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Nat Adderley & The Three SoundsBranching Out ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $3.99
Nat and Johnny Griffin front The Three Sounds in this easy-going soul jazz session with a nice rolling groove. The set's got a couple of originals – "Sister Caroline" and "Branching Out" – plus versions of "Well You Needn't" and "I've Got Plenty Of Nothin". Gene Harris & The Three Sounds make for a nice backing, and Johnny Griffin's solos are as sharp as they ever were at this point. CD
(Out of print.)

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Gene Harris3 Sounds/Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds ... CD
Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – 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". On the second album – Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds – Gene really steps into the solo spotlight – moving away from his work with the Three Sounds trio, and headed into even more righteous territory – as you might guess from the trippy image on the cover! The set features Harris mostly on acoustic piano, but amidst larger arrangements from Wade Marcus that really round things out with a warm, soulful edge – mixing guitar from Sam Brown and Cornell Dupree with Gene's lines on piano – and giving things an extra kick at the bottom with drums from Freddie Waits, and percussion from Johnny Rodriguez and Omar Clay. The record echoes Harris' older roots at some points, yet comes across with a richer 70s vibe too – a hip 70s style that's strongly due to the contributions of Marcus' arrangements. Tracks include a great remake of "Listen Here", which begins with a great funky break; a sweet steppers version of "Killer Joe"; and the tracks "Lean On Me", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Django", "Emily", and "C Jam Blues". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Three SoundsBlack Orchid ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. Very Good ... $39.99
Maybe the most evocative title of all the Three Sounds albums of the 60s – and one that really gets at the dark beauty of the entire record! By the time of this release (the group's 7th for Blue Note), Gene Harris and the trio had really come into their own – and were moving past simple soul jazz modes into this wonderful blend of grooviness and lyricism – still very much beholden to Harris' rhythmic approach to the keys, but also filled with loads of complicated lines, especially from the group's wonderful bassist Andrew Simpkins – whose round tone is especially great on the mellow numbers. Titles include Randy Weston's "Saucer Eyes" , Neal Hefti's "Black Orchid", and the tracks "Don't Go Don't Go" and "Oh Well Oh Well", both originals by Gene Harris. LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing with Van Gelder stamp & "ear". Cover looks great!)

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Three SoundsBottoms Up! ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. Very Good- ... $28.99
The bottom is certainly "up" on this one – as the Three Sounds groove things from the ground up, taking soul jazz piano to the next level with an approach that quickly made them one of the most popular Blue Note acts of the early 60s! Gene Harris leads the group on piano – and also plays celeste on one track (!) – and the other Sounds at this point are Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums – a really great rhythm section that have a way of being soulfully quiet, with a very subtle groove – one that's much more understated than you might find in the Ramsey Lewis trio, but equally hip. Tracks include "Jinne Lou", "Besame Mucho", "Love Walked In", "Angel Eyes", "Falling In Love With Love", and "Time After Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing with RVG stamp and ear – and deep groove! Cover has some tape on the edges – fine on front, a bit yellowed on back.)

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✨✧ Three SoundsDown The Track/Robbins' Nest ... 7-inch
Blue Note, 1959. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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Three SoundsFeelin' Good ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Very Good ... $16.99
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
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has a light stain on the bottom right corner.)

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Three SoundsGood Deal ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
Good deal indeed – always soulful sounds from Gene Harris and his early incarnation of The Three Sounds – served up with a tightness that few other trios could match at the time! Harris is very strongly in the lead on the keys – hitting hard enough on the left hand that he hardly needs a rhythm section to back him up – which leaves drummer Bill Dowdy and bassist Andy Simpkins plenty of space to take off on their own inflections during the set. Titles include a few great original tunes – like "Down The Track" and "Tracy's Blue" – but the band also does nice versions of "That's All", "St. Thomas", and "Robbin's Nest". CD
Also available Good Deal ... LP 46.99

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Three SoundsGood Deal ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. Very Good- ... $46.99
Good deal indeed – always soulful sounds from Gene Harris and his early incarnation of The Three Sounds – served up with a tightness that few other trios could match at the time! Harris is very strongly in the lead on the keys – hitting hard enough on the left hand that he hardly needs a rhythm section to back him up – which leaves drummer Bill Dowdy and bassist Andy Simpkins plenty of space to take off on their own inflections during the set. Titles include a few great original tunes – like "Down The Track" and "Tracy's Blue" – but the band also does nice versions of "That's All", "St. Thomas", and "Robbin's Nest". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd St mono pressing, with deep groove, RVG stamp, and "ear" – nice and clean, with just some light surface marks. Cover is great!)
Also available Good Deal ... CD 13.99

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Three SoundsHere We Come ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Good+ ... $19.99
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
(New York mono pressing, with RVG etch. Cover has some splitting, peeling and moisture stains along the opening. Label has some stains.)
Also available Here We Come (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Three SoundsHere We Come (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $16.99
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! CD features two bonus tracks – "The Girl Next Door" and "This Is The Way Tis". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)
Also available Here We Come ... LP 19.99

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Three SoundsHey There (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99
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". CD features an insane amount of bonus tracks from the same session – 10 more tracks that include "Blue Daniel", "Lazy Cat", "Wait A Minute", "Work Song", "Billy Boy", and "Sweet & Lovely". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Three SoundsMoods ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
"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". CD
Also available Moods ... LP 39.99

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Three SoundsMoods ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Very Good ... $39.99
"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
(63rd street pressing with a deep groove, RVG stamp, and "ear". Cover has a name in pen on back and a thin light stain along the bottom.)
Also available Moods ... CD 13.99

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Three SoundsOut Of This World (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 19.99
Go out of the world with The Three Sounds on this sweet little set for Blue Note – as the trio are at their early best, and working with a care of craft that you won't find on other 60s albums for labels like Verve or Mercury! The mighty Gene Harris is in the lead on piano, moving between a great blend of lyrical and more soul-based styles – given great accompaniment from Bill Dowdy on drums and Andy Simpkins on bass – the latter of whom is an overlooked genius, with this round tone and solid touch that really holds the group together! Titles are a nice mix of exotic standards and gutbuckety originals – and tunes include "My Silent Love", "Just In Time", "Out Of this World", "Out Of the Past", "Sanctified Sue", and "Girl Of My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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Three SoundsThree Moods ... LP
Limelight, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $8.99
A pretty great little record that has the Three Sounds usual piano trio sound backed by some larger arrangements – mostly floating strings that soar along and take the group into a whole sound! The addition of the arrangements really breaks things up from the standard soul jazz trio format – and keeps the proceedings nice and fresh, moving from mellow groovers to lighter bossa tunes. Titles include "Hittin The Jug", "The Second Time Around", "Invitation", "Justerini", and "Our Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi, still in the resealable sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Three SoundsThree Sounds (Blue Note 1600) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD
Also available Three Sounds (Blue Note 1600) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 5.99

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Three SoundsThree Sounds (Blue Note 1600) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $5.99
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". CD features some bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Three Sounds (Blue Note 1600) ... CD 13.99

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Three SoundsThree Sounds Play Jazz On Broadway ... LP
Mercury, 1962. Very Good ... $7.99
An obscure one for the Three Sounds – and not a bad little record at all! The title sets up the formula easily – Broadway tunes, given a touch of jazz – and since the Sounds are in place, the jazzy touches are nice and soulful, and open up tunes from Oliver, Camelot, No Strings, How To Succeed In Business, and other 60s musicals. Titles include "The Sweetest Sounds", "If Ever I Would Leave You", "I Believe In You", "Who Will Buy", "I'll Do Anything", and "Once In A Lifetime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with a deep groove.)

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Stanley Turrentine with The Three SoundsBlue Hour ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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. Titles include "Blue Riff", "I Want A Little Girl", and "Willow Weep For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a stain on one corner, with some waviness and flaking.)

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✨✧ Stanley Turrentine with the Three SoundsBlue Hour – The Complete Sessions ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used 2CD ... $11.99
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
 
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Cannonball Adderley/Benny CarterLive In Cologne 1961 ... CD
Delta (Germany), 1961. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Two never-heard jazz performances – both recorded in German at the start of the 60s! Cannonball Adderley really shines on the first half of the set – working at a level that rivals his tremendous Riverside albums of the time – especially the live dates, which really showed his combo at their best! These tracks follow strongly in very much the same way – impeccable recording quality, long drawn-out performances, and brilliant sounds from Cannonball on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – on titles that include "New Delhi", "This Here", and "Lisa". Alto giant Benny Carter follows on three more tracks – working with a European group that includes the mighty Carl Drewo on tenor, plus Raymond Droz on trombone and Francis Coppierters on piano – on titles that include "Laura", "It's Wonderful", and "Rose Room". CD

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Bird Show BandBird Show Band ... CD
Amish, 2010. Used ... $3.99
A very nice set of avant synth sounds from The Bird Show Band – featuring Ben Vida on Moog Voyager and some of the most adventurous accompaniment a guy could ask for – including Jim Baker on ARP 2600, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass and a pair of Tortoise players on drums, John Herndon and Dan Bitney. This synth centered set of improvisations are pretty insistent and inviting, steering clear of the more minimalist tendencies of some of Vida's work. Excellent! Titles include "Quintet" (parts One, Two, Three & Four), ""Little Song", "Quartet" and "BSB Synthesizer Solo". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has the word "Promo" written in marker.)

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Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve NobleSoulfood Available ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
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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Peter Brotzmann/Keiji Haino/Jim O'RourkeTwo City Blues 2 ... CD
Trost (Austria), 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
Three legendary improvisers, working here at the height of their powers – in a set that really shows that when greats like this come together, the overall sound is way more than the sum of its parts! Keiji Haino sounds especially great here – still raw and bold, both on guitar and vocals (plus a bit of shamisen as well) – but finding this deeper, more rooted quality next to the saxophone work of Peter Brotzmann, which oddly acts as this core anchor to the performance – while still finding space to reach freedoms of his own. Jim O'Rourke reminds us that his command of guitar sounds is still incredible after all these years – trained in the avant underground for years, given a bit of focus in some more mainstream lights – but still extremely inventive and completely mindblowing. CD features the very long "Two City Blues", and the shorter "One Fine Day". CD

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James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
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

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✨✧ Gary Burton, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry3 In Jazz ... LP
RCA, 1963. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A great record that features work not on any other album! The set's a compilation of sorts – but it's really more of a "showcase", one that features the work of three of RCA's brightest jazz stars at the time. A young Gary Burton plays "Hello Young Lovers", "Gentle Wind & Falling Tear", "Blue Comedy", and "Stella By Starlight" with a group that includes Jack Sheldon on trumpet. Sonny Rollins blows on "You Are My Lucky Star", "I Could Write A Book", and "There Will Never Be Another You" with the great group that included Don Cherry, Henry Grimes, and Billy Higgins. And Clark Terry rounds out the set with "Blues Tonight", "Sounds Of The Night", and "Cielito Lindo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in pen on back.)

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DetailFirst Detail ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the earliest recordings of the avant group Detail – heard here without the bassist Johnny Dyani, who was such a part of their later albums! The absence of bass makes for a beautifully free sound – the drums of John Stevens, piano of Eivin One Pedersen, and reeds of Frode Gjersted ambling easily in open space, but always with this sense of cohesion that's completely sublime – sounds that are unusual and exploratory, but never egoistic at a level that leaves the other trio members behind – quite rare for a meeting of minds as great as these. Gjerstad plays tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and alto flute – and the recording features three long titles – "This Is The", "First Version", and "Of Detail". CD
Also available First Detail (with bonus CD) ... LP 16.99

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DetailFirst Detail (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon (Norway), 1982. New Copy LP & CD ... $16.99
One of the earliest recordings of the avant group Detail – heard here without the bassist Johnny Dyani, who was such a part of their later albums! The absence of bass makes for a beautifully free sound – the drums of John Stevens, piano of Eivin One Pedersen, and reeds of Frode Gjersted ambling easily in open space, but always with this sense of cohesion that's completely sublime – sounds that are unusual and exploratory, but never egoistic at a level that leaves the other trio members behind – quite rare for a meeting of minds as great as these. Gjerstad plays tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and alto flute – and the recording features three long titles – "This Is The", "First Version", and "Of Detail". LP, Vinyl record album
(First 500 copies include CD.)
Also available First Detail ... CD 16.99

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Lou Donaldson & The 3 SoundsLD + 3 ... LP
Blue Note, 1959. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A classic meeting between alto giant Lou Donaldson and Blue Note's crack Three Sounds combo – the great piano trio led by the mighty Gene Harris! The formula was one that Blue Note employed on a number of sessions from the time – and it makes a lot of sense, because the Three Sounds are a very tight rhythm group, just waiting for a strong soloist to front their rolling soulful grooves – in ways that really set sessions like this apart from their standard albums for the label. On this one, the Sounds give Lou a nice tight backing, and he repays the favor by laying down some very tight, very in-the-pocket solos with a good soul jazz groove. Tracks include "Jump Up", "Confirmation", "Smooth Groove", and "Blue Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has some moderate wear.)

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English BeatVinyl Collection (I Just Can't Stop/Wha'ppen/Special Beat Service/Dub Album) (180 gram vinyl – 4LP box set) ... LP
Edsel (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 4LP ... $53.99
An amazing document of one of the grooviest groups to emerge from the UK at the start of the 80s – not just their three full albums, but almost as much rare bonus material as well! The English Beat came a bit later than the initial wave of Two Tone ska revival groups – and they came with a difference, too – a bit more soul, and a slightly more contemporary approach to their music – one that pushed Jamaican roots into mod London modes – particularly the best sorts that were bubbling up in the post-punk generation! The group really helped revive some warmer sounds in British music – yet without just copying older modes from the other side of the Atlantic, too – and these three great albums definitely went onto set a fire in a host of other groups as well – the first wave of some surprisingly soulful moments from the UK in the 80s. The box set features the full albums I Just Can't Stop It, Wha'ppen, and Special Beat Service – plus a rare bonus dub album, with dub versions of 7 more tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Jef GilsonLe Massacre Du Printemps ... CD
Futura (France), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
One of the most striking albums ever from French experimentalist Jef Gilson – and one of the most outside as well! The album's from the same vintage as some of Gilson's world jazz experiments on the Palm label, but the overall feel here is much more free – with Jef working on a fuzzy Electra Hohner piano, which sounds very stark and trippy – alongside organ from Pierre Moret and drums from Jean Claude Pourtier – as well as other instrumentation from all three members of the trio! There's lots of percussion and extra elements that come into the mix – creating an organic feel that's different than other freer jazz work of the time – and Gilson's use of the electric keyboard is strongly resonant, with bold sounds that never overlap – but hang in the air nicely amidst the percussion. Claude Jeanmarie also plays prepared piano on one track – and titles include "Les Cigales", "Faut Qu'on", "Tournant Decisif", and "Le Massacre Du Printemps". CD

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Marcello Giombini/Bruno NicolaiSabata Triology (Sabata/Adios Sabata/Return Of Sabata) (3CD set) ... CD
GDM/Quartet (Spain), 1969/1970/1971. New Copy 3CD ... $35.99
A classic Italian western trilogy from the start of the 70s – presented here with all three soundtracks in a special limited package! First up is the first Sabata film – Ehi Amico C'E Sabata Hai Chiuso – a killer western soundtrack from Marcello Giombini! The first film in the trilogy boasts a really wicked score – music as dark as the movie itself, with a brooding sensibility that comes through even in the upbeat numbers – so that you feel like something bad's always about to happen, even when things sound groovy! Giombini uses swirling strings next to plucked guitar lines and these sweet loping rhythms – tied together wonderfully so that the music makes you feel like you're riding hard across the plains with the wind in your hair and the law at your back. Next is Adios Sabata – aka Indio Black – Bruno Nicolai's soundtrack for the second film in the Sabata trilogy from the early 70s – noteworthy for the fact that Yul Brynner took over the starring role, and that Nicolai handled the scoring of the film! Nicolai's style here borrows a lot from frequent partner Ennio Morricone – and the overall feel of the work is extremely powerful – with the sort of broad, bold Morricone themes that we love so much – often done with unusual touches that include floating vocals, trilling flute, echoey guitar, and even a bit of whistling by Alessandro Alessandroni! Last up is Return Of Sabata – the return of Lee Van Cleef's Sabata – presented here in a soundtrack that's even groovier than the music from the first film! The title tune is especially wonderful – a killer soundtrack groove with a mix of English lyrics and scatting vocals from I Cantori Moderni – easily one of the grooviest tunes the group ever recorded! Other tunes have a groovy undercurrent too – romping basslines and piano bits, and weird strings and sounds folded together beautifully – making for music that's as compelling as the movie, even when heard far away from the images on the screen. 3CDs, and a huge booklet of notes. CD
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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Group (Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza)Feed-Back ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
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". CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockTakin' Off (non RVG edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... $3.99
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

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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
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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HE3 ProjectChapter Three ... CD
Family Groove, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
The coolest chapter so far in the long-lost story of the He3 Project – wonderfully spiritual jazz sounds from the San Francisco scene of the early 70s – recorded with a wicked blend of instrumentation and vocals, and a really cosmic sound overall! The music isn't just the usual spiritual jazz of the time – nor the familiar funky sound from the other side of the Bay – and instead, it's kind of a tripped-out hybrid that's really unique – and often served up with a rough edge that makes the instrumentation even more compelling! Players include Hadley Caliman on tenor and flute, Joe West and Terry Mederios on guitars, and Herman Eberitzsch (the HE in the group's name) on Fender Rhodes, Echoplex, piano, and screwdriver. Vocals are from two members of The Waters – Maxine and Julia – although the overall vibe is more instrumental in the end. Titles include "Civilization", "The Massage", "Dark Angels", "Artesian Wells", "Shake A Leg Woman", "To Be True", and "This Is The Struggle". CD

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Monk HigginsHeavyweight ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Very Good ... $24.99
Quite possibly the best album ever from funky maestro Monk Higgins! The record's got some of his tighest work of the time – with plenty of tight breaks, nice keyboards, and soulful sax riffs – and Monk is going full-out on the arrangements, in the manner that he used for his best late Blue Note work with The Three Sounds or Blue Mitchell. The group's listed as "The Specialties" on the cover, and they vamp along nicely, like some of Monk's funky groups from the late 60s funky 45 days. Titles include "Gotta Be Funky", "Big Water Bed", "Up On The Hill", "Last Flight To Dallas", and "Libra's Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy with a split spine, tape along seams and some pen.)

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Timo LassyLove Bullet ... CD
MustHaveJazz/Membran (Finland), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99
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". CD

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Yusef LateefEastern Sounds ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 17.98
The title says it all – as Yusef Lateef works here in that wonderful mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and Eastern stylings that he brought to all of his best early sessions as a leader! Lateef himself is playing tenor, flute, and oboe – which he uses to craft these eerie snakecharmer lines that work perfectly with the modal grooves of the tracks – very unusual rhythms for the time, and a real precursor to some of the world jazz experiments to come from overseas. The rest of the group features pianist Barry Harris, drummer Lex Humphries, and bassist Ernie Farrow, who also plays a strange instrument called a rabat – which further adds to the charm of the record. Titles include "Plum Blossom", "Purple Flower", "Three Faces Of Balal", and "Chinq Miau". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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