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Van McCoyDisco Kid ... LP
Avco, 1975. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A clear follow-up to "The Hustle" (not on this album), with a number of tracks that come close to the genius of that track, but never quite manage it altogether. Van's on lead vocals, and the record's got some good keyboard work by Paul Griffin, Richard Tee, and Leon Pendarvis. Includes the Barry White-esque "Roll With The Punches", plus "Keep On Hustlin", "The Disco Kid", "I'm Gonna Love You", "Earthquake", and "The Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front and an unglued top seam.)

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Van McCoyReal McCoy ... LP
H&L, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
It's Hustle time all the way for Van – working here on a well-done set of smooth disco tunes that replicate the style of his big hit! Van handled all arrangements, production, and conducts the group – and the mix of strings and light disco rhythms is very much in his classic 70s mode. Titles include "Night Walk", "African Symphony", "Party", "Star Trek", "Sweet Sweet Rhythm", and "Jet Setting". LP, Vinyl record album

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Van McCoyRhythms Of The World ... LP
H&L, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Turns out, the rhythms of the world are disco – but nobody's complaining, because Van's still riding high on a very "Hustle"-inspired groove! The approach here is similar to his other work of the time – a lush bank of strings and soul, filtered through with some nice jazzy touches from players that include Steve Gadd, Leon Pendarvis, Richard Tee, and Eric Gale. Van plays acoustic piano, in a mode that has some Barry White-like contrast to the electrics of the larger ensemble – and titles include "Soul Cha Cha", "The Shuffle", "Oriental Boogie", "Rhythms Of The World", "That's The Joint", and "Swahili Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a spot of marker in the bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ Van McCoyDisco Baby ... LP
Avco, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is it! The record that helped put disco over in a huge way, with a sound that would go on to be heavily imitated for years to come. Sweeping disco production from Hugo & Luigi arranged and conducted by Van McCoy, already a studio mainstay by this point, coupled with a set of accessible numbers paved the way towards huge mainstream appeal for tracks like "The Hustle". This album also includes the title track, "Get Dancin", "Spanish Boogie", "Turn This Mother Out" plus covers of the Ohio Players' "Fire" and AWB's "Pick Up The Pieces". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker.)
 
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Chris BartleySweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven ... LP
Vando, 1967. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A sweet soul classic from late 60s Philly – the one and only album recorded by vocalist Chris Bartley – arranged and produced by Van McCoy! The style's really great – with a host of original tunes by Van that follow nicely in the style of Chris' hit title cut, and which show him off to be quite a well-versed singer. We're not sure why he never made it bigger – but possibly he was so eclipsed by the talents of Van it was hard to get out on his own! Includes the hit title cut – "Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven" – plus "Gotta Tell Somebody", "For You", "Sittin Pretty", "Hooked On You", "I'll Be Loving You", and "Sugar Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Choice FourChoice Four ... LP
RCA, 1975. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the greatest albums by this sweet east coast vocal group – also known to folks as the Golden Apples album, because of the crate full of gold-covered apples on the cover. The album's got a wonderful mellow harmony sound – arranged and produced by Van McCoy, much more in the style of his early uptown soul work than some of his other more overblown mid 70s work. Features the sublime stepper "When You're Young & In Love", the hit "I'm Gonna Walk Away From Love", and the cuts "Until We Said Goodbye", "Keep In Touch", "Angel Don't Fly Away", and "Hook it Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Faith Hope & CharityFaith Hope & Charity (Maxwell LP) ... LP
Maxwell, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Hard to find first LP by this east coast mixed male/female soul group that includes Zulema on vocals, along with two other singers. Production, arrangements, and a fair bit of songwriting by Van McCoy, with that good polished sound he was getting at the time. Includes their big first single, "So Much Love", plus "The Wings Of Love", "I'm Gonna Love You", "Make Love To Me", and "Let's Try It Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape, save for some light wear in one corner of the cover.)

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Faith Hope & CharityFaith Hope & Charity (RCA) ... LP
RCA, 1975. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Sweet 70s soul from Faith Hope & Charity – a trio who had recorded previously, but who really burst out here at the start of the disco years with some strong studio help from the great Van McCoy! The style of the record isn't really disco, but isn't far off either – as McCoy mixes lively rhythms and soaring strings with the vocal interplay of the trio – who come off much more as a well-formed soul group than some of the other trios of the generation – who were often just doing chorus vocals for the grooves! Singer Brenda Hillard really soars at times – with a lead that sets fire to the tracks nicely – and titles include the classic "Find a Way", plus "Just One Look", "Disco Dan", "Rescue Me", "Little Bit Of Love", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available Faith Hope & Charity (RCA) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Faith Hope & CharityFaith Hope & Charity (RCA) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet 70s soul from Faith Hope & Charity – a trio who had recorded previously, but who really burst out here at the start of the disco years with some strong studio help from the great Van McCoy! The style of the record isn't really disco, but isn't far off either – as McCoy mixes lively rhythms and soaring strings with the vocal interplay of the trio – who come off much more as a well-formed soul group than some of the other trios of the generation – who were often just doing chorus vocals for the grooves! Singer Brenda Hillard really soars at times – with a lead that sets fire to the tracks nicely – and titles include the classic "Find a Way", plus "Just One Look", "Disco Dan", "Rescue Me", "Little Bit Of Love", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". CD features bonus single mixes of "Find a Way", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Faith Hope & Charity (RCA) ... LP 3.99

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Faith Hope & CharityHeavy Love ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Very Good ... $5.99
Good album by this female-male-female soul trio, with a lot of tracks written and arranged by Van McCoy, with the good New York soul sound that he was laying down with groups like this in the days before he hit the disco. Zulema's on vocals, and she also wrote a few tracks. Cuts include "God Bless The World", "I Worship The Very Ground You Walk On", "Heavy Love", "I Was There", and "We Can Change The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a small split on the top seam, and price sticker remnants on back.)

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Aretha FranklinSoul Sister ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Very Good ... $7.99
Aretha Franklin's definitely growing into her role as a soul sister here – a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Donny HathawayGiving Up/Jealous Guy ... 7-inch
Atco, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Two nice ones by Donnie! "Giving Up" is a warm mellow soul track, written by Van McCoy, but re-done by Donnie with a very rich soulful style. "Jealous Guy" is from his live LP, and is possibly the greatest version of the track ever recorded! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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Walter JacksonWelcome Home – The Many Moods of Walter Jackson ... LP
Okeh, 1965. Very Good- ... $6.99
A sublime mix of new tunes and re-imagined standards – and a set that takes Walter Jackson into even more sophisticated soul territory than before! The record is proof that the up and coming soul artists of the 60s had a key place alongside the more established mainstream acts on the other side of the fence – as Walter's working here with arranger Riley Hampton to re-cast a number of familiar tunes in his cool Iceman soul mode – changing the themes, rhythms, and inflections of the tracks for a more contemporary soul market – and also interspersing them with a few great new songs of his own! The approach is amazing – far better than even Jerry Butler or Chuck Jackson's work in a similar idiom – and the album features the sublime hit "Welcome Home", plus the Van McCoy tunes "Suddenly I'm All Alone", "Still At The Mercy Of Your Love", and "The Magic's Gone" – alongside versions of "Moon River", "Let It Be Me", "Imagination", and "My Funny Valentine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some aging.)

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Melba MooreThis Is It ... LP
Buddah, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A real stormer from Melba Moore – brilliantly-arranged dancefloor soul with beautiful lead vocals by Melba – on one of her best records of the 70s! Melba is straight-up amazing here, bringing genuine soul to feverish dancefloor gems and otherwise soaring numbers. This Is It was produced and arranged by Van McCoy, who was at the peak of his disco-era popularity at the time. We'd call this work here on Melba's record a creative peak for Van – even though if it didn't break Melba out in a big way commercially at the time. It includes the McCoy-penned should-be classic "This Is It", plus "Free", "Stay A While", a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Make Me Believe In You", "Lean On Me" (one of the greater showpieces for Melba's incredible voice), "Blood Red Roses", "Brand New" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Melba MooreThis Is It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A real stormer from Melba Moore – brilliantly-arranged dancefloor soul with beautiful lead vocals by Melba – on one of her best records of the 70s! Melba is straight-up amazing here, bringing genuine soul to feverish dancefloor gems and otherwise soaring numbers. This Is It was produced and arranged by Van McCoy, who was at the peak of his disco-era popularity at the time. We'd call this work here on Melba's record a creative peak for Van – even though if it didn't break Melba out in a big way commercially at the time. It includes the McCoy-penned should-be classic "This Is It", plus "Free", "Stay A While", a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Make Me Believe In You", "Lean On Me" (one of the greater showpieces for Melba's incredible voice), "Blood Red Roses", "Brand New" and more. Bonus tracks include "This Is It (12" version)" and "Free (ext version)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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New CensationNew Censation ... CD
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
The only full album we've ever seen from this obscure 70s soul group – an ensemble who work here with plenty of help on production, arrangements, and songwriting from the great Van McCoy! Van's still a bit shy of his bigger disco fame here – and instead, he showcases that groundbreaking style that helped lots of east coast groups really hit a new groove in the years before Studio 54 – a mode that uses the fuller production styles that Van first worked up in the late 60s, but which also sets things to a more compressed rhythmic style that's pretty darn great! Lots of the work here recalls the style of groups over at RCA – like Choice Four or Main Ingredient – but these guys have a mixed male/female vocal style, which makes for a unique difference too. Tracks include "Let's Get Back Together", "I Was Made For You", "I'm So Glad", "Come Down To Earth", and "Everybody's Got A Story". CD
(Part of the Original Pride Breaks & Beats Collection!)

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David RuffinIn My Stride ... LP
Motown, 1977. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Later Motown work from David Ruffin, but still pretty darn great – thanks to vocals that rise to the top, no matter what the tune! The album was co-produced by Van McCoy and Charles Kipps, with arrangements by McCoy – but the overall sound is light years away from some of Van's poppier albums of the time – much more in line with the kind of classy soul that we'd come to expect in Ruffin's music. There's a Philly sparkle to many of the tunes, and titles include "I Can't Stop The Rain", "Nightmare", "You're My Piece Of Mind", "Questions", "I'm Jealous", "Rode By The Place", and "Hey Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David RuffinWho I Am ... LP
Motown, 1975. Very Good+ ... $5.99
David Ruffin at the height of his solo powers – working in that mature mix of soul and strings that made him one of the more sophisticated Motown talents of the time! The set's produced and arranged by Van McCoy – at a level that's maybe more Philly soul than the Detroit sounds of David's roots – and the singer's vocals open up beautifully as he hits a few upbeat groovers, and some especially nice midtempo tracks that really make the album shine! McCoy also wrote most of the songs, too – and titles include the classic "Walk Away From Love", one of Ruffin's sweetest numbers ever – plus the tracks "Who I Am", "Wild Honey", "Statue Of A Fool", "Heavy Love", "It Takes All Kind Of People To Make A World", "Love Can Be Hazardous To Your Health", and "The Finger Pointers". LP, Vinyl record album

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ZulemaJust Can't Say Goodbye – The Best Of The RCA Years ... CD
RCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A killer overview of the RCA years of Zulema Cusseaux – a heck of a great singer, and one who worked with some excellent styles during her 70s years in soul! Zulema's got a slightly righteous approach to her music – a style schooled in the deep soul of her Floria roots, but focused on some tighter, groovier charts here – thanks to top-shelf work from studio talents like Bert DeCoteaux, Leon Pendarvis, and Van McCoy – all of whom bring a really special sort of magic to these sides! Zulema's got the kind of voice that might have faltered if given the wrong direction – but here, it really takes off – especially given the excellent choices in the collection, which nicely avoids some of the few mis-steps on Zulema's fuller albums. 19 tracks in all – including "Standing In The Back Row Of Your Heart", "I Love You Baby", "Pity For The Children", "You Had To Know", "Half Of Your Heart", "It Will Never Be The Same Again", "Why Did It Have To End This Way", and "Love To Last Forever". CD

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VariousDisco Years Vol 1 – Turn The Beat Around 1974 to 1978 ... CD
Rhino, 1970s. Used ... $4.99
Music from Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony, Shirley & Company, Gloria Gaynor, KC & the Sunshine Band, the Trammps, Diana Ross, Thelma Houston, Vicki Sue Robinson, a Taste Of Honey & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ StylisticsFabulous ... LP
H&L, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seems like The Stylistics were recording a new album every few months at this point – and thankfully, through all that work they still managed to come up with a few great numbers now and then! This album's a great example of that fact – not as all-solid as their first few, but still possessed of some nice harmony soul tracks that showcase the falsetto lead of Russell Thompkins Jr. Horace Ott and Van McCoy handled the arrangements – and the best numbers have a fuller, almost heavier sound that's like some of the many crossover vocal groups who sprung up in the wake of The Stylistics' early fame. Titles include "You Ought To Be With Me", "It's So Good", "Baby Don't Change Your Mind", "I Will Love You Always", "Because I Love You Girl", and "Maybe It's Because You're Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front.)

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✨✧ StylisticsLet's Put It All Together ... LP
Avco, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mid-period Stylistics, recorded after their association with Thom Bell and Linda Creed, and during the time that the group was handled by Hugo & Luigi. H&L do an ok job with them, and they've got Van McCoy handling arrangements to add a bit more soul to the mix – but the record is still down a few notches from the classic years. The album includes one last Thom Bell arrangement – the group's huge "You Make Me Feel Brand New" – plus other cuts like "Love Is The Answer", "I Got Time On My Hands", "I Got A Letter", and "We Can Make It Happen Again", perhaps the group's wish for a bigger hit. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Gladys Knight & The PipsOne & Only ... LP
Buddah, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
The last Buddah Records album from Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a set that's a great summation of all the new territory the group hit with the label! The album's a mix of the mellower ballads that made Gladys one of the biggest female soul singers of the 70s, and some of the upbeat groovers that turned out to be a really great fit for the group's style – a mode that's not really disco, but which offers a strong mix of strings and rhythms. Tony Camillo and Van McCoy both bring some good production elements to the record – and titles include "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right", "Come Back & Finish What You Started", "It's A Better Than Good Time", "Saved By The Grace Of Your Love", "Butterfly", and "The One & Only". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David RuffinEverything's Coming Up Love ... LP
Motown, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all arrangements and production – but the record's far less disco than you'd guess, thanks to cracklingly earnest vocals from Ruffin, who's still given plenty of space to shine center stage on the record. The balance is essential, and is carried off here in a manner similar to the best Philly soul albums of its type. Titles include "First Round Knockout", "On & Off", "Good Good Times", "Ready Willing & Able", "Everything's Coming Up Love", "Discover Me", "Until We Said Goodbye", and "Let's Get Into Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
 
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✨✧ Ahmad JamalAwakening ... LP
Impulse, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mindblowing album from Ahmad Jamal – a fantastic start to the 70s, and a set of music that shows just how far the pianist had come in just a few short years! The album's all acoustic, but has some of that spacious flow that Jamal would bring to his work on Fender Rhodes – with an approach that's even more open in terms of song structure than his earlier trio material – as if Jamal's choosing to omit more notes than he's including – but all with a quality that still keeps the music very full and rhythmic – pulsating with a special sort of energy that's neither Bill Evans, nor McCoy Tyner – but instead this really amazing sound that's all Ahmad's own. The trio features equally wonderful work from Jamil Nasser on bass and Frank Gant on drums – and titles include "The Awakening", "I Love Music", "Patterns", "Wave", and "Dolphin Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing!)

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✨✧ John ColtraneComplete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (4CD set) ... CD
Impulse, 1961. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
4 discs worth of material recorded by Coltrane in a variety of settings at the Village Vanguard in November 1961! Eric Dolphy is included on most takes, and the bass chair is filled by either Jimmy Garrison or Reggie Workman, and on some takes both (!), McCoy Tyner is on piano, Elvin Jones is on drums and a few songs feature Ahmed Abdul Malik or Garvin Bushnell. Titles include multiple readings of "India", "Chasin' The Trane", "Spiritual", "Miles' Mode" and more! CD

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Jon DavisHappy Juice ... CD
Posi tone, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Top shelf jazz trio from pianist Jon Davis – an artist who might look pretty laidback, sipping wine on the cover – but who serves up some great original material as well as key takes on some classics! Working with bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Mark Ferber on this one, Davis earnestly sets out to pay homage to the 60s modern piano jazz genius of his five favorite players – and also manages to really show some of his own best work – a really impressive feat! The originals shine brightly – including "Happy Juice", "Slant Six", "As We Know", "Bred On Read" and "Mostly Minor" – and fit in seamlessly with the nods to classics by Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett – including "The Two Lonely People", "Tones For Joans Bones", "Speak Like A Child", "Search For People" and "Rainbow". Wonderful stuff! CD

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Mike LeDonne with Eric AlexanderGroover ... CD
Savant, 2010. Used ... $8.99
Mike LeDonne's the groover, but the whole group makes the record swing – thanks to a quartet lineup that features Eric Alexander on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! The set cooks with that classic New Jersey soul jazz vibe that Savant's strongly carried forward after the demise of Muse Records – a kind of no-nonsense, back-to-basics groove that few labels get as right as this – plenty of room for Mike to stretch out on hard-riffing Hammond, as Alexander blows some beautiful notes, Bernstein comps along a fantastic rhythm, and Farnsworth proves once again he's one of the most rock-solid drummers around. Titles include "Blues For McCoy", "Rock With You", "Little Mary", "Bopsolete", "The Groover", "Sunday In New York", and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD

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✨✧ Ake Johansson TrioLive At Nefertiti 1983 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Ake Johansson is an underground genius – a player who never got that much exposure on this side of the Atlantic, but who always grabs our ears right away! Don't mix this Ake up with Sven Ake Johansson – as this one is much more inside, and not an avant player at all – but he has this great way of leaping out on long lines that spin from his fingers with effortless ease – often very bold in both his sense of rhythm and improvisation, maybe vaguely in a McCoy Tyner mode – but definitely his own man overall! The energy of his trio is key to the strength of his records – and here, he gets superb collaborative work from Kjell Jansson on bass and Goran Levin – a tightly-matched unit who really shine in this live setting. Titles include "La Mesha", "Synkopen I Umea", "Kom Ner", "A Tribute To Bud", "Waitin", and "Igen". CD features bonus tracks – "The Song Is You", and "Some Other Spring". CD

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Josh LawrenceContrast ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Trumpeter Josh Lawrence works here with his Color Theory group – a great name for the combo, given how vivid they can be with their many hues! The music is soulful and swinging, yet also quite lyrical too – maybe in modes that recall some of the late 60s Blue Note work of McCoy Tyner or Horace Silver, but much more horn-heavy overall – as Lawrence blows alongside Caleb Curtis on alto and David Gibson on trombone – both players who are very well-suited to the mission of the group. Zaccai Curtis plays piano – and Fender Rhodes on one track – and Orrin Evans guests on the acoustic keys on two tunes. The group's completed by Luques Curtis on bass and Anwar Marshall on drums – and most tunes are originals by Josh, with titles that include "Accompanied Contrast", "Circles On Black", "Dominant Curve", "Blues On The Bridge", and "In The Black Square". CD

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Reggie MooreFurioso ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
We only know Reggie Moore from a handful of records – but he's a hell of a pianist, and one who definitely earns the furioso name in the title! There's a complicated mix of ideas going on in Reggie's head here – sometimes the soaring modalism of the McCoy Tyner generation, sometimes the more subtle approach of the Bill Evans scene, and at other points a more gutbucket style that has Moore exploding in ways that should have made him a stronger contender for the more soulful side of his contemporaries. Yet it's the balance between all these peaks that make Moore so unique, and the album such a charmer – as Reggie works here on acoustic piano throughout, with Hank Haynie on bass and Chip Lyles on drums. Titles include "Little Tracy", "Furioso", "Collage", "Consider Her Ways", and "Where Is The Love". CD

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VariousBang – The Bert Berns Story ... LP
Sony, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.98
A fantastic tribute to the studio genius of the great Bert Berns – maybe one of the most rough-edged producers on the New York scene at the time – as you can probably guess from his image on the cover! The set's pretty strong on Berns' soul output, but also includes some of his key rock productions too – and as always with his music, there's a nice link between both styles – with rough edges on the soul tracks, and soulful currents on the rock numbers! Titles include "Tell Him" by The Exciters, "Piece Of My Heart" by Erma Franklin, "A Little Bit Of Soap" by The Jarmels, "I Want Candy" by The Strangeloves, "Are You Lonely For Me Baby" by Freddie Scott, "Hang On Sloop" by The McCoys, "Chick A Boom" by Van Morrison, "Mr Success" by Bobby Harris, "Am I Grooving You" by Freddie Scott, "Heart Be Still" by Lorraine Ellison, "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" by Solomon Burke, "You May Be Holding My Baby" by The Pussycats, "Show Me Your Monkey" by Kenny Hamber, and "Baby Please Don't Go" by Them. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMod Jazz ... LP
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite compilations of all time – a smoking batch of soulful jazz from the 60s, with a slight bit of funk and blues thrown in as well! The set's exactly what's promised in the title – jazz cuts, but with an ultra-cool mod vibe – the kind of soulful sounds that played big with the younger London crowd digging American music in the mid 60s – and also the kind of music you'd be likely to find blasting out of a backroom jukebox on the west side of Chicago! There's loads of rare single mixes of LP tracks on the set, and a number of smoking 45s from artists you might know better from more mainstream work – really hitting hard here, alongside a few special numbers from the indie underground too. Tracks are cool enough for old school hipsters – but appealing enough to bring in a new listener too – and as proof of that, we've given this one away for many years as a Christmas present. The collection features 25 tracks in all – non-stop pleasure throughout – with titles that include "Soul Shoutin" by Shirley Scott, "Tengo Tango" by Cannonball Adderley Sextet, "Whip It On Me" by Billy Hawks, "Yeh Yeh" by Mongo Santamaria, "Black Talk" by Charles Earland, "I'm Ready" by Otis Spann, "Mama Rufus" by Merced Blue Notes, "Theme From NYPD" by Johnny Hammond, "Step Out & Get It" by The Nomos, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Mark Murphy, "Collard Greens" by Freddie McCoy, "Theme From The Carpetbaggers" by Jack McDuff, "Filthy McNasty" by Eddie Jefferson, "Evil Ways" by Cal Tjader, "Kenny's Theme" by Kenny Burrell, and "Games" by Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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