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✨✧ Leon ThomasSpirits Known & Unknown (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA (France), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that moment – letting Leon spin out some spiritual vibes of his own, and step into a few fresh new styles as well! The album's plenty righteous right from the start – partly because the lineup includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and the enigmatic "Little Rock" on tenor – who is actually Pharoah Sanders – but also because Leon serves up a shorter take on "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – done in a great style! The album also features a classic vocal take on Horace Silver's "Song for My Father", with lyrics that we totally love – plus the frenetic "Malcolm's Gone" – and the tracks "One", "Echoes", "Let The Rain Fall On Me", and "Damn Nam". CD include 3 versions of "Take The 'A' Train", 2 takes of "Walkin'", 2 takes of "Willow Weep For Me", and 2 takes of "If It Didn't Hurt So Much". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ VariousRevivendo O Choro ... CD
Revivendo (Brazil), 1930s/1940s. Used ... Out Of Stock
21 songs from Ratinho, Joao Pernambuco, Orquestra Colbaz, Grupo De Violoes, Orquestra Copacabana, Garoto, Inacio Kolman, Abel Ferreira, Luiz Americano & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Charly (UK), 1973. Used ... $6.99
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". CD features the bonus track "Continental Square Dance"! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... CD
Capitol/Apple, 1967. Used ... $3.99
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". CD

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Luciano Berio/Bruno MadernaMaderna Berio – Chamber Music/Sequenza VIII/Linea/Serenata Per Un Satellite/Giardino Religioso/Concerto No 2 For Oboe – Borgonovo/Plotino/ ... CD
Dynamic (Italy), 1996. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Jane BirkinBirkin Gainsbourg – Le Symphonique ... CD
Warner, 2017. Used ... $9.99
A wonderful setting for the great Jane Birkin – working here with a full symphony orchestra, in very fresh interpretations of the classic songs of her onetime partner, Serge Gainsbourg! The orchestrations are wonderful – never sleepy, and always nicely light – so that Jane's voice is very upfront in the mix, but has a vibe that's quite different than most of her other later work – almost more fragile, in a way – and certainly with more world experience in her tone than when she sang some of these songs in her youth. The project is a surprising treat, and has us loving Birkin all over again – as well as being really amazed that some of Serge's songs could sound so different. Titles include "Baby Alone In Babylon", "Jane B", "L'Anamour", "La Javanaise", "Amour Des Feintes", "Valse De Melody", "Ces Petits Riens", "La Chanson De Prevert", and "Requiem Pour Un Con". CD

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Art BlakeyNight In Tunisia/Play Lerner And Loewe ... CD
Collectables/RCA, 1957/1958. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
2 of Art Blakey's rare late 50s RCA sides on one CD! Night In Tunisia is not to be confused with the Blue Note album of the same name – and is instead an obscure late 50's lineup of the Jazz Messengers that included Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, and Bill Hardman. The three of them sparkle and shine with the sort of brilliance that Blakey's leadership brings to the group, and they wail their way through a 13 minute long reading of "Night In Tunisia", with excellent solos all around, and the other long cuts "Theory Of Art", "Couldn't It Be You?", "Evans", and "Off The Wall". The Lerner & Loewe album is equally rare, with the same lineup – and features the group completely transforming showtunes like "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Almost Like Being In Love", "On The Street Where You Live", and "There But For You Go I". Hard bop – and very swingin! CD

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James BrownPure Dynamite! ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used ... $4.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
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Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 6.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! ... CD
King/Polydor (Japan), 1964. Used ... $6.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(Out of print.)
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Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 4.99
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(Out of print.)
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Pure Dynamite! ... CD 4.99
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 6.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used ... $13.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(SHM-CD pressing – includes obi.)
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Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 4.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 6.99

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Al Cohn & Zoot SimsComplete Original Quintet/Sextet Studio Recordings (Brothers/From A To Z/You N Me/Al & Zoot) ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1952/1956/1957/1960. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
A huge batch of material from the team of Al Cohn & Zoot Sims – tracks recorded on 4 different dates, all showing them in different quintet and sextet settings! The first 4 tracks on the collection are from a 1952 10" album on Prestige – issued under Zoot's name, and featuring Al Cohn on tenor sax, Kai Winding on trombone, George Wallington on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. Tracks are all longish, especially for a record like this – and feature strong head arrangements with breakout solos. Titles include "Tangerine", "Zootcase", "The Red Door", and "Morning Fun". Next up is the 1956 RCA album A To Z – one of the greatest albums that Al Cohn & Zoot Sims ever recorded – and as strong a display of their amazing twin tenor talents as you'll ever find! The album boasts 2 different groups – one with Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson; the other with Dick Sherman, Dave McKenna, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson – but the overall sound is quite unified, thanks to some fluid blowing from Al and Zoot that never lets up! Titles include "My Blues", "More Bread", "Sherm's Terms", "From A To Z", "Crimea River", and "Mediolistic". Next is the 1960 album You N Me, issued by Mercury – a record that features pure straight blowing with small combo backing that includes Mose Allison on piano. The album includes the incredible spare sax-only track "Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones", which is an extremely haunting track that sounds unlike anything the pair had ever done together. Other titles have the full quintet playing, and titles on those include "The Opener", "The Note" and "You N Me". And last but not least is the 1957 album Al & Zoot, issued by Coral – and not to be confused with work the pair cut for RCA or Mercury! This one's a very laidback small group session – Mose Allison on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulus on drums – recorded in New York, in a loosely arranged format that lets both of the tenorists get in more licks than they might on some of their usual sides from the time. Tracks include "Two Funky People", "Just You Just Me", "The Wailing Boat", "You're A Lucky Guy", "Brandy & Beer", and "Chasing The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanComplete Live At The Hillcrest Club ... CD
Gambit (Spain), 1958. Used ... $12.99
A complete issue of a groundbreaking late 50s performance by Ornette Coleman – some of which has been released on the French album Fabulous Paul Bley Quintet, and other parts on albums under Ornette's name! The quality of the performance is amazing – some of the freshest jazz recorded in LA at the time, but still somewhat more inside than Coleman's work of the decade to come – a key transitional moment from Ornette, played by a group that features Don Cherry on trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – plus a young Paul Bley on piano, who makes for a very different rhythmic conception than some of the Coleman quartet albums of a year or two later! Given Bley's approach to the piano, even at this point, the sound is still quite different than most of what had come before – almost in the territory of some of Eric Dolphy's early albums for New Jazz. Titles include "Free", "The Blessing", "When Will The Blues Leave", "Ramblin", "Crossroads", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Klactoveesedstene", and "I Remember Harlem". CD
(Out of print.)

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John ColtraneMy Favourite Things ... CD
Fourstar, Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
Not to be confused with the Atlantic Records album of the same name, this set features live material – including "Naima", "Traneing In", "Blue Train", "Impressions", and "Spiritual" – as well as the title track. CD

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Rafael Cortijo Y Su BoncheSorongo (Que Es Lo Que El Blanco Tiene De Negro?) (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1968. Used ... $19.99
A killer late 60s album from Cortijo – filled with tight grooves, soulful vocals, and a very swinging sound! Although recorded in the Latin Soul years, the album's more of a salsa-styled set overall – but it does have a nice transitional sort of feel, one that bridges the sounds of two different eras – linking together older traditional Latin modes with some of the hipper small combo stylings of the 60s! There's a very dark feel to the whole record – lots of bottom rhythms and blue notes – recorded with a style that's a bit fiercer than some of the more polished Tico acts of the time, in a groove that's pretty darn great. The set's got two numbers that hint at Latin Soul – "Boogaloo Pa Los Pollos" and "Chinto Boogaloo" – but their sound is a bit more dynamic than the usual bag for that sort of track. Other titles include "Sorongo", "Que Se Pare La Bola", "Mini Falda", "Tiempo De Amor", "Coje Pa La Cola", and "Domino". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Bill Cosby (aka Badfoot Brown)Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band ... CD
Uni/Dusty Groove, 1971. Used ... $12.99
A funky masterpiece from Bill Cosby – hardly the sort of record you might expect from all of his years on mainstream TV! This set was cut back when Bill was a much hipper cat on the LA scene – and it was the start of a brief all-instrumental run with his Badfoot Brown ensemble – a group who's not named in the notes on the record, but who offer up some seriously funky grooves! Bill supposedly plays keyboards himself – some really mad electric piano that's often repetitive, cyclical, and really hypnotic – a tripped-out style that's more funk than jazz, and which is easily one of the best parts of the record. But the rhythms are great too – equally hypnotic, and build up from bass, organ, guitar, and this whomping sort of drum part – echoing strongly in the background and really bringing a spooky feel to the set. Side one includes the amazing "Martin's Funeral" – sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest, and a 15 minute jam that's inspired by the funeral of Martin Luther King. Side two features "Hybish Shybish", an even longer track that's sort of an improvised jazz game – and which features tripped-out instrumental trading that's simply amazing. The whole record is really mindblowing – a messed-up jam session that's well worth the legend that's been built up around it over the years – and we're hard-pressed to think of another album like it! And as a special bonus, the package features these really long notes written by Bill Cosby himself – words that are as unusual as the music, and a side of him that's hardly been shown again. CD
(Out of print.)

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Jack CostanzoMr Bongo And His Afro Cuban Band ... CD
GNP, Late 50s. Used ... $5.99
A classic set of west coast Latin from Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo! The album's one of Jack's best from the early days – a hard-driving set of short and jazzy numbers that are filled with strong percussion and good solos – showing that LA could cut Latin every bit as great as artists on the New York scene! Eddie Cano's playing piano on the set, and tunes include "Goza Negra", "Bongo Festeris" & "Caravan". Plus, the CD's expanded past the original album – and features tracks that include "Viva Tirado", "Guantanamera", and "Chicken & Rice". CD

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Bob Crewe/The GlitterhouseBarbarella ... CD
Dyno Voice/Varese, 1968. Used ... $8.99
One of the most insanely wonderful soundtracks from the late 60s – filled with weird instrumental touches and sublimely groovy vocals that really match the mad spirit of the film! Although Bob Crewe's best known for his work as a producer for bigger names in the 60s, he really shines here on this set – stepping out with a mad mix of styles that blends 60s adult easy with spacier themes – using primitive electronics and odd studio tricks to capture the cartoony space landscape of Jane Fonda's world in the move. The Glitterhouse sing on a few cuts, in a great mod rock soundtrack mode – and the pacing, timing, and overall presentation of the music here is really great – an audio document that almost feels like a "sonic film" in and of itself! Tracks include "Barbarella", "Ski Ride", "Hungry Dolls", "Entrance Into Sogo", "The Pill", "Smoke (Viper Vapor)", "I Love All The Love In You", "The Labyrinth", "The Sex Machine", "The Chamber Of Dreams" and many more. CD features a total of 22 tracks in all! CD

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Celia CruzBravo Celia Cruz ... CD
Tico, 1967. Used ... $18.99
A late 60s album from Celia Cruz – but one with a sound that's very similar to her classic early recordings of the 50s! The feel here is quite similar to those – recorded in Mexico, with backings from the orchestras of Memo Salamanca and Juan Bruno Tarraza – both of whom support Celia's vocals with a warmly swinging Afro-Cuban approach! There's plenty of jazzy flourishes in the horns behind the vocals, and they really help keep things light and lively – without some of the more overdone modes that can sometimes show up on Cruz's work. The tracks include a lot of guarachas, plus a few that are referred to as "tropical a Go Go" numbers – titles include "Bravo", "La Campeona", "El Cinturon", "Guantanamera", "Suenan Los Tambores", "Asi VA Mi Cantar", and "Ay Que Vecino". CD
(Out of print. First CD pressing.)

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Celia Cruz Con La Sonora MatanceraLa Dinamica! ... CD
Seeco/West Side Latino, 1960. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Rodney DangerfieldWhat's In A Name ... CD
MCA, 1988. Used ... $5.99
Balls. CD
(Out of print.)

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De La SoulTimeless – The Singles Collection ... CD
Tommy Boy, Late 80s/1990s. Used ... $7.99
Has a hip hop group ever warranted a singles set more than De La Soul? Even the Plugs' most inconsistent LPs boast at least a couple of absolutely classic joints – and most of those can be found on this foolproof set. What's even better though, is that many of the classics like "Plug Tunin'", "Jenifa (Taught Me)", "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)", "Buddy", and others are here in extended or alternate mixes that stick closely to the playfully funky vibe that makes the originals such masterpieces, but adds just a bit more of all the great elements! The alternate Prince Paul era cuts pump a bit harder, with even more euphoric energy, and the later cuts like the freestyling "The Bizness" with Common and the incredibly catchy Lalo Schifrin hook in "Oooh" with Redman remind us of the true genius De La is capable of even when their LPs aren't as consistent. We can easily file this set with Full Clip – A Decade Of Gangstarr, Tribe Called Quest's Anthology, and a handful of others in our greatest hip hop best of's ever category! Other cuts include "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'", "Stakes Is High", "All Good?" with Chaka Kahn, "Ego Trippin' (Part Two)", "Supa Emcees", and "4 More" with Zhane. Nice historical notes and photos, too, for some belated respect from the former label(s). CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyMusic Matador ... CD
Le Jazz (UK), Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
Amazing work from Eric Dolphy – a record that's come out on a number of different labels, under a number of different names – but which is one of his most perfectly-realized sessions of the 60s, and one of his most spiritual albums ever! The record features a shifting lineup of players – almost presaging the ensemble modes that would rise more strongly in the post-Coltrane years – and Dolphy's chosen a strong group of associates, including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on soprano sax, Prince Lasha on flute, and Sonny Simmons on alto and bass clarinet. Dolphy plays flute, alto, and bass clarinet – and titles include "Love Me", a solo alto tune by Dolphy; "Alone Together", a duet with Davis' bass; a seminal take on "Jitterbug Waltz", completely reinventing the tune for new generations; and the massive "Music Matador". CD

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Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandVery Best Of Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... CD
RCA, Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest club combos of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – a group with a sound that's a lot tighter than their name! The group's probably best known for giving exposure to August Darnell in his pre-Kid Creole years – but they've also got a sound that's really all their own, and which draws strongly from all members of the group – making them way more than just another Darnell side project. Old and new styles come together wonderfully in the band's music – but the approach isn't just easy retro disco, and instead is often a warmer take on mainstream 70s disco modes – one that dips into the past to pull back the right elements to bring a bit more life to the sound. Arrangements are mostly by Stony Browder Jr, who co-wrote most of the tunes – and titles include "The Gigolo & I", "You Got Something/Betcha The Love Bug Bitcha", "Transistor Madness/Future DJ", "Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon", "Mister Love", "Sunshower", "Nocturnal Interludes", "Soraya/March Of The Nignies", "Auf Wiedersehen/Darrio", "I'll Play The Fool", and "Hard Times". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Huey DunbarYo Si Me Enamore ... CD
Sony, 2001. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Dynamic SuperiorsDynamic Superiors/Pure Pleasure ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com, 1975. Used ... $9.99
A great lost bit of mid 70s Motown – a pair of should-be classic albums by Dynamic Superiors – in a single set! Dynamic Superiors were a great harmony group with an east coast sound – quite different from the usual Motown combo in that their vocals were often allowed very free range, with less of the tightness of the usual Motown group soul album. Ashford & Simpson produced the record – with arrangements by Leon Pendarvis, Richard Tee, and Arthur Jenkins – and the whole thing's a sweet soul treasure that's got some excellent mellow soul cuts! Titles from the self-titled set include "One Nighter", "Don't Send Nobody Else", "Shoe Shoe Shine", "Star of My Life", and "Leave It Alone". Pure Pleasure is another sweet set – arranged with a bit more of a high stepping groove than some of the other Motown work of the time. Backings are handled by a range of talents that includes Paul Riser, William Eaton, Al Gorgoni, and Horace Ott – but the real charm is the way the group's innocent harmony style puts over the lyrics, all of which are very strong tunes written by the team of Ashford & Simpson. Titles include "Face The Music", "Hit & Run Lovers", "Deception", "Pleasure", "Nobody's Gonna Change Me", "Feeling Mellow", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", and "Don't Give Up On Me Baby". CD

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Earth Wind & FireIn The Name Of Love ... CD
Pyramid, 1997. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Live At The Newport Jazz Festival 1958 ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
Not the famous album of the same name – which also had studio material – but instead a set of mostly unreleased tracks – 21 numbers in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonSoul Call ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $5.99
An overlooked gem from the 60s – Duke Ellington work that was recorded as part of the famous Duke & Ella At The Cote D'Azur album, but issued separately, under the name Soul Call! The stunning thing about the record is that, working on a live date in front of a European audience, with Ella on the bill, you'd expect Duke to keep things really safe and really conservative – but instead, he breaks out with some incredible long tracks, done in a complicated yet soulful mode that ranks with his best 60s experimentalism. The album features a wonderful 14 minute number called "La Plus Belle Africaine" that's easily one of the best of Duke's tunes from the time – plus the cuts "Skin Deep", "West Indian Pancake", "Soul Call", and "Jam With Sam". Plus, the CD features 8 additional bonus tracks – all recorded at the time – titles that include "Main Stem", "Madness In Great Ones", "Such Sweet Thunder", "Caravan", "The Opener", and "Wings & Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tommy FigueroaSonambulo ... CD
Spanoramic, Mid 60s. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print. Back artwork has a light crease, but rest is fine.)

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Funk BrothersBest Of The Funk Brothers – 20th Century Masters ... CD
Motown/Universal, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
Motown legends finally get their due – in this first-ever collection of work by The Funk Brothers! The group were the backing band for most of the classic Motown recordings of the 60s – and labored for years with hardly any credit, until recently, when their achievements have been brought to light by the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, and a much-deserved Grammy award! And despite its cheap packaging, the collection's got plenty to offer any solid fan of Motown – 12 tracks that are pulled from sources that include tracks issued under the name of organist Earl Van Dyke, British singles, and even a previously unreleased mix! The tunes include a few originals, plus instrumental takes on Motown classics – with titles that include "Soul Stomp", "6 By 6", "Too Many Fish In The Sea", "All For You", "Come See About Me", "How Sweet It Is", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "What's Going On", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", and "Runaway Child Running Wild". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Joe Gibbs & OthersJoe Gibbs Productions – Roots, Culture, DJs & Dub – Classic Joe Gibbs Productions 1975-1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
At last! After featuring a number of burning Joe Gibbs productions on their Dynamite! series of reggae compilations, Soul Jazz gets down to business with this excellent set dedicated to some of his finest output. All flavors get represented here: Dee Jay numbers, mellow harmony cuts, earth shaking dub versions, and all with the classic Mighty Two production touch courtesy Gibbs and Errol Thompson, with many instantly recognizable rhythms! 19 tracks in all including Trinity "Kingston Two Rock" and "Starsky & Hutch", Junior Murvin "Cool Out Son", Joe Gibbs & The Professionals "Chapter 3" and "Massive Fire", Joe Tex & U Black "Standardization" and "Rub-A-Dub Evening", Althea "Down Town Thing", Culture "Two Sevens Clash", the Mighty Two "Hully Gully Rock", Shorty The President "No Peace" and Snuffy & Wally "Dreader Mafia". CD
(Out of print.)


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Gogo PenguinHumdrum Star ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. Used ... $8.99
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
(Artwork has a cutout hole.)
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Marty GoldWired For Sound ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1956. Used ... $19.99
"Current Supplied By Marty Gold" – or so reads the cover – as this is one of Gold's most dynamic albums of the 50s! The production is really great, with lots of use of effects and echo – to transform ordinary instrumental tunes into mod hi-fi affairs! The feel here is very much in the Esquivel vein – as familiar numbers are transformed by odd instrumentation and even odder production, co-arranged by Sid Ramin, with all the nutty touches of his own work. Titles include "Lonely Guitar", "Reflections In The Water", "Ti Pi Tin", "Stella By Starlight", "You're The Top", "A Foggy Day", and "In The Still Of The Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonOur Man In Paris ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $4.99
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon sessions for Blue Note – and a unique album that's one of the first to illustrate his growing role in the European jazz scene! The group's a quartet – which let's Dex stand out front with plenty of space for marvelous tenor work – and it features Parisian bassist Pierre Michelot, plus Americans Bud Powell on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums – two players who were already making a bit name for themselves overseas. The album's a perfect link between Gordon's earlier American work and his long string of European sessions to come – and titles include a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and "Night in Tunisia". The format is simple, but the sound is magic – classic Dexter Gordon in a tight Blue Note mode! CD reissue also includes 2 non LP bonus cuts – "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and "Like Someone In Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bennie GreenBennie Green – Mosaic Select (Back On The Scene/Soul Stirrin/45 Session/Walkin & Talkin/Congo Lament) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 3CD ... $49.99
5 of the best records ever by trombonist Bennie Green – a hell of a soulful player who cut some killer late 50s albums for Blue Note! The set features 3 albums issued under Green's own name – Walkin & Talkin, Back On The Scene, and Soul Stirrin – plus one more album's worth of material that was only issued on 45s (45 Session), and the quite rare Congo Lament – originally recorded in 1962, but not issued until 1980, and even then only briefly, under the name of Ike Quebec. Together, the 5 albums give a fantastic picture of Green's genius – really driving tunes that crackle with energy, and which feature trombone work that's tighter than that of most trumpeters of the time – and which really brings together the best uses of bass and brass that the instrument allows. Players on the sessions include Sonny Clark, Charlie Rouse, Billy Root, Gene Ammons, Elvin Jones, Gildo Mahones, and Art Blakey – and Babs Gonzales even sings on a few tracks! Titles include "Soul Stirrin", "We Wanna Cook", "BG Mambo", "Que's Pill", "IQ Shuffle", "Encore", "It's Groovy", "Green Leaves", and "The Shouter". 33 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition of 5000. Includes original book and slipcase.)

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Vince GuaraldiBoy Named Charlie Brown – Original TV Soundtrack ... CD
Fantasy, Mid 60s. Used ... $3.99
Vince Guaraldi's wonderful music for the first-ever cartoon to feature the Peanuts characters in animated form – a sublime batch of jazz instrumentals that forever changed the face of music in shows of this nature! Vince steps out with an amazing sound right from the start – even different than his previous jazz records from the San Francisco scene – with a more careful balance of swing and sadness, lyricism and soul – always played in a subtle, understated way that really makes the music come through with a lasting degree of power. Core sounds are from the trio of Guaraldi on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Colin Bailey on drums – and titles include key early versions of the "Charlie Brown Theme" and "Linus & Lucy" – plus "Oh Good Grief", Pebble Beach", "Schroeder", and "Blue Charlie Brown". CD

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Gunwale (Dave Rempis/Albert Wildeman/Ryan Packard)Polynya ... CD
Aerophonic, 2016. Used ... $8.99
Ryan Packard adds some mighty nice electronics to the trio here – subtle elements that are offset by his more dynamic work on drums, but which seem to have an equally strong impact on the sound of the record! Reedman Dave Rempis is really on fire on his longer solos here – blowing alto, tenor, and baritone with nonstop creative energy – especially at moments when Packard's percussion really moves at full clip! Bassist Albert Wildeman comes on full and strong, too – and the CD features two live tracks, and one studio number – with titles that include "Wire", "Bevel", and "Liner". CD

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Herbie HancockHeadhunters ... CD
Columbia, 1974. Used ... $4.99
A seminal jazz funk session of the 70s – Herbie Hancock's legendary meeting with The Headhunters, and a killer batch of tunes that really gave the combo their name! Herbie's playing a wide range of keys here – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp – but almost even better is the work from the rest of the group – including Bennie Maupin on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Jackson on bass, Harvey Mason on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion! The earthier elements of the rhythm players really keep Herbie on track – bringing him back to the planet from previous trips into space, and helping him hit an all-solid, all-righteous funky groove! Titles include a great remake of "Watermelon Man", the classic original recording of "Chameleon", and the cuts "Vein Melter" and "Sly" – all nice and long! CD
Also available Headhunters ... LP 14.99

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Herbie HancockHeadhunters ... CD
Columbia, 1973. Used ... $4.99
A seminal jazz funk session of the 70s – Herbie Hancock's legendary meeting with The Headhunters, and a killer batch of tunes that really gave the combo their name! Herbie's playing a wide range of keys here – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp – but almost even better is the work from the rest of the group – including Bennie Maupin on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Jackson on bass, Harvey Mason on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion! The earthier elements of the rhythm players really keep Herbie on track – bringing him back to the planet from previous trips into space, and helping him hit an all-solid, all-righteous funky groove! Titles include a great remake of "Watermelon Man", the classic original recording of "Chameleon", and the cuts "Vein Melter" and "Sly" – all nice and long! CD
(Out of print Columbia Jazz Masters pressing.)

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Barry HarrisLive At Dug ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1995. Used ... $6.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleySuper Super Blues Band ... CD
Checker/MCA, 1967. Used ... $3.99
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". CD
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Instant FunkInstant Funk ... CD
Salsoul, 1979. Used ... $9.99
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Instant Funk ... LP 11.99

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KomedaGenius Of Komeda ... CD
Minty Fresh, 1996. Used ... $1.99
Beautiful modern pop from this enigmatic Swedish group who took their name from the legendary Polish soundtrack composer Krszytof Komeda! Their music is dreamy and wonderful – with bits of 60s pop filtered through a 90s sensibility, trimmed down through a post-punk adherence to simplicity – served up in a lovely little package. Titles include "Top Star", "Light O My Life", "More Is More", "Rocket Plane", and "New New No". CD

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Kronos QuartetHowl, USA ... CD
Nonesuch, 1996. Used ... $2.99
Four compositions performed by the Kronos Quartet – Michael Daugherty's "Sing Sing: J Edgar Hoover", Lea Hyla's "Howl" with Allen Ginsberg reading from his poem of the same name, Harry Partch's "Barstow: Eight Hitchhikers' Inscriptions From A Highway Railing At Barstow, California", and Scot Johnson's "Cold World Suite From How It Happens (The Voice Of IF Stone)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Laito Jr & Laito SrSiempre Juntos ... CD
Ahi-Nama, 2002. Used ... $4.99
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Leaders Of The New SchoolFuture Without A Past ... CD
Elektra, 1991. Used ... $9.99
The amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to this day, particularly those Eric "Vietnam" Sadler cuts. Tracks include "Case Of The P.T.A.", "Too Much On My Mind", "What's The Pinocchio Theory?", "Sobb Story", "Sound Of The Zeekers @#^**?!", "Feminine Fatt", "Transformers", "Show Me A Hero", "Trains, Planes & Automobiles", "Teachers, Don't Teach Us Nonsense!", "My Ding-A-Ling", and "Where Do We Go From Here?". CD
(Out of print CD pressing.)

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Little Willie JohnSure Things ... CD
King, 1961. Used ... $5.99
It's always a sure thing when we see the name of Little Willie John on the cover of a record – a sure thing that the music's going to be great, the vocals sublime, and the whole thing a non-stop package of raw early soul! Willie's a singer who recorded for King Records during the same early years as James Brown and Hank Ballard – and his tremendous talents were part of that label's trio of genius at the time – a genius that, for Willie, got cut too short due to some time behind bars – a later legacy that's maybe always informed people's understanding of his music. Yet even without that back story, the sounds here are amazing on their own – extremely powerful, and a great fusion of earlier R&B modes with the growing soul styles to come – cut right to the bone with stellar King production. Titles include "My Love Is", "I Like To See My Baby", "Walk Slow", "The Very Thought Of You", "Loving Care", "You Hurt Me", "I'm Shakin", "A Cottage For Sale", and "There's A Difference". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown, 1988. Used ... $24.99
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
(Original pressing – out of print! Rear artwork has a bit of pen.)
Also available Gerald Alston ... CD 13.99

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Joe BataanBest Of Joe Bataan ... CD
Charly, Early 70s. Used ... $12.99
Collection of tracks from Joe's Salsoul years – focusing mostly on the early Latin funk sides that gave the label its name. Titles include "Aftershower Funk", "The Bottle", "Ordinary Guy (Afrofilipino)", "Break Down Dead Ahead", "Latin Strut", "Latin Lover", "When We Get Married", "Ling Ching Tong", and the extended "Meztizo Suite". CD
(Out of print.)

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George BensonShape Of Things To Come ... CD
CTI/A&M, 1968. Used ... $6.99
Excellent funky George Benson – mellow grooving, never too over the top, but with a fantastic mellow groove that really points the way ahead to the CTI sound of the 70s! We'd dare say that this is Benson's best from the early solo years of the late 60s – and the record's got a groove that's at once complicated and appealingly funky! No wonder too, since he's got Idris Muhammad helping him out, working under his pre-conversion name of Leo Morris, plus Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Johnny Pacheco and others. Titles include "Footin It", "Face It Boy, It's Over", "Shape Of Things To Come", and "Shape Of Things That Are & Were". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Art BlakeyIn My Prime Vol 2 ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. Used ... $9.99
You gotta love the confidence in Blakey's title for this one – because even in the late 70s, over 20 years since starting the Jazz Messengers, he was still very much in his prime! The album has him working with a wonderful group that includes Bobby Watson, Curtis Fuller, David Schnitter, and James Williams – plus percussionist Ray Mantilla, added in on a few tracks to give the set a slightly fuller sound. Tracks are long, dynamic, and gorgeous – really stepping out with the warmth and imagination that Blakey never let die during his career – but which seemed to be buring as brightly during this stretch as it was during the few really noteworthy points of earlier years. The set features Watson's "Hawkman", plus "Time Will Tell", "People Who Laugh", and "Ronnies's A Dynamite Lady". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Charlie ByrdBossa Nova Pelos Passaros (20 bit master) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
Guitarist Charlie Byrd was one of the first American players to record bossa nova tunes – but although his work with Stan Getz has always been well-documented, some of the titles under his own name can be quite hard to come by. This is one of the best ones that Charlie cut on his own – and it features tight guitar work in a mode that's similar to that used by Baden Powell on his early bossa recordings, augmented by trio rhythms – plus some occasional larger backings by Walter Raim, and some extended group settings that feature Charlie Hampton on alto, Earl Swope on trombone, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. Tracks include "Ho Ba La La", "Samba Triste", "Yvone", "O Barquinho", "Un Abraco Do Bonfa", and "O Passaro". CD features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Donald Byrd & Pepper AdamsMotor City Scene ... CD
Bethlehem/Rhino, 1960. Used ... $7.99
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny ClarkeDreader Dread 1976 to 1978 ... CD
Blood & Fire (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $22.99
Johnny Clarke has always been one of our favorite Jamaican vocalists, king of the dancehall in his day as he was – though this set brings together his more conscious roots numbers. Like many other releases on the Blood & Fire label, the work here focuses on Bunny Striker Lee's productions, and with good reason – clearly always on the cutting edge, and coaxing many truly great performances from his singers & players. When you see Striker Lee's name on the label, you know it's heavy! "In the Roots of the Ghetto", "Every Knee Shall Bow" and "Roots Natty" are unstoppable, included here with 10 more cuts, a number of them in extended versions! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneBlack Pearls ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful name for a beautiful record – a classic set of hardbop material from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – and a session that has him working with Donald Byrd on trumpet, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The album's got a beautifully laidback feel that prefaces some of the Coltrane's more exploratory work on Impulse and Atlantic – but one that still also has the earthy, straight ahead feel of his best early years on Prestige – a great combination that makes the record a key moment in the early career of The Great One. Tracks are all quite long – not exactly blowing session tunes, but done with a feel that's more open than some of the other Coltrane albums of the time – and titles include "Black Pearls", "Lover Come Back To Me", and "Sweet Sapphire Blues". CD

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Miles DavisChronicle – The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951 to 1956 (8 CD set) ... CD
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used 8 CDs ... $38.99
Wow! An incredible collection of seminal recordings from one of the most important figures in modern music! All of Miles' recordings from the Prestige label in one place, bound up in a well annotated box, and given a complete discography and lots of excellent photos. It's almost too much astounding jazz in one place! The list of sidemen and great LPs is almost too long to go over, but in addition to Miles' remarkable Cookin'/Relaxin'/Walkin'/Workin' sessions, there's all of the material issued as Bags' Groove, with the Modern Jazz Giants and loads more, and some of the stellar accompanists includes John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Red Garland, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Milt Jackson, Paul Chambers, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Max Roach, just to name a few. There's far too many tracks to list here, but there's takes of "Blue Room", "Conception", "Compulsion", "Miles Ahead", "Blue Haze", "Airegin", "Bag's Groove", "The Man I Love", "Green Haze", "Dr Jackle", "The Theme", "Trane's Blues", "'Round About Midnight", "Half Nelson", "My Funny Valentine" and loads more! CD
(CONDITION NOTE: outer box is a little wavy, with light peeling at the spine. Booklet has light staining & rippling, from water damage, mostly confined to the bottom inch or two outside the main text.)

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Miles DavisCollectors Items ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1953/1956. Used ... $4.99
A session of "collectors items" that Miles Davis recorded for Prestige in the 50s – both dates that were too short to be issued as albums by themselves, combined here into one full length record! The first batch of material is from 1953 – and features Davis working with Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker (playing here under his "Charlie Chan" session name) – all in a mode that steps off a bit from the boppishness of Davis' Blue Note recordings. Titles include 2 takes of "Serpent's Tooth", plus "Round Midnight" and "Compulsion". The second half of the record is from 3 year later, 1956 – and again features Rollins, plus Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are a bit longer and more mature in the Davis idiom – and titles include "In Your Own Sweet Way", "Vierd Blues", and "No Line". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Collectors Items ... LP 24.99

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DeBargesDeBarges ... CD
Motown, 1981. Used ... $29.99
The wonderful first album from DeBarges – a surprisingly great batch of harmony soul that really updates the "family" sound of 70s groups like The Sylvers and Five Stairsteps – and helps it find a whole new place in the 80s! The arrangements are wonderfully old school – often mellow in a way that gives the harmonies plenty of space to shine – without any too-poppy elements that you might expect! And honestly, the whole thing has a relaxed, easygoing vibe that maybe makes it one of the best Motown moments from the time – and certainly one of the greatest Motown debuts of the decade. Titles include "Hesitated", "What's Your Name", "Queen Of My Heart", "You're So Gentle So Kind", and "Strange Romance". CD
(Out of print, booklet has a slight cut corner.)

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✨✧ Kenny Dorham/Jackie McLeanMatador/Inta Somethin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1962. Used ... Just Sold Out!
This is the kind of CD that makes us love reissues! Why? Well, because it features 2 incredibly rare jazz albums – both of which never turn up on vinyl, and are lovingly packaged here on 1 CD filled with a dozen hard bop grooves. The album Matador was originally issued under Kenny Dorham's name, and Inta Somethin' was issued under Jackie McLean's name – but both players are sort of co-leaders on both albums, and it's fitting to pair the records together here because they represent the unique union of these two different players. Dorham's lyrical trumpet is an unlikely match for McLean's edgey alto, but the records work well, and with a modernist groove that's extremely compelling. Titles include "El Matador", "San Francisco Beat", "Prelude", and versions of "Una Mas" and "Melanie" – both of which were recorded later by the artists on Blue Note. CD
(Out of print original CD pressing.)

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Clancy Eccles & FriendsFatty Fatty 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Trojan, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $22.99
A nice collection of rocksteady and early reggae sides produced by Clancy Eccles and licensed to the Trojan label. While the Studio One cuts have been getting an awful lot of attention in the reissue scene, these numbers are equally deserving, with a great soulful approach that at times reminds us of some of the sounds coming out of Memphis around the same period. While a number of the tracks feature Clancy on the mic, there's a fine representation of the numerous other artists he produced, including Larry Marshall, the Dynamites, Busty Brown, Barrington Sadler, the Silvertones and Theo Beckford. 26 tracks in all, including "Fatty Fatty", "Phantom", "Foolish Fool", "Simple Simon", "Old Man Say", "Easy Snappin", "Soul Power", "Bag A Boo" and "Here Comes The Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gil EvansComplete Pacific Jazz Sessions (New Bottle Old Wine/Great Jazz Standards) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958/1959. Used ... $5.99
2 wonderful late 50s sessions from arranger Gil Evans – both of which we'd rank right up there with his best work with Miles Davis, or the albums under his own name for Impulse in the 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album New Bottle Old Wine – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – far more modern than you might expect from later funk and soul sides of the 60s – and perfectly poised next to Gil's larger back drops to reignite a host of older tunes with new energy! And while the titles are familiar, the readings certainly are not – as the Evans pen has really changed things up beautifully – as you'll hear on numbers that include "St Louis Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Willow Tree", "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", "Lester Leaps In", "Round About Midnight", "Manteca", and "Bird Feathers". Great Jazz Standards is equally great, a fantastic lost set from Evans – and one that features Mingus trumpeter Johnny Coles as the lead soloist in front of Evans-led modern groups that include players like Elvin Jones, Ray Crawford, Steve Lacy, Budd Johnson, Rod Levitt, and Chuck Wayne. Despite the "standards" in the title, most of these numbers are modern tunes from the 50s – like "Joy Spring", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", "Django", "Straight No Chaser", and "Chant Of The Weed" – all given Evans' unique style of arrangement, tweaked up a few notches to give them a really edgey quality. Coles is clearly standing in for Miles here, but the format works well overall! CD features 15 tracks in all, including some newly-improved versions of a few tracks, correcting mistakes in the original records! CD
(Out of print.)

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Gilberto Gil & Milton NascimentoGil & Milton ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 2000. Used ... $6.99
A groovy set of duets between two of Brazil's greatest singers – done in a mostly stripped-down setting that leaves a strong focus on the amazing vocals of the duo! Most tracks are done in a style that begins with either singer taking the lead on the first verse or two before handing things off to the other vocalist. There's a few clunkers on here that you might want to avoid – but overall, there's plenty of nice moments, especially on the more soulful songs, which really bring out the best in Nascimento's voice. Titles include "Bom Dia", "Duas Sanfonas", "Dora", "Xica Da Silva", "Dinamarca", "Baiao Da Garoa", and "Yo Vengo A Ofrecer Mi Corazon". CD

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HiroshimaEast ... CD
Epic, 1989. Used ... $4.99
A record that really has Hiroshima embracing both their name and their previous approach to tight jazzy fusion – a set that's very electric, but also uses plenty of koto, taiko, and shamisen to give the music a strong Japanese flavor! The strongest lead comes from Dan Kuramoto, whose keyboard work and reed lines get plenty of space – but the set's also a definite group effort, with a warm sense of sympathy between the players – something you'd definitely need to blend acoustic and electric elements in this way! Machun sings lovely lead vocals on a few tracks – and titles include "East", "Tabo", "Streetcorner Paradise", "Daydreamer", "Living In America", and "Thousand Cranes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny HodgesHodge Podge ... CD
Definitive (Andorra), Late 30s. Used ... $2.99
An excellent collection of early work recorded under Johnny Hodges' name in the early years – sessions from 1938 and 1939 that were originally issued on 78s, but presented here in a sweet 50s LP with a classic cover image from William Steig! The tracks are a great assortment of small group numbers that focus on Hodges' tremendous tone on alto sax – recorded with Ellingtonian players that include the Duke himself, as well as Cootie Williams on trumpet, Harry Carney on reeds, Lawrence Brown on trombone, and Billy Taylor on piano. The set features 27 tracks in all – and titles include "Empty Ballroom Blues", "Jeep's Blues", "Good Gal Blues", "Skunk Hollow Blues", "Hodge Podge", and "Rent Party Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Milt JacksonBig Bags – Milt Jackson Orchestra (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Riverside (Japan), 1962. Used ... $28.99
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging charts that have a nice touch of modern, but lots of straightforward grooving too! Milt's the primary soloist, buoyed by an orchestra built around a rhythm section of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and either Connie Cay or Philly Joe on drums – plus loads of great horn players like Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Melba Liston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath among others. Titles include renditions of "Old Devil Moon", "'Round Midnight", "The Dream Is You", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Echoes", "If You Could See Me Now", "Star Eyes", "Namesake", "If I Should Lose You", and "Later Than You Think". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi – and still sealed!)

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Barney KesselSome Like It Hot ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. Used ... $6.99
A pretty nice jazz tribute to the Billy Wilder film of the same name – and one that reprises a number of tunes from the film, especially popular songs of the 20s – but brings them back in a way that's still got plenty of hip 50s jazz touches! The record's nicely without the hoke that came with a lot of the music in the movie – thanks to a lineup that includes Art Pepper (on tenor, alto, and clarinet!), Joe Gordon, Jimmy Rowles, and Jack Marshall – playing a bit of rhythm guitar in addition to Barney Kessel's main solo one! And if there ever was a record to illustrate the old jazz adage "it ain't the song, it's the singer", this record may be it – because Barney and crew really work some magic with old chestnuts like "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "Sugar Blues", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Runnin Wild", "By The Beautiful Sea", and "I'm Through With Love". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print.)

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Alicia KeysDiary Of Alica Keys ... CD
J Records, 2003. Used ... $1.99
Don't write Alicia Keys off simply because she's a pop princess! This second album might sit at the top of the charts for six months, or it may falter quickly and be seen a "sophmore slump" – but whether you see clips on Access Hollywood or not, this Diary is pretty nice to our ears! Diary Of Alicia Keys finds the piano playing, jaw-droppingly beautiful chanteuse rocking a more outwardly hip hop feel on the best tracks, particularly the probable singles "You Don't Know My Name" (with production by Chicago's favorite son Kayne West) and "Heartburn" (with Timbaland on the beats). But the girl is by no means simply a typical prefab Clive Davis hitmaker – she wrote or co-wrote most of the music here, and she's the top billed producer on most of it, too. Alicia isn't re-inventing the wheel here, and her lyrics aren't the most deeply-thoughtful introspection you'll find out there (especially for an album with the word "diary" in the title), but there's no denying the soul, or the endearing catchiness of the hooks & beats! Other tracks include "Karma", "If I Ain't Got You", "When You Really Love Someone", "Diary" (with Toni!Tony!Tone!), "Slow Down" and more. CD
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KnackTime Waits For No One – The Complete Recordings ... CD
Capitol/Now Sounds (UK), 1966/1967. Used ... $14.99
Not the power pop phenom Knack of "My Sharona" fame – and not the mid 60s UK Knack. This is the mid 60s Sunset Strip Knack – and one of at least 3 great band to have that name that we've been hipped to so far! This particular Knack was fairly short-lived. They signed with Capitol and released 4 strong singles back in the day – and all 8 of those sides are on this CD from Now Sounds UK – along with 5 previously unreleased tunes. It's strong, hooky Cali-bred take on post Brit Invasion grooves – well worth the discovery! Titles include "Time Waits For No One", "I'm Aware", "Pretty Daisy", "Softly, Softly", "The Spell", "Freedom Now", "The Girl With The Dark Brown Eyes", "Once Upon A Cheek", "No Show Today", "Merry Go Round" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Harold LandTake Aim ... CD
Blue Note/Mighty Quinn, 1960. Used ... $11.99
A near-lost session from west coast tenorist Harold Land – recorded in the 60s, not issued at the time, and easily one of his greatest albums ever! The set is one of the few from the period that really has Harold biting hard on the tenor – grooving with a soulful edge that shows the other, under-recorded side of the LA scene of the late 50s and early 60s – the one that was too often eclipsed by bigger names on bigger labels. Land's set up here with a very unusual group (especially for Blue Note) – nearly all lesser-known players that include Martin Banks on trumpet, Amos Trice on piano, Clarence Jones on bass, and Leon Pettis on drums – all of whom work with styles that really help contribute to the freshness of the set. Land's tone is wonderful – slightly more open and personal than on some of his more tightly-crafted sets, and sparkling with some modern edges that we really like a lot! Titles are mostly originals too, and include "Blue Nellie", "Land Of Peace", "Take Aim", "Reflections", and "As You Like It". CD also includes the bonus track "Straight No Chaser". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hector LavoeEl Sabio ... CD
Fania, 1980. Used ... $9.99
Hector Lavoe's vocals are wrapped tightly and beautifully here in Willie Colon production – and the album's one of the classics from the pair recorded at the height of Lavoe's solo career! The sound is tight and dynamic, but never too over the top – and although Lavoe's vocals are certainly center stage on the record, there's also some tremendous flourishes from the backing players that really drive the set. And as a surprisingly highlight, the album actually features one instrumental track – very odd for a Hector Lavoe album – a mellow reading of Lee Morgan's "Ceora", done with a fair bit of strings on this version. Arrangements are by Jose Febles and Jose Madero – and titles include "El Sabio", "Alejate", "Llore", "Ceora", and "Para Ochun". CD
(Out of print, small crease on traycard artwork.)
Also available El Sabio (remastered edition) ... CD 14.99

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Hector LavoeEl Sabio (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1980. Used ... $14.99
Hector Lavoe's vocals are wrapped tightly and beautifully here in Willie Colon production – and the album's one of the classics from the pair recorded at the height of Lavoe's solo career! The sound is tight and dynamic, but never too over the top – and although Lavoe's vocals are certainly center stage on the record, there's also some tremendous flourishes from the backing players that really drive the set. And as a surprisingly highlight, the album actually features one instrumental track – very odd for a Hector Lavoe album – a mellow reading of Lee Morgan's "Ceora", done with a fair bit of strings on this version. Arrangements are by Jose Febles and Jose Madero – and titles include "El Sabio", "Alejate", "Llore", "Ceora", and "Para Ochun". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available El Sabio ... CD 9.99

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Byron Lee & The DragonairesSoca Greatest Hits ... CD
Dynamic Sounds (Jamaica), 1991. Used ... $6.99
... CD
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Lee2 + 2 = 5 ... CD
Lee, 2017. Used ... $5.99
Lee may not know his math, but he sure knows how to give us some great music – both back when he was working as the Square Egg, and now when he's out under his own name too! The man's a one man force in underground soul – a very creative songwriter and sharp-edged producer who's always out to make music that's a cut above the rest, and which doesn't fall into some of the easier labels and categories of the current soul underground! This time around, there's a vocal chorus working with Lee on some of the tracks – which creates an uplifting vibe and positivity that's even a bit different from his previous records. The album's got a good structure overall – with interludes balanced between the fuller tracks – and a sense of timing between the moods that really makes the whole thing work well together. Titles include "Drowning", "Extranjero", "More Than You Know", "Where Are You", "Drive", "Heroes", and "2 + 2 = 5". CD
 
 
 



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