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Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneNew Directions In Sound ... CD
Mira/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked up nicely with some hard-rolling rhythm work that gave their tracks a similar mod groove to classics by Johnny Lytle, Ramsey Lewis, or Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers! But the real difference with the ABQ (if we can call them that!) is that they had a really spacious approach to their sound – never putting too much into the mix, and instead using the space between the notes every bit as much as the notes themselves. The grooves are great, and since most of this work has never been reissued, the set's totally fresh to the ears of most listeners! As usual, the folks at BGP have done a great job with the notes – and the set features 22 tracks from the group's Mira, Surrey, and Crestview recordings – titles that include "Monkey Time", "Freaks", "La La La", "Southside Habit", "Mirror Image", "Afro Rock", "Evening Of The Beast", "Spartacus", "Candie Luv", and "Our Mambo". CD

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✨✧ AirAir Song (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Why Not/Polystar (Japan), 1975. Used ... $19.99
A tremendous album from Air – recorded in their native Chicago, but one of the landmark 70s sessions on Japan's Why Not label! The trio is in wonderful formation here – very focused, with a sharpness that you don't always get in some of their other recordings – a perfect balance between the reeds of Henry Threadgill, bass of Fred Hopkins, and drums of Steve McCall! There's a tightness here that we really love – a bold sense of power that takes the AACM tradition, and fuses it with more of a 70s spiritual jazz approach at times – still experimental enough to live up to Air's reputation, but with occasional rhythmic elements that really push things forward. The album only features 4 tracks – but all of them are long, and stepped in soul – with titles that include "The Great Body Of The Riddle Or Where Where The Dodge Boys When My Clay Started To Slide", "Untitled Tango", and "Dance Of The Beast". CD
(Out of print.)

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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $24.99
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Aminadav AloniOnce ... LP
Dual Planet (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 29.99
Weird, wild, and very electronic – an obscure soundtrack from Israeli composer Aminadav Aloni – done in a style that's halfway between the more avant American analogue experiments of the 60s, and some of the spacier European styles to come! The whole thing's a mix of moogy moments, darker keyboards, and some more brash electronic bits – and overall, the sound is never too noisy or jarring – just right at the perfect point of farther expression, before everything falls apart – maybe like Dutch electronic work from someone like Tom Dissevelt. Compelling all the way through – and with titles that include "Those Who Play", "Loss", "Found", "Out Of The Fire", and "Follow The Leader". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Barry Altschul 3Dom FactorTales Of The Unforseen ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2015. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
A tremendous trio outing, and a record that really illustrates the newfound strength we've heard from drummer Barry Altschul in recent years – music so great, it's almost as if he's taken a time machine back to the groundbreaking days of his youth! The play on "freedom" in the trio's name is no joke – as a good part of the album features improvised compositions, mixed with very freewheeling takes on a few other jazz numbers – balanced beautifully between melodic elements and rhythmic progressions, served up very equally from Barry on drums and percussion, Joe Fonda on bass, and the mighty Jon Irabagon on tenor, soprano, sopranino sax, and flute! Fonda's presence is especially great – as he plays here with a really soulful, deep-toned quality that holds things together even at their most dynamic, individual moments – and titles include "As The Tale Begins", "Annette's Tale Of Miracles", "And The Tale Ends", and "A Drummer's Tale". CD

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Animated EggGuitar Freakout (with bonus tracks) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sundazed, 1968. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99 36.98
Freaky fuzzy guitars from the great Jerry Cole – working here under the name of The Animated Egg – not a real group, but a one-off studio project! The music is much trippier than Jerry's famous surf work – more fuzz on the amps, and a romping sort of rhythm that often takes these tunes right into Cherrystones funky rock territory, which is always treat for ears like ours – and the music veers between hard 60s instrumentals and modder Now Sound territory – thanks to some burning organ alongside the tight guitar and drums. The original rare album has been really expanded here – with a full bonus set of work from related Jerry Cole Groups who include The Generation Gap, T Swift & The Electric Bag, and The Projection Company. 21 tracks in all – with titles that include "A Love Built On Sand", "I Said She Said Ah Cid", "Tomorrow", "Sure Listic", "Fools Luck", "What's Your Bag", "Boil The Kettle", "Expo In Sound", "Light Show", "That's How It Is", "Sock It My Way", and "Sippin & Trippin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl!)

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ArcsArcs Vs The Inventors EP (10 inch single) (2015 Black Friday Release) ... 12-inch
Nonesuch, 2015. New Copy (pic cover)... $12.99
Gritty garage rock/blues/soul drenched supergroup – with a lineup that includes Dan Auerbach of Black Keys, Leon Michels of the El Michels Affair and other underground funk projects, Homer Steinweiss of the Dap-Kings and others – joined on this EP by the mighty Dr John and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos! Titles include "Skull Session", "Blessed & Burned", "Janitor", "Young", and "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Walter Zuber Armstrong & Steve LacyDuet – Alter Ego ... LP
World Artists, 1979. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Duets between Armstrong and Lacy, recorded in Holland in 1979. The album features one long track – "Alter Ego" – which features Lacy on soprano sax, and Armstrong on bass and bass clarinet. LP, Vinyl record album

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Ashford & SimpsonMusical Affair (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD features bonus tracks – "Over & Over (12" disco mix)", "Over & Over (single mix)", "Tried Tested & Found True (single mix)", "So So Satisfied (single mix)", and "Tried Tested & True (Mike Maurro unreleased mix)". CD

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✨✧ Atlantic StarrRadiant ... LP
A&M, 1980. Very Good- ... $2.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Atomic/School DaysNuclear Assembly Hall ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. Used 2CD ... $11.99
They got the title right on this incendiary release, yet another transatlantic love affair between a nice patch of forward thinking Nordic improvisers and some of our own homegrown talent. The School Days quartet is a group that grew out of connections built up through the extended Vandermark/Gustafson relationship, with two of the leading lights of Chicago new school – Vandermark and Jeb Bishop – in the front line teaming up with a European rhyhtm section – Haker Flaten and Nilssen-Love – and taking inspiration from the landmark Lacy/Rudd recordings they derived their name from. As it happens, the rhythm section are from the group Atomic, with whom you may be familiar from their excellent Jazzland recordings, combining the best of the free avant scene with a strong rhythmic underpinning. This set of all original material bristles with energy, as the playing bounces between Ornette-ish phrasing, tightly arranged passages and textural improv. 9 numbers in all, spread out over 2 CDs, including "W Meets A", "Transparent taylor", "Ink Worm", "Kerosene", "Conjugations" and "Dog Days". CD

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album

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Albert AylerBells/Prophecy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ESP, 1964/1965. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A double-length set that brings together 2 key early live sets by Albert Ayler – both recorded on the New York scene of the mid 60s! Bells was an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a group that includes Donald Ayler on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on percussion – all coming together in a raw, real sense of freedom – beautifully explored here without ever getting too overindulgent. The tune may well be one of the greatest illustrations of the ESP format at its best – as Ayler and company never stray too far, but carve out some incredibly imaginative space through their starkly-blown horn solos! Prophecy is longer – a full album that was recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after Ayler's untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". And then, if that's not enough, the 2CD package also features more material from the Prophecy sessions – 6 more tracks originally issued on the Albert Smiles With Sunny album – with titles that include "Saints", "Children", "Ghosts", "Spirits", and "Wizard" – all in different versions. CD
Also available Bells/Prophecy (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Albert AylerBells/Prophecy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ESP, 1964/1965. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A double-length set that brings together 2 key early live sets by Albert Ayler – both recorded on the New York scene of the mid 60s! Bells was an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a group that includes Donald Ayler on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on percussion – all coming together in a raw, real sense of freedom – beautifully explored here without ever getting too overindulgent. The tune may well be one of the greatest illustrations of the ESP format at its best – as Ayler and company never stray too far, but carve out some incredibly imaginative space through their starkly-blown horn solos! Prophecy is longer – a full album that was recorded live in 1964 at the Cellar Cafe in New York, but not issued by ESP until years later, after Ayler's untimely early death. The performance is a trio outing – with Ayler's tenor alongside the bass of Gary Peacock and drums of Sunny Murray – all freely skirting around each other's space on the date, in a way that allows Ayler to take the bold lead with his sharp-toned solos, but which also allows for free interplay between the bass and percussion. Ayler's tone and wide swaths of sound are simply amazing – and titles include two variations on "Ghosts", plus "Spirits", "Prophecy", and "Wizard". And then, if that's not enough, the 2CD package also features more material from the Prophecy sessions – 6 more tracks originally issued on the Albert Smiles With Sunny album – with titles that include "Saints", "Children", "Ghosts", "Spirits", and "Wizard" – all in different versions. CD
Also available Bells/Prophecy (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Albert AylerNew Grass/Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $11.99
Late greatness from Albert Ayler – two Impulse albums back to back! New Grass is one of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring backing by "the Soul Singers" – at others, he plays solo, with some of the most plaintive tones he ever laid down on wax! The record features an incredibly haunting "Message From Albert", plus the tracks "New Generation", "Sun Watcher", "New Ghosts", and "Free At Last". Completely fascinating, and a record that really makes you wonder what would have happened had he not died a mysterious young death! Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe is a really mind-expanding album that's unlike anything else he ever did! By the time of the record, Ayler had made a full round trip between the New York and European jazz scenes – leaving important influences wherever he went, and trying desperately to pick up new ones the further he moved on. Here, he's working in a style that's a bit like that of Archie Shepp at the time – still steeped in free jazz and new thing ideals, but infused with a free-thinking approach to the music that allows for bold new styles and sounds. In addition to his own stunning work on tenor, Ayler's also blowing bagpipes and vocalizing a bit next to singer Mary Maria, who does a great recitation on one track of the record. Rhythm is by the two-bass team of Stafford James and Bill Folwell, next to drums by Muhammad Ali – and the whole thing's capped off by guitarist Henry Vestine, who plays in modes that range from bluesy to free. At the time, this one was kind of dismissed as a messed-up mistake that occurred at the end of Ayler's too-short life – but honestly, over the years, this record really really opens itself to us more and more, and we have to say that we think it's one of his most groundbreaking albums! Titles include "Island Harvest", "Drudgery", "Oh Love Of Life", "Masonic Inborn (part 1)", and "A Man Is Like A Tree". CD

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Charles AznavourCharles Aznavour Rarities ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $15.99
Rare work from French songwriting giant Charles Aznavour – the talent who penned so many great songs for Edith Piaf, then went on to his own tremendous career as a singer! This set brings together lots of obscure tracks from Charles – including some recorded in the 60s and 70s, appearing here for the first time ever – mixed with some under-discovered gems from older records – almost all pulled from Aznavour's great run of records for the Barclay label, with arrangements that move between upbeat and groovy moments, to some of the lush sounds that always worked great for the singer's famous vocal approach. Titles include "Viens Donne-Nous La Main", "La Boheme", "De T'Avoir Aimee", "Ma Mie", "Pour Fair Une Jam", "Un Million De Fois", "Cherie Laisse-Toi Aimer", "Je T'Aime", "Merci Madame La Vie", and "Who". CD

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AzymuthAzimuth (Linha Do Horizonte) ... CD
Som Livre/Far Out (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
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". CD
(40th Anniversary edition.)

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Luis BacalovSummertime Killer ... CD
Rambling (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
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". CD

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Dave Bailey2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP
Epic, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
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
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2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP 4.99
2 Feet In The Gutter (Japanese pressing) ... CD 26.99
 
 
 



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