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VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
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
 
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David GrubbsRecords Ruin The Landscape – John Cage, The Sixties, & Sound Recording ... Book
Duke University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 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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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Jam Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $23.99
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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Theo HillLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
We're not sure we've ever heard other albums with pianist Theo Hill as a leader – but after this sweet little set, we'll definitely be on the lookout! Hill has a really great vision here – not just another live date for his piano and combo, but a wonderful showcase for his new ideas in music – which are deeply personal, and really have a way of transforming older material in the process, then really taking fire on his original songs! Hill lets things build slowly, almost with an organic sort of space flowing from his piano – as the talents of other group members flower strongly in the environment – including tenor from Dayna Stephens, alto from Myron Waldon, bass from Joe Sanders, and drums from Rodney Green – all great players already, but really sounding special here in Hill's company. Tracks are longish, but more constructed than some of the usual Smalls Live material – and titles include "Naima's Lullaby", "Teeth", "Ellipse", "Four By Five", "Mantra", and "Promise Of The Sun". CD

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Kidd Jordan/Hamid DrakeNight In November – Live In New Orleans ... CD
Valid, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
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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✨✧ Irene KralGentle Rain ... CD
Choice (UK), 1978. Used ... $7.99
Gentle Rain, and a very gentle sound from Irene Kral – a wonderfully intimate album that has the vocalist working with only the piano of Alan Broadbent for accompaniment! Kral's always a pretty expressive singer, but she sounds especially so here – really getting a lot of space to stretch out, and inflect the tunes her own way – bringing a richly personal approach to the record, almost as if we're capturing the lyrics as snippets of overheard conversation at the end of a bar, instead of in standard vocal modes. The tracks are very well chosen too – and include versions of Dave Frishberg's "The Underdog" and "You Are There" – plus "If You Could See Me Now", "The Gentle Rain", "Blue Gardenia", and "What's New". CD

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Karin Krog with John SurmanFreestyle ... CD
Odin (Norway), 1986. New Copy ... $10.99
Vocals, reeds, and some compelling percussion and electronics too – all served up by the groundbreaking team of Karin Krog and John Surman! Both artists alone are well-known for their creative power – Krog for vocal jazz material that has really pushed the boundaries, and Surman for a range of modern jazz experiments that includes seminal sides for the UK avant scene and a legacy of records for ECM! Yet together, they're even more progressive than on their own – as Karin's vocals find a personal space to really unfold, alongside sensitive instrumentation from John on soprano sax and electronics – matched by Krog's efforts on global percussion and ring modulator too. Most tracks are originals, with a captivating lyrical quality to match Krog's best records of the 70s – and titles include "Karima Two", "Open Sandwich", "Just Holding On", "Sorrowful Day", "Raga Variations", and "The Red Dragon" – plus a great medley of Fran Landesman tunes too. CD

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Karin Krog with John SurmanFreestyle ... LP
Odin (Norway), 1986. Very Good ... $11.99
Vocals, reeds, and some compelling percussion and electronics too – all served up by the groundbreaking team of Karin Krog and John Surman! Both artists alone are well-known for their creative power – Krog for vocal jazz material that has really pushed the boundaries, and Surman for a range of modern jazz experiments that includes seminal sides for the UK avant scene and a legacy of records for ECM! Yet together, they're even more progressive than on their own – as Karin's vocals find a personal space to really unfold, alongside sensitive instrumentation from John on soprano sax and electronics – matched by Krog's efforts on global percussion and ring modulator too. Most tracks are originals, with a captivating lyrical quality to match Krog's best records of the 70s – and titles include "Karima Two", "Open Sandwich", "Just Holding On", "Sorrowful Day", "Raga Variations", and "The Red Dragon" – plus a great medley of Fran Landesman tunes too. LP, Vinyl record album

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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
Also available Sonic Street Chicago ... CD 7.99

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Thurston MooreSonic Street Chicago ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. Used Gatefold ... $7.99
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
(Back cover has some rippling.)
Also available Sonic Street Chicago ... CD 11.99

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Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity ArkestraSign Of The Myth (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 1973. New Copy ... $21.99
Tremendous work from Sun Ra – a studio recording from the early 70s, never issued before – but done around the same groundbreaking time as his few bits of new material for the Impulse label! The Arkestra is really reaching out here – ruminating with an intensity that demands to be heard, and finding a way to break out individual elements with a studio strength that really surpasses their live material from the time. Ra's clearly in his own space here – not New York avant or loft jazz, but working at this level that brings together all the different talents of the Arkestra with effortless ease, but which allows these eruptions of personal energy throughout. The record really captures the brilliant bass work of Ronnie Boykins, which seems more present here than usual – and Ra himself plays some amazing moogy keyboards, which are a spacey electric contrast to the sharp reeds of Marshal Allen, Danny Davis, and John Gilmore. James Jacson throws in a bit of the Ancient Egyptian Infinity Drum, which we always love – and titles include "The Truth Of Maat", "Eye Of Horus", "Sign Of The Myth", and "Hidden Cosmic Treasures". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download.)

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✨✧ Luzia Von Wyl EnsembleFrost ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. Used ... $11.99
Music in a special space from pianist Luiza Von Wyl – sounds that sometimes feel like composed avant chamber pieces, but which also have more of the personal, spontaneous feel of jazz improvisation as well – especially in the way the instruments shift and interact! Luiza's piano gets center stage at times – but the work features brilliant sounds in many dimensions – including work on marimba, flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, cello, and violin. Titles include "Tick Tock", "Joke", "Wind", "Spark", "Rush", "Overlap", and "Frost". CD
(Out of print.)

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Michel Wintsch/Christian Weber/Christian WolfarthWilisau ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2013. Used ... $9.99
Very open, spacious sounds from pianist Michel Wintsch – working here at a level that goes far beyond the usual trio mode – neither straight nor free, but a really evocative sound space in between! The performance is from the Willisau jazz festival, but has the intimacy of some personal sonic explorations between the trio members in private – beautifully balanced between long lines from Witsch, alongside quieter passages that allow the drums of Christian Wolfarth and bass of Christian Weber some equally creative moments. The work is improvised, yet never too frenetic or overdone – and titles include "2.8 Feet Below/Tiny Fellows/Distant Neighbors", "Fragile Paths", and "North West". CD

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XitPlight Of The Redman ... LP
Rare Earth, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A killer batch of funky rock from Xit – one of the best of the Native American groups that came to prominence during the early 70s! (And what ever happened to that movement anyway? Did we forget about them again?) The album's a proud visionary set that revels in the freedoms of Motown's Rare Earth label – using some of the space to jam in a Rare Earth way, but also working through some more complicated and personal tunes that help get across their agenda. Titles include "War Cry", "Someday", "The Coming Of The White Man", "At Peace", and "Mihaa Shil Hozo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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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Ben KatchorJulius Knipl Real Estate Photographer – Stories (paperback) ... Book
Little Brown, 1996. New Copy Book ... Just Sold Out!
A transformative view of the city – told through a series of pen and ink cartoons! Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, is a tremendous achievement from Ben Katchor – way more than just a book of comics – and instead, a musing on the urban condition that we'd rank right up their with the poetry of Baudelaire, or the writings of Walter Benjamin! Knipl has a way of inhabiting space without taking it up – moving around an aging New York with ease – while listening to personal conversations, glancing upwards at forgotten signage, patronizing dying businesses, and generally absorbing the city in ways that most of us would miss in our daily lives. This isn't patronizing stuff, or overly historical either – but a great portrait of the way that so many of us inhabit our cities at a really personal level – sometimes with forgotten poetry that we overlook. 106 pages, black and white, with an introduction by Michael Chabon, too! Book

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✨✧ Kenny ClarkeKenny Clarke Meets The Detroit Jazzmen ... LP
Savoy, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Savoy/Arista pressing from 1977. Cover has a cut corner and a small ding on the die-cut.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Jam Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Includes obi.)
Also available Hampton Hawes Jam Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 23.99

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✨✧ Diana RossSurrender ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner of a solo album from Diana Ross – one that has her working beautifully with the team of Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson – really taking off here into some wonderful new territory! The Ashford & Simpson sound is very much in place here – a soaring, joyous approach to the music that comes across with a bit more depth and maturity than Ross' earlier music with The Supremes – a great springboard for her solo years in the 70s, although without some of the overindulgence of later recordings. Paul Riser handled the arrangements – with that tight mix of strings and soul that made him one of Motown's greatest assets in the early 70s – and he still leaves plenty of space for Diana's vocals to come across with a breathy, personal sort of quality. Almost all tunes were penned by Ashford & Simpson – and titles include "Surrender", "I Can't Give Back The Love I Fell For You", "And If You See Him", "I'm A Winner", "Didn't You Know", "I'll Settle For You", "Remember Me", and "All The Befores". CD
(SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)
 
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Al Cohn QuintetAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Coral (Japan), 1956. Used ... $26.99
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.)

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Chris ConnorThis Is Chris ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
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

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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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JJ Johnson & Kai WindingJay & Kai (Columbia) ... LP
Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
JJ Johnson and Kai Winding at the height of their dual powers – working together here beautifully at a level that both embraces the modern sound of the trombone in larger 50s ensembles, but also offers up the more fluid personality of the instrument in the smaller combo scene! The pair have a great way of coming together at the start, then splitting off to find their own space on the tunes – a wonderful antidote to some of the too-tight trombone lines of the 50s, and a great reminder that there's always a voice behind the horn. The group on the record features Dick Katz on piano and celeste, plus either Bill Crow or Milt Hinton on bass, and Shadow Wilson or Kenny Clarke on drums. Candido plays a bit of percussion on the track "Caribe" – and the pair play tromboniums on the tune "Tromboniums In Motion". Other tracks include "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe", "The Song Is You", and "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some moderate wear.)

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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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Stephanie MillsMerciless ... LP
Casablanca, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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

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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 ... $14.99
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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SijiGod-Given ... CD
BBE (UK), 2004. Used ... $9.99
Mindblowing stuff – the first album from Siji, and an immediate classic that grabbed us right away! Siji's been bumping around on various records for the past few years – lending his vocal talents to a number of great club tracks and singles – but this is his first full album, and it's a heck of a great debut! There's a righteousness to the album that's undeniable – a vocal style that's spacey, warm, and mellow – and which puts Siji somewhere in a trajectory of soul that runs from Stevie Wonder to Eric Roberson! The tunes have a bit of an influence from the New York Osunlade scene – no surprise, considering that Osunlade's offered Siji a lot of support over the years – but the songwriting itself is completely fresh, and crackles out with a personal energy that only seems to deepen as the set moves on. Incredible stuff, with a sound all its own – and titles that include "Sanctuary", "Watching You Watching Me", "Running Away", "God-Given", "Starting Over", "Feels Like", "Bittersweet", "I Believe", and "The Day Ahead". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousKid Loco Presents – French Funk Experience ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $6.99
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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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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✨✧ Al Cohn QuintetAl Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer ... LP
Coral/Verve, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, and cover has some light wear.)
Also available Al Cohn Quintet Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 26.99

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✨✧ JJ Johnson & Kai WindingTrombone For Two (plus Jay & Kai) ... CD
Columbia/Mosaic, 1955/1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 classic Columbia albums from the duo of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – back to back on a single CD! First up is Trombone For Two – a 1955 session that features some really magical interplay from the twin-trombone team of Johnson and Winding! The great thing about the set is the way in which both players really bring a sense of "voice" to their music – trading back and forth almost like two friends chatting in friendly conversation – but managing to do so with a lot more swing than most! Backings are by Dick Katz on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums – and there's a short, simple brilliance to these tunes that's hard to deny. Titles include "We Two", "It's Sand Man", "Give Me The Simple Life", "Turnabout", and "Trombone For Two". Jay & Kai captures JJ Johnson and Kai Winding at the height of their dual powers – working together beautifully at a level that both embraces the modern sound of the trombone in larger 50s ensembles, but also offers up the more fluid personality of the instrument in the smaller combo scene! The pair have a great way of coming together at the start, then splitting off to find their own space on the tunes – a wonderful antidote to some of the too-tight trombone lines of the 50s, and a great reminder that there's always a voice behind the horn. The group on the record features Dick Katz on piano and celeste, plus either Bill Crow or Milt Hinton on bass, and Shadow Wilson or Kenny Clarke on drums. Candido plays a bit of percussion on the track "Caribe" – and the pair play tromboniums on the tune "Tromboniums In Motion". Other tracks include "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe", "The Song Is You", and "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ QuasimotoUnseen ... LP
Stones Throw, 2000. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ QuasimotoUnseen ... LP
Stones Throw, 2000. Used 2LP ... Temporarily 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
(Reissue pressing with printed title.)

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✨✧ Milton WrightSpaced ... LP
Alston, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(Original pressing! Cover has one small stamp on the back, but the whole thing is great overall.)

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✨✧ Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Emma TriccaEmma Tricca ... LP
Bird/Finders Keepers (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A contemporary set, but one that would be right at home in the best acid folk years of the British scene! Emma Tricca has this really unique voice – warm, but with a crackle too – which really fits these ancient-sounding lyrics of her folksy tunes – as does the album's light instrumentation on Hammond, harmonium, autoharp, and acoustic guitar – all elements that are used gently, to shade in the spaces beneath Tricca's astounding voice – which always is at the forefront of the arrangements. The album's even more haunting and personal than her previous set – and titles include "Golden Chimes", "The Painter", "Sunda Reverie", "Distant Screen", and "Drunken Conclusions". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Munich MachineBody Shine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Repertoire (Germany), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A German disco classic from Munich Machine – and maybe the tightest album ever from the always-sharp studio group! Giorgio Moroder's at the head of the record on production, but the sound here is often a bit warmer than some of his own recordings – thanks to an ear for some of the more soulful instrumental sides of the dancefloor spectrum, particularly on the keyboard solos, which never have the coldness of Moroder's music – and thanks also to some well-placed vocals from soul singers Judith Jones and Yolande Howard, both of whom add a bit of personality to the record too! Yet that great Moroder ear for a dancefloor groove is still perfectly intact – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Let Your Body Shine", "Space Warrior", "Bolectro", "Easy", "Reputation", and "Fallen Angel". CD features two bonus tracks – "Space Warriors (blue eyed DJ rmx)", and "Giorgio Moroder Medley (blue eyed DJ rmx)". CD
 
 
 



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