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Gerald AlbrightJust Between Us ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label on one corner.)

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✨✧ Tyrone Brown String SextetBetween Midnight & Dawn ... CD
Dreambox Media, 2005. Used ... $1.99
... CD

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Braxton CookSomwhere In Between ... CD
Fresh Selects, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Braxton Cook is a singer, but he's often one who speaks first with his alto sax – which he blows in this wonderfully sharp way – often with cascading notes that set this beautiful mood for his tunes! The music is mostly electric – filled with Fender Rhodes, bass, and guitar – so the acoustic contributions from Cook really stand out in this great way, even though both his singing and saxophone work seem imbued with an electric sensibility of their own! Rhythms are quite fresh – maybe in a post-Robert Glasper style that makes the whole thing as compelling as it is complex – very down to earth in presentation, even though the record is bristling with new ideas. Titles include "FJYD", "You're The One", "Until", "I Can't", "Hymn For Trayvon", "Never Thought", and "Pariah". CD

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Marc Copeland & Tim HagansBetween The Lines ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2000. Used ... $11.99
... CD

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Don Philippe (Freundeskreis)Between Now & Now ... LP
Vinyl Digital, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 22.98
First ever solo album from German hip hop producer Don Philippe of Freundeskreis – one of the most successful German rap crews – and it's a nice one, steeped heavily classic soul jazz inspired atmosphere! Solid stuff built on stuttering drums and steady bass, looped straights of jazz guitar, piano and keys, horns and more – pretty irresistible! Includes the title track, "The Image", "The Word", "Bridge", "Entering It", "The World Connects", "Closes Like A Ring", "From One Bank To Another", "Stretched", "I Will Sleep", "Beneath Its Arches" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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Ekkah x Dam-FunkWhat's Up (vocal, inst)/Space Between Us (vocal, inst) ... 12-inch
Glydezone, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Two tracks of funky soul, both served up with a sweet 80s-styled groove – in a perfect pairing of the talents of Ekkah and Dam Funk! There's lots of bottom bass pedal lines on "What's Up" – which creates a percolating funky vibe that's topped with lyrics that just lay into the groove – almost casual in presentation – and a nice contrast to the more upbeat, soaring style of "Space Between Us" – a tune that's almost got a catchy sort of pop soul vibe! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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HelloweenKeeper Of The Seven Keys – Part I ... LP
Noise International, 1987. Sealed ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing on BMG.)

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William HookerDistance Between Us ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1998. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Isley BrothersBetween the Sheets ... LP
T Neck, 1983. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A wonderful album from the Isley Brothers – and a real departure from their funkier sound of the 70s! The album has the group operating in a wonderful smooth soul mode – just what you'd expect from the "between the sheets" in the title, and the silky bedclothes on the cover! The centerpiece of the album is the loving title cut – a wonderfully catchy number that works well not only as a stepper's dancefloor tune, but also as a hip hop sample track (used most famously in Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum".) The whole thing's great, though – and other tracks include "Choosey Lover", "Touch Me", "Slow Down Children" and "Getting' Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Allegra LevyCities Between Us ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
A great singer in a great group – a vocalist who's really coming into her own, and turning out to be a heck of a writer – as you'll hear on this album that features both original music, and lyrics set to tunes by jazz musicians who include Duke Jordan and Dexter Gordon! Allegra Levy's never going for an easy approach here – not trying crossover ballads or torch material, but also not trying to overdo things with too many tricks and gimmicks – just delivering rock-solid, jazz-based presentation of the tunes – which include some surprisingly poetic lyrics on a few of our favorite numbers. The group's got the right balance to make the music sparkle in all the right ways – with Stephen Riley on tenor, Kirk Knkuffke on cornet, Carmen Staaf on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums – and titles include "Lullaby Of The Orient", "Cities Between Us", "Cherry Blossom Song", "I Shouldn't Tell You", "Misery Makes The Music", "Sleepwalk With Me", and "Soy Califa". CD

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✨✧ ProjectionsBetween Here & Now ... CD
Guidance, 2002. Used ... $2.99
Nicer than the usual set of beats from Guidance – a strong bunch of tunes with some nice jazzy touches, especially on keyboards! A few of the tracks are a bit too abstract, but there's some very nice numbers on here that keep a really soulful groove – keys soloing upfront, percussion snapping along, and light vocals drifting in and out of the mix. Moody and atmospheric, with tracks that include "Rival Cruise", "Inner City Sides", "Escaping Sao Paulo", "Backbone", "Luminate", and "Half Pint". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rolling StonesBetween The Buttons (remastered version) ... CD
London/Abkco, 1967. Used ... $6.99
Titles include "Ruby Tuesday", "Let's Spend The Night Together", "Complicated", "She Smiled Sweetly", "Connection", "All Sold Out", and "My Obsession". CD

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Sweeney's MenSweeney's Men/Tracks Of Sweeney (bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Fantastic work from Sweeney's Men – a 60s Irish folk group, but one who were quite different than the more popular Dubliners or Clancy Brothers! These guys traveled in similar territory, but were maybe more akin to the modes of the coming acid folk generation – with some of the timelessness of Fairport Convention and Pentangle! The trio also have a bit of an edge – maybe almost a pre-Pogues sort of vibe, although much more stripped down – as they're a smaller group. Instrumentation is great – mostly just guitar, other stringed instruments, and a bit of pipes or tin whistles – and this great 2CD set features their famous two full albums for Pye Records, plus four more bonus tracks too. Titles include "Brain Jam", "Pretty Polly", "Sullivan's John", "Rattlin Roarin Willy", "The Exile's Jug", "Reynard The Fox", "The House Carpenter", "Johnston", "Old Maid In A Garret", "The Derby Ram", "Waxies Dargle", and "A Mistake No Doubt". CD

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TchaikovskyNutcracker Suite/Between Birthdays – Peter Ustinov/Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(6 Eye, Mono pressing.)

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Irma ThomasIn Between Tears (80s pressing) ... LP
Charly R&B (UK), 1973. Near Mint- ... $16.99
An overlooked gem from Irma Thomas – and one of her deepest soul albums ever! The set was recorded with Swamp Dogg at the production helm, and he gives Irma this wonderfully rootsy feel throughout the record – the kind of vibe she definitely never got in the 60s, and a sound that seems to unlock even richer tones from her wonderful vocals! And although Swamp's in charge, the record's definitely Irma's own, too – as there's none of the usual Dogg-heavy cliches that might get in the way of the vocals, and instead Swamp is supremely respectful of everything Irma has to offer – and really helps her focus on her best strengths. The set was recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, with Duane Allman guitar on a few cuts – and titles include "She'll Never Be Your Wife", "What's So Wrong With You Loving Me", "Coming From Behind", "Turn My World Around", "These Four Walls", and "You're The Dog". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a light stain at the bottom and a lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ VariousMaking Time – A Shel Talmy Production ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic look at the studio genius of Shel Talmy – the man whose talents really helped The Kinks, Who, and Creation make a huge mark on the UK scene of the 60s! Yet apart from these famous productions, Shel also handled a heck of a lot of other great work too – as you'll hear on this long-overdue collection that brings together a stunning range of the work that set Talmy apart from the rest! Some of these cuts make great use of fuzz – not in a psychedelic way, but with a great tension between freedom and structure – and others have maybe deeper currents inspired by Shel's American roots, but given a much hipper spin on the British scene of the time! As usual with Ace, the presentation is wonderful – detailed notes on Talmy's career, plus song-by-song details on this wonderful array of tracks – 25 numbers that include "That's Why I Love You" by Goldie & The Gingerbreads, "Making Time" by The Creation, "Ageing Rover" by Roy Harper, "Lisa" by The Easybeats, "Night Comes Down" by The Mickey Finn, "Light Flight" by The Pentangle, "Stop & Watch The Children Play" by The Rokes, "Light Flight" by The Pentangle, "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James" by Manfred Mann, "Bald Headed Woman" by The Sneekers, "Caroline" by The Fortunes, "I'm Coming Home" by The Nashville Teens, "Daddy Long Legs" by Lindsay Muir's Untamed, and "Jack O Diamonds" by Ben Carruthers & The Deep. CD

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✨✧ VariousNew York Sound 2 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
New York grooves from the start of the 80s – a great batch of tracks that sits nicely in the space between late 70s disco and old school hip hop! Many of these tracks are quite long – extended 12" groovers that mix electro keyboards, slapping basslines, and snapping beats with vocals that are sung, rapped, and chanted – always in a catchy groove that slinks along nicely at a midtempo pace. There's no too-fast numbers here, and the vibe is nice and laidback – one that takes full use of the space of a bigger single to let the tunes open up slowly and find the time to do their thing! Titles include "I'm The One" by Rainbow Brown, "I Had To Say It" by Millie Jackson, "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by Fatback, "No One Can Do It" by Carol Williams, "Heobah" by Fonda Rae, "Burn Me Up" by Frisky, "Mysterious" by Twilight 22, "Magic's Message" by Mr Magic, "We Come To Jam" by Blaze, and "I Wanna Get With You" by Ritz. CD

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✨✧ VariousSounds Of The Unexpected – Weird & Wacky Instrumentals From Pop's Final Frontiers ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally cool collection of really offbeat numbers with a space age sort of theme – tunes that run the gamut from rock instrumentals to electronic pop – with lots of stops along the space in between! The package is right up there with some of the best "themed" collections by Ace Records – not just a superb selection of tunes, but really put together in the best way possible – with thoughtful transitions between the tunes, and a huge booklet of notes and label images – with some text on the late Vicki Fox, who put together this set, and others for Ace in the past. You'll definitely recognize a few names here, but the setting makes them sound really amazing and unique – especially some of the soul, jazz, and blues artists in the mix. Titles include "Waltz In Orbit" by Ray Cathode, "Watusi Zombie" by Jan Davis, "Savage Girl" by Felix & His Fabulous Cats, "War Of The Worlds" by The Atlantics, "Caravan" by Gabor Szabo, "Hot Pot" by The Tornados, "Funky Me" by Timmy Thomas, "Uh Oh" by The Imps, "Flameout" by 101 Strings, "It's Karate Time" by Travis Wammack, "Long Sentence" by The Upsetters, "B'Wana Bongos" by Preston Epps, "Hung Over" by The Martinis, "Music To Watch Space Girls By" by Leonard Nimoy, "Aztec" by Bo Diddley, "Watusie Freeze (part 1)" by Big Walter & The Thunderbirds, and "RFD Rangoon" by The Forbidden Five. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoundsystem Dubplate Specials 1975 to 1979 ... CD
Jamaican Recordings (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of underground dub tracks from late 70s Jamaica – the kind of limited-run dub plates that would circulate between some of the bigger sound systems on the scene, and offer up radically trippy versions of better-known tunes! The set is heavy on echo and slow-stepping rhythms – and the track selection is great – with a wonderful overview of rare cuts you might not encounter anywhere else! Titles include "Exalted Dub" by Leroy Smart, "How Long Dub" by Pat Kelly, "Everybody Needs Dub" by Slim Smith, "Peace & Love In Dub" by Johnny Clarke, "Heavy Dub" by Delroy Wilson, "Thunder Rock" by Cornell Campbell, "Bag A Wire Dub" by Johnny Clarke, and "Chapter Of Money" by Horace Andy. CD features 4 bonus tracks. CD

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✨✧ VariousStudio One Rocksteady – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Great early work from the legendary Studio One – and some important sounds that really show the link between Jamaican reggae and American soul! The grooves at this point draw heavily from the US soul and R&B that had been hitting Jamaican shores via radio broadcasts from up north – but they also already have a Kingston influence coming heavily into the mix – in the stepping rhythms, bubbling instrumentation, and mellow production of the cuts! The instrumentation here is wonderful – lots of special little touches on organ, tenor, bass, or drums – in that key Studio One way – and the vocals have a flow that really works well with the echoey production on most numbers too. A few tunes show some early social and political themes – and titles include "Stars" by The Eternals, "Joy In The Morning" by The Gaylads, "My Ambition" by Marcia Griffith, "Throw Me Corn" by Larry & Alvin, "Lick It Back" by Duke Morgan, "Pack Up" by The Classics, "Fancy Make Up" by John Holt, "Whisper To Me" by Cecile Campbell, "Hurting Me" by Alton Ellis, "Our Thing" by Jackie Mittoo, and "Row Fisherman Row" by Wailing Souls. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousZaire 74 – The African Artists ... CD
Wrasse, 1974. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from an amazing moment – the legendary Zaire 74 concerts that took place before the Rumble In The Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Frazier! The moment was one of great pride and power – and although the concert performances have become the stuff of legend over the years, this is the first time they've ever been properly issued – presented as a huge collection of tracks with very detailed notes! Other music from this festival has been issued – famous concerts by James Brown and Fania All Stars – but these tracks are all by African artists, and really show the tremendous cultural activity taking place on the continent at the time – in a mix of modes that are fierce and funky throughout. It's crazy that we've had to wait so long to hear this music – but the quality of the tracks is more than worth it – in a triple-length package that features smoking performances by Miriam Makeba, Franco & TP OK Jazz, Abeti, Orchestre Stukas, Abumba Masikini, Tabu Ley Rochereau & Afrisa, and Pembe Dance Troup. 34 tracks in all – and a really wonderful package! CD

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Toshiko Akiyoshi & Leon SashToshiko Akiyoshi & Leon Sash At Newport ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $19.99
One of the first American albums to ever feature the piano of Toshiko Akioshi – and a set that's oddly split with work from jazz accordionist Leon Sash – who also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival at the same time! Toshiko is on side one – in a trio with Gene Cherico on bass and Jake Hanna on drums – and although young, she's already got a tremendous ear for the piano – able to spin out tunes that both have the majesty of some of her later larger compositions, but delivered with a sharp edge that really shows her bop inspiration. Titles include "Between Me & Myself", "Blues For Toshiko", and "Lover". The flipside features material by accordionist Leon Sash, and his group with Ted Robinson on tenor and clarinet – a really cool combo with a vibe that's more jazz-based than work by artists like Art Van Damme at the time – thanks in part to Robinson's solos. The group grooves nicely – and titles include "Sash-Kebap", "Meant For Brent", and "Blue Lou". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Verve pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove.)

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Harold AlexanderAre You Ready? ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Reedman Harold Alexander cut very few albums as a leader – and this is one of the best! You're likely to hear Alexander's work in the background on other sessions, but at the time of this record he was also a visionary leader – perfect for the open, freewheeling vibe allowed by the Flying Dutchman label – in kind of a fusion between earlier 60s soul jazz modes, and some of the spiritual currents of the time! Harold blows both flute and soprano sax here – on a set of long tracks that also feature lots of great work from Neal Creque on piano – himself another musician who only got a bit of time to shine in the spotlight around this time, after a great legacy with Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers. Cornell Dupree also plays guitar on the album – which features just three nicely long tracks – the funky "Quick City Revisited", a sweet cover of "Watermelon Man", and a ten minute jamming take on "High Heel Sneakers". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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Otim AlphaGulu City Anthems ... LP
Nyege Nyege Tapes (Uganda), Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
Contemporary electronic sounds from Uganda – served up here by an artist who takes older songs of celebration, and reworks them through digital modes at a blistering pace! The grooves here sometimes move at a speed that might have you checking the settings on your turntable – but the vocals correct that correct that aspect in a great way, as the percussion and instrumentation shift between electronic and acoustic elements – all percolating at a nice sort of frenzy! Titles include "Coo Oromo", "Lok Lobo Cwero Cwinya", "Too Winye Ming Alphazo", "Toni G", "Gang Ber Ki Dako", and "Agiki Ne Tye". LP, Vinyl record album

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AMMAMMMusic 1966 ... LP
Elektra/Black Truffle (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
Noisy brilliance from AMM – one of the most important avant acts of the 60s – and an incredible bridge between jazz, psych, and 20th Century classical worlds! The group were a powerhouse on the London scene of the middle of the decade – reportedly a huge influence on Pink Floyd, too – and all these many years later, there's hardly been a record to match the power of this amazing debut – a record that was even more equally amazingly released by Elektra Records on its first pressing! These guys may have made the most noise anyone had in the studio for this set – and that even includes the Velvet Underground, and any 60s electronic musician too – and the legendary lineup features Cornelius Cardew on piano, cello, and transistor radio; Lou Gare on tenor and violin; Eddie Prevost on drums, xylophone, bells, and cymbals; Keith Rowe on guitar and transistor radio; and Lawrence Sheaff on cello, accordion, clarinet, and one more transistor radio. Titles include "Later During A Flaming Riviera Sunset" and "After Rapidly Circling The Plaza". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene AmmonsAngel Eyes ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good- ... $4.99
A stone classic from Gene Ammons – and a record that introduced his talents to a whole new audience in the 60s! The album's a more laidback one than some of Jug's more hard-blown honkers – as you might guess from his hit rendition of the ballad in the title – and the instrumentation here varies between organ from Johnny Hammond Smith and piano from Mal Waldron – making for a nice tapestry of dark-tinged, late nite moods. Other players include Frank Wess on tenor and flute, and Art Taylor or Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles include the classic "Angel Eyes", plus "You Go To My Head" and "It's The Talk Of The Town" – and slightly more groovin numbers like "Getting Around" and "Water Jug". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has wide clear tape along all seams.)

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Chris AndersonInverted Image ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good ... $24.99
Nice and rarely seen trio side from under-recorded Chicago pianist Anderson. He plays here with Bill Lee and either Walter Perkins or Philly Joe Jones on drums, in a trio that made the core of the rhythm section on Frank Strozier's excellent Jazzland date, Long Night. The group is in fine form here, running through both standards and originals, and though Anderson's name isn't as well known as many other pianists, it ought to be, and he was no stranger to other Windy City jazz greats such as Johnny Griffin. Imagine a cross between Bill Evans and Elmo Hope, and you might get a picture of where he's coming from, though Anderson's voice is all his own, weaving some nice sinuous lines on a set that leans heavily on ballads here, including "You'd Be Nice To Come Home To", "My Funny Valentine" and the originals "See You Saturday" & the title track. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear, half split top seam, and some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall ... CD
Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! It's been years since we've last heard from Laurie, and she's really returned to her roots here – still using her voice a bit, but also playing violin a fair bit too, along with keyboards, samples, percussion, and lots of her unusual filters and other electronic elements. Most selections are sort, and work together beautifully – almost in territory that might be described as a string quartet take on the modes of United States. Titles include "All The Extinct Animals", "Built You A Mountain", "Darkness Falls", "Dreams Translated", "The Water Rises", "Our Street Is A Black River", "Nothing Left But Their Names", "Thunder Continues In The Aftermath", "Old Motors & Helicopters", and "Everything Is Floating". CD
Also available Landfall ... LP 26.99

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall ... LP
Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 29.98
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! It's been years since we've last heard from Laurie, and she's really returned to her roots here – still using her voice a bit, but also playing violin a fair bit too, along with keyboards, samples, percussion, and lots of her unusual filters and other electronic elements. Most selections are sort, and work together beautifully – almost in territory that might be described as a string quartet take on the modes of United States. Titles include "All The Extinct Animals", "Built You A Mountain", "Darkness Falls", "Dreams Translated", "The Water Rises", "Our Street Is A Black River", "Nothing Left But Their Names", "Thunder Continues In The Aftermath", "Old Motors & Helicopters", and "Everything Is Floating". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Landfall ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Jon Appleton & Don CherryHuman Music (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic record – and a really mindblowing mix of spiritual jazz and electronics! The set is an amazing collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and pioneering electronic musician Jon Appleton – one of those rare meetings of the minds that goes far deeper than you'd expect! On the set, Cherry's trumpet, flute, and percussion is heavily processed by Appleton – often in ways that are organic enough to keep with Cherry's other experiments of the time, and with the "Human Music" title of the set – but sometimes with the more playful feel of Appleton's other music from the time. The mix of electronics and improvisation is amazing – years ahead of its time, and with a haunting sound that works perfectly against Cherry's style of restrained spiritualism. The LP's got 4 long tracks – "Boa", "Oba", "Abo", and "Bao" – all recorded live in the studio! The bonus tracks are "Jon" and "Don". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonMusical Affair (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Near-perfect work from Ashford & Simpson – really grooving in full powerhouse mode here, and never missing a beat! By all rights, the team should have run out of steam by this point, but the album's another winner from their sublime Warner years – caught in a unique space between chart soul, ensemble funk, and disco – taking all the best elements of each, and really sending the whole thing home with some incredible vocals and impeccable production and arrangements! Titles include "Rushing To", "Love Don't Make It Right", "We'll Meet Again", "Get Out Your Handkerchief", and "I Ain't Asking For Your Love". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Love Don't Make It Right (single)", "Love Don't Make It Right (Jimmy Simpson mix – long)", and "Happy Endings (single)". CD

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Atlantic StarrRadiant ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... About June 13, 2018
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the other, and never sounding as commercial as some of their contemporaries! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to most of the grooves on the set – never too much fake bass, nor too many electric touches – and the vocals shift a bit from track to track, taking good advantage of singers Wayne Lewis, David Lewis, and Sharon Bryant. Titles include "When Love Calls", "Think About That", "Mystery Girl", "Under Pressure", "My Turn Now", "Does It Matter", and "Send For Me". CD

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AtomicSix Easy Pieces ... CD
Odin (Norway), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from this avant jazz supergroup – their first album away from the Jazzland label, and a set that maybe seems to show a whole new direction for the quintet! Some of the music here has a stronger set of arrangement at the core – balanced between the completely incredible individual strengths of the members – a bit, maybe, like the way that Charles Mingus could strike that rare balance in his prime – even if there's nothing Mingus-like about this music at all! The interwoven spirits of the players is completely sublime – as much a lead feature as the breakout solos – which include work by Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and clarinet, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Hans Hulboekmo on drums. Titles include "Stuck In Stockholm", "Falt Strid", "Be Wafted", "Sinusoidal Arches", and "Ten Years". CD

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AurraSend Your Love ... LP
Salsoul, 1981. Very Good ... $3.99
Sweet 80s grooving from one of Salsoul's best acts of the post-disco years – a group with a groove that comes up right from the bottom, thanks to a great ear for a funky bassline! The sound is nice and lean – but all still mighty live, with a lot of spontaneous energy in the instrumentation – and none of the too-programmed rhythms that could hurt a project like this! Steve Washington plays bass, arranges, produces, and heads up the conceptual side of things – and vocals alternate between male and female leads in a really great way – creating this warm, almost family-like approach to the sound. The whole thing's wonderful – tight and soulful, in a mode that should have made these guys climb higher on the charts – and titles include "Are You Single", "Forever", "Send Your Love", "Living Too Fast", and "Keep Doing It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Patti AustinLive At The Bottom Line ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A live set from the great Patti Austin – but done at a level that's every bit as tight as her studio work from the time! Patti's in a perfect balance between jazz and soul here – and works with sweet arrangements from Dave Grusin and Leon Pendarvis – the latter of whom also leads the backing group on keyboards, and really makes the sound come out right! Things are never too full – the combo's relatively small, with additional keyboards from Pat Rebillot, plus tenor from Michael Brecker and guitar from David Spinozza – a tight group who really help Patti groove. Tracks include "You Fooled Me", "Jump For Joy", "Rider In The Rain", "Let's All Live & Give Together", "Love Me By Name", "One More Night", and "Let It Ride". CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)

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AzotoDisco Fizz ... LP
Rams Horn/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
An intriguing bit of Italian disco – one that has some of the sweet porno touches of the genre's earliest years, but which also picks up some of the more interesting progressive elements that started to surface in the early 80s! There's some really nice percussion and guitars on the set, and a few bits have these nice dark keyboard parts that sit somewhere between Kraftwerk and electro – but the whole thing's also warmed up a bit – in a way that goes along with the cover image of a nude woman coming out of a tube of toothpaste! Includes the extended hit "San Salvador", the moody "Exalt Exalt", and the tracks "Fire Fly", "Soft Emotion", and "Anytime Or Place". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus sticker too!)

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AzymuthAzimuth (Linha Do Horizonte) (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Som Livre/Far Out (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too! There's more than a few great breaks and samples on the set – and titles include "Brazil", "Caca De Conta", "Melo Dos Dois Bicudos", "Manha", "Periscopio", and "Montreal City". LP, Vinyl record album

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Luis BacalovSummertime Killer (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Beatball (South Korea), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99
One of the most enigmatic soundtracks we've ever heard from Luis Bacalov – a set that's still as groovy as his work from the 60s, but with a lot more 70s rock touches overall! These elements come through in some of the English language vocals at the start, but then slide into lighter variations on some of the more instrumental tracks – which move between sweet keyboards, flute lines, spare percussion, and a few more guitar-based moments! But there's also quite a sense of variety in the music – as the expanded reissue allows for a number of additional material that further expand past the few core themes, to some moodier, darker moments. Titles include "Like A Play", "Run & Run", "The Summertime Killer", "Lisboa's Tram", and "The House On The Lake". 21 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored splatter vinyl!)
Also available Summertime Killer (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Luis BacalovSummertime Killer (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
GDM/Beatball (Korea), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the most enigmatic soundtracks we've ever heard from Luis Bacalov – a set that's still as groovy as his work from the 60s, but with a lot more 70s rock touches overall! These elements come through in some of the English language vocals at the start, but then slide into lighter variations on some of the more instrumental tracks – which move between sweet keyboards, flute lines, spare percussion, and a few more guitar-based moments! But there's also quite a sense of variety in the music – as the expanded reissue allows for a number of additional material that further expand past the few core themes, to some moodier, darker moments. Titles include "Like A Play", "Run & Run", "The Summertime Killer", "Lisboa's Tram", and "The House On The Lake". Great LP sleeve edition – with 21 tracks in all! CD
Also available Summertime Killer (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Dave Bailey2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP
Epic, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue Note during the early 60s – but Dave's also got a slightly looser groove too – a bit more sense of humanity, and one that allows for really organic interplay between the players. There's a slight soul jazz undercurrent – especially in the piano lines of Billy Gardner – and other players in the quintet include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Frank Haynes on tenor, and Ben Tucker on bass. The group wails on an early version of Tucker's classic "Comin' Home Baby", plus other great originals like "Coffee Walk", "Lady Iris B", and "Two Feet In the Gutter". A old favorite on the south side of Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 2 Feet In The Gutter (Japanese pressing) ... CD 14.99

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Dave Bailey2 Feet In The Gutter (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. Used ... $14.99
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue Note during the early 60s – but Dave's also got a slightly looser groove too – a bit more sense of humanity, and one that allows for really organic interplay between the players. There's a slight soul jazz undercurrent – especially in the piano lines of Billy Gardner – and other players in the quintet include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Frank Haynes on tenor, and Ben Tucker on bass. The group wails on an early version of Tucker's classic "Comin' Home Baby", plus other great originals like "Coffee Walk", "Lady Iris B", and "Two Feet In the Gutter". A old favorite on the south side of Chicago! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available 2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP 5.99

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Derek Bailey & Han BenninkDerek Bailey & Han Bennink (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A legendary meeting of free jazz talents – and one of those records that completely changed the game during the 70s! Both guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Han Bennink work here at a level that seems completely divorced from American roots in jazz – about as strongly in the post-68 freedoms of the European scene as possible – with both musicians opening up an incredible range of sonic elements on their instruments! And while the sometimes-bold drum work of Bennink might be seen as a challenge to the more intricate guitar sounds of Bailey, both players really find a way to work together perfectly – which also makes the record a key illustration of that spontaneous understanding that can arise between the best of the free jazz scene. Titles include "Call That A Balance", "Misty", "The Girl With The Concrete Tongue", and "Who Is That". 2LP version features unreleased bonus tracks on the full second album! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Anita BakerGiving You The Best That I Got ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... $3.99
A mega-hit, but for good reason – as the record brought sophistication back to chart soul at the end of the 80s – proof that well-done, deeply-voiced records could still beat the schmaltz of the geri-curl generation! Anita's working here in territory that draws from the classics, but is certainly all her own – a space between jazz and soul that was hardly ever handled this well by other artists at the time. Titles include "Priceless", "Lead Me Into Love", "Giving You The Best That I Got", "Good Love", "Rules", "Good Enough", and "You Belong To Me". CD
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JB BanfiGalaxy My Dear (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Red/Wah Wah (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
JB Banfi gets a big nod from Klaus Schulze on the back cover of this rare 70s set – and for good reason, too – as the music's very much in the best analogue electronic work that Schulze himself helped to pioneer at the time – even though Klaus claims that Banfi is an even better composer! The album's served up from a host of electronic sources – a range of moog synths, Arp, Farfisa, Logan string ensemble, Roland echo chamber, Eventide Clockworks phaser, and other sources – all used in ways by Banfi that are soaring and spacious, but never sleepy – always with this slightly upbeat vibe and sense of color that was maybe one of the differences between the 70s French electronic scene and the German one. Titles include "Paradox Streams", "Audio Emotion", "Gang", and "Goodbye My Little Star". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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John Barry/Matt MonroQuiller Memorandum ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A sweet little soundtrack by John Barry – very different than the full-on style he used for James Bond – but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The music was written for a spy thriller starring Alec Guiness, George Segal, and Max Von Sydow – a moody film that's handled here by Barry with a spacey quality that's mighty nice – lots of isolated instruments floating along, sometimes with weird effects that are almost watery – all in a space that's somewhere between Barry's work for The Knack, and that new sense of space that Morricone was bringing into 60s soundtracks. The result is a real treasure – one of Barry's best film scores – and titles include "Autobahn March", "Downtown", "Oktober/Walk From The River", "Quiller Caught/The Fight", "Quiller & The Bomb", and the theme "Wednesday's Child", sung by Matt Monro. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 360 Sound Masterworks pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and a promo stamp.)

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Fratello Joseph BassiCiao Amore (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
A trio record without any drums – which allows for really great interplay between the bass of Fratello Joseph Bassi, the piano of Domenico Sanna, and tenor of Max Ionata! We're used to hearing Ionata in a more snapping sort of session, but he's maybe even more compelling here – carving out some sharp, soulful lines next to the fantastic interplay between bass and piano, all given this warmth that will really have us paying a lot more attention to Bassi in the future! The depth of his tones are wonderful – never overplayed, but delivered with this stark, simple, almost economical mode that's a nice contrast to the more fluid, but equally colorful work of Sanna on piano. Titles include "Sno Pease", "Voyage", "I Know You Know", "Promenade", "Say No", "Ciro Chi", and "Giochi Di Luci". CD

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Gianni Basso/Fabrizio Bosso QuintetSweet & Lovely ... CD
Philology (Italy), 2003. New Copy ... $9.99 21.98
A beautiful meeting between two generations of Italian jazz – and a set that's almost gone onto become a modern classic over the years! Older tenorist Gianni Basso is perfectly matched here with younger trumpet giant Fabrizio Bosso – in a sound that's sweet on the edges, and has a nice bite in the middle – well-recorded, with very compelling song choices – and superb backing from a trio that features Andrea Pozza on piano, Luciano Milanese on bass, and Stefano Bagnoli on drums! You can really hear the formative roots of the current Italian scene that's really taken off in the past decade or so – and Bosso is nicely restrained at times, but only in a way that seems respectful to the well-crafted tenor sound of Basso. Titles include "Fan Tan", "Zoot", "Jones' Beach", "Split Kick", "Sweet & Lovely", and "Lucius Lu". CD

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Franco BattiatoPollution ... LP
Superior Viaduct, 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99
A really full-on early set from Franco Battiato – a set that's maybe halfway between some of his more avant compositions and some of the modes of the Italian prog scene at the time! The album's a concept one, based on the growing pollution of the planet – in a mode that's maybe similar to Earth Rot, by David Axelrod – and like that set, Battiato mixes together unusual sounds and ideas with some more straightforward rockish passages. Battiato works with a small group of musicians – and while guitar steps to the lead at some points, others very much more abstract sounds and forms. Titles include "Il Silenzio Del Rumore", "31 Dicembre 1999 – Ore 9", "Beta", "Plancton", "Pollution", and "Areknames". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beach BoysSurfin' Safari ... LP
Capitol/Vinyl Passion, 1962. Sealed ... $14.99
The album that first launched the Beach Boys on an unsuspecting 60s scene – and a record that really raised the bar for rock and roll at Capitol Records! Although based around their early "Surfin Safari" hit, the album already shows that the group's got way more to offer than filler between the singles – a rich approach to their music that takes the 50s harmony styles of The Four Freshmen, and turns it on even more youthful, yearning themes – sometimes with a gimmick, sometimes with a surprisingly upfront sense of emotion. Titles include "Heads You Win Tails I Lose", "Cuckoo Clock", "Moon Dawg", "The Shift", "Ten Little Indians", "Chug A Lug", "Surfin Safari", and "Little Miss America". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent EU pressing.)

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Ed Bickert/Don ThompsonEd Bickert/Don Thompson ... LP
Sackville, 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Great duets between these two well-matched Canadian players – Ed Bickert on guitar and Don Thompson on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ Big MaybelleBig Maybelle – The Okeh Sessions ... LP
Okeh/Columbia, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A bit blues, a bit jazz – and a singer with a style unto her own – the amazing Big Maybelle, one of the greatest artists to record for Okeh Records in the 50s! This well-done collection pulls together every single Maybelle recorded for the R&B powerhouse back in the day – a motherlode of great work that easily puts her right up there with Lavern Baker or Ruth Brown as one of the great female singers of the 50s. The package features a whopping 22 tracks in all – including many bits that get lost between the tracks in some of the too-sifted collections of her work from the time. Titles include "Maybelle's Blues", "Hair Dressin Women", "My Big Mistake", "Ain't No Use", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", "So Good To My Baby", "Gabbin Blues", "You'll Never Know", and "New Kind Of Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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BKOMali Foli Coura ... LP
Buda (France), 2017. New Copy ... About June 15, 2018
A very cool group from Mali – one who have some of the older currents that you'd associate with the scene, but served up with a nicely contemporary crackle! The vocals often have those bluesy inflections that have risen up strongly in west Africa – but the instrumentation also has a nicely electrified current alongside rootsy percussion – especially when moments of distortion come in to play, almost with the blown-out quality you'd know from Konono, although maybe less processed overall. There's also a lot of vocal interplay between lead singer Fassara Sacko and other members of the group – on titles that include "Tangwanana", "Salia", "Stange Koreduga", "Dirty Donso", "From Segou To Nightmare", and "Rougeot" – plus the very funky "Mali Liberela", which almost has some James Brown-ish guitar! LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny Blackburn & Mary LaurenEchoes Of Love's Reality (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A lilting psych styled set from the early 80s by Johnny Blackburn & Mary Lauren – one that would have sounded right it home in the late 60s or early 70s – with an overall vibe that falls somewhere between dreamy psychedelic folk and some of the more adventurous soft rock of a decade earlier! Big melodies, natural male & female harmony vocals with acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, flute, mellotron and other light accompaniment. Includes "The Wanderer's Theme", "The Mystery Sea", "Mary", "The Sound Of Wings", "Lovers Lane", "The Sigh", "The Secret Door" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies. Includes a nice insert, too!)

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Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. Used ... $14.99
One of the many albums that the Jazz Messengers recorded live at Birdland, and one that features a transitional lineup for the band that has new guard players Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, and old guard player Hank Mobley on tenor. Everyone grooves in a very hard fashion – and the set's an excellent link between the raw mid 50s version of the Messengers, and the groundbreaking 1960 edition. The set list of this first volume includes "Hipsippy Blues", "Justice", "Just Coolin", and a nice version of "Close Your Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Blue MagicThirteen Blue Magic Lane ... LP
Atco, 1975. Very Good- ... $3.99
Sublime work from Blue Magic – a record that still has them singing in the sweet harmony sound of earlier records, but which also picks up a fuller sound and a bit of a groove – thanks to stone Philly arrangements by Norman Harris and Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey! A number of tracks add in a bit of moog that sound surprisingly great next to the group's harmonies – electrifying them a bit without overwhelming them – and letting Blue Magic step way past their fragile harmony roots into the forefront of Philly group soul at the time! Tracks include the groovers "We're On The Right Track" and "Magic Of The Blue", the ballads "Chasing Rainbows" and "Loneliest House on the Block", plus "What's Come Over Me", which is a duet between the group and Margie Joseph. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with an index sticker in the top left corner.)

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Arthur BlytheDa Da/Basic Blythe ... CD
Columbia/Beat Goes On (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! The core group here features Olu Dara on trumpet, Cecil McBee on bass, John Hicks on piano, and Bobby Battle on drums – and on the acoustic tracks, there's some great energy between them that soars with a soulful spirit birthed in the loft jazz years, maybe swung a bit straighter than before. A few other tunes add in some extra elements – an electric bass on one number, some light strings on another – but the core of the album still has a magnificent focus on that tone that Blythe had only perfected even more on records like this, especially on the more laidback numbers, which come as a real surprise, and reflect a ballad style we might not have guessed in the early days. Titles include "Odessa", "Esquinas", "After Paris", "Crescent", and "Break Time". Next up is Basic Blythe – not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and the strings are added in around the edges, never getting to much in the way of the combo energy, but also fleshing out the sound with this beautiful richness that only seems to enhance the sharp tone of Arthur's alto sax! The arrangements are great, too – hardly the usual "with strings" material, and instead very creative – with this mix of soul and sophistication that reminds us a bit of the Bill Lee scores for early Spike Lee films, but even longer and with the key addition of Blythe in the lead. Titles include "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", "Ruby My Dear", "Heart To Heart", and "As Of Yet". CD

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Willie BoboLatin Beat ... LP
Trip, Mid 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
We have to admit, we don't know when this Willie Bobo album is from – but it's a great one! The material seems to have been recorded between his Tico and Verve years, and released later by the Trip label. The tracks are a great mix of Latin jazz instrumentals, and groovier numbers with a bossa sound. His group has a good tight horn sound, and some tracks even have some nice organ solos. Tracks include "Bon Sueno", "Bossa Nova In Blue", "Crisis", "Capers", and "Let Your Hair Down Blues". Very nice, and rarer than you'd expect. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Willie BoboTomorrow Is Here ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... About July 25, 2018
A really unique chapter in the career of percussionist Willie Bobo – a rare one-off album for Blue Note – done with a sweet Cali vibe all the way through! Bobo plays his usual percussion, but also sings a bit too – in this charming style that's never too overdone – a deeply personal approach that sounds great next to the album's electric arrangements – all in a vibe that mixes Latin with 70s funk and fusion – all with that beautiful 70s Blue Note balance between polish and poise, groove and soul! The range of sounds is mighty nice – and titles include "Suitcase Full Of Dreams", "Wacky Tobacky", "Dreamin", "Keep On Walkin", "Funk De Mambo", and the "Kojak Theme". CD

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Victor BockrisTransformer – The Complete Lou Reed Story ... Book
Harper (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 18.00
Lou Reed gave us some mighty fascinating music over his many years of recording – and the man himself also led an equally fascinating life – one that's covered here in very great detail, in a hefty biography that begins with Reed's troubled life as a child, to his early years moving between inspirations in literature and music, to his rise in fame with the Velvet Underground and role as one of the key underground New York figures for decades to come! The author gets at the way that Reed's always managed to challenge expectations while still remaining loyal to both himself and his friends and associates – a humanistic legacy that's almost as great as Lou's music itself. 500 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ Joao BoscoGagabiro ... LP
Barclay (Brazil), 1984. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of Joao Bosco's best albums from the 80s! The record is more stripped down than others, and it features Joao's acoustic guitar and mellow vocals right up front in the mix – in a style that's somewhere between Joao Gilberto and Caetano Veloso on some of his more laidback sessions. There's a strong jazzy groove on most tracks, and the record's a real undiscovered gem! Titles include "Papel Marche", "Bate Um Balaio", "Ima Dos Ais", "Gagabiro", "Jeitinho Brasileiro", and "Tambores". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ David BowieZiggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars ... LP
RCA, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Arguably one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time – and the key flowering of the partnership between David Bowie and Mick Ronson! The guitars here are heavy – so much so that the record's always crossed over big with crowds who are always suspicious of Bowie's artier work of the 70s – and represented a crucial moment when his groundbreaking music also found a large mainstream audience as well. And despite the fact that Ziggy's an androgynous space rocker with a spurious pedigree, the manufactured posturing of the album's come to be taken quite literally over the years – a vivid text of alienation, expression, and redemption – served up beautifully over a host of classic tracks that include "Five Years", "Soul Love", "Moonage Daydream", "Suffragette City", and "Ziggy Stardust" – all further proof of Bowie's 70s ability to slide in wherever he wanted with ease! LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s black label pressing, in a cover with barcode.)

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Bobby BradfordLove's Dream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums – all working in these long-flowing, very rhythmic numbers that lie somewhere between Bradford's work with John Carter, and the early 60s sound of Ornette Coleman. The alto/cornet interplay is especially nice – very mesmerizing over the course of the album's very long tracks – and Watts turns out to be a great musical partner for Bobby. Titles include "Love's Dream", "Coming On", and "Roswita's Dance". CD features bonus tracks ""She", "HM Louis 1", and an alternate take of "Coming On". CD

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Helmut BrandtSpree Coast Jazz ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... $24.99 27.98
The baritone sax of German musician Helmut Brandt is at the helm– but the album's equally noteworthy for its strong use of American players Benny Bailey on trumpet, Nat Peck on trombone, and Herb Geller on alto! The concert is one of those wonderful meetings of American and European jazz talents in a large group setting – the kind of mode that cooked up most famously in the Clark Boland Big Band of the 60s – but which also was simmering all over Europe in the decade – as it does here with additional work from Europeans Ack Van Rooyen on trumpet, Stefan Von Dobrzynski on tenor and flute, Gunter Meier on piano, and Siegfried Schmidt on trombone. The tunes are mostly hard-swinging, and exploding with colors – very much in a mid 60s MPS/Saba mode – with a nice balance between individuality and group sound. Titles include "Berlin Calling", "Boris", "Opus C-Moll 794", "Trifi", "Boogie Waltz", and the long "Ferien Suite". LP, Vinyl record album

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BreakoutZagiel Ziemi ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
Great work from Breakout – a group who really know how to make the best of their male and female singer – both of whom are pictured on the cover! Both Mira Kubasinska and Tadeusz Nalepa sung together on many previous albums by the group, but there seems to be even more vocal interplay between the pair here – including some trading of lines that works well with the bluesy currents in the music, which continue to get just the right kick from the bass and drums. Titles include "Ile Olimpiad", "Dlaczego Walcze", "Maraton", "W Tlumie Stadionu", and "To Nas Laczy". CD

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Breathing EffectFisherman Abides ... CD
Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core energy comes from bass, drums, and keyboards – which sometimes have almost a fusion-like flowering, but other times have a more subdued nature – which allows singer Eli Gross to move out with these beautiful lyrics on four of the album's eight tracks – creating a mix of vocal and instrumental moments that's completely compelling! The record's a hard one to pin down – but that's the wonderful thing about it – and titles include "The Morning Swim", "Water Static", "Walking Backwards", "The Grove", "Driftwood Dialogue", and "Josephine". CD
Also available Fisherman Abides ... LP 11.99

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Breathing EffectFisherman Abides ... LP
Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core energy comes from bass, drums, and keyboards – which sometimes have almost a fusion-like flowering, but other times have a more subdued nature – which allows singer Eli Gross to move out with these beautiful lyrics on four of the album's eight tracks – creating a mix of vocal and instrumental moments that's completely compelling! The record's a hard one to pin down – but that's the wonderful thing about it – and titles include "The Morning Swim", "Water Static", "Walking Backwards", "Driftwood Dialogue", and "Josephine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Fisherman Abides ... CD 7.99

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Aaron BroomfieldI'm Gonna Miss Ya/Does Anybody Really Know ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Great electro boogie from Aaron Broomfield – a tune that mixes drum machine beats and a warmer bassline at the start, then lets this moogy keyboard line snake through the groove and really tie things together! There's no vocals at all just interplay between all the sweet electric instrumentation – which makes for a mighty catchy groove! "Does Anybody Really Know" is slightly more laidback, but maybe even funkier – with lots of cool guitar lines in an 80s take on a wah-wah mode! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Brotzmann/Aaltonen/Kowald/VesalaHot Lotta (with bonus material) ... CD
Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy ... About May 11, 2018 (delayed)
A rare chapter in the career of Peter Brotzmann – and a very smoking set cut on the Finnish scene of the early 70s! The quartet features Brotzmann on tenor and alto – playing alongside the tenor and flute of Juhani Alaltonen – both of them completely all-out and unbridled, working with the same sort of ferocious free jazz style Peter used on his initial FMP recordings! Other players include Peter Kowald on bass and Edward Vesala on percussion – the last of whom can really shift between full-on intensity and quieter, more sensitive sounds. Titles include "Hot Lotta", "After Pam Pam", "For Dee Deep Finnish Forest Cymbal Governor", and "Kippis". CD
(Includes 30 minutes of unreleased material.)

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Brotzmann/Aaltonen/Kowald/VesalaHot Lotta (with bonus material) ... LP
Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy ... About May 11, 2018 (delayed)
A rare chapter in the career of Peter Brotzmann – and a very smoking set cut on the Finnish scene of the early 70s! The quartet features Brotzmann on tenor and alto – playing alongside the tenor and flute of Juhani Alaltonen – both of them completely all-out and unbridled, working with the same sort of ferocious free jazz style Peter used on his initial FMP recordings! Other players include Peter Kowald on bass and Edward Vesala on percussion – the last of whom can really shift between full-on intensity and quieter, more sensitive sounds. Titles include "Hot Lotta", "After Pam Pam", "For Dee Deep Finnish Forest Cymbal Governor", and "Kippis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 30 minutes of unreleased material.)

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Clifford Brown & Max RoachClifford Brown & Max Roach ... CD
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Used ... $3.99
Brilliant work by the team of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – a seminal hardbop album that was one of the few to bridge the east and west coast scenes! The set was recorded in LA under the joint leadership of Brown and Roach – and features the classic quintet lineup that included Harold Land on tenor, Richie Powell (Bud's brother!) on piano, and George Morrow on bass. The mix of Roach's heavy full-on drumming and Brown's lyrical beauty is beyond compare – and Land's angular and sensitive tenor lines provide a perfect link between the two. Titles include classics like "Parisian Thoroughfare", "The Blues Walk", "Daahoud", "Jordu", and "Joy Spring". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ted Brown Sextet with Art Pepper & Warne MarshFree Wheeling ... LP
Vanguard, 1956. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the few sessions ever cut by tenorist Ted Brown – working here with a group that features Warne Marsh and Art Pepper in the frontline, with rhythm by Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums. The session's got the outward appearance of a west coast session, but has much more soul overall – the kind of Back Bay Boston sound you'd hear in 50s sessions by Charlie Mariano or Dick Johnson – with plenty of rasp on Pepper's horn, and some nice edges on Brown's as well! Tracks are short, and often with ensemble heads – but the production is beautiful, and the interplay between the three saxophonists comes through with amazing quality! Titles include "Crazy She Calls Me", "Arrival", "Once We Were Young", "Avalon", "Foolin Myself", "Aretha", and "Long Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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Dave BrubeckJazz Impressions Of New York ... LP
Columbia, 1964. Very Good+ ... $11.99
New York's a mighty big place, but it's got a nicely intimate feel in this 60s set from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – one of the combo's overlooked gems from their years on Columbia! The music is all from the TV show Mr Broadway, but there's hardly a showtune feel to the set – and instead, the groove is almost in a hip Henry Mancini sort of mode, but delivered with a smaller combo feel. Tracks are somewhat shorter than the usual Brubeck outing, and balanced nicely between upbeat tracks and more sensitive ones – the former with some well-cut lines by Paul Desmond on alto sax, the latter often with a bit more piano from Dave. The rest of the group includes Gene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Mr Broadway", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Sixth Sense", "Something To Sing About", "Spring In Central Park", "Lonely Mr Broadway", "Winter Ballad", "Upstage Rhumba", and "Summer On The Sound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 2 eye pressing.)

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Dave Brubeck with Gerry MulliganBlues Roots ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
An overlooked Dave Brubeck from the 60s – and one of his most striking sessions at the time! The album steps a bit into the Blues Roots promised in the title – but overall, it's more of a unique meeting between Brubeck's piano and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan – coming together here in warm, open quartet company – with a sound that's quite different than some of the Brubeck/Paul Desmond sessions of the time! Dave really sets the tone on piano – and is maybe a bit less concerned with overall jazz concepts than just laying down some expressive solo passages – and the group also features Jack Six on both acoustic and electric bass, and Alan Dawson on drums. Mulligan is as fluid as ever – and has that great sound he was bringing to his own small group sessions of the time – a mode that burns a gentle fire on titles that include "Broke Blues", "Journey", "Cross Ties", "Blues Roots", and "Moving Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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Vernon BurchI'll Be Your Sunshine ... LP
United Artists, 1975. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Vernon was one of the better smooth soul arrangers of the 70s, and this album from 1975 is one of his better efforts as a solo artist after stints with such groups as The Delfonics, The Bar-Kays and The Stairsteps. The record features a tight batch of self-penned tunes that move between mellow groove and up tempo funk – the latter of which are a bit weak, but the mellow cuts are all pretty nice. Titles include "Give Love A Try", "Changes", "And You Call That Love", "Loving You Gets Better With Time", and "Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny Burrell & Jimmy SmithBlue Bash ... CD
Verve, 1963. Used ... $12.99
A surprisingly great meeting between Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith – and a set that's one of Jimmy's standout small combo sessions for Verve! The feel here is much more Jimmy Smith at Blue Note than some of the bigger group Verve dates of the 60s – and Kenny Burrell's sensitive guitar lines provide wonderful company for Smith on the date – shading in his Hammond lines with a nice sense of color, in ways that really fit the late nite setting of the record. Other players on the date include either Bill English or Mel Lewis on drums, George Duvivier or Milt Hinton on bass, Vince Gambella on guitar, and Art Marotti on percussion – and titles include "Kenny's Sound", "Blues For Del", "Blue Bash", "Travelin", and "Soft Winds". CD
(Out of print Verve Masters edition.)

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✨✧ Jerry ButlerVery Best Of The Vee Jay Years ... CD
Vee Jay/Charly (UK), Early 60s. Used ... $14.99
Amazing work by one of our favorite soul singers ever – the legendary Jerry Butler, heard here in his crucial early years at Vee Jay Records! Jerry first recorded for the label as part of the young Impressions trio with Curtis Mayfield, but was pulled out to become a solo act on his own – and the result was a batch of tunes that clearly helped forge a new generation in soul music – allowing a male vocalist to skirt the line between expressive emotion and sophisticated reserve, a quality that earned Jerry the nickname of "Iceman" during these early years. It's hard to adequately sum up the power of this work in words, so we'll let Jerry's magnificent recordings do the job for us – and will only say that the set features a total of 26 tracks in all, including the titles "Smile", "I Stand Accused", "Where's The Girl", "I'm A Telling You", "A Lonely Soldier", "Lost", "Come Back My Love", "Don't Drive Me Away", "Moon River", "You Can Run", "Whatever You Want", "I've Been Trying", "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", and "Good Times". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee EagerLove We Have ... LP
Mercury, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Duets between Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager – done as serious, adult oriented soul tracks, one side of the album in an optimistic "The Love We Have" setting, the other in a sadder "The Love We Had" setting – both of them handled in a mode that's far far different than Jerry's 60s duets with Betty Everett. As with most of Jerry's Mercury work at the time, there's some wonderful tunes on the album – including a few numbers written by Terry Callier or Billy Butler – and the whole thing's produced with a subtle approach that creates a solid warm mellow soul vibe throughout. Very hip stuff – and heck, the inside cover even quotes Kenneth Rexroth! Titles include "Lean On Me", "As The Seasons Change", "I Like Your Lovin", "Can't Understand It", "How Long Will It Last", and "Were We Lovers, "Were We Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some marker on front.)

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Charlie ByrdJazz At The Showboat ... LP
Offbeat, Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
Very early work from Charlie Byrd – a cool little record that has him playing at his home turf of the Showboat club in DC, and working with a group that includes a fair bit of horn players! The style's quite different than Byrd's better-known Brazilian work of the 60s, or his lusher large group sets – as tunes move between small combo club grooving and some more ambitious modes that are almost 50s chamber jazz. Ginny Byrd sings on two tracks, but others are instrumental – and players include the mighty Buck Hill on tenor, plus T Carson on piano, Keter Betts on bass and cello, Bobby Felder on valve trombone, and Kenneth Pasamanick on bassoon. Titles include "Tri X", "Blue Turning Grey Over You", "Byrd's Word", "Conversation Piece", "Top's Tune", "Buck's Hill", and "Don't Explain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove.)

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Lucia CadotschSpeak Low ... CD
Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $7.99 15.99
Such a cool little record – one that's quite different than the usual sort of jazz vocal session, thanks to some very "mouthy" tenor work from Otis Sandsjo, who almost acts as a second sort of singer on the set! Lucia Cadotsch is in the lead, with just the bass of Petter Eldh as the third element in the set – and her own vocals are often mirrored by inflections from Otis on the tenor – with a really compelling sound that articulates a beautiful space between the lyrics and the basslines, and completely transforms the tunes! Cadotsch is a slightly moody singer, but the use of tenor and bass really transport her elsewhere – on titles that include "Slow Hot Wind", "Strange Fruit", "Ain't Got No I Got No Life", "Don't Explain", "Deep Song", "Some Other Spring", and "Gloomy Sunday". CD

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John CageImaginary Landscapes ... CD
Hat Now (Switzerland), 1995. Used ... $15.99
Classic electronic and percussive compositions by John Cage – performed here with sounds from a wide range of sources – including drums, cymbals, radios, turntables, and a number of other recordings! The performance is the first to actually bring together all of the different strands of Cage's Imaginary Landscape compositions – written between 1939 and 1952, and still light years ahead of their time – beautifully recorded here, at a level that's far greater than might have been the case in the 50s! Direction is by Jan Williams, and the performance features the Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, plus assorted artists working turntables, radios, and other source recordings! CD

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John Cage/Tania ChenElectronic Music For Piano ... CD
Omnivore, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A completely amazing presentation of this very unusual piece by John Cage – one that plays with chance actions and sound even more than the original composition! The format is very unusual – producer Gino Robair (who's almost part of the performance himself) recorded pianist Tania Chen in three different duet versions of the work – one with Thurston Moore on guitar, one with Jon Leidecker on mobiles and mixer, and one with David Toop on a variety of electronic elements and feedback! Then, Robair layered all three duets together at once, and had the record move between them with chance action – almost like you're flipping the switch back and forth between three channels on a mixing board, but at a much more random level. The end result moves between noise and silence, fuzz and clarity, electricity and earthiness – all in the space of a 69 minute performance. CD

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John Cale & Terry RileyChurch of Anthrax ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $8.99
One of those landmark meetings of mighty talents that sounds even better on record than it does on paper – as the set somehow finds this really special space that's completely between all the best early 70s modes of both Terry Riley and John Cale! Cale was really coming into his own at the time as a solo act – creating amazing records after leaving the Velvet Underground, but also still tied to the deeper art scene from which he emerged. Riley was on the way to becoming one of the most popular of the more modern composers – thanks to a nod from The Who, and a big audience for his wonderfully trippy records on Columbia. The label allowed the pair to create this really special music here – sounds that borrow from Riley's minimalism, while also having some of the darkness of Cale's own compositions – and coming across with this jagged, almost modal sort of approach that's really great. Cale only sings on one song, and the rest of the set is instrumental – as Riley plays piano, organ, and soprano sax – and Cale joins in on bass, guitar, viola, and harpsichord. The two of them groove together in these totally cool tracks that build and build, with minimal lines repeating over and over in endlessly fascinating groove – in a way that touches on a weirdly funky mode! The cut "Ides Of March" has the potential to be dancefloor groover in the jazz dance scene, and there's lots of other great tracks like "Church of Anthrax", "The Protege", and "The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles". CD

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Jonas Cambien TrioWe Must Mustn't We ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that announces its difference right from the very first note – then keeps on setting itself apart with each new musical selection! The group's led by pianist Jonas Cambien – who can play both warmly and starkly – and the sound is balanced between the drums and percussion of Andreas Wildhagen, and the reed work of Andre Roligheten – who blows tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and flute – often with textural tones that fold in nicely alongside the piano and drums! Yet despite that statement, there's also no set style to the group – as they really explore different interpolations of their instruments on every track – often in ways that seem to have an inherent structure, but which are also strikingly new as well – maybe even more powerful because of their tuneful inclinations than if the musicians were more free-minded. Titles include "Creationism", "Swear Like A Bear", "Unlikely Friendship", "Long Long Long", "Sister You Proved Me Right", "Crib", and "Animalism". CD

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✨✧ John CarpenterAnthology – Movie Themes 1974 to 1998 ... CD
Sacred Bones, 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
John Carpenter takes his classic film themes, and does them one better – by working here with his Lost Themes Band in some wonderful new versions of these famous tunes! The music is still very heavy on that stark guitar and keyboard style that Carpenter virtually invented in the late 70s – but there's also this flowing, unified vibe throughout – as the band do a great job of re-exploring this music, in a way that ties together all the different cinematic moments, and makes them feel like one very cohesive album! The project's way better than other recent concert of live album's of this nature – and from other contemporary John Carpenter projects, it's clear that the maestro is still very much alive and well. Titles include "The Fog","Prince Of Darkness", "Halloween", "Porkchop", "Starman", "Dark Star", "Christine", "In The Mouth Of Madness", "Escape From New York", and "Assault On Precinct 13". CD

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Nell Carter with Galt MacDermotNell Carter Sings The Gospel – Take This Bread – A Mass In Our Time ... CD
Kilmarnock, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99
A wonderful little record that's way way more than you'd even expect from the title – an early 70s collaboration between arranger Galt MacDermot and singer Nell Carter on a project of all original material with a very soulful vibe! The set isn't gospel tunes sung by a soul artist – and instead features these cool, complicated grooves that have all the best MacDermot touches that we love in his best soundtracks – played by Galt on piano with Bernard Purdie on drums, Seldon Powell on tenor, and Bad Bascomb on bass – a mighty tight combo who make the whole thing groove a lot more than you'd expect! And Nell Carter isn't the only singer, either – as the record also features a lot of work by Salome Bey, of Andy & The Bey Sisters fame – as well as the Howard Roberts Chorale, who were really getting righteous at this time. Many titles are short, and the whole thing works together beautifully as kind of a single piece – with titles that include "Cleaning Me With Fire", "May God Care", "Strange Gods", "Self From Self", "Up To The Altar", "In The Name Of The Father", "Sanctus", and "Out Of The Depths". CD

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Daniela CasaArte Moderna ... LP
Flipper/Cacophonic (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Modern art, but of the sonic variety – served up here by composer Daniela Casa on a rare sound library album, but with a free-thinking quality that rivals the best of the avant garde at the time! Unlike some more staid, academic record, there's no overarching concept here – no detailed notes that you need to read to "get" the music. Instead, Casa creates these short, dark little passages of sound – sometimes very abstract, occasionally tuneful – with elements that move between free jazz, atonal piano and woodwinds, offbeat strings, and even a bit of Fender Rhodes! The whole thing's a great reminder of just how much genius was bubbling up in Italy during the 70s – so much so that a record like this, which would have been worthy of release by Columbia or Deutsche Grammophon in bigger scenes, was only pressed up in small quantities by the Flipper music label. Titles include "Concetto Informale", "Dimensione Umana", "Prima Maniera", "Ricerca Della Materia", "Visione Surreale", and "Ricerca Cromatica". LP, Vinyl record album

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Catch UpCatch Up Vol 1 ... LP
Sommor (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... About June 1, 2018
A classic bit of 70s funk from Germany – and a long-lost treasure finally back out again on reissue! This rare 1975 set was the brainchild of 3 of Germany's funkiest jazz players – drummer Charly Antolini, whose drums crackled on some of the best MPS recordings; keyboardist Max Greger Jr, who made some great straighter albums in the 60s; and bassist Milan Pilar, an electric player with a really warm and round tone. Together, the trio grooves through some excellent funky numbers – really jamming with a soulful groove, as Greger switches effortlessly between piano, moog, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, and organ! Includes the funky break classic "Onkel Joe" – plus gems like "Moonlight On a Bald Head", "Catch Up", "Blues For The Kaiser", "Lydia", and "Spinning Wheel". LP, Vinyl record album

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Catch Up IIBirth Of The Second Life ... LP
Production Dessinee (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The rare second set from the Catch Up combo of the 70s – a cool German group with a very MPS-like groove – a nicely messed-up mix of funk and jazz elements, sorted out into a great new groove! The group's headed by bassist Milan Pilar – whose electric instrument really has a great way of bringing things up from the bottom – guiding the more freewheeling elements with a nice pulse that never lets the proceedings get too out of hand – but does allow for plenty of interplay between Herb Geller on alto and soprano sax, Ack Van Rooyen on trumpet, Max Greger Jr on piano, Rudi Wilfer on keyboards, and other group members on percussion. Things are pretty darn funky throughout – with a great sort of sound library groove – and titles include "Clown", "To Ali Cante", "End Of The Beginning Of The End", "Uru", "Bigosh", and "Birth Of The Second Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, with obi!)

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Chairmen Of The Board feat Ken KnoxWords Left Unsaid ... CD
MoPhilly, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99
Wonderful contemporary work from the legendary Chairmen Of The Board – not exactly the same version of the group that climbed the charts at the start of the 70s, but one that definitely gets their spirit completely right! The album's a recent recording, but it features plenty of vintage talent on board – including the Philly songwriting team of the Steals Brothers, and Detroit soul legend McKinley Jackson on production work – handling things with an approach that really reminds us of the kind of group soul albums they cut back in the day! Ken Knox is the lead here, with a very different style than that of General Johnson – and in a way, the album's maybe thought of best as a criss-cross between classic Philly group and Detroit modes, rather than just another Chairmen Of The Board set. Titles include "Each Morning I Wake Up", "Words Left Unsaid", "No One Else", "I'm Ready Willing & Able", "Get Your Lovin", "All I Need Is You Tonight", and "Get Your Lovin (DJ mix)". CD

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✨✧ CherrelleCherrelle – Icon ... CD
Tabu, Mid 80s. Used ... $4.99
Choice material from Cherelle's great run with the Tabu label and producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in the 80s – with the best hit singles, the duets with Alexander O'Neal, a few 12" extended mixes and other nice stuff! It's also a well chosen split between laidback numbers and the rave up 80s synth soul. Titles include "Fragile...Handle With Care", Cherrelle's great version of "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", "Stay With Me", "Will U Satisfy?", "Tears Of Koy", "Saturday Love (12" Extended Version)" and "When You Look In My Eyes (12" Extended Version)" with Alexander O'Neal, "Everything I Miss At Home" and more. CD

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Don CherryHome Boy – Sister Out ... CD
Barclay/We Want Sounds (France), 1985. New Copy ... About June 15, 2018
The connection between the spacey jazz trumpet of Don Cherry, and the later urban funk of his daughter Nenah, always seems a bit weak – until you hear this 1985 effort, which has Cherry working in a strange mix of contemporary rhythms and his older funkier styles. Cherry actually lays down vocals on a number of tracks, in a self conscious bluesy sort of way that's almost in a pomo kitschy style. The effect doesn't always work, but there's more than a few interesting moments on the LP. Titles include "Art Deco", "Call Me", "Rappin Recipie", and "Treat Your Lady Right". CD

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Don CherryHome Boy – Sister Out ... LP
Barclay/We Want Sounds (France), 1985. New Copy (reissue)... About June 15, 2018
The connection between the spacey jazz trumpet of Don Cherry, and the later urban funk of his daughter Nenah, always seems a bit weak – until you hear this 1985 effort, which has Cherry working in a strange mix of contemporary rhythms and his older funkier styles. Cherry actually lays down vocals on a number of tracks, in a self conscious bluesy sort of way that's almost in a pomo kitschy style. The effect doesn't always work, but there's more than a few interesting moments on the LP. Titles include "Art Deco", "Call Me", "Rappin Recipie", and "Treat Your Lady Right". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie ChristianGenius Of The Electric Guitar ... CD
Columbia, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $3.99
The birth of modern jazz guitar – seminal sides recorded by Charlie Christian, working in small group format with Benny Goodman in the '40's. Christian's tone on the instrument is fantastic – and even though the style of the tracks is more in the swing era mode, there's a direct line between his playing and later work by Grant Green and other 60s jazz guitar giants. 16 tracks in all, including "Six Appeal", "Waiting For Benny", "Seven Come Eleven", "Airmail Special", "Breakfast Feud", and "Wholly Cats". CD
(Columbian Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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Suzanne CianiHelp Help – The Globolinks ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Some of the coolest, weirdest music that electronic genius Suzanne Ciani ever recorded – sounds for a live performance of a socially-conscious opera – but done with a very eerie vibe that must have overwhelmed any of the artists on the stage! On record, the music works more as one long, abstract journey in sound – very spacey at times, with a mode that almost updates some of the early 60s Dutch electronic experiments, especially their shift between waves and bursts, soundscapes and punctuated parts – which Ciani handles beautifully here! And given the 1980 date of the record, the music feels much more in line with the analogue generation of two decades back – quite different than the new age electronics Ciani would record a few years later, and every bit as dark and spooky as the cover might imply. LP, Vinyl record album

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Stelvio CiprianiSolamente Nero ... CD
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the darkest soundtracks we've ever heard from Stelvio Cipriani – a set that has some of the sweeter, more erotic touches of his other 70s work – but which also features a colder, electronic undercurrent as well – a very creepy style that's very much in the Halloween genre of film scoring! Cipriani's approach here is somewhat different than that of his Italian contemporaries – a bit less iconic, and willing to change things up a bit from time to time. But there's also some undeniably strong themes that run through the music too – including one swirling bit of dark analogue synth that almost feels as if it was pulled from some early 80s British industrial album. CD features wonderfully remastered sound – and features a 22 titles that include "L'Ossessione", "La Dolce Sandra", "Lettere", "Gli Inganni", and "Incubi Riccorrenti". CD

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Chuck CisselJust For You ... LP
Arista, 1979. Very Good ... $4.99
A great debut for singer Chuck Cissel – a vocalist who started on the stage in New York, but made an easy move to records with this late 70s gem! Cissel's got a nicely laidback approach – never as overdone as some soul singers who hail from shows – and that quality is greatly enhanced by producer Skip Scarborough, who's at the height of his modern soul talents here, and balances Cissel between wonderful mellow and midtempo numbers, plus a few occasional groovers. Chuck's got a voice that slides right into the Scarborough grooves with ease – and titles include "Emergency", "River Of Love", "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry", "Do You Believe", "Lady In My World", and "I've Been Needing Love So Long". LP, Vinyl record album

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CitizensCitizens Sing About A City Of People ... LP
Laurie, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
An album of original songs by Lou Stallman and Sid Jacobson – with a vibe that's halfway between righteous lefty politics and a children's book! Titles include "The Island", "A City Of People", "Somebody Sang In Sing Sing", "Even Cities Go To Sleep", and "Jobs". Beautiful cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dee ClarkHold On – It's Dee Clark ... LP
Vee Jay, 1961. Very Good ... $16.99
A real classic from Chicago soulman Dee Clark – and one of those crazy Vee Jay albums packaged in a cover with an image of young white love! Despite that cloying image, though, the record has a tremendous depth – and is a great illustration of the versatility of Clark at his best, especially on some of the lesser-known numbers. There's a vocal range here that easily matches Jackie Wilson at his best, and which nicely slides between ballads and more upbeat numbers – both done with some nice string-heavy arrangements. Titles include the classic "Raindrops", plus "Hold On", "Whisperin Grass", "Cindy", "Your Friends", "I Want To Love You", "Always Together", and "Portrait Of My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Mike Clark & Delbert BumpRetro Report ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Funky drummer Mike Clark works here with organist Delbert Bump – co-leading a session with a nice blend of classic Hammond modes and a trace of 70s funk! The core group's a quartet – with Vince Denham on tenor and soprano sax, and Elias Lucero on guitar – although the main energy of the record definitely happens between the Hammond and the drums – in a way that recalls the groove between Jack McDuff and Joe Dukes, even though the Clark/Bump sound is very different! Delbert soars out nicely, with an understanding of all the Hammond innovations in recent decades, but with an approach that's never overindulgent – on titles that include "Chicken", "Alice In Wonderland", "Deep In The Inner City", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "More Chicken", "Peri's Scope", and "Well You Needn't". CD

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Linda CliffordLinda ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Sealed ... $7.99
Linda's first effort for Curtom, and a record that's got a bit more soul than some of her later more disco-oriented albums. Unfortunately, it's also got a bit more schmaltz – but if you stay away from the sillier cuts, you'll get some tasty mellow soul that's a good bridge between Linda's earlier singles and her later hits. Leroy Hutson produced the sophisticated stepper "Only Fooling Myself", and the rest of the material was handled by Gil Askey, including a good cover of Al Green's "Still In Love With You", Bunny Sigler's "From Now On", and the track "You Can Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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