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Ted TaylorMake Up For Lost Time/What A Fool ... 7-inch
Ronn, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Ronn sleeve.)

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Ted TaylorTed Taylor 1976 ... LP
TK/Alarm, 1976. Sealed ... $14.99
An overlooked set from Ted Taylor – one of those singers who kept moving around to different labels, never quite finding his home – but always doing some great work in the process! Ted's quite different here than on his 60s work for Okeh – much more in the southern soul territory of his album on the Jewel/Paula label – although with a slightly more put-together sound, given the record's handling by the TK Records imprint. The label nicely avoids any of their usual disco styles with Ted – and instead really let him hit some rootsy modes as he takes on some familiar tunes, but deepens them nicely with his handling. Titles include "Somebody's Getting It", "Steal Away", "Standing In The Wings Of A Heartache", "I'm Gonna Hate Myself In The Morning", "You Make Loving You So Easy", "High Heel Sneakers", and "Everybody's Stealing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with a cutout notch.)
 
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Cecil TaylorLove For Sale ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99 About November 25, 2021
A stunner of an album from Cecil Taylor's early days – for many reasons, but also for the wild cover, which has a couple meeting in a dark alley in a cheesy photo shoot! (Just imagine if Hat Hut or Leo tried that today!) This long-out-of-print session features 3 early trio tracks – which let you hear Cecil developing his freer approach on strange takes on Cole Porter's "Get Out of Town", "I Love Paris", and "Love For Sale". The other 3 tracks are originals by Taylor, and expand the group to a quintet with the amaaaaazing frontline talents of Ted Curson on trumpet and Bill Barron on tenor, always one of our favorite pair of modernists, and players that add richness to any session they grace. CD

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Cecil TaylorStructures Revisited (Into The Hot/Unit Structures) ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1961/1966. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A pair of crucial Cecil Taylor sessions from the 60s – both of which show the free-thinking pianist working amidst some larger arrangements! First up are three tracks from the Gil Evans album Into The Hot – all tunes written by Cecil Taylor – a very bold move for Evans, given Taylor's strongly out reputation even at this point in his career – and possibly even more bold, given that Taylor's on the tracks playing piano, alongside players who include Archie Shepp on tenor, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums – plus work on one track from Ted Curson on trumpet and Roswell Rudd on trombone. The material's fantastic, and is a key part of Taylor's work at the time, and shows a very different setting for his piano – a bit of tension with the larger Evans group, in a way that's almost more compelling than his own early dates as a leader – on the titles "Pots", "Bulbs", and "Mixed". Next is the Unit Structures album – one of a rare few albums done by pianist Cecil Taylor for the Blue Note label in the 60s – some of the most outside work recorded for the imprint at the time! The word "structures" here is perhaps a bit misplaced – as the work has a strong sense of freedom with the soloists – who operate based on a system of energy and impulses described by Taylor in the notes, at a level that's maybe one of his most inventive, ambitious expressions of the decade! The whole lineup is great – with especially strong horn work from Eddie Gale on trumpet, Jimmy Lyons on alto, and Ken McIntyre on alto, oboe, and bass clarinet – and Taylor's piano gets accompaniment from two groundbreaking bassists – Henry Grimes and Alan Silva – plus drums from Andrew Cyrille. Given the lineup, and the format, the whole thing almost feels more like one of the BYG/Actuel avant sessions than Blue Note in the 60s – and titles include "Steps", "Enter Evening (Soft Line Structure)", "Unit Structure/As Of A Now/Section", and "Tales (8 Whisps)". CD

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✨✧ Hound Dog TaylorNatural Boogie ... CD
Alligator/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic early session from Alligator Records – with Hound Dog Taylor on guitar and vocals, plus Brewer Phillips on second guitar and Ted Harvey on drums – all working in a style that's a lot leaner than other work on the label! CD
(Out of print, and includes obi!)

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VariousDJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up – Disco Wonderland Vol 2 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 16.99
A soaring batch of disco gems, club cuts, and undiscovered nuggets – all pulled together to make a set that's even better than the first entry in this Disco Wonderland series! DJ Andy Smith and associates bring together a great array of fresh tracks from back in the day – not massive disco hits, but also not the kind of rare gems that maybe never made the cut for a good reason – and instead, the tracks here work together perfectly, and even get a few special mixes along the way by Smith and the crew, which includes a few contemporary cuts that fit perfectly next to the vintage material. Titles include "Get Up & Dance (Bad Bikini re-edit)" by Disco Circus, "You're The Best" by The Emotions, "Heaven" by The Gibson Brothers, "Dreamin" by Greg Henderson, "You Don't Know (Crissy Kybosh rmx)" by Serious Intention, "For The Love Of Money" by Armada Orchestra, "You & I" by Ronnie Jones, "Sweet Dynamite" by Claudja Barry, "Dance Freak" by Chain Reaction, "Night Of My Life" by Full Intention & Nick Reach Up with Jazz Morley, "I'm In Love" by Cela, "Love Don't Come Easy" by New Jersey Connection, "Lost Without You (Andy Smith re-edit)" by Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler, and "Ghetto Disco" by Ted Taylor. 2CD version features one CD of the songs mix, another unmixed! CD

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VariousSweet Inspiration – The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A treasure trove of wonderful tunes – all written by the legendary southern soul team of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham! The pair rarely entered the spotlight themselves, but contributed countless compositions that helped forge the sound of southern soul in the 60s – classic tunes that made the music of Memphis and Muscle Shoals even more mighty than anyone might have expected – thanks to a depth of feeling, sensitivity of emotion, and a trademark undercurrent of sadness that really helped the music set a new level at the time! This collection is the first to really do justice to the full range of the Penn/Oldham catalog – a beautiful batch of soul singles from a variety of different 60s labels – laid out back to back, in a breathtaking tapestry of soulful music. Titles include "Feed The Flame" by Ted Taylor, "Take Me" by Solomon Burke, "I'm Your Puppet" by Dionne Warwick, "Out Of Left Field" by Percy Sledge, "Cry Like A Baby" by Arthur Alexander, "It Tears Me Up" by Jeanne Newman, "I Met Her In Church" by Tony Borders, "I Need Someone" by The Wallace Brothers, "In The Same Old Way" by Arthur Conley, "Let It Happen" by James Carr, "Are You Never Coming Home" by Sandy Posey, and "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" by Etta James. CD

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✨✧ VariousGhetto Disco – Nori's TK Disco Session ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing too ghetto here – given that the work on the set all comes from the Miami soul powerhouse of TK Records – a company that was always known for a tight, well-crafted groove! And while TK had plenty of chart hits during the disco years, there's a number of cuts here that are lesser-known, and also presented in different mixes too – served up by DJ Nori in one extended 70 minute mix, but which still fits most of the tracks into the groove in a very complete way! Titles include "Keep It Up" by Milton Wright, "Inner City Blues" by Paul Lewis, "Do You Like That Way That It Feels" by Tempest Trio, "Bahama Soul Stew (DK edit)" by Funky Nassau, "Spank (inst 12" re-edit)" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Get On Down" by King Sporty, "Where Is The Love" by Betty Wright, "Dance to The Drummer's Beat (Harvey's nightclub re-edit)" by Herman Kelly, "For The Love Of It" by Lonnie Smith, "Ghetto Disco" by Ted Taylor, and "Music (DJ Nori edit)" by Montreal. CD

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✨✧ VariousTK Disco Re-Edited – Volume 1 (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
TK (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The genius sound of the TK Records label, taken to a whole new level – as some of the coolest club classics from that legendary Miami label are served up here in a host of new edits by contemporary talents! The sound is great – all the funk and soul of the originals, but kicked up a bit here and there on the rhythms – and often edited in ways that the grooves are really expanded too! Titles include "Spank (Dimitri From Paris Classic Re-Edit)" by Jimmy Bo Horne , "Ghetto Music" by Ted Taylor, "I'm Your Boogie Man (Todd Terje edit)" and "I Get Lifted (Todd Terje edit)" by KC & The Sunshine Band, "Do What You Wanna Do (Kon's Keep It Moving Mix)" by T-Connection, "Why Can't We Live Together (Late Nite Tuff Guy No More War Rework)" by Timmy Thomas, "Move Me Baby (Danny Krivit edit)" by Gwen McCrae, and "Jam On The Groove (Danny Krivit Edit)" by Ralph MacDonald. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy yellow vinyl pressing!)
 
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Johnnie TaylorRated X-Traordinaire – Best Of Johnnie Taylor ... CD
Legacy/Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 7.98
Killer work from Johnnie Taylor – from the amazing period in which he reinvented himself as one of the bigger selling smooth soul acts of the 70s! Johnnie got his start as a solo act at Stax, churning out some great raw bluesy tunes that earned him more than a few hit records – but when Stax was going belly-up in the mid 70s, Johnnie made the move to Columbia, and it was one of the best he ever made! The ultimate sign of this success was the super-huge hit "Disco Lady" – a perpetual favorite on AM radio that forever earned Johnnie a place in the soul hall of fame. But way past that number (included here, by the way) – which could have led Johnnie into a cash heavy (but ultimately short) career of dancefloor records – Johnnie instead also worked on his rich talent for ballads and mellow numbers, emerging as a sophisticated singer at a level no one would have guessed from his early days. You'll hear that best on tracks like "Love Is Better In The AM " or "Your Love Is Rated X" – but you'll also get plenty of nice moments from tunes like "You're The Best In The World", "Play Something Pretty", "Right Now", and "Stop Giving People Hard Luck Stories". 16 tracks in all. CD

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Mike TaylorMike Taylor – Trio, Quartet, & Composer – Revisited ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A fantastic tribute to the overlooked genius of British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who made a few key contributions in the late 60s, before turning up dead in the River Thames at the young age of 31! The core of the package is Mike's debut Trio album – a lost set of modernist piano jazz from the British scene of the late 60s – very much in the mode of the best American work of the time by pianists like Steve Kuhn or Don Friedman! Taylor's got an incredible touch on the keys – a post-Bill Evans mode that uses space as much a sound, and which paints in broad colors and tones that seem to glisten in their own unique place in the musical spectrum. The sound is free, but never too "out" – and the trio performs a number of strong originals like "Just A Blues", "Two Autumns", "Guru", and "Abena" – plus completely transformed versions of "Stella By Starlight" and "All The Things You Are". CD then also includes one quartet track from the album Pendulum – recorded with Dave Tomlin on soprano sax, in a 14 minute take on "Night In Tunisia". Then, the set really steps into a few surprises – as Taylor composed the music for a few Cream tracks (bassist Jack Bruce was an early jazz partner of Mike) – so the set features the early Cream recordings of "Passing The Time", "Pressed Rat & Warthog", and "Those Were The Days". CD

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✨✧ Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, & Uhuru YenzuHitsville Re-Visited ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 1982. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not the Hitsville of Motown fame – but instead a fantastic album of upbeat, hard-grooving highlife – served up by the collaborative efforts of Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, and Uhuru Yenzu! Taylor is kind of the guiding force here – as he handles arrangements, and uses his guitar to really shape the groove – but Pat Thomas also gets in lots of great vocals too, usually joined by the other singers – in this mode that makes the whole thing maybe feel a bit more spontaneous and personal than other albums of this nature – especially from the time. The date is 1982, but the lean production style makes the whole thing feel like a set from a decade before – with a nicely crispy sound on the long titles "Gyae Su", "Go Slow", "Wiase Ahonya", and "Uhuru Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed Mr Bongo reissue pressing!)

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Red GarlandRevisited! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... $14.99
Red Garland revisited, and rediscovered – as the material here was recorded by Prestige in the late 50s, but not issued until a dozen years later – long after Garland's best success for the label! But the passage of time doesn't dim the genius here at all – and if anything, it's our guess that Prestige simply held back back in the day because there was already so much Garland on the market, they wanted to wait a bit, so as not to cloud up the waters. Their wait is our gain, as the record comes off with a freshness that's partially from its less iconic status in the Garland canon, but also from it's always-great sense of soulful and lyrical interplay on the keys! Also noteworthy is Kenny Burrell – who makes an appearance here on 2 tracks, augmenting the trio of Garland, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor with his guitar. Titles include "Four", "Billy Boy", "Everybody's Somebody's Fool", "Walkin", and "Hey Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe HarriottFree Form & Abstract Revisited ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.95
A pair of legendary albums from the mighty Joe Harriott – a player who emigrated to England in the 50s, then set the scene on fire in the following decade! First up is Free Form – the landmark album that forever put saxophonist Joe Harriott on the map, and it's a brilliant batch of tracks that prove that Harriott was advancing the jazz avant garde in England as much as players like Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor were advancing it in America. Despite the "free form" of the title, the tracks are more "new thing" – somewhat structured, with a rhythmic approach that's still a little straight, but solos that go nice and outside. Joe's overall conception is a beautiful mix of angular thinking with freely expressed soulful emotion – and the record's one that ranks up there with the 10 most groundbreaking of the 60s! The group's about as fantastic as you could ever expect from England at the time – with Shake Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Coleridge Goode on bass, and Phil Seamen on drums – and titles include "Formation", "Coda", "Abstract", "Straight Lines", and "Impression". Next is Abstract – one of the legendary sets of avant garde jazz by the British alto genius Joe Harriott – an artist who was sometimes billed as the British Ornette Coleman – a reputation he definitely earns with the groundbreaking quality of this album! The conception is bold right from the start – strongly rhythmic, but at a level that's different from Coleman's music – with some deeply emotional undertones to the solos (which also include work from Shake Keane on trumpet!) – and occasional modal elements that also bring in some spiritual elements to work perfect with the breakout solos. The group also features crack rhythm work from Pat Smythe on piano, Coleridge Goode on bass, and Phil Seaman on drums – and the track list includes "Subject", "Shadows", "Tonal", "Oleo", "Pictures", "Idiom", "Compound" and "Modal". CD

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Billy TaylorBilly Taylor Trio Featuring Candido ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1954. Used ... $4.99
Some of the best work ever from pianist Billy Taylor – and some of the earliest too! Taylor's 50s trio with Earl May and Percy Brice is augmented here by conga work by the great Candido – and this addition brings a lot of fire to the group, giving Taylor's normally safe style a harder percussive edge – one that really makes the whole set groove nicely! Proof of this can be found in the album's classic reading of "Mambo Inn", one of those Latin piano tunes that's been a jazz dance classic for years – and other tracks are great too, and include "Love For Sale", "A Live One", "Bit Of Bedlam", "Declivity", and "Different Bells". CD
(Out of print.)

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Pat Thomas & Ebo TaylorSweeter Than Honey – Calypso Mahuno & High Lifes Celebration ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A special collaboration between these two legends of Ghanian music – one that has singer Pat Thomas working with the grooves of Ebo Taylor – in an effort to reclaim the sound of calypso as an African sound! The album's got an unusual mix of Caribbean modes and Ghanian soul – bubbling rhythms that are fitted with highlife touches from Taylor's guitar, and from the warm production of the set – and a mode that's maybe more upbeat and positive than some of the 70s work from either artist. Titles include "Sweeter Than Honey", "Ma Huno", "Ene Nyame Nam A Mensuro", "Hiani Sui Efiri A Oyi Abebrese", and "Keep On Trying". CD

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United States Navy Band CommodoresSome Bop ... LP
US Navy, 1987. Near Mint- ... $1.99
With arrangements by Jeff Taylor, Jim Wyckoff, Bryan Kidd, and Bill Hall, and featuring James Hayward on flute and tenor, Gerard Ascione on keyboards, Steve Abshire on guitar, John Jensen on trombone, Louis Hinds on bass, Marty Nau on alto, Dave Schiff on tenor, Ron Diehl on soprano, and Neil Stalnaker on trumpet. LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie WilliamsRaw Unpolluted Soul ... LP
Supreme Blues/Rah-El, Early 70s. Good ... $4.99
Messed up funky blues from drummer Willie Williams – here leading a Chicago group that includes work by Pinetop Perkins, Eddie Taylor, Roy Lee Johnson, Carel Bell, and Little Mack. There's no all-out funk tracks on the record – but it does have a soulful edge overall, especially in some of Willie's heavy-vamping drum work. Titles include "Detroit Blues", "Hot Pants Woman", "Wine Headed Woman", "38 Woman", and "Back To Mississippi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Vinyl is in Good condition, but cover still looks nice, with light wear and aging.)

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VariousComplete Motown Singles Volume 10 – 1970 (limited edition 6CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1970. Used 6 CDs ... $199.99
Motown leaps boldly into the 70s – building strongly off the changing grooves during the label's late 60s years, and serving up an amazing array of differently-styled singles! There's a really great blend here of some of the more familiar 60s modes and the hipper grooves to come in the new decade – a sound that's definitely maturing Motown, but still with most of the label's big talent in place, alongside some key younger acts and a few great surprises from left field! As with other volumes in this amazing series, there's a hell of a lot of music here – not just hits, but every single from the year, presented with both a and b-sides – so that you really get an idea of what the label was up to at the time. The whole thing's packaged in a hardcover book-style package, with a bonus 45 in the front cover – and it includes over 150 tracks by artists who include Hearts Of Stone, Hugh Masekela, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Allan Nichols, The Originals, Rare Earth, The Jazz Crusaders, Diana Ross, Arthur Adams, Jimmy Ruffin, Yvonne Fair, Gladys Knight, Bob & Marcia, Buzzie, Blinky, The Jackson 5, Danny Hernandez, Ivy Jo, The Fantastic Four, R Dean Taylor, Chuck Jackson, and lots more! CD
(Out of print, case has some wear and initials in marker on back of case.)

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VariousComplete Motown Singles Volume 11B – 1971 (limited edition 5CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1971. Used 5 CDs ... $69.99
Massive Motown from 1971 – the ultra-hip second part of this key year for the monumental label! Motown was going through plenty of changes in 1971 – a year that saw Marvin Gaye's new righteous musical vision, a wave of fresh talent from the west coast, and the label's further push into sounds that went way beyond standard soul music – moves that are summed up beautifully here by artists who include Rare Earth, Popcorn Wylie, Stevie Wonder, Undisputed Truth, The Supremes, PJ, Jackson 5, Bobby Taylor, The Rustix, Jr Walker, Martha Reeves, Virgil Henry, Tom Clay, Diana Ross, Suzee Ikeda, Sunday Funnies, Chuck Jackson, My Friends, Valerie Simpson, Jack Hammer, The Messengers, Lodi, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, and even Bobby Darin! As usual, Hip-O Select have done an amazing job with the package – pulling together 120 tracks that also includes some rare bits not on the official singles, and wrapping the whole thing up in a hardcover book that also features a bonus Michael Jackson 45 in the cover. The book is over 120 pages, with loads of notes, essay material, and rare photos that document this amazing point in the label's history! CD

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VariousSoul & The City – Liberated Soul From The Streets Of New York ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2007. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
An excellent collection of contemporary soul from the New York scene – key proof that the Big Apple is ready to challenge the underground work coming from Philly and Atlanta in recent years! Many of the artists here are ones that don't really foreground their New York connection – especially in ways you might be used to from mainstream soul – but taken together, they really show a tremendous achievement for the city – a whole new generation of fresh, creative talents in soul music – artists who include a few familiar names and older talents, but who are mainly made up of up-and-comers just getting their game on! The choice of tracks here is superb – really some of the best work by all artists involved – and the set features 17 titles that include "Marvin" by Peter Hadar, "Grand Larceny" by Lavell, "Getting Happy" by Family Stand, "Outside The Box" by Re Re Valverde, "Look At Me Now" by Morrison Slick, "Boyfriend" by Martha Redbone, "Lady" by Russell Taylor, "You Can't Be Late" by Jeremy James, "Heaven" by Gil Small, "Movin On" by Nick Rolfe, "When I'm With You (Spinna rmx)" by Traciana Graves, "Make You Mine" by Heavy, and "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Jewell Zaire with TL. CD

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VariousWild Sounds From An Overheated Jukebox – Lux & Ivy Dig Those 45s ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 20.99
Oh for the glory days of the 7" single – that magical late 50s/early 60s time when it seemed like there was an endless supply of weird and wonderful records all the time – and at prices that allowed them to circulate easily, even if they weren't big hits! (And why are 7" singles so expensive these days?) The package is a fantastic testament to that wonderful musical moment – when you might stumble across a backroom jukebox, stuffed with overlooked gems – just waiting for you to discover them, and get them blasting out of the bassy speaker with the drop of your dime. Few folks know this generation better than Lux and Ivy of The Cramps – a pair who were record collectors before they even made a single of their own – and the set features a stunning 50 rare nuggets – with titles that include "The Mash" by Bud Spudd & The Sprouts, "No Time" by The Titans, "Purr Kitty Purr" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Time Machine" by The Gamblers, "Little Bitty Girl" by The Memories, "The Little Martian" by Jan Amber, "The Last Meal" by Hurricane Harry, "Hello Schoolteacher" by The 4 After 5s, "Peach Fuzz" by Bob Taylor, "Zindy Lou" by The Mariners, "My Memories Of You" by Yolanda & The Natural, "Wolf Call" by Mark Anthony, "Nameless" by Bob Strauss, "Heartbeat" by The Threeteens, "I Dreamed I Was Elvis" by Sonny Cole & The Rhythm Roamers, "Mental Cruelty" by Larry & Dixie Davis, and "Bodacious" by The US Rockets. CD

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✨✧ Archie SheppBlase/Yasmina Revisited ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Important late 60s work from Archie Shepp – all recorded in Paris in 1969! First up is the album Blase – a crucial album from Archie Shepp – one that finds him enjoying new freedoms on the French scene at the end of the 60s – which then helps him take off from his earlier Impulse Records modes, at a level he'd then bring back to the label in the early 70s! There's a very free-thinking sense of combination here – as Shepp is breaking down from his idea of a more unified sound in the material – and opens the door at points to work from Jeanne Lee on voice and Chicago Beau and Julio Finn on harmonicas – in a lineup that also includes Malachi Favors on bass, Dave Burrell on piano, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. These are long, spiritual tracks that comprise some of his best European recordings of the time, and the titles include "There is a Balm in Gilead", "Touareg", "Blase", and "My Angel" – plus a strong reading of "Sophisticated Lady" – which maybe points the way towards some of the Shepp experiments in the late 70s. Next is the long title track from the album Yasmina, a Black Woman – a set that features Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot pan-African influences! Shepp's in the lead on tenor – working with a great lineup of up-and coming avant geniuses – Clifford Thortnton on cornet, Lester Bowie on trumpet, Roscoe Mitchell on bass saxophone, Dave Burrell on piano, Malachi Favors on bass, Philly Joe Jones and Sunny Murray on drums – and the unusual addition of Art Taylor on "rhythm logs" and Laurence Devereaux on balafon! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more from Pharoah Sanders than Shepp himself. CD

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✨✧ Teddy WilsonIsn't It Romantic ... CD
Musicraft/Discovery, Late 40s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Notable sidemen include Don Byas on tenor, Buck Clayton and Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Red Norvo on vibes, and Billy Taylor on bass. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Teddi KingNow In Vogue (plus Miss Teddi King & Round Midnight) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Three rare Storyville albums from singer Teddi King – all packaged up here in a cool Japanese paper sleeve set! First up is Now In Vogue – one of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet that features Billy Taylor on piano, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Gene Quill on alto! The Storyville approach really brings out the best in Teddi's vocals – as the easy-going nature of the record has King sounding a bit more grown-up and adult than before – singing lines in a slightly sultry style, yet still with some of the bird-like notes heard on other albums. Taylor's piano adds a nice grounding to the record – and titles include "Old Folks", "Why Do You Suppose", "I'm In The Market For You", "You Hit The Spot", "Something To Live For", and "Like A Ship Without A Sail". Miss Teddi King is great early work from vocalist Teddi King – a set that's got a lot more dark corners and moody moments than some of her later work! The group here is nice and small – a quartet that features Ruby Braff on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Milt Hinton on bass – all of whom accompany Teddi with a nicely sensitive sound – often augmenting her trilling vocals with some nicely blue tones of their own. The tracks are all familiar ones, but they're done in a mellow late nite feel that really gives them a new life of their own. Titles include "I Saw Stars", "New Orleans", "Love Is A Now & Then Thing", "It's The Talk of the Town", "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan", and "It's All In The Mind". Round Midnight features vocals as dark as they are lovely – a sublime early set from singer Teddi King, served up in a style that's nicely perched between two decades of jazz! There's a moody, intimate feel here that really takes us back to an earlier era – a bit in the way that Lee Wiley often does at the same period, with a sound that's almost timeless, yet never outdated. The only backings here are piano from Beryl Booker – and in a way, the record's almost a duet outing between Teddi and Beryl, with a wonderfully intimate feel overall. Tracks include "Round Midnight", "What's New", "I Concentrate On You", "Little Girl Blue", and "It Never Entered My Mind". CD

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Dave Burrell & Motoharu YoshizawaDreams ... CD
Trio (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
If you've ever doubted the genius of pianist Dave Burrell, this may well be the record to push you over the top – as the album captures Burrell at the height of his power, at a time when he was very much in a long-form, incredibly dynamic mode of improvisation – equal maybe to the greatness of Cecil Taylor during the same time! Yet Burrell can also balance his moods and modes, too – so that one of the album's long numbers, he's completely on fire – whereas on the other he's got a much more spacious sense of improvisation – really waiting and sounding things out, with superb accompaniment from bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa on both selections. Yoshizawa has this incredible boldness on the fast, free tune "Red/Black" – then comes at his instrument in a completely different way on the moodier, more contemplative "Green/Day Dream". CD

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John ColtraneAnother Side Of John Coltrane ... CD
Prestige/Craft, Late 50s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The legendary John Coltrane was a leader on some amazing recordings of the late 50s and 1960s – but right at the start of his career, he also added key contributions to records headed up by other folks too – and some of the best of those moments are collected here in this well-done set! The "other side" isn't really a part of the Coltrane legacy that's different than the rest – but these early tracks show just how important his tenor saxophone stylings were to the transforming sound of jazz at the end of the 50s – taking things past earlier bop expressions, yet still in a straightforward mode – with solos that are sometimes even more stunning than the work of the leaders under whom the records were issued! Most of the tracks here are from the Prestige and Riverside Records catalogs – and titles include "CTA" by Art Taylor, "Monk's Mood" and "Trinkle Trinkle" by Thelonious Monk, "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "Airegin" by Miles Davis, "Soultrane" by Tadd Dameron, "Billie's Bounce" by Red Garland, and "Tenor Madness" by Sonny Rollins. CD
Also available Another Side Of John Coltrane (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP 28.99

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John ColtraneAnother Side Of John Coltrane (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Prestige/Craft, Late 50s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 34.99
The legendary John Coltrane was a leader on some amazing recordings of the late 50s and 1960s – but right at the start of his career, he also added key contributions to records headed up by other folks too – and some of the best of those moments are collected here in this well-done set! The "other side" isn't really a part of the Coltrane legacy that's different than the rest – but these early tracks show just how important his tenor saxophone stylings were to the transforming sound of jazz at the end of the 50s – taking things past earlier bop expressions, yet still in a straightforward mode – with solos that are sometimes even more stunning than the work of the leaders under whom the records were issued! Most of the tracks here are from the Prestige and Riverside Records catalogs – and titles include "CTA" by Art Taylor, "Monk's Mood" and "Trinkle Trinkle" by Thelonious Monk, "Someday My Prince Will Come" and "Airegin" by Miles Davis, "Soultrane" by Tadd Dameron, "Billie's Bounce" by Red Garland, and "Tenor Madness" by Sonny Rollins. 2LP set features bonus tracks – "Nutty" by Thelonious Monk, and "Birk's Works" by Red Garland. LP, Vinyl record album
(The double vinyl pressing includes two tracks not included on the CD or digital editions!)
Also available Another Side Of John Coltrane ... CD 14.99

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Michael Cosmic/Phill Musra GroupPeace In The World/Creator Spaces (with bonus download) ... LP
Cosmic/Now Again, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99 55.98
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic in very heady territory – sounds that come from his young tenure in the AACM, his brief time with Cecil Taylor, and his budding reputation on the 70s Boston scene – where the set was recorded, and almost stands as a precursor to the rich legacy of improvisational jazz that would emerge on the New England scene for decades to come! Tracks are long and very free, but have spiritual currents too – and Cosmic is mostly on piano, with Musra on soprano sax and tenor, Leonard Brown on soprano and tenor, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Huseyin Ertunc on drums, and Eric Jackson on percussion. Titles include "We Love You Malcolm X", "Peace In The World", "Sapce On Space", and "Arabia". Next is the related album Creator Spaces, by Phill Musra – recorded at the time when he was part of the very underground Boston avant scene – a world that had a slightly different vibe than music coming from Chicago, Detroit, or New York! The album's got a spiritual avant bent – soulful at the core, with lots of references to outer space as well – and an approach that feels a lot like a classic Saturn Records session by Sun Ra, both in sound and spirit! Musra plays reeds, chimes, and percussion – and the group features some incredible sax work by Michael Cosmic, who also plays a bit of organ, again in a tripped-out, Ra-type way. Huseyin Ertunc plays percussion – very free and loose, in ways that are a great balance to the more angular lines of the reeds – and tracks include "The Creator Is So Far Out", "The Creator Spaces", "Egypt", and "Arabia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000!)
Also available Peace In The World/Creator Spaces/The Prayer (3CD set) ... CD 9.99

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Michael Cosmic/Phill Musra Group/World's Experience OrchestraPeace In The World/Creator Spaces/The Prayer (3CD set) ... CD
Cosmic/Now Again, 1974. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99 20.98
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic in very heady territory – sounds that come from his young tenure in the AACM, his brief time with Cecil Taylor, and his budding reputation on the 70s Boston scene – where the set was recorded, and almost stands as a precursor to the rich legacy of improvisational jazz that would emerge on the New England scene for decades to come! Tracks are long and very free, but have spiritual currents too – and Cosmic is mostly on piano, with Musra on soprano sax and tenor, Leonard Brown on soprano and tenor, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Huseyin Ertunc on drums, and Eric Jackson on percussion. Titles include "We Love You Malcolm X", "Peace In The World", "Sapce On Space", and "Arabia". Next is the related album Creator Spaces, by Phill Musra – recorded at the time when he was part of the very underground Boston avant scene – a world that had a slightly different vibe than music coming from Chicago, Detroit, or New York! The album's got a spiritual avant bent – soulful at the core, with lots of references to outer space as well – and an approach that feels a lot like a classic Saturn Records session by Sun Ra, both in sound and spirit! Musra plays reeds, chimes, and percussion – and the group features some incredible sax work by Michael Cosmic, who also plays a bit of organ, again in a tripped-out, Ra-type way. Huseyin Ertunc plays percussion – very free and loose, in ways that are a great balance to the more angular lines of the reeds – and tracks include "The Creator Is So Far Out", "The Creator Spaces", "Egypt", and "Arabia". Also features unreleased tracks "The Creator Is So Far Out (unreleased version)" and "Phyllis". Added to the set is a really special bonus third CD – an unreleased long live performance of "The Prayer" by Worlds Experience Orchestra – a group from the same scene at the time – with Shaddu Jones on piano, Stan Strickland on tenor and soprano, Frank Peterson on alto, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Robert Ruff on cello, Larry Lerner on drums, and John Klein on amplified violin. CD
Also available Peace In The World/Creator Spaces (with bonus download) ... LP 49.99

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Tyrone DavisGive It Up (Turn It Loose) – The Very Best Of The Columbia Years ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $5.99 7.99
Tyrone Davis on Columbia Records – an incredible combination that makes for music that's quite different than Davis' earlier years on the Dakar label! At Columbia, Tyrone turned his bluesy groove onto a much more sophisticated sound – a smooth-stepping, mellow mature style that was light years ahead of his earlier work – deeply sensuous, and with a richness that still holds up wonderfully over the years. Davis' vocals are still plenty darn soulful in this setting – but in a different way than his initial Chicago roots – and certainly than the more blues-based albums he'd make after leaving Columbia – a territory that's somewhat like that explored by Johnnie Taylor during his Columbia years, although mellower than Taylor overall. Titles include "Get On Up", "I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight", "This I Swear", "Close To You", "Let's Be Closer Together", "In The Mood", "Heart Failure", "Leave Well Enough Alone", "Ain't Nothing I Can Do", "Can't You Tell It's Me", and "Just My Luck". CD

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Lou Donaldson QuintetWailing With Lou ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99 About October 20, 2021
Excellent early work by Lou Donaldson – recorded years before his electric funky period, and hard-grooving in the best Blue Note harbop style of the time! Lou's work on alto is impeccable here – crisp, clear, and freed from a Parker-like influence to roam freely in soulful territory that represented some of the best work of its type on the alto at the time! The group is tight and very in the pocket – with excellent Donaldson accompanist Herman Foster on piano, plus trumpet from Donald Byrd, bass from Peck Morrison, and drums from Art Taylor. Titles include "Move It", "LD Blues", "Old Folks", and "That Good Old Feeling". CD

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamQuiet Kenny (RVG remaster series) ... CD
Prestige, 1959. Used ... $4.99
Kenny may be quiet, but he's never muted – and the record is far from the sleepy session you might guess from the title! The album's a real standout in the Dorham catalog – a set that let's Kenny's trumpet sparkle beautifully in a quartet that includes piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass from Paul Chambers, and drums from Art Taylor – all bringing their own spirit to the record, but really hanging back in the space to let Dorham's sound dominate the record. Kenny's notes are beautifully shaped throughout – in a mode that has echoes of Clifford Brown's sweetness, but which also speaks with a raspier, earthier tone overall! Titles include 2 key Dorham classics – "Lotus Blossom" and "Blue Spring" – plus "Mack The Knife", "My Ideal", "Blue Friday", and "Old Folks". CD
(CONDITION NOTE: we're including the tray card, which looks alright from the outside, but it has some glue inside, clear tape, and is missing one spine – priced accordingly.)

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Red GarlandPC Blues ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Late 50s/1970. Used ... $11.99
PC here refers to Paul Chambers – who's touted in the liner notes as if he was the leader of the set, although it's just a regular Red Garland trio set from the late 50s! Chambers had died the year before, so it made sense that the session was packaged as sort of a tribute to him for this 1970 release – especially because it includes the nice long groover "PC Blues". Art Taylor's on drums for most of the tracks, but Philly Joe Jones sits in on one tune – and Red Garland, of course, is magnificent on piano. Titles include "Ahmad's Blues", "Lost April", "Tweedle Dee Dee", and "Why Was I Born?". CD

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Red GarlandRed Garland's Piano ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... $8.99
Red Garland's piano was certainly humming strong at the time of this session – as Red's trio were one of the key rhythm components of many Prestige albums of the late 50s, but also a real starring act on their own! The album's got a laidback, almost mellow feel that's a bit different from some of the Garland accompaniment on horn-based sessions – a style that's introspective, but always spirited – sprightly, but never flowery – that magical style that allowed Garland to bridge different worlds of jazz piano in the 50s. Paul Chambers is a perfect accompaniment here on bass, Art Taylor's work on drums is a masterpiece of understatement, and although the titles are all familiar, they're certainly given a special Garland touch! Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "If I Were A Bell", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "I Know Why", and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Geezinslaw BrothersChubby (Please Take Your Love To Town) ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $0.99
Nicely goofy work from The Geezinslaw Brothers – a country song parody duo who are very much in the mode of Homer & Jethro! There's a nice late 60s country vibe to the whole thing – and titles include "How Come I Stutter", "The Doodlin Song", "Umitigated Gall", "Big Harlan Taylor", "If They Could See The Self Come Out In Me", "I Couldn't Spell Yuuk", and the title cut "Chubby" – a parody of "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cuotut hole, but is great overall.)

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Benny GolsonBenny Golson Quartets (Turning Point/Free) ... CD
Mercury/Gambit (Spain), 1962. Used ... $9.99
2 LPs of Benny Golson quartet sessions – 1962's Turning Point and Free – back-to-back on CD! First up is Turning Point, a beautiful album showcasing the tenor stylings of Golson in an intimate setting with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Golson plays two originals, plus standards, and his tone is fantastic throughout! This is one of the few efforts from the period that really shows him in an open-ended jazz vein, without a focus on his arrangements – which are excellent! Titles include "Turning Point", "Stella By Starlight", "Three Little Words", "Alone Together" and "Dear Kathy". Next up is Free – another great one! The material has a beautifully confident tone, with Golson's tenor cutting, changing, and swinging perfectly in lines that are masterfully crafted, yet full of raw emotion. This quartet includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Arthur Taylor on drums – and titles inlcude "Sock Cha-Cha", "Shades Of Stein", "Just By Myself", "My Romance" and "Just In Time". CD also includes the bonus track "Impromptune" – cut in 1960 with Cedar Walton, Tommy Willams and Albert Tootie Heath. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonOne Flight Up ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $14.99
An unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing.)

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Dexter Gordon & Slide HamptonDay In Copenhagen (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, especially Copenhagen – a locale where he was given ample freedom to stretch out and really explore his tone and phrasing. Hampton had also kicked around the continent a fair bit too, but in a tighter format, doing arrangements for others and working in bigger groups – and it's actually his careful touch that really helps shape the sound of the set – by bringing Gordon's groove into a focus more strongly than before, and reminding us that Dex was a great group player when he wanted to be! The frontline features Gordon's tenor, Hampton's trombone, and the trumpet of Dizzy Reece – often stating the heads in a fluidly soulful way, then breaking out nicely with individual voices – very much in the best Blue Note mode. Rhythm is by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Art Taylor on drums, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and titles include 3 excellent originals by Hampton – "A New Thing", "My Blues", and "A Day In Vienna" – plus a wicked almost-Lee Morgan-esque take on "What's New", and versions of "Shadow Of Your Smile" and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve LacyStraight Horn Of Steve Lacy ... CD
Candid (UK), 1960. Used ... $9.99
The only thing "straight" about Steve Lacy's horn is its shape – as the soprano sax here is used in some extremely inventive and modern ways, especially for the date of the session! We don't think we're going out on a limb to say Lacy is one of the foremost melodic improvisors of his time, and easily one of the most talented soprano players too – and his early date as a leader shows both his forward looking involvement with the avant garde (he'd played with Cecil Taylor just before this date and does a couple of his compositions here) and a career-long fascination with Thelonious Monk. Although the group here is piano-less – with Charles Davis on baritone sax, John Ore on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – there's a definite Monk-like edge to many of the numbers, carried off especially by the sharp turns in Lacy's horn! Titles include "Criss Cross", "Air", "Donna Lee", "Louise", "Played Twice", and "Inrospection". CD
(Cutout notch through booklet and tray card.)

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James Brandon LewisJesup Wagon ... CD
Tao Forms, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Maybe the strongest creative statement to date from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an album of work inspired by the legacy of George Washington Carver – served up here with a sense of depth that's certain to open even more doors for Lewis in years to come! There's a majesty to the music that's apparent in the very first notes, and which keeps on coming as each song unfurls – that search for truth talked about in Carver's writings, quested here with a quintet that includes William Parker on bass, Chad Taylor on drums, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, and Chris Hoffman on cello! The energy of Parker and Taylor is sublime – and makes for a setting that's different than other recent records we've heard from Knuffke, who also seems to draw new currents of sonic inspiration from the gentle but powerful use of the cello. The tenor has a raw, sharp edge throughout – a personality that would be striking, even without the beautiful setting of Lewis' original material – and titles include "Lowlands Of Sorrow", "Jesup Wagon", "Experiment Station", "Fallen Flowers", "Seer", and "Arachis". CD
Also available Jesup Wagon (with bonus download) ... LP 22.99

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James Brandon LewisJesup Wagon (with bonus download) ... LP
Tao Forms, 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 24.98
Maybe the strongest creative statement to date from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an album of work inspired by the legacy of George Washington Carver – served up here with a sense of depth that's certain to open even more doors for Lewis in years to come! There's a majesty to the music that's apparent in the very first notes, and which keeps on coming as each song unfurls – that search for truth talked about in Carver's writings, quested here with a quintet that includes William Parker on bass, Chad Taylor on drums, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, and Chris Hoffman on cello! The energy of Parker and Taylor is sublime – and makes for a setting that's different than other recent records we've heard from Knuffke, who also seems to draw new currents of sonic inspiration from the gentle but powerful use of the cello. The tenor has a raw, sharp edge throughout – a personality that would be striking, even without the beautiful setting of Lewis' original material – and titles include "Lowlands Of Sorrow", "Jesup Wagon", "Experiment Station", "Fallen Flowers", "Seer", and "Arachis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Jesup Wagon ... CD 13.99

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Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/FourmenonlyModern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/Fourmenonly – Complete Recordings (Trees/Position 2000/Fourmenonly Vol 1/Science Fiction Stories) (3CD set) ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CDs ... $38.99 42.99
A fantastic lost legacy in European free improvisation – the complete works of a group who were first known as Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe, then later as Fourmenonly – presented here in a beautiful 3CD set! First up is the album Trees – issued on a small label in 1968, but a set that matches the groundbreaking energy of the early work on FMP – played by a group that features Helmuth Zimmer on piano, Wilfreid Eichorn on tenor and soprano sax, Claus Buhler on bass, Rudi Thielmann on drums, and Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, Mellophon, piston, and percussion! The group have a melodic vibe at the core – often feeling out the initial space as a unit, then exploding with sound and color – and really making especially great work of the talents of Joos and Eichorn – players who work together with great power, driven on by the others. Titles include "Lonely Time", "Trees", "Schnee Verbrennt", "Change Of Beauty", and "The Devil Is Green Blue Yellow". CD also features a bonus unreleased improvisation too! Next is Position 2000 – a record of even longer improvisations, and one that shows the quintet really developing their sound – strongly aware of the farther reaches, but always beginning in some more colorful passages that almost have a melody, before exploding out with very vibrant energy! The lineup is the same as on the debut – with Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, mellophone, Indian flute, and percussion – and Wilfried Eichorn on tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute, and percussion – alongside Helmuth Zimmer on piano, Klaus Buhler on bass, and Rudi Thielmann on drums. Titles include "The Sun Is Coming Over", "Position 2000", and "Where Love Forever Shines". CD also features an unreleased improvisation. For the next album, bassist Buhler has departed the group – who are renamed Fourmenonly! Their first record is a brilliant set of free jazz from the German scene of the 70s – very different than other work of the time, in that there's maybe more of a future-thinking balance between sounds and silence, frenzy and fragility – all served up by a quartet that features Herbert Joos on trumpet and flugelhorn, Wilfried Eichhorn on tenor and soprano sax, Helmuth Zimmer on piano and percussion, and Rudi Theilmann on drums and percussion. Titles include "Viridiana/Ich Und Meine Bruder/Compulsion" and "Count Down/Excess". On the album Eight Science Fiction Stories, the Fourmenonly lineup is expanded by trombonist Wolfgang Czelusta – and perform some fantastic work billed as "science fiction stories", all composed by Herbert Joos. The sound is as revolutionary as on the group's earliest material, but also maybe more compact as well – nicely focused, with especially strong emphasis on the interplay between Czelusta on trombone, Wilifried Eichorn on bass clarinet, flute, and oboe, and Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, trumpet, and mellophone. The piano of Helmuth Zimmer is amazing – almost Cecil Taylor-like in intensity at times – and drummer Rudi Theilmann does a great job of moving from passages of full-on power to more spacious percussion. Titles include "Lucifer Is Marching On", "Dead Season", "The Beauty Without A Face", "Departure", "Plastic Happiness", and "Space Wall". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall (Keepnews collection – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/Concord, 1959. Used ... $5.99
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! CD features 4 bonus tracks! CD
(Keepnews Collection pressing with 24 bit mastering and 4 bonus tracks.)

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Pousette-Dart BandPousette-Dart Band (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol/Big Pink (South Korea), 1976. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
The debut album from the Pousette Dart Band – a record that's got a much warmer vibe than you'd expect from the pasty image of the mime on the cover! Jon Pousette-Dart leads the group, with a vocal style that might have been more folk-based had he recorded in the 60s – but which here stretches out with singer/songwriter styles that are augmented by his own acoustic guitar, backed up by other electric elements in the group – a warm blend that's maybe got the same lightly-tripping vibe as America, but without the harmonies! Lots of the tunes have a really nice gentle glow – never too overproduced, maybe in a James Taylor vibe – and titles include "There's Been A Mistake", "Harder", "Smile On Me", "Woman In My Dreams", "All Your Lonely Hours", and "What Can I Say". CD

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✨✧ Pretty ThingsReal Pretty (aka SF Sorrow/Parachute) ... LP
Rare Earth, Late 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
Two mindblowing albums from the Pretty Things – packaged here in a single set from the 70s! First up is SF Sorrow – a late 60s masterpiece from The Pretty Things – beautifully baroque west coast psych pop, done in a style that links together the headier LA sound of Love with some of the more concept-driven work of the UK scene at the time! There's an undeniable power in the record – an energy that was years ahead of its time, and which has led to the album's rediscovery by a host of new generations. At some points, the instrumentation is simple guitar-based rock – but at others, it's topped off by just the right use of strings, larger orchestrations, and bits borrowed from Indian music! Vocals are bitingly delivered, but never cliched – and titles include "Old Man Going", "Loneliest Person", "SF Sorrow Is Born", "She Says Good Morning", "Death", and "Baron Saturday". Next is Parachute – very dark work from The Pretty Things – an even more complicated, heavier-sounding album than SF Sorrow! The album's hardly got the lightness you might guess from its Parachute title – and instead, really shows the band moving into darker corners – both musically and lyrically, as they work in a heady brew of sophisticated guitar lines and adult song themes. And although former leader Dick Taylor's left the group, the other members are still holding down the fort nicely – hardly missing a beat here as they step onto a new level in their incredible stretch of growth. Titles include "The Good Mr. Square", "The Letter", "Rain", "Cries From The Midnight Circus", "Sickle Clowns", "Miss Fay Regrets", and "Grass". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, ring and edge wear, and some aging.)

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Horace SilverHorace-Scope (non-RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $6.99
Early 60s magic from Horace Silver – working here at the height of his youthful powers! The album's a perfect example of the sound that Silver created while at Blue Note – a lyrically melodic approach to soul jazz, but one that was able to open up the rhythms past stock riffs and gimmicks – and grow into a magnificent sound that never failed to excite! The group on the set is perfect – with Junior Cook on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Gene Taylor on bass, and the incredible Roy Brooks on drums – and the tunes sparkle with wit, warmth, and imagination throughout! Titles include "Where You At", "Without You", "Horace-Scope", "Nica's Dream", "Strollin", and "Yeah!". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Horace SilverHorace-Scope (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Early 60s magic from Horace Silver – working here at the height of his youthful powers! The album's a perfect example of the sound that Silver created while at Blue Note – a lyrically melodic approach to soul jazz, but one that was able to open up the rhythms past stock riffs and gimmicks – and grow into a magnificent sound that never failed to excite! The group on the set is perfect – with Junior Cook on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Gene Taylor on bass, and the incredible Roy Brooks on drums – and the tunes sparkle with wit, warmth, and imagination throughout! Titles include "Where You At", "Without You", "Horace-Scope", "Nica's Dream", "Strollin", and "Yeah!". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Horace-Scope (non-RVG remaster edition) ... CD 6.99

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Joe SimonGet Down ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1975. Used ... $9.99
Joe's up in New York, working with producer Raeford Gerald in that early 70s "southern goes disco" mode that pushed Joe further up the charts than might have been expected. Joe's vocals still have that strong down-home honesty, but most of the tracks on the album have a mid 70s east coast club groove that's not really disco, but more in that Tyrone Davis/Johnnie Taylor smooth southern modern mode. Titles include "Get Down Get Down", "In My Baby's Arms", "Music In My Bones", "It's Crying Time In Memphis", and "Fire Burning". CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis SmithSmithville ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99 About October 20, 2021
A really hard-edged set from trumpeter Louis Smith – one of his only two albums as a leader from the early years, and a heck of a great little album, thanks to tenor work by Charlie Rouse! Rouse is blowing beautifully here in one of his classic pre-Monk appearances – recorded at a time when he was more of a hard bopper than a modernist, but still working with an ear for unusual tones and phrasing. His horn sounds beautiful next to the deeply soulful trumpet of Smith – and the pair are supported by a rhythm team that includes Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Titles include "Smithville", "Embraceable You", "Wetu", and "Later" – all done in nice long versions! CD

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T-Riot (Pietro Vincenti/Camillo Pace/Francesco Lomagistro)Different Truth (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2017. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
A rock-solid trio session, with a top-shelf Italian groove pedigree – as the group features two members from Berardi Jazz Connection, and the pianist from Quintetto X! You might remember those two groups from their more club jazz-oriented projects from the previous decade or two – but this time around, all three musicians are in a straighter jazz vein – yet still one that's filled with plenty of rhythm! The piano, bass, and drums come together fantastically here – with Pietro Vincenti on acoustic keys, Camillo Pace on bass, and Francesco Lomagistro on drums – romping together through some great titles of their own, and a few really excellent remakes as well. And while the focus on rhythm is quiet strong, Vincenti gets off some especially great solo moments too – breaking from the bass and drums, while still holding their energy – in a way that almost seems inspired by classic Brazilian trios of the 60s. Titles include versions of Gary Bartz's "Libra", Billy Taylor's "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", and Prince's "Sign Of The Times" – plus the originals "Pharoah Of Love", "Sad Devil", "Desert Highway", and "The Long Goodbye". CD

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Pat Thomas & Matana RobertsTruth (180 gram pressing) ... LP
OTOroku (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $26.99
A fantastic meeting between pianist Pat Thomas and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts – recorded live in London, and showing an amazing sense of sympathy between the two improvisers – even though they're normally separated by the space of an ocean! Thomas has these really dark, moody tones on the piano at times – almost as if he's playing with a prepared version of the instrument, although we're guessing that he's showing more of a Cecil Taylor-like understanding of the full tonal possibilities of the piano – even though his approach is very different than Cecil. Matana has this crispy soulfulness and depth – almost as if she's bringing the best modern traditions on the alto into play with the richer currents of the tenor – with results that are breathtaking throughout! The set features one long track – "The Truth". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kai Winding & JJ JohnsonBrand New Swinging Together Again – The Great Kai & JJ ... CD
Impulse, 1960. Used ... $4.99
The famous 50s team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are reunited strongly here – after working alone for several years on their own projects! The groove here is a bit more open and less arranged than some of the pair's earlier projects – mostly just two trombones in the lead, soloing separately, with backing from a rhythm trio – split into two for each half of the album, with Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Roy Haynes handling side one; and Evans, Tommy Williams, and Art Taylor on side two. Tunes are short, but include deft demonstrations of the solo talents of each player – and titles include "Judy", "Alone Together", "Going, Going, Going", "Trixie", "This Could Be The Part Of Something", "Georgia On My Mind", "I Concentrate On You", and "Just For A Thrill". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kai Winding & JJ JohnsonBrand New Swinging Together Again – The Great Kai & JJ ... CD
Impulse, Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
The famous 50s team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding are reunited strongly here – after working alone for several years on their own projects! The groove here is a bit more open and less arranged than some of the pair's earlier projects – mostly just two trombones in the lead, soloing separately, with backing from a rhythm trio – split into two for each half of the album, with Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Roy Haynes handling side one; and Evans, Tommy Williams, and Art Taylor on side two. Tunes are short, but include deft demonstrations of the solo talents of each player – and titles include "Judy", "Alone Together", "Going, Going, Gong", "Trixie", "This Could Be The Start Of Something", "Georgia On My Mind", "I Concentrate On You", and "Just For A Thrill". CD
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VariousCraig Charles Trunk Of Funk Vol 1 ... CD
Soul Bank, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A smoking set of funk and soul put together by Craig Charles – once an actor, now a long-running DJ on the BBC – where his ear for a tune has made him almost as important as John Peel and Gilles Peterson! Craig's got a wide-ranging appreciation for all things funky – which comes through here, in a blend of tracks that is both classic and contemporary – rare cuts from the past, and some overlooked gems from the present – but all with a continued love of the elements that make 60s and 70s soul so great! Tracks include "Boogie Down" by Roy Ayers, "Hold My Hand" by Laneous, "Soul A Go Go" by Soul Messin Allstars, "Superfly (Sam Redmore's Trunk Of Funk edit)" by Amp Fiddler, "Medicated Goo" by PP Arnold, "African Rhythms (Trunk Of Funk edit)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Forget Me Nots (7" single mix)" by Patrice Rushen, "Beggin" by Magnus Carlson, "People Get Ready" by James Taylor Quartet, "Give Me The Night" by Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel, "Take A Shot" by The Fantastics, "Clap Hands" by Honeyfeet, "Telling You Lies" by Alex Opal, "The Only Difference" by Beatchild & The Slakedliqs, "Hangin On" by Monophonics, and "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba. CD
Also available Craig Charles Trunk Of Funk Vol 1 ... LP 28.99

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VariousCraig Charles Trunk Of Funk Vol 1 ... LP
Soul Bank, 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A smoking set of funk and soul put together by Craig Charles – once an actor, now a long-running DJ on the BBC – where his ear for a tune has made him almost as important as John Peel and Gilles Peterson! Craig's got a wide-ranging appreciation for all things funky – which comes through here, in a blend of tracks that is both classic and contemporary – rare cuts from the past, and some overlooked gems from the present – but all with a continued love of the elements that make 60s and 70s soul so great! Tracks include "Boogie Down" by Roy Ayers, "Hold My Hand" by Laneous, "Soul A Go Go" by Soul Messin Allstars, "Superfly (Sam Redmore's Trunk Of Funk edit)" by Amp Fiddler, "Medicated Goo" by PP Arnold, "African Rhythms (Trunk Of Funk edit)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Forget Me Nots (7" single mix)" by Patrice Rushen, "Beggin" by Magnus Carlson, "People Get Ready" by James Taylor Quartet, "Give Me The Night" by Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel, "Take A Shot" by The Fantastics, "Clap Hands" by Honeyfeet, "Telling You Lies" by Alex Opal, "The Only Difference" by Beatchild & The Slakedliqs, "Hangin On" by Monophonics, and "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Craig Charles Trunk Of Funk Vol 1 ... CD 12.99

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VariousCuba In America 1939 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $22.99 29.99
A fantastic collection of music – 66 tracks that show the huge influence of Cuban rhythms in American music during the mid-century years – presented here in a wider range of styles than you might expect! This isn't just Latin music, made by Cuban cats hitting the New York scene – and instead, these are tracks that show the very deep penetration of sounds from Havana – at a level that has the rhythms emerging in soul, hardbop, R&B, and even more standard blues material! The CD divides the music up into three different CDs, each with a different theme – one that looks at rumba in jazz music, another the influence of the mambo, and the third the range of slower Cuban rhythms well into the 60s. Titles include "Dem Tambourines" by Don Wilkerson, "Cuba Doll" by Lloyd Glenn, "Summertime" by Red Saunders, "Soony Roony" by Slim Gaillard, "De Laff's On You" by Louis Jordan, "Conga Brava" by Duke Ellington, "I Come From America" by Chris Powell, "Jock A Mo" by Sugar Boy Crawford, "Woke Up This Morning" by BB King, "Fool Burro" by Mabel Scott, "Cu-Blue" by Billy Taylor, "Arabian Love Call" by Art Neville, "Out Of Nowhere" by Cal Tjader, "I've Waited So Long" by Eddie Cochran, "She Wants To Mambo" by The Chanters, "Mambo Hop" by Oscar Saldana, and "Mambocito Mio" by Illinois Jacquet. CD

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VariousLooking Back – SAR Records ... LP
SAR/Cairo, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A great look at the sounds of the legendary SAR Records label – an imprint formed by Sam Cooke as his solo star was rising – and home to a small but superb batch of recordings in the early 60s! SAR shut its doors shortly after Sam's untimely death, but during its short run it really captured some top-shelf talent – much of it with the sophisticated sensibilities that made Cooke's own music so wonderful, with some great gospel elements in the mix too – especially on the way the groups were recorded. Some artists here would go onto greater fame in later years, but sound really wonderful here at the start – and titles include "Somebody" by RH Harris, "Soothe Me" and "That's Where It's At" by The Simms Twins, "Rome" by Johnny Taylor, "Time Brings A Change" and "Stand By Me Father" by The Soul Stirrers, "Looking For A Love" by The Valentinos, and "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" by The Womack Brothers – plus "That's Heaven To Me" by Sam Cooke himself. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMo' Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $8.99
We really love all the different volumes in the Mod Jazz series from Kent Records – they've been instrumental to our musical education over the years – so we're always happy to have "Mo", especially with a collection this great! The material comes from a number of different indies from the 60s – and the style here is definitely mod, in that hip mix of R&B, soul, and jazz that was brewing on the London scene back in the day – but which was always best delivered by American artists like this! The music bristles with heavy tenor, Hammond organ, scratchy guitar, and the occasional well-belted vocal – and the whole thing feels like finding a jukebox full of carefully-selected 45s in some lost southside tavern. 22 tracks in all – including "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Cholo" by Brown Brothers of Soul, "Soul Jam" by Booker T & The MGs, "Money" by Freddie Roach, "Mission Impossible" by Johnny Gilliam, "Spider Man" by Freddie McCoy, "You Win I Lose" by Little Johnny Taylor, "You Can't Sit Down" by Chris Colombo, "Eyesight To The Blind" by Mose Allison, "My Train" by Merl Saunders, "Brother Ray" by Willis Jackson, and "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones. CD
Also available Mo' Mod Jazz ... CD 11.99

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VariousMo' Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
We really love all the different volumes in the Mod Jazz series from Kent Records – they've been instrumental to our musical education over the years – so we're always happy to have "Mo", especially with a collection this great! The material comes from a number of different indies from the 60s – and the style here is definitely mod, in that hip mix of R&B, soul, and jazz that was brewing on the London scene back in the day – but which was always best delivered by American artists like this! The music bristles with heavy tenor, Hammond organ, scratchy guitar, and the occasional well-belted vocal – and the whole thing feels like finding a jukebox full of carefully-selected 45s in some lost southside tavern. 22 tracks in all – including "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Cholo" by Brown Brothers of Soul, "Soul Jam" by Booker T & The MGs, "Money" by Freddie Roach, "Mission Impossible" by Johnny Gilliam, "Spider Man" by Freddie McCoy, "You Win I Lose" by Little Johnny Taylor, "You Can't Sit Down" by Chris Colombo, "Eyesight To The Blind" by Mose Allison, "My Train" by Merl Saunders, "Brother Ray" by Willis Jackson, and "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones. CD
Also available Mo' Mod Jazz ... CD 8.99

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VariousNorthern Soul's Classiest Rarities Vol 6 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
Upbeat soul with plenty of polish – but never in a way that dampens the groove at all! Instead, these tracks mark a huge new level of sophistication in the soul world of the 60s – sounds from smaller labels who were learning the lessons of Motown – able to fuse together tight rhythms, great singers, and some strong arrangements that really send the whole thing home! In other words, if you dig the sound of 60s Motown, you'll find plenty here to love – even though the music here is much more obscure overall, pulled from smaller labels and even including some never-issued tracks from back in the day. As usual with Kent records, both the song choice and presentation is superb – excellent sound throughout, and notes that really illuminate this lost soul underground. CD features 24 tracks that include "Sunshine Love" by Difosco, "I Wanted To Tell You" by Little Nicky Soul, "Why You Wanna Treat Me The Way You Do" by The Hyperions, "You Won't Say Nothing" by Tamala Lewis, "Love Is Gonna Get You" by Peggy Woods, "I Only Cry Once A Day Now" by The Fidels, "Friday Night" by Johnnie Taylor, "Love Hangover" by Jean Carter, "Naughty Boy" by Jackie Day, "Wait A Minute" by The Kittens, "Sad Tomorrows" by Noony Rickett, "Young Boy Blues" by Daniela Stone, and "Nomad Woman" by Jock Mitchell with the Fabulous Agents. CD

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✨✧ VariousStranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 to 1986 (3CD set) ... CD
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $23.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. A great 3CD set – with a huge amount of work – music by The Davis Sisters, Gospel Chimes, Jimmy Scott, Roberta Martin Singers, Swindell Brothers, Christones, Gospel Harmonettes Specials, Harmonizing Five, Famous Ward Singers, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Stars Of Faith, Gospel Cavaliers, Staple Singers, The Metro Tones, Betty Hollins, Gene Martin, Swan Silvertones, Artistic Sounds, James Moore, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Brooklyn Skyways, World Wonders, Myrna Summers, Brockingham Ensemble, Prof Charles Taylor, Exciting Supreme Highlights, Highway QCs, Solomon Burke, Genobia Jeter, World Wonders, Edith Moreno, Glenn Jones & The Modulations, Hollywood Stars, James Cleveland, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Sensational Williams Brothers, Gospelaires Of Dayton, Helen Hollins Singers, Edith Moreno, and The 4th Of May. CD

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VariousTurn It Loose, Ain't No Good – Savoy Gospel 1970 to 1979 ... LP
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who really learned how to record blues singers and soulful styles from the secular world, then used that same ability to work some real magic on songs from the more spiritual side of the spectrum – an approach that really made for top-shelf music, even as the decades moved on! Savoy's gospel legacy has always been a bit underground – not nearly as reissued for larger audiences as their jazz and blues material – but this collection does a great job of correcting that lack, by presenting their music in a wonderful format – all in a mix of rare cuts and classics from the gospel underground. This second volume features work from Savoy's prime 70s gospel years – 20 tracks by artists who include The Metro Tones, Betty Hollins, Gene Martin, Swan Silvertones, Artistic Sounds, James Moore, Holy Lights Of Baltimore, Brooklyn Skyways, World Wonders, Myrna Summers, Brockingham Ensemble, Prof Charles Taylor, Exciting Supreme Highlights, and Highway QCs. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsBig Sound (Groove Blues/Big Sound) ... LP
Prestige, 1958. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice 2LP set that collects material recorded on January 3, 1958 – originally issued as 2 separate LPs, The Big Sound and Groove Blues, but collected here together in its entirety, along with a good set of notes! The album's classic Ammons, playing in a laidback open-ended blowing session, with other strong Prestige players – like Coltrane, Jerome Richardson, Paul Quinichette, Art Taylor, and Mal Waldron, who always seems to be the driving force between most Prestige sides like this. Titles include "Groove Blues", "Jug Handle", "Cheek To Cheek", "Blue Hymn", "The Real McCoy", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Graham CollierDown Another Road/Songs For My Father/Mosaics ... CD
Fontana/Philips/BGO (UK), 1969/1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
3 incredible albums from the British jazz scene at the end of the 60s – all together in one 2CD package! Down Another Road is incredible work from one of England's greatest jazz talents – bassist Graham Collier, a player with an amazing ability to absorb a lot of the modern and progressive influences of his jazz generation – but all without succumbing to the same indulgences as them – a fact which resulted in a razor-sharp style that forged some of the freshest jazz ever to come out of the UK. This 1969 album is a masterpiece – filled with a modal groove and a strident searching theme, yet also as tight and grooving as most of the best Blue Note sessions from the same time. Harry Beckett's on trumpet, Nick Evans is on trombone, John Marshall plays drums, and Stan Sulzmann handles the reeds. Tracks include "Down Another Road", "Danish Blue", "The Barley Mow", and "Aberdeen Angus". Songs For My Father is a masterpiece of modernist soul jazz, with a sound that recalls the best late Blue Note work by Lee Morgan or Hank Mobley. Alan Wakeman's tenor is perfectly pitched, and searingly searching; Harry Beckett's trumpet is round, lyrical, and filled with soul; and the piano of John Taylor comps along in chunky modal grooves that make the whole album fall together brilliantly. Tracks include "Song One", "Song Two", "Song Three", etc – and they're all fantastic! Mosaics is a wonderfully searching session – filled with warm McCoy Tyner-esque modal moments, and searing post-Coltrane solos! The album comprises one long piece – Collier's "Mosaics" – performed live by a group that includes Alan Wakeman on tenor and soprano, Harry Beckett on trumpet, and Geoff Castle on piano. "Mosaics" has that amazing mid 60s Coltrane quality of going out in a spiritual kind of way – yet always returning to the groove, never getting too free, and always remaining firmly focused on the direction ahead. All players are great, and the record crackles with the intensity of a classic session on Impulse! CD

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✨✧ Red GarlandRed Garland's Piano ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Red Garland's piano was certainly humming strong at the time of this session – as Red's trio were one of the key rhythm components of many Prestige albums of the late 50s, but also a real starring act on their own! The album's got a laidback, almost mellow feel that's a bit different from some of the Garland accompaniment on horn-based sessions – a style that's introspective, but always spirited – sprightly, but never flowery – that magical style that allowed Garland to bridge different worlds of jazz piano in the 50s. Paul Chambers is a perfect accompaniment here on bass, Art Taylor's work on drums is a masterpiece of understatement, and although the titles are all familiar, they're certainly given a special Garland touch! Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "If I Were A Bell", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "I Know Why", and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Red Garland's Piano ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Herb GellerBirdland Stomp ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Herb Geller's one of those players that almost sounds hipper in the later part of his career – he's lost none of the sharpness of his earlier years, and really starts to open up even more on his solos – as you'll hear on this early 90s session with Kenny Drew on piano! The pair are working here in the studio, with bass from Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen and drums from Mark Taylor – all in a mode that's open and relaxed, but not as loose as some of the live dates that Drew was recording on the European scene. Geller plays alto throughout, with a wonderfully sharp tone – boppish one minute, a bit more fluid and open the next – and Pedersen's bass has a surprisingly strong role on some of the best numbers. Titles include "Birdland Stomp", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Cheryl", "Autumn Nocturne", and an extended "Ellington & Strayhorn Medley". CD

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! CD
Also available Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall (Keepnews collection – with bonus tracks) ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ VariousBreaking The Beats – A Personal Selection of West London Sounds – Compiled By Joey Negro & Will Fox ... CD
Z Records (UK), 2000s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning selection of the sorts of music that really set the London scene on fire at the start of the century – the new wave of broken beat artists who sprung up in the wake of jungle – a whole new generation of producers and performers that really reinvented the sound of the dancefloor for the 21st Century! Yet despite a new ear for rhythm, there's also a strong love of older elements too – a real respect for jazz, sophisticated instrumentation, and fuller, more soulful production than the previous generation – all of which makes these tunes really awash in color, soul, and life! The artists here aren't just British, and include some global talents who were really inspired by the sound going down in the UK – and together, the collection is a wonderful overview of this really magical time – when it seemed like mindblowing music was coming out every single week, and we were ultra-proud to be stocking contemporary cuts like this. 2CD set features 22 tracks in all – and titles include "DJ Power" by NSM, "Save It" by Domu with Face, "Samurai" by Jazztronik, "Organic Juggernaut" by Kaidi Tatham, "Manhood" by Victor Duplaix, "Feed The Cat" by Agent K, "Take Me To Your Sky" by Fourth Kind, "Broken Vibes" by Taylor McFerrin with Vincent Parker, "Hold It Down (Bugz In The Attic's co-operative mix)" by 4Hero, "Baila Conmigo (AtJazz rmx)" by Nova Fronteira, "Afrospace" by Blakai with Bembe Segue, and "Hands" by Agent K. CD

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✨✧ VariousThis Is Lowrider Soul – 1962 to 1970 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There have been lots of Lowrider soul compilations on the market over the years – documenting the great of of mellow cuts on the LA scene of the 60s – particularly the kind that could move slow, but with a heavy groove at the bottom – perfect for chilling out in the back of a car on an endless summer night! Yet few have ever done the job as well as this collection – because in the hands of Ace/Kent Records, the music finally gets proper historical context – moved past the jargon of the East LA in crowd, and presented with great sound, and the kind of detailed notes that really get at the special qualities that made the west coast soul scene so different than the east in the 60s! The set list is superb – fantastic mellow soul tracks that are perfect, even if you don't care about this history – and titles include "It's Not That Easy" by Reuben Bell with The Casanovas, "I Really Love You" by The Ambassadors, "As I Sit Here" by The Whispers, "One More Chance" by The Four Tees, "Take A Step" by Aesop's Fables, "Why'd You Put Me On" by Bobbi Row & The Englishmen, "I Wanna Chance" by The Vows, "Second Hand Happiness" by Jimmy Conwell, "Be Kind To Love" by The Interpreters, "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels, "Don't Forget About Me Baby" by Jeff Dale, "I'm A Lonely Man" by Bobby Burn, "Crying All By Myself" by William Bell, "I'm Just Passing Time" by Melvin Hicks & The Versatiles, "When You're Poor" by The Lovers, "It's So Hard To Break A Habit" by The Webs, "Find Me" by The Attractions, "Never Gonna Let Him Know" by Debbie Taylor, and "Pretending Dear" by The Lovelles. CD

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✨✧ Chicago Underground TrioChronicle ... CD
Delmark, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever live performance from the Chicago Underground team of Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor – working here as a trio, with bassist Jason Ajemian as a wonderful addition to the group! Ajemian's basslines really dominate the initial part of the set – creating a pulse that draws in the drums of Taylor and cornet of Mazurek – who then both open up on a variety of other instruments, including moog, electric celeste, gong, bamboo flute, vibes, marimba, and other percussion – all used in an almost AACM-like way. Ajemian contributes some electronics to the set, as does Mazurek – but the best sounds here are all acoustic ones – played with an abstracted sensibility that's quite textural, and which furthers the trademark expressions that have made Mazurek and Taylor one of the most compelling jazz teams to come from the Chicago scene in the past few decades. Titles include "Initiation", "Resistance", "Power", "Transformation", "Crisis", and "Transcendence". CD
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✨✧ Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker At Birdland Vol 2 ... CD
Ember (UK), 1950/1951. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Charlie Parker on alto saxophone, Curley Russell, Teddy Kotick, and Tommy Potter on bass, Art Blakey and Roy Haynes on drums, Billy Taylor, Bud Powell, Kenny Drew, and Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Brew Moore on tenor saxophone, JJ Johnson on trombone, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, and Red Rodney on trumpet. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sam PrekopSam Prekop (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 1999. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful little record from this longtime stalwart of the Chicago scene. Sam started out in Shrimpboat, gained great fame in Sea & Cake, and here delivers his most wonderful performance to date – a beautiful set of jazzy pop tracks, with backing by Josh Abrams, Archer Prewitt, Jim O'Rourke, and the great drummer Chad Taylor. The tracks bristle with a lovely sense of energy, and they have a sophistication that's wonderful – matched with a lyricism that keeps them always sounding fresh. Sam's turned into a wonderful vocalist, too – and we're betting you won't be able to take this one off the turntable once you get started. Titles include "The Shadow", "Don't Bother", "The Company", and "Faces & People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie store exclusive pink vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousCold Cold Heart – Where Country Meets Soul Vol 3 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Southern soul galore – a wonderful range of tracks that are done in that best deep soul mode that borrowed heavily from country music – but also really transformed things to fit their own righteous needs! Make no mistake, the collection is all soul music all the way through – but the songs also echo some of the more heartbreaking themes and local needs you'd find in country music – and also use some isolated elements in the instrumentation and production too! The best way to think of the package is as a collection of southern soul, but one that shows a surprising lack of color barrier when it comes to musical styles – and as always with Ace/Kent, the notes and overall conception of the whole thing is really wonderful. 24 tracks in all – including "Easy Loving" by Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis, "Big Blue Diamonds" by Little Johnny Taylor, "I Hang My Head & Cry" by Arthur Alexander, "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" by Percy Sledge, "Touch Your Woman" by Margie Joseph, "Who Will The Next Fool Be" by Bobby Bland, "Stand By Your Man" by The Mirettes, "Till I Get It Right" by Bettye Swann, "Another Man's Woman Another Woman's Man" by Laura Lee, and "Jambalaya" by Ralph Soul Jackson. CD

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✨✧ VariousRoy Orbison Connection – 34 Roots & Covers Of Roy Orbison ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Roy Orbison is one of the most unique figures in rock and roll – so much so, we always tend to think of the man as a musical style unto his own – an assumption that's nicely broken by the wealth of work in this wonderful set! As the title implies, the CD features covers of Roy's hits, and tunes that inspired his music too – but way more than that, the whole thing really sets a scene for the rising power of Orbison from the Sun years onwards – music served up by singers who don't try to copy that unusual vocal style of Roy, but instead go off in all sorts of different directions on the tunes! As with the other Bear Family titles in this "connections" series, the approach is great – very illuminating, and supported by copious notes that really get at all the different things that are going on. 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Go Go Go" by Narvel Felts, "Pretty Paper" by Willie Nelson, "Candy Man" by Wanda Jackson, "I Like It" by Vince Taylor, "You're My Baby" by Billy Lee Riley, "Rock House" by Bobby Fuller, "Oobie Doobie" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Mean Woman Blues" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Blue Bayou" by Mike Redway, "The Crowd" by Waylon Jennings, "In Dreams" by Les Carle, and "Running Scared" by Paul Rich. CD

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✨✧ Steve LacyStraight Horn Of Steve Lacy ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The only thing "straight" about Steve Lacy's horn is its shape – as the soprano sax here is used in some extremely inventive and modern ways, especially for the date of the session! We don't think we're going out on a limb to say Lacy is one of the foremost melodic improvisors of his time, and easily one of the most talented soprano players too – and his early date as a leader shows both his forward looking involvement with the avant garde (he'd played with Cecil Taylor just before this date and does a couple of his compositions here) and a career-long fascination with Thelonious Monk. Although the group here is piano-less – with Charles Davis on baritone sax, John Ore on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – there's a definite Monk-like edge to many of the numbers, carried off especially by the sharp turns in Lacy's horn! Titles include "Criss Cross", "Air", "Donna Lee", "Louise", "Played Twice", and "Inrospection". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Also available Straight Horn Of Steve Lacy ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Isaac HayesSpirit Of Memphis – 1962 to 1976 (4CD set – plus bonus 7 inch single) ... CD
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch ... Out Of Stock
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes – one that's overflowing with unreleased material, and presented in a totally cool package! The set's shaped like a 7" single box – and is book-like, with very detailed notes by Stax historian Robert Gordon, alongside page after page of vintage photos and other cool images, too. And inside some of the pages are 4 super-cool CDs – each of which has a different theme that further exposes Ike's genius! CD1 is titled "Soul Songwriter Soul Producer" – and features two dozen tracks that Hayes handled for Stax/Volt – material by The Astors, Danny White, David Porter, Floyd Newman, Johnnie Taylor, Charlie Rich, Judy Clay, The Charmels, Soul Children, Billy Eckstine, The Emotions, Ruby Johnson, and others. CD2 is titled "Volt & Enterprise Singles" – and features all the 7" tracks released by Isaac Hayes during his time on those labels – including two tracks done as a duet with David Porter, two more as Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads, and even a rare Radio Spot too! Things really get interesting on CD3, titled "Cover Man" – which features those cool, long extrapolations of other folks' songs that Hayes pioneered on his albums – but included here with unreleased material too. There's a great never-heard take on "Windows Of The World" – plus unreleased PUSH Black Expo material from 1970 – live takes on "Ten Commandments Of Love", "Just Want To Make Love To You/Rock Me Baby", "I Stand Accused", and "Stormy Monday". CD4 is maybe the coolest of the bunch – titled "Jam Master", with those long grooves that Ike did in the studio while putting together records. Almost all the tracks on CD4 are previously unissued – including "You've Made Me So Very Happy", "Black Militant's Place", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Do Your Thing (extended jam)", "Groove A Thon (extended jam)", and "Hung Up On My Baby (extended jam)". And if all that isn't enough, the set even comes with a cool 7" replica of Ike's first single for the Youngstown label – "Laura We're On Our First Go-Round". CD

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✨✧ New Jersey KingsUzi Lover ... CD
JTI (UK), 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
Funky organ grooves from UK Hammond maestro James Taylor – operating under the name of the New Jersey Kings! As funky collectors will know, the NJK were a group that Taylor used back in the early 90s – when his main group were going for a smoother soulful style, and Taylor wanted to record in the harder funkier mode of his earlier years. Now that James is back to the organ instrumental sound of his roots on his own LPs, the New Jersey Kings name is perhaps not as important – but as fans of the group's earlier work will know, the NJK have a heavy groove that's well worth reviving! The tracks on the set mix Hammond organ solos with lots of funked up guitar (played by brother David Taylor), bass, drums, and a bit of sax and flute – and the tracks on the set should more than give you an idea of the feel of the record, with names like "Knuckle Down", "Uzi Lover", "Bad Cookies", "Hot Wired", "The Money Shot", "Give Me Wood", and "Lost On The Bowery". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousEddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival (4CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Eddie Piller is one mighty cool cat – the force behind the Acid Jazz label for many decades, and also an expert on rare mod records from the 60s – which he's released on some great collections over the years! This time around, Eddie takes us right to the heart of the British mod revival which began in the late 70s – a scene in which Piller played a part before rising to the worlds of funk and jazz – and which he runs through here in a great batch of 92 tracks, all supported by notes on the music from his own perspective! The set is done in a great book-like style, with lots of images and other notes – and although we knew some of the bigger names on the scene, there's plenty here we'd never heard before – a huge set list that includes cuts by The Mods, Nips, Circles, Speedball, New Hearts, The Jam, Jolt, Purple Hearts, Scarlet Party, Mood Six, The Times, Onlookers, The Same, The Clues, 007, The Reaction, The Crooks, Dolly Mixture, Squire, Madness, Nine Below Zero, Secret Affair, The Step, Les Elite, Two Tone Pinks, Studio 68, Strangeways, The Moment, Corduroy, Makin Time, James Taylor Quartet, Little Murders, and many others! CD

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Cecil TaylorDark To Themselves ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – as the record features strong tenor from a young David S Ware – as well as trumpet from Raphe Malik and alto from Jimmy Lyons – who all spin out with freewheeling creativity, alongside Taylor's bold lines on piano, and the drums of Marc Edwards. As with other Taylor albums of the time, the set's built around one long performance – of a tune entitled "Streams & Chorus Of Seed" – put together in a way that have the horns layering over one another, building up sound next to Taylor's free piano improvisations – then taking off on their own! Extremely spirited work – and a great showcase for the young Ware! CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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James TaylorDad Loves His Work ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Little Johnny TaylorSoul Full Of Blues – Little Johnny Talyor's Greatest Hits ... LP
Galaxy, 1968. Very Good ... $19.99
The title's a bit of a misnomer, given that Little Johnny Taylor wasn't the biggest hitmaker of the 60s – but the album's a killer batch of his best work for the Galaxy label – work that's definitely the "soul full of blues" promised in the title! The style here's a bit like Bobby Blue Bland at his best – bluesy, but with a much more sophisticated feel overall, and certainly some jazz phrasing that comes in from time to time – all to push Johnny much more into the soul side of the spectrum for the 60s. There's almost an Otis Redding feel at times – and the backings by Ray Shanklin certainly show a Memphis influence. Titles include "Part Time Love", "Help Yourself", "If You Love Me Like You Say", "One More Chance", "I Smell Trouble", and "Somebody's Got To Pay". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo! Cover has a bit of wear, but vinyl is nice and clean.)

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Livingston TaylorLiv ... CD
Capricorn, 1971. Used ... $18.99
A great little record from Livingston Taylor – one that's got a few traces of his brother James' famous style, but which is definitely in his own bag as well! The approach here is personal and sometimes poetic – that fragile approach to singer/songwriter work that emerged in the wake of Tim Hardin, and which is best presented as it is here – by an artist with an unassuming and straightforward manner. Instrumentation is lightly folksy, with some jazz inflections – and the production by Jon Landau is nicely bare bones. Titles include "Open Up Your Eyes", "Gentleman", "Easy Prey", "Be That Way", "Get Out Of Bed", and "Mom Dad". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Mike TaylorMandala ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
Crucial early work from British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who gave the world two classic albums of avant jazz in the late 60s, worked famously with both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce – then seemingly disappeared for the rest of his time on the planet! This never-issued set predates all of Taylor's famous (and few) other recordings – and has Mike recorded in 1965 with a quartet that's brimming over with energy and new ideas – really leaping into the fray with the talents of drummer Jon Hiseman, who recorded the date – alongside bassist Tony Reeves, Taylor on piano, and Dave Tomlin on some superb soprano sax – used in an open, searching mode that's clearly inspired by John Coltrane, but with all this specific phrasing of his own that's totally great! The album's maybe slightly more inside than Taylor's later work, with a definite modal vibe – and the set features the long titles "Half Blue", "Folk Dance #1", "Son Of Red Blues", and "Mandala" – plus a version of "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Barry Guy Blue Shroud BandOdes & Meditations For Cecil Taylor (5CD set) ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2016. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful large format recording from bassist Barry Guy – working here at the head of the Blue Shroud Band, an improvising ensemble that echoes some of his earlier work with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra! The extended work is an expansion of an earlier piece that Guy recorded with pianist Marilyn Crispell – her Three Poems For Cecil Taylor – stretched out here with a more embellished sense of imagination, but still using some of the core texts created by Crispell for the original work! The piece spans five long CDs – with sections broken down and notated to reflect the work of the many great improvisers in the set – a lineup that includes Michel Godard on serpent and tuba, Agusti Fernandez on piano, Torben Snekkestad on soprano and tenor, Jurg Wickihalder on soprano and alto, Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Julius Gabriel on baritone and soprano, Maya Homburger on violin, Fanny Paccoud on viola, Ben Dwyer on guitar, and both Ramon Lopez and Lucas Niggli on percussion. Savina Yannatou provides voice on the poetic passages, Guy plays bass and leads – and the whole thing is beautifully packaged! CD

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✨✧ Gloria Ann TaylorLove Is A Hurtin Thing (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Selector Sound/Luv N' Haight, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning set of soul – and an album that will win you over right from the very first offbeat note! Some mad guitars introduce Gloria Ann Taylor's title cover version of "Love Is A Hurtin Thing" – and the whole album follows suit with these really unusual funky elements – echoey piano that feels like it was lifted from Charles Stepney, a righteous fuzzy funk part that has a Tribe Records vibe, and even certain elements that remind us of old Italian soundtracks – but mixed with much deeper soul! And the best thing of all is that all these cuts are classics, not some retro remakes – instead these overlooked nuggets that remind us that just when we think we've heard all the great soul there is to hear, a record like this comes around to open our minds all over again. Gloria never had a full length album back in the day, but this set brings together most of her rare singles – a massive batch of tracks that includes "What I Want", "How Can You Say It", "Love Is A Hurtin Thing", "Deep Inside Of You", "World That's Not Real", "Music", "Had It All The Time", "Burning Eyes", and "What's Your World". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chris Schlarb & Chad TaylorTime No Changes ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Chad Taylor is always one of the most adaptable players we know – and this beautiful record is yet another testaments to his many talents in many different settings! The album's a set of live improvisations with guitarist Chris Shlarb – who plays 6 and 12 stringed acoustic guitars, as well as a bit of moog and Hammond as well – on long tracks that flow out with the guitar in the lead, but given this beautiful support from Taylor on the drums, and a bit of mbira. There's a great criss-crossing of modes – acoustic music taken past any sort of simple genre – as on some of the great Vanguard and Takoma albums from the generation of Peter Walker, Robbie Basho, and Sandy Bull. Titles include "Time No Changes (parts 1 & 2)", "Sassafras", "Mother With Child", and "Creedmoor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered, limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Gloria Ann TaylorLove Is A Hurtin Thing ... CD
Selector Sound/Luv N' Haight, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning set of soul – and an album that will win you over right from the very first offbeat note! Some mad guitars introduce Gloria Ann Taylor's title cover version of "Love Is A Hurtin Thing" – and the whole album follows suit with these really unusual funky elements – echoey piano that feels like it was lifted from Charles Stepney, a righteous fuzzy funk part that has a Tribe Records vibe, and even certain elements that remind us of old Italian soundtracks – but mixed with much deeper soul! And the best thing of all is that all these cuts are classics, not some retro remakes – instead these overlooked nuggets that remind us that just when we think we've heard all the great soul there is to hear, a record like this comes around to open our minds all over again. Gloria never had a full length album back in the day, but this set brings together most of her rare singles – a massive batch of tracks that includes "What I Want", "How Can You Say It", "Love Is A Hurtin Thing", "Deep Inside Of You", "World That's Not Real", "Music", "Brother Is Less Than A Man", "Had It All The Time", "Burning Eyes", and "What's Your World". CD

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Jimmy ClevelandComplete Recordings (Introducing/Cleveland Style/Map Of Jimmy Cleveland/Rhythm Crazy) ... CD
Mercury/Lonehill (Spain), 1955/1957/1958/1959. Used 2 CDs ... $18.99
A classic slice of work from one of the greatest trombonists in 50s jazz – the legendary Jimmy Cleveland, a player who worked on countless large group sessions, but rarely got to work as a leader on his own! The 4 Mercury albums on this set are easily some of the greatest material Cleveland ever recorded – sessions done with arrangements by Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Benny Golson, and Gigi Gryce – all in a warm blend of soul jazz and modernism that sparkles with Jimmy's smooth touch on his instrument. All sides are in septet or octet formation – with players that include Art Farmer, Lucky Thompson, Benny Golson, Cecil Payne, Hank Jones, and Art Taylor – all well suited to match Cleveland's understated groove. Tunes are a good mix of modern jazz numbers, original compositions, and well-chosen standards – including "Little Beaver", "See Minor", "Vixen", "Count Em", "Hear Ye Hear Ye", "Posterity", "Goodbye Ebbets Field", "Tom Kattin", "Tricotism", "Old Reliable", "Crazy Rhythm", "Our Delight", "Jay Bird", "Jimmy's Old Funky Blues", "Jimmy's Tune", and "A Jazz Ballad". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cozy ColeThru For The Night/Father Cooperates (12 inch 78 rpm record) ... 78 RPM
Keynote, 1944. Near Mint- ... $5.99
With Cozy Cole on drums, Earl Hines on piano, Coleman Hawkins on tenor, Trummy Young on trombone, Joe Thomas on trumpet, Billy Taylor on bass, and Teddy Walters on guitar. 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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John ColtraneSoultrane ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1958. Used ... $5.99
A bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of longer tunes that really let the young Trane stretch out on his solos, unobstructed by any other horns in the lineup. There's a nice mix of hardbop ideals, gentle ballads, and personal soul to the set – and titles include Coltrane's classic reading of Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait", plus "I Want To Talk About You", "Russian Lullaby", and "Theme For Ernie". CD
(Out of print, some light notes in pen inside the booklet.)
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John ColtraneSoultrane ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1958. Used ... $6.99
A bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of longer tunes that really let the young Trane stretch out on his solos, unobstructed by any other horns in the lineup. There's a nice mix of hardbop ideals, gentle ballads, and personal soul to the set – and titles include Coltrane's classic reading of Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait", plus "I Want To Talk About You", "Russian Lullaby", and "Theme For Ernie". CD
(Out of print.)
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John ColtraneSoultrane ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
A bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of longer tunes that really let the young Trane stretch out on his solos, unobstructed by any other horns in the lineup. There's a nice mix of hardbop ideals, gentle ballads, and personal soul to the set – and titles include Coltrane's classic reading of Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait", plus "I Want To Talk About You", "Russian Lullaby", and "Theme For Ernie". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Nathan DavisRules Of Freedom ... CD
Polydor (France), 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest records ever recorded by Nathan Davis – an incredibly soulful reed player who's one of our favorite jazz artists ever! This one was cut in Paris in 1967 – a few years after his straighter sides for Saba/MPS, and a few years before his more funky and spiritual albums in the US. The album's a gem – reeling in a modal Coltrane-ish mode that is perfect for Davis' searching style on soprano and tenor sax. Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Garrison, and Art Taylor make up the rest of the group – and under Davis' leadership, they play some of their best work of the 60s, coming together like a finely-honed group that we'd rank right up there with Coltrane's classic quartet. A true gem, and proof that Davis is one of the undisputed jazz masters of the 60s. Titles include "Mandingo's Pad", "Ahali The Painter", "A5", and "Love Is Freedom". CD
(Out of print and in excellent shape!)

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Red GarlandSoul Junction ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ... $5.99
Soul Junction's a great title for this one – because the album's a great meeting point between 50s hard bop and some of the looser, earthier styles that were beginning to show up in the first years of soul jazz! The title track of this one is worth the price of admission alone – as Red Garland works with John Coltrane and Donald Byrd on a 15 minute tune that starts slow, builds in a bluesy way with nearly 8 minutes of trio work by Garland, Art Taylor, and Jamil Nasser – then finally rolls into some great late nite solo work on the horns! Other tracks are a bit shorter, but follow a similar easygoing and soulful approach – and tracks include "Woody'N You", "Birk's Works", "I've Got It Bad", and "Hallelujah". From the same sessions that also created the album All Mornin Long! CD
(Out of print.)

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Noah HowardSpace Dimension ... LP
America/SeriE.WOC (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $46.99 49.99
One of the few key pairings of Noah Howard and Frank Wright – and a great session that stands perfectly next to those recordings made by the pair under Wright's name! The record bristles with the best energy of the BYG and America sides from the time – but possibly goes even beyond those with a sense of cohesion and soulfulness that is especially gripping. The pairing of Howard's alto and Wright's tenor is one of those few avant matches made in heaven, and they work together wonderfully in freely exploratory territory that recalls the best of the ESP scene of the 60s. The group's a quartet – with Bobby Few on piano and Art Taylor on drums – and tracks include the Howard originals "Space Dimension", "Viva Black", "Song For Poets", and "Blues For Thelma" – plus a shorter version of Wright's classic "Church Number Nine", recorded with Muhammad Ali on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 250!)

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Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Motown/Anagram, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.99 On December 3, 2021
The fantastic first record from the Jackson 5 – and very much the stuff of legend all the way through! The tracks feature a number of tunes sung previously by other artists – but the quintet are already at a level that really transforms the material – not just through their unified sense of soulful harmonies, but especially from the breakout leads – which have a fresh, vibrant style that's really unlike any soul group that ever came before – especially when the young Michael steps forth, and shows us he's one hell of a charmer! Production is from Bobby Taylor and The Corporation – and the former definitely brings in some of the deeper, headier tones you'd hear in his music – one more aspect that really keeps the record from being just a kiddie soul novelty – and which instead makes it a truly lasting Motown gem! Titles include the always-wonderful "I Want You Back", one of those tunes that we've heard a million times, but still love to death – plus the tracks "Nobody", "Chained", "Born To Love You", "Stand", "My Cherie Amour", and "Standing In The Shadows of Love". Hell, even their version of "Zip A Dee Doo Dah" is pretty darn great! LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Quantities pressed on demand and strictly limited!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, December 3.

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Yusef LateefMany Faces Of Yusef Lateef (The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef/The Centaur & The Phoenix) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1960. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A 70s Milestone 2-fer reissue collecting two great 60s sides from Yusef Lateef. The Three Faces Of Yusef Lateef is a sublime piece of work, proof that he could be exotic and swinging at the same time. The three "faces" of the set are Lateef's work on tenor, flute, and oboe – each of which get a few tracks to themselves – as Lateef works with a core Detroit group of Hugh Lawson on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums – to further refine the already great sound of his earlier albums for Savoy! Tunes are set up in such a way as to vary the instrumentation without varying the mood too much – making for a record with many voices, but a really unified sound overall – and one that's incredibly soulful on the best numbers. Ron Carter joins the group on cello on a few tracks, and Lawson even plays a bit of celeste on the set as well. Titles include "Lateef Minor 7th", "Salt Water Blues", "Adoration", and "Quarantine". The second LP, The Centaur & The Phoenix is an ambitious larger group album, one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time. Yusef is working again with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn section that also features Josea Taylor on bassoon, Tate Houston on baritone sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Clark Terry and Richard Williams on trumpet. Rhythm is by the trio of Joe Zawinul piano, Ben Tucker bass, and Lex Humphries drums – and although the horn arrangements are complicated, they're always soulfully swinging – never too academic, and really done on a way that just expands the mixture of exoticism and hardbop expressed on other Lateef albums! Titles include "Iqbal", "Apathy", "Summer Song", "Revelation", and "The Centaur & The Phoenix". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Shrink is open for about four inches on the opening edge.)

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James Brandon LewisMolecular ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis just keeps getting deeper and deeper with each new release – very different than the artist who first emerged a number of records back, and one with a strong ability to explore the farther sides of the jazz spectrum! That's definitely the case here – as Lewis plays tenor at the head of a quartet with Aruan Ortiz on piano, Brad Jones on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums – a lineup who are more than fluid enough to move with the ideas that flow effortlessly both from the compositional pen of the leader, and his well-crafted, very personal lines on tenor sax! The tunes vary in length, which further deepens the individuality of the set – and titles include "Helix", "Per 1", "Breaking Code", "An Anguish Departed", "Loverly", "Molecular", "Cesaire", and "A Lotus Speaks". CD

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkLes Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 ... CD
Sam Records/Saga, 1959. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
A rare and unused soundtrack recording by Thelonious Monk – and a set of music that would be a standout in his catalog, even if it wasn't planned for a film! You probably know the Art Blakey soundtrack for the movie – which was the used and released version – and you might even know the Duke Jordan recording, too – but this batch of material is equally wonderful, and features an unusual quintet that has Monk's piano alongside the twin tenors of both Charlie Rouse and Barney Wilen – the latter of whom was such a key part of the French scene that gave the world the film in the late 50s. Other group members include Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and most numbers are reworkings of other Monk compositions, but done especially for the film – with titles that include "Six In One", "Light Blue", "Bye & Bye", "Ba Lue Bolivar Ba Lues Are", "Pannonica", "Well You Needn't", and "Rhythm-A-Ning" – all presented here in differing versions and mixes. Great package – 2CDs, with a bonus 60 page color book with photos and essays! CD
 
 
 



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