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✨✧ VariousJourney To The Dawn – Illuminating Jazz From Theresa Records ... CD
Theresa/Temposphere (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost batch of soulful jazz from a massively overlooked source – the mighty Theresa Records, home to some really great recordings at the end of the 70s! Theresa was a tiny company formed in Oakland, CA at the end of the 70s – a spiritual heir to the sound of Impulse, Flying Dutchman, and other 70s powerhouse soul jazz labels – with a sound that was directly encapsulated in the label's own recordings of Pharoah Sanders at the time! After a few years of inactivity on the recording scene after his seminal sides for Impulse, Pharoah made a strong re-emergence on Theresa – working in a sweet style of soul jazz that was also picked up by some of the label's other strong artists. This excellent set was compiled in collaboration with Gilles Peterson – and features some of the hippest, most soulful tracks to come out on Theresa – work that takes off from the sound of Pharoah's earlier albums, into a whole new realm of expression! Titles include "Heart Is A Melody", "Rejoice", and "You've Got To Have Freedom" by Pharoah Sanders; "Samba" and "Pippin" by Ed Kelly; "Use Your Hands" and "Levels Of Consciousness" by Babatunde & Phenomena; and "Hip Funk" by Bishop Norman Williams & The One Mind Experience. 11 tracks in all! CD
 
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Pharoah SandersHeart Is A Melody ... LP
Theresa, 1982. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A fantastically soulful set from Pharoah – recorded in the early 80s, with his quartet that included Idris Muhammad on drums, John Heard on bass, and William Henderson on piano. The session is live, and the overall feel is easy and mellow – still searching, as in the best mode of Pharoah's work for Impulse, but with a warmer approach that shows him mellowing a bit with age – or as we might put it, figuring out the best aspects of his style, and focusing on those. Includes the sublime "Heart Is A Melody Of Time", a great vocal number that builds in a "Creator Has A Master Plan" sort of way. Also features the highlife-tinged "Goin To Africa", and a lengthy reading of Coltrane's "Ole". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersPharoah Sanders Live ... LP
Theresa, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Quite a nice little album from Pharoah – the kind of session we always overlooked when we were digging for Impulse titles, and which we're now going back to, and almost appreciating more than the classic ones! The album's a quartet session – recorded live, of course – with a freely swinging rhythm section that features John Hicks, Walter Booker, and Idris Muhammad. The centerpiece of the album is a long quartet version of "You've Got To Have Freedom" – one that's nice and grooving, but in a very different way than the more famous studio version. Another real winner is "Pharomba", a 13 minute long track that has a gentle groove and some extremely nice work on tenor from Pharoah! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bishop Norman Williams & The One Mind ExperienceBishop's Bag ... LP
Theresa, 1978. Very Good ... $24.99
For a Bishop, this guy's pretty darn funky! Williams grooves it hard and lean here with The One Mind Experience – an electric Bay Area ensemble that includes Babatunde on percussion, Mike Clark on drums, Dave Liebman on saxes, and Michael Howell on guitar. The album's got one strong standout funk track – a nice chunky groover called "Hip Funk" – plus some other tracks that riff along in a sweet spiritual jazz mode – really taking off in the same kind of energy as some of Pharoah Sanders' recordings for the Theresa label at the time. Titles include "Billy Ballet", "Dolphy", "For Lee", and "One Mind Experience". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of pen on the back, and a bit of splitting on the top seam.)
 
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Corky McClerkinSearchin For The Soul ... LP
WinCor, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A classic set of soul jazz from Chicago – a rare indie date recorded in the early 80s, but with a tight and swinging feel that's more 70s jazz funk than you might think! Corky's on Yamaha keyboards, and he's backed by a hip group of Chicago players that includes Curtis Prince on drums, Artee Duke Payne on saxes, and Stephen Harris on guitars – all working together in a tightly rhythmic sound with some slight spiritual undercurrents – almost in the same territory as James Mason on his legendary record from a few years before! As with that set, there's a bit of polish here, but never too much – a balance that makes the record a wonderfully mature record with a depth that keeps it going for years. Byron Woods sings lead vocals on the album's jazz dance classic "Searching For Soul" – and a few other tracks feature Theresa Davis on lead vocals. Other titles include "Everything Must Change", "Open Wide", "Passion", "Jive Mama T", "Off C", and "Mirror Mirror". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kenautis Smith & BlackspadeMotivational Tool ... CD
All Natural, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Kanautis Smith and Blackspade team up for All Natural, Inc! There's often a soul music reverent vibe on records that come on on All Natural, and this one succeeds strongly on that front – as well as holding up as one of the finer producer/MC co-headling records we've heard in a while. There's a healthly guest roster of rhymers and singers, but it all fits together very well. Includes "After All" feat Theresa Payne, "Work Out" with Thaione Davis & Brandin, ""All In My Mind" with Naledge, "Stll Remains" with Teresa Jenee & Race, "Greatest Of All", "Look Around" with Ari Lourdes & Demetrius Upchurch, "Lay It Down", "Sick" feat All Natural, "The Closing", "No Name" with Fresco & White Owl and "Frank Jackson. CD

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✨✧ Mundell LoweBilly Jack (alternate version) ... LP
Billy Jack Records, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
This is a strange 2nd pressing of the Billy Jack soundtrack – issued on the Billy Jack label, which might have been an imprint owned by Mundell Lowe. The records feature overall scoring by Mundell Lowe, with jazzy instrumentals that are trying to have a serious "southwest" sound to them – plus lots of vocal tracks with a similar folksy style to the film's big hit "One Tin Soldier", included on this album. That one's sung by the group Coven, but the rest are sung by lesser-known singers like Lynn Baker, Theresa Kelly, and Gwen Smith. What a weird time to be watching movies! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
 
 



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