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U-NamEssential Collection ... CD
Skytown, Late 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $7.99
A strong overview of recent sounds from U-Nam – one of the few contemporary guitarists to inherit the best 70s styles of artists like George Benson or David T Walker – and a set that also features a few new titles too! Like both of those jazz giants, U-Nam has a way of playing with a very chromatic approach – as strong in tone as he is deft on the strings – often in a nicely-blocked way that makes for a very soulful sound that almost makes you think you're hearing a vocal along with the tunes. The guitar sings out strongly – amidst new titles that include "Soul Breeze" and "Let The Music Play" – and other U-Nam favorites that include "Throwback Kid", "Keep The Faith", "Something's Up", "Street Life", "Going For Miles", "Back In Style", "Risin To The Top", "Breezin MA", and "Smoovin". CD
 
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James DaySong Soul Spirit (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
James Day Songs, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
James Day has always been one heck of a collaborative fellow – but this time around, he seems to be even more so than ever – as the album's overflowing with an insane amount of guests artists – a huge lineup that includes Gordon Chambers, Tony Terry, Audrey Wheeler, Glenn Jones, Sandra St Victor, Karen Bernod, Lalah Hathaway, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Maysa, and others – soul singers both classic and contemporary, coming together here to bring a very joyous vibe to James' music! Many numbers feature more than one singer, creating a trading of vocals that really gives the record a lot of warmth – while Day handles the production and songwriting, sometimes with help from the other artists. Titles include "No Son Of Mine", "Forgiveness", "Battlegrounds", "Stand On My Shoulders", "Who Can Tell The Heart", "It's All Divine (Boogie Back mix)", and "Speak Love". CD features two tracks not on the digital version – "Dreamland" and "We Dance (Cool Million mix)". CD
(CD includes 2 bonus tracks not on the digital version!)

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Night Blooming JazzmenNight Blooming Jazzmen ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the funkiest records ever cut under the direction of Leonard Feather – a sweetly grooving little set that's filled with tight changes and lots of soulful riffing! Feather wrote and arranged the date, but the real strength here is the players – Mainstream Records hipsters who include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Charles Kynard on organ, Paul Humphrey on drums, Freddy Robinson on guitar, and Ernie Watts on sax and flute – plus a bit of vocal work from Kitty Doswell, although the album's predominantly a vocal one. There's almost a soundtrack jazz feel to some of the best cuts here – tunes that are funky, but not in an over-the-top sort of way – with subtleties and sophistication that really keep the album fresh. The set kicks off with "Nam M'Yoho Ren'ge Yo", which has a good groove, and a nice tight break at the beginning – and other tracks include "The Night Blooming Jazmen", "Donte's Inferno", and "Funkville USA". CD

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Pat Thomas & Ebo TaylorSweeter Than Honey – Calypso Mahuno & High Lifes Celebration ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A special collaboration between these two legends of Ghanian music – one that has singer Pat Thomas working with the grooves of Ebo Taylor – in an effort to reclaim the sound of calypso as an African sound! The album's got an unusual mix of Caribbean modes and Ghanian soul – bubbling rhythms that are fitted with highlife touches from Taylor's guitar, and from the warm production of the set – and a mode that's maybe more upbeat and positive than some of the 70s work from either artist. Titles include "Sweeter Than Honey", "Ma Huno", "Ene Nyame Nam A Mensuro", "Hiani Sui Efiri A Oyi Abebrese", and "Keep On Trying". CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Don't Worry – Black Gospel During The Civil Rights Era – 1953 to 1967 ... CD
Narroway, 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99 29.98
A fantastic set of gospel tracks from the 50s and 60s – one that definitely takes the Civil Rights theme in the title seriously, but in ways that are often a bit more subtle than you might expect! Gospel music was key to the strivings of under-represented Americans during these years – as the music was a place of rich cultural expression and unbridled righteousness – maybe a more spiritual place to express messages that would soon have more secular orientation, but no less force overall! The work here really helps you hear how more directly political soul music found its voice in the second half of the 60s – and the work often has group vocal interplay that rivals some of the best of the soul generation. Titles include "I'll Fight For The Right" by JM Bell & The Robinson Ensemble, "What Is Freedom" by Friendly Four, "I Cried" by Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, "I'm Watching & Waiting" by Myrtle Jackson, "Stand By Me" by Marie Knight, "Traveling To That City" by Harold Bowen Singers, "Take Courage" by Rosie Wallace, "I Heard The Voice" by Wooten Choral Ensemble, "Soon We'll Be Done" by Utterback Concert Ensemble, "Viet Nam" by Southern Bells, and "I'm Going To Walk Through The Streets" by Melody Kings. 27 tracks in all! CD
 
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✨✧ VariousRude Boy Scorchers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great set of classic rude boy numbers from the early years of the ska and rocksteady scene! "Rude Boy" is a term that's been really watered down over the years – especially through its overuse in American ska, and all the posers that adopted it – but back at the roots, the term had great currency for its ability to hone in on a rougher edged side of the scene – a fanbase that was partly driven to the edges of society through dire economic need. The rude boy name is a double-edged sword – sometimes stated with pride, sometimes with pity – as you'll hear in this well-chosen selection of cuts that goes past some of the better-known titles of the genre. Tracks include "Soul Voyae" by Lester Sterling, "Rainbow In The Rio Mino" by Rico Rodriguez, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Delroy Wilson, "Love Is All I Have" by Phyllis Dillon, "Wine & Grine" by Lloydie & The Lovebites, "Reggae Hit The Town" by The Ethiopians, "Rub Up Push Up" by Justin Hinds, and "Gunmen Coming To Town" by The Heptones. CD features four bonus tracks too! CD

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✨✧ VariousRu-Jac Records Story Vol 1 – 1963 to 1964 – Something Got A Hold On Me ... CD
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare soul from the Baltimore scene – a host of under-heard and unreleased tracks from a top-shelf indie label! A handful of Ru-Jac titles hit big back in the 60s, but the label worked mostly in obscurity – caught between the bigger soul music cities of Philly and Washington, and working almost alone, with a rootsy vibe that was all its own! These early years of Ru-Jac really show the label's great ear for groovers – the kind of dancefloor stompers that were big on Baltimore dancefloors during the early soul years – with a rough-edged vibe that's quite different than bigger-name tracks from Detroit and New York. The singers here are mostly pretty darn great, too – with some deep soul currents from time to time – marking the city's role as a gateway to the south, heard in a vocal approach that's often quite different from Philly tracks. The collection is the first we've ever seen to really dig deep into the Ru-Jac legacy – and features 10 previously unissued tracks, and 18 more rare singles. Titles include "Fatback" by Lamont Esquires, "Please Don't Go" by Jessie Crawford, "Saving All My Love" by Tiny Tim, "Every Day I Have The Blues" by Jeanne Dee, "A Woman Like You" by Little Sonny Daye, "That's All You Have To Do" by Brenda Jones, "Cross Track" by Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters, "You Won" by Celestine, "The Monkey Cha Cha" by The Jolly Jax, "Foolish To Try" by James Hill, "Don't Bit Mo" by Rockin Robin, "All Over Again" by Teardrops Band with Marie Allen, "Put A Light In The Window" by Charles Johnson, "My Father Watches Over Me" by Fruitland Harmonizers, and "Trash Can" by an Unknown Artist. CD

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✨✧ VariousRu-Jac Records Story Vol 2 – 1964 to 1966 – Get Right ... CD
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet second chapter of Baltimore's rare Ru-Jac label – a mighty hip imprint that cut some killer soul singles back in the 60s! There's lots of great groovers here – romping tunes that have a hard-edged approach to danceable soul – the kind of groovy, unusual singles that you might have heard in the background in an early John Waters film – but properly collected here, and presented with a huge number of notes and other details too! You might recognize a few names here, but most of the music is pretty obscure – and there's even some great soul jazz moments in addition to the soul vocals – in a set of 22 smoking cuts that includes a fair bit of unreleased titles too. Titles include "It Must Be Love" and "I'm So Afraid" by Brenda Jones, "Where You Lead Me" and "I'm A Stranger" by Harold Holt, "Goose Pimples" and "Here Tis Now" by Butch Cornell's Trio, Hiding Out In Blue Shadows (demo)" and "Whole Lotta Woman (demo)" by Arthur Conley, "C'Est La Vie" by The Neltones, "I Love You Just The Same (demo)" by Winfield Parker, "What More" and "You Don't Really Care" by Shirley Of The Soul Sisters & Brother, "Chicken Wings" and "Love Can Do Wonders" by The Mask Man & Cap-Tans, and "Get Right" by Bobby Sax & His House Keepers. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... CD
Expansion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A huge festival of 70s soul – not the big hits of the time, but a wealth of underground gemes that show us there's still plenty to discover in that magical decade! The artists here are all big, but the tunes are sometimes more obscure – lesser-known gems from familiar names – mixed with other rare singles, and presented together in this soaring wave of soul that's completely sublime! Many cuts have a warm modern soul groove, but there's also some funkier numbers too – and the package has all the care, class, and quality we've come to love from the Expansion label over the years. Titles include "Never Felt Love Before" by Felix Cavaliere, "Free & Easy" by Satyr, "Spoiled Like A Baby" by TSU Tornadoes, "Are We Ready For Love" by Patti Austin, "Can We Share It" by Rick Sheppard, "You're My Main Squeeze" by Crystal Motion, "Just Ask Me" by Bobby Thurston, "What's Your Name" by Leon Ware, "Takin My Time With You" by Maureen Bailey, "Funny How We Change Places" by Dede Schwartz, "You'll Never Be Sorry" by Gerald Sims, "We Got To Stick Together" by Beverly & Duane, "Caught Up In A Whirlwind" by Richard Stepp, "March Across The Land" by Linda Clifford, and "Temptation's Bout To Get Me" by Ed Robinson. CD
Also available Soul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... LP 12.99

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall ... CD
Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! It's been years since we've last heard from Laurie, and she's really returned to her roots here – still using her voice a bit, but also playing violin a fair bit too, along with keyboards, samples, percussion, and lots of her unusual filters and other electronic elements. Most selections are sort, and work together beautifully – almost in territory that might be described as a string quartet take on the modes of United States. Titles include "All The Extinct Animals", "Built You A Mountain", "Darkness Falls", "Dreams Translated", "The Water Rises", "Our Street Is A Black River", "Nothing Left But Their Names", "Thunder Continues In The Aftermath", "Old Motors & Helicopters", and "Everything Is Floating". CD
Also available Landfall ... LP 26.99

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Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
The debut album from Barclay James Harvest – a group so cool, EMI named their progressive label Harvest after them! The sound here is maybe a bit more down to earth than some of the other groups on that legendary imprint, but equally heady in every sort of way – as the combo mix surprisingly heartfelt vocals with some proggish inclinations – which are often set in superb larger backings that use strings and other elements with just the right sort of flourish – thanks to the strong efforts of producer Norman Smith, who'd handled similar styles for Pink Floyd and the Pretty Things! Titles include "Taking Some Time On", "Dark Now My Sky", "The Iron Maiden", "Good Love Child", "Mother Dear", "The Sun Will Never Shine", and "When The World Was Woken". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Early Morning", "Mr Sunshine", "Eden Unobtainable", "Pools Of Blue", "Poor Wages", "Brother Thrush", and "I Can't Go On Without You". CD
Also available Barclay James Harvest (3CD & DVD set) ... CD 62.99

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Gene Barge, David Matthews, & Andre DavisStony Island – Original Soundtrack ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet set of soundtrack funk – from a film named after one of our favorite streets in Chicago! Although the record's got an approach that's perhaps a bit tighter and smoother than anything going down on Stony in the late 70s, it does manage to share a good deal of styles with the Chi-soul scene of the time – thanks to work on the record from Chicagoans Gene Barge, Sonny Seals, and Tennyson Stephens! Many of the tracks on the set have a bad-walking soul approach – one that's kind of a mixture of funky and bluesy – and these are laid out next to some jazzier instrumentals that we like most of all – tunes that have a great funky soundtrack feel, but with a bit more fusion touches than usual, probably because of the work of David Matthews. Titles include "Percy Fired", "Party Lights", "High Speed Posters", "Back To Business", "Chase The Train", "Gangster City", "Dream Ride", and "Peace Of Mind". CD

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Peter BrendlerOutside The Line ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Bassist Peter Brendler is at the helm of the set, but we're especially enamored of the trumpet work here – played by Peter Evans on both standard and piccolo trumpet – the latter of which has this wonderfully personal sound! Almost all tunes are originals from Brendler, who turns out to be a pretty great writer – and sets up these strong showcases for Evans' trumpet lines, which seem to leap right out front even before his solos – when he's still sharing the lead with tenorist Rich Perry. Perry's pretty great, too – but there's a freshness to Evans' phrasing that's really great – bold at some minutes, with lots of offbeat twists and turns – and more fragile and honest on the piccolo trumpet tunes. Drummer Vinnie Sperrazza completes the group – and titles include "Blackout Reunion", "Drop The Mittens", "The Darkness", "Blanket Statement", "Lawn Darts", and a surprisingly nice cover of "Walk On The Wild Side". CD

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Errol BrownDubb Everlasting/Dub Expression ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A pair of dub classics from Errol Brown – back to back on a single CD! Dubb Everlasting is a record that might mis-spell the name of its genre, but it's also a set that strips things right down to the core, then adds a very unique touch! Errol Brown works here in the Treasure Isle studios with massive rhythms from The Revolutionaries – but in a session that also includes a mysterious harmonica player too – who uses the instrument to carve out unusual riffs that are sometimes jazz, sometimes bluesy – almost making it feel like War's Lee Oskar is sitting in for a session down in Kingston! The instrument is quite different here than when melodica is used in dub – and titles include "Eva A Dub", "Marigunna Affair", "Babylon Dubbing", "Escape Affair", "Biblical Dub", and "Easy Locks". On Dub Expression, the mighty Errol Brown is at the controls in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ebb and flow in a way that's got a heck of a lot of sonic power – while some of the more isolated instruments over the top step along in a more melodic way – sometimes a bit of organ, guitar, or bubbling bass, depending on the track! The presentation is as stripped-down as the music – but at that mysterious level that only makes the record such a cool little treasure – with tracks that include "Bond Street Rock", "Ranking Marshal", "The Gun Court Dub", "Ital Stew", "Super Tracks", "Dread At The Controls", and "Ghetto Dub". CD

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Dennis BudimirCreeper ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest albums ever from guitarist Dennis Budimir – a player who worked on countless sessions for other artists, but hardly ever got time in the spotlight in a setting like this! The album's nice and dynamic, and has Budimir playing with a great mix of tones – sometimes a cooler jazz mode, but other times with this slight element of fuzz – not what you'd expect if you even knew his few other albums as a leader for Revelation. His guitar rings out with a nice twang borrowed from the rock instrumental world, but tuned more towards jazz – in a cool LA group that features Lyle Ritz on bass, Chuck Britz on organ, and the mighty Hal Blaine on drums. Titles include "The Creeper", a nice sock-boogaloo number, plus "The Cobra", "Diamond Back", "The Python", "Cast Your Fate To The Wind", "Like A Rolling Stone", and "In". CD

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✨✧ Kenny Burrell & The West Coast All StarsLaguna Beach – Friends Of Jazz Festival 1979 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A nice little live set from guitar legend Kenny Burrell – nicely different than most of his studio work of the time, with an open-ended approach to the songs that really makes the best of the live setting, and the top-shelf players in the group! The material was captured by NPR at The Friends Of Jazz Festival – and Kenny plays alongside Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, Frank Foster on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Thad Jones on flugelhorn, Art Hillery on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Jones, Richardson, and Foster aren't exactly names that we'd identify with the west coast scene – but their presence on the date is very welcome, and really helps bring some great energy to the material. Titles include "Blues In The Closet", "The Common Ground", "A Child Is Born", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD

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Hadley CalimanIapetus ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic statement of soul from reedman Hadley Caliman – a player who gave us a handful of really amazing albums in the 70s! This set is definitely one of those gems – as it's got this flowing mix of spiritual currents that's really powerful – maybe more of a west coast take on the post-Coltrane energy of the time – with Hadley on flute and tenor, working with Luis Gasca on trumpet, Todd Cochran on piano, James Leary on bass, and Woody Theus on drums. All artists are maybe even more bold and powerful together here than on albums under their own names – working with Caliman's dark vision to soar out in wonderful ways – with added percussion from Victor Pantoja and Hungria Garcia. Titles include the groovy "Quadrivium", plus the longer cuts "Iapetus", "Dee's Glee", and "Ambivalence". CD

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Alice ColtraneSpiritual Eternal – The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings (Eternity/Radha Krsna Nama Sankirtana/Transcendence) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 26.98
Three great albums from Alice Coltrane – all late 70s albums for Warner Brothers that really show her taking off as both a solo performer and a spiritual force! First up is Eternity – seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane moves past the rawer spiritual sound of her Impulse albums – working with a more focused vision and an approach to jazz that takes her way past the identity of just being "Mrs Coltrane", into territory that's a more perfect expression of her spiritual vision. The approach calls for more ambitious orchestrations, yet never in a way that overwhelms the jazz basis of the music – and Alice herself is on Fender Rhodes, organ, and harp – working with players who include Fred Jackson and Hubert Laws on reeds, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, George Bohannon on trombone, Charlie Haden on bass, Ben Riley on drums, and Armando Peraza on congas. Titles include "Spiritual Eternal", "Om Supreme", "Morning Workshop", "Wisdom Eye", and "Los Caballos". Radha Krsna Nama Saknirtana is pure spiritual loveliness from Alice, and a record that features a lot of additional playing by Indian musicians! Clearly, the Hari Krishnas have gotten to the lady here – as you can tell by the orange robe she's wearing on the cover, and the blank stare in her eyes – but that doesn't stop the album from being a nice one, filled with the soaring spiritualism of her best 70s work, and infused with a cross-cultural approach to jazz that makes for a wonderfully expansive sound. Tracks include "Om Namah Sivaya", "Hare Krishna", and "Govinda Jai Jai". Transcendence is a beautiful record from Alice Coltrane – a swirling mix of spiritual jazz and themes from Indian music! Alice plays organ, Fender Rhodes, and harp – building the sound as the album progresses, from simple airy strings to an earthier groove that features vocal refrains in unison with the keyboards, chanting away, over and over, stretching to the heavens in a cosmic groove! The record features a lot of variations on traditional Indian themes – including "Sivaya", "Ghana Nila", and "Bhaja Govindam" – plus the original tracks "Transcendence" and "Vrindavana Sanchara". CD

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Complot Of SixComplot Of Six – Spisek Szesciu ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
A groundbreaking Polish combo from the 70s – one with a name that makes them sound more like a revolutionary organization than a musical group – quite fitting, given the revolutionary style of their music! These guys use some elements from fusion – including guitar and Fender Rhodes – but they also stretch their sound out more in a way that seems inspired by avant spiritual jazz from the US – almost a post-Coltrane vibe that's different from the modern jazz territory explored by other Polish groups in years before! The leader of the group is Wlodzimierz Winski, who plays tenor and baritone sax – and other musicians include Zbigniew Czwojda on trumpet, Andrzej Pluszcz on guitar, Leszek Paszko on trombone, Adam Bielawski on drums, and Boguslaw Razik on both piano and Fender Rhodes. Titles include the side-long "Wizje" suite – plus "Amorphus", "Epitaphium", and "Pieprezem I Sola". CD

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✨✧ ComusFirst Utterance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A legendary group who never fully got their due – and maybe one of the creepier acts on the British scene at the start of the 70s! The cover art probably gives things away – but the sound of the record is even more haunting – with some acoustic elements that echo the acid folk movement of the time, but more dynamic energy at other spots that resonate more with prog – all topped by vocals that have a completely sinister sound that really makes the group stand out! Despite the acoustic guitars, these guys are hardly the traditional-leaning style of some of their folk rock contemporaries – and, if anything, it feels like they opened up some Pandora's box from the past, and let out all this weird Wicker Man energy. Titles include "Bitten", "The Prisoner", "Diana", "The Herald", "Song To Comus", and "Drip Drip". CD features bonus tracks – "All The Colours Of Darkness", "Winter Is A Coloured Bird", "In The Lost Queen's Eyes", and "Diana (maxi single version)". CD

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Contemporary Jazz QuintetLocation ... CD
Strata/BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A spiritual jazz classic from Detroit – and one of the few records from this important Motor City group! The Contemporary Jazz Quintet were a groundbreaking ensemble that mixed together hardbop and modernist playing – sometimes with a keen ear for Miles Davis' experiments of the late 60s, but also with an underground Detroit flavor that's well in keeping with that city's rich traditions! The group was ostensibly led by pianist Kenny Cox – and it's his name that their two Blue Note albums were issued under – but on this rare third set from the Detroit-based Strata label, the group appears more as a larger collective with an even more freewheeling vibe – a lineup that includes Cox on piano, Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, Charles Eubanks on electric piano, and Ron English on guitar. Tracks are long, with a stretched-out pre-Bitches Brew sound – plus some freer avant jamming – and titles include "Noh Word", "Bang", "Tao", and "Nguzo Saba". CD
Also available Location (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Crazy Ken BandMuro Diggin Crazy Ken Band – Mixed By Muro ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $29.99
A sweet collection of funk from this ultra-cool Japanese combo – all hand-picked, and served up in a special mix by DJ Muro! Crazy Ken Band have an odd name, but a warmly soulful take on funk that began in the pre-Daptone years, and which maybe shares more with the funk revival modes on the London scene at the start of the 90s – especially as the group have some of the warmer currents of Incognito or Brand New Heavies! But there's also a harder funk approach on some numbers – really sharp instrumentation that works equally well with blasting horns or warmer modern soul grooves – almost always topped with lead lyrics in Japanese. Most of their work was only issued overseas, so this collection's a great place to start with their music, especially with Muro in the lead! CD features 25 titles, most listed in Japanese – but with tracks that include "Brand New Honda", "El Diablo", "Midnight Cruiser", "Lady Mustang", and "Punch Punch Punch". CD

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Curved AirAir Conditioning (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
The debut album from Curved Air – a group who had a decidedly different take on the proggish styles of the start of the 70s! For one thing, the group took their name from a Terry Riley tune – already showing their higher consciousness when it came to music – and the lineup also features a young Francis Monkman and Darry Way – the former an artist who'd soon do some great sound library and soundtrack work on the UK scene, the latter a violinist who'd continue to find new spaces for his instrument in years to come! The use of Way's violin is a great addition to the sound here – as he carves out these lean lines next to the more flowing vocals of singer Sonja Kristina – who's got a style that's almost a proggish adaptation of folk modes from a few years before – while the rest of the group comes in with the more expected guitar, keyboards, and drums – but almost always at a level that remains fresh and distinct. Titles include "Hide & Seek", "It Happened Today", "Stretch", "Screw", "Blind Man", "Vivaldi", and "Situations". 2CD edition features lots of bonus material – including "Thinking On The Floor", "It Happened Today (single)", "Rob One (take 2)", "What Happens When You Blow Yourself Up" – and a number of live tracks from the John Peel show! CD
Also available Airconditioning (picture disc) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 24.99

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Paco De Lucia5 Original Albums (El Duende/Fuente Y Caudal/En Vivo/Almoraima/Plays De Falla) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $18.99 19.99
Five fantastic albums from the legendary Spanish guitarist – all packaged with original album sleeves too! First up is El Duende Flamenco – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with any overdone sense of technique! Instead, De Lucia creates this really special sort of magic on the instrument – unlocking amazing tones and colors with effortless ease – all with the energy you might expect from a free jazz musician on the instrument, yet always directed in a tuneful, musical way. The album's a key early accomplishment from Paco – and although some tracks have light additional strings, these are used very gently to shade in the background, and still leave the set with the feeling of a solo album overall. Titles include "Percusion Flamenca", "Barrio La Vina", "De Madruga", "Cuando Canta El Gallo", "Canestera", "Punta Del Faro", and "Farolillo De Ferria". Fuente Y Caudal is one of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Paco De Lucia – and a set that really has the guitarist coming into his own – stepping past even his rich flamenco roots, and coming up with a new style that's practically a genre unto itself! Paco's sense of imagination here is wonderful – freed up from any previous expectations, and really set loose on the strings of the guitar – coming up with an amazing blend of rhythm and melody in these fast flurries of notes – at a level that's as passionately powerful as it is breathtaking from a sheer technical perspective. Ramon De Algeciras joins Paco on two tracks, but most numbers are solo – and titles include "Fuente Y Caudal", "Entre Dos Aguas", "Plaza De San Juan", "Los Pinares", and "Cepa Andaluza". En Vivo Desde El Teatro Real is a strong live set from the great Paco DeLucia – one that has his sublime acoustic guitar sounds really ringing out in the large space of a theater – which creates a slightly different vibe than some of his more close-up studio records of the 70s! DeLucia is extremely commanding in this space – and seems to reach out with even more majesty than ever – incredibly deft work on the strings of the guitar, full of fire and feeling – on a set of original numbers that reference tradition, then completely dismantle it as well. Ramon De Algeciras joins on a bit of second guitar, and titles include "Solea", "Fandangos", "Rumba", "Guajiras", "Alegrias", and "Tarantas". Almoraima is a brilliant 70s set from guitarist Paco DeLucia – one that really shows him stretching out with even more pride and power than before – finding that really unique groove that was part jazz, part flamenco, but really something very special of his own! Paco's got a highly rhythmic way with his guitar – using the instrument almost as much as a drum in some passages – while still being able to carve out these complicated passages on the strings, with dynamic energy that few American players might be able to match. Ramon De Algeciras plays second guitar on the record, but most of the music is from Paco's own instrument – and titles include "Rio Ancho", "Plaza Alta", "Ole", "Llanos Del Real", "Almoraima", and "Cueva Del Gato". Last up is a beautiful album in which Paco De Lucia Plays Manuel De Falla – songs by the famous composer that include "Danza De La Molinera", "Danza Ritual Del Fuego", "Danza De Los Vecinos", "Escena", and "Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo". CD

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Devouring The GuiltDevouring The Guilt ... CD
Amalgam, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
A brilliant set of improvisational jazz from Chicago scene – recorded live at the Empty Bottle in the spring of 2017! Devouring The Guilt is a trio featuring Gerrit Hatcher on tenor sax, Eli Namay on both upright and electric bass, and Bill Harris on drums – showing impressive depth and range on the nearly hour long (and compelling the whole way) "Fresh Hour Scrod" and the shorter, equally compelling "Pineapple Sorbet". The former comes roaring right out of the gate, with the group showing an agile mix of ferocious energy and limber interplay throughout. The latter starts out slower and sweeter, as you might gather from its title, and builds to a heavier end in its 8+ minutes. CD

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Walt Dickerson & Richard DavisDialogue (Divine Gemini/Tenderness) ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99 26.99
Fantastic vibes all around – a double set of work from the team of Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis! First up is the album Divine Gemini – a set that has some incredible interplay between the vibes of Walt Dickerson and bass of Richard Davis – both players who've already had a long resume of creative music by the time of this session, yet coming together here in ways that are completely new and fresh! Dickerson's often in the warmer side of his tones – still quite free at points, but never too obtuse – and always with plenty of room for the lovingly soulful sounds of Davis' bass. Titles include "Lucille", "Divine Gemini", "Always Positive", and "Her Intuition". Next up is the album Tenderness – a set recorded during the same space as the previous album from Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis – but sometimes with a slightly different feeling in the sound! There's definitely some of the tenderness promised by the title – especially at those great points when the colors of Dickerson's vibes are flowing beautifully next to Davis' mellow basslines. But there's also other points that are a bit more dynamic, too – bold notes from Walt that have this sense of texture that's really amazing – followed by equally wonderful sounds from Richard. Titles include "Tenderness", "So Thoughtful", "The Road Must End", and "Play Son Play". CD

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Jackson Do PandeiroAnos 60 (A Braza No Norte/O Cabra Da Peste/Jackson Do Pandeiro E Sucesso/Mais Um Pouquinho Raridades) (4CD set) ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), Late 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $49.99 63.99
A great samba artist from the Brazilian scene – represented here by three full albums from the 60s, plus a bonus disc of rare material well! Jackson Do Pandeiro takes his name from the percussion instrument used in his music – kind of a bigger, more drum-like tambourine – used to emphasize the vocals alongside Jackson's soulful lead vocal style! The music here is a bit fuller than 70s samba – larger orchestrations at times, but matched with equally great percussion – so that the rootsy core of the music is preserved overall. And, given Jackson's style of singing, you might even be able to call these sides precursors to later soulful samba-styled work by artists like Wilson De Simonal or Jorge Ben – a vibe that's not that different, just a few notches back historically. 4CD set includes the full albums A Braza No Norte, O Cabra Da Peste, and Jackson Do Pandeiro E Sucesso – plus a bonus CD of 17 rare tracks! CD

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Pierre DorgeSoundscapes ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums – all very dynamic players who seem to make Dorge sound even fresher than ever! There's an especially strong sense of phrasing on the record – no surprise, especially with Knuffke in the mix – and while Pierre can sometimes use his instrument in more abstract ways, that quality is really balanced by all the other members of the lineup. Anderson's bass is great – nicely pointed at the best moments, and a great contrast to Dorge's strings – and all tracks are originals, with titles that include "Lullaby For Sun Ra", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Afrikaa Mbizo Dyani", "Sim Sim Ba", and "Alligator In Paradise". CD

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8th DayI Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A nicely complicated little record – and one of the funkiest albums on the legendary Invictus label! The 8th Day group was a loosely-conceived batch of Detroit soul talents designed to cash in on a concept of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – and they weren't just a studio project, as they included some wonderful talents that could make some great music when they wanted to! One of these was the amazing Detroit organist Lyman Woodard – who contributed the fantastic track "Cheba" to the album, an incredible organ groover that's unlike anything you've ever heard, rolling on with this pinched Hammond sound over congas, all-instrumental, and completely seductive! Another was Melvin Davis, who had recorded the song "Good Book" as a solo artist – but which was released here as if it was by the group. There's also a great guitarist in the group – unnamed due to the lack of liner notes – but who really shines on the funky tracks "Anythang", "Rocks In My Head", and "Heaven Is There To Guide Us", all with a fuzzed-out Detroit 70s groove! CD features the bonus tracks "Just As Long (single)", "I'm Worried (single)", "It's Instrumental To Be Free", and "You Made Me Over". CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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El PolenCholo (limited edition with bonus track) ... CD
Repsychled/Lion, 1972. New Copy ... $6.99
Peruvian psych folk from El Polen! This their early 70s album served as the soundtrack for a film of the same name that we know nothing about, but the music is really great! Chiming, largely acoustic instrumentation acoustic and twelve-string rhythm guitar, mandolin, cello, violin, drums, bongos, bamboo and Andean flutes. The structure ranges from airy atmospherics to more profoundly song-based (with more vocals)– and it pulls us in strongly both ways. Titles include "La Flor", "Cholito Pantalon Blanco", "Valicha", "Tondero", "Secuencias De Organillo Y Polophon" and more. Includes the bonus track "El Mundo Revivido" with vocals by Susana Baca. CD
(Limited to 400 hand-numbered copies. Comes in slim sleeve with a reproduced concert ticket and show poster, plus a group photo.)

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EnchantmentSunshine – The Enchantment Anthology 1975 to 1984 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for Polydor, classic album tracks from their prime era at the Roadshow label, and onward through really wonderful, albeit overlooked later work on Columbia! While they evolved stylistically over this span, they wisely hone on the classic elements throughout – ascendant vocals all the way, from the soaring lead to the tight harmonies, a mix of uplifting and mellow arrangements, just as compelling on the ballads and the bottom-end heavy groovers. Titles include "Call On Me", "Come On And Ride", "Hold On", "Sunshine", "Dance To The Music", "Thank You Girl For Loving Me", "Angel In My Life", "Magnetic Feel", "Settin' In Out (12" Version)", "Forever More", "Oasis Of Love", "I Can't Be The One", "I Believe In You", "Only You", "Enchanted Lady", "Here's Your Chance (12" Version)", "Love Struck", "I'm Dreaming", "Somebody's Loving You" and more. 32 tracks on 2CDs! CD

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Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatEsso! Afrojam Funkbeat ... CD
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – all of which they do incredibly well! There's a touch of Brazilian elements on the guitars at points, and some deeper contemporary soul on the great vocals from Vivian Garcia – a singer who really adds a lot to the music when she steps into the spotlight – and the group even play around with some more Caribbean influences from time to time, keeping things freshly diverse, but never in a way that sounds unplanned or out of control. Titles include "La Lluvia", "Locas", "Uno Somos Todos", "Sabrosa", "Esso Strut", and "Iwbwu". CD

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Alan Freed with King Curtis & Sam "The Man" TaylorAlan Freed Rock & Roll Big Band – A Stompin' Good Time ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or The King's Henchmen – both groups that were really studio assemblages headed by Freed, but featuring some very heavy tenor work from King Curtis and Sam "The Man" Taylor – both of whom really bring a lot to the set! Other key players include Ernie Hayes on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – the latter of whom plays in a surprisingly rocking vein that's quite different than his Blue Note work. Arrangements are likely by Sammy Lowe, Leroy Kirkland, and/or Ernie Wilkins – and the material is a nice mix of swinging R&B instrumental styles from the 50s! CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Homework", "Two Good Guys", "Street With A Beat", "Cool Papa", "All Tore Up", "Tow Head", "Fandango Rock", "Gosah", "Shufflin", "Night Ride", "Flip Flap", and "Big N Bad". CD

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Hal GalperInner Journey ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Pianist Hal Galper may be on an inner journey here – but he works with plenty of outward flow – really stepping out in an acoustic trio setting with the same sort of vibe that he brings to his work on Fender Rhodes! The lineup here is a bit unusual – as Dave Holland makes a surprise appearance on bass, alongside Bill Goodwin on drums – both very dynamic players who are a great match for Hal's work in the lead – especially when he's working these long-flowing chord progressions that are really beautiful – filled with soul and spirit, and very powerful throughout! Titles include "Inner Journey", "Invitation to Openness", "Joy Ride", "Taking The Coltrane", and "Wandering Spirit". CD

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Astrud GilbertoWindy ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a style that mixes in some great Sunshine Pop and 60s easy influences too – particularly on the tracks arranged by Williams! Tracks are all quite short, but get a heck of a lot of magic into a tiny space – and the album features some really wonderful songs that break Gilberto's pattern a bit – including versions of the Marcos Valle tracks "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" and "Chup Chup, I Got Away" – plus takes on "Windy", "Sing Me A Rainbow", "Never My Love", and "Where Are They Now?" CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Allen GinsbergSongs Of Innocence & Experience (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/Omnivore, 1969/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 22.98
Ever wonder what happens when beatniks turn into hippies? They make albums like this one – a real treasure from the late 60s underground – and a set that showed the complete transformation of Allen Ginsberg at the time! The set's a real oddity – recorded after Ginsburg had hit new fame for his appearance at the Chicago 7 trial – but with a meditative quality that's very different than his more public presence as a yippie. The record features Ginsburg reading the works of William Blake and playing harmonium – while he receives instrumental backing by the likes of Don Cherry on trumpet, Bob Dorough on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums – usually in ways that are light, but still meaningful – and which really highlight Ginsburg's commitment to the project. Peter Orlovsky chimes in on a few tracks – and titles include "The Shepherd", "Little Black Boy", "London", "Ah Sun Flower", and "Laughing Song". CD features bonus tracks – "The Grey Monk (alt take)" and "Brothels Of Paris" – plus CD2 features more blake songs, most unissued – with titles that include "Holy Thursday", "A Nurses Song", "The Fly", "Spring", "The Divine Image", and "Infant Joy". Also includes three mantras done with backing by Arthur Russell on cello – "Padmasambhava Mantra", "Roghupati Raghava", and "Om Namah Shivaye". CD

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Girl Named NinoMoonlight Daughter ... CD
Moonlight Daughter, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.00
Captivating, genre-defying indie soul from Girl Named Nino – a girl originally from Tbilisi, Georgia who has long called the Chicago area home, has a sound as far reaching as her travels, but it still feels intimate and personal! Her voice is front-and-center throughout Moonlight Daughter, in both the vocals and in the distinctive songcraft, and it's strong on both fronts. As a singer, she has a way of balancing classic jazz vocal influences with more modern soul, global/multi-lingual pop and even a bit of hip hop. Likewise with the songs and the production. Nino and partner Pablo Gordy – who together handle all of the writing, arranging, production and instrumentation – have this knack for layering styles and sounds, but with such strong songwriting core, they can no doubt play even the most lushly-produced songs here in a stripped down setting without losing the heart and soul of it. Titles include "Moonlight Daughter (Flowers To The Moon)", "Whiskey & Cigarettes (Chaser)", "Little Lady (Keep Your Lights On)", "Four Letter Words (Siren)", "The Revolution (Lost At The Bazaaar)", "Jukebox Joint (Heard You, Watched You)", "As We Love (Asa Nisi Masa", "Valentine" and "Deda (Mother)". CD

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Gogo PenguinHumdrum Star ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
There's nothing humdrum about Gogo Penguin at all – as the combo are out to take the sound of the piano trio into their own great directions – really bursting forth here with a sense of energy and imagination that even blow away their previous records! The group is simultaneously concerned with the wider sound of the piano – which occasionally hits waves of sound that almost feel lifted from the post-classical scene, but a lot more dynamic – while the bass and the drums really amplify their role when called up, so that the proceedings are always thrusting forward boldly – in ways that almost remind us of the excellent Indigo Jam Unit from Japan. Titles include "Return To Text", "Transient State", "Bardo", "Strid", "Reactor", "Window", "Prayer", and "A Hundred Moons". CD
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GQDisco Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Not just disco nights, but some great mellow moments too – a wonderfully well-rounded classic from this great quartet – as tight and groovy as it is cool and classy! By the time of this debut, the group had already had plenty of 70s soul experience as The Rhythm Makers – a previous name for the lineup, and a combo with a great reputation for dancefloor grooves that were tight, but never too uptight – kind of the best funky soul styles of the time! This album definitely continues that tradition, with a sound that's leaner than most mainstream disco of the time – and really well put-together, in a way that also has them slowing down to hit some great ballads and mellower steppers too. The album features the massive disco title cut – "Disco Nights" – and a beautiful reworking of Billy Stewart's classic "I Do Love You" – with a sound that's faithful to the original, but a sweet stepping groove that's made it a favorite for years! Other cuts include "Boogie Oogie Oogie", "Spirit", "Make My Dreams A Reality", "It's Your Love", "I Do Love You", and "Wonderful". Bonus tracks include "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" version)", "Disco Nights (12" version)", "Disco Nights (7" version)", "Make My Dreams A Reality (7" version)", and "I Do Love You (7" version)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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GQDisco Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... About October 5, 2018
Not just disco nights, but some great mellow moments too – a wonderfully well-rounded classic from this great quartet – as tight and groovy as it is cool and classy! By the time of this debut, the group had already had plenty of 70s soul experience as The Rhythm Makers – a previous name for the lineup, and a combo with a great reputation for dancefloor grooves that were tight, but never too uptight – kind of the best funky soul styles of the time! This album definitely continues that tradition, with a sound that's leaner than most mainstream disco of the time – and really well put-together, in a way that also has them slowing down to hit some great ballads and mellower steppers too. The album features the massive disco title cut – "Disco Nights" – and a beautiful reworking of Billy Stewart's classic "I Do Love You" – with a sound that's faithful to the original, but a sweet stepping groove that's made it a favorite for years! Other cuts include "Boogie Oogie Oogie", "Spirit", "Make My Dreams A Reality", "It's Your Love", "I Do Love You", and "Wonderful". CD features 7 bonus tracks – "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" disco version)", "Disco Nights (12" disco version)", "Disco Nights (single remix)", "Make My Dreams A Reality (single version)", "Make My Dreams A Reality (12" promo version)", "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" promo version)", and "I Do Love You (single version)". CD
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Johnny Griffin/Allan Botschinsky/Zbigniew NamyslowJazz Jamboree 63 Vol 2 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 13 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), New Copy ... About March 1, 2018 (delayed)
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Jari Haapalainen TrioFusion Machine ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
No fusion here – at least not in the traditional sense – but the album is a really made fusion of drums, electric bass, and tenor saxophone – the last of which is played by the great Per Texas Johansson, with a force that's more than strong enough to match the other two instruments! The electric bass really rumbles with a lot of power here – modes that are much more dynamic than in traditional jazz, but not really rock or familiar fusion, either – and there's an elasticity from the instrument, as played by Daniel Bingert, that really seems to communicated back and forth between the other two points of the triangle. Jari Haapalainen is on drums – driving the whole thing onward – and titles include "Ingrid 20", "Risk For Halka", "Begynnelsen", "Morka Rummet", and "Ich Bin Ein Berliner". CD

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Jari Haapalainen TrioFusion Nation ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
The Jari Haapalainen Trio has been making some really amazing music over the past few years – always on albums that have the word "fusion" in the name, but which sound completely different than any familiar fusion jazz you might know! Instead, the groove here is much more in the creative jazz spectrum we know from the Moserobie label – not free jazz or completely outside material, but instead music that pushes the boundaries while also finding its own sense of structure – balanced beautifully between the drums of Jari, the electric bass of Daniel Bingert, and the mighty tenor sax of Per Texas Johanssen! The tunes are chunky, but not in a funky way – and the boldness of the electric bass rumbles at the bottom while Haapalainen snaps a nice core on the drums, and Johanssen really takes off on his solos. Titles include "Blod", "Sodiner Kiez", "Fotfaste", "Gar Mot Rott", "Inget Krangel", and "The Blanket". CD
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Joe Haider/Fritz Pauer/Horace ParlanEgo Recordings Vol 3 (Reconciliation/Katzenvilla/Water Plants/One For Wilton) (4CD set) ... CD
Ego/Organic (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $34.99
Four ultra-rare records – all brought together in one incredible CD set – the third collection to document the brilliant sounds of Germany's Ego Recordings label from the 70s! First up is the album Reconciliation from Joe Haider – one of the 70s gems on the mighty German Ego label – an incredible small company who seemed to put out nothing but excellent music! The set's led by pianist Joe Haider, and features a quintet with Andy Scherrer on tenor and soprano sax, Ack Van Rooyen on flugelhorn, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Todd Canedy on drums – all of them together welling up as way more than the sum of their parts, and cooking up an amazingly soulful set of tunes! There's bits of modal and American 70s spiritual soul jazz in the set – all played with a proud and buoyant style that unfolds majestically through the course of the album, never faltering in its vision or creativity. A under-acknowledged gem, with tracks that include "Mas De Serles", "Magdalena", "Reconciliation", "Crossover", and "Spanish Groove". Katzenvilla features the amazing trio of pianist Joe Haider, bassist Isla Eckinger, and drummer Pierre Favre – three very individual musicians who come together here as a group, but still retain a lot of their special energy! Haider's a lot more dynamic than usual – still with warm chords on the piano, but also some sharper edges – which seem pushed on by Favre's deft drum work, and his flowing sense of both melody and rhythm at the same moment. Eckinger's bass has these deep, soulful currents that we always love – and really grounds the whole thing in a wonderful way – on titles that include "Capricorn", "My Little Darling", "And Now", "Katzenvilla", and "Fate Of A Child" – all originals by Haider! Pianist Fritz Pauer steps out on Water Plants – a trio date that's got a lot more warmth and soul than some of the musician's previous work from the German scene – a beautiful little session that balances the deep bass work of Isla Eckinger and the subtle drums of Billy Brooks. There's a loose, lyrical vibe to the record that shows a side of Pauer we might not have expected – and Fritz wrote some wonderful tunes for the album, including "Water Plants", "Sagittarius", "Tribal Dance", "For La Rives", and "Autumn Evening". Last up is One For Wilton – one of the hippest later albums from pianist Horace Parlan – a set recorded with the saxophonist Wilton Gaynair, who'd contributed heavily to the UK scene in the late 50s/early 60s, then made great waves in Germany during the 70s! The set features Wilton on tenor and soprano sax, Parlan on piano, and great rhythms from Isla Eckinger on bass and Billie Brooks on drums – all coming together with a sense of warmth and imagination that's completely sublime – much richer than some of Gaynair's other performances from the 70s, and with a sense of flow and soul that makes the album one of Parlan's best. Titles include "Billie's Bossa", "One For Wilton", "Shade", "Firm Roots", and "Pananika". All albums come in tiny LP-style covers, and the box also features a bookle of notes! CD

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Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton Quintet Featuring Buddy Collette ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... About October 17, 2018
An archetypal record from the west coast scene of the 50s – a sublime batch of lightly grooving numbers from Chico Hamilton's famous early Quintet! The power here really comes from a triad of three players – reedman Buddy Collette, mentioned in the title and playing flute, alto, tenor, and clarinet; guitarist Jim Hall, whose spacious use of his instrument set new standards with this record; and cellist Fred Katz, often an unsung hero whose gentle sound shapes really helped bring a sense of tone and color to the group. Also featured is bassist Carson Smith, giving the same great sensitive accompaniment here he did in Gerry Mulligan's early quartet – and Chico himself is on drums, of course, but often playing with unusual timings and touches that really make for a lot more than conventional rhythm! Titles include "Blue Sands", "The Sage", "A Nice Day", "Buddy Boo", and "Spectacular" – as well as "Free Form", which is totally improvised – although in a way that's very different from any 60's track that would have the same sort of name! CD

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Barry HarrisLive At Dug – Complete Edition (2CD Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1995. New Copy 2 CDs ... $29.99
Barry Harris recorded live in Tokyo – working at the intimate Dug nightclub, with backing from Japanese players Kunimitsuj Inaba on bass and Fumio Watanabe on drums! The style here is in the warmer side of the Harris spectrum – sometimes introspective, sometimes a bit more grooving – but always played with a strong degree of sensitivity on the keys of the piano, and recorded in a way that has Barry right out front in the mix. There's a great sense of maturity and grace going on here – and if anything, Harris has become an even more interesting pianist as the years have gone on – dropping some of his too-powerful styles from earlier years, in favor of well-placed notes and a greatly expanded sense of space that really comes through on this set. Titles include "Luminescence", "Somebody Loves Me", "No Name Blues", "Oblivion", "It Could Happen To You", "East Of The Sun", and "Nascimento". Note that this 2CD set is the full, complete version of the recordings that were only issued on one disc by Enja – a total of 15 tracks, and a great deal of music overall! CD

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John HawksworthGoal – The World Cup 1966 ... CD
El (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Totally wonderful sounds from UK soundtrack giant John Hawksworth – penned for a film on the heated World Cup of 1966, but served up in John's usual blend of jazzy styles, mod elements, and beautifully tuneful grooves! The CD presents the music with lots of snippets of dialogue from the film – not talking, but a bit of narration, served up in a cool "proper" 60s Brit voice, which adds a surprising amount of charm to the album – but without getting in the way of the music – which does a nice "dance" with the narration on most numbers. Most titles are named after different matches represented on screen – "England V Portugal", "North Korea V Portugal", "England V Mexico", "Russia V Hungary", and so on! CD

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Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Rick GeDon't Play With Love – The John L Nelson Project ... CD
Maken It, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
A tribute to John L Nelson – a jazz musician that most folks know as the father of Prince – but a set that's equally smoking in its own sort of way, thanks to a wickedly sharp combo! The core quintet features Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Vincent Herring on alto, Rick Germanson on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – all working their own special, soulful magic with the tunes – mostly swinging numbers that really help the players step out strongly right away, save for one ballad that also features an additional string group. The cover and title might make you miss this one, but the set's every bit as strong as recent albums recorded under the name of the group members – and titles include "Runnin Through My Mind", "Darkness", "Lonely", "Heart Of Mine", "Step Back", and "Lucky Am I". CD

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Monk HigginsExtra Soul Perception ... CD
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! This set's got a vibe that echoes some of that work – particularly Monk's albums with trumpeter Blue Mitchell – but there's also maybe a loftier vibe that reflects Higgins' ties to the Chess/Cadet label, where he cut some fantastic funk singles, both under his name and with other artists too. The approach here takes a core funky jazz group and adds in just the right touches of strings – with a sound that reminds us a lot of some of the Richard Evans' genius work for Cadet, but with maybe a bit of a Cali vibe too. Monk blows tenor and plays Hammond – in a group that also features the mighty Jim Horn on flute, Alan Estes on vibes, and both Freddy Robinson and Arthur Adams on guitar. Most tunes are original, and the feel of the record is every bit as groovy as its cover – with titles that include "Sitting Duck", "Collision In Black", "Just Around The Corner", "Watermelon Man", "Straight Ahead", "Poker Chips", "Doing it To Deff", "The Look Of Slim", and "A Good Thing". CD
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Instant FunkGet Down With The Philly Jump ... CD
TSOP/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early work from Instant Funk – cut back at a time when the instrumental combo was lean and mean – and much more deserving of the "funk" in their name! The style here is sweet instrumental Philly – a great cross between disco and soul, done with all the best top studio touches of the Philly scene of the time. Arrangements are by Bunny Sigler mostly – no surprise, considering that the group were his backing band – and titles include "I Know Where You're Coming From", "So Glad I'm The One", "Hup Two Hutp Two", "Philly Jump", "It Ain't Reggae (But It's Funky)", "Funky Africa", and "Go for Yourself". CD
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Jazz Rock ExperienceLet Yourself Go (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $18.99
Fantastic work from a group who are way more than just the sum of their name! The combo is definitely jazz, only a bit rock, and really provide a funky experience on most of their numbers – in the same sort of wicked blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements that you'd find on MPS Records at the start of the 70s! The musicians here are Swiss, but come from the same mindset as that famous German label – and like some of their contemporaries across the European scene, they were young players who were really open to new ideas – which they let flow from their fingers over the course of these cool long tracks! The lineup shifts a bit over the course of these recordings, and there's some real surprises in the roster of musicians –w ith players who include Bruno Spoerri on electric tenor and sopranino sax, Dave Lee on vibes, Hans Kennel on trumpet, Christy Doran on guitar, Freddy Meier on tenor, Kenny Schmidt on drums, Hans Foletti on bass, and even a young Irene Schweizer on electric piano. Titles include "If It Wasn't For Dicky", "Krivo Sadovsko Choro", "The Starter", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Cheyenne", "Blues No Blues", and a version of the James Brown tune "Let Yourself Go". CD features bonus tracks "Blind Man", "Listen Here", and "Get Out Of Here". CD
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Boobie Knight & The Universal LadyBoobie Knight & The Universal Lady – Earth Creature ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and The Jimmy Castor Bunch – with all the freaky, fuzzy touches that reference might imply! His group has a definite guitar-heavy sound that's a bit blunted, and a bit trippy at times – but which also has a nice soulful edge at it's best moments – a sense of focus that gives the record more of a groove than other records of this nature from the period. The band here includes vocals by Al Johnson (who may well be the same Al Johnson who went onto later mellow soul fame) – and titles include the crazy "Earth Creature", plus "The Lovomaniacs", "Power Greater Than Man", "Feeling My Cheerios", and "Woman Will Make You Love". CD

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Eero Koivistoinen & Philip Catherine/Nordjazz QuinJazz Liisa 13 & 14 ... CD
Svart (Finland), 1974/1975. New Copy ... $18.99
Two fantastic 70s jazz performances from Finland – back to back on a single CD! Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen is at his most dynamic here – working alongside guitarist Philip Catherine, in a long-spun style that recalls some of the energy of his classic Wahoo album, but with a more open vibe at other moments! The rest of the group features key heavyweights too – including Heikki Sarmanto on Fender Rhodes and Pekka Sarmanto on bass – but much of the main focus is on Eero's work on tenor and soprano sax, and those beautifully fluid lines that Catherine could bring from his guitar – a style that's that perfect European link between fusion and prog. Titles include "Angel Wings", "I Remember Tomorrow", "Near But Far Away", and "Blue Line". Next is a great performance by the Nordjazz Quintet – a cool mixed electric/acoustic combo that features sax and flute from Pekka Poyry, guitar from Nils Petter Nyren, keyboards from Ole Kock Nahsen, bass from Kjell Jansson, and drums from Petur Ostlund – a combo who work on long tracks that are a nice extrapolation of some of the fusion modes explored by the Love Records label during the same time! The tunes here get especially soulful in the longer stretches – especially when Poyry's playing soprano sax – and titles include "Havana Two", "Nordjazz Suite (part 1)", and "Arancel A Pagar". CD

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Krzysztof Komeda/Zbigniew Namyslowski/Andrzej TrzaJazz Jamboree 63 Vol 3 – Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol 14 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), New Copy ... About March 1, 2018 (delayed)
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✨✧ Harold LandNew Shade Of Blue ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the pair almost birthing a whole new generation in jazz expression – a style that's more sophisticated than earlier soul jazz, yet equally soulful in its own sort of way – aware of all the freedoms of the avant scene, yet never fully indulgent of them – and always guided by a spirit set loose by Coltrane, but in ways that are very different than so many others in the post-Coltrane generation! Part of that difference might be Land's personal phrasing on tenor – or Hutcherson's amazing approach to vibes – both without any sort of comparison at all, and set up here in a group that features Bill Henderson on acoustic and electric piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Mtume on congas. The latter gets his own song named on the record – the great "Mtume" – and other titles include "Short Subject", "Ode To Angela", and "De-Liberation". CD
Also available New Shade Of Blue (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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JD AllenLove Stone ... CD
Savant, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A beautiful album of ballads from tenor saxophonist JD Allen – one that could easily fit alongside classic 60s sessions in a similar mode! Allen's always been a dynamic player, but here he's got this nicely understated approach – one that really stuns us with the richness of his tenor sound, which maybe goes even deeper than in more dexterous settings – as he really takes his time to open up and explore the best corners of the album's well-chosen array of standards. The group features beautiful guitar from Liberty Ellmann – who rings out sparely next to Allen, ala Barney Kessel in the 50s – and the quartet also features bass from Gregg August and drums from Rudy Royston. Titles include "Prisoner Of Love", "Stranger In Paradise", "Why Was I Born", "You're My Thrill", "Come All Ye Fair & Tender Ladies", and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along". CD

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". CD
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Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest (3CD & DVD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $62.99
The debut album from Barclay James Harvest – a group so cool, EMI named their progressive label Harvest after them! The sound here is maybe a bit more down to earth than some of the other groups on that legendary imprint, but equally heady in every sort of way – as the combo mix surprisingly heartfelt vocals with some proggish inclinations – which are often set in superb larger backings that use strings and other elements with just the right sort of flourish – thanks to the strong efforts of producer Norman Smith, who'd handled similar styles for Pink Floyd and the Pretty Things! Titles include "Taking Some Time On", "Dark Now My Sky", "The Iron Maiden", "Good Love Child", "Mother Dear", "The Sun Will Never Shine", and "When The World Was Woken". CD1 features lots of bonus tracks – including "Early Morning", "Mr Sunshine", "Eden Unobtainable", "Pools Of Blue", "Poor Wages", "Brother Thrush", and "I Can't Go On Without You". CD2 features a new stereo mix of the album and select bonus tracks! CD3 features rare BBC recordings and a very unusual demo track of "Dark Now My Sky". DVD features a 5.1 surround sound of the album and bonus tracks – plus visuals that include the 1968 Mr Sunshine short film. The box also includes a huge 68 page book – with new notes, unseen photos, and more – plus a replica of the poster ad for "Early Morning", postcards, facsimile press releases, and even a version of the 1970 Barclay James Harvest Orchestral Tour program! CD
(DVD is NTSC, Region Free.)
Also available Barclay James Harvest (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Blood OrangeNegro Swan ... CD
Domino, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The cover of this album by Blood Orange – aka Devonte Hynes – might imply a sort of weary bleakness – but given the quality of the music, the whole thing can't help but elevate our spirits – even if Hynes is digging even deeper than usual with his subject matter! The songs are complex and extremely thoughtful – but also have this really inspired glow that instantly illuminates their beauty – sometimes in ways that are fragile, other times with a more dynamic energy. And although the set's got a host of guests – like Georgia Anne Muldrow, A$ap Rocky, Project Pat, and others – it's clear that Devonte's guiding the ship himself, with a very strong hold on the rudder, and the spirit of the music. Titles include "Orlando", "Saint", "Charcoal Baby", "Nappy Wonder", "Dagenham Dream", "Minetta Creek", "Nappy Wonder", and "Runnin". CD

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Ric CarteyOooh Eee – The Complete Ric Cartey ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
Ric Cartey may not be the biggest name in late 50s rockabilly – but man, does he sure sound great on this set – the first-ever collection to bring together Cartey's classic singles for RCA, plus a wealth of other rare 45s too! Cartey hails from Atlanta, and recorded a bit for that city's famous NRC indie – but despite the setting, Ric's got a great romping sound that's definitely all his own – maybe less hillbilly than some of his contemporaries of the period, and always ready to romp out with a hard-wailing groove! Production on most of these numbers is great – the kind of spare, stark, echoey vibe that makes already-great elements sound even cooler – and the whole package features a huge booklet of notes that tell the tale of Ric's overlooked career in music. Titles include "Crying Good Bye", "Mellow Down Easy", "Oooh Eee", "Poor Me", "Go On Fool", "Scratchin On My Screen", "To Love", "Leave Me Loose", "Born To Love One Woman", "I Wancha To Know", and "Let Me Tell You About Love" – and CD also features 11 more bonus tracks related to the collection, by Sonny James, The Jiv-A-Tones, Charlie Broome, Bobby Wilson, and Chuck Atha. CD

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Don Cherry/Marion Brown/Evan Parker/John StevensFree Jazz Meeting – Baden Baden 1967 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1967. New Copy ... $16.99
Four slices of genius from this important German jazz festival of the 60s – one of the leading showcases for the best in avant garde and experimental music! The sounds here are as stunning as the lineup – maybe even more so, as there's some nicely-unfamiliar, surprisingly collaborative passages going on – all of which really illuminate the studio music by these groundbreaking artists! The set begins with "Andalusian Proverb" – a beautiful showcase for the dynamic vocals of Jeanne Lee, as she sings with Gunter Hampel on vibes, Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, and Pierre Courbois on drums. "Cubis" features a sublime trio with Marion Brown on alto, Peter Kowald on bass, and John Stevens on drums – and that rhythm duo also supports "Jepa", which features Mangelsdorff on trombone and Evan Parker on soprano sax – and "Relationship", which also features Parker – as well as Don Cherry on trumpet and Buschi Niebergall on second bass. CD

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Stanley ClarkeMessage ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Bassist Stanley Clarke is right on message here – serving up the kind of cosmic sounds and soulful styles that he first brought to his music many years back! This time around, Clarke's got some great help onboard – keyboardist Cameron Graves, who we've really loved from his own recent work – really soaring alongside Stanley's always-deft work on electric bass – more dynamic here than we might have expected, and also given some strong direction from drummer Mike Mitchell. Beka Gochiashvili plays acoustic piano in the core quartet – and the album also features contributions from Skyeler Kole, Steve Blum, and Trevor Wesley on vocals – and Doug E Fresh on a bit of beatbox too! There's lots of surprises along the way, and titles include "The Rugged Truth", "Lost In A World", "Enzo's Theme", "To Be Alive", "And Ya Know We're Missing You", "Combat Continuum", and "After The Cosmic Rain/Dance Of The Planetary Prince". CD

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Carsten DahlCarsten Dahl Experience Live ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A great live presentation of the Experience quartet of pianist Carsten Dahl – one of his most dynamic settings of the past decade or so – filled with players who can easily match the energy of the leader! All tracks here are long and freewheeling – and often feature extended solos from Dahl and alto saxophonist Jesper Zeuthen – a musician whose edge is sometimes sharper than Carsten, which makes for an especially bold quality to the performance. Some tracks feature Dahl stretching out solo for quite a distance at the start – and he also plays a bit of balafon and percussion – and percussion is also handled by bassist Nils Bosse Davidsen and drummer Stefan Pasborg. Titles include "The End Of A Culture", "Jeg Kalder", "Dem Tanzen Fur", and "Nariman's Mood". CD

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Daisy ChainStraight Or Lame ... CD
United International/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy ... About June 22, 2018 (delayed)
Excellent work from The Daisy Chain – a very groovy all-girl combo from the Southern California scene of the late 60s – and one with a surprisingly dark sound as well! At some level, there's traces of regular post-folk psyche or sunshine pop in some of the group's work – but at another, there's a sense of darkness here that really surprises us – almost west coast echoes of the work that Nico did with the Velvet Underground, or a precursor to some of the trippier female work that would come out of the Bay Area scene a few years later. There's a counterpointed sense of moods at work here that really makes the album a great one – not nearly as nasty or kinky as you might guess from the reference that gives them their name, but still pretty moody nonetheless! Titles include "Final Hour", "Superfluous Daisy", "I'll Come Runnin", "All Because Of Him", "Zzotto", and "Run Spot Run". CD

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Olegario DiazI Remember Chet ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A tribute to the late trumpeter Chet Baker, but one that's got a rock-solid swinging feel that's quite different than most of Baker's music on record! The group here is a fantastic lineup – with Alex Sipiagin handling the trumpet parts, but in a way that's often quite un-Chet-like – alongside strong tenor from Seamus Blake, bold bass from Scott Colley, and dynamic drums from Bill Stewart – all working under the leadership of pianist Olegario Diaz, who colors the tunes with nicely vivid notes that fly from his fingers with a sparkling sense of imagination. Many numbers are from the Chet Baker songbook, but Diaz also wrote a few great songs of his own – and titles include "Everything I Love", "Star Eyes", "Just Friends", "CTA", "Rise & Fall Baker", "Bernie's Tune", and "I Remember Chet". CD

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Domenico (Domenico Lancellotti)Good Is A Big God ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
You've heard Domenico before as part of the groundbreaking +2 trio with Kassin and Moreno Veloso – but this is only the second time the singer has worked on his own, and the first that he's given us his full name on the cover! That difference might mark a new sort of confidence in Domenico – a way of putting forth his careful songwriting genius with a bit more dexterity, which certainly gets a bit of assistance in the album's work by Sean O'Hagan and Kassin! If you've ever liked Domenico before, you'll totally love him here – and if this is your first time discovering his music, then get ready to go backwards – as the strength of this album will win over your ears, and send you searching for all the other wonderful music he's given us over the years. Titles include the very dreamy title cut "The Good Is A Big God" – plus "Insatiable", "Serra Dos Orgaos", "Voltar Se", "A Alma Do Vento", "Terra", "Logo", "Dama Da Noite", "Shanti Luz", "Arvores", and "pare De Correr". CD
Also available Good Is A Big God ... LP 19.99

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DzambleKazdy Marzy Kazdy Sni ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
Dzamble may not be a household name, but they're a tight fusion group from late 70s Poland – and one who also seem to have an ear for the best side of the AOR scene too! The group work here with a style that's nicely sharp, but never too smooth – tight, but fluid enough to let all the jazz currents come through in the music – especially the keyboards and tenor – while also making room for Polish language vocals on about half the album's tracks, delivered by a singer who's got a raspy style that's a nice contrast to the instrumentation. If you dig rare AOR or yacht rock, the set's a great illustration of the way those modes could flourish even in the farthest of scenes – and if you like tight 70s fusion, you'll also find something to love here too. Titles include "Przed Dniem", "Rzeko Plyn Szeroko", "Jak Zmienic Swiat", "Bezsennosc We Dwoje", and "Jeszcze W Sercu Radosc" – plus remakes of "Lady Love" and "Just The Way You Are". CD

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Don EllisSoaring ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A well-titled album from trumpeter Don Ellis – as the set soars to the skies from the very first note! The album's got a dynamic energy that almost beats Don's American work of the time – lots of funky rhythms, and a cool MPS groove that shows the label's strong 70s legacy of larger group jazz recordings! Like other MPS dates of the time, there's a nice mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation in the lineup – bass and guitar that kick the rhythms up strongly, plus keyboards and electrified strings that bring in their own unique sounds. Milcho Leviev handles the keys on the session – and titles are a fresh batch of numbers that include "Sidonie", "Image Of Maria", "Sladka Pitka", "Go Back Home", "Whiplash", "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece", and "Invincible". CD
Also available Soaring (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Shirley EllisThree Six Nine – The Best Of Shirley Ellis ... CD
Congress/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Hard-romping soul from the great Shirley Ellis – a singer most folks know for a single crossover hit – but an artist who's got a hell of a lot more to offer than just that novelty number! This excellent package is a long-overdue look at one of the queens of raw soul in the 60s – a singer who could belt it out with a hell of an edge, even when the music was moving at a mighty fast clip – which it does often here, as Shirley works with superb guidance from arranger Lincoln Chase – whose ears for a groove are outstanding at this point in his career! The package brings together early singles for the Congress label, plus even more obscure work a few years later for Columbia Records – and as always with Ace, the whole presentation is wonderful – light years away from just a simple greatest hits or public domain package. Titles include "The Nitty Gritty", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Get Out", "Takin Care Of Business", "The Clapping Song", "Sugar Let's Shing A Ling", "Back Track", "Yes I'm Ready", "Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife", "You Better Be Good World", "Ka Ta Ga Ta Boom Beat", "The Name Game", "I Never Will Forget", "Such A Night", "That's What The Nitty Gritty Is", and "One Sour Note". CD

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EyesArrival Of The Eyes ... CD
Mercury/Lion, Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99
40 years later, The Eyes have finally arrived – given their full due in a beautifully done set that offers up their few released singles, lots of demos, and an album's worth of work done under the name of The Pupils! And why it's taken this long is a real mystery to us, because the work here is really amazing – ripping out with all the best raw early power of The Who, and in a similar space between mod and harder rocking camps of the time. A few moments get slightly more mainstream UK 60s – but overall, the work here has a rippingly hard garagey feel, almost proto-punk at moments – at least in the way that The Jam later absorbed the edges of the 60s. The Pupils material is from a tribute to the Rolling Stones album – but is still largely in the style of the main Eyes tracks – and the CD features 28 numbers that include "My Degeneration", "When The Night Falls", "I'm Rowed Out", "Please Don't Cry", "Man With Money", "Radio London", "If You Need Me", "The Last Time", and "Play With Fire". CD

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Forro In The DarkSandcastle ... CD
Nacional, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 9.99
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic amount of percussion, guitar, and reed instruments – with modes that start with the forro of their name, but also branch out into other Brazilian styles – and have some of the captivating qualities of the best independent acts from Brazil in recent years. Kassin plays on most of the record, about half the tracks feature vocals, and titles include "I Wanna Know", "Forro Da Casa Grande", "Ou Sim", "Roca De Pedra", "Craudineia No Forro", "Voce Nao E Insubstituviel", and "Drifting Away". CD
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4 In 3 + 1Eat It – It's Still Good ... CD
Croatia (Croatia), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99
The group's got an unusual name, but it's a fitting one too – given that they're a trio, but with a Hammond organ that follows its usual role of working on keyboards and bass! The plus one in this case is Mario Bocic on tenor – who joins the unique Croatian/American combo for this album – often doing a great job of echoing the tones of the guitar of Davor Dolezal and organist Joe Kalowitz – an American player living in Zagreb! All group members seem to have a strong resonance in colors, and are driven nicely by the spaciously romping drums of Borku Rupena – on titles that include "Eat It It's Still Good", "Donna Lee Is Pissed Off", "Outline", "Dance Of The Vales", and "Peacefully". CD

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4th Movement (Death)4th Movement ... CD
Tryangle/Drag City, 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Detroit proto-punk legends Death, born again as The 4th Movement – starting the 80s with a new approach and a new name – serving a higher power now, but still with the raw and heavy vibe we loved so much in their previous incarnation! If you come into this worried about such a vital band from the rock underground going Christian, you can set that aside. This is more soul punk than Christian rock, in that they're literally singing for their souls AND there's a genuine soulful quality to the vocals, raw as they can be – as was the case with Death. Realness and integrity abound! Includes "Revelations Eve", "Always At Your Door", "Seek The Life That's To Be", "The Build Up", "Life Without End", "Love And Music" and more. CD
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From ScratchFive Rhythm Works ... CD
EM (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a vibe that sometimes reminds us of the music of Harry Party! Given the smallness of the NZ scene at the time, these guys were less of a high art ensemble, than the kind of creative criss-crossing of big ideas and grass roots expression – similar to that moment when the art and punk worlds worked together so strongly in late 70s New York. And the sound here would be right at home alongside some of the more creative artists from the Kitchen scene – as the group play, drum, and blow themselves through a wonderful array of rhythmic sounds! Titles include 'Out In Part", "Passage", "Drumwheel (part 2)", and passages from "Gung Ho". CD

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GolemOrion Awakes ... CD
Acme/Lion, 1970s. New Copy ... $6.99
Early 70s space rock from Golem – epically paced, trippy, expertly done wigged out instrumental rock that was purportedly laid down by heavies from the soon-to-be legendary krautrock scene working pseudonymously after hours in the studio! The album's a bit of an enigma – a set that's become famous over the years for its quality, but shrouded in enough mystery that some have doubted its story – although overall, the music here feels like the best early 70s space rock on labels like Brain or Egg – with lots of layers of keyboards and guitars over building drums and basslines. Interestingly, the producer as credited as Genius P Orridge for Pyramid Records, strangely similar to another name, wouldn't ya say? Titles include "Orion Awakes", "Stellar Launch", "Godhead Dance", "Jupiter & Beyond", and "The Returning". CD

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Hampshire & FoatGalaxies Like Grains Of Sand ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other keyboards – but those instruments are just part of the sound here – as there's also some added strings, tenor, and other elements from time to time – inflecting the music with a visionary quality that reminds us of some of the more freethinking records coming out in the early 70s – especially the kind of small label sets that were years ahead of their time, and only finally getting their due all these many years later. The presentation of the package echoes the style of older Michael Garrick material on the UK Argo Records – and there's definitely a depth here to live up to that spirit, but also a warmer vibe overall. Titles include "How The Nights Can Fly", "Lullaby", "The Solar Winds", "A Long Way Home", and "All Washed Up". CD
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Gilad HekselmanAsk For Chaos ... CD
Motema, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman plays here in two different groups – his gHex Trio, with Rick Rosato on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums – and Zuperoctave, with Aaron Parks on keyboards, piano, and Fender Rhodes – and Kush Abadey on drums! We love the music of Parks, so we're especially fond of the second group – which has these nice chunky keys that bubble in blocks next to Gilad's chromatic work on the guitar – a quality that's used in the other trio, but often in ways that are slightly less dynamic. The mix of modes makes for one of Hekselman's most interesting records to date – and certainly lets Gilad show off the guitar styles that really set him apart from most. Titles include "Clap Clap", "Stumble", "Milton", "Vblues", "It Will Get Better", and "Tokyo Cookie". CD

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Mikolaj HertelSpleen ... CD
GAD (Poland), 2002. New Copy ... $19.99
Mikolaj Hertel may not be a household name, but he certainly knows how to create some great electronic sounds when he wants to – and even on an album as late as this, he comes across with a sound to rival the spacey electronic masters of the European scene of the 70s! The music is spare and open – tuneful, but in a quietly progressing sort of way – and always has the warmth of more analogue electronics, used at a level that rivals some of the bigger name French electronicists of the 70s, or maybe some of the German Sky Records scene, but less ambient overall. Titles include "Atlantydo", "Twarze Melancholii", "Jak To Wyrazic", "Smutek Pamieci", and "Spleen", in three parts. CD

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Hypnotic Brass EnsembleHypnotic Joints ... CD
Pheelco, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic collection of work from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – all instrumental tracks recorded by the ensemble over the years, but issued here for the first time ever! The sound is amazing – tight, soulful, and completely different than any other group with the word "bass" in their name – definitely steeped in the legacy of Phil Cohran, but also given a contemporary spin that's really wonderful – with these fantastic colors coming from the interplay of the horns, and rhythms that are often funky, but in a sophisticated way that's very much their own! The group have gotten plenty of acclaim over the years, and have never let us down – but the quality of these cuts may even be above some of their other material, and we're not sure why they've taken so long to release these tracks. Titles include "Vocab", "Oh My God", "Heru", "Linden", "One Hunt", "Ibn Abd Al-Malik", and "Violet Moon". CD

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Bobby JacksonDesiree Song (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ninth Note/Production Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
The kind of lost jazz album that makes collecting lost jazz albums so wonderful! The set's a completely obscure date by a completely obscure musician – yet it sparkles with a warmth and imagination that we'd rank right up there with some of the bigger-name records of the 70s – especially albums by other pianists of the period, like George Cables or Kenny Barron! Bobby Jackson plays electric piano throughout (we're not entirely sure if it's a Rhodes), and works with a very cool quintet that includes Bobby Hughes on alto, Enrique Reyes on trombone, John Howard on bass, and Tony Moreno on drums – a loose lineup that flows wonderfully throughout, on tunes that have a strong sense of spirit, but a relaxed way of sliding into the groove. All titles are hip originals – and tracks include "Pressure Funk", "Peepin", "Bunglers Twist", "Desiree Song", and "Modetique". CD

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Jackson SistersJackson Sisters ... CD
Tiger Lily/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that's a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that's a lot harder, and that has a deeper soul sound overall! At times, the group is funky – as on their incredible track "I Believe In Miracles", a rare groove classic if there ever was one, and one of the most in-demand tracks we've ever stocked. At other times, the girls have a mellower soul sound, with great raw harmonies that remind us of the Volt work by The Emotions, but with much rougher instrumental backing. This album's the only one they ever cut – and it's just about impossible to find in the original pressing (and in fact, we've never seen a copy!) Apart from the amazing cut "Miracles", this one includes loads of gems like "Rockin' On My Porch", "Shake Her Loose", "(Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends", and "Boy, You're Dynamite"! CD
Also available Jackson Sisters ... LP 23.99

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JazzanovaPool ... CD
Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
It feels like quite some time since we've last heard from Jazzanova – a group who were continually exploding our musical horizons back at the end of the last century, and who really seem to have evolved their sound in more recent years! This double-length set has a tremendous sense of scope – as the group have long moved past the jazz rhythms of their name, into worlds that easily embrace hip hop, contemporary soul, and other current styles – served up here with help from a top-shelf lineup of guests, including Jamie Cullum, Oddisee, Paul Randolph, Olivier St Louis, Charlotte OC, David Lemaitre, Nah Slee, Pete Josef, and Rachel Sermanni – each of whom give their tracks a slightly different vibe than the others. Titles include "Summer Keeps On Passing Me By", "Now", "Rain Makes The River", "Follow Your Feet", "Heat Wave", "It's Beautiful", "Everything I Wanted", "Let's Live Well", "I'm Still Here", and "No 9". CD
Also available Pool ... LP 28.99

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KassinRelax ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
We admire the hell out of Kassin, but it's hard to imagine that we'd relax when faced with a new record of his – as we always pay fervent attention to everything he ever does! And this time around, that attention is rewarded even more than usual – as the musician and studio genius emerges a bit more from the background than usual – finally putting his face on the cover (sort of!), and really showing off his talents as both a singer and songwriter! Yet as with all of Kassin's other work – including his famous collaborations with Domenico and Moreno Veloso, his time in Orquesta Imperial, and his projects with bigger names in Brazilian music – there's always this understated quality that makes the whole thing even more charming than if Kassin was overstating his talents. Kassin is one of the few contemporary Brazilian artists to really live up to the genius of the golden years that gave us talents like Marcos Valle, Edu Lobo, or Caetano Veloso – and his sense of songwriting, presentation, and overall structure here is wonderful – making the album an instant classic in Brazilian music. Titles include "Seria O Donut", "Comprimidos Demais", "Estricnina", "Momento De Clareza", "O Anestesista", "Su Sugestao", "Enquanto Desaba O Mundo", and "As Coisa Que Nos Nao Fizemos". CD
Also available Relax (with bonus download) ... LP 19.99

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Ramsey KearneyRock The Bop – Tennessee Rockabilly ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), 1950s-Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Prime era rockabilly & more from Ramsey Kearney – a Tennessee singer/guitarist/band leader who's played with some of the biggest and best proto-rock players in the game – he should've been much more famous worldwide! Ramsey's got a voice, style and charisma that stands as firm as many of the most legendary players of the 50s Sun Records scene and beyond – he even recorded at Sun, some of the soon-to-be heavies like Roy Orbison, The Jordanaires, and a bunch of legendary session players' names appear in the credits – but it's Ramsey who shines on these recordings! The set includes a few later recordings in more of a 60s-onward honky tonk style, too, and he thrives in that mode as well! Includes "The Cat Bug Bit", "Don't Tease", "Betty", "Rock The Bop", "Bluesday", "Everyday I Love You Just A Little Bit More", "Knock On Wood", "Tennessee Saturday Night", "But What'Cha Gonna Do", "My Thoughts Always Turn To You", "Dixie Rose", "If I'm Blue", "Doin' Hard Time", "Love Be Strong", "Red Bobby Sox", "Nine Little Teardrops" and more. 32 tracks in all! CD

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Eddie KendricksVintage 78 ... CD
Arista/Intermusic (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it can on a ballad – and which has a way of linking an earlier generation of fragile male soul vocals with a new sense of 70s masculinity – of which Kendricks was one of the leading lights in soul! There's moments here that might well match some of the best late 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson – and the strong arrangements are by Andrew Louis Smith – a name we don't really know at all, but who should be thanked for helping the record avoid any disco cliches. Titles include "How's Your Love Life Baby", "One Of The Poorest People", "Love Love Love", "The Best Of Strangers Now", "Don't Underestimate The Power Of Love", "Ain't No Smoke Without A Fire" and "Maybe I'm A Fool To Love You". CD
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Lack Of AfroJack Of All Trades ... CD
Loa (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
Warmly soulful work from Lack Of Afro – a name we first knew for more dancefloor-oriented projects, but one that's really evolved into much richer territory in recent years! The album's overflowing with vocal tracks – soulful groovers that lean heavily on styles from the 60s and 70s, but also have some more contemporary club elements too – often handled with a fair bit of live instrumentation, along with all the core elements provided by producer Adam Gibbons! The singers shift on each number, creating a strong sense of variety – with vocals from Nick Corbin, Emma Noble, Elliott Cole, Juliette Ashby, Wax, Alyssa Marie, Ed Martin, and others – on titles that include "Don't Do Me Over", "The Messin Around", "Back In Business", "Home", "Good Love", "Back To The Day", "Baby Be Mine", "Only You & Me", and "Reach Out". CD
Also available Jack Of All Trades ... LP 19.99

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Lavice & Company/EJ GarrisonTwo Sisters From Bagdad ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very unusual theatrical presentation that had a very limited run! The overall vibe is hard to peg – the album's got that very special mix of music and knowledge that you'd get on Chicago gems like the work of Paris Smith or Haki R Madhubuti, or the Black Fairy album – with sounds that encompass jazz, funk, soul, and gospel – but come out with a result that's completely unique and individual! There's a small group on the set – using strong organ, flute, trumpet, and tenor over percussion – and the singers shift between a cool female group called The Intimates Of Soul, other soloists, and leader EJ Garrison, who handled arrangements and production. Titles include the funky "Thoughs Were The Days", plus "Happy & Blessed", "Two Sisters From Bagdad", "Good-By Suzy", "Fantasy", "Mr Devil", and "Yes I Do". CD

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Josh LawrenceContrast ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Trumpeter Josh Lawrence works here with his Color Theory group – a great name for the combo, given how vivid they can be with their many hues! The music is soulful and swinging, yet also quite lyrical too – maybe in modes that recall some of the late 60s Blue Note work of McCoy Tyner or Horace Silver, but much more horn-heavy overall – as Lawrence blows alongside Caleb Curtis on alto and David Gibson on trombone – both players who are very well-suited to the mission of the group. Zaccai Curtis plays piano – and Fender Rhodes on one track – and Orrin Evans guests on the acoustic keys on two tunes. The group's completed by Luques Curtis on bass and Anwar Marshall on drums – and most tunes are originals by Josh, with titles that include "Accompanied Contrast", "Circles On Black", "Dominant Curve", "Blues On The Bridge", and "In The Black Square". CD

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Leon's CreationThis Is The Beginning ... CD
Studio 10/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
A rare album of funky soul from the Bay Area scene at the start of the 70s – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you might expect from the cover! The group's the creation of singer/keyboardist/arranger Leon Pattillo – hence the name – and you might know Leon from his later famous work in the 70s – including a stint with Santana, and loads of great work with other soul artists. But here, he's a young genius working in the freest, funkiest style of the San Francisco generation – with a vibe that's maybe a more spiritual take on territory explored by Sly & The Family Stone – with an earthier, more indie vibe overall. The group has great interplay – tight instrumentation, but never slick, and with some nice long-haired currents – and vocals are by Leon and a female singer – on titles that include "Confusion", "If I Had The Power", "Sightless", "Back Roads", "This Is The Beginning", and "Mirage". CD
Also available This Is The Beginning ... LP 18.99

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Los BravosBlack Is Black – The Anthology 1966 to 1969 ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
The biggest collection of work we've ever seen from Los Bravos – a group who broke big around the world with the famous title hit, but who also had a heck of a lot more to offer, too! Los Bravos hail from Spain, but they quickly were picked up and produced by the British arm of Decca – which gives their music a cool mix of modes – part of the punch of 60s Britpop, but also dosed with maybe a bit more sense of drama inherited from their Spanish, roots – with a blend that's quite unique, especially as the set moves on! There's a whopping 60 tracks in all – way more than we'd ever heard by Los Bravos – and most lyrics are in English, with an increasingly groovy vibe as the set moves on – almost the same kind of west coast world as The Monkees in their best Boyce & Hart mode, but with some bouncy Brill Building currents too. The booklet is overflowing with notes on the group – and titles include "Black Is Black", "Show Me", "I've Been Hearing Things", "Deeper Roots", "She's My Girl", "Dime Donde Estoy", "If I Were A River", "Live Girl", "Individuality", "Dirty Street", "Two People In Me", "Como Superman", "Make It Last", "Baby Believe Me", "I Don't Care", "Recopilacion", "Trapped", "I Want A Name", "She Believes In Me", "Come When I Call", and "You'll Never Get The Chance Again". CD
 
 
 



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