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✨✧ VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
 
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✨✧ Miguel Atwood FergusonLibrary Selection ... CD
Rings (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $23.99
A beautiful record from Miguel Atwood Ferguson – an artist we first came to love for his work with the Carlos Nino spiritual jazz scene on the west coast – really stretching out on his own as a leader! Miguel plays viola, violin, and cello on the record – plus some piano as well – and he works here in this warm, spacious style that's almost like 70s ECM, but a lot warmer and spiritual too – that kind of energy that we know from his projects with Nino, but delivered here in a more personal mode. Ferguson's strings and piano are mixed with bits of Fender Rhodes, percussion, bass, guitar, and even some "nature and space sounds" contributed by Nino – and overall, the record has this laidback, organic quality that's very cosmic and powerful. Titles include "Magnolia", "Great Galactic", "Always", "Kazaru", "Did You Know", and "Computer Face/Pure Being". CD

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellJazzmen Detroit ... CD
Savoy/Nippon (Japan), 1956. Used ... $14.99
One of the first albums from guitarist Kenny Burrell as a leader – a date that has him working with players from his hometown scene in Detroit – in case you couldn't guess from the title! Kenny's style here is a bit different than on the Blue Note dates of the time – almost a bit more personal, and leaner – which is a surprise, given the usual heavier feel of a Savoy session. Other players include Pepper Adams on baritone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – and before you complain, we know that not all of these guys are from Detroit – but that's the way they titled the thing, so you'll have to write to the label! Adams is a bit down in the mix, so he never over-dominates Burrell's tone – but he still gets plenty of space to sparkle on his solos, working with those sharp edges that make his Savoy appearances so great. Titles include "Your Host", "Afternoon In Paris", "Apothegh", "Cottontail", and "Tom's Thumb". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Larry Coryell & Philip CatherineSplendid ... LP
Elektra, 1978. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Acoustic duets between Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine – recorded with a style that's much more intimate and personal than some of the previous recordings by either player! Although Coryell first rose to fame at the end of the 60s with his fuzzy approach to jazz fusion, he's clearly mellowed here nicely with age – and has a nice sense of space and color, that's only further augmented by Catherine's always-great range of sounds and styles. Joachim Kuhn plays acoustic piano on one track, but all other information is from both players on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, plus a bit of work by Catherine on a fretless electric. Titles include "No More Booze", "Deux Xango", "Snowshadows", "One Plus Two Blues", "Father Christmas", "A Quiet Day In Spring", and "The Train & The River". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Ned DohenyHard Candy ... LP
Asylum/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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David GrubbsRecords Ruin The Landscape – John Cage, The Sixties, & Sound Recording ... Book
Duke University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 23.95
One of the best-written books we've ever seen on music from the left side of the spectrum – from an artist we mostly know as a musician! David Grubbs has been making amazing sounds for years – first in Squirrel Bait, then in Gastr Del Sol, then more recently as a solo artist – but during most of that time, he's also been working as an academic, and one with a uniquely personal perspective on the world of creative music. This book is David's first, but it's also a masterpiece – a very readable tome that ties together a late 20th century history of art and music, recording and performance, and the role of each in the circulation of sounds that weren't designed to circulate – the things that happen when music of chance and improvisation get locked into the space of a recording. Grubbs covers John Cage, Tony Conrad, AMM, Henry Flynt, and many others – working with both their words and their music – then moving things into a more contemporary field of record collecting, digital sound, and the internet. The book is a far better read than most academic offerings of this type – and is bound to make big waves in years to come. 220 pages, softcover. Book

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Winard Harper with Jeli PosseCoexist ... CD
JLP, 2012. Used ... $8.99
A great title for this hip little record – one that definitely has the group coexisting together beautifully in the space of the set – working with well-fused energy that really makes the music shine! The set's got the soulful vibe of some of the best indie sets from the end of the 80s – like some of the overlooked gems on the Muse label – with a deep sense of roots, but a fresh way of presenting them – so that the set's neither the usual bag of jazz, nor some overwrought attempt to recreate history. Instead, it's something fresh and new, and very personal – from drummer Winard Harper (who also plays some balafon too!), along with Bruce Harris on trumpet, Jovan Alexandre on tenor, Michael Dease on trombone, Roy Assaf on piano – and guest work from Frank Wess on tenor and flute, Mark Gross on alto, and Tadataka Unno on piano. Titles include "Helen's Song", "Ummah", "Hard Times", "Get Tough", "A Bientot", "Triumph", and "Coexist". CD

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Fritz HauserPieces For Percussion ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. Used ... $11.99
Wonderful ensemble work from drummer Fritz Hauser – a player whose recent music has gone far beyond jazz, with a mixture of compositional ideals and creative improvisation! This set features Hauser working with a larger percussion ensemble – really exploring his sense of texture and tone far beyond rhythm, with these very evocative works that ring out in the open space of the studio, but with a very personal, spontaneous approach as well. The music is quite different than some of the early 20th Century avant percussion compositions – more poetic, and informed by discoveries of improvised music – yet presented in a more structured way overall, with a sense of spaciousness directed by the composer. Most of the pieces are quite long, and works include "60", "Nothing Will Ever Change", "Die Klippe", "Zeichung", "As We Are Speaking", and "Le Souvenir". CD

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Jam Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
A totally wonderful Japanese-only album from pianist Hampton Hawes – a set that's very different than both his American and European work of the 60s – and a date that also features key work from some excellent Japanese musicians! Hawes has that great open sense of flow he really developed on the piano in the 60s – and sets the scene for each tune with these long, lyrical lines that instantly grab us – which then make space for both Hidehiko Matsumoto and Akira Miyazawa on tenor, Shungo Sawada on guitar, Isao Suzuki on bass, and George Otsuka on drums! The record's got a soulful, open vibe – kind of like taking Hawes' excellent 60s work for Contemporary, and making room for very personal expression on tenor and guitar – and titles include "Buzzy", "Uma-San's Blues", "All The Things You Are", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CD

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Kidd Jordan/Hamid DrakeNight In November – Live In New Orleans ... CD
Valid, 2014. Used ... $11.99
Deeply soulful work from legendary reedman Kidd Jordan – an important figure on the New Orleans scene for many years, but one who's only finally getting his full exposure on recent records of this nature! The set features Jordan in duets with drummer Hamid Drake – as well as a solo moment from each – playing live, but in a studio, not a performance space – with the kind of upfront, personal focus the players might bring to a private creative session – although there's also a small group of listeners in the studio to give them even more response and direction. The set begins with a long alto and drums duet, then moves to a drum solo, a tenor/drume passage that runs well over 20 minutes, and a spare tenor reading of "Wade In The Water" by Jordan. The set's then completed by a 29 minute return to tenor and drums – with amazing energy from both musicians! CD

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Ariel KalmaEvolutionary Music – Original Recordings 1972 to 1979 ... CD
RVNG, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 16.98
Some of the most organic electronics we've ever heard – all material pulled from the private archives of Ariel Kalma, and issued here for the first time ever! Kalma's a hell of a compelling artist – one who had both ties to the more serious world of European electronic composition in the 70s, as well as a trippier, more spiritual underground – both of which seem to factor strongly into the sounds in this set! At some level, the music is very meditative, but it's hardly new age at all – as Ariel's got a very sophisticated approach to the way he blends sounds and space – often using keyboards with reverb and echo, in minimal territory that echoes Terry Riley or La Mont Young, but which has a much more personal vibe. The range of expressions here is really great – and far more than that minimalist reference might imply – and titles include "Almora Sunrise", "Echorgan", "Sunset Inside", "Rainy Day", "Sister Echo", "Enuej Elleiv", "Les Mots De Tous Le Jours", and "Les Etoiles Sont Allumees". CD
Also available Evolutionary Music – Original Recordings 1972 to 1979 ... LP 23.99

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Ariel KalmaEvolutionary Music – Original Recordings 1972 to 1979 ... LP
RVNG, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 30.98
Some of the most organic electronics we've ever heard – all material pulled from the private archives of Ariel Kalma, and issued here for the first time ever! Kalma's a hell of a compelling artist – one who had both ties to the more serious world of European electronic composition in the 70s, as well as a trippier, more spiritual underground – both of which seem to factor strongly into the sounds in this set! At some level, the music is very meditative, but it's hardly new age at all – as Ariel's got a very sophisticated approach to the way he blends sounds and space – often using keyboards with reverb and echo, in minimal territory that echoes Terry Riley or La Mont Young, but which has a much more personal vibe. The range of expressions here is really great – and far more than that minimalist reference might imply – and titles include "Almora Sunrise", "Echorgan", "Sunset Inside", "Rainy Day", "Sister Echo", "Enuej Elleiv", "Les Mots De Tous Le Jours", and "Les Etoiles Sont Allumees". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Evolutionary Music – Original Recordings 1972 to 1979 ... CD 12.99

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Mark Moogy KlingmanMoogy ... LP
Capitol, 1972. Very Good- ... $7.99
Mark Klingman may have "Moogy" as a nickname, but he mostly plays acoustic piano on this set – in a rootsy, raspy way that works perfect with his well-crafted vocals! Klingman's a hell of a songwriter too – one with a good ear for personal themes delivered with a down to earth sensibility – but in ways that always point towards the hipper side of the spectrum – the space occupied by guys like Ben Sidran or Randy Newman at the time, with nary a chance of big crossover potential. Todd Rundgren co-produced the record with Mark, and there's definitely some of the charm of his own early albums here – a special sort of magic that really makes us trust Klingman's words on the tunes, in a way that we might not necessarily do with other artists of this nature. Titles include "Me & Richard", "The Man At Ease", "I Can Love", "Just A Sinner", "Tonight I Want To Love Me A Stranger", "Liz When You Waltz", and "Making The Rounds At Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has wide clear tape on the seams and spine, and a torn corner on the back paste-on.)

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Thurston MooreSonic Street Chicago ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 12.99
A pretty great solo performance from the legendary Thurston Moore – recorded at the Art Institute Of Chicago, as live accompaniment to the film Street, by James Nares – and maybe some of the most compelling sounds we've heard from Moore in awhile! The set features just solo electric guitar, in one long track – improvising over the space of an hour, with an especially great ear for sonic textures and very subtle shapes – a gentler, more personal version of the noise in which Thurston has been steeped for many many years – and music that's every bit as beautiful as the images on the screen! CD

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Alon NechustanVenture Bound ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Pianist Alon Nechustan has a really deft tone on this set – a record that's filled with vibrant rhythms, exotic elements, and some strong tenor lines that are almost as great as the work from the leader! All the tunes are originals, with a really personal, poetic feel – yet they also bristle with this strong sense of soul that makes plenty of space for individual expression from tenorists Donny McCaslin and John Ellis – each of whom shine on different tracks, sometimes with strong soulful solos, sometimes with more exotic tones. Nechustan gets especially nice rhythmic support from Chris Lightcap on bass and Adam Cruz on drums – who help the album bounce along in a really forward-moving line – and two tracks feature trumpet from Duane Eubanks, and one more soul oud from Brahim Brigbane. Titles include "L'Avventura", "The Gratitude Suite", "Dark Damsel", "FAQ", "Snow Flow", and "Serpentrails". CD

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Oliver Nelson with Johnny Hammond & Lem WinchestTaking Care Of Business ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige/OJC, Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
Oliver Nelson is definitely taking care of business here – thanks to some key help from the great Lem Winchester on vibes, and a young Johnny Hammond Smith on organ! The pair bring a mighty deep groove to the record – which gives Nelson a chance to show off some of the deeper tones on his tenor and alto sax – a sound that gets a lot more space for personal expression than on some of his albums with larger arrangements! The raw sound of the record is a great change from the more composed modes you might know from Oliver's other dates – and the set's further illustration that Nelson was one of the most complete, most versatile talents in jazz at the time. Titles include "Trane Whistle", "In Time", "Groove", and "Lou's Good Dues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Enrico PieranunziDay After The Silence – 1976 Piano Solo ... CD
Edipan/Alfa (Italy), 1976. Used ... $11.99
Hard to imagine any silence here, as the piano of Enrico Pieranunzi is wonderfully free-flowing and sonically powerful – even in a solo setting like this! Enrico's command of the keyboard has always been great, but is especially compelling in this early session from the 70s – a record that really balances rhythmic complexity with lyrical elements that always keep things warm and personal – spilling out over the keys of the piano with amazing dexterity, but only ever in a manner that's searching out for the most expressive sounds, instead of just showing off. Some tunes balance space out nicely, to create a really resonant feel – while others cascade the notes together with effortless ease. Titles include "The Mood Is Good", "Blue Song", "Prolusion", "The Day After The Silence", and "Trichromatic Line". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Sun RaOut There A Minute ... CD
Blast First (France), Late 60s. Used ... $12.99
A legendary collection of work from Sun Ra – rare 60s New York recordings from the Arkestra archive, put together at the end of the 80s, at a time when there was very little Ra material on the market! The quality of the work here is extremely high – and the tunes are almost a bit more personal and intimate that some of Ra's more drawn-out recordings of the 70s. Some of the jazz is somewhat straight, but always inflected with creative touches – especially on the rhythms, or on some of the odder instruments used – and there's almost a flavor here that hearkens back to some of the best Arkestra recordings during their later years in Chicago. CD features 13 tracks in all – including "Somewhere In Space", "Out There A Minute", "Starships & Solar Boats", "Other Worlds", and"When Angels Speak Of Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kitty WhiteNew Voice In Jazz (plus Sweet Talk) ... CD
Mercury/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955/1958. Used ... $9.99
Kitty White's first album for Mercury – packaged here with a bonus album recorded a few years later for Roulette! First up is New Voice In Jazz – a sublime set recorded right at the height of Mercury's jazz years – and done in a personal, unfettered style that's really great – right up there with more famous albums for the label by Dinah Washington or Sarah Vaughan from the same time. Backing is by a small combo that includes Gerald Wiggins on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Callender on bass, and Chico Hamilton on drums – plus some especially nice tenor sax work from Georgie Auld, who cuts in nicely next to Kitty's dark-hued vocals. Titles include "Skylark", "So Many Beautiful Men", "If You Were Mine", "Among My Souvenirs", "Softly", "Out Of This World", and "See Saw". Sweet Talk is one of the fullest-staffed albums ever recorded by Kitty White – but a set that still gives her plenty private, personal space! The album features different groupings of players who include Benny Carter on alto, Ted Nash on tenor and flute, Harry Edison on trumpet, Larry Bunker on vibes, Jimmy Rowles on piano, and Laurindo Almeida on guitar – plus some Latin percussion from Carlos Vidal on the bottom. Yet despite the presence of all of these players, many numbers have an up-close quality that makes us feel like we're hearing Kitty's moody vocals in the backroom of some private club in LA. Her phrasing is great throughout – articulate, but never too much so – and titles include "Lazy Afternoon", "It Was So Beautiful", "Alone Together", "Talk Me Some Sweet Talk", "Please Be Patient", and "Dat's Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Willie WrightTelling The Truth (with bonus 5" vinyl single!) ... CD
Numero, 1977. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a really unique 5" vinyl single! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Right On For The Darkness", and "Africa". CD

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Dennis YoungReel To Real ... CD
Staubgold (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Rare sounds from the personal archives of Dennis Young – recorded at a time when he was working as the percussionist in Liquid Liquid, but doing some even weirder music on his own! Lots of these tracks mix together percussion and production styles that are steeped in plenty of echo – with this quality that almost reminds us of some of the moodiest, most spare material from Arthur Russell around the time – if not in exact sound, certainly in spirit! Like Russell, Young had an ability to touch the mainstream with his work in the clubs, but also kept plenty of interest in the deeper underground – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Panic In The Air", "Little Girl", "Big Boom", "Gravitation", "More Is Less", "Tape Interface For Guitar", "Aliens", "Forbidden Planet", and "Space Reserved". CD
 
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Barbara CarrollLullabies In Rhythm ... LP
RCA, 1954. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $13.99
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
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Al Cohn QuintetAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer ... LP
Coral, 1956. Very Good+ ... $38.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing. Vinyl is nice!)
Also available Al Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99

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Al Cohn QuintetAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer – Jazz Lab Vol 5 ... LP
Coral/MCA (Germany), 1956. Near Mint- ... $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". LP, Vinyl record album
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Al Cohn QuintetAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Coral (Japan), 1956. Used ... $14.99
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. Includes obi.)
Also available Al Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer ... LP 38.99

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 19.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album

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IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $18.99 22.98
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". LP, Vinyl record album

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Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 12.99
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
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Biff RoseBiff Rose Promo Box (Biff Rose/Half Live At The Bitter End) ... LP
Buddah, 1970. Sealed 2LP ... $6.99
An unusual package – a promo box that features both Biff Rose albums for Buddah! First up is the self-titled Biff Rose, beautifully somber work from Biff Rose – material that's quite a bit different than his more freewheeling records on Tetragrammatron, and a lot more serious than his later joke-filled live album on Buddah! This set's got a personal, dark sort of sound that's somewhere in the territory of Randy Newman – bits of strings lurking in the background behind Biff's fragile, personal vocals – filling in the spaces quietly, and with a nice sort of sadness that underscores the gentle wit and visionary views of the songs. Rose previously showed signs of songwriting this strong on his earlier records, but it really comes to the forefront here – with a sensitivity that's really amazing, and a personality that really sets the record apart from most of Biff's contemporaries. Arrangements are by Al Gorgoni and Michael Leonard – who really help to set the tone – and titles include "Love Song", "African Lullaby/Little Monk", "The Captain", "The Promise", "Diane", "All The Fondest Wishes", "I'll Walk Away", "Nothing To Gain", and "Passing Parade". Half Live At The Bitter End is a really striking live set from singer/songwriter Biff Rose – a real contrast to his better-known record on Tetragrammaton – thanks to a loose and free presentation of the material! Biff's talking here as much, if not more than, he's singing – and the audience at The Bitter End is clearly very much enjoying the whole experience – exploding with laughter at Biff's interjections, and really urging him onward to new tangents. Plus, there's clearly some editing done here – in a way that only further makes the whole thing seem a bit crazy – but in a good way, very Rose-esque! Titles include "Astrology", "I Get High On Resentment", "Well I'm Goin Downtown", "I'm Losing My Race Against Me", and "Me You & Jesus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes promo insert, and both records are sealed! Lid is loose, and has some light staining in one corner.)

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VariousNew York Sound 2 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
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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✨✧ Stephanie MillsMerciless ... LP
Casablanca, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(Includes printed inner sleeve!)

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✨✧ Nacka Forum with Akira SakataLive In Tokyo ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The heavy Nacka Forum quartet meets up with reed giant Akira Sakata in Tokyo – in a set that's easily one of their most searing ever! Each side features one long track – balanced between the group's sense of structure, and some of the bolder improvisations that we'd expect from Sakata – who blows both clarinet and alto sax, with some amazing power on the latter! Side one features "Buss 446" – penned by the great tenorist Jonas Kullhammar, who leads the group alongside Goran Kajfes on cornet and electronics, Johan Berthling on bass, and Kresten Osgood on drums. Side two is even more amazing – with this version of Sun Ra's "We Travel The Spaceways" that really takes off in a balance between personal improvisations and the overall structure of the tune. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to a few hundred copies – and on red vinyl too!)

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✨✧ VariousKid Loco Presents – French Funk Experience ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of funky grooves from France – heavy on sound library recordings from the 70s and a diverse batch of it at that – masterfully selected by Kid Loco from his personal collection! It features a number of tracks from the libraries of Tele Music & De Wolfe, with some same big names for lovers of period soundtracks and others that are completely fresh to our eyes and ears! Many are on CD for the first time, and sounds range from spacey synths, to wah wah guitar and sound effects, to straight up raw Euro funk and well beyond! Titles include "Gang Train" by Bernard Estardy, "OK Chicago" by Resonance, "Vertigo Leitmotiv" by Bernard Estardy, "Afridelic" by Manu Dibango, "Aubergine Time" by Bernard Lubat, "Indian Pop Bass" by Guy Pederson, "Course De Ten" by Alain Gorageur, "Pepper Box" by The Peppers and many more. 22 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ QuasimotoUnseen ... LP
Stones Throw, 2000. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Madlib is back with his split personality rhymesayin self, the one and only weird and wacky sounding Quasimoto. Another Stones Throw hip hop classic, with Madlib producing and rhyming on the tracks, speakin about jazz, outerspace, and microphones. Tracks include "Bad Character", "Microphone Mathematics", "Good Morning Sunshine", "Low Class Conspiracy", "Put A Curse On You", "Astro Travellin", "Phony Game", "Astro Black", "Return Of The Loop Digga", "Basic Instinct", "Bluffin", "Boom Music", "Green Power", "24-7" featuring Medaphoar, and seven more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chris ConnorThis Is Chris ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
 
 
 



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