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✨✧ Wilson Das NevesSom Quente E O Das Neves ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky killer from this hip Brazilian drummer – with his always great precussive vibe touched nicely by Cali soul and funk influences! There's a really great mix of modes on this one. The percussion is prominent, of course, often with a funk steeped bass groove, killer horns, nice guitar grooves and some soaring strings with the moment calls for it. A couple of standouts are the funkiest numbers – a great take on "Soulful Strut", which closes the set, plus a breezy cover of "California Soul" – but the whole thing is great! Other titles include "Wilsamba", "Sambaloo", "Se Voce Pensa", "Zazueira", and a fantastic instrumental version of Caetano Veloso's "Irene"! CD

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✨✧ Francois De RoubaixL'Essential Francois De Roubaix ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the coolest soundtrack music you'll ever hope to hear – all played by a cat who could equally handle the sitar, guitar, Fender Rhodes, and electronics pictured on the cover! Francois De Roubaix is easily one of our favorite soundtrack composers ever – a French talent at the end of the 60s who never got the same international exposure as some of his countrymen, but who had an ear for odd instrumentation and funky undercurrents that rivals that of Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Colombier, or Jean-Claude Vannier – although we might even be tempted to say that Francois is even more way-out than any of them! This collection really lives up to its "essential" promise – and mixes together weird electronic numbers, bass-heavy funk tracks, jazzy groovers, and lots more – all with arrangements and production that are totally fresh, and which should turn you into the same sort of De Roubaix fanatic that we've been for years. Titles include "Le Samourai", "L'Homme Orchestre", "La Vie A Bord", "Les Caids", "Bataille Navale", "Clara 1939", "Journal De Bord", "Le Rapace", "La Scoumoune", "Dernier Domicile Connu", "Tom/Les Prisonniers", "Adieu L'Ami", and "Far From Dallas". CD

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✨✧ Blossom DearieThat's Just The Way I Want To Be ... LP
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing record – one that we'd never part with! The session is one of Blossom Dearie's greatest records ever – a sublime set of tunes recorded in London, at the end of the 60s, with larger arrangements than usual, and a feel that's almost psychedelic. Backings were arranged and conducted by Brian Gascoigne – with a host of Brit underground jazz players that include Harold McNair, Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler, and Ray Warleigh. More incredibly than that, though, is the set of tunes that Blossom wrote and chose for the record – tunes that have really dark edges, playful turns, and which go past the simplicity of some of her other work. The whole thing's truly amazing – really – and is a record that we've been coming back to again and again and again over the years! Titles include "I Know The Moon", "Long Daddy Green", "Hey John", "That's Just The Way I Want To Be", "Dusty Springfield", "Will There Really Be A Morning", and "I Like London In The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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✨✧ DillingerCB 200/Bionic Dread ... CD
Mango/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two mighty albums by the famous Dub Organiser – back to back on a single CD! CB 200 is a straight up classic – one of his first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so! Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam Piza toasting mightily over some fat rhythms provided by Benbow & Sly, Family Man and an all star cast of other great Jamaican session men. There's a bit of back & forth toasting with Trinity on "Crankface", the huge hit "Cokane In My Brain" and other essentials like "Buckingham Palace", "Plantation Heights" and the title track. On Bionic Dread, Dillinger cuts loose on the mic in his six million dollar style over a set of tasty Hookim riddims, laid nicely at Channel One in the mid 70s. Tracks include "Bionic Dread", "King Of The Road", "Invisible Dread", "Forward Commandments", "Ragnampiza", "Eastman Skank", "Ital Fighting", "Combination Two", Selassie I" and "Natty B SC". 20 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ Dred ScottBreakin' Combs ... CD
Tuff Break/Universal (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A largely unsung, but classic level early 90s set of jazzy soul reverent hip hop from Dred Scott – a brillant record that really deserved to break out in a big way! It's a testament to Dred's love for classic sounds that he's waxing nostalgic on the opening track "Back In The Day", even though it was recorded in the early 90s golden age. Truly prime quality material that's fresh to this day. Includes some early appearances by soul singer Adriana Evans, whom Dred would continue to work with as a producer over the years, and other tracks include "Duck Ya Head", "Funky Rhythms", "Nutin' Ta Lose", "Liar", "Ruff E Nuff", "My Mind Is Driftin", "They Don't Know", "The Story", "To Da Old School", "Check The Vibe", "Can't Hold It Back", "Frankie's Groove" and more. CD

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✨✧ Rogerio DupratA Banda Tropicalista Do Duprat (Brazilian pressing) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing rare chapter of the late 60s Tropicalia saga – from the genius composer responsible for some of the most pivotal arrangements of the era! Rogerio Duprat's talent grew as a cellist with some of the most respected symphony orchestras of Brazil before he went into soundtrack work – eventually meeting Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. He did some arranging for Gilberto, leading to his arrangements on the landmark 1967 Tropicalia album featuring the giants of the era. This rare and incredible album followed in '68 – an adventurous batch of tunes with deep, profound love for sunshine/easy psychedelia! It's as gorgeously arranged as work by Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson and just about anyone else from any continent on the planet at the time! Os Mutantes contribute vocals to several tracks – and the set list harmoniously melds tunes popularized by the Beatles, the Cowsills, Jobim, Veloso and Gil – in a way that really follows in the spirit of the Tropicalia anthem "Baby", in the way that it recasts American and English late 60s pop ideals with a strange reconstructed Brazilian twist! Tracks include "Judy In Disguise", "Honey/Summer Rain", "Cancao Para Ingles Ver B Chiquita Bacana", "Canto Chorado/Bom Tempo/Lapinha", "Chega De Saudade", "Baby", "Cinderella Rockefella", "Lady Madonna", and "The Rain The Park & Other Things". CD

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✨✧ Alma FayeDoin' It ... CD
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet Canadian club from Alma Faye – a record that shows that the scene up north was just as great for disco as the one down in New York! The record's got these flowing arrangements from Lee Gagnon – an artist who was working in jazz a few years before, but manages to find just the right sort of soulful vibe for Alma's vocals – a bold, warm groove that's just right for the album's Casablanca placement here in the US – although at a level that's maybe even deeper than some of its more commercial releases. Faye's never too over the top, and slides into the groove strongly on most numbers – on titles that include "Gimme Your Love", "Here's To Life", "I Believed", "Thank You", "It's Over", and "Don't Fall In Love". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Florence & The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful ... CD
Universal Republic, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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✨✧ Tord GustavsenGround ... CD
ECM/Universal, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Slide HamptonJazz In Paris – Exodus ... CD
Universal (France), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album by Slide Hampton – one of his best, and one of his rarest! Like a number of other important players of his generation, Slide got his start on the American scene, but moved to Europe during the 1960s – where he really began to open up. This excellent session was recorded in Paris in 1962, and it features Slide leading an octet through some of the most complicated arrangements of his early years. Players include some great underground American players, like trumpeter Richard Williams, bassist Butch Warren, tenorist George Coleman, and trombonist Benjamin Jacobs-El, whose frequent co-tromboning with Hampton always made for an excellent sound. As on Slide's Atlantic sides, the group swings like a mofo – staying tight on the choruses, but really breaking out from the pack with some amazing solo work. Titles include "Star Eyes", "Straight No Chaser", "Confirmation", "Exodus", and "A Moment's Notice". CD

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✨✧ Heavy DBig Daddy (lp, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Universal, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Ernie HinesElectrified ... CD
We Produce/Universal (Japan), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An underground set from early 70s Stax Records – the only set cut back in the day by Ernie Hines – a really great singer who works here with a blend of southern soul and sweet harmony modes! The album's got a pretty laidback vibe, which is great – almost in the same space as The Temprees, with an undercurrent of super-dope arrangements, and Ernie's lead vocals right up front in the mix! There's a bit of strings on the set, and most tracks have some sort of harmony support behind Hines' lead – a vibe that's a bit different, and maybe almost more east coast than the usual Stax set. Arrangements are by Wardell Quezquerque, Dale Warren, Lester Snell, and Tom Nixon – and both The Bar Kays and The MGs play on the record. Titles include the sample classic "Our Generation" – plus "Electrified Love", "Sugar Plum", "Change Is Gonna Come", "Your Love (Is All I Need)", and "Come On Y'All". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Shirley HornTravelin' Light/Horn Of Plenty ... CD
ABC/Universal (Germany), 1963/1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two excellent early albums from Shirley Horn – back to back on a single CD! Travelin Light is one of the greatest jazz vocal albums of the 60s, and probably the greatest album ever by Shirley Horn! The session's got a beautiful lively sound, with extremely interesting arrangements by Johnny Pate, and a flute/piano/guitar sound that works perfectly with Shirley's lovely voice. The material is a great mix of lesser-known songs, sung with a maturity and honesty that will make your heart break. We love this one way better than any of Shirley's recent albums, and we can't recommend it highly enough! Titles include "Sunday In New York", "Yes, I Know When I've Had It", "Someone You've Loved", "I Could Have Told You", "Travelin Light", and "Don't Be On The Outside". Horn Of Plenty is hip stuff from Shirley Horn – very mature and swinging jazz! The set features the sharp early vocals of Shirley Horn nicely set up with some larger backings – hip arrangements handled by Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, and Billy Byers – with all the groovy 60s punch you can imagine from a lineup like that! And although Horn later became well known for some gentler, mellower cuts, we're huge fans of her singing like this – which has a righteous power that really tops some of the vocalists from the previous generation. Titles include "Wee Small Hours", "That Old Black Magic", "The Great City", "On The Street Where You Live", and "Let Me Love You". CD

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✨✧ Intelligent HoodlumSaga Of A Hoodlum ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second of 2 excellent records by Intelligent Hoodlum in the early 90s – before changing his name to Tragedy Khadafi! Mixed and produced by Marley Marl, it's the kind of record that couldn't be made nowadays, at least not in the mainstream, thanks to the wildly diverse samples in the mix. So it's a fascinating snapshot of a bygone era in major label hip hop, but much more the a mere relic – it's a truly strong effort that sounds great decades later. "Shalom A Leck", "Speech (Check The Time)", "Pass The Teck", "Underground", ""Grand Groove", "Pump The Funk", "Posse (Shoot 'Em Up)", "Death Row", "Funk Mode", "Role Model" and more. CD

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✨✧ Jackson SistersJackson Sisters ... LP
Tiger Lily/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that's a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that's a lot harder, and that has a deeper soul sound overall! At times, the group is funky – as on their incredible track "I Believe In Miracles", a rare groove classic if there ever was one, and one of the most in-demand tracks we've ever stocked. At other times, the girls have a mellower soul sound, with great raw harmonies that remind us of the Volt work by The Emotions, but with much rougher instrumental backing. This album's the only one they ever cut – and it's just about impossible to find in the original pressing (and in fact, we've never seen a copy!) Apart from the amazing cut "Miracles", this one includes loads of gems like "Rockin' On My Porch", "Shake Her Loose", "(Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends", and "Boy, You're Dynamite"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiEnd For The Beginning ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the presence of Kosuke Mine on soprano sax and Hideo Miyata on tenor – both players whose horns bring in some added sharpness to the date, and further underscore the spiritual elements in Kikuchi's music – almost with the same mix of reeds and driving rhythms you'd find in the post-Coltrane work of Elvin Jones. Titles include "Green Dance", "Bell", "Admire But Destest", "Gin Kai", and "Drizzling Rain". CD

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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiPoo-Sun ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Masabumi Kikuchi & Elvin JonesHollow Out ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pianist Masabumi Kikuchi joins drummer Elvin Jones in a really great trio date – one that draws extra power from the mighty bass of Gene Perla, whose soulful tones help push the music along strongly! The Jones/Perla combination is always great, but it seems to take on a whole new level of sensitivity in the presence of Kikuchi – showing more sense of space to allow Masabumi's piano some great placement in the date, yet without any of the "hollowed out" modes you might guess from the title. Perla can be bold one minute, very subtle the next – and his presence is always appreciated on the record, making us wish he'd recorded more with Kikuchi over the years. Titles include "Apple", "Ginkai", "Little Abi", "Bell", and "Hollow Out". CD

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✨✧ Masabumi Kikuchi/Masahiko Togashi/Gary PeacockPoesy – The Man Who Keeps Washing His Hands ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that definitely lives up to the poetry promised in its title – with none of the too-clean sounds you might guess from its hand-washing reference either! The album's one of the freest, most organic sessions we've heard from pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – almost improvised at points, but with a poetic cohesion in the piano lines that's really great – kind of an offbeat sense of lyricism that points in the same directions that Steve Kuhn or Keith Jarrett were heading in the late 60s. Drummer Masahiko Togashi plays lots of cool percussion and even a bit of gong – and Gary Peacock's bass here is as great as on any of his other excellent Japanese recordings. Titles include "Dreams", "The Trap", "The Milky Way", "Apple", "Get Magic Again", and "End". CD

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✨✧ King CrimsonIn The Court Of The Crimson King (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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