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VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $5.99
A great document of the transformation of soul music in the 70s – a unique stretch when folks started experimenting with some of the new electronic elements that were surfacing on the market – using them to really change things up with a new groove! Key examples of this trend can be found in the music of Shuggie Otis (Inspiration Information) and Timmy Thomas (Why Can't We Live Together) – but there was lots more activity going on as well – and this wicked set from Chocolate Industries brings together the best from the late 70s/early 80s underground! Most tracks here were issued on small labels, and barely got any circulation – but they all show a Shuggie-like sense of experimentation with electronic sounds and rhythms – often used in key ways to create a slinky, percolating style of soul music that's mighty nice – not the upbeat electro disco of the 80s, but a mellower soul-based mode that's very unique! Titles include "Don't Challenge Me" by Makers, "It's All Over" by T Dyson & Company, "Master Ship" by Starship Commander Woo Woo, "Love Vibrator" by Johnny Walker, "One More Time" by Steve Elliott, "Are You Ready To Come With Me (part 2)" by USAires, "Time To Go Home" by Otis G Johnson, "A Man" by Key & Cleary, and "All About Money" by Spontaneous Overflow. CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Willie Dixon & Memphis SlimWillie's Blues ... CD
Prestige/Bluesville/Original Blues Classics, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mighty pairing of talents – the great Willie Dixon on bass and vocals, plus Memphis Slim on piano – captured together in a lean quintet that also features Wally Richardson on guitar and Al Ashby on tenor sax! The approach here is great – more folksy and unfettered – with less of the tighter mode that would be used at Chess Records, and more of an appreciation of the roots of both players – who are really allowed their personal space on the set. Dixon's always a charmer – and he wins us over again on tracks that include "Nervous", "Youth To You", "Sittin & Cryin The Blues", "I Got A Razor", "Move Me", and "Built For Comfort". CD

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✨✧ David BowieSpace Oddity (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing departure for David Bowie – hardly the kind of record you would expect from his oboe-filled tunes of a few years before – and really the start of the groundbreaking, earthshaking, reinventionist era of his genius! There's a spacious, soaring quality to Space Oddity that's every bit the kind of magical music you might hope for in a set recorded at the close of the 60s – a shift into new modes, new sounds that seem to suck up all the best influences in rock from the previous few years, but fuse it into a new cosmic vision for the next decade. And while others might stumble on cliche with the weight of such a task, Bowie pulls it off brilliantly – mixing his fuzzier feelings with some of his more personal leanings – and showcasing a newly deep sense of songwriting here that's really amazing. Some tunes have the sensitivity of work on Hunky Dory, while others burn with the fire of Man Who Sold The World – all in a balance that never sounds schizophrenic at all. Titles include"Space Oddity", "Memory Of A Free Festival", "God Knows I'm Good", "Cygnet Committee", and "Unwashed & Somewhat Slightly Dazed". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny Clarke/Andrew Cyrille/Milford Graves/Don MoyPieces Of Time ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Very Good ... $7.99
A quartet of drummers – Kenny Clarke, Don Moye, Andrew Cyrille, and Milford Graves! The group sets out half a dozen rhythmic and textural explorations of the percussive idiom, allowing a lot space for each other to work within: "Laurent", "Nibaldi Isle", "no. 11", "Energy Cycles", "Drum Song For Leadbelly" and "Pieces Of Time (personal statements)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wayne DavisView From Another Place ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
An overlooked gem from early 70s Atlantic Records – a set from singer/pianist Wayne Davis – who was brought to the label by Roberta Flack, who also handled most of the arrangements! Davis is a lot like Flack at this early point in her career – a unique talent with a style that's all his own – somewhere in a space between soul and jazz, but deeply personal, and never content to just try to hang on anyone else's expectations! That individuality is what really makes the record great – and which also, since Davis never got the hit status as Flack, has also made it a bit hard to peg by the larger music market – who've maybe helped keep the set buried a bit over the course of time. Many of the tunes have this sort of gentle flow that's a bit like Robert's first two Atlantic albums – but a few more have some of the quirkier approach to arrangements that you'll find in Eugene McDaniel's work for the label – no surprise, maybe, as McDaniels helps out on one track. Flack also sings and plays a bit of keyboards – and titles include "Joel 2:28", "How's Mama's Baby", "I Like The Things About Me That I Once Despised", "I Love You So", and a cover of Sly Stone's "Somebody's Watching You". CD

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Ned DohenyHard Candy ... CD
Asylum/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A seminal set from Ned Doheny – a lasting bit of California cool from the 70s, and a record that's every bit as refreshing as its image on the cover! The sound is tight, but never too slick – well-crafted songwriting with equally well-crafted production and studio execution – but somehow in a space that's far from the charts, too – which makes the whole thing a really great discovery in music! Ned Doheny's got a way of hitting an AOR vibe, but holding onto more personal elements too – and the vocals glide along with the music with the same charming vibe we'd find in a vintage Chris Rainbow record. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "Each Time You Pray", "When Love Hangs In The Balance", "A Love Of Your Own", "On The Swingshift", "Sing To Me", and "If You Should Fall". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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Bud FreemanBud Freeman (Bethlehem) ... CD
Bethlehem/Toshiba (Japan), 1955. Used ... $9.99
A very interesting date as a leader from tenorist Bud Freeman – partly because it's a rare date for the Bethlehem label, and partly because it's got Freeman stretching out in a different vibe than usual! The sound isn't nearly as trad as you might expect – and instead, the record's got a feel that's almost like some of the Verve Records swing sessions of the 50s – an evolved version of older modes, taken into a small combo setting that really allows some great space for personal and individual solos! In addition to Freeman's tenor, the record features some mighty nice work from Ruby Braff on trumpet – plus Al Hall on bass, George Wettling on drums, and either Ken Kersey or Dave Bowman on piano. Titles include "Hanid", "Newport News", "Stop Look & Listen", "Perdido", and "Dave's Blues". CD

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Joao GilbertoAmoroso ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A warmly intimate album from Joao Gilberto – one that has the singer and guitarist in the same special space as his wonderful albums from the early 70s - a bit more sophisticated than the bossa years, but equally personal throughout! The set was co-produced by Helen Keane – who was bringing real magic to the records of pianist Bill Evans at the time – and music is by a core combo that includes American jazz musicians Ralph Grierson on keyboards and Grady Tate on drums – with some additional larger arrangements from Claus Ogerman, but used in a way that never clutters up the sound at all. Instead, Joao sounds beautiful right up front in the mix – with those sublime raspy vocals, and perfectly-placed lines on acoustic guitar – on titles that include a fabulous reading of "Estate", plus Jobim's "Wave" and "Zingaro", and the tracks "Caminha Cruzados", "Tin Tin Por Tin Tin", and "Besame Mucho". CD

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Jerry Goldsmith/Lionel NewmanBandolero ... CD
Project 3/La La Land, 1968. New Copy ... $19.99
A way cooler soundtrack than you might expect – not only different than the usual western score of the time, but surprisingly sophisticated work for a movie that featured stars like Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Raquel Welch, and George Kennedy! The music was conducted by Lionel Newman, and it's often got this sense of spareness and space that really makes things magical – sounds just hanging there in air, isolated instruments moving in Morricone-like fashion, yet in ways that still occasionally have some of the boldness you'd expect from Jerry Goldsmith too. The themes are often personal, almost romantic – yet never soppy, and occasionally inflected with exotic elements that really keeps things interesting. CD features 28 tracks in all – the full original album, music from the film, and bonus cuts as well – with titles that include "El Jefe", "The Imposter", "Main Title", "The Violator", "The Bait", "Ambushed", "A Bad Day For Hanging", and "Sabinas". CD
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✨✧ Fred HerschFred Hersch Plays Jobim ... CD
Sunnyside, 2009. Used ... $7.99
A beautifully personal take on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim – served up in a set of solo recordings by pianist Fred Hersch, who really moves the tunes from their bossa roots into a space that's all his own! Hersch often takes a core theme of a tune, and works it over with a very different rhythmic pulse – one that's often a bit mellower than famous takes on Jobim, turning the tune over in shifting patterns of sentiment and modernity – far far away from standard bossa modes, but with a similar undercurrent of sadness. Titles include "Luiza", "O Grande Amor", "Por Toda Minha Vida", "Insensatez", "Desafinado", "Corcovado", "Modinha/Olha Maria", and "Brigas Nunca Mais". CD

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Karin KrogGeorge Gershwin & Karin Krog ... LP
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or gimmicky – and Krog shows once again that she's one of the best interpreters of song on either side of the Atlantic – hitting a space here that's just perfect, and which makes us love the record a heck of a lot more than we ever would have expected for a Gershwin-titled set! The group's a quartet, with some excellent tenor from Bjarne Nerem – who sounds especially great on an instrumental reading of "That Certain Feeling" – and titles include "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Who Cares?", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", and "They All Laughed". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Marsh & Chefa AlonsoGoodbye Red Rose ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The image on the cover really gets at the spirit of the music inside – very relaxed, sympathetic duets between Chefa Alonso on soprano sax and Tony Marsh on percussion – in a mode that really illustrates the more sensitive, personal side of improvised music at its best. Marsh plays mostly drums, but with a very open approach – almost looser in style than Alonso's soprano – which can come on in these full flurries of notes that are especially beautiful. The set features material from three different performances by the pair – illustrating their musical sympathy over the space of months – and titles include "Flim Flam One", "Frusleria Tres", "Huesca", "No Es Un Truco", and "By The Hand". CD

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesTo Be True (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break, 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, professional backings and deeply personal lyrics – as Teddy soars to the top of the mix with his excellent leads, and gets excellent support from the rest of the Blue Notes on harmonies – but also steps aside to make a bit of space to introduce singer Sharon Paige on one cut, who'd have a greater role in the group in years to come. The songwriting, production, and other Sigma Studios touches are sublime – and titles include "Hope That We Can Get Together Soon", "Where Are All My Friends", "Bad Luck", "To Be True", "Nobody Could Take Your Place", and "All Because Of A Woman". Features two bonus tracks – "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon (single version)", and "Bad Luck (Tom Moulton mix)". CD

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Marty PaichBroadway Bit ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Harvie S with Kenny BarronWitchcraft ... CD
Savant, 2013. Used ... $8.99
A beautifully warm duo – working together here with effortless ease! Bassist Harvie S sounds wonderful in the spare space of the setting – lots of gently swinging lines on acoustic bass, both rhythmic and melodic at the same moment – topped with brilliant piano work from Kenny Barron, who really has a way of expanding out the whole thing with a great amount of feeling! The format works great for Kenny, too – showing us an open, personal tone in his piano that's mighty nice – but in ways that are different than his strictly solo work too. Titles include "Juan's Theme", "Rio", "Sonia Braga", "Until Tomorrow", "Wig Wise", "For Heaven's Sake", and "Creepin". CD

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Terrell StaffordForgive & Forget ... CD
Herb Harris Music, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Maybe one of the smallest label dates from trumpeter Terrell Stafford, but also maybe one of his greatest as a leader, too – as the record's got a richly personal feel that grabs us right away! The set was done in collaboration with Herb Harris – who wrote and produced all the tracks, and really gives the record a sense of color and tone that's perfect for Stafford – allowing him to hit the most sophisticated sides of his spectrum, but in a way that's very organic and natural – and matched beautifully by work from quintet members Tim Warfield on tenor, Kevin Hays on piano, Greg Willliams on bass, and Rodney Green on drums. Warfield is an especially wonderful partner for Stafford – and the two of them balance out a lightness next to some of the darker currents of Hays' piano – all opened up beautifully in the space of Harris' writing. Titles include "The Owl Express", "No No No", "A Two Per To Fill", "The Tint Train", and "Forgive & Forget". CD

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Lizz WrightFreedom & Surrender ... LP
Concord, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $15.99 24.99
Lizz Wright just keeps on growing and growing as a singer – past the jazz and soul of her roots, to a space that easily has the singer reaching out to a much greater range of ears, but all while keeping true to her style! There's definitely a jazzy heart at the core of the record – and most instrumentation is from a small combo – but the expression in Wright's vocals moves into very personal territory that's very much her own – feeling, but never overdone – catchy, but never cloying – and set up in a balance that maintains all the class and poise we've always loved in the singer. Highlights include a duet with Gregory Porter on "Right Where You Are", and a nice cover of Nick Drake's "River Man" – and other titles include "Here & Now", "Surrender", "Blessed The Brave", "Freedom", "The Game", "Lean In", "Somewhere Down The Mystic", and "Real Life Painting". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDesconstrucao – A Portrait Of Sao Paulo's Musical Scene ... CD
Goma Gringa (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99
A killer collection of contemporary underground sounds from Brazil – not the kind of bigger pop that usually filters over here from the world music market – but instead a range of really well-chosen tracks that beautifully illustrate a new wave of creativity in the city of Sao Paulo! Despite the violence of the cover image, the music is mostly very intimate and personal – well-crafted songs that draw on earlier legacies of Brazilian music – with strands of samba, bossa, forro, and more – plus a good dose of the more experimental recent generation – all mixed together with a great deal of care, and a sense of songwriting that transcends the boundaries of language! Some of these cuts feel as if they could be from rare indie sides from the 70s, others bear a much more contemporary spirit – and together, they go a long way towards changing anyone's idea of what might be going on in 21st Century Sao Paulo. Titles include "Pena Mais Que Perfeita" by Jucara Marcal, "Obatala" by Meta Meta, "Space Charanga Abdu" by Thiago Franca, "Abraco De Ozu" by Rodrigo Campos, "Karina" by Vincente Barreto, "Na Multidao" by Thiago Franco, "Os Olhos Dela" by Rodrigo Campos, and "Oranian" by Meta Meta. CD

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VariousSky Girl – A Sentimental Journey Through Folk Pop, DIY New Wave, & Art Music Micro Presses 1961 to 1991 ... CD
Efficient Space (Australia), 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
The title uses a lot of words to try to get at the sound of music within – but one drop of the needle tells us we're in a very special sonic space! The music here is a lot more thoughtful and personal than you'd guess from the DIY – and there's a really timeless vibe that somehow unites tracks from the 60s through the 90s – although there's also a very special core right around the early 80s, where there's a kind of personal post-punk singer/songwriter vibe that some of these cuts seem to either prefigure or continue. The collection is beautiful – definitely one to inspire a whole genre of crate-digging on its own – and titles include "I Remember" by Scott Seskind, "Daddy's Little Girl" by Warfield Spillers, "I Wouldn't Dream Of It" by Joyce Heath, "I So Liked Spring" by Linda Smith, "Cold Cafe" by Karen Marks, "Consciousness Of Happening, "Joanna" by Once, "Frozen Laughter" by The Rising Storm, "Home Before Dark" by Nora Guthrie, "Feeling Sheepish" by Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadians, and "Sarra" by Gary Davenport. CD

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✨✧ Marc CaryFor The Love Of Abbey ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the late, great Abbey Lincoln – served up on a host of solo piano performances by Marc Cary – mostly of tunes penned by Lincoln herself, but also featuring a few originals as well! There's a rich, vibrant feel to the record – a quality that strikes us stronger than any other Cary recording we've heard in recent years, even though Marc's on his own here – really reaching out on the keys of the piano, with a command we never would have expected – stretching over space and tone with a sort of majesty to rival Mal Waldron or McCoy Tyner – yet also keeping things deeply personal as well. Titles include "Melancholia", "Down Here Below", "Music Is The Magic", "Love Evolves", "Down Here Below The Horizon", "Transmute", "Throw It Away", and "Who Used To Dance". CD

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✨✧ Larry DixonStar Time – Larry Dixon & Lad Productions Inc – Chicago 1971 to 1987 (4LP set) ... LP
Past Due, 1970s/1980s. New Copy 4LPs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two rare albums from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – plus an even more obscure array of rare singles and lost tapes from the same time too! The set begins with Larry's wonderful indie set I Am So In Love – originally issued on vinyl with a glued-on photocopy on the cover image! The album's a self-produced effort from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – and a great mix of sweeter soul and a few clubbier numbers – all of which sound surprisingly great, given the homemade look of the package! According to the label, the album was recorded live – most likely live in the studio, but with a freewheeling freshness that gets away from some of the cliches of this time – and which is really in keeping with the honest, personal approach Larry brings to the record. Titles include "What I Am", "Body", "Show Me", "Star Time", "Free Me", "Hey Girl", and "I'm So In Love". Next up is 1984's Can't Price Love – done with a bit more of an 80s soul vibe, but still villed with wonderfully sweet vocals from Larry! Dixon co-wrote some of the tunes and his guitarist Charles Parks takes credit for some of the others – and titles include one gospel song "Wait For Me" (both vocal and instrumental) , "Can't Price Love" (also vocal and instrumental version), "Doing What Comes Naturally", "Dance To The Beat", and "Make Up Your Mind". The second half of the collection is maybe even cooler than the first – a huge array of rare tracks done by Larry Dixon, from the early 70s through the mid 80s – really showing the evolution of both the indie soul sound of the time, and of the sort of artists who never fully got their time in the spotlight! Some tracks are by Dixon, others feature a different singer in the lead – and together, the work really illustrates the choices made by indie singers who were usually working a few years behind mainstream trends, but with a sharpness that really belies their lesser-star status. The music is already great on the rare funk or harmony singles at the start – but gets even more interesting as Larry and musicians cook up a sweet jazzy take on club – one that's almost more cosmic funk at times, with kind of a Cali-Tex vibe, than any sort of the disco on the east coast – especially given the placement of really strong musicians in the group. These 20 tracks are a huge revelation – and titles include "Next Time", "The Only One", "Don't It Make You Dance", "Love In Your Heart", "Feelings So Fine", and "Being With You" by Larry Dixon; "Space Caravan", "Groove It All Night", and "Love We Had (demo)" by Charles Parks III & The High Society Players; and "Ready For Your Touch", "That Kind Of Love", and "Ready For Your Touch (Jerome's dub)" by Chuck-A-Luck. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)
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Rafael RashidBehind The Beat – Hip Hop Home Studios (hardcover) ... Book
Gingko Press, 2005. New Copy ... $22.99 24.95
If you've ever wondered what the homes, studios, crates, shelves and work spaces of some of your favorite DJs and producers look like, here's a wonderful window, for peeking into the personal spaces of some of greatest in the game! Behind The Beat is a beautifully put together photo book – with shots of the batcaves and hideaways of some of the best and most influential hip hop era producers – including DJ Premier, Madlib, J Dilla, DJ Spinna, Nextmen, Dj Swamp, E- Swift, Kut Masta Kurt, Fat Jack, Beatminerz, DJ Shadow, DJ Design, Dan the Automator, Chief Xcel, Young Einstein, Numark, Cut Chemist, Thes One, J Zone , Mario Caldato Jr and others. Put together by Rafael "Raph" Rashid, Behind The Beat is an addictive page turner with brief introductions to each party, a small list of selected productions, and from there it moves on and lets the photography do the talking. Let's hope for series of sequels! Hardcover, 168 pages. Book
(One of our favorite books of the past decade or so. Back in print!)

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Milton WrightSpaced ... LP
Alston, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of the most unique soul records you'll ever own – a tremendous little set from the mighty Milton Wright! Milton's probably best known for his first album, Friends & Buddies, but this set is arguably even greater – an even more personal, unusual session that blends wonderfully written songs, heartfelt vocals, and some really offbeat production techniques! There's a bit of an acoustic vibe to the set at times – guitar gently grooving alongside Milton's vocals – but the set also has a jazzy tinge too, with hip inflections amidst the arrangements that created a really sophisticated pattern of sounds for the record. Things start somewhat mellow, but quickly get grooving – bringing in bits of keyboards and more electric guitar to warm things up, and hitting a sublime style that's unlike anything else we can think of. Wright's vocals often have a spaced out feel that's in keeping with the album, but the album's hardly laidback – and has a great sense of focus throughout. Titles include "Be With Me", "She Can Have Anything She Wants", "Dance Have Fun", "Magic Music", "You Like To Dance", "Let's Take A Break", "All I Know Is That I Have You", and "Leave Me Alone". LP, Vinyl record album

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I CedWhat Are We Looking For? (plus bonus track) ... CD
Move Next, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A stunner! If what you're looking for is the most personal and boldy creative I Ced effort to date, well, this is that and more – delivering boisterous modern funk beats and atmosphere underneath his soulful, spiritually-heightened vocals – probably his best ever! Those traits carry the vibe throughout, and leave plenty of room for adventurous stylistic exploration – from tight funk, to looser spacey soul and beyond. I Ced handles a lot of the vocal, instrumental and production work himself here, but there's an impressive guest list, too – including Om'Mas Keith, Thundercat, Jimetta Rose and others. Includes "What Are Looking For?", "Things We Like To Do", "Run Run", "Go Hard", "Wildest Dreams", "I Am Love" with Jimetta Rose and Erik Rico, "Forever", "Not A Farewell", "Sign Signed Signal" (plus a bonus alternate version with Quelle Chris, "Percu", "Baya" and more. CD

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Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". Great reissue with wonderful sound – and special liner notes by Samuel's daughter, Yolanda Johnson – a great singer in her own right too! CD
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VariousTrue Soul – Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax Vols 1 & 2 (4LP Box Set) ... LP
Now Again, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 4LP ... $48.99 69.98
Vols 1 & 2 of Now Again's incredible compilation series for the True Soul label – assembled with the personal participation of the label's owner, Lee Anthony – in a 4LP box set! It's rare regional funk & soul made under the mightily imposing shadows of southern labels like Stax and Hi Records – but the tunes here are straight up incredible and as ripe for discovery as any music of the era. The label was called True Soul and they don't take that moniker lightly – but it's adventurously soulful, with strains of psychedelic soul and funk, with a bit of southern swagger. In the later years, there's some 70s boogie, spacey keys and other elements. The True Soul vinyl box set includes 32 tracks on 4LPs: "Slipping Around (45 Version)", "Funky Music", "Sister Funk (Original, Full Version)" and "Follow The Rainbow (Alternate Mix)" by Thomas East, a great instrumental cover of "Come Together" and "The Thrill Is Gone" by Albert Smith, "Doing My Own Thing" and "I Don't Want It" by John Craig, "Funky Football", "Psychedelic Hot Pants (Full Version)" and more by York Wilbern's Psychedelic Six, "Hard Times" and "The Funk's Gonna Fly" by Classic Funk, "I Gotta Move With The Groove" by The Right Track, "The Real Thing" by The Conspiracy, "(It's A) "Rat Race" by The Leaders, 'Down Home Funk (Full Version)" by Larry Davis, "Get Down" and "Gigolo" by Le'Chance, "I Took Your Love (To Be True)" by Soul Mind And Body and more. The set aslo includes a 20 page full color bookle full of vintage performance, studio and promo photos, discographies, deeply felt notes by Eothen Alapatt, plus interviews conducted by Egon. A truly epic effort from Egon and Now Again! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBresil Instrumental – Solistes Et Virtuoses Bresiliens 1949 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful survey of Brazilian instrumental modes at mid-century – a set that moves between choro, samba, and early bossa styles – and also opens up into some other genres as well! The focus here is on key instrumentalists – players with a strong ability to improvise and solo, often in smaller group settings, on shorter tracks that really make them focus on serving up a lot of personality in a very tight space! As with other titles on the Fremeaux label, the package is a wonderful combination of history and listening pleasure – packed with a whopping 63 tracks in all – titles that include "Magoado" by Dilermando Reis, "Chorando Baixinho" by Abel Ferreira, "Monotonia" by Paulo Moura, "Primeiro Amor" by Radames Gnattali, "Grauna" by Jacob Do Bandolim, "Pedacinho Do Ceu" by Waldir Azevedo, "Insonia" by Baden Powell, "Espinha De Bacalhau" by Severino Araujo, "Melancolia" by Luiz Americano, "Luzes Do Rio" by Luis Bonfa, "Encabulado" by Jose Menezes, and "Dinora" by Altamiro Carrilho. CD

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Jacky ChalardJe Suis Vivant, Mais J'ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez (UK pressing) ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
A pretty amazing surrealist French cosmic concept album from Jacky Chalard – with lots of spacey synth prog atmospherics and spoken French dialogue! This is a record in which Finders Keepers boasts similarities to both Melody Nelson and La Planete Sauvage, and truth be told, the music not only lives up to that lofty description – it's completely correct! Chalard and a group of French rock heavies featuring the members of Dynastie Crisis team up with Gilbert Deflez, a radio personality who read science fiction stories over the airwaves for a tripped out experience, and wholy credible prog funk rock set, to boot! Includes "L'Agonie", "L'Interrogatoire", "Le Perroquet", "Pollution", "Si Je T'Offrais Une Branche D'Amour (La Mandragore)", "Apre L'Apocalypse" and more. 3 bonus tracks on the CD: "Corto Maltese" (vocal version with Sylvia Fels and the instrumental) plyys "Super-Man-Super Cool (LP version)". CD

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Al Cohn QuintetAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer ... CD
Coral/Verve, 1956. Used ... $5.99
A rare and unusual chapter in the career of Al Cohn – and an incredible set cut in the mid 50s with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone! The style's a bit like that used by Al and Zoot Sims together – tightly arranged shorter tracks, with a focus on well-crafted horn work, but enough space to allow each of the leaders break out and express their personality on the record. The rest of the group features Mose Allison on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and the arrangements are all pretty darn fresh, handled by Al and Bob themselves. Titles include "So Far So Good", "Winter", "Back To Back", "Shine", "Good Spirits", and "Lazy Man Stomp". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chris ConnorThis Is Chris ... CD
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Used ... $11.99
Beautifully icy vocals from the amazing Chris Connor – the kind of record that set a new standard for vocal jazz back in the 50s! The session's a small group one – with Chris singing intimately alongside backing from Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Kai Winding and JJ Johnson on trombones, Joe Puma on guitar, and Ralph Sharon on piano – all lightly arranged to allow Connor's vocals prime placement in the record, while shading in the spaces with some nicely modern colors. Titles are mostly familiar, but wonderfully transformed into Connor's own personal statements – and tracks include "Ridin High", "It's All Right With Me", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart", "All This & Heaven Too", "Trouble Is a Man", "Blame It On My Youth", and "The Thrill Is Gone". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available This Is Chris ... LP 14.99

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Chris ConnorThis Is Chris ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Beautifully icy vocals from the amazing Chris Connor – the kind of record that set a new standard for vocal jazz back in the 50s! The session's a small group one – with Chris singing intimately alongside backing from Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Kai Winding and JJ Johnson on trombones, Joe Puma on guitar, and Ralph Sharon on piano – all lightly arranged to allow Connor's vocals prime placement in the record, while shading in the spaces with some nicely modern colors. Titles are mostly familiar, but wonderfully transformed into Connor's own personal statements – and tracks include "Ridin High", "It's All Right With Me", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart", "All This & Heaven Too", "Trouble Is a Man", "Blame It On My Youth", and "The Thrill Is Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing on Polydor, with obi and insert.)
Also available This Is Chris ... CD 11.99

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John HandyHard Work/Carnival ... CD
Impulse, 1976/1977. Used ... $4.99
Two classics from saxophonist John Handy – records that really made him a household name in the 70s! Hard Work is the biggest moment ever for saxophonist John Handy – an album that crossed over big, thanks to a tremendously funky title cut! Handy first rose to fame back in the 60s – playing modernist jazz with Charlies Mingus, and opening up on his own in a stretch of great albums that evolved from hardbop, to modal jazz, to some even freer world jazz experiments in the 70s. Here, though, he's back in very soulful territory – working in a combo that has keyboards and guitar, and plenty of grooves that are somewhere in a space between early 70s CTI/Kudu and similar dates on Cadet or Prestige Records! The style's a great balance of modes – and although electric, the album's never too smooth – thanks to relatively small instrumentation on most numbers, and an approach that still lets most of the energy come from the interaction of the core group members. Players include Hotep Cecil Barnard on keyboards, Mike Hoffman on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass, and James Gadson on drums – and Handy plays both alto and tenor, and even sings a bit on a few cuts. Titles include the JBs-styled "Hard Work", plus "Afro Wiggle", "Didn't I Tell You", "Love For Brother Jack", "You Don't Know", and "Young Enough To Dream". Carnival is a well-blown set from alto saxophonist John Handy – recorded with larger arrangements at a time when Impulse Records was trying to match the sounds of CTI, but done in a way that still holds onto all the sharp soul of Handy's earlier years! The format's nice and full – with lots of keyboards from Sonny Burke, George Spencer, and even Lee Ritenour – but Handy's crisp alto lines cut through the record wonderfully, bringing in these soulful tones that remind us a lot of Gary Bartz in a similar setting – always filled with spirit, and searching out with a nice sense of personality. Titles include the groover "Watch Your Money Go" – plus "All The Things You Are", "Carnival", "Alvina", and "Love's Rejoicing". CD

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Nate LepineQuartet – Vortices ... LP
Ears & Eyes, 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
A really wonderful album from the hard-burning contemporary Chicago scene – a set that may not get the global attention as some other records on bigger labels, but one that's equally well-deserving of recognition! Tenorist Nate Lepine is at the head of the group, but the whole quartet is a very cohesive ensemble – working with this equally spaces sense of composition and freedom – very much in the spirit of the Chicago scene of players like Mike Reed or Josh Berman, but also with some of the newer, more personal energy we've really been feeling in recent years too! Nick Mazzarella plays alto sax in the group, and the pairing of horns is wonderful – interlocked at all the right moments, but bursting out with individual voices when needed – and given strong support by the subtle bass work of Clark Sommers, and the well-timed drums of Quin Kirchner. Titles include "Ice Shirt", "Youngblood", "Eve Yeti's Ready For Spring", "Aye Lads", "Hennies", and "The Grass Is Rizz". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stephanie MillsMerciless ... LP
Casablanca, 1983. Sealed ... $1.99
An early 80s cooker from Stephanie Mills – not exactly "without mercy", as you might guess from the title – but instead a great slow burner that really does a great job of opening up her voice! Mills moves here in a perfect space between the late disco years and commercial 80s pop – a groove that's warm and mature, and just right for pushing Mills past some of the styles of earlier years – but also without falling into any sort of "adult contemporary" cliches! Stephanie's sound is wonderful – that crisp, distinct style that is already great on a bold number, but somehow takes on even more personality on understated tracks like these – probably thanks in part to the careful instrumental balance served up by David Wolfert's arrangements. Titles include "My Body", "Pilot Error", "Do You Love Him", "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore", "Never Get Enough Of You", and "Eternal Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(With hype sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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VariousNew York Sound 2 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
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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✨✧ Barbara CarrollLullabies In Rhythm ... LP
RCA, 1954. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The lovely Barbara Carroll was one of the greatest female pianists of her generation – and this beautiful mid 50s set for RCA is a key demonstration of her powers at their best! Barbara's got an approach to the keys that's warm and almost tentative – at times swinging with the light rhythms and sense of space of Garner and Heywood, but also moving along with a more thoughtful approach that's echoed on the few tracks that also feature her vocals – sung gently, and personally, in a style that almost makes you feel like Barbara's conjuring up the words of the tunes as they come to her. Titles include "Garrow's Way", "But Not For Me", "I Love A Piano", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "I've Got The World On A String", and "I Saw Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonVillage Vanguard – New York, February 1983 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1983. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from a key comeback moment from Dexter Gordon – that time when he'd returned to the American scene, was gigging actively, and about to spring to greater fame for his work in film! This set's a nice counterpart to some of the Dexter Gordon material for Columbia in the late 70s – as it features the tenorist really stretching out wonderfully, on solos that have some of the same kind of free space as his European recordings, but scored with maybe more of the soulful personality as his return to the US. The group features the great Kirk Lightsey on piano – plus Eddie Gladden on drums and David Eubanks on bass – and the recording also features a bit of spoken introduction from Gordon, in that amazing voice of his. Titles include "Soy Califa", "As Time Goes By", "The Jumpin Blues", "Hi Fly", "Body & Soul", "Secret Love", and an "Improvsation". CD

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✨✧ Nate LepineQuartet – Vortices ... CD
Ears & Eyes, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful album from the hard-burning contemporary Chicago scene – a set that may not get the global attention as some other records on bigger labels, but one that's equally well-deserving of recognition! Tenorist Nate Lepine is at the head of the group, but the whole quartet is a very cohesive ensemble – working with this equally spaces sense of composition and freedom – very much in the spirit of the Chicago scene of players like Mike Reed or Josh Berman, but also with some of the newer, more personal energy we've really been feeling in recent years too! Nick Mazzarella plays alto sax in the group, and the pairing of horns is wonderful – interlocked at all the right moments, but bursting out with individual voices when needed – and given strong support by the subtle bass work of Clark Sommers, and the well-timed drums of Quin Kirchner. Titles include "Ice Shirt", "Youngblood", "Eve Yeti's Ready For Spring", "Aye Lads", "Hennies", and "The Grass Is Rizz". CD
Also available Quartet – Vortices ... LP 16.99

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