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✨✧ Oscar Brown Jr, Sivuca, & Jean PaceJoy ... LP
RCA, 1970. Sealed ... $3.99
Oscar Brown's score for a hip play that he wrote (one of his many plays!) – performed by him, Sivuca, and Jean Pace. Despite the "show" quality of the material, this actually stands simply as a great Oscar Brown Jr. LP, and the production is nice and intimate, and sounds just like an ordinary studio album. Sivuca's great, and his breathy voice and playing really open up Oscar Brown with some great Brazilian touches. And as usual, the writing's great, especially on tracks like "Brown Baby", "Mother Africa's Day", "Funky World", and the great version of "Afro Blue", featuring Oscar's classic lyrics. Also features a wonderful version of Johnny Alf's "Sky & Sea" – done by Sivuca with an incredible lilting groove! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Raymond ScottManhattan Research Inc – New Plastic Sounds & Electronic Abstractions (180 gram 3LP set – with bonus download) ... LP
Basta/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... $39.99 44.98
Amazing! This is one of the coolest sets we've seen in years – and everything about it is fantastic, from the package right down to the triple-length set of music! The set features rare unreleased recordings from Raymond Scott's legendary Manhattan Research electronic music studios – originally set up in 1946, and home to some of Scott's landmark early work on non-acoustic music during the 50s and 60s. Far from being the sort of turgid, dark knob-twiddling that computer music later became in the academy, Scott's early experiments are filled with a sense of whimsy and joy – exported directly from his early cartoon-based work, and applied in a fantastic way to his evolving musical inventions! The LP edition comes as three separate records, plus a great 8 page booklet of notes, in a brilliant graphic style that complements the package even further! Don't forget the music, though – because it's totally fantastic – and kind of reminds us of bits of Jon Appleton's Syntonic Menagerie, Pierre Henry's early Musique Concrete, and later punk-era DIY electronics. That doesn't even come close to pinning it down, though – and with 3 LPs worth of material, the scope of the work is amazing! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on red, white & blue vinyl – plus download!)

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Wayne ShorterOdyssey Of Iska ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $12.99
A very unusual album for Wayne Shorter – recorded right around that 1970 point when Duke Pearson was exploring formats for Blue Note artists that included larger, often electric arrangements, pointing the way towards some of the later 70s soul jazz work on labels like Kudu or CTI! This set, produced by Pearson, features Shorter as the main soloist on tenor and soprano sax – in a very hip group that includes Dave Friedman on vibes, Gene Bertoncini on guitar, Ron Carter and Cecil McBee on bass, and both Billy Hart and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks are long and complicated, with searching soulful arrangements that are part post-Miles fusion, part early 70s indie soul jazz – but balanced nicely without any sense of overindulgence at all. Shorter's soprano work is very nice, and much more angular than his playing on tenor – and titles include "Wind", "Joy", "Storm", and "Calm". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)
Also available Odyssey Of Iska ... CD 18.99

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Wayne ShorterOdyssey Of Iska ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99
A very unusual album for Wayne Shorter – recorded right around that 1970 point when Duke Pearson was exploring formats for Blue Note artists that included larger, often electric arrangements, pointing the way towards some of the later 70s soul jazz work on labels like Kudu or CTI! This set, produced by Pearson, features Shorter as the main soloist on tenor and soprano sax – in a very hip group that includes Dave Friedman on vibes, Gene Bertoncini on guitar, Ron Carter and Cecil McBee on bass, and both Billy Hart and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks are long and complicated, with searching soulful arrangements that are part post-Miles fusion, part early 70s indie soul jazz – but balanced nicely without any sense of overindulgence at all. Shorter's soprano work is very nice, and much more angular than his playing on tenor – and titles include "Wind", "Joy", "Storm", and "Calm". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Odyssey Of Iska ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Benny Bailey/Sal Nistico/Dusko GoykovichEgo Recordings Vol 1 (Just For Fun/East Of Isar/Serenade To A Planet/After A Long Time) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An essential batch of music – four overlooked gems from the German Ego label of the late 70s – one of which is a stone classic that we've treasured for decades! All albums here are incredible – but our absolute favorite is Benny Bailey's Serenade To A Planet – a set that we think is one of the greatest jazz records ever! By the time of this 1976 release, trumpeter Benny Bailey had already had quite a history – working with Quincy Jones in his early years, and recording for MPS with the likes of Nathan Davis and the Clark Boland Big Band, as well as some of the best other players in Europe. This set's Benny's masterpiece – a soulful batch of tunes that feels like it was lifted from the catalog of Strata East, but which is played by a quintet that features Europeans Ferdinand Povel on tenor, Joe Haider on piano, and Isla Eckinger on bass – as well as American Kenny Clarke on drums. The vibe is perfect – and the group's harmoniously searching with a strong modal groove on nearly every track. Titles include "Aquarian Moods", "Neptunis", "Little B", and "The Kicker". East Of Isar is something of a follow-up to that date – done by Bailey with tenorist Sal Nistico – in a wonderful group that also includes Joe Haider on piano, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Billie Brooks on drums! The Haider/Eckinger team are known from other Bailey sessions in Europe – all of which are fantastic – and they perform extremely well here, too. Tracks are long, with a wonderfully searching quality – and titles include "Blues For Trane", "Joyful Sadness", and "East Of Isar". Then, the set steps into Just For Fun – another great album with a very similar groove – thanks to rhythm from Joe Haider on piano, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Joe Nay on drums. The group's backing up tenorist Sal Nistico – usually a sleepy talent, but a sparkling one on this session, thanks to a lively lyrical rhythm section, and some great compositions by Joe Haider. The whole thing sparkles with the kind of imagination and energy that keeps you tracking down sessions on MPS and other European labels – and with tracks like "Beautiful Black Casanova", "Do Not Make Circles", and "7787", you won't be disappointed in this one! And last by not least is After A Long Time – from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – a rare gem that's in a similar format to Benny Bailey's classic Serenade To A Planet! Dusko stretches out beautifully on the record – in a group that features Joe Haider on piano, Roman Schwaller on tenor, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums. Titles include "Emotionally", "After A Long Time", "Summit", "Mountain Witch", and "The Hunt Is On". CD

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✨✧ Percy FaithMusic Of Christmas (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that has the lush Percy Faith approach turned towards a host of seasonal tunes – a rising blend of horns and orchestrations that come across here with maybe even a more moving quality than on some of Percy's other albums! The tunes are mostly familiar carols, served up with full strings and some occasional playful moments – usually instrumental, but with a touch of chorus vocals from time to time – often just a chorus making a bit of "oohs" in the background. Titles include "Deck The Halls", "Joy To The World", "Good King Wencelas", "The First Noel", "O Holy Night", "Holly & The Ivy", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Silent Night". CD also features 7 bonus tracks – including "Toyland", "March Of The Toys", "My Favorite Things", "Be A Santa", and "Brazilian Sleigh Bells". CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of Disco Vol 2 – Compiled By Joey Negro & Sean P ... LP
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A massive set of underground club – with nary a familiar track in the lot! Both Joey Negro and Sean P really know their grooves – and they've gone way past conventional club for this package – digging deep for records that were rare even back in the day, most of which were issued on tiny little labels, and received little or no distribution outside their local scenes – making us even more impressed that two blokes from London could come up with such a good set! The style here is joyous, buoyant, and very much in the soulful spirit of the new work coming out on Z Records in recent years – a groove that's often topped by really wonderful vocals, and not just some lyrics cooked up in the studio. Titles include "Let Yourself Go" by Sparkle, "I Can't Get Along Without You" by Vance & Suzanne, "Slide Into Your Heart" by Time Spectrum, "Can I Take You Home" by Mel Sheppard, "Disco Party" by The Escorts, "Maybe This Time" by Serenade, "How Can I Tell Her" by Curtis, "Giving My Love" by Janice McClain, "Keep Me Dancing" by True Image, and "Love To Live" by Moses. LP, Vinyl record album

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Randy CrawfordNaked & True (2CD version – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Moon/Big Break (UK), 1995. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A later date from 70s soul legend Randy Crawford – cut overseas, at a time when she was initially without US representation – a situation that was immediately corrected with the strength of the album! The set has Randy really getting back to basics – mostly working with tight jazz funk backings that recall both her first few records, and her work with The Crusaders – a perfect setting for her wonderful voice, and her trademark use of jazzy currents with more straight-ahead soul! Players on the record include Fred Wesley on trombone, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, and Bootsy Collins on bass – which will give you an idea of the strength of the sound – and titles include "Cajun Moon", "Give Me The Night", "Glow Of Love", "I'll Be Around", "Forget Me Nots", "Joy Inside My Tears", "Purple Rain", and "Come Into My Life". Great 2CD version – features a bonus instrumental version of "The Glow Of Love" – plus 13 more different mixes of tracks from the album – including "Cajun Moon (long trip mix)", "Forget Me Nots (Femi Fem rotation mix)", "Give Me The Night (Mousse T's classic club mix)", "Forget Me Nots (Delaney's mix)", "I'll Be Around (surprise mix)", and "Cajun Moon (cajun trip club version)". CD

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✨✧ Ruby RushtonTrudi's Songbook – Volume Two ... CD
22A (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic sounds from Ruby Rushton – a London combo who are brimming over with soul and imagination! There's been a new wave of spiritual jazz coming from England in recent years – but these guys have a special spirit that's all their own – an ability to start out searching, then come into more soulful focus once things get going – working a really magical blend between keyboards, trumpet, bass, percussion, and drums – plus some especially wonderful work on tenor and flute from Edward Cawthorne! Ruby Rushton's vision is very unique – filled with classic influences, never in any sort of easy retro way – as there's a current crispness to the music that fills us with hope and joy, and has us looking forward to years of great music to come from these guys. Titles include "Song For Christopher", "Tisbury Truckin", "Together At Last", "Charlotte Emma Victoria", "Trudi's Mood (part 2)", and a nice remake of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly". CD

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VariousStranger Things – Music From The Netflix Series ... CD
Legacy, Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
Not the instrumental music from the second season of the Stranger Things series – but instead all of those very cool early 80s songs that are always playing in the background – tunes that have turned out to be almost as important to the show as the 70s music was to the Guardians Of The Galaxy films! But the set isn't just a collection of 80s rock, becuase it's also interspersed with cool elements from the show – bits of dialogue, and even Will singing a Clash song at one point – all alongside 80s classics that include "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by The Clash, "Sunglasses At Night" by Corey Hart, "Hazy Shade Of Winter" by The Bangles, "Girls On Film" by Duran Duran, "Heroes" by Peter Gabriel, "Back To Nature" by Fad Gadget, "The Ghost In You" by Psychedelic Furs, "Nocturnal Me" by Echo & The Bunnymen, "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, "Talking In Your Sleep" by The Romantics, "Whip It" by Devo, "Runaway" by Bon Jovi, "Atmosphere" by Joy Division, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by The Scorpions, and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" by Jim Croce. CD

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✨✧ John ColtraneFirst Meditations ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Key 60s material from the great John Coltrane – even if the set wasn't ever released until the late 70s! The album's kind of a "prequel" to the later Meditations record, and it stands as a key bridge between Coltrane's modal years and his more spiritual sounds – delivered here by a core quartet, without the larger accompaniment that graced the later version! The classic quartet is at their best – McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – and the sound is slightly more inside than later, but no less filled with searching and yearning! CD version contains a 12 minute extended alternate take of "Joy", the centerpiece of the composition. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardBorn To Be Blue ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful set from Freddie Hubbard – part of his move back to straighter, more long-form jazz at the start of the 80s! The set's still got some keyboards in the mix, but it's also got a soaring, searching, soulful groove that reminds us a lot of Hubbard's best late 60s moments for Atlantic or CTI – and a lot less of some of the more R&B work he was cutting towards the end of the 70s. Tracks are nice and long – and in addition to bold trumpet lines from Freddie, the set also features killer tenor from Harold Land, keyboards from Billy Childs, bass from Larry Klein, drums from Steve Houghton, and percussion from Buck Clark. Titles include "Gibraltar", "True Colors", "Born To Be Blue", "Joy Spring", and "Up Jumped Spring". CD

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✨✧ Ruby RushtonTrudi's Songbook – Volume Two ... LP
22A (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from Ruby Rushton – a London combo who are brimming over with soul and imagination! There's been a new wave of spiritual jazz coming from England in recent years – but these guys have a special spirit that's all their own – an ability to start out searching, then come into more soulful focus once things get going – working a really magical blend between keyboards, trumpet, bass, percussion, and drums – plus some especially wonderful work on tenor and flute from Edward Cawthorne! Ruby Rushton's vision is very unique – filled with classic influences, never in any sort of easy retro way – as there's a current crispness to the music that fills us with hope and joy, and has us looking forward to years of great music to come from these guys. Titles include "Song For Christopher", "Tisbury Truckin", "Together At Last", "Charlotte Emma Victoria", "Trudi's Mood (part 2)", and a nice remake of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Trudi's Songbook – Volume Two ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ McCoy TynerExpansions ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years – a searing, soaring batch of longer tunes that dance with joy, life, and a new sense of energy in jazz – carried off perfectly by a lineup that includes excellent contributions from Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Woody Shaw on trumpet. The album is as spiritual and swinging as you'd expect from those players – with a sound that's more Strata East than Blue Note – and titles include "Vision", "Song of Happiness", "Smitty's Place", and "Peresina". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousStranger Things – Music From The Netflix Series ... LP
Legacy, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not the instrumental music from the second season of the Stranger Things series – but instead all of those very cool early 80s songs that are always playing in the background – tunes that have turned out to be almost as important to the show as the 70s music was to the Guardians Of The Galaxy films! But the set isn't just a collection of 80s rock, becuase it's also interspersed with cool elements from the show – bits of dialogue, and even Will singing a Clash song at one point – all alongside 80s classics that include "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by The Clash, "Sunglasses At Night" by Corey Hart, "Hazy Shade Of Winter" by The Bangles, "Girls On Film" by Duran Duran, "Heroes" by Peter Gabriel, "Back To Nature" by Fad Gadget, "The Ghost In You" by Psychedelic Furs, "Nocturnal Me" by Echo & The Bunnymen, "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, "Talking In Your Sleep" by The Romantics, "Whip It" by Devo, "Runaway" by Bon Jovi, "Atmosphere" by Joy Division, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by The Scorpions, and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" by Jim Croce. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes poster & sticker!)
Also available Stranger Things – Music From The Netflix Series ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Eddie & ErnieMan To Love A Woman/You Make My Life A Sunny Day ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two killers from Eddie & Ernie – a duo who hardly broke big at the time, but who've gone onto legendary fame over the years! "Man To Love A Woman" is fantastic right from the very first note – a mature deep soul burner, with instrumentation that feels like an advance Stax Records mode – and vocals that will rip you right out of your seat! The flipside has a slightly more joyous vibe, but still this slow-stepping groove that's perfect for the vocals. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ John FaheyNew Possibility – John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album ... LP
Takoma, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sublime Holiday sounds from the legendary John Fahey – one of a few Christmas Records that probably got Fahey a lot more exposure than all the rest of his non-seasonal work combined! The style here is a perfect link between an older folk era and the rising acoustic underground left in its wake – a very personal mode that really served to unlock a whole new sensibility in these tunes – thanks in no small part to John's very edgey work on the strings of the guitar! The music rings out with a surprising sense of joy, but a nice undercurrent of darkness too – and titles include "Christ's Saints Of God Fantasy", "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy", "Good King Wenceslas", "Auld Lang Syne", and "What Child Is This". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fairport ConventionWho Knows Where The Time Goes – The Essential Fairport Convention (3CD set) ... CD
Island/Universal (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The genius of Fairport Convention knows no bounds – as the group were an ever-vibrant, ever-creative ensemble – often changing membership as much as they experimented with new styles – in a fantastic range that's very well captured on this 3CD set! Fairport are way more than the folk rock outfit that they're most easily identified as – because although the group certainly draws a lot from folk traditions, both ancient and modern, they bring so much more to their music as well – including especially compelling use of electric guitar and bass (the former on many of these tracks by the young Richard Thompson) – and transcendent vocals from Sandy Denny that really helps take the music to a new dimension. The set offers about a decade's worth of recordings by the group – 52 tracks in all – including some more unusual moments, and even some rarer tracks too – a great selection of titles that includes "Sir Patrick Spens", "Fotheringay", "Suzanne", "Chelsea Morning", "Ballad Of Easy Rider", "Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood", "Matty Groves", "Genesis Hall", "The Plainsman", "The Hens March Through The Midden & The Four Poster Bed", "Cropredy Capers", "When First Into This Country", "Farewell Farewell", "Angles Brown", "The Last Waltz", "John Lee", "Breakfast In Mayfair", "Sailor's Alphabet", and "Banks Of The Sweet Primroses". CD

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✨✧ Amos Larkins IIMiami Bass Christmas – Booty Style ... CD
So Damn Rude, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Here's a side of the Christmas season you might not expect – a whole host of Holiday favorites, redone in a style that's heavy on Miami bass! Yet while you might be expecting a lot of songs about bitches and hoes, the approach here is actually quite restrained – as Amos Larkins keeps most tunes in the traditional lyrical style, and simply gives them an electro soul vibe – bringing up the basslines and beats, natch – and also often singing through a vocoder or some other instrument that electrifies his voice! The style's almost a version of bass that's ready to make amends – and titles include "White Christmas", "Jingle Bass", "Deck The Halls", "Twelve Days Of Christmas", "Joy To The World", "Silent Night", and "Silver Bells". CD

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✨✧ Paul MauriatNoel (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare Christmas album from French maestro Paul Mauriat – presented with a style that's maybe a bit more lush and scented with the season than some of his other albums of the time! The strings are a bit fuller, and the rhythms more laidback – so that the overall vibe is more in the best Christmas orchestral mode of the 60s – and a bit less like some of Mauriat's famous instrumental pop. Still, the approach is a nice one for those late hours after the party – when the fire's still going in the fireplace, and you're sitting around with the last few visitors enjoying a nightcap. Titles include "Rin Rin", "Among The Cattle & Grey Donkey", "Adeste Fideles", "Silent Night"," White Christmas", and "Little Father Christmas". CD also features 7 more Christmas tunes – including "Alle Jahre Wider", "Liese Riselt Der Schnee", "For Never & Always", and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer". CD

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✨✧ MaysaVery Maysa Christmas ... CD
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's like a Christmas wish come true – a fantastic album of Holiday music, all sung by the soulful Maysa Leak! We've loved Maysa's vocals for years – from her work in Incognito to her long run of solo albums – but she grabs us all over again with the style of this set – a really fresh variation on her excellent sound, with a righteous undercurrent that definitely comes from the spirit of the season! Production is still contemporary and soul-based – done by Chris "Big Dog" Davis, in the spirit of Maysa's other recent records – but the shift in material seems to open up a whole new side of the singer – on titles that include "Pray For Peace", "Jingle Bells", "Joy To The World", "It's The Holidays", and "Christmas Time Is Here". Album also features guest appearances – with Will Downing on "This Christmas", and Gerald Albright on "Silver Bells". CD
 
 
 



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