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✨✧ Blind FaithBlind Faith (second cover) ... LP
Atco, 1969. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the superest of the late 60s supergroups – with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech! Titles include "Had To Cry Today", "Presence Of The Lord", "Do What You Like", "Sea Of Joy", and "Well All Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has wear, aging, and a split bottom seam.)
 
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✨✧ Sal Nistico & Benny BaileyEast Of Isar ... LP
Ego (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is the kind of soulful European session that makes collecting worth while! The great Benny Bailey plays 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 is 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(A great copy – in a plastic-wrapped sleeve too.)

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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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Gerry EastmanMy Real Self ... LP
Williamsburgh Music Center, 1986. Sealed ... $38.99
Laidback soul jazz with a nice indie touch – a variety of groups led by bassist/guitarist Gerry Eastman, and featuring players that include Joe Ford on alto and soprano sax, Zane Massey on tenor and soprano, Robin Eubanks on trombone, and Newman Barker on drums. Tracks are long with a post-Coltraney kind of approach – not entirely searching, but with lots of modal comping on piano, and freely blown (but not outside) sax solos. Titles include "Joy Dance", "My Real Self", "Roma'in Around", and "Chipo's Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gerardo FrisinaHi Note ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity for live jazz instrumentation! If memory serves, earlier Frisina recordings relied a bit more on the production side of the coin, but this one's so strong on great instrumentation we're rendered pretty close to speechless. Lots of great horn arrangements, rolling bass lines and piano, sublime vibes and driving drums and percussion. Totally sweet throughout – this is way up there with the best dancefloor jazz Schema's ever released! Tracks include "Inviolatin", "Joyas", "Bluesanova", "Beyond The Moon", "Ombroso", "Sophisticated Samba" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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King CurtisSoul Twist ... LP
Enjoy, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $9.99
Raw early work from King Curtis – an album of searing sax instrumentals, recorded for the smaller Enjoy label in the years before King's more famous association with Atlantic! The sound here is equal parts R&B and instrumental soul – hardly the throwaway pop you might guess from the "twist" in the title, and instead a key transitional album in shaping the sound of the sax in soul during the 60s – blown to perfection, but never as over the top as some of the honkers and shouters of 50s sax sessions. Tracks are a good mix of King-penned originals and soulful covers – with highlights that include "Soul Twist", "I Know", "Sack O Woe", "Wobble Twist", "Twisting With the King", and "Big Dipper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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NERDSeeing Sounds ... LP
Interscope, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
NERD sees sounds all right – and those sounds are far looser and more free associative than the precise hitmaking formula that main NERDs Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo spun as superstar production team The Neptunes! The sounds to see, feel, and hear, include jittery synthesizer beatcraft, crunching riffs, simple, yet searing guitar solos that would fit just as well on a Prince album, club ready hip hop, new wave dynamics, and even a slow jam or two – and the lyrical topics are all over the place, too! Tracks include Everybody Nose" (silly title, but the Bomb Squad influence in the production works), plus "Spaz", "Windows", "Yeah You", "Sooner Or Later", "Happy", "Kill Joy", "Love Bomb", "You Know What" and "Laugh About It". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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VariousEccentric Soul – The Nickel & Penny Labels ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
A long-overdue collection – and a rich document of one of our favorite sides of the Chicago soul scene! The package is devoted to the tiny Nickel and Penny labels, but it's also equally a set dedicated to legendary radio DJ Richard Pegue – whose work in both mainstream soul and later dusties formats really helped to shape our understanding of soul music! Pegue produced and wrote nearly every track on the set – which makes the collection one of the most unified the Numero Group has ever produced – a true tribute to Richard's great ear for a groovy soul record, and to all the smaller-name groups he helped support on the Windy City scene. The booklet does a great job of telling Pegue's story – really getting at the unique vision he brought to Chicago soul, and the wit and warmth that made him a favorite of many folks over the space of decades. The music alone is enough – stuff we've been waiting to get reissued for years – but together with the Numero research and booklet, the end result is sublime! Titles include "Just Say The Word" by Jerry Townes, "Fall In Love Again" by The Voices, "Never More" by Little Ben & The Cheers, "Why Do You Want To Make Me Sad" by The Norvells, "Instrumental 1" by Richard Terry & Company, "Shadows" by South Shore Commission, "This Is The Woman" by Sidney Pinchback, "The Ember Song" by Sidney Barnes, "Sign Of The Zodiac" by South Suburban Electric Strings, "This Love Of Mine" by Extensions, "Forever Is A Long Long Time" by The Voices, "Do The Pearl Girl (part 2)" by The Matta Baby, "I've Got To Find A Way" by Hallelujah Chorus, "First Thing I Do In The Morning" by Joyce Williams, and "I'm Gonna Get Even With You" by Little Ben & The Cheers. CD

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✨✧ VariousRough Guide To Afrobeat Revolution (with bonus Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat CD) ... CD
Rough Guide, 2009. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
A bit more than a Rough Guide, if you ask us – actually a great little set that capable shows the range of Afrobeat and funk in a new generation – featuring tracks by Souljazz Orchestra, Tony Allen, Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat, Afrodizz and more! Compiled by Pablo "DJ Bongohead" Yglesias & Brendon "DJ Andujar" Rule. Titles include "Freedom No Go Die" by Souljazz Orchestra, "Kabioye" (Mark De Clive-Lowe rmx) by "Lekan Babalola, "Dem People Go" by Dennis Ferrer, "Kilode" by Tony Allen feat Yinka Davies, "Get Up" by Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat, "Saro-Wiwa" by Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls and more. Comes with a stunner of a bonus disc, the full Country Of Guns album by Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat – a searing set of Afrobeat that really burns with a lot of energy! There's a complexity here that goes beyond most other contemporary Afro Funk ensembles – one that takes especial joy in the solo parts, which are really well-crafted, and have an almost jazz-like sophistication at times – especially on the reed parts. But the complexity never gets in the way of the rhythms, either – as these are right on the money, and a great balance between African roots and funkier elements. Titles include "Get Up", "Baba Nla Iya", "Shake Your Nyansh", "Fimile", "Country Of Guns" and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousTechnicolor Paradise – Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Delights (3CD set) ... CD
Numero, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 34.98
An insane new chapter in the mighty legacy of the Numero Group – not the rare soul, obscure psych, or underground folk the label has covered with other releases – but instead a huge batch of under-discovered gems from the exotica scene of the postwar years – essentially the farther reaches of the bigger scene that had stars like Martin Denny and Les Baxter in the spotlight! In case you're not hip, the exotica groove is kind of a hipper take on the Pacific Islands sounds – not mainstream Hawaiian music, but instead usually small combo material that has lots of percussion mixed with electric instrumentation, either on guitar or keyboards – set to imagined themes of life in the south seas, often in a very cool mix of jazz and dreamy modes. The music here is every bit as well-researched and deeply-dug as that on other Numero compilations – and it's fascinating to hear just how many folks were influenced by the huge exotic movement of the late 50s – and were motivated to turn out their own takes on the music, sometimes with styles that rivaled that of the big records of the time – sometimes with very weird and offbeat modes that are even more striking! As always with Numero, the presentation is superb – a huge set of notes with an equally large amount of music – all served up in a mighty handsome package, with work by Bill & Jean Bradway, The Shelltones, The Voodoos, The Jaguars, Jerry & The Catalinas, The Gems, The Blazers, Chayns, The Palatons, Red Harrison & His Zodiacs, The Melody Mates, The Monzas, Carmen, Darla Hood, The Baton Of Andre Brummer, Joan Joyce Trio, The Castiles, The Potted Palm, Don Sargent & His Buddies, Clyde Derby, Chico Jose, Arnie Derksen & Chise, The Slaves, Bruce Norman Quintet, and many more. CD

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✨✧ NERDSeeing Sounds ... LP
Interscope, 2008. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
NERD sees sounds all right – and those sounds are far looser and more free associative than the precise hitmaking formula that main NERDs Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo spun as superstar production team The Neptunes! The sounds to see, feel, and hear, include jittery synthesizer beatcraft, crunching riffs, simple, yet searing guitar solos that would fit just as well on a Prince album, club ready hip hop, new wave dynamics, and even a slow jam or two – and the lyrical topics are all over the place, too! Tracks include Everybody Nose" (silly title, but the Bomb Squad influence in the production works), plus "Spaz", "Windows", "Yeah You", "Sooner Or Later", "Happy", "Kill Joy", "Love Bomb", "You Know What" and "Laugh About It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has marker through the barcode.)
Also available Seeing Sounds ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ VariousTechnicolor Paradise – Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Delights (3LP set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insane new chapter in the mighty legacy of the Numero Group – not the rare soul, obscure psych, or underground folk the label has covered with other releases – but instead a huge batch of under-discovered gems from the exotica scene of the postwar years – essentially the farther reaches of the bigger scene that had stars like Martin Denny and Les Baxter in the spotlight! In case you're not hip, the exotica groove is kind of a hipper take on the Pacific Islands sounds – not mainstream Hawaiian music, but instead usually small combo material that has lots of percussion mixed with electric instrumentation, either on guitar or keyboards – set to imagined themes of life in the south seas, often in a very cool mix of jazz and dreamy modes. The music here is every bit as well-researched and deeply-dug as that on other Numero compilations – and it's fascinating to hear just how many folks were influenced by the huge exotic movement of the late 50s – and were motivated to turn out their own takes on the music, sometimes with styles that rivaled that of the big records of the time – sometimes with very weird and offbeat modes that are even more striking! As always with Numero, the presentation is superb – a huge set of notes with an equally large amount of music – all served up in a mighty handsome package, with work by Bill & Jean Bradway, The Shelltones, The Voodoos, The Jaguars, Jerry & The Catalinas, The Gems, The Blazers, Chayns, The Palatons, Red Harrison & His Zodiacs, The Melody Mates, The Monzas, Carmen, Darla Hood, The Baton Of Andre Brummer, Joan Joyce Trio, The Castiles, The Potted Palm, Don Sargent & His Buddies, Clyde Derby, Chico Jose, Arnie Derksen & Chise, The Slaves, Bruce Norman Quintet, and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Technicolor Paradise – Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Delights (3CD set) ... CD 26.99

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✨✧ John ColtraneFirst Meditations (plus bonus track) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... 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
Also available First Meditations (For Quartet) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Mary McCrearyJezebel ... LP
Shelter, 1974. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Diva soul in a mix of styles – from gospel-inflected, to reggae, to some of the more full-on styles used by Leon Russell's Shelter label at the time. Mary's vocals are strong, but overall, there's a bit of an affected "soul" here – styles that are less organic than they should be, produced with a slightly slick LA approach. The album does include a nice cover of "Levon", plus "Season", "Mighty Clouds Of Joy", "Singing The Blues", "Soothe Me", and "Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ Diana RossWonderful Christmas Time ... CD
Motown, 1994. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pretty great Christmas sounds from Diana Ross – very different than her famous Motown Holiday work with The Supremes – and instead a record that balances her nicely between jazz styles and more sophisticated vocal sounds! There's relatively full arrangements on most tracks – and a handful even feature the London Symphony Orchestra – but Ross really keeps her charm, and is never overwhelmed by the setting – and instead, really seems to rise to the moment with both a sense of majesty inherent to the season, but also just the right degree of warmth to make things right. Titles include "Wonderful Christmas Time", "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", "Let It Snow", "The Christmas Song", "Overjoyed", "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", "I Heard The Bells", and "It's Christmas Time". CD

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✨✧ Frank SinatraChristmas Songs By Sinatra ... CD
Columbia, Late 40s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Frank Sinatra's first run of Christmas work – material recorded for Columbia Records in the late 40s, but quite similar to his better-known Holiday sides for Capitol in the 50s! As with that work, the style here is quite respectful of the spirit of the season – more reverent than playful, although always with an undercurrent of sadness that makes the tunes especially nice – that Christmas longing that would show up in the best Holiday records, which Sinatra always seemed to get. Heck, even the version of "Jingle Bells" sounds a bit melancholy – and pretty darn nice, too – next to tunes that include "Christmas Dreaming", "Winter Wonderland", "Let It Snow", "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town", and "White Christmas" – plus a medley of "O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Joy To The World/White Christmas", which begins with a cool spoken introduction. CD

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✨✧ SupremesUltimate Merry Christmas ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A hugely expanded version of The Supremes classic Merry Christmas album from 1965 – presented here with full stereo and mono mixes, a new 2017 mix, and even bonus tracks too! The core album was one of THE classic Motown Christmas albums of the 60s – a mighty statement of Holiday pride from The Supremes – who are as strong here as on any of their other non-seasonal work from the time! The class and care of the trio really fits the new spirit of Christmas that was emerging in 60s soul music – not the kinds of raw songs about boozing or sadness on the holiday, which were a staple of blues and R&B – but instead these warmly crafted songs of home and hearth, set up perfectly with production by Harvey Fuqua and arrangements from Gene Page, HB Barnum and Ernie Freeman. The whole thing's incredibly soulful – but in a gentle way too – and the set features a dozen holiday numbers including "Silver Bells", "The Little Drummer Boy", "My Christmas Tree", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", and "Joy To The World". 2CD version features 50 tracks in all – 12 mono tracks, 12 stereo, and 12 more titles that are all these very cool alternate mixes of the album, some with alternate vocals! Then, there's lots of Supremes bonus tracks too – including "The Christmas Song (duet version)", "Season's Greetings", "My Favorite Things (live)", "It Won't Be Long Til Christmas", "Just A Lonely Christmas", and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem". CD

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✨✧ Mars Williams with Witches & DevilsAyler Xmas 2 ... CD
ESP/Soul What, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Finally – the world of free jazz gives us a tremendous Christmas album – Mars Williams' second installment in his Ayler Xmas series, and maybe even better than the first! The music here is fantastic – an assortment of older Holiday standards, but performed as if they were handled by the legendary avant saxophonist Albert Ayler – so that the initial melodies are expressed at points, but much of the music is overtaken with freer jazz improvisation! There's a few Ayler themes thrown into the mix – which stand in nice contrast to some of the more traditional tunes, which soon disappear once the solos take off. Three of the five tracks feature a group with Williams on saxes and toy instruments, alongside Josh Berman on cornet, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jim Baker on piano, Kent Kessler on bass, and Jeb Bishop on trombone – and two others feature an overseas quintet, with Williams alongside Thomas Berger on trumpet, Didi Kern on drums, Hermann Stangassinger on bass, and Christof Kurzmann on lloopp and a bit of voice. Titles include "Universal Indians/We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Xmas Medley", "Carol Of The Drum/Bells/O Come Emmanuel/Joy To The World", "Love Cry/Christmas Wrapping", and "O Tannebaum/Spirits/12 Days Of Christmas". CD

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Ray BarrettoRhythm Of Life – Ritmo De La Vida ... LP
Fania, 1982. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A cheesy cover, but a really top-shelf effort from Ray Barretto – one that has him standing strongly in the early 80s, at a time when most other leaders of his nature were beginning to falter! The record's still strongly in the Barretto salsa mode of the 70s, but it's also got a jazzy component that's really upfront in the mix – impeccable horns that come together with a fluid sound that soars each number over the top, and which also allows for a slight bit of solo expression alongside the lead vocals by Ray De La Paz. The tunes are longish, and the better numbers really open up in a joyous blend of rhythm and voice – almost salsa's take on the descarga style. Titles include "Indiferencia", "Granada", "Si No Eres Tu", "Amor Artificial", and "Manos Duras". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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Bells Of ZionJoyous Sound Of Bells Of Zion ... LP
Nashboro, 1975. Very Good+ ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Blue Note 7Mosaic – A Celebration Of Blue Note Records ... CD
Blue Note, 2008. Used ... $3.99
A brilliant celebration of Blue Note Records – one that features some key songs from the label's classic years, interpreted by a sharp-edged group of younger players! The lineup here is wonderful – Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto and flute, Ravi Coltrane on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and rhythm from Bill Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – all players who are great in their own right, but who really come together with a classic sort of sound here – a vibe that really respects the Blue Note leaders of years past, and which really gets their energy right! The rhythms are tremendous – no surprise, given how great Nash and Washington can be – and the tunes have a soulful, soaring quality that draws on all the joy Blue Note's given the world over the years – proclaimed boldly by the horn solos in the set. Titles include "Little B's Poem", "Inner Urge", "Mosaic", "Dolphin Dance", "Criss Cross", "Search For Peace", "The Outlaw", and "Idle Moments". CD
(Out of print.)

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Richard Groove HolmesOnsaya Joy ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever cut by organist Richard Groove Holmes – and a set that's worth it alone for the massive title track! Groove soars right out of the gate on that one – taking up most of side one with help from a vamping trio of guitar and drums – while he delivers this stretched-out, hard-burning solo that almost seems to take a page out of the book of the younger Charles Earland – but also stands as a great reminder of the fresh, soulful genius that Holmes brought to the Hammond in the 60s! In addition to "Onsaya Joy", other tracks are a bit more straightforward, but no less soulful – and titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Song For My Father", and a remake of "Misty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has waviness, flaking and peeling due to moisture, with a taped top seam, peeling inside the gatefold and a sticker. Back cover appears to have an inscription from the artist.)
Also available Onsaya Joy ... CD 13.99

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Joe HoustonWild Man Of The Tenor Sax ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Classic 50s tenor work from the mighty Joe Houston – west coast tenor star galore, and one of the strongest players to cross the line between jazz and R&B! The album features Joe blowing in a relatively uncomplicated mode overall – hitting some nice upbeat groovers, but also chilling out on a few more late nite tracks. Titles include "Hands Down", "Joggin Around", "Time For The Blues", "Got The Blues After Hours", "Joe's Lament", "Turn Around", and "Stompin With Joy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing. Cover has aged clear tape on the seams and a center split in the spine.)

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JoyceAstronauta – Songs Of Elis Regina ... CD
Blue Jackel, 1998. Used ... $8.99
Our favorite female Brazilian singer, Joyce, pays tribute to our other favorite female Brazilian singer, Elis Regina! The set was recorded a few years back, and Joyce is backed by a group that includes her husband Tutty Moreno on drums, plus Dori Caymmi, Joe Lovano, Mulgrew Miller, and Renee Rosnes. The set's longer than you'd expect, and includes classics from the Elis Regina songbook – like "Canto De Ossanha", "Upa Neguinho", "Aquarela Do Brasil", "Aquas Do Marco", and "Astronauta". The album's a bit mellow, but like all other Joyce recordings from overseas sources, it's way better than her recent work on major labels, and it really captures the best side of her cool gentle style! CD

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Stanley TurrentineJoyride ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. Near Mint- ... $39.99
A very successful album for Blue Note – and one that took the searing tenor sax of Stanley Turrentine and backed it with some boldly soulful arrangements from Oliver Nelson! Nelson was perfect at this sort of session – able to provide full backings that infused the record with energy, yet never dominated the space of the soloist – and Turrentine really rises to the occasion here, and matches the quality heard in similar Nelson sessions with Jimmy Smith, Lou Donaldson, and Cannonball Adderley! Other players in the core group here include Kenny Burrell and Herbie Hancock – but Stan's the main star of the set with his gutsy tenor lines, all blown beautifully in a way that points towards his later experiments in this mode. Titles include "Bayou", "Mattie T", "Little Sheri", and "River's Invitation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo New York pressing, with Van Gelder stamp.)

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✨✧ Sweet Tee & Jazzy JoyceIt's My Beat (voc, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Profile, 1986. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Profile sleeve, with wide clear tape on the seams and an index label. Labels have marker.)

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✨✧ Shabaka & The AncestorsWisdom Of Elders ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very collaborative ensemble – with these tremendous upfront vocals from Siyabonga Mthembu, a singer with a very unique approach, and a spiritual current that we'd rank right up there with work by Leon Thomas, Dwight Trible, or Joe Lee Wilson, even though Mthembu's very much his own man. The group's also got two other great horn players – Mthunzi Mvubu on alto and Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet – plus Fender Rhodes and piano from Nduduzo Makhathini, and a wonderfully early array of bass, percussion, and drums – which lay down a fantastic groundwork for each tune. The music starts somewhere in the spiritual territory of the post-Coltrane scene – but really takes off immediately with its own individual spirit – ala Kamasai Washington – and the performance is live and unadorned, without some of the studio efforts that show up on other Brownswood label releases. Beautiful work throughout – an instant classic that we'd rank right up there with the best material by folks like Nat Birchall or Matthew Hallsall, but very different too. Titles include "Nguni", "Mzwandile", "Joyous", "The Sea", "The Observer", and "Give Thanks". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Andre KostelanetzComplete Christmas Albums (Joy To The World/Wonderland Of Christmas/Wishing You A Merry Christmas/bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of classic Christmas albums from Andre Kostelanetz from the 60s – all done in that very popular style of his! The set begins with Joy To The World – a lush album of strings and other rich orchestral touches – the sort of Christmas record that's maybe best to put on way into the evening – when the candles have dimmed, and most of the folks are weary – as the Kostelanetz approach is more than enough to send the kids off to dreamland! Earl Wrightson provides some baritone vocals, and there's some chorus vocals at other points – but the main focus is Andre's orchestrations, on titles that include "The Skater's Waltz", "What Child Is This/Joy To The World", and "Sleigh Ride" – plus some longer medley tunes. Wonderland Of Christmas features superb Teo Macero production in his best Columbia Records mode – which brings up some of the more lively, dynamic sounds that Andre Kostelanetz brings to his music – almost giving some of the tunes a bachelor pad/hi-fi sort of range! Titles include "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas", "Let It Snow", "The Christmas Song", "Christmas Chopsticks", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", and "Winter Wonderland/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". We Wish You A Merry Christmas is a record that mixes the lush strings of Andre Kostelanetz with some youthful chorus backings and some vocal leads from Phyllis Curtain – in a way that makes the album maybe one of Andre's most somber Christmas records from the 60s! All the hallmark Kostelanetz touches are in place, but the set's definitely one that takes the holiday in its most serious spirit – on titles that include "Silent Night", "Away In A Manger", "What Child Is This", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "We Three Kings". Bonus tracks include "White Christmas", "Nutcracker Suite", "My Favorite Things", "Greensleeves", a "Christmas Seals promo", and both the Bach and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria". CD

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✨✧ VariousJoyful Jazz – Christmas With Verve Vol 1 – The Vocalists ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s/2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A collection of Holiday tracks both old and new – pulled from the catalog of Verve Records, and a fair bit of the larger Universal jazz catalog too! The material here mixes old favorites with a few newer recordings – tracks that show that great resonance between jazz vocal styles and Christmas tunes – a pairing that never seems to get old, and which can make for some especially warm moments during the season. Titles include "The Christmas Song" by Mel Torme, "Christmas Time Is Here" by Patti Austin, "It Must Be Christmas" by Judy Holliday, "Peace On Earth" by Peggy Lee, "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays" by Betty Carter, "Peace" by Norah Jones, "Zat You Santa Claus" by Louis Armstrong, "Silent Night" by Dinah Washington, "White Christmas" by Ella Fitzgerald, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Diane Schuur, "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Billie Holiday, and "Winter Wonderland" by Shirley Horn. CD

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✨✧ Gene Ammons & His All StarsGroove Blues ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
One of the tasty blowing session albums that Jug cut for Prestige – remarkable in the quality of the players (Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams, and others), and in the relaxed easy groove of the solid soulful tracks. There's 4 long cuts, and they all swing nicely nicely nicely! Titles include "Ammon Joy", "Groove Blues", and "Jug Handle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and AB etch. NOTE – Cover has a large stain on the open half, mostly on back, split seams with aged tape remnants, and some pen and marker on front & back.)

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Bobby LyleStraight & Smooth ... CD
Three Keys Music, 2004. Used 2CD ... $8.99
A double CD with a straight-shooting title – one set featuring the great jazz pianist/keyboard player Bobby Lyle in a straight setting – and one CD in which he lays it with slinky smoothness! The Straight set has Bobby's acoustic piano out front of a tight trio with Mark Simmons on drums and Brennen Nase on bass. The set has a very streamlined, hip little swinging style. The group takes on a number of standards and classics like "Body and Soul", "Harlem Blues", and "Nefertiti", plus Lyle compositions like "Blues For Dexter" and "Bop To Bach". The Smooth disc has a really nice, crisp late 70s/early 80s kind of r&b/jazz groove, with Bobby's electric keyboards and his piano out front of David Dyson on bass, Jay Williams on Drums, Jackiem Joyner on alto sax and others. Tracks include "Tippin'", "Step In The Name Of Love", "La Clave", "Passion By The Sea" and more. Two new albums in one set for a great price! CD
(Out of print.)

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Mostly Other People Do The KillingLoafer's Hollow ... CD
Hot Cup, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99
Fantastic work from a group who never fail to blow our minds – and who also seem to try out something different with each new record, yet never falter at all in their progress forward! Mostly Other People Do The Killing may have one of the longest names in jazz, but they've also got a brash approach that really lives up to the cockiness of their name – a confident step in whatever direction they want, which always leads them down the best path. This time around, they're mixing both modern and trad jazz expressions with literary inspiration from writers who include Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, James Joyce, Cormac McCarthy, and David Foster Wallace – each of whom are listed as reference points for certain songs – which are based around snippets of their text, then transformed into a musical mode. The instrumentation is a very offbeat take on trad – with Jon Irabgon on tenor and sopranino sax, Steven Bernstein on trumpet and slide trumpet, Dave Taylor on bass trombone, Brandon Seabrook on banjo and electronics, Kevin Shea on drums, Ron Stabinsky on piano, and leader Moppa Elliott on bass. Titles include "Kilgore", "Hi Nella", "Honey Hole", "Bloomsberg", "Glen Riddle", "Mason & Dixon", and "Five". CD

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Johnny OtisJohnny Otis Show ... LP
Capitol, Mid 50s. Good+ ... $19.99
One of the coolest earliest albums from the great Johnny Otis – a late 50s set that was issued on Capitol's grittier Dig subsidiary – and which features the full range of the Otis revue, captured surprisingly well! Yes, work for other labels at the time often featured Johnny with some of his other associates – but the overall presentation of this one, done as a "show" formation (although most likely studio, not really live) has Johnny shifting between a range of other talents too – including Three Tons Of Joy, Jeannie Sterling & The Moonbeams, and Mel Williams – plus Johnny himself, and work from his great group that can effortlessly blend jazz elements with R&B! Titles include "Loop De Loop", "Can't You Hear Me Callin", "In The Dark", "Lonely River", "Stay With Me", and "Hum Ding A Ling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label 50s pressing. Cover has some wear and tape along all seams.)

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Bud PowellSwingin' With Bud ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good ... $24.99
One of the few Bud Powell sessions cut for RCA, but a brilliantly swinging date that has the pianist working at the height of his powers! There's an edge here that comes through right from the start – an off kilter vibe in both Bud's tone, and even in the way he's vocalizing joyously in the background at a few spots – not singing, but exclaiming – at a level that really helps you feel how much he owns the piano while he's performing! Dark pockets and sharp angles pervade – while still swinging right down the middle – balanced off perfectly with work from Art Taylor on drums and George Duvivier on bass. Tremendous all the way through – and different than Bud's work for Verve and Blue Note – in a really compelling way. Titles include "Another Dozen", "Like Someone In Love", "She", "Oblivion", "Swedish Pastry", and "Birdland Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam and some light wear.)

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Teddy WilsonImpeccable Mr Wilson ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The title's certainly right on this one – as Teddy Wilson's approach to the keys is as impeccable as his look on the cover of the record! The tunes are short, but they're filled with plenty of bright notes – a masterful illustration of economy on the keys of the piano – but one that's still filled with a sense of life and joy about the music. The overall feel is relatively trad, but not in a cliched way – and at times, Wilson's handling of the tunes amazes us with his fluid sense of rhythm. Other members of the trio include Jo Jones on drums and Al Lucas on bass – and titles include "I Want To Be Happy", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Honeysuckle Rose", "I've Found A New Baby", "Laura", "Time On My Hands", and "Who Cares". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has yellowed tape on the seams and spine.)

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Stevie WonderI Was Made To Love Her ... LP
Motown, 1967. Very Good- ... $6.99
Excellent work from Stevie Wonder – and a record that really has him emerging strongly as an adult soul singer! The set's got a joyous power that's undeniable – a sense of pride and place that really points the way at the Stevie of the 70s, and which has Wonder stretching out wonderfully on his vocals. Titles include the stellar "I Was Made To Love Her" – a cut with a choppy groove that made it one of the more unique crossover tunes of the late 60s, and with a complicated mix of vocal and musical bits that still always blows us away. Other tracks include "Baby Don't You Do It", "A Fool For You", "I'd Cry", "Send Me Some Lovin", and the ill-titled "Every Time I See You I Go Wild". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tamla stereo pressing. Cover has a mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ Andre HodeirAnna Livia Plurabelle ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally cool session of avant Parisian jazz – assembled by the great Andre Hodeir, whose Jazz Et Jazz is one of the best modernist jazz efforts from postwar France. The work attempts to set music to the writings of James Joyce – and it features the voices of Nicole Croisille and Monique Aldebert, plus the musicians Pierre Michelot on bass, Bernard Lubat on vibes, Daniel Humair on drums, Michel Portal and Pierre Gossez on saxes, and Roger Guerin on trumpet. A bit odd – but very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US gatefold pressing – with the booklet! Cover has a split top seam and some wear.)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithNew Sound – A New Star Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A new star is right – because with the strength of this set, Jimmy Smith set a whole new tone for the way that the organ was used in jazz! The album's got a raw, earthy power that grabs us right away – and even though the tunes themselves are mostly familiar numbers, Jimmy's early Hammond work is simply amazing – cooking the grooves up in a way that differs a lot from the way other players, like Wild Bill Davis, were using the instrument at the time. The vibrato's still on at a relatively high level, but Jimmy's own lines are lean and clean – and made even more so by accompaniment from Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Bay Perry on drums. Titles include "The Way You Look Tonight", "Joy", "The Preacher", "High & The Mighty", "Midnight Sun", and "You Get 'Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear. Cover has a sticker spot and minor seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisWe Want Miles ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Well, it's not the Plugged Nickel or electric Japan in the 70s – but this is a surprisingly great 2LP set of live work by Miles from the early 80s – recorded in New York and Boston, with a lively full-on concert sort of feel! The group features Marcus Miller on bass, Bill Evans on soprano sax, Al Foster on drums, Mike Stern on guitar, and Mino Cinelu on percussion – and the tracks are long tunes, done with a bit of electricity, and sort of a joyous approach overall. Titles include "Kix", "My Man's Gone Now", "Jean Pierre", "Fast Track", and "Back Seat Betty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has corner wear, a promo stamp, and a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Dr Teleny's Incredible Plugged In Orchestra/Ettore StrattaStolen Goods – Gems Lifted From The Masters/Viva Vivaldi ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of very unusual albums – back to back on a single CD! Stolen Goods is a totally cool, totally groovy album from the 70s – one that features large orchestral arrangements of themes from the classics – but all augmented with plenty of wild contemporary touches! There's moogy electronics, funky drums, wordless vocals, and lots of other hip 70s elements – including the kind of horn section that would have made Mozart, Chopin, or Beethoven wince – had they lived long enough to hear the approach to their songs served up on this British album! From what we can tell, Dr Teleny is Zack Laurence – who's billed as the musical director on the album – serving up transformed tunes with titles that include "Power Play", "Wild Turkey", "Rhapsody From Hunger", "Superjoy", "Johann Sebastian Rock", and "The People Yes". Next up is Viva Vivaldi, served up by Italian conductor Ettore Stratta – who you'll know from both sound track and easy instrumental modes – getting a lot of hip help here from arranger Chico O'Farrill! The songs are all from Vivaldi – as you'd guess from the title – but Chico's charts add in plenty of sweet 70s touches, including electric bass, keyboards, and other instrumentation that moves things way past the baroque generation – even making some tunes groove in a surprising way. There's still enough strings in play to tie the songs to classical roots – and titles include "Gloria Allegro", "Mandolin Concerto In C Adagio", "Suite From Four Seasons", "Flute Concerto In D", "Concerto In E", and "Concerto In G For Two Mandolins". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)
 
 
 



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