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Masaru ImadaCarnival (with bonus track) ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
Masaru Imada gets a bit tropical here, but also picks up some great help on horns – thanks to guest work from the Brecker Brothers, whose performance on a few tracks really help give the set a strong soul fusion vibe! The core sounds come from Imada's quintet – which has the leader playing both acoustic and Fender Rhodes, with guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – and on those tracks that feature the Breckers, the whole thing really comes together – with that richness of sound and surprising current of soul that we love on the best Japanese fusion albums of the time. Even the non-Brecker tracks are pretty great – and titles include "Ripples In Recife", "Surf Dance", "Sunset Walk", "Gentle Breeze", and "Carnival". CD features a bonus radio edit of "Carnival". CD

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Jaco PastoriusInvitation ... CD
Warner (UK), 1983. Used ... $7.99
A late session from Jaco Pastorius – one that features the famous bassist at the helm of his Word Of Mouth big band, recorded live in Tokyo with a very full and funky sound! Players in the group include Bob Mintzer on saxes, Don Alias on percussion, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Peter Erskine on drums, and Toots Thielemans on harmonica – plus an array of brass and woodwind players who expand the core sound tremendously. The overall style is more in a funky fusion mode than some of Jaco's other albums – and titles include "The Chicken", "Liberty City", "Invitation", "Soul Intro", "Reza", and "Fannie Mae". CD

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Jon FaddisGood & Plenty ... CD
Dunhill, 1978. Used ... $6.99
One of the few 70s albums issued under the name of trumpeter Jon Faddis – a player who worked on countless studio sessions over the years, but only got a few chances to record under his own name! The album's got a feel that's similar to some of Jon's session work over the years – full backings by Leon Pendarvis that are very much in a soul-influenced style – with bits of disco in the mix on some cuts, and a mellow fusion-based style on others. The album's less of a straight jazz album than it is a smoother R&B-sounding one – but Faddis still gets in plenty of nice moments, alongside other players that include Michael Brecker on tenor, Harold Vick on flute, John Tropea on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Leon Pendarvis on electric piano. Titles include "Slow Walkin", "Razor Blade", "Baker Street", "Ridin Easy Ridin High", and "Good & Plenty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Hal GalperGuerilla Band ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Electric piano genius from Hal Galper – one of his best non-acoustic albums ever, and a set that's filled with moody colors and changes! The album's a fair bit more dynamic than some of Galper's other albums from the 70s – with horns from the Brecker Brothers, guitar from Bob Mann, and tightly rhythmic work on the bottom that makes some of the best numbers hear all-out funky jams! There's a sharply angular feel to the record that's made it a favorite for beatheads for years – plenty of tunes that are ripe for samples, even when things get slightly mellow – and Galper's approach to the keys is really amazing, unlike any other player we can think of at the time! Titles include "Figure Eight", "Call", "Black Night", "Point of View", "Welcome To My Dream", and "Rise & Fall". CD

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White Elephant (Mike Mainieri)White Elephant ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1972. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A cool classic from vibist Mike Mainieri – easily one of his hippest albums ever – and an all-star blend of jazz and funky fusion! There's a brilliance here that's undeniable – a focused, soaring sort of energy that reminds us a lot of the best British funky big band records of the same time – and like those sets, there's also a slight undercurrent of rock music going on too – but only in a way that further hips up the groove! The group here is quite a large ensemble – hence the White Elephant name – and in addition to Mike's own great work on keyboards (plus a bit of vibes, although uncredited), the set also features Michael Brecker on tenor, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Joe Beck on guitar, Ronnie Cubar on baritone sax, Jon Faddis on trumpet, and Warren Bernhardt on keyboards. Rhythm is from Steve Gadd on drums and Tony Levin on bass – and all players work here at their best early level – never too tight or too slick, just sharp-edged and crackling with energy throughout. There's some vocals on the set – either from Mike, or Nick Holmes and Ann Sutton – sometimes straight lyrics to tunes, but other times more of a chorus type that fits in alongside the instrumentation. But given the presence of so many jazz heavyweights on the record, there's certainly an equal focus on the instrumentation – if not more! Titles include "Monkey", "Field Song", "Animal Fat", "The Jones", "Save The Water Party", "Broadway Joe", "Dreamsong", "Right Back", "Sunshine Clean", and "Gunfighter". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original embossed cover, with light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Frank ZappaZappa In New York ... LP
DiscReet, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Frank Zappa live in the 70s – working with a surprisingly hip large ensemble, with all the sharp changes and unusual moments of his classic studio albums! Like some of Zappa's other concert performances, there's an approach that steps a few years back – clearly to please the group coming to hear their favorites, but in a way that also offers up a nice sharpening-up of the music too – especially given that the whole thing's happening live on stage! There's some great jazz help here – horns from The Brecker Brothers, Lou Marini, Ronnie Cuber, and Tom Malone – plus wonderful vibes from Dave Samuels and keyboards from Eddie Jobson – and even a bit of narration from Don Pardo. Titles include "I'm The Slime", "Titties & Beer", "Cruisin For Burgers", "The Illinois Enema Bandit", "Punky's Whips", "Big Leg Emma", and "Sofa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Censored version. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Don CherryHear & Now ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Important 70s work from Don Cherry – one of the first albums to bring his overseas experiments to a larger US audience! The set builds nicely off of styles that Don forged earlier in France and Scandinavia – a freer style of music than his work with Ornette Coleman, and a richly organic groove that builds up strongly from the bottom, often with elements of world music settled in alongside the jazz – but there's also some funkier moments here too, a bit like the Brown Rice album, but looser overall! The groups on most numbers are relatively large and spiritual – almost like Alice Coltrane at times, but a bit more electric and funky at others – and players include Collin Walcott on sitar, Michael Brecker on saxes, Cliff Carter on keyboards, Lenny White and Tony Williams on drums, Lois Colin on harp, and Raphael Cruz on percussion. Cherry himself plays conch shells, bells, and flute in addition to his usual trumpet – and he even sings a bit on a few numbers, in a soulful, scatting sort of groove. Narada Michael Walden produced, and the whole set's got a very righteous feel – with tracks that include "Universal Mother", "Buddah's Blues", "Eagle Eye", "Mahakali", "Karmapa Chenno", "Surrender Rose", and "Journey Of Milarepa". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hal GalperWild Bird ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by pianist Hal Galper – and that's saying a lot, given his huge legacy of records! This set has Hal working in a strongly electric mode – using an electric piano with the same sort of spacious qualities he could bring to acoustic – never jamming as hard as some of his more dynamic 70s contemporaries, but in a really great way that creates a special energy on the record – not just for Galper, but also for the groupmates, who really seem to bring out their best. The lineup includes Randy Brecker on trumpet and Michael Brecker on tenor and soprano sax – both playing in the darker edges of their sound – and the record also features guitar, bass, and drums. Some moments are funky, but the real stand out tracks have an even more special electric vibe – and titles include "This Moment", "Whatever", "Wild Bird", and "Change Up". CD

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✨✧ Steve KhanArrows ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The last in a classic trilogy of late 70s fusion albums that Steve Khan cut for Columbia records – and a set that really has him bringing his sound together in a wonderful way! Khan was working with Steely Dan on the Gaucho album at the time of the recordings – testified by Donald Fagan's notes to the record – and he really seems to have picked up their large overall musical vision, that way of making things perfect, but never in a slick style – working here with other fusion giants who include Don Grolnick on Fender Rhodes, Michael Brecker on tenor and soprano sax, and Randy Brecker on trumpet – plus lots of great drums from Steve Gadd. Titles include the extended "City Suite", plus "Candles", "Daily Village", "Calling", and "Some Arrows". CD

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✨✧ Pat Metheny80/81 ... LP
ECM, 1980. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most striking Pat Metheny albums of the period – as the set features the guitarist working with an all-star group that actually features 2 horn players! The group's a quintet, with Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker on tenor sax – blowing in open and spacious modes that complement the sound of Metheny's guitar nicely and really give the set a different feel. The rest of the group features Charlie Haden on bass and Jack De Johnette on drums – and the double space of the set is well used on a set of tracks that includes "Two Folk Songs", "The Bat", "Turnaround", "Open", "Pretty Scattered", and "Goin Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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