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VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
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 ... $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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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 ... LP
Odin (Norway), 1986. Very Good ... $6.99
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

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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
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Jack WilsonSomething Personal (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
A real treasure through and through – one of the most unusual Blue Note albums you'll ever hear, and a set that's one of the best-remembered from the team of pianist Jack Wilson and vibist Roy Ayers! Long before Roy struck out on his own in the world of funky soul, he worked often in the 60s with Wilson – and the pair have this unique way of blending vibes and piano that's completely fresh, and still unmatched all these many years later! Wilson's natural lyrical style blends with Roy's modal approach to a groove – and the pair soar out in space with these long-flowing lines that make the whole album a treasure. There's no horn players at all – as with Wilson's other small combo Blue Note date – and rhythm is from Varney Barlow on drums, and either Roy Brown or Buster Williams on bass. Titles include a wonderful version of "Sernata", an unusual take on Ornette Coleman's "The Sphinx", and the wonderful Wilson originals "CFD", "Most Unsoulful Woman", and "Harbor Freeway 5pm". CD features the bonus track "One & Four (Mr Day)". CD
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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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XitPlight Of The Redman ... LP
Rare Earth, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
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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VariousLife Too, Has Surface Noise – The Complete John Peel Dandelion Records Singles Collection 1969 to 1972 (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 3 CDs ... $12.99
An amazing look at an amazing label – the groundbreaking Dandelion Records, an early home to John Peel's much heralded talent for picking up on the best new music! The label only existed for a few short years, but left behind an amazing legacy of music – a blend of folk, rock, and other genres that are usually presented in a deeply personal, sometimes-leftfield sort of way. Peel gave full control of the music and its presentation to the artist – and as a result, most of the tunes here are quite free from cliche and conventional expectations you may have of music from the period. Perhaps the greatest Dandelion contribution was giving a space for up and coming singer/songwriters – and you'll hear plenty of them here alongside other artists who are both more traditional and more experimental. Titles include "To B Without A Hitch" by Bridget St John, "Sleeping Town" by Beau, "All For Tomorrow" by Medicine Head, "Harry Krishna" by Bill Oddie, "Almost Liverpool" by Mike Hart, "Ruby Baby" by Gene Vincent, "You Really Got Me" by Stackwaddy, "Carrie" by Clifford T Ward, "No Tree Will Grow" by Supersister, "Mood" by The Coxhill/Bedford Duo, "Cheat Me" by Kevin Coyne, "Strange Locomotion" by Siren, "King Dick II" by The Way We Live, and "Yamasuki" by The Yamasukis. An amazing package – 3CDs, 64 tracks, and a huge booklet of notes on the label and artists! CD

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✨✧ Karl Berger & Kirk KnuffkeMoon ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful duets – wonderfully warm, open, and very personal – thanks to well-placed work from the great Karl Berger on vibes and piano, and these well-blown, openly-flowing lines from Kirk Knuffke on cornet! The duets are never too outside – and instead, Berger and Knuffke find this really special space throughout – at a level that has us really appreciating Karl more than ever, for his understated playing and sense of space – and also discovering that Knuffke's a player with a sense of mellow expression that may well rival the best vintage work from Art Farmer. Titles include "Sneakhead", "Isn't It Time", "Travel East", "No One Will Be Here Over There", "Pedal", "Poem", "Bell", Moon", and "Terrace & Trees". CD

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✨✧ David BowieHunky Dory (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Ryko, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly David Bowie's first complete moment of genius – an incredibly-formed album that's filled with tunes beyond definition and description! There's still some traces of the earlier madman in the mix, but the overall sound is much more rock-heavy – although not without the fuzzed-up and full-on guitars of Space Oddity or Man Who Sold the World – and often augmented with a bit of strings and softer touches that really bring out the humanity in the songs. The balance here is amazing – as is the fact that a few short years before, Bowie was singing "The Laughing Gnome", but is here one of the most sensitive songwriters of his generation. Tunes are quirky and personal, and titles include "Changes", "Oh You Pretty Things", "Andy Warhol", "Life On Mars", "Kooks", and "Queen Bitch". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a fold.)

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✨✧ David BowieSpace Oddity ... LP
RCA, 1969. Used ... Temporarily 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
(Orange label pressing including the lyric sleeve, but missing the poster. Cover has a small peeled spot on back.)

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✨✧ Natalie ColeThankful/I Love You So/Don't Look Back ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1977/1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic early work from Natalie Cole – packaged here in a sweet 2CD set! First up is the album Thankful – the third record in a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy of the Independents, and they give her a nice jazzy sound that made the record one of her best of the 70s. Richard Evans and Gene Barge arranged, which probably had something to do with that, too – but Natalie truly deserves most of the credit of the strength of this set. It includes the standout groovers "La Costa" and"Annie Mae", but the whole record is really sweet – with "Lovers", "Our Love", "Be Thankful", "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Keeping A Light". I Love You So is a Capitol killer from Natalie Cole – a really great record from the time when she really seemed to be starting out her career with a bang! As with other gems on Capitol, the record features some great production work from Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson, getting a bit of help here from Gene Barge too – all wrapped up with a strong, sophisticated sound that shows plenty of Chi-soul touches in the music – a great approach for Natalie's maturing vocals. The sound is wonderfully balanced, and really stays away from easy hit modes – leaving the lady in a space that's all her own, on tracks that include "The Winner", "I Love You So", "Oh Daddy", "Sorry", "Stand By", and "Who Will Carry On". Don't Look Back is an overlooked gem from Natalie Cole – a set that still has her working strongly with songwriter Marvin Yancy, who really helped her find her sound and style during the early years of her career! Natalie actually helped with writing a fair bit on the record herself – sometimes with Yancy, sometimes alone – and the result is a surprisingly personal batch of tunes that really show a deepening of spirit in the singer, especially in the mellower moments. Gene Barge handles the arrangements – still bringing a bit of Chicago soul roots to the record – that mix of deep and sophisticated modes that always brought out the best in Natalie. Titles include "Don't Look Back", "I'm Getting In To You", "Paradise", "Hold ON", "Danger UP A head", and "Someone That I Used To Love". CD
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Barbara CarrollLullabies In Rhythm ... LP
RCA, 1954. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
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 – Jazz Lab Vol 5 ... LP
Coral/MCA (Germany), 1956. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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 ... $18.99
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
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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+ ... $4.99
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- ... $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

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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 ... $9.99
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 ... $6.99
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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✨✧ Nacka Forum with Akira SakataLive In Tokyo ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Emma TriccaEmma Tricca ... CD
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". CD

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