Weird and wonderful work from the enigmatic Bruce Lacey – a character whose life and ideals are as compelling as his music! This package is really the first to ever do Lacey justice – and it brings together a rich range of electronic explorations and a few more acoustic improvisations as well – all material that really marks Bruce as being on the forefront of experimentation, especially in the years before the 70s Brit electronicians, even Throbbing Gristle! Lacey's music is stark, but has a sense of humanity – often as spacey as the title promises, but never in a careless way – and always filled with subtle shadings and thoughtful passages. Many of the sounds are electronic, but they also have very unusual sources too – and titles include various parts of "Earth Spirit", plus "Kissing Film", "Experiment 1", "Funky Dance", and "Cycles Of The Serpent (parts 1 & 3)". LP, Vinyl record album
A very cool little record – and one that's unlike anything we can think of – kind of a self-contained science fiction story, complete with lots of spacey music, and a bit of narration as well! The album's full of cool keyboard lines – plenty of mini moog and organ, often used in these layered ways that are much more developed, and much more melodic than some of the horror keyboard material at the time – almost as if the keyboard lines are telling part of the story, in between the bits of narration! Alan Jefferson's voice is recorded in this really cool way, too – kind of up-close and compressed alongside the music – a bit like Ken Nordine's later experiments on 80s radio in the US, but way cooler – and although the record has a unified text, it's way more than just a storybook set – and instead comes off like the coolest electronic sound library material of the time. Great package, too – with lots of vivid images, and notes on the whole very unusual project! LP, Vinyl record album
Weird and wonderful work from the enigmatic Bruce Lacey – a character whose life and ideals are as compelling as his music! This package is really the first to ever do Lacey justice – and it brings together a rich range of electronic explorations and a few more acoustic improvisations as well – all material that really marks Bruce as being on the forefront of experimentation, especially in the years before the 70s Brit electronicians, even Throbbing Gristle! Lacey's music is stark, but has a sense of humanity – often as spacey as the title promises, but never in a careless way – and always filled with subtle shadings and thoughtful passages. Many of the sounds are electronic, but they also have very unusual sources too – and titles include "Music From Everybody's Nobody", "Music From Double Exposure", and "Ancient Forces". Great notes too – really getting at Lacey's enigmatic role in UK music! LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy rhythms from the Brazilian scene of the 50s – a set of grooves originally used to accompany a touring dance production, but a set of tracks that's gone on to have quite a life of its own! The music here isn't the cool bossa or spare samba you might expect – and instead has this full-on, very heady sort of vibe – almost Afro-Cuban in the way the album was recorded, although lots of the core elements of the music have a distinctly Brazilian feel, and seem to point the way towards more ambitious recordings of the 60s – such as the work of Moacir Santos on the Forma label, or the Afro Sambas of Baden Powell and Vinicius De Moraes! Percussion is very heavy, and nicely earthy – and most tracks feature some chorus vocals buried alongside the rhythms, plus occasional leads from Ivan De Paula – who's got a deep style that really matches the music. Titles include "Imbae Sofa", "Ogum Olojo", "De Luanda", "Tem Brabo No Samba", "Onika", and "Maracatu Da D Santa". LP, Vinyl record album
Late work by Webster and Byas – playing here with backing by a European rhythm section that includes Tete Montoliu on piano and Peter Trunk on bass, plus American Albert Heath on drums. The tracks are mostly long and open – with the main focus on letting the two tenor giants solo as much as possible. Tracks include "Caravan", "Sundae", "Blues For Dottie Mae", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has two cutout holes.)
Guitars playing plenty of games here – easy to do when in the godlike hands of Harvey Mandel – a guitarist rooted in blues, but also with lots of psychedelic inclinations as well! This album's one of Harvey's best as a solo act – and gets some sweet fuzzy production by the legendary Abe Voco Kesh – whose touches help give the record that sort of genre-stepping vibe of the best Bay Area material of the time. Harvey's guitar is firmly in the lead, but there's a bit more vocals on the set than some of the previous Mandel records – and titles include a trippy version of Horace Silver's "Senor Blues", plus "Capurange", "Ridin High", "Honky Tonk", "Leavin Trunk", and a wild stoned version of "Games People Play". LP, Vinyl record album
With this full length, it seems as though Swift has come to full maturity as an artist. In the past, with his albums and a few of his singles, he seemed to be getting there, but his skills as a beatmaker just never lived up to his skills as a turntablist. Here, he's gone back to great scratch showcases alongside Klever, Melo-D, Radar, D-Styles and Quest on cuts like "Trunk Of Funk" and "2 3 Break" plus the extra abstract "Sound Event", some help from Large Pro and Dr Butcher behind the boards and lost freestyle champ Supernatural, hip hop everyman J-Live and beat box extraordinaire Kenny Muhammed on the mic with "Tronic", "Sub Level" and "Interview With A Colored Man". Plus he cuts it up Boriqua style on "Salsa Scratch" and creates a nice vocal cut and paste, dropping bits of rhymes to create the vocal montage for "The Ghetto". 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few creases.)
Dave Pike, Fritz Pauer, Wolfgang Dauer, etc —
MPS Jazz Sound '71 ... LP MPS (Germany), 1971. Used 2LP ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Grooviness all around! This is a beautiful 2LP set that brings together some of the best tracks that MPS was releasing in the early 70's, and it's got a wealth of nice moments that you'll be hard pressed to find on vinyl elsewhere. The set includes the great funky version of "Light My Fire" that was cut by Freidrich Gulda, the groovy funky cut "Send Me The Yellow Guys" by The Dave Pike Set, the mellow "Blue Light" by Wolfgang Dauner, the easy breezy "Speech Craft" by the Horst Jankowski Quartet, and the out track "Palar" by the New Jazz Trio, with Manfred Schoof, Peter Trunk, and Cees See. Very nice, and more than enough to go around! In a glossy German sleeve, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and an unglued top seam, but this is a great copy overall.)
Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal Waldron —
Swinging Macedonia ... LP Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Out Of Stock
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". LP, Vinyl record album
Albert Mangelsdorff & His Frankfurt All Stars —
Rhein Main Jump ... LP Jazztone/Be! (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ...
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Wicked modern jazz from the German scene of the 50s – a set that's billed on the back as "modern jazz to dance to", but which has a much deeper groove overall! True, the sounds are swinging – but the top-shelf talents in the group really make some magic with their solo work, and the way they come together – often aware of the best tones and timings to make each tune bristle with energy from the very first note! The lineup features the mighty Hans Koller on tenor, baritone, and clarinet – plus Joki Freund on tenor, Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, Pepsi Auer on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Rudi Sehring on drums. Titles are all originals, too – and very fresh at that – and tunes include "Old Hat With A New Rim", "Ending Ad Lib", "Adlon 1925", "You're On Hans", "Sound For Jazztone", "Golabki", and "Beard's Beard". LP, Vinyl record album