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✨✧ Kosuke MineOut Of Chaos ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from this lesser-known Japanese tenor player – an underrated genius with a style that's at once free-searching and introspective! Even though he plays tenor, Kosuke Mine's tone reminds us a lot of Jackie McLean on some of his best Blue Note sides – kind of leaning into itself as a way of pushing the sound forward – but also really reaching out with some post-Coltrane freedoms, especially on the tracks that have a sharply modal groove! The album only features 3 long tracks – held together tightly by rhythms from Masabumi Kikuchi on piano, Tsutomu Okada on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums – and titles include "Recollection", "Little Abi", and "Cross Wind". CD

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✨✧ Thelonious Monk5 Original Albums (Plays Duke Ellington/Unique/Brilliant Corners/At The Blackhawk/In Italy) (5CD set) ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
5 classic albums by pianist Thelonious Monk – all brought together in a set that features the records in tiny LP-styled sleeves! On the first record, Thelonious Monk plays the music of Duke Ellington – but as you can imagine, the sound here is quite different than usual! At a time when Ellington was working mostly in large group format for the mainstream, Monk's presentation of his standards in trio format is a wonderful way to unlock their nascent modernism – the angular tones, lines, and complex ideas that were still present in the orchestra readings of the tunes, but which would show up even more strongly in Duke's smaller group dates of the 60s. Many numbers bear the familiar Monk imprint – complicated lines on the keys and sharp changes that really reignite the numbers – and rhythm here is from Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", and "Caravan". Unique Thelonious Monk is billed as "very personal treatments of great standards" – and it's a great twist on familiar material, all given the Thelonius touch! There's less of Monk's creative composition and angular group arrangements going on here – and instead, the album's almost a rewriting of 40 years of popular compositions, all taken into the modern world of Monk's piano. The group's a trio, with Oscar Pettiford on bass and Art Blakey on drums – and titles include nicely reworked versions of "Just You Just Me", "Memories Of You", "Liza", "Darn That Dream", and "Tea For Two". Brilliant Corners is a brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before – but what really makes the album amazing is his ear for horn lines – particularly the alto of Ernie Henry and tenor of Sonny Rollins, both of whom add in an additional angular quality to Monk's groove. Clark Terry replaces Henry on a few numbers – and the rhythm is from the wonderful team of Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach – on classic long takes of "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". At The Blackhawk is a stunning pre-Columbia session from Thelonious Monk – a really great live date that has Monk's familiar quartet augmented by west coast players Joe Gordon on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor! Given that Charlie Rouse is already in the group on tenor, the addition of Land's horn makes for a very soulful set – and Gordon's one of those players we love whenever we get a chance to hear him on record, which isn't that often, given how few sessions he cut! Other players include John Ore on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Four In One", "Let's Call This", and "Worry Later". Thelonious Monk In Italy was recorded early in the 60s with his famous quartet that included Charlie Rouse on tenor! Even at this point before the Columbia sides, Rouse is already amazing – really stretching out in these modern, angular lines that are quite different than any of his recordings a few years before – a perfect match for the inventive piano of Monk, as would later be demonstrated on a host of classic studio recordings. There's an open, spontaneous energy between the pair in this live setting, though – almost like they're working out new ideas, but doing so perfectly – with the bass of John Ore and drums of Frankie Dunlop to round things out. Titles include "Bemsha Swing", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "San Francisco Holiday", "Body & Soul", "Straight No Chaser", and "Epistrophy". CD

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✨✧ Shunzoh OhnoSomething's Coming ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An aggressive bit of funky fusion – a set that matches the talents of Japanese trumpeter Shunzoh Ohno with some hip American grooves from Reggie Lucas on guitar, Cedric Lawson on keyboards, Don Pate on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums! The sound is very full-on – in a mid 70s Miles Davis electric mode, but with perhaps a bit more of a funk touch on the best cuts – almost a refinement of the groove that Miles hit in Japan, fusing the energy into some great tunes that really pack a sharp punch! Haynes' drums are surprisingly heavy at points – and titles include "You Dig That?", "But It's Not So", and "I Remember That It Happened". CD

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✨✧ John Phillips, Stomu Yamashta, & OthersMan Who Fell To Earth – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Universal (UK), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
David Bowie's on the cover, but the music here is from a much wider array of musical sources – in a surprising array of instrumental and vocal tracks that really live up to the madness of the famous film! The key contributor here is John Phillips – who not only gives us some excellent vocal tracks that are in the manner of his Wolfking album, but also handles a few instrumental numbers that are pretty compelling – and offset by more offbeat percussion tracks by Stomu Yamashta, who's the other key artist on the original material! There's also some familiar pop moments from Louis Armstrong and the Kingston Trio – but most of the music is original. Titles include "America", "Jazz", "Rhumba Boogie", "Space Capsule", "Desert Shack", "Window", "Alberto", "Liar Liar", "Jazz II", and "Bluegrass Breakdown" by John Phillips; "Poker Dice", "Wind Words", "Mandala", "One Way", "Memory Of Hiroshima", and "33 1/3" by Stomu Yamashta; "Venus" and "Mars" by The Bournemouth Symphony; "Love Is Coming Back" by Genevive Waite; and "Blueberry Hill" by Louis Armstrong. CD
Also available Man Who Fell To Earth – Original Soundtrack ... LP 27.99

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✨✧ PurcellDido & Aeneas/Ode On St Cecilia's Day – Tatiana Troyanos/Barry McDaniel/Simon Woolf/Paul Esswood/Alexander Young/Michael Rippon/John Shirle ... CD
Archiv Produktion/Universal, 1968/1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Regine50 Plus Belles Chansons ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Regine may look a bit cheesy on the cover, but she's a very hip French singer who recorded a fair bit of Serge Gainsbourg songs back in the 60s – a good number of which are in this set! Regine's approach is a cool link between more popular French styles of the immediate postwar years, and some of the shifting sophistication from the left bank scene – a blend of catchy songs and complicated ones – performed at a level that instantly links two different generations of chanson! Many numbers here are arranged by the ultra-hip Alain Gouraguer, who really gets the balance right for the vocals – and most cuts here are from Regine's vintage years, although the set also features just a few from her later revival stretch as well. Titles include "Les P'Tits Papiers", "Si T'Attends Qu'Les Diamants T'Sautent Au Cou", "Tic Tac Toe", "Bye Bye Barbara", "Azoy", "Capone Et Sa P'Tite Phyllis", "Je Survivrai", "Le Chandelier", "Loulou", and lots more. CD

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✨✧ Joe SampleHunter ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fusion classic from keyboardist Joe Sample – exactly the kind of record that really helped him carve a name for himself away from The Crusaders! There's a vibe here that's a bit deeper than some of Joe's work with that famous group – keyboard lines that are more introspective at some points, and a bit more dynamic at others – yet always carried off with the sort of warmth and soul that Sample was known for over the years. The production is nicely restrained – never too slick, especially by today's standards – and Joe does a good job of mixing acoustic and electric keys, which makes for a really full sound. Other players include Steve Gadd and Bob Wilson on drums, David Spinozza and Phil Upchurch on guitar, John Phillips on woodwinds, Marcus Miller and Abraham Laboriel on bass, and Tom Browne on guest trumpet. Titles include "The Hunter", "Wings Of Fire", "Just A Little Higher", "Night Flight", "Blue Ballet", and "Beauty & The Beast". CD
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✨✧ Joe SampleVoices In The Rain ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Joe Sample's sitting at a grand piano on the cover, and that image is a nice tip-off to the sound within – an approach that has Joe hitting some more sophisticated acoustic passages at points, while still opening up into the soulful groove we'd expect from his legacy as a core member of The Crusaders! Sample plays both acoustic and electric keys on the album – and the whole thing's a perfect part of that mighty run that Joe gave us with his solo work on MCA – music that's every bit as great as Crusaders albums of the time, and which we continue to love a lot more than some of Sample's later albums. The sound is never overdone, or too commercially produced – and there's a balance of acoustic elements that later 80s fusion always seemed to forget. Flora Purim sings a bit on the record – but most of the set is instrumental – and titles include "Shadows", "Burnin Up The Carnival", "Greener Grass", "Eye Of The Hurricane", and "Dream Of Dreams". CD
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✨✧ Spooky Tooth & Pierre HenryCeremony (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Universal (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing collaboration between rock group Spooky Tooth and French composer Pierre Henry – a great meeting of the minds that comes out sounding pretty darn groovy! Henry's right at the height of his "Psyche Rock" experiments here – and he inflects the band's darker style with some playful electronics and other cool sounds – really tripping things out at times, and almost creating a slight undercurrent of electric funk at others! The record's almost much more in Henry's style of work than it is in the usual Spooky Tooth one – although the group definitely brings in a brooding energy of their own that really intensifies the record. The album's got an "electric mass" style, but is much wilder than other versions of that genre from the time – and titles include "Hosanna", "Confession", "Prayer", "Offering", and "Credo". CD features 5 bonus tracks – "That Was Only Yesterday (mono)", "Waiting For The Wind (mono)", "Feelin Bad (mono)", "Have Mercy (first version)", and "Shine A Light On Me". CD

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✨✧ Chuck StanleyFiner Things In Life ... CD
Def Jam/Universal (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key record in the Def Jam shift from hip hop to bigger soul sounds – served up by mellow soul maestro Chuck Stanley! The record's got some great urban-styled production, which keeps the beats heavy – but the style's a lot more laidback and loving than most of Russell Simmons' hip hop projects – kind of a key precursor for the mix of hip hop rhythms and mainstream soul that would burst big in the decade to come! Titles include "Jammin To The Bells", "My All & All", "Real Soon", "When It All Falls Down", "Day By Day", "Love Toy", "Never Gonna Let You Go", and "Make You Mine Tonight", a duet with Alyson Williams. CD

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✨✧ Isao SuzukiHip Dancin' ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real standout in the mid 70s Japanese jazz scene – one of a few excellent albums by Isao Suzuki, a jazz cello player who could work well in a variety of settings! This album's got Isao grooving with some slight electric touches – working with Japanese players that include Kazumi Watanabe on guitar and Fumio Karashi on Fender Rhodes, plus rhythm by the American team of Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – which balances things out nicely. The record's got an extended groover called "Hip Dancin" that's really nice – warm and gentle, but with a lot of soul, and moving at a good little pace! Other tracks include unusual versions of "Sack O Woe", "Alone Together", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD

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✨✧ 10 CCGreatest Hits & More ... CD
Universal, 1970s/1980s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Guthrie ThomasGuthrie Thomas I ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked singer/songwriter with a heck of a lot of charm – a bit country in his manner, but maybe not a country rocker overall – because Guthrie Thomas has a spare, personal way of putting over a tune – a mode that certainly owes something to Bob Dylan, but which is also one of those few great 70s examples of the way that Dylan's powers could be extrapolated and taken into very individual directions! Nick Venet put together the set in a great way – producing with an almost hands-off approach at some points, but adding just the right amount of fuller flair when needed – again, another great example of 70s morphing someone's key 60s talents. Titles are mostly originals by Thomas – and include "Rollin Home", "Looking For You", "Tonight", "Right By My Side", "Too Young To Sing The Blues", and "Ole Sawdust". CD
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✨✧ Guthrie ThomasLies & Alibis ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of those 70s records that somebody did so well, and with so much care – even though the rest of the world didn't seem to notice at the time! Guthrie Thomas is a great songwriter, and has a great presence on his vocals – and heck, he managed to get help on the record from a diverse lineup that includes Ringo Starr, Steve Cropper, Lyle Ritz, John Hartford, and other heavyweights – which really shows in the overall presentation, too. The whole thing's a great example of a major label's money and resources being spent in all the right ways – and hopefully after all these years, someone will finally take notice and give the set its due! Titles include "Her Song", "I'll Be Lucky", "Sweet Virginia", "For Awhile", "Band Of Steel", and "Fifty Five". CD
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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
Also available Chariots Of The Gods? (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Masahiko TogashiSong For Myself ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The intimate nature of the title is very apt on this one – as the album features spare duets between drummer Masahiko Togashi and other Japanese musicians – including the great Sadao Watanabe on flute, and either Masahiko Satoh and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano! The sound is open, and sometimes a bit free – but in a way that's very inventive, and never too overpowering – as Togashi finds a way to really keep things grounded, and work in the best collaborative spirit with each musician. A real standout on the East West catalog of the 70s – and titles include "Haze", "Fairy Tale", "Song For Myself", and "Song For My Friends". 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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✨✧ Sylvia VrethammarDanca Samba Med Mej ... CD
Sonet/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky samba soul – but recorded in Scandinavia, and sung with Swedish lyrics by the lovely Sylvia Vrethammer! The album's a completely unique blend of modes – and features core rhythms from the Trio Pandeiros De Ouro, set to larger backings from jazzer Rune Ofwermann, all given a slightly sweet spin to match Slyvia's more pop-styled vocals! The rhythms are quite dynamic on some numbers – either from the rootsy samba backings, or the fuller sound of the orchestra – and the record's almost a mix between the groovier styles of Odeon/EMI in Brazil at the time, and some of the genre-crossing experiments over at MPS. Titles include "Att Fa Resa (Pais Tropical)", "Madalena", "Take Me Back To Piaui", "I Skymnigen (Wave)", "For Han E Pianist (Mocoto)", "Blasvart Samba", and "Dansa Samba Med Mej". CD

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabePamoja ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Later than Sadao Watanabe's classic period, but a great album with some really wonderful moments! The set was recorded live in Tokyo in 1975, and it features Watanabe working with a group that includes Isao Suzuki on bass, Yshiaki Masuo on guitar, and Takehiro Honda on piano. The four tracks are all long, with some of the searching Coltrane-ish playing that Watanabe brought to his earlier Sony albums, but they've also got a fair bit of the warmth he was reaching for during the 70s – combining elements of world jazz styles into a mode that really pushed his work on alto and flute. Titles include "Pamoja", "Vichakani", and "Musitoni". CD

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✨✧ Gay & Terry WoodsBackwoods ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful album from Gay and Terry Woods – a duo who first rose to fame in Steeleye Span, but who sound especially great hear on their own – in a unique blend of Irish folk and American roots, with a style that's a fair bit different than previous work! Gay's got this haunting vocal style that's right up there with other Brit Isles female folkies at the time, and Terry's maybe got a bit more American influences at his core – underscored by the used of dulcimer, slide guitar, and mandolin in the backings – which often have these currents that often feel a bit Appalachian. All tracks are originals by the duo – and titles include "Dublin Town", "The Fair", "Side Tracked", "Winter Poem", "Sorry Friend", and "Second Hand Sale". CD
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✨✧ VariousOut Of Left Field – Where Soul Meets Country ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not a set of country-styled soul music – as you might guess from the title – and instead a package that shows the undeniable influence that soul music songs had on the sound of country music in the 60s and 70s! The flipside of the scene has been well-documented on collections of western-tinged soul music we've stocked in the past – but this great set is the first we've ever heard to show the way that country singers were able to easily pick up hit soul songs of the time, then recraft them completely with a whole new sort of style! The blue-tinged message of these tunes is universal – and has equally great power in the hands of these artists you might not identify with the tracks, but who really get their vibe, and go out of their way to rework the lyrics with different arrangements that help bring the music to a whole new audience. Titles include "Who's Making Love" by Daaron Lee, "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" by Jeanne C Riley, "Baby I'm Yours" by Tanya Tucker, "Only The Strong Survive" by Skeeter Davis, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Anita Carter, "You Don't Miss Your Water" by OB McClinton, "He Will Break Your Heart" by David Allen Coe, "Look At Them Beans" by Johnny Cash, "Pickin Wild Mountain Berries" by Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, "Dark End Of The Street" by The Kendalls, and "Scratch My Back" by Razzy Bailey. CD

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✨✧ VariousSmooth Jazz Journey – Great Ocean Road ... CD
Dome (UK), 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Don't think "smooth jazz", think more "Neo Soul" – as the set's put together by Neo Soul powerhouse Dome Records – and features some of their own great recordings mixed with hipper electric jazz tracks from some of the more soulful talents of the past decade or so! There's definitely an instrumental focus here – although some cuts have vocals too – and the jazz component is much more skewed towards an older sort of soulful fusion from the 70s, than some of the weaker or clunkier smooth jazz styles from the contemporary charts – a classic vibe that really makes the collection strong. Titles include "A Universal Vibe" by Down To The Bone, "Tonight We Dance" by Citrus Sun, "The Girl From Ipanema" by Brian Bromberg, "Never In Your Sun" by Khari Cabral Simmons with India Arie, "Winelight" by Jason Miles with Gerald Albright, "10 Degrees South" by Jonathan Butler, "The Message" by Brenda Russell, "Full Circle" by Jazz Steppers, "The Stars From Here" by Incognito with Natalie Williams, "Lullabye" by Ray Gaskins with Roy Ayers, "Biyah" by Pat Leacock, "Round The World" by Jackiem Joyner, "The Look Of Love" by Steve Cole, and "If You Really Wanna" by Bluey. CD

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✨✧ VariousUltra High Frequencies – The Chicago Party (with DVD) ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A funky soul compilation, and a sweet TV show as well – presented here in an ultra-cool collection that offers both audio and video work from this short-lived Chicago dance show! The Chicago Party was a very local UHF program in the Windy City – one that was kind of a homegrown version of Soul Train, but turned towards the grooviest styles of the post-disco years – including boogie, 80s groove, and some tight indie club modes – all of which are featured on this sweet little compilation! The folks at Numero Group have teamed with Chicago historian Jake Austen for this very special package – which pulls together 16 musical tracks, then includes a DVD with 100 minutes of video footage from the 23 episodes of the show, mixed together in one extended program! Musically, the collection works as a great snapshot of the Chicago soul underground right before house music came into play – and titles include "Pull Up" by Universal Togetherness Band, "The Chicago Party Theme" by Jesus Wayne, "Think" by Rahmlee, "Garden Of Eve" by Yvonne Gage, "Girl You're Too Cool" by Magnum Force, "Into New Dimensions" by IND, "Freedom Sweet Freedom" by Ken Allison, "Blow Me Away" by MC2, and "Burning UP" by Donnell Pitman. CD
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Albert AylerLive In Greenwich Village – The Complete Impulse Recordings ... CD
Impulse, 1966. Used 2CD ... $9.99
Essential stuff! This 2 CD set includes the entirety of Albert Ayler's Live In Greenwich Village album – plus a huge amount of previously unreleased live material, played by the Ayler group in New York, during 1966 and 1967. Ayler's brother Don is on trumpet, and other players include Joel Freedman, George Steele, Bill Fowell, Beaver Harris, Sunny Murray, Alan Silva, and Henry Grimes. The tracks have the same intensity of Ayler's ESP work – and many tunes are quite long, very free and open. Titles include "Light In Darkness", "Divine Peacemaker", "Angels", "Omega Is The Alpha", "Universal Thoughts", "Change Has Come", "Infinite Spirit", and "Spiritual Rebirth". 14 tracks in all – and one of the most important slices of Ayler's career! CD
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Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... CD
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca ... CD
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". CD
Also available Maria Fumaca ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca ... LP
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Maria Fumaca ... CD 10.99

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Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mario BiondiBeyond (with Mario Biondi Vs Commodores) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past nation and culture to hit a vibe that could well make him one of the bigger global acts of the decade – layered with a groove that's steeped in 70s soul influences, but which has a cleaner, contemporary approach that suits Biondi's raspy presentation perfectly! Mario sings in English throughout – with this depth that maybe even rivals Barry White at his best, although with some more of the jazz inflections that Biondi had on other records. Some of these cuts are pretty damn catchy – and could win over anyone, even if they haven't followed Mario's previous records like we have – and titles include "All Of My Life", "I Chose You", "You Can't Stop This Love Between Us", "Heart Of Stone", "Fly Away", "Another Kind Of Love", "Where Does The Money Go", and "Open Up Your Eyes". Special bonus – this limited package also comes with a second CD – Mario Biondi Vs Commodores – which features Mario covering classics that include "Night Shift", "Three Times A Lady", "Lady", "Brick House", and "Easy". CD

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David BoykinLove Power Magic ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of spirituality and direction – a great evolution after so many years in jazz, with a strong ability to build new ideas over a very long space – and still communicate in this universal style that transcends time and place! The package is lean – just a small cardboard sleeve – but the music is mighty, and feels like some lost underground jazz classic from the 70s. Boykin plays reeds and a bit of percussion – in a quintet with some really tremendous bass from Josh Abrams – plus piano from James Baker, guitar from Alex Wing, and drums from Marcus Evans – on the tracks "Love Power Magic", "Hyperspace", "6/10/13", and "Some Slick 8 Bar Blues". CD

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (40th anniversary 3CD edition) ... CD
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About May 19, 2017
A classic slice of Jamaican roots! No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which has been hard to get in spite of being reissued in a number of different formats. This version features a slight twist on the original cover art, but is an expanded double LP set with a bonus disc of later self-produced material. On the original album, recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals, with Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. The second LP features material from 4 different sessions, all great, with tracks from the 1979 LPs Cvongo Ashanti and Image of Africa, the 1981 LP Face The Music and a couple of tracks from 1999. 22 tracks in all, including "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant", "Don't Blame On I", "Solid Foundation", "Days Chasing Days", "Youth Man", "Only Jah Know", "Music Maker", "Stay Alive (ext)", "Problems", "Face The Music", "Enemy & Spy (ext)" and "Aaron & Moses (ext)". CD

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (40th anniversary 3LP edition) ... LP
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About May 19, 2017
A classic slice of Jamaican roots! No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which has been hard to get in spite of being reissued in a number of different formats. This version features a slight twist on the original cover art, but is an expanded double LP set with a bonus disc of later self-produced material. On the original album, recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals, with Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. The second LP features material from 4 different sessions, all great, with tracks from the 1979 LPs Cvongo Ashanti and Image of Africa, the 1981 LP Face The Music and a couple of tracks from 1999. 22 tracks in all, including "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant", "Don't Blame On I", "Solid Foundation", "Days Chasing Days", "Youth Man", "Only Jah Know", "Music Maker", "Stay Alive (ext)", "Problems", "Face The Music", "Enemy & Spy (ext)" and "Aaron & Moses (ext)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Anthony DavidAs Above So Below ... CD
Rolling Mojo/E1/Purpose, 2011. Used ... $7.99
Anthony David doing his own thing for his own Rolling Mojo imprint for E1 and Purpose – sounding re-energized here after what we thought was a terrific run on Universal! Anthony works just as well with crackling hop hop soul beats and keys as he does with acoustic guitar and otherwise more stripped down backdrops. We need to spend some time with it, but this may be some of our favorite work he's ever done! Titles include "As Above So Below", "Let Me In", "4Ever More" feat Algebra & Phonte, "Girlfriend", a surprisingly effective and soulful cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" with Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men, "Backstreet", "Body Language", "Get Around" and more. CD

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Miguel De DeusBlack Soul Brothers ... CD
Lion, New Copy ... About February 15, 2017 (delayed)
Fantastic work from Miguel De Deus – an artist with more than enough funky talent to live up to the ambitious title of the album – given that he started his career working in the famous Os Brazoes combo! That group were a key part of the Tropicalia years, and mixed up a heady brew of funk and psych – and by the time of these tracks, Miguel is out on his own, working in an even more soul-drenched style that shares plenty with the New York funk scene of the time – particularly the sharp, tight modes of Fatback Band, and some of the groups recording for the De-Lite Records label! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but the grooves are very universal – and the album's got a sort of global funk appeal that you'll only find in a rare few records from the Samba Soul generation of the 70s. Titles include "Black Soul Brother", "Cinco Anos", "Mister Funk", "Flaca Louca", "Pode Se Queimar", and "Fabrica De Papeis". CD

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✨✧ Miguel De DeusBlack Soul Brothers ... LP
Groovie (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Fantastic work from Miguel De Deus – an artist with more than enough funky talent to live up to the ambitious title of the album – given that he started his career working in the famous Os Brazoes combo! That group were a key part of the Tropicalia years, and mixed up a heady brew of funk and psych – and by the time of these tracks, Miguel is out on his own, working in an even more soul-drenched style that shares plenty with the New York funk scene of the time – particularly the sharp, tight modes of Fatback Band, and some of the groups recording for the De-Lite Records label! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but the grooves are very universal – and the album's got a sort of global funk appeal that you'll only find in a rare few records from the Samba Soul generation of the 70s. Titles include "Black Soul Brother", "Cinco Anos", "Mister Funk", "Flaca Louca", "Pode Se Queimar", and "Fabrica De Papeis". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Walt DickersonPeace (Inner City) ... LP
Inner City, 1975. Very Good+ ... $18.99
Great 70s work from one of the most inventive talents on the vibes – the mighty Walt Dickerson! Like some of his other sessions from the time, this album has a beautiful open feel – very sparse and free-ish, but never jumping off the deep end too far into the new thing. There are 2 side-long tracks by the trio, which includes bassist Lyle Atkinson and drummer Andrew Cyrille – and titles include "Universal Peace" and "Chant of Peace", both of which have a wonderful spiritual searching quality throughout! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has light wear & a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Jackie EdwardsMr Peaceful ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Sublime sounds from one of the most soulful singers on the Jamaican scene of the 60s – a vocalist whose approach was a perfect bridge between Kingston grooves and American soul! Jackie Edwards really set the tone for countless artists to follow with the sounds on this set – music that's in familiar ska, rocksteady, and early reggae modes – but which also has a universal quality that really hints at the global explosion that would come during the 70s. Titles include "Who Told You So", "I'm In The Mood", "Peaceful Man", "It's All In The Game", "Johnny You're A Gun Man", "Wad Ada", "Keep On Running", "Get Up", and "Julie On My Mind". CD
Also available Mr Peaceful ... LP 16.99

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Jackie EdwardsMr Peaceful ... LP
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Sublime sounds from one of the most soulful singers on the Jamaican scene of the 60s – a vocalist whose approach was a perfect bridge between Kingston grooves and American soul! Jackie Edwards really set the tone for countless artists to follow with the sounds on this set – music that's in familiar ska, rocksteady, and early reggae modes – but which also has a universal quality that really hints at the global explosion that would come during the 70s. Titles include "Who Told You So", "I'm In The Mood", "Peaceful Man", "It's All In The Game", "Johnny You're A Gun Man", "Wad Ada", "Keep On Running", "Get Up", and "Julie On My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Livy EkemezieFriday Night ... CD
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time – less straight disco or club than some of the more offbeat, bass-heavy rhythms that were coming from the streets into the downtown scene – handled here on basslines that are beautifully skittish, and change things up with a rough-edged funky energy that almost reminds us of the sound of P&P Records! The album's also got lots of great keyboards, which kind of bubble and sparkle next to the bass – but in ways that are often a bit different than more standard early 80s keyboard club. Livy sings most of the lead vocals, and titles include "Night Party", "Friday Night", "Classic Lover", "Holiday Actions", "Get It Down", and "Delectation". CD

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Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... CD
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with a quality that embraces some of the best New York indie soul styles of the time, and maybe a bit of Brit electro pop too – while Fakroun flows over the top with a mode that's as emotive as it is groovy! The record's way more than just a world music sidebar, and has gained a lot of appreciation over the years – and titles include "Fil Moden Al Kabira", "Oyunic", "Soleil Soleil", "Ya Farhi'Bik", and "Kalimat Hob". CD
 
 
 



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