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✨✧ George FreemanNew Improved Funk ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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O'Donel LevyBlack Velvet ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... (Jazz) read more CD

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O'Donel LevyBreeding Of Mind ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderfully baroque funk from the great O'Donel Levy! The album's got some very cool arrangements by Manny Albam that mix together strings and funk – in a super-dope way that sounds a lot like the work coming out of Cadet during the late 60s – and the rest of the set features Levy ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ O'Donel LevyDawn Of A New Day ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Totally wicked guitar work from the mighty O'Donel Levy – easily one of the hippest talents to ever work for the Groove Merchant label! Levy's got a sound here that's a bit like Wes Montgomery on some of his late 60s sides, but also a fair bit funkier overall – a style that's steeped ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams, staining, a cutout hole, a name in pen, and some surface wear.)

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O'Donel LevyEverything I Do Gonna Be Funky ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... (Jazz) read more CD

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O'Donel LevySimba ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic sounds throughout – and maybe the best album ever by this legendary 70s guitar player! O'Donel Levy's got this tremendous sound that comes from playing an electric hollow body – in a tone that takes the best bits of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, and strips them down for a ... (Jazz) read more CD

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O'Donel LevyWindows ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A great later album from O'Donel Levy – recorded after his initial flurry of work for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn nice! The sound here is slightly smoother and a bit more electric than before – with Levy's sweet guitar work snaking out over some larger backings ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Jimmy McGriffFlyin' Time (Fly Dude/Let's Stay Together) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971/1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Double-length work from Jimmy McGriff – 2 albums in 1 from the Groove Merchant label! The first half of the set features the album Fly Dude – some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff, and a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, ring and edge wear, and split top seams.)

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Jimmy McGriffGroove Grease ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A nice bit of funky organ work from Jimmy McGriff – a set that's got his famous talents on the Hammond out front of a larger ensemble – but in a way that's very different than some of his albums of that type from the 70s! There's lots of electricity in the mix – electric piano ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffLet's Stay Together ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966/1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffMain Squeeze ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest albums ever from Jimmy McGriff – a hard-wailing session that's filled with plenty of cooking lines on the organ, and a few especially funky tracks! The groove here is tight, short, and very sharp – strongly in the mode of other post-Sue sessions by McGriff – ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear, a cutout notch, and a name in pen.)

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Jimmy McGriffRed Beans ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
Jimmy McGriff picks up a few more keyboards than straight Hammond organ – but that's ok with us, given the great results of the set! The album's got McGriff working on electric piano and clavinet alongside the organ – plus supporting arrangements from Brad Baker, in that fuller, Kudu-st ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of pen inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffStump Juice ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1975. Very Good- Gatefold ... $11.99
Massively funky – and one of Jimmy McGriff's best albums for the Groove Merchant label! The album's follows strongly on the mode of Jimmy's classic Worm album – also produced by Sonny Lester, issued slightly before on the Solid State label. The set's got that stripped-down, hard-n-funk ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, ringwear, heavy edge wear, and split seams.)

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Jimmy McGriff & Richard Groove HolmesGiants Of The Organ In Concert ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff go head to head in this double-organ extravaganza! The set was recorded live in Boston in 1973, and it features some of the most furiously funky live organ grooving you'll find this side of Root Down – and a whole lot of super tight jazz jamming! The group's ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriff, George Freeman, Lucky ThompsonFriday The 13th – Cook County Jail ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gritty gritty gritty! This live set of soul jazz tracks was recorded in Chicago's Cook County Jail on Friday the 13th, 1972 – and we can hardly think of a darker place to record a soul jazz album! Side one features the aptly-named "Freedom Suite", an extended groover played by ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Carmen McRaeMs Jazz ... LP
Groove Merchant, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Always-hip work from the great Carmen McRae – a singer who moved way past standard jazz during the second half of the 60s – to a point where she was really handling a great range of material by the start of the 70s! Carmen's voice was always great, but there's a really special quality ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, but is nice overall!)

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Carmen McRaeVelvet Soul (It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human Feeling/Ms Jazz) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973/1974. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
This double-length set brings together two albums' worth of work that Carmen McRae recorded for the Groove Merchant label in the early 70s! The style here is strongly jazzy, but with a firm dose of soul too – all in a mode that follows nicely from Carmen's late 60s sessions for Atlantic ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, but shopworn, with a cutout notch and holes at the bottom. Cover has some wear where exposed.)

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✨✧ Ramon MorrisSweet Sister Funk ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior ParkerLove Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On (aka Outside Man) ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the funkiest albums ever from Junior Parker – a great little set that shows he had a lot more to offer than just the average bluesman! The album's got a nice little soul sound in the backings – tight rhythms from Horace Ott, who nicely avoids a lot of the cliches that the blues ... (Blues) read more CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo Groovy Collection!)

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Buddy RichBig Band Machine ... CD
Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. Used ... $6.99
Pretty darn great stuff from Buddy Rich – despite his stupid haircut on the cover! The album's got Buddy working in a tight funky mode – with strong players like Steve Marcus on soprano and tenor, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Ray Armando on congas, Greg Kogan on piano, and Lloyd Michaels ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Buddy RichLast Blues Album Volume 1 ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Nothing "blues" about this set – as Buddy Rich is working with some of the best soul jazz players of the Groove Merchant label – on a set that's one of his few small combo albums from the 70s! The vibe is very relaxed and laidback, and even Buddy's tight drumming can't over-hy ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Buddy RichRoar Of '74 ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest Buddy Rich albums of the 70s – a mad screaming affair that's overflowing with great tunes! The band on the set is very full – with a heck of a lot of trumpets in the brass section, set next to searing sax work by the great Pat LaBarbera. But even better is the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Buddy Rich/Lionel HamptonTransition ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A mixed bag of work from Buddy and Hamp – part straight jazz, and part sweet electric funk! The first two-thirds of the album features Rich and Hampton with Terry Wilson on piano, Zoot Sims on tenor, and George Duvivier on bass – grooving hard in that open-ended way of some of Hampton's ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear, a small cutout notch, and several ink stamps.)

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✨✧ Lonnie SmithAfro-desia ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent work by Lonnie Smith – a free-flowing album of long jazzy grooves that's kind of an extension of his Blue Note albums, touched with more of the electricity of his 70s playing! There's some killer rhythms on the album – courtesy of drummers Jamey Hudad and Ben Riley, and ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Lonnie SmithAfro-desia ... CD
Groove Merchant/LRC, Late 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A confusing one from the Lester Corporation – but a great CD nonetheless! The title and cover make you think that the album's the same as Lonnie Smith's Afro-Desia album – but it actually contains little material from that set, and features more grooves from the even rarer When The ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, 2002 LRC pressing.)

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✨✧ Lonnie SmithKeep On Lovin' ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lonnie Smith's a long way from his Blue Note years here – but the sound is still plenty darn great, thanks to some fuller arrangements from the great Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company fame! The whole thing's quite electric – with Lonnie on Fender Rhodes and other ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Joe ThomasFeelin's From Within ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Ebony Godfather is grooving here with a set of fuller backings – sweet clubby funk, arranged and conducted by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – all as a showcase for Joe's sweet work on flute and tenor sax! There's a fair bit of keyboards on the tunes – played ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Joe ThomasJoy Of Cookin' ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1972. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Thomas is definitely cooking on this one – hitting some great notes on funky flute that really recall the glory of his Ebony Godfather album! The style here is a bit fuller than before – with large arrangements from Horace Ott, plus a few smaller group settings with Jimmy Ponder on ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has small initials at the bottom right corner and a cutout notch.)

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Joe ThomasMasada ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
The cover's a bit righteous, but the grooves are wonderfully smooth – that shift towards warmer, club-based styles that Joe Thomas took in the 70s – an approach that comes off surprisingly well! Brad Baker's handling most of the arrangements here – with a fusion of jazz, funk, ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Lucky ThompsonGoodbye Yesterday ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. Very Good ... $6.99
Goodbye Yesterday, hello 70s – as Lucky Thompson plays wonderfully here in a mode that's quite different than his early years – working in a cool group that includes Cedar Walton on electric piano and celeste, Larry Ridley on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums! While most cuts are ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, ring and edge wear, and small seam splits.)

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✨✧ Lucky ThompsonI Offer You ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album of mellow soulful tracks by Lucky Thompson – with a sweet 70s groove that's quite different from most of his other recordings! The album's got a cool mellow feel – with Lucky veering much more towards a CTI-ish electric mode than the style he used on most of his ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some notes in marker on the back.)

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✨✧ Larry WillisInner Crisis ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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✨✧ Reuben WilsonBad Stuff (Sweet Life/Cisco Kid) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1972/1974. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two Groove Merchant albums by organist Reuben Wilson – back to back in one single set! First up is Sweet Life – a great groover by Wilson, and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has a cutout hole in one corner.)
 
 



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