfere with their creativity at all – and instead, really seems to give Blythe and the group the sort of focus that only makes their ideas even better – on titles that include "Elaborations", "Metamorphosis", "Sister Daisy", "Shadows", and "The Lower Nile". Light Blue is a wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". Put Sunshine In It is a record that really seems to live up to its title – as the sound here is maybe a little bit sunnier than on some of Arthur Blythe's previous albums! The record features heavy contributions from Todd Cochran – aka Bayete – who plays keyboards on most numbers, and introduces more of an electric vibe to the album than previous Blythe outings. The style isn't entirely fusion, but it's definitely warm and sunny – and Arthur responds as such with his solo work – a tight tighter and less edgey, but still nicely soulful. The album features a nice remake of the tune "Sentimental Walk" – from the movie Diva – plus the tracks "Uptown Strut", "Silhouette", "Put Sunshine In It", and "Tumalalumah". CD

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✨✧ Ted CursonTed Curson In Paris – Live At The Sunside ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 2006. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great live material from Ted Curson – a Parisian performance that features Ted with a range of different artists, really opening up in ways that show the full range of his tremendous talents! Paris always seems to bring out the best in Curson (we consider ourselves fortunate to have caught him there live years back, sharing a stage with Rufus Harley) – and this set shows Ted really taking full advantage of the opportunities the scene offers him. Some cuts are straight small combo jazz – with Ted's trumpet burning it up over backing from the trio of pianist Alain Jean-Marie. Other numbers add in a bit of backup vocals, behind Curson's own bluesy lead. And still others feature added alto, flute, and percussion – making for a further level of expression that we don't usually hear on an album from Ted. Curson's vocal performances are peppered throughout the double-length set – and almost seem to be more crowd pleasing moments, where he might be expected to warble a standard for the overseas audience – but they do have a sort of charm, given the raspy style of singing – and one number, a hip take on "Summertime", is actually a funky groover that really makes happy that Ted decided to sing along (he gets some help on that number from soulful Sylvia Howard, too!) Titles include "Reava's Waltz", "Tears For Dolphy", "Caravan", "Dig", "Round Midnight", "Milestones", "Confirmation", "Cantaloupe Island", and "Pilma Boogie". CD
Also available Ted Curson In Paris – Live At The Sunside ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisBarefoot Sunday Blues ... LP
Argo, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the strongest early albums by the Ramsey Lewis Trio – especially because it features some great original material! The group – with the usual Redd Holt and Eldee Young lineup – is augmented by Chris White on a few tracks, who plays bass while Young switches to cello, an instrument that he played better in jazz than just about anyone. Apart from the group's great title reading of Cannonball Adderley's "Barefoot Sunday Blues", the record also features original tracks "The Train Won't Wait", "Come On Baby", "I Spend My Life", "Act Like You Mean It", "Salute To Ray Charles", and "Don't Even Kick It Around". Also includes Charles Lloyd's evocative composition "Island Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label Argo pressing.)

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✨✧ John Carter TrioEchoes From Rudolph's (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an incredible dexterity and sensitivity in sound – much looser and more open to sudden shifts of inspiration than his music with Bradford – with accompaniment from Stanley Carter on bass and William Jeffrey on drums and percussion! The style is free, but never indulgently so – and Carter finds this way to always reach for melodic moments even at his most intense – creating the kind of magic that few other musicians might with his instruments. Titles include "Echoes From Rudolph's", "To A Fallen Poppy", "The Last Sunday", "Armin", and "Angles". 2CD set adds in a whole disc of extra material from the trio – with a 19 minute "Echoes From Rudolphs/To A Fallen Poppy", and a very long stretch of different improvised passages! CD

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✨✧ Bobby Hebb & Others50th Anniversary Collection Of Sunny ... CD
Trocadero (Germany), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A cool compilation that pays fitting tribute to one of the greatest songs of the 60s! When Bobby Hebb first recorded "Sunny" way back in 1966 – he probably had little idea that it would rocket him to the top of the charts, nor that it would go onto become one of the most popular songs of its time, getting covered in a variety of musical styles, by a huge amount of artists over the next few years. This package brings together 15 versions of the amazing track "Sunny" – including the original by Bobby Hebb, plus covers of the tune by Booker T & The MGs, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett, Shirley Bassey, Robert Mitchum, Herbie Mann & Tamiko Jones, Jose Feliciano, Ella Fitzgerald, Georgie Fame, The Head Shop, John Schroeder Orchestra, Cher, and an especially nice one by James Brown and The Dee Felice Trio with Marva Whitney! CD

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Albert AylerBells/Prophecy ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1964/1965. Used ... $8.99
A double-length set that brings together 2 key early live sets by Albert Ayler – both recorded on the New York scene of the mid 60s! Bells was an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly 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! Prophecy is longer – a full album that was recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after Ayler's untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bixio-Frizzi-TemperaI Quattro Dell-Apocalisse/Sella D'Argento (Four Of The Apocalypse/Silver Saddle) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1975/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
A strange soundtrack to an even stranger-sounding film about some crazy drifters in the old west! The film's got lots of groovy guitar-based tracks with kind of a light spacey sound, and some weird hippieish vocals in the background – a lot more tripped out than you might expect for the usual sort of spaghetti western, and almost handled with an approach that's lime some of the hipper American work of the mainstream at the time. The music is performed by Cook & The Benjamin Franklin Group – clearly a small group with guitars and keyboards, recorded in a way that's not entirely rockish, but which has some great sunny harmony vocals on a few of the best tracks. There's almost a Warner/Reprise vibe to the record at times – and titles include "Slow Violence", "Movin On", "Chaco", "Stubby", "Bunny Love Song", and "On The Traces Of Chaco". Silver Saddle is late entry into the Italian spaghetti western scene – and one of the few films of the genre directed by mostly-horror director Lucio Fulci! Fulci's working here with trio of composers Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera – who did such great work on the Four Horsemen soundtrack – as well as Canadian folk singer Ken Tobias, who sings in English on the title tune "Silver Saddle". The overall style is gentler and slightly more sentimental than the usual western score – penned with some complicated orchestrations from time to time, but usually an approach that features isolated guitar, harmonica, and percussion stepping out in western-styled themes. Titles include "A Cowboy & A Kid", "Silver Saddle", "Hot Lands", "In The Desert", "Two Friends", and "Cantina Guitar No 2". Each CD has a nubmer of bonus tracks, too! CD

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Herbie HancockComplete Columbia Album Collection 1972 to 1988 (31 CD set) ... CD
Columbia, 1970s/1980s. Used 31 CDs ... $79.99
A really really amazing little set – and a package that goes way beyond most other complete album collections on the market! First off, this one is REALLY complete – as it not only features all of Herbie Hancock's Columbia albums from the US, but also his rare Japanese-only records, and key sessions with other artists like the VSOP group, singer Kimiko Kasai, and pianist Chick Corea – all wrapped up in a totally cool box that features a 200 page book, and tiny LP sleeve versions of each individual album! There's a number of albums never issued in the US, and a few others are making their US debut on CD too – mixed here with key classics, and some others that haven't been in print for years. Herbie's sense of vision and genius hold strong throughout – from electric to acoustic to electric and more acoustic modes recorded over a 16 year span between 1972 and 1988. Albums include Sextant, Head Hunters, Dedication, Thrust, Death Wish, Flood, Man-Child, Secrets, VSOP, Herbie Hancock Trio, VSOP The Quintet, VSOP Tempest In The Colosseum, An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea, Sunlight, Feets Don't Fail Me Now, Directstep, Live Under The Stars, Five Stars, Butterfly (with Kimiko Kasai), Monster, Mr Hands, Magic Windows, Herbie Hancock Trio with Ron Carter & Tony Williams, Quartet, Lite Me Up, Future Shock, Sound System, Village Life (with Foday Musa Suso), Round Midnight (soundtrack), and Perfect Machine. A stunner of a set – even if you already own some of the records inside! CD

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Wes MontgomeryBoss Guitar ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... $3.99
Early greatness from Wes Montgomery – and a session that's got a gritty edge that takes Wes back to his Indianapolis roots! The album's one of the few of the time to feature the unsung Hammond hero Mel Rhyne – a player who worked with Wes at his start, but has only gotten stronger acclaim in recent decades as part of his comeback. Rhyne's a key force in the record – working alongside Montgomery's guitar and the drums of Jimmy Cobb – in a loose, open trio that has Mel participating as strongly in the rhythms as he does in the solo side of the album. Titles include a few Montgomery originals – "The Trick Bag" and "Fried Pies" – plus the tunes "Besame Mucho", "Dearly Beloved", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Canadian Sunset", "The Breeze & I", and "For Heaven's Sake". CD includes bonus tracks "Besame Mucho (take 2)" and "Fried Pies (take 1)". CD
Also available Boss Guitar (with bonus tracks) (OJC Remasters) ... CD 5.99

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Wes MontgomeryBoss Guitar (with bonus tracks) (OJC Remasters) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1963. Used ... $5.99
Early greatness from Wes Montgomery – and a session that's got a gritty edge that takes Wes back to his Indianapolis roots! The album's one of the few of the time to feature the unsung Hammond hero Mel Rhyne – a player who worked with Wes at his start, but has only gotten stronger acclaim in recent decades as part of his comeback. Rhyne's a key force in the record – working alongside Montgomery's guitar and the drums of Jimmy Cobb – in a loose, open trio that has Mel participating as strongly in the rhythms as he does in the solo side of the album. Titles include a few Montgomery originals – "The Trick Bag" and "Fried Pies" – plus the tunes "Besame Mucho", "Dearly Beloved", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Canadian Sunset", "The Breeze & I", and "For Heaven's Sake". CD includes bonus tracks "Besame Mucho (take 2)", "Trick Bag (take 6)", and "Fried Pies (take 1)". CD
Also available Boss Guitar ... CD 3.99

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Jimmy NeeleyMisirlou ... LP
Tru Sound/Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $39.99
One of the few albums ever recorded by Jimmy Neeley – an unsung piano genius of the 50s and 60s, with a sound and style that placed him right up there with the best work of Ahmad Jamal! Like Jamal, Neeley has a bit of a flair for the exotic – and also like Jamal, his trio performances are very well crafted, fitting together bass (by Michel Mulia) and drums (by Rudy Lawless) into a seamless blend of percussive and rhythmic expression that really grooves nicely with the piano. Titles include "The Chase", "Misirlou", "Getting A Taste", "Lament For The Lonely", and "Gone With The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing!)

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Frankie OrtegaAt The Embers ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Maybe the best album ever from the Frankie Ortega Trio – a cool club combo who were probably best known for their work on 77 Sunset Strip – but who were clearly a crowd-pleasing act wherever they went! At a time when groups like the Ramsey Lewis or Oscar Peterson Trios were just getting mainstream acclaim, Frankie's group already had grabbed some of the best modes that worked well in small clubs – a mix of familiar tunes and surprising numbers, played in a mode that's definitely jazz, but which also borrows a lot of rhythmic inspiration from Latin groups – reworking that lively interplay between bass, piano, and drums into a special sort of magic for the scene! Titles include "Cumana", "Autumn Leaves", "September Song", "At The Embers", "How About You", "Granada", "That's All", and "Taboo". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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YoungbloodsRock Festival/Ride The Wind/Good & Dusty ... CD
BGO (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of overlooked Warner Brothers albums from The Youngbloods! Rock Festival is a record with a bit of a joke on the cover, but one that's also got a much more mature version of The Youngbloods than just a few years before – a group who are moving past straighter folk, bringing in bits of psych and jazz elements – yet still also keeping their cool a lot more than most of their contemporaries! The mix of acoustic and electric elements is wonderful – these compressed guitar lines that are sometimes complex, sometimes flowing in waves – working with very inventive drums and percussion from Joe Bauer – who maybe even nods towards freer jazz styles at times. Piano is acoustic and electric, woven by Banana beautifully around the lead lyrics of Jesse Colin Young – on titles that include "It's A Lovely Day", "Sea Cow Boogie", "Misty Roses", "On Beautiful Lake Spenard", "Fiddler A Dram", and "Ice Bag". Ride The Wind is beautiful work from the Youngbloods – a mixture of folk rock and jazzy phrasing, very much in the same spirit of Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley, with a depth and complexity that's quite surprising, and which has held up surprisingly well over the years – almost more appealing now than when it was first recorded. The electric piano alone is worth the price of admission – jazzy in a way you won't find on the group's other records – and the album features a number of longer tracks – including a sublime reading of Fred Neil's "The Dolphin", and the cuts "Beautiful", "Sunlight", "Ride The Wind", and "Sugar Babe". Good & Dusty is an album that has The Youngbloods making a bit of shift in their sound – especially compared to the jazzier element of their previous album, Ride The Wind – with a move more towards the sorts of styles you'd expect from the "good & dusty" in the title! A number of the tunes are older numbers from the 50s and 60s – redone by the group with a mix of soul, rock, and folk elements – a bit like some of the hipper country-inspired acts of the time, but with the best sort of early 70s Warner vibe. The lineup is expanded past the previous trio – with added horns from Michael Kane, and some harmonica from Earthquake Anderson – and titles include "Drifting & Drifting", "Pontiac Blues", "Stagger Lee", "Circus Face", "I'm A Hog For You BAby", and "Light Shine". CD
 
 
 



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