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✨✧ Marvin GayeWhen I'm Alone I Cry ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful early Motown session from Marvin Gaye – with a title that really hints at the open emotion of his later work! The set's one of a few that has Marvin singing standards and jazz tunes – but it's done in a mellow late night way that really sparkles with a lot of soul – that perfect balance of Motown class and depth, handled here wonderfully by a young singer really coming into his own! The setting's a nice contrast to the jauntiness of Marvin's early hits, and it's nice to hear him showing a different side of his range on tracks that include "I Wonder", "I'll Be Around", "Because Of You", "I Don't Know Why", "You've Changed", and "I Was Telling Her About You". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieNew Wave/On The French Riviera ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
60s cookers from Dizzy Gillespie – back to back on a single CD! New Wave is a lost bossa jazz classic from Dizzy Gillespie – recorded at a time when Lalo Schifrin was working in his combo! The record's got a cool, laidback kind of groove – one that's miles away from Gillespie's earlier bop work, and which shows him opening up his rhythmic conception strongly in the 60s. Rhythms are percolated by the piano of Schifrin, guitar of Bola Sete, bass of Chris White, and some well-chosen added percussion work – and the overall groove is one of the best American takes on the bossa jazz sound of the time, delivered with wonderful horn work from Dizzy on trumpet, Leo Wright on flute and alto, and Charlie Ventura on tenor! Even familiar tunes are transformed by the sound – and titles include "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town", "Careless Love", "Taboo", "One Note Samba", "Pergunte Ao Joao", and "Chega de Saudade". On The French Riviera isn't really French, but actually a killer batch of Latiny tinged tracks from Dizzy & Co – with with great arrangements by Lalo Schifrin! There's a wonderful 10 minute version of "Chega De Saudade", done as "No More Blues" to start it out, and it's got a great loping Latin vibe, in the manner of Dizzy's best sides from the 60s. Lalo's on piano, and the great Leo Wright is on flute and alto, with Tzigane Elek Bacsik on guitar, Chris White on bass, Ruby Collins on drums and Pepitoo Riestria on percussion. Other nice ones include "Long Long Summer", "Desafinado", and "Pau De Arara". A great album, and one not to pass up! CD

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✨✧ Radames GnattaliRadames Gnattali Sexteto – Serie Depoimento Vol 2 ... CD
Odeon/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful instrumentals from Radames Gnattali – a Brazilian composer known both for more serious work, and for his great ear for lighter, more lively melodies! The second side of his talents shines brightly here – as the set features a cool small combo, making their way through some of Radames' own tunes – all with a haunting style that kind of updates older folkloric modes with a new frame of modern complexity! The approach falls somewhere in the experiments of Quarteto Novo, Hermeto Pascoal, or Moacir Santos – yet, like music by all three of those artists, has a quality that's very much its own. Instrumentation includes guitar, piano, accordion, bass, and drums – and titles include "Por Um Beijo", "Nova Ilusao", "1 x 0", "Sofres Porques Queres", and "Divertimento Para Seis Instrumentos". 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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✨✧ Andre HodeirJazz In Paris – Jazz & Jazz ... CD
Universal (France), 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from the modernist underground late 50s Paris! Andre Hodeir was one of the city's best-known jazz composers and arrangers at the time – a key part of the postwar scene, and its development into its own style away from strictly American sounds. Hodier's working here with a great batch of French players that include Martial Solal, Roger Guerin, Pierre Gossez, and Pierre Michelot – plus the then-French resident Kenny Clarke. The music swings much more than on other sessions of this type, and works extremely well throughout at blending tight jazzy lines with very "out there" concepts – especially in a way that we never really see in 50's recordings like this. Christine Legrand is on vocals, and although this was years before the Swingle Singers did their thing, and especially before they went onto do avant garde material by Berio, she's got these insane vocals here that are simply astounding. Tracks include "Jazz Et Jazz", "Trope A Saint-Trop", "Jazz Cantata", and "Osymetrios". Very good stuff, and unlike anything else we can think of! CD
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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiIn Concert ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy electric piano from Masabumi Kikuchi – played here on two side-long tracks that really stretch out! The album's a live one, and features Kikuchi working with a sextet – a great lineup that features soprano sax, bass, and drums – plus some added organ and keyboards next to Masabumi's own keyboards – especially nice on one track that also features piano! There's a sensitivity to these tunes that's wonderful – a hint at the straighter Japanese trio mode that would dominate later in the 70s, but played with some of the best boldness that scene was bringing to its work at the start of the decade. Titles are both originals – "Yellow Carcass In The Blue" and "Dancing Mist" – both with a sound as evocative as their titles! CD

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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiPoo-Sun ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Masabumi Kikuchi plays some really great electric piano here – often using the album with loud, bold tones that lie somewhere between Joe Zawinul's work with Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis! The album's an extremely sweet electric side from the Japanese keyboardist – and it also features great work on reeds from Kosuke Mine, who plays both alto and soprano sax on the set – the latter with a wonderfully soulful, lyrical tone. Other players include Motohiko Hino on drums and Hideo Ichikawa on additional electric piano and organ – and titles include "Dancing Mist", "Thanatos", "Yellow Carcass In The Sun", "EJ", "My Companion", and "Puzzle Ring". CD

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✨✧ Kool & The GangSpirit Of The Boogie ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older crack rhythms with some newer, hipper, jazzier inflections – making for an incredibly powerful sound that really opens them up. Titles include the massively funky "Jungle Jazz" – a jazzy follow up to "Jungle Boogie" – plus some spiritual numbers that have a cosmic soul jazzy feel, like the tracks "Cosmic Energy", "Ancestral Ceremony", and "Winter Sadness". The whole thing's great – and other titles include "Mother Earth", "Caribbean Festival", and "Ride The Rhythm". CD

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✨✧ Le Jazz Groupe De Paris (Andre Hodier)Jazz In Paris – Le Jazz Groupe De Paris Plays Andre Hodeir ... CD
Universal (France), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic slice of the jazz scene in 50s Paris – as Andre Hodier, the famous French jazz critic, leads a group of some of Paris' best 50's boppers through a set of his own compositions, plus newly arranged bop classics. The band includes standout European players like Pierre Michelot, Fats Sadi, Nat Peck, and Roger Guerin – and Hodier's work is a great mix of boppish ideals with more modernist touches, slightly fragmented, but still with a nice sense of swing at their core. Sadi's vibes are especially nice on the set, and the record ranks as one of the few from the time in which he really takes a strong lead. Titles include "Triads", "Milano", "Paradoxe 1", "Bicinium", "Tension-Detente", and "On A Scale". CD

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✨✧ Nara LeaoDez Anos Depois ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A haunting 1971 session by Nara Leao – and one that has a moody European take on the bossa! Part of the album was recorded in Paris, and it's got a dreamy quality that evokes 70s recordings by some of our favorite European singers – particularly some of the more sophisticated ones on the French scene at the time. At the heart of the record, though, is pure bossa – with a track list that's full of work by Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Baden Powell, and Vinicius De Moraes – all sensitively interpreted by Nara in a way she hardly matches on other sessions! The set's a really unique take on the post-Tropicalia years – one that has Leao retreating to Paris, instead of the London scene that held Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil – with really tremendous results! Also, the original record is a double-length set – making for a really expanded take on this unique sound. Titles include "Insensatez", "Rapaz De Bem", "Primavera", "Bonita", "Garota De Ipanema","Demais", "Chega De Saudade" "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", "Pois E", "Estrada Do Sol", "Por Toda Minha Vida", "Vou Por Ai", and "Sabia". 24 in all! CD

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✨✧ Nara LeaoMeu Primeiro Amor (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Light and lovely tunes from Nara Leao – a sweet mid 70s session that's filled with great vocals and a fair bit of acoustic guitar! The sound here isn't nearly as dark as Leao's work of the 60s – and even as some of her albums from a few years before – but the record's still rich in feeling, and recorded with a relatively spare, personal quality that's never slick or commercial at all – just a warming up of some of the ideas explored in Dez Anos Depois. Arrangements are by Antonio Adolfo and Luis Claudio Ramos – and titles include "Marcha Dos Gafanhotos", "Trevo De Quatro Folhas", "Fiz A Cama Na Varanda", "Sabial Larajeira", "Colar De Estrelas", and "Meu Primeiro Amor". CD
(Out of print – SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Rita LeeRita Lee Box (21CD set) ... CD
Universal (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 21 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous legacy of work – nearly all the solo albums from singer Rita Lee – the vocalist who first rose to fame in Os Mutantes, but also went onto a huge career of her own! The set begins with a few records recorded concurrently with Lee's time in that group – albums that almost have the spacious vibe of a singer like Nico, or some of the hipper French vocalists of the late 60s – then Lee moves into a range of different styles, from earthy MPB, to a brief flirtation with new wave, to more rocking material, and even a bit of pop – as well as a number of collaborations with singer Roberto De Carvalho, and one great album with Gilberto Gil! The package features 20 full albums, all with their original artwork – and all remastered too – plus a bonus CD of rare material too. CD

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✨✧ Barry MannWho Put The Bomp (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An early full-length set from the great Barry Mann – issued at a time when he was trying more to break as a singer, than in his later greater fame as a writer in a partnership with Cynthia Weil! Barry's got a surprisingly nice voice – especially when augmented here by great early 60s pop production by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins – with just the right touch of echo at all the right moments, and plenty of cool, groovy backings that emphasize all the great catchy hooks in Mann's music! And unlike most of his rock contemporaries at the time, Barry wrote all the tracks on the album – some of which you'll know from later, more famous covers – titles that include "The Way Of A Clown", "I Love How You Love Me", "Bless You", "War Paint", "Countin Teardrops", "Footsteps", and his classic novelty number "Who Put The Bomp". CD also features four bonus tracks – "Little Miss USA", "Hey Baby I'm Dancin", "Like I Don't Love You", and "Teenage Has-Been". CD

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✨✧ Jackie MittooJackie Mittoo – The Keyboard King At Studio One ... CD
Universal Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique Jamaican instrumental style during his early years with the Skatalites, and on his later solo recordings for Studio One. This set's probably the first time Mittoo's work has been properly packaged and remastered – and the folks at Soul Jazz have done an amazing job of selecting just the right tracks for such a project. The whole thing wails along with a stone rocksteady groove – with plenty of nice drum parts and funky rhythm bits underneath Jackie's soulful organ. If you dug the label's 100% Dynamite series, you'll really dig this one – and the whole thing's very much in the same vein. Tracks include "Drum Song", "Reggae Rock", "Hot Tamale", "Killer Diller", "Black Organ", "Stereo Freeze", "Wall Street", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Juice Box", and "Killer Diller". CD
Also available Jackie Mittoo – The Keyboard King At Studio One ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Junior ParkerDriving Wheel (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Duke/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic early work from Junior Parker – recorded way back when he was "Little Junior Parker", but done with a full-grown sound that's totally great! The set was done for Duke Records at the same time Bobby Blue Bland was working for the label – and the feel here is a very similar style – one that blends bits of Memphis and Texas blues with a richer, more sophisticated set of backings – slight touches of jazz in the mix, and an overall sound that works perfectly with Parker's smooth-tinged vocals. The sound is really unique – partly soul, partly R&B – and the album is easily one of the greatest illustrations of Junior's talents back in the 60s! Titles include "Foxy Devil", "Driving Wheel", "Someone Broke This Heart Of Mine", "Yonder's Wall", "How Long Can This Go On?", "Sweet Talking Woman", "Seven Days", and "Annie Get Your Yo Yo". CD features 8 more bonus tracks too – including "Barefoot Rock", "Wondering", "Strange Things Happening", "Five Long Years", and "In The Dark". CD

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✨✧ ParliamentTrombipulation ... CD
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Often overlooked, but a very tasty album of late grooves from Parliament – not as much of a major hit as their previous records, but maybe even better because of that! The album's got the group's sound merging a bit with the Funkadelic vibe – that post-psych style of the George Clinton universe, where the groove is super-sharp, but also very long and freewheeling too – but in a way that never gets lost along its path! There's plenty of great numbers here – all with the best snapping P-Funk groove – and titles include "Agony Of Defeet", "Trombipulation", "Long Way Around", and "Let's Play House". CD

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✨✧ Rakim18th Letter ... CD
Universal, 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
It's been a long time...The return of the 18th letter, still up to par with "New York (Ya Out There)", "The Mystery (Who Is God?)", "When I'm Flowin", "Guess Who's Back", "The Saga Begins", "Remember That", and more, with production by Premier, Pete Rock, Clark Kent and others. CD
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✨✧ Rolling StonesSticky Fingers (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Rolling Stones/Universal, 1971. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Landmark work from The Rolling Stones – and a set that may well stand alongside Exile On Main Street for capturing the group at their height! The record's got the Stones very much in their own space – years from just putting a UK spin on American blues – and instead, finding a way to take all their best influences, and fuse them into a nasty, gritty sound that's complete genius all the way through! Yet at the same time, the set also has them more comfortable with rootsy elements too – but returning to styles in ways that are very different than their youth – with a new sort of mature confidence that holds the album together wonderfully. Titles include "Brown Sugar", "Wild Horses", "You Gotta Move", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking", "Bitch", "Sister Morphine", "Dead Flowers", and "I Got The Blues". Killer deluxe edition – with bonus tracks that include a reading of "Brown Sugar" with Eric Clapton – plus "Wild Horses (acoustic)", "Bitch (extended)", "Dead Flowers (alternate)", and "Can't You Hear Me Knocing (alternate)" – and four tracks recorded live at the Roundhouse in 1971 – "Honky Tonk Women", "Stray Cat Blues", "Live With Me", and "Love In Vain". Comes with new notes, too! CD

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✨✧ Rufus & Chaka KhanStreet Player ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from Rufus & Chaka Khan – still very much at the height of their powers on this late 70s release – and still doing things at a level that nobody else can touch! The blend of jazz and soul is completely sublime – given a bit of extra help on arrangements by Clare Fischer and Seawind, both talents who are also at their best during this 70s stretch too – but the real power still comes from the core energy of Rufus, and the way they can effortlessly fuse these slinky, soulful grooves – and, of course, from the massive Chaka Khan – every bit the shining jewel in the group's crown, yet still not broken off as a superdiva on her own. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Street Player", "Stranger To Love", "Turn", "Change Your Ways", "Take Time", "Turn", and "Best Of Your Heart". CD

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✨✧ Lalo SchifrinThere's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dot/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and hip than even the best of Schifrin's soundtrack work from the 60s! Some tunes certainly show the deft talent for arranging woodwinds and rhythms that first caught the ears of so many listeners on famous soundtracks – but in the setting of this record, away from any directorial needs, Lalo's also free to explore some groovier music ideas – and he really lets loose tremendously as the set rolls on! The titles alone should tell you the feel of the record – with names like "Secret Code", "Dissolving", "Vaccinated Mushrooms", "Wheat Germ Landscapes", and "How To Open at Will The Most Beautiful Window". CD also features four groovy bonus tracks by Schifrin – "Another Side Of Harry", "Blues A Go Go", "Lucille", and "Self Destruct". CD

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