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Al CohnMr Music ... LP
RCA, 1954. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A tight little record – with a strong focus on Al Cohn's solo work! Al's the lead soloist in a number of largish groups that are often tightly arranged, but which let the leader break out nicely – cutting with an edge on his tenor that's sometimes even sharper than usual. Cohn handled most of the arrangements – but a few are by Johnny Carisi, Ralph Burns, or Manny Albam –a nd players include Joe Newman on trumpet, Billy Byaers and Frank Rehak on trombone, Gene Quill on alto, and Jimmy Raney on guitar. Proceedings are tight, but never too uptight – and titles include "Cabin In The Sky", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "This Reminds Me Of You", "Move", "Cohn My Way", "La Ronde", and "Never Never Land". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice original pressing!)

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Al Hudson & the Soul PartnersEspecially For You/Cherish (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $15.99
Two fantastic early albums by Al Hudson – working here with his initial group, The Soul Partners! First up is Especially For You – a record that's kind of a first chapter to all the excellent work by One Way to come – even though Al's not using that group name at this time! The record's got this cool, classy vibe – an update of an earlier Detroit soul mode, and one that maybe followed that city's shift a few years later than 70s soul changes in Philly during the decade – and handled with a similar blend of groovers and mellow cuts! The vibe is similar to the great shift The Dramatics were making on ABC Records at the time – and Al and the group work here with production by Al Perkins and arrangements by Jimmy Roach. Titles include "Baby Let Me Love You", "I Got A Notion You Got The Motion", "Real Love", "You're So Wonderful", and "Trying To Prove My Love". Cherish is a funky soul classic from Al Hudson and the Soul Partners – a second full length set, and one that really has Hudson finding his groove! The rhythms are funkier than before – thanks to strong work on bass from Kevin McCord, who also joins Al a bit on vocals – in a mode that still continues the group's strong work on midtempo numbers, but also maybe answers a 70s disco wave with more of a Detroit funk overall! Great work from the group that would later turn into One Way – with titles that include "Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled, & Fell", "If You Get Caught", "If You Feel Like Dancing", and "I Like Everything About You". CD also features bonus tracks – "Feelings (7" version)" and "If You Feel Like Dancin (12" version)". CD

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Don Joseph featuring Al CohnOne Of A Kind ... LP
Uptown, 1984. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A nice small combo date – done in the best Uptown Records way – understated, but nicely strong all the way through! Don Joseph blows cornet – in a combo that features Al Cohn on tenor, Bill Triglia on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Joey Baron on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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Clark Terry with Al GreyShades Of Blues ... CD
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
Late work from trumpeter Clark Terry, but the kind of record that really lives up to his long legacy of specially-shaped sounds from his instrument – matched here by superb work from Al Grey on trombone! Terry always has this great way of evoking a mouthy, gritty vibe from his horn, while still delivering a clear, clean sound – and a great vision for a solo, even in a compact space – and that's carried forward here by very strong work from Al Grey, a player who didn't always get his chance to sparkle this much in later years! The group's got another great feature – no drums, just the bass of Marcus McLaurine and piano of Charles Fox – leaving plenty of open room for improvisation, and even more reliance on the inherently rhythmic styles of both hornmen. Titles include "Hooties Blues", "Greazy Blues", "Cool Vibes", "Sluggo", "Hip Hat Blues", and "The View From Glencove". CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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✨✧ Al Hudson & The Soul PartnersSpreading Love/Happy Feet ... CD
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of ABC Records gems from Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – back to back on a single CD! Spreading Love is excellent early work from Al Hudson – a soulful talent who stood his own in the late 70s, forging an up-tempo funk sound that lived long past disco, and which was sort of a platform for groups of the 80s to build a new dancefloor sound. Hudson relied heavily on bass-y funk to hit his groove, but he also gave strong focus to the good singers who worked with his groups – adding in good ballads that act as a showcase to members like bassist Kevin McCord, who sings some great vocals on this set. The album kicks off with the up-tempo groover "Spread Love", an anthemic dancefloor tune that almost points the way towards soulful house, and it's got some other nice cuts, like the ballads "Lost Inside Of You" and "Love Me Forever", plus the funky numbers "How Do You Do", and "Dance, Get Down". Happy Feet is joyous, bouncy sounds from the legendary Al Hudson – a sweet little set with his Soul Partners group, done in a mode that's right up there with the best music of his One Way combo! The grooves are uptempo, yet are much more rooted in ensemble funk than some of the disco of Al's contemporaries – and if anything, the album really shows a great evolution from the funk bands of the previous generation to a newer, more sophisticated style overall. Hudson's work at the helm is wonderful – and helps steer the group towards some nice mellow moments too – with arrangements from Kevin McCord, Rudy Robinson, and Dave Roberson. Alicia Myers serves up some great early vocals with the group – and titles include "I Don't Want You To Leave Me", "Another Love Song", "You Can Do It", "In The Basement", "Call Me", and "Rock". CD

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✨✧ Ricard Roda, Ricard Miralles, Enric Ponsa, & Joan Josep TuduriNits De Jazz Al Jamboree (with bonus track) ... LP
Edigsa/Wah Wah (Spain), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rare set of Spanish jazz from the 60s – quite a treasure, considering how little jazz we've heard from Spain at the time! The group's tremendous – soulful and modern, at a level that matches some of our favorite Italian combos of the same period – with this strong lead work from Ricard Roda on alto sax and flute, and these beautiful lines on piano from Ricard Miralles – both players we don't know at all, but who really shine in the live setting of the album! The group also features bold bass from Enric Ponsa and drums from Joan-Josep Tuduri – and the group clearly have a love of the modal tendencies that hit American jazz at the end of the 50s, particularly in the work of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Titles include Miralles own "Asteriscs" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Kelly Blue", "Theme For Ernie", "Stella By Starlight", and "On Green Dolphin Street". Album also features the bonus track "Solar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Kenny Dorham, and othersBirdland Stars On Tour Vol 1 ... LP
RCA, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A really great little live jazz date from the mid 50s – one that features a unique pairing of east and west coast players, working together as part of a Birdland Stars package tour! The group's an exceptionally balanced one – with players who are all strong enough to work together seamlessly, but who each bring together something different to the date – especially in the blend of west coast cool and east coast hot that comes up during some of the horn passages! Trumpets are by Kenny Dorham and Conte Candoli, tenor by Al Cohn, alto by Phil Woods, piano by Hank Jones, bass by John Simmons, and drums by Kenny Clarke – and with a balance like that, there's probably a bit more "east" than "west" on the set – but that's ok with us! The style is similar to some of the RCA work cut by Cohn or Woods, but a lot more open overall – tracks that are looser and less arranged, with some really great room for solos. Titles include "Phil Er Up", "Roulette", "Last Lap", and "Minorin The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with the deep groove.)

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✨✧ Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Kenny Dorham, and othersBirdland Stars On Tour Vol 2 ... LP
RCA, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A really great little live jazz date from the mid 50s – one that features a unique pairing of east and west coast players, working together as part of a Birdland Stars package tour! The group's an exceptionally balanced one – with players who are all strong enough to work together seamlessly, but who each bring together something different to the date – especially in the blend of west coast cool and east coast hot that comes up during some of the horn passages! Trumpets are by Kenny Dorham and Conte Candoli, tenor by Al Cohn, alto by Phil Woods, piano by Hank Jones, bass by John Simmons, and drums by Kenny Clarke – and with a balance like that, there's probably a bit more "east" than "west" on the set – but that's ok with us! The style is similar to some of the RCA work cut by Cohn or Woods, but a lot more open overall – tracks that are looser and less arranged, with some really great room for solos. Titles include "Hip Boots!", "For Kicks Only", "Ah Funky New Baby", and "Conte's Condolences". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Ginny ArnellMeet Ginny Arnell (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/Poker (UK), 1964. Used ... $6.99
Dreamy 60s pop from Ginny Arnell – a sweet-voiced singer working in a very echoey space! There's a nicely weepy quality to Ginny's music – not in a way that's overly emotive, but which comes from the odd mix of guitar lines, bubbling bass, and heavy echo used to record the music – all with qualities that start feeling sad long before Arnell even sings a word of the lyrics – and which is almost a female equivalent to the best blue modes of Bobby Vinton's work of the same time! Arrangements are by a variety of talents – including Bill McElhieny, Al Gorgoni, and Ray Stevens – but there's a nicely unified feel to the set, thanks to the strong production on the album from Jim Vienneau – clearly an under-acknowledged genius of 60s pop. Titles include "Dumbhead", "I Wish I Knew What Dress To Wear", "I'm So Afraid Of Loving You", "He's My Little Devil", "This Is Mine", "You Pulled A Fast One", "I Don't Want You This Way", and "This Is Mine". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – including "I'm Getting Mad", "Bill Why", "I'm Crying Too", "Trouble's Back In Town", and "Just Like A Boy". CD

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Count BasieCount Basie Big Band – Live Montreux 77 ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The 70s Count Basie Band in all their glory – recorded live in extremely tight formation at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival! Despite the live setting, the recording quality here is impeccable – easily on a par with most of the group's studio dates from the decade, especially in the way that Basie's piano thunders out in front of the rest of the group! Players include Sonny Cohn, Bobby Mitchell, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest, Eric Dixon, and Freddie Green – and although tracks are short, they're still filled with a good sense of surprise – that Basie dynamics that really started kicking in during the 50s, and which held on strong on records like this! Titles include "The More I See You", "Night In Tunisia", "The Heat's On", "Freckle Face", "Splanky", "I Needs To Be Bee'd With", "Lil Darlin", and "Bag Of Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Cee-LoCee-Lo Green Is Thomas Callaway ... CD
Easy Eye Sound/BMG, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A fantastic new chapter in the career of Cee-Lo Green – reemerging here as an old school southern soul singer, with a vibe that's in the best legacy of Al Green and some of the underground talents of his generation! The set was recorded in Nashville, produced by Dan Auerbach, and has a nicely laidback vibe throughout – not smooth soul, but a back-to-basics approach that's more basic than Cee-Lo ever had at the start – with a very strong focus on the strength of his vocals, without any too-pop or hip hop production in the mix. Titles include "You Gotta Do It All", "Doin It All Together", "The Way", "Thinking Out Loud", "Lead Me", "Little Mama", "I Wonder How Love Feels", and "People Watching". CD
Also available Cee-Lo Green Is Thomas Callaway ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Cee-LoCee-Lo Green Is Thomas Callaway ... LP
Easy Eye Sound/BMG, 2020. New Copy ... $22.99
A fantastic new chapter in the career of Cee-Lo Green – reemerging here as an old school southern soul singer, with a vibe that's in the best legacy of Al Green and some of the underground talents of his generation! The set was recorded in Nashville, produced by Dan Auerbach, and has a nicely laidback vibe throughout – not smooth soul, but a back-to-basics approach that's more basic than Cee-Lo ever had at the start – with a very strong focus on the strength of his vocals, without any too-pop or hip hop production in the mix. Titles include "You Gotta Do It All", "Doin It All Together", "The Way", "Thinking Out Loud", "Lead Me", "Little Mama", "I Wonder How Love Feels", and "People Watching". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cee-Lo Green Is Thomas Callaway ... CD 13.99

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Richard MarksNever Satisfied – The Complete Works 1968 to 1976 (CD with book) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy CD & Book ... $9.99
An artist you might not know at all – but one you'll be digging plenty after hearing this wonderful set! Richard Marks is a guitarist and singer with a very funky, very gritty sound – really right up there with the best of the funky 45 underground of the time – which makes this overstuffed package feel like you've just inherited a sweet stack of rare 7" singles! Marks hardly made it outside of his hometown of Atlanta – but did work over the years with stars like Al Green and Eddie Kendricks – but, thankfully for us, he left behind a strong legacy of small label singles, nearly all of which are included in this beautiful set – along with a full book that tells the tale of Richard's time outside the limelight, plus lots of photos, images, and notes on the music. Titles include "Funky Fingers", "Never Satisfied", "Don't Take It Out On Me", "I'm With You Love", "Pretty Woman Pass On By", "Innocent Bystander", "Speak Now", "Purple Haze", "Why Did You Leave Me", and "Crackerjack". CD

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Skin Flesh & BonesDub In Blood ... CD
Sunshot/Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $11.99
A real dub rarity – a set that was originally issued in two different versions, both with different tracks – both in very small pressings! This excellent version from Pressure Sounds combines all the cuts from both discs – in a superb package of stripped-down dubs built around songs by George Faith and Al Campbell – recorded and mixed at Channel One, with a lean, effective sound that should stand as blueprint for all those contemporary producers who might muddle up the waters with too much in the mix! The basslines are especially strong – played by Bertram Ranchie McLean, Robbie Shakespeare, and Aston Familyman Barrett – and titles include "Dub To The Vein", "Dub In Blood", "Skin Dub", "Suit Your Dub", "Heart Dub", "Bandwagon Dub", "Doctor Dub", "Syringe Dub", and "Injection In Dub". CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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VariousMonsters Of Funk & Soul – A Unique Label Compilation ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2010. Used ... $6.99
A monster compilation of Funk & Soul from Unique Records – great album tracks, 12" single, funky 45s and exclusive tracks from the Unique team – a cross section of neo classic funk & soul styles from an international roster that includes Laura Vane & The Vipertones, Al Supersonic & The Teenagers, Sweet Vandals, Eli Goulart, Osaka Monorail and more! We always dig new Unique Records when they arrive, and to have a compilation of this superior of quality really puts into perspective just how strong the material – even better than we thought! 16 tracks on the CD: "Am I Dreaming?" by Laura Vane & The Vipertones, "Shoot The Birds" by Plenty Enuff, "Quick Sand" by Osaka Monorail, "I Don't Know" by Glen Anthony Henry, "Sunny" by Eli Goulart E Banda Do Mato, "Make You Happy" by Wondertronix, "I Feel Fine" by Fab Guiro, "Home Wreckers" by Home Wreckers and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Richard MarksNever Satisfied – The Complete Works 1968 to 1976 (with download) ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An artist you might not know at all – but one you'll be digging plenty after hearing this wonderful set! Richard Marks is a guitarist and singer with a very funky, very gritty sound – really right up there with the best of the funky 45 underground of the time – which makes this overstuffed package feel like you've just inherited a sweet stack of rare 7" singles! Marks hardly made it outside of his hometown of Atlanta – but did work over the years with stars like Al Green and Eddie Kendricks – but, thankfully for us, he left behind a strong legacy of small label singles, nearly all of which are included in this beautiful set – along with a full book that tells the tale of Richard's time outside the limelight, plus lots of photos, images, and notes on the music. Titles include "Funky Fingers", "Never Satisfied", "Don't Take It Out On Me", "I'm With You Love", "Pretty Woman Pass On By", "Innocent Bystander", "Speak Now", "Purple Haze", "Why Did You Leave Me", and "Crackerjack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP package – with special 20 page book and download card!)
Also available Never Satisfied – The Complete Works 1968 to 1976 (CD with book) ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ One WayWho's Foolin Who ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic from One Way – who're still going strong in the early 80s! The group's ace in the hole was always the great work of Al Hudson – a fearless leader who kept things funky, and who wrote in some great hooks to tracks that give them uncommon strength. Case in point is the classic "Cutie Pie", which is the leadoff track here – with a funky bassline would be right at home on George Clinton's Computer Games – but it really takes flight thanks to One Way's deeper-sinking hook. The album is among their bigger hits of the period – but it's also proof that they were still going strong creatively, too. No foolin'! Lots of solid cuts, including "Runnin Away", "Who's Foolin Who", "Sweet Lady", "Give Me One More Chance" and "You're So Very Special". CD

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✨✧ Skin Flesh & BonesDub In Blood ... LP
Sunshot/Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real dub rarity – a set that was originally issued in two different versions, both with different tracks – both in very small pressings! This excellent version from Pressure Sounds combines all the cuts from both discs – in a superb package of stripped-down dubs built around songs by George Faith and Al Campbell – recorded and mixed at Channel One, with a lean, effective sound that should stand as blueprint for all those contemporary producers who might muddle up the waters with too much in the mix! The basslines are especially strong – played by Bertram Ranchie McLean, Robbie Shakespeare, and Aston Familyman Barrett – and titles include "Dub To The Vein", "Dub In Blood", "Skin Dub", "Suit Your Dub", "Heart Dub", "Bandwagon Dub", "Doctor Dub", "Syringe Dub", and "Injection In Dub". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dub In Blood ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Vin GordonAfrican Shores ... LP
Tradition Disc (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Vin Gordon – who may well be one of the greatest reggae trombonists since the legendary Rico – working here in a very classic style that features plenty of contributions from saxophonist Nat Birchall! Nat's very much in the space of his previous collaboration with Gordon – and also plays piano, bass, and percussion – alongside co-producer Al Breadwinner, who handles drums, guitar, organ, and piano too! Tracks are a mix of echoey, dubby numbers that still have straightforward solo work from Gordon – and others that have maybe a tighter tuneful vibe, but which still fit the strong spirit of the entire session. The quartet also features Stally on baritone and David Fullwood on trumpet – stepping out in all-instrumental splendor, on titles that include "Gusum Peck", "Shucumooku", "Sa La Vie", "African Shores", "Gold Coast Dub", "Styler Man", and "Spill Over" LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful sound as those great artists – and still going wonderfully strong after all these years! In fact, the album almost feels more like some lost Hi tapes from Bryant's glory days than a contemporary set – as his voice is wonderful, the songs are tight, and both the production and instrumentation have just the right sort of classic approach – soulful, but without overstating things in any sort of cloying "resurrection" mode. Instead, Don's just right on top, and right in the pocket – doing his thing wonderfully on titles that include "Don't Give Up On Love", "I Got To Know", "First You Cry", "It Was Jealousy", "Something About You", "Can't Hide The Hurt", "One Ain't Enough", and "A Nickel & A Nail". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Skin Flesh & BonesDub In Blood ... CD
Sunshot/Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real dub rarity – a set that was originally issued in two different versions, both with different tracks – both in very small pressings! This excellent version from Pressure Sounds combines all the cuts from both discs – in a superb package of stripped-down dubs built around songs by George Faith and Al Campbell – recorded and mixed at Channel One, with a lean, effective sound that should stand as blueprint for all those contemporary producers who might muddle up the waters with too much in the mix! The basslines are especially strong – played by Bertram Ranchie McLean, Robbie Shakespeare, and Aston Familyman Barrett – and titles include "Dub To The Vein", "Dub In Blood", "Skin Dub", "Suit Your Dub", "Heart Dub", "Bandwagon Dub", "Doctor Dub", "Syringe Dub", and "Injection In Dub". CD
Also available Dub In Blood ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Macy GrayId ... CD
Epic, 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
Macy Gray's steps to a higher level on The Id – this is no "sophomore slump" to our ears – actually a helluva lot better than her big selling debut! As on her first set, Macy's vocals are wonderful – totally unique, with that warm raspy soulful style that makes her one of the most instantly recognizable soul artists since Al Green. The production is very strong too – with a sound that's new and fresh compared to most chart soul acts, but which also has its roots in the Columbia crossover sound of the late 60s, with traces of artists like Sly Stone and Janis Joplin all colliding into one cool groovy sound! Titles include "Hey Young World (part 2)", featuring Slick Rick, plus "Blowin Up Your Speakers", "Forgiveness", "My Nutmeg Phantasy" (featuring Angie Stone & Mos Def), "Sweet Baby" (featuring Erykah Badu), "Sexual Revolution", and "Relating To A Psychopath". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Manny Albam & Ernie WilkinsDrum Suite ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Hard-swinging big band material – with a heavy emphasis on drums! The album is a suite of six tracks – all written by either Manny Albam or Ernie Wilkins, both of whom arrange the groups on the set – really letting them open up nicely on the album's longish tracks. Manny and Ernie were two of the more soulful arrangers of their day – and they get some strong performances out of the groups, letting players like Conte Candoli on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Al Cohn on tenor, and Freddie Green on guitar open up in longer tracks driven to intensity by some great drum work handled by the lesser-known (but excellent) Ted Sommer. Titles include "Skinning The Valves", "Dancers On Drums", "Bristling", and "The Octopus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light surface wear and a small sticker spot on back.)

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Black PumasBlack Pumas (2LP deluxe edition – gold & red/black splatter vinyl pressing with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
ATO, 2019. New Copy 2LP ... On October 9, 2020 (delayed)
Soulful sounds from Black Pumas – a collaboration between singer Eric Burton and the great Adrian Quesada – the latter an instrumentalist and producer that you'll know from a variety of different funky projects over the years! This set might well be Adrian's ticket to the big time – as Burton's a singer with a very strong range, and great crossover potential – echoing Al Green one minute, hitting deeper vibes the next – and working alongside small combo backing that has plenty of laidback guitar lines and warm keyboards, all produced with the usual Quesada touch! Titles include "Oct 33", "Fire", "Colors", "Know You Better", "Stay Gold", "Old Man", "Confines", and "Touch The Sky". Expanded version features lots of bonus material – including "Eleanor Rigby", "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City", "Fast Car", "Black Cat", and "I Am Ready" – plus "live in studio" versions of "Confines", "Colors", and "Oct 33". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe double LP package pressed on gold and red/black splatter vinyl – includes bonus 7 inch! POTENTIALLY DELAYED BEYOND 10/9 STREET DATE. WE'RE TOLD IT'LL SHIP ASAP.)

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonLush Life ... LP
Blue Note, 1967. Sealed ... $14.99
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! LP, Vinyl record album
(75th anniversary pressing, sealed.)

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EmbrujoEmbrujo ... LP
Survival Research (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A legendary set from the Chilean scene of the early 70s – served up by a group who've got all the power to fight the force of the growing restrictions in their society! The set's a landmark in South American rock – and has the best qualities of some of the hippest Argentine, Peruvian, and Uruguayan work of the period – kind of a deeper, more spiritual current that mixes acoustic and electric elements in a really great way – very different than the brasher or more self-indulgent modes of the Anglo work, with an especially strong ear towards pushing regional stylistic elements into a broader rock world. Titles include "Vuela Vuela Aeroplano", "Correa A Los Campos", "A Tua Carita", "Bali", "Love & Question", "Caudal", "Canto Sin Nombre", and "Al Morir El Dolor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing!)

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Hugo HerediaMananita Pampera ... LP
Cote D'Azur/Jazz Room (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Fantastic work from this groundbreaking reedman – an incredibly rhythmic fusion of roots and jazz – very much in the best European tradition of the 70s! Hugo blows tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – but also plays some percussion too, on a record that's very heavy on percussion overall – thanks to work from Ivanir Mandrake Do Nascimento on congas and percussion, and Peter Schmidlin on percussion and drums! The album's also noteworthy for piano from Horace Parlan – a player who's usually on straighter jazz dates, but who balances out the sound wonderfully – and really gives the album a strong, deep soul. Peter Frei plays bass, and given the searing sound of Hugo's tenor, there's almost a vibe here at times that's like some of the Gato Barbieri jazz/world experiments from earlier in the decade. Titles include "El Beto", "Have YOu Met Miss", "Tunita", "Al Bebbe Guia", and "Carmen Pequena". LP, Vinyl record album

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Elliot Lawrence Big BandSwings Cohn & Kahn ... CD
Fantasy, Mid 50s. Used ... $9.99
Bold work from Elliot Lawrence – one of the groovier big band leaders on the west coast of the 50s – and one of the few who really found a way to mix older modes and some of the modern changes going on at the time! Lawrence's music almost always has a groove – his audience were often dancers at some of the bigger spots on the coast – but he also finds a way to fold in some strong solo work too, but all without some of the more academic tones that would come from a group like Stan Kenton's. Key soloists here include Al Cohn and Zoot Sims on tenor, Hal McKusick on alto, Nick Travis and Ernie Royal on trumpets, and Eddie Bert and Urbie Green on trombone – and the set features material from the albums Plays Tiny Kahn & Johnny Mandel Arrangements, Swinging At The Steel Pier, and Plays For Swinging Dancers. Titles include "Blue Room", "Who Fard That Shot", "Blues Alley", "Ponce", "Tenderly", "Walkin My Baby Back Home", "Hackin Around", "Cupcake", "Ivy Walk", "Handmade", "Nightfall", "Jazz Lullaby", and "Mood Midnight". CD
(Out of print.)

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Biff RoseBiff Rose ... LP
Buddah, 1970. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and light stains on back.)

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✨✧ Black PumasBlack Pumas ... LP
ATO, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soulful sounds from Black Pumas – a collaboration between singer Eric Burton and the great Adrian Quesada – the latter an instrumentalist and producer that you'll know from a variety of different funky projects over the years! This set might well be Adrian's ticket to the big time – as Burton's a singer with a very strong range, and great crossover potential – echoing Al Green one minute, hitting deeper vibes the next – and working alongside small combo backing that has plenty of laidback guitar lines and warm keyboards, all produced with the usual Quesada touch! Titles include "Oct 33", "Fire", "Colors", "Know You Better", "Stay Gold", "Old Man", "Confines", and "Touch The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Black PumasBlack Pumas (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
ATO, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soulful sounds from Black Pumas – a collaboration between singer Eric Burton and the great Adrian Quesada – the latter an instrumentalist and producer that you'll know from a variety of different funky projects over the years! This set might well be Adrian's ticket to the big time – as Burton's a singer with a very strong range, and great crossover potential – echoing Al Green one minute, hitting deeper vibes the next – and working alongside small combo backing that has plenty of laidback guitar lines and warm keyboards, all produced with the usual Quesada touch! Titles include "Oct 33", "Fire", "Colors", "Know You Better", "Stay Gold", "Old Man", "Confines", and "Touch The Sky". Expanded version features lots of bonus material – including "Eleanor Rigby", "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City", "Fast Car", "Black Cat", and "I Am Ready" – plus "live in studio" versions of "Confines", "Colors", and "Oct 33". CD
(Deluxe edition with 11 bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Bob BrookmeyerGloomy Sunday & Other Bright Moments ... LP
Verve, 1961. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked treat recorded at a time when Verve was briefly exploring the jazz orchestra format in the early 60s – through recordings by Stan Getz, Jimmy Guiffre, and here, Bob Brookmeyer. The record features a set of tracks written and/or arranged by Brookmeyer, with help from contemporaries like Eddie Sauter, Ralph Burns, and Gary McFarland – all of whom were doing similar work for Verve at the time. Players are strong all around – and include Hank Jones, Eddie Costa, Gene Quill, Phil Woods, Nick Travis, Al Cohn, and Phil Bodner – and titles include "Some Of My Best Friends", "Gloomy Sunday", "Where Oh Where", "Days Gone By Oh My", and "Ho Hum". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has some wear on the corners.)

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Songbook (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gerry Mulligan meets up with a great array of 50s modernists here – in specially setting dedicated to all Mulligan-penned compositions! Although a radical player himself on the baritone sax, Gerry also added something strong to the 50s jazz catalog with his great tunes from the early days – gently modern numbers that slowly became standards over the years, thanks to respect from other players. The best of these tracks are showcased here – played by Mulligan with a sax section that includes Zoot Sims on alto and tenor, Al Cohn on tenor and baritone, Lee Konitz on alto, and Allan Eager on alto and tenor. Rhythm is by the piano-less section of Freddie Green on guitar, Henry Grimes on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – and titles include "Venus De Milo", "Revelation", "Sextet", "Turnstyle", "Four & One More", "Crazy Day", and "Disc Jockey Jump". CD also features 4 bonus tracks, too! CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ UnificsSittin' In At The Court Of Love ... LP
Kapp, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The one and only album by The Unifics – and a beautiful precursor to the solid group sounds of the east coast early 70s. The group's got some wonderful harmonies – still raw, but showing the strength of smooth production to hit some very strong moments. Arrangements are by Richard Rome, Bert De Coteaux, and a very young Donny Hathaway – and the lead singer of the group is Al Johnson (although we're not sure he's the same Al Johnson that went onto greater fame as a solo act.) Includes "Sittin In At The Court Of Love", which was a minor hit – plus a number of other originals, including "Which One Should I Choose", "Tables Turned", and "Toshi Sumasu". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonLush Life (Applause version) ... LP
Blue Note/Applause, 1967. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by larger backings from Duke Pearson – who manages to score things perfectly with a balance of soul and sophistication. The album's hardly a "Donaldson with strings" date – and instead is done in the more mature mode that Duke was using in some of his own sides from the time, and on work with players like Donald Byrd or Stanley Turrentine. Other players here include Wayne Shorter on tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Garnett Brown on trombone – plus core rhythms from the trio of McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. Titles include "Sweet Slumber", "The Good Life", "Sweet & Lovely", "Stardust", and "You've Changed" – and the album was recorded in the 60s, it was only first issued in Japan in 1980 – and even then only later in the US! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Maynard FergusonMaynard Ferguson Conducts The Birdland Dreamband Vol 1 & 2 ... LP
RCA (France), 1956. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A double-length set that features both original albums recorded in the 50s by Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band – a dream band indeed, as the set features Maynard working with some excellent players who manage to come together tightly as a unit, then break out in really strong and hard-blown solos! Even in these early recordings, the style of the Ferguson group is firmly in place – incredible tightness, but a real respect for the soloists – and a power to kick it louder and larger than even in a small group setting. Players include Herb Geller, Al Cohn, Hank Jones, Budd Johnson, and Ernie Wilkins – and titles on this set includes all the master takes for 24 titles that include "Maynard The Fox", "The Wailing Boat", "Somebody Wants Me Down There", "Little Girl Kimbi", "Tell Me Funky", "You Said It", "Nightmare Alley", "Free Lee", "Geller's Cellar", "Sleep Softly", "Straight Up", and "Button Nose". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Jazz Line issue. Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerNow's The Time – Genius Of Charlie Parker #3 ... CD
Verve, 1952/1953. Used ... Out Of Stock
Very strong quartet material from Bird – recorded for Verve, with a group that includes Al Haig on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Max Roach on drums. Tracks are straightforward, but with some impeccable soloing – and a few of the tracks are presented in both master and alternate takes. Tunes include "Kim", "Cosmic Rays", "Laird Baird", "Chi Chi", and "Confirmation". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersBig Stick/Dateline ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two rare gems from this legendary Latin group – both on CD for the first time ever! Big Stick is quite possibly the rarest album from Pucho & The Latin Soul brothers – and also one of the greatest, too – thanks to a wonderfully soulful vibe overall, and some wicked vocals from the great Jackie Soul! Arrangements are a bit bigger than some of their previous dates, but nicely offbeat too – put together by Bill Fisher, and featuring loads of great keyboards and organ from Neal Creque! The sound's got less horns than beofre, but the heavy percussion, keyboards, and vocals more than offset that loss – and make for one of the most unique Pucho albums ever! Titles include "Swamp People", "Left In the Cold", "Big Stick", "Cold Shoulder", and a very groovy version of "Sunny"! Dateline is a rare gem from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – and an album that has them really hitting strong on all instrumental fronts! The group sports wonderful piano and organ lines from Neal Creque – a player who helps Pucho hit a more expansive, jazzy vibe – mixed with horns from the always-great Pazant brothers – Eddie on saxes and Al on trumpet – plus some trombone from Barry Rogers too! These players all really help add some great jazzy inflections to the whole set – important, too, because the album's all instrumental – with no vocals to get in the way of the solos. Willie Bivens also plays vibes on the record – and titles include "Listen to Louie", "Dateline", "Yambo", "Bim", and "Ain't Nothin Can Happen". CD

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✨✧ Raul SeixasKrig-Ha Bandolo (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An incredible album from Brazilian rock legend Raul Seixas – easily one of the most important artists to emerge after the Tropicalia generation – and a singer with a sound that's as striking as his image on the cover! The album's got an explosive blend of styles – everything from psychedelic samba to country rock to easy rock tunes – all bound together by the strong sense of presence that helped Seixas elevate to become one of Brazili's most controversial rock stars of the time, all with the kind of legacy you might expect from the cover image! The sound is great – very different than what American and Anglo groups were doing at the time, although with sly nods to their modes from time to time – and titles include the English track "How Could I Know", plus "As Minas Do Rei Salomao", "Mosca Na Sopa", "Cachorro", "Al Capone", and the strange electronic "Introducao". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ennio MorriconeCorleone (180 gram gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Music On Vinyl (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An epic tale of deceit and power in the Sicilian town of Corleone – scored beautifully here by Ennio Morricone, at a level that prefaces some of the more sophisticated turns his music would take in years to come! There's a depth here that reminds us a lot of Morricone's great soundtrack for Once Upon A Time In America – a way of conveying history, family, and change with strong musical themes – often intertwining a few repeated melodies in different ways, evoking the progressions in the narrative. LP features 22 tracks from the film – and titles include "Addio A Palermo", "Corleone", "Addio Al Figlio", "Alla Donna", "Cassandra", "Cospirazione", "Una Voce Dal Carcere", "In Tribunale", and "Corleone (jazz source music)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on yellow heavyweight vinyl!)
 
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✨✧ James Brown20 All Time Greatest Hits! ... CD
Polydor, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $2.99
Not a classic from the early years of James Brown – but a later greatest hits package that's gone onto have legendary status – given all the key cuts it includes! Most numbers here are the shorter single versions – and together, they pack a hell of a punch – showing an especially strong focus on the best soul and funk years of the legendary Godfather Of Soul! Titles include "I Got You", "Sex Machine (part 1)", "I Got The Feelin", "Mother Popcorn (part 1)", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1)", "Think", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "Hot Pants (part 1)", "Superbad (parts 1 & 2)", "Papa Don't Take No Mess (part 1)", "Payback", "Get On The Good Foot", and more! CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Nonato BuzarE O Pais Tropical ... CD
EMI (Brazil), 1975. Used ... $19.99
An obscure batch of jazzy samba tracks from Nonato Buzar – an overlooked talent who's one of Brazil's best soul samba artists of the 70s! The record's got a really strong presentation style – Nonato's guitar is upfront in the mix, and he sings lead vocals on most cuts, augmented by some occasional female vocals, and some ensemble singing. The production has a nice groovy sound with its roots in late 60s MPB – but the overall groove has clearly been influenced by other 70s work in Brazil. Titles include "Ceu Vermelho", "Ta Chegando A Hora", "Estou Triste Sim", and the silly "Le Premier Safari De Caroline De Monaco". CD
(Out of print.)

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Peven EverettRealness ... CD
Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Peven Everett – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the depth of his work so far! The album's one of Peven's most song-based, vocally-strong efforts – an instant classic batch of tunes that show a tremendous evolution in his songwriting – an ability to tighten things up, give them more focus, and hit an even higher level than before! The vocals alone are tremendous – Peven singing right up front in the mix, with a style that's personal and positive – supported by flowing keyboards, and rhythms that are more soul-oriented than some of his other house-styled work. Titles include "Flowers & Candy", "Soon", "I Got It", "Sweetness Is", "Liquor Stores & Cadillacs", "True Love", and "What's Your Favorite Dance". CD

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A BolhaUm Passo A Frente (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Continental/Lion, 1973. Used ... $11.99
Massively heavy sounds from A Bolha – a Brazilian group who were previously known as The Bubbles, and backed up Gal Costa during the Tropicalia years – but who work here in a fuzzy, bassy groove that's totally great – definitely an heir to the headier sounds of the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The guitars are definitely in full force here, but the basslines drive things along strongly too – echoing some of the Peruvian sounds of the time, but with a bit more Brazilian sophistication – and definitely a musical echo of lessons learned during Tropicalia, even though the set's a fully instrumental one. Organ also figures in the mix too – and titles include "Bye My Friend", "Razao De Existir", "Um Passo A Frente", "A Esfera", and "Neste Rock Forever". CD is beautifully done – with full notes in the great Lion tradition – and bonus tracks that include "Sem Nada" and "18.30 Parte 1". CD
(Out of print.)

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AmabanoAmsterdam Ticket (with bonus download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Finland), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Fantastic grooves from Amabano – an obscure group from Burundi, on a record that was initially only issued in the Soviet Union! That strange lack of exposure is no reflection on the music at all, though – as these guys are wickedly funky, and play with the sharpness and rawness of some of the best West African funk combos from the mid 70s, and not the smoother, more well-produced elements of the world music scene of the late 80s! Percussion is quite strong on most numbers, as are the ringing tones of the guitar – and while a few tracks have female vocals in the lead, others have an especially strong instrumental groove. Our two favorites are "Ilunga Diamond's Touch" and "Amsterdam Ticket" – both of which we'd put up next to better known Nigerian funk classics – and other tracks include "Munzanire", "Ewe Burundi", and "Nter'amajane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 copies – includes download!)

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Anteloper (Jaimie Branch & Jason Nazary)Tour Beats Vol 1 ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Mindblowing sounds from Anteloper – a great side project from trumpeter Jaimie Branch, and one that lets her open up with lots of the more electronic sides of her spirit! The set's a collaboration with Jason Nazary – who adds in acoustic drums plus a host of electronics and effects – echoed by Branch, who blows her usual strong lead on trumpet upfront, but also works electronic magic too – so that the duo are creating in the best mix of live instrumentation, processing, and editing that have made the International Anthem label such a powerhouse in new waves of jazz in recent years. The work's not unlike some of the recent projects of trumpeter Rob Mazurek – who, not surprisingly, provides notes on the record – which includes the tracks "Bubble Under", "Isotope 420", "Soledad Sabateur", and "Radar Radio". LP, Vinyl record album

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B Baker Chocolate CoB Baker Chocolate Co ... CD
LC/P-Vine (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue Note or Fantasy in the mid 70s – a quality that's especially strong on the vocal tracks on the set – one of which features Lew Kirton in the lead! The players are all totally top-shelf – and include Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff on keyboards, John Faddis and Marvin Stamm on trumpets, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – and the set's got a beautiful balance that few other records like this can match. Lew Kirton sings on "It's Where You're Coming From", and "Dreamer" features Gene Scott – and instrumental tracks include the funky classic "Snowblower", plus "Carousel" and "Spirit Level". CD

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Rupa BiswasDisco Jazz ... CD
Numero, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo – in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies – especially in 1982 – and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead. Titles include "Aaj Shanibar", "Moja Bhari Moja", "East West Shuffle", and the side-long jam "Ayee Morshume/Be Reham Duniya". CD

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✨✧ Joanna BroukHearing Music ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99 17.98
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and drank deep of the new compositional spirit of the time – especially in the work of Riley, which is often reflected here, but in a more contemplative way than his own recordings. Music sometimes features a core line on flute, opening up and unfolding slowly – and there's also some nice piano, and even a bit of conch shell and Orca sounds too. Double-length set features the usual strong Numero Group level of notes and history – and contains 22 tracks in all, some of which were only ever issued on cassette! CD

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Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... CD
Impulse, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary London scene! Shabaka's work on tenor and bass clarinet really gives the record an earthy, organic core – which seems to let the keyboards really soar off into space, often with the sort of vibe that you'd guess from the group's name and the cover image on the record – in a wide flurry of live and amplified performance elements! At some level, the trio is almost London's answer to some of the jazz-meets-studio work from Chicago's International Anthem label – and like some of the groups who record for that imprint, these guys are all strong jazz musicians at the core – but performing at a level that's very beyond the ordinary. Titles include "Birth Of Creation", "Summon The Fire", "Blood Of The Past", "Astral Flying", "Super Zodiac", "The Universe Wakes Up", and "Timewave Zero". CD
Also available Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... LP 18.99

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Comet Is ComingTrust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... LP
Impulse, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary London scene! Shabaka's work on tenor and bass clarinet really gives the record an earthy, organic core – which seems to let the keyboards really soar off into space, often with the sort of vibe that you'd guess from the group's name and the cover image on the record – in a wide flurry of live and amplified performance elements! At some level, the trio is almost London's answer to some of the jazz-meets-studio work from Chicago's International Anthem label – and like some of the groups who record for that imprint, these guys are all strong jazz musicians at the core – but performing at a level that's very beyond the ordinary. Titles include "Birth Of Creation", "Summon The Fire", "Blood Of The Past", "Astral Flying", "Super Zodiac", "The Universe Wakes Up", and "Timewave Zero". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery ... CD 13.99

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Cortijo Y Su ComboQuitate De La Via, Perico (with bonus track) ... CD
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $29.99
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba Sextet – a really strong emphasis on rhythms that can always be depended on to keep things moving. Rivera's singing is excellent to – with that nascent soul that would come into focus much more sharply in the late 60s, as countless other Latin vocalists really picked up the Puerto Rican sound! Titles include "Cortijito", "El Trompo", "Bomba Carambomba", "El Chivo", "El Pajaro Chogui", "Caramelo Santo", "Piedras En Mi Camino" and "Perico". CD features the bonus track "Druma Cuyi". CD

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Francesco De MasiLa Macchina Della Violenza (aka The Big Game) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Beat/Spettro (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
An excellent 70s Italian film score – penned for a political thriller, but handled with a fair bit of sweet and lovely themes! The album's one of the best we've ever heard from Francesco De Masi, and it nicely mixes his usual strong talents for action with a bit more warmth that befits the sexier side of the Italian cinematic spectrum. Sweet strings glide in alongside tighter electric basslines on some tracks – and others feature evocative woodwind bits, haunting piano, and a few more dramatic orchestrations – all wrapped up with really lovely sound throughout, and reissued here in a wonderful new package that really fits the music! There's a few vocal tracks – "Tomorrow Is A Foreign Land" and "Time On My Hands" – sung in English by Melody – and other titles include "The Story Of A Dream", "Running Against The Time", "Cape Town Harbour", "Soldiers Aboard", "Red Clouds", "Ending A Dream", "Suspect & Love", and "You'll Kill Her". LP, Vinyl record album
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Dining RoomsArt Is A Cat ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Dining Rooms – a set that has the group moving way past just makers of seductive grooves, into wider, fuller territory that definitely puts them at the top shelf level we love from the best at Schema Records! The album balances some of their earlier modes with really strong songs that feature a variety of different singers – including Sean Martin, Beatrice Velasco Moreno, and Georgeanne Kalweit – who each give the record a lot more lyrical power than before, and a strong presence on the vocal tracks that makes instrumental moments feel like well-placed interludes. Titles include "When You Died", "Little Girl", "Art Is A Cat", "Carpet Of Green", "Nella Sua Loca Realta", "Ghosts", "Two Thousand Parts", "No Frame", "Teach Me To Dance", and "Astratto". CD
Also available Art Is A Cat ... LP 24.99

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Dining RoomsArt Is A Cat ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Dining Rooms – a set that has the group moving way past just makers of seductive grooves, into wider, fuller territory that definitely puts them at the top shelf level we love from the best at Schema Records! The album balances some of their earlier modes with really strong songs that feature a variety of different singers – including Sean Martin, Beatrice Velasco Moreno, and Georgeanne Kalweit – who each give the record a lot more lyrical power than before, and a strong presence on the vocal tracks that makes instrumental moments feel like well-placed interludes. Titles include "When You Died", "Little Girl", "Art Is A Cat", "Carpet Of Green", "Nella Sua Loca Realta", "Ghosts", "Two Thousand Parts", "No Frame", "Teach Me To Dance", and "Astratto". LP, Vinyl record album
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Edgar E Os TaisCantarida ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1970. Used ... $14.99
A very groovy album from the Brazilian scene at the start of the 70s – a set that's part samba, and part warm harmony vocals – in the mode first explored by Sergio Mendes, Quarteto Em Cy, and other great groups of the 60s! Edgar is Edgar Gianullo – who sings and also handles the arrangements – but the album's got equally strong help from the rest of the group – who harmonize along in the background, alongside the lovely Naneco, the female singer who soars out in the lead! The production is great – very much in the best EMI/Odeon mode, with some of the complexity of work by Os Tres Morais or Antonio Adolfo in the same period – and a young Toquinho is even on the record on guitar. Titles include "Nao Diexo Voce Ir Embora", "Queen Aparecida", "Prologo", "Vou Me Prulitar", "A Primeira Vez", "Alo Helo", "Bambe Lo", and "A Morena Lena". CD
(Out of print.)

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Estrada OrchestraFish Sticks Rhapsody (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
A funk tune, but one that begins all slow and moody – electric piano leading things off, followed by slow drum beats, and a moody bassline that sets up cascading energy that triggers an equal cascade in the piano – a really strong, resonant solo that is very different than you might expect – and which sets the scene for the faster groove on the flipside! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Peven EverettKing Of Hearts ... CD
Studio Confession, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
We haven't heard from Peven Everett in quite some time – and the respite's been a great one, because it seems that Peven's really regrouped, found new strengths, and has come out with his best record in years! The whole thing's one of the best produced, packaged, and put-together sets we've ever heard from this legendary soul singer from the underground – and one of the few that really live up to the genius we've seen in his great performances on local stages here in the Windy City! Grooves are upbeat, yet warmer than house or dance – and Peven's vocals seem to have really matured a lot, and find a range of tones that's even greater than before – bringing new expression in at a level we hardly would have expected. The keyboards are great, too – skipping along strongly with the rhythms, and showing Peven's roots in jazz – and titles include "Taking Me Back", "You Get Me", "Kissing Another", "We Gone Be Butta", "You Rock Me", "I Just Wanna Make You Happy", "I Can Be Your Boyfriend", and "One Way Ticket". CD

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Art FarmerTo Sweden With Love ... CD
Atlantic/Koch, 1964. Used ... $7.99
A really unique little album that features jazz versions of themes from Swedish folk music – all served up by a sublime quartet that features Art Farmer on flugelhorn and Jim Hall on guitar! The exploration of folk roots in jazz is not a new one – and a number of the postwar Swedish modernists were especially strong in their love of folk music for inspiration. But the genre's never been handled this well before, and Farmer's warmly lyrical sensibilities really transform the tunes – opening up a timeless sense of expression in their melodies, yet still keeping things strongly in a modern jazz vein with his timing and phrasing. The other members of the piano-less quartet certainly help in this respect – Steve Swallow on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums – and Jim Hall's guitar is always a treat in a stripped-down session like this. The sound of the record is both warm and eerie at the same time – and titles include "Va Da Du?", "De Salde Sina Hemman", "Kristallen Den Fina", and "Visa Vid Midsommartid". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rodney FranklinLearning To Love ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of the time – an exceptionally strong artist, and very much his own spirit – yet sadly not as remembered these days as contemporaries like Lonnie Liston Smith or Herbie Hancock. Yet Rodney's got all the range of both of those artists – the same ability to mix jazz, funk, fusion, and soul – the last of which he does here wonderfully, with help from singers Jim Gilstrap, Howard Smith, and Darryl Phinnessee. Yet at the heart of all the tracks are Rodney's nice soulful keyboards – which have the same smooth feel as Bobby Lyle's from the same time – and the same ability to blend wonderfully with lyrics and other instrumentation. The record was produced by Stanley Clarke – and titles include the great "Enuff Is Enuff" – the theme from the early 80s blacksploitation flick One Down Two To Go – plus "Sonshine", "Learning To Love", "Don't Wanna Let You Go", "Sailing", and "That's The Way I Feel Bout Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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Friends & NeighborsWhat's Next? ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
Friends & Neighbors have really deepened their voice for this wonderful album – definitely showing us what's next, as they move past their initial inspiration from Ornette Coleman, and open up in modes that are completely their own! Some of the best passages here have this rich, melodic, almost majestic statement from the trumpet of Thomas Johansson and tenor of Andre Roligheten – beautifully bold yet fluid players together – but also able to crackle with energy when the solo passages open up – driven on nicely by Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums. The bass is especially strong – poised in the structure to really explode the sound – and titles include "Influx", "Headway Heat", "Thorlief's Blues", "Mozart", "Kubrick's Rude", and "WLB". CD

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Gerardo FrisinaMoving Ahead (with bonus track) ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 23.99
The cover image is a bit different than the modernist images usually used for records by Italian maestro Gerardo Frisina, and the sound is a bit different too – maybe less Latin or Brazilian than some of his previous records, but still filled with lots of percussion at the core! There's plenty of live drums and percussion next to the rhythm patterns created by Gerardo – and the percussion is especially strong throughout, really grounding the tunes nicely, often with strong conga work – amidst other instrumentation that includes vibes, flute, trumpet, and Fender Rhodes! The album has some slight use of kora, which is great – and the whole thing is another groovy feather in the mighty cap of a musician who's been giving us great records for many years. Titles include "Nahi's Son", "Damay", "Desencanto", "Kerewan", "Que Dilema", "Vicky", "Nahi", "Cuiaba", and "Foresta Esotica". CD features the bonus track "Mwanga". CD

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Gifted GabCause & Effect ... LP
Crane City, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99
Slyly inventive hip hop by Gifted Gab for consistently solid Crane City label! GG's hailed by some as Seattle's Queen Of Rap, and given how seamlessly she can steer from an unabashedly profane rhyme style to sweeter, laidback soul singing without missing a turn, we can see why she'd be pegged for the crown. Her raw and real gritty rap and street soul songs are equally strong here – and titles include "PSA", "Gotta Do", "Eye On Em", "Don't Push Me", "And 1/Hurricane G", "Don't Play With Me", "Conflicted", "He Gon' Roll", "That Way" and "Deja Vu". LP, Vinyl record album

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Governor's State University Jazz BandGovernor's State University Jazz Band Live (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Governor's State University/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful album of obscure jazz recordings from the Chicago scene of the 70s – way more than just the usual school band record, as the tracks here are mostly originals, and performed by a very inventive group of musicians! Governor's State University was a very hip place at the time – a public college at the end of the main train line running through the south side of Chicago – which made the school a place of great opportunity and expression for the city's African-American community. Rather than a junior college, GSU had higher levels of learning – and had an especially strong jazz program, as you'll hear in this set – which features both sextet performances and work by a larger ensemble – both imbued with some of the best creative legacy of the Chicago scene. Things never go far outside, but there's definitely a deeper understanding of musical reaches taking place here – and the core quartet features Walter Henderson on cornet, John Pate on piano, Eugene Vineyard on tenor, Ronald Askew on guitar, Jeff Simon on bass, and Curtis Prince on drums. These players are in the larger group – which also features William Howell and Gerald Myrow on trombones, Vincent Carter and Steele Seales on saxes, and Kenneth Brass and Melvin Williams on trumpets. Titles include "Crabmeat", "Song For Suzanne", "Keishaz", "Give It One", "Listen Here", and "Spanish Samba". CD

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Geri Allen/Charlie Haden/Paul MotianSegments ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
Beautiful trio work from Geri Allen – recording here with a great group that features Paul Motian on drums and some especially great work from Charlie Haden on bass! Haden's bass really figures into the sound of most of the songs strongly – almost leading more than Allen's piano, with a sound that's round and deep-toned, and which really brings a great sense of soul to the set – which is then given a nicely punctuated vibe by Allen's strong piano! Motian, as you might expect, is nicely elliptical – able to move all around the kit, but without ever losing control – and although the performances get a bit outside at times, the whole thing's mostly got a strong sense of soul and a tight rhythmic core. Titles include "Law Years", "Segment", "La Pasionaria", "Rain", "Home", and "I'm All Smiles". CD

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Hank Ballard & The MidnightersUnwind Yourself – The King Recordings 1964 to 1967 ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Some of our favorite work ever from the legendary Hank Ballard – a key figure in early R&B, and a singer who cut some big hits with his group The Midnighters – but one who also continued to do some wonderful work for King Records long after his hits – most of which is included in this wonderful set! The package focuses on years that might be deemed "lost" for Hank – a time when he was past the dance hits of the early part of the 60s, and yet to rise as part of the James Brown universe at the end of the decade – although still, in some way, already strongly in the JB side of the spectrum with cuts like these – deep soul gems, funky numbers, and the kind of rough romping tunes that draw from R&B, but have more of a 60s vibe here. CD features 26 cuts in all – including "Poppin The Whip", "Here Comes The Hurt", "Funky Soul Train", "Do it Zulu Style", "Dance Till It Hurtcha", "Let's Get The Show On The Road", "Annie", "Unwind Yourself", "Which Way Should I Turn", "I'm Just A Fool", "Get That Hump In Your Back", "Just You Just You", "A Winner Never Quits", "Somebody's Got To Help Me", and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show". CD

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Brother ResistanceTonite Is De Night/Rapso Space Dub/Crucial Decision (92 version)/Nation Time ... 12-inch
Cree (Germany), Late 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
Great grooves from Brother Reistance – tracks that are aimed at the dancefloor, but which also have a strong social message too! "Tonite Is De Night" is a cool call to action, set to a rhythm with tight tropical touches – and "Crucial Decision" is presented here in the 1992 version, with skittish rhythms topped with a nice steel drum keyboard part! "Rapso Space Dub" is unreleased, and a nicely spooky sort of groove – and "Nation Time" is a great late take on the tropical disco mode! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Buzzcocks1991 Demo Album ... LP
Cherry Red (UK), 1991. New Copy ... $26.99
Really great second-chapter work from The Buzzcocks – the demo tapes from 1991 that led to the reactivation of their career – a move that sounds surprisingly wonderful from this perspective in time! The space of a decade seemed huge at the time – almost a rock and roll lifetime, which had some of us doubting the reformation of the group – but the quality of this work is great, and really stands strongly with the key early Buzzocks album – and, if anything, maybe returns them to that short, tight, tuneful quality of their early singles. Titles include "Serious Crime", "When Love Turns Around", "Tranquilizer", "Why Compromise", "Who'll Help Me To Forget", "Alive Tonight", "Dreamin", "Successful Street", and "Never Gonna Give It Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lennie Dale with Bossa TresUm Show De Bossa ... CD
Elenco (Japan), 1963. Used ... $12.99
A live bit of bossa vocals from Lennie Dale – recording here with some cooking accompaniment from the Bossa Tres trio! The format is very spontaneous and relaxed – similar to an American live jazz vocal date of the time, but with a bossa groove instead – one that's a perfectly showcase for Dale's lively vocals and strong sense of showmanship – singing here in both English and Portuguese! Luis Carlos Vinhas' piano playing sparkles throughout, and although recorded in a club, the set has all the crystal clarity you'd expect from the Elenco studio sides of the time. Many tunes are done in pot-pourri fashion – shifting easily between themes of a few different tunes – and titles include "No Dollar Bills", "Day In Day Out", "Old Devil Moon", "O Samba Da Minha Terra", "Improvisacao Bossa Tres", "Bim Bom", and "Samba Do Aviao". CD
(Out of print, 1998 pressing – includes obi. Artwork has light age spots.)

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Frederic GallianoFrederic Galliano Presents Kuduro Sound System ... CD
Frikyiwa (France), 2006. Used ... $4.99
One of the more urban-oriented albums we've heard from Frederic Galliano – a set that's heavy on hip hop, dancehall, and bass-heavy elements – and one that almost offers up an African equivalent of Brazilian baile funk! The album gives strong focus to the work of the Kuduro Sound System – a decade-old group founded in Angola by Tony Amado, billed in the notes as that nation's equivalent of Grandmaster Flash! The sound here is much more modern than you'd expect from that old school reference, though – heavy on the beats, often moving at a very fast tempo that's supposedly inspired by Angolan carnival music – and topped with vocals from a variety of singers and MCs. Other artists include Dog Murras, Gata Agressiva, Pai Diesel, Pinta Tirru, Kito Da Machina, and Zoca Zoca. Titles include "Somos D Viana", "Pra Aquecer", "Autra Maca Mais", "Merete", "Ate Quando", "Isto E Kuduro", "Entra Na Roda", and "Superbo Kuduro". CD
(Case has some light wear.)

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Reggie Andrews & The FellowshipMystic Beauty (180 gram pressing) ... LP
HME/Mad About Records (Portugal), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99
A stunning set of modal soul jazz from the LA underground of the 60s – the only album we've ever seen by pianist J Reginald Andrews – and an earthy set that's filled with great tracks! The overall approach is piano and percussion plus horn bits – with Andrews on the keys, playing in solidly soulful waves of sound, really setting the scene for the album's strong work on alto, baritone, and trumpet. There's some conga at the bottom, and a freewheeling approach that reminds us a lot of the mighty first album by the Harold Johnson Sextet – a group who were certainly contemporaries of Andrews on the LA scene. Nearly all tracks are originals – and groovers – and titles include "Everyman's Brother", "Ah Na Na", "Chant", "The Debonaire", "Mystique Beauty", and "Song For J". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Art Ensemble Of Soweto (Art Ensemble Of Chicago)America – South Africa ... CD
DIW/Columbia, 1989/1990. Used ... $6.99
A second pairing of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus – one that's indicated not just in the title of the record, but in a changing of the group's name! The sound here is even more Afro-styled than the previous effort – coming across right from the start with a bold, righteous vibe that's quite unique – almost a bit more confident than some of the Ensemble's other work of the time – and executed in a way that really shows that confidence! The male voices aren't always in strong focus, which still leaves plenty of space for the group's creative instrumental interplay – and titles include "Colors One", "US of A/U of SA", "Zola's Smile", "America", and "You Got It". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sandy BarberBest Is Yet To Come (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Olde Worlde/BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... $8.99 14.99
A great little record that's really grown strongly over the years – issued in the mid 70s to almost no notice at all, but a set that's gotten plenty of attention from crate-diggers, club-goers, and collectors over the past few decades! Sandy Barber's got a hell of a voice – singing with this soaring vibe that's a lot richer than some of her 70s club contemporaries – and working here with tight arrangements from Nat Adderley Jr and David Wofford, under production from the great Clyde Otis – whose previous studio experience really knows how to bring out the depth in Barber's singing! The set's pretty upbeat on most numbers – a tight vibe that's far more indie club than mainstream disco – and the set also features a few mellower moments that really let Sandy open up and show off her chops. Titles include "I Think I'll Do Some Steppin On My Own", "Can't You Just See Me", "Dont' You Worry Baby", "The First Time", "I've Got Something Good", and "Look Out Sky". CD features some bonus tracks too – "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own (John Morales alternative mix)", and "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own (Al Kent disco jam)". CD

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Pastor TL Barrett & Youth For Christ ChoirDo Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 ... CD
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy City in the early 70s! The set does a great job of alternating strong lead singers with the rest of the group – a bit like Voices Of East Harlem, but with more of a larger ensemble feel – and there's some really wonderful moments on the record throughout – even a bit of funk amidst the more righteous soul-styled tunes. Tracks include "I Shall Wear A Crown", "O Sinner", "I Want To Be In Love With You", "Do Not Pass Me By", "O What A Day", "Here I Am", and "There Is Only One". CD
Also available Do Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 ... LP 21.99

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Pastor TL Barrett & Youth For Christ ChoirDo Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 ... LP
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy City in the early 70s! The set does a great job of alternating strong lead singers with the rest of the group – a bit like Voices Of East Harlem, but with more of a larger ensemble feel – and there's some really wonderful moments on the record throughout – even a bit of funk amidst the more righteous soul-styled tunes. Tracks include "I Shall Wear A Crown", "O Sinner", "I Want To Be In Love With You", "Do Not Pass Me By", "O What A Day", "Here I Am", and "There Is Only One". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Do Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 ... CD 7.99

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Booker T & The MGsBest Of Booker T & The MGs ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $6.99
What can we say? Booker T and crew are always tops in our book – and this album's as strong a batch of their classic singles as you'll ever find! Book's organ is the sound of a generation, and Steve Cropper's sinister vamping on guitar gives even the poppier tracks a hard edge that still sends shivers down our spine! Includes the breakbeat track "Hip Hug Her", plus "Green Onions", "Boot Leg", "Tic Tac Toe", "Red Beans & Rice", and "Jellybread". Smoking! LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink & tan stereo pressing. Cover has staining and waviness on the bottom half.)

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Ruth BrownMama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Juke Box Pearls ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A really wonderful collection of work from the legendary Ruth Brown – one of the strongest female singers of the 50s R&B generation, and an undeniable influence on 60s rock and soul! The package brings together loads of gems from Ruth's years on Atlantic Records – a really well-chosen track list that focuses on the kind of upbeat, storming numbers that Ruth did so well – and which really demonstrate why her approach was so different than the blues and jazz singers of the generation before! The vocals are a strong precursor for deep soul modes to come, but always have a powerful presence that maybe makes Brown an early feminist too – as you'll hear on titles that include "Smooth Operator", "Jim Dandy", "Mambo Baby", "Lucky Lips", "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin", "As Long As I'm Moving", "I Can't Hear A Word You Say", "I Don't Know", "I Gotta Have You", "I'm Just A Lucky So & So", "Papa Daddy", "I Want To Do More", and live cuts that include "Teardrops From My Eyes", "Tears Come Tumbling Down", and "Oh What A Dream". 31 tracks in all – and a great set of notes. CD

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✨✧ Michael CarvinFirst Time ... LP
Muse, 1986. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
There's a nice sense of urgency on this album from Michael Carvin – a sort of soulful fire and creative energy that shows that his work was still burning strongly in the 80s! The set's almost more of a 70s session at heart – a no-nonsense record that's filled with the best post-Coltrane influences, and a bit of a Wayne Shorter vibe at times – no limits in the expressions of the players, but always a strong sense of unity, and solos that are never too overindulgent. Players include John Stubblefield and Ron Bridgewater on tenor – each getting two tracks apiece – Claudio Roditi and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, again on different tracks – Frank Lace on trombone, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, and David Williams on bass – all driven strongly by Carvin's great work on drums. Titles include "Dear Trane/Dear Hippo With Green Shoes On", "Night In Tunisia", "MR", and "Caravan" – mostly all taken in long versions. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nat King ColeNat King Cole & The Quincy Jones Big Band – Live In Paris 19 Avril 1960 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A dream of a collaboration – the great Nat King Cole in his prime, getting some mighty hip backings from the equally great Quincy Jones – who gives Nat a jazzy push that he wasn't always getting on his Capitol Records sessions of the time! The performance was recorded live in Paris on the same 1960 tour that has given us a few other rare Cole/Jones collaborations – but this one may well be the best of the bunch, as the fidelity is great – with an equal balance on Nat's wonderful vocal phrasing, and all the strongly soulful elements that Quincy brings to the band. Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Lester Leaps In", "Dance Ballerina Dance", "The Continental", "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", "Route 66", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "Joe Turner's Blues", "Welcome To The Club", "Blues In The Night", and "Thou Swell". CD

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CueroTiempo Despues ... LP
Fonocal/Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A fantastic hard rock set from the Argentine scene of the 70s – and a record that shows that nation could boast the kind of power trio to match the giants on the UK and US scenes! Nacho Smilari may well be the powerhouse driving the whole thing – as his vocals are already strong, but he seems to sing even more strongly on his guitar – in modes that are clearly rooted in blues, but in that best blues-into-hard rock tradition – with plenty of sinister fuzz around the edges, and echoey production that really brings all the best elements out into the open. The group also features heavy drums from Carlos Calabro and rumbling bass from Enrique Masllorens – on titles that include "Jungla De Neon", "Nuevamente El Momento", "Tiempo Despues", "Parientes Del Mundo Interior", and "Escucha Mi Voz". LP, Vinyl record album
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Bob DoroughBeginning To See The Light ... LP
Laissez-Faire, 1976. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A live recording cut in 1976, featuring the amazingly wonderful jazz singer Bob Dorough and his longtime bassist Bill Takas. Although the drummerless group is small, the sound is incredibly rich – thanks to some always-exciting vocals by Dorough, a massively hip batch of tracks, and full round basslines from Takas, filling in all of Dorough's piano lines and vocals with strong washes of color. Titles include "I'm Hip", "Small Day Tomorrow", "Because We're Kids", "I've Got Just About Everything", "A Hundred Years From Today", and a wonderful version of "Norwegian Wood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rare original pressing. Cover has some pen in the top right.)

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Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab SACD) ... CD
CBS/Mobile Fidelity, 1965. Used Gatefold ... $18.99
A pivotal moment for Bob Dylan – and maybe one of THE albums of the 60s! The newly-electrified Dylan really takes off here – putting more punch and bit into his already-strong lyrical approach – and twisting things in amazing ways that still leave us breathless all these many years later! And sure, the album gave Bob a few hits – which are nestled in here next to headier tunes that work together perfectly. Titles include "Like A Rolling Stone", "Ballad Of A Thin Man", "It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry", "From A Buick 6", "Desolation Row", "Highway 61 Revisited", and "Queen Jane Approximately". CD
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Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) ... CD
Mobile Fidelity/Columbia, 1965. Used Gatefold ... $18.99
A pivotal moment for Bob Dylan – and maybe one of THE albums of the 60s! The newly-electrified Dylan really takes off here – putting more punch and bit into his already-strong lyrical approach – and twisting things in amazing ways that still leave us breathless all these many years later! And sure, the album gave Bob a few hits – which are nestled in here next to headier tunes that work together perfectly. Titles include "Like A Rolling Stone", "Ballad Of A Thin Man", "It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry", "From A Buick 6", "Desolation Row", "Highway 61 Revisited", and "Queen Jane Approximately". CD
(Limited numbered hybrid SACD edition.)
Also available Highway 61 Revisited (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) (2LP 180 gram 45RPM mono pressing) ... LP 149.99

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✨✧ Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) (2LP 180 gram 45RPM mono pressing) ... LP
Mobile Fidelity/Columbia, 1965. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $149.99
A pivotal moment for Bob Dylan – and maybe one of THE albums of the 60s! The newly-electrified Dylan really takes off here – putting more punch and bit into his already-strong lyrical approach – and twisting things in amazing ways that still leave us breathless all these many years later! And sure, the album gave Bob a few hits – which are nestled in here next to headier tunes that work together perfectly. Titles include "Like A Rolling Stone", "Ballad Of A Thin Man", "It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry", "From A Buick 6", "Desolation Row", "Highway 61 Revisited", and "Queen Jane Approximately". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition, still sealed.)
Also available Highway 61 Revisited (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab) ... CD 18.99

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Harris EisenstadtOld Growth Forest II ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 12.00
A great second meeting of a really fantastic group – the kind of combo that shows just the right sort of magic that can happen when you bring together improvisers who really have a strong sense of sympathy for each other! The music here is already way more than the sum of its parts – and it has some really incredible parts – Harris Eisenstadt in the lead on drums, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano sax, and Jason Roebke on bass – all musicians who really get each other's strengths, and find a way to make music that's mindblowing, but in surprisingly subtle ways. Roebke's an especially powerful force here – and titles include "Biomass", "Shaded Canopy", "Song With Owen", "Pit & Mound", "Nurse Logs", and "Needles/Seedlings". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $4.99
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
(BMG Direct pressing. Inner pages of the booklet have some pencil, cover has some wear.)

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Jef Gilson with Nathan Davis & Woody ShawJef Gilson A Gaveau (180 gram pressing) ... LP
SFP/SAM (France), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A brilliant record from French modernist Jef Gilson – and a set that's filled with amazing performances from a host of key French and American players too! At the core is Gilson – writing, directing, and playing piano in the ensemble – which also features trumpets from Woody Shaw, Roger Guerin, Sonny Grey, and Yvan Jullien – and saxophones from Michel Portal, Jean Louis Chautemps, and the mighty Nathan Davis – whose soulful sound is a really key part of the album's success! The group also features vibes from Bernard Lubat – ringing out strongly from beneath the horns – and the rest of the combo features Francois Guin and Raymond Fonseque on trombones, Alby Cullaz on bass, and Jacques Thollot on drums – all coming together in a style that's aware of modern ideas, but also swings strongly too – kind of like the most inventive late 60s moments from the Clark Boland Big Band, or the Gustav Brom ensemble. Titles include "Jazz A La Quartre", "Modalite Pour Mimi", "Jazz Gynopedie", "Happy Filou", and "Made For Mad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing – in a very cool vintage flipback cover!)

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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong's All Stars ... CD
Storyville, Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Louis Armstrong on trumpet & vocals, Billy Cronk on bass, Joe Darensbourg on bass, Danny Barcelona on drums, Billy Kyle on piano, Trummy Young on trombone & Jewell Brown onvocals. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongElla & Louis Again Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $16.99
A set that's maybe even nicer than the Ella & Louis work together on Porgy & Bess – given that backing is by the trio of Oscar Peterson, which gives the whole thing a nicely understated charm – at a level that really lets the charms of the duo shine through! LP, Vinyl record album
(60s MGM pressing.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongElla & Louis Sings Gershwin ... CD
Verve, 1957/1959. Used ... $1.99
... CD

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✨✧ Bilal AbdurahmanEchoes Of Timbuktu & Beyond In Congo Square ... CD
Folkways, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
A beautifully poetic take on the transplantation of African sounds in the US scene – played on a variety of different instruments by Bilal Abdurahman! The tracks are mostly short, percussive ones – with the strongest focus on instrumentation, but with occasional vocal refrains from Bilal – usually in wordless or chanted form, although there's a few nice spoken bits too! Instrumentation is quite diverse – and includes balafon, xalam, and even Ugandan harp – on titles that include "Spirits Of Congo Square", "Ancestral Ode", "Fusion", "Congo Square Procession", "Lament", "Blues Is Born", and "Gogi Solo". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonbal Adderley Quintet Plus ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
Also available Cannonball Adderley Quintet Plus ... CD 9.99

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Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonball Adderley Quintet Plus ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $9.99
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Cannonbal Adderley Quintet Plus ... LP 14.99

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AirtoSeeds On The Ground – The Natural Sounds Of Airto (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $30.99 32.99
Easily one of the greatest records that Brazilian percussionist Airto ever recorded – a stunning blend roots and jazzy currents, and a set that follows strongly off his work in the group Quarteto Novo! The set's got contributions from one of his key partners in that combo – reedman Hermeto Pascoal – and like Pascoal's material at this point, the whole thing is maybe one of the most perfect realizations of the musical vision that Airto was going for! There's none of the tighter, more polished sounds of his later fusion years – and this is the record that will show you just why his arrival on the American scene made such big waves at the time. Flora Purim also sings on the record – and titles include "Andei", "On Sonho", Papo Furado", and "O Galho da Rosiera". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on blue vinyl!)

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Toshiko AkiyoshiTen Gallon Shuffle (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Baystate/RCA (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $24.99
A hokey title and cover, but a great little record – a lesser-known gem from the Toshiko Akioshi big band, recorded in the mid 80s for Japanese release! Toshiko's still working strongly with reedman Lew Tabackin here – and as always, the sound of the reeds really make the record – not only on the bold ensemble passages, but also on the snakey, well-crafted solos that slide out of the fuller arrangements – letting Lew, Frank Wess, and Jim Snidero contribute some really great work on the longer tracks. Titles include "Ten Gallon Shuffle", "Fading Beauty", "Blue Dream", and "Happy Hoofer" – and in case you're wondering, that's a young Monday Michiru on the cover! CD
(Blu-spec CD 2 pressing!)

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Alessandro AlessandroniAfro Discoteca Reworked EP ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1978/2020. New Copy ... $13.99
Four fantastic tracks from the Afro Discoteca record by sound library genius Alesseandro Alessandroni – all reworked in contemporary versions, yet in a way that never loses the funky charm of the originals! There's a real respect for classic styles going on here – partly because the choice of remixers is so strong, the project features just the right sort of artists to keep things right, while still also adding in their own contributions too – maybe some extra keyboards or subtle electronic elements that never get in the way of the original tribal disco inspiration! Titles include "Afro Voodoo (Bovisa rmx with Calibro 35)", "Afro Darkness (Pad rmx)", "Afro Discoteca (Jolly Mare lifting)", and "Afro Darkness (LUCA quirky version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dee AlexanderWild Is The Wind ... CD
Blujazz, 2008. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Amazing work from singer Dee Alexander – a wonderfully soulful album of jazz vocals, and one that we'd rank right up there with our favorite records by Carmen Lundy or Dee Dee Bridgewater! Dee's a singer who's worked in Chicago for years, but we've honestly only begun to appreciate her talents of late – possibly because she's really hipped up her sound a lot over the years, picking up a range of spiritual, soulful influences that push her music to a whole new level – as you might have heard on her recent collaboration with IG Culture. The music on the set is wonderful too – work by Chicago players we know, but have never heard this strongly before – grooving in modal and soulful modes behind Dee's great vocals, with a lineup that includes Miguel De La Cerna and Michael Logan on piano, Harrison Bankhead on bass, and Leon Joyce on drums and percussion. Titles include versions of two tunes by AACM member Henry Huff – "Live" and "You & I" – plus the Alexander originals "Long Road Ahead", "Rossingnol", "Butterfly", and "C U On The Other Side". CD

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Eric AlexanderEric Alexander With Strings ... CD
High Note, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really fantastic album from tenorist Eric Alexander – a player we've always loved, but who really seems to be opening up some new sides in his music in the past few years! As you'd guess from the title, the album's in a classic "with strings" mode – Eric's tenor out front soloing, with support from a familiar core trio that includes David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all augmented by these really beautiful string passages from Dave Rivello – an arranger we're not sure we've heard before, but who does a tremendous job here – couching the strong tenor lines with a sensitivity that reminds of of classic 60s charts from Torrie Zito. There's a mature, open quality to the whole thing that's really wonderful – a new sophisticated side of Alexander's music, and one that we love from the very first note. Titles include "Dreamsville", "Gently", "Lonely Woman", "Some Other Time", "Slow Hot Wind", and "The Thrill Is Gone". CD

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Johnny AlfInedito – A Bossa De Johnny Alf ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $24.99
Rare work from Brazilian bossa nova legend Johnny Alf – recorded in his later years, but with a stripped-down sound that makes the whole thing sound pretty darn classic overall! Half the set is studio material, half is recorded live – and all the tracks were never issued at the time, which makes the whole thing a great discovery of unreleased gems that provide a strong addition to Johnny's catalog of famous records! Alf plays piano, and occasionally sings a bit – and both recordings features bass, drums, and guitar – plus some nice use of sax and flute – on titles that include "Bar Da Praia", "Ceu E Mar", "Plexus/Rapaz De Bem", "Meiga Presenca", "Sintonia", "Matinal", "E Ai", "Convite", and "Quero Amanhecer". CD
 
 
 



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