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✨✧ Johnny GriffinNight Lady ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, almost-modern solos that are some of his most adventurous to date on record – supported strongly on the album's longish tracks by Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's a quality to Griffin's tone that's incredible – urgent, edgey, but never too far out – completely in command of itself, and able to run free, but without wasting at note at all – unlike some of his over-stretched European solos of later years. The set features beautiful long readings of Boland's "Night Lady" and "Old Stuff", plus Griffin's "Scrabble", and versions of "Summertime", "All The Things You Are", and "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day". CD

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✨✧ Pierre HenryOdyssee (10CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1982/Late 2000s. New Copy 10 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A really well-titled collection – given that it features the most important steps in the long musical journey of Pierre Henry – easily one of the most important electronic musicians of the 20th Century! The package offers a heck of a lot of amazing music for the price – and is very heavy on Henry's crucial 60s recordings – including both his funky analogue grooves, and his much more abstract sonic compositions! Much of this material has been issued over the years, but never in a package this complete – and the depth of the sounds here is stunning – a set that should be given as a textbook to anyone who ever thinks about making any sort of electronic music. Works include "Messe De Liverpool (1967)", "Pierres Reflechies (1982)", "Coexistence (1958)", "Mouvement Rhythm Etude (1970)", "La Noire A Soixante/Granulometrie (1967)", "Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (1963)", "Le Voyage (1962)", "Futuristie (1975)", "Messe Pour Le Temps Present (1967)", "Le Xeme Remix (1998)", "Envol (2010)", "L'Art De La Fugu Odyssee (2011)", "Pulsations (2007)", and the previously unreleased "Le Fil De La Vie", which features cool shakuhachi! CD

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✨✧ Kang Tae HwanSolo Duo Trio ... LP
Chap Chap/Universal (Japan), 1994. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
There's a very earthy, organic finish to the alto saxophone shown in the hands of Kang Tae Hwan on the cover – and that appearance is a great illustration of the sound on the record, too – one that builds very slowly, with almost a meditative quality – as the tones are created first almost at the brink of silence, then find quiet confidence as they grow, and mix with contributions from guests Ned Rothenberg on alto and bass clarinet, and Otomo Yoshihide on turntables! As the title promises, the album features different configurations of Hwan's talents alongside the guests – and tracks include "Solo 1", "Duo 1", "Trio", "Solo 2", and "Duo 2". 2LP set features more material than the CD – including two solo tracks from Rothenberg. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Solo Duo Trio ... CD 23.99

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✨✧ Gerson King ComboGerson King Combo Vol 1 ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest Brazilian funk records ever! Gerson King and his group had a hard heavy sound that was part James Brown, and part jazzier groups like Banda Black Rio. They were one of a small group of black Brazilian groups dedicated to putting out real soul and real funk – and as this album will attest, they succeeded wonderfully! The whole thing's got a nice hard sound, with lots of choppy grooves, and loads of great deep funk moments. Titles include "Blows", "Mandamentos Black", "Jingle Black", "God Save The King", "Uma Chance", "Swing Do Rei", and "Esse E O Nosso Black Brother". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gerson King ComboGerson King Combo Vol 2 ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
This guy might look silly on the cover – but he sure is funky! This is Gerson's second 70s album with his combo – and it's got a smoothly funky approach that's different than the first. Gerson's clearly listened to a bit of Barry White and Kool & The Gang in the meantime – and he's taking his rougher Brazilian soul approach, and is mixing it with elements of American mainstream funky soul, like well-produced drums, spacey keyboards, and even a bit of soulful strings! His deep spooky vocals sound wild next to these arrangements – creating a mad little sound that we'd be hard pressed to describe accurately, but which sits nicely next to any collection of 70s soul. Titles include "Good Bye", "Funk Brother Soul", "Hey Voce", "Aquela Brincadeira", "Por Isso Vou Te Amando", "Tenho Um Vulcao Dentro De Mim", and "E Melhor Pra Nois Dis". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ KissVery Best Of Kiss ... CD
Universal, 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ... Out Of Stock
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangGangthology ... CD
Universal/Mercury (UK), 1970s-Mid 80s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work by Kool & The Gang – one of the first to show their two sides of genius! The set's divided up into 2 CDs – one "Wild", and the other "Peaceful" (after the group's great early track, "Wild & Peaceful"!) The "wild" disc is stuffed with funky classics that range from the heavy numbers of early years, to some of the dancefloor hits of later ones – with titles that include "Kool & The Gang", "NT", "Electric Frog", "More Funky Stuff", "Rhyme Tyme People", "Fresh", "Steppin Out", "Celebration", "Ladies Night", "Come Together", "Street Corner Symphony", and "Open Sesame". The "peaceful" disc is even cooler – a super-dope set of laidback and mellow tunes, many of which have a nicely subdued soulful edge, and some of which even feature some nice ballad work. Tracks on that disc include "Summer Madness", "Whiting H & G", "I Remember John W Coltrane", "Sea Of Tranquility", "Breeze & Soul", "Heaven At Once", "Jones Vs Jones", "Wild & Peaceful", "Too Hot", and "Messenger Of Wisdom". 33 tracks, 2CDs, what a deal! CD

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✨✧ LenineCarbono ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most creative contemporary artists in Brazilian music does it again – and continues to blow us away with his non-stop flow of fresh sounds and new ideas! Lenine is a restlessly creative talent – one who's never content to rest on his previous work, or keep things conservative even when rising to bigger fame – and this record's a wonderful demonstration of that uniquely personal vision that always wins us over time and time again – that way of folding together things that wouldn't normally be folded – and coming up with something even richer in the process. There's a depth of texture here that's even stronger than some of Lenine's recent albums – and although the music is often tuneful, it crackles at the edges with boundary-pushing frontiers that illuminate the lyrics even past the point of language. Titles include "Simples Assim", "Castanho", "A Causa E O Po", "Quede Agua", "O Universo Na Cabeca Do Alfinete", and "Undo". CD

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✨✧ Lil WayneFireman (main, radio, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Cash Money/Universal, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Mikio MasudaMickey's Mouth ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer set of electric keyboards – with a groove that stretches from wigged-out Herbie Hancock to the laidback style of Bob James on CTI! Mikio Masuda plays a range of different instruments – from Fender Rhodes to Clavinet, Yamaha organ, ARP, and mini-Korg – and the group behind him includes guitar, bass, drums, soprano sax, and lots of percussion – all jamming together on the fiercest tracks like a full-on version of The Headhunters! Tracks are all long, and the album's proof that Japan was turning out some amazing electric jazz albums in the 70s – real classics that stand with the best from America at the time. Titles include "Hello Jess", "What's Happening", "I Saw The Light", and "Airplane". CD
Also available Mickey's Mouth (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Koichi MatsukazeGood Nature (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We've never heard from Japanese saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze before, but he's really won us over with this inventive little session – an understated mix of modern moments and lyrical touches, done with some especially nice vibes from Hiroshi Hatsuyama! The group's just a quartet with bass and drums, so there's lots of interplay between Matsukaze and Hatsuyama – the vibes ringing out with soulful undercurrents that balance the leader's sharper lines on alto, tenor, and flute. Titles include "What Masa Is She Is Out To Lunch", "Good Nature", "Under Construction", "Yellow Sands", and "Warm Pack". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)

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✨✧ Peaches & HerbWorth The Wait ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Peaches & Herb get some really wonderful help here from Freddie Perren – who really helps them focus their groove nicely for the dancefloor! Given the already-great vocals from the pair, and the long legacy of upbeat work from Freddie, the album's got a heck of a lot going for it – especially as Freddie seems to be a bit sensitive to the earlier roots of the duo, and brings in a sound with older echoes, even amidst a clearly contemporary groove! Most tracks are upbeat, soaring, and joyous – all-out club soul with a bit of an Ashford & Simpson vibe – but there's also a few gentler tracks that round things out nicely, and return us a bit to the romantic ballad style of Peaches & Herb at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Hearsay", "Surrender", "All Night Celebration", "One Child Of Love", "Fun Time", "Discover You", and "The Love Stealers". CD

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✨✧ Zoot SimsWaiting Game ... CD
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare gem from Zoot Sims – very different than any of his other albums! The session features Zoot blowing over large backings arranged and conducted by Gary McFarland, a bit in the older Verve "with strings" mode, but also sparkling with a lot of the newer elements that McFarland was bringing to his work at the time. The approach is both light and lush at the same time – and Zoot's got a tone and approach that we've never heard on any other record, making the whole album an incredible treat that we'd rank up there with Stan Getz's experiments of the same type from the 60s. Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon", "Once We Loved", "Old Folks", "September Song", "Stella By Starlight", and "Once I Could Have Loved". CD

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✨✧ Rod StewartReason to Believe – The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (3CD) ... CD
Mercury/Universal, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock

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✨✧ SunWanna Make Love (aka Live On Dream On) ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records ever cut by Sun – the late 70s funk group who some excellent albums for Capitol Records – a group whose records never made the charts as strongly as their contemporaries, but not for lack of quality! This set's a great batch of heavy ensemble funk with an edge that's not always heard on other Sun records – lots of razor-sharp guitars riffing away in saw-cut modes, striking hard at the grooves of the record, and chilling out nicely for the mellower cuts. The blend is wonderful – totally tight, and totally top-shelf all the way through – yet never in a commercial way at all. Titles include "Wanna Make Love", "My Woman", "Live On Dream On", "The Show Is Over", "Love Is Never Sure", and "They're Calling For Me". CD
Also available Wanna Make Love (aka Live On Dream On) (Japanese pressing) ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Sweet Charles (aka Charles Sherell)For Sweet People From Sweet Charles ... CD
People/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A supremely fantastic album, and one that's always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown's incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James' singing – but which sounded great with his arrangements and production. Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews arranged this one and only album, and the record's a great blend of sweet soul tracks, funky numbers, and other stellar grooves. There's a killer version of "Soul Man", that begins with a very tasty break; the monster "Yes, It's You", which has a sweetly sliding intro that's ripe for sampling; the righteous political "Why Can't I Be Treated Like A Man" – and lots of other nice ones too! CD
Also available For Sweet People From Sweet Charles ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Mototeru TakagiPeople United Will Never Be Defeated – Solo – Fukutsu No Tami ... LP
Chap Chap/Universal (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful solo material from Japanese reedman Mototeru Takagi – tracks that were originally recorded as part of a live concert with saxophonist Asami Mitsuhito, but which feature Takagi himself all the way through! Mototeru plays tenor throughout – in a style that's openly improvised, but extremely soulful too – no free jazz noise, and instead these wonderfully deep ruminations on the tenor, with qualities that almost take us back to Ben Webster at times, but with a lot freer energy. The whole thing's wonderful – with the same sort of balance of freedom and soul that David Murray might find in his best moments – and titles include the title cut, plus two long improvisations as well. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available People United Will Never Be Defeated – Solo – Fukutsu No Tami ... CD 23.99

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✨✧ Peter Thomas Sound OrchestraChariots Of The Gods? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing little soundtrack from German maestro Peter Thomas – even weirder and more electric than some of his famous 60s recordings! Thomas scored the music for a spooky 70s film about the possibility of aliens on earth – and did so with a bit more tension than some of his other records – mixing in some dark tones, weird sounds, and other odd elements amidst some more familiar space age-styled themes. Instrumentation often mixes conventional orchestrations with electronics and offbeat percussion – the latter of which brings an earthy, organic undercurrent that you might not expect, and which really sets the record apart from anything else at the time. A few key cuts have the trademark groovy feel you'd expect from Thomas – including the classic "Stars & Rockets" – and other titles include "Reminiscences Of The Future", "Popular Myth & The Destruction Of Sodom", "The Red Sea", "Gods From Strange Planets", "Returning To The Stars", "Rocket Science", and "Easter Island". CD features a whopping 10 bonus tracks too – all previously unreleased! CD

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✨✧ Masahiko TogashiSpiritual Nature ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mid 70s live recording by Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi – performed with help from a larger group that includes Sadao Watanabe on reeds, Masahiko Satoh on percussion, Shigeo Suzuki on reeds, and extra added percussion. Tracks are long and exploratory – usually beginning with spare percussion, and then slowly adding in additional instrumentation. The "spiritual nature" of the title is apt, as the exploratory style of the tunes is never too avant – simply searching and stretching, in a righteous, almost post-Coltrane way. Titles include "The Beginning", "Moving", "On The Footpath", and "Spiritual Nature". CD

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✨✧ Laura VillaBossa Nova (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Universal (France), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record – one of a few Brazilian sides cut in Paris during the 60s by Laura Villa – an Italian singer by birth, but one who does a wonderful job here with bossa nova! The set's got all the complex charm of a Brazilian classic on Elenco or Forma – with arrangements that are large, but never too full – and which often feature some great work on accordion from the legendary Sivuca, whose tones add an extra layer of brilliance to the set. But even without his work, Villa would still sound great – a singer with just the right balance to take on these bossa classics – using a touch of European sadness, yet never too much melodrama. Production is beautiful – a hint of echo that reminds us of some of the moodiness of our favorite French soundtracks – and titles include "O Vento", "Errinho A Toa", "Nunca Mas", "Barquinho", "Chica Chica Boum", "O Bossa Nova", "Nos E O Mar", and "Rosinha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing.)

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