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Three SoundsBeautiful Friendship ... LP
Limelight, 1965. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
The second album that The Three Sounds recorded with backings by arranger Julian Lee – kind of a precursor to work they'd later do at Blue Note with Oliver Nelson and Monk Higgins. As those records have shown, the augmentation of the group with added orchestrations is always a good idea – as it seems to drive the trio sound to greater heights than on other albums. Gene Harris' piano is razor sharp, and tracks include "The Following Sea", "Hot Cha", "Hittin Another Jug", "Theme From Skyscraper", and "Shornin Bread" (first version). LP, Vinyl record album
(In the nice Limelight gatefold cover – with a paper fold-out insert and a cool booklet!)
Also available Beautiful Friendship (7 inch jukebox EP version) ... 7-inch 9.99

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Three SoundsBeautiful Friendship (7 inch jukebox EP version) ... 7-inch
Limelight, 1965. Very Good (pic cover)... $9.99
The second album that The Three Sounds recorded with backings by arranger Julian Lee – kind of a precursor to work they'd later do at Blue Note with Oliver Nelson and Monk Higgins. As those records have shown, the augmentation of the group with added orchestrations is always a good idea – as it seems to drive the trio sound to greater heights than on other albums. Gene Harris' piano is razor sharp, this jukebox EP features 5 cuts from the full LP – including "Hot Cha", "Hittin Another Jug", "Shortnin Bread", "Beautiful Friendship", and "Cute (parts 1 & 2)". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(With jukebox strips and mini LP images! Cover has some aging and a lightly bent corner.)
Also available Beautiful Friendship ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Three SoundsFeelin' Good ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Good+ ... $11.99
With a sound like this, these guys have gotta be Feelin Good! The album's one of the first few Blue Notes by Gene Harris and his mighty Three Sounds combo – and is done in the group's very successful blend of soul jazz and piano trio musing – a key shift in styles from the 50s to the 60s, and one that always sounds nice! There's a great rhythmic approach to the work, augmented by Harris' chunky style of hitting the keys – and the album's filled with nice numbers that include "Parker's Pad", "Two Bass Hit", "Straight No Chaser", and "Blues After Dark". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with RVG etch. Cover has light wear & some pen.)

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Three SoundsHere We Come ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Good ... $9.99
The Three Sounds pull away from the curb in a sweet sports car – a great cover image that really sets the tone for the entire record! The album's the epitome of early 60s class and cool that the group had to offer – as they effortlessly mix soulful groovers with mellower, more introspective pieces – all delivered by the godlike hands of Gene Harris on acoustic piano – already a giant in jazz, even at the start of his long career. The rhythm is great, too – sublime bass from Andy Simpkins, whose round, warm tone we always love – and just the right sort of work on drums from Bill Dowdy, who always keeps things on track. Titles include "Now's The Time", "Summertime", "Poinciana", "Here We Come", and "Sonnymoon For Two". Great cover too – with one of the all-time best "car jazz" images! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing, with RVG stamp and ear. Cover has a split top seam & a center split bottom.)

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Three SoundsHey There ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Good+ ... $6.99
Wonderful work from the Three Sounds – a tight little combo who weren't out to break any rules in jazz, but who made some excellent albums for Blue Note in the early 60s! The groove here is hard-edge soul jazz piano at its best – similar to early Les McCann work of the same vintage, with a strong sense of rhythm on the left hand, and some wonderfully complicated lines on the right – an early example of the genius of Gene Harris. Harris also shows a nice sense of thoughtfulness on the mellower cuts, too – which still swing in their own sort of way, thanks to the work of Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums. Titles include the great original "Dap's Groove" – plus "Sermonette", "Hey There", "Nothin But The Blues", "Street Of Dreams", and "Little Girl Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear. Cover has some wear with pen on the back, along the top.)

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Three SoundsMoods ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Good+ ... $7.99
"Moods" is right – as the album's got a wonderfully dark undercurrent, one that makes it one of the most captivating early Three Sounds albums for Blue Note! Pianist Gene Harris leads a trio that includes Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – and even though the set list includes a few familiar tunes, the overall pitch of the album makes the music really unique. The group play some sweet renditions of "Love For Sale" and "Green Dolphin Street", plus a great reading of Clifford Brown's "Sandu", which works very well as a piano tune. Also includes the tracks "Loose Walk" and "Tammy's Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd street pressing, with deep groove, RVG stamp, and ear. Cover has some wear peeling, with masking tape over a center split spine.)

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Stanley Turrentine with the Three SoundsBlue Hour – The Complete Sessions ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
During the early 60s, Blue Note wisely cut a number of sessions that took advantage of their soulful in-house rhythm trio The Three Sounds. The group recorded more than a few successful albums under their own name – but they also did a few great records that feature them backing up a more famous soloist. Such is the case with this one, in which Gene Harris and crew back up Stanley Turrentine for a beautifully mellow set of late nite tracks, played with an easy rolling groove missing from some of Turrentine's other, more full-on sessions at the time. At the time, Blue Note recorded enough material for 2 albums – but only one was ever issued in the US (although a second has recently come out from Japan.) Now, all the tracks are combined on a very nice 2CD set that includes all the original material – with tracks that include "Alone Together", "There Is No Greater Love", "Blue Hour", "I Want A Little Girl", and "Blue Riff". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Three SoundsLive At The Lighthouse ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little session by The Three Sounds – and one that features the band grooving away in a style that's a lot more lively than some of their studio recordings from the time! The whole thing was captured live at the legendary Lighthouse – and Gene Harris plays both piano and organ, while the group runs through some lively material that includes "Still I'm Sad", "Blues March", "Makin Bread Again", and "I Held My Head In Shame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light wear, and back has a mark and a bit of pen.)

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✨✧ Three SoundsThree Sounds (Blue Note 1600) ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great early work by the Three Sounds, before they'd lapsed a bit too much into their formulaic trio style on Blue Note – and when they were adding some excellent little flourishes to the music to distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd. Drummer Bill Dowdy's in great shape here, working his way across the kit with the ferocity of a bossa drummer – adding in lots of great fills that bring out the best in Gene Harris sharp piano work. Plus, the album even features a bit of Harris on the celeste – creating a cool vibes-y sound on the track "Blue Bells". Other titles include "O Sole Mio", "Goin Home", "It's Nice", and "Both Sides". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd street pressing, with RVG stamp. Cover has a bent corner.)
 
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DabryeOne/Three (with download) ... LP
Ghostly International, 2003. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $14.99
A post-millennium gem from Dabyre that holds up incredibly well – and an nice littel selection of dub influenced beats and abstract hip hop instruementals! The vibe here is creative, but doesn't venture too far out of headnodding territory even in the most spacey –with some smooth basslines and quirky tempo changes that work just right together. Tracks include "The Lish", "Hyped-Up Plans", "Smoking The Edge", With A Professional", and "So Scientific", "How Many Times (With This)", "Smoking The Edge" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 remaster by Daddy Kev sounds as great as ever – and includes download with bonus Payback EP!)

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Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden SoundsHamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at the core than most Afro Funk of the time, with a pounding intensity that's matched by the sharp-edged horn work, and the burning organ at the core – all with this otherworldly sense of soul that really grabs our ears right from the very first note! And although these cuts were on 45s, they're all longer than you might think – making for a full album that's more than enough introduction to this amazing music – sounds that were recorded right next door to Nigeria in the 70s, but have a completely different vibe. Titles include "Toufle", "Astadjam Dada Sare", "Fou Sei Allah", "Lamido", "Tchakoulate", and "Gandjal Kessoum". CD
Also available Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 23.99

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Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden SoundsHamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at the core than most Afro Funk of the time, with a pounding intensity that's matched by the sharp-edged horn work, and the burning organ at the core – all with this otherworldly sense of soul that really grabs our ears right from the very first note! And although these cuts were on 45s, they're all longer than you might think – making for a full album that's more than enough introduction to this amazing music – sounds that were recorded right next door to Nigeria in the 70s, but have a completely different vibe. Titles include "Toufle", "Astadjam Dada Sare", "Fou Sei Allah", "Lamido", "Tchakoulate", and "Gandjal Kessoum". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download and big booklet of notes!)
Also available Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 ... CD 16.99

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Modern Jazz QuartetThree Windows ... CD
Atlantic, 1987. Used ... $6.99
A set that shows that none of the group's imagination or talent had dimmed over the years – and the core quartet of John Lewis on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums are joined by The New York Chamber Symphony, who are a small string-based group who slide in and out of the jazz-based grooves with an inventive range of colors and sounds! The album's hardly a "jazz with strings" sort of date – and instead, the strings are nicely integrated with a fluidly creative approach – in the mode of some of the more experimental string quartets that were showing up at the time. Titles include "Kansas City Breaks", "Three Windows", "Encounter In Cagnes", and the "Day In Dubrovnik" suite. CD
(Atlantic pressing.)

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Raymond ScottThree Willow Park – Electronic Music From Inner Space 1961 to 1971 (3LP set/book) ... LP
Basta (Netherlands), 1960s. New Copy 3LP ... $42.99 44.98
An amazing lost trove of work by electronic music Raymond Scott – sounds that were never issued commercially, and which may well represent the last corner of his genius yet to be explored! The music here was all created in Scott's home studio on Long Island – and is a fantastic blend of playful modes and more exploratory sounds – very much in the spirit of Bruce Haack or Perry & Kingsley at the time, and maybe a bit like the electronic work of Piero Umiliani – but with a weirder, wilder vibe overall! There's definitely a few noisy moments – ala Soothing Sounds For Baby – but many of the tracks are short experiments, and also include some jingles or commercial music too – which makes for a fantastically large array of analogue elements throughout. The package also features detailed notes, and a look at this obscure chapter of Scott's career – a time when he was maybe at his most experimental, with amazing results. Titles include "Ohio Bell Mystery", "Idea 35", "Nice Sound 3", "Cindy Alternate", "The Toy Trumpet (demo 1)", "Rhythm Sample", "Tone Stepper", "Super Cheer", "Baltimore Gas & Electric Test", "Nice Set Up 7", "Cyclic Bit 3", "Sparrows (part 1)", "Ripples (fugue)", and "Auto Lite Wheels (effects)". LP, Vinyl record album
(3LPs in their individual sleeves – plus 20 page book and download!)

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✨✧ Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden SoundsHamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at the core than most Afro Funk of the time, with a pounding intensity that's matched by the sharp-edged horn work, and the burning organ at the core – all with this otherworldly sense of soul that really grabs our ears right from the very first note! And although these cuts were on 45s, they're all longer than you might think – making for a full album that's more than enough introduction to this amazing music – sounds that were recorded right next door to Nigeria in the 70s, but have a completely different vibe. Titles include "Toufle", "Astadjam Dada Sare", "Fou Sei Allah", "Lamido", "Tchakoulate", and "Gandjal Kessoum". CD
Also available
Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 ... CD 16.99
Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975 (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Raymond ScottThree Willow Park – Electronic Music From Inner Space 1961 to 1971 (2CDs/book) ... CD
Basta (Netherlands), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing lost trove of work by electronic music Raymond Scott – sounds that were never issued commercially, and which may well represent the last corner of his genius yet to be explored! The music here was all created in Scott's home studio on Long Island – and is a fantastic blend of playful modes and more exploratory sounds – very much in the spirit of Bruce Haack or Perry & Kingsley at the time, and maybe a bit like the electronic work of Piero Umiliani – but with a weirder, wilder vibe overall! There's definitely a few noisy moments – ala Soothing Sounds For Baby – but many of the tracks are short experiments, and also include some jingles or commercial music too – which makes for a fantastically large array of analogue elements throughout. The package also features detailed notes, and a look at this obscure chapter of Scott's career – a time when he was maybe at his most experimental, with amazing results. Titles include "Ohio Bell Mystery", "Idea 35", "Nice Sound 3", "Cindy Alternate", "The Toy Trumpet (demo 1)", "Rhythm Sample", "Tone Stepper", "Super Cheer", "Baltimore Gas & Electric Test", "Nice Set Up 7", "Cyclic Bit 3", "Sparrows (part 1)", "Ripples (fugue)", and "Auto Lite Wheels (effects)". CD
Also available Three Willow Park – Electronic Music From Inner Space 1961 to 1971 (3LP set/book) ... LP 42.99

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✨✧ Gene Harris3 Sounds ... LP
Blue Note, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
The last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some killer arrangements from the mighty Monk Higgins! Monk's really at the top of his game here – going past even his great previous work for the group, and working with a tight, sharp edge that recalls his funky 45 brilliance of the 60s – yet tuned a bit more towards the electric Cali jazz of early 70s Blue Note! Gene Harris plays loads of funky piano lines – and in addition to the trio's core electric bass and drums, the set also features some added work on percussion from Paul Humphrey – who really brings in a kick – plus added guitar, congas, and even a bit of Hammond from Higgins too! Some cuts even have a bit of vocals too – sung in this offbeat way that's a wild approach to soul. There's some killer breaks on the set – including the massive "Put On Train" and "What's The Answer" – but the whole set smokes, and other cuts include "I'm Leaving", "You Got To Play The Game", "Your Love Is Just Too Much", "Did You Think", "Hey Girl", and a mad version of "Eleanor Rigby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has moisture stains along the opening, a split bottom seam with moisture stains & a sticker spot on the back.)

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✨✧ Max RichterThree Worlds – Music From Woolf Works (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful larger concept work from Max Richter – based on the writings of Virginia Woolf, which are read at three short points in the set – to introduce the kind of subtle sonic spectrums that we've really come to love in Richter's music! The album mixes together Max's own sounds on piano and modular synthesizer with the larger sounds of the German Film Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler – plus shorter string quartet passages, and occasional solo cello, violin, and soprano voice – layered together in Richter's own studio, with that post-performance sensitivity that's made him one of the key forces transforming the sound of classical performance on record. Gillian Anderson reads some text on "The Waves", Sarah Sutcliffe makes an appearance on "Orlando", and the voice of Woolf herself is heard on "Mrs Dalloway" – but most of the album is instrumental. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousMarylebone Beat Girls 1964 to 1967 – Superior 60s She-Pop ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The heavier sound of UK girl pop in the 60s – not the sunnier, more string-laden sounds that were crossing the Atlantic at the time – but female singers who gravitated towards a deeper, fuzzier side of the spectrum – and were often years ahead of their time with their approach! The collection really does a great job of bringing together lost singles from this wonderful era – and although there's definitely a few names here we'd heard before, there's lots more that are a really great new discovery – especially on some of these tracks, which might be a bit harder-hitting than their more familiar material. If you dig more familiar 60s Brit pop, don't worry – there's still plenty of catchy hooks and soulful grooves going on here – but there's also a sharper edge that you'll really appreciate too. Titles include "Dancing Yet" by Liza & The Jet Set, "Music Talk" by Beryl Marsden, "Like The Big Man Said" by Toni Daly, "I Want That Boy" by The Chantelles, "The Boy I Used To Know" by Andee Silver, "Mama Didn't Lie" by Jean & The Statesides, "He Doesn't Want You" by The Three Bells, "Whatcha Gonna Do" by Billie Davis & The Leroys, "Stop & You Will Become Aware" by Helen Shapiro, "Love Is A Word" by Alma Cogan, "Don't Do It No More" by Julie Driscoll, and "Sweet & Tender Romance" by The McKinleys. CD

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✨✧ VariousOriginal Hip Hop Classics – Presented By Sugarhill ... LP
Sugar Hill/Sanctuary (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best tracks ever from one of the most important record labels in the early years of hip hop! Sugarhill might not have been the first to record the sounds of the South Bronx scene, but the label definitely helped the music get huge national exposure – to a point where it was maybe one of the key factors in helping hip hop to find the right sort of larger American audience at the time! Years later, most of these cuts are still formative classics – and the set's overflowing with gems that include "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang, "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, "That's The Joint" by Funky Four + One, "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel, "Apachey" by Sugarhill Gang, "We Got The Funk" by Positive Force, "Yes We Can Can" by Treacherous Three, "Scratching" by Crash Crew, "Break Dance Electric Boogie" by West Street Mob, "Funk You Up" by Sequence, "Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel" by Grandmaster Flash, "8th Wonder" by Sugarhill Gang, "It's Nasty" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and "Step Off" by The Furious Five. LP, Vinyl record album

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Altered ImagesAltered Images – The Epic Years (Happy Birthday/Pinky Blue/Bite/12" album/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Red (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $28.99
Really lovely work from Altered Images – a group who, like many of their new wave contemporaries, is maybe best remembered for one song – even though they had a heck of a lot more to offer! That hit – the always-great "Happy Birthday" – is one of the first tracks on the set – but the box overall brings together the full range of sounds from the group – the kind of catchy new wave tunes that always had slight crossover potential in the early 80s – but which have sometimes been lost to the sands of time, because the music is either not edgey enough to be remembered by the indie crowd, nor slick enough to yield long mainstream success. You might put these guys somewhere in a space with Icicle Works, The The, or early Talk Talk – music that's tuneful, but still has much rawer guitars than the commercial big names of the time – a definite sense of post-punk production, even though the work came out on a major label. The package features the group's three full albums, the bonus album of 12" mixes, and lots of singles too – with titles that include "Happy Birthday", "Real Toys", "Legionnaire", "Beckoning Strings", "A Days Wait", "Midnight", "Leave Me Alone", "Who Cares", "Jeepster", "Pinky Blue", "See Those Eyes", "Little Brown Head", "See You Later", "Funny Funny Me", "Disco Pop Stars", "Bring Me Closer", "Surprise Me", "Love To Stay", "Now That You're Here", "Thinking About You", "Stand So Quiet", "Happy Birthday (dance mix)", "Love To Stay (dance mix)", "See Those Eyes (ext mix)", "Jump Jump/Think That It Might (segued dance mix)", and "Don't Talk To Me About Love (ext dance mix)". CD

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Bobby BradfordLove's Dream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums – all working in these long-flowing, very rhythmic numbers that lie somewhere between Bradford's work with John Carter, and the early 60s sound of Ornette Coleman. The alto/cornet interplay is especially nice – very mesmerizing over the course of the album's very long tracks – and Watts turns out to be a great musical partner for Bobby. Titles include "Love's Dream", "Coming On", and "Roswita's Dance". CD features bonus tracks ""She", "HM Louis 1", and an alternate take of "Coming On". CD

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Peter Brotzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han BenninkEinheitsfrontlied (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
FMP (Germany), 1973. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $43.99
A compellingly tuneful track from the free jazz power trio of Peter Brotzmann, Fred Van Hove, and Han Bennink – the group's rendition of a Hanns Eisler tune, "Einheitsfrontlied", done in a way that has the melody started strongly with rhythm – before letting the three group members free to really do their own thing! Van Hove delivers some searing piano right in the middle – and Brotzmann gets some sounds on his horn that are mindblowing at the start – while Bennink has this never-resting percussive energy that really moves the whole thing along! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve NobleSoulfood Available ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
The title's a very apt one – as saxophonist Peter Brotzmann somehow sounds even more soulful than ever – almost at a level that evokes John Coltrane and Albert Ayler with his searing, searching tones on the album's very long title track! "Soulful Available" is worth the price of admission alone – as Brotzmann blows this very spiritual tenor over bass from John Edwards and drums from Steve Noble – as all three players build intensity and resonate together, almost with a 60s ESP sort of vibe – quite different than usual for Peter, but really appreciated as well! Some of the more familiar Brotzmann sense of tone and timing come through on the album's two shorter tracks, both of which are great too – "Nail Dogs By Ears" and "Don't Fly Away". CD

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James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. Used ... $18.99
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which never sounds better than here, on James' original version – one of those cuts that never gets old! The hit's also nicely offset by a number of other more obscure numbers that make the album really worth tracking down – titles that include "I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)", "Good Good Lovin", "I've Got Money", "Three Hearts In A Tangle", "You've Got The Power", and "Love Don't Love Nobody" – all on the rougher side of the JB spectrum. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available I Got You (I Feel Good) ... LP 16.99

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James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... LP
King, 1966. Very Good ... $16.99
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which never sounds better than here, on James' original version – one of those cuts that never gets old! The hit's also nicely offset by a number of other more obscure numbers that make the album really worth tracking down – titles that include "I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)", "Good Good Lovin", "I've Got Money", "Three Hearts In A Tangle", "You've Got The Power", and "Love Don't Love Nobody" – all on the rougher side of the JB spectrum. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, otherwise looks nice!)
Also available I Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD 18.99

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Clarence CarterTestifyin/Patches (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Kent (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A pair of classic albums from Clarence Carter – back to back, and with bonus tracks too! Testifyin is excellent early work from Clarence Carter – recording here with production and arrangements by Rick Hall – in that sweet Muscle Shoals style that never sounded better than it did with Clarence! Carter had a way of working with Hall that was really beyond some of the cliches that crept into the scene at the time – a blend of bluesier roots and leaner soul that was totally great – and which was always touched by Clarence's keen sense of wit and personality! The record's got a slightly funky sound in parts – especially on the great cut "Snatching It Back" – and the rest of the titles are all killer southern soul material, with classics that include "Making Love (At The Dark End Of The Street)", "Soul Deep", "Doin' Our Thing", "I Smell a Rat", and "I Can't Do Without You". Patches is the album that very firmly put Clarence Carter on the mainstream soul map – thanks to his brilliant version of the title tune! By the time of this set, Carter was already one hell of a soul singer – and really brought amazing sounds to play with classic production from Rick Hall and the Fame Studios gang. But when he pointed those talents towards the country soul story "Patches", he really found his groove – mixing southern roots from both sides of the fence into one really unique groove – and following it up with a host of other well-chosen tunes that really helped establish Carter's unique place in music. George Jackson co-wrote a number of the best tunes – a few with Clarence – and titles include "Patches", "I'm Just A Prisoner", "Till I Can't Take It Anymore", "Changes", "Say Man", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", "CC Blues", and "Getting the Bills (But No Merchandise)". CD features three bonus tracks – on CD for the first time ever – "Say A Little Prayer", "Johnny Poverty", and "I Found What I Wanted". CD

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Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew ShippSeraphic Light ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Reedman Daniel Carter's in some great company here – a trio that features the bass of William Parker and piano of Matthew Shipp – both bold musical partners that really give the album a lot of depth! Shipp is especially great, and at times really seems to dominate the proceedings with his energy – that non-stop spiral of constant creation that has made his work in recent years so rewarding – balanced with Parker's always strong command of the bass, and shifting sounds from Carter – who blows flute, clarinet, tenor, alto, and soprano sax – as well as a bit of trumpet. The album features a live performance of the title suite, "Seraphic Light" – divided into three sections. CD

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Miles DavisComplete Concert 1964 – My Funny Valentine/Four & More ... CD
Columbia, 1964. Used 2 CDs ... $3.99
One of those key cases where Miles Davis took a familiar song and made it his own! The set's a live one, and features a famous 15 minute version of "My Funny Valentine" – played by Davis in a spacious, open sort of way – and one that has key hints of the modernism to come in his music, yet still rings out with some of his more easygoing late 50s appeal. The group here features George Coleman on tenor alongside the rhythm section of Herbie Hancock piano, Ron Carter bass, and Tony Williams on drums – all three of whom help Davis edge into darker territory, even when things are ostensibly sweet! Apart from the version of "My Funny Valentine", other titles include "All Blues", "All Of You", "I Thought About You", and "Stella By Starlight". Four & More is breakneck live work from Miles Davis – and proof that his famous 60s quintet wasn't only just about mellow and spacious sounds! The set was recorded at the same concert as the album My Funny Valentine – and while that one's mostly ballads, this one's mostly high tempo numbers that skip along with incredible ease – crackling with modern touches on the rhythm from Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – and featuring some really excellent work by George Coleman on tenor sax! Titles include "Four", "So What", "Joshua", and "Seven Steps To Heaven". CD
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Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... LP
Delmark, 2010. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
The most amazing records to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the collaborative spirit of the latter reference – a largeish ensemble made up of some of the city's most important avant musicians in recent years – including Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass, Matt Bauder on clarinet and tenor, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed and John Herndon on drums – all players who know each others strengths through countless gigs together – coming together under the visionary leadership of Rob Mazurek on cornet. There's some slight electro-acoustic elements, which further complicate the sound of the record – but all without ever taking it off base – and the whole thing's got a righteous sort of energy that makes us mighty proud that sounds this great came from our hometown. Titles include "ChromoRocker", "Impression #1", "Ascenscion Ghost Impression #2", and "Three Blocks Of Light". LP, Vinyl record album

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Philip GlassComplete Sony Recordings (24CD set) ... CD
Sony, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 24CD ... $89.99 119.98
A stunning collection of sounds from the legendary Philip Glass – a complete set of every single one of his recordings for Columbia Records – which is the label at which he did most of his important music! The set's a treasure trove of modernist musical moments – not just a blueprint for minimalist composition near the end of the 20th century, but also a showcase for the many different paths that mode followed over the years – from vocal performances, through solo moments, ensemble explorations, soundtracks, and more. The box features 24 CDs in all, each with mini LP-styled covers, plus all the original liner notes, more discographical notes, and even librettos for all of the operas. In addition to the three important operas – Einstein On The Beach, Satygraha, and Akhnaten – plus early albums like Glassworks, Dance Pieces, and The Photographer – and the soundtrack to Naqoyqatsi, Solo Piano, Dance Nos 1 to 5, Itaipu, Passages, Organ Works, and more – as well as a bonus CD of recent recordings. A beautiful package – and the only time these works have been presented completely together. CD

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Victor GouldEarthlings ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Darkly beautiful sounds from pianist Victor Gould – an up-and-coming player who's also turning into a hell of a leader too! Vic works here with a fantastic core trio – Dezron Douglas on bass and Eric McPherson on drums – both players who are perfectly suited to set up the right sort of arcing, angling elements that fit the mode of Gould's piano – which seems to run up and down in these blocky flights of deeper tones that are completely wonderful! The album also features guest horns on about half the set – the soprano sax of Tim Warfield on three tracks, and the alto of Godwin Louis on three more – plus some light percussion from Khalil Kwame Bell. Titles include the originals "Rise", "Resilience", "Spider", and "Blues On Top" – plus versions of "Love Vibrations", "Farewell To Dogma", "Earthlings", and "Con Alma". CD

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Joe Haider/Fritz Pauer/Horace ParlanEgo Recordings Vol 3 (Reconciliation/Katzenvilla/Water Plants/One For Wilton) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $34.99
Four ultra-rare records – all brought together in one incredible CD set – the third collection to document the brilliant sounds of Germany's Ego Recordings label from the 70s! First up is the album Reconciliation from Joe Haider – one of the 70s gems on the mighty German Ego label – an incredible small company who seemed to put out nothing but excellent music! The set's led by pianist Joe Haider, and features a quintet with Andy Scherrer on tenor and soprano sax, Ack Van Rooyen on flugelhorn, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Todd Canedy on drums – all of them together welling up as way more than the sum of their parts, and cooking up an amazingly soulful set of tunes! There's bits of modal and American 70s spiritual soul jazz in the set – all played with a proud and buoyant style that unfolds majestically through the course of the album, never faltering in its vision or creativity. A under-acknowledged gem, with tracks that include "Mas De Serles", "Magdalena", "Reconciliation", "Crossover", and "Spanish Groove". Katzenvilla features the amazing trio of pianist Joe Haider, bassist Isla Eckinger, and drummer Pierre Favre – three very individual musicians who come together here as a group, but still retain a lot of their special energy! Haider's a lot more dynamic than usual – still with warm chords on the piano, but also some sharper edges – which seem pushed on by Favre's deft drum work, and his flowing sense of both melody and rhythm at the same moment. Eckinger's bass has these deep, soulful currents that we always love – and really grounds the whole thing in a wonderful way – on titles that include "Capricorn", "My Little Darling", "And Now", "Katzenvilla", and "Fate Of A Child" – all originals by Haider! Pianist Fritz Pauer steps out on Water Plants – a trio date that's got a lot more warmth and soul than some of the musician's previous work from the German scene – a beautiful little session that balances the deep bass work of Isla Eckinger and the subtle drums of Billy Brooks. There's a loose, lyrical vibe to the record that shows a side of Pauer we might not have expected – and Fritz wrote some wonderful tunes for the album, including "Water Plants", "Sagittarius", "Tribal Dance", "For La Rives", and "Autumn Evening". Last up is One For Wilton – one of the hippest later albums from pianist Horace Parlan – a set recorded with the saxophonist Wilton Gaynair, who'd contributed heavily to the UK scene in the late 50s/early 60s, then made great waves in Germany during the 70s! The set features Wilton on tenor and soprano sax, Parlan on piano, and great rhythms from Isla Eckinger on bass and Billie Brooks on drums – all coming together with a sense of warmth and imagination that's completely sublime – much richer than some of Gaynair's other performances from the 70s, and with a sense of flow and soul that makes the album one of Parlan's best. Titles include "Billie's Bossa", "One For Wilton", "Shade", "Firm Roots", and "Pananika". All albums come in tiny LP-style covers, and the box also features a bookle of notes! CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockTakin' Off (non RVG edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". Plus, this CD reissue features bonus alternate takes of 3 tracks on the album! CD
(Out of print.)

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Gene HarrisAstral Signal ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About July 25, 2018
A masterpiece from Gene Harris – an album that's probably been his biggest influence on the sound of soul in the 21st Century, and for good reason too! The set moves way beyond both Harris' acoustic piano roots in the Three Sounds, and his other electric sides of the 70s – into sublime spacey territory that's wrapped up in soul – as much a pinnacle of his musical vision as early 70s records were for Herbie Hancock or George Duke! The vibe here is a bit between the looser styles of Duke's MPS recordings, and the tighter grooves of the Mizell generation – and arrangements are by Harris, Harvey Mason, and Jerry Peters, the latter of whom really adds some great elements to the record. Harvey's drums make for a great funky undercurrent – and the album features the funky break track "Higga-Boom", the great groover "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong", and the cuts "Rebato Summer", "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey", "Love Talkin", "I Remember Summer", "Green River", and "My Roots". CD
Also available Astral Signal ... LP 29.99

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Gene HarrisAstral Signal ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Very Good ... $29.99
A masterpiece from Gene Harris – an album that's probably been his biggest influence on the sound of soul in the 21st Century, and for good reason too! The set moves way beyond both Harris' acoustic piano roots in the Three Sounds, and his other electric sides of the 70s – into sublime spacey territory that's wrapped up in soul – as much a pinnacle of his musical vision as early 70s records were for Herbie Hancock or George Duke! The vibe here is a bit between the looser styles of Duke's MPS recordings, and the tighter grooves of the Mizell generation – and arrangements are by Harris, Harvey Mason, and Jerry Peters, the latter of whom really adds some great elements to the record. Harvey's drums make for a great funky undercurrent – and the album features the funky break track "Higga-Boom", the great groover "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong", and the cuts "Rebato Summer", "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey", "Love Talkin", "I Remember Summer", "Green River", and "My Roots". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Gene HarrisNexus ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Very Good ... $6.99
A great little solo set from Gene Harris – and a perfect example of that magical time after he'd left the Three Sounds, but hadn't yet hit the more standard styles of later years – a period when Harris was really experimenting with a wide range of keyboards and sounds! The set has arranger Jerry Peters weighing in – bringing some of his own quirky touches into play with Gene's wonderful work on keyboards – which includes plenty of Fender Rhodes and moog, as well as other keys of the time too. Funky titles include "Koko & Lee Rose", "Funky Business", "Rushin Roulette", "HRD (Boogie)", and "Gettin Down Country" – and the set's got a great mellow moody soul track called "Prayer 76", with a bit of a Roy Ayers feel. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mikolaj HertelSpleen ... CD
GAD (Poland), 2002. New Copy ... $19.99
Mikolaj Hertel may not be a household name, but he certainly knows how to create some great electronic sounds when he wants to – and even on an album as late as this, he comes across with a sound to rival the spacey electronic masters of the European scene of the 70s! The music is spare and open – tuneful, but in a quietly progressing sort of way – and always has the warmth of more analogue electronics, used at a level that rivals some of the bigger name French electronicists of the 70s, or maybe some of the German Sky Records scene, but less ambient overall. Titles include "Atlantydo", "Twarze Melancholii", "Jak To Wyrazic", "Smutek Pamieci", and "Spleen", in three parts. CD

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High InergySteppin Out ... LP
Gordy, 1978. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A really nice little record from High Inergy – one that sounds a lot better than we remember from some of the girls' other sets! There's almost a bit of a softening going on here – less "inergy" in the grooves, and more of a warm approach to soul that still works in the Philly-inspired girl group 70s style, but kicks things back a bit more – making a shift from Three Degrees into The Jones Girls, if that makes any sense. Titles include "Everytime I See You I Go Wild", "Didn't Wanna Tell You", "Lovin Fever", "Hi", "Fly Little Blackbird", "Beware", "We Are The Future", and "Peaceland". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jazzovy Orchestr Cechoslovenskeho RozhlasuJazz Ze Studia A (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Panton/GAD (Poland), 1976. New Copy ... $7.99
Searing sounds from one of the coolest ensembles working on the Czech scene of the 70s – a group who mix big band modes with sweet electric touches – in a style that's like some of the hipper acts on the MPS label at the time! The approach is very much like a Clark Boland Big Band sound, but with more keyboards – as the group features lots of Fender Rhodes from Karel Ruzicka, plus some electric guitar and bass – alongside strong solos from Laco Deczi and Vaclav Tyfa on trumpets, Svatopluk Kosvanec on trombone, Petr Kral on tenor and soprano sax, and Frantisek Kryka on baritone! The sound is sometimes a bit funky, but mostly more concerned with the flowing colors and tones of the group – a beautiful mix that really comes through strongly, on titles that include "Stare Koreni", "Mhlavo Destivo", "Vychod Slunce", "Tuturilla", and "Ogarske Hry". CD features three unreleased bonus tracks – "Chutovka", "Zlato Pro Tenistu", and "Rytmus Velkomesta". CD

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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul Of A Woman (3CD set – with Give The People What They Want & I Learned The Hard Way) ... CD
Daptone, 2010/2014/2017. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99 23.99
A triple-pack of soulful sounds from Sharon Jones – three albums together at a very nice price! The header of the set is Soul Of A Woman – the fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the Bushwick Philharmonic – a small ensemble of strings who really help elevate the music to classic status! If you're worried that the strings might soften the sound, the very first note of the record will put your mind at rest – as will the heavy drums that mark just about every track, and keep things hard and funky throughout. If anyone ever doubted that the Daptone label was our modern equivalent of Stax Records or Atlantic, this will certainly be the set to change their mind – and will also stand forever as a bittersweet reminder of all the greatness that Sharon Jones gave us over the years. Titles include "Searching For A New Day", "Rumors", "Matter Of Time", "Sail On", "Just Give Me Your Time", "Come & Be A Winner", "Call On God", and "These Tears". On Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones steps out strongly with a sense of maturity that seems to take her vocals even farther than before – and The Dap Kings are more than ready to match her energy with some funky work of their own! Jones has gone through a lot in recent years – both with the band and in her own personal life – and the record's a proud summation of life's challenges and triumphs, served up in the instant-classic style that has made Sharon one of the greatest living soul singers of the past few decades. Bosco Mann knocked things out of the park with his raw production – and also wrote a good number of tracks on the set too – and titles include "Making Up & Breaking Up", "Long Time Wrong Time", "People Don't Get What They Deserve", "Retreat", "Stranger To My Happiness", and "Now I See". I Learned The Hard Way is the fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active embodiment of a true soul sound that will never go away! We've always loved that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings recognize the studio and the stage as different worlds. On stage, Sharon is the possibly the most energetic, charismatic presence you'll ever see and the band brings heft and heat. In the studio, they stretch out and diversify wonderfully, bringing both raw, unpolished funky soul realness to some more stripped down numbers and a full on Stax or Hi level heaviness to the bigger ones. The songs are better and more memorable than ever on this record – with "The Game Gets Old" and "I Learned The Hard Way" (an astoundingly strong one/two punch for the opening minutes) plus "Better Things", "Give It Back", "Money". "The Reason", "Window Shopping", "I'll Still Be True", "Without A Heart", "If You Call" and "Mama Don't Like My Man". CD

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Junkfood & Enrico GabrielliItalian Masters (deep red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 2016. Near Mint- (reissue)... $19.99
No junk here – as this hip instrumental group take on the sounds of three Italian soundtrack masters – Ennio Morricone, Piero Umilani, and Armando Trovajoli – all while offering up some very unusual interpretations of their work! The songs are familiar, but the instrumentation is a nice change from simple recasting on keyboards – and instead, these guys use guitar as much as they do some of the older elements – often with some fuzz that brings a current of darkness to the tunes that even exceeds some of the originals! The approach is a bit like that of some of the work on the Cineploit label, but this group is a bit more fully-formed – with trumpet, flute, and bass clarinet from Enrico Gabrielli – and the album also features guest vocals from Edda Dell'Orso on one track too. Titles include "C'Eravamo Tanto Amati", "Masquerade", "Eat It", "Silenzio Nel Caos", "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari", "Gassman Blues", "The Body", and "Conflitti". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roland KirkVolunteered Slavery ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1969. Used ... $5.99
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful vocals and a straight-on approach that shows him trying to break out of the avant jazz underground, and reach a wider audience with a spiritual message on tracks like "Search For The Reason Why" and "Spirits Up Above". If this description sounds like a mess, it's not – because this side of the album is one of Kirk's most brilliant statements ever about jazz, soul, love and freedom! Side two has Roland in a straighter vein – running through a tight live set from Newport 1968, handled with fire and imagination, the kind of boundless energy he always brought to his public appearances. Tracks on that set include "One Ton", "Three For The Festival", "Afro Blue", and some great remarks by Roland! CD
(Out of print.)

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Konono No 1Lubuaku ... CD
Terp (Netherlands), 2003. Used ... $4.99
A brilliantly funky and raw live recording by the Congo's great Konono No 1 – taped in Vera, Holland on their first European tour in February of 2003, and released on Terp, the label owned by Terrie Ex of the Ex! The brittle, in-the-red likembe patterns fly by in high-velocity cycles, amped-up by the group's trademark distortion and relentlessly propelled by a three-piece rhythm section of congas, cow bells, and metal percussion – and all of it's topped by great call-and-response singing. Although the music is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Bazombe – a tribe indigenous to the area around the Angola-Conga border – the furious attack almost sounds like a cross between techno throb and punk energy. It's no surprise that the band's touring mates, the Ex, preferred to open for Konono – there's no way anyone could follow this mind-numbing stuff. Tracks include "Ditshe Tshiekutala", "Mokanda Mbuta", "Kulekule", "Ku Hollande", and "Ngudi Vakanda/Lufua-Luandonga". CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase.)

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Andrzej KorzynskiWielki Szu (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
A rare set from a soundtrack artist who's finally getting his due – Poland's Andrzej Korzynski, whose work was mostly cut off from the rest of us during the years of Soviet dominance! Despite that remove, though, Korzynski works here in a keyboard mode that resonates with some of the coolest electric film scores in western Europe at the time, particularly the balance of spaciousness, melody, and darker currents that showed up in a number of French film scores of the early 80s – modes that were decidedly different than some of the US uses of keyboards during the period, partly because they weren't afraid to let things get a bit sweet from time to time. The sounds here are maybe not as crazy as some of Korzynski's other material, but still come across great in the spirit of the style – and titles include "Karty", "Victoria", "Milocsc Szu II", "Smierc", "Powrot", "Wielki Szu I", and "Motel Disco". CD features three bonus tracks from the film Dzien Kolibra – "Przegrana", "Blue Master", and "Tylko Punk Rock". CD

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Andrew Lamb/Warren Smith/Arkadijus GotesmanasSea Of Modicum ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99
Andrew Lamb blows here as "The Black Lamb" – at least that's the way he's listed on back – playing tenor sax throughout, in the company of percussionists Warren Smith and Arkadijus Gotesmanas – which makes for a really compelling album! The percussion sometimes gets solo space, in cycles of sounds – but when Lamb steps in, all the music rises together in this wonderful way – especially when the tenor gets strongly bracing, and the music takes on an ESP sort of vibe. There's a big sonic range to the record – from quieter passages to really explosive ones – and the set features three long tracks – "The Sea Of Modicum", "Kindred Spirits", and "To The Angel Of Lithuania". LP, Vinyl record album
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Timo LassyLove Bullet ... LP
WeJazz (Finland), 2015. Sealed Gatefold ... $8.99
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion alongside the drums – and they give Lassy's bold, soulful tenor a backing that feels a lot like some lost soul jazz session on Prestige – not the crossover kind, but the more underground material that we really love from the label in the 60s. Jukka Eskola blows wonderful trumpet on three tunes – and Panu Savaolainen adds in some vibes on two more, for an almost Freddie McCoy-like sound – and titles include "Love Bullet", "Hip Or Not", "Fast Fabio", "We Jazz Theme", "Waltz Unsolved", and "Green Pepper Strut". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Hard rock perfected! It's around Led Zeppelin IV that you can easily say that the group moved up from being incredibly great to flat-out legendary – really in a class by themselves, although maybe they'd already reached that point with the sublime sounds of the previous three records! There's a darkness here – and a sense of magick too – an eerie new energy that still has all the balls-out rock power of before, but which has the group moving into this heady territory that's really all their own. Every song is a classic – and tracks include "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "When The Levee Breaks", "Going To California", "Four Sticks", and "Battle Of Evermore". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with Rockefeller address, SD 19129, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Love UnlimitedLove Unlimited – The Uni, MCA, & 20th Century Records Singles 1972 to 1975 ... CD
Universal, Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A fantastic selection of work from one of the hippest girl groups of the 70s – the mighty Love Unlimited trio, three singers who all worked under the genius of Barry White in his prime! Unlike other girl trios of the time, who often used an older soul mode refitted with disco grooves – sometimes acting more like a chorus than a lead act – Love Unlimited always brought their full vocal strengths to play, and do a fantastic job here working in modes that rival some of the best male harmony groups of the early 70s – especially the sweet soul groups from New Jersey, New York, and Philly. And yes, Barry does kick up the groove a bit at times, but even then things are usually more in a midtempo mode, not a disco one – which makes for tremendous sounds throughout. This is the first-ever proper collection of the girls' singles from the early 70s – and titles include "Oh Love Well We Finally Made It", "Fragile Handle With Care", "Are You Sure", "I Should Have Known", "Is It Really True Boy Is It Me", "Walkin In The Rain With The One I Love", "Under The Influence Of Love", "It May Be Winter Outside", "I Love You So Never Gonna Let You Go", "I Belong To You", "So Nice To Hear", "People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today", and "Share A Little Love In Your Heart". CD
Also available Love Unlimited – The Uni, MCA, & 20th Century Records Singles 1972 to 1975 ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Love UnlimitedLove Unlimited – The Uni, MCA, & 20th Century Records Singles 1972 to 1975 ... LP
Universal, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 34.99
A fantastic selection of work from one of the hippest girl groups of the 70s – the mighty Love Unlimited trio, three singers who all worked under the genius of Barry White in his prime! Unlike other girl trios of the time, who often used an older soul mode refitted with disco grooves – sometimes acting more like a chorus than a lead act – Love Unlimited always brought their full vocal strengths to play, and do a fantastic job here working in modes that rival some of the best male harmony groups of the early 70s – especially the sweet soul groups from New Jersey, New York, and Philly. And yes, Barry does kick up the groove a bit at times, but even then things are usually more in a midtempo mode, not a disco one – which makes for tremendous sounds throughout. This is the first-ever proper collection of the girls' singles from the early 70s – and titles include "Oh Love Well We Finally Made It", "Fragile Handle With Care", "Are You Sure", "I Should Have Known", "Is It Really True Boy Is It Me", "Walkin In The Rain With The One I Love", "Under The Influence Of Love", "It May Be Winter Outside", "I Love You So Never Gonna Let You Go", "I Belong To You", "So Nice To Hear", "People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today", and "Share A Little Love In Your Hear LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Love Unlimited – The Uni, MCA, & 20th Century Records Singles 1972 to 1975 ... CD 13.99

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Mammal HandsShadow Work ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on soprano sax and piano, rolling out in these warmly flowing lines that are full of subtle emotion and gentle power – often rhythmic, but in a slow-pulsing way – with other added instrumentation that comes across with some nicely moody currents. There's a mix of optimism and darkness here that might almost put some of these sounds in the territory of Jon Balke or Max Richter – although the set is more jazz-based overall. Titles include "Living Frost", "Solitary Bee", "Three Good Things", "Boreal Forest", "Wringer", "Black Sails", and "Straight Up Raining". CD
Also available Shadow Work ... LP 24.99

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Mammal HandsShadow Work ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Warmly-crafted work from this enigmatic ensemble – sounds that lie somewhere between the sonic textures of mid 70s ECM Records, and some of the more spiritual efforts of the time! The music is jazz, but often has a more abstract melodic progression – with core acoustic elements on soprano sax and piano, rolling out in these warmly flowing lines that are full of subtle emotion and gentle power – often rhythmic, but in a slow-pulsing way – with other added instrumentation that comes across with some nicely moody currents. There's a mix of optimism and darkness here that might almost put some of these sounds in the territory of Jon Balke or Max Richter – although the set is more jazz-based overall. Titles include "Living Frost", "Solitary Bee", "Three Good Things", "Boreal Forest", "Wringer", "Black Sails", and "Straight Up Raining". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shadow Work ... CD 15.99

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Ross McHenryOutsiders (with bonus download) ... LP
First World (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99
A beautiful trio album from bassist Ross McHenry – an artist here who works with just piano and drums, but somehow manages to make so many new and personal sounds flow from their combination! The songs are all originals, and McHenry's got a style that's visionary, yet also straight ahead – a mode that never needs to go too far outside to realizes something strikingly special – as he fits perfectly with the talents of Matthew Sheens on piano and Myele Manzana on drums – three players who seem to know each other intimately, and really burst forth with the kind of energy these songs deserve! McHenry plays electric bass, but at a level that's much more like acoustic use of the instrument – and titles include the long "Outsiders" suite – plus "Us & Them", "Those Lost Days", and "It's Now How I Remembered It". LP, Vinyl record album
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Menahan Street BandCrossing ... CD
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Sublime work from one of the coolest funky combos around – a group who aren't content to just hit the same funky styles as other outfits – and one who really stretch strongly in their pursuit of new sounds! The set's definitely funky – especially on the drums – but there's also this amazing interplay between the horns, weird sounds from the organ, and cool extra touches on auto harp and ukulele – which gives the music these exotic elements that are simply mindblowing! The set's a stone smoker from the start – instrumental, but in ways that let the Menahan Street Band open up way more than when working with a singer – showing us that they've got some of the freshest ideas in the contemporary funky underground. Titles include "The Crossing", "Sleight Of Hand", "Three Faces", "Keep Coming Back", "Seven Is The Wind", "Driftwood", and "Ivory & Blue". CD
Also available Crossing ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Menahan Street BandCrossing ... LP
Daptone, 2012. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
Sublime work from one of the coolest funky combos around – a group who aren't content to just hit the same funky styles as other outfits – and one who really stretch strongly in their pursuit of new sounds! The set's definitely funky – especially on the drums – but there's also this amazing interplay between the horns, weird sounds from the organ, and cool extra touches on auto harp and ukulele – which gives the music these exotic elements that are simply mindblowing! The set's a stone smoker from the start – instrumental, but in ways that let the Menahan Street Band open up way more than when working with a singer – showing us that they've got some of the freshest ideas in the contemporary funky underground. Titles include "The Crossing", "Sleight Of Hand", "Three Faces", "Keep Coming Back", "Seven Is The Wind", "Driftwood", and "Ivory & Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Crossing ... CD 9.99

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Charnett MoffettMusic From Our Soul ... CD
Motema, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Round, warm sounds from bassist Charnett Moffett – working here on both acoustic and electric bass, always with that laidback sense of flow that always made his older work so great! Moffett seems to shape each tune in a different way – and he's joined in this pursuit by guitarist Stanley Jordan, who reminds us of his wonderful sense of tone throughout – and by pianist Cyrus Chestnut, who's on most of the tracks on the set – save for a few that feature Jordan on piano. Jeff Tain Watts handles most of the drums – and tenor legend Pharoah Sanders makes a surprising appearance on three of the album's best tracks. Titles include "Music From Our Soul", "Freedom", "We Are Here To Play", "Love In The Galaxies", "Freedom Swing", "Sound World Suite", and "Celestial Dimensions". CD

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Lee MorganRoulette Sides (10 inch LP) ... LP
Roulette/Warner, 1960. New Copy ... $17.99 19.98
A lost treasure from Lee Morgan – three superb tracks that were initially issued as one side of a split record done with John Coltrane – at a time when neither of them were really signed to the Roulette Records label! That obscurity led both sets of material to quickly disappear from the record racks – and although the Coltrane material has since been rediscovered, and hailed as a key part of his catalog – this is the first time these Lee Morgan tracks have seen proper release since the 60s! The material is wonderful – really almost a Jazz Messengers session, but with some of the more exotic currents Morgan could bring to his recordings – and the lineup features Lee on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano – a trio that sounds as great on record as you'd expect. Art Taylor handles drums – instead of Blakey – and the bassist is Jimmy Rowser – and despite the apparent casualness of the recordings, the quality is wonderful – very much in the best spirit of Morgan's Blue Note classics. Titles include the Morgan composition "A Bid For Sid", plus Bobby Timmons' "Minor Strain" and Wayne Shorter's "Suspended Sentence". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maria MuldaurMaria Muldaur ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $3.99
A landmark record from Maria Muldaur – quite different than the rougher folsky work she cut in the 60s – and done with a really warm studio sound that's pure 70s all the way through! Maria's working here with some older folksy contemporaries – like David Grisman, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner – but much of the album has a warm glow overall, and some jazzy inflections that really help change the sound from before. The mighty Nick DeCaro did some great string arrangements on a few tracks – including the sublime "Midnight at the Oasis", one of the best pop tracks to come out of the seventies, and a jazzy ditty that still sounds amazingly fresh today. Other tracks include "Any Old Time", "Mad Mad Me", "Long Hard Time", and "Three Dollar Bill". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill NelsonDreamy Screens – Soundtracks From The Echo Observatory (Sounding The Ritual Echo/Das Kabinet/La Belle Et La Bete) (3CD set) ... CD
Cocteau (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $16.99
Some of the most enigmatic music ever recorded by Bill Nelson – and sounds that are completely different than his work with Bebop Deluxe just a few short years before! The music here is Nelson at his most introspective – sounds recorded all on his own, in his home studio – with a dreamy, atmospheric quality that seems to take off from Brian Eno's ambient experiments of the late 70s! Much of the music comes from electronic sources, but there's also some studio and tape manipulation at work too – and some of the more tuneful moments almost remind us of early 80s German electronics – such as some of the work on the Ata Tak or Zick Zack labels! Both Das Kabinet and La Belle Et La Bete are soundtrack creations, but stand beautifully on their own – and they work perfectly here with the spacey tone of Sounding The Ritual Echo, which may well be the most revelatory album here. The box does a great job of bringing together all three albums – along with a booklet of notes, in a package that features dozens of tracks over 3CDs! CD

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Mike Nyoni & Born FreeMy Own Thing ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.98
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice rhythmic pulse that keeps things interesting – and some of the cuts pick up the rhythms a bit more, so that there's some snapping currents that make for a great contrast with his offbeat vocals and weirdly wobbly way of singing! As always with Now Again, the reissue of this material is a great lost treasure – handled perfectly, with great sound and detailed notes that really do justice to the music – on titles that include "I Don't Know", "Come Back To Me", "My Dear Girl", "Messed Day", "Mad Man", "My Own Thing", "Coming Home", "It's Only A Dream", and "Soweto". 2CD set features all three of Mike's rare albums – Born Free, I Can't Understand You, and Kawalala. CD
Also available My Own Thing (with booklet & download featuring bonus tracks) ... LP 49.99

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Piero Piccioni/Gianni Ferrio/Francesco De MasiToto Diabolicus/Toto Contro I 4/Toto Contro Maciste ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $16.99
A trio of soundtracks from 60s films that starred Italian comedy giant Toto – each of them a bit different, given the change of narrative and composer! Piero Piccioni steps off with 15 tracks from Toto Diabolicus – music that mixes a bit of crime jazz with some of his early explorations of playful melody – served up with instrumentation that's more conventional than some of Piccioni's later material, but still nice and jazzy on a fair bit of tunes! Gianni Ferrio follows with 14 tracks from Toto Contro I 4 – material that partly has the same jazzy vibe as the previous score, but also some of the more pronounced musical whimsy that you'd expect from an Italian comedic soundtrack of the time. The jazzy tracks are great – very much on a par with the Piccioni material, and different than any later Ferrio sounds. Last up are 6 more tracks from Toto Contro Maciste – composed and conducted by Franceso De Masi, with a sound that's maybe the most conventional of all three soundtracks – orchestral drama, mixed with a bit of comedy – underscored with slight military themes to back up the story. 35 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Piirpauke/Tapio Tuominen Trio/Pori Big Band/TapiolJazz Liisa 15 & 16 ... CD
Svart (Finland), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
Four different performances from the Finnish scene of the 70s – really showing the vibrant energy of that corner of the jazz world at the time, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention! First up is Piirpauke – a group that effortlessly rolls between electric and acoustic elements, balancing the soulful expressions of reedman Sakari Kukko with the keyboards of Otto Romanowski and guitar of Hasse Walli. Most of the group members play percussion at points – which seems to give them an organic sensibility that comes through in the performance – as tunes build without ever jamming too much, even when things get slightly offbeat. Titles include "Kuunnousu", "Nonevitsan Kirkonkellot", and "Sven Ali". Next are three tracks by the Tapio Tuominen Trio – a group that really has the lead tenorist Tapio soaring out with quickly-creative solos – borrowing a bit of a page from the Sonny Rollins book, as he works here with bassist Jorma Koivulehto and drummer Jukka Wasama – but also getting more expressive with elements borrowed from the influence of Albert Ayler. Titles include "Traps In The South Bronx", "Untitled Original 1", and "Untitled Original 2". Next is work by the Pori Big Band – a sweet group that has full colors in the ensemble passages, but then also features some great solo sounds from players who include Kari Sarpila on tenor, Seppo Tyni on guitar, Reijo Widbom on trumpet, and Ilkka Karumo on alto. Tracks are nicely structured – and include "Back To Pori" and the especially nice soulful tune "Ladies First". Tapiola Big Band complete the set – a group that's also large, but which has some nice spiritual currents too – as they open up on two long tracks that go past the 10 minute mark. Soloist include Teemu Salminen on tenor, Esko Heikkinen on flugelhorn, Petri Juutilainen on trombone, and Jukka Linkola on piano – and titles include "Black Mother" and "Yksi Ruusu On Kasvanut Kaaksossa" – the last of which is a traditional tune re-arranged by Eero Koivistoinen. CD

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Alex PudduFrom The Beginning ... LP
Al Dente (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
Alex Puddu's going right back to the beginning here – serving up some tight, sharp sounds that are very much in the 70s funk mode that first gave him inspiration! And this time around, he's got Lonnie Jordan from War on board – singing on three of the album's great tracks – which helps bring a bit of classic Chicano funk to the mix! Other tunes feature vocals from singers Adrian Wilding and Duane Hobson, and the album also features some great instrumentals too – all with a groove that comes from Puddu's own work on drums, bass, and guitars – in a combo that also includes vibes, congas, tenor, and some sweet electric piano and organ. Titles include "Here For A Change", "Step On Your Ego", "Runaway Boys", "Ocean Drive", "Here For A Change", "Wild Saxophone", "Don't Stop Moving", "Cobra", and "Stormy Weather". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave Rempis & Tim DaisyDodecahedron ... CD
Aerophonic, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Drummer Tim Daisy and saxophonist Dave Rempis have been recording together for over a decade – but this time around, they do a great job of balancing out their own duo work with help from a variety of other Chicago improvising musicians! The set features 2CDs – the first of which is just Daisy and Rempis – with Dave on alto, tenor, and baritone – on three long duo improvisations with Tim's drums, all with a quality level that shows just how much these guys have grown together over the years – and why well-matched improvisers can make such amazing sounds together! CD2 features the duo working in various trio formations – allowing just the right of space for participation from a lineup that includes Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Jim Baker on piano and electronics, Steve Swell on trombone, Katie Young on bassoon and electronics, Fred Lonbern-Holm on cello, and Aaron Zarzutzki on electronics. Titles include "Dvadeset", "Zwanzig", "Eikosi", "DRY", "ADR", "BDR I", and "DLHR 2". CD

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Rempis Percussion QuartetCochonnerie ... CD
Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
The quartet's not all percussion – just drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, but both turning out work on the kit that could rival an army of percussionists – working alongside sublime bass plotting from Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and a range of sharp-edged sounds from leader Dave Rempis – who blows alto, tenor, and baritone equally well! The album's far more than the usual improv outing – possibly because the drums do hold onto a core of the sound – while still allowing Rempis those fantastically-shaped lines that we've come to admire more and more over the years, played with increasing sonic sensitivity that almost puts him in the territory of Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson. Flaten's always a welcome talent – and his contributions here are more subtle than the drums, but crucial to the soul of the record – which contains three long tracks, titled "Straggler", "Green & Black", and "Enzymes". CD

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Scottsville Squirrel BarkersBluegrass Favorites ... CD
Crown/Big Beat (UK), 1963. New Copy ... $6.99 13.98
A bluegrass record with quite an unusual pedigree – one that really sets it apart from the rest! The album was issued briefly in the early 60s, on the mostly soul/blues label Crown Records from the west coast – where the young group would go onto later fame in a variety of different settings! The lineup includes a young Chris Hillman – of later Byrds Fame – on Mandolin, and Kenny Wertz – later with the Flying Burrito Brothers – on banjo – in a lineup that also includes dobro, guitar, and bass! The fast-moving strings are great – and as wonderful as any Kentucky-bred albums from the time – and even at the start, these guys are way more than folkies trying their hand at rural sounds. Titles include "Swamp Root", "Shady Grove", "Reuben's Train", "Crown Junction Breakdown", "Three Finger Breakdown", and "Cripple Creek". CD

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Nat Simkins with Buddy Tate & Houston PersonJust Friends ... CD
Muse, 1990. Used ... $6.99
Old school tenors galore – a triple-horn date that has younger player Nat Simkins working with older legends Buddy Tate and Houston Person! Person sounds a bit bolder than usual here, possibly because of the bite in Tate's horn – and Simkins does a great job in the company of these two titans, really making the album sound like an equally-weighted three-way affair. Rhythm is from Stan Hope on piano, Major Holley on bass, and Grady Tate on drums – and Person produced the whole thing with his nicely understated sound of the time. Titles include "Just Friends", "Broadway", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Lucaya Blue", and "Buddy's Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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SiriusAcoustic Main Suite – Plus The Inner One ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
A record as enigmatic as its title – slow-building sounds crafted by the trumpet of Yaw Tembe and percussion of Monseiur Trinite – both musicians we don't know at all, but who really find a special space with this album! The sound is very open and spacious – much more in an ECM legacy than the usual releases on Clean Feed – but also with a sound that's individually its own, and which isn't trying to copy the ECM style at all. Percussion is often very spare and stark – not loud, but striking – and the performance appears to be live, in a space that also allows for lots of room echo to expand the individual elements. Titles include "A Kind Of Jester's Kindness", "Delta", "Trial", "King Before Kings", "Inner Suite Three Magnificent Ride", and "No Body". CD

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SpisekSpisek ... CD
GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Great funky fusion from the Polish scene of the 70s – served up by a group who only recorded briefly, but who created some great tracks in the process! These guys aren't in the rock fusion mode – although they seem to have roots in that scene – as there's a warmth here that gets beyond some of the too-jamming fusion work of the period, and which instead has a quality that links Spisek to some of the more R&B-influenced material of the time – particularly some of the sounds coming from artists like Herbie Hancock, who they give a nod to on the first track on the set – and there's also some cop show-like soundtrack elements to the grooves. There are vocals on three tracks in Polish – but most of the focus is on the instrumentation, which includes keyboards, tenor, trombone, and trumpet. Titles include "Powodz", "Hallo Herbie", "Taniec Ognia", "Szalone Serca", "Koziorozec I Panna", and "Mannix W Warszawie". CD

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Suns Of ArqaRevenge Of The Mosabites (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Rocksteady/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Groundbreaking early work from Suns Of Arqua – recorded on the London scene at the end of the 70s, with this amazing blend of instrumental elements from around the globe – but all at a level that's far from the cliches such albums would have in later years! Instead, there's this fresh sense of discovery going on – a criss-crossing of sounds from Jamaican dub, Irish folk, Spanish flamenco, and other genres come together beautifully – all with help from On-U Records maestro Adrian Sherwood – who must have gotten some of the ideas for his later projects from working on this set! The range of instrumentation is amazing – and includes cuica, harmonium, sitar, esraj, tabla, Chinese shwam, flamenco guitar, banjo, and lots more – on titles that include "Sully's Reel", "World Peace A Dream", "Acid Tabla", "Piece Of The World", "Paintings Of A Cave", and "Sanaiscara Saturn". CD features three bonus tracks – "Asian Rebel (hyphen dub)", "Sanaiscara Saturn (hyphen edit)", and "Acid Tabla (hyphen edit)". CD

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Bram TchaikovskyStrange Men Changed Men – The Complete Recordings 1978 to 1981 (Strange Man Changed Man/Russians Are Coming/Funland/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Warner/Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
The complete recordings of the overlooked Bram Tchaikovsky – a power pop genius, and one who may not be that well remembered these days – but who was equally grabbed up by folks who drinking deep of late 70s sounds by artists like Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw, and The Jam! There's a bit of Paul Weller in Bram's vocal style – but that might just come from the way he goes deeper than some of his contemporaries in range, all while keeping pace with the strong fast-riffing sound of his songs – which are almost always extra-catchy numbers! This great box features three full albums – Strange Man Changed Man, The Russians Are Coming, and Funland – plus 16 more bonus tracks, including singles and non-LP tracks too – all with a big book of notes that finally gives Tchaikovsky his due. CD

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Stanley TurrentineSugar ... LP
CTI, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
A big hit for Stanley Turrentine – and a pretty darn nice record of extended groovers, with a harder sound than you might expect from the tongue-licking cover, and a title of Sugar! The record's only got three cuts – one of them Stanley's famous version of "Sugar", the other two pretty nice ones ("Sunshine Alley" and "Impressions") – all done in a mode that sounds a lot more like harder Prestige sessions from the same time – that great period when the label was stretching out with some electric piano jazz funk. Butch Cornell's on organ, and his work on the album's part of its success, as is the nice hard drumming of Billy Kaye, who actually hits an Idris Muhammad-ish groove at parts! Titles include "Sugar", "Sunshine Alley", and "Impressions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & tape along the seams.)
Also available Sugar (with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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Stanley TurrentineSugar (with bonus track) ... CD
CTI/CBS, 1970. Used ... $5.99
A bit hit for Stanley Turrentine – and a pretty darn nice record of extended groovers, with a harder sound than you might expect from the tongue-licking cover, and a title of Sugar! The record's only got three cuts – one of them Stanley's famous version of "Sugar", the other two pretty nice ones ("Sunshine Alley" and "Impressions") – all done in a mode that sounds a lot more like harder Prestige sessions from the same time – that great period when the label was stretching out with some electric piano jazz funk. Butch Cornell's on organ, and his work on the album's part of its success, as is the nice hard drumming of Billy Kaye, who actually hits an Idris Muhammad-ish groove at parts! Titles include "Sugar", "Sunshine Alley", and "Impressions". Also features the previously unissued "Gibraltar". CD
(Out of print earlier pressing.)
Also available Sugar ... LP 9.99

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Edgar VareseComplete Works Of Edgar Varese Vol 1 (Complete Works/Music Of Edgar Varese/Sound Spectacular) (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CDs ... $18.99
A trio of albums that represent important early recordings of compositions by groundbreaking sonic genius Edgar Varese! First is the album Complete Works – an early series of recordings supervised by composer Edgard Varese – featuring versions of what were then his complete works! The record begins with two larger pieces – readings of "Integrales" and "Octandre" conducted by Frederic Waldman, working with the New York Wind Ensemble, who provide some very haunting tones, with additional percussion from the Julliard Percussion Orchestra on the first piece, which is a bit more dramatic. Rene Le Roy continues on the flute solo piece "Density 21.5", and the Julliard Percussion Orchestra comes back for a reading of the classic "Ionisation". The last work is one of the most striking – the three-part "Interpolations", which features "organized sound" compositions, realized on magnetic tape – one of Varese's haunting moves into early electronic music! Next is the Columbia album Music Of Edgar Varese – key Robert Craft takes on three earlier compositions, and the debut of "Poeme Electronique", which was created at the 1958 Brussels World Fair! "Ionisation" has a complex mix of percussion instruments, played by thirteen players – with a quality that's almost a key precursor to the music of Harry Partch. "Density 21.5" is a haunting piece for solo flute – filled with unusual tones and textures – and "Integrales" has a fuller orchestral presentation, and a nicely bombastic vibe, with woodwind tones and percussion colliding beautifully! That sound continues in "Octandre" – a 20s composition that shows just how far Varese was ahead of his time – as does "Hyperprism", from the same year, which is even more dramatic. "Poem Electronique" has a very different approach – all analogue electronics, used in an illustration of Varese's concept of "organized sound", but with a feel that's similar to the best musique concrete material of the 50s. Last up is the Columbia album Sound Spectacular – which offers three very different slices of the genius of Edgar Varese – presented here on a set of classic Columbia recordings from the early 60s! "Arcana" is perhaps the most ambitious work here – structured for an orchestra of 120 musicians, 70 of whom are string players – although the core energy of the piece seems to come from the 8 percussionists who handle a wide variety of instruments – creating those stark sounds that mark some of Varese's most important compositions – which the strings, brass, and woodwinds cluster around in equally powerful ways! "Deserts" is a piece that's more subtle, and much longer – mixing a variety of electronic sounds and instrumental moments, with shifting sonic spaces and volumes throughout – all to make up a side-long recording filled with moody moments and more powerful electronic bursts. "Offrandes" is a selection of two songs – in a haunting blend of woodwind instruments, percussion, and trumpet – plus vocals from soprano Dona Precht. CD

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Sarah VaughanNew Scene ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Sarah grooves up her bag a bit here – working through some great 60s pop tunes, set to arrangements by Luchi De Jesus that have a nice little swing! The jazz component of the set is a bit muted, but Sarah's voice still sounds great – and the best tunes on the album have a groovy 60s approach that's a nice change, and in the same mod mode as work from the same time by Mel Torme – loungey, but still plenty darn great, and almost hipper than some of the other Vaughn work from the title. Titles include a great reading of Torme's original "Dominque's Discotheque", plus the tracks "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Sneakin Up On You", "Love", "Call Me", "Michelle", and "One Two Three". LP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on Circulo, with translated titles.)

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Mike WestbrookMarching Song Volumes 1 & 2 (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Deram/Turbo (UK), 1969. New Copy 3 CDs ... $18.99
The brilliant third album from Mike Westbrook – a sharp-edged, two volume set with a scathing anti-war theme! The work is Westbrook's first total-concept album, and it's still one of his best – written with an edge that's free from some of the more whimsical touches that showed up in Mike's later years, and played by a core group of British avant soloists with searing intensity! You've never heard large group scoring like this – bold, ambitious, and quite different than most of what's come before. And although the whole thing sounds as if it's going to fall apart at any moment, it always snaps back into a sharp focus just in the nick of time – with brilliant results that bring the same sense of surprise that you might get from, say, a classic album from Charles Mingus or Archie Shepp! Players include Kenny Wheeler and Henry Lowther on trumpets, Mike Gibbs and Paul Rutherford on trombones, John Surman on baritone and soprano sax, Mike Osborne on alto and clarinet, Alan Skidmore on tenor and flute, Brian Smith on tenor, and Harry Miller and Barre Phillips on bass. This set features both volumes of the recording – with titles that include "Landscape", "Hooray", "Other World", "Marching Song", "Transition", "Rosie", "Tension", "Ballad", "Conflict", and "Requiem". Great 3CD set features a full bonus disc of rare material – including the 7" single of "Original Peter" and "Magic Garden" – 1970 recordings of "But It Must Get Better & It Will Get Better" and "When Young" by The Mike Westbrook Quartet, and a 1966 recording of "Marching Song" by the Mike Westbrook Sextet – the last three of which have never been released! CD

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Andrew WhiteFat Backin Vol 7 ... CD
Andrew's Music, 1968/1987/2003. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
An album that reveals a surprising side of the talents of saxophonist Andrew White – his ability to mix jazz and more "serious" music – heard here on tracks that blend jazz performance with string, woodwind, and chamber music modes! White plays oboe, alto, and English horn – and even conducts a larger string orchestra too – and the range of sounds here is amazing, as are the compositions by White, and his own extrapolation of themes from Bach, Handel, and Mozart! Titles include "Shepherd Song", "Keep On Dancin Baby", "Here We Is Beaver & The Three", "Little French Suite", and "Hurry Up Handel". CD

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✨✧ ZanovGreen Ray (with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Polydor/Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Zanov's got the green ray trained on you – and he's ready to send you to space on waves of cosmic electronics! This rare set from the 70s features three long tracks, all very much in the best style of electronic experimentation that happened in the later years of the prog generation – very open and cyclical, almost with an inspiration from the minimalist composers who arose in the 60s – but with a darker edge, and a definite ear for the farther reaches of the galaxy! From what we can tell, the sounds here come just from keyboards, tapes, and effects – and the titles include "Running Beyond A Dream", "Green Ray", and "Machine Desperation". Features a bonus single with "Zephyr" and "Moebius 256 (full version)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – remastered with booklet and bonus 7 inch!)

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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 ... $19.99 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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VariousNew Jazz Festival – Balver Hohle 1974 & 1975 (11CD box set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 11CD ... $134.99 199.99
Incredible jazz from the German scene of the 70s – two years' of recordings from this important festival – one that presents all the "new jazz" promised in its name, but in a range that moves effortlessly between free jazz, modal moments, funky fusion, and even some groovy big band work too! Performers are a range from all over the European scene – and are represented here in a significant selection of material from each act – very well-recorded, and presented in this beautiful box set, along with a booklet of notes and photos as well. The scope of sounds is fantastic – and long performances include an set of improvisations from the trio of Peter Brotzmann, Fred Van Hove, and Han Bennink; two long electric tracks from Jasper Van't Hof's Pork Pie group, with Charlie Mariano on a range of reeds and Philip Catherine on guitar; four long improvisations from the SOS group of John Surman, Mike Osborne, and Alan Skidmore – plying in a great mix of reeds and electronics; there's also two long improvisations between pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink; Gary Burton's quintet with Pat Metheny and Mick Goodrick on guitars perform three improvisations for over 75 minutes of music; the Gustav Brom Big Band step out on some very groovy tracks; saxophonist Eero Koivistonen blows with his quartet that includes Olli Avhenlahti on electric piano; reedman Jiri Stivin and guitarist Rudolph Dasek play a number of improvisations; bassist Barre Phillips and flautist Kryzstof Zgraja perform two long improvisations; the Polish Jazz Summit features Tomasz Stanko on trumpet, Zbigniew Namyslowski on alto, Zbigniew Siefert on violin, and Adam Makowicz on Fender Rhodes; and trumpeter Franz Kogelmann and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy head a quintet with a bit of electronics! There's a few more surprises, too – and the whole thing is a fantastic presentation of these lost sounds. CD

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VariousUntinted – Sources For Madlib's Shades Of Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $33.99
One of the hippest Blue Note collections ever – 12 tracks used as the blueprint for Madlib's Shades Of Blue project – a mixture of funky jazz and killer 60s hardbop numbers! Some of the tracks are core Blue Note numbers, but others are much more left-of-center – and together, the package makes for a wonderful batch of jazzy grooves – cuts that slide easily from electric to acoustic, always grooving with a super-dope sort of style! Titles include "The Look Of Slim" by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds, "Illusion" by Andrew Hill, "Distant Land" by Donald Byrd, "Mystic Brew" by Ronnie Foster, "Stormy" by Reuben Wilson, "Please Set Me At Ease" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Peace" by Horace Silver, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Stepping Into Tomorrow" by Donald Byrd. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary BurtonSeven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful setting for the vibes of Gary Burton – a special ECM session that pairs his quartet with larger orchestral backdrops – all conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also wrote the music for the date! Gibbs had already risen to fame by the time of this record – thanks to some groundbreaking albums for large ensembles on the British jazz scene of the late 60s – where he demonstrated a tremendous ear for intimate tones and subtle sounds amidst a larger group. Here, that talent turns out to work perfectly for the rich tones of Burton's vibes – allowing them to develop slowly and spaciously, despite the larger orchestra. The core quartet also features Michael Goodrick on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Ted Seibs on drums – and titles include "The Rain Before It Falls", "Three", "Phases", "Throb", and "Nocturne Vulgaire/Arise Her Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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✨✧ Menahan Street BandCrossing (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime work from one of the coolest funky combos around – a group who aren't content to just hit the same funky styles as other outfits – and one who really stretch strongly in their pursuit of new sounds! The set's definitely funky – especially on the drums – but there's also this amazing interplay between the horns, weird sounds from the organ, and cool extra touches on auto harp and ukulele – which gives the music these exotic elements that are simply mindblowing! The set's a stone smoker from the start – instrumental, but in ways that let the Menahan Street Band open up way more than when working with a singer – showing us that they've got some of the freshest ideas in the contemporary funky underground. Titles include "The Crossing", "Sleight Of Hand", "Three Faces", "Keep Coming Back", "Seven Is The Wind", "Driftwood", and "Ivory & Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Also available
Crossing ... CD 9.99
Crossing ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Frank Morgan with Cedar WaltonEasy Living (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great date from the later revival years of altoist Frank Morgan – thanks to a warm performance from the Cedar Walton trio! One of the great things about late Morgan is the way in which he's able to really fit himself into different settings – still holding onto his soulful roots, but also fluidly picking up the best elements of the groups he works with – such as the rich tones and soaring styles that Walton brings to this session! Cedar's piano always sounds great with a horn, and the warmth in Morgan's alto is quite a different match than some of Walton's tenor-driven sessions – and bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins keep things in just the right subtle side of the spectrum to fit the mood. Titles include "The Rubber Man", "Yes & No", "Manha De Carnaval", "Now's The Time", "Three Flowers", and "Third Street Blues". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a small cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Oliver NelsonStolen Moments (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
East Wind/Mercury (Japan), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some of the more expansive styles he was trying out on the Flying Dutchman imprint in the 70s – a batch of work that both has that sense of majesty that Nelson could command at his best, but which still retains an earthy vibe overall. The group is great – with soulful work from Bobby Bryant on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on soprano sax and flute, Buddy Collette on tenor and flute, and Jack Nimitz on baritone – and the rhythm section has some great Fender Rhodes from Mike Wofford, given more push from the electric bass of Chuck Dominico, and some open-ended drum work from Shelly Manne. Titles include a wonderful remake of Nelson's "Stolen Moments", the groover "Mission Accomplished", and the tracks "St Thomas", "Three Seconds", and "Yearnin". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Oliver Nelson/King Curtis/Jimmy ForrestSoul Battle ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is the kind of battle we like to see! Three heavy tenors – Nelson, King, and Jimmy Forrest – come head to head in a relaxed set of tunes cut in that Prestige blowing session mode, but tweaked with a bit more tightness, in the style of some of the label's emerging soul jazz sides of the 60s. Nelson's gutsy tenor will shock you if you haven't heard him in this sort of less restrained setting – and Forrest's work from this time is always a treat. Titles include "Blues For MF", "Anacruses", "Perdido", and "In Passing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover is beautiful! Record has some light oxidation, but really sounds pretty nice overall.)

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✨✧ RuinsRuins I, II, & III ... CD
Super Fuji Discs/Trans (Japan), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first three albums of Japanese noise legends Ruins, all presented in a single set – sounds that are as powerful and mindblowing as when they were first unleashed to the world back in the 80s! The style here is still completely revolutionary – even though so many others have tried to copy it over the years – sounds that were born in punk, but inflected by noise and free jazz – often moving at a blistering pace that's as breathtaking as it is bold! We might make some slight comparison between these guys and the Pussy Galore/Royal Trux generation of American noise guitar – but Ruins are also completely different, and made waves from halfway around the globe that are still being felt today. 51 tracks in all – with titles that include "Crisis", "Human Being", "Entropy", "Makarom Iyaike", "Government", "Grudge", "Divide", "Octopus", "Amalgam", "Infect", "Dadaism", and "Flagment". CD

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✨✧ Stanley TurrentineSugar ... CD
CTI, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bit hit for Stanley Turrentine – and a pretty darn nice record of extended groovers, with a harder sound than you might expect from the tongue-licking cover, and a title of Sugar! The record's only got three cuts – one of them Stanley's famous version of "Sugar", the other two pretty nice ones ("Sunshine Alley" and "Impressions") – all done in a mode that sounds a lot more like harder Prestige sessions from the same time – that great period when the label was stretching out with some electric piano jazz funk. Butch Cornell's on organ, and his work on the album's part of its success, as is the nice hard drumming of Billy Kaye, who actually hits an Idris Muhammad-ish groove at parts! Titles include "Sugar", "Sunshine Alley", and "Impressions". CD also features a bonus live version of "Sugar"! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Sugar ... LP 9.99
Sugar (with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ VariousI Said, She Said, Ah Cid – The Exploito Psych World Of Alshire Records 1967 to 1970 (3CD set) ... CD
Alshire/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally wonderful look at the late 60s Alshire label – an unusual cheapo imprint on the LA scene of the time, one that was mostly created to cash in on mainstream trends – but which somehow managed to make some amazing music in the process! Alshire was one of those discount store labels that tried to fool shoppers into thinking they were buying something hip – but instead sold them its own homegrown versions of psych, garage, or other groovy styles of the time. Yet despite these sneaky motives, the label actually found a way to bring together really interesting studio talents for their efforts – which has resulted in a legacy that's made some of their albums collectors treasures over the years – even if the process and contents are sometimes a mystery! This set does a great job of getting to the heart of the mystery – by offering up a huge booklet of notes that includes way more information than the label ever gave you with their records – notes on their history, the background performers, and other information – along with 82 tracks from the label's catalog. CD 1 features three full albums – the self-titled Animated Egg psych classic, plus Sounds Of Today and Astro Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000, both issued under the name of 101 Strings. CD 2 is dedicated entirely to The California Poppy Pickers – maybe the best-known group to come from the Alshire stable – with 26 tracks that include a few originals, and their fantastic reworking of other folks' tunes. CD 3 features 26 more tunes – recorded by artists who include The Mustang, Icarus, Doctor Marigold's Prescription, Autumn, Modern Sounds, Jane & Eve & The Creations, John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims, and The Heads Of The Family. Fantastic – and long overdue! CD

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✨✧ Herbie Hancock5 Original Albums (Takin Off/My Point Of View/Inventions & Dimensions/Speak Like A Child/The Prisoner) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
The early genius of Herbie Hancock – perfectly summed up here in five classic albums for Blue Note – each presented in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Takin Off has Herbie Hancock stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". My Point Of View is a great mix of soul jazz and modernism! The record include a nice groovy "hit", Herbie's "Blind Man, Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while still groovy, also shows much more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams, Grachan Moncur, Chuck Israels, and Grant Green – all of whom work with Herbie, Donald Byrd, and Hank Mobley – in a larger than usual group that makes for a really great sound! Titles include "A Tribute To Someone", "King Cobra", and "The Pleasure Is Mine". Inventions & Dimensions is really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahau" Martinez. Herbie only wrote simple sketches for the songs on the album, and most of the work on the tracks was done live, spontaneously, in the studio – creating a very free groove that never goes too far out, but which is far more adventurous than usual. All tracks are long, and titles include "Succotash", "Triangle", and "Mimosa". Speak Like A Child is an oft-overlooked session that has Herbie mixing a nice dose of lyricism into his usual soul jazz approach from the 60s! The sound's a bit farther-reaching than on some of Herbie's smaller group sessions – and the record features a sextet that includes Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, Jerry Dodgion, Thad Jones, and Peter Phillips – all soaring with the warmth and introspection that was showing up in some of the best Blue Notes from the time. The harder-hitting soul jazz riffs and hooks are nicely replaced by more thoughtful lines that get a bit deeper, soufully – and nearly all tracks on the set are originals by Hancock! The album's filled with great moments – and tracks include "The Sorcerer", "Riot", and "Goodbye To Childhood". Last up is The Prisoner – a nice late Blue Note change from Herbie Hancock – a very different album than his previous sets for the label – in that it features a slightly larger group, and a sound that really points the way towards his directions in the 70s! There's a slightly ambitious feel to some of these cuts – not in a way that's over-arranged, but just a new sort of thinking for Herbie's kind of groove – a mode that's partially informed by the seriousness of 60s jazz soundtracks, but which also has the beginnings of some more righteous modes of expression too. Players are all great – and include Joe Henderson on tenor and flute, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, Hubert Laws on flute, Jerome Richardson on bass clarinet, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums. Herbie plays both acoustic and electric piano – using the latter here in one of his first recordings on the instrument – and titles include "Firewater", "I Have A Dream", "The Prisoner", and "He Who Lives In Fear". CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockTakin' Off (non RVG edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". Plus, this CD reissue features bonus alternate takes of 3 tracks on the album! CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout mark.)
Also available Takin' Off (non RVG edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Jimi HendrixWinterland (4 CD long box set) ... CD
Experience Hendrix/Legacy, 1968. Used 4CD ... Out Of Stock
The Jimi Hendrix Experience in peak, fierce form at Winterland – compiled from the series of shows the trio put on at the iconic San Francisco ballroom over 3 days in October, 1968! Amazing stuff that's worthy of Jimi's legend – his own classic numbers performed here as loosely and fiery as ever, plus great covers that bring new life to the work of contemporaries Dylan and Cream. Most importantly, the sound is incredible – the group was captured brilliantly enough that it sounds great well more than 40 years later! The 4CD edition comes in a beautiful, oversized box set package with a booklet of never before published photos from the Winterland performances plus an extended backstage interview with Jimi – culled from days of performances (2 sets per day) from 10/10/68 to 10/12/68 – with alternate performances of several jams so you can get a really great sense of their day-to-day explorations! Disc One includes recordings from 10/10/68, Disc Two features recordings from 10/11/68 and Disc Three from 10/12/68. The bonus 4th disc includes more standout recordings from each date, plus Jimi Hendrix: Boston Garden Backstage Interview. The sets include "Tax Free", "Lover Man", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Hey Joe", "Fire", "Foxey Lady", "Spanish Castle Music", "Purple Haze", "Wild Thing", "Red House", "Are You Experienced?", "Star Spangled Banner", "Manic Depression" and more. Incredible! CD

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV ... CD
Atlantic, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hard rock perfected! It's around Led Zeppelin IV that you can easily say that the group moved up from being incredibly great to flat-out legendary – really in a class by themselves, although maybe they'd already reached that point with the sublime sounds of the previous three records! There's a darkness here – and a sense of magick too – an eerie new energy that still has all the balls-out rock power of before, but which has the group moving into this heady territory that's really all their own. Every song is a classic – and tracks include "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "When The Levee Breaks", "Going To California", "Four Sticks", and "Battle Of Evermore". CD

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✨✧ Carmen McRaeGreat American Songbook ... CD
Atlantic, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title sounds a bit ambitious, but the album's actually a great intimate date from Carmen McRae – a beautifully-recorded small combo performance – caught live at Donte's in LA, with a sound that hearkens back to some of Carmen's best work of the 50s! The format is spare and simple – backing by a quartet that features Joe Pass on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Chuck Domanico on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums – all grooving with a light and lively touch behind Carmen's wonderful vocals – served up here with a lot more freedom than she was getting on most of her studio dates from the time. The "great American songbook" is really just a catch-all for a very wide variety of work included on the record – and the album's hardly the staid "songbook" sort of album you'd guess from the title. Instead, Carmen really opens herself up to a lot of great tunes, from classic to contemporary – with titles that include "Three Little Words", "The Ballad Of Thelonious Monk", "Behind The Face", "Sunday", "Day By Day", "If The Moon Turns Green", "At Long Last Love", and "A Song For You". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Jean-Bernard RaiteuxLes Demons ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
If that creepy cover image alone isn't more than enough to make you want this record, the magical music within will certainly tip the balance! Jean-Bernard Raiteux may be best known for his French funk sounds in the Harlem Pop Trotters, but he's even more weird and wonderful here – turning in a wickedly groovy score for Jess Franco's film Les Demons (aka The Devils), with trippy sounds that are every bat as great as the music used in Franco's classic Vampyros Lesbos! The music has currents of jazz, funk, and psych – often all operating at once, with cool keyboards, fuzzy guitar, and lots of these fluttering flute lines that almost sound like Harold McNair or Roland Kirk on acid – blowing their minds, as they blow their minds out through their reed instruments too. Titles include "The Inquisition", "Kathleen Writhing", "The Stake", "The Seduction Of Winter", "The Second Inquisition", "A Witch's Daughter", and "Three Serpents To Kathleen's Dwelling". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... CD
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front cover – and the instrument really sounds great on the tracks throughout – piercing with a punctuated sound that's almost like an electric sitar, but a more more straightforward – a perfect accompaniment to the rich, flowing lines of Selda's vocals. None of the tunes are in English, but there's a really universal appeal to the music – as Selda's the kind of singer that's so expressive, one hardly needs to know the lyrics to get the meaning of her tunes. Titles include "Ona Don", "Hele Yar", "Ayaginda Kundura", "Hizir Pasa", "Cendarme", "Izin Ize Benzemiyor", and "Sorsunlar Beni". CD

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✨✧ Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... LP
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front cover – and the instrument really sounds great on the tracks throughout – piercing with a punctuated sound that's almost like an electric sitar, but a more more straightforward – a perfect accompaniment to the rich, flowing lines of Selda's vocals. None of the tunes are in English, but there's a really universal appeal to the music – as Selda's the kind of singer that's so expressive, one hardly needs to know the lyrics to get the meaning of her tunes. Titles include "Ona Don", "Hele Yar", "Ayaginda Kundura", "Hizir Pasa", "Cendarme", "Izin Ize Benzemiyor", and "Sorsunlar Beni". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Derdiyoklar IkilisiCoban Mamos – Disco Folk ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and the styles of the tunes really further that approach – blending some cool plucked stringed instrumentation with rootsy percussion elements, then warming the whole thing up with 70s production styles – all in a way that almost makes the music a clubby version of the musical mix that you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey a few years before. The sound's not really disco – at least not in any conventional sense – but definitely has a dancefloor appeal at times – and titles include "Coban Mamos", "Kanser", "Kara Uzum Habbesi", "Derdiguzel Aglama", "Baris Icinde", "Garip Modalar", and "Kotuler Ermez Menzile". CD

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✨✧ Derdiyoklar IkilisiCoban Mamos – Disco Folk ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and the styles of the tunes really further that approach – blending some cool plucked stringed instrumentation with rootsy percussion elements, then warming the whole thing up with 70s production styles – all in a way that almost makes the music a clubby version of the musical mix that you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey a few years before. The sound's not really disco – at least not in any conventional sense – but definitely has a dancefloor appeal at times – and titles include "Coban Mamos", "Kanser", "Kara Uzum Habbesi", "Derdiguzel Aglama", "Baris Icinde", "Garip Modalar", and "Kotuler Ermez Menzile". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Group (Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza)Feed-Back (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some surprisingly funky rhythms at times – at a level that's even more compelling than some of the group's other projects – especially given that the album's three tracks are all quite long, with lots of room for instrumental experimentation! Yet as in some of the best prog work of the period – such as by Can or Faust – there's a sense of focus and groove that really holds the whole thing together. And given that these guys had already had years of experience in the studio – on both sides of the production booth – they really have a wonderful ear for extremely inventive sounds. Titles include "Kumalo", "The Feed-Back", and "Quasars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the album on CD!)
 
 
 



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