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✨✧ AcesChicago Beat (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970/1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from this Chicago group – material recorded in France, but which wails with the best sound of the small blues clubs on the south side at the time! The core group features Louis Myers on guitar and harmonica, Dave Myers on bass, and Fred Below on drums – joined by Eddie ... (Blues) read more CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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Barbara AcklinI Did It ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
One of Barbara Acklin's beautiful albums for Brunswick, and one of the hardest to find of the bunch! This might be because the record features a few cuts from other albums – in a style that was sometimes oddly used by Brunswick when issuing albums on its big stars – but don't let that ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual date from tenorist George Adams – recorded right around the same time as his legendary records with Don Pullen, but instead a more unusual partnership with the great trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson! The pairing is great – and both hornmen soar out and really get plenty of ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetLive At Montmartre ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solidly soaring work from tenorist George Adams – recording live here with pianist Don Pullen, one of his best musical partners during the 80s! The album's got a bit more of a bite than some of the pair's studio sessions – a bit straighter overall, but recorded with a nice degree of ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Pepper AdamsJulian (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Genius work from Pepper Adams – one of those players we sometimes forget about, then drop the needle on a record like this and fall in love with his music all over again! Adams blows baritone sax like nobody else – with a sensitivity that you'd normally hear on tenor, and a mix of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Pepper AdamsTwelfth & Pingree ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Exactly the kind of session that really lets Pepper Adams show his stuff – full of long, live tracks that really have Adams stretching out on baritone – handling the instrument with soul, depth, and dexterity that might well be unmatched during this point in his career! The quartet ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Nat AdderleyGood Company ... CD
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $9.99
The legendary Nat Adderley is definitely in good company here – a group with excellent work on alto from Antonio Hart – a player who comes off in a very different way than the famous alto of Nat's late brother, Cannonball! Antonio seems to open up some nicely dark currents in Adderley's ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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Rob AgerbeekHome Run ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
A definite home run from Dutch pianist Rob Agerbeek – a hip set recorded in 1971, and one that's done with a very soulful groove! The group's a quintet, and Rob really sparkles in this setting – pushing the players with a subtle skill that recalls Horace Silver at his Blue Note best ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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Rob AgerbeekKeep The Change ... CD
Munich/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $18.99 About July 28, 2021 (delayed)
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✨✧ Shoji AketagawaAketa's Erotical Piano Solo & Grotesque Piano Trio ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit unusual – but that's somewhat fitting, given that pianist Shoji Aketagawa was the driving creative force behind the always-unusual Aketa's disc label! There's nothing too erotic about the material, which also certainly isn't grotesque – and instead, Shoji rings out ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)

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✨✧ Harold AlexanderSunshine Man ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked bit of funky jazz from reedman Harold Alexander – and a set that's much sharper and harder-edged than some of his later work! There's maybe a bit of freedom in the mix, here too – some post-Coltrane spiritualism that mixes with some of the more funk-based currents – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderLive At The Cully Select Jazz Festival 1991 ... CD
Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great later work from Monty Alexander – a record from a time when he maybe didn't have some of the funk or gimmicks of his earlier albums, but which also shows this mature command of the keyboard that Alexander never had on the piano in his youth! The date is one of those well-recorded trio ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaFrom Broadway To Hollywood ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An ultra-hip record from Lorez Alexandria – one of her grooviest albums ever, and a set that was only ever issued in Japan! The set features Lorez hitting some of the hippest, most rhythmic modes of her career – working with jazzy backing arranged by Gildo Mahones and Art Hillery, ... (Vocalists) read more CD

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Carl Allen & Manhattan ProjectsPiccadilly Square ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
We love the group that drummer Carl Allen has on this set – a soulful 80s young lions lineup, with Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Vincent Herring on alto and soprano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Donald Brown on piano – all taking things back to the basics of soul jazz, but with a sense of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Franco AmbrosettiHeart Bop ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
That's "heart bop", not "hardbop" – a title that really gets at the warm feeling and sense of soul on this overlooked date! The album's an early 80s gem from Enja – cut at a time when the label was really finding its own, and doing an especially great job of giving ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Franco AmbrosettiTentets ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
We're not sure why, but it always feels like Franco Ambrosetti sounds even better in a larger group than a small one – and that's definitely the case here, where his work on flugelhorn soars out wonderfully in a ten piece lineup, one that's driven by all these great arrangements that are full ... (Jazz) read more CD
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American-Dutch All StarsFor All We Know ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $16.99 About July 28, 2021 (delayed)
A tight, old school set of jazz from the Dutch American All Stars – a group that features trumpeter John Marshall, pianist Hod O'Brien, bassist Jacques Schols, and drummer Peter Ypma – all playing here in very relaxed, familiar company! There's nothing too fancy or overdone with these ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Miguel AngelSamba Na Onda ... CD
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
An upbeat groover from 60s Brazil – a highly percussive album that features work by Wilson Das Neves and Rubens Bassini – plus some excellent chorus vocals too! The whole thing's maybe a bit more of a hard-driving example of the Brazilian harmony mode heard from bigger groups like ... (Brazil) read more CD

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✨✧ Jon AppletonAppleton Syntonic Menagerie ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from the glory days of Flying Dutchman! The session's one of a rare few cut by electronic musician Jon Appleton, and it's a stunning blend of analogue electronics and sonic cut up material – a record of musique concrete compositions to rival the greatest work coming out ... (Out Sound) read more CD
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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong & His Friends ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Also available Louis Armstrong & His Friends ... CD 8.99

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Average White BandFree Soul ... CD
Atlantic/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
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✨✧ Average White Band & Ben E KingBenny & Us (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ben E King joins the Average White Band for this sweet 70s set – a killer record that not only stands as one of King's best efforts of the decade, but one that also gives the group a great new frontman! Ben's not the only singer on the record, but his presence here can definitely be felt ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Donald BaileySo In Love ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic record from jazz harmonica player Donald Bailey – maybe one of the few we've ever seen with his name in the lead, and a set that shows that he can easily rival some of the greats on his instrument at the time! The vibe of the set is a bit like some of the best jazz dates from ... (Jazz) read more CD
Also available So In Love ... LP 34.99

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Chet BakerLast Great Concert – My Favourite Songs ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the last albums that Chet Baker recorded – and a set that changes things up a bit from the smaller combo setting of most of his final decade! The set features some small group work, but also brings in larger orchestrations on a number of tracks – balancing the fragility of Baker' ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)
Also available Last Great Concert – My Favourite Songs ... CD 5.99

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Chet BakerPeace (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
A key album from a fantastic point in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – his later years, a time when most of the world was ignoring Baker's talents, but Chet was still in a hugely creative mode, and turning out some of his freshest sounds in decades! There's a wonderful quality to the ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Chet BakerStraight From The Heart – The Last Great Concert Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Material from the last concert Chet Baker ever recorded – a surprisingly tight session that has the trumpeter blowing solos in front of the NDR Big Band. The setting is relatively relaxed – not a blasting big band session, but one that colors in the space between Baker's notes with ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)
Also available Straight From The Heart – The Great Last Concert Vol 2 ... CD 4.99

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Chet BakerStrollin ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
Really great later work from trumpeter Chet Baker – material from his final decade on the planet, a time when he was really changing up his sound to suit both his physical and creative needs! As on some of the best from this period, the record's a trio date – and instead of piano, ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Mickey BakerBlues & Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great later work from Mickey Baker – a guitarist who first rose to fame during the 50s years of R&B, but who just kept on maturing over the years, and really opened up a much stronger blues style in his music! Here, Mickey sings and plays guitar – the latter with a voice ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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Balona E Seu ConjuntoGarota De Ipanema ... CD
Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
A rare one from 60s Brazil – and a really great small combo bossa session with some very unusual instrumentation! At their core, the Balona group seem to be a bossa piano trio – but many tracks here have a little "something else" – vibes, electric guitar, or trumpet ... (Brazil) read more CD

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriUnder Fire ... CD
RCA/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent set from the great Gato Barbieri – one of the gems from his earlier years on record, and an album that's very much in the best spirit of his sides for Impulse in the early 70s! There' definitely some Latin currents in the rhythm – not as strongly stated as on his Latin ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Gato BarbieriYesterdays ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful record from Gato Barbieri – almost a return to more traditional forms, but still graced with the searching, burning quality that made most of his early 70s sides so great! The tracks are all long and exploratory – and have Gato blowing with that tremendous tenor tone – ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Barrino BrothersLivin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
The only album ever by The Barrino Brothers – a stellar early 70s harmony group, and one who could sing with the best of the east coast scene of the time! The whole set's got a feel that's very much in the best mode of groups like The Modulations, Soul Generation, and even The O'Jays – ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Livin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Kenny BarronLive At Fat Tuesdays ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Soulful genius from Kenny Barron – an excellent quintet outing from the late 80s, and one that really benefits from the presence of horns added to the trio! Kenny's work on piano is always great – and his sense of scope, soul, and timing are presented perfectly here – but what we ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Kenny BarronQuickstep ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $13.99
One of those great Kenny Barron records from a time when it seemed like the pianist could do no wrong – effortlessly turning out great sessions like this, with such prolific energy that it's sometimes hard to remember them all! Yet even so, Quickstep is a real standout – a record that ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Kenny BarronWhat If? ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Rubens BassiniRitmo Fantastico ... CD
Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... (Brazil) read more CD

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✨✧ Celi BeeBlow My Mind ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Celi Bee picks up a few 80s touches for this album – mixing her usual disco groove with some slight Eruo electro touches – adding in a nice dose of darkness to the set! Celi's still got an undeniably strong talent for a catchy tune – the kind of vibe that first made us fall in ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Richard Beirach with Terumasa Hino & Yoshiaki MasuoZal – In Duet With Terumasa Hino & Yoshiaki Masuo ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful albums of the 70s from pianist Richie Beirach – and in saying that, we don't mean to insult the rest of his other great American work! This set was done in Japan, and it's maybe one of Beirach's most obscure of the decade – but it's also a really special ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Richie BeirachElegy For Bill Evans ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Superb work from pianist Richie Beirach – a set that's dedicated to Bill Evans, and which certainly embraces some of the key numbers in his songbook – but which also has that even more spacious sound that Beirach was bringing to his trio dates in the 70s! Richie's sense of timing and ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Sathima Bea BenjaminSouthern Touch ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $16.99
A set that's maybe a bit more of a straight jazz vocal record than some of Sathima Bea Benjamin's earlier material – but that might also be because the great Kenny Barron is part of the group on piano – supporting Sathima's great voice with the help of Buster Williams on bass and Billy ... (Vocalists) read more CD
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Karl BergerWe Are You ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
Seminal work from vibist Karl Berger – recorded in the early 70s, when his modern approach to the vibes was still one of the freshest on the instrument, and when it sounded a lot more inventive than it did on later albums. The tracks are relatively avant, but not without a fair bit of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Karl Berger with Masahiko SatoWith Silence ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
There's nothing silent here – as the album's one of the most biting 70s albums we've heard from vibist Karl Berger – an album that's relatively free overall, and which features some fantastic work by Masahiko Sato on piano! Sato really seems to bring out the darker tones in Berger's ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Karl Berger/Dave Holland/Ed BlackwellCrystal Fire ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful album from vibist Karl Berger – much more rhythmic than some of his other records – but maybe that's no surprise, given that the trio features Dave Holland on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums! Yet even both of those players have more of a pulse than you might expect – ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Billion Dollar BandBillion Dollar Band ... CD
Good Sounds/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest records to come from the TK Records Miami soul empire of the 70s – and one of the few that was ever issued on their tiny Good Sounds subsidiary! We know little about the group, but the approach here is great – kind of all the strengths of the usual TK/Criteria ... (Soul) read more CD

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Jo BissoLove Somebody ... CD
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
Disco grooves, but with a definite difference – given that Jo Bisso had previously worked on the Parisian club scene, and brings a special flourish to this American album from the late 70s! Jo sings lead vocals on the side-long "Love Somebody" – a tune that builds strongly as ... (Soul) read more CD

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Art BlakeyArt Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Dutch Radio Session Vol 1 ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), New Copy ... $16.99 About July 28, 2021 (delayed)
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BlowflyButterfly ... CD
Weird World/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
The raunchy one is at it again – serving up funky, filthy, and funny parodies of 70s soul and pop songs with more than enough bad language to make even the most street hip hopper turn red! The band is nice and tight on most of the tracks, grooving hard with a funky wah-wah sound underneath ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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BohannonDance Your Ass Off (with bonus track) ... CD
Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
Easy to dance your ass off with music this great – a fast, firey form of funk that's very much in the best Bohannon mode – that unique groove that was unlike anything else to hit the American scene for years to come! The record's a locomotive right from the start – a completely ... (Soul) read more CD

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Bossa 4Repeteco ... CD
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
An obscure bossa combo, but a great one too – featured here on a rare 60s album for the Equipe label, which was also home to some of Dedoato's earliest work! The feel here is a bit like some of those better-known records – with organ lines stepping out over some lively samba and bossa ... (Brazil) read more CD

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✨✧ Joanne BrackeenPrism (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Dollar BrandAfrican Sketchbook ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spare, solo, and incredibly haunting work from Dollar Brand – recorded in Germany in 1969, and featuring Brand on both flute and piano, playing a set of 14 original compositions designed to provide small sketches of his African homeland. The mood of the work is less sprightly than some of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Dollar BrandAfrican Space Program ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most righteous 70s sessions to come from the hands of Dollar Brand – a New York recording that's filled with work by a host of players from the spiritual jazz underground – all of whom soar strongly on the album's long tracks, and give the set a fire and righteous energy you'r ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Dollar BrandZimbabwe ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
South African pianist Dollar Brand was still going strong into the 80s – as this excellent quartet session will attest! The record features a group with Carolos Ward on alto sax and flute, playing next to Brand's own piano and occasional soprano sax, backed by the bass of Essiet Okun Essiet ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Africa – Tears & Laughter ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
Dollar Brand is always a hell of a pianist, but he also has a way to really make equal magic when working with a horn – which happens here not just with the soprano and alto work of group member Talib Quadr, but also from some soprano work by Dollar Brand himself! The record's got this ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Banyana ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Tremendous work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set that not only has him working with a wonderful trio, but one that also features some soprano sax work as well! The record's got a sense of darkness that you don't always find in other albums by Ibrahim – possibly from the brooding rhythms ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Dollar Brand At Montreux ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Extremely solid live work from Dollar Brand – playing here before a very enthusiastic crowd at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980! The group is especially nice – a tight quintet with Carlos Ward on flute and alto, Craig Harris on trombone, Andre Strobert on drums, and Alonzo Gardner on ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Dollar Brand/Don Cherry/Carlos WardThird World – Underground ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... About August 5, 2021
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A stunning little session – and every bit as wonderful as you'd expect from a lineup that includes Dollar Brand, Don Cherry, and Carlos Ward! The three players work together here in open, spiritual styles – with really long-flowing lines from Brand on piano, in a more modal style that's ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Dollar Brand/Johnny DyaniGood News From Africa ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautiful duets between pianist Dollar Brand and legendary bassist/Blue Notes member Johnny Dyani – two great South African jazz musicians who should have recorded more together in a format like this! Brand's open-ended rolling piano lines bring out the best in Dyani's bass – which at ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Victor Assis BrasilTrajeto ... CD
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
A wonderful early album from Victor Assis Brasil – one of Brazil's greatest saxophone players of the 60s and 70s, and an artist with a keen post-Coltrane approach to his work! The album's awash in modally grooving numbers that would have made Coltrane proud – soulfully swinging tunes ... (Brazil) read more CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonTown Hall 1972 ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal work from Anthony Braxton – a crucial concert recorded at Town Hall in the early 70s – originally only issued in Japan, but a date that's ended up getting some real global attention over the years! The first half of the set features Braxton's alto in a trio with Dave Holland on ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Jimmy Briscoe & The BeaversJimmy Briscoe & The Beavers ... CD
Wanderick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
An obscure album cut by Jimmy Briscoe & The Beavers – the group who cracked the harmony soul charts briefly when they were just little kids, and who still sound pretty great here, after hitting puberty! The record was cut for the Wanderick subsidiary of TK – and there's a bit of an ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Charlie BrownWhy Is Everybody Always Pickin On Me? ... CD
Contact/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pretty unusual album – and one by an obscure player who's not to be confused with Charles Brown, the blues singer – or Chuck Brown, the leader of the Soul Searchers! This Charlie Brown is a tenor player – listed as obscure even in the notes to the session – which is a ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ James BrownSoul Syndrome ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare TK Records effort from James Brown – very much in the best uptempo funk mode of the later Polydor years! The groove here is quite similar to those better-known efforts – grooves that are a bit quicker than a few years before, but still played in a core JB funky style – ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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Dave BurrellOnly Me ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by pianist Dave Burrell – a solo session issued only in Japan, featuring Burrell on a Steinway recorded in the wide open space of a performance hall in Tokyo! There's a photo on the back cover that has a pair of suitcases behind Burrell at the ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Ann Burton & Mark MurphyThat's All ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
An easygoing live set from vocalist Ann Burton – one that has her working with the trio of pianist Rob Agerbeek, and which features a few guest appearances from Mark Murphy! The whole thing's got an approach that makes you feel like you're right in the club with Ann – as Rob's trio ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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✨✧ Jaki ByardBlues For Smoke ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very unusual early album from piano genius Jaki Byard – recorded right around the same time as his initial albums for Prestige, and his big breakthrough with Charles Mingus! The set is all solo, recorded during that legendary short span of recordings by Candid Records in Nola Penthouse ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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California Three (Dwight Dickerson)Windows ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99
A really great group – one that we've never seen under this name before, but which features familiar names Dwight Dickerson on piano and Donald Bailey on drums, plus bass from Harvey Newmark! The album's got all the lyrical charm and sparkle of Dickerson's best from the time – a really ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)

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Beth CarvalhoCanto Por Um Novo Dia ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
Fantastic early work from Beth Carvalho – exactly the kind of record that made her one of the greatest female samba singers in the 70s! Beth holds this tiny guitar on the cover, and plays the instrument beautifully alongside her vocals – which have this sense of majesty right from the ... (Brazil) read more CD

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Beth CarvalhoPra Seu Governo ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
A real 70s gem from the legendary Beth Carvalo – a samba singer with a sound that's always stronger than we'd guess from the cover! Beth has this real depth to her vocals that grabs us right away – a soulful quality that comes through especially well in this setting – as Carvalho ... (Brazil) read more CD

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✨✧ Gene ChandlerBrunswick Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from our favorite stretch of music from the legendary Gene Chandler – an artist who started out on Vee Jay Records, but really hit his prime here at Brunswick! Chandler was a key singer in the early years of soul – and some of his first recordings had strong appeal to ... (Soul) read more CD

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Soesja CitroenSoesja Citroen Sings Thelonious Monk ... CD
Turning Point/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
A really great vocal jazz take on the music of Thelonious Monk – not always an easy choice for a singer, given all the sharp angles and quick changes in the music! Yet Dutch singer Soesja Citroen does a really wonderful job here – adding her own lyrics to most of the tunes, which makes ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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✨✧ Soesja CitroenSoesja Citroen Sings Thelonious Monk ... CD
Turning Point/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really great vocal jazz take on the music of Thelonious Monk – not always an easy choice for a singer, given all the sharp angles and quick changes in the music! Yet Dutch singer Soesja Citroen does a really wonderful job here – adding her own lyrics to most of the tunes, which makes ... (Vocalists) read more CD
Also available Soesja Citroen Sings Thelonious Monk ... CD 16.99

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Alice ClarkAlice Clark ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Alice Clark ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Mike Clark & Paul JacksonFunk Stops Here ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two members of the legendary Headhunters step out here on a great set of their own – material from a time when Herbie Hancock's ex-backing group were really enjoying a strong revival period! Mike Clark is on drums and Paul Jackson is on bass – and the pair get lots of deft solo work ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Thomas Clausen - Severi Pyysalo DuoPiano & Vibe ... CD
Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2017. Used ... $9.99
Thomas Clausen on piano and Severi Pyysalo on vibes. (Jazz) CD

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Al CohnRifftide ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautifully-blown session from tenorist Al Cohn – definitely what we'd expect, to be sure – but still a nice surprise, too – as we don't often reach for Cohn dates of this vintage! The album's got a stone, stark, no-nonsense approach – with the sort of all-solid feel that ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ CollageShine The Light (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Constellation/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic funky soul from the prime years of the jheri curl scene on the west coast – served up by a group who are maybe a more electro-styled combo than their labelmates The Whispers and Lakeside! Collage are even heavier on the basslines and keyboards than on the previous record – ... (Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Master Collection series!)

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Pierre Courbois/AssociationEarwax ... CD
Munich/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 About July 28, 2021 (delayed)
Funky fusion recording from 1970, featuring drummer Pierre Courbois, guitarist Toto Blanke, bassist Sigi Busch, and keyboardist Jasper Van't Hoff. The sound is nice and spare at times, with sort of a freewheeling post-Bitches Brew feel to it, and none of the overdone bam-bam-bam moments that mar ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Stanley Cowell & Dave BurrellQuestions/Answers ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing duo improvisations from two of the hippest pianists of the early 70s – Stanley Cowell and Dave Burrell, coming together here on a rare Japanese-only album – one that features two long tracks that each take up a side of the disc! The vibe is maybe a bit more avant at times than ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Hank Crawford & Calvin NewbornCenterpiece ... CD
Versatile/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
A nice little collaboration between saxophonist Hank Crawford and guitarist Calvin Newborn – a record that turns out to be one of the best from both players for the time! Crawford's managed to shake off some of the hoke of his earlier records – and although his sound here isn't earth-sh ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Versatile: Find Out Fusion" series!)

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Ray CrawfordSmooth Groove ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the only albums ever cut as a leader by soul jazz guitarist Ray Crawford – a contemporary of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, but a player who's hardly ever gotten his due! This rare date was originally recorded for the short-lived Candid label back in 1961, but was only issued two ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Crown Heights AffairDance Lady Dance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
Super-tight work from Crown Heights Affair – a group who've added in a bit of strings to their sound, but still have the same fantastic funky sound as their early work! The blend here is really a cut above so many other disco groups of the time – as there's a really strong focus on all ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Ted CursonFireball (aka Trio) ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic, freewheeling session from trumpeter Ted Curson – one that we'd rank right up there with his seminal sides for the French Futura label! Like those, this album really features Ted stretching things out – working in very loose trio formation, with just Ray Drummond on bass ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisJaw's Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tenorist Eddie Lockjaw Davis always had a hell of a tone – and although his best-remembered dates are maybe from the 50s and 60s, the saxophonist still kept on making great records for many years to come! This album's definitely one of those – a European live recording, done in Munich, ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Jimmy Dawkins & Big Voice OdomJimmy Dawkins/Big Voice Odom (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer set – one that not only features vocals from Jimmy Dawkins on one half, and vocals from Big Voice Odom on the other – but which also includes some great guitar from the mighty Otis Rush! Rush is fantastic, twisting around Jimmy's own guitar, which is pretty darn great too ... (Blues) read more CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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Jack DeJohnetteJackeyboard ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Jack DeJohnette is a hell of a drummer, and he's also a hell of a pianist too – a side of Jack's talents that isn't always shown on record, and which has maybe never been as well-recorded as on this fantastic Japanese session from the 70s! DeJohnette has a spiritual, long-building approach ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Jazz Legends In Japan series!)
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Barbara DennerleinStraight Ahead ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
Straight ahead sounds from Barbara Dennerlein, but great sounds too – as the organist is really at the top of her game, and able to bring all these new modes and styles to the world of jazz organ! At the time of the record, the instrument was being a bit ignored by most in jazz – but ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Barbara DennerleinThat's Me ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
Barbara Dennerlein looks like she's in some fashion ad on the cover, but the organist is very much a top-shelf musician throughout – working here in all these new modes for the Hammond, at a level that made her a key force in helping to raise the instrument back to prominence in the 90s! All ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Diamond FiveFinally After Forty Years – Historic Recordings 1959 to 1962 ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from one of the hippest Dutch jazz combos at the start of the 60s – the legendary Diamond Five, maybe best known for a famous album on the Fontana label, but equally great here in a set of unheard recordings from the same period! The vibe is modernist hardbop, and the lineup ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Lefty Dizz with Johnny Big Moose WalkerChicago Blues Festival 1979 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the first recordings to ever feature Lefty Dizz in the lead – done at a time when the singer/guitarist was a young star on the Chicago scene, but getting some key exposure here, thanks to an overseas recordings! Lefty's as great as you might guess from his name – a strong ... (Blues) read more CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Eric DolphyStockholm Sessions (with bonus track) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
Live European work by Eric Dolphy – caught in a setting that was often freer and more creative than his American recordings! The work on the set is pulled from 2 different sessions – one with a group that includes with Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Rune Ofwerman ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Double ExposureTen Percent ... CD
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
A wonderful album – one of those underground classics that seems to show up in everyone's record collection, even though it was never a huge chart hit. Double Exposure are part of the "second wave" of east coast vocal groups – and like their contemporaries, they mix the sweet ... (Soul) read more CD

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Lamont DozierLove & Beauty (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
A massive album by Lamont Dozier – probably his best ever! Every cut's a winner, and the LP shines with a sharpness and tightness that's missing from some of Lamont's other LPs from the 70s. The songwriting is impeccable – and as the album progresses, you get that eerie "deja ... (Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Kenny DrewFalling Leaves ... CD
Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautifully fluid, lyrical work from Kenny Drew – the sort that he first gave the world in the early days of his career, and which was still going strong, with plenty of fire and imagination by the time of this very late recording! Drew's got this way of balancing both sides of the keyboard ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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Paquito D'RiveraHabanera ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1999. New Copy ... $16.99
A really evocative record from reedman Paquito D'Rivera – a session that sets up his work on alto and clarinet with some very powerful backings from the Absolute Ensemble – a group who adds in plenty of woodwind and string elements of their own, which makes for a very explosive sense of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Hans Dulfer/Han Bennink KwartetJazz In Paradiso ... CD
Heavy Soul Music/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99 About July 28, 2021 (delayed)
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Hans Dulfer – a set that features a group with the legendary avant drummer Hank Bennink, plus Willem Van Manen on trombone and Maarten Altena on bass. The sound is amazing – almost the Dutch equivalent of the FMP ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Cornell DupreeShadow Dancing ... CD
Versatile/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smooth and soulful guitar work from Cornell Dupree – a player who recorded on countless sessions as a studio sideman, but hardly ever got to work as a leader on his own! The album's got a full sound that's kind of a step beyond the Kudu/CTI sound of the time – an approach that takes ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Part of the "Versatile: Find Out Fusion" series!)

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John EdwardsJohn Edwards (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Aware/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $24.99
The first album by John Edwards – a richly talented vocalist who would go onto become the lead singer of the Spinners in later years, singing on some of their last big hits. This album's a very different effort – and features John singing in a deep Southern Soul style, mixed with the ... (Soul) read more 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 About July 21, 2021 (delayed)
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 ... (Soul) read more CD
 
 



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